Learn more about prevention, the early detection and how to reduce the risk of cancer at a free symposium that Community Memorial Health System is holding on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Ventura Beach Marriott.

“Staying Cancer Free” will run from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will feature local board-certified physicians speaking on the following topics:

 Exercise and nutrition, by Ann Kelley, M.D.;
 Tobacco and cancer, by Thomas Brugman, M.D.;
 Skin cancer detection and prevention, by Samuel Bern, M.D.;
 Screening for cervical cancer and HPV, by Lois Barnes, M.D.;
 Colon cancer screening, by Benito Pedraza, M.D.;
 Prostate cancer detection, by Thomas Fogel, M.D.

Men and Women of all ages are encouraged to attend who have concerns about early detection and prevention of cancer. Anyone with a family history of cancer, or has been diagnosed with or is being treated for cancer, as well as spouses, caregivers and healthcare professionals.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society and The Wellness Community of Valley/Ventura. The Ventura Beach Marriott is located at 2055 Harbor Boulevard in Ventura.

Space is limited, so reservations are suggested. Call 652-5385, or visit www.cmhshealth.org/rsvp.



The Ventura County Department of Behavioral Health and the Ventura County Chapter of the American Red Cross wish to express their heartfelt condolences to the victims, families and residents of Ventura County who were affected by the tragedy of September 12, 2008.

In offering support the Behavioral Health Department and the American Red Cross are working together to provide support services to the community.

Mental Health Concerns (24 hours) - 1-800-671-0887

Other Support Services – 805-339-2234



VENTURA — Ventura County farmers and ranchers will soon have a faster and easier way to file pesticide use reports (PURs). The Agricultural Commissioner’s Office is preparing to launch a Web-based reporting system that will allow the mandatory reports to be filed electronically.

Growers and others responsible for filing PURs are invited to attend a workshop on Friday, Sept. 26, to learn more about the new reporting system. Sponsored by the Farm Bureau of Ventura County, the Ventura County Agricultural Association, and the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office, the workshop will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott, 600 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard.

Since 1990, California has required that all agricultural pesticide use be reported monthly to the County Agricultural Commissioner, who in turn must report the data to the Department of Pesticide Regulation. The State has a broad legal definition of “agricultural use,” so the reporting requirements include pesticide applications to parks, golf courses, cemeteries, rangeland, pastures, and along roadside and railroad rights-of-way.

In addition, all post-harvest pesticide treatments of agricultural commodities must be reported, along with all pesticide treatments in poultry and fish production, as well as some livestock applications. The primary exceptions to the reporting requirements are home and garden use, and most industrial and institutional uses.

The electronic filing system is expected to speed up the process and reduce the cost of compliance. The Sept. 26 workshop will include a presentation by the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office explaining how growers can sign up for the online reporting program. The Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office will describe how the program has worked in that county, and representatives of companies that operate free electronic reporting systems for growers will demonstrate their services.

The workshop is free, but space is limited and reservations are required. Please contact the Farm Bureau at (805) 289-0155 no later than Tuesday, Sept. 23 to reserve a spot.



Sunday, October 12, 2008
Santa Paula Community Center
530 W. Main St, Santa Paula

We will be providing the most current news and information regarding:


Plan to join us for what will be an extremely enjoyable and
educational day! Tell/ Bring a Friend.

For more information contact:
Christine Fenn at (805) 646-1446, x105


Oxnard Holiday Parade Celebrates “A Cinematic Christmas”

Applications are now available for Oxnard’s annual Christmas Parade scheduled for Saturday, December 6, 2008. This year’s theme celebrates “A Cinematic Christmas” and participants are encouraged to create entries using movies as a backdrop. Interested clubs, schools, individuals, bands and businesses are encouraged to apply. Applications may be picked up at the Oxnard Downtown Management District office located at 326 South “B” Street (in the parking structure across from City Hall), or downloaded from the city’s website at www.ci.oxnard.ca.us. To receive an application by mail, call (805) 247-0197, or email oxnardparade@aol.com. Deadline for entry is October 31, 2008.
For general information on the parade and other downtown holiday events, please contact the Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau at (805) 385-7545 or log on to www.visitoxnard.com.



