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Claudia Henson and Alysia Bailey of The Loop were honored by the Mayor of Tehachapi with a Certificate of Recognition for producing “Over ten years of informative, positive, quality newspapers.” Photo by Sam White

The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Fall Business Showcase at West Park Activity Center on Wed., Sept. 28, 2011 from 4 to 8 p.m. Admission the day of the event is FREE to all attendees. Stop by The Loop booth and say hello!

Last years event was well attended and very informative.

Recognition Comes Around The Loop by Christopher Gripkey

Not only has The Loop staff recently celebrated their 10 th year but they have even been recognized for those amazing 10 years. Kern County Supervisor Zack Scrivner awarded The Loop a Certificate of Recognition citing their 10 years of successful business and civic contributions to the County of Kern. The City of Tehachapi awarded The Loop a Certificate of Recognition (by way of Ed Grimes) for “over 10 years of quality newspapers and keeping the community informed.” Not to be out

done, the Tehachapi Greater Chamber of Commerce sent a nice award recognizing our 10th year anniversary. They would also like to thank those community members that sent in such wonderful congratulation cards including: Michelle Vance, the Trujillo family (along with a bouquet!) and City Manager Greg Garrett. The Loop staff appreciates the generous show of support from the community and wishes everyone a great next 10 years!

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Or Call to Subscribe: (661) 822-8188 A PUBLICATION OF THE LOOP Owner/Publisher: Claudia Bailey-Henson • Production: Alysia Bailey Hilltop Publishers; Home of The Loop Mailing Address: P.O. Box 964, Tehachapi, CA 93581 Physical Address: 204 South Green St., Downtown Tehachapi - Read us online! Phone: 661-822-8188 • Fax 661-822-5646 Distribution to Tehachapi, Bear Valley, Stallion Spring, Alpine, Keene, Hart Flat, Mojave, Rosamond, Boron, Edwards AFB, Kramer Junction, Ridgecrest, California City and Lancaster. Directly mailed to subscribers and homes in Bear Valley Springs & Alpine.

E D I TO R I A L P O L I C Y: Opinions of the contributors are their own and do not necessarily reflect staff or management. All humor is strictly meant for fun and not those of intended to offend. All contents of are property of Hilltop Publishers.

RIBBON CUTTING — Grand Oaks Ranch held it’s grand opening this spring.

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The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Fall Business Showcase at West Park Activity Center on Wed., Sept. 28, 2011 from 4 to 8 p.m. The event will strengthen the local economy by featuring over 60 businesses and organizations. To promote their distinctive menus, local restaurants will provide samples of their fare to visitors. The greater Tehachapi community is invited to participate in this event that will promote and connect the community. The Business Showcase is an excellent opportunity to view the latest and greatest products, services and ideas, and enjoy quality networking with Tehachapi Chamber members.

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The first Annual Fall Business Showcase showcased the greater Tehachapi area businesses in the best possible light and was a huge success with over 400 attendees coming to learn about the products and services offered in the greater Tehachapi area. Admission the day of the event is FREE to all attendees. The first 300 attendees will receive a FREE reusable cotton tote bag. There will be FREE Giveaways, FREE Drawings and FREE Food. Stop by and experience a range of products and services available from area businesses and organizations. Browse exhibitors’ displays while networking to build business relationships.

Knowing What to do in an Emergency! by Marty Pay MBA, LUTC-F One thing our recent fires did was remind us all how important it is to be prepared in the event of a natural disaster! The United States Fire Administration (USFA) on their website has some great tips on what to do in case of a fire. Practice Escaping From Every Room in the Home: If possible have two ways to get out of every room. If the primary exit is blocked by smoke, you’ll need a second way out. Security Bars: In the event of a fire they can become a trap! Make sure safety windows and doors have quick release devices to allow them to be opened immediately in the event of an emergency! Immediately leave the home: If your home is on fire do not waste any time saving property. If you must escape through smoke, remember to crawl low under the smoke and keep your mouth covered. Never open doors that are hot to the touch: When you come to a closed door use the back of your hand to feel the top of the door the doorknob and any cracks between the door and the door frame. Make sure fire is not on the

other side of the door! If it feels hot to the touch it’s time to use your secondary exit! Designate a meeting place outside: Designate a meeting place that everyone is familiar with, or designate a friend or relative out of the area that everyone knows to call and check in with (and this one applies to earthquakes as well)! Once out, stay out: Escape first and never reenter a burning building. If someone is missing, alert the firefighters they’re equipped to handle rescues if necessary. Smoke Alarms: Make sure working smoke alarms are installed on every level of your home. Test them monthly to make sure the batteries are working and replace them at least once a year. Have your valuable papers in one location were you can grab them in one motion as you’re headed out the door. Remember, things can be replaced but you can’t! Marty has been a Farmers Agent for 31 years, 21 of those here in Tehachapi. He is the current Chairman of the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce.

Looking in the Mirror “If you don't understand how your business is a reflection of you, everything will seem more complicated and challenging than it really is.” —Mark Shapiro, Chief Brand Officer

Claudia Henson Steps Down From Main Street by Christopher Gripkey Last Tuesday, Sept. 13, Claudia Henson chose to step down from her President position at Main Street Tehachapi after five years of participation. When Claudia was asked about her choice to step down, she said, “I feel that Main Street has a competent Board in place with…members capable of taking Main Street where it needs to go. I felt it was time for someone else to take the lead and have a chance to have some of the great experiences I have had.” Claudia still plans on participating in Main Street activities as a volunteer,

when she isn’t diligently working on The Loop (or other publications) put forth by her publishing business – Hilltop Publishers – or participating in the numerous other organizations she is a member of. She wishes to thank all the talented writers and photographers that contribute to The Loop each month:“You help make our paper Tehachapi’s favorite source for community news and entertainment!” She also wants to thank this great community for helping the paper be a success.

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The Oldest Restaurant and Still Part of Tehachapi’s History article and photo by Mary Clyde, Wordsmith Forty-two years. How quickly those hours, are running shorter crews and years go by when you’re a part of the we’re not staying open as late as we Kelcy’s Cafe family. Just ask Kathy used to. Breakfast and lunch are still Bassler who’s not only Kelcy’s daughter, doing okay. We’ve had to adjust our but has been working at the cafe even hours and are only open from 6 a.m. to 3 before it was Kelcy’s. p.m.,” she said. “I worked some while Velda and Ray “Old timers, like Dick Johnson, Joel (Trusty) still were the owners,” Kathy Langston, Charlie Hernandez, Ruby recalled, “And I Jordan and many remember the day others have been we opened — part of the April 1, 1969. Kelcy’s family Dad and mom for 40 years,” didn’t have any said Kathy. previous “They have been experience with us since the running a beginning. As a restaurant, so point of interest, Velda and Ray there’s always were there to been a cafe in the show them the same section as ropes. When dad our main section and mom opened since 1933. We that first day, I added the dining remember Ray room in 1980 and asking dad if he the picture wall had gone to the began then,” she bank to get added. money for the Charlie till. Well – that Hernandez has hadn’t even lots of fond occurred to dad – memories so the cafe centered around opened with Kelcy’s Cafe. “I It’s been a tough year for Margie Owens Ray’s money in remember when it and daughter Kathy Bassler at Kelcy’s the till!” Kathy was a teenage said laughing. Café. They’ve been dealing with an upset hangout and had “We still have economy which is affecting all of juke boxes on the the cheapest counter and Tehachapi at some level. coffee in town booths,” he said and we do all of our cooking from smiling. “I’ve seen it survive the bad scratch,” she said proudly, “Some places times (before it was Kelcy’s) during the will pull things from the freezer, but we Depression and WWII. My mother even don’t do that here — our cooking is used to wash dishes here back in the always from fresh ingredients. And I [19]40s and when we’d see her walking think what’s even more important is that home with a coffee can in her hands we Kelcy’s has always been about family — knew we were getting something to eat you may come in a stranger, but you besides beans! leave as part of the Kelcy’s family. One There’d be layers of leftovers of our regular families has twins and for stuffed into those cans. What a treat their birthday dinner the twins insisted that was! And I remember one time when they had to come to Kelcy’s. I think that the constable came in and slapped says a lot about how people feel!” handcuffs on me and left me standing It’s been a tough year though, Kathy there by the front door while he went shared. “With Dad’s death and the back to eat. When he came back up to the economy like it is, this is the roughest front he took the cuffs off and said ‘Let I’ve ever seen it. We’ve had to cut some that be a lesson to you son to not get into trouble!’ and walked out.” Many of the local organizations also have called Kelcy’s home for their meetings for years: The Railroad Club, the Rotary, the Optimists, the Hi 12 Club, the Boosters, Tehachapi Community Theater, the Car Club and others still congregate at Kelcy’s. If you’re new to Tehachapi, and haven’t been there, Kelcy’s Cafe on Tehachapi Boulevard is a historical place to visit. Come be part of the Kelcy’s family and certainly come back.

