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Five from East County Receive National Award for Contributions to Community Colleges EL CAJON — Four instructors from Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges and an administrator from the East County Community College District are recipients of a national award recognizing community college teaching and leadership. Grossmont College art history professor Marion de Koning, and Administration of Justice instructor Shaun Donelson; Cuyamaca College English instructor Lauren Halsted and math instructor Terrie Nichols; and the district’s director of Campus and Parking Services Nicole Conklin were presented with the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards March 12 at a conference in San Francisco that drew community college representatives from across the nation. The award is from the League for Innovation in the Community College, an international consortium of community colleges and their districts, and 160 corporate partners. The award, which was launched in 2012, is named after the president of the Roueche Graduate Center at National American University, and his wife, a senior lecturer in the department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin from 2000-2012. The two academic scholars – authors of dozens of books and hundreds of articles about community college leadership – have partnered with the League for Innovation on numerous community college initiatives in the past 38 years. “The inventive spirit and vision of the League for Innovation is reflected in this superlative team of community college leaders whose dedication and resourcefulness have contributed hugely to the success of our students and colleges,” said Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the GrossmontCuyamaca Community College District, and former chief operating officer for the League. Marion de Koning An art historian and a Grossmont College instructor for 18 years, Marion de Koning’s credentials as an art scholar are as impressive as her multilingual abilities. The Netherlands native emigrated to the United States in the mid-‘80s, earning her associate degree from Palomar College, her bachelor’s and master’s in art history from San Diego State University and her doctorate, also in art history, from the University of Southern California. The Phi Beta Kappa member speaks English, Dutch, French, German and conversational Spanish. “The impact I am able to have on them as an educator, in addition to the support of my colleagues and the strength of the arts program, are what have kept me here,” she said. Shaun Donelson With 31 years in law enforcement, including 22 with the San Diego Police Department, Grossmont College Administration of Justice instructor Shaun Donelson

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Shaun Donelson Terrie Nichols engages his students and Police Academy cadets with real-world scenarios that are both thoughtprovoking and challenging. “I find Grossmont College to be a very nurturing, supportive and pleasing environment for both staff and students,” Donelson said. “My priority is my students and helping them understand that, with effort, they can accomplish anything.” Terrie Nichols Cuyamaca College math instructor Terrie Nichols’ teachNicole Conklin ing innovations since her hiring in 1995 have set many remedial students on an accelerated path to successfully complete college-level math. The state awarded the college a $1.5 million Basic Skills Student Outcomes Transformation Grant a year ago, the result of a grant-writing effort led by Nichols. She was also instrumental in the award of a nearly $2.6 million grant to Cuyamaca College funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program. “I have been on an unyielding quest to implement accelerated learning in math, English, and ESL at Cuyamaca,” she said last fall when she and English instructor Lauren Halsted were announced as co-winners of the Outstanding Faculty Member Award. “ Lauren Halsted Hired as an adjunct faculty member in 2005, English instructor Lauren Halsted became full-time in 2008, melding teaching with service on numerous committees. Like Nichols in the math department, Halsted has been at the forefront of Cuyamaca’s accelerated learning initiatives since 2011. She moved to San Diego in 2005, becoming an adjunct instructor at several community colleges. “I quickly fell in love with Cuyamaca because of the people here— our students and the faculty, staff, and administrative team,” said Halsted, who in 2011 earned her doctorate in education from San Diego State University’s Community College Leadership program. “It truly feels like a family here, and I am honored to work with such amazing people every day.” Nicole Conklin As the Campus and Parking Services (CAPS) director since 2014, Nicole Conklin oversees the department at the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District that provides parking enforcement and services including safety escorts, room unlocks/locks, and lost-andfound at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. Conklin said she is grateful for the recognition of the Roueche Award, but the efficient operation of her department is a team effort.

