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Vol. XXII, No. 6 | June 2013

Editorial April Election

The result of the election held in April, deciding the fate of proposed changes in the CC&Rs, indicated that half of the voters were in favor and the other half opposed. What was at stake was the lowering of the vote requirement (67%) to a majority (51%) for capital improvements. The vote fell far short of passage. Many people were confused about 67%. Unfortunately it is 67% of the voting power, meaning all 1,632 homes, which equals 1,094 yes votes. That means it is 91% of 1,200 voters, which is our average turnout. In our April CC&Rs election, we only had 1,083 voters, so it would have required over 100% — or eleven more yes votes than we had voters! Obviously our current CC&Rs render us incapable of governing our own affairs regarding capital improvements. Besieged by flyers and local newsletters, many voters felt change was unnecessary. The failure to pass the measure involved many factors. Some suggested that . . . (1) Things are just fine as they are; that any change would not offer any significant benefit. Some new homeowners thought this was paradise compared to other retirement communities, so improvements are unnecessary. (2) Many feared that capital improvements of clubhouse facilities would entail assessment fees. For some homeowners on fixed incomes, any added fees could be a challenging EDITORIAL, CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

Bob Allen (left) and Bob Mellman face more work.

Woodshop Remodeling Nears Completion

The last walls were completed; the last coat of white paint nearly finished and the new back door was finally constructed. The entire project took almost two months to complete and the results are promising. For months, the Woodchucks eyed the adjoining unit occupied by O’Connell’s machinery. Newly purchased equipment and tools for Woodchucks required added space to allow workers to safely operate saws, sanders and other equipment. With the cooperation of Glenn Foreman, director of the O’Connell crew, a new container was located on the far end of the parking lot to house lawn mowers, edgers and other equipment for landscape maintenance. The new space has expanded to 1150

square feet with the added 400 square feet. The new unit will house lumber and supplies. It will also serve as a finishing room for the detailing and painting of toys. The old wood shop spaces can now be expanded to accommodate machinery to be operated in manageable spaces. Two new metal roll-up doors plus a rear door will make possible easy egress in case of an emergency. The Woodchucks have been in existence for the past 15 years, first operating in the room currently occupied by the Computer Room. The amount of dust and noise generated was incompatible in the Clubhouse, this plus the fact the room was inadequate for the size of the equipment. Soon, the Woodchucks were able to WOODSHOP, CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

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financial burden. (3) Some residents never use the clubhouse’s recreational and other facilities and feel capital improvements would provide no personal benefit for them. The attitude was, “Why should I be assessed when I would derive no benefit from them?” (4) A few homeowners are absentees who have rented out their homes – a number of them on a long-term basis. So, again, since any clubhouse capital improvements would provide no personal benefit, why vote to change? (5) A number of homeowners are “snow-birds” who have homes in other locations. Some consider OHCC merely a seasonal resting place or a break from their yearly routine – come and swim, play a little tennis, and return elsewhere. So they are not interested in improvements that would involve assessment fees. (6) And a few homeowners clearly dislike governments, this board or any governing board. Whatever our board proposes, they'll vote no. Consequently, the Master Board has a virtually impossible job of successfully proposing any major improvements to our nearly 30-year-old facility and the odds of making changes to our CC&Rs for capital improvements hover around zero. They will simply have to continue as best as possible to make “Band Aid” improvements and be content with that.

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It is a very sorry story, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles . . . along with some of our facilities.

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relocate to the current location adjoining the spaces occupied by O’Connell situated near the entrance to the RV lot. When that occurred, the membership soared and the Woodchucks became involved in a number of projects, not only for OHCC, but also for one of their major charities: the manufacture of hundreds of wooden toys for the children of families at Camp Pendleton. (It is interesting to note most residents have allowed their tools, saws and lathes to lie dormant in their garages when they know full well the equipment and supplies in the woodshop were far superior to their own.) While the use of the woodshop is restricted to members only, there is no charge to use the tools and machinery. Membership to the Woodchucks involves a thorough indoctrination conducted annually to insure safety measures are updated. Some lumber and supplies are available to members for small projects also at no charge. A number of senior members are readily available to demonstrate the new equipment and tools. For added information, call Woodchuck president, Larry Bowers.


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Deer Sighting

Mary Lou Buer uses the electronic magnifier to read the dictionary.

Library Update

The library finances are in good order. This, according to Alice Robeson, is due to the generosity of our residents who have contributed much to the success of the operation. Money donated has been matched dollar for dollar by the Ellen Kippel and Ken Donahue foundation. The Library Club is deeply indebted to all residents for their support. The large electronic magnifier has been a useful tool when reading small print in reference books become difficult. The reader merely places the book under the monitor, flips on the switch and presto, the print appears on the screen in large print. The magnifier is located in a corner of the library and is available to all residents. (Last year when a worker had an invisible but annoying sliver in his finger, he merely placed it under the magnifier and was able to locate and extract it. However, the use of the magnifier for invasive surgery is discouraged.) ********

GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT GROWING OLD Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.

By Ken and Patricia Hallworth It was just another ordinary morning when we were having breakfast on our veranda in the back yard. We get a full expanse of the view below us including some natural areas that A deer on campus. are occupied by small wildlife. Just as we were sipping our coffee, I saw some ruffling of the bushes and much to our surprise, we saw a deer casually gazing at us. It stood there for several minutes, just enough time to grab a camera and snap his picture. We have often seen small creatures such as opossums and squirrels, but never deer. Who knows? We may have to have “Deer Crossing” signs soon. ********

Bicyclists Warned

Bicyclists using Leisure Village Way as their pathway are cautioned to obey all traffic signs along the way. Many cyclists have the erroneous opinion that the pedestrian lane can also serve as a bicycle lane. This is not true. The use of the pedestrian lane as a bicycle lane can be hazardous to both pedestrians and cyclists. According to the Community Patrol Director, Len Weinstein, bicycles are considered to be vehicles and are to be driven on proper automobile lanes. Does this apply to golf carters too? “Yes,” says Len, “Golf carts are also vehicles and must be driven in car lanes, not pedestrian lanes or even on the wrong side of the road. Both cyclists and golf cart drivers must stop at all stop signs and give priority to pedestrians at cross walks.” ********


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Coyote Sightings

Several residents have recently reported sightings of coyotes. They were on open land behind OHCC and presented no immediate danger, except that residents were surprised at the loud howling. Others also saw a pair of coyotes, one smaller than the other, possibly a parent and a A coyote in search of a good meal. pup. Coyotes apparently do not present any danger to humans, but can carry off small pets, such as unattended dogs and cats. They are probably looking for food, mainly rabbits, squirrels and rodents. Pet food left exposed in back yards also attracts coyotes. Residents are urged to avoid placing pet food or water outside. Wildlife has survived in this area long before humans began invading their territory. As uninvited guests, we must learn to tolerate them. As for the coyotes, we can discourage them from enter-

ing the campus by making this a place where food is not readily obtainable. Coyotes can usually be frightened away by residents making loud noises such as shouting or striking the ground with a stick or cane. Do not contact Community Patrol for coyote sightings. Please call the Home Owners Association and they will offer advice. ********


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Swiped: Remote Controllers from Clubhouse Desk

Two remote TV controllers were inadvertently taken from the clubhouse desk after they had been returned there by workers. It was apparent that the people who had removed them were unaware that these controllers were programmed to work only on certain TVs in the clubhouse and that they would be useless anywhere else. Chris Bessey, clubhouse director, asks for their return, no questions asked. ********

New HOA kitchen; small but convenient.

