The Fillmore Fire Department in conjunction with the Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council has received a grant to dispose of flammable vegetation in residential neighborhoods that are adjacent to wildland areas. This grant is being applied to all residents who reside in Fillmore. All residents who live within three hundred yards of a wildland area are especially encouraged to take advantage of this free opportunity.

On Saturday May 11th, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, all residents in the City may haul any tree/brush trimmings direct to the Fillmore City Well #4 location at 728 Goodenough Rd. for free disposal. Any ornamental vegetation and cut grass/weeds will also be accepted if it is free of any dirt, metal, plastic, or other trash.

Residents are especially encouraged to have professional tree trimmers, trim up palm trees, of all dead palm fronds as these can be especially hazardous when caught on fire. All palm fronds will accepted.

Any questions may be directed to the Fillmore Fire Chief at 524-1500 xt 226.

 


 

The Award’s Night for the Fillmore Young Writers Contest has been moved from May 2nd to May 9th. They will be honoring 63 students that night in recognition of their stories, poems, and artwork which will be submitted for the contest.

 


 
 

Bardsdale UMC invites children K – 5TH Camp Firelight Vacation Bible Study (VBS) where they will be on a Summer Camp adventure with God! This includes exciting new music, amazing science, creative crafts, fun recreation, and memorable Bible stories that will show children they can trust God all the time!

The adventure runs from June 24 through June 28, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at Bardsdale United Methodist Church, 1498 Bardsdale Ave. Learn more about Camp Firelight VBS by calling Cristina Ramos at (805) 524-2070.

 

(Ventura County, CA) – The eighth annual Take 5 and Read to Kids! campaign will kick-off May 3rd at preschools and various locations throughout Ventura County. More than 50 local celebrity readers will be reading to young children. First 5 Ventura County hosts the free community events to help raise awareness about the importance of early childhood literacy for the more than 55,000 children in Ventura County who are age 5 years and younger. For more information, visit www.first5ventura.org/talk-read-sing/

This year’s impressive lineup of readers includes Congresswoman Julia Brownley, Assemblymembers Steve Bennett and Jacqui Irwin, Supervisors Jeff Gorell, Matt LaVere, Kelly Long, and Janice Parvin, County Executive Officer Dr. Sevet Johnson, Ventura County Sheriff Jim Fryhoff, Ventura County Fire Chief Dustin Gardner, and many more.

Members of the public with children age 5 and younger are invited to attend Take 5 and Read to Kids! storytimes with a celebrity reader at select First 5 Ventura County Neighborhoods for Learning (NfL) sites as well as local libraries during their regularly scheduled storytimes:

Fillmore Library on Wednesday, May 8th at 10:30 a.m.
First 5 Ventura County encourages parents, caregivers, and community members to become champions of early literacy by taking at least five minutes each day to read with a young child. “Talking throughout the day with your young child, reading together, telling stories, and singing all help develop pathways in the brain that will later be used to recognize letters, read, and think critically,” Supervisor and First 5 Commissioner Matt LaVere added.

Ventura County District Attorney Erik Nasarenko reads to children at Take 5 and Read to Kids! in 2023.

“We know that the first five years of life lay the foundation for success in school and life. For young children, early exposure to books is beneficial for long-term academic achievements,” said Health Care Agency Director and First 5 Commission Chair Barry Zimmerman. Studies have proven that when you talk, read, and sing to children starting at birth, you promote and support early language and literacy development.

Ventura County District Attorney Erik Nasarenko reads to children at Take 5 and Read to Kids! in 2023.

About First 5 Ventura County, www.first5ventura.org
Brain research shows that the prenatal period and first five years of a child’s life are critical for developing lifelong social, emotional and learning skills. Based on this research, California voters passed Proposition 10 (a tobacco tax) in 1998 which established First 5 county commissions throughout the state to improve health and education programs for children prenatal to 5 years.

For more than 25 years, First 5 Ventura County’s investment, expertise and leadership have made a significant, positive impact on early childhood in our community. F5VC’s early education and childhood development programs – Neighborhoods for Learning and Help Me Grow – strengthen families and help ensure Ventura County’s 55,000 children age 5 and younger reach their full potential.

