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9th annual Valley Center Real Estate Professionals Golf Tournament
by Garry Farmer
The Valley Center Real Estate Professionals is an organization comprised of Realtors, Lenders, Title and Escrow individuals.
Our goal is to provide aid to the Valley Center and Pauma Valley communities when and where needed. We have a 501 (c3) tax-free
corporation (Valley Center Community Aid Group).
more immediate goal is to provide financial aid, by way of scholarships, to graduating seniors from Valley Center High School.
Through the combined efforts of Valley Center Real Estate,
local businesses, corporations and people throughout San Diego County, we have been able to provide more than 100 scholarships
over the last eight years. With your help we hope to continue investing in our country's future, which is our YOUTH.
On Friday, May 2, 2014 we will host our 9th
annual Valley Center Real Estate Professionals Golf Tournament. The tournament is hosted for us by VCCAG, a nonprofit 501c3
organization. This is our major fundraiser and we are excited to hold the tournament this year at Woods Valley Country Club
in Valley Center.
Your participation is hereby
requested in one of several ways. Join us by golfing in the tournament; be a hole sponsor; donate items for the auction; or,
contribute to our event with a sponsorship.
Gold Sponsor is $1,000 with a scholarship awarded in your name and a golf foursome. The Platinum Sponsor is $5,000 to $20,000,
with two scholarships awarded in your name. You will also receive two foursomes of golf for you or your company's employees.
You may even be assisting in the education of a future employee!
Thank you for your support. Please feel free to call if you have any questions. Your checks may be made payable
to V.C.C.A.G. (Tax ID 26-46-53266) and sent to John Yeager, P.O. Box 2787, Valley Center, CA 92082.
Click here for Registration Form.
Valley Center Softball Travel Ball Try-Outs
14U Competitive Ball Players are invited to try-out on Sunday, April
27th at 10:00 a.m. at Scibilia Field.
information contact John Scibilia email@example.com
Recreational Soccer Signups Start NOW!
Registration for 2014 Season is now open.
Click Here to go to ONLINE Registration
2/3 Coed (U13-U16) $135.00
Division 4 (U11-U12) $135.00
Division 5 (U9-U10) $110.00
Division 6 (U7-U8) $110.00
PeeWee (U5-U6) $95.00
Questions? Email our
registrar by clicking here. Or call 760-525-5363.
Jaguar Summer Soccer Skills Camp
This summer the Valley Center High School Varsity Soccer coaches will run a week-long Jaguar soccer skills camp for boys
and girls, ages 8 - 15. The camp will run Monday, July 14 to Friday, July 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Only $99 for the entire week with expert instruction. This is
a great timing to 'tune up your game' before the recreational season starts! The camp will be at VCHS.
For more information, send an email to Coach Dale Blasius (Varsity Boys Soccer
Coach and Director of Coaching for Hurricanes) by clicking here.
An Apple a Day Keeps the Statins at Bay
Dr. John H. Maher
In England researchers recently calculated that if everyone of the 22 million over age 50 in the United Kingdom would take
statin drugs, approximately 9,400 deaths from cardiovascular disease would be prevented every year.
They then applied the same formula, substituting an apple for the drug and an
equal number of calories, consumed by 70 percent of 22 million citizens ages 50 and above. Their results revealed that if
70 percent complied, a apple a day would prevent approximately 8,500 deaths a year - almost 1,000 less than the statin drug.
However, when researchers estimated side effects, they discovered the stain drug would cause almost 14,000 serious problems
• Type 2 diabetes: 12,300 cases
• Myopathy: 1,200 cases
• Rhabdomyolysis: 200 cases
When researchers repeated the exercise using adults ages 30 and older, the researchers estimated that statins would
save another 200 lives each year, bringing the adjusted total of prevented deaths to 9,600. Apples would prevent 300 more
deaths, reaching 8,800 annually. However, if 30-year-olds all started taking a daily statin, the number of side effects would
• Type 2 diabetes: up 99 percent to 24,400 cases
• Myopathy: up 100 percent to 2,400 cases
• Rhabdomyolysis: up 100 percent to 400 cases
If compliance with the apple regimen (or a second apple, for those who already consumed one a day) was 90 percent instead
of the 70 percent, the annual reduction of deaths from cardiovascular causes would reach 11,000 - a 29 percent increase for
a 20 percent higher compliance rate.
I wrote about a then recent study researchers that found an apple peel extract significantly outperformed chemotherapy in
killing colon cancer cells - and it didn't matter what dose of chemo they used! The apple extract killed 17.6% of cancer
cells, while the chemo drug killed only 10.9%. Previous studies have shown that apples can fight cancers of the breast, ovary,
lung, and liver. (Article posted on www.facebook.com/valleycenterchiropractic) - http://www.valleycenterholistic.com
Update on Monday Night's Fire at Lilac Oaks Campground
Last night (04-21-2014) at 2040 hours a 911 call reporting a fire in a local campground in the 30000 block of Lilac Road in
Valley Center was received. A full first alarm assignment was dispatched that included the Valley
Center Fire Protection District, along with San Pasqual Reservation Fire Department and Calfire.
The fire was in a Recreational Vehicle parked
in a camping site. No one was in the vehicle at the time of the fire and the fire was contained to the camper. No injuries
were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fire Marshal.
Third Annual Valley Center Music Festival - Saturday, June 7
The Valley Center / Pauma Music Boosters announces their third annual Valley Center Music Festival on Saturday, June
7th, including a sanctioned BBQ cook-off.
This event is held annually at Bates Nut Farm (15954 Woods Valley Rd,
in Valley Center) from noon to 9:30 pm. This year the event will expand with a Kansas City BBQ Cook-off, in addition to twelve
bands on three stages, a beer and wine garden, door prizes, foods, face-painting and a silent auction. Parking and admission
to the festival is free.
