The Annual Police Storefront toy giveaway was held on Monday, December 22nd. Over 1,112 people attended the event. Santa “Steve Conaway” Claus is shown with a couple of true Santa devotees. The law office of Taylor, Scoles, Bartels provided 600 new jackets for the kids; St. Francis Church donated 20 Christmas trees; and Rigo Landeros, of Fillmore Fire Dept., donated 60 turkeys. Each child received three gifts.
The Annual Police Storefront toy giveaway was held on Monday, December 22nd. Over 1,112 people attended the event. Santa “Steve Conaway” Claus is shown with a couple of true Santa devotees. The law office of Taylor, Scoles, Bartels provided 600 new jackets for the kids; St. Francis Church donated 20 Christmas trees; and Rigo Landeros, of Fillmore Fire Dept., donated 60 turkeys. Each child received three gifts.
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The Fillmore Police Storefront Christmas Program drew over 1,112 persons for the annual visit from Santa and his elves, Councilwoman Gayle Washburn, above left, and Councilman Jamey Brooks, right.
The Fillmore Police Storefront Christmas Program drew over 1,112 persons for the annual visit from Santa and his elves, Councilwoman Gayle Washburn, above left, and Councilman Jamey Brooks, right.
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Jesus “Chuy” Oritz, owner of El Pescador, was one of many contributors. Look for a complete list of contributors in next week’s Gazette.
Jesus “Chuy” Oritz, owner of El Pescador, was one of many contributors. Look for a complete list of contributors in next week’s Gazette.
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On Tuesday and Wednesday, December 17 & 18, “Support For The Kids Foundation” handed out hundreds of Christmas gifts to every student at Piru and San Cayetano Elementary. Food items for some of the families were also provided. Shown center is founder of SFTK Foundation Lynda Miller of Westlake Village, who was the driving force behind the giveaway. The Support for the Kids Foundation has continually provided numerous academic and art fieldtrips to students and families, as well as, shoes, clothing, furniture, toys, computers, etc. to families in Fillmore and Piru for three years (through the Dr. Neil Schmidt Fillmore Family
Resource Center which is located at the Fillmore High School campus).
On Tuesday and Wednesday, December 17 & 18, “Support For The Kids Foundation” handed out hundreds of Christmas gifts to every student at Piru and San Cayetano Elementary. Food items for some of the families were also provided. Shown center is founder of SFTK Foundation Lynda Miller of Westlake Village, who was the driving force behind the giveaway. The Support for the Kids Foundation has continually provided numerous academic and art fieldtrips to students and families, as well as, shoes, clothing, furniture, toys, computers, etc. to families in Fillmore and Piru for three years (through the Dr. Neil Schmidt Fillmore Family Resource Center which is located at the Fillmore High School campus).
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Lynda Miller, right, founder of the Support for the Kids Foundation, readies just some of the many gifts distributed to students at San Cayetano and Piru Elementary through the foundation.
Lynda Miller, right, founder of the Support for the Kids Foundation, readies just some of the many gifts distributed to students at San Cayetano and Piru Elementary through the foundation.
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Devotees of the Hedrick Ranch Nature Area are shown enjoying the outdoors. Pictured (l-r) are Neil Ziegler (President of Ventura Audobon Society), Jim Castren, Reed Smith, Frank Nilsen, Lilith (yes, she goes by just one name), and Debby Burns.
Devotees of the Hedrick Ranch Nature Area are shown enjoying the outdoors. Pictured (l-r) are Neil Ziegler (President of Ventura Audobon Society), Jim Castren, Reed Smith, Frank Nilsen, Lilith (yes, she goes by just one name), and Debby Burns.
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Cooper’s Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
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Hands up, all who knew there is a real nature preserve right in our own backyard! The Hedrick Ranch Nature Area (HRNA) is a 223-acre property on the south bank of the Santa Clara River between Fillmore and Santa Paula, off of South Mountain Road. Sanger Hedrick’s father bought the property in 1940, and the family has farmed it until recently. In 2001, he sold the property to the California State Coastal Conservancy which then granted it to the Friends of the Santa Clara River (FSCR), a non-profit environmental group. The mission of FSCR is to “protect, enhance and manage resources of the Santa Clara River.” They believe it is critical to protect and preserve floodplains and riparian areas and to address watershed issues. The HRNA is a living workshop where habitat restoration takes place, including weed abatement, seed collection, native plant propagation, and planting.

Volunteers meet once a month on alternate first Saturdays or Sundays for a morning’s work. On a recent Saturday morning, several eager workers with loppers in hand tackled an overgrown path. All agreed that working with friends, seeing a variety of birds and wildlife, including coyotes and bobcats (and the occasional rattlesnake), and doing their part to help the environment were all benefits of volunteering at HRNA. A highlight of today’s workday was seeing regular HRNA and Ojai Raptor Center volunteer Pete Triem release three Cooper’s Hawks into the wild. A group of teenagers with City Corps of Ventura were also on hand to plant 1,200 native plants grown right on the property.

