3400 Pint Challenge To Boost Donations Before July 4th Weekend

Ventura - United Blood Services Central Coast has collected nearly 1600 pints of blood entering the second week of the 3400 pint challenge. Donations in early June had declined dramatically as the public’s focus shifted to graduation, vacation plans and visiting relatives. United Blood Service Central Coast issued a 3400 pint challenge to raise awareness of the summer roller coaster donation trends that can trigger blood shortages. The challenge started June 16th and will end July 3rd as United Blood Services works with a number of promotional partners to encourage and thank volunteer blood donors.

In Ventura County, The Habit Burger Grill has partnered with United Blood Services through July 3rd. If you are over age 17 and weigh at least 110 pounds, donate blood at a nearby Blood Center (in Ventura, Camarillo or Thousand Oaks) or at a nearby blood drive. Every Ventura County blood donor who donates blood will help us reach the 3400 pint challenge and walk away with a certificate for a FREE CHARBURGER, FRIES AND COKE from The Habit Burger Grill as a special thank you.

UBSCC Centers:

San Luis Obispo:
4119 S. Broad St. 543-4290. Mon & Tue: 10- 6 ; Wed & Th: 10-7 ; Fri: 8 - 3 ; Sun: 8-1

Santa Maria:
1770 S. Broadway. 928-2546. Mon & Tue: 10- 6 ; Wed & Th: 10- 7 ; Fri: 8 - 3

Santa Barbara:
902 Laguna St. 965-7037. Mon & Tue: 10- 6 ; Wed & Th: 10- 7 ; Fri: 8 - 3

Ventura:
1756 Eastman Ave. 1-800-715-3699. Mon & Tue: 10- 6 ; Wed & Th: 10- 7 ; Fri: 8 - 2

Camarillo:
2105 Pickwick Dr. 1-800-715-3699. Mon & Wed: 1- 7

Thousand Oaks:
1321 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 1-800-715-3699. Tue & Th: 1- 7

 


 

The following Farmers Insurance agents have been inducted into the Farmers' "Topper Club" of
Farmers' top sales producers.

* Christopher Bandy, Farmers Insurance District Manager in Camarillo

* Paul Maher, Farmers Insurance Agent in Fillmore

* Dale Watson, Farmers Insurance Agent in Oxnard

* Alice Basurto, Farmers Insurance Agent in Oxnard

* Raquel Gomez, Farmers Insurance Agent in Santa Paula

* Ronnette Cortez, Farmers Insurance Agent in Santa Paula

* Matt Jackson, Farmers Insurance Agent in Simi Valley

* Gloria Kilmer, Farmers Insurance Agent in Ventura

* Michelle Tamburri, Farmers Insurance Agent in Ventura

They have been recognized by Farmers for their outstanding sales achievements in 2007.

"Farmers congratulates these individuals on qualifying for this year's Topper Club. They are committed to providing quality insurance coverages and industry-leading service to Farmers' customers," noted Executive Vice president of Field Operations, Jerry Carnahan.

Farmers Group, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Zurich Financial Services Group, an insurance-based financial services provider with a global network of subsidiaries and offices in North America and Europe as well as in Asia Pacific, Latin America and other markets. Farmers(r) is the nation's third-largest Personal Lines Property & Casualty insurance group.

Headquartered in Los Angeles and doing business in 41 states, the insurers comprising the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies provide Homeowners, Auto, Business, Life insurance and financial services to more than 10 million households through 17,000 exclusive agents and district managers.. For more information about Farmers, visit our Web site at www.farmers.com.

 


 
Rotary International
Rotary International

The Rotary Club of Fillmore Sun Risers did its part to make sure the Wide World of Books project sets a world record for the largest book drive ever during the Rotary International convention June 15-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Club President Ken Smedley says the club gathered 200 children’s books in the weeks leading up to the Convention in preparation for the drive.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this very special project that benefits our children by promoting literacy and cross-cultural awareness,” President Ken says.

At the invitation of the Southern California and Southern Nevada Rotary clubs hosting the convention, many of the nearly 20,000 registrants from more than 140 countries brought children’s books representing their home cultures and languages for the Wide World of Books project. This international book drive, co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times’ Reading by 9 program, gathered 242,624 books to be donated to public school students in grades K-3 throughout the region, where studies show too many children read below grade level.

