Not long ago, I said things were getting a little hectic around town, especially in regards to school-related activities. With the conclusion of Hesperia Unified's school year, that highly active period is over. Whew!

The school year ended with four high school graduation ceremonies and fun-filled activity days for eight-graders at Hesperia Junior and Ranchero Middle schools. Congratulations to all who graduated.

Along the way, a few news items slipped through the cracks at the Star. We hope to get a couple of the stragglers into next week's newspaper.

Now the summer activities begin.

On Friday and Saturday, the Hesperia Recreation and Park District will hold its annual rodeo at Shearer Arena. A new era will begin with the inclusion of female bull riders. But there is a lot more fun for the whole family. In fact, if your family has never been to the rodeo, you should go. It's a blast! Friday morning the Hesperia Star will be on hand to see which youngsters will win the park district's first-ever "Cowboy and Cowgirl Costume Contest" at Western Connection in the Vons shopping center at Main and I.

We're sorry to see that Mark Lawson and his wife are leaving town. As the real estate market dried up, so did the opportunities for Mark, a real estate agent in Oak Hills. As a former president of the Hesperia Chamber, Mark helped grow the popular weekly Coffee Club and served on the Casino Night and other committees.

Despite the financial challenges, Mark remains upbeat. The Lawsons will be moving to New Hampshire to live close to their daughter, son-in-law and the couple's two children. Top on Mark's to-do list is going fishing with his grandchildren.

Good luck, Mark!