The Fillmore Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley hosted a Kids Farmers Market to teach the kids about healthy snack options while each member took home a bag of fresh produce. Posted February 1st, 2022, Courtesy https://
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The Fillmore Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley hosted a Kids Farmers Market to teach the kids about healthy snack options while each member took home a bag of fresh produce. Posted February 1st, 2022, Courtesy https:// www.facebook.com/bgclubscv
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Pictured are Rotary President Andy Klittich and Rotarian Joe Ricards who was the Fillmore Rotary speaker at last week’s meeting. He is a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and brought his scuba equipment to informed Rotary members of its uses. His first dive was in 1975 and by 1994 he was diving fulltime. Joe is a trainer and certified in many different aspects of diving as will as a rescuer. His pictures of underwater sea creatures, some weighing up to 400 lbs, and huge kelp beds were very interesting. Photo courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Pictured are Rotary President Andy Klittich and Rotarian Joe Ricards who was the Fillmore Rotary speaker at last week’s meeting. He is a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and brought his scuba equipment to informed Rotary members of its uses. His first dive was in 1975 and by 1994 he was diving fulltime. Joe is a trainer and certified in many different aspects of diving as will as a rescuer. His pictures of underwater sea creatures, some weighing up to 400 lbs, and huge kelp beds were very interesting. Photo courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
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Bill Herrera, the Fillmore Rotary speaker, is a State Farm agent, but has also been a member of the Fillmore Fire Department for 26 years. He talked about the early days when most of the firemen were volunteers from local businesses. When they heard the siren, they closed their doors and headed to the fire station. There are only a few firefighters who are funded, the rest are volunteers. Even today 70% of all departments are made up of volunteers. Bill has been an engineer, the driver, a Captain, and later an interim Chief. He also stated that it takes a few years of practice and training before a recruit is hired. When Santa Paula Hospital closed there was concern about the distance for patients to travel, so paramedic’s and EMT’s were added, as well as an ambulance. Funding is still in short supply and because of that late Fire Chief Rigo Landeros and others started the Fillmore Fire Foundation. The Foundation is a place you can make donations; they also sponsor fundraising events, such as their annual golf tournament and grants, all to help fund the fire department for needed equipment etc. Even though the department is underfunded they “get the job done with Fillmore Care Pride”!

 


 
Last week the Fillmore and Piru Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley had fun with arts & crafts, making wreaths and other Christmas decorations to take home for the holiday. Pictured are some of the students with their creations.
Last week the Fillmore and Piru Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley had fun with arts & crafts, making wreaths and other Christmas decorations to take home for the holiday. Pictured are some of the students with their creations.
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(l-r) Rotarian and guest speaker Jerry Peterson with Fillmore Rotary Club President Andy Klittich. Photo
courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
(l-r) Rotarian and guest speaker Jerry Peterson with Fillmore Rotary Club President Andy Klittich. Photo courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
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Rotarian Jerry Peterson has been hiking for several years and last week brought his backpack and informed Fillmore Rotary Club about how he prepares for his excursions. They learned that the pack weighs about 27 lbs without water. Some of the items he carries are three liters of water, a water filtration bag, a solar panel for powering his phone, a sleeping bag, gloves, bug spray, fishing pole, tent, hiking poles, basic clothes with soap, and a rope to wash and hang dry. He also takes his personal items and first aid kit. Some items are inflatable, so they don’t take up much room. When everything is in the backpack it weighs about 43 lbs. Peterson is ready for his next adventure!

