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Cuyamac;:  Valley, Mr. Laguni Summit, WaJ Volume 25 - Issue 33 Wednesday March 31, 2010 Julian, CA. ISSN 1937-8416 Julian News PO Box 639 ,Julian, CA. 92036 Change Service Requested Ill I1,1,,I,,I,,,,11,,11,,11,,,,,11,,I,II1,,,I,,I,,,I,1,11,,,I,,11 Small Town Papers TFN 5026 California Ave SW Seattle WA 98136-1208 L gio tep Up For ucation American Legion Post 468 - 1st Vice Commander Roger Crossland, and Commander "Dusty" Keane are flanked by Julian High School Administrative Secretary Kim Dalton, Principal Cara Kern, Superintendant Jim Peabody and English Department Chair Jennifer Wylie (center) plus numerous students who will benefit from the Legion Posts' donation of $6,000 to the district for new text books, photo by Michael Hart American Legion Post 468 Donates $6,000.00 To The High School For Literature Textbooks by Jennifer Wylie The American Legion's preamble begins with, "For God and Country..." and it's members serve that proclamation well. Their goals cover many areas. They support the troops, education (local schools), the poor and needy, State and Federal government, as well as local municipalities just to mention a few. Our local American Legion Post 468 has given to our Julian community so richly, that they are responsible for much of the growth we see throughout our wonderful town. So how does one thank the American Legion for all that they have done and continue to do? All I can say is that I am truly thankful for their continual support, tireless energy, endless commitment, and amazing resolve to help this town and more specifically our local schools become better. Not only have they served their country well, but they are continually serving their local community - our community. Our local American Legion has once again answered the call for help and has blessed the high school with the monies to purchase a class set of new English textbooks. The American Legion is allowing our goals to become a reality with their amazing gift. They are generously giving the high school a huge financial donation of $6,000.00. Each textbook costs approximately $100.00 and we need sixty per class; so, this will allow the English Department to start with purchasing a class set of new freshmen English textbooks for the start of next school year (August 2010). We hope to continue to meet our goal as soon as possible to purchase a new set of textbooks until all grades (9-12) will have new literature textbooks. The American Legion hosts benefits, dinners, and breakfasts almost weekly to raise funds for our local community - a large part of those funds help the local schools, especially the high school. So every time you buy a ticket for a breakfast or dinner, you are helping out our kids. You are giving back and helping so this community can thrive. The American Legion, Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary have all been such a huge devotees of the educational institutions here in Julian by fund raising, support, and financial contributions. They have tirelessly dedicated their time, effort, support, energy, and money to ensure that the students attending the Julian schools may have numerous opportunities to succeed in academics, extra-curricular, and athletic activities. To name a few examples, they have helped with: Cheerleaders, Associated Student Body (ASB), the Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Classes, Junior/Senior Prom, Spanish and Literature Clubs, Boy Scouts, Yearbook (ads and camp), senior scholarships, Julian Youth Basketball, Boys and Girls State, Freedoms Foundation, Miss Poppy, English essays (grades 6-12), and numerous other activities for leadership conferences, athletic events, and academic needs. Just as importantly, they honor our local young residents and alumni who have enlisted for military service. How can we thank them enough for all that they do? We can come out and support their events - we can buy a breakfast or dinner ticket or help out at the fund raising events that they sponsor for us. We can attend their annual 4th of July BBQ (pre-sale tickets will go on sale mid April). We can let them know that we are truly thankful for all that they do for our community and for all that they give to our kids. Thank you American Legion Post 468 for all that you do, for what you stand for and believe in, and for always answering our call for help. Remember, every breakfast counts! Warner Board Approves Charter Petition The Warner Unified School District Board of Education approved a charter school petition that marked the culmination of 18 months of research, development of technology, and community participation, which will be utilized in the coming years as the Warner District plans to file for State approval later this month. The new charter school's name will be "Warner i School" and will provide its students instruction through real-time video conferencing technology. The school also plans to develop it's curriculum around environmental and agriculture science, and will emphasize hands-on learning and student research. Superintendent of Warner Schools, Dr. Ron Koenig said, "1 want to thank everyone who supported our commitment to establishing a charter school in the Warner Unified School District. I believe that this is the beginning of a very exciting journey that will take our