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Articles from the March 11, 2021 edition

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  • County to start sidewalk improvement project

    Updated Mar 22, 2021

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce received formal notice from the San Diego County Department of Public Works construction office that the sidewalk construction contractor is scheduled to be in the Fallbrook area week of March 15. The project will begin with DPW road crews removing the trees two to three days before the contractor begins to demo the existing sidewalk on North Main Avenue at East Hawthorne Street. After the demo is complete, the contractor will begin construction of the new sidewalks and i...

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    Fallbrook health district still unable to announce local vaccine events

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer

    It will still be some time before the Fallbrook Regional Health District can hold local vaccination events, CEO Rachel Mason said in an email update. Mason said on Feb. 26 that she expected to be able to announce sometime in the following week that county vaccine supply had opened up enough for the health district to begin vaccinating Fallbrook-area residents but, on March 5, Mason said county officials had told her that in fact it would take longer for enough vaccines to be...

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    Zion students celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday

    Zion Lutheran School students take part in activities to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday, March 2, from left, pre-K student Asher Bramhall wears his Dr. Seuss-inspired hat; pre-K student Eloise Potts points to one of her favorite Dr. Seuss books and kindergartener Shane Fortmeyer makes his own Cat in the Hat....

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    Fallbrook School of the Arts encourages creativity during the pandemic

    Christal Gaines-Emory, Intern

    The Fallbrook School of the Arts first opened in 1999, and it has been serving Fallbrook residents ever since. Students of all ages are welcome, and they offer a variety of classes including painting, ceramics, glass blowing, jewelry making, and more. The Fallbrook School of the Arts was closed for five months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but in July the students were able to return to their classes and continue expressing themselves through art. One class that has become...

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    When green turns to grey – Caring for our aging trees and urban forests

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News

    When you drive to work, go to the grocery store, or visit family or friends, do you ever wonder where all these trees came from and how they got here? Just think what your community would be like without trees – only plain asphalt telephone poles and wires, which would not be very pleasing to experience. The trees that have been planted in our Southern California urban forests come from around the world and have been planted by cities, urban foresters, and volunteers. They a...

  • Neurologist to host open forum on Parkinson's

    Updated Mar 10, 2021

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Parkinson's Support Group invites everyone interested to join its upcoming meeting Friday, March 26, 1 p.m. via Zoom. (Note this is a change from their usual meeting time of 10 a.m.) The speaker will be Dr. Brenton Wright, neurologist from UCSD Movement Disorder Clinic. He will be hosting an "Open Forum: Ask the Doctor." Everyone is asked to bring their questions and concerns surrounding Parkinson's disease but refrain from requesting specific medical advice to protect client confidentiality. W...

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    Healthy Habits for Bonsall & Fallbrook Folks: Apple cider vinegar – a serving a day for many reasons

    Megan Johnson McCullough, Special to the Village News|Updated Mar 10, 2021

    When yeast is added to traditional apple juice, the fruit sugar turns into alcohol. It is the premise of fermentation. The bacteria in this alcohol become acetic acid. This acid is the culprit for the sour taste and smell of vinegar. We use vinegar to bake and cook. It's in most salad dressings, and it is readily used as a preservative. It is not meant to be used in high amounts due to its acidity. Over consumption can lead to stomach problems and damage to your teeth, and it...

  • Finding the source of your fears

    Stanley Popovich, Special to Village News|Updated Mar 10, 2021

    A sure way to overcoming your fears and anxieties is finding the source of your fears and being able to manage it. In dealing with any kind of fear or anxiety, try to learn what is the real source of your fear and anxiety. Knowing what is causing your anxieties can go a long way in finding the solution. A person can find the source of his or her own fears by doing some self-evaluation and also by talking to a professional. Asking yourself questions such as: “Why am I afraid?” or “What is causing my anxiety?” will lead yo...

  • COVID-19 one year later: Americans continue to step up to address families' urgent needs

    Updated Mar 10, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – One year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, people have stepped up to address the emotional needs of families reeling from the coronavirus and 2020’s record-breaking disasters. In San Diego and Imperial counties and across the country, trained American Red Cross disaster mental health and spiritual care volunteers have had more than 53,000 conversations to provide emotional support to people in 2020 – which had the greatest number of billion-dollar disasters in a single year. In ad...

