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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

Cecile Brown was born on July 22, 1916, in Queen City, Missouri. Her childhood was spent on her family farm with her father, mother, two sisters and one brother. She graduated from college with a BS Degree in Education from Northeast College in Missouri, and received her Master’s Degree from San Diego State. Brown thoroughly enjoyed being a schoolteacher from 1944 through 1972 for the San Diego City School District. Cecile Brown and her husband, Marine Captain James R. Brown, and P. O. W. survivor and accomplished artist- bought their home in 1960.

More than 10 million (1 in 6) seniors in the U.S. face the threat of hunger and more than 15 million (1 in 4) are living in isolation. In San Diego alone, more than 3,400 seniors are being served annually by Meals on Wheels to address these issues. This summer, Meals on Wheels America, in partnership with the Ad Council, launched its first-ever national campaign to recruit volunteers to serve the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

Sarah Dean of Ramona, Hailey Harkness of La Mesa and Estrella Herrera of Lakeside have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award—the organization’s highest honor—for their outstanding leadership and commitment to taking action in their community.

Just five percent of Girl Scouts nationwide achieve this distinction. Recipients qualify for special college scholarships and can enter the military one rank higher than usual, among other rewards.

It’s Christmas in July and Home of Guiding Hands (HGH) is in search of sponsors for the organization’s annual holiday home parties this December. The parties have become a favorite holiday tradition for the Home of Guiding Hands’ clients and the public’s help is needed to support 31 parties at group residences all around San Diego and Imperial Counties. Many of the clients the organization serves have limited funds and do not have family members nearby.

By Suzi Woodruff Lacey

As 11-year-old Tut climbed the rope ladder into a labyrinth of rooms and passageways, he could not possibly have imagined how much he and his South Sudanese refugee community had influenced the space he was entering.

San Diego’s restaurants and craft breweries are more than just a place to get a hot meal and a cold beer. They’re where we celebrate special occasions with friends and loved ones, experience new taste sensations, and where we satisfy our cravings by exploring San Diego County’s diverse cultures.  Restaurants and craft breweries are also where many of us work to support our families, and they are a key driver of our region’s thriving economy.

By Bill Steele

U.S. Navy Chief Mass Communication Specialist

A 2010 Granite Hill High School graduate and El Cajon, Calif. native is serving aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer that, while more than 600 feet long, looks as small as a fishing boat to enemy radar.

Eleven year old El Cajon resident Melanie Arellano, has qualified as a Super Stock Rally Champion for the 79th Annual FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championships to be held in Akron Ohio.

Melanie has been working all season to earn enough points to qualify. She has traveled to places like Tuolumne CA, Livermore CA, Henderson Nevada, and Salem Oregon, to name a few. Melanie also raced local races such as Oceanside CA, San Diego CA, and her home track Alpine CA.

By Cho-Hee Park

California State Senator Joel Anderson successfully led a community coffee town hall event on Thursday, Jun. 23 in Lemon Grove with over 100 of local constituents. Lemon Grove City Councilwoman Racquel Vasquez hosted the event.