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Volume 50 - No. 49

By Friedrich Gomez

He was an unrivalled raconteur, and highly-accomplished humorist who could make us laugh and reflect on life at the same time: “Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.”

And he gave us universal truths that were impossible to ignore because of the ingenious and unforgettable style of grammatical expression (known as antithetical phraseology) to which he added his own: “There was never a good war or a bad The Paper - 760.747.7119


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As an author and publisher of his own newspaper called the Pennsylvania Gazette, Benjamin Franklin became a wordsmith who knew how to fashion words and phrases to make his messages irresistible and unforgettable, such as his timeless, classic aphorism: “When you’re good to others, you’re best to yourself.” His true life story is unlike any other.

With less than three years of formal education, this small fragile child would emerge as an almost mythical figure with the stride of a giant, accomplishing Herculean feats and towering achievements that make biographers, even today, still weak behind the knees.

To many of the world’s most august historians, such as the worldacclaimed author and professor, Walter Isaacson, Benjamin Franklin was: “The most accomplished American of his age and the most influential American of his era and

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the most influential in inventing the type of society America would become.”

And due to his unique and groundbreaking achievements, it would become necessary to create a newer label, a more accurate barometer of who this human being truly was. In short, Benjamin Franklin would emerge as America’s first, true superhero. HE WAS A TRUE SUPERHERO

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What made Benjamin Franklin a popular superhero within the hearts of Americans, then and now, was his unpretentious down-to-earth kinship and connection with everyday people. Unlike Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and others of his day, Benjamin Franklin was less intimidating. While his contemporaries could be overly-pompous, intellectually distant, and even temperamental and explosively violent (Alexander Hamilton was killed in a duel), Benjamin Franklin remained playful, fun to be around, and when he preached wisdom or scholasticism, he clothed it in humor and fun imagery: “Better slip with foot, than with tongue.” And as with any true libertarian, he welcomed women into his early forum of learning, with insightful feminine humor that spoke of underlying truth that registered great laughter and nodding heads of approval: “To find out a girl’s faults, praise her to her girlfriends.” Franklin parted company from other Founding Fathers when he easily became more popular in children’s books in schools across

Give Us This Day Our Daily Chuckle This week, a compendium of wit, wisdom and neat stuff you can tell at parties. Enjoy! On Finding a Marriageble Woman

I have often thought that scheming women, bound to get their claws into a desireable male, could well emulate dogs. I'm serious.

Think about it. A dog obeys his master (most of the time,anyway). A dog doesn't talk a whole lot. A dog doesn't argue.

A dog is always sympathetic.

A dog always senses a man's mood, be it playful, sad, lonely, ill, angry. . .and takes the appropriate action. Why, if one of my sons came to me

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While school children became restless, normally dozed off, fought back boring yawns, or their minds wandered-off when teachers spoke of early American icons, Benjamin Franklin would make them laugh out loud with his unique lessons of truth, life, and learning: “I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.”

Or his special ways of explaining to children the reality of how people can, impolitely, overstay their welcome: “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.”

Children roared with uncontrollable laughter as rich imagery washed over them, and their young sponge-like minds learned of everyday life and the truths that went along with it. In all ways, and with all genders and ages, Benjamin Franklin became more than a superhero for all Americans – young and old, men and women – but his inventive genius, such as universal images of him flying a kite with key attached to attract and prove lightning was electricity, all remains indelibly imprinted into the consciousness of Americana, more than 270 years after the fact.

HE WAS MANY DIFFERENT THINGS. It is incumbent for an article of this genre to lay a foundation of prelim-

and said, "Dad, I'm of an age to get married; I believe I had better scout me out a wife. What would you recommend I do?"

Well, sir, I'd just tell him to keep his eye open for a good looking woman who had all the characteristics of a good dog.

"She should be loyal," I'd tell him. "And, she ought to do what she's told to do. If she doesn't, why you just swat her on the nose with a newspaper and she'll come around in no time."

"She ought to fetch the morning paper for you and not interrupt you while you are reading it," I'd tell him (or them, in case it was both my sons who wanted advice. I'm very charitable with my advice). "You want a woman who will know whenyou are in a given mood and respond accordingly. If you feel sad, you need her to look into your eyes and be able to convey a sense of understanding and sympathy without having said a word.

If you're angry, she ought to know enough to either stay out of your way until the mood passes, or to do some silly thing to get you chuckling and out of your sour mood.

She ought to be ready to romp in the fields and run and play if you're in a playful mood, for as long as you feel in a playful mood, never tiring,

inary fact, to better afford the reader better perspective and insight.

Today, Benjamin Franklin (17061790), is well-known for being many things including: scientist, inventor, America’s first Ambassador to France, political philosopher, postmaster, newspaper publisher, author, meteorologist, Founding Father, and has even earned the affectionate historical sobriquet as “The First American.” He amassed early America’s largest private library, founded the American Philosophical Society (the country’s first scientific society) and maintained the first science library, first museum, and first patent office. More than 90 members of this society went on to win Nobel Prizes!

THERE IS STILL MUCH ABOUT BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WHICH WE DO NOT KNOW. And yet, for all that is taught of him in schools and universities across the length and breadth of these United States, there are still mountains of fact that remain hidden; fertile glens and valleys which remain pristine, untraveled, unseen, and unknown.

For far too long, there is one title which is rightly his and which has remained unclaimed from biographers, scholars, and historical writers: “America’s First Superhero!” As pre-adolescent as that may

but ready to give up the game if and when you get tired.” As I would wax on poetic, I would tell my sons (and whomsoever else had gathered to hear my oratorical pieces of wisdom), "one thing you want to be sure of, find you a woman that does not enjoy shopping. I have never yet known a dog that enjoyed shopping!"

Reality would set in someplace and I would have to assure my sons that, indeed, it would be most desirable if they could find a woman with all of the above traits. But, also, I would add, it would be helpful if they knew how to cook, and was better than somewhat when it came to keeping a house.

sound -- grammatically, the noun (superhero) fits him majestically perfect upon closer historical examination.

The concept of a superhero is that they possess abilities beyond those of ordinary people, and who typically use his or her powers to help the world become a better and safer place. Any superhero’s resume requires them to be proactive in saving the lives of men, women, and children. And even rescuing them from burning buildings. Is it an American ethnocentric trait to “pat ourselves on the back” by referring to our own Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin, as a “Superhero”? Would this not appear to be arrogance and conceit to people and historians on foreign soil? Would foreign students see the appendage of “superhero” as unnecessary hyperbole? An American self- serving exercise of egocentricity? Read on.


In many foreign countries today that teach World History (as all devel-

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but it isn't working too good. Last week I put 14 shirts into it, pulled the chain, and I haven't seen the shirts since. My brother, Gene, had a baby this morning. I haven't found out whether it's a boy or girl so I don't know if I'm an uncle or an aunt. My uncle drowned last week in a vat of whiskey in a Dublin brewery. Some of his workmates dived in to save him but he fought them off bravely.

I took Mary to the doctor last week. The doctor put a small tube in her mouth and told her not to open it for 10 minutes. I offered to buy it from him.

Dear Bill & Jean:

It only rained twice last week. First for three days, and then for four days. On Monday it was so windy that one of our chickens laid the same egg four times.

You won't know the house next time you come to visit. We've moved.

As always,

Finally, I would tell them, "It would be best if you could find one without fleas." Just a few lines to let you know I'm still alive. I'm writing this letter slowly because I know that you cannot read fast.

About my youngest son, Kenny. He has a lovely new job. He has 500 men under him. He is cutting the grass at the cemetery. There was a washing machine in the new house when we moved in,

We had a letter yesterday from the Undertaker. He said if the last instalment wasn't paid on my Grandfather in seven days..up he comes! Lyle

PS/ I was going to send you $10 but I had already sealed the envelope.

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square foot, 18-room mansion spread over 640 acres. The estate had five guest houses, servants' quarters, recital hall, formal gardens, grape vineyards, wine cellar, an arboretum inspired by Balboa Park's Botanical Building, and boasted electrical lights. It was stocked with blooded Hereford cattle. It was said to be the most expensive residential property in all of San Diego County.

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British Lord Builds Local "Downton Abbey" - Residents of Valley Center in 1925 didn't know what to make of the man with a British accent driving around town in a Duesenberg convertible wearing a red beret, often tossing coins to youngsters along the dirt roads. It wasn't long, however, before they learned that the mystery man held the title of "Lord" and was a member of Britain's landed gentry and a descendant of a wealthy and powerful British family which dates its history to the 12th century. The mystery deepened when it was learned that he planned to build an estate that newspapers of the era would describe as "one of the great showplaces of the entire west." By 1927, the man everyone now knew as Lord Somerville had completed construction of a 6,500

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oped nations do), Benjamin Franklin has been popularly viewed as a genuine “American’s First Superhero.”

With the global appeal and popularity of American Superheroes depicted in Hollywood motion pictures, comic books, and Comic Con-genre gatherings, it was only a matter of time that even school teachers and college professors would make the colorful reference as such to America’s Benjamin Franklin. And not without merit.

Gifted Chinese author and respected writer, Joshua Tan, openly refers to: “Benjamin Franklin as another American Superhero.” And he is not alone.

Other foreign countries have closed ranks in agreeing with this “colorful but apt” assessment.