  • COVID-19 hospitalizations drop in Riverside County for fifth straight week

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Mar 10, 2021

    The slide continues – for the fifth straight week, federal data shows across-the-board declines in the numbers of coronavirus patients at Temecula Valley and North County hospitals. Data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Feb. 28, showed the percentage of patients who were coronavirus positive dropped to 16% at Temecula Valley Hospital from 21% in data released the week before, Feb. 21; 13% at Southwest Healthcare System, which includes Inland Valley and Rancho Springs medical centers in Wildomar a...

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    The friendship of Parkie and Aunt Bessie grows

    Rebecca Marshall Farnbach, Special to Village News|Updated Mar 10, 2021

    In April 1879, a weary doctor delivered Ysabel Grace Gonzalez, the first non-Native female born in Temecula. Her new life and the blossoming of spring infused him with much needed hope. He had just passed through a worrisome winter recovering from tuberculosis and had just buried his precious 1-year-old daughter on a hillside overlooking Temecula. Attending the birth of the healthy baby Ysabel encouraged him. He wrote euphorically to relatives in New York State, saying he had...

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    Successful sustainable landscaping is a click away for Fallbrook, Rainbow customers

    Updated Mar 10, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – No matter whether their landscaping is just a few square feet alongside a front porch or estate acreage, thousands of San Diego County residents have learned to embrace sustainability as a central principle for creating and renovating their landscapes. The San Diego County Water Authority offers financial incentives and educational resources to customers in Fallbrook and Rainbow to improve their landscaping. In fact, since 2010, the Water Authority has secured m...

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    March is National Pet Poison Prevention Month

    Updated Mar 10, 2021

    LOS ANGELES – Watching your dog or cat get sick from toxic items or poison is a nightmare for any pet owner. Symptoms of poisoning can be especially traumatic, ranging from seizures and vomiting to nosebleeds and diarrhea. "Nobody wants to see their pets suffer in such a painful way or, worst-case scenario, have a fatal incident. That's why it's important to make sure your home environment keeps dogs and cats as safe as possible," Dr. Erin Katribe, veterinarian and medical d...

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    Managing a backyard bird habitat

    Updated Mar 10, 2021

    FALLBROOK – For many nature enthusiasts, there's nothing more rewarding than seeing wildlife right in their own backyard. Providing several different types of foods can be the first step to welcoming a variety of birds to one's yard. Bill Askenburg, a backyard birding enthusiast and maker of custom birdhouses, says he offers thistle seed to attract finches and chickadees. A nut and berry mix is set out for woodpeckers and a sunflower/safflower mix attracts cardinals, wrens, d...

  • Administrative permit issued for two Sandia Creek Drive gates

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter

    The request for an Administrative Permit for a gate on Sandia Creek Drive resulted in the approval of a second gate. The Administrative Permit was approved March 2 by Kathleen Flannery, who has been the acting director of the county's Department of Planning and Development Services since previous PDS Director Mark Wardlaw took a position with the City of Walnut Creek. The permit will expire on March 2, 2023, although if construction has begun by that date the permit will remain valid. Those opposed to the decision have until...

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    Pelicans provide hope

    Updated Mar 10, 2021

    Jack Ragland paints pelicans by a harbor to represent a symbol of a refuge in the storms of life. He said, "The seabirds seem to represent freedom to go in new directions."...

  • Pala Casino Spa Resort announces spring concert lineup

    Updated Mar 10, 2021

    PALA – Pala Casino Spa Resort is excited to announce its upcoming spring concert schedule. The lineup features a variety of acts, including a wide range of tribute shows, as well as award-winning Latin bands Los Cadetes de Linares, Los Rieleros Del Norte, and more. All events will be held at the Events Center, with reduced capacity, increased cleaning, and additional safety measures. Upcoming Schedule of Shows Chicago Tribute Experience – Tribute to Chicago, Friday, March 12, 8 p.m. Los Cadetes de Linares de Lupe Tij...

