2015-02-12

‘Who is that beautiful girl?’ A Valentine’s Day story



As Valentine’s Day approaches, I find myself thinking of Chuck and Kay Lyall. They were married just before Valentine’s Day over 60 years ago, and the story of how they met and came to be married is the sweetest love story I’ve ever heard. With their family’s permission, here is their story: Their life together began in 1948 when Chuck […]

Vallecitos Water District quickly contains sewage



An estimated 1,950 gallon sewage spill occurred Wednesday, February 4 at Redwing Street in San Marcos when a pressurized sewer pipeline of the Vallecitos Water District broke. Vallecitos Water District is one of two water districts serving Escondido. The spill occurred when a pressurized sewer main developed a leak. About 825 gallons of sewage was recovered and the remaining 1,125 […]

Van Quackenbush, my most unforgettable character



For years Readers Digest has had a section called “My Most Unforgettable Character,” and while my 30 plus years reporting the news in Valley Center has introduced me to many who are in the running for that job, Van Quackenbush wins the title—hands down! I’m sure if there was a vote taken of Valley Center residents who knew Van in […]

Waldron honors Toyota of Escondido



As part of my continuing effort to promote business in North San Diego and southwest Riverside Counties, this month I would like to salute Toyota of Escondido. A family-owned business since the 1970s, Toyota of Escondido has been a major force driving Escondido’s economy, selling an average of 600 new and pre-owned vehicles each month and providing employment for 287 […]

Letters to the editor



WHY HERE? WHY NOW? Editor, Times-Advocate: I wanted to weigh in on the article about the Lilac Hills Ranch development. I was wondering why the developers are pushing something that the vast majority of residents in Valley Center do not want? First and foremost this is a minimum- 2 to 2 1/2 acre community with exception of the Woods Valley […]

Escondido GOP to host city public works honchos



Ed Domingue, the City of Escondido’s Public Works Director and City Engineer will be the guest speaker for the Escondido Republican Club’s (TERC) meeting on Monday, February 16. Domingue’s presentation is entitled ‘Legacy’. The Public Works Department that Domingue administers is comprised of four divisions: Engineering; Maintenance; Operations; and Neighborhood Services. These divisions work together to enhance and maintain public […]

Contemporary art exhibit comes to Escondido from Strauss Family Foundation



As a part of the 20th anniversary of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, the center is welcoming the return of contemporary art with two extraordinary exhibitions presented concurrently. In CCAE’s Gallery Two, Contemporary Constructions: Matthew & Iris Strauss Family Foundation highlights contemporary artists from around the world in a diverse and thought-provoking collection. Committed to making their collection […]

Demolition almost complete—



North Dakotan visitors to History Museum make it ‘50’ for all the states



The Valley Center History Museum can now claim that it has had visitors from every state in the Union. Since its opening in 2013, the local museum has welcomed guests from 49 of the 50 states. Only North Dakota was missing. That changed over the past 30 days when multiple visitors from that state showed up on different days and […]

Around Escondido



Escondido SATURDAY Market, Held every Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Grand Ave. North County’s newest artisan market in historic Downtown Escondido. Come for unique products and fresh produce in a hip urban market. Escondido Farmers Market, Tuesdays 2:30-6 p.m., Year-Round, event is held on Grand Ave. between Juniper and Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. Local, farm fresh produce. Local […]


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