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2009 Small Business of The Year Volume 19, #5

September 18 - October 2, 2010

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BeeKay Theatre hosts Second Annual Playwrights Festival Tehachapi Community Theatre unveils eight World Premieres at the Second Annual Playwrights Festival, October 1, 2 and 3 at the BeeKay Theatre. The festival honors the eight winners of TCT’s 10-minute playwriting contest held during the summer under the direction of festival producer Kenny Chugg. “Audience participation is crucial to this phase of the festival,”

commented TCT president and festival creator Karl Schuck. “In recent years the 10-minute play has become a popular format for writing competitions and workshops. Generally, selected plays receive a reading performed by actors around a table. “We decided that writers deserve more, and so do our audiences. All of our Tier One winners receive a full

production, leading to the Second Tier competition judged by local audiences,” according to Schuck. “Viewers will select three audience favorites from among the eight, with results announced from the stage following the Sunday matinee.” “In the first tier, the literary judges selected eight winners from the 24 scripts see “ 8 World Premieres Featured at TCT Playwrights Festival” on page 13

Tehachapi Ag & Arts Trail Map page 14-15 Featuring Local Orch ards, Growers & More


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Where’s Simon Real Estate Spotlight Fun Page Wrangler Roundup Dr. Hall/ Edward Jones Talk About Good Yoga 101 • Welcome Your New Neighbors Stay in the Loop Tehachapi Creative Community Tehachapi Ag & Arts Trail Map The Race Is On! Dan The Bug Man MeetJEMS Michael Aidulis Adopt-A-Pet Business Directory • Classifieds Shag Said.... • Minister Musings Bob the Wine Guy/Ask Lily Grandma D.TalksReal Estate • Readin & Writin J Williams • Mortgage Matters

THE LOOP Next issue will be on newstands October 2, 2010 D e a d l i n e i s September 24, 2010 Publisher: Claudia Henson Production Manager: Alysia Bailey Hilltop Publishers; Home of The Loop newspaper P.O. Box 964, Tehachapi, CA 93581 Physical Address: 204 South Green St. in Downtown Tehachapi, CA 93561

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Where’s Simon? This will be our last time hiding Simon for 2010, but we may do something similar Can you in upcoming issues of find me? The Loop, so keep checking back. We’ve hidden a small image that looks like this: somewhere in this issue. If you locate it and enter our Where’s Simon game, you may win a free dog wash at Canine Creek and/or a surprise gift from a local business. To enter, email IfoundSimon@TheLoopNewspaper.com with your name, address, phone number, and a short description of where you found Simon. We will have a drawing and post the winner ’s name on

www.facebook.com/theloopnewspaper and in the next issue of The Loop after October 2, 2010. Also, to learn more about Simon the GDA puppy, go to http://tinyurl.com/GDASimon . The winner for our September 4 issue was Sarah Forbes. Sarah says, “I found Simon on page 2 in the upper right hand side of the P & N Garage ad!” Sarah won a free dog wash at Canine Creek. Special thanks to Canine Creek for donating the free dog wash! Official Rules: No purchase or payment is necessary to participate. Odds of winning will depend on the number of correct entries received; no prize will be awarded if no valid entries are received. There will be no substitutions for the prize(s). By participating, each participant agrees to these Official Rules.

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City Council Notes by Susan Wiggins TEHACHAPI – How much fire suppression covergage is needed for the City of Tehachapi and its surrounding valley areas? This was the question raised by City Councilman Phil Smith recently at the council meeting after residents of the Miranda Court f area voiced their concerns that their street had no firefighters on it during the recent Tucker Fire. William Miller, representing the Miranda Court residents said they were upset because there were no fire trucks or police vehicles on his street during the fire, which came all the way up to fences in the back yards of homes there. He wanted to know why. Kern County Fire Department Deputy Chief Heidi Dinkler told the council the department had received the complaint from Miller and was investigating it. She explained that the fire department called out firefighters and equipment from all over Kern County, but that they could not be everywhere, and that budget cuts had cut back how many seasonal firefighters that there were on hand. “We don’t want to make excuses, but the budget cuts have hurt us,” she said. The police department was working to block off streets and evacuate a pre-school that was believed to be in danger and could not get to the Miranda Court area. Helping fight the fire were city workers, and even City Councilmen Ed Grimes and Shane Reed and City Planning Director David James. Smith said he would like to see a study of what level of fire protection is needed

since the city and valley have grown. He also directed staff to bring back ordinance updates which would make it more serious with bigger fines to those who refuse to clear vacant lots thus protecting nearby homes from such fire threats. “We can make it extremely simple,” City Manager Greg Garrett said, by increasing fines to those who won’t comply. The city also has the power to increase the number of firefighters at the city station, along with equipment – if they are willing to pay more to the county for their contract with the fire department. In other business the city: * Heard Mayor Linda Vernon present proclamations for Links for Life Day Oct. 1 and Constitution Week Sept. 17- 23. * Approved the city going with Nichols Consulting to recoup Mandated Costs funds due to it from Brown Act requirements. * Approved three 30-year leases with Prewitt/Carol and Munger for airport hangars and property. The current leases will expire in 2012, 2014, and 2015. * Agreed to change companies conducting the EIR for Wal-Mart. The new company will be Ecotierra Consulting. The change became necessary when Christopher Joseph and Associates were no longer able to finish the EIR. * After much discussion agreed to direct staff to indentify a consultant to complete a city wide traffic model and speed survey.


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California City Presents its 8th Annual

Renaissance Festival Queen Elizabeth to Celebrate 5th Year Anniversary The California City Arts Commission and the California City Parks and Recreation Department, with assistance from the Kern County Board of Trade and the California City EDC, will present the eighth annual California City Renaissance Festival, taking patrons back in time to 16th century England. The Guilde of Sainte Marie returns this year as the Court of Elizabeth I, joined in support by the House of Tudor. Fast becoming one of the most anticipated outdoor events in the greater Antelope Valley, the Renaissance Festival will be held this year on October 16th and 17th at California City’s Central Park. Fine performances ranging from stunt juggling to belly dancers, hearty food and drink, and original and unique merchandise can be found in abundance. Roughly two- to three-thousand people attend this yearly event. Cost of admission is only $3.00, with $1.00 off the admission if you bring a canned food item (to be donated to the local food bank). Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 PM on Saturday, and 5:00 PM on Sunday. This year will also feature a celebration of Elizabeth’s fifth anniversary of her ascension to the throne. “Five years ago April [Bloom] took over the role of Elizabeth, and she did an amazing job,” says John Bloom, Entertainment Coordinator for the Festival. “She has grown with the festival, so we are truly celebrating her ascension to the ‘throne.’”

Also featured will be the Queen’s Banquet. In its fifth year, the banquet has become a staple of the Festival, and allows the average person a glimpse at what it was like to attend a royal feast. The banquet will be served in three courses, each with four to five dishes. In keeping with the premise of Elizabeth’s “Ruby Jubilee”, as it is being called, this year’s banquet will be fancifully themed “Red & Gold.” Everything to be served will be either red or gold, so the plates should look stunning! Tickets to the Queen’s Banquet are available pre-sale for $25.00 per person; the banquet will run Saturday evening from 6:30PM until 9:00PM. For more information, please contact Michelle Hornback at (760) 373-3530 or via email at parksandrec@ccis.com. Further information and directions can also be found on the event website: www.CalCityRenFair.org. The Guilde of Sainte Marie, based in Perris, CA, is a not-for-profit historical reenactment society dedicated to the portrayal of noble class life in the 16th Century during the height of the Renaissance Period, with membership concentrated in Southern California. The Guilde offers classes in renaissance dance, costuming, life style and song, and performs at about 12-15 different shows per year. For more information, please visit www.GuildeofSainteMarie.org. The House of Tudor, based in the Central Valley of California, is another notfor-profit reenactment troupe specializing in the portrayal of a noble household – specifically that of the Howard Family (that of the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk). House of Tudor is also known to provide a peasant or pirate troupe when needed for any given event. They are known for their civic activities as well as performing at various shows throughout the year. For more information please contact their guilde mistress, Amy Masters at amywooten@yahoo.com.

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Lori McKenzie joins Mulberry Place Assisted Living Community Mulberry Place Assisted Living Community is pleased to announce Lori McKenzie as its new V.P. of Public Affairs. Lori will be responsible for Mulberry’s public relations within the Tehachapi community, exciting new activities for the residents, communication with residents’ families and overall sales and marketing. She will be working closely with Tiffini Hughes, founder of Mulberry Place and Sandra Mings, administrator. Mulberry Place Assisted Living Community offers a beautiful home-like setting within a residential neighborhood conveniently located in the heart of Tehachapi. Lori McKenzie is the owner of Tehachapi’s Home Consignment Gallerie located on Tucker Road. She will continue to own and manage her shop as she transitions into her now role at Mulberry. “This is an exciting new opportunity for me”, says Lori. “I meet people every day in my shop that have some connection to senior care. Tehachapi has a large retirement community and we need to recognize their importance to our community and the positive impact they’ve made on all of us. It’s now our turn to take care of their future.” Lori comes to Mulberry with over 25 years of sales and marketing experience in the optical industry. Starting as a sales representative in the field she quickly moved into a management position and travelled the country giving continuing education seminars to

opticians and optometrists. She ultimately became a partner in an optical lab in Los Angeles which was eventually purchased by a large competitor. Lori visited Tehachapi three years ago and knew immediately this is where she wanted to live. She opened her consignment shop almost two years ago and loves everything Tehachapi has to offer. Lori has always wanted to give back to her community. Before moving to Tehachapi, she lived in Orange County where she was a Girl Scout leader for both her daughters, now ages 15 and 21. She served on the PTA board for six years and was PTA President her last year before moving to Tehachapi. She was also part of a Mounted Assistance Unit (MAU) group of equestrians trained for search and rescue on horseback. MAU operates under Equestrian Trails International. When the Mulberry opportunity presented itself, Lori knew it would be her next calling. She adores seniors and believes the knowledge they have to share is invaluable. Lori says, “So much can be learned from them and they deserve the utmost in care, which is what Mulberry is all about.” Tiffini Hughes, the founder of Mulberry shares the same vision and wants Mulberry to set the bar for other assisted living communities across the country.

Keith & Margo’s Murder Mystery Dinner Pacino’s Spaghetti Factory presents what the L.A. Times calls “The Masterminds of the genre…” by Eileen Parra Tehachapi, CA, September 25, 7-10 pm: “Warning: You are about to become the leading suspect in a Homicide Investigation” and Pacino’s is the place where all the evidence is gathered to solve this “Comicide!” Done with a lot of humor and laughs, this show is the one that all others try to imitate. It all started in 1985 when Keith and Margo became the masterminds for distinctive and unforgettable evenings that put the dinner guests right in the middle of a homicide investigation. Keith and Margo’s Mystery Events has produced more than 7,000 murder mystery events around the world. The evening will begin with a welcome

reception and will proceed into an exciting thriller with all the clues, twists, and turns that L.A.’s original murder mystery has to offer. There will be professional actors present, prizes for the funniest solutions and a grand prize for the best solution. Come to Pacino’s where you will get a four-course gourmet meal that includes appetizers, salad, choice of three entrees or vegetarian meal, dessert, coffee or tea, along with a murder mystery guide and solution kit for just $49.95 (plus tax & gratuity). For reservations, contact Pacino’s Spaghetti Factory at 1100 West Tehachapi Blvd. in Tehachapi at (661) 822-9400.

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Short Flights –

Clay Lacy - a pilot’s pilot by Cathy Hansen air-race pilot, Air National When I think of all the wonderful people Guard fighter pilot, aerial we know in the aviation world, there are a few Cathy Hansen cinematographer and Fixed who truly stand out and Clay Lacy is one of Base Operator (FBO) entrepreneur. those exceptional people! I read an article online that had a quote by His name is well known in the aviation Clay. He said, “I’ve been intrigued with aircraft circles and I know he has a special place in his since I was five years old and knew I wanted to heart for our wide-open skies and for Mojave be a pilot from age seven. At twelve, I started Airport. working at an airport, trading work time for This year marks the 75th anniversary of flying time. In fact, I only worked one day in the DC-3 and Mojave Airport is celebrating 75 my life outside of aviation - it was in a grocery years of progress and innovation, as well! and I lasted three hours. I feel lucky that I knew Douglas Aircraft first flew their DC-3 early what I wanted to do and was able to December 17, 1935. It was the thirty-second pursue it. I’ve had fun and I don’t know what I anniversary of the Wright Brothers historic would change. I’ve had the opportunity to meet flight at Kittyhawk. great people in aviation and I’ve gotten to know Over 10,000 DC-3s had been built by the a lot of good aircraft.” end of World War II. The amazing workhorse, Clay was born in 1932 and grew up in still popular today, carries nicknames of Wichita, Kansas, where he learned to fly. In Dakota, Skytrain and Gooney Bird. The Army 1952, at the age of 19, he went to work for Air Corps gave them the designation of C-47, United Airlines flying a DC-3. Forty years later (C for cargo) the Navy’s designation was R4D. Clay’s beautiful example was built near the in 1992, he retired as United’s Senior Pilot flying Boeing 747-400s. During his forty years end of the war as a C-47 and was delivered to at United he accumulated over 50,000 flight the Air Force in 1945. It was declared surplus hours. in just one month, but fortunately the airplane As an airline pilot Clay still had time to was not melted down for scrap and was race his famous purple P-51 Mustang (N64CL) eventually flown into Van Nuys Airport. Clay at air races at Fox Airfield, Mojave and Reno. In bought it and began a complete restoration from 1968, he founded Clay Lacy Aviation, a the ground up, inside and out. The restoration was complete in August 2000. This airplane is a business jet charter company, at Van Nuys Airport. It quickly became popular with movie showstopper! stars and other celebrities and soon became Painted in original United Airlines colors, known as “Hollywood’s Private Airline.” this aircraft is like a time machine when you His corporate fleet consists of more than 27 step inside. aircraft, including a Lear 24, 25 and 35; Experimental Aviation Aircraft AirVenture Gulfstreams, Boeing 727s and Boeing Business honored the DC-3’s 75th anniversary this year Jets. He also has a personal fleet including his in Oshkosh and thirty-nine flew into the purple Mustang and his perfectly restored DC-3. world’s largest fly-in. Clay flew a restored DCHappy 75th anniversary to the Douglas 2, predecessor to the DC-3, owned by the DC-3 and to Mojave Airport! Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington. See you on our next flight! The DC-2 was developed in 1933 when TWA and the Douglas Aircraft Company decided to increase the fuselage length of the DC-1 passenger plane by two feet to add one additional row of seats to increase capacity to 14. First flight was May 11, 1934. Just over 150 planes were built until Douglas began its DC-3 production in 1935. Clay has devoted his life to airplanes and the aviation industry, and over the years he has set numerous records in all kinds of aircraft, including: military, experimental air racers, and exairliners. He is a pilot’s pilot, Clay Lacy’s Douglas DC-3 at Mojave Airport in 2002. accomplished United Airlines captain,


