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Why Preschool?

When school is back in session, I find that many parents are wondering what to do with their younger children at home. Preschool is a wonderful opportunity for children to socialize with other children and to get ready for Kindergarten. Moreover, studies show that early education improves not only a child's cognitive abilities, but also crucial behavior traits such as sociability, motivation and self-esteem. Studies that have followed children through their adult lives show enormous pay offs for early childhood investment, including improved success in college, higher incomes and lower incarceration rates.

A Great Local Preschool Option:

High Sierra Academy is a private preschool established in Valley Center in 1993. Essential to High Sierra Academy's success is a loving, well-educated staff. The educationally oriented curriculum prepares children to achieve their maximum potential in a safe environment. In particular, our Phonics/Reading Program and Pre-K curriculum enable our children to thrive later in Kindergarten.

High Sierra Academy accepts children from 2 - 5 years old. Children do not have to be potty trained to attend our school. Please call Emily at (760)749-4107 to take a tour of our facility!

High Sierra Academy
29235 Valley Center Road
Valley Center, CA 92082
Phone/Fax: (760) 749-4107




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CAL FIRE: Excellence at Work
By Doug Ives


State and Federal agencies bring to mind bureaucratic bloat, questionable use of taxpayer dollars, overstaffing, and extended if not insufferable wait times.

Unfair as this statement may seem, those thoughts were considered when this writer embarked on a tour with four others to the Ramona Air Attack Base where the state's air tanker service operates. We spent nearly two hours there following a brief visit to the Valley Center CAL FIRE station off Vesper Road.

The purpose of the tour was not a public relations attempt by CAL FIRE, the group which led us. It was designed to offer information on how CAL FIRE Ramona Air Attack Base operates. Three persons on the trip were associated with Valley Center Happenings and two were water district board members. Seeing this operation up close and personal was a chance to see how this particular agency functions.

Battalion Chief Cristina Williamson, who drove us, probably knew we would come away impressed, and we did. 

The takeaway was that CAL FIRE deserves whatever kudos it receives  It's obvious that firefighters are essential to our safety, sometimes to save life and limb and often to preserve property loss. The trip showed how efficiently the group operates and how careful and concerned they are about using taxpayer dollars in a prudent way. 

Valley Center and surrounding areas are prone to fires. All residents back in 2003 remember the Cedar Fire which consumed 500,000 acres and required 850,000 gallons of retardants. Of course, we have had other significant fires since that one.

To put CAL FIRE's Ramona Air Attack Base in perspective there were 215 flights the first day of the 2003 fires and a tanker went out every 30 seconds. The 3-day totals were 560 flights using 12 tankers, with 2 from the Forestry Service. The Ramona Air Attack Base is the oldest operating base in the country, having begun in 1957.

Today there is a lean and mean ‘'family'' of 10 at the Ramona base consisting of 3 pilots, one air attack supervisor, 3 firefighters and two contract employees for maintenance and retardant application.

Once the dispatcher gets a call for help, it is only 5 to 7 minutes until a tanker is airborne. It is preceded by an Air Tactical 330 unit which does the reconnaissance. Ramona is currently home to two tankers, numbers 70 and 71, and both can be fully loaded and in the sky quickly carrying up to 1,200 gallons of retardant. Statewide there are 23 Air Tankers, 14 Air Tactical Aircraft and 11 helicopters, including one Super Huey.

According to Trevor Whitehead, the CAL FIRE firefighter who guided us on property, there are about 350 fire calls per year. The hotter and windier summer months produce the most. Ramona doesn't just serve in a limited space, it can serve the entire state. The base's direct protection area encompasses 1.4 million acres and covers all of San Diego County.

Command and control, a la the military, is the key to success.  Every man or woman has a specific job when it is time to act. The time for meetings and evaluations are well ahead of any call for help, which is to say that bureaucratic bloat is not an issue. Nimble and agile are the words that come to mind. Time lost could mean the loss of property, maybe life and limb.

Chief Williamson, a 25-year CAL FIRE veteran, drove us to Ramona. You might call her a firebrand, pardon the pun, but she is one enthusiastic and active woman in promoting her company, which may explain why she became the first-ever woman battalion chief in San Diego County in 2009.

The group she shepherded when this writer took the trip came on the first day of her vacation, knowing she wouldn't be called to duty. That's dedication.

One tanker pilot spent 20 minutes telling us about how the aircraft flies. He loves it, says it is perfect for the job.  Press one starter button and you are under way. There is no co-pilot. We also spent time in the tower and listened to a dispatcher, watched all the digital gadgets at work while previewing lots and lots of maps, not to mention all colors of retardants past and present. The favorite color now is red.   

