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SAN DIEGO — Saturday, Apr. 25 Team Sycuan took on the annual San Diego County Credit Union Walk MS 2015 held a Liberty Station. The weather held out as Team Sycuan’s team captain, Anita Norton, lead the largest team of 286 strong through to the finish line. “Team Sycuan is proud to support the MS Society in their fight to find a cure,” said Norton.

In Loving Memory 1934

Edward R. Zouhar 2015

Edward R. Zouhar, (Ed) age 81, passed away at home on April 19, after a year-long battle with cancer. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio on January 15, 1934 and was a seventy year resident of La Mesa. Ed graduated from Grossmont High School, and then received his Doctorate of Optometry from UC Berkeley. He opened his practice in El Cajon, after being drafted into the US Army. Ed was a member of both the El Cajon and La Mesa Chambers of Commerce, and served as an Ambassador and volunteer for the La Mesa Chamber before the two merged into the San Diego East County Chamber. Ed continued to be a volunteer/Ambassador for the San Diego East County Chamber. He was a graduate of Leadership East County, Class of 2004, and continued to volunteer and support that program. Survivors include his loving family: wife Emilie, children Roger Zouhar, Ross Duggan, Adina Duggan; grand children Lisa Zouhar, Christina Montalvo, Katie Trujillo, Alex Duggan and Sierra Duggan; great grandchildren Haley and Ryan. Ed loved to play handball and did so long into his retirement. He enjoyed traveling; going on many trips with family and friends. His favorite pastime was attending San Diego Charger football games. He was anxiously awaiting the NFL draft this season. Services are private. Anyone wishing to pay their respects or lift a toast to him can do so at the Downtown Café in El Cajon on Thursday, May 7, from 3:30 – 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Ed Zouhar to support lung cancer research at the University of California San Diego, Moores Cancer Center. Please make checks payable to the UC San Diego Foundation, noting that the gift is in memory of Ed Zouhar, send to Sandy Liarakos, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr., #0853, La Jolla, CA 92093-0853. Memorial gifts can be given by one of the following convenient methods: Give Online – Contributions can be made using MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express at http://cancer. ucsd.edu/about-us/donations. Please note the “in memory of ” name.

On The Cover LAKESIDE — The Lakeside Jr Olympics was held on April 25 at El Capitan High School. Over 400 elementary and middle school athletes from Lakeside schools competed in this annual event. Cover photo: Rob Riingen / The East County Herald Cover design: Steve Hamann / The East County Herald

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Your Senator In The News Senator Joel Anderson Makeover Ministries honored by Senator Anderson By Collin Hoyos

For The East County Herald Every first Monday of the month marks a special day at the East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC). It is the day when Rock Church’s Makeover Ministry pays a visit. The ECTLC is a facility that assists with housing, food, clothing and finding work for the homeless, nearly homeless and those affected by drugs and or alcohol abuse in East County. During their monthly visits, the Makeover Ministry provides numerous services to the residents of the ECTLC including haircuts, makeup makeovers, spiritual support, and resume and interview tips. Through providing these services Rock Church’s Makeover Ministry volunteers hope to help boost the ECTLC residents’ sense of both inner and outer beauty. The Makeover Ministry has been very successful in reaching this goal. “The Makeover Ministry, partnering with the ECTLC, has made a tremendous improvement in the lives of the men and women of this facility, as they provide both physical and spiritual healing,” stated Pastor Harold Brown, CEO of the East County Transitional Living Center. The Makeover Ministry’s success at reaching their goal thanks to the dedication and hard work of five members of Rock Church who have generously volunteered

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their time to providing these services to ECTLC for three consecutive years. State Senator Joel Anderson recognized these devoted members of the Makeover Ministry with Senate certificates of recognition for their continued community service. “The dedicated volunteers

of the Rock Church’s Makeover Ministry have brought confidence to the many residents at the East County Transitional Living Center. The services provided by the Makeover Ministry help to fill a real need in our community, and I am inspired by their selfless service.”