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Do-It-Yourself Debugging

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Celebration of Flight 2010

Phraud in Tehachapi

Tehachapi Airport Saturday, September 25

by Alexander Kunstmann, A-OK Computers

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As of late, there has been a telephone scam going around – I have had calls from Tehachapi residents who have had this happen to them in the past few days – and I thought this would be a good opportunity to deviate from the standard computer-talk to discuss the threat of frauds & scams. Prevention of identity theft has come to be known as not sharing your passwords or personal information online. Reserving this information is, of course, still good practice, but there were means of stealing one’s personal information long before Facebook was around. When computer hacking was first coming into the world, techniques were developed to acquire peoples’ information to making breaking into systems easier. “Social engineering,” which is basically lying to someone to get information from them, was used. This has grown into what is now called “phishing” (a combination of the “ph” from “phone,” and the word fishing, for “fishing for information”). Of course, now phishing can apply to phone calls, e-mails, even text-messages, and these individuals are after far more than the password to your e-mail. Let’s take a quick look at the incidents that have occurred around town. Put yourself in this situation: A man with a heavy accent calls unexpectedly, saying he works for a company contracted by Microsoft. He says your system has been sending out heavily infected e-mails, and that he’s going to help you clean it up. He then either asks you to send him an e-mail, or directs you to an odd website, where you are expected to first fill out some forms. Did any of this sound suspicious? Before I explain what’s going on here, let me make something clear: If you get a call from this company, do not interact with them. If you have already talked to them & you gave them personal information, protect that information IMMEDIATELY, whether it be changing your passwords, or getting new ATM cards. Now, how to tell something is amiss. First off, next to nobody will offer to clean your computer for free, let alone contact you before you contact them. I’m not saying it will never happen, but unlikely? Very. If your PC is sending out virus-filled e-mails, why would they want you to send an e-mail to them? They already have it: that’s supposedly how

they found you, right? These things don’t add up. When things don’t add up, ask questions. When you ask for validation, it puts them on the spot; if they try to dodge it or change the subject, you know something’s up. One of the best ways to figure out what’s going on is to ask them to physically mail you instructions or credentials about their company and what they’re doing. Most fraudulent activity will stop there, or they refuse: if they are trying to scam you, mailing you information leaves a paper-trail they don’t want leading back to them. There are plenty of other ways people will try to steal your personal information; sending you an e-mail disguised as one from your bank, asking you to go to their website, or perhaps respond with your username & password for “validation purposes” is a simple way to do this. Remember, these companies already have your username; if they didn’t, they wouldn’t be e-mailing you, and there’s no reason for them to ask for your password in an e-mail. Unfortunately, there’re so many different variations of these scams, I can’t cover all of them. However, there are one or even several traits that tend to be evident in these scams: • The person says they are either in a position of high-rank, or doing some sort of maintenance. • They approach you about the problem, when you would need to approach them. • They ask for information they would normally either already have, or not need. The biggest weapon you have to defend yourself against these people is your sense of suspicion and logic. If it doesn’t feel right and it doesn’t make sense, it probably isn’t right. The most important rule is simple: proceed with caution. You may be thinking, “This is Tehachapi. Why would a scammer bother with a small town?” The people doing this have no clue where they’re calling. They work off a list of telephone numbers, much like telemarketers. Don’t think because of your location you’re less susceptible to “phraud”. If you don’t quite grasp some of this, or you would like some clarity on something, please leave a message on my facebook wall! I’d love to address it, and it’s quite possible other people have the same question. I’ve serviced a wide range of computer systems, from security servers for nationwide incorporations to cell-phones. I am constantly fascinated and amused by the oddities and challenges that technology presents, which is why I pursue this field with such voracity. I’ve lived in Tehachapi for 16 years, and have finally started my own business up here. As part of my business, this column is a recurring feature in The Loop newspaper. If you have any questions related to computers, feel free to call or send me an e-mail. Phone: (661) 972-9385, Email: aokcomputers@yahoo.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/aokcomputers. No matter what the problem, I make sure that everything is A-OK.

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Raffle & door prizes, Aircraft Display, Bake Sale Aircraft Manufacture Displays, Automobile Cruise-in, Aviation Flea Market and Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides. For more info. call 661-305-7756 or 661-549-2895 Sponsored by the Tehachapi Society of Pilots Annual Scholarship fundraiser event.

Public Invited to Transportation Meeting Public invited to transportation meeting September 25 th The public is invited to a transportation meeting on Saturday, September 25 th at 10AM at the Moose Lodge, 123 West F Street. Sponsored by Smart Growth-Tehachapi Valley, the meeting will feature speakers from Cal Trans, the city, the county and the Kern Council of Governments. This is a great opportunity to hear about the transportation plans for our

area. What population growth is expected? How will the transportation system handle it? What are the plans for Highways 58 and 202? Which roads will be expanded? What about high speed rail??? Come join us for an informative morning about how transportation may be changing in the Tehachapi Valleys area. No RSVP is needed. For questions, contact Janice Armstrong at (661) 821-0346 or armstronghagen@sbcglobal.net.

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SEPT. 24 – SKRRC Team Penning Buckle Series, Rosamond HS Arena, Meredith,661.313.2767. SEPT. 25 – ETI Corral 14, Denzel Cameron Memorial Wagon Train Ride, Moonraker Ranch, Mojave, Katie Christman, 661.824.2609. SEPT 25-26 – Bill Cameron & Rick Hoffman’s ExCA Clinic & Novice Race, Cactus Valley Ranch, Hemet, Evon Kurtz, 661.350.6577. SEPT. 26 — TWEA Cowboy Trail Challenge, Pony Shoe Ranch, Tehachapi, Jill Nelson, 661.878.2932.SKRRC, Ranch Horse Versatility Show, Rosamond HS Arena, Meredith, 903.391.1210. Tehachapi Dressage Club Show, Bear Valley Springs Equestrian Center, Tehachapi, Terry Quinn, 661.821.6323. OCT. 1 – SKRRC Team Penning Buckle Series, Rosamond HS Arena, Meredith,661.313.2767. OCT. 2 – ETI Corral 83, Poker Ride, Stallion Springs, Tehachapi, Edith Frick, 661.823.7187. OCT. 9 – St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Trail Ride, Bear Valley Springs Equestrian Center, Tehachapi, Susan Fleczok, 805.527.9655/805.428.6581. Golden Empire Appaloosa Horse Show, Ranch Rio Stables, Bakersfield, 661.392.1047. OCT. 15-18 – Paul Dietz Horsemanship/Cowhorse Clinic, Paradise Hills Ranch, Leona Valley, www.pauldietzhorsemanship.com. OCT. 16 – SKRRC Playday, Rosamond HS Arena, Lyn Meredith, 903.391.1210. OCT. 16-17 – Leslie Desmond Clinic, Pierce College Equestrian Center, Woodland Hills, Carie Olson, 626.626.7963. OCT. 24 — TWEA Trail Ride, TBD, Jill Nelson, 661.8778.2932. OCT. 30 – ETI Corral 83 Trial Ride, Clear Creek B Ranch, Hart Flat, Frick, 661.823.7187.

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Wrangler Round-Up Just when you thought you might not need another fly mask, an entomologist from Cal-Davis says autumn is prime fly season. Entomologist Lynn Kimsey, chair of the University of California, Davis Department of Entomology and director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, said Fall can be a key time for flies to breed. She notes the common housefly (Musca domestica Linnaeus) breeds in manure, compost piles and diced-over vegetable gardens and is commonly found at horse stables and on ranches. (Surprise, surprise.) But, it also makes “house calls.” The housefly is known to transfer at least 100 different pathogens and carry about 6.6 million bacteria on its body. It’s responsible for transmitting both parasitic and bacterial pathogens as well as viruses. The female housefly lays about 600 to 1,000 eggs during her two-month lifetime and can produce as many as 12 generations a year. The eggs mature in 10 to 12 days. Calculated over an entire summer season, a pair of houseflies could produce 191 quintillion flies, enough to cover the earth 47 feet deep. Sometimes I think they all live at my ranch. A mild summer like we had can make the problem worse. Fly reproduction won’t diminish until the first cold snap and the start of cold and rainy days. So, do the best you can to keep your paddocks manure-free, and keep the fly swatter around. The next two months have lots of things for you and your horse to do. Southern Kern Roping & Riding Club’s Team continues its Penning Buckle Series on Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 at the Rosamond High School Arena. Gates open around 6 p.m. The group also has Ranch Horse Versatility Show on Sept. 26. For

more info, call Lyn Meredith at 661.313.2767. Also on Sept. 26 is the Tehachapi by Jill Barnes Nelson Western Events Association’s Cowboy Challenge at the Pony Shoe Ranch (Tehachapi). It’s open to both riders and drivers. Call Jill Nelson (661.878.2932) for info. The Tehachapi Dressage Club Show also has a show on Sept. 26. It’s at the Bear Valley Springs Equestrian Center. Call Terry Quinn, 661.821.6323, for details. On Sept. 25, ETI Corral 14 has its Denzel Cameron Memorial Wagon Train Ride starting at the Moonraker Ranch in Mojave. It’s open to both wagons and outriders. For more info call Katie Christman, 661.824.2609. ETI Corral 83, Tehachapi Mountain Riders has its Fall Poker Ride on Oct. 2 in Stallion Springs. Registration begins at 8 a.m. There will be two levels of rides – a scenic not-too-hilly ride about two hours, and a scenic and hilly three-hour ride. The cost is $15 and $10 for kids 12 and under, and includes a poker hand. Bring your own lunch and drinks. Call Edith Frick (661.823.7187). The Greater Los Angeles Paint Horse Club is sponsoring a trail ride to benefit the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital on Oct. 9. The ride stages at the BVS EC beginning at 9 a.m. All breeds are welcome and overnight camping is available. For additional information, contact Sue Fleczok at 805.527.9655/805.428.6581 or e-mail her at whoopteedoowest@sbcglobal.net . Don’t forget, if you have any information to report on the horse community such as tack sales, upcoming events, clinics, raffles or if you’ve won an award, please contact me at 661.878.2932, e-mail jillbn@yahoo.com.

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Erikson’s Stages of Man (part 2)

Financial Focus

The Good, the Bad and the Opportunities As an investor, you often may have to digest a great deal of information, some positive and some negative. And right now, you can find both the good and the bad — but most importantly, you can find investment opportunities. Unfortunately, many people are focusing on the gloomy headlines: the possibility of a double-dip recession, European debt concerns, slowing growth in China and other factors. And when investors get jittery, they tend to flee the stock market, which leads to the declines we’ve seen in recent days. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there really is some good news out there. Consider the following: • Sustainable economic recovery — The economic recovery is already a year old. In fact, the economy grew by about 3 percent in the first half of this year — one of the largest turnarounds in 50 years. We’re now entering a more sustainable recovery pace. And although there may be some bumps in the road, there’s probably little chance of a double-dip recession, an event that, historically, is quite rare. • Low inflation, interest rates — Inflation is currently running at a manageable 2 percent per year, while interest rates remain at near all-time lows. The ability to borrow inexpensively during periods of low inflation historically leads to stronger economic demand. • Strong corporate earnings — Following the end of the recession, corporate profits have improved dramatically — and companies are using their strong profits and growing cash balances to boost their dividends. This is also good news, because companies typically don’t raise dividends unless they’re somewhat confident about the future. • Stocks priced favorably — Many quality stocks are attractively valued today, based on their price-to-earnings ratio, or P/E. Typically, the lower the P/ E, the better the value. Currently, the P/ E of the stocks in the Standard & Poors 500 is about 12; over the past 22 years, the average P/E was 18.5. • Historical precedent — The past decade has not been a good one for

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stocks. But during the past 80 years, whenever stocks have done poorly over a decade (average annualized 10-year returns of less than 4 percent), the returns over the next 10 years have been strong (annualized average returns of 12.5 percent per year). While past performance can’t guarantee future results, history is still on the side of the optimistic investor. Given these factors, what should you do now? For starters, don’t panic. Don’t rush into ultra-conservative investments because you’re worried about stock market declines; with today’s low interest rates, these vehicles may not help you much in achieving your long-term financial goals. Instead, balance your portfolio with an appropriate mix of short-term investments, such as cash and certificates of deposit (CDs), and longterm investments, such as stocks and bonds. Your ideal balance should be based on your individual risk tolerance, time horizon and specific objectives. And as you balance your portfolio, look for the best opportunities available today. It takes discipline and confidence to ignore the “bad news” of today and invest for tomorrow. But in the long run, it’s worth the effort. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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by Terri Steinberg, Nurse Practitioner, assoiate of Dr. Susan Hall Erik Erickson’s “Eight Stages of Man” is a theory that describes tasks that a person has to accomplish over a lifetime. Understanding of these tasks has been helpful in parenting and in my practice. I discussed the first task of infancy, “Trust vs Mistrust” in my last article. The next task to learn is autonomy, or self sufficiency, at about two-three years of age. With mastering walking and speech, the child learns that he can affect his environment. The question is, “Can I do this? Don’t do this for me, I want to see if I can do it! NO...NO... NO...NO... NO!” When a child gets to do things by himself at this time, he becomes proud of his accomplishment, and adds to his mental list of things he can do. If he is not allowed to try, or tries and fails, he may have a sense of defeat. Ashamed of his lack of success, he may doubt his abilities. “Autonomy vs. Shame and Doubt” is the task of the “Terrible Twos” and is exhausting for parent and child! When the child is deep into his task of autonomy, there may be no winning. It’s a good thing parents are bigger and stronger than their children, or we’d never get out of the store, and we’d always have to eat macaroni and cheese! Obviously, parents need to protect the two-year-old from bad decisions and running the show. A helpful tactic is giving the child choices, rather than just one way. Give the child a choice between two options: her pink socks or her blue socks, rather than getting into a struggle over wearing the socks at all. Let him decide which cup he will have his milk in, which totally avoids the Kool-Aid battle. It doesn’t always work perfectly, but if the child has learned to trust his environment (meaning YOU), he will accept your guidance. According to Erickson, the accomplishment of a current task depends on the successful completion of the prior task. This said, what if the child has not established that his environment is a safe, trustworthy place (i.e., accomplish the first stage, “Trust vs Mistrust”)? He may not trust the parent’s authority as a reliable source, and have tantrums or act defiantly to gain control over the situation. Or, heading the other way, he may be afraid to try anything new, or decline to make choices at all. When a child’s exploration is thwarted at this age, the sense of shame and doubt becomes difficult to shake. Author John Bradshaw (“Healing the Shame that Binds You”) talks about shame

which evolves in children who are not allowed to feel successful in the things that are important to them. They carry this shame to the next stage and sometimes through life. This “Core Shame” drives their relationships, accomplishments and life choices. Erickson’s remedy is to return to the prior task and help the child re-establish trust. The parent does this best by being consistent, trustworthy and firm with the rules. Contrary to what you might feel when she says, “NO NO NO”, the “Terrible” twoyear-old is not struggling for power over you as parent, but is learning about her power over herself. Just keep her safe, and let her explore.