Attorney Retiring After 37 Years Representing East County College District EL CAJON — Tim Garfield has seen it all in his 37 years as attorney for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. Dealing with issues ranging from student discipline to an endangered species that caused a massive construction delay, Garfield has quietly handled the East County college district’s legal issues based on a deep knowledge of education law and human nature. “It’s been very gratifying,” Garfield said. “I’ve been able to work with really good people trying to do the right thing and provide the best education possible to the students of the district.” Garfield attended his last meeting of the East County college district’s board on March 21, where he was honored by Governing Board members and district Chancellor Cindy L. Miles. “Tim’s legal advice has always been wise, thoughtful and well-researched,” Miles said. “He’s been more than just our attorney. He’s part of the family.” Garfield’s entire legal career has involved workTim Garfield ing with the college district, along with other education clients that included the Cajon Valley Union School District and the MiraCosta Community College District. He literally wrote the book on education law: a 2010 guide for lawyers and administrators entitled College and School Law: Analysis, Prevention, and Forms. He was also selected three times by San Diego Magazine as a top lawyer in education law. Garfield, who grew up in La Mesa, said he always had a fondness for the college district because of his East County roots. The son of an El Cajon municipal court judge, Garfield got his law degree from the University of Southern California. He said he was always interested in the law. “I wanted a job where you could help people and not just make money and generate a profit,” he said. “I found the law fascinating. It’s the basis of civilization to have rules that apply to everyone.” Garfield’s first job in 1972 was with the San Diego County Counsel, which handles legal matters for the county. Back then, the office also represented schools and college districts across the county, and in 1974, he was assigned to begin representing the Grossmont Junior College District. (Cuyamaca College opened in 1978, and the district’s name was changed to the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District in 1985.) As legal issues for schools and colleges expanded throughout the 1970s, the County Counsel was unable to continue representing districts. Garfield went into private practice with his colleagues from the county in 1979, and his law firm began doing legal work for the district in 1980. He officially signed as the college district’s attorney in 1983. Although Garfield is not a district employee, he’s been working for Grossmont-Cuyamaca for so long that only four district employees have more longevity in their jobs. He’s worked with

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Governing Board members pose with attorney Tim Garfield at his last board meeting. Left to right, board member Debbie Justeson, board member Edwin Hiel, Chancellor Cindy Miles, board president Bill Garrett, Tim Garfield, board member Greg Barr, student trustees Sebastian Caparelli and Evan Esparza, board member Elena Adams. five district leaders and handled hundreds of legal matters on behalf of the district. Garfield said he’s only been in court representing the district about a dozen times – which he considers a victory because that means legal conflicts have been avoided. “We try to do things the right way so people wouldn’t have a basis to sue us,” Garfield said. “It’s preventive law. It’s trying to guide administrators to handle things correctly.” He said his most challenging legal issue came up in the early 1990s when Cuyamaca College made plans to build a new $5.5 million physical education facility. The project was halted for a year when the gnatcatcher, a tiny songbird, was placed on the endangered species list and

the facility site was found to be a gnatcatcher habitat. To mitigate the habitat loss, the district bought 20 acres by Cuyamaca College that has been set aside as a nature preserve. “We were in a lot of negotiations with the Fish and Wildlife Service,” Garfield said. “It was quite intense.” His more enjoyable memories involve setting up the legal agreements that created the Water Conservation Garden and the Heritage of the Americas museum on the Cuyamaca College campus in the 1990s. He said even the more common legal issues, such as expelling an unruly student or terminating an employee, have their own intellectual challenges. “It’s always been interesting,” Garfield said. “It’s been

wonderful.” Garfield said he is confident the district is in good hands thanks to the leadership of the Governing Board, its president Bill Garrett, and Miles. “The district is running more smoothly now than it ever has,” Garfield said. “I’m proud to be part of a district that is so wellrun and well-regarded.” Garrett also praised Garfield’s legal acumen. “In my 30-plus years of public service, I have never worked with an attorney who provided me better legal advice than Tim Garfield,” Garrett said. “He is a consummate professional and will be greatly missed by all of us who worked with him at the District. I always tell people, ‘there is no indispensable person.’ Tim Garfield may well prove me wrong.”