An adjudicator from Guinness World Records was present to certify that the project was the largest book drive ever completed in one week. Even Rotary members unable to make the trip to Los Angeles were involved, either by shipping books directly to the convention or by contributing through a “virtual book drive”.

During the convention, a symbolic “mountain of books” welcomed convention registrants and members of the public in the atrium of the Los Angeles Convention Center, where Rotary members read to local schoolchildren.

“It is symbolic that the mountain of books aas built atop the world map in the atrium’s floor design,” says local Rotary leader Ingo Werk, who chairs the project, noting that nearly 100 languages are spoken throughout the diverse Los Angeles Unified School District.

The book drive is just one example of the hundreds of literacy-related projects supported by Rotary clubs worldwide. “Literacy is crucial in determining a person’s overall academic, professional, and personal success,” says Werk.

The Rotary convention is the humanitarian service organization’s most important meeting of the year, giving members from around the world an opportunity to plan service projects, share success stories and renew acquaintances. It is often described as a “mini-United Nations” due to its international and cultural diversity.

 


 
 


 
Fillmore will host its annual community fireworks show on July 4 at dusk at Fillmore Middle School

The show will be noticeably different from past year’s displays, with the most obvious change being the location of the show shifting from Fillmore High School to Fillmore Middle School. The high school football field was host to the show in the past, but over the past year an all-weather track was installed on the field to replace the previous dirt lanes, making the field incompatible with fireworks.
There will be no seating for the public at Fillmore Middle School. All Fillmore city parks will be open to residents and visitors, and persons may set off Safe and Sane fireworks at those locations while fireworks are for sale in the City. As a result of no public seating, there will be no ground show as part of the fireworks display this year but an increase in the number of aerial shells.
All school grounds in Fillmore will be closed on the Fourth of July. Persons who enter school grounds will be subject to arrest or citation for trespassing.
The show will begin at approximately 9 p.m. and continue for 15 to 20 minutes. Most locations in the City should have an excellent view of the show.
For more information please call (805) 524-3701.

 


 
An artists rendering of the Fillmore Aquatics & Tennis Facility.
An artists rendering of the Fillmore Aquatics & Tennis Facility.
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New Pool and Tennis site under construction.
New Pool and Tennis site under construction.
Photo by Fillmore Police Chief Tim Hagel
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New Pool and Tennis site under construction.
New Pool and Tennis site under construction.
Photo by Fillmore Police Chief Tim Hagel
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New Pool and Tennis site under construction.
New Pool and Tennis site under construction.
Photo by Fillmore Police Chief Tim Hagel
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New Pool and Tennis site under construction.
New Pool and Tennis site under construction.
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Conway Spitler
Conway Spitler

The 70th anniversary of graduation from Fillmore High was celebrated by the Class of 1938 with a luncheon at Mama Sue's Kitchen and attending the alumni dinner in the evening!
Besides getting to see each other and bringing all up-to-date on what has happened and is happening to each one there were a number of the next generation who came and worked like beavers assisting the "old" folk!
Mama Sue's Kitchen was a delightful place to have the reunion and we all recommend it very, very highly. The service was done with class.
The class was very sorry that the following classmates could not attend because of illness: Dora Siechert Hall, Barbara Hall Stillman, Evelyn Cozier Grove, Virginia Scott Edwards, Dr. Isabel Tavares and Jack Wilson. Greetings were received!
Special thanks go to Beverly McNair and Lisa Blackburn (daughters of Helen and Crowin McNair) for their outstanding assistance in decorating the room along with flowers of blue and white. Class members were right there assisting in getting the room to be very festive.
A quilt was made by John Couch's daughter. You must see it to believe this creation! The class photographs from the Copa de Oro were printed to cloth, along with the picture of the administration building, and then transferred to cloth. From there Fillmore High and Class of 1938 was added and it was then hand quilted. You have to see it to believe what a outstanding piece of art was made by this young lady for her father and John gave it to the class. He then decided to give it as gift by having classmates draw the one to receive this treasure. And, guess who got it legally? Conway Spitler!
It was decided this should be placed in the high school Hall of Fame. We hear rumors that the Hall of Fame has been taken over by the school store! But, will investigate.
John Couch presented each classmate with a 2008 Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin. What a beautiful coin! John has done this at each reunion we have had these past years.
John Corwin, husband of Helen Coleman Corwin, painted a beautiful painting of the administrative building. Remember the little coupe in the original picture? Well John put in his coupe into the picture! It is remarkable the talent these people have.
Luncheon was served by two very efficient young waitresses with selections made by each class member.
After luncheon the program began with a blessing by Trusten Hart. Betty Ann Kirkpatrick Hawk gave the class greetings followed by introduction of each class- mate and our two special guests Superintendent Jeff Sweeney and Bill Reaves '60 who comes each year from the State of Washington to help with the alumni dinner set up and take down.
Absent from the dinner because of illness was Dora Siechert Hall, Barbara Hall Stillman, Evelyn Cozier Grove, Jack Wilson, Virginia Scott Edwards, Virginia Ruthrauff Swaffield, and Dr. Isabel Tavares.
Classmates attending the dinner were: Priscilla Cobb Baker, Barbara Ellswroth Bates, Beverly Burke Thomas, George Stowell Burson, Helen Coleman, McNair, John Couch, Trusten Hart, Bette Kirkpatrick Hawk, Bernice LeBard Landers, Betty Pearson Tavaglione, Harry Peyton, R. Conway Spitler, Elton Wagner, and James Walker.
Remembrance of deceased class members was note by Trusten Hart.
A listing of the historical events of 1938 was given by Conway Spitler followed by the giving of the coin!
It was determined that this was would be our last reunion!

 
Fillmore High Alumni Association
Fillmore High Alumni Association

Two hundred and fifty Fillmore High alumni members and their guests enjoyed an evening of reminiscing, good food and visiting with friends that had not been seen for many years at the Fillmore City Park last Saturday. The graduating classes of 1933, 1938, 1943, 1948, 1953, and 1958 were well represented as this year's honored classes. A good attendance was had for most of the other classes between 1930 and 1970 and each class was represented by their Copa de Oro pictures that were displayed on the Parade of Classes as a backdrop for the speaker's dais.
The meeting was opened with the posting of the colors by Troop 406 of the Boy Scouts of America, which was followed by the invocation by Manny Martinez, class of '71. The excellent dinner again was catered by Doug Binns of D.J.'s catering. The 2008 John and Nit Lemley scholarships were presented to Laura Orozco and Kassaundra Sandoval by John Lemley, class of '61. Alumni scholarships were presented to Ashley Grande,
Christina Amezcua, Briana Rojo, Julio Cesar Chavez, Angelica Serna and Luis Munoz by Vice President Mark Ortega.
Corinna Mozley presented the Parade of Classes by introducing those honored classes that were in attendance. Door prizes, that were provided by alumni members, Kathleen McCreary, Betty Carpenter, Gertrude Lovelace, Lupe Vasquez, Calvin & Lavonne Deeter and Dick Mosbarger were awarded to sixteen lucky alumni members. The 50-50 drawing was won by Elaine Ipswitch, who, along with her husband, Ron had driven down from South Dakota to attend this year's dinner. Elaine said that the money won just might pay for the gas on their return home. A Toolie Palmer bark art picture that was donated by Kathleen McCreary was won by Susan Adams, and a second picture, donated by Calvin & Lavonne Deeter was won by Bill Wilson.
Bob Horn, class of '58 nominated the alumni officers for the 2008-2009, and they were unanimously elected. All officers who have served this year were re-elected as were the two new board members, Glenda DeJarnette and Tricia Gradias. The alumni association is pleased to have these two ladies added to the board.
The evening program ended with the singing of the alma mater which was lead by Mark Ortega.
A program such as this annual dinner cannot be a success without the help of many people, and most of the work was done by the board of directors who planned, organized and carried out the entire evening. Great help was also provided by Matt Mozley, Bill Walden, Bill Reaves, Barry Thompson, Monte Carpenter and John Zermeno, who helped set up and take down the displays. The alumni also thanks Filmore Rentals for providing lights, Fillmore Building Supply and Harold Foy for providing the dais and John Wilber for providing the P. A. system. Bob Cox did a great job in taking pictures of the evening's events. The board is already planning for next year's dinner, which will be held, once again, at the Memorial Building. More information and pictures will appear in the next issue of Flashbacks, which will come out in August, the Fillmore Gazette, and on the alumni website.
Two lost items were found and can be retrieved by contacting the alumni office. One item is a woman's jacket and the other is a memory chip from a digital camera. We are quite sure the owners would like to have them back. Call (805) 524-0416 if either of these items is yours.
The alumni board of directors thanks all members and guests who attended this year's dinner and helped make it the success that it was.

