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My Thoughts by Michele Harvey EAST OF PINE HILLS by Kiki Skagen Munshi The Julian News 5 February 24, 2021 continued on page 12 Barbara Lorraine LaChusa 1933 - 2021 On Tuesday, February 10, 2021, Barbara Lorraine LaChusa, loving wife and mother of three children, passed away at the age of 88. Barbara was born in Westmorland, CA, to Paul Joseph Cardinal and Lucy Agnes Cardinal. She graduated from Julian High School in 1951. She married Don Emanuel LaChusa on May 31, 1952. Together they raised two sons, Don and James, and one daughter Yvonne. Barbara loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a skilled seamstress and a member of the Embroiderers Guild. Those who knew Barbara, knew how generous she was with her time for her family, friends, and those in need. She was a true animal lover and cared for her pets, especially her cats, and was faithful about feeding her hummingbirds. Barbara donated to many local organizations, including Wounded Warriors and the San Diego Zoo. Barbara was preceded in death by her father, Paul, her mother, Lucy, her husband Don, and her eldest son Don. She is survived by her two children, Yvonne and James, 18 grandchildren, and 30 great- grandchildren with one on the way. My Julian Stories It seems that many of us are longing for days gone by. Reminiscing is easy when we are staying home with our photos. Several people, including Charles Lockhart, have been posting historical photos of Julian and the surrounding areas. Often the people who post the photos don’t know what or where they are. However, so many local people stay on facebook, some actually having memories that go further back than my thirty-seven years here that I really enjoy being involved in the conversations. I remember when the then new fire house was built next to the water district building on Farmer Road. That was a huge event in our little town and recently on facebook, someone posted photos and several men wrote about the work they did to build the firehouse. Dee Henry added her story by telling of the day that the volunteers were called out and they all left her at the bottom of a foundation hole. She was seven feet down and yes, she managed to get herself out. I remember a small fair to raise money and to announce a grand opening of the firehouse. One of the favorite events was a dunking machine. You could dunk a Sherriff deputy if you hit the target. After that day, dunking machines were really popular for a time. You could dunk coaches too at sporting events. Another fundraiser for the firehouse was an auction. We donated a book by Jack Murphy. Remember him? He brought the Chargers to San Diego and the stadium was originally named for him. The book was titled Abe And Me because it was about his Labrador retriever that would stay with him when Jack wrote his sports columns for the San Diego Union and Tribune. The book was autographed. At that auction, I outbid Garnette for a dollhouse and someone outbid me for a bronze sculpture that was created by Ed White. Later Ed told me that was one of his last sculptures because bronze became too expensive to work with. Ed switched to painting after that and he is quite good! Shana Spice Rudd recently wrote about her childhood in Julian. Literally in Julian. She grew up in the house that is now the Book House on the corner of Farmer Road and “A” Street. Her father, Ralph Spice was a lean man, in charge of the Julian town water district. Shana talked about how involved her mother was in Julian volunteer work and how she would take Shana with her to the Wild Flower Show and The Weed Show, both brought to us by the Julian Women’s Club. I wrote that I remembered both of Shana’s parents and I could tell stories, so I did. Here is a story about your Dad, who I actually got along with really well most of the time. One day my children and the neighbor children decided to create a swimming pool in our side yard. They gathered everything they could find that wasn't nailed down to create the sides and made a pool about three feet high. They threw a large tarp over the structure and filled it with water. The pool was nearly full when it gave way and hundreds of gallons of water rocketed down Third Street to "B" Street, took a left and headed to Main Street taking leaves, dirt and gravel with it. Ralph Spice who was in charge of the water district at the time followed the flood up to my house. He saw me and asked what the flood was all about. Ralph did not see any humor in the event and told me not to let it happen again. Needless to say, my neighborhood kids were the talk of the town for quite some time. After that day, they made pools in our truck beds and tied the tarps down very securely. Here is a story about Shana’s mother. When I first moved to Julian, we lived in the house at 2020 Third Street. The water coming out of the kitchen faucet smelled really awful, like rotten eggs, it was so awful. I called the service district number and your mother answered the phone. When I explained the problem, she told me that "Ralph said it was just me!". She was so glad that I could verify what she knew. Soon the water didn’t smell at all. We lived in town for a few years when I decided it was getting much too crowded on weekends for the safety of my children. We moved to Whispering Pines and that was a great place to raise my boys. They especially liked playing outside. In dry weather, they got together with their friends and spray painted a baseball diamond on our street. Since we lived between two turns in the road, the boys could hear cars coming and they could get out of the way without ever getting harmed. When we had snow on the ground, the boys would gather up every drop light they could find. They would light up a sled run, usually at about 11p.m. at night. When snow was on the ground at night, we could hear a vehicle making a turn at the