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Articles from the April 15, 2021 edition

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  • CVS to host blood drive with San Diego Blood Bank

    Updated Apr 26, 2021

    FALLBROOK – CVS in Fallbrook is hosting a community blood drive in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank, Monday, April 19, from 1-6 p.m. The blood drive will take place in the parking lot at 1101 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook. The blood bank will conduct antibody testing of each donation, but it is not a diagnostic test. It will not detect active COVID-19 infections or recent exposure. For all COVID-19 blood donation restrictions related to symptoms and exposure, visit Anyone 17 a...

  • Rescuers Search For Baby Gray Whale Tangled In Fishing Lines

    City News Service|Updated Apr 20, 2021

    SAN CLEMENTE- Whale watchers up and down the coast of Southern California today were on the lookout for an entangled baby gray whale first spotted near the San Clemente Pier. Efforts to disentangle what appeared to be fishing lines wrapped around the calf's head were unsuccessful Monday as rescuers on an inflatable and two support boats attempted to pull off the lines with a telemetry buoy, said Justin Viezbicke of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The lines entangled on the baby's head ``just kept...

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    Find hiking adventures in Southwest Riverside County

    Tony Ault, Writer

    Southwest Riverside County area and its nearby San Bernardino National Forest San Jacinto Wilderness offer dozens of hiking trails for the whole family to enjoy at any time of the year. There are scenic trails, mountain trails, informative nature trails and so many others for everyone from the toddler (with help), senior citizens and even the handicapped to relax and enjoy. There are trails for the hardiest hiker to the first-timer. They are listed as "Easy," "Moderate," or...

  • Gary and Pam Willis and family

    Siblings find forever home in Menifee

    Diane A. Rhodes, Special to Village News

    The Brady Bunch has nothing on the Willis family of Menifee. After raising five biological children, Gary and Pam Willis made the selfless decision to adopt seven siblings who were orphaned in 2018. Now with an even dozen children, the Willises said they are enjoying their second pass at parenting. "We started fostering children in 2013 through California Family Life Center in the San Jacinto Valley," Pam Willis said. "We have had at least two or three kiddos at a time pretty...

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    Banners celebrate 2021 graduates

    Bonsall High School is conducting an Adopt a Senior fundraiser to help this year's seniors celebrate their upcoming graduation. The staff plans to provide gifts to each graduating senior including yard signs, BHS T-shirts, Amazon gift cards and gift certificates to local businesses. As funds are raised, a banner for each student will be hung on the fence outside the school office. To donate, visit and go to the Adopt a Senior link at the far...

  • Dispensary

    Marijuana dispensary shut down in Fallbrook

    Christal Gaines-Emory, Writer

    The San Diego County Sheriff's Department conducted a raid Thursday, April 1, at an illegal dispensary on East Mission Road, resulting in three arrests. The establishment was selling marijuana and products containing marijuana without a license. In the past three years, there have been three large raids on illegal marijuana dispensaries in Fallbrook and Bonsall. There were eight deputies who participated in the latest raid, including Deputy Ethan Miedecke. Miedecke has been...

  • Diane Summer and Ilsa Garza-Gonzalez

    Notice of Intention to Recall paperwork filed against FUHSD board president

    Village News staff

    On Tuesday, April 6, a group of parents and community members filed a Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition against Diane Summers, the president of the Fallbrook Unified High School District Board of Trustees. According to a press release, the parents stated that they "came together under a common goal to ensure that anyone elected to the board of trustees followed the bylaws and fulfilled their obligation to the students." Summers has 10 days to respond to the...

  • Roses are blooming but watch out for fungi

    Frank Brines ARS Master Consulting Rosarian, Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 14, 2021

    Many gardeners are having – or are about to have – their first flush of blooms. Climate change is influencing the weather and effecting the accustomed pruning schedule. The erratic temperatures also have a bearing on the growth of the plants. Roses didn't stop growing this past winter. I was one of those gardeners who pruned later than I had hoped. Even so, I have buds opening on the bushes that were pruned on schedule. Now the conditions for fungi are present, and rust and/or mildew which will need control with fun...

