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Supervisors approve funding for Wine Country sewer improvements Kim Harris Special to the Valley News In spite of concerns regarding funding, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted to approve the Temecula Valley Wine Country Interagency Funding Agreement between Riverside County and Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) during a regular meeting held April 22. The move will allow for a budget adjustment in the county’s general fund and a loan from its workers’ compensation fund to allow for sewer improvements to the area. Motorists exit southbound I-15 via the newly opened French Valley Parkway offramp.

Temecula touts opening of first phase of freeway congestion-busting project

Tim O’Leary Staff Writer

remarks during the city’s ribboncutting ceremony. The first phase of the project, which was in the planning stages

see page A-3

Shane Gibson photos

for more than 12 years, is already credited with at easing gridlock

stall the final signs needed to open the new exit to southbound drivers. It was, Comerchero acknowlLocal officials last week took a edged, a proud moment for a city $28 million bite out of the Tem- that has spent more than $100 million to improve traffic safety and ecula tangle. The initial phase of the Temecula ease congestion in a crucial corValley interchange – the first of its ridor that falls under the jurisdickind to be built in western River- tion and funding responsibility of state and federal side County in agencies. years – formally “There aren’t many When the fuopened with a cities in this region ture segments quiet ceremony are completed, on April 24. The that have done freeway work sun-splashed improvements like this.” additional that will cost event showcased – Jeff Comerchero about $172 milthe latest in a lion, the longstring of major improvements over and along In- awaited interchange will dwarf any terstate 15 since Temecula became other public works project done by Temecula or Murrieta. It will also a city nearly 25 years ago. “There aren’t many cities in mark the thorniest bureaucratic this region that have done freeway knot that either city has unraveled. “This is a historic milestone improvements like this,” Temecula City Councilman Jeff Comerchero for Temecula,” Temecula Mayor mused as workers prepared to in- Maryann Edwards said in her brief

Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Comerchero speaks during the French Valley Parkway offramp ribbon cutting ceremony. Comerchero reminisced about the similarities with the opening of the Overland Dr. overpass in Temecula back in 1998.

WWII airplanes, skydivers star at French Valley Airport stopover

Taste of Temecula Valley offers diversity, honors students

see FREEWAY, page A-6


Alcoholism is not exclusive to men In late 2013, television journalist Elizabeth Vargas, known for her work on the television news magazine “20/20,” as well as her role as anchor of ABC’s “World News Tonight,” made headlines of her own when she left that network’s popular morning show to seek treatment for alcoholism. The news came as a shock to many viewers, not only because Vargas was a successful professional who had risen to the top of her field but also because few people associate alcoholism with women. While the stereotype of an alcoholic may suggest an old man of failing health, women, even young women, can suffer from alcoholism.

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Local Voluntary EMS subscription program sees success, saves station Kim Harris Special to the Valley News

From left, Matthew Schork (2nd place winner), Jeff Leavens, Paisley Courtesy photo Trent (3rd place winner), and Bobby McGinnis. A group of 10 skydivers led by Rich Piccirilli (second from bottom left) boarded the B-17 Flying Fortress where they jumped from the bomb compartment of the plane over the skydive center in Perris on Tuesday April 22, 2014.

Tim O’Leary Staff Writer A three-day visit by World War II airplanes recently attracted more than 1,000 people over a three-day span to French Valley Airport. The stopover was highlighted by a special sojourn that featured 10 local skydivers dropping out of the bomb bay of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. The skydiving group, coordinated by Rich Piccirilli, descended upon Perris Valley Airport on April 22 in conjunction with the 25th

see AIRPLANES, page A-4

Ina Kontaxis gets a close look of the bomb compartment in the belly of the B-17 Flying Fortress at French Valley Airport on Tuesday April 22, 2014. Shane Gibson photos

Alex Groves Staff Writer The courtyard area outside Temecula’s City Hall building was filled with the smell of food as multiple restaurants and wineries set up shop for a good cause. The fourth annual Taste of Temecula Valley Event ran from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 and more than two dozen restaurants, six wineries and 10 microbreweries were giving out samples of their culinary creations. Guests could also dance and groove throughout the course of the day as local bands performed a number of hits from the ‘70s and ‘80s. The event’s proceeds went to benefit the Temecula Valley Excellence in Education Foundation (TVFEE), which provides minigrants to teachers at area schools who may not be able to complete

certain projects or get students necessary supplies without supplemental funding, according to Event Chair Mark Katan. Katan has been involved with the Taste of Temecula Valley festival since its very beginning. He was one of the people that devised the idea for it five years ago when the TVFEE members were trying to come up with a good fundraiser to benefit students. In that initial year that he devised the idea, he wasn’t able to get the support he needed to make it a reality, but he was able to the following year. Since that time the event has been going strong and growing, according to Katan. He said that one of the positives has been the ever-increasing variety in terms of food and beverage choices.

see TASTE, page A-7

Murrieta Fire Department’s EMS Subscription program is exceeding expectations according to department analysts. Currently, there are 8,500 subscribers to the program, far exceeding the initial projected numbers for first year enrollment. The program was designed to help offset declining tax revenues that fund the department.

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Hard News Suspected drunken Man accused of blasting associate driver strikes power pole with shotgun to stand trial LAKE ELSINORE – A suspected drunk driver lost control of his sedan, slammed it into a power pole and caused the pole to buckle at its base on April 26 in Lake Elsinore. The driver, Adrian Rene Quesada, 19, of Wildomar, was driving on Railroad Canyon Rd. in a Honda Civic when he crashed near Church Rd., Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. David Cardoza said. The impact caused Quesada’s car to veer down the road and careen into a ravine, but he climbed out uninjured. The crash was reported at 12:45 a.m., and it forced the closure of Railroad Canyon Rd. between Church Rd. and Summerhill Dr.

Southern California Edison crews worked to replace the unstable power pole, but the lines did not fall and there was no outage, SCE spokeswoman Maureen Brown said. Work crews are expected to remain at the repair site until 3 p.m., Brown said. Quesada was “detained” by sheriff’s authorities in connection with the crash, and alcohol consumption appeared to be a factor, Cardoza said. Report about the crash will be submitted to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution, the sergeant said.

MURRIETA – A man accused of blasting his neighbor with a shotgun during an argument outside the shooter’s Lake Elsinore home must stand trial for attempted murder, a judge ruled on April 25. Kevin Ronald Fulkerson, 51, was arrested April 9 after the attack at a duplex in the 18100 block of Grand Ave. Following a preliminary hearing at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, Riverside County Superior Court Judge John Davis found there was sufficient evidence to bind Fulkerson over for trial on the attempted murder count, as well as assault with a deadly weapon and sentence-enhancing gun and great

bodily injury allegations. Fulkerson remains held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Southwest Detention Center. According to sheriff’s officials, early on the afternoon of April 9, the defendant and his neighbor, described only as a man in his 50s, got into a heated exchange over the return of items belonging to the victim. Fulkerson’s girlfriend, whose identity was not released, apparently inserted herself into the argument, angering the victim, who began walking toward the woman, prompting Fulkerson to grab his 12-gauge shotgun and fire at his neighbor, who collapsed

after being wounded, according to prosecutors. The defendant struck the victim on the head with the butt-end of the rifle as the seriously wounded man lay helpless on the ground, prosecutors allege. Neighbors called 911, and deputies arrived moments later, arresting Fulkerson without incident. The victim was airlifted to a hospital and underwent surgery. He has since recovered. Court records indicate Fulkerson has a prior felony conviction, but the nature of the conviction was unclear. Davis scheduled a post-preliminary hearing in the case for May 8.

Coroner’s office releases Both sides rest in trial of man name of deceased accused of suffocating girlfriend RIVERSIDE – Both sides rested ing which Walker allegedly beat erside Police Department Magnolia Menifee bicyclist on April 28 in the trial of an ex-con the victim, according to a trial brief Station and informed desk officers MENIFEE – On April 26 the coroner’s office released the name of the 61-year-old Menifee bicyclist who was fatally struck by a car in Canyon Lake. The bicyclist, Conrad Pasco, was pedaling east Friday in the 31000 block of Railroad Canyon Rd. when he tried crossing the roadway from a concrete center median and was hit by a moving Honda Civic, sheriff’s authorities said.

Pasco was taken to Inland Valley Regional Medical Center where he later died of his injuries, the coroner’s office reported. The motorist, Dylan Fisher, 21, of Yucaipa, was interviewed by sheriff’s deputies at the scene and released. The eastbound lanes of Railroad Canyon Rd. near Blackhorse Dr. were shut down for several hours and re-opened, sheriff’s authorities said.

Second suspect arrested in connection with senior woman assault HEMET – A second suspect in the assault of an 87-year-old woman in a Hemet senior citizen apartment complex was arrested on April 25. Raymond Michael Miranda, 14, was arrested at a hotel in Temecula, around 6:30 p.m., Hemet Police Department Lt. Dean Evans said. Miranda was found in a room with several other people, but Evans could not say if they were Miranda’s friends or family. A 15-year-old boy was arrested six hours after the attack, following a struggle with officers in the 1000 block of State Street.

Both suspects face charges of torture, attempted homicide and burglary, police said. The assault occurred around 2 a.m. April 17 at the Camelot senior independent-living apartments complex in the 800 block of West Oakland Avenue, Evans said. The victim was awakened and “beaten severely,” Evans said. Evans said that the burglary was believed to be the motive for the assault. Evans said police had taken the unusual step of identifying Miranda before his apprehension because of the serious nature of his crimes.

Three injured, one killed in off-roading accident EASTVALE – One person was killed and three people were injured as a result of an off-roading accident Saturday, April 26 that happened in a dirt field east of the intersection of Sumner Avenue and Limonite Avenue in Eastvale, a sheriff’s officials reported. Deputies assigned to the City of Eastvale received a major injury traffic collision report around 10 a.m. and responded to the area to discover four people who had been injured when an off road vehicle overturned, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s

Report. The off-road vehicle was traveling southbound in the field and overturned from a turning maneuver, according to Sgt. Jason Edmondson. While the vehicle’s three passengers were treated on scene, the driver of the vehicle was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Not long after he arrived to the hospital he succumbed to his injuries, Edmondson said. Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the collision, according to Edmondson.

Gun scare leads to lockdown at Heritage High School MENIFEE – False reports that a student was walking around a Menifee high school armed with a handgun on April 28 prompted authorities to lock down the campus for nearly an hour. Riverside County sheriff’s officials received calls of a person with a gun at Heritage High School on Briggs Rd. around 10:50 a.m., said Sgt. Sergio Rodriguez. “Fearing for the safety of the students and staff, (deputies) im-

mediately placed the school on lockdown,” Rodriguez said. Deputies searched the grounds and located the student whom witnesses had alleged was armed, according to the sergeant. “The investigation determined there were no criminal violations committed, and the student was released, Rodriguez said. No firearm was located. The lockdown was lifted around 11:40 a.m.

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accused of asphyxiating his live-in girlfriend after she returned to their Riverside apartment high on drugs. Drake Von Walker, who has a 1992 manslaughter conviction for killing his first wife, could face 50 years to life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of 32-year-old Maisha Shante Walters. Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Michael Kersse called his final witness this morning, and with the 51-year-old defendant electing not to testify, Superior Court Judge Bernard Schwartz adjourned proceedings for the day. Closing arguments are scheduled for later in the week. Walker, who is being held without bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside, is accused of killing Walters on the afternoon of June 23, 2011. They lived together for five years, each of them nursing methamphetamine addictions and regularly engaging in heated arguments dur-

filed by Kersse. He said Walters’ drug dependency was so serious she could not hold down a job and relied on the defendant for “housing, money, transportation – all the necessities of life.” The woman would sometimes vanish for days at a time, infuriating the defendant, who had a “controlling” nature, the prosecution alleges. Walker told detectives that on the day of the killing, Walters returned to his apartment at 7774 Magnolia Ave. “tore up and high,” meaning she had been on a meth binge and suffered unexplained injuries while on the street, Kersse said. Neighbors recalled hearing the couple yelling at one another throughout the morning. Walker later told investigators that he treated the victim’s injuries, then “put her to bed.” He said when he came back to check on her that evening, she was dead. On the afternoon of June 24, the defendant walked to the nearby Riv-

that he wanted to report the death of a woman, whom he initially referred to as an “occasional girlfriend...and a prostitute,” according to court papers. When investigators visited the apartment, they found Walters’ nude body, partially covered on a bed, exhibiting signs of a physical assault, with blood stains on the floor and a pillow tossed behind the bedroom door. An autopsy revealed evidence the victim had been smothered, though the finding was not conclusive. Walters also had a high level of meth in her bloodstream, according to court documents. After his arrest, the defendant was recorded on a jailhouse telephone telling friends and relatives he must be deranged for repeating the same type of crime inside of 14 years and was hoping that – as with the death of his wife – he could “take a deal” to plead the crime down to manslaughter, the brief alleges.

Arraignment postponed for gang member accused in gun assault MURRIETA – With his new attorney seeking additional time to review the case, arraignment was postponed on April 28 for a Hemet gang member accused of beating and attempting to kill a man last summer. Daniel Raymond Nunez, 26, could face more than 30 years behind bars if convicted of two counts of attempted murder, as well as one count each of assault with a deadly weapon, shooting at an inhabited dwelling and gang activity. Nunez appeared before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Judith Clark at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta. During the hearing, the defense informed the court that Nunez’s prior attorney, Sam Vanderbrug, was no longer assigned to the case, which had

been taken over by the Office of the Public Defender. Deputy Public Defender Leah Kisner-Cahoon was granted additional time to review the prosecution’s allegations. The arraignment was reset to May 13. Nunez remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail at the Southwest Detention Center. The defendant was arrested in March following a months-long investigation by Hemet police and the Hemet-San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force. According to police, the gangrelated confrontation happened on the afternoon of Aug. 8, 2013, in the 500 block of Cedar Place. Nunez allegedly attacked a man, striking him in the face and breaking his jaw.

