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2009 Small Business of The Year Volume 20, #12

June 25- July 9, 2011

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Happy Birthday, America! Over the weekend of July 4th, 2011, the weather and the events around Tehachapi stare really heating up. First Friday art around town starts off the weekend at 5 pm (see page 24). On Saturday “Airforce Band Mobility” from 6 to 8 at our newest addition to downtown, Centinial Plazza. Then on the Fourth you can start the day at 8 a.m. with the TVRPD Bun Run and after that you can partake in breakfast in Central Park, catch the parade in downtown

Tehachapi and the City of Tehachapi is once again putting on The Hot Dog Festival in Central Park. Then there is the newly remodeled Tehachapi Museum, the Errea House, the Historic Train Depot, and you don’t need to leave downtown for most. The of course what we all love about the Fourth, fireworks. When filled with all the activity, head out to Cummings Valley where you can relax and sip the delightful wine and enjoy the music at the Souza

Family Vineyard’s third anniversary of their wine tasting room. If you live in or know people in Bear Valley they have events all weekend as well, including hot air balloon rides, a parade and craft fair, car show, all at Cub Lake. If the above does not wear you out. The list of events go on and on, so check out this issue of The Loop for all the details. Lots of opportunities to take a “Staycation.”

Special section starts on Page 13-19

NEWS ALERT: Pahnamid Project Withdrawal - Page 3

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June 25 ~ July 9, 2011

Inside This Issue Page 4

The Red House BBQ Crew • Money Saving Coupons

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The Butcher’s Wife • Cru-sing Entertainment

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Financial Focus • Meet Your New Neighbors

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Legends Update • Readin’ & Writin’

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Adopt-A-Pet • Wrangler Round-up • Horse Events

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Official 4th of July Guide to Events

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TVHD Explorers Program • JMS Interact Club News

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Stay in the Loop event calendar

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Business Directory • Classifieds

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First Friday Events

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The Norbertine Monastery part 4 • Daydreams

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“I Can Make That Vegan” • Bob the Wine Guy

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Loop Lateral Pipeline • QR you waiting for ?

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Yoga 101 • City Update

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Tehachapi Skywatch

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Jennifer’s Terrace • Mulberry Memories

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Mark the Collision Guy • Mortgage Matters

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Windswept Ranch

THE LOOP Next issue will be on stands Saturday, July 11, 2011 Deadline is July 1, 2011 Publisher: Claudia Henson

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Jade, a service dog puppy being raised by Melissa from Billingsley Veterinary Clinic for Canine Companions for Independence.

Simon is moving to Seattle with his mom and dad. He is only a Facebook post away. In the meantime Jade will be our new puppy to find in The Loop. Simon wants to thank everyone for following him on Facebook and looking for him in The Loop newspaper. “Made time for one last bath and a deshedding at Canine Creek Pet Wash & Boutique. I hope there’s a cool dog store in Seattle. I’m really going to miss mine,” says Simon.

Meet Jade the CCI Dog in Training Goodbye to Simon who is moving at the bottom right of the article Bob the to Seattle with his mom and dad and Wine Guy - “Wine Grapes versus Table hello to Jade. The game goes on with Grapes” in the article in the Loop that came the same great prize a free dog wash at out June 11, 2011. Canine Creek Pet Wash & Boutique. Anne Marie won a free dog wash at Can you Now it will be find “Jade”. We will be find me? Canine Creek.Thanks to Canine Creek for hiding her in the LOOP. It might be donating the prize! hard to tell them apart but all the same the Official Rules: No purchase or payment is prize is still yours if you find Jade.To enter, necessary to participate. Odds of winning will email depend on the number of correct entries with your name, address, phone number, and a received; no prize will be awarded if no valid short description of where you found Jade. We entries are received. There will be no will have a drawing and post the winner’s name substitutions for the prize(s). By participating, on each participant theloopnewspaper and in the next issue of The agrees to these Follow Loop, July 11, 2011 Official Rules. Jade on The winner for our June 9thh issue was FaceBook: Anne Marie Novinger she says, I found Simon

R&R Dirt Designs Inc. R&R Dirt Designs Inc. was formed in 2008 and provides trucking, grading, excavating, demolition, septic systems, and all your equipment needs. Owner Cory Redenius established R&R Dirt Designs Inc. in honor and remembrance of Cory’s sister Cierra Redenius and his Uncle Rick, who was an equipment operator his entire life. Those two people are the driving factor in Cory’s dedication to his business. Cory’s sister Cierra, who had just turned eighteen and was going to college passed away Christmas night 2007. Shortly thereafter his Uncle Rick passed away July 2008. The two people whom he was so very close with were gone so quickly. It was very hard on the family to have two major relatives lost so close together.

Cory, wife Elayne and daughter Carly

Instead of remaining in their grief, Cory and his family chose to move forward. He knows his loved ones are here in spirit and, one day, that they will all reunite. Moving forward brought forth the birth of R & R Dirt Designs Inc. With the experience of Cory’s father Rod and Cory’s uncle who had done grading excavating for years. Cory got the idea to “...continue the family tradition in honor of my Uncle Rick.” Cory also wanted to honor his sister Cierra, for she had inspired him to always work hard and to never give up. “This business has been blessed,” Cory has knowingly said, “it takes hard work and dedication.” His goal is to run a successful business, be a great provider by being a husband to his wife Elayna and father to his baby girl, Carly. Cory also wishes to thank his dad for sharing his knowledge, his mother for her love and faith, and his little brother who has a smile just like their sister Cierra. Everyone at R&R Dirt & Design would just like to thank all the customers they’ve had and they promise to continue to provide services needed in the Tehachapi and surrounding areas. Please contact Cory’s cell at 661.750.9335, Rod’s cell at 661.300.1092, or their office at 661.823.4440. [Ed note: please see their ad on the Front Page.]

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Record Numbers Attend 4th Annual Chili Cook Off “We blew the roof off this year with record attendance, record number of both amateur chili competitors and ICS chili competitors and vendors!” said new Main Street Executive Director Lori McKenzie. “A huge thanks to our Main Street

sponsors and Volunteers and a very special thanks to my assistant Laura Jenkins. We live in an amazing town and I am thrilled to be able to show it off. Again, thanks to everyone who made this event so successful. See you next year!”

People’s Choice Chili Award Winners Jim Cyr and Adam Jenkins of Aspen Builders.

Main Street Executive Director Lori McKenziewith International Chili Society Winner Sachiko Brecke.

The Fez Cafe opened last week in Downtown Tehachapi. The town is buzzing with talk about the new restaurant including this customer review from the web: “We dined at Fez last night and had a wonderful experience. The staff was well dressed and well trained. The hummus was smooth and flavorful. Our meal was

Mediterranean Chicken and Lamb Shank. The gravy on the lamb was sublime. I highly recommend Fez which is a great addition to Tehachapi’s dining scene. ~ Tony” Come by Fez Cafe for an elegant dining experience. There is also delightful outside seating which is great on these warm summer evenings. Photo by Sam White

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Supervisor Scrivner Responds To Withdrawal Of The Pahnamid Project TEHACHAPI – The Pahnamid Wind Project proposal that would put wind turbines on the south Tehachapi Mountains, towards the City of Tehachapi, has caused a large public outcry. Tehachapi residents have embraced and been very supportive of wind development for decades, and understand the benefits wind energy brings to our county in the form of good paying jobs and contributions to the county’s tax base. It is my opinon that the Pahnamid Project’s proposed turbine placement was not in line with the character of the Tehachapi Valley. I am pleased that the Terra-Gen has taken my concerns, those of the County Planning and Community Development Department, and the community into consideration and made the decision to formally withdraw the proposed re-zoning application for the Pahnamid Project.

Violators will be Towed We hope everyone is having a wonderful time at Farmers Market in Tehachapi but please be aware of the no-parking signs on Green Street for Thursday Market from 3-8PM. Cars parked on the street during this time will be either cited or towed away at the owner’s expense. Thank you, Main Street.

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Red House crew back row L-R Bert, Dustin, Dan.Front row L-R Monica, Jaquesha, Rachel, Mei Mei, Jessie, Ashley. Camara shy, Tim & Celeste.

The Red House BBQ Crew Many times, when business owners write about our businesses, we write about our products or our customers. Not this time. I want to write about my amazing staff, for they are the very backbone of Red House BBQ and, without them, this place would die. I try to run this place like a family. We are a little dysfunctional at times but hey, whose family isn’t? I genuinely care about each and every person that works here and I try to get to know them as best that I can. So now you get to know them a little bit too. Let’s start with Tim. He’s the head Chef and the one that I lean on the most. When I first started, I was doing all the cooking and I didn’t want any help (big headed). I soon found it impossible to do it on my own. Tim came in and it was nice as a chef to have another chef here to bounce ideas off of. Tim brings years of experience in southern cooking and it works for the kind of food that we prepare. When you come in, listen for the southern accent and give Tim a “hey”. When Monica first came to me looking for a job, I hadn’t even opened yet. How could I not hire her? In fact I was surprised that none of you had hired her! I am proud to be her first employer and I knew that she would work well with what I was trying to put together. Let’s be real, Monica is my OG (original girl) and is my main whipping post. She is the brunt of most of my jokes, but I really can’t imagine what this place would be like without her. Wanting the best for her, I can’t wait for the day that she leaves to bigger and better things for her life. At the same time I know it will be a sad, dark day. The youngster is Ashley. Now college bound, she was the second girl that I hired. Cute as can be and with a bit of an attitude, she was my first employee of the month. Not only is she pretty but, she’s pretty good with a knife too! This girl cleans chickens with the best of them. She’s like the little sister here and even though she’s not here as much as we would like, she is still an asset. Give me an “R”! Give me an “A”! Give me a “C”! Give me an “H”! Give me an “E”! Give me an “L”! What’s that spell?! RACHEL!!! Yes; I hired a cheerleader. Oops, I meant all-star cheer. Believe me, you do not want to get her going on the whole cheerleader vs. all-star cheer thing. Rachel is the tough, wise-cracking and loud one. A little rough around the edges but, somewhere past it, she’s a young woman balancing college, work, and a social life (She has an ugly dog too). Dustin. Hired by my manager he came into work as a dish washer and he didn’t really talk to anyone. After a couple of days of seeing him in my kitchen, I finally asked him “Who the hell are you”? Dustin learned

quick and moved up even quicker. He is a lifeguard at the pool by day (scary considering he is maybe 100lbs with rocks in his pockets) and works the cut table here at night. Never too excited (sometimes I think he’s sleepwalking) he always seems to get it done and is very reliable. Sometimes, you take a chance on people and it pays off big time. Burt is my rock. I knew I liked this young man as soon as he told me “I don’t get things too quick. But, when I do, I got it” Burt is a very solid worker and I could see this guy moving up and working for me for a long time. He’s a good, honest, hardworking young man (he plays a mighty fine Spiderman for kid’s birthday parties too!). It is always nice to know Burt is in the kitchen because I can call out anything and know he is on it. What was that flash of pink and purple? It has to be my true rocker Jesse. Very fast to learn and always willing to go the extra mile, I always look forward to working with her since she is like the Energizer bunny (she keeps going and going). Jesse plays well with others and likes bubbles (inside joke). Freshly 21 and ready to kick a little butt, the world is hers. Have you ever had one of those people who just keep bugging you for a job? I had so many of Dan’s resumes that I could have wallpapered the bathroom with them. Fresh out of culinary school and eager to learn, Dan has been a good addition to the family. A bit too eager sometimes, he still has to pay his dues. He does most of the prep work here and is showing improvement weekly. There is hope for him though and I believe with time he will make a fine chef. With all the inexperienced people that I’ve hired, I would be a fool not to bring in a veteran. Celeste has been in the restaurant industry a long time. She is a newer hire and I only wish that I would have hired her earlier. Just about everyone knows her and we are fortunate to have her. She is finally starting to relax here and I’m sure the newbie jitters are starting to fade. Speaking of newbie, Jaquesha is our newest girl and is getting into the groove. She gets along with customers and is starting to train on register. Keep an eye on her as she may be moving up in the world with her singing. We are happy to have her and look forward to a future together (unless that singing thing takes her away). So there you go. That is the Red House crew. Not bad for a bunch of washed up, high school dropout, too young, inexperienced, ex addict, load mouthed, immature burnouts. I have the best staff in town and would gladly put them up against anybody. Time to get back to work and rock this thing!

June 25 ~ July 9, 2011

June 25 ~ July 9, 2011

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Cru-sing Entertainment -

The Butcher’s Wife

a show case for local talent!

