The Ventura County Library has two new web-based resources that make it easier for you to trace your family tree. HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry Library Edition allow you to start exploring your roots by searching a surname.
Anyone with a Ventura County Library card can access the databases through the Library’s website at www.vencolibrary.org. Once you arrive at the website, click on either “Databases” or “Research.” There you will find the Library’s electronic resources collection arranged by subject and listed alphabetically. The links for HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry Library Edition are under “Genealogy.” HeritageQuest Online can be searched from home as well as from within the Library.
This database is an essential collection of material for both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. Besides U.S. federal censuses, it offers family and local histories, Revolutionary War records, and other information.
Ancestry Library Edition can be accessed from the Library’s Internet workstations, available at 14 locations. Once connected to Ancestry Library Edition, you’ll find a friendly opening screen that asks for the name of the person to be searched. Key in the name, click on “Search” and Ancestry Library Edition scans its vast selection of U.S. census data, birth, marriage, and death records, World War I draft registration information, Social Security death records, and immigration lists. There is also an extensive collection of information from the United Kingdom.
HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry Library Edition each provide unique resources that complement one another and provide more information than either used alone. To find out more about how you can access the databases, contact your local Ventura County Library branch or visit the Library on the web at www.vencolibrary.org.

 


 

Letter Carriers Annual Food Drive will be Saturday May 10. Help stamp out huger and place your non-perishable donation in a bag by your mailbox. We’ll deliver to St. Vincent De Paul food pantry.

 


 
 


 
The audience at the weekend circus sponsored by the Fillmore Rotary Club witnesses a high cage act, Sunday evening. Kids were admitted free of charge. A great time was had by all.
The audience at the weekend circus sponsored by the Fillmore Rotary Club witnesses a high cage act, Sunday evening. Kids were admitted free of charge. A great time was had by all.
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Saturday Sessions on May 10, 17 and 31 Feature Experts and Demonstration Rides by Potential Olympic Riders. Additional Lessons in Western, English and Eventing Riding Also Featured

Learning to ride a horse, like learning to swim, is one of those lifetime skills many children and adults have yet to master. According to experts at Goodenough Farms Horse Spa, safety around horses, like safety around water, is an important skill to have. It’s also a great way to enjoy the outdoors in Southern California and the beauty of the Ventura County countryside.
“It’s not fun getting kicked by a horse or coming off on a trail ride. We hear a lot of stories of families on vacation, the kids want to ride a horse and somebody gets injured.
We provide a basic introduction to horses to improve the chances you or your loved ones will have a safe and enjoyable ride,” said Jeff Peters, a well-known horse trainer and resident trainer at Goodenough Farms Horse Spa. Mr. Peters is well-known throughout California for training riders in the Olympic sport of Three Day Eventing, including dressage, show jumping and cross country riding of horses over logs, ditches, ponds and other natural obstacles.
The free, Intro to Horses sessions will be held from 10 AM to 12 noon on Saturday, May 10,
May 17 and May 31. Class size will be limited to the first 16 children and adults reserving for each session, and all participants must be in moderate to good physical health and sign a release form. Long pants and boots covering the ankle with a small heal are recommended, such as cowboy, riding or hiking boots.
The first hour of the sessions will cover safety around horses, grooming, feeding and caring for horses. The second hour will feature a short mounted session where all participants will be able to ride a horse. That session will be followed by a demonstration ride over jumps and fences in the arenas and cross country course at the beautiful Goodenough Farms Horse Spa by future Olympic riders intent on reaching the Summer Olympics in London in 2012.
“This should be a fun morning for kids and families that haven’t had the chance to spend much time around horses. By getting off the couch and on a horse we hope some of these kids discover the joy of riding, like our kids did,” said John Lockhart, owner of Goodenough Farms and a member of the US Eventing Association’s Marketing Committee. “Who knows, we may discover a future Olympian at one of these sessions.” To reserve your spot in one of the sessions on Saturdays May 10, 17 or 31 please write info@goodenoughfarms.com or call (805) 524-2444. Goodenough Farms is located just one hour from Los Angeles, 20 minutes from Valencia and 30 minutes from Oxnard and Ventura. For more information visit www.goodenoughfarms.com

 


 

Step back to a simpler time by attending the 2008 Fillmore May Festival that runs May 15-18. A celebration of the community since 1917, the festival has it all - train rides, carnival attractions, great food and family fun.
Harrison Industries and Santa Clara Valley Disposal have long been sponsors of this wonderful small-town event in Downtown Fillmore which gets better each year.
This year’s festival boasts more carnival rides, more food and craft vendors, better access
to Downtown merchants as well as live entertainment, a karaoke contest, talent show and baby contest. Also, Thursday, May 15, is Family Night, with kids 16 and under getting into the carnival for free.

