Fillmore FFA is doing a fundraiser selling calendars! The majority of the pictures and the lay out of the calendar was done by students, with help from Penny Henschel at Ever After Designs. The money made from the calendars will go towards the kids in FFA to go to conferences and other events. If you would like to buy a calendar for $10 and support the Fillmore FFA please contact any other FFA member who will be selling them.

 


 
(l-r) (top row) Veronica Arroyo (Fillmore), Amaya Dzul (Santa Paula), Bryan Romero (Fillmore), Destiny Sevillano (Fillmore), Lorena Buelna (Santa Paula), (bottom row) Justin Villanueva (Fillmore).
(l-r) (top row) Veronica Arroyo (Fillmore), Amaya Dzul (Santa Paula), Bryan Romero (Fillmore), Destiny Sevillano (Fillmore), Lorena Buelna (Santa Paula), (bottom row) Justin Villanueva (Fillmore).
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The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley is happy to announce Time Warner Cable, through its Connect a Million Minds Initiative, awarded our organization a grant in support of the First Lego League Robotics Program. First Lego League is a robotics program for children, ages 9 to 16, designed to get youth excited about science and technology. “We believe one of the most powerful ways to engage children in any kind of learning, especially STEM, is to make it fun, and that is why we are thrilled to support the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley in starting their own First Lego League team this year,” said Kim Latour, Director of Community Investment for Time Warner Cable. “At Time Warner Cable our Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) initiative is a five-year, $100 million cash and in-kind commitment to address America’s declining proficiency in STEM.”

This year the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley entered the First Lego League competition, Nature’s Fury Challenge. With the guidance of coaches, Lorenzo Manzano and Jose Saucedo, club members from both Santa Paula and Fillmore sites formed the robotics team, The Stompers. The team had been practicing for months for the First Lego League Nature’s Fury Challenge and were ready and prepared for the November 24th competition. With close to one-hundred teams competing, The Stompers put their science skills to use and utilized robotics, technology and creativity to discover ways to help during natural disasters. In an impressive showing for their first competition, the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley was honored with the Judges Special Recognition Award. “STEM education provides project based learning for our youth. This type of hands-on education is exciting, engaging and will help our youth acquire skills to be successful in life,” states Jan Marholin, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley. Understanding the importance of hands-on science, technology, engineering and math learning opportunities the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley is excited to continue and grow the Robotics Program in the coming years.

About Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds
Time Warner Cable's (TWC) Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is a five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to address America's declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which puts our children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy. Using its media assets, TWC creates awareness of the issue and inspires students to develop the STEM skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. Program highlights include: original PSAs that challenge public perceptions of STEM; a unique website, www.connectamillionminds.com, and "The Connectory", a one-of-a-kind online resource that makes it simple and easy for parents and students to find informal science and technology learning opportunities in their communities. Local TWC markets have activated CAMM across the country with community-specific programs and partnerships.

 

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Livingston Visiting Nurse Association will hold the following Joint Replacement Class to prepare you for total knee or hip replacement surgery. Home preparation, exercises and rehabilitation information will be discussed. Open to the public and free of charge, the class will be held:

1st Thursday of the Month, January 2nd,from 1:00 – 2:00 pm @ Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association, Rm 109, 1996 Eastman Ave, Ventura, RSVP Diana Davis @ 642-0239 x 739

2nd Wednesday of the Month, January 8th, from 10:00 – 11:00 am @ Pleasant Valley Hospital, 3rd floor Classroom, 2309 Antonio Avenue, Camarillo, RSVP Barrie Gilster @ 797-7699

2nd Wednesday of the Month, January 8th, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm @ Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital, 401 E Rolling Oaks Drive, Thousand Oaks, RSVP Barrie Gilster @ 797-7699

3rd Wednesday of the Month, January 15, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm @ Sunrise Senior Living, Activity Room, 190 Tierra Rejada Road, Simi Valley, RSVP Barrie Gilster @ 797-7699

Sandy Morse, RN
Director of Community and Professional Relations
Livingston Memorial VNA
1996 Eastman Ave, Suite 101
Ventura, CA 93003
smorse@lmvna.org
642-0239 x 653
805-216-0278