 
 
Lauren Shield takes fifth place in her first attempt in the beginner level.
Lauren Shield takes fifth place in her first attempt in the beginner level.
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Kings Corner Training Stables
Kayla Ryman, 7 yrs old won High Point Champion in the 12 & under division.
Kayla Ryman, 7 yrs old won High Point Champion in the 12 & under division.
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Caitlyn Teague, rides her horse in her fi rst training level competition.
Caitlyn Teague, rides her horse in her fi rst training level competition.
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The riders from Kings Corner Training Stables of Fillmore have been making their mark at the local Horse Shows. Showing their abilities in English and Western riding and Combined Training.

Kayla Ryman, 7 years old, of Fillmore was the 12 and under High Point Champion at the latest ETI Corral 126 Horse show Sunday. Kayla is the daughter of James and Shelly Reiman of Fillmore. She was aboard her horse, Cute as a Button. Her brother Connor won the leadline class on his horse Black Jack.

Keelie Buck on her horse Wild Heart's Trimmed in Lace was the the 18 & over Western Champion and her husband Dave Buck was Reserve Champion on Wild Heart's Rich in Color. Karen Schott on Tucker won both Reining classes and her daughter Jessica was the 12 & Under Western Reserve Champion.

Darian Binkley on Wild Heart's Pico's Angel was the Reserve Champion 12 & Under English Rider and Champion 12 & Under Western Rider.

Also competeing from Kings Corner Training Stables was Shadney Elwell, of Simi Valley, on her horse Picture of Ellagance, who was the 18 & over English High Point Champion. Tristan Swor of Oxnard riding Golden Knight was the 13-17 English High point champion.

Lauren Shield, daughter of Tim and Sylvia Shield of Santa Paula, competed last week at the Meadows of Moorpark Horse Trail. Riders were required to perform in three phases, Dressage, Cross Country and Stadium Jumping. Lauren roder Yours for a Knight to a fifth place finish at her first attempt at the nationally recognized level of Beginner Novice.

Emily Walter of Simi Valley on Court Jester had a great show on her horse Court Jester, having both a clear round in Cross Country and Stadium Jumping. Caitlyn Teague, of Santa Paula rode her horse About Last Knight in her first Training level competition! Jenny Brock of Fillmore, rode My Knight in Shining Armor to a beautiful finish at the Training Level.

These riders and many others train at Kings Corner Training Stables in Fillmore. Owned and operated by Taurie Banks for over 17 years, the facility has continued to aid riders and their horses in achieving their goals. With experience in many riding diciplines, the stables offer riders a variety of riding styles and they compete all over the state on many different circuits.

This summer Kings Corner Training Stables is expanding their summer program with additional private lessons, added instructors, and a summer day camp program. Riders are not required to own their own horses and can start at any level of ability from beginner through advanced. For more information, please call Kings Corner Training Stables (805) 524-9345.

 
The Herrera family enjoy the event at their Fillmore home.
The Herrera family enjoy the event at their Fillmore home.
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The local Fillmore Soroptimist celebrated its 50th Anniversary at a thoroughly enjoyable event on May 29, 2008, at the Herrera estate
Don Downey and wife Deena enjoy the cool summer night at the Herrera home.
Don Downey and wife Deena enjoy the cool summer night at the Herrera home.
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President Oralia Herrera and past president Terri Aguirre.
President Oralia Herrera and past president Terri Aguirre.
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Elaine Dunst, a charter member, was welcomed at the party with members of her family. Greetings were sent from early members such as Lorraine Galvin Jones and Janine Rees.

Other dignitaries included City Council members, Patti Walker and Scott Lee, who presented a proclamation, signed by Mayor Steve Conaway, from the City of Fillmore. City Staff was represented by Assistant City Manager, Bill Bartels. Also helping to celebrate were representatives from service groups such as the Rotary Clubs--both SunRiser and Noontime--Lions, which sent greetings, Fillmore Historical Museum, and Camulos Ranch.

Mistress of Ceremonies was Kathi Marsden. Chair for the Event was Kathleen Briggs and her Committee's participants were Terri Aguirre, Oralia Herrera, Jeri Schleimer, Cleo Friddle, Marianne Crane, Sandi Ward, Jeanne Warren, Norma Mercado, Kathy Vargas, and Sarah Hansen.

