Early in March new banners were presented for hanging: James Leon-Marines; Quinn Keller-Marines, and Christian Robledo-Marines.
Early in March new banners were presented for hanging: James Leon-Marines; Quinn Keller-Marines, and Christian Robledo-Marines.
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VC Area Agency On Aging Speaker Addresses Rotary. Kyle Wilson Rotary President, Jannette Jauregui speaker from the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging, and Bob Hammond.
VC Area Agency On Aging Speaker Addresses Rotary. Kyle Wilson Rotary President, Jannette Jauregui speaker from the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging, and Bob Hammond.
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Work Day At Rancho Camulos Museum. Rotarians at Work Day at the Rancho Camulos Museum. Pictured (l-r) Ian and Sean Morris, Cindy Blatt, Julie Latshaw, Carla, Kyle Wilson, Andy Klittich, Irma Magana. Not pictured Jan Marholin and Martha Richardson.
Work Day At Rancho Camulos Museum. Rotarians at Work Day at the Rancho Camulos Museum. Pictured (l-r) Ian and Sean Morris, Cindy Blatt, Julie Latshaw, Carla, Kyle Wilson, Andy Klittich, Irma Magana. Not pictured Jan Marholin and Martha Richardson.
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Ball Honor Drs. Tom Golden, Bill Hart and Community Leader Barbara Meister

The Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation is holding its 43rd Benefactors’ Ball on Saturday, April 16, with proceeds benefitting the new Community Memorial Hospital.

Three notable individuals will be recognized at this event with the prestigious Cephas Bard Award, named after the founder of the first Community Memorial Hospital. Awardees recognized at the event are: CMH Physician – Dr. Thomas Golden, CMH Retired Physician – Dr. William Hart, and Community Leader of the Year – Barbara Meister.

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Historic Mission San Buenaventura in O’Brien Hall. Dinner is set for 7 p.m., with dancing and music at 8 p.m. The evening is black tie optional. For information, tickets or sponsorship, visit www.benefactorsball.org, or call the foundation office at 805-667-2881.

The event represents an opportunity for residents to support community-based healthcare. The new Community Memorial Hospital will feature advanced medical technology, all private rooms and a considerably larger emergency department.
Community Memorial Hospital is a member of Community Memorial Health System, a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, along with the Centers for Family Health serving various communities within and located in Ventura County, California.

 


 
 


 
The Fillmore Veterans of Foreign Wars presented Shaina Ponce with a certificate of appreciation and $100 for her first place entry in the VFW “Voice of Democracy”. The Voice of Democracy contest is open to all high school students within the Fillmore Unified School District. This year’s theme was “My Vision for America.” Shaina took first place at the Fillmore VFW Post level. Pictured (l-r) are Commander Jim Rogers, Shaina Ponce and her mother Irene Madrigal.
The Fillmore Veterans of Foreign Wars presented Shaina Ponce with a certificate of appreciation and $100 for her first place entry in the VFW “Voice of Democracy”. The Voice of Democracy contest is open to all high school students within the Fillmore Unified School District. This year’s theme was “My Vision for America.” Shaina took first place at the Fillmore VFW Post level. Pictured (l-r) are Commander Jim Rogers, Shaina Ponce and her mother Irene Madrigal.
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Yoli’s Folkloric joins Chamber of Commerce Ari Larson from the Fillmore Chamber of Commerce welcomes Yolanda Palomares from Yoli’s Folkloric Purses & Accessories with a chamber membership plaque.
Yoli’s Folkloric joins Chamber of Commerce Ari Larson from the Fillmore Chamber of Commerce welcomes Yolanda Palomares from Yoli’s Folkloric Purses & Accessories with a chamber membership plaque.
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Rotary President Kyle Wilson welcomes Councilmember Carrie Broggie to Fillmore Rotary.
Rotary President Kyle Wilson welcomes Councilmember Carrie Broggie to Fillmore Rotary.

Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Carrie and her husband, Scott, moved to Ventura in 1987 where they raised their three children, Amanda, Matthew, and Kevin. In 2010, when they became “empty-nesters,” they sold their home and moved to Fillmore. Carrie became active in the community initially be being appointed to the Film Commission. In 2014, she ran for and won a seat on the city council, and is now mayor pro tem. When Carrie is not busy with city council matters, she works at the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office where she has been a legal assistant since 1993.