 


 
Robert Bonilla
Robert Bonilla

Congratulations to Robert Bonilla, for graduating from boot camp at Fort Jackson, S. Carolina on Dec. 5, 2013. Robert was also ranked up to E2 before graduation and he and 23 other soldiers were acknowledge in front of all his batallion and families in attendance for different accomplishments. Robert was acknowledge for having the highest PT points in his company. Robert left for boot camp on Sept. 23; he was assigned to Company F (Foxtrot) 4th Platoon (Spartans) while in boot camp. Robert will now be going to Fort Lee in Virginia for 15 weeks training. We want to wish him luck and say we are very proud of him and we love him very much. From his whole family in Fillmore and Santa Paula.

 


 

Greenfield Care Center & Fillmore Country Clubs First Annual Tree Lighting. December 15 @ 6:00 pm Tree lighting @ 6:30pm Santa Claus, live reindeer, hot chocolate, eggnog, live music. Come celebrate with us and our residents while we sing "Oh Holy Night" and light up out tree.

 

Piru parade extended the entries/applicants till this Thursday if anyone would like to be in the Piru Christmas Parade.

 
CAL FIRE Asks Homeowners to be Safe with Heating Equipment
Cal Fire
Cal Fire

Sacramento, CA – The recent cold-snap is a clear sign that winter has arrived in California with many areas receiving rain and snow over the weekend. During the cold winter months, CAL FIRE and fire departments across the nation see an increase in home fires due to dangerous heating equipment or unsafe practices. Improper use or poorly maintained heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires and home fire deaths across the country.

“Half of all home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January and February,” said State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover, CAL FIRE – Office of the State Fire Marshal. “Improper use or poorly maintained heating equipment often leads to fires, injuries and deaths that could have been easily prevented. These fires remind us once again how important having working smoke alarms can be.”

With a few simple safety tips and precautions, you can prevent most home heating fires from happening.

CAL FIRE offers the following fire safety tips:

• Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heating equipment such as a furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater.

• Have a 3-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.

• Always turn portable heaters off when leaving a room or going to bed.

• Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from escaping.

• Allow fireplace ashes to completely cool before disposing them. Place in a tightly covered metal container at least 10 feet away from your home and any other nearby buildings. NEVER empty fireplace or wood stove ashes directly into a trash can.

• Never use your oven to heat your home.

• If using fossil fuel heating, install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning. Make sure your home has working smoke alarms as well.

For more information on safe home heating visit the CAL FIRE website at www.fire.ca.gov.

 

The Camarillo Hospice Tree of Life will be lit for the first time this year in a ceremony Saturday, December 7, beginning at 4 p.m. at Constitution Park in Camarillo.

All community members are invited to participate.

“At its heart, the program is a memorial service,” according to Camarillo Hospice President/CEO Sandy Nirenberg. “It’s an opportunity for people to come together at this most festive time of year, even if they are deeply sad or grieving, to remember and honor those who helped form their lives.” Harpist Debora LaMarchina will provide music and all those in attendance will be invited to place a personally inscribed memorial ornament on the Tree of Life quilt and say a few words if they choose.

“The tree shines brightly with love, hope and gratitude – each light representing aloved one who has passed away or made a difference in someone else’s life,” says Theresa McConville, Camarillo Hospice Board member and chair of the Tree of Life. “We suggest a donation of $20 per light. All donations support the free services Camarillo Hospice provides to members of our community,” she adds. Donations are accepted and lights will be added through December 31, 2013.

Top sponsors of this year’s Tree of Life are AlmaVia of Camarillo and the Pleasant Valley Lions Club. Other major sponsors include Dennis and Joan Gaiser, Dr. Michael and Ann Ragen, Dr. Christopher Smith, Ellen Smith, Union Bank and Ventura Vintage Rods.

The names of all those remembered and honored, together with the names of the people paying them tribute, are written in the perpetual Camarillo Hospice Tree of Life Book of Lights.

Founded in 1978, Camarillo Hospice is a volunteer hospice and grief counseling center that offers practical and emotional assistance, including caregiver respite and friendly visiting, to individuals and families who are facing a life-limiting illness of any nature and/or grieving the loss of a loved one. Bereavement services, including individual and family counseling as well asongoing support groups, are available to any Ventura County resident who is grieving a loss, regardless of whether hospice was involved with the patient and regardless of when the loss occurred. All services are free of charge.