 


 

The Fillmore Sun Risers Rotary Club is featuring a series of keynote speakers during the year addressing issues and information relative to the community and the region. The May calendar will offer a diverse slate with the following scheduled speakers: May 6 Red Cross Disaster Action Team, Chris Johnson, CEO; May 13 Hwy 126 Update, Supervisor Kathy Long; May 20 Letters from Home, Kay Hodges, CEO; May 27 Clearwater Port Update, Jeff Gorell, Partner, Paladin Principle. Sun Risers Rotary meets every Tuesday at 6:45 a.m. at El Pescador Restaurant in Fillmore. The public is invited to attend. For more information, please call Ernie Villegas at 805-299-2388 or e-mail at ernie.villegas@hotmail.com.

 
Hospice Tours - The Rules
Conway Spitler
Conway Spitler

Saturday the Santa Clara Valley Hospice had their house tours in Santa Paula. My wife and I as volunteers sat at 1320 Fair Oaks Avenue! There is an exclamation mark because our sitting was a astonishing experience.

Carlos and Heidi Juarez are the owners where we kept watch over the visitors in one of the cleanest garages I have ever seen. Carlos, who is with the Santa Paula Fire Department, had an exhibit in this garage of lunch boxes. He has been collecting these lunch boxes for over fifteen years.

As the visitors looked at these well-displayed lunch boxes you could almost guess their ages by the one that was their lunch box when going to school. There was the Bee Gees lunch box, along with many favorite characters of the years of our century.

The boxes were displayed on the wall of the garage in well arranged order.

Also displayed was a picture of the Santa Paula Police Department from 1940 to 1980. Also there was a replica of the Santa Paula railroad station with its original paint.

And to top it off, you were treated to a glass of home brewed wine if you wished.

These house tours are done each year by the Santa Clara Valley Hospice group. The Santa Clara Valley Hospice service are available to residents in Santa Paula, Fillmore, Piru and Saticoy. These tours, each year, help maintain the services of the organization.

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

If you agree, pass it on. If you can read this - Thank a teacher!

 

What’s your specialty? Do you have that certain dish or meal that gets rave reviews every time? Have you inherited possession of grandma’s best desert or Aunt Joanna’s pasta sauce, secret ingredients and all? If so, Soroptimist International of Santa Paula are currently seeking recipes for a cookbook of local recipes to be published and premiered this spring at their Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon on May 3rd.
The theme of both the Fashion Show and the Cookbook is “Generations of Women”. Consequently it is those special family recipes that will make this cookbook so unique and packed with delicious treats. One family’s tried and true standard can become a new and exciting delight to another family. To submit your recipe, please call Teresa Baron at 660-3066.

 

Presale carnival available May 1, at the new location 557 Ventura St., next door to Vallarta’s Restaurant on highway 126.
Price of the tickets will be $15. for a sheet of 24 tickets. For more information on our upcoming May Festival log onto our website www.fillmorechamber.com or give us a call 524-0351.

 

Robert Munns, Fillmore artist, had drawings accepted in two juried competitions last month. His drawing, "Missed Metamorphosis" was accepted in the 22nd International Juried Show of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey which ran February 8 to March 21. There were over 2300 entries for this show with 140 pieces being accepted. The juror was Carter Foster, Curator of Drawings at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City.
Robert's drawing "Homage to Hiroshima" was accepted for the 2008 20X20X20 National Compact Competition and Exhibit at Louisiana State University Student Union Art Gallery which ran from March 16 and running to April 6. The juror, Heather Pesanti is Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA.