The Ramona Airport is a busy private airport so there is incoming and outgoing traffic. The CAL FIRE operation is a structure (with a tower) maybe a half mile from the larger tower for private craft, and of course the two units must work in unison. Tankers stay outside, near the loading dock. When they return from a drop they can save unused retardant, a change from the past when it had to be dumped in a safe zone. Translation: Lots of dollars saved.  

Retardant is not cheap. Neither is aviation fuel at $3.51 per gallon. When lightening is in the air, 330 goes hunting with one pilot and one Air Attack Supervisor, a battalion chief or a captain.  Looking for and flying in areas where lightening exists is risky business...but necessary because the chief organizes air space and determines retardant drop safety for the tankers.

The message from CAL FIRE's Ramona Air Attack Base in general is that we are talking about the A-Team in describing their rating and effectiveness. The public wouldn't want it any other way. Neither would they.

Click here to view photos of the Ramona Air Attack Base.


Filing Period Open for Property Tax Assessment Appeals

San Diego County residents and businesses who disagree with their property tax assessments for the 2015-2016 year may file an application to appeal them between July 2 and Nov. 30, David C. Hall, Clerk of the County Assessment Appeals Boards, announced Monday.

Applications and information booklets are available on the County's website. Residents may also pick them up and speak with staff at the Clerk of the Board's office in the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 402, San Diego, CA 92101.

To file an application, taxpayers should know their parcel or tax bill number, property address; and must state their opinion of the property's market value on the application. Applications must be received by the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Office no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 30 or be postmarked by midnight of Nov. 30.

Applications and forms can be mailed to: Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Assessment Appeals, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 402, San Diego, CA 92101.

Click here to watch a video to learn how the assessment appeals process works and get some helpful tips.

Source: San Diego County      

Major Injuries Sustained in Wrong Way Driver Accident
By Ray Flores


July 1, 2015 - A 75 year old Fallbrook woman collided head-on while driving in the wrong direction on Valley Center Road near Miller Road at approximately 2:30 p.m. this afternoon. A third vehicle collided with one of the vehicles involved. 

The 75 year old driver of a white BMW was driving the wrong way and collided with a white Toyota Camry. The Camry, driven by a young woman, was then struck by a black Audi with four occupants. The 75 year old woman suffered major life-threatening injuries and was transported to Palomar Medical Center by Life Flight. No further details of her condition are known at this time.

Also transported to the hospital was the driver of the Toyota Camry, who suffered lacerations and a broken ankle, as well as the driver of the Audi, who suffered injuries that were not considered major at the time. 

Further details are unavailable as the accident is under further investigation, according to California Highway Patrol Assistant PAO Officer Chris Parent, of the Oceanside CHP Office. 

As more information becomes available, Valley Center Happenings will continue to keep you informed.

Photo courtesy of Susanne Alton 

VC Fire Marshal's Fourth of July Fire Safety Message:
By George E. Lucia Sr.  


The Valley Center Fire Protection District reminds residents that fireworks, firecrackers and "consumer" fireworks are extremely dangerous and unpredictable, capable of causing serious burns and disfiguring injuries. Additionally, fireworks can easily ignite dry brush, grasses and dead tree material due to current severe dry conditions and low fuel moistures in Valley Center's native vegetation.

All fireworks, including "consumer" fireworks or "safe and sane" fireworks are illegal in San Diego County. "Consumer" fireworks include cone fountains, cylindrical fountains, roman candles, sky rockets, firecrackers, mines and shells, helicopter-type rockets, sparklers, poppers, and revolving wheels.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department and the local Fire Marshal have the authority to seize these fireworks and to cite and/or arrest those bearing them.

Although neighboring areas may permit the sale and use of "consumer" fireworks, transporting these pyrotechnics into San Diego County is against the law.

Local residents are encouraged to turn in fireworks or firecrackers to any one of the Valley Center Fire Protection District stations for proper disposal, no questions asked. Bring fireworks and firecrackers to either the Valley Center Fire Station # 1 at 28234 Lilac Road or Fire Station # 2 at 28205 N. Lake Wohlford Road.

However, if you have dynamite, military ordnances or other extremely dangerous explosives on your property, do not attempt to move any of it; call 9-1-1.

The Valley Center Fire Protection District asks residents to leave the use of fireworks to trained pyrotechnic operators and crews.

Please report anyone using fireworks in your neighborhood to 911. Any spark or ember may start a wildfire and should be investigated by the fire district staff.

If in the course of this Friday or Saturday evening you see private fireworks or bonfires, either get on the radio (if you are a Ham operator) or call the Valley Center Fire Protection District at 760-751-7600. Texts can be sent to 760-715-7523. CERT personnel will be manning the radios and phones from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. both nights to take your calls. They will relay reports to the Fire Marshal and VCFPD staff that will be on patrol in the community to enforce fire safety.

