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Ridge Pet Clinic, we accept you as our family and your pets are our pets. As your pet's owner, caretaker, and best friend
you are the key to a long and happy life for your pet. With loving and sensible home care, your furry friend can live with
you for well over a decade.
Our aim is to assist you in achieving that goal. But when accident or illness strikes,
we are also here with the high quality veterinary medicine you would expect to get your pet back on track, or with a referral
to quality board-certified specialists for advanced medical care. Dr. Ellie Newcomb and her staff will take the time to explain
recommended tests and treatments, and answer any questions that you may have. You will not feel you are just a number on an
impersonal list of patients here.
Each member of our friendly staff has an enduring love of animals. We dedicate our
every task to ensuring that your pets receive attention, compassion, and medical expertise. Our staff recognizes the deep
bond between owners and their pets and we treat our furry clients as if they were our very own.
Our dedication to
the dogs & cats of Valley Center is further evident by our low-cost spay and neuters, as well as our monthly Shot Clinics
held at Joe's Country Feed & Pet. We strongly believe in the importance of vaccinating, spaying and neutering and we are
dedicated to making these services affordable to our community.
Our facilities are modern and easily accessible with
separate treatment rooms for cats and dogs. We are centrally located in the heart of Valley Center, across from the water
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I hope this day finds you counting your blessings.
Tonight, spring your clocks forward.
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for everyone at the Irish Stew Cook Off This Thursday Night
Come all ye Lads and Lasses to the 20th
Annual Irish Stew Cook Off being held tonight at St. Stephen's Community Hall located at 31020 Cole Grade Road next to Valley
Center High School.
friendly event begins at 5:30pm and last until 8pm. Tickets are only sold at the door and are $7 per person or family
package for $20. Wear of the Green is highly encouraged so you don't get pinched by the little banshees of Leprechauns
that roam the village.
to expect when you come?
Irish village with 18 of the finest Irish Stew Cooks in the county who will let you sample their Irish stews until your tummy
cannot hold another carrot or potato! Hot dogs will be available for the wee children. The cooks which comprise
of local business owners, service clubs and individuals and all claim to be 100% Irish despite their names being Strausbaugh,
Baskinski, Williamson, Boulos and Hughes will also dish out plenty of blarney and tall tales with each ladle of stew.
Speaking of tall tales and promises of everything
to everyone, The Valley Center Chamber of Commerce will let their candidates for the honorary Mayor Contest speak to promote
platform and you will have
a chance to personally meet and greet them. Also during the evening, Valley Center's History Museum President and the official,
Irish Stew Cook Off Leprechaun and emcee, Earl Brown will announce the Judges and promote all the wonderful silent auction
baskets available for bidding. So bring a little extra green or plastic to bid on the bribe baskets. VC band teacher,
Mr. Jeff Beck, will have the jazz band high school trumpet players play the herald song just before the winners of the Irish
stew cook off are announced.
the families with children, be sure to dress up the young ones and have them enter the kids contest for best little Leprechaun
and Little Irish Princess.
Boulos, who owns the Red Throne Events party business in town, will not only be bringing her fine kettle
of stew to share but will also have some princesses to assist with the serving.
Frank McCarron who is actually 100% Irish and the manager of Portino's Italian
Restaurant, started marinating his meat for the stew early this week for the Irish Stew competition. Frank has won each
year he has entered and plans to have Irish stew available to serve at the restaurant after the event till the pot is empty.
Around 6:55 pm, the center of the hall will
be cleared so the beautiful Irish Step dancers can wow the villagers with their fabulous dances and high kicking routines.
All the proceeds from this event will go to
fund college scholarships. The Knights of Columbus which sponsors the VC Irish Stew Cook Off this year will administer
the scholarships which are given based not on gender or nationality, but on academic achievement, demonstrated community service
and a promise to make a difference to mankind according to Tony Blazej, of the Knights of Columbus and the VC Irish Stew committee
call Kathleen McKewan, founder and organizer of the VC Irish Stew Cook Off at 760-497-7007 or visit the website VCIrishstew.com
Photo Provided by John Yeager
It's Time to Spring
Forward and Change the Batteries in your Smoke Alarms
Tonight residents can
take one easy step to help save their lives - changing the batteries in their smoke alarms.
