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Articles from the February 18, 2021 edition

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  • Lorette Oliver

    Right at Home of Fallbrook announces recognition as a top-rated in-home care agency in America

    Updated Mar 4, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Right at Home of Fallbrook has been named by as one of America's top-rated in-home care agencies with the website's "Caring Star of 2021" award., a trusted resource for families to find care for their senior loved ones, released its annual "Caring Stars of 2021" list, a reliable industry source of information that showcases the best senior care around the country every year. The list is based on consumer ratings and reviews and features the t...

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    LAFCO approves municipal service review, sphere updates for RCDs

    Joe Naiman, Village News reporter|Updated Mar 4, 2021

    San Diego County’s Local Agency Formation Commission approved municipal service reviews for the county’s three resource conservation districts while also updating the sphere of influence for each RCD. Separate 8-0 LAFCO board votes Monday, Feb. 1, approved the municipal service reviews for the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego, the Mission Resource Conservation District and the Upper San Luis Rey Resource Conservation District while approving a sphere of inf...

  • Sara Gerson

    FCAT says Earth needs a good lawyer

    Updated Feb 24, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Climate Action Team will present a talk about EarthJustice Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Sara (Pete) Gersen, a clean energy staff attorney will be the speaker. Gersen is based in Los Angeles. Before joining Earthjustice, she was a law clerk for Justice Gregory Hobbs of the Colorado Supreme Court and completed a fellowship at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington. She also worked at the Environmental Defense Fund's Boulder office where s...

  • Art

    Seniors remembered with Valentines

    FALLBROOK – The Foundation for Senior Care team created a short list of seniors they thought might enjoy a little bit of sweetness for Valentine's Day. Its "Club" clients, care givers, and activities coordinator worked together to create beautiful paper roses and decorated cookies. The care advocates created a cute card that they attached to the paper flowers and the Care Van drivers made the special Valentine deliveries throughout the week leading up to Valentine's Day. E...

  • Toby Salas

    Volunteers clean up VFW hall inside and out

    Toby Salas, 16, earns high school community service time while cleaning kitchen equipment and participating in the Fallbrook VFW volunteer cleanup day event. See more photos on page A-X...

  • Hikers

    FLC works to improve Monserate Mountain Preserve

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer

    Slowly but surely, the Fallbrook Land Conservancy is putting the work into turning part of Monserate Mountain into a bit more hospitable of a place for the critters that call it home – and by extension making it a little more beautiful for the humans who visit it. The land conservancy is in the process of giving the bottom portion of the trail through the preserve, located just east of Interstate 15 near the Horse Ranch Creek development, something of a "facelift," FLC b...

  • Palomar Medical Center

    Palomar Medical Center Escondido named one of Healthgrades 2021 America's 250 Best Hospitals

    Updated Feb 17, 2021

    ESCONDIDO – Palomar Health today announced that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2021 America's 250 Best Hospitals AwardTM. The distinction places Palomar Medical Center Escondido in the top five percent of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. "This award recognizes the amazing work of our nurses, technicians, environmental s...

  • Palomar Health Opens COVID-19 Resource Clinic in North County

    Updated Feb 17, 2021

    SAN MARCOS – Palomar Health has unveiled the region’s first COVID-19 Resource Clinic that offers vaccines, testing and monoclonal antibody therapy in one location. These services are open to the public and available by appointment only by going to Palomar Health’s website. Antibody therapy is offered by physician referral only. “What we have here is what our nation needs – the triple threat against the virus: The identification through testing, the vaccination for those who haven’t contracted it and the monoclonal...

  • Local hospitals showing marked declines in COVID-19 hospitalizations

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Feb 17, 2021

    Local hospitals are continuing to show declines in COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU patients, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with the numbers as of Feb. 7 dropping substantially from those released the prior week. While coronavirus-positive patients still make up an abnormally large share of patients at Southwest Riverside County and North San Diego County hospitals – after all, in a normal year in the past, the number of patients with COVID-19 would be zero – the cor...

