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  • Parents should decide

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Jul 23, 2021

    Last week, the State of California Department of Public Health released new guidance stating the mandate will continue for all students in California to wear masks for in-person schooling. This came the same day the federal government (Center for Disease Control) released new guidelines saying vaccinated students and teachers no longer need to wear masks in the classrooms. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve heard ‘follow the science,’ but now the state has decided to not follo...

  • Warriors end boys water polo season 13-4 after quarterfinals loss

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter A June 10 loss in the CIF Division II quarterfinals ended the 2020-21 Fallbrook High School boys water polo season and gave the Warriors a final season record of 13-4. "It was a great season," said Fallbrook coach Bill Richardson. The Warriors were 4-1 in league play and 4-0 entering the June 2 game at Mount Carmel, who was also 4-0 at that point. Mount Carmel had a 7-5 halftime lead and won the 13-11 game. "I felt like it was definitely a game we could have won," Richardson said. Richardson...

  • FUHSD increases education requirement for athletic trainer

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Fallbrook Union High School District increased the education requirement for the district's athletic trainer position. Previously the athletic trainer only needed a bachelor's degree, and the equivalent of an associate's degree with courses could substitute for experience with the prevention and care of athletic injuries and some experience working with physical education and athletic equipment. The 5-0 FUHSD vote July 12 now requires the athletic trainer to have a master's degree, and...

  • Kurnik named Valley League player of the year

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Valley League girls basketball coaches selected Fallbrook High School junior Naiya Kurnik as the league's player of the year, and all five of Fallbrook's starters were given all-league designation. Kurnik was joined on the first team by Juliana Blas. Elley Ahrend was placed on the second team. Claire Nordeen and Liz Villigran received honorable mention accolades. "I thought that all five of my starters should have been first team or second team," said Fallbrook coach Trae Harrison. "We...

  • Warriors salvage fourth place in baseball standings

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Fallbrook High School's baseball team began 2021 Valley League play with nine consecutive league losses, but the Warriors won four of their final six games to finish fourth among the six teams in the final standings. The Warriors' 4-11 league record was part of a 6-20 overall season mark. Prior to the final six games, the team had a 2-18 season record. "I'm not disappointed at all with this young group because we were starting from the beginning," said Fallbrook High Coach Patrick Walker....

  • Sales in first art exhibit Saturday

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News Fallbrook's Chase Sales will experience his first art exhibit on Saturday, July 24, in Oceanside, chosen as one of two featured artists from 20 adult artists. "Chase has only been taking art lessons since November 2020 when we discovered that he has a unique talent," said his father, Carlos Sales. "Chase, 23, has Down Syndrome and doesn't use many words, so this is a wonderful gift for him to be able to express himself." Chase Sales...

  • "Black Widow"

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    Bob Garver After more than two years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is back on the big screen! Due to the pandemic, the MCU’s poor fans have had to spend the last six months sustaining themselves merely on the three streaming series that have brought the entire medium to new heights. But now it’s time to start blowing up the box office again. A mere two weeks after 2021 delivered its biggest hit yet with “F9: The Fast Saga,” the bar is being raised once again by arguably the biggest franchise in cinematic history. The fil...

  • Ramona Country Fair celebrates 50 years of old-fashioned fun

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    Regina Elling Special to Village News Known as the “Best Days of Summer,” the Ramona Country Fair is an event for those looking for a real, old-fashioned country fair. And the celebration promises to be extra special – the fair is celebrating its 50th year. The Ramona Chamber of Commerce is presenting the Ramona Country Fair from Friday, July 30 to Sunday, Aug. 1. “The Ramona Country Fair is an old-fashioned country fair showcasing the best Ramona has to offer,” said Stephanie Macdonald, Ramona Chamber member and Ramona Co...

