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  • Six more flu deaths reported, cases increase in San Diego

    Jose A. Alvarez|Updated Feb 28, 2020

    Six additional influenza deaths were reported recently, bringing this season’s total to 63, compared to 35 at this time last season, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced Feb. 19, after the Village News’ press deadline. The ages of the new flu deaths ranged from 55 to 84 years, and all had underlying medical conditions. After two weeks of declines, the number of lab-confirmed cases increased slightly last week, when 1,637 cases were reported. In comparison, 1,520 flu cases were reported the pre...

  • For our children, risk is OK, danger is not

    The American Counseling Association|Updated Feb 28, 2020

    Special to Village News As parents, their common goal is to protect their children as much as possible. They don’t want to see their children hurt physically, emotionally or psychologically. And yet, most people realize that such a goal is virtually impossible to achieve. While it’s relatively easy to try and keep children from some physical harm through actions like making them buckle up every time they're in the car, making sure they have the necessary vaccinations and keeping a regular schedule of doctor and dentist visits...

  • County board ratifies COVID-19 emergency declaration

    Jose A. Alvarez|Updated Feb 28, 2020

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Feb. 19 to ratify the county's declaration of a local health emergency and proclamation a local emergency to deal with the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The move is meant to reassure the public that local health authorities are proactively working to stay ahead of any challenges that may arise. The local health emergency will last for 30 days, the local emergency for 60 days. The board will consider whether each action should...

  • Recent study shows most water filters do not remove cancer-linked PFAS chemicals from drinking water

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    FALLBROOK – PFAS chemicals have been in the news for the past few years because of their link to cancer, thyroid disease, reproductive and immune disorders and other health problems. They're found on nonstick pans, waterproof fabrics and furniture, food packaging and some foods. They're most widely used in fire-fighting foam and products to resist heat, oil stains, grease and water. They have also been found in drinking water supplies across the country. Scientists call t...

  • Doris Eikmeier

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    Longtime resident Doris Eikmeier died Sunday, Feb. 16. She was born in Chicago in 1925. She and her family moved to Fallbrook in January 1973, from Torrance. Doris and husband Ralph, who died in 2005, of 54 years, were active with St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, square dancing, golf, RVing and many other community activities. She leaves behind their five children, 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren....

  • Alternative surgery to treat atrial fibrillation available at LLUMC in Murrieta

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    LOMA LINDA – Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta successfully performed its first left atrial appendage closure with the use of a device called the Watchman to treat a patient with atrial fibrillation. AFib is a condition in which a patient experiences irregular heart rhythm. The condition is associated with a fivefold increase in stroke risk. Watchman is an FDA-approved device designed for patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and is a one-time pro...

  • South Australian bushfire mapping deployed to Californian hotspots

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    Belinda Wallis The Lead South Australia New real-time bushfire mapping technology created in South Australia is being deployed to California and Canada. New real-time aerial mapping used to help the Australian Army in the devastating South Australian bushfires is being deployed to support the Californian fire season. The technology developed by Adelaide company FireFlight was tested at the Kangaroo Island fire front using a single engine Piper aircraft flown at 10,000 feet,...

  • Supervisors revise construction and demolition ordinance

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 28, 2020

    Construction and demolition projects in unincorporated San Diego County will have new landfill diversion regulations. A 4-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote Jan. 29, with Kristin Gaspar not present when the vote was taken, approved the introduction and first reading of the ordinance. The supervisors approved the second reading and adoption of the ordinance on a 5-0 vote, Feb. 12. The new regulations take effect April 1, although for the smallest projects exceeding 1,000 square feet the new regulations will be effect...

  • Fallbrook Senior Center announces new raised garden beds

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

  • Create a more functional laundry room

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    Family Features Special to Village News A laundry room may be one of the spaces that people use the most, but cramped quarters and clutter can hinder their productivity. Eliminate the excuses and get the laundry room under control with these tips to add function to the washing routine. Use space wisely. The laundry room may not have a big footprint, but there is probably more usable space than people may realize. Install shelves or storage units on the walls and consider the c...

  • Junior Art of the Avocado art competition calling for entries

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Junior Art of the Avocado art competition is calling all junior artists in the community to create an "avocado" masterpiece, thanks to the sponsorship of Fallbrook Propane Gas Company for the fourth year. The junior art competition is open to pre-K through eighth grade students. Pre-K through first grade students will compete against each other, second through fourth grade students will compete against each other and fifth through eighth grade students will a...

  • Free Sunday concert features Pipe Dream

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Library will host a free Sunday Concert, March 1, at 2 p.m. Pipe Dream is a musical duo consisting of nationally touring jazz artist Cobby Brzeski and beatboxing flutist Andrew Bustamante. The two combine their unique talents to create an exciting, one-of-a-kind, musical act that captivates the imagination. Performing everything from originals to their own exciting covers of well-known tunes, Pipe Dream pushes the boundaries of what a musical duo can achieve and guarantees a fun and inspiring time f...

