Our Fabulous Library’s Birthday

It doesn’t seem possible that it was 25 years ago in March that we dedicated our wonderful library. We started out with only a bookmobile twice a week, then we had a temporary library building in the Business Park. Finally, working with architect Richard Bundy, we had our plan for a permanent building and a 200-person auditorium and kitchen for the community to use, a first in the city.

When we started work on the foundation we discovered the earthen dam for the old ranch had leaked and needed repair, which delayed the project. The Library Committee used the time to redo items salvaged from the old Meanley mansion and make them into nice room dividers.

We had a beautiful building but all of our books were in the temporary library, which was down the hill and about a block away. So we asked for volunteers to help and formed our famous book brigade. We literally passed books hand by hand down the street to a fully shelved instant library. See the picture in the center pages.

Also in the centerfold—pages 28 and 29—are details about the special events planned to mark the library’s silver anniversary. Huge thanks goes to the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library, who are putting together all of the birthday events and provide support for our wonderful library all year long.

Gourmet Delight

Do you love fresh French pastry? Then you’re in luck. The French Oven is now open at 10299 Scripps Trail, Suite E, right across the street from the Swim and Racquet Club. The bakery is a real addition to our culinary community. Just follow the aroma of the delicious baked goods and try it. Welcome to the neighborhood!

Your SRCA Newsletter

It does not seem possible that our wonderful SRCA Newsletter is delivered to all Scripps Ranch residents by about 300 volunteers each month. This incredible distribution network is led by an extraordinary volunteer, Jim Caughey.

I remember typing the original issues on my Selectric typewriter many years ago, then going to the mimeo to reproduce copies. My wife, Gaye, and I would hand carry each Newsletter to all residents. When we finally printed 300, it was a huge milestone! Now we have a professional product and we print and distribute more than 11,000 copies of the finest community newsletter in San Diego.

Send in your news so we could share it with the community. Email it to [email protected] To editor Gloria Tran, graphics editor Victoria Mazelli, and ad manager Melissa Allman, a thousand thanks and keep up the good work. It is priceless!

Bob Dingeman