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Articles from the January 25, 2018 edition

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  • Red Flag warning in effect through Monday

    Updated Jan 30, 2018

    SAN DIEGO - A red flag warning went into effect at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, for much of San Diego county as well as a large swath of Southern California. The National Weather Service said the region would be at an increased risk for wildfires to start and spread. due to strong winds and low humidity. The warning will extend through 4 p.m. Monday and was issued for the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning and Riverside County valleys and mountains.The strongest winds will blow through passes and canyons where motorists, especially...

  • SBA opens Disaster Recovery Center at Bonsall Community Center

    Updated Jan 27, 2018

    SACRAMENTO – Small Business Administration (SBA) opened its Disaster Recovery Center in Fallbrook Jan. 20 at Rancho Monserate Community Center. On Jan. 25 the center was moved to the Bonsall Community Center, 31505 Old River Road. The center is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lilac fire survivors can now apply with FEMA and SBA for help. SBA offers low interest rate federal disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. Low-interest federal disaster l...

  • Hiding behind genetics to avoid culpability for environmental causes of autism

    The World Mercury Project Team|Updated Jan 27, 2018

    Genetics is the darling of the biomedical research industry. For diseases ranging from cancer to skin disorders, investigators have been busily at work for decades trying to identify the conditions’ underlying genetic causes. However, these same investigators – and the reporters who communicate their findings to the public – are often strangely incurious about the role of environmental toxins as triggers of disease. A story about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) published in October 2017 by the news website Vox furnishes an exa...

  • Bird club to learn about canaries

    Updated Jan 26, 2018

    VISTA – North County Aviculturists, a club for pet bird owners and breeders, presents David Benites as the guest speaker for its meeting Saturday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. Benites, a canary expert and official show judge, will be displaying his beautiful birds and explaining how the various color mutations happen. The meeting is at Vista Masonic Lodge, 761 Eucalyptus. For more information, visit

  • Art of the Avocado competition calling for entries

    Updated Jan 26, 2018

    FALLBROOK – The Art of the Avocado competition, part of Fallbrook's annual Avocado Festival and sponsored by Fallbrook Propane Gas Company, is now "calling for entries." This is the 13th year of the popular contest. Any artistic medium may be submitted – the only restriction is that an "avocado" must be easily identifiable in all pieces. There are three categories: 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional and photography. The cash prizes for both the 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional is...

  • Protecting Prop 13 is vital

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, Special to the Village News|Updated Jan 26, 2018

    As your Assemblymember, I work hard in Sacramento to fight taxes, fees and overreaching regulations. During my 14 years on the Escondido City Council, I never supported a tax increase and continue to support hardworking families and businesses. Fortunately, Proposition 13, which limits yearly property tax increases to 2 percent for every property owner, remains one of the main protections for California taxpayers. In 1978, Prop 13 was approved by an overwhelming margin to end...

  • Pala announces free entertainment schedule for February

    Updated Jan 25, 2018

    PALA – Pala Casino Spa & Resort will continue its free events series in February featuring the 60+ Club at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and the underground wine CAVE on weekends. Due to construction of Pala's $170 million expansion and renovation, no tribute concerts or performances in Luis Rey's lounge are scheduled. The 60+ Club will be held in the Pala Events Center. The free February entertainment schedule is as follows: 60+ Club, 1 p.m. Tuesdays Feb. 6, The Legends, Rock and R...

  • Village News is moving downtown

    Updated Jan 25, 2018

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook & Bonsall Village News is moving its offices downtown. The new address, effective Jan. 29, is 111 West Alvarado St. The offices are located across the street from the Fallbrook Art Center. The Village News has improved its website, New features include the ability to translate the newspaper to Spanish with the click of a button (hit "select language" at the top of the page). The website also offers users the following: free posting of entries on the local events calendar; free a...

