The Rotary Club of Fillmore made a $150 donation to Grad Nite Live on behalf of Rotary 5K Team Challenge winner Pro Body Fitness. Pictured (l-r) are Alicia Hicks who received the check on behalf of Grad Nite Live, Race Director Joe Aguirre, and President Ari Larson. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
The Rotary Club of Fillmore made a $150 donation to Grad Nite Live on behalf of Rotary 5K Team Challenge winner Pro Body Fitness. Pictured (l-r) are Alicia Hicks who received the check on behalf of Grad Nite Live, Race Director Joe Aguirre, and President Ari Larson. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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The Rotary Club of Fillmore inducted new member Nick Johnson of Fillmore on July 10th. Pictured (l-r) is sponsor Scott Beylik, President Ari Larson, new member Nick Johnson. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
The Rotary Club of Fillmore inducted new member Nick Johnson of Fillmore on July 10th. Pictured (l-r) is sponsor Scott Beylik, President Ari Larson, new member Nick Johnson. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Pictured is the first place winner of this year’s 10th Annual Ventura Country Fair Poster Contest which was won by Daríanna Vásquez of Santa Paula.
Pictured is the first place winner of this year’s 10th Annual Ventura Country Fair Poster Contest which was won by Daríanna Vásquez of Santa Paula.
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Hannah Ellsberry, Camarillo
Hannah Ellsberry, Camarillo
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Jorja Garcia, Oxnard
Jorja Garcia, Oxnard
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2019 marked the 10thyear of the annual Ventura County Poster Contest for students in grades 5 through 12. Entries were submitted from every corner of the County. Each piece of art was a personal interpretation of the Fair that reflected the theme “A Country Fair with Ocean Air” as well as each artist’s vision of what the Fair means to them. All of the artwork will be on display in the Youth Expo at the Fair. Of the 58 unique entries the three top prize winners in the 10thannual VC Fair Poster Contest have been selected. These are their stories.

Daríanna Vásquez, Santa Paula
1stPrize

I am 18 years old. I go to Vista Real Charter School and I live in Santa Paula. My main hobby and passion is Art, I use primarily Color Pencil, Acrylic and Oil paint. I was fortunate enough to help paint the sets for my middle school's play, which helped me establish a desire for others to see my work and improve my skills.
In High school I took a full year of art, before going to independent study. In that time I found out about Vita Art Center in Ventura where I took their Teen Art Class for about two years. I'm planning to go to Ventura College and I hope to pursue a possible career in Graphic Design.
My parents have taken me to the Ventura County Fair since I was very little and we go almost every year. My favorite part has always been going to see the Art/ Photography Displays and seeing all of the different Animal Pens. To me the fair always marks the end of Summer, getting to celebrate my mother's birthday, and the beginning of the new school year. I enjoy being able to have a fun time with my family and seeing what my community has to offer. I will especially look forward to this year's Fair as it is the second year I have been able to display my art. Thank you for choosing my poster as the winner! I greatly appreciate this opportunity.

Hannah Ellsberry, Camarillo
2ndPrize

I am a 17 year-old Camarillo resident and a student of Gorman Learning Center, completing both 11th and 12th grade this year; I skipped a grade. My interests include drawing, sewing, playing video games, creating my own characters, writing stories, and spending time with my friends and family. My friends have been some of my biggest encouragements; sharing with me many tips and techniques to try out, or giving me new ideas and encouragement when I can't think of anything to draw. I personally don't think I would have continued in my art without them. I haven't decided fully what I want to do now but I think I might pursue becoming either a 3D animator or an illustrator.
Ever since I was little the fair has been one of my favorite annual traditions my family has. I especially enjoy going to visit all the animals and walking through the garden displays. I don't really have much interest in any of the games or rides besides the Ferris wheel. I find it to be an exhilarating experience to reach the top and be able to see the mountains and the ocean in one clear view. Other things I really enjoy about the fair would be the horticulture and agriculture displays, and wandering through the pavilions admiring all the products and services available. I lastly enjoy going into the art pavilion and just taking time to look at each piece on display and analyzing all the small details, appreciating the amount of time and effort each artist put into their displayed piece. I am definitely looking forward to see all that this year's fair has to offer!

