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January 6, 2010 Accounting - Tax Planning LUERS & DYER, CPAs, LLP CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS Income Tax and Accounting • Full Service Firm Re’'’'€ IJm'$, CPA Jan IJnjBr, CPA Matge )e h(lxatim Personal attention to your special needs Wynola CenteJ- • 4367 Hw: 78, Suite l 12 • RO. Box 193,1 • Julim, CA 92036 Tel: 760 765*543 • Fax: 760 76,$-0150 Etmdl: rebeccaOluerscpa.com Banking Community Banking • Checking • Savings • Home Equity • Business Banking 2033 Main St., Julian I 765-2765 Member FDIC Rabobank New Years Eve In Bombay Coming from a long line of early risers means that New Year's Eve is not our biggest celebration. Memorable parties have been few and far between. The passing of 1965 into 1966 wasan exception. Just:out of college and on a Fulbright to India, it seemed only natural to take the train from Ahmedabad--where four of us taught English and studied whatever--to Bombay for the holidays. Bombay was the Big City, a place where luxuries such as Scotch and toilet paper could be found,. albeit with difficulty. Bombay also had tea dances, a leftover perhaps from the Raj, where a girl could meet nice young men and have a fine time dancing through the afternoon into the early evening. Joe Da Silve was an officer with the Indian Coast Guard who danced like a dream and it didn't seem out of the way when he offered an invitation to the big New Year's Eve party on the INS Vikrant, then the only aircraft carrier in the Indian navy. We met at the docks and he handed me down into his Coast Guard cutter or whatever, it floated. Off we went. Climbing a rope ladder onto the Vikrant in heels and a tight skirt was a trick and it was clear that no other foreigners had been invited but that barely registered. There was a whole, roast suckling pig which, after months in a totally vegetarian environment (one college Professor from North India was thrown out of his house when the landlady discovered eggshells in the garbage) was much more attractive than Indian rum, yuck. We danced till the New Year came and went on until just about the last person left and the band began to pack its instruments. What to do? We (well, Joe) decided to look up a friend of Joe's who was Aide de Camp to the Governor. A uniform on one and a white face on the other got us onto the Raj Bhavan (Governor's Mansion) grounds, we found the friend and the three of us watched the sun rise across Bombay Bay from a little, private beach. A truly splendid event. Years later the truth came out. We hadn't been invited to the big party on the aircraft carrier. Joe simply gambled that no one would turn a young American woman away--that would have been inhospitable even if foreigners weren't allowed on the ship. He was right. And it was probably that night that led the Indian equivalent of the FBI/CIA to open a file for me. Ah, innocence. But it was a great way to spend New Year's Eve. School News Notes Making Parent-Teacher Conferences Work: Tips For Success (NAPSA)--For many busy moms and dads, parent-teacher conferences may be the only chance to meet with their children's teachers. "Just as parents encourage their children to prepare for a test, the same principle applies to parent-teacher conferences," said Dennis Van Roekel, president of the 3.2 million-member National Education Association (NEA). "To maximize the benefits of parent- teacher conferences, parents need to do their homework before meet- ing with teacher." NEA offers these tips to parents: Prepare yourself by asking key questions. Write down the answers to the following: • What concerns do you have about your child's academic progress or behavior? • What questions do you have about the school, its curriculum, programs and procedures? • Does your child have any health problems that might affect his or her behavior and/or acade- mic progress? Prepare questions for the teacher. Don't be afraid to engage in a frank conversation with your child's teacher. Good questions to ask the teacher include: • How is my child doing in your class? • Is my child working up to his or her ability? Where could my child use improvement? • What resources are avail- able if my child needs extra help? • What can we do at home to support what you are doing in the classroom? Know expectations. Having clear guidelines of parent, teacher and student responsibilities will help set the stage for academic suc- cess. Ask which kinds of evaluation methods and tests wil] be used to determine your child's aptitude and progress. Plot a timeline. Ask about important assignments and upcoming big projects. Confirm corresponding due dates so nothing takes you by surprise. Keep in touch. Exchange phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Find out if the teacher has a classroom Web site or other means of communication to obtain important announcements, home- work assignments and deadlines. "When parents go into the meet- ing prepared, it can make all the difference for a winning conference between parent and teacher," said Van Roekel. For more information or to obtain' a copy of"A Parent's Guide," NEA's 10-part brochure series, go to www.nea.org or call (800) 717- 9790. Peyakov And 51oan United Noah James Sloan and Casey Clay Peyakov were married December 27th, 2009 at 3:00 in the afternoon. Casey's grandfather, Fred Slaughter, performed the ceremony at Hillside Community Church. Both the bride and groom graduated from Julian High School. They share their anniversary now with Casey's parents who were also married on the same day and in the same church 23 years ago. Noah's parents, Mark and Betty, moved to Julian when he was in junior high. The couple attended school together, ran track together, and attended the Hillside Church Youth group. Casey is attending Palomar Community College focusing on nursing and Noah is in the United States Navy as a Diver Corpsman (medic). He is being deployed the end of this month to Afganistan where he will serve until December of this year(2010). The reception was held at the Julian Pines Hills Lodge. The couple would like