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Articles from the February 15, 2024 edition


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  • Mary Elaine (Brooks) Dake

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Mary Elaine (Brooks) Dake, 88, died comfortably in her home on Dec. 30, 2023, after battling cancer. Elaine (as she was known) was born in the Oklahoma Panhandle at Beaver, Oklahoma on April 6, 1935, to Frank and Evelyn Brooks. She was the third of four children, James Franklin Brooks, who died in infancy, Donald Fayne Brooks, her brother and Shirley, her sister. Growing up in the Great Depression, her family endured much hardship and moved from the Oklahoma Panhandle to the...

  • Re: 'The Compromised Plate: A call for real food over drugs' [Village News, Letter, 2/8/24]

    Updated Feb 19, 2024

    Julie Reeder yet again proliferates her insightful research and knowledge to help guide us through our healthcare decisions. She is simply indefatigable. For a “local-yokel” newspaper, Village News is truly a treasure trove of information. We all must take calculated risks, every day, as every decision entails a front and a back side to it. I'm afraid though some may have placed their bet on the wrong horse when it comes to their Covid vaccine and its boosters. There is now growing evidence of a rise in cancers resulting fro...

  • Bingo money supports 4-H, school and pet care

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    RAINBOW – Rainbow Valley Grange presented a check to the Fallbrook/Bonsall/Rainbow 4-H for their scholarships and programs. Jr. Grange member Ruby-Jean Varela gave a speech and asked for a donation at a meeting last year. A couple of months later, she accepted a $1000 check on behalf of the 4-H club. The funds for the donation are from the proceeds of the grange's monthly Bingo night (fourth Thursday of the month). County regulations require that all income from Bingo be g...

  • Maya Khoury 4th, Sahara Khoury 10th at California Winter Championships meet

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Maya Khoury placed fourth in the girls pole vault at the California Winter Championships track and field meet Feb. 3 at Arcadia High School and Sahara Khoury took 10th in that event. The Khoury twins are currently seniors at Fallbrook High School, whose 2024 track and field schedule begins with a tri-meet Feb. 29 at San Dieguito Academy. They competed with the Escondido-based North County Pole Vault Club at the California Winter Championships. "It was just really cool to be...

  • FWC's semi-annual attic sale fundraiser is set for March 1-2

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Woman’s Club is holding its popular semi-annual attic/rummage sale Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Antiques, jewelry, household items, clothes, toys, crafts, knick knacks, tools, small appliances, picture frames, dishes, pots & pans, garden art & plants and much more will be available for purchase. The event will be held in the FWC’s Clubhouse at 238 West Mission Road in Fallbrook. All proceeds go to local charities and Fallbrook High School scholarships. The Fallbrook Woman...

  • Vikings second at Borrego Springs Basketball Tournament

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    The Vallecitos Elementary School boys reached the final of the Borrego Springs Basketball Tournament before settling for second place. The Feb. 25 tournament was hosted by Borrego Springs Middle School. That school does not have its own gymnasium but is next to Borrego Springs High School, so the games were played on the high school campus. The second-place Borrego Springs Basketball Tournament finish for the Vallecitos boys was the best since the Vikings reached the final in...

  • Nordeen breaks school career rebounds record

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    During the Jan. 19 game at Escondido High School, the Fallbrook High School girls basketball career rebounds record was broken by current senior Claire Nordeen. Between 1982 and 1984, Kristy Seidel pulled down 1,145 rebounds on behalf of Fallbrook High School. Nordeen surpassed that figure during the Warriors’ 61-31 victory in Escondido. “I’m very proud to get the school rebound record. It means a lot,” Nordeen said. “Breaking a record that stood so long is super special to me.” “She’s a once in a lifetime player,” said F...

  • Stroney fifth at CIF divisional tournament

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    The CIF Division I girls wrestling tournament took place Feb. 3 at Steele Canyon High School, and Fallbrook High School sophomore Dalanie Stroney placed fifth in the 105-pound weight class. "She had a really good day wrestling," said Fallbrook head coach Tom Brockson. Stroney also became the first-ever Fallbrook High School girl to place at a CIF wrestling tournament. Last year, 2023 graduate Alyssa Wilson became the first Fallbrook student-athlete to compete in the CIF girls...

  • Poetry with Purpose event raises funds to combat suicide among military vets

    Tim O Leary, Village News Correspondent|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Words make us wonder. Words make us feel. Words help us heal. Those realities dawned on me during the most recent Poetry with Purpose gathering in Temecula, an event that raised funds to prevent suicides among our military veterans. About 40 people paid $15 each to speak and listen Thursday, Jan. 18, at The Coffee Shop, 27725 Jefferson Avenue, a hybrid food and drink business. The beneficiary was a nonprofit group, Save the Brave, and the host. The poetry group was launched...

  • How healthy is your milk?

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    I'll cut to the chase – likely very questionable. Do yourself a favor. Turn your milk container around. It doesn't matter if you drink whole milk, skim milk, almond milk, or cashew milk. Turn it around. Look at the ingredients. If it seems: You can't pronounce them Have no idea what they are, or It's a tremendously long list (just for milk) It may be time to re-evaluate your weekly milk purchase choice. Milk is not just milk anymore. What was delivered to our parents or g...

  • Healthy Habits: Grapes – Nature's candy that's good for you

    Megan Johnson McCullough, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Grapes are sometimes called "nature's candy" because they have a sweet/sour taste that many people enjoy. They're an easy, convenient, quick snack with nutritional value. They're an ingredient and flavor for jellies, jams, wines and juice. They also come in dried form as raisins. They come in different varieties and colors including green, black, red, pink and yellow. The list of benefits is quite long for grapes, making them a go-to fruit to munch on. Grapes are high in...

