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Articles from the January 14, 2021 edition

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  • 911: Call if you can, text if you can't

    Updated Feb 4, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – Text to 911 is now available in San Diego County, including the sheriff’s department, all police and fire and emergency medical services agencies. Calling is still the fastest way to reach 911; however, there are situations when texting may be the better option. • You’re deaf, hard of hearing, non-verbal or have difficulty speaking. • You’re in a situation where it's not safe to call 911 for help. • You’re having a medical emergency and cannot speak on the phone. How does text to 911 work? • Enter the numbers 911...

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    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...

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    A new approach to building uses historic bricks

    FALLBROOK – Mark Kirk is taking a new approach to building custom homes and it led him to transport a load of century-old bricks from Kansas to California while implementing his new plan. The bricks that once paved the streets of Dodge City are now featured at the entrance to a lot that is all ready for a new home to be built there. Kirk first stumbled on to the site of his latest project in Fallbrook in 2002 – a 24 acre piece of property on Monserate Hill Road and knew it...

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    A new era in Rainbow: No more volunteer fire force

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer

    The month of January marks a historic shift for the community of Rainbow – the Rainbow Fire Station, operated by volunteer firefighters for decades, will now be entirely run by full-time North County Fire Protection District personnel for the first time. The Rainbow Volunteer Fire Department was first formed in 1967, and while it merged with North County Fire in 1987, it has continued to be run as a separate volunteer force under the oversight of the larger fire district u...

  • James Blackwell at Reche and Ranger roads

    Resident runs Every D*** Street in town

    FALLBROOK – Many local residents may have seen the same guy running on their street over the last two months. In fact, he has run on every street in Fallbrook. James Blackwell is a social worker who recently moved to Fallbrook with his family. Blackwell is an ultrarunner. Technically, ultrarunning is any competition longer than a marathon (26.2 miles) but most ultrarunners run between 31 and 63 miles (50km to 100km) at a time. In August 2018, James ran the Kodiak U...

  • Kicking It in a review of 2020

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to Village News|Updated Jan 14, 2021

    My household made lots of personal adjustments during the last year when we were ordered to stay-at-home. Some situations turned out better than others. For instance, one good thing that happened is we have learned to give each other haircuts. But that adjustment did not happen without incident. Our big row came when my husband wanted a Flowbee, and I did not wish to get my haircut sitting next to the Hoover. After much discussion, we settled the dispute by letting him purchas...

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    Is your body begging?

    Christina Macone-Greene, Special to Village News|Updated Jan 14, 2021

    Experts say many individuals assume they are having hunger pangs when in fact their body is simply begging for water. It seems as though that rumbling feeling in the stomach can also be indicative of a 'dehydration alert,' and water is what's needed. For most healthy people, letting "thirst be your guide" is their general rule of thumb, but it's always a good idea to have a bottle of water on hand. Harmful effects of dehydration With the summer season approaching, one must...

  • First responders receive COVID-19 vaccinations

    Updated Jan 14, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – Fire agencies across San Diego County have played an active role throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and have now begun the COVID-19 vaccination process for first responders in the county. This effort has been carried out alongside the county Health and Human Services Agency, working to vaccinate emergency medical technicians and paramedic responders in what is known as Operation Collaboration. First responders are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response, and Operation Collaboration brings together multiple a...

  • Consider a virtual training class for your dog or cat

    Updated Jan 14, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – Whether you’ve just adopted a puppy during the pandemic or you’re a longtime pet owner, positive reinforcement-based behavioral training is key to a happy, healthy human-animal relationship, especially while everyone is spending more time at home. But with most traditional in-person training classes on hold to prevent the spread of COVID-19, you may feel your options are limited. That is not the case, though – and trainers at San Diego Humane Society have moved many of their training classes online. They have fo...

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    Home improvement projects more important than ever

    Updated Jan 14, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Families know how important it is to retain the value of their homes, especially when we hear so much about diminishing home values and foreclosures. Still, remodeling is one of the best ways to preserve your home's value. If you're a homeowner who's in the process of remodeling, consider budget-friendly options to get the look you want without breaking the bank. Here are several tips to give you some less expensive options when remodeling. Kitchen The c...

  • Planning group backs proposed prohibitions against DPW facility use

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jan 14, 2021

    The San Diego County Department of Public Works seeks to prohibit certain activities on DPW property and has been obtaining community planning group and community sponsor group input on three proposed ordinances. The Fallbrook Community Planning Group recommended approval of the three draft ordinances, Dec. 21. Lauren Moreno, coordinator of DPW’s cleanup and sanitation program, gave a presentation to the Fallbrook Community Planning Group before the 14-0 vote to recommend adoption of the ordinances. The draft ordinances w...

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    Catch every raindrop with discounted rain barrel

    Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jan 13, 2021

    The weather forecasts say this could be a relatively dry winter, which means having a rain barrel to collect every precious drop of rain and cut your gardening water costs could be more important than ever. And this month local residents can pick up a discounted top-of-the-line rain barrel for $90 – and potentially as little as $25 – thanks to the County of San Diego's Watershed Protection Program, the nonprofit Solana Center and the Metropolitan Water District of Sou...

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    Get away without going away, Special to Village News|Updated Jan 13, 2021

    Family vacations are a great way to bond and take a step back from the hectic schedules that accompany everyday life, but sometimes time or money make planning an elaborate trip a non-starter. However, a staycation – a vacation you take right in your hometown or nearby – can be much less expensive and fit into nearly any amount of available time with the added bonus of skipping out on potentially stressful travel. Consider these staycation ideas to take advantage of the area's...

