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Deaths of David and Jean Jordan

By Mikenzie Bradshaw For The East County Herald

EL CAJON — Jay Renard serves as an integral part of the East County community through his love of capturing stories, important public meetings, celebrations, and the accomplishments of our neighbors through photography. Renard is a photojournalist for The East County Herald. Many that know him are also familiar with his wife of 47 years, Sandy Renard, as they both make it a point to attend many community events. Sandy has served as a registered nurse for over 45 years at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, El Cajon Valley Hospital, Sharp Home Health, and finally at Sharp Memorial for the past 20 years of her career. She is retiring this month after serving her patients selflessly for the last few decades. The Renards love family and their community of East County as is shown from their unwavering commitment to serve their neighbors with tremendous effort and passion. For this, Jay and Sandy Renard have both been recognized by California State Senator Joel Anderson. On Saturday, Aug. 18, Jay Renard received a Senate Resolution for his continued dedication and extraordinary contributions to the community through his work at The East County Herald. Sandy Renard received a Senate certificate of recognition for her commitment to the health and wellness of San Diego County as well as her dedication to training future nurses. Anderson personally presented these awards at his district office in El Cajon and said, “I have enjoyed getting to know Jay, Sandy, and their family throughout my 12-year career at the State Legislature. I look forward to seeing them at different events in the community in the future, and I am excited to honor them for their hard work and passion.”

From left: Herald Photojournalist, Jay Renard receives California State Resolution for State Senator Joel Anderson.

From left: Santee City Councilman Ronn Hall honors Sandy Renard with a Certificate of Appreciation for her 45 years of of dedication to the healthcare industry as a registered nurse. She received the recognition at Santee’s CIty Council meeting. Renard has received numerous Proclamations and Resolutions for her years of unparalleled work. She retires later this month.

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EL CAJON –‑ The Grossmont College community was saddened to learn of the tragic deaths of former football head coach Dave Jordan and his wife, Jean, in their East County home on Friday, Aug. 31. Jordan spent 36 years at Grossmont College as an assistant and coach. He was head coach from 1971 to 1978, then left coaching until he returned to Grossmont College as an assistant in 1981. He again was named head coach in 1990, serving until his retirement in 2006. During Jordan’s time as head coach, the Grossmont Griffins compiled a 135-89-9 overall record, brought home state and national football championships in 2005, and a state championship in 1974. In 2012, he was inducted into the California Community College Football Coaches Hall of Fame. He was named National Coach of the Year in 2005, was also twice named State Coach of the Year, and was selected by his peers eight times as Conference Coach of the Year. “We mourn the loss of Dave Jordan, who had a deep passion for helping students, both on the football field and in life,” said Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh. “He helped build Grossmont College’s football program into a nationally ranked team and transformed the lives of many young men.” The team’s current head coach is Jordan’s son, Mike; he took over as head coach in 2006. To respect his privacy and so that team members are not distracted, the team’s practice sessions are closed to the press and public until further notice.

On The Cover RANCHO SAN DIEGO — CEO of Grossmont Healthcare District and San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Barry Jantz emceed Politics in Paradise, Thursday, Aug. 30. The event was held at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College. Jantz is the last person to grace the cover of The East County Herald on it’s 20 anniversary, removing all doubt that Jantz has, in fact, graced far more covers of The Herald than political consultant, John Dadian.

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Feinstein–De Leon Senate Race All About Age

