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Articles by BJ Coleman

On March 11, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously, 4-0, directing the county’s Chief Administrative Officer to continue support for expanding county library locations for veterans’ services programs and to identify eligible local volunteers to assist the veterans during the new library service hours.

Does East County possess some special magic that fosters eloquence in patriotic speech?

If so, that could explain why for the fourth year in a row, high school youths sponsored by El Cajon American Legion Post 303 won the Legion-conducted High School Oratorical Contest at the District 22 level covering San Diego County, to advance to the next competitive level of Southern California’s Area 5.

American Legion Post 282 in La Mesa played host on Sunday, Feb. 9, to Legionnaires from around the county wide 22nd District of the Legion, who vied in the organization’s first-ever Chrome Dome Competition. Male entrants in the contest competed over which Legionnaire possesses the best-looking shaved head, as determined by vote of attendees for their favorite baldies. 

Military veterans sacrificed part of their lives defending the nation’s freedoms. Some sacrifice a part of themselves and return home as wounded warriors. Advances in combat-related medicine have brought back many more than from previous hostilities, and suffering but recovering from more grievous wounds. The need has never been greater for programs providing for these veterans and their families.

Classics are identified by the fact that they never go out of style. A bit of occasional modest tailoring here and there to suit changing tastes is the only alteration ever necessary for a quality favorite of lasting popularity.

When Santa Claus harnesses his reindeer on Dec. 24, the North American Aerospace Defense Command stands on alert to track lead sleigh-puller Rudolph by the heat signature of his super-lit, red nose-so-bright. According to NORAD’s records, after departing from the North Pole, Santa travels south along the International Dateline then heads westward. He eventually arrives for everyone in East County on Santa’s “Nice List” during the last leg of his world-circling journey, last flying across the United States and South America.

Tails wagged, smiles abounded, and both canine and human tongues were hanging out for attendees anticipating dog treats and free-flowing beers, respectively.

From early-November election days actively celebrating gratefulness for freedom, through Thanksgiving, each year’s next-to-last month calls for acknowledging received blessings. 

In keeping with the season, Lakeside Farms Elementary School, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, held the school’s second annual Military Appreciation Breakfast thanking military families connected with the school for the service of active-duty troops and veterans, as well as the concomitant sacrifices of their family members.