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    Keep mosquitoes out of your backyard oasis

    Updated Apr 14, 2021

    FALLBROOK – The value of a retreat-like backyard was never more apparent than in 2020. Over the last year-plus, much of the world has been spending time at home as the coronavirus pandemic. People have looked for a respite from the pandemic, and many turned their attention to their own backyards to provide such an escape. The online home remodeling platform Houzz reported a 58% annual increase in project leads for home professionals in June 2020. Contractors who specialize i...

  • Earth Week cleanup aims to double its impact in San Diego County

    Updated Apr 14, 2021

    SAN DIEGO COUNTY – After its postponement and production of a smaller cleanup in 2020 due to COVID-19, I Love A Clean San Diego County returns its Creek to Bay Cleanup to its traditional annual date during Earth Week Saturday, April 24. This year’s environmental event will operate under the decentralized, socially distanced model introduced last year where volunteers clean up close to their homes. Organizers aim to double the event’s litter removal impact by issuing a 30,000-pound, one-day challenge to all participants. This...

  • $2.2 million in MWD overcharges returned to Fallbrook and Rainbow water agencies

    Updated Apr 14, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Water Authority has distributed $44.4 million to its 24 member agencies, including more than $900,000 to the Fallbrook Public Utility District and more than $1.3 million to the Rainbow Municipal Water District. The money was returned to the Water Authority by the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to pay legal damages and interest. The $44.4 million has been returned to member agencies in proportion to their payments between 2011-2014. The Water Authority d...

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    Wedges, Wine & Whiskey is a huge hit for the Boys & Girls Club

    Updated Apr 14, 2021

    FALLBROOK – The Boys & Girls Clubs of North County raised over $120,000 with their Wedges, Wine & Whiskey event that took place April 9-10. This special two-day event included an Around the World in 18 Holes golf tournament that sold out within days of tickets going on sale. One-hundred-twenty golfers flooded the Golf Club of California to show their support for our local youth. The Del Rey Avocado foursome, led by Donny Lucy came in first place at the event with a score of 55...

  • Theater Talk

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated Apr 14, 2021

    It’s a star-studded performance by the charismatic Chester Gregory. Who? You ask? If talent alone were reason to shine, Gregory’s star would be a supernova. He is not only handsome, and oh, so charming, he radiates sexuality and magnetism. For the past 20 years, Broadway has kept him a secret. First appearing in “Hairspray” followed by “Dreamgirls” then “The Musical: Motown,” and the “Jackie Wilson Story,” Gregory is an undiscovered musical legend. His talent belongs to t...

  • CTK King's Players announce auditions for Bye Bye Birdie

    Updated Apr 14, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Christ the King Lutheran Church's King's Players are excited to announce auditions for the Youth Performance Edition of "Bye Bye Birdie" on May 3, from 6-8 p.m., at Christ the King, 1620 S. Stage Coach Lane. Actors ages 8-18 are invited to audition. To audition, performers must memorize and sing a one minute song with karaoke type accompaniment. This show needs at least three strong male performers, three strong female performers and several supporting and ensemble roles. "Bye Bye Birdie" is a fun romp into the 1...

  • Erin Eulberg

    Vallecitos Vikings wear donated custom face masks

    Updated Apr 14, 2021

    RAINBOW – Vallecitos Elementary School in Rainbow is a tight-knit group of faculty, staff, students, parents and guardians working together to engage and educate children from kindergarten through eighth grade. Over the course of the closures and changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the community began to feel increasingly disconnected and school spirit began to suffer. So, when an online-only teaching model gave way to a hybrid model, one teacher thought of a f...

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    Palomar's Governing Board resolves to support AB 927

    Updated Apr 14, 2021

    SAN MARCOS – The Palomar College Governing Board passed a resolution by unanimous vote at its April 6 meeting in support of California Assembly Bill 927, which would allow the college to provide targeted bachelor's degrees focused on workforce development. Introduced to the California Assembly, Feb. 17, by Assemblymember Jose Medina, D-Riverside, the bill is entitled, "Public postsecondary education: community colleges: statewide baccalaureate degree pilot program." Under t...

