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July 2020


no. 236

10 At Home: Celebrating the 4th of July in a Pandemic 26 Q & A with Police Chief Kaye 34 A Passion for History: The Civil War 40 What Kind of Community Builder Are You? Your Favorites

21 Yesteryear

Patriotism in Coronado- Remembering the first USS Coronado

45 Confessions of a Perfect(ish) Mom

Let Me Tell You About My Best Friend

52 Operation Homelife Hi, I’m New Here

56 The Goodlife Idyllwild

64 Finance

Stay Invested in the Time of the Coronavirus

Publisher Dean Eckenroth

Associate Publisher

Designed by Denise Lyon

Dean K. Eckenroth Jr. Director of Operations Daniel Toennies Editorial David Axelson

Alessandra Selgi-Harrigan Susie Clifford Advertising Director Patricia Ross Business Development Amanda Ramirez Krysta Murray

Renee Schoen Production Andrew Koorey Printing Advanced Web Offset Distribution Roberto Gamez Photographer Kel Casey

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in a

Pandemic by Denise Lyon

Fourth of July celebrations are looking quite different this year. Sadly, many annual events like parades, fireworks and

street fairs will not take place, as large gatherings can spread the virus.

The only annual tradition I know of that will still be taking place, is Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island. Last year the winner, Joey Chestnut, (yes, that is his real name), ate 74 hot dogs! Though we do not advocate eating that many hot dogs, a few corn dogs might be the perfect party food. As a nod to this tradition, we have come up with a delicious corn dog recipe (See Page 54) and a dressy but easy way to serve s’mores so you can add a little summer tradition to your celebration. Set up your porch, patio, balcony or family room with flags, stars, or balloons in red, white and blue. It does not have to be complicated or fancy. There is power and elegance to a pared down color scheme and simplicity. If you are missing the firework show, make your own version with sparklers or light up your yard with strings of shimmering lights. Add patriotic music and you have a party. This year offers us a chance to gather with close family and friends to create a unique and memorable party. This holiday serves as a reminder of our nation’s hard earned freedom.




Though it began in 1776 when a few brave and brilliant men drafted a statement justifying our independence from Great Britain, this spirit of strength and independence lives on. Make this Fourth of July a time to savor the love and appreciation of family, friends and country.

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P a t r io t ic

A bunch of white or red flowers can dress up any table. A touch of pink can soften the red and white tones in the flowers.

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C h o c o la t e

Using the barbecue this holiday? After dinner, it’s time for s’mores! Individual cups with patriotic colored napkins and ingredients make this a very inviting tradition. Be sure to have skewers ready nearby for toasting.

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d a l a S t i u r

Sta r s + B erri es


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Make your fruit salad memorable! Use varying sizes of star cookie cutters to cut your favorite fruits. Choose fruits that go with the red, white and blue theme.


g A m e ri c a n F la

In separate bowls, mash 1 cup blueberries; mash 1 1/2 cup

strawberries; add some plain or vanilla yogurt. To each bowl, add sugar and water to taste, each should be liquid-y.

Carefully fill popsicle mold, can use turkey baster, with 1 inch blueberry mixture. Wipe away any drips, cover and freeze. When solid, add a stripe of yogurt and add stick, pressing into blueberry mixture, cover and freeze. When solid, add a stripe of strawberry mixture, cover and freeze. Continue alternating white and red stripes until full. Run molds under room temperature water to loosen popsicles from mold. Enjoy!

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s r e l z z i w T Spa rkl y

Add some fun to drinks with sparkly twizzlers, (that’s what I like to call them)!

You will need wooden skewers (or long toothpicks), tinsel garland, a hot glue gun and scissors. Cut a 2-inch section of tinsel garland. Tightly wrap around your finger and carefully remove your finger. Add a dab of glue to the end of the skewer or toothpick. Push the glue covered end of the toothpick into the center of the rolled garland. Press all of the tinsels upward and hold until the glue dries. Fluff the tinsel out into the shape of a sparkler. Page 16

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We hung the American flag from the pergola right by the table. Watching it move in the breeze or catching the sun’s ray through the colors reminds us of its symbolism.

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Patriotism in Coronado Remembering the First USS Coronado By Bruce Linder

USS Coronado (PF 38) c. 1956.

Photo courtesy of Lieut.-Co,. G. R. G. Murray, RN from the 1956/1957 edition of Jane’s Fighting Ships

Though 4th of July celebrations will be different this year, we know that Coronadans’ patriotism and pride will never diminish. The Coronado Historical Association is celebrating this special Independence Day by delving into the history of one of Coronado’s many connections to the military with Island Historian and former Executive Director, Bruce Linder. Coronado Magazine

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USS Coronado (PF 38). c. 1954. Photo courtesy of National Archives With the commissioning of USS Coronado

River-class frigate built to repulse

Japan and join in the invasion of the Japanese

(LCS-4) in 2009, small town Coronado

German U-boats. Coronado sailed to war

home islands. America promised to provide

provided yet another warship to the Navy’s

from San Diego Bay, within clear sight

the necessary ships. What followed was one

register with the Crown City’s name –

of her namesake city, in February 1944.

of the war’s largest lend-lease efforts.


Once in the South Pacific, she became

Shortly after Coronado’s arrival in Alaska, a

USS Coronado probably holds the most

quickly involved in an intense series

full Soviet crew of officers and men reported

interesting history of the three, but walls of

of amphibious landings for General

aboard. After intensive gunnery, engineering,

secrecy and anonymity still largely conceal

Douglas MacArthur from the Bismarcks

and underway refueling drills to acquaint

its saga. We know a little of this history

to New Guinea and the southern

Russian seaman with the ship’s functions,

today, but we may never know the whole

Philippines. Coronado was engaged

Coronado was decommissioned on July 12,


in the thick of the tumultuous Battle

1945 and formally transferred to the Soviet

of Leyte Gulf providing amphibious

Navy. She was redesignated a “storozhevoi

Patrol Frigate Coronado (PF-38) was

groups with anti-aircraft defense and

korabi” (escort ship) and renamed “EK-8.”

launched June 17, 1943 at the Consolidated

was credited with one aircraft shot down.