County Offices to Close July 3

County offices, libraries and animal shelters will close Friday, July 3 in observance of the Independence Day holiday, which falls on a weekend.

County parks, campgrounds, neighborhood day-use parks will be open during normal business hours on both Friday and Saturday except for the following centers which will be closed:
  • Spring Valley Community Center 
  • Fallbrook Community Center 
  • Lakeside Community Center 
  • Spring Valley Gym 
  • Lakeside and Spring Valley Teen Centers/REC Clubs 
  • 4S Ranch Sports Park office 
County animal shelters will also be open on Saturday, July 4 during normal business hours. Shelter staff will also be on hand on Sunday, July 5 to help reunite owners with runaway pets who may have been frightened by Fourth of July fireworks. 

All essential services such as law enforcement and emergency animal control response will continue through the holiday.

County offices will resume normal hours on Monday, July 6.

Source: San Diego County    

Fireworks Safety
It's a colorful and spectacular salute to our nation's independence. Fireworks, however, can cause injuries and spark fires.
As the Fourth of July approaches, the Sheriff's Bomb/Arson Unit is reminding San Diegans it's illegal to possess and use fireworks in the county. It's also illegal to transport fireworks from elsewhere into San Diego County or to make homemade fireworks and explosives.
Hundreds of pounds of illegal fireworks are confiscated in the county each year. Items are collected at various points of entry or dropped off at Sheriff's Stations or Substations, as well as fire and police stations. For your safety, the Sheriff's Bomb/Arson Unit routinely dispose of fireworks and other hazardous items.
For file video of a fireworks disposal, go to:
Under California law, illegal fireworks include sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other types that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner. Those convicted of possessing and/or using fireworks could be fined up to $50,000 and sent to prison or jail for up to one year. Fines can be significantly increased depending on the amount of property loss or if human suffering is caused by a fire set.
A Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) study shows eight people were killed and more than 11,000 were injured while handling fireworks across the country in 2013. Children under the age of five suffered the most fireworks‐related injuries.
Let's leave the fireworks to the professionals. Don't allow children to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be hot or ignited and can explode at any time.
Source: San Diego County Sheriff's Department Bomb/Arson Unit 


Valley Center CERT Asks for Community Support for the 4th of July Weekend
By James Courter

Once again Valley Center CERT will be activating for the July 4th weekend to help keep the community safe from fire. 

Illegal fireworks and bonfires on the Independence Day weekend are a major fire hazard to the Valley Center Area. Last year we ran this exercise and a significant number of dangerous bonfires and fireworks that could have spread to surrounding vegetation were stopped by a team of CERT volunteers and the VC Fire Marshal. 

This year we are looking for community volunteers to help, you don't need to be CERT.

What we need you to do is this - do what you would do normally do on the 4th, stay at home, go to legal public fireworks shows or celebrate with friends.

If in the course of Friday or Saturday evening you see private fireworks or fires, either get on the radio (if you are a Ham operator) or call the Valley Center Fire Protection District at 760-751-7600. Texts can be sent to 760-715-7523. CERT personnel will be manning the radios and phones from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. both nights to take your calls. They will relay reports to the Fire Marshal and VCFPD staff that will be on patrol in the community to enforce fire safety.

Four CERT volunteers are needed to assist on both evenings during those hours by being on the radio and taking reports at Station 1 and at one remote location. Contact James Courter if you can help at 760-715-7523.

2015 Relay For Life of Valley Center Exceeds Financial Goal
By Doug Ives

The final financial tally for ‘Relay For Life, Valley Center' is almost complete and the word good, or very good, is not sufficient. Great, sensational, unbelievable are more appropriate words. 

Sharon Briscoe, one of three on the leadership team that also includes Michelle Wick and Carla Miller, reports that $78,000 has been raised with still a few more dollars possible before the end of the fiscal year in August.

To put this in perspective, there were 2 teams and $2,000 raised in Year One, which was 2011. This year there were 20 teams participating and the dollars raised put Valley Center among the elite cities of in Southern California.

The Valley Center and surrounding area has a population of roughly 20,000 and the VC chapter had 20 individuals who volunteered, so $78,000 raised is an impressive number. Many other larger cities didn't come close to these figures.

‘'Cancer never sleeps, so why should we,'' says Mrs. Briscoe.   

The actual Relay for Life was held on June 20 at Bates Nut Farm and there were 8 to 10 people on each of the 20 teams for the 24-hour event. Of the roughly 175 involved, about 50 stayed the night and slept in tents.  

The participants included cancer victims, cancer survivors and supporters. 

Mrs. Briscoe says she was absolutely ‘'thrilled'' by the number of teams which joined in, and the dollars they raised.  ‘'We have a very active, caring community.''

