Some may have noticed that the old Skillin and Carroll Mortuary building closed down back in September of this year. The building has a new sign in its place that reads “Perez Family Funeral Home.”
Some may have noticed that the old Skillin and Carroll Mortuary building closed down back in September of this year. The building has a new sign in its place that reads “Perez Family Funeral Home.”
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On Friday, November 22nd Leo Bunnin was back in Ventura County with the Grand Opening of Bunnin Chevrolet of Santa Paula. Over 300 customers, city and county officials, chamber members and Bunnin employees “rocked the tent” as Leo Bunnin (center) cut the ribbon to make Bunnin Chevrolet of Santa Paula officially open.
On Friday, November 22nd Leo Bunnin was back in Ventura County with the Grand Opening of Bunnin Chevrolet of Santa Paula. Over 300 customers, city and county officials, chamber members and Bunnin employees “rocked the tent” as Leo Bunnin (center) cut the ribbon to make Bunnin Chevrolet of Santa Paula officially open.
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Photo of the Week: "Sun reflection on green unicycle in Central Avenue shop window" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7D MKII camera, manual mode with Tamron 16-300mm lens @16mm. Exposure; ISO 16000, aperture f/22, 1/500th second shutter speed.
Photo of the Week: "Sun reflection on green unicycle in Central Avenue shop window" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7D MKII camera, manual mode with Tamron 16-300mm lens @16mm. Exposure; ISO 16000, aperture f/22, 1/500th second shutter speed.
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Prepare to pounce!
Bob Crum
Bob Crum

Is 'time' an abstract mental construct, or does it exist independent of human consciousness? 2019 is like a wisp of smoke, briefly observed before rapidly dissipating. Doesn't it seem like July 4th was last week? Now Thanksgiving is abruptly upon us.

This Thanksgiving, and always, thank you! I am so grateful to have so many ardent readers. In my wanderings around our town of Fillmore, many of you have told me that you enjoy reading this column. It's because you tell me that my column is worth the three minutes to read that I faithfully continue to pound the keys on my keyboard week in and week out.

The day after Thanksgiving is the vexatious Black Friday! And you can hardly wait to leap eagerly into the pandemonium, right? Relax, you have no choice! Like Black Holes, Black Friday possesses such a powerful gravitational pull that not even the stingiest budget can prevent you from spending wildly. With your list in hand, you mysteriously find yourself inline at 5 a.m. for the 6 a.m. store opening. The idea that you could escape the gravitational pull of Black Friday ads is folly. Resistance is futile, so compelling are the tantalizing tales of your heroic conquests. The idea that you could sleep in and retain a firm hold on your money is utter fantasy. Imagine the coveted treasures should you prevail and survive the rough-and-tumble melee. Keyword: Survive!

Photographers, and wannabe photographers, Black Friday is your optimum opportunity to buy the camera, or lens, that you've been lusting for while saving enough money to treat me to lunch-for six months! Remember, cellphone cameras are virtual cameras pretending to be a camera. You deserve better. The best cellphone camera is no match for a dedicated camera for creating desired photos-snapshots notwithstanding! Camera manufacturers are producing an impressive variety of fantabulous cameras.

First, distill your needs from a long list of options. Are you primarily a landscape, portrait, macro, fashion, sports, travel, wildlife, event or street photographer? And do you also intend to record videos with your camera? The type of photography you will shoot the most will help you determine the best-suited camera while keeping in mind many cameras can be effectively used for various kinds of photography.

DPreview.com writes: "A Canon EOS M200 is a capable, inexpensive and easy-to-use compact mirrorless camera. Its image quality and autofocus performance are solid, its video performance is passable, and it's an excellent option for new users looking for their first dedicated camera." Also, the Canon EOS Rebel T7 is an excellent all-around inexpensive camera. If you prefer Nikon, the brand has a couple of quality entry-level cameras. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 with a 14-42mm and 45-150mm lens can be bought at Samy's Camera for $497.00! Imagine that! For a pocket camera while traveling Europe or a U.S. national park, the Canon Powershot G9 X MarkII is perfect. For a tight budget, consider the Canon Powershot ELPH 180.

Online retailers like Adorama often present some phenomenal photo gear sales. For example, a Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR with 18-55mm IS and 75-300mm III Lenses for $399.00, free shipping and no sale tax. Awesome deal! The link: http://tinyurl.com/smjgzye. To shop closer at home: samys.com and hoopercamera.com. Happy shopping!