Steel Corporation in Los Angeles. She was

After Leyte Gulf, Coronado returned to

Three days later, Coronado led the first 10

proudly commissioned just five months

the States for repairs.

patrol frigates, the largest, most heavily

the third. But what of the very first USS Coronado?



later under the command of Coast Guard

armed, and most expensive ships transferred

Lieutenant Commander N. W. Sprow. She

In 10 months of nonstop fighting, the

to Russia, on their voyage across the Pacific

was a Navy ship manned by a 190-member

ship earned a noteworthy four battle


Coast Guard crew. Coronado was a member

stars. After a short yard period, Coronado

frigates were transferred to the Soviet Navy

of the Tacoma-class of patrol frigates.

sailed for Cold Bay, Alaska in June 1945

that summer. Three days after the atomic

to participate in the top-secret Project

bombing of Hiroshima, the Soviet Union

She measured 304 feet long, displaced

HULA. There, she almost completely

made good on its promise to attack Japan.

2,230 tons, was rated for 20 knots, and

disappeared from view and much of

The Soviet Navy swung into action against

held three 3-inch guns. The class was

her story would take nearly 30 years

the Japanese in Korea, Sakhalin Island, and

huge, 96 mass-produced ships named for

to be declassified. Project HULA was

the Kuril Islands. Fighting was heavy against

small American cities. Tacomas had been

conceived after the Yalta Conference in

surprisingly stiff Japanese resistance.

designed primarily for anti-submarine

February 1945 when the Allies pushed

duties and were near copies of the British

the Soviet Union to enter the war against

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USS Coronado Former


had foresworn military force after World

training duties for the expanding Japanese

undoubtedly including Coronado (said

War II and disestablished her navy, many

fleet while stationed in Yokosuka and

to be in excellent shape), took active part

believed that the nation’s safety depended

Kure. As Japan added new warships to its

in these amphibious operations and later

on a reconstituted fleet. In January 1953,

fleet there was less need for cast-offs from

conducted relentless patrols throughout

Coronado and other Tacoma sister ships

World War II and Coronado was returned



were transferred to Japan, first for the

with thanks to the United States in 1962

Lend-lease ships were to be returned

Maritime Safety Agency (the Japanese

and finally scrapped in 1970.

immediately after the war but Soviet

Coast Guard) and then as the first units

cooperation lagged. It was not until Oct.

of Destroyer Squadron 2 of the Japanese

Stout, well designed, and resilient, patrol

16, 1949 that the Soviet Union finally

Maritime Self-Defense Force (Japan’s

frigate Coronado witnessed over 25 years

returned Coronado to American custody

new navy).

of service while flying three different flags.






but the U.S. Navy had no use for her.

Through episodes of violent combat and Coronado was renamed Sugi (PF-285), a

sustained duty on both sides of the Cold

For three years, Coronado lay forlornly

name with a great legacy among Japanese

War, Coronado persevered and certainly

tied to a remote finger pier at the

destroyers stretching back to before World

earned the kind of reputation that is a

American naval base in Yokosuka, Japan;

War I. Sugi is Japanese for “cedar” and

worthy example for a community with a

abandoned, unappreciated, and slowly

two Japanese Sugis served in World War


rusting away. The Japanese, though, had

II. For seven years, the former Coronado

their eye on Coronado. Although Japan

patrolled East Asia waters and shouldered

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Coronado Island Shell

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We can all agree that the past few months have been stressful for everyone, especially for our first responders. Coronado Police Chief Chuck Kaye, who spent the majority of his career with the San Diego Police Department and came to Coronado in October 2018, answered questions about his department. What is the role of the Coronado Police Department? We work hand-in-hand with other city

what she liked best about teaching GREAT.

departments within the community to

each of the schools and works really hard

She said she gets to go into the elementary,

keep Coronado safe. We accomplish

to develop relationships with the teachers

middle, and high schools. She builds

this by maintaining communication and

and the parents. We are very fortunate in

relationships within the city. My first holiday



Coronado that violent crime is not one of

parade, she was like a rock star with all


our issues. However, occasionally, there

these kids coming up to her: “Officer Grace,

Navy, business owners and faith based

is a student with some troubles and issues

Officer Grace!” She does a fantastic job! She

communities, that work here in Coronado

and she is able to intervene and get them

provides resources for the administration at

some help.







and through working relationships with our local, state, and federal public safety partners. What kinds of programs do you have with our schools? A few years ago, Chief Froomin introduced the GREAT program to Coronado Police Department. Officer Sherri Manello was the first School Resource Officer (SRO). Currently, Officer Grace Del Bagno and Officer Meghan Nankivel serve as our SROs. GREAT stands for Gang Resistance Education And Training, but that’s not really the important piece of it. The important piece is the interaction the police officer has with the students to help them deal with anger issues, violence, recognize issues and talk them through it. I asked Grace

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Every year we work with the California

our hundredth customer. Due to COVID,

Highway Patrol (CHP) to help facilitate the

we have put it aside for a bit. One way

Every 15 Minutes program for the Senior

to impact crime is through our ability to

Class. CHP stages a fatal DUI accident,

leverage technology.

and the kids witness the aftermath of the accident, investigation and carting off by the

I understand the Department has

Coroner’s Office of the impacted student.

some close partnerships with other

Then the next day there is a service so the

departments. Can you tell me about

students experience the emotional grief of

some of these partnerships?

