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10 The Julian News by Bill Fink Samhain, Tricks and Halloween is coming. In its various forms it's been around for almost two thousand years and its one of my favorite holidays. In the old days when I lived in a New Jersey subdivision with lots of houses, my buddies , and me would pick a route through the most affluent areas around the neighborhood. We were ahead of our tine as we dressed in grungy clothing that was similar to the "grunge" style of Seattle that wasn't going to happen for another thirty years. We schmeared black on our faces from cork we burned and set off in a hurry because there was ground to cover and CANDY to be had. Is this bringing back memories for anyone? Apples were an unacceptable "treat" and thrown back at the house, (couldn't take a chance on embedded razor blades, right?) and tricks in lieu of treats from the traditionalists or those that ran out of candy brought the "you've got to be kidding" refrain and "you're on the list for mischief night next year." Ooooh terror. We were, pure and simple, sugar carbo gourmands. Anyway, Billy's Candy Marauders are cruising the neighborhood and see Mom and Dad in the distance escorting little sister. They're trying to flag me down to take her and her little plastic jack-o-lantern around the neighborhood to get some candy. No can do, I'm cruising with my king size pillow case hittin the hood, scoping out the quality stops so after I dump my for my next run I don't waste my time on the purveyors of apples, popcorn balls or a little sacks of Kandy Korn. Key strategy in your second and third run is to alter the costume or make-up a little bit, maybe add or remove a hat but never.., never, when asked if you were here before admit it. Take the Snickers, Baby Ruth or reach into the bowl, grab a handful and jam. Of course you're devouring those luscious chocolate, nougat and caramel delights as you go. You have to, to keep your energy up for the furious pace you!re on. Anyway, I didn't know, or give a hoot about the origin of Halloween because the bottom line was it meant, "CANDY." Loved it, still love it though today my rare indulgence qualifies me as a connoisseur. You need to think about Halloween from a kid's perspective or an immature or deviant adult. One night of the year you get to dress up in drag... I mean a costume, revel to rock "n" roll, drink hearty, eat candy, provide a trick or treat and it's perfectly acceptable. Can Christmas, Chanukah, Festivus, Easter, Veteran,s Day or your birthday compare with this? No chance but at my age I tend to be the candy give-or, rather than the get-tor, and at my age I like my friends birthdays better trhan mine. But whatever Halloween has deviated or shall I say evolved into, it's a lot different than its origins. There are a lot of theories of its beginnings but one of them seems to have the holiday originating with the Celts of Ireland, England and France about two thousand years ago. In those days the New Year as it related to the end of summer and the onset of winter was celebrated around November 1st. The night before, when all the partying broke loose was called Samhain (pronounced, sowin, go figure) when the Druids (Celtic Priests) lit bonfires, and told fortunes that added comfort to the poor souls who were about to endure the brutal winter at hand. The folks dressed in costumes mostly in the animal variety (I've been to parties like that) and celebrated the hazy distinction of the living first load on my bed and head out and dead. a CReal Estate _,go " ' ...... PropeW qVLn c merit Matthew Pitman, broker, SRES www.sandiegochoicere.com - broker@sdchoicere.com 1459 Hollow Glen Rd - ca BRE 17ZlTS0 "Ghouls and Goblins ... Prost!" The Romans conquered this area around the forties as in A.D. 40s and combined the Celts holiday Samhain with a couple of their holidays, Feralia, when the Romans honored the dead and the celebration of Pomona, the Goddess of fruit, hence the tradition of bobbing for apples... maybe. Anyway, around 600 A.D. Pope Boniface the IV (that's fourth in Roman) and Pope Gregory are incorporating the Roman holiday of All Saints Day with the traditional Celtic Samhain. By about 1000 A.D. All Hallows Day is sanctioned and celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church and as a bone to the Celts the night before, All Hallows Eve is celebrated as well. Halloween is not a