From Europe to Asia to Latin America, and in various languages, and exotic alphabets, Benjamin Franklin has been cited exactly as such. Even in the Far Eastern Hindu writings from such notable historical observational writers, such as Kachyap Vyas, he records in Sanskrit (translated here): “Such

So who, exactly, was Lord Somerville and how did this native of Scotland manage to find Valley Center in the early 1920s? Archives at the Valley Center Historical Society held the answer. In the 497page volume one of the two-volume book, "Memorie of the Somervilles History of the Baronial House of Somerville," author James (the) 11th Lord Somerville traces the roots of the family to the 11th century when the House of Lords, the upper house of Parliament, created the title Lord. The counting ended with the 19th Lord Somerville in 1870.

The local man of nobility, whose given name was C. Stuart Somerville, is said to have lived in a baronial castle in Scotland. As befits his native home, the estate he built in Valley Center is on a street named Crown Hill Lane. The Valley Center History Museum conducted a tour of the villa for its members in 2007, but it remains a private residence and is not open to the public. Had "Downton Abbey" aired at the time, it is likely that a

exploits from Benjamin Franklin were no less than from a Superhero.”

America is no longer the only culture who views Benjamin Franklin through prismatic lighting as a genuine harbinger of mythical proportions. In fact, America was not even the first country to refer to him in such gargantuan terms, specifically as: “America’s First Superhero.” That honor, shockingly, first came from abroad. Some say it was inevitable, springing forth from World History classes around the globe. From students and professors who scrutinized and evaluated his historical contributions in a foreign land, known as the United States.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HELPED FOUND THE FIRST HOSPITAL IN THE UNITED STATES. Benjamin Franklin was dedicated to saving lives. In the 1750s, as urban populations in the New World began to rise, Franklin’s relentless work helped to found the first hospital in what would become the United States. Pennsylvania Hospital still exists and operates today in Philadelphia. It was the nation’s first hospital in 1751 and co-founded by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin: “To care for the sick,

comparison would have been made with the TV series.

Passenger lists for the steamship St. Louis in 1915 show he arrived in New York from Liverpool on December 6, for his first visit to Lord Somerville circa 1890 America. He returned in 1923 intending to travel on to New Zealand, but his trip took a detour when he arrived in California and was told that "San Diego, of all the world, possessed the most perfect climate." An Escondido newspaper interview later quoted Somerville: "While the oceanfront is charming, the backcountry, to my mind, is even more so." Somerville's backcountry property search brought him to Bear Valley and the Mendenhall ranching family which was willing to sell 640 acres after having raised cattle on the site since the late 1800s. Lord Somerville hired a prominent San Diego architect to design a manor house which, at its time, cost an astounding $50,000. In 2016, the same property was listed for sale at $25 Million.

The onetime Scotsman moved into the manor house on August 1, 1927, and sold the property in 1938. His departure was about as mysterious

poor, and insane, who were wandering the streets of Philadelphia.”

With Franklin’s political status, clout, and wide acclaim, he was the indispensable power to enact such a project. He realized his dream along with Dr. Thomas Bond to “Save the lives of men, women, and children” – and even the homeless at the time who were often considered indigent and mentally unbalanced due to their plight (which is a persistent ailment among today’s homeless population).

By saving, nurturing, and salvaging such human life, he was a genuine Super Hero far unsurpassed by any standards of his era by any political figure.

of founding the During hospital, first Philadelphia’s Philadelphia was the fastest growing city in the 13 colonies – which caused him another concern: How to feed a steadily-increasing population of human beings to prevent widespread hunger and starvation?

HIS NEXT CRUSADE: FEEDING A NATION OF HUNGRY PEOPLE BY AVERTING DISASTER! Franklin set about his next quest for humankind: Demography, or population studies. Ever the scientific mind, Franklin had, years earlier, been taking notes in the 1730s and 1740s on the emerging science of demography, or population studies. Now, he found that the American

as his first appearance years earlier. There is one report that he died in the 1940s.

In the meantime, the Clan Somerville Family Worldwide Facebook page lists more than 300 descendants in the U.S. In November 2016, some of the clan visited Valley Center to see the manor house calling it "the historical homestead of the Somervilles in California." The two-volume history of the historic family can be ordered through San Diego County Library. Today, the property is known as Melrose Ranch and is a private residential property owned by well known Escondido businessman, Arie De Jong and his wife, Anneke.

For more information, contact the Valley Center History Museum via mail, email at museum@vchistory.org or by calling (760) 749-2993. The museum is temporarily closed due to the pandemic, but a volunteer responds to all inquiries. Wreaths Across America is On the Road Again With Annual Escort of Wreaths and Virtual Convoy - The Senate passed Bill #786 today, December 3rd, officially recognizing Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday December 19th, 2020. Today marks 16 Days until Wreaths Across America Day and only 12 days until

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population growth was, at the time, the fastest growth rate on Earth. Emphasizing that population growth depended on food supplies, Franklin emphasized the abundance of food that would be needed in the near future and the necessity of supporting and expanding farmlands in America. This was a crucial plan and a requisite for feeding the American people, lest we have a shortage of food and a nation of starving people faced with an inadequate food supply.

Once again, by calculating his scientific studies and demographics he was able to forecast the future, and the future needs of the American people. By planning for the future in farmlands, Franklin – once again – averted disaster which the new science of demography warned him about: a cataclysmic future of a starving people!

As a new science of population growth and demography, such graphs and statistics ranged in columns of paper were not easily understood and, therefore, people could not “extrapolate theory” from it nor see its future implications. Which were dire and deadly projections. But for Franklin, he understood the scientific data and its implications and was able to look farther into the

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Wildlife went to work debriding and dressing the ailing cat’s burns, some of which were severe and infected. The treatment regimen included bandage changes, strong antibiotics and pain medication to keep the feline comfortable.

A juvenile bobcat rescued from the El Dorado Fire was released back into the wild this week.

Photo courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife

A young bobcat that was nursed to health in the San Diego area after being badly burned in a San Bernardino County wildfire was returned to its natural habitat last week for release back into the wild.

A state Department of Fish and Wildlife warden picked up the rehabilitated animal from the San Diego Humane Society’s Ramona Wildlife Center for transport to a site outside the El Dorado Fire burn area rich with nourishment resources, SDHS spokeswoman Nina Thompson said. The bobcat, then 7 to 9 months old, arrived at the Highland Valley Road wildlife center Oct. 13 after being found by a Yucaipa resident walking her dogs, according to the Humane Society. A medical team with SDHS Project

Man About Town

I was reading messages on Facebook recently and came across a submission by a fella named Harvey Patterson. It's one of the better Christmas stories I've ever read and I thought I'd share it with you: It was Christmas Eve 1942. I was fifteen years old and feeling like the world had caved in on me because there just hadn't been enough money to buy me the rifle that I'd wanted for Christmas.

We did the chores early that night for some reason. I just figured Daddy wanted a little extra time so we could read in the Bible. After supper was over I took my boots off and stretched out in front of the fireplace and waited for Daddy to get down the old Bible. I was still feeling sorry for myself and, to be honest, I wasn't in much of a mood to read Scriptures. But

Within a month, the recuperating bobcat doubled in size to more than nine pounds. “This is why we work so hard for every single patient who comes through our doors — so they can return to the wild and thrive in their natural habitat,” said Andy Blue, campus director at the Ramona Wildlife Center. “This little fighter went from emaciated with severe burns to becoming a feisty predator who will be able to fend for herself in nature. We are thrilled!”

The northeastern San Diego County wildlife veterinary facility specializes in caring for apex predators and birds of prey, including bears, bobcats, coyotes, eagles, Our Project Wildlife team partnered with the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife to select a suitable return site outside of the fire-damaged area, with rich food and water sources to help her continue to thrive. Fatal Traffic Collison on Faraday Avenue, Carlsbad

On December 4, at 3:15 p.m. the City of Carlsbad Police Department

Daddy didn't get the Bible instead he bundled up again and went outside. I couldn't figure it out because we had already done all the chores. I didn't worry about it long though I was too busy wallowing in self-pity.

Soon he came back in. It was a cold clear night out and there was ice in his beard. "Come on, Matt," he said. "Bundle up good, it's cold out tonight." I was really upset then. Not only wasn't I getting the rifle for Christmas, now he was dragging me out in the cold, and for no earthly reason that I could see. We'd already done all the chores, and I couldn't think of anything else that needed doing, especially not on a night like this. But I knew he was not very patient at one dragging one's feet when he'd told them to do something, so I got up and put my boots back on and got my coat. Mommy gave me a mysterious smile as I opened the door to leave the house. Something was up, but I didn't know what..

Outside, I became even more dismayed. There in front of the house was the work team, already hitched to the big sled. Whatever it was we were going to do wasn't going to be a short, quick, little job. I could tell. We never hitched up this sled unless we were going to haul a big load. Daddy was already up on the seat, reins in hand. I reluctantly climbed up beside him. The cold was already biting at me. I wasn't happy. When I was on, Daddy pulled the sled around the house and stopped in front of the woodshed. He got off and I followed. "I think we'll put on the high sideboards," he said. "Here, help me." The high sideboards! It had been a

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was called to Faraday Avenue and Palmer Way due to a traffic collision. On arrival, officers found the rider of a green Kawasaki motorcycle had been involved in a single vehicle collision. Police Officers arrived, assessed the male, and found him to be unconscious.