From: Lysa Urban
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2024 12:00 PM
Subject: First 5 Ventura County media release 4.16.2024; Families Invited to Take 5 and Read to Kids! Campaign Kick-off May 3rd

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For Immediate Release
Date: April 16, 2024
Contact: Lysa Urban, First 5 Ventura County
Phone: 805-648-9990
Email: Lurban@first5ventura.org
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Families Invited to Take 5 and Read to Kids! Campaign Kick-off May 3rd
First 5 Ventura County to Host Free Events Countywide with Local Celebrity Readers

(Ventura County, CA) – The eighth annual Take 5 and Read to Kids! campaign will kick-off May 3rd at preschools and various locations throughout Ventura County. More than 50 local celebrity readers will be reading to young children. First 5 Ventura County hosts the free community events to help raise awareness about the importance of early childhood literacy for the more than 55,000 children in Ventura County who are age 5 years and younger. For more information, visit www.first5ventura.org/talk-read-sing/

This year’s impressive lineup of readers includes Congresswoman Julia Brownley, Assemblymembers Steve Bennett and Jacqui Irwin, Supervisors Jeff Gorell, Matt LaVere, Kelly Long, and Janice Parvin, County Executive Officer Dr. Sevet Johnson, Ventura County Sheriff Jim Fryhoff, Ventura County Fire Chief Dustin Gardner, and many more.

Members of the public with children age 5 and younger are invited to attend Take 5 and Read to Kids! storytimes with a celebrity reader at select First 5 Ventura County Neighborhoods for Learning (NfL) sites as well as local libraries during their regularly scheduled storytimes:

Rio Plaza Elementary (NfL classroom), 3300 Cortez St., Oxnard, May 3rd at 9:30 a.m.
Ruben Castro Center (NfL classroom), 612 B. Spring St. Suite 401, Moorpark, May 3rd at 9:30 a.m.
Sheridan Way Elementary (NfL classroom), 573 Sheridan Way, Ventura, May 3rd at 9:30 a.m.
E.P. Foster Library on Monday, May 6th at 10:30 a.m.
Fillmore Library on Wednesday, May 8th at 10:30 a.m.
Hill Road Library on Wednesday, May 8th at 10:30 a.m.
Ojai Library on Wednesday, May 8th at 10:30 a.m.
First 5 Ventura County encourages parents, caregivers, and community members to become champions of early literacy by taking at least five minutes each day to read with a young child. “Talking throughout the day with your young child, reading together, telling stories, and singing all help develop pathways in the brain that will later be used to recognize letters, read, and think critically,” Supervisor and First 5 Commissioner Matt LaVere added.

Ventura County District Attorney Erik Nasarenko reads to children at Take 5 and Read to Kids! in 2023.

“We know that the first five years of life lay the foundation for success in school and life. For young children, early exposure to books is beneficial for long-term academic achievements,” said Health Care Agency Director and First 5 Commission Chair Barry Zimmerman. Studies have proven that when you talk, read, and sing to children starting at birth, you promote and support early language and literacy development.

Ventura County District Attorney Erik Nasarenko reads to children at Take 5 and Read to Kids! in 2023.

About First 5 Ventura County, www.first5ventura.org
Brain research shows that the prenatal period and first five years of a child’s life are critical for developing lifelong social, emotional and learning skills. Based on this research, California voters passed Proposition 10 (a tobacco tax) in 1998 which established First 5 county commissions throughout the state to improve health and education programs for children prenatal to 5 years.

For more than 25 years, First 5 Ventura County’s investment, expertise and leadership have made a significant, positive impact on early childhood in our community. F5VC’s early education and childhood development programs – Neighborhoods for Learning and Help Me Grow – strengthen families and help ensure Ventura County’s 55,000 children age 5 and younger reach their full potential.

 

The Fillmore Investigations Bureau would like to educate the community and remind them to be alert to ongoing financial scams that attempt to solicit funds from unsuspecting victims. Millions of elderly Americans are targeted by criminals each year with a variety of financial fraud and/or confidence schemes. It is common for criminals to impersonate family members, government agencies, technical support professionals, banking institutions, and others to steal money and information. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Elder Fraud Report, the following are the most common types of fraud scams affecting victims over 60 years old:

Tech / Customer Support and Government Impersonation Scams
Tech / Customer Support derive from call centers that are often located outside of the United States. These call centers overwhelmingly target the elderly and are responsible for defrauding thousands of victims each year. Scammers will often exploit the victim’s naivety with technology and online banking to manufacture deceitful circumstances of outstanding debt or payment discrepancy requiring immediate corrective measures. Government impersonations can be perpetrated in a variety of ways, from a missed or overdue jury summons, outstanding and unpaid tickets, or false claims of a family member being in severe trouble with law enforcement. The scammers will demand monetary compensation in exchange for resolving the situation. The effects of these scams are devastating, with victims being coerced into providing large sums of money to remedy the issue.