big stretch from All Hallows Eve. Halloween did not fare well in early America, particularly in New England. I think there was an uptightness prevalent among those stiff-necked Yankees. In the south and particularly as the large migrations from Europe flooded America in the nineteenth century, Halloween really caught on and today with the purchase of cost0mes, parties and CANDY, it's one of the largest grossing holidays in America. So this Friday the 31st, I'll be out there with all my little buds enjoying the evening, and indulge in that luscious, chocolaty, conglomeration of nuts, nougat and caramel confection of sin, touch up my make-up, pray to the dead and go dancing around some bonfire.., you? Hear Ye! Hear Ye! On Halloween the Legion Auxiliary is teaming up with the Eagle Peak Mine on C St. to create the "Haunted Tunnel" at the mine. The "scary" guided ghostly tour starts at 3 P,M. and goes till dark. Admission is $5.00 for 10 and older, $3.00 if you're 4 to 9 and free for those that are 3 and younger. For more info call Craig at 442 777-8646 Letters .... continued from page 2 and could easily succumb to the gossip and nastiness. My suggestion--talk to the current board members to find out why they'-ve made decisions that they have. They were held in very public meetings and there are circumstances that surround these decisions which were discussed openly and honestly. You may not agree with the decisions, but I think you'll find the intention is honest and the people making the decisions are people of good character AND integrity. Andrea Sissons Proposition P- a no brain-er I hear all kinds of arguments against Prop P. "Julian does not need it", "How many people have died because we don't have it", "Julian is not the City". These are crazy arguments. I October 29, 2014 uli " me 3223 Hickman PI., Julian, CA 92036 See Photos on www.realtor.com Remarkable Value $699,000 • Custom Gourmet Kitchen • Kitchen w/Fireplace and Nook • Granite Countertops • Dumbwaiter - Garage to Pantry • Whole House Water Filtration • Hand Crafted Built-ins • 3492 Sq. Ft. 4 Bdrms, 3.5 Bath • 2.52 AC. 2 Barns, Fencing • 6 Decks, Cathedral Ceilings. • 2 Car Garage w/Work Shop • 3 Fireplaces, Metal Roofing • Floor to Ceiling Wood Windows • Hydronic Floor Heating System • 5 Zone Heat Pumps w/AC • Living Room w/Stone Fireplace • Loft / Office Space • Private Guest Wing w/Fireplace • Master Suite w/Custom Bath • Built-In Vacuum System • Whole House Music System • Artisan Wrought Iron Railings • Slate and Hardwood Flooring The Best Real Estate Co Sheryll Strickland, REALTOR • 760-604-2226 Corner of 4th and B Streets, Julian, CA 92036 sheryll.strickland@gmail.com 760-765-1776 CABRE Lic # 01238746 CABRE Lic. # 01324619 have to ask -how high does the body count have to be before we need paramedics? Why does Julian-Cuyamaca not deserve the same level of protection as the "City people". When we are in the City and get hurt their paramedics help us. I certainly understand if we are talking. about adding sidewalks, street sweepers, street lights etc, but we are talking about fire and emergency medical services. WE DESERVE THE BEST. The bottom line is, if a staffed medic engine could be achieved with volunteers than there would be no argument. So this comes down to money. How much are you willing to spend to have the best level of service for your family and community? It is that simple, So ask yourself this question. When I have to dial 911 because my son, daughter, wife, husband, grandkid, etc. is lying on the floor and not breathing, how much am I willing to pay to have the best help available to respond? The answer to that question for Julian is $197.00 per year, $150.00 more than you are paying now. Plus we get to have extra fire protection and take pressure off of our volunteers and we add capacity to our fire dept. We expect our volunteers to respond to over 400 calls per year. Our community voiced their expectation to keep control of our fire dept. Now it is the communities' time to support their fire department and give them a fighting chance to provide life saving services and fire protection. The facts are Julian averages 1.5 calls per day. Most ,, Cote e Cellicomprises fourteen Cellists enjoy coming together to make and share ' beautiful music that is composed or arranged for cello ensembles. .... . This Will be their third performance here at the Julian library and it is onethat is notto be missedl ....... .