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Articles by Betty McMillen

Hugs, handshakes and congratulations abound at the grand opening of the Lakeside Sheriff Station on May 26. The former administration office of the Lakeside Fire District was transformed into the new 5,000 square foot Sheriff offices, occupied on May 15.

Woman’s Club of Lakeside made some important decisions recently, they voted on how to spend their money in their community. The members presented several wonderful ideas, but the two that shined and got the most votes were: Final Honor and National Disaster Search Dog Foundation.

Santee hosted the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of its new River Park Trail section on April 23. This trail connects Santee from Magnolia Avenue to Lakeside’ s Little League baseball fields near Riverford Road.

Equestrians, walkers, hikers, bikers and dignitaries were on hand to show support of the trail.

Lakeside’s Skate Park celebrated it’s first birthday April 25 with lots of friends and families in the mix to help the mostly boys … and even a few girls … celebrate the occasion.

They say that History repeats itself and that came true last week when the Lakeside Historical Society hosted senior citizens who were from the Grossmont College Continuing Education class Rediscovering San Diego. Fifty-eight students who have a thirst for knowledge came to the Olde Community Church on Maine Avenue to hear for themselves the history of Lakeside, the church and some of it’s famous citizens.

With the help of Common Vision, a team of young adults who travel around the county teaching students about planting trees, Tierra Del Sol Middle School sixth graders learned all about fruit trees, from how to plant them, taking care of them, and how pollination works.  

Pig farming is alive and well in Lakeside, thanks in a large part to Lennie and Dave Meyer who raise them for 4-H and Future Farmers of America kids to show at the Eastern San Diego County Jr. Fair. The Meyers own their breeding sow and help the pregnant pig through gestation and birthing, sometimes having to pull the babies out by hand. It is a tough job but somebody’s gotta do it for the kids. 

Lakeside has been full of the Christmas Spirit the whole month of December. First we had the 100th birthday party for Dorothy Fitzgerald, who lives in Lakeside Gardens Senior Housing on Channel Road.

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Oh, what fun it is … making spirits bright! 

Lakeside Wal-Mart has something that many other stores in the country don’t offer—a singing entertainer/greeter in festive costumes.

Thanks and Giving were important events around Lakeside the week before Turkey Day. The Woman’s Club of Lakeside gave two very generous donations to local charities at its November meeting. A $2,000 gift went to Final Honor, which provides a classic black carriage pulled by a white horse with a flag draped casket or urn for veteran funerals.