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February 1, 2012 Groceries. Fresh Produce Sundries Beer Wine. Liquor Dry Cleaning. Lotto. Scratchers Full Service "Best in the County" Meat Department ff.S.D.A. Choice Beef Buffalo Meat Special and Hofiday Orders, Cut to your Specifications 0PEN DAILY 6a.m. TO 8p.m. POPE TREE SERVICE All Your Tree Service Needs Commercial Residential Oak and Pine our Specialty CA. State License #7o4192 Fully Insured for Your Protection Workers Comp. Eric Stamets March 30,1944 - January 22, 2012 Eric was a ubiquitous Julianite; seemingly everywhere at once, on the street, in the paper, at the store, on stage, yea the very rooftops of our community. His humor was salve for the soul. His love of music; it's power to sooth, entertain, enlighten was infectious & his willingness to play for the ears of all who would listen a gift. Iconic is the image of the Stamets; Eric, Linda & the boys playing at Melodramas. Today we mourn the loss of a true Julian Muse. Eric Stamets, Iongtime Julian citizen, died peacefully, surrounded by family, on the evening of January 22nd at UCSD Medical Center in La Jolla. He had been battling mulitple myeloma since 2007. Born in Woodstock Illinois to Erica and Irving Stamets, he grew up in the desert town of Barstow California, graduated from UC Riverside in 1965, and moved to Julian in 1968. Eric taught for 9 years at San Diego Unified Schools outdoor education 6th grade camp program where he met his wife Linda as well as many other life long friends. Eric was the proprietor of The Warm Hearth and was an expert on wood burning stoves. He was also known for his musical talent, playing both the guitar and autoharp and would often perform with his wife and children, Moreover he was known for his ironic sense of humor best expressed in his original composition "Powerline." He also wrote the Julian News column "As heard on the streets of Julian" which managed to twine together local happenings and serious issues to incredible yet almost plausible effects. He was a man appreciated for his expertise in many other fields from lumber to astronomy, stamp collecting to botany, he was also an Eagle Scout and received the Order of the Arrow. Eric's insatiable drive for knowledge and expertise defined him in all aspects of his life. He is survived by his wife Linda, his two sons Tyier and Christopher, and his three sisters Suzy, Anita, and Christine as well as cherished cousins, nieces, and nephews. A celebration of Eric's life will be held on Sunday February 12 at 2pm at the Community United Methodist Church of Julian, where he and his wife often provided music for the early service. The family would like to thank all employees past and present of The Warm Hearth, the doctors nurses and staff at Moores Cancer Treatment Center, and most of all the many friends have provided untold amounts of help during this difficult time. lV00y Thoughts by Michele Harvey Feeling Crafty Though I don't spend much time sewing, making jewelry or creating any other crafts these days; I sure remember when I did. When I turned 9 years old, my morn bought me a Barbie Doll. Barbie had a store bought wardrobe because that's what we did. We bought Barbie clothes out of a Barbie catalog. However, I loved making accessories for her. My sister owned a beading loom and let me borrow it to make Barbie a bracelet. I sold Barbie years ago. However, I still have that tiny bracelet. My grandmother knew that I liked making doll clothes so she asked Grandpa to give me a large box with a latch that could have been a fancy stationary box. Grandpa painted it and Grandma filled it with' cloth and ribbons for me. Grandma taught me to hand stitch clothes for my dolls and that was a beginning to my lifelong love of fabrics. In that box was a bright pink velvet sash. I spent hours dressing my dolls with that beautiful sash which I fashioned into a doll bodice by twisting it and using it to hold up whatever fabric I chose to fashion a skirt. I didn't have baby dolls. I loved dressing my grown up dolls in ball gowns that I created without cutting any of my fabrics. My most versatile fabric and the one I loved the most was that bright pink velvet sash. Before I became a teenager, we had a children's corner desk in a seldom used part of our house. I lined up cardboard boxes side by side on top of that desk, creating rooms with a hall going across the front. Each room had three sides and I had a wonderful time making furniture, painting the walls and making curtains for the holes I cut out for windows. I cut scenery pictures out of magazines to make views outside of each window and I cut a picture of a movie star to make the picture on the screen of the television I made. I didn't spend much time playing with my doll house because making it was the