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Overstock Foods Trains the Handicapped by Eileen Parra Overstock Foods is a leading retailer for high quality, brand name groceries at clearance prices that provides a place where customers can discover new treasures every week. In addition to their great prices, they are also doing their part to help handicapped adults in the community. Eugene Kaser, owner of Overstock Foods says, “We have a training program that teaches the handicapped how to operate and run a store.” Because one of their owners, Amber Kaser, is handicapped, Overstock Foods understands the abilities that they have to offer a business. That’s why they

Amber Kaser, an owner of Overstock Foods in Tehachapi

contacted Chris at E.T.A. to get a program started in their store. Training for the disabled is an important goal for Kelly and Chris Confair who own Just Johnsons in Bakersfield and began E.T.A. (Employment throughout Tehachapi) in 2004 after working with Kern Regional Center. E.T.A. provides minimum wage while the handicapped adults are in training. They have a workshop and training program with the goal of placing disabled adults in a job. In addition to the training, they also show them how to clock in and out, take breaks, and even understand what is being taken out of their paycheck. They hope to show businesses that disabled adults can do a job and be valuable members of the community. Deborah Johnson from Just Johnsons says, “Tehachapi businesses have been so generous to actually take in these employees and hire them.” Overstock Foods was eager to take part in the Tehachapi program and owner, Amber Kaser says, “I enjoy having the kids from E.T.A. come in and work!” Come to Over Stock Foods for a great environment with terrific prices and friendly faces. Right now, if you purchase $20 worth of Overstock products, you will receive a box of cereal FREE! (excludes non-food items and pet food, limit one box per customer). Overstock Foods is located at 555 W. Tehachapi Blvd. and their phone number is (661) 822-8546 If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about E.T.A. or Just Johnsons, contact Chris Confair at (661) 822-3770.

2011 Rotary Calendar on Sale After last year’s successful Calendar of Local Events, the Rotary Club has compiled one for 2011. The calendar will be for sale at Mountain Festival where the Rotary volunteers selling Pepsi for the Chamber of Commerce. The calendar features winning photographs from the contest held earlier in July and all photography is of Tehachapi and the surrounding area. The calendar also lists all the important events from the Chamber of Commerce, Main Street, TVRPD (Recreation & Parks), Rotary and other service clubs

who submitted their events and dates. Calendars are available among other places at: • The Loop newspaper office • Books & Crannies • Hodad’s • The Apple Shed • Monaghan Motorsports • Brady Chiropractic • The Senior Center The 14-month calendars are $10 and profits are used for local scholarships and the Rotary Literacy Fund.

September 18 ~ October 2, 2010

Talk About Good Red House BBQ – A Unique Restaurant by Linda Pettitt & Sharon Sterk The Red House BBQ, located at 426 E. Tehachapi Blvd., is owned and operated by Mano & Meimei Lujan. Mano is Native American of the Lakota tribe, and his wife, Meimei, is Chinese. They live in Cummings Valley and have two children, one in preschool and one who attends Cummings Valley Elementary School. Mano is a culinary Japanese-trained chef, and has worked all over the world. For the past 5 years, he has operated a catering business with his mobile food booth. He has also cooked for a competition BBQ team that traveled all over the country. He realized that Tehachapi needed a good home-style BBQ restaurant, and used his many years of experience to open the Red House BBQ. They have been open for only 3 months, and they already have a booming list of customers due to their great cooking and deliciously fresh daily menu. It is interesting that 90% of their business is take-out, and a meal can be prepared in less than 10 minutes. When you visit the Red House BBQ, you will notice a western-style décor, a clean kitchen, and friendly staff. The menu is unique because it has daily changes, and only the freshest ingredients are used in each dish. There are no microwaves in the kitchen, no re-heats, and everything is tasted when it is prepared. If something isn’t right in the recipe, it isn’t served. Each day, they serve fresh bread specially prepared for them by SaveMart bakery. They also use other local fresh vegetables for the specialty side dishes. Mano proudly states, “We don’t cut corners. There are no easy packaged items in the ingredients of our menu items.” We were able to view the smokehouse where they use hickory and oak chips to cook all of the meat. They offer Pork Ribs, Chicken, Brisket, and Pulled Pork, all cooked and smoked for several hours each day and they sell over 400 lbs. of Pulled Pork each week. The menu offers BBQ Meat Sandwiches, BBQ Baked Potatoes, Indian Tacos, and many side dishes including two of our favorites, Soul Salad and Macaroni & Cheese. Other sides are Cole Slaw, Red Slaw, Fried Cabbage, Fried Rice, Greens, Potato Salad, and Chili. They also serve yummy desserts of Indian Fry Bread with fruit topping & whipped cream,

and Bread Pudding. Keep in mind that they don’t always have every side item each day because the menu changes daily, and some items are seasonal. The Red House BBQ makes their own BBQ sauces and meat rubs. They also bottle their specialty hot sauce, Flaming Arrow, and have sold thousands of bottles all over the country in the past few years. They serve their “Gold Sauce”, a mustard and honey mixture, on the pulled pork sandwiches. Try it and you will see why it is called, “Gold Sauce”. In back of the restaurant, there is outdoor seating for 120 people and three tipis provide private dining areas. The lodgepoles for the tipis were brought here from Montana. The Red House BBQ sponsors special events including a Native American Drum Team demonstration. A special menu of BBQ Buffalo Ribs, Wild Boar, Baby Back Venison Ribs, and Indian Tacos is offered at these evening events. There is a unique tradition in the Red House BBQ. Mano greatly respects the ancestors and elders of past and present generations. Senior citizens are called “elders”, and are offered a 10% Elder Discount. A special table, named The Spirit Table, is set up to honor families, veterans, and ancestors. A meal is placed on the table each morning in their honor, and guests are invited to bring in pictures of ancestors or veterans that they would like to honor. Those pictures are displayed on The Spirit Wall. Mano is excited about the future for his restaurant. He plans to offer cooking classes where he will share his special recipes for Japanese, Greek and other ethnic types of food. He also plans to bring in guest chefs for special presentations. In the winter, he will be serving new soups, stews, and chili, and hopes to begin offering a delicious country breakfast and fried chicken and fried fish for dinner meals. The Red House BBQ is a great addition to our little town. Take your family in for a visit and try your favorite BBQ dish. There is a lot to talk about good when you visit, and don’t forget to tell them Linda and Sharon sent you. Another great thing about this restaurant is that it is located just a few doors up from Linda’s Cakes ‘N Things where you can still get your favorite desserts and goodies. Take time to pass on the good things and blessings of life, and enjoy your friends and families.


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Peace Party in T-Town by Yogashanan Calling all Peace Lovers everywhere! Hey, all you crazy wingnuts who believe that creating a peaceful planet is a worthy and noble cause! All you fringe lunatics who want to encourage loving kindness in the world! Come on down on International Peace Day for a short ceremony to be followed by a Peace Walk through T-Town. In other words, it’s a peace par-tay and you’re invited. International Day of Peace? A Peace Walk in Tehachapi?! What the hell is going on here? The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981. Peace Day provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982 and in 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace. By creating this day of recognition, the UN devoted itself to worldwide peace and encouraged all of mankind to work in cooperation for this goal. Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It is non-partisan, non-denominational and gender/race indifferent. The holiest of holies and the godless heathen are all welcome. The only prerequisite is a longing for peace. Peace Day is also a Day of Ceasefire – personal or political. We are urged to make peace in our relationships as well as the larger conflicts of our time. After all, until we’ve cultivated inner peace, external peace is impossible. Devoting a Day of Ceasefire towards myself sounds so refreshing. And reining in the poison blow darts directed at others could provide some welcome relief. Is there someone who’s perpetually on the receiving end of your personal spit wads? Perhaps a controlling parent, rebellious child, annoying ex-husband, or snotty egotistical friend who won’t return your calls just because you made one little snarky comment about her dubious ancestry after a glass of wine or two or four? Imagine what a whole Day of Ceasefire would mean to that relationship. I’m giddy just thinking of it. When I was living in LA, I participated in several organized Peace Walks. A Peace Walk is a form of meditation mixed with a dash of sacred activism. Although peace walks are practiced throughout the world in many disciplines, I’m most familiar with the style of

Buddhist monk and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh. Moving mindfully and silently together, we meditate on peace in the present moment. A Peace Walk is definitely not a peace march. It’s not a march on anything or a protest against anything. Hanh writes, “By walking, we generate peace within our body, our consciousness. We embrace and heal the pain, the sorrow, the fear in us, and that is the ground for helping peace to be a reality in the world. Let us walk together and let us generate the energy of peace and happiness and joy. Every step becomes a delight. Every step has the power to heal, to transform. Not only can we heal ourselves by our steps, but we can help heal the Earth and the environment. The purpose of walking meditation is walking meditation itself. Going is important, not arriving. Walking meditation is not a means to an end; it is an end. Each step is life; each step is peace and joy. Walk so that your footprints bear only the marks of peaceful joy and complete freedom. The Infant Buddha is often portrayed taking his first seven steps on earth, causing a lotus flower to appear in each of his footsteps. We should all cause a lotus flower to bloom with each of our peaceful steps. Please try visualizing a lotus flower opening as your feet touch the ground…” I’m ready to bloom some lotus flowers down Green Street to Tehachapi Blvd. Please join me and other committed peaceniks when we gather on Tuesday, September 21 at 11:45am at the Peace Pole (corner of Green and E Streets). Are you willing? Ready to walk the talk? Check out Internationaldayofpeace.org for more info on how to get your peace on. Or contact me at www.TehachapiYoga.com. Peace out!

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Meet Your New Neighbors by Welcome Hostess, Evie Campbell-Best Michael and Heather McGinity lived in Ventura for a number of years. They had been coming to Tehachapi for about two years, then decided to make their home here. Michael still runs his Real Estate Investment and Construction Company in Ventura so for now he spends a lot of time there. Michael has done some pretty fancy renovations to the home they bought here in Tehachapi. Looks like this man knows what he is doing in this line of work. Previous to owning his company in Ventura, Michael also worked in Saudi Arabia for twenty years as a product engineer. Heather has been an administrator for special marketing for Kaiser, and more recently has been involved with property management for their own properties. He is originally from Pennsylvania, and she is from Ireland, but they met each other at Hoover High School in Southern California. He was a football player and she was a sassy looking little blue-eyed, blonde cheerleader! They showed me their high school pictures, she in her cheerleading outfit, he in his football uniform, what a cute couple, and they still have these pictures on display on their bedroom dresser. Now this is a couple that I know graduated at least 40 years ago. Maybe if more of us kept our cute pictures of the beginning of our romance out on display, it might just help to keep more sparks aglow for us. Some food for thought….? Michael has been a member of the VFW, Elks, and Moose. The McGinitys both enjoy walking, dancing, and gardening. They have raised two fine daughters and life is good. Welcome to the McGinitys. Steve and Julie Thigpen lived in South Carolina previous to coming to Tehachapi. Steve sent his resume to a recruiter and secured a job at Virgin Galactic as head of Quality Assurance. For those of you not familiar with this company, this is the space ship company

that is booking space ship rides for the public; that is if you have a whole bunch of “spare” change and can pass the exam for transport into outer space. Sounds like a pretty exciting company to be involved with and to work for. Julie started as an English Major and taught English as a second language in Tokyo, Japan. She eventually got a degree in Culinary Arts and went to work in Dublin, Ireland as a chef. She says it was a great spiritual awakening working in Ireland, and, for the first time, she was on her own. She was only able to stay in Ireland for two years working as a chef. Julie was hoping for more time there, but for some bureaucratic reasons she wasn’t able to stay any longer. She is now a 4 Star Gold Medal Pastry Chef. She has been trained in classical French Cuisine and is currently working on putting a cookbook together. Julie spent twenty years working as a chef, which also included working in Dallas, Texas for a while, so she should have some pretty outstanding recipes to put into her cookbook. Julie has also been involved with singing in a semiprofessional choir. Steve was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and Julie says she was born on Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts, and grew up on a fishing boat. Sounds like Julie has had quite a lot of variety going on in her life. Steve and Julie have a daughter age three, going on thirteen, named Chloe. She is one smart little girl and a real kick to be around. Of course, being born to this set of parents, what would one expect? I’m sure she gets lots of pretty special attention with a lot of education included. Steve also has a beautiful grown daughter that he enjoys spending time with when time permits. Welcome to another outstanding family.

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If you have an event coming up, let everyone know at “Stay in the Loop.” Call us at 661-822-8188 or email: samattheloop@yahoo.com. Friday, Saturday & Sunday,

Balloon Rides. Tehachapi Airport. 305-7756. Ronald McDonald House Scrap-a-Thon Fundraiser. Picture Perfect & Stamps of Approval. 112 E. Tehachapi Blvd.1 to 11 p.m. 821-1777. Live Music. The Jug Band. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419.

