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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Through the Keyhole exhibit continues at County Museum

Through the KeyholeCome on out and visit the special exhibit, “Through the Keyhole,”  at 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.
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.



Plan, prepare and participate! Be a survivor.

survivor expoLearn how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters at the 2nd Annual San Bernardino County Survivor Expo at Glen Helen Regional Park, Saturday, June 7, 2014.

The event, co-sponsored by the County Office of Emergency Services and Regional Parks will feature emergency workshop presentations and activities for everyone – from tent camping demonstrations to emergency preparedness for your pets.

Attendees will also have a chance to get an up close look at the fire engines, police vehicles, and other rescue equipment that will be on display.  The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and all attendees are eligible to receive a 50% off coupon for their next park visit plus 50% off for fishing.

For more information, click here.

Early voting starts today in Hesperia and Montclair

votingThe San Bernardino County Elections Office is continuing to make it convenient for voters to cast a ballot in the 2014 Statewide Primary Election by expanding early voting in the County. Beginning today, voters can vote early during normal business hours at the Hesperia Branch Library and the Montclair Branch Library. Earlier this month, early voting began at the San Bernardino County Elections Office.

All three early voting locations will also serve as a mail ballot drive-thru drop-off location on Election Day. Elections Office staff will be stationed in the parking lot to accept voted mail ballots and distribute “I Voted” stickers. The drive-thru drop-offs will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

“These new early voting locations and mail ballot drive-thru drop-offs are just two examples of the many improvements we’ve implemented to make voting more convenient for San Bernardino County voters,” said San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters, Michael J. Scarpello. “In addition to these improvements, we recently added 55 locations throughout the county where voters can deliver their mail ballots,” Scarpello said.

Voters can also drop-off their mail ballots at any one of the county’s 413 polling places on Election Day. All mail ballot drop-off locations and polling places can be found on the Elections Office website at Voters can sign up to receive a mail ballot by filling out the Mail Ballot Application found in their Voter Information Guide, by downloading an application from the Elections Office website, or by calling the Elections Office. The deadline to apply for a mail ballot is tomrrow, Wednesday, May 28.

For more information about this election, visit the Elections Office website,, or call (909) 387-8300.


Portraits and Views on display at County Museum

The photo was outside a home on Webster Street in Redlands circa 1900.  The dog’s name is Tip who belonged to the photographer, Elias Everitt, and shows up in a lot of his images.

This photo was taken outside a home on Webster Street in Redlands circa 1900. The dog’s name is Tip who belonged to the photographer, Elias Everitt, and shows up in a lot of his images.

“Portraits and Views: The Redlands Photographic Studio, 1897 to 1924,” continues at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands. The exhibit, which features photographs and photographic equipment from Elias Everitt’s Redlands Photographic Studio, will run through July 15. The exhibit is included in paid museum admission.

In the exhibit, museum visitors can try out 3-D images as they were enjoyed through stereoscopic viewers in parlors more than a century ago, and experience the wonder of a camera obscura. They can also pick up a “Tips Treasure Hunt” and search images in the exhibit for Everitt’s pet dogs, all named Tip. Changing electronic images from the collections invite visitors to provide identification of people, buildings, and locations of hundreds of the photos in the museum’s archives.

At the turn of the twentieth century, community photographers like Elias Everitt did quite a brisk business. While people did engage in amateur photography at that time, not everyone had camera equipment of their own, so the market for camera work done by professionals was still in full swing. Studio portraits, promotional photography, and private commission work kept Everitt busy. Today, the tangible results of the work of the Redlands Photographic Studio remain as a terrific window to the past.

The glass negatives and few film negatives that make up the Elias Everitt photographic collection at the San Bernardino County Museum number in the thousands. They offer a unique view back in time, capturing people, events, structures and landscapes. The several dozen images featured in “Portraits and Views” are visually stunning, featuring people and places that many museum visitors will recognize.

The subtle details in the photographs can be very revealing. Circa 1890 or 1900, electricity for use in the home was a relatively new concept. Electric power for a room was often supplied from one cord with multiple outlets. Sometimes this single cord hung down from the ceiling in the center of the room, meaning that any electrical appliance had to be situated in that vicinity. Photographs that illustrate this would have been a real source of pride, but can seem a bit odd to those of us who are used to built-in wall outlets and permanent ceiling fixtures. By the same token, exterior shots of homes and buildings with the sprinklers going full blast might not have any special meaning today, but they were purposefully made to represent .modernity.

