Fillmore Civic Pride/Vision 2020 announced their May 2019 Yard of the Month winner. Pictured left to right is Fillmore Civic Pride/Vision 2020’s Ari Larson presenting Kassandra Quintero (holding Rocky) and friend Maria Felix (holding Riley). Photo Credit Nancy Alonzo.
Fillmore Civic Pride/Vision 2020 announced their May 2019 Yard of the Month winner. Pictured left to right is Fillmore Civic Pride/Vision 2020’s Ari Larson presenting Kassandra Quintero (holding Rocky) and friend Maria Felix (holding Riley). Photo Credit Nancy Alonzo.
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The May 2019 Yard of the Month went to the home of Kassandra Quintero. She said the inspiration for the front yard came from her dad Jesse’s passion for gardening. The house at 220 Saratoga St. in Fillmore is on a long, thin plot of land. Jesse made use of the full area by being creative with statues, lawn furniture, plants and trees, which include four different types of roses, jasmine on the wall and an arch leading up to the house. Kassandra says the jasmine is her personal favorite because of the fragrance. They also have palm trees, pygmy date palms, lycianthes rantonnetii and box plants (also known as buxus), as well as an orange tree that sits in the middle of the yard. Some of the accessories added include a water fountain in the very front of the yard with flowers planted inside. A set of vintage chairs, table and matching bird cage and a bench at the end of the yard complete the pleasing and serene look. Kassandra was presented with a $40 gift certificate courtesy of Otto & Sons Nursery (1835 Guiberson Rd. Fillmore.) The Yard of the Month project is sponsored by Fillmore Civic Pride/Vision 2020. For information or to submit a nomination for yard of the month please contact Ari Larson 805.794.7590 or petenari55@hotmail.com

 


 
Pictured right is Kelly McCall, Plant Manager for Ameron Pole Products, who spoke to the Rotary Club. He explained that the company began in the 1970’s, mainly manufacturing street light poles. By the 1980’s they were manufacturing concrete poles of many different designs, to match the various buildings and communities where they will be installed. Ameron not only manufactures the poles, but also delivers and erects them. They are in partnership with SCE for all pole replacements in Southern California. They are also the second largest employer in Fillmore. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
Pictured right is Kelly McCall, Plant Manager for Ameron Pole Products, who spoke to the Rotary Club. He explained that the company began in the 1970’s, mainly manufacturing street light poles. By the 1980’s they were manufacturing concrete poles of many different designs, to match the various buildings and communities where they will be installed. Ameron not only manufactures the poles, but also delivers and erects them. They are in partnership with SCE for all pole replacements in Southern California. They are also the second largest employer in Fillmore. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Pictured are Rotary President Ari Larson and Rotary member Dave Wareham who was presented with a Paul Harris pin. Dave had made a special donation to the Rotary Foundation in memory of Don and Ruthie Gunderson. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
Pictured are Rotary President Ari Larson and Rotary member Dave Wareham who was presented with a Paul Harris pin. Dave had made a special donation to the Rotary Foundation in memory of Don and Ruthie Gunderson. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Pictured is Rotary President Ari Larson and speaker Harlan Green, from the Montecito Rotary Club. He informed the Club about the Congo Peace School, located in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. His Club has been sponsoring this area for many years, starting with a water project and now the school. The Bukavu Mwangaza Rotary Club requested that we aid them in raising funds to furnish and equip the school to teach 522 students in 6 Elementary, 6 Secondary grades, plus 2 preschool grades. The Montecito Club has a Global Grant and will be matching up to $9,000 in donations from other District Clubs. Fillmore Rotary will be involved in this project. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
Pictured is Rotary President Ari Larson and speaker Harlan Green, from the Montecito Rotary Club. He informed the Club about the Congo Peace School, located in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. His Club has been sponsoring this area for many years, starting with a water project and now the school. The Bukavu Mwangaza Rotary Club requested that we aid them in raising funds to furnish and equip the school to teach 522 students in 6 Elementary, 6 Secondary grades, plus 2 preschool grades. The Montecito Club has a Global Grant and will be matching up to $9,000 in donations from other District Clubs. Fillmore Rotary will be involved in this project. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Fillmore cousins, Alexis Amaro, 7, and Destiny Amaro, 5, are learning about keeping their Fillmore community clean by volunteering to pick up trash that disrespectful people dump in public places. They were seen cleaning up the public parking area east of Central Avenue behind downtown businesses. Hopefully the idea of “Volunteer Clean Up” will spread faster than the spreading of trash. Great job girls! You should be proud.
Fillmore cousins, Alexis Amaro, 7, and Destiny Amaro, 5, are learning about keeping their Fillmore community clean by volunteering to pick up trash that disrespectful people dump in public places. They were seen cleaning up the public parking area east of Central Avenue behind downtown businesses. Hopefully the idea of “Volunteer Clean Up” will spread faster than the spreading of trash. Great job girls! You should be proud.
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During a special ceremony Rotary Club President Ari Larson and Sponsor Scott Beylik inducted Kelli Couse into the Rotary Club of Fillmore. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
During a special ceremony Rotary Club President Ari Larson and Sponsor Scott Beylik inducted Kelli Couse into the Rotary Club of Fillmore. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
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After thorough discussion, research, and public comment, the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) Board of Trustees unanimously approved a motion at the August Board meeting to construct and install underlit solar carports on existing parking lots at Ventura, Oxnard, and Moorpark colleges. This action dovetails with the Board of Trustees’ adoption of Resolution in Support of Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability in April, which outlined support of future initiatives to positively impact sustainability and climate change.

