On Monday, July 6th from 10 am to 6 pm at Shiells Park in Fillmore, the Ventura County Health Care Agency offered free COVID-19 antibody testing to the community. Fillmore residents lined up and patiently waited, abiding by social distancing protocols. The test was a blood test that tells individuals if they have been previously exposed to COVID-19 and have developed antibodies to the disease. The testing was part of a study with UCLA and California Lutheran University. Testing was offered at locations throughout the County. More information at https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/antibody/ or by calling 805-482-1904.
On Monday, July 6th from 10 am to 6 pm at Shiells Park in Fillmore, the Ventura County Health Care Agency offered free COVID-19 antibody testing to the community. Fillmore residents lined up and patiently waited, abiding by social distancing protocols. The test was a blood test that tells individuals if they have been previously exposed to COVID-19 and have developed antibodies to the disease. The testing was part of a study with UCLA and California Lutheran University. Testing was offered at locations throughout the County. More information at https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/antibody/ or by calling 805-482-1904.
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On Monday, July 6th at 7:28am, near the Grimes Canyon Rock Quarry, a semi-truck filled with sand rolled over blocking north and south-bound lanes. Crews responded quickly to the scene and cleared the south-bound lane to allow traffic through. Authorities are investigating the accident.
On Monday, July 6th at 7:28am, near the Grimes Canyon Rock Quarry, a semi-truck filled with sand rolled over blocking north and south-bound lanes. Crews responded quickly to the scene and cleared the south-bound lane to allow traffic through. Authorities are investigating the accident.
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Courtesy Martha Richardson

Rotary Club of Fillmore recognized the Community Award Honorees for 2019 at their Zoom meeting on June 24th. Fillmore Police Chief Garo Kuredjian introduced Deputy of the Year Diego Estrada, and Explorer of the Year Brianna Morfie. Fire Chief Keith Gurrola introduced Firefighter of the Year Austin Segovia. Ernie Villegas introduced the Business of the Year, Fillmore & Western Railway ( Dave and Tresa Wilkinson), and Citizen of the Year Ari Larson. FUSD Superintendent Adrian Palazuelos introduced the Administrator of the Year Beverly Garnica, the Classified Employee of the Year Amelia Dominguez and Student of the Year Isabella Palazuelos. Each of the Honorees will receive a certificate of congratulations from the Rotary Club.

 


 
On Saturday, July 4th at the Vons Shopping Center, 600 block Ventura Street, crews responded to a dumpster fire near the Subway store. The flames were extinguished quickly; cause of the fire is under investigation.
On Saturday, July 4th at the Vons Shopping Center, 600 block Ventura Street, crews responded to a dumpster fire near the Subway store. The flames were extinguished quickly; cause of the fire is under investigation.
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John Hinckley
John Hinckley
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Cora Hinckley
Cora Hinckley
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First Hinckley home, John and Cora
First Hinckley home, John and Cora
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Second Hinckley home
Second Hinckley home
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Vinnie Hinckley
Vinnie Hinckley
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Dr. Hinckley's first car with wife Fannie (c) 1909.
Dr. Hinckley's first car with wife Fannie (c) 1909.
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Fannie, Mary (May) and Dr. JP, (c) 1914.
Fannie, Mary (May) and Dr. JP, (c) 1914.
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Courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum

Three generations of the Hinckley family had impacts on Fillmore in very different ways.

Dr, John Powell Hinckley, his wife Cora, and their children, Ira, Eugenia, Mary and were the first to arrive. The family was originally from Vermont. In the 1870 census, John White Hinckley, John Powell’s father was listed as a blacksmith, later censuses listed him as a farmer. By 1876, John Powell Hinckley was in medical school at the University of Vermont. It’s not clear now what made him move west by 1880. Dr. Hinckley and family were now in Tulare, South Dakota, where he had set up a practice. Apparently the Great Plains didn’t hold him because by 1890 he was in Ventura County and in 1893 daughter, Vinnie, was born.

According to his obituary which was written by Dr. D. W. Mott of Santa Paula, Dr. Hinckley in 1890 was one of 10 licensed physicians in the county and was a charter member of the Ventura County Medical society. Dr. Mott and other physicians in the county often consulted with Dr. Hinckley because of his excellent training, clinical expertise and dedication to the profession.

John Hinckley was not important to our community just because he was our first physician. He was also one of the founding members of the Fillmore Masonic Temple and an early Worshipful Master. He was on the first board of directors of the Fillmore Citrus Association and a trustee of the Fillmore Grammar School.

Dr. Hinckley came to Fillmore permanently in 1904. Cora passed away in 1907. John married his second wife, Fanny Barnes in 1908. The family eventually built a beautiful two-story home at A St. and Ventura St. (Hwy 126). This home still stands but was moved and now is located on the east side of Central Avenue near Foothill Drive.

Of Cora and John's children, Ira, the eldest went to Berkeley School of Dentistry and after a few years practicing in Ventura, he to set up his shingle in Fillmore ... more about that later.

The eldest daughter, Eugenia, married James Sallee in 1910 and they had one son, John. Eugenia died in 1915.

Their second daughter, Mary "May", never married. The 1940 census lists her occupation as citrus grader. She passed away in 1962.

Vinnie the third daughter, was born in 1893, making her only 7 years older than her nephew, Lawrence Hinckley. By all accounts she was a popular young lady, but was taken from the family in the 1918 influenza pandemic.

Dr. John Hinckley practiced medicine until his death in 1933 serving the community in many ways.

