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Independent The Taft


November 26-2, 2010 • Volume 5 Issue 22

“Serving the West Kern County Communities of Taft, South Taft, Ford City, Maricopa, Fellows, McKittrick, Derby Acres, Dustin Acres, and the Cuyama Valley”

Happy Thanksgiving from the Taft Independent

Aera Energy Provides Food to Local Communities

Taft Manna 4 U Feeds Our Community Don’t Miss Taft’s...

....Holiday Wine Tasting Featuring Curt Dubost Wines, Thursday, December 2nd 5:30 p.m. at Black Gold Coffee House and Deli.



November 26-2, 2010

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November 26-2, 2010

Inside Community Events.........3

News Briefs.......................3 Westside Watcher............4 Westside Rec. Report................................5 . Westside News.................6 Westside News..................7 Community Voices..........8


Community Events Taft California “Home of the Taft Oilworkers Monument” “Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument” Painting Class Every Thursday Night til December 23rd Painting Class beginning November 11th until December 23rd from 6pm to 9pm at The End of Times Gallery located at 428 Center Street. $10 per class. Acrylic paint is the suggested media. Students are responsible for their supplies. Please call for supply list. (Supplies available at Michaels or Aaron Brothers in Bakersfield.) Demonstrations and work time from 6pm to 8:15pm, class criticism from 8:15pm to 9pm. Class limited to 13 students. No class on Thanksgiving, November 25th. Discussion Group Sunday, November 28th


Discussion Group on Sunday, November 28th at 2pm at the End of Times Gallery located at 428 Center Street. Topic: “Are we living in the end of times?” Everyone is welcome. Come and share your views. Refreshments served. Suggested donation: $4 (to help pay the rent.)

Westside Horoscopes......9

Ladies Night Dinner and Social Wednesday, December 1st

Classified Ads.................10

Looking for an excuse to go out and have a good time with your girlfriends? Come out to Ladies Night at Black Gold Coffee House and Deli located at 508 Center Street for some socializing, drinks, and dinner from 6pm to 8pm.

Movie Review.................11

Inaugural First Thursday Event Thursday, December 2nd

The Taft Independent

The First Thursday monthly event will kick off the Holidays starting Thurday, December 2nd from 4pm to 9pm located in the Fifth Street Plaza, at Center and Main Street. All artists are welcome to bring there works, all art is welcome but the artists will need to furnish their own displays. There is no charge to participate. Imagination Laboratories will be offering a Christmas card making workshop for the kids. For more information contact Leigh Golling at

508 Center Street P.O. Box 268 Taft, California 93268 (661) 765-6550 Fax (661) 765-6556

Email: Website: Locally and Independently owned since 2006 The Taft Independent is a locally owned community newspaper published weekly on Fridays for your enjoyment and reading pleasure. We publish 3,500 issues and distribute to over 225 locations in the city of Taft and the neighboring communities of Cuyama Valley, McKittrick, Maricopa, Fellows and Western Kern County, California. The Independent is available free of charge, limited to one copy per reader. Additional copies are $1 each. The contents of the Taft Independent are copyrighted by the Taft Independent, and may not reproduced without specific written permission from the publisher. We welcome contributions and suggestions. Our purpose is to present news and issues of importance to our readers. Subscriptions. Subscription home or mail delivery of the Taft Independent is available for $8.00 per month or $97.00 per year. To subscribe to please call 765-6550. LETTERS-TO-THE-EDITOR. Send us your letter to Taft Independent at the above address. Limit it to 300 words and include your name, address, and phone number. Fax: (661) 765-6556. Email your letter to: ADVERTISING. Display Ads: Rates and special discounts are available. Contact our advertising representative at (661) 765-6550. Classifieds: Call 765-6550 or fax us at (661) 765-6556. Phone order are taken. Visa and Master Card accepted. Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Michael J. Long Managing Editor Advertising Jessica Wallis Layout & Design Independent Graphics Contributing Writers Jessica Miller, Kent Miller, Wesley Morris, Jessy McCulloch Columnists Randy Miller, Wendy Soto, Mimi Collins