“The Matriarch of Mesquite!”

by Leslie Reynolds

by Tomi Nuckolls and Leslie Reynolds

Music is alive and well in Tehachapi! Paul Cruz, the creator of Cru-sing Entertainment is bringing night club style entertainment to Tehachapi in a unique and exciting way. Finding quality entertainment without having to travel out of town is a delight especially when the talent is found right here in Tehachapi performing on Saturday nights. Paul Cruz has teamed up with the VFW and Pacino’s Spaghetti Factory to create a “Cabaret Night” featuring a

delightful blend of local talented singers who each perform a short set of songs designed to entertain the whole family. This is neither a karaoke show nor a contest. These are very talented local singers/musicians who had to audition to even be considered for this revue. “You will be amazed by the incredible local talent we have here in Tehachapi”, says Paul. The stage is set in the venue’s lounge and on stage there’s an elaborate sound system that plays the performers’ recorded tracks and at times live music as each performer sings a range of melodies that include blues, mild rock, country and popular standards. Some of our local performers scheduled for our review are well known regulars of the Tehachapi singing scene such as… Shyenne, a popular entertainer known for her incredible bluesy vibrato singing style! Shyenne has a C.D. out now and a long list of musical accomplishments. Adienne Fast, by day a massage therapist/ instructor, she is currently a contestant in the Tehachapi Idol Contest held at Shyenne is a popular entertainer known for her Pacinos. Helen Santillan, a Bear incredible bluesy vibrato singing style and will be Valley resident, who has entertaining at Pacino’s and the VFW. performed with various Country and Christian/ Blues bands and Nashville recording stars. Ted Vitali, an excellent musician who is now venturing into the vocal side of entertaining. He looks forward to developing his singing style in live shows. We welcome all of the above performers and we encourage those who love music and would like to perform live, but have never had the opportunity, to contact us for an audition. We invite the community to come out and support our local talent! Cabaret show dates are… The V.F.W. - June 25, 8 p.m. Pacino’s Spaghetti Factory - Sat. throughout July and Sept. For tickets and information call the venues or Cru-sing Entertainment at (661)750-9318

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Summer’s here and I just can’t help myself! I just feel the need to cook everything outdoors on the BBQ grill! (Doesn’t work too well with cereal however)! In the last issue of the Loop, you read about how my son Richard, learned a BBQ lesson from “the little girl with the little grill”! This issue however you all are gonna learn a lesson from none

Tony & Tomi

other than me, “The Matriarch of Mesquite!” Here is a great new recipe for some of the best dang grilled chicken you’ve ever tasted! This recipe is perfect for a family reunion or to share at any large summer gathering. But, it’s so good you may want to lock yourself in a dark room with the shades drawn and hoard it all to yourself! Happy Grilling! ~ Tomi

Grilled Chicken Breast with White Rosemary Barbecue Sauce Ingredients: White Rosemary Barbecue Sauce: 2/3 cup mayonnaise Grated zest of 1/2 lemon 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary 1 large garlic clove, crushed through a press 8 boneless and skinless chicken breast halves (about 6 ounces each), well trimmed of excess fat 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Preparation… 1. To make the sauce, whisk the mayonnaise, lemon zest and juice, rosemary, and garlic together. Transfer to a covered container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. 2. One at a time, place a chicken breast half between two sheets of plastic wrap. Lightly pound with a flat meat mallet or rolling pin until evenly thick (about 1/2 inch). Season the halves with the salt and pepper. Place in a self-sealing plastic bag and refrigerate for up to 1 day. 3. Prepare the grill. Let the fire burn until medium-hot (you can hold your hand just above the cooking grate for about 3 seconds). 4. Lightly oil the cooking grate. Place the chicken on the grill and cook until the undersides are opaque and seared with grill marks, about 4 minutes. Turn, brush with about half of the sauce, and grill until the other side is seared, about 4 minutes longer. Turn, brush with the remaining sauce, and grill, turning occasionally, until the chicken feels firm when pressed, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a carving board and let stand for 3 to 5 minutes. Cut into thick slices, transfer to a platter, and serve hot. Yield: Makes 8 servings.

Tehachapi Officer Brings Home the Gold Tehachapi Police Officer Amelia Thompson participated in the Annual Western States Police and Fire Games on Friday, June 10th, bringing home three gold medals and one silver medal. Officer Thompson competed in the swimming events, which were held at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont. Officer Thompson won gold medals in the 50 Meter Freestyle, 100 Meter Freestyle, and 200 Meter Freestyle events. She also won a silver medal in the 100 Meter Individual Medley. The Western States Police and Fire Games

is the current successor to the California Police Olympics, first organized in 1967. As the Games evolved, so has the name of the Games: California Police Olympics 1967-1989; California Police Summer Games 1990-1999; California Police and Fire Games 2000-2003; Western States Police and Fire Games 2004present. The event is by the California Police Athletic Federation and is open to all full-time and retired law enforcement officers and firefighters in the United States. The Tehachapi PD congratulates Officer Thompson.

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Financial Focus

Roth IRA: A Lifetime Investment This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor contribution limit is $5,000, or $6,000 if you’re Some investments are appropriate during 50 or older.) There are additional your working years, while others benefits to funding a Roth IRA, such are more suitable for retirement. as its flexible withdrawal options, But a Roth Individual Retirement which are available to you even Account (IRA) can provide you before you retire. Since you already with benefits at virtually every paid taxes on the money you put stage of your life. into your Roth, you can withdraw Let’s take a quick “journey” your contributions at any time through some of these stages to see without paying taxes or penalties. just how valuable a Roth IRA can Generally speaking, it’s be.To begin with, you can open a certainly best to leave your Roth Roth IRA at any age, provided you IRA intact for as long as possible. have earned income and meet Ben Graham But if there’s an emergency and you certain income limits. So if you’re Edward Jones need access to the funds, you can just starting out in your career, put Financial Advisor also withdraw your Roth’s earnings as much as you can afford into tax free, provided you’ve held your account at your Roth IRA and gradually increase your least five years and you don’t start taking contributions as your income rises, up to the withdrawals until you’ve reached 59½. contribution limit. A Roth IRA is an excellent Now, let’s fast-forward to your retirement. retirement savings vehicle because it can grow Unlike other retirement accounts, such as a tax free and your contributions can be invested traditional IRA or a 401(k), your Roth IRA does into just about any investment you choose — not require you to start taking withdrawals at age stocks, bonds, mutual funds, CDs and so on. 70½ — or ever. If you don’t need the money, Of course, when you’re young, you might you can leave it alone, possibly to grow further, not be thinking much about retirement. But the for as long as you like. This means that you earlier you start contributing to a Roth IRA, the might have more money to bequeath to your more you could end up with — and the children or other beneficiaries, and they won’t difference could be substantial. In fact, if you have to pay income taxes on withdrawals from started putting money into a Roth IRA at age 30, either your contributions or your earnings, and you contributed the maximum amount each provided your Roth IRA account has been open year until you reached 65, you would for at least five years. accumulate more than $766,000, assuming you Keep in mind, though, that your are in the 25% tax bracket and you earned a 7% beneficiaries will be required to take distributions return, compounded annually. But, given the based on their life expectancy.As you can see, a same assumptions, you’d end up with only Roth IRA can be an excellent financial “traveling about $365,000 if you waited until 40 before companion” as you go through life. you started contributing. So consider adding a Roth to your portfolio It clearly pays to contribute early and — and bon voyage. annually to a Roth IRA. (In 2011, the annual

Appointment to TVRPD Board Second District Supervisor Zack Scrivner is pleased to announce the appointment of Paulette Rush to the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District Board. Rush, with her husband Bobby and their four children, has lived in Tehachapi for 10 years. “I have a passion for this community and I think quality recreation is vital to our growing and diverse population,” said Rush. Rush is a past member of the Tehachapi Little League Board of Directors, and holds a degree in Business Management.

“Quality recreation programs enhance the quality of life in Tehachapi, and Paulette will bring new ideas and energy to the TVRPD,” said Scrivner.

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Ron and Pat Seeley have come to comes up with. Seems I’m learning something Tehachapi from Riverside. They wanted to new every day. Welcome to the Seeley’s, hope leave the big city and move to a place that was you continue to enjoy your new life in the quiet, less congested and cooler. “small” city. When I asked how they found the Robert and Connie Cook quiet, quaint little town of were living in Bakersfield and Tehachapi, Ron said he commuted Robert’s doctor said he needed to many times from Sacramento to move to a place with cleaner air for L.A. and back, and sometimes the the sake of his health. Both Robert Grape Vine would be closed. Then, and Connie like the mountains, so he would have to take an alternate they decided Tehachapi would be a route across 58 through Tehachapi. good choice. It was those times that introduced Robert and Connie met in him to this little known gem. In the college. Connie had been mean time Ron’s grown daughter previously married, and had 2 little Evie Campbell-Best had moved to Tehachapi which girls, but lost her first husband to Welcome Hostess made it even more enticing to move the Vietnam War. Thus, when here. Ron and Pat brought their cute little Robert and Connie married, he became an furry dogs, Bandit and Barney with them. I instant father to two little girls, and they believe it was Bandit that barked at me and eventually adopted two little boys. They wasn’t sure if he wanted to be my friend or have now been married for 41 years. not, but when I sat down he changed his mind. Robert had already served a term in the I reached down to pet him and he decided I Navy before entering the University of New was ok after all. He spent most of the visit in Mexico on the G.I. Bill. Upon graduation, he my lap. How could I resist, he was so cute and taught school for 5 years, then, he decided to cuddly. The Seeley’s are all really enjoying the join the Army. He served two tours in change in lifestyle here. Germany, then, he got out of the Army in Both Ron and Pat are retired. Ron retired 1992, the year “The Wall” came down in after being a warehouse supervisor for 20 Germany. He retired as an Army Major. years. Pat was a bookkeeper in accounts Robert did continue to be part of the Reserve. payable for a dental implant firm. They are He was a very active person, and did a lot of members of the VFW, and of course we have a running to keep in shape. That, however, VFW group up here for them too. Pat enjoys backfired on him and caused him to develop tole painting. some very serious back problems which This is the folk art of decorative painting totally stopped any more Army Reserve on tin and wooden utensils, and many other duty. He went through 13 surgeries before he objects as well as furniture. She said she also finally found an outstanding doctor that likes plastic canvas art. I was trying to imagine found a way to help him with severe pain canvas made of plastic as I had never seen any. issues by implanting deep stimulator She showed me an example of her plastic implants to give him some relief from a great canvas art, and then I knew what she was deal of his pain. talking about. It is much like needle point, but Robert and Connie are really looking done on a piece of plastic formed like a grid so forward to becoming active in our community the yarn can be woven in and out to create the and are interested in becoming volunteers in picture or design. In addition to being used as some of our community projects. Welcome, pictures, the grids can also be sown together to Robert and Connie. I can guarantee we have make things like a little house, a napkin holder, many areas in which you will be welcomed as tissues holder, or whatever your imagination volunteers!

Welcome! If you have moved to the Greater Tehachapi Area within the last six months and would like to know more about your new community, call 661-822-8188. We will be happy to make an appointment for a hostess to come by and give you lots of helpful information, some valuable coupons, gifts and much more. Many families and individuals who come to the area are pleasantly surprised with the amount of knowledge they gather about their new home. Publishing your welcome article is completely voluntary and is not a requirement of being welcomed.

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Legends Update by Leslie Reynolds I stopped in at Legends to check out the Thursday night 9ball tournament while sipping on a glass of Zinfandel wine and chatting with my old friends, Tom and Rose Higa. They told me that the pool tournaments were going great and everyone was having a super time! They even have a “Legends Perpetual Pool Tournament Trophy” to be won by the best of the best! I sat and talked to Legends partner/owner, Naomi Viselli and she had this to say… “It has been an awesome month here at Legends billiards & sports club Pool score keeper Rose and her husband Tom Higa are Legends and we are looking to kick the Pool regulars. summer off right! We have made some big changes lately that we think everyone will enjoy! We have a brand new banquet menu designed for parties of 20 or menu, which is due to release the first of July. more. Guests can book a banquet for a sports We will now feature a new and delicious party, birthday party, or any special occasion. selection of entrees and more affordable We are currently booking for Christmas pricing!” “Also on July 1st we will offer a parties!” For a menu or more information please contact Stephanie or Naomi at (661)823-4891. Other News and Events: New Pool Pricing! - Sunday through Thursday $5. per hour all day, Friday and Saturday $7. per hour all day. Pool Tournaments - Tuesday $5. entry for 8-ball, Wednesday FREE 8-ball, Thursday $5. entry for 9-ball. Football on the Big Screens - Every single pro and college game! Saturday and Sunday special on Bloody Mary’s with our very own Bloody Mary bar. Taste of Tehachapi food & Ann Rinken takes a shot in the 9-ball tournament. wine festival - Come on down, visit our booth and try our great food at the upcoming event held in downtown Tehachapi on August 6th. Tehachapi Mountain Festival - On August 20th and 21st on in to Legends for our food and drink specials! Try and ride the Mechanical Bull or just relax and have a frosty cold one in our Beer Garden. It’s Legends One Year Anniversary! On the weekend of August 26th through the 28thwe will be celebrating with a live band, great food and drink specials as well as raffles! For more info on coming events check out…

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Readin’ & Writin’ Angel Sister Review I knew that I wanted to review are, and grandfathers. It’s a family Angel Sister by Ann Gabhart after I with a long history of human frailties. wrote an endorsement for it, but that Another family in the church says was months ago and I had they will take the child, but sort of forgotten what the Lorena wants and needs story was about, other than Kate and her mother to help knowing how much I loved her wait until her own the book. So, today while mother can return for her. eating lunch, I was glancing This busts wide open through the book to refresh secrets of things that my mind when I got so happened years earlier. locked into the story and I These characters will stay in had to keep reading to the your mind because they are end. I rarely read a book so real and so very human. twice and, if I do, the Ann draws on the by Lauraine Snelling readings are years apart, not stories she heard her family months. Angel Sister is that kind of share through the years, a few book, something we don’t see a lot of characters from her own history and these days. then weaves a story rich in drama, So here I am wishing I had time to tragedy and love. What will it take to read the entire book again. It takes bring the Merritts and the community place during the Depression in all together or will nature rip them Kentucky. Times were hard and people apart even more so than they already struggled. We all know that, but the are? Merritt family lived in a little bitty Angel Sister is the first of Ann’s town called Rosey Corners. Where books that I have read, but I’ll read everyone knew everyone else and had more. Like so often is the case I read for generations. What happens when a it because a good friend said, “You little girl named Lorena Birdsong have to read this book. I know you shows up to be taken in by the will love it.” And I did. And I do. This Merritts? Well there’s Kate, who is southern novel in the tradition of To trying so hard to keep her family Kill a Mockingbird is sure to leave together, a father who drinks a bit too you wanting more. much, an overworked mother, sisters Happy readin’ and writin’ from who don’t realize how bad things really Lauraine.

