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Two Million Dollar Gift Helps Local Granite Hills Boys Grossmont Hospital Foundation Receive Co-MVP Award Reach $10 Million Milestone Capital will go toward state-of-the-art technologies for Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s new Heart and Vascular Center LA MESA — Thanks to a $2 million pledge from East County philanthropists Ron and Mary Alice Brady, the Grossmont Hospital Foundation has met its $10 million capital campaign goal. The announcement was made at the Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. The fundraising event, dubbed “Western Swing With a Lot of Bling,” also netted over $300,000 toward the capital campaign goal. “We are at a time in our lives where we have our health, we have accumulated some wealth, and we want to give back and leave a legacy in our community,” said Ron Brady during the gala. “Our family has used the hospital for generations. Our company has helped construct buildings on the campus. We believe in the work done at the hospital and we want to make it as good as it can be for everyone in East County. I can’t think of a better philanthropic investment than Sharp Grossmont Hospital.” The $10 million will go toward the hospital’s new 74,000-square-foot Heart and Vascular Center which is slated to open in 2017. The money will be used to equip the center with the most advanced cardiovascular technology on the market. “The community has once again responded very generously in support of our hospital,” said Beth Morgante, Grossmont Hospital Foundation executive director. “I think they understand how their philanthropic investment can make the difference between a good medical facility and an exceptional one.” In addition to those from the community, Sharp Grossmont “insiders” have come forward with support as well. Nearly

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From left: “Dynamic Duo,” of Barnes and Urata receive duo MVP Awards for their outstanding performance on the Granite Hills High School J.V. Football team.

East County philanthropists Ron and Mary Alice Brady donate $2 million to Grossmont Hospital Foundation.

$1 million has been donated by Sharp Grossmont Hospital employees. The Grossmont Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary recently increased their pledge to $1 million and was recognized alongside Ed and Sandy Burr, Bill Verbeck and Dave Salo as the newest member of the “Million Dollar Roundup” at the gala. “We are grateful to the Grossmont Hospital Foundation and the generosity of donors to help Sharp Grossmont Hospital build an innovative cardiovascular center for the community,” said Joyce Mcginty, Heart and Vascular Services director for Sharp Grossmont Hospital. “The center will greatly enhance the hospital’s ability to treat acutely ill patients and help decrease cardiovascular disease mortality in East San Diego County.” The new Heart and Vascular Center will encompass all aspects of cardiovascular care.

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It will bring together cardiologists, cardiac and vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists and other specialists to provide the most advanced and effective treatments within the complete spectrum of integrated cardiovascular services. Some of the features of the new center are four hybrid operating rooms, four cardiac catheterization labs, a multi-purpose image-guided operating/procedural room, pharmacy and clinical laboratory. Sharp Grossmont Hospital has been serving the East County community for 60 years. It is the largest not-forprofit, full-service, acute-care hospital in San Diego’s East County and is part of Sharp HealthCare. The hospital is known for its clinical excellence in emergency and critical care, cardiac and cancer care, surgery, stroke care, orthopedics, rehabilitation, behavioral health, women’s and children’s health and hospice care. The hospital offers extensive outpatient services and prevention programs such as home infusion, sleep disorder care, wound care and hyperbaric medicine to support Sharp HealthCare’s emphasis on community health and wellness. Sharp Grossmont is a Magnetdesignated hospital and committed to providing the highest quality care. To learn more about Sharp Grossmont Hospital, visit www.sharp.com/ grossmont or call 1-800-82SHARP (1-800-827-4277).mont. edu