Investment Scams
Trust-based investment scams often exploit the good-natured and trusting characteristics of the elderly to establish a rapport with the victims prior to offering low-risk investments with guaranteed returns. Victims are pressured to invest as much money as possible into the fraudulent scheme, oftentimes being enticed to access and deplete saving accounts, retirement accounts, and/or the equity of their home. Reporting data indicates victims over 60 years old are devastatingly impacted, as they are typically on a fixed, limited income and often lose their entire life savings.

Lottery / Sweepstakes / Inheritance Scams
The functionality of lottery / sweepstakes scams and inheritance scams are very similarly to one another, with the initial contact often being a call, email, social media notification, or a piece of mail notifying the victim of winning a big contest, lottery, or sweepstakes the victims did not enter, or as being the recipient of a large inheritance from a distant relative. In order to receive the proceeds of either the contest winnings or inheritance, the victim is instructed they are required to pay upfront fees and/or taxes. Depending on the susceptibility of the victim, the scammers can prolong the scam and demand additional payment for months or even years, with the promise of the prize or inheritance being contingent on the additional payments.

Romance / Confidence / Extortion Scams
Exploiting the victim’s confidence and affection, scammers will adopt a fake online personality and use their expertise in forming false emotional connections, giving the illusion of being caring, believable, and genuine. Once rapport is established with the victim, the scammer will use their romantic or close relationship to influence and manipulate the victim into providing them with money or other assets. Scammers will often select a cover story, such as being in the military or employment in a trades-based industry, which would restrict their ability to meet the victim in person. This strategy also strengthens the plausibility of circumstances surrounding the scammers request for money to be sent overseas. Another strategy associated with this scam is to extort the victim for monetary gain by threatening the release of sensitive data, such as sexually explicit photographs or reputationally damaging communications.

Tips for Protection
Recognize scam attempts and end all communication with the perpetrator.
Never give unknown, unverified persons remote access to devices or accounts.
Be cautious of unsolicited phone calls, mailings, and door-to-door service offers.
Never give or send any personally identifiable information, money, jewelry, gift cards, checks, or wire information to unverified people or businesses.
Resist the pressure to act quickly. Scammers create a sense of urgency to produce fear and lure victims into immediate action. Call the police immediately if you feel there is a danger to yourself or a loved one.
Government or law enforcement officials will not demand payment by cryptocurrency, prepaid cards, wire transfers, or overnight mailed cash, nor contact a subject by phone to notify that they are under investigation.
Legitimate customer, security, or tech support companies will not initiate unsolicited contact with individuals, nor demand immediate payment or require payment via prepaid cards, wire transfers, cryptocurrency, or mailed cash.
Legitimate lotteries and beneficiaries do not need to pay upfront taxes and fees to claim a prize or inheritance. Playing foreign lotteries in any form is a violation of federal law.
Be careful what you download. Never open an email attachment from someone you do not know and be wary of email attachments forwarded to you.
Take precautions to protect your identity if a criminal gains access to your device or account.
Immediately contact your financial institutions to place protections on your accounts and monitor your accounts and personal information for suspicious activity.
Make sure all computer anti-virus and security software and malware protections are up to date. Use reputable anti-virus software and firewalls. Disconnect from the internet and shut down your device if you see a pop-up message or locked screen. Pop-ups are regularly used by perpetrators to spread malicious software. Enable pop-up blockers to avoid accidentally clicking on a pop-up.
Be careful what you post and make public online. Scammers can use details shared on social media and dating sites to better understand and target you.

