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With the return of fall comes the return of one of La Everyone’s heard of tennis, ings in Collier Park. Mesa’s biggest civic celebraLa Mesa residents Justine paddleball, ping-pong and squash tions: Oktoberfest. – but have you heard of pickleball? and Tim Frazee even serve as San The three-day festival of Pickleball, which has been Diego’s East County ambassabeer, bratwurst and commusteadily gaining in popularity dors for the USA Pickleball Assonity will run from Friday, Oct. for several decades, is a game ciation. The couple learned about 4 to Sunday, Oct. 6 in La Mesa played indoors or outdoors on one- pickleball from Tim’s mother, a Village. Organizers say they third the size of a tennis court former professional tennis player. expect as many as 200,000 with perforated balls and light- Knowing the game was popular people to attend throughout weight paddles. Invented in 1965 among seniors, however, and wary the weekend. in Washington by Congressman it was simply a watered-down “We have one of the Joel Pritchard and his friend Bill version of other racquet sports, largest Oktoberfests this side Bell, the game was named after it took them almost a year before of the Mississippi,” said Mary they tried it out themselves. But Pritchard’s cocker spaniel, Pickles, England, president and CEO BOO! to you this Halloween who had a habit of chasing stray that changed on a trip to Tucson, of the La Mesa Chamber of balls. The first pickleball tourna- Ariz. Commerce, which organizes By Genevieve A. Suzuki “We were there for five days, ment heldParade in 1976, Thewas BOO! downand El in Cajon Boule- lessly to find us new entries and emphasize the event along with the vard Oct. 26 promises to be an even bigger entertainment with all entries. The focus is on La Mesa Village Merchants scream in its eighth year than years past. the audience and the enjoyment they will get Association. This year marks the “People can expect to be entertained and from watching these groups traverse El Cajon event’s 40th anniversary. dazzled by the costumes, floats, and the addi- Boulevard. “It’s quite a feather in tion of large balloon’s in this year’s parade,” “The parade should be candy for the eyes said Jennifer Finnegan, executive director of while we toss candy into your trick-or-treat our cap,” said Richard Felix, the Merchants Association’s the College Area Business District. “Our new bags!” See Boo! Parade, Page 4 Oktoberfest coordinator. parade coordinator has been working tireOne of the biggest changes this year will be the absence of carnival rides, which have been blamed for attracting Players interested in joining La Mesa's East County group can meet at By Genevieve A. Suzuki rowdy teenagers in the past Collier Park on Palm Avenue Wednesday and Friday mornings until 11 a.m. couple years. Police had to For the 33rd year in a row, La Mesa earned the shut down the carnival last By Jeremy Ogul distinction of being a Tree City USA, an honor bestowed year to gain control of the 1984 the USA Pickleball Associa- and played four out of the five days upon the city by the Arbor Day Foundation for its For many students, a new school year brings new shoes, crowd. tion was formed. By the '90s, pick- we were there. We were hooked a new backpack and new notebooks. right away,” said Justine. “Because commitment to effective urban forest management. While the lack of rides leball was being played all around La Mesa achieved Tree City USA recognition by For Grossmont High School students, school it’s athis lot new easier [when] you’re may be a disappointment to the country. year brings a gleaming new classroom building to the the size of a meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board playing on one-third families with young children, The game has earned a department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual commustudents, principal Dan 91-year-old campus. tennis court, and it’s a muchASB more Oktoberfest organizers say the devoted following in La Mesa, nity forestry Barnes and district officials budget cut the of at least $2 per capita, an Arbor The 35,000-square-foot Humanities Building 31than easier game tohas play tennis.” event is still family-friendly. where players meet to battle it out ribbon at the Sept. 10 dedication state-of-the-art classrooms for English, foreign language Children join5 Seeare Treewelcome City USA,to Page See Pickleball, Page 2 on Wednesday and Friday mornof the new Humanities building. and special education classes as well as workrooms for their parents in the enclosed teachers. beer garden, but this year La Mesa Journal The building includes covered walkways, organizers are implementing accessible pathways and a freestanding a new rule that anyone under elevator and stair tower linked to the rest the age of 21 must be accomof the building by a covered bridge. A new, panied by an adult, age 21 or bold “Grossmont” sign on the building faces older, in the beer garden. By Genevieve A. Suzuki Dennstedt creating a welcoming new however, As usual, La Mesa HOA city hard to believe, this organized Lillian Palmer seems Place, like the sweet rear portal to the campus. ordinance prohibits pets president is a crooning, sensual diva in her neighbor next door as she walks her dog, The modern classrooms areother a significant within the event venue. incarnation. Sparky, a scruffy adopted pound pooch she upgrade from the 30 portable classrooms is the And yet it onlySamuel takes a Adams few minutes in affectionately calls “Sparkalicious.” Palmer, a they replaced. beer sponsor for the main the svelte redhead, waves happily to her fellow Palmer’s presence to realize what a force Delaney Burger, president of the school’s beer garden. The can beers on Palmer vamp residents in her Baltimore Drive townhome lady is. A true entertainer, Associated Student Body, saidlike students are top include Samuel Adams’ Vivian Leigh in Gone with the Wind one complex, politely inquiring about events in thrilled about the new building. Boston Lager, Samuel minute, performfamous a scene from Hitchcock’s their lives only a friend would know. “Everybody’s been raving about it Adams seasonal OctoberFest Because she serves as the president Rebecca the next, before suddenly dropping a District officials tour a Spanish language all summer,” Burger said. “There’s huge brew and Angry Orchard of her homeowners association, it’s not funny line from an old Cheech & Chong film. classroom in the new Humanities windows and it’s nice to have thatPalmer sunlight saidHard it allCider. started at the family surprising that she would be on a first-name Lillian at Palmer building Grossmont High School. See Grossmont High, Page 14 basis with at least half the neighborhood. 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Noteworthy — October 2013

La Mesans in the News

Quarterback Alex Smith is making his alma mater proud. The Helix High School graduate was traded this year to the Kansas City Chiefs, which, at press time, were 3-0 and the top of the AFC West. After a roller-coaster ride with the San Francisco 49ers, the 2005 top NFL draft pick seems Alex Smith to have finally hit his stride under new coach Andy Reid. Smith will come home Dec. 29 when the Chiefs square off against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium.

ment to Operacaffe’s award-winning Tuscanyto-Table cuisine. Monetti’s versatile tenor vocals are showcased on Opera Tuesday and Rat Pack Wednesday while expressive soprano Eileen Bowman headlines American Songbook on the second Monday of each month.

