Fillmore Civic Pride announced June 2018 Yard of the Month winners Pam and Dori Klittich who received a $40 gift certificate to Otto & Sons Nursery. Photo courtesy Ari Larson.
Fillmore Civic Pride announced June 2018 Yard of the Month winners Pam and Dori Klittich who received a $40 gift certificate to Otto & Sons Nursery. Photo courtesy Ari Larson.
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An English cottage-inspired garden has been awarded the June 2018 Yard of the Month. The home of Andy and Pam Klittich (at 957 3rd St.) showcases roses of various varieties including, David Austin English roses, Lady of Shallot, William Shakespeare, Brother Cadfael, Princess Alexandria of Kent, some Brilliant Pink Iceberg, French Lavender and Wormwood. “The Weeping China Doll tree rose is a special one because it is 60"-they don’t grow them that tall anymore,” says Pam. The garden might be English-inspired, but Pam made it her own by adding lots of color and texture. Ari Larson, representing Fillmore Civic Pride presented them with a $40 gift certificate to Otto & Sons Nursery. For more information on Fillmore Civic Pride or to nominate a yard please contact Ari Larson 805.794.7590 or petenari55@hotmail.com

 


 
Pictured above is the Ventura County Garden Club new officers for the 2018-2019 year, which were welcomed at their Installation luncheon held June 6th at Saticoy Country Club in Somis. Photo courtesy Jacqualin Starr.
Pictured above is the Ventura County Garden Club new officers for the 2018-2019 year, which were welcomed at their Installation luncheon held June 6th at Saticoy Country Club in Somis. Photo courtesy Jacqualin Starr.
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The Ventura County Garden Club has elected a new slate of officers for their 2018 - 2019 meeting year. The new officers were welcomed at an installation luncheon held at the Saticoy Country Club in Somis, on Wednesday, June 6th (2018). They are: Vice-President - Marlene Wait, Secretary - Jacqualin Starr, Treasurer - Jean Coyne, Fillmore Director - Ari Larson, Santa Paula Director - Carol Beckerdite, Ventura Area Director - Christine Cade, The outgoing President, Lora Clarke, was presented with an appreciation gift for serving two years on the Board.

During the luncheon, the Club also presented its annual Beautification Project Award. This year, Santa Paula was the designated area. The Board selected Santa Clara Valley Hospice as this year’s recipient, from among many worthy projects. Martha Navarette received the cash donation on behalf of the Hospice. She said it would be used to help purchase a garden fountain surrounded by flowers, and placed near the Hospice office.

The Club will not be meeting during July and August. If you have any questions you may contact Jacqualin at starrjacqualin@yahoo.com or (805) 816-6019. Have a beautiful summer!

 


 
The Fillmore High School Drama Club put on a performance for the Fillmore Lions Club recently. Club members, under the direction of teacher Josh Overton (pictured in the rear), Performed television commercials they had also written as a pat of their class work. They came to the Lions meeting to perform as a way of thanking the cub for its donation. In attendance besides Overton were students: Hannah Fairly, Karina Perez, Adrianna Chaveste, Erin Overton Esquire, Vianey Perez, Clark Helm and Mariam Bazurto.
The Fillmore High School Drama Club put on a performance for the Fillmore Lions Club recently. Club members, under the direction of teacher Josh Overton (pictured in the rear), Performed television commercials they had also written as a pat of their class work. They came to the Lions meeting to perform as a way of thanking the cub for its donation. In attendance besides Overton were students: Hannah Fairly, Karina Perez, Adrianna Chaveste, Erin Overton Esquire, Vianey Perez, Clark Helm and Mariam Bazurto.
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On Wednesday, May 30th the Fillmore-Piru Citrus Association held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new addition to their avocado packing line on Main Street in Piru. Pictured l-r are Bob Lucy, President and General Manager Brett Kirk Patrick, County Supervisor Kelly Long, Chairman of the Board Matthew Freeman and Andy Bruno.
On Wednesday, May 30th the Fillmore-Piru Citrus Association held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new addition to their avocado packing line on Main Street in Piru. Pictured l-r are Bob Lucy, President and General Manager Brett Kirk Patrick, County Supervisor Kelly Long, Chairman of the Board Matthew Freeman and Andy Bruno.
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On Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 at 12:00 pm. Fillmore-Piru Citrus Association held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the addition of an avocado packing line to their citrus packing operation at 357 N. Main Street in Piru, California. County Supervisor Kelly Long joined members of the Board of Directors and management at this event. Also attending were representatives from Del Rey Avocado and Westfalia Fruit Americas.

