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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Museum exhibit peers ‘Through the Keyhole’

A new special exhibit, “Through the Keyhole,” opens on Friday, December 13 in the Fisk Gallery of the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands. The exhibit features historic locks and keys on loan from the Scott J. Klemm collection. Visitors are invited to attend a gallery walk through the exhibit led by Curator of History Michele Nielsen starting at 3 p.m. on opening day. Both the exhibit and the gallery walk are included with paid museum admission. Scott Klemm will be on hand to greet visitors and sign copies of his book, “Unlocking the Portals of History,” at 4 p.m. the same day.


“Modern security locks and keys, and even electronic or virtual locking devices, are easy to take for granted, as they are common in our world today,” said Nielsen. “Historic locks and keys, however, are little engineering and design marvels that reflect past times in an interesting way. At first, it is easy to be taken by the unique and decorative detail on such utilitarian devices, but upon closer inspection, the inventiveness of the individuals who dreamed up and then fabricated them comes to light. Lock collector Scott J. Klemm has graciously allowed museum visitors a peek through the keyhole at examples from his collection in this fascinating temporary exhibit.”


Scott Klemm first started collecting locks and keys while a teenager. “I read a biography of Harry Houdini and the tale of this escape artist inspired me to learn to pick locks,” said Klemm. “I thought I could learn the secret of lock-picking by prying open some old padlocks, but some were just too interesting to butcher. This was the start of my collection and my lifelong interest in the history of locks and their makers.”

Klemm worked as a teacher for the Colton Joint Union School District for 26 years, first as a social studies teacher at Colton Jr. High and later as a world history teacher at Colton High School. He is the author of “100 Years of Crimson & Gold Pride: Colton High School 1895—1996” and “Ancient Locks: The Evolutionary Development of the Lock and Key.” Most recently, his book “Unlocking the Portals of History” was published by the San Bernardino County Museum Association and is now available in the Museum Store.

Don’t miss the Glen Helen Trout Derby for kids

San Bernardino CountyWith the gift-giving season just around the corner, you may be looking for a unique way to get kids ages 7 to 15 away from the holiday hustle and bustle.

The Trout Derby for Kids at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino just might be the answer for that much needed ‘breather’ in the great outdoors from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 21.

The Trout Derby is free with a $10 vehicle entry fee into the park at 2555 Glen Helen Parkway in San Bernardino.

There will be 25 prizes awarded totaling $1,000 including trophies for first, second and third place. There’s even a trophy for the smallest trout caught!

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County participating in conference focused on problem of trafficking, exploitation

caseSan Bernardino County’s Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation (C.A.S.E.), District Attorney Michael Ramos and the Children’s Network are participating at a conference held by the National Women’s Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation from January 17 to 19, 2014.
The Southwest Conference Against Trafficking will be held at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center in Pomona.
Anne-Michelle Ellis from San Bernardino County’s Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation (C.A.S.E.) will be participating in a workshop focused primarily on the identification and assessment of victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation. A discussion about the local response to trafficking in the region will also be addressed.
Conference registration and information is available at

For more information about C.A.S.E., visit their Facebook page at



Home rescue fair for struggling homeowners on Saturday

Businessman with Coat and Tie Holding House.Struggling homeowners who need to make informed decisions and learn about alternatives to foreclosure are invited to a home rescue fair at Montclair Civic Center, 5111 Benito Street in Montclair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 14.

Registration is required to attend the fair. Register at Call (909) 626-2054 or (323) 722-3955 for more information.

Bring loan documents and other financial information to get advice from industry experts. Face-to-face sessions and bilingual services with counselors from HUD-approved housing agencies and attorneys will be on hand.


  • Copies of paycheck stubs for all applicants for the last 30 days
  • Copies of 2011 and 2012 Filed Federal Income Tax Returns (1040), and W-2
  • Verification of household (Valid Identification)
  • Copies of past two (2) months bank statements
  • Copies of Current mortgage statements
  • Copies of Current Loan Documents (if available)
  • Copies of Correspondence from Mortgage Company
  • Copies of Property taxes, insurance statements
  • Copies of Utility bill with your name and address (current) and all other household bills
  • Household Budget
  • Client Authorization signed and dated (if available)
  • Hardship Letter/signed and dated (if available)

Home Depot donates smoke alarms

homedepotfireOn Saturday, December 7, 2013, the store management at the Home Depot in north Fontana presented a donation of 100 smoke alarms to the San Bernardino County Fire Department and the City of Fontana. Battalion Chief John Chamberlin was present to accept the donation on behalf of the Fire Department. The many children present at the event enjoyed seeing a display of fire engines, including Rescue Unit 73, as well as Sparky the Fire dog.

The donation was generously given in an effort to support a new public education program, “Preparedness in Action through Learning about Safety (P.A.L.S.)”, that is being developed for the Fontana area elementary schools. This enhanced program, scheduled to be launched in 2014, will teach school-age children such safety themes as Exit Drills in the Home (E.D.I.T.H.), smoke alarm awareness, kitchen fire safety, and others.

Adam Panos, Fire Prevention Supervisor and Fire Marshal for Fontana, is coordinating the development of the new educational program. “We are very appreciative of our community partners like the Home Depot, helping us to achieve our goal of educating our kids about fire safety,” said Panos. “The new public education program will help us get these donated smoke alarms into the hands of people that need them.”

