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Notice from Sierra Northern Railway: Two emergency railroad crossing repairs in Fillmore will be occurring next week.
The first will be on Monday 8/14 on Highway 126 (nearest cross street: Trestle Way) starting at 6:30am and lasting for approximately 6 to 7 hours. This will be affecting the Eastbound lanes and the No 1 and No. 2 lanes will be closed with traffic being diverted through the lane for Hazmat big rigs.

On Tuesday 8/15 the Northbound lane will be closed for the Mountain View Railroad crossing. Street will be blocked off at Mountain View and Santa Clara. Street will still be open to Southbound traffic. Repair will begin at 6:30am and again last up to 6 to 7 hours.

 


 
Pictured (l-r) are District Governor Marta Brown and Rotary President Scott Beylik presenting her with a Rotary mug. Photo Martha Richardson.
Pictured (l-r) are District Governor Marta Brown and Rotary President Scott Beylik presenting her with a Rotary mug. Photo Martha Richardson.
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John Marquez, CEO from Santa Paula Chamber and Santa Paula Rotary, introduced District Governor Marta Brown and her husband/assistant Forest. Our Rotary District spans from San Luis Obispo to Agoura Hills covering inland to China Lake. There are 72 clubs in all. Marta will visit all of the clubs during the year. She talked about the seven Avenues of Service and areas of focus: peacebuilding and conflict prevention, disease prevention and treatment, water, sanitation, and hygiene, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, community economic development and environment and how we can expand our service projects to aid the community and the world. The Fillmore Rotary Club presented her with a gift basket of local items and a monetary gift to the Rotary Foundation in her name.

 


 
On Monday, August 7, 2023, Conejo Health came out and met with Fillmore Lions Club and gave a presentation on the organization, what they do and what they can do to support our community moving forward. We are looking forward to continuing work with their organization and future endeavors as well. Pictured above are Ian Anderson, Matthew Pall and Stephen McKeown. Courtesy Brandy Hollis.
On Monday, August 7, 2023, Conejo Health came out and met with Fillmore Lions Club and gave a presentation on the organization, what they do and what they can do to support our community moving forward. We are looking forward to continuing work with their organization and future endeavors as well. Pictured above are Ian Anderson, Matthew Pall and Stephen McKeown. Courtesy Brandy Hollis.
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Above are new Sanitary Sewer rates to take effect September 1, 2023. For more information view charts. Courtesy https://www.fillmoreca.gov/205/Water-Sewer.
Above are new Sanitary Sewer rates to take effect September 1, 2023. For more information view charts. Courtesy https://www.fillmoreca.gov/205/Water-Sewer.
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Courtesy https://www.fillmoreca.gov/205/Water-Sewer
Residential Customers

A $200 water/sewer deposit is required of all new customers and those customers who have not established good credit with the City of Fillmore.

A $30 non-refundable connection fee is also required. The deposit and connection fees are due immediately.
Commercial Customers

Deposits for commercial accounts depend on the meter size serving the business. A minimum of $200 deposit is required and is due immediately upon opening the account. A one time non-refundable account setup fee of $30 will be assessed at the time the account is opened.

Customers are billed monthly and the minimum monthly bill for a 3/4" meter is $42.96. Minimums vary depending on meter size and cover usage up to 1,000 cu. ft. of water.
Contractors

Hydrant meters are rented for $2 per day charge. A $1,200 deposit is required to cover replacement cost of hydrant meter. Construction water deposits are either $150 or $300 and are due immediately upon opening the account. Also due is a $200 permit fee. A one time non-refundable account setup fee of $30 will be assessed at the time the account is opened.
All deposits will be applied to closing bills. The balance will be refunded. After 24 months of good credit with the city, upon request the deposit will be refunded.

Customers are billed monthly and the minimum monthly bill for a 3/4" meter is $42.96. Minimums vary depending on meter size and cover usage up to 1,000 cu. ft. of water.

For further information, please call 805-524-3701

Payment Information

The city accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and check payments 24 hours a day 7 days a week by calling our automated phone system at 805-727-4079 or by going visiting our payment website.
Payments can also be dropped off in person at City Hall or placed in the drop box located in front of City Hall on the Santa Clara Street side.

If you wish to mail payments, please mail to the following address:
250 Central Avenue, Fillmore, CA 93015
Important Reminders

Approved water rate changes will come into effect on September 1, 2023. These changes will be seen beginning in the October billing statements. For additional information visit fillmoreca.gov/205/Water-Sewer.