 
Vice President Steve Sharp and Mary Anne Simone, office manager for Three Angels Children’s Relief were the speakers at Fillmore Rotary. Three Angels has served orphans and at-risk families in Haiti for over 15 years. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. One third of the population is 14 years old or younger. This program includes education. Three Angels Christian Academy has 270 children currently in K-6. Meals are provided for the students every day. They have orphan care at Angel House and strive to find loving adoptive families. They have well-trained Nannies who care for 2-3 children each. There is also a medical clinic to care for the children, orphans and families in their area. To ensure safety, they have guards on duty at all times. Job opportunities include the women making jewelry to sell and a farm where they grow produce to feed the children and to sell. Their website is www.threeangelshaiti.org for more information or to make a donation. Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Vice President Steve Sharp and Mary Anne Simone, office manager for Three Angels Children’s Relief were the speakers at Fillmore Rotary. Three Angels has served orphans and at-risk families in Haiti for over 15 years. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. One third of the population is 14 years old or younger. This program includes education. Three Angels Christian Academy has 270 children currently in K-6. Meals are provided for the students every day. They have orphan care at Angel House and strive to find loving adoptive families. They have well-trained Nannies who care for 2-3 children each. There is also a medical clinic to care for the children, orphans and families in their area. To ensure safety, they have guards on duty at all times. Job opportunities include the women making jewelry to sell and a farm where they grow produce to feed the children and to sell. Their website is www.threeangelshaiti.org for more information or to make a donation. Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
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Are you, or do you know, a high school student living in the FUSD attendance area? If so, here is an opportunity you can’t miss. The International Lions’ Club of Fillmore is once again hosting a Student Speaker Contest on February 7, 2022 at 6:30pm at the Fillmore Scout House. The contest is open to all high school students living in the Fillmore Unified School District attendance area. The topic of the speech is “HOW CAN KINDNESS REUNITE OUR COUNTRY?”. The speech must be at least 5 minutes long and should be within 8 minutes. (points will be taken off if longer than 8 minutes). All speakers will receive a cash prize. The winner would go on to present the speech at the District meeting. Each level winner would advance to the next level of competition. The ultimate winner will receive a total of $21,450.00 to be used for university, college or career study. Interested students must fill out an interest form which can be picked up at the Fillmore High School office, Sierra High School office or by calling Gaylynn Brien at 360-521-5647 or Lynn Edmonds at 805-907-6576.

 

Fillmore City Council is being asked to rename and dedicate the street adjacent to the Sheriff's Substation as Max Pina Street. Max gave 53-years of service to Fillmore, recognized by five commendations from 1992-2018 as Deputy Sheriff and in related offices. This recommendation is supported by Duke Bradbury, Vice President of Thin Blue Line of Ventura County, Assistant Sheriff Chris Dunn, and Max's daughter, Jessica Pina-Felix, and the thousands who benefited from his service. Commendations and honors (including the Medal of Valor, highest in Sheriff's Dept.) form a more detailed story of Max's life; see next week's Gazette.

 
Pictured at last week’s Fillmore Rotary meeting are phone members of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Ventura County program with Site Manager Amelia Aparicio next to President Andy Klittich. Rotary speaker Aparicio has been involved for 16 years. There are now 52 members and five came to the meeting to discuss mentoring students each week at different schools, being a friend to those in need, and other community service. They also have fun events like the Bike/Hike. Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Pictured at last week’s Fillmore Rotary meeting are phone members of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Ventura County program with Site Manager Amelia Aparicio next to President Andy Klittich. Rotary speaker Aparicio has been involved for 16 years. There are now 52 members and five came to the meeting to discuss mentoring students each week at different schools, being a friend to those in need, and other community service. They also have fun events like the Bike/Hike. Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
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Above is last year’s Fillmore Civic Pride Holiday Yard of the Month, the Perez Family. Their home is located in the 900 block of Sespe Avenue. They showcased penguins, polar bears and more in decorating their yard.
Above is last year’s Fillmore Civic Pride Holiday Yard of the Month, the Perez Family. Their home is located in the 900 block of Sespe Avenue. They showcased penguins, polar bears and more in decorating their yard.
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Our Civic Pride Volunteer Committee is back in Action with the selection of a “Holiday Yard of the Month”.