EL CAJON — El Cajon resident’s Cameron Barnes and Kyler Urata received co-MVP Awards Monday evening, Nov. 16 at Granite Hills High School’s Junior Varsity Football banquet. The Sophomores were nominated by Defensive Back Coach Schmidt and chosen to each receive the MVP Award for their outstanding athleticism on the football team. Barnes plays safety and has played corner and eagle back. He has a strong mental attitude and also the exceptional physical ability to get the job done. He is a third generation football player. It all began with his grandpa. One of Barnes’ grandpas favorite pass time is to watch his grandson make the amazing tackles. He has never missed a game. Urata’s position is Eagle back. He’s a player who uses his physical strengths and dedication to achieve numerous tackles. What makes these two athletes stand out is not just their athletic ability, but their heart for the game. Always striving to do their best and working together has been seen throughout the football season. The two, nicknamed “The Dynamic Duo,” on and off the field, have the love for sports and being friends since middle school at Joan MacQueen makes them a great team. Their positive attitudes and drive has enabled them achieve higher goals,such as being on the Varsity Wrestling Team last year as freshman. Football season is coming to an end, and the boys have been chosen to move up to Varsity Football which they are thrilled about. Wrestling Season is beginning and both boys are working on practicing their skills. Congratulations to these two youth on their outstanding achievements in sports.

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The Strength of Weakness

eople who suffer disabilities are a beautiful part of this world, in spite of their pains and difficulties. One profound example of this is the life of Stephen Hawking. Once he knew that his body would deteriorate due to Lou Gehrig’s disease, he valid to explore reality with his mind. In his life, Professor Hawking has taken mankind much further than the stars. Many others with disabilities may not have the capacity to revolutionize physics the way that Stephen Hawking has done, but most have a beautiful grasp of the importance of life’s beauty which can be seen in the way they communicate and interact with others. These individuals have much to give and remind me to never forget how to feel. The world keeps trying to take that away from each of us. The free will choice that we all have, no matter how bad things get in our world, is are we going to allow that to happen? Without a heart to inspire it, the greatest mind is nothing. Some people love to victimize the disabled, as I recently have unfortunately seen. They see someone with a cognitive disability and take advantage of that person financially, physically, or sexually in some cases. People who do this, and they do this, have no confidence in themselves to go after the easiest possible target. Where is the victory in taking something from someone who

cannot resist? Where is the victory in beating someone who cannot fight back from wheelchair? Everyone reading this who is guilty of such actions must make a choice. Keep following your present path to destruction, or decide to fill the vacuum where your heart used to be with the boundless opportunities in life. Your heart will return and you will find joy again. Everyone whom is concerned that such actions occur must be aware of situations around them so that these things do not happen again. The only other choice, is to share in the guilt when we allow these things to occur around us. Sometimes it can only require a word, or even a silent expression to intercede. Pope John Paul II had a very interesting way of viewing people who suffer through disability or some form of handicap. He held this view through his ministry, his life, and carried it forward to the hospitals and facilities he would visit around the world. According to the Bible, Jesus Christ carried his cross willingly in order to pay the price of redemption so that people have life with God everlasting. John Paul II challenged these people to consider that the way they carry the burden of their infirmities may be a ministry unto God. In my personal journey I have met many people with all kinds of disabilities, but each one of them seems to have the rare ability to outshine my joy. They are a reminder to me that

I have very little excuse not to share joy or a smile with others in spite of my own situation. I have sometimes wondered why God does not physically heal such individuals as I believe He can. Perhaps the reason why that does not happen is so that healing may come to our souls. It is easy in life to walk past a little girl who is obviously in her wheelchair due to extreme obesity, and say out loud that her parents should never have let her eat so much. It takes more energy and time to realize that girl may easily be fighting for her life, and the condition plus the treatment may have completely shut down her metabolism. Then you say hello, see her smile, and her words to you may last far longer then her life on this Earth. Sometimes being strong is mistaken for negative and insensitive behavior, which leads to seeing others as lesser than ourselves. The path of love and understanding can show far greater strength, as people in life begin to see each of us as completely unshakeable in any situation by the testimony of our continuous joy. In that sense, joy is never to be mistaken for happiness as this article hopefully unveils. Happiness is not a bad thing, but it is very temporary and circumstantial. There are people with disabilities all around us whether those disabilities are visible or not. May we bring out the strengths in each of their lives, as they bring out the power of joy in us.

