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  • Fallbrook residents advocate for trees Part 1 of 2

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook residents have advocated for trees for many years. But it wasn't until 1995 that they began developing the Fallbrook treescape. That was an immense effort that gradually developed the goal of transforming our downtown and surrounding areas into a community forest. Because Fallbrook is an unincorporated community, many enhancement efforts are led by local nonprofit organizations, including Save Our Forest (SOF) which is a committee of the Fallbrook Land...

  • MSR for CWA to include voting and rate structures, links between projects and needs

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    San Diego County’s Local Agency Formation Commission is in the process of developing a municipal service review for the San Diego County Water Authority, and a presentation at the Feb. 5 LAFCO meeting noted that the MSR would focus on the SDCWA voting and rate structures and alignment between CWA projects and actual needs. The presentation was a non-voting item. The official action was to receive a verbal presentation from LAFCO staff including consultants, invite any comments from interested audience members, and discuss...

  • Tips to stay safe while cleaning up after a flood

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Sir Milo Loftin County of San Diego Communications Office If your home or business was flooded during the recent storms, it is important to keep yourself and your family safe when cleaning up. Before attempting to clean up after the storm, visit the recovery page at https://www.alertsandiego.org/ for safety tips, information on how to properly document damage and other available resources. Residents should only enter a flood-damaged building after local authorities have said it is safe to do so. You should not enter if there...

  • The world watches as Bald Eagles protect their eggs

    Bob Gonsett, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    There is a live Webcam at Big Bear Lake showing nesting Bald Eagles. The eagles are high in a tree and right at home in the snow. What a neat use of technology to bring us these extraordinary live-action views – nighttime too. According to KUSI-TV news, there are three eggs in the nest and the mother and father take turns laying on the eggs. The eagles are named Shadow and Jackie. A “changing of the guard” took place this morning as we watched. Check out the action for yourself by visiting https:/...

  • Poetry with Purpose event raises funds to combat suicide among military vets

    Tim O Leary, Village News Correspondent|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Words make us wonder. Words make us feel. Words help us heal. Those realities dawned on me during the most recent Poetry with Purpose gathering in Temecula, an event that raised funds to prevent suicides among our military veterans. About 40 people paid $15 each to speak and listen Thursday, Jan. 18, at The Coffee Shop, 27725 Jefferson Avenue, a hybrid food and drink business. The beneficiary was a nonprofit group, Save the Brave, and the host. The poetry group was launched...

  • How healthy is your milk?

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    I'll cut to the chase – likely very questionable. Do yourself a favor. Turn your milk container around. It doesn't matter if you drink whole milk, skim milk, almond milk, or cashew milk. Turn it around. Look at the ingredients. If it seems: You can't pronounce them Have no idea what they are, or It's a tremendously long list (just for milk) It may be time to re-evaluate your weekly milk purchase choice. Milk is not just milk anymore. What was delivered to our parents or...

  • Healthy Habits: Grapes – Nature's candy that's good for you

    Megan Johnson McCullough, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Grapes are sometimes called "nature's candy" because they have a sweet/sour taste that many people enjoy. They're an easy, convenient, quick snack with nutritional value. They're an ingredient and flavor for jellies, jams, wines and juice. They also come in dried form as raisins. They come in different varieties and colors including green, black, red, pink and yellow. The list of benefits is quite long for grapes, making them a go-to fruit to munch on. Grapes are high in...

  • Healthy habits build healthy smiles

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson County of San Diego Communications Office Cavities are the most common chronic childhood disease. When left untreated, cavities in children can be painful or cause infections leading to learning issues, school absences and even emergency room visits and hospitalizations. The good news is that they are completely preventable. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month which promotes the benefits of good oral health from an early age. “It’s never too soon to begin taking care of...

  • Jan. 27 Chipping Day produces the most mulch

    Updated Feb 13, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Fire Safe Council sponsored a "chipping day" on Saturday, Jan. 27, at North County Fire Protection District Fire Station 4, 4375 Pala Mesa Dr. The event supports the council's goal of helping to make Fallbrook fire safe. Throughout the event, more than 22 residents from the Fallbrook, Bonsall, DeLuz and Rainbow areas took advantage of this free event. They brought more than 47 pickup truck and trailer loads of branches, trimmed brush, palm branches...

  • Work maintains the bank along the Pico

    Jackie Heyneman, Save Our Forest|Updated Feb 10, 2024

    Rain is a blessing in Southern California. Sometimes not enough, other times too much all at once. Recall the hurricane that brought us a sudden downpour a few months back ? It created a problem at the Pico Promenade near Ash Street. A little about the pathway that we call the Pico Promenade. It is a four block tree-lined walkway along the side of an open waterway. It connects North and South Fallbrook. It is essentially a county easement on the map, once intended to be a...

  • FRHD expands its collaborative partnership with Palomar Family Counseling

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Regional Health District and Palomar Family Counseling Service, Inc. are pleased to announce an exciting expansion in their collaborative partnership. FRHD hosted an Open House at its Community Health & Wellness Center to officially launch this collaborative partnership and to spotlight the collective dedication to mental health and community support. What's included in this partnership are counseling services that are now available to the...

  • Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary pets need fur-ever homes

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

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  • Valley Construction Management receives RMWD pump stations construction management contract

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Valley Construction Management was awarded the Rainbow Municipal Water District construction management contract for the replacement of the West Lilac, Rancho Amigos and Dentro De Lomas pump stations. Rainbow’s board voted 4-0 Tuesday, Jan. 23, with one vacant seat, to approve a $110,480 contract with Valley Construction Management to oversee the construction which will be performed by Pacific Hydrotech Corporation. The board also made a determination that the construction management contract itself is not a project which...