For further information regarding the Tree of Life or the programs and services of Camarillo Hospice, visit www.camarillohospice.orgor call 805-389-6870.

 
On Wednesday the Fillmore Chamber of Commerce held a ceremony for the grand re opening of the Colina Vista Apartments in Piru.  Cindy Jackson, President and Ari Larson, Vice President provided the ribbon cutting along with Martin Hernandez from County of Ventura Supervisor Kathy Long's office  and the Piru Council. . Norman Nagel, board chair of the Area Housing Authority welcomed the crowd, Douglas Tapking, Executive Director of the Area Housing Authority introduced those involved with the project along with Johanna Gullick, Southern California Markets Manager for Union Bank.  The Apartments were built in 1995 for affordable housing and has thirty 3 bedroom units and five 4 bedroom units.  The remodel upgrades were completed with
On Wednesday the Fillmore Chamber of Commerce held a ceremony for the grand re opening of the Colina Vista Apartments in Piru. Cindy Jackson, President and Ari Larson, Vice President provided the ribbon cutting along with Martin Hernandez from County of Ventura Supervisor Kathy Long's office and the Piru Council. . Norman Nagel, board chair of the Area Housing Authority welcomed the crowd, Douglas Tapking, Executive Director of the Area Housing Authority introduced those involved with the project along with Johanna Gullick, Southern California Markets Manager for Union Bank. The Apartments were built in 1995 for affordable housing and has thirty 3 bedroom units and five 4 bedroom units. The remodel upgrades were completed with "green" materials and appliances. Solar panels are now used for the outside lighting and the playground for the children has been updated.
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3 Mules
3 Mules
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3 Mules… who are they? A 65-year old man, known as Mule, has spent three decades traveling through 16 states with his mules. For the last 10 years they have lived outdoors. Why? Mule sums it all up: “The space needed by The Mules to travel this country freely in all four directions on the landscape is being taken over by the suburban model of automobile usage, exclusively, and leaving no space for alternative venues of moving and living. In our travels, we carry that awareness and bring it to others. We’re a working model for that awareness, one step at a time, all day, every day.” Filmmaker John McDonald is producing a documentary of Mule’s journey. www.3mules.com.

 
Dr. Marc Beaghler, M.D., MPH as the Medical Director of Robotic Surgery.
Dr. Marc Beaghler, M.D., MPH as the Medical Director of Robotic Surgery.

Ventura, CA - Community Memorial Hospital announces Dr. Marc Beaghler, M.D., MPH as the Medical Director of Robotic Surgery.

Dr. Beaghler is a former associate professor of Surgery at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and is a clinical professor of Urology at USC Keck School of Medicine. He is the immediate past chief of staff and has been the Medical Director of the Operating Room at CMH.

Dr. Beaghler’s mission is to continue to develop the Robotics program at CMH. CMH is the first hospital between Los Angeles and San Francisco to have a Robotics program. Currently, CMH does urologic, gynecologic, general and thoracic surgical cases. In 2014 CMH will bring in the latest in technology, including the single port operating platform that will allow surgeons to do complex surgery through a single small incision.

There are ongoing measures to develop Robotics and minimal invasive surgery at CMH. For more information about Robotics at CMH visit www.cmhshealth.org.

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and 11 family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health. The health system is located in Ventura County, California.

 

Ventura, CA - Community Memorial Hospital’s Electrophysiologist, Dr. Ishu Rao, is among the first in the nation to perform the LARIAT™ procedure, an innovative way to treat atrial fibrillation in patients who are unable to take blood thinning medications.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) affects an estimated three million people, and patients with this condition are five times more likely to have a stroke. In people with atrial fibrillation, the heart beats irregularly, either too fast or too slow. This disruption makes it harder for the heart’s upper and lower chambers to work together, leading to an increased likelihood that blood will pool and dangerous clots will form.

