On Monday, Jan. 20, the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) will increase fares and make minor schedule modifications to its Intercity bus system.

The Commission approved a fare increase in October 2018 to address the rising costs of operation. The decision followed a public outreach process in the summer and fall of the same year. To minimize impact to customers, VCTC adjusted fares in phases, January 2019 and January 2020.

Reduced prices are available to seniors 65 years or older, Medicare, or ADA/Disabled riders. In addition, Ventura County college students can ride buses free with a valid students ID.

“VCTC’s Intercity bus service carries over 1,000 people every day to their jobs and schools,” said VCTC Executive Director Darren Kettle. “Our goal is that our riders have a safe, reliable, and comfortable trip. It’s a hard conversation to have to consider a fare increase but we posed the question to our riders, they understood that to keep the quality service they have come to expect a small fare increase was worth it. This fare change will allow us to maintain our current level of service to the community while keeping VCTC Intercity Transit financially sound.

See the upcoming fare changes online here https://www.goventura.org/

Bus schedule changes, which will also go into effect on Jan. 20, include minor timetable modifications to address traffic congestions and improve on-time performance. In addition, VCTC will be reinstituting two weekday shuttle routes that serve CSU Channel islands. The routes, which connect the University to Camarillo and Oxnard, were previously combined as a single line. For more information, visit goventura.org.

Route 77, formerly known as the East-West Connector, is also getting an update on Jan. 20. The new Cross County Limited provides the same one-seat service between Simi Valley, Moorpark, and West Ventura County. Many college students and faculty use Route 77 to travel between Ventura College and Moorpark College.

About the Ventura County Transportation Commission
The Ventura County Transportation Commission is the regional transportation planning agency committed to keeping Ventura County moving. Program information is available at goventura.org.

 


 
On Wednesday, January 8th at 10:40am a hazardous condition was reported at 317 Foothill Drive. Multiple crews responded quickly to the scene and found there was a gas line leak. No injuries were reported and cause of the leak is under investigation.
On Wednesday, January 8th at 10:40am a hazardous condition was reported at 317 Foothill Drive. Multiple crews responded quickly to the scene and found there was a gas line leak. No injuries were reported and cause of the leak is under investigation.
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Thursday, December 19th at Fillmore Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley, they had fun using a green screen which was brought in for the day as part of a STEM (Science – Technology – Engineering – Mathematics) project. Pictured above and below are some of the kids posing in front of the screen and using the IPad to create different backgrounds and effects on the green screen. Courtesy Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley Facebook page.
Thursday, December 19th at Fillmore Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley, they had fun using a green screen which was brought in for the day as part of a STEM (Science – Technology – Engineering – Mathematics) project. Pictured above and below are some of the kids posing in front of the screen and using the IPad to create different backgrounds and effects on the green screen. Courtesy Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley Facebook page.
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Pictured is Reverend George Golden, with the assistance of his family members, Vanessa and Hannah, joining Fillmore Rotary Club last week. Courtesy Martha Richardson.
Pictured is Reverend George Golden, with the assistance of his family members, Vanessa and Hannah, joining Fillmore Rotary Club last week. Courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Reverend George Golden showed a video which informed the Club about Hurt to Help Orphanages in Nairobi, Kenya. Over the years he has helped with water wells, a generator, and starting a church with a recovery center, as alcoholism is a big problem there. The orphanage itself has a kitchen, two play areas, and sleeping quarters, which will be enlarged on his next visit. They established a small college where he and others will teach students to take over the facilities, for the future. George is currently raising money to buy more food and supplies for the orphans. His granddaughter, Hannah, is baking cookies to sell and they are also selling bead jewelry made by the women in Nairobi. George, his wife Dorthy, Dave, Vanessa and Hannah will be traveling to Kenya in January 2020. If anyone would like to donate to this cause checks should be made out to George Golden and sent to the First Baptist Church, 1057 First Street, Fillmore, CA 93015.

