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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

The El Cajon area of the California Highway Patrol is looking for a few good senior’s who would like to become members of its Senior Volunteer Program.

Requirements are that you must be at least 55 years of age, in good health, and have a current California Drivers License.

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Auxiliary has been raising funds for people with developmental disabilities since 1966. All of the funds go to St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center and help more than 400 students. Many of the students have jobs or are working on a new job skills. Some earn income for art work, as well as for seniors over the age of 50 who want to stay productive and engaged. The center is located at 2119 East Madison Avenue in El Cajon.

When thinking about your vote on Proposition 50, ask yourself this question: if legislative leaders really thought Prop. 50 would establish new punishments for legislators, why would they vote to put it on the ballot?

Hope for Iraqi Christians, nonprofit supporting Christian refugees persecuted by ISIS, and the Knights of Columbus Mar Toma Council #10981 raised more than $270,000 during a fundraising event on May 5. There were nearly 500 guests in attendance at the event hosted at St. Peter Church Hall.

The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual Harry J. Spence Citizen of the Year award. Deadline for submissions is Monday, May 23. Nominations can be submitted by mail or in person at the Chamber office.

Cajon Valley Union School District hosted the community’s second annual TEDxKids@ElCajon event on Saturday, April 16. Speakers included students in grades 1-8, as well as featured speakers Aidan Fay, a local student who built a flight simulator in his bedroom, Brynjar Karl, the “Lego Boy” from Iceland, and Chula Vista teen Tae Ho, a Master Chef Junior contestant.

B. W. ‘Stoney’ Stone – also known as “Mr. East County” – of Santee, passed away peacefully in his home, Wednesday, Apr. 20, surrounded by his family and loved ones.

Born in Mesa, Arizona in 1925, his family moved to California when he was a young teen.

Stoney graduated from Sweetwater High School in 1943. Immediately afterwardhe served in the Army AirForces from 1943-1946.

Stoney married his beautiful wife Bonnie in 1955. During their 54-year marriage, the two shared fivechildren, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

EMSTA College, in Santee, has received new program approval from the “Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools” (ACICS) that will allow students seeking a career as a paramedic to obtain an Associates of Occupational Science degree.

Rick Foehr, Program Director and founder of EMSTA College, said, “This is an exciting time for us!  With this new approval, we can transfer college credits as well as offer the AOS degree.”

By Delia Cannon and Kenneth McNicol

Difference Makers Conferences, the learning division of Difference Makers Consulting  (www.differencemakersconsulting.com) has launched the RiseUp! 2016 Women’s Conference, April 15-16, 2016 in Carmel Valley, CA. The conference will provide essential skills to help women navigate life changes such as divorce, job changes, and loss. The conference early-bird rate of $149 has been extended as part of a spring promotion.