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December 9, 2009

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December 9, 2009 My Friend Anne from Terri Ing It is with deep sorrow that I pass on to you that Anne VonDracek, long - time Julian resident and my cherished friend passed away on Sunday November 29th,2009 after an extended illness. I first met Anne as a waitress at Lake Cuyamaca Restaurant in the early 90's. During my training, Anne's main concern was that I learn the names of every person and their family members who walked through that door on a regular basis, so as to always make them feel welcomed. We became fast friends and went on to partner in a small cleaning business, which combined our talents, a handful of tourist cabins and a group of individual homes which Anne had accumulated over the years. Although we shared the work load, most of her clients were of a mature age, and not only did Anne clean; she was accustomed to running errands, doing a little gardening or just sitting down for a little talk. Where as I was used to scheduling numerous jobs in a single day and getting out fast. Needless to say, there were times I ran around like a crazy person cleaning and trying to keep us on schedule while Anne calmly sat with a friend and listened. Together we made it work. We were as different as two people could be. I am married with one son and Anne, a single mom raising three boys, always struggled, but somehow our friendship endured. In 1999 we opened a small resale store in town called "Pacrats" we were beginning our second year in business when Anne's struggles intensified. After many tests Anne was diagnosed with three debilitating diseases and her health deteriorated quickly. She was in so much pain, 24/7, on numerous medications and yet she still fought for the normal life she felt her boys deserved. The Cedar fire of 2003 took away their home and the last of Anne's independence. In order to seek the medical attention and the help she now required, Anne needed to move in with her mother who was living in Calabasas. Our friendship has continued through daily phone calls and occasional visits, which became more important the last couple of years as Anne was confined to her wheelchair and lost considerable motor skills. Throughout all of this, Anne has kept her, oh-so-subtle sense of humor. Very few days passed without us taking full advantage of "free nights and weekends" cell phone minutes and calling cards. She may not have been able to get out much lately, but between her sons and myself Anne really put the phone lines to the test. As was her fondest wish, Anne's boys are doing great, and living in Oregon. Sky is a bank manager, Andre' is a supervisor at Costco and Christopher is an assistant store manager, in-training and on his way to becoming a firefighter, while all three have made their mother proud. Anne will be remembered by her three sons, her mother, her brother, her sister and her friends. So send her your prayers and good-byes for she will be missed, and in our hearts forever. Have you any idea how many kids it takes to turn off one light in the kitchen? Three. It takes one to say, "What light?" and two more to say, "I didn't turn it on. " -- Erma Bombeck A favorite for snacks, s'mores and piecrust, the graham cracker was developed in 1829 by the Rev. Sylvester Graham. The true graham cracker is made with graham flour, which is a coarsely ground wheat flour. We Carry Stove Pellets 2902 Washington Street 760-765-1212 Winter Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 to S:OO, Sat 9:00 to S:OO CLOSED on Sunday Wynola Pizza Hosting Holiday Story Telling Dinner This holiday season, why not take a break from trying to decide whether to get Uncle Walt the Grillmaster or the Swiss Army Pen; and treat yourself to a couple of hours that will revive body and spirit? Come in out of the cold and bask in the warmth of a story well told or laugh at a yuletide yarn with Storyteller Cynthia Griffin while enjoying a delicious four- course meal.. Cynthia grew up believing she would one day become a rich and famous author. Born with a library card in her hand, she used it to devour all the books she could get her hands on. With a grandfather who could make a trip to the grocery store sound like a grand adventure and a mother who wrote a novel at the age of eleven, Irish blood flowing through her veins and an ancestral connection to the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, it seemed her destiny. So of course, she ended up working in accounting. Though she continued her writing over the years, Cynthia couldn't help feeling that she had not yet found the one thing that, like bringing up her children, would be important enough to risk making a fool of herself attempting it. Then fifteen years ago, Cynthia discovered the craft of oral storytelling - in a book at the library, naturally - and knew she had found it. She's been a fool for storytelling ever since. Cynthia Griffin has entranced and delighted audiences with her "tales with a twist and a grin" in venues ranging from libraries to Red Hat Society groups, from holiday parties in Rancho Santa Fe to the Sam Hinton Folk Festivals in Poway. Come and see why audiences everywhere will tell you that though you might arrive weary, you'll be leaving cheery from an evening with Storyteller Cynthia Griffin. Wynola Pizza is pleased to host an "Evening of Storytelling with Cynthia Griffin" with a four course dinner prepared by Wynola's Chef Kue. The date is Monday December 21. Dinner will be begin at 6:30 PM. The cost will be $30 per person plus tax and gratuity. Children nine years and older are welcome to attend. Reservations are suggested. The dinner will begin with a Bosc Pear Salad - the pear poached and served with baby greens, crumbled bleu cheese, spiced walnuts and white balsamic vinaigrette. It will be followed by an appetizer, Grilled Striped Bass - marinated in olive oil and fresh herbs. Companied by a fire-roasted vegetable strudel and red pepper coulis. Filet Mignon follows - beef tenderloin seasoned with sea salt & fresh cracked peppercorns. Accompanied by fingerling potato croqutte & grilled asparagus. The fourth and last course will be a Frozen Strawberry Souffle' Vegetarian options are available with notice. Please call Sabine or Kue at the restaurant with reservations or questions - 760 765-1004 The Triangle Clubs Community Christmas Party at Town Hall on Friday night (December 4)featured the usual abundance of treats for those who came to have their photos taken with Santa. Many took the time to reacquaint with neighbors and enjoy a carriage ride through town. The Miss Julian Pageant was helping out as the gate keepers to Santas' ear. Once again the ladies of the Triangle club showed the spirit of giving as all was provided at no charge. The Julian News 7 Triangle Club Community Christmas With Santa ..... Local Epertence Since 1988 * Long Term Forest Maintenance and Planning *.Hazardous Removal and Precision Felling * Ornamental Pruning and Lacing * Brush Clearing and Chipping * Stump Grinding FREE ES TIMA TES Fully Insured for Your Protection ERIC DAUBER H: 760-765-2975 II c: 760-271-9585 I00lll00g00l II PO Box 254  I[" JULIAN, CA. WE-8690A [I " 92036 , " IJ