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August 19, 2018 Dear Herald Family, Community Partners, Contributors, Supporters, and Friends: It is with mixed emotions and a heavy heart that I announce my retirement with The Herald as of Sept. 6, 2018, due to my on-going battle with Multiple Sclerosis. That date will be the first edition of our 20th year. I was determined to make it to 20 years. That will also be the last edition of The Herald. I know I should have retired a couple years ago, however, as some of you may know, I can be stubborn. I also know what you’re thinking, ‘Wow, 25 years old seems awfully young to retire!’ However this body is screaming 85. I’m very proud of the beautiful photojournalism publication that has become a staple in our community. My goal has always been to give coverage and bring recognition to the non-profits, charity organizations, service clubs, chambers of commerce and all the pageants in East County that went severely under-recognized for years. I think I have achieved that. I could never have accomplished this alone and I humbly thank my Herald family for the years of dedication, commitment and love. You are The East County Herald. I am honoured to have known and worked with each and everyone of you; especially Bob Howell, Jay Renard, Stephanie Lortt, Steve Hamann, Pastor Drew, Steve Dolan, Thomas D. Elias, Fred Cicetti, Rick Griffin, Sheila Buska, Ron Cook, Monica Zech, Dr. Joyce Swineheart Moore, Rob Riingen, Dr. Cindy Miles, Kathy Foster, the late Greg Eichelberger, the late Chuck Hansen and all the photographers and contributors to The Herald over the years. I would also like to thank all of The Herald’s Community Partners, without which The Herald would not have existed for 20 years. I would especially like to thank first and foremost, the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, many of whom have become family to me. I am forever grateful for your partnership and undying loyalty. Additionally, I would like to thank The Sycuan Band of The Kumeyaay Nation, The Barona Band of Mission Indians, Grossmont Healthcare District, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, Home of Guiding Hands, San Diego Opera, Hooleys Public House, Stoney’s Kids Legacy, Alpine Creek Center, Grossmont Community College, True Value, Clifton Mercedes, Grossmont Shopping Center, Lions, Tigers & Bears, Kiwanis Club of Alpine, Dr. John Hackett, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the many other community partners of The Herald throughout the years. My apologies for not naming all of our partners. You know who you are and trust me, so do I. Finally, I would like to thank the community as a whole.....the readers, the fans of The Herald. You rocked my world for 20 years and I can’t adequately express how thankful I am for each and every one of you. It is my hope that you will remember The Herald fondly and smile. All the Best, Dee Dean, Owner

rom the very start of the Democrat-on-Democrat race for the U.S. Senate between longtime incumbent Dianne Feinstein and state Sen. Kevin de Leon, there has really been only one issue – age. That’s because in spite of what de Leon sometimes says, there’s very little difference between the two on policy. Both can be counted on to resist President Trump’s Supreme Court nominations and fight for continued abortion rights. Both are ardent gun control backers. Both back Obamacare, although de Leon wants to take health care a step beyond that. The real difference between them is age. Feinstein is more than 30 years older than de Leon, the soon to be termed-out former president of the state Senate. Almost everything de Leon has said in running against Feinstein is really about age and the patience and perspective it can bring. Sure, de Leon uses a lot of code words, like the hackneyed and overused slogan, “It’s time for a change.” It was clear in the primary that most Democratic voters weren’t buying the age argument, which essentially goes like this: “It doesn’t matter what Feinstein does. The mere fact she’s 85 is reason enough to dump her.” She got 70 percent of all Democratic votes in June. But the universe of voters will be much larger in November; younger voters are more likely to turn out in general elections than primaries. And there’s no doubt that young Turks among California Democrats feel kinship with de Leon, even though he pulled less than 13 percent of the total vote in the primary. This was plain in the endorsement vote for de Leon by 65 percent of the more than 300 executive board members of the state’s Democratic Party. That panel is dominated by liberal leftists elected after the Bernie Sanders wing of the party turned out in droves for local caucuses soon after President Trump’s election and chose hundreds of delegates to the state party convention where board members were picked. By contrast with the disapproval she draws from the youngish party board, Feinstein gets strong backing from the vast majority of elected state Democrats, including Gov. Jerry Brown, fellow Sen. Kamala Harris and the very vocal anti-Trump Rep. Adam Schiff of Pasadena, newly prominent for his role in opposing Trump as ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee. The ageist complaints would have some merit if there were any evidence Feinstein’s performance has fallen off as she’s grown older, any reason to believe she cannot do her job as well now as ever. But there is no such evidence. By all appearances, Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee and former chair of the Senate’s Intelligence Committee, is at least as active now as 20 years ago, when no one mentioned her age. Yes, in the early months of Trump’s presidency, she counseled patience, but it’s been clear for many months that her patience long ago ran out, as she’s made statement after statement and vote after vote to chastise or oppose Trump. So the de Leon argument that she was somehow off base in mid-2017, when she counseled giving Trump a chance to develop and thus drew de Leon’s very vocal ire, should be rather irrelevant today. No, Feinstein hasn’t been as shrill as Harris in questioning figures like Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but her civilly-phrased questions seemed more piercing to many. And no Democrat has done more to preserve Obamacare, which provides health coverage for about 5 million previously uninsured Californians. But she’s still known accurately as a centrist, which galls de Leon and his supporters. She’s offered compromises on water issues and won support from Central Valley farmers, but also fights for civil liberties causes. And she’s been scrupulously fair to business, which bothers some labor leaders who actively fund the party. There’s also the fact that de Leon knows that if he doesn’t win now, he’ll probably never get a Senate seat, what with folks like Schiff, state Treasurer John Chiang and others ready to take a shot at the next slot that opens. Which means this contest has always been about timing and the fact Feinstein has lived longer than a lot of other people, and it still is.

