Local tennis team triumphs, wins US title

A women’s tennis team from Escondido, represent­ing the United States Tennis Association’s Southern California Section, captured the national title at the USTA League Adult 55 & Over 8.0 National Cham­pionships held at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Com­plex in Surprise, AZ. The Escondido team defeated a team from Lake Os­wego, OR., 2-1 in the championship match on Sunday, Oct. 18. […]

“I need to forgive myself 50,000 times a day…”

“I need to forgive myself 50,000 times a day” – that’s what Joe told me when we were driving in California on a business trip together. We were talking about forgiveness, and how IS it possible to forgive someone who has done something truly heinous… interesting discussions my colleague and I would have. Joseph at the time was a Managing […]

San Diego crop value tumbles due to drop in egg, avocado productions

Significant drops in the annual pro­duction value of avocados and eggs contributed to a San Diego County 2014 crop report with a total produc­tion value that was down from the 2013 figure. During 2014, the county’s 5,732 farms grew crops with a total produc­tion value of $1.88 billion. The 2013 crop value was $1.85 billion. “I’m not surprised that there […]

Meetings are the foundation of an excellent association

As a professional Community Association Manager I hear these complaints each and every day from board members: • I can hear the sound of crickets chirping at board meetings because nobody except me and the other directors attends. • I haven’t got a clue what might inspire owners to attend meetings and participate. • I feel overworked and unappreciated – […]

Local teacher uses technology in her classroom, hopes to foster new generation of tech-literacy

The walk to Vanessa Miramontes- Solorzano’s classroom takes me through a central, high-ceilinged room. It is full of children. A teacher cautions “don’t step on the drone” and I hop-skip around the device, about the size of a pie plate, with four tiny rotors. The children are gathered around the tiny aircraft, learning a lesson in physics. Their instructor “is […]

Kallee Krong- McCreery’s Recipes

Pumpkin Soup

Kallee is a cook, recipe writer, and a field editor of the Taste of Home family of magazines. Her recipes have been featured in Sim­ple and Delicious, Country woman, and Taste of home magazines. When we finally get a bit of cool weather, I began to crave soup. This is a recipe I have served to many groups, including tea […]

The Governer has decided


According to statistics from the Governor’s office, this year Gover­nor Jerry Brown signed 808 bills and vetoed 133, for a total of 941 bills. With over 2,300 new bills introduced, that’s a veto rate of about 14 percent. Among the bills signed and vetoed, there were a number of surprises, and some that weren’t so surprising. Among the surprises, the […]

VC Musicians Create Patriotic Musical Tribute

The Valley Center/Pauma Music Boosters will hold their second annual free Veteran’s Day Concert on Wednes­day, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. with doors open­ing at noon for snacks, treats and meal items for purchase. This program has been continuously offered as a community service by the band and choir students of Valley Center Middle and High Schools. “Each year, several […]


‘Carmen’ pours passion and drama onto the stage

The passion and drama of “Carmen” will pour forth on the concert stage of the California Center for the Arts on three days on two November weekends. Georges Bizet’s most popular opera will be performed by the Pacific Lyric Association’s cast in a two-hour tem­pest of love, jealousy and violence. The title role is being sung by Teresa Hughes Oliva, […]

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