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April 21, 2010 Spenc, El Dia de los N$os ! El Dia de los Ubros 00(The Day of the Children/The Day of the Books) presented by Best Selling Author Stacey O'Brien To Speak At The Julian Library About "Wesley The Owl" Saturday, April 24 1:00 PM by Perry Savage In this humble reporter's opinion, these are the greatest love stories of all time: "Pride and Prejudice". "Romeo and Juliet". "Gone With the Wind". "Wesley the Owl". "Wesley the Owl"? Yes, that's right. "Wesley the Owl". Since writers first began putting quill to parchment, books have examined the most profound of all conditions - the love shared by two "soul mates." The most memorable of these stories are transfixing tales of love triumphing over seemingly insurmountable odds. The classic love story hurls the reader headlong through the gamut of human emotions : happiness and sorrow, laughter and tears. "Wesley the Owl" has all that, plus dead mice. At the heart of any unforgettable love story is always a pair of lovers. Many times it would appear they are not meant to be together - united against all odds. Sometimes, the lovers are star-crossed. Sometimes, one of them is an owl. Such is the case in the New York Times bestseller, ""Wesley the Owl." This is not your ordinary boy-barn-owl-meets-girl love story. The story is true, detailing the cross-species pure devotion between an injured barn owl, Wesley, and Stacey O'Brien, a young biologist he took to be his lifelong mate. And exactly how does one know if they become an owl's "chosen one"? In Ms. O'Brien's case, she was assured of that bond when she woke up one morning with a dead mouse in her mouth. It was Wesley's ultimate expression of eternal love. The message, so romantically conveyed was "I'm yours and you're mine." "If you ever wondered what dead mouse tastes like, it's tastes like the smell of dead skunk," quipped Ms. O'Brien. Ms. O'Brien was not only Wesley's de facto mate - to Wesley, she was everything. She bravely took on the roles of his surrogate mother, nurse and trainer, Wesley's researcher and eventually his biographer. HEALTH SERVICES 760 765 4646 by JULIAN MEDICAL 00-LINlC A DjlSION OF BORREGO COMMUNITY HEALTH FOUNDATIO We accept Healthy Families Insurance (Next To Town Hall) www.julianmedicaL com OPEN MONDAY - FRIDAY 8:00AM TO 5PM -- 24 HOUR ANSWERING SERVICE Alpine View Lodge No Appointments Just Come In / !il Now Available  Ct Certified Animal | F i Only 1455 Hollow OFFICE Tues & Thurs 6-Bed Furl Service Hospice &   Dementia : Case by Case #374601019 SUNCREST LODGE 34540 Engineers Road and Highway 79 (760) 7654)065 Quality Assisted Living, Memory Care and Hospice A JewelIn your Own Backyard Your family deserves the finest in elder care/ 0 Patios, gardens and walkways are just a step away, yet within secured grounds,surrounded by beautiful Alpine views and spacious lawns. 0 A variety of enriching activities occur all day, every day in a program filled with life's joy. 0 Complimentary tours, luncheons and on-sight assessment program provide a sense of our charm and our service excellence. Office is open daily from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Owner operated by the Cioffi family for over 30 years, we offer short term respite stays, day care program, assisted living, dementia and hospice care in an open and airy country setting. 0 Furnished Semi-Private rates from $2,850.00 per month. Private rooms from $3,550.00 973 Arnold Way, Alpine, Ca. 91901 Phone 619-445-5291 Fax 619-445-5844 Visit us at State license number 374-600-694 One of Ms. O'Brien's favorite roles was as his audience, because Wesley was a big bird with a big personality. He was a card, a total cut-up, goofy and quirky and always willing to entertain. That enough would endear him indelibly, but beyond that Wesley was a big-hearted lover, unabashedly enamored with and unconditionally devoted to the author. When a barn owl picks another barn owl as "the one", that relationship lasts forever. If one of them dies, the other will many times die a few days after. Their death cannot be explained by lack of nourishment or dehydration, because death comes too soon for that. The literally die of a broken heart. Such, explains Ms. O'Brien, is "the Way of the Owl " Of course, no decent love story is without some tension between the protagonists. Wesley could play a moody and demanding bird to Ms. O'Brien's long- suffering character. He spent a lot of time admiring himself in front of a mirror. Some may have considered him a bit too chatty, and