most fun for me. When I began high school I also began earning enough of my own money to buy fabrics and notions to make my own clothes. Other than the clothes I needed for special occasions, I made nearly every dress that I wore and I made matching bows for my hair. I don't remember finding original ideas within myself, but given an idea, I had a lot of fun creating something. I made decorative items with paper and with beads, Christmas garlands with straws and glass beads. I liked finding things that were broken or incomplete, like the glass beads that t strung with the straws. I still have that garland and it reminds me of how creative I used to be before I grew up, got full time employment, married and raised children. One year when my boys were babies, my niece Kelly got married. Having little money and a good imagination, I made a box full of Christmas ornaments for Kelly and Mike. Kelly said it was the best gift because they opened the box with their other wedding gifts and then .opened it again at Christmas. Each year that my children grew, I made each of them an ornament. Most of those ornaments were made of molded plaster that I painted. I still have some of those ornaments in my own boxes of decorations and am pleased that I put so much detail into the work I did to bring them to life. When we moved to Julian, right away I found the local fabric store and made friends with local crafters who taught me a lot about how to change patterns to make crafts more sellable. I worked at the local town hall craft shows on weekends for several years, making and selling my crafts. One thing that's true about making crafts is that the more you do it, the better you can get. I really loved the craft shows as long as they were full of han($'nade cafts by local crafters. Once the craft shows filled up with people from out of the area and people who didn't actually make their crafts; I left the shows and never sold at the town hall again. While I made and sold my crafts at the Julian town hall, I sold items that traveled around the world. During the Los Angeles Olympics, t sotd one of my Christmas stockings to a traveler from Norway and another to a Japanese woman who took it across the Pacific Ocean to her child. Once I discovered the local fabric store, I took an Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day class. Since that class in 1984, I have made dozens of comforters from baby quilt size all the way to king size. Each one has been a great experience for me as the patterns and color combinations come alive. Each July, the Julian Woman's Club puts on a quilt show with a demonstration or show by Eleanor Burns. Each year I try to go because the quilts that are displayed are so inspiring. In the late 1990s I worked with Christine Kerbstadt and Kaja Lautsen, both are accomplished beaders. Each friend encouraged me to bead and both were terrific mentors. Through them I learned to love stringing beads into necklaces, bracelets and earrings. I've made hundreds of necklaces and earrings and though I haven't made more than a few the past several years, I will soon begin again. Recently I dusted off my sewing machine and I've begun to create again. The things I make aren't turning out just the way I'd like them to because I'm out of practice. However each thing that I make, whether it be a baby comforter or a Christmas stocking, is a little better that the one just before it. I think that during tough financial times like most of are experiencing these days, it's important to find the creativity that we all have inside of us. I don't advocate spending a lot of money because so few have any to spare. The best way to challenge ourselves is to take what we already have and turn it into something special. Scrap wood can become a bird house or a step stool. Flour and sugar mixed with a few other ingredients and some eggs and flavoring Can become a delicious cake. A few thoughts can become a newspaper column. No matter how we demonstrate our creativity, we can find ways to get out of our doldrums and feel like something in our life is working positively. Try being creative in a positive way. Put a smile on your face. XcW( Happiness is not a goal," it is a by-product These are my thoughts. -- Eleanor Roosevelt As Heard On The Streets Of Julian by Eric Stamets The Final Instalment The previously published articles in this column have not had all, but the most important gossip heard in Julian. They were printed in the Julian News and {hen read and thrown away or used for starting woodstove fires. There are relatively few fish heads wrapped in Julian, but the articles have seen the bottom of a few bird cages and been used to housebreak more than one puppy. We are especially indebted to the bank and post office waiting lines as a prime place for overhearing