Theresa Robledo (right) presenting the Fillmore Vision 2020 Civic Pride December 2016 “Yard of the Month” award to Mr. & Mrs. Melgoza, along with a gift certificate from Otto & Sons Nursery. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Melgoza at 360 C Street, their lovely Christmas Décor lights up the corner of C Street and Sespe!  Please drive by and view for yourself, the Melgozas have been decorating their home for many years, and we were invited inside their home to view all the beautiful décor of their Christmas Village!  The Melgozas were awarded a gift certificate from Otto & Sons for $40 and a bottle of wine from the Robledo Family Winery and Diamond Realty.  What Christmas cheer this home brings to our community and we thank our community that participate every year!   Fillmore Vision 2020 Civic Pride would also, like to make known honorable mentions: Edgewood and Taylor Lane, there are so many more in our community, feel free to take the family out for a tour in the evening to usher in the Christmas spirit!
Theresa Robledo (right) presenting the Fillmore Vision 2020 Civic Pride December 2016 “Yard of the Month” award to Mr. & Mrs. Melgoza, along with a gift certificate from Otto & Sons Nursery. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Melgoza at 360 C Street, their lovely Christmas Décor lights up the corner of C Street and Sespe! Please drive by and view for yourself, the Melgozas have been decorating their home for many years, and we were invited inside their home to view all the beautiful décor of their Christmas Village! The Melgozas were awarded a gift certificate from Otto & Sons for $40 and a bottle of wine from the Robledo Family Winery and Diamond Realty. What Christmas cheer this home brings to our community and we thank our community that participate every year! Fillmore Vision 2020 Civic Pride would also, like to make known honorable mentions: Edgewood and Taylor Lane, there are so many more in our community, feel free to take the family out for a tour in the evening to usher in the Christmas spirit!
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Dave Wareham, President Elect, Marybeth Jacobsen CEO for the Workforce Education coalition and speaker at Rotary, Ernie Villegas program chair.
Dave Wareham, President Elect, Marybeth Jacobsen CEO for the Workforce Education coalition and speaker at Rotary, Ernie Villegas program chair.
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Friday afternoon a group of kids from the Boys & Girls Club got into the Christmas spirit, by singing Christmas Carols to the community in front of the Historic Fillmore Town Theatre.
Friday afternoon a group of kids from the Boys & Girls Club got into the Christmas spirit, by singing Christmas Carols to the community in front of the Historic Fillmore Town Theatre.
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Fillmore Fire Department received a donation of 24 B.U.F.F.Y Bears that will provide comfort to children in times of distress and trauma from Assistance League of Ventura County. All Fire apparatus will be carrying these bears to be given to children in need. Assistance League is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to the enriched of the lives of children in Ventura County and the betterment of their future and will be continuing to supply us as needed in the future.
Fillmore Fire Department received a donation of 24 B.U.F.F.Y Bears that will provide comfort to children in times of distress and trauma from Assistance League of Ventura County. All Fire apparatus will be carrying these bears to be given to children in need. Assistance League is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to the enriched of the lives of children in Ventura County and the betterment of their future and will be continuing to supply us as needed in the future.
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Steve Butcher and friends all pitched in to buy a red chair for Santa Claus off of Craigslist and donated it to the Fillmore Fire Department. They will also store the chair for free for Santa. Photo courtesy of Fillmore Fire Department.
Steve Butcher and friends all pitched in to buy a red chair for Santa Claus off of Craigslist and donated it to the Fillmore Fire Department. They will also store the chair for free for Santa. Photo courtesy of Fillmore Fire Department.
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Dear Fillmore USD Residents,

On behalf of the Board of Education and the administration of the Fillmore Unified School District, thank you for your overwhelming support of Measure V. While a few ballots remain to be counted, as of the end of last week Measure V was winning with an overwhelming YES vote of 71.7%. Measure V – a $35 million general obligation bond – will allow us to improve, repair and upgrade classrooms, schools and other educational facilities throughout the District.

Much planning for these projects has already been done through our Long-Range Facilities Master Plan. However, the implementation of the plan including architectural drawings, permits, contractor bids, the sale of the bonds, etc., is a complex and time consuming process. Nevertheless, I want you to know that we are 100% committed to making these projects a reality as soon as possible.

We are also committed to maintaining the highest level of fiscal integrity and making sure solid taxpayer protections are put in place and adhered to as we move through this process. Once again, thank you for your support. We are incredibly fortunate to have such wonderful students, dedicated employees and a community that cares and believes in our schools.