Homeowners Office Remodel Complete

After a month’s overhaul of the HOA during April, the $22,000 project was completed on time. Besides the redo of the bathrooms, the closet-size kitchen was redesigned with newly hung cabinets, installation of a new sink and micro-wave oven into the wall cabinets. The counter-top was replaced and a new instant-hot water faucet installed. After 29 years of usage, the updated kitchen looks brand new, especially after a new coat of paint was applied. Now, residents will have access to the kitchen when they meet in the refurbished conference room. But the kitchen still remains small, so anyone using the facility must exhale before entering. ********

Lawsuit Challenges Quarry Creek Project

On May 9, the conservation group Preserve Calavera filed a lawsuit in Vista Superior Court challenging the City of Carlsbad’s April 2 decision approving the proposed 656-unit Quarry Creek residential development, located immediately west of Quarry Creek Shopping Center. The plaintiff claims that the city failed to adequately carry out its environmental analysis of the project’s many impacts, and failed to provide meaningful mitigation of the resulting increase in traffic congestion, even gridlock, on the adjacent City of Oceanside intersections and streets. The plaintiff’s attorney, Everett DeLano, explains that the lawsuit is not intended to block the development, but rather to seek a compromise that would reduce the number of apartments and condominiums in order to reduce traffic impacts on Oceanside and its residents and to protect ecologically, historically and scenically sensitive parcels of the property that were not formerly part of the quarry operation. ********

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seek safety from the injustice of tyranny? People come from the four corners of the earth, using boats, containers on ships, crawling through tunnels and other means. The United States is at the end of the rainbow and too many of us take our country for granted. It would be nice to show our appreciation by flying the American flag even if it is just for one day, the Fourth of July. Just do it; it will make you proud. (If you need a flag, call the Village Veteran representative, Tom Brennan 760-842-1470 and he will get one up for you.) ********

Show your colors this Fourth of July.

Fly Your Colors

With the coming of the Fourth of July just around the corner, wouldn’t it be nice to demonstrate our support for our troops? Aren’t we glad we live here in the United States under governing laws? Just how many people on this earth look forward to the day when they can come to this country to make a decent living, to


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features Village Happenings

By Selma Leighton What do teachers, judges, priests, computer experts, pharmacists, and C.P.A.’s have in common? Yes, you’ve figured it out. They all live here in Ocean Hills, and over the years many continue to play an active role in the community. Scott Sloan was into computers in the construction industry. Since retiring, among other things he has worked to provide computers to children in the Temecula school system. Helen once asked me, “How would you like to have 300 computers in your upstairs bedroom?” But you know Helen, she is most supportive. Lorna Goodman was a special education teacher in a very difficult neighborhood. Some of her experiences were unusual, not easy and sometimes frightening. She worked in this school for seven years. Yes, we need devoted teachers like Lorna. Besides

which, it prepared her for the trials and tribulations she now encounters playing bridge. Frank Dowling was a priest, and to this day, his giving personality is present in all that he does for the many organizations in which he is active. Often, I think his activities keep Lynn busy answering the phone for him. Jack Pivo was a Doctor of Pharmacy. He is no longer dispensing drugs, but he sure is great at dispensing dance steps along with Charlotte and the other Tappers. Using his feet instead of his hands. Judge Joe Katz is amazing. At the age of 93, he has been doing Arbitration and Mediation as recently as last November. How wonderful that all his education and experience are not wasted. And he still drives. There are certainly many other professions and jobs that people were part of in the past. I wish I knew them all. As you folks probably know, I owned a restaurant in New York; and yes, I like to cook. Why not? My friend, Sy Singer, does the dishes even though in his past as a C.P.A. he was a business manager to the stars. But I do like to cook, because cooking is fun, and you know I do like fun-ny. ********

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The Movie Scene By Joan Buchholz

Mud

This movie concerns two 14-year-old boys growing up in small Arkansas town along the Mississippi. I could not help thinking of Huckleberry Finn as it describes the adventure of living close to nature in the wild, evoking fishing, sailing and hunting. And the writers bring to mind Dickens’s Great Expectations when the two kids discover a handsome man called Mud (Matthew McConaughey) living high in a tree in a deserted island. Mud is on the run from the authorities in Texas where he claims to be unjustly accused of homicide. The two boys enter a pact and provide him with food and help him restore the craft as a means of escape. In a deft piece of storytelling, the director Jeff Nichols brings in several side stories such as a troubled family life, a former loner, a mysterious girlfriend and posse hunters. But through the eyes of one of the boys, we see the great meandering river with adventure, dangers and a journey elsewhere. The scenes on the island with Mud recall old tales, friendships, memories, suspicion and betrayal. It deals with the coming of age, moral growth, ethical tutelage and honor. While this was not my kind of movie, those who attended liked the great storytelling and the intricacies of various characters. But, like the title, it was dirt and grime, something I preferred not to see.

Yet for the tales and great acting by McConaughey, I must hand it three smiles out of four. ********

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When Oceanside was founded on July 3, 1888, it was already a seaside resort. There were several By Marileen Johnson, hotels, a wharf, an opera Community Reporter house and bathhouses. The wide sandy beaches Celebrate were perfect for camping Oceanside’s and “tent life.” The media Birthdays and wrote about its assets as “A magnificent beach, Sunsets high level ground waiting Folks are on the beach for a town site, great clievery evening in Oceanside mate and charming this month, most just to scenery.” The town’s seawalk and pause to watch the side focal point today is sun as it slips beyond the its 1,900 foot-long pier, Pacific Ocean. Sometimes the longest on the West we see the “Green Flash” An Oceanside sunset, an end to a perfect day. Coast. It was dedicated in and sometimes we don’t. 1978, having replaced five previous piers. The first was built in The sun’s red glow washes over the sand and a quiet calm spreads 1888. Storms and the unrelenting ocean waves destroyed former throughout the moment, interrupted by the shriek of a seagull and ones. the laughter of children splashing in the waves. The city has been a shooting location for many films, as early This summer, Oceanside will celebrate its 125th birthday on as 1914. Older movies include Sands of Iwo Jima and Flying July 3 and 4, our nation’s 237th year of independence. There will starring John Wayne. More recent was Top Gun, Leathernecks, be a cake to cut, flags to wave, a parade to cheer and fireworks to with Tom Cruise. Of course the water here has been a draw. Camp illuminate the sky, shining spotlights on our city. Oceanside might Pendleton hosted a pier swim in 1929 that was to become an annube the most unsung city of its size on the West Coast.

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al Labor Day event. It wasn’t until after World War II that the surf culture exploded and that continues to be enjoyed today. Beach fun has evolved into a multitude of events including Life Time Tri Oceanside and California 70.3 Triathlon. These include swims in the surf, beach soccer games, swim a loop around the pier, paddleboard races, U.S. Pro Long-boarding and World Body Surfing. Along with adventure sports like these, there are up and coming micro-breweries, thriving arts and cultural events and the historic Mission San Luis Rey...and of course those glorious sunsets. While some will say Oceanside is a sleeper, we can say it isn’t sleepy anymore. So let’s go for a walk on the beach and join the birthday celebrations in Oceanside and the United States on July 3 and 4. ********

Kippel’s Corner By Ellen Kippel

Three Timely Warnings to OHCC Pet Owners

1. We have had recent coyote sightings in the village. Please keep your pets safe. Cats should not be allowed to roam lose in the village and small dogs should not be allowed to be alone in your yard. Make sure that you do not leave food or water in your yard that could attract the coyotes.

