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Goodwill around the valley


October 31, 2013
Well, here we go again, back-to-back columns in the Roadrunner editorial section. Guess all those cards and letters poured in and demanded an encore.

This is your intrepid guest columnist back for seconds and now thinking of weightier things.

I considered talking about the 255 easiest ways to access the Unaffordable Care Act website, or maybe debate the price of potatoes in Afghanistan. Staying local, however, I considered taking a survey on how long it would take to build a supermarket in Valley Center, or discuss the future plans of the unused acreage south of VC Road and west of Cole Grade. You know about that big field with nothing on it.

The real Roadrunner editor, Kim Harris, looked askance (whatever that means) of all these offerings, so I opted to enlighten our readers on the Pauma Valley Community Association. Say what? Really, it is one of many do-good groups or entities operating in this valley, as I will channel today.

If you have driven on Highway 76 near Lazy H on the east or the Episcopal Church on the south, you will see a grass soccer field, a baseball field, an honest-to-goodness affordable health clinic, a children's playground, a meeting hall, a gazebo and … wait for it … permanent restrooms, not those dreadful port-a-potties.

This was the handiwork of the nonprofit PV Community Association over the past six years, starting from a few acres of land donated by one Nancy Barrett. County grant money was essential for big projects, but for day-to-day operations and expenses, it was all donated money from many people which created today's eye-pleasing and meaningful park where once there was only dirt and weeds.

Last week I discussed the Normal and the New Normal. The success of this Highway 76 complex is largely due to the New Normal, which is: Determined and Driven women in the workplace, or at least in the role of leadership. Mostly due to Sue Stockton and Tamara Kelich, and the board members they bossed around, this good idea flourished and is highly appreciated by its many users.

Moving on, go up the road a bit and you will find the prestigious Pauma Valley Country Club, where the members do more than play golf and fly their airplanes. Last week, I mentioned the PV Dog Club that I inhabit daily. There the dogs rule, membership is free, there are no by-laws, no governing body, no oversight, and no moaning except by our four-legged friends.

The other day when the sprinklers overwhelmed us to water the grass, we didn't revolt, make phone calls or threaten to write letters. We simply went home and our water-logged pets got the message and followed. I guess you could say nothing dampens our spirits.

But I digress.

Did you know the Maxine Theatre at Valley Center HS was funded by a PVCC guy? Or that part of the school running track was paid for by these country clubbers? Also, did anyone notice the Roadrunner story in the spring citing the 33 youth scholarships worth many thousands of dollars which were funded a PVCC committee. This is good stuff, all happening in our valley.

Go east and then south on VC Road and you reach one of the area's cash cows, Harrah's Rincon casino. Sure there are now more sirens, more noise than we wanted in this valley, but the "boring" is gone with all the entertainment, excitement and food options. However, what impresses me up is that the tribal elders have an ongoing committee that gives away money.

No, I'm not talking about loose slot machines. I am talking about a community service group that makes funds available to needy teams and organizations, mostly involving our youth. So kudos to you guys. Keep spreading the good will.

This is a short road trip I'm conducting today. Maybe our other casinos do as much, I don't know. I could have researched more but I needed a nap. Think about the many churches and faith-based groups and their forever contributions. Or service clubs like Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions and their never-ending litany of good deeds.

Lastly, did you attend Armstrong's Customer Appreciation Day a few weeks ago? Where but a small community would you see this kind of event — free eats, raffles, hay bales to sit on, sounds of music, vendors offering free and discounted goodies? It was a great day for all with lots of visitors.

That's it for this go-round boys and girls. However, in the interest of full disclosure, I have to confess to some payola. Kim Harris sprung for lunch at Portino's in her first recruitment try. But I don't come cheap, you know. I'm looking at Papa Bears or the VC Deli next. If she keeps begging for my services, I'm going to start talking casino steak house.

Keep sending all those happy cards and letters. Flattery is appreciated. If Kim exaggerated about the volume of mail this past week, then I will have to ask her to save only the good ones … or maybe it was only one good one and my wife sent it in to keep me on my computer and away from attempting to clean her kitchen, which no man can properly do. We are again back to Normal and New Normal. There is no new normal for men cleaning kitchens. Men are inferior in that part of the house — always have been, always will be.

P.S. Next week this space is going to the dogs. Be ready.

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