The Fillmore Fire Department wants to remind everyone that fire season is here and Fillmore Fire Department will be doing its annual weed abatement inspections. Let’s get ahead of the game and get your weeds cut down. Weeds
must be trimmed below 3” in height and debris removed from the property to eliminate the potentially hazardous situation.

The weed abatement deadline is June 1, 2015. Properties failing to meet this deadline will be cleaned by a City of Fillmore approved Weed Abatement Contractor and the property owner will be billed for the cost plus a 15% administrative fee. These Weed Abatement Deadline, June 1st costs constitute a special assessment and may become
a lien against the properties noted parcel. The collection of such assessments and enforcement of the lien shall be made by the Ventura County Tax Collector. The Fillmore Fire Department thanks you in advance for your cooperation in keeping our town safe.



Come enjoy dinner & some music Wednesday, May 27th, 2015.

The Grilled Cheese Truck & Kona Ice will be serving deliciousness at the Fillmore Middle School 5pm - 7pm.

Then stay for the Fillmore Middle School & Elementary School Bands Spring Concert which starts at 7pm.

Hope to see you there!
Judy Fairall,
Fillmore Band Boosters



The non-profit Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC) in Ventura County is launching the “Who’s Your Momma Contest” on the SPARC Facebook page through mid-June.

Two unusual-looking dogs at SPARC were chosen to have their DNA tested to determine their breed ancestry. Anyone who would like to guess their breed by looking at the dogs’ photos can enter the contest on SPARC’s Facebook page, A $5 donation is encouraged, but not required. Donations go toward the cost of medical care for the shelter animals. The contest also is being held to bring attention to the two dogs, which are seeking a foster or forever home.

Rene Ruston, a director on the SPARC Board, says, “For many dogs, a DNA test may mean a dog gets adopted faster if it looks like a mutt but has a specific breed in its background DNA. Some breeds experience stereotyping and this could also help them be more easily adopted.”

The two SPARC dogs, Gavin and Missy, were DNA tested. Even professionals who work with dogs had a hard time assessing their breed when they arrived at the shelter.

Gavin is a hefty but gentle dog with severe ear infections that were left untreated by previous owners for months, if not years. Gavin recently had surgery to repair the damage to his ears. Not only is the aftermath of the surgery painful but it requires a long recovery period, which means Gavin needs to find a foster or forever home where he can recover.

Missy is a healthy, sparkling white and tan, almost one-year old puppy with gigantic “bunny” ears. She needs an active owner who can take her for long daily walks and give her the affection she craves. She’s quick to learn and wants to please everyone.

To enter the SPARC “Who’s Your Momma Contest,” go to the SPARC website at or on www.facebook/santapaulaarc. Correct answers will be entered into a drawing and the first three entries drawn will win a prize. No purchase is necessary to enter.

SPARC is a private, non-profit organization and is the first open admission, no-kill animal shelter in Ventura County. SPARC is a place where homeless animals are brought for humane care without risk of being killed due to lack of space, illness or injury. SPARC rehabilitates and rehomes animals while partnering with the community to provide spay/neuter resources and vaccination programs as well as educational outreach. SPARC relies solely on private donations.



The Friends of the Santa Paula Blanchard Community Library invite all book lovers to their “Back Stacks” Book Sales. They are held the first Saturday of every month from 10AM to 2PM, every Wednesday from Noon to 4PM, and every Thursday and Friday from Noon to 2PM.The next First-Saturday sale will be June 6, 2015. The sales offer great choices in fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and collectibles and are accessed from the north parking lot of the library at 119 N. 8th Street, Santa Paula, CA.Most books are priced from $.50-$2.00.Collectibles start at $4.00.

This month’s specials include a four volume boxed set of Doonesbury Classics by G. B. Trudeau, a two volume boxed set of “Great River, the Rio Grande”, portraying the importance this river has had in our history, and a three volume boxed set of “The Crosswicks Journal” by MadelineL’Engle. Each set is $1.00. Also visit the $1.00 table at the June 6 sale for more incredible bargains.
For more information email



Ventura, CA - Community Memorial Health System’s Healthy Women’s Program is hosting a Community Outreach Day which offers free mammograms and healthcare education to the first 35 women who qualify. This event will take place at the Center for Family Health in Ventura on Saturday, June 13.