here is absolutely no doubt about a few facts surrounding the gasoline price surge Californians experienced in late winter and early spring. In March, California prices averaged 84 cents per gallon higher than the national average of $2.54 per gallon, rising to $3.38 after a wintertime dip. That meant Californians spent $34 million per day more for their gas that month than they would have in most other places. For the month of March, the extra tab came to more than $1 billion from California pocketbooks, or an average of $43 per driver. No one yet knows how much extra the similar price spike of late April has cost. There is some disagreement over why things occurred as they did late last winter. Oil companies maintain their usual springtime refinery maintenance and the shift from winter to summer fuel formulas was a prime part of the cost. They also argue that California gasoline taxes are higher than those elsewhere. These are certainly factors, but they don’t come near to accounting for the difference between California prices and those in the rest of the Lower 48 states (prices on the U.S. mainland should never be compared with costs in Hawaii and Alaska, where distance from refineries raises prices greatly). Gas taxes account for less than one-fourth of the price differential, or about 15 cents per gallon higher than elsewhere, according to UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. The changeover in fuel composition can also account for a little, perhaps as much as another 10 percent of the differential. That leaves oil companies to answer for about 70 percent of the price difference, about $1.4 billion out of the $2 billion additional that Californians paid for gasoline between Jan. 15 and April 1. The Consumer Watchdog advocacy group, most often associated with its longtime effort to keep insurance prices down, says the price differential has a lot to do with supply and demand. The group singles out steadily low gasoline inventories kept on hand by oil companies as a major factor. “These companies keep California running on empty so that when a refinery goes down, gasoline prices go way up,” says Jamie Court, Consumer Watchdog president. “With crude oil prices at historic lows and national gasoline prices stable, California oil refiners need to answer for the $1 billion extra they charged in March. The Legislature should demand the companies explain their billion-dollar bonanza.” For sure, refiners keep California inventories low, with only about a 10.7-day supply on hand at most times, according to a seven-page report produced by Consumer Watchdog. The average inventory in the rest of the nation would last about 18 days. Which means that when refineries shut down, as Tesoro’s Martinez facility did in February and Exxon’s Torrance plant did soon after, panic can set in, with gouging one result. Domination of the California market by just two companies – between them, Chevron and Tesoro (often marketed under the Shell emblem) control 55 percent of the state’s gasoline market – also contributes. Altogether, four companies provide 76 percent of California gasoline. That consolidation is the main reason the number of refineries in this state dropped from 30 to 11 over the last 33 years. It is probably no coincidence that prices at stations like Flying J and Pilot, run by an “outsider” company – often run well below those at the major brands. These facts this spring led Tom Steyer, a financier, venture capitalist and environmental activist considering a 2018 run for governor, to suggest state lawmakers demand answers to questions like these two: 1) Why do refiners keep so much less gasoline on hand here than in the rest of America? And 2) Why don’t refineries that do not close step up production when it becomes clear supplies are dropping? Another question he might have added: Why should oil companies not be prosecuted for gouging when fully 34 percent of what they charged in March (according to the California Energy Commission) went for refinery costs and profits? If state lawmakers don’t demand answers to these questions and more, they will be derelict in their duty and provide oil companies an open invitation to gouge Californians even more the next time there’s any problem at one of the few remaining refineries. 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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. What is a normal body temperature? . Body temperature fluctuates during the day between 97 F and 99 F. When you wake up, your temperature is at the low end of the range; it increases as the day progresses. The common standard for a “normal” temperature is 98.6 F. However, the range of normal is about a degree above or below 98.6. An oral temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit or a rectal or ear temperature above 101 F is considered a fever in the majority of adults. If your temperature reaches 103 F, you should contact a physician. Another alarm bell is a fever that lasts more than three days. A fever usually means your body is fighting an infection from bacteria or a virus. In older adults, the immune system doesn’t function as efficiently as it does in younger people. The body’s fever response to infection is not always automatic in elderly people. More than 20 percent of adults over age 65 who have serious bacterial infections do not have fevers. . Do older people faint more than younger people? . Yes. When you pass 70 years, you double the chances of fainting. And the odds triple after 80. Fainting is common. About one in three people faint at least once in a lifetime. Syncope (SINK-o-pea) is the medical word for fainting or a temporary—a few seconds— loss of consciousness. Fainting happens when your brain isn’t getting enough oxygen from your blood supply. Syncope is often foreshadowed by “premonitory symptoms” that include nausea, feeling lightheaded and irregular heartbeats. Syncope is a symptom, not a medical condition. Syncope can be an indicator of a serious problem, so it should not be taken lightly. If you have a fainting spell, get checked out by a doctor. It’s sometimes difficult to diagnose syncope in seniors because there can be multiple causes. . What is “nocturia”? . Nocturia is the need to urinate at night. Both men and women get nocturia. Some people with severe nocturia get up as many as six times a night to go to the bathroom. The International Continence Society defines nocturia as two or more voids at night. Nocturia is more common among seniors than younger people. In a survey taken by the National Sleep Foundation, about two thirds of the adults (55 to 84 years old) polled reported an urge to go to the bathroom at least several nights a week. There is a variety of reasons for nocturia in older people. First, we produce less of a hormone that helps us retain fluid. Because of this decreased capacity, seniors produce more urine at night. Second, the bladder—a muscular sac—loses its capacity to hold urine. Third, we have more health problems that can affect the bladder. Many men suffer from nocturia because of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as enlarged prostate. The prostate is a walnut-size organ that surrounds the tube (urethra) that carries urine from the bladder and out of your body. Pelvic organ displacement, menopause and childbirth can cause nocturia in many women. The pelvic floor is a network of muscles, ligaments and other tissues that hold up the pelvic organs: the vagina, rectum, uterus and bladder. When this hammock-like network weakens, the organs can slip out of place and create disorders.

