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Julian Medical Clinic Julian Medical Clinic A Division of Monday–Friday 8-4 pm 760-765-1223 • Complete Family Practice Services • Monthly OB/GYN • Digital X-ray Lab Services • Daily Borrego Pharmacy Delivery • Behavioral Health (Smart Care) Now accepting: Covered California, Medi-Cal, Medicare, Community Health Group, Molina, Sharp Commercial, CHDP. Most PPO’s and Tricare. Sliding Fee Scale and Financial Assistance Available. Blake A. Wylie, DO Unneetha Pruitt WHNP , Women’s Health Randy Fedorchuk MD, Pain Management May 2, 2018 The Julian News 5 My Thoughts by Michele Harvey EAST OF PINE HILLS by Kiki Skagen Munshi Health & Personal Services General Dentistry & Orthodontics “Dr. Bob” Goldenberg, DDS 2602 Washington St • 760 765 1675 Specializing in fixing broken teeth and beautifying your smile ! It’s time you had the smile you’ve always dreamed of ! Call today ! Most Insurance Plans Accepted Visa and Master Card From The Supervisor’s Desk Notes from Supervisor Dianne Jacob Alzheimer’s alert: When the county in 2014 launched The Alzheimer’s Project, our regional initiative to help families and find a cure, we knew we were facing an uphill battle against the deadly disease. But two new county studies show we’re in for an even bigger fight than we thought. The reports say the number of San Diegans 55 and older with dementia is expected to increase 36 percent by 2030, while the costs associated with their care are also likely to skyrocket. The federal government recently awarded a grant to a local research team that was created as a result of The Alzheimer’s Project. I’m optimistic that we’ll find a cure or treatment right here in San Diego, thanks to our world-class brain scientists. Lowdown on libraries: Funding for a new Lakeside Library recently reached another milestone, thanks to a $5,000 donation presented to the Friends of the Library from the Barona Indians. The county will pay for the construction and cover day-to-day operations, but fund-raising by the Lakeside Friends is critical. Thank you Lakesiders, along with friends like Barona, for rallying around this awesome project! Meanwhile, the county continues to pursue plans for a bigger, better library in Casa de Oro. Success stories: It was great to recently honor some of our local health heroes. Among those receiving 2018 Public Health Champion Awards from the county were the folks at McAlister Institute, a substance abuse treatment center in El Cajon, and Darlene Shiley, the San Diego philanthropist who has done more than anyone to help ease the terrible burden for families struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. For more District 2 news, go to www.diannejacob.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email dianne.jacob@sdcounty. ca.gov Have a great East County day! Dianne It’s Always About Water Down in Santa Ysabel it looks like it’s July, so it must be time for the usual water rant. And it’s bad, the situation is, so the rant may be raucous. Cousin Bob down in Jacumba has had two inches of rain this year; up here, East of Pine Hills, we’ve had about 16” which is a good 11” below what we’d want to have in a “normal” year. And a “normal” year isn’t all that great, with an average of 26.8” of rain. To grow regular crops on a sustainable basis you need about 35” a year or sustainable irrigation; we have neither. Nor does the great Central Valley of California, rice-basket, almond-basket, pistachio basket, fruit-basket to the world, for that matter. They depend on aquifers and the annual snowpack. The aquifers are being fast depleted and won’t be fast refilled, not in the next several thousand years. The Sierra snowpack is nearly normal after March storms which will make San Diegans happy but with a growing population there still isn’t ample water for everyone in California. I, however, digress: Back to Julian. We know how much water falls out of the sky each year; we don’t know how much water is underground. Our underneath up here in Julian is fractured rock with pools of water and it’s this water—the pools in various pieces of fractured rock—that supply our wells. In good rain years water trickles down through the soil and rocks to recharge wells-some of them, that is, depending on how deep they are and where they are. And last year was a good year BUT it followed on several, not just one but several, sub-par rainfall years and probably didn’t do much for the wells in terms of a healthy water level. So it’s no veggie garden this year, try to save perennials and young trees. No long showers, turn faucets off, don’t let flatland guests wash dishes under running water. Please, you who never paid attention to water use before this, don’t water lawns, don’t fill ornamental ponds with well water, perhaps don’t fill swimming pools, certainly don’t plant a lot of stuff that needs irrigation. And pray for rain, if not now then next year… Great Read From A Dusty Shelf I’ve been reading, once again, some old books that I’ve kept in my personal library for many years. Many of these books carry a moral tale of some kind that goes beyond the pages of the book. The wisdom that they convey holds true today just as much as it did when they were written. Though the language can seem tedious to some, to me it’s quaint in its formality. This week I’m reading The Keeper of the Bees, a novel written by Gene Stratton-Porter. It was published in 1925 after her untimely death at the age of 61 from her injuries in a traffic accident. Gene Stratton-Porter was an author, a naturalist, nature photographer and in 1924, a film producer. The keeper of the Bees is about a man who comes home to the U.S. after suffering injuries serving his country in a war. Mrs. Porter doesn’t mention which war this man fought in, but that’s normal for many of this type of novel authored during the late teens and early 1920s. Here I’ve included an excerpt from her novel. “He knew of the bitter denunciations that were being made all over the country of those in charge of caring for our returned soldiers. He knew of the red tape, the graft, and the slowness involved in reaching the boys with the