Jorja Garcia, Oxnard
3rdPrize

I am a 14 year old living in Oxnard, CA and I attend Hueneme High School finishing up my freshman year. I am a straight A honors student who is also in recovery from a knee surgery I had in February due to a basketball injury. Currently I have been focusing on my drawing and painting skills in a Visual Arts class at school after being a self taught artist until now, and I have been making art since I was about 3 years old. Last year, I had sold over $2,000 worth of my artwork for an academic summit at Harvard University and in 2017 won 3rd place in this same poster contest for the Ventura County Fair. In the future, I hope to attend a 4-year university on the East Coast or here in California studying topics like biology or mathematics while also furthering my skills in visual/fine arts.
I had entered this poster contest because of my outstanding love for the Ventura County Fair. Since I was born, every summer for my birthday my family has brought me here as a tradition to celebrate and have fun. Growing up with the fair I have enjoyed heart racing rock concerts, amazing food like funnel cakes and kettle corn, to adrenaline rushes from carnival rides. I love the traditions always being made and the ones I have passed on to younger cousins and friends here. The fair means family fun to me allowing new memories to be made annually. The Ventura County Fair has never disappointed me and continues to excite me every year.

 


 
On Wednesday, June 5th, at the Saticoy Country Club, the Ventura County Garden Club elected new officers for the 2019/
2020 year. Pictured above is this year’s new Board of Officers, in no order, President Carol Beckerdite, Vice-President
Christine Gallagher, Secretary Jacqualin Starr, Treasurer Carolyn Tulberg, Fillmore Director Ari Larson, Santa Paula
Director Louise Oseguera, and Ventura Area Director Jenny Kinney. Photo courtesy Jacqualin Starr, VCGC Secretary.
On Wednesday, June 5th, at the Saticoy Country Club, the Ventura County Garden Club elected new officers for the 2019/ 2020 year. Pictured above is this year’s new Board of Officers, in no order, President Carol Beckerdite, Vice-President Christine Gallagher, Secretary Jacqualin Starr, Treasurer Carolyn Tulberg, Fillmore Director Ari Larson, Santa Paula Director Louise Oseguera, and Ventura Area Director Jenny Kinney. Photo courtesy Jacqualin Starr, VCGC Secretary.
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The Ventura County Garden Club has elected a new slate of officers for their 2019 - 2020 meeting year. The new officers were welcomed at an installation luncheon held at the Saticoy Country Club in Somis, on Wednesday, June 5th (2019). They are:

President ------------------- Carol Beckerdite
Vice-President ------------ Christine Gallagher
Secretary ------------------- Jacqualin Starr
Treasurer ------------------ Carolyn Tulberg
Fillmore Director -------- Ari Larson
Santa Paula Director --- Louise Oseguera
Ventura Area Director -- Jenny Kinney

The outgoing Vice-President, Marlene Wait, was presented with an appreciation gift for serving the past year on the Board.

During the luncheon, the Club also celebrated one of its long-time members, Geneva Montes, on the occasion of her 98th birthday.

The Club will not be meeting during July and August. If you have any questions you may contact Jacqualin at starrjacqualin@yahoo.com or (805) 816-6019. Have a beautiful summer!

 


