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Alpine ---- After a wonderful Gold Party fund raiser to help maintain Alpine’s historic Town Hall, the Alpine Woman’s Club is getting ready for its 20th Annual Victorian Tea! The first seating for the popular tea on Saturday, May 18, is already filled, but there are still some tickets for the second seating at 2:30 p.m., said club President Carlette Anderson of Save-A-Heart, The CPR Pros.
“We have typical English tea. It’s pretty authentic,” Anderson said. “The guests can come in period costume if they like. That’s always fun.” The tea raises money for scholarships given every year by the Alpine Woman’s Club, a member of the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce.
The Gold Party that was held on April 17 will help the club maintain its headquarters at the historic Town Hall at 2156 Alpine Blvd. The Town Hall was built in 1899. “We’ll be doing several major restorations for the building,” Anderson said. “The foundation needs some major repairs. The kitchen needs renovation. The Woman’s Club would like to thank all of those who attended our Gold Party.” Continued...
ALPINE ---- When is a child the victim or the offender in computer sex offenses or cyberbullying? Mostly they’re victims, but sometimes it’s a fine line when teens are charged with the crimes, Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Ocain said at the May 14 Hot Topics Business Networking Breakfast of the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce.
As guest speaker, Ocain outlined the online perils for children at Manana’s Mexican Food at 1730 Alpine Blvd., Ste. 112 in the Ayres Lodge Center. “A lot of perpetrators meet children in chat rooms,” the deputy district attorney said. “I think it’s important to parents, grandparents and members of the community that they teach children that things aren’t always what they seem.”
Chamber members also heard legislative updates from Joe Browning of U.S. Representative Duncan D. Hunter’s office and Gail Ramer of Assemblyman Brian Jones’ office. New and renewing members were welcomed. Everyone had an opportunity to introduce themselves, their businesses or organizations and events and projects. “I thought the speaker was very interesting, very informative,” Judy Inskeep, president of the Descanso Town Hall Association, said later. “She gave us insights on how to handle some things that most of us are not aware of.” Continued...
ALPINE ---- Alpine scores again! Carol Morrison, president of the Alpine Historical Society ---- a member of the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce, upheld the honor of her community and the Chamber by winning a recent unusual radio contest. As a Chamber Ambassador, Morrison represented the organization against someone from the Alpine, Texas, Chamber in the humorous challenge. Station KRLY, “107.9 ---- The Mountain,” in Alpine, CA, presented the lively contest.
“If Texas won, I was to send them one of the Alpine historical throws,” Morrison said later. “If I won, they were to send me barbecued ribs.” Although she’s busy preparing for the historical society’s big Alpine History Day Celebration on June 1, Morrison accepted the challenge.
The president of the Alpine Historical Society has been on radio and television several times, but “Hour San Diego” hosted by Rich Singley and “Sam” Diego pushed her comfort zone. “They have fun coming up with goofy contests,” said Chris Torrick, co-owner of KRLY. “I would call it the most unpredictable hour on radio on Tuesday nights, 7 to 8 p.m.” Continued...
ALPINE ---- Picture a lovely mile along Alpine Creek in the wonderful Cuyamaca Mountain foothills. Then imagine filling 100 big trash bags with the debris tossed there. That’s what about 20 volunteers from the Back Country Land Trust staff, youth group, Alpine area residents and a Viejas Fire Department crew did on April 27 as part of the countywide 11th Annual Creek-to-Bay Clean Up. With the landowner’s permission, the Alpine group tackled creek bed off Interstate 8, west of Tavern Road.
“We pulled 5,500 pounds of trash in three hours from just one mile of creek,” said Jon Green, BCLT program director. “We filled a whole roll-off Dumpster, 40 yards of trash.”
Patrick Williams of Alpine, a BCLT board member who helped clean up the park-like area during perfect weather, said he was a little surprised at the type of trash. The most common items were clothing, blankets and other things from abandoned campsites, Green said. The volunteers also pulled 14 shopping carts from the single targeted mile. “We didn’t get them all,” Green said about the shopping carts. “We ran out of time. Almost all the trash was from abandoned camps of people living there. Most of the other trash was from illegal dumping along the side of Alpine Boulevard --- furniture, kids’ toys and other items.”
Having the entire fire crew was a big help, he said, praising Viejas for being “tremendous partners.” Williams, a San Diego State University researcher who studies fault lines, coastal geology and land movements, described the Alpine Creek area as “a treasure.” Picking up trash from treasured park-like property from San Diego County’s mountains to its beaches is why “I Love a Clean San Diego” provides the annual “Creek-to-Bay Clean Up,” complete with tools, safety gear and prizes.
“We have more volunteers every year, but they’re picking up less trash,” said Lexi Ambrogi of ILACSD. “The more we do through the clean-ups, the less of a need there is in these areas year after year.” Ambrogi said her organization would love to see Alpine participate again during “Coastal Clean Up Day” on Sept. 21.
Call (619) 504-8181 or visit www.bclt.org to find out how the Back Country Land Trust works to preserve rural areas. Learn more about “I Love a Clean San Diego” at www.ilacsd.org or call (619) 291-0103. For recycling information, call 1-877-R-1-EARTH.
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