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Volume 25 - Issue 38 Wednesday May 5, 2010 Julian, CA. ISSN 1937-8416 Julian News ~ 'rPRESORTED STANDARD PO Box 639 ~ ~ [~iTB Julian~ CA, 92036 Change Service Requested ~ Permit No. 30 ] Julian, CA Small Town Papers TFN 5026 California Ave SW Seattle WA 98136-1208 April showers bring May wildflowers, the Julian Woman's Club is proud to present its' Wildflower Show Thursday, May 6th through Sunday, May 9th. The Town Hall (downstairs) will be the center of attention with a beautiful array of flowers that are gathered on private properties within a 10 air mile radius of Julian. This year's displays will feature Mount Laguna and Cuyamaca, Santa Ysabel and Ramona, Mesa Grande, Lake Henshaw and Warner Springs, the High Desert and Banner Grade, the Low Desert and Borrego Springs, Volcan Mountain, Wynola, Pine Hills and Julian. The Wildflower show may be the longest running historical event for the town of Julian. The Julian Wildflower Show has been a popular annual event for more than 90 years and has been officially sponsored by the Julian Woman's Club since 1926. Show hours are Thursday through Sunday 10:00am- 4:00pro. Admission is FREE. Educational books and wildflower identification charts ......... Bonita Chamberlin, a San Diego native, does not look like a woman who is an explosives expert; who has spent more than 30 years traveling in and out of Afghanistan to bring aid to the country's war-torn refugees; who has endured freezing temperatures, land mines, and has survived being shot by a Pakistani border guard; or who "Inside Afghanistan" With Geologist Bonita Chamberlin Saturday, May 8, 1:00 PM At The Library by Laurel Granquist has helped raise over $500,000 to finance schools, health clinics, and an orphanage. On Saturday, May 8, at 1:00 pm, the Julian Library will host Ms. Chamberlin as she shares some of the challenges, adventures, heartbreak, and joy she has experienced while working in Afghanistan. "Nothing is the same," Chamberlin said of Afghanistan's past 30 years. "What was once . reen, lush, prosperous, and rich export is now brown, barren, Stone.Age/' In March 2002, Chamberlin used her expertise geology to start a jewelry- : aking program to help Afghan refugees rebuild their local economy. Chamberlin taught members of the Kuchi tribe, a group of nomads from eastern Afghanistan, how to mine the country's indigenous gems. She enabled them to learn how to fashion the gems into silver- plated jewelry. Today Chamberlin travels throughout the United States to sell the jewelry and raise awareness of Afghanistan's efforts to rebuild. The income generated by the jewelry sales will be available for purchase, goesstraight back to the Afghan Purchases an.d donations will A t-Ioney.Nolina in, 2005 Wild Flower Show ..... support the Woman's Club Julian News File Photo i Scholarship fund. I Bonita Chamberlin , .... Baseball Field Is Dedicated For The Future A celebratory crowd of family, friends and well wishers came out to the baseball field on Friday to officially dedicate it memory of "Tino" Cauzza. Superintendent Peabody accepted the plaque from Board President Susan Siefert, proclaiming that "Tino" Cauzza Field would become the home of Eagles baseball. A new infield surface is planned and modifications have already been made to bring the field to playable condition for next years season. by Diane Hake On Saturday April 24th, 17 Canebrake citizens graduated from the 8th CEnT Academy, bringing the total trained CEnT members to 180, including our 65 TEEN CEnTs. Again I would like to thank Chief Kevin Dubler, ........... ::: Engineer Richard Books, Dr. Patricia Landis, Bob Calhoun and Johnny Hake for their excellent instruction, and Greg Hidley for technical assistance. Also, thanks to the citizens of rural/remote Canebrake for taking their time to become better prepared for the next disaster - Bonnie Akey, non Akey, Bob Calhoun, Bill Caughlin, Paul Deschamps, Bob Fritz, Betty Holmes, Daryl Holmes, Camille Horak, Richard Horak, Janet McKeever, Skip McKeever, Robert Meier, Mark Robinson, Michael Rue, Richard Steeves, and