Helix teacher raises show funds

Helix Charter High School special education teacher Kim Fleming fundraised monies to allow special needs students to participate in an annual concert staged by the school dance program. Fleming used to raise more than $600 to pay Spencer John Powell of Visionary Dance Theatre to choreoLa Vita La Mesa graph a dance for her students. Donors from all Two talented La Mesa over the country were able to contribute to the residents, tenor Rosario fund. The students will perform at the Winter Monetti and soprano Dance Concert in December. Eileen Bowman, are Murray Manor Elementary scores high featured vocalists of OperaMurray Manor Elementary received caffe’s La Vita Bella (The a score of 923 on the Academic Performance Beautiful Life) Perfor- Indez. The API is the cornerstone of Califormance Series. The La Vita nia’s Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999 Bella Performance Series and measures the academic performance and Rosario Monetti is the inspiration of Chef growth of schools on a variety of academic Roberto Bernardoni and measures. The score reflects an increase of six his wife and business partner Chef Patrizia points from last year and a total 50 points over Branchi. Since opening their Gaslamp the last three years. Murray Manor is the first Quarter café in 2008, the school in the district to be above 80 percent chefs shared a dream of proficient or advanced in both Language Arts immersing their guests and Mathematics on the California STAR test. in the music and cuisine La Mesa Courier editor honored of their beloved Florence. Our editor, Genevieve A. Suzuki, was Their dream came true in selected as one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the fall of 2012 when OperSan Diego Metro Magazine for 2013. Suzuki acaffe launched La Vita has been editor of La Mesa Courier since July Bella. The series showcases 2012 and Mission Valley News since December the talent and passion of 2012. In addition to being executive editor for local singers, musicians and Mission Publishing Group, Suzuki practices Eileen Bowman actors, a perfect complefamily law from her office on Baltimore Drive.


Events Calendar 40th Annual Oktoberfest – Oct. 4-6

Enjoy polka, beer and brats at the biggest annual event in town. See our cover story for more information, or visit www.

Senior Expo – Oct. 10

The City of La Mesa is hosting its free Senior Expo, which highlights transportation options and safety resources Oct. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr. RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 9 at (619) 667-1322.

Fire Prevention Open House – Oct. 12

Take a tour of Fire Station 11, see fire engines up close, look at firefighting equipment, and learn valuable fire safety lessons that could save your life. Children will participate in activities such as a coloring contest; stop, drop & roll; and trying on real firefighter gear. Visit the vendor booths with valuable fire and life safety information and don’t miss the firefighters conducting rescue demonstrations! The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (619) 667-1355 for more information.

East County Intergenerational Games – Oct. 17

A community event at La Mesa Middle School (4200 Parks Ave.) for active adults age 50-plus and youth 7 to 12 years old. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., rain or shine, and the games run through noon. Pre-registration is required. Contact the La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center at (619) 667-1322. Activities are non-competitive, fun and simple! The circuit includes: street hockey shot, Frisbee toss, “skeeball” pitch, basketball, trivia games, snacks, lunch and much more.

La Mesa Park Appreciation Day – Oct. 19

Help make La Mesa beautiful! Go to your neighborhood park in La Mesa at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 for Park Appreciation Day. La Mesa is a “jewel” – help make it shine! Groups welcome. Call (619) 667-1304 to sign up for a team building project at a La Mesa park. Decide to help at the last minute? Volunteers welcome at all parks from 8 a.m. to noon. Bring gloves and a rake or trowel. There will be trash bags available in the parks. Visit for more information.

Oktoberfest Benefit – Oct. 20

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (5150 Wilson St.) is sponsoring an Oktoberfest Benefit to raise funds for the Third Ave. Charitable Organization. Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for children 5-12 years old. Ages 4 and under are free. For more information, call (619) 463-6633 or visit

Community Awareness Forum – Oct. 29

The La Mesa Collaborative will be hosting a “Community Awareness Forum” in order to educate our community about emerging trends that are harming and even killing our youth today. A free, light dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. followed by a dramatic and informative presentation featuring speaker, Phil Hubb of PRONASA (Proactive Network Against Substance Abuse). This event is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the La Mesa Community Center, located at 4957 Memorial Dr.

Annual Historic Home Tour – Nov. 2

The Historical Society 8th Annual Historic Home Tour will again feature up to seven beautiful, and historic, homes of La Mesa, including the Society’s recently restored McKinney House Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Society will provide trolleys for transport amongst the houses or ticketed guests may travel to the homes on their own. (This tour is not ADA accessible). Tickets can be purchased from the Society or at the Home Tour Check-In booth on Tour Day at the northeast corner of Allison and Date. Advanced tickets are $18 for Members, $20 for Non-Members. Day-of Tickets are $20 for Members and $25 for Non-Members. — October 2013

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Imaging Traditions: Photos, Film & Football By James D. Newland For La Mesans, “October” may evoke many traditional images, such as Halloween, Oktoberfest or perhaps high school football. Often the best way to quickly communicate the nature and depth of such community rituals within our history is seeing these familiar traditions in a historic photograph. Well, at least this writer believes so. The presentation of compelling historic photographs is the foundation of this column. The La Mesa Historical Society’s historic photo collections being the catalyst that drive these efforts to research, illuminate and share our collective community story. We estimate the Society’s historical photo collections at somewhere in the 5000-10,000 image range – the full cataloging of these images an ongoing, long-term project. Yet, the Society is always looking to collect

Confirmed photograph of the 1927 Grossmont High School football team, legendary undefeated Southern California Championship squad (9-03). Image courtesy La Mesa Historical Society.

1926 Grossmont High School football team. Recent research confirmed that this evocative image was not the championship team of the following year as believed. Image courtesy La Mesa Historical Society. more illuminating images for its historic archives to help in chronicling La Mesa’s heritage – and to learn more about the images we already have to better understand and interpret that history as accurately as possible. For today’s youthful “photographers,” who can take clear, crisp high-resolution digital images in rapid succession with palm-size smart phones then Wi-Fi them off to some “cloud” in the digital ether for storage, the concept that photographs of our local past being rare and in need of archiving, may seem a bit perplexing. But for those who ever loaded rolls of film into their cameras every 24 to 36 shots, lost one to a “slip of the shutter,” or labored in a dark-room, photography was not always so simple, inexpensive, or available. The history of “capturing images” using chemicals on plates or paper is barely two centuries old. Such 19th century pioneering “photo-making” processes as daguerreotypes, calotypes or tintypes, with their metal and See Historical view, Page 4

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Historical View, from page 3 glass plates have long ago become obsolete. George Eastman’s 1880s invention of photograph “film” becoming the dominant photo media until the last two decades when the digital revolution also put film “into the history books” – and archives.

Society & College “Develops” Historic Photography Demonstration

On Saturday, Oct. 26 from 1 to 4 p.m., the La Mesa Historical Society will partner with Grossmont College’s Photography Program to sponsor an entertaining and educational afternoon of tintype photography demonstrations at the Society’s McKinney House Museum and Archives (8369 University Ave., La Mesa). Guest photographers will be demonstrating turn-of-the century photographic techniques with period-costumed subjects

Boo! Parade, from page 1 using the historic McKinney House as backdrop. The Society will also display some of its varied photographic media collections for visitors to see. The public is welcome to this free Society event.

