Originally written in 1995 by one of Jim Stehly’s children for the Barnes and Noble Father’s Day Essay Contest. Dates and numbers have been updated.

I am one of eleven children and each of us think our dad is the best… but from my viewpoint I would like to state why I think I have the greatest dad.

I believe that my father’s general rule of thumb is ‘At every moment, do what you can.’ His living by this rule has taught me some very important lessons in life to live by:

Know people’s names! I asked why he keeps the notebooks he has filled with the names of people he has met at church, at his children’s school, and within the community. He replied, “It makes people feel good when you know their names.” Names are important. They are part of our identity. To me he is saying to every person he meets, “Who you are is important to me.” That does make a person feel good.

He is a farmer. When you walk on his ranch you get the feeling that you are walking on holy ground. I believe it is holy ground. He has spent the past (fifty-three) years hoeing the weeds, tending the soil and while so doing, I know he was praying – praying for the leaders of our nation, for peace in the world, for us, his children. His concern for the land goes beyond his ranch. His community is important. Every week one can see him down at the Sespe River cleaning out the trashcans he leaves for people to use. Or you may see him walking down Grand Avenue, his grandkids in tow, picking up litter. My dad is a lover of the land. A lover of his community.

Don’t complain about the daily grind. Just get it done and then go play. When over half of his land was burned in the Grand Fire, all he said was, “Guess I’ll have a lot of bare land to plant on this year.” No Complaints. He just started going about cleaning up the debris and checking out what was salvageable.

Be committed! My father married my mother (63) years ago. I’m grateful that he is married to the value of marriage…I’m sure that that commitment is what has kept them together through difficult times. Seeing this in him has taught me that commitment can pull you through a lot. The tough times in marriage, at work, in friendships, will pass if you keep working at it.

Read! Education is important to my father. As children we were always being read to; as adults we are still being given books to read. Of his eleven children, seven of us have worked, or are working in the field of education.

Many of my favorite memories come from time spent sitting around the kitchen table listening to my dad talk to whoever happened to drop in for coffee, or for lunch…or for a couple of years for that matter. My father makes whoever is in the house feel that it is their home too. And, very often it became home to people, in fact whole families, from all over. Growing up, our home was shared with people from other parts of the US, and from Vietnam, Mexico, Ireland and England.

All that he gave me has shaped me to be the wife, mother, counselor, and Catholic woman that I am today. When I look at my children and try to imagine them as adults, what I hope to see is a couple of people who are happy, faithful to God, and committed to life, truth, and caring for others. I guess I can only really hope to see these values in my children by living them myself, the way my father does for me…still today.



Join us in Fillmore’s 2nd Annual Children’s Festival at Central Park 9am-2pm, Saturday October 18th, 2014. Fun activities for all ages. Also, live entertainment including a Zumba-thon, 9-11am, and beautiful Folklorico Dancers. We are still accepting Food Truck and Arts and Craft vendor applications. For more information go to www.fillmorechamber.com or contact us at fillmorechamberc@gmail.com



Friday, September 26th, 2014, Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) will be joining the California Highway Patrol, American Academy of Self Defense, Damsel in Defense, and California Lutheran University to present a free Women’s Self Defense Forum at Cal Lutheran University’s Lundring Events Center. The program will feature a local law enforcement briefing, information booth by Damsel in Defense safety products, interactive lesson on basic self-defense techniques and a public policy report by Assemblyman Gorell.

What: Free Women’s Self Defense Forum

When: Friday, September 26, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Who: Assemblyman Jeff Gorell

Where: Lundring Events Center, Cal Lutheran University
60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/zSjjM

To RSVP, please contact Assemblyman Jeff Gorell’s district office at (805) 482-1904.


Loretta Butts, Rotary District Governor, Sean Morris, President, new members Joe Ricards, Adrian Palazuelos, and Andy Klittich.
Loretta Butts, Rotary District Governor, Sean Morris, President, new members Joe Ricards, Adrian Palazuelos, and Andy Klittich.
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Jan Marholin was surprised by Loretta Butts and Sean Morris as they presented her a Paul Harris Award.
Jan Marholin was surprised by Loretta Butts and Sean Morris as they presented her a Paul Harris Award.
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The Rotary Club of Fillmore was visited by District Governor, Loretta Butts, on September 17. During the meeting she inducted three new members Joe Ricards, Head of the Ag Department and FFA Advisor, Adrian Palazuelos, Superintendent of FUSD, and Andy Klittich a Pest Control Advisor.