 


 

Friday, June 26, 2020

The Fillmore Unified School District will be providing a weekly update to district families regarding actions to prepare for reopening of schools each Wednesday. On Wednesday, July 1, 2020 all district families will be provided with access to a survey regarding the reopening of schools. We invite all district families to complete the survey by no later than Monday, July 6, 2020.

We are working in close partnership with Ventura County Public Health and are sharing the following message prepared for our community.

The following is a message from Ventura County Public Health:
As Ventura County and Fillmore start to open up more businesses, the need for continued vigilance is more important than ever. Even though more businesses are open, this does not mean that you are no longer at risk for COVID-19. Ventura County
Public Health is concerned that Fillmore continues to see an increase in COVID-19 cases and wants to ensure that all Fillmore residents have the information they need to prevent COVID-19 infection.

Here are some basic things that you can do to reduce your risk and the risk for others of infection.
1) wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
2) don’t touch your nose, mouth or eyes and teach your children to do the same
3) Maintain 6 ft. distance from others when in public areas.
4) Use face coverings when leaving your home and going out into public areas. This is State mandated.

If you think you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with it, get tested for free. There are various locations throughout the county.

Please go to venturacountyrecovers.org for all COVID-19 related information for Ventura County.

Thank you for your time and, above all else, please stay safe.

 


 
A project for groundwater recharge capturing stormwater amid the dry months of January and February has been completed. Ventura County Public Works Agency’s Watershed Protection and United Water Conservation District have reported 17.6 AFY of captured stormwater runoff for Piru this winter season. Courtesy Ventura County Public Works Agency.
A project for groundwater recharge capturing stormwater amid the dry months of January and February has been completed. Ventura County Public Works Agency’s Watershed Protection and United Water Conservation District have reported 17.6 AFY of captured stormwater runoff for Piru this winter season. Courtesy Ventura County Public Works Agency.
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According to the state, this year is the 11th driest snowpack on record since 1950 and with the State Water Project announcing it will deliver only 20% of requested water supplies in 2020, projects like the Piru Stormwater Capture for Groundwater Recharge Project are critical to Ventura County’s important water supplies. This project will provide a sustainable source for recharge of the Piru Groundwater Basin and improve water quality in Piru Creek.

The project, which began capturing stormwater in December 2019, has treated all stormwater runoff as well as other nuisance flows from 36 urban acres located in the Piru community. During an average wet year, available runoff for capture was estimated at 17 acre-feet per year (AFY). The important water is saved from the existing storm drain system then transported to the existing United Water Conservation District (UWCD) Piru Spreading Grounds and spread for infiltration and recharge of the Piru Groundwater Basin. Debris, trash and other pollutants are removed by a pre-treatment device, a 10-ft diameter Continuous Deflective Separation (CDS) unit, before entering the spreading grounds. (see video news release) www.dropbox.com/sh/255cgn4n1bqia6e/AADpbUGXbAWzC-efs7YDDAtXa?dl=0

“The Piru Stormwater Capture for Groundwater Recharge Project has multiple benefits to the Piru community including better water quality to meet compliance with Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load, groundwater recharge, and water supply enhancement,” explains Ewelina Mutkowska, Ventura County Public Works Agency’s Watershed Protection (VCPWA WP), Senior Stormwater Manager. “This will massively help improve the water quality of Piru Creek and add recharge to the Piru Groundwater Basin. Capture of stormwater runoff is a sustainable source for groundwater recharge, and we need to look for more similar opportunities to enhance our water supply sources countywide”.

The State has determined that Santa Clara River (SCR) downstream of Piru Creek does not meet water quality objectives for bacteria as required by the federal Clean Water Act. Wet and dry discharges from urban areas were found to be major source of bacteria pollution. This project was developed by VCPWA WP in collaboration with UWCD and funded by the State Proposition 1 Stormwater Grant Program, to capture urban runoff, improve water quality and recharge our precious groundwater.

 

Antibody Testing: The Ventura County Health Care Agency is offering free covid-19 antibody testing. The test is a blood test that tells individuals if they have been previously exposed to COVID-19 and have developed antibodies to the disease. Testing is offered at locations throughout the County. Testing will take place Monday, July 6th from 10 am to 6 pm at Shiells Park, 649 C Street, Fillmore, CA. More information at: https://www.ventura countyrecovers.org/antibody/ or by calling 805-482-1904. The testing is part of a study with UCLA and California Lutheran University. Courtesy County of Ventura.

 
Thank you to all visitors for your patience during this trying time, while we worked through the process to develop a plan to ensure both your safety and the safety of our staff. However, the wait is now over! Lake Piru Recreation Area will re-open to limited activities, effective July 1, 2020. What does this mean for visitors? Check out the new guidelines for visiting Lake Piru and/or visit https://www.unitedwater.org/news-a-outreach-4/lake-pirurecreation-area. Stock photo United Water Conservation District. Courtesy Lake Piru Recreation Center.
Thank you to all visitors for your patience during this trying time, while we worked through the process to develop a plan to ensure both your safety and the safety of our staff. However, the wait is now over! Lake Piru Recreation Area will re-open to limited activities, effective July 1, 2020. What does this mean for visitors? Check out the new guidelines for visiting Lake Piru and/or visit https://www.unitedwater.org/news-a-outreach-4/lake-pirurecreation-area. Stock photo United Water Conservation District. Courtesy Lake Piru Recreation Center.
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"Life of Lulu" by Nick Johnson.
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