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Articles by Albert H. Fulcher

Well, all of the cards have played out and Lakeside Union School District Superintendent Dr. David Lorden resigned last week. The District has been able to keep this under the radar for the most part, but in my discussions with several teachers and staff, there were many complaints about his authoritative nature and his excessive spending on legal council, as well as his salary, which I was told went up 37 percent during his tenure as superintendent.

Pro tennis athlete, tennis coach to the stars, author, singer, songwriter and all round musician are all things Eric Sage. With music predominately in the forefront of his career now Sage Global Entertainment is taking this former Bay City Rollers singer around the world with his many bands, each of which embodies the heart and soul of country, rock and roll and a little bit of everything in between. On stage, Sage is a formidable force whether rocking out to Van Halen or singing the sweet storytelling tunes of Keith Urban.

As a journalist, I find constant learning experiences. There are many stories and even though they are community related, the hidden story often boggles the mind. In one sentence you become aware of a problem that you never knew existed.

If you look at the number of kids in foster care in San Diego County, there are 3,000 to 3,500 total and 40 percent of them are under the age of 5-years-old. These are kids that cannot talk or advocate for themselves.

It is that whole nature vs. nurture. What is seen here is that nature has done its course in bringing the child into the world, but the nurturing or the environment that they are placed in has such a huge impact in the first three years.

Well, the City of Santee and Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve has done it again bringing thousands of people to celebrate its 14th annual Spring EGGstravaganza down past Lake #5 on April 15. Each year, this event gets larger, with more people and new rides for the kids, and its ever-popular Easter egg hunts. This year was no exception as all of the lakes were buzzing with people getting in some near-end trout season fishing, holding family picnics and enjoying a pleasant day outdoors. It was a wonderful kick-off to the Easter holiday.

Part of the Council for Youth Empowerment (CYE), this Miss El Cajon 2017 pageant on April 15 was an inspiration with all of the young women and girls that have worked diligently into becoming the 2017 El Cajon ambassadors. With some tearful farewells from El Cajon’s 2016 ambassadors it was all done with the sisterhood that CYE brings to these young empowering women.

Events

Mt. Helix holds its Centennial Easter Sunrise Service

Sunday, April 16- 6:30 a.m.

Shuttles start at 5:00 a.m.

It is all things rodeo at the Olaf Wieghorst Museum in El Cajon. Its current exhibit is a multi-display of original artwork from watercolors to sculptures, with much of the art on display for sale. In tandem with the Lakeside Rodeo the exhibit is on through the month of April and the Lakeside Rodeo also provided some rodeo memorabilia for display.

When I look back on Easter’s past, I remember matching hand sewn powder blue leisure suits that my mother made for my little brother, my father and me. I’ll never forget those white buck shoes, as she was a Pat Boone fan. During those times, my mother sewed all of our Easter outfits each year, with the girls and the boys were always matching. I thought we were stepping up when we switched from the white shoes to penny loafers, but still, I was mortified.

Miss Rodeo Lakeside 2017 Sabrina Collett from Bonsal and Jr. Miss Rodeo Lakeside 2017 Makenna Hyland earned their titles as “Ladies in Waiting” at the Miss Lakeside Rodeo Queens Pageant at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds on April 8. After weeks of training and a day of horsemanship skills, meeting with judges, casual war presentations and impromptu questions, dress western wear and  presentation and speeches, these Ladies in Waiting will now shadow 2016 Miss Lakeside Rodeo Taylor Finney and 2016 Jr.