Arriving guests were greeted in the evening with classical music performed by Joe Aguirre. While overlooking the San Cayetano Mountains, the group was served outdoors by Food and Beverage Caterers Dan Herrera, the Rick Wattles, and the Tom Curnetts.

Part of the evening's activities included installation, by Soroptimist International Governor Sharon Seldon-Lyde, of the new 2008-2009 officers, who will be Oralia Herrera, President; Marianne Crane, Vice President; Terri Aguirre, Recording Secretary; Lynn Edmonds, Corresponding Secretary; and Cleo Friddle, Treasurer. Others to serve will be Jeri Schleimer and Sarah Hansen, Directors; Sandi Ward and Kathy Vargas, Regional Delegates; and Cleo Friddle and Kathleen Briggs, Alternate Delegates. Past president for these past two years has been Terri Aguirre.

Over the years this service club, with its fundraising and talented members, has made memorable contributions to the Community, which initially included a resuscitator to the newly opened Santa Paula Hospital in 1959 and the concrete benches for the Fillmore Library. Also later, given to the City and Community were downtown business trash containers, Christmas trees and other decorations, rose bushes for street planters, trees planted along the bike path and the Gazebo. Display cases were given to the Fillmore Museum. More recently, the group has promoted the welfare of women and girls through local scholarships and health and protection issues, contributed to school activities, such as Art Show, Sespe Players, Writing Awards, Citizenship and Grad Night Live, and assisted with beautification projects, including wild flower plantings and bike path maintenance. The Fire Department has also been a recipient of various donations for equipment and projects.

Through its efforts, over the past 50 years, Fillmore Soroptimist, along with other local service groups, certainly has made a remarkable difference for the Community and demonstrated the need for continuing service and club activities, which benefit all the Community, including the awareness of its own members.

 
Linnea Fechtner
Linnea Fechtner
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The Fechtner family has someone to be proud of this graduating season

St. Bonaventure High school Valedictorian Linnea Fechtner, of Fillmore, is on her way to Notre Dame in the fall. It’s no surprise to anyone who knows the accomplished young woman who held a cumulative GPA of 4.24.
Linnea has been garnering awards and academia for years. Some of her awarded accomplishments are: Ventura Count Star Scholar, Bank of America Achievement Award-Liberal Arts, Life Membership Award from CA Scholarship Federation, Member of the National Honor Society, Member of the National Society for High School Scholars, National Merit Scholar Finalist. She also received the President’s Education Awards Programs Outstanding Academic Excellence Award, Scholar in the National Hispanic Recognition Program, Senior Award for Journalism-People Editor, Qualified for Bronze level with Merit for acting from the London Academy for music and Dramatic arts, and Valedictorian of the St. Bonaventure High School graduating class of 2008, where she sang lyrics from a Beatles tune, “I Don’t Know You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello.”
Linnea’s proud family congratulate her on her many accomplishments: parents Micheal & Diane Fechtner, grandparents Mercy & Lupe Ramirez and Howard & Linda Fechtner, and sister Sigourney Fechtner, who also graduated from St. Bonaventure and is now finishing her first year at UC Davis.
In her farewell speech as Valedictorian Linnea summed up the bases of her academic success, “The beauty of education is not that it teaches you facts and figures. It’s that in learning the information, you learn about yourself. Take what you are and present it to the world with courage and integrity, without apology or submission.”