 
On Tuesday, August 1, 2023, the community gathered at the Fillmore Police Station for the first ever National Night Out. It presented an opportunity for our community members to meet and greet deputies, firefighters, and other first responders. Snacks and beverages were donated by generous community businesses. Folks got to see the Bomb Unit, SWAT display, and Fillmore’s very own, K9 “Thor,” the Fillmore Explorer Program and more.
On Tuesday, August 1, 2023, the community gathered at the Fillmore Police Station for the first ever National Night Out. It presented an opportunity for our community members to meet and greet deputies, firefighters, and other first responders. Snacks and beverages were donated by generous community businesses. Folks got to see the Bomb Unit, SWAT display, and Fillmore’s very own, K9 “Thor,” the Fillmore Explorer Program and more.
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Above are new Sanitary Sewer rates to take effect September 1, 2023. For more information view charts. Courtesy https://www.fillmoreca.gov/205/Water-Sewer.
Above are new Sanitary Sewer rates to take effect September 1, 2023. For more information view charts. Courtesy https://www.fillmoreca.gov/205/Water-Sewer.
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Courtesy https://www.fillmoreca.gov/205/Water-Sewer
Residential Customers
A $200 water/sewer deposit is required of all new customers and those customers who have not established good credit with the City of Fillmore. A $30 non-refundable connection fee is also required. The deposit and connection fees are due immediately.
Commercial Customers
Deposits for commercial accounts depend on the meter size serving the business. A minimum of $200 deposit is required and is due immediately upon opening the account. A one time non-refundable account setup fee of $30 will be assessed at the time the account is opened.
Customers are billed monthly and the minimum monthly bill for a 3/4" meter is $42.96. Minimums vary depending on meter size and cover usage up to 1,000 cu. ft. of water.
Contractors
Hydrant meters are rented for $2 per day charge. A $1,200 deposit is required to cover replacement cost of hydrant meter. Construction water deposits are either $150 or $300 and are due immediately upon opening the account. Also due is a $200 permit fee. A one time non-refundable account setup fee of $30 will be assessed at the time the account is opened.
All deposits will be applied to closing bills. The balance will be refunded. After 24 months of good credit with the city, upon request the deposit will be refunded.
Customers are billed monthly and the minimum monthly bill for a 3/4" meter is $42.96. Minimums vary depending on meter size and cover usage up to 1,000 cu. ft. of water.
For further information, please call 805-524-3701
Payment Information
The city accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and check payments 24 hours a day 7 days a week by calling our automated phone system at 805-727-4079 or by going visiting our payment website.
Payments can also be dropped off in person at City Hall or placed in the drop box located in front of City Hall on the Santa Clara Street side.
If you wish to mail payments, please mail to the following address:
250 Central Avenue, Fillmore, CA 93015
Important Reminders
Approved water rate changes will come into effect on September 1, 2023. These changes will be seen beginning in the October billing statements. For additional information visit fillmoreca.gov/205/Water-Sewer.

 

Courtesy https://www.fillmoreca.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=27

FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA – July 27, 2023 – Sewer Repair Project Update
The new traffic control in SR126 continues to operate and work has been moving along very well. All businesses adjacent to the work area are open and accessible. Both of the church driveways and the Grocery Outlet driveway at The STOP on C Street are open with access only from River Street.

The new 24" PVC line is installed up to just south of the jack and bore pit just south of SR 126, ready for connection once the encased line is completed under the highway. The Jack and Bore pit and receiving pit have been excavated and the encasement has been put on hold pending re-design to accommodate elevations in the field not matching the design. This will potentially delay the completion of the repair project by a week to ten days, but the goal is still to complete the repairs before the end of August.

We are processing change order to replace the collapsed manhole plus reconditioning the next manhole west in 12" PVC in SR126, as it is corroded and in need of replastering over the brick. This will eliminate the need to continue bypassing the D Street sewer while we complete the study/design/construction docs for Phase 2 project and save that cost as well.
City staff and contractors are working hard to finish this project and let the residents of Fillmore get back to life without the bypass pumps disrupting traffic flow and residential neighborhoods.

For questions and further information regarding this incident, please contact Troy Spayd, Municipal Services Director/ Utilities Engineer at 805-524-3701 ext. 232 or via email at tspayd@ fillmoreca.gov.