We have multiple everyday partnerships

losing a close friend. The hope is the impact

Looking at the recent events, there

across the county. As the Police Chief, I

affects students later when making choices.

is definitely a difference between a

am part of Chiefs and Sheriffs Association

demonstration, a protest, and a riot. We

here in San Diego County. Every law

We also have the Drug Store at the middle

obviously got an eyeful of what a riot looks


school– a program for students to see what

like in the City of La Mesa and then the

is part of this federal, state, and local

the juvenile court and probation process

following day in San Diego. We are part

Association. Coronado has a relationship

looks like should they get involved with

of the County Composite Platoon that is

with the Navy, the Navy security forces,

narcotics, illegal drugs or other serious

managed by the Sheriff’s Department,

and the Department of Defense forces.

criminal activity.

so when there is civil unrest, we send

We have a relationship with Border Patrol,





officers from our department to be part of

Sheriffs in Imperial Beach, San Diego PD

Now that the school year has officially

that platoon. We were at the incident in La

(Police Department), and Harbor PD. We

ended and summer is here, there are

Mesa and we have sent officers every day

put a detective with the DEA’s Narcotics

more people riding bicycles and bicycle

since the incident.

Task Force. That’s one of the things that

thieves. How has the Coronado Police

brings a force multiplier for us here when

Department responded to this?

we are dealing with issues. We can call on

We try to educate our community about

the DEA to help us out. Our motor officers

locking doors to houses and garages,

work with motor units across the county.

locking car doors and making things

Every once in a while, we have a “cite day.”

less appealing in the cars. We have to

Some people are a little intimidated when

remember that Coronado is an attractive

we have 20 to 30 motor officers in town,

opportunity for people in other parts of the

but we do it because we get complaints

county to come here and acquire bicycles

and concerns from citizens about reckless

and purses--you name it. I get a kick out

driving, speeding, and people not obeying

of the innovation here with the remotely

the signage. We realize we cannot be

monitored bicycle program. When the bike

everywhere at once. We are obviously out

is out in the community we look forward

there doing a myriad of things every day,

to the activation. The cops do a great job

but when we can bring additional forces into

of managing that program and getting

the city, we do that. The motor cops help us

thieves safely in custody. We are closing on

Officer Keith James at work.

to elevate traffic safety awareness.

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have the ability to zero in on your location. We won’t be spot on, but we will be pretty darn close. So if somebody is experiencing an emergency and is worried about being found, with 911 Text Send, we will be able to get to you. 911 Text Send sounds as if it will have great utility during the current pandemic. Can you describe how the pandemic has affected our officers? And what has been Coronado Police Department’s main focus throughout the pandemic? We are just like everyone else. While we were not furloughed or laid off, we have spouses,





impacted in the same ways has as other Officer Sherri Manello is greeted warmly at a school event.

I would draw attention to our success in

I understand there is a new 911 Text

identifying and arresting the three people

Send. What is it, how does it work, and

responsible for the attempted murder a

when will it come online?

month ago. The detectives did a fantastic

911 Text will likely go live the first week of

job; part of their success is related to

July. It is a state mandate and the county is

the relationships they have built in other

determined for all agencies to go live at the

departments. When we identified where

same time. We have installed equipment

the suspects were, it took Chula Vista PD,

here at Coronado PD, so if you open a

Harbor PD – both of their SWAT Teams--and

text box, and type 911, and hit send, it

National City PD to help us hit three areas

will connect you with the Coronado Police

simultaneously to get people into custody.

Department. This will work with the majority of cellphone carriers. Based on experience from other counties, this will represent 1 to 5% of all calls. I’m not really sure how much it will be used here. It will be interesting to see. This is part of the Next Gen 911 program and hardware that will enhance our capabilities here at our Communications Center. We are a 911 Center for the City. It is our hope with this added equipment and technology – if you are calling 911--we will

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people are in our community. It has added stress to individuals. Everybody here has a story about how the pandemic has impacted them financially, emotionally, or one of their family members. When it first rolled out, there was a lot of uncertainty about how dangerous and wide spread it was or would be. We all had questions: what is it and what do we need to do? I will tell you, I have a great partner in the Fire Chief Jim Lydon; he is fantastic. We got together and talked about how we were going to interact together as the Police Department always responds with the Fire Department medical aid calls. We changed up some of our criteria. We now ask specific questions to identify potential risks for the first responders. We have changed our cleaning protocols with the police cars. We bought equipment that sanitizes the interior. We have reworked our check-in procedures for people coming to work. There are a whole slew of protocols we have adopted.


Given the recent calls for police reform across the county, what changes have you made or plan within the Coronado Police Department and what kinds of training do Coronado Police officers have to deescalate situations? We are supportive. People have a right to make sure we are doing things the right way. I think it is important to state up front, what happened to George Floyd was not a legitimate use of force. It is ghastly! I recoiled watching it. I think I had the same emotional reaction a lot of people had when they watched it. It is disgusting. There are a lot of reactions focused on the cops right now. I think it is important to understand

Officer Grace Del Bagno participated in the Shop with a Cop charity event.

that California, San Diego County Law

We also have a County PERT Clinician

Enforcement is not Minneapolis Police

(Psychiatric Emergency Response Team)

Captain Laszlo Waczek converses with a community member.

