Educational event adds more interactive booths and hands-on demonstrations for over 600 students

Public works agencies play a vital role in assisting communities to prepare, respond and recover from disasters. The work of public works professionals is often done behind-the-scenes but serves to protect and enhance the safety, health and quality of life of our community.

To bring to light the important role Ventura County Public Works Agency (VCPWA) plays within Ventura County and to educate the public on the wide variety of services provided, VCPWA will be hosting its National Public Works Day.

This one-day, free community event will be held on Tuesday, May 22, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Ventura County Government Center. This year’s event will focus on emergency preparedness and response activities to events such as the Thomas Fire and winter storms.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit a wide range of hands-on booths, all highlighting the diverse scope of work for VCPWA’s five departments. Tours will feature information on native and drought tolerant plants, surveying, traffic signal technology, composting with worms, its award-winning raptor program, and demonstrations of the latest technology employed by the agency. Along with the county’s activities, the City of Ventura’s public works team will be on-site to host two booths as well as a demonstration of the city’s pothole filler equipment.

The event will also contain several new interactive activities including:

• An updated and enhanced Career Center – VCPWA and County HR teams will be on hand to share information about current career opportunities and the student worker program. VCPWA engineers and field staff will be on site sharing the many ways a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education could lead to career opportunities in public works. The cities of Oxnard and Ventura will also be joining the Career Center with information about their employment opportunities. Representatives from the American Society of Civil Engineers will be on site with career information.
• Watershed Protection District - GIS/Technology: Will be showing how modern “Geographic Information System” technology has improved map making over time, how data is used to build digital maps and how it’s shared in the GIS community of County departments. Information in GIS maps can depict many features such as parcels, roads, streams, points of interest and much more. It can be assembled from records, gathered in real time, or even remotely acquired from remote weather stations (to derive current rainfall) or airborne (LiDAR to derive topography). The maps can also be viewed on the internet and cell phones.
• Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) and VCPWA’s Storm Tracking Center will partner to create a simulation Emergency Operations Center where students will be given emergency scenarios to work out! They will also be taught the importance of a “go kit” and what to pack in case of an emergency.
• Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities: Learn about the work the Transportation Department conducts on county roads for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians that makes our community safer.
• Traffic Detection Display and Demonstration: Displaying the latest technology utilized in detecting vehicle traffic in order for traffic signals to respond appropriately according to traffic flow. They will demonstrate how the technology can distinguish between vehicle, pedestrian and vehicle traffic to improve safety.
• General Services Agency (GSA): Fleet Services staff will demonstrate how a Chevrolet Tahoe is transformed from an ordinary SUV to a Sheriff pursuit vehicle.
• Manhole Covers: Learn how VCPWA workers safely enter and exit a manhole using a tri-pod wench.

“National Public Works Week has been a very successful and important event to help us connect with our community,” said Ventura County Public Works Agency Director Jeff Pratt. “It’s a great opportunity for us to educate and it will give the community a chance to get an in-depth look into the vital organizations that are dedicated to providing and sustaining the county’s infrastructure and environment while enhancing the safety, health and quality of life for them.”

VCPWA’s NPWW event has grown tremendously since launching in 2012. In 2017, more than 700 were students out of the 1,000 attendees in attendance. VCPWA anticipates a similar turnout of youth, parents and teachers to participate at this year’s education event.

 

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To encourage an increase in bicycle safety in our community, the Fillmore Citizen Patrol will be holding a bicycle and skateboard safety rodeo from 9 AM to 12 PM on Saturday, May 12th. The event will be near the BMX track at Two Rivers Park and will feature a safety course, free helmets and fitting assistance, bicycle registration, raffle prizes, and food vendors. The event will also feature displays from the Sheriff’s Bomb Squad, SWAT team, K9 Unit and Fillmore Fire Department.

On April 20th, 2018 and on April 25th, 2018, the Fillmore Police Department responded to two separate injury accidents involving a vehicle striking a juvenile who was riding a bicycle without a helmet. Both juveniles suffered non-life threatening injuries as a result of the collisions. The cause of the accidents is still under investigation, but alcohol or drugs were not a factor.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Millions of Americans ride bicycles, but less than half wear bicycle helmets. For example, a national survey conducted in 2001-2003 found that only 48% of children ages 5-14 years wore bicycle helmets when riding. Further, older children were less likely to wear helmets than younger children. In 2010 in the U.S., 800 bicyclists were killed and an estimated 515,000 sustained bicycle-related injuries that required emergency department care. Roughly half of these cyclists were children and adolescents under the age of 20. Annually, 26,000 of these bicycle-related injuries to children and adolescents are traumatic brain injuries treated in emergency departments.” (http://www.cdc.gov/healthcommunication/toolstemplates/entertainmented/ti...)