  • Fallbrook Branch of AAUW installs new board

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    FALLBROOK – American Association of University Women installed their new officers at their general meeting June 5, at the Hilltop Center. The Association's mission statement is "Young women with dreams become women with vision." Some of its activities include a mentorship program in cooperation with Fallbrook High School, sponsorship of an annual STEM summer camp for girls in junior high and a college scholarship program. This year, AAUW Fallbrook was able to offer over $...

  • Girl Scouts "bridge" to adulthood

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    Christal Gaines-Emory Writer On June 29, Girl Scouts Grace Bell, Veronica Romero, Carley Jones, and Jenna Jedlicki from Troop 4042 walked across the historic San Luis Rey Bridge, symbolizing their growth and transformation into adults. For Girl Scouts, this process is called "bridging" and it is an important step in growing up and moving forward. Bridging occurs at every level of Girl Scouts. Some Girl Scouts begin as Daisies, then bridge to Brownies, and Brownies bridge to...

  • California's new virus rules for public schools

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    The Associated Press The California Department of Public Health has updated its coronavirus rules for public schools. The new rules apply recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with some modifications. MASKS STILL REQUIRED, BUT NOT DISTANCING All teachers and students must wear masks while indoors. But they don’t have to stay at least 3 feet (0.9 meters) away from each other. The rules’ stated goal is to make sure as many students can attend full-time, in-person instruction as possible. Sta...

  • Michalke raises FFA grand champion/supreme reserve champion lamb

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Taylor Michalke showed five animals at this year's San Diego County Fair including a lamb which won Future Farmers of America grand champion and supreme reserve champion honors and dairy goats which won junior champion and junior reserve champion awards. "I'm just very happy that they had a fair this year," Michalke said. "This is my best one yet." Michalke, who completed 10th grade at Fallbrook High School in June, is a member of Fallbrook's...

  • Students at D'Vine Path receive specialized culinary development training

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    FALLBROOK – In preparation for the Farm-to-Table event that will take place in the fall, D'Vine Path has begun a new culinary development curriculum with the help of Chef Bruce Knight and Farm-to-Table connoisseur Sonia Perez. The culinary development curriculum will continue for three months, and the goal is to help the students to expand their knowledge in the culinary field to better prepare them for the Farm-to-Table event. Knight began teaching the students at D'Vine Path...

  • Reservations open for State of the Chamber Dinner

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Reservations are being taken for the annual State of the Chamber Dinner, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 15 at Pala Mesa Resort at Cliff Terrace. “Spotlight on Supporting Local” is the theme of the evening, which will showcase many nonprofit chamber members in booths filled with displays and valuable information. Chamber member nonprofits are encouraged to participate but space is limited, so they should contact the chamber office to register for a booth soon. Attendees will enjoy a delicious meal, listen to chamb...

  • FUHSD commits $78,615 annually for new attendance supervisor position

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Fallbrook Union High School District created a new supervisor of attendance position. The estimated annual cost of that position is $78,615 consisting of $49,563 for salary and $29,052 for benefits. The position was created on a 5-0 FUHSD board vote July 12. The supervisor of attendance will be responsible for outreach efforts to students with chronic and excessive absences from school and to the students' parents or legal guardians. He or she will identify and investigate chronic attendan...

  • Site managers needed for in-person voting locations

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    Tracy DeFore County of San Diego Communications Office The Registrar of Voters is seeking temporary site managers to operate an assigned in-person voting location for the Sept. 14 California Gubernatorial Recall Election. Site managers earn $20 per hour and work approximately 125 hours over a five-week period. For the upcoming election, in-person voting locations will be open for four days instead of one. The Registrar’s office will hire election workers rather than use volunteer poll workers because training is more e...

  • What am I missing?

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    I must be missing something. You see, I had a request for a receipt of an old purchase. Since I am good at documentation, I retrieved the receipt immediately. Challenge: It was printed with disappearing ink and I lost out. Why do businesses use that paper that will allow the ink to disappear? For me, this means scanning that receipt now which is equivalent to doing their job. No thanks, I have a job. So, this leaves me with a few thoughts: 1) Ask for a different receipt, 2) Try to not think the business is shady, else why...