The preliminary investigation by the Police Department suggests that the motorcycle rider was traveling westbound on Faraday Avenue at an unknown rate of speed when he lost control and collided into a building. Investigators do not believe any other motorists were involved. Tragically the rider, a 29-year-old male from Encinitas, died at the scene. Vista Addresses Cannabis Fees and Regulations

The city is tackling medicinal marijuana fees again as it ramps up its processes to both regulate and foster growth within the industry. During its Nov. 10 meeting, the Vista City Council approved several new fees for filing and processing applications for renewals, transfers, relocation, relocation and modification, and appeals, according to Aly Zimmerman, assistant city manager.

Zimmerman said the new fee structure is as follows: $329 for renewals of medical or enterprise; $662 for a

bigger job than I wanted to do with just the low sideboards on, but whatever it was we were going to do would be a lot bigger with the high side boards on.

transfer; $269 for change in management; $2,330 for both the relocation and relocation and modifications of a facility; and $500 for an appeal. “It seems like we’re always coming back with fees, but part of that is because it’s a brand-new industry for the city,” she said. “We do need to recover the cost to implement new requests.”

Measure Z was approved in 2018 and allows up to 11 medicinal dispensaries in the city. In 2019, the City Council approved marijuana enterprise businesses such as testing, manufacturing and distribution as well as delivery services for the dispensaries. Zimmerman said the city, and state, fully vets each application, which is why the city approved the new fees.

She said the California Bureau of Cannabis Control, along with city staff doing its own independent research, investigates those business structures. Zimmerman said the city will not issue a license unless a business already has a state license. “There’s been a lot of dedication to cannabis and implementation of Measure Z,” said Councilwoman Corinna Contreras. “It’s been very

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Yeah," I said, "Why?"

"I rode by just today," he said. "Little Jakey was out digging around in the woodpile trying to find a few chips. They're out of wood, Matt."

That was all he said and then he turned and went back into the woodshed for another armload of wood. I followed him. We loaded the sled so high that I began to wonder if the horses would be able to pull it. Finally, he called a halt to our loading then we went to the smoke house and he took down a big ham and a side of bacon. He handed them to me and told me to put them in the sled and wait. When he returned he was carrying a sack of flour over his right shoulder and a smaller sack of something in his left hand.

Then Daddy went into the woodshed and came out with an armload of wood - the wood I'd spent all summer hauling down from the mountain, and then all Fall sawing into blocks and splitting. What was he doing? Finally I said something. I asked, "what are you doing?"

“You been by the Widow Jensen's lately?" he asked. Mrs.Jensen lived about two miles down the road. Her husband had died a year or so before and left her with three children, the oldest being eight. Sure, I'd been by, but so what?

"What's in the little sack?" I asked.

“Shoes, they're out of shoes. Little Jakey just had gunny sacks wrapped around his feet when he was out in the woodpile this morning. I got the children a little candy too. It just wouldn't be Christmas without a little candy." We rode the two miles to Mrs.Jensen's pretty much in silence. I tried to think through what Daddy was doing. We didn't have much by worldly standards.

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future to see that Americans would be faced with another disaster: a dire need of food supply for the fastest growth rate on Earth! Franklin had calculated that America’s population was doubling every twenty years and would surpass that of England in a century! A notion few people at the time believed possible!

PHILADELPHIA’S FIRST POLICE FORCE & VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT. As any superhero is supposed to do, such as the mythical Batman, Iron Man, and Superman, who are committed to enforcing law and order against evil men and criminals, as well as saving human lives (and pets) from burning buildings – so also did Benjamin Franklin do exactly that!

But in this scenario, Benjamin Franklin brought such ideologies from today’s fictional characters into reality, over two-and-a-half centuries ago! In Philadelphia he campaigned ruthlessly and nonstop to help launch the city’s first-ever police force, as well as the first volunteer fire department, as well as the first fire insurance firm to assist individuals and companies with such inferno losses.

The Union Fire Company was one of the first organized firefighting groups in the world and the firstever in Philadelphia, which was established by Franklin in 1736.

Once again, using his political hegemony, clout and pressure, he brought about what would normally be out of reach of mainstream citizenry to try to enact on their own. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN – TORNADO CHASER!

Yes you read that correctly! As with any true superhero, Benjamin Franklin often did the incredible, the dangerous, the unthinkable – putting his own life in danger’s path “to better serve and save humanity” – and that includes “Benjamin Franklin – Tornado Chaser!” -- to the rescue!

One afternoon, Franklin and his son, William, along with companions, were on their way to visit friends in Maryland when, suddenly, they spied a whirlwind tornado headed in their direction! With everybody panicking and set to flee the scene (as is the rational thing to do), Benjamin Franklin chose to chase the tornado on horseback! His intentions were of a scientific mind, i.e. to better understand the meteorological phenomenon firsthand and up close!

As was recorded: “The twister was spinning incredibly fast! And Franklin attacked it and attempted to keep pace as the twister just

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rolled into a forest, with Franklin beside the way! As the twister began to suck up debris, branches and leaves Franklin decided he’d seen enough!”

What may seem to the unscientific mind like a frivolous and needless scientific experiment with the tornado was, in fact, a microcosm event which inspired Franklin to suddenly see interconnecting science! From such encounters, he was one of the first to observe that North American storms tend to move from west to east, and he predicted that a storm’s course could be plotted. In addition, his meteorological process and insight inspired Franklin to publish the first scientific charts of the North Atlantic’s Gulf Stream which we use today, such as with transatlantic ship crossings. Throughout his life, he studied various aspects of meteorology (such as with tornadoes and hurricanes) and proposed models to describe the progression of storm systems across North America (which the world uses today!). Ever the quipster, weather was a topic that always fascinated him, and he gave us the famous quote, “Some are weatherwise; some are otherwise.” BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WAS AMERICA’S ORIGINAL “AQUAMAN.”

Like today’s comic book and motion picture American superhero “Aguaman” (member of the Justice League) who is able to swim at supersonic speeds, Benjamin Franklin was the earliest version of Aquaman when he invented swim fins – when he was just 11-yearsold! Swim fins are regarded as being his earliest inventions. And are used by various divers, and swimmers on various oceanographic studies and other aquatic scientific projects around the world today.

A lifelong avid swimmer and advocate of the sport, as with Aquaman, Franklin wanted to be able to be empowered to swim even faster than is normally and humanly possible! So as a mere child of 11years-young, he created two oval pieces of wood that, when grasped in the hands, provided extra thrust through the water. These early models and concepts would morph into swim fins, which the world now uses today! BENJAMIN FRANKLIN COULD EVEN CONTROL LIGHTNING TO SAVE HUMANKIND!

What we now take for granted today, lightning is still a dangerous phenomenon, then and now! For colonial Americans, the threat of massive urban fires was very

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Of course, we did have a big woodpile, though most of what was left now was still in the form of logs that I would have to saw into blocks and split before we could use it. We also had meat and flour, so we could spare that, but I knew we didn't have any money, so why was he buying them shoes and candy? Really, why was he doing any of this? Widow Jensen had closer neighbors than us; it shouldn't have been our concern. We came in from the blind side of the Jensen house and unloaded the wood as quietly as possible then we took the meat and flour and shoes to the door. We knocked. The door opened a crack and a timid voice said, "Who is it?" "Lucas Miles, Ma'am, and my son, Matt, could we come in for a bit?"

Mrs.Jensen opened the door and let us in. She had a blanket wrapped around her shoulders. The children were wrapped in another and were sitting in front of the fireplace by a very small fire that hardly gave off any heat at all. Mrs.Jensen fumbled with a match and finally lit the lamp.

"We brought you a few things, Ma'am," Daddy said and set down the sack of flour. I put the meat on the table. Then he handed her the sack that had the shoes in it. She opened it hesitantly and took the shoes out one pair at a time. There was a pair for her and one for each of the children - sturdy shoes, the best, shoes that would last. I watched her carefully. She bit her lower lip to keep it from trembling and then tears filled her eyes and started running down her cheeks. She looked up at my Daddy like she wanted to say something, but it wouldn't come out. "We brought a load of wood too, Ma'am," he said. Then turned to me and said, "Matt, go bring in enough to last awhile. Let's get that fire up to size and heat this place up." I wasn't the same person when I went back out to bring in the wood. I had a big lump in my throat and as much as I hate to admit it, there were tears in my eyes too. In my mind I kept seeing those three kids huddled around the fireplace and their mother standing there with tears running down her cheeks with so much gratitude in her heart that she couldn't speak.

My heart swelled within me and a joy that I'd never known before filled my soul. I had given at Christmas many times before, but never when it had made so much difference. I could see we were literally saving the lives of these people. I soon had the fire blazing and everyone's spirits soared. The kids started giggling when Daddy handed them each a piece of candy and Mrs.Jensen looked on with a smile that probably hadn't crossed her face for a long time. She finally turned to us. "God bless you," she said. "I know the Lord has sent you. The children and I have been praying that he would send one of his angels to spare us."

In spite of myself, the lump returned to my throat and the tears

welled up in my eyes again. I'd never thought of my Daddy in those exact terms before, but after Widow Jensen mentioned it I could see that it was probably true. I was sure that a better man than Daddy had never walked the earth. I started remembering all the times he had gone out of his way for Mommy and me, and many others. The list seemed endless as I thought on it.

Daddy insisted that everyone try on the shoes before we left. I was amazed when they all fit and I wondered how he had known what sizes to get. Then I guessed that if he was on an errand for the Lord that the Lord would make sure he got the right sizes.