If you receive a suspected scam call, we recommend citizens hang up, block the number (if possible), and do not send the scammers any money. If you are unsure or concerned you may be involved in a scam, you can contact the Fillmore Police Department at 805-524-2235. If you are a victim of a scam, please contact the Sheriff’s Dispatch non-emergency number at 805-654-9511 to make a report. You can also file a complaint online with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov or the Federal Bureau of Investigation at www.ic3.gov.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and Fillmore Police Department would like to thank members of the public for their on-going support and due diligence in providing information to assist our agency in solving crimes. We are better at what we do because of our community partnerships. Join us in the fight on crime by following us on Twitter @fillmoresheriff, Facebook, Instagram @VCSHERIFF, and with Nixle by texting your zip code to 888777 to receive local law enforcement and public safety alerts and advisories.

Prepared by: Senior Deputy Dustin Heersche
News Release Date: April 22nd, 2024
Approved by: Captain Eduardo Malagon

 
 
Pictured is a Fillmore firefighter surveying the fields during a previous weed abatement event. Photo courtesy Fillmore Fire Chief Keith Gurrola.
Pictured is a Fillmore firefighter surveying the fields during a previous weed abatement event. Photo courtesy Fillmore Fire Chief Keith Gurrola.
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All properties located within the city limits of Fillmore are due for abatement of hazardous dry grass/brush/weeds that could carry and sustain a fire capable of threatening residents and their homes or other property.

The large amount of rainfall received this past winter combined with several weeks of hot dry weather has created a dryer and earlier than normal potential fire season. Historically our residents have been noticed to have their dry weeds cleared by June 1 of each year. Property owners are again noticed to have the weeds cleared before June 1st, but the Fillmore Fire Department is asking that all property owners try to clear all weeds as soon as possible.

In addition to the annual weed clearance, the Fire Department is asking all property owners to pay special attention to any palm trees that they may have on their property. Dry palm fronds on the tree or on the ground are very hazardous when caught on fire. Every attempt should be made to keep palm trees free from dry fronds. If you have a palm tree with a large accumulation of dry palm fronds, advice should be sought on the best method of removal.

To help facilitate weed and brush disposal, your Fillmore Fire Department has teamed up with the Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council, to offer up a free Community Hazardous Yard Waste Disposal event to be held on Saturday May 11th from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM at City Well #4, 728 Goodenough Rd. Only vegetation will be accepted, no trash, metal, or other debris. This is a great opportunity for free disposal of any tree trimmings or any other vegetation. Clean up your yards of overgrown vegetation and have avoid dumping fees.

 

Dear residents of Fillmore,

We have recently become aware of a concerning issue regarding residents receiving false visits from individuals claiming to be from the City of Fillmore. These individuals have been falsely asserting that the water is contaminated and urging residents to purchase water filters from them. Here are the facts: **Unauthorized Visits:** The City of Fillmore has not authorized any individuals to conduct water tests inside residents’ homes. If anyone approaches you claiming to be from the City and asks to test your water, please do not allow them access and report the incident to us immediately by calling: (805) 524-2233. **False Claims:** Contrary to what these individuals are saying, our water is not contaminated, and there is no need to purchase bottled water or filters. It is safe to drink, cook with, wash clothes, and shower in. **Transparency:** We maintain transparency regarding our water quality, and the latest water quality report is available on the City’s website for your reference. Link to reports: https://www.fillmoreca.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=40 Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and we are actively working with law enforcement to address this issue. If you encounter anyone making false claims about our water quality or falsely representing themselves as City officials, please contact us by calling: (805) 524-2233. Thank you for your cooperation and vigilance in safeguarding our community’s integrity.
- Fillmore Police Department

 
Saint Francis Roman Catholic Church reached out to the City early in the week, about issues with drains in the building after having called a plumber who identified a lateral disconnection at the main line. Work took place along C Street at Ventura, as traffic made its way past workers. The work is covered under warranty from Toro, which performed repairs last year. It should be completed by Wednesday, April 24, slurry backfilled, and paved on Thursday, April 25, 2024.
Saint Francis Roman Catholic Church reached out to the City early in the week, about issues with drains in the building after having called a plumber who identified a lateral disconnection at the main line. Work took place along C Street at Ventura, as traffic made its way past workers. The work is covered under warranty from Toro, which performed repairs last year. It should be completed by Wednesday, April 24, slurry backfilled, and paved on Thursday, April 25, 2024.
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A crash card is seen in an image taken from video shared by the California Highway Patrol via Instagram.
A crash card is seen in an image taken from video shared by the California Highway Patrol via Instagram.
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The California Highway Patrol is introducing a new system that will make it easier for motorists to obtain a digital copy of their crash report.