Visconti is a published author and a resident of Lakeside.

any Californians now deeply distrust state government, and with good reason. Start with the Public Utilities Commission, proven to have decided multi-billion-dollar rate cases after lengthy private contacts and email exchanges between commissioners, their staff and utility executives. Then there’s the state Energy Commission, which handed tens of millions of dollars in “hydrogen highway” grants to a commission consultant who two years ago drew the map of where that money was to be spent, then resigned and formed a company which three months later applied for and got most of the available money. No member of either commission has been punished for this cronyism and favoritism. Nor have their procedures changed significantly. Now comes the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, caught in what’s doubletalk at a minimum on whether or not it has for years put violent criminals into situations where they could escape with ease if they chose. More than 1,400 such prisoners today work on firefighting crews sometimes overseen by officials of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) rather than prison guards. The current type of “trusty” prisoner has produced an average of nine escapes per year over the last five years, all but one inmate escapee recaptured fairly quickly. The subject arises because last year’s Proposition 47 converted many drug violations and some other crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, cutting the number of non-violent criminals available for firefighting. The measure also allowed many former drug-related felons to resume normal lives unplagued by convictions that once put many jobs and other opportunities beyond their reach. Prison rules long stated that only non-violent criminals could be sent outside prison walls to fight fires. But no more. The change came to light after public opposition killed a corrections department plan to extend from five years to seven the remaining time allowable for sentences of criminals on firefighting crews. For sure, in this so-far extremely destructive fire season, work done by teams of convicts has been essential. But it turned out prison officials were untruthful for years about who was on those teams. Their website said no violent prisoner could serve on the crews. In pulling back their proposal this fall, department officials let slip the fact that they have long used inmates whose crimes are legally defined as violent. “Not all violent offenses represent violent behavior by the individual,” Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard told a reporter in a classic example of bureaucratic doubletalk. An example of what he meant, he said, was that robberies involving a mere threat of violence are different from those where victims are physically assaulted. Never mind psychological or emotional violence from being threatened, sometimes at gunpoint. It turned out the department’s website long said members of fire crews “must have no history of violent crimes.” This passage is now excised, and the department reported last month that 1,441 out of 3,732 inmates then in fire camps were convicted of crimes legally defined as violent. Only doublethink could allow those convicts to be considered non-violent. Prison system spokesman Bill Sessa insists they may once have been violent, but aren’t anymore. “Having that on our website was a mistake, not an attempt to deceive,” he said. “We look at the very specific circumstances of every inmate before anyone is even allowed to be trained for this.” Even with the violent criminals, the number of convict firefighters is far down from previous levels of about 4,400, mostly because of a combination of Proposition 47 and prison realignment, which sees many inmates paroled or remanded to county jails in their home areas. Lowering the prison populace by tens of thousands over just two years created a manpower shortage. Nevertheless, said Sessa, “It would be ludicrous for us to put a dangerous inmate in that situation.” The prison system admitted to the Associated Press that inmate firefighters committed hundreds of assaults and batteries, indecent exposures and other crimes over the past 10 years, but later insisted all those incidents were in fire camps, not in surrounding communities or on active fire lines. Still, the corrections department’s “mistake” in leaving the “no violent criminals” pledge on its website for years after it was no longer in force renders its word unreliable. This makes at least three demonstrably untrustworthy major state agencies. Should anyone trust the others? Elias is author of the current book “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It. The book is now available in soft cover, fourth edition. His opinions are his own. He can be reached at tdelias@aol.com


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Glaucoma: A Leading Cause of Blindness in the U.S.


. What exactly does glaucoma do to your eyes?