 


 

"Life of Lulu" by Nick Johnson.
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On Friday December 20th Santa visited Diamond Reality to give the children of Fillmore cookies, cocoa and gifts. He found Mrs. Data, 102 years young, outside and wished her a very Merry Christmas.
On Friday December 20th Santa visited Diamond Reality to give the children of Fillmore cookies, cocoa and gifts. He found Mrs. Data, 102 years young, outside and wished her a very Merry Christmas.
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Fillmore Rotary Club donated $800 to the Cub Scout Club. President Ari Larson presented the check to Stephen McKeown of the Cub Scout Pack. He reminded the Club that Cub Scouts brings out confidence and leadership and prepares the kids for Boy Scouts. Finances are a problem as some sponsors have dropped out and many scouts cannot afford the fees of $150-160 per year. Stephen is continually looking for more funding and ways to keep the costs down. There are changes in scouting now as girls may join also. They are starting as kindergartners and most are siblings of Cubs. Courtesy Martha Richardson.
Fillmore Rotary Club donated $800 to the Cub Scout Club. President Ari Larson presented the check to Stephen McKeown of the Cub Scout Pack. He reminded the Club that Cub Scouts brings out confidence and leadership and prepares the kids for Boy Scouts. Finances are a problem as some sponsors have dropped out and many scouts cannot afford the fees of $150-160 per year. Stephen is continually looking for more funding and ways to keep the costs down. There are changes in scouting now as girls may join also. They are starting as kindergartners and most are siblings of Cubs. Courtesy Martha Richardson.
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The first Holiday Porch Fest took place Saturday, December 14th and was great! Thank you to all three performance groups who came out to perform for free in front of Fillmore City Hall and at local residence homes to showcase their talents and provide quality entertainment to Fillmore. Performances were by “Old School”, a three piece acoustic rock: vocals and guitar, stand-up bass and percussion, Adin Boyer — Alternative keyboard & vocals and “Jack Rosie” — folk music using guitar and vocals! Courtesy City of Fillmore Facebook page.
The first Holiday Porch Fest took place Saturday, December 14th and was great! Thank you to all three performance groups who came out to perform for free in front of Fillmore City Hall and at local residence homes to showcase their talents and provide quality entertainment to Fillmore. Performances were by “Old School”, a three piece acoustic rock: vocals and guitar, stand-up bass and percussion, Adin Boyer — Alternative keyboard & vocals and “Jack Rosie” — folk music using guitar and vocals! Courtesy City of Fillmore Facebook page.
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"Life of Lulu" by Nick Johnson.
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When in Fillmore City Hall you can view our Holiday Tree donated by the Fillmore Equestrian Center in partnership with Prancer’s Village. As a reminder, City Hall will be closed on Wednesday, December 25th and Wednesday, January 1st.
When in Fillmore City Hall you can view our Holiday Tree donated by the Fillmore Equestrian Center in partnership with Prancer’s Village. As a reminder, City Hall will be closed on Wednesday, December 25th and Wednesday, January 1st.
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On December 11th at 3:30pm, as part of the Wednesday reading club, Fillmore Library hosted a Gingerbread Crafterrnoon where kids decorated a Salt Dough Gingerbread Man! Students from the Santa Clara Valley Boys & Girls Club stopped by to get in on the Gingerbread making fun. Courtesy SCV Boys & Girls Club Facebook.
On December 11th at 3:30pm, as part of the Wednesday reading club, Fillmore Library hosted a Gingerbread Crafterrnoon where kids decorated a Salt Dough Gingerbread Man! Students from the Santa Clara Valley Boys & Girls Club stopped by to get in on the Gingerbread making fun. Courtesy SCV Boys & Girls Club Facebook.
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Hello Again Everyone!

Well as hard as we tried, the trees for the downtown were not to be this year. Apologies to all, and thanks to all, who have participated in the downtown Christmas trees in past years! I hope you take those homemade and recycled ornaments that you saved for this year, and go out and decorate a tree or bush in your yard- as a gift to your neighbors!

But let’s add a little more to the gifting this year- look for the lonely neighbor, the elderly neighbor, and give them a kind word and smile. Be a word of support to that youngster across the street. Make your part of the community beautiful- throw out wildflower seed where there is dirt, pick up that trash that blights your walks, and plant your front yard with love to make this spring extra special.

