Life continues in Anza during pandemic

Little Jesse Jeanne Cochrane gushes positive vibes while out with her family in Anza. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

Despite the social and financial turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Anza and Aguanga residents remain mostly untouched by many of the events affecting the rest of the world. Life for most residents is steady and stable as they go about their daily business.

“My faith and belief in God, that He is who the Bible says He is, gives me comfort,” Stephanie Rollain said.

There are animals to be cared for, children to raise and restaurants to enjoy. Daily lives go on, albeit with some changes. Large gatherings are not permitted, so horse shows and fairs were placed on hold. Equestrians, however, must continue to care for their animals, exercising and schooling them.

Motorcyclists wait for tasty treats on a hot day in the drive-thru at Dairy Queen in Anza. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Wearing her face covering, Taylor Ludwig serves guests at Missy’s 15th Hole Cafe and Grill in Aguanga. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

Work goes on for many essential workers at the feed stores, markets, auto repair shops and more.

“I remember when we went into lockdown, all of us saying how grateful we were to live here. We had plenty of room to go outside and enjoy the outdoors still. That and all of our little stores and some businesses did everything they could to keep those hard to find items available to us. Common Grounds let us order food items and even paper products from them early on and we never had to go wait in those lines down the hill that circled buildings,” Tara Butchart said.

Even while some griping and heated debates occurred on social media, the little town united in their efforts to make everyday life in Anza flow as normal as possible.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at

This Arabian horse gets a workout in the Lake Riverside Estates equestrian arena. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Pilot Anthony Longobardo takes off from the Lake Riverside Estates air strip in his custom plane. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Horse and rider maintain a cooperative relationship while exercising on a sunny afternoon in Lake Riverside Estates. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo