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Articles by B.J. Coleman

For the East County Californian

Seventeen years after the fact, the memories return vividly for many with still-painful emotions of grief and loss.

“When I think of 9/11, I think of heroism, strength and bravery,” Lemon Grove Mayor Racquel Vasquez said.

Vasquez appeared as featured guest speaker at Lemon Grove’s DeWitt C. Mitchell American Legion Post 201 during the veterans group’s first-ever ceremony commemorating the victims in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

For the East County Californian

Seventeen years after the fact, the memories return vividly for many with still-painful emotions of grief and loss.

“When I think of 9/11, I think of heroism, strength and bravery,” Lemon Grove Mayor Racquel Vasquez said.

Vasquez appeared as featured guest speaker at Lemon Grove’s DeWitt C. Mitchell American Legion Post 201 during the veterans group’s first-ever ceremony commemorating the victims in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Those who have attended formal gatherings and special events at the El Cajon Elks Lodge are likely to be familiar with Rita’s Catering. The in-house food service enterprise provides dining options ranging from full-course sit-down dinners to buffet grazing stations, including salad bars, taco bars and mashed potato martini tables. Rita’s Catering also serves weekday lunches for Elks and their lodge guests, and lodge dinners on Monday and Friday evenings.

One hundred thirty-five years ago, El Cajon was considered a valley east of San Diego, possibly a good location for wheat fields, and not much more.

Residents of the El Cajon Valley who wished to attend Sunday church services had to undertake a three-hour horse and buggy ride into San Diego.

They say you can’t buy love...but you can adopt it! At least, that is what Friends of Cats, Inc. believes, so much so that they have made it their official motto.

“Kitten season came late this year,” said Terry Hogan, treasurer of Friends of Cats, Inc. “And that’s a good thing.”

Even in the twenty-first century, the Old West can be glimpsed in a corner of El Cajon.

The Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and extending appreciation of Western art and culture.

The museum and center celebrate the life and art of Wieghorst, a prominent local artist known during his lifetime and since as the “Dean of Western Painters.”

Artwork from other artists is featured among new rotating displays of Western paintings, sculptures and photographs.

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce hosted a festive business mixer and dinner party on the evening of Thursday, March 8. The occasion? The Chamber is celebrating the organization’s 10th anniversary with a series of events, and this dinner was their inaugural evening – the Chamber’s 10th Annual Salute to Local Heroes, honoring nine first responders who delivered standout performances in their public safety duties over the past year.

Robert Paul Guthrie has a lot to say about how perceptions have changed over time about developmentally disabled persons. He knows, as a 76-year-old East County resident who currently serves, and is served by, the East County Training Center of The Arc.

Looking into the unknown future can be daunting and difficult, but adventurers and builders forge on nonetheless. This is based on a vision of what may lay ahead.

The tribal council of the Sycuan band of the Kumeyaay Nation has a 2019 vision for transforming East County’s Sycuan Casino, to benefit the local community and enhance the experiences of casino visitors.

Whether 70 years is seen as a long or short time depends on perspective. For an organization or facility that has been sustaining on a shoestring, attaining seven decades can be a challenging milestone.

And so it is, with Lakeside’s Carter-Smith Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5867. The veterans’ service organization is looking toward celebrating its 70th anniversary early next year. Membership has experienced a recent turnaround and is gaining for the group that received its initial VFW charter on February 6, 1946.