Mimi Burns and Susan Banks attended Moorpark High School Awards night to present Community Scholarships to Bailey and Sierra Huerta. Both girls reside in Fillmore and will be attending Universities in the fall. Sierra is an avid athlete and Bailey is a talented artist.
Mimi Burns and Susan Banks attended Moorpark High School Awards night to present Community Scholarships to Bailey and Sierra Huerta. Both girls reside in Fillmore and will be attending Universities in the fall. Sierra is an avid athlete and Bailey is a talented artist.
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The Fillmore Women's Service Club presented three Community Scholarships this June. At the Fillmore High School Awards night Mimi Burns presented Rafael Reglado a scholarship on behalf of the members. Rafael plans to get a degree in Business and eventually open his own business.
The Fillmore Women's Service Club presented three Community Scholarships this June. At the Fillmore High School Awards night Mimi Burns presented Rafael Reglado a scholarship on behalf of the members. Rafael plans to get a degree in Business and eventually open his own business.
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Kraft and Sons, a family-owned computer repair and website design company, is excited to announce our new location at 429 Central Ave. in Fillmore.  Phone number is 524-6440.  We are committed to provide personal, honest and professional services to Fillmore and the surrounding area. Our company logo is a lighthouse representing our desire to touch lives and help others.  “Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’”  John
Kraft and Sons, a family-owned computer repair and website design company, is excited to announce our new location at 429 Central Ave. in Fillmore. Phone number is 524-6440. We are committed to provide personal, honest and professional services to Fillmore and the surrounding area. Our company logo is a lighthouse representing our desire to touch lives and help others. “Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’” John
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Our last column compared our neural capacity to a computer’s central processing unit, CPU, and how computers or Artificial Intelligence (AI), will likely never possess empathy and other emotions. Would AI ever experience the emotion of love? What about other life forms? Emotions may or may not separate us from other life forms. As far as myself, when I look into the eyes of a horse or a cow, I sense a type of love in that four legged being. OK, it may be my empathy, but they sure love hanging out with me. I can't categorize a horse or a cow as less important than myself. In a greater context, I see all the life on planet Earth as part of the same family. Taking this concept further, arguably all of the life support systems of Earth, under the umbrella of the ‘carbon cycle,’ should also be included in the miraculous family of life. At the microcosm level, responsible and loving family members respect and care for each other throughout their lives. In a way, the family members are a ‘central processing cluster’ of their family's welfare, but also humanity’s. In a greater context, Earth’s life support systems should be included in the family unit. We can’t live and propagate without our CPU’s, better known as our gray matter. And we surely can’t live and propagate without Earth’s life support systems. Don’t even believe humans and the family of life could wholesomely and indefinitely survive in artificial environments because our emotions are stitched into the fabric of nature with one big emotion called love.

So what am I getting at here? Imagine that when you were born, you were given an empty suitcase. Of course, you were born naked with nothing but your human genome and the culturally constructed epigenome. You already have your genetic instincts. Right off the top, you begin to breathe and then begin to pucker your lips seeking your mother’s breast milk. And right off the starting line, your parents, open the suitcase and consciously and unconsciously, begin to add items to your suitcase. Remember that the epigenome carries the lived experiences of your family line - previous generations’ behaviors were shaped by their experiences and this mixture of characteristics are passed to you in the epigenome. So your suitcase, already getting filled up by our parents and culture, is also burgeoning with epigenetic characteristics. Some of them are good characteristics and others are really bad. If we examine the human species like a culture on a petri dish, we can clearly see that it isn’t flourishing and thriving. It’s carrying a lot of baggage and empathy seems to be missing.

