Start you day with a yoga class that will awaken your body, calm your mind, Lift your spirits and charge your day with positive energy. Come try the FREE introductory trial class on Tuesday June 3rd. This class will be every Tuesday from 9:15 am to 10:00 am. For more information please call the Senior Center at 524-4533.



Calling all Alumni of Fillmore High School to come out to our Annual Alumni Dinner in Central Park (Next to City Hall), on Saturday June 14th, 2008. Social hour starts at 4:00pm, and Dinner starts at 6:00pm. As we do every year, we will be honoring classes from the 1930’s, up to the present. We will introduce the Scholarship recipients from the New Graduating class of 2008. Fillmore High School is very unique in that there are not many high schools with alumni associations. Only a hand full are scattered through out the State of California. Dinner price is $30.00 per person (if an Alumni Subscriber to their Newsletter), and $35.00 if your not. $40.00 if you buy the ticket at the door. The cost covers the dinner, the short program (presentation of Scholarships recipients, etc), and what’s left over, contributes to the running of the Alumni Association. Please come join us and help support the Alumni Association for one Fillmore’s most unique events of the year, and remember to “Fight on for Fillmore, and Sing out her name!”
Information can be found on the Alumni Website at, or you can call the Alumni Office at 805-524-0416.



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 May 31st, 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.


The Fillmore Senior Center meeting will be held on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 10:00 A.M., Fillmore Senior Center, 533 Santa Clara Street, Fillmore. Applications for Board of Director openings will close Friday, May 30, 2008 at 5:00 P.M. Applicants applying for the Senior Center Board of Directors as of May 27, 2008 are Elizabeth Vasquez, Lucille Rivas, Marie Wren, Allan F. Hair, Geri Lee and Carolyn Lasky. Apps are available at the Center or City Hall. The Fillmore Senior Center Board of Directors will vote June 2 on a sub-committee to review the applications and bring back names to the June 23, 2008 board meeting. The number of board members will be voted on by the Fillmore Senior Center Board of Directors.


The Fillmore Historical Museum is going to be celebrating and dedicating the 1887 Southern Pacific Depot on Saturday, May 31, 2008. It will be held from 2 to 4 p.m.


Ojai, California -- Community Memorial Health System in partnership with Ojai Valley Community Hospital and the Rotary Club of Ojai are inviting the public to a free seminar that will revisit the Hippocratic Oath on Saturday, June 14.

James Hornstein, M.D., will lead the seminar that will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Soule Park banquet room, at 1033 East Ojai Ave.

Physicians and nurses strive daily to do the right thing for their patients. The question is: What exactly is the “right” thing? Whose ethics and values are we using to define the right thing?

Dr. Hornstein will discuss if the problems of American healthcare can be helped by the Hippocratic Oath. Learn more about this ancient but most respected source of medical ethics, and learn about the age-old problems of confidentiality, euthanasia and abortion.

Dr. Hornstein is chairman of the Bioethics Committee at Community Memorial Hospital. He received his medical degree from UCLA in 1980 and a certificate in Advanced Studies in Bioethics from Loyola Marymount University in 1996. Dr. Hornstein has been a lecturer at UCLA, USC and other institutions, where he also has taught ethics in society and medical ethics.

Admission is free, but space is limited, so reservations are suggested. Call 640-2355, or go online to


The Ventura County Library has a new web-based resource to make it easier for you to maintain, repair, and follow service bulletins and recalls for your car, truck, van, or SUV. Containing the same trusted information as the popular print manuals, the ChiltonLibrary database offers complete and detailed repair information on thousands of vehicle make and model combinations.
Anyone with a Ventura County Library card can access the database through the Library’s website at Once you arrive at the website, click on “Databases - Research.” There you will find the Library’s electronic resources collection arranged by subject and listed alphabetically. The link for ChiltonLibrary is under “Auto Repair.”
ChiltonLibrary can be searched from home as well as from within the Library. The database offers detailed step-by-step service instructions with photographs, illustrations, and vacuum and wiring diagrams. It also features maintenance and specification tables as well as troubleshooting and diagnostic help.
Unlike the print versions of the manual, ChiltonLibrary is updated on a regular basis, ensuring that users always have the most up-to-date information at their fingertips. The newest version has an updated interface and contains a variety of other enhancements, including individual tabs for repair, maintenance and recall information, improved search functionality, clear navigation, and domestic and import vehicle information updated monthly.
To find out more about how you can access ChiltonLibrary, contact your local Ventura County Library community library or visit the Library on the web at
The Ventura County Library community libraries include the Avenue, H.P. Wright, and E. P. Foster libraries in Ventura, Camarillo Library, Fillmore Library, Meiners Oaks Library, Oak Park Library, Oak View Library, Ojai Library, Piru Library, Ray D. Prueter Library in Port Hueneme, Saticoy Library, Simi Valley Library, and the Albert H. Soliz-El Rio Library.