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FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA – July 10, 2023 – The Aquatic Center is closed for pool replastering and repairs. The city anticipates the pool re-opening sometime in August of this year. The repairs were necessary for the pool to continue future operations. For questions and further information regarding this, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at recreation@fillmoreca.gov or by phone at 805-524-3701, ext. 713. Please visit www.fillmoreca.com and follow the progress Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Information courtesy https://www.fillmoreca.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=26.
FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA – July 10, 2023 – The Aquatic Center is closed for pool replastering and repairs. The city anticipates the pool re-opening sometime in August of this year. The repairs were necessary for the pool to continue future operations. For questions and further information regarding this, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at recreation@fillmoreca.gov or by phone at 805-524-3701, ext. 713. Please visit www.fillmoreca.com and follow the progress Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Information courtesy https://www.fillmoreca.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=26.
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Fillmore, Calif. – On 8-04-23, the Fillmore Police Department will be conducting a driving under the influence (DUI) Checkpoint from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location.

DUI checkpoint locations are determined based on data showing incidents of impaired driving-related crashes. The primary purpose of DUI checkpoints is to promote public safety by taking suspected impaired drivers off the road.
“Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk,” Chief of Police Eduardo Malagon said. “Any prevention measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads significantly improves traffic safety.”

The Fillmore Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Prepared by: Deputy Anthony Zacarias
Approved: by: Captain Eduardo Malagon

 
 
Above is the early “Cycle” crate label, Fillmore Citrus Association, c. 1900, printed by Schmidt Lithograph of San Francisco. The label has a cyclist peddling down a path. He is wearing a sweater with “F” on it and a flat cap. Photo courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum.
Above is the early “Cycle” crate label, Fillmore Citrus Association, c. 1900, printed by Schmidt Lithograph of San Francisco. The label has a cyclist peddling down a path. He is wearing a sweater with “F” on it and a flat cap. Photo courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum.
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Above is the Wayno crate label, Fillmore Citrus Association, c. 1935, which according to local lore, the “Wayno” brand was inspired by workers. Photo courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum.
Above is the Wayno crate label, Fillmore Citrus Association, c. 1935, which according to local lore, the “Wayno” brand was inspired by workers. Photo courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum.
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Home of Ramona crate label, Rancho Camulos, prior to 1914
Home of Ramona crate label, Rancho Camulos, prior to 1914
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Mansion crate label, Piru Citrus Association
Mansion crate label, Piru Citrus Association
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Orange Stripe crate label - Rancho Sespe
Orange Stripe crate label - Rancho Sespe
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Courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum

In Fillmore it’s easy to see reproductions of fruit crate labels. They are on the sides of buildings, in businesses and original ones are displayed with pride in people’s homes. But what is the why and wherefore of the fruit crate labels? How did they come into being and what did they mean?

In 1885, the first orange box labels were designed and lithographed. Development of the use of the offset press with lithographs made the labels relatively inexpensive and quick to produce. The labels identified what the fruit was, where it was grown, who packed it and the grade. Across the label was the trademarked brand name.

Rancho Sespe used a label with a stripe going down the center – gold, blue, red, orange or white with a rooster sitting on a shield in the middle of the label. It is said that Eudora Hull Spalding designed the label herself.
The Fillmore Citrus Association was formed in 1897. Its first label was “Cupid” with a winged boy carrying a bow, surrounded by butterflies. This was the packinghouse’s best fruit, the Sunkist Fancy grade. In 1930, the image on the label was changed to a girl’s head with wings in the background.

In 1899, the Fillmore Citrus Fruit Association affiliated with the Southern California Fruit Exchange, which soon became known as Sunkist, to market its fruit.

Different grades of fruit had different labels. The Sunkist Cooperative marketed two grades – Fancy Sunkist at the top followed by simply Sunkist which represented the association’s premium grade of fruit. This would be followed “Choice”, one step below the Sunkist grade.

Below the Cupid brand was Airship which represented the Sunkist-grade fruit. As with Cupid, the image on the label changed over the years, in this case reflecting the evolution of the airplane. “Legal Tender” was used for Sunkist grade after 1935. It was designed by one of the better-known label designers, Godfrey Nystrom.

“Legal Tender” and the “Poinsettia” were originally owned by the Fillmore Packing Company but bought by Fillmore Citrus Association in 1935.

