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Articles from the June 18, 2017 edition


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  • Frederick Joseph Kruger

    Updated May 4, 2018

    Frederick Joseph Kruger was born Dec. 3, 1926, in his parents' apartment in the Inwood section of upper New York City and passed away June 1, 2017 at his home in Fallbrook, Calif. His father, Frederick John Kruger, was a welder and ironworker and his mother, Ruth Kruger, was from Kingston, Jamaica. Fred had an older brother, James, and an older sister, Amelia. Growing up in New York during the Depression, Fred attended Holy Cross Episcopal Church and was active in numerous spo...

  • Peter Particelli

    Updated May 4, 2018

    Peter Particelli of Fallbrook, Calif. peacefully passed away on June 7, 2017 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He was surrounded by his beloved wife of 40 years, Cynthia; his son Eric, daughter-in-law Carly, and granddaughters Blair and Hailey, at the time of his passing. Peter was born on September 10, 1937, to parents Peter and Lucy Particelli of Revere, Mass. He is survived by his Fallbrook family consisting of his wife, Cynthia Particelli; his children, E...

  • Sheriff's Log

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

    Address Date Description 1600 block Calmin Dr., Fallbrook, CA 92028 5/24/2017 Miscellaneous incidents 600 block E. Dougherty St., Fallbrook, CA 92028 5/28/2017 Willful cruelty to child 5200 block Mission Rd., Fallbrook, CA 92028 5/30/2017 Grand theft 400 block Alturas Rd., Fallbrook, CA 92028 5/30/2017 5150/Mental disorder 600 block De Luz Rd., Fallbrook, CA 92028 5/31/2017 Assault with a deadly weapon with force: possible great bodily injury 2400 block S. Stage Coach Ln., Fallbrook, CA 92028 5/31/2017 Grand theft 5000 block...

  • Valedictorian Lenaway cites beloved Cubs as example for success

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

    Fallbrook High Valedictorian Riley Lenaway is not only a math whiz, he is also a huge sports fan, specifically a big Cubs fan. His speech, at the June 7 graduation, compared the four years of high school to the Chicago Cubs' previous four seasons. He reminded everyone that the Cubs' record for the 2013 season was 66-94, and "only one player is still on the team's roster". The Cubs' record was 73-89 in 2014 as they built a foundation for the future. Six players from that team...

  • End of the year celebrations include 'Singing the Red, White and Blue' and Multicultural Festival

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

  • Prostitution: The 'Victimless Crime' and its effects on one local family

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

    This story is one of a series of stories and interviews relating to prostitution and it’s effects on the community and families. Is it a “victimless crime”? Or is it just the tip of the iceberg, leaving a string of destruction in its pathway? Many therapists define sexual addiction as obsessive behavior that puts marriage, family, career, health and personal safety in peril. We also will be examining in future stories sex trafficking, pornography and child prostitution and pornography. In some instances, like this one, the n...

  • Fallbrook ‘hams’ get ready for Field Day

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

    Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club (FARC) members and their fellow amateur radio operators (“hams”) from across the nation are getting ready for American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day, the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the U.S. and Canada. A 24-hour affair in which amateur radio operators set up temporary transmitting stations in public places, Field Day 2017 begins at 11 a.m. June 24 and concludes at 11 a.m. June 25. FARC members and other local hams wil...

  • Where are they now: small town girl grows up to be chamber CEO

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

    Lila MacDonald Special to the Village News I have always loved this town. I have been discovering its gifts since I was a child. My younger brother and I used to walk into town to get penny candy at the Westerner and chocolate malted crunch ice cream at Thrifty’s. My favorite treat was a pineapple sundae and the fried burritos at Richardson’s (now Pedro’s Tacos). We hung out at the Boys and Girls club in the summers and loved to explore all around Fallbrook! My mom opene...

  • Miss Fallbrook gives the village a friendly face

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

    This year's Miss Fallbrook has been very busy in the two months since she was crowned on April 9. Brianna Lehman and her court (First Princess Hayley Lawson and Second Princess Yvonne Damian) have attended the Avocado Festival, Spring Egg Hunt at the Fallbrook Community Center, Arts in the Park, the Fallbrook Car Club's Vintage Car Show, the VFW's Memorial Day ceremony and other local events, including numerous Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce functions. That schedule was on top...