  • Tips to stay safe in heavy rains, flooding

    Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    With hundreds of San Diegans already dealing with flood recovery and more rain predicted, everyone is encouraged to follow important safety and preparedness tips to deal with rain and floods. Here is a collection of handy tips from the county, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and SDG&E to prepare for and respond to rain and flooding. Protect your home and property Get free sand and bags at De Luz: De Luz Fire Station #16: 39431 De Luz Road, phone: 760-728-2422, or Fallbrook: Pala Mesa Fire Station #4, 4375 Pala Mesa...

  • Get the help to understand Covered California insurance options

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    VISTA – The New Year brings with it an opportunity for people to prioritize the health and well-being of themselves and their family. It also brings the opportunity to enroll in the kind of health insurance that is right for each person. With the help of their expert staff, Vista Community Clinic (VCC) is here to guide people towards a healthier and more secure future. Open enrollment for Covered California runs through the end of January, and allows individuals and families to enroll in or make changes to their health...

  • Palomar College uses innovation to better serve students

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    SAN MARCOS – As college students make progress on their path to a degree or certificate, they typically encounter challenges, some of which can be addressed through on-campus support programs. At Palomar College, serving the basic needs of students is a priority and doing so helps to remove barriers to student success. According to recent research, 50% of college students in San Diego face food insecurity, which means they do not have reliable, consistent access to food. This obstacle increases the likelihood that students...

  • California Poison Control: Make a New Year's Resolution to protect children from cannabis edibles

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    CALIFORNIA – Children don't know that the colorful cannabis edibles wrapped in packages that often mimic familiar-looking brands of gummies, candies and other snacks can be risky for them to eat. but adults do. And according to California Poison Control, these edibles can increase the risk of accidental poisoning and send children to the emergency room. Edibles have become so pervasive that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of incidents in which children younger than 5 are eating edible cannabis products bein...

  • Stay sober and maintain healthy romantic relationships

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Jody Boulay Special to the Village News Recovering from addiction is different for each person. There are circumstances where a person in recovery feels a need to pursue romantic relationships. Valentine’s Day can often create emotions that spark this desire. Generally, most health professionals recommend that people in early recovery from substance abuse wait about one year before pursuing a new relationship. However, there is no set-in-stone time limit, but it’s crucial never to lose sight of recovery goals. California...

  • Parkinson's Support Group to learn about mobility products

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    FALLBROOK – North County Parkinson's Support Group (NCPSG) Fallbrook invites everyone to join them for their monthly Parkinson's Support Group meeting, Friday Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to noon held at the Health and Wellness Center 1636 E. Mission Road. The speakers will be Ben Marsh and Kindra French from 101 Mobility and Sam Bosboom from Rollz Mobility. The topic is “Home Safety for Aging in Place & Mobility Products.” 101 Mobility is the largest full-line provider of mobility and accessibility equipment in the nation, and it...

  • Supervisors approve donation for long-term vegetation fire retardant

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Due to the $5,000 valuation threshold for which donations to the County of San Diego must be approved by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, the $60,000 donation the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County offered to the San Diego County Fire Protection District went before the county supervisors Jan. 23. The vote was 5-0 in favor. The money will fund the purchase of long-term fire retardant for high fire risk areas. In addition to accepting the donation, the motion authorized Board of Supervisors Chair Nora Vargas to...

  • Assemblymember Marie Waldron announces expanded Right to Try legislation

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R – Valley Center) introduced AB 1944, legislation to allow patients with rare and ultra-rare diseases to work with their doctors to seek cutting-edge individualized treatments, Jan. 29. Rapid advances in medical innovation enable researchers to design treatments specifically tailored to individual patients based on their genetic information. Sadly, many patients with rare diseases will never have the opportunity to try these groundbreaking treatments. The current FDA clinical...

  • Flood victims should watch for mold

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Flooding from the Jan. 22 torrential storms was bad enough, but now residents cleaning up their damaged homes face the threat of mold. The longer materials stay wet, the more likely mold will grow. It takes only two to three days for mold to form. Mold can pose health problems, especially for young children, seniors and those who are already ill. Long-term exposure can affect anyone. To take care of it, flood-impacted residents can hire a licensed mold remediation contractor w...

  • Embracing love and memory: Valentine's Day for older adults

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Vicky Gemme Special to Village News While Valentine’s Day is often associated with young love, it is also a very significant milestone for many older adult couples who have spent their lives together. It is a day to not only celebrate lasting love but to reflect on the memories they have shared. And while this day may be joyous for some, for others who may have lost their significant other, it can be a challenging time that requires additional support. Aging adults can celebrate Valentine’s Day in various ways. With such...

  • Six reasons why you should take your mental health seriously

    Stan Popovich, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Many people underestimate the impact that mental illness can have on an individual or family. It can be difficult to admit that you have a mental health problem in your life. Secondly, it can be just as difficult in getting the people you know to understand your situation without making any kinds of judgments. As a result, here are six reasons why you should make your mental health an important priority in your life. 1. Your situation will improve if you get help: Your anxieties and fears can be challenging to manage and...

  • High blood pressure linked to poor gut health

    Dr. Karen Jensen, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for human health. In the U.S., 116 million people experience hypertension, and in Canada, it’s one in five adults. Recent research on gut microbiota and high blood pressure has received increased attention showing an association between the two. Gut microbiota is key to human health, and maintaining gut microbiota health is essential. The gut microbiome, what is it? The gut microbiome is an ecosystem that contains a diverse population of microorganisms, including yeasts,...

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