VENTURA, CA – This year, the Ventura Family YMCA is hosting its 10th Annual Dinner and Auction Fundraiser, themed “California Cruising”, on the Scarlett Belle River Boat. The fundraiser will be held on October 4th from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. Attendees will cruise through the beautiful Channel Islands Harbor while enjoying a wonderful dinner, great company and the chance to bid on amazing auction items. All of the proceeds from the evening will help to fund the “Open Doors” scholarship program which provides memberships, childcare, youth sports, camp and aquatics activities to those in need.

The “Open Doors” scholarship program, which assures that no one is turned away due to their inability to pay, is what separates the Y from being just an ordinary gym. The program provides seniors a place to make friends, children the ability to try new activities and individuals the opportunity to become stronger in spirit, mind and body, regardless of the financial status. This program makes the YMCA a place where everyone can belong.

With the economy’s downturn, the Ventura Family YMCA has made significant changes to ensure that participation and membership is available to everyone. With the elimination of membership join fees and an increase in the scholarships that are available, the YMCA is currently providing assistance to more 500 individuals and families in the area. In order to maintain the “Open Doors” program and ensure its success, the YMCA holds two main fundraisers throughout the year to help increase its scholarship capabilities and to make sure that it can keep up with the necessary demand as times get harder.

The 2008 California Cruisin’ fundraiser includes a wonderful evening with a “boat casual” atmosphere, live auctions, hors d’ oeuvres, dinner, dancing and entertainment, all while cruising the harbor. Tickets for the event are $125 per person with a portion of the ticket purchase being tax deductible. To purchase tickets online visit register.ciymca.org, using the keyword “California Cruising”, or contact Dana Ziegert at 805-642-2131 ext. 12, email: dana.ziegert@ciymca.org. For individuals who are unable to attend, but would like to donate to the “Open Doors” Program, checks can be made out to the Ventura Family YMCA c/o California Cruisin’ and mailed to 3760 Telegraph Rd. Ventura CA 93003.
Come see how we’ve been building strong kids, strong families and strong communities in Ventura since 1887 and join us in a new generation of health, family and friendship at the YMCA!

The Ventura Family YMCA serves over 20,000 individuals annually through facility memberships, before & after school childcare, day & resident camps, youth sports, swim lessons, teen programs, and many more healthy lifestyles and community enriching programs throughout Ventura, Oxnard, Ojai, Santa Paula, and Saticoy. The Ventura Family YMCA is located at 3760 Telegraph Rd., Ventura, CA 93003. Visit www.venturaymca.org or call (805) 642-2131 ext 24 for more information.



A mandatory Orientation will be held this week for families interested in qualifying for either of two homes in Santa Paula. Groundbreaking is scheduled for October.
The orientations will be held at Santa Paula Railroad Depot, 200 N. 10th St. in Santa Paula on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, September 20 at 10:00 AM. Both will be conducted in English and Spanish. Interested parties may attend either session, but all adults who will live in the home must attend a session.
Preference will be given to families currently living in Santa Paula.
For more information, please call the office of Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County at (805) 485-6065.
General Criteria for Habitat selection:
You must be a legal resident of the United States
You must be a resident of Ventura County for at least one year
You must be currently living in poverty housing be a first time homebuyer
Your income must be between 30% and 50% of the median income of Ventura County (currently at $80,000 per year)
You must be able to pass a credit check
You must be willing to put in 500 hours of “Sweat Equity” building your house or another Habitat house
You must be willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County and attend training classes regarding home ownership
The Mission:
Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry seeking to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from Ventura County and the world, making decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
We are a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.
Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people from all walks of life to build simple decent and affordable housing. The houses then are sold to low income families at no profit and with no interest charged. Volunteers provide the labor, and Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County raises funds from individuals, foundations, corporations, businesses, faith based organizations and grants to build the houses. Working alongside volunteers, partner Families themselves invest 500 hundred hours of labor, called 'sweat equity,' into building their home and the homes of others.