Respectfully,
Adrian E. Palazuelos, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Fillmore Unified School District

 

In a continuing effort to help women advance their education, the local Fillmore chapter of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Education Organization) will be offering financial awards this spring. To be eligible, you must be a woman who attends or has been accepted to an accredited undergraduate degree program or a vocational/skills training program, live within the 93015 Zip code area, and have at least a 3.5 grade point average. Anyone interested should contact the College and Career Center if you are a student at Fillmore or Sierra High School or contact Patricia Morris at morrisp905@gmail.com. The deadline for application is March 6, 2017.

 

Since Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on a Sunday this holiday season, Santa Clara Valley Disposal will maintain its regular Friday trash collection schedule in Fillmore both weeks.

As a special holiday feature, residents may put out twice the amount of trash at no extra charge during the two weeks following Christmas. Please make sure the trash is in bags. We will also collect extra recyclables, but please make sure to flatten all boxes.

Also, Harrison is making it easy for their customers to recycle their Christmas trees. All customers need to do is remove the ornaments, hooks, lights, tinsel, bows, nails and tree stand, then cut the tree into sections no more than 4 feet long and place in the yard waste barrel on their scheduled pickup day. Flocked trees now also can be recycled.

For more information, call 647-1414.

 
Fred R. Ponce Sr.
Fred R. Ponce Sr.

The 39th annual Piru Christmas Parade welcomes all entries, including last minute people! Check-in is at San Salvador Mission on Center Street beginning at 12 p.m. for a 2:00 parade. There is no fee for entry. Post-parade activities in the Piru Train Depot area include the Fillmore High School Band and Mariachi Group, food (of course), pictures with Santa, raffles, and a horseshoe tournament. Piru River Band will begin their set at the depot about 2:30 when FHS bands finish. Celebrate the season with us!

Grand Marshal Fred R. Ponce Sr. Biography
I Grew up in the community of Piru, Graduated from Fillmore High School in 1972. I worked in Aerospace in Santa Clarita for 18 years. On April 3, 1972 at the age of 18 I became a Reserve Firefighter for Ventura County Fire Department working out of Piru sta.28 and Fillmore sta.27. On February 4, 1991 I accomplished my goal and was hired as a full time firefighter for Ventura County Fire Dept. During my career I worked at El Rio sta. 51, Port Hueneme sta. 53, Fillmore sta. 27 and Piru sta.28. I also held other positions as a Public Information Officer, Recruiter, Fire Cadet Coordinator and being involved with the Spark of Love Toy Drive for the Christmas Holidays.

On October 1, 2000 I was promoted to the position of Fire Engineer assigned to Piru sta.28. In 2002 I was selected and recognized, Firefighter of the Year for Battalion 5. The last 15 years of my career I worked at sta. 28 in Piru. I wanted to give back to the community that I grew up in, by being involved with the community and helping the citizens of Piru. I was the Fire Dept liaison working with Piru Neighbor Council; I assisted with organizing and instructing the first Piru Cert Team. On March 28, 2016 I retired with 25 years of service with Ventura County Fire Department.

Now I enjoy traveling with my wife Yvonne, camping, fishing and BBQ’s with family and friends. My parents are Raymond and Elma Ponce of Piru. I have 4 children Daughter Romie Ponce, sons Fred Ponce Jr., Ray Alvarado and Joseph Ponce. Three step children daughters Susie Sandoval and Veronica Stone, step son Antelmo Sandoval and 15 grandkids.

 
Fillmore Lions Club 2016 “A Celebration of Peace” Poster Contest winners Danae Olivares, Vera Colunga, and Xirnena Espenosia.
Fillmore Lions Club 2016 “A Celebration of Peace” Poster Contest winners Danae Olivares, Vera Colunga, and Xirnena Espenosia.
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Brendan Morales 7, mom Laura Morales, his best friend Colby Satterfield 7, mom Teresa Satterfield along with a Uncle Christopher Zavala who made a large donation. The two best friends Brendan and Colby have been selling hot chocolate for the last 2 years for Fillmore Fire Departments toy drive. The boys set up a stand in their driveway with help from their moms this past Sunday December 4 at the 300 block of D Street offering hot chocolate, goodies and arts and crafts for a donation. This year they were able to raise over $300 for this good cause. Photos Courtesy of Sebastian Ramirez.
Brendan Morales 7, mom Laura Morales, his best friend Colby Satterfield 7, mom Teresa Satterfield along with a Uncle Christopher Zavala who made a large donation. The two best friends Brendan and Colby have been selling hot chocolate for the last 2 years for Fillmore Fire Departments toy drive. The boys set up a stand in their driveway with help from their moms this past Sunday December 4 at the 300 block of D Street offering hot chocolate, goodies and arts and crafts for a donation. This year they were able to raise over $300 for this good cause. Photos Courtesy of Sebastian Ramirez.
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(l-r) Reza Razzaghipour Region President ,Sherri McGuire, Mary Graves,Katelyn fier,and Eric Irie branch Manger. Piru Canyon 4-h would like to thank Wells Fargo for there donation! It is greatly appreciated! Submitted by Piru Canyon 4-H.
(l-r) Reza Razzaghipour Region President ,Sherri McGuire, Mary Graves,Katelyn fier,and Eric Irie branch Manger. Piru Canyon 4-h would like to thank Wells Fargo for there donation! It is greatly appreciated! Submitted by Piru Canyon 4-H.
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The Fillmore lions club has announced that this year contest will be held on Monday February 6, 2017 at the Fillmore scout house at the end of Sespe Avenue by pole creek. The topic will be "Is the right to privacy a threat to our national security?" this topic is very relevant and interesting in light of the events of the past year. The computer hacks, the wiki-leeks, and the NSA phone taps just to mention a few news worthy events. Chair Bill Edmonds states that the total prize money going to the overall winner will be more than 21,000 with the Fillmore winner receiving $100 and the runner ups $25. We can have no more than 6 speakers so get your applications in early. The winner will go on to compete against the other winners from the other lions clubs in zone #8 all high school age youth who live within the boundaries of the Fillmore unified school district regardless of school may enter including home taught, foreign exchange students and students of other high schools may enter.