In their comments, Trustees mentioned the benefits of cost savings to the District and the environmental benefits of a reduced carbon footprint.

“For many students, questions of sustainability are real and immediate in ways that we have not seen before,” said Trustee Josh Chancer. “Climate change is going to have significant impacts in their own lifetimes. The energy and enthusiasm of students for our environment can lead the rest of us in the right direction.”

Added Trustee Larry Kennedy, “I believe it’s a good use of our resources to move forward with innovation that will help us reduce our carbon footprint.”

The three colleges will have a combined eight megawatts of solar power. Ventura College’s underlit solar carports will be at two existing parking lots, and at Oxnard College they will be on the north and northwest sides of the campus. The Moorpark College solar carports will be located on the campus’s north and northeast sides. Each college will also have EV chargers. Construction at the campuses is expected to begin in 2020 and be completed before the end of the year.

About Ventura County Community College District
The Ventura County Community College District is a member of the 115-campus California Community College system, and serves more than 32,000 students annually. The District’s three colleges- Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura- offer programs in general education for degrees and certificates, transfer to four-year colleges and universities, career technical education, and provide opportunities to engage in co-curricular campus activities. For more information, please visit www.vcccd.edu.

 
Several Rotarians gathered to prepare dictionaries for the Rotary Club of Fillmore Literacy Project. They will be delivering dictionaries to each 3rd grader in the District. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Several Rotarians gathered to prepare dictionaries for the Rotary Club of Fillmore Literacy Project. They will be delivering dictionaries to each 3rd grader in the District. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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From July 31st – August 11th the Annual Ventura County Fair has always been well attended with people from all over who come out to enjoy a “County Fair with Ocean Air”. Photos by Bob Crum.
From July 31st – August 11th the Annual Ventura County Fair has always been well attended with people from all over who come out to enjoy a “County Fair with Ocean Air”. Photos by Bob Crum.
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Pictured are Rotary President Ari Larson, Dave Berg, Martha Richardson and Joe Aguirre. The Rotary Club of Fillmore enjoyed a program presented by Dave Berg. He plays in a blue grass band, has been a journalist and writer, and has spent 20 years as the co-producer of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show. He talked about Jay Leno’s work ethic and how he treated the show as a business. He expressed admiration about the way Jay always told jokes that everyone could relate to and they brought people together, rather than divide them as other comedians do. Jay is a creature of habit such as eating the same things every day, and wearing the same type of clothing every day. It makes life easier when you don’t have to make decisions about those things and instead just concentrate on jokes and monologues and making them the best they can be. Dave has written an interesting book called, “Behind The Curtain: An Insider’s View of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show.” The forward is by Jay Leno. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Pictured are Rotary President Ari Larson, Dave Berg, Martha Richardson and Joe Aguirre. The Rotary Club of Fillmore enjoyed a program presented by Dave Berg. He plays in a blue grass band, has been a journalist and writer, and has spent 20 years as the co-producer of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show. He talked about Jay Leno’s work ethic and how he treated the show as a business. He expressed admiration about the way Jay always told jokes that everyone could relate to and they brought people together, rather than divide them as other comedians do. Jay is a creature of habit such as eating the same things every day, and wearing the same type of clothing every day. It makes life easier when you don’t have to make decisions about those things and instead just concentrate on jokes and monologues and making them the best they can be. Dave has written an interesting book called, “Behind The Curtain: An Insider’s View of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show.” The forward is by Jay Leno. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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On Monday, August 12th Fillmore Unified School District teachers gathered for a welcome back goodies from the FUTA, and breakfast hosted by FUSD. Many teachers were wearing red to protest the actions of the Fillmore Unified School District managers. Teachers are currently in negotiations with FUSD regarding living wages ad health care. Photos courtesy Fillmore Unified Teacher’s Association Facebook page.
On Monday, August 12th Fillmore Unified School District teachers gathered for a welcome back goodies from the FUTA, and breakfast hosted by FUSD. Many teachers were wearing red to protest the actions of the Fillmore Unified School District managers. Teachers are currently in negotiations with FUSD regarding living wages ad health care. Photos courtesy Fillmore Unified Teacher’s Association Facebook page.
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Article courtesy California Teachers Association and Fillmore Unified Teachers Association