The event features three separate stages for the day of music. The festival will begin
at noon with the National Anthem and performances from the award-winning Valley Center Middle School and High School Jazz
bands directed by Jeff Beck. Ten of San Diego's top professional bands will then fill the three stages with one hour sets:
• Black Market III - Blues/Rockabilly/ Rock
• The Sickstring Outlaws - Alt. Country
Apollo - Jazz Rock
• Drop Joy - Rock
• Sarah's Promise - Alt. Rock/Christian
• Dusty and the
Lovenotes - Americana
• The New Rich - Americana
• The Sumbucks - Country
• 760 - Theatrical
• The Band Red - Classics/Oldies
Fifty BBQ teams are expected to compete in the Kansas City Barbeque
Society sanctioned cook-off, leading to regional, state and national championships. Select BBQ items of chicken, pork, pork
ribs and brisket will be available for purchase. The beer and wine garden will be at the center of the event for the 21 and
over crowd with a selection of craft beers and boutique wineries. Silent auction items will be displayed for bidding. The
Miss Valley Center Court will be selling raffle tickets and face-painting.
"Bates Nut Farm is a perfect location
for this event,"said Jim Cline, president and founder of Cattle Call, the company promoting and coordinating the bands.
"Bring family, friends, beach chairs and blankets, and pick a spot on the lawn as your home base while enjoying the
live music and having lunch or dinner together."
This annual event is a key fundraiser for the Valley Center
/ Pauma Music Boosters which support the efforts of about 700 award-winning choir and band students in the Valley Center schools.
The Music Festival performers donate their time to this annual fundraiser.
"This festival highlights
quality bands with a variety of music in one location, all while continuing to help our music programs grow. We are grateful
to Bates Nut Farm for donating their beautiful venue and all of the performers who share their talents," said Diane Conaway,
president of the Valley Center / Pauma Music Boosters. "We are so fortunate to have so much community support for this
event. Many volunteer hours are spent in planning, coordinating, advertising, setting up, performing, and more." To
donate an item for silent auction or raffle, either personally or from a business, please call Diane at 760-749-2888.
All proceeds help fund the annual $60,000 goal of the VCPMB organization to support the uniforms, instruments and competitions
for Valley Center and Pauma music programs. The Boosters help purchase and keep hundreds of instruments tuned up and in good
shape for hundreds of 5th-12th graders in the award-winning school bands. The Boosters also fund the ability for both band
and choir to participate in competition events at the middle and high school levels. The programs are noted for their highly
successful results in these events. "This year we have been challenged to raise $100,000," said Conaway. "The
Boosters want to use this additional $40,000 to expand their programs for these student musicians."
Center Music Festival is sponsored by Bates Nut Farm, Cattle Call LLC, Diane Conaway, Rival Design Studios, Left Coast Engineering
and When Pigs Fly BBQ and Catering.
For more information about the Valley Center Music Festival visit
www.vcmusicfestival.com. For more information about the Valley Center / Pauma Music Boosters and how you can help, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit http://vcpmusicboosters.org/, speak to a Valley Center / Pauma Music Booster, like us on Facebook, or call 760-749-2888.
Body Found Near Hellhole Canyon Identified
UPDATE - April 21, 2014: The Medical Examiner's office released the name of the man found near Hellhole Canyon
Preserve last Saturday. Samuel Holiman, the decedent, was a 57-year-old black male who resided in San Diego County.
On the afternoon of 04/19/14, the decedent was found on a mountain
trail in the Hellhole Canyon County Preserve by a hiker. 9-1-1 was called and a deputy responded to the area along with Park
Rangers. Upon arrival at the preserve, they confirmed the man was dead. There was no apparent injury or trauma to the body.
The cause of death is still pending.
April 20, 2014 - At 7:23 a.m., efforts continued to extract
a deceased body from a remote area at Hell Hole Canyon Ecological Preserve in the Valley Center area. A.S.T.R.E.A. responded
to the area: surveyed the scene, landed, and dropped off their observer nearby. A.S.T.R.E.A. then shuttled personnel from
the Command Post to the scene.
The Medical Examiner
processed the scene and with the assistance of A.S.T.R.E.A. transported the remains from the area. The cause of death is unknown
at this time and the Medical Examiner will continue their investigation.
April 19, 2014 - A man's body was discovered near
Hellhole Canyon by a visitor out for a run. The body appears to be a few days old.
Due to the rugged nature of the site and darkness setting in the investigation
was delayed until morning. The Sheriff's Department and Medical Examiner's Office will conduct further investigations
Relay for Life
Yard Sale and Upcoming Events
Saturday, April 19th was another fun fundraising
day for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Valley Center! The day started with a Pancake Breakfast; followed
by the First Annual Yard Sale at the Hidden Valley Obedience Club in Escondido. The teams participating in this fundraisier
were Fighting For Friends, Lettuce Make a Difference, Paws for the Cause, PT Cruisers and Sue's Sassy Walkers. The dollars
raised Saturday morning reached over $900.00. The event was well attended with support from Valley Center and Escondido.
effort is in conjunction with the Relay For Life Vallley Center event taking place on June 21st at Bates Nut Farm. The
goal of the committee and teams this year is to raise $100,000. The fundraising grand total so far is reaching $40,000.
In 2013 the Relay raised over $85,00; in order to reach the goal this year there are more community events that the teams
will be participating in leading up to event day June 21st.
This Saturday, April 26th there will be teams hosting a booth at
the Country Market Flea Market & Craft Fair at Bates Nut Farm from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Firefighters from Rincon
Station #64 will be boot driving at the A-1 Irrigation Customer Appreciation Day from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There
will also be an information booth hosted by the Relay For Life candidate for Valley Center Honary Mayor, Sharon Briscoe and
Team Development Chair Michelle Wick. Please stop by and get your purple ribbon to help "Paint the Town Purple"
on May 31st on the Heritage Trail.
