Patti Walker, Sarah Hansen & Cindy Klittich work on the Soroptimist sponsored planter, preparing it for planting.
Patti Walker, Sarah Hansen & Cindy Klittich work on the Soroptimist sponsored planter, preparing it for planting.
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Vision 2020 Civic Pride Committee would like to invite members of the Fillmore community to join in with our Central Avenue planter project by becoming either a “hands on” sponsor or a “donating” sponsor, enabling us to complete all the planters along the downtown center. We have all the large pots sponsored & planted and now have 28 more small pots awaiting sponsors.

Working together to make our downtown area more attractive for visitors & shoppers is a very worthwhile project. The small pot sponsorships are only $25 & you will receive your name on a small plaque and a certificate along with newspaper recognition.

Contact Sarah Hansen at 524-0132 or Cindy Klittich at 524-4466 for more information.

 


 
Early Detection Empowers Families to Plan for the Future

The holiday season is traditionally a time to gather with loved ones. These visits with family can raise questions about the cognitive health of aging family members. With Alzheimer’s disease in particular, it is important to know what behavior is and is not typical aging. Below is a list of warning signs along with examples of typical aging. If you notice any of the warning signs in your aging family members, please make certain he or she sees a doctor.

Alzheimer’s Association 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life. One of the most common signs of Alzheimer's is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events, asking for the same information over and over, relying on memory aides (reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on one’s own.
More typical: Sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later.

2. Challenges in planning or solving problems. Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. They may have trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things than they did before.
More typical: Making occasional errors when balancing a checkbook.

3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure. People with Alzheimer’s often find it hard to complete daily tasks. Sometimes, people may have trouble driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favorite game.
More typical: Occasionally needing help to use the settings on a microwave or to record a television show.

4. Confusion with time or place: People with Alzheimer's can lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. They may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately. Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there.
More typical: Getting confused about the day of the week but figuring it out later.

5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. For some people, having vision problems is a sign of Alzheimer’s. They may have difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast. In terms of perception, they may pass a mirror and think someone else is in the room. They may not realize they are the person in the mirror.
More typical: Vision changes related to cataracts.

6. New problems with words in speaking or writing. People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble following or joining a conversation. They may stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to continue or they may repeat themselves. They may struggle with vocabulary, have problems finding the right word or call things by the wrong name (e.g., calling a “watch” a “hand-clock”).
More typical: Sometimes having trouble finding the right word.

7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. A person with Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual places. They may lose things and be unable to go back over their steps to find them again. Sometimes, they may accuse others of stealing. This may occur more frequently over time.
More typical: Misplacing things from time to time, such as a pair of glasses or the remote control.
8. Decreased or poor judgment. People with Alzheimer’s may experience changes in judgment or decision making. For example, they may use poor judgment when dealing with money, giving large amounts to telemarketers. They may pay less attention to grooming or keeping themselves clean.
More typical: Making a bad decision once in a while.

9. Withdrawal from work or social activities. A person with Alzheimer’s may start to remove themselves from hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports. They may have trouble keeping up with a favorite sports team or remembering how to complete a favorite hobby. They may also avoid being social because of the changes they have experienced.
More typical: Sometimes feeling weary of work, family and social obligations.

10. Changes in mood and personality. The mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer’s can change. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset at home, at work, with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone.
More typical: Developing very specific ways of doing things and becoming irritable when a routine is disrupted.

Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia is an important step in getting appropriate treatment, care and support service. Additional benefits to early diagnosis are as follows:

Benefits of an early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease
• Benefit from treatments that may improve symptoms and help maintain a level of independence longer
• Have more time to plan for the future
• Increase chances of successfully finding a clinical drug trial through Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch, helping to advance research
• Participate in decisions about their care, transportation, living options, financial and legal matters
• Develop a relationship with doctors and care partners
• Benefit from care and support services, making it easier for them and their family to manage the disease

Anyone with questions about Alzheimer’s disease or seeking information should contact the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 toll-free helpline at 800.272.3900. Experts are available to take calls from individuals concerned with their own cognitive health as well as from family members and friends who may be concerned about a loved one and are seeking resources.

About The Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.

 

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Ventura, CA - Cancer patients and their loved ones are invited to learn ways to cope with cancer during the holidays during a free seminar the Community Memorial Health System’s Psychological Services is holding on Monday, Nov. 28.

Jody Giacopuzzi, a licensed clinical social worker, will facilitate the seminar that will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in CMH’s Cancer Resource Center, 2900 Loma Vista Road, Suite 105.