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cientists from the Gladstone Institutes have discovered a way to prevent the development of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in mice. Using a drug that blocks the production of a certain type of immune cell linked to inflammation and autoimmunity, the researchers successfully protected against the onset of MS in an animal model of the disease. The scientists say the next step is to test this strategy using other autoimmune disorders. “We are very excited about these findings,” says Eric Verdin, MD, a senior investigator at Gladstone and co-senior author on the study. “In light of the significant effect the treatment had on inflammation, the implications of these results will likely extend beyond multiple sclerosis to other types of autoimmune disorders. We are particularly interested in testing this in type I diabetes given the similar pathways involved, and we are already seeing very promising results in preliminary experiments.” In the immune system, two kinds of T cells strike a delicate balance--T helper cells (Th17) activate the immune system, protecting against infections and cancers, while regulatory T cells (Tregs) suppress the system, keeping it in check. A disparity between these cell types, where there are too many Th17 and not

enough Tregs, can lead to a hyperactive immune system, resulting in inflammation, tissue damage, and autoimmune disease. In the current study, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, the researchers discovered that an important regulatory protein, sirtuin 1 (SIRT1), is involved in the production of Th17 cells. By blocking this protein, the scientists can protect against the onset of autoimmunity. SIRT1 also has a negative impact on Treg maturation and maintenance, so inhibiting its expression simultaneously enhances the production of Tregs and suppresses the creation of Th17. To test this effect on disease, the researchers used a mouse model of MS and treated the animals with a drug that inhibits SIRT1. Typically, MS-model mice experience severe motor problems, eventually leading to paralysis, but when they were given the drug the mice behaved perfectly normally. Moreover, the treated animals showed no signs of inflammation or cell damage in their spines, classic markers for MS. In contrast with the current research, SIRT1 is typically thought of as having anti-inflammatory properties, and compounds that increase SIRT1--like resveratrol--have been proposed as a way to delay aging. However, first author Hyungwook Lim,

ddean@echerald.com PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at Gladstone, says the new research suggests that the protein’s effects are more complicated. “The conventional theory has been that you should activate SIRT1 to improve health and longevity, but we show that this can have negative consequences,” says Dr. Lim. “Instead, we think the role of SIRT1 very much depends on the type of tissue being targeted. For instance, in immune cells, instead of being anti-inflammatory SIRT1 appears to have a pro-inflammatory role, which makes it a prime target to treat autoimmune disorders.” Source: Gladstone Institutes