Department. In California, we have stringent

that rides with our officers four days a

requirements to become an officer, then we

week to assist with mental health calls,

It has been very sad for us to see our local

go to advanced officer trainings. We have

homeless outreach and resources and

businesses shut down, and we are excited to

in-house trainings. Deescalation is part of

crisis intervention.

see them reopen. I want everyone to know

the fabric of what we try to accomplish with

that no one went to the Police Academy to

every encounter. Ninety-nine percent of

In 2019, Coronado had almost 18,000 calls

tell someone they couldn’t sit on the beach.

the time cops interact with people through

for service. The officers, because of their

As a Police Department we are working with

a radio call, getting out of the car to check

proactive nature, went out on another 28,000

the Lifeguards, the Recreation Department,

on someone, responding to a suspicious

traffic stops, walking the areas, all the things

and other entities. We have an obligation

person call, making a traffic stop, everything

the cops do in a proactive way, for a total of

as a City to adhere to the County’s Public

is fine. The times when we receive calls

46,000 interactions. Last year there were

Health Order. We decided we were not

about someone having a mental crisis,

16 total uses of force (grabbing, pushing or

going to go out there and write tickets, but

a violent person, or a person involved in

pulling; using a restraining devise, pointing

rather our approach was going to be one

criminal activity, the officer has been trained

a firearm, using a control hold, covering

of education. We got push back. We knew

to respond with a plan to get the right people

someone’s head with a spit sock, using a

we would. People are frustrated. I want

and resources in place so we can effectively

strike, taking someone down, using a taser,

everyone to know we were feeling the pain

manage and handle the situation with the

or pointing a taser). This amounted to less

along with all of you, and we are very glad to

least amount of force. That is our goal every

than 1% of all interactions. We work in a

see things relax.


community that is super supportive.

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I want to mention that we have a strong social media presence. We are active on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Nixle. Do you have a message you would like to share with the community? On behalf of the department, I want to say thank you. The support through the pandemic and the last week has been nothing short of amazing. I have received text messages, cards in the mail, emails, food—a lot of food. The love and support is pretty tremendous here. We consider ourselves part of the community. We take great pride in the level of service we provide the citizenry here. I was talking to one of the officers about the things we do here that cops don’t do anywhere else. That is a function of our availability, focus, and how our City Manager, Blair King, wants us to interact with the community. Our members, cops,




support staff have the opportunity to build relationships with our residents, and that’s You have frequently emphasized

Today we have officers walking in Silver

that building relationships within our

Strand Housing just so people know that

community is key to helping officers

we are here. If they have questions, we

keep our community safe. What other

are here to help. We have officers and

ways does the Coronado Police

our Public Service Officers at the Ferry

Department positively engage with the

Landing, out walking in the Tidelands


area. It is a fantastic community that we

We try really hard to take a balanced

can get out in the Cays and Cays Park.

approach. Take traffic for example. People

It is important that we are visible and

look at the traffic and think we can impact

approachable. Our officers and staff are

the volume through traffic enforcement.

very friendly, very approachable, and they

We work to impact unsafe driving, sign

like interacting with the community.

what successful police departments do.

violations and noise issues. It is important when our officers are out there, they balance


the ticket verses the warning. Changing

Volunteer Patrol. We are always looking

behavior is really what we’re about--

for volunteers. They handle some of the

educating people. There are certainly times

nuisance items, help with parades, and

when a ticket is the right tool, and I have

are always checking on people.

written them myself.






Police Services Officer Tazz Phillips at a Coffee with a Cop event with Floyd Ross.

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A Passion for History: by Linda L. Austin

Coronado resident, Harry Thaete, is not one to sit back and take life easy during retirement. You leave your job; you find something that absorbs you as much as the job did. For Thaete, his interest became the Civil War which evolved into much more than an interest. Anyone who has visited Gettysburg over 20 times, returning every summer to see and learn more and who can talk excitedly about that historical period for hours has a passion.

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Thaete credits his fascination with history to good history teachers. His particular fascination with the Civil War he credits to family reunions where talk of ancestors piqued his curiosity. Thaete’s interest in his greatgrandfather and how he served during the Civil War became the impetus for his retirement passion. When family members gathered, he would listen to his great-aunts and aunts reminisce about relatives. While it was the women who had the memory, their depth of knowledge was limited. Greatgrandfather Frederic Thaete, born in 1834 in Germany, came to America in the 1850s as a carpenter and “got swept up in the Civil War.” He was “a three year Private in the 98 PA Infantry, Company B from 1861-64 and fought in all the major eastern battles with the Army of the Potomac including Gettysburg.” His regiment had 10 companies, all German except for Company A, which was Irish. Only two official papers existed: his 1861 discharge papers and a request for a pension from his wife. “Other than that, they didn’t know anything, and I’m sitting there thinking, talking about other ancestors, little pieces of information, but none of it was tied together or understood as to who these people were,” said Thaete. “Shortly thereafter, in 1976, I decided I needed to do my family tree.” And the journey began.

Thaete knew his great-grandfather’s regiment at Gettysburg, but he wanted to know where Frederic Thaete went and what he saw. With no internet, the fascinating search relied on the phone. After six months of calls, he compiled his research, made copies, and sent his distant relatives the information. The intrigue continued, and in 1990 he started studying the war in general. Reading about the Civil War produced the “no-stopping interest.” “Now that more was learned, I needed to go out and look at the places,” said Thaete. “That’s what Blue and Gray Educational Society (BGES) does, takes you to places the average tourist doesn’t see.” Thaete referred to his experience as peeling an onion. “You read, look and drive, see certain things, read more, study maps, go back again with new eyes. You walk a little further off the trails, read and study, go back again, knowing more and more details. [BGES has small group tours with] top presenters, historians, who talk about the battles and campaigns, the politics driving this event, aftermath, Lincoln and Davis responses. It’s a fascinating study.”

The Civil War

Harry Thaete’s great-grandfather Frederic Thaete in his GAR uniform taken in the 1890’s. Frederic Thaete was a three year Private in the 98 PA Infantry, Company B from 1861-64 and fought in all the major eastern battles with the Army of the Potomac including Gettysburg.