While campaigning for City Council, Carrie was invited to a Rotary meeting by Cindy Blat, a long-time Rotarian. At the time, Carrie knew little about Rotary, but she had somehow conceived the idea that it was really an organization made up of older, retired men. Nevertheless, since Carrie had only lived in Fillmore for a mere four years, she thought attending a Rotary meeting would allow her the opportunity to meet more Fillmorians – not a bad thing to do when one is campaigning for votes!

At that first meeting, Carrie realized she’d had a misconception as to what Rotary was really all about. She learned quickly about the work they do for the local community, their efforts to battle polio worldwide, and their genuine friendship and comradery for one another. (Not to mention that the members turned out to be a diverse group of men and women of all ages!) From that very first meeting, Carrie has experienced the welcoming spirit and kindness by this group of early Wednesday morning risers, and she has witnessed many other guests treated likewise.

So what started out to be a breakfast to meet potential voters has become an integral part of Carrie’s life. She has forged lifetime friendships, and she knows that long after she retires from her day job at the District Attorney’s Office and her city council seat, she will be rising early on Wednesdays to join her fellow Rotarians for breakfast.

 
Three members of Explorer Post #2958 presented a video, at Rotary, on their recent competition. They also expressed their appreciation for the way the Sheriff ’s Department prepares them for these experiences. Rotary donated $750 toward this program. Pictured are Kyle Wilson, Matt Hammond, Nick Bartels and Danielle Ramirez.
Three members of Explorer Post #2958 presented a video, at Rotary, on their recent competition. They also expressed their appreciation for the way the Sheriff ’s Department prepares them for these experiences. Rotary donated $750 toward this program. Pictured are Kyle Wilson, Matt Hammond, Nick Bartels and Danielle Ramirez.
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Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, a Fillmore Chamber of Commerce member, receives their membership plaque. They are committed to helping their client families with compassionate, professional and personal service. Pictured from left to right: Martin Guerrero, Ralph Jimenez, Ari Larson, Maura Gomez, Linda Vazquez and Irma Magana.
Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, a Fillmore Chamber of Commerce member, receives their membership plaque. They are committed to helping their client families with compassionate, professional and personal service. Pictured from left to right: Martin Guerrero, Ralph Jimenez, Ari Larson, Maura Gomez, Linda Vazquez and Irma Magana.
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One Step a la Vez is an after school teen and community center where youth learn from each other and mentors, and where responsibility to self and community are modeled and explored daily.

One program of the center is a twice monthly food distribution. One Step youth members organize and hand out food to 80-100 families each distribution.

This program would not be possible without One Step volunteers Paul Benavidez, Bob Carson, Bill Dewey, Tom Wilson, Hank Weishaar. Twice a month, rain or shine, they donate their personal vehicles, fuel, time, physical labor and community spirit to drive to Food Share in Oxnard, choose the best produce and food available and bring it back to Fillmore to be handed out.

Volunteer Rosa Stamm donates her time to help distribute food, clean up afterward and then teach the One Step youth what they might cook with the available produce and food.

Site Director Ricky Miranda notes, "Our volunteers are a constant. Staff and youth members may change but they are a constant. This is so important. They come every time and they create a continuity for us."

One Step food distribution in partnership with FOOD Share occurs the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 4pm. 421 Sespe Ave. Fillmore, CA For more information call 805-625-7067

 
April 16, 2016

Community Memorial Health System will hold a free prediabetes/diabetes seminar on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to noon at Community Memorial Hospital, 147 N. Brent St., followed by a series of workshops held during April and May.

The seminar, to be held in CMH’s eighth-floor Nichols Auditorium, will provide information on a variety of topics at the following times:

 9 a.m. – What is Prediabetes/Diabetes?, presented by Debra Ouyang, M.D., specializing in endocrinology
 9:30 a.m. – Complications/Prevention, presented by Loquintha Rex, DNP, Nurse Practioner
 10 a.m. – Metabolic Syndrome, presented by David Lyons, M.D., specializing in internal medicine
 10:30 a.m. – Expert panel, presented by Drs. Ouyang, Lyons, nurse Practioner’s Rex, Andrea Ricketts and registered dietitian Jennifer Girtsman
 11 a.m. – Blood sugar screenings and HGBA1c (optional) by CMHS medical residents.

Follow-up, one-hour Wednesday evening prediabetes/diabetes workshops also will be held. They are: What is a Carbohydrate and Label Reading? on April 20; Exercise on April 27; Medications/Self-Management on May 4; and Celebrity Chef Cooking Demonstration on May 11.

The workshops will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the eighth-floor Nichols Auditorium. A one-time $10 materials fee must be paid prior to the first workshop. The maximum class size is 24.