Alpine Design Review Board Final Agenda

Monday, May 4, 2015 • 7:00 pm Alpine Community Center 1830 Alpine Blvd. Alpine, CA 91901 • (619) 445-7330

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Call to Order - Roll Call: Peggy Easterling, Kippy Thomas, Henk Tysma, Carol Morrison, Curt Dean. Approval of Minutes - Correspondence Public Comment - At this time any member of the public may address the board for up to 3 minutes on any topic pertaining to DESIGN REVIEW in Alpine over which this Board has jurisdiction, and that does not appear on this Agenda. There can be NO BOARD DISCUSSION OR VOTE on any issue(s) so presented until such time as proper public notice is given prior to such a discussion or vote. Those wishing to address the Board on any agenda item may do so at the time that agenda item is being heard. Each presentation will be limited to 3 minutes. Review – Super Cuts - 2963 Alpine Blvd. #107 Addition of new signage. Applicant Brian Matu (Discussion and Vote). Review – SDG&E Alpine Base. 1010 Tavern Road request for time extension for permanent trailer use. Applicant Devon Muto. (Discussion and Vote) Review – Alpine Branch Library. 1752 Alpine Blvd. New building and site plan review. (Discussion and Vote) Reappointment of Peggy Easterling to the Alpine Design Review Board. (Discussion and Vote). Next Meeting – June 1, 2015, 7:00 pm Alpine Community Center. Adjournment


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monumental shift is occurring in East County education. Maybe you can’t see or feel it yet, but it’s happening, and it’s going to have a profound effect on the way that students in our East County high schools are prepared for college and the workforce. The East County Education Alliance was formed last October as a partnership between the Grossmont Union High School District and the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District to transform education in East County. The Alliance has the vision of “Creating pathways to a world-class education and successful career for every East County student.” Since the initial meeting of the Alliance, educators from both of our districts have been meeting and planning to make its goals come to fruition. They will be reporting on their progress at a joint meeting of the high school and college district’s Governing Boards at 4 p.m. May 19 in the Cuyamaca College Student Center. The goals of the Alliance include: • Fostering collaboration between the high school and college districts to align curriculum that provides a seamless transition from high school to college • Increasing the number of students who graduate from high school well-prepared to enter and succeed in college • Inspiring students to focus on college and careers • Improving college completion rates and preparing students for an ever-evolving workforce. We formed the Alliance because we have found that too few students are getting the training they need to be prepared for college or a career. Three-

quarters of the students who enter community college need remedial classes before they can take college-level courses. An increasing number of jobs require more than a high school diploma. By 2018, 60 percent of job openings will require a college degree, while college graduates earn more than twice as much as those who didn’t graduate from high school. The Alliance is an acknowledgment that both of our districts serve the same students, just at different points in their lives. A high school student who is taught the English or math lessons they need to know in college will do better in their college classes. A high school student (and his or her parents) who have gotten information about their college or career options will make better choices when deciding what they want to do when they graduate. Through the Alliance, we want to encourage more high school students to take college classes while they are still in high school, a strategy that has been proven to increase high school completion as well as college-going rates. And we want to raise funds for scholarships that would be used for students who sign a commitment to reach certain college readiness goals while in high school. To help spread the word about the exciting work being done in the Alliance, we created a website at www.eastcountyeducationalliance.org. We encourage you to visit the website, watch the video that explains why this venture is so important for East County, and read a bit about the Alliance. The Alliance is our most intense effort to partner between the high school and college district, but it is building on our long history of partnerships. For example, each year thousands of students and parents visit Got Plans!, the college fair held annually at either Grossmont or