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After about 10 trips to study Gettysburg, Battles at Antietam, Manassas, all wilderness campaigns, crossing into Petersburg and Richmond, Thaete realized his travels had involved only east of the Appalachian Mountains. “That’s great but … there’s a whole western theater.” He spent the next 10 years on that area. After 30 years, he still goes back every spring and fall to learn more because new information continues to surface. Two areas to concentrate on now are the Shenandoah Valley and the Atlanta campaign, referring to them as his “dark hole.”

Frederic Thaete’s GAR Medal from the 1886 encampment that took place at Gettsyburg. The Regiment has two monuments on the battlefield today.

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With Thaete’s exhaustive study, his library is extensive with hundreds of books, maps, and early writings. “I think about what I’d be doing if not this. Friends have boats, golf. I’m still studying. That’s what I’m doing…. As you get older, some people shut down. That’s not the secret to living a full, helpful life.” With Thaete’s traveling to the East Coast twice a year to peel another layer, he makes time to share his research by lecturing to the San Diego Civil War Round Table for which he has received several awards. He participates in the American Battlefield Trust which aims to preserve the historical areas and data and is an associate member of the Battlefield Guides. For those with an interest in that period, Thaete recommends the historical novel “Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1975. Considering Thaete’s childhood, his interest in history and the military is not surprising. Reared in Pennsylvania, the oldest of five, Thaete was surrounded with history and visited some of the sights as a child. His dad, a gunnery officer on a destroyer during World War ll, started as a teacher, then advanced to the principal who moved around to get new schools off on the right track. His teacher parents expected him to toe the line and “do what I’m supposed to do…. I was lucky. I had family and parents who expected me to do it at a certain level.”

At an early age, his penchant for history was evident in his hobbies. As he collected stamps and coins, he wondered who that person was or what that event was about. His collection extended to Indian arrow heads. Besides his hobbies, Thaete played the trumpet in elementary and high school, played soccer, and was a miler in track. Not one to let free time go to waste, he succeeded in becoming an Eagle Scout. Upon high school graduation in 1962, he was headed to Duke University on an NROTC scholarship, but he also had applied to the Naval Academy. At the last minute, a slot opened, so his life took a turn. Majoring in Oceanography and having served on submarines during his summers with NROTC, he wanted to be on nuclear subs; however, “after being thrown out of the Rickover’s (Admiral Hyram Rickover) office twice, I knew that was not going to happen,” he said. So he turned to aviation. “The best thing that could have happened,” he reflects. Thaete flew S2s in VS 37 and was an instructor with VS 41, which brought him to Coronado. In 1973, he made a career change, going with American Airlines and flying with them for a total of 30 years before retiring in 2003. Thaete met his wife while flying with American Airlines. His other significant memory happened on September 11, 2001. “Flying the

6:35 to Dallas with a full load, we never got off the gate. Air Traffic Control kept delaying the clearance.” Eventually they had to shut down; flight canceled. Three weeks later, his plane was vectored over the World Trade Center where “the spotlight shone right through the cockpit creating an eerie feeling.” The Thaetes knew the crew that went down. Aside from his focused interest in the Civil War, Thaete branches out to have a balanced life. His youngest daughter Elizabeth Flag and his first grandchild, 20-month-old Evie, are currently living with Thaete and his wife Jessica. With the pandemic and being sequestered for

so long, they have had a lot of closeness which Thaete appreciates. “It’s a joyful time. We are fortunate to spend this much time with our grandchild and watch her grow up.” While it takes “a chunk of time,” Thaete enjoys reading to Evie, taking her to Starr Park and the Rotary fountain, and watching Sesame Street with her. Daughter Liz likes to cook, so Jessica babysits, and Thaete is the designated clean-up guy, a job he had in his family as a child.

Being a docent on the Midway several times a week gives Thaete the opportunity to use his seven-yearsexperience in the Navy while enjoying the camaraderie of the other volunteers. He joins the Friday and Saturday Zoom gatherings which keep the docents apprised of happenings and plans to reopen the museum on July 1. Thaete’s retirement years changed directions from his career, but he never slowed down or lost his enthusiasm for learning.

The Thaetes have two other daughters, Amanda and Anna.

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Everyone has their own way of helping their community. Whether you’re the one organizing events and gathering volunteers or the one donating silently from the comfort of your home, your efforts matter. We all have a responsibility to contribute to the community, but how we do it can vary widely and they all matter. Find out what category of community builder you are!

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Do you tend to keep to yourself?

being energetic?

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What Kind of

Community Builder Are You?


You like to help

Resident to Resident You focus your efforts on small

people One-on-One?

services that can make a big impact



to your neighbors or friends. It’s the personal connection that you value as a community member.

Small gestures, like going to the grocery store for your


neighbors, are your thing?

Silent but Mighty You may not be overt about your efforts to build up your community, but


you definitely make an impact. Your generosity can be the basis for other

Is getting recognition


important to you?

community builders.

The Cheerleader When someone asks where you’re from,


you’re proud of your answer and paint Coronado in the best light possible.

Are you the first one your friends call when they need


You lift up not only your town, but the celebrate the people in it, too.


The Frontliner You are the one to call if the community needs help. You are at


your best when you’re volunteering, organizing events and looking out for your town and neighbors.

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Confessions of a Perfect by Hattie Foote



Let Me Tell You About My Best Friend

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I love my family. I love them more than

When my husband and I moved to

the moon and the stars. I would move the

Coronado, I was slinging gyros at Spiro’s

earth for them. However, when the schools

and Chris was a personal trainer at a gym

initially announced that students would be

in town. One Valentine’s Day he came

home for two weeks, I was panicked.

home from work and gave me a sweet card, and then proceeded to tell me that

Two weeks?! What was I supposed to do

he had written it alongside his coworker

for two weeks? My friends and I called

Bri who has made one for her husband. I

each other in disbelief, unaware of our new

immediately thought “who is this hussy

reality awaiting us, just around the corner.

making cards with my husband, I definitely don’t like her.”

