The FAWNSKIN FLYER Volume II Issue 9

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Inside This Issue
Gossip Girl’s Notes
Fawnskin Events
Fawn Park
Fawnskin Business News
Fawnskin Market, North Shore Improvement Association Seeks Candidates for Fawnskin Mayor

GG’s Notes
September looks like it is going to be pretty busy around Fawnskin.
Last month flew by and I found myself working, working, working instead of taking time to kayak or amble down the highway. I’m editing this week.

After this weekend we expect things to slow down a bit but that doesn’t mean things are going to quiet down.

The closure of Fawn Park has the town of Fawnskin buzzing. Contrary to popular belief, the park is a corporately owned entity. However, townsfolk and town organizations have all donated money to the little park that they understood was earmarked to be for community use.

Get the real scuttlebutt on this issue, the status of the market, and assorted other information in this issue.

Online people have been voicing their opinions and concerns on this issue so don’t forget to visit for the latest scuttlebutt. Feel free to add your comments and make this publication your own.

G.G. (Gossip Girl)

Fawnskin Events

September 1-3, 2006 8am-6pm
Holcomb Valley Rendezvous

September 1-3, 2006

Performing Arts Center, Always Patsy Cline with Fawnskin’s Nancy Walker

September 2, 2006 4pm
Moose Lodge BBQ, Bake Sale & Music

September 3, 2006 7:30pm

We Five concert at Discovery Center

September 8, 2006 1:30pm
Golf Tournament
(Evan Patrick Conroy Memorial)

September 9, 2006 7:30am-1:00pm
Run for the Grizzlies (Valley Wide)

September 9, 2006 9am
Fawnskin Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up

September 9, 2006 6:30pm
Rare Book Auction at Big Bear Library

September 16, 2006 7:30pm
Tyrone Anthony at Discovery Center

Fawn Park
A few years ago a commercial plot in downtown Fawnskin was purchased by two celebrities who call Fawnskin home (at least some of the time).

When the park was opened, the two dedicated it to the residents and visitors of Fawnskin. Under that impression, Fawnskin townsfolk and organizations forked over donations to help get the park going and to support it.

Local, regional, and national media grabbed hold of the story and the community parkland of Fawnskin has been splashed continually in both large and small media.

Over time, the park has morphed into a quaint, beautiful park.
Used and appreciated by visitors, locals visit the charming setting and enjoy its presence.

The small location houses a stage, picnic benches, and unique items such as a memento of the Twin Towers, the “Fawnskin Five” (movie prop figures), and workout stations. There is also a horseshoe pit and a meandering path flanked by a lawn–all contained within a pristine white fence hedged with white and red flowers. (Photos are online.)

Just over a month ago the park entrances were closed. Signs read, “Closed for Today” but the park has been closed for over thirty days now.

The closure has caused confusion and ill will within the town. Visitors ask local business owners why the park is closed; donors to the cause are disturbed that the “community park” they donated funds to support remains off limits. The town wants answers.

Is it a community park? Why is the park closed? If it is not a community park, why were funds solicited for such a project?

The park is actually owned by a corporation. The closure was allegedly sparked by a feud between a former Fawnskin resident and one of the corporation board members.

Another alleged reason the park was closed is over concerns about park usage by visitors and residents during the Fawnskin Festival and other events taking place in town that weekend. Is the park not insured?
Community leaders have stated they are open to discussing general use and event park guidelines to clearly define permitting, fee, and notification.

However, they have so far declined to meet with the park owner as the feeling is that the requested meeting is not for resolution but rather for revenge on the individual credited for sparking the closure.

If you have donated funds for the community park and would like to receive answers to your questions concerning the use of those funds and the park closure contact The Fawn Park Corporation officers at (note this is public information from the non-profit tax filing):

Marty Ingels
4531 Noeline Way
Encino, CA 91436

Ronald G. Simpson
555 W. Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Martin A. Levy
11400 W Olympic Blvd #330
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Fawnskin Business News

Fawnskin Market
Other questions circulating in town concern the continued closure of the Fawnskin Market. I talked to the owner this week. The news is disheartening.

Unfortunately, he is still being given additional guidelines to meet prior to opening. The latest county request asks him to survey the acreage to identify the boundaries on the property. The requirements are related to adjustments that must be made for handicapped access. This means at least another 60-90 day delay.

Honorary Mayor Race
Once again it is time to get ready for the annual race for Mayor of Fawnskin.

We don’t make any bones about taking money from our voters. In fact that is how the Fawnskin Mayor is selected. The candidate who raises the most funds for the community wins the race.

If you are interested in running please contact the North Shore Improvement Association. Sue Crockett or Rick Fromm can help you out.

GG is pondering throwing her hat into the ring for the year’s race and is looking for some looney ideas–so feel free to share any with me. I want the 2007 race to be fun, entertaining, and profitable.

My interest: For those of you who are not aware, we have a serious challenge with our local fire station. The big problem is that we need upgrading. We need new equipment but my understanding is that Fire Station 49 cannot accommodate it. The bottom line…the new trucks won’t fit in the building!

The race will start shortly and conclude in December so get out those wallets!

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