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  • The Santa Margarita Watershed leads to the ocean

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    Watersheds are land areas that drain water through the streams, creeks, lakes, and rivers to a common low point, and out to the Pacific Ocean. The Santa Margarita Watershed is one of 11 within San Diego County. It begins east of the Palomar Mountains near Oak Grove, and that water flows into Riverside County down through Temecula, into the Santa Margarita River and forks through Camp Pendleton and into the Pacific ocean. The complexity of this water-flow is important to...

  • BHS counselor named High School Counselor of the Year

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    BONSALL – On Friday, March 22, the entire faculty, staff, and student body of Bonsall High School conspired to surprise their beloved high school counselor, Eryn Barker (nee Kjelland). Barker was told she had a meeting regarding the Bonsall High School Early College Program which she launched in partnership with Palomar College's Fallbrook campus. In reality, Barker was being presented with the High School Counselor of the Year Award given by the San Diego County Department o...

  • Learn to build better soil with FGC

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Cindy Sparks Bruecks, a master gardener of San Diego County for over 20 years, will speak on "Bad Dirt to Good Dirt: Building Better Soil" at Fallbrook Garden Club's general meeting Tuesday, April 30. She is a sustainable landscape expert and an edible landscape trainer. Sparks Bruecks spends her time, when not in the garden, speaking to garden groups and staffing the master gardener hotline, which is open 24 hours a day where gardeners can leave a recording w...

  • Piece of local history up for auction

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary's Whiskers & Tails Resale Gift Boutique will hold a silent auction for a vintage Fallbrook Landmarks Blanket. Bidding opened (in store) Monday, April 15 and the winner will be announced Sunday, April 21 at the close of the Fallbrook Avocado Festival. The store will be open during the festival 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 746 South Main Ave. All proceeds will benefit local animals-in-need at Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary and are tax d...

  • VFW Post 1924 to hold Memorial Day Ceremony at Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Charles E. Swisher Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1924 will be holding its annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 27, at the Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery located at 1177 Santa Margarita Drive. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and is open to the public. The ceremony will include our 2023-24 Voice of Democracy essay winner Madeline Hall and Honorary Guest Speaker Retired Air Force Lt Col Kenneth Munson. The Fallbrook Garden Club will once again be generously providing flowers for attendees to place on the g...

  • Phillip Thomas

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    Phillip Thomas died March 19, 2024, at the age of 84 at Palomar Health Center due to complications of pneumonia. He was born in Tucson, Arizona, Feb. 2, 1940, to Victor and Eunice Thomas, the youngest of five children. He grew up in San Diego and was a gymnast and a lifeguard in his youth. He received a B.S. in physiology from BYU and then served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1965. He married Marcia "Jill" Banke in 1969. They lived in Houston while Phil worked for NASA during...

  • Paul Goldring Garrett

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    Paul Goldring Garrett was born April 18, 1926, in Los Angeles, California to Tillie and Max Goldring. He passed away peacefully at home on March 18, 2024, surrounded by loved ones. Paul graduated from UCLA. He was a kind, gentle, intelligent man who loved his family and friends and big family gatherings. His storytelling ability and "Paul-isms" were always a welcomed gift he enjoyed sharing. He also enjoyed road trips, driving throughout the United States and Canada taking...

  • Maie Ellis Elementary holds Leadership Day

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Maie Ellis Elementary School welcomed parents and community members on March 21 for its highly anticipated Leadership Day, offering a firsthand glimpse into the innovative educational practices and leadership development initiatives flourishing within its walls. The day commenced with the warmth of student greeters stationed at the entrance, setting a welcoming tone for the event. Parents and visitors were guided on a campus tour by these student ambassadors, g...

  • New virtual public charter school program offers K-10 option in Southern California

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    TEMECULA – Connections Academy at Springs, a new tuition-free online public charter school program, will begin operating for the 2024-2025 school year in partnership with Springs Charter Schools, a network of public charter schools in Southern California offering tuition-free, WASC-accredited and personalized learning curriculum. Open to students in grades K-10 living in Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties, Connections Academy at Springs is enrolling for its inaugural a...

  • 'Graze at the Fields' offers chance to eat with local farmers

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    CARLSBAD – For people interested in the farm-to-table food movement, preserving urban-facing agriculture, and knowing local farmers, an event like no other, the annual Graze at the Fields, will be held on Thursday, May 2 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the world-renowned Carlsbad Flower Fields while in bloom. Graze is an agriculture insider event that is open to the public. "Grazers" will eat, drink and connect with local farmers, vintners, brewers and chefs, tasting locally grown and c...

  • San Diego County collects more than $1B in property taxes in a day

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced that it collected more than $1.24 billion in property tax payments in a single day Monday, April 8. “For the second year in a row we have collected more than a billion dollars in a single day,” McAllister said. “This figure underscores our continued growth as a region and highlights the responsible property owners who invest in San Diego. “San Diegans have shown us time and time again that they are responsible taxpayers by paying what they owe...

  • Should you renovate your new home?

    Jane Kepley, Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    Unless you’re buying a brand-new home, you may find that there are changes you’d like to make after you move in. Maybe there aren’t enough outlets in the home office space, or there’s a pedestal sink in the bathroom where you’d prefer cabinets for storage. Whatever the update, diving in right away might not be the right move. If you’re considering making renovations to your newly purchased house, here’s why you may want to hold off. 1. You can take time to save up. Home reno...