The agency took to social media on Monday to post about its new Online Crash Portal (CHP | Crash Report Search (ca.gov) that will be free of charge.

“Just another way to improve the service we provide to the communities we serve,” the CHP posted on Instagram along with a short instructional video.

Motorists involved in a collision will be given a crash card with a QR code that can later be scanned to find detailed information about the incident.

The information can also be obtained by registering and logging into the http://crashes.chp.ca.gov website.
Website users can then enter the information found on the crash card and search for their report.
Crash reports are typically available within eight business days of the incident, according to the CHP.

 
Picture courtesy Anna with her beloved dog, Casey Jones.
Picture courtesy Anna with her beloved dog, Casey Jones.
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Article by Brandy Hollis
I am pleased to introduce Anna Reilley, President of the Fillmore Rotary Club. Anna truly has a heart to serve.
Anna earned a Master’s in Business and Leadership at the University of La Verne. She has been married to Daniel Reilley for 34 happy years. They have five children, four boys and one girl, all adults now.
The longtime Ventura County residents and have lived in the Fillmore community for over 15 years. She is part of the legacy of the Joseph Chapman Family regarding Grist Mill in the 1700’s in San Gabriel and San Ynez.
She is also is a Toast-masters Member, along with being one of my favorites to serve with at Fillmore Women’s Service Club (we have such a great bunch of ladies). Anna also serves at the San Buena Ventura Women’s Club and is a Correspondence Secretary on the Advisory Council on VCAAA. She is a licensed real estate agent, and said, “I love helping our community and being involved with people that get things done!”
“I love to help out our seniors at the Active Adult Center and our youth to learn to be good leaders. I love being with my family, I love to garden, eat good food. I love country music and rock, movies like Star Trek and old classics.” Her favorite thing to do is play with her dog, Casey Jones (pictured).
I know her to be kind and a team player—she really does seek out ways to help. She’s great at bouncing ideas off of as well. If you see her, please go up and say hi. She comes across as shy… but her go-getter mentally will surely change your mind. I am proud to call her my sister in service and friend.
Thank you, Anna, for stepping up to all your called to do. I am so glad we have worked together this last year and can’t wait to see what we accomplish in the coming year. Fillmore is so blessed to have people like you!

 

Board of Directors Meeting, Thursday, April 18, 2024, 4:00 p.m at City of Fillmore City Hall Council Chambers 250 Central Avenue, Fillmore, CA 93015
To participate in the Board of Directors meeting via Zoom, please access:
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AGENDA
1.CALL TO ORDER
1A Pledge of Allegiance 1B Directors Roll Call
1C Public Comments
Fillmore and Piru Basins Groundwater Sustainability Agency (Agency) will accept public comment concerning agenda items at the time the item is considered and on any non-agenda item within the jurisdiction of the Board during the agendized Public Comment period. No action will be taken by the Board on any non-agenda item. In accordance with Government Code § 54954.3(b)(1), public comment will be limited to three (3) minutes per speaker per issue.
1D Approval of Agenda
Motion
2.CONSENT CALENDAR
All matters listed under the Consent Calendar are considered routine by the Board and will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a Board member pulls an item from the Calendar. Pulled items will be discussed and acted on separately by the Board. Members of the public who want to comment on a Consent Calendar item should do so under Public Comments. (ROLL CALL VOTE REQUIRED)
2A Approval of Minutes
The Board will consider approving the Minutes from the Board of Directors meeting of March 21, 2024, and the Special Board of Directors meeting from April 4, 2024.
2B Approval of Warrants
The Board will consider approving payment of outstanding vendor invoices:
RAMS $ 300.00
Aleshire & Wynder LLP $ 2,320.00
DBS&A $23,821.75
2C Monthly Financial Report
The Board will receive the monthly financial report for the Fillmore and Piru Basins Groundwater Sustainability Agency.
3. MOTION ITEMS
3A Waiver of Late Fees and Interest for City of Fillmore
Motion
The Board will consider waiving late fees and interest in the amount of $2,963.09 for the City of Fillmore.
3B Amendment of Groundwater Sustainability Plans in Response to Findings and Comments from California Department of Water Resources
Motion
The Board will receive a presentation from Daniel B. Stephens and Associates and staff summarizing the findings, comments, and recommendations received from the California Department of Water Resources regarding its Sustainable Groundwater Management Act review of the Agency’s Fillmore Basin Groundwater Sustainability Plan and Piru Basin Groundwater Sustainability Plan and provide comments and direction.
4. FUTURE TOPICS FOR BOARD DISCUSSION
5. ADJOURNMENT
The Board will adjourn to the next Regular Board Meeting on Thursday, May 16, 2024, or call of the Chair.
Materials, which are non-exempt public records and are provided to the Board of Directors to be used in consideration of the above agenda items, including any documents provided subsequent to the publishing of this agenda, are available for inspection at UWCD’s offices at 1701
N. Lombard Street in Oxnard during normal business hours.
The Americans with Disabilities Act provides that no qualified individual with a disability shall be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, the District’s services, programs or activities because of any disability. If you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, or if you require agenda materials in an alternative format, please contact the UWCD Office at (805) 525-4431 or the City of Fillmore at (805) 524- 1500. Notification of at least 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the District to make appropriate arrangements.
Approved: Board Chair Kelly Long
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Posted: (date) April 15, 2024 (time) 1:30 p.m. (attest) Eva Ibarra
At: Fillmore City Hall, 250 Central Avenue, Fillmore, CA

