In observance of the Independence Day holiday, the employees of Santa Clara Valley Disposal will be taking the day off on Thursday, July 4, affecting their pickup schedule. As a result, Fillmore residential customers will have their trash, recyclables and green waste collected one day later that week, on Saturday, July 6.

The regular Friday pickup schedule will resume on July 12.

For more information, call 805-647-1414.

 


 
Fillmore Rotary Club donated $1,000 to the Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp. Pictured is Rotary President Andy Klittich presenting Jan Marholin of the Boys & Girls Club, who expressed her thanks and related what the camp means to the students. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Fillmore Rotary Club donated $1,000 to the Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp. Pictured is Rotary President Andy Klittich presenting Jan Marholin of the Boys & Girls Club, who expressed her thanks and related what the camp means to the students. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Rotary honored the Sierra High School Scholarship recipients. Adrian Palazuelos introduced the students, Alexus Alvarenga, Desirae Topete, and Jackqueline Aguayo. Catherine Romo is not pictured. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Rotary honored the Sierra High School Scholarship recipients. Adrian Palazuelos introduced the students, Alexus Alvarenga, Desirae Topete, and Jackqueline Aguayo. Catherine Romo is not pictured. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Triptych photo at the William Morris Chevrolet showroom, with the vintage 1927 Chevy sedan in the background. All photos by Phil Fewsmith.
Triptych photo at the William Morris Chevrolet showroom, with the vintage 1927 Chevy sedan in the background. All photos by Phil Fewsmith.
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As photographer new to the area Phil Fewsmith finally found a place to display his photos of the beautiful town of Fillmore. He went to the Bel-Aire Cafe located at the William L. Morris Dealership here in Fillmore for breakfast with a few sample presentation prints, he got to know the friendly server, Paula, who later introduced him to the general manager, Geoff, who, after looking at the images, agreed to have them put up for display. On his second trip to the to the café, Paula introduced Phil to William Morris, the owner. And he had agreed to display my work next the Showroom. And they ended up on the wall of the main showroom in time for the Memorial Day weekend.
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Artist Bio: Phil Fewsmith
For years, Fillmore was a small town on State Route 126 that I drove through on the way to somewhere else.
It is ironic I now live here.
Semi-retired, and living in this lovely bucolic area since December of 2017, I had previously been a professional photographer in Los Angeles for over three decades, producing images on assignment for numerous well known advertising, corporate, editorial and entertainment industry clientele.
During that time, my areas of expertise included celebrity and privately commissioned portraiture (studio and environmental), album covers (vinyl and CD), beauty and fashion, still life, jewelry, travel, documentary, night life and street photography, on-set photography and photo-illustration. I also ventured into graphic design and art direction.
The photographer Elliot Erwitt once stated photography was the art of observation:
"…It is about finding something interesting in an ordinary place….. I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." (emphasis added)
In like manner, my observations of Fillmore resulted in documenting how I saw the abandoned, worn out, historic and lonely parts of this town.

To see my entire body of work, including the recent "Fillmore on the 126" gallery, please visit www.fewsmith.com.

 