. Glaucoma is defined as a group of diseases

that can damage the eye’s optic nerve, which carries images from the eye to the brain. Here’s how glaucoma works: A clear fluid flows through a small space at the front of the eye called the “anterior chamber.” If you have glaucoma, the fluid drains too slowly out of the eye and pressure builds up. This pressure may damage the optic nerve. However, increased eye pressure doesn’t necessarily mean you have glaucoma. It means you are at risk for glaucoma. A person has glaucoma only if the optic nerve is damaged. Glaucoma can develop in one or both eyes. The most common type of glaucoma starts out with no symptoms. Without treatment, people with glaucoma will slowly lose their peripheral vision. Eventually, the middle of your vision field may decrease until you are blind. Unfortunately, there is no cure for glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness in the United States. Any vision that glaucoma destroys cannot be restored. Early diagnosis of glaucoma is extremely important, because there are treatments that may save remaining vision. Almost three million people in the U.S. have glaucoma. Those at highest risk are African-Americans, everyone over age 60, and people with a family history of glaucoma. Glaucoma is just one reason seniors should make regular visits to an eye doctor. Glaucoma is detected through a comprehensive eye exam that includes a visual acuity test, visual field test, dilated eye exam, tonometry, and pachymetry. A visual acuity test measures vision at various distances. A visual field test measures peripheral vision. In a dilated eye exam, a special magnifying lens is used to examine the inside of the eye. In tonometry, an instrument measures the pressure inside the eye. With pachymetry, an instrument is used to measure the thickness of your cornea, the transparent part of the front of the eye. The most common treatments for glaucoma are medication and surgery. Medications for glaucoma may come in eye drops or pills. For most people with glaucoma, regular use of medications will control the increased fluid pressure. Laser surgery is another treatment for glaucoma. The laser is focused on the part of the anterior chamber where the fluid leaves the eye. This makes it easier for fluid to exit the eye. Over time, the effect of this surgery may wear off. Patients who have laser surgery may need to keep taking glaucoma drugs. Studies have shown that the early detection and treatment of glaucoma is the best way to control the disease. So, have your eyes examined thoroughly and regularly if you are in a high-risk category. And that includes all of us geezers.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

New Finding Will Help Target MS Immune Response


esearchers have made another important step in the progress towards being able to block the development of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other autoimmune diseases. Published Thursday, Oct. 29, in the journal Nature Communications, the researchers at the University of Adelaide have identified a key protein involved in a ‘super-inflammatory’ immune response that drives the progression of MS and other autoimmune diseases. The protein is a specific ‘chemokine receptor’ involved in moving the body’s immune response cells, the T-cells, around the body when they are in the super-inflammatory mode needed to fight persistent infections or conversely, as in the case of autoimmune diseases like MS, attacking the body’s own tissues. This chemokine receptor, called CCR2, is a different receptor than was widely assumed to be involved. “Everybody has been focussing on the CCR6 receptor as the one to target to control this inflammatory response,” says project leader Professor Shaun

McColl, Director of the Centre for Molecular Pathology at the University of Adelaide. “We’ve now shown that the receptor to target is actually CCR2. Blocking CCR6 makes the disease worse. If we can find an antagonist to block the CCR2 receptor specifically on these T-cells, we should be able to control the progression of MS.” MS is an incurable neurodegenerative disease, currently affecting more than 2.5 million people world-wide and the most common disease of the central nervous system in young adults. “We still can’t control MS well, there’s a great need for new therapies,” says Professor McColl. The University of Adelaide research was conducted by PhD student Ervin Kara under the supervision of Professor McColl and research fellow Dr Iain Comerford, also in the University’s School of Biological Sciences. Another potential benefit of the research is in making improved vaccines to fight infection. “Unlike in autoimmune diseases, where the body’s immune response is destroy-


ing its own cells and the aim is to block T-cell migration, with persistent infection we want to turn on the superinflammatory response and enhance the migration of the immune cells to sites where they are needed,” says Professor McColl. “This research may help guide development of vaccines that can better force that immune response.” Source: University of Adelaide, Nature Communications

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 28 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 Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.

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Spring Valley Resident Wins One-Year in Penthouse

SPRING VALLEY — San Diego teacher and rehabilitation specialist from Spring Valley wins one-year free rent in hip Kearny Mesa residence. Broadstone Corsair, one of Alliance Residential Company’s latest rental communities and a LEED Gold Certified building, is proud to announce that Laverne Cross of Spring Valley is the official winner of the rent-free penthouse. Cross officially moved into her new penthouse this month, which usually rents for $2,653 per month, and she¹ll enjoy living in the luxury two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment for one year rent-free. Cross, who is from Kentucky, has lived in Spring Valley for the past seven years, during which she has paid rent month-to-month. A middle-school teacher, rehabilitation specialist at a crisis center and mother of two, she is a nurturing woman who is always used to giving to others, but has now received a generous gift herself. “Miracles do happen to ordinary people – I feel like I am a testimony of someone who was going to give up, but then life takes a turn and shows you the good,” said Cross. She further shared that she always enters to win contests and stumbled upon Broadstone Corsair’s one-year free rent contest on 92.5’s website, but forgot about

