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December 30, 2009 Accounting - Tax Planning LUERS & DYER, CPAs, LLP CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS Income Tax and Ac~ounLtng . ./Full Serf,ice Firm Personal attention to your special needs Wynola Center ,t367 Hwy, 78, St ire 112 P.O. Box 1934 Julian, CA 92036 Tel: 760 765-0343 Fax: 760 765-0150 Email: cebecca@luecscpa.com Banking I, Checking Savings [ Home Equity * Business Banking t~r 2033 Main St., Julian I 765-2765 ~ Member FDIC RabobanL Coming Home At the end of the year it's easy to look back and reflect on events and occasions. Looking back a whole decade is mainly scary. Ten years back, ten years younger, now ten years...l~t's not go there. We'll try again. December 1999. New Delhi. Sending out US Government press releases about Y2K. It's a good starting point because there's pretty much no place to go but up from press releases about Y2K. And insofar as there was a ten year plan in 1999, it was to transfer to the Embassy in Bucharest, Romania, take one more overseas assignment and retire to Julian. Retiring to Julian had always been in the works. This is where the family roots, the earliest memories, the land my parents bought before my birth, classmates and friends from JUHS all are, not to mention that San Diego County is littered with relatives. Besides, Julian is quite simply where I belong. We all know about the best-laid plans. Transfer to Bucharest, check. Fall in love, get married a second time, retire, live in North Carolina. Oops. Return to service for a year in Iraq. Return to North Carolina. Not The Plan but things fall apart on a regular basis. In Eastern North Carolina we have a lovely house on a creek with a dock and access to Pamlico Sound and the Outer Banks. Blue herons fly over the water and we catch crabs off the dock. There is a boat. Turns out I get seasick which is fortunate because if full consciousness weren't engaged with the stomach, I would die of boredom. Boats are not my thing. And flat marsh/flat piney woods/ fiat fields are not my landscape. Then the Husband wanted to downsize and surmised it would easier without two horses so he suggested they be parked in Julian. Generally it's easier to give in when husbands have their minds set on something in spite of the best arguments to the contrary, so eventually two friends and I packed the Trailblazer, tucked the horses into a trailer, and set off on a twelve day journey West. The idea was to sightsee and have fun on the trip which we humans did. The horses weren't as enchanted with the concept but they put up with it since they didn't have much choice. And when we pulled into the old place it was exactly as I thought it would be. I stopped the car by the corral, got out, looked around at the barn, the trees and the memories and said, 'Tm home." That moment was the highlight of the decade. PS The Husband comes to visit. He's getting used. to the idea of California and when the house in North Carolina sells you may see him more often. Or not. But I'm not leaving. First memories of home Anza-Borrego Looking For Help Controling Non-Native Plants Senior Park Aide Larry Hendrickson will lead four informational trainings for volunteers interested in helping with the removal of non-native Saharan Mustard. Saturday, January 16 from 9:00am to 11:00am at Borrego Palm Canyon Trailhead. If you are interested in helping control the mustard in the Park, we invite you to become a limited- term Park volunteer (January - April). Limited-term volunteers must attend at least one of the scheduled training sessions. Additional training dates: January 25, February 13, February 27. We will be working in Borrego Palm Canyon and along Henderson Canyon Road where many Park visitors come to see wildflowers. Volunteers will also be allowed to work elsewhere within the Park with proper identification. No registration required. Meet at the Borrego Palm Canyon Trailhead in Borrego Palm Canyon Campground. Tell the person at the entrance kiosk that you will be attending the program. There will be an informational talk at the trailhead parking area followed by a walk along the Alternate Trail to learn how to identify the mustard and how to distinguish it from similar- looking native plant species. Wear study hiking boots, sunscreen, and bring water and snacks. Rain cancels. Call 760- 767-4063 for more information. l [y Thoughts by Michele Harvey Recycling Isn't Just For Newspapers & Aluminum Cans I'm often looking for new ways to recycle things. My favorite way is to give things to people who will use them, which is better than having x ~,,z co,,try ~,,,== sto=, things just stored at our house. I gain space and sometimes pass on a bag or two of pretty good stuff. Last week I was organizing bags so I could fill them with things to pass on to my children and my sister when they come here for Christmas breakfast. While sorting bags, I picked up a large SAS shoe bag, which is recycled already, and on the side I found instructions for recycling the bag, credited to the SAS shoemakers, CASA Department -- They wrote: "WAIT~ In keeping with our natural healthy approach to life in general and our respect for all things hard-working and useful, we've given you this recycled bag to carry your SAS recycled goods home. Now you could recycle it again, or you can put it to work for you. Here are some of our ideas on the subject. We'd love to hear your thoughts about how to reuse your SAS bag .... drop in and see us sometime. The old Texas shoemakers 1. Store more bags in it. Keeps the pantry tidy. 2. Use it to carry gifts to a special celebration. 