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 Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis


. Is ALS an old-person’s disease, or does it affect every age group?


. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) usually strikes between the ages of 40 and 70, but there have been cases of it in young adults, children and older people. The average age for getting

ALS is 55. ALS is known as Lou Gehrig’s disease in the USA. Gehrig, who played baseball for the New York Yankees, died of the disease in 1941. In other countries, ALS is often called motor neuron disease. It is not contagious. ALS destroys nerve cells—motor neurons—that control muscle cells. In most cases, the cause is unknown. As the motor neurons are lost, the muscles they control weaken. Eventually, people with ALS are paralyzed. Amyotrophic means “no muscle nourishment.” Lateral identifies the affected areas in the spinal cord. Sclerosis refers to the scarring or hardening in the region. ALS doesn’t directly affect involuntary muscles, so the heart, digestive tract, bladder and sexual organs continue to work. Hearing, vision, touch and intellectual ability generally remain normal. Pain is not a major component of ALS. The most common form of the disease in the United States is “sporadic” ALS. It may affect anyone, anywhere. “Familial” ALS is inherited. Only about five to 10 percent of all ALS patients appear to have the inherited form of ALS. In those families, there is a 50 percent chance each offspring will inherit the gene mutation and may develop the disease. Respiratory problems usually kill those with ALS in three to five years after diagnosis. About ten percent of those with ALS live more than ten years. Some survive for many years. For example, the famed British physicist Stephen Hawking had ALS from the 1960s until his death this year. In a small number of people, ALS mysteriously stops. The usual early symptoms of ALS are weakness or spasms in a limb, and trouble speaking or swallowing. After the initial symptoms, the disease may progress in the following way: cramping of muscles, demitted use of the limbs; thick speech and difficulty projecting the voice; difficulty breathing. Doctors begin testing for ALS by checking muscle and nerve function. The next step is usually an electromyogram (EMG). This test measures the signals that run between nerves and muscles and the electrical activity inside muscles. Additional tests may include a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, a spinal tap between two lower vertebrae, blood tests and muscle biopsies. The drug Rilutek (riluzole) and the NeuRx Diaphragm Pacing System have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating ALS. The NeuRx Diaphragm Pacing System™ is a medical device used to help ALS patients breathe. However, there are other treatments to help people with ALS. These include physical and occupational therapy, respiratory therapy and assisted ventilation, speech therapy, nutritional and emotional support. There are devices, too, such as special grips for writing implements and eating utensils, canes, supportive braces, walkers, wheelchairs and scooters.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

B Cells Among Factors Leading to Brain Lesions in MS

team of researchers has shown that in Multiple Sclerosis (MS), it is not only specific T cells that cause inflammation and lesions in the brain. B cells, a different type of immune cell, also play a role. These cells activate T cells in the blood. This discovery explains how new MS drugs take effect, opening up novel options for treating the disease.

B cells activate T cells

A team led by neurologist Roland Martin and immunologist Mireia Sospedra at the University of Zurich (UZH), the University Hospital Zurich (USZ) and researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have now discovered a key aspect in the pathogenesis of MS. “We were able to show for the first time that certain B cells – the cells of the immune system that produce antibodies – activate the specific T cells that cause inflammation in the brain and nerve cell lesions,” says Roland Martin, Director of the Clinical Research Priority Program Multiple Sclerosis at UZH.

