Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and may the coming year be filled with progress, accomplishments for our country, and peace for the world. May our country emerge stronger and better.

Recognition Night: A Smashing Success

The 21st Annual Scripps Ranch Recognition Night on Dec. 11 was hosted by “The Hostess With The Mostest” Dorothy Mildice. She continued her tradition of arranging one of the most enjoyable Scripps Ranch events of the year. Vice President Bob Cavanagh served asMaster of Ceremonies where a host of wonderful volunteers were recognized for their community service. It is these volunteers and their collective actions which make Scripps Ranch so unique. Without them, all of the actions, sports teams, Scout Troops and school organizations would not be possible. I really enjoy doing my share to contribute names and actions for consideration and then hearing all the other wonderful things people do. I am also amazed at the length of time and effort which so many residents put into volunteer work, extending into years of service. Three individuals were especially recognized: Gordon Boerner, Scripps Ranch Citizen of the Year; and Bob Ilko and Bob Cavanagh for Executive Board Awards of Merit.

To all the Scripps Ranch volunteers – congratulations and thanks!

Station # 37 Open House A Real

Approximately 1000 people gathered on Dec. 1 at our wonderful new Fire Station. The Open House was hosted by the firefighters who wanted to show their appreciation to the community for all our support.

Victoria Mazelli, Chairman of the Community Pride Committee, helped the firefighters organize a splendid affair. A real hit was the second opportunity or residents to make new tiles for the wall with more than 400 new tiles being added to those already in the Fire House. The firefighters put on demonstrations and showed off their new station where they will conduct training sessions and open houses for students. As many of the firefighters said “We have had more people drop by in one month than we had in the old location in 20 years. We are very proud and pleased with our new station.” Local merchants helped in this Open House, including Vons, McMillin, Rick Hoffman and his realtors, the SRCA, Dr. Barber and many individuals. All this showed the firefighters how much we appreciate them and their work for us. It makes me really proud to be a part of this community and proud of the actions you support to make things better for us all. WOW!

A highlight of the Open House was the raising of the new American and State flags donated by Boy Scout Troops 616 and 663, with Councilman Brian Maienschein assisting. The Troops also donated the eagle that is on top of the flagpole. Debbie Glaenzer worked with me to complete all the arrangements and the following Scouts raised the new flags: Frank Barrack, Zach Edwards, Kyle Glass, Alex Griebel, Dane Lighthart and Bradley Markano.

Environmental Impact Report For New Middle School

All residents and agencies were asked to prepare and submit their comments on the revised and expanded Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a new Scripps Ranch Middle School during the 45-day review period. Copies were placed in the Library for all to examine. An Executive summary was available for quick reading. The sites examined include the two parcels in the Business Park (Lots 3 and 4), Lots 6, 7 and 8 which were previously examined and two additional possible sites, the Renzulli parcel and the USIU parcel, south of Pomerado Road. All sites have characteristicswhich have been identified as needing mitigation. The report will now be expanded to include the comments received and the reply to each and then presented to the Board of Education for their review and decision. For those ofyou who took the time to read and understand the very thick document, our collective thanks. Now we await a decision, hopefully without further delays.

A Wonderful Christmas Story

A young Cub Scout of Pack 616 decided last year that he would win the prize for selling the most popcorn as their fundraiser. He worked diligently, even facing the “rejection” he got at some places. Unfortunately, he came in second.

He resolved to do better this year and he did, winning a new bike as the prize.

Daniel Peters already had a new bike so he decided to donate this bike to some needy child through the U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots program at the Holiday Celebration. Daniel is applauded for his Christmas spirit, hard work, and of course his generosity. Well done, Daniel!

Holiday Lights In Scripps Ranch

I hope all of you took time to drive around our beautiful community and see the many colorful light displays which were so beautiful this holiday season. Despite the power shortage and expense, people wanted to show that the Christmas Spirit was alive and well and our hope in America and its future still burned brightly. It was beautiful to see. Thanks for all your lights and the thought of peace on earth and goodwill towards all.