Cindy L. Miles, Ph. D.,

Chancellor, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

Ralf Swenson,

Superintendent, Grossmont Union High School District Cuyamaca college. The Grossmont Middle College High School, located on the Grossmont College campus, allows high school students to attend college classes – and some even finish up with an associate degree at the same time they earn their high school diploma We’re looking forward to forming greater collaboration through the Alliance. We urge you to attend the joint board meeting on May 19, and we encourage you to support this important initiative that will benefit East County students for generations to come. If you’d like to receive e-mailed updates about the Alliance, please contact Anne Krueger at anne.krueger@gcccd.edu.

reetings precious people, this week we continue our series which is entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been many writings, books, messages, 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. As we look at various events in the life of Jesus we must keep in mind that He has not changed and never will. Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” And as Hebrews 1:1-4 tells us that, Jesus is the express image of God, Hebrews 1:1-4; as well as what Jesus told Philip in John 14:7-10 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him… He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” Because He is Who He says He is and that He never changes, the work He did 2,000 years ago, He has continued to do it through those who are surrendered to Him, offering themselves as vessels fit for the Master’s use. This brings great hope to us today as we live in a dark and hopeless world. The reason I remind you of this is because there are many today that would have you believe that Jesus is not who He says He is; that He is not the same today and forever. Up to this point we have seen some of the events in a day in the life of Jesus as recorded in Mark 1, we read about how as He taught in the synagogue in Capernaum all were amazed at His teaching because He taught as one with authority; during His teaching there was a man the was possessed with demons and Jesus cast them out setting the man free. Now we pick up with what happened next, Mark 1:29-34 “Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once. So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them. Now at evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.” As Jesus enters into the house of Peter, He is made aware of a sickness that has come upon the mother in law of Peter. Without hesitation Jesus goes to her and touches her and heals her. I find it significant what happened next, she rose up and began to serve Jesus. This serves as a great picture and example of what the person who has been touched by Jesus is “to do” upon being forgiven, healed, ministered to in some way, get up and serve Him. This is made evident many places in Scripture, Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 “Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Word traveled fast of Jesus and His ability to heal and cast out demons, so at night Peter’s house is surrounded by people with great needs. Jesus heals many, no doubt going into the early morning hours of the next day. Listen, dear ones, this Jesus that we read about in the Word of God the Bible has not changed and never will. He is still very interested in people’s lives; He loves you and wants to touch your life and most of all He wants to grant unto you forgiveness of sin and eternal life, but you must just as the people did in Jesus’ day ‘come to Him’. You come to Him on His terms not your own, you must humble yourself and call out to Him for mercy, surrendering your life without condition or exception; repenting of your sin and placing your trust in Him and Him alone.

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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Tierra del Sol’s Muscular Dystrophy Club

EL CAJON — (above, r-l): 2015 Miss El Cajon ambassadors: Kaci McCorkell, Miss El Cajon 2015; Natasha Beepath, Teen Miss El Cajon 2015; Genevive Marquez, Jr. Teen Miss El Cajon 2015 and Jaelyn Spears, Pre-Teen Miss El Cajon 2015. The Miss Rancho San Diego 2015 ambassadors below: Jessica Besaw, Miss Rancho San Diego 2015 (second from right); Elise Butsko, Teen Miss Rancho San Diego 2015 (second from left); Cierra Norton, Jr. Teen Miss Rancho San Diego 2015 (right); and Brianna Gilliam, Pre-Teen Miss Rancho San Diego 2015 (left).

LAKESIDE — Tierra del Sol’s Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Club student members achieved their goal in raising over $800 allowing one child with MD to attend the MDA summer camp. With 35 6th and 7th grade students participating in the club and fundraising events. MD Club leaders are students Paige Easley, Hannah Davis and Taylor Shunk. Teacher Leaders, Daneal Damon, Jim Mietzel and Judy Hall serving as instructional assistant. Dignitaries present were district superintendent Dr. David Lorden, Tierra del Sol principal Scott Goergens, MDA representative Shannon Lee.

