Alicia Hicks introduced the officers of the Sespe 4H. Each one explained their duties. The 4H motto is
Alicia Hicks introduced the officers of the Sespe 4H. Each one explained their duties. The 4H motto is "Make The Best Better" and that is what they strive to do. Alicia Hicks, Julie Latshaw, Isaiah Hernandez, Jasmine Zavala, Dezeray Zavala, Soleil Peacock and Adrian Hernandez.
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Students from the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley smile for a photo with their recently donated art supplies from Michaels Arts & Crafts store in Ventura.
Students from the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley smile for a photo with their recently donated art supplies from Michaels Arts & Crafts store in Ventura.
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Michaels Arts & Crafts Store in Ventura has generously donated books and art supplies to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley, which will be equally distributed among the clubhouses in Fillmore, Piru and Santa Paula. The donation has arrived in such a great time, as the Clubhouses are gearing up for summer activities.

The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley’s Board, Staff and Members thank Michaels for thinking of us and appreciate these great gifts!

The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley always appreciates the generosity of a gift. For any questions, please contact the club at 805-525-7910.

 


 

Arts Commission – Goal Setting Workshop

The newly created Arts Commission will be conducting a goal setting workshop Wednesday, May 24 at 6:00 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers. The Commission would like to hear from the residents and businesses on items they would like to see the Commission pursue. If you have any ideas to share please plan to attend the workshop. Members of the Arts Commission include: Chairperson Amelia Aparicio, Vice-Chairperson Lisa Mahony, Joe Beebe, Paul Benavides and Bob Crum. If you are unable to attend to please let one of the Commissioners know your thoughts and ideas.

Medical Marijuana Listening Session

City Council will be conducting a Medical Marijuana Listening Session. At this facilitated, bilingual session, the City Council seeks to share information with Fillmore residents on its deliberation of requests for permission to cultivate medical marijuana within the city limits. Residents will be engaged in a structured and respectful sharing of personal views to inform the City Council of the breadth of views on this important topic.

City Council is committed to assuring that Fillmore remains a secure, safe and livable city, and your input on this important topic is invited. Please come prepared to listen and share your views with fellow residents and your City Council. The listening session will be held at The Memorial Building, 511 Second Street, Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Spanish language translation will be provided throughout the meeting.

Let’s work together to keep Fillmore the “Best Last Small Town.”

 


 

The diagnosis and management of pituitary tumors will be the focus of a free seminar Community Memorial Health System is holding on Wednesday, May 10.

David Westra, M.D., who specializes in neurosurgery, will lead the discussion during the seminar to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the eighth-floor Nichols Auditorium at Community Memorial Hospital, 147 N. Brent St.

Every year roughly 10,000 pituitary tumors are diagnosed in the U.S., most of which are noncancerous and slow growing. Oftentimes they go undiagnosed because the symptoms resemble other conditions. They are commonly found in older adults, but can occur at any age, and most can be treated successfully.

Dr. Westra will discuss treatment options for pituitary tumors. They include surgery, radiation therapy, medications, hormone replacement and even watchful waiting.

Dr. Westra received his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and completed a residency at the Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda. Dr. Westra is a member of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and a member of the Community Memorial Hospital medical staff.

Registration is free but reservations are required. To secure reservations visit cmhshealth.org/rsvp or call Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006.

Future Speaker Series events are: the State of CMHS address on May 18 at the Museum of Ventura County; What is a Hospitalist? on June 7 at CMH; and the Women’s Health Symposium on June 24 at the Ventura Beach Marriott.

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, along with the Centers for Family Health serving various communities within and located in Ventura County, California.
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On April 19th, Soroptimist inducted two new members into their Club. Pictured from left to right, Marianne Crane, Jane David, new member Ann Ohlenkamp, Cathy Krushell, and new member Virginia Corry.
On April 19th, Soroptimist inducted two new members into their Club. Pictured from left to right, Marianne Crane, Jane David, new member Ann Ohlenkamp, Cathy Krushell, and new member Virginia Corry.
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A fantastic opportunity awaits all of you who appreciate and enjoy original fine art.

An Artist's Reception is planned for Friday, April 28, 4-6 pm, at the Black Stallion Gallery at the Fillmore Equestrian center. The Equestrian Center is a short distance south of town located at 308 Chambersburg Rd, (Rt 23).

Many works of art created by members of the Fillmore Artists Guild are on display.

The reception is a great opportunity to meet the artists, discuss their work with them and perhaps gleam a tidbit or two of invaluable information you might use in your own creations.