 
On Sunday, June 30, Titina Folliero, Coordinator of Member Development for Foresters Financial, brought volunteers and school supplies to fill backpacks for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley Youth. Titina is in charge of the non-profit arm of Foresters Financial, which gives back to local communities. Thank you for visiting our Santa Paula Club with goodies for our Youth in our Fillmore, Santa Paula and Piru Clubs! Photos courtesy Jan Marholin, CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley.
On Sunday, June 30, Titina Folliero, Coordinator of Member Development for Foresters Financial, brought volunteers and school supplies to fill backpacks for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley Youth. Titina is in charge of the non-profit arm of Foresters Financial, which gives back to local communities. Thank you for visiting our Santa Paula Club with goodies for our Youth in our Fillmore, Santa Paula and Piru Clubs! Photos courtesy Jan Marholin, CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley.
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The PEO (Philanthropic Education Organization) Chapter GY presented this year’s PEO Education Award to Fatima Bazurto. Fatima thanked the Club and shared her plans to attended college at UC Davis. Pictured (l-r) is PEO President Jan Lee PEO, Gloria Bazurto (Fatima’s mother), Fatima, PEO Committee Chair Pat Morris PEO, and PEO Committee Member Mary Ford. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
The PEO (Philanthropic Education Organization) Chapter GY presented this year’s PEO Education Award to Fatima Bazurto. Fatima thanked the Club and shared her plans to attended college at UC Davis. Pictured (l-r) is PEO President Jan Lee PEO, Gloria Bazurto (Fatima’s mother), Fatima, PEO Committee Chair Pat Morris PEO, and PEO Committee Member Mary Ford. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Pictured above is Rotary Club President Andy Klittich with Dan Phipps, from the Railroad Historical Museum, Dan presented on the mission of the Railroad Society which is the preservation of the railroad corridor from Santa Clarita to Montalvo, the main working area is Piru to Montalvo and promoting railroad education. Some of the activities they are part of is the Railroad Visitor Center where they have a miniature running train, train library, theater for watching train movies and a gift shop. He related that other groups may come and use the theater for movies. The group also maintains the turntable, behind the Fillmore Historical Museum, and works on maintenance, repair and painting on trains in the yard. While riding the trains they help the visitors enjoy the journey. If you love trains this is the place for you! Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Pictured above is Rotary Club President Andy Klittich with Dan Phipps, from the Railroad Historical Museum, Dan presented on the mission of the Railroad Society which is the preservation of the railroad corridor from Santa Clarita to Montalvo, the main working area is Piru to Montalvo and promoting railroad education. Some of the activities they are part of is the Railroad Visitor Center where they have a miniature running train, train library, theater for watching train movies and a gift shop. He related that other groups may come and use the theater for movies. The group also maintains the turntable, behind the Fillmore Historical Museum, and works on maintenance, repair and painting on trains in the yard. While riding the trains they help the visitors enjoy the journey. If you love trains this is the place for you! Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Christie Wilson, 38, Santa Paula.
Christie Wilson, 38, Santa Paula.

A vehicle pursuit that occurred in Santa Paula and Fillmore on Thursday, May 30th, led to the arrest of a Santa Paula woman for felony reckless evading, grand theft of a vehicle, and felony warrant.

On May 30th at approximately 1:05 p.m., a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy observed a vehicle driving recklessly westbound on Telegraph Road and Wells Road and attempted to stop the vehicle, but was unable to catch up to it. Deputies from the Fillmore station responded, located the vehicle and attempted to stop it, but the driver failed to yield to the deputies and a pursuit ensued. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle had been identified as Christie Wilson. As Fillmore deputies pursued Wilson, they learned she had been involved in an earlier pursuit with Santa Paula Police Department and had an outstanding felony warrant. The Sheriff’s Aviation Unit responded to assist with the pursuit. Due to excessive speeds and reckless driving by Wilson, the pursuit was terminated. A short time later, Wilson’s vehicle was located abandoned at a ranch home on South Mountain Road in Fillmore. Deputies, along with a Sheriff’s K-9, canvassed the area for Wilson and learned a ranch truck had been stolen from a nearby worker. Wilson had not been located and was believed to have fled the area in the stolen ranch truck.

On May 31st, patrol deputies and detectives from the Santa Paula Police Department and Fillmore Police Department responded to Wilson’s residence in Santa Paula. Wilson was located hiding inside and was arrested, but the ranch truck she was believed to have stolen has not been located.

Wilson was booked at the Main Jail for VC 10851(a) / Unlawful Taking of a Vehicle, two counts of PC 2800.2(a) / Felony Evading, and an outstanding felony warrant with her bail set at $270,000.

Anyone with information regarding the stolen ranch truck is encouraged to contact Detective Shawn Pewsey at (805) 947-9128. The truck is a gray colored, four-door GMC Sierra pickup truck with a license plate number of 8G70873/CA.