Holiday Wine Tasting Thursday, December 2nd A Holiday wine tasting event will be held Thursday, December 2nd at Black Gold Coffee House and Deli located at 508 Center Street from 5:30pm to 8:30pm featuring Vintner Curt Dubost of Dubost Ranch Winery. The menu will feature a wonderful selection of Dubost Wines along with tapas and hors d’oeuvres. $20 per person. RSVP required for wine tasting. Please RSVP to A portion of the proceeds from the evening will go to Toys for Taft. Christmas at The Historic Fort Thursday, December 2nd Christmas at The Fort Holiday Gift Show and Dinner Thursday Evening, December 2nd from 5pm-9pm. Free Admission to Gift Show. Dinner $8 served from 5pm to 8pm. Please RSVP for Dinner at 765-7371 by December 1st. WSRPD 32nd Holiday Craft Show Friday & Saturday, December 3rd & 4th The West Side Recreation & Park District will be holding their 32nd annual Holiday Craft Show Friday, December 3rd from 5pm -8pm and Saturday, December 4th from 8:30am-3pm at the WSRPD Community Center located at 500 Cascade Place. Lots of homemade items for sale just in time for holiday gifts and decorations! No Admission fee for shoppers! For more information or other inquiries please phone West Side Recreation & Park District at 763-4246. Bakersfield Diamond Divas Roller Derby Saturday, December 4th Come Naughty! Come Nice! Watch the Divas play Twice! Come on out Saturday, December 4th to watch your Taft girls on the Bakersfield Diamond Divas Roller Derby Team at their last bout of the season at Skateland, 415 Ming Ave. in Bakersfield. Doors open at 5:30pm Roughcuts play at 6pm, Diamonds play at 7pm. Adults are $10 and Children $5. Bring a new unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more and get a free t-shirt while supplies last! Proceeds from the night go to Toys for Tots.

News Briefs The Holiday Season Has Hit Taft by Jessica G. Miller With Taft’s newest coffee house, Black Gold Coffee house and Deli, The Arts Council of Taft and the Downtown Business Association and the closure of 5th Street, downtown Taft is quickly becoming the place to go. Starting in December, there will be a number of events that are not to be missed. December 1, Black Gold Coffee House will be hosting a Ladies Night Dinner and Social from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. It offers the women of Taft not only a chance to sample fine wines and cuisine but also an excuse for a night out with the girls. The following night, the coffee house will be hosting a Holiday Wine Tasting from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm with wines from former TUHS superintendent and vintner, Curt Dubost’s winery, Dubost Winery. The featured wines will be the 09 Rose, 09 Viognier, 08 Homestead, 07 Crianza, 06 Syrah, 07 Zinfandel and they will be serving tapas and hors d’oeuvres, grilled chicken wings, grilled boar sausage, Spanish tortilla de Cebolla, Caprese Salad, Bruschetta, Smoked pork sliders and dessert. It will be $20 a head and RSVPs are required. Contact Stephanie Layton at to RSVP. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Toys for Taft. The Holiday Wine Tasting won’t be the only thing happening on Center Street that night. First Thursday will be returning as the unofficial kick off to the Holiday Season with an art fair on the 5th Street Plaza from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. All artists are welcome to display and sell their art at no cost. Imagination Laboratories will also be offering a Christmas card workshop for the kids. The Chamber of Commerce is also planning to put up a giant Christmas tree in the 5th Street Plaza as well. There may even be an appearance by Santa Claus himself and later hours for the downtown businesses. If a local band would like to play, they are encouraged to contact Leigh Golling with the Taft Arts Council at

Buyers Beware by Jessica G. Miller Gold plated jewelry has taken the gold industry by storm. Television ads and department stores are advertising 14 carat gold pieces of jewelry at stunningly low prices but, buyers beware, this may not be as great of a deal as one may think. Ray Smith of Acme Jewelry on Center Street advises buyers to be cautious when purchasing gold plated jewelry, especially rings. “It’s inexpensive, but,” he warns, “it cannot be repaired or resized.” Advertisers promote the gold plated jewelry as 14 carat gold but reading the fine print, one will find that it is actually sterling silver with a thin layer of gold applied to the piece. Since it isn’t solid gold, it will likely wear away more quickly. Real gold is expensive compared to the gold plated jewelry, but is the uncertainty of the quality worth the purchase?