  • Healthy habits build healthy smiles

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson County of San Diego Communications Office Cavities are the most common chronic childhood disease. When left untreated, cavities in children can be painful or cause infections leading to learning issues, school absences and even emergency room visits and hospitalizations. The good news is that they are completely preventable. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month which promotes the benefits of good oral health from an early age. “It’s never too soon to begin taking care of child...

  • Review of all things Real Estate

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Here’s a blinding flash of the obvious, Fallbrook and much of North County is rural country, and rural areas have different concerns than do coastal and other developed “lot and block” neighborhoods. In established neighborhoods, there isn’t much concern about encroachment since the structures and lot lines will have been approved by reviewing authority when the real estate development map was created and approved. Our local escrow company will have escrow instruc...

  • 146 Ballot drop boxes open for March Presidential Primary Election

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Starting Tuesday, Feb. 6, registered voters can return their mail ballot for the March Presidential Primary Election to any one of 146 official ballot drop boxes located around the county. Mail ballots for the county's 1.9 million registered voters were expected to arrive that week. What do the Registrar's official ballot drop boxes look like? The Registrar's official ballot drop boxes are red, white and blue and feature the Registrar's logo along with the county seal. All...

  • Residents can tell the county about road problems, graffiti, etc.

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – The county introduced the free “Tell Us Now” app in 2017. It was designed to make it as easy as possible for county residents to report problems when they see them, whether it was bumping into a rut in the road, spotting a flooded culvert, noticing a building slimed with graffiti or a business spewing pollution. After downloading the “Tell Us Now” app, people can snap a quick picture, add some text on their phone and push “send” to immediately notify county departments. If the complaint isn’t under the count...

  • DA Stephan honored with U.S. Attorney General Meritorious Public Service Award

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan was honored at a ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 31, with the United States Attorney General's Award for Meritorious Public Service – the top public service award granted by the U.S. Department of Justice. It is designed to recognize the most significant contributions of citizens and organizations in support of justice. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the recipients for the 71st Annual Attorney Gen...

  • Rainbow Water hires new chief financial officer

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Rainbow Municipal Water District welcomed a new chief financial officer, Rick Aragon. Aragon joined the team at the end of January and worked with staff to manage financial planning and customer service. Aragon joins Rainbow Water with nearly two decades of expertise in accounting, finance, grants, and contracts and with 10 years of experience as a chief financial officer for a variety of different size water districts in Southern California. He most recently l...

  • Workers of the Week like to help people

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

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  • Sheriff Log

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    NOTE: While these reports have been taken straight from the Sheriff's Office, individuals are innocent until proven guilty. These addresses reveal the block number, not an exact location. Feb. 4 38000 blk De Luz Rd. Grand theft: Livestock - Horses 4500 blk La Canada Rd. Contempt of court - Disobey court order Feb. 5 900 blk Buena Capri Medical examiners case - Death 400 blk Poets Square Misc. incidents 400 blk Ammunition Rd. Simple battery 100 blk W. Fallbrook St. Pass completed check with intent to defraud, personate to get...

  • Marine Corps identifies troops lost in California helicopter crash

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Micaela Burrow Investigative Reporter, Defense Daily Caller News Foundation The Marine Corps identified the five crew members declared dead after a helicopter crash in a statement Friday, Feb. 9. The five Marines – three captains, a sergeant and a lance corporal – were flying a CH-53 Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter from Creech Air Force Base in Clark County, Nevada, to California when the aircraft went down near Pine Valley, California. While an investigation is ongoing into the crash, the unit, known as the Flying Tiger...

  • Calling all FUHS grads of '74

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    The FUHS 50th Reunion for the Class of ’74 is happening on Aug. 3, with some special pre- and post-events in the works. Let’s get together and reconnect with old friends, share our stories, have dinner together, listen to our music and dance the night away at the Pala Mesa Resort. Discounted tickets are available until March 31, so if you have not already registered, now is the time! Contact the Reunion Committee for more information at [email protected]. Linda Giannelli (formerly from Bonsall)...

  • Stopping the fixed rate electricity proposal

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    A few months ago, I brought to your attention the concerning proposal in California regarding a socialistic approach to electricity pricing based on income. This plan aimed to charge households fixed rates for electricity, irrespective of their actual consumption, with charges varying according to income levels. It was met with understandable outrage from many. I want to provide an update on the plan and your collective efforts for speaking out. Your pushback has not gone...

  • Humane help for homeless

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Surveys indicate that 70% of Californians see homelessness as a big problem. That’s understandable since almost one half of all unsheltered homeless persons live in California, though we have only about 12% of the nation’s total population. Over the past three years, our homeless population increased by over 22,000 persons, to almost 174,000. In San Diego County, the homeless population increased by 10% in the last year alone. California spent $20 billion on the problem in...

  • It would be ok… only if…

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    It would be ok to have a highly active park (four soccer fields, skateboarding park, baseball, basketball, etc.) at the Bonsall Community Park…only if… 1. All the residents and businesses of Bonsall receive written notice of the complete, proposed Park Plan; and 2. All residents and businesses of Bonsall receive written notice of planned Park discussion meetings to be held only in Bonsall with a majority approval thereof by Bonsall residents and businesses only. The big beef: San Diego County obtained “approval” for a highly...

  • Issa announces new mobile office hours for offices in Lakeside, Warner Springs, and Rainbow

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    ESCONDIDO – Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-48) announced Feb. 12 new staff mobile office hours in the communities of Lakeside, Warner Springs, and Rainbow. Mobile office hours are available to provide any resident of California’s 48th Congressional District the opportunity to meet with a member of Congressman Issa’s staff and receive assistance with casework needs such as passports, veterans’ benefits, social security and Medicare recipients, IRS and tax returns, and other questions or concerns related to federal agencie...

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