“Atrial fibrillation dramatically increases the risk of stroke from blood clots in the heart that can fly off into arteries of the head and block blood flow to the brain,” Dr. Rao said. “The LARIAT offers hope to patients who cannot take blood thinners to prevent such strokes, but who remain at high risk for such an event.”

Other benefits of the LARIAT™ procedure:

•May help decrease the risk of stroke without affecting the rest of the heart;
•The procedure is successful in about 95 percent of the patients. (Its impact in long-term risk of stroke is still unclear);
•It is a permanent, one-time solution;
•The non-surgical procedure poses a small risk to most patients;
•There is minimal discomfort after the procedure;
•Patients won’t need frequent medical visits and blood tests required for patients on blood thinning medications.

The LARIAT™ procedure, performed under general anesthesia, uses two catheters. The first, carrying the FDA-approved LARIAT™ Suture Delivery Device, is inserted under the patient’s rib cage and the other, which guides it into place, is sent to the heart's left atrial appendage (LAA).

Once in place, the LARIAT™ Suture Delivery Device places and tightens a loop stitch around the base of the LAA, permanently sealing it off from the rest of the heart and blocking stroke-causing blood clots from traveling to the brain.

“No stitches or incisions are required, and the patient typically will spend only two nights in the hospital,” Dr. Rao said. “There is minimal post procedural discomfort.

The LARIAT™procedure is approved and will be paid for by Medicare. To find out if you are at risk for a stroke, visit www.cmhshealth.org/healthaware.

Community Memorial Hospital is a member of Community Memorial Health System, a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and 11 family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health. The health system is located in Ventura County, California.

 
December 2, 2013

Ventura, CA - Buses on the Ventura County roadways have never been this clean – zero-emissions clean. Privately funded by Camarillo-based Roadrunner Shuttle, an all-electric remanufactured bus from Complete Coach Works (CCW) is set to be incorporated into the Ventura County Transportation Commission’s (VCTC) VISTA service and will be demonstrated on Monday, December 2 on the Cal State University Channel Islands-Camarillo route from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

“The Commission has long desired to pursue ways to keep Ventura County ‘green,’ and this demonstration gives us an opportunity to test the feasibility of taking an initial step toward cleaner fuels. We appreciate Roadrunner for the leadership in working with VCTC on this demonstration,” noted VCTC Executive Director Darren Kettle. “The bus can reduce carbon emissions equivalent to taking 30 cars off the road, while saving thousands of dollars on operating costs, making it its efficient and ‘clean.’ We are thrilled to welcome the bus to the fleet and cannot wait to see the far-reach benefits realized throughout the Ventura County community.”

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Ventura, CA - Community Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines –Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes CMH’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award addresses the important element of time,” said Stephanie Lara-Jenkins, RN BA, Stroke Coordinator for Community Memorial Health System.

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For the past eight years Troop Real Estate Santa Paula, through their Troop Turkey Drive, has been making Thanksgiving extra special for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley. Thanks to their generous donation, this year families of eighty-five club members will receive a turkey, stuffing, potatoes and all the delicious fixings to enjoy a memorable Thanksgiving meal. The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley serves the communities of Fillmore, Piru, and Santa Paula.

 

Come join the fun on Saturday, November 30th and bring a unwrapped toy to these various locations where Fillmore & Western Railway will be stopping to pick them up with Santa Claus.

Each year Fillmore & Western Railway joins forces with the Ventura County Sheriff's Association to distribute toys to needy children for Christmas. Help us spread the Holiday Love & Cheer across Ventura County by donating a toy. Bring your toys to our first stop at Montalvo 5:15pm, then Montgomery/North Bank 5:45pm, then Saticoy at Alelia Avenue, then Santa Paula Depot 6:50pm and last stop at the Fillmore Depot 7:45pm.

 
This Thanksgiving “Keep an Eye on What Fry”
Cal Fire
Cal Fire

Sacramento, CA – With the Thanksgiving holiday just days away, CAL FIRE is reminding Californians about the dangers that home fires pose during the holiday season. Holidays are a time of food, fun and festivities; but they are also a time to be extra cautious as thousands of home fires across the nation are caused from holiday cooking.

Most home fires begin in the kitchen as a result of cooking. During the holidays with friends and family visiting, it’s important to not get distracted and to be aware of your cooking activities.