Tears were running down Widow Jensen's face again when we stood up to leave. My Daddy took each of the kids in his big arms and gave them a hug. They clung to him and didn't want us to go. I could see that they missed their Daddy and I was glad that I still had mine. At the door he turned to Widow Jensen and said, "The Mrs. wanted me to invite you and the children over for Christmas dinner tomorrow. The turkey will be more than the three of us can eat, and a man can get cantankerous if he has to eat turkey for too many meals. We'll be by to get you about eleven. It'll be nice to have some little ones around again. Matt, here, hasn't been little for quite a spell." I was the youngest. My two brothers and two sisters had all married and had moved away. Mrs.Jensen nodded and said, "Thank you, Brother Miles. I don't have to say, May the Lord bless you, I know for certain that He will."

Out on the sled I felt a warmth that came from deep within and I didn't even notice the cold. When we had gone a ways, Daddy turned to me and said, "Matt, I want you to know something. Your Mother and me have been tucking a little money away here and there all year so we could buy that rifle for you, but we didn't have quite enough. Then yesterday a man who owed me a little money from years back came by to make things square. Your Mom and me were real excited, thinking that now we could get you that rifle, and I started into town this morning to do just that, but on the way I saw little Jakey out scratching in the woodpile with his feet wrapped in those gunny sacks and I knew what I had to do. Son, I spent the money for shoes and a little candy for those children. I hope you understand."

I understood, and my eyes became wet with tears again. I understood very well, and I was so glad Daddy had done it. Now the rifle seemed very low on my list of priorities. He had given me a lot more. He had given me the look on Mrs. Jensen's face and the radiant smiles of her three children. For the rest of my life, Whenever I saw any of the Jensens, or split a block of wood, I remembered, and remembering brought back that same joy I felt riding home beside of my Daddy that night. He had given me much more than a rifle that night, he had given me the best Christmas of my life..

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real, no thanks to the unpredictable and then-mysterious meteorological phenomenon known as lightning. It was a devastating and terrifying threat! As archival records show, lightning could – and did – without warning, cause entire villages to erupt in deadly fires, until Franklin introduced the lightning rod, a simple device that directed the electrically-charged lightning to the ground and, thus, prevented many fires as a result of his heroic intervention!

HE DANGEROUSLY CHASED AFTER THUNDER & LIGHTNING ELCTRICAL STORMS ON HORSEBACK! How could you imagine a more unbelievable sight than a man frantically riding a fast steed, chasing after a lightning storm?! Many women thought it heroic and chivalrous as when knights of old chased away villains; while men thought of him as senseless and foolish in the face-off against one of nature’s most powerful, mysterious, and deadly manifestations! Of what possible purpose and value does this madman hope to accomplish? So thought many who saw him. Villagers had become accustomed to witnessing such surreal and paradoxical behavior from the greatly eccentric scientist, known as Benjamin Franklin.

It happened in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1746 and, once more, the mystical genius was on another heroic quest of which no mere mortal understood. Ben Franklin was fascinated by storms, especially electrical storms! Among his heroic credentials, one could add “lightning chaser” to his already long list of heroic – but eccentric -- titles. To the uninitiated mind it was a senseless storm wreaking havoc; but to Franklin’s eyes and mind, he processed things in his brain and analyzed what he saw – things which ordinary people were unable to see!

He networked with other scientists who were also studying electrical experiments. And he quickly turned his own home into a little laboratory, using machines made out of items he found around the house. During one experiment, he accidentally shocked himself! In a rare archival letter he described this new and unusual phenomena now contained in his own home: “It was a universal blow throughout my whole body from head to foot, which seemed within as well as without; after which the first thing I took notice of was a violent quick shaking of my body.” It was a most amazing feeling that few humans in nature have lived to talk about. Franklin continued to have a feeling of numbness in his arms and the back of his neck that gradually wore

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By 1750, he wanted to prove that lightning was, indeed, electricity!

Villagers, town folk, and rural residents, women and children, all heard him speak as if he were completely mad and deranged. Franklin began talking about how he was thinking and planning to protect men, women, and children, as well as entire villages, towns, and buildings, and other structures from lightning! He sounded as a madman!

Franklin’s continued talk of his plan only entrenched certainty that he was not a super hero, as he envisioned, to save entire villages, towns, cities, churches, and all their inhabitants – but his sentences seemed strange, bizarre, and far removed from reality to those who heard him.

He spoke and described a mysterious iron rod about 8 or 10 feet long that was sharpened to a point at the end. His following comments seemed far from being comprehensible to people back then, 270 years ago! His notes seemed as from a mystical conjurer, a wizard, and not of this world. As he wrote: “The electrical fire would, I think, be drawn out of a cloud silently, before it could come near enough to strike.”

In June of 1752, Franklin was in Philadelphia, hoping that he could fly a kite high and closer to the storm clouds. His mind figured that a metal key attached to the kite could possibly attract an electrical charge. Franklin knew what it was like to be shocked and lightning was still a “great unknown.” Still he knew that lightning was a form of electricity. He then decided to tie the kite string to an insulating silk ribbon for the knuckles of his hand. After all, he remembered his shocking experience (literally) at his home, and he wished no further part of it. His 21-year-old son, William, was the only witness to the event.

From his mind, incubating thoughts hatched and a clear vision occurred to him in vivid form!

In 1752, he more clearly envisioned the world’s first lightning rod! A sharply pointed lightning rod he called a “rod conductor” or “lightning attractor.” It would prove to be what world historians would call: “A groundbreaking exploration of electricity.” His thoughts and theories poured fast and furious as he scribbled as quickly as is humanly possible to record his fleeting moment of inspirational insight:

“May not the knowledge of this power of points be of use to mankind, in preserving houses, churches, ships, etc., from the stroke

. Benjamin Franklin Cont. on Page 7

New Session Amid COVID

On December 7th, the organizational session for the State Assembly’s 20212022 convened in Sacramento. But this year, things looked a lot different than normal. Though a few bills were introduced, the Speaker and other Assembly officers were sworn in, and resolutions related to operating the House were adopted, the event was not held at the State Capitol building as usual.

Because of COVID restrictions, the new session began at Golden 1 Center, the first time since 1907 that the organizational session was held at someplace other than the Capitol. All members entering the Golden 1 Center were tested for COVID. Masks were worn and social distancing observed. No guests or family members allowed. Typically, the day before, the Governor welcomes all members at a reception, but this year the restrictions in place prevent that. Historic milestones include the swearing-in of Alex T. Lee, who at 25 is the youngest legislator since the 1930s, and the continuing service of Steven Choi, who became the oldest freshman Assemblyman since the end of WWII when he was elected in 2016.

Because of the remote location of the ceremonies, all votes were voice votes, the first time that’s happened since the 1930s. This year marks the first time the Assembly Republican Caucus has

grown in a presidential election year since 1984, and the number of women in the caucus is also increasing from two last session to five this session. And for real trivia buffs, Assemblymembers Thurston Smith and Chris Ward became the first two German-born legislators to join the Assembly since John D. Siebe and Christian Went in 1880. Our new session begins in earnest on January 4th and I’m eager to begin what’s going to be a very significant year for California. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Bonsall, Escondido, Fallbrook, Hidden Meadows, Pala, Palomar Mountain, Pauma Valley, Rainbow, San Marcos, Temecula, Valley Center and Vista.

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Sacramento Sets the Rules, Now They Own the Outcome

Has shuttering businesses and crushing livelihoods worked to control the virus? Obviously not.

If businesses aren’t spreading the virus, what is? Dr. Ghaly, the head of the California’s Health and Human Service Agency, response to where people are getting the virus; his answer is, “everywhere”.

Clearly, the State was missing the mark. Focusing on business sectors provides a false sense of security and is a cause, not a solution, to the spread. Many of the closed and prohibited activities are still taking place, hidden from public view, without the proper safety protocols. The closures and mandates did not stop the virus. The closures are driving small businesses into the ground, driving youth sports to Arizona, and causing church closures in a time of high anxiety when religious and spiritual guidance are needed most. My push for balance of safe practices and open businesses has fallen on deaf ears. The spread is still happening and

it’s not the fault of gyms, restaurants, churches or schools. It’s everywhere.

I believe the rising case numbers are a direct result of the apathy of state residents due to the governor not allowing people to keep their livelihoods, the governor not allowing safely operating schools and businesses to stay open, the governor’s mixed and confusing messages, and the governor setting a terrible example of not following his own rules. The focus should be on hospitalizations, not case rates.

We must continue to follow the basic safety protocols, let’s continue to wear masks, continue to wash our hands and continue to maintain social distancing. We’ve exercised the basic best practices that prevent spread and will continue to do it, but let’s also allow people to maintain their livelihoods. Sacramento has set the rules, now they own the outcome. For a great GIFT idea anytime of the year Give a gift subscription to The Paper!

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of lightning, by directing us to fix, on the highest part of those edifices, upright rods of iron made sharp as a needle! Would not these pointed rods probably draw the electrical fire silently out of a cloud before it came nigh enough to strike, and thereby secure us from that most sudden and terrible mischief!” In short time, his dream had come true: He could control lightning!

Benjamin Franklin’s lightning rods would soon be found protecting many buildings, churches, schools, farm houses, and homes.

