Kudos to new building
Conway Spitler
Conway Spitler

What a beautiful new building we have on Central Avenue! My congratulations go out to the different personnel making this construction possible.
It has been interesting to watch the day to day construction of this building! Each day it seemed as though there was an interesting addition to the site. The construction personnel were very friendly giving us the latest information. At the same time they were very busy looking out for the safety of personnel in adding this building on the main street of town.
With the new sewer and storm drain line going down the Central Avenue and this construction it has kept the citizens of the town entertained. However, now the big event is who is going to lease the offices and apartments above?
Our thanks to all having a connection to this construction.


Old and New “Meet” at Annual County Fair

You are sure to MEET your favorites at the Ventura County Fair this year. The Ferris Wheel will be here as always, along with cotton candy, Floriculture displays, the Junior Livestock Auction, and great Grandstand Entertainment. But, every year the Ventura County Fair also brings you new events, presentations, food, and fun.

For the first time this year, the Fair will have a Wine Garden sponsored by Shell Vacations Club. After you visit the Home Arts and Photography Buildings, you can sip a glass of wine in one of the Fair’s most relaxing areas. You are sure to find your new favorite local wine from Herzog Wine Cellars and the Ventura County Wine Trail.

The scarecrows have decided to leave their posts in Ventura County’s fields to enjoy the fun of the Fair. The Agriculture Department is hosting a scarecrow contest for the first time this year, and the entries are sure to be dressed to impress. Check out how children and adults have creatively outfitted these good-looking straw people.

Child ID wristbands, sponsored by Children’s Dental Group, will be available on Friday, August 1, and Saturdays and Sundays August 2-3 and 9-10. The first 1,600 children on each of these days will be given wristbands. Parents can write emergency contact information on the inside of the wristbands for safe keeping.

The California Lottery and Milk Advisory Board are hosting a “Moo If You Love California Contest.” Come down to the Kelly Court Stage on Fridays August 1st and 8th to have a mooing good time.

The Turkey Stampede will be back with turkeys blazing around a track, and joining them in Porker Flats this year will be Valentine’s Performing Pigs. You will not want to miss these talented pigs skateboarding and bowling. The highlight is sure to be the pigs dancing their hearts out, complete with tutus.

New themes, exhibits, and presentations abound in each of our wonderful departments. Stop by and see what Ventura County has been up to in the last year. You’re sure to find NEW ideas to inspire you at the Ventura County Fair, July 30th through August 10th.


Fair Honors Agricultural Commissioner and Armed Services

The Annual Ventura County Fair Parade will march down Main St. from Catalina to Palm St. on Saturday, August 2nd at 10am. The parade will feature colorfully decorated floats, lively marching bands, car clubs, clowns, and many other community organizations. The co-Grand Marshals will be Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner W. Earl McPhail and local representatives of the United States military.
Commissioner McPhail has been chosen as Grand Marshal to honor his almost 30 years as Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner. His involvement county-wide illustrates the same commitment to service and community that the Fair promotes. McPhail served on the Ventura County Fair Board of Directors for 14 years, is the current president of the Ventura County Sherriff’s Posse, and is past president of The Rotary Club of Santa Paula. Look for him coming down Main Street on Saturday atop his beautiful horse.
The Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marines will share the honor in thanks for their courageous protection of our country. Representatives from local bases will march on Saturday. Make sure you are present at the parade to cheer for our local heroes.
The Al Malaikah Shriners are back with 11 units of cars and clowns and more that are sure to entertain you. The parade will also feature 8 local marching bands. St. Gabriel’s Celestial Brass Band will march in the parade, and if you just can’t get enough of them, you will be able to find them marching through the Fairgrounds most days.
Summer wouldn’t be complete without a PARADE! Make sure you join in all the festivities sounding the Ventura County Fair. For more information, please call (805) 648-3376 or visit www.venturacountyfair.org

Come Visit All the Animals on the Fair’s Main St.