Holiday Wine Tasting Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Featuring Vintner Curt Dubost Retired TUHS Superintendent Dubost Ranch Winery

3rd Annual Chilled and Grilled Toys for Taft Run Saturday, December 18th The Chilled and Grilled is hosting their 3rd annual Toys for Taft Run Saturday, December 18th. Pre-register $30 per bike or car, $5 for additional rider or passenger. Day of event $35 per bike or car, $10 for additional rider or passenger. Sign ups begin at 7am on the day of the event at Chilled and Grilled, located at 621 Center Street. The ride will start at 9am at Chilled and Grilled and end at the Fifth Street Plaza, between Center and Main Street. There will be a BBQ with hot dogs, chips and soda after the ride with a bounce house for the kids and a special guest...Santa Claus will be there! 50/50 raffle, drawing for prizes $1 or 6 for $5. Poker cards will be handed out, lowest and highest wins, and a shoe boz auction. Food donations are also welcome and remember all donations stay in the Taft area. For more information call Chilled and Grilled at 765-2000.

Staff Photographer Sara Bravo

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Featured Wines ‘09 Rose ‘09 Viognier ‘08 Homestead ‘07 Crianza ‘06 Syrah ‘07 Zinfandel

With Tapas and Hors d’œuvre Black Gold Coffee House and Deli 508 Center Street, Taft CA

RSVP Required for Wine Tasting Please RSVP to

Grilled Chicken Wings Grilled Boar Sausage Spanish Tortilla de Cebolla Caprese Salad Bruschetta Smoked Pork Sliders and Dessert

$20 per person

A portion of the proceeds will go to Toys for Taft

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Letters to the Editor

The Taft


Restaurant and Entertainment Guide Your Guide To The Best Restaurants and Entertainment on the Westside Asian Experience Tumbleweed Café Asian Food and Pizza and Steakhouse

Lunch and Dinner Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 2 pm 4 pm - 9 pm Saturday 4 pm - 9 pm 215 Center Street, Taft 763- 1815

Sagebrush Annie’s Restaurant and Wine Tasting Tasting Sat. & Sun. 11:30-5 pm Dinner by Reservation 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa (661) 766-2319 Taft Crude Coffee House Coffee House and Deli Monday – Friday 6:30 am to 5pm. Saturday 7 am to 2 pm Sundays 7:30 am to 1 pm 1010 6th Street, Taft 763-5156

Steak, Seafood, Wild Game, Full Bar Monday – Friday 6 am to 2 pm Saturday – Sunday 7 am – 2 pm Dinner Hours Friday and Saturday 6 pm to 9 pm 24870 Highway 33, Derby Acres 768-4655

Paik’s Ranch House Where Everybody Meets Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 Days Mon. Tues. Thur. Sat. 6 am-9pm Sun. Wed. Fri. 6 am - 10pm 765-6915 200 Kern St. Taft El Jacalito Authentic Mexican Dining We do Catering for any Special Event! Orders to go. Sunday - Thursday 10:30 am - 8:00 pm Friday and Saturday 10:30 am - 9:00 pm 101 B. Street, Taft 763-9890 763-9892 fax

Westside Entertainment

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Chilled & Grilled

Your Restaurant Food and Pizza Listed Here. Asian Night ExperienceAsian Every Wednesday Lunch and Dinner Tuesday - Friday Bike Night! Call 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Drink and Appetizer 765-6550. Saturday 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Specials from 7-9pm. Live Music Saturday Starting as Nights low $1 Drafts!!! as $12 per 765-2000 week! 621 Center Street 215 Center Street 763-1815 Always Fresh! Dine In or We Deliver 765-4143 700 Kern Street

Mon. - Fri. 10am 2;30pm Taft, CA

Sagebrush Annie’s Wine Tasting Dinner by Reservation Award Winning Wines 766-2319 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa

Taft Petroleum Club


Westside Watcher Dear Editor: I wanted to wait a brief time before doing a follow up on this year’s Oildorado celebration. I’ve lived on the West Side some twenty five years now and have attended a couple of the previous celebration’s but without exception this was the very best in every aspect. The magnitude of the event was, to say the least, a nightmare of hard work and skilled planning, taking a normally quite uneventful community and bringing in all the fantastic fun things to do and historical events such as the Oil field monument dedication and the world record breaking Dominos pizza extravaganza. Great going Bob on setting a new world record. I have to give credit to Eric Cooper on his leadership skills and his very dedicated hard working loyal crew that spent the past five years putting it all together. Job well done,. What a way for Taft to celebrate its hundred year birthday. It was an honor having participated in the festivities by being in the grand parade. This year’s event gave a tremendous boost to both Taft and Maricopa’s economy with the overflow filling all motel and eateries throughout both cities. It’s going to be hard to top this year’s celebration but I understand its already on the drawing board to try. The fallout from this Oildorado should have left enough pride behind to be shared with every citizen of Taft as they write their letters, email friends or meet strangers. Thanks to all the great sponsors that made it all possible, and A special thanks to Synagro Corporation & also Taft college for their dedication to Veterans of all wars was a very heartwarming event and well received by those attending. M.L. Gregory President Maricopa Chamber of Commerce Dear Editor: I can almost understand all the concerns about Maricopa Cops racially profiling Mexicans. If that is happening I want to see the Chief and all his Officers jailed. But if they are enforcing the law what’s the concern? When someone doesn’t have a license and no insurance then they should not be driving. Why do we elect our law makers and allow them to write traffic laws if we are going to start campains to stop cops from enforcing them? Maricopa Cops are working for free, they show up every day and we throw stones at them. The local Shell Gas Station hangs signs and turns his flag upside down in protest. What is the City coming to? Every Police Chief who has come to Maricopa has been pushed out. Stop blaming the Police Department, just get rid of them. I am sure the City will do just fine without any police. Be careful what you wish for... I don’t live in Maricopa anymore. I didn’t leave because the police were harrassing my family. I left because the Kern County Sheriff was never in the City and no one did anything about the marijuana smoking, speeding vehicles, and skateboarders every where. I won’t live in a lawless town ever again. GOD SPEED TO THE MEN AND WOMEN OF MARICOPA POLICE David Martinez

Every Friday is Ribeye Steak Dinner Night

Karaoke Night Friday, November 19th Karaoke is every other Friday night. Next Karaoke night is Friday, November 19th at 8pm. We would like to have Karaoke every Friday so come on out and support TMS Karaoke and have some great food and drinks. 450 Petroleum Club Road - 763-3268 Open Monday- Friday 3:30pm to Close


Ranch House Restaurant

“Where Everybody Meets” Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Open 7 Days Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat. 6 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wed, Fri. 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.


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ADVERTISE in the Taft Independent

November 26-2, 2010

City Receives Large Infrastructure Grant for Industrial Park The City of Taft has been awarded a conditional EDA grant for infrastructure for the industrial park located at east side of the intersection of Airport Road and Ash. The $3 million dollar project will be primarily funded by a $1.8 million dollar grant from the Economic Development Administration. The park already has two tenants who have committed to the project. Both manufacturers will build their plants on the land, which will be retained by the City and leased to the tenants. The City is providing the land, valued at $600,000, as the match for the grants and is in the process of completing the application for a Community Development Block Grant for the remainder of the cost of the project. Expectations are that the Industrial Park will provide an additional 500 jobs upon completion of the project. According to City Manager Bob Gorson, the project will create relatively high wage jobs in three different industry clusters and will become a significant economic engine for the City of Taft.

REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS TAFT MUNICIPAL WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT Requests for Proposal are being distributed by the City of Taft (City) to perform a feasibility study and design for the City of Taft Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements Projects. Copies of the Request for Proposal may be obtained free of charge from the City of Taft located at 209 East Kern Street, Taft, California 93268, (661) 763-1222 Ext.34 or at our web site at . Interested parties are invited to submit proposals to the City of Taft, 209 East Kern Street, Taft, California 93268. All proposals must be received no later than 2:00 p.m., December 15, 2010. Please submit questions in writing to Craig Jones Public Works Manager of the City of Taft at 209 E. Kern Street Taft, Ca 93268 or by email at .


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November 26-2, 2010



West Side Recreation Report Check us out online! Need more information on programs, classes or facilities? Visit us on the web: by Stephanie House

COOKIE CRAZY! Wednesday, December 1 3:00-4:30 pm Community Center Assembly Room, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Ages 7-11 $6 per person ** pre-registration required by November 30 Everyone loves cookies! Come help us make a variety of fun and unusual cookies. Plus, you get the recipes so you can make more at home. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

LETTERS TO SANTA Children ages 8 and younger can write letters to Santa Claus in care of his helpers at the Recreation District. We will make sure that he gets your letters and writes back. Please write to Santa before December 15. (Groups and schools – please be sure that Santa gets your letters no later than December 3.) Don’t forget to include your address! Send letters to: Santa Claus c/o WSRPD P.O. Box 1406 Taft, CA 93268

HOLIDAY ORNAMENT & CRAFT WORKSHOP Wednesday, December 8 3:00-4:00 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Ages 4 and up $2 per person Don’t miss the chance to make a very special ornament for your Christmas tree, cards, and other fun items. Younger kids will need to bring along an older helper.

KIDS NIGHT OUT Friday, December 17 6:30-10:00 p.m. Community Center Auditorium, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Grades K-6 $8 per person ** pre-registration required by December 16 Join us for a fun evening of games, movies, crafts, pizza, snacks and more! The more the merrier, so be sure to sigh-up with a friend. This is the perfect time for parents to get some time to themselves during the busy holiday season. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

PONYTAIL SOFTBALL – EARLY REGISTRATION $40: November 1 – December 24 $45: December 27 – February 10 $50: after February 10 (dependent on program availability) NO SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE AFTER FEBRUARY 10. Sign-up early for Ponytail Softball and save 10%! Early bird registration fee is only $40. The softball program is for girls ages 5-15. Practices begin the week of February 22, 2011 and the season begins April 12, 2011.

WEST SIDE RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT 500 Cascade Place, Taft, CA 93268 (661) 763-4246

INSTRUCTIONAL BASKETBALL Instructional I: Ages 3-5, $25 per child Instructional II: Ages 6-8, $35 per child Practice: Begins the week of January 10, 2011 Games: Saturdays beginning January 22, 2011 Place: Taft Union High School Registration deadline: January 6 Instructional I is a 5-week program that covers the basic fundamentals of basketball. Participants will have one practice during the week and will play games on Saturdays in between the Jr. NBA games. Instructional II is a 6-week program that will have practices during the week and play games on Saturdays.

S.T.O.P. PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS (Strive To Optimize Participation) Did you know that the District has a youth scholarship program? Children in low income, single parent or multiple participant households are eligible! For more information, or to find out how your child can take advantage of reduced program fees, give us a call in the District Office at 763-4246.

CENTRAL VALLEY DISC GOLF TOURNAMENT Saturday, December 4 Check-in: 8:00 a.m. Franklin Field Recreation Complex Ages 8 and older Fees: $40 – pro, $35 – amateur Register in the District Office before December 2. This tournament will consist of 2 rounds of 18-holes each. All skill levels are encouraged to participate!