Samuel John Kirby of Tehachapi Graduates with Honors Samuel John Kirby of Tehachapi earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from Humboldt State University (HSU) during May 2011 Commencement exercises. Kirby graduated cum laude with a cumulative grade point average of 3.65. While at HSU Kirby worked and showed his art at school and at two local cooperative art galleries, Hunter Plaid and Empire Squared. Kirby also donated his time and artistic talents to Planned Parenthood’s Live Art fundraisers. Samuel is the son of Steven and Annette Kirby of Tehachapi. He attended local schools and graduated from Tehachapi High in 2006. He plans to continue his education in art with an emphasis on education.

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Ask The Dog Expert – Potty Training by Sheri Williams This week someone asked me to write you have a dog that looks at you and then about potty training. It’s really quite easy. It squats or lifts his leg, urinating right in front of just takes a lot of time and consistency. If you you, then you need my services at your home. have a puppy, depending on the age, you want This is a behavioral problem, and there is to take your puppy out more often than not. always a reason behind it. Put your dog on a schedule. Since most There are all kinds of reasons why a dog puppies can’t hold their water very long, try to will defecate in front of you while staring you gauge the time they drank water to the time in the face. The most common reason is because they urinated. Then, the next time s/he drinks, they can. A pack leader, or dominant dog, does take them outside or to the potty pad. whatever they want, whenever they want. It’s When you take your puppy or dog that simple. You will need to assume the pack outside to go to the bathroom, name the leader role, thus taking it away from your dog. function (urinating) with the word (go potty). It’s not easy to do, taking a lot of time and tons Use a very elongated tone, not a harsh or sharp of patience. I’m dealing with this particular dog tone. Some dogs freeze up and won’t urinate or problem as we speak. Just know there is so defecate if they are frightened. So always use a much hope, if this is happening with you and soft, long sounding tone for this task. Also, your dog. If you need more information, just after your dog “does their business,” praise call me and I will try to help. them by saying “gooooddd pooottty”(good If anyone would like to submit a question potty)! A treat wouldn’t hurt either. Another for the next issue, you can call me at good idea is to put a leash on your dog, if you 661.972.1736, e-mail me at have time, to guide them to the area you want or go to my them to go at. website at Always If you have an older dog with potty remember, “For Every Problem, There Is A issues, the above technique works really well. If Solution.”

Welcome to the ADOPT-A-PET Section!! Many of the animals up for adoption can be seen at: 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 and in this issue we’ve added to it. 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 or in their rescue’s information. 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 661-886-1721 •


Tehachapi Humane Society By Sharon Cornelison I think we’ve found our spot! No, not a dog…our place at Farmers’ Market. The first week we were right across from Moessner’s goodies, which are very hard to resist, and in the sun, which is very hard on our dogs. Then, the second week, we were moved near a very small tree to afford our dogs some shade. Someone was looking out after us when a participant didn’t show up to claim their designated spot. We were moved at the last minute to the corner near the Hitching Post Theater which is perfect for the shade. What was also really good was the help we received from the people around us who came to our aid and helped us move our table, dogs and pen. Thank you so much! We love visiting with people, so stop by and see us while you are enjoying the evening and shopping. Twelve of our teens showed up at Farmers’ Market to help and are they ever workers! I’m sorry I didn’t get all their names so I could give them the kudos they deserve. Sheri Williams, dog trainer and behaviorist, is their adult leader and really has them fired up. They sold our raffle tickets, walked our dogs around to greet people and are wonderful representatives for the Tehachapi Humane Society when it comes to public relations. Then they topped off the week by having a food drive at Kmart on Saturday. They’ve also placed a number of donation cans at various locations, please drop your spare change in when you get the chance. We’re proud of our young people and their willingness to help where needed, they are truly a gift from heaven. We have two teens, Brooke and Olivia, that help during our monthly Shot Clinic and they sure came to the rescue. A lady brought in

her cats to get them vaccinated and when she was bringing them in, one got away from her and ran across Golden Hills Boulevard, narrowly escaping being hit by a car. The teens were right on it, managing to get the cat back and into our office safe and sound. Great work girls! Speaking of our Shot Clinic, if you think your dog or cat may not be feeling well, do not bring it in for shots. More than likely it won’t be given its vaccination by the veterinarian, as the side effects of the shots could further compromise their health. Also, by bringing your sick animal in, you are exposing other animals to a potentially contagious disease and many of the dogs and cats are there to get their first shots so aren’t protected from this exposure. We are still selling our raffle tickets, the winner will get two tickets to go to the movies for a whole year as often as you want. They are selling for one dollar for one ticket and five dollars for six tickets. Get them soon, as the drawing will be on Friday, June 24, 2011 at about 7 p.m. in front of the Hitching Post Theater. You don’t have to be present to win, I call the winner using the information on the ticket drawn. A number of past winners have already bought their tickets as they really enjoyed being able to go to the movies so much. Our Rummage Sale on June 4, 2011 was a tremendous success thanks to all who participated. We not only sold a lot of our items, but two of our dogs were adopted that day and many people put money in our donation jar. The weather held out for us too so it was a good day! Enjoy the summer, now that it’s here, and be safe! Contact us at 661.823.0699.

Bear Sighting at Love’s Hi Claudia, Cathy said to me, “Is that a mountain lion?” I looked over and when I finally saw it I said, “No, but that’s a bear!” I’ve never seen a bear in Tehachapi. I have heard they are in Sand Canyon but not that close to town. We were getting gas over at Love’s and right across the tracks was a bear. I had a hard time spotting it because I thought it was up in the mountain, instead it was right near the railroad tracks. I finally shot a couple pictures; unfortunately they are not that clear. Thought you might like to see them anyway. Take care, Maria Werth and Catherine LeBell.

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Merlin is a purebred Dobie about 2-3 years old, black with deep rust markings. He is docked and cropped: as you can see from his photos his ears were cropped almost to nothing. Apart from this he is one of the handsomest male Dobermans we have seen in a long time. He has a muscular, athletic build, more of a European breeding than American. He is very sturdy, strong and energetic. Still, he has patience, aptitude, and he is fine with large female dogs and loves to play hard. Merlin has shown no tendency to be a barker, digger, or chewer. He will need a lot of exercise and patient consistent training. For someone willing and able to put in the work this dog has great potential. Merlin is crate-trained.

Savannah Savannah is a petite, 6 year old Doberman with natural ears and a docked tail. She was picked up as an emaciated stray in the LA area several years ago and then came to live with us. She was fostered for awhile with a trainer, during which time she was housebroken and obedience-trained. Savannah was then adopted, but lost her home when her owner was evicted. She has learned how to intimidate people, so she needs a savvy adult owner who can provide strong leadership and plenty of exercise. She plays nonstop with her kennel-mate, a male Doberman, but we would not trust her around cats or small dogs. Savannah has much to recommend her: beauty, intelligence, and obedience training; she’s affectionate, housebroken, and a first-rate watchdog too.

Volunteer Day At Kern County Animal Shelter From 2nd District Supervisor, Zack Scrivner June e-newsletter On May 16, my staff and I spent the day volunteering at the Kern County Animal Shelter in order to learn more about shelter operations and the roles and responsibilities of the dedicated staff. We toured the entire facility, cleaned out kennels, worked at the pet adoption center and the intake area (where members of the public can bring in stray or unwanted animals), and spent time in the euthanasia room. It was extremely valuable for me, as a policy-maker at the county, to see first hand the challenging conditions that staff

and the animals alike experience day in and day out. I have the utmost respect for all the employees at the shelter, who everyday deal with a difficult situation, as well as a renewed sense of compassion for the plight of lost, unwanted and abandoned animals in our community. As the Board of Supervisors' representative on the county Animal Control Commission, I will work hard to make progress towards improved conditions at the shelter and reduce euthanasia rates.

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ADOPT-A-PET Tehachapi Humane Society Calendar for July 2011 2 - Adopt-a-Pet Day, for dogs only due to Holiday Weekend. Cats will be on 9th! 3 – Twilight Walk @Meadowbrook Park 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 7 – Farmers’ Market Information Table & Dog Adoptions, Downtown Tehachapi, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. 9 – Adoptions for Cats special day due to 4th Holiday weekend. 9 - Shot Clinic, 10 a .m.- noon , THS Office 21600 Golden Star Blvd., Unit #3 (corner of Golden Star Ave. & Golden Hills Blvd. ). 14 – Farmers’ Market Information Table & Dog Adoptions, Downtown Tehachapi, 4 – 7 p.m. 18 - Monthly Meeting @6:30 p.m., Tehachapi Humane Society Office, 21600 Golden Star Blvd. (corner of Golden Hills Blvd. & Golden Star Ave.). 21 – Farmers’ Market Information Table & Dog Adoptions, Downtown Tehachapi, 4 – 7 p.m. 28 – Farmers’ Market Information Table & Dog Adoptions, Downtown Tehachapi, 4 – 7 p.m.

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Julie Julie is a spayed 2 year old mix, probably Chihuahua and Doxie. She is tri colored, and weighs almost 10 pounds. She was at the shelter for two months before we had room and could take her in. She is current on all of her shots, house trained and also crate trained. She gets along with all of her little Foster brothers and sisters. She walks on a leash and likes to ride in the car. Julie is very playful and loving and ready for her forever home. Please come meet her.

Buy See’s Candy @ Mountain Antiques & Tehachapi Automotive; you’ll help STOP save nd more dogs & cats in dire need of a 2 chance at life & live in a safe, forever, loving home ~ Be the change to make it happen ~ AND for good measure, be a volunteer, it is extremely rewarding & priceless! 661-823-4100

Cookie Cookie, motherless & helpless, Cookie & her 8 week old litter-mates were deliberately dumped in a cardboard box when a Good Samaritan found them. Now thriving, Cookie’s a 3 month old, 5 ½ pound Terrier/Pug mix, no matter what her pedigree, she’s cute as a button, sweet as can be. More good news: She’s paper-trained! Adopt this playful, precious puppy; call Marsha, 661-823-7868.Got milk ~ Why not have a Cookie too?

Binky Boy Binky Boy, Young male Terrier mix puppy, fun, sweet & smart, was rescued from a high-kill animal shelter & is safe now in his foster home. Call Lynda at 661-821-0518 or 661-823-4100, menu #2 to meet and adopt this young pup who deserves his 2nd chance at life - How about it?

Rayleigh and Willow Rayleigh (Ray-Lee), with her sister Willow, were adopted from us as kittens 3 years ago but have now been returned because of a catastrophic illness that is forcing her loving parents to leave their home and give up their beloved pets. Rayleigh is a very sweet kitty, a little shy with strangers, but loving when she gets to know you. She allows her sister to be dominate in their current home, but might become more bold in a single pet environment. Winter is very loving and playful. Her owners felt that she was related to the Egyptian Mau as she has many of their physical traits. Both cats have been well cared for, are spayed and current on all shots. Please find a place in your home and heart for one or both of these beautiful cats.

Tiger Tiger is the quintessential silly orange cat. Everybody knows that orange cats are great, and he knows it better than most of us do. We have many kittens to choose from but Tiger would say he is the cutest. Come see for yourself!

Mr. Bojangles Mr. Bojangles looked as though he was never groomed when he was saved from a high-kill animal “shelter” He’s an active, young Maltese/Poodle mix who hopes you are the special 1 to adopt him in to your heart &home; to meet Mr. B., call Lynda 661821-0518/ 661-823-4100, menu #2.

Curly Curly is 4 mo. old cute Cocker Spaniel/Terrier mix puppy, he’s smart as can be, plays well w/ others & is housetrained ~ What a lot of stuff to know at his young age! Call Lynda at 661821-0518 or STOP at 661-823-4100, menu #2, to adopt Curly; he hopes to be with you, his new best friend, pronto.

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ADOPT-A-PET Rainbow Rescue is a no-kill, IRS 501 (c) 3 nonprofit dog rescue located in California City, CA. “We are committed to helping rescued pets find their new life opportunities” Puppy adoptions at Radio Shack every Saturday 10 am to 2 pm”. So many puppy kisses waiting to share with you!!” 760-373-2907 •

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Have A Heart Humane Society is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charity that depends on donations and fundraisers for support. We have received a grant from Bank of the Sierra to spay and neuter pets owned by low income families. If you have a pet who needs altering and you can show proof of low income for 2010, please stop by Books & Crannies and fill out our form. We will pay 100% of the vet bill (spay/neuter and pain shot). You will also be required to care properly for the pet following its surgery. We are not liable for any injury or death as a result of the surgery. Our funds are limited so we are accepting pets on a first come, first serve basis. Adoption days are most Saturdays 10-2 at Books & Crannies. 661-750-2261,

Hold onto your ribs & hearts families.. our three Happy Hearts (1 girl, 2 boys are about to melt into your hearts and tickle your ribs with so much happiness and loving puppy kisses!! Our Happy Heart puppies are Chihuahua/Terrier complete puppy mutt mixes saved from pound death that even have the vet’s smiling not being able to figure out the mix but all cute and complete fun, happy leprachauns!!!!All our babies are very smart, active, playful, loving, devoted, kissy puppies who love to climb up to you to be held and share kisses in between having so much puppy fun with other pets and your family! LOTSA puppy kisses waiting for you!