The Fillmore Police Department encourages all riders, regardless of age, to take advantage of modern safety equipment, and for parents to ensure their children are wearing helmets while riding bicycles and skateboards.

The safety of our children is a top priority in the city of Fillmore, and we encourage parents to attend this event with their children.

Prepared by: Sergeant Kevin Vaden #2241. Approved by: Captain Eric Tennessen

 


 
Fillmore High School FFA Club attended the State Future Farmers of America Convention held in Anaheim this year. The convention began April 23rd and lasted four days where student attended leadership and competition classes and much more. The State convention also selected various schools to go to Disneyland as part of their experience and Fillmore High was one of the lucky schools that were able to go.
Fillmore High School FFA Club attended the State Future Farmers of America Convention held in Anaheim this year. The convention began April 23rd and lasted four days where student attended leadership and competition classes and much more. The State convention also selected various schools to go to Disneyland as part of their experience and Fillmore High was one of the lucky schools that were able to go.
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The Fillmore Lions Club has added a new member with the induction of German Cea. Fillmore Club President Eddie Barajas (right) congratulates Cea during induction ceremonies at a recent meeting. In addition to his name tag Cea was also presented with a Lions’ vest. Photo courtesy Brain Wilson.
The Fillmore Lions Club has added a new member with the induction of German Cea. Fillmore Club President Eddie Barajas (right) congratulates Cea during induction ceremonies at a recent meeting. In addition to his name tag Cea was also presented with a Lions’ vest. Photo courtesy Brain Wilson.
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This past week Fillmore Rotary Club and Josh the Otter visited local Preschools to teach students about water safety. Pictured (l-r) Ari Larson, Martha Richardson, Josh, Cindy Blatt. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
This past week Fillmore Rotary Club and Josh the Otter visited local Preschools to teach students about water safety. Pictured (l-r) Ari Larson, Martha Richardson, Josh, Cindy Blatt. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Rotary President Elect, Andy Klittich on the far left presented a check for $350 to the Fillmore High School Robotics Team. Two of the Robotics Team members, Paulina Guerrero and Andres Romero, holding the check, demonstrated the robot the team built. Their teacher, Mr. McMahon on the far right explained to the club about competitions they have participated in this past year. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Rotary President Elect, Andy Klittich on the far left presented a check for $350 to the Fillmore High School Robotics Team. Two of the Robotics Team members, Paulina Guerrero and Andres Romero, holding the check, demonstrated the robot the team built. Their teacher, Mr. McMahon on the far right explained to the club about competitions they have participated in this past year. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Fillmore Rotary Club President Dave Wareham initiated the newest Rotarian, Barbara Filkins. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
Fillmore Rotary Club President Dave Wareham initiated the newest Rotarian, Barbara Filkins. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Are you ready to Trunk-or-Treat?! Calling all groups, clubs and organizations that are interested in partaking in a FREE family-friendly Halloween activity! On September 24th the Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting an informational meeting at City Hall in the Council Chambers from 5:30pm-6:30pm. We invite you to join us on Monday September 24th to answer any questions and accept registration for spots available at our Trunk-or-Treat event.
Registration packets are available for pick up at City Hall on the 2nd floor in the Parks and Recreation Department. Feel free to call 805-524-1500 ext. 713 or recreation@ci.fillmore.ca.us for more information.


 
 

The City of Fillmore is looking for volunteers to help with Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday September 15th from 9am-12pm. The Coastal Clean Up volunteers will meet at Sheills Park & take a short walk over to our Sespe Creek bed to do our part in keeping our waterways clean. For more information/to register 805-524-1500 ext. 713 OR email recreation@ci.fillmore.ca.us


 
Permits Available April 11th at City Hall
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

The City of Fillmore advises all local non-profit organizations that applications are available Tuesday, April 11th, for 2018 firework booth permits.

Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 31st in the City Clerk's office at Fillmore City Hall, 250 Central Avenue. The fee is $400.00; all organizations must provide proof of non-profit status and complete a “no fee” business license application.

The City’s Municipal Code (Section 15.38.030) requires applicants to be a non-profit association or corporation organized primarily for veteran, patriotic, welfare, city betterment, religious or charitable purposes, having on file with the City of Fillmore proof of non-profit status from either the IRS, California Secretary of State or the State Attorney General, having its principal and permanent meeting place in the City, and having been organized and established in the City for a minimum of three years continuously preceding the filing of the permit application.

A maximum of 25 permits will be issued, and priority will be given to organizations that were issued permits in 2017 and continue to be eligible. If necessary, a lottery will be held in early June to randomly determine which organizations will receive permits in addition to the qualified organizations.

Fireworks sales may occur within the City limits from Wednesday, June 28th at twelve o’clock noon through Wednesday, July 5th at twelve o’clock noon.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU COMPLETE THE 2018 APPLICATION – THE CITY WILL NOT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS.

