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Local News November 2, 2006


Operation Hero Presents Wounded Warrior with $500

A new program created by the Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club of Escondido presents $500 to wounded military personnel once every quarter.

Congressman Brian Bilbray presented $500 this past Tuesday to Corporal Christopher Shelhamer at the Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club’s weekly meeting at Cocina del Charro in Escondido.

Mayor Lori Pfeiler, Council-members Marie Waldron and Ed Gallo were all present as were a number of members from the Escondido Kiwanis Club. In fact, Past President Joe Heard, of the “noon club” as the Escondido Kiwanis Club is referred to, was so moved by the presentation of Corporal Shelhamer that he approached the podium and “one Marine to another” gave him an additional $100 cash. Len Alton, another Past President of the noon club won the 50/50 jackpot of $28.  He, too, contributed his winnings to Corporal Shelhamer.

The program’s creator, Lyle Davis, said, “this program recongizes, in particular, those military members who were wounded while in the service of their country. It’s only $500 but we hope that it will come in handy. Of equal importance to us is the knowledge of the troopers that we not only remember their sacrifice, but we care . . . and we recognize them. We hope that Kiwanis Clubs nationwide will replicate this program. Any Kiwanis Club, close to a military hospital, could easily adopt this program. We’ll help them.”

Davis is also editor/publisher of The Paper.

Kevin Costner
Concert Postponed

Word comes from the San Marcos Kiwanis Club that due to an unforeseen schduling conflict, they are rescheduling the November 18th event featuring Kevin Costner and His Band into 2007.

Refunds are already being processed for tickets already purchased and their website has a link for people to contact them if they want advance notice when the new date confirmed. The website address is:

San Marcos Trails Day

The City of San Marcos Community Services Department, The Friends of San Marcos Parks and Trails, Stone Brewing, and The San Marcos Trading Co. will sponsor the 15th annual San Marcos Trails Day on Saturday, November 4, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Check-in opens at 8:30 a.m. The event is open to hikers of all levels and equestrians. The event is free to the public. Donations for membership in the Friends of San Marcos Parks and Trails will gladly be accepted. All proceeds from memberships will benefit the San Marcos Trail System, Jack’s Pond Nature Center, and other trail and park projects.

Participants can choose from a 4 or 6-mile hike to South Lake (not usually open to the public) or to Double Peak, one of the highest places in San Marcos. The horse course takes participants through 6 miles of scenic trails ( Registration includes trail snacks, event packet, and trail guides.

For further information call 744-9000, Ext. 3505 or 3508.

Trout Season Opens Today

Ranger Jim Dayberry from Dixon Lake announces that today marks the opening day for trout season. They will be planning 1200 lbs. of trout today and even more next week, to get ready for the annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby that falls over the Veteran’s Day weekend (November 9th through the 12th). Crowds are usually large so plan ahead. Any questions, call 839.4680, the Park Ranger line.

Meanwhile, at Escondido’s other lake, Lake Wohlford, Ranger George Scalo reports catfish action has been best at the west buoy line and in Oakvale Cove with mostly small to mid-sized cats striking nightcrawlers, chicken liver, or shrimp. Paul Jones of Escondido caught and released an 8 # 0 Channel Catfish using cut mackerel at the west buoy line. Late season Bass action has been unusually good this year with small to midsized largemouths moving in to 10'- 15' depths. Early mornings have been more productive while the shad are working along the shoreline. Brian Larson from Oceanside caught and released a 7 # 6 Bass on a plastic worm off the South Shore Rock Pile. On Saturday Lester Albury caught a 6 # 0 Bass using crank bait near Senior Shore. Crappie have been taken recently at the South Shore Rock Pile
using live golden shiners. Scott Osborne of Valley Center weighed in a 1 # 0 Crappie he caught Saturday using the aforementioned technique. The Trout bite is over until the water cools again and we re-stock December 16th.

Lake Wohlford now requires a $1.00 daily permit for each person Float Tubing. Float Tubing is now allowed in the same areas as the boats, but they are still not required to launch at the main ramp.

Lake Wohlford is now closed Mondays through Fridays until we reopen weekdays on December 18th. Lake Wohlford will remain open on weekends year round.

Each month Whopper Contest winners in 4 categories are awarded a free fishing and boating permit. For further information on the contest or fishing conditions, please contact the Ranger Station at 839-4346.


Chip Palid Joins Brech Enterprises as General Sales Manager

Veteran automobile sales executive Chip Palid has joined Brecht Enterprises as general sales manager for the Escondido-based Brecht BMW and Brecht MINI automobile retail centers.

Palid, 45, managed three dealerships for a major San Diego County automobile retailer before joining Brecht. He brings extensive experience in marketing, advertising, financing, training and development as well as in fixed and variable operations.

"Chip has the background to take our dealerships to the next level as regional sales leaders for both our BMW and MINI brands," said Tom Brecht, center operator. "He works very well as a team builder and will help us recruit and retain the finest sales professionals available anywhere."

Palid, his wife, Linda, and two children, Emily, 16, and Casey, 13, reside in Poway. Brecht BMW is the authorized BMW retailer for Inland North San Diego County. The dealership is located at 1700 Auto Park Way South in
the Escondido Auto Park.






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