A glimpse of Laverne’s gourmet kitchen for the next year. it until she received a call in July that she was a finalist and later received the life changing news. With this one-year free rent at Broadstone Corsair, she plans on paying off some debt and taking her two children, who live in Kentucky, on their very first family vacation. Cross now enjoys a large penthouse with a gourmet kitchen, designer bathroom and awe-inspiring outdoor amenities that are completely unmatched, with seven courtyards, eight BBQ grills and alfresco dining, and a Zen garden. The community is comprised of 360 rental homes

that range from 648 to 1,251 square feet. “Laverne is the perfect addition to Broadstone Corsair,” said Carlee Carpio, Marketing Director at Alliance Residential. “Considering how much she gives back to the community we are thrilled she can unwind in her new penthouse and enjoy all of the exceptional amenities.” For more information on Broadstone Corsair please visit www.broadstonecorsair. com. To set up a private tour and discover the full list of features and amenities please call 855-581-9761.

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A Day in the Life of Jesus the Messiah PART XXXIII

reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, and ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible. This week we will continue looking at the events that occurred one day in the life of Jesus. Mark 9:33-50 “Then He came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, “What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?” But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest. And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them, whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.” Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.” But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. For he who is not against us is on our side. For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward. “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched-- where ‘Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’ “And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched-- where ‘Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’ “And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire—where ‘Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’ “For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt. Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.” As we continue to examine this text of the last 2 weeks, the third area of importance that needs our attention is Jesus’ teaching on ‘offenses’. The Greek word that we translate into English as offend or offenses is ‘skandalon’ which has the meaning of ‘tripping up; cause to stumble; to snare, trap, fall’. To cause another to get tripped up in following Jesus is a very serious offense as Jesus describes in our text: “it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea”. How we deal with it (being the cause of stumbling another in their walk with Jesus) should be dealt with not as one handles a cream puff but rather as one would handle a rattle snake. “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off….’ “And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off….’ “And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.” This is not addressing how we should deal with the sin in another person’s life, rather the sin in our own life. Causing another to stumble in their walk with the Lord is a very serious matter and should not be excused, justified, rationalized, or ignored rather dealt with in a Biblical manner. It must be noted the context to which this comes up, it all began when Jesus began to confront the disciples on their self interest of wanting to be the greatest. Almost every problem in the church through out the ages has been caused by professing believers seeking to exalt themselves rather than follow the example that Jesus set for us in being a servant, esteeming others as better than ourselves. Philippians 2:5-8 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus… But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, 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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SANTEE — Discount food retailer Grocery Outlet has opened a new store in Santee, which is the 11th location in San Diego County for the Emeryville-based company. A formal opening ceremony was held Nov. 12 at 9759 Mission Gorge Road. The store, the first Grocery Outlet in Santee, is independently owned and operated by husband and wife team Stan and Terry Fiddelke.

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Your YourCommunity CommunityCalendar Calendar Santee Making Spirits Bright SANTEE — Roving carolers, a live band and snow sledding for children are among highlights featured at the City of Santee and Waste Management Holiday Lighting Celebration on Friday, Nov. 20. Held at Santee Trolley Square, the annual celebration of the holiday season offers three hours of family oriented fun from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. “This event really reinforces Santee’s reputation for small-town hospitality and community spirit,” said Bree Humphrey, the city’s special events supervisor. “It’s truly a joyful and nostalgic event that will get you in the right mood for the holidays,” she said. “It’s a chance for the community to join hands, celebrate our unity and take pictures of our children having fun.” The main attraction is the ceremonial lighting of a 20-foot artificial tree. Anticipation builds as the announcer counts down “three, two, one,” and waves a wand. At that instant, the tree’s lights flash on and candle-shaped fireworks go off in the background, prompting the crowd to roar in delight. At the same time, decorative lights at the city’s entry monuments also are turned on. The event offers many low-cost or free activities. There will be booths to browse and samples from local eateries. Craft stations will be set up where children can decorate a cookie and make personalized elf hats or decorate their own ceramic tile, courtesy of Home Depot. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available for $2 per person, except for children 3 years or younger, who may ride for free on a lap of an adult. Children will be able to confide their wish lists to Santa. Professional photos with the jolly guy will be available for $12. Santa has a new sleigh that will be available for family photos. Information about the event is available by calling the Santee Special Events Hotline at (619) 258-4100 x201.


