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Old Soldiers Do Die – A Memorial Day Special by Pat Murphy

By   /  May 27, 2019  /  Local  /  1 Comment

Pat Murphy — I’m writing this at 6:40 pm on Friday May 24th. It’s with a heavy heart that I press down on the keyboard but I feel a need to tell this story. A few minutes ago I received a phone call I was expecting and at the same time dreading. I recognized the […]

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Mamma Mia for 2019

By   /  January 3, 2019  /  Travel  /  No Comments

Like I did, you probably think this is just another Mamma Mia production. Also like me, you probably have seen this musical play performed several times and may have even seen the two movies based on this story of love and deceit. I first saw a production of the show in 2000 and have seen […]

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A VHS Christmas

By   /  December 10, 2018  /  Local  /  1 Comment

Pat Murphy — Vista, CA …Christmas Day is almost here and one of the ways you can tell this in the City of Vista is the annual Christmas Party held by the Vista Historical Society (VHS). The event is free to the public and provides delicious finger foods, entertainment, a Santa Claus, and lots of […]

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Veterans Day Picnic at the Elks Lodge

By   /  November 15, 2018  /  Local  /  No Comments

It was a crazy week. It was a week full of bad news. There were mass shootings and horrific fire storms. Many people suffered during this time. Lives were lost, homes were destroyed, and those not directly affected felt the sympathetic pain while watching or listening to news broadcasts. Politics continued to be divisive and […]

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Has Vista Politics Gotten Ugly?

By   /  November 1, 2018  /  Local  /  3 Comments

Pat Murphy– Vista, CA… In the last few weeks I’ve seen several Facebook postings where the Vista authors were complaining that the campaign signs they placed around the community have disappeared and been replaced by signs touting the opposing candidate. The complaints are coming from volunteers for three different candidates in several races. I know […]

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Vista Celebrates National Ice Cream Month at the Museum

By   /  July 24, 2018  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat Murphy — Vista, CA …With a formal Proclamation, President Ronald Reagan designated the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day and the month of July as National Ice Cream Month. That was in 1984 and it was noted then that Americans consume more ice cream than any other nation in the world. […]

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Rise of Centenarians

By   /  July 21, 2018  /  Local  /  1 Comment

Now, more than any other time, people are living to be 100 years old and longer. These last few months have been incredible … having had the pleasure of knowing these individuals for most of my lifetime. Here is a small list of locals that have achieved this milestone; Ethel R. Arrowsmith (ERA), 105 — […]

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Birds, Nests and Feathers

By   /  July 19, 2018  /  Local  /  1 Comment

Pat Murphy– Vista, CA …The July 14, 2018, Kids in the Garden class was titled, “Birds, Nests and Feathers”. Despite the warm weather, the class was well attended with 16 children, 10 adults and 2 dogs on leashes. Butterflies greeted me as I entered the Children’s Garden. The kids were already seated around the Lowes […]

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Longtime Vista Restaurant to Change Hands

By   /  July 9, 2018  /  Local  /  No Comments

  Pat Murphy– Vista, CA …Forty years ago and there were no freeways, no signal lights, and very little traffic in Vista. That’s when the little taco shop at the corner of Citrus and Hwy 395 (now Main Street) became known as “The Village Café”. Over the years the restaurant became one of Vista’s most […]

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Vista Honors Military Heroes For 4th of July

By   /  July 5, 2018  /  Local  /  2 Comments

Pat Murphy — Vista, CA …The moderately warm July afternoon was strikingly beautiful as I pulled into the driveway to Sergeant Major Parker’s driveway. A gentle on-shore breeze wafted up to the ridge overlooking Vista High School. The red, white and blue flag that the Sergeant Major always flies was waving gently as my wife […]

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LAST WEEKEND To See The Summer Antique Engine & Tractor Show

By   /  June 22, 2018  /  Local  /  No Comments

The coming weekend will be the second and final weekend of the Summer Antique Engine & Tractor Show at Vista’s Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum (AGSEM). This is where Ingenuity, Industry & the Arts come ALIVE! On-going exhibits will include: The Running Steam Traction Engines, the Stationary Steam Engines, N’Scale Model Railroad, Blacksmithing, Weaving […]

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Ivy Bodin Rose Garden Dedicated

By   /  June 15, 2018  /  Local  /  No Comments

Vista, CA …“Things look swell, things look great, We got the whole world on a plate! Starting here, starting now, Everything’s coming up roses!” These lyrics from the musical Gypsy paraphrase my story about a great event that took place this past Sunday. The Grand Opening of the Ivy Bodin Reception Rose Garden at the […]

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Farmer Jones And The Veggie Critters

By   /  June 15, 2018  /  Local  /  3 Comments

Pat Murphy — Vista, CA…Thanks to great weather the June “Kids in the Garden” class attracted a whopping 18 children, 2 infants, and 11 adults. Quite an appropriate turn out for what the Amazon’s Alexa I have at home had told me was, “Global Reddit Meetup Day”. Of course this was just a class and […]

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City of Vista Proclaims May 2nd Sgt. Maj. Jay Parker Day

By   /  May 3, 2018  /  Local  /  No Comments

  Pat Murphy — Vista, CA Mayor Judy Ritter stood in front of the head table and addressed the overflowing room at the Village Café. The Mayor was reading a City of Vista Proclamation that had been unanimously approved by the City Council. She read the whereas and the wherefore and then proudly announced that […]

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The Annual Soroptimist Salad Luncheon

By   /  April 13, 2018  /  Local  /  No Comments

  Pat Murphy…This is an event I look forward to all year long. For me it’s the best of the all the springtime events. I’m referring to the Annual Soroptimist Salad Luncheon. The food is great and there is always a good turn out from the community. On April 12 the turnout at the Grace […]

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VVBA Director Position Eliminated

By   /  February 22, 2018  /  Local  /  2 Comments

I remember when Jeffrey Frankel first came to Vista to become the Executive Director of the Vista Village Business Association (the VVBA). He was a much needed breath of fresh air after the scandalous departure of the previous Executive Director. He brought with him 24 years of non-profit experience, a fresh eye, and a ton […]

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An Evening with Lyle Pearce Lovett and Robert Earl Keen

By   /  February 15, 2018  /  North County  /  No Comments

An Evening with Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen brought the heart of Texas to North County on Feb. 13th. The evening consisted of two longtime school friends who were exchanging humorous stories and singing some of their well-known songs. Lovett and Keen sat on the stage surrounded by multiple instruments in front of a […]

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Coffee with the Sheriff In Vista

By   /  February 8, 2018  /  Local  /  1 Comment

Pat Murphy …It’s popular and it’s happening across the country. It’s taking place in cities like Edmore, Pontiac, Southhaven, Suffolk, Frisco, Kalamazoo, Yuma, Tampa, Rancho San Diego, Del Mar, Encinitas, and yes, here in Vista. I’m referring to Coffee with the Sheriff. Set-up by the City of Vista in response to requests from the community, […]

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The State of Vista

By   /  January 25, 2018  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat Murphy…The State of Vista…This annual event always attracts the movers and shakers in Vista. These are the folks that are leading the innovative growth and directing the challenging responses to our changing society. Mayors Jim Desmond from San Marcos, Matt Hall from Carlsbad and Jerry Kern from Oceanside were at the event to support […]

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Big Jim Delivers

By   /  January 1, 2018  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat Murphy….Panther Students got the day off when Vista High School hosted a Professional Development Day for Classified employees. Well not all the students, because students from the ASB were on hand selling donuts and muffins. This more than just another student day off, it was also another big day for Big Jim’s 395 Grill. […]

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