Bates Nut Farm was one of many groups which made ‘'in-kind'' donations. Harrah's casino, Red Throne Events, the VC Chamber of Commerce, the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians were cited by Mrs. Briscoe along with TV station KUSI and media partners like Valley Center Happenings, the Times-Advocate and the Roadrunner. 

One can check for further information.A wrap-up party for this year is scheduled at Adams Park July 14, 6 p.m. Awards will be given to those teams and individuals who raised the most money. 

All funds raised are turned over to the American Cancer Society. ‘'We are a very thrifty group,'' says Mrs. Briscoe. ‘'We spend a small 8 to 10% on expenses and the rest goes to the ACS. There is one paid employee that ACS requires who manages the resources of other towns and cities as well.''

The race for 2015 is over but the activism by Sharon and others has not stopped.

‘'Awareness is on-going,'' so we keep going the year-round,'' says Mrs. Briscoe. Coming up on Sept. 19, for example, is an event called Bark for Life, different than the relay, that ‘'honors our canine friends who are essential to victims and survivors.'' 

There was only one question Mrs. Briscoe couldn't answer -- how many purple ribbons (signifying hope) lined the walking trail on Valley Center Road. She had hoped to at least reveal the number yards of purple ribbon purchased and used, but the figure was not in her memory bank.  

‘'Awareness'' is the reason those ribbons were painstakingly tied to those fence posts, and it is obvious thousands of commuters and walkers saw them. Perhaps someone started to count them as they drove along.  As for trail walkers, maybe someone did actually count the ribbons. If so, feel free to let Mrs. Briscoe know.

Extreme Water Meddling Will be Counterproductive
By Marie Waldron 

The State budget agreement earlier in June was really only the beginning of a series of intense discussions involving "trailer bills" that deal with specific issues not included in the main budget itself.  

Senate Bill 88 is one such bill. This legislation, which I opposed, will have significant impacts on California agriculture. SB 88 received final approval on June 19, passing the Assembly in a 52 - 28 party-line vote.

 Specifically to address complex issues relating to management of groundwater and providing adequate supplies of safe drinking water, SB 88 bypasses existing laws by granting massive new authority to the State Water Resources Control Board. Among these are new powers to require consolidation of virtually any local water agency in California deemed to have limited water supply reliability. SB 88 allows restrictions on drilling new wells and on deepening existing wells. Cities and counties would be allowed to limit crop changes on farms, even potentially limiting planting altogether if new crops increase demands on groundwater. Local jurisdictions will be allowed to deputize enforcement officers to issue citations with penalties as high as $10,000 per violation. These penalties, often for relatively minor infractions, would be imposed administratively and without due process, something American citizens rightfully expect as a basic civil right. If these new powers were limited to drought years, they might be acceptable. But these changes, adopted after less than one month of discussion and review, represent a permanent expansion of government power, a direct assault on liberty and a serious threat to California's vast agricultural economy. 

Assemblymember Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Bonsall, Escondido, Fallbrook, Hidden Meadows, Rainbow, San Marcos, Temecula, Valley Center, and Vista.  

Stolen Vehicle Pursuit and Arrest in Valley Center

June 24, 2015 - At approximately 11:45 a.m. a San Diego County Sheriff's Valley Center Substation Detective was driving on Valley Center Grade and saw a blue Honda CRV he knew was stolen from Escondido. The detective followed until patrol deputies caught up and signaled for the CRV driver to stop.
The driver refused to stop and a pursuit ensued north on Cole Grade Road, through a construction site, nearly hitting workers, before driving to Highway 76, and toward I-15 where a Sheriff's ASTREA Helicopter and CHP joined in. A deputy used a spike strip to disable the CRV's front driver's side tire as the driver of the CRV turned onto South I-15.

The Sheriff's Canine Unit was training nearby and several K-9 deputies converged on the pursuit scene as the driver of the CRV stopped, in the middle of the freeway, about a quarter mile south of Highway 76, and ran.
A Sheriff's K9 Handler sent his dog after the suspect and 21 year-old Probationer, Jesus Estrada, was caught and arrested, then driven by ambulance to Palomar Hospital for treatment of dog bites before being booked into Vista Detention Facility for auto theft, felony evading, and assault with a deadly weapon.    
Source: San Diego County Sheriff's Department

Man Stabbed - Suspect Arrested in Valley Center
By Ray Flores

June 23, 2015 - A man was stabbed and later transported to Palomar Medical Center with two life threatening wounds according to San Diego County Sheriff's Sergeant, Bill Munsch. The incident occurred on Valley Center Road at approximately 3:15 p.m. near the corner of Cole Grade Road and Valley Center Road, just west of the California Bank & Trust. 

A suspect was apprehended by a San Diego County Sheriff's K-9 unit about 100 yards away hiding in a ditch. He was described as a Hispanic male. At this time there is no information available on the condition of the victim. 