The San Bernardino County Fire Department provides fire protection, emergency medical services and fire safety education services to the City of Fontana as well as many other cities and districts throughout the County. To learn more about fire safety, visit our website at


Chimney fire displaces 12 people

countyfireFirefighters responded to a reported residential structure fire on Holly Dr. in Victorville at about 10:40 p.m. last night. Neighbors awoke the residents and alerted them smoke was coming from their home.

Eleven firefighters and a chief officer responded within minutes and immediately conducted an interior attack, containing the fire to the attic area of the kitchen and living room of the 2,500 square foot home.

Ten adults, two children and several animals escaped without injury. Damage to the home was estimated at $30,000. San Bernardino County Fire Investigators determined the fire was caused when the chimney flue breached into the chaseway, catching the framing on fire and ultimately burning into the attic. The American Red Cross assisted the displaced family.

This is the third chimney fire in recent days occurring in the High Desert. In this incident, there were no working smoke detectors in the home. Residents are reminded to check the batteries in their smoke detectors.

Zero clearance fireplaces are designed for ambiance and not for heating purposes. Finished lumber and large amounts of wood should not be burned in these types of fireplaces.

San Bernardino County Fire reminds you to have your chimneys inspected and cleaned by a professional before each heating season and have it cleaned regularly. Excessive build-up in flues can ignite or transfer heat into the walls with devastating results. Be sure that you have a fireplace screen in a place large enough to block flying embers and rolling logs from escaping onto your floor. Never burn trash, paper, or green wood in your fireplace. These materials cause a combustible build-up on the lining of your fireplace that may eventually catch fire, possibly damaging the chimney and threatening your home. Make sure that any fireplace fires are completely out before leaving the house or going to bed. For more information on chimney fires and holiday safety tips, please go to

County Fire urges citizens to stay warm and safe for winter

Christmas tree with presents and fireplace with stockingsCold weather from December through February brings the need for home heating, and sometimes for a little extra help from a fireplace or a space heater. Unfortunately, accidents involving fireplaces and heating equipment are a major cause of preventable home fires. County Fire urges county residents to keep safe while they keep warm.  Following are some winter safety tips to help you stay warm safely.

Fire Safety Tips for Fireplaces & Other Heating Devices

  • Before the cold weather arrives, change furnace filters to keep equipment running efficiently and safely.
  • Place all space heaters at least three feet away from furniture, walls, curtains, or anything that burns.  Make sure to turn them off when you leave home or go to bed.  Contact the Gas Company or a heating contractor if you suspect that your heater is not functioning properly.
  • Check thermostats to make sure the furnace doesn’t turn itself on before you’re ready for it, and give yourself time to check furnace vents, especially floor vents, to make sure they’re not blocked.  Furniture and drapes placed over heating vents can sometimes catch fire. Continue reading

Festive and safe holiday decorating

ChristmastreeWith the holiday season upon us, the San Bernardino County Fire Department would like to remind you of the following holiday decorating and natural Christmas tree safety tips.

Before you put up any electrically lighted decorations, you should check the equipment to make sure it will operate safely. Check for burned-out lights, empty sockets and broken bulbs. Inspect wires carefully for breaks, fraying and damaged connections before energizing your holiday decorations. Any damaged strands of lights should be thrown out.

Both can be enjoyed safely. If you use an artificial tree, make sure it is made of safe, fireproof materials. If your artificial tree is pre-lit, make sure you test the tree and check all electrical cords and connectors for damage, fraying or broken parts before using the tree. On a pre-lit tree, check carefully for burnt-out, broken or damaged light sockets. Damaged equipment should be replaced or repaired before using the tree.

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Romantic, affordable weddings available at Asistencia

asistenciaA romantic but affordable winter wedding or a Valentine’s Day wedding at the historic Asistencia in Redlands can be possible for 10 couples in a new program announced by the San Bernardino County Museum, which administers the historic site. A Winter Wonderland Wedding Day on Thursday, December 19, 2013 and a Valentine’s Day Wedding Day on Friday, February 14, 2014 can be reserved by just five couples each day for special one-hour weddings. The fee for the one-hour use of the chapel for 25 guests, including the required insurance, is $382.00.

“We are taking reservations now for five special one-hour weddings each day, with the first ceremony beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending with our final ceremony at 2:00 p.m.,” said Michele Nielsen, the museum’s curator of history. “Our chapel is a beautiful, intimate setting for a small, candle-lit ceremony. These five one-hour ceremonies on two special days are available for booking now, but will be filled quickly The wedding couple is free to engage their own officiant, or use the services of our resident officiant for an additional charge.”

The Asistencia also offers a new Wonderful Weekday Wedding opportunity every Thursday for couples who are looking for a special venue during the week. Five ceremony times are available each Thursday for one-hour weddings with 25 guests, at the same rates as the Winter Wonderland and Valentine’s Wedding Days.

“The Asistencia features a beautiful vaulted ceiling chapel and charming grounds,” said Nielsen. “Wedding couples are encouraged to ring the bell on the grounds at the conclusion of their ceremony as a special tradition.”

Reservations can be made by contacting Mark at the Asistencia or by calling him at 909.793.5402. Reservation finalization and payment of fees is done at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands, located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane. Telephone the museum for more information at 909.307.2669. The Asistencia, located at 26930 Barton Road in Redlands, is accessible to persons with disabilities. Site hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

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