Society Sponsors Local Film History

In addition to its ode to photographic history in October, the Society will once again partner with the Theatre Organ Society of San Diego to present a special “Silent Movie Night” on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Spring Valley. The show will feature noted organist Russ Peck accompanying a one-reel “Flying A” Company film produced locally in 1911 (The Ranchman’s Nerve), and featuring the 1929 Douglas Fairbanks swashbuckling classic “The Iron Mask.” See Historical View, Page 7

The College Area Business District partnered with Upbeat Parade Productions, which has 25 years of parade experience. Upbeat is owned by parade guru Ray Pulver, who produces parades up and down the West Coast and in Nevada. “The nice part about working with Ray is he sees different groups in parades all across the West Coast, and he can utilize those contacts to attract new participants to our growing event,” said Finnegan. While Upbeat is an exciting addition, the BOO! Carnival remains absent from this year’s festivities. “In considering the economic challenges of the past few years, we have decided to eliminate the BOO! Carnival from the overall event. The new focus for this year is on the parade only with an emphasis on entertainment,” Finnegan said. Seventy-five groups will be participating in this year’s parade. Finnegan said there will be “festive floats, spooktacular tunes, hundreds of costumed characters and special appearances from the 501st Legion Stormtroopers and the UCSD Marching Band.” Participants have incentive to amp things up as there are plaques given to the best of the best. “Our judges make the rounds during the parade staging, and awards are announced as the winning entries make their way down the parade route,” said Finnegan. Honors include the BOO! Award for scariest entry; BOO! HOO! Award for funniest; Witches & Wizards Award for the best cultural representation; Trick or Treat Award for the best children’s costume; and the Aztecs Pride Award for the best San Diego State University representation. The BOO! Parade is important to the College Area Business District, according to Finnegan. “The parade has become an excellent way to introduce people to the College Area Business District. More than 10,000 people come to our neighborhood each year for this parade as volunteers, participants and attendees. It’s an excellent opportunity for them to walk by a new favorite store, find a hidden treasure, or just venture onto El Cajon Boulevard and appreciate all the improvements we’ve made to it over the last several years. More than that, the communities in the College Area band together to produce this event and make it a reality every year.” — October 2013

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Oktoberfest, from page 1 Bands booked for the big stage include the Ideas Rock and Roll Trio; CarTune Dogs; the Gordon Kohl Band; the El Cajon German Band; and Rockenhausen German Brass Band. Barry Mantel, owner of Nights of the Sound Table, will also provide games and entertainment. The Rockenhausen German Brass Band will perform Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a 33-piece ensemble touring from Rockenhausen, Germany. La Mesa Oktoberfest is one of only two stops the band is making in California, so this is a once-ina-lifetime treat, England said. Among the many food vendors will be San Diegobased Tarantino Gourmet Sausages, which will sell bratwurst, German potato salad, sauerkraut, grilled onion, strudel and potato pancakes at the food court, said Bernadette Tarantino, whose family has owned the business for 53

years. “People go to Oktoberfest and there’s two things they want: a brat and a beer,” Tarantino said. “I’m very proud of our product.” La Mesa Village Merchants Association organizes the street fair with about 200 craft and commercial vendors, 21 food vendors, a smaller beer court and a small stage. Admission to the event is free. By far the biggest challenge for event organizers is the weather, said David Smyle, finance manager for the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce. “We don’t make any money unless we sell beer, but we have the costs no matter what,” Smyle said. When the weather and crowds cooperate, the Oktoberfest beer garden is a huge fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce. The money raised at Oktoberfest helps pay

for the Chamber’s programming throughout the rest of the year, including ribbon cuttings, networking events, speakers, breakfasts and more, Smyle said. Similarly, money raised through the street fair helps the La Mesa Village Merchants Association subsidize its other events, such as Christmas in the Village, the Back to the ‘50s Car Show and the Antique Street Faire, Smyle said. In addition to raising money for the Chamber and the Merchants Association, Oktoberfest has a positive

impact on a number of individual businesses in La Mesa, such as the Holiday Inn near Fletcher Parkway and Baltimore Drive, which hosts guests visiting from as far as Northern California and Texas. “We are normally pretty much full every year,” said Ruben Labin, the hotel’s sales manager. Gary Clasen, owner of Continental Catering in La Mesa, hailed the event as one of the best things in La Mesa. “Oktoberfest brings so much attention to our city,” Clasen said.

Together the Chamber and the Merchants Association pay the city about $76,000 to cover the costs of police services, traffic control, street cleaning, electrical inspections and the Fire Department presence. In addition to the paid support staff, the Chamber has organized 186 volunteers to help with everything from pouring beer to picking up trash. Oktoberfest hours are 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5; and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6.

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Rent Sense

What about month-to-month? By Neil Fjellestad & Chris De Marco FBS Property Management We have noticed an uptick in the number of our renters opting for a month-to-month rental agreement at renewal, citing personal current concerns about contractual commitment. Such agreements are only offered at a rental premium and we generally advise our rental owners that a long-term lease attracts and best serves qualified renters. We will consistently choose to retain our existing residents as their lease expires because the owner(s) will experience an interruption of rent and out-of-pocket costs connected to the turnover. So residents who have paid their rent on time and kept up the rental home will get preferential treatment at renewal, though with the current housing conditions, the likelihood is that a nominal rent increase will be included. Due to projected supply and demand for well-located rental homes, condos and apartments rental rates will continue to increase for the next few years. This condition is actually healthy in order to encourage existing and potential investors by allowing rental increases across the board that can repay outof-pocket expenses endured during the last several years and/or to accomplish repairs and improvements that they have deferred. Month-to-month tenants

are not protected from multiple rent increases and owners will more likely postpone requested maintenance until such tenants move. There are still some owners who are consolidating their property holdings to preserve equity and credit worthiness. In some cases, this results in vacating their rental properties. Having a renter on a month-to month agreement certainly makes this decision easier. While an owner’s decisions can affect their credit, it often has a much greater effect on the renter(s) living in that home. Once a property is in foreclosure or it is given back to the bank a real estate company is hired to sell the home/property. It is often the decision to vacate the property as it is believed to be much easier to sell an empty property. By being a preferred renter on a long-term lease no one can decide to raise your rent because they feel like it. No one can ask you to vacate the property on a whim or with a short-term notice. If the property is marketed for sale and/or changes ownership your lease will normally be honored by authorizing you to live there through the duration of the lease term, or provide you with some compensation if they want you to vacate.

Through the pipes with Pykles By Genevieve A. Suzuki

Pykles Plumbing and Remodeling’s clever motto – “In a pickle, call Pykles” – might never have been if owner Craig Pykles had not made a fateful decision in 1977. The business, which has been around since 1946, was originally known as Russells’ Hardware, Appliances and Paint, located at 4611 University Ave. Pykles’ father, Howard, purchased the store from Earl and Harmon Russell in 1952 and formed a partnership with his brotherin-law, Luke Russell – Howard

Craig Pykles, shown here at 9, learned the plumbing business at an early age. provided the capital to buy the business while Luke contributed the know-how. Eventually the partner-

ship amicably dissolved, with Luke taking over a second Russells store in Casa de Oro and Howard keeping the University Avenue location. Nevertheless, Russells’ Hardware, Appliances and Paint maintained its moniker – until community confusion forced Craig Pykles’ hand. You see, a year after Howard and Luke took over Russells’ Hardware, original owner Earl Russell – Luke’s brother – decided to return to the business by opening a similar store at 6141 University Ave. The store, named “E.S. Russells Builders Supply,” not only contained the Russell name, but was also at an address comprising the same numbers. Despite a non-competition clause, no one pursued legal action, “because he was a relative and everyone was doing well,” said Craig. Then, after Craig earned his MBA at Brigham Young University and joined his father in the business a couple of decades later, the mix-up began affecting operations. In late 1978, Craig purchased seven trucks from Guarantee Chevrolet. A short while later

Toby Pykles joins his father, Craig, as the third generation of plumbing Pykles. he received a call by Guarantee’s service manager, who asked when he was going to patch the hole his people left. Confused, Craig asked the manager for an explanation. It turned out Guarantee had tried to reciprocate Craig’s business by calling “Russells” to perform some plumbing work – only problem was Guarantee had called E.S. Russells at 6141 and not Craig’s Russells at 4611. “It was a nightmare,” said Craig, who promptly told his father he was changing the name to “Pykles Plumbing” in 1979. Thankfully, there aren’t any other Pykles around to open a store down the street from Craig’s store, now located at 8348 Center Dr. – not that See Pykles, Page 15 — October 2013

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What’s Cooking with Julie 

by Julie White

Fish En Papillote (Fish Cooked in Paper) I served this for dinner recently and it was a big hit. Not only is it delicious, but it is easy and fun to make, and the fish turns out very tender.

