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January 15, 2014 The Julian News 7 EXploring Genealogy 1 and PmERSONAL Sl00-RVlCl00-S As The Acorn Falls l by Sherry Wilson Lutes, Chiropr00tk [FREE1]   Thil; Chaplain 1455 Hollow Glen Road ,,,,t, Sou,di,g., 6untain Welcome. This is week two in the quest to find the "nuts" in your TuO=Ff/00EkuH00?00°R00S00N ,Onlv,=0o " family tree. What did you discover as you filled out your pedigree Fridays Earn- Noon charts and family group records? Did you find that you had a lot of 760-765-3456 .J . holes in your pedigree charts or family group records? This week I will = give you some ideas of where to look for missing information. I know mine has a lot of holes• Did you get started on your 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy? What New Year's memories did you have? Let's get started Step 2: Use sources in your home. Where might you look for that missing or incomplete information on your pedigree charts/family group records? Useful sources include birth, marriage, and death certificates; family Bibles; funeral programs; obituaries; wedding announcements; newspaper articles; photos: or anything that might have important family information. It can be helpful to have a "box" to place all these sources. As you come across items of interest place them in the box. Add the information you find to your family's pedigree charts and family group records• Record the sources of the information in the notes or sources section on the forms or in your family history program• This helps you and others know where the information came from. Next column = Ask your relatives 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy Week #2 - Winter Memories What was winter like where and when you grew up? Describe not only the climate, but how the season influenced your activities, food choices, etc. My memories of winter• Growing up in Lakeside there wasn't much of a winter but with grandparents living in Julian we spent many weekends here• Grandma always had cookies in the cookie jar and a warm fire going• Here is last weeks prompt (If you missed last week-each week I will be giving you a prompt that will invite you to record memories and insights about your own life for future descendants (52 weeks of Personal Genealogy)• Write down your memories on your computer, in your journal or start a new journal. Week #1 - New Year's Memories Did your family have any New Year's traditions? How was the New Year celebrated during your childhood? Have you kept these traditions in the present day?! Taken from "52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and Family History" by Amy Coffin• Amy's blog is located at Lateral Dominance And Its Relationship To Behavior And Learning Difficulties - Part III by Delina Robair, MEd., Developmental Child Specialist "Motor activities are always connected with learning processes." Quires & Schrager, MDs &PhD's Educational research has brought to light that Dominance plays a great part in behavior and learning difficulties, and is a factor which should be taken into account in the home and school life of the child• Dominance is a developed preference for using one side of our body when reacting to sense perceptions and in making movements. A normative preference in the Westernworld is to develop the right side of the body for initiating movement allowing the left side to assume the role of helper• A dominant (or preferred) right side of the body has developed a right ear for listening, right eye for focusing, right hand for writing, right clasp, and right foot for standing balance. In recent times, however, the avalanche of mechanical man-made sense impressions besieges the growing child and can cause disturbances in the natural development of the body. These disturbances can interfere when the quiet repetitive routines of life in babyhood are cut short and the child's initiative faculties are no longer rightly engaged in harmonious, natural movements of the whole body• Turning switches and twisting knobs, fitting shapes together in games, is no substitute for bouncing balls, jumping rope, or bike riding• (Genetics is also a factor in a developed dominance•) Too early and too complicated activities that are demanded from the senses today can cause many children who are right-handed to use their left eye when looking at objects rather than their right eye. This is termed a cross dominance between the eye and hand, displacing the normal laterality of the body. Then, too, there are the growing numbers of children who use the left hand while retaining the dominance of the right eye. To complicate matters further, the right- handed child may prefer his/her left foot for starting movements or supporting him/herself. Thus, a zigzag of dominating members of the body can happen: example left eye, right hand, left leg. Some children can cope with such a complicated laterality of mixed dominance, but experience shows us that this mixture is an important factor behind behavior and learning problems and is one which should not be overlooked in the education of our children in the home and at school• A screen before starting Kindergarten can determine if your child or grandchild is developing a cross in lateral dominance. This is a sign that further help with lateral integration can make a significant difference with higher level learning abilities. (It must be noted that dominance of the eye has nothing to do with the strength of sight• Thus, adding to the complications of the dominance factor in children is the number of them whose dominance eye is the one with the weaker sight ) Insufficient guidance in the formative years leaves some children struggling with the ambidexterity of babyhood, often unsuccessfully. Activities with normal right- handed orientation are disappearing in our daily living: sweeping, polishing, beating eggs, stirring cakes, repairing, etc. Their modern substitutes, such as sitting to do passive rather than active activities, do little to integrate the vital thirteen developmental motor skills that build the foundation for higher level learning. The result is slowness in developing skills and weakened