Fillmore High School Wrestler Adrian Bonilla placed 8th in the CIF Masters Wrestling Tournament this past weekend at Cerritos Community College. Adrian finished the tournament going 3-3. He is the first male wrestler in the program’s 30+ years history to qualify to go to state. Photo courtesy Coach Jorge Bonilla.
Fillmore High School Wrestler Adrian Bonilla placed 8th in the CIF Masters Wrestling Tournament this past weekend at Cerritos Community College. Adrian finished the tournament going 3-3. He is the first male wrestler in the program’s 30+ years history to qualify to go to state. Photo courtesy Coach Jorge Bonilla.
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By John Wilber, Fillmore High School Principal.

A historic first, Fillmore High School wrestler Adrian Bonilla, has advanced to the State Wrestling Tournament in Bakersfield this Thursday.

Adrian is a Fillmore High School senior, 195 pound wrestler, who was also the Citrus Coastal League Champion in his weight class. He placed 5th in the Southern Section California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Finals two weeks ago which earned him a trip to the CIF Masters Wrestling Tournament last weekend. At the Masters Tournament Adrian was 3-2 after two days of wrestling which was good for an 8th place, qualifying him for the State Tournament. Adrian is the first Fillmore High wrestler to advance to the State Tournament since the wrestling program started at Fillmore High School in 1987.

Fillmore High School Coach, Manual Ponce shared that Adrian exemplifies the ideal wrestler because he is very coachable, a very smart wrestler and he is all about work ethic. Adrian has had to overcome a knee injury his junior year on his path to success this year.

Adrian is the third wrestling son of Jorge and Lurdes Bonilla. Mr. Bonilla mentioned that Adrian has been around wrestling since he was seven years old, when he would hang around the wrestling practices of his older brothers Robert and Andres.

His years of hard work and commitment have definitely paid off. Adrian is very excited about his opportunity to wrestle at the State level and to represent Fillmore High School and the Fillmore Community. He stated, “I have been motivated to do well since I last went to Masters my sophomore year.” “I am in great shape and I have the desire to compete.”

We wish Adrian the best of luck in Bakersfield.

 


 
On Monday, February 18th Fillmore Fire Department responded to a stove fire call on Stonehedge Drive. Crews arrived quickly to put out the flames. No injuries were reported at the scene; damage was unreported.
On Monday, February 18th Fillmore Fire Department responded to a stove fire call on Stonehedge Drive. Crews arrived quickly to put out the flames. No injuries were reported at the scene; damage was unreported.
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School Board
School Board
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Pictured is Micheline G. Milglis who spoke to the board about the Low-Performing Students Block Grant and the progress that has been made thus far.
Pictured is Micheline G. Milglis who spoke to the board about the Low-Performing Students Block Grant and the progress that has been made thus far.

Board meeting highlights for the Fillmore Unified School District

Approve Restricted Lottery Budget Allocation for TK-5 English Language Arts Instructional Materials, $325,000
The Governing Board approved a $200,000 allocation of Restricted Lottery funds in 2018-19, and an additional allocation of $125,000 in 2019-20 for the purchase of English Language Arts instructional materials adoption for Transition Kindergarten through 5th grade. These materials will be vetted through a curriculum adoption process, inclusive of teachers, site administrators and district office representatives, with the intention of having materials available no later than the 2020-2021 school year.

School Accountability Report Cards
The Governing Board were presented with information regarding the School Accountability Report Cards. Information presented by Assistant Superintendent, Micheline G. Miglis

Low Performing Students Block Grant Plan
The Governing Board were presented with information and approved the Low Performing Students Block Grant Plan. Information presented by Assistant Superintendent, Micheline G. Miglis

Adopt Resolution No. 18-19-10 Authorizing the Issuance of Fillmore Unified School District (Ventura County, California) 2016 Election, General Obligation Bonds, Series B, and Actions Related Thereto
The Governing Board adopted Resolution No. 18-19-10

Personnel Recommendations
The Board approved all personnel recommendations including new hires, promotions, resignations, and leaves.

 