Students who wish to enter may contact Mr. Edmonds at 524-4839 or Principal Tom Ito at Fillmore High School. Edmonds emphasizes that this public speaking competition will be very worthwhile to the students and very interesting to their parents, and to the community. Public speaking competition will look very good on college applications and resumes. Students should get started early because if takes time to develop and practice a good speech.

 

Hello Fillmore!
Last year the Christmas Trees on Central came back after a thirty year hiatus...with the help of our great community we hope it will be a yearly tradition to anticipate....if you were a kid in Fillmore way-back-when you would remember the "Christmas Tree Drill" : pick your tree and decorate it with homemade ornaments as a loving gift to our community...no money involved- only your hearts...
But we are doing something different this year as we are using a variety of trees- not just pine- so we can replace trees around town that have died from the drought and beautify public places....and a HUGE thank you to Brightview Nursery for their community spirit in donating the trees! In addition, much gratitude to the Lions Club for their grunt help setting up and tying down the trees on Central. Finally, thanks to all the business', families, classrooms, clubs and organizations, and individuals that will 'adopt' a tree to bring the true spirit of Christmas to our town...and there is nowhere that lives this spirit better then our wonderful community!
The trees will be in place downtown by the evening of Thursday, Dec. 1st. and they need to be decorated by Friday evening (the Christmas Parade-Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 1pm- might complicate your access to the downtown) If we run out of trees, we will place you on the list next year. Interested in a tree? Leave a message ASAP at: reginastehly@gmail.com... Thank you!!!

 
The Fillmore Fire Foundation would like to acknowledge and thank Chris Balden from the Balden Ranch Company for a recent generous donation. Pictured left to right; Assistant Chief Bill Herrera, Firefighter Greg Swirm, Chris Balden, Firefighter Jordan Castro, Engineer Mike Salazar. Submitted by Fillmore Fire Chief Keith Gurrola.
The Fillmore Fire Foundation would like to acknowledge and thank Chris Balden from the Balden Ranch Company for a recent generous donation. Pictured left to right; Assistant Chief Bill Herrera, Firefighter Greg Swirm, Chris Balden, Firefighter Jordan Castro, Engineer Mike Salazar. Submitted by Fillmore Fire Chief Keith Gurrola.
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A light will be shining on the Fillmore/Piru Hospice Tree in Fillmore, for names of loved ones in honor or in memory of, received by November21, 2016 for Fillmore in Memory of:

Myrtie Byrum
Bill Haynes
Coleman Byrum
Olen Core
Dorothy Krieger
Sue Core
Jeanette Foy
Gladys Core
Dad/Grandpa Zeke Hernandez
Nana Lucy Gonzalez
Dino Lavato
in Honor of:
Mom/Mambo Andrea hernandez

Tree Lighting Ceremony Central Park Plaza November 26,2016 at 5:30
Santa Clara Valley Hospice Home Support Group Inc.

 
Leo the Lion at the Christmas Parade last year.
Leo the Lion at the Christmas Parade last year.
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It’s hard to believe it, but Thanksgiving is only a week away and that means the Fillmore Lions Club Christmas Parade is right around the corner. This year’s Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 3rd. The parade will begin at 1pm at the intersection of Central Avenue and Second Street and then proceed south on Central to Santa Clara Street. As always, Santa will trade in his sleigh for the afternoon and make his special trip down Central aboard a Fillmore fire truck. At the end of his ride, Santa will make his way to the depot to take photos with the kids, so make sure to bring your camera to take pictures.