Next week part 2.
Paul Benavidez, MFA

 


 

Sierra Bancorp (NASDAQ: BSRR), the holding company of Bank of the Sierra, announced today the completion of its acquisition of Coast Bancorp (OTC: CTBP) of San Luis Obispo County, California through the merger of Coast Bancorp with and into Sierra Bancorp. Pursuant to the terms of the acquisition agreement dated January 4, 2016, Coast Bancorp shareholders received aggregate merger consideration of approximately $13.5 million, payable $3.3 million in cash with the balance payable in shares of the common stock of Sierra Bancorp. Immediately following the acquisition, Coast Bancorp’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Coast National Bank, was merged into Sierra Bancorp’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Bank of the Sierra. Bank of the Sierra now has close to $2 billion in assets and operates 33 full-service branches, as well as a loan production office, an online branch, a real estate industries center, an agricultural credit center, and an SBA center.

Bank of the Sierra President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin McPhaill said, “We are pleased to see the successful completion of the acquisition. Thanks to the diligent work of both teams, the closing of the acquisition went smoothly, and we are excited to welcome the employees and customers of Coast to the Bank of the Sierra family and to offer our products and services to this robust market.”

Advisors
Sierra Bancorp was advised in the transaction by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, a Stifel Company, as financial advisor and King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano, LLP as legal counsel. Coast Bancorp was advised in the transaction by FIG Partners, LLC, as financial advisor and Stuart | Moore as legal counsel. Coast Bancorp received a fairness opinion from the Vining Sparks Community Bank Advisory Group.

About Sierra Bancorp & Bank of the Sierra
Sierra Bancorp (NASDAQ: BSRR) is a publicly-traded company with approximately $2 billion in assets. Headquartered in Porterville, California, the company operates primarily through Bank of the Sierra (the Bank). The Bank is a multi-community financial institution that offers a full range of retail and commercial banking services, primarily in the central and southern sections of the San Joaquin Valley. The Bank specializes in agricultural lending and works with many of the businesses in that region. Since opening for business in January 1978, the Bank has grown to be the largest independent bank headquartered in the South San Joaquin Valley. More information about Sierra Bancorp and Bank of the Sierra can be found at the following websites:
www.sierrabancorp.com
www.bankofthesierra.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements made in this release, other than those concerning historical financial information, may be considered forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release and are based on current expectations and involve a number of assumptions. These include statements as to the anticipated benefits of the merger, including future financial and operating results, cost savings and enhanced revenues that may be realized from the merger as well as other statements of expectations regarding the merger and any other statements regarding future results or expectations. Sierra Bancorp intends such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this statement for purposes of these safe harbor provisions. The Company’s ability to predict results or the actual effect of future plans or strategies is inherently uncertain. Factors which could have a material effect on the operations and future prospects of Sierra Bancorp include but are not limited to: the businesses of Sierra Bancorp and/or Coast Bancorp may not be integrated successfully or such integration may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; expected revenue synergies and cost savings from the merger may not be fully realized or realized within the expected time frame; revenues following the merger may be lower than expected; customer and employee relationships and business operations may be disrupted by the merger; the ability to obtain required regulatory and shareholder approvals, and the ability to complete the merger on the expected timeframe may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; changes in interest rates, general economic conditions, legislative/regulatory changes, monetary and fiscal policies of the U.S. government, including policies of the U.S. Treasury and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve; the quality and composition of the loan and securities portfolios; demand for loan products; deposit flows; competition; demand for financial services in the companies’ respective market areas; their implementation of new technologies; their ability to develop and maintain secure and reliable electronic systems; and accounting principles, policies, and guidelines, and other risk factors detailed from time to time. Sierra Bancorp undertakes no obligation to update or clarify these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 


 
Contestants in the 2016 Body Image Powerlifting competition. Photo by Bob Crum.
Contestants in the 2016 Body Image Powerlifting competition. Photo by Bob Crum.
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The Fillmore Photography Club inauguration is scheduled for Thursday, July 14, 2016.

The informal get together begins at 7 p.m. at the Active Adult and Community Center, 533 Santa Clara Street.

Long time photojournalist Bob Crum will lead the discussion on tentative activity plans. These include monthly assignments based on various themes. Photos by participants will be reviewed the following month.

This initial meeting is also for interested photographers and wannabe photographers to offer feedback about what they're most interested in and their preferences. What you expect and desire is important to know.

