Johnson Valley News 10/13/2017

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• The 8th Annual Johnson Valley Oktoberfest drew guests from miles away! Maybe the longest trip: former resident Ed Warren and family flew down from Paradise, CA.

We miss Ed at the Liar’s Table during Saturday Breakfasts, but could not lure him back until he heard about the latest addition to our Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden.

Years ago Ed built an airplane from plans for a homebuilt one-man aircraft, the Parker “Jeannie’s Teenie Two,” designed for DIY: uncomplicated parts and materials, removable wings ready to trailer to the airstrip and hangar in your garage.

But Ed watched heartbroken when his creation crashed after takeoff (luckily, no pilot injuries). Damaged, she hibernated for years in garages, then shone a while as yard art.

The last owner determined she belonged in the Desert Dreams Garden with other vehicles and gear from early days in Johnson Valley.

Court Prittie, designer of the Garden and the model railway, decided to mount the Teenie onto an antique windmill works and set her up as a wind vane. He, Don Minnix and Ken Cash built a metal derrick, created a fake VW engine, added a “propeller” for a windmill. Bodywork, red trim and checkered striping glorified Teenie Two. A community of helpers gathered to winch her up, and it all worked.

Wile E. Coyote pilots Teenie Two. Acme decals identify her as a truly Looney Tunes aircraft as she faces into the wind again.

No one was more surprised than Ed that his creation, re-created, would add such a joyful Oktoberfest attraction to the Garden.

• The craft beers by the Mojave Desert Brewers Guild lived up to their billing, something to suit every taste. The homebaked pretzels, buffet feast and the lavish desserts did, too.

Prize sponsors included:
Lucerne Valley Market & Hardware
Jamul Hollywood Casino in San Diego
The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce
Paula Mattecheck Crafts.

The prize drawings brought laughs and cheers for all the big winners, with Joanna Wright as Mistress of Ceremonies, and young Hawthorne family members handing out the swag.

Dinner cooks, pretzel bakers, buffet servers, beer servers, party decorators, cashiers, strollers in the Garden, train watchers and railway crew, T-shirts by That Shirt Place in Yucca Valley, hand etched beer steins by the JV Hobby Club, AND ALL YOU GUESTS added up to more fun than ever and a huge success.

Oktoberfest proceeds will help support the Community Center as the Johnson Valley Improvement Association enters its 60th year!

If you have photos from Oktoberfest or anything else, or a story for the Journal, please e-mail them to me tomorrow to review for publication in the Nov-Dec Johnson Valley Journal.

• Hear the latest from the sheriffs and fire guys, and a report on a meeting with State Senator Jean Fuller, at Monday’s meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council. It’s our turn to host, so everyone come on over to the hall.

You want to hear what’s going on that you will not hear from Facebook or Twitter, or the neighborhood bush telegraph. Your comments are welcome on any issue you may have with County, State or Federal officialdom. The meetings are usually an hour to an hour-and-a-half.

Time: 3:00 p.m
Date: Monday, October 16.
Place: Johnson Valley Community Center, 50567 Quailbush Road
Light refreshments, of course.

• Reminder, the gathering and potluck in honor of Frank Heffern, is at 1:00 p.m. this Sunday, October 15, at the JV Community Center. Bring a dish if you wish.

• We just heard the sad news that Sharon Edwards lost her battle with lung cancer this afternoon at the age of 74. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Lawrence Edwards.

Plans for a celebration of life will be announced after her family members arrive. More details later.

Betty Munson

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