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  • Rose Care FUNdamentals June, 2024

    Frank Brines, ARS Master Rosarian|Updated May 30, 2024

    It was a wetter than "normal" winter, influenced by the El Niño (warmer waters in the western Pacific). That extra rainfall recharged the soil, aquifers, and reservoirs, setting us up for great growing conditions this year. The long range expectation is for El Niño to weaken and to transition to La Niña conditions, increasing the likelihood of drier conditions for us this coming winter. But June is upon us and we must still be watchful to efficiently manage the amount of water...

  • Fire Safe Council sponsors Chipping Day to improve fire safety

    Updated May 30, 2024

    The Fallbrook Fire Safe Council sponsored a "Chipping Day" on Saturday, May 18th, at Fire Station 4 in the corner of Pala Mesa Dr. and Old Hwy 395 from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm. The event supports the Council's community outreach program of creating a venue for local residents to bring their cut vegetation to a central site for disposal and ultimately supporting the effort to help make Fallbrook fire safe. Throughout the event, over thirty-five residents from the Fallbrook,...

  • County expands pilot shallow rental subsidy program for older adults

    Cassie N. Saunders, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated May 30, 2024

    San Diego County is expanding a pilot shallow rental subsidy program for older adults to support an additional 160 older adults at risk of homelessness. The county Department of Homeless Solutions and Equitable Communities’ program will provide at-risk county residents over 55-years-old with a $500 monthly rental subsidy for 18 months. The money will go directly to participants’ landlords. Applications could be submitted starting Wednesday, May 22. The participants will be selected at random. Those selected will join 222 hous...

  • Reche Schoolhouse holds spring wildflower planting

    Updated May 23, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Just a ring of the school bell started the crew plantings of a wildflower garden at the historic Reche Schoolhouse on Live Oak Park Road. The first in a series of planned community nature projects was coordinated by team volunteer and plant specialist Jennifer Olivares. This first project required sectioning off an area for maximum visibility for those driving by or entering the schoolhouse property. The planning followed a brief presentation by the property's n...

  • Steelhead protections could bring new water restrictions

    Christine Souza, California Farm Bureau|Updated May 18, 2024

    A state determination that Southern California steelhead trout merit additional protections could mean tighter water restrictions, according to agricultural groups and water districts. California Farm Bureau environmental policy analyst Justin Fredrickson said strengthening protections for the Southern California steelhead under the California Endangered Species Act "is going to ratchet things up regulatorily for affected water users." Though actions to protect steelhead will...

  • RMWD amendments to sewer capacity fees address changes in use

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 18, 2024

    Developers who connect their projects to the Rainbow Municipal Water District sewer system pay capacity fees to cover their project’s share of the existing infrastructure system. The April 23 Rainbow board meeting included amendments to the district’s Administrative Code to address capacity fees and monthly charges due to a change in use. The amendments were approved on a 5-0 vote. The changes included financing options for additional capacity fee payment. “You don’t want to discourage development, redevelopment,” said Rain...

  • Cal Fire reminds all to be prepared for upcoming wildfire season

    Kim Harris, Special to Village News|Updated May 18, 2024

    With state officials and climatologists saying hotter than average temperatures in Southern California could lead to an active wildfire season, CalFire is reminding residents to be prepared for this wildfire season. "Fires are mostly caused by the human factor," Cal Fire Battalion Chief Robert Carvalho told the San Francisco Chronicle. "For example, if a fire starts in someone's backyard, it's likely their lawn mower blade hit a rock and struck a spark." The National Oceanic...

  • Supervisors approve MOU to continue Regional Helicopter Program funding

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 18, 2024

    One of the surcharges on motor vehicle registration fees helps to fund the Regional Helicopter Program in San Diego County, and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a new memorandum of understanding Tuesday, April 30, to provide the Sheriff’s Department with annual funding over the next five fiscal years. The supervisors’ 5-0 vote will provide up to $375,000 annually from fiscal year 2024-2025 to fiscal year 2028-2029. The funding will help support continued operation, maintenance and fuel for county-owned hel...

  • County to conduct mosquito-fighting larvicide drop

    Shauni Lyles, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 9, 2024

    San Diego County is scheduled to conduct a routine aerial larvicide drop, May 15 and 16, on up to 52 local waterways to help stop mosquitoes from potentially spreading diseases like West Nile virus. The only site in Fallbrook is at Lake Rancho Viejo. County officials said helicopter larvicide drops will be done Wednesday, and Thursday if necessary, to cover nearly 1,400 acres of hard-to-reach potential mosquito breeding areas. The county started using helicopters to drop solid, granular larvicide on hard-to-reach areas of sta...

  • A piece of agricultural history can be found in front of 7/Eleven

    Updated May 9, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Collaboration is a win-win deal evidenced in the recent partnership with Save Our Forest/Fallbrook Land Conservancy, Fallbrook Historical Society, and Jolley Singh, owner of the 7/Eleven franchise. Enhancing the central corner of Fallbrook Street and Main Avenue was the goal. The point of interest featured there is Fallbrook's agricultural history. SOF pursued that concept suggested by Singh for the corner. SOF/FLC contacted the Fallbrook Historical Society and was...

  • Appreciation walk ends with a special encounter

    Tim O Leary, Special to the Village News|Updated May 9, 2024

    Serendipity recently led me to a hidden treasure and introduced me to a pixie philanthropist who was a muse for one of the world's great philosophers. This delightful encounter came about through a chance invitation after church on Sunday. It was a dear friend, Lila Sandschulte, who set the hook by telling me that the widow of famed cartoonist Charles M. Schulz would be a special guest at an appreciation walk later that day. I drove directly to the location – the goldfinch arr...