No further details are available as the incident is under further investigation.  

National Amateur Radio Field Day Drill in Valley Center
By Gregg Gibbs

Palomar Amateur Radio Club member will create a demonstration emergency communications center of five (5) amateur radio stations this weekend in Valley Center. 

Operation will begin at 11:00 a.m. Saturday June 27, and will run 24 continuous hours, ending at 11:00 a.m. Sunday June 28.

The site will be at the Valley Center Municipal Water District property on Lilac Road west of Valley Center Road, across from the Fire Station (The Western Days parking area) in Valley Center. 

The National Field Day drill and emergency exercise is designed to demonstrate the ability of Amateur Radio Operators, in time of an emergency, to come to a location that has no communication capability and create that capability by bringing in and setting up the necessary equipment. The local operators then pass messages on the needs of the area to other operators, who relay the messages to area emergency managers. The earthquake in Nepal is one of the most recent examples of amateur radio providing the first communication on news and needs from areas affected by disasters.

During this drill period, members will attempt to contact as many different stations on different bands as possible. In events, the passing of traffic correctly and expediently is a prime concern. This allows training of new members, and the public, of the capabilities amateur radio can provide. 

Palomar Amateur Radio Club will host Valley Center CERT, PAPA, and other Amateur Radio groups. Scouts are invited to Get on the Air and learn more about the excitement of amateur radio, as are all members of the public. City Officials, Press, and the public are invited to learn more about amateur radio, and it's capabilities during this drill. 

Palomar Amateur Radio Club is a member of the Amateur Radio Relay League, who sponsors this annual drill.

For more information, Contact Greg Gibbs, KI6RXX, Field Day Chair, Palomar Amateur Radio Club, at 760-583-9668.

Little Free Library Books: The Gifts That Keep on Giving
By Doug Ives


If you take a drive down Vesper Road you can check it out on the side of the road instead of checking it out at the library.

This is a play on words, of course, but what you will find on the 16000 block just west of Sunset Road. is a 7-foot high, 4-foot wide Little Free Library.

The red-and-white structure is a certified library, miniature-size. It is chartered by an agency somewhere and its shows up No. 27,033 on The cost to be part of the library system is $36. 

Randy and Rayann Lynn are the couple who chose to apply for the library, which is easily visible in the front of their Vesper property. The idea came to them from friends in Temecula who have one. Apparently Valley Center had none until now.

The charter fee includes a sign and a picture of the structure. The rest is up to the buyer. Randy found building materials on his own property that included a 4-panel window, chicken wire, paint, and a roof. He also needed to know the way to Home Depot for what he didn't have. 

The Lynn's library has shelves to separate the different types of the books, which for now are mostly for children through the teen years. However, Rayann plans to grow her library using ‘'any and all family-friendly books'' on such subjects as travel and cooking. Of course, picture books are welcomed.

Mrs. Lynn also is not averse to taking in and receiving novels. She is not shy either. She suggested to this writer that he might have some novels ‘'so we can get started right now to create a space for novelists past and present.''

She might be careful what she wishes for, unless she has storage in her home.    

Open for two weeks, she has had only a handful of visitors (there is a guest book) but that could change with publicity. Here's the key: You take a book and also add one of your own to the stack. It doesn't have to be the same day, says Rayann, but the plan is for books to come in the same day they go out.

‘'There is no hurry to return a book,'' she says. ‘'In fact, if you love it you can keep it, but be sure to put another book back to replace it.''

The ‘'coming in'' isn't a problem now, however. One friend brought a bag full, so the Lynns don't have room to display all the donations and are stocking them for later use. This might mean Handy Randy will have to add more shelves or maybe put up another library next to the original one.

‘'We want to serve the community,'' says Rayann, who is a school teacher in the Valley Center-Pauma School District. ‘'We are a non-profit and everything is on the honor system.''

Business hours? The library is never closed because there is no lock on the library door, at least for now.

Dos Valles Garden Club Scholarship & Contest Winners
By Sharon Grant 
The Dos Valles Garden Club held their annual Awards Program on June 16 at St. Stephen Church. This year proceeds from their plant sales enabled the club to give $1,000 scholarships to three college students going into agriculture-related fields: Damian Stehly, Bresa Martin, and Sullivan Shimer. All three winners had left for their summer jobs and were unable to attend the awards program.
The Club also presented checks totaling $2,500 to VC Elementary AG day, VC Middle School Thunderhawk Farms, VC High School and Oak Glen High School ROP Floriculture activities, and Valley Center Library, Friends of the Library. 
The Valley Center elementary schools participated in the annual "Smokey Bear-Woodsy Owl " Poster Contest. The posters were evaluated by the local Fire Department and 15 winners were selected in the statewide contest. Representative Valeria Sauzo from State Senator Joel Anderson's office presented the winners with Certificates of Appreciation.
The Club also recognized and thanked Allinson Propane and the VC Library for their gracious support of community activities.
Pictured above are the winners of the "Smokey Bear-Woodsy Owl" contest with event coordinator, Carol Curcio.  