Dixie Dixie is a very pretty golden/sheltie (this is a guesstimate) cross, 1-2 years old. She’s an eventempered girl, calm at adoption day in spite of the chaos and friendly with all the strange dogs she meets. She’s medium size, 30-35 pounds and has medium length fur so she needs to be protected from fox tails and will also need grooming from time to time to keep her looking her best. Dixie is gentle and well-mannered. She will make an excellent family pet.

Chrissy’s Puppies Chrissy’s puppies love their puppy fun, following you, finding all new things in life around them and find even more trying to bring them to you to show you (usually your slippers, socks, torn newspapers)...they’re just so happy to share all with you bringing them to you with lotsa puppy kisses! Chrissy’s Babies have so much sweet love, cuddles, mischievious fun days waiting to share with your family that will make your heart smile so completely!


Tracy Tracy is a 3 year old, female Papillon Mix who is beyond question the perfect little, tummy rubbing, loving little angel that needs a older or single family mom or dad without small children and quiet home. Tracy is house & crate trained, low keyed, quiet, WONDERFUL sweetheart devoted with her happy & tail wagging heart always cuddling & love sharing her completly devoted love with you!

Marley’s Mutts Zach @ 661-972-3852 or 661-821-1327 or visit MARLEYSMUTTS.COM

Iggy This big, beautiful, black boy is Iggy. Iggy is a neutered half Boxer, half Labrador; and that is exactly how he appears. He is the perfect split of two of the best breeds. He is a Boxador (Lab and Boxer) with a docked tail, rotund chest, gorgeous coat with lab coloring, and just an overall well-tempered demeanor. Labradoodle’s may be the new, hip dog to have, but I see Boxador’s being a big hit in the near future. Iggy is a stray that was found in the Golden Hills area with no collar, no tags and having recently tangled with a skunk. Once I got passed the stench of him it was easy realize what a neat dog I had just rescued. He is about two years old (no more than that) and is the complete package: he’s very friendly but not overwhelming, has a beautiful coat but won’t shed much, he is a good sized dog but doesn’t weigh much, and he is as loyal as they come. He is great with other dogs and does extremely well with children. We took Iggy to the Pet Lodge for the royal treatment, which includes a de-skunking and vaccinations. He is wonderfully well-rounded dog that could really make a family proud. If you are interested in adopting Iggy, please contact Zach@661-972-3852, 821-1327 or visit

This is Max. He is an easy boy that gets along with everyone. A bit shy at first, but affectionate once he knows you. He is about 3 years old. He is mostly outdoors. (neuter and shots up to date).

Moose Introducing Moose. This big boy about 80#’s was running loose in the bank parking lot, trying his best to hitch a ride with anyone who would let him in their car or truck. But there weren’t any takers so he got in the Have A Heart car, put his paw on the volunteer’s coke can and crushed it! For all his size Moose is very affectionate; he loves people. Also because of Moose’s size, we thought it best to help make him the best dog he can be, so we are have hired a trainer to work with him for the next two weeks. He is already crate-trained and is so so on a leash, which is great news. The trainer says that labs don’t mature until they are about 4 and we think Moose is between 1 and 2, which means he’s not going to be a couch potato for quite some time. Moose’s trainer says he is a great candidate for agility and Frisbee catching. Because he is so athletic, he will need some form of daily exercise. Even a treadmill will do. He rides well in a car but count on getting your face licked! Anyone considering Moose will need to continue his training either with the trainer or at home. The trainer will give the new owner a thorough lesson for continuing. Moose will also need a good size area to run and play and a sturdy fence. Moose is great with kids, but too big for toddlers. Please only consider Moose if you’re willing to continue his training and give him the exercise and affection he needs. Moose is not available for adoption until May 21st at which time he was also be neutered. His adoption fee is $250.

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June 24 --26 — ETI Corral 83, Tejon Ranch Trail Ride & Campout, Edith Frick,, 661.823.7187. Kernville Mule & Donkey Days, Jake’s Place Arena, Richard, 310.962.8131, JUNE 25 — John Black & Deborah Abajian EXCA/Horsemanship Clinic, Rancho Pacifica, Temecula, 951.757.6879, JUNE 26 – ETI Corral 35 Horse Show, Caryle Linder Arena, Glendora, 626.963.7739. ULY 2 — Sundance Team Penning, Sundance Feedlot, Bakersfield, Jana Peyton, 559.280.7970. JULY 3 – Sundance Two-Man Ranch Sorting, Sundance Feedlot, Bakersfield, Kris Mitchell, 559.936.4323. JULY 8 — Antelope Valley Youth Rodeo Assoc., Sorting Fund Raiser, Tejon Ranch , Cheramy Krueger, 661.922.1486. JULY 9 – John Black & Deborah Abajian EXCA/Horsemanship Clinic, Rancho Pacifica, Temecula, 951.757.6879, JULY 9-10 – Victor Penner Open House & Horsemanship Lesson Day, Wild Wind Ranch, Lancaster, 661.728.0146, JULY 10 – ETI National Carriage Driving Show, Oak Run Farm, Moorpark, Katie Twohy, 818.768.5560. JULY 17 – ETI National Convention Invitational Trail Trial, Vasquez Rocks, Agua Dulce, Kimberly, 661.478.2770. July 16-17 – EXCA Triple Crown Novice Buckle Series, Trail Head Ranch, Anza , JULY 19 – ETI Junior Ambassadors National High Point Show, Conejo Creek Equestrian Park, Thousand Oaks, Debbie 818.698.6200. JULY 23 — John Black & Deborah Abajian EXCA/Horsemanship Clinic, Rancho Pacifica, Temecula, 951.757.6879, Victor Penner Horsemanship Club Playday, Wild Wind Ranch, Lancaster, 661.728.0146, JULY 24 — Antelope Valley Hi-Desert Horsemen’s Association Horse Show, Jean,, 661.943.6132. JULY 30 – ETI National Dressage Show, LA Equestrian Center, Patty Hug, 818.367.2056. AUG. 6 — Sundance Team Penning, Sundance Feedlot, Bakersfield, Jana Peyton, 559280-7970. AUG. 7 – Sundance Two-Man Ranch Sorting, Sundance Feedlot, Bakersfield, Kris Mitchell, 559-936-4323.

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It looks like things are getting back to EHV-1, but the CDAF recommends that, in the normal after the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) interest of conducting a safe event under the scare, and horse shows are beginning to go on as current circumstances, it recommends event planned. But the California managers use the non-fever policy. Department of Food & Agriculture Participants who choose not to has suggested some possible comply with these safety measures guidelines for those hosting should be advised to not attend the equestrian events to minimize the event. transmission of this and other The Sundance Feedlot in infectious diseases. Bakersfield will resume its schedule of The CDFA suggests that event events. There is a Team Penning event managers create a short document for on July 2 and a Two-Man Ranch by Jill Barnes participants to sign to confirm that Sorting on July 3. For more info call Nelson their horses, mules and burros Jana Peyton at 559.280.7970. attending an event have not been exposed to The Antelope Valley Youth Rodeo EHV-1 and/or have not been on premises with a Association has a Sorting Fund Raiser on July 8 confirmed positive case within the prior 28 days. at the Tejon Ranch. The cost is $30 per person If a horse has been exposed, the owner and includes two go’s. For more information would confirm their animal has shown no signs contact Cheramy Krueger, 661.992.1486. of EHV-1 for the preceding 28 days and no other The Victor Penner Horsemanship Club has horse on the premises where they reside showed an Open House and Lessons days on July 9-10, clinical signs — fever, nasal discharge and/or and a Playday on July 23. Call 661.728.0146 for neurological signs — for the preceding 28 days. go to for additional An exposed horse is defined as one, which information. resides on the premises with a confirmed The Extreme Cowboy Association has positive case and displayed signs compatible changed its Triple Crown Novice Buckle Series with EHV-1 in the prior 28 days. to July 16 & 17. It will be held at Trail Head The CDFA also recommends managers Ranch in Anza. For more information contact establish a “No Fever” policy for horses Evon Kurtz ( attending events. And any horse that develops a ETI National is hosting its convention and temperature would be subject to random various horse shows through most of July. There temperature check by the show veterinarian or will a general horse show, trail trials, dressage, designated member of the veterinary staff during chili cook-off and more. Go to www.etination the event. Any horse with a fever of 102°F or for times and dates. greater would be removed from the event and premises immediately. Don’t forget, if you have any information to If the owner cannot move the horse off the report on the horse community such as tack premises, a professional horse hauler contracted sales, upcoming events, clinics, raffles or if by the event would remove the horse to a you’ve won an award, please contact me at designated isolation area at the owner’s expense. 661.878.2932, e-mail Most horses with a fever will not have Thanks.

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A More Perfect Union The BAD BULLS Are Back! The TMRA is happy to announce that this The Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo year there will be increased seating at the Association reports that the “TMRA Benz Bad Tehachapi Rodeo Grounds with the addition of Bull Riding Tour” will be back on Monday, July three new sets of bleachers. Hand in hand the 4th for the twelfth year. Spectators are City of Tehachapi and the Tehachapi Mountain guaranteed great family-style entertainment as Rodeo Association are stepping up together and the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association installing the increased seating. The new seating celebrates our nation’s birthday, “Cowboy will be located across the north end of the arena Style”. Whether a cowboy or just a cowboy at and will be just slightly elevated, offering a great heart, there is no bigger thrill than watching a view of the 2011 Benz Bad Bull Riding Tour and man climb onto the back of 2,000 pounds of Tehachapi Mountain PRCA Rodeo in August. twisting, angry attitude and the anticipation felt Gates open at the as he tries to hang on for Tehachapi Rodeo Grounds eight long seconds. on Dennison Road at 4 In the year 2011 the p.m. and the heartTehachapi Mountain Rodeo stopping thrill of Association is proud to professional bull riding boast a much larger begins as the first bull membership, as well as, a bucks out of the chute at large group of tireless 6:00 p.m. Everyone is volunteers who work year invited to stay around and round in preparation for enjoy the best seats in four major events. The town for the firework success of the TMRA Benz extravaganza following the Bad Bull Riding Tour and bull riding at 9 p.m. PRCA Rodeo are due to the Ticket prices at the dedication of these members gate on July 4th will be and volunteers who give of $12 for adults; $10 for their time and talents. The active Military, seniors TMRA is once again excited (55+) and children 5-12. to announce that the Parking will be $4. Preworking partnership with sale tickets may be the Tehachapi Hospital purchased at Albertsons, Foundation and Main Street Hemme Hay, Jakes Steak Tehachapi is in place to House and Tehachapi once again help build a Along with the thrill of bull riding there Chamber of Commerce for better community and a will be an outstanding clown act and, of a discounted price of $10 new modern hospital. course, plenty of animal surprises. Photo for adults; $8 for active Additionally, a goal of the by Mary Clyde. Military, seniors (55+) and association is to provide children 5-12. quality family style Anyone interested in naming and entertainment at affordable prices. The sponsoring a bull by becoming a “Bad Bulls association is motivated by a deep love for their Partner”, is encouraged to contact the TMRA. community, the sport of professional Rodeo, As part of your sponsorship you will get two western heritage and the desire to educate VIP seating tickets and the high scoring bull for everyone on the western way of life. the day earns the sponsor $250. The outstanding stock provided by Humpz The Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo and Hornz stock contractors will challenge the Association also would like to remind everyone tough cowboys that travel from across the state not to forget the third weekend in August when to compete for prize money. Along with the they will produce the 48th Annual Tehachapi thrill of bull riding there will be an outstanding Mountain PRCA Rodeo. This year clown act and, of course, plenty of animal performances will be Friday evening, August 19 surprises. Also, Tehachapi’s own Dust n’ at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, August 20 at 4 p.m. Diamonds Equestrian Drill Team will be on hand TMRA phone is 661-557-7336 and their to perform one of their crowd-pleasing website is equestrian drills.

been pushed out of polite society. Things aren’t The Fourth of July is coming up soon. perfect, but they have gotten better. Women And despite the differences we have, on that have the right to vote, and overt day we come together and celebrate misogyny is looked on with shock. our independence. Over 230 years There remain groups that are not ago, several brave men, sent the afforded all the same rights the rest King of England one of the best of us have, but progress is being breakup letters ever written. made. About a decade later, a central While July Fourth is generally government was born when the celebrated for the rights we have Constitution superseded the gained. We shouldn’t forget that we Articles of Confederation that had have also gained duties. I have been been implemented after the United called for jury duty several times, States had won its independence. and have without a doubt done my And it started with the words “We by Mark share of complaining about it. But the People of the United States, in “Doc” Fisher when I’m called I go. (I’ve actually Order to form a more perfect been selected to be on a jury twice, and they Union,...” And to me the last part is key. “A were both pretty bad experiences. But when more perfect Union.” The men that drafted up I’m called again, I’ll go.) And we all complain the Constitution knew that what they were about our taxes, but given the return we get, creating wasn’t perfect. But it was better, police and fire protection, roads and other “more perfect”, than what they’d had before. infrastructure, plus parks and education, it In fact, what they had cobbled together seems like I’m getting a lot for my money. was such a mess that it took several changes So while I’m enjoying the festivities on before they could get States to sign on. The July Fourth, I’ll be happy with how my money first ten changes or Amendments, significantly was spent. And while I think that The Starimproved things. But it still did nothing about Spangled Banner is a wonderful song, I’m going slavery, and left “Indians” (native Americans) to be listening for “This Land is Your Land” by as much less than second class citizens. Woody Guthrie. But while the song says that But as the years have passed, more “This land was made for you and me.” I’ll be changes have occurred. For the most part thinking that “this land was made by you and making things better. The system works to me.” And we’re not done yet. make things become “more perfect”. Though So while we’re celebrating, think of how sometimes working in fits and starts, and even much progress has been made, and look around a step backwards now and then, on average for something that you can do to make the things are better now than they were in the country better for all of us. There’s still work past. to be done. This country wasn’t founded in some If you’d like to send me an email, send “Golden Age” 230 some odd years ago. It was them to Or you founded in the belief that a golden age was ours can visit my blog at http:// to build. And building it we are. Slavery was . abolished, and while racism still exists, it has

4th of July Wall of Honor As we near the celebration of our July 4th Independence Day, the City of Tehachapi is once again preparing to enjoy its AllAmerican Hotdog Festival. While this festival will allow friends and families to play together, it will also provide an opportunity for all those in attendance to celebrate the great freedoms that we have been afforded as citizens of this country. It will also give each of us an opportunity to honor the brave men and women from Tehachapi who protect those freedoms through their service in the

armed forces. This year, as in years past, a Wall of Honor is being created where photos and information will be displayed from our Tehachapi area soldiers. We have received a number of submissions for this year’s wall. It is always great to see the wonderful response from those wishing to honor loved ones and we hope that as we enjoy the Hotdog Festival celebrations, we will also remember all those who sacrificed in defense of this country.

