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August 29, 2012 We, will be, CL000D 011 00spt00mber 3 for Labor Day 12902 Washington Street 760-765-1212 Mon-Fri 8:30 to 5:00 and Sat 9:00 to 5:00 OPEN SUNDAYS ! 0 to 4 Neighborhood Politics The neighbors up our road have many estimable qualities. We disagree on politics but it seemed that we could just agree to disagree on some things and agree on others. It's sort of the American way. Well, not exactly. Dream on. At a certain point large cardboard sign making a play on the President's name that had overtones (that's a polite euphemism) of racism and obscenity was prominently placed so no one coming down our road (which is dead end and we're at the deadest end) could avoid seeing it. It offended many visitors of both parties though the neighbors apparently thought it was clever and eventually we mentioned that young children also used the road and perhaps the obscenity .... No, no, they had a right to express their political views. All right. They did. We left, they snickered. Weeks passed. Months passed. YEARS passed. The joke, not very subtle to begin with, grew old along with the signs but although the sign(s) eventually disintegrated with rain and wind and snow, they were invariably replaced with the same old joke. We became accustomed to it, sort of the way people living next to a chemical factory stop noticing the smell, and only focused on it when a new visitor came in outraged at the insult to the Commander in Chief. (Those of us who served this country and swore to uphold the Constitution had it impressed upon us that no matter what our personal views of the individual holding it, the office of the President of the United States deserved respect. Apparently that's old fashioned along with a lot of other things like saying "Please" and "Thank you". One grows old.) Then the neighbors decided to begin an enterprise and, presumably because it might offend people more important to them than we were, the sign disappeared. Our sigh of relief hardly stopped being sighed, however, before the same sign appeared again in a less obvious spot but one where we would still see it going and coming. We began to suspect that the sign was less an expression of political views than an attempt to annoy but that's only a suspicion, however strongly held. Finally, the political season heating up we placed a basically innocuous sign of the opposite political persuasion where it was easily visible. The neighbors parked a truck in front of it. Our sign was moved but was then not as visible; the truck was also moved. Our sign was moved back to the first place, right inside a property line. A sign of the opposite political persuasion was placed in front of it. Clearly, the neighbors don't believe their personal First Amendment rights extend to those they disagree with. Perhaps we'll nail our sign high on a tree. Perhaps we won't bother. Yawn. PROFLAM E Serving The Community We Live/n For Over 60 Years Commercial Residential 0o0 Payment Options MGASCheck" rA'VR.o ..... Trained L/J COUNCIL 24 Hour Emergency Service 760 Thoughts by Michele Harvey What We Should Do Before A Disaster These past weeks we've seen and smelled more than a few fires close enough to get scary. The fires have been a topic on Facebook in Julian Connections for more than a few days. Joshua Guffey got the conversation started by asking for opinions on Preparedness Considerations. This topic never gets dull or boring because lots of people in the San Diego County back country have opinions about preparing for natural disasters based on their own experiences. Sometimes we need to get away from the potential disaster, site because our homes aren't always the best place to stay. Richard Nichols joined the conversation with the comment that before we evacuate our homes and property, we should turn off our propane and electricity, close all of our windows and take down our curtains. Richard brought up two seriously important points. I think that many of us, in the intense moments of evacuating, think about what we can take with us, but probably don't think about protecting the home we are leaving behind. Shutting off our propane and electricity is an important way to help keep our house from exploding during a wild fire. Shutting windows and taking down curtains and drapes are also extremely important. I remember years ago when a house burned down on a hillside near Alpine simply because cinders from a nearby brush fire flew into the windows and caught the drapes on fire. Curtains and window blinds, whether they are cotton, bamboo, wood slat or polyester, are highly flammable. Susan Fowler added the idea of making lists ahead of time in case of fire, snowstorms or an earthquake. Posting the lists on a refrigerator is her idea, and it's a good one. Who doesn't know where their refrigerator is? She rightly states that we live very close to the Elsinore fault which is predicted to create a 7.0 earthquake sometime in our future. When the time comes to evacuate, Susan reminds us that we won't be thinking clearly. Items to put on your list of things to take with you can be photos, prescription medications, receipt books, computer towers, art, and clothes for hot and cold weather. Take anything that cannot be replaced. Be aware that you can throw clothes into plastic trash bags before