2. Around the beginning of April, one of our resident’s dog caught a rat in the backyard about midnight when the dog was let out. The dog didn’t eat it, but bloodied it. The owner called the vet the next day to see if there could be a problem. The vet said not to be concerned unless he ate it. Then, about three weeks later the dog developed an eye infection with yellow oozing. The dog was taken to the vet and they gave the appropriate eye drops which helped. About a week later, the dog’s appetite slowly began to lessen a little bit more each day. His energy level began to drop. He was taken back to the vet. He had a fever of 102.3 (100 is normal) and was diagnosed with some dehydration and a urinary infection. When the dog developed other symptoms and got worse, the vet suspected leptospirosis, kidney cancer or an autoimmune disease. The dog continued to go downhill and the vet said he may not make it through the night, so as a “hail Mary” we said go ahead and give him the cortisone. He worsened and now had fluid in all his organs. We visited him one last time and had the vet put him to sleep on Thursday, May 18th. The owner recently got the test results back and they were told it was leptospirosis. Through contact with infected rodents (including rodent urine as well as contaminated water), it can be spread to humans. For both animals and humans the treatment is antibiotics for a week. One of the signs is eye infection! So, I would suggest that if anyone has an animal that comes in direct contact with any rodent, rodent urine or contaminated water, please ask your vet to give them a course of antibiotics for lepto as


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a precaution. The symptoms are diverse with fever, malaise, urinary/kidney infection, eye infection, vomiting, etc. The vet could not easily determine his problem and the treatments are different for the possible problems. Another one of our residents let me know that their dog was infected with the same family of bacteria, but the vet caught it in time. There is also a vaccination, however, it only lasts for two weeks and has many adverse side effects. The best treatment appears to be early intervention with antibiotics if your dog has any of the above symptoms. 3. Also, remember to watch out for rattlesnakes. ********

Computer Tips

(Excerpts from The Club Connection, a publication of the OHCC Computer Club, with permission of Jim Kaminsky, President.)

The Apple Core

By Bill Jones Dealing With Junk Mail Junk E-mail or spam is very annoying. It seems that every company in the world knows your e-mail address and fills your

inbox with their unsolicited, unwanted e-mails. There are proactive actions available from your e-mail provider. Cox, AOL, Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail all have spam filtering options available. Look for “spam filtering” on the website for each of the above. There are other actions available to mitigate your Junk Mail problem. These are “Don’ts:” Don’t reply to spammers in any way. It only serves to verify that you are a real e-mail address. Don’t unsubscribe or reply. Don’t believe everything you read. If it is too good to be true, it is not true. The bad guys design e-mails to look like they are real. It can look like an e-mail from your bank or investment broker. Never enter any sensitive information in a suspicious site. Don’t open attachments from someone you don’t know. It usually doesn’t hurt to look at the Junk E-mail. The problem comes when you open an attachment or link. Don’t let your curiosity get the best of you. Don’t be a spammer yourself. Refrain from sending your favorite joke, photograph, or video to your family and friends. And for heavens sake, don’t forward a forwarded e-mail with dozens of addressees listed. You can take action against Junk Mail. Train your Mac (computer) to use your e-mail service provider and follow the tips above to manage your Junk Mail. ********


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The Crusty Curmudgeon By Bob Wong

A tiny box containing four See’s soft-centered chocolates. An economy size box of Gas-X.. What an insult! Of all the nerve and audacity! I’m returning the gift tomorrow. I wonder if they will exchange those chocolates for English toffee? ********

Father’s Day Again

Every year, this day of interruption occurs. Every year, our kids have to pay homage to me, their dad. Now, at my age, I’ve had enough Father’s Days to last two life spans. I don’t need another. My wife tells me I’m simply spoiled and a dead beat. “Just let the kids enjoy themselves because they want to let you know they love you. So when you open their gifts, act surprised; say something nice like, ‘Oh mygosh, just what I needed.’ Don’t say what you said last year. Remember, you said, ‘What? Another set of cuff links? I don’t even have a shirt with French cuffs.’ Or remember what you said when they have given you a necktie? ‘Where can I get a refund for this tie?’” My wife recalls the time when my kids were children. Each Father’s Day, she would bring out a rather worn red box of after shave…Old Spice after shave in a ceramic bottle. She had used the same box of after shave for the past three years and each year, the children would gift wrap the box with fancy paper and a bow purchased at the dime store. And on the morning of the great event, they excitedly presented me with the gift covered with at least a yard of Scotch tape. And it became a tradition for my wife to serve me breakfast in bed and all three children climbed into bed to help me eat breakfast. I recall I always had left-overs of unbuttered toast. Forty-years later, they no longer climb into bed. Forty-years later, I don’t get that yearly package of Old Spice. Now I get insulting cards with gifts that reflect what I can use…such as “practical” presents. This time the card was attached to a large gift basket that contained: One economy size of Tylenol which if taken according to instructions, will last me for the next 25 years. Two bottles of Tums and a bottle of new Alka-Seltzer in the event Tums didn’t work. A set of rubber ear plugs that will be extremely effective on airplanes and home.

Health, Exercise and You By Andy Truban

Exercise Cuts Kidney Stone Risk

Women have another reason to exercise. Studies have found that low to moderate activity levels in women greatly reduce the incidence of kidney stones. Even walking for a few hours a week can cut the risk of developing this problem by about one third, a recent study found. “Every little bit makes a difference and the intensity doesn’t matter, just getting a minimum of exercise does,” said Dr. Mathew Sorensen of the University of Washington School of Medicine, who led the study. About 9 percent of people will get a kidney stone sometime in their life. The problem is a little more common in men, but the incidence has risen 70 percent over the past 15 years, most rapidly among women. Obesity raises the risk, as do calcium supplements, which many women take after menopause. A government


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study recently advised against supplements for healthy women, saying that low dose calcium pills don’t do much to keep bones strong, but make kidney stones more likely. The new research involved nearly 85,000 women 50 years and older in a government funded Women’s Health Initiative study. All participants had an exam to measure weight and height so doctors could find their body mass index, a gauge of obesity. They also filled out surveys on what they ate so doctors could take into account things that lower the risk of kidney stones, such as drinking a lot of fluids, consuming less salt or meat. Participants reported on how much exercise they got which was translated into “METS”— a measure of how much effort an activity takes. For example, 10 METS per week is about 2.5 hours of walking at a moderate pace, four hours of light gardening or one hour of jogging. The study found that exercise beyond 10 METS added no additional benefit for kidney stone prevention. “We are not asking people to run marathons. This is just a very mild to moderate additional amount of activity,” Sorensen said. Why might exercise help? Because it changes the way our body handles nutrients and fluids. Exercisers sweat out salt and tend to retain calcium in their bones, rather than having them go into their kidneys and urine where stone form. They also drink water and fluids afterwards, another plus for preventing stones. “There is something about exercise itself that probably produces things in your urine that prevents stone formation,” said one expert not involved in the work, Dr. Kevin McVary, chairman of urology at Southern University School of Medicine. “It is not

about just being skinny or not being fat; it is something about the exercise that protects you.” (Source: Associated Press, U-T San Diego, May 5, 2013.) ********

