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Spring 2014 Newsletter

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spring 2014


                                           Safety in the Home

Valley Center Press:

Upholding a Tradition of Local Journalism


         Spring is in the Air...let’s get organized

     Earth Day

                          Poway Rodeo Jr Queen

A Story of Survival and               

Inspiration                                Take 25


         Mother’s Day Breakfast and Gift Ideas


Home Improvement 

                                                Are You Ready?



What is www.ACountryConnection.com?

A Country Connection is a Community Resource Center (Website) that serves a few purposes....

1.  For the Consumer it’s a place to shop for Products and Service, and to find Information on relevant issues, late breaking news, local entertainment, things to do and more - all in one convenient location.

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What is Community Connections?

Community Connections is our newsletter promoting the website and helping to make connections in our community.


We are fortunate to be surrounded by unique communities that are rich in history and have so much to offer. The WEBSITE and Community Connections Newsletter are a means to connect these communities.


If you have ideas or suggestions please contact us.  We look forward to talking to you soon,


Mary, Sue and Dawn


Spring is in the air

It’s that time of year again...time to give our homes a clean, fresh and organizational make-over.


First, for your cleaning needs find “green” products at acountryconnection.com/goinggreen.html


Then have some fun getting organized. Find a variety of totes and accessories in an assortment of colors, patterns and sizes for everything from school supplies to toiletries....AND you can even have your items personalized!  Shop with convenience online at: www.mythirtyone.com/JanHansen/ or call Jan at 218.393.7448 to arrange a fun get-together with your friends and get organized together!


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 By Kathy Yarush

My name is Kathy Yarush and I am happy to say that I am a Cancer Survivor.   I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2012. Because I faced numerous surgeries, a full year of chemotherapy, and six weeks of radiation, I experienced a range of emotions: worry because my survival rate was 70%, anger because I had been getting regular mammograms but didn’t know that dense breasts could hide large tumors, surprise because I was young and didn’t have a family history of cancer, anxiousness because of money, and fear because of the amount and nature of the treatment that I faced.   I attribute my ultimate well-being to prayers, my faith in God, my positive attitude, and to all the tremendous support and prayers that I received. Read more 





Natural disasters and other emergencies usually happen when you least expect it. Instead of saying, "if only I had......"  take time now, gather your family and make a plan. There are a number of resources available to help you get started, from emergency kits to evacuation plans, and everything in between.  Visit acountryconnection.com/preparedness.html 


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Valley Center Press: Upholding a Tradition of Local Journalism


Recently the Valley Center Press celebrated its first year of existence. Now, you may be saying, hasn’t the Valley Center Press only published three print editions, starting with one in November?


That’s true, but the area’s newest newspaper got its start as a social media news site (www.valleycenterpress.com) last spring, where it gradually began to build up a loyal readership via Facebook. Dana Chisholm, publisher of Trail Media, a book publisher and longtime resident of Valley Center, founded the VC Press.


The Valley Center Press combines aspects of a social media site with those of a news site. Members (anyone can sign up) can post their own news or comments, but at the same time the Press has a staff of professional journalists of long standing in Valley Center, including Dan Kidder, managing editor and sports editor, and David Ross, editor-in-chief. Read more 


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Patio ○ Deck ○ Home Improvement Expert



There’s nothing better than kicking back under the shade of a custom built patio cover or barbecuing on your beautiful custom deck.  Now is the time to make your dreams reality, in time for summer!


Visit my website DavidOdleConstruction.com to check out completed projects, then give me a call for your free estimate.  760.522.8065



"My daughter recommended David after he did a kitchen remodel in her home. He was able to do several diverse home repairs from door framing to plastering around my interior window frames. He is always able to assess the most efficient and cost effective way to do things and it has always turned out even better than anticipated. He gives an upfront quote and time frame and sticks to that well. I will always give David a call when I need a job done. Thanks for the porch steps. We are enjoying them."
Joan - Valley Center, CA


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Making Your Dreams Reality

cal fire are you ready

Flying embers destroy homes up to a mile from wildland areas. Prepare (harden) your home now before fire starts. 

Here are some things you can do to harden your home and make it more fire resistant:


Roof: The roof is the most vulnerable part of your home. Homes with wood or shingle roofs are at high risk of being destroyed during a wildfire.
  • Build your roof or re-roof with materials such as composition, metal or tile.