“Portraits and Views: The Redlands Photographic Studio 1897 to 1924” is made possible in part by The Redlands Area Historical Society, Redlands Camera Club, Clara Mae Clem, Ron Running, and .

Veterans: Find the furry face you love for free

petstovetsIn honor of veterans, San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control will offer U.S. veterans and members of the military the ability to adopt a pet free of charge from one of the County’s animal shelter facilities located in Devore or Big Bear Lake.

“Pets to Vets” is part of the County’s ongoing effort to place homeless pets with loving families.

San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control will be offering this program to place up to 50 dogs or cats on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday May 25, 2014. There is a limit of 2 adoptions per qualified veteran.

The “Animals aRe First Fund” (ARFF), a local non-profit charitable organization that assists stray animals in San Bernardino County, will be paying for the vaccination, adoption and the spay or neuter fees for the first 50 adoptions made to qualified military veterans at San Bernardino County operated animal shelters.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to match pets that need homes with deserving military veterans who would appreciate companionship,” said Brian Cronin, Chief of San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control.

To participate, veterans need to provide one form of valid military identification. Valid identification includes a Veterans Identification Card, VA Health Card, Department of Defense/Uniformed Services ID Card, Disabled American Veterans Life Member ID Card, American Legion ID Card, DD-214 form, a Disabled Veteran California State Park and Recreation Pass, or a letter from the San Bernardino County Office of Veterans Affairs.

Animals can be adopted from the following San Bernardino County shelters: The Devore Animal Shelter, located at 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino, (909) 386-9820 or the Big Bear Animal Shelter located at 42080 Northshore Drive, Big Bear City, (909)866-4943. The Big Bear shelter is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Devore shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday May 25, 2014.

Museum open on Memorial Day

MemorialDayThe San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands, usually closed on Mondays, will be open on the Memorial Day holiday, Monday, May 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular museum admission fees apply.

Visitors will see exhibits about the cultural and natural history of inland Southern California and the southwest, including minerals and fossils, Native American artifacts, birds and mammals, and historical objects. Three special exhibits are also included with admission. “Through the Keyhole: the lock and key collection of Scott J. Klemm” is showing in the Fisk Gallery and “Portraits and Views: The Redlands Photographic Studio 1897–1924” is on exhibit in the Crossroads in History Gallery. An exhibit recognizing May as Mental Health Month, “Mind Your Health,” is installed in the Schuiling Gallery; this exhibit of two- and three-dimensional art closes on Memorial Day Monday.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit

The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669.

Education and empowerment at Department of Behavioral Health Expo

mentalhealthmonthAs part of May Mental Health Month, the County Department of Behavioral Health is having an Expo on Thursday, May 22 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Residents will be provided with information, education and resources regarding mental health services in their communities. The Expo will be held at County of San Bernardino Health Services, 850 E. Foothill Boulevard in Rialto.

The Department of Behavioral Health has adopted the “Mind Your Health” theme and encourages residents  – through service, education and partnership – to fully embrace the concept that health and wellness not only improve health in the mind, body and spirit, but also maximizes one’s potential to lead a full and productive life. May Mental Health Month was designed to raise awareness about mental illness and the importance of mental wellness for all.  The Department of Behavioral Health is proud to continue its tradition of celebrating May Mental Health Month, which began in 1949. This year’s national theme is “Mind Your Health,” which is directly linked to the Countywide Vision element of Wellness.

The Expo provides an opportunity for residents to learn about mental health, services and empower themselves and others to mind their health.

Board of Supervisors honor 45 outstanding County employees

Registrar of Voters employee Christina Anderson and Registrar Michael Scarpello attend reception for employees

Registrar of Voters employee Christina Anderson and Registrar Michael Scarpello attend reception for employees

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors recognized 45 County employees today during the Public Service Recognition Award for Excellence ceremony at the San Bernardino County Government Center.  The annual event recognizes the everyday work of public servants. One employee from each County department is selected for an Award for Excellence, based on outstanding service to the county and its citizens.

The County’s honoree selection is based on specific criteria including customer service, initiative and leadership, accomplishments, and the commitment to the realization of our Countywide Vision.  Following the awards presentation, honorees were recognized with a private reception in the government center rotunda, sponsored by the San Bernardino Public Employees Association.

This year marked the 25th year the County has participated in this national Public Service Recognition Week event.  Public employees in the United States and around the world take part in the annual celebration honoring the men and women serving America as federal, state, and local government employees.

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