Thanksgiving Day is often one of our busier days responding to home cooking fires,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE Director. “Practicing a little extra fire safety can prevent a cooking fire and leave your Thanksgiving to enjoy with your family and friends.”

“The leading cause of home fires is cooking fires. That is why it is important to “keep an eye on what you are fry” and not leave cooking food unattended,” said Chief Tonya Hoover, State Fire Marshal. “You can reduce the chances of a home fire.”

To help reduce the chance of fire and injuries associated with holiday cooking fires, CAL FIRE would like to offer the following tips:

• Don’t leave cooking unattended and keep an eye on what you fry. If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off.
• Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Someone walking by is less likely to bump them or pull them over.
• Food preparation and cooking should always be supervised by an adult.
• When using a turkey fryer, be sure to follow instructions closely. Don’t exceed the recommended oil level and only use the device outdoors!
• Make sure a fire extinguisher is handy at all times. Never use water to put out a grease fire.
• Ensure you have working smoke alarms installed throughout your home.

Watch this short video from CAL FIRE for some more tips on cooking safety at http://www.youtube.com/v/f6msytP37fk. or visit www.fire.ca.gov.

 
Artists standing: Judy Dressler, Lady Jan Faulkner, Doris Nichols, Joanne King and Virginia Neuman. Artists seated: Wana Klasen and Luanne Perez.
Artists standing: Judy Dressler, Lady Jan Faulkner, Doris Nichols, Joanne King and Virginia Neuman. Artists seated: Wana Klasen and Luanne Perez.
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The nine members of the Artists Guild of Fillmore agree to arrive at 11:30 am on a Saturday morning, four times a year, in front of the Fillmore Library, located at Central Avenue and Second Street. Each artist brings an artwork to create a new Exhibit of available art upon the clock wall inside the library. They work out the arrangement of where to hang each piece, there usually is one item per artist. Lady Jan Faulkner is the master hanger. The community is invited to come and view the artworks shown. A new Artists Guild sign has been hung in the long window to the left of the main library door with the added words: Art Inside.

 
(l-r) Sandra Butts (representing FWSC) with shining Fillmore Community Gems: Donna Voelker, Lynn Edmonds, and Sarah Hansen.
(l-r) Sandra Butts (representing FWSC) with shining Fillmore Community Gems: Donna Voelker, Lynn Edmonds, and Sarah Hansen.
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“One Idea Can Change the World,” says Priscilla Van Gundy in honoring women who shine in Ventura County with her Community Gems Award. On November 7th the 3rd annual Community Gems were announced for 2013-14. Each recipient honored for outstanding community service will wear a sparkling diamond necklace for one month of the year.

The Fillmore Women’s Service Club recognized the outstanding service of Lynn Edmonds and her on-going involvement with our community’s youth: currently with the One Step a la Vez program as well as past achievements. Lynn will shine with this year’s sparkling honorees. Lynn joins past Fillmore award recipients Sarah Hansen (2011-12) and Donna Voelker (2012-13) who each have been acknowledged with wearing the beautiful diamond necklace for their unique month. Look for glamorous Lynn in June 2014.

 
Phil McGrath and Tom McGrath

VENTURA, CA - The Resource Conservation District of Ventura County and FOOD Share held their 4th Annual Ventura County Excellence in Agricultural Stewardship and Sustainability Award for 2013 at a luncheon last week at the Crowne Plaza in Ventura. The event, attended by over 250 people, brought together local agricultural agencies, local dignitaries and politicians, farm families, agricultural associations and others to honor nominees who included Phil McGrath, Esper Petersen, Casey Houweling, Jurgen Gramckow, Elaine Krankle, Emily Ayala and Tom Deardorff.

Winner of the 2013 Excellence in Agricultural Stewardship and Sustainability was Phil McGrath who has been farming for over 40 years and a descendent of a local storied farming family. He was recognized for not only his transition of conventional to organic farming in over 85 percent of his 300 acres but also for his commitment to agricultural practices and education. He also manages his own operations allowing him to market his produce at an on-site produce stand all while producing local, sustainable and fresh produce for many markets. By farming seasonal crops he reduces his dependence on pesticides and fossil fuels.

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