The Stay at Home order was hard, it was challenging and it was beautiful. The time

Our paths crossed again when Chris started

I got with my family was such a gift and I

Coronado Fitness Club; she was a personal

am so grateful for it. Also grateful for wine,

trainer and I worked the front desk. I

Netflix, and like I mention a lot, because

quickly realized my early judgement of

they are super important to me, my friends. I say this all the time, but for me friends are a huge part of my parenting journey. Motherhood can be so isolating and making new friends as an adult can be so intimidating. Right before Covid, a few girlfriends and I put out an open invite on Instagram to all moms wanting to meet up and have a laugh. We met at the beach, not knowing if anyone would show up. We were thrilled when over 20 people showed up! It was like a giant speed dating circle and something that could have been totally awkward, but was actually really cool. Put yourself out there, I promise its worth it! I have been completely honest in the past that it was really hard making friends when we first moved here. We didn’t have kids at the time, we weren’t Navy, so we didn’t really know where we fit in.

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her was a tad dramatic, and we quickly became work friends. Shortly after we were pregnant together with our girls, we would sit behind the front desk, ignore everyone and talk about all aspects of pregnancy. (I’m talking all aspects.) Some of those gym members are probably still traumatized. When we had our girls, we naturally started hanging out more and more outside of work. Our lives started intertwining. The girls danced at Coronado Academy of Dance ,went to preschool together and had playdates almost every other day. We then got pregnant with our boys, having them four days apart. Her inner circle of friends took in this lone New Mexico girl and our husbands all became friends. We travel together, spend holidays together, and often work together. Our kids are the best of friends, and I even got to photograph her labor and the delivery of her third baby. If someone gave us the option, we would for sure all choose a commune life, that’s where we are at. The one problem was the Dietzs lived in Bankers Hill and we had to get them to Coronado. That was a journey in itself, but they finally found the most beautiful, perfect home and as of this month are Coronado residents! I’m so happy to welcome one of my best friends to town, please give her that islander welcome, (just not too friendly, she’s mine)!

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Tell us a little about yourself and your

What’s your favorite thing about raising


a family in Coronado

My name is Bri and I am so excited to

We are looking forward to walking

be moving to Coronado! It has been our

everywhere, being closer to the beach, the

dream since my husband, Bobby and I

charm of our new home and the community

moved to San Diego in 2008. We have

here. We prioritize being outside and

three kids (Elle, 6 Harrison, 3 and Goldie,

this feels like the place to do that! I

8 months). I am a motherhood and lifestyle

think we could be the official Coronado

influencer and my husband owns a digital

cheerleaders. We are pinching ourselves.

marketing agency. You can find us at the beach chasing after our three kids trying

If you could give one piece of advice to a

to keep the baby from eating her weight in

new mom, what would it be?


My advice would be that everything will eventually work itself out. Trust your

Describe motherhood in three words

gut. My first time around I wanted to

Pure, Chaotic, Joyful

get everything right. I was uptight and obsessed with sleep schedules, feeding

What is a big mom fail that sticks out

schedules and milestones. The third time

to you

around I am so much more relaxed and

Potty training my first child, Elle. We were

able to enjoy the baby stage. You will sleep

at Target and while I was in a separate

again and circles under your eyes are kinda

aisle I heard my husband saying “No. Oh,

chic if you ask me.

no…!” and just knew she had pooped on the floor. Of Target. The toy aisle. I have never cleaned and sanitized faster. It was superhuman,



humble you. Mortifying!

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Hi, I’m New Here

by Krysta Murray I’m going to take it back this month, way

So there I was, living in my first apartment

back, to the days of being a new military

with my new husband who wasn’t always

spouse. It seriously feels like so long ago

around, no friends, learning how to get

when I think back on all the deployments,

places without a car accident occurring,

the moves, the unexpected we’ve been

because who the heck would meet me at the

through. But looking back, I was so very

scene and if I were to be injured?

young, and the life I was living was not so strange in the small military world, but not

That wasn’t all. My husband talked in

at all like the lives of most others my age.

acronyms. I was trying to figure out a whole other world at the same time; the military

At that first duty station, I found myself in

was a jargon city.

a new place without knowing anyone but

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my husband, who actually wasn’t always

I found out I was a dependent which certainly

home. I remember I didn’t even want to

took a hit to my “Miss Independent” Kelly

drive anywhere because the traffic patterns

Clarkson state of mind. But no worries, that

intimidated me. I wasn’t used to there being

just meant I was on Page 2, whatever that

so many traffic lanes! I was born and raised

is. I have a sponsor? Oh, yes, the service

in just one place where not even the nearest

member. Being sponsored means I can use

cities had that many cars on one road.

that new, weird I.D. card with that horrible


picture to get onto the military base. That

so many places and all walks of life gathering

I have been so appreciative of Coronado and

place wasn’t intimidating at all.

in one area for one cause - and that’s to serve

their welcoming of military members and

this country.

their families. Especially now that I have

My point is, that learning curve was a tough

a child joining this journey with us. The

one. I eventually made friends, most of them

For some locals though, all the out-of-

schools made the transition easy for him, the

other new military spouses going through

towners might be frustrating. They don’t

neighbors were helpful and friendly. People

the same learning experiences. We spent

know the roads, the rules, maybe they talk

said hello at the park or beach, the library

five years at that first duty station. So many

funny or have high expectations. Take it

became a favorite hangout.

friends were made, came and went, but those

from someone who has been there, we are

bonds were formed. To this day I am still in

still learning. It’s hard to have expectations;