Fishes and Friends, with all of the brightly illuminated aquarium entries, will be enjoying a new location at the Ventura County Fair. Come visit their new home on Main Street next to the Small Livestock barn, and you could win a beautiful aquarium from Tat Tropical Illusion.
To celebrate the department’s handsome new location, Tat Tropical Illusion will sponsor a raffle during the Fair. 2 fairgoers will each win a ViaAqua corner tank, complete with filter system and stand. Decorations and livestock are not included—you’ll have to choose your own fishes and friends for their new home. Limit one entry per person. The aquariums will be on display in Fishes and Friends until the end of the Fair, August 10th when the 2 winners will be chosen.
For many years Fishes and Friends was housed in the Gem and Mineral building. We have responded to the public request to house all of the animal exhibits in the same area. Now Fair visitors can experience dramatically different animals within a few yards of each other—a great educational experience.
Fishes and Friends is a unique department at the Fair, with 10 classes of entries each judged on relevant qualities such as color, body quality and activity of the fish. There are always many beautiful fish housed in very creatively decorated aquariums.
In addition to the fish, there are turtles and tortoises on display on Saturday and Sunday August 9 & 10. Turtles are reptilians and are considered to be one of the oldest animal species on earth, the earliest existing 215 million years ago. Although they spend most of their lives in the water, turtles breathe air. Tortoises are land dwelling reptiles known for being slow moving. Turtles and Tortoises are on exhibit for a limited time because both are peculiar animals and require special care and living conditions.
Meet the Fish and Friends at their new home during the Ventura County Fair Wednesday, July 30 until Sunday, August 10.
For more information, please call (805) 648-3376 or visit www.venturacountyfair.org.

UBS Thanking Blood Donors With Unlimited Ride Wristbands

The “fairest” thing you can do is to save a life. That’s why United Blood Services has partnered with the Ventura County Fair to encourage blood donations before this year’s fair. For donors who make an appointment and donate at one of United Blood Serivces’ three Ventura County centers, between Monday, July 28 and Friday, August 1, each will receive an unlimited ride wristband to use in the carnival at the Ventura County Fair. Quantities are limited, and wristbands will be given only to thank donors who make an appointment prior to donating, by calling 800-715-3699.
The Carnival Unlimited Ride wristbands may be used between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 31; Monday, August 4; Tuesday, August 5; and Thursday, August 7. Wristband does not include fair admission.
UBSCC Centers in Ventura County: Ventura, 1756 Eastman Ave. 1-800-715-3699. Mon. & Tue.: 10- 6; Wed. & Thurs.: 10- 7 ; Fri: 8 - 2, Corner of Market: Camarillo, 2105 Pickwick Dr. 1-800-715-3699. Mon & Wed: 1- 7, across from the post office: Thousand Oaks, 1321 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 1-800-715-3699. Tue. & Thurs.: 1- 7, in the North Star Plaza near Roxy’s Deli.


District Attorney Gregory D. Totten issued a Consumer Protection Advisory today to Ventura County residents who may be facing foreclosure due to their inability to make timely payments on their home loans. Homeowners should be wary of foreclosure prevention, delay or “rescue” solicitations where the homeowner is urged to transfer ownership of a portion of their home to another individual or entity. Often, these solicitations offer little or no benefit to the homeowner and may rise to the level of criminal conduct. Homeowners who believe their homes may be in danger of foreclosure are urged to read the complete advisory letter, which is available in English and Spanish at the District Attorney's Office website: http://da.countyofventura.org/refraud_unit.htm. The advisory letter also contains information about resources that offer genuine assistance to distressed homeowners.
The real estate fraud unit investigates and prosecutes crimes involving recorded real estate documents. Criminal real estate fraud may involve home equity fraud, securities fraud tied to real estate, and loan fraud. Victims of criminal real estate fraud and predatory lending schemes are often senior citizens and people with limited English speaking abilities. Real estate fraud strikes at the heart of the American dream, where a sophisticated criminal can victimize dozens of people by stealing their life savings and their home.
Persons who believe they may be victims of real estate fraud are encouraged to fill out and return a Real Estate Fraud Complaint Form for our review.


Simi Valley, CA: The third annual Simi Conejo Friends of NRA fundraising banquet will be held Saturday, September 13, 2008, 5:00 pm at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
Proceeds benefit The NRA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and are distributed as grants to support projects such as youth firearm safety, women’s programs, law enforcement, and range development.
“The evening will include games, auctions, and drawings for limited edition NRA collectibles,” said Committee Chairman Randy Tackett. “Not only do guests get a great dinner, they can also tour the Reagan Library and Air Force One.”
Ticket packages start at $125 and include a free $100 pack of prize drawing tickets. Request an event flyer by e-mailing llee@nrahq.org or visit www.friendsofnra.org/ca. Views and opinions expressed by Simi Conejo Friends of NRA are not necessarily shared by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation.


