Ramona our history, our legacy

<strong>Ramona our history, our legacy</strong>
Photo courtesy of the Ramona BowlThe 1928 movie poster of “Ramona” starring Dolores Del Rio. The film was thought to have been lost. However, a copy was located in the Czech Republic in 2010 and loaned to the Library of Congress so a digital copy could be created. ■ Ramona Bowl / Contributed When Helen Hunt Jackson wrote her story “Ramona,” she intended it to be a tale of injustice and the abuse of the Native Americans. Little did she know that it would turn out to be one of the most enduring love stories of the 20th century. Biographer Ruth Odell wrote of Jackson, “Her contact with the Indians set-off (more…)

Western Center Academy student is accepted into MIT

<strong>Western Center Academy student  is accepted into MIT</strong>
Photo courtesy of Hemet Unified School DistrictTanner Packham was accepted into Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study engineering. ■ Hemet Unified School District Tanner Packham, a senior at Western Center Academy (WCA), was recently accepted at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Packham will be studying engineering, which is what the school is known for. Being accepted into MIT is a huge accomplishment as the institution only accepts 7.2 percent of its freshmen applicants. Packham said the idea of how things work has always interested him. His parents told him that when he was a toddler, they would be waiting to be seated at a restaurant and he would take apart sprinklers (more…)

Two World War II veterans to receive France’s highest honor

<strong>Two World War II veterans  to receive France’s highest honor</strong>
Hemet’s Richard Buxton to be awarded The National Order of The Legion of Honor in the rank of Chevalier Photo courtesy Richard BuxtonThe Village resident Technician Fifth Grade Richard “Dick” Buxton. ■ Chronicle News Service The Government of France is pleased to announce that the two World War II veterans from Southern California listed below have been approved for the award of The National Order of The Legion of Honor in the rank of Chevalier (Knight). The award is the highest honor France bestows on its citizens and foreign nationals. Technician Fifth Grade Richard L. Buxton was born in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania in April 1925. He was inducted into the U.S. Army (more…)

American Transportation, Part 5

Transcontinental Railroad created more than Hell on wheels ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter Competition between rail and canal was as bitter as that between bus and streetcars in the early 1900s. Railroads also had bitter competition in their own ranks. The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway blocked The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad from laying track through the narrow gorge of the upper Potomac. The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway held the rights, and along with it, the right to prevent another railroad from entering their territory in that part of Virginia. The State of New York stood by the Erie Canal and refused rail lines the right to carry freight. Eventually, (more…)

Hemet’s Fire Chief Scott Brown is back

<strong>Hemet’s Fire Chief Scott Brown is back</strong>
Questions as to Brown’s almost two-week leave still linger Photo courtesy of the City of HemetFire Chief Scott Brown. ■ Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor Fire Chief Scott Brown returned to work April 9 after almost two weeks’ absence amid mounting speculation as to why he was even placed on administrative leave in the first place. Battalion Chief Kevin Kuhlman stepped in to run the fire department in the interim as acting fire chief. City Manager Allen Parker originally confirmed on March 29 that Brown had been placed on administrative leave. The reason is still unknown at this time. However, in the city’s April 9 press release announcing Brown’s return, Parker (more…)

First Californian now serving Soboba

<strong>First Californian now serving Soboba</strong>
Photo courtesy of Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansMembers of the Soboba Tribal Council attended the grand opening of First Californian’s Soboba Branch on Friday, April 6. From left, Monica Herrera, Isaiah Vivanco, Branch Manager Deborah Tschann, behind the counter, Rose Salgado and Kelli Hurtado. ■ Mike Hiles / Contributed The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians was looking for a solution that allowed tribal members to have access to credit union services at reasonable costs/rates, while at the same time ensuring its members were not being taken advantage of and were being well served. After much research, it was decided that First Californian Credit Union could fit the bill. A branch was (more…)

West Valley’s agriculture program continues to grow

<strong>West Valley’s agriculture program continues to grow</strong>
Photo courtesy of West Valley Agriculture ProgramA student stands by the new livestock pens that were built in January 2018. Soon these pens will hold sheep and goats. ■ By Olivia Gildea / Reporter Students of West Valley High School are loving life down at their farm, and earning college credits at Mt. San Antonio College while they’re at it. West Valley’s agriculture program started a little over six years ago with a dirt lot and few class offerings. The school did not have a permanent teacher to head the program. Student interest was minimal. Funding was almost nonexistent, and the direction of the program was unknown. Unfortunately, this seems to (more…)

The Ravens return to Derby’s

<strong>The Ravens return to Derby’s</strong>
Photo courtesy of Jesse VivancoThe Ravens at Derby’s. ■ Chronicle News Service The Ravens—a group of young teenagers from local high schools—will be returning by popular demand to Derby’s Bar and Grill on Saturday, April 14. Sixteen-year-old Hugo Valdivia, drummer and lead vocalist, is a student at River Springs Charter School, and has been playing drums since he was 12 years old. Max Chidley—the front man and vocalist—attends Ace Academy in Hemet. At 17, Chidley is the band’s oldest member. Diego De La Huerta, who also attends River Springs Charter School, is on keyboard. Rhythm guitarist Marco Farias picked up his instrument at 12 years old and has been running his (more…)

Hemet remembers Rick Truskowski

<strong>Hemet remembers Rick Truskowski</strong>
Photo by Carolyn TruskowskiCarolyn and Rick Truskowski. ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter Marc Anthony in his tribute to Julius Caesar said, “The evil men do lives after them; the good in man is oft interred with his bones.” No such statement was ever applied to the late Richard “Rick” Truskowski. From every man or woman who knew him, he was known as the most generous and kind human being they ever met. Rick was a character from the past, right out of a Norman Rockwell painting. Rob Lindquist—remembering all the years he knew Rick from the time he opened True Value Hardware Store on Florida Avenue near Yale Street—saw (more…)

HHT announces new season of tributes

<strong>HHT announces new season of tributes</strong>
Photo courtesy of HHTMirage bringing the house down at HHT. ■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed Saturday, March 24 was a night of celebration at the Historic Hemet Theatre (HHT). Balloons and champagne were on hand for the announcement that the purchase of the vintage movie house was complete and that the HHT Foundation finally holds the title on behalf of the valley community. For five years, volunteers, donors, and patrons have joined together to build a community arts center that would energize Hemet’s Downtown District and preserve this treasured valley landmark. With this milestone, that dream is now reality. Plans have already begun for the renovation to be completed in (more…)