The women will arrive early at the CFH office at 138 W. Main Street in Ventura where they will be transported to The Breast Center at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, and then back to the Centers office.

In 2014, an estimated 235,030 new cases of breast cancer occurred in the United States, and early detection and awareness is the key to fighting this life-threatening disease. The Healthy Women’s Program provided through Community Memorial Health System benefits women in the community who are uninsured, under-insured or lack funds to pay for mammograms and follow-up treatment, if necessary.

“These women have nowhere else in the county to go to get these services; that’s why they come to us,” said Patty Jimenez, Healthy Women’s Program Outreach Coordinator.

“I was due for my yearly mammogram…this program was a blessing to me.”
Catalina Cardone
“A special thank you for the services this program offers, I am completely satisfied. My appreciation to everyone who helps fund this much need program.”
Maria Molina.
The Healthy Women’s Program is made possible through funds raised by the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s annual Gold Dust Gala, along with the generous support of the Wallis Foundation.

To find out if you qualify for this program, call 805/651-2661. For more information on the Healthy Women’s Program visit

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


In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, employees of Santa Clara Valley Disposal will be taking the day off on Monday, May 25. As a result, Fillmore city residential customers will have their trash and green waste collected on Saturday, May 30, one day later than usual.

The regular Friday collection schedule will resume the following week.

For more information, call 647-1414.


More than $3,251,000.00 has been contributed this year by members of Elks Lodges throughout California and Hawaii to be used in treating children with disabilities.. “We are pleased and proud that members of our local Elks Lodges were so generous with their dollars and time in this important undertaking. Since 1950, the 84,000 members from throughout California and Hawaii have turned over more than $103,400,000 to the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc., which administers the non-profit charitable corporation. All of the funds are devoted solely to providing vision screening and therapy treatment to children with a broad range of disabilities. Without the Elks supported donations, many of these children would not receive such treatment. The year-long fund raising campaign is capped by an impressive ceremony at the annual Elks Convention when representatives of lodges from throughout California and Hawaii present their donations to Major Project and Elks Association leaders. The raising of funds to aid children with disabilities is just one of the many philanthropic and patriotic projects which mark the Elks’ contribution to our community.

(l-r) Lanie Doll, Sue Cuttriss, Pat Morris and Bev Hurst
(l-r) Lanie Doll, Sue Cuttriss, Pat Morris and Bev Hurst
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Well, I have learned the hard way to never ask a lady how old she is, but I can safely say that the celebration of Pat Morris's birthday today, May 7, 2015, at the Fillmore Senior Center, I heard from my wife Carolyn, was a big one! Not as big as Gertrude Ness's 109th, but significantly bigger than my nearly 68th which is right around the corner! There was only one other person in the room older than Pat! And, it is an even numbered birthday! Probably an annoying riddle for most of you, but remember I am a slow learner! To prove that I am a slow learner I asked Pat and she proudly told me that today is, “My 80th Birthday! She then proudly followed with, "I am looking forward to my 90th!"

A quick stop at the Fillmore Senior Center on my way home from the airport allowed me to witness the love and friendship friends of Bardsdale resident Pat Morris, felt for Pat. In the room were twelve wonderful ladies there to celebrate Pat's Birthday! Most of the ladies present, in the back room of the Senior Center, are Sisters within the P.E.O. Chapter GY here in Fillmore. Because Pat is very active in the Community, others in attendance were from The Bardsdale United Methodist Church, Fillmore Historical Museum and the ranching community here in the Santa Clara Valley. Those in attendance were; Carolyn Diaz, Jane Kampbell, Joanne King, Lia Veiekade, Rae Bretzing, Bev Hurst, Sue Cuttriss, Lanie T. Doll, Rita Rudkin, Linda Gilden and Carmen Zermeno.

Pat is married to Bob Morris of Bardsdale and together they farm on about 119 acres in the Bardsdale and Santa Paula area. Together Pat and Bob have raised 4 children; Gregory Seely, 48 of San Francisco, Treacy Seely, 44 of Long Beach, Sean Morris, 49 of Fillmore and Tonya Peters, 51 of Melbourne, Australia. Pat and Bob have two Grandsons; Ian, 14 and Jack, 10 of Fillmore.