Please remember that the parade route will be posted “No Parking” from 11:00 am to approximately 3:00 pm on the day of the parade on Central Avenue from Second Street to Santa Clara. Cooperation from residents is needed in order to keep vehicles off of the parade route during that time for the safety of parade participants and spectators.

The Christmas Parade is open to individuals, businesses, civic organizations, school bands, church groups, car clubs and equestrians. Just about any group or person who wants to celebrate the season with a “themed entry” is welcome and there is no cost to enter the parade. To be a part of the Christmas Parade, send an email to FillmoreChristmasParade@gmail.com and an application will be sent to you. For questions or additional information, please contact Lion Scott Lee at 524-1896.

Although the Fillmore Christmas Parade has a long standing tradition in Fillmore, it was in danger of being cancelled in 2001 when the parade lost its’ sponsor. The late Hank Carrillo suggested the Fillmore Lions Club assume the responsibility for the Christmas Parade as a service to the community and the Lions Club continue to sponsor the Parade in Hank Carrillo’s honor. Fillmore Lions wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and look forward to seeing you on December 3rd!

 
A traditional Thanksgiving feast with all of the fixings
The Dunbar Group is pleased to carry on Troop Real Estate’s tradition of feeding those in need on Thanksgiving. With this year’s donation from the Dunbar Group, the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley will be able to celebrate the holiday at all three club locations (Santa Paula, Fillmore and Piru) by having Club staff cook a traditional Thanksgiving feast with all of the fixings the day before the actual holiday. “Our youth always enjoy having a holiday feast with their friends and Club Staff . It is a sense of community and celebration for them” states Boys & Girls Club CEO Jan Marholin. This year the three feasts will host over three hundred youth! Thank you Dunbar Group.
The Dunbar Group is pleased to carry on Troop Real Estate’s tradition of feeding those in need on Thanksgiving. With this year’s donation from the Dunbar Group, the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley will be able to celebrate the holiday at all three club locations (Santa Paula, Fillmore and Piru) by having Club staff cook a traditional Thanksgiving feast with all of the fixings the day before the actual holiday. “Our youth always enjoy having a holiday feast with their friends and Club Staff . It is a sense of community and celebration for them” states Boys & Girls Club CEO Jan Marholin. This year the three feasts will host over three hundred youth! Thank you Dunbar Group.
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With the holiday season approaching, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reminds consumers to use safe food preparation and storage measures to prevent foodborne illness. Bacteria that can be found in foods such as meat and poultry may cause illness if they are insufficiently cooked, inadequately cooled or improperly handled.

“We can help ensure that foodborne illnesses don’t ruin our holidays by properly preparing and handling meat, poultry and other foods,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith.

About 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths in the U.S. each year are related to foodborne diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Foodborne diseases can be prevented by:
• Washing hands with soap and warm water before and after food preparation, and especially after handling raw foods.
• Cleaning all work surfaces, utensils and dishes with hot soapy water and rinsing them with hot water after each use.
• Cooking food thoroughly and refrigerating adequately between meals.

Symptoms of foodborne disease can include diarrhea, which may be bloody, vomiting, abdominal cramps and fever. Most infected people recover from foodborne illnesses within a week. Some, however, may develop complications that require hospitalization. Young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are at highest risk for potentially life-threatening complications.
For more information about preparing and storing food, visit the following CDPH links:
• Food Safety Tips for Holiday Feasts
• Safe Food Handling Practices
• Controlling Food Allergens
• Foodborne Pathogens and Illnesses

Additional information about food safety is available on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Meat and Poultry hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854). Consumers can also access the national Partnership for Food Safety Education’s Fight BAC! website.

www.cdph.ca.gov

 
Tree LightingCeremony Central Park Plaza November 26,2016 at 5:30

A light will be shining on the Fillmore/Piru Hospice Tree in Fillmore, for names of loved ones in honor or in memory of, received by November 7, 2016 for Fillmore in Memory of:

Jeffrey Hansen
Louie C. Garcia
Mary C. Garcia
Frieda Ruiz
Neva DeYoung
Lloyd D. Michel Jr.
Donald DeYoung
Donald Strawn
Ralph Crawford
Paul Smith
Derek DeJarnette
Eva Koch
Trennie Ortiz
Mary Beyerl
Joe Beyerl
Aaron Myers
Gertrude Schleimer
Gerry Schleimer
Melba “Jerry” Schleimer
Samuel Myers
Alice Schmittou
Leland Schmittou
Corinne Schmittou
Clayton Schmittou
William Clark Schmittou
Lucien Schmittou
Harold Michel
Bernice Michel
Vickie Fildes
Vernon Arnold

Santa Clara Valley Hospice Home Support Group Inc.