Bridge

By Dan Neilson

No Trump Stoppers

Many people are wary of bidding No Trump lacking stoppers in an unbid suit. In uncontested bidding, the general rule is not to bother about specific suits, just have the proper number of points for your bid. For example, when your pair has bid three suits without finding a fit, you should bid No Trump without fear. I always assume protecting the fourth suit is my partners problem. This approach will ease your conscious when you end up in a bad contract. With contested bidding a little more concern is necessary. Opponents are going to lead their suit so I follow these rules. With six or seven points I need a stopper to bid one No Trump, but with eight points or more, I wave that requirement. I like to show partner I have some values. If the bidding gets to two No Trump, you need one stopper, for three No trump two stoppers are required. For a three No trump contract with opponents bidding, the following card combinations are usually adequate for protection. AQx, KJ9x, K109x, QJ10x, A98x. KQx or KJx are probably sufficient if the over bidder is to your right, but can be shaky if the bidder is on your left. I usually do it anyway, hoping something will break lose. With a runnable six card suit, you can often get by with only one stopper. Bidding No Trump over opposing bidding is always an adventure! ********

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The Golf Column

By Pete Russell As many of you know by now, I use a long putter, also called the “broomstick,” only one of a few which I see on the OHCC golf course. Others in that category include the “belly putter.” I have kept you abreast of the long term controversy about the legality of, and the use of, both types of putters. Recently we have received the final word from the USGA and the R&A on the use of these types of putters. Following is a brief precise of the new Rule 141b which will apply beginning in January 2016. “Last November, after an extensive review, the USGA and the R&A proposed Rule 14-1b, a new entry to the Rules of Golf that prohibits anchoring the club in making a stroke. This morning, together with the R&A, we are announcing the adoption of Rule 14-1b for players at all levels of the game, effective January 1, 2016.” Final approval of Rule 14-1b follows a comprehensive and unprecedented process for playing Rules in which comments and suggestions from across the golf community were collected and considered. In our best judgment and having considered all of the input that we received, both before and after the proposed Rule was announced, we concluded that Rule 14-1b was necessary to protect the essential nature of the traditional method of stroke and eliminate potential advantages that anchoring the club provides. Throughout the game’s 600 year history, the essence of the traditional method of golf stroke has involved swinging the club with

Permitted strokes.

both the club and gripping hands held away from the body, requiring the player to direct and control the movement of the entire club. Anchoring one end of the club against the body, and creating a point of physical attachment around which the club is swung, is a substantial departure from the traditional swing. Our judgment, based on tradition, observation and experience, is that anchoring creates an unacceptable risk of changing and reducing the challenge of making a golf stroke. The new rule does not alter current equipment standards and allows for the use of all conforming golf clubs, including mid-


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length and long putters, provided such clubs are used in a nonanchored manner. The Rule narrowly targets only a few types of strokes in which the club is anchored, while preserving a golfer’s ability to play with a variety of permissible gripping styles, putter types and swing methods. The effective date of January 1, 2016, at the start of the next four-year cycle for revisions to the Rules of Golf, provides an extended period in which golfers currently using an anchored stroke may adapt their method of stroke, if necessary, to conform to the requirements of the new Rule.” It goes on further to recognize that golfers may have questions about this change to the Rules of Golf, which can be reviewed at www.usga.org/anchoring to help you become more familiar with the specifics of Rule 14-b. ********

Out & About in San Diego County

By Jack Shabel Guajome Regional Park is almost in our backyard. It is a nice location for a variety of activities. We were recently at the park for a Walkers Hikers Club outing and enjoyed a variety of hiking and walking opportunities. There is a nice diversity of habitats along

the trails with open rolling hills, forested areas, a riparian zone, a pond, a lake, and a marsh area. The water features support a large selection of waterfowl. For birdwatchers, 186 different bird species have been seen within the boundaries of the park, along with a number of small mammals including long-tailed weasels and bobcats. If hiking isn’t your bailiwick, there are picnic tables around the lake on a grassy hilltop above the lake and by the second parking area. There are playgrounds for the kids at both areas and a scenic gazebo on top the hill above the lake where a lot of weddings are held every year. For those anglers out there, there is shore fishing during park hours. I have been here a couple of times and haven’t seen many fish caught, but, isn’t this kind of fishing more about sitting in the sun, kicking back and hoping that no fish interrupts your relaxation. The other big attraction in this park is camping. There are 33 sites and all have electrical and water hookups as well as availability of hot showers, toilets, fire rings and a holding tank disposal station. The fees for camping are $29 for hookup site, $50 for caravan area/pavilion, and $100 for a cabin that can be rented. The gates in the park open at 9:30 a.m. There is a $3 parking fee per car unless you obtain a County Park Pass at $40 for the year


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or free to folks over 62 who are San Diego County residents. Parking passes can be obtained at the main entrance to the park. The address for Guajome Regional Park is 3000 Guajome Lake Road, Oceanside, CA 92057. There is a second parking area located on N. Santa Fe approximately 3/4 of a mile west of the Melrose intersection. For more information, the phone number for San Diego County Parks is (877) 565-3600. The web page for the San Diego County Parks is http://www.sdparks.org. It’s a nice park with a variety of things to do. The bonus is how close it is to us here at Ocean Hills Country Club. Check it out and hopefully those pesky fish won’t spoil a nice nap by the lakeside. ********

Travels with Joe By Joe Ashby

Egypt

Camels resting at the camel parking lot.

It took us ten hours of flight time from LAX to Paris, then reboard to arrive in Cairo by 7 p.m. the following day. We checked in the Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel in Giza amidst the blaring horns and clanging of drums, gongs and symbols of a wedding celebration. But it didn’t interfere with our attempt to get some sleep before our activities the next day. We were greeted by Ahmed, born in Aswan with degrees in geology and history. He was to be a great asset to our trip with his knowledge and language skills. There were 24 members of this Overseas Adventure Travel group. Gathering his flock, he led us past the great pyramids and through heavy traffic to the Step Pyramid at Sakkara in the Old Kingdom of Memphis. We saw the invasion of haphazard sprawl of homes on what Pyramids at Giza, one of the wonders of the was formerly agricultural land. world. There are eight thousand miles of canals in Egypt to irrigate the fields, but they are now the source of water for a glut in population (as well as a convenient avenue for sewage and waste). Arriving at the Step Pyramids, Ahmed guided us through the necropolis remains, brought us forward for more than 5,000 years of Egyptian history and helped us visualize the development of the kingdoms in the North and South. Egypt was unified under one king in 3100 B.C. The various dynasties of Egypt ruled here until 332 B.C. when Alexander the Great arrived. Afterwards, we visited a carpeting school where young students learned the craft for half the day. The other half was spent at school. Lunch was served at Andreas, a large outdoor spread on the outskirts of the city. A group of women baked small circles of pita

bread and chicken on skewers in open fired ovens. The afternoon was spent at the Great Pyramid of Giza. Located on a twelve acre base, it was created with such precision it defies imagination as to how to replicate the feat today. Originally, it had smooth polished sides and stood 480 feet tall. Alongside were


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Student weaving a rug at a loom.