Fillmore High School Alumni game Saturday, May 30, 2008 at 10:00 am. Two-four inning games will be played by an over and under 30 team. Donations are $20.00 per player. All proceeds will go to the Fillmore High School Softball Club. Thank you for your support Alumni Lady Flashes!

Names Year Graduated
1.) Nicole Ortiz 1996
2.) Sally Alvarado 1998
3.) Naomi Qualls 1998
4.) Erica Araujo 1998
5.) Chastity Gongora 1999
6.) Sandra Rodriguez 1999
7.) Esmeralda Maciel 1999
8.) Yvette Lopez 2002
9.) Ashley Gongora 2003
10.) Diana Ibarra 2003
11.) Elizabeth Robledo 2004

Names Year Graduated
1.) Judy Ortiz 1979
2.) Tanya Gonzales 1982
3.) Julie Hooten Medina 1985
4.) Anna Duran 1986
5.) Camille Grove Yanez 1987
6.) Susan Cheney Golson 1987
7.) Liz Cervantez Hinklin 1987
8.) Cynthia Chessani 1988
9.) Mary Riesgo Williams 1989
10.) Tracy Vaughn Grove 1989
11.) April Ponce Thompson 1990
12.) Brenda Castro Martinez 1991
13.) Debbie Davis Andrade 1995
14.) Melinda Harma


The free introductory class will be on Tuesday June 3rd from 9:15- 10:00
This class will be offered on Tuesday mornings.
Alzheimer’s Care Consulting will begin at the Senior Center beginning Wednesday June 11th
By appointment only.
Please call the Senior Center @ 524-4533
This service will be on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 11:00-1:00.

Festivities include Bull Riding, Great American Children’s Dell, Family Fun

Adventures in Agriculture is coming to the Ventura County Fairgrounds! The free event will be an educational and fun agricultural festival Saturday, May 31; 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Antique Farm Equipment, Limoneira’s Giant Hot Air Balloon, Farmer’s Market, Children’s Activities, Entertainment, and more are on tap with a goal of educating visitors about the productive fields and agricultural assets here in our own back yard.

The Great American Children’s Dell has more fun than you can shake a stick at! Pony Rides, Kid’s Tractor Pull, The Great American Petting Zoo, Farmyard Follies (Ed-Utainment Animal Show) and Gascar Crazy Animal Races. (Watch a race between a goat a pig a duck and a sheep!) Ventura County Fair’s Uncle Leo will be on hand to show the kids how to milk a cow! The youth group “Alma de Mexico” will perform traditional Mexican Dance in the authentic costumes of Mexico’s many states.

Fine Art and Music are important features of Adventures in Agriculture. Gail Pidduck and John Nichols, acclaimed artists whose work has become well associated with agriculture in Ventura County, will show their artwork in a gallery setting. Ventura County’s favorite songsters “The Tune Bandits” and “The Iron Mountain Boys” will provide musical entertainment

Professional Bull Riding (America’s original extreme sport) will round out the day in the Grandstand arena. The show starts at 2pm and tickets for this special PBR sanctioned attraction are only $15. Tickets are on sale at the Fairgrounds Box Office.

Wyndham Hotels, Toyota and many other generous sponsors make Adventures in Agriculture possible. Stop by the Wyndham booth and ask how you can get a free hot dog and soft drink!

“Agriculture is Ventura County’s most valuable resource. We are happy that we can bring it to the community so that everyone can see the processes, and learn the values and opportunities it brings to us all,” said Barbara Quaid, CEO of the Ventura County Fairgrounds. “We have mixed in some fun and we hope that our neighbors and friends will enjoy what we have to offer.”