After the assault, the defendant allegedly pulled a handgun and fired several shots at the victim and others before fleeing the location, according to investigators. Detectives were able to identify the defendant based on eyewitness statements and evidence collected at the scene, culminating in the issuance of an arrest warrant. Nunez was located on March 28 in the 700 block of Evergreen Street but refused to comply with officers’ demands to surrender and tried to run, investigators allege. A K9 team pursued him, and the dog subdued Nunez moments later. He was not injured. According to court records, Nunez has a prior misdemeanor conviction for possession of illegal drugs.

Two vehicle accident kills one, sparks fire in Anza ANZA – At least one person died on April 27 in a two vehicle accident in Anza that also sparked a fire, a Riverside County Fire Department official reported. Eleven firefighters responded to scene of the accident on Hwy 74, just east of California State

Route 371, shortly before 1 p.m. A motor home and motorcycle were the two vehicles involved in the accident, according to Spokeswoman Melody Hendrickson. It’s not clear who was responsible for the accident, or how it occurred. However, Hendrickson

did report that the motorcyclist perished in the accident. A fire resulted from the accident, burning the motor home and its surrounding vegetation. Firefighters were expected to remain in the area for several more hours to extinguish the blaze, according to Hendrickson.

Eighty people arrested at Stagecoach festival; double last year’s tally INDIO – Eighty people were arrested for alcohol-related violations during the sold-out Stagecoach country music festival in Indio, a police spokesman said on April 27. Minors caught either trying to buy beer, or were in possession of it, were the majority of those arrested. Saturday’s arrest totals doubled from last year’s second-day festival tally of 40, Indio Police Department spokesman Ben Guitron said.

Stagecoach, now in its seventh year and playing at Empire Polo Club, started Friday, April 25. Jason Aldean, Eric Church and the Lynyrd Skynyrd were among the featured acts. Mostly, the day-long event went without a hitch, and there were no major traffic mishaps reported, Guitron beamed. “Overall, we didn’t have anything,” Guitron said Saturday. “Traffic was awesome.”

Making things even better for law enforcement was how patrons returned to their lodgings in an orderly fashion. They either took a bus, walked or drove while exiting the Empire Polo Club in more than an hour after Saturday’s festivities ended, Guitron said. Even the weather cooperated. “There were some winds but the weather was good,” Guitron said. “I thought it was great.”

Person commits suicide by jumping off State Route 76 over-crossing down onto Interstate 15 in Fallbrook FALLBROOK – The California Highway Patrol reported that the closure of Interstate 15 at State Route 76 on the eve of April 27 was due to a person committing suicide by jumping off the over-crossing and down onto the

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Murrieta Fire Department’s EMS Subscription program is exceeding expectations according to department analysts. Currently, there are 8,500 subscribers to the program, far exceeding the initial projected numbers for first year enrollment. The program was designed to help offset declining tax revenues that fund the department. The one-year-old EMS Subscription Program began in January 2013 when it became apparent that, despite cuts to the department’s administration, declining tax rolls would not be enough to sustain the department. Without the program, the city would have been forced to close one of its five fire stations. The goal of the program is to maintain the department’s current level of service in the community. “The Murrieta Fire Department is a fire district and we are a subsidiary of the city of Murrieta. We don’t receive any general fund money like the police department,” said Diana Lozano, a management analyst with Murrieta Fire Department. “We receive a proportionate share of taxes but only toward fire suppression. None of it was ever allocated towards EMS.” Lozano said when home values began to drop in the area, the serious decline in tax revenue became a real issue for the department who receives significantly more EMS calls than fire calls on a daily basis. “It really did drop quite a bit,”

she said. “Although we were never the $350 they would be billed evgetting revenue for EMS, we were ery time EMS responds to a call. just making it work based on rev- We can go out and do these other enue from other programs and just types of services and not charge balancing for it,” our bud- “We are just going to continue to do said Lozget. But ano. “We when you what we can to maintain and improve really try are a 100 our services. It’s getting better and t o e n p e r c e n t that is what we want to see, we want c o u r a g e revenue people to to see progress.” - Diana Lozano departplease enThursday, Dec 19th, 5:30-7:00pm ment, we roll.” are not an enterprise department Because of the program’s suclike a water district, you have to cess, the department is no longer depend on the revenues you get considering shutting down one of each year and that is hard to do the city’s five stations. with fire service. That’s one of “We’ve tightened up our budthe reasons we implemented the get; we are trying to be as careful program.” as possible,” said Lozano noting MFD has attempted to make the that some high risk budget items program financially feasible for all such as gear to keep firefighters citizens, including a reduction in safe are unavoidable. fees for low income families and While things have improved the elderly who depend on them overall as far as budgets are confor everything from changing cerned, the department continues batteries in smoke detectors to to dip into reserves to make ends checking medications. meet but not to the extent they “There are a tremendous amount once were, according to Lozano. of incline services that this depart“We are really seeing the light at ment provides,” said Lozano. “It’s the end of the tunnel and I am realworked out well. We currently ly happy about that,” said Lozano. have about 8,500 subscribers and “We are just going to continue to that has well exceeded what we do what we can to maintain and thought. It’s a much higher ratio improve our services. It’s getting than what some of our fellow fire better and that is what we want departments are getting here in to see, we want to see progress.” Southern California.” Murrieta residents wishing to Cost of the program is $48 a enroll in Murrieta Fire Departyear per household or business. ment’s EMS Subscription proLow income families and retirees gram can call Lozano at (951) pay half the cost to participate. 461-6164 or visit the City of MurOnce the annual fee is paid, sub- rieta website at scribers can call for an ambulance and click on Services. as often as they need to without worrying about the cost. To comment on this story online, “It’s much more affordable than visit

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exposure for the taxpayers is the $2 million dollars which we know will be reimbursed from the future bed tax that is going to come from the entrepreneurial investment that is happening there.” Riverside County resident Gary Grant also addressed the commission expressing concerns over the financing of the project. “Borrowing money is a very risky business and should only be applied in dire urgency,” he said. “This project does not meet, in my opinion, on this matter. Grant went on to say that he is concerned how the project financing would affect those who live in EMWD’s area of service. “In reference to EMWD it appears to me that growth is entirely reliant on water and sewers and consequently whether I like it or not investors and investments have a tendency to move towards that direction and the only problem with this is that generally agencies of water district involve everybody in these areas,” Grant said. “The funding and the costs is referenced to everyone concerned in this area of growth…It is detrimental to everyone to have this massive growth without industry or balance.” Grant said he felt the project was rushed “by virtue of finance” and that it was not a wise thing to do. Stone clarified that the urgency was jobs, that the project would create commercial growth and could help to jump start the economy. “This is an economic development opportunity that we must embrace,” Stone said. Supervisors approved the measure they deem as necessary to improve the infrastructure for the growth and sustainability of the Temecula Valley Wine Country. More information on the Temecula Valley Wine Country Plan can be found by visiting In other news, supervisors also entered into a cooperative agreement for the European Grapevine Moth Detection Program. The program will fund early detection of the invasive insect species recently detected in Napa Valley. This is the first time the invasive insect species was detected in the United States. With an estimated contribution of $4 billion to the local and regional economy, the board believes protecting agricultural commodities against the establishment of the European Grapevine Moth would protect a large portion of the county’s export market and help to ensure the viability of local grape production.


ish the project that will borrow $2 million from the workers’ compensation fund to the capital In spite of concerns regarding improvement program fund. The funding, the Riverside County loan will be repaid by the transient Board of Supervisors voted to ap- occupancy tax (TOT), a 10 percent prove the Temecula Valley Wine fee charged by hotel operators on Country Interagency Funding top of room rental fees. In fiscal Agreement between Riverside year 2012-2013 the TOT generated County and Eastern Municipal Wa- more than $1.85 million with just ter District (EMWD) during a regu- over $824,000 coming from Temlar meeting held April 22. The move ecula Valley Wine Country. “How can you proceed with will allow for a budget adjustment in the county’s general fund and a plans to build half of a sewer system with loan from its work- “Does it seem to you that the county no certainty the secers’ comis practicing best practices in the ond half pensation management of this project? I have will ever fund to allow for my doubts. The only distinction here be built,” s e w e r is that the county is throwing money J a c o b s asked notimprovements to at a sewer instead of directly into it.” i n g t h a t – Paul Jacobs he and the area. his wife T h e project is moving forward in con- would have backed out of the deal junction with the development of to build their home had there been the Temecula Valley Wine Country no certainty their project would Community plan that was approved ever be completed. “The county by the board on March 11 of this seems to be acting as the lead agency on this project yet EMWD seems year. According to the plan, the de- to be the government agency really velopment of waste water facilities calling the shots on this project.” Jacobs said he was concerned will allow the plan to move forward as it was designed and provide that county taxpayers and rate paysustainability for current hospitality ers would end up footing the bill if EMWD later decided the cost of the and winery businesses. Total cost of the project is $28.8 project were to exceed the funding million, with the county contrib- earmarked for the project. “Does it seem to you that the uting $2 million to phase one of the project. Cost to the county for county is practicing best practices phase two is $3 million. EMWD in the management of this project,” has already awarded the contracts Jacobs asked. “I have my doubts. for phase one of the project while The only distinction here is that timing for phase two is yet to be the county is throwing money at a sewer instead of directly into it.” determined. Chairman and third district suPaul Jacobs, a resident of Temecula, spoke to commissioners pervisor Jeff Stone said the project saying he was concerned about the has been a public partnership between EMWD and many of the funding of the project. “While I agree a sewer system vendors and that the project was is necessary for Wine Country to being financed at a very low rate survive and thrive as a tourist trap, of interest. “There are 17 property owners something doesn’t smell right with the identified and unidentified fund- in phase one that have committed ing sources for what is sure to be their properties as collateral for this a project in excess of 30 million loan,” Stone said noting that the sewer is currently being installed dollars,” Jacobs said. Jacobs went on to point out that and that the project will allow for the county will contribute $2 mil- over a billion dollars of new projlion for phase one of the project and ects including hotels which would an additional $3 million for phase be subject to the TOT. “It is that two that will be borrowed from the future bed tax which is going to reimburse that $2 million dollar, workers’ compensation fund. “Phase one is apparently funded first phase of this project.” Stone said the second phase to the tune of $14.44 million,” Jacobs said, “but the staff report has would require financing by EMWD a disclosure stating that the parties who would not proceed without the recognize that funds for phase two buy in from property owners to put will have to be budgeted and appro- their land up as collateral. “Certainly the county is not gopriated and available for payment if the funds are not made available ing to be forwarding any money then EMWD may suspend or not unless there is a genuine project which may be higher or lower,” advance to phase two.” Jacobs expressed concerns re- Stone said. “The first phase is garding the lack of a plan to fin- completely financed and the only


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Local AIRPLANES from page A-1 anniversary of the Collings Foundation. The nonprofit foundation, launched by Robert F. and Caroline Collings, owns and displays dozens of vintage and war-era airplanes that are flown, being restored or displayed at various locations. The foundation, which was created in 1979 and is based in Stowe, Mass., does the same with numerous vintage and celebrity-owned motor vehicles. The B-17 was one of three wartime aircraft that visited French Valley Airport as part of the Collings tour. The planes were opened to visitors and also available for flight bookings. The local arrangements were made by Julie Sprengelmeyer, a Temecula resident who has been affiliated with the foundation for the past 10 years. Sprengelmeyer attributed the enthusiastic local response to the historical importance of World War II and the dwindling number of veterans who can recount that global conflict. “It’s priceless, and I think our young people need to know all that,” she said.

Collings Foundation mechanic Robert Sichterman removes “dud” bombs from the B-17’s bomb compartment during the 2014 Wings of Freedom Tour at French Valley Airport.

The B-24 Liberator named “Witchcraft” on display at the French Valley Airport tarmac. Shane Gibson photos

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First annual March of Remembrance commemorates Holocaust victims

Dave Wilber uses the shofar to signify the beginning of the March of Remembrance to commemorate Holocaust victims on Sunday April 27, 2014. Shane Gibson photos

The March of Remembrance walk for Holocaust victims started in front of Temecula City Hall, following along Santiago Rd., and concluded at the Temecula Community Church for a service with guest speakers and worship songs.

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to me very soon. I appreciate the tips and increased understanding of how credit scores work, and I think you should write more articles about life skills directed towards teenagers soon going off on their own. This would be very helpful as many of my friends and I don’t know many simple skills needed to survive after high school.

