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Articles by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

A tip for when you run with a kid in a stroller?  “Make sure they are still in them once in awhile” quipped Michael Blackwell, co-owner of F45 Fitness Mission Gorge, at Santee’s Third Annual Aloha 5K Fun Run & Walk held on May 13 at Santee Community Park.  Sage advice for any runners with strollers. Blackwell was borrowing fellow co-owner Nate Stieglitz’s 3-year-old son, Luke, for the run. 

First place waddle time was 16:01. Seventeen-year-old Nick Fmolaro was the fastest waddler (or trotter) in Santee’s Thanksgiving Day Waddle & Trot 5K.  What does a first place winner of a 5K eat for a power breakfast? “P.B.& J,” said Famolaro, a senior at West Hills High School.

“A waddler is someone who is not worried about how they look or their pace,” said Kristine Quirk, race director, for the 2nd Annual Waddle & Trot that numbered more than 600, sponsored by Pathways Community Church.

A moment of contentment.  A flash of panic. Then a grave realization that your child is no longer at your heel. A wild-eyed look has to calm down into a focused plan to find your child.  The ripples of alarm with the flash backtracking to spots your child was do not need to happen and County of San Diego Sheriff Lieutenant Edwin Brock hopes to ensure that families remain safe in the future. 

Patrons wanting to visit exotic international venues such as Europe and Egypt got their travel desires met while still staying close to home during Riverview Elementary School’s fifth annual International Fair, which was held on March 16.

“We should have never been friends,” was a statement once made in the heat of the moment by Steve Rolf, one of the two owners of what will soon be East County’s new musical theatre.

“Love it,” says small business owner, Teri Favro, of Home & Soul on El Cajon’s Main Street about the third annual Shop Small Business Saturday, celebrated Nov.  24 across America.

“You get to see people you haven’t seen in awhile” said Favro, who also offered a 25 percent discount to those shoppers who participated. Favro had the posters up on her front windows that signaled to the sidewalk traffic she was participating in this American Express created campaign.

“March or Die” as the French Foreign Legion say—a phrase that can apply to first time volunteer parents and veteran volunteer parents working high school concession stands.

Teen-age kids and adults hit the concession windows like the cutting chain of a chainsaw—one after the other after the other—till the volunteers are shredded.

As concession stands go Grossmont High Schools’ newer facility isn’t too shabby, compared to others it’s a five star deluxe facility.