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‘Shop East County’ Program Launched to Boost Local Businesses and Economy

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EL CAJON — Economist are predicting increased consumer spending this holiday season, and a new “Shop East County” program aims to keep that spending local to support area businesses, jobs and the economy. On Thursday, Nov. 19, the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, along with local business, political and civic leader – including Mayor Bill Wells (far right) – gathered at Parkway Plaza for the launch of the inaugural “Shop East County” regional program.

...when one shops East County, those tax dollars remain in East County... “Holiday spending was flat nationwide last year,” said East County Chamber of Commerce General Manager Eric Lund. “Experts are predicting increased spending this year, so we thought it was important to launch this program to support our local businesses and educate consumers that they can meet virtually every holiday shopping need locally – specifically at local businesses east of I-15. It’s all right here.” In addition, local East County shoppers need to remember that when one shops East County, those tax dollars remain in East County. The National Retail Federation predicts average holiday spending per person is expected to reach $805 on gifts, decorations and food. Nationwide, shoppers will spend an estimated $630 billion over a two month period starting with Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. The launch of the “Shop East County” program included a ribbon cutting at the new “Shop East County” kiosk at the east end of the Parkway Plaza. The kiosk will be staffed throughout the holiday shopping season and will feature information on local businesses and a variety of discounts and promotions from area retailers, restaurants and service providers. The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce is the respected voice of and advocate for improving business opportunities, public policy and business relationships throughout San Diego County. Members include local and regional businesses, San Diego County and the cities of San Diego, El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Poway and Santee, as well as working relationships with Chambers in Spring Valley, Lakeside, Julian, Borrego Springs, Ramona, Alpine, and Pine Valley. Get connected with the region today, visit www.eastcountychamber.org.

LAKESIDE — Little Lakeside resident, Nick Barnes (above and right) did his third grade book report about Rush Revere and the American Revolution. In addition to picking his project, he chose to make a bottle buddy which is a character from the book made from a two liter soda bottle. Young Barnes read all three of Rush Revere books and loved them. His parents took a picture of their son and his bottle buddy and decided it would be cool to send to Rush Limbaugh. In June, they sent the picture to the Rush Revere web site. One week later, they posted it on Rush Revere Facebook page. The post received over 15,000 likes, 340 comments and 1,100 shares. A few days later, the Barnes family received a box in the mail from Limbaugh. The package was a care package for Nick. It had Rush Revere Ted Tea bear and some other goodies. A month later, the family received an email from Rush Limbaugh’s staff saying Rush and his wife Kathryn absolutely adore Nick’s photo so much so that they requested to include the picture in their fourth book, Rush Revere and the Star Spangled Banner, coming out later in the year. The family whole-heartedly agreed. The book was released Tuesday, Oct. 27. The Barnes family rushed to the book store to see if little Nick’s picture made it. They opened the book, and there he was, on the first page. The entire family is ecstatic that Nick was a part of the book series that he loves so much.

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Dear Friends of Lions, Tigers and Bears, Many of you know that our oldest tiger, Natasha , has had more than her share of struggles over the years, but now she is in a fight for her life . This courageous tiger, at 19 years of age , has survived so many obstacles. She and her mate , Raja , were the founding tigers of Lions Tigers & Bears thirteen years ago. After living for 7 terrible years in a 6’ x 12’ chain link cage with concrete floors and no shade or shelter from the blistering heat and blinding cold of a Texas backyard prison , they were finally rescued and brought to LTB together in 2002. Declawed at a young age , she has suffered for many years with painful arthritis. In 2011, she was diagnosed with uterine cancer, underwent surgery, and recovered where she continued to enjoy life at LTB. After losing her lifelong mate , Raja , in 2013, she struggled on alone , but still remained strong. Earlier this year Natasha had ocular surgery to treat a subluxated lens. Unfortunately, the repair was not possible and our veterinarians had to perform an enoculation , in which Natasha’s right eye was removed . Even then , this brave girl fought on . About two months ago, during a needed oral exam, a lesion was found in Natasha’s mouth . A biopsy revealed , thankfully, that the lesion was non-cancerous. Natasha’s blood panel also revealed signs of chronic renal disease , which is a common illness in aging cats. Over the last few weeks our sweet old Matriarch’s health has been in decline . Our vets continue to work with her to stimulate her appetite , provide needed nutrition , and keep her comfortable . But now we need you to keep Natasha in your thoughts and prayers, and pray for a miracle .

