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Employers Flocking to Job Fair Fletcher Hills Little League Opening Day at Cuyamaca College

EL CAJON — Polish your resume and practice your elevator speech. A record number of employers will be recruiting at the 26th annual East County Career Expo set for Wednesday, Apr. 25, at Cuyamaca College. Free and open to the public, the expo is set for 9:30- a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is expected to draw at least 65 businesses, companies and industries looking to hire. In past years, nearly 100 attendees have left with job offers and nearly that many job interviews have been lined up, thanks to the popular event. Sponsored by Cuyamaca College, America’s Job Center of California and the East County Career Center, the expo will be held at the Student Center, Room I-207. “There are more jobs available right now and employers are hiring,” said Cindy Morrin, associate professor of counseling and coordinator of the college’s career center. “I can see it by the traffic we are getting on our online job board, which is a great way for employers to post available positions.” Many companies and employers from 2017 are expected to return for this year’s career fair, joined by newcomers such as the San Diego International Airport. They represent a wide swath of career and job fields, including healthcare, childcare, education, municipalities, county agencies, public utilities, nursing homes, non-profits, law enforcement, gaming,

From left: El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, Erik Weichelt, California State Senator Joel Anderson and Robert Weichelt attend the original Opening Day before it was rained out. By Ian McKinstry

landscaping, local legislators, San Diego radio stations and more. Some of the region’s largest employers will be represented, including UC San Diego, Sycuan Casino, and the San Diego Convention Center. The career expo is particularly well-suited for current and past Cuyamaca College students with many of the jobs correlating to areas of study offered by the college, including water and wastewater, environmental health and safety management; automotive, graphic design, engineering, computer and information science, ornamental horticulture, paralegal and business. Employers from in-demand sectors – advanced manufacturing, information technology, life sciences and healthcare – will also be present.

To help job-seekers prepare for the career expo, the career center in Room A-112 in the One-stop Student Services Center, is offering free workshops that are open to all: • Building a Resume, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 • Strategies for Interview Success, 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 • Navigating the Career Fair, noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 • Creating an Elevator Pitch 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 Employers can pay a $50 registration fee to reserve a table by registering online or by mail. Cuyamaca College is at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon, California, 92019. For more information, go to www.

For The East County Herald EL CAJON — The crisp aroma of freshly cut grass intermingled with the growing excitement of players and parents of Fletcher Hills Little League as they poured onto the baseball field and into the stands on a picture-perfect Friday afternoon. Friday, March 23 marked the opening ceremony and official start to the baseball season for the league which has had a strong presence in the community for over 50 years. Fletcher Hills Little League has upwards of 300 enrolled players and 23 registered teams starting with 4-year-olds playing teeball all the way up to the “majors” division where competition is fierce between players of 10 to 12 years of age. As the opening ceremony commenced, the board of directors, sponsors, parents, and volunteers were all recognized for the essential role each one of them plays in making the league an impactful and special place for the players. The name of every player was called and each made a short run from third base to home plate. As they stomped on home plate, they were high fived by their coaches and joined the rest of their team for a group picture. What made this ceremony extra special was a certificate of recognition to every single player from their California State Senator Joel Anderson, which praised their personal growth, sportsmanship, athleticism, and their dedication to the team. Anderson attended the original opening day ceremony earlier in March, which was eventually cancelled due to rain. He stated, “Fletcher Hills Little League has been teaching kids baseball and teamwork for decades. It’s amazing to witness the family traditions, community support, and excitement on the faces of these players and spectators.” When asked how support from Anderson benefits the team, Erik Weichelt, the president of FHLL responded, “It’s great to have Senator Anderson here to recognize the league. Although we have a great community and support from our wonderful coaches and parents, getting volunteers is very difficult and that recognition by an elected official really gives that extra ‘umph’. At the end of the day, it’s all for the kids and that’s what it’s really about.”

On The Cover EL CAJON — United States Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (left) with San Diego Political Analyst John Dadian attend the Algondigos of East San Diego County Luncheon, Wednesday, March 28 at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina on Fletcher Prkwy.

ALPINE — An Easter Bunny intruder enjoys the view of Viejas Mountain on a sunny and beautiful Easter Sunday, Apr.1.