Finally, let’s walk with gratitude for the gift it is to live here in our beautiful community of Fillmore, and our amazing country. They are blessings that we should never forget or take for granted, and always be thankful for…

In this Christmas season and the year to come, as good Tiny Tim observed, God bless, Every One!

-- Regina Stehly Nunez

 
Greenfield Care Center hosted a Christmas festival on the evening of Saturday, December 14th. Santa listened to holiday wishes and gave out candy canes, while visitors had their pictures taken. Free hot chocolate, pastries, popcorn and cotton candy were given out while the visitors strolled through the arts & crafts booths.
Greenfield Care Center hosted a Christmas festival on the evening of Saturday, December 14th. Santa listened to holiday wishes and gave out candy canes, while visitors had their pictures taken. Free hot chocolate, pastries, popcorn and cotton candy were given out while the visitors strolled through the arts & crafts booths.
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"Life of Lulu" by Nick Johnson.
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Pictured are Lions Club members Bill Dewey (left) and Brian Wilson with last year’s Lions Club Student Speaker Contest winner Alina Herrera.
Pictured are Lions Club members Bill Dewey (left) and Brian Wilson with last year’s Lions Club Student Speaker Contest winner Alina Herrera.
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The topic for the 2020 Speaker Contest will be “Homelessness in California: What is the Solution?”

This topic is very important as California has the majority of the homeless persons in the nation. We need to solve this problem in order to alleviate the social and humanitarian problems. The contest will be held on Monday February 3 at 6:45pm at the Scout House on the eastern end of Sespe Avenue. Parents, students, educators and the general public are invited to attend. The contest is open to all Fillmore area students of high school age regardless of the school of attendance (including home taught, those attending outside of the district and foreign exchange students).

The winner will receive $100 and all participants $25 providing their speech is at least 5 minutes. The winners of each stage of competition will receive a financial award and be invited to the next level of the contest. The ultimate winner will receive a total of $21,000 for a scholarship to a school of their choice. Students Interested in participating must contact the Lion’s Club Chair Bill Edmonds at 805-524-4839 or Mrs. Mendez at Fillmore High School. Students should enter early and begin writing early as it takes time to research and prepare. Only six students can enter the contest. The first six who enter and are prepared to compete will be chosen. Those turning in the application will be notified of a required meeting to review the rules and to ask any questions that they might have.

Good luck to all the students.

 
Pictured are this year’s Holiday Yard of the Year winners: (l-r) Annette Cardona, Kamrie Cardona, Noah Halcon, Ari Larson of Fillmore Civic Pride, Brittany Halcon and Alani Halcon.
Pictured are this year’s Holiday Yard of the Year winners: (l-r) Annette Cardona, Kamrie Cardona, Noah Halcon, Ari Larson of Fillmore Civic Pride, Brittany Halcon and Alani Halcon.
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Congratulations to Annette Cardona. Her lovely home is the 2019 Holiday Yard of the Year! They have been putting up their light display for about 15 years. The decorating is a family affair with traditional scenes on one side of the front yard and Disney decorations on the other side. The home is located at 79 Rio Grande Avenue. Ari Larson from Fillmore Civic Pride will present Annette and family with a $40 gift certificate courtesy of Otto & Sons Nursery (1835 E. Guiberson Rd.)

Other holiday lights around town include former Holiday Yard of the Year winners: 910 Taylor Lane, 360 C Street, 408 Robin Court and 408 Edgewood, just recently featured on the television show, The Great Christmas Light Fight on ABC.

For more information on Civic Pride please contact Ari Larson 805.794.7590 or email her at petenari55@hotmail.com

 
Pictured are representatives of Ventura County’s seven Boys & Girls Clubs, recognized by the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) for their participation in the agency’s youth art contest. Courtesy VCTC.
Pictured are representatives of Ventura County’s seven Boys & Girls Clubs, recognized by the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) for their participation in the agency’s youth art contest. Courtesy VCTC.
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Five VCTC Intercity buses proudly display artwork from young local artists

The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) has partnered with all seven Boys & Girls Clubs in Ventura County for a youth art contest. The goal of the contest was to encourage young people to think about the role of transportation in their lives and communities. Winning artwork, created by kids ages 10-13, is now proudly displayed on five VCTC Intercity buses.