-: o ," Julian Branch Library~ I aso Highway 78, Julian / 7 60-76. -0a 70 of the calls are medical related. Over half are Julian residents. Non residents will be billed for the medic service. Over 400 calls per year is to much to expect out of our volunteers. They can't and do not respond to all of these calls. It is time our fire department moves to the next level of service and offer what Borrego, Pine Valley, Ramona, Alpine and others already offer. Give our community members and families the best EMS, and fire service available. WE DESERVE THE BEST. Vote Yes on P. R. Curto, Concerned citizen Wrong fire station decision Dear editor, The preeminent fire danger to the Julian community is the downtown business district which is comprised of tinder box wood buildings, nothing more than a fire waiting to happen. To move a fire station out of a townsite is unusual. With a fire station that is out of town, what will be the response time of volunteer firefighters? I believe the town would be better served;by having Cal Fire (as they used to do in the past) be responsible for structure fires, since, unlike the Julian / Cuyamaca station, their station is manned 24/7. Times have changed since the burnout of 2003. We have less population and the build out of new homes are virtually fireproof. To have hundreds of thousands of dollars of firefighting equipment lay idle is foolish, since what we really need are the paramedics. They handle 100% of the emergency calls of accidents, distressed tourists and local residents. To say Julian has outgrown the present fire station, which is 30 years old this year, quite simply is not the case. Cal Fire needs a new fire station; Julian needs tO dedicate our facility to the paramedics. Though I personally like Chief Dubler and Buddy Seifert, I believe Jack Shelver is the most qualified individual to lead Julian into the future. Rick Campbell The worst thing about Halloween is, of course, candy corn. It's unbelievable to me. Candy corn is the only candy in the history of America that's never been advertised. And there's a reason. All of the candy corn that was ever made was made in 1911. And so, since nobody eats that stuff every year there's a ton of it left over. -- Lewis Black Tricks And Treats To Stay On Budget This Halloween (StatePoint) Halloween comes but once a year. So make it extra spooky with ghosts, goblins and ghouls galore -- and don't forget all the great treats. While all this fall fun does come at a price, you don't have to spend a pirate's booty if you plan carefully. For more treats than tricks this year, make a budget and stick to it. The shopping experts at Dollar General are sharing great ways to celebrate Halloween affordably. Clean Up Before the trick-or-treaters are at your door, spruce up your house with a few household cleaning supplies. Stock up on paper towels to use for clean-up after pumpkin carving, or pick up a new broom for all those fall leaves that are bound to make their way into your house. These fall months lead right into the holiday party season, so make sure you have all the tools you need to be party ready for your guests! Decorations Give your home a fresh fall update. Evoke the harvest season in the entryway with an autumn wreath. Buy one or DIY the project with supplies like glue guns, ribbons, faux leaves and flowers. Use seasonal placemats, runners and pumpkin pie scented candles to accent your home with fall flair. Stock up on spooky supplies, too. Skeletons, cobwebs, ghosts and other festive supplies will make your home a favorite in the neighborhood. Treats Whether you're hosting a Halloween bash or just preparing for a crowd of trick-or-treaters, think frugally when stocking up on treats. Buy candy, chocolates and treats at a discount store such as Dollar General. If you're ordering online, consider buying in bulk to save further, as many retailers offer free shipping on large purchases. Make Halloween party snacks for less by buying peanuts, pumpkin seeds and candy corn, and creating your own seasonal trail mix. For dessert, bake a cake and decorate it creatively with gummy worms and colored icing to scare your guests! For crowd-pleasing ideas and more Halloween tips, visit www. DollarGeneral.com or visit their Pinterest page. With more holidays on the horizon, be sure to stay within your budget this Halloween season. Take steps to celebrate affordably. J