Fish En Papillote (Fish Cooked in Paper) Ingredients 2 zucchini sliced in julienne strips 2 carrots cut in julienne strips 1 lemon sliced thinly 1 lemon juiced 2 green onions cut in half 4 pats butter 1/4 cup white wine 4 teaspoons olive oil salt, pepper, garlic powder 8 sprigs of fresh thyme (dried thyme or dill may be used if you wish) 4 ( 4-6 oz.) fillets of fresh white fish – you can use sea bass, cod, or any white fish. (Anthony’s Fish Grotto has a great fresh fish market ) Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut large rectangles of parchment paper. Place a fish fillet on each piece of paper and season with spices to taste. Divide and arrange the veggies on each fillet Layer the veggies with a pat of butter, the wine, oil and lemon juice. Fold the parchment paper into a tight, neat, sealed package and place on a baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes or until fish is white and flakes. Carefully open and serve the juice that remains in packet as a sauce. Serves 4

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Historical View, from page 4 Imaging our Local Football Traditions

This month we feature a historic photograph that illustrates how a detailed image can quickly communicate the character, passion and pride of, in this case – our decades-old tradition of local high school gridironers. The photo (legendary Coach Jack Mashin’s 1926 Grossmont High team) is full of elements recognizable to today’s football fanatics but provides details that reflect the historical legacy of our local football traditions while also conveying the timeless characteristics of youthful prep players--confidence, bravado and optimism.

If this photo fires up your high school pigskin spirit, be sure to attend this year’s traditional local gridiron classic--the Grossmont-Helix game for “The Old Musket.” This year’s game will be played Nov. 1 at GHS’ Mashin Field and will feature both local teams in “retro-style” jerseys reminiscent of their first meeting in 1951 and a reunion of players from those early 1950s teams. Once again this year’s game between perennial Grossmont League contenders promises to etch more memorable images into La Mesa’s heritage of autumnal traditions – even if many of them end up archived in the “clouds.”

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By Sari Reis

One of the most difficult, yet loving decisions pet owners have to make is the merciful ending of the life of an animal companion. Sometimes we are not given options; life’s circumstances take them away from us through tragic accidents. More often, however, we are faced with having to make the ultimate decision to let them go. For many of us, this is a call we have to make over and over again as we continue to bring more animals into our lives. Despite knowing we are going to lose them, and despite knowing that it is going to be painful, we cannot imagine our lives without the joy and unconditional love our “furry kids” give to us. Personally, I have had to euthanize four of my own furry kids over my many years of pet ownership. It never gets any easier and yet I keep inviting more animals into my life. Besides the actual loss of our beloved companion, the hardest part is deciding the “right” time to let them go. Sometimes our pets make the decision for us. Their bodies shut down before our eyes. None of us wants to see our pet in pain or suffering, so the choice becomes obvious. But, if they don’t appear to be in pain, we don’t want to say goodbye before it is necessary either. If it is unclear whether your pet is ready, look for these quality of life signals: Is your pet still eating and enjoying his food? Is he able to move around? Can he relieve himself outside, in the litter box or on a potty pad? Does he still enjoy going on his walks? Is he still enjoying interacting with you and other canine or feline pals? Does he still like affection, belly rubs or being brushed? If you answer no to most of these questions, then it is likely that his quality of life is greatly diminished and it may be time to say goodbye. Today we are fortunate to have procedures that make this process as easy and humane as possible. Generally, your veterinarian will give two injections. The first, completely relaxes the animal. The second stops his heart. It is all over in a matter of moments and is very peaceful. Although veterinary offices, emergency clinics, and the Humane Society offer euthanasia services, there is also the See Euthanasia, Page 19

Getting a new leash on life with Second Chance Rescue By Cynthia Robertson

Zoey,” Gieseke said. Rico is Gieseke’s other dog. She adopted him from the El Cajon shelter after finding him as a stray. “I turned him in hoping that his family could find him and when the three-day hold was up, I took him home. Now I take [Zoey and Rico] everywhere,” she said. As with all adoptions of Second Chance, the organization paid for all the shots, spaying and neutering that Rico and Zoey needed. In fact, the organization went one step further for Gieseke’s new family members. “After adopting Zoey, I noticed a hop to her gait.

Foster kids are often eager to love and be loved. The delight is complete when the foster children find their forever parents – particularly when the “kids” are dogs. Second Chance Dog Rescue gives dog lovers a chance to care for and love dogs that have been rescued from troubled pasts. La Mesa resident Donna Gieseke is one such friend of canines. She adopted a dog at the beginning of the year. “She was scheduled to be put down the same day Second Chance Dog Rescue pulled her out. I named her

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Debbie Riggs with her adopted beagle Maggie.


Donna Gieseke

Euthanasia: Saying goodbye humanely

Randy Hoover

Pet Corner

Donna Gieseke poses with her two rescues, Rico and Zoey. — October 2013

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Grossmont High School

Helix Highlights

By Jennifer Osborn The Helix High School Foundation needs you! Since 2006 the Foundation has been offering college scholarship to graduating Helix senior students who have a financial need and have satisfied the rigorous academic requirements of college admission. Over the past seven years, the Foundation has awarded more than $420,000 in scholarships to almost 250 students. Scholarships are funded in two ways: through private donations and Foundation memberships, and through Foundation activities and fundraisers. General membership starts at $25 a year, with other levels of support available. Members of the Helix community are also invited to establish a scholarship, customized to suit the donor – any amount of money; any set of circumstance; any length of time from one to four years; or on a long-term endowment basis. The Foundation has started a “Brick Garden” on campus. You may purchase a paver in your name or for a child, a friend, a company…or just someone you’ve always admired for whom you wish to do something special. How about purchasing a tile in a loved one’s memory? Personalized pavers make unique Birthday, Valentine or Holiday gifts for friends and relatives. The cost of a personalized 4-inch-by-8-inch paver is $100 and a 4-inch-by-8-inch replica paver is $50. For more information regarding the Helix High School Foundation, contact Jim Arnaiz at Helix also has an active Alumni Association affiliated with the Foundation. The Alumni Association works to make connections with alumni, and coordinates events for alumni. They recently attended a performance of Off Broadway Live Theater’s production of “Decades – the ‘70s: A Musical Review”. The Off Broadway theater would like to add Helix letterman’s See Helix, Page 18


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In the 1921-1922 school year, the first Grossmont High instrumental music class, the orchestra, was offered at Grossmont at the “old” Riverview Campus in Lakeside, where for two years Grossmont students attended school. The first GHS band appeared in 1931. Over the next eight