 
The mighty Sespe River is roaring again after weeks of rainfall in Ventura County. The mountains surrounding Fillmore are green and lush with the recent precipitation.
The mighty Sespe River is roaring again after weeks of rainfall in Ventura County. The mountains surrounding Fillmore are green and lush with the recent precipitation.
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Now Happening Every 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Veterans Memorial Building!
Tuesday, February 12th from 6pm – 8pm was Bunco Game Night at the Fillmore-Piru Veterans Memorial Building. There were 24+ people in attendance playing the games and four vendors selling their products: Fillmore Raiders Bake Sale, Girl Scout cookies, My Park Lane Jewelry, and Lipsence/Senegence Beauty Products. Fillmore Parks & Recreation will host Bunco Game Night every 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Fillmore-Piru Veterans Memorial Building from 6pm- 8pm and it’s only $5 to play! Be sure to come by Fillmore City Hall to preregister for March 12th for the next Bunco Night. They offer a cash bar and 3-10 vendors so you can also enjoy a free popup shopping experience right here in Fillmore. This event is part of the “Raise the Roof” Fundraiser series benefiting the Fillmore-Piru Veterans Memorial Building’s efforts in raising money towards a new roof. For more information please call 524- 1500 ext 713. Photos courtesy City of Fillmore Instagram page.
Tuesday, February 12th from 6pm – 8pm was Bunco Game Night at the Fillmore-Piru Veterans Memorial Building. There were 24+ people in attendance playing the games and four vendors selling their products: Fillmore Raiders Bake Sale, Girl Scout cookies, My Park Lane Jewelry, and Lipsence/Senegence Beauty Products. Fillmore Parks & Recreation will host Bunco Game Night every 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Fillmore-Piru Veterans Memorial Building from 6pm- 8pm and it’s only $5 to play! Be sure to come by Fillmore City Hall to preregister for March 12th for the next Bunco Night. They offer a cash bar and 3-10 vendors so you can also enjoy a free popup shopping experience right here in Fillmore. This event is part of the “Raise the Roof” Fundraiser series benefiting the Fillmore-Piru Veterans Memorial Building’s efforts in raising money towards a new roof. For more information please call 524- 1500 ext 713. Photos courtesy City of Fillmore Instagram page.
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Held on Friday, February 16th, the Sweetheart Hop was the first big occurrence in the “Raise the Roof” Fundraiser series, with Veterans of Foreign Wars Fillmore Post 9637, and Fillmore-Piru Veterans Memorial District, benefiting the Veterans Memorial Building. Fillmore Parks and Recreation put on the event which was held at the Veterans Building where the community enjoyed dinner, dessert, music, photo-ops, silent auction and more. Photo courtesy City of Fillmore Instagram page.
Held on Friday, February 16th, the Sweetheart Hop was the first big occurrence in the “Raise the Roof” Fundraiser series, with Veterans of Foreign Wars Fillmore Post 9637, and Fillmore-Piru Veterans Memorial District, benefiting the Veterans Memorial Building. Fillmore Parks and Recreation put on the event which was held at the Veterans Building where the community enjoyed dinner, dessert, music, photo-ops, silent auction and more. Photo courtesy City of Fillmore Instagram page.
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Pictured above one of last years submission’s to the Fillmore Flower show. Photos courtesy Jan Lee.
Pictured above one of last years submission’s to the Fillmore Flower show. Photos courtesy Jan Lee.
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Submitted by Jan Lee

Again this year, Fillmore residents, both young and old, will share the beauty of their gardens with the community. Plan to attend and participate in the Fillmore Flower Show on April 13 and 14, 2019.

First, a correction from the article last week and an apology to all baseball fans who know that it was the Boston Red Sox who traded Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1919.

As your garden begins to bloom and you think about what you might enter in the Flower Show, here are a few of the categories: Single stem cut roses, single stem cut iris, other single stem cut flowers, bouquets and arrangements. In other words, look around your garden, find a pretty bloom, cut it off and bring it to the Active Adult Center to enter the Fillmore Flower Show. It really is just that easy!

To quote from the Fillmore Herald, May 4, 1926, “the floral exhibits are always a magnet for lovers of seasonal blooms of all kinds which grow in such luxuriance here and in the country.” The rain we have enjoyed recently should produce lush, abundant flowers. The Civic Pride Committee has planned many special activities for the Flower Show this year. You will want to attend.

 
Tournament partnered with the Fillmore Volunteer Fire Department

This is the 1st Annual City of Fillmore 5k Shamrock Run/Walk + Beer Garden, & Cornhole Tournament partnered with the Fillmore Volunteer Fire Department!

It’s all happening on March 16 2019 in Central Park, 250 Central Avenue Fillmore CA 93015. 5K starts at 9am in front of
Central Park, Beer Garden & Cornhole Tournament begin at 10am.. there will also be live entertainment, food trucks, shop vendors, a kids fun zone area!

Register for the 5k & cornhole tournament at Fillmore City Hall, registration packets are available upstairs with the Parks and Recreation Department.

Pricing: $35 dollars to register for the 5k run/walk, it is $50 a person to register for the cornhole tournament (2 person
team), Kids Fun Zone allaccess/all-day wristbands available for purchase at $15 a wristband; prices guaranteed until March 14th. Day-of prices may be raised.

Please call 524-1500 ext. 713 for more information.