Cyber Monday (CM), the Monday after Black Friday, often also present great deals on tech gear and photo editing software. Do your research! KNOW precisely what brand and model camera (or photo-related item) that you want so when you see it on sale- POUNCE! Great deals disappear quickly. For example, I need a new TV. I know exactly what Samsung model I want. I'm ready to pounce!

Happy Thanksgiving.

Send comments, questions or suggestions to: focusonphotography@earthlink.net

 


 
Pictured above is Charles Richardson, resident of El Dorado Mobile Estate Park, holding up one of three dirty water filters at last week’s city council meeting, to demonstrate the issue of poor water quality at the park.
Pictured above is Charles Richardson, resident of El Dorado Mobile Estate Park, holding up one of three dirty water filters at last week’s city council meeting, to demonstrate the issue of poor water quality at the park.
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On Tuesday, November 12th, 2019, Fillmore and El Dorado Mobile Estates resident Charles Richardson address the City Council with his concerns over the water quality at the El Dorado, and a city rep’s comment back in 2004 about a coming water fix.

Following are Mr. Richardson’s opening remarks, which were emailed in August 2019 to City Manager Dave Rowlands: “Our discussion went back and forth but in October the City Manager ceased communications with me. David Smallwood wanted to meet with me at my house but that did not happen either. That is why I’m here tonight under Oral Communications.”

“I met with Bert Rapp about the dirty water at El Dorado. I installed a whole house water filter in November 2004. We moved to El Dorado on November 14, 2004.

“First filter, best I could buy. He (Rapp) reimbursed my $30, I think. Suggested using a corrugated type filter. Stated that when new houses around El Dorado are built, there will be a hook-up to our “closed system”. Stated that a hookup to El Dorado’s water system would create an open loop system thus cleaning up our dirty water.”

Mr. Richardson then showed several dirty water filters from his home. Sixty-one filters replaced every three months at a total cost of $20 per filter, and total to date cost of $1,220.

His solution request? New water line in stalled on east side of Pole Creek, tied into that line with El Dorado at Coronado, a cul-de-sac street just next to the newly installed water line.

Jump to 2019, and a lot of dirty water under the bridge.

“I expected Mr. Rapp’s solution to be applied to El Dorado when the new water system was installed about one month ago, but that did not happen.

“I’ll be back every two weeks if necessary until El Dorado’s dirty water is rectified. Please expedite the new hookup with the newly installed water line at Pole Creek.

“Thank you for your attention and dealing with this major issue.”

The Gazette will keep you up to date on Mr. Richardson’s quest.

 


 
Prior to last night’s school board meeting Fillmore United Teacher Association members and their supporters rallied in front of Fillmore Unified District to protest the failed contract negations, and lack of FUSD leadership to present teachers with what they consider a fair offer in their fight for a mutual agreement.
Prior to last night’s school board meeting Fillmore United Teacher Association members and their supporters rallied in front of Fillmore Unified District to protest the failed contract negations, and lack of FUSD leadership to present teachers with what they consider a fair offer in their fight for a mutual agreement.
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Board meeting highlights for the Fillmore Unified School District

First Interim Report
The Governing Board received a presentation on the First Interim Report. Presentation was delivered by Assistant Superintendent, Andrea McNeill and Director of Fiscal Services, Martha Corona

Fillmore USD Discipline Plan
The Governing Board received a presentation on the Fillmore USD Discipline Plan. Presentation was delivered by Assistant Superintendent, Stefan Cvijanovich

Approve Date and Time of Annual Organizational Meeting The Governing Board approved that the Annual Organizational Meeting will be held on December 17, 2019.

Approve Tentative Agreement between the California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter 421 and the Fillmore Unified School District The Governing Board approved the Tentative Agreement reached during the last negotiations session.

Approve CSEA/Management /Confidential Schedules The Governing Board approved the CSEA/Management/Confidential salary schedules.

Personnel Recommendations
The Board approved all personnel recommendations including new hires, promotions, resignations, and leaves.