Everyone who shares an interest in photography... regardless of the gear at hand... whether point-and-shoot cameras, a dSLR camera or even a cell phone ... is encouraged to attend and participate in the discussions.

So you there!!!

 
Several months ago the Rotary Club challenged the Explorers of Post #2958 if they could raise $10,000, toward their new van, then the Club would match it. They reached their goal and the Club awarded them with $10,000. Kyle Wilson, Deputy Leo Vazquez, Explorers Danielle Ramirez, Matthew Hammond and Isaiah Galvez. The Rotary Club Fireworks Booth will be at the corner of Hwy 126 and E Street. It is the first booth as you enter Fillmore from West to East; on the right side.
Several months ago the Rotary Club challenged the Explorers of Post #2958 if they could raise $10,000, toward their new van, then the Club would match it. They reached their goal and the Club awarded them with $10,000. Kyle Wilson, Deputy Leo Vazquez, Explorers Danielle Ramirez, Matthew Hammond and Isaiah Galvez. The Rotary Club Fireworks Booth will be at the corner of Hwy 126 and E Street. It is the first booth as you enter Fillmore from West to East; on the right side.
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Kyle Wilson, President and Rotarian Jerry Peterson. Jerry presented a program on his experiences while volunteering in Yosemite this past May.
Kyle Wilson, President and Rotarian Jerry Peterson. Jerry presented a program on his experiences while volunteering in Yosemite this past May.
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Kyle Wilson steps down as President of the Rotary Club of Fillmore and Julie Latshaw begins the year ahead.
Kyle Wilson steps down as President of the Rotary Club of Fillmore and Julie Latshaw begins the year ahead.
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July 19, 2016

The effects of sleep apnea and temporomandibular joint disorder – TMJ – on chronic headaches will be focus of a free seminar Community Memorial Health System is holding on Tuesday, July 19.

Brigitte Lovell, D.M.D., who specializes in headache and orofacial pain, will lead the seminar that will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the eighth-floor Nichols Auditorium at Community Memorial Hospital, 147 N. Brent St.

Dr. Lovell will discuss the warning signs, diagnosis and treatment of TMJ, which can cause pain to the head, jaw, neck and shoulders. She also will cover TMJ pain night guards, devices and injections, as well as sleep apnea/snoring custom-made alternative dental devices that are available.

Dr. Lovell received her medical degree from Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health and completed her residency training at UCLA. She is a member of the American Headache Society,
American Academy of Orofacial Pain and the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain.

Registration is free but reservations are required. Visit cmhshealth.org/rsvp or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800/838-3006.

Future Speaker Series events include: Stroke Recognition and Prevention on August 13 in Ojai; and New Cardiovascular Concerns for Breast Cancer Survivors on August 16 at CMH; and Neck Pain: A Real Pain in the Neck on August 30 in Oxnard.

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, along with the Centers for Family Health serving various communities within and located in Ventura County, California.

 

I’m no expert on computer technology but I know a few scientists in the field. Just recently I ran into Jack LeTourneau at the Ojai Music Festival. Jack and I collaborated on a few art projects in the past. Jack is a Berkeley-trained computer scientist with multiple patents on computer technology. Our encounter refreshed my memory of “node label trees” and cloud computing. Jack introduced me to this technology. It was a fascinating experience for a computer science novice.

Our brain is a central processing unit, CPU. Consider your computer. Its CPU is the electronic circuitry that is mandatory for the computer to operate. The objective whether the CPU is in an iMac or your brain is essentially the same. It sends out all the information to your being’s architecture which is how you exist. Notice I didn’t include “why.” The largest mainframe computer in the world is dwarfed by the human brain’s design and processing ability. Mainframe technology is slowly being replaced by other technologies such as “cluster, grid and cloud computing.” These inventions are simply using massive arrays of smaller computers like linking up home computers around the world to process information. In a way, computer evolution is similar to our evolving brains. I might add that the technologies of the cluster, grid and cloud computing, remind us of our connectedness to each other and that together rather than apart, humanity is a far greater CPU than the individual person or mainframe-group.