ere’s a cold, wet reality: the more water in California’s reservoirs, the less urgency there is to build new ocean-water desalination plants that became a major talking point during the state’s long, parched years of drought, an ultra-dry period some folks insist has still not ended despite months of heavy rains. Those record or near-record rains have replenished everything reservoirs lost over the last few years of drought, and sometimes more. Desalination is always tantalizing here because – like Samuel Coleridge’s ancient mariner, who complained of “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink” – Californians can see billions of acre feet of water every day in the form of the Pacific Ocean, complete with all its bays and estuaries. But that’s briny salt water, containing an array of minerals that make it almost as inaccessible today as it was to the parched, fictitious sailor of 187 years ago. It won’t necessarily stay that way. Whenever the price of other water goes up, desalinating Pacific waters becomes more enticing. It will become more so if the price of filtering minerals out of salt water drops. But if the price and availability of fresh water remains reasonable, as it surely will be this year, desal stays in the back seat. Yes, Boston-based Poseidon Water since late 2015 has operated the largest desalination plant in America on the coast at Carlsbad, just north of San Diego. The facility supplies almost 10 percent of the San Diego area’s water needs. That’s a region which has long wanted to be as independent as possible from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (often called the Met), through which it gets supplies from the State Water Project and the Colorado River Aqueduct. Expensive as Carlsbad water may be at about $2,200 per acre foot, it improves the San Diego County Water Authority’s negotiating position with the Met. During the drought, that water agency signed a contract with the plant operator to purchase at least 48,000 acre-feet per year of water, but it can also demand up to 56,000 acre-feet in any year it feels the need. An acre-foot of water contains about 330,000 gallons, about the amount a typical family uses in a year. That water costs more than $100 per acre-foot above the price of recycled water and about $1,000 more than reservoir water or supplies from the Met, approximately doubling water cost. The San Diego authority claims that its take from the Met has been overpriced for years, and now pays more than $300 per acre foot for Colorado River water bought from the Imperial Valley’s irrigation district, which reaches San Diego County via the Met’s aqueduct. At the depth of the drought, the Met paid some farmers in the Sacramento Valley an average of $694 per acre foot for parts of their supply. So even at drought-inflated prices, fresh surface water remained much cheaper than desalinated supplies. These numbers all establish that desalinated water is now by far the most expensive alternative California water districts can pursue. This is one reason a proposed desal plant at Huntington Beach in Orange County has run into resistance. Environmental problems are another: The Carlsbad plant was cited several times for environmental violations during its first few months of operation. But the price tag is the biggest problem. The Carlsbad plant cost $1 billion to build, with about $50 million in yearly operating costs. When treating wastewater or catching more storm runoff can keep supplies at acceptable levels, there’s no need to pay so much for desalination. But if new methods to purify sea water beyond the standard technique of reverse osmosis ever become workable, all bets will be off. Despite claims by some companies that they can desalinate water for less than $700 per acre foot, none has yet demonstrated it can do the job on the extremely large scale needed to assure California water supplies. Which means that more it rains, the more the prospects for new desalinated water supplies fall. But they will surely resurface the moment a new drought arrives.

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 tdelias@aol.com


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. If you think about falling while you are on a staircase, you increase the risk of falling. You have to learn how to redirect your attention away from your troubling thoughts and let your body take you up and down the stairs. The techniques used to block out your worries and act naturally are taught my Zen masters and sports psychologists. The basic concept is this: distract yourself with anything benign so that your worries cannot creep into your consciousness.

Here’s an example: Many years ago, I read a book, The Inner Game of Golf by W. Timothy Gallwey. The author employed Zen techniques to allow golfers to use their skills to hit the ball instead of thinking their way through shots. I tried his techniques and immediately improved my game. I was amazed but not convinced. Then I had an experience that proved to me that these Zen techniques worked. Gallwey recommends replacing your controlling thoughts with mantras--words or sounds you can repeat in your head to keep your worries out of your way. My two mantras were “club back” and then “hit.” That’s all I thought about as I went through my swing. One afternoon, I found myself in a fairway bunker about 120 yards from the green. The ball was partially submerged in the sand. I had only a vague idea of how to hit this shot to the green. I stepped into the sand with a 7-iron. I focused on my mantras and swung thoughtlessly at the ball. It landed 10 feet from the hole. You can use the same technique when you are on the stairs. Choose a mantra and repeat it until you are back on a flat floor. Just counting the stairs as you traverse them might work. But a recent study suggested a novel method--clenching your left hand before you go to the stairs. This seems to work for right-handers only. About 90 percent of us are right-handed. For the study, German researchers tested the skills of athletes. Right-handed athletes who squeezed a ball in their left hand before competition were less likely to choke under pressure than right-handed players who squeezed a ball in their right hand. Reasoning is associated with the left hemisphere, while the right hemisphere is linked with automatic body movements. Juergen Beckmann, chairman of sports psychology at the Technical University of Munich, and the lead researcher, theorized that squeezing a ball or clenching the left hand would activate the brain’s right hemisphere and reduce the risk of an athlete choking under pressure. “Many movements of the body can be impaired by attempts at consciously controlling them,” Beckmann said. “This technique can be helpful for many situations and tasks.” Sian Beilock, a University of Chicago psychologist and author of “Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Success and Failure at Work and at Play,” also recommends distracting the mind with meaningless details or speeding up movements so the brain doesn’t have time to overthink. She also recommends writing down your worries. There is work in clinical psychology showing that writing helps limit negative thoughts that are very hard to shake and that seem to grow the more you dwell on them. The idea is that you cognitively outsource your worries to the page.