 
Photo of the Week "Cooper’s hawk posing with captured mouse – lunch" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7DMKII camera, manual mode, Tamron 16-300mm lens @ 300mm, Exposure; ISO 160, aperture f/11, 1/250th second shutter speed.
Photo of the Week "Cooper’s hawk posing with captured mouse – lunch" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7DMKII camera, manual mode, Tamron 16-300mm lens @ 300mm, Exposure; ISO 160, aperture f/11, 1/250th second shutter speed.
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It's raining mirrorless cameras!
Bob Crum
Bob Crum

If camera talk is of little interest, I won't be disappointed if you prefer to read the legals.

Well, no sooner did I present the new Olympus OM-D E-M1X Camera last week, along comes Canon announcing their latest EOS-RP mirrorless camera. In addition, Fujifilm and Sony announced new cameras. Harrumph! Seems like as soon as I write about new gear, it's old news!

A brief review. Convinced the micro four-thirds sensor size offers particular advantages, Olympus is content to perpetuate the format. Because of the smaller sensor size, their new M. Zuiko Ed 12-200mm f3.5-6.3 lens on the M1X is the equivalent to 24-400mm on a full-frame camera at half the weight! Advantage indeed!

The new Canon EOS RP camera is a full-frame mirrorless camera featuring a revolutionary RF lens mount. The latest EOS RP camera comes to market at a lower price than the “R” model to appeal to new-to-photography photographers. For full-frame fanatics, the RP uses a 26.2MP full-size sensor with a body-only MSRP of only $1,300. Hurry and preorder!
Canon says the EOS RP is designed to take advantage of future large 54mm RF mount lenses. A 12-pin communication system optimizes data transfer between camera and lens for sharp, stable and responsive performance in a wide variety of applications. Good news because fast & accurate focus is imperative!

Are full-frame frame mirrorless cameras superior to M-4/3 cameras? Yes and no! One advantage of a larger sensor is its ability to gather more light meaning the camera can produce images made in dim light with lower digital noise. Technically speaking: A better signal-to-noise ratio. That may or may not be important depending on your photographic genre and requirements. Candlelight boudoir shoots?

Canon also introduced new lens mount adapters for the EOS R and RP cameras. To paraphrase Canon, the mount adapter 'EF-EOS R' delivers seamless connections between the EOS RP camera and existing EF and EF-S lenses with all functions intact! That's slicker than silicone on Teflon! It means that I can use all my existing EF & EF-S lenses on the 'RP' saving me a ton of money. Hallelujah!

I previously said that I was without budget-busting GAS (Gear Accumulation Syndrome). For now. Besides the new Olympus OM-D E-M1X and the new Canon EOS RP, there are two other exciting new entries: Fujifilm XT-30 and Sony A6400. A shopping spree is becoming more tempting than beloved salted caramel butter pecan ice cream. Only a lack of funds is preventing GG (Ghastly GAS).

Specifications are one thing, hands-on experience is another. I look forward to field tests and reviews of the new cameras. My trusty Canon 7DII is field proven. However, if something should go awry, Canon has a company-owned service facility in Costa Mesa, CA. Service is second to none. When I needed my seven-year-old 7D camera sensor cleaned, I shipped it UPS on a Monday, got it back on Thursday. No other camera manufacturer that I know of can provide competent service in less time. It's important to me because no camera-no assignments, no assignments-no pay! Y'all know that I enjoy getting paid as much as, well, salted caramel butter pecan ice cream!

The photo of the week is a follow up to the hawk visit last week. After the hawk's portrait session, it promptly flew away. I couldn't see where it went. But within a couple of minutes, it swiftly reappeared about 50 feet away where it found and captured a chubby mouse (see hawk's left foot?). The pounce was swift and exciting to witness. The photo proves that serendipity is prodigious. Stay vigilant! Happy photoing.

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The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) reported revenue numbers today for cannabis sales for the 4th quarter of 2018. Tax revenue reported by the cannabis industry totaled $103.3 million for 4th quarter returns due by January 31, 2019, which includes state cultivation, excise, and sales taxes. It does not include tax revenue collected by each jurisdiction.

As of February 14, 2019, California’s cannabis excise tax generated $50.8 million in revenue reported on 4th quarter returns due by January 31, 2019. The cultivation tax generated $16.4 million and the sales tax generated $36.1 million in reported revenue. Retail sales of medicinal cannabis and medicinal cannabis products are exempt from sales and use taxes if the purchaser provides a valid Medical Marijuana Identification card and valid government-issued identification card.

Previously reported revenue for 3rd quarter returns was revised to $100.8 million, which included $53.3 million in excise tax, $12.6 million in cultivation tax, and $34.9 million in sales tax.

Revisions to quarterly data are the result of amended and late returns, and other tax return adjustments.

In November 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Beginning on January 1, 2018, two new cannabis taxes went into effect: a cultivation tax on all harvested cannabis that enters the commercial market and a 15 percent excise tax upon purchasers of cannabis and cannabis products. In addition, retail sales of cannabis and cannabis products are subject to state and local sales tax.

To learn more, visit the Tax Guide for Cannabis Businesses on the CDTFA website.