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Pioneer in Massage Therapy being, reduces tension and anxiety, improves Molly Sherman, C.M.T., is considered a blood circulation, which delivers oxygen and “pioneer in massage therapy” in the nutrients to the cells, stimulates the Tehachapi area. She moved to Sand Canyon in lymphatic system, 1967. Back then she felt which carries away the she was a “pioneer” of body’s waste products, sorts. For a few years prevents and relieves they had no indoor muscle cramps and plumbing and no spasms. Massage electricity so in a way, it therapy can also help felt like being a pioneer. with pain management Back in 1982, in conditions such as when massage therapy arthritis, sciatica, and was not in vogue, she muscle spasms. took the time for a Having always massage and, in her loved Tehachapi, the words, “it was such a people who were here wonderful healing when she came and experience” that she those who have moved became determined to here since, she is share not only the grateful for all the physical, but also the ‘upgrades’ to keep our mental and spiritual Molly says “I give not town from benefits with others. just a massage – it’s an experience. deteriorating. She is also Off to massage Massage is more than a frivolous, appreciative of how school in 1988 she feel-good indulgence. It actually has massage has fit in so went, and in 1989 many important health benefits.” well, considering the opened her own studio. many massage Over the years she has therapists now practicing. taken training in several different techniques. One customer comment: “Some people She blends these learned techniques and think you have to die to go to heaven!” adjusts the massage to the client’s wants and When clients leave Molly’s Studio, needs. they feel a sense of well being and Molly says “I give not just a massage–– empowerment; that they can deal with it’s an experience. Massage is more than a whatever stresses life may toss their way. frivolous, feel-good indulgence. It actually If you would like to experience the has many important health benefits.” “experience” give Molly a call at Massage calms the nervous system and 661-822-6814 to schedule an appointment. promotes a sense of relaxation and well

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S.A. Rosales Income Tax CrossRoads Gallery by Mel White, owner

In some ways CrossRoads Gallery is a typical small business, dedicated to showcasing the best local artists by offering their unique and creative artworks for sale seven days a week in a prime location in the center of historic downtown Tehachapi. In other ways CrossRoads is anything but typical. Set up as a privately owned and co-operatively run effort, the member artists of CrossRoads are professional artists who take an active role in running and promoting the business itself, which also includes taking the lead in community art-related events and promoting the entire arts community of Tehachapi. Membership is by invitation only in order to maintain our commitment to quality, variety and active participation. For the general public, this all means two very important things: 1.) A gallery that is comfortable and welcoming because your friends and neighbors work the desk and host the artist receptions. 2.) A beautiful gallery of exceptional artwork, at reasonable prices, created by the most talented people in the area – who are also your friends and neighbors. CrossRoads Gallery is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for January through March) and, on the first Friday of each month, hosts a special artist reception featuring member artists and guest artists from 5

to 8 p.m. All artists are invited to be part of the monthly guest shows (a first step toward invitation to join the gallery), and the following are upcoming themes and due-dates to be part of these shows: October 2011, “Scared Silly” Art is due Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. only. October is Halloween month, so we’re looking for scary art, but a little silliness never hurts. November 2011, “Pilgrims Pride” Art is due Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. only. Anything historic, Thanksgiving related, and/or fall related. December 2011, as always in December, “Anything Goes!” Art is due Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. only. We love variety! Please Note: Guest artists are encouraged to be creative and make their own connections to any given theme. Artwork will only be accepted for guest shows on the day and times noted above and must be finished, dry, framed, wired, ready to hang, titled and priced. Policies and procedures for guest artists are available upon request at the gallery (101 E. Tehachapi Blvd. Tehachapi, CA), on our website at or call 661-822-5242 if you have questions. We hope you’ll come by and check out our unique Tehachapi business and the wonderful works of art and artrelated gifts we offer. Come anytime; displays change monthly, so there is always something new and unique to find at CrossRoads Gallery.

My name is Shelia Rosales and I grew up in a family that was involved with accounting. I have always loved working with numbers. I just can’t stop thinking in numbers. While I am grocery shopping I automatically add up my purchases in my head, and when finishing at the checkout, my total is usually within pennies of the register total. I decided to go into tax preperation when friends told me how much their tax preparation cost them. I thought, “I could do that”, as I had always done my own taxes. I took a tax course with a national tax firm and they hired me. I worked mostly as a supervisor from 1991 to 1997. In 1998 I opened my own tax preperation business in California City. In 2002 I moved to Tehachapi and kept my business in California City unitl 2005. I worked out of my house until 2007 when I took an office in downtown Tehachapi. I really love being down town and close to all the activities that go on. The last 2 years has been an encouraging one for my business due in large to Main Street Tehachapi. With all the events downtown it has given my business great exposure. I love being involved with Main Street Tehachapi. Over the years several of my customers have become personal friends. I also have

several seniors as clients so I decided to accomodate them by going to their homes when they request it. I continue to take classes to keep up on the current tax laws and have added bookkeeping, payroll, tax planning, and sales tax to my services. I continue to charge a fair price for my service and am looking forward to getting busier and growing. I still have clients that come back each year even though I have moved to Tehachapi or they have moved to another state. Give me a try and I think you will be pleased with my attention to detail that will allow you to feel comfortable doing what you do best, while I take care of the taxes.

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Eight Reasons Why Your Business Needs a Website 1. Websites Never Sleep. A website will allow your business or organization to be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Having a website is the equivalent of having an employee working around the clock – even weekends and holidays! 2. Your Top Competitor Has A Website. If you are in direct competition with another business that has a website, they have a clear advantage – especially if they are adequately marketing their website. A website is a great way to level the playing field. 3. “Just Google It”. More than ever before, people are turning away from traditional means of finding information and looking online. Your business should be at their fingertips. 4. Websites Improve Customer Confidence and Corporate Image. With a professional website, you will improve your overall impression to the public and, in turn, your customers will develop a greater sense of confidence in your organization. 5. Small Businesses Have Higher Revenue. According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses that have

websites are averaging $1.07 million more per year in sales than small businesses not online. That equates to 39 percent higher revenue. 6. Do You Know 266 Million People? That is the number of North Americans that regularly use the Internet. Worldwide Internet usage is well over one billion. 7. Websites Help Establish More Customers. According to the Small Business Administration, 50 percent of internet sales are from new customers. Having a website significantly improves your customer reach no matter what services or products you offer. 8. Websites Are Not Just Local - They Are Global. Most small businesses are only able to market to their town and surrounding communities. With a website, you can take your goods and services across America and around the world, if you so choose. My Guys Marketing is a new web design/internet marketing firm in Kern County. Contact James Mattern at 760-5878159 for a free consultation on how My Guys Marketing can take your business to that next level or visit us at

The Butcher Shop Celebrates its One Year Anniversary! Whoo-Hooo! by Tony and Tomi Nuckolls and edited by Leslie Reynolds

As the saying goes, “Time flies!” It’s hard to believe it’s been over a year now that we opened our doors and began selling “The best meats on the mountain” here in Tehachapi. When my Tony (aka - “The Sr. Butcher and Godfather”) of this meat cutting operation first told me he wanted to open a butcher shop here in Tehachapi, I was a little skeptical. Tony saw a need here for a top notch shop that sells only the best of meats and brings back good old fashioned customer service and high product quality with a dash of nostalgic decor thrown in for fun! It has turned out to be a successful venture for us and enjoyable as well. Oh sure, there were ups and downs along the way, but what business doesn’t have those? The nice people we’ve met and the good times have far outweighed the bad! Tony has over 40 years of retail and meat cutting experience and is defiantly

knowledgeable about his trade. Tony’s credo is “Old School Rules” and he sticks to what he knows is right. Honesty and integrity are high on his list of personal qualities and his wisdom and wit are shared with all who come within earshot. (Whether you want to hear it or not!) We at the butcher shop want to thank all our fine customers for their continued patronage over the past year and we hope you have enjoyed our own special brand of personal service and quality meats. Look for our continued sales, stories and recipes of culinary lore in each issue of The Loop (“The Butcher’s Wife”) and come on in and visit us at our location at 20601 Hwy 202 in the new Grand Oaks Plaza next to the Shell station. We are open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Phone us at 661-822-9600. Here are a few pictures of highlights from the past year!