 

"Come help us celebrate! The Ventura County Garden Club is preparing to celebrate their 100 years of sharing friendship, gardening and beatification projects. The public is welcome to join in on the fun at the Camarillo Ranch House on May 1 starting at 10am. Events include car, flower and quilt shows, tours of the ranch house, a maypole activity, Japanese floral design demonstration by Gabriel Pacheco, the last 100 years in dance and music performance, snacks, picnic luncheon with desserts, door prizes, silent auction and more. Send your check for $50 made out to VCGC to Nancy Cope at 603 4th St., Fillmore, 93015. Please indicate your luncheon choice of Roast Turkey and Jack Cheese, Black Forest Ham and Cheddar Cheese, Vegetable and Cheese, or vegan sandwich, and, if you prefer, the Gluten Free option. Hope you can join us for this fun and historic event! We welcome new members. For more information, visit our website at VenturaCountyGardenClub.com"

 
Comedy Night at the Fillmore Town Theater, April 12, 7-9PM, PG13. More information at Fillmoretowntheatre.org
Comedy Night at the Fillmore Town Theater, April 12, 7-9PM, PG13. More information at Fillmoretowntheatre.org
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Rotarian Sean Morris was the Fillmore Rotary speaker last week. He showed slides and took the club on a virtual tour of Oaxaca, Mexico. It was a family vacation and the home of his wife, Veronica. It is a very interesting city with beautiful churches and murals. They weave colorful rugs with dyes made from various plants. It is a vibrant city full of life and many festivals. Pictured (l-r) are Rotarian Sean Morris & President Scott Beylik. Photo credit Martha Richardson.
Rotarian Sean Morris was the Fillmore Rotary speaker last week. He showed slides and took the club on a virtual tour of Oaxaca, Mexico. It was a family vacation and the home of his wife, Veronica. It is a very interesting city with beautiful churches and murals. They weave colorful rugs with dyes made from various plants. It is a vibrant city full of life and many festivals. Pictured (l-r) are Rotarian Sean Morris & President Scott Beylik. Photo credit Martha Richardson.
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The City of Fillmore recently posted an update about the progress of the new dog park being built at Two Rivers Park. Above are photos recently posted on April 8, 2024. UPDATE: Get your furry friends ready! Construction at the Two Rivers Dog Park is still underway and is looking great! ADA stall striping and signs in the parking lot are now complete. Plumbing of the drinking fountain is good to go and installation of drinking fountain is coming right up. Chain link fencing and gates are also scheduled to be installed next. This project is coming along nicely, and ahead of schedule. Stay tuned for the completion of this amazing project! Courtesy https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=805918421568732&set=pcb.805918584902049 or https://www.facebook.com/cityoffillmore.
The City of Fillmore recently posted an update about the progress of the new dog park being built at Two Rivers Park. Above are photos recently posted on April 8, 2024. UPDATE: Get your furry friends ready! Construction at the Two Rivers Dog Park is still underway and is looking great! ADA stall striping and signs in the parking lot are now complete. Plumbing of the drinking fountain is good to go and installation of drinking fountain is coming right up. Chain link fencing and gates are also scheduled to be installed next. This project is coming along nicely, and ahead of schedule. Stay tuned for the completion of this amazing project! Courtesy https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=805918421568732&set=pcb.805918584902049 or https://www.facebook.com/cityoffillmore.
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Pictured (l-r) are Fillmore Rotary President Scott Beylik, Deresa Kenney, Lisa Hammond, and Virginia Feyh, along with their K9 friends receiving their Rotary mugs. Photo credit Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Pictured (l-r) are Fillmore Rotary President Scott Beylik, Deresa Kenney, Lisa Hammond, and Virginia Feyh, along with their K9 friends receiving their Rotary mugs. Photo credit Rotarian Martha Richardson.
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The speakers at Fillmore Rotary last week were Deresa Kenney, Virginia Feyh and Lisa Hammond from the Ventura County K9 Search and Rescue Team. This is a volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3), comprised of highly trained handlers and their canine partners who provide assistance to law enforcement in the search and recovery of lost and missing persons. Deresa and Virginia have dogs trained in Trailing by the person’s scent and other dogs trained in Human Remains Detection. Lisa is the current Treasurer of the Board and is training to be a flanker which means she will accompany a handler with their K9 so the handler can devote full attention to their dog. The handlers gave demonstrations with their dogs after the meeting. See www.vcsark9.org for more info.

