"Life of Lulu" by Nick Johnson.
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The Fillmore Lions Club presented a $300 check to Fillmore Girl Scout Troop 65101 to attend camp. Pictured left to right is Heather Merenda, Diamond Mendoza, Aurora LaRaia, Mable Lengning, Aine LaRaia, Rosetta Merenda, Brandy Lengning, and Ed Barajas of the Fillmore Lions Club. Courtesy Jan Lee.
The Fillmore Lions Club presented a $300 check to Fillmore Girl Scout Troop 65101 to attend camp. Pictured left to right is Heather Merenda, Diamond Mendoza, Aurora LaRaia, Mable Lengning, Aine LaRaia, Rosetta Merenda, Brandy Lengning, and Ed Barajas of the Fillmore Lions Club. Courtesy Jan Lee.
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Submitted by Jan Lee

The Fillmore Lion’s Club has long supported the Girl Scout Organization. At a recent meeting, Girl Scout Troop 65101 of Fillmore presented a program to the Lions. They are the only troop in Fillmore. This is an “open troop” which means that members are welcome to join at any time. Girl Scouts focus on being good stewards of our community through service. The troop is girl led which means the girls vote on which ventures they choose to help our community. Their donation to the local library expansion is one troop project.

As most everyone knows, it is Girl Scout cookie sale season. The girls earn money to attend camp and other enterprises. So, if you get the opportunity to buy some of those delicious cookies, the funds earned will be used to help their various projects. Thank you Troop 65101 for helping our community.

The Fillmore Lion’s Club donated $300 to the troop to help girls attend camp.

 


 

"Life of Lulu" by Nick Johnson.
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Picture is Rotary President Ari Larson presenting speaker Brian McCarthy, Senior Planner with the City of Fillmore Community Development Department, a Rotary mug as a thank you. Brian discussed new legislations from Sacramento, concerning housing issues and how they will impact Fillmore and Ventura County. Courtesy Martha Richardson.
Picture is Rotary President Ari Larson presenting speaker Brian McCarthy, Senior Planner with the City of Fillmore Community Development Department, a Rotary mug as a thank you. Brian discussed new legislations from Sacramento, concerning housing issues and how they will impact Fillmore and Ventura County. Courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Pictured above is Rotary Club President Ari Larson with Catherine Voelker, who is running for Superior Court Judge, and was a Rotary speaker. She is from a Fillmore farming family, the daughter of Joe and Donna Voelker. When she was in 7th grade Catherine’s class visited the Ventura Court and she was enthralled, and that became her goal in life. After high school and college she attended law school to pursue her career. This is her 16th year as a Senior Deputy Attorney. Catherine has dedicated her entire professional career to serving the people of Ventura County and would be honored to continue to serve as a Superior Court Judge. Courtesy Martha Richardso.
Pictured above is Rotary Club President Ari Larson with Catherine Voelker, who is running for Superior Court Judge, and was a Rotary speaker. She is from a Fillmore farming family, the daughter of Joe and Donna Voelker. When she was in 7th grade Catherine’s class visited the Ventura Court and she was enthralled, and that became her goal in life. After high school and college she attended law school to pursue her career. This is her 16th year as a Senior Deputy Attorney. Catherine has dedicated her entire professional career to serving the people of Ventura County and would be honored to continue to serve as a Superior Court Judge. Courtesy Martha Richardso.
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Pictured above is Rotary Club President Ari Larson with Elena Brokaw, the Barbara Barnard Smith Executive Director of the Museum of Ventura County, who was the speaker for Fillmore Rotary. The Museum began in 1913 with the purpose to collect, exhibit, educate and present programs. It was called the Pioneer Society. In later years, they began to move away from the traditional museum, and founded the Agricultural Museum in Santa Paula. Now each of the museums have become more hands-on, child friendly and fun, with special events for the whole family. Courtesy Martha Richardson.
Pictured above is Rotary Club President Ari Larson with Elena Brokaw, the Barbara Barnard Smith Executive Director of the Museum of Ventura County, who was the speaker for Fillmore Rotary. The Museum began in 1913 with the purpose to collect, exhibit, educate and present programs. It was called the Pioneer Society. In later years, they began to move away from the traditional museum, and founded the Agricultural Museum in Santa Paula. Now each of the museums have become more hands-on, child friendly and fun, with special events for the whole family. Courtesy Martha Richardson.
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"Life of LuLu" by Nick Johnson.
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"Life of Lulu" by Nick Johnson.
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Pictured (l-r) is Rotary Club President Ari Larson presenting Lisa Merkord with a Rotary mug as a thank you for coming out to share her story with the group. Lisa calls herself a “backyard keeper” of bees and if you have a swarm of bees she will come and take them away. She gave a very informative program on all aspects of bees, from their life cycle, to jobs of bees inside the hive, to which honey is the best for our health. She was very knowledgeable and an excellent speaker. Courtesy Martha Richardson.
Pictured (l-r) is Rotary Club President Ari Larson presenting Lisa Merkord with a Rotary mug as a thank you for coming out to share her story with the group. Lisa calls herself a “backyard keeper” of bees and if you have a swarm of bees she will come and take them away. She gave a very informative program on all aspects of bees, from their life cycle, to jobs of bees inside the hive, to which honey is the best for our health. She was very knowledgeable and an excellent speaker. Courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Interface makes searching easier and provides access to all three colleges