squishing them into your vehicle. Anything you save is a thing you won't have to buy later. If you have the time, cram your vehicle full of stuff. I add that when Mike and I evacuate, I take our favorite pillows and blankets. A lady I know packs her under things because the ones that fit the best aren't always easy to replace. Keeping plenty of water stored at your home and keeping a good size stash of non-perishable food stored in case you have to stay at your house for more than a few days without electricity. Keeping extra toilet tissue, paper towels, disposable plates and utensils is a very good idea. Hand sanitizer that doesn't use water for cleaning should be on your list of things to have at home and in your vehicle. Though many of us know that we should keep important items packed and ready for evacuation, we may find ourselves away from home and not able to get back to save anything. Because of this, during wildfire season, it may be best to keep important treasures and papers in your vehicle at all times. One possibility is that a fire will keep you from getting home. As Lisa Armstrong warns, "Have all your important papers in one box, ready to go. Decide what you would be devastated to lose, and leave the rest." Pack bills that tell you how to contact utilities to have them shut off. Pack birth certificates, death certificates, passports, and marriage and divorce papers. Barbara Hedrick came into the conversation by reminding us that firefighters look at how close our propane tanks are to our houses. Is the house surrounded by rubble, trees, or gasoline? If so, flrefighters may pass up that house and work to save a house that looks easier to save. Tracy Turner added that "Lots of us keep the firewood stack near the house for convenience, but that is one thing that takes fireman time to toss away from your house...(d0 it yourself) you can use the exercise!" Insurance companies like us to keep our firewood at least 30 feet from out houses. Keeping firewood at least 30 feet from a propane tank is a great idea too. We didn't lose our house from the Cedar Fire or from any fire yet. However, the Cedar Fire snaked onto our property three different places and we had one ember fire also. Ember fires are caused by embers and sparks that are floating in the air. When and where they land is where a new fire will begin. Since we spent lots of time raking leaves and plant debris into piles surrounded by dirt, and also raked the ground under our trees to give them a bare dirt area that fire couldn't spread through, I like to think that we helped to save our home from burning down. Many of us have lived through evacuations and some of us have suffered the loss of our homes because of fire damage. We can all live safer lives by following a few guidelines, some of which I've written down here. Talking to friends and neighbors about how to prepare our homes and property for possible disasters can help us when the time comes to leave our homes, hoping they will be there when we return. These are my thoughts and those of some very caring people. The Eaglette The Julian High School Eaglette will return on September 12. The Eaglette will be part of the Julian News once a month for the entire school year. It is our goal to give the students an outlet for their announcements and recognition for their accomplishments. While teaching them a thing or two. 765-0130 Ben Sulser, District Manager The Julian News 5 POPE TREE SERVICE All Your Tree Service Needs Commercial u Re WE ACCEPT WOMEN, INFANTS & CHILDREN Groceries. Fresh Produce Sundries Beer. Wine. Liquor Dry Cleaning o Lotto, Scratchers Full Service "Best in the County" Meat Department O.S.D.A. Choice Bee[ Buffalo Meat Special and Holiday Orders; Cut to your Speci[ications OPEN DALLY 6a.m. TO 8p.m. 2 nd Annual WILLY BILLY 06/THE. HILLY eee JESS MARTIN PARK 3PM---8PM -. SEPTEMBER 2. 2. n d 4)GAMES CLOWN SHOW FACE-PAINTING BMX & SKATEBOARD DEMO GLASS-PAINTINGeFOOD LIVE MUSIC FEATURING T# RISIN6 SON FUN FOR ALL AGES This FREE EVENT is sponsored by t/ILLS/DE CHURCH et For more info contact Aaron Warkentin @ 559-393-6783 www.faeebook.eom/therisingsonband Shirthouse Bluegrass Band Dresses Up A Sunday In Wynola Favorite of Friday nights, The Shirthouse Bluegrass band make a rare Sunday appearance this week starting at five. The Shirthouse Bluegrass Band was formed in December of 2006, at the request of the Windsor Hill Church in La Mesa, to perform at their Christmas Mass. The band formed out of the monthly Shirthouse Jam sessions held by Rich Craig. Members of the band are Rich Craig on banjo, Peter Lauterbach on mandolin and guitar, Rob Lewallen on guitar, Conley Robinson on guitar and Len Claesson on bass. .It3tt00,tttl00 " 00tO00'ttl OD-Fi// The Shirthouse Band brings a newer style of Bluegrass music to the San Diego music scene by the Traditional banjo style of Rich. The Country and Western influence of Rob and Len's Rock and Roll Bass style. The Shirthouse Bluegrass Band specialize in playing many styles of music, Including Gospel, Folk, and Rock, with 3, 4 and 5 part harmonies while still maintaining that great Bluegrass sound. Take an extra evening out with the family at Wynola Pizza on the patio and enjoy some great food and outstanding music to keep your extended weekend going. Music starts at five and the band plays until eight on Sunday's