 
Pictured above with Mark Ortega are the 2008 Alumni Scholarship Recipients: (l-r) Luiz Munoz, Angelica Serna, Julio Chavez, Briana Rojo, Christina Amezcua, Ashley Grande, Andy Klittich, Kaussandra Sandoval, and Laura Orozco. (Photos by Dick Mosbarger)
Pictured above with Mark Ortega are the 2008 Alumni Scholarship Recipients: (l-r) Luiz Munoz, Angelica Serna, Julio Chavez, Briana Rojo, Christina Amezcua, Ashley Grande, Andy Klittich, Kaussandra Sandoval, and Laura Orozco. (Photos by Dick Mosbarger)
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John & Nit Lemley Scholarship Recipients: Laura Orozco Mark Ortega (Alumni), and Kaussaundra Sandoval.
John & Nit Lemley Scholarship Recipients: Laura Orozco Mark Ortega (Alumni), and Kaussaundra Sandoval.
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Piru Petroleum Club: Tenea Golson, Stephanie Butts, Bernadette Alamillo and Linda Edmonds (Piru Petroleum).
Piru Petroleum Club: Tenea Golson, Stephanie Butts, Bernadette Alamillo and Linda Edmonds (Piru Petroleum).
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Balden/Scanlin Scholar/Athlete Award: Ashley Grande, Assistant Principal Epi Torres, and Christina Amezcua.
Balden/Scanlin Scholar/Athlete Award: Ashley Grande, Assistant Principal Epi Torres, and Christina Amezcua.
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Fillmore, CA……Classic car owners with pre 1975-era, show quality vehicles are encouraged to enter their cars in the Sespe Creek Car Show being held in downtown Fillmore on Friday, July 4th. There will be 32 categories of judging from street rods, mustangs, stock, modified, muscle, drag and many, many others. Each vehicle owner chooses the category they wish to compete in. The event will begin at 9:00am and winners will be announced at 3:00pm. Fillmore & Western Railway is the event coordinator and will be accepting entries through the end of the month, but car owners are urged to register their vehicles as soon as possible for best street placement. Over 300 cars are expected to be displayed during the event.

The car show is part of an all-day festival in Fillmore’s downtown Central Park. Activities include a horseshoe tournament, commercial vendors, arts & craft vendors, food vendors and live music by House Arrest on the steps of City Hall.

For an application or more information, please call Fillmore & Western Railway at 805-524-2546.

 
Conway Spitler
Conway Spitler

Class of 1938 70th anniversary reunion is just about to come about. In fact, June 14 to be exact. As of this writing there are thirteen members indicating they are coming for luncheon at Mama Sues Kitchen. With twelve attending the alumni banquet in the evening.
Also accompanying these 1938 graduates are a number of wives and the grandchildren of the graduates. Also we have a number of special guests including our new superintendent of schools, Jeff Sweeney, and Bill Reaves from Fife, Oregon. Bill comes down every year to help the alumni set up the alumni dinner. Yet, the alumni has difficulty in getting locals to help set up the dinner.
Those attending previous alumni dinners knows that Bill Reaves '60 comes down every year to help the alumni set up the alumni dinner facilities. He has done this for a number of years!
This year we are going to miss Benny Benson Ward, who also has helped with the dinner, as her daughter is graduating this year! She is also a faithful graduate of Fillmore High.
The cities Class of 38 members are coming from include: Santa Cruz, Bakersfield, San Antonio, Texas; Roseburg, Oregon; Ventura; Olympia, Washington; Arroyo Grande, Woodburn, Oregon; Carpenteria, Long Beach, Riverside, Fillmore, and Laguna Hills.
Each member attending will be given a reunion booklet, containing over 190 pages of history of the class, history of the calendar year of 1938, and history of Fillmore and surrounding area, including a quiz about the area!
Those scheduled to attend are: Priscilla Cobb Baker, Santa Cruz, CA; Barbara Ellsworth Bates, Bakerfield, CA; Stowell Bursonn San Antonio, TX' John Couch, Arroyo Grande, CA; Bernice LeBard Lander, Fallon, NV; Harry Peyton, Carpenteria, CA, Conway Spitler, Fillmore; Virginia Swaffield, Long Beach, CA; Betty Pearson Tavaglione, Riverside, CA; Elton Wagner, Fillmore, CA; James Walker Laguna Hills, CA and special guests: Bill Reaves, State of Washington, and Jeff Sweeney, Superintendent.
Our classmates will miss the following graduates who indicated they are not able to attend the reunion or the alumni dinner: Ethel Everson Berrington, Fillmore; Louise Russell Cummins, Nevada City, CA; Virginia Scott Edwards, Marysvale, UT,;Dora Siechert Hall, Schenectady, NY; Mildred Clark Kalie, Orange, CA; Richard Mayhew, Ridgefield, CT; Helen Coleman McNair, Woodburn, OR.; Barbara McLean Nichols, Prescott, AZ; Janice Taylor N, Tulare, CA; Barbara Hall Stillman, Lompoc, CA' Dr. Isabel Tavares, Berkeley, CA; Beverly Burke Thomas, Sonora, CA;SS and Jack Wilson Ventura, CA.

 
 
California Highway Patrol
California Highway Patrol

Two new laws dealing with the use of wireless telephones while driving go into effect July 1, 2008. Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions concerning these new laws.