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tate commissions, like people and corporations, rarely change unless they’re given strong motivation; sometimes change has to be forced on them. The latest evidence now demonstrates that the California Public Utilities Commission is no different. Gov. Jerry Brown, who appointed all five current members of this scandal-plagued agency, just over a month ago refused to sign a package of bills passed unanimously by the state Legislature – every Democrat, every Republican – that would have compelled the PUC to make a few small changes. Like keeping records of all contacts between commissioners, their staff and officials of the big utility companies they regulate, including Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas and San Diego Gas & Electric. Like writing decisions in “understandable” language. No big changes were involved in these bills. Commissioners would still have had six-year terms and still could not be fired even by the governor who appoints them. PUC decisions could still be reversed only by appeals courts – where new evidence can only rarely be presented. What happens when you tell five powerful commissioners they won’t have to change their behavior, when the governor puts no pressure to resign even on a commissioner who helped PG&E find the most sympathetic judge to hear the case involving its 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion that killed eight persons? They don’t change. That is nowhere better illustrated than in the first significant decision announced after the Brown vetoes. This case did not involve billions of dollars as when the commission considers routine rate increase requests from the utilities. The pattern there sees the companies invariably ask more than any reasonable person or agency would think justified. New rates somewhat lower than what was asked are then assigned and the PUC takes credit for “saving” consumers money even though rates here continue at levels that already exceed those in any other of the Lower 48 states. The latest case involved a mere $400 million insurance settlement agreed to this fall by Southern California Edison, the money to compensate its customers and those of SDG&E for higher rates they paid after the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station suddenly went bust in early 2012 due to a decision Edison knew in advance was flawed. When a $400 million windfall arrives, the logical thing is to pass it on immediately to consumers, with almost all 8 million or so customers involved getting a lump sum of about $50. But no. As with other settlements the PUC has fostered, this one will be doled out in tiny increments, not amounts that might be meaningful to customers. The current plan is for a rate reduction of about 2.4 percent on monthly bills as long as the money lasts, which could be anywhere from one to three years. During that time, of course, Edison will likely get a routine rate increase far higher than this, rendering the pittances doled out monthly even less significant. Plus, the settlement is much smaller than some similar ones over the years in other nuclear power incidents. Edison spokeswoman Maureen Brown (no relation to the governor) would not reveal the maximum possible payout under her company’s policy with Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited. Meanwhile, most media simply accepted Edison press releases calling the settlement a great benefit to consumers, some even borrowing the headline the company suggested. But the benefit to consumers would only amount to pennies above $2 per month (before the next rate increase) if their bills are about $100. It’s the same kind of arrangement the PUC okayed after the companies that created the California energy crunch of 2000-2001 were forced to cough up some of their illegal profits. As with this one, payments to consumers were so small most barely noticed them. At the same time, the utilities made tens of millions of dollars in interest while holding onto the bulk of the settlements until they were gone – pretty much the same sort of thing that will happen this time. The PUC didn’t have to go along with the utility’s plan for handling this money and it can still change the longstanding pattern that favors the big companies over their customers. But as long as no change in its culture is forced on it, don’t expect the agency to change a thing. 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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. Are nuts really good for your heart? . The Harvard Men’s Health Watch reports that studies show healthy men, and those who have already suffered a heart attack, can reduce cardiovascular risk by eating nuts regularly. Here are some facts about nuts: • Fiber. All nuts contain fiber, which helps lower your cholesterol. Fiber also makes you feel full, so you eat less. • Some nuts contain plant sterols, a substance that can help lower your cholesterol. • Nuts contain mono- and poly-unsaturated fats known to benefit the heart. • Many nuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are a healthy form of fatty acids that seem to help your heart by, among other things, preventing dangerous heart rhythms that can lead to heart attacks. • Nuts are a source of l-arginine, which is a substance that may help improve the health of your artery walls by making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots that can block blood flow. • Vitamin E in nuts may help stop the development of plaques in your arteries, which can narrow them, leading to chest pain, coronary artery disease or a heart attack. In addition, nuts may help lower cholesterol by simply replacing less healthy foods in your diet. “Nuts may not be the key to cardiovascular health, but adding nuts to a balanced, healthful diet can take you one step away from heart disease,” says Dr. Harvey B. Simon of Harvard Medical School. However, there isn’t hard evidence for the benefits of nuts to your heart. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only allows food companies to say evidence suggests but does not prove that eating nuts reduces heart disease risk. Most nuts contain at least some substances that are good for your heart. However, while nuts are loaded with nutrition, they are also high in calories; as much as 80 percent of a nut is fat. Two ounces of nuts a week appears to help lower heart disease risk, so don’t eat nuts like an elephant or you will become one. Nuts don’t vary a lot in caloric content. Almonds are on the low end with 160 calories per ounce. Macadamias are on the high end with 204 calories per ounce. Most nuts appear to be good for you. Walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts and pecans are considered very good for your heart. WALNUTS. While all nuts contain heart-healthy omega-3 fats, walnuts have high amounts of alpha linoleic acid (ALA). Research has suggested that ALA may help heart arrhythmias, and a 2006 Spanish study suggested that walnuts were as effective as olive oil at reducing inflammation and oxidation in the arteries after eating a fatty meal. ALMONDS. These nuts contain more calcium than any other nut, making them a great food for overall health. They are rich in fiber and vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps fight dangerous inflammation and possibly health conditions such as lung cancer and agerelated cognitive decline. MACADAMIAS. Although high in fat, macadamias supply good levels of the healthy mono-unsaturated variety. They’re a rich source of fiber and contain minerals including magnesium, calcium and potassium. HAZELNUTS. These are a good source of folate, which plays a key role in keeping homocysteine within normal levels. Homocysteine is an amino acid which has been associated with heart problems as well as conditions like Parkinson’s disease. PECANS. These are packed with plant sterols. Pecans are also antioxidant-rich which helps prevent the plaque formation that causes hardening of the arteries. They’re rich in oleic acid, the healthy fat found in olives and avocado. As a good source of vitamin B3, pecans help fight fatigue.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean Urgency and Frequency: More Than an Inconvenience

