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Rev. Dr. James Steele Receives Honors for Service to Community

by Katrina Siverts


I met the Rev. Dr. (Bishop) James Steele almost three years ago, and have worked with him on many of his (and my own) charitable endeavors.
Known more casually as “Father James,” he is an ordained minister/ priest in the Orthodox Church Tradition in the Greek Faith, with such notable titles to his credit as missionary, chaplain, HAM radio operator, and CEO of the non-profit MOSAIC.

His character of moral integrity, honesty, credibility, work ethic, and having an excellent relationship and knowledge of all faith denominations/ non-denominational and World Faith Groups has been well-established in our local area over the past three years.

Fr. James focuses on empowering individuals, families, caregivers to create recovery solutions for those who are underserved, downtrodden, homeless, and are affected with challenging conditions (e.g., debilitating chronic-disease(s) such as HIV / AIDS, mental illness, and/or any disabilities).
He has character of moral integrity, honesty, credibility and work ethic of giving it one’s all, along with having an excellent relationship and knowledge of all faith denominations / non-denominational and World Faith Groups (WFGs).

As a Filipino missionary, he has experience working with those with leprosy established a compassionate World Faith Groups outreach to those less fortunate than ourselves.

Fr. James also had executive positions in companies such as Office Depot, where he was a problem-solver, including challenging customer service issues and striving for customer satisfaction, with skills in leadership stability, supervision and direction to operational activities of staff, sales and payroll forecasting, financial operations of the store, and enhancing store management team support functions.

As a hockey player he was the unmasked goalie of the California Western Hockey League leading Rebels, is worldly. Because of his penchant for financial success, a non-denominational, self-help program eventually will benefit underprivileged people throughout the globe. He later became a hockey agent for a few professional and NHL players.

In addition, Fr. James was instrumental in patenting inventions of Dr. Wallace Shute for the Parallel Forceps (for a better, safer way for mothers giving birth to their child), and also the Tri-celco instrument. He also made the injection molds for these items.

Through his non-profit, MOSAIC, Fr. James has assisted many businesses and organizations with creating business plans to take them to a higher level of success in their respective industries or fields.

The concept of MOSAIC is to assist All World Faith Groups, Community Faith Agencies & Organizations, Corporations and Industries with a Master Business Plan (MBP).

MOSAIC has successfully created, developed and implemented many MBPs, for the VFW, Veterans SSVF & Medical Services, numerous Faith Denominations such as UMC, and assisted USC KECK School of Medicine in an HIV & AIDS Program, and for Corp.’s/ Businesses such as Siverts Publishing/ MRV News Group, and many others.

Through MOSAIC, Fr. James has worked with government agencies and private charities to help with providing jobs/careers, training, mental health support and adapted residential homes / communities for our veterans and their families in support of the U.S. Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF), a Department of Veteran Affairs, which offers a continuum of services to eligible homeless Veterans and much more.

The Senior News and Desert News Post has published several articles to bring attention to the good work done in our communities by Fr. James.
These include: “Land of the Free” Veterans Monument Installed by Spring Valley Lake Vets Club; USS IOWA Restoration Volunteers Hold Reunion; MRV TEAM conducts Needs Assessment Survey Results outlining areas of public concern, USS Iowa Survey for Health & Wellbeing; Spring Valley Lake Amateur Radio Club; Fiesta Educativa (Autism Parent Education Program); Emergency Preparedness Program given at RCA Meeting; Day of Prayer Celebrated by Interfaith Council; Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Enjoy Palm Springs Hamfest; Spring Valley Lake Amateur Radio Club; First Annual Banquet Held for Spring Valley Lake Veterans Club; and Bishop James Welcomed to the High Desert.

Many certificates have been bestowed on Fr. James for his volunteer efforts both locally and nationally, including one from President Trump for “Volunteer of the Year 2018.” Fr. James will be speaking at the Friday, Feb. 1 meeting of SWIM (Seniors With Inquiring Minds), at 1pm at Redeemer Church, 22434 Nisqualli Rd, Apple Valley, CA 92308.


Fr. James accepts an award from the Town of Apple Valley Mayor Art Bishop, Fr. James, Councilman Scott Nassif, and Councilman Curt Emick.
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CITY OF VICTORVILLE and VICTORVILLE DISPOSAL TO SPONSOR FREE DUMP DAY ON NOVEMBER 17, 2018

