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l It. .... i : ;t j!,! 1! , ......... ,r ill =1 II ;l I L ii ,1 1'11! .i LLIIIInII,tI[IJIL LJl!i .|r'.,ql]lIIllIIIlIII' November 2, 2011 Horses.Chickens Bunnies. Pet Birds 2902 Washington Street " 760-765-1212 Mon-Fri 8:30 to 5:00 and Sat 9:00 to 5:00 NOW OPEN SUNDAYS ! 0 to 4 POPE TREE SERVICE All Your Tree Service Needs Commercial & Residential00 II II Oak and Pine our Specmlty00 II 11 CA. State License #704192  II II Fully Insured for Your Protection . II Workers Comp. 00tll 100,i,700765"o638 /IDiffi'dlt]Rmhls ===[ IH [ Brush Cl''Fing  4 I AL 0000lli.g Bwi.g R00.ti.g STAT by Jufi Zerbe "Walkability' is becoming an increasingly sought after feature in real estate all over the U.S. Many buyers are now willing to pay a premium for houses located in neighborhoods where they can walk instead of drive to accomplish their errands. City planners, housing tract designers, architects and redevelopment specialist are all jumping on board to address this new trend. In a recent study by CEO's for Cities it was found that higher levels of walkability can raise the value of a house from $4000 to $34000 over houses with only average levels of walkability. Walkability is measured by a "walk score" on a scale from 1 to 100 with 1 being the least walkable and 100 being the most walkable. All houses listed on the San Diego county MLS have been assigned a "walk score". Your agent can give you the walk score and associated map on any property you are consideringfor purchase. You can also find more information on the web at walkscore.com. The Julian town site s very unique in that it is a rural town in the country where you can live and walk to the Post Office library, schools, grocery store, shops, cafes, doctor's office, art gallery, bar and fitness center. The town site currently has 2 properties in escrow and 6 others available. Here are properties in Julian that have high "walk scores" that you may find interesting. If so please call or visit a Julian agent for more information. Julian agents are experts in the Julian backcountry and will do a better job for you than agents who do not live here. 2486 Washington St. #18 2bd/2bth 1644 sqft Mobile Home $130,000 Listed by: Apple Junction Real Estate (760) 765-2878 2113 Third St. $326,000 2bds/2bths 1369 sqft listed by: Cabrillo Team Realty (760) 747-2289 2419 "B" St. $399,000 3bd/3bth 1335 sqft listed by: Polo Properties (760) 727-7400 1835 Second St. $549,000 4bd/3bth 2361 sqft listed by: Julian Properties (760) 765-0192 2645 Apple Lane $797,000 Apple Farm listed by: Chameleon/ Red Hawk (800) 371-6669 2760 Highway 79 $825,000 3bd/3bth 2835 sqft listed by: Sprague Realty (760) 765-0035 Here are the September sales statistics for the Julian and Santa Ysabel Zip codes: For September 2011 there were three sales closed. This compared with only 2 sales for September of 2010. Year to date, as of September 30th 2011, there has been 45 properties sold compared to 38 for the same period in 2010. This indicates that the market is improving some. The most notable sale for September was brokered by Chameleon/Red Hawk. The sale was a 187 acre Mesa Grande Ranch that sold for $2.9 million with private financing. Juli Zerbe is an associate broker with Julian Properties. She was raised in Julian from birth and has learned to know, love and appreciate the area from the historical old buildings to the paths around the outskirts of town, from the ranches and meadows to the highest peaks and park land. Her first job at 14 years old was at the soda fountain in the Old Julian Drug Store (currently the Miner's Diner.) After high school she earned a B.A. at Point Loma College, lived n the Napa Valley and Bay area for a bit and traveled extensively in Europe. At the age of 24 she returned to her roots to marry, raise two wonderful daughters and eventually launch a career in real estate. Juli was licensed in 1998 and became a broker in 2003 and has worked diligently to learn the complexities of real estate. "Professional real estate and old fashioned integrity" describe her practice. Her interests include: community involvement hiking, historic preservation, oil painting and gardening. My Thoughts by Michele Harvey Some Random Thoughts, The first thing I want to write is a Thank You to my readers. So I just did. I am humbled by all of the positive comments I receive from people who read my column every week. I seldom hear anything argumentative or negative, so I guess my thoughts hit home in positive ways for a lot of