  • Musical quartet bursts into song at Silvergate Fallbrook Senior Living Community

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Memories from a bygone musical era came fondly back to life for an enthusiastic group of more than 60 seniors gathered at Silvergate Fallbrook, the area's premier retirement living community, Thursday, Feb. 13. Gin 'N Tonix – an a capella quartet whose song repertoire harkens all the way back to the post-World War II era – performed an hourlong set of jazz, swing and harmonic vocals for residents, their families and guests of Silvergate. Many of the resid...

  • National Charity League Ticktockers work to benefit community

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

  • Young Arts Month exhibit honors Fallbrook artists

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Six young local artists submitted their artwork for judging into the annual Youth Art Month Exhibit for San Diego County, which opened Jan. 11 and ran through Feb. 8, in the Bread and Salt Gallery in The Athenaeum Art Center in San Diego. These students study art at the Fallbrook School of the Arts under the instruction of Marilee Ragland who is a member of the San Diego County division of the California Art Education Association. The Youth Art Month exhibit is a...

  • Try a plant-based, dairy-inspired dish

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    Family Features Special to Village News With the rise in popularity of plant-based diets and dishes, combining them with dairy products can create a superfood power couple. For example, the cheddar cheese found in these vegetarian stuffed peppers helps optimize nutrient absorption from the rice, black beans, corn and tomatoes to create a nutritious appetizer or meal. Find more recipes that combine the goodness of dairy and plant-based foods at Vegetarian...

  • Stephanie Crawford earns degree from Miami University

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    OXFORD, Ohio – Stephanie Crawford of Fallbrook was among more than 1,300 students from Miami University who received degrees during fall commencement exercises Friday, Dec. 13, at Millett Hall. Crawford graduated with a master’s degree in biology. Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of nearly 19,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to tea...

  • SDG&E launches new and improved mobile app for customers

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego Gas and Electric has unveiled a new mobile app that enables customers to easily track energy usage and costs, manage their accounts, report an outage and enroll in select account notifications. “We know technology is always changing and we have to adapt to better serve our customers,” Kendall Helm, vice president of customer operations, said. “Our goal is to provide a useful tool for customers to manage their accounts quickly and empower them to stay in control of their energy costs anywhere, anytime...

  • Fallbrook Food Pantry receives $1,000 from chamber event

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce presented the Fallbrook Food Pantry with a $1,000 check at the Feb. 19 SunDowner meeting. The chamber hosted its Holiday Wine and A Bite Art Walk Friday, Dec. 13, throughout the Historic Downtown area. The Fallbrook Food Pantry was chosen as the chamber's charity partner for this event. The chamber thanked everyone who participated. Submitted by Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce....

  • New study finds American entrepreneurs feel more motivated to run their business than in 2019

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    VENLO, Netherlands – The passion for running a business remains strong amongst American entrepreneurs, according to a new survey by Vistaprint. More than half, or 58%, of U.S. small-business owners are more motivated to run their company in 2020 than they were one year ago, compared to just 12% who feel less motivated. Nearly two-thirds or 63%, of those surveyed said they have never lost the motivation to run their business. The study by Vistaprint, which offers professional marketing products, design and services for s...

  • Lucky Duck Foundation announces jobs training program for San Diego's homeless

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    City News Service Special to Village News The Lucky Duck Foundation announced a $1 million regionwide homeless employment and jobs training initiative Friday, Feb. 21, aiming to hire and train people experiencing homelessness to secure long-term employment. An anonymous donor gave the $1 million gift in grants to expand existing programs and launch new ones, including culinary skills, homeless outreach, community beautification work, youth support services and intensive job training. The donor asked the foundation to focus...

  • Woman of Wellness to hear from San Diego Blood Bank representative

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Woman of Wellness meets Thursday, March 5, at 6 p.m. for “San Diego Blood Bank – Saving Lives Today, Improving Life Tomorrow” at Fallbrook Library, 124 S. Mission Road. Fallbrook Regional Health District’s Woman of Wellness Program is looking forward to a presentation by Rob Tressler, Ph.D., vice president of laboratories for the San Diego Blood Bank. He oversees the public cord blood bank and cell therapy research program. His scientific focus is in stem cell biology, oncology and anti-aging research. Tressler...

  • Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Knights of Columbus

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Knight of Columbus Council 7069 of St. Peter’s Catholic Community presents its 17th annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner Dance Saturday, March 14, at the parish hall, 450 S. Stage Coach Lane. All are invited to come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a corned beef and cabbage dinner which includes boiled potatoes and carrots followed by cake and coffee. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; an Irish dance troupe with 20+ dancers will perform a 40-minute show at 6 p.m. and Kevin Moyles and the Shamrockers will play so every...

  • Got lefse?

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    TEMECULA – The Sons of Norway/Scandinavia Vinland Lodge member Laila Bergheim will show attendees of their March 7 meeting at 12:30 p.m. how to make potato lefse. If anyone has ever wondered how it’s made or how to make it, don’t want to miss this event. The community is invited to come for a potluck lunch and stay for Bergheim’s presentation at the Temecula Assistance League, 28720 Via Montezuma, in Temecula. For more information, contact David Moe at (951) 301-1391 or [email protected], or Ronna Clymens at (951) 849-169...

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