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May 12, 2010 Hillside Community Church Invites You To A Bible Prophecy Conference Friday- Sunday June 4 - 6, 2010 June 4 - 7:00 pm June 5 - 7:00 pm June 6 - 6:00 pm Featured Speakers: Dr. Mark Strauss Professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in San Diego . Pastor Rick Hill Pastor Hillside Community Church Admission is free. No Childcare provided Located at the comer of 3 rd & C Streets Banking Communit!, Banking . Checking Savings Home Equity Business Banking 2033 Main St., Julian I 765-2765 Member FDIC I 1 Rabobank Accounting - Tax Planning LUERS & DYER, CPAs, LLP CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS Income Tax and Accounling Full Service Firm Rebec, ca ,f, uer,,% CPA Jaw Dyer, CPA Ma.*t tcfs f)gfe ill Taxat h'4t Personal attention to your special needs Wynola (;enter 4367 Hwy, 78, Suite l 12 P.O. Box 1934 * Julian, CA 92036 Tel: 760 765-0343 Fax: 760 765-0150 Email: JULIA TS GUILD Memo00al Day Show "Gold Country" May 22, 23, 24 & 25 10:00 a.m. To 5:00p.m. Upstairs ~ Julian Town Hall .... Recepti0n:.rri_y eve 5-7 Labor Day Show Julian Town Hall September 3,4,5 and 6 Menghin i Art, Wine & Music Festival September 25 & 26 Studio Open Tour November 20 &21 ,' Julian ~ an artist community t.,. t ...K_.,a, www.julian ,F--/Ok,- Ramona Arts Guild Demonstration Helen Wilson, a popular Ramona Art Guild demonstrator, will share her most recent work on Wednesday, May 19 at 7:00pm. Combining paintings with sculpture, Wilson develops her unique approach to childhood social relationships. Ramona Arts Guild demonstrations are scheduled on the third Wednesday of the month at the Ramona Public Library, 1406 Montecito Road, 7-9 pm and are open to the public. For more information, call President Wilma Owens, 760- 789-2810. In our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience and the prudence never to practice either. -- Mark Twain Osteoporosis and Bone Health May 20 An estimated 10 million people currently live with osteoporosis and 34 million more have low bone mass, placing them at risk for developing the disease that weakens bones and causing unexpected fractures. As part of National Osteoporosis Awareness Month, join Sharp Grossmont Hospital at a free seminar to learn the factors and treatment options for osteoporosis, as well as what you can do at home to maintain strong bone health. This event takes place on Thursday, May 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Grossmont Healthcare District Center, 9001 Wakarusa Street, La Mesa 91942. Free to the public. Please register at 1-800-82 SHARP (1- 800-827-4277), or visit www. My Thoughts by Michele Harvey Rantings About Credit Card Companies This is not a researched article. I am not a reporter nor am I a researcher. I'm a columnist for The Julian News, a weekly newspaper in the small mountain town of Julian, California. This is simply me ranting about outrageous credit card company practices. To be correct, the practices I'm writing about probably seem very fair to the companies that issue our credit cards. First, I speak as a merchant. If I run a credit card, swipe it through my machine; I get charged 25 cents even if the card is declined. So when a customer uses a credit card; I have expenses whether the card is good or not. Customers ask why I don't take Discover cards. When using a Discover card; the customer gets rewards. Not being able to use it sometimes makes them angry. Do they ever ask themselves where those rewards come from? Guess who pays for the rewards? I don't take Discover or American Express because my fees would be about double what I pay for VISA and MasterCard. I also don't run Debit cards for the same reason. They cost me more than credit cards if I accept them at my store. I don't know exactly why this is; it's a bank thing. Discounts? You want discounts; then you want to pay with your cre.dit card? If you want a discount in a retail business; pay with cash. It's insulting to ask for a discount, and then cost the store more money when they sell you something. As a credit card user; I object to all the fees I'm charged for the convenience of using my credit cards. In this day and age we almost have to have at least one credit card. Try making a travel or lodging reservation without one. I can't. Credit card companies must be making a huge profit from' me alone. I have credit cards that I use to purchase items for my store. I get charged a purchase fee for using my card. I get charged a fee if I don't use my card. Last autumn I got notices from my credit card companies informing me that my interest rate increased by 10 percent. No good reason. I talked with quite a few people who received the same notices. We pay over the limit fees, sometimes we wouldn't be over the limit if the credit card company didn't charge us so many fees. You may be up to date on a particular credit card. You may pay it off every month, yet your fees or interest rate can go up if the credit card company finds out you are behind on a different account that has nothing to do with them. I have a friend who builds houses in northern California. Trying to buy supplies with a credit card that he had a perfect record with; he received a notice that his credit line was cut by nearly two thirds. He called the credit card company to see if he could get his limit raised back up based on his good credit with that company. They told him that since his income had dropped; they were cutting his credit to zero. Try getting construction jobs without the credit to buy supplies. If you can't buy supplies, you can't do the work and your income drops. I don't think'credit card companies want us to pay them off. Years ago, paying off a credit card was a good thing. If you paid your total balances each month you were considered a good credit risk and a good, honest person. If you didn't pay your bills every month you were considered a deadbeat. Now, if you cut the number of credit cards you use, and actually close down