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Top Four System Could Revive State’s Republicans


magine for a moment that California now had a top four primary election system instead of the top two it now uses. In that alternate – for now – world, the four leading votegetters in this June’s primary election would advance to the November runoff election rather than just the top two. With two Democrats – Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – currently at or near the top of the seven-person field of credible candidates for governor – no one would have to pay much attention to either of them during the leadup to this June’s primary. Instead, attention would be focused on the other five candidates, bunched until days ago in single-digit territory in every poll. That’s because the real contest wouldn’t be for the two top slots, but for the other two positions on the fall ballot. And if one of the other two Democrats and one of the two current Republican candidates should win those two runoff spots, it would be highly possible that heavily Democratic California could end up with a GOP governor, even though that party now trails Democrats by about 20 percent in voter registration. This would happen if the full 25 percent of voters registered as Republicans voted for their party’s surviving candidate, who would likely also pick up some independent no-party-preference voters, while the three Democrats splintered their party’s vote. Don’t laugh… something like this actually happened in 2012 in a largely–Democratic San Bernardino County congressional district where Republicans wound up with both November ballot slots because a bunch of Democrats splintered their party’s vote. A very improbable scenario, you may say. But it is exactly the kind of situation a currently circulating potential ballot initiative would create. The measure, sponsored by Orange County accountant Richard Ginnaty, needs 585,407 signatures to qualify as a November ballot proposition. Since this cause appears unlikely to draw hordes of volunteer petition carriers, and since paid carriers often get $5 or more per valid voter signature they gather, it would likely cost upwards of $3 million to qualify the plan. Ginnaty says he doesn’t have that kind of cash, but might get “outside support.” For sure, this is the simplest way yet proposed to give Republicans a chance in many California elections, where Democrats rarely show the discipline to get out of each other’s way for the sake of their party. Of course, neither have Republicans, or one of the current GOP hopefuls might have dropped out of the gubernatorial run by now. Ginnaty says his measure is not designed specifically to benefit Republicans, even if it ends up accomplishing that. “Republicans have been monumentally ineffective in making their case (in California) and have ignored the initiative process, a good way to bring ideas before the voters,” said the self-described “old Tea Party guy.” “That ticked me off and I want strong new voices that aren’t heard now to have a chance.” Meanwhile, the reaction is lukewarm from other election experts who have been fighting the top two for years on grounds that it squelches minor parties by virtually never giving them a November voice. Said Richard Winger, the San Francisco-based editor of the Ballot Access News newsletter and blog, “This definitely could lead to situations like what happened in San Bernardino County. But it could also help minor parties in state legislative races, where there aren’t usually many candidates if an incumbent is involved. But for statewide races, it just wouldn’t work.” That judgment doesn’t faze Ginnaty, who is out to clean up what he sees as a “Sacramento swamp.” “We have a swamp because we only have one party with power now,” he said. As an example of what a “swamp” can bring, he cites the state’s bullet train project, whose recent cost estimates are more than seven times higher than the bond amounts originally approved by voters. “A responsible Legislature would have put that to another vote of the people long ago,” he said. “Especially with self-driving cars coming, it’s an outmoded technology.” The bottom line: Top Four is unlikely to make the ballot, but if it did and it passed, it could radically change today’s political reality in California. 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 Age-Related Macular Degeneration


. I’m 70 and I’m starting to see a blurred area in the middle of my vision. Any ideas?

. Have this checked immediately by an eye care practitioner. What you describe is a symptom of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older. The macula is at the center of the retina in the back of your eye. The retina transmits light from the eye to the brain. The macula allows us to perform tasks that require central vision such as reading and driving. In some cases, AMD advances so slowly that people notice little change in their vision. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in both eyes. It comes in two forms—wet and dry. Wet AMD occurs when blood vessels behind the retina start to leak and raise the macula. An early symptom of wet AMD is straight lines that appear wavy. Wet AMD is considered to be advanced AMD and is more severe than the dry form. However, dry AMD can turn into wet AMD at any time. Dry AMD occurs when macular cells break down, gradually blurring central vision in the affected eye. Central vision in the affected eye can be lost. Dry AMD generally affects both eyes, but vision can be lost in one eye. The risk of getting AMD increases with age. Other risk factors include smoking, obesity, race (whites are at higher risk), a family history of AMD, and gender (women are at higher risk). AMD is detected through a comprehensive eye exam that includes a visual acuity test, a dilated eye exam, and tonometry. Visual acuity is measured with an eye chart test. In the dilated eye exam, drops are placed in your eyes to enlarge the pupils. Then, a magnifying lens is used to examine your retina. Tonometry measures the pressure inside the eye. You may also be asked to look at an Amsler grid. With one eye, you will stare at a black dot in the center of the grid. You may notice that the straight lines in the pattern appear wavy or are missing. These may be signs of AMD.