For reservations and more information, email healthaware@cmhshealth.org or call the CMHS HealthAware program at 805/667-2818.

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, along with the Centers for Family Health serving various communities within and located in Ventura County, California.

 

FARM WATCH: MINDSET OF A THIEF
A message from Detective Chip Cadman:
Farm Watch readers, on Sunday (March 6th), Sheriff’s Deputies were patrolling in the unincorporated area of Santa Paula due to recent avocado thefts. While in the 1700 block of South Mountain Road, Deputies were able to detain and later arrest (S) Jorge Chavez (34 years) for petty theft with priors [666(a) California Penal Code], and receiving stolen property [496(a) California Penal Code], now both Proposition 47 misdemeanors.
During their investigation, Deputies discovered Chavez walking away from a local avocado property carrying sweatpants made into a make shift backpack, over his shoulder, loaded with avocados. Chavez told Deputies, he was given permission from the property owner to harvest the fruit. Deputies contacted the owner of the property and quickly established this was a lie. Chavez then explained to Deputies: It was the ranch owner’s fault for not building a bigger fence to keep him out. Chavez said, he was not responsible for the theft since the fence did not protect the avocado trees very well. Deputies learned Chavez was responsible for similar thefts and booked him into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility, because his criminal behavior was likely to continue.
Several properties in this area have previously been the victims of avocado thefts. If you own property in this area, please take additional steps to protect your property and report suspicious activity to Sheriff’s Dispatch. Based upon Chavez’ statement, it is clear in the mind of a thief, it is the property owner’s fault for not taking steps to prevent a theft from occurring. If you have been the recent victim of a theft, please contact Sheriff’s Dispatch and request a deputy respond to your location to take a crime report, so we can try and tie this suspect to more crimes. Please look at the below posted photograph of the suspect and see if you recognize him as being on your property. A collaborative effort will help us prevail over criminals.

03/06/2016
Jorge Chavez
The following advice is always wise if you suspect illegal activity on your property:
• Call the Sheriff’s Office immediately at 911.
• Be a good witness, note suspect descriptions such as age, height, weight, facial hair, clothing, and shoe type.
• If a vehicle is involved, obtain a license plate number and note vehicle color, body damage, bumper stickers, camper shell, after market tires and wheels, etc.
• Provide the dispatcher with information about the time and last known direction of travel.

Be alert and stay safe!
Chip

Geoff Dean – Sheriff
Gary Pentis - Undersheriff
Steve DeCesari - Assistant Sheriff
Guy Stewart - Assistant Sheriff

 

The Ventura County Rose Society will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 24, 2016 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, We will have our Little Rose Show at 7:00 P.M. Our presentation will begin at 7:30 P.M.

The VCRS meeting will feature Jolene Adams, former American Rose Society President, who will be speaking about roses. Jolene's expertise and knowledge will certainly provide an excellent lecture.

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 http://www.venturarose.org/

 
Fillmore Chamber board member Ari Larson presents a membership plaque to Amy Fonzo from California Resources Corp. CRC is the largest oil and natural gas producer in California on a gross-operated basis. CRC is proud to support the Fillmore community where it operates and producing “Energy for California by Californians.”
Fillmore Chamber board member Ari Larson presents a membership plaque to Amy Fonzo from California Resources Corp. CRC is the largest oil and natural gas producer in California on a gross-operated basis. CRC is proud to support the Fillmore community where it operates and producing “Energy for California by Californians.”
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Theresa Robledo presents Civic Pride Vision 20/20 Yard of the Month along with a generous gift Certificate from Otto &  Sons Nursery for $40 to Ray & Nancy Cervantez.
Theresa Robledo presents Civic Pride Vision 20/20 Yard of the Month along with a generous gift Certificate from Otto & Sons Nursery for $40 to Ray & Nancy Cervantez.
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We have lived on Galvin Lane for 16 years and started with a blank canvas. We put in all new brick flower beds and walkway to the front porch. We love White Birch trees so planted 2 groups of them in the front yard along with a Forest Pansy Redbud flowering tree.

In the backyard we have a tree that was grafted with 6 different varieties of fruits that is special to us.

I like to plant things I can cut and bring into the house, Roses and Lavender with Mexican Heather as groundcover that has a beautiful purple flower.

The bird bath is special to me; it was my moms. She was a wonderful gardener and loved flowers.

My husband Ray does all the lawn and tree care, I care for the plants.

We take pride in our home and yard.