In 1982 the United Nations proclaimed the International Day of Peace be “devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations.” In 2001 the United Nations expanded the observance of The International Day of Peace to include the call for a day of global cease fire and non-violence, and invited all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the day.
Sorpotimist asked the City of Fillmore to proclaim September 21, 2008 as International Day of Peace. With the cooperation of the City of Fillmore, Sorpotimist will be celebrating International Day of Peace on Sunday Sept. 21, 2008 in front of City Hall at 1:30 PM. The celebration will include the installation of a temporary Peace Pole with the word “PEACE” written in many different languages. Soroptimist, with the help of the Fillmore community, will install a permanent Peace Pole the following year. Be part of history and join Soroptimist in the 1st annual International Day of Peace celebration!
Sorpotimist is inviting the entire community, all service clubs, school clubs, and local congregations to join hands in an effort to commemorate this day. Let’s work towards converting humanity’s noblest aspirations for world peace into a practical reality for future generations.
Please contract Sarah Hansen (805) 524-0132 or Oralia Herrera (805) 524-6936 for additional information and/or questions about the celebration.

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Irma and Greg Murray's yard of the month.
Irma and Greg Murray's yard of the month.

Irma and Greg Murray, of 914 Central, Fillmore, have been chosen to receive the Civic Pride Vision 2020 “Yard of the Month” award for September which includes a donated Otto & Sons Nursery gift certificate.
According to Irma, Greg does all the work and the beautifully kept yard is a showcase for the successful use of drought resistant plantings and water saving practices.
The yard’s elevated planters were cleared after the Murray’s moved in 4 years ago and additional railroad ties were added to divide the area further, keeping mulch and water from running away. A drip watering system and decomposed granite walkway were added, as well as a windmill sculpture and a blue glass globe for accent.
Greg said that he chose plants that would attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. While we were admiring the yard a large moth was helping “himself” to the Lantana nectar and hummingbirds zipped & darted all around. The yard was vibrant with Mexican Bird of Paradise, Salvia plants in red, hot pink, and purple, yellow Lantana, bronze & pink Flax, while purple Nightshade(Solanum), roses and redbud trees added vertical dimension. The redbud varieties were Oklahoma and Forest Pansy. Fragrance filled the air as leaves were brushed in passing along the walkway.
Greg said that many of his trees & roses were from Otto & Sons and was very pleased to receive the gift certificate.

Our area from a friend's view!
Conway Spitler
Conway Spitler

First, the Bennett honey farm near Piru where we purchased some eucalyptus honey. They have a beehive behind glass which my grandsons enjoyed.
Next, the Fillmore Fish Hatchery where they enjoyed feeding the fish and watching them jump for the pellets. In talking with one of the workers, I was surprised to hear that hatchery stocks lakes and steams far north as Atascadero and as far south as Puddingstone Lake in San Dimas. I had thought that Castaic, Piru, Casitas, and Pyramid Lakes were all the places.
Then to visit the Fillmore train. While in the gift shop (located in a train
car) we felt today's earthquake. I thought the train car was just shifting due to aging shock absorbers. Beverly accused my oldest grandson of jumping on the train car's platforms and causing it to sway. She later apologized.
After the train, well with eight and six year olds where else but the Golden Arches in beautiful Fillmore. After that, by happenstance, turned into the Fillmore School District Farm where the boys enjoyed petting some steers and horses. I recommend this little side trip for young kids.
How many Fillmore residents have taken time to do this little tour with their children or grandchildren?