Other tests that may be done include:

• Using special dye and camera to look at blood flow in the retina (fluorescein angiogram) •Taking a photo of the inner lining of the eye (fundus photography) •Using light waves to view the retina (optical coherence tomography) Once dry AMD is in the advanced stage, no treatment can prevent vision loss. However, treatment can delay and possibly prevent AMD from progressing to the advanced stage. Some vitamins and minerals may reduce the risk of developing advanced AMD. Wet AMD can be treated with surgery, therapy, and injections into the eye. None of these treatments is a cure for wet AMD. Each treatment may slow the rate of vision decline, but the disease may progress anyway. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Implantable Miniature Telescope (IMT) to improve vision in some patients with endstage age-related macular degeneration. Surgically implanted in one eye, the IMT is a small telescope that replaces the natural lens and provides an image that has been magnified. If you have lost some sight from AMD, don’t be afraid to use your eyes for reading, watching TV, and other routine activities. Normal use of your eyes will not damage your vision further.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean Unexpected Discovery May Lead to Potential Treatment for MS


surprise finding by medical scientists may lead to the development of a possible treatment for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). While examining human brain tissues, researchers from the University of Alberta and McGill University unexpectedly found that the tissues from people who had MS contained an extremely high level of a protein named calnexin, compared with those who hadn’t had MS. The researchers then tested the susceptibility of mice lacking calnexin to the mouse model of human MS (experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis), and were astonished to find that the mice lacking the protein were completely resistant to the disease. The causes of MS are not well understood. Symptoms vary widely but often include cognitive impairment, dizziness, tremors and fatigue. These problems are caused by a type of white blood cells called T cells that, after becoming activated, find their

way into the brain and attack the protective covering--myelin--of neurons in the brain and spinal cord, causing inflammation and damage to the central nervous system. “It turns out that calnexin is somehow involved in controlling the function of the blood-brain barrier,” said Marek Michalak, a distinguished professor of biochemistry at the U of A. “This structure usually acts like a wall and restricts the passage of cells and substances from the blood into the brain. When there is too much calnexin, this wall gives angry T cells access to the brain, where they destroy myelin.” Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world, with an estimated one in 340 Canadians living with the disease, while more than 450,000 Americans suffer from it and more than 2.75 million people globally battle the disease. There are no known effective treatments. “We think this exciting finding identifies calnexin as an important target for developing therapies for MS,” said Luis Agellon, a professor at

the McGill School of Human Nutrition. “Our challenge now is to tease out exactly how this protein works in the cells involved in making up the blood-brain barrier. If we knew exactly what calnexin does in this process, then we could find a way to manipulate its function to promote resistance for developing MS.” Source: University of Alberta and McGill University