By Helen Weathers
[Helen is a contracted forensic expert teaching the Afghanistan nationals fingerprint technology. She will be there for six months]

A soldier went home today.....only he was not at the end of his leave, he was not getting excited about going home to the civilian life he left to be a soldier, he was not going home to see the smiles on his family's face, yet he was going home.
He was going home for the last night in an American flag draped silver box. As I watched hundreds of soldiers line the main road at the base called 'Disney', I was reminded why I am doing what I'm doing and the reasons that I have left my family. I had to hold back my tears since I was told crying in public is a sign of weakness. I did not want to shed tears of sorrow, rather tears of respect and admiration for this soldier I did not know. This soldier knew dying was an inherent risk of enlisting, yet he did it for me, for my family and for all those Americans that live their daily lives with a freedom they take for granted all too often. I am doing a small part to help identify those that made it their life purpose to send an American home in a silver box. If I am able to help only one soldier be able to go home to see the smile's on his family's face, then my time here will have been the most important thing I have done in my life, besides having the wonderful children that I have. I am ensuring that their future is safe.
My time has only started, yet I know I will be helping to make a difference. For everyone that can not understand my reasons, I hope this sheds some light and some understanding. I am doing this for my family...
Please pass this on if I have forgotten anyone.
Helen Weathers,


On June 11, 2008, Deputy Probation Officer Monica Rodrigues was severely injured when she was hit by a rock while traveling on the 101 Freeway. The large rock was thrown from the overpass at Wendy Drive in Newbury Park. Monica was struck on the head and had to undergo emergency brain surgery to remove bone fragments. Doctors had to install a titanium plate in her head and she is still recovering from her injuries.

Monica’s family, co-workers, a local business and Crime Stoppers have currently pledged a reward of $6,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this crime.

Please contact the California Highway Patrol at 553-0800 if you have any information about this incident. If you would like to contribute to the reward, additional donations are welcome and can be made by contacting Russ Whitmeyer at 432-0054.

Monica’s extended family at the Ventura County Probation Agency is asking for the community’s help to identify and bring to justice the person responsible for her injuries.

Sespe Creek at the Swallows Nest. Dry weather has left little water at the popular old swimming hole.
Sespe Creek at the Swallows Nest. Dry weather has left little water at the popular old swimming hole.
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If the condition of lower Sespe Creek is any indication, southern California would seem to be in a drought period. Above, Sespe Creek across from the Swallows Nest. Swallows Nest itself is little more than a water hole surrounded by baked, mud-coated bounders.
If the condition of lower Sespe Creek is any indication, southern California would seem to be in a drought period. Above, Sespe Creek across from the Swallows Nest. Swallows Nest itself is little more than a water hole surrounded by baked, mud-coated bounders.
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The southern end of Central Avenue is now closed off during the construction of the storm water drain. Considering the size of the job, construction has proceeded quickly. The most difficult and time-consuming part will be the construction of the drain beneath Highway 126.
The southern end of Central Avenue is now closed off during the construction of the storm water drain. Considering the size of the job, construction has proceeded quickly. The most difficult and time-consuming part will be the construction of the drain beneath Highway 126.
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[Nathan Oseguera , 27of Fillmore, was sentenced on July 7 to 13-years in prison for participating in a gang related home invasion robbery]

Our family has finally decided to break our silence on the horrible ordeal involving our son/brother/nephew/grandson/friend, Nathan Oseguera. Most importantly, we would like to express our greatest and most sincere condolences to the family of Bret Godfrey. Please know that we have and will continue to keep your family in our prayers. Although we would have preferred to keep this a private family matter, we have heard numerous lies, assumptions, and accusations made about our family as a whole. We have tried to ignore the Fillmore "trash-talk", but it seems that this "trash-talk" has now been accepted as fact by many. We are in no way condoning the actions of this crime; we know and accept the punishment for it. Our family's name has been dragged through the mud. Those of us who have known Nathan's parents all of our lives know that they have been amazing parents, making every sacrifice possible to help their children, family, and friends. Nathan's sisters are both college graduates; one a Special Education Elementary School teacher; the other a Registered Nurse. Our family is active in our communities, churches, and schools. This incident should not be a reflection of our family as a whole. We would really like to try to bring more attention to the problem of methamphetamines in our community. This has been a prime example of how this drug is destroying our cities, our kids, and entire families. This drug turns your loved ones into people you don't know. It leaves you feeling helpless as you watch it destroy your children. It is a dangerous, powerful, highly addicting drug. It is overtaking our country, and has hit Fillmore especially hard. The drug does not discriminate; white, brown, rich, poor, good parenting, bad parenting; it can be ANY our children. Please urge your police department, city leaders, school districts, to put more resources into this fight. They can do more. We must demand it. We cannot continue to pretend we live in a perfect little town. What good is it to have this cute, picturesque town, if our kids are being destroyed. We do not take this seriously or acknowledge the severity of the problem until it hits us personally and is too late. We pray that no other family will have to go through the nightmare we and all involved have had to the past year. He is now paying his debt to society and we hope that people will accept that, do everything to keep your kids safe, rather than "trash-talk." Please respect the fact that no matter what, this is our son and brother who we love dearly and are trying to deal with him being gone on a daily basis. We remember the sensitive, loving, extremely giving person before the drugs, who was loved by his family, friends, teachers, coaches, and friends. His daughter and nieces continue to ask for him. So, please, while we make no excuses, know that there are no winners in this all. Thank you to all our family, friends, and strangers, who have been so supportive. Once again, please put pressure on anyone who will listen about the seriousness of drugs in our community. FORCE them to invest in recreation and safe-alternatives for children.
The Oseguera Family