November 26-2, 2010

Westside News and Business Briefs Thanksgiving Safety Tips According to data from the USFA, an estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings occur annually in the United States, resulting in an estimated average of five deaths, 25 injuries and $21 million in property loss each year. The leading cause of all Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings is cooking. In addition, these fires occur most frequently in the afternoon hours from noon to 4 p.m. And unfortunately, smoke alarms were not present in 20 percent of Thanksgiving Day fires that occurred in occupied residential buildings. -Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom. Test smoke alarms monthly and replace them if they are 10 years old or older. -Keep a close watch on your cooking. You should never leave cooking food unattended. -Keep oven food packaging and other combustibles away from burners and heat sources. -Heat cooking oil slowly and watch it closely; it can ignite quickly. -Don’t wear loose sleeves while working over hot stove burners they can melt, ignite or catch on handles of pots and pans spilling hot oil and other liquids. -Have a “kid-free zone” of at least three-feet around the stove and areas where hot foods or drinks are prepared or carried. -Keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cool. Turkey Fryers Deep-fried turkey has quickly grown in popularity but safety experts are concerned that backyard chefs may be sacrificing fire


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OT Cookhouse Daily Specials (For the week of 11-30-10 thru 12-4-10)

Tues. 11-30-10 Lunch

Ginger Chicken


Tues. 11-30-10 Dinner

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Wed. 12-1-10 Lunch

Charbroiled Chicken Burger


Wed. 12-1-10 Dinner

Roast Chicken with Sauteed Veggies


Thurs. 12-2-10 Lunch

BBQ Chicken


Thurs. 12-2-10 Dinner

$13.95 Half/ $15.95 Full

BBQ Pork Ribs

$13.95/ $15.95

Fri. 12-3-10 Lunch

Chicken & Dumplings


Fri. 12-3-10 Dinner

$15.95 Small/ $18.95 Large

Prime Rib

$15.95/ $18.95

OT Fried Chicken


Sat. 12-4-10 Dinner


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safety for good taste. If you absolutely must use a turkey fryer, please use the following tips: -Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors a safe distance from buildings and any other flammable materials. -Never use turkey fryers in a garage or on a wooden deck. -Make sure the fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping. -Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. If you do not watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire. -Never let children or pets near the fryer even if it is not in use. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot hours after use. -To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer. -Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter. -Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and be careful with marinades. Oil and water do not mix, and water causes oil to spill over causing a fire or even an explosion hazard. The National Turkey Federation (NTF) recommends thawing the turkey in the refrigerator approximately 24 hours for every five pounds in weight. Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. If the fire is manageable, use your all-purpose fire extinguisher. If the fire increases, immediately call the fire department for help.

Aera Energy Employees Support Local Communities with Food Drives

A few of the 127 festively decorated boxes donated to the Golden Empire Gleaners by Aera Energy employees on Tuesday.

Bakersfield, Calif. – Aera Energy LLC and its employees in Kern County, Ventura and the Los Angeles area are reaching out to support local families in need. Aera food drives will provide more than 300 families with a meal in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Earlier today, Tuesday, November 23rd, in Bakersfield, Aera culminated its 13th annual Thanksgiving food drive when the Golden Empire Gleaners picked up 127 brightly decorated boxes brimming Capt. Brandon Smith with fixings for Thanksgiving meals for local families and nearly Public Education $2,000 in cash donations. The boxes were festively decorated by Kern County Fire Dept. students at South High School and stuffed with enough stuffing, 661-391-7068 Office pie fixings and turkeys or hams to feed a family of six. Nonperishable items were donated by employees and Aera topped off each box with ham or turkey and fresh vegetables. “We know that there are many people in our community who go to bed hungry every night,” explains Michele Newell, public affairs specialist with Aera. “We are thankful for what we have and want to give back so that everyone can have a happy Thanksgiving. Giving of ourselves and our resources is part of Aera’s culture in our communities.” Aera’s giving in Kern County will continue on Wednesday when employees at Aera’s Midway Sunset location in Taft will assemble another batch of holiday meal boxes for local families through their Adopt-a-Family program. Employees will stuff boxes with Thanksgiving feast fixings for 12 families in the Taft area. “Last year we saw first-hand what these meals mean to these Enhancing Lives Since 1868 families,” explains Erika McKamie with Aera. “We brought a box of food to a grandmother who was raising her seven grandchildren Do all your holiday cooking with our world famous and they could not have been more excited. It was good for our Vanilla, Cinnamon and Pepper new employees to see because they did not realize all the things that Aera does for our community.” Come visit my booth at the Aera’s two Thanksgiving food drives in Kern County were part Annual Holiday Craft & Gift Shows given at of four food donations Aera organized at locations where they do The Fort and Westside Recreation District business. In Ventura, employees donated more than $1,000 to supDecember 2nd, 3rd & 4th For lots of gift ideas! ply 26 families with complete Thanksgiving meals. Holiday meal certificates were distributed last week to families at the Boys and Girls Club of Ventura through local non-profit Project UnderJanet Sandoval Independent Watkins Associate standing. ID# 391228 (661)747-0638 In Los Angeles, as part of the de-mobilization of renovation project on Aera’s Platform Emmy, crew boats delivered surplus food to the waiting trucks of the Food Bank of Southern California. The meats, canned goods and other food items assist needy families in If you would like to be a Holiday Bell Ringer Please contact will the Los Angeles area. The Westside Community Resource Center at Aera Energy LLC is one of California’s largest (661)765-7281 oil and gas producers. K-Mart Albertsons Company headquarters are 2 Hour Time Slots 2 Hour Time Slots in Bakersfield and most of Monday-Sunday Monday-Sunday its production is centered 10am-8pm 10am-8pm in the San Joaquin Valley. Aera also has oilfield operations in the LA Basin and in Ventura and Monterey counties.