Victorville, Calif. – Do you plan to spruce up your yard or neighborhood?  The City of Victorville and Victorville Disposal are joining forces to host a Free Dump Day on Saturday, Nov. 17.  This event is free for all City of Victorville residents and will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Victor Valley Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), located at 17000 Abbey Ln. in Victorville. Garden trimmings, broken fences, old furniture, toilets, mattresses, appliances, scrap metal, cardboard boxes, and extra trash can be disposed of free of charge during the event.  No tires, hazardous waste, paint, oil, compressed cylinders, dirt, or asbestos materials will be accepted.   This Free Dump Day is for City of Victorville residents only, and proof of Victorville residency such as a current water or utility bill is required.  No business waste will be accepted.   The City of Victorville provides additional convenient disposal options for residents throughout the year.  City residents who have furniture/bulky items, tires, TVs, computers, or other electronic wastes can drop off these items for free at the City of Victorville Recycling Center located at 15164 Anacapa Rd.  The Recycling Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.   Hazardous materials including paint and motor oil can be dropped off for free at the City of Victorville Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Center located on Loves Lane, off of Desert Knolls Drive, behind the County Fairgrounds.  The HHW Collection Center is open every Wednesday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   For more information about the Free Dump Day on Nov. 17 and other clean up and disposal programs, residents should call the City of Victorville Environmental Programs Division at (760) 955-8615 or visit VictorvilleCA.gov/

We Know The Face of Perfidy

I am posting this essay in it’s entirety. It is penned by a fellow Marine named Hal Arness. This Marine was all Recon and executed some of the most dangerous missions in the Vietnam War.  A sensitive and extraordinary  literate man who is a graduate of USC and played football for infamous John McCay. I was honored to have recently attended a Retreat for combat veterans with him at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Retreat center is known as the “Casa” and is curiously the location where I elected to not join the Franciscan Order in 1973. Suffice it to say, the weekend was packed with dual nostalgia. . Also in attendance were my Sgt. from Vietnam, Bob Boytor and two other close friends who also served in the Vietnam War.  Bill Black a former Army Officer who saw action with the Phoenix Program. Black is a published Western Cowboy writer and poet.  My other Marine pal Ron Reibslager is a fellow Marine who was with a Phantom 4 Air Wing Unit. The five of us did indeed have a few tales to share and some healing to occur. Facts without human intelligence is are of little value. Truth comes with a narrative, often one that takes years to surface.  In war literature it is often said, “the first casualty of war is Truth.”  The following personal narrative has some long held truth to share. The experiences and places of battle that are stamped in our psyche remind me of a quote from Virginia Wolf…. these places and experiences are “shell like coverings our souls have excreted to house themselves.”   WE KNOW THE FACE OF PERFIDY by Hal Arness   We are the American soldiers of the 60’s. This means little to the people of our country and understandably less to others. That tragic time begs to fade away….but there are those of us who just can’t forget…we are perpetually angry …and we are still there. We don’t wear  false faces of apology for our acerbic natures…or seek forgiveness that we do not really want. Instead we rail for honor and search for lost trust…diligent to be reasonable in our grouchy proclamations. Our demeanor is “sparky”….our content sound….our style often ugly and insulting. Those of us who have been pitched into the crucible of terror and deceit by the call of our country…..have returned warily caustic…prickly! We detest furtive angling and elitist secrecy among those who attain positions of authority  over our well being and  interests. We lash discourteously at those who spin their flaccid leadership proclaiming excellence and  deft handling… when their weakness is ruefully obvious….and humbly confessing the need for support and consensus would have engendered our fiercest allegiance…our affection. We only understand protecting one another! We strive and die for that idea in history! We seethe with anger at those who disrespect opposing views or the greater good…especially when reasonable rules of conduct are firmly fixed to protect the common good…especially when those empowered/entrusted by their peers to enforce those firmly fixed rules of conduct…make excuses, claim ignorance…refuse indignantly to take any responsibility whatsoever! We are a sorry lot we damaged relics…we have been betrayed by those who vehemently proclaimed their savvy wisdom and profound respect for us. We know all too well…that cowardly face!  We have been betrayed by American presidents and virtually every political office holder, by sexy/rich movie stars, by our nation’s “fair and impartial” professors, educators and news anchors, by know-it-all college students and snazzy zip code intellectuals…by “you’re in good hands” insurance companies, back-slapping lawyers, hollow speech-sters and by our own socially driven…”friends” and most wretchedly some spouses! We just don’t trust like we once did…or forgive in that vacuum of trust. Though our presentation has been mangled and rearranged by a difficult duty past…we are all the more dedicated to responsible interdependence…to the healthy preservation of community…transparency-in-all-leadership…and…rigorous fair play! If we have learned to recognize one thing by our traumatized lives…it’s that elitist whispering campaigns lobbying for like-minded allies breeds contempt, division and destruction…every time. We are grouchy! But we still KNOW to demand responsible accountable citizenship. We KNOW the reprobate liars and smug takers among us can be forced to confirm. We KNOW there is sufficient numbers, strength and unity among those who are accountable to each other and protect one another…to prevail over those…who are not. We are old and grumpy now…but we ever stand our watch over the right-thing-to-do.  Author: Hal Arness Marine Combat Veteran of the Vietnam War   From the horror of the jungles of Vietnam to 21st Century chaos, it is possible that the Vietnam Veteran has arrived as not the neglected but the light at the end of the tunnel.