Doug's World, Ladies: How to Please Your Man, circa mid-1950s
By Doug Ives


You hear a lot about the gender gap today, like women needing equal pay for equal work, their unalienable rights, their uneven workload, and the plight of the oppressed female. The issue is a hot topic politically and in the work place.  

Before women readers of Doug's World become agitated, let me say that my formative years of college and early marriage were in the mid and late 1950s and many customs were different then.

Please understand that respected magazines and newspapers did in those days hire female writers who expounded on the proper role of women - in this case young married women or those about to be wed.

I have in my possession an article from Good Housekeeping (mid-1950s) in which I will quote verbatim before making comments. First, let me say this was considered wise advice and not controversial. Young and soon-to-be married women considered this magazine a ‘'must read'' and its offerings taken with the utmost sincerity.       

Here was the magazine's advice - touted in a cover story -- for female newlyweds and those planning marriage roughly 60 years ago:

+ Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favorite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.

+ Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.

+ Be a little gay and a little interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.

+ Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives and gather up schoolbooks, toys, papers, etc. and then run a dust cloth over the tables.

+ In the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order - and it will give him a lift, too. After all, catering to his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.

+ Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and be sincere in your desire to please him.

+ Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first - remember his topics of conversation are more important yours.

+ Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment, without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be home and relax.

+ Your goal: Try to make your home a place of peace, order and tranquility where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit. Don't greet him with complaints and problems.

+ Don't complain if he's late for dinner, or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.

+ Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair with slippers at the ready. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.   

+ Don't ask him about his actions or question his judgment or integrity.  Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.

+ A good wife always knows her place.

Younger women readers are probably aghast right now. They want to lash out at the chauvinistic pig who writes this column. But please, I'm just the messenger. The norm back then is not the norm now. These rules seemed perfectly acceptable in the 1950s.

Everyone has heard the well-worn statement that ‘'women's work is never done.''  I joke with my wife now - yes, the same one I married in 1959 -- that man's work is never done.  But please ladies, show us a little sympathy. We didn't set the rules back then, although we wholeheartedly endorsed them.

I've given the role reversal considerable thought, trying to remember when man's ‘'pedestal'' started to shrink. For example, I can't remember when my pillow was arranged just so, or my house slippers were at the ready. I also can't remember when I was greeted with hug and a kiss, but I do remember recently my wife greeting me with ‘'Heh, big fella, you forgot to take out the trash."

Also, I can vividly recall how many times she has reminded me that the dog is mine and I'm in charge of clean-up detail. If and when there are accidents in the house, I'm to blame, of course. I accept that. I've had serious talks with my four-legged friend.

As for having a delicious meal ready, good luck with that. When I was young and single I loved peanut butter and tomato soup. There are times I have to resort to that dining staple even now. I looked in the oven the other day and found flowers. I thought food was supposed to be prepared in there.

If you ladies are smiling now, let me tell you I have adjusted well. I mop the floors, vacuum the carpet, take out the trash, wash dishes, empty the dishwater, water the plants, adjust the blinds, pull weeds . . . endless tasks that weren't required of me Back in the Day. I don't put a ribbon in my hair, however.

I even started making beds years ago, although it wasn't long before I was ordered to Cease and Desist. I was thanked for my efforts but told there was a right way and a wrong way to make beds . . . and well, my way started with the letter ‘w.'

Here's my advice to the over-60 curmudgeons pining for those 1950s rules to be re-instated for women as spelled out in Good Housekeeping. Adapt! The Party Is Over. Get Used to It. Grin and Bear It. Keep a Stiff Upper Lip! And all that stuff.

These are trite sayings, to be sure, but what choice do we have now.   

I'm not totally caving in, however. If the Queen leaves me a Honey-Do list that ends with her saying she is off to ‘Do Lunch' with her friends, then I still have options. I can greet her return with a hug and a kiss, which would be very generous and considerate of me, albeit a total capitulation. 

If your inner rage is getting the best of you, you might consider a note of your own saying you are out with your pals playing poker and tipping a few . . . and you are not sure when you'll be home.  Remind her that fixing dinner is not necessary and give her directions to where you keep the peanut butter and tomato soup.

Oh, yes, one more thing. Mention that you and the guys will be stopping by Hooters for some R&R. If the door is locked upon your return, ignore my advice and figure out your own course of action. Truth is I surrendered a long time ago.

If a man reads this without his mate seeing it, I have further advice. Be very careful to refrain from saying some or maybe all of the ‘'old ways'' might be re-visited and put into place. I fear this might not end well for you.

