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Articles by Mark Eichman

     LA MESA ­— There are fair trade towns throughout the U.S. and Europe. A steering committee is at work to bring awareness to La Mesa residents and merchants of how the sale and use of Fair Trade certified products can bring about self-sufficiency for those who live in poverty.

Fair Trade creates trading relationships with growers and artisans in developing countries that guarantee equity, fair wages, healthy and safe working conditions, and environmentally sustainable practices.

LA MESA — Rotary International and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have scheduled service projects throughout the state for Saturday, April 28.

There are several East County venues for this event, two of which are located in La Mesa.

Church members are working to help give a face lift to California’s communities, by cleaning up, painting, clearing brush, landscaping, refurbishing exteriors of buildings, parks, schools, etc.

On Wednesday, the California State Board of Education heard from Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Michael Yudin regarding the federal requirements for a waiver of 10 provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Yudin appeared before the Board at to discuss the waiver with the Board, butno formal Board action was taken. Further discussion is scheduled for Jan. 11.

EL CAJON — Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and El Cajon Valley High School officials dedicated the newly renovated metal works facility and special education suites with an honorary chain-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

LA MESA — The annual Taste Of La Mesa will soon be upon us. The popular event will take place on Monday, June 11 from 5 -8 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, located at 4975 Memorial Drive :

Cost of general admission: is $35 (6 - 8 p.m.), while VIP tickets are $50, and include opportunities for up close and personal tasting with various food vendors, restaurants and beverage providers exclusively between 5 - 6 p.m.

VIP tickets also include preferred parking.

RANCHO SAN DIEGO — Miss Rancho Jamul, Stephanie Grecco and Miss Teen Rancho Jamul, Gigi Gauthier we crowned Saturday, March 31 at the pageant held at the Steele Canyon High School Theater.

Grecco is a 21-year old student at Cuyamaca College, and iscurrently working toward her Associates Degree in Music Industry Studies.

She plans to attain her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. Stephanie enjoys singing, song writing, playing piano and guitar, and hopes to one day impact lives with the music she creates.