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Christmas in Alpine” Home Tour ALPINE — The Alpine Woman’s Club will hold its Eleventh Annual “Christmas in Alpine” Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.. You will have an opportunity to stroll through five stunning country estates and visit Alpine’s Garden and Gifts Shop. After the tour The Historic Town Hall will be open from 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. for ticket holders to enjoy light refreshments, to pick up a surprise gift and view Andrew Poindexter’s incredible Nut Cracker collection. Tour Tickets are $30 prior to Home Tour date and $35 at the door. You can pre purchase tickets at the Postal Annex 2710 Alpine Blvd. or mail a check to the AWC, P. O. Box 231, Alpine, CA 91903 Tickets are available for pick up and purchase at the Alpine Woman’s Club 2156 Alpine Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 12 starting at 9:30am. There will be an opportunity drawing for a $500 cash prize the day of the event plus other prizes. Raffle tickets are $5 each or six for $20. The drawing will be held at the Club House at 3:45 p.m. after the tour but you do not have to be present to win. Proceeds benefit the Alpine Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund and the maintenance of the Historic Town Hall which was built in 1899. They are a 501 (c) 3 corporation and all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. For further information or questions, please contact Karin at (619) 357-5353 or email her at karinshouse64@yahoo.com

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State Senator Joel Anderson

Holiday Legislative Open House! EL CAJON — State Senator Joel Anderson cordially invites you and your family to attend this year’s Holiday Legislative Open House! Please join us to receive a 2015 legislative update and have the chance to submit your ideas on how we can improve our state’s government.

Date: Thursday, December 10th, 2015 Time: 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Location: Toyota of El Cajon, 965 Arnele Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020 To ensure there is enough food and refreshments for all to enjoy, please RSVP by calling our office at (619) 596-3136 or by visiting our website at sen.ca.gov/Anderson.



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cross the street a carnival tent rises from the lawn. Patches of blue and green canvas cover the twostory house, with the arch of a doorway stitched on the front. Not sure why it’s there; no one goes in or out of it. Termites ’most always make their first appearance shortly after the sale of a home. The requisite termite inspection takes place and the inspector confirms it: “Yes, there are termites. You’ll need to tent the house.” This was the case across the street. My termites didn’t wait for me to sell the house, since I’d just bought it not so long ago, but they slipped up. They dropped their shavings in plain sight, straight down from the broad wooden beams in the TV room onto my pristine tiled floor—right where the morning sun shines brightly. If they’d been more careful, they could have gotten a few more meals out of me—or more correctly, from my broad beams. Not a pun. Aardvark got the job; not a real aardvark—although that would probably be cheaper— but a company that chose to name itself after the infamous ant-eating animal. Aardvark keeps my gophers away, too. The only difference between

the two is the size and sites of their tunnels; one prefers dirt, one prefers wood. Inside, outside. Something for everyone. Termites and gophers: they’re a mainstay of our economy. Every home sale requires a termite inspection, making jobs for inspectors, termite exterminators, and purveyors of Aspirin, Advil and Aleve—to handle the uptick in headaches incurred by the appearance of these pesky critters in one’s home, or out on the lawn, as the case may be. The gophers, bless their souls, seem to have gone underground during the recent heat spell, but they’ll return

Aardvark and all those other people who love to rid the world of pesky critters, keeping their customers happy until the next onslaught. The website for Pest Control Employment had 100 million visitors, according to ask.com, so there are plenty of people out there looking for pest control jobs. It’ll take a lot of termites, gophers and assorted other pests— not including that obnoxious fellow at the Charger game— to employ a hundred million employment hopefuls. But. . . Five billion dollars! That’s how much property damage the National Pest Management Association claims is caused by termites each year. And that’s just termites. So the next time you spot termite droppings—technically “frass”—or gopher mounds, don’t think “Pest!” Think “Jobs!”