Ask The Healthy Geezer a question at: fred@healthygeezer.com

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Major Brain Repair Discovery in Fight Against Multiple Sclerosis

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ueen’s University Belfast scientists have discovered that specific cells from the immune system are key players in brain repair. The research study, led by Dr Yvonne Dombrowski and Dr Denise Fitzgerald at the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine at Queen’s University Belfast, is being hailed as a landmark study in unravelling the mysteries of how the brain repairs damage. This is crucial in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis (MS), which affects 2.5 million people worldwide, over 4,500 people in Northern Ireland and approximately 450,000 in the United States. MS is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults and is the result of damage to myelin, the protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of the central nervous system – the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve. In MS, the immune system wrongly attacks the myelin sheath covering nerve fibres in the brain and spinal cord, which can lead to symptoms such as vision loss, pain, fatigue and paralysis to name a few. Until now, medical treatment could limit relapses but could not reverse the damage already done by the condition. The exciting aspect of this new research is that the team have uncovered beneficial effects of immune cells in myelin repair that have

potential to reverse myelin damage. The study was an international collaboration including experts in Cambridge, San Francisco, Edinburgh, Maynooth and Nice. This is a fundamental breakthrough that could revolutionize the treatment of debilitating neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis. The research breakthrough, which has been published this month in Nature Neuroscience, shows that a protein made by certain cells within the immune system triggers the brain’s stem cells to mature into oligodendrocytes that repair myelin. The discovery means that researchers can now use this new knowledge to develop medicines which will boost these particular cells and develop an entirely new class of treatments for the future. Speaking about the importance of the new research, Dr Dombrowski, who is the lead author of the report, explains, “At Queen’s we are taking a unique and fresh approach to uncover how the immune system drives brain repair. This knowledge is essential to designing future treatments that tackle neurological diseases, such as MS, in a new way – repairing damage rather than only reducing attacks. In the future, combining these approaches will deliver better outcomes for patients.” Senior author of the study, Dr Denise Fitzgerald from Queen’s, experienced a condition similar

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to MS, called Transverse Myelitis when she was 21 and had to learn to walk again. Commenting on the findings, Dr Fitzgerald said, “This pioneering research, led by our team at Queen’s, is an exciting collaboration of top scientists from different disciplines at Cambridge, San Francisco, Edinburgh, Maynooth and Nice. It is by bringing together these experts from immunology, neuroscience and stem cell biology that we have been able to make this landmark discovery. “This is an important step forward in understanding how the brain and spinal cord is naturally repaired and opens up new therapeutic potential for myelin regeneration in patients. We continue to work together to advance knowledge and push the boundaries of scientific knowledge for the benefits of patients and society, in a bid to change lives for the better, across the globe.” Dr Sorrel Bickley, Head of Biomedical Research at the MS Society, said, “MS is an unpredictable and challenging condition, and we are committed to driving forward research to find effective treatments for everyone. This exciting study gives us an important understanding of how myelin repair can be promoted, which could open up new areas for treatment development. We welcome this international collaboration led by Northern Ireland, where rates of MS are amongst the highest in the world.” Source: Queens University Belfast, Nature Neuroscience

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 ddean@echerald.com. 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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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. This week, we continue to look at the events that occurred after the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ as recorded for us in the Word of God the Bible. Last time we saw how Jesus had appeared to ten of the disciples in the upper room, Thomas was absent at this appearing for some reason. Now we will look at another appearance of Jesus to His disciples, this time Thomas will be present. John 20:24-29 “Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Once again we see the unbelief of one of Jesus’ disciples. Thomas like the other disciples had spent over three years with Jesus, listening to His teaching; being witness to many of the miracles He performed; watching His exemplary life; and heard Him speak of His impending death but also of His resurrection. He also heard the testimony of his fellow disciples of their seeing Jesus’ resurrection, but as we just read, he refused to believe unless he saw Jesus for himself and placed his own fingers into the holes in His hands and side. Unbelief is an amazing choice one makes. After this Jesus tells His disciples to go to Galilee and wait for Him there and they go. John 21:1-14 “After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish 153; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”--knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.” Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or ccalpinemac@gmail.com


