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  • LA Chargers "touch down" at Camp Pendleton

    Nathalie Taylor, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 24, 2024

    On June 11, the 11 Area Football Field at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton was awash with the color blue. Blue flags fluttered in the breeze proudly proclaiming – "CHARGERS,"and,"BOLT UP!" Many of the 5,000 fans who came to see the Chargers, were wearing blue jerseys to demonstrate support. It was an exceptional day for the Marines and their families, who attended a "Los Angeles Chargers Official Training/Meet and Greet." The event had been an annual tradition until the p...

  • 'Let's Go Retro' and escape to the past with iconic San Diego County Fair food!

    Nathalie Taylor, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    Spam and Monte Cristo Sandwiches are just two of the retro food offerings guests will find at the 2024 San Diego County Fair, which runs from June 12 to July 7. The fair theme, "Let's Go Retro," extends to a delectable array of eats that are undeniably retro. The Barbie pink lemonade is refreshing, and the wonderful flavor is intensified by a margarita-style rim of salt. Colorful flapping flags adorning the food booths are sure to make guests snap to attention and sample some...

  • Pastor Brandon Way is now Lead Pastor at Christ The King Lutheran Church

    Nathalie Taylor, Special to the Village News|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    Parishioners that I have spoken with at Christ The King Lutheran Church (CTK), all have the same sentiments. They feel blessed that Pastor Brandon Way has been elected by the congregation as the Lead Pastor (Senior Pastor). Pastor Brandon is not only called by God to ministry, but he possesses the education, experience, and selfless spirit to be an effective minister and leader. His Bachelor's degree from Biola University is in Organizational Leadership. He also graduated...

  • Wonderful – and sometimes wacky – San Diego County Fair food

    Nathalie Taylor, Special to the Village News|Updated Jul 11, 2022

    Note: this article was published on June 30, 2022 As soon as I pulled into the parking space, I was welcomed by the scent of kettle corn drifting through my open window. As I approached the front gate portal, I was lured by a melange of enticing food scents. The portal proclaims the San Diego County Fair theme, which, this year, is "Heroes Reunite!" I thought of the many food vendors who survived the dark years of the pandemic and are now reuniting! No one can say there...

  • Remembering "Golden Boy" Bobby Rydell

    Nathalie Taylor, Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 29, 2022

    April 5, 2022, was one of the saddest days of my life. I received the news that my favorite singer, who I had met on more than one occasion, had passed from this world. At that moment, I felt a wrenching in my soul. The singer had melted my heart with his endearing grin and caramel-coated voice for 60 years, beginning when I was 8. Bobby Rydell lit up stages and hearts for 72 of his 79 years. For all of the accolades that had been showered upon him, Rydell maintained a humble...

  • Dazzling the senses in the Swiss Alps

    Nathalie Taylor, Special to the Village News|Updated Mar 26, 2022

    "Breathtaking!" my mother said with emotion, as our motorcoach rounded a curve and the Swiss Alps came into view. "I never thought I would see the Alps." Mother and I were enjoying a wonderful holiday in Zürich when we took the remarkable day tour from Zürich, Switzerland to Vaduz, Liechtenstein. It was impossible to tell when we left Switzerland and entered Liechtenstein because there were no signs or border entry points. We traveled through lush valleys framed by the m...

  • Insight into showering for those with balance issues

    Nathalie Taylor, Special to the Village News|Updated Oct 15, 2021

    Today I took my first shower in seven days. I have never gone this long without a shower, but I had no choice. I had an ear issue, which caused me to become woozy. My equilibrium was off. There was no way that I could have showered without falling. It brought to mind the problems that some of the elderly, and others, face due to balance concerns. I wondered how many people go without showering because they have balance issues, and no one to assist them in the shower. Then, I remembered that there are shower chairs. What a won...

  • VFW Steak Nights are back!

    Nathalie Taylor, Special to the Village News|Updated Jul 17, 2021

    Every second Friday of the month, the tantalizing aroma of sizzling steaks fills the Charles E. Swisher Post 1924 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The luscious 16 oz. rib-eye steaks are charbroiled and cooked to order. "We buy good cuts of meat from local stores," said Post 1924 Commander Chris Ingraham. Meals are served with baked potato, vegetables, salad and a dessert. The price of an entire meal is $18, and payment can be made in the form of cash or credit cards. Guests ma...