Pat is a retired educator in both public (Santa Monica and Beverly Hills) and private school. Pat retired as a Principal with the St. Patrick's Episcopal Church and Day School. After retirement Pat held positions as Vice President and President of The St Patrick's Episcopal Church and Day School Board.

Pat and Bob are both active as Board Members with the Fillmore Historical Society, and are members of the Bardsdale United Methodist Church Choir as well as serve on various committees within the Bardsdale United Methodist Church. Pat would like to invite the entire Santa Clara Valley Community to attend the Memorial Day Observance at the Bardsdale Cemetery where the Bardsdale United Methodist Church Choir will be performing as part of the Memorial Day Observance. Pat is the Past President, and sitting Vice President of P.E.O. GY Chapter. Bob serves on the Board of Fruit Growers Lab and the Southside Improvement Company which serves the water needs for the Bardsdale area. Both Pat, born in Los Angeles on May 7, 1935 and Bob born in Santa Paula, are life-long Californians!

I would like to thank Sue Cuttriss for the great lead on a good story! Although I wasn't offered any of the Birthday Girl's cake, I would still like to say Happy Birthday Pat from all of us here in the Santa Clara Valley! I hope to be at your 90th!

New Effort Benefits Area Seniors and Meals on Wheels

Laurie Reid from the Ventura County area is on a mission to see more families share sit-down Sunday dinners with their senior loved ones. The reason? New research shows that 50 percent of surveyed families living near senior relatives feel they do not share enough meals with older loved ones, losing an important family connection.*

“For seniors, it’s not what’s on their plate that matters most at mealtime – it’s who is at the table with them,” said Reid, owner of the local Home Instead Senior Care® office. “When seniors share meals with a companion, they have a better mealtime experience – both nutritionally and emotionally.”

Almost 75 percent of the people surveyed said they only sit down for a family meal with senior loved ones for special occasions, events or holidays. They say a big part of the problem is time – both not having enough of it and conflicting schedules.

To encourage families to make time for these meals, the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation® will donate $1 to Meals on Wheels America (up to $20,000 total through July 31, 2015) for each person that commits to regularly scheduling family dinners at Pledging to have a sit-down dinner with loved ones will help to ensure other seniors will have a quality meal through the Meals on Wheels program.

“We hope families will make the pledge to either revive or begin new mealtime traditions with their senior loved ones,” Reid said. “This small commitment can have a big impact on a senior’s well-being.”
To help families across the country host their own Sunday dinner, Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with celebrity chef and mother of four Melissa d’Arabian to develop easy, nutritious recipes. Additional resources include tips for how to involve seniors in meal planning and preparation, pre- and post-dinner activities and meal plans for healthy, inexpensive meals that all generations can enjoy.

For these free resources and more information on how you can bring back the Sunday dinner and reconnect with your senior loved ones, visit or call Home Instead Senior Care at 805-577-0926.

* Home Instead, Inc. completed surveys with a random sample of 1,000 households in U.S. and Canada between February 10 and 15, 2015. Participants were 50 percent male and 50 percent female, with 900 households in U.S. and 100 in Canada.

About Home Instead Senior Care®
Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care® network provides personalized care, support and education to help enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. Today, this network is the world's leading provider of in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises that are estimated to annually provide more than 50 million hours of care throughout the United States and 15 other countries. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ approximately 65,000 CAREGivers℠ worldwide who provide basic support services that enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. The Home Instead Senior Care network strives to partner with each client and his or her family members to help meet that individual’s needs. Services span the care continuum – from providing companionship and personal care to specialized Alzheimer’s care and hospice support. Also available are family caregiver education and support resources. At Home Instead Senior Care, it’s relationship before task, while striving to provide superior quality service.

About Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time.

About Melissa d’Arabian
Food Network star, best-selling author, writer and mom of four Melissa d'Arabian is an expert on affordable and healthy family home cooking. Well known for her “Ten Dollar Dinners” show and best-selling cookbook, she also hosts Food Network web series “The Picky Eaters Project” and serves as a lead judge on “Guy’s Grocery Games.” Her new "Supermarket Healthy” cookbook is available now.


Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers were among more than 90 volunteers to join Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County to help build affordable housing in Santa Paula in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 2-10. On Saturday, May 9th, a large group of women volunteers worked to provide, safe, decent, affordable housing in Habitat’s new Trinity Lane Development.

