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As you can probably tell, there’s no shortage of stories in Lincoln Acres. My recent coverage has focused on everything from the unincorporated community’s resistance to annexation, to goats on leashes, to the colorful story behind a bar-turned-Mexican restaurant.

One blazing afternoon late last week, I had some time to kill before my interview with the restaurant’s owner. So I sought refuge in the air-conditioned branch library a few steps away.

Carol Casares, a library volunteer, was there. She always is. And wouldn’t you know it? She had goats on her mind.

And lots of other animals too. She was refining the logo design for the new Lincoln Acres branch library, now under construction. The logo will be featured on the library’s literature, like the brochure for a “Friends of the Library” nonprofit Casares is trying to establish.

Last time I saw her, she’d done a sketch, but it was pretty rough — just getting thoughts on paper. She knew it would feature a goat and a chicken, to reflect the unincorporated neighborhood’s pastoral flares surrounded by urban National City.

When I popped in on Thursday, several other animals had made the cut, including a cat, a duck and a pig — other animals you might encounter during a casual neighborhood stroll.

The latest design will feature the animals in a friendly processional around the library, like the scene in Noah’s Ark, but in a single file and less apocalyptic.

It’s still in the drafting stages. She’s seeking input on what other animals residents of Lincoln Acres might want included. Live in Lincoln Acres and want to make sure your pet doesn’t get left out? Drop by the library and let her know.

— ADRIAN FLORIDO

Rob Davis

Rob Davis was formerly a senior reporter for Voice of San Diego.

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