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In Its Official 2017 Star Rating Announcement Viejas Casino & Resort Earns Prestigious Award; All Ratings Showcased on

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ATLANTA — Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its annual Star Rating list, Wednesday, Feb.22, naming Viejas Casino & Resort as a new Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel. Viejas Casino & Resort will be showcased with all of the Star Rating recipients on ForbesTravelGuide. com. Viejas Casino & Resort is where discerning guests find absolutely everything they desire in one luxurious, beautiful, and convenient location: World-class gaming, multiple entertainment venues, a wide variety of dining experiences, incredible shopping, recreation—and now the finest gaming resort in San Diego. Viejas Casino & Resort is the latest addition to the luxury travel ratings that have been the gold standard in the hospitality industry since 1958. “We are delighted to recognize the 2017 Star Rating recipients, an exceptional collection of hotels, restaurants and spas that demonstrates a strong culture of service,” said Gerard J. Inzerillo, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Travel Guide. “In an online environment of confusion and clutter, Forbes Travel Guide is the most trusted source of information to assist guests in making informed decisions,” Inzerillo said. “These properties, the largest and most global group in the company’s history, achieve an impeccable standard of excellence in hospitality, underscoring our overall mission of positively contributing to the international tourism industry as well as individual hotel experience. We are proud to congratulate everyone associated with the prestigious properties recognized today.” For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star ratings, visit www.forbestravelguide. com/about/ratings. Connect with Forbes Travel Guide: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook:

On The Cover SAN DIEGO — The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce held their annual Honors Awards Gala at Miramar Naval Air Station, Thursday, Feb. 16. The event was themed ‘Top Gun.’

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or decades, a struggle has raged across California and America to protect young people from negative aspects of drinking beer and hard liquor. Now that fight has begun to spread to newly legalized recreational marijuana, with several state legislators trying to ban pot advertising along state highways. This is happening at a time when no one is quite certain whether new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a longtime foe of marijuana use and a former four-term U.S. senator from Alabama, will begin pursuing criminal prosecutions for selling and using pot in this state, despite last fall’s Proposition 64, which supposedly legalized almost all use of the weed. Sessions’ decision matters because federal laws always trump state ones where they conflict, and federal law continues to consider marijuana a Schedule 1 drug, along with heroin and ecstasy, to name just two others. Even before Sessions can do much of anything – and no one knows how much he will prioritize pot prosecutions – California lawmakers are trying to minimize the exposure of children and teenagers to advertising for cannabis products of all types, from medicinal marijuana to pot-laced brownies. The effort just now takes the form of a bill to outlaw marijuana advertising from state highways, about 15,100 total miles of roadway. That would strengthen a portion of last fall’s potlegalization Proposition 64, which bans billboards hawking pot from major state roads that cross state lines, a total of 4,315 highway miles. There is some precedent for this from the liquor front. While California has no state laws against booze billboards, cities like Oakland and San Diego do. In Oakland, beer and liquor ads are not allowed in residential neighborhoods or near schools, playgrounds and libraries, among other locales. In San Diego, billboards for alcohol are not allowed within 1,000 feet – about three blocks – of schools, recreation centers, child care centers and other places where children often congregate. The proposed statewide restriction on pot ads goes farther than anyone ever has against alcohol. Beer ads are seen in stadiums and arenas, some of them even named to promote breweries, as with Busch Stadium in St. Louis and Milwaukee’s Miller Park. While academic studies establish a definite connection between boozy billboards and use of alcohol by minors, nothing has stopped the liquor and beer industries from spending a combined $4 billion yearly to promote and advertise their products, including plenty of signage in ballparks frequented by children. All this suggests there is plenty of merit in the proposed highway ban on marijuana product advertising. If, as plenty of studies show (including some published in 2014 editions of the medical journal Current Addiction), using pot as rarely as once a week can lead to cognitive decline, lower IQ and memory problems, why not try to keep it away from children whose brains are still developing? Not to worry, said legalization advocates during last fall’s campaign for Prop. 64, the law’s age limit of 21 will keep pot away from teenagers. Of course, when recreational weed was illegal, plenty of teenagers found ways to get it. In a state where young adults of legal age commonly lend IDs to teenagers seeking alcohol, what’s to stop the same practice with pot? Many who believe America’s war on drugs has failed are fine with marijuana being readily available to all. Some even hearken back to a 1985 U.S. Senate hearing where Florida Republican Paula Hawkins, concluded that “Our record contains no facts which would justify legislation to ban or censor advertising beer or wine products…” Applying a similar conclusion that there’s no evidence of harm from marijuana sufficient to ban billboards would essentially make California’s children guinea pigs in the rush to legalization. Many cannabis advocates reason that pot is now legal, so why not allow advertising it, just like any other legal product? But the legislators behind the proposed billboard restrictions, from locales as disparate as South Los Angeles, Oakland, Healdsburg and Palmdale, see it differently, warning that billboards can make pot smoking seem like fun, even to small children riding in the back seats of their parents’ cars. The bottom line: Experimenting with the brains of California’s children is a bad idea, and it’s a good thing some legislators realize this.