3. Cut it to size and use it as a book cover. 4. Use it to carry your books back to the library. 5. Keep your needlework in it. 6. Carry your quilt pieces in it when visiting relations. 7. Keep a change of shoes in it (of course they're good SAS shoes). 8. Pack it flat in your luggage, then fill it up with good things and bring it home. 9. Fill it with toys and games for the children who visit your home. 10. Bring it back next time you visit your SAS store, and get a quarter back." A paper bag with a design on it can make a great wrapping paper. Why spin )~our wheels trying to find items elsewhere Our customers say we stock almost everything they've ever tried to find. Instead of last resort, TRY US FIRST! We don't got it. we can get it. Come see why we're'HILLTOP SUPPLY," 619 478-8461. 619 -SlS: 27506 Old ]B[wy. 80, {]~zt, ay The Julian News 5 532 "B" Street = P.O. Box 159 Ramona, CA 92065 (760) 789-0240 OPEN SUNDAYS! Collectibles Girls Jewelry Progressively Old Fashioned 2111 Main Street In The Heart of Downtown Julian ................................. .......... ,"~ "'"' ~" ~ ~;~ ~ ~i ~! Use paper bags to sort photos. Write big and bold, the subject or the name of the person you are giving the photos to. Use them to file papers if you don't have a filing cabinet. Write the subject on the front in big, bold letters. Use paper bags as floor mats in your car to keep muddy shoes off the carpet. Make sure the bags don't interfere with any pedals. Line your car trunk with paper bags to help keep it clean. I keep some paper bags inconspicuously near my front door. When my children visit, I usually put some items in a bag for them to take home. Also, the bags by the front door are reminders to take items to Vee Lumpkins at the Town Hall for Project Pass It On, or I can take the bags to thrift stores. Brown paper bags are often made of recycled paper. Filling them with yard waste is a good way to get leaves and weeds to the compost bin. I especially like bags with handles. When the bag gets too worn out to carry another load, I just drop it into the compost bin, letting it break down with the rest of the yard waste. I can think of many uses for used paper bags. Recycling can be a fun challenge. Looking at something already used, begs the question, "How can I use this the next time?" On Christmas day, nearly everyone who joined us for breakfast went home with a recycled paper bag filled with good stuff that I no longer had any uses for. I also gave my children a large paper bag full of plastic grocery bags so they could take them to the Shelter Valley Clothes Closet, known as Kids Go Round. Janet Jones runs the clothes closet at the Shelter Valley fire station for children in need of clothing, approximately ages birth to teenager. Janet is retired, a senior citizen who volunteers her time through Julian Pathways and on her own. Christmas day she had gifts delivered to children in need and for Thanksgiving many families received turkeys through donations from a motorcycle club thanks to Janet's efforts and the efforts of Kristian and others at St. Elizabeth Church in downtown Julian. Janet told me that she didn't want to deliver Thanksgiving dinners in plain cardboard boxes, so twenty-six children at St. Elizabeth's decorated boxes and wrote personal messages on them. Pathways, at Julian Elementary School gives Janet clothing menus for children in need. Janet then gets the clothing from her Clothes Closet. Janet wants us all to know that she doesn't work alone. Through one of her fundraising efforts, Heather at Healthways worked her own magic and all of the nurses working with her donated fifteen new jackets to children who were without them. Each jacket was wrapped individually. Janet spoke with Jennifer Roberts at Julian High School and putting their heads together, Julian now has a project called "The Forgotten Years", for teenagers in need of clothing. Through the nurses at Healthways, five local teens received new jackets. Janet Jones takes little credit for the time and effort she donates to our local community. She stresses that many people donate time, effort and items to help those in need here in Julian, in Shelter Valley and also for a family in Warner Springs whose house burned. Sometimes my columns take unexpected turns. This clearly is one of them. I began by writing about recycling paper bags and turned