  • Time to 'Go Wild' with FLC photo contest

    Updated May 9, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Land Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of Fallbrook and neighboring communities, has announced they are inviting submissions for their seventh annual "Go Wild" photo contest. Karla Ibarra, executive director of FLC, explained, "This is the chance for all the photographers out there to show us your stuff! We want you to go out and capture images of the lands protected by the FLC. And for the first time w...

  • Official State Trees across America

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News|Updated May 2, 2024

    Across America from sea to shining sea, trees blanket our great land including official state trees, which are native and grow in that specific state. Here is a listing to curb your curiosity, and a state that you might have migrated from and landed in California. 1. Alabama: Longleaf Pine Tree – Pinus palustris 2. Alaska: Sitka Spruce – Picea sitchensis 3. Arizona: Yellow Palo Verde – Parkinsonia microphylla 4. Arkansas: Loblolly Pine – Pinus taeda 5. California: Califor...

  • Rain and heat each cause problems for roses

    Frank Brines, ARS Master Rosarian|Updated May 2, 2024

    This year continued the signs of climate change with above-average rain as well as chaotic weather patterns nationwide along with repeated "atmospheric rivers" throughout California. Rose growth and development are dependent on weather, and flower production is particularly impacted by inconsistent temperatures, sun and water. All of this has made it more difficult for me to predict what to do and when to do it. Typically the first flush of blooms is expected after eight to 10...

  • Avoid intervening during baby wildlife season

    Updated May 2, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – A songbird who could have stayed with her siblings. A fledgling dove learning to fly and needing more time on the ground. Or baby rabbits left unattended by mom just out getting some food for the family. Every year, San Diego Humane Society's Project Wildlife program sees many well intended, but unnecessary, rescues of wild animals brought through their doors. With baby wildlife season underway, the organization is calling on the public to watch and wait before int...

  • Thousands of volunteers clean and beautify San Diego County at the 22nd annual Creek to Bay Cleanup

    Updated May 2, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – I Love A Clean San Diego estimated 4,000 registered volunteers will have removed over 80,000 pounds of litter and debris from streets, canyons, parks and shores in communities across San Diego County for the 22nd annual Creek to Bay Cleanup. “We are thankful for all the volunteers and sponsors, from all corners of San Diego County, who celebrated Earth Month with us at Creek to Bay this year,” Ann Marie Sack, director of community engagement at I Love A Clean San Diego, said. Results are still coming in from the 1...

  • All Aboard to Santa Fe

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    A few weeks ago, PBS aired a 60-minute program about the Museum of Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The program was so intriguing, it lured me to the oldest state capital in the country. We started our adventure in Oceanside by boarding Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner to Fullerton. After waiting a bit for the delayed train, we met our attendant on the platform outside car number 432 of the Southwest Chief. The attendant helped us store the suitcases and herded us up the narrow sta...

  • Discover the world of farm life at D'Vine Path

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Beginning in May, D'Vine Path will offer a new weekly Farm and Garden workshop, aiming to educate the community about animal care, farming and gardening. The farm at D'Vine Path welcomes new clients interested in agricultural growth as well as positive social interactions with peers. For the next six months, from May 9 to Nov. 7, D'Vine Path will be hosting the Farm and Garden Workshops for neurodivergent adults. Participants must be represented by the San Diego R...

  • Friendly dog needs a home

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

  • Supervisors approve grant application resolution for Santa Margarita Preserve water system upgrade

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    The state’s Department of Water Resources has a County Drought Resilience Planning Assistance Program which provides up to $125,000 in financial assistance or direct technical assistance to access one-time support to establish a standing Drought and Water Shortage Task Force and develop a County Drought Resilience Plan. An April 10 San Diego County Board of Supervisors action approved a County Drought Resilience Planning Assistance Program grant application resolution to fund the design of water system improvements at four co...

  • Young husky mix is looking for a home

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

  • Celebrate Earth Month with the county

    Shauni Lyles, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    The county is transforming Earth Day into Earth Month by holding a series of events highlighting sustainable activities that will span through the month of April to raise awareness about environmental issues. Earth Day, which is celebrated on Monday, April 22, connects people to the public spaces where wildlife and nature thrive. The global theme this year is “Planet vs. Plastics.” Come celebrate our planet and learn how the County is working to create a greener world. Below is a list of events to add to your April cal...

  • I Love A Clean San Diego provides springtime waste reduction resources to San Diego County residents

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    SAN DIEGO COUNTY – With the spring season comes spring cleaning, I Love A Clean San Diego and San Diego County remind residents of the free database and proper recycling practices. “Spring is a great time to downsize or part with items that you don’t use, have outgrown or simply don’t need,” Steve Weihe, a recycling specialist with the county, said. “Consider passing on usable items to neighbors through Facebook’s Buy Nothing or Marketplace groups, NextDoor, Offer Up, Craigslist or your local thrift sto...

  • Registrations are open for ILACSD's 22nd annual Creek to Bay Cleanup

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    SAN DIEGO COUNTY – I Love A Clean San Diego is set to host the 22nd annual Creek to Bay Cleanup Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the region’s largest one-day environmental volunteer effort in celebration of Earth Month, with nearly 100 cleanup sites around the county. I Love A Clean San Diego expected thousands of volunteers of all ages to participate. Residents can register to volunteer at “Creek to Bay provides an opportunity for all San Diegans to actively participate in keepi...

  • Project Dog Foster begins countywide campaign in April

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – Six members of the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition have joined in a countywide campaign to find foster homes for the dogs in their care in hopes of solving a common problem: being over capacity. Project Dog Foster is intended to make it easy and fun for the community to step up and help, even if just for a short period of time, no matter where in the county they live. "Unfortunately, more than 40% of our dogs have been available for adoption for 30 days or l...

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