Like glorious symbols of raised flags of triumph, Benjamin Franklin’s great lightning rod was constructed on the dome of the State House in Maryland. It would be the largest of all “Franklin Lightning Rods” ever attached to a public or private building in Ben’s lifetime! It was built in accordance with Benjamin Franklin’s own recommendations -- and only once in over two-and-half centuries, has lightning struck the building!

Pointed lightning rods found their respective places on State Houses, Presidential palaces, and cathedrals, well, everywhere around the planet! Once more, villagers full of men, women, and children were now safer.

Once again, the valiant heroics of a lone and vulnerable man, riding atop a fast steed, can still be imagined, as Benjamin Franklin chased after storms, hoping to gain greater insight from the mysterious “fires from the sky.” Benjamin Franklin was the first to label aspects of electricity as “positive and negative” respectively, and he was the first to discover the principle of “conservation charge.” In 1748 he constructed a multiple plate capacitor, that he called an “electrical battery” (not to be confused with Volat’s pile.). Once scoffed at. And once looked upon as a foolish madman on ridiculous horseback . . . now suddenly changed . . . to a valiant, and courageous soul who risked his own life so that towns, cities, villages, homes, churches, and men, women, and children could be safe.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN EVEN WORE A COSTUME, LIKE A REAL SUPER HERO! Benjamin Franklin was a most perceptive and unconventional human being. And this meant, he even knew the importance of wearing a good costume!

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Chuckles Cont. from Page 2 YOU CAN'T

You can't cure hams with a hammer, You can't weigh grams with a grammar, Mend socks with a socket, Build docks with a docket, Nor gather up clams with a clamor.

You can't pick locks with a pickle, You can't cure the sick with a sickle, Pluck figs from a figment, Drive pigs with a pigment, Nor make your watch tick with a tickle.

You can't make a mate of your mater, You can't get a crate from a crater, Catch moles with a molar, Bake rolls with a roller But you can get a wait from a waiter. You can't raise crops with a cropper, You can't shave your chops with a chopper, Break nags with a nagger, Shoot stags with a stagger, Nor pop to the store with a popper.

You can't grow your beeves from a beaver, You can't catch the heaves from a heaver, Get grains from a grainer, Draw strains from a strainer, Nor cleave to your wife with a cleaver. ter, ter, ter.

A bat can't be made out of bat-

A flat's not a thing that can flat-

A pond does not ponder, A wand will not wander, And so that's the end of this patWHAT OTHERS HAVE LEARNED

I've learned that you can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk. Age 6 I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing "Silent Night". Age 7 I've learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back. Age 9 I've learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up. Age 12

I've learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up. Age 13

Chuckles Cont. on Page 10

Historically Speaking by Tom Morrow

Connie Mack Hit One Outta Da Park

I had the great privilege of knowing and playing in a small musical combo headed by my friend, Eddy Kruck of Oceanside. Everyone had fascinating life stories. Our drummer, Boyd Rogers, was in the California Country & Western Hall of Fame. Eddy had played trumpet with some of the L.A. area’s big bands, and our pianist, Dick Adams’ life story would fill a book.

In the late-thirties, Dick and his brother, Robert, were team mates on Connie Mack's American League Philadelphia Athletics baseball team. One day in the hotel where they were staying for an away game, Dick and his brother were going up the elevator to their room. On one of the floors the baseball legend himself joined them. Mack looked at Dick, and then his brother, and said: “You boys look husky enough to be on my baseball team." Dick replied: "Sir, we're your rightand left-fielders." Nothing more was said.

music, but he was equally talented in arranging or playing anything ‘by ear.’" You'd think he would have had a career in music, but he spent more than 30 years as a teacher ... of physical education.

We lost Dick about a year ago at age 92 or 93...no one really knew his age accept probably his family … a great "unforgettable" friend. ‘Smile Pilgrim when you ask that’

Back some forty years ago, I and a handful of other Orange County reporters had the good fortune to sit in on a "mock" news conference for a reporting class at Cal State Fullerton. I knew the instructor, who had a moonlight job as a reporter for the nearby Costa Mesa paper. Our only rule for attending was that we were to listen and NOT ask questions ... that was for the students in the class. The subject of the "conference" was John Wayne. When he walked through the door, it seemed as though his massive body filled the room. The session proceeded as you might expect, with several students asking a variety of questions. Then this little girl in the front row raised her hand. She'd been quiet up to that point. Horned-rim glasses, prissy-looking, she asked in a condescending manner: "Mr. Wayne, why don't the critics like your movies?"

Wayne looked around the room, then a big smile emerged on his face. "Little lady, ain't nobody likes my pictures 'ceptin the public." When the laughter died down, the instructor concluded the class...how could you get a better finale than that.

Connie Mack

Dick was an accomplished musician. He could play a trumpet with the best of side men, and there wasn't anything he couldn't play on the piano. When the War broke out, Dick joined the Army Air Corps. His duty station? "I spent the entire war at NBC radio studios in Hollywood," he chuckled. "The Air Corps had a weekly radio show and I did all the of arranging as well as play trumand pet the lead band. The program was broadcast nationwide and to the troops overseas." Dick Adams

There wasn't a piece of music he couldn't play. I wanted the combo to play "We'll Meet Again" as a closing number, ironically, Dick said he didn't know or had never heard of the song...even though the great British singer Vera Lynn made it popular during the War.

Dick asked me to "hum a few bars." I did, and he immediately launched into the famous tune on piano, never missing a note. He could certainly read

It’s amazing today how many folks under 40 don’t know who John Wayne was. To millions around the world, the image of an “American” was John Wayne. “You’ll Grow Into ‘Em!

“In 1940, things were so bad and equipment so scarce that I was issued an old World War I uniform,” the late Jack Kellogg of Vista recalled when he was receiving his uniforms at the U.S. Army Air Corps training center in Santa Ana. “When it came time for me to get shoes, the sarge tossed me a pair of size 10 boondockers. I told him I wore a size 8.” The supply sergeant was unimpressed. “They’ll fit ya,” he grunted. “Try ‘em on

Grudgingly, Kellogg sat down and put on the shoes. “It was like slipping into two box cars” Kellogg recalled. “Now, see those two buckets filled with sand,” the sergeant barked. “Go over there and pick one up in each hand.” Being a new recruit Kellogg did as he was told.

Kellogg admitted he didn’t notice the extra room. ‘Right,” growled the sergeant. “That’s about the amount of weight in equipment you’ll be carrying around for the next eight weeks, so get outta here!”

Ironically, Jack didn’t get any blisters on his feet.

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or “wrong” way of living in retirement – we all have our own dreams and preferences. But be aware that different lifestyles do carry different price tags – and have different effects on when you can retire securely. Are You Still Planning to Retire Early?

Have your retirement plans changed because of COVID-19? If so, you have plenty of company. Nearly 40 percent of those planning to retire say the pandemic has disrupted their intentions, according to the Edward Jones/Age Wave Four Pillars of the New Retirement study. You might have been thinking about retiring early – can you still do so? Even without a crisis, it’s not a bad idea to review your important life goals from time to time. So, in thinking about the possibility of early retirement, consider these factors:

Your retirement lifestyle – Your ability to retire early depends somewhat on what sort of lifestyle you’re anticipating during your retirement years. If you think you’ll be traveling extensively or pursuing expensive activities, you might not be able to afford to retire as early as someone with more modest ambitions. Of course, there’s no “right”

Sources of retirement income – Obviously, a key factor in knowing whether you can retire early is the amount of retirement income you can rely on. So, you’ll have to assess all your sources: Social Security, any other pensions you might receive, and your investment portfolio, including your 401(k) and IRA. The amounts you receive from these sources will depend on a variety of factors.

For Social Security, the longer you wait until collecting, the larger your monthly payments (although they will “top out” when you reach 70, excluding cost-of-living adjustments). In regard to your investments and retirement accounts, you’ll need to establish a withdrawal rate that’s appropriate for the length of time you expect to be retired. So, by adjusting these variables – taking Social Security earlier or later, taking more or less money from your retirement accounts – you can help determine if the retirement date you had in mind is viable. Your feelings about work – Your goals are not static – they can

change in response to any number of reasons, both external and personal. When you first decided you wanted to retire early, you might have been motivated by, among other things, a weariness of your current job. But has that changed over time? Have you found new challenges that interest you at work? Or, if you were forced by the pandemic to work remotely, did you actually enjoy the arrangement and want to continue it?

After all, many employers have found that their workers can be just as productive working at home, so, even when we’ve gotten past COVID-19, we might see a sizable shift in the geography of the workplace. In any case, if your feelings about work have changed in some way, leading you to think you could

work longer than originally planned, you’d likely gain some financial advantages. You’d make more money, for starters, but you’d also keep building your 401(k) and IRA, and you could even possibly delay taking Social Security.