powers of concentration• Part IV." Introduction to the Left-handed or Mixed Dominant Child: Recognition = Help A security thread and microprinting were introduced to American monetary notes in 1990. This was done to deter counterfeiting by technologically advanced copiers and printers. call leszmq 6-Bed Full Service Hospice & Dementia Case by Case : :!'Senior Cqre L/tense #374601019 SUNCREST LODGE 34540 Engineers Road and Highway 79 (760) 765-0065 r Julian Medical Clinic A Division of Borrego Health Adult and Pediatric Services Certified Covered California Cardiology Services Enrollment Counseling (coming in December) Daily Borrego Pharmacy Delivery Digital X-Ray Behavioral Health Lab Services Smart Care Services Aeeepti'luj Medi-Cal, Medicare, Communitl/ Health Group, Molina Direct HMO, Sharp Commercial, Most PPO plans and Trieare. Board Certified Physicians; Monday - Friday 8-5 pm arold K. Merrick MD & Blake A. Wylie DO 760-765-1223/ The Value of...Your Home - Part II By Jeff Straus, State of California Certified Appraiser A Caveat." None of the following that has been written should be construed as a Real Estate Appraisal. Distress Sales: The last issue ended with a discussion on Statistics and how, with only partial information, a misleading conclusion of market conditions could result. The statistical data which arose from the most recent market crash produced equally misleading indicators, unless of course you were looking at more data than was reported to the masses by way of the media. The distress sales which dominated the market place from 2008 on (there are still a few distress sales today) led to large increases in the Median Price. To understand the market one need only a cursory review of economics. When institutional lenders commenced the sell-off of distress properties they did so at bargain basement prices (except of course here in West where basements were never constructed en masse). To look at it another way in terms h is merely the opinion of this appraiser. market. Unless you are on a first name basis with those at County Environmental Health and the Building Department, that dream home may become a nightmare• The dollars spent to cut a pad or driveway or install a septic can often exceed what is budgeted when moving or blasting unseen boulders from your site• Additionally, the design of the home and waste from not being able to realize Economies of Scale may work against you. In estimating the value of a new home several complications always arise. First and foremost, Lenders typically require that in addition the completing a Cost Approach Analysis of the project, Lenders may also want to see comparable home sales: In today's market that can be problematic given the near 5 year hiatus in housing starts. The comparable sales needed to reconcile the market value of your Nor do I claim to be a writer per se. mural (my apologies to Mrs. Dawson's First Grade Class)• Most people would not consider buying an owner built plane, boat or car. For good reason. The single most importmt decision an owner of a new home project can make is to hire an experienced, local contractor. Besides understanding the nuances of the local building environment, a local contractor can typically be there for you in 30 minutes or less - sort of like good pizza delivery• In 2004 when I started the rebuild of my first home, my contractors - friends, would leave from San Diego around 6am in relatively fair weather only to arrive in wind, fog and rain. Frustrated, they would turn-around and head back home. The following week the weather would be "socked- in" down in the city while here in the mountains the weather was clear and beautiful. Of course, not knowing better they us and around us. They are our State Parks (and Community Parks to a lesser extent). The State Park system, troubled as it is, needs help on many levels. Restoring, expanding and promoting the Parks, as well as bringing tourism from distances greater than 100 miles, is critical• Bringing in new, younger, life-long visitors is key. It is confirmed by demographics• A drive through Town on any given weekend reveals most of our visitors to be one of the following: Leather clad motorcyclists, families with kids and/or grandparents in tow, and couples out on a romantic lunch dates• Most of them gone by 5pm. In part because the Town has decided to shut down for the day. Contrast our market with those of Moab or Mammoth Lakes where visitors are drawn to the area from all points on the globe and stay past 5pm. Some even go out at night• Keeping of an analogy, when a retailer, .newhome are therefor.almost suddenly and unexpectedly goes out business the inventory is liquidated. Whether it be an HDTV or a pairof shoes, the goal is for holder of these assets to rid the books of non-performing assets a.s.a.p. The result is that well positioned buyers, with cash in hand, score great deals. Many of those who purchase have no real established need for the asset, another TV, a pair of shoes. The intent of the buyer often times is to hold the asset and wait to resell at a profit, often times only a matter of months later. The 2 bedroom cabin obtained in foreclosure for $100,000 is now put back on the market for $175,000, a price the prior owners may have received had they not been in distress. If you expand this scenario exponentially the resale of these distress homes causes the statistical data (Median Price) to leap dramatically. Once the inventory is cleared the bargain hunt is effectively'over the market moves back toward stabilization. That is what we are experiencing today in many markets and can be noted in the fiat-line conditions reported statistically. With little or no "low-end inventory" the Median List Price jumps - as the average seller now tends to populate the upper end of the market. This market trend can also be supported by other data. The length of time required to sell a home known as Days on Market (DOM) has increased in most Backcountry markets white Median Prices appear to be stabilizing. Growth/New Housing: New housing starts, while slow to recover, have resumed and I expect will grow in Julian over the next few years. A