he didn't take to being embarrassed by others. He had a bad habit of tearing up magazines and strewing shreds of pages everywhere. And sometimes when provoked, (and sometimes no provoking was necessary), he exercised his option to excrete a greasy, dark brown, horrendous smelling substance from somewhere inside his body. Through all this, Ms. O'Brien endured, because the joy Wesley brought her far outweighed the challenges. The reader comes to admire Ms. O'Brien's devotion and sacrifice to Wesley as much as they adore Wesley's immense charm. She is the consummate friend, protector and scientist. Ms. O'Brien grew up a child actor near Hollywood and sang professionally into her twenties. Her father, a scientist at the Caltech Institute's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, instilled in her a love of wild animals and nature. Her childhood hero was Jane Goodall, the world renowned animal researcher that lived among a colony of gorillas she studied in Africa. Ms. O'Brien went on to earn a bachelor's degree in biology at Occidental College, then went to work at Caltech's Institute of Behavioral Biology. She wanted to follow a similar path as Jane Goodall, pioneering the understanding of a wild species, although she was not sure which species to choose. Her decision literally landed in her lap on Valentine's Day, 1985. The California Department of Fish and Game had rescued continued on page 14 The Julian News 7 Groceries. Fresh Produce. Sundries Beer Wine Liquor Dry Cleaning Lotto. Scratchers Full Service "Best in the County" Meat Department O.S.D.A. Choice Beef Buffalo Meat Special and Holiday Orders, Cut to your Specifications Bill Pay Phone & Utilities JULIAN UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION ON April 22nd (Or any Day after) 2:30 pm Requirements for Kindergarten enrollment l. Child must be 5 years old on or before December 2, 2006. Parent/guardians must present proof of birth, such as a birth certificate or baptismal record at the time of registration. 2. Parents/guardians must provide proof of residency, such as a utility bill, rental receipt, etc. at the time of registration. 3. State law requires that the following vaccination records be present- ed at the time of registration: A. Polio - 4 doses, but 3 doses are enough if at least one was given after child's 2nd birthday. B. DTP/DtaP/DT/Td - 4 or more doses, but one more dose is needed if the last dose was given before the child's 2nd birthday. C. MMR - 2 doses D. Hepatitis B - 3 doses 4. An Oral Health Exam and Medical Exam will be needed before the start of the school year. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 765-0661 Cookie Success! The Girl Scout Troops of Julian would like to thank the cornies of Julian and Santa Ysabel for their support during our hugely successful cookie sales this year. You may have seen the girls shivering in the cold in front of stores, determined to succeed even though almost every weekend of the sales we had rain or snow. Combined, both troops sold 6,507 boxes of cookies! A percentage of the troops' proceeds will go to charity, and this year both troops chose charities serving children suffering in Haiti after the earthquake, plus one disadvantaged girl already sponsored in Central America. We would like to thank our local merchants who allowed us to have booth sales in front of their establishments: Don's Market, Jack's Market, and Rabo Bank. We also want to thank Julian Storage for letting us use two storage units when the huge initial inventory of cookies arrived. Without the support of these merchants, we could not have succeeded. Besides donating to charities, the troops will use their portion of the proceeds for local field trips, extended camping and adventure trips, materials necessary for earning badges, quality crafts, etc. The cookie program is part of a larger picture for the girls. First, they must set a goal and plan how to reach it. Their goals are usually based on upcoming trips they would like to take and projects they are involved in, plus how much they would like to give to charity. Then they work on personal confidence in selling cookies, being polite no matter what, looking people in the eye when speaking, and being articulate in expressing the troop's goals to potential customers. They learn that going the extra mile to sell more boxes makes a huge difference in their outcome, and that nothing comes without effort. Girls who sell cookies come away with greater self confidence, a work ethic, and a better sense of the value of a dollar.