  • Two in a row: April snow survey shows above average snowpack for second straight season

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Water Resources conducted its April snow survey, the fourth measurement of the season at Phillips Station, Tuesday, April 2. The manual survey recorded 64 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 27.5 inches, which is 113% of average for this location. The snow water equivalent measures the amount of water contained in the snowpack and is a component of DWR's water supply forecast. The April measurement is critical for water...

  • Bonsall schools given Purple Star Award for third time

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

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  • A Leer Fallbrook announces new date

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    FALLBROOK – A Leer Fallbrook is celebrating its 20th annual day of literacy and service Saturday, July 27, and is honored to announce Viridiana Diaz, vice president of student affairs at California State University San Marcos, as the event keynote speaker. The three student winners of the poetry and three student winners of the essay contests will also be recognized. The original March event was canceled due to inclement weather, but will still be held at Maie Ellis Elementary School at 400 W. Elder St. in honor of Cesar C...

  • Author Watts to speak at the AAUW meeting

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Local author Patricia Watts will be interviewed by our own Nancy Heins-Glaser at the April meeting. The topic is "Celebrating the Voices of Older Women." This is a demographic that is too often dismissed and denigrated by society. People over the age of 50 can be great and wise and interesting (at the very least) and they offer our community the benefits of their life experiences. Watts helped to write the script for the AAUW project film "Women Talk," recently sho...

  • Gun safety event to be held in Pala April 20

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    PALA – The Pala Band of Mission Indians will host a buy back event for gun safety in partnership with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tribal Administrative Building, 12196 Pala Mission Road. During the event, individuals will be able to exchange guns for gift cards with no questions asked. Important safety equipment such as cable locks and security boxes will also be available for free while supplies last. “We are proud to be hosting a gun safety and buy back...

  • Friends of Fallbrook Library to hold annual meeting

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Friends of the Fallbrook Library will hold its annual general meeting Thursday, April 18, in the community room at the library at 2:30 p.m. All current members of FOFL are invited to attend for an informative and participative session. The FOFL board will share its goals for the new fiscal year May 1, 2024, through April 30, 2025. The organization will vote on the new board of directors who will take office May 1. We will share our proposed budget to fund and support the many programs held at the Fallbrook L...

  • San Diego County Orchid Society hosts annual show weekend before Earth Day

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – Orchid appreciators, growers, and vendors from the U.S. and abroad will celebrate the orchid at the San Diego County Orchid Society 2024 spring show and sale, in Balboa Park the weekend before Earth Day. Orchids of the Earth is free admission and runs Friday to Sunday, April 19-21. "Visitors can explore, firsthand, the beauty and variety of the orchid world," said SDCOS Past President and Show Committee Chair Debby Halliday. "With hundreds of plants on display, a...

  • MGPA Architecture to design new Bonsall Elementary School playground and shade shelter

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    MGPA Architecture was awarded the Bonsall Unified School District contract for the design of a new playground and shade shelter at Bonsall Elementary School. The BUSD board voted 4-0 Wednesday, Jan. 17, with Michael Gaddis absent, to approve the architectural services contract with the Carlsbad company. MGPA Architecture will be paid $19,800 for the work. “It’s a great thing,” BUSD superintendent Joseph Clevenger said. The existing playground at Bonsall Elementary School will be demolished. The new playground will inclu...

  • Col. (Ret.) Allen B. Clark

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    Col. (Ret.) Allen B. Clark, age 100, of Corte Madera Ca passed away on March 11, 2024. He was born in Meadsville, Virginia, on Sept. 9, 1923, and was the son of Alpha Beta Clark and Flossie Blanche Clark both of Virginia. He was the sixth of seven children, all of whom predeceased him as did his wife Virginia Myers Clark and son Allen Bedford Clark. He is survived by his son Aric B. Clark and wife Helen of San Rafael, California, and daughter-in-law Diana Clark of Gilbert,...

  • Paul Bourque

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    Long time Fallbrook resident Paul Bourque passed away peacefully at Palomar Medical Center on March 8, 2024, following a valiant effort fighting lung conditions. Paul is survived by wife Iris and two sons, Justin, wife Carly and grandsons Gage and Gunnar of Lakeside, California; Andre and partner Brianna Mulrooney and step-grandson Troy of Portland, Oregon, and stepdaughter, Shauna Segundo of Rancho Santa Margarita. Other surviving family members include sisters Anne Marie (Jo...

  • Bonsall Rotary honors BUSD student and show choir

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    BONSALL – The Bonsall Rotary Club held two events in March honoring Bonsall Unified School District's students. First, in early March, the philanthropic organization which promotes "service above self" honored Bonsall High School student Orlando Mencias. A junior at Bonsall High School, Mencias was recognized for his outstanding academic achievements as well as his leadership on the Bonsall Varsity Baseball Team. Mencias, who is the son of middle school teacher and high s...

  • DAR honors Staricka for good citizenship

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Monserate Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution recognized a "Good Citizen" from the St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School. This outstanding student was Luc Staricka, an eighth grade student who exhibits the qualities of a good citizen in his home, at school, and also in his community. Luc exhibits many qualities of a good citizen, but one that the teachers and staff at his school recognize and appreciate is that Luc works with a special needs student o...

  • Swan inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    BATON ROUGE, La. – Marcelina Swan of Fallbrook was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Swan was initiated at University of Maryland Global Campus. Swan is among approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors are eligible for...

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