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Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Heart and Soul of Clairemont

By Bill Swank When I began writing this column in 2014, my goal was to tap into the heart and soul of Clairemont. I've lived here for almost 60 years and frequently heard that Clairemont had...

Who’s Who in Clairemont?

By Bill Swank Contrary to common misconception, Clairemont is not named after former U.S. Congressman Clair Burgener. He has a street named for him, but not the entire community. Google "Clairemont" and you will learn that 80,000 of...


Clairemont Christmas Lights

Season Greetings To Clairemont Christmas Park By Bill Swank I carried a large, black garbage bag into Fairlane Cleaners on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and the proprietor, Sarah Na, laughed. She asked, "Is it already that time...

The Soldier’s Heart

Early every morning, for over 34 years, I jogged (and later walked) the same three mile route through Clairemont, around Marston Junior High School to the south end of the Buena Vista Gardens Apartments...


“Christmas in San Diego” the Book

Owning and publishing this newspaper I have over the past four years met and spoke with a lot of local people.  One such person is Bill Swank a long time Clairemont resident.  The more...

Haunted Houses in Bay Park?

Boo! It's Halloween. By Bill Swank Pumpkins, goblins, witches, you know the drill.  Let's do, "The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash." I don't like chainsaw, zombie, vampire, extraterrestrial, alien, ghost, werewolf, axe murder, walking dead, serial...


It’s Back to School in Clairemont

A history lesson on our local school names How many are old enough to remember that Clairemont High School was originally supposed to be James Madison High School? Angry residents demanded the school be named...

Clairemont Family Day

By Bill Swank In August 1956, Carole Gribbons McDowell was runner-up in the first Miss Clairemont contest held during the Flowers 'N Fun Fair at the Clairemont Community Center. When interviewed at the time for...


Clairemont “Fourth of July Parade called Best in City”

The headline of the July 8, 1962 Clairemont issue of The Sentinel proudly proclaimed, "Fourth of July Parade called Best in City." The first sentence of the front page article explained the headline. "The only Fourth of...

The Worst Player on the Worst Basketball Team in Indiana

By Bill Swank In 1949, the Kewpies were the worst basketball team in the entire state of Indiana. I was an eight-year-old third grader when my family moved to Columbia City, Indiana. I'd never played basketball...