Eleanor Roosevelt wrote...
Conway Spitler
Conway Spitler

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart. To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. Anger is only one letter short of danger. If someone betrays you once, it is his fault; if he betrays you twice, it is your fault. Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. He who loses money, loses much; he, who loses faith, loses all. Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. Friends, you and me..you brought another friends and then there were three. We started our group..our circle of friends and like that circle there is no beginning or end. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery, today is a gift.


County Supervisor Kathy Long, 3rd District would like to announce to all residents of Ventura County that the next Santa Paula Tattoo Removal Clinic will be held on Saturday July 26, 2008 from 8:30 am – 12 noon, no appointments necessary. Orientation for first time participants will be at 9 am located at 1334 E. Main St. the Santa Paula Family Care Clinic. Due to overwhelming response, spaces will be limited.
County Supervisor Kathy Long spearheaded this clinic in collaboration with the following agencies: Ventura County Public Health, Ventura County Probation Agency, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Santa Paula Family Care Clinic, Interface Children Family Services, and CalWORKS.
The clinic not only welcomes participants but volunteers to run the clinic. If you have any questions, or would like to find out how you can help, please call the Santa Paula Family Care Clinic at (805) 933-1242.

This training is provided by Fillmore Fire Department Special Operations

C.E.R.T. is about readiness, CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through training, citizens can manage their utilities and put out small fires; treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and, if they desire, assist their community by joining the Fillmore CERT Team.

There is no cost for the training.

WHEN: 7 Wednesdays, 7-9 pm
Beginning August 6th 2008

WHERE: El Dorado Club House

WHO: Adults

HOW TO REGISTER: Attend class

Only Labor Day Parade in Southern California

Santa Paula, CA - The 4th Annual Labor Day Parade is held Monday, September 1, 2008 at 10 AM on Main Street in Santa Paula. Entries of all kinds are welcome. Entries representing occupations and workers are especially welcome. Entry deadline is August 22, 2008. Parade entry forms are available online at http://www.ci.santa-paula.ca.us/docs/2008labordayparade.pdf or at Santa Paula City Hall and the Santa Paula Times, 944 E. Main Street. For further information call 933-0701. The Parade is sponsored by the Santa Paula Labor Day Parade Committee, the Rotary Club of Santa Paula and the City of Santa Paula.

Walking groups with banners, musical groups, floats, workers riding in work-related vehicles, equestrians, and all groups representing a Labor Day theme are invited to participate. The parade starts at 7th and Main Street and ends at the Gazebo at Santa Barbara and Mill.

Trophies for “Most Original,” “Most Participants,” “Best Overall Use of Theme” and “Most Animated” will be awarded in ceremonies at the conclusion of the parade at the Gazebo. This year’s Grand Marshall is Dr. and Mrs. Carlson. The 2008 theme is “Celebration of Working People.”

For more information, please contact Al Guilin (805) 525-8839.

California Highway Patrol
California Highway Patrol

Motor vehicle collisions nationwide are the leading cause of death for drivers between the ages of teenagers. California has the second highest fatality rate involving drivers between the ages of 15-20. “This tragic loss of young lives is a concern to us, and we hope this program can reduce the death toll,” stated CHP Officer Mike Untalan.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is teaming up with local teenagers and their parents/guardians on Thursday, July 24th at 6:30 pm at the Ventura CHP office for a program called “Start Smart” specifically geared towards the reduction of collisions and injuries involving teen drivers.

Start Smart addresses traffic safety issues that directly affect new drivers. Start Smart speaks directly to the newly licensed drivers and their parents/guardians. This program entails collision avoidance techniques, collision causing elements, driver responsibilities, and local area traffic collision trends.
Start Smart makes teens and parents aware of the responsibilities they face and teaches what precautions to take to stay safe. For reservations, please contact Officer Mike Untalan at (805) 477-4130.

Downtown Fillmore sometime in the 1950's.
Downtown Fillmore sometime in the 1950's.
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