Sean Morris, President and Loretta also presented a Paul Harris Award to Jan Marholin for her involvement in our Club and for all she does for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fillmore and Santa Paula.


Join us for our 2nd Annual Habitat for Humanity “Hearts & Hammers” Dinner and Auction

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County invites you to its 2nd Annual Hearts & Hammers benefit dinner and auction on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the beautiful Santa Paula Agriculture Museum. This fun-filled evening will include dinner, entertainment, silent auction, and live auction (with guest auctioneer, Ventura County Supervisor Kathy Long). Live auction items include two ‘unrestricted’ roundtrip Alaska Airline tickets with no blackout dates, Mammoth Lakes Get Away, Desert Golf at La Quinta, Channel Islands Sailing Excursion, and Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival.
Event details:

• Saturday, October 4, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
• Santa Paula Agriculture Museum – 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula, CA 93060
• Seating is limited. RSVP at www.2014heartsandhammers.eventbrite.com or call (805) 485-6065, x200. Please RSVP by Monday, September 29th.
• Tickets $75 per person (Attire dressy casual)

Many thanks to our generous sponsors:
Title Sponsor: STONEFIRE Grill
Platinum Sponsor: Montecito Bank & Trust; Thrivent Financial
Gold Sponsors: SEIU Local 721
Silver Sponsors: Coastal Orthodontic Care; Gerald & Joan Olsen; Lauterbach & Associates; Slover Family Fund, Ventura Rental; Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association.
Bronze Sponsors: Martin Kircher; Mary Lingua; Ron & Kathy Prechtl; Northrup Schlueter; Santa to the Sea.

About Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County
Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County is a locally-run and locally-funded affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Over the past 30 years, 56 new home builds have provided homeownership opportunities for families in need and hundreds of homes have been repaired, providing a safe, clean, decent living environment for lower income homeowners. The newer Preserve a Home program is being embraced by several cities and the County of Ventura as they see the positive impact Habitat has on families, neighborhoods and the community overall. At Habitat for Humanity, we believe that everyone everywhere deserves a decent place to live. For Habitat’s new home program, low- to very-low income families are selected based on their need for housing, ability to repay a zero-interest, no-profit loan, and willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity.

We offer a “hand up”, not a hand out, empowering families who are willing to work hard to achieve their dream of homeownership. Each Habitat for Humanity homeowner invests hundreds of hours to help build their home, and then purchases it with an affordable, zero interest mortgage. Habitat currently has enough donated properties to build 28 simple, decent homes for families in Ventura County. To build these homes we need donations of time, talents and funding from faith groups, businesses, and individual donations In order to complete our next 8 homes on Trinity Lane (formerly Cemetery Road) in Santa Paula. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County, visit www.habitatventura.org or call (805) 485-6065, x200.

Habitat for Humanity’s Mission: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.



The October meeting of the Ventura County Garden Club will be held on Oct 1, 12014 at Faulkner Farm. The address is 14292 W. Telegraph Rd (corner of Briggs Rd and Telegraph Rd) with entrance off of Briggs Rd. The meeting begins at 1PM and the topic is 'BUGS!~~~The Good and the Bad' and presentation will be by Anna Howell, Entomology Specialist. Refreshments will be served following the presentation and guests are welcome. Any questions please contact Carol Cutright @ 805-525-2383


U.S. Chamber, NFIB, other business groups and owners announce endorsement

OXNARD, CA - The National Federation of Independent Business, United States Chamber of Commerce, Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, Oxnard Chamber of Commerce, Port Hueneme Chamber of Commerce, and other local business organizations and owners gathered today to announce their endorsement of Jeff Gorell's campaign for Congress in California's 26th District. With the backdrop of Gill's Onions in Oxnard, a renowned innovator in agricultural growing, processing and energy sustainability, the community and country's job creators expressed strong support for the state legislator and military veteran candidate for House of Representatives.