 
Monday, June 3rd at 11 a.m., just outside the Fillmore Police Station, Deputy Veronica Grayball was seen giving a ride along tour to Vicenta Hidalgo, as part of the Spanish Citizens Academy Program, where the students get a chance at a hands-on experience of police work.
Monday, June 3rd at 11 a.m., just outside the Fillmore Police Station, Deputy Veronica Grayball was seen giving a ride along tour to Vicenta Hidalgo, as part of the Spanish Citizens Academy Program, where the students get a chance at a hands-on experience of police work.
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President Andy Klittich, center, awarded Sean Morris and Dick Richardson Paul Harris Fellow pins. Paul Harris recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their names of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. Over the years Sean has received four awards and Dick has received two. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
President Andy Klittich, center, awarded Sean Morris and Dick Richardson Paul Harris Fellow pins. Paul Harris recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their names of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. Over the years Sean has received four awards and Dick has received two. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Aerin and Ashlee (l-r) are shown helping raise money for their sisters’ Flashes Cheer, by selling 2019 graduation leis at the corner of River and Mountain View. Photo courtesy Katrionna Furness.
Aerin and Ashlee (l-r) are shown helping raise money for their sisters’ Flashes Cheer, by selling 2019 graduation leis at the corner of River and Mountain View. Photo courtesy Katrionna Furness.
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Centered is Matthew Hammond, son of Bob and Lisa Hammond, who presented a program at Fillmore Rotary on the Summerall Guards. This is a silent precision drill platoon from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. After rigorous physical training and drill proficiency, Matthew has become one of 61 members of the Summerall Guards. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Centered is Matthew Hammond, son of Bob and Lisa Hammond, who presented a program at Fillmore Rotary on the Summerall Guards. This is a silent precision drill platoon from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. After rigorous physical training and drill proficiency, Matthew has become one of 61 members of the Summerall Guards. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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On May 9th the Fillmore Police Department began their Annual Fillmore Public Safety Academy 10-week course. On Wednesdays, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Fillmore Active Adult Center, students get a chance to hear from guest speakers as well as a chance to work hands-on with officers and other Ventura County Justice Departments.
On May 9th the Fillmore Police Department began their Annual Fillmore Public Safety Academy 10-week course. On Wednesdays, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Fillmore Active Adult Center, students get a chance to hear from guest speakers as well as a chance to work hands-on with officers and other Ventura County Justice Departments.
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On Wednesday, May 15th at 2:30 p.m., Santa Clara Valley Hospice hosted the Grand Opening of their New office location at 642 Lemon Way, Fillmore. They will be open on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. SCV Hospice is a non-profit organization and the new office will be open to assist people with short/long term illnesses, disabilities, and those in need of social and emotional assistant. In attendance were City Manager Dave Rowlands, Fillmore Fire Chief Keith Gurrola, City Council member Manuel Minjares, and additional supporters. For more information about SCV Hospice call 805-525-1333.
On Wednesday, May 15th at 2:30 p.m., Santa Clara Valley Hospice hosted the Grand Opening of their New office location at 642 Lemon Way, Fillmore. They will be open on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. SCV Hospice is a non-profit organization and the new office will be open to assist people with short/long term illnesses, disabilities, and those in need of social and emotional assistant. In attendance were City Manager Dave Rowlands, Fillmore Fire Chief Keith Gurrola, City Council member Manuel Minjares, and additional supporters. For more information about SCV Hospice call 805-525-1333.
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Don Price (left) standing with Rotary President Andy Klittich, presented a program on Climate Change to the Fillmore Rotary Club. Climate is long term weather, and many things contribute to it such as water resources, wild fires, sea level rise, and greenhouse gases. Moving forward the following are helping us use less fossil fuels: electric and hybrid cars, solar power and wind power. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Don Price (left) standing with Rotary President Andy Klittich, presented a program on Climate Change to the Fillmore Rotary Club. Climate is long term weather, and many things contribute to it such as water resources, wild fires, sea level rise, and greenhouse gases. Moving forward the following are helping us use less fossil fuels: electric and hybrid cars, solar power and wind power. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Holly Harvan, Director of Early Childhood Education, Micheline Miglis, Assistant Superintendent of Education Services, and Adrian Palazuelos, Rotarian and Superintendent of Fillmore Schools presented Cindy Blatt with a toy otter holding a star, for all she did to make the Josh the Otter project a success.
Holly Harvan, Director of Early Childhood Education, Micheline Miglis, Assistant Superintendent of Education Services, and Adrian Palazuelos, Rotarian and Superintendent of Fillmore Schools presented Cindy Blatt with a toy otter holding a star, for all she did to make the Josh the Otter project a success.
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Pictured Above is Emma Cahill running in this year’s Fillmore Corhole 5k Event held in March of 2019. Photo taken by Bob Crum.
Pictured Above is Emma Cahill running in this year’s Fillmore Corhole 5k Event held in March of 2019. Photo taken by Bob Crum.
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Courtesy Emma Cahill

2018 was a year I will never forget, it was the year my best friend Trish Miller was diagnosed with breast cancer. As a nurse cancer is not new to me, but when that diagnosis is placed upon the shoulders of someone you hold so dear everything changes.

When I heard the words “I have breast cancer” come from Trish Something inside me lit on fire, I knew that I was going to help her share her story. You see Trish is one of the lucky ones, because she acted the moment she found a lump she is here today to live to tell her story and almost 1 year later is in remission from breast cancer.

You see cancer doesn’t discriminate it takes our best friends, our wives, our mothers our sisters, aunts and grandmothers.
So I took to the ground running, literally, to bring awareness and raise money through donations for Breast Cancer awareness all in Trish’s honor.

I promised her that I would run, I would run to bring awareness for her, and other breast cancer warriors, survivors and angels. To encourage women not to wait, to act, to take back the control that cancer steals for them and their families, to encourage them to perform self-checks and mammogram screenings.

The “Heaven Can Wait” journey started with the Fillmore CornHole 5k, then on to the Ojai 10k, Fillmore Heritage 10k and will hopefully end up with running a marathon in her name.