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f you’ve had Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for any length of time, chances are you’ve had issues with bladder control. Urgency – “I have to go NOW!” and frequency – “I have to go AGAIN!” – can be serious problems and can cause many MS patients to forgo important events in their lives to save the embarrassment or inconvenience to others. There are some things one can do to try to curb that “urge to go” by trying some simple tips. • Don’t sip. Drink a small glass of water (about six to eight ounces) all at once every few hours during the day. That’s better than sipping drinks throughout the day, which might give you the urge to urinate more frequently. You’ll know when you get enough to drink because your urine will turn light yellow. • Stop drinking before bed. Stay hydrated, but don’t drink too close to bedtime or you could wake up during the night to use the bathroom. Have your last drink of water or other fluid at least two hours before you go to bed. • Limit caffeine and alcohol. Cut back on coffee, soda, beer, and wine. Caffeine and alcohol can irritate your bladder and increase the urge to go. Alcohol also affects the way your kidneys absorb water, and it can make your bladder fill up more

quickly than usual. • Don’t smoke. Nicotine is another bladder irritant. If you smoke, ask your doctor for advice on nicotine replacement products, medicines, and other methods to help you quit. • Do Kegel exercises. Just like you tone your biceps and triceps, you can strengthen the pelvic floor muscles that support your bladder. These muscles hold urine in your bladder so it won’t leak when you sneeze, cough, or laugh. To find the right muscles, squeeze like you would to stop the flow of urine, hold for about four seconds, then release. Do these exercises a few times each hour. You don’t have to set aside a special place or time. Do them wherever and whenever you like. If you have trouble finding your pelvic floor muscles, see a nurse or physical therapist for help. • Retrain your bladder. Go to the bathroom on a regular schedule, such as every two hours. Do this even if you don’t feel like you need to. That way you’ll prevent your bladder from filling up too much and overflowing. If you feel the urge to go before the full two hours are up, try to hold it in for just five minutes more by tightening your pelvic floor muscles. Over time, you should be able to have longer and longer periods of time between bathroom visits.

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• Eat cranberry and avoid citrus. Cranberries naturally protect your bladder against the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections. Cranberry pills are a better option than juice, which can be high in sugar. • Stay away from citrus fruits and juices like orange and grapefruit. They can encourage the growth of bacteria in your bladder. • Wear protection. You can take steps to keep leaks from being noticeable. Disposable pads and protective underwear are discreet ways to absorb wetness and hide odors. Men with leakage problems have another option: a sheath that goes over the penis and collects urine.

