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May 30, 2012 IAN $2.00 OFF IThorou00hbed Shavings expires June 4th) 2902 Washington Street .760-765-121Z Mon-Fn 8:30 to S:O0 and Sat 9:00 to S:O0 OPEN SUNDAYS ! Oto4- Julian Heroes locations cery Center Museum Commerce 357 i o f July Parade Destroying A Stereotype Bucharest, Romania--The last light of a long May evening lit the rainwashed streets of Bucharest. Weather gods had decided to scour the sky while we were awash in Mozart quartets which made looking for a taxi a pleasure. We found one easily. "Are you English?" asked the driver, overhearing us talking to one another. "No, American." "What a surprise, I can hardly believe it," (this in Romanian) "because Americans look like tramps and you are such very elegantly dressed ladies." At this point it's hard to know whether to thank a man for a compliment or defend compatriots. We chose both as our driver switched into a bit of English to repeat his point several times. Finally, the obvious question: "Where did you learn such good [let's not put too fine a point on this description] English?" "Oh, I was a policeman for five years. That's why I know some English." "What happened that you're now driving a cab? .... The economy...they downsized the police force and I lost my job." "It seems a waste, a trained and experienced officer such as yourself." (This, fishing for more information.) "1 thought so but I was in the wrong political party. You know..." (Yes, we did) "But I make as much money with my car now as I did before from my salary..." (But no bribes, one surmises) "...and my time is my own. By the way, I don't like your Ambassador." We burst out laughing. We'd heard this everywhere from a former Prime Minister too, now, a cabbie but in a way it was not really something an American should laugh about. The US Ambassador, a former lobbyist, former assistant to and current friend of Vice President Biden, seems to be given to public pronouncements on many things: Who Romanians should appoint to various offices; The need for Romania to buy used rather than new F116s; The total lack of opposition to fracking in the US and that Chevron's right to go ahead with same in Romania. This sort of thing is, in fact, not normal diplomatic behavior. Some of these subjects are raised behind closed doors but hardly in press conferences. Ambassador Mark Gitenstein, as may be obvious and however, isn't a "real" diplomat and like many of our representatives he has much other fields. Traditionally about a third of US Ambassadors are political appointees and President Obama has not departed from tradition. Kind of like indulgences in days of old, high diplomatic office has become a sort of commodity in our country. Some political appointees are good, some not, not many go to unpleasant places. Those are left to the professionals. If you should go to Bucharest, I have the cabbie's name and phone number. A great guy who speaks some English and, in spite of everything, likes Americans. And he probably knows how to get a traffic ticket fixed. Thoughts by Michele Harvey Food Glorious Food Thank you to Laura Silveria and to our local county librarian, Colleen Baker. Laura brought Feeding America to Julian and Shelter Valley. Colleen got permission to use our county library parking lot as a distribution site. Julian has several food distribution programs. Commodities are government based giveaways. In Julian, commodities are given on the third Tuesday morning of each month, downstairs in the town hall, to people who qualify financially by their lack of income. Vee Lumpkin and her crew have volunteered many hours for years to make sure that people in need can get some nutritious food at least once a month, Mountain Manna is a local food distribution program sponsored by the Community United Methodist Church of Julian. Also manned by volunteers, one Saturday each month they give food to people in need and they also give boxes of complete holiday groceries at Thanksgiving and Christmas. In an emergency, they will give food to people who have immediate needs. Our most recent food distribution program is Feeding America. This too is an all volunteer program. It began in Julian  in November. of 2011 and has steadily grown from 76 families receiving food six months ago to over 225 families receiving food this past week. Clearly, lots of people here in our mountain community need food assistance. I don't know how many families benefit from this food distribution program in Shelter Valley, but I'm sure that those numbers have increased in the past 6 months too. What makes Feeding America stand apart from other food distribution programs is that the food that is given away is gleanings. Gleanings, such as boxes of crackers that are smashed and carrots that are split are food items that would have been thrown away. Instead, the program brings these food items to people who need assistance. Feeding America does not have an income limit for recipients. I've been volunteering for the program since its very first give away last year. The only criterion for eligibility to receive food is that you have to be able to eat. I say this with a chuckle, though it's true. When you sign up, you give your phone number. The people at Feeding America want to notify people if any of their items