three small pyramids for the ruler’s queens. As tourists, we were obligated to take camel rides for Kodak moments. We didn’t know where most of the hungry fleas originated, from the Bedouins or the camels. The locals made every attempt to separate us from our cash. Even policemen and security personnel were in on the take. But the offering of “free” gifts was always mere seeds to make the recipients obliged to return the favor with money. The Solar Boat Museum, located on the south side of the pyramid, contained eight thousand yards of hemp ropes and a solar boat, (painstakingly preserved with 1,224 pieces of cedar wood) as it must have been 4,600 years ago in the time of Cheops. A cabin rests in the center with long oars on both sides. We ended the day at a home dinner that was poorly planned (not enough accommodations and not enough food). We were glad to return to our hotel for dinner and a good night’s rest. (The trip to Egypt was made, obviously, before the advent of the “Arab Spring.” Conditions have changed dramatically since then.) ********


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Coco’s Bakery Restaurant 605 West Vista Way Vista, CA 92083 (760) 358-9340 Coco’s has been a landmark restaurant located at the junction of Melrose Dr. and West Vista Way, overlooking the busy intersection of cross traffic and freeways. For many years, it had been overlooked as a rather mundane and unexciting restaurant serving meals that could be considered run of the mill. But in 2006, the restaurant chain was purchased by a Japanese company, Zensho Co. Ltd., a company that operated Coco’s Japan for many years. Kazumasa Ogawa, the new president, promised a new era for the restaurant. The change has been remarkable and the food selection ranges from American standard to the edge of new cuisine. Upon entering the front doors, Fred and I are faced with a cooler case filled with a couple dozen varieties of pies, including the wonderful seasonal strawberry pie, priced from $3.50 a slice and $11.99 for an entire pie. We were promptly seated and Cristine, our wait person, took our orders for drinks. Gazing over a rather extensive menu, our guests selected the $10.99 eight ounce prime rib special. The plates arrived filled with a large slice of beef, accompanied with broccoli and a baked potato with all the toppings. Our guests declared the beef to be excellent and tasty. It is probably the best priced beef in town. I ordered the fish and chips that came with two large pieces of deep-fried and heavily coated cod with a stack of hot French fries. A small dish of cole slaw was also part of the rather standard dinner. Fred chose the chicken fried steak that arrived under a blanket of creamy sausage-pepper gravy. Veggies and mashed potatoes filled the platter and Fred thought the dinner was very satisfactory. Both meals were priced around $10.

Scanning the menu, we discovered a large selection of “designer” hamburgers, many of which were enhanced with combinations of bacon, cheddar cheese, avocado, onion straws or carmelized onion. Hamburgers were priced from around $7 to about $9. Pastas and seafood selections rounded out the menu. Except for some new graphics on the walls, the décor remained bland. The outside glare through the wrap-around windows proved a distrac-

Fish and chips with coleslaw.

An excellent prime rib dinner at a fantastic price.

tion. Some form of window covering might help eliminate the view of the constant stream of cars. Ogawa has greatly improved the menu. Now he should work on the ambience. Coco’s is open at 6 a.m. for breakfast and closes daily at 11 p.m., except on Saturday when it remains open for an added hour. (Gilda Spiegl is a member of the Southern California Writers.) ********


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The Street Where You Live: Denia Way

By Dora Truban Among the many noteworthy worldwide celebrations held on Saint Joseph’s Day, March 19, when swallows return from Argentina to San Juán Capistrano and week-long bonfire festivals, Falles, are held throughout Valencia in Spain. Dénia, a small city located in Valencia’s southeastern coast, also celebrates Falles bonfires with music, fireworks and a grand parade of celebrants dressed in medieval, regional or historical

clothing. Each neighborhood in Dénia selects Falleros who work all year on their ninots – figurines – featuring satirical jabs, social commentaries or criticisms. In the past, ninots included diverse people such as Shrek, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Lady Gaga. The festival starts at 8 a.m. with a lively brass band. On the last night, when ninots are consumed in huge spectacular bonfires, street fire barriers are set, but narrow streets require firemen to douse facades. Afterwards, Fantasy figures reflect the spirit of people frolic in the Denia. streets. Dénia Way is definitely much safer.


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Cooking With Beverly By Beverly Nickerson

Barbequed Pork Tenderloin

Marinade 3 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon Canola Oil 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 large clove garlic, peel, cut in thirds. 1-1/2 inch piece fresh ginger cut in fourths. One 1-1/4 to 1-3/4 lb. pork tenderloin.*

Combine all marinade ingredients in a large Ziploc bag. With a sharp knife, remove the tenderloin silver skin, place it into the Ziploc with the marinade and turn bag over several times to mix ingredients. Double the marinate if using two tenderloins. Place Ziploc in a pan in the refrigerator 6 to 24 hours. On a gas barbeque, heat on “high,” cover down, 10 minutes. Drain tenderloin, place it on the hot grill, cover and turn heat to “medium.” Cook exactly 15 minutes. Open lid, turn tenderloin over, cover and cook just 3 to 5 minutes. Pork will “swell” when done. Test with

Pork tenderloin accompanied with rice, Swiss chard and corn relish.

Instant Read thermometer, it should read 150º. Remove pork to a cutting board, “tent” lightly with foil and let it rest 15 minutes. Slice 1/2-inch thick, crosswise. You can serve it on a platter garnished with fresh rosemary branches or basil. Serves three to four. Serve pork with cooked rice and Swiss chard. *Pork loin usually comes two in a single pack. (Alternative cooking method: Brown the tenderloin in an “oven-proof” skillet, salt and pepper and pour off fat. Place skillet uncovered in 350º oven and bake until it reaches 150º, remove, tent 10-15 minutes then slice. This method would produce a perfectly browned tenderloin whether you marinated it or just brown it with salt and pepper.)

Swiss Chard

1 bunch green or red Swiss chard* 1 tablespoon Canola or olive oil 1/3 medium onion, slice 1/8 inch thick 1 medium clove garlic, peel, finely chop 1/4 cup chicken broth or 1/4 cup water plus 1/2 teaspoon chicken base.

Saute onion in oil in a large skillet several minutes, stirring often. Add garlic, stir and saute 1/2 minute. Add broth, bring to a boil, add Swiss chard. Cover, bring to a simmer and cook only 2 minutes, uncover, stir, cover again only 1 minute. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serves two to three. *Wash, fold each leaf in half and cut out thick center stem, discard. Place all of the leaves in a pile and cut crosswise about 1-1/2 inch strips. ********

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I Love A Mystery

By Ira M. Landis John le Carre is most famous for his novels about the Cold War. His character George Smiley plodded through the travails of counter-espionage with a sad sense of decency and was the protagonist of several movies and TV shows portraying the era. At the age of 81 he has written his 23rd novel, The Delicate Truth. In his later years he has crusaded against pharmaceutical companies (The Constant Gardner), and now against the sins committed in the war against terrorism. The story opens in 2008 in Gibraltar, where a well-meaning civil servant, code name “Paul” observes a clandestine intervention, “Operation Wildlife,” designed to extract a high-level jihadist arms dealer. Paul is there as the “eyes and ears” of an ambitious politician named Fergus Quinn, and to provide an aura of legality for an operation involving both British special forces and mercenaries employed by the U.S. Paul is told that the operation is a spectacular success, though in the speed of what occurs, he gets no accurate sense of what went down. Moving back in time, we are introduced to the true hero, Toby Bell, and then follow his career through the diplomatic ranks, trading intelligence in Berlin, Cairo, and then Madrid, before landing a plum assignment as personal watchdog to Fergus Quinn, a rising junior minister. Bell learns of something particularly nefarious that Quinn is

planning in conjunction with right-wing ideologues on Gibraltar, Operation Wildlife. He tries to blow the whistle, whereupon he finds himself expelled from Quinn’s office and moved to Beirut. This is all part of the back story. Paul is ultimately revealed to be Sir Christopher Probyn, retired and living in North Cornwall. The holder of many medals for his long service, his last days of comfort are disturbed by the appearance of Jeb, a member of the team on that 2008 night on Gibraltar. Jeb reveals that the ultra-secret operation was not such a big success after all but a scandal that has been covered up and buried. The whole truth might be delicate, but can it be discovered? Will the truth ever get to be told? ********