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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Rancho Santee Lions Club Celebrates 25 Years of Service By Taylor Wood

For The East County Herald SANTEE — Volunteers of the Rancho Santee Lions Club celebrated 25 years of service earlier this month with a dinner to commemorate their accomplishments over the past two decades. Several of its members were recognized for their dedication by California State Senator Joel Anderson. “The Rancho Santee Lions Club is an energetic group of volunteers and I’m honored to be recognizing them for their service to our community,” Anderson stated. Although Lions Club is an international organization, this particular club was founded in 1990 by A.D. “Ike” Enzenauer, who is currently the club’s president. Enzenauer retired from the Navy in 1978, went back to school, then went into ammunition manufacturing in 1991. From there he entered the medical instrument business. “From then on, it was all community service,” Enzenauer said. The Rancho Santee Lions Club focuses their efforts on helping the sight impaired by holding fundraisers that involve the community. Over the years, the club has held many different events such as bowling tournaments and pancake breakfasts.

Rancho Santee Lions Club founder and current President “Ike” Enzenauer. Their biggest contribution is a sensory garden in Santee Lakes, which houses fragrant plants with plaques written in so individuals with disabilities are able to experience them just as anyone else would. The project started when a boy with Multiple Sclerosis, who unfortunately passed away in 2004, had met with members of the club at Santee Lakes. The Rancho Santee Lions Club raised money from then on until April of 2011 when the garden was dedicated to him. The club is able to maintain

the garden with funds raised by memorials and dedications put into the pavement in and around the garden. The sensory garden was one of the many projects mentioned at the 25th anniversary dinner. Members reflected on their accomplishments with short speeches and certificates of recognition from California state legislators and representatives, including Anderson. Everyone in attendance at this night of celebration was happy to be there and looking forward to the next 25 years to come.

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reetings. precious people. This week as we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah,” we will look at events that occurred one day in the life of Jesus. Mark 10:1-16 “Then He arose from there and came to the region of Judea by the other side of the Jordan. And multitudes gathered to Him again, and as He was accustomed, He taught them again. The Pharisees came and asked Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” testing Him. And He answered and said to them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to dismiss her.” And Jesus answered and said to them, “Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, ‘and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” In the house His disciples also asked Him again about the same matter. So He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” Then they brought young children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” And He took them up in His arms, put His hands on them, and blessed them.” There are a number of important events that our text speaks of; we only have enough time and space this week to cover a few; next week we will cover the rest. First, the custom of Jesus was to “teach” the people the Word of God. He did not fleece the flock; take advantage of them; use or abuse them, rather He loved them, taught them the truth, and fed them both physically and spiritually. This is the example He set for His disciples and all pastors through the ages. Tragically this is lacking in many who call themselves pastors today. Many (not all) are “in it” for their own interest; they use the people; take advantage of them; teaching them the philosophies of men rather than the Word of God; they are false shepherds. The Word of God the Bible has much to say about false shepherds, in Ezekiel 34:2-13 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus says the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock. The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered. My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them. Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord; as I live, says the Lord God, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock; Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord; Thus says the Lord God; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them. For thus says the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.” This should cause every pastor to tremble before the Holy and Just God that they profess to serve and repent where they are not following the example of Jesus in serving His flock. It should be no wonder why James admonishes, “Let not many of desire to be teachers for therein lies a stricter judgment.” 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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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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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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t doesn’t matter where the table is. What matters are the people sitting around it—and the many other people who aren’t sitting there: the people in our thoughts. The people who mean something important to us; the people we love; the people we miss today. According to the information at americanhistory.about.com and history.com/topics, the first Thanksgiving, in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621, was celebrated by 52 colonists and about 50 Native Americans of the Wampanoag tribe. They must have had a large table, or maybe it was several tables. They were there to give thanks for the successful harvest and express gratitude. Not much has changed, except Thanksgiving has become more of a family affair. Funny how our giving of thanks centers on a fat, stuffed turkey in the middle of the table. Not always a turkey— many people have switched to a baked ham or some other main dish for convenience’s sake or because they don’t really like turkey that much. But it isn’t the turkey in our midst or the ham or barbecued steak that makes the day. It’s the gratitude. We say thank you so often during the day that it’s almost a habit more than a word with