Chairman of the Board, Matthew Freeman, released the following statement:
“This avocado packing line is the culmination of a vision that began several years ago. It originated as a plan to both pack and market avocados. After conferring with experts regarding the California avocado industry, it was determined that marketing avocados would be better left to existing established marketers. We feel very fortunate to have found two excellent marketers who were in need of avocado packing capacity in Ventura County. Both Del Rey Avocado and Westfalia Fruit Americas have indicated they intend to pack avocados at Fillmore-Piru for the foreseeable future."

President and General Manager, Brett Kirkpatrick, released the following statement:
“The addition of the avocado packing line is the first step in a process that will enable us to relocate our current lemon packing operation and modernize our orange packing line. We would like to thank Supervisor Long and her staff for their assistance in working with the County of Ventura on this project. Fillmore-Piru Citrus Association can trace their roots in the community back more than one hundred years. I am honored to be fortunate enough to be part of the management team as we position the company for the next hundred years."

 


 
The Rotary Club of Fillmore presented two scholarships to local students from Sierra High School and Heritage Valley Independent School. L-R Adrian Palazuelos, Rotarian and Superintendent, Kayln Rodriquez of Sierra High School, Kim McMullen, Sierra Counselor, Faith Bustos of Heritage Valley Independent School, Scott Beylik, Rotarian and Scholarship Chair, Pablo Leanos, Principal of Sierra High School. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
The Rotary Club of Fillmore presented two scholarships to local students from Sierra High School and Heritage Valley Independent School. L-R Adrian Palazuelos, Rotarian and Superintendent, Kayln Rodriquez of Sierra High School, Kim McMullen, Sierra Counselor, Faith Bustos of Heritage Valley Independent School, Scott Beylik, Rotarian and Scholarship Chair, Pablo Leanos, Principal of Sierra High School. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Fillmore Rotary Club awarded $11,800 to 2018 Fillmore High School scholarship recipients. Each student excelled in academics as well as extracurricular activities. Besides a Rotary Scholarship Raquel Guiza also received the Rigo Landeros Service “Above Self Scholarship” for exemplifying the qualities he represented. L-R are the Fillmore students who were awarded scholarships this year: Lorenzo Palomera, Raquel Guiza, Veronica Garcia, Paulina Guerrero, Maria Ruvalcaba, Ian Morris, Cali Wyand, Mishell Beylik, Alexia Rangel, and Moorpark HS student Kayla Reiman. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Fillmore Rotary Club awarded $11,800 to 2018 Fillmore High School scholarship recipients. Each student excelled in academics as well as extracurricular activities. Besides a Rotary Scholarship Raquel Guiza also received the Rigo Landeros Service “Above Self Scholarship” for exemplifying the qualities he represented. L-R are the Fillmore students who were awarded scholarships this year: Lorenzo Palomera, Raquel Guiza, Veronica Garcia, Paulina Guerrero, Maria Ruvalcaba, Ian Morris, Cali Wyand, Mishell Beylik, Alexia Rangel, and Moorpark HS student Kayla Reiman. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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A former fighter pilot, who is a Fillmore native and a former Student Body President of Fillmore High School Russ Goodenough, will discuss the secret air wars fought in Southeast Asia at the time of the Vietnam War. He will also detail the reasons why we lost the air wars and subsequently, the Vietnam War itself. The Power Point presentation, which explains his book “Why Johnny Came Marching Home” will be a part of the Fillmore Library Memorial Day commemoration. The talk is scheduled for Saturday, May 26th and will start at 1 pm. It will last approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by a question and answer period, plus a book signing and selling by the author. Fillmore Library is located at 502 Second Street. For more information please contact the library at: 805-524-3355
A former fighter pilot, who is a Fillmore native and a former Student Body President of Fillmore High School Russ Goodenough, will discuss the secret air wars fought in Southeast Asia at the time of the Vietnam War. He will also detail the reasons why we lost the air wars and subsequently, the Vietnam War itself. The Power Point presentation, which explains his book “Why Johnny Came Marching Home” will be a part of the Fillmore Library Memorial Day commemoration. The talk is scheduled for Saturday, May 26th and will start at 1 pm. It will last approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by a question and answer period, plus a book signing and selling by the author. Fillmore Library is located at 502 Second Street. For more information please contact the library at: 805-524-3355
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On Friday, April 20, ten students from Fillmore Christian Academy competed in the ACSI District 6 Math Olympics held in West Hills. Students from all over Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties in grades third through eighth competed in one of two categories – Reasoning or Computation. All of FCA’s students did an outstanding job! Three of FCA’s students came home with ribbons for their grade and category: Moriah Hurd placed second in 3rd Grade Reasoning, Alani McKeen placed 5th in 3rd Grade Computation, and Madilyn Nester placed 5th in 4th Grade Reasoning. Pictured above are the students who participated: back row (l-r) Justin Tuttle, Genaro Villela, Jacob Cardenas, Gabriella Bingham, Brenna Larson and Madilyn Nester. Front row (l-r) Danica Tuttle, Alani McKeen, Trinity Myers, and Moriah Hurd. Courtesy Tracy Hackney.
On Friday, April 20, ten students from Fillmore Christian Academy competed in the ACSI District 6 Math Olympics held in West Hills. Students from all over Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties in grades third through eighth competed in one of two categories – Reasoning or Computation. All of FCA’s students did an outstanding job! Three of FCA’s students came home with ribbons for their grade and category: Moriah Hurd placed second in 3rd Grade Reasoning, Alani McKeen placed 5th in 3rd Grade Computation, and Madilyn Nester placed 5th in 4th Grade Reasoning. Pictured above are the students who participated: back row (l-r) Justin Tuttle, Genaro Villela, Jacob Cardenas, Gabriella Bingham, Brenna Larson and Madilyn Nester. Front row (l-r) Danica Tuttle, Alani McKeen, Trinity Myers, and Moriah Hurd. Courtesy Tracy Hackney.
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Saturday, May 12th from 9am to 12pm at Two River’s Park the Fillmore Citizen Patrol, Police Department and the Santa Clara Valley Explorer Post hosted their Annual Bike and Skateboard Safety Rodeo. Kids were able to get free helmets and fitting assistants, participant in a safety course, as well as meet some of the local law enforcement personnel. Photos courtesy of Fillmore Citizen Patrol.
Saturday, May 12th from 9am to 12pm at Two River’s Park the Fillmore Citizen Patrol, Police Department and the Santa Clara Valley Explorer Post hosted their Annual Bike and Skateboard Safety Rodeo. Kids were able to get free helmets and fitting assistants, participant in a safety course, as well as meet some of the local law enforcement personnel. Photos courtesy of Fillmore Citizen Patrol.
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Submitted by Lisa Hammond of Fillmore Citizen Patrol