Sunday, Apr. 26 — Tierra del Sol Middle School

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Friday, Apr. 24 — Tierra del Sol Middle School

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La Mesa Drowning Prevention Month

LA MESA — The City of Mesa has declared May “Drowning Prevention Month”. To help kick off the month, Heartland Fire & Rescue has teamed up with the La Mesa Municipal Pool for a drowning prevention event on Friday, May 1st. The event will take place at the Grossmont Center Mall, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., from 9:00 am to 1200 pm. Heartland Firefighters will be teaching “Compression Only” CPR and “Poolside CPR” which addresses the fact that drowning victims are more of a respiratory emergency, and emphasizes rescue breathing before starting compressions. City of La Mesa Municipal Pool employees will also be providing additional information on drowning and pool safety and will have sign ups available for upcoming swimming lessons.

Alpine Women’s Club

ALPINE — The Alpine Woman’s Club’s next monthly meeting is on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 12:00 noon. The members will be presented with the slate of officers for 2015-2016, after which voting will take place. (There will be no program or entertainment.) Also, because of the amount of work and energy that goes into putting on the annual scholarship fundraiser,[the Victorian Tea scheduled for Saturday, May 16] only dessert and light refreshments will be served at the meeting. If you are interested in attending the meeting and learning more about the Alpine Woman’s Club, or if you would like to attend the Victorian Tea, please contact Joanie Bogle at (619) 328-5728. The AWC is open to all East County women. We are located at 2156 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA 91901. Our website is www. alpinewomansclub.org

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RANCHO SAN DIEGO — On Saturday, May 9, from 9am3pm, come celebrate the return of butterfly season and the re-opening of the Dorcas E. Utter Memorial Butterfly Pavilion at our annual Butterfly Festival! Interact with butterflies, learn about their life cycle, and find out how to create a home butterfly garden of your very own. Kids aged 0-100 are invited to join the “Pollinator Party” dressed as their favorite pollinator: butterfly, bee, bat, beetle, etc! Admission: $5 (18+ years); $1 (3-17 years); Garden Members Free. Free Parking Tickets and all the program details are at www.thegarden. org/butterfly .

Wounded Marine Golf Classic

EL CAJON — For the tenth year, golfers are gathering to support the discretionary needs of the wounded military personnel at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Cottonwood Golf Club is generously donating their course, personnel, and equipment absolutely free of charge so that every dollar will go to support our ill and injured service members. The Tenth Annual Duncan L. Hunter Wounded Marine Golf Classic will be held at Cottonwood Golf Club on Monday, May 4 7 a.m. sign-in and continental breakfast, 8 a.m. shotgun start, 1 p.m. lunch and awards ceremonies. Reserve your foursome, contact Joe Browning: JoeRBrowning@hotmail.com (ph) 619-212-9186

SPRING VALLEY — On May 30-31, from 9AM-9AM the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Spring Valley will take place at Monte Vista High School, 3230 Sweetwater Springs Blvd, Spring Valley. Inspire hope for a world free of cancer and fund the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures and fighting back. Contact Information: RelayForLife.org/SpringValleyCA or Lisa Stewart 619-456-7450.


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aul sits in his wheelchair in the waiting room, his neck ensconced in a blue and white neck brace. A few seats away, the white-haired gentleman waiting with his wife asks Paul if he was in an accident. Since the doctor whose office we’re waiting in is an infectious disease doctor, the unspoken question is “What kind of disease requires a neck brace?” The infectious disease doctor became involved when bacteria showed up in a blood culture after Paul’s neck surgery, leading the doctor to suspect the newlyinstalled titanium plates were infected. Paul’s visit today was to bring those concerns to a close no infection during or after two months of intravenous antibiotics and the antibiotic-free four weeks following that. All this was too much to explain, but Paul was happy to tell all about his neck surgery: the three compressed discs and his time in the hospital and rehab. As he told his story, I could see the couple listening intently and asking questions. He told them he felt like he’d been through a war. I observed that he “fit in” perfectly: a young man telling a couple of strangers about his neck surgery. But I wasn’t surprised when he continued talking, telling these strangers more personal things about his experience: about the catheters that hurt so much and how he hated the diaper he had to wear after surgery.

As Paul enthusiastically shared the more personal details of his hospital stay, I sensed the gentleman and his wife becoming a bit more cautious. I know Paul sensed it, too, because he stopped talking about his surgery and informed them, “I’m physically disabled.” He does this when he feels someone is thinking he’s “not normal,” or more to the point, not smart. By telling them he’s physically disabled, he assumes they’ll understand that he isn’t mentally disabled. I have to admit, I squirmed a little as he proclaimed once again, a little louder - in case they didn’t get it - “I’m physically disabled.” They smiled graciously. The sense that Paul “fit in” was gone. This led me, sitting in that waiting room that day, to think: What is normal? How do we, as humans of every kind, “fit in?” What is it we’re fitting into? There’s the coffee shop on the corner; there are associations for professionals; there are support groups for people with problems; there are religious groups, groups for seniors, theater groups and quilting clubs; there are groups for disabled people. Most of all, there are the everyday occurrences of life. Paul grew up in a “normal” family. What’s normal? Who knows? His life has always been full of “normal” experiences. Sure, he didn’t experience them quite the same way his brothers and sister did; he experienced them in his own special way. For whatever reason, from early

childhood, he’s never “felt comfortable” (his words) in groups of disabled people; he’s comfortable in the regular scenes of life with all types of people. So does he “fit in?” Not in the way you or I fit in. But he makes it work. He fits in - in his own way. If it’s at the cost of people thinking he’s different, well that’s okay because he’s smart and he’s Paul and he’d rather be Paul than try to be “normal.” And if someone thinks he’s not quite smart, it hurts, but he can handle it. The most common reaction to Paul’s uninhibited conversational style is a smile and an unspoken realization that he’s different but he’s a nice guy and pretty sharp – and he’s fun. His compliments to strangers come from the heart; his sense of humor lightens the day; and his enthusiasm for the things he loves shines through his eyes. Who wouldn’t love a guy who greets you with an unexpected, “You look real pretty today” or “I like your haircut.” Fitting in is good, but being comfortable comes first.

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

an Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies will offer two classes during May in its professional certificate in marketing and digital media program. “Digital Copy Editing and Design” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays, May 4 to June 1. In this four-week course (no class Memorial Day, May 25), you will learn how to write compelling headlines and copy, integrate exceptional images, and master content creation for your web communications. The class will cover critical principles of web writing and design, including usability, accessibility, segmentation, and scanability. Instructor Aaron Hoskins is the supervisor of digital operations at Sharp HealthCare. Registration is $329. The second class, “Defining and Positioning a Brand,” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, May 6 to 27. You will learn how to identify and understand your target market(s) and create and position a brand identity in this course. In addition, you’ll learn how to differentiate your company from the competition, how to position a brand in the marketplace by creating a cohesiveness of internal efforts and focus, and how consumer perceptions are formed from brand execution, advertising, and marketing communications. Instructor Gaetan Fraikin is the CEO/audacity

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host a business networking mixer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13 at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse at the Grossmont Center mall, 5550 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served. Drink specials will be offered, including selections of craft beer and other beverages. Also, a raffle will be held. Admission is $10 for members (not using an event pass), $15 for guests and $20 without reservations. Admission is free for the first 20 Chamber members who register on the website. To RSVP, visit www. LaMesaChamber.com or call the Chamber Office (619) 465-7700, ext. #2.

occupied by Linens ‘n Things. The new store has created between 35 and 50 new jobs, said Hobby Lobby officials. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. has more than 650 stores across the nation that average 55,000 square feet in size. Stores offer more than 70,000 crafting and home decor products. Departments include floral, fabric, needle art, custom framing, baskets, home accents, wearable art, arts and crafts, jewelry making, scrapbooking and paper crafting supplies. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. All Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sunday.