  • Block any spaces between roof decking and covering to prevent embers from catching.


Vents: Vents on homes create openings for flying embers.

  • Cover all vent openings with 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch metal mesh. Do not  use fiberglass or plastic mesh because they can melt and burn.

  • Protect vents in eaves or cornices with baffles to block embers. (Mesh  is not enough.)

Trees & Brush: Trim trees and clear brush and debris away from house 


More emergency preparedness: www.acountryconnection.com/preparedness.html

stop wildfires

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cosmic solar solutions

earth day


According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency easy-to-fix household leaks account for more than one trillion gallons of water wasted each year across the United States. Check your fixtures and stop leaks, either on your own or by reminding your landlord. If you're shopping for new fixtures or plumbing, look for the WaterSense label.

The Power of Solar: 
By Pey Shadzi
Our Sun produces enough power in one second to satisfy the total energy demand of the people of our planet for the next 500 years. Today, if we were to install solar panels in only about 3% of the earth's deserts, we would produce more than enough power to provide the energy required by the entire world.

Solar Power is clean, inexhaustible, and easy to harness through advancing technologies and products that are readily available today. Today's technologies and products are becoming more and more accessible, affordable, and available to homes, businesses, and institutions across the United States and the rest of the world. Read more

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*Puzzle answers can be found at


Make mom feel special this Mother’s Day May 11th

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner. A perfect gift idea for Mom, Nana, and Grandma or in memory of is here. Most people tell stories with words, we tell stories with jewelry. Each glass locket is created by you. You pick and choose which charms best describes the one you love.

Charm categories include:

Animals, Birthstones, Causes, Celebrations, Faith, Family, Food, Hobbies, Initials, Love, Music, Numbers, Sports, Travel and more.

There are endless ways to build a locket or bracelet with love. I can help you. 

origami owl

Deadlines do apply to receive in time.


Please check out my website at www.Yvette.OrigamiOwl.com or call/txt at 760-807-6583


I am an Independent Designer for Origami Owl #11062

mothers day gift ideas
crock-pot recipe


Valley Center Eighth Grader Crowned

Poway Rodeo Jr. Queen



Valley Center Eighth Grader, Hannah Dickerson was crowned the Poway Rodeo Jr. Queen on Saturday, March 15th, 2014. Hannah has always wanted to run for a rodeo queen title since she was a little girl and was even more determined when she was able to ride in the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo last year.  Read more



In the United States, nearly 3,000 children die each year at home from unintentional injuries. More than three million children are treated annually in emergency rooms from falls. More than one million children are accidentally poisoned each year. Accidents can be avoided. Here are some simple KlaasKids Foundation Guidelines for safety around the home...read more


safety is no accident


May 25th - National Missing Children’s Day

On May 25, 1979, six-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from a New York street corner on his way to school. His photo, taken by his father, a professional photographer, was circulated nationwide and appeared in media across the nation and around the world. The widespread attention brought to Etan’s case and several others eventually led to a nationwide movement to help locate and recover missing children. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25th, the day that Etan went missing – as National Missing Children’s Day. Since then, each administration has recognized this day as a time to renew efforts to reunite missing children with their families, remember those who are still missing, and make child safety a national priority.

Take 25 campaign was created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in honor of National Missing Children's Day.  Learn more about Take 25 here....

Check out local EVENTS at

acountryconnection.com/event.html or visit valleycenterevents.com



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Thirty-one Independent Consultant Jan Hansen

Origami Owl Independent Designer Yvette

Valley Tree Service

Wayne’s Watch World

Spring is in the air Jan Hansen

A Story of Survival and Inspiration Kathy Yarush

Upholding a Tradition of Local Journalism David Ross

Wildfire is Coming - Are You Ready CalFire 

Water tips United States Environmental Protection Agency

The Power of Solar Pey Shadzi

Saving the Earth One Project at a Time

      Photos submitted by Chris Wilson

Poway Rodeo Jr. Queen Kendra  Dickerson

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Yvette Parker

Crock-Pot Breakfast Casserole Recipe Submitted by  

      Josette Franck

Cruisin’ Grand Photos Courtesy of Nancy & Bob Enlow

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