The pandemic may lead to a reevaluation of many financial goals – and taking early retirement might be one of them. By thinking carefully about your situation and your options, you can come up with a course of action that’s right for you. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones, Member SIPC

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I've learned that although it's hard to admit it, I'm secretly glad my parents are strict with me. Age 15 I've learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice. Age 24 I've learned that brushing my child's hair is one of life's great pleasures. Age 25

I've learned that wherever I go, the worlds worst drivers have followed me there. Age 29 I've learned...that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it. Age 39

I've learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don't know how to show it. Age 41 I've learned that you can make someone's day by simply sending them a little card. Age 44

I've learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater his need to cast blame on others. Age 45 I've learned that children and grandparents are natural allies. Age 46

I've learned that singing "Amazing Grace" can lift my spirits for hours. Age 49

I've learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone. Age 50 I've learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. Age 52 I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die. Age 53

I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. Age 58

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I've learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, try to improve your marriage. Age 61

I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. Age 62

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. Age 64

I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you. Age 65 I've learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision. Age 66 I've learned that everyone can use a prayer. Age 72

I've learned that it pays to believe in miracles. And to tell the truth, I've seen several. Age 73 I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. Age 82

I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch--holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. Age 85 I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. Age 92

Please pass this on to someone you care about. Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile. •••• Some evidence that the gene pool may need a little chlorine: * Sign in a gas station: Coke -- 49 cents. Two for a dollar. * I was signing the receipt for my credit card purchase when the clerk noticed that I had never signed my name on the back of the credit card. She informed me that she could not com-

plete the transaction unless the card was signed. When I asked why, she explained that it was necessary to compare the signature on the credit card with the signature I just signed on the receipt. So I signed the credit card in front of her. She carefully compared that signature to the one I signed on the receipt. As luck would have it, they matched. * At a grocery store in San Jose, they have new credit card/bank card readers at the checkout stands. If you don't know how to orient your card to swipe it through the reader, the checkout person will say, "Strip down, face toward me." * A customer at a sub shop ordered "a small soda." The owner responded, "I'm sorry, sir, but we don't have small, just medium and large." (Both cost 99 cents.) The kicker came when the customer a rather welldressed business type, disappointedly said, "Okay, I guess I'll just have to have the medium then." * After interviewing a particularly short-spoken job candidate, I described the person to my boss as rather monosyllabic. My boss said, “Really? Where is Monosyllabia?" Thinking that he was just kidding, I played along and said that it was just south of Elbonia. He replied, "Oh, you mean over by Croatia? * An actual tip from page 16 of the HP "Environmental, Health & Safety Handbook for Employees." "Blink your eyelids periodically to lubricate your eyes." * I live in a semi-rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the Deer Crossing sign on our road. The reason: Many deer were being hit by cars and he no longer wanted them to cross there.

"'Course, not being old," I told him, "I'm only guessing."

We’ll let the faith of the Christmas characters inspire our faith. We’ll focus on Jesus as the reason for the season. We’ll end with refreshments, and go home with hope.

A Walk-Around Christmas Eve Service

The $100 adoption fee for Isabelle includes medical exam, spay, up to date vaccinations, and registered microchip. For information about Adoption by Appointment or to become a Virtual Foster log on to www.SDpets.org.

My co-worker thought about that, and then said, "Oh, yeah, I guess it only works on even years." •••• Some young whippersnapper asked me what I thought it was like to be old. "Well," I told him, "if you put cotton in your ears, pebbles in your shoes, and vaseline on your glasses, I reckon that'd be pretty close."

Service.” Every half hour, in socially-distanced groups of 50, attendees will meet the characters of Christmas, as we walk around our building, from station to station.

Pastor Hal Seeed New Song Conmunity Church, Oceanside, Ca.

Isabelle lived in the same home most of her life. When her owner died recently, she was left without a family. Now she needs a forever home. She’s quite shy. She might like living with another cat to give her confidence.

tion: "I've got smoke coming from the back of my terminal. Do you guys have a fire downtown?" * My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco. She asked the individual behind the counter for "minimal lettuce." He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg. * A co-worker was telling us about her sister who was coming to visit her for the holidays. Someone asked how old her sister was, at which she paused, thought for a bit, and then answered, "She's half as old as I am, that's how I always remember." So someone else (okay, it was me) said, "That's neat... So every year that you age, she only ages half a year?"

The Pastor Says...

Pet Parade

Isabelle is pet of the week at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. She’s a 6-1/2 year old, 15 pound, female, Domestic Medium Hair cat with a Brown Tabby coat.

* My neighbor works in the operations department in the central office of a large bank. Employees in the field call him when they have problems with their computers. One night he got a call from a woman in one of the branch banks who had this ques-

Everyone needs a Christmas celebration this year. We want to do what we can to make your Christmas uplifting and memorable.

After all, Christmas is a day of peace, joy, and hope. It’s our last chance during 2020 to grasp onto the good in the midst of all the disappointment this year. But without a little creativity, most of us could end up sitting at home with only a family member or two. New Song Community Church hopes to remedy that for many people this Christmas Eve.

Every half hour, from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m., New Song will be bringing the Christmas story to life throughout our five-acre parking lot. Think of it as a “Walk-Around Christmas Eve

Each group will be limited in size, so reservations are required. Join us by registering at www.newsongchurch.com. We anticipate filling every group and timeslot, so please register soon. And wear comfortable shoes. Also: An Online Christmas Eve

For those who can’t come in person, we’ll be offering two online Christmas Eve Services. They’ll be streaming at www.newsongchurch.com at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., December 24. You’ll experience a backyard Christmas worship night, complete with a Christmas message of hope for the ages. For more information on either of these services, call 760.560.5000.

Merry Christmas to you and yours! Dr. Hal Seed

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A Weekly Message from the Mayor of Your Community published in the belief that it is important for elected leaders to communicate with their constituents and that constituents have a means of hearing from their elected leaders.

San Marcos • Mayor Rebecca Jones

Vista • Mayor Judy Ritter

City of San Marcos COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program

San Marcos renters who have experienced financial setbacks due to COVID-19 may be eligible for the City’s new COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program. The program, funded with $1,051,615 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) resources, will provide immediate financial aid to residents experiencing a loss of income directly related to COVID-19.

It provides rental assistance (up to $10,000, total per household, per application for six (6) months of partial or full rent) to residents whose incomes are at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income, who were current with rent payments before March 16, 2020 and who are otherwise in good financial standing. To learn more about the COVID-19 Rental Assistance program, eligibility and the application process, go to the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program webpage located under the Neighborhood Services tab at www.san-marcos.net.

Escondido • Mayor Paul “Mac” McNamara Greetings Escondido,

When you read this, we will have a new council. While I’ve known both of the two new successful candidates, I’ve had a chance to talk with them individually about this new responsibility. For those of you who have not had the opportunity to get to know them, I can assure you they both have what it takes and I think we will have a great council. Governance is hard. It requires cooperation, civility and compromise without losing one’s values. Decisions are rarely simple. It’s harder than you might think. That said, I think we have a good group, that will address the challenges of the community putting the residents first and so my expectations are high. I would also like to say thank you for their service, to the late Councilmember John Masson, and our departing colleague, Councilmember Olga Diaz. Both kept the future of Escondido and its residents as their main priority. Finally, don’t deny yourself a great experience and make sure you visit the free Northern Lights Exhibit at the CCAE and Grape Day park.

Recogn ition for Excelle nt Financi al Reporti ng The City has earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2018/19 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

The document is used to assist all of the City's stakeholders in understanding the financial condition of the city. This certificate is the only national award for state and local government sector financial reporting and this acknowledgement by the Government Finance Officers Association represents a significant accomplishment. It is an honor to be recognized with this prestigious award for our complete and transparent financial reporting and we appreciate the acknowledgement of our city’s efforts to present our financial information in a way that is both professional and easily understood by the public.

Oceanside • Mayor Peter Weiss

Shayna Rutman is a freshman at American University in Washington D.C. who began Purses For A Purpose- San Diego with her father in May of 2019. They collect travel sized toiletries (purchased with donation money or donated by bulk) and place them in mid-sized, good conditioned purses and handbags to deliver to the homeless women of San Diego County. Purses for a Purpose was born under the core belief that all homeless women have value in society and to raise awareness about the ever growing homeless crisis. They started spreading the word on social media about being in need of purse and travel-sized toiletries contributions, and to their astonishment, received a lot of donations and praise!

Their goal is to continue to raise awareness about the ever-growing homeless crisis. Check out linktr.ee/pursesforapurposesd or email, pursesforapurposesd@gmail.com with any inquiries about contributions to the cause!

Stay informed, Be Kind, Remember your neighbor, and Stay safe! Semper Fi,

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While on his own American soil, Franklin was the consummate urbanite. He dressed impeccably well, but this would soon change as he would – yet again – embark on another secret journey along with another ultra-secret plan!

This time he was sent to Paris as America’s first-ever U. S. Ambassador to France.

And this time -- as with any superhero -- he would actually wear a special costume!

Benjamin Franklin always seemed to think outside the periphery of conventional thought, and on this trip to France he, surprisingly and unexpectedly, decided not to wear normal attire, but instead, to don a costume of his own choosing.

When he was sent to Paris to advocate for the fledgling United States at the French court, he boldly

decided to appear in full frontierstyle costume, complete with fur hat, all iconic of the rugged American frontier mentality – which he knew that the French courtiers believed their American counterparts wore. The French fell in love with the eccentric and colorful Benjamin Franklin!

He was funny. Unpretentious, yet intellectually fascinating and unpredictably colorful! Plus, he was fluent in the French language!

In the French language, he was able to construct emotionally-filled statements (with insight of the French mindset), which did not suffer the sterility of having to be translated. His use of French words and phrases with philosophical French insight, stirred them deeply in responding to Benjamin Franklin’s plea for French assistance. His use of diplomatic demagoguery – in the native French tongue – was powerfully seductive!