The holidays are traditionally viewed as a time to celebrate; however people with cancer and their loved ones may feel “out of step” from the rest of the world during the season. Issues cancer patients face include:

 How to take care of the holiday rush and themselves at the same time;
 How to celebrate when they have so many other things on their minds;
 What will their life be like next year?

The seminar will allow cancer patients to meet with others facing cancer to share and learn from each other.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 805-652-5459.

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and ten family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health. The health system is located in Ventura County, California.

 


 
Photo of the Week from the Gazette History Archives. Can you identify this photo or any of the people in it? If so, please add any information about this photograph in the comments section provided at the bottom.
Photo of the Week from the Gazette History Archives. Can you identify this photo or any of the people in it? If so, please add any information about this photograph in the comments section provided at the bottom.
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Photo of the Week from the Gazette History Archives. Can you identify this photo or any of the people in it? If so, please add any information about this photograph in the comments section provided at the bottom.
Photo of the Week from the Gazette History Archives. Can you identify this photo or any of the people in it? If so, please add any information about this photograph in the comments section provided at the bottom.
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Photo of the Week from the Gazette History Archives. Can you identify this photo or any of the people in it? If so, please add any information about this photograph in the comments section provided at the bottom.
Photo of the Week from the Gazette History Archives. Can you identify this photo or any of the people in it? If so, please add any information about this photograph in the comments section provided at the bottom.
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(center) Melissa Aguilar on Let’s Make a Deal
(center) Melissa Aguilar on Let’s Make a Deal
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Fillmore resident Melissa Aguilar, center, appears on Let’s Make a Deal, Friday, Nov. 11th. She could take home the fabulous Big Deal of the Day, or maybe the dreaded Zonk! The show airs Monday-Friday at 9:00 a.m. on KCBS (Channel 2). The original LET’S MAKE A DEAL was a television game show staple during the 1960s and 70s when it was hosted by Monty Hall from 1963-1977. While later versions aired in syndication and primetime, the game show is best remembered for the years hosted by Hall, who will serve as a creative consultant on this latest version.

 

Color, color everywhere at the upcoming Fillmore Soroptimist Fashion Show! To be held Saturday, November 19th, at noon, Veteran’s Memorial Building, 511 Second St., Fillmore. Donation $25. For tickets contact any Soroptimist
Member or Betty Carpenter at 524-1850.

 

On Wednesday, November 16, 2011, Julie Tumamait will be at the Fillmore Library to present an informative program of songs, stories, and cultural insights into past and present Chumash experience. Julie is an honored Chumash Elder and teacher of their wisdom and culture. The program is made possible by the Fillmore Friends of the Library. The library is located at 502 Second Street, phone 524-3355.

 

Saturday November 19, 2011. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 118 B. Street. We will be selling hot dogs, chili dogs, frito boats, chili bowls, baked goods, candy, holiday crafts, jelly and raffle tickers throughout the day and much more. The gifts for the raffle are from local merchants, tickets are for sale from Auxiliary members for $1.00. Grand Prize – GPS, honey, haircuts, and restaurant certificates. For more information and donations please call Geri Lee at 524-1591.

 
Fillmore FFA members at the Indiana Speedway.
Fillmore FFA members at the Indiana Speedway.
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The members having some fun at the Kelsey Dairy Farm while waiting for our tour.
The members having some fun at the Kelsey Dairy Farm while waiting for our tour.
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Listening to the farm manager at Kelsey Dairy Farm while he gives us a tour of the farm.
Listening to the farm manager at Kelsey Dairy Farm while he gives us a tour of the farm.
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I Believe. Not only are these words the beginning of the FFA Creed, but they were also the theme of the 84th National FFA Convention. The convention was held October 18-22 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Throughout the convention FFA members competed in contests including public speaking, job interview and livestock judging. Students were also given the opportunity to attend a career show, tour agricultural businesses or farms and hear the inspiring words of motivational speakers as well as National Officers at nine different sessions.