This year, as in years past, a Wall of Honor is being created where photos and information will be displayed from our Tehachapi area soldiers. Photo by Sam White.

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Tehachapi Keeps Improving by Susan Wiggins As we approach the July 4th holiday we There have been park improvements as well. think of patriotism and our way of life. In These include the new Pioneer Park and Tehachapi we also think of our heritage in the Centennial Plaza both of which were paid for last 100 years that the area has been a city and with grant and RDA funds. Improvements are grateful for our quality of life here. have been made to Railroad Park and Central With the restoration and improvements of Park. the historic downtown area and the other Facilities have been up graded. Perhaps improvements that have and are taking place the most notable one is the BeeKay Theater, that quality of life just increases and now which was fully restored and is now a others want to come to Tehachapi and enjoy welcome place to enjoy plays and other that experience for themselves, making events. And who can forget the historic depot, Tehachapi a destination city. which burned to the ground and was fully Wineries are to the west of us, ostriches restored to its original beauty. abound, and there is truly something for Other improvements include façade work everyone downtown. at city hall and the expansion of the Tehachapi The city staff and council and Main Museum which provides an outstanding Street have worked hard in the last ten years record of the history of the valley. to see these improvements come to fruition. When residents enjoy the July 4th The improvements began with Tehachapi Hotdog Festival, care show, and other events Blvd. and the Compass Rose at the they can also take time to admire the city and intersection of Green Street and Tehachapi the many improvements which continue to Blvd. The improvements have included period make Tehachapi what it is today. lighting and “bulb outs” with landscaping and benches for an enjoyable walk through the city. Chili Cook offs, wine walks, farmer’s market, and other events bring the residents and visitors to the downtown area to not only enjoy the events but to introduce them to downtown eateries and other businesses that they can come to at other times. The water tower has been re-furbished and welcomes visitors to the area. The Here is the BeeKay Theatre in the early days of renovating. improvements have not been Notice the light pole, no plants, no marque, and a port-a-potty. limited to just the downtown So wonderful to see the improvements being made in this town. area, however. File photo by Sam White. Street improvements include Curry from Highline to Tehachapi Blvd. and Mill Street and H Street repaving projects. Current improvements on other city streets include Robinson and F Streets and curry and F streets, which include infrastructure and additional bulb outs and benches. A parking lot has been redone adjacent to Taco Sammich which allows for more downtown parking during events. The BeeKay Theatre is one of the many delightful improvements City improvements have not been limited to just streets. that has been accomplished in Historic Downtown Tehachapi.

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Warrior Booster Pancake Breakfast The July 4th Warrior Booster Pancake Breakfast began 10 years ago as a way to raise funds for the Tehachapi Warriors Football Team. Ed Grimes and head football coach Steve Denman took on this project which continues to grow like crazy. According to Grimes it’s a winner all around, the team players get involved setting up, helping throughout the event and cleaning up. By having the players get involved in the community, they meet new people and develop valuable social skills and self confidence. The event starts at 8 a.m. on July 4th at Phil Marx Central Park in town, and runs through 10 a.m. Up at 4:30 there is 50 pounds of pancake batter to start, hundreds of sausages to cook, gallons of coffee to brew, gallons of milk and orange juice to chill. The “fixin’s” are donated by Farmers Brothers Coffee, Albertsons, and Ed and Ruthie donate all the sausage. It takes a lot of help to accomplish an event of this size and the help is more than qualified. Grimes wife Ruthie, also known as “The General” oversees the operation, making sure gloves are worn, the food is hot and things run smoothly. This event is a labor of love for all involved, it’s a lot of hard work but 100% of the proceeds go to support the Warriors team. The past events have raised between $1,500 - $2,700.00 for a day’s work, pretty

darn good by anyone’s standards. Last year they made $2700 which is a record. This year they are trying to raise over $3000. You can buy tickets at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday. The cost is only $5 for two pancakes, 2 sausages, syrup, butter, milk, and coffee. A pretty good deal if you ask me. By the time the event is over, it’s all they can do just to make it home, absolutely exhausted.

How To Find the BVS 4th of July Weekend Activities Go to the new BVSA website at where you will find information on the weekend activities for the 4th of July celebration! Just click on “Recreation Amenitites” and then click on the first item on the list which is “4th of July Celebration 2011”

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4th of July Schedule of Events 7:00 a.m.

5K Bun Run Registration

8:00 a.m.

5K Bun Run begins

8:00 - 10:00a.m.

Warriors “Dog Chow” Pancake Breakfast

10:00 a.m.

Children’s Parade Registration

10:00 a.m. - 4

Both museums are open downtown

11:00 a.m.

Children’s Parade Begins

11:00 - 4:30

Food Booths, Soldier’s Wall, Kids games, Petting Zoo, Entertainment

11:00 - 4:00

Train Depot Museum open

11:00 -1:45

“The Time Machine” in Central Park


Parade awards & 5K Bun Run Awards


Mayor’s Welcome at Central Park


Flag Raising at Central Park


Martial Arts Demonstration


Join us at the Errea House Museum and the Museum for birthday cake Tehachapi POPS

2:00 – 4:00 5:00 - 9:00

“Bad Bulls” return: Activities begin at the Rodeo Grounds

5:00 - 6:15

“Bear Mountain Boys” at Coy Burnett

7:00 - 9:00

Tehachapi Community Orchestra at Coy Burnett

9:00 - 9:20 Spectacular fireworks display, with patriotic music, can be heard and viewed from Coy Burnett football Field and Rodeo Grounds and other locations around town.

12th Annual Fourth of July Hot Dog Festival! SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: BIG DOG EVENT SPONSOR The Loop Newspaper Mercury Graphics • Main Street Tehachapi Tehachapi Police Department • Tehachapi Airport Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks Department

Proud to be an American Pup Sponsor Borton Petrini LLP

Little Pup Sponsor RSI Petroleum • Bank of the Sierra

Mini Pup Sponsor Dave’s Auto Repair


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“Don’t Celebrate the Birth of Our Country by Getting a D.U.I.!” presumed to have given consent to law I borrowed much of this material from the enforcement to conduct chemical web (State of California), since one of testing of the motorist’s blood or our biggest drinking holidays is around breath. It is illegal to drive with a the corner. Yeah, the only other holiday BAC of 0.08% or higher. It is that produces more DUIs is Christmas/ also illegal for a driver to operate New Years. There will be increased and a commercial vehicle with a vigorous law enforcement in early July, blood alcohol reading of 0.04% plus sobriety checkpoints throughout or higher. (Driver will be put the State and local areas. So, if you’re out of service with a reading of going out to drink on the fourth, take a 0.01% or higher.) cab or a designated driver and drink A driver under 21 years moderately. A DUI can ruin your life! age with a blood alcohol reading Why do we have DUI sobriety by Fred Shaughnessy, of 0.01% or higher, on a checkpoints? CADC II Preliminary Alcohol Screening The CHP maintains these (PAS) device, may have his license revoked or checkpoints to reduce the number of drunk suspended. A driver under 21 with a blood drivers on our highways and diminish the resulting pain and suffering. It is illegal for alcohol reading of 0.05% or higher is subject to arrest and license suspension or revocation. an owner or driver to keep an open There is no safe way to drive while under container of alcohol in a vehicle, except in the influence. Even one drink can make you an the trunk or other area out of the immediate unsafe driver! control of the occupants. It is also unlawful for Fred Shaughnessy is a licensed alcohol passengers to possess an open container of amd drug counselor (non-governmental license alcohol. conferred by CCBADC/CAADAC), and is a What are the California DUI Laws? regular contributor to this paper. Anyone granted the driving privilege is

Twilight Liberty Walk – A Family Fun Celebration Submitted by Bud Sargent, GHCSD Director Games, Prizes, Food, Music, Classic Cars, Community Services District is looking for a Cruise In,Dog Agility Demonstration an a walk non-profit group to establish a fund to provide on the Golden Hills Hiking/Bike path in the this maintenance, so if you are part of a service cool of the evening. July 3rd, 2011 from 6:00 to group, or would like to form one, that would be 8:30 PM at Meadowbrook Park on the corner interested in finding out more, please contact of Red Apple and Westwood. Sponsored by the the GHCSD at 822-3064. Golden Hills CSD & TVRPD. The Golden Hills Hiking/Bike Path was built with county money during Supervisor Don Maben’s term in office. Over a million dollars was spent to provide this wonderful place for so many to enjoy walks with the family dog and their children or to exercise on their bicycles. Since there were no funds set aside for trail maintenance, it is time to be looking ahead for future upkeep. The Golden Hills Residents walking the Freedom Trail.

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Fiddlin’ Down the Tracks comes back to Tehachapi Once again this year, the California State Old Time Fiddler’s Association District #3 (CSOTFA) will be playing at the 4th of July Pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. held in Central Park. This concert is a prelude to their fiddle contest, Fiddlin’ Down the Tracks, that is held each year in September at the West Park Activity Center. They will be playing a variety of tunes, such as the Tennessee Waltz, Old Joe Clark, Amazing Grace, Boil the Cabbage, and The Beaumont Rag. The music that they play is part America’s history and culture. They help to preserve this part of America’s history and culture by giving concerts like that on the 4th of July, having fiddle contests, and passing the music from generation to generation. The California State Old Time Fiddler’s Docents Harold Cox and Gail Bitetti discuss upcoming events at the Museum and Errea House while enjoying the front porch at the Errea House. Photo by Sam White.

Tehachapi Museum celebrates 38th anniversary The Tehachapi Museum celebrates its 38th anniversary on the Fourth of July this year. A birthday cake and lemonade will be served at 1 p.m. on the Errea House porch and the public is invited. If you haven’t seen the renovated Museum and the Kawaiisu Exhibit in the Milano Gallery that was added last year, this would be a good time to stop by and catch up on the latest displays that showcase the history of Tehachapi. The 1880 to 1980 bridal gown exhibit is still in the Textile Gallery and there is a new Malt Shop exhibit. At the Errea House

Museum, you can see the way of life of a rural family from the 1900 to 1930 era. Renovations are ongoing, with the kitchen, dining room, parlor and back porch almost complete. Something is always blooming in the Errea Garden and it is open to the public during all daylight hours. Regular hours for both museums are 12 to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Monday the Fourth, both museums will be open from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. They are located across from each other at 310 and 311 S. Green Street, a short walk from the park.

Tehachapi Community Orchestra adds Fire on the 4th Many small towns across America are famous for their patriotism and the way they display it, especially on the Fourth of July. Tehachapi certainly is somewhere at the top of the list when it comes to celebrating our nation’s birth. Picnic baskets full of goodies, lawn chairs and flags to wave will be the order of the day as the Tehachapi Community Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. David Newby, helps the city celebrate the Fourth of July with a rousing concert of pops music under the stars at Coy Burnett Football Stadium on the 4th of July. Downbeat for this concert is 7 p.m., although those who arrive early get the best seats. The music will be followed by the City of Tehachapi’s annual Fourth of July

fireworks display. Gather together for an enchanting evening of music under the Tehachapi stars. Schmaltzy with lots of vibrato, big band sounds, light classical music, and patriot marches will be provided for your listening pleasure at the 4th of July Tehachapi Community Orchestra concert. Bring your lawn chair and picnic basket and dine like you’re at the Hollywood Bowl. There will be a prize for the most creative picnicbasket. Coy Burnett Stadium gates open at 4 p.m. with the traditional sing-along at 6. Relax from 7 to 9 p.m. to special tunes brought to you by your very own Tehachapi Community Orchestra. During the intermission, purchase your raffle ticket for a chance to win various prizes including musical instruments. Don’t forget to get a flag to wave during the patriotic tunes. Doreen Thorusen’s raffle ticket was drawn at the May 15 concert making her the lucky winner of the baton at the July 4th concert. “She’s already conducted the Junior Strings Orchestra for me,” says Gayel Pitchford about Doreen’s chance to conduct the Stars and Stripes after the intermission. The Tehachapi Orchestra’s program will end with a lively foottapping TV show tune after which you can turn your lawn chairs for a great view of the fireworks extravaganza. Thank you to the sponsors: The City of Tehachapi, Tehachapi Unified School District, Tehachapi Community Orchestra and Mountain Music, who are providing for the afternoon and evening entertainment. And to all our loyal supporters, Thank you for joining us. Enjoy.

