2019 Explorer of the Year Brianna Morfin.
2019 Explorer of the Year Brianna Morfin.

The Fillmore Community Awards Committee & Fillmore Police Department are proud to announce Senior Explorer Brianna Morfin as the 2019 Explorer of the Year!

Briana was born in Santa Paula and moved to Fillmore at the age of 10. She is currently in high school, where she has maintained a 3.5 GPA. She plans on attending Ventura Community College after graduating. Her goal after Ventura Community College is to transfer to Cal State Los Angeles to pursue a degree in Clinical Psychology, with a minor in English.

Briana has been in the explorer program for over three years. Her drive to help the community and others helped her be promoted to Senior Explorer in the summer of 2019. She constantly strives to improve herself by attending leadership programs. One of her favorite programs was the Ronald Reagan Library Student Leadership Program, which led her to start the Creative Writing Club at her high school. Briana also attended the Thousand Oaks Youth Leadership Camp, this camp allowed her the chance to meet JROTC members from all over the state.

Briana thanks her family for their constant support. She credits the Explorer Program for the opportunity to explore a part of herself she couldn’t find without the various learning opportunities of the program.

Briana wrote, “To my Explorer Advisors, I thank you all for seeing the potential I had, when I didn’t see it myself. Your constant reassurance and support helps me overcome so many obstacles of self-doubt, you’ve built up my confidence. With all of that, I feel like I can overcome anything. To my fellow Explorers, I thank you for embracing who I am and for giving me a chance to help you all individually grow into the best person you could all be. Thank you both, advisors and explorers for walking me through this journey.”

Due to Covid19, we have, as this time, postponed the Community Awards Reception until mid-June. We will keep the public updated if this changes.

 


 
Congratulations Kathy Munoz Meza on your 40 year anniversary with Safeway/Vons! Kathy has made waiting in line a pleasure with her friendly smile and humor for 40 years! We’re lucky to have her!
Congratulations Kathy Munoz Meza on your 40 year anniversary with Safeway/Vons! Kathy has made waiting in line a pleasure with her friendly smile and humor for 40 years! We’re lucky to have her!
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City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

The City of Fillmore will be closing city hall beginning Wednesday, March 18 to the public. The closure will extend for two-week intervals at which time the need for continued closure would be assessed. City employees would continue to report to work. If you need to conduct city business please call, e-mail or use our on-line functions. We appreciate your understanding during this unprecedented time.

 


 
Due to Coronavirus concerns stores, and doctor and dental offices have posted signs outside their places of business for the community. Above are signs from Fillmore’s Rite Aid, and Dr. Hakansson, M.D. and Dr. Pratt’s offices. Restaurants are take-out and drive-thru only. Seniors are requested to only go out for groceries, and everyone is asked to stay in their residences except for essential travel.
Due to Coronavirus concerns stores, and doctor and dental offices have posted signs outside their places of business for the community. Above are signs from Fillmore’s Rite Aid, and Dr. Hakansson, M.D. and Dr. Pratt’s offices. Restaurants are take-out and drive-thru only. Seniors are requested to only go out for groceries, and everyone is asked to stay in their residences except for essential travel.
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This past weekend Vons in Fillmore and other stores throughout Fillmore were swarmed by shoppers and soon after had bare shelves of essential items such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial, bread and more. Due to the fear of COVID-19 stores could not keep up with demand, and some stores changed there hours to be able to restock their shelves. Hours are announced as 7am to 10pm.
This past weekend Vons in Fillmore and other stores throughout Fillmore were swarmed by shoppers and soon after had bare shelves of essential items such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial, bread and more. Due to the fear of COVID-19 stores could not keep up with demand, and some stores changed there hours to be able to restock their shelves. Hours are announced as 7am to 10pm.
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Courtesy https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/checklist-household-re...

As a family, you can plan and make decisions now that will protect you and your family during a COVID-19 outbreak. Creating a household plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community. Use this checklist to help you take steps to plan and protect the health of you and your family.

