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BBHS Graduate Thom DeGriselles Completes Basic Infantry Training at Fort Benning

When interviewing for the CSD Director position on May 3, Thom DeGriselles said, "I think I am very qualified to help this community, especially because I love Big Bear."

Big Bear City, CA -- In military news, sent to us from the Army and Air Force Hometown News Service, 1999 Big Bear High School graduate Thomas DeGriselles has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. During his nine weeks of training, Army National Guard PFC DeGriselles received training in drill and ceremonies, … [Read more...]

Memorial Day Procession and Ceremony at Veterans Park Planned for Monday, May 31

Big Bear Lake, CA -- Military veterans will once again be honored by the Big Bear Valley, as the local Marine Corps Detachment 1038 and the American Legion Post 584 host the annual Memorial Day procession and ceremony, to be held this Monday, May 31. This year’s Memorial Day procession will begin on Village Drive in the Village of Big Bear Lake … [Read more...]

Mountain Communities’ Robert McKee and Robert Wilder Graduate from Military Training of the U.S. Army

Big Bear Valley/Running Springs, CA -- Tomorrow marks the first-ever Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day in California, which will be celebrated with a 5pm reception at our local American Legion Post 584 (click on this link for more info). This will be an opportunity for all patriotic citizens to recognize those who served in the Vietnam War. And … [Read more...]

American Legion Honors Veterans on California’s First “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” on March 30

Big Bear Lake, CA -- It was during last November’s Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Park in Big Bear Lake that it was announced to our community that a bill, written by our 65th District Assemblyman Paul Cook, had been passed by the California Legislature and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, designating March 30 as “Welcome Home Vietnam … [Read more...]

Former Big Bear Lake Mayor Bill Speyers Passes Away Today at Age 86

The portrait of Mayor Bill Speyers still hangs in Hofert Hall at the Big Bear Lake Civic Center.

Big Bear Lake, CA -- The Big Bear Valley lost one of its more distinguished contributors with this morning’s passing of former Big Bear Lake Mayor Bill Speyers, who died in the 4am hour with Paddy, his wife of 65 years, at his side and one of his beloved boxer dogs nearby. Speyers had, citing health reasons, resigned from his post as Treasurer … [Read more...]

Alex Acheson, Elijah Solomon and Timothy Gatewood Graduate From Military Training

The Hometown News Service of the Army and Air Force has shared with us three recent graduations which, they say, when shared with the community serves as a boost to the morale of servicemen. With that, we are pleased to share that Alex Acheson, a 2006 Big Bear High School graduate and son of Robin Acheson of Sugarloaf, has just completed basic … [Read more...]

Celebration of Life for Ted Fashempour to Be Held at the PAC on January 24

Ted Fashempour

The family of Ted Fashempour have planned his memorial service, to take place on Sunday, January 24 at 11am at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center. It was in the early morning hours of January 2, just days after his 56th birthday, that Fashempour, husband to Paula, with whom he owned the Little Green House Florist, passed at Loma Linda … [Read more...]

Community Celebrates Opening and Dedication of Valley’s First Emergency Operations Center

The Civil Air Patrol Squadron 6750, well-represented here at the grand opening, will use the building for meetings and training of cadets, ages 12-21. For more information on the CAP cadets program, call Jim Gundred at 584-9195 or Bruce Black at 584-4120.

Thursday’s dedication of Big Bear Valley’s new Emergency Operations Center was an exciting day for members of Mountain Mutual Aid, who’d used the garage of the Big Bear City Fire Department to oversee emergency operations during 2003’s Old Fire, and members of the U.S. Air Force’s Civil Air Patrol Squadron 6750 which, per Commander Bruce … [Read more...]