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Articles by Dave Schawb

Two East County residents are continuing their dream of becoming U.S. professional soccer players by playing for the newly minted adult North County Battalion semi-pro soccer team.

Sean Ritchey, 23, a Grossmont High School grad living in La Mesa and Justin Picou, 25, a Helix High alum who grew up in Lemon Grove, have both hitched their immediate fortunes to NC Battalion’s wagon.

Home grown Lemon Grovian TV-radio personality “Shotgun” Tom Kelly recently got his claim to fame—a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Kelly spent more than 30 years broadcasting in San Diego before moving to Los Angeles in 1997.

“Mine was the 2,496 star,” said Kelly a former San Diego TV weather forecaster and radio host about his name that was indelibly etched in concrete April 30 near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue.

Nestled in the mountains near El Monte County Park in Lakeside, Robin Pawl founded The Magic Horse Therapeutic Riding Center in 2004 to bring therapeutic riding lessons to San Diego. She brings together an unbridled love of horses, biology, personal fitness and life coaching to make a life-enhancing difference for differently abled through the magic of the horse.

San Diego Habitat for Humanity (SDHFH) continued its 25th anniversary celebration with fanfare including speeches, live bands and a military color guard presentation at a groundbreaking for housing for wounded warriors and their families at 12306 Lakeshore Drive in Lakeside March 27.

Friends of the Lemon Grove Library ushered in a new president — marketing consultant and library enthusiast Jim Elliott — during a swearing-in ceremony, which took place on Jan. 31.

Warren Savage Jr., former executive director of Santee Chamber of Commerce, is busy now schooling young people on skills necessary for the maritime services with the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

A jack of all trades, Savage has been a volunteer firefighter and instructor, as well as being a civic leader and advocate for Santee.

A commissioned naval officer for 20 years with 36 years service in the Naval Reserve, Savage’s military record includes four years on active duty.

Del Hood, the retired former executive editor of The Daily Californian of El Cajon, which went out of business after more than a century of existence in 1999, spoke on the history of newspapers in the city on Jan. 17 at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon.

Battle lines are being drawn locally – and nationally – over what could – or should – be done about gun control in the wake of the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Connecticut.
The national dialogue set in motion by Sandy Hook has gun proponents, and critics alike, buzzing throughout East County.

Grossmont Gardens resident Richard Canner got his Christmas present a little early.
It was something that wouldn’t fit under the tree.

The 88-year-old La Mesan’s wish to have a free­fall experience like bungee jumping was granted when he took a 40-foot zip line ride through San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Dec. 18. It was part of Grossmont Gardens’ Second Wind Dreams program, which grants wishes for senior citizens.

In Lakeside, the East County community named for its body of water, the lake these days is all on one side.
Lindo Lake in the center of town is drying up. Part of it anyway.
But that’s nothing new. Only this summer the dryout has been severe.