deep meaning. I started thinking: What does it REALLY mean to say thank you; what does it REALLY mean to thank someone; what does it REALLY mean when we thank God in our prayers? Definitions of “thank” include the words gratitude and appreciation and according to edenics.net, “The IndoEuropean “root” for . THA(N) K, THI(N)K and THOUGHT is the Indo-European tong (think).” Since “thank” comes from the word “think,” it must mean something deep enough to penetrate our brain; more than a mere courtesy. The definition of showing gratitude

of the friends who helped me as I helped Paul through his recovery; I’ll be thinking of the thanks I’ll never give in person to people who have chosen to work in fields I depend on: trash collectors, writers of books that take me away to faraway places, researchers who developed and discovered medications and medical equipment. There are so many more who do the things behind the scenes that ease our daily life. I’ll especially be thinking of the people around the table with me, my sons and daughter, my dad, my grandchildren, and appreciating who they are. This Thanksgiving Day will be more than a turkey in the middle of the table; it will be many thankyous shared and appreciation felt. Happy Thanksgiving from me to you and to all those at your table.

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centers on a fat, stuffed turkey in the middle of the table.“ or appreciation gives “thank” that deeper meaning. “Appreciation” is defined at thesaurus.com as “recognize the full worth of; understand (a situation) fully; recognize the full implications of.” This connects “thank” back to the root word to “think.” Sitting around the table, I’ll be thinking of my grandchildren who live in other cities, wishing they were here; I’ll be thinking of the thanks I owe so many professionals who helped Paul through his surgery and rehab; I’ll be thinking

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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an Diego is No. 4 in the nation as a destination for meetings and trade shows, in an annual list compiled by Cvent, a technology firm used worldwide by meeting planners for booking conventions. To prepare students for occupations in this continually growing industry – which is projected to have a 33.2% increase between now and 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics – San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies offers its career-enhancing Professional Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning program. Now in its 25th year, the popular and ever-evolving program offers students – whether they’re new to the industry or seasoned professionals – the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills, and prepare for the MPI and ISES exams. The spring 2016 semester begins Jan. 5. Graduate Leah Sheffield, now the program manager at a national-brand destination management company, credits her SDSU instructors for helping her obtain such a prestigious occupation. “They know the local industry inside-out,” she said. “That helped me to understand that San Diego is one of the largest hubs in the world for both the private and corporate event sectors.” Students must complete seven core courses and 18 hours of electives (two or three courses, depending upon the choice)

within two years to earn a certificate. The program can be completed in as little as six months. SDSU program graduate Molly Fry, a member of the Events team at Vistage where she plans one-day corporate conferences for members all over the country, said she would “absolutely” recommend the SDSU Meeting and Event Planning certificate program. “It’s given me credibility in my field and taught me a great deal about the industry in a short period of time,” she said. For more information, visit neverstoplearning.net/meeting, email cesmep@sdsu.edu, or call (619) 594-1138. SDSU’s College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education, and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

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EAST COUNTY BIZ with Rick Griffin East County Chamber’s breakfast will support toy drive