The 200 Fillmore Unified Teachers Association (FUTA) members were seen wearing red on the first day of school, August 12, to protest bad behavior by Fillmore Unified School District managers. Fillmore teachers are at impasse in negotiations with this financially healthy district over a living wage and health care.

“There is no other expenditure more important than investing in a stable and highly qualified team of educators to work directly with our students,” said FUTA President Tammy Ferguson. “We want to attract and retain the best teachers for our students. Educators simply want a living wage and health benefits for their families.”

Teachers are outraged district managers gave salary hikes and health benefits to district administrators while offering the professionals who work with students every day a low salary proposal plus a plan that significantly reduces and limits health benefit payments for only FUTA membership.

“What kind of school district spends more for administrators and management positions than any other school district in Ventura County, but consistently keeps their educators the lowest paid in county? What kind of school district treats one group of employees disparagingly by giving them less money for health benefits?” Ferguson asked.

“It is beyond my comprehension that the School Board and Superintendent would willingly treat our educators with such little respect knowing they are on the front lines of educating the students and the face of Fillmore Unified,” she added. “Our students deserve better. Our educators deserve better.”

FUTA declared impasse in June. A state mediator appointed by the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) will now be brought in to help the parties reach an agreement.

 
On Sunday, August 11th at noon to 2 p.m., at the Fillmore Active Adult Center, the Heritage Valley Relay for Life of Fillmore held a Cancer Survivor luncheon. Survivors received a free lunch, and guests received a lunch with a $6 donation. This year’s event was well attended; everyone enjoyed the food, raffles, and entertainment which was provided. This year’s Relay for Life Heritage Valley will be held Saturday, September 14th at Shiell’s Park in Fillmore. They will also be hosting FREE Breakfast for Survivors being served at 8 a.m. before the opening ceremonies which begin at 9 a.m. for the Survivor Lap! Survivors Register for Relay for Free at www.RelayForLife.orc/HeritageValleyCA
On Sunday, August 11th at noon to 2 p.m., at the Fillmore Active Adult Center, the Heritage Valley Relay for Life of Fillmore held a Cancer Survivor luncheon. Survivors received a free lunch, and guests received a lunch with a $6 donation. This year’s event was well attended; everyone enjoyed the food, raffles, and entertainment which was provided. This year’s Relay for Life Heritage Valley will be held Saturday, September 14th at Shiell’s Park in Fillmore. They will also be hosting FREE Breakfast for Survivors being served at 8 a.m. before the opening ceremonies which begin at 9 a.m. for the Survivor Lap! Survivors Register for Relay for Free at www.RelayForLife.orc/HeritageValleyCA
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Pictured is Rotary President Ari Larson with Rotarian Kyle Wilson who presented to the Club. Kyle joined Rotary in 2005, has been President twice, International Chair many times, and is now Foundation Chair. He has received many awards for his Rotary service over the years. His program was on the Rotary Foundation. This Foundation is a fundraiser that disperses Rotary monies for projects around the world. Polio Eradication has been a major one starting in the 80’s. Teams of Rotarians have gone to countries around the world to administer the vaccine to children. Today there are only 2-3 countries with polio. Here in Fillmore our Josh the Otter water safety project received money from the Foundation. Our Club/members donate to the Permanent Fund and to PolioPlus, and a percentage of this money comes back to the Club every three years for our projects. This is one of the ways we can support our community, schools, and people of other countries. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
Pictured is Rotary President Ari Larson with Rotarian Kyle Wilson who presented to the Club. Kyle joined Rotary in 2005, has been President twice, International Chair many times, and is now Foundation Chair. He has received many awards for his Rotary service over the years. His program was on the Rotary Foundation. This Foundation is a fundraiser that disperses Rotary monies for projects around the world. Polio Eradication has been a major one starting in the 80’s. Teams of Rotarians have gone to countries around the world to administer the vaccine to children. Today there are only 2-3 countries with polio. Here in Fillmore our Josh the Otter water safety project received money from the Foundation. Our Club/members donate to the Permanent Fund and to PolioPlus, and a percentage of this money comes back to the Club every three years for our projects. This is one of the ways we can support our community, schools, and people of other countries. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Friday, July 12th the Santa Clara Valley Boys & Girls Club hosted the 5th Annual STEM Day for Kids at the Santa Paula Club site. Over 28 Ventura County Agencies participated in providing hands on learning activities for the kids, and the Fillmore Fire Foundation and Fillmore Rotary Club who help BBQ for over 300 kids who came out to the event. Photos courtesy Jose Melgar.
Friday, July 12th the Santa Clara Valley Boys & Girls Club hosted the 5th Annual STEM Day for Kids at the Santa Paula Club site. Over 28 Ventura County Agencies participated in providing hands on learning activities for the kids, and the Fillmore Fire Foundation and Fillmore Rotary Club who help BBQ for over 300 kids who came out to the event. Photos courtesy Jose Melgar.
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Submitted by Santa Clara Valley Boys and Girls Club