 

Young women of Destiny is a program for young women from Middle School to High School age. The program promotes a sense of self worth, as young girls begin to make life plans now, instead of waiting until they graduate. By creating a solid life plan, as the girls grow and mature they will be prepared for the tough choices they will make in their personal and academic lives.
The Young Women of Destiny have teamed up with Digital Edge Photography to provide our community with an opportunity to honor our Mothers. As Mother’s Day approaches, what a wonderful way to tell your mom how much she is loved.
Photos of you and your mom will be taken on Saturday, May 3, 2008 from 3:00 pm to 7:00pm, at MelStone Cyber Café, in the El Pescador complex, at Ventura & D Street. The cost is $15.00 for an 8X10 color photograph. Please call 524-5807, or 524-7374 for more information.

 

The Sunrisers Rotary of Fillmore will feature American Red Cross of Ventura Chief Executive Officer Chris Johnson at their May 6, 2008 breakfast meeting at El Pescador Restaurant. Mr. Johnson will be discussing the Disaster Action Plan for Ventura County communities including Fillmore and its surrounding communities.
The Red Cross has launched a campaign to raise funds for the expansion of Disaster Action Teams (DAT) throughout the county. DAT members will be made up of local community volunteers who will arrive on the scene of a disaster to work closely with emergency personnel. They will be capable of mobilizing quickly, open up an emergency shelter, and provide immediate assistance to those in need. The goal is to ensure every community has a strong DAT trained team of volunteers as well as providing material supplies needed in times of disaster.
Where: Sunrisers Rotary meets at the El Pescador Restaurant on Tuesday mornings from 6:45am to 8:00am. For information please call Ernie Villegas at 805-299-2387.

 

The annual Miss Greater Ventura County USA Pageant is now accepting applications. This year the pageant is geared toward giving young women a choice to compete at a state pageant or receive a cash scholarship.
The theme of the pageant is Character Counts teaching young women self-respect and ambition towards their future. This is a preliminary pageant, which can lead to other state pageants or a cash scholarship of $500.00, and is open to Teen applicants ranging from ages 13 to 17 and Miss applicants 17-25. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen never married or pregnant must be a resident of California for the past 6 months.
Applicants attending college out of state may enter if their primary residence is in California. The practices for the pageant will begin on May 1, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at Brekke Elementary School, 1400 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Oxnard, CA. The participants will be taught communication skills, the importance of character, walking techniques and stage presence.
The pageant will be on June 29, 2008 and held at the Pacifica Performing Arts Center, 600 West Gonzales, Oxnard, CA. Tickets will be available at the door for $15 the night of the competition. This pageant encourages young women that would like to make a positive impact in their community, and to be motivated to achieve their educational and career goals.
If you are interested in participating or you know someone that is please contact Martha Foster at 983-3237/512-6214.

 

PORT HUENEME, CA … Food, craft and commercial vendors are invited to participate in Seabee Days 2008 on Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29 at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme.
This year’s celebration will mark the 22nd annual Seabee Days where the community is invited aboard for a first-hand look at the Navy’s construction engineers. Seabee Days will feature a full dress military parade, Seabee displays and demonstrations, musical entertainment, hands-on children’s exhibits, carnival, craft show, motorcycle and car show, sports contests and a wide variety of food. Admission and parking are free.
For an application, visit the Seabee Days website at www.nbvc.navy.mil/seabeedays or call the Morale, Welfare and Recreation office at (805) 982-5395 or (805) 982-2365. Vendor booth pricing information is also available at the Seabee Days information line at (805) 982-6000.

 
Healing After Loss

Santa Paula Hospital
Administration Conference Room
825 North Tenth Street
Santa Paula, CA 93061

Monday’s@ 2:00-3:30pm
Attendance is free of charge and open to the community. Call for directions and to let us know you would like to attend. If you would like to attend a grief support group but you are unable to attend one of our groups, call us for referrals to other grief support groups in your area.
Contact Jessica Adriance, MSW at (805) 677-7405

 

This is in hopes that all could come together for a cause to those who have had Seniors, have Seniors and Seniors to come.

We are $10,000 dollars short in raising money for Grad Night Live. Again we would like this to be very successful to all Seniors. Since Rayleen Chaney started this 12 years ago, and to my knowledge we have not lost a Senior to unforeseen circumstances.

We are planning a HUGE garage sale on May 10th 7am - 1pm at the district office on
Sespe Ave. We asking for any donations of unwanted goods, clothes, shoes, toys, etc.