September 17, 18, 19

Friday, October 1

Live Music. Fiddlin’ Down the Tracks Fiddle Contest. West Park Activity Center. 823-1506.

Art Around Town/First Friday Artists Reception & Live Music. Crossroads Gallery, Gallery N Gifts, Tehachapi Art Center, Tehachapi Community Congregational Church, Kohnan’s Bakery, Petra Mediterranean Deli (with belly dancing), Frame of Mind, Back Street Gallery, Oak Tree Art & Antiques, and Fiddlers Crossing will be open “after the artwalk” for coffee, visiting and generally putting a great cap on the evening. 5 to 8 p.m. 822-6794.

Friday, September 17 Live Music. Homeward Bound. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 8227419. Saturday & Sunday, September 18, 19 Arts & Craft Fair. Downtown Tehachapi at the Railroad and Depot Parks on Tehachapi Blvd. 822-6062. Saturday, September 18 Charity Chicken Bar-B-Que. Knights of Columbus fund raiser for Susan Ledesma. McMullen Hall, 407 West E St. 2 to 7 p.m. 822-3763. Live Music. Craig Shaw. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419. Tuesday, September 21 Live Music. Pat Strong & Friends. Wine & Cheese Cellar. 695 Tucker Rd. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 822-6300. Thursday, September 23 Ronald McDonald House Scrap-a-Thon Fundraiser. Picture Perfect & Stamps of Approval. 112 E. Tehachapi Blvd. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 821-1777.

Live Music. Homeward Bound. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419. Saturday, October 2 Health & Resource Fair. TVHD. Vendor booths, health organizations, ambulance, fire & sheriff vehicles, social services, local businesses & much more!Free health & nutrition information. Discounted & FREE testing. Food & entertainment. West Park Activity Center, 410 W. D St. 8 a.m. to Noon. 823-7070. Live Music. Blue Rose. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419. Friday, October 8 Live Music. Homeward Bound. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419.

Friday, September 24

Saturday, October 9

Live Music. Pat Strong Trio + 2. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419.

Live Music. Geezers on the Loose. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419.

Saturday, September 25

Friday, October 15

Celebration of Flight. Pancake Breakfast 7 am - 10 am. Free Airplane rides for kids ages 8-17 10 am - 12 pm, weather permitting. Raffle and door prizes, Aircraft Display, Aircraft Manufacture Display’s, Automobile Cruise-in, Aviation Flea Market, Bake Sale and Tethered Hot Air

Live Music. Homeward Bound. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419. Saturday, October 16 Live Music. Craig Shaw. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419.

St. Malachy’s holds Annual Auction and Dinner by Pat Gracey

St. Malachy Church will be hosting their Annual Parish Auction and Dinner on Sept. 25 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Doors open for viewing items at 4:30 p.m. The event, entitled, "Old Time Country Fair" will feature both a Silent and Live Auction. There will be many assorted

items for bidding plus a delicious dinner. Members of the community are welcome to come and enjoy delicious food and entertainment. Tickets are available at St. Malachy's office (407 West E Street) and after all Masses.

Women for Women International Benefit to be held at BVS The Tehachapi supporters of WfWI invite you to their Premiere Benefit on Sunday, October 3 from 4-7 pm. Held at a private residence in Bear Valley, the benefit will feature a Japanese Drum Performance, story tellers, hor d’oeurves and wine, and a golden opportunity to change the world. Guy Martin, local performer-extraordinaire, will provide musical entertainment throughout the evening. Tickets are $15 pre-event, $20 at the door and available at Apple Shed, BVS Store and Witt’s. For more info on the event, call 661.821.1134. For more info on WfWI, go to

www.WomenForWomen.org. *Founded in 1993, Women for Women Int’l helps women in war-torn regions transform their lives by providing financial and emotional support. The official mission statement of W4WI is “to provide women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies.” W4WI has learned that engaging women is the most effective avenue toward creating lasting change and stability within a society.

September 18 ~ October 2, 2010

Entertainment Guide The Apple Shed. 233 E. Tehachapi Blvd. 661-823-8333 1st Friday-Will James and Maria Celtic & Traditional 1st Saturday - Jo Stone-Piano Music 1st Sunday - Homeward Bound Multiple Genres 2nd Friday - Geezers - Folk Music 2nd Saturday - Art Larson Clarinet 3rd Friday - Tony Vice – Country Music 3rd Saturday - Mountain Pass Oldies 4th Friday - Max Valentino – Acoustic Guitar 4th Saturday - Pat Strong - Country/ Ballads 5th Friday - Guy & Debbie Martin Acustic Guitar and Vocal 5th Saturday - Craig Shaw - Guitar City Slickers Restaurant & Saloon. 1001 W. Tehachapi Blvd. 661-822-4939. Fridays - DJ Saturdays - Live Music Domingo’s Mexican & Seafood Restaurant. 20416 Hwy 202. 661-822-7611. Wednesdays - Karaoke Don Juan’s Grill 20700 South St. 661-822-6612 Wednesdays – Live Music, Marc Weber La Bella Italian Bistro. 209 S. Green St. 661-822-7419 Fridays - Live Music Saturdays - Live Music McGuire’s Pub. 20424 Brian Way. 661-822-1312. Wednesdays - DJ

Fridays - DJ or live music Saturdays - DJ or live music Moose Lodge. 123 W. “F” St. 661-822-3889 Thursdays - Great steaks and more Mondays - Bingo Mountain Crossing. 416 W. Tehachapi Blvd. 661-823-0450 Tuesdays - Pool Tournament Fridays - Karaoke, DJ or live music Saturdays - DJ or live music Pacino’s Spaghetti Factory. 1100 Tehachapi Blvd. 661-822-9400. Second Saturday - Live Karaoke Last Saturdays - Comedy Shows Senior Center. 500 E. “F” St. 661-822-5412. Tuesdays - Bingo Saturdays - Bingo South Fork Inn 20717 South Street - 661-822-4755 Saturdays- Karaoke - DJ Wednesdays - Rhythm Girls Tehachapi Christian Store 108 E. Tehachapi Blvd. 661-822-0626 Fridays – Live Music Veterans Hall. 125 E. “F” St. 661-303-3454. Fridays - Bingo VFW. 221 W. Tehachapi Blvd. 661-822-7500. Fridays - Live Music - The Illusions Wine & Cheese Cellar. 695 Tucker Rd. 661-822-6300.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays - Live Music

Singing for Joy! by Corinne Stone What are you doing on Tuesday evenings? Whatever it is, we know you’d be having more fun if the answer is, “Singing with the Summit Singers.” It’s early in the practice season, and the perfect time to join the popular local choral group as they prepare a fantastic Christmas concert for the community. If you love music and can carry a tune, come on over to the next practice and check it out. See if it s a right “fit” for you, then make the decision to call yourself a Summit Singer.

You will be warmly welcomed by the group, and sure to have a great time singing. Practice is every Tuesday evening at 6:30pm at the Tehachapi Valley United Methodist Church , located on the corner of Schout and Backes Road. Concerts this season are scheduled for December 4, March 26, and June 11. Concert music includes everything from classical to folk to show tunes— definitely something for everyone. Call Corinne at 822-3836 if you have any questions regarding the Summit Singers.

Free Programs at the Tehachapi Library The Tehachapi Branch of the Kern County Library some great on going programs. Preschool Storytime is offered on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. This 30 minute program includes songs, fingerplays and lots of fun stories. This is a great way to introduce our very young patrons to the library. Sign Language Classes are on Thursdays at 3:30p.m. and 4:30 p.m. These classes are

ongoing and new student may join in at any time. No sign up is necessary. The Tehachapi Branch hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The branch is located at 1001 W. Tehachapi Blvd. at Tucker Road. Call 661-822-4938 for more information about these programs and other services offered by the Kern County Library.

The American Legion Seeks New Members The American Legion Post 221 is forming a Color Guard and is looking for post members who would like to be a member. The duties will require them to be a member of the American Legion, open and close meetings, funerals if requested, parades and participate in Color Guard competition.

If you’re not a member of the American Legion, were in the military and have been thinking of joining, the post is looking for new members. This is a good time to join. For more information about the Color Guard, plus becoming a member of the American Legion, call James Carmichael at (661) 821-0493.


September 18 ~ October 2, 2010

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First Friday Art Around Town

Coming up at TAC’s

Article and photos by Mel White

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It’s almost October, and October 1 means another fabulous evening of First Friday artists receptions is coming up! The monthly “First Friday Art Around Town” event offers new art show openings, a chance to meet the artists, and, of course, a wide variety of refreshments. CrossRoads Gallery will be featuring the artwork of Suzan Christenson, Dorine Lunceford, Ardean Rudolph and Nancy Waldron, plus guest artists in the Gallery’s annual Homage to Halloween show, this year titled “Oooks and Spoooks.” Be prepared to balance the beauty of the featured artworks with a few shivers and chills presented by guest artists. Gallery N Gifts will be featuring the artwork of local woodworker Gordon

Delano. Be prepared to be wowed by what he can do with an ordinary piece of wood! Other participants in October are expected to be Oak Tree Art and Antiques featuring local arts and crafts; Back Street Gallery featuring local arts and music as a fundraiser for the proposed Tehachapi Performing Arts center; and Petra’s Mediterranean Deli, featuring not only belly-dancing demonstrations but lessons, as well. Fiddlers Crossing will also be joining the First Friday Art Around Town festivities in October with featured artists of their own and a place to sit and have a cup of coffee or tea and unwind from your day. Don’t forget that many of October’s participating First Friday businesses will have live music by local musicians, and will feature sales and special First Friday deals, in addition to wine and/or champagne and a variety of munchies and appetizers. First Fridays in downtown Tehachapi are always a great opportunity to do some serious local shopping while enjoying the evening and the unique artistic talents of your friends and neighbors. First Fridays are all about art and artists, & of course, food and wine!

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Classes and other stuff coming up at Olde Towne Studio include: After School Crafts with Amy Gusbeth are ongoing every Tuesday afternoon from 4 to Polymer clay artist Cathy Clark is 5 p.m. Amy teaches kids ages 7 and up a offering a Sunday class on October 3 from 1 to different craft project each week. Cost is $10 4 p.m., titled “Covered Jars.” Bring your per session and includes materials. Be sure to favorite jar or bottle (or we have some call to sign up if you plan to attend. available at the Studio) and be prepared to end Introduction to Polymer Clay with up with a clay-covered masterpiece! Cost is Cheryl Gusbeth — Learn the basics so you $35 plus clay – call now to save your place in can enjoy other polymer clay classes! Cost is class. $20 which includes handouts, some clay and The Studio, located at 20810 South use of tools. Each two hour class is from Street, is open 24/7 for members, and is open 1 to 3 pm, your choice of dates: Sunday, to the public for supplies and gift sales on September 19 or Monday, September 27. Mondays and Fridays, 10 to 5 p.m. Supplies Yes, you must sign up — do it now! include jewelry makings and findings, paint, Polymer clay classes with our favorite books, mats and sleeves, clay and more! globe-trotting teacher, Christi Friesen, will To find out more about The Studio, be held on Wednesday, September 29, 1 to 4 classes, and membership fees and benefits, call p.m. (“Beep Beep RoadRunner); Tuesday, 822-6794. We do hope to have a website up October 19, 6-9 p.m. (“Once Upon a Dragon”); and running soon! Saturday, November 20 (“Cute Cats”), 10-noon beginners, $35 + clay, 1-4 more advanced, $45 + clay; and Wednesday, December 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. (“Adorable Abominable Snowman), $45 plus clay. Dean Westman is back on the calendar with a number of upcoming silversmithing classes; cost for each 2-day session is $85 plus materials (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with a break for lunch). Dates for the sessions are Saturday and Sunday, September 25-26; Monday and Tuesday, September 27-28 and future dates include October 9-10, 11-12, 23-24 Cheryl Gusbeth, standing, teaches Introduction to Polymer and 25-26. Classes do tend to fill up so Clay at Olde Towne Studio a couple of times a month. This reserve your spot early. is a great way to find out what polymer clay is all about!

Olde Towne Studio open to the public

Mondays & Fridays 10 to 5 pm

Tehachapi 20810 South Street #1 www.tehachapiartcenter.com

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Spotlight on artist, Ardean Rudolph

Spotlight on woodworking artist, Gordon Delano

Ardean Rudolph is an artist who paints with oils, acrylics, and watercolors. Her paintings include landscapes, old buildings, interiors, portraits, animals, and still lifes. Rudolph says she paints, “With whatever medium and surface seems right” for her latest inspiration. However, watercolor is perhaps her most favorite medium, as she finds its element of surprise intriguing. Her latest paintings are inspired by Lian Zhen whose Chinese Watercolor workshop was held at the Whiting Center in Bear Valley Springs in September. Ardean’s work may be seen at the Tehachapi Depot Museum, GTR Studio, Dr. Fagan’s office, and CrossRoads Gallery (where she will be featured in October). A friend has aptly summed up Ardean’s work with these words: “Ardean Rudolph's love of landscapes and acknowledgment of life come alive in her artwork. Rudolph finds the passion in her subjects, ranging from the stillness of a deserted barn, to the quickness of a dragonfly skimming the water. We value her appreciation and admiration of the simple things in life.”

by Shirley Given

Ardean Rudolph and her artwork will be featured at CrossRoads Gallery in October, starting with an artist reception on First Friday, October 1 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Tehachapi Valley Arts Association difficult to imagine how one could and Gallery 'N' Gifts are pleased to accomplish such fine exquisite detail, announce Gordon Delano as the Guest working with wood, but he does it every Artist for the month of October. time. His work is incredible, and you Gordon is a very young 81 years will be astounded to see what he can do old, retired and living in Wofford with what you and I would consider Heights with his wife, Bonnie. Several “just a board.” of his family members are accomplished Gordon Delano's work will be on artists and Gordon feels he may have display in Gallery ‘N’ Gifts for the inherited some of the family’s creative entire month of October and we invite genes.In fact, Gordon honed his artistic one and all to enjoy the unique work he abilities while working as a cake does with wood. decorator for Smith's Bakery in Gallery 'N' Gifts is located at 100 Bakersfield. His artistic talents were W. Tehachapi Blvd. and the public is appreciated by many of Smith's loyal, invited to attend a First Friday long-term customers for over 40 years. reception for Gordon Delano on Over time Gordon became October 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. interested in working with wood. His For more information call first project was a fretwork wall sconce, (661) 822-6062. cut by hand, and that was the beginning of his passion for working with wood. Nowadays, scroll-saw portraits, wildlife and western scenes are some of his favorites for subject matter. Gordon's work is extremely detailed and has a Gordon Delano's work will be on display in Gallery ‘N’ Gifts for the entire three-dimensional month of October and we invite one and all to enjoy the unique work he does quality. It's with wood.