  • Boy Scouts hold successful food drive

    Updated Jan 25, 2018

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook community responded with overwhelming generosity to a Food Drive outside Albertson's grocery store conducted by Boy Scout Troop 731, chartered by St. Peter's Catholic Church. On Jan. 7 and 8, in only eight hours, Boy Scout Troop 731 collected over 822 pounds of non-perishable food item donations. Everyone who donated was happy to buy food items for the Food Drive, and expressed much good will for those in need. Boy Scout Troop 731 delivered all the f...

  • NFPA and State Farm announce start of funding award application period

    Updated Jan 25, 2018

    QUINCY, MA – Every year, brush, grass and forest fires burn across the U.S., and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk. It’s not a matter of if it will happen, but when will a community experience a wildfire threat. To help address this wildfire challenge, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm® are announcing the launch of the project funding awards application period for its’ fifth national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (Saturday, May 5), which helps communities prepare for an...

  • Senator Anderson receives Bridge Builder Award

    Updated Jan 25, 2018

    SAN DIEGO - California State Senator Joel Anderson (38th District) received the Chuck Nichols & Pierre Frazier Bridge Builder Award from the USS Midway Museum's Diversity & Inclusion Committee Jan. 12 at the sixth annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Luncheon. Committee chair Gabe Cruz stated, "Senator Anderson has been a tireless advocate on behalf of all San Diegans. He was responsible for renaming a portion of I-15 the 'Tuskegee Airmen Highway' in honor of...

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    Landscaping of South Mission Road medians to begin Jan. 27

    Updated Jan 24, 2018

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Beautification Alliance is happy to report that planting of the South Mission Road medians will commence Jan. 27, with work to begin on the two most southern "islands." Although planned for more than six months, work was delayed until problems with irrigation and gopher infestation could be addressed and sufficient funds could be raised. FBA contractor Landscape One has redesigned the medians to utilize the existing plants, adding new plants and g...

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    Warriors edged by Jaguars 43-42

    Updated Jan 24, 2018

  • Reinard named to Apollo League first team

    Joe Naiman, Village News Correspondent|Updated Jan 24, 2018

    Bonsall High School freshman Abby Reinard was named to the Apollo League first team for girls volleyball. "Abby is a phenomenal player who comes with a lot of skill and experience and knowledge of the game," said Bonsall coach Eric Hendy. "She shared her extensive knowledge with the entire team, and even though she's a freshman, came on board as a friendly, yet powerful leader." Bonsall High School posted a 10-2 Apollo League record to finish second in the standings behind Horizon Prep, which had an 11-1 record. Two other...

  • Warrior wrestlers win league opener

    Joe Naiman, Village News Correspondent|Updated Jan 24, 2018

    Although Orange Glen High School was moved from the North County Conference to the Coastal Conference in 2016 because most of the Patriots' programs were not competitive, the school remained in the Valley League for wrestling since the Patriots often fared well against Valley League opponents. Orange Glen traveled to Fallbrook High School for a Jan. 4 dual meet which opened Valley League competition for both teams, and Fallbrook prevailed by a 39-21 score. "All in all, I'm very happy with the way they performed," said...

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    Democratic Club to hear about single-payer health care

    Updated Jan 24, 2018

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Democratic Club will have its Feb. 1 meeting at the Hilltop Center, 331 East Elder Street. The speaker will be Kathy Rallings, health benefits specialist for the California Teachers Association (CTA). She represents CTA in the Campaign for a Healthy California coalition. Rallings will explain legislative efforts to pass Senate Bill 562, which would enact single-payer health care or "Medicare for all" in California. Ammar Campa-Najjar, a candidate f...

  • Grief Share to start at Christ The King

    Updated Jan 24, 2018

    FALLBROOK – Grief Share is for anyone who has lost a loved one – it is a support group that includes a video seminar and group discussion. It is a nondenominational group that features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics. The group meets every Thursday starting Feb. 1 and goes until May 3. There will not be a meeting on March 29. There are two meeting times: 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Christ The King Church in the Egge Library. For more information, call (760) 728-3256....

