If you like to ride a skateboard, play volleyball, horseback ride or do almost any recreational activity now is a perfect time for you to get involved in something very exciting. With a $5 million grant in its sights, the Hesperia Recreation and Park District is calling on all district users (and those who might want to join in) to share their ideas.


And so over the next week, the district will continue holding its community planning meetings at Lime Street Park.


At the first meeting, shared their desires for a skateboard park, increased leisure activities, new equestrian facilities, aquatics park and more. But the district is willing to hear it all. Heck, if you play baatchi ball or want to play cricket now is the time to make your voice heard. The district is all ears.


Here are the remaining meetings: Tuesday, November 10 at 2 p.m.; Saturday, November 14 at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m.


Share what's on mind. The park district is here to serve you.


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Frankly, I'm not sure I understand why it can take the school board so many minutes or sometimes hours to accomplish so little. Last week four of the five present couldn't even agree on the night's agenda, so the meeting was forced to end.


Without the presence of board member Anthony Riley, who tends to vote with Robert Kirk and Hardy Black, the foursome (which also included Lee Rogers and Chris Bentley) couldn't agree to agree.


Sometimes it seems these grownups are still fighting over a playground kick ball. Come on, now, let's be nice boys and girls and share the ball.


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I was shocked and saddened to see that former Apple Valley resident Mona "Betty" Towle died after a scuba diving accident on Santa Catalina Island. Betty was the signicant other of Darryl Evey, the new president of the Rotary Club of the Hesperia Community, which meets Tuesdays at Los Domingos Restaurant. It was clear from Darryl's upbeat countenance over the past few months, that Betty must have been a wonderful person. He certainly spoke highly of her.


Our condolences go out to Darryl and Betty's family and friends.


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I forgot to mention in my front page story on Roll Over Beethoven's music store that owner Willie Boyle has recovered nicely from the horrendous, head-on traffic collision that occurred more than a year ago. Most importantly, according to Willie, his step-daughter Dyllie Sumner, who was hurt the most, is also doing extremely well.


"She's running. She looks perfect. She has a lot of energy. She's 100 percent back," Willie said during his interview with the Star.