“What a great day this was for over 300 youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley” commented CEO Jan Marholin. The 5th Annual STEM Day for Kids was July 12th located at the Santa Paula Club site. There were over 28 Ventura County Agencies that participated and had hands-on activities for the kids. Some of the participating agencies were Limoneira, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department , Crimson Mainstream, Channel Islands National Park and so many more. California Resources Corporation had a wonderful hands on oil and gas simulation with a number of their employees working with the youth. A big thank you to all of the museums that participated and Dr. Phil Hampton from Channel Islands University with his mechanical arm was a show stopper. Fillmore Rotary and Fillmore Fire Foundation did BBQ lunches for all. It was a great day!! Thank you to everyone who helped make this day happen!!

 
On Wednesday, July 17th the City of Fillmore hosted Christmas in July Bunco Night at the Veterans Memorial Building. From 5:30 – 8 p.m. people from the community were welcomed to attend for free, but for $5 to play they got a chance to win some of the many prizes that were available. There was shopping and food for all to enjoy as a well. These Bunco nights are held in an effort to raise funds towards a new roof for the Veteran’s Memorial Building. Regular scheduled Bunco nights occur the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 5:30-8 p.m., and a SPECIAL Bunco night on Wednesday, August 21st, same time! Call or email 805-524-1500 ext. 713, or recreation@fillmoreca.gov for more information. Courtesy City of Fillmore Instagram.
On Wednesday, July 17th the City of Fillmore hosted Christmas in July Bunco Night at the Veterans Memorial Building. From 5:30 – 8 p.m. people from the community were welcomed to attend for free, but for $5 to play they got a chance to win some of the many prizes that were available. There was shopping and food for all to enjoy as a well. These Bunco nights are held in an effort to raise funds towards a new roof for the Veteran’s Memorial Building. Regular scheduled Bunco nights occur the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 5:30-8 p.m., and a SPECIAL Bunco night on Wednesday, August 21st, same time! Call or email 805-524-1500 ext. 713, or recreation@fillmoreca.gov for more information. Courtesy City of Fillmore Instagram.
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The Rotary Club of Fillmore made a $150 donation to Grad Nite Live on behalf of Rotary 5K Team Challenge winner Pro Body Fitness. Pictured (l-r) are Alicia Hicks who received the check on behalf of Grad Nite Live, Race Director Joe Aguirre, and President Ari Larson. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
The Rotary Club of Fillmore made a $150 donation to Grad Nite Live on behalf of Rotary 5K Team Challenge winner Pro Body Fitness. Pictured (l-r) are Alicia Hicks who received the check on behalf of Grad Nite Live, Race Director Joe Aguirre, and President Ari Larson. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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The Rotary Club of Fillmore inducted new member Nick Johnson of Fillmore on July 10th. Pictured (l-r) is sponsor Scott Beylik, President Ari Larson, new member Nick Johnson. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
The Rotary Club of Fillmore inducted new member Nick Johnson of Fillmore on July 10th. Pictured (l-r) is sponsor Scott Beylik, President Ari Larson, new member Nick Johnson. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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