Tony and Tomi Nuckolls are happy to celebrate their one year in business.

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A New Yoga Studio in Bear Valley Springs

We feel so lucky to have the devoted staff who really make it work!

Going ‘Postal’ Lee and Vicki bought the then Postal Plus in January 2011 and changed the name to Postal ASAP. There have been many changes to the store, located behind McDonalds in the Albertson’s shopping center so, if you haven’t been in for a while, be sure to stop by. Vicki’s story: Lee has been in warehousing and purchasing for thirty plus years. I’ve been in customer service with some long ago experience in selfemployment. Our goal for the store is to build it up so we can work there too!

Currently we commute to Bakersfield daily working for a small company. I’ve been with them for 17 years and Lee for 14. We live in Bear Valley, love being a part of the close knit Tehachapi community and look forward to a time when we can be in Tehachapi full time. We hope to be an asset to this community. We feel so lucky to have the devoted staff who really make it work! Our favorite thing is being out and about in downtown Tehachapi!

The first time I stepped into a yoga studio, 15 years ago, I knew I had found my fitness soul-mate. What I didn’t know is that it would change me and change my life. Initially yoga helped me open to the possibility of feeling comfortable in my own skin...of becoming friends with my physical body. What I didn’t know was that it was simultaneously opening my mind and spirit to an ever expanding world of understanding, compassion and a deep love for others – as well as myself. Having a yoga studio in such a serene setting as Bear Valley Springs is pretty much daily bliss! The people of Tehachapi and BVS have been so warm and welcoming, that I feel as if I’ve been here for years. I am so grateful for a career that is my passion and play. My teaching brings with it the experience of 15 years of practice, seven years of teaching and the wisdom of many amazing teachers that I have had the honor of studying under.

Classes are offered Monday through Friday and range from beginning to advanced and restorative to energetic. Feel free to check out my website,, for more details and maybe give some thought to what yoga might do for you! Your first class is always free. Namaste

RIBBON CUTTING — Fiddlers Crossing, Mountain Music and Christian Science Reading Room, Grand Reopening and Ribbon Cutting happened this August.

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Friends of the Tehachapi Depot Update story by Nancy Buge, picture by Nick Smirnoff

We’re proud to announce The Team Is Back! Dan Steinberg, Julie Gonzales and Moe Cramer

The Team is Back!!! by Moe Cramer Jr., PTA Stone Mountain Physical Therapy I first met Julie Gonzales after one of my daughter’s youth basketball games. Her husband Joe was the coach of the team. After a game Joe had mentioned his wife was a physical therapist commuting to Bakersfield. The timing of his comment was extraordinary. At the time I was managing a physical therapy department with Dan Steinberg, MSPT (Masters of Science, Physical Therapist) and given the daunting task of turning the business around. After six months the business started improving and I knew, in order to take the business to the next level, I needed another physical therapist. The timing was extraordinary because physical therapists are of short supply in Tehachapi. It wasn’t long after meeting Julie that she accepted the job and the “team” was established. Julie was a great addition, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Dakota and with 14 years experience at the time. Time went on and business was going to quadruple. It was time to take the business to the next level. I knew with this team we couldn’t miss, but it wasn’t my decision. After a several years of waiting to expand, Dan saw the same potential and was feeling my frustration. Seeing the decision to grow wasn’t going to come soon, Dan branched out on his own, opening Stone Mountain Physical Therapy. It wasn’t long before Dan asked me to come aboard. How could I refuse? A new building, new equipment, a common passion to do whatever necessary to give our clients the

best therapy possible and I would continue to work and be mentored by the most experienced physical therapist around. Dan is a graduate of UCLA with 47 years experience and a university professor of physical therapy. Dan loves it when I point out that he received his Certificate of Registration as a Physical Therapist eight days before me coming into the world. Stone Mountain just had its second year anniversary and has been growing since the day of its inception. Referrals have been increasing from local doctors and orthopedic surgeons, as well as from as far as Los Angeles, Orange County, Santa Barbara and Arroyo Grande. We have been faced with the same question; be satisfied with the status quo or, take it to the next level… I’m proud to announce The Team Is Back! It’s official! Julie Gonzales has agreed to come aboard and join Stone Mountain Physical Therapy! Julie now has 19 years of experience and has completed continued education in the treatment of the knee and shoulders as well as instruction in the treatment of sports injuries. Dan’s 47 years, Julie’s 19 and my 27 (19 as a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant) gives us a grand total of 93 years of combined experience in the field. If you should be in need of rehabilitation, come see what a knowledgeable and experienced team with almost a century worth of experience can do to get you back to work, back to play and back to life.

The good folk of the Friends of the Trespassing citations can be issued to violators. Tehachapi Depot (FOTD) continue to be · One ton of freight can be moved 480 mi. involved with a number of worthwhile projects. on one gallon of diesel fuel. Recently, the group was awarded a generous Anyone interested in learning more about $5,000 grant by The Bakersfield Californian Operation Lifesaver, Inc., can call 800.537.6224 Foundation. The FOTD deeply appreciates the or go to The organization offers grant. The funds are to be used to purchase training for becoming a presenter or associate combination storage cabinets/exhibit display and will provide materials for presentations that cases for the Depot Museum. Committee are age-appropriate for all groups. Those lucky members are in the process of having the cases enough to live in a “train town” need to be designed and constructed. educated regarding rail safety, especially Speaking of exhibits, currently on display children. Ignorance of safe behavior is certainly is an excellent collection of rail-related not bliss. photographs by Dave Burton, one of the The Fischers’ presentation was followed FOTD’s Founding Fathers. Mr. Burton, by the drawing of the winning raffle ticket for through his publication of calendars and photos, the FOTD’s recent fundraiser prize, an “Nhelped put the Tehachapi Depot Railroad scale” train layout, including a five-piece train Museum, the Tehachapi Loop, and the town and controls. Sheryl Bovi, FOTD Gift Shop itself, on the map of every dedicated rail fan in Coordinator, is currently trying to contact the the world. Packets of his photos are available at lucky winner. The raffle raised $900 of muchthe Depot gift shop. needed funds for the Depot Museum. Many On September 13, there was an FOTD thanks to all who purchased tickets. General Membership Meeting at the Depot. Marian Stephens recently donated a Attendees were treated to a fascinating and beautiful handmade railroad-themed quilt and informative presentation by Harry and Sue matching pillowcase to the FOTD. The quilt Fischer of Operation Lifesaver, Inc., a group and pillowcase were made by the talented dedicated to promoting public safety in regard Cathy Criger, local master quilter. The set are to railroads. The Three E’s of Operation being raffled off to raise funds for the Depot Lifesaver are Education, Engineering, and Museum. Tickets are being offered for the Enforcement. Included in the Education amazingly low price of $1 per ticket or six component are the following facts: tickets for $5. Tickets can be purchased at the · In the U.S., two people die every day in Depot during regular hours of operation. The rail incidents. lucky winner will be announced at the next · Every 120 minutes there is a rail incident. FOTD General Membership Meeting on · A freight train can weigh up to November 29, which will coincide with the 12,000,000 lbs. FOTD’s annual Holiday Party, always a festive · It takes, on average, 5,280’ (almost a and fun-filled event. Mark the date on the mile) for a train to come to a stop in optimal calendar and do plan to attend. A great time will conditions. be had by all! · Trains overhang tracks by 3’ on each side. To be safe, maintain at least 15’ distance from the nearest rail. · Welded seamless ribbon rail doesn’t cause a sound, so listening to the rails is not a way of determining if a train is coming. · It is illegal to cross railroad tracks unless at an official crossing, underpass, or Cathy Criger of the FOTD, who created the quilt with which she is posing. overpass. It’s the item currently being raffled off as a fundraiser for the Depot.

