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Articles from the August 25, 2022 edition


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  • We have water, let's use it!

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District California is once again in a serious drought, the second in a decade. This is a recurring problem in the arid West, but even in dry periods, we should have enough water to meet our needs. Voters understood that in 2014 when they approved a $7.5 billion water bond, which included $2.7 billion to fund construction of new dams and reservoirs. Unfortunately, few projects are underway, or even in the planning stage. Our largest dams and reservoirs were built before 1979, most between...

  • Increased social and community connections are important for health 

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    Dr. Rhonda L. Randall Special to Village News We are all wired for emotional connection and that doesn’t stop when we retire. In my experience as a geriatrician, older adults who have family or a strong support network by their side are more likely to remain living in their homes longer, get the care they need and have better health outcomes. Unfortunately, older adults who are more isolated with less of a social support system, experience more challenges and often don’t receive important care. Through my practice, I lea...

  • Fumbles cost Warriors in football season opener

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    Fallbrook High School’s football team opened the Warriors’ 2022 season Aug. 19 at University City High School, but five Fallbrook fumbles contributed to a 14-7 Centurions victory. “We definitely had our opportunities to win. We put the ball on the ground five times, which hurt us a bunch,” said Fallbrook head coach Ross Johnson. Fallbrook and University City both moved up a playoff division from 2021. Last year, the Warriors lost in the CIF Division V semifinals, and Fallbrook is now a Division IV team. University City’s...

  • Turnout provides good start to Warriors' girls volleyball season

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter After some girls had left Fallbrook High School’s girls volleyball team during the 2021 season Fallbrook athletic director Patrick Walker brought back Chip Patterson as the Warriors’ head coach. The team reached the CIF Division III final and lost in the first round of the CIF state playoffs to conclude the season with a 21-13 record. The volleyball team had a different type of player problem this year when Patterson was forced to trim the varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen rosters. “We...

  • Fallbrook Girls Softball fall registration is now open

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    FALLBROOK – Families can now register for Fallbrook Girls Softball online at www.FallbrookGirlsSoftball.com or register in person this Saturday, Aug. 27 between 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk up registration will take place at Ingold Sports Park, 2551 Olive Hill Road. This is the last registration before the season starts Sept. 6. Age divisions range from 3-14 years old. Lil Rookies and 6U will only have practices at Ingold while ages 8U-14U will play Sunday games in neighboring No...

  • Liberty Forever wins as also eligible

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Perhaps the biggest challenge for San Luis Rey Training Center gelding Liberty Forever winning the third race Aug. 18 at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club was being entered in the race. In horse racing, "also eligible" is the term used for an alternate who can be in the race if one of the horses in a full field is scratched. When Silent Heat was scratched for veterinary reasons, Liberty Forever gained entry into the five-furlong race for California...

  • Western fires outpace California effort to fill inmate crews

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - As wildfires rage across California each year, exhausted firefighters call for reinforcements from wherever they can get them - even as far as Australia. Yet one homegrown resource is rarely used: thousands of experienced firefighters who earned their chops in prison. Two state programs designed to get more former inmate firefighters hired professionally have barely made a dent, according to an Associated Press review,...

  • Operation Cross County Recovers Trafficking Victim

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    Village News Staff While the FBI leadership nationally is in the news and faces continued scrutiny for the politicization of the bureau, the rank and file continue to work with their state and local partners to fight child and human trafficking. During two weeks in August, the FBI identified and located 84 minor victims of child sex trafficking and child sexual exploitation offenses and located 37 actively missing children during a nationwide enforcement campaign, dubbed “Operation Cross Country.” This included 26 adult and...

  • Lyle Everett Young

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    Lyle Everett Young, of Monterey, California, passed away July 18, 2022, at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. He was 93 years old. Born in Oregon on June 26, 1929, to parents Raymond Young and Maude Mohler Young, he was the youngest of three siblings. Lyle graduated from high school and signed up for military service in the Air Force for three years. As his release date drew near, America was at war and he was denied release, staying in the Air Force three more...

  • Algae bloom prompts 'no swimming' alert at Lake Elsinore

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    City News Service An algae bloom in Lake Elsinore prompted the city and state to suspend all recreational activity until further notice to minimize exposure to the green slime Friday, Aug. 19. According to the California Water Resources Control Board, the bloom appeared last week and poses a potential health threat to people and pets. "No swimming" signs have been posted around the water, with additional warnings not to let dogs drink from the lake or eat scum washing up on sh...

  • California desert parks work to repair flood damage

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    The Associated Press Timelines for repair of flash flood damage to roads in California's vast desert wilderness parks are being extended even as monsoonal rains cause new problems along with unseasonal plant and animal activity. Joshua Tree National Park was hit Tuesday, Aug. 16, by a massive rainstorm concentrated in the southern area of the park and road crews were working to assess and repair damage that closed several roads, a statement said Wednesday, Aug. 17. It was the...

  • DEA recognizes National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    WASHINGTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration recognized National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day Sunday, Aug. 21, by joining the many voices dedicated to educating the public on the serious dangers of fentanyl poisoning from fake pills and other illicit drugs. DEA supports the efforts of several organizations – including the Alexander Neville Foundation, Blue Plaid Society, Facing Fentanyl, Voices for Awareness, V.O.I.D., and others – to amplify nationwide efforts to increase awareness of the highly addictive and d...