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    Bees and beasts in Temecula Valley, circa 1910-1945

    Rebecca Marshall Farnbach, Special to Village News|Updated Feb 17, 2021

    Ranches dominated almost all of the Temecula Valley in 1910. The Vail Ranch owned 87,500-acres spreading from south of today's Temecula Parkway to Clinton Keith Road, west to U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and east to past Vail Lake. The two small villages of Temecula and Murrieta were sandwiched between ranch lands of the Vails and other ranchers, including the Roripaughs and Barnetts. The entire area was known as a cattle-grazing empire. The Vail Company purchased...

  • RWQCB amends Las Pulgas Landfill waste discharge requirements

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 17, 2021

    The Regional Water Quality Control Board amended U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton’s waste discharge requirements for the Las Pulgas Landfill. The 7-0 RWQCB vote Wednesday, Feb. 10, established procedures and technical specifications to remove the existing Phase I unit side slope liner system and to construct the engineered alternative Phase I unit side slope liner system. The revised waste discharge order recognized Marine Corps efforts to implement corrective actions at the landfill and resume waste disposal operations...

  • Palomar College

    Palomar earns SDG&E energy award for net-zero M&O Building

    Updated Feb 17, 2021

    SAN MARCOS – Palomar College has won an Excellence in Energy Leadership Award from San Diego Gas & Electric for its maintenance and operations building, a "net-zero" project that opened in April 2019. Maintenance and operations has received national recognition since its grand opening for a variety of "passive" design features that reduce the need for heating and cooling, while utilizing daylight throughout to reduce artificial lighting. Combined with a 180-kilowatt solar a...

  • Jennifer Ibaven, Roger Boddaert, Darcy Cook and Stephanie Ortiz

    Fallbrook Community Garden sees improvements

    Christal Gaines-Emory, Intern|Updated Feb 17, 2021

    The Fallbrook Community Garden, located at 1717 Alturas Road, has been providing residents of Fallbrook, Bonsall, and Rainbow an area to grow various crops and meet with other gardening lovers since 2007. The Fallbrook Community Garden was initiated in 2007 by Mission Resource Conservation District District Manager Judy Mitchell and Roger Boddaert, a local award-winning arborist and landscape designer. This property was donated by the Fallbrook Public Utility District, and...

  • FRHD vaccination event postponed due to county-level vaccine shortage

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer

    A shortage of vaccines countywide led to the cancellation of a vaccination event to be hosted by the Fallbrook Regional Health District this week and created issues for other vaccination sites around the San Diego region. “Due to a lack of vaccines at the county level, our Feb. 19 vaccination event in Fallbrook has been postponed,” the Fallbrook Regional Health District said in an email announcement Friday, Feb. 12. The health district said it is “reaching out to other partners and providers to see if an alternate optio...

  • Cast of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

    Theater Talk

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated Feb 17, 2021

    As recently as Sunday, Feb. 7, renowned pianist Hershey Felder livestreamed from Florence, Italy, his tale about one of Sholem Alecheim's collection of short stories. This production was the story for which the much-acclaimed book by Joseph Stein became the play "Fiddler on the Roof" in 1964 followed by the Oscar winning film in 1971. The play's title was pulled from one of Alecheim's short stories about a traveling fiddler going from town-to-town charming local maids with...

  • Carol Stout with latest book

    Stout publishes second book 'A Ring of Protection'

    Updated Feb 17, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Carol Stout is a California fourth generation award-winning artist and poet living with her husband, Robert, in Fallbrook. For several years, she said writing poetry was her creative focus. Looking for others with similar interests, she reached out to poets in the area to create a writing group in Fallbrook. One of her poems became the catalyst for "Desert Critters Wacky Wisdom," her first children's book. Colorful illustrations fill the pages as the lives and s...

  • Phil and Trudy Cunningham

    Fallbrook Encore Club celebrates Valentine's Day

    Updated Feb 17, 2021

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Encore Club is a social club that welcomes members of the communities of Fallbrook, De Luz, Rainbow and Bonsall. Recently some members participated in a virtual celebration of Valentine's Day by sharing their photos. Many have enjoyed long marriages, with just a few shown here. During these strange times of "social distancing," photos are one way to stay in touch and appreciate the warmth and welcome of the club while looking forward to being t...