Questions regarding applications or eligibility should be directed to the City
Clerk’s Office at Fillmore City Hall between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00p.m., Monday through Thursday and alternate Fridays, or by calling 524-1500, extension 234 or emailing jlatshaw@ci.fillmore.ca.us.

 
Rotarian Don Gunderson, was recognized by Kyle Wilson as a Paul Harris Society Member. Rotarians can donate to the Rotary Foundation which supports projects internationally and locally. By donating members can become a Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society Member, or Paul Harris Major Donor. No only was Don being recognized he also celebrated his birthday. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Rotarian Don Gunderson, was recognized by Kyle Wilson as a Paul Harris Society Member. Rotarians can donate to the Rotary Foundation which supports projects internationally and locally. By donating members can become a Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society Member, or Paul Harris Major Donor. No only was Don being recognized he also celebrated his birthday. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Bruce Johnson standing with Dave Wareham, is our local Luthier presented the latest program to the Rotary club. He has a craftsman shop where he crafts specialty guitars, in the old school way and sells them on his website. He is promoting a Jam Fest every Sunday, near the train station, beginning April 22. It will be a time when locals can join in or just come to listen. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Bruce Johnson standing with Dave Wareham, is our local Luthier presented the latest program to the Rotary club. He has a craftsman shop where he crafts specialty guitars, in the old school way and sells them on his website. He is promoting a Jam Fest every Sunday, near the train station, beginning April 22. It will be a time when locals can join in or just come to listen. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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The Friends of the Fillmore Library are hosting a fundraising luncheon to raise funds for the Fillmore Library Expansion Project. The luncheon will be held on May 21, 2018 at 1 pm at the El Pescador Restaurant, 1305 W. Ventura St, Fillmore. Tickets are $20 apiece or $30 for two. For those who wish to purchase tickets but cannot attend the luncheon, special arrangements will be made by the Friends to deliver lunches. To purchase tickets please contact the Friends of the Fillmore Library at 805-524-2731.

Community members may also purchase tickets for the luncheon and find out more about the library expansion project in person at the next Fillmore Library Expansion Project Committee Meeting to be held at the Fillmore Library, 502 Second St., Fillmore on April 18, 2018 at 7pm. This meeting is open to all community members to discuss the project to expand and enhance the Fillmore Library. This meeting is free and open to the public; anyone interested in discovering more about this project or learning how the community can help is encouraged to attend.

Library Expansion Project partners include: the City of Fillmore, Ventura County Library Foundation, and Friends of the Fillmore Library.

For additional information, contact Ventura County Library Director, Nancy Schram at nancy.schram@ventura.org or (805) 256-8535.

Fillmore Library is located at 502 Second St., Fillmore, CA 93015. Hours of service are Mondays and Tuesdays 2pm – 7pm; Wednesdays 10am – 5pm; Thursdays through Saturdays 12pm – 5pm.

Ventura County Library:
Inspiring our community to explore, discover, and connect.
The Ventura County Library is available 24/7 at www.vencolibrary.org.

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Ventura County Agricultural Museum
926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula, CA 93060

*Power point presentation on citrus history and citrus labels at 11:00 a.m.

*Original California citrus crate labels and citrus-themed memorabilia on display and for
sale.

*Citrus goodies will be served.

The Citrus Label Society was founded in 1981 with the purpose of providing meeting places for citrus label collectors to gather together and exchange labels, to enjoy special citrus-related programs, and to share and preserve historical information about the citrus industry. Citrus labels are unique, visual images that document California’s citrus heritage and the state’s history, and are also appreciated by collectors as beautiful works of art.

Everyone is welcome to this special Ventura County meeting. Tell the docent at the entrance that you are attending the meeting, and there will be no charge for Museum admission. You will also be free to enjoy the interesting historical exhibits in the Museum.

*Master Gardeners of Ventura County will also be at the Museum until noon selling tomato plants, including heirloom seedlings, which supports the Master Gardener Program of Ventura County.*

For more information contact Tom Spellman: tom@davewilson.com

www.citruslabelsociety.com

 

The Fillmore Flower show is almost here! The theme this year is “Fillmore Blooms!” Look around your garden and select the blooms you want to enter. We have many faithful gardeners who bring flowers, potted plants, arrangements, bouquets and dish gardens every year. That is what keeps the flower show going. But, we encourage others to participate too.
Maybe you are telling yourself, “I can’t compete with those people. I just have a few blossoms.” Well, one of those blossoms might be the grand prize winner. Or maybe you will just get a ribbon, but meet some wonderful people who also love gardening. You may hear people complimenting your bloom. Whatever the outcome, you will hear lovely music, see amazing displays, eat some cookies, read youth compositions and celebrate being in Fillmore.
Bring your entries to the Active Adult Center, 533 Santa Clara Street, between 7:30 and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning (April 14). $5 entry fee no matter how many entries. Youth compositions should be dropped off at the same location Friday afternoon between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. Youth arrangements are created at the center by the entrant between 7:30 and 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Remember, there is a category for youth team entries. Youth entries are free.

