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STATE OF THE COUNTY— VC resident Bill Horn was elected chairman of the County Board of Supervisors, probably for the last time since he is entering upon his last term on the board. As board chairman he will deliver the 2015 State of the County on Tuesday, February 15, 6 p.m. at the County Administration Center Board of Supervisors Chambers, […]

So I was Thinking…

“A Heart-to- Heart about Connections”

I have been thinking a lot about connections lately…or maybe it’s more like disconnections. One of the things that triggered this line of thought is the other day I went to run a couple of errands and unintentionally left my cell phone at home. Realizing my husband wouldn’t be able to reach me if he needed me, I thought, “No […]

Chamber Sunriser—

Optimist women make treasure bags for Children’s Hospital

—30— An Editor’s Notebook

EASTER EGG HUNT—The 5th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held on March 28. Bates Nut Farm has hosted this event for the past three years. Organizers need volunteers to help with craft tables, prize tables, and helping with the areas of the hunt. If you know of a group or youth that needs community service hours, have them […]

New chef brings healthy recipes to Italian eatery

Portino’s Fresh Italian restaurant has always been known for the excellence of its cuisine. Its new chef, Ferdinand (“Call me Fred”) Vitale wants it also to be known for recipes that are healthy as well as tasty. “We aren’t getting away from the Italian favorites that people come in here for,” but I’m adding a few things to the menu […]

‘Who would steal from a library,’ ask patron, ‘It’s like stealing from a church!’

“Who would steal from a library? It’s like stealing from a church!” exclaimed one patron of the Valley Center Library, which was burglarized sometime over the weekend of January 24-25. Among items taken were several bronze Remington sculptures which were donated to the library some 10 years ago. Like the “curious incident of the dog in the night-time,” quoted in […]

Relay for Life kicks off for June 20 event

Relay for Life is now holding regular Team Captain meetings on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The first meeting will be a casual Meet & Greet to welcome everyone to Relay and get to know each other a bit better. It will be held at the Country Junction Deli Banquet Room. For more information about Relay […]

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91-year-old Navy Seal gets honored at historical Santa Monica hotel’s diamond jubilee celebration


Hank Weldon of Valley Center, 91, was among the elite WWII veterans feted at the Diamond Jubilee January 17 celebration of the Hotel Shangri-La in San Monica, a hotel that many of Weldon’s comrades from the war used to congregate during the war. Hank and his wife Donna got a phone call a couple of weeks ago. “A guy we […]