El Cajon, CA
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Articles by BJ Coleman

Singer-songwriters have tales to tell through their music. That applies as much for younger performers as for more seasoned composers.

East County’s young country artist Dannie Marie demonstrated that with an energetic and engaging set of her songs in downtown San Diego on March 2. Dannie Marie was opening act during an evening of country music at The Music Box. 

Sprites are magical, supernatural creatures -- elves, fairies or goblins known to surprise people with their presence. The SPRITES of East County are human, but nonetheless surprising, as an organization of lovely daughters and mothers, who prize volunteering in service to community charities. 

Life can often take unexpected turns in the midst of war. El Cajon businessman Fadi Matti could attest to that from his own life. And Matti has built a successful East County real estate business, specializing in relocation assistance to Iraqi refugees in the U.S. whose lives, like his own, have been unsettled by conflict and violence in the Middle East.

Persistence pays. Sometimes persistence is the key factor in successful completion of a project.

Ryan Abell has an important “day job” as a firefighter-paramedic with Heartland Fire & Rescue, where he has worked for over seven years. He further serves the community by volunteering as a board member with the El Cajon Professional Firefighters Foundation, supporting charitable endeavors.

You voted. And as readers of The East County Californian chose for recognition as the Best of East County 2016 received their awards on the evening of Feb. 9. Voting proceeded over a three month period.

“Moving violation” is not a penalty with flags thrown in professional football. Local observers might rue that fact, in contemplating the multiple unfortunate consequences for area communities, flowing from departure of the former San Diego Chargers for Los Angeles.

El Cajon has got talent -- specifically, this East County city has impressive authors among its residents. And the El Cajon Library showed off three of the area’s accomplished book writers on the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 21. The event was the Local Authors Expo.

Dr. Corey Marco has a new office, several paces down the street from his former medical practice facility. Framed degrees and awards hang on his office wall, but none of those relate to his 40 years as a physician in El Cajon.

Marco retired from medicine as December ended, and he is proud of a thick binder full of personal notes, cards and thank-you letters from patients who deeply regret his departure from being their doctor. He shared these remembrances during an interview on Jan. 9.

The Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center in El Cajon kicked off this year’s shows with a special nod toward the namesake artist the gallery features. The first formal exhibit of the Wieghorst Museum’s schedule this year is titled “Salmagundians and Their Friends -- Southern California,” a showing of artworks by plein air artists. The term plein air refers to those painters who complete their works in open air so as to capture the actual effects of light and atmosphere on their subjects.