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April 13, 2006
Escondido Humane Society Offers Half Price Cat Adoptions

Who says you can’t buy love … and get a good deal on it as well? During the month of April, the Escondido Humane Society (EHS) will offer $50 adoptions for cats over the age of six months.

“Its springtime and we are already receiving new cats and kittens on a daily basis. In order to ensure we have space for all the bounty that spring will bring, we are discounting our adoption fees for felines,” said Sally Costello, executive director of EHS. “If you’ve been thinking about adopting a cat, now is the time to do it.”

All adoptable cats have received a medical evaluation, vaccinations, microchip, have been spayed or neutered and have been tested for feline Leukemia.

“We are also offering a multi-cat discount to good homes,” Costello added.

To adopt a cat or another loving animal, people can stop by the Escondido Humane Society’s Animal Care Center at 3450 E. Valley Parkway in Escondido daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call 760-888-BARK. More information on adoptions and lost pets is available on the EHS website at

K. C. Satterlee Attends Estate Planning Converence

KC Satterlee, a paralegal at the law office of John Smylie for the past two years, recently attended the Western States Advanced Estate Planning and

K .C. Satterlee

Tax Conference with John Smylie, his grandfather and prominent attorney in North San Diego County.
The conference lasts three days and is held annually in Los Angeles, San Francisco or Las Vegas. The purpose of the conference is to update attorneys and accountants in the latest developments in estate planning. John Smylie, and now KC Satterlee, attends either the Western States conference or the National Conference held at Georgetown Law Center in Washington DC each year.

KC Satterlee was the youngest attendee by at least 10 years. His grandfather expects him to set an attendance record at the conferences in the coming years.

He works part time between college activities. He holds a California Notary Public License and is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the company. He set up and maintains the office network of four computers, three computer printers, two copy machine/printers, eight telephones (including the cell phones) and all the interconnections. He also set up and maintains the web,

KC will be attending the University of California, San Diego to continue his pre-law studies as a third year student in September. He plans to attend USD law school following his graduation from UC San Diego and then continuing the tradition of the law firm.

Lifeguard Training Offered

In preparation for the hiring of summer staff, the City of San Marcos will be offering a Lifeguard Training course starting on Thursday, May 4 at 5:30 p.m. Classes will meet at Woodland Pool in San Marcos. All participants who successfully complete this course will be eligible to apply for a summer lifeguarding position at one of the two city pools.

The course registration charge is $95 ($135 non-residents) plus American Red Cross materials. The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 3 at 5:00 p.m. at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive. Sign up early as space is limited.

Participants will gain knowledge and skills necessary to qualify as an entry level lifeguard. The class is a combination of in-water skill development and classroom study. A pre-requisite swim test must be passed to take this course. Lifeguard Training, Standard First Aid, Title 22 and CPR for the Professional Rescuer certifications are included as part of this course. For further information call 744-9000 x 3505.

North County Solutions For Change Accepting Homeless

On April 15 North County Solutions for Change will welcome North County homeless parents and children into their Intake and Access Shelter, San Diego's newest year-round homeless family shelter.

In March of this year, North County Solutions fo Change issued a challenge to help raise $30,000 in 30 days - funds needed to prepare their new Intake and Access Shelter on E. Vista Way to welcome 40 North County homeless parents and children on April 15.

Total funds raised from the 30-day challenge = $17,200. This money will provide the new shelter with bedding, cribs, paint, cleaning supplies, school supplies, job skills training, and more!

"The purpose of the East Vista Way shelter is to get families off the street quickly and provide a temporary base where they can search for alternative housing. Some will work their way up the waiting list at the California Avenue center. Others may find low-income housing or relocate to other shelters in North County," said Chris Megison,
Executive Director.

Cynthia Smith Named Deputy City Librarian in Escondido

Cynthia Smith, who had recently joined the Escondido Public Library as Adult Services Coordinator, has just been promoted to Deputy City Librarian, replacing Loretta McKinney who left Escondido to become library director in Murrieta.

Succeeding Smith as head of Adult Services at the Escondido Main Library is Paul Crouthamel, formerly manager of the East Valley Branch Library, 2245 E. Valley Parkway. Jeff Wyner, head of the library’s Teen and Media Services Division since 2001, will move to the East Valley Branch as the new manager.
Local Teacher Honored for Education Innovation

Coppo Selected as National Finalist for
Cable¹s Leaders In Learning Awards

Rob Coppo, a teacher at Orange Glen High School in Escondido, is being honored nationally for creating and implementing innovative ways to educate students and for making a substantial contribution to learning in our community.

Cox Communications and Cable in the Classroom, the cable industry’s education foundation, announced today that Coppo has been named a finalist for the 2006 Cable’s Leaders in Learning Awards. This initiative rewards the most inventive classroom educators, administrators, community leaders, or policymakers who are transforming education both in and out of the classroom for kindergarten through high school (K-12 education). Winning programs are recognized for expanding and enhancing learning opportunities and producing measurable improvements in educational outcomes.

Leaders in Learning Award winners, selected from among the finalists, will receive $3,000 and will be recognized in Washington, DC, on June 13, 2006, during an awards gala at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

As one of only 41 finalists chosen from nominations submitted from around the country, Coppo is being recognized in the Media Literacy Education award category.