Association District #3 is 501.c3 non-profit organization. During the Pancake Breakfast they will be accepting donations to their association. All donations going to help the organization to keep giving free concerts, and provides for the September contest to be free for all audience members. The contest in September does help support the Tehachapi are economically. If you are going to write a check, all checks need to be made out to CSOTFA District #3. Anyone wanting to mail them a donation can send it to: COSTFA District #3, PMB 400, 785 Tucker Rd., Suite #G, Tehachapi, CA 93561. Please feel free to contact Sharon Ellsworth, the President of the Association, at 661-8231506, or email her at if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

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TVHD Explorers Program Helps Students by Susan Wiggins assist with showers and other services but are Career choices can be hard for high school not allowed to do direct services such as students looking ahead to college and beyond, drawing blood or administering medications, but members of the Tehachapi Valley Hospital Kuhar said. District Explorers have a leg up on those The young people also enjoy working choices. with the long term care patients who live at the The explorers are able to learn all about hospital. They can read to them or just sit and the health care field and decide if that is the listen sometimes. area they want to go into by working in the The young people work with mannequins Tehachapi Hospital, according to Gayle Kuhar, of both children and adults to learn how to take Director of Staff Development, and leader of blood pressure and use a stethoscope, just like the explorers. they would in a regular nursing program. They begin working in the laundry, The average length of the explorer program housekeeping, and food areas while they are is two years. The youth typically come in as being trained in CPR and learning how to freshman or sophomores and usually finish up provide some basic health care to patients in in their senior year. “It is difficult for them to the hospital. They are able to work in the lab, stay in the program as seniors once they get so respiratory, x-ray, and the computer busy finishing up their last year of high department learning about services that are school,” Kuhar noted. provided to those patients. Kuhar said that with the new hospital Amanda Borst, who has been in the coming in 2014 maybe some of the explorers program for over a year, says she really liked will be able to go to college and other training working in the lab and having her blood drawn and return as employees there. and typed. “I was able to see my blood cells The explorers all wear yellow scrub tops under the microscope and see how they type while in the hospital, so next time you are there it,” she said. “That was the coolest thing I have and see one of them thank them for done so far,” she said. volunteering their time. The explorers are sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America through its Learning for Life Program. Explorers purpose is to provide experience to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. The program matches young adults with the organization’s people and programs to make the most of their interests, in this case the hospital. Kuhar explained that the explorers go through the same program as all new employees, receiving orientation and other training. Then by working in Practicing patient care - Explorers Amanda Borst and Allison Grissom every department in the work with Tehachapi Valley Hospital Explorer Leader Gayle Kuhar on hospital they can make a mannequin to learn how to listen to breathing and heart rate. The knowledgeable decisions on group of young people learn all about health care through the program career choices. and can make better career decisions later in life. The explorers can Photo by Susan Wiggins.

JMS Interact Club Here is a photo of the kids and plates at the JMS Interact Club’s last event of the year. Yvonne from the Mudd Hut worked with them, and Jennifer Williams brought all the plates to the class. They designed them, and put personal items that the seniors would enjoy. Hand lotion, tissues, chap stick etc. We had Turner Williams V.P, Amanda Stout and Tori Vine join us and helped spread some cheer to the residents of Tehachapi Hospital. This was such a great experience the children stated. We met two Vets, and got to sing You are my Sunshine to one of the patients as well. It truly made all of us smile!

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” Event Calendar

Saturday, June 25 Open House, Tehachapi Senior Center, 500 East F St. 1 to 3 pm. 822-5412. Live Music. Jug Band, Folk Music. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419. Live Music. Pat Strong Trio +1, Country. The Apple Shed. 233 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333. Sunday, June 26 Live Music. Ron, Gospel. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419. Thursday, June 30 Farmers Market. Live Music, Food, Beverages, Shopping and more. Downtown Tehachapi on Green St. 4 to 7 p.m. 822-6519. Friday, July 1

Thursday, July 7 Farmers Market. Live Music, Food, Beverages, Shopping and more. Downtown Tehachapi on Green St. 4 to 7 p.m. 822-6519. Friday, July 8 Live Music. Alicia Hansen, Violin. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419. Live Music. Geezers, Folk Music. The Apple Shed. 233 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333. Saturday, July 9 & Sunday, July 10 Relay For Life. Jackobson Middle School Statium, Tehachapi. 822-3669. Saturday, July 9 Live Music. Geezers, Folk Music. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419.

ArtAround Town/First Friday Artists Reception & Live Music. Crossroads Gallery, Gallery N Gifts, Back Street Gallery, Oak Tree Art & Antiques, Tehachapi Museum, Petra Deli (with belly dancer). 5 to 8 p.m. Fiddlers Crossing will be open “after the artwalk” for coffee, visiting and generally putting a great cap on the evening.

Live Music. Jo Stone, Piano. The Apple Shed. 233 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333.

Live Music.Will James & Maria, Celtic & Traditional. The Apple Shed. 233 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333.

Chamber Mixer hosted by Hodad’s Surf Shack, 125 W. Tehachapi Blvd. 5 to 7 p.m. 822-4180.

Live Music. Movin On (formally Homeward Bound), Multiple Genres. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419.

Farmers Market. Live Music, Food, Beverages, Shopping and more. Downtown Tehachapi on Green St. 4 to 7 p.m. 822-6519.

Saturday, July 2

Sunday, July 10 Live Music. Ron, Gospel. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419. Wednesday, July 13

Thursday, July 14

Friday, July 15

Live Music. Air Force Band “Mobility”. Centennial Plaza, Downtown Tehachapi. 6 to 8 p.m. 822-3228.

Live Music. Movin On (formally Homeward Bound), Multiple Genres. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419.

Live Music. Blue Rose, Country +. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419.

Live Music. Tony Vice, Country. The Apple Shed. 233 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333.

Live Music. Jo Stone, Piano. The Apple Shed. 233 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333.

Saturday, July 16

Sunday, July 3

Live Music. Craig Shaw, Folk Music. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419.

Live Music. Ron, Movin On (formally Homeward Bound), Multiple Genres. The Apple Shed. 233 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333.

Live Music. Mountain Pass, Oldies. The Apple Shed. 233 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333.

July 4th Weekend So Many things going on, check out all the activities in the Loop Special Section.

Sunday, July 17 Live Music. Movin On (formally Homeward Bound), Multiple Genres. The Apple Shed. 233 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333.

Chalk on the walk Submitted by Peggy Cowden, 823-4308 Get ready for the annual explosion of color on the sidewalks of downtown Tehachapi. Chalk on the Walk, to be held Saturday August 13, will find artists of all ages and all skill levels drawing for their pleasure and to compete for prizes. Street painting, using pastel chalk as the medium, is an Italian tradition dating back to the 16th century when painters known as “Madonnari” would transform village squares into colorful, temporary works of art. Tehachapi will have its own gallery of art for the enjoyment of downtown visitors. Chalk on the Walk is sponsored by Tehachapi Valley Arts Association, Gallery ‘N’

Gifts, and Main Street Tehachapi, with proceeds from the event going to Art Scholarships and Grants for local students. Contact Peggy Cowden, chairman, 822-6062 to sign up. A $100 sponsorship will include printing of your name or business on the promotional t-shirt. Applications for Chalk on the Walk are available at Gallery ‘n’ Gifts, 100 West Tehachapi Blvd. An entry fee of $15 will give you a 4’x4’ square of sidewalk downtown, as well as a Chalk on the Walk t-shirt, and box of 24 professional artists pastels. Deadline for t-shirt orders is August 3. .

Tehachapi Karaoke Schedule

Live Music during Farmers Market, Centenial Plaza, Thursdays, Downtown. 4 to 7 pm.

City Slickers – Every Tuesday and Thursday, 7 to 10pm. DJ Emma. 1001 W. Tehachapi Blvd. 822-4939. Don Pericos – Every Friday, 8:30 to close. DJ Emma. 840 Tucker Rd. 8225366. Tehachapi Pub & Brewery – Every Wednesday, 7 to 10pm. DJ Emma. 20717 South St. 822-0788. VFW – Every other Saturday starting June 4. 7:30 to 11:30pm. Eric’s Karaoke DJ. 221 W. Tehachapi Blvd. 822-7500.

June 30: Occasional Folk (acoustic folk, +) July 7: Art Larson (clarinet jazz) July 14: Richie Begin (all genre classics) July 21: John & Eva McFadyen (folk, +) July 28: Bert Bockover (jammin’ blues) Aug 4: Mike Heckathorn (rock n roll ) Aug 11: Guy & Debbie Martin (standards) Aug 18: Movin On (acoustic country +) Aug 25: Lauren Alexander & Max Valentino

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A Matter of Security by Alexander Kunstmann, A-OK Computers To all of you who read my normal article, I want to say thank-you. This is not so much an article, as it is something along the lines of a public service announcement. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had an influx of calls about malware. In particular, a couple of them that not only cause a large amount of grief, but appear to be especially official looking. The first is “Windows X Recovery”. It changes its name to match your system. If you have Vista, it is “Windows Vista Recovery.” If you have Windows 7, it is “Windows 7 Recovery”, and so on. It looks like a Microsoft program, and tends to tell you that you are having hard drive errors. In addition, it locks your internet, slows your system, and makes your desktop disappear. It has a phone number to call for “Tech Support,” but all they will do is try to get you to “buy a warranty,” doing nothing whatsoever for your system. If you are having problems with this, try removing it with whatever antivirus software you have on your computer, or call a technician. DO NOT deal with this company. The second is “X X Removal Tool”. It may be “Windows Removal Tool,” “System Removal Tool,” or other varia-

tions thereof. It will tell you that you have infections in your computer system, and that you can remove them if you buy this program. As with the malware above, it will do nothing for your system; they are simply after your money. “Removal Tools” can be a pain, because they will try to stop not only your internet, but any program you try to run, telling you that it is infected or that it is a virus. If your anti-virus software can’t treat this, I suggest calling a technician. I must urge anyone having problems with these to respond to them with great haste: either get them treated immediately, or keep your computer turned off until you can. They may not let you use the internet, but the system’s internet connection is kept quite busy pulling in more malware while the system is on & connected. If left as such for too long, the system can become bogged down with enough malware that the effort to resolve the problem can be increased ten-fold. Keep your anti-virus programs up to date, and be conscientious while surfing the internet. For more information contact your computer technician or give me a call at 661-972-9385.

Kern County Library’s New Fine and Fee Schedule Effective July 15, 2011, the fine per day on all materials except videocassettes, DVD’s and reference materials will increase from $0.25 each to $0.50 each per day per item. A fee of $1 per item for materials requested but not picked up after the hold expiration date 10 days after receipt of the materials at the branch of your choice will be assessed. Diane Duquette, Director of Libraries for Kern County Library stated, “These new fines and fees are necessary to help offset anticipated reduced state revenues of over $200,000 for next fiscal year and will help support hours of opening and new materials for library customers. However, library customers can avoid late fees by returning the materials by the date due, by renewing the item before it is due by accessing their account at the website, by calling any branch of the Kern County Library during open hours or by calling the phone number called “Telecirc” printed on every date due receipt. Customers can also avoid the fee on expired holds by picking up the requested materials within 10 days of notification or

by updating their hold requests by accessing their account on the aforementioned Kern County Library website prior to the item being shipped from another location to cancel their hold(s) or by contacting their branch via phone or in person to change the status of their holds.” Library users now have the opportunity to make online payment of fines by accessing the “ONLINE PAYMENT” link on the Kern County Library website, The “Online Payment” screen allows customers to see the “Online Payment Frequently Asked Questions” and to “SELECT A PAYMENT” option (i.e. Pay Your Fines and Fees or Donate to the Library) by MasterCard or VISA. For more information on fines and/or making online payments, please call 661868-0745 at the Kern County Library’s main library, Beale Memorial Library or visit us virtually at The Library. Check it Out! We look forward to serving you!

Bible School at Good Shepherd Lutheran Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Tehachapi is pleased to host the McAvoy Family as group leaders for our annual Vacation Bible School. This year’s theme is “Mission Adventure” and our program will run July 18-22, 9am-noon, so be sure to mark your calendars. Children will participate as “special agents” by learning about the special missions God assigned to people we know from the Bible; Joshua, Noah, Moses, Jesus, and Paul. There will be an emphasis on mission/service projects during the

week. We are accepting pre-registration for preschool through 6th grade. Registration forms are available in the Narthex across from the nursery. Please stop by the church and register your child by placing a completed form in the basket provided. We look forward to seeing you all this summer! Remember, “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13. For questions please contact Ms. Loftus at, or call the church office at 822-6817.