El Cajon rolls back sales tax one-half Hobby Lobby grand opening on Monday at percent to 8.5 percent The City of El Cajon has reduced its sales tax by Grossmont Center Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a privately held national retail chain of craft and home decor stores, will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Grossmont Center store at 9 a.m., Monday, May 4. Local dignitaries, ambassadors from the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and other business and community leaders are expected to attend. The celebration is open to the public. “We feel blessed for the fantastic opportunity to be a part of this community,” said John Schumacher, assistant VP, advertising. “Our goal is for customers to experience the exceptional service, selection and value Hobby Lobby offers as we continue to expand nationwide.” The La Mesa story is Hobby Lobby’s 29th location in California. Lisa Rivera is the store manager of the 43,000 square-foot retail facility that previously was

chief at Audacity, Inc. Registration is $329. For a schedule of classes and more information, visit neverstoplearning.net or send an e-mail to agonsalves@mail. sdsu.edu, or call (619) 594-0845. 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. 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).

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

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one-half percent, from 9 percent to 8.5 percent, with the end of Proposition O, passed in 2004. According to the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, taxpayers will save approximately $8.6 million annually, an average of $245 per household. El Cajon became the only city in California this month to rollback its sales tax, according to statistics from the Board of Equalization. By comparison, 43 other cities and counties across the state elected to renew or increase their sales tax. In November 2004, El Cajon voters passed Prop. O, which increased the sales tax by one-half percent for 10 years to raise funds for improving El Cajon’s public safety and emergency response facilities. Over the past 10 years, the city built a new public safety facility and new fire station. The city also made upgrades to three other fire stations. Remaining funds are planned to build a new animal shelter in 2016.

Submissions are welcomed for this column. Press releases can be sent to info@rickgriffin.com or faxed to (619) 461‑3151. Press releases may be edited due to space considerations.

“The city of El Cajon is a better, safer place today than it was 10 years ago,” said Mayor Bill Wells. “Much has been accomplished and it wouldn’t have been possible without the support from the El Cajon citizens, the business community, and City Council.”

Sycuan Casino supporting fundraiser for marketers in crisis Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, owned and operated by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, has agreed to serve as one of the major sponsors of the San Diego Advertising Fund for Emergencies’ (SAFE) annual fundraiser to be held on April 30. SAFE is a volunteer, non-profit organization (501c3) providing confidential financial assistance to local advertising and marketing communications professionals and their families facing a life crisis emergency. Its 14th annual fundraising party from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, at the San Diego Hilton Resort on Mission Bay, 1775 East Mission Bay Dr., San Diego. The fundraiser, open to the public, will feature food, networking, entertainment, a raffle and silent auction to benefit grant recipients. Cost to attend is $50 per person, $35 per person for students, or $60 per person at the door. For tickets and more information, visit www.SafeSanDiego.org. Since its founding in May 2000, SAFE has approved more than 85 grants totaling about $500,000, including $33,498 in 2010, $36,626 in 2011, $18,817 in 2012, $41,600 in 2013 and $24,169 in 2014. According to SAFE officials, grants have been used over the years to help pay living expenses for families facing financial hardship due to a variety of life crisis situations. Recipients of grants remain anonymous.


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Grand Opening Cal Micro Recycling Thursday, April 12 • 9465 Mission Park Pl, Santee Jay Renard/The East County Herald See more photos at www.echerald.com

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SANTEE — This is Cal Micro Recycling’s 6th Southern California location in Santee, to serve as a collection and recycling facility servicing San Diego County. Cal Micro Recycling handles e-waste/plastics recycling as well as certified product/data destruction. Cal Micro Recycling is an R2 certified recycler that has been servicing the State of California for over 10 years. Cal Micro recycling specializes in e-waste (electronic waste) recycling, plastic recycling and secure product/data destruction. Its exponential growth has kept 100’s of millions of pounds of hazardous waste out of our landfills during this time, leading to cleaner drinking water and a healthier environment for all Californian’s.


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