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FREEWAY from page A-1 conditions that snare southbound drivers as they try to exit Interstate 15 at Winchester Road. The first phase, which resulted in the creation of Exit 62, has been anticipated as a relief valve for long lines of vehicles that formed as southbound drivers queued up to exit I-15 at Winchester Road. Southbound drivers often backed up to Murrieta, and driving was unnerving because I-15 merges with Interstate 215 in that area and motorists frequently jockeyed to exit or continue onto another exit or into San Diego County. That congestion was blamed for scores of accidents over the years due to drivers weaving in and out of traffic. California Highway Patrol officers blamed many of the accidents on drivers’ inability to anticipate other motorists’ lane changes and erratic movements. CHP officers said most of the accidents resulted in vehicle damage or minor or moderate injuries to drivers or passengers. There haven’t been any fatal accidents in that section of the freeway in recent years, officials said. The collision that garnered the most headlines there in recent years involved a Riverside Transit Agency bus that was carrying five passen-

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Temecula city officials cut the ribbon for the opening of the French Valley Parkway offramp on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

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constructing a new bridge that spans I-15 at Overland Drive. Much of that work was financed by developer fees and a countywide sales tax increase that voters have repeatedly approved for regional transportation improvements. As the ribbon-cutting ceremony ended, Odviar said city staff is now focusing on its next major freeway improvement, the relocation of freeway entrance and exit ramps at Highway 79 South. The entire $48 million need to complete that project is in hand, he said, and construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2015. That ramp relocation work is expected to take about 19 months to complete, he said. Edwards and the other remaining council members made their way to their cars as workers pulled away

orange cones and made the final preparations before the ramp opened. Edwards stopped to muse about the recent opening of a Mercedes Benz dealer in Temecula as well as the other commercial, retail and residential growth that has made the city blossom in recent years. Then she noted that the freeways that carry commuters, residents and shoppers into and out of the city are vital to its economic health. “We want traffic. It just has to move,” she said. “This will help.” Finally, she climbed into her white sports car, popped the convertible top and drove to the top of the new ramp to become the first vehicle to descend the sweeping, arched ramp. To comment on this story online, visit

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TASTE from page A-1 “The increasing variety is probably the biggest thing,” Katan said. “There’s a diverse group of restaurants that’s just amazing; there’s sushi, there’s African food, there’s Indian food and the major wineries are here, too.” Many of the restaurants and wineries that attended the event were there for the very first time. Mama’s Cucina Italiana represented Pala Casino at the event and Lead Chef Luciano Cibelli was whipping up a variety of culinary creations to tantalize taste buds such as lobster ravioli. In addition to the pasta, Cibelli concocted a three item dessert menu which consisted of classic European treats like pana cotta, crème brulee and macaroons. The restaurant’s menu was keeping their booth at the festival extremely busy as people flocked to get a taste of classic Italian cooking, according to Cibelli. The festival didn’t just provide a chance for established area businesses to show off their culinary chops, it also allowed the new kids on the block to show what they’re made of. Panini and Hops, a restaurant which had its grand opening the same day as the festival, was sharing its menu of several different panini choices. Owner Sam Macaluso said he was inspired to start a restaurant because of a trip he took to Hawaii. He was looking in his fridge, he said, and there were a loose scattering of ingredients that included chicken breast, pear, pesto and ciabatta bread. “So I decided to make a sandwich and got a brick and took it out to the barbeque outside and pressed it,” Macaluso said. “And everyone in my family was like, ‘what did you put in this?’ and that’s how we created the Pesto Chicken which is on our menu.” But in spite of its high end culinary appearance, the event was still very much about area students and finding ways to help and honor them. There were a number of presentations that took place, but in one of them students were awarded for

Pala Resort’s Mama Cucina Italiana restaraunt’s chef team at the 2014 Taste of Temecula.

From left, Gail Taylor, Ray Meers and Charlene Meers, dance to the live music of the band Entouraj during the 4th annual Taste of Temecula.

their effort to be environmentally conscious. American Residential Services’ Think Green Competition asked students from grades four through twelve how people could be more green and eco-friendly in their daily lives. Area students Paisley Trent, Matthew Schore and Miranda Schulz all took home awards for their green project or proposal. Now with the conclusion of the event, Katan said he’s already starting to plan for next year. “We start as soon as this one ends,” he said. “We’re already making contacts today.” To comment on this story online, visit

The Jolly Express shuttles families in front of the Temecula Civic Center during the 2014 Taste of Temecula on Saturday April 26, 2014.

Executive chefs for Mama’s Cucina Italiana at Pala Resort, Luciano Cibelli (left) and Robert Camerota, participate at the 2014 Taste of Temecula.

Guests attending the 2014 Taste of Temecula were introduced to a wide array of local food, wine and brew patrons.

Chris and Karen Lambert of Temecula enjoy some of the offerings from the many local vendors at the Taste of Temecula on Saturday Shane Gibson photos April 26, 2014.


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Home buyers, please don’t aggravate the sellers rushing through the house removing the daily day-to-day clutter that accumulates and cleaning where cleaning is warranted before rushing out of the house with the kids, and possibly pets, for a few hours to allow you complete access to their home. It’s just rude.

John Occhi, Mike Mason Special to the Valley News Buying and selling a home is typically a very stressful situation for both the home seller and the buyers in any market. There is no magic pill that can make it easier. Your professional REALTOR® should be able to make the process run smoother and help keep a cooler head to keep emotions, misunderstanding and hurt feelings from ruining a perfectly good transaction. There are, of course, things that each party must do to show respect to the other and not upset the apple cart. Perhaps this list of “Buyer’s Don’ts” has been the unwritten protocol for so long, our compliance is expected. Yet, there is always that one buyer who has to do it “their way.” With that being said, no longer consider the list to be unwritten, but read and heed.

Follow the house rules: If there are multiple pairs of shoes neatly aligned at the front door – go ahead and remove your shoes. Don’t smoke in a house. Don’t use the bathroom. If there is a pet in the home, don’t let them out. If a door is locked, leave it locked. Don’t let kids run wild or bounce off of furniture. Never touch anything personal. Don’t go through drawers or closets – it is one thing to looking at a closet for space, it is another to flip through the clothes or other items. Please note, in this day and age of technology, many homes have both video and audio monitoring devices (both are legal). Not only may inappropriate behavior be observed it just might leave a bad taste in the owner’s mouth if you want to negotiate for this home. On that note, never discuss your negotiation strategy or price range while in the house.

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INLAND EMPIRE – Coping with drought is a way of life for most Valley residents. The National Climatic Data Center, a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), works cooperatively with Canada and Mexico to monitor climate and drought conditions across the continent. According to the NOAA, the globally-averaged temperature for 2013 tied as the fourth warmest year since 1880, when record-keeping began. 2013 also marked the 37th consecutive year with a global temperature above the 20th century average. Warm temperatures, when paired with below-average precipitation, can quickly escalate and cause drought. Low-water garden plants are a smart choice for landscapes in the Valley. These resilient plants can keep gardens looking lush and beautiful regardless of water restrictions. In fact, low-water gardening has become a popular trend among eco-conscious gardeners and even is a cost-saving measure for homeowners. Establishing a garden of droughttolerant plants is not that difficult with the wide varieties of nurseries offering succulents in this area. Advice is plentiful and one can easily discuss which plants are native to the area. These will be more tolerant to fluctuations in weather than plants that are imported. Nursery advisors are adept at explaining the amount of water various succulents require. Succulents, which include aloe, cacti and jade, are characterized by thick, fleshy water-storage organs. Succulents prefer bright light and can thrive in south-facing conditions. It’s good to concentrate the most amount of watering for succulents during the spring growing season. Keep soil well-drained to avoid damage to shallow roots. A variety of sage plants, including white sage, black sage and Cleveland sage, are drought-tolerant and do well in the greater Fallbrook area climate. These plants produce blooms that attract insects and birds alike. Heed landscape conditions when selecting plants for the garden. Drought-tolerant plants are a good idea for the Valley locale.

May 2, 2014 • • The Valley News



Team Pechanga laces up Over 500 volunteers donate 1,977 shoes, raises thousands hours of service during annual to fight Type 1 diabetes ‘Helping Hands’ event in Temecula

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Team Pechanga recently walked during JDRF’s annual walk, raising over $11,000 for Type 1 diabetes research. From left: Ruby Reyes, Christina Reyes, Susana Guzman, Julianna Linsalato, and Jennifer Linsalato.

TEMECULA – Recently, the largest team of participants in the Temecula Valley Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) annual walk – the team from Pechanga Resort & Casino – put one foot in front of the other at a local minor league baseball stadium. The team set out on their journey that morning to remember a fellow employee who one month earlier passed away from Type 1 diabetes, and to raise money for research to work toward eradicating the disease. Dressed in their “Team Pechanga” T-shirts with a design of a bright blue sneaker in the upper left corner, 60 people pounded the dirt path around the stadium and helped Pechanga

raise a total of $11,325 for JDRF. The entire event raised more than $60,000. The turnout of walkers helped put Pechanga at the top 2014 regional sponsor spot. It was the firstplace corporate team for fundraising, and third-place team overall. JDRF is the leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.

From left, County Supervisor Jeff Stone, Temecula Rose Society committee member Phyllis Bettleheim, and Tracy Ham, president of the Temecula congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, pose for a picture during Saturday’s Temecula Valley Helping Hands annual day of service.

TEMECULA – More than 500 Temecula Valley Helping Hands (TVHH) volunteers braved the wet weather Saturday morning, April 26 to participate in an annual day of community service in Temecula.   Approximately 1,977 hours of service were cheerfully offered in cleaning and beautifying the city of “old traditions and new opportunities.”  “What I really love is seeing the young kids here,” observed County Supervisor Jeff Stone

who was present at the Temecula Valley Rose Society where volunteers assisted with weeding and gardening. “It instills in them the essence of public service; that this is our country and our state and our county.” In addition to the nearly two thousand volunteer hours, Temecula Valley Helping Hands also donated 538 pounds of food which will be given to two local food pantries – St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish and the Temecula Community Pantry. 

“This goes beyond an act of doing something physical,” remarked Temecula City Councilman Chuck Washington while observing TVHH volunteers serving at the Mary Phillips Senior Center. “It creates a group spirit and sense of unity.” Temecula Valley High School principal Allen Williams strongly encouraged his students at TVHS to participate in Saturday’s annual day of service. Many students heeded his call and showed up bright and early to work alongside their principal in cleaning and beautifying their campus. Even more, numerous other high school students from throughout the Temecula Valley Unified School District also joined in service at the TVHS campus.  In addition to the Temecula Rose Society Garden, Mary Phillips Senior Center, and Temecula Valley High School, TVHH volunteers also performed service for the Community Recreation Center and the Temecula United Methodist Church.  If you would like to see your hands become part of Temecula Valley Helping Hands in future projects, email TVHH at 

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Promenade Mall hosts third annual Temecula Wine Barrel Races

Shane Gibson photos Wine barrel racer pilot Justin Frazier, 10, and pusher Demetrius Broussard, 12, take off at the starting line during the 3rd annual Temecula Barrel Races on Saturday April 26, 2014.

The “Grape Stomper” barrel racer, pushed by Jim Steadman and piloted by Stephanie Sanchez, speeds down the strip in front of Edwards Cinema at the Promenade in Temecula on Saturday April 26, 2014.

2014 Temecula Barrel Race winners - pilot Kayla Manning and pusher Brandon Braaksma speed down the strip in front of Edwards Cinema.

The “Green Machine” and “Vienza” barrel race teams face off in the final round. Brandon Braaksma and Kayla Manning of the “Vienza” barrel racer took 1st place.

Wine barrel racer pilot Scott Small, from the Cleveland National Forest Service, gets ready for a race in the “Green Machine”.

Alex Groves Staff Writer The area between the Promenade Mall escalators and Edwards 15 Cinemas in Temecula was temporarily transformed into a race track for a couple hours, as people participated in an activity quite fitting for Temecula. People of all ages zoomed down the narrow stretch of pavement that flanks the area in what could best be described as a soap box derby-type vehicles constructed from wine barrels during the third annual Wine Barrel Races. This year’s event saw seven competitors, some of whom were returning racers and some of whom were trying the competition out for the first time, according to event organizer Melody Brunsting. Brunsting said she was excited to be holding the races once again this year because she’s always curious to see what people have constructed out of wine barrels. Many times the barrel construc-

Wine barrel racer Kayla Manning gets seated and ready for a race in the Ferrari themed barrel racer called the “Vienza”.

tions are a family affair that parents or relatives of participants will help build, she said. Friends Demetrius Broussard, 12, and Justin Samuel Frasier, 10, were two of the younger participants in the race this year. Frasier, the smaller of the two friends, sat in the barrel as Broussard pushed it down the track to help it gain momentum – something that every barrel team did – before letting it go to make its way down to the end of the track. Broussard said the barrel held special significance, as did the event, because he constructed it with his uncle for last year’s event and was in the same spot his friend was last year. While Broussard has definite plans to return for next year, Frasier said he has yet to determine if he’ll be back for next year. If he does return, he said, a jacket may be in order. “From the very beginning we were practicing at his house and then it came down to this day,” Frasier said. “It’s a lot of fun, but

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right now it’s really cold.” The boys said that while being part of the process was exciting, the big draw was being able to see what other people had created out of their wine barrels. There weren’t many restrictions on what people could create, according to Brunsting. “They definitely have to have an appearance of a wine barrel,” she said. “They have to keep the integrity of the wine barrel to it and they also have to have a good steering mechanism – those are the requirements.” Another requirement was that the barrel cars keep two wheels on the ground at all time, she said. There was no shortage of creativity when it came to the kinds of barrels at the event. One barrel had been painted as a Ferrari while

“Grape Stomper” pilot Stephanie Sanchez has a laugh while getting ready for a race during the 3rd annual Temecula Barrel Races on Saturday April 26, 2014.