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Gallery ‘N’ Gifts Partners with Oscar Bravo by Shirley Given ideas; he wanted the class to get used to the No, TVAA has not taken to using ‘feel’ of the clay, so hand work was Oscar’s NATO’s phonetic alphabet to introduce their introduction to ceramics. Two weeks later the guest artists. Oscar Bravo is the bona fide professor decided the class moniker of the talented was ready to sit at the young artist for July at wheel and Oscar found, Gallery ‘N’ Gifts, and a that very day, ceramics to First Friday Artist be his love. Reception will be held in He found inspiration his honor, July 1. in the clay itself, whether As a young boy, from the rich colors, or the Oscar’s parents encouraged contrast of different clay him to pursue his interest bodies or their textures. in art, and he took many Oscar found it amazing to classes where he take a lump of mud and experimented with pastels, work with his hands to watercolors and oils. It was shape an eye pleasing a difficult transition, then, form, whether it was a for Oscar at age 13, to vase, a bowl, an urn or one leave friends, family and of many other pieces he his art classes behind when has become skilled at he moved to the United creating. States from Mexico with Mark your calendars his parents. and don’t miss the After graduating from opportunity to meet Oscar high school in Bakersfield, Bravo, a very talented in 2004, Oscar enrolled in young artist being featured college, and while signing at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts. Oscar up for courses a friend will be at the First Friday suggested they take an art artist reception on July 1, course together. Upon from 5 to 8 p.m., and his inquiry it was found the work will be on display only art-associated class through the month of July. with seats available was The pottery of Oscar Bravo will be Gallery ‘N’ Gifts is ceramics. Oscar went for it, featured at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts in July. located at 100 W. and from the first day in class he was anxious to be on the potters wheel Tehachapi Blvd. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, seven days a week. Please call and ‘throw a pot.’ 822-6062 for further information. The professor, however, had different

on s u Join riday, F t s m r i p F 8 ; 5 Featured in July: 1 y l Ju Suzan Christenson, Lauraine Snelling, Sandi Thoman and Alejandra Whittier and guest ar tists in “F ession artists “Frreedom of Expr Expression

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Spotlight on Jewelry Artist Alejandra Whittier Alejandra Whittier, a local jewelry artist who creates wearable works of art, will be a featured artist at CrossRoads Gallery in July, with a new show opening on First Friday, July 1. “The journey of a rock from stone to jewelry is my theme during July,” Alejandra says. “I want to show a little of what is involved during the design process of my pieces.” Originally from Mexico, Alejandra started making jewelry “on and off” when she went home to Puebla to visit her parents during summer breaks from the Universidad de Monterrey. “My mom started making jewelry for herself and later for relatives and friends, so I started helping her,” she explains. After Alejandra got married to Adam and moved to California, she wasn’t allowed to work while going through the immigration process, she Alejandra Whittier, seen here at a previous says, “so I had all the time in the world and I First Friday event, will be a featured artist at started making jewelry again to kill time. That is CrossRoads Gallery in July. You can meet her when I start selling my creations to my motherand find out more about her design process on in-law’s friends and relatives. From then on I July 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. Photo by Mel White found my true passion and started researching new techniques and practicing them to have a wider variety of jewelry.” I can achieve that with the use of the metals.” While acknowledging that “changes in life Each piece of jewelry created by are always challenging” Alejandra also believes Alejandra’s inner self and skilled hands is a that “all changes are good, in one way or literal transformation of ordinary materials into another.” The extraordinary pieces of The exquisite changes she has gone art. Anyone who ends through have had a up wearing her art can jewelry designs of great impact on her Alejandra Whittier always be assured that it life, she says, will be featured at is a “one-of-a-kind piece “turning me into that was made with all CrossRoads what I am now.” the respect and Gallery in July. What she is admiration for this work photo provided now is a full-time that nature shared with artist who can take a me.” stone and a piece of copper and turn them into You can see Alejandra’s work at something exquisite. “I have always been CrossRoads Gallery everyday, but more of it intrigued by natural stones, how they are formed will be featured during the month of July, and transformed by nature, like all of our changes including special information on her in life. I feel really lucky to be part of the inspirations and techniques. Be sure to stop by transformational process of designing a piece of the gallery on First Friday, between 5 an 8 p.m. jewelry. Every step of this process is an amazing and learn a little more about “the journey of a journey for the stone and for the designer who rock…“ directly from artist Alejandra Whittier. has the opportunity to handle the piece.” CrossRoads Gallery is located in the Alejandra says that her inner self guides her center of historic downtown Tehachapi, on the design work, wherein she combines the northwest corner of the Compass Rose. Call “intriguing beauty of natural stones” enhanced by 822-5242 for more information or check out the the modern feel of metals. “A stone’s shades and gallery’s website at colors will tell me what metal to use, and what <> or shape they will want to be at the end,” she says. Alejandra’s website at “Balancing the weight of the piece is a must, and <>.

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T.P.A.C. Back Street Gallery July First Friday at Backstreet Gallery features Isla Fox by Helen McAllister Isla Fox is an artist living in Tehachapi and has lived here for the last 17 years. Her first name is original to the Scottish Island clans. Her name is to denote the beauty of this island. Isla has sold quite a few of her 3-D Paper Tole pictures. They seem to fit into so many styles of decor. They are pictures of old mills, of animals and still life’s. The following tells how tole pictures are made: the first print is mounted on a special type board and is used as a background. Different parts of the picture are cut out; the edges are colored and a shaping tool is used to assist in shaping the object. Flowers are separated by petals and leaves in a like manner. A special shadow box frame is used. The featured artists of Backstreet Gallery hang in the hall way and are there on the

month to month exhibit. Martha at Mountain Antiques can make purchases available to the public when the gallery is not open. The Back Street Gallery has been open for one-and-ahalf years, and also serves as an office for the Tehachapi Performing Arts Center. The main purpose is involved with procuring a permanent building to house the Tehachapi Community Orchestra and other venues. The gallery is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4 PM and on Frst Fridays from 5-8 p.m. Music by Gail Pitchford and Ron Blair will perform. The paintings, quilts etc. are on consignment. Back Street Gallery is located across from the Depot and behind Mountain Antiques at 106 West Tehachapi Blvd. For more information call B.J. Mitchell at 821-5110.

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It Takes Two to Tango!

The nine new Norbertine Canonesses with several of the dignitaries who attended or concelebrated, including The Most Rev. Thomas A. Handgrätinger, O.Praem., Abbot General of the Norbertine Order (Rome; principal celebrant); Rev. Monsignor Myron J. Cotta, Administrator of the Fresno Diocese (after Bishop John Steinbock’s death); The Rt. Rev. Eugene J. Hayes, Abbot of St. Michael’s Abbey (Orange); The Rt. Rev. Jean- Regis Harmel, Abbot Emeritus of Mondaye Abbey (France), The Rt. Rev. Jeroen de Cuyper, Abbot of Tongerlo (Belgium), Rev. Robert Finnegan, Provisor of the Norbertine Order from St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere (Wisconsin); Fr. Emmerich Vogt, O. P. (Western Province); The Rt. Rev. Joseph Homick, Abbot of Mt. Tabor Monastery (Byzantine RiteUniate); Fr. Vahan Gosdanian, Pastor of Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church (Fresno, CA) (photo taken outside the front entrance of St. John’s Cathedral).

The Norbertine Monastery

A Heavenly Haven in the Tehachapi Mountains Part 4 – Solemn Profession (Final & Perpetual Vows) A Heavenly Espousal by MK Waiss and the Norbertine Canonesses of the Bethlehem Priory of St. Joseph As mentioned in Part 2 of this series, January 29, 2011 marked an historical day for the Norbertine community. Rather than write of this event as a spectator, MK Waiss chose to share the press release as provided by those that lived it. FRESNO, California, FEB. 5, 2011 — On Saturday, January 29, 2011, nine of the 20 sisters of the Bethlehem Priory of St. Joseph of Tehachapi, California, made their Solemn Profession (final and perpetual vows) at St. John the Baptist’s Cathedral in Fresno, California. The event also marked the community’s transition from the status of an Association of the Faithful to full integration in the Norbertine Order, the Diocese of Fresno, California, and the Roman Catholic Church as an independent canonry of Norbertine Canonesses, the first in the United States of America. “This is truly a sacred and landmark day for our young community,” said Mother Mary Augustine, “a day that we have been looking forward to ever since our founding back in 1997. We are all very happy; these years of prayer, work, challenges, joys and growth were necessary, as we know that everything happens in God’s time. And that time is now.” It was on October 7, 1997, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, that Mother Mary Augustine, a native of French New Caledonia, and four other women who desired to consecrate themselves to God according to the Norbertine way of life, made the first step towards full autonomy as an independent canonry of Norbertine Canonesses. They were founded as a public association of the faithful by the Rt. Rev. Eugene Joseph Hayes, O.

Praem., Abbot of St. Michael’s Abbey, their “mother abbey”, a community of about 70 priests and seminarians in Orange, California. These women, whose number has grown to 20, several of whom entered the community at 18 or 19, have been living in the Tehachapi Mountains of California since 2000 and are known by local friends as the “sisters in the mountains.” Men’s houses of Norbertines have been in the US since the late 1800’s in DePere, Wisconsin, followed by others in Daylesford, Pennsylvania, and Orange, California, as well as other locales in the US. The Norbertine community is also the first community of cloistered nuns in the Fresno Diocese, having been welcomed to the Diocese in May of 2000 by the late Bishop John T. Steinbock, who was very happy to have cloistered nuns in his Diocese. Over the past year, the Bishop expressed on several occasions how much he was looking forward to the Solemn Professions on January 29th (the date was chosen back in August 2010 by the Abbot General of the Norbertine Order and the Bishop as it was the first date available for both), but did not live to see their full installation into the diocese, having passed away on December 5, 2010 of lung cancer. Over 50 priests concelebrated at the Mass on January 29th at St. John’s Cathedral in Fresno, including the main celebrant, the Supreme Moderator of the Norbertine Order from Rome, Father Abbot General Thomas Handgrätinger, O.Praem., along with Father Abbot Eugene Hayes and Rev. Monsignor Myron J. Cotta, the administrator of the Fresno Diocese after Bishop Steinbock’s death.

Let’s say that you and a classmate or were happening because he showed me how family member are always in some kind of strong I was. When I thought something hurtful confrontation. Every chance they get to belittle about him I would help turn it around with a you, they do. The two of you have a certain gentle reminder of a great lesson I was learning. By being grateful what I was rhythm and, in this case, it happens learning to do was turn my energy to to be the Cowboy Two Step. You hate the Cowboy Two Step! It is the positive and, by doing that, I changed my dance step from the boring. You dread seeing that person Cowboy Two Step to the Tango. because all you do is Cowboy Two Step. What do you do? You change What was really great was I stopped wasting all that energy on him. your step! You start doing the Tango. As much as that person tries, he If you are being picked on use “The Way of the World.” Imagine cannot do the Cowboy Two Step what it is that you want to have with you if you are doing the Tango. Any relationship can change just happen. Keep it positive! Don’t Charisse Rudolph visualize something bad for that by one of the people seeing things in ~The Leadership a different light and then responding person. Visualize that he or she will leave you alone and that you are not differently. It may take two to Tango, intimidated. In most cases this will change the but it only takes one to change the relationship. You might say I am not having a energy and the bully will start picking on someone else. However, if it is getting out of relationship, but as long as you are relating, you are having a relationship. There are all hand, tell an adult. Show the bully that one way or another you are not going to let him or her different kinds of relationships. Sure, you can hurt you. Who cares if he or she doesn’t like it see what he or she is doing wrong or what could be done differently, but after you have and frowns at you? That will be easier to deal with than being hurt or killed. communicated (making the action wrong, not Who will be the first to get a copy of the person) you can focus on what can be done differently. Words Hit Hard as a Fist, to our Tehachapi Middle School and/or High School? Inside will Visualize what you would like to have be placed a sticker that reads, “This is a gift to happen. Believe, be grateful, and take action. Even in the worse situation, find a reason you the teenagers of Tehachapi from ____________ (Your name, or your business’ name) which will can be grateful. That is called “The Way of the World.” be on the inside cover for the life of the book. One time I had a person in my class that My publicist is inviting all schools in the took advantage of me whenever he could. He country to get a copy for their school library teased me and, for over a year, he did things on and it’s an inexpensive way to get your purpose to make my life miserable. I felt business name in the homes of local families. helpless at times and became so angry that I Until the next time, “To Thy own self be would lose sight of my daydreams. true.” Today’s Quote: ~Reshape your thoughts As time went on he still pulled his little to what you daydream.~ pranks, but I started to be grateful for all that Next column, Having Expectations. he was showing me. I started to wish him well Charisse J. Rudolph, ~The Leadership in my mind. When I saw him staring me down Lady~ Winner of The Leadership Award for and whispering in somebody’s ear, part of me Contribution to Women. wanted to make him sorry. However, I knew I would just end up suffering more. Instead I Book launching party will be announced started giving thanks for all the things that soon.

Other concelebrating priests and dignitaries hailed from the US and around the world, including Norbertines from Belgium, France, England, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, as well as priest friends of the community from the East to West Coasts. Special priest-guests also included Fr. Vahan Gosdanian, pastor of the Holy Trinity Apostolic (Orthodox) Armenian Church of Fresno, and two Byzantine-rite abbots. There were about 450 guests at the Cathedral to witness the Solemn Professions, including family, friends, benefactors, Lay Order Prémontré (Third Order) members, and religious—from all parts of the country and various parts of the world, including Slovakia and Nigeria. “This day is truly the day the Lord has made,” said Sr. Mary Norbert, one of the nine sisters making her Solemn Profession. “Looking back, you can see God’s hand orchestrating everything. It is as if our whole lives were created by God for this one moment in time, to be able to offer and dedicate ourselves totally, unconditionally to Him, to give all to Jesus, who called us and loved us first.”