stores on Tierrasanta Boulevard, Westview Parkway and West San Ysidro Boulevard. The 10 new Smart & Final stores will add to the discount warehouse groThe San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce cer’s 10 current stores in the region. Smart & Final is will host its upcoming First Friday Breakfast starting based in Commerce, Calif. at 7:15 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 at the Ronald Reagan Community Center, 195 E. Douglas Ave., El Cajon. Breakfast sponsor and host is the Viejas Casino & Resort. Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy, valued at $10 or more, for the 40th annual East County Toy The San Diego Association of Governments and the & Food Drive benefiting the Salvation Army. Anyone bringing a toy will receive an entry form for a draw- U.S. Department of Defense have each contributed $4 ing to be held that morning. The drawing prize is an million to purchase a 410-acre, habitat-rich property, overnight stay at Viejas Hotel, plus food and gaming known as Lakeside Downs. The site, sold by the Helix vouchers. In addition, Joe Garzanelli with Keller Wil- Land Co., Ltd., will now be preserved as open space. liams Realty will give away $650 to a lucky member The area, now in the hands of the Endangered Habiwho is present and names will be drawn until a winner tats Conservancy, will be closed to the public. The is selected. Cost to attend the Chamber breakfast is $20 conservancy manages nearly 5,000 acres of conserved per person for members, $25 per person for non-mem- lands. The property is home to the threatened California bers. RSVPs are requested prior to Nov. 30. For more information and to RSVP, contact Sarah McCorkle at gnatcatcher, mule deer, coastal sage scrub and strands sarahm@eastchountychamber.org, (619) 440-6161, or of spiny redberry. The plant is the main host for a rare species of butterfly. The Lakeside property is between visit www.eastcountychamber.org. other areas of conserved land, including property near the Miramar Marine base. Officials with the Endangered Habitats Conservancy said the area will be closed to the public for biological reasons as well as its high density of scrub brush representing an The U.S. Bankruptcy Court has approved the pur- extreme fire danger. chase by Smart & Final LLC of four East County retail sites previously occupied by Haggen Food & Pharmacy. The sites include El Cajon at Camino Canada, El Cajon at Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa at Avocado Avenue and Santee at Magnolia Avenue. The Grossmont Hospital Foundation, a not-for-profit, Six other former Haggen sites in San Diego County also will become Smart & Final stores. They include philanthropic organization that raises funds for Sharp Carlsbad Village Drive in Carlsbad, East H Street in Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, has announced it has Chula Vista, B Avenue in Coronado and San Diego met a $10 million capital campaign goal for advanced

Lakeside’s 410 acres purchased as habitat preserve

Smart & Final approved for four former Haggen sites

Grossmont Hospital Foundation receives $2 million from Bradys

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cardiovascular equipment for the hospital’s new 74,000-square-foot Heart and Vascular Center, slated to open in 2017. The goal was met following a $2 million pledge from Ron and Mary Alice Brady of La Mesa. The pledge was announced at the Foundation’s 30th annual Gala held Nov. 14. “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 at 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.” Construction costs for the Heart and Vascular Center building is being financed by taxpayers through Proposition G, a bond measure sponsored by GHD. Prop. G was approved by East County voters on the June 2006 ballot. As proposed in the hospital’s Facilities Master Site Plan, Prop. G is funding several infrastructure construction improvements at the publicly owned hospital, which opened in 1955. The three-story H&V Center will expand the hospital’s surgery capabilities with new cardiac catheterization labs and multipurpose procedural rooms that can support a wide range of specialties, including general surgery, minimally invasive surgery and image-guided surgery, as well as endovascular interventional procedures. The new center also will provide state-of-the-art technology and added capacity to treat patients. In addition to the building, construction includes a new loading dock and materials receiving department on the lowest level, a new pharmacy and laboratory on the middle floor and shell space on the top floor for the new surgical floor build-out. Completion of the building is scheduled for early 2016.


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Poinsettias for Sale at Cuyamaca College

EL CAJON - Santa has taken up residence in the mall, Christmas decorations are going up in local neighborhoods, and holiday marketing is in full swing. Which means just one thing: It’s time for the annual poinsettia sale at Cuyamaca College’s Ornamental Horticulture program. Once again this holiday season, the Ornamental Horticulture program is the community source for poinsettias. This year, the nursery at Cuyamaca College is offering two varieties: the Ecke Early Freedom Red and the Ecke Christmas Feelings Merlot. All proceeds benefit the Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture program and help it purchase lab supplies and gardening tools. The annual poinsettia sale is a project involving about 30 students in courses that include plant propagation and Fundamentals of Ornamental Horticulture. Five hundred poinsettias were ordered in the spring and delivered as fledgling, half-inch plants in early summer. Students spent the next several months fertilizing and watering the plants, pinching the tops twice to help them grow more full-bodied. “It has taken a lot of time and a lot of effort from a lot of people, but it is so worth it,” said Stephanie Land, a Cuyamaca College student who works as the nursery’s manager. “It’s an excellent way for students in the program to grow something from the early stage, take care of the plant, nurture it, develop a price point, market the product and then sell it. It’s a pretty comprehensive process, but we’re all learning a lot from it.” Poinsettias will remain on sale while supplies last. Plants in 6-inch pots sell for $6.99 each, or two for $12; Larger plants in a jumbo pot sell for $22.99; and a Poinsettia Bowl, decorated with alyssum, lamium and more, sells for $19.99.

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