For more information please call 648-3376 or visit

Eagle Scout Michael Watson.
Eagle Scout Michael Watson.
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Since he was 9 years old, Michael Watson has always dreamed of becoming an Eagle Scout. He has worked many hours, and spent countless days and weeks fulfilling the requirements for this prestigious award.
Michael, 17, of Boy Scout troop 411, will be honored at a special Eagle Scout ceremony Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1017 First Street, Fillmore, CA. The public is invited to attend.
To earn Scouting’s highest award, Michael had to earn 23 merit badges, serve as a leader in his troop, and complete a major community service project.
Michael’s service project took place at Fillmore High School. Leading nearly 40 Scouts, students, and adults, Mike cleaned, leveled and laid a concrete foundation for the Varsity Baseball team batting cage. The project took nearly five months to complete. This project was done with the help of donations from Cemex of Moorpark, Fillmore Rentals, Fillmore Building Supply, John Stevens Pumping, Borrmann Metal Center of Burbank, Fillmore Sunriser’s Rotary Club, Dan Garcia of Piru (contractor) and funds were donated by Larry and Judy Dunst as well as anonymous contributors.
Michael has been a member of Troop 411, chartered to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, since he was 11 years old. Mike joined the Cub Scouts while living in Burbank, CA, and continued his Scouting experience in Fillmore after his family moved to Piru. He has served as the troop’s Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, and Librarian. He has spent summers camping at Tahquitz and Chawanakee.
Michael is a junior at Fillmore High School and currently has a 4.67 GPA. He participates in basketball and baseball, and is taking 2 AP courses. His goal is to attend Brigham Young University after he graduates but has not decided on a major.

Annette Fox accepts a check in the amount of $200 from Deputy Biter who represented the Sheriffs Association.
Annette Fox accepts a check in the amount of $200 from Deputy Biter who represented the Sheriffs Association.
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The Fillmore Fire Department (Grad Nite Live) chicken dinner was a huge success. The dinner brought in over $2200. All the food was donated for this event and Joe Ricards along with the volunteer fire department were out there helping with the BBQ. The winner of the $500 gas card was Tom Ecklund.
The Fillmore Fire Department (Grad Nite Live) chicken dinner was a huge success. The dinner brought in over $2200. All the food was donated for this event and Joe Ricards along with the volunteer fire department were out there helping with the BBQ. The winner of the $500 gas card was Tom Ecklund.
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The Fillmore Friends of the Library will hold its annual meeting on May 24, 2008 at 10 AM at the library's 502 Second Street address. Awards for a Junior High School poetry contest will be presented and the organizations' current position and goals will be discussed. The public is welcome to attend.

Who Said That? and FHS praised
Conway Spitler
Conway Spitler

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! J--. O'Rourke
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. --Will Rogers
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of the government..but then I repeat myself.--Mark Twin
I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.--Winston Churchill
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. --George Bernard Shaw
A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proses to pay off with your money. --G Gordon Liddy
Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. -- James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)
Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. --Douglas Casey
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. R. J. O'Rouke
Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavours to live at the expense of everybody else. Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

Copied from the daily bulletin of the high school:
We are proud of this and other accomplishments!
Message from Mrs. Larkin and Mrs. Schieferle (High School administration): "I just wanted you to know that the Healthy Eating, Active Communities project survey was a great success on Friday with our 9th grade PE/Athletic students. The three ladies who came from UC Berkeley were so impressed with our school and students. One of them was here two years ago when we did the first survey and could not believe the positive changes in our school especially the gym and cafeteria. They took many pictures of the cafeteria and students getting their lunches. They said that they have been to numerous schools (Middle Schools and High Schools) all over the state, and they feel that our school is meeting the healthiest needs of our students. They loved the cafeteria's furniture, salad bar and BBQ. They said that they will miss coming back to Fillmore because it is a beautiful rural community and our students were friendly and respectful."


Ventura – Services available to Ventura County veterans who may be living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), will be highlighted at the Ventura County Board Of Supervisors meeting today, Tuesday, May 20 at 8:30 am, in the Hall of Administration, 800 Victoria Ave in Ventura, in honor of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Immediately following the board meeting, a tour of the One Stop Center, which serves local veterans, among others, will be offered by third district Supervisor Kathy Long and fourth district Supervisor Peter Foy. The One Stop Center is located at the Public Health Auditorium, 3147 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, 93003.

Media is invited to attend and cover the tour (at approximately 12 noon). Photo and interview opportunities with the supervisors, Mike Powers, Director of the Health Care Agency and US Navy Capt Brad “Brick” Conners from Naval Base Ventura County will be available.

“PTSD is just one of the many issues vets in our county are dealing with. As a first stop for many vets looking for help, we want to direct vets to the services provided by the county and our partners, as well as local health and mental health care providers,” said Supervisor Kathy Long who co-chairs the Health Care Oversight Committee with Peter Foy.

Supervisor Peter Foy said “The quality of life we enjoy here in Ventura County is due in large part to the service of these brave men and women. They choose to live here because of our outstanding quality of life. Let’s work together in partnership with our friends at the navy base, our community partners and with our outstanding health care agency to do what we can for them.”

According to the RAND Corporation, PTSD affects veterans from World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the Gulf Wars and the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The RAND study estimates that 20 percent of all Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD or major depression – over 300,000 soldiers in all.

