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ALPINE ---- “I like my friend. We do everything for each other. She is kind. She plays with me. She is nice to me. She helps me when I get sad. I love her.” That essay read by kindergartener Hailey Paden of Creekside Early Learning Center enchanted the crowd on June 4 at the 11th Annual Essay Writers Recognition Awards in Alpine. Friendship was this year’s essay contest topic for Alpine Union School District students.
The awards dinner presented by the Education Committee of the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce and the Alpine Chamber Community Foundation honored 40 winners. “This is going to be a really exciting evening,” emcee Bob Ring of Albertsons told families, teachers and Chamber members at the Alpine Community Center at 1830 Alpine Blvd. Ring noted that the Alpine Chamber’s Education Committee has raised $78,000 during the past decade for classroom needs in the community’s public schools. Continued...
ALPINE ---- Thought-provoking ideas and confident presentations from young students always highlight the 11th Annual Essay Writers Recognition Awards in Alpine! Kindergartners in the Alpine Union School District were sometimes more confident than older students as contest winners read parts of their essays on June 4 at the Alpine Community Center at 1830 Alpine Blvd. Families, teachers and education supporters applauded everyone.
Presented by the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce Education Committee and the Alpine Chamber Community Foundation, the event brings out the best in honorees. Winner Tyler Cochran, 7, is an Alpine Elementary School first-grader. He was a little nervous before the ceremony began. “We’re excited,” said the boy’s father, Larry Cochran of Alpine. “We’re very proud of him. He’s very good at writing.” Later Tyler’s essay drew chuckles.
The audience enjoyed his comments about the importance of having a friend with similar food tastes so there’s something everyone can eat if there’s a sleepover. Other essay winners were kindergartners Bryce Fuller and Jace Mascari; first-graders Carly Seiter, Larry Guerra, Hannah Sperry, Claire VanRhyn and Alyssa Lane, and second-graders Acacia Wellman, Gage Miller, Lila Werland, Colin Turner and Nolan Johnson. Continued...
ALPINE ---- The new Alpine Certified Farmers Market got off to a hot start on June 4 in the East San Diego County foothills! Providing local farm-fresh produce, grass-fed and free-range meats and other products, the market is open from 3 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Alpine Creek Town Center at 1347 Tavern Road in Alpine.
Jan Morse of On Line Bookkeeping & Tax Services, a member of the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce, and others marveled at the variety of products. They included cheeses, eggs, baked goods, specialty foods, handmade crafts, artisans and fresh flowers. “I was surprised at how many booths there are . . . and how many residents were already there,” said Morse, one of the Chamber Ambassadors who participated in the market’s big grand opening. Continued...
SAN DIEGO ---- Viejas Casino & Resort in Alpine has been awarded the prestigious Four Diamond status from the American Automobile Association (AAA), officially designating the property one of the nation’s premier resort destinations! The highly-coveted honor is great news for the casino and San Diego County’s newest luxury resort hotel, located just east of Alpine off Interstate 8. The Viejas Tribe of Kumeyaay Indians owns the properties, which employ about 1,600 people. Fewer than 5 percent of almost 31,000 properties approved by AAA achieve the distinction of Four Diamonds.
“We are extremely proud to be acknowledged as one of the finest resort destinations in the country,” said Viejas Casino & Resort General Manager Chris Kelley. “This honor is a testament to the dedication, hard work and professionalism of our Team Members and reflects our absolute dedication to the highest standards of guest service, accommodations and amenities.” Coming just eight weeks after the hotel’s grand opening on March 21, the AAA achievement was hard-won by the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians ---- a member of the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce.
“They (AAA) did an unannounced visit by inspectors and then they interviewed our managers,” said Robert Scheid, Viejas vice president of community and public relations. “We’ve been doing guest service training for all employees, whether they’re on the enterprise side or the government side. Our tribal council even underwent training.” The goal, Scheid said, was to make sure that anyone representing Viejas was able to provide the best in customer service at any time. Employees also undergo routine unscheduled testing, he said. Continued...
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