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Thousands of Easter Eggs at Spring EGGstravaganza SANTEE — The City of Santee, and Santee Lakes present the 14th annual Spring Eggstravaganza at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve (Lake #5) on Saturday, April 15 from 9:00AM-3:00PM. Kids of all ages will enjoy a variety of games and activities including carnival rides, pony rides, petting zoo, inflatables, spring crafts and live entertainment by Primo DJ. Egg hunts run continuously during the event on Egg Hunt Island for children ages 4 through 8 and in the Egg Hunt Basket for those ages 3 and under. Parents, please be sure and bring your child’s basket for all of those eggs! Food will be available to purchase on site, or families are welcome to bring a picnic of their own to enjoy at the Park. Fees include parking at $10.00 per carload and carnival rides and activities range from one to six tickets at $1.00 a ticket.

If you are an artist from Senator Anderson’s district, you have an opportunity to have your artwork be part of the exhibit at the Capitol in Sacramento. If selected, your artwork will be displayed through September 2018. Oil paintings, works on paper, weavings, wall hangings, and sculptures are all acceptable media. Please try to limit the overall size to no larger than 3’ x 5’, as space is limited. Senator Anderson’s 38th Senate District includes Lemon Grove, El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee, Poway, Escondido, San Marcos, Lakeside, Valley Center, Rancho Santa Fe, Julian, Ramona, Rancho San Diego, Bonsall, Borrego Springs and Fallbrook. We are looking for artwork that best represents the district! Submissions should focus on the beautiful landscapes of our district, the amazing people who make positive impacts, or the exciting events in our community that are special to us. Email photos of your original artwork to Lisa Scott at lisa.scott@sen. ca.gov by Thursday, April 20 with the artist’s name and contact information. If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, feel free to call Lisa in Senator Anderson’s El Cajon District Office at (619) 596–3136 or send her an email.

Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve is located at 9310 Fanita Parkway in Santee. Limited VIP packages are on sale at www.ci.santee.ca.us. For more information call the City of Santee Special Event hotline at 619-258-4100 ext 201.

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Retired Attorney Donates to OLLI at SDSU udith Wenker has been an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at SDSU member since 2005 and served on its first advisory board. A retired attorney with more than 30 years of experience, she has decided to donate a percentage of her trust to OLLI at SDSU. “I’m passionate about OLLI,” she said. “It’s a wonderful organization. The idea of lifelong learning is so great.” OLLI offers a vibrant and diverse learning community for adults age 50 and better, with intellectually stimulating, university-quality courses in state-of-the-art classrooms with curious fellow learners. In addition to an exciting and thought-provoking lineup of courses, OLLI at SDSU also offers lectures, workshops, book clubs, Edventures, and events. “The classes are so interesting,” Wenker said. “It’s great to be with a group of like-minded people who are so friendly. I hope that by donating, I can help OLLI carry on.” Wenker noted that planned giving is a perfect way to donate. “You don’t have to be worried about your money now,” she said. “This (donation) all comes from what is left over.” Wenker graduated from Seattle University with a teaching major, later attending the University of San Diego School of Law which led to three decades as an attorney. She concluded that the mindset of attending OLLI at SDSU classes is much different than going to college. “I went to college because I had to,” she said. “I go to OLLI classes because I want to.” For more information about planned giving to OLLI at SDSU, please visit neverstoplearning.net/Pages/Engine. aspx?id=718 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. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378.

Dolan hosts a one-hour sports talk radio show Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. on East County’s “The Mountain – 107.9 FM.” The show may also be heard on the Internet at www.themountainfm.com

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Health Fair Saturday at Grossmont Center

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will present “Health Fair Saturday,” one of the largest annual free health fairs in San Diego’s East County region, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, in the promenade area near the movie theaters at the Grossmont Center in La Mesa. Chamber staff said the event will feature about 40 information booths, with some of them offering health screenings by Sharp Grossmont Hospital health professionals for stroke, and blood pressure, as well as the latest information on health-related techniques and products from for-profit and non-profit organizations. Additional information will be available on senior housing, home care services and assistance, hospice care, home safety, fitness, health insurance, nutrition and medical supplies, as well as cancer care, recreation therapy, infection prevention and dentistry. On a stage at the event will be interactive demonstrations. The San Diego Blood Bank will host a blood donation drive. “This event has proven to be highly successful on several levels, not the least of which is catching potentially serious medical conditions before they become lifethreatening,” said Bob Burton, 2017 board of directors chair, San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. “In past years, healthcare professionals have identified several individuals with warning signs for serious conditions. We strive to make this an educational, accessible and beneficial event, and it may save a life.” For more information, contact Rosemary Reed, event director, at the East County Chamber at (619) 440-6161, or visit www.eastcountychamber.org.