key to understanding housing starts in the Backcountry is to recognize the threshold at which new construction becomes viable. There are several ways to do this. The simplest and easiest way to look at housing is on a Price/ Square Foot method. It may not be the most accurate though. A common mistake by many owners rebuilding after the fire was not to grasp conceptually, as well as financially, what it costs to build a home in today's afways existing properties• If you decide to build bigger, better and newer than those around you, you may find yourself at the top of a market looking down with no comparable sales around you to support value• A recent assignment of mine, a proposed new home in a remote area of Campo underscores the issue of rural, new housing. The home, at just over 3,500 square feet, is surrounded by a plethora of manufactured housing and ranches• With nothing comparable for miles around the question then becomes, is this home over-built? Lenders seem to like this scenario even less than I do. Common Mistakes in New Housing: By far the most common mistake noted in recent years is the relatively high percentage of owner builder homes that were completed by folks with limited construction skill sets but with "high hopes" that they actually knew what they were doing. (Every time I say "High Hopes" I hear myself breaking into song. I find comfort in knowing that others will also have this silly little verse in their head the rest of the day). Grasping the concept of how a house is constructed is not the same as having experience in having actually having done so. A short-cut to savings is generally the fastest way to problems. Typically the story goes like this: Owner hires a contractor from "off the hill" and has the home started. Weather sets in, the contractor moves to another job in the city while waiting for the weather to improve (around about May) and resumes the job in late Spring with materials that have been sitting on the job site for six months - soaking in all the precipitation and UV rays Mother Nature has to offer. The job goes over budget and the finish work falls into the hands of a distressed, but enthusiastic owner (I am having an extreme bout of Dj& vu at this moment): With second rate tools and a "How To" book in hand, off sets the owner/builder. The result is that joints don't exactly fit, leaks form and the paint detail looks something like that of a 1st Grade ..... would stay home• Eventually my house was built - just beating out Noah in terms of overall project construction time. Markets and Economics: In order to better understand a local market the first thing one must acknowledge and is where the market fits in the overall picture and to grasp how the local market responds relative to the larger market as a whole. The Julian market, as a rule, tends to lag the Greater San Diego market when the market is on the rise, and lead the "City" when the market is on the decline. The reason again is economics or more simply put - Supply and Demand. The Julian market is populated by a relatively high percentage of second homes, as is Borrego Springs. These homes, and their respective values, reflect the disposable income that may or may not be available at any given time. In times of prosperity cash flows into our market and retreats when money is tight. You will sell your second home, your timeshare, your RV or redheaded step child before you consider letting go of your primary residence. Future increases in value in Julian are then often dependent upon one or more factors. 1) The overall economy improving to the point where disposable income is higher in outside markets or 2) The local economy improves to the point where re-investment and growth within the community is realized. It is the latter option which is best in my opinion. How to achieve that point is rather complex and requires more space than Mike will allow me to write about today - but there are clear solutions. I can say this. In order for Julian to grow it needs to expand beyond tasty pastry. While pie is a wonderful thing it is poor in terms of trickle- down economics (being viscous and all). A broader based economic environment is clearly needed in order for Julian (and Borrego Springs for that matter) to expand. It is highly unlikely "that the Backcountry will become the next Silicone Valley. Heck, I am still waiting for reliable High- Speed Internet service. The assets that should, and will, fuel an economic revival are before visitors multiple,nights by offering a wider range of activity is one answer• Our collective inability to promote our primary assets, our exceptional State Parks, is our Achilles Heel. Most visitors, except those in mid-April, are not even aware of our proximity to a National Treasure - The Pacific Crest Trail. But it does not end with hiking• Cycling, both on and off-road are huge businesses and can draw people from the Midwest, East and Europe, especially at this time of year. Catering and marketing to the Active Outdoor market is one area where growth is to be found• Eating pie is a wonderful thing - it's just not something one plans to do 4 to 6 hours a day. Though I will say this, an annual "Pie Eating Contest" is a great idea and can draw people from far and wide. Everybody loves a glutton. Borrego Springs suffers from similar image issues• Watching flowers grow in the Spring was never my idea of a good time as a young man. Now that I am older and wiser it still isn't• I see my young neighbor, Patrick, geared up and on his mountain bike with a smile a mile wide. In him I see what the future could look like. In order for an economic revival to occur Town leaders need to work in concert with the Superintendents of the Parks to promote all assets, including those not located on Main Street. Well, that's it for now folks• Hope everybody has a great week, and remember, buy more newspaper. They're useful• You can wrap gifts with them and a six year old may think you're cool for doing so. Originally from the Western Hemisphere, the peanut was introduced to Europe by Spanish explorers. Today, the peanut is grown in tropical and subtropical regions around the world.