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Articles by Joe Naiman

Buzz Campbell founded the band Hot Rod Lincoln in 1991. He was later with Sha Na Na and is now the guitarist for former Stray Cats bassist Lee Rocker while also performing as part of the Winter Dance Party tribute to Buddy Holly.

During the summers an entity called Downtown El Cajon Business Partners has a Dinner and a Concert event each Friday, which includes a free concert on the Prescott Promenade. Campbell was billed simply as Buzz Campbell when he performed August 5.

La Mesa Fire Department firefighter Seth Perrins won this year’s Firefighters Destruction Derby that was contested June 4 and was part of the Fire and Safety Exposition at the San Diego County Fair.

“I wasn’t anticipating it. It’s my first time doing it,” Perrins said. “I was learning everything as I was going.”

Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 949, which requires the California Interscholastic Federation to develop guidelines, procedures, and safety standards which will add competition cheerleading as an interscholastic sport. CIF will implement cheer for one of the 2017-18 seasons.

“We’re just in the preliminary stages statewide of developing what the sport will actually be and what season it will be in and how competition will take place,” said CIF San Diego Section commissioner Jerry Schniepp.

In January, 55 years ago, the National Hockey League racially integrated with Willie O’Ree becoming the first black player in the NHL.

O’Ree, originally from Santee, lives in La Mesa and for more than two decades remains active in the current NHL diversity program that encourages youth of all backgrounds to play hockey.

“If I can make a difference in just one boy’s or girl’s life I’m just a happy camper,” he said.

After a weeklong celebration and cowboys kicking off the rodeo with a spurring lick, hundreds lined Historic Downtown’s Maine Street in anticipation of the annual Lakeside Western Days Parade on Saturday.

La Palapa Mexican Restaurant has been a Lakeside staple for 30 years.
Bernadette Kelly-Sherman and Jan Kobylka opened La Palapa on March 7, 1983. “Lakeside’s been good to me. I’d take Lakeside (over other places) any time. I worked in La Jolla for eight years and my experience here is far more pleasant,” Kelly-Sherman said.

Spring Valley resident Emma Sinford tossed the coin prior to the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, which took place on Dec. 20 at Qualcomm Stadium.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego is the beneficiary of the Poinsettia Bowl, and five ‘Wish Kids’ were given various functions at the game between Brigham Young University and San Diego State University. Brigham Young won the coin toss and subsequently the 23-6 game.

The restaurant located at the intersection of Woodside Avenue and Winter Gardens Boulevard in Lakeside is commonly known as ‘Lakeside BBQ’, but it’s actual name is ‘Fast Eddie’s Lakeside BBQ’.
It’s a business its namesake “Fast Eddie” retired to, rather than retired from.

Mackenzie Cayford, whose road to the Miss Rodeo America pageant began with her Miss Rodeo Lakeside coronation, was one of the final ten contestants in the Miss Rodeo America 2013 pageant, which concluded on December 12 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. “I’m so overwhelmed at this point,” Cayford said. “I’m absolutely thrilled with the experience.”

Trelan Taylor, who once played football at Helix High School and still lives in La Mesa when he isn’t attending Chadron State University in Nebraska, was named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference first team.