another proudly carried the symbol of the U.S. Forestry Service. Another interesting entry – painted as a police car – proudly carried the phrase, “Wine Police, To Pour and Serve.” And then there was Bryan Barfknecht’s entry, which took best of show for the competition. Barfknecht, owner of Barrely Living furniture, makes tables, couches, light fixtures and several other items out of wine barrel furniture and looks forward to the yearly event to show what he’s crafted. He’s participated every year since the event started and plans to return to again. This year Barfknecht spared no expense to detail with his vehicle, which was complete with engravings, bottle holders and a trunk. He made use of various wine-related

items such as cork and decorative plastic grapes. “A lot of detail goes into these,” he said, showing his custom saddlebags, Harley mirrors and reworked metal embellishments. This year’s first place winner was 13-year-old Kayla Manning, who rode inside the wine barrel Ferrari replica. It was a big moment for her, she said, because she’s participated every year as well. The first year she took third place, the second year she took second, and this year she took first. However, she said winning wasn’t her favorite part. “I just like to see everyone come out and have fun,” she said. “It’s a really good time.” To comment on this story online, visit

A historical look at Temecula’s past during annual Western Days, May 17-18 TEMECULA – Temecula’s western roots are revisited during Western Days, May 17-18, with old west skits, high noon shootouts, western music, a chili cookoff, pony rides, wood carvers, and an old time banjo man. Old Town Temecula’s Gun Fighters will host the old west skits and gunfights both days at 4th and Old Town Front Street. At high noon both days the Temecula Gunfighters treat the crowd to a comical bank robbery at the corner of Front and Main Streets featuring dozens of bad guys in a final shoot out with the sheriff and his posse. Temecula Valley Museum will have two days of exhibits and entertainment during Western Days. Saturday and Sunday feature two special exhibits – Temecula History: A Third Grade Perspective and Western Photography by Miley. Saturday’s demonstrations in-

clude a living history performance titled “Notable Women of Temecula” from 1 to 1:30 p.m., and spinning and weaving demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Musical entertainment includes Judy Taylor and her all-girl band The Wild Oats at the Sam Hicks Park Gazebo, Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Los Californios performing old California music in the Sam Hicks’s Monument Park Gazebo from 1 to 3 p.m. Pony rides will also be offered near Town Square Park both Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. for a small fee. Temecula’s Woodcarvers will have their craft on display near Rosa’s Cantina. Captain Billy from Theater-16 will roam about town with his 5-string banjo plunky, plunking away on Sunday, May 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. Greenhorns can learn calf roping lessons with Jim Brooks

crew while his band plays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. both days. They’ll be roping their sawhorse calves at the Main Street parking lot near Town Square Park. Sunday’s Chili Cookoff is an ICS regional qualifier plus People’s Choice event. Tastings are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until all chili is gone. Awards are at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Old Town Temecula features over 100 antique stores, boutiques, and curio shops in a charming Old West setting. Arrive early Saturday to take in the Farmer’s Market held at Sixth and Front Street. The market is open until noon. Public parking is free. For more information call (951) 678-1456 or visit the website at Chili cookoff applications can be downloaded at

May 2, 2014 • • The Valley News


CALENDAR OF EVENTS KIDS AND TEENS May 9 – 10 a.m. 2014 Special Olympics School Games at Lakeside High School, 32593 Riverside Drive, Lake Elsinore. Lake Elsinore School district has teamed up with Special Olympics Southern California to host 400 student athletes for a day of Olympic style competition and personal triumph. Come out and celebrate the athletes! Information: (951) 245-8848. May 9 – 7 p.m. Boys and Girls Club Idol Season 6 auditions for Division 14-18 sponsored by the Rotary Club of Old Town Temecula will be held at the Promenade Mall, 40820 Winchester Road, Temecula. May 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Storm Stadium, 500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore, May 28 at 7p.m. at Aces Comedy Club, 39745 Avenida Acacias, Murrieta and June 8 at 4 p.m. at the Promenade Mall, 40820 Winchester Road, Temecula. Information: Bethany (951) 699-1526. May 9 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Illusions and Magic Tricks with Professor Pennypickles at the Children’s Museum, 42081 Main Street, Temecula. Is it science or magic? Learn some tricks as you explore the magic behind some of the professors favorite illusions. Tickets and Information: (951) 308-6376. May 9 – 5-8:30 p.m. Boys and Girls Club Idol Season 6 auditions for Division 10-13 sponsored by the Rotary Club of Old Town Temecula will be held at the Promenade Mall, 40820 Winchester Road, Temecula . May 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Storm Stadium, 500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore, May 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Aces Comedy Club, 39745 Avenida Acacias, Murrieta and June 8 at 2 p.m. at the Promenade Mall. Information: Bethany (951) 699-1526. May 15 – 4 p.m. p.m. Boys and Girls Club Idol Season 6 auditions for Division 6-9 sponsored by the Rotary Club of Old Town Temecula will be held at the Storm Stadium, 500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore. May 16 at 6:00 p.m. at Great Oak Clubhouse, 31465 Vía Cordoba,Temecula May 28 at 4p.m. at Aces Comedy Club, 39745 Avenida Acacias, Murrieta and June 8 at 2 p.m. at the Promenade Mall, 40820 Winchester Road, Temecula. Information: Bethany (951) 699-1526. May 16 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Toying with Trajectories with Professor Pennypickles and Beaker at the Children’s museum, 42081 Main Street, Temecula. Here’s a chance to launch projectiles! Tickets and Information: (951) 308-6376. May 23 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Anything Goes Night at the Children’s Museum, 42081 Main Street, Temecula. The professor will demonstrate whatever his experiments are that he’s been working on. Tickets and Information: (951) 308-6376. ENTERTAINMENT May 1 – 7:30 p.m. Jazz at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Performance featuring: Doug MacDonald Quartet. Enjoy an evening of Jazz hosted by Sherry Berry in association with Temecula Presents. Tickets: $15. Information and Tickets: (866) 653-8696. May 1 – 7:30 p.m. In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. May 1-2 – 7 p.m. Temecula Valley High School dramatics presents: Grease at the Temecula Valley High School Theater, 31555 Rancho Vista Road. Enjoy the musical live on stage. Tickets: $9 at the door. May 2 – 6-8 p.m. A 50’s-60’s Doo Wop Celebration with the Alley Cats at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. May 3 – 11 a.m-8 p.m. 10th Annual Temecula Wine and Music Festival to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Counties at Vail Lake, 38000 Highway 79 South, Temecula. Enjoy a day of music from jazz to R&B. Admission: $45. Tickets and Information: ( 951) 696-0184. May 3– 7 & 9p.m. – Country at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Presented by GaS Productions and The Ranch Rockers. Tickets: $15. AUDITIONS: Think you got what it takes to be a performer on the show? Join us between shows at 8:30 and give it your best shot! Audition with only your voice or bring a karaoke track or guitar. Those wishing to audition can also email or visit Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. May 4 – 2 p.m. Southwest Women’s Chorus Annual Spring Concert at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. May 4 – 3 p.m. Classics at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Classics is a weekly chamber recital series co-produced by the California Chamber Orchestra and Temecula Presents. Each Sunday afternoon they feature an individual musician

or small ensemble performing a wide range of music. Our performers are all working professional musicians or advanced conservatory students. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. May 6 – 7:30 p.m. MSJC Concert Band performing at the San Jacinto Campus, 1499 North State Street. Enjoy an evening of Broadway as the band completes its 14th season under the direction of Robert Waner they will perform selections from Fiddler on the Roof, Brigaddon, Rodgers and Hammerstein and more! Tickets: $6 general admission, $5 seniors and $4 students. 18 and under free. Reservations suggested. Tickets: (951) 487-3790. Information: Robert May 8 – 7:30 p.m. The Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Presented by Sherry Berry Music in association with Temecula Presents. his quintet will grace us with their wonderful music, energy and humor. It’s a regular Jazz night but in the main theater. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. May 10 – 7:30 p.m. The Transcendent Spirit (California Chamber Orchestra) will perform at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. You will hear how music transcends the messages of all faiths with prize winning violin/piano duo Iryna Krechkovsky and Kevin Kwan Loucks. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. May 11 – 3 p.m. Classics at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Classics is a weekly chamber recital series co-produced by the California Chamber Orchestra and Temecula Presents. Each Sunday afternoon they feature an individual musician or small ensemble performing a wide range of music. Our performers are all working professional musicians or advanced conservatory students. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. May 11 – 6:30-8:30 p.m. Speakeasy at the Merc presents live traditional Jazz of the 20’s-40’s, Performance feature the house band, Second Hand Jazz with vocalist Rosalie Porter at the Old Town Community Theater, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. COMMUNITY EVENTS May 1- 7-8 p.m. National Day of Prayer Event – Celebrating the 63rd Year of Observance in the United States at the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce, 132 West Graham Avenue, Lake Elsinore. This event is free and everyone is welcome. The event will take place in the Chamber parking lot. Information: Michelle (951) 245-8848. May 2 – 6-8 p.m. Grown Up Science: Geeking Out on Star Wars at Pennypickles Museum, 42081 Main Street, Temecula. Enjoy an evening as you master the Force as you delve into Star Wars galaxy and its secrets. Special attention will be paid to those who attend dressed in futuristic Steampunk-Star Wars attire. This event is geared for teens and adults. Cost: $10 per person. Information: (951) 308-6376. May 2 & 3 – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Large Furniture sale at the Assistance League, 29720 Via Montezuma, Temecula. The Assistance League received a large furniture donation from a local hotel including sofas, coffee tables, end tables, dining chairs, etc. There will be a special parking lot sale on Saturday, May 3. Information: (951) 694-8018. May 3 – 5:30 p.m. Casino Night Fundraiser for Menifee Relay for Life at Golden Era Golf Course, 19871 Gilman Springs Road, Gilman Hot Springs. Cost: $30 per person includes; dinner, drawings, $1000 casino cash, fun and more. Information: (951) 300-1220 or May 3 – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Santa Rosa Plateau Foundation to host its 11th Annual Garden Tour and Garden Party. This self guided tour will feature five estate gardens bordering the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in Murrieta. Tickets and Information: (800) 369-4620. May 3 – 4th Annual Heart Walk Temecula will take place at Lake Skinner, 37701 Warren Road, Winchester. The American Heart Association invites you to form a team and join the Temecula Valley Heart Walk in this annual 5K to raise money for the fight against heart disease and stroke. Day includes; vendors, Health and Wellness expo, kids zone, interactive games, and more. May 3 – 11 a.m. Sons of Norway, Vinland Lodge 6-159 meeting with celebration of Norway’s 200 year old Constitution will be at Hope Lutheran Church, 29141 Vallejo Avenue, Temecula. Everyone that is interested in Scandinavian culture, heritage and traditions are welcome. This is a free event open to the public. Information: Caronne (909) 239-8399 May 3 – 2-7 p.m. 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Casino and Charity event to benefit Villa Chardonnay Animal Sanctuary and ARK at Villa Chardonnay, 42200 Calle Barbona, Tem-

ecula. Tickets: $25 includes lunch, raffle prizes and a bet on the Derby winner. Tickets and information: (951) 526-6600. May 3 – 7 a.m. Run or Dye 5K Color Race at the Storm Stadium, 500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore. May 3 – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Best of the Best BBQ at La Laguna Resort and Boat Launch, 32040 Riverside Drive, Lake Elsinore. Music, vendors, beer garden, food and more. Cost: $5. May 4 – 1-4 p.m. Attention all Cupcake lovers! Join in on the 2nd Annual Blue Ribbon Culinary Cupcake Challenge at Pechanga Resort and Casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula. Professional and Amateur bakers will compete for cash prizes, category awards, and Temecula’s People’s Choice Award hosted by Rancho Damacitas Children’s Home and Thessalonika Family Services. Tickets and Information: (951) 3027597 or May 4 – 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Eibach Honda Car Meet will be held at the Storm Stadium, 500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore. During this event you will be able to view showcased cars, check out vendors, enjoy music, wine and beer garden. Cost: $5. May 6 – 6:15 p.m. Free Ultrasound Health Screenings offered by Health Screening of Temecula at 28410 Old Town Front Street, Suite 111, Temecula. Health Screening of Temecula is hosting a Free one hour seminar “A New Healthier You: Focusing on Prevention vs. Treatment” and receive a FREE Ultrasound Health Screening. Screenings offered: Stroke/Carotid, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Liver, Thyroid, Kidney, and Gallbladder scans. Seating is limited, pre-register at (951) 972-2597. Information: www. May 8-11 – 6th Annual Lake Elsinore Frontier Days at LaLaguna Resort and Boat Launch, 32040 Riverside Drive. Enjoy a day of carnival rides, games, Wild West show, music, food, pig races, petting zoo, horse rides, historical exposition, craft demonstrations and more. Information: Michelle (951) 245-8848. May 9 – 10 a.m. 2014 Special Olympics School Games at Lakeside High School, 32593 Riverside Drive, Lake Elsinore. Lake Elsinore School district has teamed up with Special Olympics Southern California to host 400 student athletes for a day of Olympic style competition and personal triumph. Come out and celebrate the athletes! Information: (951) 245-8848. May 10 – 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Scandinavian Heritage Day celebration at the Temecula Public Library, 30600 Pauba Road. Bring Mom for a preMother’s day outing. There will be Scandinavian vendors, national costumes, art facts, Viking jewelry, knitting demos, Rosemaling, movies, music, traditional food and more. Presented by Vinland Lodge 6-159, Sons of Norway. This is a free event open to the public. Information: Al (951) 303-5450, bergstromal52@gmail. com or Caronne, (909) 239-8399 May 10 – 12-2 p.m. Mother’s Day Tea Party at Mary Phillips Senior Center, 41845 6th Street, Temecula. This is an intergenerational tea for grandmother, mothers and daughters to enjoy. Light lunch, teas and desserts with entertainment and prizes. Preregistration is required. Cost: $20 per person. Information: (951) 694-6464. May 10 – 9 a.m. 3rd Annual Twenty 14 Pet Walk – Families are encouraged to bring your leashed family pet for this event. Pet trivia, walk, raffle, vendors free samples and prizes. Pet scarves given to the first 100 pets who register at the Riverwalk, Heald Avenue and Riley Street in Lake Elsinore. May 10 – Kathy Mae Military Moms Bruncheon to honor the mothers and wives of active service men and women at the Murrieta Library Garden of Verses, 8 Town Square, Murrieta. Hosted by Councilwoman Kelly Bennett and the City of Murrieta. RSVP: May 10 – 9-10 a.m. The Inaugural Riverside Area Veterans Expo (RAVE) will be held at the California National Guard Armory, 2501 Fairmount Ct, Riverside. This is a FREE event open to the public. The purpose of the expo is to inform veterans of their medical, educational, recreational and other benefits for which they may qualify to bring veterans together with regional stakeholders

