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Articles by BJ Coleman

You would be forgiven if you did a double take, shook your head and rubbed your eyes on entering Santee’s combined American Legion Post 364 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9327 any Wednesday evening. You might swear you are seeing Willie Nelson live, in person, but all by his lonesome on stage. You would be wrong. That is Robert “Red” Shepherd, who bills his appearance as a Tribute to Willie, and he looks and sounds the part.

The American Legion, as a veteran’s service organization, operates roughly along the fiscal-year calendar’s timeline, with new officers taking positions that begin formally in July or August. Those retiring from their roles step down at that time, and the outstanding ones who have provided exemplary leadership are acknowledged as they conclude their terms.

BNS Brewing & Distilling Co. has been in operation for just over a year, staging a first-anniversary celebration in mid-June. The Santee brewery kicked off its second year with the impressive accomplishment of bringing back a Silver Medal from the San Diego International Beer Festival for Gatling Gun Imperial Stout. 

The competition, now in its eighth year, was held last week at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, featuring more than 400 beers vying for awards. Over 200 breweries entered the contest.

The old virtues may be forgotten for a time. Once remembered, they resonate as before.

Attitudes toward aging have revolutionized. Later stages of life, recently seen as a time of decline and increasing seclusion for all but a fortunate few, have become days of good health and active engagement for most individuals who have racked up abundant calendar years. Instrumental in this change are advances in treatment of common age-related medical conditions, adjustments in minor accommodations for living assistance, and simplifications of daily self-care chores. The prevailing view now is that people can enjoy life, live well and do well, no matter their age.

Lions and Widows bet against the odds in a night of “gamblin’ ’n’ carousin’” in Old West saloon style.

The El Cajon Valley Host Lions Club and the Winchester Widows joined forces in the Lions’ annual fundraiser on May 17 at the Ronal Reagan Community Center in El Cajon.