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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

By Steven Williams

Dozens of veterans, family members and area Council for Youth Empowerment pageant queens packed into Carter-Smith Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5867 in Lakeside Friday to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action in their annual POW/MIA Day Ceremony. 

The event featured a Missing Man Table Ceremony in the Post social quarters and a candlelight vigil around the Post’s memorial flagpole.

There are many everyday heroes all around us -- teachers, firefighters, soldiers, and volunteers working to improve our communities, and even the young man or woman who helped their fellow citizen carry their groceries. Daisy Tate, executive director of the Veterans Supplemental Support Network (VSSN), wanted to make sure these heroes were given the recognition that they deserve.

St. Paul’s PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) celebrated the ground breaking of its new medical center to care for seniors in East County on Sept. 1. 

" Fields of Color”

This exhibit will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery Oct. 7 – Nov. 3.  The public is cordially invited to a reception in honor of the artists on Sunday, Oct. 8, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Managing landscape and home garden pests is a challenge that faces every home gardener.  In today’s green-minded environment, the public is constantly searching for the safest manner to address their pest problems.  The University of California Cooperative Extension and the Healthy Garden – Healthy Home Program invites you to attend a free workshop on growing your own Herb Garden the safe and healthy way.  This workshop will be held at the Rancho San Diego Branch Library, 11555 Via Rancho San Diego, El Cajon, CA  92019 from 10:00 a.m.

School has started and there are lots of activities at your local library.

So what’s happening at the Rancho San Diego Library? See our special events:

Growing Fresh Herbs for CookingFree workshop presented by environmental horticulturalist Carolyn Kinnon. Free garden gift for the first 50 attendees.  Saturday, September 16, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

GatewayArabic Language Computer Classes moves to a new time! Come Wednesdays from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

New bike repair station provides riders with convenient facility to make repairs at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve thanks to a generous gift from Pardee Homes. Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve recently unveiled its new bike repair station. The station will provide riders with equipment to fix their bikes and make needed adjustments while exploring Santee by bicycle. With biking's popularity continuing to grow in the region, the bike station provides a much-needed quick-fix station.

The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) is pleased to present a Fine Art Exhibition featuring five award winning artists: Loretta Deczynski, Deanna Ditzler, Joan Hansen, Don Stouder and Jami Wright.

" Five Creative Perspectives”

This exhibit will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery Sept. 9 – Oct. 6. The public is cordially invited to a reception in honor of the artists on Sunday, Sept. 10, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

About the Artists:

Loretta Deczynski - Acrylic, Pastel and Colored Pencil

AARP Experience Corps is currently recruiting volunteers ages 50+ to tutor during the after school expanded learning program in Lemon Grove

An injustice is happening in San Diego County. And, the person causing the injustice is the county’s top law enforcement officer, Sheriff Bill Gore.