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Articles by Betty McMillen

Bostonia Woman’s Club celebrated its 90th Anniversary on Sept. 5 with a special luncheon. El Cajon Mayor, Bill Wells joined in the celebration and presented the club with a Proclamation for the club’s educational enrichment and fun and fellowship.

“They are our unsung heroes, we know and we pay attention,” said Wells.

The County Water Authority held a grand reopening of San Vicente Reservoir on Sept. 21. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulkner told the happy crowd about the ambitious project. Closed down for the last eight years while the dam was raised, the recreational improvements were built and water imported in to fill the lake. The raising of the dam made it 117 feet taller, and able to hold twice the amount of water for emergency storage in case of earthquake or other disaster. It now has a six-month supply of water. This was the largest damn raise project in the whole United States.

Bobbie Pogue was watching the Western Days Parade from the front steps of the Historical Society’s Olde Community Church when she noticed that the iconic Fred the Bull statue was missing. She did not see him at his usual place on top of the Pinnacle Peak building overlooking Maine Avenue and watching the parade. She wondered where could he be during such an important event

Lakeside artist, David Ybarra, created another slice of history with his latest mural, a cattle drive through Lakeside, during the Mexican era in California. It took more than a month to complete because Ybarra had to work in the blistering bright sun on some days and wait for the rain to let up on other days. Sometimes he even worked at night with lights shining on his work project.

La Mesa artist and woodcarver, Jack Johnson, has a unique story to tell. He creates beautiful hand carved miniature roses and musical instruments, which are so intricate and precise that they look real. To top off that talent, Johnson is nearly totally blind. He has only 10 percent vision in one eye left due to macular degeneration and he expects to loose the last of his sight soon.

But he is a happy sort of guy and does not seem to let his plight get him down or make him depressed. He enjoys showing folks his artwork and workshop.

The Congress of History held its 31st annual conference in Mission Valley this past weekend. Historians and preservationists joined together to hear stories about the history of San Diego County. Lakeside’s own, Edna Kouns, who is 101 years young, won the coveted Ben Dixon Award for her preservation efforts in her hometown. Edna graciously accepted the honor and gave a speech about volunteering in your communities. Folks gathered around her to ask questions about her life, she is a living legend herself.

The County Parks and Recreation Department held a community meeting for the public last Thursday at the Lakeside Community Center. Building a new Equestrian Center was discussed. Cowgirls and cowboys came to see for themselves what is being planned for their community and also they wanted to weight in on what their dreams for the future Equestrian Center are. The property being eyed for the Center is located at the corner of Willow Road and Moreno Road.

You may have heard that libraries are obsolete and that the new electronic age has made them a dying breed, and a thing of the past because that younger folks just are not reading books. This rumor just isn’t so in Lakeside, where our library in Lindo Lake Park is a bustling place. Folks are still coming to read, check out books, research on the computer and enjoy a variety of educational programs being offered.

The Lakeside Library is not just a place to be quiet and read books. Important community meetings take place there as well, such as when three Sheriff Deputies, Jacob Sanchez, Doug Roydeon and Karen Stubkjaer, held a coffee with the Sheriff on Jan. 14. In a get acquainted meeting they kept guests spellbound with information about what they are doing in Lakeside, nowadays.

The Lakeside Library is not just a place to be quiet and read books. Important community meetings take place there as well, such as when three Sheriff Deputies, Jacob Sanchez, Doug Roydeon and Karen Stubkjaer, held a coffee with the Sheriff on Jan. 14. In a get acquainted meeting they kept guests spellbound with information about what they are doing in Lakeside, nowadays.