to writing about one of the back country's quiet heroes, Janet Jones. If you can donate clothing, or give donations of money, so specific needs can be met, please call Janet Jones at 1-760-765-0596. She will appreciate your efforts to help. These are my thoughts. Shelter Valley N ws By Jean Anderson President, Shelter Valley Citizens Corporation Chairperson, Shelter Valley Kids Club My Brother and My Best Friend Sean Patrick Vile was born August 1, 1989, in San Diego, CA. Sean is my brother and he is home for the holidays. I jumped on the opportunity to interview him because he is not only an alumnus of Julian High School he is also a fantastic person. From the age of thirteen, Sean was involved in mountain boarding, a sport involving a snow-board like deck with tires, and the steep slope of rocky trails and awesome jumps. Sean always wanted to do something different than everyone else, he wanted to be unique. For three years my brother, my mother, and I would travel up to Huntington Beach for Sean to participate in the Core Tour, where multiple sports come to compete in trick competitions. There pro-BMX riders, skateboarders, roller- bladers, and of course mountain boarders. The mountain board competition consisted of rolling down a thirty foot ramp, which was very intimidating, and performing a trick off an eight foot jump! Another competition became tradition for our family, the U.S. Open in Snowmass, CO. This was basically the same as Core Tour except there were boarders from all over the country competing. This was where Sean performed a double back flip, which he had previously landed but unfortunately didn't land this time. At the age of seventeen Sean had directed his focus more on his future than mountain boarding. At the age of seventeen Sean enlisted into the Marine Corps, and therefore became part of the delayed entry program. He was active in "DEP" program for about six months before he was put into boot camp. On August 6th, 2007 Sean went with his recruiter and was taken to MCRD for Marine Corps Recruit Training. His boot camp lasted thirteen weeks; all of it was grueling training which no one can fully understand until they have done it themselves. Sean graduated from boot camp, and stayed on Camp Pendleton for about a year before he deployed for Iraq. Going to Iraq and fighting for our country is the sole reason why Sean enlisted. He was stationed in Rutbah, Iraq for seven months. In this time Sean trained the Rutbah Police in weapon techniques and weapon use. Sean took a three month advisor course to become an effective instructor of Military tactics. In addition to instructing, Sean and his twelve man team would patrol the streets of Rutbah. While in Iraq he acquired the Iraqi Campaign Medal, Nation Defense medal, and the Navy achievement medal. Sean is now twenty years old and is engaged to be married to Amanda Young on January 16th! My brother Sean Vile is the best man I know, he is a National hero, and he is also my best friend. There is no doubt he will go on to do more tremendous and outstanding things. Game Night atthe Kids Club on 12/19 was great. Nearly 20 kids & adults had fun playing table games, pool, and trying out the new karaoke machine. We have moved the time for the monthly event to 5-7 pm. We were having so much fun, several stayed until after 8. The first Movie Night of the new year will be Saturday, 1/9 from 6-8 pm. Our next SV Citizens Corp. General Meeting will be January 6, 2010 @ 7 p.m. There isn't much on the agenda except to finalize volunteer duties for the Shadow Tour 100 mile Bike Ride which takes place on Saturday, 1/16. Our Community Center is the lunch stop for the bicycle riders who are heading back to the finish line in Ocotillo. We also man some of the rest stops and turnaround locations, along with assistance from law enforcement. It is a great fundraiser for us and we enjoy talking with riders from across the country who brave the wind, cold or heat each year. I must commend the merchants in Julian for their holiday decorations again. I'm one of those people that gets the Christmas spirit---oh, about mid-January! Driving back from Ramona one night last week, I noticed a bit of snow on the side of the road and the beautiful lights throughout Julian. It just seems to truly portray a feeling of the holidays. Great job! SV residents, Rik & Faith Branney always have a wonderful display of holiday lights as well. Bill & Evelyn Mardock's display of lights are the word "Jesus" and a large cross. Several other homes are decked with strands of colorful lights. And as our dear friend, Pastor Tim Doyle, tells us every year "Let's never forget that Jesus is the Reason for the Season". Yea, I got the Christmas spirit a little earlier this year. On a final note: Stagecoach RV Park has sold again. We're looking forward to meeting the new owners. If store prices are reasonable, we may consider shopping there occasionally. Have a very Happy and Prosperous New Year. Be safe out there! Sean Vile i