"The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Jeff Gorell for Congress. He's a proven, pragmatic leader who has shown in California an ability to reach across the aisle, build consensus and achieve solutions that improve the jobs climate and improve the economy," said Richard Castner, Western Regional Director for U.S. Chamber. "Whether passing legislation to support the growth and success of the Port of Hueneme, or the creation of Gold Team California with the Lt. Governor, Jeff is a doer, not a talker. We need solution-oriented lawmakers in Washington now more than ever, and that's why we are so excited about Jeff Gorell's candidacy."

"Jeff has been a champion for small business in Sacramento," said John Kabateck, Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business, California. "He understands the importance of standing firm for small business and free enterprise principles, but has a reputation for working across the aisle to get things done. Jeff has proven a dedicated and consistent fighter for small businesses and job creators in his district and California during his tenure in the Assembly. As one of the biggest employers and economic engines in the 26th District, the small business owners in this community need his leadership in Washington D.C., and so we are very proud to support Jeff Gorell for Congress."

"I'm honored to have the support of so many respected business organizations and small business owners," said Jeff Gorell. "As a legislator I prioritized growing the economy, attracting new businesses to Ventura County, and improving California's job climate. It's important to me to try to grow the middle class, so all Californians have the opportunities of previous generations. After all, the quality of life begins with a good job. I will continue this focus and hard work as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives to ensure our community and country can compete in a global marketplace."

Organizations and individuals on hand included - John Kabateck, Executive Director at National Federation of Independent BusinessCalifornia; Richard Castner, Western Regional Director at the United States Chamber of Commerce; Gary Cushing, President and CEO of the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce; Nancy Lindholm, President and CEO of the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce; Will Berg, Director of Marketing of the Port Hueneme Chamber of Commerce; Steve Gill, Owner of Gill's Onions; Kasey Kruft, Owner of Sweet Peas Flowers; Tom Lucas, Owner of Performance Nursery; Lynn Jensen, Owner of Jensen Design & Survey; Charles Sandlin, Owner of Roadrunner Shuttle; Brian McCarty, Owner of McCarty & Sons Towing; Dean Maulhardt, Owner of Quality Packaging & Supplies; Michael Wynn Song, Owner of Global Auto Processors; Florence LaManno, Owner of LaManno Insurance Services; Mel Sheeler, Owner of Sheeler Moving & Storage; Ron Baldonado, Owner of OK Radiator Shop; Dr. Lee Rea and Ryan Rea, Owners of Neurovision Medical; Jerry Nordskog, Owner of Nordskog Publishing; Janine Montoya, Owner of Free the Dream Consulting; Barry Ridge, BR Graphic Design; Jim Harris, Puretec Industrial Water; Mark Vajcovec, Central Valley Packaging & Supply.

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell was elected to the legislature in 2010 where serves as Vice Chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee. From 1999 to 2006, he served as a Ventura County District Attorney. Gorell is also an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve. A decorated veteran of two tours to Afghanistan, Gorell was recently promoted to Commander. He is also on the faculty of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks where he been an adjunct professor of public policy since 2006.

Magnus Kalins
Magnus Kalins

VENTURA, CA – For the past two years Anna and Erik Kalins have enjoyed parent/child swim classes, at the Ventura Family YMCA, with their 2-year old son Magnus. Magnus, an energetic, thriving almost three year old little boy, today, finds himself battling a very rare form of leukemia called Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML).

The discovery of his cancer was a shock to his friends and family and even more shocking was the news that his only treatment option is a bone marrow transplant.

To help the Kalins family the Ventura Family YMCA, Be the Match and City of Hope have teamed up to host a bone marrow donor registry drive to find Magnus’ lifesaving match.

The drive will take place on September 20th from 11:00AM to 5:00PM at the Ventura Family YMCA located at 3760 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA 93003.

To participate, potential donors must be between the ages of 18-44 years old. They will have their cheek swabbed and their DNA will be added to the donor registry. “It’s so simple and only takes 10 minutes to fill out the form and get your cheek swabbed,” stated Anna Kalins. Donors will then be added to see if they're a match for Magnus or the thousands of other patients with blood cancers or other diseases where a marrow transplant will save their life. For parents who are registering, a fun arts and craft station will be set up to give children a place to play.