to thank their families, friends and church family for making their day special. A day they will never forget! Aphra Behn (1640-1689), the first woman in England to become a professional writer, also worked as a spy for King Charles II of England. My Thoughts continued from page 2 nearly everything I could, not knowing if I'd ever have the money to replace or just buy anything I really needed. Now that I'm older and less interested in owning so much and now that I've lived through several fire evacuations; I crave a simpler life that doesn't make me responsible for so much stuff. It's often difficult deciding what to let go of and yet, occasionally it's easy to let go of some things. I'm happiest when I can find a home for anything I'm ready to part with because that can make it easier for me to get rid of things. I hate throwing things away that can be useful to someone. One of the ways I find that makes me feel accomplished in reorganizing my home is to begin with one drawer, box, closet or cabinet at a time. Clearing out my sweater shelf made me feel really good. A few months ago I reorganized the space under my kitchen sink and I still like to peek in there just to see how neat it still looks. A few weeks ago we had a leak under our kitchen sink and I was really glad that I'd cleaned'that space out because it made it so much easier to pull things out and wipe up the leaked water. More than a few times I've said that I don't make New Years resolutions. I hate making promises that I may not keep. What I do instead is that I don't wait for January 1st to set my goals and work on improving my life. When the time is right throughout the year; I begin. This way I see progress through the entire year. I set short term goals and long term goals. A short term goalcould be to sort through the things in one drawer of my dresser. A long term goal could be to clean out and sort through every drawer of my dresser. Completing the short term goals gives me the incentive to continue with my long term goals. I admire people who know where all of their possessions are. I admire people who can keep their homes neat and clean at all times. As busy as Mike and I are, we keep a clean house, but it's always messy. We come into the house each evening and plop things down. Sometimes those things stay in that original location for a very long time. They don't seem to take themselves to a logical place, and we just pile more things on top of them each evening. The week before Christmas I had a few days off from my shop. Days of in a row made a huge difference in how my dining room now looks. I picked up every item off of our two dining room tables and found a home for every single item. Some found homes where they should have been put to begin with; some found a home in the trash can or fireplace. Now I feel relieved. Months worth of stuff piling up is now gone and my dining room floor even looks bigger because all of the things on the tables aren't disguising it. When I was growing up, my mother had a hired housekeeper come in once a week. Ethyl did a fine job of keeping our home clean and also was very good at keeping us three children out of her way. Consequently I didn't learn how to keep a clean and uncluttered house. I still don't know how to keep an uncluttered house, but I'm working on it. I'm constantly working on it. I sometimes write my column about organizing stuff. Actually, several times a year I write about organizing stuff. Organizing the contents of a house and organizing different parts of the house. I do this to give myself incentive as much as I do it to assist other people with a bit of incentive. Today I was talking with Jan Morse, my accountant. She told me that she reads all of my columns, Thank you Jan!, and she hasn't seen one yet that mentions cleaning off and organizing the top of my desk. My next project seems to be inevitable Jan. These are my thoughts. The Julian News 5 HARDWARE STORES dl . 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In his second year of high school Eddie joined the football team, which he should have done the first year! Eddie played the positions of running back, corner back, and was on the kick return team. As a running-back, Eddie put his heart into every game. This year Eddie made second team all league with 1021 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns! In addition to football Eddie is also an avid weight lifter, spending an hour almost every day pumping iron. When he graduates from high school Eddie has two options he is considering, One is to pursue a professional career in football where there are a very low percentage of players who actually make it to the NFL. The other is to attend college and acquire a bachelor's degree in Administration of Justice to become a Border Patrol Officer, One of the most important things that have happened to Eddie so far was meeting his current girlfriend. She is someone who he can always turn to for sage advice, and who opened up his mind to meeting new and interesting people. Eddie's dream is to meet Brandon Marshall the Wide Receiver for the Denver Broncos. His mind is open to doing new and extreme things. One thing he can't wait to do is to go bungee jumping. He would like the opportunity to travel to many countries such as: England, France, Spain, Italy, and many more. As one of Eddie's friends I can vouch for his honor and integrity. He is a good person, and anyone would be lucky to have him as a friend. 2010 Anza-Borrego Foundation Photo Contest Deadline January 15, 2010 at 5:00 pm is the deadline to have your photos into the Anza-Borrego Foundation office Send your photo contest entries in by mail Anza-Borrego Foundation Anza-Borrego Desert Photo Contest P.O. Box 2001 Borrego Springs, CA 92004 Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center Presents W/mm.r 1981 ahY'xer Ptqz, tt New York Drama Critics' DPcle Award by Beth Jan. 16, 27, 2B. 29 7:30 PM Jan. 17 3PM Tickets available at The Latest Scoop Ice Cream & Video, the Theater Box Office the eveni of the performance, and online at www.bspac,us Adults $15 Students $5