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We attended the “Winter Dance Party” last Friday - featuring the tribute artists saluting Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper. Dynamite Show! Top, friendly service from staff. All safety protocols enforced so you can feel safe at a Pala Casino event!

Tickets are available for our concerts and events at the Pala Privileges Center, or by calling 1877-WIN-PALA and asking to be transferred to the Privileges Center. Our main concert areas are the Events Center and Starlight Theater. While visiting Pala, you can purchase tickets at the Pala Box Office with no service charge. . No audio/video recording allowed.

The Holiday season also brings out the wolves. Because the season brings a peak in consumer internet financial transactions, the scammers enjoy a feeding frenzy. During December we are inundated with customer contacts relating to fraud. Nearly all of them involve convincing the user to do one of the following “no-nos:” Verify a password, click on an unknown link or allow remote access to their PC. These Cyber-criminals can be devilishly clever at disguising their purpose and identity. No matter how sophisticated and savvy the user, almost everyone will eventually fall victim to some illicit exploit. When it happens the important thing is to recognize that you’ve been had and to get help at once. Immediately contact banks, financial institutions and credit cards that may be affected. They typically protect your assets for thirty days but early reporting may deny financial gain to the criminals. There are thousands of scams on

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Once more, the great American Crusader -- of whom many foreigner students of world history have likened to America’s First Super Hero – accomplished the seemingly impossible! And in brilliant costume, all of which seemed to give him unsurpassed powers, at least in the minds of the French political power structure who were entranced and enamored with his appearance . . . and French! As one French student of World History stated: “He was America’s first Superhero. I can only hope that Americans fully realize this truth.”

His life and legacy of scientific, humanitarian, and political achievements are all unmatched by any of his contemporaries, to the point where his status today has revealed him to be honored more than two centuries after his death, on 50-cent pieces, the $100 bill, warships, schools, universities, city buildings, and in the names of many towns and counties across the length and breath of these United States. THE MOST BELOVED IN THE MINDS OF MANY AMERICANS. While many early historical Americans have been scrutinized – and in some cases even

the Internet but probably the most frequent is the Microsoft or Windows scam. There are several variations but they usually begin with a screen message or phone call from “Microsoft” or “Windows” to inform you that your computer has been compromised. They will need you to allow remote access to your PC so that they can assess the damage and repair your PC. If you do anything but hang up or re-boot you are dead meat. Once you let them in they will immediately set up back door access so that they now “own” your PC. From that point on their approach takes many forms. Often they will spend an hour or so on your PC, announce that has been repaired and demand payment. They may freeze your PC if you don’t pay. If you pay them your PC may continue to run normally but they will sell access to a third party. Remember this, Microsoft/Windows will never call

you or ask for remote access to your PC.

Another common scam is the email from a trusted source (name) that asks you to click on an unknown Internet site. Among the sham E-mails we received this year were E-mails from County Supervisor “Jim Desmond” and San Marcos Mayor “Rebecca Jones,” certainly trusted sources. While the E-mail said it came from Jim and Rebecca the E-mail was not from them. A scammer can attach any name to the “from” line on your E-mail list but they cannot display the actual E-mail address of the trusted source unless they have hacked the account. So when in doubt simply check the actual address on the E-mail itself. If you think you have been compromised, bring your PC in. Usually we can tell very quickly. More on scams next week.

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vilified – Benjamin Franklin seems beyond reproach. Here and abroad.

He initially owned and dealt in slaves but by the late 1750s he began arguing against slavery (a dangerous stance) and became an abolitionist and actually promoted education and the integration of Blacks into American Society, which was a most dangerous and almost unheard of concept of the times.

On polls and surveys of American heroes in the mindset of most Americans, Benjamin Franklin is a mainstay who occupies those eclectic lists as an immovable historical icon who captures the fancy and thoughts of countless U. S. citizens to this day! And all for very good reason: He was America’s First Superhero!

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Wreaths Across America (WAA), is a national non-profit whose Mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach, is in part carried out with the placement of sponsored veterans' wreaths at 2500 participating locations across America, most notably, at Arlington National Cemetery, each December. Another highly anticipated piece of this annual event is the weeklong, miles-long parade of tractor trailers, wrapped vehicles carrying veterans and Gold Star Families, law enforcement and motorcycle riders, leading the escort of wreaths to Arlington for placement.

Lots of changes to the Wreaths Across America Escort this year, but the team is, once again, rolling with it to find new and creative ways to make sure the mission is shared. We’re pretty excited with our plans for our "Virtual Convoy". This year's annual escort of wreaths will have a different look and feel due to the necessary changes being made throughout the country for health and safety. The physical journey - which will include one tractor trailer load of wreaths hauled by Gully Transportation professional driver JD Walker, who is also a Gold Star Father and Navy Veteran, 11 wrapped Chevy vehicles carrying Gold Star Families, and nine police cruisers - will take place from Tuesday, December 15, through National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, December 19. You can sponsor a wreath for $15 at https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/. You can text WREATH to 20222 to sponsor a wreath for Arlington National Cemetery right from your phone. To find a cemetery near you to support or to learn how local events are being modified for safety in your community, search by the location name (cemetery name), the city name, the zip code, or even the state name. Wreaths Across America is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessmanMorrill Worcester in 19992. The organization's mission - Remember, Honor, Teach - is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies inDecember at Arlington, as wewll as at thousands of veterans' cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. For more information or to sponsor wreath, visit www.wreathacrossamierca.org. Oceanside Senior Anglers Toys for Tots and Canned Food Drive Our Toys for Tots and Canned Food Drive will occur on Tuesday, December 15th, from 9:30AM till

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Artsy Adults Holiday Craft Kits: Get crafty at home with the holiday craft kit! Pick up your craft kit at the Information Desk and follow the included instructions to assemble your own snow globe ornament. Kits available beginning December 9th, while supplies last. Upcoming Events: Check the event calendar and social media for the latest information. The next meeting of Escondido Writers Group is Tuesday, December 15th, from 1:00-4:00pm on Zoom. Writers of all genres are invited to join the Escondido Writers Group for an opportunity

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2nd Saturday Concert Series, Live on Facebook, Saturday, December 12th, 3pm to 4:30pm. Experience Dmitry Kirichenko on piano known for his “warm sensitivity heightened by his delicate touch and great technical mastery.” Enjoy this live performance on Facebook starting at 3pm, Saturday, December 12th.

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Rady Children's Hospital Foundation Needs You - 505 Reasons to Light the Way: That's how many children might be in the hospital each night this December. They're only asking for one thing: permission to be a kid. You make their holidays brighter when you donate to Light the Way, start your own fundraising team, or submit a dance video to be considered for our patient room broadcast on Wednesday, December 16th. Help us reach our goal: $139,864 Raised; $175,000 Goal. Contact Rady Children's Hospital Foundation, 3020 Children's Way, San Diego 92123; call 858.966.7878, for details about the fundraising. Time is of the essence; do it today.

Your Vote Could Help Us Earn $25K - The San Diego Humane Society is happy to announce that they've been selected as one of 50 Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes winners this year, thanks to an adopter Jenna's story about her dog, Brixton! They've already been awarded a $5,000 grant because Jenna and Brixton's story was chosen. Now they have the chance to earn an additional $25,000 grant award - but your help is needed.

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Livestream, "A Christmas Carol" - Scripps Ranch Theatre and Oceanside Theatre Company join forces, and resources, once again to share some holiday joy with the community when they present "A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play", live streamed from the Brooks Theatre on Saturday, December 19th at 7pm. Watch live or view the recorded performance to view later. Tickets are $10/individual or $30/household. This is based on the Charles Dickens Classic; and direct-

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Build Unity and Spread Hope 2X - In the spirit of building unity and spreading hope on #Giving Tuesday, an anonymous donor is matching all gifts today up to $15,000, We have less than $3,000 to go to hit our goal. To those who have already given, thank you so much for your support!

With the last three of 11 homes in Logan Heights just completed, construction continuing on two homes in Encinitas, six homes being framed in National City, and preparations for 10 more homes in Escondido underway, we need all the help we can get to make sure that more San Diegans have a safe, decent place to call home. With your gift of $50, $100, or $150, we can come together, ensuring that, just like Margaret and her family, all our neighbors can find stability and self-reliance that a home of their own provides. Help us reach our goal by giving your most generous gift today. To ensure your donation helps local families in San Diego County, make sure your donations go to the local office of San Diego Habitat for Humanity, 8128 Mercury Court, San Diego 92111; phone 619.283.4663; sandiegohabitat.org. (Contributions sent to Habitat International support the same great mission for programs outside our region.)

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Barons Market Helps Feed Families in Need This Holiday Season - Family-owned market collects in-store donations for Feeding San Diego and Feeding Riverside San Bernardino. Each $1 donated by Barons Market shoppers makes a huge impact for families facing food insecurity.

This holiday season, Barons Market will conduct an in-store fundraiser for Feeding San Diego. In all nine Barons locations, shoppers can fill out a donation card to participate in the fundraiser beginning now through December 31st. All proceeds from San Diego stores will go to Feeding San Diego, while the Riverside stores will go to Feeding America Riverside San Bernardino. This year, even more families face food insecurity due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic. Barons Market has its roots within the community and realizes that being there for your neighbor is incredibly important now more than ever. As an independent grocery store that is passionate about giving back, the team has previously raised over $300,000 for around 300 local organizations. This year’s partnership is a natural joining of forces because of the shared belief that everyone should have access to food.

