Around Lakeside-History repeats itself

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They say that History repeats itself and that came true last week when the Lakeside Historical Society hosted senior citizens who were from the Grossmont College Continuing Education class Rediscovering San Diego. Fifty-eight students who have a thirst for knowledge came to the Olde Community Church on Maine Avenue to hear for themselves the history of Lakeside, the church and some of it’s famous citizens.

They say that History repeats itself and that came true last week when the Lakeside Historical Society hosted senior citizens who were from the Grossmont College Continuing Education class Rediscovering San Diego. Fifty-eight students who have a thirst for knowledge came to the Olde Community Church on Maine Avenue to hear for themselves the history of Lakeside, the church and some of it’s famous citizens.

Bobbie Pogue chaired the event and the students seemed like they enjoyed learning about Lakeside, which included the Indians, Spanish Dons, pioneers, farming, train transportation, racetrack and the beautiful Victorian Lakeside Inn. Janis Shackelford told the guests about the old fire bell and raceway around Lindo Lake. Barbara Whitlock told the students about the Old Church which was built in 1896 and the 100 year old organ,  Dorine Campbell showed the students the 300 scrap books available for research in the archives telling about Lakeside history, families and events. Cathy Hanson and Linda Barnett toured them through the Lakeside Museum that has many antiques that were donated by Lakeside pioneer families and Pennie McMahon kept all the guests organized and moving from station to station. More adult education classes will be coming to visit next month. The Old Community Church, home to the Historical Society is open to the public Tues. through Sat. from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. You may call 561-1886 for more information.

In other news Around Lakeside the East County Jr. Fair had its annual fundraiser on Sunday, March 15 at the Rodeo Grounds. There was a snappy live auction with Matt Gorham as the fast talking auctioneer, Karen Collins and her assistant, Kathy Quick had assembled a huge array of auction items. Miss Lakeside and Jr Miss Lakeside princesses helped show off the hundreds of donations, which included many home made items such as quilts, comforters, dresses, gift baskets, Sea World passes, metal goat station, sheep bucket, saddles, lots of John Deere products and most impressive was a huge metal cactus assemblage made out of rusty horseshoes by welding artist, John Majors. Besides the live auction there was a silent auction, a bake sale and a BBQ Dinner with pitted beef, served by 4H and Future Farmers of America students. The Ice Cream Shack funds go toward Investment For Youth Scholarships. All other funds generated will help with the East County Jr. Fair on May 10, Mothers Day, and run for one week. Animals and crafts will be judged and the public is welcome to come to see the accomplishments of the 4-H and Future Farmers Of America students, it is a fun event and is like stepping back in time.

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