Some of the artists include Joanne King who creates watercolor paintings of scenes that are said to have expected and unexpected results. Judy Dressler, a self-taught oil painter prefers to paint western life, Lady Jan Faulkner focuses on mixed media collage and digitally enhanced photography. Lois Freeman-Fox paints digital portraits and landscapes on canvas enhancing them with oils and acrylics. Luanne Hebner Perez's watercolor painting are bright, colorful landscapes, still life’s, and florals. Virginia Neuman, the Guild's English artist, educated at Chelsea School of Art, uses various media and teaches art in the Fillmore schools. Art teacher Doris Nichols' handcrafted encaustic work and Lia Verkade's zentangles inks.

With such a fabulous collection of art on display and the creative artists on hand to describe their work, you could not want more!

The mission of the Artist Guild of Fillmore is to create an interest in people for collecting original art by local artists. Attend the reception and you'll quickly see that Fillmore artists are awesome.

Mark you calendar: Friday, 4/28/17, 4-6 p.m. Fillmore Equestrian center.

 

February 14, 2017 was a sad day for the Fillmore yoga community. As many of you know, our very loved Janine Rees, a longtime Fillmore resident, beloved wife/mother/grandmother/friend, shop owner and yoga instructor, passed away suddenly. Janine had a dream for our community, and that was to have a yoga studio. She opened up a wonderful place “Fillmore’s Health and Wellness Center” on Santa Clara Street. Yoga classes were taught just about every day of the week there and a dedicated group of yogis attended her classes. Since her very sad and sudden passing, we are coming to realize that many in the community are not aware that the center is indeed still open, and offering both yoga and dance classes (with plans for more offerings in the future). Her husband Bill, as well as her group of dedicated yogis, are continuing with Janine’s dream. We’d love to see this beautiful dream continue to thrive as it had when Janine was alive. If you’d like more information about class offerings, we post calendars at Fillmore’s Health & Wellness Center 448 Santa Clara Street, or at Scented Path Apothecary at 338 Central Ave. Check out our Facebook page (Fillmore’s Health & Wellness Center), and our Yelp page too! For more information, please feel free to contact Lisa Hammond (call or text) 831 801 2276 or email soaringheartsyoga@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!

 
Fillmore High School Class of 1992 Yearbook cover
Fillmore High School Class of 1992 Yearbook cover
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25 year Class Reunion

FHS Class of 1992’s 25th Class Reunion will be held at the Fillmore/Piru Veteran's Memorial building on Saturday, June 10th, 2017. Happy Hour starts at 3:00pm, Dinner at 6:00. After dinner, the class of ‘92 will be able to enjoy the new Flashes Social Lounge and dance floor. DJ's California Catering will be preparing their award-winning dinner which is enjoyed by Alumni every year. The Veteran's Memorial Building is located at 511 2nd Street, Fillmore, CA. 93015. Class members may make reservations online by visiting www.fillmorehighalumni.com and clicking on "Events.” From the Events page you can reserve your seats, and if you like, make a donation to the Alumni Association and Scholarship Fund. You may also purchase your reservations at Patterson Hardware store in downtown Fillmore, open 7 days a week. The class of '92 is planning to make a big splash at this year’s Alumni Dinner. The Alumni Association is happy to host their 25th year reunion. Get your reservations in soon!

 
The Fillmore Fire Department would like to remind all residents that weed abatement for fire hazards is required all year long. The heavy rains from this past winter, combined with the recent warm days have accelerated the growth of many grasses and weeds. These grasses and weeds are drying out and creating potential fire hazards early this year. A small grass fire can easily spread to a house and other structures if there is no clearance. Formal weed abatement notices will be mailed out next month. Submitted By Sebastian Ramirez.
The Fillmore Fire Department would like to remind all residents that weed abatement for fire hazards is required all year long. The heavy rains from this past winter, combined with the recent warm days have accelerated the growth of many grasses and weeds. These grasses and weeds are drying out and creating potential fire hazards early this year. A small grass fire can easily spread to a house and other structures if there is no clearance. Formal weed abatement notices will be mailed out next month. Submitted By Sebastian Ramirez.
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Last Wednesday, April 12th, Fillmore Fire Department responded to a call about a swarm of bees in front of Fillmore High School. The bees were safely removed and transported to another location. The hive for this group of bees was about 2ft by 2ft in size. Photo Submitted by a Fillmore Resident.
Last Wednesday, April 12th, Fillmore Fire Department responded to a call about a swarm of bees in front of Fillmore High School. The bees were safely removed and transported to another location. The hive for this group of bees was about 2ft by 2ft in size. Photo Submitted by a Fillmore Resident.
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Adjustments, which take effect May 22, will improve efficiency of regional bus system while limiting impacts to riders

The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) has approved service changes for the Intercity Transit system beginning May 22, 2017. The changes will affect bus schedules on all VCTC Intercity Transit routes. The intent is to streamline and improve efficiency of the regional transit system while limiting impacts to riders.