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Scholarship Program - The Escondido Art Association (EAA) announces its Art Scholarship Program for 2020-2021 and graduating seniors currently enrolled in any Escondido-based high school are invited to apply. A total of $1,000 in Scholarship money will be awarded as follows: $500-First Place, $250-Second Place, $150-Third Place, and two $50 Honorable Mention awards. In order to compete, students must: (1) fill out a Scholarship Application/Entry Form; (2) obtain a letter of recommendation from their scholarship coordinator/art teacher; (3) write an essay about their interest in art; and (4) submit three pieces of artwork (at least one original.) Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, presentations will not be made in the schools this year. Scholarship materials are available from scholarship coordinators at the schools, as well as on our website, www.escondidoartassociation.com. Completed packages must be submitted to the Artists Gallery at 121 W. Grand Avenue, Escondido, on Saturday, February 27, 2021, from 11:00am to 4:00pm, or the deadline drop-off date of Monday, March 1, 2021, from 4:00–6:00pm. Winners will be notified by March 3rd, and accepted artwork will remain on exhibit through the month of March. A Reception and Awards Ceremony is not being planned at the Artists Gallery at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions. For more information please visit our website at www.escondidoartassociation.com, speak to your H.S. Scholarship Coordinator or call Scholarship Committee Cochairs Rosemarie Woldin, (760) 743-6634 or Carol Crisci, (760) 745-3585.

Art at the EAP Municipal Gallery - It has been a year of ups and downs, concern and reserve, and through it all we have seen solidarity, goodwill and resilience in our community. Thank you for keeping in touch, and for your support. Your dedication to this organization gives us confidence about the future of the EAP. We are grateful for your generosity and your trust in our continuing mission to keep the torch lit for the arts. From all of us at EAP, have a lovely holiday season.

December in the Municipal Gallery is Summation 2020, the annual exhibition that asked artists to complete their vision, journey, and process throughout the year. Also we ask local poets to be inspired by these artworks for next year's Summation Art and Poetry Anthology published by Poets I.N.C. (Summation 2020 online gallery available mid December); Summation 2019-2020 Art and Poetry Anthology books will be available for purchase after December 11. You're invited to a Holiday Pop Up Art Emporium at EAP: Over a dozen local North County Artists, Craft Makers, Home Goods, and Cottage Industry Creators, from December 8 - 24, Tuesdays 11am - 6pm; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11am - 4pm, at the Gallery, 262 E.Grand Avenue, Escondido 92025; 760.480.4101. The PhotoArts Group presents "Eureka!", December 8th to January 1st. Viewing by approintment or call the Gallery for open hours.

2021 Exhibition Schedule - Due to current events EAP staff and show organizers have decided to cancel the Wood: A Furniture Show scheduled for January 2021. Watch for information on the January 2022 show. For more information about membership or exhibition opportunities at the Escondido Municipal Gallery, contact mail@escondidoarts.org. Support the EAP by visiting the Escondido Certified Farmers Market on Tuesdays, starting at 2:30pm, and gift certificaties for the Farmers Market are available now at the Gallery.

Good News & Gratitude - The San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy is Grateful for You! Every single day, you save, protect, and care for critically endangered species in San Diego and across the globe. We are so grateful for you and for all you make possible for wildlife worldwide.

Poaching, habitat loss, and drought have taken their toll on elephant families across Africa. So in northern Kenya, you're rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned elephants alongside our partners at the community-led Reteti Elephant Sanctuary. Your support provides around-the-clock care, nursing the sick baby elephants back to health with big bottles of milk and veterinary care required while providing the love they need to heal. Then, once they're strong enough, your support reintroduces the elephants back into protected native habitats.

And when the elephants are again traveling across the African savanna, your support protects them through anti-poaching ranger patrols, trail cameras, and satellite tracking. You give these orphans a second chance while creating sustainable community-led conservation throughout the region. None of the orphans relying on us would be success stories today without your generosity. Your support offers hope to elephants, one small—and mighty—step at a time! Thank you for being part of our family. Conservation also happens in our own backyard. Here's a look at a few small and critically important local species you're saving. Rescue Mission:

Wildfires recently tore through Southern California, burning away vegetation and increasing the risk of devastating mudslides—which slow-moving turtles can't outrun. You're sending in rescue teams to save these little locals, and the San Diego Zoo is playing a critical role in their recovery. 150 Tortoises - You made it possible to reintroduce nearly 150 desert tortoises into protected native habitats right here in Southern California last month! Your support increases populations of endangered species around the world, and you're giving these threatened tortoises in our own backyard a head start.

Thank you! Your support is vital to wildlife worldwide. Species will continue disappearing at alarming rates if we do not remain steadfast in our mission. Together, we're protecting, saving, and caring for critically endangered species. Together, we're making a difference for the wildlife depending on us, here in San Diego and around the world. And together, we're conserving our future. We are forever grateful for you—and what you make possible for wildlife—each and every day. For information or to donate to: San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy, PO Box 120551, San Diego, CA 92112, call 619557-3914, or email to:wildlifeconservancy@sandiegozoo.org. Late Breaking News:

Following the guidance set forth from the Governor’s Office, the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park will be closed temporarily beginning Monday, December 7, 2020. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2020-9018165 The name of the business: York’s BBQ Sauce with That Show Me State Taste, located at 13409 Midland Road #154, Poway, Ca. 92064. Registrant Information: York Christopher Young 13409 Midland Road #154 Powy, Ca. 92064 This business is conducted by an an individual. First day of business3/21/2013. /s/ York Christpher Young Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/04/2020. 11/26, 12/03, 12/10 & 12/17/2020

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2020-9018510 The name of the business: Pistons and Palms Pizza Company, located at 751 Center Dr. #107, San Marcos, CA. 92069. Registrant Information: Avita Pizza LLC 751 Center Dr. #107 San Marcos, Ca. 92069 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. First day of business n/a.. /s/ Chris Bright, Member Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/07/2020. 11/19, 11/26, 12/03 & 12/10/2020 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2020-9017982 The name of the business: Classic European Restorations, located at 1330 N. Melrose Dr., Unit 1. Vista, CA. 92083. Registrant Information: Brian William Anderson and Brian Alexander Anderson, Jr. 843 Alta Vista Drive Vista, Ca. 92084 This business is conducted by a General Partnership. First day of business 4/1/97 /s/ Brian William Anderson Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 10/31/2020 11/19, 11/26, 12/03 & 12/10/2020

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2020-9018271 The name of the business: Yalda Brow Bar, located at 1001 W. San Marcos Blvd., # 150, San Marcos CA. 92078. Registrant Information: Yalda Bahar and Mustafa Wafa 526 Glen Heather Dr. San Marcos, CA. 92069 This business is conducted by a Married Couple. First day of business 10/21/2020 /s/ Mustafa Wafa Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/05/2020 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 & 12/24/2020 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2020-9019223 The name of the business: CJL Fine Jewelers; CJL Jewelers; CJL Jewelry; CJL Fine Jewelry, located at 727 W. San Marcos Blvd., Ste 109, San Marcos, CA. 92078. Registrant information: Capital Jewelry & Loan International, LLC 727 W. San Marcos Blvd., Ste 109 San Marcos, Ca. 92078 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. First day of business 10/21/20. /s/ Alexander Korber, CEO Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2020-9018096 The name of the business: Top Ranking Automotive Sales, located at 1302 Douglas Drive, Vista, CA. 92084. Registrant Information: Yolanda Judith Harris 1302 Douglas Drive Vista, CA. 92084 This business is conducted by an invidual.. First day of business 10/02/2020 /s/ Yolanda Judith Harris, owner Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/02/2020 11/19, 11/26, 12/03 & 12/10/2020

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF BRENT S. BREWER Case No. 37-2020-00040842 PRLA-CTL To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate or both, of Brent S. Brewer. A petition for probate has been filed by Lisa Brewer in the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, 1100 Union St., Suite 330. San Diego, Ca., 92101-3105, Central Courthouse - Probate Division. The Petition for Probate requests that Lisa Brewer be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed actions.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: 1/27/2021 Time: 1:30 p. m. Dept: 502 Address of court: Same as noted above. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in Section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statues and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a peson interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petioner:Daniel F. Morrrin, Esq. 4909 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 340 San Diego, Ca. 92123 Phone: 858.541.1777 12/03, 12/10 & 12/17/2020

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2020-9018633 The name of the business: SMYC; San Marcos Yoga & Wellness, located at 801 Grand Avenue, #4, San Marcos, Ca. 92078. Registrant Information: Katheen A. Quinn 246 Richmar Ave. San Marcos, Ca. 92069 This business is conducted by an an individual. First day of business 10/27/2020. /s/ Kathleen A. Quinn Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 11/07/2020.& 12/03, 12/10, 12/17, 12/24/2020

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #2020-9017971 The name of the business: North County Mobile Truck & Trailer Repair, located at 1515 Capalina Road, #75, San Marcos, Ca. 92069 Registrant Information: Ray Madison Faust 1515 Capalina Road #75 San Marcos CA. 92069. This business is conducted by an an individual. First day of business 9/18/2020. /s/ Ray Madison Faust Filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., County Clerk/Recorder of San Diego on 10/31/2020. 11/26, 12/03, 12/10 & 12/17/2020

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