Elias has covered esoteric votes in eight national political conventions. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. His opinions are his own. Email Elias at


The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti


To Your

Maintaining Indepedence With a Scooter . I don’t walk so well anymore and I’m consid-

ering getting one of those scooters that I see seniors driving. What do you know about them?


. They have become increasingly popular since

they were invented in 1968. As more baby boomers hit the market for mobility assistive equipment, we will see more scooters. There are about 1.7 million in the United States using wheelchairs or scooters. About 90 percent of these people have manual wheelchairs. There are 155,000 using electrically powered wheelchairs, and 142,000 riding scooters. Motorized scooters serve the same function as motorized wheelchairs, but the scooters are easier to maneuver and are more versatile. And because they now have sleek designs and are marketed primarily as a product to facilitate movement, rather than to assist the disabled, they appeal to a broader spectrum of the public. I shopped online for scooters. They seem to range from about $500 to about $4,500. If your doctor submits a written order stating that you have a medical need for a scooter, Medicare will help cover the costs under the following conditions: • You have a health problem that causes difficulty moving around in your home. • You’re unable to do activities of daily living even with the help of a cane, crutch, or walker. • You can’t operate a manual wheelchair. • You’re able to safely operate, and get on and off the scooter, or have someone with you who is always available to help you use the device safely. • You must be able to use it in your home. Medicare won’t cover a scooter if it will be used mainly for leisure activities, or if it’s only needed to move around outside your home. A mobility scooter usually has a swivel seat over three or four wheels, a flat area for your feet and handlebars to steer it. Mobility scooters are usually battery powered. The scooters come in models with front-wheel drive or rearwheel drive. The front-wheel-drive scooters are usually smaller and are used indoors. They usually hold up to 250 pounds. The rear-wheel-drive scooters are used both indoors and outdoors with a typical maximum capacity of 350 pounds. There are heavy duty rear-drive scooters that can carry up to 500 pounds. Scooters have a few advantages over wheelchairs. • Swiveling the seat of an electric scooter is generally easier than moving the foot supports on most conventional wheelchairs. • A major selling point of mobility scooters is that they do not look like wheelchairs, which evoke negative feels in some people. • Mobility scooters are usually more affordable than powered wheelchairs. However, there are disadvantages when compared to powered wheelchairs. • You need to be upright and have upper-body strength to operate a scooter. • Scooters also have fewer options for body support, such as head or leg rests. They are rarely designed for ease of patient transfer from seat to bed. • Scooters are longer, which limits their turning radius and ability to use some lifts or wheelchair-designed access technologies such as kneeling bus lifts. • Some mobility scooters have low ground clearance which can make it difficult to navigate certain obstacles, such as traveling in cities without proper curb cuts.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Study Shows Long-term Outcomes Following Stem Cell Transplant for MS


new study published online by JAMA Neurology examines the long-term outcomes of patients with aggressive forms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who failed to respond to standard therapies and who underwent autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation using their own stem cells. In October 2003, I was scheduled to have this ‘experimental’ treatment at Scripps Green in La Jolla. Two weeks prior, the FDA pulled the plug on the procedure due to a study published in the medical journal Blood, reporting two deaths. I wasn’t supposed to have it for a reason. It took me quite some time to come to terms with that, especially since I was so excited about the procedure that I had gone out and bought serveral hundreds of dollars worth of high heeled shoes in anticipation of being able to wear them. I was so elated about the possibility of dancing again. It would seem that after 14 years, it is not perfected yet. Again, everything happens for a reason. Today, I am thankful I didn’t take the risk then. More than 2.5 million people in the world are affected by