a credit card account, you are currently a deadbeat in their eyes. Closing credit card accounts actually lowers your credit rating. This doesn't make sense to me. Does it make sense to continue paying each month when you can't seem to get ahead? Does it make sense to pay possibly hundreds of dollars each month just to keep from raising your balance, yet never seeming to lower it? I don't believe in walking away from bills. However, I can understand why people quit paying their bills out of complete frustration. It may have been necessary for our Federal Government to bail out the banks; now l think they should look at us individuals who use the bank services and who put our money and our trust into those banks and credit card companies. Our government is supposed to be by the people and for the people. When and how did the people get left out? I mailed a copy of this column to President Barack Obama at the White House. I urge all who have opinions about what our government can do for us to write to Or write to The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 These are my thoughts. :' ...... - .............. 7T7:= v ...........  #.-,.r ............................................. 7:: ...... Telling A Soldier's Tale (NAPSA)--A new initiative lets Americans salute the contribu- tions of some of the U.S. military's forgotten heroes. There are currently over 17 million American veterans, with African Americans accounting for about 20 percent of those in active military service. That percentage is in stark contrast to a few decades ago, when barriers pre- vented opportunities to enlist. But even during the height of segrega- tion, African Americans valiantly served the country in a variety of capacities. Now a new program will collect their stories, as well as the stories of other African-American veter- ans. The initiative is part of the Veterans History Project (VHP) located at the Library of Congress American Folklife Center. VHP was established by the U.S. Con- gress to collect, preserve and share the personal accounts of American war veterans. The project features the story of Walter Morris, who was one of the first African Americans assigned to the 555 ' Parachute Company-- the first all-black parachute infantry test platoon, company and battalion during WWII. Other stories include that of Rutherford Brice, an African Amer- ican who enlisted in the Navy and went on to become the first Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) graduate from Morgan State University. Brice also served in World War I[, the Korean War and the Viefnam War--a military career that spanned over 30 years. Oneida Miller Stuart, also fea- tured by the project, enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps during WWII. She remained dedicated to Photo courtesy of the Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. African-American veterans are telling their story through a new national initiative. all her patients--even those who would have preferred death rather than be treated by an African- American woman. She was fre- quently called the "n-word," yet continued to serve with honor and respect. Stories Needed Officials at VHP say there is a timely need for interviews of vet- erans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. In addition, the project seeks inter- views from African-American vet- erans from all conflicts, women veterans and veterans represent- ing all minority communities, along with Merchant Marine, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve veterans. To ]earn how you can record a veteran's story, visit vets, e-mail or call (888) 371-5848. The Julian News 5 0 . Between Now and May 15th every : purchase gets you a raffle ticket First 25 purchases on May 15 receive a FREE Goody Bag OOOeOOOOOeOeO -90- Washington Street 760-765-100-12 Mon-Fd 8:30 to 6:00 and Sat 9:00 to 5:00 ChOSD on Sunda Progressively Old Fashiol ed Collectibles Gifts Jew lry 2111 Main Street In ]he Heart of Downtown Julian Brekenfeld Receives Recognition On Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at the Santa Ana Performing Arts Center an employee recognition and awards ceremony was held for the city. Those individual recognized have distinguised themselves on the basis of consistent and exceptional performance in carrying out their duties for the city, in all departments. Each person receiving an award sets an example for the employees to follow. Corporal Robert S. Brekenfeld was named "Corporal of The Year" for the santa Ana Police Department. Robert is the son of Bill and Lill Brekenfeld of Julian. Hail, Hail Rock n Roll At Romanos "After Hours" Private Domain comes to "After Hours" at Romano's Saturday Night, May 15th. Music starts at 8:30. This Rock n Roll quartet, which will scale down to front man, singer/songwriter/guitarist Paul Shaffer, one time San Diego entertainer of the year, and Jack Butler also guitarist vocalist and writer. These guys normally play larger venues, Harrahs, Dick's Last Resort, Humphries, Viejas, but are scaling back to play the "After Hours" corner. Expect a wide variety of classic and modern rock, Motown and soul, blues and some of their own originals. There will be electric, but expect their acoustic version of classic hits, and move the tables, I want to dance slow songs. If you watch TV, you've heard their music on the Toyota ice-fishing ad. They've been getting rave reviews, Larry Himmel KFMB TV "This band deserves nationwide attention", Jim Mclnnes San Diego D J, "Private Domain is one of the few bands that I ever go out to see and I never get tired of them." Crowds have been growing at Romano's, making this intimate setting the place for an exciting late night venue in Julian that has been featuring the best in musical entertainment. No matter where you sit at Romano's you'll be close to the music. There's no cover, a great late night menu, full bar and an adult crowd of locals and visitors. Get there early and have a great dinner and stay late for the great entertainment. t