(l-r) Reza Razzaghipour Region President ,Sherri McGuire, Mary Graves,Katelyn fier,and Eric Irie branch Manger. Piru Canyon 4-h would like to thank Wells Fargo for there donation! It is greatly appreciated! Submitted by Piru Canyon 4-H.
(l-r) Reza Razzaghipour Region President ,Sherri McGuire, Mary Graves,Katelyn fier,and Eric Irie branch Manger. Piru Canyon 4-h would like to thank Wells Fargo for there donation! It is greatly appreciated! Submitted by Piru Canyon 4-H.
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The Fillmore lions club has announced that this year contest will be held on Monday February 6, 2017 at the Fillmore scout house at the end of Sespe Avenue by pole creek. The topic will be "Is the right to privacy a threat to our national security?" this topic is very relevant and interesting in light of the events of the past year. The computer hacks, the wiki-leeks, and the NSA phone taps just to mention a few news worthy events. Chair Bill Edmonds states that the total prize money going to the overall winner will be more than 21,000 with the Fillmore winner receiving $100 and the runner ups $25. We can have no more than 6 speakers so get your applications in early. The winner will go on to compete against the other winners from the other lions clubs in zone #8 all high school age youth who live within the boundaries of the Fillmore unified school district regardless of school may enter including home taught, foreign exchange students and students of other high schools may enter.

Students who wish to enter may contact Mr. Edmonds at 524-4839 or Principal Tom Ito at Fillmore High School. Edmonds emphasizes that this public speaking competition will be very worthwhile to the students and very interesting to their parents, and to the community. Public speaking competition will look very good on college applications and resumes. Students should get started early because if takes time to develop and practice a good speech.

 


 

Hello Fillmore!
Last year the Christmas Trees on Central came back after a thirty year hiatus...with the help of our great community we hope it will be a yearly tradition to anticipate....if you were a kid in Fillmore way-back-when you would remember the "Christmas Tree Drill" : pick your tree and decorate it with homemade ornaments as a loving gift to our community...no money involved- only your hearts...
But we are doing something different this year as we are using a variety of trees- not just pine- so we can replace trees around town that have died from the drought and beautify public places....and a HUGE thank you to Brightview Nursery for their community spirit in donating the trees! In addition, much gratitude to the Lions Club for their grunt help setting up and tying down the trees on Central. Finally, thanks to all the business', families, classrooms, clubs and organizations, and individuals that will 'adopt' a tree to bring the true spirit of Christmas to our town...and there is nowhere that lives this spirit better then our wonderful community!
The trees will be in place downtown by the evening of Thursday, Dec. 1st. and they need to be decorated by Friday evening (the Christmas Parade-Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 1pm- might complicate your access to the downtown) If we run out of trees, we will place you on the list next year. Interested in a tree? Leave a message ASAP at: reginastehly@gmail.com... Thank you!!!

 


 
The Fillmore Fire Foundation would like to acknowledge and thank Chris Balden from the Balden Ranch Company for a recent generous donation. Pictured left to right; Assistant Chief Bill Herrera, Firefighter Greg Swirm, Chris Balden, Firefighter Jordan Castro, Engineer Mike Salazar. Submitted by Fillmore Fire Chief Keith Gurrola.
The Fillmore Fire Foundation would like to acknowledge and thank Chris Balden from the Balden Ranch Company for a recent generous donation. Pictured left to right; Assistant Chief Bill Herrera, Firefighter Greg Swirm, Chris Balden, Firefighter Jordan Castro, Engineer Mike Salazar. Submitted by Fillmore Fire Chief Keith Gurrola.
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A light will be shining on the Fillmore/Piru Hospice Tree in Fillmore, for names of loved ones in honor or in memory of, received by November21, 2016 for Fillmore in Memory of:

Myrtie Byrum
Bill Haynes
Coleman Byrum
Olen Core
Dorothy Krieger
Sue Core
Jeanette Foy
Gladys Core
Dad/Grandpa Zeke Hernandez
Nana Lucy Gonzalez
Dino Lavato
in Honor of:
Mom/Mambo Andrea hernandez

Tree Lighting Ceremony Central Park Plaza November 26,2016 at 5:30
Santa Clara Valley Hospice Home Support Group Inc.

 


 
Leo the Lion at the Christmas Parade last year.
Leo the Lion at the Christmas Parade last year.
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It’s hard to believe it, but Thanksgiving is only a week away and that means the Fillmore Lions Club Christmas Parade is right around the corner. This year’s Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 3rd. The parade will begin at 1pm at the intersection of Central Avenue and Second Street and then proceed south on Central to Santa Clara Street. As always, Santa will trade in his sleigh for the afternoon and make his special trip down Central aboard a Fillmore fire truck. At the end of his ride, Santa will make his way to the depot to take photos with the kids, so make sure to bring your camera to take pictures.

Please remember that the parade route will be posted “No Parking” from 11:00 am to approximately 3:00 pm on the day of the parade on Central Avenue from Second Street to Santa Clara. Cooperation from residents is needed in order to keep vehicles off of the parade route during that time for the safety of parade participants and spectators.

The Christmas Parade is open to individuals, businesses, civic organizations, school bands, church groups, car clubs and equestrians. Just about any group or person who wants to celebrate the season with a “themed entry” is welcome and there is no cost to enter the parade. To be a part of the Christmas Parade, send an email to FillmoreChristmasParade@gmail.com and an application will be sent to you. For questions or additional information, please contact Lion Scott Lee at 524-1896.

Although the Fillmore Christmas Parade has a long standing tradition in Fillmore, it was in danger of being cancelled in 2001 when the parade lost its’ sponsor. The late Hank Carrillo suggested the Fillmore Lions Club assume the responsibility for the Christmas Parade as a service to the community and the Lions Club continue to sponsor the Parade in Hank Carrillo’s honor. Fillmore Lions wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and look forward to seeing you on December 3rd!

 
A traditional Thanksgiving feast with all of the fixings
The Dunbar Group is pleased to carry on Troop Real Estate’s tradition of feeding those in need on Thanksgiving. With this year’s donation from the Dunbar Group, the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley will be able to celebrate the holiday at all three club locations (Santa Paula, Fillmore and Piru) by having Club staff cook a traditional Thanksgiving feast with all of the fixings the day before the actual holiday. “Our youth always enjoy having a holiday feast with their friends and Club Staff . It is a sense of community and celebration for them” states Boys & Girls Club CEO Jan Marholin. This year the three feasts will host over three hundred youth! Thank you Dunbar Group.
The Dunbar Group is pleased to carry on Troop Real Estate’s tradition of feeding those in need on Thanksgiving. With this year’s donation from the Dunbar Group, the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley will be able to celebrate the holiday at all three club locations (Santa Paula, Fillmore and Piru) by having Club staff cook a traditional Thanksgiving feast with all of the fixings the day before the actual holiday. “Our youth always enjoy having a holiday feast with their friends and Club Staff . It is a sense of community and celebration for them” states Boys & Girls Club CEO Jan Marholin. This year the three feasts will host over three hundred youth! Thank you Dunbar Group.
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With the holiday season approaching, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reminds consumers to use safe food preparation and storage measures to prevent foodborne illness. Bacteria that can be found in foods such as meat and poultry may cause illness if they are insufficiently cooked, inadequately cooled or improperly handled.

“We can help ensure that foodborne illnesses don’t ruin our holidays by properly preparing and handling meat, poultry and other foods,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith.

About 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths in the U.S. each year are related to foodborne diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Foodborne diseases can be prevented by:
• Washing hands with soap and warm water before and after food preparation, and especially after handling raw foods.
• Cleaning all work surfaces, utensils and dishes with hot soapy water and rinsing them with hot water after each use.
• Cooking food thoroughly and refrigerating adequately between meals.

Symptoms of foodborne disease can include diarrhea, which may be bloody, vomiting, abdominal cramps and fever. Most infected people recover from foodborne illnesses within a week. Some, however, may develop complications that require hospitalization. Young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are at highest risk for potentially life-threatening complications.
For more information about preparing and storing food, visit the following CDPH links:
• Food Safety Tips for Holiday Feasts
• Safe Food Handling Practices
• Controlling Food Allergens
• Foodborne Pathogens and Illnesses

Additional information about food safety is available on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Meat and Poultry hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854). Consumers can also access the national Partnership for Food Safety Education’s Fight BAC! website.

www.cdph.ca.gov

 
Tree LightingCeremony Central Park Plaza November 26,2016 at 5:30

A light will be shining on the Fillmore/Piru Hospice Tree in Fillmore, for names of loved ones in honor or in memory of, received by November 7, 2016 for Fillmore in Memory of:

