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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

When many Americans think of retirement, thoughts of golf or travel plans may come to mind, but volunteering their time also ranks at the top of a year-round to-do list for many retirees. Volunteering opportunities are readily available to residents at Mount Miguel Covenant Village, a faith-based, not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community administered by Covenant Retirement Communities.

By Rabbi Rafi Andrusier

Economist are predicting increased consumer spending this holiday season, and a new “Shop East County” program aims to keep that spending local to support area businesses, jobs and the economy.

On Nov. 19 the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, along with local business, political and civic leaders, gathered at Parkway Plaza for the launch of the inaugural “Shop East County” regional program. 

Adventures by the Book will host a benefit to provide humanitarian relief for the victims and survivors of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

GRID Alternatives San Diego, in partnership with Willis Allen Real Estate, hosted a multi-home project in Lakeside this Veteran’s Day for their “Operation: Solar for San Diego Troops” campaign.

Lindo Park Elementary School, a K-5 school that has served the Lakeside community for over 60 years, received a $5,000 education grant earlier today from the Barona Band of Mission Indians. The Lakeside school teaches students to excel in a global society by integrating a research-based curriculum in a 21st century environment.

The grant, which was sponsored by Assemblyman Brian Jones, will be used to purchase Life, Earth and Physical Science materials for the school’s fourth and fifth grade science laboratories.

Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 Dr Pepper Most Inspirational Player Award that will be presented at December’s National University Holiday Bowl game.

For the sixth straight year, Dr Pepper and the Holiday Bowl are teaming up to reward a deserving high school student-athlete who might often be overlooked.

By Helen Gao

Collaboration between the Endangered Habitats Conservancy, SANDAG, and the U.S. Department of Defense has resulted in the preservation of a 410-acre property in East County that’s home to valuable habitat and wildlife, including a robust population of the threatened coastal California gnatcatcher.

Assemblyman Brian Jones announced he was awarded the 2015 Civil Justice Leadership Award by the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC). CJAC aggressively works in the state Legislature and the courts to reduce the unwarranted and excessive litigation that increases business and government expenses, discourages innovation, and drives up the cost of goods and services for all Californians. Each year, CJAC recognizes legislators that have worked hard to protect individuals and businesses from unwarranted lawsuits in California.

When former English teacher Carl Fristrom stopped teaching at Point Loma High School in San Diego after 25 years, his love of poetry and literature did not fade away like photos in an old yearbook.

Fristrom, 82, participates in the many community activities available to residents at Mount Miguel, a faith-based, not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community administered by Covenant Retirement Communities, but his love for the written word and desire to discuss literature persisted.