“We are asking for everyone to help Magnus’s and thousands of other patients in need of a bone marrow transplant by joining us at the YMCA and signing up in the Be the Match registry,” stated Amy Bailey Jurewicz, YMCA Executive Director.

While waiting for his match, Magnus continues to enjoy life. Now, a big brother to his baby sister Zane, Magnus takes his role very seriously and gives out a lot of hugs and kisses and watches out for her already too.

For more information about the “Match for Magnus,” please contact Vivian Abernathy by calling 626.283.9182 or by emailing her at vbernathy@coh.org. To join the Be the Match Registry online go to the website http://www.join.bethematch.org and use the Promo Code: Match4Magnus.

About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Ventura Family YMCA serves over 20,000 individuals annually through facility memberships, before & after school childcare, day & resident camps, youth sports, swim lessons, teen programs, and many more healthy lifestyles and community enriching programs which nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Through its’ Open Doors program, the Y ensures that no one is ever turned away due to their inability to pay and facility memberships without contracts or join fees makes the Y accessible to all. The Ventura Family YMCA is located at 3760 Telegraph Rd., Ventura, CA 93003. Log on to ciymca.org/ventura.


CAMARILLO, CA - Today, Jeff Gorell, candidate for U.S. Congress in California's 26th district, announced the strong support and endorsement of Ventura County's top law enforcement figures. Gorell is currently a State Assemblyman, and prior to that served for more than seven years as a Ventura County Deputy District Attorney in the violent felony unit and major narcotics unit.

"I'm proud to announce my strong support for Jeff Gorell for Congress," said Ventura County District Attorney. Greg Totten. "Jeff was a tough-as-nails prosecutor in the D.A.'s office, helping stand up for victims of crime and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe. He served our nation in Afghanistan as a war veteran, and has made a name for himself as a respected, effective member of the California State Assembly, always standing up for public safety. He is a leader. Jeff understands this community, has served it well, and will make a great Congressman for the 26th District."

In the State Legislature, Gorell strongly advocated against the implementation of the state's realignment program (AB 109), which resulted in the transfer of thousands of dangerous criminals and inmates to local jails and also the early release of jail inmates back into community neighborhoods. Gorell also supported and coauthored new laws to prevent horrific crimes, including a bill that provided public safety officials new tools to prosecute the most vile and harmful child pornography offenses. This bipartisan bill, SB 145, was supported by the California District Attorneys Association and signed into law by Governor Brown.

"Jeff Gorell is a proven leader and the right leader for this community," said Mike Tracy, current Ventura City Councilmember and former Ventura Police Chief. "Jeff fought hard to protect our neighborhoods as a local prosecutor and was a fierce advocate for public safety as our representative in Sacramento. I am proud to support Jeff for Congress."

Ventura County law enforcement's endorsements for Jeff Gorell's bid for Congress include:
• Greg Totten, Ventura County District Attorney
• Michael Bradbury, former Ventura County District Attorney
• Steve McLean, Santa Paula Police Chief
• Robert P. Gager, Port Hueneme Police Chief
• John Crombach, Former Oxnard Police Chief/Former Chief Assistant Sheriff
• Mike Tracy, former Ventura Police Chief
• Calvin Remington, former Ventura County Probation Chief
• Bryan MacDonald, former Assistant Police Chief for Oxnard
• Larry Carpenter, former Ventura County Sheriff
• Dennis Gilette, former Ventura County Assistant Sheriff
• Randy Pentis, former Commander, Ventura County Sheriffs Department
• Eric Tennessen, Sergeant, Ventura County Sheriff Department
• Bob Gonzales, former Santa Paula Police Chief

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell was elected to the legislature in 2010 where serves as Vice Chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee. From 1999 to 2006, he served as a Ventura County District Attorney. Gorell is also an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve. A decorated veteran of two tours to Afghanistan, Gorell was recently promoted to Commander. He is also on the faculty of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks where he been an adjunct professor of public policy since 2006.