The analogy of the computer CPU and our brain’s circuitry falls apart when we consider a meaningful, productive and creative life experience. The outdated computer is quickly discarded when it fails to perform. Humankind would never discard a mentally or physically challenged person. This is the characteristic of empathy and compassion that vastly separates humanity from computers and gives us our unique meaningful existence. Scientific research on how our biology responds to acts of empathy versus absence of empathy irrefutably show that empathy and compassion are essential to our health and well-being. It should be obvious that these human characteristics are deeply integral to our circuitry.

Meditation exercises your CPU. It grows new circuitry. The new wiring travels the evolutionary path of least resistance opening a workable future for the individual and humanity. It overrides epigenetic gene expression that passes on destructive types of behavior - similar to a computer virus. You don’t have to have a Ph.D. to enhance your CPU nor to discover "why" you exist. Exercise your kindness. Focus on your breathing. See yourself in others. See humanity as one CPU.

Paul Benavidez, MFA

 

Sierra Bancorp (NASDAQ: BSRR), the holding company of Bank of the Sierra, and Coast Bancorp (OTC: CTBP), the holding company of Coast National Bank, today announced that on June 20, 2016, at a special meeting, the shareholders of Coast Bancorp approved the Agreement and Plan of Reorganization and Merger, dated as of January 4, 2016 (the “Merger Agreement”), by and between Sierra Bancorp and Coast Bancorp, pursuant to which Coast Bancorp will be merged with and into Sierra Bancorp, and immediately thereafter Coast National Bank will be merged with and into Bank of the Sierra. All required regulatory approvals have also been received and the transaction is expected to close on or about July 8, 2016, pending satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

Sierra Bancorp also announced that Anita Robinson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Coast Bancorp and Coast National Bank, will become part of the Bank of the Sierra team as the Market President of the San Luis Obispo area upon completion of the acquisition.

Coast Bancorp further announced that, as required by the Merger Agreement, the rights issued under its Tax Benefits Preservation Plan issued to Coast Bancorp shareholders were redeemed effective June 20, 2016. The termination of the plan and the redemption of the related rights is a closing condition to the Merger. Coast Bancorp shareholders will receive formal notice of redemption shortly, including payment of the required redemption price.

About Coast Bancorp and Coast National Bank
Coast Bancorp is the holding company for Coast National Bank, which serves the communities of San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, Paso Robles and Atascadero, California and had $144 million in assets as of March 31, 2016. Established in 1997, Coast National Bank is a local community bank serving the needs of consumers and businesses through three branch locations and one loan production office throughout San Luis Obispo County.

About Sierra Bancorp & Bank of the Sierra
Sierra Bancorp (NASDAQ: BSRR) is a publicly-traded company with approximately $1.8 billion in assets. Headquartered in Porterville, California, the company operates primarily through Bank of the Sierra (the Bank). The Bank is a multi-community financial institution that offers a full range of retail and commercial banking services, primarily in the central and southern sections of the San Joaquin Valley. The Bank specializes in agricultural lending and works with many of the businesses in that region. Since opening for business in January 1978, the Bank has grown to be the largest independent bank headquartered in the South San Joaquin Valley. More information about Sierra Bancorp and Bank of the Sierra can be found at the following websites:
www.sierrabancorp.com
www.bankofthesierra.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements made in this release, other than those concerning historical financial information, may be considered forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release and are based on current expectations and involve a number of assumptions. These include statements as to the anticipated benefits of the merger, including future financial and operating results, cost savings and enhanced revenues that may be realized from the merger as well as other statements of expectations regarding the merger and any other statements regarding future results or expectations. Each of Sierra Bancorp and Coast Bancorp intends such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this statement for purposes of these safe harbor provisions. The companies’ respective abilities to predict results or the actual effect of future plans or strategies is inherently uncertain. Factors which could have a material effect on the operations and future prospects of each of Sierra Bancorp and Coast Bancorp and the resulting company, include but are not limited to: the businesses of Sierra Bancorp and/or Coast Bancorp may not be integrated successfully or such integration may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; expected revenue synergies and cost savings from the merger may not be fully realized or realized within the expected time frame; revenues following the merger may be lower than expected; customer and employee relationships and business operations may be disrupted by the merger; the ability to obtain required regulatory and shareholder approvals, and the ability to complete the merger on the expected timeframe may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; changes in interest rates, general economic conditions, legislative/regulatory changes, monetary and fiscal policies of the U.S. government, including policies of the U.S. Treasury and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve; the quality and composition of the loan and securities portfolios; demand for loan products; deposit flows; competition; demand for financial services in the companies’ respective market areas; their implementation of new technologies; their ability to develop and maintain secure and reliable electronic systems; and accounting principles, policies, and guidelines, and other risk factors detailed in the SEC filings of Sierra Bancorp, including the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of Sierra Bancorp’s most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. Sierra Bancorp and Coast Bancorp undertake no obligation to update or clarify these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Additional Information about the Proposed Transaction and Where to Find It
This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. In connection with the proposed transaction, Sierra Bancorp filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a registration statement on Form S-4 containing, among other things, a proxy statement/prospectus and other documents with respect to the proposed Merger. INVESTORS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS (INCLUDING ALL AMENDMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS PROVIDED BY SIERRA BANCORP AND COAST BANCORP BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION.

