BIG BEAR HIGH SCHOOL Alumni News
January 21, 2005
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!
Wow!!! We wanted rain. We got it!!!! By checking the web site of the Big Bear Water District (http://www.bbmwd.org), you can see the lake levels for the past several years. The short story of a long drought is we reached 54'10" lake level on October 18, 2004, down 17'6" from the top of the dam, just before the early October snowfall. As of January 14, 200, we have reached a lake level of 63' 4", down 9'. All the roads into Big Bear were closed for several days but now the only road into the Valley is over Onyx Summit. The road to Lucerne (Highway 18) was washed out and will be closed. The road over Article Circle has major rockslides and is still closed. We have several teachers who live in Lucerne Valley and teach in Big Bear and now they have to drive over Onyx Summit, down to San Bernardino, over Cajon Pass, through Victorville to Lucerne Valley. The schools were out for three additional days due to the rain that followed several feet of snow. Many businesses were flooded and several school facilities were flooded.
(Written on January 2nd) Well it's snowed three times this fall and with the new year coming in today there is another storm coming in tomorrow evening, January 2. The skiing in Big Bear has never been better this early in the year. Big Bear is in the news constantly during all of these storms. We need storms for the next month to begin to fill the lake. If you live off the hill, now is the time to visit Big Bear as it is beautiful.
Hope you received the letter from the SGM/Big Bear High School Educational Foundation. For the first time in the Educational Foundation history of six years they are requesting for funds to match the $100,000 additional money that Steve Mihaylo contributed to the foundation in October. Since we are a public Educational Foundation we are required to contribute at least 50% of any monies given by our Founder. We need to raise $50,000 by March 31, 2005. Steve has already done his part. I hope you can contribute any amount to assist the endowment fund which awards scholarship to Big Bear High School and Chautauqua students each year. We also offer grants to teachers in the Bear Valley schools which enhance the educational experience. We also organize and implement an after school programs with the parents paying for the students participation. It is a great Foundation and worthy of your support. If you would like to contribute to our fund raising efforts, checks can be sent to SGM/Big Bear High Education Foundation. P.O. Box 1529, Big Bear Lake, California. 92315. Make checks out to: SGM/BBHS Foundation. I will let you know in the spring how much money we collected.
Received a nice Christmas letter from Sharon and Pete Rock from Yakima, Washington.
Sharon and Pete moved to Yakima to be near the grandkids. They have sold their home in Big Bear and made the move to Washington in the fall. They love being around Kerry's family in Washington and are going to Iowa for Christmas to spend time with Michele and her family. Pete has sold the Big Bear business and they are building a new home in Yakima. There address is 4901 Overbluff Drive, Yakima, Washington, 98901. Sharon was my secretary at Big Bear High School starting in 1977, when I served as principal and knew more about what was going on at the High School than any other person. She was a wonderful and dedicated employee who was a real asset to the school and the students. She also served as a member of the chain gang at all home Varsity Football games with Barbara Warren, Dolores Clifton and Pat Manning for many, many years. She worked for five different principals at Big Bear High and retired last February. We will miss the Rocks in Big Bear. Drop them a note.
Received the following e-mail from Marie Wanke:
Gary had a pacemaker/defibrillator put in on Tuesday(December 14, 2004) at Loma Linda. He is already home and doing really good. It is amazing what medical treatments can be done now days. He is a little sore but no pain. This should make his heart beat at a regular pace and if it doesn't the defibrillator will jump start it and get it back in rhythm. Have a wonderful holiday.
Gary and Marie
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Blessings for the New Year!!!!, Al