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Articles by Joe Naiman

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.

Heartland fire and Rescue announced the hiring of a new chief Tuesday.
Rick Sitta replaces former chief Mike Scott who retired last month.

Heartland Fire provides fire protection services to La Mesa, Lemon Grove and El Cajon.

LAKESIDE — When the Lakeside Rodeo takes place April 20-22 at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, the most notable change from past years will be one nobody wished to have. The reliance on past activities indicates the success of those throughout the rodeo’s recent history.

Growney Brothers has been the rodeo’s stock contractor since the Lakeside Rodeo affiliated with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1999.

LAKESIDE — Consecutive rides during the April 22 performance of the Lakeside Rodeo changed the Bull Riding lead, which held at 89 points after Welsey Silcox rode Water Canal for that score.

Silcox earned $2,459.55 for his first-place score in the event along with $326.66 of day money which was split between the three bull riders who had qualified rides that performance.

One of those bull riders was Corey Maier, who rode immediately prior to Silcox and scored 88 points on Evil Eye.