Please support the effort in raising dollars to help find a cure and to provide
programs and services. For more information about "where your dollars go" visit www.cancer.org. You can also get more information at www.relayforlife.org/valleycenter to learn how to make a donation, join a team or to volunteer
at the event.
New Principal at
the Primary School
Valley Center Happenings has learned that
the principal at the Valley Center Primary School, Tina Calabrese, is leaving the Primary School. She will be replaced by
a teacher currently teaching at the Primary School, Kami Callahan.
Below is the official notice being sent to VCPUSD
employees about the change in staffing form the Superentendent, Dr. Lou Obermeyer:
I want to let you know
that Tina Calabrese, Primary School Principal, has accepted a position in Bonsall School District as principal of a
K-6 elementary school. Tina's excited to move to a larger school and have the experience of working at a K-6 school.
She starts her new position on May 1st. Please join me in wishing her well in her new position.
Kami Callahan has accepted
the position as principal at the Primary School, effective May 1st. Kami has been a teacher at the school for 14 years
and she is looking forward to moving into this leadership position. The Board will formally appoint her at the School
Board meeting on May 1st. Please join me in congratulating her on her new position."
Junior Barrel Racing Signups For Valley Center Stampede Rodeo
Valley Center Stampede Rodeo is committed to the youth of our community and is offering a few rodeo events tailored to young
ones who would like to get their feet wet in the sport of rodeo. One such event is Junior Barrel Racing. Rodeo is not an adults-only
sport; children enjoy rodeo competitions just as much. The Junior Barrel Racing races are generally the same as the adult
races but with a few "exceptions" for our young riders and their horses.
We wanted to offer something to the young, less experienced riders. There are lots of kids in our community who own
horses and would like to compete in a professional rodeo atmosphere; however, they may not have an experienced barrel horse
and may possess little-to-no barrel racing and rodeo experience. Our Junior Barrel Racing event is tailored specifically
Junior Barrel Racing is a rodeo event
in which a horse and rider attempt to complete a clover leaf pattern around three barrels, set up in a triangle pattern in
the middle of an arena. At the junior level, both boys and girls are allowed to compete in this event. It combines the athletic
ability of the horse and the horsemanship skills of a young cowboy or cowgirl.
Normally, riders compete to see who can run the barrel pattern the fastest without knocking over a barrel. The event
is normally timed, but in our version of Junior Barrel Racing, riders will be competing mostly against themselves. Trying
to get their horse around the barrels and back across the finish line will be a feat in and of itself. The timer begins when
the horse and rider cross the electronic eye and ends when the barrel pattern has been successfully executed and horse and
rider cross back over the electronic eye. Always a crowd favorite, the cheering from the fans certainly helps these young
cowboys and cowgirls get their horses through the course. All riders will earn a belt buckle for their hard work.
The Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Junior Barrel Race competition
is open to all contestants 12 years of age or younger. Contestants must be able to have full control of their horse throughout
their barrel runs to perform in our rodeo performance.
The entry fee is $30.00 and parents must sign a liability waiver to allow their children to participate. Helmets
are required. Entry is limited to the first 20 riders who sign up. Due to the popularity of this event we recommend you mail
in the required entry forms (see list below) as soon as possible as the available slots will fill up quickly.
Entry forms are available on the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo
website: www.VCStampede.com. For entry to be accepted, send in:
and signed Release/Entry Form
2. Proof of Medical Insurance
3. Check or money order payable to: Valley Center Rodeo.
Entries must be postmarked by May 12, 2014.
Mail completed entry and required forms to: Madelyn Wagner - 13878 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center, CA 92082.
more information on this event, please contact Madelyn Wagner at Electricmadwag@aol.com.
Are you or your business interested in sponsoring
the Junior Barrel Racing event? If so, you will be rewarded with publicity as well as gratitude from the young cowboys and
cowgirls as they show off their courage and talents. For more information on how to become a rodeo sponsor, contact Chairwoman
Joyce Holmes at 760-445-1723 or email her at email@example.com.
The San Diego County
Sheriff's Department Issue a Warning about a Warrant Scam
It's a startling phone call you could receive:
"There's a warrant out for your arrest." A scam going on right now in many counties hopes that fear will cause you
to act without thinking.
The caller is very pushy and poses as an employee
of the Sheriff's Department. To make the pitch very convincing, the scammer will:
- use the name of an actual Sheriff's Department employee
- give the actual telephone number of a Sheriff's Station or Substation
- have some of your personal information such as a former address or your date
- threaten you with jail time or taking away your
- ask for more personal information
- ASK FOR MONEY either with a credit, debit or prepaid card
Impersonating a Sheriff's Deputy is a violation
of state law. REMEMBER, no deputy or employee of the Sheriff's Department will ever contact members of the public by telephone
to demand money or any other form of payment. If you get this type of call, hang up immediately.
People with outstanding warrants are encouraged to turn themselves in Monday through Friday
from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at any one of the Sheriff's Court Facilities http://goo.gl/y035S. For more information on warrants and bail notices, visit http://goo.gl/J5N5g. To check if you have an outstanding warrant in the County of San Diego, visit http://goo.gl/J5N5g.
Brittney Usher Awarded Corban University "Sophomore of the Year"
Brittney Usher was privileged to be awarded "The 2013 - 2014 Sophomore of the Year" by the Department of Education
at Corban University.
She is currently studying
to be an Elementary Teacher in Salem, Oregon and will graduate in 2016.
Brittney is the daughter of Craig and Elizabeth Usher of Valley Center.
