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Articles by Betty McMillen

A popular and famous artist and adventurer in East County passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 30.  Bob McCoy had quite a following in the hot rod, antique and collectable car show world.  His cartoon like drawings and paintings of old cars were always a hit at the car shows where he sold his artwork. Old car guys coveted a McCoy painting of their treasured vehicle.  He also designed many T-shirts that would be proudly worn by the car enthusiasts, and his carved wood sculptures of cars would make him famous.

The Lakeside River Park Conservancy hosted its Volunteer Appreciation Awards Breakfast last Saturday. It took place at the Lakeside Boll Weevil and was a full house with 84 volunteers attending.

Robin Rierdan, executive director of the River Park, said this is an annual event to thank all the volunteers for their tremendous amount of work. She said they logged in over 9,000 hours that would amount to over $217,000 if they were paid employees.

Giggles and squeals abound in Oma’s Pumpkin Patch at Van Ommering’s Diary Farm in Lakeside.

Kids were running around, enjoying the wide open spaces, down on the farm, and parents smiling from ear to ear, enjoying the big outdoors too and watching their little ones experience the wonders of nature.

Steve Clapp likes to see things get done around Lakeside and he’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves and do the work himself. Nowadays he is in the middle of restoring a 1910 building on Maine Avenue. His brother, Dan Clapp, recently purchased the historic building and Steve Clapp is taking the helm as project manager, overseeing the demolition of the interior and then the restoration.

“I love these old buildings,” he said.

In a growing movement to provide consumers with healthier natural products, Hilliker’s Ranch Fresh Eggs is now offering cage free eggs. Frank Hilliker, the third generation owner of this ranch, invited the public to see the results of its new “state of the art cage-free chicken house.” More than 60 people showed up and asked plenty of questions at its unveiling on Aug. 22.

San Vicente Dam Raise Project—the tallest dam raise in the U.S. and the tallest roller compacted concrete dam raise in the entire world. That is quite an accompliSan Diego County Water Authority makes history in doubling the storage capacity of the San Vicente Dam Reservoirshment for San Diego.

Former Woman’s Club of Lakeside president moves to state representation

The Woman’s Club of Lakeside is all puffed up with pride these days because their former President, Chris Herzog, has worked her way up the ladder to become the state president of all Federated Women’s Clubs in California. No easy task. Last year she was the second vice president.

100th Birthday Party helped Eileen Carender and Edna Kouns celebrate an event that most folks do not get to experience.

One hundred years is a long time to be around Lakeside. Eileen Carender and Edna Kouns daughters, Virginia Embry and Dixie Landsdown, hosted a 100th birthday party for the centurions on June 15 at the Olde Community Church, home to the Lakeside Historical Society.

Beat the heat with night fishing at Lake Jennings now open through September

Some folks say that Lakeside rolls up its sidewalks at dark-o-thirty, and that there is nothing to do after 8 p.m., but not so in the eyes of Doug Burke, an avid fisherman at Lake Jennings.

City slickers would say that some Lakeside mothers have an unusual way of spending Mother’s Day.