In addition to volunteers, the HRNA is supported by grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and from the State Water Resources Control Board. The FSCR also contracts with Coastal Restoration Consultants for technical advice on implementing the habitat restoration plan. John True, Project Coordinator, discussed how the goal of removing non-native, invasive plant species and reintroducing native species was being achieved. The property had most recently been used as pasture for cattle when FSCR received it, and heavy rains in 2005 causing flooding had deposited about one foot of silt and sediment on the property. Native grasses, shrubs, and trees were planted, and now most plants used in restoration here are propagated in a small nursery on site from seeds and cuttings collected on the preserve. There are about 11,000 plants growing in their “low-tech” nursery, and they are continually starting plants throughout the year, using frames covered with plastic to protect vulnerable plants from the cold in winter months. Plants are watered from a well and rain. According to John, as a greater variety of native species are planted, biodiversity increases, resulting in higher populations of insects, birds, and other wildlife. The Least Bell’s Vireo, an endangered species of bird, is present in the area.

The restoration of the Hedrick Ranch Nature Area is helping to meet the larger goal of protecting endangered species and returning the Santa Clara River to a more native state. More volunteers are always welcome at workdays! The next workday is Sunday, January 11, 2009 (weather permitting). Wear long pants, boots, and sun protection, and bring water and gloves. They have tools, but you can bring your own. If you have been looking for a way to help the environment while making new friends, enjoying nature, and getting a little exercise, then these workdays fit the bill. Jackie Bowland Worden of Bowland & Associates (Biological and Environmental Consulting Services), the restoration manager for HRNA, coordinates the workdays. Contact her at jbworden7@gmail.com.

 


 
Kailey Andrews, United States Air Force.
Kailey Andrews, United States Air Force.
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Life-long Fillmore resident, Kailey Andrews, 19 years, a graduate of Fillmore High School (FHS) Class 2007, was home for the Thanksgiving Holiday with her family after she completed eight weeks of Technical School at Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB) in Wichita Falls, Texas and six weeks at Keesler AFB near Biloxi, Mississippi. At Keesler AFB she trained in the operating room of the base hospital as a surgical apprentice. Kailey attended Los Nogales Elementary and Camarillo Heights Elementary Schools, and Los Altos Middle School in Camarillo before attending FHS. After graduation from FHS Kailey attended Ventura College before enlisting into the United States Air Force. Kailey was an avid softball player since she was 4 yrs. old and played year-round softball through high school at both second base and center field. Kailey enlisted in the United States Air Force in December of 2007.

Airman Kailey Andrews left on November 29th for Eglin AFB located about sixty miles from Pensacola, Florida. Eglin will be her new duty station with the Air Forces 96th Medical Group as a Surgical Technician. As a Surgical Technician she assists professional staff in providing patient care for surgical patients before, during, and after surgery. Airman Kailey Andrews will perform scrub and circulating duties in the operating room (OR). Additionally she will assist with post-anesthesia recovery of patients. The 96th Medical Group manages and provides comprehensive, cost-effective health care for 83,000 eligible beneficiaries who include active duty men and women, their dependents and military retirees. It operates a community-based teaching hospital with graduate level programs in family practice, general dentistry and other medical disciplines. It deploys and expands to provide responsive health services in any contingency. CONTINUED »

 


 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

At approximately 11:01 PM, Ventura County Sheriff’s patrol deputies responded to a report of robbery at the Shell Gas Station. A Hispanic Male, 5’9” to 6’, 150-170lbs, Slender build, Brown eyes, 20-29 year old suspect wearing a hooded sweatshirt, knit cap with his face covered by a bandana brandished a rifle at the 38-year-old female store attendant and demanded money. The clerk gave him the money in the cash register and watched the suspect flee toward the west and north. A second witness saw the suspect leave the store carrying a rifle and also called authorities.

Anyone with additional information about this crime is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (805) 494-TALK (Thousand Oaks / Moorpark), (805) 385-TALK (Camarillo / Oxnard / Port Hueneme), Fillmore Police Department at (805) 524-2233 or the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Unit at (805) 477-7000.