So thank you for bearing with us. This wasn’t

touch with many of them.

we just don’t know what to expect. What is

our first move, but for some it is and I know

typical for this area, where can I get groceries

just how much it means to receive that kind

We’ve moved four more times since then,

(that I am familiar with), what are the local

of warm welcome. Summer brings a lot of

and I have become so accustomed to this

favorites? Some people aren’t willing to share

new military moves. This life is not easy, but

lifestyle I forget that at one point in time I

these with outsiders, and it makes us feel like

having a place we can call home, and feel like

was that overwhelmed newbie. The fact is,

we don’t belong. It makes the adjustment to

we can belong, can make all the difference.

there are always newbies. There are many

our new place, our new home, difficult. It

new military spouses right here in San Diego.

makes us homesick, especially for those first

I find it fascinating that we have people from

timers living in a new place. Coronado Magazine

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About Last Month’s Cover Once we decided to focus on the graduation this past June, the cover discussion naturally fell to shots of Coronado High School. We went and shot some terrific photos at the high school. And then our editor asked for people not just any people, but graduates from Coronado past, present and future. We made a few phone calls and when it was all said and done, we had six volunteers. Thank you to Conner Mattick, Class of 2024; Annie Cook, Class of 2020; D’Amy Steward, Class of 2016; Brett Clifford, Class of 2008; Maureen Eckenroth, Class of 1995 and Nick Curtain, class of 1970. We really liked the photos we took and were very happy with the outcome. Hope you enjoyed it, too.

Matt’s Homemade Corn Dogs Recipe 1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup cornmeal 1/4 cup white granulated sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 eggs 3/4 cup of milk 8 hot dog wieners, not extra long 8 wooden skewers Oil for frying (canola, vegetable, peanut, etc.) Fill deep fryer or stew pot about half way with oil; heat to 350º. (Use a candy thermometer to check heat.) Whisk dry ingredients together. Add milk and eggs, stirring with a spoon until the batter is smooth and fairly thick. Pour batter into a tall glass, leaving about an inch at top. Stick a skewer through the hot dog, to its end. Dip into the batter, circling thoroughly to coat; remove. Fry for 3 to 5 minutes until golden brown. Turn with tongs half way through to ensure even cooking. Place on a paper towel lined plate. Serve with ketchup and mustard - enjoy! Adapted from Page 54

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What’s in Season?


The cherry season is short but sweet. (Sometimes tart!) They start making an appearance in the grocery stores in May and last just into August. These small stone fruits are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, vitamin A, calcium, protein, iron, potassium, boron and melatonin. If that isn’t enough, cherries are low in calories and are fat and sodium free. A perfect superfood. There are two types of cherries to enjoy - the sweet cherries you buy and eat out of hand and the sour cherries that are best made in a pie, if they aren’t dried or juiced. Some of the best known varieties are classic Bing (sweet, firm, dark red) and Rainier (sweet, pale pink and yellow with yellow flesh). Other varieties, such as Sweetheart or Skeena show up later in the season. As for tart, there is the Montmorency, (bright red, softer) the most common variety. Rarely are tart cherries sold fresh. The best way to purchase cherries is to check for green stems for freshness. Stems should also be attached to the bulk of the cherries. Cherries should be firm, plump and shiny. Avoid brown spots or puckers. Store them in the refrigerator, unwashed and dry. They can keep up to a week in the fridge and they can be frozen, too. To freeze, rinse, pat dry and store in an airtight plastic zip bag. Hurry - enjoy them now before the season ends!

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This mountain village is an ideal spot to kick up your feet, breath deep and just while away the day. Or not… it’s also a wildly creative arts community.

By Kris Grant

Idyllwild … even the name of this mountaintop village conjures up images of relaxation. If you, like me, have nearly gone batty from being housebound these many months, you might want to make a beeline up to Idyllwild for a pleasant daytrip or a three-or-four-night stay. Best advice: go midweek, when summer crowds are much thinner. Idyllwild is 111 miles from Coronado. Take I-15 north, exit at Hemet and go up “The Hill,” which is how locals refer to the town and neighboring Pine Cove and Fern Valley. You’ll find a delightful montage of mom-and-pop shops; the only “chains” are the two gas stations and a Napa Auto Parts. There’s also not a single stoplight. Known as Strawberry Valley in the 1800s, the Riverside County hamlet adopted its name from a tuberculosis sanitarium that opened in 1899 and also housed the local post office. On first blush, it appears there’s not a lot “to do” in Idyllwild, and it can indeed be a perfect place to just “idle about” the day. You can take leisurely walks among groves of pine trees, photograph mountain bluejays and keep an eye out for bushy-tailed squirrels and deer. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover that Idyllwild is a wildly creative community. The Idyllwild Arts Academy, established in 1946, presents professionallevel concerts, dances, films and art shows, many featuring students from all over the world. William Lowman, now a Coronado resident who serves on the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission, served as executive director of the academy for 30 years, beginning in 1983. The academy’s concert hall, opened in 2016, bears his name. Coronado Magazine

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I enjoyed a current art installation, “Idyllwild Deer Sightings”

Melody Johnston have created a welcoming space that presents

presented by the Idyllwild Arts Alliance that placed 50 painted

Chris’s wines in a gallery setting. Chris’s signature blends using

deer (and one coyote) throughout the town. All were designed by

wines from Temecula, Monterey Valley, Santa Ynez, Paso Robles

local artists and funded by philanthropists, including residents

and the Santa Rita Valley are produced in a facility in Temecula

and businesses.

that is shared with 18 other winemakers.