On Saturday, May 12th the Fillmore Citizen Patrol, in partnership with the Fillmore Police Department and the Santa Clara Valley Explorer Post, hosted a public Bicycle and Skateboard Safety Event. The Bike Rodeo was held at the Two Rivers Park and included a safety course, free helmets and fitting assistance, bicycle registration, bicycle tune-ups, raffle prizes and food vendors. It featured displays from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad, SWAT Unit, K9 Unit, Search and Rescue Unit and the Fillmore Fire Department.

The Fillmore Citizen Patrol would like to extend a special thank you to the following sponsors of our event: Rotary Club of Fillmore, Lion’s Club of Fillmore, Fillmore Fire Foundation, TNT, Search and Rescue, Ventura County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Bike Ventura, Baskin Robbins and Kona Ice.

After two separate injury accidents at the end of April involving a vehicle striking a juvenile who was riding a bicycle without a helmet, events like this are vital to the safety of children in our community.

During the upcoming summer months, the Fillmore Police Department, Fillmore Citizen Patrol and Fillmore Fire Department will be looking for children wearing helmets while riding bicycles, skateboards, and scooters in the community. Each child found to be wearing a helmet will receive one Baskin Robbins certificate for a free ice cream cone. For those children who are found without helmets, they will receive certificates for a free helmet that can be picked up at the Fillmore Police Station during office hours, 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday - Friday.

 
On Wednesday, May 9th at 2:13pm on the corner of Ventura and Fillmore Street crews responded to calls about a fire hydrant that had been hit by a vehicle and water flooding the street. City workers responded and quickly turned the water off.
On Wednesday, May 9th at 2:13pm on the corner of Ventura and Fillmore Street crews responded to calls about a fire hydrant that had been hit by a vehicle and water flooding the street. City workers responded and quickly turned the water off.
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Pictured (l-r) are Martha Richardson-Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Chair (RYLA), Remy Richardson, who attends Grace Brethren, Natalie Couse, Katie Johnson, and Damian Mesa. Fillmore Rotary sponsored the Fillmore High School students to attend the RYLA camp in Ojai. After camp was completed the students visited Rotary Club and shared their experiences, what leadership skills they had learned and their plans for the future.
Pictured (l-r) are Martha Richardson-Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Chair (RYLA), Remy Richardson, who attends Grace Brethren, Natalie Couse, Katie Johnson, and Damian Mesa. Fillmore Rotary sponsored the Fillmore High School students to attend the RYLA camp in Ojai. After camp was completed the students visited Rotary Club and shared their experiences, what leadership skills they had learned and their plans for the future.
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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.

 

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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