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Articles by Betty McMillen

Horses have always been an important part in Lakeside history. Before the automobile they were the means of transportation, obtaining materials from San Diego and for hauling produce and farm fresh food to market. In Lakeside’s heyday, when the train made six to eight trips a day, the horse drawn wagons arrived at the depot to transport supplies to area farms. Passengers from town would disembark in Lakeside and taken by stagecoach or wagon to Ramona, Santa Isabel and Julian.

March brings new trails for hikers and new restaurant for Lakeside

Lakeside celebrates its own March Madness with new trail and eats. The Lakeside River Park Conservancy and the new business, Bucking Delorean Restaurant, both held ribbon cutting ceremonies bringing new and exciting things to the community

For many years, the old Lakeside Theater worried many Lakesiders, ever since the Octad One Production Company closed the doors to its playhouse. It was for sale and left for the homeless to enter and demolish. Now a new breath of life is reviving the historic structure, built in 1911.

Cal Fire youth in job training program tackle Arundo removal

Arundo–An invasive plant that looks similar to bamboo, it grows in streambeds, and rivers and is highly flammable. 

Maine Streets underground construction worth the hassle

Perhaps you have gotten slowed down in the traffic stops on Maine Avenue during the last two weeks and wondered what the heck is going on in downtown Lakeside. Thankfully it will not last long, but the street is being trenched and then it will have conduit and electric wires installed underground before being repaved and stripped.

Annual Lakeside Historical Society’s Holiday Home Tour is a sight to behold

Rain, rain, go away.

Charity, one stitch at a time


The saying “Charity Begins At Home” is just what Irene Woods had in mind when she said “yes,” she would take on the project of hand sewing quilt pieces that were donated to the Tuesday Sewing Group. 

The Lakeside River Park Conservancy’s annual Blue Moon Dinner, Auction, Gala, which took place Oct. 20, was not blue. The most gorgeous huge yellow Harvest Moon came up over the El Monte Valley just in time for the evening meal that was held at Hazy Meadows Ranch.  This was a change of venue for the Conservancy, who in years past had their event on the beautiful trail and pond overlook on the Conservancy’s 100-acre property.  

Artist, sign painter and muralist, David Ybarra, has been in Lakeside creating his magic on a 101-year-old store at the corner of River and Laurel Streets. In case you haven’t driven by there to see for yourself what all the buzz is Around Lakeside, he recreated the old Birchard’s Merchantile and Confectionary Store similar to the original store when it was open for business back in the early 1900s.  It is across the street from the former Rail Road Depot.