2015-05-21

VC bands take top honors at Coronado competition



The Valley Center High School and Middle School Jazz Bands competed in the biggest jazz festival of the year in San Diego May 9 in Coronado and took away several top prizes. Twenty-eight high school and middle school jazz bands competed from as far away as Los Angeles and Palm Desert. VCHS took second place out of 20 high school […]

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Volleyball: the presence of Valley Center’s Daniel DeLeon



Among the highest compliments that can be paid to an athlete, at any level, is to say that he has a presence about him. Though that description can convey a variety of things, it generally means that said athlete is consistently clutch, has an air of belief that inspires teammates and exudes a perception that he will always find a […]

VC organist plans to set world’s record for playing



San Diego Civic Organist Carol Williams, a Valley Center resident, is preparing for a monumental feat: Playing the Spreckels Organ, for 12 consecutive hours and 15 minutes (a world record!), to raise funds for local wounded warriors. Donations generated from Williams’ marathon organ performance will benefit Operation Rebound, a Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) sports and fitness program for American military […]

Recent rains won’t change our vulnerability to wildfires overnight



Part I of a series. Wonderful rain may be helping our Valley Center drought condition for now but the cumulative effect over the past ten years will not change overnight. The vegetation will continue to grow and then go dormant, dry out, turn brown and become combustible fuel waiting for any spark. The wildfires of 2003 and 2007 have had […]

Escondido East Rotary Club salutes the military



The Escondido East Rotary Club honored active military personnel and their families at the 15th Annual Military Appreciation Barbecue May 9 at Kit Carson Park in Escondido. Over 500 community residents and military personnel attended the annual deep pit barbecue. The barbecue was free to all active military and their families. Games, prizes, auctions and entertainment were provided by Calico […]

Ordinary to extraordinary: Classical Academy High School’s first annual art festival



Despite the heavy rainfall on Saturday evening, April 27, Classical Academy High School buzzed with activity during its first annual art festival. Students from CAHS and its sister schools —The Classical Academy (TCA) and the Classical Academy Middle School (CAMS) — put on multiple performances, that included singing from TCA’s intermediate and advanced choir, dance routines from the Dance Troupe, […]

Escondido appoints new assistant manager



Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips announced today that Graham Mitchell, current City Manager of Lemon Grove, has been appointed as the Assistant City Manager. He is expected to begin his duties on July 1, 2015. Mr. Mitchell has been the City Manager in Lemon Grove since 2003. Prior to that he was City Manager for three years in Farmersville, CA. […]

Jason Brewster brings star power to VC Lacrosse



David had his slingshot. Robin Hood owned a bow. “Wild Bill” Hickok toted a handgun. Valley Center High lacrosse standout Jason Brewster uses a stick. It’s hard to say whose weapon would be considered more potent. In the case of Brewster, the stick he employs seems to have almost mystical qualities. In the hands of the 6-1, 190-pound senior, his […]

Prestigious fellowship awarded to Escondido woman



The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to Marquel S.M. Ramirez, a firstyear student at the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, and a resident of Escondido. She will spend the fellowship working at UNITE HERE Local 2 in San Francisco. Ramirez is a Filipina-American who attended St. Mary Catholic School […]