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Westside News and Business Briefs Taft Union High School Science The Gosford House and the Lunch Taft Manna 4 U Feeds The Community This Holiday Tree Fair Winners Season As you are heading to Bakersfield you may recognize the abanAnthony Cameron knew a toilet would have a lot of bacteria but he was surprised at the amount of bacteria on a washcloth. Ryan Gaunt eliminated soda from his diet after completing his science fair project and has lost 10 pounds in 10 days. The freshman and sophomore, respectively, were among the 22 Taft Union High School science students who earned plaques at the school’s science fair Thursday, Nov. 18. Their 17 projects were selected from among several hundred completed by students. Gaunt’s project tested the acidity of Hawaiian Punch, SunnyD, a generic root beer, brewed Lipton’s tea, and water on porcelain (which simulated teeth). His hypothesis was that Hawaiian Punch would cause the most damage because it had the most sugar, was the most processed and it was partially carbonated. He was right. Now Gaunt just drinks water, milk or tea. Cameron found that a 10 percent bleach solution destroys a lot of bacteria. If he were to add to his project next year, he would compare a 10 percent solution with 20 percent and 30 percent.

doned craftmans relic off Gosford Road known as the Gosford House. Maggie Blackwell’s painting of the Gosford House has received many comments from people familiar with the establishment. “Someday I really want to restore that.” The Gosford House seems to have been everyones vision of a return to a classic. Out by McKittrick, off of Reward Road, there is one of two big pine trees known as the “Lunch Tree.” This location has been known to draw many workers from out in the oilfields for their lunch breaks for years. This tree has been kept alive by water trucks and provides the only shade for miles around. If those branches could talk the stories they’d tell. To view more of Maggie’s Fine Art join her for a Holiday Reception during the First Thursday event on Thursday, December 2nd from 4pm to 8pm at Maggie Blackwell Fine Arts located at 417 1/2 Center Street or contact (408)891-8365.

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Plaque winners and their projects were: Mikaela Davis: Blood spatter. Kaitlin Brown: Heat production of seedlings. Isaiah Sharp: Diabetes. Christian Fleming: Thermosense. Chaleb Russell: Rust removal. Mitchell Emberson and Suzie Arnold: Density. Vaughn Richardson: Viscosity. Matt Strosnider: Blood typing. Diego Rivera and Christine Wikoff: Sublimation of air freshener. Ryan Gaunt: pH and teeth. Jessa Dahlgren and Jessica Kozloski: Reaction rates in glow sticks. Reggie Pitts and Jennifer Hinojosa: Duchenne smiles. Joshua Keith and Casey Arney: To chew or not to chew? Mikayla Goulart: Pitfall trap. Anthony Cameron: How clean is clean? Christina Diaz: Spicy foods and body temperature. Emily Davis: Cabbage pH scale.

