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Local News September 9, 2004

Reader Inquiry Yields Information

Reader Inquiry Yields Information


The Paper was contacted by one of our readers, Bob Lehman of Lake San Marcos, who wondered what the activity was on Double Peak in San Marcos.  He was a regular hiker there and was concerned at all the construction activity.


A call to Paul Malone, Assistant City Manager, and Craig Sargent-Beach, Assistant Directory of Community Services, for the City of San Marcos, gave us the answers.


The grading going on at Double Peak is to gain access to the top of the peak for development and parking.  The development plans call for a small amphitheater (capacity of 100-150),  with tiered concrete steps for seating, a picnic area, parking with 75 spaces for cars, restrooms and an Interpretive Center and Ranger Station.


The site encompasses about 10 acres.  Access to the area will be free.  Completion date for the project is March 2006 at which time the area will be all groomed out with new landscaping.


There will also be a group campsite with 75 primitive sites available nearby.  That facility should be ready for use by October 2004.  This is a hike-in only area, a separate area from the double peak, and is part of 210 acres.  The campsite is on the western end of the ridgeline with the ridgeline trail going from the microwave towers to the double peak area.  It is under construction presently, should be completed by the end of this year. When completed, hikers should enjoy hiking trails from Discovery Lake to the Ridgeline from that junction over to the microwave towers.


Red Cross Pet First Aid Classes Set at Escondido Humane Society


It's a helpless feeling having your pet seriously hurt or ill and not knowing how to help.  You can find out what to do by attending a comprehensive class on pet first aid for dogs and cats, taught by the American Red Cross and hosted by the Escondido Humane Society.


The four-hour course will be offered at the Society on Oct. 16 and Nov. 13 from noon to 4 p.m.  A special course for children 11 years old through high school age is scheduled for Nov. 6, from noon to 4 p.m.  The cost is $40.  Attendees will get a free pet first aid handbook and can purchase pet first aid kits when they arrive for the class. To register for one of the classes or for more information, call 760 888-2261.


The course, which is a collaborative effort between the American Red Cross and the Humane Society of the United States, will be taught by Rick Ochocki, manager of chapter development for the Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties.  Rick is a former New York City paramedic and has been an instructor in emergency medical issues for 20 years.  He volunteered at the Red Cross here in North County during the wildfires last October, and joined the Red Cross as a professional staff member immediately thereafter.


"We teach you how to protect your pet from injury," says Ochocki, "and what to do if your pet is choking, not breathing, bleeding, or has suffered possible broken bones, shock, poisoning, snake bite or sudden illness (including car sickness).  We also teach you how to deal with heat and cold related emergencies.


"Many people don't know it, but you can administer CPR to a dog or cat with excellent results.  We show you how to do that along with many other techniques that you can use to help your pet in an emergency situation."


While the anatomies of dogs, cats and humans differ substantially and so the treatment may differ, the outcome you are seeking is the same, Ochocki points out, and that is to stabilize the victim without doing more harm until qualified medical help is available.


Founded in 1915, the Escondido Humane Society advocates the elimination of animal abuse, pet overpopulation and homelessness among companion animals and finds new homes for surrendered, stray and abandoned animals.  Its mission is to promote responsible pet ownership by teaching compassion, respect and caring treatment for all living creatures.


Democrats Hold Commuter Coffee Klatch


Commuters in and around San Marcos are invited to drop into the Democratic Headquarters between 6:30 and 8 a.m. on week-days through Friday, September 17th.  Coffee and pastries will be served.


Information about local candidates, buttons, bumper stickers and yard signs will be available.


Phone 690.4015, extension 11 for more information.


Escondido Certified Farmers’ Market


Sink your teeth into a crispy cucumber or toss it with organic baby boutique salad greens, vine-ripe tomatoes, and fresh goat cheese.  Drizzle a specialty olive oil and vinegar over the delectable combination, place a handful of gourmet Greek olives on top, take a bite and say, “Thank you, Escondido Certified Farmers’ Market & Other Purveyors, for providing the community with fresh locally-grown produce and organics, flowers, and other goodies,” - products not available elsewhere.


Fresh quality produce and organics such as cucumbers, vine-ripe tomatoes, O’ Henry’s peaches, Japanese grapes, Fuji and Golden Delicious Apples, Red Bartlett Pears, and Satsuma Plums are provided to you every Tuesday, rain or ‘shine, 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM, at the local Escondido Certified Farmers’ Market, on Grand Avenue. 


Treat that special someone to a colorful bouquet of flowers freshly cut and brought to you by local farmers or select from a variety of goodies from the Purveyor’s section, such as Peruvian Chocolates from Guanni Chocolates, gourmet tamales, homemade salsa, hummus, cheeses, olives, olive oil, honey, fresh pasta, fruit sauces, and Austrian bread.   Apart from other markets, produce and flowers sold in the certified section of the Market are guaranteed to have been grown in California by those selling them.


“The Farmer’s Market is a wonderful way to introduce hundreds of new people into Escondido’s historic Downtown,” said Kathy Rubesha, President of the Downtown Business Association, which sponsors and manages the Farmer’s Market in Downtown Escondido.


The Downtown Business Association of Escondido (DBA) us a not-for-profit mutual benefit organization founded in 1962.  The organization stewards Escondido’s 69-block Business Improvement District that includes nearly 800 businesses.




Shoppers visiting Escondido’s Certified Farmer’s Market




San Marcos Alive - A Celebration of the Arts


The City of San Marcos Community Services is seeking vendors for “San Marcos Alive - A Celebration of the Arts”.  The event will be held on Sunday, October 3rd from 10 AM to 4 PM at the San Marcos Civic Center and on San Marcos Blvd. between Mission and Rancheros Roads. 


Vendors spaces are still available for arts & crafts, fine arts and hands-on activities. There will be no charge for Fine Art booths for residents of San Marcos. 


Non-profit groups will receive a special discount and are encouraged to apply.


For vendor fees, applications or more information, please call 760-744-9000. 


Palomar Pomerado Hospital District Adds Staff


The Marketing Department of Palomar Pomerado Health today announced the addition of two members to their team. Janet Gennoe joins PPH as the new Director of Marketing, Public Relations and The HealthSource. Formerly the director of marketing and public relations for the Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus, Janet has very strong healthcare marketing and communications skills and will complement our progressive approach to health care marketing. She started September 1, 2004.


Tami Weigold joins PPH as System Marketing Manager. Tami was a marketing manager for the Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus for several years and has a wide range of experience in health care project management, direct mail, event planning, customer relationship management, internal marketing and research. She began her position at PPH on August 9, 2004.


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