Assemblywoman Marie Waldron reacts to passage of SB 88


On behalf of California farmers, I opposed the Drought Trailer Bill (Senate Bill 88), which passed today on a 52 - 28 party-line vote. Specifically, the Water Diversion Monitoring and Reporting language addresses a complex issue, while neglecting the diversity of California agriculture. Senate Bill 88 grants the State Water Board far too much authority, with far too little oversight.
Forced consolidation by the State Water Board will not solve the drought emergency the state is now facing. Current law provides for much more effective solutions to remedy threats to health and safety during the actual drought than forced consolidation, which bypasses the LAFCO process.
Assemblymember Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Bonsall, Escondido, Fallbrook, Hidden Meadows, Rainbow, San Marcos, Temecula, Valley Center, and Vista.

Valley Center Substation - Pursuit and Arrest

On 06/18/15, at about 4:25pm, Valley Center Substation Deputies attempted to contact 20-year-old Dire Aguilar, a felony warrant subject, at the Pauma Indian Reservation in Pauma.
As deputies arrived at the reservation, Aguilar drove past them. Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Aguilar's vehicle and Aguilar failed to yield. Aguilar sped away westbound on State Route 76 at a high rate of speed onto the Pala Indian Reservation. At Pala Mission Road, Aguilar lost control of his vehicle, which became disabled, and attempted to flee on foot. A K9 Deputy deployed his K9 partner, who apprehended Aguilar on the side of a nearby residence. Found inside of Aguilar's car was a loaded shotgun and narcotics. 

Aguilar was treated at Palomar Hospital and later booked into the Vista Detention Facility for his warrant, weapons charges, felony evading and drug charges.
Source: San Diego County Sheriff's Department

So I Was Thinking..."Once Upon a Time"
By Phyllis Knight

This is one of the hardest devotional columns I have ever written. Not because the subject matter is hard (although it is), but because it is the most personally revealing and reflects a hard time in my life. Not complaining, just stating a fact.

I tend to get a little emotional this time of year. There are always so many activities, with many of them being endings, but inherently, also leading to new beginnings: graduations and promotions, weddings, families moving, empty-nesting, etc. Yes, June always brings a season of change.

This year, in particular, is especially poignant for me. My husband and I will be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary in a few days (and, yes, I was a child bride!). Consequently, I have been doing a lot of reflecting on the chapters in my life. In other words, "Where have all the years gone?!"

Speaking of reflecting, if you were a fly on my bathroom wall, you might hear the following exchange between me and my mirror:

Me: "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?"

Mirror: "I beg your pardon, and I'll be bold; it isn't you, you're too old!"

Ugh! You see, I do feel old, and not just because of my age. The biggest contributing factor is my aging parents, and all that goes along with that. As many of you know, my parents live with my husband and me. (I always feel the need to quantify that statement by saying "elderly" but considering the fact that they are my parents, I can assume that's a given.) 

We've all heard the saying "Getting old isn't for sissies." Well, neither is being their caregiver. Taking care of my parents has been the hardest thing I have ever done, but it also has been one of the most rewarding. I feel honored to be able to do so, and I wouldn't change it for anything. I know that I have been incredibly blessed to still have my parents with me, when most of my friends and peers have lost one, if not both, of theirs. But it's still hard. It's not the physical aspect of taking care of them, but the emotional and mental stress that gets to me. You can't "make believe" that their demise isn't coming and there is no magic potion to change the inevitable. Seeing your parents drastically decline mentally and physically takes its toll, and I feel as though I have aged ten years in the last four. 

So I was thinking...

That YOU'RE probably thinking, "Why on earth am I reading this grim tale?!" But just wait! The last page has not been turned, and this story does have a happy ending!

With Father's Day upon us, I've been reflecting on my almost-92-year-old dad, and I remember that as a little girl, he was my Knight in Shining Armor. A few years later, I married my next Knight (Roy, to be precise), and rode off into the sunset. But there's an everlasting bond between a daughter and her dad.

Although I know that I'll never see Snow White again when I look in the mirror, I also know that in the reflection of my dad's eyes, I will always be his princess. And as special as that is, even more important, in the eyes of my Heavenly Father, I know that I really am "snow white" because of His Son who died for my sins and washed them white as snow. Jesus is the ultimate Knight in Shining Armor. He has conquered death, and through Him, I know that this life is not all there is, and that, when the time comes, I will see my parents again, and we will all live happily ever after in a place that, in comparison, dwarfs even a Magic Kingdom. And that's no fairy tale.  Happy Father's Day.


There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,

A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,

A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

A time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,

A time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,

A time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart. Ecclesiastes 3:1-11a (NIV) 

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away." And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." Revelation 21:1-5a (NASB)

©2015 Phyllis Knight

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Rincon Outdoor Market - Local Fresh Produce & Artisan Foods
By Doug Ives


Valley Center and surrounding areas are in love with outdoor markets. They are more plentiful than stop lights and perhaps more abundant than stop signs, at least in the town center.