The Holiday “Yard of the Month” will be chosen from decorated homes and yards within the entire Fillmore community. Civic Pride Committee is putting out a “call” to all the creative and clever, to get their decorating done early, so a photo of the winner and a list of “honorable mentions” may be put in the newspaper. People can enjoy making a tour of the neighborhoods.

We invite you to make your suggestions for best decorated yard by phone or email to, Linda Nunes, 805-302-7527 or email to Lsnunes1411@gmail.com . A member of the committee will be making the selection between December 6-12, to give people a weekend to get decorations put up.

The award will be a $40 gift certificate to Otto and Sons Nursery. The Klittich Family have generously continued this award support over the years and committee members have seen a positive affect in our neighborhoods, as people “spruce up” their yards.
Sadly, there will be no Christmas trees on Central this year because of the difficulty in obtaining and maintaining living trees. BUT, we are asking people in the community to donate their old artificial, 6’ + trees to begin a collection for future years. We would need a minimum of 16 trees.

Steve McKeown has offered to pick up donated trees. His cell number is 805-904-5424.

 
Last year’s Fillmore Civic Pride Holiday Yard of the Month, the Perez Family. Their home is located in the 900 block of Sespe Avenue. They had penguins, polar bears and much more decorating their yard.
Last year’s Fillmore Civic Pride Holiday Yard of the Month, the Perez Family. Their home is located in the 900 block of Sespe Avenue. They had penguins, polar bears and much more decorating their yard.
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Our Civic Pride Volunteer Committee is back in Action with the selection of a “Holiday Yard of the Month”.

The Holiday “Yard of the Month” will be chosen from decorated homes and yards within the entire Fillmore community. Civic Pride Committee is putting out a “call” to all the creative and clever, to get their decorating done early, so a photo of the winner and a list of “honorable mentions” may be put in the newspaper. People can enjoy making a tour of the neighborhoods. We invite you to make your suggestions for best decorated yard by phone or email to, Linda Nunes, 805-302-7527 or email to Lsnunes1411@gmail.com . A member of the committee will be making the selection between December 6-12, to give people a weekend to get decorations put up.

The award will be a $40 gift certificate to Otto and Sons Nursery. The Klittich Family have generously continued this award support over the years and committee members have seen a positive affect in our neighborhoods, as people “spruce up” their yards.

Sadly, there will be no Christmas trees on Central this year because of the difficulty in obtaining and maintaining living trees. BUT, we are asking people in the community to donate their old artificial, 6’ + trees to begin a collection for future years. We would need a minimum of 16 trees.

Steve McKeown has offered to pick up donated trees. His cell number is 805-904-5424.

