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Articles by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

Reverend Kenji Akahoshi, minister of the Buddhist Temple of San Diego, said in part, “May all beings be happy and well. May my enemies be happy and well.” Different philosophies were introduced at the 3rd Annual International Day of Peace held at La Mesa’s Aztec Park on Sept. 25.

Platt College-San Diego School of Digital Media Design student and alumni artists Bianca Reyes, Jonelle Crowder, and Keelie Occhino all contributed personal styles of art to “La Vida De Colores.” The show is part of the Spring Valley Library’s 10th Annual Fiesta that celebrates Latino Heritage Month.

“We partnered with Platt College before,” said library Branch Manager Charlotte King-Mills, “They have curated a number of shows for us. Their student artists are talented and expressive.”

The next wave of 9/11 victims is the ones dying of 9/11/2001 related illnesses. El Cajon resident Ely Quintero, 16, said, “I started hearing about it about three years ago.” That new twist to more 9/11 victims was also noted in the speeches of various dignitaries at a 9/11 ceremony organized by Sen. Joel Anderson and co-hosted by the City of El Cajon at Centennial Park on Sept 11.

“I used to be able to be able crack two eggs with one hand” said Pete Giforos, co-owner with Ralph Konig, of Santee’s The Omelette Factory that recently relocated to Magnolia Avenue. Egg cracking skills are desperately needed in a busy omelet restaurant with 18 different omelets on its menu.

The Omelette Factory is an egg institution in Santee. Giforos said they have been in Santee since 1994. The new location near the intersection of Mission Gorge and Magnolia opened Aug. 16.

The rear view mirrors for Santee residents will start to reflect the color red as in fire engine red on a fire trucks beginning this fall in the event of an emergency call to the Santee Fire Department.

Santee will officially be switching from the color yellow to red on their fire trucks starting with the first fire engine red one to be delivered soon from a plant in Appleton, Wisconsin. Eventually all their vehicles will be red.

Facebook is many things. But Facebook ditched all the algorithms in this instance and provided the best use ever. A way for Back to the Garden member Jim Soldi to Facebook messenger an invitation to Grammy award winning guitar legend Albert Lee asking him to perform at El Cajon’s Dinner & A Concert series. Lee’s lucky fans, and fans of the band Back to the Garden who also performed with him, got to enjoy a concert on Aug. 26 at the Prescott Promenade.

Witty lines like “Don’t ask me about soccer or the metric system” flowed from painter Norm Daniels. That wit is embedded in his art as well. Daniels was among 200 artists who participated in Artwalk -Liberty Station, which ran August 13-14, and showcased artists, musicians, businesses and food suppliers at San Diego’s Liberty Station.

National Night Out, established in 1984, is held annually across the country with law enforcement organizing their own events in their respective communities. Locally the County of San Diego’s Sheriff’s Department hosted events in many communities they serve such as the city of Santee.

“Everybody deserves to have somebody find them,” said John Buzzard a member of the County of San Diego Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team at the 2016 National Night Out event held at Santee Plaza Shopping Center on Aug. 2.

Secret Hills Ranch in Alpine did indeed hold a secret, that “faith, family and friends can get you through everything,” said cancer survivor Vicki Halsey. A benefit barbecue and dance to help raise money for her medical costs was held at Secret Hills on Aug. 6.

Even park rangers are talking about the Pokémon Go phenomenon that has enthusiasts venturing into and hiking in parks, open areas, and trails. A very timely presentation on hiking safety by County of San Diego-Department of Parks and Recreation’s Park Ranger David Collins and veteran hiker, David Farrell, was held at the Lakeside Branch Library held on July 23.

“I love the fact that we are having Pokémon Go hunts happening in beautiful County parks,” said Collins.