This year Marc Zavala, Ryan Calderon, Sierra Blankenship, Hailee Smith, Micah Chumley, Alexus Galassi and myself as well as parents Alishia Duncan, Kathleen Aguirre and Fillmore FFA advisor Mr. Ricards were able to travel to Indiana for an exciting week. We began Wednesday morning with a self guided tour of the National FFA Center where we learned about the history of FFA. Shortly after that, we went on a tour of the Indiana Speedway. We took a bus ride around the track, learned traditions and facts about the speedway and also saw different models of race cars. We then hurried over to the giant Career Show and Expo. With over 1300 career and college booths in attendance, we each received enough pamphlets and pens to last us a lifetime! The career show definitely opened our eyes to how many great agricultural colleges and careers there are in the United States. After walking through the Career Show and Expo, our group headed to the Conseco Feildhouse for the Convention’s Opening Session. The National Officer team introduced the theme “I Believe” and explained that these words are truly the base of our organization. Without believing in something, whether it be in agriculture or yourself, FFA would not be the strong organization that it is today. The National FFA Advisor Dr. Steve Brown then gave a few words of wisdom to the 45,763 members in attendance. To end the session, motivational speaker Dave Roever talked to us about not giving up on ourselves. Mr. Roever is a war veteran who almost lost his life during battle. The majority of his skin was melted off and it left him with scars covering his body. He travels to talk to high school kids as well as army troops to encourage them to stay confident and never give up on their lives. Mr. Roever’s story had us laughing, crying and reflecting on our own lives.

Thursday morning’s rain couldn’t dampen our spirits as we headed out to participate in the National FFA Day of Service (NDOS). The NDOS is a community service event at various non-profit locations throughout Indianapolis. There are only enough spots for 1500 FFA members to participate in the NDOS and the Fillmore FFA was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend. Our NDOS site was Damar Services which is a residential facility for children with behavioral and mental disabilities. Along with FFA members from North Carolina we cleaned tables, walls, windows and organized recreational equipment. We all agreed it was a very rewarding experience. Quickly changing back into our official FFA uniforms we were off to the Second Session to hear the retiring address from our National Vice President of the Central Region Wyatt DeJong. He encouraged us to “do more and expect more from yourself then others expect of you.” At this session awards were given to outstanding FFA chapters throughout the nation who have made a difference in their communities. Later that night with a few thousand new FFA friends, we rocked Lucas Oil Stadium at the Blake Shelton Concert.

Friday was our day reserved for farm tours, but first we attended a session where we heard from speaker Vernice “Fly Girl” Armor a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Airforce. Her message was that your past prepares you for your future. She explained to us that how you respond versus react to a situation is truly the key. She went on to talk about “how can we be in service to others even when we feel like we are in our lowest moments because that is where true happiness and success is.” After this powerful message, we were off to our farm tours. Our first tour was at Umbargars Feed and Grain where we learned the process of making livestock show feed. Then we explored the family run “Kelsey Dairy Farm.” There we learned the high tech process they use to manage their herd of 300 cows. They use everything from computers to analyze each cow’s daily milk production to a mechanical pulley that automatically cleans the pens. Then we had a little fun in the five acre corn maze where we lost Mr. Ricards, don’t worry folks we found him! Our day ended with a tour of Hunter’s Honey Farm where we learned the steps of extracting and processing honey.

Saturday morning we attended a workshop called “What would we do without Agriculture in our lives?” It was lead by Past National Officer Becky Sullivan representing Kansas State University. We played games to learn about agricultural products and what the states top commodities are. We ended the workshop by discussing various agricultural careers that we were interested in. We ended our stay in Indiana with the final session of the 84th National FFA Convention where they announced the 2011-2012 National FFA Officer team. We would like to thank those in the community that supported our fundraising efforts and the Fillmore FFA Boosters that made it possible for us to attend the convention. It is our goal to share our experiences and lessons learned with our local chapter and the Fillmore community because I believe, We believe, We are FFA!

Brooke Aguirre is the Fillmore FFA Chapter Reporter

 

Tuesday and Wednesday, November 1st and 2nd, the Fillmore Historical Museum was the recipient of 7 white Crepe Myrtle trees which were a generous donation from Chevron Corporation. The Museum helped with their research on the old Texaco Refinery which was located on the east side of Pole Creek. We are pleased to acknowledge their donation which will enhance the appearance of our museum site.
Martha Gentry
Exec. Director
Fillmore Historical Museum

 
Pictured above are cast members Linda Burdick, Alesandria Posada, Candice Stines and Tom Glauser as Langley Lohan.
Pictured above are cast members Linda Burdick, Alesandria Posada, Candice Stines and Tom Glauser as Langley Lohan.
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Tess MaGregor recovers from her fall off a cliff.

Seen here with Elsa Swenson and Mae, Tess makes a quick recovery after a dreadful fall off of a cliff just outside of Hidden Valley during her outing with the evil realestate mogal, Langley Lohan. It is unknow at this time if Lohan was at fault. Mr. Lohan, Tess and 20 other citizens from Hidden Valley will perform for Sespe Players Community Theater Group at the Sespe School Auditorium this weekend.

Sespe Players' continue their colorful performance of “The Hare-Raising Saga of Hidden Valley” this weekend. It's a one-of-a-kind Melodrama written and directed by Chris Villegas.

Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm and Sunday at 2:00. Tickets may be purchased at the door, Student/child:$5 Senior: $10 Adult: $15. Doors open 30 minutes before performances.

 
Veteran's Day, November 11, at the Bardsdale Church

Jamie Arundell Latshaw will be the guest speaker at the Bardsdale United Methodist Women's annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Veteran's Day, November 11, at the Bardsdale Church.

Mrs. Latshaw, a graduate of Fillmore High School and the United States Military Academy at West Point, spent eight years in the Army as a logistics officer and is the CEO and President of her company, Lexicon Inc. Lexicon contracts with the government and private firms to train and educate their employees about the customs and languages of countries where their business is conducted. She is married to Leroy Latshaw, a former Army helicopter pilot, and is the daughter of Jim and Diane Arundell of Fillmore.

The festive meal will be a traditional Thanksgiving fare with all the trimmings and will begin a 12 noon in LeBard Hall. Suggested donation is $12 per person.

The church is located at 1498 Bardsdale Avenue.

 
Send in your vote for the best decorations

Vision 2020 Civic Pride Committee will be selecting the best holiday decorated home & yard for their “Yard of the Month” award in December. The winning selection will be made on December 14th, and the community is invited to help in the selection process by sending your suggestion with address to Linda Nunes at lnunes@sidewindercycle.com or by phone to 805-524-3021.

After selecting the award winner, an article in the newspaper will announce the winner and also some addresses worthy of Honorable Mention, so people can drive around to see the special decorations.

The award winner will receive a gift certificate for $25 that has been generously donated by Otto & Sons Nursery.

 

This is the last chance for Thanksgiving Pies from Grad Nite Live, so grab a 2012 senior or call me and order a pie today. $11.00 each - Apple, Pumpkin, Pecan, Lite Apple and Razelberry. You can pick your order up Tuesday the 22nd of November at the Memorial Bldg. from 12 noon to 4PM. Students that sold pies will pick them up at 12 noon so they can distribute them in a timely manner. Need to Call me? 5524-4909 Mrs Chaney

 

E.J. Harrison & Sons Reaches Storm Water Settlement Agreement with the Wishtoyo Foundation and its Ventura Coastkeeper Program to Protect the Santa Clara River and Ventura's Coastal Waters

Saticoy, Ventura County, CA - E.J. Harrison & Sons and Wishtoyo Foundation's Ventura Coastkeeper Program ("VCK") are pleased to announce the resolution of a lawsuit filed against E.J. Harrison & Sons by VCK in December of 2010. The settlement agreement, filed in federal court along with a dismissal of the suit, provides for E.J. Harrison & Sons to construct additional storm water treatment infrastructure to continue to ensure that storm water discharges from its Saticoy facility comply with Clean Water Act water quality standards and are protective of the ecological, recreational, and cultural uses of the Santa Clara River and Ventura's Coastal waters. "E.J. Harrison & Sons is making a commitment to protecting the Santa Clara River and Ventura's coastal waters that should be applauded" says Jason Weiner, Ventura Coastkeeper's Associate Director and Staff Attorney.

In addition, E.J. Harrison & Sons is providing $50,000 for California Trout to work on steelhead migration projects in the Santa Clara River watershed, and $5,000 for Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy ("CAUSE") to conduct 12 Santa Clara River watershed street, storm channel, wetlands, stream, and river community trash clean up events.

"The settlement is one more of the important needed measures to provide Ventura County residents and visitors with coastal waters and a Santa Clara River that are safe for recreational and cultural utilization, and that support native wildlife such as the endangered "Isha'kowoch" (Chumash name for Southern California Steelhead)," says Mati Waiya, Chumash Ceremonial Elder and Executive Director of the Wishtoyo Foundation and its Ventura Coastkeeper Program.

E.J. Harrison & Sons, founded in 1932, operates a facility in Saticoy adjacent to the Santa Clara River. The company services about 90,000 customers in Ventura, Camarillo, Fillmore, Ojai, Thousand Oaks and surrounding unincorporated areas of Ventura County with residential, commercial and industrial service. The company also services Point Mugu and the Channel Islands Beach Communities as well as Carpinteria in Santa Barbara County.