is recalled. The truck driver who delivers the food to Julian on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays picks the items that he brings. For instance, our driver Tony is allotted $400.00 for all the families in Julian. Tony picks mostly non perishable food items and vegetables so his food dollars go the farthest. He seldom brings meat because meat is expensive. He would rather bring us more food. Last week's distribution did include meat though. Each family received a 12 pound box of what I call corn dogs. They are actually called pancake pups because they are made from a sausage wrapped in a pancake. I say that if you put mustard on it, it becomes dinner. Put syrup on it and it becomes breakfast. We also got a box or 2 of chewy fruit snacks, a vegetable pizza, a choice of 3 boxes of crackers, cookies, lunch snacks or a variety of other boxed items and we received 3 or more heads of broccoli, a half grocery bag of carrots and quite a few herb type edibles including wild celery (that's what it was called), oregano, chives, fennel, cilantro, parsley, mint and other bunches of greens that I personally couldn't identify, yet they smelled really tasty. The variety of food that Tony delivers to us changes each time. rm grateful for whatever shows up. Sometimes it's a challenge to decide how to cook each type of food, but I think it's great when we can stretch our brains to work inew areas. I know that lots.of people see a box of Ritz crackers and only see a snack. I see a box of Ritz crackersand I imagine a mock apple pie. Cabbages can be made easily into Sauerkraut or coleslaw. Carrots can be skinned, cut into bite size pieces, boiled for a few minutes, cooled and drained and then put into Ziploc bags and tucked into the freezer for future eating. Chives, onions, cilantro, oregano and many other herb type plants can be chopped, put in the oven to dry at a low heat, placed in clean dry jars and sealed to keep them fresh for many months. When my children were growing up and we nearly always had at least 5 of us at the table at dinner time, it was easy for me to use my imagination to come up with healthy and tasty meals. At that time Julian had a S.H.A.R.E. program of food distribution, Self Help and Resource Exchange. In the early 90s, paying $15.00 and doing 2 hours of community volunteer work made you eligible to get about $45.00 worth of food which on average included 5 pounds of potatoes, 2 pounds of rice, 4 fruits, 4 vegetables and at least 2 meats. You couldn't pick and choose what you received. However, you could buy 1 share of food per family member. When my daughter lived with us and brought her first 2 children with her, we had 7 people in the house. We bought 7 shares of food each month which meant I had to figure out what to do with 35 pounds of potatoes every month. It was a challenge and it was fun coming up with new recipes and also repeating favorite recipes. I also shared our bounty with families who couldn't afford the $15.00 per share. Before S.H.A.R.E. there was F.I.S.H. I never got involved in the F.I.S.H. program. I was too new in town to know about it. The current F.I.S.H Hospitality program helps homeless women and children with meals and shelter, but I didn't find the program currently in the San Diego area. I looked to see if SHARE is still an active program in San Diego County. It is. From the SHARE website, "SHARE began in 1983 in California and was designed to help those on Social Security. As the word of the program spread, it began appealing to everyone who wanted to 'stretch their food dollars' and help out in their community. SHARE is dedicated to providing monthly, consistent, affordable supplemental food packages to those willing to help themselves and others. The Golden SHARE Food program started in March of 2005. We have changed the model of the SHARE program but operate under the same principles of the original World SHARE, which is people helping people and building community through volunteer work. We will strive for excellence in serving our community with the best quality food and service around." For information about SHARE in San Diego County, look online at The current SHARE program has lots of information online. Sadly, Julian is one of the areas in our country that always seems to have people who need a little help. Fortunately, in the nearly 30 years I have lived here, help has been and is available. This is just one of the many reasons I like living here. We don't turn our backs on each other when any of us is in need. These are my thoughts. Teens and Adults Invited To Get Into The Discussion The Julian Branch Library was fortunate to receive 25 free review copies of"Age of Miracles" by Karen Thompson Walker to read and review prior to the official June 26 release date. If review copy, come in and sign up to be part of a book discussion group which will be held on Wednesday, June 6 at 3:00 pm led by branch librarian, Colleen Baker. This is a bit of Science you would like to receive a free Fiction for teens and adults. The Julian News 5 POPE TREE SERVICE All Your Tree Service Needs Commercial WE ACCEPT Groceries Fresh Produce. Sundries Beer Wine. Liquor Dry Cleaning Lotto. Scratchers Full Service "Best in the County"MeatDepartment U.S.D.A. 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