Fresh fruits and veggies are a way of life in the valley, hence the landscape is dotted with Mom and Pop operations that seem to be almost everywhere. Large commercial vendors are not encouraged or sought.  

If you travel east on Valley Center Road and down the hill (S6) to the north about one-half mile from the Harrah's Casino entrance you will spot two teepees on the east side of the road. This Sunday a giant tent will magically appear and 18 vendors will sell their goods inside protected from heat and wind.

This is known as Rincon's Outdoor Market. It was open one Sunday in April and one in May. This is event No. 3. Two more are planned July 12 and August 2. Operation times are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Business is brisk but not crowded. Parking is adequate.

This is Year Three for the Outdoor Market and the power behind the operation is the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians who spend thousands of dollars to make this happen and one determined lady, Diana Sourbeer, the market's chief operating officer who recruits the vendors and works with the Tribe's Recreation Department to make the event successful.

Sourbeer, well known in Valley Center as the owner of Little Barn Bakery, is exuberant about the event's growth in 3 short years. Eighteen vendors is quadruple the number that began in 2013. The tent is spacious and comfortable and the experience for the patrons is now family-friendly, a tribal demand. 

Yes, there is now a petting zoo and a jumper for kids. Who knew?

A water slide would have been welcomed but that is not politically correct with the shortage of water.

Of course, the emphasis is on food - fresh fruits and vegetables mostly. However, there is comfort food available and perhaps 7 or 8 of the vendors and artisans selling crafts. Mexican food is very popular. Pizza didn't succeed here. 

Farmers who produce fruits and veggies for a living are the dominant sellers. However, there are hobbyist growers, too. Sourbeer describes them as individuals or families who have a knack for producing heirloom tomatoes, squash, peaches, etc. in their own backyards or plot of ground. They are not commercial sellers.

Delfino, Solidarity Farms and Rancho Bolado are certified produce farmers. Belen is a well-known artisan baker, Sourbeer's Little Barn Bakery is a business selling granola and whole grain baked goods, and the Lucy Duran family makes and offers corn tortillas, chicken tacos, fruit salads and even sells water, so variety is widespread.

Because the market is on tribal land, the U.S. Agricultural Department has no jurisdiction, which means less red tape. The vendors are all local, so Buy Local is the market's credo. Food grown in the area stays in the area. Goods are not hauled in by trucks from faraway places, or other countries.

Sourbeer summed it up this way: ‘'The tribe wants the community to come together so they support local farmers and local artisans both away from and living on the reservation. And, as I said, they encourage people to buy and consume healthy food, and they encourage whole family participation by providing jumpers for kids plus the on-site petting zoo.''

Want junk food? Sorry, this isn't the place for you.

Vendors pay $30 each session to rent the space. They must bring their own tables and perhaps chairs, although the design is to walk and look and buy. The $540 collected (18 vendors, $30 each) is well below the cost of operation, so the tribe picks up that expense.  Tribal vendors do not pay the $30.

‘'We're proud about the growth we have developed,'' says Sourbeer. ‘'We don't sign leases, demand money up front or make difficult demands. We are grateful to the tribe for what they have achieved. I hope this relationship continues for many more years.''

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CAL FIRE Suspends Outdoor Residential Burning


As drought conditions continue to increase fire danger in the region, CAL FIRE has suspended all burn permits for outdoor open residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of San Diego and Imperial Counties. This suspension takes effect June 1, 2015 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris including branches and leaves.

"San Diego lives with the threat of wildfire year round and it is critical that the public do their part to be extra fire safe when outdoors" said Tony Mecham CAL FIRE San Diego Unit and County Fire Chief.

"With record-setting drought conditions we must take every step possible to prevent new wildfires from starting," said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. "One Less Spark, means One Less Wildfire."

Similar to last year, CAL FIRE has already responded to significantly more wildfires than in an average. CAL FIRE is asking residents to ensure that they are prepared for wildfires including maintaining a minimum of 100 feet of Defensible Space around every home.

Here are some tips to help prepare your home and property:

  • Clear all dead or dying vegetation 100 feet around all structures.
  • Landscape with fire resistant/drought tolerant plants
  • Find alternative ways to dispose of landscape debris like chipping or  hauling it to a biomass energy facility

The department may issue restricted temporary burning permits if there is an essential reason due to public health, safety. Agriculture, land management, fire training, and other industrial-type burning may proceed if a CAL FIRE official inspects the burn site and issues a special permit.

Campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property that are otherwise permitted will be allowed if the campfire is maintained in such a manner as to prevent its spread to the wildland.    

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