 


 

Diego Angel Aguilar, 14, passed away on November 17th in the early morning hours. Angel was asleep in a travel trailer about 30-feet from the main house on Willard Canyon when it caught fire. Several drivers who saw the fire from SR 126, and Angel’s family, tried to rescue him but were defeated by the fire. Angel attended Piru Elementary and Fillmore Middle and High Schools. There are two fundraisers for the Aguilar family: this Friday, November 22nd (see notice above), and on Sunday, November 24th, there will be a sale of tacos, drinks and sweets. All funds will go towards the Aguilar family. The Friday fundraiser will start at 2:00pm at 849 1/2 4th St., in the City of Fillmore.

 
The Flashes Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to Riverside this past weekend to compete in the CIF Division 4 Southern Section Cross Country Prelims. The Boys team finished second in their heat, which qualifies them to advance to the CIF Finals on Saturday, November 23rd in Riverside. Pictured above is the Flashes Boys Cross Country team after their heat: (L-R) Matt Munoz, James Flores, Rey Laureano, Fabian Del Villar, Juan Carlos Laureano, Jesse Martinez, Alex Manzo, Davis Flores, Erick Gutierrez, Dave Bustos, Jesse De La Cruz, and Michael Camilo Torres. Go Flashes! Photos courtesy Coach Kim Tafoya.
The Flashes Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to Riverside this past weekend to compete in the CIF Division 4 Southern Section Cross Country Prelims. The Boys team finished second in their heat, which qualifies them to advance to the CIF Finals on Saturday, November 23rd in Riverside. Pictured above is the Flashes Boys Cross Country team after their heat: (L-R) Matt Munoz, James Flores, Rey Laureano, Fabian Del Villar, Juan Carlos Laureano, Jesse Martinez, Alex Manzo, Davis Flores, Erick Gutierrez, Dave Bustos, Jesse De La Cruz, and Michael Camilo Torres. Go Flashes! Photos courtesy Coach Kim Tafoya.
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FHS Girls Cross Country competed this past weekend, finishing 15th out 22 teams which competed. However, senior Vanessa Avila finished in 15th place this past weekend with a time of 19:59.9, which was enough to qualify her for the Finals as an individual.
FHS Girls Cross Country competed this past weekend, finishing 15th out 22 teams which competed. However, senior Vanessa Avila finished in 15th place this past weekend with a time of 19:59.9, which was enough to qualify her for the Finals as an individual.

Written By Epi Torres

On Saturday, bright and early, the Boys and Girls Varsity Cross Country teams traveled to Riverside to compete in the CIF Division 4 Southern Section Cross Country Prelims. The meet was held at the old abandoned golf course, a relatively flat, hot, windy, dusty course, with a few added rises to test ones strength and endurance.

The first race of the day featured 22 teams and eight individual qualifiers. The Fillmore girls found themselves in a tough battle finishing in 15th place among some very good competition. Vanessa Avila was the top finisher for the Flashes running to a 15th place finish in a personal best time of 19:59.9 for her on this course. This was well enough for Vanessa to advance to CIF Final as an individual. Vanessa was followed by Angelica Herrera 87th in 22:53.7, Alianna Tapia 94th in 23:10.8, Jasmine Vega 97th in 23:16.3, Lorena Perez 104th in 23:30.8, Giselle Perez 143rd in 26:43.7, and Natalie Cobian 144th in 26:53.8.

The boys’ team followed in a very competitive race that included the number one ranked team in CIF Div. 4 SS, Foothill Technology. Nineteen teams and five individuals toed the start line in this race. Fabian Del Villar led all Fillmore competitors finishing in 11th place in a time of 16:33.1. He was followed by Erick Gutierrez 15th in 16:45.4, Davis Flores 19th in 16:51.6, Alex Manzo 22nd in 16:58.9, Rey Laureano 32nd in 17:16.5, Juan Carlos Laureano 34th in 17:16.6, and Jesse Martinez 46th in 17:35.2. In the team competition, the boys finished 2nd in their heat, thereby qualifying for CIF Finals next Saturday.

Next Saturday, the boys’ team currently ranked 3rd in CIF Southern Section Division 4, and ranked 6th in the California State rankings will return to the same venue in Riverside with the goal of finishing among the top seven teams and qualifying for the CIF State Finals at Woodward Park in Fresno on November 30th. Along with them, the lone Senior member of the girl’s team, Vanessa Avila will also try to qualify for the State Meet as an individual.