  • Andrew Holemo

    Holemo takes first in Caterpillar's nationwide "Cat Trial 10: Tech Test" competition

    Nathalie Taylor, Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 21, 2021

    Fallbrook's Andrew Holemo, a "think big student" and field service technician for Hawthorne Cat in San Diego, has won Caterpillar's nationwide Cat Trial 10: Tech Test competition, beating 18 other Cat dealer technicians. The award ceremony took place on March 30. Hawthorne Cat is the authorized dealer for Caterpillar construction and power equipment in San Diego. According to Carolyn Mitchell-Voss, marketing project manager at Hawthorne Cat, "Caterpillar's latest trial video...

  • Patty Sargent

    Sargent debuts as Foundation for Senior Care Executive Director

    Nathalie Taylor, Special to Village News

    December 16, 2020, was an important day for Fallbrook resident Patty Sargent because it was her first day as the Foundation for Senior Care Executive Director. As an employee of Palomar Health for 26 years, and a consultant for two years, she was searching for a smaller company where she could "make more of a difference." When the position at FFSC became available, her husband, Allen, was the first person to make her aware of the opportunity, suggesting that she take a tour...

  • Rolly Crump with a paper mache figure

    Rolly Crump gave Disneyland a bit of 'flitter' and a lot of whimsy

    Nathalie Taylor, Special to Village News|Updated Jan 18, 2021

    I can't imagine Disneyland without the influence of Roland "Rolly" Crump. This 90-year-old, who called Fallbrook home for many years and was named a Disney Legend, gave the park some of its most whimsical and magical touches while working as a Disney Imagineer. His ideas and the resulting creations were many, and his work appears throughout Disneyland: A shiny eye here and a whirring propeller there. Smiling figures, floating pianos and whimsical trash cans: They were all...

  • Santa's Delivery Truck

    'Holidays In Your Car' dazzles guests at Del Mar Fairgrounds

    Nathalie Taylor, Special to the Village News|Updated Jan 18, 2021

    Just beyond the gates to the San Diego County Fair's Del Mar Fairgrounds lies a magical world of over a million LED lights, holograms, and projected images. The fairgrounds have come to life with light! Under the darkened Del Mar sky, the experience is a holiday season dream. Cozy in your car, you enjoy a captivating potpourri of images glowing in the darkness. Listening to seasonal tunes on your car radio, you drive slowly through the colorful mile-and-a-half display course....

  • Redwoods and a bit of mystery at Samuel P. Taylor State Park

    Nathalie Taylor, Special to the Village News|Updated Jan 18, 2021

    Early morning sunlight filters down through redwood trees, catching the rising smoke of a campfire, creating white misty rays. As I walk through a grove of towering coast redwoods, the damp cool air invigorates me and the carpet of dry needles beneath my feet is soft and inviting. The intoxicating scent of damp redwood and smoke permeates the air. I breathe deeply. Rays of light illuminate the lacy ferns crowding the forest floor. The sun glows green through wide, flat...

  • Delightful culinary magic is made at Vista Valley Country Club

    Nathalie Taylor|Updated Jul 27, 2020

    Special to the Village News Sequestered in a wooded valley lies the Vista Valley Country Club. This spectacular club with stunning vistas of lush hills provides an escape from the bustle of the world. An earth-toned porte-cochère welcomes all who enter. When the massive 200-year-old entrance doors are opened, you feel like you have just stepped across the threshold to Spain or France. Owners John and Terri Havens have collected European art and antiques – mainly from Fr...

  • Air Supply rocks the fair

    Nathalie Taylor|Updated Jul 27, 2020

    Maybe you don't think of the word "art" when you listen to soft-rock, but when I heard Air Supply in concert at the San Diego County Fair – the word "art" came to mind. Their music is melodic, lovely, and artistic. The song lyrics have substance, and provide emotional sustenance for the audience. The songs are sung with passion and energy, which is especially significant because Graham Russell (singer and songwriter) is 69 and Russell Hitchcock (lead vocalist) is 70. The two m...

  • Captivated by Collierville, Tennessee

    Nathalie Taylor, Special to Village News|Updated Apr 9, 2020

    "A map? Who needs a map? We have GPS," I told my mother. But the GPS in the rental car was not working, and mom and I, intrepid travelers from California, were lost in Collierville, Tennessee – at about midnight on a narrow two-lane road with no lights to be seen. The narrow road narrowed even more – and then – as we rounded a tight curve – the headlights illuminated a massive sign: "Welcome to Mississippi." Mississippi? What happened to Tennessee? Mom and I laughed hysteri...

  • Captivated by Collierville, Tennessee

    Nathalie Taylor, Special to Village News|Updated Jan 2, 2020

    "A map? Who needs a map? We have GPS," I told my mother. But the GPS in the rental car was not working, and mom and I, intrepid travelers from California, were lost in Collierville, Tennessee – at about midnight on a narrow two-lane road with no lights to be seen. The narrow road narrowed even more – and then – as we rounded a tight curve – the headlights illuminated a massive sign: "Welcome to Mississippi." Mississippi? What happened to Tennessee? Mom and I laughed hysteri...

