Tag: Veterans

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 speaking of those in military service, the Hometown News Service of the Army and Air Force has shared with us recent graduations for two young men from the mountain communities. Army Private Robert McKee, son of Danny and Karen McKee of Big Bear City, has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. Army Private Robert Wilder has been in training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma, and this month graduated from Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewmember Advanced Individual Training. Private Wilder, son of Davey and Velvet Wilder of Running Springs, is a 2008 graduate of Mountain High School in...

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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 Veterans Day.” The first of these holidays, honoring servicemen and women who served in Vietnam, including the 5,573 from California who were among 58,000 to lose their lives during the Vietnam War, will be recognized by the American Legion Post 584 and the Big Bear Valley U.S. Marine Corps Detachment 1038 on Tuesday, March 30. The 5pm celebration, long overdue and open to all patriotic citizens of the Big Bear Valley, notes the Legion, will be an opportunity to say “welcome home” to those who served our country over a 10-year period in Vietnam. Our local post of the American Legion is located at 41606 Big Bear Boulevard at Crane in Big Bear Lake, and is reachable at...

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

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 for the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District on December 31, ending a long career of community service since moving to the Big Bear Valley in 1985. Since relocating here upon his retirement from a career in engineering and aerospace, the World War II veteran served on the Big Bear Lake City Council for four years and was Mayor Speyers in 1988 to 1990; he also served as a Department of Water and Power Commissioner from 1991 to 1999, and again from 2001 to 2007, before joining the Healthcare District Board for a period of over 10 years. Speyers and wife Paddy, the parents of three daughters, were also active with Friends of the Moonridge Zoo; he is also a past president (or chairman) of SANBAG, the Valley Water Study Association, AARP, the Bear Valley Human Services Foundation, the Big Bear Amateur Radio Club, the Mining Monitoring Committee, the Association of California Healthcare Districts, and Friends of the Performing Arts, among other activities and groups, including the...

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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 military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Having graduated from an intensive, eight-week program, he is now Air Force Airman Alex Acheson. In January, two young men from our area completed nine weeks of basic combat training and are now graduates of the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia; those graduates are Army Private Elijah Solomon, a 2008 graduate of Chautauqua High School and brother of Jacob Solomon and Josh Mattson of Big Bear City, and Army National Guard Private Timothy Gatewood, son of Shelly Lucier of Running...

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

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 University Medical Center. It was in 1992, when Fashempour was working in the flower wholesale business that he met his wife, prompting his move to Big Bear Lake in 1995. Once here, Fashempour became active in the Rotary Club and the Old Miners’ Association, coordinating children’s activities for several years; he also enjoyed fishing on Big Bear Lake, trips to the river with friends and family, and hosting his famous barbecues during the Big Bear Lake Antique Car Club’s Fun Run weekends. The Ted and Paula Fashempour family, which includes daughters Dawn and Jennifer Wade, son-in-law Marv Terry, granddaughter Marley and brother Lee Fashempour’s family, thanks the Big Bear Valley for support, prayers and love; the Little Green House family suggests donations to Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Kidney Foundation. Update: Fashempour’s service had been postponed due to snow, and will now be held on Saturday, March 6 at 1pm and still at the...

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