and agencies that specialize in the delivery of veteran services. Medical services, women veteran services, jobs and education, homelessness assistance and counseling and to allow veterans the opportunity to meet and network with other veterans in the Inland Southern California region; and to allow veterans the opportunity to meet with elected officials, including Federal, State, and County leaders. So, invite all the veterans you know and join us at this informative event. Free Bus Rides For Active Duty & Veterans from the RTA (Riverside Transit Agency). Information: (951) 653-9131 or Facebook/Riverside Area Veterans Expo. May 14 – 3:30-5:30 p.m. Bowling for Scholarships the Southwest Riverside County Association of REALTORS and their affiliated members will host a Masquerade Bowl event to raise money for local high schools both public and private in Temecula, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore at Brunswick Bowl, 40440 California Oaks Road, Murrieta. Cost: Adult $25 and children 12 and under $15 includes 2 hours of play, shoes, ball and snacks. Information: Diane Stumpp (951) 894-2571 or May 14 – 11:30 a.m. Join Robbie Motter, Director of NAFE Western & Mid Atlantic Regional Coordinator at the Menifee Success Up NAFE affiliate network for this month’s lunch meeting with special guest speaker. Chris Atley, certified coach and NLP practitioner and founder of Total Harmony Coaching at Boston Billie’s Restaurant, 26850 Cherry Hills Blvd. Sun City. Information: Robbie (951) 255-9200. May 14 – 9 a.m. Free Ultrasound Health Screenings offered by Health Screening of Temecula at 28410 Old Town Front Street, Suite 111, Temecula. Health Screening of Temecula is hosting a Free one hour seminar “A New Healthier You: Focusing on Prevention vs. Treatment” and receive a FREE Ultrasound Health Screening. Screenings offered: Stroke/Carotid, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Liver, Thyroid, Kidney, and Gallbladder scans. Seating is limited, pre-register at (951) 972-2597. Information: www. May 17 – 1 p.m. The Story of a WWII Soldier who became a POW. Meet Howard Sharpell and hear his amazing story of how he was captured and his escape from the POW camp at West Coast Ammo, 41892 Enterprise Circle South, Suite B, Temecula. West Coast Ammo honors a veteran each month by sharing their heroic stories. These events are free and open to the public. Information: (951) 719-3272. May 17 – 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 2nd Anniversary Celebration for Lorimar Vineyards and Winery, 39990 Anza Road, Temecula and 24031 Main Street, Old Town Temecula. All day festivities! Soiree begins at 6 p.m. Information: (951) 694-6699 or (951) 240-5177. May 17-18 – Old Town Temecula Western Days with pony rides, calf roping lessons, music, wood carving, food, spinning and weaving demonstrations, and more! Information: (951) 694-6480. May 18 – 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Chili Cook-Off at the Temecula Civic Center, 41000 Main Street. This is an ICS Regional Cook-Off where the winner advances to the World Championships. Cash prizes and more. Information: Melody (951) 694-6460. May 20 – 6:15 p.m. Free Ultrasound Health Screenings offered by Health Screening of Temecula at 28410 Old Town Front Street, Suite 111, Temecula. Health Screening of Temecula is hosting a Free one hour seminar “A New Healthier You: Focusing on Prevention vs. Treatment” and receive a FREE Ultrasound Health Screening. Screenings offered: Stroke/Carotid, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Liver, Thyroid, Kidney, and Gallbladder scans. Seating is limited, pre-register at (951) 972-2597. Information: www. May 22 – 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. St. Catherine’s Women’s Guild Installation luncheon will be held at Zagara Italian restaurant, 41789 Nicole Lane B-1, Temecula. Cost: $23 includes tax and gratuities. Information and Reservations: Gloria (951) 302-7240. May 26 – 8 a.m. The City of Murrieta will pay honor and tribute to the servicepersons who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of this nation in a solemn ceremony at Towns Square Park in Murrieta. Information: (951) 304-7275.

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Local strong man sets new AAU world records, brings home Gold at age 59 After 30 years of not competing, coach Ray Anderson raises the bar

JP Raineri Multimedia Editor For Ray Anderson, lifting weights is more than just a way to get in shape, it’s a way of life. The 59-year-old weightlifter, originally from Chicago, is the father of three daughters and has four grandchildren and is married to Linda, who supports his every move. Ray is the founder/owner of Maxt Sports Academy in Murrieta and has been a certified personal and sports performance trainer for the past 39 years and the type of weights he lifts usually can’t be found in your everyday gym. Ray and Linda have every type of machine that you can think of, plus free weights as far as the eye can see, but it’s the huge tires and massive balls of concrete that are located behind their workout facility that are really what will amaze most newcomers when they see his workout regimen. “Ray goes pretty hard about six days a week, from about 4:30 a.m. to sometimes 8, 9, even 10 o’clock at night,” said wife Linda. Of course, that his not his workout schedule, that is the schedule of those he trains. From military, law enforcement and fire fighters to housewives, children, local athletes, and even those that just need something new in their lives. The husband and wife duo, through strategic cross-training methods, prepare people from all walks of life for the physical and mental challenges ahead of them. Linda, who gave up her career in the dentistry field to become a personal trainer and mainly support Ray’s passion, says that for the most part, they had pretty normal lives while raising children. “Ray is a great role model, father, and husband and when he wasn’t supporting our daughters, he was training or working out athletes and coaching. I was slowly getting involved in the training side of things, but mainly concentrated on working, doing the mom stuff and coaching our daughter’s sports. It wasn’t till the girls grew up and went on to their own lives did I see that Ray was missing something, somewhere,” said Linda. Known to most as “The Mechanic,” his “Look Up…Get Up… Never Give Up...Never Quit” philosophy has helped many athletic teams and individuals over the years achieve their goals and though his resume is a mile long, Ray had his own goals that he tucked so far away, he almost stopped focusing on them. As a kid, Ray says he was the scrawny, scrappy kid, always picked last for sports and weighed in at a buck fifty sopping wet as a senior in high school. He never let his weight or height get to him, in fact it fueled his passion. He acquired a weight set as a kid and lifted regularly and says even though he was scrawny, he was in great shape. It was in high school where he really learned to properly lift and he carried that with him after high school into his adult life. Growing up he competed in football, wrestling, track & field, swimming, baseball and martial arts, but it was his life as a former competitor in Olympic weightlifting, power lifting, strongman and bodybuilding competitions that he missed the most. “When our kids came into the picture I toned it down in a major way for myself and instead of competing I took up coaching what I had been taught and I loved it, still do,” said Ray. Sharing his many years of athletic competition and training experience has enabled him to set the standards of excellence in strength conditioning by teaching others about proper nutrition, lifting techniques, speed, agility and quickness. To date, Ray is the Olympic weightlifting coach for TEAM ELITE FITNESS with the USAW. The USAW (USA Weightlifting)

Ray Anderson, 59, competes in the Zercher carry. He brought home one of his seven Gold medals earlier this month in the AAU Feats of Strength Outdoor World Championships held in Laughlin, NV.

is the national governing body for Olympic weightlifting in the United States where top competitors are selected by the USAW to compete in all major international events such as The Olympic Games, world championships, junior world championships and Pan American Games. He is also a referee for Olympic weightlifting competitions and is the AAU Assistant District Director of Strength Sports for the Southern Pacific Region as well as a committee member for the AAU Track & Field Area 33 of Southern California. Some may also remember Ray from his time spent as the former head strength and conditioning coach and PE athletics teacher for Rancho Christian High School in Temecula and the PAC 5 Division head strength and conditioning coach for Lakewood High School in Lakewood. In 2012, after reaching out to AAU’s Assistant National Director Martin Drake, Ray really became heavily involved with the backend of the competitions when something sparked inside of him. That spark, Linda said, “was the thing I could tell he was missing.” “While judging at an event in November 2013 I got talked into competing in four events on the last day. I hadn’t competed in over 30 years so I was like, ‘Ah, I don’t know,’ but long story short, I ended up winning four gold medals and setting a couple American records which I wasn’t planning on doing. So I got the bug to do it again,” exclaimed Ray. He competed again in Los Angeles at the LA Fit Expo in 2014 and won three more gold medals and set a couple more American records. “It just showed me that my years of training had given me a foundation and I had some strength I didn’t think I had. So I got serious and began training heavily and a few weeks ago in Laughlin Nevada at the AAU World Championships I competed in the 275 pound weight class in my age group and came back with seven gold medals and I set seven AAU world records which was phenomenal. And it was heavy stuff, atlas stones, tire flipping, tire tossing, farmer walks, circle carries, sled pulls sled pushes, man we did everything and it was a good time,” he said. There are more competitions on the horizon for Ray, but he says his biggest reward is seeing the athletes that he trains “take their performance to the next level.” “My job is to ensure that these athletes improve their performance, prevent injuries and train with a variety of physical and mental chal-

Ray Andesron competes in carrying Atlas Stones.

Ray Anderson, 59, competes in the Tire Toss. Courtesy photos

(Right) Ray Anderson recently won seven Gold medals and set seven AAU Feats of Strength American & World Records in the 275lb Division.

lenges that they will be facing in competition. I want them to be able to enjoy life after sports,” said Ray. For more information on Maxt Sports Academy email maxtsportsperformance@gmail. com, aaucoachraystrength@gmail. com, or call (951) 698-1558. To comment on this story online, visit

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Discover Myrtle Creek Gardens & Nursery Fallbrook landmark settled in the late 1800s FALLBROOK – Myrtle Creek Gardens & Nursery offers acres of tranquil and poetic nursery grounds, gardens, a gift shop and luncheonette. A nursery experience like no other The moment you set foot on the awe-inspiring grounds of Myrtle Creek Gardens & Nursery nestled among historical oak forests, you will feel a sense of peace and tranquility. Walking the grounds is a relaxing experience that calms the mind and brings you to a simpler time. Shop the treasure of vintage gifts, eat a healthy lunch, or find a garden bench and relax with a cup of tea. The Myrtle grounds and history Myrtle Creek, which meanders through the grounds of this 30-acre farm, is a clear running, spring-fed stream flowing year-round. The Landmark Fallbrook Barn,

home to a few lucky farm animals, is the oldest original structure on the grounds. Its red color is derived from original settlers who treated the wood planking with a mixture of linseed oil and rust from retired farm equipment. The stunning hand-painted mural which adorns its front-face makes this barn picture-perfect. The design of the Sherman Plantation House, which overlooks the nursery grounds, was inspired by architectural drawing of an 1840s Atlanta plantation house. The Sherman family – the current owners of Myrtle Creek Gardens & Nursery – are descendants of General William Tecumseh Sherman. General Sherman, nicknamed “Uncle Billy” by his Union Army troops, is famous for fighting for rights and “freedom for all” in the American Civil War. The farmhouse, circa 1899, was an original homestead in Fallbrook’s Myrtle Creek Valley. Settlers raised the barn and resided

with their livestock while they constructed the Fallbrook Farmhouse. Visit Myrtle Creek Gardens & Nursery Browse through the Farmhouse Gift Shop with gourmet foods, artistic garden decorations, handmade ironworks, colorful floral containers, handmade jewelry, water features and fountains, woven sun hats, garden bistro sets, and much more. Open daily. Café Bloom offers a serene setting for a light organic lunch. Originally a carriage house, the café has been newly renovated to include a beautiful deck overlooking the water wheel-fed lily pond. Enjoy fresh organic soups, sandwiches, seasonal salads, and handmade pastries from farm-totable catering. Open Saturdays and Sundays. Seminars and hands-on workshops on topics such as Native Plants, Mosaic Art, Growing Giant Pumpkins, Edible Gardening,

Natural jams, jellies, and marmalades are made at Myrtle Creek Courtesy photo Nursery and made available for purchase.