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Alliance Brokers & Consultants Insurance Agency Alliance Brokers & Consultants Insurance Agency has been serving clients since 1988. Well established, respected and known for their knowledge, integrity and service. Members of the Central California Better Business Bureau, Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, the Bakersfield Downtown Business Associations, National and California Health Underwriters Association as well as the local Kern Chapter of Health Underwriters to name a few. Clay Koerner the president of Alliance Brokers & Consultants Insurance Agency invites you to discover why businesses of all sizes are turning to a qualified local professional benefits management and consulting company for the implementation, management and service of their employee benefit plans. Experience can’t be purchased; honesty is a quality and integrity comes from the way we conduct our business. Alliance Brokers & Consultants in association with their partner Human Resources Outsourcing, Inc. has the ability to completely manage or assist your company, small or large with legal concerns, training, seminars, payroll services in addition to offering medical, dental, vision, life, retirement plans, cafeteria plans, COBRA administration, handbooks and numerous services you’re small to large company may need but didn’t think you could afford. Everything

is at your fingertips via our online advanced technology systems. All plans and services are coordinated by our team that meets with your employees individually to explain all benefits, supply enrollment service, explain you’re funding and complete all paperwork, forms and requirements. We then work with your insurance carriers directly and forward copies of everything to your Human Resources department, as well as download everything into our technology based systems developed for your use. Medi-Care, Medi-Cal, Senior Supplement Plans, Healthy Families, A.I.M., California Kid, individual health insurance plans, Health Savings Accounts, Flexible Spending Accounts, Dependent Care, self-funded insurance plans, Captives, Workers Compensation and much, much more. We can help; come and experience the difference. Ask your team one question; “What are we getting for the dollars we’re currently spending?” There is a difference; it’s Alliance Brokers & Consultants, Inc. Call 661-427-4700 x 1or email clay@abcco.comfor your confidential presentation of what we can do for your organization. Of course; our best advertisement are our client, ask for references. Spend a few minutes, save dollars, increase benefits, reduce taxes, eliminate rate increases and transfer your liability to a qualified employee benefits management company.

RIBBON CUTTING — Brite Canyon Resource grand opening & ribbon-cutting took place earlier this year.

The Wilsted girls enjoy time out with the family.

BTW Roofing & Construction The Last Thing any Homeowner Wants is a Leaky Roof Provided by Cassandra Wilsted

As fall approaches that means one thing to our small family owned Construction company, good weather on the sunny California coast and the beginning of rain for all of us inlanders. While we would love to be basking away with our children in the sunny central coast weather, we have the priority of getting your homes ready to brave the Tehachapi weather. BTW Roofing & Construction has been in business for three years and,

with over twelve years of experience, we know that the last thing any homeowner wants is a leaky roof. Give us a call today and make sure that your roof can better the Tehachapi weather, the estimate is free! We will take care of all your roofing needs with attentive customer service, impeccable workmanship and reasonable prices. Don’t take a chance that your roof won’t last through the season this year, give us a call at 662-823-4521!

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Watch as Kelly, one of the owners, makes a pizza and throws dough in the air. (Also know as one of Tehachapi’s most eligible bachelors.) photo by Heather Pardis

I Dream of Pizza by Adam Bailey On April 1, 2011 TK’s Pizza & Pasta opened for business, enhancing the restaurant selection in our little town of Tehachapi. This was a big deal, not only for our community but for the owners of TK. The three owners of TK’s Pizza went from just living life to living their dream. Their story is about taking a chance, about going after something you believe in, but mostly it’s about living the American dream. It all started in 2007 when two best friends were kicking around ideas on a business they could run together; a business that would be fun, exciting and aligned with their! A family Pizza & Pasta restaurant. After planting this seed, these two best friends went back to living their “normal lives” and even though it was discussed often their idea remained a dream. These two best friends, Travis and Kelly, have been buddies for over 13 years. Travis even went on to marry Kelly’s cousin Christina, who is a partner at TK’s even though her name isn’t up in lights. She has been a part of the group since the beginning. Together they are a husband and wife team. “Christina is the oil that keeps the TK machine running smoothly,” says Kelly. While Travis served in the Marines

and Christina pursued Nursing, Kelly worked in the service industry, managed hotels and has been a youth minister for over two years. Last year, while facing what would be devastating for some – layoffs, unemployment and unfulfilled work situations – they decided to make their dream a reality. They regrouped in their hometown of Rosamond, Calif. and decided to go for it. They have always loved Tehachapi and believe it is a great place to raise a family. Travis and Christina love to take their son to the local park and also really enjoy the many downtown activities throughout the year. Kelly is single, but hopes to someday raise his own family in Tehachapi as well. Both Travis and Kelly love sports and are looking forward to giving their time to the community as youth sports coaches. On April 1, with the grand opening of TK’s Pizza & Pasta, their dream became a reality. This is not just another pizza place. It’s a place to bring your family and friends, a place to grab a soda and hang out and of course a place to eat great food. They hope TK’s becomes a place where the community can gather. Watch this young team embrace their dream and become a valuable Tehachapi resource with your support. “Come watch us throw dough.”

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Abundant Harvest Abundant Harvest Organics is the brainchild of Vernon Peterson of Kingsburg, California. He believes it is time that we get to know our farmers and we simply, eat healthy. Vernon heads up an alliance of small family farmers who work together to provide fresh, 100 percent organic produce boxes that are then distributed to cities in many areas of California. They also have a wide variety of add-on items. See thier add-on list at addons.html. Changes are listed weekly with special items during the holidays. Our local hosts, Michael and Kathryn Johnson, have been working with Vernon from the beginning to bring affordable, year round organic produce to the area. “The food makes people happy because they are getting good nutrition. I enjoy being the person who is there to bring it to them,” Michael says. One long time customer, Teri Moore, was asked if she felt AHO was a value to her family. Her comment was, “I challenge anyone to go to your local grocery store and pick out a selection of organic produce that is as varied, colorful and, above all fresh, as you get in the AHO box and look at your receipt.” Teri did and found that she saved $12 a week. With all of the prices going up, I have to wonder if those

numbers are greater now. She followed with, “But the real value comes when we accept that fresh organic produce is a proven keystone of today’s healthy diets, and once we change our lifestyle to let the produce guide our meal plans, we not only find new ways to eat but will also make produce a larger portion of our meals, leading to more vibrant health and leaner bodies.” Abundant Harvest Organics seems to be quite a winner among its local subscribers. I wonder...what you will say? For more information go to or call Kathryn at 661-557-0053.

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“There is Something for Every Body!” at The Dressing Room & Bra Boutique The collaboration between two women’s boutiques in Tehachapi is a prime example of innovation and creative vision at work. The Dressing Room, a clothing boutique, and Bra Boutique, a women’s bra and lingerie boutique, have created the ultimate women’s boutique in Tehachapi. The Dressing Room was started by Donna Wolfe nearly four years ago, and has steadily grown into a beautiful women’s boutique. The Dressing Room offers current fashions for Women in sizes small through 3X, as well as a contemporary selection of accessories. Bra Boutique was started by Lorna Bachman three years ago, and offers custom-fitted bras in all sizes, and a great selection of lingerie, corsets, and shape-wear. Last year, the two boutiques came together in one large location in the Golden Hills area of Old Towne Tehachapi. “All of our customers need both of us” Donna and Lorna declare. “It’s all about helping all women feel their best; that’s our personal vision.” “We help women feel good about themselves” Donna says, and “I can personally relate many stories where women come in to the boutique feeling lessthan content with themselves and leave feeling much happier because of their experience here.” “What I love is the transformation that

occurs when someone finds something she loves,” Donna explains. The Dressing Room carries a large variety of clothing and accessories so we cater to many different styles. We now carry JAG Jeans which has many styles of pants that embody the perfect blend of fashion and fit for real women. For your more adventurous side we carry LA Idol jeans which are jeans with lots of rhinestones on the pockets for your super- bling look. LA Idol is a very HOT brand so beware of counterfeits. We carry only true authentic lines in our store. We also have the rhinestone belts and unique Cowgirlstyle jewelry so you can Cowgirl Up in style! There is truly something for every body at The Dressing Room and Bra Boutique. “We help all women feel their best; women come in to shop and they leave happier! I’ve seen it over and over again,” Donna says. The boutique is located on Highway 202 and Mission between Barry’s Barber Shop and Dr. Jones Dental office. The hours are Tuesday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Donna at 661-557-0790, and call Lorna at 661-972-1331. “Come in to the boutique and check us out,” Donna invites, because, “There is something for every body!”

