While I have many good relationships with community leaders and organization representatives in town, there is one person who stands out. That person is Bill Alves, who embodies the true meaning of a gentleman.


Bill, also known as "The Allstar," is a regular here at the Star office. About every month or so he brings in press releases and photographs of Elks Lodge events for us to publish in our paper.


"Is your fearless leader here?" I hear a man with an especially sonoral vocal tone ask our office administrator Sharon Kulakowski. "Why yes, Peter is," she replies.


Sometimes, especially as the week progresses, it's difficult for me to chat with members of the community. Newspaper production can be very labor intensive. But I can always find a few moments to talk with Bill, who is one of the nicest men I have ever met.


Talk about roots in Hesperia, Bill and the entire Alves clan he and wife Aileen have been married for more than half a century has been involved with Hesperia since the early 1960s, when Bill accepted the vice principal position at Juniper Elementary School. He eventually retired from the district in 1977.


Besides Bill's wonderful disposition, he also has a very forgiving spirit, at least he does when it comes to dealing with our newspaper. There have been times when I have forgotten to put his article into the Star in a timely fashion, or the story might have been bumped out its place by another item. While some people lay into me and understandably so Bill seems to know that I didn't err on purpose. He understands that the news business is quite fluid and sometimes articles don't make it in. I am grateful for his understanding.


But when one of his items is published, Bill is always there to say, "A-plus-plus, Mr. Day."


It's relationships like the one I have with Bill Alves that make the day-to-day challenges of the news business easier to transcend and my career more meaningful.