 
Emergency Services Presentation. Darryl Smith from the Office of Emergency Services presented a program on preparedness including how to get on Twitter, Nixle, and weather sites to stay in touch with what is happening.
Emergency Services Presentation. Darryl Smith from the Office of Emergency Services presented a program on preparedness including how to get on Twitter, Nixle, and weather sites to stay in touch with what is happening.
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Rotary presents $500 donation to FHS Swim Team. The Rotary Club presented a check for $500 to the FHS swim team. Team members with Kyle Wilson, President and Swim Coach and Teacher, Telana Burns.
Rotary presents $500 donation to FHS Swim Team. The Rotary Club presented a check for $500 to the FHS swim team. Team members with Kyle Wilson, President and Swim Coach and Teacher, Telana Burns.
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Thank you to the Soroptomists International of Fillmore for your generous donation to the Fillmore High School Arts Show. We appreciate your continued support of the event. This years’ show will be held on Thursday April 14th at the Veterans Memorial Building and will feature art, music, drama and dance.
Thank you to the Soroptomists International of Fillmore for your generous donation to the Fillmore High School Arts Show. We appreciate your continued support of the event. This years’ show will be held on Thursday April 14th at the Veterans Memorial Building and will feature art, music, drama and dance.
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Guest's first look at the new Tom McGrath Teen Study Room.
Guest's first look at the new Tom McGrath Teen Study Room.
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After six years of a vision and the past 18 months on the job, the new Tom McGrath Teen Study Room at the Boys & Girls Club in Fillmore is now open for teens. Years ago Board Member Tom McGrath had a vision to change the old girls shower room (The Fillmore Club used to be the old girls’ gym from Fillmore High School) into a room for teens to study and do their school work. The Fillmore Club has a daily attendance of 120-165 youth and no place for teens. Tom was able to begin the project about six years ago when he arranged to have the Seabees come in and demolish the shower stalls. They cleared away some of the rubble, but then due to a lack of funding the room sat. Unfortunately in the following years Tom passed away and the room still sat. About 18 months ago the project came alive again and County Supervisor Kathy Long gave now CEO Jan Marholin $25,000 to restart the project and also introduced her to the men and women of IBEW 952 and also Local 150. These wonderful people donated their time and labor on the weekends to help build this room. The project also involved the Tom McGrath family who ran a matching funds campaign targeting friends and family. Jan Marholin was also able to secure donated materials such as drywall, concrete, rebar, etc to help cut building expenses.

The room has cutting edge technology and will soon have maker space platforms. Also, by having this new room , it will be the first time that the Club has been able to house a reading library for kids. The teens will be able to have lessons in financial literacy and instructions on filling out job applications and how to interview for a job. This truly is a team effort of support and a win win for our local teens.

 
The Boy Scouts from Troop 406 were recently visited by Eagle Scout Zachary Gautsch. Zachary is currently an environmental engineer with AECOM and is a lead engineer for groundwater restoration at the former Texaco Fillmore Works Refinery/Pacific Coast Pipeline site. Zach showed the scouts how the specialized equipment at the site functions and explained the details of the current groundwater cleanup process at the site. Zach also explained how his Scouting experiences helped him prepare for his education and career as an engineer. He answered the scouts’ questions about finding a rewarding career and urged them to become Eagle Scouts also. Thanks goes to Chevron Environmental Management Company and Fillmore Rentals, who made this tour possible.
The Boy Scouts from Troop 406 were recently visited by Eagle Scout Zachary Gautsch. Zachary is currently an environmental engineer with AECOM and is a lead engineer for groundwater restoration at the former Texaco Fillmore Works Refinery/Pacific Coast Pipeline site. Zach showed the scouts how the specialized equipment at the site functions and explained the details of the current groundwater cleanup process at the site. Zach also explained how his Scouting experiences helped him prepare for his education and career as an engineer. He answered the scouts’ questions about finding a rewarding career and urged them to become Eagle Scouts also. Thanks goes to Chevron Environmental Management Company and Fillmore Rentals, who made this tour possible.
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Ari Larson representing the Fillmore Chamber of Commerce presents Blake Allred with Freedom Mortgage his membership plaque. Freedom Mortgage is dedicated to helping customers achieve the American dream of home ownership. Blake can be reached at 805.208.9046
Ari Larson representing the Fillmore Chamber of Commerce presents Blake Allred with Freedom Mortgage his membership plaque. Freedom Mortgage is dedicated to helping customers achieve the American dream of home ownership. Blake can be reached at 805.208.9046
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