The Fillmore Citrus Association’s “choice” grade was represented in the “Cycle” brand beginning in 1897. Cycle Brand is a good example of how the artwork would change over time. It was printed by Schmidt Lithograph of San Francisco. The first label showed a cyclist peddling down a path. He is wearing a sweater with “F” on it and a flat cap. The next version shows the same cyclist, only this time he is on a motorized bicycle. Finally, the meaning of “cycle” changed completely. Instead of a vehicle, “cycle” referred to the cycle of the changing seasons. Each season is represented by a circle with a seasonal landscape. Most brands which were used over several years saw some change in their artwork.

According to local lore, the “Wayno” brand came to be by accident. The story goes that Frank Erskine, at that time manager of the Fillmore Citrus Association, needing a new brand name, went to the workers in the packing house for inspiration. They suggested “bueno” or “good”, but Erskine heard it as “wayno” and thus a new brand (and word) was created.
Of course, oranges were not the only fruit with labels. The Fillmore Citrus Association gave lemons their own label in 1931: “All Year” and “Sespe”.

Piru Citrus Association had several different labels. “Home of Ramona” had been a proprietary brand of Rancho Camulos, but in 1914 the del Valle family assigned the right to use it to the new Piru Citrus Association.

Other early Piru labels included “Mansion” brand whose design went through several versions but always showed the Piru (aka Cook or Warring) Mansion. Other brands included Belle of Piru, Try-sum, Weaver and Triad.

Because of nostalgia as well as the beauty of crate labels they are being reproduced and can be bought in many formats. When comes to originals, common ones (such as Sespe and Selva for the Fillmore Citrus Association) can be purchased for a few dollars. Others, such as an original Cycle or Cupid, if you can find one, can be much more expensive. Either way, these mini works of art remind us of a different time.

If you want to see more examples of local citrus labels, go to https://calisphere.org/ and search for Fillmore Citrus or Piru Citrus.

 

On July 25, 2023, Fillmore detectives arrested a Santa Paula resident and convicted felon for burglarizing a local Fillmore business on two separate occasions.

On July 11, 2023, employees at a local business in the 500 block of Ventura Street opened their establishment for their daily operations. The employees discovered someone had burglarized their business by forcing their way in through the drive through window. The employees discovered the suspect had stolen a small amount of currency and various perishable items. Deputies assigned to the Fillmore station responded for the initial investigation and obtained surveillance video and evidence confirming the suspect forced entry into the establishment at approximately 2:21 AM.

On July 22, 2023, employees at the same establishment arrived to work and discovered their business was again burglarized. Deputies responded and collected additional evidence. Deputies obtained additional video surveillance and found the same suspect had entered the establishment at approximately 2:45 AM and he again stole perishable items. In both burglaries the suspect took measures to conceal his identity from the business cameras.

Although the suspect took measures to conceal his identity, diligent deputies assigned to the Fillmore station reviewed the video evidence and identified a person of interest, who they identified as Manuel Alamillo. Alamillo has an extensive criminal history of theft related crimes, and he is a convicted felon.

On July 25, 2023, detectives assigned to the Fillmore Detective Bureau followed up on this information and they located Alamillo in the 1200 Block of East Harvard Boulevard in the city of Santa Paula. Detectives obtained additional evidence linking Alamillo to these crimes and arrested Alamillo.

During a search of Alamillo’s vehicle, deputies located live ammunition. Alamillo’s prior criminal history prohibits him from owning and or possessing ammunition. Alamillo was subsequently transported and booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility for two counts of commercial burglary and illegal possession of ammunition. Alamillo remains in custody with his bail set at $10,000.

Nature of Incident: Commercial Burglary Arrest
Report Number: RB# 23-88294/23-93737
Location: 500 block of Ventura Street, Fillmore, CA
Date & Time: July 11, 2023, @ 2:21 AM & July 22, 2023, @ 2:45 AM

Unit(s) Responsible: Fillmore Patrol Services / Fillmore Detectives
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

(S-1) Manuel Real Alamillo Santa Paula 48

Prepared by: Detective Sergeant Will Hollowell
Approved by: Captain Eduardo Malagon

