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Local News May 3rd, 2007

Escondido’s Wright Gallery Presents the Pila Project

Smoke SignalFeaturing the work of Marie Barbera, the Robert Wright Gallery, presents “The Pila Project and the Marie Barbera Bronze Collection.”

This selection, featuring “Native American, An Exhibit of Past, Present & Preservation,” introduces the first public showing of the Pila Project, Plains Indian Ledger Art, and will feature the authentic collection of native Americans drawings on Accountants Ledger Books, circa 1868. The 32 piece collection details the clothing, trade goods, weapons and tribal conflicts with the United States Cavalry and other tribes showings the richness of the Northern Cheyenne life.

Accompanying the first showing is the Marie Barbera Collection, a history of Native American Sculptures in Bronze. This award winning native of Escondido captures this country’s indigenous people history as it was during the 1800’s. Marie Barbera’s Native American Indian Bronze Sculptures can be found in the public and private collections of many cities’ Public Art Projects as well as Colleges , Universities and Museums in the world.

The Exhibit runs through May 21st.

Requests for invitation for a private reception Saturday Evening May 12, 5-8 PM, can be obtained via phone or email:
For more information, contact Robert Wright Gallery or call 1-800-432-6700 or visit the gallery at 140 East Grand Avenue, downtown Escondido.

McMillin Donates $4000 to 2007 ‘Kids Are Worth A Million’

The value of an education may be priceless, but educational resources require cold hard cash, which is where the Carlsbad Educational Foundation comes in and where contributions from community business leaders can make a big impact on the bottom line.

The Corky McMillin Companies recently presented $4,000 to the Carlsbad Educational Foundation during its 2007 "Kids Are Worth a Million" telethon. The donation represents the latest contribution of $50 for each closed escrow recorded within the master-planned community of Calavera Hills in Carlsbad. Since 1998, thousands of dollars have been donated by Calavera Hills homebuilders McMillin Homes and Brookfield Homes. Both builders plan to continue the gesture with each home to be built at their next Carlsbad community, Windmill. Neighboring Calavera Hills to the south, Windmill plans include some 400 homes to be built in the first phase of the property formerly known as Robertson Ranch.

The Kids Are Worth A Million™ Technology campaign in 1997, was CEF's initial project to raise $1 million to fund technology throughout Carlsbad Unified School District. In July 2001, that goal was reached.

Big Win for Public Safety

Bipartisan compromise ensures prisoners won’t be released early.

Assemblymember Martin Garrick voted in favor of a recent prison reform deal that will address California’s prison overcrowding problems and expand rehabilitation programs that reduce recidivism.

“Republicans and Democrats overcame their differences and put the safety and security of families first. This will address our prison overcrowding problems and uphold the integrity of our state laws,” said Garrick. Republicans were successful in preventing the early release of prisoners and blocked the forming of an independent sentencing commission with the arbitrary ability to reduce sentences. Another key provision in the reform package is the construction of facilities with 53,000 new beds. California has authorized only one new prison to be built in the last 13 years despite the fact that our state population has grown by 5 million to over 36 million.

“Our overcrowded prisons are the result of long neglect. Today, we have taken the necessary action to address this crisis and ensure that criminals are not released into our community,” said Garrick.

“Lawmakers, not the federal courts, should be deciding how our state prisons are operated. I am pleased to join with my colleagues in taking an important step forward to restore transparency and accountability in the operations of our troubled prison system,” said Garrick.

CSUSM and San Pasqual Academy Sign MOU Benefiting Foster Youth

California State University San Marcos and the San Pasqual Academy have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding whereby foster youth who are students at the academy will have access to, and funding to provide increased college preparation, guaranteed admission and ongoing academic and financial support. The MOU launches a Partnership for Success program that will start with the academy’s 2008 graduating class.

California has an estimated 100,000 foster youth with only 51 percent graduating high school. Research suggests that without the extended support most families provide young people in the transition to adulthood, youth leaving foster care face enormous challenges in building successful lives. Education is one of the essential foundations to a successful adult life.