  • Re: 'High School recall group offers to pick up signatures' [Village News, 7/8/21]

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    As I have written before regarding the recall of FUHSD Board President, I find it appalling that this group wishes to have the district use even more funds to recall one board member, when there are five, especially since the claim is that the district will be operating in a deficit for the 2022-2023 school year. As far as the claim of grades plummeting and mental health issues, we are coming out of a pandemic. Poor grades and mental health are a problem at every single school. As far as 88% not meeting state standards in...

  • Study finds economic prosperity is associated with a cleaner environment

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    Ethan Yang Special to Village News The climate activist and Time Magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year Greta Thunberg made the following remark at the 2019 U.N. Climate Action Summit, "You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet, I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!" Thunberg’s remarks are riddl...

  • Fallbrook missionary talks to women in Malawi church

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    Christina Metzler Miller “You knit me together in my mother’s womb” I begin, reading from Psalm 139. “Munandiumba ndisanadwe ine,” Thoko Nzunga reads from the Chichewa Bible. Her version translates closer to “You knew me before I was born,” which is no surprise, considering that Chichewa words for reproductive organs are considered so vulgar that Christians should never say them. More than 60 school-aged young women and 40 married ladies filled the church. I know that talking about women’s health is taboo in many villages,...

  • Broadband internet for unserved rural areas

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th Assembly District Access to the internet has become a critical part of everyday life, something many Californians take for granted. But usable broadband service has been unavailable for many. Over 670,000 Californians do not have access to a high-speed broadband connection, including 30% of rural households and 24% of homes located on tribal lands. My district is one of those. That’s why my caucus and I have long supported efforts to close the digital divide statewide. I’m happy to rep...

  • San Diego County must not suffer if Fallbrook and Rainbow leave water authority

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    Keith Lewinger and Mel Katz With nearly 100 years of combined experience working on important regional issues across San Diego County, we wanted to share some observations about a proposal currently pending among our region’s water providers. The Fallbrook Public Utility District and Rainbow Municipal Water District have filed applications to leave the San Diego County Water Authority and instead get their water from an agency in Riverside County. First and foremost, this is a regional decision that has regional i...

  • Today's Democratic Party ~ Part Two ~ their shared values?

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    For the last several decades, most Americans have been busy living their lives embracing the expectations of our traditional values derived from our love of God, country, and family. These traditional axioms have been the impetus that has united and inspired Americans irrespective of our ethnic, religious, or political backgrounds. But today’s Democratic Party openly expresses their hatred and contempt for our shared traditional values. These emblematic values trace our heritage and shape and retrace our collective story a...

  • Re: 'Critical Race Theory - What's the big deal and 'Woke Foundations' [Village News, Benson letter, 7/15/21]

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    For brevity, I will refer to the author of the subject letter as “you.” You should know by now that just because you say something is true doesn’t make it so. You make a number of allegations but provide no evidence. I provide citations for my allegations: you provide none. I do not accept Rufo’s definition of CRT. According to Rufo, any mention of racism is CRT. I will not accept that. CRT has already been defined. You ask: “Please explain to me why so many people, including now informed parents, are against these racist te...

  • Re: 'Large crowd learns about detachment plans' [Village News, 7/15/21]

    Updated Jul 21, 2021

    I was pleased to read the front page article in the July 15 edition of the Village News regarding the large turnout to the town hall meeting held July 7 to discuss the proposed detachment plans for the Rainbow Municipal Water District to change water suppliers and save ratepayers an estimated $7 - $10 a year. The process is slow moving, but it is moving. I was dismayed to receive a Notice of Public Hearing from the Rainbow Water District the same day proposing massive rate increases effective Sept 1, 2021 and every July 1...

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