Treats For The Troops

By Phyllis Ward The following letter was dated March 17, 2013, but was received by me only five days ago. Nevertheless, I am certain you will be as pleased to read it as I was. “Your package arrived just a few weeks ago and the new socks were a welcomed surprise to us all. As with Iraq, the opportunities to do laundry are limited and after almost six months of deployment our footwear is looking a bit stretched-out and worn down. Something as simple as a new pair of socks is a much needed reminder of the homes, families and lives we left behind to serve here in Afghanistan. I personally thank


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Book Review

Afghan children observing a soldier at war.

you for that reminder and for sending a small piece of love our way. I pray the Lord’s many blessings find you and watch over you.” We put the order in for these socks back in January, 2013, but it took quite a bit longer for our boxes to arrive at their destination than I realized. This was our last order to be sent, and so I am especially pleased that we have been able to actually verify that they were received and enjoyed by our military serving in Afghanistan. May God bless and watch over each of them. Once again I want to thank each one of you who helped support our Treats for the Troops program. There were so many of you, both here in the Village and friends outside helping financially and to those appearing at my door on the last Friday of each month to help pack and mail the boxes. The thirty-eight thousand dollars contributed was spent on the many boxes and green antibacterial boot socks sent during the six and a half years of our efforts. I never once had to ask anyone for money or to help pack; it just all magically happened. How fortunate I was to get to know you all and work with you. You enriched my life. ********

By Tom Lynch What a Plant Knows: a field guide to the senses, 2012, by Daniel Chamovitz, Director of the Manna Center for Plant Bioscience at Tel Aviv University. Are plants aware? “Plants are acutely aware of the world around them. They are aware of their visual environment; they differentiate between red, blue, far-red, and UV light and respond accordingly. They are aware of aromas… being touched … of gravity… of their past: they remember past infections and the condition they’ve weathered and thus modify their current physiology based on these memories.” (p. 138). So plants can see, feel touches, sense gravity, and have memory. Chamovitz is aware plants do not have eyes or subjective feelings or neural-based memory as mammals do, but he defends his choice of language in articulating plant knowledge. It is clear he feels plant capacities are grossly underestimated. He also points out plant awareness is vastly different from ours. They are not aware of us as individuals but rather as part of the environmental pressures they have to cope with. While they can feel vibrations, they most likely are deaf to sound, an environmental feature of little consequence to them since they are anchored in one place and cannot run from harm. He also observes that while they can respond to avoid harm, they do not feel pain, lacking a brain which he feels is necessary for subjectivity. “For all the rich


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sensory input that plants and people perceive, only humans render this input as an emotional landscape.” (p. 138). The bulk of the book is spent on describing how plants see, smell, feel, hear (that is, they don’t), know where they are, and how they remember. Fascinating stuff! He does spend some time on discussing the 1970s “extremely popular but scientific anemic book The Secret Life of Plants. This book did import subjectivity by the yard to plants. He feels this book impeded human/plant comparisons by scientists, but now the scientific findings are robust enough to have a book such as his without pumping up false notions of plant capacity. His discussions are firmly scientifically based. Stop playing Mozart to make your plants smart and healthy. Since 1983, biologists have discovered using careful scientific methods that plants can detect when neighboring plants are under attack. These neighbors did not have intertwined roots or otherwise touch each other. For example, the wild lima bean plant in Mexico can be infected by beetles. The plants’ flowers then produce a nectar that attracts beetle-eating arthropods which then flock to feed on the beetles. Also the plant releases a mixture of volatile chemicals that neighboring lima bean plants detect and respond as if they are being attacked by beetles, getting an advanced jump on defense before they are actually invaded. In this sense plants communicate, talk to each other, so to speak, and the media has picked up on this type of language. To know about plant awareness and knowledge gives a fascinating look at this sun-produced sustenance for our vitality. ********

By Charlotte Pichney SUSHI Café 3245 Business Park Drive #1 Vista, CA 92083 (760) 727-2407 Lunch: M-F 11-3, Dinner M-T 3-9, F-S 5-9:30

You will find Sushi Café Bar and Japanese restaurant located in the Vista Business Park Center off Palomar Airport Road. Entering you find a bright interior attractively decorated in a black and white motif. If you are not a fan of sushi, the menu offers a varied list of entrees such as Lunch Bento, rice bowls, salads, curries, noodles and appetizers. All Lunch Bento entrées include miso soup, 4-pieces of vegetable tempura with dipping sauce, 4- pieces of California roll with ginger & wasabi, white rice and salad. When my Chicken Teriyaki Bento was served, I was surprised at the amount of food placed before me. The tempura and salad greens were crunchy, while the glazed chicken slices were moist and flavorful.


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Some of the other Lunch Bento specialties are Chicken Teriyaki – grilled chicken glazed with teriyaki sauce; Spicy Chicken – tender grilled chicken in special spicy marinade; Chicken Katsu – battered, deep fried chicken with tangy katsu sauce; Beef Teriyaki – grilled beef steak with teriyaki glaze; Beef Short Rib marinated in BBQ sauce; Beef Bulgogi – thin slices of beef marinated in house sauce; Salmon Teriyaki – grilled glazed salmon; Spicy Pork – tender pork in special Chicken Teriyaki Bento Box spicy marinade; and Sushi Bento – 3 sushi pieces (chef’s choice). Most bento entrees were priced under $10. Sushi Combo (A) 5 pieces of chef’s selection of nigiri sushi & California roll served with miso soup and salad ($13). Sushi Combo (B) 7 pieces nigiri sushi and spicy tuna roll served with miso soup and salad ($17). At dinner time the prices on all entrees are increased about two dollars. Salad selections include Fresh Seaweed Salad — seasoned seaweed and cooked shrimp served with sesame dressing ($9). Or the Cucumber Salad — sliced cucumber and seaweed marinated in vinaigrette dressing served with cooked shrimp ($7). For a unique

taste, try Hawaiian Poki Salad — fresh raw Ahi tuna, onions & seaweed seasoned with Hawaiian Poki Black and white interior. dressing ($13). All combination plates are served with miso soup, rice, salad, four pieces of California roll and tempura ($13-$17). A few of the noodle dishes featured are Vegetable Yakisoba — stir fried egg noodles, cabbage, onions and green bell peppers; Chicken Yakisoba; Kitsune Udon — thick noodles in broth with


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mushrooms, onions, tofu with green onions; Tempura Udon and Chicken Yaki Udon. Noodle dishes were priced under $9. Food is prepared when you order so it is freshly made and brought to you piping hot. Beverages include sodas, iced teas, with free refills, and imported beers, wine and sake. Deserts are green tea or red bean ice cream and Mochi ice cream. At Sushi CafĂŠ a hostess seats you either at a table, booth or the sushi bar. A small bowl of salted edamame (immature soybeans in the pod) is served immediately while you peruse the menu. Here you will find good food, reasonable prices and friendly service. ********