  • Fallbrook Coffee – A cozy place to sip, eat and make a friend or two!

    Nathalie Taylor|Updated Dec 18, 2019

    Special to the Village News Owned by SonRise Christian Fellowship, the Fallbrook Coffee Company embodies all the finer qualities of our community. Yes, it is a great place to experience steaming coffee and a good, hearty sandwich. But this establishment is also a place of camaraderie where you can either meet friends or spend some leisurely time alone. It is a place where you can forget the cares of the world. A sign on the wall reads: "You will be blessed when you come in...

  • Trupiano's Italian Bistro – Celebrating 15 years!

    Nathalie Taylor, Special to the Village News|Updated Dec 7, 2019

    I venture into a restaurant where tantalizing aromas swirl about the room. Murmurs of conversation, punctuated with an occasional burst of laughter, evoke a cheery ambiance reminiscent of a sidewalk café in Italy. These components have been intertwined for 15 years at Trupiano's Italian Bistro in Fallbrook. Faro Trupiano founded the establishment in 2004, and it has been a success since the doors were opened. The combination of the owner's love for people and his passion for...

  • A royal time in Windsor

    Nathalie Taylor|Updated Aug 24, 2019

    As the Windsor Car's Mercedes pulled up to the Langton House Bed and Breakfast, my heart welled with joy. I felt like I was coming home. The commodious Langton House, built in 1890 as a residence for Queen Victoria's minor government officials, is located on a quiet, tree-lined road not far from Windsor Castle. For the majority of my visits to Windsor, this welcoming abode has been my anchor point – a place to return after a lively day – a place to relish the day's exp...

  • Ashley Colburn: "Finding Wonder in the World"

    Nathalie Taylor, Special to the Village News|Updated Aug 16, 2019

    'Just open your eyes and see the world' – Ashley Colburn Ashley Colburn. This 2005 Fallbrook High graduate has led an uncommon life. With a discerning eye she pioneered her own company: Ashley Colburn Productions. She is successful, and succeeds not only through her talents and skills, but through hard work. A lot of hard work. Producing bold and fresh travel videos, she never runs out of material. The world is her canvas and she paints it with extraordinary skill. Her m...

  • Dionne Warwick wows at the San Diego County Fair

    Nathalie Taylor, Special to the Village News|Updated Jul 30, 2019

    The creative spirit is alive and well in Dionne Warwick. It is alive and well in her family members too. So when she performs on stage, the audience often gets a surprise performance. At the San Diego County Fair on July 3, the crowd was given two surprise performances. Warwick not only charmed the crowd with her mellow voice, but she delighted us all by singing a haunting duet with her eldest son, David Elliott, who also wowed the audience with his drumming skills. The two...

  • Just outside of Dublin…

    Nathalie Taylor, Special to the Village News|Updated Jul 17, 2019

    While visiting Ireland, my mother and I toured Dublin, lured by the bustle of the energetic city and by the beauty of its venerable, historic structures. But, just outside of Dublin is a world where the pace is slower, the wind is wilder, and the scents from the sea and shore mingle to refresh the soul. There are still venerable structures, and convoluted tales of history, but not a lot of bustle. Our Irish abode, the Clontarf Castle Hotel, is a place where the past is present. The lobby walls are a tapestry of stone and...

  • Savor Yama's sushi and other bold culinary creations

    Nathalie Taylor, Special to the Village News|Updated Nov 30, 2018

    There is a certain allure and almost mystery to Yama's sushi creations. Maybe it is the technique – the quick and adept way sushi is created. Maybe it is the confidence that the food is fresh and healthful. Then...it just might be the excitement of eating something exotic like unago (eel) or uni (sea urchin). I am extremely fond of sushi and have eaten a lot of it over the years, but am still thrilled and quite appreciative of the artistry that is involved in making these c...

  • Frankie Avalon – still a crooner after all these years

    Nathalie Taylor|Updated Aug 21, 2018

    It was 1959, and although I was just 6 years old when Frankie Avalon's song, "Venus," hit the top spot on the Billboard, I remember it well because the song floated into my bedroom from a small transistor radio – repeated and repeated by our local radio station, KFRC San Francisco. In 1959 and beyond, Frankie Avalon's voice mesmerized millions, including me. Avalon has enjoyed the success that most entertainers dream of – a stellar singing career, movie roles and tel...

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