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County has been participating in Women Build events since 2007. This year, participants included a number of mother-daughter teams and a diverse group of women, ages 16 to 75+, representing local businesses, community groups, and faith-based organizations – all working side-by-side with Habitat Partner Families who will purchase their Trinity Lane homes upon completion of construction and homeowner education classes.

Two successful young women who participated in Saturday’s build have been in their own Habitat home since 2005; sisters Maria Guadalupe Cisneros and Maria De Jesus Cisneros have earned their bachelor’s degrees, and Maria De Jesus is now enrolled in the master’s program at California State Northridge. Twenty year-old Irisela, the oldest daughter of our fifth Trinity Lane Family Partner has been working on-site with her mother and father helping to build other Habitat homes until construction on their house begins this summer. Irisela shared her family’s story during the Women Build lunch-and-learn, speaking to a crowd of more than 90 participants. Her parents and five siblings, ages 11 to 21, are currently living in a crowded three-bedroom apartment with a leaky roof, electrical problems, and no power in one room; her brother is sleeping in a walk-in closet. Irisela’s parent, who been employed by the same agriculture company in Ventura County since 2002, are excellent role models encouraging their daughters and sons to work hard and focus on their studies.

The first two Trinity Lane homes will be completed and dedicated on May 30, 2015 and another two homes will be dedicated in December of 2015. Among the first five homes in Trinity Lane, eleven young girls and five boys will soon have a decent place in which to live, grow and thrive.

“It is an exciting day when so many women work together to build and support families in need of safe, decent and affordable housing. Habitat is built on partnership and volunteerism, and Women Build is a particularly meaningful day of hard work and construction mixed with a desire to support our community,” said Steve Dwyer, Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County’s Executive Director.

National Women Build Week is a weeklong event created by Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program that challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities. Across the nation, more than 15,000 women are expected to volunteer at Habitat construction sites this week to spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by women.

Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 and each year provides the support of Lowe’s Heroes and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills.

“National Women Build Week has made a difference in the lives of thousands of families since its inception,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe’s director of community relations. “We’re grateful to all the women in Ventura County who got involved this week and were part of something bigger with Lowe’s and Habitat.”

Lowe’s donated nearly $2 million to this year’s National Women Build Week, including a $5,000 store gift card to Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County. National Women Build Week is one of the major initiatives supported through Lowe’s national partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Since 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat and helped more than 4,000 families improve their living conditions.

Habitat’s Women Build program recruits, educates and inspires women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable homes in their communities. Since the program was created in 1998, more than 2,300 homes have been built in partnership with low-income families using Women Build crews.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program and to learn about Women Build events in communities across the U.S. year-round, visit or the Women Build tab on

Find out how at our next Informational session

Court Appointed Special Advocates For Children
Thursday, May 28
6:30-8 pm, Camarillo

CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as officers of the court. In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks among hundreds of current cases. CASA volunteers change that. Appointed by judges, CASA volunteers typically handle just one case at a time—and commit to staying on that case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. While others may come and go, CASA volunteers provide that one constant that children need in order to thrive.

CASA needs more volunteers! Currently there are over 40 children in Ventura County that have been assigned to the program but are on a waiting list because of the lack of volunteers. Please consider attending the next CASA Informational Session on Thursday, May 28th to prepare for the upcoming 30-hour training session. For more information about the upcoming CASA Informational session please contact Bernadette Cardenas, at (805) 389-3120 or

To reserve a seat call 805.389.3120

After you have registered, you will receive location information by email or phone call.

Theresa Robledo with Civic Pride Vision 2020 presents Yard of the Month to Jesse & Deana Camarillo and their beautiful granddaughter, Aleana! Congratulations!  Please drive by 341 Sespe to view.  The Camarillo home is located on Sespe, where you will find Ferns, Daisies, Pittosporum Tobira, Phormium Hybrid, Pennisetum Setaceum, Roses, Poinsettias along a beautiful tree lined street.  They live in a California Craftsman, which in my opinion makes their garden even more appealing!  Thank you to Otto & Sons Nursery for their generous gift certificate to the Camarillo Family!
Theresa Robledo with Civic Pride Vision 2020 presents Yard of the Month to Jesse & Deana Camarillo and their beautiful granddaughter, Aleana! Congratulations! Please drive by 341 Sespe to view. The Camarillo home is located on Sespe, where you will find Ferns, Daisies, Pittosporum Tobira, Phormium Hybrid, Pennisetum Setaceum, Roses, Poinsettias along a beautiful tree lined street. They live in a California Craftsman, which in my opinion makes their garden even more appealing! Thank you to Otto & Sons Nursery for their generous gift certificate to the Camarillo Family!
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The Ventura County Rose Society will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at the Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center at 5100 Adolfo Rd., Camarillo.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for advice from Consulting Rosarians and refreshments, Our presentation will begin at 7:30 P.M.