Today, many of Idyllwild’s homes are second or third

Middle Ridge’s 4,000-square-foot tasting room/gallery is

“vacation” residences and the town’s year-round population of

augmented with an additional 800-square-foot upstairs gallery;

3,800 can nearly triple on busy summer weekends and during

both spaces showcase local and regional artists of all mediums

festivals, like the annual August Jazz Festival (canceled this year).

in a continuous series of themed shows. Recently, for social

Like Coronado, the city hosts an annual Independence Day

distancing on busy weekends, the winery expanded its outdoor

parade, but, of course, this year’s parade has been cancelled. But

space to include its entire rear parking lot and brought in a food

the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema, which takes place

truck. Live music featuring local artists is often scheduled on

each March, is still a go.

Fridays and Saturdays, making it a great spot for visitors and

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locals alike to unwind.

The city’s residents are an active

served as the manager of the Idyllwild Chart House for

a three-bedroom, two-bath home is

bunch, involved in many civic and

several years; the restaurant closed around the turn of


charitable organizations. The social

the 21st century.

Be sure to stop at Idyllwild

hub of the community is the post

For a daytrip, I suggest you leave early, say

Gardens, a nursery that is a

office, located at Strawberry Center

around 7 a.m., so that you can enjoy a morning coffee

pleasure to stroll through with lots

shopping plaza near the Fairway

and pastry at Higher Grounds, where they roast their

of inspirations for digging in the

grocery. Here residents get their mail

coffee on location, and eat on the deck overlooking

dirt and an eclectic assortment of

and discuss the goings-on-about-

the central village park. Then walk around the shops in

planters, wind chimes and garden


town and gawk at the photos of homes for sale in the


At Idyllwild Realty, I chatted

real estate company windows. Prices are now starting

For lunch, grab some takeout

with Realtor Emily Pearson, who, it

to shoot up, but Emily estimates the median price for

food at La Casita or the Red Kettle

turns out, was the opening manager

Restaurant, and head for a nearby


park. I noticed that many locals





Emily and her husband moved up to


Idyllwild in the early 1980s, choosing

one woman who had just moved

the community as a nice, peaceful

to Idyllwild from Orange County.

environment to raise their four

“Everyone’s so friendly and nice

children. Shortly after arriving, Emily

here,” she said. “Even the dogs are




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nice. When I go for a walk, they all bark at me, but only three times, then they’re quiet. They’re just saying hello.” Idyllwild County Park, where I’ve also tent camped, and Mt. San Jacinto State Park both have picnic facilities for nominal day fees. You might want to drive back to Fern Valley, known as the “top of the town” and as close as you can get to the town landmark, the dometopped granite monolith, Tahquitz Rock. One of my favorite afternoon stops is the Candy Cupboard where I order a shaved ice, combining three of their 29 flavors; many of which will turn your tongue red or blue. Dinner spots abound. My favorite is Gastrognome, which has been serving fresh fish, steak and continental dishes since 1973. There’s a patio deck, which I prefer for social distancing. But I recommend you stay a few days and unwind! You might consider Woodland Park Manor Cottages, where you’ll find five duplex The Grand Idyllwild Lodge features views of Tahquitz

cottages with floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious decks, wood-burning

Rock from its two-story lounge and library, plus spacious

fireplaces and kitchens. Woodland’s “Cottage in the Woods” is set back

and luxuriously appointed rooms. Page 60

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a beautiful craftsman-style lodge of ten suites and one two-bedroom villa that was meticulously built in 2013 by then owner Brad Rechtfertig and his wife Jackie, who designed all the interiors. It was sold in September 2018 to current owners Tim and Amy Brinkman. The four-diamond property features natural elements in its design, including river rock, wood and water. Recently reopened, the lodge serves full breakfasts on weekends and expanded continental breakfasts weekdays. There’s a complimentary gym/sauna onsite, plus a spa and relaxing outdoor spaces, including a trickling brook, spacious decks and a hillside sun house. Sparky Allert moved to Idyllwild when he was four and except for a stint in the military, has lived on the hill for the past 70 years. In his off hours, Sparky is involved with pet rescue and has seven incubators for rescued animals, most of them baby raccoons, which he takes down The Woodland Park Cottages feature floor-to-ceiling windows, wood-burning fireplaces and small kitchens. children on the hill. Their son Matt now

cottages, built in the 1950s, haven’t

is the manager of the property as well

changed much since then. I had to laugh

as Woodland’s outlying larger vacation

at the Thermador wall heater that reminded


There’s a large pool, barbecues and a ping-pong table. Pet friendly, too. While modest, Woodland Cottages are clean as a whistle and comply with

from pent-up demand. Still, he finds plenty of time to put his feet up, one of the reasons he said Idyllwild is indeed ideal.

“I love the fact that we get to experience four seasons up here,” said Denise Day. “This year, with everything shut down in March, I especially enjoyed watching winter melt into spring.”

new guidelines, using CDC products to

Day said that Idyllwild’s year-round

clean linens and upholstery, with socially

residents are an active group, with lots

distanced practices at check-in. Laundry is

of volunteer activities through schools,

doubly disinfected; all pool, barbecues and

churches, Rotary Club and other service

common area seating is disinfected at least

organizations. “The American Legion

once a day.

lodge is shut down right now, but it was the

Woodland’s onsite owners Denis and

At his Idyllwild Mountain Rentals office, Sparky says business is booming

a bit from the duplex units. The

me of my childhood home.

the hill to wildlife sanctuaries.

site of a lot of meals and festivities.

Colin Day came to Idyllwild as newlyweds,

For more luxurious accommodations,

some 41 years ago, and raised their four

I recommend the Grand Idyllwild Lodge,

Sparky Allert is a lifelong pro at kicking back in Idyllwild. Coronado Magazine

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Cover At Home: Celebrating the 4th of July in a Pandemic

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Yesteryear: Patriotism in Coronado - Remembering the First USS Coronado Page 21

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