When you change your clocks, take time to change and test the batteries
in your smoke alarms. " Smoke alarms most often fail because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries so maintenance
is a simple, effective way to protect you and your family,"
Warnings from smoke alarms can provide those critical extra seconds people need to get out
of their homes safely. Plan, discuss and practice escape routes with your household members. Being prepared and knowing what
to do, in the event of a fire, can save lives.
Call me if you need assistance and we can set up a home safety inspection.
George E. Lucia Sr.,Battalion Chief / Fire Marshal,Valley Center
Fire Protection, Office 760-751-7600, firstname.lastname@example.org
Department Looking for Hit and Run Driver
On March 6, at about 6:40 PM, the Escondido
Police Department received a report of a man who was hit by a car in the 2200 block of E. Valley Pkwy. Officers arrived minutes
later to find a 61 year-old male down in the roadway with major injuries to his head and extremities. The man had been struck
by an unknown vehicle that fled the scene.
The Fire Department responded and took the man to a local area hospital. He has been diagnosed with significant head
trauma and his condition is considered life threatening. The driver of the vehicle did not stop to render aid and is unknown
at this time. It is unknown if alcohol was a factor in this collision.
Preliminary investigation indicates the pedestrian was illegally crossing E. Valley Pkwy from
south to north and was struck by an unknown eastbound vehicle in the #2 lane. The pedestrian was identified as Virgil Banks,
an Escondido resident, who was wearing dark clothing. Evidence collected at the scene suggests the suspect vehicle may have
been silver in color; there are currently no known witnesses to the collision.
This investigation is ongoing at this time and is being conducted by Officer
Stephen Braucht of the Traffic Division. Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Officer Braucht at the
above phone number.
Valley Center Man's Death Caused by Wasps, not Bees
UPDATE from Medical Examiner's Office:
The decedent was a 65-year-old Caucasian male
who resided in a home in Valley Center. On 3/06/14, a wasps nest on the property was disturbed and the decedent was stung
multiple times. He developed respiratory difficulty and 911 was called. Responding paramedics initiated CPR, but he failed
to respond and his death was pronounced at the scene.
The official cause of death is
reported as Anaphylaxis due to Wasp stings, with contributing factors from Hypertensive Cardiovascular disease.
On Thursday March 6th at 1:50 p.m. Deputies from
the Valley Center Sheriff's Sub-Station responded to the 12500 block of Montanya Drive in Valley Center to assist Valley Center
/ Cal Fire medics on a report of a 67 year-old man working on the grounds of his property who had reportedly sustained numerous
bee stings and was in medical distress.
It has been reported
that the victim Bruce Umland, was conducting a control burn and the smoke may have disturbed a near by bee hive. He had no
known allergies to bee stings.
Cal-Fire arrived and attempted life-saving measures,
but the man succumbed to his condition. Deputies contacted the San Diego Medical Examiner's Office who will be handling the
follow-up investigation on this case.
Practice Water Safety Now, Before a Child Drowns
George E. Lucia Sr., Battalion Chief / Fire Marshal
Statistics shows that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in toddlers from 1 - 4 years of age in California.
It may not be a swimming pool or spa, but any standing water from recent heavy rains.
Please watch your young children, especially around standing water and swimming pools.
It just takes a few seconds for tragedy to strike. Once the drowning has occurred, it
is just a few minutes and irreversible brain death can occur.
approach with drowning is prevention. Pool owners should use a designated pool watcher whenever children are present.
This should be an adult who is capable of swimming well, not participating in any other activities and remains by the
poolside (not in the pool) to be able to see all the pool occupants clearly.
Some additional preventative measures that should be taken by pool owners are:
Fencing around pool area and yard with self-closing/latching gates.
Additional inner fence immediately around pool itself.
for doors, windows and pool covers.
Door/window latches that are out
of the reach of children.
Locking hard covers for spas/hot tubs.
What to Do If You See Someone Drowning:
9-1-1 immediately. (We advise installing a telephone or always having a cordless or cell phone in any pool area.)
If the victim is within throwing distance, throw a floatable object to them. This includes a life
jacket, kick board or even an empty gallon jug.
If the victim is within
reaching distance, assist them by extending something long, such as a rope, pole, ring bowie or a tree branch.
If you must enter the water to assist someone, take a flotation device large enough to carry two
adults safety. Keep the device between you and the person in distress; even a child can put an adult at risk in deep water.