  • Fallbrook and Bonsall residents named to the dean's list at Biola University

    Updated Mar 10, 2021

    LA MIRADA – More than 1,800 students were named to the Biola University dean’s list in fall 2020. Students are placed on the dean’s list to honor those with a GPA of 3.6 or higher while enrolled in 12 or more credits and whose cumulative GPA is at least 3.2. Noah Bedard, Zachariah Schroeder and Hannah Strege from Fallbrook as well as Lily McGill from Bonsall were named to the dean’s list. “Inclusion in Biola University’s dean’s list is reserved for students who demonstrate exceptional performance in their academic stud...

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    Do, Hernandez, Yanez and Vera named Students of the Month

    Updated Mar 10, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Union High School District Students of the Month for February are Fallbrook High School seniors Danyelle Do, Mario Hernandez and David Yanez, and Oasis High School senior Sarai Vera. The students were celebrated with the Student of the Month monthly Friday afternoon caravan to their homes and honored with balloons, yard signs, recognition speeches and custom-made T-shirts worn by one student's family members. Teachers, school administrators, business c...

  • SDG&E wins approval to eliminate high usage charge

    Updated Mar 10, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego Gas & Electric customers will no longer have to worry about getting hit with the state-mandated High Usage Charge – a substantially higher price for electricity that kicks in for customers once their energy usage exceeds a certain threshold. The California Public Utilities Commission voted March 4 to eliminate the HUC – originally established by the state as a way to encourage energy conservation. This decision comes two years after SDG&E filed an application with the CPUC to remove the charge, which cau...

  • San Diego County DA's Office addresses workplace crimes

    Updated Mar 10, 2021

    SAN DIEGO COUNTY – The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office has created a new unit to address workplace crimes like wage theft and labor trafficking. District attorney Summer Stephan announced Feb. 22 the new Workplace Justice Unit, which aims to better protect San Diego County laborers from “dishonest employers,” Stephan said. “Wage theft and labor trafficking are serious problems that we are working on in partnership with the community. We’re not going to allow workers to be exploited by heartless, greedy empl...

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    Vince Ross Village Square given FPUD's community service discount

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Mar 10, 2021

    The Fallbrook Village Association will be receiving a Community Service Water Usage customer discount for Vince Ross Village Square water purchased from the Fallbrook Public Utility District. The FPUD board voted 5-0, Feb. 22, to approve the Community Service Water Usage customer rate for Vince Ross Village Square, which is at the intersection of South Main Avenue and Alvarado Street. "Our board wanted to do this since it is a benefit to the community, helping to keep...

  • FPUD approves boom truck crane purchase

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Mar 10, 2021

    The Fallbrook Public Utility District will be acquiring a boom truck crane. A 5-0 FPUD board vote Feb. 22 approved the purchase of a boom truck crane from Velocity Truck Centers for the amount of $314,627.03. "The crane is critical to our work replacing valves throughout the district," said FPUD General Manager Jack Bebee. "It's a heavily used piece of equipment for us as far as the valve replacement program," Bebee said. "Replacing valves helps minimize pipeline breaks and disruptions in water service to our customers." In a...

  • Genealogical society announces monthly webinar

    Updated Mar 10, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Genealogical Society will host a webinar Saturday, March 13, about “Immigration Travel to America and Prussia Borders” from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The webinar will be hosted via Zoom, and the speaker for this lesson will be Toni Perrone. Perrone will give two different talks, “Journey to America” and “Prussia and Its Changing Borders.” To register for this webinar, visit Submitted by the San Diego Genealogical Society....

  • North County Veterans Stand Down takes place April 15-18

    Updated Mar 10, 2021

    VISTA – North County Veterans Stand Down is an annual four-day event that enables homeless veterans from across San Diego County to receive much-needed services in a safe, friendly, drug-free and secure environment. It is held at Green Oak Ranch in Vista every year. The next stand down event will be held Thursday, April 15 through Sunday, April 18 at 1237 Green Oak Ranch, Vista, CA 92081. COVID-19 protocols will be in place. For more information and to register, visit or call 866-535-2038. S...

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