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March 28, 2012 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. KEEP YOUR FAMILY HEALTHY WITH BORREGO SPRINGS BOTTLED WATER CRYSTAL CLEAR & REFRESHING Only $19.75 per month, inc/. cooler renta/ and 3 five gallon bottles of drinking water +tax & bottle deposit For home or office delivery: 760-805-8879 Serving ALL of San Diego County Spring Water add 84 cents per bottle No contract! Ask about our private label liter & .5 liter bot- tles for your business or special event and fund- . FDA Licensed BORREGO SPRINGS BOTTLED WATER Mountain Spring & Drinking Water The reason I talk to myself is because I'm the only one whose answers I accept. -- George Carlin "Officially" It Is Spring Strangers are always surprised at our weather here in the Back Country. We are, after all, in the far south of California only about 45 miles north of the Mexican border as the crow flies. This is, of course, presuming that a crow would want to fly north in a straight I!ne for 45 miles. One also supposes that such crows as DO want to fly north from Mexico have the proper papers. Otherwise the Border Patrol, not to mention Homeland Security, would be up here Checking out our crows who, as we all know, tend to stay in their home area which makes migrants Suspect. WHY are those crows coming north? Why aren't they going South? Maybe they are. Anyway, it has snowed in February, March, and/or April or sometimes May for the past many years up here. People who live in San Diego know it from our fervent TV weather reporters who breathlessly tell us a storm is coming, may be coming, is definitely coming, that rain will fall at 4:02 PM in Santee and that There Will Be Snow in "our local mountains." That phrase, "our local mountains," is probably an import, like saying "the" with Highway Numbers ('!The 5" or "the 78" instead of I-5 or 78 or just 395 which, if you remember it, means you've been around a long, long time) or Frisco for San Francisco. Or, going back even further, using a soft "g" in Los Angeles although it does sound better than the "Los Ankleless" of the early '50s which brought to mind a group of deformed people. But I digress. People shouldn't be surprised that it snows in, once in a while, May. We are mountains. Julian's altitude is higher than most places east of theMississippi (there are places as high or higher there, about 22, but you need to be impaled on a mountain peak) and we have our very own micro-climate even if we do import the weather systems that make it from the Pacific. Gotta keep an eye on those crows. The first day of Spring just east of Pine Hills: MY Thoug/Lt s by Michele Harvey It's Yard Sale Time I often write about my efforts to organize my belongings. Some days I get really energetic and I clear out spaces and clean them up. I don't do this often enough so things pile up at our house, Kitchen drawers are one of my favorite clearing out targets. I open a drawer, take everything out, scrub the drawer clean, scrub the things I use to divide the contents, and then put all the things back that I want to keep. At that point I try to find homes for all of the things I don't want to keep. This week rve decided that instead of finding homes for individual things, rm going to sell them all at a yard sale. My gift shop sits inside the mall at Wynola Farms Marketplace. One of my fellow shop keepers thinks it would be a great idea to have a yard sale so we can all get rid of things from our homes and to get a bit of cash into our pockets. I agree, so I'm filling boxes with things to sell really cheap. We will call the yard sale a multi family sale or a patio sale because several of us with shops at the marketplace will contribute to the vastnumber of items that will be sold and our sale won't exactly be in a yard. Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Easter weekend are our target days to set up in the patio between Mountain Beadworks and the main mall building. If the weather is wet, we will move everything in to the mall building. I haven't run a yard sale in more years than I can remember, so rm working on this thing in a logical way. If I can't work on anything in a logical way, rm lost. I gathered a supply of boxes, covered them with Contact paper because it's what I do. The covered boxes are sturdy and they are mouse and weather proof. I began looking for things to sell in the highest cabinets in my kitchen. I found serving pieces that I acquired in 2003 and I've never used them. I cleaned them, priced them and put them into one of my boxes. I found another set of serving pieces that came with Mike when he moved in with me in 2000. Handmade pottery, never used by us, I cleaned them, priced them and put them in a box. I found duplicates of utensils, cups that I bought thinking I needed them but didn't and packed two of my 4 peeling utensils because I think keeping two is enough. Working down my cabinet shelves, I added tea strainers, which I have too many of, coffee mugs and one of those things that slices, skins and cores apples all at the same time. I found out that I own two of those also. Our dining room seems to be the room most likely to store lots of things that can't find a home at our house, rm finding things in that room that I can sell and next I will go from room to room looking for things that I won't miss ilthey get sold. We all have ways of cleaning our