Valley Center FFA
Members Earn California State FFA Degree
Each year, the California FFA Organization
honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for
premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The California State FFA Degree is
bestowed up on a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence.
The Valley Center FFA is proud to announce that the following members have
earned their California State FFA Degrees:
- Jenifer Marshall, Senior: VC FFA Vice President, Market Swine, Breed Chickens,
and Agricultural Mechanic Projects.
- George Nicholas, Junior: VC FFA Reporter, Market Swine and Market
- Tabetha Witchell, Junior: VC FFA Treasurer, Market Beef, Breeding Swine, and Agriculture Mechanics
The Valley Center FFA Members had to meet the following requirements as stated by the National FFA Organization:
- Received a Chapter FFA Degree.· Have
been an active FFA member for at least two years (24 months) at the time of receiving the State FFA Degree.
- Have completed
at least 2 years (360 hours) of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at our above the ninth grade level,
which includes an SAE.
- Have earned and productively invested at least $1,000, and have worked at least 500 hours outside
of schedule class time through an SAE.
- Demonstrated leadership ability by performing 10 parliamentary law procedures,
giving a six-minute speech on a topic relating to agriculture or FFA, and serving as an FFA officer, committee chairperson,
or committee member.
- Have a satisfactory academic record, certified by the agriculture teacher and the school principal
in the planning and implementation of the chapter's Program of Activities.
- Participated in at least five different
FFA activities above the chapter level.
- Complete at least 25 hours of community service in a minimum of two different
The Valley Center FFA members will be attending a California State Degree Awards Banquet on March 15, 2014. They will
be presented their California State FFA gold pin and certificate. VC FFA Members will be joined by their family and friends.
Reward of up to $10,000 for Arson Series at Palomar College
San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the Sheriff's Bomb/Arson
Unit want the public's help in identifying and locating a suspect wanted for arson.
An unknown suspect is wanted for intentionally starting at least nine fires inside buildings at Palomar
College in San Marcos. The fires were set between December 2, 2013 and February 21, 2014. They happened in men's restrooms
in the SU, P, E, F and MD buildings. The suspect used toilet paper, paper towels and toilet seat covers to start the fires.
Committing arson to an occupied building or
structure is a felony offense and is punishable by up to eight years in state prison.
Anyone with information on this case should call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line
at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest.
The Felony Arson Restricted Reward Fund offers up to an additional $9,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to
an arrest and conviction in this case. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent in via www.sdcrimestoppers.com.
Open Auditions for Valley Center My Home Town
Open auditions for Valley Center My Home Town will be held on Saturday, March 15 from 1:00 p.m.
to 3:00 p.m. (please note time change!) at the Valley Center Library.
This is an original play celebrating Valley Center's diverse cultural groups and
There are roles for: (2) adult
women, (4) adult men, (6) teens, (1) bear and a chorus.
Rehearsals will be held on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00
p.m. The performance will be May 24th.
For more information, call Paula Curtiss at (760) 271-4149.
Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, March 15th
The Dos Valles Garden Club will hold its annual Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, March 15th, at 10 AM at the Valley Center
Please join us for musical selections
by Riley McCarrick, flutist, and a memorial redbud tree planting for Jim Bathgate, long-term member of the Garden Club, who
passed away earlier this year.
will be served.
The History of Valley
Center Rd - Courtesy of the Valley Center History Museum & Historical Society
The community of Valley Center was settled
by homesteaders 152 years ago, but its main thoroughfare, Valley Center Road, has had that name for only 54 years. Two previous
names can be found on vintage maps.
to documentation at the Valley Center Historical Society, the first mention of the road was in 1880 when early settlers James
Brundsen and George Reed wrote about an old ox trail and the need to improve it. The pair made what was described as a crude
grader and leveled the path through town into the Rincon Reservation. They placed stakes and flags along the road.
Three decades later, in 1909, the County Highway
Commission officially recognized the road, paved most of it, and named it Rincon Road. For the most part, the new main road
followed the stakes that had been set in place years earlier by Brundsen and Reed.
Rincon Road was to be the official name of the thoroughfare for the next 38 years
until 1947 when the street adopted the poetic name, Highway to the Stars. The new name was selected to celebrate the path
taken by the 20-ton mirror that made its way through town en route to the new Palomar Observatory.