1930-31 band. decades, the marching band won local, state, and national acclaim due to the dedication and commitment of many wonderful band directors. One of our amazing band directors was Harold G. Lutz, who from 1939 to 1956 (except for time served in World War II) led the band to wins in major competitions including

the All Western States Band Review and the prestigious Rose Parade. In 1948, the band, the largest high school band in the nation, numbered 104 instruments. In addition, Lutz was a composer, responsible for writing Grossmont’s hymn, “Hail to Thee Dear Grossmont”. Under his leadership, a winning tradition was established. From 1959 to 1988, band director Jim Nichols led the band to staggering successes: 27 parade and field show sweepstakes, including the Rose Parade and 12 times champion at Chaffey. Under his direction, the band was featured at 25 college and professional football halftime shows including the College All Stars, the Chargers, the Rams, the Raiders, and 2 Pro Bowl Shows at the Los Angeles Coliseum. One highlight during Nichols’ years as band director was in 1967-’68, when the band placed first out of 281 bands from 40 states, which enabled the 208-member GHS band, drill team, and flag corps to perform in two shows at the Miami Orange Bowl. Paul Miller, GHS Alumni Director and band member

from 1962-1966, recalls about his experience as a proud member of the Blue and Gold Marching Band: “The four years I spent in Marching and Concert Band, Orchestra (Christmas Pageants), Stage Band, and Pep Band, each was a unique learning experience. Other than my parents, Jim Nichols was easily the most influential person in my life; even today, I enjoy listening to pieces by Shostakovich as a way to stay in touch with all that’s good.” Today, James Llamas, second year instrumental music director, shares: “In just over one year at Grossmont High School, I have seen the deep-rooted traditions and pride that the students have

2013 band. for their school. That goes double for the members of the Royal Blue Regiment. These kids pour tons of energy and countless hour of practice into perfecting their craft, and their efforts will show in this year’s field show!” In August this energy was displayed when the band students See Foothillers, Page 17

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Saturday in the park Kids and their families flocked to Briercrest Park Sept. 21 to attend the 2013 Kids Care Fest, a free event that featured free health care screenings and fingerprinting. Several local community groups were at the fest, including the Rotary Club of La Mesa, the La Mesa Kiwanis Club and the East County Boys & Girls Club. The Heartland Fire Department was represented by an engine and several firefighters of Station 13 and the La Mesa Police Department brought a BearCat armored vehicle vehicle for kids to check out. Among the fest’s many offerings were bouncy houses, games, arts & crafts, face painting, kettle corn and slushies. Perhaps most important, however, were the free health and dental screenings and wealth of information for families interested in health care for their kids. — October 2013

Just Business

A lot is going on at Baltimore West Shopping Center on Baltimore Drive in La Mesa. Several new businesses have popped up and opened their doors, attracting visitors and curious residents. CorePower Yoga, a yoga class that features energizing music, strengthening and stretching, offers heated and unheated classes seven days a week. The La Mesa location houses two large yoga rooms as well as a range of amenities, including changing rooms with showers and

private lockers. The studio also features a full retail boutique showcasing men’s and women’s active wear and accessories. The La Mesa studio is the Denver-based yoga company’s 11th studio in San Diego and the 83rd studio nationwide. “With 10 CorePower Yoga studios throughout the city, San Diego feels like home,” says Dani Anderson, CorePower Yoga’s La Mesa Studio Manager. “We couldn’t be more excited to share our love of yoga with the welcoming La Mesa community!” Also newly opened is La Mesa Integrative Health, a project of Since 2007, Alternative Healing Network has been hosting weekly free community outreach clinics in City Heights, Southeast San Diego and most recently at the YWCA Women’s shelter. Clinics provide a number of integrative health services, including acupuncture, chiro-

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practic, massage, energy healing, and yoga classes. La Mesa Integrative Health clients can purchase memberships for $105 a month for six months. If that’s too costly, the organization offers sliding scale prices based on customers’ income. The third new business is the rather mysterious Venetian Lounge, which boasts stylish décor (chandeliers and black leather couches) and colored lighting at night. Customers have to be 18 and older to patronize the lounge, which is targeting hookahdevoted crowds. The lounge is open seven days a week from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Out of the broom closet into La Mesa By Jeremy Ogul

Picture her: She wears a dark, staid Victorian dress, with a pointed black hat atop her head. She looks old, haggard, with a wart adorning her crooked nose. She stoops over a steaming cauldron, slowly stirring the thick, noxious brew. She’s a witch! We see her likeness everywhere as the days shorten and Halloween creeps upon us, but she is merely a figment of our collective cultural imagination. The real witches of La Mesa have little in common with her. They don’t ride broomsticks or wear pointy black hats, but local witches do exist, and the best place to find them is at Starcrafts, a shop on Lake Murray Boulevard near Dallas Street. In addition to selling ritual items such as candles, incense, See Witches, Page 16

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La Mesa tracks down graffiti By Jeremy Ogul

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Graffiti pops up in nearly every community, but in La Mesa it is unlikely to stick for more than a day or two thanks to the community’s aggressive approach to graffiti removal. As of early September, police had tracked just over 1,200 separate graffiti incidents, or tags, throughout the city since Jan. 1. A single incident could be as small as someone taking a Sharpie to a utility pole or as large as a three-foot painted image on a wall. This year’s number is substantially lower than the number at this point in 2012, which was 1,787 incidents. That works out to a drop of nearly one-third in the last year. “La Mesa does a phenomenal job of getting people out there to report it quickly and getting it cleaned up quickly,” said Sgt. Matt Nicholass of the La Mesa Police Department. Some of the reduction is due to arrests that police have been able to make with the help of Graffiti Tracker, Nicholass said. Graffiti Tracker is a software tool that helps law enforcement agencies throughout San Diego County coordinate their efforts to track graffiti tags and prosecute suspects for their graffiti across multiple jurisdictions. The software allows police and volunteers to upload photos with location data, helping police link similar names and designs to individual suspects. A couple years ago, Graffiti Tracker helped La Mesa snag a juvenile suspected of tagging the name “Boston” on at least 71 different occasions. The suspect was charged with felony vandalism. The software costs the city about $1,500 a year. The city has won around $8,000 in restitution so far, he said. Nicholass said most of the tagging activity is probably not related to gang activity or drug sales. “People tag for different reasons, so everybody’s a little bit different,” he said. In some areas, tagging is a way of communicating with friends or fellow artists. There is an element of competition in seeing who can get the most tags out and keep them up the longest.

