Semper Fi

Julian Parrish, a wonderful volunteer who did so much for Scripps Ranch, has died at the age of 85. Julian was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Scripps Ranch mentor. He always stepped forward to help out for community projects. He was a faithful and long-standing member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP), first serving as a patrol member then as part of the RSVP Executive Board. He will be missed.

Thanks, Julian, for all your dedicated service. Our prayers go out to your family.

Memorial Day

One hundred and fifty years ago the former major general heading up the Union veterans organization of the Civil War proposed a national day to honor the men and women who had given their lives in the war. This was then expanded to include all the Union and Confederate dead. Now known as Memorial Day, this special holiday honors the thousands of men and women who have given their lives in the service of our country in all of our wars, starting with the Revolutionary War and including Iraq and Afghanistan.

This is very important, as it is estimated that less than three percent of our population today is involved in any part of service to our country, compared to 57% in World War II. So I hope on Memorial Day, you stop for a minute or two and say “thanks” to all those who gave their lives to defend our country in wars, and for our liberty and the noble causes of freedom and the opportunities we stand for.

Our Stretch of Pomerado Road

Recently we have read of the plans to install the new natural gas line under Pomerado Road as a major SDG&E project. The impact on Scripps Ranch will be obvious with long-term disruption of driving patterns and delays. There will be additional traffic, however, much less than what other projects would have added.

I am reminded of our problems expanding Pomerado Road to its present size when we discovered two big surprises. One was the evidence of a major earth-filled dam and reservoir from E. W. Scripps days, which had to be removed.

The second surprise was a large hole filled with wrecked cars and covered over with dirt, which also had to be removed and filled. City traffic engineer John Royer and I had an interesting time solving these problems, so be prepared. Who knows what surprises will be found this time?!

Do You Recycle All You Can?

San Diego has a fine recycling plan for paper, cans, trimmings, and other items. Also, there are various places to recycle such items as old batteries, oil, and grease.

For your unused medication, place it in a sealed container and drop it off at the Northeastern Division police station at 13396 Salmon River Road. Do not flush medication down the toilet as it can contaminate our water. Thanks for doing your part to help our environment.

Community Leader Ivor LeMare

Imagine my surprise and pleasure to meet and greet community leader par excellence Ivor LeMare when we were both shopping at Costco. I had not seen or heard from Ivor in more than a year, so it was nice to see him looking well.

Ivor is very special to Scripps Ranch, as he was instrumental in the development of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) in 1971. Also, as a volunteer he played a major role as our Scripps Ranch Schools Committee chair and helped secure the construction of Jerabek Elementary School. Great to see you, Ivor!

Bob Dingeman