Investors may obtain free copies of the proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant documents prepared by Sierra Bancorp and Coast Bancorp free of charge by contacting Sierra Bancorp or Coast Bancorp.

 

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, the employees of Santa Clara Valley Disposal will be taking the day off on Monday, July 4. As a result, Fillmore residential customers will have their trash, recyclables and green waste collected one day later, on Saturday, the week of July 3-9.

The regular Friday pickup schedule will resume the week of July 10-16.

For more information, call 647-1414.

 

The Fillmore Women’s Service Club was pleased to present Scholarships on June 1st at the Awards Ceremony at the High School. Susan Banks, President, Mimi Burns, Youth Chairwoman, and Danielle Quintanta on behalf of the members of the Club presented Luis Antonio Landeros, Tatem Forsberg, Christopher Berrington, Irma Torres, Jessica Manginelli, Amariza Almaguer, Lindsey Gerardo, Hope Wilcox, Jordan Manzano, and Miguel Martinez Educational Scholarships. Rafael Regalado received a Community Scholarship who plans to study business and own his own business one day. Two Scholarships were presented to Josue Guzman and Jorge Valdovinos in the name of Fire Chief Rigo Landeros. We would like to thank the following people for their donations in honor of a great citizen of Fillmore. Veronica Levy, the Patterson Family, Gertrude and Lewis Lovelace in the name of William and Richard Thompson; Sandra and Kelley Lovelace, Steve and Sandy Butts and Charmaine Delgado and the Fillmore Women’s Service Club. Josue and Jorge are planning to go to Oxnard College and become Firefighters.

