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November 10, 2003

Well, the big news from Bear has been the terrible fire that has surrounded our pretty valley and threathened our very existance. The rains were God sent and saved our valley for at least for the moment. The local radio station has a wonderful web site and you might want to place it among your favorites:

I received this e mail from a grateful mountain resident who said it so well. . . . . .

Hello to all our friends and family, Just a quick note to say we are now home and doing fine. Our beautiful forest was spared and the community as well. We are so grateful to God, the firefighters and all emergency personnel. If you would have told me that the whole community of Big Bear, 15 to 20 thousand people, needed to drive off the mountain in one day calmly, including evacuation of a nursing home/hospital and a zoo (with 3 grizzly bears and bison) I wouldn't have believed it but it happened. I am grateful beyond words to the people who set up these emergency plans, the people who stayed to implement them, and to the firefighters. I am proud to be a part of this community we all did SO GOOD. There are so many incredible stories of kindness and out pouring of love and generosity it brings tears to the eyes. I thank you all for your prayers, I believe God answered us with a snow storm. I truly believe it. The snow is what saved our community and many other mountain communities. My heart goes out to the residents of Cedar Glen and Hooks Creek whose homes were devastated. I will always maintain that 99% of people are good beyond words but the 1% gets all the publicity. Lets all take time to notice all the incredible people in our lives and the incredible beauty that surrounds us. Thanks to all of you, many of you called and offered your homes and hearts and prayers. We appreciate each and every one of you.

Take Care of yourselves Love to All Anne, Dave, Josh and Sarah

I received the Big Bear News from Derise Dunlap and saw the note from Estelle Gough. I also graduated in 1947 and very vividly remember graduating in the town's theatre. Yes we had a very small class but it was a good one. I would like to communicate with Estelle Gough ( It was Provencher at that time ). If you are in contact with her then give her my e-mail address and she can send me a message. I remember that the graduation speaker was very controversial, something to do with communism. I also remember that when some of us received our diplomas that a guy named Tidwell in the audience would make a quacking sound like Donald Duck. It is good to hear of news from Big Bear. I now live in southern Oregon near a town named Ruch and a few years ago met my granddaughters teacher who had also graduated from Big Bear but many years after I did.

Gary Johnson

(Editor's note: When I was principal of Big Bear High in the 1970's I didn't get to hear someone quacking like a duck during the graduation but I can remember the class of 1980 bringing water guns and shooting them off during graduation at the old High School on the stage of the gym and when the water hit the bright stage lights they exploded. After a short pause I turned to the graduating class on stage and talked softly and we dedided (well, maybe I decided) either to turn in the water guns or the graduation excerise was going to end. Fortunately, the students gave the water guns to the counselors, Mrs Wright and Mr. Peavy, and graduation proceeded without a hitch. From that day forward the senior graduates have been searched before we begin the graduation ceremony. Great rememberences!!!! Al Waner)


Class of 1994 Reunion

A note from Kathy Kinch about next years reunion for the class of 1994. Hey all, hope everyone is safe in the southland, I just spent the last two weeks out there with my family and went through some crazy times. I just wanted to let you all know that we are going to try and have a picture/memory lane of photos growing up through highschool,This will be on a big projection screen. If any of you want to send photos to me to scan (I will get them back to you) or send them over the net, we would love to include them. Please send them in a zip file or shrink them down.


I receive a lot of e mails from former student but this e mail was priceless: A mechanic who worked out of his home had a dog named Mace. Mace had a bad habit of eating all the grass in the mechanic's lawn, so the mechanic had to keep Mace inside. The grass eventually became overgrown. One day the mechanic was working on a car in his backyard and dropped his wrench losing it in the tall grass. He couldn't find it for the life of him, so he decided to call it a day. That night, Mace escaped from the house and ate all the grass in the backyard. The next morning the mechanic went outside and saw his wrench glinting in the sunlight. Realizing what had happened he looked up to the heavens and proclaimed.....Are you ready for this ??? Are you sure ??? Remember, YOU WERE WARNED! He proclaimed: "A grazing Mace, how sweet the hound, that saved a wrench for me!!

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. It is certainly a day of thanksgiving for all in Big Bear Valley. Blessings, Al Waner thanks for your help. Al
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