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 31 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 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 “The Promises of God”. As mentioned in part one of this series, there are but a few promises to all of mankind, the vast majority are to those who have become His children by adoption through faith in Jesus Christ and repentance from sin. Some may think this is not “fair”, that all of God’s promises should be to everyone. Well they are to everyone that will repent of sin and turn to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin. Think of this way, you are a parent, your children have your protection; love; provision; sacrifice; and will inherit what you have at your departure. Should others who are not your children or even those who hate you and your children be beneficiaries of what you have for your own children? Of course not, that would be absurd! Another of God’s wonderful promises is that of God being a sun (light) and shield to His children. Psalm 84:11 “For Jehovah God is a sun and shield; Jehovah will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Let’s look at this promise carefully. The first thing we want to look at is that He will sun to us. Sun of course represents light; warmth; power; that which is necessary to sustain life and much more. As this world becomes more and more dark; cold in its care for one another; barren spiritually and morally, it is a tremendous blessing to know that the Lord will give us all that we need to continue on in this life. We see this promise of God being our light in a number of other Scriptures such as: Psalm 27:1 “Jehovah is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Jehovah is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Malachi 4:2 “But to you who fear My name, the Sun of Righteousness shall arise, and healing will be on His wings. And you shall go out and frisk like calves of the stall.” John 8:12 “Then Jesus spoke again to them, saying, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Next we have His promise of being a shield to us. A shield represents protection; a place to take refuge when being attacked. Again we have a number of verses that attest to this, Psalm 3:3 “But You, O Jehovah, are a shield for me; my glory, the One who lifts up my head.” Psalm 119:114 “You are my hiding-place and my shield; I hope in Your Word.” This does not mean that our life will be trouble free, without trials and afflictions, King David experienced all of this and more but in the midst of it all God was protecting him as He will all that trust in him. It must be understood that this protection is not limited to the physical realm, it includes the spiritual and emotional as well. God promises to give perfect peace to those that trust in him, peace of mind and heart as you are going through difficulties. Finally He has promised to give grace; glory; and every good thing. What more could one ask for! I feel sorry for the vast multitude of people that are out there in trying to “get through life” on their own, trying to find help, refuge, in some empty philosophy of man, a bottle of some kind whether it be filled with alcohol, pills, or something else when the Lord has all that is needed. Read what the Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ.” And Peter in 2Peter 1:2-4 “Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, according as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who has called us to glory and virtue, through which He has given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, so that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” Of course these promises like all the others have conditions, the conditions for the promises we have examined today are: “those who walk uprightly.” To walk uprightly is to live one’s life in obedience to the Word of God.

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BUSINESS EXPO 2018 Join us as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary and our 4th Annual Spring Fling Business Expo! The evening will be filled with “Anniversary” celebration surprises, amazing samplings of delicious food from local restaurants, dozens of FREE door prizes and raffles, and more!

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The Dick I Knew Before ‘Oh My’ By Harold Dean

The East County Herald ARMADA, MI — It was in 1942 when my family moved from St. Clair Shores, Michigan to an eighty acre farm in the country. We started our new life on a dairy farm on North Avenue, about two miles South of Armada, Michigan. Four years later in 1946, the Enberg family moved to a small apple orchard on the corner of 33 mile road and North Avenue, just a half mile from our place. That’s how we met Dick. All of us kids attended the Barringer Country School together until the 8th grade. My twin brother, Gerald and I, along with my sister, Dorothy and brother Earl would walk the half mile to Dick’s house, where we would meet up with him and his younger brother Dennis. We would then continue the other half mile to the country school. Barringer was your “typical” country school. A one room classroom outfitted with a stove in the front that burned wood or coal to keep us warm during the winter months. No indoor plumbing, so two outhouses, one for the boys on the West side of the school, the girls on the East side served as the destination for our bathroom pass. Drinking water was carried in a pail by two students from a neighbors farm. We used a sheet of paper formed into a cup to drink water filled by a metal dipper. We had a recess in the morning and lunch at noon, followed by a recess in the afternoon. The school taught kids

aged kindergarten through the eighth grade by one teacher. Dick was one of two in his grade. After finishing the eighth grade Dick was transferred to the Armada Rural Agricultural School in Armada. No known as Armada Area Schools. Back then red, white and blue buses transported kids to school. Among others, classes included agriculture, typing, woodshop and home economics. Dick excelled not only in the classroom, but in sports as well, which included football, basketball and baseball. Out of the three, baseball was his all-time favorite. He also served as sports editor for the yearbook, student council president and was a member of the varsity club. Dick graduated in 1952 from Armada High School and went onto fame as a national broadcaster for football, baseball, golf, tennis, thoroughbred racing, figure skating, he hosted game shows and was an author and play writer. My wife, Joyce and I, along with my brother Earl and his wife attended Dick’s induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in 2015. We’ve been fortunate enough to also attend numerous golf outing benefits hosted by the Armada Education Foundation, which supports Armada area schools. Dick has lent his name to the outing every year since 1996. Dick never forgot his friends or growing up in a rural town on a small apple orchard in the country. He was never too busy to sign a baseball cap, shirt or any other memorabilia.