homes. This is a good way for me to clean my home of clutter and other people can look at all the things we will sell at the Wynola Farms Marketplace SALE Easter Weekend and I hope they find treasures that they can use. These are my thoughts. April: Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month How to Choose Your New Best Friend from Animal Shelter By Irvin Cannon Among the biggest victims of the economic recession are the once beloved family pets surrendered to shelters as their owners deal with extended joblessness. The U.S. Humane Society estimates 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters each year- and 3 to 4 million are euthanized. "We don't have firm numbers but we know anecdotally that the communities that have been hardest hit by the economic downturn are seeing "that reflected in their shelter intake numbers," says Inga Fricke, director of sheltering issues for the U.S. Humane Society. "And, unfortunately, while the majority of the public is in favor of adopting pets from shelters, very few - usually about 20 percent - actually do. That has recently gone up slightly to the mid-20s." Fricke and retired police officer Irvin Cannon, a confirmed dog lover whose new book, For the Love of Dog Tales (www. FortheLoveofDogTales.com), gives voice to man's best friend, hope people getting back on their feet will consider adopting a shelter dog, perhaps in observance of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month in April. "You won't find a better companioa, whether you bring home a mystery mixed-breed or a purebred Labrador," he says. "Everyone thinks mutts are smarter and generally healthier, but really, it all depends on their mix of breeds and which breed strain is dominant." Border collies and Rottweilers are two of the smartest breeds, Cannon says. But they tend to have other traits, too, which are just as important to consider when choosing what dog best suits your lifestyle. Remember - dogs are as individual as people A dog's breed, or breed mix, is no guarantee that it will have certain traits. That said, border collies tend to need lots of room to run and lots of attention - they're high-maintenance, Cannon says. If you can't spend a lot of active time with them, they'll be unhappy and you'll have problems. Rottweilers are fast learners and loveable family animals, but they also tend to have bold personalities associated with pack leaders. If you don't think you can assert your authority, or if you have young or shy children, you might want to consider a more submissive breed., Dominant dogs that are allowed to bully their family members can become dangerously aggressive. Here are some other tidbits regarding breeds: . Among other dog breeds known for intelligence: Shetland sheepdogs, golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, poodles, Australian cattle dogs, Papillons and Doberman pinschers. Bulldogs, beagles and Basset hounds all start with 'B' but get much lower grades for smarts. It's a myth that. mutts have fewer health issues than purebred dogs. Because some breeds have tendencies toward problems such as deafness, blindness or hip dysplasia, remember, these are genetic issues that are inherited. So if you're mixed-" breed includes some German shepherd, it may also have hip dysplasia (a problem with the joint's bone structure). If you're in the market for a purebred dog, you have a 25 percent chance of finding one - although maybe not the breed you want - at a shelter. If your heart is set on a specific breed, check your area for a rescue group specializing in that breed. Don't forget to mark your calendar for Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month, which recognizes the 1866 charter signing of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Visit http;//www. aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/ for 10 ways you can help prevent cruelty to animals. About Irvin Cannon: Irvin Cannon was a poor kid growing up in Detroit when his family took in a stray dog. It surprised young Irvin that his father would be willing to share the family's meager groceries with a dog, but he soon discovered the return on their investment was enormous. A former oolice officer in Detroit and DetTver, he also worked as a corrections officer in Arizona. The Julian News 5 WE ACCEPT Groceries. Fresh Produce. Sundries Beer. Wine Liquor Dry Cleaning. Lotto. Scratchers Full Service "Best in the County" Meat Department II.S.D.A. Choice Bee[ Buffalo Meat Special and Holiday Orders, Cut to your Specifications OPEN DALLY 6a.m. TO 8p.m. I USA Communications has increased Internet speeds in your area! Let our speeds BLOW .. YOU AWAY .++ No Contracts No Equipment Fees No Fine Print COMMUNICATIONS Jr High Teams Score 1st And 2nd In Tournament by Emy Gregor On Thursday March 1st, 2012, the Julian Junior High School participated in a basketball tournament at Borrego High School with 6 other schools. Our first game both the boys and girls won by a lot due to our experienced players. Our second games were more competitive. Both boys and girls won again, but the games were much closer. Our final game was one of the hardest games I have ever played. The boys on the Julian team had a big advantage due to their height advantage. The Julian Junior High School boys got 1st place, and the Julian Junior High School girls got second place/ It was a great tournament to watch and play.