four-way-stop in downtown Julian which was about two miles away, so the boys knew how to adjust their timing. Those years I learned to buy my trash cans at Home Depot because I could buy can lids separately. Every winter my trash can lids disappeared because they made such great sleds. One February day we woke up to find two or three inches of ice on everything outside. We could hear the crackling of breaking tree branches and yet my boys found fun. They figured out that if they squatted and held tight to their knees, they could slide on their feet, down our driveway and all across our road, laughing the entire time. However, they couldn’t get back across the ice. Fortunately the sun came brightly out and the ice was completely gone by 10a.m. All was well. I’m glad that so many people like Sherry Daniel are reminiscing on facebook these days. They are bringing back some of my good memories too. These are my thoughts. Of Water and MONEY Years of living in countries where bribery is a polite way of doing business sometimes leaves one unprepared for the U.S. where graft isn’t always the default position, and the first thought that came to mind when we saw a proposal to build a new way to bring water from the Colorado to San Diego was, “Who…” But we hastened to put that aside. This is America. Better to do a bit of exploration first. There were three options for this proposed new pipeline on a (somewhat hard to find) map, one of which ran through Borrego Springs, up through Ranchita and down Pauma Valley, one of which was through Laguna and parts West, and one of which was further south. Up here we don’t care about further south though people further south probably do. But a new huge water pipeline through the middle of Borrego Springs? Or Laguna? Does this make sense? Would it be cost-effective? The old reflex supposition…never mind. Onward. Learning about Colorado River water was the next order of business. It isn’t very good (as we all know) but beyond that…it’s complicated. Everybody wants it, sometimes there is more than people want, sometimes there isn’t. Mexico gets the short end of the stick, which is usually muddy. San Diego and Imperial County both have allocations; San Diego’s comes through a pipeline running from Lake Havasu toward Los Angeles, then south. Imperial County gets its water straight from the river via the All American Canal which also ends in Imperial County. So far. Recently, Imperial County farmers haven’t been using their full water allotment. The rationale on the SD Water Authority website is…well, there actually isn’t a reason given but local gossip is that the farmers can make more money selling their water rights to San Diego than growing low dollar crops like alfalfa. Clearly those who label alfalfa “low dollar” don’t have three hungry horses. So now San Diego gets part of Imperial County’s water, but not FROM Imperial County; it is siphoned off the river along with the rest of San Diego’s water through the northern route and San Diego pays a fee for the northern route use under an agreement that will hold until 2047. Hence the idea to build a southern route—one surmises—but questions still arise about comparative cost, the future of Colorado River water, and damage to the environment. On the surface it doesn’t seem either economically advantageous (to the public, that is) or environmentally friendly but the jury is still out. Except in the San Diego Water Authority’s 2020 Diversification Plan which “aims to reduce the County's reliance on the Colorado River”. Guess they haven’t updated the Plan since the Chair proposed the new aqueduct. 5. Acacia Reyes 30:00 Julian 6. Rose Johnson 30:42 Mountain Empire Men’s Results: 1. Zackary Henderson 20:24 Mountain Empire 2. Phoenix Cruz 20:37 Julian 3. Wesley Gratzer 21:06 Julian 4. Corey Lay 21:59 Julian 5. Mac Moretti 23:47 Julian 6. Marcus Smith 25:47 Mountain Empire 7. Gregory Reyes 26:35 Mountain Empire 8. Nathaniel Thompson 26:37 Mountain Empire 9. Geovoni Beasley 35:58 Mountain Empire 11. Tyler Parker no time reported Julian High School Sports continued from page 3 6 Things To Know About GMOs (Family Features) You may have heard of "GMO" foods before, but what you may not know is the science and purpose behind them. "GMO" is a common term used to describe foods that have been created through genetic engineering. A GMO (genetically modified organism) is a plant, animal or microorganism that has had its genetic material (DNA) changed using technology that generally involves the transfer of specific DNA from one organism to another. Although GMO foods are widely available to consumers, there is sometimes confusion around what GMOs are and how they are used in the United States' food supply. As part of the Feed Your Mind education initiative, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides science-based information to help consumers better understand GMOs: 1. Only a few types of GMO foods are sold in the United States. Soybeans, cotton, corn, alfalfa, apples, canola, papaya, potatoes, summer squash, sugar beets, pineapple and AquAdvantage salmon complete the list of GMO foods currently sold in the U.S. Only a few of these are available in the produce sections of grocery stores. Most are instead used to make ingredients that are then used in other food products like cereals and snack chips. 2. GMOs can help farmers grow crops that are resistant to diseases and insects. Humans have used traditional ways to modify crops and animals to suit their needs and tastes for more than 10,000 years. Genetic engineering lets scientists take a beneficial gene, like insect resistance, and transfer it into a plant. Results can include higher crop yields, less crop loss, longer storage life, better appearance, better nutrition or some combination of these traits. 