 


 
Fillmore’s new skateboard park is expected to be open for business December 22. The long-awaited facility was
promised to our youth nearly 7 years ago. Designed by professional skateboard experts, it has areas for beginners, more experienced, and expert skateboarders. Drainage will soon be hooked up to the city storm system and will keep the bowls free from water accumulation. This million-dollar park, urged-on by former Mayor and serving Councilman Steve Conaway, will be the best of its kind in Ventura County.
Fillmore’s new skateboard park is expected to be open for business December 22. The long-awaited facility was promised to our youth nearly 7 years ago. Designed by professional skateboard experts, it has areas for beginners, more experienced, and expert skateboarders. Drainage will soon be hooked up to the city storm system and will keep the bowls free from water accumulation. This million-dollar park, urged-on by former Mayor and serving Councilman Steve Conaway, will be the best of its kind in Ventura County.
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Crews were out last week watering down the newly-poured concrete skateboard bowl; this week Mother Nature is taking care of it for us. The skateboard park is expected to open December 22nd. Merry Christmas Skaters!
Crews were out last week watering down the newly-poured concrete skateboard bowl; this week Mother Nature is taking care of it for us. The skateboard park is expected to open December 22nd. Merry Christmas Skaters!
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Sergio Bernal, Superintendent for California Skateparks, supervised construction.
Sergio Bernal, Superintendent for California Skateparks, supervised construction.
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The Fillmore Fire Department held their annual Toy Drive/chicken BBQ, last Sunday.
The Fillmore Fire Department held their annual Toy Drive/chicken BBQ, last Sunday.
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About 250 people were served.
About 250 people were served.
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And they had several toys dropped off as well! The toys will be distributed to the North Fillmore Storefront, and be handed out on Monday, December 22rd.
And they had several toys dropped off as well! The toys will be distributed to the North Fillmore Storefront, and be handed out on Monday, December 22rd.
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Tim Hagel visiting with family and friends.
Tim Hagel visiting with family and friends.
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Steve Conaway and family enjoying their dinner.
Steve Conaway and family enjoying their dinner.
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John Garnica was sworn in as the new Fillmore Unified School Board President, by superintendent Jeff Sweeney, at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
John Garnica was sworn in as the new Fillmore Unified School Board President, by superintendent Jeff Sweeney, at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
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Pictured (l-r) Mountain View Principal Chrissy Schieferle, school board member David Dollar and Heidi Popp. Popp was given the “Be the Change” award.
Pictured (l-r) Mountain View Principal Chrissy Schieferle, school board member David Dollar and Heidi Popp. Popp was given the “Be the Change” award.
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Pictured (l-r) Cynthia Frutos, David Dollar and Isela Larin. Larin was given the
Pictured (l-r) Cynthia Frutos, David Dollar and Isela Larin. Larin was given the "Be The Change" award for her outstanding career counseling at SHS (Sierra High School).
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The open session of the Fillmore Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting was December 16, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the District Office. The Board presented awards to Isela Larin and Heidi Popp, swore in newly elected Board Members, elected a president, received recommendations from the Reconfiguration Committee, discussed fundraising principles, discussed contracts, and heard a facilities update on recent leaks.

Cynthia Frutos introduced Isela Larin on behalf of Sierra High School (SHS). Larin was awarded a "Be the Change" certificate for her outstanding work. She provides career counseling to SHS students, as well as Fillmore High School (FHS) students. Larin received praise for arranging remarkable guest speakers, and helping each SHS student with a plan for life after high school.

Mountain Vista Elementary School Principal Chrissy Schieferle introduced Heidi Popp. Popp was awarded a "Be the Change" certificate. Popp had sought donations for a "coat closet" from Mountain Vista staff, Fillmore Middle School staff, and the community. Schieferle said that Popp had hoped to gather enough coats and clothes to help the needy during the holidays, but collected so much clothes that the "coat closet" will be open year-round.

Board Members John Garnica and Virginia De La Piedra were re-elected in November, and were sworn in for another four-year term at this meeting. The Board elected Garnica to be School Board President, elected Board Member Tony Prado to be Vice President, and elected Board Member Liz Wilde to continue as Clerk. The Board decided to continue holding meetings on first and third Tuesdays. The Board appointed Prado as the School Board Representative on the County Committee on School District Organization. It appointed Superintendent Jeff Sweeney as the Ex-Officio Clerk and/or Secretary, with Assistant Superintendent Mike Bush as alternate. It appointed De La Piedra and Garnica to the Vision 2020 Steering Committee, with Wilde as alternate. It appointed David Dollar to the Agricultural Advisory Committee. CONTINUED »

 
A compact car crashed through a dirt berm at a sharp bend in the road at the top of Grimes Canyon, Wednesday afternoon at 12:23 p.m., landing approximately 100-feet below.
A compact car crashed through a dirt berm at a sharp bend in the road at the top of Grimes Canyon, Wednesday afternoon at 12:23 p.m., landing approximately 100-feet below.
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Eleven units were on-scene; no other vehicles were involved in the accident. Rain slicked roads pose a danger on the winding road.
Eleven units were on-scene; no other vehicles were involved in the accident. Rain slicked roads pose a danger on the winding road.
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One male occupant was extracted from the vehicle and possibly airlifted out. His condition was unknown at press time.
One male occupant was extracted from the vehicle and possibly airlifted out. His condition was unknown at press time.
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