I was enjoying the cool view, cool jazz music and cool appetizers of Vintana’s outdoor patio when Bob & Diana Wisecarver strolled up, looking about as relaxed as I’ve seen anyone recently. Bob was the longtime owner of Community Pharmacy in Valley Center and Escondido. About 18 months ago he sold the pharmacy to Pete Nguyen.
The sale was conducted so quickly and the Wisecarvers left for vacation thereafter so that we were never able to conduct an interview to find out what they would be doing with retirement. I always just assumed that they left Valley Center. Turns out the Wisecarvers have continued to live in Valley Center and to enjoy retirement, although Bob does some pharmacy work on the coast. Good to know that such integral parts of the community are still with us!
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WATER WITCHING—The Valley Center PRO (Professional Referral Organization) meets every Tuesday at 8 a.m. at the VC Library. The group consists of professionals who periodically give presentations on their work. Recently Peter Reilly of Spirit Valley Ranch Custom Blacksmithing (whose slogan is “tell me what you desire and I’ll build it in my fire) decided that for a change he would give a demonstration on “water witching” which is the location of water and metal using a set of two metal wands, one held in each hand. In theory the wands move together like a magnetic attraction when the “witcher” is standing over water or even a coin. Reilly says he used to find spending money as a boy by using wands to find coins in the grass. It appeared to work, and it was kind of amusing to see members of the group (myself included), oohing and ahhhing when they tried it out themselves. Although I remain a skeptic (I suspect that the power of suggestion plays a part here) I’m willing to hear the scientific reason for why this may work. Any other witchers out there?
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MUSICAL CHAIRS FOR RESTAURANTS—If you have dined on Grand Avenue recently and wondered if your senses have played tricks on you, you are not alone. Recently Swami’s, which used to be at 150 Grand, moved a couple of doors down, to space that was once the Avocado Grill. Where Swami’s was is another restaurant called the Escondido Grill. I guess it’s time for a new article . . .
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HISTORY LECTURE—The Quarterly Lecture Series at the Escondido History Center will be held Saturday, August 22, 10 a.m., Santa Fe Depot. The free lecture is entitled “Felicita the Person, Pageant, and Park” by Rusty Rodes.
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SPONSOR GROUP–The Pala Pauma Sponsor Group will meet Tuesday, July 7, at 7 p.m. at Pauma Valley Community Center – 16650 Hwy 76, Pauma Valley.
The agenda includes the following items:
• The proposal of the County of San Diego to adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration in accordance with CEQA regarding Administrative and Habitat Loss Permitsfortheconstruction,operation,andmaintenanceofa2megawattsolar facility on a 9.9 acre portion of APNs 110-072-26 and 110-370 located immediately north of Pala Road (State-Route 76) and east of Pala Del Norte Road in Pauma Valley.
• The revised TY Nursery Application for an Administrative Permit for Agricultural Clearing of parcel APN 130-100-17 at 15935 Highway 76 Pauma Valley, CA for use for growing and cultivating potted plants for wholesale sales.
• The proposed Zoning Ordinance amendment that would allow for the development of accessory agricultural uses such as microbreweries, cheese-making and dairy operations, on-site food production, mobile butchering, packing and processing, on-site retail horticulture sales, animal raising, roadside sales of agricultural products, agricultural tourism, and agricultural home-stays on agricultural lands consistent with the County’s General Plan.
• Consideration of the latest specific proposals of the Pauma Valley Community Center to use funding potentially available from the Department of Parks and Recreation, and possibly other sources, for the enhancement of sports grounds located at their facility at 16650 Highway 76, Pauma Valley.
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ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL—At its June 15 meeting the Valley Center Pauma Unified School District board appointed Mark Hailwood as the assistant principal at Valley Center High School for the 2015 – 2016 school year. Hailwood has been teaching for over 12 years. This last year he taught video production, a media and arts course with a focus on film concepts and the production process. We hope to do an interview with him for our Back to School issue later this year.
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REAPPOINTMENT—At the June meeting of the VC Community Planning Group the planners voted to recommend that Mark Jackson be appointed to fill a vacancy on the 15-seat board. Jackson, who lost his seat in the November election, was the only person to apply for the vacancy.
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ROBOTICS CLUB—VC Robotics Club meets Mondays, 4-6 p.m. at VC Library. Join the group for hands on instruction on how to build robots. No experience is necessary but it is helpful to have the basics: reading, writing and arithmetic.
COMMUNITY YARD SALE— Palomar Mountain’s Crestline Group Camp (next to the fire station) will be the scene for a community yard sale on July 4, starting at 10 a.m. You are welcome to sell or buy.
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JUNIOR LIVESTOCK AUCTION—Local FFA and 4-Hr’s will be participating in the July 4 Junior Livestock Auction at the Del Mar Fair starting at 10 a.m. and going all day. This is your chance to help out the secondary education of some of the sterling youngsters who raise these animals.
One local group that will be participating in the fair this year is the All Tribes Charter School FFA. This group will be taking four market hogs to be shown in the market hog show and showmanship. They also have two ag students who taking a hog and steer to the fair to be shown. Just like every other 4-H and FFA member they will be selling their market animals in the Junior Livestock Auction. All Tribes FFA is also participating in the Large Animal Knowledge Bowl to test their knowledge on livestock.