Spotlight on artist, Dorine Lunceford Dorine Lunceford’s father was an artist, accomplished in realistic oil paintings. His subjects were land and seascapes, mostly of California. As a child, Dorine would watch him paint. Now, an artist in her own right, Dorine is a watercolorist whose main focus is on animals and carousels. To that end, the native Californian has toured the state, studying and photographing many of the carousels, and she has studied wild animals and their habitats for their artistic challenges. Dorine has been featured in many national shows through the years, and will be featured at CrossRoads Gallery in October, with an artist reception on First Friday, October 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. In addition to her membership at CrossRoads, Dorine was a charter member of the California Gold Coast Watercolor Society, the Buenaventura Art Association, and the Ojai Art Association as well as the Ventura Harbor Gallery. She is also a Charter Member of the Santa Paula Society of Art and the Bear Valley Fine Arts Association. Dorine has been featured in many national shows through the years, and will be featured at CrossRoads Gallery in October.

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Kyoto Studios Trunk Show Saturday, Sept 25 Noon to 5 pm, Featuring glass artwork by Chiharu Richardson and polymer clay beadwork by Erico Page

Supporting Member Artists: Randy Baker Vicki Braslow Suzan Christenson Tina Dilley Lynne Freeman Christi Friesen Dakota Hokanson Mar ti Howell

Leila Kleiman Kathleen Levenson Dorine Lunceford Marge Marantos Mary Ann Moore Chris Paschke Ardean Rudolph Paul Sabesky Rona Samuels

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8 World Premieres Featured at TCT Playwrights Festival submitted by Los Angeles and Kern County writers,” noted Festival producer Kenny Chugg. “We’re very proud that two locals, Ralph Macaluso and David Shacklock, are among the eight selected by Kern and Los Angeles-based judges. They both have long-term associations with TCT,” commented Chugg. The judges received only the scripts, and scored the competitors blind. TCT members are directing the plays featuring 20 local actors. The youngest participant is director Maddie Perez, currently starring in TCT’s season opener “Proof.” The oldest is actress Pat Gracey, 82, who has been an audience favorite for over 40 years. Much in demand, Gracey is featured in two of the eight plays. Tickets are $10, available Friday, September 17 at Apple Shed; Johnny’s Take n’ Bake; Old Towne Nursery; and online at www.TCTOnstage.com. The Festival runs October 1, 2 and 3. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

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Don’t miss TCT’s Second Annual Playwrights Festival at the BeeKay Theatre October 1, 2 and 3, 2010 What Ever I Want by Mark Harvey Levine of Pasadena Grounds for Conspiracy by Ralph Macaluso of Tehachapi Antiques by Gary Young of Calabasas Pie Us by Thomas J. Misuraca of Tarzana The Peoples Prada by Felix Racelis of Los Angeles Lemonade with a Twist by Roy Battocchio of Los Angeles Eggs by Sharon L. Weber of Winnetka The Opening by David B. Shacklock of Tehachapi

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TCT’s production of “Proof” “Proof” is playing at the BeeKay Theatre in downtown Tehachapi on Friday, September 24, 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, September 18 and 25, at 7:30 p.m. There will be 2:00 p.m. Matinees on Sunday, September 19 and Saturday, September 25. This play contains some Strong Language, so may be considered PG-13. For more information please call the TCT message line at 661-822-4037 or visit the TCT web-site at TCTOnstage.com.

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Mark the Collision Guy

Windshields: Not Just Wind Blockers by Mark Torres, Tehachapi Collision Center A windshield is a very important safety rests between the two pieces of glass. item on a vehicle that is most often ignored. In Now that I have covered the job of the most cases, the windshield is considered a windshield, let me explain some important structural part of a vehicle. We need them for a installation steps. If the installation isn’t right, whole lot more than just deflecting bugs from then the windshield can’t do its job. The first our faces. Let me tell you why. thing to know is that vehicle manufacturers do In a rollover type of accident, the not recognize “drive of time”, meaning that the windshield will strengthen the upper structure windshield is installed and you drive the of the vehicle, minimizing the impact force to vehicle away with the understanding of certain the roof. It does so by utilizing the A-pillars of small precautions like leaving your windows the vehicle. Every vehicle contains two Acracked before you shut your doors so you pillars (some manufacturers refer to as don’t pop the windshield loose and cause a windshield posts) that hold the windshield in leak. Can you imagine what an air bag would place. They, too, have a very important job in do to the windshield if it just happened to a roll over. Their main purpose is to stop the deploy at 180 mph? What about if you drove roof from collapsing down on the occupants. through a dip sideways and the body of your However, these pillars can’t be very large vehicle flexed? because this would create a terrible blind spot Manufacturers want most of all the for the driver. Instead, they are usually at least urethane trim on a windshield mounting area a three-piece structure: an inner piece, an outer stripped away leaving 1 to 2 millimeters of the piece, and at least one reinforcement. These Aold urethane to form a bed for the new pillars must rely on the windshield for adhesive. This is because not all urethanes are strength. compatible. The other step that vehicle Another important job of the windshield manufacturers are serious about is no Plastic is (in some cases) to help airbag deployment Filler (Bondo) in the area where the urethane is positioning. The passenger air bag deploys applied. This area should only receive directagainst the windshield for proper positioning to-metal epoxy primer and no other coatings to in front of the passenger and also proper this area. timing. The reason for this is because the You have learned a lot about windshields passenger air bag is generally larger than the today. Whether you realize it or not, windshields driver side air bag, so it has to be regulated by are like the Superman of the auto-world. the windshield. This is me, Mark the Collision Guy, The most important duty of the writing to you about all of your auto-collision windshield is to help keep the occupants inquiries. If you have any questions or inside the vehicle safe. No one wants to drive comments or just need an estimate, call me at up on an accident with people scattered on the Tehachapi Collision Center 661-822-5997 roadway. or visit our web site at The windshield is different than the rest www.tehachapicollisioncenter.com. of the glass in a vehicle in that it is laminate Have a great week. glass. This means that it is two pieces of glass with an inter laminate of plastic. All other glass on a vehicle is tempered glass. You can tell by the way that side glass and back glass break as opposed to the windshield. Tempered glass actually explodes into tiny pieces when broken and laminate glass, like the windshield, shatters but generally stays together. Some vehicles today have a new type of windshield; it is known as There was a great turn out at Tehachapi Collision Center’s Grand an acoustic windshield. The Opening on September 14. difference is the plastic that

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Emergency Preparation by Zack Scrivner The devastating gas line explosion and subsequent fire in San Bruno, California, on September 9, is yet another unfortunate reminder that disaster may strike at anytime, anyplace. Locally, only a month ago, the West Fire destroyed dozens of homes and turned the lives of many local residents upside down. Most residents of the Tehachapi mountain communities are well aware of the risks on the mountain, but it is well worth asking, “Am I prepared?” In a recent survey by the American Red Cross, less than half the people surveyed had taken the necessary steps to be ready for an emergency. That is why September is designated as National Preparedness Month, and I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to review whether you are prepared for an emergency. Three great websites to check out are www.KCPrepared.com, www.Ready.gov, and www.RedCrossStore.org. To be prepared it is recommended to follow three simple steps: First: Get a kit. A basic emergency supply kit is easy to put together and will provide the necessities to live for a short amount of time. Second: Make a plan. Since disasters are unexpected, you may be separated from your family. A plan can help determine how you will contact each other and how to get back together.

Third: Be informed. Learning how to appropriately respond to potential events in your community, and staying up to date on emergency plans can ensure that you and your community are ready to act when the time comes. One great resource is ReadyKern, which is a notification system implemented by Kern County that will notify you by phone, text or email of important information regarding local emergencies. More information can be found at www.KernCountyFire.org/readykern.php . For more information on each of these steps, please go to the websites mentioned above. Another way to become prepared is by becoming trained with the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). This program educates people on disaster preparedness, and CERT members can assist in response efforts following an event. A CERT class will be held at 6:30 p.m. September 15, at the Bear Valley Community Church, and people can call CERT coordinator Jim Nelson at (661) 821-5205 for more information. With so many resources available, I again encourage you to review your preparedness. Doing so will ensure that, when disaster strikes, we are able to protect the most valuable resources of our community - the lives of our loved ones.

Service Above Self by Harli B. Smith, Interact Publicist alarm checks for senior citizens, help serve meals at Christmas senior luncheons, raise funds for local and international relief projects, help support teachers by donating supplies, participate in many clean-ups of Tehachapi, and host our annual Open Mic Nite at Tehachapi High School to benefit various causes. About twice a month we plan a clean-up of the local Tehachapi area. On Saturday, September 11, we held a clean-up at Mountain Park with our sponsoring Tehachapi Rotary club. The clean-up took place, at the park for two hours, then we were able to enjoy a lunch that was provided for us by Rotary. Our next clean-up is currently being planned for a different location. Our annual Open Mic Nite is currently scheduled for October 1 from 7pm to 9pm at Tehachapi High School in the drama room. All are welcome, and the cost is only $5.00 to participate, or just come and enjoy the local talent. Proceeds will help support Interact club’s various activities, and will help send an Interact student to RYLA, a leadership camp in Ojai. For information please contact Mr. Whittier at the high school. Open Mic Nite is Tehachapi Interact club gathered together at Mountain Park a display of student Saturday, Sept. 11, for a clean-up followed by a barbecue.Front rowand local talent in left to right:Camden Weathers,Ian McCool,Anthony Lovell,Joel various fields. Bowman.Second row-Robert Tinnin,JoJo Gonzales,West We are looking Williams,Matthew Cruse,Jasmin Bell,Cassie Sarkesian.Back row-Mr. forward to a fun-filled Whittier,Calvin Herman,Cedar Parrot. night for all.

“Service Above Self” is the motto for the Tehachapi High School Interact Club, and many other Interact clubs scattered throughout the world. Interact is a combination of the words international and action, and truly describes our goal, which is to help the world by taking action. Interact is sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, but remains selfsupportive. Youth ages 12 to 18 throughout the world become apart of Interact to better themselves, and their community. Interact teaches teenagers leadership skills, responsibility, respect for others, and is a chance to make a difference in the world. With over 10,700 clubs in 110 countries, more than 250,000 young people remain involved in their local Interact clubs. Interact is a way for young people across the world to become involved in local and international service projects. At THS Interact club we do annual fire


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The Race for TVHD Hospital Board Continues! Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District Hospital Board has nine candidates in the running. People power is going to decide who the new TVHD Board of Directors will be. The Loop wants to give you a chance to get to know the players as we watch democracy in action! Take a look at this issue’s candidates, Drs. Horowitz and Olsen.

Dr. Horowitz, Candidate Statement TVHD Board of Directors Four years ago the citizens of the Tehachapi entrusted to me a seat on the Tehachapi Valley Health Care District Board of Directors. I was honored by the overwhelming show of support given me and my physician colleagues Dr. Hall and Dr. Olsen for our election. During the campaign I promised to work towards building a new hospital that would meet the district’s current and Dr. Horowitz, candidate for future needs, the board of TVHD rather than on one that would simply replace our current aging facility. Additionally, I pledged to improve the district’s financial outlook and care services. Entering my new board seat in 2007 my colleagues and I were immediately challenged by the need to find a new Chief Executive Officer. Additionally, we were faced with employee and financial woes, including the lack of funds to proceed with the construction of a hospital. The current sitting board, consisting of Conklin, Steel, Hall, Olsen, and Horowitz have met the challenge. We have demonstrated our ability to work together for the good of the district. Together we recruited and set policy for our current administration. Our efforts have improved quality and access to care for patients using our rural health clinics, and hospital. Further, we have repaired the hospital’s financial outlook and profitability as evidenced by repayment of borrowed funds, improving our bond credit rating, paying our bills while building a savings account and passing a bond measure that will fund a new hospital scheduled to be completed in April of 2014. I have been a parent, a family doctor, small business owner and resident of Tehachapi for 24 years. I have spoken by invitation in national forums at the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Health Research and Quality on the topics of Rural Health Care, Information Exchange Technology, and Sustainability. I have served this district as the Founding Director of the Tehachapi Rural Health Clinics as well as Chief of Medical Staff for several terms and served on the Board of Directors of the Kern County Medical Society. I know the business of medicine, rural health care and the needs of our hospital. The business and provision of health care and the political environment that surrounds it is a complicated subject especially with consideration to the State and Federal regulations that will affect access to care for all citizens and the future business of medicine. I ask that you vote Horowitz, Olsen and Hall back into seats on the Hospital

District Board. Let us continue to work with our colleagues on the board and the administration to bring you a new hospital and advance the good work being done. We need a Hospital and a business plan that will serve the need of our citizens now and into the future. Vote: Horowitz, Olsen, Hall. ****

Dr. Olsen, Candidate Statement TVHD Board of Directors

I have lived and practiced medicine in Tehachapi for over 20 years. During that time I have seen Hospital building projects come and go at least 3 times. Now, for the first time in over Dr. Olsen, candidate for the 20 years we board of TVHD. have the plans, the funding and expertise in place to complete a hospital building project and plan to do so by April 2014. I have worked with the other board members to make this happen and I would like to have your support for my re-election so I can finish the job. My experience and expertise in the areas of Surgery, Primary Care, Emergency Medicine, as a small business owner, and former multi-term Chief of Medical Staff allow me to navigate the many challenges facing the future of health care in this community. Former boards of well meaning citizens lacked the knowledge and experience to work successfully with the medical staff, employees and population of the district, leading to a host of problems that nearly closed our hospital on more than one occasion. I and my colleagues currently serving on the board have stabilized and improved our facility and understand what is needed to expand and sustain the scope of medical services in this community and at our new hospital. Contrary to the accusations of some, your Hospital Board members receive no compensation or financial gain for our efforts, we serve good heartedly for the benefit of the community in which we live and work. Engaged in the work of the Board we have tackled many tough issues and we find that we don’t always see eye to eye on them; yet we have demonstrated our ability to work cohesively without back biting or bickering to a logical conclusion for the benefit of the District. We serve the district professionally and share our expertise in the provision of health care and the business of medicine and doing so we have brought the hospital back to financial stability and gained tax payer support on a bond measure that will fund our new Hospital. I am asking your support to re-elect me and my colleagues Dr. Horowitz, and Dr. Hall to our board seats. Vote: Olsen, Hall, and Horowitz.