County Supervisor Kathy Long, right, presented a Proclamation to Cindy Jackson, Vice President of the Heritage Valley Tourism Bureau, last week.. The 2nd Annual Ventura County Farm Day will be September 27th. For more information on this event go to www.venturacountyfarmday.com and www.seeag.org.
County Supervisor Kathy Long, right, presented a Proclamation to Cindy Jackson, Vice President of the Heritage Valley Tourism Bureau, last week.. The 2nd Annual Ventura County Farm Day will be September 27th. For more information on this event go to www.venturacountyfarmday.com and www.seeag.org.
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The Fillmore Women’s Service Club and the Fillmore Ebell Club are celebrating their 50th and 100th anniversary, respectively. This will be held at the Memorial Building the evening of September 27th.

The two clubs are trying to invite all past members and Fillmore Women Service Club scholarship recipients. There will be a catered dinner, live entertainment and dancing.

If you have not been contacted, but are a past member of either organization or a scholarship recipient and are planning to attend, please contact: Susan – 805-524-2020.

Attendance to this private event is by invitation only. Please contact Susan As Soon As Possible to join us in this wonderful celebration, and an evening of fun.


Ventura, CA. – Residents of the Santa Clara River Valley communities of Fillmore, Piru, and Santa Paula are invited to name their new local bus service.

Beginning Friday, September 12, residents may begin submitting entries to name the new transit service in Fillmore, Piru, and Santa Paula. Entries should reflect the spirit, culture, history, and landmarks found throughout the Santa Clara River Valley. The winning entry will receive a $100 VISA gift card as well as a monthly pass for the new transit service. The winning service name will appear on the new vehicles when the transit service launches in January 2015.

Visit www.NameTheBusContest.com for online entry submittal and downloadable entry forms in English and Spanish as well as complete contest rules. Entry forms may also be picked up at Fillmore and Santa Paula city halls; Fillmore, Piru, and Santa Paula libraries; and at the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) office. All entries must be submitted online, hand-delivered to the VCTC office, or postmarked by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 26. Submit paper entry forms to the address provided below.

Name Your Bus Service Contest
Attn: Donna Cole
Ventura County Transportation Commission
950 County Square Dr., Suite 207
Ventura, CA 93003

Entries are limited to residents of Fillmore, Piru, and Santa Paula. Residents of all ages are encouraged to submit service names. Only one entry is allowed per person. Contest winners will be announced on or about October 10, 2014. The winner will be notified via telephone or email prior to announcement of the winning service name.

For more information about public transportation in Ventura County, visit www.goventura.org or call 800-438-1112.

September 23, 2014

Ventura, CA - Religion and medicine – a healthy or holy relationship? – will be the focus of a free seminar Community Memorial Health System is holding as part of its Ethics in Healthcare Series on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

James Hornstein, M.D., chairman of the Bioethics Committee at Community Memorial Hospital, will moderate the seminar that will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Museum of Ventura County, located at 100 E. Main St. in Ventura.Local leading speakers will be:

Rabbi Professor Elliot Dorff, Ph.D, rector and professor of Philosophy at American Jewish University. Rabbi Dorff also is a lecturer at UCLA School of Law and chairman of the Conservative Judaism Committee on Jewish Law and Standards.

Father Luke Dysinger, professor of Church, History and Moral Theology at St. John Seminary in Camarillo. Rev. Dysinger also is an instructor in Medical Ethics for Southern California Catholic Priests and is a family practice physician.

Chaplain Curtis Hotchkiss, director of the CMHS Spiritual Care Department.

Registration is free but reservations are required. Call 1-800/838-3006, or visit www.cmhshealth.org/rsvp.

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and 12 family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health. The health system is located in Ventura County, California.


Saturday, October 4th, 5pm to 6pm E.P.
Foster Library in the Topping Room
Los Padres National Forest Part 1

Friends of the California Condors will discuss these magnificent birds, the threats to their existence and the steps being taken to keep Condors wild and free. Please attend and learn about this stunning creature that resides in our backyard!

Saturday, October 11th, 5pm to 6pm E.P. Foster Library in the Topping Room
Los Padres National Forest Part 2

Author, Los Padres hiker and PCT hiker Diane Soini will present lightweight backpacking techniques and discuss details of her PCT adventures. Brings your questions and notebooks especially if you are planning a 2015 PCT thru or section hike.

Saturday, October 25th, 5pm to 6pm E.P. Foster Library in the Topping Room
Los Padres National Forest Part 3

Wilderness blogger David Stillman takes us into the seldom seen areas of Los Padres National Forest. Photos, stories and advice from this highly experienced local hiker.