“The only difference between the two

is the size and sites of their tunnels;

one prefers dirt, one prefers wood. “ for sure. The pitter patter of recent rains interrupted by bursts of booming thunder surely rattled them awake in their underground tunnels. Joyful gopher cries of “Good news! The soil is ready, soft and moist, ready for us to tunnel through to the surface where— ah! air to breathe! Return of the gophers is coming!” could be heard across town. It won’t be long now—holes surrounded by mounds of dirt will pop up everywhere. Which will then produce more jobs for Trapper Dan and

Buska is an author, columnist and long-time resident of East County. Send e-mail to Sheila at 4smbrks@gmail.com and visit her website www.smile-breaks.com

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from throughout the US. “Each time I attended the SDSU Writers’ Conference was important,” said Griffin, a 25-year police veteran and author of Benefit of the Doubt. “There’s no better way to learn about the craft of writing than meeting those who do it for a living. The writers are incredibly gracious and accessible at the SDSU Conference.” Diaz, an SDSU alumna, is the author of the trilogy Extraction, Rebellion, and Evolution. She attributes her success to what she learned at SDSU and the writers’ conference. “I studied film production in college (at SDSU) and was able to take a couple screenwriting classes with wonderful professors, which taught me many useful skills for storytelling. But I would credit most of what I’ve learned about writing to the books I’ve read throughout my life,” she said. Messenger, author of the young-adult series Keeper of the Lost Cities and Sky Fall, is an example of persistence. “I firmly believe that the only difference between a published author and an aspiring writer is time and effort. Everyone has a different journey toward publication. Some of us take longer. But if you keep writing, keep going, and never give up on yourself or this dream, you will get there eventually, I promise,” she said. For complete information, visit neverstoplearning.net/writers, email sdsuwritersconference@ mail.sdsu.edu, or call (619) 5940845.

Steve 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

and Mission Valley. Buice, with more than 35 years of experience in the title insurance and escrow fields, has been with Quality Escrow since 2011. He is a frequent sponsor of PSAR activities and participates at many fundraising events, including the annual PSAR golf tournament. In 2013, he founded the PSAR library featuring more than 120 books covering different aspects of the real estate business. The awards were presented at PSAR’s 2016 Installation Celebration, held Nov. 14 at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel. The event was held during the National Association of Realtors (NAR) national convention.

Discount food retailer Grocery Outlet has opened a new store at 9759 Mission Gorge Road in Santee. It is the 11th location in San Diego County for the Emeryville, Calif.-based company. The store is independently owned and operated by husband and wife team Stan and Terry Fiddelke. Grocery Outlet was founded in 1946 and has more than 230 locations in California and five other states. Most of its stores are independently owned and operated by locally based families. The company plans to open 20 new stores over the next year. Grocery Outlet offers bargains on brand-name merchandise with prices up to 60 percent less than conventional retailers. Discounted items include refrigerated and frozen foods, fresh produce, fresh meat, organics, dry grocerThe Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care ies, beer and wine, health and beauty care, over-theLibrary, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa counter drugs, household products, toys and gifts. St. in La Mesa, is now hosting its Fall Art Exhibit featuring 14 oil paintings of San Diego landmarks by Mike Watson of La Mesa. The show runs through the end of December. The exhibit includes paintings of The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors iconic buildings in Balboa Park, as well as landscapes (PSAR), a 2,000-member trade group for San Diego- of San Diego Harbor and portraits from pow-wows and area realtors, recently honored two East County mem- renaissance fairs. Watson has been painting since he attended Grossbers with special awards. Receiving a PSAR Realtor of the Year award was mont College in the 1970s. He has continued painting Sean Hillier, Bennion Deville Homes, La Mesa office. throughout his working careers at General Dynamics Hillier serves as emcee at PSAR’s every-Thursday- and the U.S. Postal Service. And, he has studied paintmorning East County Rally & Ride, a meeting where ing while visiting art museums in England, Germany, available properties are pitched. After a 25-year career Austria, Switzerland and France. He is a member of in the television news industry, Hillier became a full- the Foothills Art Association, East County Art Assotime real estate sales agent since January 2010. His ciation, Southwestern Artists’ Association and San investment company is called East County Home Solu- Diego Portrait Society. Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care tions LLC. Receiving a PSAR Affiliate of the Year award was Library is free. The Fall Art Exhibit is open to the Steve Buice, of Quality Escrow with offices in La Mesa public during regular library hours, which are from 9

