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Articles by Albert H. Fulcher

A new library is well on its way even though it is not expected to open until late 2020 or early 2021, but the community is already coming together to make this happen. On June 17, The Miss Lakeside Scholarship Pageant, both current and past came together to hold a fundraising benefit to help raise the needed community portion of the library costs at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds.

Stopping the sand mining in the El Monte Valley just got more difficult as the El Monte Nature Preserve LLC just settled the legal dispute between the Helix Water District by paying off more than 460-acre parcel in the El Monte Valley with its final $8 million on June 16.

Let’s Get Social is the theme for the new summer Happy Hour menu at El Torito and that is exactly what the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce did celebrating the event with a ribbon cutting and sampling of its new menu on June 7. With Happy Hour every day from 3:00 p.m. to closing in the Cantina, El Torito has a simple and delicious menu that caters to a variety of Mexican dishes at a more than reasonable price with its new $4, $5, and $6 menu options.

Celebrating its 80th year of community theater, La Mesa’s Lamplighters Community Theatre kicked off its celebration of its momentous season with a gala that was all about the volunteers that have helped this community troupe thrive over the past eight decades. Hosted by the La Mesa Woman’s Club the evening was filled with fun jazz by the Martín Martiarena Trio, a delectable selections of horse d’oeuvres and desserts, a silent auction and opportunity drawings for a Gift Card Giving Tree.

Being a parent is not easy. Throughout my life, I have been a loving father, a terrible parent, a deadbeat dad and doting grandfather. But one thing that has always been a constant, despite my actions, is my undying love for my children. In the end, I believe that is what makes the difference.

My children have learned to overlook my shortcomings, embrace my strengths and fortunately through the good and the bad have stayed by my side through the thick and thin.

Miranda Williams of Lakeside is not new to helping out the community with all of her service with the Lakeside VFW Post 5867, but something on Facebook caught her attention that she could not pass up in giving it a try. Last September she saw a post called the Free Little Pantry and the woman who began it got the idea from the growing popularity of the Little Free Library that can be seen in many local neighborhoods. It is a simple of an idea as the Little Free Library, but instead of books, it is non-perishable foods and commonly used household items.

I came home from work yesterday and my grandson who is 5-years-old was so proud of his new T-shirt. Being the last day of class before he heads into first grade, the shirt said, “College begins in kindergarten.” I was really impressed that the school had given these out to the kids, but more so in the fact that they are doing its best to instill the need for higher education at such a young age.

I am not sure what was going on in the minds of Lakeside’s “committee” in approving the Monte sand mining project. With the looming El Monte Sand Mining Project it is making a bad situation even worse. This project only has 10 trucks an hour transporting sand compared to a larger one in the El Monte preserve, but when you combine the two is sounds like a catastrophe for the Lakeside community. What were you thinking?

It is Memorial Day weekend and a time that many families spend together with the extended holiday weekend. Many will stay at home and many will travel, but regardless of how you celebrate, this is a time for reflection. My father was a POW in the Korean War and survived. Many others did not. And this is the case with all of America’s wars and conflicts. Many survive untouched, others survive only to face obstacles that they never thought they would and then there are those that paid the ultimate sacrifice.