 
Rotary Makes Donation To Relay For Life Team. Tania Melgoza, representing the Estrella Market team, accepted a check, from Cindy Blatt, for $100 to the American Cancer Society. This check will then be presented to the One Love Relay for Life team. The Estrella Market took the Heritage Valley 5/10K Team Challenge and placed second overall in the 10K Run. Rotary Club of Fillmore awards donations for favorite charities to the top two teams in each of the 5K and 10K and the team with the most participants.
Rotary Makes Donation To Relay For Life Team. Tania Melgoza, representing the Estrella Market team, accepted a check, from Cindy Blatt, for $100 to the American Cancer Society. This check will then be presented to the One Love Relay for Life team. The Estrella Market took the Heritage Valley 5/10K Team Challenge and placed second overall in the 10K Run. Rotary Club of Fillmore awards donations for favorite charities to the top two teams in each of the 5K and 10K and the team with the most participants.
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Rotary Makes Donation To Boys & Girls Club. Jan Marholin accepted a check for the Boys & Girls Club’s upcoming activities from Rotarian Scott Beylik. The Club appreciates all Jan is doing for the children of the Heritage Valley.
Rotary Makes Donation To Boys & Girls Club. Jan Marholin accepted a check for the Boys & Girls Club’s upcoming activities from Rotarian Scott Beylik. The Club appreciates all Jan is doing for the children of the Heritage Valley.
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Is the individual a microcosm of humanity? Are we a microcosm of the Universe? Consider the trillions of cells that make the individual a physical being. That would be an estimated 37.2 trillion cells working together in a synergistic framework. The trillions of cells that make you into a self-aware being are made up of an estimated 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 synergistic atoms. The atoms in the known Universe are ten quadrillion vigintillion and one-hundred thousand quadrillion vigintillion synergistic atoms. That’s the number 10 with 82 zeros after it. So what’s my point? It’s not mind-boggling numbers. It's a mind-boggling mystery to be taken seriously. We really don’t know the size of the Universe and the synergistic matter in it. Can it be infinite? How can we wrap our heads around infinity? No one has seen the end of the Universe. All we know is that it is big. Or is it? Shakespeare says it is or it isn’t. “To Be Or Not To Be.” It either exists or it doesn’t. To be or not to be is a profound question of balance in one’s life and the quality of your life hinges on its balance of the big and the small. In this context, you are your Universe. I would argue that this assumption is scientific if we consider that processing externalities require your brain. How do we know that anything exists outside our brain? All of the cells and atoms that make you into a physical being with the evolving capability of self-reflection cannot be perceived without your gray matter and all its wonder.

This column is about the health and balance of your two hemispheres and your body but it doesn’t stop there. It is about the Universe and everything in it and about growing the health of our species and all the other species that make up the web of life as we know it on blessed Earth. We are a microcosm of it all. This column is laid out so that we may take our role seriously as evolving intelligence beyond all words and that we may consider an autonomous objectivity of the big and the small and that we are here for that purpose, infinity or not.

 
Fillmore-Piru Relay for Life of

The Relay for Life of Fillmore-Piru would like to welcome the community to come participate in a series of forums this summer on different patient outreaches for the American Cancer Society. To show the community how the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life can give back to their local communities. On June 20th at 7pm Kretta Shaner will come, and speak on the Look Good Feel Better program. On July 25th at 7pm David Weiss will come, and speak on Road to Recovery. On August 22nd at 7pm Pam Brady will come, and speak on the 24/7 1-800-227-2345 number. These meetings will take please at the youth building next to the memorial building in Fillmore.

On June 20th at 7pm at the youth building next to the memorial building in Fillmore. Kretta Shaner, a volunteer who has been participating in the Look Good Feel Better program for over 26 years, will be joining us, to discuss the program. Look Good Feel Better group workshops, is a program comprised of beauty professionals who teach women who are in active treatment to help with cope with skin, nail changes, and hair loss. Studies have shown that the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment can have a significant impact on the lives patients. By Providing Look Good Feel Better workshops to patients, you can help give them the opportunity to see that they can take control of their appearance, helping to improve their self-esteem and to approach their disease and treatment with greater confidence.

The Look Good Feel Better program is also available for Spanish-speaking women, teenagers, and men. For more information, visit lookgoodfeelbetter.org, call 1-800-395-Look (5665), or contact your local American Cancer Society office.

Relay for life of Fillmore-Piru will be happening September 24th-25th, 2016 from 9am-9am at Shiells Park in Fillmore. For more information on the Relay for life of Fillmore-Piru, please visit www.relayforlife.org/fillmoreca, or contact Caitlin Barringer (805)644-4237.

 

Valley Express, the public bus service which serves Santa Paula, Fillmore, and Piru, is proud to offer FREE rides on July 4 from 12 pm until the fireworks end. The special service will be on-demand, which means you must request a ride in advance. The phone number to schedule a ride is 805-933-2267. Space is limited, so riders are encouraged to call in ahead of time.

“We want families to be able to relax, leave the driving to us, enjoy the festivities, and to get home safely after the fireworks,” stated Aaron Bonfilio, Program Manager of Transit Services for Ventura County Transportation Commission.