  • Vallecitos School District files for waiver in filling vacancy

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 17, 2021

    The Vallecitos School District Board approved the application of a waiver of the 60-day deadline to fill a vacant seat. The board’s 4-0 vote, Tuesday, Feb. 9, authorized the submission of a waiver request to the California Board of Education. The waiver, which is expected to be granted, will allow the school district to fill the vacant seat by appointment rather than by an election. “We’ll keep looking,” Michael Darnley, board president of Vallecitos School District, said. In 2019, the district transitioned from at-larg...

  • Annabella Cunningham

    Live Oak students enjoy an art break for 'Be WaterSmart' contest

    Updated Feb 17, 2021

    FALLBROOK – An annual art contest is not an easy thing to conduct during a pandemic, with students mostly learning from home and teachers' time is stretched thin. But one teacher didn't give up on the contest he loves. Guillermo Acevedo, a fourth grade teacher at Live Oak Elementary, said he loves the Fallbrook Public Utility District's "Be WaterSmart" poster contest so much that he found a way for his students to participate. He's been having his students participate in t...

  • Pangolin mother and pup

    Feb. 15 is World Pangolin Day

    Simon Jimenez, Special to Village News|Updated Feb 17, 2021

    A pangolin is the only scaled mammal alive and the most trafficked mammal on earth. It looks like a very large pinecone mouse. Feb. 15 was World Pangolin Day. A nickname for the pangolin is "the scaly anteater," and that's basically what it is. Its diet consists entirely of ants and termites. The pangolin can eat 20,000 ants a day and nearly 70,000,000 a year. A pangolin's tongue is longer than its body, and they use it to stick their tongues down ant or termite mounds or holl...

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    On the Menu – Ground Beef Enchiladas

    Jamie Zeller, Special to Village News|Updated Feb 17, 2021

    One thing that I know, during all of this craziness in the world, is that food continues to make people happy. It is one of the constants in life. Food can take you back to the good times in your life and instantly put a smile on someone's appreciative face. I always say that cooking for me is an extension of my love. I try not to cook if I am mad, because it never turns out as good. That added ingredient of love has to be in your dish in order for it to be really enjoyed. Fam...

  • Contract given for Vallecitos Elementary School siding and stucco work

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 17, 2021

    GEM Industrial Inc. received the Vallecitos School District contract for siding and stucco repair and replacement at Vallecitos Elementary School. A 4-0 board vote Feb. 9, with one vacant seat, awarded the Lakeside company an $18,900 contract for the repair and replacement work. The contract amount covers labor at prevailing wages, materials and equipment. “We’ve worked with them in the past,” Maritza Koeppen, superintendent of Vallecitos School District and principal of Vallecitos Elementary School, said. Buildings at the e...

  • The Elizabeth Hospice to host virtual volunteer training sessions

    Updated Feb 17, 2021

    ESCONDIDO – The Elizabeth Hospice invited individuals interested in helping adults and children impacted by serious illness and those grieving the death of a loved one to a free volunteer orientation session via the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Attendees will learn about a wide variety of opportunities that are available throughout San Diego County and southwest Riverside County, including: serving as a patient companion, providing caregiver respite, performing aromatherapy, sewing Cuddle Bears, officiating at veteran p...

  • Solana Center to offers free virtual composting workshop series

    Updated Feb 17, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – The Solana Center is partnering with San Diego Farm Bureau to offer their free composting virtual workshop series Wednesdays, March 10-31, from 3-4 p.m. Participants can learn how to improve the quality of their soil, protect and conserve water, improve livestock conditions and demystify permitting concerns. The four one-hour webinar topics include March 10 – Midscale Windrow Composting; March 17 – “Shoo, Fly, Shoo!” Pest Control; March 24 – Small-scale Aerated Static Pile Composting and March 31 – Landscaping f...

  • Long Branch Saloon in 1975

    Temecula Valley Historical Society to host a virtual program on Old Town Temecula

    Updated Feb 17, 2021

    TEMECULA – The Temecula Valley Historical Society invites the public to use modern technology and step into the past during a live Zoom program at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22. Historian and author Rebecca Farnbach will present photos and stories about the building where restaurant 1909 Temecula is currently and the people who owned businesses there, varying from a Wild West saloon to a Lutheran church. Farnbach, a founding member of the historical society and an advocate for h...

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