The Fillmore Ebell Club will be entertained this month by Top-Notch, an award winning barbershop quartet, at the Veterans Memorial Building on September 23, 2008.
The Fillmore Ebell Club will be entertained this month by Top-Notch, an award winning barbershop quartet, at the Veterans Memorial Building on September 23, 2008.
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The Fillmore Ebell Club will be entertained this month by Top-Notch, an award winning barbershop quartet, at the Veterans Memorial Building on September 23, 2008.
Top-Notch is a very active quartet that promises lots of "audience appeal and high quality show entertainment." So recommends the membership of the seven-time International Chorus Champions, the Masters of Harmony. Top-Notch has recently appeared with the Pacific Chorale, and the Riverside Master Chorale. Other appearances include the Motion Picture and Television Relief Fund dinner. See and hear them at www.topnotchquartet.com
Larry Goodfried (Lead) started his musical career as a professional trumpet player, appearing on stage with such icons as Jack Benny, and numerous movie sound tracks. In recent years, Larry has been featured in many productions of The Music Man, including the Glendale Alex Theater, The Whittier Center Theater, and the Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center. Larry has won five gold medals with the Masters of Harmony.
Art Taylor (Tenor) recently celebrated his 45th year as a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Art has earned nine chorus gold medals as a barbershopper. Two with the Phoenix Phoenicians, and seven with the Masters of Harmony.
Bob Heron (Baritone) plays the piano and organ and has been singing all of his life. Prior to joining the Barbershop Harmony Society, he spent fifteen years as a music director and pianist for the Morgan-Wixson Theater in Santa Monica. He has earned five gold medals with the Masters of Harmony. Bob was the baritone of the quartet "Time Honored, the 2002 Far Western District Senior champion quartet.
Dan Place (Bass) is a 47-year barbershopper. The wall of his den is covered with photos of his many quartet and chorus achievements. As a long time member of the Arcadia chorus and a seven time gold medal winner with the Masters of Harmony, Dan is the expert crooner of all those low notes. It is often said in the barbershop world that the gals swoon for the tenor, but they go home with the bass.
Though Top-Notch is weighted down with barbershop gold, they're a light-hearted foursome who will delight you when invited to your next event.
Anyone interested in more information, or becoming a member of the Fillmore Ebell Club, may call Trisha Armstrong at 805-727-1901.

The old Richard’s Meat Market will be demolished on Thursday, September 11. As of now
there are no plans to rebuild.
The old Richard’s Meat Market will be demolished on Thursday, September 11. As of now there are no plans to rebuild.
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Taylor with Dolphin.
Taylor with Dolphin.
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Congratulations To Taylor Atkins – Miss California Teen USA 2008 for competing August 12th through 16th at Miss Teen USA 2009 in the Bahamas and placing in the Top 15 out of the 51 teen delegates that represented each of there home states.

Taylor, you did an awesome job representing the state of California at Miss Teen USA!

Taylor will complete her reign as Miss California Teen USA and will crown the next titleholder on Sunday, November 23rd at the Miss California and Miss California Teen USA 2009 pageant being held at the Riviera Hotel in Palm Springs.

Many thanks go out to Taylor’s friends & fans for their loving support. Thank you to the businesses of the Piru community for their kind generosity including the Piru Neighborhood Council, Piru Petroleum Club and Rancho Temescal.


Goodenough Road is open to the public, after being closed in 2005 for flooding damage. Hikers can access the trailhead for Dough Flat, leading into the Sespe Wilderness. For current road information go to www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres/conditions.


Fillmore Chamber of Commerce Business Networking Mixer
Thursday September 18, 2008 from 5:30- 7:30 P. M.
At Edward Jones Investments Kyle Wilson 330 Central Avenue Ste. C
For more information call (805) 524-7072


Secure free booth space for Sunday, Nov. 9th , to sell two-dimensional Fine Art at the Fillmore Annual Home Tour sponsored by the Fillmore Historical Museum, 350 Main St. A 10% commission will be charged. There are 10 booth spaces available indoors in the newly renovated Fillmore train depot, 4 spaces in the outdoor gazebo and 10’x10’ outdoor spaces on the depot grounds. Ribbons will be awarded. Set up/judging time 9-11, open time 11-4. For apps: Luanne Perez 524-0925 or Joanne King 524-4904.