people. Since I can write about whatever is on my mind; I really enjoy the freedom I have to write about things that interest me. Fortunately I seem to pick subjects that are interesting to many people. This week my column touches on several things that have been on my mind. Nearly a year and a half ago I moved my gift shop to Wynola Farms Marketplace. It's much closer to home and I really like my shop neighbors there. The downside is that I don't get to see and chat with my Main Street friends. For years my shop was next door to Carl Thompson's Cowbella Ranch Caf6. When l walked in to order a lunch to go, I often got to visit with Carl, Magda from Julian's Toy Chest, Adele from Julian Candy Basket getting an iced tea and Chris from Wandering Sage getting a tea refill. I miss Teresa and Debbie from upstairs and the friends rve made at the bank and at other shops along Main and along the side streets. I have good neighbors in the marketplace, and we all help each other to make sales and in other ways. However, I still miss my former Shop neighbors. I also miss my long time friends Cathy, Sherri and Kitty who made a point of saying hello as they took their daily walk through town. East wind. We get Santa Ana winds and they are called east winds because they come from the east. We also get occasional west winds, but they don't have a nickname that I know of. The combination of wind, heat, and dryness accompanying the Santa Ana winds turns the hard leafed evergreen shrubs known as chaparral into explosive fuel feeding the infamous wildfires for which the region is known. Chaparrals grow primarily in Southern California and in Baja, California in Mexico. Wildfires fanned by Santa Ana winds burned 721,791 acres in two weeks during October 2003. These same winds have contributed to the fireS that burned 426,000 acres in late October 2007. When I first moved to Julian in 1984, fire season began in June and lasted through October. In more recent years; fire season is year round and is now called wild fire season. Maybe because this is October, when we seem to live through our worst fires, or maybe because more of us seem to be talking about past fires, including the recent one in Ranchita... I remember how mentally exhausting evacuating can be. If a fire is headed my way; what do I take with me when I leave? Some things are obvious. Pets and cash are important. Children, if they are living at home should be at the top of the list. Some things get left behind. When we evacuated during the wild fires of 2007, my mother-in-law brought all of her pants and none of her blouses. They hung next to each other in the cloSet. She brought her toothpaste, but not her toothbrush. Hair pins were packed, but not a hair brush. I guess this is typical, so it's best to know what to take and always know where the important things are before needing to know. I know people who keep their cat carriers near their front door whenever they hear of a fire anywhere in San Diego County. Not a bad idea. We all know from experience that the direction of a fire can change quickly and change our lives just as fast. Because evacuating is so mentally exhausting, and because my children don't have the same taste in household furnishings as I do... rm selling lots of things that I've kept for years, hoping to pass them on. Fortunately for me, I own a gift shop where I can take things that need new homes. In our Iouse t hive my own workroom where make jewelry and where I sew items for my store. In the closet I had a storage box full of Christmas coffee mugs. Now most of those mugs are in my store ready to be bought and taken to new homes. Since the newspapers wrapping the mugs were dated 1991 and 1993; I decided I could part with them. As a shop owner, rm told I shouldn't advise people to give used things for Christmas, but some of the gifts that I am giving are used and in excellent condition. One of my sons works for a roofer and the other works cutting trees and splitting the logs. If I give either of them a jacket for winter wear; it doesn't make sense to me to buy jackets at full retail price. If their jobs weren't so hard on clothes, I would feel different. My youngest grandchildren are one year old and two years old. I found them some every day clothes that are used, but don't look used. I paid much less than I would have for new clothes, so I was able to buy more needed clothes without going way beyond my budget, rve talked to a few people who say they won't be giwng gifts this year because they can't afford it. Each