Q: When do the new wireless telephone laws take effect?
A: The new laws take effect July 1, 2008
Q: What is the difference between the two laws?
A: The first law prohibits all drivers from using a handheld wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle. (Vehicle Code (VC) §23123). Motorists 18 and over may use a hands-free device. The second law prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from using a wireless telephone or a hands-free device while operating a motor vehicle (VC §23124).
Q: What if I need to use my telephone during an emergency, and I do not have a hands- free device?
A: The law allows a driver to use a wireless telephone to make emergency calls to a law enforcement agency, a medical provider, the fire department, or other emergency services agency.
Q: What are the fines if I’m convicted?
A: The base fine for the FIRST offense is $20 and $50 for subsequent convictions. According to the Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedule, with the addition of penalty assessments, a first offense is $76 and a second offense is $190.
Q: Will I receive a point on my drivers license if I’m convicted for a violation of the wireless telephone law?
A: NO. The violation is a reportable offense: however, DMV will not assign a violation point.
Q: Will the conviction appear on my driving record?
A: Yes, but the violation point will not be added.
Q: Will there be a grace period when motorists will only get a warning?
A: NO. The law becomes in effect on July 1, 2008. Whether a citation is issued is always at the discretion of the officer based upon his or her determination of the most appropriate remedy for the situation.
Q: Are passengers affected by this law?
A: No. This law only applies to the person driving a motor vehicle.
Q: Do these laws apply to out-of-state drivers whose home states do not have such laws?
A: Yes
Q: Can I be pulled over by a law enforcement officer for using my handheld wireless telephone?
A: YES. A law enforcement officer can pull you over just for this infraction.
Q: What if my phone has a push-to-talk feature, can I use that?
A: No. The law does provide an exception for those operating a commercial motor truck or truck tractor (excluding pickups), implements of husbandry, farm vehicle or tow truck, to use a two-way radio operated by a “push-to-talk” feature. However, a push-to-talk feature attached to a hands-free ear piece or other hands-free device is acceptable.
Q: What other exceptions are there?
A: Operators of an authorized emergency vehicle during the course of employment are exempt as are those motorists operating a vehicle on private property
DRIVERS 18 AND OVER
Drivers 18 and over will be allowed to use a hands-free device to talk on their wireless telephone while driving. The following FAQs apply to those motorists 18 and over.
Q: Does the new “hands-free” law prohibit you from dialing a wireless telephone while driving or just talking on it?
A: The new law does not prohibit dialing, but drivers are strongly urged not to dial while driving.
Q: Will it be legal to use a Blue Tooth or other earpiece?
A: Yes, however you cannot have BOTH ears covered.
Q: Does the new hands-free law allow you to use the speaker phone function of your wireless telephone while driving?
A: Yes.
Q: Does the new “hands-free” law allow drivers 18 and over to text page while driving?
A: The law does not specifically prohibit that, but an officer can pull over and issue a citation to a driver of any age if, in the officer’s opinion, the driver was distracted and not operating the vehicle safely. Text paging while driving is unsafe at any speed and is strongly discouraged.

DRIVERS UNDER 18
Q: Am I allowed to use my wireless telephone hands free?
A: NO. Drivers under the age of 18 may not use a wireless telephone, pager, laptop or any other electronic communication or mobile services device to speak or text while driving in any manner, even hands free. EXCEPTION: Permitted in emergency situations to call police, fire or medical authorities. (VC §23124).
Q: Why is the law stricter for provisional drivers?
A: Statistics show that teen drivers are more likely than older drivers to be involved in crashes because they lack driving experience and tend to take greater risks. Teen drivers are vulnerable to driving distractions such as talking with passengers, eating or drinking, and talking or texting on wireless phones, which increase the chance of getting involved in serious vehicle crashes.
Q: Can my parents give me permission to allow me to use my wireless telephone while driving?
A: NO. The only exception is an emergency situation that requires you to call a law enforcement agency, a health care provider, the fire department or other emergency agency entity.
Q: Does the law apply to me if I’m an emancipated minor?
A: Yes. The restriction applies to all licensed drivers who are under the age of 18.
Q: If I have my parent(s) or someone age 25 years or older in the car with me, may I use my wireless telephone while driving?
A: NO. You may only use your wireless telephone in an emergency situation.
Q: Will the restriction appear on my provisional license?
A: No
Q: May I use the hands-free feature while driving if my car has the feature built in?
A: NO. The law prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from using any type of wireless device while driving, except in an emergency situation.
Q: Can a law enforcement officer stop me for using my hands-free device while driving?
A: No. For drivers under the age of 18, this is considered a SECONDARY violation meaning that a law enforcement officer may cite you for using a hands-free wireless phone if you were pulled over for another violation. However, the prohibition against using a handheld wireless telephone while driving is a PRIMARY violation for which a law enforcement officer can pull you over.