 
On Friday, July 25, 2023, at 3:53pm, Fillmore Police and Fillmore Fire Department were on-scene of a two-vehicle accident at B Street and Santa Clara Street, Fillmore. Both vehicles sustained minor damage; one patient was transported to a local hospital. This is the second collision reported in a month at the same location possibly due to blind spots turning out of Santa Clara onto B Street. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
On Friday, July 25, 2023, at 3:53pm, Fillmore Police and Fillmore Fire Department were on-scene of a two-vehicle accident at B Street and Santa Clara Street, Fillmore. Both vehicles sustained minor damage; one patient was transported to a local hospital. This is the second collision reported in a month at the same location possibly due to blind spots turning out of Santa Clara onto B Street. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
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The sewage main that collapsed back in May 2023 at C Street and SR126 has ongoing repairs. The contract has been awarded to Toro Enterprises in the amount of $3,575,033.55; work began in June. Above is the Sewer Repair Trench Shoring. Photo and info courtesy https://www.fillmoreca.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=27.
The sewage main that collapsed back in May 2023 at C Street and SR126 has ongoing repairs. The contract has been awarded to Toro Enterprises in the amount of $3,575,033.55; work began in June. Above is the Sewer Repair Trench Shoring. Photo and info courtesy https://www.fillmoreca.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=27.
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Courtesy https://www.fillmore ca.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=27

Sewage main in west Fillmore – Update - FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA – July 10, 2023 – On March 15, 2023, a sewer main in west Fillmore suffered collapse on the intersection of C Street and Ventura Street (SR 126). The City contracted Ferreira Construction to assist with rerouting the flow of wastewater through other sewer mains. Since then, after bidding out the project for “C’ Street Emergency Sewer Repair Project, Spec. No.23-01E on May 9, 2023, the City awarded the contract to Toro Enterprises in the amount of $3,575,033.55.

Since the award of the contract, the following work/updates have taken place:
On June 14, 2023, Caltrans issued the Encroachment Permit for work in State Right to the City of Fillmore.
Dewatering in C Street began on Friday, June 16, 2023.
Work on Phase 1A commenced on Monday, June 19, 2023. Phase 1A entails the tie in of a new sewer manhole in the center of River and C Street and installation of new sewer in the southern portion of C Street, north of River Street.
Toro has completed all the work that they can in the existing traffic control set up in the State Right of Way, including some of the dewatering drilling.

Toro will continue to work on completing the project.
For questions and further information regarding this incident, please contact Troy Spayd, Municipal Services Director/ Utilities Engineer at 805-524-3701 ext. 232 or via email at tspayd@fillmoreca.gov.
Please visit www.fillmoreca.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

 

The Cooling Center at the Fillmore Active Adult Center, 533 Santa Clara Street, will be open during the heatwave. People are more than welcome to stay inside and cool during our normal business hours from 8am-1pm, but after hours the temperature needs to be at 100 and over for the center to be open. If you have any questions please call (805) 524-3030.

 
 

HELP WANTED – Part-time Professional Caregiver needed. Housekeeping, cooking, driving and wheelchair assistance. Located in Fillmore. *References required. $15/hr. Call 805 – 402 – 8560

 
Above is Fillmore’s Lin Thomas who was able to leave his formal teaching career with pride when he retired in 2001 after over 37 years. During that time he restored a Model A Pickup, and drove it cross country in History Channel’s The Great Race. Inset is the car after being restored. Photos provided by Mike & Michelle Bly.
Above is Fillmore’s Lin Thomas who was able to leave his formal teaching career with pride when he retired in 2001 after over 37 years. During that time he restored a Model A Pickup, and drove it cross country in History Channel’s The Great Race. Inset is the car after being restored. Photos provided by Mike & Michelle Bly.
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By Michael S. Bly

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
We all have passions. Passion for our spouse. Passion for our kids. Passion for family and friends. Passion for our country. Passion for our work. Passion for our favorite sports teams.
Lin Thomas had all those passions, in spades. But he also had great passion for two more things: God, and old cars. Most days, in that order.

Now, you say ‘old cars’ and some folks might have a different picture in their mind than Lin. He wasn’t thinking of cars from the ‘60’s or even ‘50’s (he’d spit and derisively call them “modern cars”). And, he didn’t mean cars from the ‘40’s; that was the lost decade, automotively speaking. For Lin, a 1939 LaSalle was about as new as he could stomach, and over the decades several ’39 LaSalles came and went, though there were always one or two lurking in a barn or behind an orange tree on his Fillmore, California ranch.