Santee Chamber celebrates ‘Santee’s favorites’

The Santee Chamber of Commerce, currently celebrating its 62nd anniversary, honored community members and local businesses Thursday, March 16. Recipients of 2016 community awards included: Rob Treadwell, Al’s Sport

Shop, Person of the Year; Cindi Schulz, Santee School District, Educator of the Year; John Morley, SanteeLakeside Rotary Club, Rotarian of the Year; James Riggin, San Diego County Sheriff ’s Dept., Deputy of the Year; Tony Romero, Santee Fire Department, Firefighter of the Year; Jennifer Melton, Santee Firefighter Michael Kiehl Scholarship Recipient. Also at the event, Virginia Hall, outgoing board chairman, was honored with certificates and proclamations from local politicians. Hall announced Bill Pommering as her Chairman’s Award recipient. The Chamber also presented its “Santee’s Favorite” businesses awards with winners determined by nearly 7,000 votes that were cast online through the chamber’s website and social media, said Chamber officials. Twenty-two awards were presented. Recipients of Santee’s Favorites awards included (categories appear in parenthesis): East County Style (Arts, Entertainment & Media Company); Lloyd’s Collision & Paint Center (Automotive); Hot Rodz & Betties Hair Garage (Beauty & Salon Services); TDT Construction (Construction and Contracting); Santee School District (Education and Business Resources); San Diego County Credit Union (Financial Services); The UPS Store #4287 (General Services); CKO Kickboxing Santee (Health & Fitness); Choice Locksmithing & Security, Inc. (Home Services); Barona Resort & Casino (Hospitality); Sharp Grossmont Hospital (Medical Services); Boys & Girls Clubs of East County (Large NonProfit Organization); Santee Food Bank (Small Non-Profit Organization); Kirkland Printing & Mailing Services Inc. (Professional Services); Mission Realty Group (Property Management & Real Estate); Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve (Recreation); Eastbound Bar & Grill (Full-service Restaurant); Chick-fil-A (Quick-service Restaurant); Al’s Sport Shop (Retail); Nothing Bundt Cakes Santee (Specialty Food); Padre Dam Municipal Water District (Utilities). It was the fourth consecutive year for the Santee Chamber’s “Santee’s Favorites” awards.

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GHD presents $88,500 in scholarships

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, awarded $88,500 in scholarships to 39 high school students who have expressed interest in a career as a healthcare professional. The scholarships were presented at the GHD board meeting on Friday, March 17. The students from the 20 local high schools in the East Region were selected by school administrators for their academic excellence, outstanding citizenship and a desire to improve our world in the healthcare field. Students from each high school will receive up to $3,000 at the end of their first successfullycompleted semester of college. The students include (name of the high school in parenthesis follows the students’ names): Amara Harris, Nicole Hurtik (Christian); Victoria Hoehn, Izabel Sandoval (Diego Valley Charter); Mario Ballo, Noor Haleem (El Cajon Valley); Mikayla Buckley, Tori Vaca (El Capitan); Hannah Byce, Cierra Norton (Foothills Christian); Zaida Minjares, Vallarie Basa (Granite Hills); Breanne Williams Sutton, Ashley Hans (Grossmont); Alexandra “Sasha” Munson, Emelda Alchi (Grossmont Middle College); Gabrielle Root, Emily Lam (Helix Charter); Jenna Marogi (IDEA Center High); Anna Bray, Lauren Jouni (Liberty Charter); Euridice Pamela Sanchez-Martinez, Silvia Bustos (Monte Vista); Noemi Avenido, Lorraine Maraan (Mount Miguel); Ashley Alvarez, Lilly Shuster (Mountain Empire); Madisyn Delaney Taylor, Julia Ronney (Patrick Henry); Emma Kellio, Katharine Martens (River Valley Charter); Rency Mallari, Jessica Garcia (Santana); Angelina Miramontes, Anna Silva (Steele Canyon Charter); Madison Becker, Zion White (Valhalla); Rose Hawaree, Rayelynn Barker (West Hills). GHD has honored local high school students interested in a healthcare career with scholarship grants since 1999. Over the years, hundreds of local high school students have received individual scholarships totaling more than $1 million.