information, but some articles would have been more complete and accurate if the lines were a little bit longer. We would also be profusely thanking Lew LaDou, but drinking only water, milk and apple cider, we hardly ever go to Lew's and therefore miss out on much of the information available there. Lastly many thanks to Eric Stamets f6r agreeing to be the front man for this endeavor so that we didn't have to reveal our true identity. Your neighbors, the Authors IL The Julian News 5 00TaKe :at good Loith this coupon Valid un'dl 2/5 2902 Washington Streel 760-765-1212 Mon-Fri 8:30 to 5:00 and Sat 9:00 to 5:00 Mister Rik, Remembered Back in 1960 no senior at Julian Union High School expected Civics to be interesting. It was a class that was a requirement for graduation and college entrance with material that just had to be learned. The text was clear, mostly accurate, and dull. Even the pictures were drab. Mr. Rikansrud, our teacher, didn't exactly juggle copies of the Constitution or stand on his head reading the Declaration of Independence to get the class' attention. He simply taught the material. On Monday we went over the chapter for the week. On Tuesday we did the questions. On Wednesday we went over the answers for the questions. On Thursday we reviewed the material. On Friday we took a test. The next week we began the same drill with the next chapter. Yawn. It was good the class was in the morning; it would have been impossible to stay awake in the afternoon. But we learned the material. Years went by and that knowledge was useful. First in college as a base for a Political Science Major. Then in country after country, explaining the American political system (which was easier then; it would be wih some difficulty to stand up and tell people it was great today). In Sierra Leone they wrote a new Constitution and debated it, with materials and help from the United States Information Service and from .... Mr. Rikansrud. I told him this once and he was pleased. It's too late to thank him again for his thorough and conscientious and solid instruction but let's say it anyway. Thank you, Mr. Rikansrud. You gave us a solid foundation in an important subject. You did a great job. Bring Black History Month Home With A Click (NAPSI)--With the rich history of contributions to this country by African Americans, it's fitting that opportunities to celebrate Black History Month are taking a 21st century turn. For example, digital cable subscribers can access educational, entertaining and inspirational programming whenever they want just by clicking the On Demand button on their remote control. Programs and movies suitable for all audiences include: Milestones in Black History: A look at the history of the struggles and strife, the tragedies and the triumphs of African Americans in the U.S., including programming on the Civil Rights era. Everyone in the family can get in on the learning, with documentaries like "The Black List" examining some of the reasons for Black History Month. And kids young and old can take a trip back in time as they understand the importance of historical events with "Seizing Justice: The Greensboro 4," "On the Shoulders of Giants" and "Birds of a Feather: Tuskegee Airmen." Profiles in Courage: The biographies of influential African Americans come to life with dramatic profiles and stories of acclaimed leaders and others who are not so well known--but perhaps should be, such as that of Lena Baker in " Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story." Dramas: Programs and movies like "Independence Day," showcasing award-worthy performances from notable African- American actors like Will Smith. You can also explore and share real- life family relationship dramas like "Braxton Family Values." Hearth and Home: Savor shows like "Down Home with the Neelys" that provide a look at the food and other aspects of modern African- American society. Of the People: Program content that exemplifies the contributions made by multicultural talent, shows written by, starring, directed or produced by African Americans like Morgan Freeman in "Million Dollar Baby." Powerful Portrayals: Storytelling has always been an important part of African-American culture. Drama fans can enjoy Black cinema offerings, which chronicle the challenges of African-American protagonists in a variety of ways. .. That's Entertainment: Laugh along with comedy specials such as "Chris Rock: Bigger and Blacker," or let romantic comedies warm the heart. If music is your thing, there are shows and movies like "Ray," the story of one of America's true musical geniuses, Ray Charles, that look into the past and present music-making of African-American artists. Learn More - All TV viewers can share their passion for Black History Month at facebook.com/DiversityOnDemand.