MS, which can cause severe neurological disability. Autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) has been investigated as a treatment for aggressive MS, the rationale for which is immune reconstitution. It is important to examine the course of MS after AHSCT over the long term. The current study by Paolo A. Muraro, M.D., of Imperial College London, and coauthors included data from 13 countries on 281 patients who underwent AHSCT between 1995 and 2006. Primary outcomes examined by the study were MS progression-free survival and overall survival. Eight deaths (2.8 percent) were reported within 100 days of transplant and were considered transplant-related. Transplant-related death is a major concern for a disease, such as MS, which is often not life threatening. The authors suggest the 2.8 percent death rate in the current study likely reflects the early experience with AHSCT because only transplants performed through 2006 were included. Additionally, MS progression-free survival was 46 percent at five years after AHSCT, with younger age, a relapsing form of MS, use of fewer prior immunotherapies and lower neurological disability scores associated with

better outcomes, according to the report. The authors note some study limitations. “In this large observational study of patients with MS treated with AHSCT, almost half of them remained free from neurological progression for five years after transplant. ... The results support the rationale for further randomized clinical trials of AHSCT for the treatment of MS,” the article concludes. Fourteen years later, I am now hesitant. Yet, I still look forward to the day I dance.

Source: JAMA Neurology.

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 30 years. She continually studies and researches the disease to educate herself. She writes this column as a community service to share her findings and to raise public awareness about MS. The opinions and experiences shared are her own. Dean is NOT a medical doctor. ALWAYS check with your doctor first before trying a new therapy. This column is intended for informational purposes only. Dean can be reached at NOTE: Dean is the recipient of the 2004 STAR Community Outreach Award by the MS Society Dec. 2, 2004, the American Red Cross Real Hero Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award, Oct. 13, 2006 , the Stoney Community Service Award, February 29, 2008, Women in Leadership Award for Art/Media/ Culture Oct. 29, 2010, El Cajon Citizen of The Year Nominee Feb. 2013 and 2017 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.

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Board-certified Ear, Nose, and Throat physician Dr. S. Cherukuri, a graduate of the prestigious University of Michigan School of Medicine, built a very successful practice helping patients with hearing problems. “I was often frustrated by the fact that many of my patients could benefit from the use of a hearing aid, but unfortunately couldn’t afford one. I then made it my mission to change this, making quality digital hearing aids affordable for anyone who needs one.”

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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” As a reminder, we are doing this series that you may come to know the truth about Jesus as the Word of God the Bible conveys it. We are looking to the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and drawing from them to get an accurate look at the chronological view of Jesus. Last week, we saw the how a group of people from varying walks of life took the body of Jesus from off the Cross after He died; carried Him to a tomb, ministered to His body the best they could under the time constraints of the Sabbath. Now we see how the Jewish leader were fearful of Jesus rising from the dead (as He had said He would) or of His disciples taking His body from the tomb and proclaiming He rose from the dead. These leaders go to Pilate and request that a guard be stationed at the tomb to guard it and keep this from occurring. Matthew 27:62-66 “On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, “After three days I will rise.’ Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, “He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.” All the guards of the world and attempts of men could never keep Jesus from rising from the dead. This vain attempt of the religious leaders serves as an example of man’s futile attempts to keep God’s will from being accomplished. What we read next in all four of the Gospels is the greatest event in history, Jesus rose from the dead just as He said He would. I have chosen to use Matthew’s account of the resurrection because he is the only one that mentions what happened to the guards that were guarding the tomb. Matthew 28:1-15 “Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying, “Tell them, “His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.” I love Luke’s account of what the angels said, ““Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen!”

Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or

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Santee Sheriff Station Flag Raising Ceremony



Santee-Lakeside Rotary Luncheon

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East County Honors

Annual Awards Gala Thursday, Feb. 16 • Miramar Naval Air Station Tariq Kohgadai for The East County Herald See more at

Best Restaurant: Black Angus Education: Diego Valley Public Charter School Recreation: Helix Water District Environmental: Waste Management Finacial: California Coast Crediy Union Health: Sharp Grossmont Hospital Home/Biz Improvement: Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air Manufacturing: Trident Maritime Systems New Biz Member: Amer. Med. Resp. Non-Profit: Foothills Christian Church Prof. Serv.: SD Business Supply Real Estate: FBS Property, AMO and Pacific SW Assoc. of REALTORS (PSAR) Marketimg: House of Magnets

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EL CAJON — Start your St. Patrick’s Day celebration early! Register now for the St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon, 5K Run/Walk, Green Mile, and Tribes & Clans competition on Sunday, March 5. The St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon is dedicated to involve the entire family in fun and fitness. The Half Marathon begins at 198 West Main Street, in Downtown El Cajon, next to the El Cajon Arch. This event is hosted by the Run East County Foundation. Funds raised will benefit several East County charities. Please visit for more information, to register, or to volunteer – Volunteer Appreciation Letters will be provided! Sign up today!

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Hallihan Recognized by State SDSU BEATwith Steve Dolan Senate for 15 Years of Service OLLI at SDSU Event Examines ‘The Surprising Science of Happiness’


By Hayden Soria

For THe East County Herald ALPINE — Laurie Hallihan of Alpine was honored on Saturday, Feb. 11 with a certificate of recognition from State Senator Joel Anderson. The reason was her 15 years of service to the State Farm of Alpine branch. As a testament of her dedication to the Alpine community, members of the Alpine Union School District board, Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce, and the Harbison Canyon Lions club were in attendance. Hallihan has known Anderson since she first moved to Alpine fifteen years ago. Anderson was ecstatic to learn about Hallihan’s accomplishments and said, “I am proud of Laurie’s accomplishment and grateful for her efforts to make the community of Alpine a friendlier and happier place. She has been a role model for this community because she selflessly shares her time whenever she’s needed.” Participants of the celebration, many of whom had been helped by Hallihan before had nothing but great stories to tell. One story told by one of Hallihan’s co-worker Erin Killan, involved multiple clients coming in one day and requesting to specifically to meet with her. So many customers had come in that other employees had to come assist her. This exemplifies how sought after Hallihan is. One of Hallihan’s favorite aspects of her job is the

From left: Laurie Hallihan with representative from Senator Joel Andersons’s Office Victoria Mandziuk. unique encounters she has. For instance while working with a client she discovered her client had a chimpanzee as a pet. Another fond memory Hallihan has are the numerous clients playing with her dog, which has helped her dog get over her fear of people. When asked about how it felt working for

State Farm for 15 years Hallihan expressed “Even though there were changes all the time that made me absolutely crazy, it did keep me determined. If I didn’t have that constant change, I would be very bored. My different clients all have a unique story and hearing their experiences is a part of my job that I love.”

he American Dream is bound up in the “pursuit of happiness.” What does it really mean? How do we measure it? The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at SDSU will examine this topic when it hosts Conversations Worth Having: The Surprising Science of Happiness from 9 am-12 pm Saturday, Apr. 1. This is the second in a series of TED (Technology, Education, Design) Talks — stimulating 4- to 18-minute videos by some of the most engaging speakers around the world. During this special event, OLLI at SDSU members will examine our most valued and often most elusive emotion. Participants will explore the newest research into what makes us happy, how memory and experience affect our sense of satisfaction very differently, and specific exercises we can do to be happier right now. Each screening will be followed by group discussion facilitated by Kathi Diamant, an author, speaker, teacher, broadcaster, and adjunct professor at SDSU. She also facilitated the first special event Conversations Worth Having – Being Mortal: Perspectives on Death and Dying, last October. Here are some responses from the event: “This was an amazing event. I have been yearning for something like this since I started taking OLLI classes,” said OLLI at SDSU member Dee Quashnock. “The members have so much wisdom to share. Kathi was very well-prepared. The TED Talks were a perfect basis for discussion.” Added OLLI at SDSU member Davene Gibson: “(I was) delighted to see our OLLI program was stepping out to offer this. The TED Talks/videos were obviously carefully selected and Kathi was a superb facilitator.” Cost of the Conversations Worth Having: The Surprising Science of Happiness event is $19. The registration deadline is Friday, March 24. For more information, visit, email, or call (619) 594-2863. SDSU’s College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Honorary Alpine mayor voting ends March 1