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Cerro Coso Honor Society recieves special comendation The Beta Kappa Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Cerro Coso Community College received special commendation during the Nevada/California Regional Convention for fulfilling all requirements to be named a “1 Star Chapter.” The Beta Kappa Chi Chapter at Cerro Coso encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students and provides development opportunities through participation in leadership and services. “We are very proud of our Beta Kappa Chi members and the chapter’s efforts in providing rewarding educational experiences inside and outside of the classroom,” stated Jill Board, College President. The Five Star Chapter Development

Dr. Christine Swiridoff of the Cerro Coso Beta Kappa Chi Chapter was recognized for achieving 1st Star status at the

Plan strives to strengthen successful chapters by providing guidelines for organization and program implementation which improve student engagement on campus, and recognizes progress in the attainment of the goals set by the chapter. Using the Five Start Plan, chapters enhance their strategies to recognize eligible students, provide significant personal and professional development opportunities for members, and build a working relationship with the college administration by becoming active on campus and in the community. Established in 2006 under the direction of founding advisor, Dr. Christine Swiridoff, the Cerro Coso Beta Kappa Chi Chapter was also recognized for achieving 1st Star status at the Society’s recent Annual Convention. All students currently enrolled at Cerro Coso with a minimum 3.5 GPA in 12 or more units of degree or transfer coursework are eligible to become members of Beta Kappa Chi. Phi Theta Kappa members must maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA until graduation. Phi Theta Kappa is the only scholastic honor society recognized by the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges. Members enjoy the benefits of recognition for their academic achievement, access to numerous scholarship opportunities, and opportunities to serve in leadership positions and in the community. More information on the Beta Kappa Chi Chapter can be found on the Cerro Coso website at www.CerroCoso.edu.

September 18 ~ October 2, 2010

What’s Bugging You?

Sleep Tight, Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite... by Dan the Bug Man, owner of Bugs ‘N More It seem like every time I turn on the news, get online or read a paper someone is talking about bed bugs and for good reason. According to the National Pest Management Association bed bug related calls to exterminators are up 81% in the last ten years. This is a growing problem and seems to be only getting worse. The good news is there are some things you can do to protect yourself. Hotels: The first thing you should do is pull back the sheets and look in the seams of the mattress for any dark spots or bugs. If you see any evidence immediately move to another room or hotel. Do not place clothes or bags on floor. Use the bag caddy where available. In Dressing Rooms: Make sure you hang your clothes up when changing. Do not place clothes on the floor. Keep in mind, these bugs are hitchhikers.

Used Furniture: This is the most common way people get bed bugs. That free couch may come with unwanted guests. At Work: Keeping your workspace clutter free. Keep your area clean. Well vacuumed. How to tell if you have an infestation: Call a Professional. Most will do an inspection for free. This is not a pest that is recommended you treat yourself. On the bright side in the last five years only four of the suspected bed bug calls have been bed bugs; the other hundred and fifty, or so, have been fleas. Bed bugs have a numbing bite you will not feel and leave a raised red lump similar to chicken pox on your skin. There will be telltale evidence in cracks, crevices and seams. I hope this helps you have a pest-free day. If you have any questions or concerns please call (661) 972-8699. You can e-mail me at danthebugman@att.net

Unique culinary event features Acclaimed Chef and Locally Produced Foods A unique culinary event is planned to be held in Tehachapi on September 25th at Tangleweed Farm. This Culinary Club event dubbed, “The Feast at the Farm”, will feature an acclaimed chef, Rich Mead from Sage Restaurant in Newport Beach, who will be cooking an eclectic multi-course dinner featuring foods that are unique to our area. Peak season produce harvested on the day of the event will be provided by Tangleweed Farm, Weiser Family Farm and Moessener Farm. These farms will be featured along with local Soledad goat cheese, Indian Point Ostrich, J&J Beef and others. Souza Family Vineyard will be pouring their award winning Primativo Zinfandel and Las Flores Winery will provide Almond Sparkling wine with appetizers. Local restaurants and

bakeries will also participate as Colleen Kohnen of Kohnen’s Bakery will bake an artisan bread and Kathleen Selleck from Victorian Rose will create an original dessert highlighting local apples, pears and peaches. Culinary students from Canyon Country and Bakersfield will be gaining valuable knowledge while they assist Chef Mead in creating a truly unique and memorable meal. The event begins with appetizers, champagne and a farm tour at 4:30 pm on Saturday, September 25. Seating is limited to 50 people and tickets are $125 for this exclusive event. For reservations or more information contact the Taste of Tehachapi Culinary Club by visiting www.TasteOfTehachapi.com, or calling 661.972.9007 or via email at info@tasteoftehachapi.com.

Loop ‘round the world Bill Duggins of Tehachapi on a recent trip in Stroud, OK, sharing The Loop with an Oklahoma State Trooper. One wonders what the trooper is doing there? Thanks Bill for taking The Loop on your trip.


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There is a new JEM in Tehachapi by Michael Aidulis co-owner of JEMS Medical Services Inc Recently my staff and I have been introducing ourselves around town. Some are not really sure what medical billing is – essentially we help doctors and their patients with their medical insurance claims. Where a patient is struggling to receive approval for treatment, we can cut through the red tape and set them on the road to health. In these ways we make a difference to lives every day. I went into one store and told them who I was. “Medical billing?” said a woman behind the counter. “You have hit a nerve.” She was scowling over letter from Blue Cross. Her husband, she explained, was ill. It JEMS Medical Services Inc, is located at was not clear that her insurance was prepared 20608 South Street, in Old TownTehachapi. to pay for all of his treatment. She thought I was some kind of insurance agent – the last company right here in Tehachapi. As a bonus, person she wanted to see. I tried to explain that the more complete your documentation, the this is what my company deals with every day. more you insulate from audit and malpractice. We don’t work for insurances. No ma’am, we Remember that the AR is a work in progress. work for policyholders and their physicians. It The only time you will finish it will be when you might have taken fifteen minutes on the phone, retire, but with the appropriate strategy, careful or a dozen different calls to a dozen different delegation and diligent oversight, it doesn’t have departments. The key can be having the right to be one of your patients. medical diagnosis, the right facility or just the If you are considering an outside billing right person at the other end of the phone, but I service, make sure they appreciate that your wished I could have helped. practice and patients are unique. They must be In my company’s unique position as prepared to represent your personal and Tehachapi’s only dedicated medical billing professional values. Regular communication is service, we are looking at ways to help our vital. Be clear about what you expect from them community. Readers should know that while we and heed their expertise. primarily provide advice to healthcare My company has supplied billing and professionals, we also assist the general public consulting services for the better part of two with their medical insurance claims. For the decades. We are rated A+ by the Better Business woman in the store and anyone who is lost in the Bureau. We are equipped to serve practices that insurance maze and doesn’t know where to turn, bill between $10,000 and $500,000 per month, we will be available for consultations at no charge and offer many services to reduce your burden at the Tehachapi Fall Business Showcase on from coding to staff training to transcribing. September 29th. We are proud that Tehachapi is If you are a provider and you have any not just our place of business but also our home, questions, give us a call or stop by our office. and we will be glad to hear your story. For podiatrists, chiropractors and family As promised, there follows a brief guide to practitioners, we also offer a prescription Accounts Receivable for providers and their staff: functional foot orthotic fabrication service in The AR often takes a back seat to day-toassociation with Arnold Ross, DPM. day operations, but is usually where most practice If you are a patient and you believe your revenue is needlessly lost. One in five claims are healthcare provider could benefit from our denied for valid and invalid reasons alike. For the experience, by all means pass on our name. average practice this puts tens of thousands of Michael Aidulis is co-owner of JEMS dollars in limbo. Addressing such a mountainous Medical Services Inc, located at 20608 South task can seem daunting, but set realistic monthly Street, in Tehachapi. He has been a Tehachapi targets and think long term. Don’t stare at your resident since 2002. Michael and his wife Josie AR in dismay. Quantify it. Is it growing or can be reached at (661) 822-2047 or shrinking? By how much? Does it fluctuate www.JemsMedical.com. seasonally? Compare it to the previous year. Details about the Fall Business Showcase Diagnosis comes before cure, so understand on September 29th are available from the your AR by listening to your billing staff. A Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce, healthy AR should contain between three and five (661) 822-4180. months of billing. Less could suggest you are underbilling; more indicates a bottleneck somewhere. Perhaps insurances have found a new denial strategy. Your billing staff should keep you appraised of changes in coding guidelines. Staffing levels may be insufficient for your volume of claims - a rule of thumb is at least one The Stallion Springs Property Owners full-time AR person for every $250,000 billed Association will sponsor a forum that will annually. Don’t be afraid of the expense – their feature three of the contested offices on the salary is money well spent, and your patients will November 2nd ballot, feel the benefit too. If you don’t have the space, Board Candidates for: Tehachapi outside help can be a cost-effective solution. Schools, Tehachapi Cummings County Water, Attack the largest claims first, but try to address every open charge at least twice per year. and Stallion Springs Community Services. Prevention is better than cure, so eliminate The forum will be held, Friday, September 17, problems as close to the source as possible. Have at Stallion Springs Community Building, your staff check intake forms while patients are 27850 Stallion Springs Drive, in the Corral still in the office. Know the timely filing deadline Room at 7:00 PM. of each insurance, and react accordingly. Create Mary Beth Garrison will be the standard response letters for your most common moderator for the forum. denials. Better yet, find a billing strategy that Questions from the public will be prevents their occurrence. Preempt requests for accepted from 6 to 6:45 p.m. the night of the medical records by creating your documentation forum. when you author the superbill. You may feel too For more information, please contact: busy to write reports religiously, but help is Lewis Brown, 818-438-4142 email: available. There are several transcription services woodworker1022@hotmail.com from Bakersfield to Lancaster, as well as my own

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Fall Tours at Tehachapi Native American Village Site California State Parks is beginning the fall tour season at Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park in Tehachapi. Although no structures remain on this Kawaiisu Native American village site, the area’s rich history comes alive through the trained volunteer tour guides. Tomo-Kahni means “winter home” in Kawaiisu, and rock rings mark the locations of many of the kahni’s, or homes, that were built of juniper boughs. Hundreds of mortar holes in the park tell of a very active past. The tour also includes Medicine Cave, Nettle Spring and a cave with pictographs – a sacred place of the Kawaiisu. Due to the extremely sensitive nature of the site, the only way to explore the park is through guided tours, which involve a moderately strenuous 3-hour hike. This season’s tours will begin Saturday, September 18th and continue, weather permitting, through Saturday, November 20th. Activities begin with an orientation at the Tomo-Kahni Resource Center in Tehachapi at 9 a.m. and last approximately 4 hours, which includes travel time to and from the park (transportation is not provided). High profile vehicles are recommended. Weather at the high-elevation park is variable, so layered clothing is recommended. Adequate drinking water, snacks, sun protection, and sturdy walking shoes are also necessary. Where: Tomo-Kahni Resource Center, 112 East F Street, Ste. B, Tehachapi (between Green St. and Robinson St.) When: Saturdays, September 18th to

November 20th, 8:30 am~1 pm Cost: Reservations are required. Space is limited to 15 people per tour. There is a $10 reservation fee payable at the time the reservation is made. Adults: $5 • Children 6-16: $3. Children under 6 free, although not recommended.

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Welcome Welcometo tothe theADOPT-A-PET ADOPT-A-PETSection!! Section! Welcome to the ADOPT-A-PET Section!! Many of the animals up for adoption can be seen at: petfinder.com/shelters This Section is in need of support! For years The Loop has generously dedicated two pages per issue to helping local pets in need find homes. Advertisers please call the The Loop today to find out how you can help to support this section. Remember, when thinking about adopting, that the adoption cost is a tax deductible donation! If you find a pet you want to adopt please call the number listed next to the pet. Tehachapi Humane Society Calendar September 20 - Monthly Meeting @6:30 p.m., Tehachapi Humane Society Office, 21600 Golden Star Blvd.(corner of Golden Hills Blvd. & Golden Star Ave.) 25 – Move Your Tail Fun Run/Bike Event (With “Walk for the Dogs”) Brite Lake Recreational Facility. Registration to participate in events @7 a.m. (start time 9 a.m.) Pre-register at www.active.com . Raffle for $500 Chevron gas card, medals & prizes.

Hi, I’m Salty. I’m as sweet as pie, play well w/others, like people of all ages, so what more could you ask for ~ Even I’m impressed, but not boastful. I’m a 1 ½ year young, 21 pound male Scottish Terrier mix w/a shiny black coat and sport a small white “soul patch” on my chin ~ Is that way cool, or what? Other info: 100% crate trained, in leash/housetraining-101/use the doggy door. I am ready to be all yours and available on that all-important (neuter) day, September 18th. I only have one question for you – Would you like to provide a safe, happy home for llittle, loyal me? Then by all means, contact Marsha at 661-823-7868 or email at 1donmar1@att.net .

October 2 - Adopt-a-Pet Day at Tehachapi Pet Lodge and Outfitters, 20963 Woodford/Tehachapi Road from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. (Summer Hours) 9 - Shot Clinic/*Dog Licensing, 10 a.m.-noon, THS Office 21600 Golden Star Blvd., Unit #3 (corner of Golden Star Ave. & Golden Hills Blvd.). *Dog licensing is provided every Monday (except Holidays) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (as a courtesy for the Tehachapi community.) 18 - Monthly Meeting @6:30 p.m., Tehachapi Humane Society Office, 21600 Golden Star Blvd.(corner of Golden Hills Blvd. & Golden Star Ave.).