“They’re basically getting the tag out there to get recognized,” Nicholass said. “It’s almost like a source of prestige to be able to see your own tag.” There are also no particular spots of the city that get hit especially hard with graffiti, Nicholass said. It just depends on where the tagger lives and how far they are willing to travel. The graffiti tags can show up on just about any surface, but most often they are found on utility boxes, signal poles, sidewalks, street signs and bus benches. In some parts of the city, vigilant neighbors are particularly helpful in controlling graffiti. Karl Metzler, for example, personally paints over any graffiti he sees in the area of El Cajon Boulevard, Nicholass said. The police department also relies on the assistance of its Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) program to address graffiti wherever it crops up. Jo Wittrock, an RSVP volunteer for the past 19 years, goes out every Tuesday for six hours to catalog and remove graffiti all over the city. Wittrock and her patrol partner drive a city vehicle equipped with most of the tools needed to remove graffiti. Sometimes the team can do 30 to 35 tags a day. “I like to get the city clean,” said Wittrock, a retired teacher soon to be 82 years old. “It’s rewarding in the fact that you’ve done something for your community.” Despite a few dozen committed volunteers, the number of seniors involved in the RSVP program has declined by nearly half over the last few years, Wittrock said. She encouraged any senior who has the time and the will to join RSVP. For more information on the program, call (619) 667-7592 or visit the La Mesa Police Department in person. — October 2013

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La Mesa Reads

By Heather Pisani-Kristl, Librarian Greetings from the staff of San Diego County Library’s La Mesa branch. Kids are back in school and extracurricular schedules have solidified, so now is a great time to create a family library habit. We hope you’ll all stop in to enjoy storytime or borrow some of the latest books, movies and music appearing on our shelves. New York Times bestselling author and Oprah favorite Wally Lamb publishes his next novel, We Are Water, this month. Addressing the timely topic of gay marriage, the novel takes place on the occasion of artist Annie Oh’s marriage to Viveca, a renowned art dealer. But this is no simple wedding: Annie’s past is freighted with 27 years of marriage, an ex-husband, three children, and dark secrets. Her family must come to terms with Annie’s childhood before they can move on to the next chapter. This intense read should be very satisfying for those who liked She’s Come Undone. Also new on the scene in October is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, the author who wowed the literary world with her first novel, The Secret History. In the first chapter, Theo Decker, a troubled 13-year-old, is visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art with his mother. He doesn’t know that this is where his life and family will be shattered and reformed beyond his imagination. At the center of the novel is an underworld of stolen art and a Dutch masterwork called “The Goldfinch.” Tartt publishes a novel approximately every 10 years, so anticipation is high for this title. In many households, anticipation is also rising for Thanksgiving dinner next month. If your recipes need refreshing, it’s not too early to raid the cookbook section at the library. The How to Cook Everything books by Mark Bittman are highly recommended; more ambitious cooks may find challenges in the Gourmet cookbooks by Ruth Reichl. Families hosting vegan or gluten-free guests will find many cookbooks at the library that address the needs of special diets. The La Mesa Branch library is open seven days a week. We invite you to stop in to one of our many programs, browse our collection, and let our staff know how we can assist you. And if you come by on Halloween, you may receive a special treat!

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Boo! Parade, from page 4 And while Finnegan looks forward to this year’s BOO! Parade, don’t expect to see her on the sidelines. “My job is to make sure everything runs smoothly,” she said. “As you can imagine, a parade route of over one mile along a main corridor in San Diego takes a lot of people to execute. We have over 200 volunteers, two staff members and five hired contractors to pull this off every year. Add that to the nearly 1,000 people actually in the parade and about 10,000 watching it, and I have my hands full,” she said. The BOO! Parade starts at 10 a.m. Oct. 26 on El Cajon Boulevard and 59th Street. The route travels east along El Cajon, crosses College Avenue and concludes at Aragon Drive. For more information, visit

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Stevie Harris


bares his soul

To say La Mesa resident Stevie Harris has soul is an understatement. The man’s speaking voice alone is at once powerful and soothing. Whether playing to a packed crowd or an intimate bar room, Harris brings the utmost passion to every performance. As frontman for The Styletones, Harris commands the stage, dancing and singing in his signature white suit and sunglasses. In his three-piece funk/soul band, Stevie and The Hi-Staxx, he picks up a Flying V electric guitar and experiments with nuances of the blues. Further stripping down his sound, he also performs solo gigs. This different side of Harris displays raw, emotional power as he croons original songs. “I’ll Tend Your Flowers” is one of Harris’ most intoxicating and delicate numbers. While he recorded the song with horns and a full band, as a solo tune, the song finds new life, delivering a powerful message. Harris was born to perform. He is naturally at ease on stage with or without a band. With a flash of his wide grin, his charm draws listeners in as he launches into each meandering tune. Harris now performs acoustic solo shows at Seven Grand (3054 University Ave.) every third Thursday night at 9 p.m. La Mesa Courier sat down with the multitalented song man from his musical inspirations to his fashion sense. La Mesa Courier: What is your musical background? Stevie Harris: My uncles and aunts were the hot Cleveland group in the late ‘60s, early ‘70s, The 7th house. They opened for The Supremes, Temptations, Aretha, and The Ojays. I came up singing with them at Grandma’s house. I was on Cargo Records a billion years ago as an acoustic singer songwriter. The album is called Pebble. And with the band Conglomerate, [He also did] an album called Armeghetto. In the Bay area, I was part of remarkable current – toured in Africa and Morocco. We did modern R&B and hip hop. … Now I’m back in San Diego in The Styletones, Hi-Staxx and still [doing solo] acoustic. I guess I’m still [doing] modern-ish stuff with Slasher Mary. Maybe things don’t change. LMC: Is your approach as a solo artist different from performances with the Hi-Staxx or The Styletones? SH: My approach is spiritual. Solo is the purest part of my practice. I’m about the melody and lyrics and acoustic soul is all that.

By Jen Van Tieghem My mindset is more personal, relaxed, honest. My vibe is softer. I feel still afterwards. LMC: Who are your biggest influences vocally and otherwise? SH: Jeff Buckley is my singing guitarplayer hero. Lightning Hopkins reminds me of my folks in Cleveland and South Carolina, cultural grounding. Bobby Womack. I can name every member of the E-Street Band. Bruce Springsteen – the early songwriting is spectacular and he was lyrically ripping off Bob Dylan. The idea of a rock star being a sexual political spiritual force I get from Bob Marley and Fela Kuti. I fall far short of all that, got cool hats though. LMC: Where did you get your well-dressed tendencies from? Is getting dressed up part of your performing ritual so-to-speak? SH: It’s a lot of things. The pimp and the preacher wear suits, jazzmen, bluesmen. One Thanksgiving in Cleveland my family and I were at a restaurant and we were dressed up. The other patrons weren’t. I asked my Aunt Kay, ‘Why?’ And she said it was part of our tradition. My father used to have a burglary ring, where they stole clothes to have fashion shows for rich drug dealers. So clothes have some mysterious meaning in my life. I’m aware it’s a shield – cool clothes can be a safe place. LMC: Wow! A burglary ring? Did your dad ever go to jail for those things? Is there anything about that criminal element that inspired your music? SH: I’m inspired to tell my story so we can see what we have in common. My dad did 13 years for murder. All the male members of my family have been in the penitentiary, which points to a culture that funnels black men into desperate situations, which lead to jail. That background gives my music an awareness of the whole culture, the dog eat dog reality and this arty first world place I call home now. Art has saved me from robbin’ and hurting people to survive, whereas my family has always been in poverty and strugglin’ in the hood. The fact that I can sing and write has given me kinship in a more comfortable bubble, privileged art culture, but my mind and heart express where I’m from and my cousins uncle, aunts, nieces, and nephews still are. My background isn’t that different from any number of gangster rappers, but for some reason I was given an acoustic guitar and developed a broader social consciousness. It’s interesting being part pimp, part Buddha, part Joni Mitchell.

Grossmont High, from page 1 coming in to make you happy while you’re learning.” The old portables were small, they smelled funny and the air conditioning did not always work, she said. Principal Dan Barnes said the arrangement of the old portable buildings spread students out across the campus. “This building brings them together,” he said. The cost of constructing the Humanities Building was about $16.75 million, according to district officials. Funding came from the state of California and Proposition U, a $417 million General Obligation bond that voters approved in November 2008 to modernize campuses across the district. The district has spent close to $200 million of the bond so far. Construction on the Humanities Building began in November 2011 and finished last March. Teachers began moving into the classrooms over the summer. At a dedication ceremony Sept. 10, district officials welcomed the Humanities Building and thanked everyone who helped make it happen, including architecture firm LPA, Inc., general contractor Riha Construction

and the voters who passed Proposition U. “It’s really something to see a building of this size added to this campus,” said Grossmont Union High School District Superintendent Ralf Swenson. “This campus is the flagship of our district.” Karen Manns, English teacher and Grossmont alumna, delivered a poetic ode to the new building. “The Humanities Building – a symbol of our enduring effort to tie the past to the present,” Manns said. “As we dedicate this building to the future generations of Foothillers, we remain grounded in the neighborhood, holding to the bonds of friendship and the Grossmont pride for life. To thee our highest striving. All hail blue and gold.” Another four tennis courts are under construction in addition to the six new tennis courts that opened last year. Construction continues on other upgrades to the campus, including a Career Technical Education facility for automotive technology located adjacent to the Humanities Building. The auto shop will have three service bays. — October 2013

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Pykles, from page 6 Pykles has ceased being a family business. Craig’s youngest son, Toby, has started working with his dad, and Luke Russell’s son, Steve, after selling the Casa de Oro store, returned to customer service at Pykles. “He knows plumbing parts better than anybody in this county,” said Craig. “Now the sons [of Howard and Luke] are back together.” Pykles also continues to offer its customers the same personal service it did years ago, said Craig. “We still accommodate our old customers who have old parts, and we’re the best when it comes to knowing old parts,” he said. And while Pykles retains knowledge about older parts and models, the business is still moving in a forward direction. Stepping into the main showroom, there are several high-tech baths and showers on display, including a Whirlpool tub with six Whirlpool jets, a push-button LED control panel, built-in radio and marine-grade sound speaker. The company is also offering a special on low-flush toilets and installation to help customers take advantage of the rebate offered by San Diego Water Authority.

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An opportunity to buy local and fair

By Nancy Ryan and Anne Pacheco, Co-Chairs La Mesa Fair Trade A wide variety of high a Fair Trade certified product is quality, fairly traded items will to make a difference. The desigbe available at a La Mesa gift faire nation signifies that artisans scheduled for Oct. 13, 8 a.m. to 1 and farmers in the poorest areas of the world have received fair, p.m. Enjoy samples livable wages for of Fair Trade certitheir product or fied ice cream, La Mesa Fair ingredients. (Ben and Jerry’s) In addition, and coffee while Trade Gift Faire certain standards perusing gift items Sunday, Oct. 13 must be met in such as handmade 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. the production baskets, jewelry, These clothing accesso- St. Martin of Tours Parish Hall process. ries, and an abun- 7710 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa include protecting the environment, dance of gift items. Also available for purchase will building economic sustainbe Fair Trade chocolate, coffee, ability, and providing opportunities for education and health tea, bananas and soda. Here is an opportunity to join care for families. Young children the many thousands of today’s are protected from forced labor. Awareness of Fair Trade is consumers who are inspired to add “socially responsible” to growing in San Diego County their shopping list. To purchase and well as in La Mesa. Many vendors will be participating in the gift faire. Among them are: Around the World Gifts, The Purpose, Seven Hopes United, Malia Designs, Cool Beans Chocolates, Café Virtuoso, The Tomorrow Project, The Guatemala Fair Trade advocates were at the Project, Serrv and Sustain La Mesa fair Sept. 7. VavaVida.

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Cosmos, from page 12 outside available for café customers, prime for people watching and enjoying the day. Cosmos doesn’t do anything unique or groundbreaking, but their dedication to working with local providers and ingredients whenever possible is admirable. The bread used in their sandwiches is from Bread & Cie while the cookies

and pastries come from San Diego Desserts. Cosmos is a business that gives back to the community while providing the essentials to a productive morning. Cosmos Coffee Café is open early and hours vary. Live music is featured on Friday and Saturday nights. Darlene Horn is a San Diego-based food blogger and has penning her opinions on food for eight years at MyBurningKitchen. com. She’s also the author of the semi-autobiographical, food-centric comic, The Girl with the Donut Tattoo, drawn by her husband and artist, Paul Horn.

Witches, from page 11 dried herbs, and pendulums, Starcrafts doubles as a meeting place for witchcraft classes and psychic readings. Starcrafts owner Teresa See said there are many misconceptions about Halloween, witchcraft and paganism in general. The roots of Halloween reach back to the days of pagan festivals welcoming the darker half of the year. The traditions of masks, costumes and pumpkins originate from that time. Many modern pagans refer to Halloween by its old Gaelic name, Samhain (pronounced like “saw-wen”). Samhain is one of the two times of year during which the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is the thinnest, See said. “For us it’s a day to honor the dead in our families,” See said. Some carry on the tradition of a silent supper on the night of Oct. 31. For a silent supper, you cook all the favorite foods of the person you’re honoring. Then you sit at the table in silence, inviting memories of the person to be with you, See said. “It’s a time when we embrace the spirits of those we’ve loved,” See said. “It’s kind of a somber celebration, but it’s certainly not scary.” That said, pagans still enjoy the fun of mainstream Halloween traditions, including trick-or-treating

and horror movies. “Usually when I’m giving out candy I’m wearing my witch’s hat,” said Heather Garber, a friend of See’s and a fellow pagan. Not everything about the stereotypes is inaccurate, though. Magic, spells and communicating with spirits are all very much a part of the belief system of the witches of La Mesa. Both See and Garber call themselves “kitchen witches.” “I do a lot of practical magic,” See said. What exactly does that mean? “You can think of magic as directed prayer,” See said. You petition the source – whether that is a god or something else you believe in – and you ask for help with something specific. Usually there is something like a candle to focus the energy of the spell, and then you thank the source, she said. As kitchen witches, See and Garber use spells to help with their cooking. Garber likes to use it to come up with new cookie recipes, for example. Asked whether magic can be used to harm people, See said it is possible, but it is highly discouraged. “Most of us believe that what you put out comes back, so you’d rather focus on the light than the dark,” she said. “My grandmother always said

that just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do something.” Starcrafts opened in La Mesa in 2006 after See and her husband purchased the business from its previous owner in Ocean Beach, where it had been open for 10 years. “This community has embraced us, even people who don’t walk the path,” See said. It is difficult to estimate the number of witches, pagans and heathens in the area because there is still a stigma attached to those identities, Garber said. “Not everyone can be open about it,” Garber said. “I’m still in the broom closet with my mom.” However, See estimates there must be thousands of people who identify with paganism or Wicca in the San Diego region alone, judging by the number of people who subscribe to Starcrafts’ social media outlets. As for the popularity of paganism, See said everyone comes to the path, as they call it, in different ways, but most want to connect with nature and most do not believe in evil spirits or the Christian concepts of Satan or hell. “We believe you take personal responsibility for everything you do,” See said. “I think that appeals to thinking people in this day and age.” — October 2013