year I get ideas for gifts that cost little or no money. I enjoy giving gifts and I enjoy the look on faces when people open gifts. As we get closer to the holidays, rll be thinking more of what gifts I can give to friends and family. This is a good time of year to pay attention to what loved ones want and need. Well, I had some random thoughts and have shared them with you .all When you have thoughts that you think are too random to say out loud; don't underestimate their validity. Someone else may be very interested in what you are thinking. These are my thoughts. Shoe-ing Away Poverty by Katie Newgard With the coming of the Holiday Christmas themed wrapped shoe Season comes all the splendor and excitement for young boys and girls when they open all of their gift that Santa Claus left them underneath the Christmas tree. However, unfortunately it seems that Santa Claus's sleigh can't make it to every place in the world because of the recent rise in gas prices, also known as reindeer fuel. Children in impoverished areas all around the world such as Africa, parts of Asia, South America and even some places in here America more likely than not will never experience the joy of opening gifts of their own on Christmas Day. Or can they? Every year, the Julian High School Community Service Club tag teams with the Samaritan's Purse organization to give unfortunate kids in Africa something they may have never had before - gifts that they can call their own. Are you still interested and would like to know how this endeavor is done? Excellent. Ultimately, the kids' gifts are made up of two components: boxes and toys and other items of childhood to fill them with. The task of giving the less fortunate something for Christmas by filling a simple shoe box full of toys and toiletries seems easy enough, and it gets easier still. The giving of these boxes isn't limited to only Julian High. You too can give something to a child in need. In fact, by helping with the sending of these boxes, you help kids receive the only gifts that they get in the entire year. The Julian News 5 NOW ACCEPTING Groceries Produce. Sundries Beer Wine Liquor Dry Cleaning Lotto. Scratchers I2S.D.A. Choice Beef Buffalo Meat Special and Holiday Orders, Cut to your Specifications 0PEN DALLY 6a.m. TO 8p.m. Bill Pay Phone & Utilities  homs am 11-5  - B(mkstom phone mnnber- 760-765-2239 of the American Legion Lincoln Deming Unit Past 468 I All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffet Sausage" Eggs" Pancakes Potatoes Corn Beef Hash Biscuits and Sausage Gravy Coffee and Orange Juice / ALl, YOU CAN EAT - s8.IX) ,1" T7 ? '  N(B LMBI, R 6, .0l I " 1130 OR SOl J) OUT Julian, Ca. www.julianpost468.org box to go to a boy or a girl, and how old. Age categories include ages 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Third based on the latter ste p, the box must be filled with the appropriate items for the chosen child. These items include toys, crayons, coloring books, or hygiene essentials such as deodorant and toothbrush and toothpaste. The fourth step in sending a box is to sponsor it. The cost to sponsor a box is $7.00, a small price to pay to make a child happy. This money goes to the shipping and handling of the boxes only. From here, it only gets easier. You can donate any combination of the items previously listed, if you so desire. Every single item If you are interested in helping with the Samaritan's Purse cause, you are in luck. In just four easy steps, you can make a child in have a Christmas to remember. The first step is to provide a box. Any shoe box will do, such as the one that your running shoes came in. Second, a donor must decide on if they would like their is needed to make this happen, so even if you have a few extra shoe boxes laying around that are available for donation, you are making a valuable contribution. If you would like to donate toys, toiletries, boxes for entry fees, please stop by the Julian High School office to drop off your donation. Donations will be needed from anytime up until Saturday, November 5th. On this day a packing party will be taking placeat JHS in room 7 from 9AM til noon in which the boxes wil be prepped and packed for their journey. For anyfurtherq uestions, visit www.samaritanspurse.org or contact Katie Newgard, the JHS Community Service Club President at 619-540-5430 or the JHS District office at 760-765- 0606 x207. A Christmas for a lucky child in Africa to remember is just a shoe box away, and with your help you can make it possible to make a difference.