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Window Covers and More Charlotte deMontmorency offers expert advice for all your window covering needs. I started my own window covering business three years ago, after working in the industry for many years previously. I have always enjoyed working with customers in their homes, assisting them with their decorating needs. Many style options, including fabrics for draperies, shutters and blinds are now available in an amazing variety of styles, textures, and colors, to meet each personal preference. Energy efficiency, light and privacy, function, and versatility are all choices to be considered. I offer my customers free estimates and professional installation for all products. I think, in part, having a successful business is being fortunate enough to love what

you’re doing and being enthusiastic about the future. I came to Tehachapi in 1972 and raised my three children here, two sons and one daughter. My sons played football as Warriors, a tradition that my grandsons continue. I have been blessed with seven grandchildren. l have seen many changes in Tehachapi over the years, but it always remains a wonderful community with so much to offer. Football, especially mountain football, and fishing are two of my favorite - past times and weekends on the houseboat in the summer. I look forward to many more years of doing what I love and continued growth. I would also like to thank my many wonderful customers for their business and confidence.

RIBBON CUTTING — The Lost Box opened next door to Kohnen’s. Their grand-opening and ribbon-cutting was a great success. Photo by Sam White

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Carol Gerdl of Carefree Moving is always on the move.

Make Your Next Move “Carefree” Bob and Carol Gerdl started in the moving and storage business in 1963, and in 1984 they established Carefree Moving here in Tehachapi, located at 19510 Banducci Road. By 1991 they expanded their services by opening a professional furniture storage warehouse which is climate controlled, insulated and heated for furnishings, electronic equipment and belongings. The warehouse has palletized 5’ x 7’ x 8’ sealed units that rent for $45 a month. The storage units are available for short-term or long-term storage. The Gerdl’s bring over 50 years of experience and knowledge to every job. They are totally committed to providing the highest quality and integrity. They understand that moving can be a stressful time and if you are a large company or a small family, they take every step to ensure the moving process goes quickly, smoothly and carefully. Carol stated that when you make a long distance move that you pack a suitcase as if headed to Catalina Island for 4 or 5 days, and you will have all you need during the move. She also suggested that if you have children along your trip, to make sure they have rollerblades to make the trip more fun when you stop at a rest area. Their services include a lot of practical advice, free estimates, professional packing, (they even provide a full line of free packing cartons, but you do have to return them.) palletized storage, custom crating, partial or

complete packing for all business and household belongings. They provide years of experience in expertise in moving pianos, grandfather clocks, gun safes, office units, artwork, valuables, special care items and antiques and the list goes on and on. The company is PUC licensed, insured, and fully qualified to move everything from a modest household to the large technical company operation. They are experienced in working directly with insurers for special needs moving and storage, such as water damage and other catastrophe relocations. The company acquired its name when a customer expressed “when they started moving my belongings I felt ‘carefree’.” Many of their storage unit customers have been with them 10 years and longer. Bob and Carol have been married for over 50 years, and have two daughters and two grandchildren. Among their satisfied customers are: Tony Bennett, Mrs. Howard Hughes, the Sierra National Bank and Aerotest at Mojave Airport, among many others. One customer has had Carefree move them five times. When I chatted with the Gerdl’s, Bob made a statement that impressed me: “The impossible just takes a little longer.” For moving needs of any sort, across town or across state lines, even items from the basement to upstairs (or the attic to the basement), call Bob and Carol Gerdl at 805-822-6411.

Selling Magic in a Bottle

Those ‘other’ wine regions better watch out. The Tehachapi area is ready to stake its claim as California’s latest hotbed of viticulture. Sentiment is growing that the area’s unique conditions for growing wine grapes are leading to something magical in the bottle. The tale actually began in 2003 when Bob and Patty Souza took a gamble, planting Primitivo Zinfandel grapes (using seedlings cloned from 100 year-old plants) in the Cummings Valley just west of Tehachapi. The region is known more for ranches and high-end private communities, making it an unlikely location for a premium wine operation. It was on a leap of faith that the Souza Family Vineyard came into existence. “I was surprised that nobody had ever tried to do a commercial wine making operation in this area before,” Bob Souza remarked. “The conditions for growing wine grapes are ideal. We can grow things here that you can’t grow anywhere else in the world.” Hot days, breezy evenings, decidedly rocky soil, and the high elevation all lend themselves to slower ripening of grapes. Slow may not be a welcome word when you’re pounding the table for a glass, but it does make for conditions that boost the flavor and provide for exceptional wines. Just how exceptional the product would prove to become was a shock. Wine making is a big competition, and it is traditional for start-ups to perfect the process before testing their mettle against others. Wines from a first harvest (or crush) simply don’t get entered into competition. But, when you’re new to the game, sometimes it’s



better if you don’t know the rules. The Souza’s Primitivo made its competitive debut at the 2008 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest face-off of American wines in the world. Over 1,500 vineyards submitted in excess of 4,200 bottles and waited for the pronouncements of 60 professional judges. Chalk one up for the locals. Released under the Tehachapi Wine and Cattle Company label, the 2005 vintage scored a coveted silver medal. When good news comes, you have to share it. July 2008 brought the grand opening of the Souza Family Vineyard Tasting Room located at 26877 Cummings Valley Road; or call us at 661-822-9233. The Tuscan-inspired attraction is open Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and includes a tasting room and gift shop where visitors are treated to scenic views of the vineyard and the Cummings Valley. With all of this going on, the winemaking world is paying attention. The Souza’s have gone on to win a bronze medal for their 2006 vintage and a prestigious gold medal in 2010. A move is underway to recognize the Tehachapi Valley as an “appellation,” a geographic name under which wine growers can identify and market wines. Be sure and come by the tasting room as we are continually introducing new fun wines for you to taste. We are currently introducing our newest treat the “Infusion/ Illusion” Magic Chocolate Wine.

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Fun and family, not to mention fantastic food is what Petra is all about. Photo by Sam White.

A Celebration of Taste The slogan of the Petra Mediterranean Deli and Restaurant tells a good story: Welcome to the celebration of taste where the food therapy begins. Enjoy the Mediterranean part of Tehachapi. story and photo by Sam White Abe (Abraham) and Lune Khoury have created a special spot in Tehachapi. It is hard to imagine Tehachapi without them and it has only been four years. Yes they are celebrating their fourth year and wish to thank all their customers for their loyality and support Petra Restaurant is the only truly original Mediterranean Restaurant in Kern County. They are always trying to keep the cost down and their customers seem to really apprecite their effort. They offer casual family style dining with everything fresh and made to order. They have not raised their prices since they opened. Their menu includes food from all over the Mediterranean. Their sons 17-year-old Alex and 18-yearold Matt work hard at the restaurant, but will not be seen around very much this fall as they are attending college. Alex is studying Engineering and Matt is studying Law School. They come by to help during breaks from classes and studies. If you see them, be sure to let them know they are missed. All lovers of Middle Eastern food must have cheered when this little deli opened their doors on Green Street back in 2008 in downtown Tehachapi. The cheers continued when Petra remodeled and expanded three years ago, complete with new tables and chairs and created a full restaurant. They have space to accommodate gatherings, meetings, birthday parties and other events – with seating for up to 45 people. In addition they have outside seating so, when the weather is warm, you can enjoy Hookah bar as you indulge in the wonderful food they serve up. They have delightful and inexpensive food including: tabouleh, dolmas; sandwiches (meat ball, eggplant parmesan and philly cheese steak); wraps (falafel, dolma, veggie, lamb-beef shawerma or kefta kebab); many kebab choices; salads (Greek, Mediterranean, couscous, tabouleh, tzatziki and antipasto); pastas (ravioli, spaghetti and lasagna); drinks (Turkish coffee, mint tea, wine and beer); and a wide variety of desserts, like baklava and cakes. Keep in mind that this only lists a very limited selection of their menu. Now that fall and cooler weather are approaching one must try the “soup of the day” delights. Each day Lune makes up a pot of delicous soup that will keep you coming back

for more. In addition to the delightful menu items, Petra also has a great variety of grocery items on the shelves. Coffee, speciality teas, pickles, olives, sesame tahini, extra virgin olive oil, cucumbers in brine, apricot/fig/morello cherry and other flavors of jams. The selection goes on and on and is not limited to just foods on the shelves – carring unique Mediterrane items that you won’t find in a regular grocery store. If you cannot find it in the deli case or on the shelves, ask Abe or Lune and they will special order it for you. Petra provides an opportunity to enjoy a taste of something different than any other eatery in the area. Abe and Lune have over 18 years of experience in restaurant management. Their homeland is the Mediterranean, and they have perfected the art of Mediterranean food to the point that at least one experienced traveler – Frank Stibor – writes, “I’ve traveled to Israel, Egypt, Greece and Turkey and I can truly testify that the food at Petra is truly authentic.” Most of the menu items are prepared totally from scratch (Okay they do not press their own olive oil, but you get my drift). If you have restrictions to your diet – or if there are no restrictions – this is a great place to try some exotic and delightful eats. No butter, just extra virgin olive oil; organic ingredients whenever possible; many choices for the vegetarian or even vegan diets with a variety of gluten free dishes; and, if one is bold or of such mind, Turkish coffee or mint tea combined with a dessert of baklava may help satisfy the palette and complete the meal. Petra also offers catering services. From informal gatherings with just a few friends to weddings, the Petra Mediterranean Restaurant is staffed and equipped to meet your needs. If you are in the Tehachapi area and would like to order ahead or information about their catering services, please give them a call at 661-8221900. Don’t take my words as gospel. Here are some recent comments made by customers: “Really authentic! They do the real deal.” – Nilly S. ”Their seasonings take ordinary fish and make it extraordinary.” – Linda C. “Very personal and friendly, like a home cooked meal.” – Richard S. “Came by to socialize with my friend Abe.” – KD