Novel MS drugs attack B cells

Until recently, MS research had mainly focused on T cells, or T helper cells. They are the immune system’s “guardians,” which for example sound the alarm if the organ-

ism is infected with a virus or bacteria. In about one in a 1,000 people, the cells’ ability to distinguish between the body’s own and foreign structures becomes disturbed. The effect of this is that the misguided T cells start to attack the body’s own nerve tissue -the onset of MS. However, the T cells aren’t the sole cause of this. “A class of MS drugs called Rituximab and Ocrelizumab led us to believe that B cells also played an important part in the pathogenesis of the disease,” explains Roland Martin. These drugs eliminate B cells, which very effectively inhibits inflammation of the brain and flare-ups in patients.

B cells’ “complicity” revealed

The researchers established the role of B cells by using an experimental in-vitro system that allowed blood samples to be analyzed. The blood of people with MS revealed increased levels of activation and cellular division among those T cells attacking the body’s myelin sheaths that surround nerve cells. This was caused by B cells interacting with the T cells. When the B cells were eliminated, the researchers found that it very effectively inhibited the proliferation of T cells. “This means that we can now explain the previously unclear mechanism of these MS drugs,” says Martin.

Activated T cells migrate to the brain

Moreover, the team also discovered that the activated T cells in the blood notably included those that also occur in the brain in MS patients during flare-ups of the disease. It is suspected that they cause the inflammation. Further studies showed that these T cells recognize the structures of a protein that is produced by the B cells as well as nerve cells in the brain. After being activated in the peripheral blood, the T cells migrate to the brain, where they destroy nerve tissue. “Our findings not only explain how new MS drugs take effect, but also pave the way for novel approaches in basic research and therapy for MS,” concludes Martin. Source: University of Zurich

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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series examining the reasons Jesus said what He said. In this series we will examine many statements Jesus made during His time here on earth and then look at the reason for which He made the statement. When Jesus spoke, He spoke the Word of God and the Bible tells us the purpose and function of the Word of God: 2Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is Godbreathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good work.” Hebrews 4:12-13 “For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing apart of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight, but all things are naked and opened to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” Everything that Jesus spoke was for a reason; He wasted no words; did not talk merely to talk like some do today. Many times we are told very clearly the reason for which He said what He did, other times we must search deeper. In Luke 18:10-14 “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortionist, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted.” In the previous verse we are told the reason for which Jesus said these words, Luke 18:9 “And he spoke this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others.” Apparently there were those around Jesus at the time that were self righteous (a righteousness that comes through one’s own deeds, a list of do’s and don’ts). We see this characteristic being attributed to the religious leaders of Jesus’ day, known as the scribes and pharasee’s. Though this selfrighteous characteristic did exist among many of the religious leaders, one did not have to belong to this group to be self-righteous. There are many today that don’t belong to any particular religious group that are self-righteous. One of the byproducts of self-righteousness is that of despising others; looking down on others; thinking that you are better than others because you either don’t do certain things that you may deem as wrong or inappropriate. This characteristic of self-righteousness reeks of pride and God hates it. The Word of God the Bible makes it very clear what God thinks of any “righteousness” that man seeks to attain on his own, Isaiah 64:6-7 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is none that calleth upon thy name that stirs up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.” The Apostle Paul said this about his attempt to be made righteous by his own doing, Philippians 3:4-9 “Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinks that he has whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” God demands that all that come to Him come in humility for God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.

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SPORTS BEAT with Steve Dolan SMILE-BREAKS with Sheila Buska Toreros Open Conference Play at Santa Clara


he University of San Diego’s 16-game West Coast Conference schedule has been announced by the conference. The Toreros open WCC action Jan. 3 at Santa Clara and make their home debut on Jan. 5 against Pacific. USD plays host to Pepperdine on Jan. 12 before playing its first of three back-to-back road matchups at Portland (Jan. 17) and Saint Mary’s (Jan. 19). The Toreros head to defending conference champion, Gonzaga, on Feb. 2. USD gave the Bulldogs all they could handle during last year’s meeting in Spokane, making it a two-point game twice in the final five minutes but could not close the gap down the stretch, allowing Gonzaga to escape with a 69-59 decision. The game at Gonzaga is the start of the longest road stretch in conference play for the Toreros, who remain away from home at Loyola Marymount (Feb. 7) and Pepperdine (Feb. 9). USD returns for its longest homestand of the WCC season – a four-game stretch – the following week with matchups against BYU (Feb. 14) and Gonzaga (Feb. 16). Four players scored in double-digits during last year’s meeting at home against the Cougars, as the Toreros earned a dominating victory, 75-62. The homestand concludes the following week against Portland (Feb. 21) and Saint Mary’s (Feb. 23). USD will celebrate its seniors as part of Senior Day prior to the game against the Gaels. The WCC regular season concludes with games at San Francisco (Feb. 28) and at BYU (March 2). San Diego returns four-of-five starters and 11 letterwinners from its 2017-18 team. The Toreros went 20-14 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2018 Postseason Tournament (CIT). It marked the fourth time in program history the Toreros finished with 20 or more wins since moving to the NCAA Division I ranks for the 1979-80 season.

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First a fond farewell: With this last issue of the East County Herald, I offer Dee my heartfelt thanks for allowing me to be part of this magnificent newspaper for so many years. Dee’s ability to publish a newspaper and write a most informative column about MS every single week, year after year, has inspired and impressed me. Plus I love her xxx’s and ooo’s at the end of her e-mails. They remind me of her enthusiastic and loving nature. God bless you, Dee. And thank you to all my readers—I’ll miss talking to you every week. Note: You can find more Smile-breaks at my website


atching the ceremonies and celebrations of the lives of John McCain and Aretha Franklin, it struck me as never before: one person CAN make a difference. Remember the friend who came to your rescue when you thought there was no way out? He or she made a difference in your life. The fellow who looked up and said a cheery good morning to me in the parking lot this morning brought light into my morning. He made a difference. It’s encouraging to think about this making a difference. We’re going through a rough time in our politics and our country and even in our most respected institutions: the church, college and professional sports, our government, the entertainment world. Sexual abuses, divisive politics, a new-found fear of speaking openly in case our thoughts are not welcome. . . With the eulogies and remembrances of McCain and Aretha, I understand better. One person CAN make a difference. Most of us won’t be recognized by the media or have week-long funeral services broadcast on TV. But

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin East County Chamber’s September breakfast at Noah Homes

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its September monthly breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 7 at Noah Homes, 12526 Campo Road, Spring Valley. Table-top sponsors are VO Marketing, specializing in portable air and water purifications units for home or office, and Bigsly Media, with 30 years of experience in video production. Breakfast food will be catered by The Trails Eatery of San Diego. Coffee will be provided by Public Square Coffee House of La Mesa. Cost to attend the Chamber breakfast is $25 per person for members, $30 per person for prospective members with RSVP and $35 per person for walk-ups without RSVP. For more information and to RSVP, contact the Chamber at info@eastcountychamber. org, (619) 440-6161, or visit

Santee Chamber’s Black Tie Gala set for Saturday

The Santee Chamber of Commerce will present its third annual Black Tie Car Show Gala featuring classic cars, modern aircraft, awards, dinner, live music, dancing, and more from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, at High Performance Aircraft at Gillespie Field, 1850 Joe Crosson Dr., El Cajon. Event sponsors include Waste Management, Keystone Automotive, Mission Realty Group, El Cajon Collision Center, Lloyd’s Collision & Paint Center, Peasley & Associates, FinishMaster, Rembrandt’s Paint & Body, HomeFed Corporation/Fanita Ranch and De La Fuente Cadillac. The Santee Food Bank will benefit from Gala proceeds. Established in 1983, the Santee Food Bank provides assistance to about 500 Santee residents every month. For sponsorship and RSVP information, call (619) 449-6572 or visit