Every race I run, I run with names of those fighting, those who have fought and those who are angels on my arm, their strength pushes me to be stronger!

I would like to thank my local sponsors who without question donated to my “Heaven Can Wait” journey! California Tactical Academy, Lovelace Cattle, Ace Pumping Inc., Fillmore Rental, Surface Pumps Inc., Thompco, MG Taylor, Carbon California, Brown’s Transmission, California Mechanical, and Gold Coast embroidery Fillmore for always doing an amazing job with my race shirts. I have to thank my wonderful friend Diane Sanchez who without question joined this journey by running alongside me and pushing me forward!

You can follow our journey on Instagram @heavencanwait2019.

All donations received are to support Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

 
On Saturday, May 4th, Fillmore Citizens Patrol partnered with the Fillmore Police Department, Santa Clara Valley Explorer Post, Bikeventura,org, and Channel Islands Bike Club for Fillmore’s Annual Bike Rodeo Safety Event. From 8 a.m. to noon at Two River’s Park a safety course was set for the kids to go through, free helmets and fittings were given out along with prizes and more. Photos courtesy Fillmore Citizens Patrol.
On Saturday, May 4th, Fillmore Citizens Patrol partnered with the Fillmore Police Department, Santa Clara Valley Explorer Post, Bikeventura,org, and Channel Islands Bike Club for Fillmore’s Annual Bike Rodeo Safety Event. From 8 a.m. to noon at Two River’s Park a safety course was set for the kids to go through, free helmets and fittings were given out along with prizes and more. Photos courtesy Fillmore Citizens Patrol.
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Submitted by Fillmore Citizens Patrol

On Saturday, May 4, 2019, the Fillmore Citizen Patrol, in partnership with the Fillmore Police Department and the Santa Clara Valley Explorer Post, with assistance from BikeVentura.org and Channel Islands Bike Club hosted a public Bicycle Safety Event. The Bike Rodeo was held at the Two Rivers Park and included a safety course, free helmets and fitting assistance (68 were given away!), bicycle registration, bicycle tune-ups, and raffle prizes (we gave away 30 kids' bikes / scooters / skateboards and 1 adult bike!) Our featured displays were from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad, SWAT Unit, K9 Unit, Ventura County Sheriff’s Mounted Volunteer Team, Search and Rescue Unit, and Fillmore Fire Department. Additionally, we had 4 kids learn how to ride their 2 wheel bicycles at our rodeo!

The Fillmore Citizen Patrol would like to extend a special thank you to the following sponsors of our event: Rotary Club of Fillmore, Lion’s Club of Fillmore, Fillmore Fire Foundation, TNT, Fillmore Search and Rescue, Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation, Bike Ventura, Channel Islands Bike Club, Ameci's Pizza, Baskin Robbins and Kona Ice.

During the upcoming summer months, the Fillmore Police Department and Fillmore Citizen Patrol will be looking for children wearing helmets while riding bicycles, skateboards, and scooters in the community. Each child found to be wearing a helmet will receive one Baskin Robbins certificate for a free ice cream cone.

 

Martha Richardson, Program Chair, introduced Katharine McDowell, one of our newest members of Fillmore Rotary, who gave a Kraft Talk about her life. She grew up in Gilroy, CA on a working horse ranch. Her father trained horses and they hosted summer camps where children would come and enjoy ranch life and horses. She received her first pony when she was four. Katharine graduated from Christopher High School, and within the next few years had studied abroad in both Japan and Germany. She attended Pepperdine University where she began her library career. She and her husband lived on a boat, in the Ventura Harbor, before moving to Fillmore to become Fillmore’s new librarian. Her enthusiasm is contagious!

 

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, employees of Santa Clara Valley Disposal will be taking the day off on Monday, May 27. As a result, Fillmore residential customers will have their trash, recyclables and green waste collected on Saturday, June 1, one day later than usual. The regular Friday collection schedule will resume the following week. For more information, call 805-647-1414.

 

With the influx of innovative technology, and a renewed focus on experiential learning, Ventura County Public Works Agency’s (VCPWA) Public Works Day offers an event that engages youth of all ages. On Tuesday, May 21st, 2019, the free, multi-agency community educational event takes place in the Ventura County Government Center “G” parking lot, and is made up of interactive informational booths, demonstrations, and hands-on learning opportunities focusing on what Public Works does for the community.

The theme of this year’s event, “Lean Forward. Leading Excellence” sheds light on the work done by Public Works Agencies and other brave first responders.