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Lakeside Union School District City of El Cajon Honors Looks for Three Bond Oversight Sunshine Horton Committee Members EL CAJON — At a recent El Cajon The Lakeside Union School District seeks to fill three positions (two from the general public and one member of a taxpayer’s association) on its Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. The seven-member committee oversees how Prop. V, the $79 million general obligation bond which passed in Nov. 2008 and Measure L, a $34 million reauthorization bond passed in 2014, are used. The bond pays for various facility and technology improvements to the district’s schools. The “member at large” appointee will serve a minimum of two years beginning June 2017. He or she will be eligible for up to two additional two-year terms. Applicants must reside within school district boundaries. Applicants cannot be an employee or official of the district or a vendor, contractor or consultant of Lakeside Union School District. Those interested are encouraged to fill out and submit an application, found on the district’s website. Applications can be submitted until noon Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017 and are available online at www.lsusd.net or at the District Administrative offices in the Business Department, 12335 Woodside Ave. Lakeside, CA 92040. The committee meets two times a year, typically at 4:30 p.m. at the district office. Once applications are received, all eligible and qualified applicants will be reviewed by a screening committee. After screening is complete, selected applicants will be invited to attend the June 8th Board meeting. A final approval of committee members will be made at that meeting.

City Council meeting, the City Council recognized El Cajon resident Sunshine Horton (pictured right) for her many years of community work by declaring March 14 as Sunshine Horton Day in the City of El Cajon. Monica Zech for The East County Herald

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Stainless Steel is Trending tainless steel has been a staple in luxurious, contemporary kitchens all over the world for years. While it’s most often used indoors, this durable, low-maintenance, design-forward material is making its way outdoors. Deck railings, outdoor kitchen cabinetry and solar-powered lighting are among the many examples of products using stainless steel to create exterior spaces that are aesthetically pleasing and easy to maintain. As this material continues to expand beyond traditional uses, design-forward homeowners are more likely to incorporate it into their outdoor living spaces as well. One option for creating a stylish outdoor look is with kitchen cabinetry man-

ufacturer Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens, which produces its cabinets from 100 percent stainless steel. For homeowners who don’t want the traditional stainless look, powder coat finishes, which can create various wood grains or colors to allow for a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living spaces, are also an option. “Just seeing the number of ways that companies are using the material has been interesting to watch. It’s gone from primarily an industrial material, to consumer products, to residential and commercial interiors. Now, we’re seeing it continue to grow into really innovative applications for exterior living spaces,” said Praveen Sood, retail and product marketing manager at Feeney, Inc., which specializes in stainless steel cable railing systems that can endure a variety of harsh conditions with minimal maintenance while maintaining the original view-friendly aesthetic. “It’s proven to be incredibly versatile.” Moreover, the demand for stainless steel is leading to a high rate of innovation. Companies like Gama Sonic, manufacturer of solar-powered outdoor lighting, answered when customers longed for a modern, durable product by developing the Bollard, made entirely from stainless steel. The natural sustainability of the Photoin courtesy material combined with solar LED bulb technology results a of Getty Images highly energy-efficient, highly green product, which is a musthave for today’s eco-conscious homeowners. For many homeowners, stainless steel is a statement and a symbol of quality, but just as important is its ability to create an outdoor space with both form and function in mind. Find more outdoor living ideas at danver.com, feeneyinc.com and gamasonic.com.

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One of the first considerations is the functional benefits landscaping can bring for needs such as shade. Quaking aspens and birch trees are beautiful and fast-growing options, or for a more traditional look, some maple trees grow quickly and certain varieties create a dazzling display of color. Another popular option is the Bradford pear, but this tree can be brittle and is prone to splitting so choose it with care. Flowering trees such as the tulip tree or dogwood are other fast-growing options. If a tree is impractical for your space or simply not your style, you might instead consider large flowering bushes, such as the lilac or Rose of Sharon.

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When it comes to privacy, there is also a multitude of options. Ornamental grasses come in a surprising array of colors and looks, and many grow high enough to shield a private lounge or eating area. Alternatively, you could consider a lush climbing vine paired with a trellis. Dwarf trees and shrubs also lend privacy when planted in close proximity. Another stylish

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