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March 13, 2005

From the KBHR radio website came this announcement: Earning Diplomas From Coast to Coast (2/17/05 4pm) A 2004 graduate of Big Bear High School has graduated from the utilities equipment repairer advanced individual training course at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. During training, Army Pvt. Jason A. Bailey learned to perform maintenance and to test, repair, adjust, and inspect gasoline engine systems, utility equipment and special purpose support systems. Bailey is the son of Michele K. Beers and the stepson of Bradley K. Beers of Big Bear City. Way to go Jason!!!!

Received the following from Kam Lawrence concerning the Co-op in the Pines Pre School which was started by a group of parents in the 60's. Here is the e-mail.

Dear Al, A while back, Anne Talbot forwarded a BBHS Alumni Newsletter to me, where people inquired about a Co-op Alumni event. We have two - the Silent Auction in the fall, and Open House in the Spring - May 17, 2005. We have a website where our current calendar is posted at Anyone who'd like to be put on our mailing list for alumni news and invitations can call or email me.

Kam Lawrence
Chairman of the Board

This past month I held the memorial services for Mrs. Lucile Graham, age 96, Harold Graham's mother. Harold was a teacher, coach, and counselor at Big Bear High School from 1958 to 1977. His wife Eileen was a first grade teacher at Big Bear Elementary School and then North Shore Elementary School when it opened in 1970. Mrs. Lucile Graham, Harold's mother, lived a full and happy life. Harold sent the memorial service via e-mail to Bill Cleary in Japan. I received the following e-mail from Bill the week after the service.

Hi Al, Heard about the fine ceremony you conducted for Mrs. Graham. She had a lot of respect for you, as do so many of us. Harold sent me a copy of the program, and tears rolled down my face as I read the different messages from her loved ones. She came to Japan once and I enjoyed showing her and Harold's family around. Great memories, indeed. As in life there is both birth and death, and on this side of the globe I have been Blessed with another child. Amber Rose Cleary, born February 7, 2005, is healthy and happy. Her mother, Cindy, is also doing very well and we are very happy. At 51, I have my work cut out for me, and accept my cross with joy.

God Bless, Bill Cleary

I wrote to Bill in Japan and asked if I could use the above e-mail. Here is my e-mail to Bill.

You are a brave man in starting over at 51. Blessings upon you and Cindy. May I use your e-mail in the next Big Bear High alumni newsletter for March? Al

On Feb. 15, 2005, at 3:33 AM, Bill replied:

Hi Al, Thank you very much for the quick reply and Blessing. Yes, by all means you are free to use my email. Also feel free to include any of the following supplemental information:

1. Graduate of Class of 71, former Student Body President.
2. Lawyer, licensed to practice in California and New York.
3. First American to receive Ph.D. in Law from Japanese National University.
4. Currently teaching Japanese criminal procedure, in Japanese, to Japanese students, at Iwate University.
5. Also, working for Blakemore & Mitsuki, an international law firm in Tokyo.
6. Enjoys keeping in touch with local Big Bear news and frequently listens to the Big Bear Scanner at his offices in Japan.
7. Still plays basketball and tennis on a regular basis.

Anyone wish to contact me, email address is:

Look forward to seeing you the next time we visit California.

Warm regards to your family.

(Editors note - I simply love this new miracle of e-mail. From Balboa Island, California (Harold) to Redlands, California (Al) to Japan (Bill) and back to Redlands (Al). If you need legal advice in Japanese you now have a Big Bear graduate to help you.


On February 15, I drove from Redlands to the Big Bear Middle School (the former High School) to watch my grandson, Drew, play a basketball game. It is too great to see so many former high school students at the games. The gym for a 7th grade boys game was more than half full. Ronnie Conger, class of 77 was the referee, Diane Manning class of 81 was the scorekeeper, Patty Manning was there to see her granddaughter play the 8th grade game, Bob and Joy Hoover were there to see the 7th grade girls game and see their granddaughter play. Darrell and Sue Reynolds and Rita Reynolds were there to see Darrell and Sue's son, Scott play in the 8th grade game. There is still nothing like the spirit of a home game in Big Bear. Darrell is the current Girls Varsity basketball coach at the high school and was there to Scott play. When the 8th grade girls heard that coach Reynolds was going to attend the girls game and watch them play they were really nervous. Just think, "Coach Reynolds was going to scout the girls team for possible players at the High School next year." We had a lot of fun and Big Bear won!!!! The Middle School gym is old and is going to be remolded next year. It needs it!!!!

An article appeared in the Grizzly on March 2, announcing the Steven G. Mihaylo/Big Bear High School's Foundation sponsoring the SAT test in Big Bear for our current Big Bear High students. This is the outstanding work of Debbie Sarkisian one of foundations board members, who plans and implements the Foundations after school program. She is busy planning a full summer school of classes for next summer. Way to go Debbie.

Big Bear Students Can Prepare for the SAT Test Here in Big Bear!

The Steven G. Mihaylo / Big Bear High School Education Foundation, in partnership with the Bear Valley Unified School District, has contracted with Princeton Review to give a series of classes and sample tests to prepare students to take the new format SAT test, which will be given on June 4, 2005.

The classes will begin in April and will be held during a six-week period. Tuesday, March 8, a seventy-five minute informational workshop on Princeton Review SAT Preparation classes will be held in the Big Bear High School Library/Media Center from 7:00 to 8:15 PM.

Interested students and parents are invited to attend this workshop to learn about the classes that will be held at Big Boar Middle School by Princeton Review to help local students maximize their SAT scores.

Princeton Review Is recognized as the number one test preparatory company in the nation. The tuition for these classes is usually $900 to $1200, but Princeton Review has agreed to present the classes for $300 here in Big Bear. Classes will include 24 hours of instruction and three diagnostic tests to familiarize the students with the new test procedures. The March 8 meeting will allow students and parents to find out more about the SAT preparation program. Participants will be able to sign up for the classes at the workshop. Classes are open to high school age students who attend BBHS, Chautauqua, or are home schooled. If you are interested call 909-866-4631 and ask for Shelli Knott.

I am sure like all of you I get some e-mails from friends. This e-mail from Peppi (Wray) Clark is worth sharing. Enjoy.

A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company: The next time you order checks, omit your first name and have only your initials and last name put on them. If someone takes your check book they will not know if you sign your checks with just your initials on your first name but your bank will know how you sign your checks.

When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on the "For" line. Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won't have access to it. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a PO Box use that instead of your home address. Never have your SS# printed on your checks (DUH!) you can add it if it is necessary. But if you have it printed, anyone can get it. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine, do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel.

Keep the photocopy in a safe place. I also carry a photocopy of my passport when I travel either here or abroad. We've all heard horror stories about fraud that's committed on us in stealing a name, address, Social Security number, credit cards, etc.

Unfortunately I, an attorney, have firsthand knowledge because my wallet was stolen last month. Within a week, the thieve(s) ordered an expensive monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a credit line approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from DMV to change my driving record information online, and more.

But here's some critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone you know: We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately. But the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them easily.

File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where it was stolen, this proves to credit providers you were diligent, and is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one). But here's what is perhaps most important: (I never even thought to do this). Call the three national credit-reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and Social Security number. I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application for credit was made over the Internet in my name.

The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit.

By the time I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft, all the damage had been done. There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the thieves' purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has been done, and the thieves threw my wallet away this weekend (someone turned it in). It seems to have stopped them in their tracks.

The numbers are:

Experian:(formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
Trans Union:1-800-680-72 89
Social Security Administration(fraud line):1-800-269-0271
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