Making a little is better then making nothing.

I know its Prom Night but this does end at 1pm and any one willing to donate your time to help out that day would also be greatly appreciated.

Thanks to all in advance for your kind heart.
Mike Boblett

 

Santa Paula, CA. April 29, 2008- Santa Clara Valley Bank (SCVBank; OTC BB: SCVE.OB) today announced its Board of Directors has authorized a repurchase of up to $220,000 of the company’s common stock. The company is authorized until October 17, 2008 to purchase from time to time in open market or privately negotiated transaction, depending on market conditions.

“Our stock is currently trading at a significant discount and it has, we believe, little correlation to our recent financial performance, including 5 quarters without a loan charge-off”, said Michael D. Hause, president and CEO. “In addition to our history of rigorous underwriting and stringent credit quality standards, our bank continues to have little credit exposure.”

Chairman Guy Cole stated, “The Board believes that it is in the best interests of the Bank and its shareholders for the Bank to reacquire shares of its Common Stock on the open market for several reasons, including the recent trading price of the Common Stock that the Board believes is undervalued and the Bank has sufficient cash available to effect repurchases without adversely affecting the Bank’s financial condition. In addition, the repurchases will have the effect of improving the Bank’s earnings per share and return on equity.”

Founded in 1998, Santa Clara Valley Bank has offices in Santa Paula, Fillmore, and Valencia. Under its stock symbol of SCVE.OB, Santa Clara Valley Bank's stock is traded through McAdams Wright Ragen, Howe Barnes Hofer & Arnett, and Wedbush Morgan Securities. The Bank's web site is www.SCVBank.com.

Santa Clara Valley Bank Corporate Headquarters
901 East Main Street
Santa Paula, California 93060
805-525-1999

Statements concerning future performance, developments or events concerning expectations for growth and market forecasts, and any other guidance on future periods, constitute forward looking statements that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from stated expectations. Specific factors include, but are not limited to, the effect of interest rate changes, the ability to control costs and expenses, the impact of consolidation in the banking industry, financial policies of the United States government, and general economic conditions.

 
www.poochparade.org

In 2007 this event raised over $50,000 and only with your support can we exceed our goal of rising $65,000 this year in funds for the homeless dogs in our Sanctuary & the Project Second Chance Adoption Program. This event will also be used as a vehicle to educate the community regarding the importance of responsible pet ownership.

Our theme this year is – IT’S HIP TO SNIP, SPAY & NEUTER YOUR PET----- and responsible pet care. Following the dog walk, families will enjoy a lunch, pet demonstrations, pet contests, and adoptions with many Ventura area rescue groups. A Silent Auction with over 200 Items and over 40 pet related vender products. Admission is free--- this is the only event like this in the area!

The Canine Adoption & Rescue League is a Ventura County based non-profit dog\puppy rescue and placement organization founded in 1996 and run almost entirely by volunteers. Funds raised from this event will help offset the many supplies, medical expenses, and obedience training for the animals and their care. Over 5,000 dogs and puppies have come through our program and have been given a second chance.

Here is the who, what, where, when and why – please see below:
Who- Canine Adoption Rescue League (C.A.R.L.) a non-profit organization
What – 11th Annual Pooch Parade – Fundraising Dog Walk & Pet Expo – It’s Hip to Snip
Where – San Buenaventura State Beach Park in Ventura, CA
When – Sunday July 20, 2008 from 9am to 4pm
Why – educate on pet overpopulation and benefit of neutering or spaying while raising money to support dog rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and dog owner education.

 

The committee is short $10,000 and has several activities planned to raise this money by May 15 in order to complete the bus and Harbor Cruise Boat reservations.

All donations graciously accepted and appreciated! Please watch for notices of events and mark your calendar:

Car Wash Saturday April 26 on Shiells Drive 8:00-12

Spaghetti Dinner (Mama Sue’s)
Friday, May 2 5:00-9:00 $10

BBQ Chicken Dinner (Fire Department)

Yard Sale (Spring Cleaning!! Or Thrift Shopping)

Movie Night at the theater

Grad Nite Live was started seventeen years ago so our kids would be safe at graduation. It has been a success because no graduate has lost their lives since this program was implemented. We need the community’s help to complete our fundraising effort. Thank you for your support.