"We feel our commitment to the environment is second to none, and we have a long history to back our claim," said Ralph Harrison, President of E.J. Harrison & Sons.

Harrison said his company's trash collection and recycling practices have had a major positive impact on the environment for over two decades, and last year marked a major milestone for the company. In 2010, Harrison earned Climate Registered status for taking voluntary steps to measure its operation's carbon footprint, ensuring that it is moving toward compliance of Assembly Bill 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act. The Climate Registry is a non-profit organization that operates the only carbon footprint registry in North America. Even before earning Climate Registry status, Ralph Harrison noted the company began gradually replacing a large number of its diesel trucks with vehicles that run on cleaner-burning liquefied natural gas and in 2006 opened the first LNG fueling station in western Ventura County.

Ralph Harrison also points to a number of industry and civic honors Harrison has been awarded over the years for its environmental efforts. They include the 2011 Climate Change Action Award, by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors; the 2010 Environmentally Conscious Business Award, by the Ojai Chamber of Commerce; and the 2005 Blue Sky Award, given by CALSTART, North America's leading advanced transportation technologies consortium. As for recycling, E.J. Harrison & Sons' record speaks for itself. In the newly released diversion numbers from the State of California, all of the cities Harrison serves surpassed the mandated 50 percent diversion goal. Harrison also has future plans to bring food waste recycling to all of its customers, working toward the 75 percent reduction that is now mandated.

In recognition of its great recycling programs in 2007, the California Resource Recovery Association took note, citing Harrison Industries for having California's Outstanding Recycling Program. For further information about Harrison-visit: www.ejharrison.com

About the Wishtoyo Foundation and its Ventura Coastkeeper Program: Founded in 1997, Wishtoyo is a 501(c)(3) non profit grassroots organization with over 700 members consisting of Ventura County's diverse residents and Chumash Native Americans. Wishtoyo's mission is to preserve and protect Chumash culture, the culture of all of Ventura County's diverse communities, and the environment that our current and future generations depend upon. Wishtoyo shares traditional Chumash Native American beliefs, cultural practices, songs, dances, stories, and values with the public in its Chumash Discovery Village and through educational programs in schools to promote environmental awareness and natural resources stewardship. In 2000, Wishtoyo founded its Ventura Coastkeeper Program ("VCK"). VCK's mission is to protect, preserve, and restore the ecological integrity and water quality of Ventura County's inland and coastal waterbodies for all beings in the County's diverse community through outreach and education, restoration projects, scientific analysis, advocacy, litigation, and community organizing and empowerment. To learn more about Wishtoyo and its Ventura Coastkeeper Program, visit us at http://www.wishtoyo.org/ventura-coastkeeper.html.

 
 
Popular Magician Shawn McMaster wowed the crowd last Wednesday at the Fillmore Library with Halloween magic.
Popular Magician Shawn McMaster wowed the crowd last Wednesday at the Fillmore Library with Halloween magic.
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Ms. Vasquez and her kindergarden class walked to Santa Barbara Bank & Trust for treats on Halloween day. On their way back they stopped by the Fillmore Gazette for a photo.
Ms. Vasquez and her kindergarden class walked to Santa Barbara Bank & Trust for treats on Halloween day. On their way back they stopped by the Fillmore Gazette for a photo.
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On Tuesday, October 18th the Rotarians heard a presentation by Ed McClements (left) of Barkley Insurance on the Hearth Care Reform bill. Mr. McClements explained 10 keys to understanding employer Play or Pay rules in Health Care Reform. Also pictured is Rotary President Sean Morris.
On Tuesday, October 18th the Rotarians heard a presentation by Ed McClements (left) of Barkley Insurance on the Hearth Care Reform bill. Mr. McClements explained 10 keys to understanding employer Play or Pay rules in Health Care Reform. Also pictured is Rotary President Sean Morris.
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Miss Martha and Miss Salina of Sonshine Preschool escorted a bunch of Scary Spiders to the Santa Barbara Bank for Halloween treats. Gazette mascot, Pebbles, enjoyed the extra pets.
Miss Martha and Miss Salina of Sonshine Preschool escorted a bunch of Scary Spiders to the Santa Barbara Bank for Halloween treats. Gazette mascot, Pebbles, enjoyed the extra pets.
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