STOP Pet Adoption Days: 9/25 & 10/9, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Books & Crannies, 1121 W. Valley. SEE’s CANDY LOCATIONS: Edelweiss and the Wine & Cheese Cellar are selling See’s Candy for a much-needed fundraiser – All the proceeds help STOP save neglected, homeless dogs and cats who deserve a 2nd chance at life. Tail Wagging Thanks to Victoria’s Pet Makeovers providing tip-top complimentary grooming.

21600 Golden Star Blvd. Tehachapi, CA 93561. Write us at: 21600 Golden Star Blvd., Unit #3. Tehachapi, CA 93581. 661-8230699 (menu #5 for dogs & #6 for cats)

Casper

Save Tehachapi’s Orphaned Pets (STOP) www.thestoppers.org 661-823-4100 contact@thestoppers.org STOP has saved over 130 dogs and cats this year Help to be the change: Spay/Neuter your pets

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Casper is an approx 12 week old male Liliac point Siamese kitten. He was found as a stray and is a little timid around people, but is getting used to attention and is very playful. He is litter boxed trained. He prefers a home without small children.

My name is Tootsie and I’m on a roll - I love to play with the other foster dogs, am extremely friendly, and would be a great addition to a family who has children, or it could be just you and me, as long as we are best friends, loyal to the max., it doesn’t get any better than that. Contact Sadie, @ 661-823-7798 or STOP at 661-823-4100, menu #2 to meet ‘n greet sweet Tootsie.

Sprite Sprite - Female I live to play! Toys are my favorite! I also like to chase feet under the covers! I am unique from my siblings in that I have an adorable white spot on my chin. I will grow up to be a long lanky cat - beautiful and full of purrs. I am still a little scared of things - living in the wild as a baby tends to make me cautious. But I will love you if you take your time and love me back. I like to sleep in the bed with the humans also! Please give me a forever home!

Clancy My name is Clancy and I’m a young Poodle/Bichon Frise mix, so no shedding, hooray and weigh 18 lbs. I am extremely loving, friendly, love to play w/others, and the other good news, I am housetrained. I would love to be your walking buddy and would also be a good companion for your dog. To meet ‘n greet cute Clancy, please call Lynda at 661-8210518 or S.T.O.P. 661-823-4100, menu #2.

Lily

Oreo

Lily was adopted from us in 2008 and recently her owner had to move to an assisted living facility so Lily is back with us. She has been around and gotten along well with small dogs, but has not been around other cats. She is very affectionate and likes to snuggle up next to her person at night. Lily is spayed and up to date on routine vaccinations.

My name is Oreo because my smooth and sleek coat is black with a white patch from my neck to my belly. I love kids and play well with others. I am around 4 months young, housetrained and only weigh 17 pounds. Please consider adopting me in to your heart and home. Call Cliff at home 661-822-1201 or Cell 661-972-9363 to set up a meet ‘n greet, I hope to see you, pronto. 2010 STOP Pet Adoption Days, 2nd & last Saturday of each month from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. @ Books & Crannies, 1121 W. Valley in Tehachapi, CA 93561.

Mandy My name is Mandy. I am a 8 pound spayed Chihuahua mix. I was found living in some bushes on the side of a busy Tehachapi street. I was taken to the Tehachapi Vet Hospital where I stayed for a week. The Tehachapi Humane Society came and got me. I was very shy, and shook all the time. It only took a day for me to turn into a little lap dog. Now I play with all my foster brothers and sister. I am house trained and crate trained. Will you please consider giving me the loving forever home?

McGuire My name is McGuire and I’m already a big puppy, Great Pyrenees mix and a mellow-fellow; I also love to play and sleep and play some more. I like children and what more can I say, oh yeah - I get along w/other dogs, hooray. I hope to see you at the next STOP pet adoption day; in the meantime, call M’Lena at 661-821-0572 or STOP at 661-823-4100, menu #2 to meet ‘n greet me, your new BFF - How about it? (I’m also neutered and current on my shots).


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Welcome to the ADOPT-A-PET Section! Rainbow Rescue is a no-kill, IRS 501 (c) 3 non-profit dog rescue located in California City, CA. We are committed to helping rescued pets find their new life opportunities. (760) 373-2907 • www.PetFinder.com

Julius Julius is a 3 month young male Chihuahua/Pug mix pup who’s little leprechaun happy heart will completely fill your lifetimes together with forever, happiness, lotsa laughs, kissses and shared love of everything in life making every day a happy new adventure! Instantly smart & quick to learn, Julius has already housetrained himself, loves sleeping with his toys and playing with all types of pets, even older and bigger than himself! Mom, Dad, you’ve just found the most perfect happy, loving puppy who’s heart is so magically full of his happy, complete love waiting to share with your family!

Dakota Dakota is a 2 1/2 month old female who wraps her heart around yours the second she meets you and shares her kisses & snuggling with you! Born to a Shep/Boxer Mutt Mix Mom of 40ish pounds. Dakota will probably be a medium size adult like her mom who will always devote her uncompromising love to her family as the most perfect family pet for all types of families and playmate companions. You’ll know the very moment you meet her as she cuddles in your arms instantly trusting and sharing her sweet, loving, heart, you’ve found the warmth and most purest, adorable, devoted love you’ve been hoping to find and share her heart with your family’s lifetime.

Ginnie ’s Angels! Ginnie’s Ginnie’s Angels! 3 boys, 3 girls, born June 11, 2010, ready for home! Mom Ginnie is a small Doxie of 10 pounds and Dad was a small Terrier Mix of some type. Loved, cared for and doted on by Mom Ginnie and ourselves since day of birth, these warm, magical, sweet, warm angel hearts now shares their own cuddling/snuggling puppy hearts and sweet puppy breath kisses with us so completely full of love and trusted devotion and bonded love! Playfull, smart, whimsical, sometimes silly, mischievious, soooooooo much fun and magical happiness, Ginnie’s Angel’s will instantly melt into your heart sharing their snuggling and cuddling warm, sweet love into your lifetime sharing their everyday happiness and warm angel heart love with yours! Ginnie’s Angels will give your family the most perfect family christmas card as they snuggle next to your own two legged children each night sleeping together lovingly! The most sweetest and warmest puppy kisses are waiting to share your family’s lifetimes together!

All Dobie SOS dogs are neutered/spayed, vaccinated, micro-chipped, and have received a veterinary exam. All adopted dogs come with one free bath at Canine Creek and one free grooming at Tehachapi Pet Lodge. You can see all of the Dobie SOS dogs waiting for homes at www.dobiesos.org. 661-886-1721 • dobiesos@earthlink.net

Stitch

Stitch is a 4-year-old black male Doberman with cropped ears and docked tail. He is on the small side, about 45-50 pounds, very sweet and affectionate with people. Stitch has had some obedience training and he can live with a social female dog under the right roof. He needs formal exercise daily as he has a very high energy level. He is very easy to handle on-leash and would make a great companion for someone who is not very strong. He would love to go for long walks or go jogging. He needs someone who is willing to give him exercise and careful consistent training. Stitch can really focus and wants to bond; a little work will go a long way with him. Stitch is crate-trained.

Brook Brook is 6 years old. Brook is very outgoing and friendly and she loves people. She is highly play motivated and loves to carry around a toy. Brook is blue with natural ears and a natural tail and medium-sized for a Doberman. She is not a barker or a digger. She can live with a large male dog that is submissive—she needs to be the boss and then she will really play. Brook is crate-trained, so she will be easy to housetrain. She has a medium-high energy level and should be fine with respectful kids. Brook is affectionate, playful and obedient; if you take the time to meet her she will win your heart!

Have-A-Heart Humane Society is a 501c3 pending non profit whose mission is to help Kern County cats and dogs. Beginning in September we will changing our adoption day schedule to the 2nd and last Saturday of each month from 10 am to 2 pm at Radio Shack and Books & Crannies. Phone: 661-823-7649 Email: Rio@bak.rr.com

Bandit Come meet your dream girl! Bandit is an 8 month old possibly Rottweiler/Dobie /Lab/Shepherd mix. In other words it’s anyone’s guess. She is friendly, outgoing and surprising calm for her age. She is good with other dogs and especially good with kids, so she’ll make the perfect family dog. Bandit needs a yard with a secure 5 foot fence and even then she will need monitoring until she learns that fences aren’t playtime hurdles! Bandit weighs approx. 40 lbs, has all her shots, is spayed, wormed and microchipped. If you’re looking for a sweet mediumsized dog with good manners (yes, she’s house-broken) then Bandit is your girl.


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A Minister’s Musing

“Seldom Are There Shortcuts to Doing A Good Job!”

United Nations International Day of Peace

by Fred Shaughnessy, CADC II

by Rev. Diane Gallo Ryder

On September 11, my family lost a loved one, and the country lost thousands of innocent souls in New York City, Washington D.C., and on a field in Pennsylvania. As a result, my mind tends to wander to memories of those tragic events but, that is not what I will write about today. I will be writing about Ethics. Today, I attended a training session sponsored by Region 3 South of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC), my professional association. The training was presented by Rhonda Messamore, CADC II, ICADC, and Executive Director of CAADAC. She did an outstanding job, no shortcuts, but focusing on ethical issues which tend to be most problematical to our counselors. Her presentation was well received by all. As the session progressed, I was reminded again of the large number of ethics-related problems and risks which are hiding in the bushes, waiting for my colleagues and me to come their way. I also remembered the reams of paper devoted to laws, standards, codes and practices with which we need to be familiar, in order to protect our clients and ourselves. My CAADAC Code of Ethics alone is a multipage document. Then there’s all that other stuff. What’s a guy to do? I feel so overwhelmed! Well, first thing is…don’t panic. As noted earlier, there are no shortcuts to doing a good job, but there are ways to organize your thinking to be more effective in doing the job without getting overwhelmed. An analogy: A kid is going to Grandma’s house for a birthday party. It takes quite a while to get there on the road. By taking a

shortcut across a field, he’s there much sooner. The party is no more or less enjoyable, he just got to enjoy it sooner. Years ago, I read a book by Peale and Blanchard, “The Power of Ethical Management”. In it, the authors presented a handy little tool called, “The One Minute Ethics Check”. I carry a copy of it in my wallet. I have frequently found it to be a good starting point, or rather; a shortcut, to getting my mind prepared to actually address an ethical decision. It kind of makes my mind create little blocks that must be checked off before I proceed. It goes like this: Is It Legal? Consider civil law, criminal law, company policy, e.g. practice standards, as well as any company or association code of ethics. Is It Balanced? Will the decision be fair, or will one party benefit over another? Win-Lose decisions usually result in Lose-Lose situations. How Will it Make Me Feel About Myself? Focus on your emotions and your personal standard of morality. An unethical act will erode self-esteem. This is, of course, is based on a business model, but is easily adapted to counseling, school and home, all of which have their unique ethics dilemmas. It won’t do the job for you, but it’ll get you to Grandma’s house sooner. I’ll be back next issue…hope you are too. ******************************* Fred Shaughnessy is a board-certified alcohol and drug counselor with TAASK, Inc. He has a Tehachapi-based private practice serving eastern Kern County. His message phone is 661-972-1312.

I am a proudly Christian, proudly ordained pastor and I am also proud to be a voting citizen of our United States. But sadly, I am far from proud of much that has transpired in the name of Christianity and/ or patriotism throughout the ages. Today I write about a situation in which religion and the freedom of religion enjoyed by U.S. citizens currently converge – namely, the anti-Muslim sentiment which is growing among some of our Christian brothers and sisters. I feel it is important for me to go on record as anti-terrorism in all of its forms, whether it is perpetrated in the name of Christianity (for example, the Crusades) or the name of Islam (for example, the 9/11 destructions) or the name of any or no religion whatsoever. But it is equally or more important for me to go on record as pro-peace, peace within and among the various faiths which enrich our country and our town. As a follower of the Jewish carpenter who became known to some of us as the Christ, it is especially important for us to be as inclusive as possible, as accepting as possible, as peaceful as possible within ourselves and with respect to religious beings who follow other paths. Regardless of what political label we wear -

Republican, Democrat, Independent, etc. – Christianity challenges us to follow in the footsteps of the Man/God/Jesus who refused to fight when he was wronged, embraced sinners, loved one who betrayed him, and offered no civil resistance when sentenced to crucifixion. In other words, Jesus, the realist, acknowledged that political peace may not always be possible, but Jesus, the prophet, showed us one way to personal and spiritual peace. In the spirit if peace I invite you and all of your friends and people of all faiths and no faith to join me for the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21st at 11:45 am at the Peace Pole on the corner of E and Green Streets. Beginning at noon, people of different faiths from all over the world will stop to pray for peace for one minute - each in their own way. Those who wish to pray silently may do so. Following the minute of prayer, you may join us during a silent vigil for peace in a brief downtown walk. What a witness we can make within Tehachapi when we gather to pray together regardless of whether we know God as Jesus, Allah, or Buddha, or Great Goddess – or even if we do not think we know God at all.

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Bob - the “Wine Guy”

America, the Wine Country by Bob Souza

Today’s lesson my wine students is about wine in America. Did you know that every state in America now produces wine and California produces 90% of all the wine in the U.S.? 75% of wines consumed in the United States are from this country...is that cool or what? Time was when wines from other countries dominated sales in this country, but not any more. Americans are drinking wine on a daily basis, not only for its reported health benefits, but simply because it tastes good and pairs so well with all kinds of foods. A significant development for American wine makers (like Souza Family Vineyard, I’m just saying) came in May of 2005 with (are you ready?) a Supreme Court decision that overturned laws in New York and Michigan that allowed residents to order directly from in-state wineries but not from out-of-state vintners. That was overturned in a 5-4 decision citing the inconsistency of the New York and Michigan laws. For American wine and wine growers this is considered the most notable ruling since prohibition. 5-4 ruling? You got to love a judge who drinks. This ruling really helped small, boutique wineries like us to be able to sell in other states and we just want to thank the judges. OK, how about the difference between barrel-fermented versus barrel-aged? There is a difference, don’t tell me you knew if you didn’t. Here’s the deal: The term barrel-fermented means that unfermented juice went into barrels (almost always oak) and changed into wine there, where it was allowed to ferment and become wine. The term barrel-aged usually means that wine (already fermented) went into the barrels and stayed there for a maturation period, usually a couple of months but as long as years.