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Dick was last of the Enberg kids who grew up on that orchard in Armada. His brother Dennis and sister Sheryl both died from cancer in 2014. My wife and I attended Dick’s Celebration of Life at Petco Park with my son, Curt, Saturday, March 10. While you may be gone from this world, your legacy remains. Farewell my friend.

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ve: Dick Enberg, (center) #24, Earl Dean, (far right) #27 with on the Armada rs Varsity Basketball Team.


Above: Dick Enberg, Armada Tigers Football team, #30. Below: Dick Enberg, Armada Tigers Baseball team, back row, center, with Earl Dean, front row, far right.

Pictured left, from left: Lifetime friends, Earl Dean, Dick Enberg and Harold Dean. Pictured below, from left: Harold and Joyce Dean along with Dorothy and Earl Dean attend Dick Endberg’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Copperstown, NY in 2015. Pictured far bottom, from left: Gerald Dean (Harold’s twin brother), Dennis Enberg (Dick’s younger brother) and Harold Dean in the Enberg family’s apple orchard.



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Sycuan Casino Live & Up Close Upcoming Concerts at Sycuan Casino Live & Up Close • An Evening of Luther Vandross Starring Ruben Studdard, Sunday, Apr. 15, Tickets $49-$59 • The Marshall Tucker Band, Monday April 16, Tickets $59-$69 • Flaco and Friends, Saturday, April 21, Tickets $39-$49 • Como La Flor Selena Tribute Concert, Saturday, May 5, Tickets $10-$15 • El Mariachi Los Camperos De Nati Cano, Thursday May 10, Tickets $39-$49 • Rey Mysterio’s Lucha Mayhem, Saturday May 12 • The Spinners, Friday, June 1, Buy Tickets $59-$69 • Chippendales, Saturday, June 23, Buy Tickets $39-$49 • Ozomatli, July 11 and July 12, Tickets $59-$69 • Christopher Cross, Sunday, July 15, Tickets $59-$69 Concert tickets can be purchased online at or at the Live & Up Close box office located at Sycuan Casino.

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April 2018 Gaming Promotions ● Loyalty Gift Collection, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday April 1–May 1, 1pm–8pm. Receive small kitchen appliances by Crock Pot, Hamilton Beach and Aroma during April’s Loyalty Gift Collection. Earn 3,000 points on the day of gift pickup to qualify. ● 7X Points—Every Wednesday, 5pm–12am V Club members will earn 7 times points from 5pm–12am every Wednesday in Ppril. Additionally, Thursday, April 5, V Club members will receive 7 times points. ● $1,000 Blackjack Tournament–Every Tuesday, 7pm V Club members can play for $1,000 guaranteed prize pool and up to $5,000 in promotional chips. Tournament starts at 7pm.Entry Fee is $25. ● $2,500 Golden Tuesday Slot Tournament–Every Tuesday, 12pm–5pm V Club members age 50 and over can play for a share of $2,500 in Free Play Cash. ● $50,000 Viejas Cash Giveaway Grand Slam Edition $1,000 Cash winner every 15 minutes Saturday, April 7th, 6pm–12am and Sunday, April 8th, 4pm–10pm. Insert your V Club card into a gaming machine or open a rating on table games to participate. Bronze and Silver members earn 500 points to qualify. ● Play it up, Turn it Up, Saturday, April 14, 12am–April 15, 12am Earn 5,000 points on April 14 and receive a Jensen Bluetooth speaker. Play up and receive one additional gift. 20,000 points–Bose Quiet Comfort Headphones, 35,000 points–Sony Sound Bar, 45,000 points–Bose Sound Touch. Pickup gift at V Club from April 14, 12am–April 15, 2am. ● $30,000 Beat the Boss Slot Tournament, Friday, April 20, 5pm–9pm Play against Viejas Casino Hosts and Executives for Cash and Free Play. $10,000 Cash grand prize. Earn 1,000 points on April 20 to qualify.