Captain Brad “Brick” Conners, Commander of the Naval Base Ventura County, and home to over 18,000 sailors, enlisted personnel and civilian employees, will present the Board of Supervisors with a Commanders Commendation for the county’s efforts to combat PTSD. “This county has a great quality of life and we want to recognize the county’s health care agency for all they do to help our navy vets in this area,” said Captain Conners.

According to Michael Powers, Director of the Health Care Agency, “As we honor our veterans this Memorial Day, we hope to highlight the services available to the men and women who have so bravely served our country through the Health Care Agency, our community partners and the One Stop Center for the homeless.”


Are you interested in help in the Fillmore Town Theatre? A group of citizens, headed by Douglas Tucker, will be meeting to brainstorm, volunteer and assist on May 26th, 5:30 p.m. at Fillmore City Hall. If you are interested in participating with this project please attend. The agenda will include a tour of the theatre, discussion on what has already taken place, future plans, and a brainstorming session on what to do next.

Elizabeth Leeanne Elkins
Elizabeth Leeanne Elkins
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Bettie Elkins Lund

Elizabeth Leeanne Elkins, known as Bettie, was born on June 6, 1906 in Fillmore, California. She was the daughter of Caswell Carl Elkins, Jr. and Amy Fay Anderson Elkins. She and her older brothers, Herbert and Caswell, and a younger sister Roberta, spent their childhood on the family’s citrus farm in the Santa Clarita Valley. She became interested in aviation at the age of nine when she won a ride in a Curtiss Jenny by selling magazine subscriptions. But it wasn’t until after her marriage in 1929 to the famous stunt pilot Frederick M. Lund that her own career in aviation began.
Frederick was born in Alexandria Township, Minnesota and also grew up on a farm. He left home to become a mechanic and soon thereafter World War I commenced. He joined the Air Service and was sent to Texas for training and then on to serve in the 4th Pursuit Squadron at Toul, France. While there he was exposed to mustard gas and nearly died. He contracted tuberculosis following the war and returned home to the United States where he was not expected to survive.
Lund ultimately overcame the disease and hired on with the Gates Flying Circus as a stunt pilot, working for a while in Hollywood, where he picked up the nickname of “Fearless Freddie.” He then hired on with the Waco Aircraft Company as a test pilot and traveled around the country performing in stunt exhibitions. It was during one of those barnstorming circuses that Bettie and Freddie met and developed a romance that in 1929 led to marriage.
Bettie followed him around the country to air meets during the depression between 1929 and 1931. In his red, white and blue Waco Taperwing airplane, Freddie Lund was well known throughout the nation for his daring aerobatics. Freddie performed the first outside loop ever accomplished in a commercial airplane. He was the World Aerobatic Champion in 1930. Between performances he taught Bettie how to fly. Because their schedule required them to travel so much, Bettie learned to fly in thirteen hours at thirteen different airfields using thirteen different airplanes.
Bettie’s first solo flight occurred in Miami, Florida in 1930 in a Curtiss Fledgling. Because her flying lessons had taken place at busy airfields, usually during air meets, she had virtually no taxi instruction, so she was told after her first solo flight to just roll to a stop and not move until Freddie got there.
After she completed just three solo flights for a combined twenty minutes, Freddie thought it was time for her to attempt her first record. She responded by setting a new women’s barrel roll record of sixty-seven in just twenty-eight minutes. In addition to her aerobatics, Bettie competed in air races and dead stick landing contests. Thereafter, Bettie and Freddie Lund became one of the most famous husband and wife flying teams of the era.
On October 3, 1932, Bettie watched as her husband competed in a pylon race in Lexington, Kentucky. As he was turning around one of the pylons, Freddie was leading another plane when its propeller hit the tail of Freddie’s plane cutting off it’s stabilizers. He crashed to the ground in seconds and was killed instantly.
The Smithsonian Institute records show that Bettie had little time to realize what had happened when she received a call from the airport manager of Charlotte, North Carolina, inquiring about a contract Freddie had with them to appear at an air show. She replied, “I’ll fly in his place.”
She eventually flew two more air shows to fulfill Freddie’s contracts and then retired for a number of weeks to ponder her future. She then went out and bought herself a Waco Taperwing, painted it red, white and blue like Freddie’s, and started out on her own solo career. By the late 1930’s she was one of the country’s top stunt pilots.
During her career, Bettie would meet and become friends with both Eddie Rickenbacker and Jimmy Doolittle. She also served as a WAF during World War II and transported airplanes from the manufacturing plants on the west coast to the east coast where they were later transported to Europe for use against the Axis powers.