Challenge Center’s Comedy Night fundraiser stars Colin Quinn

most of us will be remembered by the many lives we’ve touched—one way or another. Paul—my son with a form of Asperger’s—makes a difference as he waves merrily to the people he passes in his wheelchair. They smile and wave back. To a passing woman, he says, “You look very pretty today.” She stops in her tracks, the look in her eyes, “Who, me?” Then a happy smile lights up her face. As I struggle to push Paul’s wheelchair through the door at the Y, an elderly man with a walker reaches over to hold it open for us. Or an eight-year-old boy does, while his parents wait patiently. . . So many good people. So many people making a difference. And you are one of them. The difference you make is unique to you. A sister-in-law in Wisconsin whom I’ve met only once or twice posts cheerful greetings every morning on Facebook, sharing her day and the beauty around her with pictures. She makes a difference. Craig and Christy and Bryan, my other three children, make a huge difference in my life—and in the lives of their friends, families and co-workers. Craig bucks me up when I’m down and praises me to the skies every chance he gets. Christy pitches in to help with Paul so I can have “time off ” and keeps me company as she makes the pitcher of iced tea for our tea-drinking wonder, Paul. Bryan and his wife, Lettie, hold family parties at their home— fun evenings out with family and friends. If something needs fixing, Bryan or Craig are there to do the job. I’m a lucky mother. When I hear about the wondrous deeds and amazing lives of others, I sometimes feel inadequate. I can’t possibly measure up. But now I know, I don’t have to. What each one of us does, whether recognized by the masses or by one person, makes a difference. Sometimes it’s only for a few seconds, but it’s there; sometimes we come through in a major crisis for someone who needs us. We do our best. That makes a difference. So I give my thanks to all who have made—and are making—a difference in my life. I give my thanks to all who are making a difference in the lives of others. I give my thanks to all of you “one persons” who daily make a difference, and I thank John McCain and Aretha Franklin for reminding us to keep on making a difference.

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fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. The Challenge Center has announced its 2018 Comedy Handouts will be available. Presenter on Sept. 26 will be Night Gala fundraiser will be held Friday, Sept. 7 at the Stan Collins, a suicide prevention specialist and media Paradise Point Resort and Spa at Mission Bay, 1404 representative with the San Diego County Suicide Prevention Vacation Road, San Diego. Reception and silent auction Council and a resource navigator with Each Mind Matters, a begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m., live statewide mental health movement. Collins said his training auction, a program highlighting the work of the Challenge at the Herrick Library will not be about counseling or therapy Center and entertainment starring Colin Quinn, who but will be more like learning CPR or the Heimlich maneuver. appeared on the “Saturday Night Live” TV show. The “Pain isn’t always obvious,” said Collins. “I want to make fundraiser, with Clint Bell as emcee, will benefit the people more comfortable with the topic of suicide by talking Challenge Center’s scholarship fund that subsidizes physical about it.” Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, said, “Recent therapy expenses for low-income individuals. Fundraising celebrity suicides have been in the news, but most people goal is $200,000. The Challenge Center has provided skilled who consider or complete suicide are ordinary people, our physical therapy rehabilitation, specialized assisted fitness family, friends, or neighbors. Topics at our presentation will training and wellness programs for physically challenged include how to recognize warning signs of suicide, what people since 1987. The mission of the Challenge Center is to questions to ask and how to get help. Join us to learn this transform the quality of life and increase the independence emergency intervention and help save a life.” of people of all ages with disabilities and their families My thanks to Dee Dean through extended physical therapy and specialized fitness My gratitude and best wishes to the retiring Herald and wellness programs. The Challenge Center is located publisher Dee Dean. For 14 years, since 2004, it has been at 5540 Lake Park Way in La Mesa. For Comedy Night my privilege to write the “East County Biz” column, so named information, visit by the late Greg Eichelberger. Under Dee’s courageous La Mesa health care library hosts free and visionary leadership, it has been my honor to have the opportunity to provide Herald readers with consumer and meeting on suicide prevention The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick business news. Thank you, Dee. We have all been inspired by your commitment of integrity to the Herald and many Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “QPR: Question, Persuade and Refer, Suicide years of commitment and dedication to the East County community. Your only interest has been The Herald and Prevention Training,” an informational program about how to offer hope and help someone in a suicide crisis, from 10 striving to improve it and always make it the best it can be. to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26. The program is part of the Many thanks. Best regards, Rick Griffin, East County Herald library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the business correspondent.


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