Fairy Gardens, Holiday Wreaths, and more are held monthly. Learn techniques from the horticultural staff and San Diego experts. Visit for the event calendar New for 2014, live music will be offered on the Garden Terrace. As you stroll through the grounds, you

will enjoy a potpourri of talented musicians from throughout California, featuring jazz, blues, folk, and country. Live on Saturdays. Myrtle Creek Gardens & Nursery is located at 2940 Reche Rd. in Fallbrook. For more information, call (760) 728-5340 or visit

Growing blueberries for health and fun least two plants per family member. When to plant By growing early, mid, and lateseason varieties one can harvest blueberries from early summer until fall. Blueberries ripen over a two- to five-week period. Harvest Highbush blueberries every five days as the color becomes a deep blue. Blueberries can be planted almost any time of year in Southern California. Cultivars suited for this region include Misty, fruiting as early as April. Early-flowering Reveille is harvested May through early July. High-yield Sharpblue harvests through June and July. There are a few varieties such as Ozark Blue which yield late season August berries. Due to the mild climate it is possible to have an extended season with fresh berries all year. INLAND EMPIRE – Blueberries are one of the healthiest fruits around; they are low calorie, almost fat-free, packed with Vitamin C, antioxidants and dietary fiber – and they taste wonderful. As if that weren’t enough, they can add striking beauty to a garden. Whatever the reason for growing them, blueberries will work very well in local landscape plans. In addition to the fruit they produce, they have beautiful bell-shaped blooms in spring, handsome glossy foliage in the growing season, striking fall color and bright red stems in winter. Berries are packed with plenty of essential nutrients the human body requires – vitamins A, C, E, K, B6, and B12, which are known to have many health benefits. Another major health benefit of berries is their immunity boosting capabilities. In addition to keeping defenses high against general illnesses, berries also improve heart health. These antioxidants also balance blood fat levels, which helps regulate high cholesterol. Other antioxidant health benefits of berries include its ability to fight certain

types of cancer. The high amounts of manganese found in all berries are especially helpful in flushing out the digestive system of toxins. Blueberries are easy to grow, require little care and are seldom bothered by pests. They can vary in size from low ground-covering varieties to large bushes ranging 4- to 6-feet high. Their versatility allows them to be used as background shrubs or as border plants. They even make excellent hedges, if spaced correctly. If one is limited in space or just has a patio, consider planting them in containers. Different varieties of blueberries produce different sizes of fruit, with flavor ranging from tart to very sweet. Larger fruiting varieties produce fruit perfect for fresh eating and large desserts, while smaller fruiting varieties are better for adding to cereals, muffins and pancakes. The Southern Highbush varieties of blueberries are especially suited to the Southern California climate. Be sure to select different cultivars to lengthen the harvest season from June until the end of August. For blueberry lovers, one should plan at

Location Blueberries grow best in a sunny location. They tolerate partial shade, but produce fewer blossoms and fruit. Blueberries should not be planted near trees or crowded by other shrubs. Blueberry bushes live 30 to 50 years, so it is wise to give them adequate space to spread out. Good air circulation helps prevent fungal diseases. Highbush blueberries need 4 to 6 feet between plants, and the smaller half-highbush require 2 to 3 feet. Blueberry bushes come into full maturity in their fifth or sixth year, producing 5 to 10 pounds of fruit per bush. Soil They prefer a light, airy acid soil (with a pH level of 4.0 to 5.5). Adding 50 percent peat moss to each hole is highly recommended. By adding organic compost or peat moss as a soil additive, it will lower the pH factor to an acceptable level. Blueberries like to stay moist, but not wet. If the soil does not drain well, consider building a raised bed to plant them in. Mulch around the plants about 4 inches from the main trunk to

prevent weed growth and retain moisture. Fertilize twice a year in early spring and again in late spring/ early summer with cottonseed meal or an another acid-inducing plant food such as Dr. Earth® Azalea and Camellia food. Continued care Prune during the dormant season. Starting in the fourth year, remove dead and weak branches. Thin out branches smaller than the diameter of a pencil. As the bush ages, re-

move old, unproductive branches to stimulate new growth, leaving 6 to 8 productive branches. Prune interior crossing branches to admit light to the center of the plant. Besides their amazing health benefits and taste, they are easy to grow! Why not grow blueberries? For more information on growing blueberries, visit Grangetto’s Farm & Garden Supply in Fallbrook at 530 E. Alvarado St. Phone (760) 728-6127.

Menifee property owners required to remove weeds, excess vegetation that pose fire risk MENIFEE – Fire season is approaching and the City of Menifee is asking property owners, especially those of vacant lots, to remove wild brush, weeds and any junk, trash or debris located on the property. The process of maintaining land and keeping vegetation to a minimum is known as weed abatement. Weed abatement is critical in preventing the start and fueling of wild land fires. Menifee property owners are required to cut down and remove hazardous vegetation by May 31. Owners who do not maintain wild brush and weeds on his/her property will be notified and if not corrected, the city will then remove the hazardous materials charging land owners an administrative fee of $126 per parcel, in addition to the cost of removal services. Weed abatement requirements are as follows: * The parcel must have weeds cut and maintained as noted below and be free of rubbish/trash or debris at all times. * Land owners must keep clear

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professional baseball life in their state-of-the-art facility. This is the twenty-first anniversary of the Storm at the Diamond and Pete Lehr Field, considered one of the finest venues in all of minor league baseball, seating over 8000 for baseball. In that time, the Storm has sent 120 players to the major league and won three California League Championships. The facility can handle 14,000 for other events, like concerts. Upcoming events at the Diamond include Eibach Springs Honda Meet on May 4 and the Memorial Day 5k/10K run on May 26. Details can be found online at Take the day off and watch a great tripleheader as these local teams battle it out.

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Home Runs (Top 5) 1. Devin McKesson (Temescal Canyon) - 3 2. Eli Thomas (Temescal Canyon) - 1 3. Andrew Lundstrom (Heritage) - 1 4. Billy Haysom (Temescal Canyon) - 1 5. Bryce Macy (Paloma Valley) – 1 Runs Batted In (Top 5) 1. Devin McKesson - 17 2. Billy Haysom - 15 3. Ryan Edinger - 14 4. Austin Clifton - 13 5. Sean Trimble – 12

Stolen Bases (Top 5) 1. Andrew Lundstrom (Heritage) - 13 2. Zach Butler (Heritage) - 7 3. Austin Clifton (Heritage) - 7 4. Michael Dimarco (Heritage) - 6 5. Joshua Arvizu (Paloma Valley) - 6 Earned Run Average (Top 5) 1. Adrian Gonzalez (Heritage) - 1.14 2. Devin McKesson (Temescal Canyon) - 1.17 3. Parker Fokken (Paloma Valley) - 1.22 4. Anthony Villa (Heritage) - 1.53 5. John (Hermie) Mendoza (Perris) - 1.63 Wins (Top 5) 1. Parker Fokken (Paloma Valley) - 6 2. Sammy Fitzgerald (Elsinore) - 5 3. Ty Connor (Temescal Canyon) - 4 4. Sean Trimble (Temescal Canyon) - 4 5. Daniel Naus (Elsinore) - 4 *Standings and Stats based on most recent MaxPreps updates

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Dane Benham, w ­­ ho has been the assistant coach and head JV coach under Chris Shore at Great Oak High School, has been named the new head coach for the boys varsity water polo team also known as the “PoloPack”. Benham won a CIF title as a player with Mt. Carmel High School of San Diego in the 2002-03 season. He went on to play goalie at Pepperdine University (for Olympic Coach Terry Schroeder) where he earned a BA in history and a teaching credential. He currently teaches world history at Great Oak. “I am looking forward to coaching a fantastic group of young men,” said Benham, “and carrying on a tradition of hard work, sportsmanship and success started by Coach Shore. He is a great mentor and friend.” Shore retired this year after founding and coaching the Great Oak teams for eight years. Great Oak has made it to the first round of CIF Southern Section playoffs each of the past three years. Last year’s PoloPack was 12-8, with wins over eight top ten teams in four divisions. “One of our goals this year is to crack the top ten in Division II,” said Benham. The Division is dominated each year by Murrieta Valley, who was ranked #2 in the final CIF-SS top ten coaches poll (Nov. 9, 2013); Vista Murrieta was ranked #9 in that poll. The Great Oak PoloPack will be holding their Spring Clinic on May 21-22, 2014. For more details, go to

Fans will be able to watch three baseball games in one day for only $5 admission. The opening game features Temescal Canyon and Elsinore playing at 1 p.m.; Lakeside will take on Perris at 4:15 p.m.; and Heritage will meet up against top seeded Paloma Valley at 7:30 p.m. under the lights. This year’s event sponsors include Lake Chevrolet, Juice It Up, Rancho Physical Therapy, Swivel Vision, Executive Event Services, Get Air trampoline Park, Hill Recovery, Sun Pro Solar, and Paradise Chevrolet. Sponsorships are still available for the Sunbelt League Showcase. Contact Laurianna Briana at lbriana@myvalleynews. com for details. This is the sixth year that the Storm has provided local high school baseball teams with the opportunity to experience the

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The Wildcats are 15-4 on the season and are coming into this week of league play unbeaten at 9-0.

With the baseball season winding down all over the country, the race to the playoffs is heating up. For the teams in the Sunbelt League, there could be a photo finish at the top. “Right now, we know we have a huge target on our back, but we wouldn’t have it any other way,” said Paloma Valley Head Coach Chuck Kemp. The Wildcats are 15-4 on the season and are coming into this week of league play unbeaten at 9-0. “Our league games have been won as a team, and team wins mean a lot. We are not throwing double digit scoring games on the board, or outscoring our league opponents by a whole lot of runs, but we are playing smart baseball right now and that helps,” exclaimed Kemp. Elsinore (11-9, 6-3) and Perris (2-10, 0-9) recently took the Wildcats the distance, dropping their games by only 1 run, proving that the race to the end could get a lot tighter. Temescal Canyon (13-6, 7-2) is right on the heels of Paloma Valley and will face a tough opponent in Lake Elsinore this week before taking on the Wildcats next week. This year the Sunbelt teams will all face each other 3 times in league play and the last time the Titans met up against the Wildcats in league they lost 5-2, and also dropped one to them in a tournament game 8-4 as well. “All of these teams, especially Temescal Canyon, are going to be coming strong and I just keep telling our boys to focus on the next game and to not look ahead,” added Kemp. Heritage High School (10-9, 4-5) has been relatively quiet, trying to maintain their composure and have been staying consistent by leveling off in the middle of the pack all season, while Perris and Lakeside (5-14, 1-8) are still hoping to turn things around with 6 game left in the season. Friday, May 2 the Valley News Diamond Showcase will be back for the second time this year, but is set to feature the Sunbelt League teams this time that will be playing in a triple header at Diamond Stadium, home to the Lake Elsinore Storm, Class A-Advanced farm team of the San Diego Padres.


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Last year the young Great Oak High School tennis team started seven sophomores and finished third in the Southwestern League. Great Oak had some growing to do and one year has made all the difference. Players up and down the lineup are bigger, better, and more confident. Great Oak (15-1, 6-0) finds itself atop the Southwestern League standings with four matches to go. This growth has created an increased depth that has been unmatched in league this year. “Every single person on varsity has been playing and practicing off season. We are committed and continue to grow. At least half of our players play open USTA tournaments,” says Nakhil Nagpal, an open tennis ranked junior with a 34-7 record this year playing singles and doubles. “The team this year is so deep that coach can mix up the line-up to match the strength of our opponents.” Josh Robbins (45-3) and Kyle Le (35-6), both open ranked players, returned in singles for the Wolfpack. Oftentimes, depending on the opponent, one of the singles players will play with doubles specialist Chad Skelton (40-7), and freshman Joseph Balleweg will move to singles. Balleweg (31-17) has stepped up to the challenge: “The league is deep. I am learning a lot. It is great to have the opportunity to play singles on such a deep team. We are one of the best leagues so I get to play against all of the top players.” The Southwestern League is indeed one of the strongest in Southern California. Vista Murrieta has strong singles play from

Michael White and Christian Francisco. Three-time defending champion Temecula Valley does well in doubles, but the depth of Great Oak has ensured wins over both opponents (14-4 vs Vista, 12-6 vs TVHS), with one round to go. TVHS and VMHS have split wins against each other this season. In the first game of the second round, Great oak beat Vista Murrieta 10-8 to ensure at least a share of the league title. Great Oak would have to lose their last three and Vista Murrieta would have to win out. Southwestern League Standings Great Oak High School 7-0 Vista Murrieta High School 4-3 Temecula Valley High School 4-2 Chaparral High School 2-4 Murrieta Valley High School 2-4 Murrieta Mesa High School 0-6 The Wolfpack is among the top five in CIF Southern Section Division 3. They have outscored their opponents 220 -71 with an average margin of victory of 11.7 points (15.4 – 3.7). The Great Oak players universally cite team atmosphere as a big factor in the success: “The team has really come together. Cheering for each other. Overall putting in a much higher effort with more intensity than we were in years past,” Robbins explains. Skelton adds “We have a great chance at going all the way to a championship. We are a very cohesive group this year. The camaraderie is excellent. We are all really good friends and we really play as a team.” Junior Anthony Agbay (26-12), freshman Harrison Carrillo (2818), sophomore Matt Kim (30-14), junior Quinton Nguyen (32-11) and sophomore Connor Davis (10-7)

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round out the varsity line-up. “We are having a great season. The kids work hard every day. The attitude is very positive. We have had to play very tough competition and we have come out well so far. So we are just looking to keep momentum going into the CIF playoffs,” remarks head coach Ray Fisher. With the strength of the Southwestern League victories and a recent win over #2 (D4 CIF) Redlands, this team may be riding that momentum for some time to come. And, look out, the Wolfpack starting players haven’t stopped growing and they will all be back next year.

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Temecula Valley sweeps Chaparral The Golden Bears (15-4, 6-3) bounced back last week after dropping two games two weeks ago to cross-town rivals Vista Murrieta (14-6, 4-5). Temecula Valley swept the three game series against the Chaparral Pumas (9-11, 2-7) with an earlier win in the season and again last week by scores of 14-3 and 11-0. Temecula Valley’s bats couldn’t be stopped as they delivered on 25 hits, 4 of which went over the fence from Matt Poladian, AJ Sawyer, Bruce Young and David Maldonado. Poaldian and Maldonando capitalized on more than their HR’s as they also both combined for 8 hits on the week and David earned “Player of the Game” rights for his Tuesday performance where he also hit 3 doubles in the game. Burke Mitchell picked up his fifth win of the year, while Brandon Koch picked up his fourth for the Golden Bears.