  • Palomar College Foundation presents the 2020 Community Showcase

    Updated Jan 13, 2021

    SAN MARCOS – “Exploring the Possibilities,” Palomar College’s third annual Community Showcase, will be held virtually, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., an hour long celebration of student success in the midst of staggering challenges, and an opportunity for the local community to hear from Palomar’s leadership. Hosted on Zoom by the Palomar College Foundation, the event will feature highlights from the 2019-2020 academic year; a message from Interim Superintendent/President Dr. Jack Kahn; and a posthumous tribute to...

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    FUHSD board covers governance protocols and standards in special session

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Jan 13, 2021

    The Fallbrook Union High School District Board of Trustees on Monday, Jan. 4 held a special meeting via teleconference for a work-study session to review and learn about governance protocols and standards. Because of the special meeting designation, no public comments were taken. Led by former interim superintendent Dr. Lou Obermeyer, the work-study session covered ground-level topics such as the board's commitments and obligations, public service, effective governance,...

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    How to clean and sanitize a backpack

    Updated Jan 13, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Backpacks are useful tools for students and adults alike. From hiking supplies to school books to sports equipment, backpacks can store just about anything. As veritable workhorses, they're bound to get dirty and can benefit from periodic cleaning. While it may be tempting to simply throw a backpack into the washing machine, it is important to check the care instructions first. Some canvas, nylon and fabric backpacks can go in the wash, but those made of leather o...

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    Bonsall Unified pushes back in-person learning

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Jan 13, 2021

    Students attending Bonsall Unified School District schools were anticipating a return to classrooms utilizing a hybrid model on Monday, Jan. 11. According to a letter released to parents on Thursday, Jan. 7, that won't happen until later this month. "At this time, based upon our case rate data in the BUSD school community and the required time to quarantine, along with CDPH guidance criteria on case threshold, we are concerned with our schools being negatively impacted with...

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    VFW hosting special burger night to raise much-needed funds

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Jan 13, 2021

    The Charles E. Swisher VFW Post 1924 is hosting a Special Burger Night on Monday, Jan. 25 in hopes of raising much needed funds for the post, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The veterans organization has been instrumental in providing food to those in the community in need over the holidays for several years now and just this past season, delivered or provided more than 1,300 free Thanksgiving and Christmas Day meals, no questions asked. In normal times, the...

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    United Way encourages eligible San Diegans to enroll in CalSavers retirement savings program

    Updated Jan 13, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – CalSavers is California's new retirement savings program created for the millions of Californians who do not have a way to save for retirement through their job. United Way of San Diego County encouraged all eligible San Diegans to enroll in the program and recommended that all eligible employers facilitate a CalSavers program for their workers. CalSavers was created by legislation in 2016 requiring California employers that do not already sponsor a retirement p...

  • Donna Zakrajsek

    Zakrajsek appointed to Rainbow Community Planning Group

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jan 13, 2021

    Donna Zakrajsek and her husband own a home in Rainbow; she has worked in non-commercial office buildings and in commercial grocery store and restaurant establishments; her history as a server includes restaurants and hotel events and one of her jobs involved material for churches. That experience with various types of development facilities gives her good basis to work from as a community planning group board member. "I have a little bit of everything. I know what I'm good...

  • 10 financial resolutions for 2021

    John S Kiernan, Special to Village News|Updated Jan 13, 2021

    Roughly 97M Americans plan to make New Year’s resolutions for 2021, according to a new WalletHub survey. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, or perhaps because of it, we are still filled with the seasonal spirit that led Benjamin Franklin to advise: “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.” We all have our fair share of vices and room for improvement, especially when it comes to money. So it’s unsurprising that financially-themed resolutions are among the mos...

  • Fallbrook hosts blood drive with San Diego Blood Bank

    Updated Jan 13, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Grocery Outlet is hosting a community blood drive in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank, Monday, Jan. 25, from 1‑6 p.m. The blood drive will take place in the parking lot at 1101 S. Main Ave. All donors will receive a Limited 'Present' Edition SDBB 70th Anniversary t‑shirt. (sizes subject to availability and while supplies last). They will conduct antibody testing of each donation, but it is not a diagnostic test. It will not detect active COVID-19 infections or recent exposure. For all COVID-19 blood...

  • Monica Dean to speak at Jan. 30 free webinar

    Updated Jan 13, 2021

    VISTA – Human trafficking will be the focus of a free Zoom webinar presented by Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland Saturday, Jan. 30, from 1-2 p.m. Keynote speaker Monica Dean, NBC7 news anchor, will give a behind-the-scenes account of the NBC7 documentary series, “STOLEN: A Year-Long Investigation Into Child Sex Trafficking and Exploitation.” Her talk will include the inspiration behind the seven-episode documentary series, how the project evolved and the major findings to come from this year-...

  • All invited to attend FUESD board meeting

    Updated Jan 13, 2021

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District Governing Board will meet on Tuesday, Jan.19 at 6 p.m. Meeting agendas and login information can be found at All parents and community members are encouraged to virtually attend the meeting. Submitted by FUESD Superintendent Dr. Candace Singh....

  • Nan Sterman

    Fallbrook Garden Club presents 'California Dreaming' with Nan Sterman

    Updated Jan 13, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Take a tour of California gardens with award-winning garden writer, gardening expert and horticulturist Nan Sterman, who is the upcoming guest speaker at the Fallbrook Garden Club's Jan. 26 general meeting via Zoom. Sterman has contributed to national publications, written books on a variety of subjects and is a gardening expert and host, co-producer and co-writer of "A Growing Passion," a television show that celebrates all the ways that San Diego "grows." She w...

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