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Articles by Gary E. Mitrovich

Dianne Jacob Coffee: On Friday, May 25, County Supervisor Dianne Jacob held her latest “Coffee with Constituents” meeting in Lakeside. Only about 30 folks showed up, a bit disappointing for the opportunity to meet directly with your elected official, though the three-day holiday weekend may have impacted attendance. As usual, Jacob shared a lot of good local information.

The supervisor introduced the latest commanding officer for the Sheriff’s Lakeside Substation: Lieutenant Fran Passalacqua. She is a 27-year veteran deputy and a Lakeside resident.

There are always a lot of things going on in Lakeside.

First and foremost, the recent Western Days Parade and Rodeo weekend is one of the community’s premiere annual events.

There are a whole lot of things going on lately at Lakeside’s VFW, from lunches and dinners to fixing up the old building and community events. But their next big thing is an old favorite: the annual rummage sale.

Paula Jansen, Post Commander of the Lakeside Veterans of Foreign Wars, was honored by State Senator Joel Anderson as a 2018 Woman of the Year.

Anyone passing through Historic Downtown Lakeside on Mar. 18 might have thought they had travelled into the past. The church bell was ringing and hymns were rising from the Olde Community Church at Maine and Parkside, something that has not occurred for many years. It seemed those days of yore had somehow returned.

Meet Dr. Andy Johnsen, the newly appointed Superintendent of the Lakeside Unified School District. Except, you may have already have met him; Johnsen has been doing the job on an interim basis for months now.

It may sound a little like a plot point in the latest James Bond movie, but Project Cornerstone is much better than that. It is about developing skills and career paths for Lakeside youth.

There’s a new Miss Lakeside for 2018 and her name is Brooke Talbot.

For the 56th year, the Miss Lakeside Pageant was held to select the young ladies who would represent this fair town. The pageant took place on Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Lakeside Middle School auditorium, in front of a crowd of parents and supporters that numbered well into the hundreds. Also selected were Madison Ellering as the new Teen Miss Lakeside and Hannah Lowery as the new PreTeen Junior Miss Lakeside.

One thing most Lakesiders will agree on: something needs to be done about Lindo Lake. Not only is that precious body of water what puts the “lake” in “Lake”-side, it is the figurative centerpiece of the town – the reason for its being.

There are many things going on with the lake, including revitalization, redesign, and even redevelopment (to a degree). Lots of minds and organizations and people are making plans for the future of Lindo Lake. So what can you do, as an individual?

One of the many things the New Year brings our community is the Steak and Stein dinner at the Lakeside Rodeo grounds. The annual meal serves to bring together Lakeside community members to mingle, show appreciation, consider sponsorships, and remind us of just how fortunate we are to have the El Capitan Stadium Association.