The Pumas have had a hard time finding the right answer in their lineup as they have been injury plagued since early on in the season. The Pumas offense is leading a good amount of the Southwestern League categories, including having 4 players with the top 5 batting averages and leading in overall runs scored, but they are also leading in runs against and their pitching is definitely coming up short. Great Oak puts a stop to the Vista Murrieta Broncos wining streak Great Oak also managed to bounce back from a bit of a lackluster week when they dropped two games to Murrieta Valley two weeks ago by taking out Vista Murrieta last week, who was ranked #2 in the state. Thanks to a 7 run third inning Great Oak took the first game 8-3 and turned back around and won its second victory over the Broncos on Thursday by hanging on for a 4-3 win over the Borncos. The Pack’s starting pitcher Brad Wegman cruised through the Bronco lineup for six innings and had blanked Vista Murrieta until the seventh. The Broncos scored three runs off the Great Oak starter and Coach Eric Morton called on reliever Mitch Hayes to put the Broncos away. Hayes responded and got the next three outs and earned the save for

the Wolfpack. Hayes also went 2 for 3 with an RBI against the Broncos, Brett Dillon had two hits, scored and knocked in one. Cory Souza also had an RBI in the game for the Wolfpack. Bronco pitcher Jack Moberg got the loss. Hunter Tidwell got two hits for Vista Murrieta while Jerry Knapp, Coltin Gerhart and Angel Ortiz had the three Bronco RBIs. The Wolfpack is now 16-5 overall and 6-3 in league. The win keeps the Pack in a three-way tie for first place in the Southwestern League with Murrieta Valley and Temecula Valley. Vista Murrieta is 14-6 and second place in the league with a 4-5 record.   Murrieta Valley takes their series after unexpected loss to the Rams After shutting out the Murrieta Valley Nighthawks 3-0 last Tuesday in a game that was chalked full of controversial calls, Murrieta Mesa couldn’t find the answer on Thursday and for the second time this season were blanked by the team that hails from the same side of town. Things seemed to get back to normal with the convincing 9-0 win as senior Ben Mora was flawless on the mound and threw a no-hitter against the Rams. Mora pitched all seven innings and struck out six. Coach Monte Jones named him Player of the Game. The Nighthawk attack was led by Kevin Padlo, Dominic Morace and Aaron Shackelford. Each had two hits, Knocked in two RBIs and scored. James Schmidt had two hits while Rylee Robinson and John Moral had an RBI each. The victory improves the Nighthawks to 14-7 on the season. More importantly, Murrieta Valley is 6-3 and once again finds itself in a three way tie for first place in the Southwestern League. The Rams are now 8-12 overall and 3-6 in league.

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ometimes simple is the best; and Executive Chef Sean Sullivan at Pala Mesa’s Aquaterra restaurant tells us that their Hollandaise Sauce is made with only three ingredients – lemon juice, butter and eggs. However, a great deal of training and plenty of practice goes into learning how to make this simple sauce. Chef Sean explains that in culinary school creating Hollandaise was “so hard to learn, but it’s a simple process once you have learned it – there are very few

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places that make Hollandaise from scratch anymore.” He continued, “One of the things that we do better here than most resorts, is make 95 percent of everything from scratch.” A secret to Chef Sean’s stellar sauce is first whisking it over heat, then testing it. “If it doesn’t drip off my finger it is perfect.” Aquaterra’s Hollandaise Sauce is simple, classic and it works. To those who are on the hunt for a perfect Hollandaise sauce – try their version that crowns the “Classic Eggs Benedict.” It’s just the right consistency – fluffy and airy – and it’s a generous serving. What lies just below the Hollandaise sauce is Canadian bacon and poached eggs over toasted English muffins. Tender “Smashed Browns” and fruit complement Aquaterra’s Hollandaise sauce is made with only three ingredients lemon juice, butter and eggs.

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because you won’t need to embellish this dish. Chef Sean definitely knows how to wield his salt. However, Chef Sean doesn’t do all of the salting or the cooking, no, in his nine years at Aquaterra he has had the pleasure of training,

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and working with, a talented team of cooks - each with their own specialties. Aquaterra offers about fifteen different breakfast choices; and for those who want a lighter breakfast, the menu lists a fresh fruit plate, Irish oatmeal, and granola. Enjoy breakfast in the dining room with a wall of windows stretching from ceiling to floor. The linen-draped tables are far enough apart that you can’t eavesdrop on your neighbors. But, it’s also a lot of fun to watch the golfers take their swings on the fairway. Relax, enjoy your breakfast, and

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Oak Grove Center honors local business and individual with Big Oak Award MURRIETA – Four hundred people gathered at Oak Grove Center to celebrate the 10th annual An Evening Under the Oaks presented by Lexus of Riverside on Saturday, April 12, netting over $41,000 in funds for the non-profit. Proceeds will help expand services for the at-risk and special needs children they serve including enhancing technology, autism services and adding a school library and arts room. In addition to live and silent auctions and dinner provided by various local eateries, the event included surprise visits by several Oak Grove Center alumni who shared their successes since discharge from the facility. In addition, awards were pre-

sented to Pechanga Resort & Casino and to honor the memory and legacy of Elsa Brewer.  According to Tammy Wilson, CEO of Oak Grove Center, the Big Oak Award is usually presented to one individual or business that shows exceptional support for the organization. This year, Oak Grove Center had the distinct honor of presenting two awards. As one of the first supporters of Oak Grove, Pechanga Resort & Casino has also been one of the most consistent. As the beneficiary of Pechanga’s Celebrity Charity Golf Tournament, the Oak Grove Murrieta Campus moved beyond an outdoor sports court to building a gym, which opened last year. In addition, Pechanga continues to

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host Oak Grove’s annual golf and Chef Open event, which supports the sports program. Elsa Brewer, who lost her battle with breast cancer in February, will always be remembered for her love of the arts and her vision for expanding the Oak Grove Arts program. Her leadership provided a role model to others on caring for kids and providing opportunities to heal, grow, explore and change.

Her sons Justin and Nathan (The Brewer Boys) have grown up supporting Oak Grove and graciously accepted the award on her behalf. “This year’s event was bittersweet,” said Wilson. “As we reflect on the past ten years of An Evening Under the Oaks, we celebrate the healing of so many of our kids and the growth of our programs. We are thankful for the many businesses and individuals that continue to

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to alcoholism after college. Though excessive alcohol consumption is harmful to men and women alike, women who consume comparable amounts of alcohol as men are very likely putting themselves in more danger than their male counterparts. That’s because, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol disperses in body water, and women have less water in their bodies than men. So, when a man and a woman of the same weight drink the same amount of alcohol, the woman’s blood alcohol concentration will be higher than the man’s, putting her at greater risk for both long-term and immediate harm. There are additional health risks for women who consume alcohol. Liver damage: Females who drink are more likely to develop alcoholic hepatitis, or liver inflammation, than men who drink the same amount of alcohol. Alcoholic hepatitis can also pave the way for cirrhosis, a chronic disease of the liver that is often the result of alcoholism. Pregnancy: Many women are aware that drinking during pregnancy carries enormous risk, but few may know the actual consequences of such behavior. When a woman

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Brinn Tomlinson of Temecula Valley High School wins Shakespeare in the Vines scholarship

Students perform comedic, dramatic monologues at Old Town Temecula Community Theater Stephanie C. Ocano Editor Twenty-five students took to the stage on Wednesday, April 23, channeling their inner Shakespeare in the hopes of attaining a $400 scholarship. Organized by the Shakespeare in the Vines theater company, the second annual event took place at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater with actors and actresses performing monologues from classic Shakespeare plays. Brinn Tomlinson, 18, a senior at Temecula Valley High School, took first place in the competition. One of her monologues was a performance of Portia from “Julius Caesar.” Tomlinson has been acting for three years at Temecula Valley High School. Second place was awarded to Lois Wyman of Chaparral High

School who earned a $200 scholarship. Finalist awards and $50 scholarships went to Ingrid Adams of Great Oak High School, Rebecca O’Malley of Temecula Preparatory School, and Rama Kumaran of Dehesa Charter School. The competition was judged by professional actors who offered feedback on the students’ performances. The judges were Maurice Benard, star of the daytime television series “General Hospital;” John Leon, an award-winning stage actor; and Christopher Salazar, an actor and teaching artist with the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. The event was co-sponsored by the Temecula Theater Foundation and Arts Connection, the City of Temecula, and the Temecula Valley Unified School District.

Brinn Tomlinson of Temecula Valley High School performs as Portia from ‘Julius Caesar’ during the Shakespeare in the Vines high school competition on April 23, 2014 at the Temecula Old Town Community Theater. Tomlinson won 1st place in the competition.

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Lois Wyman of Chaparral High School performs as Queen Margaret from ‘Richard III’ during the Shakespeare in the Vines high school competition on Wed. April 23, 2014 at the Temecula Old Town Community Theater. Wyman won 2nd place in the competition.

Steven Turk of Linfield Christian High School performs as Hamlet from ‘Hamlet’ during the Shakespeare in the Vines high school competition.

[Above] Jacob Morrison of Temecula Preparatory School performs as Hamlet from ‘Hamlet’ during the Shakespeare in the Vines high school competition.

[Above] Tatianna Padgett of Temescal Canyon High School performs as Juliet from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ during the Shakespeare in the Vines high school competition on Wed. April 23, 2014 at the Temecula Old Town Community Theater.

Tim Evans of G.E.N.I.U.S. Commonwealth School performs as King Henry from ‘Henry V’ during the Shakespeare in the Vines high school competition on Wed. April 23, 2014 at the Temecula Old Town Community Theater.

[Left] Rama Kumaran of Dehesa Charter School performs as Macbeth from ‘Macbeth’ during the Shakespeare in the Vines high school competition on Wed. April 23, 2014 at the Temecula Old Town Community Theater.

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City of Temecula welcomes new manufacturing company, Bomatic Inc. TEMECULA – The City of Temecula is pleased to welcome Bomatic Inc. a custom packaging plastic manufacturer to the City. Bomatic Inc. recently closed escrow on a 177,000 square foot building on Business Park Dr., within Temecula’s established business park. Bomatic will be relocating and expanding their headquarters from Ontario to Temecula. This expansion will initially bring 50 jobs to the city and the company expects to grow to over 100 jobs in the next five years. City of Temecula Mayor Maryann Edwards says, “We are excited

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2015 Subaru Legacy receives upscale re-design Paul Bandong Staff Writer “There were lots of high-dollar exotics and concept cars there,” said Bill Brumbaugh, general manager of Hine Mazda and Hine Subaru of Temecula, upon his return last week from the New York International Auto Show. “But there was also good news for consumers in terms of real ‘value for the dollar’ offerings from manufacturers.” One of those offerings is the redesigned 2015 Subaru Legacy. The Legacy has enjoyed a sterling reputation for outstanding reliability over the years; the redesign gives it a more sporty, upscale and modern look; more interior room; better gas mileage; a quieter ride; more active-safety features; and all-new infotainment system. The more attractive look starts with a lower windshield angle with the base pulled forward two inches, narrower A-pillars, a larger grille, lower and wider stance, WRX-inspired headlamps and LED taillights. The Active Grill Shutter system helps achieve 10 percent better aerodynamic efficiency and fuel economy. The aluminum hood cuts weight. The overall look is more of a sporty coupe than the boxy sedan

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of previous years, which should appeal to today’s buyers. The interior is clean and sporty with a horizontal design to add to the feel of spaciousness (the additional 1.6 cu ft gives it the largest interior passenger volume in the midsize segment). There are more soft-touch surfaces throughout as well as a standard 6.2” touch-screen display. The slightly-elevated seats contribute to better outward visibility. The 60/40 split folding rear seatbacks add versatility to the bigger trunk (15 cu ft). Fuel economy in this year’s models is improved. The base 175-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gets 26 city/36 hwy, 30 mpg combined. The 256hp flat six-cylinder gets 20 city/28 hwy, 23 mpg combined. Both get the Lineartronic® CVT transmission and standard all-wheel drive. This includes a six-speed manual mode and steering wheel paddle shifters – and this is an all-wheel drive car. The new unibody is 43 percent stiffer; the re-tuned suspension is more compliant without sacrificing handling response. Interior noise and vibration is also reduced with the use of laminated acoustic windshield glass, thicker floor and fender well sheet metal, more insulation under the carpeting, liquid-filled engine mounts and more sounddeadening foam throughout the substructure. This year’s Legacy model is made safer with ventilated rear rotors added to the four-wheel disc brake system, electric powerassist steering, standard rearview camera and optional blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive foglights. Subaru’s EyeSight® system (available on Premium and Limited trim models) integrates adaptive cruise control,

pre-collision automatic braking and lane departure warning. Five Subaru models have been rated as top safety picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The new standard Infotainment System includes a CD player, 6.2” touch-screen Starlink with Aha and Pandora capabilities, the rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, iPod control, a USB port and an aux-in port. The system puts news, food information, weather, music, podcasts, audiobooks, and other multimedia content at the user’s fingertips. The 2015 Subaru Legacy will arrive at dealers this summer in two models and three trims. The 2.5i will offer Standard, Premium and Limited trims; the 3.6R model offers only Premium trim with perforated leather upholstery, a ten-way power-adjustable driver seat, heated front and rear seats, a keyless entry/ ignition and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. The 2.5i Premium model offers a six-speaker sound system, seven-inch screen, SiriusXM and SMS texting. The Limited trim features the 576-watt sound system with twelve Harman Kardon speakers. The 2015 Subaru Legacy competes in a crowded class and the new sleek styling, upgraded technology and higher content level puts it among the top contenders. Its real legacy, of course, is a history of years and years of outstanding reliability in its torquey engines and all-wheel dive systems. In fact, 95 percent of Subaru vehicles sold in the last ten years are still on the road today. The Subaru Legacy is the only car in its class with standard All-Wheel Drive. Test drive one soon at John Hine Subaru on Ynez Rd. in Temecula.