3. GMO foods are as safe to eat as their non-GMO counterparts. The FDA, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture work together to make sure GMOs are safe for human, plant and animal health. GMO foods are carefully studied before being sold to the public to make sure they are safe. Some GMO plants have even been modified to improve their nutritional value. For example, some GMO soybeans contain healthier oils, which can replace oils containing trans fat. 4. GMO foods are no more likely to cause allergies than non-GMOs. You will not be allergic to a GMO food unless you're allergic to the non-GMO version of that food. For example, if you're not allergic to foods made with non-GMO soy, you won't be allergic to foods made with GMO soy. When developing GMOs, scientists run tests to make sure allergens aren't transferred from one food to another. 5. GMOs can reduce farmers' use of pesticides. Some GMO plants contain plant-incorporated protectants to make them resistant to insects. This lowers farmers' need for and use of spray pesticides. 6. A "bioengineered" disclosure will be on some of the foods you eat. The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard requires bioengineered foods to be labeled by 2022 with text on the packages that reads "bioengineered food," the bioengineered food symbol or directions for using your phone to find the disclosure. Sometimes the terms "bioengineered," "GMO" and "genetic engineering" are used interchangeably, but labels required under the Standard use the term "bioengineered." Find more answers to your questions about GMOs at fda.gov/ feedyourmind. Honoring The Selfless (NAPSI)—At a time when their efforts were desperately needed, organizations helping to combat the effects of the coronavirus, champion equality and diversity, and provide medical care for those in need headlined this year’s .ORG IMPACT Awards. The awards, presented by Public Interest Registry, recognize organizations that are healing, helping, and inspiring others around the world. Days for Girls International was the recipient of the .ORG of the Year Award for its efforts to promote health for millions of women and girls and prevent the spread of COVID-19 through its MasksForMillions Campaign. “Every day, Days for Girls is empowering women and girls to achieve their dreams by providing critical education and health resources to those who need them,” said Jon Nevett, the CEO of Public Interest Registry, which acts as operator of the 10 million-plus .ORGs around the world. Other .ORG of the Year recipients included Kayla Cares 4 Kids— an organization Kayla Abramowitz founded at age 11—that collects and donates entertainment and educational items to children’s hospitals nationwide, and Change Labs, which promotes diversity, inclusion, and equity by increasing the number of Native-owned small businesses operating in Native communities. “Their work is a critical part of providing equity and opportunity to Native Americans seeking to achieve their dreams by becoming small business owners,” said Nevett.  Public Interest Registry established the .ORG Impact Awards to recognize, honor and reward organizations on the .ORG domain that are making an incredible positive impact in their communities and the world around them. The company donated a total of $85,000 USD to this year’s recipients. “These organizations embody what motivates PIR every day. They are filled with selfless people who throughout even the toughest of years looked beyond themselves to their communities,” said Nevett. For a complete list of finalists and winners of the 2020 .ORG of the Year Awards, please visit https://orgimpactawards.org. How And Why To Improve The Fit Of Your Mask (StatePoint) As more Americans get vaccinated against COVID-19, you may find yourself out and about more. Whether you’re returning to the workplace or just getting a haircut, mask requirements may be in place in certain venues you frequent. New Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations highlight the importance of snugly fitting masks. The good news is that innovations are helping people secure the fit of their masks, and, at the same time, solve some of the most common complaints they have when wearing them. “As we began to wear masks in 2020, we found ourselves frustrated by things like fogging glasses and slipping masks. Our team has extensive experience solving health-related challenges and thought there had to be a way to address this,” says Dave Franchino, co-founder at MaskTite, a company that makes a medical-grade, double-sided tape designed to adhere to the inside of a mask for a more secure fit. Franchino, with his background in medical product design, set to work with his team to design a way to give people of all face sizes and shapes a fast and easy way to make every mask fit better. Made of skin-safe, medical- grade, adhesive tape, MaskTite strips eliminate common mask problems like gaps, fogging glasses and slipping, and are sized for adults and children. Here Franchino explains how to solve some of most common mask woes, some of which you’ve likely experienced: • Loose fit and slipping masks: Readjusting your mask when it starts to slip is not always possible, whether it’s because you have your hands full of groceries or work tools or you simply want to avoid touching your face. Keeping the mask affixed to your face with tape can eliminate slipping when it matters most, and achieve a tighter fit, supporting the latest CDC recommendations. • Foggy glasses: The warm air of your breath escaping from the top of your mask can quickly make glasses foggy, causing a new hazard -- an inability to see. While it can be tough to find a mask that fits securely enough to eliminate fog, applying a solution like MaskTite to the inside of your mask means you can get a proper fit and better visibility, no matter what mask you’re using. • Irritating straps: A tight-fitting mask is great in many respects, but the straps can put a strain on the backs of one’s ears. Plus,