(Left to right): Leon Mayberry, Stacey Lamerson and Jerry Hartley with Tehachapi Rooter Service are delighted in providing their services. Photo by Sam White

A Q&A with Tehachapi Rooter Service Question: When and why did you start your business? Answer: My father Richard Hartley started the Tehachapi Rooter Service in 1973. I worked with him and, a few years later, I purchased the business as he became ill. I saw that there was a need for this business in Tehachapi. Question: What is your career/ business background? Answer: Out of college I went into the insurance field. I had an agency in Delano and Taft. From there I tried music several years, of which Las Vegas was one of the

highlights. Along with making records, I came to Tehachapi and bought a Sears Catalogue store. I then bought the Rooter business. Question: What is your favorite local activity, event or hobby? Answer: I enjoy visiting the seasonal Farmers Market, Tehachapi Mountain Festival and Trout fishing in my spare time. Question: What does the future hold for you and your business? Answer: I think nothing but positive transactions and continuing business; the future looks bright.

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by Elnora Mackenzie

We opened Hungry Howies back in May 9, 2009. I had been in the pizza business for eight years as a manager before opening my own business. I knew then that owning my own store was something I wanted to do. I can honestly say it is everything I expected it to be! Having a local business Owner Elnora Mackenzie and her daughter Brandy Grantham in Tehachapi is great welcome you to Hungry Howie’s with a smile! because of all of the great crust flavors; it makes me proud that events we have. My favorite event is the Tehachapi Food and Wine Festival, they are a hit. We have been and they did such a great job this year. successful with the support of our community and look forward to many I really enjoy spending time with my more years of providing amazing family whenever I have a chance too. pizza, great specials and customer Hungry Howies, Tehachapi has won the Upper Crust award two years service. I want to say from the bottom of in a row for scoring over 90% on our my heart, Thank You Tehachapi! We franchise inspections. We are also the only pizza place in town with different love you!

RIBBON CUTTING — Tehachapi Cullinary Studion opened this year with a grand party and ribbon-cutting

Lori Madoski and Shannon Rantala good friends and business partners

Natural Health Massage & Spa by Owner Shannon Rantala Natural Health Massage & Spa plan on watching our high school football opened its doors April 1, 2011. The goal games and seeing many shows at the of our business is to promote health and BeeKay theater, not to mention all the fine wellness in our community, through dinning Tehachapi has to offer. helping people relax and lower stress. We I hope to reach all our local offer many services, such as: massage, community and visitors as well for the manicures, pedicures, and facials. simple joy of helping others relax and feel I have been in the good about their The goal of our business body’s health and Massage industry for 14 years and wellness. is to promote health and manicuring for three. I wellness in our With the help and grew up in Ridgecrest, community, through dedication of my good Calif., where I had a friend and business helping people relax massage business for partner, Lori Madoski, and lower stress. ten years. I come I couldn’t do it from a family of without her. She contractors and construction, I stopped specializes in hot/cold therapy, Chinese massage and tried running the family cupping and body scrubs; also Jewell of business – “The Glass Shop” – for two Purrfictly Pampered is now with us years, 2006 through 2008. That’s when I doing facials and waxing. I would like to got my manicuring license and realized mention Andrew Petty will be in our massage and body work were my office two days a week doing Botox, passion, how much I missed them and I weight loss, laser treatments and much moved to beautiful Tehachapi, Calif. more. We’re also introducing Deanna I would have to say my favorite Folley, a massage therapist. I am happy local event is the annual downtown wine to say our business is filled with love and walk. That’s when I get to spend time the calm feelings of comfort and caring. I with my friends and relax myself. know our business will be a success! Although I have not been attending, I

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Dr. Brady - the “Spine Guy”

A Personal Story by Terence G. Brady, D.C.

I grew up in a small rural South-East Australian town of less than 2000 people. My parents, my two brothers – Alan and Graeme – and I lived on an orchard/dairy farm and usually had to provide our own entertainment when we weren’t actually working on the farm. It was hard work but I enjoyed driving the tractor, milking the cows and growing the peaches and pears. I had made up my mind that I was going to carry on the fruit growing tradition and stay with that vocation. Growing up and providing our own entertainment, I must have caused my mother many anxious moments. I was involved in numerous injury accidents, which in many cases resulted in fractures, sprains or blood. The fractures were numerous: Fingers (several), toes (several), collar bone (x3), nose (x4) and skull (just once) to name a few. There were also injuries involving cars, tractors, bicycles, ladders, Australian Football and just plain stupidity. All that led to ongoing aches and pains that plagued me but didn’t seem to slow me down. Finding a chiropractor and having him adjust my spine was the spark that sent me down the Chiropractic pathway. I was about 16 when I first heard the term “chiropractor”. My older brother Alan had an unclein-law chiropractor who had moved to Australia from Tennessee, and of course I eventually met him. He actually helped me. Who knew? Alan sold his farm and moved his wife and son to America to study Chiropractic and began working on me. At first I was reluctant to sell everything and move to Davenport, Iowa, but Alan finally talked me into it and I made the move. That was a really big thing for a 24 year old, naïve hayseed right off the farm. My mother of course was not too pleased. Who was going to take care of me? I’ll never forget arriving in LA in the middle of the night in September of 1966 and having to go to the Biltmore Hotel downtown and back again the next morning at 7 a.m. If the guy sitting next to me on the plane hadn’t seen how green I

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was and told me what to do I would probably still be wandering around LAX. By the way, this was the time of the Watts riots. My mother was very reluctant to let me on the plane. Who was going to take care of me? The Palmer College of Chiropractic was the college of choice for most Australian students so that is where I enrolled. Chiropractic College was fun. The more I learned, the more interesting it became. I met and made friends from all over the United States and the world. I began playing Rugby for Palmer (more injuries) and got to visit lots of campuses throughout the Mid-West and around the country, from New England and New York to the sunny shores of California. We were good too. We were always close to the top in ratings and actually Division 1 College Champions a couple of times. Beating Notre Dame was great; they did not like being beaten, especially twice in a row. They cancelled the traditional after-game party. After I graduated in 1969 I moved back to Australia and practiced in the Western suburbs of Sydney for eight years. Both my kids – Jason and Kathryn – were born in Australia. We moved back to the United States in 1978 and have been in California ever since. The first place we put down roots was in San Luis Obispo, then in Lakewood and finally here in Tehachapi. This journey from the family farm in Cobram to the hills of Tehachapi has taken about 45 years and has had some interesting turns along the way. Chiropractic has taken me to all the continents except Antarctica and Africa, but I haven’t finished yet, so who knows. My wife Rhonda and I love to travel and I like to teach chiropractic stuff, so it’s a great combination. Give me some airline tickets and a place to stay and I’m there. I hope to see you at the Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase and, if you are interested, I can fill in some details of my life journey.

Barbara’s Business Tip -

Make customers feel special Retailers and business owners hope that in tough times, people will long for the comfort of hometown shopping with people they know and trust. Customers like to feel important. Here are some things you can do to enhance that feeling and build sales: • Call customers by name. If you don’t know their name — “We haven’t see you in awhile, welcome back” — let customers know you recognize them. • Listen to their needs, wants, ideas and criticisms. • Create timing for staff meetings and focus groups — ask for “new” business building ideas and “new” services that can be offered. • Remind employees to focus on the positive. Customers don’t want to come in and hear doom and gloom — they may not return. • Many customers may plan to scale back — offer more services to build on the perceived value. • Learn customer’s preferences and respond to them. Example: Asking, “Do you still prefer ... ?” This lets them know you remember and helps you fine tune your merchandise selection.

