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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

Hope for Iraqi Christians, nonprofit supporting Christian refugees persecuted by ISIS, and the Knights of Columbus Mar Toma Council #10981 raised more than $270,000 during a fundraising event on May 5. There were nearly 500 guests in attendance at the event hosted at St. Peter Church Hall.

The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual Harry J. Spence Citizen of the Year award. Deadline for submissions is Monday, May 23. Nominations can be submitted by mail or in person at the Chamber office.

Cajon Valley Union School District hosted the community’s second annual TEDxKids@ElCajon event on Saturday, April 16. Speakers included students in grades 1-8, as well as featured speakers Aidan Fay, a local student who built a flight simulator in his bedroom, Brynjar Karl, the “Lego Boy” from Iceland, and Chula Vista teen Tae Ho, a Master Chef Junior contestant.

B. W. ‘Stoney’ Stone – also known as “Mr. East County” – of Santee, passed away peacefully in his home, Wednesday, Apr. 20, surrounded by his family and loved ones.

Born in Mesa, Arizona in 1925, his family moved to California when he was a young teen.

Stoney graduated from Sweetwater High School in 1943. Immediately afterwardhe served in the Army AirForces from 1943-1946.

Stoney married his beautiful wife Bonnie in 1955. During their 54-year marriage, the two shared fivechildren, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

EMSTA College, in Santee, has received new program approval from the “Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools” (ACICS) that will allow students seeking a career as a paramedic to obtain an Associates of Occupational Science degree.

Rick Foehr, Program Director and founder of EMSTA College, said, “This is an exciting time for us!  With this new approval, we can transfer college credits as well as offer the AOS degree.”

By Delia Cannon and Kenneth McNicol

Difference Makers Conferences, the learning division of Difference Makers Consulting  (www.differencemakersconsulting.com) has launched the RiseUp! 2016 Women’s Conference, April 15-16, 2016 in Carmel Valley, CA. The conference will provide essential skills to help women navigate life changes such as divorce, job changes, and loss. The conference early-bird rate of $149 has been extended as part of a spring promotion.

Depot Springs Beer Company is planning an outdoor music venue and brewery / restaurant in Fletcher Hills, on Dallas St and Fletcher Parkway. According to its promotional literature, the La Mesa Planning Commission appears to have approved live (outdoor) music until midnight, daily. Their promotional literature portrays this plan as being family-friendly.

Now that so much of the rental industry has moved online, it’s easier than ever for scammers to take advantage of unsuspecting renters. 

By Gail Ramer

Assembly Member Jones, R-Santee, honored Terry Burke-Eiserling as the 2016 Woman of the Year for the 71st Assembly District during a special ceremony at the Lakeside Skate Park on March 25.