Although the Norbertine Canonesses are cloistered nuns and their lives are devoted to prayer, it is liturgical prayer that is the essence and heart of their vocation, interceding for the needs of the Church and the world day and night during Holy Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours, and their other community and private prayers. The sisters, representing four continents, are a truly international community, bringing with them varied backgrounds prior to their entry into the convent, including young women who entered directly from high school as well as those with experience in various professional fields, women with talents in many areas, with all of them laying their gifts at the service of God. Photos of the Mass and Ceremony of Solemn Profession were provided by Rick Belcher, the professional photographer who covered the event. For access to more photos of the event, please visit his proof gallery at or the Sisters’ new website at Next Issue: Part 5 “Final Reflections”

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Deception: The Art of a Healthy Relationship This year is flying by. It is already July started stuttering with the kale, but when I and I have not yet reached my goal to be pulled out the Brussels sprouts, he totally America’s Next Top Model. It’s okay, I still freaked out! He climbed on top of the fridge have five more months until the end of the and hissed at me! I even got threats he would year. What I have done is completely change chase it down with whiskey. I not sure what how we eat. he was complaining about, I put an Just because I am a vegan apple in to sweeten it up. doesn’t mean I always eat Now, before you groan and healthy. I love bread. I would eat make kidnapping plans to save Mr.. it in every meal if I could, but GGB from certain doom, let me knowing white bread is not all just say he is fine. He has a ton of that good I decided to start energy and no longer has that making 10 grain bread. Easy afternoon slump. This doesn’t switch right? Wrong! Drama, mean he hasn’t kicked and drama, drama. After making a loaf screamed all the way. With this of beautiful bread, I left it out to new surge of energy he has been cool. Somehow when this is able to go on and on about how The totally rad done, Mr. GGB magically wrong this is and other spouses get Go Green Bunny appears and huge portions of the to eat fried cheese sticks. loaf end up missing. This time was no The Fourth of July is almost here and we different, except I heard him frantically calling will be BBQing like most families. Mr. GGB me, when he found me, he asked if I had loves veggie patty burger. Why? Because he cleaned the bread maker before I used it, has no idea what is in them! He thinks he is because the bread had all kinds of weird things getting junk food because it’s round, grilled in it! After assuring him it was not going to and on a bun (whole wheat). Throw in some kill him, he ate it and loved it. Light bulb! sweet potato fries and he thinks he has won a After years, I have figured out how to deal battle. Good, let him have this one. However, with Mr. GGB’s diet! I will have to lie and he is actually getting in grains, protein, trick him into eating the things that are good veggies, and healthy carbs. Winner, winner, for him! beet dinner. If you want to jump on the I know what you are thinking, “That’s deceptive train, here is the recipe for my beet no way to deal with Mr. GGB” and “Honesty veggie patties for your next BBQ (see below). is always the best policy”. To that I say you As always, if you have a questions, have no idea who I am dealing with! suggestions, or ideas of ways to hide Mr. For example, we are working from home GGB’s vitamins in food, please email me at today so I decided to take this opportunity From my family to to make a super green smoothie for us. Mr. yours, have a happy and safe fourth of July. GGB grumbled a bit, but said he would drink Note from Mr. GGB: Do not wake up it. He showed no sign of concern with the grumpy when your honey is writing an carrots, he raised an eyebrow at the spinach, article, and please send mozzarella sticks. he looked concerned with the beet greens, he

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Weather or not? Headline reads “Wild spring weather we have been and how wonderful our little across California’s wine country has been valley is. So, on your next visit, have Bob the enough to drive a vintner to drink.” Yeah, you Wine Guy show you what the vineyard looks guessed it, a late snow/hail event has indeed hit like now. a lot of California’s growing regions and, yes, We are doing vineyard tours as time and that does include us here staffing permits, so look for the guy in the hat for that in Tehachapi. little bit of business. Help Paso Robles me Ronda… how about the experienced snow of all wine word of the day? things, after much of Aromatic, a descriptor their bud break occurred. for a wine that has a This is very bad. Some pronounced smell. Used estimates place the particularly in reference to damage at 35 percent. fruity and floral smells. That means no harvest for that portion this by Bob Souza, “The Wine Guy” Some white grape varieties are also dubbed aromatic year, a major bummer. because they are strong in aromatic Record rain and frost have caused all kinds compounds. of problems. Not the first time this has Before the dreaded family tale, I must happened, but it is always unwelcome. While rain is good for some crops, late precipitation is point out that we are going to celebrate our third anniversary on the week-end of July 4. not for California’s 18.5 billion dollar wine Come and say hello, we have a week-end of fun industry. planned. Also July 16 there is “All That Regulating water controls the intensity of Jazz”, a concert under the stars. Don’t miss it. grape flavors and too much causes mildew. It’s snow, not rain, that causes problems in the Last year was a sell out and probably will be mountainous areas like, say Tehachapi, and again. others. Areas where leafing vineyards have been Okay…. So my Uncle Frankie, having led hit by the same spring snow storms that have a less than honorable life, decides to join a ski resorts dreaming of remaining open thru monastery and become a monk. With an eye July 4. toward salvation, he joins one of those where Most producers like us pretty much say he has to take a vow of silence. (Could I be there’s nothing we can do about it and we just related? I mean silence! Please…) Okay, so the head monk says you can say two words every hope for the best. Some vineyards up north ten years. So ten years are up and Uncle, now were wiped out due to freezes in early April. Monk Francis says his two words, “Bed hard”. Their crops included Grenache, Grenache Another ten years go by he says, “Food bad”. Blanc, and Viognier. The only vineyards that Then another ten and he says, “I quit” and the were spared had overhead sprinkling systems. head Monk looks at him and says, “I’m not On a more positive note a little winery in surprised, you’ve done nothing but complain Tehachapi, Souza Family Vineyard, did receive since you got here.” some hail, frost and snow damage. However all Bada Bing… ‘til next time… I’m your guy, is well and our little plants are fighting back Bob the Wine Guy that is. Abbondanza Fortuna and, so far, winning. As we approach our third Getting some great material...send me more year as a tasting room and eighth year as a at! grower, we have come to realize how fortunate

• 1 huge beet, raw and shredded • 15 oz of black beans. You can use canned, but I am rolling my eyes and sighing • 1 cup cooked brown rice

• 2 cups raw oats

• ¼ cup ground flax seed

• 3 tablespoons of veggie broth

• 2 cloves of garlic minced

• 1 shallot minced

• 1 stalk of celery

• a pinch of sea salt

• Fresh pepper to taste.

• BBQ seasoning to taste (this is completely optional, add the seasoning you like)

Wendy Waldman brings “The Best” to Fiddlers Crossing Fiddlers Crossing is located at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased next door at Mountain Music, at The Apple Shed, or with a credit card by calling 661-823-9994. Tickets are $15, and as always, coffee and goodies are included. Doors open at 6:30p.m.

Mix this all together, if it seems a little dry add a bit more veggie broth. Form some patties and toss them on the grill. A little char adds tons of flavor.

Wendy Waldman, well-known all-around singer-songwriter-producer-entertainer, will be performing at Fiddlers Crossing on July 9. There’s a good chance the show will sell out so be sure to get your tickets now!

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Loop Lateral Pipeline Nears Completion

QR You Waiting For?

By Tina Forde, Forde News Service

First and foremost this technology isn’t The list just goes on, and is only limited by new and some of you reading this article were what can be done on the internet and your born after it was first introduced. That being artistic preference. The best part is the said, what is a QR (Quick Response) code? consumer just needs to press a few buttons to Simply put QR codes are two dimensional get there instead of typing out the entire URL. barcodes capable of holding exponentially more The Canadian government has even started data than an ordinary barcode. The funny thing using QRs. If you are applying for a Canadian is this technology has been around for about passport via PDF the application autogenerates seventeen years now. First invented by a a QR equivalent that updates as you fill out the Toyota subsidiary to quickly application. In a world where track automotive parts, the QR everyone is on the go, you can code has evolved into a staple take a picture and do just that. object in Japan and outlying Just to put this into countries. Due to the level of perspective, imagine a information these codes can supermarket that puts a QR code contain, 4,296 alphanumeric on their savings advertisement. characters or more, a very large This QR contains a URL that amount of information can be directs customers to an internet conveyed just by using the right equivalent of the advertisement application on a Smartphone. I and lets us save digital coupons on Let’s have a scavenger prefer QR Droid but there are our phones. No more rooting hunt! Get out your phone, several out there, including the around in your purse for one start up the QR reader of popular Red Laser app or iPhone coupon and no more cutting out your preference, and app NeoReader. A QR can be any good luck hunting. Just a coupons, for that matter. All this two tone combination of can be done anywhere in the world hint the QR is a location in town where the differently shaded colors and can you can take a picture and have scavenger hunt begins. even contain art, if done in the cell phone reception. right manner. Some uses for QRs Another use, that I would include: directing to a URL address, love to see realized, would be to place brick or geolocation, calendar events, full contact similar material QRs at important places in information, plain text and SMS (a cell phone Tehachapi. Then use these QRs to supplement text). Tehachapi’s already existing self-tour of I’m going to focus on the first use, URL Downtown with an online and interactive address, because of what can be done with it. experience. Taranta, a restaurant in Boston, MA, puts In this article I have included a QR code. edible squid ink QRs on their dishes so that It is a breadcrumb for a little scavenger hunt I diners can scan it and know all the ingredients set up. So whip out your phone, start up the and the recipe used to prepare their meal. QR reader of your preference, and good luck Recently Comedy Central’s the Daily Show hunting. Just a hint it is a location in town used a URL QR to make fun of CNN’s where the scavenger hunt begins. excessive QR use. Several businesses have made If you look closly we have included QR scavenger hunts; discounts; enter-to-win; several QRs throughout this issue. I think it PayPal donations; interactive kiosks; selfwill catch on and be really fun. See if you can guided tours; and any use the mind can imagine. find the others and good hunting.

The Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District is moving toward completion of a milelong, 18-inch pipe along Cummings Valley Road that will eliminate the current trip uphill to Jacobsen Reservoir and back down again for water that Bear Valley Springs purchases from the district. The Cummings Valley Loop Lateral will divert imported water from the water district’s main pipeline to its 19-acre recharge ponds at the east end of Cummings Valley. With the construction of the pipeline, Bear Valley will receive recharge water at the less expensive Pressure Zone 1 rates, as the water will not have been pumped up to the reservoir (the cost of pumping uphill adds to the cost). Bear Valley Springs, Stallion Springs and CCI — all of which will benefit by accessing the new Pressure Zone 1 rates — initially were planning to pay for the capital costs of the lateral pipeline, but CCI was not able to come up with its share, water district General Manager John Martin said. “We (water district) are paying for the project up front,” Martin said. “We will recover their (BV, SS and CCI) share with surcharges on the water rates. They have three years to pay it back. Once the pipeline is complete, we will lower their water rate to Pressure Zone 1 and add a surcharge.” According to Martin, the surcharge is based on water consumption, and when the capital costs are recovered, “the surcharge goes away.” Martin said that water production (total demand) in Bear Valley Springs last year dropped to less than 1,000 acre feet from a historical average of 1,200 to 1,250 acre feet. The high usage “bumper months” of May and October were cool and wet, he said, reducing the demand for water. The high percent of real estate vacancies also contributed to the drop in consumption. The 18-inch lateral pipe runs along Cummings Valley Road from Bailey Road to within a few hundred feet of Bear Valley Road, where it turns south toward the prison as a 12inch pipe, behind the Grimmway organic shed to the 19-acre perolation ponds. At its June 15 meeting at the district headquarters at Brite Lake, the water district board of directors voted 5-0 to approve relocation of the easement along the lateral. The original easement was too close to the road, Martin said. In other business, the board: * Agreed to adopt the staff’’s new written policy on fiancial reserves; * Approved the preliminary 2011-2012

budget of $9.2 million, which is down from $9.6 million this year; * Agreed 4-1 (Chairman Harry Cowan dissenting) to send a final additional bill for $17,187 to Daniel Neveau, owner of the Horse Thief Golf and Country Club. Neveau paid the water district $582,000 to construct the districtowned four-mile, eight-inch pipeline that will transport recycled water from the waste treatment plant at CCI to irrigate the Horse Thief golf greens. “There was a large granite slab we had to bust through,” Martin said, explaining the extra expense; * Agreed to place a three-minute limit on public speaker comments, with the chairman’s discretion to grant more time; * Heard a report on the May 26 public hearing in Stallion Springs on the Urban Regional Urban Water Management Plan and opened a public hearing on the subject. The hearing is continued to June 29. * Agreed to stay engaged in the Environmental Impact Report process for TerraGen’s Pahnamid wind project on the Tehachapi Mountains, but not to take a stand similar to that set forth by the city of Tehachapi. In a letter to the water district, Tehachapi Mayor Ed Grimes wrote: “As the available space for new wind parks continues to diminish and as newer generation turbines become increasingly more efficient, wind parks could emerge in locations where the residents of Tehachapi never anticipated or in areas that would have heretofore been infeasible utilizing older turbine technology. In this regard the prospect of a wind park encroaching into the Sand Canyon community may be their issue today but it could be Stallion Springs, Bear Valley Springs, Alpine Forst or Cummings Valley’s issue tomorrow. Our intention is to be proactive and to approach the county with this issue in a unified voice and we need your participation to do so.” Water district Operations Manager Steve Minton had responded (May 9, 2011) to the Kern County Planning Department regarding issues of erosion, wells, sewage and dams that should be covered in the Pahnamid Environmental Impact Report. “We’ve gotten engaged in this process already,” Martin said. “We want to make sure that anything that impacts the district we’ll address.” Director Rob Schultz said the district is not for or against the Pahnamid project, but is concerned about runoff from the roads. “I think we should stay out of it,” Cowan said. The next water board meeting is July 20 at 4 p.m. at the district headquarters at Brite Lake, 22901 Banducci Road.

by Christopher Gripkey

The British Are Coming! As the number of soccer players in the USA nears 20 million, the number one soccer company in the United States, Canada and Australia, Challenger Sports, has been invited to hold one of their nationwide program of British Soccer training camps right here in the growing soccer community of Tehachapi. Tehachapi AYSO has teamed up to host the week long British Soccer camp during the week of July 18 – July 22, at Benz- Visco Soccer Fields. The camp will run Monday through Friday and each child will be coached by a member of challenger’s British coaching staff flown to the USA exclusively to work on these programs. