WILLY WONKA JUNIOR: The Lucerne Valley Elementary School Drama Club's production of "Willy Wonka Junior" ended its three-day run with a packed house dinner theater performance last Saturday night. The early evening event attracted a record 126 ticket sales, according to teacher Kay Hall who co-directed the production with teacher Liu Hirschhorn. The musical starred Landon Lindner as Willy Wonka and Aubry Hirschhorn as Charlie Bucket. Altogether, a cast of 37, two stage hands and numerous volunteers made the event a reality. PHOTO COURTESY LVES DRAMA
NEW OWNERS: From left, Alyn, Matthew and Kathy Nielsen and Alyn's mother Joyce Woods are excited about running Cafe 247, which they purchased from Shirley Althide and Hal and Sheila Hampton on April 1. PETER DAY/THE LEADER
By PETER DAY
When Alyn and Kathy Nielsen completed their deal with former Cafe 247 owner Shirley Althide, they knew it was much more than a business transaction.
Annual Garden Tour on Earth Day
Desert Crossroads Garden Clubs Annual Garden Tour will be held April 22, Earth Day. The tour is open to the public. Join us at the Water Awareness Garden behind the Senior Center at 9 a.m. for a guided tour of the our demonstration garden and refreshments. From there we will be touring three local home owners gardens. A box lunch prepared by our local High School ROP Restaurant Occupation Students will be available for the price of $6 for club members and $10 for nonmembers.
Tuesday, April 14
11 p.m. A vehicle disturbance was reported on Exeter Street.
6:29 p.m. A theft was reported by a Fairlane Road resident.
2:15 p.m. Trespassing was reported in the 10000 block of Red Butte Avenue.
9:01 a.m. A Richard Street resident reported a 5150 situation.
5:03 a.m. A Camp Rock Road resident called in a burglary, but the perpetrator was gone upon arrival of deputies.
Monday, April 13
9:17 p.m. A Custer Avenue resident reported receiving annoying phone calls.
Editor's Note: The following letter is a copy of Dawn Turbull's "Response to Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition" that was sent to Michael Scarpello, County Registrar of Voters on April 19.
The LVUSD Board had a custom of closed session meetings using the ruse of a Superintendents evaluation where anything was discussed with no agenda. I questioned this back door for breaking the Brown Act; Tom Courtney winked at me and said now I was getting it. That practice is no longer being used.
By Gary Schlenz
ABOVE: Lucerne Valley resident Bradley Schlenker, 58, has been missing since April 3, according to his sister.
By PETER DAY
LUCERNE VALLEY • Bradley Schlenker, a 58-year-old resident of Lucerne Valley, has been missing since early April, according to his sister Linda Reed.
"It's not his character to disappear like this," Reed said.
Soon after his April 3 disappearance, Reed filed a missing person report with the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department.
School board member is censured for unprofessional, retaliatory Facebook posts
By PETER DAY
LUCERNE VALLEY • Lucerne Valley Unified School District school board member Dawn Turnbull adamantly refused to step down from office Wednesday despite numerous calls for her resignation and a formal censure by the governing board.
"It's an embarrassment that you're on this board, and you need to resign immediately," said school board president Jim Harvey.
"I won't," Turnbull replied firmly.
ABOVE: More than 100 loved ones gathered at Living Waters Chapel on Monday to celebrate the 30th birthday of Krystie Stuart and pray for her return. Peter Day/The Leader
Krystie Stuart, 30, would never disappear voluntarily, loved ones say
By Peter Day
APPLE VALLEY — At 5’9” and just 107 pounds, Krystie Stuart is a slight, slender woman, but her impact on others has been huge.
ABOVE: Pastor Chick McGill makes his way west on Highway 18 about two miles from Lucerne Valley on Tuesday. He expects to complete his 3,200-mile journey in Santa Monica on April 29. PETER DAY/THE LEADER
Pastor Chick McGill, 69, has walked 3,100 miles of his coast-to-coast journey
By Peter Day
LUCERNE VALLEY — The inhospitable High Desert winds blew as 69-year-old Pastor Chick McGill trudged step by lonely step through a desolate stretch about eight miles east of Dead Man’s Point.