La Mesa artist Mike Watson on display at health library

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SDSU Writers’ Conference set for January 22-24

f you’re a writer with a dream, get one step closer to being a writer with an agent by attending the 32nd Annual San Diego State University Writers’ Conference on January 22-24 at the San Diego Marriott in Mission Valley. Keynote speakers are Richard Curtis, literary agent, and president of Richard Curtis Associates Inc.; and Tracy Sherrod, editorial director, Amistad, HarperCollins Publishers. Each year, more than 300 attendees come from all over the United States and as far away as Japan, South America, and Switzerland, to pursue their dreams of publication. And dreams do come true. The conference has launched the careers of numerous writers including best-selling crime novelist Neal Griffin, Young Adult science-fiction sensation Stephanie Diaz, and YA author Shannon Messenger. In addition to author and agent panels, workshops, and night-owl sessions that focus on the technical aspects of writing, attendees can get direct feedback on their writing from agents and editors. These 1:1 appointments are an invaluable opportunity to get one’s work in the hands of top industry professionals — many of whom interact with unpublished authors only through conferences. Also, attendees benefit from the social aspect of the conference that includes a no-host mixer, networking lunch, and Saturday evening reception, along with the opportunity to mingle with other writers and editors and agents

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Mitsubishi auctions Lancer to benefit National Multiple Sclerosis Society Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA), title sponsor of the 29th annual National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s MS Dinner Auction on Saturday, Nov. 21, is conducting a national auction of the very first Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition, number 1 of 1,600 produced, with all proceeds to benefit the National MS Society. Bids can be placed on eBay, http://www.ebay. com/itm/181927862228. The auction went live on Nov. 11. Bidding for the US 0001 car will conclude on Nov. 21 at the MS Dinner Auction at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort Hotel. “We are thrilled and grateful Mitsubishi Motors has partnered with us as the title sponsor for this year’s annual MS Dinner Auction,” said Richard Israel, president, National MS Society’s San Diego-based Pacific South Coast Chapter. “With the support of Mitsubishi Motors we are able to fund cutting-edge research, drive change through advocacy, facilitate professional education, collaborate with MS organizations around the world, and provide programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.” The pinnacle of Mitsubishi’s state-of-the-art technology and engineering, the Lancer Evolution, is in its 10th and final year and only 1,600 Final Edition models will be produced for the U.S., each carrying a unique numbered plaque. The Lancer Evolution is revered by “gear heads” around the world and is arguably the originator of the four-door sports car genre.

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Donations of stuffed animals now being accepted by area police departments! The San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive is a unique and compassionate program, which was established by Coronado Police Department’s Officer Brian Hardy. Twenty-five years ago, Officer Brian Hardy delivered a handful of teddy bears to now Rady Children’s Hospital. The Teddy Bear Drive has grown into an annual event involving local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, Sycuan and other sponsors. Each year, law enforcement agencies around San Diego County seek donations of teddy bears and other stuffed animals through community events. At the end of the year, all the teddy bears and stuffed animals are delivered to Rady Children’s Hospital by these local law enforcement agencies, where officers will distribute the stuffed animals to the children throughout the hospital. Now, until December 4, 2015, there will be a donation box in the Police Department lobby for donations. So, when you are out and about shopping for family & friends, please grab and extra small, medium or large (New) teddy bear or stuffed animal and donate it to the Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive. In El Cajon, drop off a new stuffed animal in the lobby of the El Cajon Police Station, located at 100 Civic Center Way, during business hours, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., alternate Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. One teddy bear or stuffed animal can make a difference in a child’s eyes and can enhance the healing process.



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EL CAJON -— Sycuan Casino held a special luncheon in it’s Paipa’s Buffet on Tuesday, Nov. 10 to commemorate all team members who have served time in the military. Attendees received a special one-of-a-kind military pin that can be worn directly on their uniforms, signifying their time served. The event was hosted by KGB’s afternoon drive host Clint August. Cody Martinez, Chairman for the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation as well as Sycuan Casino’s Interim General Manager, John Dinius, were in attendance.

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