“As a responsible steward of public funds, VCTC must operate its bus system as efficiently as possible,” said VCTC Executive Director Darren Kettle. “We never undertake service changes lightly, and these modifications will help optimize service and address increasing congestion while minimizing the impacts to our riders.”

While schedule changes will impact all routes in VCTC’s Intercity Transit system, the most extensive changes will occur on the two routes funded in partnership with other agencies: Coastal Express and CSUCI. The Coastal Express, a heavily used bus line connecting Oxnard and Ventura with Carpinteria, Santa Barbara and Goleta, is jointly funded by VCTC and the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG). California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) funds the operation of a pair of routes serving the university.

As a result of low ridership, mid-day and weekend Coastal Express service will be reduced, and travel times on some trips will be adjusted by 15-20 minutes to account for increased traffic congestion and road construction. “The Coastal Express is critically important to addressing the traffic congestion in the Ventura-Santa Barbara corridor, and SBCAG looks forward to partnering in the future with VCTC to make the service as effective, efficient, and attractive as possible to draw commuters out of their cars” said SBCAG Executive Director Marjie Kirn.

During CSUCI’s summer break (May 22-Aug. 28, 2017), the two lines serving CSUCI will be suspended and replaced with a new line that combines CSUCI service with the existing Oxnard/Camarillo Connector. This new line, Oxnard/Camarillo/CSUCI (#96), will include Sunday service and stops in downtown Camarillo, the Camarillo Outlets and the Oxnard Transit Center. Direct service, however, between CSUCI and the Center Point Mall (C Street) in Oxnard will be eliminated during the summer break.

“When the financial contributions of our partners -- as well as those from traditional State and Federal funding sources -- change, there is a direct impact to levels of service on the Intercity Transit system,” Kettle said.
In all, service will be reduced about 8% across the entire VCTC system. In addition to the partner-funded routes, all other VCTC Intercity bus lines will experience adjustments to routes, stops and schedules. Riders can view the new bus schedules, which go into effect on May 22, at www.goventura.org/travel-ventura.

In concert with the service changes, VCTC will also roll out streamlined rider information materials on May 22. The materials, including redesigned schedule brochures and bus-stop signage, will make navigating the VCTC system easier and more intuitive. The new materials will also introduce a route numbering system to clarify deviations to specific landmarks that are serviced by some, but not all, trips along a certain line.

For more information visit www.goventura.org/travel-ventura or call (800) 438-1112.

About the Ventura County Transportation Commission
The Ventura County Transportation Commission is the regional transportation planning agency committed to keeping Ventura County moving. Program information is available at goventura.org.

 
The Janine Rees family and Bill Faith family thank the many condolences and more than 250 supporters who came to the memorial at Rancho Camulos on Sunday, April 9th, 2017. Any support in Janine’s memory to the Fillmore Women’s Service Club or the Fillmore Soroptimist Club is welcomed.
The Janine Rees family and Bill Faith family thank the many condolences and more than 250 supporters who came to the memorial at Rancho Camulos on Sunday, April 9th, 2017. Any support in Janine’s memory to the Fillmore Women’s Service Club or the Fillmore Soroptimist Club is welcomed.
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Class of '47.
Class of '47.
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You read that right. The Class of 1947
The FHS class of 1947 will celebrate 70 years after graduating from Fillmore High on Saturday, June 10th at the Fillmore High Alumni Dinner. We will meet between 4 and 6 p.m. and will have a special table reserved for us and our guests. Dinner will be served at 6:00 and there will be plenty of time for visiting after the dinner, and for those still able to do so, there will be dancing! Get your dinner reservations in by visiting the Alumni's website at www.fillmorehighalumni.com and clicking on the Events link, or, you can pay for your dinner reservations at Patterson’s Hardware store in downtown Fillmore, open 7 days a week. Hope to see everyone there! A 70 year celebration is quite an accomplishment. Let's all plan to be there.
The FHS class of 1947 will celebrate 70 years after graduating from Fillmore High on Saturday, June 10th at the Fillmore High Alumni Dinner. We will meet between 4 and 6 p.m. and will have a special table reserved for us and our guests. Dinner will be served at 6:00 and there will be plenty of time for visiting after the dinner, and for those still able to do so, there will be dancing! Get your dinner reservations in by visiting the Alumni's website at www.fillmorehighalumni.com and clicking on the Events link, or, you can pay for your dinner reservations at Patterson’s Hardware store in downtown Fillmore, open 7 days a week. Hope to see everyone there! A 70 year celebration is quite an accomplishment. Let's all plan to be there.
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Submitted By Ari Larson Next year will be the 90th Anniversary of the St. Francis Dam collapse. The Fillmore Historical Museum in conjunction with the Heritage Valley Tourism Bureau is planning a multi-city (Santa Clarita, Piru, Fillmore and Santa Paula) event to commemorate the occasion in 2018. There will be a planning committee meeting on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Fillmore Historical Museum (340 Main St.) at 4pm. Please RSVP to Ari Larson (805.794.7590 or email: Petenari55@hotmail.com) if you will be in attendance or if you are interested in
being a part of the committee.