PLAN AND PREPARE
Get up-to-date information about local COVID-19 activity from public health officials
Create a household plan of action.
- Consider members of the household that may be at greater risk such as older adults and people with severe chronic illnesses.
- Ask your neighbors what their plan includes.
- Create a list of local organizations you and your household can contact in case you need access to information, healthcare services, support, and resources.
- Create an emergency contact list including family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.
- Choose a room in your house that can be used to separate sick household members from others.
Take everyday preventive actions:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces Be prepared if your child’s school or childcare facility is temporarily dismissed or for potential changes at your workplace.
- Administrative Controls refer to employer-dictated work practices

TAKE ACTION
In case of an outbreak in your community, protect yourself and others:
- Stay home and speak to your healthcare provider if you develop fever, cough, or shortness of breath
- If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse Bluish lips or face
- *This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptom that is severe or concerning.
- Keep away from others who are sick
- Limit close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet)
Put your household plan into action
- Continue to practice everyday preventive actions
- If someone in the household is sick, separate them into the prepared room
- If caring for a household member, follow recommended precautions and monitor your own health
- Keep surfaces disinfected
- Avoid sharing personal items
- If you become sick, stay in contact with others by phone or email
- Stay informed about the local outbreak situation
- Notify your work if your schedule needs to change
- Take care of the emotional health of your household members, including yourself
Take additional precautions for those at highest risk, particularly older adults and those who have severe underlying health conditions.
- Consider staying at home and away from crowds if you or a family member are an older adult or have underlying health issues
- Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home
- When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick and limit close contact with others
- Practice good hand hygiene
Take the following steps to help protect your children during an outbreak:
- Notify your child’s school if your child becomes sick with COVID-19
- Keep track of school dismissals in your community
- Discourage children and teens from gathering in other public places

 
Free School Meals Available for All Fillmore Kids
Free School Meals Available for All Fillmore Kids
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On Monday, March 16, Fillmore Unified School District’s Child Nutrition Services handed out free school lunches (each lunch also include breakfast the for the next day) at three locations. Fillmore Middle School, Mountain Vista Elementary, and Piru Center Square in the middle of town in Piru. On Monday by 12:15pm, Piru had given out 90 meal bags, FMS 120, and Mt. Vista 150. For more info about the program see https://www.blog.fillmoreusd.org/fillmore-high-school-flashes-blog/2020/...

 
Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association (VCCFMA) Announces Status During the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak

Ventura County, CA – The Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association (VCCFMA) is committed to maintaining its four farmers markets as a vital food facility and local food source during this time of uncertainty with the spread of COVID-19. As a result, the VCCFMA announces that all four markets will remain open for the foreseeable future in Midtown Ventura, Downtown Ventura, Thousand Oaks and Santa Clarita.

In order to provide the safest operations possible, the VCCFMA is modifying its systems by implementing more stringent cleaning and disinfecting protocols at the markets, which include increased sanitization of the equipment and frequently touched areas. Additional hand wash stations and sanitizing products are also available at the markets’ Information Booths. All sampling practices are being discontinued as well as the elimination of cooked foods.

The move of the Thousand Oaks Market scheduled for March 26 to the Front Northwest Outdoor Lot at the Oaks Shopping Center has been postponed during this chaotic time. The market will remain at the East End Parking Lot on Wilbur Road and Thousand Oaks Boulevard until the market operations become stabilized. A new move date, projected for May, will be announced once the site has been approved.

Shoppers can assist with safety by utilizing the hand washing stations, washing hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before eating or drinking and washing again thoroughly after using the restroom. Products will be limited, and shoppers are asked to observe social distancing as well. All food products need to be thoroughly washed when taken home. It is also advisable not to touch ones’ face, hair, body or clothes. Keeping these tips in mind will help ensure everyone’s safety at the markets.