treatment that they needed and which should have been accorded them with all the speed that was used in starting them on their perilous venture. He knew there was bitterness in the heart of almost every wounded man on this point. There was poignant bitterness in his own heart. So many weeks had been wasted. So many months had passed before decision had been made as to what was to be done, and how it was to be done, and where it was to be done. So much had been taken for granted and so little efficiently accomplished after peace had been declared. In his enforced moments of rest, he kept lifting his eyes to the sky. He could not look at the sky without his thoughts climbing very high, and sometimes that morning they almost skirted the foot of the throne. He realized that he would have given anything in this world if he could have gone home and knelt at the knees of his mother, laid his head on her lap, and tried the one thing that he had not yet tried—just the plain, old-fashioned thing of asking God for the help he had not been able to secure from man.” This novel was written nearly 100 years ago and how many veterans can say that many things have changed? So many veterans are not getting the help they need and yet they don’t hesitate to fight for our country so we can all enjoy our freedoms. Coming home should be a blessing for all of our military men and women. And yet, we learned in the near past from the news about the Veterans Administration in Arizona that some veterans died waiting for their doctor appointments and for their paperwork to go through channels so they could get help. This is just wrong. Our veterans should be thought of as some of the first when it comes to handing out medical benefits. Once again, I don’t understand how our president can justify giving wealthy people tax breaks, while deciding to build an expensive wall between us and Mexico, start a new branch of our military known as space war, and yet feel he is doing the right thing by cutting funds to much needed programs for the arts, education and for our well deserving veterans. Currently our California US Senators are Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris. Contact Ms. Feinstein at https://www.feinstein.senate.gov Contact Ms. Harris at https://www.harris.senate.gov If you GOOGLE either of these representatives, you can find several ways to contact them. It’s important for us to let our government represetatives know when we are pleased with what they are accomplishing and when we are unhappy with what’s going on in government. Remember these people and many more are our elected representatives. We elect them to move our country in directions that we feel will constantly improve it. I love my country. These are my thoughts. Elementary / Jr. High Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week May 14th-i8th JUESD parents please help to help provide our 6o amazing staff members with yummy treats all week long! JUESD Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week food themes are as follows: Monday Muffin Monday- families please donate breakfast items Tuesday Taco Tuesday- P7'0 sponsored catering by Mr. Manita's Wednesday "Wacky" Tapas- families please donate snacks, horderves, or desserts Thirsty Thursdays- families please donate items like yogurt, milk, agave syrup, fruits, and veggies for a self serve smoothie bar Fun Friday- PTO sponsored catering by Candied Apple If you would like to donate items or your time, please contact PTO Appreciation Week Chairpersons Mrs. Gina Cater at 510-292-5669 & Mrs. Sammi Costa at 95,240-8345. Softball In Full Swing by Coach Craig Peirson Just wanted to give you an update on the Julian High School Girl's softball team and season. We are now half way through our regular schedule of games. The girls are 8-2, 4-1 in Manzanita League games. The team has been led all year by Seniors Catherine Skibinski, Annalese Rossmiller and Kaleigh Kaltenthaler and Juniors Kyla Blanco and Danika Stalcup. After a slow start all three seniors have hit their stride at the plate and have been hitting very well. Catherine has been mainly playing 3B though she has caught a couple of games. Kaleigh has played mainly 1B but has spelled Catherine at 3B. Annalese has played mostly 2B but has pitched a couple of games getting wins in both of her starts. Kyla Blanco is our #1 pitcher and has been outstanding all season. She has swung our most consistent and powerful bat since the beginning of the season. Danika is playing strong defense in Centerfield and gives us good speed on the bases. Junior Rachel Ritchie, Sophomores Sierra Biliunas, Erin Conitz, Elise Linton and Freshmen, Britney Vargas, Elizabeth Denny and Karysa Preciado have also been working hard and getting better and better as the season goes on. As of 4/23, the ladies were ranked 4th in Division 5 for CIF. We have an excellent chance of being in the playoffs and an outside chance of winning a share of the Manzanita League title. Please join us at the Julian Library on Friday, May 4, at 2:30 PM for the Annual Star Wars Day Celebration! We are providing star wars themed crafts, Legos, a photo booth, and a meet and greet with high ranking officials from the Galactic Empire. Make sure you arrive before 3:30 PM if you would like to meet our special guests. We are encouraging all ages to wear your favorite Star Wars costume, or outfit, our staff will also be dressed up! We hope you are able to join us for an afternoon of Star Wars fun, costumes, photos and crafts to celebrate one of the most successful movie franchises in history. For more information please contact the Library at 760-765-0370, check out our Facebook page @SDCL.JulianBranch, or check out the library’s online calendar at www.sdcl.org. The library is located at 1850 Highway 78, Julian CA 92036. May the fourth be with you! * * * The equal right of all citizens to health, education, work, food, security, culture, science, and wellbeing - that is, the same rights we proclaimed when we began our struggle, in addition to those which emerge from our dreams of justice and equality for all inhabitants of our world - is what I wish for all. — Fidel Castro