  • Time to focus on school choice in Fallbrook and Across America

    Updated Jan 24, 2018

    This month, schools, homeschool groups, organizations, and individuals in California and across America will work together to raise awareness about the importance of opportunity in K-12 education. National School Choice Week begins on Jan. 21 and celebrates all types of schools and education environments for children. Nationwide, 32,240 different events and activities – such as open houses, school fairs, and information sessions – are being planned, with an estimated attendance of 6.7 million people. In fact, 2302 of tho...

  • Information on solar power to be presented

    Updated Jan 24, 2018

    FALLBROOK – Experts on residential solar energy from the Center of Sustainable Energy and Sullivan Solar will be speaking at the Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission Road, on Monday, Jan. 29, starting at 6:30 p.m. They will explain how solar panels can be installed in different locations, how the systems work with SDG&E and one's utility bill, about energy policies, new technologies to integrate batteries, and incentives for homeowners. The talk is presented by the Fallbrook Climate Action Team and Sullivan Solar Power. The Cente...

  • DACA needs to be resolved

    Updated Jan 24, 2018

    This week's closure of the government is the result of the failure on the part of the President and the Republican leadership, to keep their word regarding DACA. They have also forgotten their obstructive behavior during the eight years of the Obama Administration. Trump is calling for the nuclear option of eliminating the filibuster, which further demonstrates he is not a "great deal maker" as he touts himself, or even a good negotiator, but rather he is a school yard bully, who has no understanding of how our democratic...

  • Rising from the ashes

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, AD-75 R|Updated Jan 24, 2018

    The Lilac fire burned 4,100 acres and destroyed 157 structures in the Bonsall and Fallbrook areas. Among these were 75 homes located in Rancho Monserate, a close-knit community that saw almost one-third of its homes destroyed. As a result of the Lilac, Thomas and other recent fires, new legislation is being introduced in Sacramento to assist the rebuilding process. For my part, I have introduced legislation to assist homeowners in Rancho Monserate and similar common interest...

  • Newcomers to learn about defensible space

    Updated Jan 24, 2018

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Newcomers Club next coffee meeting will be Feb. 8 with special guest speaker Captain John Choi from North County Fire Protection District. He will speak on how to create a defensible landscape to protect homes from fire. This will be valuable information for everyone since area residents are now trying to recover from the recent Lilac fire. Those who are new to the community are invited to attend the February coffee or any other upcoming coffee meeting which are held at the Fallbrook United M...

  • Melvin Dean Ricks

    Updated Jan 24, 2018

    Melvin Dean Ricks passed away from pancreatic cancer on January 20, 2018 at his home in Bonsall, Calif., surrounded by his family. He was born on February 26, 1935 in Teton, Idaho to Henry Hans Peter Ricks and Alice Elizabeth Dean Ricks. He grew up in a strong Latter-day Saint home with five boys and five girls. His father was a poultry farmer and those Depression times required all the children to work hard to support the family. One of his childhood memories is of going to...

  • Adam Paul Gylling

    Updated Jan 24, 2018

    Our beloved son Adam Paul Gylling died suddenly and unexpectedly in his sleep at his home on December 14, 2017. He was born near Long Beach, California on April 11, 1977, our first son joining two sisters and followed by his brother. Adam attended Fallbrook schools and later worked in the pest control industry until he started his own pest control service. Three years ago, he took a job with the California Prison System in pest management where he traveled to prison...

  • Penny Jean Geikie

    Updated Jan 24, 2018

    Penny Jean Geikie, age 56, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 14. She went peacefully at home from lung cancer. Penny was born on May 19, 1961, in Garden Grove, California. She moved to Fallbrook, California in 1997 and was an active part of her community for over 20 years. Penny is survived by her daughter, Samantha Geikie; mother Connie Murdock; sisters Sandy Holt and Rhonda Mohler, and their families. A service will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, January 26, at...

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