Scripps Ranch Boy Scouts will place flowers at Miramar National Cemetery on May 27. (photo by John Gregory)
NEWS UPDATES: May 25, 2018
Scouts to place flowers at National Cemetery
Boy Scouts from around the area will gather to honor the fallen veterans buried at Miramar National Cemetery by placing flowers at each grave and offering a Boy Scout salute in a somber annual tradition, held this year on Sunday, May 27.
Boy Scouts of San Diego-Imperial Council, Rancho Mesa District, will partner with the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation for this event. Scouts and any interested volunteers are invited to place flowers at 13,000 burial sites. Participants will listen to some speakers, have donuts and juice, place flowers on the grave sites and have a moment of silence. The 2018 Memorial Day Flowers Patch will be awarded to participants while supplies last.
Check-in is 7-7:45 a.m. at the main flag pole area. Opening remarks will begin at 8 a.m. Miramar National is at Cemetery 5795 Nobel Drive. Online registration for this free event is recommended: bit.ly/2JwRK5T. Questions may be addressed to Laura Scheid: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Fair moves to autumn
The annual Scripps Ranch Community Fair is being planned for Sept. 30 this year, according to Bryan Hoffman of the Community Fair Committee.
The fair, a Scripps Ranch Civic Association event, is one of the largest gatherings held each year in Scripps Ranch. Last year’s version was held on the campus of Alliant University in June.
The fair has something for everyone. The stage usually hosts an assortment of local dance troupes, martial arts groups and live music. Numerous booths provide a vast assortment of offerings and information. Large, colorful inflatables are open for children to climb and slide down. An array food and refreshments are usually available for purchase.
The 2018 Scripps Ranch Community Fair Committee is accepting volunteers, vendors and sponsors for this year’s event. An estimated 4,500 attendees flocked to the fair last year and the committee is expecting an even larger turnout this year.
Girls now allowed to join Boy Scouts
Girls are now being accepted into the Boy Scouts. Scripps Ranch Pack 1216 leader Kathryn Crivello recently circulated a memo explaining that Scouting’s adjusted mission is to promote “physical and mental fitness” in “all youth” and provide fun and safe experiences for all children, including boys, girls and those with gender identity issues.
Boy Scouts of America has always been an organization that serves boys, but that changed as the organization voted to make “Scouts” a family-oriented organization. Especially at the Cub Scout level, many siblings who are girls come along on the campouts, hikes, den meetings and other activities, and the concept is that it would be easier on parents and leaders if the girls could participate as well, making Scouts a “family affair.” Part of the goal was to provide families with multiple children an opportunity for their boys and girls to be part of one troop, rather than shuffle kids around to Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts events.
Parade grand marshal is retired police chief
The Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps has selected retired police chief Shelley Zimmerman as the grand marshal for the Poway Days Parade. In addition, the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps’ choice for the parade theme echoes that of Rotary International: “Be the Inspiration.”
“We hope that this theme inspires people to see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change; across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves,” said Karen Herreros, the club’s president. “We believe our choice for grand marshal lives up to that mission and we are pleased to announce that newly-retired police chief Shelley Zimmerman will serve in that capacity.”
Zimmerman, a Scripps Ranch resident, was the first woman to serve as Sand Diego Police Department (SDPD) Chief of Police, and her 35 years with the SDPD set a service record for sworn female officers.
The parade will be held Sept. 8. Start time is scheduled for 9 a.m. and more than 100 entrants are expected. Visit powaydaysparade.org.
Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 5
The California Statewide Direct Primary Election will be held Tuesday, June 5. Voters going to the polls should check for their voting location at sdvote.com. Mail-in ballots should be in the U.S Mail no later than May 29, and must be received no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day at the County Registrar of Voters office.
The Primary Election features a host of state offices including a multitude of candidates for governor. The lone U.S Senate seat also has many candidates. Perhaps the most interesting race will be for 77th District State Assembly with incumbent Assemblyman Brian Maienschein (R) facing Democratic challenger Sunday Gover, a Scripps Ranch resident.
Library closes for Memorial Day
The Scripps Miramar Ranch Library, 10301 Scripps Lake Drive, will be closed on Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day. It will open at 11:30 a.m. for regular hours on Tuesday, May 29.
Girl Scouts catch waves at Camp Surf
Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts spent two days catching waves and bonding during a weekend adventure at YMCA Camp Surf on April 27-29.
What’s known as Camp Surf is Scripps Ranch Service Unit’s older girl encampment for 6th-12th graders, held at the YMCA’s Camp Surf facility in Imperial Beach. Unlike the service unit’s encampments for younger girls, there is no strict schedule of activities to stick to other than the set times for meals and campfire.
There was something for everyone: surfing lessons, body boarding, archery, a climbing tower, crafts, ball games, snack shop visits and just playing on the beach.
Webelos earn their Aquanauts Achievement
Webelos 1s worked on the Aquanauts Achievement badge in the pool at the Scripps ranch Swim & racquet Club Aviary location on April 20.
As part of this achievement, the Scouts learned about basic water safety. They also had to perform rescues from land and swim with a life vest on. The final part of the achievement was the BSA swimmer qualification of a 75-yard front stroke followed by a 25-yard backstroke.