Sheriff's Department Hosts "Coffee With The Community"
Community outreach is a top priority of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Members of the community should feel comfortable
bringing problems related to safety and security as well as deputy-community relations to our staff. The Valley Center Sheriff's
Substation is holding a Coffee with the Community on:
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Country Junction Deli
29115 Valley Center Road
Coffee With The Community gives Valley Center residents a chance to chat with the
station's Lieutenant, Crime Prevention Specialist and Senior Volunteers in a casual setting to exchange ideas and concerns
over a free cup of coffee.
This event is free
and open to the public. There is no need to RSVP. Complimentary coffee will be served.
For more information, call the Valley Center Crime Prevention Specialist at (760) 751-4408. For full details, view this message on the web.
To view downloadable flyer, click here.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Looking to get rid of unwanted and expired prescription drugs? The San Diego County Sheriff's Department will collect and
dispose of these medicines during the Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA) eighth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
This event is on Saturday, April 26th from
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sheriff's Deputies will be at the following locations:
• Alpine Sheriff's Station: 2751 Alpine Boulevard
- Walgreens Parking Lot: 9728 Winter Gardens Boulevard
• Fallbrook Sheriff's Substation: 388 East Alvarado Street
• Rancho San Diego - McGrath Family YMCA: 12006 Campo Road, Spring Valley
• Imperial Beach Sheriff's Substation:
845 Imperial Beach Boulevard
• Lemon Grove Sheriff's Substation: 3240 Main Street
• Poway Sheriff's Station:
13100 Bowron Road
• Encinitas - Scripps Encinitas Hospital: 354 Santa Fe Drive
• Ramona - Albertson's
Parking Lot: 1459 Main Street
• Santee - Walgreen's Parking Lot: 10512 Mission Gorge Road
• Vista - Walgreens
Parking Lot: 310 Sycamore Road
This service is free and anonymous. No sharps or needles accepted. Unwanted or expired prescription drugs can be dangerous
to the community by falling into the wrong hands.
For a list of drop-off locations, go to: http://goo.gl/khdhWt. You can also drop off unwanted prescriptions at any Sheriff's Station or Substation during normal business hours. For
more information, visit: http://goo.gl/5PAQy.
Please Note: The Valley Center Sheriff's Substation has a prescription drug disposal
box inside the station where unwanted or expired prescription drugs can be dropped off during normal business hours all year
long; however, the Valley Center station will not be open on Saturday, April 26th.
Fruitvale Road Upgrades Almost Complete
The County has added "No U-turn" signs in front of the Primary School and the double-yellow
divider lines are nearly finished in preparation for the Primary School's new pick-up and drop-off procedures along Fruitvale
Starting Monday, April 21 parents will be
picking up and dropping off their students in the Primary School parking lot.and the buses will utilize Fruitvale Rd for drop-off
in the morning and pick-up in the afternoon.
Click here to read the full story by Primary School principal, Tina Calabrese.
The VCFPD Wants to Help You Stay in Business
How safe is your place of business? Find
out by taking this survey provided by the Valley Center Fire Protection District.
Every "yes" response indicates a positive, fire-safety situation, but a "no"
response indicates a potential fire hazard that needs to be reviewed and corrected.
Are your portable fire extinguishers up to date? (Should have a tag date stamped that is less than a
- Are your portable
fire extinguishers visible, mounted properly and free of obstructions? (Should be between 4" and 60" from floor
and nothing within a 36" radius of the extinguisher)
you have a commercial kitchen and is the hood system inspected and up to date? (Required to be inspected twice a year - date
tag should be less than 6 month old)
- Are all fire sprinkler
heads free from obstruction? (Storage should not to be within 18" of the head and nothing hanging from the sprinkler
- Are fire doors properly working and free from obstruction?
(They are not permitted to be propped open by wedges or any other temporary device)
- Are rolling fire door/shutters tested annually? (They are required to be drop tested once a year)
- Do you have an adequate number of fire extinguishers? (They should be placed
so travel distance does not exceed 75 feet or where there is a significant hazardous area to protect such as kitchens)
- Are exit doors clearly marked, illuminated and free from obstruction? (They are
required to be identified with signs that are internally or externally illuminated when structure has 50 occupants or more)
- Are all exit doors unlocked during business hours?
- Are all exits not obstructed or used for storage and are they well lit?
- Are all electrical plates and outlets free from exposed wiring? (Cover plates
are required, no open junction boxes are permitted)
extension cords used properly? (They are for temporary purposes (90 days) and not used as a substitution for permanent wiring)
- Are electrical panels labeled with circuits and kept clear at least 36 inches
- Are gas cylinders secured to prevent tipping?
- Are hallways and storage spaces free of accumulated rubbish?
- Is storage kept 24 inches from the ceiling?
- Is your address properly posted? (6 inch height minimum / contrasting colors)
- Are fire lanes clearly posted and marked?
- Are combustibles kept a safe distance from any heat source? (Minimum of 36 inches)
- Are flammable liquids properly used and stored? (Must be stored in an approved
- Are employees trained in fire safety and able to
use a fire extinguisher?
- Are fire drills conducted frequently?ü
Are employees aware of the location of fire extinguishers and exit doors? (must have a posted map/plan)
- Are safety issues enforced at all times? (Do you have a written policy)
- Are hazardous materials properly labeled?ü Are hazardous materials
properly stored and disposed of?
- Do you have stored flammable
gases used in your business and are they stored properly?
you have current MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) on site for hazardous materials?
- Do you have a Fire Safety Plan?
Employees trained in this plan?
Should you have
any questions, please call the Valley Center Fire Protection District at 760-751-7600 to set up a site visit.
Rodeo Queen Pageant
by Julie Picot
Michael Robertson, the owner of Hidden Oaks Ranch, opened up his ranch gates for the 2014 Valley Center Rodeo Queen Pageant
on April 12th. His ranch offered the contestants the perfect location to show off why they should be the 2014 Valley Center
Rodeo Queen, Junior Queen and Young Miss. The Contestants started off the day by showing off their Horsemanship skills.