Nature of Incident: Vehicle Pursuit and Stolen Vehicle
Report Number: RB# 19-83223
Location: City of Santa Paula and Unincorporated area of Fillmore
Date & Time: 05/30/19 @ 9:45 AM
Unit(s) Responsible: Fillmore and Santa Paula Patrol Services and Detectives
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Christie Wilson, 38, Santa Paula
Prepared by: Detective Shawn Pewsey
Approved by: Captain Eric Tennessen

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Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 10am – 12pm

Rocks, fossils, oil seeps, and earthquakes, oh my! Come join us at the California Oil Museum to discover the wonders of our earth and participate in first-hand demonstrations. This summer, the museum will be hosting a series of science-centered workshops, available for Grades K – 8.

Through fun and engaging workshops, students will discover fascinating information, and apply their findings through analysis and creative expression. Workshops will include a brief educational lecture, hands-on activity, art project and snack. Each class will revolve around a different topic, including The Wonderful World of Rocks and Minerals, From Soils to Sands, Fossils through Geological Time, Natural Oil Seeps and Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics.

The Summer Science Workshops will take place in the Education Lab, located in the Gallery Room of the California Oil Museum. Each Wednesday during the month of July, workshops will take place from 10am to 12pm. The cost of each class is $15 per student for nonmembers and $10 per student for members. Space is limited, so be sure to visit our website www.caoilmuseum.org to register!

The California Oil Museum is located at 1001 E. Main Street in Santa Paula, CA. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm. For more information regarding our education programs, find us at www.caoilmuseum.org or call 805-933-0076.

For questions about the workshops, please contact the Museum Educator at educator@caoilmuseum.org.

 
Rotary President Andy Klittich presented a check for $250 to Scott Beylik, of the Fire Foundation, to be used for the Rigo Landeros Memorial Golf Tournament. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Rotary President Andy Klittich presented a check for $250 to Scott Beylik, of the Fire Foundation, to be used for the Rigo Landeros Memorial Golf Tournament. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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In observance of the Independence Day holiday, the employees of Santa Clara Valley Disposal will be taking the day off on Thursday, July 4, affecting their pickup schedule. As a result, Fillmore residential customers will have their trash, recyclables and green waste collected one day later that week, on Saturday, July 6.

The regular Friday pickup schedule will resume on July 12.

For more information, call 805-647-1414.

 
Fillmore Rotary Club donated $1,000 to the Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp. Pictured is Rotary President Andy Klittich presenting Jan Marholin of the Boys & Girls Club, who expressed her thanks and related what the camp means to the students. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Fillmore Rotary Club donated $1,000 to the Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp. Pictured is Rotary President Andy Klittich presenting Jan Marholin of the Boys & Girls Club, who expressed her thanks and related what the camp means to the students. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Rotary honored the Sierra High School Scholarship recipients. Adrian Palazuelos introduced the students, Alexus Alvarenga, Desirae Topete, and Jackqueline Aguayo. Catherine Romo is not pictured. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Rotary honored the Sierra High School Scholarship recipients. Adrian Palazuelos introduced the students, Alexus Alvarenga, Desirae Topete, and Jackqueline Aguayo. Catherine Romo is not pictured. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Triptych photo at the William Morris Chevrolet showroom, with the vintage 1927 Chevy sedan in the background. All photos by Phil Fewsmith.
Triptych photo at the William Morris Chevrolet showroom, with the vintage 1927 Chevy sedan in the background. All photos by Phil Fewsmith.
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As photographer new to the area Phil Fewsmith finally found a place to display his photos of the beautiful town of Fillmore. He went to the Bel-Aire Cafe located at the William L. Morris Dealership here in Fillmore for breakfast with a few sample presentation prints, he got to know the friendly server, Paula, who later introduced him to the general manager, Geoff, who, after looking at the images, agreed to have them put up for display. On his second trip to the to the café, Paula introduced Phil to William Morris, the owner. And he had agreed to display my work next the Showroom. And they ended up on the wall of the main showroom in time for the Memorial Day weekend.
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Artist Bio: Phil Fewsmith
For years, Fillmore was a small town on State Route 126 that I drove through on the way to somewhere else.
It is ironic I now live here.
Semi-retired, and living in this lovely bucolic area since December of 2017, I had previously been a professional photographer in Los Angeles for over three decades, producing images on assignment for numerous well known advertising, corporate, editorial and entertainment industry clientele.
During that time, my areas of expertise included celebrity and privately commissioned portraiture (studio and environmental), album covers (vinyl and CD), beauty and fashion, still life, jewelry, travel, documentary, night life and street photography, on-set photography and photo-illustration. I also ventured into graphic design and art direction.
The photographer Elliot Erwitt once stated photography was the art of observation:
"…It is about finding something interesting in an ordinary place….. I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." (emphasis added)
In like manner, my observations of Fillmore resulted in documenting how I saw the abandoned, worn out, historic and lonely parts of this town.