Jeffrey Hansen
Louie C. Garcia
Mary C. Garcia
Frieda Ruiz
Neva DeYoung
Lloyd D. Michel Jr.
Donald DeYoung
Donald Strawn
Ralph Crawford
Paul Smith
Derek DeJarnette
Eva Koch
Trennie Ortiz
Mary Beyerl
Joe Beyerl
Aaron Myers
Gertrude Schleimer
Gerry Schleimer
Melba “Jerry” Schleimer
Samuel Myers
Alice Schmittou
Leland Schmittou
Corinne Schmittou
Clayton Schmittou
William Clark Schmittou
Lucien Schmittou
Harold Michel
Bernice Michel
Vickie Fildes
Vernon Arnold

Santa Clara Valley Hospice Home Support Group Inc.

 
The students of Fillmore High School always enjoy a visit to La Fondita restaurant in downtown Fillmore.  As the smell of delicious Mexican cuisine wafts through the open door, restaurant owner Petra Patricía R. García welcomes students with a warm smile. On November 1st, to celebrate the upcoming Dia De Los Muertos, three classes from Fillmore High School stopped by for a flavorful lunch.
The students of Fillmore High School always enjoy a visit to La Fondita restaurant in downtown Fillmore. As the smell of delicious Mexican cuisine wafts through the open door, restaurant owner Petra Patricía R. García welcomes students with a warm smile. On November 1st, to celebrate the upcoming Dia De Los Muertos, three classes from Fillmore High School stopped by for a flavorful lunch.
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In observance of Thanksgiving Day, the employees of Santa Clara Valley Disposal are taking the day off on Thursday, Nov. 24. As a result, Fillmore residential customers will have their trash collected on Saturday, Nov. 26, one day later than usual.

The regular Friday schedule will resume the following week.

For more information, call 647-1414

 
 

This November, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give the perfect gift – a blood donation – to help ensure a sufficient blood supply throughout the holiday season.

A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with family gatherings and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Timothy Sheely’s wife received 12 units of blood products during emergency surgery after the birth of their son. “If it had not been for blood donors, she may not have survived that ordeal, but thanks to generous blood donors, I still have a wife and my kids still have their Mom,” he said. “I can't possibly thank those people in person, but I can give a little piece of me back with each donation for the greater good. Thanks to those who are able to donate and choose to donate!”

The Red Cross encourages donors to start a new holiday tradition and bring family and friends together to donate blood or platelets. Donors of all blood types are needed to give this November to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients. As a thank you for donating around the Thanksgiving holiday, all those who come to donate Nov. 24-28 will be invited to download a set of recipes from celebrity chefs.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to save time when donating.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities: Ventura County

Camarillo
11/23/2016: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Residence Inn, 2912 Petit Street

Newbury Park
11/16/2016: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Alcoa Fastening Systems, 1300 Rancho Conejo Blvd
11/19/2016: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Newbury Park Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church, 180 Academy Dr.

Simi Valley
11/25/2016: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Rancho Santa Suzanna Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave

Thousand Oaks
11/23/2016: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Thousand Oaks Inn, 75 W Thousand Oaks Blvd
11/28/2016: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Thousand Oaks Inn, 75 W Thousand Oaks Blvd

Ventura
11/29/2016: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

The Humane Society of Ventura County will hold its annual “Santa Paws” fund-raisers on Nov. 20 in Ventura and at the HSVC’s shelter in Ojai on Dec. 4, where pets – along with their families – can have their pictures taken with Santa.

The Ventura photo shoot on Nov. 20 will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ventura Beach Marriott, 2055 E. Harbor Blvd. The event in Ojai on Dec. 4 also runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The HSCV shelter is located at 405 Bryant St.

For a $25 donation, pet owners receive several professional photos on a compact disc that will be ready to take home the day of the event. Many festive pet costumes to doll up pets will be available. Pocket pets, reptiles and birds are all welcome.

The HSVC asks attendees to being their dogs on a lease and cats in a carrier. Adults and children are welcome in photos – with or without Santa. Those who do not have a pet can still bring their children to avoid long lines at the mall.

Greg Cooper, a professional photographer, will shoot the pictures. Chuck Bowman is Santa.

The Ojai event also will feature a Holiday Craft Fair where local artists and crafts people will have one-of-a kind gifts. Firefly Ceramics will be on hand with a booth for attendees to make their own ornament keepsake with a $20 donation to the shelter’s kennel campaign.