All rules, special notes and divisions are available on the website: fillmoreflowershow.com

Please set aside some time next weekend to come to the Fillmore Flower Show. Public viewing is 1:00 to 4:00 Saturday and Sunday. Free admission.

 
Rotary President Dave Wareham presents a mug to new Fillmore Police Chief Eric Tennessen for introducing himself to the Rotary Club as well as shared about his plans as the new Chief. Tennessen grew up in South Dakota and has lived in California 21 years. He has worked for the Sheriffs Department for 20 years. He is committed to getting involved in Fillmore and meeting the people. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
Rotary President Dave Wareham presents a mug to new Fillmore Police Chief Eric Tennessen for introducing himself to the Rotary Club as well as shared about his plans as the new Chief. Tennessen grew up in South Dakota and has lived in California 21 years. He has worked for the Sheriffs Department for 20 years. He is committed to getting involved in Fillmore and meeting the people. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
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(l-r) Robert & Griselda Guerrero and Ari Larson from Civic Pride presenting the Guerrero family with their gift certificate from Otto & Sons Nursery. Photo courtesy Miranda Alonzo.
(l-r) Robert & Griselda Guerrero and Ari Larson from Civic Pride presenting the Guerrero family with their gift certificate from Otto & Sons Nursery. Photo courtesy Miranda Alonzo.
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Congratulations to Robert and Griselda Guerrero whose yard has been named the yard of the month for March 2018 by Fillmore Civic Pride. Ari Larson presented them a certificate for $40 courtesy of Otto & Sons Nursery. They enjoy spending time in their front yard and especially like the lavender’s aroma. Their address is 204 Cook Dr. in Fillmore. For more information on Civic Pride please contact Ari Larson 805.794.7590 or email: petenari55@hotmail.com

 
Pictured left is Gilbert Escoto who has been instrumental in establishing Piru Youth Sports, accepting a $500 check for the program from Fillmore Rotary Club president Dave Wareham. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
Pictured left is Gilbert Escoto who has been instrumental in establishing Piru Youth Sports, accepting a $500 check for the program from Fillmore Rotary Club president Dave Wareham. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Friday, March 16th from 9:00am – 11:00am at the Veterans Memorial Building the Fillmore and Piru Basins Groundwater Sustainability Agency (FPB GSA) hosted a public workshop for the community. The workshop discussed the FPB GSA Boundary Modifications and 2018 Budget Review as well as allowed for questions and comments to be heard from the community.
Friday, March 16th from 9:00am – 11:00am at the Veterans Memorial Building the Fillmore and Piru Basins Groundwater Sustainability Agency (FPB GSA) hosted a public workshop for the community. The workshop discussed the FPB GSA Boundary Modifications and 2018 Budget Review as well as allowed for questions and comments to be heard from the community.
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Since 1919, the people in Fillmore have been displaying flowers and plants from their gardens. There were years when there wasn’t a flower show. But then, civic minded people would be willing to do the work to again bring back the show. At the Fillmore Flower Show, you can bring cut flower stems of your most beautiful blooms. You can arrange a variety of flowers into a large or very small arrangement. Or, if you have particularly lovely blossoms in one type of flower, bring a bouquet. Maybe it is a potted plant you have lovingly nurtured or a dish garden that you think others in the community will enjoy seeing. All are welcome.

Maybe you don’t have flowers and plants you want to display. Come to the Flower Show anyway! There is live music playing during the public viewing times. Many people who enter the show know A LOT about flowers. They love to share their knowledge with you. Ask what plants grow well in the shade, what flowers bloom best in Fillmore, when do I feed my flowers, what plants attract birds and butterflies? There is a plant boutique where you can pick up some inexpensive cuttings. As you walk through the rows of flowers, you may see a flower you would like to add to your garden. Someone should be able to tell you the name of the flower. Every year it is amazing to see how many different shades of roses decorate the world.

This year the Flower Show is April 14th and 15th at the Active Adult Center on Santa Clara Street. Bring your entries to the Center between 7:30 and 10 AM Saturday morning (the 14th). There is a $5 entry fee for each adult exhibitor no matter how many entries. All youth entries are free.

Youth categories are: Arrangements, Composition and Art. Next week there will be more information for youth exhibitors.

Just for inspiration:
“Earth laughs in flowers” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece” —Claude Monet

“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful: they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul” — Luther Burbank

“There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments” —Janet Kilburn Phillips

Please join your neighbors this year at the Fillmore Flower Show. Together, “Fillmore Blooms!”

www.fillmoreflowershow.com