Myrna Wosk. Thanks for the lovely celebration. The next CEnT academy will start on Monday, June 14th from 6 - 8 in Julian. Register at: A Charorite Necklace villages that mined and created the jewelry. The income helps to support schools, teacher training, a healthcare clinic with a woman doctor, reforestation, irrigation programs, and mine clearing. Chamberlin first visited Afghanistan in the mid-1970's. She quickly fell in love with the Texas-sized country. However, her travels became increasingly dangerous after the former Soviet Union invaded the country in 1979. From 1983 to 1997, Chamberlin continued to sneak in and out of the country with the Afghan rebels, often dressed as a man, to bring aid to the local tribes. Chamberlin said the Soviet's "scorched earth" policy of continual bombings ravaged the country. The bombs destroyed cities and villages, and ruined the nationwide irrigation system. Because agriculture was Afghanistan's number one export, the country sank into an economic depression marked by famine and disease. The result was one of the largest refugee populations in the world. The Soviet bombings also had an unexpected result. The explosions uncovered a land rich in precious gems. Afghans began grassroots mining projects, using unexploded Soviet land mines and bombs to mine the gems. Because they were untrained, many citizens died in mining accidents. Chamberlin took explosives classes at the Colorado School of Mines, and returned to Afghanistan to train the locals in explosives handling and basic engineering. After the Soviets left in 1992, the country erupted in a civil war. During this political unrest, the Taliban rose to power and began an era of strict religious rule. Chamberlin continued to travel into Afghanistan throughout the various wars. After the 2001 bombings of the World Trade Center, the U.S. Secretary of Defense contacted Chamberlin to use her expertise to help Baseball - Thu 05106110 @ Mountain Empire H. S. 3:30PM Thu 05/13/10 @ Borrego Springs H. S. 3:30PM Tue 05/18/10 Vincent Memorial H. S. Jess Martin Park 3:30PM Softball - Thu 05/06/10 @ Warner H. S. 3:30PM Thu 05/13/10 @ Borrego Springs H. S. 3:15PM Tue 05/18/10 Vincent Memorial H. S. 3:30PM Track and Field - Thu 05/06/10 Southern Conference Championship Julian Union High School 3:00PM Sat 05/22/10 @ CIF Prelims Mt. Carmel High School Golf - Wed 05/05/10 @ Citrus Finals Guajome Park TBA locate. Osama bin Laden. Because she had mapped nearly 1400 mines in the area, it was thought she might be able to tell where he was based on the rock formations in the background of the video of bin Laden. She was able to correctly identify the location, but the terrorists had already moved on. The book she co-authored, Gemstones of Afghanistan, regarded as the most complete study of Afghanistan's gems and minerals, was published in 1995. She has worked with all the tribes and religious groups at one time or another, meeting the challenge of communicating in a country of over 47 different languages and a 5% literacy rate. Having had the privilege of hearing this truly remarkable woman speak at a previous engagement, I saw how Ms. Chamberlin completely engaged the audience with footage of Afghanistan, maps that she made, and a fascinating tale of her life's experiences. After her program on Saturday, May 8, the Afghan village women's exquisite jewelry made with coral, turquoise, lapis, and other gemstones will be displayed and will be available for sale. All proceeds from sales go directly to Afghanistan to support the village's schools, medical facilities, orphanages and rebuilding. What one person can accomplish to effect the betterment of lives for others is manifested by Bonita Chamberlin. Whether you are interested in gems and geology, jewelry making, the Afghan people, Ms. Chamberlin's adventures, or seeing the jewelry, you will have it all at the Julian Library on Saturday, May 8, at 1:00 pm. For more information please call the Julian Library at 760- 765-0370. Wednesday, May 19 8am New Members Always Welcome Ilit !t,[!l llll !1 ,m[l l!!li ltl ]'ll,ll... " i ,,] [[l llli illll ,'llI[llg