The Humane Society of Ventura County is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1932. It does not receive federal, state or local tax dollars to operate and relies solely on private donations.

 

The Relay for Life of Fillmore- Piru did a tremendous job this year! 36 teams raised over $68,929.75, which is exceeding their goal by almost $20,000. The Top Fundraising participant was a little girl by the name of Presley McLain who personally raised over $6,000. Starting with her birthday party last November where in lieu of gifts she asked for donations to the American Cancer Society. The top fundraising team was Namaste who has been with the Relay for Life of Fillmore-Piru over 10 years now. They raised over $9500 dolloars and since they started over $50,000 to the American Cancer Society.

Although the event may have been wrapped up we are still fundraising, because Cancer Never sleeps come out this Saturday October 29th to Elkins Ranch Cruise Night, and the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life of Fillmore-Piru.

Also next year we will be have the Relay for Life of Fillmore-Piru on September 23rd 2017, 9am at ShiellsPark in Fillmore Ca. For any further questions please call Caitlin Barringer at 805-644-4345.

 
Saturday October 29th, Fillmore’s So optimist hosted a Halloween Dog Parade and Costume Contestants were Carol Connaway with El-Way and Spice, Judi Clark with Callie & Jack, Judy Cuevas with Bo Peep and Susan Johnson with her “Dorothy.”
Saturday October 29th, Fillmore’s So optimist hosted a Halloween Dog Parade and Costume Contestants were Carol Connaway with El-Way and Spice, Judi Clark with Callie & Jack, Judy Cuevas with Bo Peep and Susan Johnson with her “Dorothy.”
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Board members Ellen bewey, Chris Villegas, Cynthia King, Kate English birector, Rotary President, Julie Latshaw, One Step student, and Board members Susan Johnson, Al Huerta and Bethany Carpenter.
Board members Ellen bewey, Chris Villegas, Cynthia King, Kate English birector, Rotary President, Julie Latshaw, One Step student, and Board members Susan Johnson, Al Huerta and Bethany Carpenter.
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Fillmore Rotary met at the One Step A La Vez site for breakfast and meeting. Rotarian Kate English, Executive Director of One Step, explained their three main goals: to be a drop in center/homework, adult/parent support through classes etc., and work with juveniles to find jobs and get them on the right path for the future.

 

Santa Clara Valley Disposal will maintain its regular Friday trash collection schedule on Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

For more information, call 647-1414.

 
Leslie Klinchuch, Project Manager for Chevron for the Santa Clara Valley presents a check to the principal, Kari Skidmore for $4,000 to support the Music in the Classroom program.
Leslie Klinchuch, Project Manager for Chevron for the Santa Clara Valley presents a check to the principal, Kari Skidmore for $4,000 to support the Music in the Classroom program.
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Did you know that according to the Association for the Advancement of Arts Education, music programs in school actually improve ALL areas of studies for children in grade K-12? Santa Clara Elementary school, the “Little Red Schoolhouse”, serving students K-6 from Fillmore and Santa Paula, is very excited that this year they will be bringing a musical instrument program to their small historic schoolhouse thanks to the generous support of Chevron Environmental Management Company. Leslie Klinchuch, Project Manager for Chevron for the Santa Clara Valley, presented a check to the principal, Kari Skidmore for $4,000 to support the Music in the Classroom program that will be offered this year at the school for the 55 students that attend. The community support of Chevron will assist with bringing a music teacher to the classrooms to teach appreciation and understanding of music for students, teach instrument instruction to the students, assist with developing community involvement by inviting community members to participate in concert, and help with a 10% increase of the student’s success on standardized tests based on skills learned through music.

Chevron is committed to contributing to the social and economic development of our communities. They believe that providing community support, both through financial assistance and personal involvement, is their responsibility as a good neighbor. They focus on areas such as Health, Environment, and Youth and Education. Their support in serving the students that attend Santa Clara Elementary demonstrates their desire to serve others and be an integral part of the neighborhood.

 
Julie Latshaw Rotary President, presented a mug to Al Huerta who gave a program on the updated methods of CPR and explained how to use the mobile defibrillator.
Julie Latshaw Rotary President, presented a mug to Al Huerta who gave a program on the updated methods of CPR and explained how to use the mobile defibrillator.
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