But to really get Lin going about old cars, start talking about cars in the ‘10s and 20’s, and you were guaranteed to be regaled with a story, perfectly timed to 57 minutes – he was a high school shop teacher by trade, and the decades of impeccably timed school bells trained him to hit his mark.
From time to time, a variety of cars from that era were towed, dragged, or trailered in pieces to the ranch, including (but certainly not limited to): a 1913 Model T Touring Sedan; a 1923 Model T Milk Truck; a 1927 Cadillac; and a 1915 Cadillac. Oh, and Model A Fords. Lots of Model A Fords.

“Train up a child in the way she should go…”
Now, at some point in Lin’s life his very active youngest daughter, Michelle, was nearing driving age and was going to need some wheels to get from point A to point B. There were lots of good choices, but one stood out: a 1928 Model A Roadster. Lin labored with skill, dedication, and love for many, many months to bring that car to life, and upon completion Michelle drove it with pride through a couple years of high school, and even some time in her Jr. College years steering it 25 miles each way on a busy highway. She drove it through rain or shine, and without side curtains, because according to Lin “side curtains are for sissies”.

Michelle loved her Roadster. She drove it everywhere, and loved the double takes she’d get from passersby. Afterall, it’s not every day you see a teenage girl smiling from ear to ear behind the wheel of a Model A.
Michelle learned many valuable lessons about cars and driving during those years. Such as, always check the gas, oil, and water. Make sure there is air in the tires. While driving, anticipate stops, and be sure to keep track of what other drivers are doing. Pointing a Model A in the right direction is easy enough, but as every old car driver knows, turns and stops are requests more than demands.

Well, it’s a story told too many times, but life happens, and eventually the need came to sell the Roadster and send it down the road to a new home. Sad time on the ranch.

Fast forward to 1998: Lin was still teaching shop at the local high school, which he loved, but the years of dealing with bureaucracy and miniscule budgets had worn him down, and he didn’t have much gas left in the tank. But he had a crazy idea: teach a car restoration class, restore a Model A Pickup over the school year, and drive it cross country in History Channel’s The Great Race.

Fast forward to 1998: Lin was still teaching shop at the local high school, which he loved, but the years of dealing with bureaucracy and miniscule budgets had worn him down, and he didn’t have much gas left in the tank. But he had a crazy idea: teach a car restoration class, restore a Model A Pickup over the school year, and drive it cross country in History Channel’s The Great Race. This was the inspiration he needed to finish his career out strong, so in 1999, 2000, and 2001, Lin and his auto restoration classes restored a Model A Pickup each year and took a team of students and adult drivers from coast to coast in the very vehicle the kids had restored and rebuilt from the ground up.

Lin was reinvigorated and renewed, and was able to leave his formal teaching career with pride when he retired in 2001 after over 37 years. The first of the pickups ended up at the Fillmore, California museum. The third one went to a private owner. And the 2nd pickup, the 2000 pickup, came back to the ranch thanks to Lin’s wife Judy.
Over the following years, Lin & Judy had a blast with that 1928 Model A Pickup. They drove it on tours (sometimes with the Model T Club…faux pas?), in parades, and around town and countryside. For many years, it was the best running, and sometimes only running, old car on the ranch.

“…and when she is old she will not depart from it.”
During that time, Lin had a mission to someday have another old car in Michelle’s garage. He suggested, he conspired, he pleaded, and he prayed. But the perfect intersection of right timing, right car, and adequate garage space just never materialized.

In 2019, Lin was diagnosed with cancer, and after a brave and gracious battle Lin went to be with the Lord on May 27, 2022. During the last weeks of his life, Michelle, along with her sister Lindy, mom, and many family and friends, was able to spend 6 weeks caring for her daddy. They had many conversations about many topics…but old cars were always on Lin’s mind. And, there was one thing Michelle could not stop thinking about: that old Model A Ford Pickup from the 2000 Great Race. She asked permission to bring it to a new home in Idaho, and daddy, with a smile, said “it’s yours, kiddo!”
In July 2022, with some expert help from a few members of the Ventura County Model A Ford Club, Michelle was able to drive her mom to Lin’s funeral and memorial service in the Model A.

In September 2022, the Model A was trailered up to Idaho. It was still fairly drivable, but it was very “tired” as a few wise men put it. In January 2023, the Model A was turned over to the pros at Rotten Leonard’s Jalopy Shop in Lewiston, Idaho, and a frame-off restoration began.