The Ventura County Library is available 24/7 at www.vencolibrary.org

Positive Commercial Highlights Local Support

CAMARILLO, CA - The Jeff Gorell for Congress campaign today launched its first television commercial, a positive 30-second ad entitled "He Knows Us" featuring a number of prominent Ventura County community leaders supporting his candidacy. It will begin running this evening on cable channels throughout the district.

"My campaign is focused on restoring bipartisan, common sense leadership to Congress and this first television commercial captures the essence of what my candidacy is all about," said Gorell. "The people of Ventura County deserve a positive campaign and I intend to give them one."

Gorell's commercial features appearances by many well-known Ventura County residents, including respected Democratic and Republicans Women Leaders such as former Oxnard Mayor Pro Tem Irene Pinkard and Community College Trustee Dianne McKay; as well as local Military Veterans like 3-time Purple Heart recipient Dr. Jon Williams, and Capt. "Brick" Conners, USN (ret.). Other notable Ventura County community leaders in Jeff's commercial include Port Hueneme Council Member Doug Breeze, former Port Hueneme Mayor Tony Volante and former Oxnard Mayor Pro Tem Bedford Pinkard.

"Congress--including the incumbent--has lost touch with the public," continued Gorell. "People want solutions, not politics. We want ideas not ideology. We want an end to gridlock and negative campaigns. My commercial taps into the growing public sentiment in Ventura County that we need a new Representative in Congress who understands our local communities and who will put our concerns ahead of political partisanship."

Gorell has built a strong record for bipartisan leadership in the State Assembly. The non-partisan Sunlight Foundation recently ranked Gorell as the 2nd Most Moderate Legislator in California-out of 120 state lawmakers. He led the successful negotiations with Governor Jerry Brown to create a permanent Rainy Day Reserve Fund in the State Budget. He also partnered with Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom to create an Economic Gold Team that is working to preserve local jobs and attract new businesses to Ventura County.

Other supporters featured in the television ad include: Ventura business owner Kasey Kruft, Ed Morera, Heather Denove, Josh Enobakhare, and Josh Young.

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell was elected to the legislature in 2010 where serves as Vice Chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee. Gorell is also an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve. A decorated veteran of two tours to Afghanistan, Gorell was recently promoted to Commander. He is also on the faculty of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks where he been an adjunct professor of public policy since 2006.

Victor Villaseñor
Victor Villaseñor

Camarillo, CA - The Ventura County Housing Trust Fund (VCHTF) welcomes best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize Nominee Victor Villaseñor as the guest speaker at its Affordable Housing Fundraiser on Nov. 6.

Villaseñor will deliver a heartfelt presentation of his journey of life as the son of an immigrant farm worker who has endured and overcome many obstacles in life, including language and cultural barriers, discrimination and dyslexia and bring a fresh approach to the plight of the underserved, and the uniting of people from all walks of life.

Proceeds from the event will support the VCHTF’s Revolving Loan Fund to produce new affordable housing in Ventura County. Sponsorships are available: $500 for Journeyman, $1000 for Architect, $2500 for Contractor or $5000 for Developer levels.

About Ventura County Housing Trust Fund:
VCHTF is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Its mission is to support more housing choices, by generating and leveraging financial resources, working in partnership with the public, private, and non-profit sectors throughout Ventura County. The Housing Trust Fund makes below-market rate loans for pre-development costs of affordable housing developments with a priority for projects serving farmworkers, homeless persons, veterans, and youth transitioning out of foster care. “The donations generated by this event will be leveraged with a matching grant from the State of California, Proposition 1C (Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006) Local Housing Trust Fund Program. Every dollar raised will double the impact to create new affordable housing units desperately needed in our high cost housing market. VCHTF brings new dollars to the table to help fill the gap left by drastic cuts in traditional Federal, State and local housing funding sources,” said Linda Braunschweiger, CEO of VCHTF.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.vchousingtrustfund.org.