  • Help the children COVID-19 pushed even further behind

    Nancy L. Sasaki, Special to Village News|Updated Apr 14, 2021

    If 2020 has taught people anything, it’s that the most marginalized communities are not included in the American dream. The public health and economic crisis brought on by COVID-19, combined with the social justice movement sparked the George Floyd tragedy, have illuminated this truth. This past year, San Diego children whose families were already struggling have faced unprecedented challenges and have fallen further behind as the pandemic continues to impact their lives. It is a known fact that for children to succeed a...

  • SBA opens shuttered venue operators grants for applications

    Updated Apr 14, 2021

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration opened the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal,, Thursday, April 8, for operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums and movie theaters, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers and talent representatives to apply for critical economic relief, as those eligible entities are some of the first that had to shutter their doors a year ago in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

  • Onyx Paving given FPUD contract

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Apr 14, 2021

    While repairing leaks of Fallbrook Public Utility District facilities, FPUD staff temporarily patched 40 sites with cold mix asphalt. On March 22, FPUD’s board awarded Onyx Paving a contract for a one-time paving project to replace the cold mix patches with permanent hot mix paving. The 5-0 vote awarded Onyx Paving the contract for $77,120. “I’m excited to see this approach,” board member Charley Wolk said. “We have been evaluating small paving projects, as well as different contractor paving methods, to find the most cost...

  • The Mill and an assortment of businesses

    New communal space opens April 24

    Updated Apr 14, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Residents may have noticed a few changes happening at 838 E. Mission Road. Once an abandoned barn, the building has been transformed into a welcoming communal space called The Mill. The property will consist of Booze Brothers Brewing offering beer, wood-fired pizza and coffee as well as a retail shop called Shoppe Witty spearheaded by the ladies of Witty Rentals. The Mill will have its soft opening Saturday, April 24 from 12-9 p.m. and Sunday, April 25 12-8 p.m. T...

  • Division Chief McReynolds selected into 2021 Fire Service Executive Development Institute

    Updated Apr 14, 2021

    FALLBROOK – The International Association of Fire Chiefs announced that Division Chief Keith McReynolds of the North County Fire Protection District has been accepted into the Fire Service Executive Development Institute. McReynolds competed with new fire chiefs and chief officers from across the country and Canada to become a member of the 2021 cohort program. McReynolds has been with North County Fire for 27 years serving as a reserve firefighter, firefighter/paramedic, fire captain, battalion chief, administrative b...

  • Lady Warriors

    Lady Warriors take on the Firebirds

    Updated Apr 14, 2021

    Fallbrook's Zoe Vejar defends against Del Lago during the varsity girls lacrosse game, April 9. The Lady Warriors lost the game 6-7 in overtime....

  • FUESD board to meet April 19

    Updated Apr 14, 2021

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District governing board will meet Monday, April 19, at 6 p.m. Meeting agendas and login information can be found at All parents and community members are encouraged to attend the meeting virtually. Submitted by FUESD Superintendent, Dr. Candace Singh....

  • North County Veterans Stand Down postponed

    Updated Apr 14, 2021

    VISTA – North County Veterans Stand Down, 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, has been rescheduled for Sept. 16-19. As of April 1, there were 86 veterans and 30 family members registered for Stand Down, April 15-18. According to Matt Foster, president and chair, previous veteran guests were not willing to attend for various reasons, including the following: fear of losing their location to a...

  • Rebecca Sweet

    Garden club program to discuss refreshing home gardens

    Updated Apr 14, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Rebecca Sweet will be the guest speaker at the Fallbrook Garden Club general meeting Tuesday, April 27. As a landscape designer, author and lifelong gardener, she will talk about simple strategies to wake a weary garden this spring. Sweet's approach is to explain and simplify traditional design concepts for home gardens of all levels. Her gardens have been featured in Sunset Fine Gardening, Woman's Day and American Gardener, and she appeared as a guest on the c...

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