  • Deputy DA Tafreshi to speak at anti-human trafficking collaborative meeting

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    VISTA – Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland will host the North County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative meeting Thursday, Sept. 1, 9 a.m., at United Methodist Church of Vista's Fellowship Hall at 490 S. Melrose Ave. The guest speaker is Deputy District Attorney Brooke Tafreshi, Community Partnership Prosecutor assigned to North County San Diego, who will speak about the new Family Justice Center, “One Safe Place,” that opened in San Marcos in July. The event is free to the public, and coffee and p...

  • TVGS Open House will be all about genealogy

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    TEMECULA – Temecula Valley Genealogical Society is pleased to announce two events at which the public is invited. First, on Saturday, Oct. 8, the TVGS will bring back its October Open House. During the pandemic, TVGS did not hold their annual Open House, so the Board of Directors is very excited and has begun preparations. This Open House is for anyone who loves family history and genealogy, who wants to learn more about finding their relatives or learn about lineage societies. Presenters will exhibit such topics as DNA, t...

  • New incentives for sheriff's employees

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    SAN DIEGO COUNTY – There has been no better time to work for or join the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. The Sheriff's Department recognizes that in today's environment, we need to be competitive in pay and hiring incentives. In collaboration with County Human Resources, we have studied the current marketplace and advocated for several compensation changes. These changes will cost the department approximately $11 million and will be allocated from the department's existing budget. We understand the importance of r...

  • '2022 Southwest Regional Economic Forecast' sees continued economic growth

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    Tony Ault Staff Writer The Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting presented their annual forecast for Southwest Riverside County on Aug. 18th. City officials, business owners and educators focused their attention first on video presentations from each of the five City Managers touting the successes of each of their cities, and then listened to a University of California, Riverside economic...

  • The TrueCare & Lennar Foundation Health Center at Casa de Amparo is now open

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    SAN MARCOS – Casa de Amparo, a leader in treating and preventing child abuse and neglect in San Diego County, in partnership with TrueCare, a non-profit community health center, and Lennar, one of the nation's leading homebuilders, announced the grand opening of the TrueCare & Lennar Foundation Health Center at Casa de Amparo at a ribbon cutting ceremony, Aug. 11. Situated on the site of Casa de Amparo's Casa Kids campus, the 600-square-foot health center serves the r...

  • Kicking It and getting old

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated Aug 24, 2022

    Here is the thing, you are old if you still clean your ears with a bobby pin. It’s not my fault. When I was a kid, my mother would press my head onto her lap, remove a bobby pin from her hair, and proceed to dig out the gobs of wax I’d collected since the last cleaning. It always felt good even while it tickled a bit. Naturally, I have been chastised repeatedly for my flagrant disregard for putting something so small into the ear canal. Even so, when there is an itch I gotta g...

  • Speaking out at forum worked

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    A few months ago there was an on-line forum sponsored by Supervisor Desmond's office providing an opportunity for Fallbrook residents to weigh in on the subject of law enforcement in our community. In addition to Supervisor Desmond, there were representatives from the San Diego District Attorney, San Diego County Sheriff, and California Highway Patrol. Some might be skeptical about the effectiveness of these sorts of activities and figure it matters not whether one participates. I participated and said I thought there was an...

  • 'Stunning' link between pfizer vaccine and myocarditis in teens, study shows

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    Editor’s Note: This week I wanted to address the studies that have been done in other countries with children, including Thailand and Israel. I couldn’t have written it better than this piece from Megan Redshaw, who is an excellent Health writer, so here it is. This study has been regarded as an excellent study by American doctors and scientists. I’ve already written repeatedly about the risk/benefit of giving these experimental vaccines to young people and my hope is that it encourages parents to protect their child...

  • Re: 'Fire Safe Council offers Chipping Day, Aug. 13' [Village News, 8/11/22]

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    Thank you for putting the Chipping Day article in last week's Village News. Several persons who attended the event mentioned that they had learned of the Day through the Village News. Thanks so much for your help! Dorothy Roth Fallbrook Fire Safe Council...

  • A little less attitude and a little more gratitude

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    It's the first week of school and with it comes mixed emotions: gladness that school is back in session, and concern for our "kids." Getting our children safely to and from school can be challenging given the increased traffic and uncertainty of "what to do" and "where to go." Fortunately, we have a very caring group of senior citizens who volunteer to help with the confusion by directing traffic. Unfortunately not everyone is appreciative. I suggest that we all take a good look at how lucky we are to have help and offer a...

  • At Albertsons, sure, bring your dog(s)!

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    As a Fallbrook resident for nearly 20 years, I have shopped at Albertsons and preferably, Major Market. Over the past three months or so, I have noticed at Albertsons, it's "Bring your dog(s) to Shop Day." The dogs I have seen range in size from poodles to shepherds . . . and no, they are not wearing any Service Animal vest. On each occasion, I have politely reported the incident to a manager at some capacity and, once, directly to the store manager. I was assured those infractions would be addressed in the future. Of...

  • A thank you note to Village News

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    I wish to thank The Village News staff for their kindness in not charging me for publishing a second notice of my husband's death. Because of Covid, dates of his service were changed. The Village News staff were so helpful and kind. Please support this fine newspaper that we are so fortunate to have in Fallbrook. Many thanks. Mary Ellen Myers...

  • Recruiting & retaining sheriff deputies

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District Last week, we passed an important action when it comes to the safety of San Diego County. Earlier this year, I docketed a Board letter along with Supervisor Anderson to review the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department staffing and recruitment shortages. Since then, county staff has been working with the Sheriff's Department and other entities on a strategy to address staffing shortages. Applications to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department have decreased 25% during the past year and d...

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