Date: Nov. 6
Time: 4 to 5 p.m., Complimentary tours of the historic Camarillo Estate; 5 to 7 p.m., main event, guest speaker, libations and appetizers
Place: Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo Calif.
Cost: Pre-register $45 per person or $80 per couple by Nov 4; or $50 per person at the door
Info: (805) 330-6987; www.vchousingtrustfund.org


The Ventura early Intervention Prevention Services (VIPS) serves young people ages 16-25 in Ventura County at risk for developing psychosis. VIPS provides confidential assessment and early assistance for young people who are at risks for mental illness as well as individualized treatment for the young person and their family. If the young person presents a combination of symptoms, or the symptoms appear to worsen over time, this may indicate the onset of a mental illness. Symptoms may include:

• Difficulty maintaining focus, concentration or memory
• Hearing sounds or voices, seeing visions, or experiencing strange sensations that others don't perceive
• Difficulty with conversations or being understood
• Feeling overly fearful or suspicious
• Changes in sensitivity to light, sound or touch, decreased sense of smell
• Dramatic changes in behaviors, ideas, sleep or appetite
• Withdrawal from friends and family
• Deterioration in school or work functioning

For more information please call (805)642-7033


A second printing of Kenneth Fine's "Anecdotal History of Fillmore" is now available for sale at Patterson's Hardware, Fillmore Historical Museum and the Treasure Station. This little book is filled with Kenneth's memories of growing up in Fillmore with stories about the oil fields, pioneer families, sports and hunting and fishing in the Sespe. Anyone "longing for the good old days" will enjoy this first hand account of the family homestead and all the things kids did then.

FOOD Share president and CEO addresses growing population of hunger insecure families

VENTURA COUNTY, CA - The concept is simple but the potential pay-off is huge. If every single individual, family and business makes the personal commitment to take action to battle hunger during the month of September, FOOD Share, Ventura County’s regional food bank, can continue feeding more than 74,500 people who visit its 180 pantry partners each month.

Organized by Feeding America, Hunger Action Month is a nationwide campaign to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger, and promote ways for everyone to get involved with the movement to solve it.

“While our efforts to raise food and funds donations, and implement strategies on how to feed the line today and shorten the line for tomorrow are year-round, we take this opportunity to thank our partners who have dedicated endless hours toward our poverty-alleviation work,” said Bonnie Weigel, president and CEO of FOOD Share. “Without them, we would not be able to achieve the work we do to deliver food and services to the 74,500 people who depend on FOOD Share each and every month.”

FOOD Share relies on community support and is currently restocking its shelves in preparation for the upcoming holiday season when more people turn to local food banks for assistance.

How to Take Action for Hunger Action Month:
• Hunger Action Month proclamation with FOOD Share and the Ventura County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. in the Ventura County Government Center’s Hall of Administration
• Vote for FOOD Share to help Ventura County’s regional food bank win a $60,000 funding grant from Walmart’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change campaign.
• Finding simple ways at work and home to help feed the hungry, like hosting a neighborhood canned food drive with your kids, having potlucks and asking guests to bring canned food donations, or pack their lunches then donate the funds it would have cost to dine out to FOOD Share.
• Stroll the sidewalks of Ventura Harbor Village for the Ventura Art and Street Painting Festival the weekend of Sept. 13-14, and enjoy the vibrant displays of chalk art, painting, photography, pottery, sculptures and more. The signature FOOD Share event will feature more than 50 regional artists. All event net proceeds will benefit FOOD Share.

For more information on Ventura County’s hunger alleviation efforts for Hunger Action Month, visit www.foodshare.com.

About FOOD Share:
More than 35 years ago, eight citizens performed a good deed by distributing food to those who were in need underneath a Ventura bridge. The early philanthropic movement quickly formed into what is now Ventura County’s regional food bank, FOOD Share, which has grown from serving a few hundred hungry people per month to 74,500 people. Today, staff and volunteers distribute more than 10 million pounds of food annually from its distribution site; more than 180 partner agencies, which include neighborhood and church food distributions and soup kitchens; as well as hunger assistance programs. FOOD Share’s programs provide healthy nutrition and education to children, families and seniors, which include: KIDS Share, SENIOR Share, Nutrition Education, Community Market, SoCal Gas CARE Program, ART Share and more. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, FOOD Share is a member of the Feeding America network, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. For more information about FOOD Share, visit www.foodshare.com. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.