The VCRS meeting will feature the Ventura County Rose Society Members presenting a program about "The Roses of Spring". Members and friends will display and discuss the roses that they enjoy growing in their garden, and present tips on growing good roses, and sharing good fertilizers, mulches, and general care of roses. We invite you to join us on Thursday, May 28, and ask that you bring your garden roses to share as we celebrate "The roses of Spring!"

Visitors are always welcome to our VCRS meetings. For more information contact; Janet Sklar at 818-337-9970 or Dawn-Marie Johnson at 805-523-9003. Our website is

(l-r) Joe Aguirre, Courtney Nojiri and Sean Morris. Courtney Nojiri of Crimson Pipeline presented a program at Fillmore Rotary. Crimson is a privately-held company that was established in 2005, focused on acquiring, upgrading and operating existing crude oil pipelines. Crimson has a proactive awareness program to inform the public/contractors about the importance of calling 811/Dig Alert to avoid damage to pipelines that could result in incidents. Sean presented a mug after her program.
(l-r) Joe Aguirre, Courtney Nojiri and Sean Morris. Courtney Nojiri of Crimson Pipeline presented a program at Fillmore Rotary. Crimson is a privately-held company that was established in 2005, focused on acquiring, upgrading and operating existing crude oil pipelines. Crimson has a proactive awareness program to inform the public/contractors about the importance of calling 811/Dig Alert to avoid damage to pipelines that could result in incidents. Sean presented a mug after her program.
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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Message from Detective Chip Cadman:
In this edition of Farm Watch, I want to mention some success stories involving the arrest of avocado thieves. Two individuals were caught stealing avocados in the unincorporated area of Santa Paula. In March, Detective Fox was conducting an investigation into a theft of avocados. He later returned to the location of the thefts to conduct a follow-up investigation and install cameras in the event the thieves returned.

When Detective Fox returned, he observed a vehicle driving out of the property that appeared weighed down. Detective Fox stopped the vehicle and discovered it was occupied by two men who had stolen several hundred pounds of avocados. Both men were later arrested for the theft of fruit and it was returned. I am continuing an investigation attempting to link both men to additional thefts in the area.

Also as deputies have been on patrol in the unincorporated area of Moorpark, they have caught thieves parking nearby orchards, walking in on foot and stealing avocados. These thieves were stopped by deputies and arrested.

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Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) are rewarding cyclists in Ventura County’s Bike to Work Week 2015 with a chance to win great prizes such as a new bike, cycling GPS, Kindle, and cell phone bike mounts.

The campaign, which runs May 11-15, promotes the benefits of bicycle commuting and gives cyclists an opportunity to win valuable prizes, take part in “pit stops,” get a free bike tune-up, and more. Interested cyclists are invited to sign up at by filling out a pledge form. Upon completion, cyclists will be eligible to win one of this year’s prizes.

VCTC and VCAPCD will be hosting public “pit stops” at or near the city halls in Camarillo (May 11 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.), Oxnard (May 12 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.), Simi Valley (May 13 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.), Ventura (May 14 from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.), and Thousand Oaks (May 15 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.). Free bike tune-ups courtesy of local bike shops will be offered, as will breakfast refreshments, bike-related giveaways, and informational materials. VCTC also offers free downloads of the Ventura County Bikeways Map, complete pit stop details, and tips for getting ready for Bike to Work Week on its website,

“Bike to Work Week is a great time to work more activity into your daily routine,” noted VCTC Executive Director Darren Kettle. “By combining something you do every day – like commuting to work – with a healthy and environmentally friendly activity such as biking, you can reap so many benefits, both physically and financially.”