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Community Voices A Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer, Not Turkey Day By Dr. Harold Pease Our first congress wanted a national day of “thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.” Congress directed George Washington to select such a day in one of the very first laws passed by both bodies. In obedience to the will of the people, he selected Thursday the 26th of November as that day of “public thanksgiving and prayer” and established its purpose. This day he said was “to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks….” He proceeded to specifically identify some of these blessings “for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the original and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.” He saw strength in the prayer aspect of the new national holiday when he wrote, “And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplication to the great Lord and Ruler of nations, ….” He then humbly sought forgiveness for national transgressions as well. We “beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgression; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations,.…” He, himself, humbly implored God for help in performing “our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our national Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discretely and faithfully executed and obeyed; ….” Then he implored God “to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.” The Thanksgiving Proclamation ended, “Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the third day of October, A. D. 1789. George Washington Those who reduce this holiday to merely “Turkey Day” undermine its true and uplifting meaning. Again, it is a day of Thanksgiving and Prayer. Dr. Harold Pease is an expert on the United States Constitution. He has dedicated his career to studying the writings of the Founding Fathers and applying that knowledge to current events. He has taught history and political science from this perspective for over 25 years at Taft College. To read more of his articles, please visit

Obituary Darrel Wayne Weimer Darrel Wayne Weimer, 74 year-old resident of Shawnee, Oklahoma and long time Taft resident, passed away November 19th, 2010 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Born September 7, 1936 in Atlanto, California, he was the son of Allen Wayne Weimer and Jean Klein Weimer. Darrel could fix or make almost anything he wanted to fix or make. He excelled at both woodworking and welding. Darrel had remodeled all of his homes and had made everyone in the family a miniature oil derrick. He also loved fixing cars. He was preceded in death by his father, Allen Wayne Weimer and 1 brother, Bill Weimer. Survivors include his wife, Ann Abraham Weimer of Shawnee, OK; his mother, Jean Weimer of Ridgecrest, CA; 1 son, Joe Weimer of Locust Grove, OK; 2 daughters, Lisa Jones and her husband Roy of Locust Grove, OK; Diana Merritt and her husband John of Taft,CA; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Carolyn Thoms of Ridgecrest, CA; Barbara Ann Carlson and her husband, Verne of Cavern City, OR; and a number of nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at 1:00pm Saturday, November 27th, 2010 at the Taft Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses with Mike Dunning officiating.

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Movie Review Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -Part 1 by Jessica G. Miller

The tagline for the seventh Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One, is the perfect three word description – “The End Begins.” After over a decade of books and movies, the saga is truly coming to a close...and an epic one at that. We’ve seen Harry grow up from an abused, bespectacled boy living in a cupboard under the stairs into the bespectacled, powerful wizard with stubble that he is now. We’ve also grown up with him throughout all of his adventures as he battled trolls, a Basilisk, escaped convicts, dark wizards, evil school administrators and, of course…He-Who-Must-Not-BeNamed. In the seventh film, we find Harry and the other two-thirds of the Golden Trio, Ron and Hermione, embroiled in yet another adventure as they are on the hunt to find and destroy Voldemort’s horcruxes (objects with pieces of his soul embedded in them). This film is very different from the other six. Absent are Hogwarts, magical classes, and campy fun, and in their place is a much darker version of the wizarding world as the Death Eaters have taken over the Ministry of Magic and are taking a very genocidal view on those who are not ‘Pureblood’ witches and wizards. This is the first movie since the first and second films that followed the book almost flawlessly. There were bits of dialogue that were verbatim from the novel and the actors cast in new roles were perfect. However, the latter is nothing new with the Potter films. For die-hard Potter fans, splitting the seventh book into two films could not have been a better choice. There would have been no possible way to fit everything from the book, the details, flashbacks and immense amount of seriously important information, into a two and a half hour film. Steve Kloves, who wrote all but one screenplay for the movies, has definitely redeemed himself. His previous adaptations have been less than stellar, leaving much to be desired. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One is by far the greatest, most dramatic, heart-breaking and spelling binding of all the Potter films. It is fantasy entertainment at its finest and it is also highly advisable to bring tissues along with you to the theater.



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