Second Chance, from page 8 Second Chance had her re-evaluated and it was determined that she needed surgery. They paid for everything, which was easily $1, 500,” Gieseke said. Second Chance Rescue keeps an up-to-date website with photos and a brief bio of each dog written by their foster parent as well as an easy-search option. That is how Gieseke came across the website when she did a Google search for rescued dogs in San Diego. She was particularly interested in finding a young female Chihuahua mix; she found what she wanted right away. When adopting or fostering a dog for the first time, there is always the chance that it won’t be a good match, particularly if there is another dog in the house. Gieseke was well aware of this. When she brought Zoey into her home, it took about four days for the jealousy between the two dogs to subside. “Of course, I fell in love with Zoey within the first ten minutes, so those four days were painfully uncomfortable. Reassurance for both of them and tons of attention individually seemed to satisfy them. And now the two are bonded,” Gieseke said. What sets Second Chance apart from other rescue organizations, for Gieseke, at least, is that they are constantly having adoption events all over San Diego, including the Petco in La Mesa. These events provide good opportunities for canine companions to meet each other and consider either adoption or fostering. “I I haven’t fostered and I don’t think I could. It would be too hard when the time came to give them up,” Gieseke said. Debbie Riggs, who is the Foster Coordinator for Second Chance, has chosen to foster

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Exhibitors, volunteers and attendees several beagles for the past braved 90-plus-degree weather at Harry two years. Griffen Park Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “My passion is beagles so Despite the hot weather, exhibitors and volunI try to make sure we get as many beagles from the shelters as possible. A lot of people don’t want to foster beagles because they are barkers, but I don’t mind,” Riggs said. “I would do anything for a beagle and have always loved beagles since I was a kid,” she said. The organization takes dogs from shelters and owner surrenders and even dogs from Mexico. Riggs said that Second Chance rehabilitates and teaches the dogs what they need to know to be social as well as give them all the vaccines they need and handle any medical issues they have. They are also micro chipped. “Our vet bills are outrageous at times, and we rely on donations and our adoption fees to help pay these vet bills,” she said. All of the foster “parents” and people that work at the adoption events are volunteers. Most of the people who foster are flexible on what type of breed they can take in. “If it were not for them we would not be able to save as many dogs as we do. I work in the office and see almost every dog that comes through and see what they are like when we first get them to how they look and behave when they leave us for their forever homes. It quite amazing to see how different a dog acts once it is given some love,” Riggs said. Second Chance Rescue is one of San Diego’s largest and most successful non-profit 501(c)3 organizations dedicated to saving homeless dogs. The organization is always looking for volunteers who love dogs. Check the website’s calendar at www.second​

Foothiller Footsteps, from page 9 helped Lynn, Connie, Paul, and James dust, inventory, and organize by decade all of the 504 trophies and plaques in the band room. Homecoming on Oct. 18 is a wonderful time for you to experience in person another one of Grossmont’s traditions of excellence by visiting the Band Room and attending the football game to see them perform! For more information, contact, call (619) 668-6140 or visit

Save these dates: Friday, Oct. 18: Homecoming 4 p.m.: Dedication of Foothiller Friends and Founders Endowment Fund Commemorative Tiles 5 to 7 p.m.: Visit the Museum and experience this year’s Roaring '20s theme of “The Great Grossmont,” with a Carnival, a Haunted House, and the Food Trucks! Friday, Nov. 1: 2nd Annual Retro Helix Football Game, with players from the 1951, 1952, 1953 teams present

teers at the environmental festival, “Bringing Green to the Table,” sustained their smiles, helping everyone become more environmentally aware.

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jacket to their costume department. If you are interested in donating or selling your large size jacket, contact Steve Rolf at the theater by (619) 988-5483. And finally, we invite you to the Excellence in Education Tour, a one-hour tour and program during which we will share our vision of excellence in education. Do you know that Helix’s educational program focuses on college preparation for all students? Do you know how Helix’s test scores and other data compare to some of the top schools in the county? Have you heard from Helix students about how Helix changed their lives? Are you interested in becoming involved to help Helix meet the objectives of its mission and vision? Join us for a program that highlights the history, goals, accomplishments, and needs of Helix Charter High School. Tours are offered throughout the school year. Upcoming Tours will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., and Thursday, Oct. 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. starting in the Helix library. We welcome your questions Classical Bands, venues, music-lovers: and comments. Contact me at Oct. 4-6 – A Carnegie Hall Please email listings to Jen@ Preview at Copley Symphony — October 2013

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Letters to the Editor

Could you please write a complete article all on one page? Here is what it took to read the August issue of the La Mesa Courier: Start article on page 1 Continue article on page 4 Finish article on page 15 Go back to page 1 Continue article on page 9 Continue again on page 16 then try and remember where you are to go Oh, that’s right, back to page 1 Continue third article on page 9 Go back to page 1 Continue fourth article on page 10 Back to page 1. Oh, forget that we have to go to page 2 for 5th article Continue 5th article on page 7 Back to uh, page 2 Continue 6th article on page 13 Back to page 2, no make that page 3 Continue 7th article on page 6 Back to page 3, no make that page 4 Wow, finished energy tips on one page. YEAH! Continue to letter from the editor Continue letter on page 16 Back to page 4. Oops, the next article I already read. On to page 5 Continue article on page 19 Back to page 5, nope, make that page 6. Continue article on page 16 Back to page 6 Sorry, already read the next article. On to page 7 Continue on page 19 Back to page 7 On to page 8 Continue on page 13 Back to 8

On to 9. Already read those two. On to page 10. Already read those. On to page 11. New record two complete articles on one page. On to page 12. On to page 13 Continued on page 15 Back to 13. Oops, already read those two articles. On to page 14 On to page 15, already read those two. On to page 16, already read those three. On to page 17. On to page 18. On to page 19. Already read some of that. On to page 10. Just a big ad.

Wow. You will have to put that newspaper on heavier paper. I just wore out my issue trying to read it. Does anyone find this annoying? Your content is great; it is just too much work to read it. Jerry Kay La Mesa Note from the Editor: First, I’d like to say thank you, Jerry, for reading our newspaper. It’s heartening to know despite the work you still made the effort to get through it. Second, I would like to offer you a glimpse into the newspaper industry, or at least the free community newspaper industry: As a free publication that is solely supported by our advertisers, we do what we can with the space we’re allotted once ads are laid out. Then, because we really want you to see our whole newspaper, we jump stories so you can see other articles as well as offerings by our advertisers. It’s not a perfect system by any means, but it’s a system that allows us to keep bringing you the La Mesa Courier for free.



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Euthanasia, from page 8 option of having in-home euthanasia. The veterinarian will perform your pet’s transition at your home so that you can keep your pet as comfortable as possible in his/her own surroundings. This also gives all human family members and any other animal companions their chance to say good bye to their friend. This can be very important as other pets will sometimes search for their disappeared friends for days or even weeks if they are unable to see and smell them pass “over the rainbow bridge”. Although it’s hard, when the time comes, the most loving thing you can do is to let them go. Sari Reis is a Certified Humane Education Specialist and the owner of Mission Valley Pet Sitting Services. You can reach her at (760) 644-0289 or www.

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