Bike to Work Week is the centerpiece of National Bike Month, which is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. National Bike Month and Bike to Work Week represent key opportunities to demonstrate the benefits of bicycling as well as its enduring popularity.

“Biking is a great way to make your lifestyle more active, both at home and at work,” Kettle added. “Once you’ve tried it, we think you’ll agree that it’s a great alternative to sitting behind the wheel day after day.”

For more information about the Ventura County Bike to Work Week 2015 campaign or to download VCTC’s mobile bikeways app, visit or call (800) 438-1112.

$30,000 Grant Will Extend Efforts to Save More Animal Lives in Ventura County

The Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center of Ventura County today announced that ithas been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its “Teach theChildren” program.

S.P.A.R.C. is a nonprofit organization andthe first and only no-kill animalshelter serving Ventura County. Since 2012, S.P.A.R.C. has saved animals likethe cat with the broken pelvis or the dog with a broken leg. Severe illnesses like cancer are a sure deathsentence in most shelters, but at S.P.A.R.C., we do everything in our power to give each animal a secondchance and a forever home. S.P.A.R.C. has an incredible99.5 percent save rate, which is the highest in Ventura County.

The Petco Foundation investment will help to expand our community outreach through specific trainingand education, which will allow S.P.A.R.C. to significantly increase the number of animals who find their “forever homes;” decrease the number of abused, injured and abandoned animals; help identify and find solutions
to keeping a companion animal in its home; and continue to build a community- based infrastructure whichwill translate to any community and help to end the unnecessary deaths of nearly four million animals each year.

The Petco Foundation has served as a voice for companion animals across the country since 1999.Today, with more than 8,000 local animals welfare partners across the country, the Petco Foundationdonates approximately $15 million a year to make a difference in the lives of millions of animals. Theorganization is funded through donations raised during fundraisers conducted in Petco’s more than 1,300 stores across the country, as well as from Petco associates, vendors and corporate contributions. Moneyraised helps fund animal welfare organization, spay and neuter efforts, animal-assisted therapy programs, and humane education. The majority of the funds raised remain in the communities where they wereraised, as well as animal welfare efforts nationwide.

For more information about Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center or the Petco Foundation, or Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter andInstagram or by using the hashtag #PetcoFoundation.

S.P.A.R.C. is a private, non-profit organization and is the first and only no-kill animal shelter in Ventura County. SPARC is a place where homeless animals are brought for humane care without risk of being killed due to lack of space, illness or injury. S.P.A.R.C. relies solely on private donations.

About the Petco Foundation
At the Petco Foundation,we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since1999, the Petco Foundation has invested more than $125 million in life saving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 8,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay/neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other life saving initiatives. Through our “Think Adoption First” program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.

Hilda & Bill Muller
Hilda & Bill Muller
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The Muller, Garcia, Duran and Haro Families wish to thank everyone who has helped us cope with the loss of my husband William “Bill” Muller.

Thank you for the Mass Cards, Flowers, Delicious Food, Prayers, and Condolences & Donations. For sharing memories, for the many Hugs that were so needed. For just being kind and patient with me when I repeated my wonderful memories of life with my husband.

Perhaps you weren’t able to come see me or the family. If you could only say a silent prayer for us, we thank you! To the many colleagues, Ameron employees, Pacific Lighting Sales especially Mike Everett, the Mark Terstriep Family, Jim & Elaine McDaniel, Paqui & Charles Henderson for taking the time to call me personally from faraway places. You were more of a comfort than you could ever imagine, because you shared my tears and pain at the loss of this wonderful friend to all. Also to our friend and Pastor Fr. Artur, who was feeling ill, but did the Mass anyway. Deacon Ramon for being there when we needed his assistance. Michael Lara for his musical talent, Jesse Olivares for leading the Rosary as Bill had requested. Lastly, to Kelly Gomez and Family, for the excellent catering which we all enjoyed.

To my Children, Arleen & Bob Duran, Steve Garcia, and Randy & Mary-Allan Garcia; what a Blessing you are to me! You all promised Bill I would be “taken care of by all”.” I know this helped him to leave in peace. I’ll try to be worthy of this kindness, and never take any of you for granted. Life is too short. Let us serve the Lord with Love and Gratitude the way Bill taught us to by his perfect example of what it means to be a God Loving Christian.

With Love and Gratitude,
Hilda M. Muller