  • Jazz & Wine Festival tickets available from FBA

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Beautification Alliance is pleased to have again been selected by The Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens as their charity for their signature Jazz & Wine Festivals summer events. As the charity partner, FBA has received one hundred $35 general admission tickets, which when sold we are able to retain all of the profits. Funds raised from the sale of these tickets will go directly to projects that beautify Fallbrook. FBA tickets are available for purchase at both the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce and M...

  • Skunks work for top players in the May Senior Challenge

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

    VISTA – At the Senior Challenge Cribbage Tournament May 25, two players both won six games with two skunks. Fallbrook’s Ed Wozniak took first place as his winning margin was larger than Oceanside’s Tom Waterbury. Rounding out the top four in the 51-player tournament, Ray Potwora pegging for Fallbrook took third with 6 wins and a skunk. In fourth place was Rich Leigh pegging for Fallbrook with 5 wins of which three were skunks. The next Senior Challenge Cribbage match will be Thursday, June 23, at the Vista Elks Lodge, 1947...

  • Real estate activity in North San Diego County remains strong heading into summer

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

    FALLBROOK – Homes entering escrow, a barometer of future activity, showed marked improvement in May, foretelling a continued strong summer selling season for North San Diego County real estate, Jerry Kalman, a Realtor with HomeSmart Legends, reported June 6. In May, 91 homes came off the market, bringing the number of homes in escrow to 126. The average price of homes off the market rose to $676,000. Reflecting strong future activity, the time on the market for those e...

  • Vail Lake calm as activity stirs at water district headquarters

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

    Vail Lake’s surface and shoreline are still these days, silenced by a low water level and storm damage that has restricted boat and vehicle access. In contrast, lake issues are churning in the offices at the Temecula-area water district that spent $49.6 million nearly three years ago to buy 7,904 acres that encircle the reservoir and regional recreation magnet. Rancho California Water District officials are busy charting the future of the lake, the nearly 70-year-old dam t...

  • 31-year-old Pauma Valley man shot to death identified

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

    PAUMA VALLEY - The 31-year-old Pauma Valley man who was shot to death in front of a local taco shop was identified today by San Diego County Sheriff's homicide detectives. Raymond Esparza was gunned down at 9:41 p.m. Friday in front of Jilberto's at 17128 state Route 76, according to sheriff's Lt. Kenneth Nelson. Arriving deputies found a man with apparent gunshot wounds lying in the parking lot, Nelson said. "The San Diego County Medical Examiner's office has completed the autopsy related to this investigation.'' Nelson...

  • 3.5 quake felt in greater Fallbrook area

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

    At 8:15 this morning, according the the US geological Center reported a 3.5 earthquake with the epicenter 5 miles SSW of Idyllwild and 10 miles NNW of Anza. No reports of damage have been reported....

  • Death of local teen drives father to share heartbreaking story

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

    The tragic death of a teen from Murrieta Mesa High School in May is bringing the risk of anxiety medications to the forefront with many parents throughout southwest Riverside County. Alexis Madeline Doss took an entire bottle of anxiety medication prescribed to her by her doctor, ultimately ending her own life May 15. “I don’t believe she had this planned. I believe her mind was completely overwhelmed by that medication much like she was a week or so prior when she cried for...

  • Volleyball camp registration is open

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

    FALLBROOK – Chippewa Volleyball Camp will be offered July 17-20, 9 a.m. to noon, at Fallbrook High School. The camp is open to all incoming 5th through 9th grade boys and girls of all skill levels. This fun annual volleyball camp is being offered again by the Fallbrook Volleyball Boosters Club to enhance the participants' individual skills and to teach critical techniques and teamwork. The camp is led by the Fallbrook High School Warrior coaching staff with assistance from their varsity volleyball players. Registration is $...