“We’re delighted that Valley Express can take people from their homes directly to these patriotic celebrations,” added Fillmore Councilmember, Manuel Minjares.

During the day, Valley Express will have a booth at the 30th Annual Sespe Creek Car & Cycle Show in Fillmore. Come visit our booth. We’ll have plenty of information to share, and fun giveaways. The show, sponsored by the Fillmore Chamber of Commerce, is from 9 am to 4 pm. Learn more about the event at www.fillmorechamber.org.

Valley Express service, launched in March 2015, is provided through a cooperative agreement between the cities of Fillmore and Santa Paula, the County of Ventura, and the Ventura County Transportation Commission. It is administered by the Ventura County Transportation Commission. After its first year in operation, total ridership for Valley Express fixed-route and dial-a-ride service neared 100,000 riders.

For route and service information, please call 805-933-2267or visit www.valleyexpressbus.org.

 
Ojai Peace Pod. Participants from Left to Right: Anahata Pomeroy, Julie Heyman, Lisa Berman, Kathy Nolan, Brian Berman, Dianne McCourtney with Lucy. Photographer David Baker.
Ojai Peace Pod. Participants from Left to Right: Anahata Pomeroy, Julie Heyman, Lisa Berman, Kathy Nolan, Brian Berman, Dianne McCourtney with Lucy. Photographer David Baker.
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OJAI, CA - The Ojai International City of Peace team is pleased to announce that Ojai will be the first City of Peace in the world to install a welcome sign at the entrance to a community. It will be located at the “Y” intersection of Ojai Avenue and Maricopa Highway, just south of Rotary Park, adjacent to the bus stop and south of the flagpole.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 16, at 10:00 a.m., with Paul Blatz, Mayor of Ojai, doing the honors, and Greg Grant, City of Ojai Public Works Director, also in attendance. Everyone is invited to come share this historic moment for the Ojai community.

A local group, known as the “Peace Pod,” created the sign’s beautiful design, along with Todd Chandler, owner of Chandler Design, incorporating the International Cities of Peace logo. This sign will be offered as a template, to not only the current 134 International Cities of Peace, but to future cities as well.

International Cities of Peace began in 2009, with the vision to foster peace as a consensus value in cities around the world - bringing peace consciousness into all aspects of a community. Ojai received official status in April 2015, becoming the 99th city. ICP has the goal of having 1000 Cities of Peace by the year 2020.

Parking is available at the Park & Ride on Ojai Avenue on the north side of Rotary Park. Carpooling is encouraged, or ride your bike!

For questions about Ojai ICP contact Julie Heyman: jheyman1@roadrunner.com or Brian Berman: Brian@BermanSculpture.com

Additional information available at: http://www.internationalcitiesofpeace.org/cities/ojai/ojai.html