The Real Estate Corner By Tom Brennan

The Housing Recovery

In case you haven’t noticed, the housing market is making a strong recovery, particularly in Southern California. According to the San Diego Association of Realtors, the median price of single-family resale homes reached $432,000 in San Diego county in April, which was up 5% from the previous month and nearly 19% from the same time last year. Moreover, there is only about one and a half months of inventory in San Diego county which is much less than the healthy norm of six months. Notwithstanding, these historically low inventory levels, sales of single-family homes jumped by almost 40% in March compared to February and were up by 10% compared to March 2012. It is anticipated that similar increases will continue through the spring and into early summer. In addition to the increased sales noted above, the amount of time homes remained on the market was cut by about a third from a year ago (down from 90 to 60 days) in the county. Currently, these numbers are significantly better in the Ocean Hills community. Furthermore, many buyers are not including the sale of their


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homes and financing contingencies in their offers, thereby accelerating the time the properties are in escrow. The rebounding of the housing market is the result of a combination of factors which may not be sustainable over a long period of time. The recovery has been fueled by an imbalance of supply and demand coupled with historically low interest rates. Consequently, there is some concern among real estate analysts as to whether the housing market is headed for another bubble. Some analysts speculate that there are several factors contributing to the current recovery that are unsustainable and the removal of any one of which would create a severe negative impact on the

recovery. In particular, analysts fear that institutional investors (such as the Blackstone Group) which have acquired thousands of homes may leave the market and thereby reduce the high demand. Secondly, with lenders holding more than 4.9 million troubled loans, there is concern that with the rising prices, many of these properties will be dumped on the market thereby increasing the inventory levels substantially. Finally, concern is always manifested regarding the very low mortgage interest rates. If the rates were to return to their pre-bubble levels (6 -7%), it is likely many potential buyers would exit the market. While all of the foregoing concerns are relevant, most experts feel that there is no immediate risk that the market will crash. For example, institutional buyers accounted for approximately 5% of market sales and would not cause an immediate impact should they withdraw. Insofar as distressed properties flooding the market, statistics indicate that these types of properties have decreased by 44% in the past three years (from 8.9 million to 4.9 million). As far as interest rates are concerned, the Fed has stated that the rates will hold for the next couple of years and thereafter only gradually increase. Anything can change, but it appears, that, at least for the near term, the housing market is healthy again. (Tom has been involved in all aspects of real estate for more than 40 years, both as a lawyer and as a realtor. Currently, he is associated with Ocean Hills Realty.) ********


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Watching Wildlife By Russ Butcher

Visiting Buena Vista Park

For more than three years, I had been driving right by Buena Vista Park, without ever turning off Shadowridge Drive to see and explore this expanse of wild parkland within our midst. But finally, Above left: A eucalyptus grove leads to a meadow. Above right: A small lake, home to coots, malwith three other members of lards, gulls, blackbirds and more. the Ocean Hills Birdwatchers shrubs as black sage, California sagebrush and buckwheat. Club, I recently experienced some of this beautiful area. The pathway then led us across an expanse of grassland, proAdjacent to the entrance road is one of the park’s major attrac- viding views of the surrounding hillsides. Kingbirds ceaselessly tions — a cattail-bordered pond. Among the birds were lots of mal- dashed from their perches to catch insects in mid-flight. We spotlard ducks and coots, a flock of ring-billed gulls, a double-crested ted a red-tailed hawk in the distance and heard the repetitive sharp cormorant, some red-winged blackbirds and a black-crowned call of a red-shouldered hawk. The path soon brought us to Agua night-heron. As we watched all the avian activity, our attention was Hedionda Creek, where its deeply incised creek bed was shaded by suddenly diverted to a raucous commotion at the end of the pond. more big sycamores and oaks. The waters of this year-round An adult male blackbird was aggressively and repeatedly dive- stream descend westward, flowing finally into the tidal waters of bombing the much larger heron, frantically attempting to force it Agua Hedionda Lagoon. away from the vicinity of the blackbird’s nest site hidden among During our two-hour walk, we were able to identify 30 kinds of dense cattails. birds. More than 80 species have been officially recorded here. Downstream from the pond, wide dirt trails lead southward Among the visitors to this City of Vista property are not only a few along both sides of densely wooded riparian (stream-side) habitat birdwatchers, but people walking their dogs, joggers getting some of willows and cottonwood trees, a tall stand of non-native euca- exercise, couples sharing a leisurely morning walk, parents introlyptus trees, scattered white-barked sycamores and magnificent ducing their children to the outdoors, and family gatherings at picbroadly branching coast live oaks. Songbirds, such as black-head- nic tables. If you’ve not yet discovered this peaceful haven, I urge ed grosbeak, song sparrow and several species of wood-warblers that you at least stop to see the pond. From OHCC’s back gate, turn were melodiously declaring their nesting territories. We heard right onto Shadowridge Drive. At the first stoplight (0.9-of-a-mile acorn woodpeckers sociably communicating back and forth with from the gate), turn right into the parking area . . . and enjoy. their two-note WAHkah, WAHkah, WAHkah calls. One was noisi******** ly drumming its beak on a dead tree limb. Several scrub-jays filled an oak grove with their raspy screeches. A California quail sounded off from a shrubby hillside above us. And we kept hearing the distinctive trills of wrentits — considered the iconic bird of Southern California chaparral habitat that is dominated by such

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More on Scams By Ira M. Landis

How To Guard Against Scams

With many going on vacations, here are some tips on avoiding scams at home or on your trip while you are away that are recommended by AARP. The goal is to avoid theft of your money and identity. 1. Be sure to stop mail delivery. An overstuffed mailbox is a clue you’re not home, and identity thieves could steal your bank and credit card statements. 2. Tell your credit card companies when and where you’re going. This helps them to better spot fraudulent charges and reduces the chances of your cards being frozen because of what the companies perceive as unusual activity. 3. Choose your ATMs wisely. ATMs in bank lobbies or other places of camera surveillance are much less likely to have devices placed by scammers that are designed to capture your card information. 4. Eliminate nonessential items from your wallet. For example, you don’t need to carry your Social Security card on vacations. If you are going to a place with a high crime rate, carry a second wallet with just a few dollars and some useless plastic cards. Hand that one over if mugged. 5. Be skeptical of calls at hotels asking for financial information. A late night call, supposedly from a hotel employee seeking to confirm your credit card information, may be a scam. Hang up and call the front desk to confirm. The Federal Trade Commission has mailed refund checks to more than 500 people who were victimized by a common scam in which people are told they have won cash prizes but must pay the taxes upfront. In this case, the FTC collected the refund money from the operators of the Prize Information Bureau which contacted people through mailings that included fictitious government agency names. More than $180,000 was refunded to victims of the scam. The FTC said no legitimate sweepstakes will ask for money upfront I have been advised by OHCC residents that they have been contacted by similar fraudsters who forward a legitimatelooking check for amounts over $6,000 with the request that they send a check for an amount to cover various fees. By the time their check bounces your check has cleared. So what is the lesson from all of the above Keep your guard up, if it is too good to be true, then it undoubtedly isn’t. ********

The Chorale In Concert By Tom Fuller

What a night it was! stoked with memories galore; we heard so many favorite songs and wished to hear many more.