Relay For Life of Fillmore-Piru September 13-14, 2008 Fillmore High School Baseball Field 24 hours 10:00 am to 10 pm. You can register on-line at www.events.cancer.org/rflfillmoreca For more information please call Jessica LaRoe at 485-4692 X 24 1-800-ACS-2345 www.cancer.org


Sespe 4-H Club is now accepting sign-ups for the 2008-2009 year. If you are interested please call 524-2621 or plan to attend our next club meeting which will be Thursday, September 18th, 7:00 PM, at the Memorial Building. Our 4-H Club offers the opportunity to learn about and raise livestock for the Ventura Co. Fair, also we offer some craft classes and perform community services. Member must be 9 years of age to raise an animal. Please plan to attend our next meeting and get acquainted and ask questions. We look forward to seeing you there!!


Scenic Lake Piru was once again the site for the Piru Petroleum Club’s Annual Fishing Tournament. The 2008 edition celebrates the 11th annual hosting of this always-popular derby. This year’s event, held Saturday, September 6th, attracted 27 teams with two competitors per team. Proceeds from the tournament are dedicated to the annual scholarship fund the Club provides Santa Clara Valley students, including Piru, Fillmore and other parts of Ventura County.

Competitors launched their crafts or picked their favorite shoreline “hotspot” first thing in the morning, gathering the catches of the day for the 2 pm final weigh-in. Winners were designated in several categories, reflecting the range of fish we catch at Lake Piru, The categories and winners for this year were announced as follows: Bass: 1st Place: Greg Social & Jaime Schmidt (14 lbs. 11 oz.); 2nd Place Tony Ward & Ken Khor (12 lbs. 3 oz.); Trout: 1st Place: Ken “Punky” & Pam Preciado (4 lbs. 14 oz.); 2nd Place: Still swimming!; Pan Fish: 1st Place: Ellis Casner & Bruce Johnston (6 lbs. 5 oz.); 2nd Place: Nick Taminich Jr. & Juan Perez (1 lb. 4 oz.); (Included Crappie, Blue Gill, Red Ear, etc).

Catfish: Left to grow another year--fishing story of course!; After the weigh-in, anglers, families and friends gathered at the day camp site area on the north end of the Lake to enjoy tasty tri-tip with all the trimmings. The team of Gil and Cindy Escoto, Tim and Julie Lovelace, Richard and Christine Arias, Art and Peggy Escoto, Kelly Brown, Victor Piche, Terri McMahan, Pat and Sandy Casas with daughter Roxanne, and other helpers prepared this meaty barbecue meal.

In addition to the fishing competition, local industry and business groups donate great prizes for the incredible raffle held each year. This raffle attracts fisherman and locals to get in on the action. Prizes range from fishing gear such as poles, knives and tackle, to boom boxes, a pop-up canopy, beverage coolers, bar-b-ques, game sets and more.

Special thanks to this year's sponsors, which included: Ace Pump Testing; Cavin’s Oil Drilling; CD Lyons; Howard Supply; Excalibur Well Service Corp.; Julie Medina Avon; Ramon Medina, Century 21; National Oilwell Varco; Oilwell Service; PTS; Ventura Crane and Weatherford.

The Piru Petroleum Club is a non-profit organization based at Britt Park, located at the base of Torrey Mountain in Piru. This club has been in existence for many years, supporting the social, business and community needs in the Valley. Current officers are Gil Escoto, President; Pat Casas, Vice-President; Linda Edmonds, Secretary-Treasurer. The Board of Directors is made up of members from the industry and related enterprises. Social gatherings allow free flow of information and fellowship, and include twice monthly luncheons and once a month dinners, each month hosted by different board members and their companies. In addition to the annual scholarship, the Club supports a variety of local causes, including the Labor Day PiruFest.

For more information about Lake Piru Recreation Area, call the Lake Operators, Recreation Resource Management, at 805-521-1500.