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Articles from the March 18, 2016 edition


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  • Gaige earns degree from WGU

    Updated Mar 18, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY – Jessica Gaige of Fallbrook has received her master of arts in teaching in elementary education (K-8) from Western Governors University(WGU). The nonprofit, online university held its 30th semi-annual commencement ceremony in Orlando on Feb. 6 and celebrated the graduation of more than 7,300 graduates. Established in 1997 by a bipartisan group of U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, WGU is the pioneer and leader in competency-based edu...

  • Carnival raises funds for local boy's family

    Updated Mar 18, 2016

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  • "Barkly" will appear at Bark in the Park March 19

    Updated Mar 18, 2016

    FALLBROOK – A handsome dog named "Barkly" has been named the Live Oak Dog Park mascot and he will appear at the upcoming Bark in the Park fundraising event at the park on Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bark in the Park, held at historic Live Oak Park, is the major annual fundraiser benefiting the maintenance cost of the Live Oak Dog Park that opened in May 2015. The off-leash area is located at the corner of Reche and Gird Roads, across the street from the e...

  • FPUD approves elections by territorial unit; To pay $120,000 settlement to MALDEF

    Updated Mar 18, 2016

    The Fallbrook Public Utility District (FPUD) will be electing its board members by territorial units in the future. A 5-0 FPUD board vote March 7 approved a resolution to change the method of election from at large to by division while also creating a map for the five divisions. The first voting by division will be for the three seats up for election in 2016. "That resolution and map have been forwarded to the Registrar of Voters," said FPUD general manager Brian Brady. The FPUD board also discussed the proposed change to...

  • FUHSD approves teacher retirement incentive plan

    Updated Mar 18, 2016

    The Fallbrook Union High School District (FUHSD) board of trustees approved a retirement incentive plan for senior teachers to take advantage of in both the current 2015-2016 school year and the following 2016-2017 school year. Information about the plan was distributed to certificated staff on March 2, and the board approved the plan on March 7. According to the plan breakdown provided to the March 7 board meeting, people that wish to retire or resign by June 30, 2016 will receive a $30,000 lump sum contribution to a...

  • Bonsall woman makes a difference by volunteering

    Updated Mar 18, 2016

    BONSALL – Eight hours a day, five days a week, Bonsall resident Carol Curtis can be found at REINS Therapeutic Horseback Riding program, smiling and working hard. In addition, she volunteers weekly as a teacher’s assistant at Jeremiah’s Ranch College of Adaptive Education in Fallbrook. Curtis started riding horses at REINS as a student in January of 2008 and began her volunteer work there in January 2011. As a volunteer, Curtis helps care for the equine therapists and lead...

  • Fallbrook Woman’s Club honors its own

    Updated Mar 18, 2016

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Woman’s Club celebrated its annual 'Honoring Our Own' celebration at its general meeting on March 8. Co-presidents Diane Jansen and Sue Colby named Roxann Clouse as Woman of the Year for her untiring work in the kitchen and other contributions to the club. The Volunteer of the Year was Lee Johnson who was responsible for both of the Mah Jongg tournaments and many other projects. A story written by Betty Gilby about the time she joined the US Army in 194...

  • Fallbrook High School Drama Club to present "13" – a new musical

    Updated Mar 18, 2016

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook High School Drama Club is presenting the only Broadway musical in history made up entirely of teenagers in three performances March 17 through 19. The production "13" will be under the organization of Fallbrook High School music director Heather Smith, who currently oversees all three of the high school's choirs. Award-winning actress Amanda Frawley will be the guest artistic director, bringing years of professional performance to the Bob Burton s...

  • Duffy wins Fallbrook Avocado Cribbage tournament

    Updated Mar 18, 2016

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Senior Center hosted the 15th annual Fallbrook Avocado Cribbage tournament on Feb. 27. The 74-player tournament was won by Temecula resident Mike Duffy (formerly of Fallbrook). Duffy defeated Tom Cookman of Eureka, three games to one. North County players in the playoffs included Jean Cunningham, Oceanside; Kathryn Justyn, Deb Beddoe, and Sharon Fly, all from Carlsbad. The 34-player consolation tournament was won by Paulette Gagnon of San Diego. G...

  • Top producers at CR Properties are local favorites

    Updated Mar 18, 2016

    FALLBROOK – One of downtown Fallbrook's emerging local real estate offices recently announced its Top Producer and Most Improved Productivity awards. CR Properties Real Estate Services has recognized Teri King as Top Producer 2015, and Mary Martin, as Most Improved Productivity 2015, for being a large part of the office‘s production, far surpassing the previous year’s production. According to CR Properties, King and her business partner, Jane Kepley, have become local favor...