Current updates will be available on VCCFMA social media channels – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For more information, call 805-529-6266, or visit the website at www.vccfm.org

 
Photo of the Week: "Sandpipers feasting at Faria County Beach" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7D MKII in manual mode with Tamron 16-300mm lens @225mm. Exposure; ISO 320, aperture f/11, 1/100 sec shutter speed. Check out the Youtube sandpiper video link in the story below https://youtu.be/oMFgwlQfdBY.
Photo of the Week: "Sandpipers feasting at Faria County Beach" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7D MKII in manual mode with Tamron 16-300mm lens @225mm. Exposure; ISO 320, aperture f/11, 1/100 sec shutter speed. Check out the Youtube sandpiper video link in the story below https://youtu.be/oMFgwlQfdBY.
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Bob Crum
Bob Crum

Check out the Youtube sandpiper video here https://youtu.be/oMFgwlQfdBY.

I'm delighted and surprised to see hundreds of emails from readers in my inbox.

However, so many emails that I had to hire three personal assistants. Therefore, I'm sending an invoice for $3.81 to everyone who emailed me last week to cover payroll! The hullabaloo is the result of my recent proselytizing unmercifully about photo 'prints'.

Noah, William, Isabella, James, Emma, Logan, Elijah, Ava, Lucas, Charlotte, Ethan, Jacob, Olivia, Michael, Sophia, Daniel, Amelia and others wrote essentially asking: Do you make prints yourself? Yes! Or do you send the digital file to a photo lab? Sometimes.

Except for canvas or aluminum prints, I produce prints up to size 13" X 19" (the maximum size photo paper my printers can handle) in my photo lab. I have two printers: A Canon Pro 10 and a Canon Pro 9000 MKII. Two printers because they each use a different type of ink. The Pro 10 uses pigment-based ink; the 9000 MKII uses dye-based ink.

Colorants in dye-based ink are fully dissolved in water, while pigment-based inks are insoluble particles suspended in water. The pros of Dye-based Inks: Cost less, has a broader color range and accuracy of color and produces prints more vibrantly.

The main advantage of pigment-based ink is that the ink will generally last longer because the colors locked in the pigments will protect them from evaporation or oxidation. Typically pigment-based ink costs more.

For most small prints, 4"X6" or 5"X7", I use the dye-based 9000 MKII printer. Longevity is not critical. For "Fine Art" prints selling for $$$$$, I use the pigment-based Pro 10 printer because longevity is important.

Making prints is the culmination of the creative process. From composing the photo in the camera, to post-processing, to the print slowly emerging from the printer is a pleasurable creative process. As photographer Jodi Durr said: I remember the moment (I made the photo) so vividly because it was photographed. I cherish the moment so fondly because it was printed."

Selecting the photo paper best suited for the print is essential. So many options! Brands include Red River, Canon, Epson, Hahnemuhle, Innova, Moab and Canson, to name a few. Choices include the thickness/basis weight. Photo papers are designed not only to look a certain way but also to feel a certain way. Texture refers to the fibrous look and feel of the paper. Surface sheen refers to the reflectivity of the paper coating. A print of a boudoir mermaid photo on Hahnemühle Photo Pearl 310 is so sensual! Imagine that hanging on your wall!

Print just 'special' photos. For every 50 digital photos I shoot, most likely only 1-2 worthy of printing. Also, it doesn’t make sense for everyone to invest in a photo printer, I understand that. But whether you print at home or send a file to a photo lab, print a special photo!

Think about collecting 30 (or more) photos from a family get together or a birthday or any special event for a photo book. Blurb, Shutterfly, Costco and others make great, economical photo books. Photo books make treasured family heirlooms.

I recently read: Take a trillion photos. Forget billions of them. But print one, and do it right. Mount it, frame it, display it! I'll add that five years hence you'll be delighted you did.

Wildlife is the photo of the week if birds may be considered wildlife. These little birds, sandpipers if I'm correct, frequent Faria County Beach around sundown, dashing around and poking their beaks into the sand. Interesting birds and so much fun to watch.

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