• Get to know your customers and potential customers as people. Learn something about their families, professions, interests, etc. • Compliment and reassure customers on their purchases. • Keep in touch with your customers via newsletters, email, phone calls, events and local paper advertisements. This is the time to clean-up and build your contact information database. Remember, monthly email Newsletters don’t cost anything to send out. Make them informative, worth looking at, list your special events, added services, new merchandise, etc. Don’t forget your complete contact information including area code for phone, address with city, state and zip code, website, etc. • Get to know your local newspaper editor and help him work on a human interest story about you and your business — far better than advertising and cheaper. • Take customers’ pictures. Example: A pet and supply store takes photos of customers with their pets and posts them on a bulletin board. What a great way to bring them into the “family of happy customers!”

In short: Treat customers as guests you care about. C o p y r i g h t 2 0 0 9 . R e p r i n t e d w i t h p e r m i s s i o n f r o m B a r b a r a Wo l d ’s R e t a i l & C o n s u m e r Ti p s ,

Gentle Treatment • Palmer Graduate • 40 Years Experience Insurance Accepted Personal Injury Cash & Family Plans

Terence G. Brady, DC 20825 South Street • Old Town Tehachapi 661-823-8888

10 Year Anniversary for The Loop Chamber Director Tammy Wallace presented Claudia Henson and Alysia Bailey a certificate to celebrate The Loop’s 10 Year Anniversary. The party was held at the Souza Family Wineyard on Sunday, Aug. 28 th. The Loop is located at 204 S. Green St, 661-822-8188.

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Think You Are Completely Covered by Your Medical Plan?

According to a recent Harvard study*, 60 percent of all U.S. bankruptcies are the result of a medical event. Of that 60 percent, 77 percent had major medical insurance. This indicates that, in most of these cases, the problem was not lack of medical insurance. An unfortunate reality is that the cost of health care continues to outpace inflation and household earnings. We all know how major medical insurance works. All those benefits payments go where? That’s right – doctors, hospitals, X-rays, maybe prescriptions. That’s important, but it doesn’t help you pay your personal bills, living expenses, out-ofpocket medical expenses, or deductibles. We are living in difficult times. Times when many families across the country are living paycheck to paycheck. Imagine if you were faced with an illness or accident, and suffered a loss of income while incurring additional out-of-pocket costs, as well as your everyday living expenses that continue. How would you pay your bills? The good news is that there is an answer. The answer is American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, better known to most as Aflac. Providing an extra measure of financial protection when you’re sick or hurt, Aflac is insurance for daily living. Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance, paying $1.9 billion in claims in 2009. Cash benefits on approved claims are paid directly to the

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policyholder, unless otherwise assigned, and can be used to help pay rent/mortgage payments, groceries, utilities, car payments, and deductibles …it’s totally up to you. Most claims are processed within four days, and Aflac is number one in claims satisfaction. Many of Aflac policies pay benefits even when you’re healthy. Aflac rates will not go up when you file a claim. If you’re wondering how health care reform will affect the need for guaranteedrenewable insurance, it is interesting to note that in Japan (where a national health system is in place), one in four households has Aflac. To discover why 50 million people worldwide have chosen Aflac, call your local Aflac representative today for a noobligation consultation. Aflac insurance policies are not one size fits all. Together we can determine if you have a need for what Aflac has to offer and identify a policy that will address that need. Cathi Estes is a Tehachapi resident and an independent agent representingAflac. CA Insurance License No. 0G86138 661-809-1980 * Davis U. Himmelstein, MD; Deborah Thorne, PhD; Elizabeth Warren, JD; and Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH; “Medical Bankruptcy in the United States, 2007: Results of a National Study,” The American Journal of Medicine, 2009.

Bar Double J Supplies continues to grow. It carries both new and used Western and English tack and saddles.

Bar Double J Supplies You Never Know What Might Come Through the Door New and used saddles, bridles, bits, blankets and more are among the items that come in almost daily at Bar Double J Supplies tack and saddle shop. Most of our lightly-used items are one of a kind and waiting for the right new owner to find them. “We have people who are downsizing or don’t have horses anymore,” said co-owner John Nelson, “So they bring their stuff to us to sell or consign, so others may enjoy. And we’ve grown a lot over the past year.” John and his wife Jill, along with Al Anders, run Bar Double J Supplies on South Street in Tehachapi. Everyday brings new surprises. “We probably owe our modest success to the fact that we fulfill a need in our community,” said co-owner and former professional roper Al Anders, “Tehachapi has always been a big horse community. We’re devoted to equipping the horse and rider.” Opened in February 2010, Bar Double J Supplies continues to grow. It carries both new and used Western and English tack and saddles. Consignment items are always welcome. In addition, the shop has a display of unusual and vintage saddles, spurs and bits. “We’re always coming across interesting items that we think our customers get a kick out of seeing,” said Jill Nelson. For winter Bar Double J Supplies will stock winter blankets, as well as all kinds of holiday items. They also offer Gift Certificates for those who can’t decide what to buy that special horse person.

“A lot of people count on us for good prices,” John Nelson said. “We don’t like to disappoint them. We intend to be around for a long time.” Bar Double J Supplies is in the corner store at 20717 South St. Tehachapi, CA – with the entrance on Commercial Street. It’s open 10:30 a.m.through 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Our phone number is 661-823-1115 and Double J Supplies can be visited on Facebook.

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Encouraging Words and Gifts I worked for my older brother, Allen Drucker, for almost 30 years at Allied Model Trains in Culver City, CA. Most of those years I commuted from Tehachapi. I had searched in vain, for years, to find a job closer to home which could support my family. Now my brother was closing the model train store, and I had to find a new job! I opened Liberty Tax Service of Tehachapi (behind Fastrip) in January 2008, and opened the Tehachapi Christian Store in the same building that summer. After two tax seasons, my older brother (for whom I had worked those 30 years) counseled me to sell the tax business, and move the Christian Store to a better location. His words were almost prophetic: that day my office manager agreed to buy the tax franchise. That evening, as I drove home, I saw a cool old building for lease across the street from the railroad water tower. Now 108 E. Tehachapi Blvd. has become home for the Tehachapi Christian Store. My background includes four years of Bible college. I have never made my living by the ministry, but I have preached, led worship and taught various ages for the last 35 years. Due to this background, I can usually provide knowledgeable help to customers who are trying to find the right book or Bible. We have greatly increased our stock over the

years. The Tehachapi Christian Store now carries a large selection of greeting cards, Bibles, books, music CDs, DVDs (for both sale and rental), clothing, jewelry and home décor. I encourage everyone to come in and see all of the cool products that we sell. We can also special order most books and CDs and have them in just two days. We offer special discounts for local pastors and church groups. Every Friday night from 7 to 9 p.m., we have live Christian music provided by local artists who graciously share their talents. People from all different churches come both to sing and to listen. It has become a time and place to make new friends. I have the privilege of praying with many of my customers. Many people who come to the store are looking to “get back with the Lord.” Different people have different needs. Over the years I have referred people to every Bible-believing church in our town. I have visited most of Tehachapi’s churches, and I try to keep track of their service times. It is my goal to help all of the believers in Tehachapi to network and work together. Come in and say hello! There is a table and chairs where you can sit, and I usually have some great Christian music playing. I want to say a special thanks to the local churches who have supported me. Those of you who have never even seen the store, please come in and see all of the wonderful items we carry!

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”people “like 655 The Loop newspaper Tehachapi Collision Center: ‘Your One Stop Shop’ Mark and Juanita Torres, owners of Tehachapi Collision Center (TCC), have been lifetime residents of Tehachapi. In fact Juanita was born at Tehachapi Hospital. Mark, having been in the industry for over thirty years, has always felt the need for another Body Shop in the Tehachapi Valley. On Oct. 1, 2009, Tehachapi Collision Center was born. At TCC we handle a wide variety of vehicle repairs from minor scratches to major collision. Our head painter has over thirty years experience and is an

expert at color matching. We work with all insurance companies, and we can also handle minor mechanical repair – along with windshield replacement and detailing. TCC is a full service vehicle repair center or “one stop shop”. We have intensive background in restorations and have a minimum of five in production at all times. We are a bilingual friendly shop. If you would like a tour of Tehachapi Collision Center Mark and Juanita invite you to stop by for a personal tour.