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Pro Wrestling Returns to Sycuan Casino


ans are invited to join celebrity wrestler Rey Mysterio and WWE World Champions for an actionpacked night of Lucha Libre Wrestling on Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. at the Live & Up Close Theatre (inside Sycuan Casino), 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon. The Lucha Libre Mayhem lineup features several well-known stars including Mysterio, John Morrisson, Taya, Brian Cage, and many more. • Rey Mysterio: Former WWE world champion, global superstar, San Diego native and arguably the biggest name and most successful wrestler to come out of Mexico. Mysterio revolutionized the sport paving the way for smaller, lighter wrestlers from both sides of the border and beyond. • John Morisson: Former WWE world champion. Current star of Netflix series Lucha Underground and current world champion in Mexico’s Triple A promotion. Morrison is also a lead actor in “Boone: The Bounty Hunter” movie. • Taya: Canadian wrestler who became one of the biggest female wrestling stars in Mexico. Current star of Netflix series Lucha Underground and one of the hottest, most in-demand independent wrestlers in the U.S. today. • Brian Cage: Recently defeated multi-time world champion Lashley on IMPACT wrestling. He’s destined to become one of wrestling’s biggest stars. Tickets are available for purchase, must be 21-plus years of age. The tickets can be purchased online at or at the Live & Up Close box office located at Sycuan Casino.

USD Football Player Honored

Max Michaels, a nickelback from the University of San Diego, and Marlon Walls, a safety from Stephen F. Austin State University, have been chosen as the recipients of the 17th Division I FCS ADA Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Each will receive a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship. The duo was selected from a group of nine finalists. They will receive their awards during the Association’s annual Awards Luncheon, held in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C., June 28-30. “I have had the pleasure of serving on the selection committee to choose the annual FCS ADA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients for the past four years,” said FCS ADA President Thorr Bjorn, director of athletics at University of Rhode Island. “Every year I continue to be amazed by the incredible young men playing FCS football and excelling not only on the field but in the classroom.”

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hey’re everywhere! They pop up in the most barren places. They defy rock landscapes and commercial thickness weed barriers. They fly in and toss their seeds over bark, groundcover and grassy green lawns. Their seeds blossom into big, bossy green leaves waving gleefully at passersby—from the depths of your lovingly tended lawn or your artfully-designed rock landscape. They even pop up in the seams of your concrete driveway. They have no shame. You can’t keep up with them—not when their BFF, Best Friend Forever, Mr. Rain, is aiding and abetting them in their plot to take over your world. Mr. Rain has been a frequent visitor lately so I’ve been doing a lot of bending over, pulling weeds by their roots. Aha! Gotcha! Got that one and a dozen before it and I could’ve sworn I got every one of them from that section of the narrow pebbled strip at the edge of the patio but as I unfold from my stooping position my eye catches a green something, over to the left. Not just one. A bunch of green somethings. And I haven’t even started over there by the bushes. Plus—this is just the back yard. . . The newly-discovered weeds

among the pebbles were the worst. They refused to give up their roots. I stumbled backwards as they cut loose their leaves, leaving their roots firmly entrenched in the ground. I don’t wear gloves. I should, but I just don’t like wearing them, so my fingernails pay the price as I dig down into the moist brown dirt, determined to get to the roots if it kills me. Sometimes I win; sometimes I lose. My fingernails and fingertips turn brown with stubborn dirt that loves its new home as much as the weeds love sticking it to me. But I have to say, the satisfaction of getting a firm grip, down close to the roots, and pulling that sucker right straight up out of the ground is nothing to be laughed at. Feels great! Out in front, there’s the sidewalk strip in front of the house. Its beauty rocks! Another way of saying it was designed for maintenance-free, note this— weed free—eye appeal, with river rock of varying shapes and sizes filling the strip. Commercial-grade weed barrier fabric protects the rocks from the mischievous weed seeds that lie beneath the rocks— but not from the seeds that fly in from afar, landing here and there and everywhere. Pulling those weeds is a different story. I have to look

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real close to see which rock is protecting the roots of that particular green thing. I move the rock aside and reach as far down along the stem as I can to get a grip—and I pull. Shoot! I decide to wait for Marcelino to take care of these intruders, but he doesn’t come for a couple of weeks and meanwhile, what will the neighbors think? Tossing that thought aside, I go to work pulling the occasional weeds coming up among the rosemary groundcover and around the few large rocks of the front yard. Dusting myself off and turning to go inside, so proud of my weed-free—okay, practically weed-free—front yard. As I turn, freshly-arrived weeds waved their leaves at me from between the rocks. There are so many I can barely see the rocks. But still I wait for

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