 
Fillmore Fire Department had a wonderful turnout of over 80 individuals who participated in the Hands Only CPR event in front of Vons on the 600 block of Ventura Street Thursday, June 2nd. By teaching community members Hands-Only CPR, more victims of sudden cardiac arrests will have bystander performed CPR and will be more likely to survive. Customers who were approached and invited to participate were instructed on proper steps to Hands Only CPR. They were taught to check for responsiveness: shaking and shouting “Are you okay?”: followed by calling 911 or having someone else do so if the individual is unresponsive and breathing slowly or not at all. Compress: Position on the floor face up. Kneel right next to the person - so your knees touch his/her arm. Place the heel of one hand on the center of the chest at the sternum and the other hand on top of the first. Lock your elbows put your shoulders over the center of the chest and push HARD straight downward - at least 2 inches. Lift your hands off the chest slightly after each compression to allow the chest to fully re-expand. Compress fast at a rate of 100 per minute. Continue until EMS arrives. Don’t stop if the person gasps it is not a sign of recovery - it’s because you are doing a good job with CPR. When you tire switch off with other people. Many people are concerned they might do something wrong, but the only way to make things worse is by doing nothing. Some of the participants had expressed past experiences where this would have been helpful and possibly life saving for their friends and family members. This event proved to be very well received and appreciated by the community. Pictured is Firefighter David Biazon. Photo courtesy Sebastian Ramirez.
Fillmore Fire Department had a wonderful turnout of over 80 individuals who participated in the Hands Only CPR event in front of Vons on the 600 block of Ventura Street Thursday, June 2nd. By teaching community members Hands-Only CPR, more victims of sudden cardiac arrests will have bystander performed CPR and will be more likely to survive. Customers who were approached and invited to participate were instructed on proper steps to Hands Only CPR. They were taught to check for responsiveness: shaking and shouting “Are you okay?”: followed by calling 911 or having someone else do so if the individual is unresponsive and breathing slowly or not at all. Compress: Position on the floor face up. Kneel right next to the person - so your knees touch his/her arm. Place the heel of one hand on the center of the chest at the sternum and the other hand on top of the first. Lock your elbows put your shoulders over the center of the chest and push HARD straight downward - at least 2 inches. Lift your hands off the chest slightly after each compression to allow the chest to fully re-expand. Compress fast at a rate of 100 per minute. Continue until EMS arrives. Don’t stop if the person gasps it is not a sign of recovery - it’s because you are doing a good job with CPR. When you tire switch off with other people. Many people are concerned they might do something wrong, but the only way to make things worse is by doing nothing. Some of the participants had expressed past experiences where this would have been helpful and possibly life saving for their friends and family members. This event proved to be very well received and appreciated by the community. Pictured is Firefighter David Biazon. Photo courtesy Sebastian Ramirez.
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Yard of the Month winners Kevin and Sheryl with Theresa Robledo.
Yard of the Month winners Kevin and Sheryl with Theresa Robledo.
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Theresa Robledo with Civic Pride Vision 2020 presents Yard of the Month to Kevin & Sheryl. Congratulations! “ A little over a year ago my fiancée and I started looking for a home to buy. After many months of looking, our search led us to Fillmore. We were drawn in by the beautiful mountain views and the warm, small-town feel; and, let us not forget … the housing prices. We visited the Bridges track by Williams Homes and fell in love with their model three floor plan, and the bungalow style exterior. After settling on one home, my fiancée, Sheryl, convinced me that we would be happier in a different model three on a specific lot within the track. Well, that lot was to have a farmhouse exterior, and not only that, but a red farmhouse exterior. After realizing we just bought a barn to live in I decided to fully embrace the theme the City was trying to convey. After many months of staring at our new barn and thinking, “what is missing,” it came to me, “this barn needs a windmill!” So the hunt for the perfect windmill began. After many days of research I found the Aermotor Windmill Company. For over 125 years they have been making windmills for ranchers and they are still running strong to this day in San Angelo, Texas. So on the return from a road trip to Texas to visit my parents I swung by their factory. There I picked up the first addition to our little ranch in Fillmore, that beautiful Aermotor 702 in our front yard. The windmill gave the house a great little ranch appeal as it spun around and around and around. However, on one of Fillmore’s amazing evenings while watching the windmill just quietly spinning and turning, it seemed to me like the windmill was lonely; tirelessly looking for a long lost partner to share its life. So, yet another hunt began … the hunt for the perfect tractor! After many months of searching I found it, a 1949 John Deere BN tractor. This little tractor was hidden away in a garage in the outskirts of Barstow, California. It was restored several years ago and very well taken care of. Now, the windmill has a friend with which it can share those amazing evenings. So far, aside from the windmill and the tractor, we have planted over 20 trees on the property, built a custom shed that matches the house, added garden bridges and brick pathways meandering throughout the backyard. We have many years to come and many more projects planned, including another tractor for the backyard garden area, assuming I can get Sheryl to agree. If you ever see an old green tractor putting down Central, it’s just me having fun bringing back a little historic, old-town feel to Fillmore. “ Drive by 357 Edgewood Drive. Thank you Otto & Sons Nursery for the generous gift certificate to Kevin & Sheryl.