 
Fillmore Civic Pride volunteers awarded the 2024 April Yard of the Month to Jeannie and her beautiful garden on Serra Drive in Fillmore. As the winner she received a gift card from Fillmore’s Otto and Sons Nursery. Photo credit Chris Webb.
Fillmore Civic Pride volunteers awarded the 2024 April Yard of the Month to Jeannie and her beautiful garden on Serra Drive in Fillmore. As the winner she received a gift card from Fillmore’s Otto and Sons Nursery. Photo credit Chris Webb.
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By Chris Webb

The Fillmore Civic Pride volunteers award a Yard of the Month prize several times throughout the year. This month’s winner is Jeannie, and her garden, located at 125 Serra Drive, is one of minimalistic beauty.
The colors of the rock, block boarder, and plants combine in a natural and pleasing way. The materials are neatly installed, and the area is well maintained.

The combination and placement of cactus and succulents, including Oger and Aloe Vera varieties, create a simple and peaceful area. The plants are a combination of those planted by her late father and others she brought with her when she moved to Fillmore.

Like all gardeners Jeannie has additional plans for the space, including the addition of a candy-striped Rose bush. Each Yard of the Month winner receives a gift card for Fillmore’s Otto and Sons Nursery, who are known for their incredible collection of roses and other plants.

This month’s winner is a great example of how beautiful outdoor spaces can be simple, easy to maintain, and full of beauty. Congratulations, Jeannie!

 
Pictured above are Rhonda and Paul Taylor outside San Cayetano Elementary helping out with school drop-off.
Pictured above are Rhonda and Paul Taylor outside San Cayetano Elementary helping out with school drop-off.
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Photo & story by Brandy Hollis

Let me tell you about a kind lady with a beautiful Louisiana accent. Her name is Rhonda Taylor. She has been in Fillmore for a few years now, and I have met her off & on around town. You might recognize her from the voting center doing more than her civic duty. She cares for our community and is impassioned to lend a hand as part of the FUSD Oversight Bond Committee, auditing and reviewing auditor’s reports. She is always involved with her beautiful grandchildren, whom she adores, along with her sweet husband Paul.

I ran into her one morning at the San Cayetano school drop-off on Mountain View and mentioned we had a new drop-off/pick-up procedure coming, and extra hands were always welcomed to help direct traffic. Guess what? She was there at 7:30 a.m. and jumped right in helping with the traffic, with kind reminders of new drop-off locations. As we finished, she wistfully said how much she missed working at the school and thought San Cayetano is a special place--she could feel it when she walked into the office.

If you could do one thing today, be like Rhonda Taylor, lend a hand! Be part of the solution. If it takes a village, I’m glad my village includes Rhonda and Paul.