To see my entire body of work, including the recent "Fillmore on the 126" gallery, please visit www.fewsmith.com.

 
Monday, June 3rd at 11 a.m., just outside the Fillmore Police Station, Deputy Veronica Grayball was seen giving a ride along tour to Vicenta Hidalgo, as part of the Spanish Citizens Academy Program, where the students get a chance at a hands-on experience of police work.
Monday, June 3rd at 11 a.m., just outside the Fillmore Police Station, Deputy Veronica Grayball was seen giving a ride along tour to Vicenta Hidalgo, as part of the Spanish Citizens Academy Program, where the students get a chance at a hands-on experience of police work.
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President Andy Klittich, center, awarded Sean Morris and Dick Richardson Paul Harris Fellow pins. Paul Harris recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their names of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. Over the years Sean has received four awards and Dick has received two. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
President Andy Klittich, center, awarded Sean Morris and Dick Richardson Paul Harris Fellow pins. Paul Harris recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their names of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. Over the years Sean has received four awards and Dick has received two. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Aerin and Ashlee (l-r) are shown helping raise money for their sisters’ Flashes Cheer, by selling 2019 graduation leis at the corner of River and Mountain View. Photo courtesy Katrionna Furness.
Aerin and Ashlee (l-r) are shown helping raise money for their sisters’ Flashes Cheer, by selling 2019 graduation leis at the corner of River and Mountain View. Photo courtesy Katrionna Furness.
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Centered is Matthew Hammond, son of Bob and Lisa Hammond, who presented a program at Fillmore Rotary on the Summerall Guards. This is a silent precision drill platoon from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. After rigorous physical training and drill proficiency, Matthew has become one of 61 members of the Summerall Guards. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Centered is Matthew Hammond, son of Bob and Lisa Hammond, who presented a program at Fillmore Rotary on the Summerall Guards. This is a silent precision drill platoon from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. After rigorous physical training and drill proficiency, Matthew has become one of 61 members of the Summerall Guards. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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On May 9th the Fillmore Police Department began their Annual Fillmore Public Safety Academy 10-week course. On Wednesdays, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Fillmore Active Adult Center, students get a chance to hear from guest speakers as well as a chance to work hands-on with officers and other Ventura County Justice Departments.
On May 9th the Fillmore Police Department began their Annual Fillmore Public Safety Academy 10-week course. On Wednesdays, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Fillmore Active Adult Center, students get a chance to hear from guest speakers as well as a chance to work hands-on with officers and other Ventura County Justice Departments.
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On Wednesday, May 15th at 2:30 p.m., Santa Clara Valley Hospice hosted the Grand Opening of their New office location at 642 Lemon Way, Fillmore. They will be open on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. SCV Hospice is a non-profit organization and the new office will be open to assist people with short/long term illnesses, disabilities, and those in need of social and emotional assistant. In attendance were City Manager Dave Rowlands, Fillmore Fire Chief Keith Gurrola, City Council member Manuel Minjares, and additional supporters. For more information about SCV Hospice call 805-525-1333.
On Wednesday, May 15th at 2:30 p.m., Santa Clara Valley Hospice hosted the Grand Opening of their New office location at 642 Lemon Way, Fillmore. They will be open on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. SCV Hospice is a non-profit organization and the new office will be open to assist people with short/long term illnesses, disabilities, and those in need of social and emotional assistant. In attendance were City Manager Dave Rowlands, Fillmore Fire Chief Keith Gurrola, City Council member Manuel Minjares, and additional supporters. For more information about SCV Hospice call 805-525-1333.
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