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Coffee Anyone? by Kim Hunter

In October of 2008 I opened The Java Loop Express (formerly the Daily Grind.) My sister contacted me that the Daily Grind was going to be sold at an auction, knowing I was in the process of starting a business partnership with a coffee franchise she thought this might be a great opportunity for me to pursue. Previously I spent many years in marketing/ advertising for small ad agencies; toy companies and a food service giant. In 2002 I was able to purchase a family owned restaurant in Leona Valley where I resided. I owned and operated this business for several years; taking it out of the “red” to a very successful restaurant and pizzeria. The Java Loop Express has managed to stay in business during the worst economy many of us have ever seen due to our customer loyalty. So we really

thrive on offering excellent customer service, and quality products at low prices. If I had a crystal ball I would like to see Java Loop’s increased sales and the continuing popularity of our addition to the family “The Java Loop Express II” our mobile coffee trailer. Look for us at special events and around town, stopping by local businesses. I’ve always had a passion for coffee, and I am proud to have finally fulfilled a dream of mine for many years. Next month marks my three year anniversary; please stop by and try our delicious smoothies, specialty coffee, baked goods, or just a great cup of Joe! Remember without continued support from our customers, we wouldn’t be here. Thank you for helping me continue my dream.

“We really thrive on offering excellent customer service, and quality products at low prices.” — Kim Hunter

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Experience Kohnen’s by Chris Gripkey and photo by Susan Burt

Just imagine you’re driving across the country and always traveling Hwy 58 through Tehachapi. One time you get off and drive down the main street and discover an authentic German bakery (by chance or with Yelp). They not only serve flaky pastries, but they do so much more. They have several kinds of fresh baked breads, build-your-own sandwiches, succulent pies, cheese cakes and the best iced tea (and coffee). Now, each time you drive the Hwy 58, you plan to stop at the best German bakery. You even plan your trip to drive through at the proper time for either continental breakfast or lunch. We at The Loop frequent them often – it is within walking distance of the office. We like to sit outside when the season permits and visit with the patrons. We feel blessed to have such a great bakery so close. Life would not be the same if we didn’t have Kohnen’s in our town. Thanks to the Kohnens, Thomas

and Colleen, for deciding to move here and create a spot for locals and tourists alike. They cater as well, Colleen was at the regional Old Time Fiddler’s Contest, that Tehachapi hosted Sept. 17, serving lunch to the participants. Tehachapi’s Oktoberfest was born from their idea eight years ago to carry on a German tradition in Tehachapi. Thank you again for the little bit of Germany you bring to us in this celebration every year, especially with the delicious Oktoberfest-only sauerkraut. Luckily the bratwurst that they also serve during Oktoberfest is available year round. It is making me hungry just thinking about all the delights they offer. You can decide what you want when you walk in, or you can pick up one of their menus and order something via fax or phone and pick it up. Also be sure to check Yelp for a current offer. They are here to serve us and they do it well.

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Selling Your Home

by Chris Walters, President, Tehachapi Area Association of Realtors We thought you all would like some inside information on the home selling process. 1. Do your homework, surf the web for home information to compare homes in your area to get a feel for what your home may be worth. If you do not use the internet see #2. 2. Use a Realtor; they have a strict code of ethics that they must adhere to in their dealings with clients and other Realtors. Interview more than one and ask for references. 3. Your Realtor will bring information to the interview about recent sales, pending sales and active listings that are currently on the market and which will be your potential competition. 4. Based on that information you will decide the market price for your home. Let’s take a little side trip regarding #3 and #4. Pricing a home in the current market is more complex; there are many factors that must be considered. A large percentage of the homes on the market – whether active listings, pending sales or sold properties – are distressed. Distressed properties fall into two groups: short sale (seller owes more on the home than it is worth) and bank owned. Short Sale: The seller decides to use this process instead of letting the property be foreclosed; the agent will help determine the market value and guide the seller through a process to encourage the lender to accept an amount less than that owed. Many banks will not start the process until there is an accepted offer, at which time the seller will present whatever information the lender requires in order to make a decision. Other lenders will accept a package requesting a short sale prior to

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an offer being accepted—this being the better of the two because it speeds up the process. There is no standard procedure. Bank Owned: These are foreclosed properties and the seller is the lender who foreclosed. Once a bank has taken possession of the property they are generally anxious to dispose of the property, usually resulting in pricing that is likely to be lower than the market would indicate. Both these situations have a definite effect on market values and will cause non distressed property prices to be lower. A seller and their agent can price a home and sell it for whatever price is agreed upon between buyer and seller, however, keep in mind that the buyer’s lender and appraiser will have the final say as to whether the sale will be successful, and in many cases will cause the sale to fail or result in a lower price due to a low appraisal (unless it is a cash sale and the buyer does not ask for an appraisal). A Realtor will present many different factors in helping a seller to determine the price of their home. They will compare homes that are comparable using the following criteria: age of home (using homes in an age range comparable to the seller’s home); neighborhood (homes within a reasonable distance of the seller’s home); size of home (using homes in a size range comparable to the seller’s home); quality of construction and condition of the home and grounds; and comparable lot sizes. Using the above criteria will help the seller to determine a price that will result in a sale within a reasonable time period with the seller having the final say as to the asking price of the home. We hope this will smooth out some of the wrinkles for you regarding selling your home.

Start Right. Start Here. by Shelia Zanghi

Welcome to the wonderful world of hardware! Pioneer True Value Home Center has been helping Tehachapi residents for almost thirty years and time has flown. Our store has changed over the years from a general store to one offering more electrical, paint, tools, lumber, garden and nursery. We have a huge selection in our plumbing section where your plumbing needs can be taken care of from faucet washers to septic tanks, water tanks and culverts. We recently increased our offering in nuts and bolts, making ours the best selection in town. We added services such as making new window screens or rescreening old screens and doors. We sharpen knives and scissors. We can also make or re-chain saw chains. We have a great selection of keys and can duplicate most automotive electronic keys. Our drive-through lumber building, across the street, has been a big hit in the ever-changing weather of Tehachapi. Our customers can drive

into the building, get their lumber (and most building materials) loaded and quickly get on their way to their project. Need concrete? We sell bags or you can take home one yard of concrete in our handy mixers. We also have bulk sand, gravel, decorative rock and mulch, as well as brick and block. Our best asset is our sales associates, who are determined to help you find the product and give you the advice you need to get your project done right. Start right. Start here. Pioneer True Value Home Center. We are located at 20901 South St. Tehachapi, CA and are open daily 8 a.m. ‘til 6 p.m.

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Tehachapi’s Health & Resource Fair

Hands on Healthcare!

Saturday, October 1 • 8am - Noon There’s so much to see & do! including: Vendor Booths, Health Organizations, Ambulance, Fire & Sheriff vehicles, Social Services, Local Businesses & Much More! Free Health & Nutrition Information ~ Discounted & FREE Testing! ~ Food & Entertainment Children must be accompanied by an adult

West Park Activity Center West D St., Tehachapi 410

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Tehachapi’s Real BBQ by Mano Lujan, Owner

This whole crazy idea of opening a restaurant started years ago. When I was in culinary school, I can remember that on the first day of class my head instructor asked everyone why they were there. I was the only one who did not want to work in or own their own restaurant; funny how things work out. When my wife Mei Mei, newborn daughter Layla and I moved to Tehachapi, we found that it lacked any real country food. I convinced my wife to let me start a mobile food booth business, cooking the food that I grew up with. It all started with little money, a little red canopy and a whole lot of hard work. A special thank you goes out to Mel White and her Tehachapi Art Center for giving me a chance to set up a food booth when others wouldn’t. From there my business grew and grew, while we saved and saved. Our son Milo was born

soon thereafter, as we lay in wait, hoping that a specific location would become available. Barbara, over at Jake’s Steak House, was very kind in allowing me the use of her kitchen in preparation for while I competed on a TV cooking show. Words of advice came from Cathy, the owner of La Bella Amore. She was more than willing to let me know what she had learned running her own restaurant. I will never forget the kindness that these Tehachapi women extended to me. When the location that we had been hoping for became available, we didn’t hesitate. It has been over a year now and we are going strong. The future holds one thing for us, growth! Much thanks to my family, friends, staff and to you Tehachapi. Life is good.

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A “look under the hood” for those that like to see inside a good BBQ operation. Photo provided by Red House BBQ.

The Loop - FALL 2011 Small Business Showcase  

A highlight of Tehachapi's Small Businesses, Families in Business, Men and Women in Business and Economic Development.

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