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* Innovative and hardworking! * Refreshing! * Old fashioned service-oriented! * Open 7 days a week! * No upfront fees! Serving All Of Riverside County BRE# 01234147 Call: Jeff for a consultation



Termite/Dry Rot Repair Remodels & Restorations Room by Room Renovations Escrow Repairs Lic#B928620 Insured & Bonded Call Jose 760-519-4432

Garage/Yard/Moving Sale


BLOCK SALE 7 Houses /Families, Sat. 5/3 7:30-3 Power tools, table saw, furniture, dining set, hutch, plants, scroll saw, antiques, clothes, tools, toys, entertainment center, glassware, & lots more! 813 Porter Way--Off of Iowa St.

sleeping area in house, heat/air. Huge fenced area, reasonable rates/references. For reservations, call (760) 723-6675.

Business Opportunity JULIAN AUTO BODY A successful Julian business. 10 year history, only shop in town. Equipment and inventory incl. Excellent lease, 10,000 s.f., frontage on main industrial park rd. 4 bays 24 x 26, plus office and paint booth. Owner leaving the state. Make offer @ 760-765-3755 or




DRIVERS: CDL-A train and work for us! Professional, focused CDL training available. Choose Company Driver, Owner Operator, Lease Operator or Lease Trainer. Call 877-369-7091  (Cal-SCAN) TRUCK DRIVERS - Obtain Class A CDL in 2 ½ weeks. Company Sponsored Training. Also Hiring Recent Truck School Graduates,  Experienced Drivers. Must be 21 or Older. Call: (866) 275-2349.  (Cal-SCAN) LAND FOR SALE OUT OF STATE 39 Acre Self Sufficiency Ranch $193 Month. Secluded-quiet 6,100’ northern AZ ranch. Evergreen trees/meadowland blend. Sweeping ridge top mountain/valley views. Borders 640 acres of Federal woodlands. Free well access, loam garden soil, mild  climate/camping and RV ok. $19,900, $1,990 dn, guaranteed financing. Pics, maps, weather, area info. 1st United 800.966.6690.  (Cal-SCAN) LEGAL SERVICES Auto Accident Attorney: INJURED IN AN AUTO ACCIDENT?  Call InjuryFone for a free case evaluation.  Never a cost to you.  Don`t wait, call now, 1-800-958-5341. (Cal-SCAN) MEDICAL/HEALTH      Canada Drug Center is your choice for safe and affordable medications. Our licensed Canadian mail order pharmacy will provide you with savings of up to 75 percent on all your medication needs. Call today 1-800273-0209 for $10.00 off your first prescription and free shipping.  (Cal-SCAN) MISCELLANEOUS

PERSONALS/ADULT MEET SINGLES RIGHT NOW! No paid operators, just real people like you. Browse greetings, exchange messages and connect live. Try it free. Call now 1-800-9453392. (Cal-SCAN) PET

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA FROM HOME. 6-8 weeks. ACCREDITIED. Get a Diploma. Get a Job! No Computer Needed. FREE Brochure. 1-800-264-8330. Benjamin Franklin High School (Cal-SCAN)

One call, does it all! Fast and Reliable Handyman Services. Call ServiceLive and get referred to a pro today: Call 800-9588267  (Cal-SCAN)

3 convenient locations: Menifee ~ Hemet ~ Temecula

Country Club 4650 Dulin Rd 8am-12pm household goods, tools, collectibles, furniture, clothing, books, art & more! South on Old 395 from 76 & 15 junction. May 3rd

Services Available AUTISM PROGRAM ETAS is pleased to announce the opening of its latest Child Development Program for special children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. ETAS is an IRC and insurance provider for ABA treatment. Visit us on the web at (909) 795-4255


yrs experience, very reasonable prices. Meals provided (951) 239-0367

offers a wide selection of herbs, vitamins, essential oils, homeopathics, teas, flower essences and other lotions and potions. Iridology and Live-Cell appointments are available. Come in for your FREE Bio-Scan! Bio-Scan will scan your body and tell you where your deficiencies are. We are located at 1223 S. Mission Rd. (Behind Pizza-Hut) 760 728-1244 (760) 7281244

Miscellaneous RODENT PROBLEMS? USE BARN OWLS They eat over 2000 rodents annu-

Miscellaneous Wanted I BUY OLD MILITARY uniforms, medals, knives, helmets, etc. Even stinky stuff you think is trash. Bob (760) 450-8498

Rental Management

We Make It Easy for You!

ally! Nesting boxes installed by professionals. 760-445-2023 www. BarnOwlBoxes. com Goodbye rodents!

Announcements PLEASE HELP OUR SON We are proud parents of a son that made the California State junior shooting team(The California Grizzlies) and I need financial donors to send him to the National competition in Camp Perry, Ohio. He is a good student and hard working. If you can help, please contact me. If you have a company, company advertising can be arranged. Stuart & Callie Miller (760) 822-1708.

Homes for Sale RU-29 ZONING .6 acres, 2 parcels, in

Property Management with Personal Attention

See a complete list of available rentals at:

Hemet 5BR/4BA, 3 car garage. No pets. Community pools/parks/ lakes. 3450 sf. $1600


Murrieta 2BR/2BA condo with garage. Lower level. Fridge, w/d. No pets. 1159sf. $1250

1BEDRM Spacious, clean. Walk-in closet, balcony, storage, Lovely Courtyard. No smokers. Pet on approval. $800. (760) 7287630

Attention Rental Owners & Investors

town. Rentable 1600s.f. home, $349,000. No agents. 760-504-5968

COUNTRY LIVING DE LUZ HEIGHTS 2BR 1BA, private laundry room, utilities/internet incl. Avail. now. $1200/mo plus dep. (760) 723-5351

Commercial/Industrial ping Location. Air condition $800 / Month, 447 Ammunition Road, Fallbrook (951) 3020502

Houses/Condos/ Cottages for Rent We Rent/Lease Apartments, Condos, Homes & Estate Homes from $850-$3,500. THOMPSON AND ASSOCIATES 1120 S. Main St. Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 723-1708 Please visit our website:

NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS for a 1 Bedroom/bath/kitchen-Living room; 575 sq. feet Granny Flat, close into downtown, $900 per month. Includes water, trash, electricity, cable with internet. No pets or smoking. Avail 6/1. Contact (760) 728-5060

we are in need of single-family homes and condos to rent. Please call for information & the management plans we offer.

Call 951-696-5920

39429 Los Alamos Road, #E, Murrieta

Mon-Fri 9-5 & Sat 10-3 • Lic #01130743

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Labor Policy, The Valley News will not publish any advertisement for employment that discriminates on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. The Valley News encourages equal opportunity in the workplace. PUBLIC NOTICE

Office Space/Retail PROFESSIONAL SUITE- 1593 S. Mission Rd 756 sq. ft, 2 offices, reception area, conference/kitchen area, BA w/ storage (760) 728-0185 RETAIL STORE AVAILABLE immediately. 2450 s.f., corner location (Hawthorne & Main). Includes loading dock, 90¢/s.f. per month with lease (760) 728-1281

Rooms / House To Share MASTER BR & BA, 2 large closets, downstairs. And patio. Rent $487.50. Approx util. $35. No pets. (760) 451-2795

All advertisements for the sale or rental of dwelling unites published in The Valley News are subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin or any intention to make such preference limitations or discrimination, in the sale, rental, or financing of housing. State laws forbid discrimination based on factors in addition to those protected under federal law. We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby served noticed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! something you would like to see more of or not at all? Or is there something you would like to read about that we haven’t covered yet? Send your input to

FALLBROOK 5/9 5/10 & 5/11 8am. Lots of large and small power hand and garden tools. Redwood table, lumber ad misc. household items. 2897 Toulouse Ln.

CHILD CARE Provided in Murrieta. 20


Valley News respects your opinion and would like your voice to be heard. Is there a specific section you prefer among the rest? Is there

Athletes. May 10. 32948 Canyon Crest Wildomar, CA 92595

Health & Fitness

SAWMILLS from only $4397.00- MAKE & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill- Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info/DVD: 1-800-578-1363 Ext.300N (CalSCAN)


Business directories have worked for those who are on a tight budget. Call today.

Making A...difference and a lot of money too. Call Lorraine (760) 421-1103

ft. to 1,800 sq. ft. in Fallbrook. (760) 7282807 or (760) 212-0584.


ing assistant. Quickbooks mandatory. $12$15 to start. Send resume to



(951) 400-3126

PART TIME OFFICE manager/account-


24 hours a day


Co. part to full time window cleaner needed. Clean driving record a must. Email reply to

1000 SQ FT Office Space. Excellent Ship-

• Resurfacing • Slurry Seal • Chip Seal • Crack Filling • Patching • Brick Pavers • Concrete • Striping Free Estimates!

Online / & Live Classes


REDUCE YOUR CABLE BILL! Get an AllDigital Satellite system installed for FREE and programming starting at $24.99/mo. FREE HD/DVR upgrade for new callers, SO CALL NOW! (877)366-4509 (Cal-SCAN)

(800) 611-0726 #1041


Employment Offered

PROJECT MAHMA: Mom At Home ATTN: DRIVERS! $$$ Top Pay $$$ Up to 50 cpm - Avg $1,000 weekly! Full Benefits + Rider & Pet Program. Be a Name, Not a Number. Orientation Sign On Bonus! CDL-A Required. 877-258-8782. com (Cal-SCAN)


Or Free Recorded Message

EXCEPTIONAL SPORTS YARD SALE All proceeds fund Special Needs

RANCHO MONSERATE’S ANNUAL IF YOU USED THE BLOOD THINNER PRADAXA and suffered internal bleeding, hemorrhaging, required hospitalization or a loved one died while taking Pradaxa between October 2010 and the present. You may be entitled to compensation. Call Attorney Charles H. Johnson 1-800-535-5727. (Cal-SCAN)

Keep your pet Happy, Healthy, and Protected. Call 800-675-7476 Now and get a free Pet Insurance Quote for your Dog or Cat. Choose Up to 90% Reimbursement. Get Special Multiple Pet Discounts. (Cal-SCAN)


Animal/Boarding & Sitting





Business Directory

Let us do ALL the work for you!! Serving the Inland Valley Area. Over 15 years experience. References upon request


Will Price Match Any Doctor in

Temecula Valley!

$59 $79

All Renewals A

New Patients

The Valley News • • May 2, 2014


Every new Subaru gets 2 years or 24,000 miles of complimentary maintenance.

Love a car that loves you back. Subaru is looking after you with Maintain the Love complimentary maintenance. 2014 SUBARU












• Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive • 30 MPG Hwy1 • 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick • Built in a Zero-Landfill Plant

• Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive • 36 MPG Hwy1 • 2012 IIHS Top Safety Pick • 7 Airbags Standard


$20,085 $32,787 $149




• Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive • Power Moon Roof • 7 Passenger • Back Up Camera



On approved credit. On select models.

$21,585 MSRP

– $1,500 MSRP $20,285 Total After Discount

• Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive • 32 MPG Hwy1 • Back Up Camera • 17 Inch Alloy Wheels



On approved credit. On select models.

$35,756 MSRP

– $2,969 MSRP

On approved credit. On select models.

DJD-01 Stk#S1209

$32,787 Total After Discount

ETD01 Stk# S1235



$0 Security Deposit $2,495 Total Due at Lease Signing

Financing For 72 Months

EAD Stk# S1091

John Hine Temecula Subaru

42050 DLR Drive, Temecula, CA 92591 #951-553-2000 Subaru, Outback, Impreza, Tribeca and Legacy are registered trademarks. 1EPA-estimated hwy fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary. All advertised prices exclude government fees, taxes and finance charges, any dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge and any emission testing charge. *Purchase or lease any new (previously untitled) Subaru and receive a complimentary factory scheduled maintenance plan for 2 years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first.) See Subaru Added Security Maintenance Plan for intervals, coverage’s and limitations. Customer must take delivery before 12/31/14 and reside within the promotional area. At participating dealers only. See dealer for program details and eligibility. $15.87 cost per $1,000 borrowed 0% financing. Outback terms $20,83 cost per $1,000 borrowed 0% financing. Tribeca terms $13.88 cost per $1,000 borrowed 0% financing. Offers expire 5/8/2014.

New Models are Here! All -New 2014 Mazda3 aUtomatic


All -New 2014 Mazda CX-5 sPort



aLL iN stocK!

aPr For 72 mos.

*2014 Mazda3 Automatic, model #99121. $199 a month plus tax. $2200 due at signing. 36 month lease. 12K miles per year. 15¢ excess miles. Tiers 1-4. Sale prices exclude tax, title and fees. Offer expires 5/8/2014.




aLL iN stocK!

*2014 Mazda CX-5 Sport, model #8801. $209 a month plus tax. $3445 due at signing. 36 month lease. 12K miles per year. 15¢ excess miles. Tiers 1-4. Sale prices exclude tax, title and fees. Offer expires 5/8/2014.

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