Songs of an era gone by delighted the audience so fair; everyone was singing inside and so glad and proud to be there.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow brought tears to many eyes; it was rendered so very beautifully and deserved a special prize.

Love was pledged Under the Apple Tree and a promise to love once again; some promises were kept and the two did meet and together they sang a refrain. The chorale and director made music so great, not good or better but best; they were at the very top of the chart and far exceeded the rest.

Their melodious songs made everyone smile and surely they gave us their best; this evening performance was a night to remember and without a doubt they aced the test.


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potpourri The Meaning of the Folding of the American Flag

The thirteen folds of the American flag at military funerals and presented to the family of the person who died is strictly traditional. According to the American Legion, the Federal Flag Code does not include anything about the folding of the flag. Official or not, the tradition continues today and is found in many military manuals. Each fold stands for different meanings, but when the final fold is complete, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation’s motto, “In God We Trust.” After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, reminding us of soldiers who served under General George Washington and sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones and the comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the U.S. preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today. There are some traditions and ways of doing things which have deep meaning. ********

ANNOUNCEMENTS Village Veterans Meeting

There will be no meeting for the month of June. The out station tour to the space ship, the Endeavor, will take place instead. The trip has been sold out. Watch for an announcement for the next veterans meeting in July.

Remembrances ********

Patty Coffey and Ellen Kippel showing bags of soda tops

Thank You For Soda Pop Tabs

When a seriously ill child is in the hospital receiving treatment, the parents of the child can stay at a nearby Ronald McDonald House to be close to their child. Sometimes families cannot afford the cost of an overnight stay. It is tragic enough when a child is seriously ill; it is a double tragedy when the child has to be separated from parents, particularly when the separation is due to financial concerns. That’s where we come in! We are now receiving pop tabs from several afterschool programs, several businesses, many individuals, and from you, the residents of Ocean Hills Country Club. We then turn the pop tabs to the Daughters of the American Revolution. For every pound collected the DAR donates the cost of one night’s stay at a Ronald McDonald House for a needy family. Our initial goal was to fund families for a year. Thus far, we have submitted enough pop tabs to fund 394 nights at the Ronald McDonald House! Thank you to everyone who has made this possible! We have

Gloria Griffiths • Mary Cobb • Sylvia Vessiny Stanley Weintraub • William Marten Jack Alley • James Mahlmeister

Florence Pinto 97, a long time resident who moved to another facility, passed away in March 2012.

Helen Kent, a former long time resident of Ocean Hills, passed away on April 19th in Granada Hills, California.

SOURCE: Ocean Hills Community Patrol (To acknowledge the passing of the deceased, a family member or close neighbor is requested to report the name of the deceased to the Community Patrol.)

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several collection containers through-out the village. The collection containers are located at the golf shack, the tennis and pickle board courts and the dog park or my mail tube at 4909 Tilos Way. ********

Falls and Older Adults

Risk Increases With Age Many people have a friend or relative who has fallen. The person may have slipped while walking or felt dizzy when standing up from a chair and fallen. Maybe you’ve fallen yourself. If you or an older person you know has fallen, you’re not alone. More than one in three people age 65 years or older falls each year. The risk of falling — and fall-related problems — rises with age. Falls Lead to Fractures, Trauma Each year, more than 1.6 million older U.S. adults go to emergency departments for fall-related injuries. Among older adults, falls are the number one cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, loss of independence, and injury deaths. Fractures caused by falls can lead to hospital stays and disability. Most often, fall-related fractures are in the person’s hip, pelvis, spine, arm, hand, or ankle. Hip fractures are one of the most serious types of fall injury. They are a leading cause of injury and loss of independence, among older adults. Most healthy, independent older adults who are hospitalized for a broken hip are able to return home or live on their own after treatment and rehabilitation. Most of those who cannot return to independent living after such injuries had physical or mental disabilities before the fracture. Many of them will need long-term care. Fear of Falling Many older adults are afraid of falling. This fear becomes more common as people age, even among those who haven’t fallen. It may lead older people to avoid activities such as walking, shopping, or taking part in social activities. If you’re worried about falling, talk with your doctor or another health care provider. Your doctor may refer you to a physical therapist. Physical therapy can help you improve your balance and walking and help build your walking confidence. Getting rid of your fear of falling can help you to stay active, maintain your physical health, and prevent future falls. Tell Your Doctor If You Fall If you fall, be sure to discuss the fall with your doctor, even if you aren’t hurt. Many underlying causes of falls can be treated or corrected. For example, falls can be a sign of a new medical problem that needs attention, such as diabetes or changes in blood pressure, particularly drops in blood pressure on standing up. They can also be a sign of problems with your medications or eyesight that can be corrected. After a fall, your doctor may suggest changes in your medication or your eyewear prescription. He or she may also suggest physical therapy, use of a walking aid, or other steps to help prevent future falls. These steps can also make you more confident in your abilities. Ways to Prevent Falls Exercise to improve your balance and strengthen your muscles helps to prevent falls. Not wearing bifocal or multifocal glasses

when you walk, especially on stairs, will make you less likely to fall. You can also make your home safer by removing loose rugs, adding handrails to stairs and hallways, and making sure you have adequate lighting in dark areas. Falls are not an inevitable part of life, even as a person gets older. You can take action to prevent falls. Your doctor or other health care providers can help you decide what changes will help. ********

Saving Energy and Money

As the cost of energy continues to rise, homeowners everywhere are looking for ways to cut back on their usage and to exercise energy efficiency in their homes. Lighting your house is no minor expense, with recent data from the U.S. Department of Energy showing that an average household dedicates 10 percent of its energy budget to lighting. You can make a difference and green your lifestyle with a simple step that will also save you money. Changing your traditional incandescent light bulbs or CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps often recognized by their spiral design) to LED light bulbs will save not only energy but also strip dollars off your electricity bill. The bulbs feature longer life spans than traditional light bulbs -- an approximate average of 25 times longer than traditional bulbs. And because LED bulbs consume far fewer watts to deliver the same level of brightness as traditional bulbs, they can save you money daily by reducing that light’s energy use by up to 85 percent, according to the Department of Energy. (Source: Samsung) ********


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The Purple Season in the Village Agapanthus

The name is derived from scientific Greek (agape) = love, (anthos) = flower. Some species of Agapanthus are commonly known as Lily of the Nile or African Lilies, although they are not lilies and all of the species are native to South Africa. Because the roots are invasive and spread rapidly, Agapanthus are considered a Above: Lily of the Nile flowers beginning to bloom. Above right: Jacaranda trees at the front entrance. weed in New Zealand. The leaves are green throughout the year and the blos- blooming jacarandas astound visiting Easterners who never see soms begin to emerge in May and June and will survive through trees with such floral color back there. most of the summer. The plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and ******** even birds. The colors of the blooms range from white, to violet and deep purple. The plant appears to blossom simultaneously with the blooming of the flowers of the Jacaranda trees, creating a wonderful purple color scheme throughout the village.

Jacaranda trees

Jacarandas are among the world’s most spectacular flowering trees with lavender blue, tubular blooms in late spring and early summer. The ferny, compound leaves provide fine-textured shade during the warmer months. The trees bloom in late spring and early summer. They are generally deciduous in the winter. The flattened pods are produced in late summer and fall. In the U.S.A. jacarandas grow better in southern California compared to Florida because of our drier, less humid climate. Although it is a common tree to most southern California natives,


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