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Big Bear Middle School Gets Healthy Food, New Cameras and School Spirit

Big Bear, Ca, February 8, 2012, 5:00pm – Changes are coming to Big Bear Middle School, and many are due in part to the Positive School Climate Committee that has been reinvigorated this year in large part to Dena Arbaugh, employee at the middle school.  Arbaugh along with middle school teachers, administrators, parents, and concerned community members are making headway on some very important issues including healthier school lunches, empowering students, school spirit, and beautification of the school campus to include more shade for students.  Due to the committees hopes to see healthier food on campus, a new fresh salad bar with healthy food options will appear at the middle school within the next month, with district hopes to spread the healthy food items to the elementary schools and high schools in the next few months.  The committee has also come up with the idea of having different student groups come together and create artwork to hang in the halls of the campus to inspire the students, and to leave a legacy.  Another important issue the committee is excited about is the recent purchase and installation of video surveillance cameras throughout the campus.  The cameras and associated equipment was purchased due to a $20,000 donation from Soroptimists of Big Bear Valley, and their Stop Teen Violence program.  The new camera’s are in place, and have already helped deter school...

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New (Upgraded) Pool Coming Soon To Big Bear!

Big Bear, Ca, January 17, 2012, 4:00pm – Swim enthusiasts will be happy to know that construction on the pool at the sports ranch off of Highway 38 will begin in early March.  According to Reese Troublefield, General Manager for the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District, enhancements to the current pool will begin in March, weather permitting, and could be completed as early as late May.  Enhancements to the pool will include two lanes for lap swimming, an efficient heating system, an ADA walk in area, and a slide.  Supervisor Neil Derry told KBHR that he is excited about the enhanced pool opening up this summer, and that the County of San Bernardino donated $180,000 to the project.   The Soroptimists of Big Bear Valley raised and donated $380,000 to the pool enhancements in June of 2011.  Funds were raised over a three-year period, with a majority of the donation coming from Man About Town Campaign efforts.  The pool, once reopened will feature swim lessons, and lap swimming designated...

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Bowling Family Donates $30,000 to Sugarloaf Park!

Big Bear, Ca, December 29, 2011, 5:00pm – The Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District announced this week that long time residents Ray and Cheryl Bowling along with their children donated 30,000 towards the continued renovation of the Sugarloaf Park.  Their contribution will help bolster the recent improvements including the new tennis court, skate park, picnic shelter, ball field fencing and lighting, basketball court, ADA pathways, and new ADA accessible spectator seating for the ball field.  “We’ve seen so much improvement to Sugarloaf Park in the last couple of years that we figured an additional donation might help complete the effort,” said Ray.  With the large donation further improvements to the park can occur, and will include a new “older kids” swing set, playground wood chips, additional turf areas, fencing, renovation of the existing picnic shelter, and most notably, a quarter mile exercise track complete with fitness stations.  The Bowling Family has donated $30,000 toward this effort, through the Soroptimist International of Big Bear Valley’s Youth Foundation.  Foundation President Theresa Reagan-Blood explained, “This is another example of the wonderful families in Big Bear who continue to support not only our kids, but our community in general, and we are proud to continue to partner with the Park District in improving and sustaining parks and recreation programming.  Bowling’s kids have participated in many Park District programs over the years,...

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“Fight Like A Girl” Get Your Mammogram Today!

Big Bear, Ca, September 30, 2011, 12:00pm – The Soroptimists of Big Bear Valley along with the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District are providing free mammography screenings for Big Bear Valley women who qualify.  This free service will be offered from now through October 26th for women who do not have insurance.  The Soroptimists encourage all women, whether they have insurance or not to get a mammogram.  According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, and breast cancer is the most common cancer next to skin cancer among women in the US.  The Soroptimists encourage the women in the valley to “fight like a girl, and get screened today.” To schedule you appointment today, call...

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Big Bear Middle School Plants 150 Flowers

Big Bear, Ca, September 7, 2011, 12:00pm – Come springtime Big Bear Middle School grounds will be blooming, and filled with daffodils. This past Saturday three Soroptimists along with 25 students, Bear Valley Unified School District Trustee Dr. Al Waner, Big Bear Middle School Principal Tina Fulmer, and other community members, faculty and staff helped plant over 150 daffodil bulbs, daisies and other flowers on the BBMS grounds.  According to Soroptimist Teresa Regan-Blood, the idea of the planting came out of a BBMS School Climate Committee meeting.  The committee, which started 2 years ago, was created to reduce bullying on campus.  The committee thought the idea of planting flowers would be a great learning experience for students, and would bring some color and life to campus.  The Soroptimists donated the daffodil bulbs, and Jason Schetter, a teacher at the Middle School, donated some daisies.  The planting of the bulbs helps strengthen the new gardening program at the middle school, where students are planting seeds of plants and flowers, and are watching their progress as they...

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