 
Last week’s Fillmore Rotary guest speaker was Harriet Happel from College of the Canyons. Her position at the college deals with helping students find their career paths. She stated that most of us were only concerned with getting a degree which really didn’t help with a career job, but now with changes in the job market, it’s more important to learn life skills, or tech skills, etc. and get a certificate and get into the work force sooner. As jobs change students can go back to college and learn new skills, get another certificate and get back into the work force. It was surprising to learn that graduates may have as many as 15 careers in their lifetime. Pictured with Harriet is Rotary President Andy Klittich presenting her with a Rotary mug. Photo courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Last week’s Fillmore Rotary guest speaker was Harriet Happel from College of the Canyons. Her position at the college deals with helping students find their career paths. She stated that most of us were only concerned with getting a degree which really didn’t help with a career job, but now with changes in the job market, it’s more important to learn life skills, or tech skills, etc. and get a certificate and get into the work force sooner. As jobs change students can go back to college and learn new skills, get another certificate and get back into the work force. It was surprising to learn that graduates may have as many as 15 careers in their lifetime. Pictured with Harriet is Rotary President Andy Klittich presenting her with a Rotary mug. Photo courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
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Fillmore Rotary President Andy Klittich inducted new member Christine Schieferle into the Rotary Club recently. Schieferle is Superintendent of the Fillmore Unified School District. Also at last week’s meeting Program Chair Sean McCulley presented a video about the Holbrook Indian School, a private Native American school in Holbrook, Arizona. This amazing school is changing the lives of 58 Navajo children, grades 1-12. It is a boarding school which creates hope, calm, and a safe place for education, for building trust and discovering values. Photo courtesy Martha
Richardson.
Fillmore Rotary President Andy Klittich inducted new member Christine Schieferle into the Rotary Club recently. Schieferle is Superintendent of the Fillmore Unified School District. Also at last week’s meeting Program Chair Sean McCulley presented a video about the Holbrook Indian School, a private Native American school in Holbrook, Arizona. This amazing school is changing the lives of 58 Navajo children, grades 1-12. It is a boarding school which creates hope, calm, and a safe place for education, for building trust and discovering values. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Right is Lisa Hammond, a trained yoga instructor, who spoke to the club last week about her Yoga for the First Responders program. With her is Rotary President Andy Klittich presenting her with a Rotary mug. Lisa’s Yoga for First Responders uses mental and physical training techniques to improve resilience and strengthen the mind and body. It helps first responders move effectively, gain physical strength and releases high stress which also helps with sleep. These techniques are taught at the academy and various departments. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Right is Lisa Hammond, a trained yoga instructor, who spoke to the club last week about her Yoga for the First Responders program. With her is Rotary President Andy Klittich presenting her with a Rotary mug. Lisa’s Yoga for First Responders uses mental and physical training techniques to improve resilience and strengthen the mind and body. It helps first responders move effectively, gain physical strength and releases high stress which also helps with sleep. These techniques are taught at the academy and various departments. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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(l-r) Rhett Mauck with Rotary Club President Andy Klittich after speaking to the group last week. Mauck is
the Director of Development of Search Dog Foundation, founded by Wilma Melville. She and her FEMA certified search dog were deployed to the Oklahoma City bombing site where only one survivor was found by the dog. It was then she realized there was a severe shortage of search dogs, so she founded this Foundation in 1996. It is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization based in Santa Paula. The purpose is to strengthen disaster response by producing highly skilled canine disaster search teams to search for missing persons and victims of natural and man-made disasters. Canine recruitment is from rescued dogs which are tested and trained. If the dogs are exceptional, they will train from 8 to 12 months, then partner with a first responder and train together to receive certification for deployment. Dogs who do not complete the training are placed in another career or adopted into a “fur-ever” home. Healthcare needs are given to all active and retired dogs for the remainder of their lives. [Courtesy Rotary Club member Martha Richardson]
(l-r) Rhett Mauck with Rotary Club President Andy Klittich after speaking to the group last week. Mauck is the Director of Development of Search Dog Foundation, founded by Wilma Melville. She and her FEMA certified search dog were deployed to the Oklahoma City bombing site where only one survivor was found by the dog. It was then she realized there was a severe shortage of search dogs, so she founded this Foundation in 1996. It is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization based in Santa Paula. The purpose is to strengthen disaster response by producing highly skilled canine disaster search teams to search for missing persons and victims of natural and man-made disasters. Canine recruitment is from rescued dogs which are tested and trained. If the dogs are exceptional, they will train from 8 to 12 months, then partner with a first responder and train together to receive certification for deployment. Dogs who do not complete the training are placed in another career or adopted into a “fur-ever” home. Healthcare needs are given to all active and retired dogs for the remainder of their lives. [Courtesy Rotary Club member Martha Richardson]
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On September 30, 2021, at 2:22pm, Ventura County Fire was dispatched to a reported brush fire in the 4200 block of Center Street, Piru. Arriving fire crews (ME28) reported a 100' by 100' spot fire. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and detectives were also on scene, along with a fire investigator. Crews remained on scene for about three hours. This is the second brush fire in that area in two weeks. Cause of the fire is under investigation. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
On September 30, 2021, at 2:22pm, Ventura County Fire was dispatched to a reported brush fire in the 4200 block of Center Street, Piru. Arriving fire crews (ME28) reported a 100' by 100' spot fire. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and detectives were also on scene, along with a fire investigator. Crews remained on scene for about three hours. This is the second brush fire in that area in two weeks. Cause of the fire is under investigation. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
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Fillmore got 0.18 of an inch of rain Monday evening, but it poured hard for a few minutes. Photo from Gazette front door shows heavy shower around streetlight on Sespe Avenue.
Fillmore got 0.18 of an inch of rain Monday evening, but it poured hard for a few minutes. Photo from Gazette front door shows heavy shower around streetlight on Sespe Avenue.
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The Interact Club of Fillmore High School is the student version of Rotary. Last week these Interact Club officers came to visit the Rotary Club of Fillmore. The advisor for the FHS club is Mr. MacMahon. Students are President Emma Myers, Vice President Jimena Cortes, Secretary Nathalie Magana and Rotary Representative Cindy Blatt. Courtesy Rotary Club Member Martha Richardson.
The Interact Club of Fillmore High School is the student version of Rotary. Last week these Interact Club officers came to visit the Rotary Club of Fillmore. The advisor for the FHS club is Mr. MacMahon. Students are President Emma Myers, Vice President Jimena Cortes, Secretary Nathalie Magana and Rotary Representative Cindy Blatt. Courtesy Rotary Club Member Martha Richardson.
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The American Heart Association presents Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus award for commitment to prioritizing quality care for stroke patients