 
(L-R) Virginia Neuman, Jesus Alonso, Kyhannah Valdez, Jayleen Navarro, Kyle Valdez, Jason Lizarraga, Jorge Cardenas, Jonathan Stines, Ari Larson and Buddy Escoto.
(L-R) Virginia Neuman, Jesus Alonso, Kyhannah Valdez, Jayleen Navarro, Kyle Valdez, Jason Lizarraga, Jorge Cardenas, Jonathan Stines, Ari Larson and Buddy Escoto.
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The children from the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley, under the direction of local artist Virginia Neuman received honors from the Ventura County Fair for their artwork. There will be an art show showcasing the budding artist's creations, during business hours on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 9am-5pm at Union Bank (566 Sespe Ave. Fillmore.) The public is invited to stop by. There will be light refreshments served. For information on the Boys & Girls Club of SCV please call Buddy Escoto at 805.524.0456

 
Bardsdale 4H took a tour of the Fillmore Historical Museum for their March meeting. Thanks to Martha Gentry, director, and her docents for spending a Monday evening teaching us about the history.
Bardsdale 4H took a tour of the Fillmore Historical Museum for their March meeting. Thanks to Martha Gentry, director, and her docents for spending a Monday evening teaching us about the history.
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Community Memorial Health System is holding its “Great Advance Directive Awareness Event” on Wednesday, April 19, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St. in Ventura.

An advance directive, also known as living will, personal directive, medical directive or advance decision, is a legal document in which a person specifies what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves because of illness or incapacity.

Jim Hornstein, M.D., CMHS’ Chair of the Bioethics Committee, will moderate the latest seminar in its 2017 “Ethics in Healthcare” series. The event is for people 18 and over. Experts, including palliative care, social services, quality care and CMHS residents, will be available to answer questions and help participants fill out their advance directives for free. A notary public also will be on site.

There will be refreshments, raffle prizes, music and giveaways, and the first 200 people who complete their advance directive will receive a free gift.

Future Speaker Series events are: Diagnosis and Management of Pituitary Tumors on May 10 at CMH; and What is a Hospitalist? on June 7 at CMH.

Registration is free but reservations are required. To secure reservations visit cmhshealth.org/rsvp or call Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006.

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, along with the Centers for Family Health serving various communities within and located in Ventura County, California.

A Patient’s Right to Die to Be Focus of CMHS Seminar on April 16

 
Fillmore Rotary celebrated Don Gunderson’s 82nd birthday.
Fillmore Rotary celebrated Don Gunderson’s 82nd birthday.
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The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) reminds Californians that new sales and use tax rates will take effect on April 1, 2017, as a result of voter-approved initiatives in several cities and counties. The tax rate changes for the cities listed below apply only within the indicated city limits. The countywide tax rate increases apply to all cities and unincorporated areas within the county.

To find the tax rate in your area or business location, visit the BOE website at boe.ca.gov and click on the Find a Tax Rate by Address link to find the tax rate for a specific address. The new tax rates will be available on this website on April 1. You may also call our Customer Service Center at 1-800-400-7115 (TTY:711) to find your local tax rates. Representatives are available to assist you weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time), except state holidays.

For more information about sales and use tax rates, including help for consumers who may have been overcharged, visit boe.ca.gov/knowyourrate

 

The effects of stress on the immune system and asthma will be the focus of a free seminar that Community Memorial Health System is holding on Wednesday, April 12.

Lewis Kanter, M.D., a board-certified clinical immunologist who also specializes in pediatrics, will lead the discussion during the seminar to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the eighth-floor Nichols Auditorium at Community Memorial Hospital, 147 N. Brent St.

How does stress affect developing children? How does the human body react to stress? Can chronic stress cause asthma? Are patients sick because they’re stressed, or are they stressed because they’re sick? Dr. Kanter will address these questions, and more.

Dr. Kanter received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He continued his training in allergy/immunology there, as well as at the National Naval Medical Center in Maryland. He served 10 years in the U.S. Navy and was Chief of the Allergy Division of the Dept. of Medicine, National Naval Medical Center. Dr. Kanter is an active member of the CMH medical staff.

Future Speaker Series events are: Diagnosis and Management of Pituitary Tumors on May 10 at CMH; and What is a Hospitalist? on June 7 at CMH.

Registration is free but reservations are required. Visit cmhshealth.org/rsvp or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800/838-3006.

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, along with the Centers for Family Health serving various communities within and located in Ventura County, California.