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Articles by BJ Coleman

November commemorates Native American Heritage Month. And on Wednesday, Nov. 9, two days before Veterans Day, the Jamul Indian Village of California unveiled a special exhibit titled “Legacy of Service,” which honors the military service of its tribal members. The display opened in the main hallway of The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park, with a reception and dedication ceremony, including blessing of the exhibit by Kenneth Meza, Jamul Village Vice Chairman and one Marine Corps Vietnam veteran acknowledged in the video that is featured centrally in the exhibit.

David J. Schmidt splits time these days between La Mesa and Mexico City. Although Schmidt makes his living as a freelance translator, his real driving life’s interest is in investigating and writing about credible accounts of paranormal phenomena. His most recently released book describes his journey to the Mexican village of San Juan Coatzospam in search of ghost stories.

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce demonstrated how to happily combine business work with sunny relaxation at the organization’s third annual Summer Bash Business Expo on Thursday, August 11. The evening event brought together representatives of 44 member enterprises at the La Mesa Community Center for conviviality and networking opportunities, showcasing them for a full house of attendees. Vendors hosting event tables included companies offering financial services, household services, and a variety of personal health and fitness services.

Friendship is often a different kind of family. Kinship is an accident of birth, and adoption is a matter of propinquity. But lifelong friendships are based on the choice to continue cultivating a relationship of kindred spirits.

Cory Wilkins is an El Cajon-based singer-songwriter, and he brought a lot of straight-ahead East County attitude into downtown San Diego on Thursday, June 30, as his five-member band took the stage for a half-hour set at The Music Box. Wilkins and his band-mates appeared as one act during the night’s Listen Local All Access Fest at the new music venue.

Happy, sunny-tempered La Mesa residents came together in the early evening on Wednesday, June 29, for the grand opening of their city’s newest pocket park at the corner of La Mesa Boulevard and Allison Avenue. The crowd filling the small park spilled over onto adjacent streets. 

Gilbert Harelson served as La Mesa’s city attorney during two intervals, 1956 to1958 and 1959 through 1970. In that interruption from 1958 to 1959, Harelson was a Municipal Court Judge in the El Cajon Judicial District. And that only covers Harelson’s specific East County-based service to the law.

What is no gamble at all? It is when members of the El Cajon Valley Host Lions Club get together with the Winchester Widows. Everyone will have a good time and good things will happen on behalf of local charities.

Temperatures were warm and sunny, as was the conviviality of attendees feasting on small plates of delicious East County fare, all while networking at the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce’s Eighth Annual Taste of La Mesa. Staged at the La Mesa Community Center during the evening of Monday, June 6, the three-hour event was designed to showcase local eateries and dining establishments, with more than 20 serving up samplers of their featured menu items.

The Kiwanis Club of Santee has a long record of acknowledging East County law enforcement officers who have demonstrated excellence in protecting and serving local citizens. On May 14, the club conducted its 19th annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony honoring officers who have served with particular distinction over the prior year.