Students of Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges rely on their libraries’ websites for their studies, conducting more than 734,245 searches a year. Now students will have streamlined and improved search options. The libraries at Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges recently launched upgraded web pages on each college’s website.

The updated interface connects the VCCCD colleges through one search bar, allowing users to search and request resources from any of the three colleges. The new system is the same type that both the UCs and CSUs currently use and is the culmination of a yearlong state-funded project to provide all California community colleges with a shared library systems solution.

“We have 225,000 print items in our libraries alone,” said Peter H. Sezzi, librarian and library department chair, Evelyn & Howard Boroughs Library, Ventura College, “so this was a large undertaking for us. It is more than worth it, as our current and future students will greatly benefit from the enhanced library resources we can provide.”

Chancellor Greg Gillespie added, “By investing in the services our colleges offer, we are investing further in students’ journeys and providing them with the necessary tools to accomplish their academic goals.”

About Ventura County Community College District
The Ventura County Community College District is a member of the 115-campus California Community College system, and serves more than 32,000 students annually. The District’s three colleges--Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura--offer programs in general education for degrees and certificates, transfer to four-year colleges and universities, career technical education, and provide opportunities to engage in co-curricular campus activities. For more information, please visit vcccd.edu.

To view this press release on our website or to access it in a different file format
(i.e. doc, pdf, html) please visit: https://newsroom.vcccd.edu/category/press-releases/

 

"Life of Lulu" by Nick Johnson.
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The newest member of Rotary, Nick Johnson, gave a Kraft Talk, where new members share their life story with the club. Nick started drawing cartoons in middle school. His inspiration was his dog, LuLu. His cartoons appear in The Fillmore Gazette. He is now a Pest Control Advisor working for AgRX. His interest in Ag began when his parents bought a lemon orchard in Fillmore. He got involved in 4-H, FFA, and graduated from Cal Poly with a major in Crop Science. He enjoys his job and being outside inspecting various crops and helping owners to solve their problems. He will be a great asset to the club. Pictured is Rotary Club President Ari Larson presenting a Rotary mug to Nick as a thank you for sharing his story. Courtesy Martha Richardson.
The newest member of Rotary, Nick Johnson, gave a Kraft Talk, where new members share their life story with the club. Nick started drawing cartoons in middle school. His inspiration was his dog, LuLu. His cartoons appear in The Fillmore Gazette. He is now a Pest Control Advisor working for AgRX. His interest in Ag began when his parents bought a lemon orchard in Fillmore. He got involved in 4-H, FFA, and graduated from Cal Poly with a major in Crop Science. He enjoys his job and being outside inspecting various crops and helping owners to solve their problems. He will be a great asset to the club. Pictured is Rotary Club President Ari Larson presenting a Rotary mug to Nick as a thank you for sharing his story. Courtesy Martha Richardson.
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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.

 

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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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