Get in the car and go “lightseeing”

<strong>Get in the car and go “lightseeing”</strong>
Photo by Chris Smith / The Valley Chronicle –”I’ll have a BLUE Christmas without you; I’ll be so BLUE just thinking about you; Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree; Won’t be the same dear, if you’re not here with me…” It’s great family fun, and it’s free! ■ Jacob Doane and Chris Smith / The Valley Chronicle With nothing much to do before the holidays except drive around town and look at the Christmas lights, your intrepid reporters at the Valley Chronicle managed to find a few locations around Hemet and San Jacinto that just might be worth taking a drive past before the lights come down after New (more…)

Destination: bicycle shop

<strong>Destination: bicycle shop</strong>
Good samaritan helps coffee shop employee after bike is stolen Matt McPhersonRusty Strait hands Devon a new bike after his was stolen from behind Destination Coffee Bar and Bistro. ■ Matt McPherson / Contributed Recently a 19 year-old named Devon, an employee at the Destination Coffee House and Bistro, had his bicycle stolen. When some friends picked him up after work, he left the bike parked outside against the side of the building. During the night, someone managed to lift it over the spiked-steel fencing and made off with it. Imagine that in Hemet! Now, I would ask, what does a clique of customers who dominate the largest table in the (more…)

33rd Annual Tinsel Triathlon

<strong>33rd Annual Tinsel Triathlon</strong>
Hundreds descended on WVHS on Sunday to race and set their own pace Photos by Corey EvanEvery racer who participated received a medal even for crossing the finish line. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter When you take part in an annual event long enough, taking ownership of it just seems logical. For Tinsel Triathlon Principal and Certified Race Director Connie Hall, it truly was a no-brainer. Hall, after directing the Triathlon for 17 years, purchased the Triathlon from United Way last March just in time to become owner for the 33rd Annual Tinsel Triathlon which was run at West Valley High School on Sunday, Dec. 9. Roughly a thousand people (more…)

Business Spotlight: Aldi

<strong>Business Spotlight: Aldi</strong>
The German-based grocer has opened its newest store in San Jacinto Photos by Shannon Densmore / The Valley ChronicleErica Bernal offering samples of some of their award-winning products. ■ Corey Evan and Shannon Densmore / Contributed Thousands flocked to the new Aldi store in San Jacinto last Thursday, Dec. 6, to take a look at the new shopping experience in town and to take advantage of the discounts and promotions the store was offering new customers. Shoppers wait in line during the Aldi grand opening to ring up their purchases. But what does Aldi have to offer which the rivals don’t? Tom Cindel, Moreno Valley Group Director of Operations and Logistics (more…)

Mt. San Jacinto Community Orchestra delivers holiday bill of fare

<strong>Mt. San Jacinto Community Orchestra delivers holiday bill of fare</strong>
Community Orchestra combines MSJC students and community members Photos by Dennis FletcherSue Campbell is a community member who is Principal in the cello section that also includes Jayne Davis, Aaron Jordan, and Barbara Pelham. ■ Sue Campbell and Dennis Fletcher / Contributed On Dec. 3, the Community Orchestra in the Music Department of the San Jacinto Campus of Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) under the direction of Dr. Vanessa Sheldon, Chair of the department, entertained an enthusiastic audience to the strains of a variety of different holiday music to brighten the season. The program was divided into two parts. • The first part consisted of: • A Christmas Canon • Two (more…)

Readers to see change in Easy Ad format

<strong>Readers to see change in Easy Ad format </strong>
Content, including puzzles and games, will remain in tact File photoThe Valley Chronicle and Easy-AD. ■ By Chris Smith / advisory editor Chronicle and Easy Ad readers will notice a change in the format of the two publications with this issue. Instead of being inserted each week into the newspaper, Easy Ad has been integrated into the regular pages of the Chronicle. “We decided it was in the best interests of both our readers and our advertisers to have a uniform newspaper where all the pages are the same size,” said Eric Buskirk, publisher of the Chronicle/Easy Ad. “It will be a better experience for our readers and will be more (more…)

‘Minor’s Gold’ wins national tournament

<strong>‘Minor’s Gold’ wins national tournament</strong>
How a generational love for baseball molded a dedicated coach Photos by Rusty StraitThe championship ring was earned by Minor’s Gold, a non-profit baseball team from Hemet, in the Vegas tournament which came under the unified rules of the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) national organization. ■ Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter When we think of champions and Las Vegas in the same instance, it’s usually along with heavyweight prize fights. One may wonder how did our little town of Hemet capture the headlines by winning a national tournament in Las Vegas? I will tell you why. And how this wasn’t discovered by any other “big shot” newspapers goes to (more…)

One man’s dream lights up downtown

<strong>One man’s dream lights up downtown </strong>
Photo by Cindy Boeing/The Valley ChronicleThe lighted Christmas tree after dark that brought chills to the onlookers. Giant Christmas tree brings joy to Hemet residents ■ Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter Realtor and humanitarian Matt McPherson brought a holiday tradition back to downtown Hemet on the Friday following Thanksgiving. He and attorney Kevin Speir towed a flatbed trailer down to the Del Mar Fairgrounds to collect a 16-foot noble fir from The Pinery in San Diego where one goes to shop for tall Christmas trees. They are the source for annual tree requests from throughout Southern California and are known for trees the size that might be displayed at the Hearst (more…)

Hit-run driver plows into new San Jacinto pharmacy

<strong>Hit-run driver plows into new San Jacinto pharmacy</strong>
Photos by Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleThe front of the United Family Pharmacy building at 1221 S. San Jacinto Ave. is boarded up after a driver crashed his car through the wall following a two-car accident, then fled the scene. No injuries were reported, but police arrested the driver a short time later when he turned himself in. Meanwhile, the pharmacy continues to fulfill prescriptions through its Hemet location. Customers urged to order online or by phone for home delivery service ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor Sometimes you just feel as though it’s one step forward and two steps backwards. That’s the way business-owner Steve DiMemmo is feeling (more…)

Casino job fair draws some 1,000 eager applicants

<strong>Casino job fair draws some 1,000 eager applicants</strong>
Photos by Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleThe Soboba Casino job fair Monday at the Soboba Country Club drew about 1,000 people who stood in line for hours waiting to be interviewed for some 400 positions. ■ By Chris Smith / advisory editor The line was long, the wait was frustrating, but for some, the payoff was like hitting the jackpot. When you have been unemployed – or underemployed – or have had to endure a long commute everyday, finding a new job is like getting a new lease on life. Monday, Nov. 27, was when the new Soboba Casino held its first job fair, and the response was, if not (more…)