Dignity Health—St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) and St. John’s Hospital Camarillo (SJHC) have received the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines ® -Stroke Quality Achievement Award for their commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and speeding recovery times.

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke was developed to assist health care professionals to provide the
most up-to-date, research-based guidelines for treating stroke patients.

“St. John’s Hospitals are honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to helping our patients have the best possible chance of survival and after a stroke,” said Darren W. Lee, President and CEO of St. John’s Regional Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital Camarillo. “Get With The Guidelines-Stroke makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis to improve outcomes for stroke patients.”

Each year program participants apply for the award recognition by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, participants also provide education to patients to help them manage their health and rehabilitation once at home.

“We are pleased to recognize St. John’s Regional Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital Camarillo for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

“Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiatives can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

SJRMC and SJHC also received the Association’s Target: Stroke SM Elite Plus award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

Additionally, both SJRMC and SJHC received the Association’s Target: Type 2 Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90% of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”

About Dignity Health - St. John's Regional Medical Center
Founded in 1912, Dignity Health - St. John's Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) is a 365-bed, acute care, non-profit hospital located in Oxnard, Calif. Serving Ventura County for more than one hundred years, SJRMC has been named a Top 250 hospital by Healthgrades. As a leader in stroke care, SJRMC is the first and only Certified Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center in Ventura County and is a recipient of the American Heart Association's, Get with the Guidelines- Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. Designated as a STEMI Receiving Center, SJRMC is highly recognized for excellence in cardiac care and has been named a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care by Blue Shield of California. Its Cancer Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. SJRMC is home to the only all-private room, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Ventura County. Learn more at DignityHealth.org/StJohnsRegional.

About Dignity Health - St. John's Hospital Camarillo
Founded in 1974, Dignity Health - St. John's Hospital Camarillo (SJHC) is a 58-bed, acute care, non-profit hospital located in Camarillo, California. SJHC is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and a recipient of the American Heart Association's, Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. SJHC houses Camarillo&'s first-ever cardiac catheterization lab. The Emergency Department is accredited as a Level III Geriatric Emergency Department. Learn more at dignityhealth.org/StJohnsHospitalCamarillo.

About Get With The Guidelines ®
Get With The Guidelines ® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.

 

"Life of Lulu" by Nick Johnson.
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