In the evening the contestants opened up the pageant with dancing
to the song Wildflower. Bridgette LaHaye, the 2013 Teen Miss Rodeo California, did an amazing job as the Mistress of Ceremonies.
The Contestants then wowed the crowd modeling their western wear and giving speeches and answering impromptu questions.
These young women have spent the last 3 months preparing for this evening and it really showed. The evening came to an end
with the crowning of Renee Terbursh as Queen, Briana Garcia as Junior Queen, and Lacey Bainbridge as Junior Queen.
Mutton Bustin' Returns to the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo - Sign Up on May 3rd
The Valley Center Stampede Rodeo will again be offering the popular Mutton Bustin' event to kids. In a world of video games
and computers, Valley Center Stampede Rodeo has geared up to get our kids off the couch and involved in the sport of rodeo
by offering some good old fashioned outside fun.
to the world of Mutton Bustin', also known as "Wool Riding," where the brave rider gets astride a wooly sheep. As
the roar of the crowd around them fades away they prepare themselves for a ride that will last only seconds, but will seem
like an eternity and almost surely end with a roll in the dirt. On the other end of those seconds is a cherished belt buckle,
an acknowledgement of their bravery and determination to stay on.
Just like in the rodeo, Mutton Bustin' allows kids to reenact the rodeo rituals of bull & brong riding in miniature
form. Imagine riding bulls & broncs with no ropes, spurs, or saddles and with riders under 50 pounds! The kids straddle
the sheep and when they are ready, the gate is opened releasing sheep and rider into the arena with the rider hanging on as
long as they can. Every rider earns a buckle and a permanent ear to ear grin.
There is little danger to the sheep or the child as the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo insists on safety for both.
While there are no set national rules, a 50 pound weight limit is enforced to protect the sheep and safety helmets and vests
are required to protect the riders. The sheep are provided by the livestock contractor, fed hay and rolled corn and get regular
How do they ride them? Well,
many of them do not get beyond the chute; however, those who manage to stay on, ride lying down clinging tightly to the wool.
Riders are more likely to slide off than fall with that riding style. No matter how long they stay on the unusual and exciting
experience of riding a sheep (even for just a few seconds) is empowering and builds self-confidence along the way.
Falls and tumbles abound, but the cheers, shouts, smiles and
encouragement from the crowd, family and guests make the pain of a tumble go away pretty quickly; especially when they receive
their well-earned belt buckle!
Kids must be between
the ages of 4 and 7 years old and 50 pounds or less. The Entry Fee is $30.00. Parents must sign a waiver to let their children
participate. Helmets and protective vests are provided by the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo and riders will be required to
wear both. Entry is limited to the first 40 riders who sign up.
Sign up in person at Armstrong Feed & Supply on May 3, 2014 between 9 am - 12 pm. For entry
to be accepted bring proof of medical insurance along with the completed and signed entry form, along with a check, cash,
or money order payable to Valley Center Rodeo. Entry forms can be downloaded at www.VCStampede.com. For more information contact Robin Collins at: RobinCollins91@gmail.com.
you, or your business, interested in sponsoring the Mutton Bustin' event? If so, you will be rewarded with publicity as well
as gratitude from the young cowboys and cowgirls as they show off their courage and talents. For more information on how to
become a rodeo sponsor, contact Chairwoman Joyce Holmes at 760-445-1723 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valley Center Middle School Bands & Choir Earn Top Awards at Music in the Parks
Austin Buretz and Riley Baranowski, percussionists, accompany the award-winning VCMS Chorus with feature solos from Michelle
Macklin and Sophia Rizzotto for the Music in the Parks 2014 event at Knott's Berry Farm on Saturday, April 12 (shown
Sophia Rizzotto also earned an overall
solo award, along with Jaimie Mendiola for his overall band solo. Each year, the program hosts elementary, middle and high
schools from as far away as Las Vegas, NV and El Paso, TX, here in southern California.
This year, Valley Center Middle School earned 1st place in Middle School Chorus,
1st place in Middle School Jazz Band, 1st place in Middle School Concert Band. They also earned Overall Best Jazz Band and
Overall Best Concert Band, beating out all other elementary, middle and high schools. The Valley Center Middle School bands
are under the direction of Mr. Jeff Beck and the chorus is under the direction of Mrs. Laralee Beck.
Music in the Parks hosts competitions in conjunction with theme parks
throughout the United States and is known for its well-versed adjudicators. The program was first founded in 1981 and hosts
more than 200,000 music students each year.
So I Was Thinking..."Weighing the Truth about Wisdom"
By Phyllis Knight
As I recently was lamenting to my husband that "I don't eat enough to weigh this much" my sweet, kind, considerate
husband replied, "It's age, Honey, it's age." No, I didn't punch him. I didn't even get upset (much). I knew that
what he was saying was the truth and sometimes the truth hurts. But, most importantly, I knew he was just messing with me
because he knows getting older doesn't bother me (much).
In fact, there are a lot of benefits and blessings to getting older. Hopefully, as we age, we not only get older,
but we get wiser. Hopefully, we learn from the life lessons we go through. Hopefully, we gain insight into ourselves as well
as others, becoming kinder and gentler in our dealings with people, but stronger and more resilient in our faith.
I think wisdom is highly underrated in our society. If we acknowledge
it at all, unfortunately, we certainly don't attribute it to "Old Folks." However, the older I get, the wiser those
"Old Folks" become.
We have to remember
that wisdom is not just knowledge; it is so much deeper than that. Wisdom is the marriage of knowledge and understanding and
knowing how to use it is the offspring. It doesn't mean you have all the answers. In fact, true wisdom knows you don't have
all the answers; it just means you keep seeking more truth and wisdom.