recently held its annual awards gala called “East County Honors.” At the event, the Chamber’s 2017 board of directors were sworn in by San Diego County TreasurerTax Collector Dan McAllister and awards for community service and businesses of the year were presented. Recipients of community service awards included: Jane Moore, Toward Maximum Independence, Public Service Person of the Year Award; Kevin Miller, Foothills Christian Church, Community Partner of the Year Award: Daryl Priest, Downtown El Cajon Business Partners, Business Volunteer of the Year Award; Jeff Wood, Grossmont Union High School District, Continuing Technical Education, Business and Education Person of the Year Award; Rebecca Collier, Leadership East County Person of the Year Award; Sherral Bearss, Get 1 Free Magazine, Ambassador of the Year. Business of the year award recipients included: Black Angus El Cajon, Best Restaurant Award; Diego Valley Public Charter School, Education Industry Award; Helix Water District’s Lake Jennings, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Award; Waste Management, Environmental Stewardship Award; California Coast Credit Union, Financial Services Industry Award; Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Health Services Industry Award; Anderson Plumbing Heating & Air, Home and Business Improvement Industry Award; Trident Maritime Systems, Manufacturing Industry Award: American Medical Response, New Member Business Award; Foothills Christian Church, Non-Profit Business Award; San Diego Business Supply, Professional Services Industry Award; Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors and FBS Property Management AMO, Real Estate and Housing Industry Award (tie); House of Magnets, Retail, Sales and Marketing Industry Award. The Chamber’s Annual Dinner was held Feb. 16 at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Commissioned The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce Officers’ Club. About 300 people attended the event. The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce has announced that votes for its Alpine Honorary Mayor’s race are due Wednesday, March 1. The honorary mayoral voting is a fundraising campaign organized by the Chamber and Alpine Community Foundation in the unincorporated East County community. The winner is determined by how much money the Alpine resident can raise for their favorite nonprofit charity or community program. Every dollar raised by a candidate is considered a vote for that candidate. “These annual races have raised thousands of dollars for Alpine school needs, charities and improvement projects,” said Jo Moreland, communications director, Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce. “Anyone anywhere can vote for Alpine’s Honorary Mayor. We encourage everyone to vote early and often.” This year’s candidates include (name of their fundraising beneficiary appears in parenthesis): Rose Signore, Postal Annex of Alpine (Kylie Rowand Foundation to help children with cancer); Frank Sturniolo, REACH Medical Air Service (East County Transitional Living Center, which helps people battling addiction and homelessness); Clayton Mauldin, Clayco Electric (Alpine Youth Center and its after-school activities for 11-to-18-year-olds); Ronda McLauchlan, Alpine Education Foundation (AEF’s Tech 4 Kids technology program). Campaign contributions must be submitted by 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, to On Line Bookkeeping & Tax Services at 2065 Arnold Way, Ste. 103, or the Chamber office, 1620 Alpine Blvd., Ste. 208, Alpine, CA 91901. The winner will be announced at Alpine’s sixth annual Honey Festival on March 11. Call the Chamber at (619) 445-2722 for more information.

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Grossmont Healthcare District seeks nominations for 2017 Healthcare Heroes Awards

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is seeking nominees for its 2017 Healthcare Heroes Awards. Now in its 11th year, the Healthcare Heroes is GHD’s annual awards program honoring volunteers who help advance the delivery of quality health services in the East County region. Nominees may include any individual volunteer or volunteer(s) of organizations who demonstrate selfless dedication to a healthy East region community, above and beyond their regular employment, according to Michael Emerson, 2017 GHD board president. “The purpose of the Healthcare Heroes Awards is to recognize volunteers whose unsung work in health care might not otherwise be recognized,” said Emerson. “We solicit the assistance of all East County residents because we want to recognize healthcare champions whose work might not otherwise be recognized. We want to honor those volunteers whose extraordinary care and selfless dedication inspires others to produce outcomes that provide for a healthier community.” Some examples of volunteers eligible for nomination include: health care educators, volunteer transportation providers, health professionals, first responders, community clinic volunteers, pastoral caregivers, grant writers, members of service clubs, members of policy or advocacy organizations, auxiliary members, and youth volunteers (healthcare related). Nomination forms are available at www. Deadline for submission of entries is 3p.m. on Friday, March 10, faxed, e-mailed or personally delivered to the GHD offices at 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. For more information, contact the GHD offices at Awards will be presented at a luncheon on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Steele Canyon Golf Club in Jamul.

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