 
Fillmore Fire Department
Fillmore Fire Department

The City of Fillmore Fire Department in conjunction with the Ventura County Sheriffs Department would like to remind citizens of our Illegal Fireworks Ordinance.
In 2006 the Fillmore City Council adopted ordinance 15.39.010 of the Fillmore Municipal code making it illegal to possess, discharge, or sell any type of non-approved firework within City of Fillmore city limits. The fine imposed upon violators is $1,000.00.

It is the goal of the City of Fillmore to eliminate any unnecessary hazards generated by the use of illegal fireworks. By enforcing this ordinance the City of Fillmore hopes to curtail the widespread problem. Citizens are reminded that there will be zero tolerance for subjects found in violation of this law.

Citizens should expect to see increased patrol efforts by Deputies and Fire Department Personnel beginning the first week of June continuing through the Fourth of July Holiday Season. A fireworks task force has been established and will be responsible for the investigation and enforcement pertaining to fireworks related activities in Fillmore. In addition to increased patrol, illuminated sign boards will be placed alongside highway
126 as well as posters throughout the city, reminding citizens Fillmore is not the place to discharge illegal fireworks.

If you witness any illegal activity please call the Fillmore Police Department at (805) 524-1500 ext 350. All reports may remain anonymous.

 
The Fillmore Historical Society had a noteworthy opening of the “Depot Office” this past weekend. President of the Fillmore Historical Society, Martha Gentry, gave a short, but very enlightening presentation of the history of the society from its beginnings to the present. You would have been impressed by all the work and hours of planning and getting the project completed. Of course, Edith Moore Jarrett, Spanish teacher to many of us, was the person behind all these activities at the museum with her donations. However, money isn’t everything and the museum has been working for quite a few years to come to this day. So, take the time to see the newest addition to the museum and enjoy the many “exhibits” and the items that are available for viewing at no cost to you. And, if you have the time, offer to assist in the operations of the museum.
The Fillmore Historical Society had a noteworthy opening of the “Depot Office” this past weekend. President of the Fillmore Historical Society, Martha Gentry, gave a short, but very enlightening presentation of the history of the society from its beginnings to the present. You would have been impressed by all the work and hours of planning and getting the project completed. Of course, Edith Moore Jarrett, Spanish teacher to many of us, was the person behind all these activities at the museum with her donations. However, money isn’t everything and the museum has been working for quite a few years to come to this day. So, take the time to see the newest addition to the museum and enjoy the many “exhibits” and the items that are available for viewing at no cost to you. And, if you have the time, offer to assist in the operations of the museum.
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Pictured are (l-r) Barbara Smith, David Wareham, Shaun Stehly, Kassaundra Sandoval, Julio Chavez, Ashley Grande, Ed McFadden, Dick Richardson.
Pictured are (l-r) Barbara Smith, David Wareham, Shaun Stehly, Kassaundra Sandoval, Julio Chavez, Ashley Grande, Ed McFadden, Dick Richardson.
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The Club was chartered on May 24, 1924. Five high school seniors and counselor Al Arguelles were honored at a luncheon on May 22. Each scholarship recipient will receive $1000. The recipients from Fillmore High School are Ashley Grande, Kassaundra Sandoval, Shaun Stehly and Julio Chavez, David Wareham is from St. Bonaventure High School, in Ventura. The Scholarship Committee was made up of Dick Richardson, Ed McFadden and Barbara Smith. These scholarships were made possible by the money made at our fireworks booth. Please continue to support our booth next to Vallarta Restaurant and Papa Loy’s. The Club was also honored by a visit and program from Supervisor Kathy Long. She updated us on what is happening in the county especially concerns effecting Fillmore and hwy 126. Fillmore Noontime Rotary meets every Thursday at Mama Sue’s Kitchen. For information, call Martha Richardson, President, at 524-5099.