Rancho Bernardo High School Senior Senior Wins $500 Scholarship Competition

Rancho Bernardo High School student and Olivenhain Municipal Water District (District) customer Alyssa Dy was awarded a $500 scholarship by the Board of Directors at the April 25 Board meeting. The annual competition is hosted by the California Special Districts Association (CSDA), San Diego Chapter and its affiliates. To be considered for the scholarship, Dy was required to research the purpose of California Special Districts and prepare an essay about their value as a form of local government.

Dy plans to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse by first obtaining her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. An honor roll student, Dy is also active in the community as the current Key Club Spirit Chair.

The purpose of the scholarship program is to increase knowledge and awareness of special districts and their role in local government. Special districts are the most direct link to government for many Californians, yet few people understand how the special districts work and their history within the community. Dy did an excellent job explaining the importance of special districts clearly and succinctly.

Special districts are formed to provide a service such as water, sewer, irrigation or fire protection and have been serving the community for almost a century.

Cal State San Marcos Appoints Communications Director

Kaine ThompsonCalifornia State University San Marcos announces the appointment of Kaine Thompson as senior director in the Office of Communications within University Advancement, as of April 23, 2007. Her primary responsibility will be to promote Cal State San Marcos through coordinated public relations, media relations, publications, marketing, and website management. She will also serve as the official university spokesperson to the media.

Thompson comes to CSUSM from Worcester State College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Prior to that, she worked at Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, New Hampshire. Although she has been working in New England for the past fifteen years, Thompson began her career in higher education at California State University, Northridge as Director of the University News Bureau. She also worked for two California-based newspapers, The Newhall Signal and the Santa Clarita Valley Citizen. She holds a master’s degree from California State University, Northridge and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon.

Operation Hero Honors Corporal Joshua Elmore, USMC

This past Tuesday, the Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club of Escondido continued its highly praised “Operation Hero” with a tribute to Corporal Joshua Elmore, USMC.

Corporal Elmore and his three year old daughter, Aliyah, enjoyed breakfast with the club and then gave a fascinating presentation about this three tours to Iraq, including one particuarly hot tour of duty in Fallujah, a hotbed of insurgent activity. “We had Fallujah bottled up tighter than a drum, then politics got involved and we were ordered to let them off the hook,” he says. He also said bringing the troops home now would be a tragic mistake.

On his third deployment he was assigned to Ramadi. It was here where he was wounded by a 122mm rocket that was fired into his camp on April 11th. He received wounds to both legs, both arms, the top of his head and throughout his back.

Following a most interesting question and answer period Corporal Elmore was presented a check for $500 from the club by Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler.

In the photo above right are, left to right, President Richard Jungas, Operation Hero Chair Lyle Davis, Corporal Elmore, daughter Eliyah, and Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler.

The Kiwanis Kiddie’s Trout Pools

Clearly, one of the most popular features of the Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club’s Annual Trout Derby at Dixon Lake is the Kiddie’s Trout Pools.

Two separate pens were built, each with several hundred nice size trout swimming about (see the above trout being unhooked in the net; probably about a two-pounder). Youngsters were loaned a rod and reel and bait and usually, in ten minutes or less, they caught a trout . . . most often their first fish ever.

“There’s never a problem getting volunteers to man the Kiddie Pool,” said club President Dick Jungas. “We Kiwanians love seeing the smiles and laughter of these kids catching their first fish.” The Derby returns again, next year to Dixon Lake.


Above, a very happy five year old, Katy Roner,
a kindergardner at Reidy Creek Elementary School in Escondido,
waits while Kiwanian Fred Wollman unhooks her fish.


Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club’s Dixon Lake Trout Derby Winners

Another successful Trout Derby is now history. 1st Place and Grand Prize Winner, twelve year old Brad Pifer - 10.06 lbs. 1st Place, Adult, Jose Ramos - 7.14 oz., 2nd place, Adult, Kevin Magata, 6.80, 2nd junior, Six year old Jed Dickerson Junior (son of Dixon Lake Bass record holder) 7.0, 3rd place adult, Anthony Meza 6.23 and 3rd place Junior, Christina Gehrke, 5.47







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