  • Coldwell Banker Village Properties recognizes top agents

    Updated Mar 18, 2016

  • Sheriff's Log

    Updated Mar 18, 2016

    Feb. 16 200 block Mission Rd. Get credit w/other's ID Feb. 25 700 block Palomino Rd. 5150/Mental disorder March 2 1900 block E. Alvarado St. Vandalism March 4 300 block E. Alvarado St. Missing adult March 5 200 block Almond St. Willful cruelty to a child w/injuries March 6 2600 block Daisy Ln. Arrest: Vehicle burglary; get credit w/other's ID March 7 100 block Ammunition Rd. Arrest: Carry concealed dirk/dagger 300 block E. Fallbrook St. Residential burglary; stolen vehicle 600 block Norwynn Ln. suspicious circumstance 5200...

  • Supervisor Bill Horn gives 2016 'State of North County' address

    Updated Mar 18, 2016

    VISTA – San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn talked about a strong and prosperous North County during his 17th annual State of the North County Address in Vista on March 8. Supervisor Horn pointed to the County's triple, Triple-A credit rating as the solid foundation for recovery after the recent recession. "The economy is healthy and growing, new businesses are thriving, fresh jobs and opportunities are out there, " said Horn. "This is an exciting time of possibilities f...

  • Megan Gamble named FLC 'Volunteer of the Year'

    Updated Mar 18, 2016

    FALLBROOK – When Megan Gamble was named the Fallbrook Land Conservancy’s (FLC) 'Volunteer of the Year' for 2015, no one was more delighted, and surprised, than she. "It meant more to me than I thought it would," said Gamble, a founding member of the FLC who served 20 consecutive years on its board of directors. Perhaps best known as the colorful emcee of Stagecoach Sunday, the organization’s annual benefit since 1990, Gamble has also volunteered over the years as its membe...

  • Louise Mae Rauton

    Updated Mar 18, 2016

    Louise Mae Rauton, 84, of Fallbrook, passed away on March 8, 2016. She was born in Ironwood, Mich. on May 30, 1931. In 1962, she and her husband, Edgar, left Michigan with their six children to find a better life in California. Louise worked as the controller for the Amfac Hines Nursery for 20+ years until her retirement. She was the music director for the Rainbow Church for 19 years. Her family, her faith, music, and the ocean were her passions in life. Louise is survived by her husband, Edgar; five of her six children; 12...

  • Local baseball players will go to Petco

    Updated Mar 18, 2016

    SAN DIEGO – On April 9, at 1 p.m., a few high school baseball players that live in the Fallbrook/Bonsall area will have an opportunity to step onto a Major League field and play each other in a game at Petco Park. It will officially be the first Valley League game of the season. Some of the residents attend Mission Vista High School and others attend Fallbrook High School. Local residents that will play in the game on the Mission Vista varsity team are senior Sam Stofko, a...

  • WOW helps seniors prepare for hospital discharge

    Updated Mar 18, 2016

    A bigger crowd than usual attended the March 3 Woman of Wellness (WOW) event to hear the presentation on "Things You Don't Know That You Need to Know About Hospital Discharge and Homecare". Speaker Colleen Van Horn, RN, BSN, PHN, CCM, and owner of Innovative Healthcare Consultants, spoke from her experience as a nurse (coming to Fallbrook in the mid-70s to work at Fallbrook Hospital) and, subsequently, a geriatric care manager. Geriatric care takes a client-centered approach,...

  • Fallbrook Garden Club celebrates 85 years at March 29 meeting

    Updated Mar 18, 2016

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Garden Club, Inc. was started March 26, 1931 with 14 members and dues of 5¢ per meeting. It was one of 23 original members of the garden club federation in California. Six of the charter member clubs (including Fallbrook Garden Club) remain active in California Garden Clubs, Inc. (CGCI). Their community projects include collecting pocket change for Penny Pines which began in the 1950s for restoration work in Cleveland National Forest, San Diego County...

  • Warriors work on skills after meet cancelled

    Updated Mar 18, 2016

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  • VFW to hold spaghetti fundraiser March 23

    Updated Mar 18, 2016

    FALLBROOK – On Wednesday evening, March 23, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., a spaghetti dinner will be offered as a fundraiser at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1924, 1175 Old Stage Rd., Fallbrook. The event will also include a live band and mark the last night at the post for Ret. Col. Rufus Bowers. During the festivities, a raffle (50/50) will be held with proceeds benefiting the post's Wounded Warrior Fund. For more information, call (760) 728-8784....

  • Parkinson’s Support Group to share tips and concerns 

    Updated Mar 18, 2016

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Parkinson’s Support group will hold its monthly meeting, Friday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. The meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1620 S. Stage Coach Lane. The meetings are held the fourth Friday of each month. In lieu of a program this month, they will have an expanded time of sharing tips and concerns, as a follow-up to last month's questions and discussions that were raised. This will be followed by a time of refreshments and social time. For mor...