One of the best benefits in getting older, for me, is getting comfortable in my own skin. I don't worry what people
think anymore. Doesn't mean I don't care, just means I don't worry about it. If you like me, wonderful; if you don't, that's
okay, too. I don't worry about the "off-hand" comment someone makes to me or about me, something that used to ruin
my whole day as I played it over and over again in my head. Because, you see, it's not really about me. Even my column is
not really about me (even though it's usually about me). It's about the Lord and His working in my life and, hopefully, little
lessons and insights I've gained along the way, and wanting to share them with others.
There is a huge difference between being comfortable and being complacent. Being comfortable, I don't waste time
thinking about the unimportant things and/or things I can't change, which allows me to focus on the important things and the
things I CAN change.
So I was thinking...
long as I know I'm pursuing the Lord's will for my life, I don't have to be distracted by people who want to pull me down
or derail me, either intentionally or unintentionally. In fact, most times, the things we take great offense to, the other
person probably has no idea that we "chose" to be offended. Obviously, that's not always the case, but even in situations
where we truly are offended, there's still freedom to be found in forgiveness.
Just as I chose to "forgive" my husband for jokingly reminding me that my body is aging, because I know
he loves this body more today than the day he married it. And, after almost forty years of marriage, growing old together
has been one of life's greatest blessings.
Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding,
for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you
desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant
ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.
©2014 Phyllis Knight | email@example.com
(For additional devotionals, please check out www.facebook.com/PhyllisKnightAuthor)
Primary School Announces New Pick Up & Drop Off Procedures
Changes to Primary School Pick up/Drop off Effective April 21st, the Primary School will have a new morning drop-off and afternoon
pick-up procedure. These changes have been made in response to concerns about student safety.
The school will now have Bus Pick-up/Drop-off along Fruitvale Rd, and Parent Pick-up/Drop-off
in the School Parking Lot. Buses will drop-off in the morning and pick-up students in the afternoon along Fruitvale Road.
The County will be adding signage and painting curbs to designate the changes. From 7:30 to 8:30 am, and 1:30 to 2:30 pm
each day, the curbs along Fruitvale Road from the trees to the front of the school, will be designated for bus loading and
unloading only. Only students arriving on the buses will be admitted to the school playground through the gates on Fruitvale
The District has also been advised that changes
in road striping, and No U-turn signs and No Stopping Any Time signs are planned to be installed along Fruitvale Road by the
County of San Diego.
All parent/family vehicles
will drop-off and pick-up students in the school parking lot. The curb along the right side of the loop will be for student
loading and unloading only. A school employee will be present to greet the students in the morning on the ramp nearest the
office and will direct students where they need to go. The intent is that the parent/family vehicle will simply stop and
allow their student to exit the vehicle. Student drop-off time in the morning is after 7:30 am.
In the afternoon, parent/family vehicles are asked to pull into the parking lot
and line up in a single line along the right side of the loop. Vehicles will move forward to the student loading zone near
the large gate area at the back side of the loop. There will be signs to designate where the pick up area is. Students will
be released to their familys car in this lane. As cars pull into the parking lot, an employee will be present to ask their
students name, and radio ahead for the student to be ready for pick up in the loading zone. The intent is that the parent/family
vehicle will simply stop in the loading zone and allow their student to enter the vehicle, then proceed out of the parking
lot. Parents may also park in the spaces and enter the school to pick up their child if they choose.
The lane on the left side of the loop is for vehicles to either turn in to park
in the spaces, or pass thru the parking lot to exit on the east side. Buses will also be using this lane to pass through
the parking lot. There is no stopping in this lane.
changes are being implemented to help ensure the safety of the students of Valley Center Primary School. The map provides
Please contact the school office
at 760-749-8282 if you have questions.
Insurance Risk Taking
If you ever take Cole Grade Road, Valley Center Road to the Casino, Lilac Road to Old Castle, or Bear Valley Parkway
to the I15, avoiding a head on collision is a very real concern for all of us.
Many of us insure well to compensate others and to avoid losing everything, but what about protecting yourself against
others? Take a moment to reflect on what would happen if an uninsured driver collided into you on your side of the road.
Off the DMV website, 14.43% of drivers in California had no
insurance in 2004. That number is now closer to 20-25% in San Diego and that number doesn't include all those with minimum
coverage limits to pay you.
While you might have
health insurance to cover for health expenses, - lost wages, high healthcare deductibles, or a long term disability can wipe
you out financially.
Set an appointment with your
Insurance Agent to discuss protection plans and options and to assess your appetite for risk. Insurance planning is an integral
part of getting you to where you want to be and you might be surprised at what you find out after a review!
Understanding Your Medicare Chiropractic Benefits
H. Maher, Chiropractic Doctor, Participating Medicare Provider
Medicare pays for chiropractic spinal manipulation. However, although they are supposed to do so, in reality some chiropractors
do not accept Medicare. For those of us who do, some chiropractors are "non-participating providers" and some are
"participating providers ".
If your chiropractor
is a "participating provider", after your deductible is met, your co-pay for spinal adjustments would be approximately
$6 -$9 per visit.
The deductible for Medicare
in 2014 is about $150. That deductible includes all covered Medicare expenses. For example, if you received care from your
medical doctor and the Medicare covered service was $160, you would have met your deductible requirement for 2014 for all
covered Medicare services. You would only need to pay a co-pay going forward, including to your chiropractor.
If your chiropractor is a "non-participating" provider, they may only charge the maximum Medicare regulated fee
for spinal adjustments. They will have you pay in them full and then bill Medicare for you to receive eventual reimbursement.
They same deductible applies.
Medicare does not
pay for chiropractic exams, physical therapy, or nutritional counseling. If there is an additional charge for these, your
chiropractor must make this clear to you.
there are no limits as such to the number of adjustments you may receive. That is determined by medical necessity. If Medicare
decides that your care was not necessary by their rules and definitions, they will not reimburse the doctor or the patient
as the case may be.
Some of you may have "assigned"
your Medicare to another insurance company. In that case your co-pay and deductible are set by that insurance company, usually
$10 -20 a visit with no deductible. Your chiropractor must then be "in network provider" with that insurance network.
There may be limits to the number of visits you may have in any given year. Some insurance companies will also require a referral
from your primary physician. Unfortunately, that is rarely granted.
Some of you may have secondary insurance that may pay both your deductible and co-pay if your chiropractor is also
an "in network provider" in that insurance network. (Article posted on http://www.facebook.com/valleycenterchiropractic) www.valleycenterchiropractic.com
VC Community Action Network Launches Successfully
April 9, 2014 - The first-ever Community Action Network (CAN) meeting was well attended by members of local organizations
and businesses. The CAN was designed to build a network between leaders of Valley Center organizations, businesses, schools,
law enforcement, fire departments and others currently serving Valley Center. The mission of the CAN is to network and collaborate
on ways to better serve our community in good times, as well as serve as a lifeline during emergencies such as wildfires.
The CAN will create clearer lines of communication, improving community awareness and building avenues for greater community
Phil Bell, Treasurer for the Valley
Center Fire Protection District (VCFPD) and Valley Center resident for 23 years, was the inaugural guest speaker and presented
a very informative overview on the role of the VCFPD. He explained that their mission is to save lives and protect property,
to achieve the lowest ISO insurance ratings for Valley Center property owners, and to remain financially solvent for the foreseeable
The VCFPD was established in 1982 and covers
85 square miles with two Valley Center fire stations, one Cal Fire station, and the San Pasqual Reservation station. They
currently serve a population of approximately 15,000 residents. By contrast, when Mr. Bell served as a firefighter and Captain
in Vista for 18 years, they covered only 50 square miles with six fire stations.
The VCFPD currently contracts with San Pasqual Reservation to provide fire protection for Valley Center. As part
of that contract, Valley Center receives six contracted Captains and a half-time Fire Chief. Mr. Bell recently
reviewed the operating expenses and discovered a savings of roughly $160,000 by hiring our own Fire Chief and Battalion Chief.
In addition to a significant cost savings, he believes an independent chain of command would open lines of communication
and create a stronger foundation for the District. The Bell Proposal is currently being reviewed by the Board and will come
to vote again at their August Board Meeting.
were not aware that only Station 72 and Station 73 have ISO ratings. The Cal Fire Station, Rincon Station and San Pasqual
Reservation Stations are not ISO rated. As such, the farther away a property is from either of the Valley Center fire stations,
the higher the ISO rating is, resulting in markedly more expensive insurance premiums. More revenue is needed to add more
ISO rated fire stations. Mr. Bell believes that by hiring our own Fire Chief and Captains a better vision can be created,
resulting in a mitigation plan that the VCFPD could take to the community for a Bond Measure vote.
Revenue will need to be increased if Valley Center is to have adequate fire protection.
Mr. Bell believes that by building community awareness and dispelling misinformation via networks like the CAN, we can create
a well-informed community that realizes the need for increased revenue for Valley Center fire protection. For many local property
owners, the costs associated with a Bond Measure would actually result in an overall savings from decreased property insurance
To view Mr. Bell's presentation slides and
other pictures from the CAN meeting visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/101678286@N08/sets/72157643713362265/
We wish to thank the following individuals for attending
and supporting the mission of the CAN: Phil Bell (VC Fire Protection District); Lt. Dan Brislin (SD Sheriff's Department);
Brandon Strausbaugh (VC Chamber of Commerce/Pauma Valley Insurance); Nicky Lovejoy (VC Rotary/California Bank & Trust);
Doug Johnsen (VC Parks & Rec); Pat Downing (Friends of VC Library); Mimi Van Koughnett (NICPP/MHS/Paradise Community Services);
Dagmar Hoffmann (St. Stephens Single Parent Ministry/European Riding Academy); Michael O'Connor (Resident of Paradise Mountain);
Liz Barrack (Farmers Insurance); Gabriel Santana (GoSantana Photography); Jay West (Concerned Citizen); and Tony Blazej (Knights
of Columbus/St. Stephens Church).
If you are involved
in a local organization, are a local business owner, a school representative, a member of law enforcement or the fire department,
a community health representative, or otherwise involved in serving Valley Center, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the CAN email distribution list.
next CAN meeting will be held on May 14 at 8:00 a.m. in the Community Room of the Valley Center Library,
with guest speaker Lt. Dan Brislin of the San Diego Sheriff's Department. Coffee and delicious breakfast foods will
be served to further entice attendance!
Photos courtesy of GoSantana
Search for Missing Person In Valley Center
Search and Rescue is actively searching the
area around Lake Wohlford in southern Valley Center for 43-year-old Michael Raymond Reeder. Reeder was reported missing by
his mother who lives in Northern California. Prior to the call from his mother, CHP and Lake Wohlford Rangers discovered his
empty vehicle parked in a secluded area on Oakvale Rd. and ultimately contacted the Sheriff's Search and Rescue unit to begin
a search. Mr. Reeder's acquaintances have indicated that he has been known to spend time in this area. Foul play is not suspected.
April 11 Search and Rescue searched the area with approximately 20 personnel and the search was suspended at sunset. Today,
April 12th Search and Rescue has approximately 80 personnel, including K9s, mounted, and the Sheriff's Dive Team searching
the area around and in Lake Wohlford. Other agencies assisting the search effort are the Lake Wohlford Rangers, USBP BORSTAR,
and Red Cross. If not successful today, the search for REEDER will be suspended at dusk.
If anyone has seen REEDER,
or has information on his whereabouts, they are encouraged to call the San Diego Sheriff's Department at 858.565.5200.
Michael Reeder, White male, 6 feet tall, 230 pounds.
VC Parks & Rec Needs Your Assistance
Valley Center Parks & Rec is conducting a survey to gather community input on current facilities and future
Approximately 100 additional surveys
are needed to generate a report, so please take a moment to help VC Parks & Rec better serve the residents of Valley
Input will be used to help guide
future development of VC Parks & Rec.
Click here to download survey.
Retirement Celebration Announced for Jerry Fenton, VCHS Teacher & Coach
On May 17 a Retirement Party is planned for Valley Center High School teacher and coach, Jerry Fenton to celebrate
his 41 years of teaching.
According to Principal
Ron McCowan, "There are likely a ton of past students in the Valley Center area that would like to attend the event
to honor him."
The celebration is being organized
by the VCPTA & VCPUSD and will be held in the Valley Center High School Gym on May 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
A BBQ by Fat Ivor's Rib Rack will be provided.
$20 donation is being requested if you sign up prior to May 1st, or a $30 donation will be requested at the
door. The donation will cover the BBQ and a special gift that will be presented to Mr. Fenton.
Please click here for the signup form.
VCHS Grad Night
The Valley Center High School class of 2014
is invited to GRAD NIGHT on June 11th. It is a fun filled night with food, dancing, a hypnotist show and lots of games and
Tickets are available at the VCHS cashier window
for $75. Donations are still being accepted to offsset costs.
Contact Colleen Murphy 760-855-2510 for any questions.
Western Days Parade Entry Forms Due By April 30th
Don't forget the deadline to submit your Western Days Parade
entry form is April 30th. Entry forms can be submitted to the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce via mail (PO
Box 8, Valley Center, CA 92082) or faxed to 760-749-8483. Be sure to include your parade script along with your entry form
Use the following links to download entry
forms, as well as information on sponsorships, the Battle of the Bands and the Horse Dropping Contest:
Click for Equestrian Entry Form
Click for Parade Entry Form
Click for Parade Sponsorship Form
Click for Battle of the Bands
Click for Horse Dropping Contest
CAL FIRE Urges Homeowners to Maintain Defensible Space - Inspections Begin Statewide
CAL FIRE inspectors have begun conducting Defensible Space inspections throughout the 31 million acres of State Responsibility
Area (SRA) in California.
"Creating and maintaining
Defensible Space is critical for the protection of homes," said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. "It has never
been more critical to strengthen our fire prevention efforts in light of the elevated fire conditions we have been experiencing
in California. We have increased our inspection staffing and now we need the public to make sure they, too, are prepared for
the increased fire risk due to drought."
space inspections are supported by the SRA Fire Prevention Fee, which is an annual fee assessed to rural residents for fire
prevention activities in the SRA. The Fire Prevention Fee resulted from a law signed by Governor Brown in 2011 which imposed
a fee to residents owning habitable structures in the SRA.
California Public Resources Code 4291 requires homeowners living in State Responsibility Area to maintain 100 feet
of Defensible Space around structures. CAL FIRE inspectors will be educating residents and evaluating properties to make sure
they are in compliance with state law. Here are some tips that can help homes survive wildfires:
Maintain 100 feet of Defensible Space around all structures.
Clear all needles and leaves from roofs, eaves and rain gutters.
Trim branches six feet from the ground.
Use trimming, mowing and power equipment before 10 a.m.
Landscape with fire resistant and drought tolerant plants that
require little water.
away from roofs and 10 feet from the chimney.
Keep wood piles and flammable materials at least 30 feet from the home.
Use fire ignition resistant building material.
For more information on preparing for wildfires and defensible space visit: www.ReadyForWildfire.org. Watch this short video on Defensible Space: Click Here.
Remember Defensible Space is YOUR responsibility!
The VC Firefighters
Association to Host CPR/Basic First Aid Class
The Valley Center Firefighters Association
will be hosting a community Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Basic First Aid class on May 3rd from 8:30 p.m. -1:00
The cost for the class is $45.00
for cards and supplies. The class will be held at Valley Center Fire Station #72, 28234 Lilac Road, next to the Community
Contact Joe Basinski
to reserve a spot Jbasinski@vcfpd.org.
The Valley Center
Chamber Announces the 2014 Honorary Mayor Candidates
The Valley Center Chamber of Commerce announces
the 2014 Honorary Mayor candidates. These candidates are sponsored by Local Valley Center Clubs and Organizations to
participate in the contest.
VC Chamber - John Yeager
Valley Center Community Aide Group - Larry McKenzie
Valley Center Women's Club - Bobbie Weiss
Valley Center Republican Women Federated - Marcia
Vaqueros - Oklahoma Francis
of Hell Hole Canyon - The Hermit of Hell Hole
Valley Center Rotary - Denette Stewart
Valley Center Relay for Life - Sharon Briscoe
Friends of the Library - Marian Klein
Valley Center Kiwanis Club - Jon Petersen
The purpose of the Mayor's race is to raise funds for the sponsoring club or organization
and the Jack Vosberg Community Service Scholarship. This year's scholarship winner will be presented by a committee made up
of all candidates who participate in the Mayor's Race. Ten percent of the raised funds benefit the Jack Vosberg Scholarship and ninety percent of the funds raised
are returned to your sponsoring organization!
receive 1 Mayor's Race drawing token for every $100 raised by their sponsoring organization. The candidate holding the winning
token will be named the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce Honorary Mayor.
The Presentation of New Honorary Mayor will be at the Friday Evening Western Days Kick-Off Party on May