School District to a new level. This new opportunity will allow for growth in district enrollment, enhancement of current facilities, new partnerships with business leaders, new opportunities for Warner students, and continued growth in technology." This all comes at a time when schools all over the state of California are struggling with budget and school finance. Koenig went on to say, "In our path, we may come Eagles Spring Athletics Baseball - Tue 04/06/10 @High Tech High School 3:00PM Thu 04/08/10 High Tech High School Jess Martin Park 3:00PM Softball - Thu 04/08/10 @ The Rock Academy 3:30PM Track and Field - Sat 04/10/10 Calvin Christian Invitational @Escondido High School 10:00AM Golf - Tue 04/20/10 Guajome Park Academy TBA across stumbling blocks that are related to our inexperience in this new venture however, each challenge will avail itself to our professional growth and renewed commitment to excellence for our students and community. I am excited and enthusiastic about the opportunities that are before us. We are ready for this new chapter of the Warner Unified School District and embrace all that is forthcoming." On Friday, March 26, Koenig met with the charter school Board of Advisors. The meeting provided an opportunity for continued on page 2 Music On The Mountain Richard Smith - National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Performs At The Julian Library Tuesday - April 6, 6PM The Julian Branch Library is fortunate to host Richard Smith when tours in Southern California in April. Smith is currently lives in Nashville, but was born in Beckenham, Kent, England. He speaks with a lovely English accent with a bit of a Southern twang and on stage he can really play up either as required by the song, or audience. I had the good fortune of seeing Richard and his wife perform last year and was delighted when he followed up with my request to play at the library. Smith began fingerstyle guitar at the age of five as he was enthralled watching his father fingerpick. Learning to play was a challenge because they only had an adult sized right-handed guitar, and Smith had small five- year-old hands and was left- handed. Despite this, at the end of the first day he was able to play both the chords and the melody. Within no time, he was able to out perform his father and it was clear to all that he was a rare phenomenon - a child prodigy. As a youngster, Smith picked up everything he heard, learning even the most complicated of tunes with ease. People were awestruck with his dexterity while playing music. Not only did he have amazing physical skill, but musical memory as well. Usually, after hearing a composition only once, he is able to replicate the song with his talented fingerstyle skills. Fingerstyle guitar is the technique of playing the guitar by plucking the strings directly with the fingertips, fingernails, or picks attached to fingers, as opposed to flat-picking (picking individual notes with a single plectrum called a flat-pick) or strumming all the strings of the instrument in chords. Smith met his hero, Chet world, highlighting a repertoire spanning incredible range of musical styles from country, bluegrass, mainstream jazz, modern pop and rock, to classical guitar. Smith also plays several John Phillips Souza's marches and, incredibly, comes close to sounding like an entire marching band - drums and all. Chet Atkins made the following remarks on Richard Smith's ability, "The most amazing guy I know on the guitar. .... He can play anything I know, only better." Come, see and hear an amazing guitar player and entertainer. You will be thoroughly entertained and astounded by his skill. You are invited to attend the incredible experience of Richard Smith's guitar wizardry. Come to the Julian Branch Library in Tuesday, April 6 at 6PM for another magical Music on the Mountain experience. As always, concerts are free and open to all. The library is located at 1850 Highway 78, next to the high school. For additional information, please call 760-765- 0370. Atkins, when he was only eleven. Atkins invited him to play on stage with him at Her Majesty's Theater in London in front of a thousand people. Smith played lead to Atkins arrangement of "whispering" and Atkins played along. The audience was so impressed they asked for another. A request for "Little Rock Getaway" came from the crowd and without skipping a beat, Smith played the Atkins' arrangement, this time without Atkins accompanying, while his hero watched him in amazement to a stunned and appreciative audience. There is no limit to Smith's ability to quickly master whatever guitar style captures his fancy. The complex styles of many guitar greats including Django Reinhardt, Les Paul and Lenny Breau have provided to be no impediment to Smith's voracious musical appetite. In addition to being a guitar virtuoso, he is also a banjo and violin player. Smith has toured around the Julian Youth Baseball Opening Day by Curt Nelson "1 tried to hit it super hard," game ball winner Shane Cranfield said about his last hit of a 3 for 3 day in Minors Division Little League Opening Day action at Jess Martin Park. Cranfield, who plays for the Ransom Brothers Sand Gnats, had 2 RBI's and shared 100% batting with Zach Sinclair, who also went 3 for 3. But neither's heroics could overmatch the bats and defense continued on page 10