Using small grants from VCTC to cover the cost of art supplies and materials, the Boys & Girls Clubs conducted the contest over the summer of 2019 with hundreds of kids creating original artwork inspired by the theme, “Oh the Places You’ll Go.” Each club then used its own process to select a winner.

“Partnering with the Boys and Girls Clubs is a great way for VCTC to connect with young people in Ventura County,” said VCTC Chair Manuel Minjares. “These talented young artists are not only our region’s future drivers and transit riders; they are also our future leaders.”

VCTC extends its appreciation to the following Clubs for their participation in the contest: Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Conejo Valley, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura, Boys & Girls Club of Moorpark, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley and Boys & Girls Club of Simi Valley.

Buses displaying the winning artwork will travel throughout VCTC Intercity Transit’s service area for the next few months. For more information on the contest and to see a behind-the-scenes video of the installation of the artwork visit goventura.org or call (800) 438-1112.

About the Ventura County Transportation Commission
The Ventura County Transportation Commission is the regional transportation planning agency committed to keeping Ventura County moving. Program information is available at goventura.org.

 
Pictured are some of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley kids creating their owls as part of the Fillmore Library Wednesday Book Club.
Pictured are some of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley kids creating their owls as part of the Fillmore Library Wednesday Book Club.
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It’s time again to decorate Central Avenue for the holidays! Last year Jenna and Heather Furness stopped to enjoy one of the many decorated Christmas trees lining Central Avenue. School children, local clubs and groups, churches, businesses and families are all invited to choose a tree to decorate. Show that the Christmas Spirit is still alive and well in Fillmore - the last, best, small town in California. Now go decorate a tree!
It’s time again to decorate Central Avenue for the holidays! Last year Jenna and Heather Furness stopped to enjoy one of the many decorated Christmas trees lining Central Avenue. School children, local clubs and groups, churches, businesses and families are all invited to choose a tree to decorate. Show that the Christmas Spirit is still alive and well in Fillmore - the last, best, small town in California. Now go decorate a tree!
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It’s That Time of Year Again Fillmore Folks

It is that time of the year to send a ‘Christmas card to our community of Fillmore’ with the annual Christmas trees downtown- all decorated by local families, organizations, businesses and school classrooms. There are over 50 trees this year generously lent to our town by Moon Nursery.

You know the drill:

1. If possible, we ask that there be no money involved in the decorating of your tree, but instead use that incredible Fillmore ingenuity and creativity! Homemade is best! Leave on the tree’s nursery ID as the tree will be returned to Moon Nursery, but it is yours to decorate however you are inspired!

2. We are going to ask for one thing though this year: could you make sure your tree is kept happy with a gallon or two of water when needed? Watching over the trees will also be our ‘water angel’ (Thanks Steve!) but let’s try to gift him with nothing to do!

3. All the trees will be up and available Dec. 9th on- you can pick any unclaimed tree on Central. Keep you’re decorating simple -please, no flocking your tree, and no glass or sharp edged ornaments in your decorating. Finally, your tree will need to be ‘spruced up’ as needed (especially after a rain or wind!). They will come down around the New Year.

4. The only ‘advertising and marketing’ allowed will be in gratitude for the good hearts of our community, and for the hope of goodwill and peace in the coming year!

If you have any questions please email: reginastehly@gmail.com

Again, the trees are on a first come first serve basis, they will be decorated anytime December 9 on, and we all need to keep them looking beautiful until the end of the year!

Have a great time with your tree! And thank you for your participation in the Beautiful and loving Fillmore tradition.
Blessings heaped upon blessings to the wonderful people of Fillmore!

 
Pictured is Rotarian Jerry Peterson who presented a very meaningful video from a TV show called Inspiring America. It showed positive news about great things American people are accomplishing. Courtesy Martha Richardson.
Pictured is Rotarian Jerry Peterson who presented a very meaningful video from a TV show called Inspiring America. It showed positive news about great things American people are accomplishing. Courtesy Martha Richardson.
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