More than 1,000 Ventura County school children, teachers, parents and guests will tour newly created thematic information stations. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the most recent innovations in safety, science, and environmental sustainability. Also, the newest large scale equipment will be on display. A VCPWA, General Services Agency (GSA), and County Human Resources career booth will provide student worker information for students as well as attendees looking for employment opportunities.

Among today’s youth, there is an undeniable interest in environmental protection and regeneration. According to the 2017 iteration of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Survey, 48.8% of millennials feel as though environmental degradation is the most serious global issue faced today.

http://shaperssurvey2017.org/static/data/WEF_GSC_Annual_Survey_2017.pdf

“Many students are interested in careers benefitting the environment and also working for the public interest,” says Jeff Pratt, Director of the VCPWA. “Public Works Agencies offers such careers, our staff at the event will highlight their work.”

Environmentally beneficial work done by the VCPWA that will be on display includes projects featuring: revegetation with native and drought tolerant plants; measuring rain and stream flows; composting with worms; developing solar power; building landscape channels to remove trash and sediment from our watersheds; installing raptor perches and nesting facilities for owls and hawks to help control rodents burrowing into neighboring levees; and installing porous surfaces to filter storm water, capture pollutants, reduce flooding, diminish runoff to the ocean, and re-charge underground aquifers with much-needed water.

VCPWA’s National Public Works Week (NPWW) event has grown tremendously since launching in 2012 with more than 700 students in attendance of last year’s event. VCPWA anticipates a similar turnout of youth, parents and teachers to participate at this year’s free education event.

 
Pictured above are the Fillmore Art & Photography Exhibition Curator Award winners (l-r): Fillmore City Manager David Rowlands, Lois Freeman-Fox-3rd place, Lisa Manony-Best of Show winner, Mayor Diane McCall, Paul Benavidez-2nd place, Lia Verkade-honorable mention, Richard Franklin-show curator. Photos courtesy Bob Crum.
Pictured above are the Fillmore Art & Photography Exhibition Curator Award winners (l-r): Fillmore City Manager David Rowlands, Lois Freeman-Fox-3rd place, Lisa Manony-Best of Show winner, Mayor Diane McCall, Paul Benavidez-2nd place, Lia Verkade-honorable mention, Richard Franklin-show curator. Photos courtesy Bob Crum.
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By Fillmore City Manager Dave Rowlands

The City of Fillmore Art Commission held their first Art and Photography Exhibition Wednesday, May 1 thru Sunday, May 5 in the City Council Chambers. There was over fifty pieces of art and photography displayed from nineteen local artist. Several of the artist have shown their works in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and locally.

Richard Franklin, ceramicist, architect, educator, and member of Ojai Studio Artists curated the event and selected the exhibition winners. The winners were presented with certificates by Diane McCall, Mayor for the City of Fillmore, Friday evening at the artist reception.

Art & Photography Award Winners

Best in Show - The Collector by Lisa Mahony
2nd Place - Plein air study of Bardsdale Bridge Looking into the Sespe by Paul Benavidez
3rd Place - At the Bakery by Lois Freeman-Fox
Honorable Mention - Garden of Joy by Lia Verkade

In addition, several People’s Choice Awards winners were announced. Over 180 ballots were submitted during the exhibition. The winners as chosen by the people include:

Photography

1st Place - 1913 Baldwin by Bob Crum

2nd Place - Dazzling Poppies by Bob Crum

3rd Place - Towne Theatre on Central Avenue by Phil Fewsmith

Art

1st Place - Portrait of Military Officer by Paul Benavidez

2nd Place - Morning with Sarah by Susan Hopkins

3rd Place - At the Bakery by Lois Freeman-Fox

 
Fillmore Rotary Club hosted Isabella Palazuelos, Natalie Parrish, Erin Overton, and Tori Gonzales, students who attended Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp (RYLA) held in Ojai. The students spoke of their experiences with enthusiasm and excitement, and thanked Rotary for giving them the opportunity to attend. Martha Richardson (far right) is the RYLA chair for the club. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Fillmore Rotary Club hosted Isabella Palazuelos, Natalie Parrish, Erin Overton, and Tori Gonzales, students who attended Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp (RYLA) held in Ojai. The students spoke of their experiences with enthusiasm and excitement, and thanked Rotary for giving them the opportunity to attend. Martha Richardson (far right) is the RYLA chair for the club. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Pictured is Isabella Palazuelos accepting a donation check of $500 from Rotary President Andy Klittich, for the Fillmore High School swim program. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Pictured is Isabella Palazuelos accepting a donation check of $500 from Rotary President Andy Klittich, for the Fillmore High School swim program. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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