Such A Wonderful Place!

One reason I love the 4th of July is that it brings out the patriotism in people. The flags flying high outside the homes in our community is awesome.

Another reason I love the 4th of July is because of the SRCA Parade and Festivities. It's the biggest party of the year in Scripps Ranch, and just one reason our community is such a wonderful place. Join us on the 4th! More information is on pages 44 and 45, and the parade route is on page 7.

Celebrating Independence Day is possible because of all the men and women in our military. I hope you remember all of them as you have fun on the 4th. Our Spotlight on Scripps Ranch this month reminds us to honor our heroes while we enjoy living in such a wonderful place.

It's written by a lady whom I am lucky to have as a friend. When you meet Karen, you think she is just a sweet, unassuming young mom. She is, but she also has achieved amazing accomplishments as a Navy pilot. Don't miss her story on page 49. No matter how you feel about the conflict in Iraq, I hope you are as touched by her article as I was.

I don't know about you, but I am so excited about the opening of State Route 56. I have been waiting for this highway to open since my husband and I moved to Scripps Ranch seven years ago. Last weekend, it took us 20 minutes to get to Interstate 5 on Mira Mesa Boulevard. Not anymore! SR 56 opens in mid-July. See page 23 for the story.

One thing about our community that makes it such a wonderful place is that you usually get support from your friends and neighbors. Now, a new group has formed to do just that for fire survivors. It's called the "Burnout Sisters," and it helps women dealing with the fire aftermath. They would love for you to join them. Details are on page 11.

I want to congratulate Bob Ilko for being honored with a Channel 10 Leadership Award. Bob is the Project Phoenix chair and has devoted an incredible--and I mean incredible--amount of time to help fire survivors. Details about his award are on page 11. I also want to thank his wife, Janet, and their kids for "lending" Bob to us. When you meet Janet, you realize she is just as--if not more--amazing as Bob!

Get those creative juices flowing. The firefighters at our Fire Station 37 want you to help design their on-duty T-shirts. They have come up with a friendly competition. Page 21 has all the contest information.

If you have a few hours to spare, why not volunteer for the Book Nook used bookstore at the Scripps Ranch Library. What a great way to give of your time. More information is on page 69.

I've been flocked! That's a good--and fun--thing. Here's what happened. One night, my husband came home from a late run to Home Depot, his second home. He told me to look out on our front lawn. I thought the rabbits that invade our front yard had torn it apart. When I looked out, I saw that it wasn't rabbits that had invaded our yard, it was a flock of plastic pink flamingos!

My entire family thought it was a blast. Now, you could bring this fun to your friends and neighbors. "Flock a Friend" is a fundraiser by the Scripps Ranch High School class of 2005. Do it--your friends and neighbors will love it. Page 35 has details.

There are many occasions to "flock a friend," perhaps a couple you know is expecting a new baby, like our council member, Brian Maienschein and his wife, Janna. Congratulations to both of you, and to big sister, Taylin!

A belated happy birthday to volunteer extraordinaire Bob Dingeman! You may be 82 years young, Bob, but you have more energy than most people half your age. You are truly an amazing person, and a huge reason that Scripps Ranch is such a wonderful place!

Gloria Tran, Editor