  • Warriors softball team meets improvement goals

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

    The 7-17 overall record and 1-7 Valley League mark for Fallbrook High School's softball team might not look impressive, but Fallbrook coach Ken Pilbin considers the Warriors' season to be a success. "Our goals were to improve upon our season from last year with hopes of making the playoffs," Pilbin said. "We started off very strong at 7-7." Although the Warriors would lose their final 10 games of the season, in part due to strong competition and in part due to injuries, the seven wins exceeded Fallbrook's 2016 total when the...

  • Chalut, Ponce, Stites named to Valley League second team

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

    Fallbrook High School boys lacrosse players Nathan Chalut, Michael Ponce, and Hunter Stites were given second-team Valley League honors by the league's coaches. "Our players definitely earned them," said Fallbrook coach Brian Kimmell. "I'm real proud of those guys." The Warriors placed fourth among the five Valley League teams. Fallbrook and Sage Creek, which finished fifth, are in Division II for CIF playoff purposes. The three teams which finished ahead of the Warriors are in Division I. "There are a lot of really good...

  • Warrior spikers second in league, reach playoffs

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

    Last year Fallbrook High School’s boys volleyball team ended its season with a win. This year the Warriors’ final match was a loss but in the CIF Division III playoffs, which was Fallbrook’s first postseason appearance since 2008. “I was extremely proud of those boys because they fought all year,” Fallbrook coach Chip Patterson said. The 2008 team had an overall record of 15-7 including one Division I playoff win and one playoff loss. The 2017 squad finished with a 17-11 mark including the first-round playoff loss. This year...

  • Golfer Guy wins Valley League individual championship

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

    The North County Conference boys golf tournament was held May 3 at the St. Mark's Golf Club course in San Marcos and May 4 on the Twin Oaks course in San Marcos, and after 36 holes, Fallbrook senior Jake Guy and Valley Center senior Michael Cooper were tied for first among Valley League golfers with identical scores of 152. Since both Guy and Cooper qualified as individuals for the CIF tournament May 16 and May 18 at the Admiral Baker course in San Diego, a decision was made that the golfer with the lower score on the first...

  • Hoff, Gross honored for providing leadership to young baseball club

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

    Juniors Collin Hoff and Michael Gross were both honored with the Ultimate Warrior Award by the coaching staff of the Fallbrook High School baseball team for their leadership during a tough campaign. Hoff, a second team All Valley League selection, and Gross each enjoyed great moments during the season while helping a very young varsity team (seven freshmen were on the roster) compete against older rivals on a regular basis. As to be expected of a varsity team that would at times start five freshmen, the Warriors took some...

  • Cubs win AAA championship

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

    FALLBROOK – Coach John Collings and the Cubs AAA won their little league championship for 2017. Their last league game (round robin) was May 24. The Cubs won 17-4 versus the Dodgers, 16-11 vs. the Padres and 9-4 vs. the Angels. The players are Peyton Yang, Chris Flores, Grace Carsey, Kyle Collings, Kendahl Collings, Micah Walker, Chris Lomeli, Wyatt Fieri, Jaxson Jones, Adrian Suarez, Brody Puente and Kenneth Pacheco. They were coached by John Collings, Beau Carsey, Anthony F...

  • Fallbrook High JROTC fitness team places fifth in the nation

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

    FALLBROOK – The MCJROTC physical fitness team from Fallbrook High School placed fifth in the nation at the National Youth Physical Fitness Championships held May 19-20 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. The Fallbrook High squad had earned a trip to the national finals when it placed first in the Regional District 4 competition. Making its debut in the championships in its debut year, the Fallbrook team faced tough competition from schools that have been competing in t...

  • Klein drives for Camp Pendleton in Firefighter Demolition Derby

    Updated Jun 18, 2017

    Thomas Klein drove for the Camp Pendleton Fire Department in this year’s Firefighter Demolition Derby which took place June 3 and was part of the San Diego County Fair. “It was a good time,” Klein said. “I'm bummed that I didn’t get further along, but it was for fun.” In addition to allowing the drivers to enjoy themselves during the demolition derby, the Firefighter Demolition Derby also raises money for the Burn Institute. This year’s crashfest included 15 cars, and the fire departments combined raised more than $70,000....

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