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STORM Damage Recovery




SUNDAY is the Day for new beginnings; the day for neighbors to reach out to neighbors with a helping hand and rebuild, restore and renew. 

Sunday afternoon, April 14th at 1:00 P.M., the American Legion Post #584 is hosting a fundraiser event for the Big Bear Moose Lodge and the Women of the Moose Chapter #359.  The public is invited to join the community support with contributing to the Rebuild & Renew the Fawnskin Moose lodge. It’ll all be happening in Big Bear Lake at the American Legion Post #584, located at 41606 Big Bear Boulevard, phone 909-866-4845. 


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Photos courtesy of Dave Emig


The Community Get Together and Fundraiser will be serving up a cooked-on- site, awesome Lunch and Dinner, beginning at 1:00 P.M. The $8.00 per person meal will include Mexican Carnitas, Chicken & Carne Asada, Enchiladas, rice with beans, fresh salad, chips and salsa and Homemade Tortillas, all prepared by the Big Bear Lake Loyal Order of Moose #2085 members.  Live Music & Karaoke provided by Monolo will make this an afternoon of celebration of entertainment that includes the famous Fawnskin Moose races, lots of opportunity drawings, throughout the day plus an opportunity drawing for a special wheelbarrow full of select livations. 


One of many February 2019 storm-damaged structures in Big Bear Valley was the historic, 90 year-old Lodge that houses the Big Bear Lake Loyal Order of Moose #2085, located in the community of Fawnskin. 

Thursday, February 14th it seemed the entire San Bernardino Mountains were hit by one gigantic windy snow storm.  Reports of power poles, large trees and structural damages were called into utility companies, fire departments and law enforcement agencies.  Residents and motorists were cautioned of the potential flooding and personal safety threats. 

A 70-mile per hour hurricane-like wind, during a torrential downpour snapped in-half and fell through the Moose Lodge.  The tree first went through the 2nd story apartment in the back of the building. It was so large that when it finally landed it spread over the pool table room and kids play room and part of a branch went through the kitchen wall destroying our commercial 3 door refrigerator and shelving units.  It caused major structural damage throughout the main dining area.  Noticeable, new cracks are now appearing where mold from the water damage is setting in.  Damage to the lodge was prematurely estimated in the upwards of over 150,000.00+. 


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While rebuilding the necessary rear of the structure, it is an opportune time to update the interior as well.  Enlarging the bar and expanding the dining area would give more space for entertaining, but will also be an additional construction expense.   

It’s estimated that the reconstruction period could take one year or more, while the meetings and activities by the Big Bear Moose Lodge and the Women of the Moose Chapter #359 have relocated to the North Shore Tavern, south of Fawn Park on North Shore Drive.  


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The members with the communities and gracious neighbors are appreciative of all the contributions to the Building Fund.  The American Legion and the Moose both extend a special invitation to attend the Sunday event


Edited by E T Russell

Contributors: Michele Metcalf and Dave Emig