 
Last Friday, November 15th, the Flashes Football team traveled to Yorba Linda High School to take on Esperanza Aztecs in the second round playoff game of the 2019 season. After a long hard fought game the Flashes fell short to the Aztecs 18 – 7, and ended their 2019 season with an over all record 8-2. Photos courtesy Crystal Gurrola.
Last Friday, November 15th, the Flashes Football team traveled to Yorba Linda High School to take on Esperanza Aztecs in the second round playoff game of the 2019 season. After a long hard fought game the Flashes fell short to the Aztecs 18 – 7, and ended their 2019 season with an over all record 8-2. Photos courtesy Crystal Gurrola.
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Submitted By Coach Sean Miller
The Fillmore Flashes' football season ended last Friday night in the second round of CIF playoffs with an 18-7 loss to the Esperanza Aztecs. Senior Quarterback Jared Schieferle threw for 200 yards and a touchdown to junior half-back Justice Rodriguez. Rodriguez finished the game with 3 catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. On defense, sophomore safety Phillip Cervantez led the way with 6 tackles. Senior linebackers David Julian and Bryce Nunez also played well, with Bryce adding 2 tackles for loss along with his 3 tackles and David adding 1 tackle for loss along with his 4 tackles.

The Flashes season is over, and Coach Miller would like to thank everyone who has supported the football team this season. This includes, but isn't limited to, the Fillmore Alumni Association, Fillmore Fire Department, Central Station, The Fillmore Gazette, Fillmore High School faculty and administration, and all community members who have contributed to the football program's success this year. Thank you.

 
Pictured above a photo from last year’s Annual Toy Drive put on by the Fillmore Fire Department. Kids lined up as volunteers helped pass out gifts to each child who attended.
Pictured above a photo from last year’s Annual Toy Drive put on by the Fillmore Fire Department. Kids lined up as volunteers helped pass out gifts to each child who attended.
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The Fillmore Fire Department in conjunction with the Fillmore Fire Foundation is kicking off the annual Holiday Toy Drive this week. Collection drop off boxes for new toys are available at the Fillmore Police and Fire Stations. As part of the Toy Drive, on Sunday December 8th, the Fire Department will be holding the annual Chicken Dinner Fundraiser to collect new toys and/or generate funds that are used to purchase hundreds of toys for children in the Fillmore/Piru area. A complete chicken dinner meal is prepared for anyone wanting to donate an unwrapped toy or who wishes to donate monetarily to the fundraiser. The dinner will be held at the Fillmore City Fire Station, 711 Landeros Lane. Dinner will be served from 5-7 PM. Meals may be eaten at the Fire Station or take out orders will be available. The hundreds of toys received from this event will be combined with those that are donated by the Community and then distributed the following week on Saturday December 14, in a huge Community Holiday Giveaway event.

This year’s annual Fillmore Community Holiday Giveaway will be held Saturday December 14th from 9 AM – 12 PM at the Fillmore City Fire Station, 711 Landeros Lane. This is the annual event where holiday commodities are given to the children who reside within the Fillmore Unified School District boundaries. Each child will have a picture taken with Santa Claus. They will also receive a new toy and reading book, a new coat and socks, holiday bags of groceries will also be available as well as a limited number of Christmas trees. Cotton candy, popcorn and candy canes will be distributed. The children and their families will be able to visit with First Responders and learn safety tips.

Annual sponsors of the event include our local Fillmore Police and Fire Departments, Santa Clara Valley Legal Aid, The Latshaw Foundation, One Step A La Vez, Soroptimist International of Fillmore, Saint Francis of Assisi Church, Fillmore Future Farmers of America, Sespe 4-H, Rotary International of Fillmore, Fillmore Lions Club, Ventura County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, the Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, Fillmore Citizen’s Patrol, Fillmore Search and Rescue, The Fillmore Fire Foundation and numerous other generous personal and business donors.

If you would like to help donate to the Fillmore Community Holiday Giveaway, you may give new toys, coats, books, socks or canned food; drop boxes are located at the Fillmore Police Station and at the Fillmore City Fire Station. Cash donations are gladly accepted, checks may be made out to “The Fillmore Fire Foundation” with a notation of “Holiday Giveaway”. Donations may be mailed to Fillmore Fire Foundation” PO Box 331, Fillmore , CA 93016 or for drop off, please contact Scott Beylik (805) 732-1101 or Keith Gurrola (805) 558-0932.