For two days in November 1947, throngs of people crowded the road
to witness the transport of the 200-inch looking glass. County crews created metal signs reading Highway to the Stars and
posted them along the road. The name was immediately adopted by retail merchants who used that name as their official street
By 1960, the County created
street numbers for most businesses and homes in Valley Center, and once again renamed the street, this time to Valley Center
For more Valley Center History click here for the Valley Center Histsory Museum website.
Mary Gorsuch Named
as the New VCPUSD Superintendent
This morning, February 26, 2014, the Valley
Center Pauma Unified School Board of Education held a Special Board meeting and unanimously appointed Mary Gorsuch to the
position of Superintendent, effective July 1st.
Dr. Lou Obermeyer, the current VCPUSD Superintendent announced her
retirement at the School Board meeting earlier this month. She is retiring to spend time with her already
Mary Gorsuch currently holds the position of Assistant Supertindent for the Valley Center Pauma Unified School District, so the transition to Superintendent is
predicted to go smoothly as she is well trained for the job.
Valley Center Wireless Donates $2,000 to the VC Stampede Rodeo
The Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Committee would like to thank Valley Center Wireless for their generous Bronze Sponsor-level
donation of $2,000 to the 2014 Valley Center Stampede Rodeo. Valley Center Wireless has been a valued sponsor of the VC Stampede
Rodeo for the past seven years. Their faithful donations contribute to the success of the rodeo each year.
Valley Center Wireless is a locally owned
and operated internet service provider. They currently provide service to over 1,600 residential and business customers and
will soon be celebrating their 11th anniversary. Additionally, Valley Center Wireless offers a wide range of technical solutions
through their computer department, Valley Center Computer Repair.
“The financial backing provided by our local sponsors allows the rodeo
to go on each year,” says Chairwoman Joyce Holmes, “We are very pleased to have VC Wireless as a sponsor again
for the 2014 VC Stampede Rodeo. We ask that you thank the rodeo sponsors by supporting their businesses.”
On Memorial Day weekend each year, Valley
Center celebrates its western heritage with Western Days and the Stampede Rodeo. The Stampede Rodeo, in partnership with the
Valley Center Optimist Club, seeks to bring good family fun and quality rodeo to the community. From mutton bustin’
to bulls and broncs, the rodeo provides a taste of life on the range. Proceeds are given to programs like 4H and Future Farmers
of America, as well as scholarships awarded to local students.
If you would like to become a sponsor of the 2014 Valley Center Stampede Rodeo with a tax-deductible
donation, please contact Joyce Holmes at (760) 445-1723 or email her at email@example.com. For more information, please visit
our website at www.vcstampede.com.
Pictured (from left
to right) are: Billy & Madelyn Wagner, Frank Shoemaker, Jennifer Jarrett, Chelsey Young, Tim Stinson, John Pluth, Bryan
Shute, Vince Sedio, Joyce Holmes, Johnathan Medina & John McGlynn (photo by Carol Johnson)
to provide Sandbags in Valley Center for Upcoming Storms
It's been one of the driest winters on record,
but finally some significant rain is headed our way.
Once again the County of San Diego is making free sand and bags available to residents in the unincorporated
areas. Residents just need to bring their own shovel.
Sandbags are available at these Valley Center Locations: Cal Fire Station 73, 28205 North Lake Wohlford Road & Pauma Valley-Rincon, Cal Fire Station 70, 16971 Highway 76.
Department of Public Works (DPW) crews will
also be working on county roadways during and after th storms. So be sure to watch out for crews and equipment, and slow down.
If driving in the mountains, wait for the storms to pass before going up to enjoy the snow as DPW crews will likely
be plowing roadways around the clock. Don't park on the highway and don't allow children, or yourself, to sled down the hill
and across the roadway. You never know when a snowplow will be coming around the curve.
In the county there are several areas that are prone to roadway flooding. The
three most frequent are the dips at Quarry Road, Sandia Creek in the north county, and County Club in Harmony Grove. Gates
at Quarry Road Dip drop down automatically when activated by sensors in the stream. DPW crews will post road closures at Country
Club, Sandia Creek and any other areas where unsafe driving conditions exist. You can monitor the status of the dips by webcam.
Never cross a flooded roadway if
you cannot see the pavement. Even a few inches of water running at the right velocity can sweep a car, and even a truck, and
its occupants off the roadway and downstream. You don't want a swift-water rescue as part of your weekend activities.
During and immediately after heavy rainfall, do
not go near storm channels, creeks or streams.
It's always a good idea to carry chains if planning a trip to the mountains. Chain controls, road condition updates,
and other safety advisories are posted on the DPW social media pages: Facebook.com/SDCountyDPW and Twitter.com/SDCountyDPW. During severe weather events, the DPW Emergency page is activated with the latest information http://sdcdpw.org/emergency.
Road conditions are posted
on our social media pages by crews working the roadways so the sites will have the latest information. However, because the
crews are focused on driving the plows, they cannot answer questions on the pages about specific roads, and drivers should
be aware conditions can change rapidly.
Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District Internet Safety Presentation
The Internet is an amazing place where kids like to spend lots of time socializing and exploring. Unfortunately, they often
encounter too much too soon. The San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (SD-ICAC) and the San Diego Police
Foundation are providing tools to help families manage their online lives.
Learn about Snapchat, Instagram, KiK, Facebook, Ask.FM,
cyberbullying and more. Parents and guardians of children in the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District are invited to
attend this important community event at the Maxine Theater on March 12 at 6 p.m.
DATE: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
TIME: 6:00-7:30 p.m. Presentation
The Maxine Theater at Valley Center High School
WHO: Parents and community members (no children
Illegal Weapons Found
During Arrest on the Rincon Indian Reservation
Sheriff's Deputies from the Valley Center Sheriff's
Substation uncovered a cache of illegal weapons during the arrest of a wanted person. It happened on Sunday, February 16th
on the Rincon Indian Reservation. Deputies spotted a car in connection with a wanted suspect. The suspect ran upon seeing
the deputies, but he was caught. His car was parked next to a trailer. A search of the suspect's car and the trailer yielded
numerous guns including a loaded UZI sub-machine gun, rifles, sawed-off shot gun, MAC-11, magazines, hundreds of rounds of
ammunition, as well as a military-style bullet proof vest and helmet. Two other people who were in the car with the first
suspect were arrested for outstanding warrants not connected to the weapons cache.
To report suspicious activity, call the Sheriff's Department at (858) 565-5200.
You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. You could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward
for information leading to an arrest.
Kindergarten Registration Now Open for 2014-2015 School Year!
It’s time to register your child for Kindergarten in the fall! Spring registration allows the schools time to plan for the number of students enrolling at each school site. Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten classes are held at Valley Center Primary School, Lilac School, and Pauma School.
There are several options for students who will turn five during the 2014-2015 school year:
Students who turn
five on or before September 1: Kindergarten (one year full-day Kindergarten program)
Students who turn five from September 2 - December 2: Transitional Kindergarten (two year full-day Kindergarten program)
Students who will turn five from December 3, 2014 - June 2015: Limited space is available for early admission students. Applications for early admission are accepted at Pauma School, Lilac School, and Valley Center Primary School. Priority will be given to those applications received by May 15, 2014. Early admission students attend Transitional Kindergarten as part of a two year full-day Kindergarten program.
are encouraged to register their children now by using the VCPUSD website to download forms and information: www.vcpusd.org
15th Annual Jaguar Auction
The annual Jaguar Auction is just around the corner and we
are more excited than ever about this year's event. Can you believe this is the 15th year for this event? With your help
we continue to "Enhance our Students' Experience" during their time at Valley Center High School. This year's auction
will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The auction continues to be a primary fund raiser for various clubs, teams and
We are grateful for the wonderful
support the Valley Center Community provides each year to this important fundraiser. Without the donations received for the
silent and live auction, the hours of service in preparing for the auction and those who attend each year, we could not make
this the ongoing success and largest Valley Center fund raising event it has been over the years.
WE NEED YOUR HELP. We would appreciate any assistance you could give, either in
items for the auction or a cash donation to help underwrite the event expenses. Your contribution is tax deductible, and
the proceeds are used to directly benefit Valley Center High School and its students. All contributions must be received by
Thank you for your consideration and
for supporting Valley Center High School and the Foundation. If you have any questions or would like to make a contribution,
please contact either Mary Polito at (760) 749-1636 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie Stroh at (760) 390-9277.
Community Interest Questionnaire for VC Parks & Rec
Valley Center Parks and Recreation District (VCPRD) is conducting
a survey to gather community input on current facilities and future projects.
Please visit their website at www.valleycenterparks.com and click on the survey link.
be used to help guide future development of VCPRD.
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