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Wines fermented in barrels remain there for several months after fermentation ends, barrel-fermentation and barrel-aged are often used together. The term barrel-aged alone suggests that the fermentation happened somewhere other than the barrell. Usually in stainless steel tanks — you’re welcome. Now our wine term of the day: Elegance. An attribute of wines that express themselves in a fine or delicate manner as opposed to an intense or forceful way (sounds like Bob the Wine Guy). This is considered a positive trait, when used to describe wine, not Bob what’s-hisname. Thanks are again in order.: Our Cheeseburger in Paradise event was a huge success, “Jimmy Buffet” style. Apparently that included the vaunted staff, some of whom were seen dancing in the wading pool. Kim, Dawn and Melissa, we have photo evidence. Ha Ha! A family nugget before I go. My three uncles, Guido, Vito, and Santino were fishing in a boat when an angel appeared and said, “Ask for any favor and I will grant it.” So, Uncle Guido says, “I have always had bad back pain, can you help?” And with that the angel touched him and – no pain. The angel looks at Uncle Vito and says, “How about those coke bottle glasses?” and Uncle Vito says, “I can’t see nothing without them.” The angel throws the glasses in the water and when they hit, you guessed it, Uncle Vito sees perfectly. At which time the angel looks at Uncle Santino. Uncle Santino says, “Don’t touch me I’m on disability.” Bada-bing. Till next time my friends... I remain Bob the Wine Guy. Abbondanza Fortuna

This issue’s question comes from me, Lily. In Downtown Tehachapi on Green Street, there is a Mediterranean Deli called Petra. I’ve been hearing that they have a belly dancer perform every now and then and I started wondering what it would take to become a belly dancer. It turns out that the woman who performs at Petra Mediterranean Deli offers a 2-hour Belly Dance Workshop. Her name is Nilay and she teaches basic movements and combinations of belly dance, a short drum solo and Arabic pop choreography. Once you’ve completed your workshop, you can share the dance floor with Nilay. There is an upcoming workshop that is being held on October 1 from 3-5 p.m. at Petra Mediterranean Deli, 200 S. Green Street; the cost is just $15. For more information, you may call 822-1900. I think it sounds like fun – maybe I’ll see you there! Lily Who is Lily? Lily is a woman with varied life experience. She has raised several children, worked in Corporate America and owned her own business. She has been married and divorced (more than once) and has also managed to attend college. She does not hold a formal degree; she is just an average woman. The most important thing about Lily is that she loves to give advice or find the answer from a professional. This comes from her great desire to help people. She does say that her advice is only advice, so please don’t take it as a professional opinion; just think of it as advice from one friend to another.

If you would like to Ask Lily, please email your questions to AskLily@TheLoopNewspaper.com or go to our Facebook page at www.FaceBook.com/ AskLily. Disclaimer: The advice in this column should not be taken as a professional opinion. Lily is a fictional character and does not endorse any of the websites or groups mentioned in this article.

Bouquet of Thanks I am a very satisfied consumer of the delicious variety of comfort foods at Pacino’s Spaghetti Factory on the corner of West Tehachapi Blvd and Tucker Rd. You walk in and you are family! Mama and Frankie make sure of that. The wonderful attentive waiters will provide what ever you need to make your dining memorable. I am not a real big fish eater but I cannot get enough of the delicious salmon. I am also the grateful recipient of the many wonderful shows performed there. What a wonderful thing for Tehachapi to have this restaurant go to the expense of providing inexpensive wonderful family entertainment for its patrons. The shows are simply awesome. Great food, laughter and friends. Life doesn’t get better than this. Pacino’s also needs to be supported and recognized for their community efforts. A big thank you again goes to Pacino’s. Linda Gragg


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Grandma D Talks Real Estate

September 18 ~ October 2, 2010

Readin’ & Writin’

Fences, Surveys & Easements Oh My!

Lauraine Reads: “Touching the Clouds”

by Dianna Williams, RE/MAX Real Estate

by Lauraine Snelling, author of The Red River Series: including “Daughters of Blessing” and “One Perfect Day”.

In the cycles of Real Estate many things change but many things remain the same. If I had to share the most common problem we encounter after the close of escrow it would be the failure to have the property lines surveyed and easements located. There are stories of small problems and stories of big problems but, whatever side of the scale the stories are on, they all cause us to feel uneasy. They cause turmoil, stress and fear in many people. In our area of rural properties and country living people are looking for space, room to have animals, grow gardens and fulfill their dreams. To many it seems impossible that that the neighbors fence is on your property, that your driveway is on the neighbors property or that you can’t really build your 20 X 30 shop on the back half of your one acre lot. It seems impossible these kinds of problems exist when there is so much space around the home, but reality tells us differently. The home built in Golden Hills that is too close to the utility easement. The home in Bear Valley Springs on 20 acres that couldn’t possibly have been built across the neighbor’s property line. The Stallion Springs fence line that certainly has to begin at the telephone pole but doesn’t. Each of these is an example of issues that have occurred after the close of escrow. Where do the problems begin? They all generate from lack of a survey being performed before the close of escrow. They come from the lack of obtaining an easement map during the course of escrow and some from just general apathy or not thinking about the importance of these items. It is so easy to get wrapped up in buying your dream home that you fail to see the importance of items recommended by your Realtor. Whether you ask your agent for the

information or you search it out on your own, it is so very important that you check these things during your inspection period. There are sites on the internet that can be helpful, the county tract and parcel maps sites, the county GIS maps with overlays for hills and contours, section markers and aerial views, the county surveying and engineering department can offer assistance and we have a number of qualified surveyors available in and around the Tehachapi Area. Surveyors who will give you an estimate of cost to insure you find the true boundary markers for your property. Doing your research ahead of time can save time, trouble, money and stress down the road. You may ask the seller to perform the survey, you may choose to pay for the survey yourself but be sure you either survey the property or know where the pins or markers are located before you close your escrow. Whether it is at the expense of the seller or buyer it is a cost that will repay you ten fold when it comes to peace of mind. Not only does it protect a buyer but also it might save the seller a summons to court years after the fact. The educated buyer and seller will both experience a pleasurable transaction when covering this item and others during the course of escrow rather than an awkward encounter in the court system down the road. Remember there are statutes for settlements on real estate transactions but you might be surprised to find that years can pass before a problem is discovered and legal remedies are sought. Disclaimer: Realtors are not attorneys. Their job is to lead you in the right direction, which may sometimes involve the advice to seek legal counsel.

Hot days, cool nights with the occasional hint of fall in the air are what I call perfect weather. But what is the perfect book? I read stats that say readers who own e-book readers, read three times as many books now than they used to. That’s exciting. Yet, I hear others say they can’t let go of the feel of a real paper book in their hands. So what is the perfect book? I believe we are in the middle of a gigantic change going on in the publishing world and, at this point, no one knows how it is going to settle out. Whatever helps people read more is an asset and I see good and bad in all the arguments. That said I hope you’ve read some wonderful books this summer. I read a good one when I picked up Bonnie Leon’s Touching the Clouds, the first book in her Alaskan Skies series. Heroine Kate Evans dreams of being a bush pilot in Alaska before the days when electronic devices were commonplace to assist with flying and navigation. Kate takes charge of a reader’s interest from the first page and flying with her (excuse the pun) has its ups and downs. Alaska is not known for being gentle to those who fly over her incredible beauty and extensive wilderness, always throwing all manner of weather, incidents and accidents against them. While Kate willingly faces the physical challenges of her chosen field, she wonders if the emotional and spiritual costs will be too high. I got the feeling author Bonnie Leon loves flying and either has flown a plane or deeply wishes she could. Which leads me into the writing segment for this month, do you write from what you know, or from what you want Loop ‘round to know? Most new writers hear over and over, write what you know, which is good advice for a beginning writer. But writing about what you want to know and dream of experiencing adds a whole new sense of excitement to the story. If the author is excited about what is going on in the story, the reader will catch that

enthusiasm and continue reading to see what will happen next. One of the many things I’ve learned is that not only is it important to know something about the subject of your story, but it’s much better to at least attempt it or, best of all, do it long enough to get good at it. What is something you want to do? That extraordinary something on your Bucket List – as they called written-down dreams in the movie by the same title? I had always dreamed of attending The Kentucky Derby. While researching my Golden Filly series I actually attended the race. It was awesome. I’ve also had experiences I didn’t know enough to even dream about, like sitting with a group of jockeys and listening to them talk about the trade, the experiences, the joys and the horrors, all in that unique racetrack jargon. Backstage research is very important for an author. Does it sound like an author might have her characters do something she’s always dreamed of? Why not? The incentive then is far greater, especially if a deadline is looming. So, dig through your dream list and pull out something you can build a character around. Find out what they want and what will keep them from getting it. You’ll write more realistically if you dream it and do it, too. I never did ride a thoroughbred in a race but I’ve raced my own horse and know the adrenaline rush. Remember to dream big. You’ll find my website has something new this month, so be sure to visit www.laurainesnelling.com. Happy readin’ & writin’ from Lauraine.

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Saida Woolf, age 6, a 2nd grader at Valley Oaks Charter School of Tehachapi, reading The Loop on the balcony at Gaylord National Hotel in the National Harbor of Washington D.C.


September 18 ~ October 2, 2010

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Year-End Tax Planning Special Concerns for 2010 Article provided by Jennifer Williams, courtesy of Forefield LLC Year-end tax planning is as much about 2011 as it is about 2010. Often, there’s a real opportunity for year-end tax savings when you can predict that you’ll be paying taxes at a lower rate in one year than in the other. For example, under the right circumstances, deferring a year-end bonus or potentially accelerating deductions into the current year can pay off in a big way. Of course, to effectively plan, it helps to have a good idea of what next year’s tax rates will be. Unfortunately, as 2010 draws to a close, 2011 brings some uncertainty in that regard. Will there be higher tax rates in 2011? Currently, there are six marginal federal income tax brackets: 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33%, and 35%. These brackets—the result of 2001 tax legislation— expire at the end of 2010. As things stand now, in 2011 the 10% bracket disappears, and the remaining brackets return to their pre-2001 levels: 15%, 28%, 31%, 36%, and 39.6%. Though it would take action by Congress, the president has indicated that he would like to permanently extend the 2010 rates for individuals earning less than $200,000 and married couples earning less than $250,000 (these dollar benchmarks would be reduced by an amount that reflected the standard deduction and exemption amounts), but allow the two highest brackets to return to 36% and 39.6% for higher earners. What about long-term capital gains? Currently, long-term capital gain is generally taxed at a maximum rate of 15%. If you’re in the 10% or 15% marginal income tax bracket in 2010, though, a special 0% rate applies (in other words, you owe no tax on any long-term capital gain). The same rates apply to qualified dividends received in 2010. These rates also expire at the end of the year. The maximum rate on long-term capital gain in 2011 will generally increase to 20%, with a 10% rate applying to individuals in the lowest tax bracket (special rules would apply to qualifying property held for five years or more). Qualifying dividends will be taxed as ordinary income. The president has proposed to permanently extend the 0% and 15% rates, with a new 20% rate applying to high-income individuals (those in the 36% and 39.6% tax brackets). Again, though, that all depends on

what Congress does in the next few months. Other considerations • 2010 Roth IRA conversions: A special rule applies to Roth IRA conversions in 2010 that allows you to postpone paying federal income tax on the income that results from the conversion. Instead of including the taxable income that results from the conversion on your 2010 federal income tax return (still an option if you so choose), you can report half the income on your 2011 return and half on your 2012 return. Whether a Roth conversion makes sense for you depends on your individual circumstances, including your marginal income tax rate in 2011 and 2012. • Alternative minimum tax (AMT): In a nowfamiliar pattern, legislation that temporarily increased AMT exemption amounts, forestalling a dramatic increase in the number of individuals ensnared by the tax expired at the end of 2009. Congress is likely to act, but the specifics are uncertain. • Required minimum distributions (RMDs): The requirement to take minimum distributions from IRAs and defined contribution plans was temporarily suspended for 2009; minimum distribution requirements are once again in effect for 2010. • Pending legislation: Legislation is pending to extend some popular provisions that had expired, including the ability to deduct state and local sales tax in lieu of income tax on Schedule A, the additional standard deduction for state and local real property tax, and the above-the-line deduction for qualified tuition and related expenses. And additional legislation is likely, too, so stay up-to-date. Please call me to find out more information. Jennifer Williams, RFC J. Williams Personal Financial Planning. 413 South Curry Street, Tehachapi, CA 93561. Office Phone: (661) 822-7517, Office Email: jennifer.williams@npbfg.com Jennifer is a Registered Financial Consultant. She has over 20 years of experience in the industry. Article is Courtesy of Forefield LLC. Securities offered through NPB Financial Group LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor/ Broker-Dealer. Member FINRA, MSRB and SIPC.

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Mortgage Matters

Revisiting Down Payments by Tammy Engel, Mortgage Advisor With home prices and interest rates being so low, let’s review how much money is needed to purchase a home in today’s lending environment. Traditionally, a down payment of 20% of the home’s purchase price was required to buy a home. If you’re buying rental property, that is still true today. When you’re buying a home to live in, other options are available. Down payments of less than 20% mean you’ll be paying private mortgage insurance with your loan payment. PMI protects the lender in case of your future foreclosure. In some cases this monthly expense can be a tax write-off, but restrictions apply. So far, FHA loans are still allowing as little as 3.5% down payment. There had been rumblings that this was being increased to 5% down, but that didn’t happen. These loans are currently assumable if the new buyer qualifies and pays a small processing fee. With rates as low as they have been, this assumability feature might be a great selling point in the future. For those who served in the military, VA loans still allow no down payment. The VA

loan entitlement can be used more than once. Before using your VA loan again, check with the VA to be sure you have use of the full entitlement. VA loans can be assumed as well, but doing so ties up the veteran’s entitlement for subsequent purchases. In our zip code the USDA Rural Development loan also allows for no down payment. This loan caps household income at $74,050 annually. If you’re using this loan type, check in with your lender before writing an offer: USDA is updating their computer systems and should be back in business soon. It can’t be said enough: Low rates and low prices mean this is the best market ever for home buyers. Don’t rule yourself out – talk to your lending professional even if you think you don’t qualify. Better to know for sure than to mistakenly miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a home owner. Tammy Engel is your local Mortgage Advisor, and the only lender in Kern County authorized to display the lending integrity seal of approval. Reach her at 661/822-REAL with your real estate financing questions.

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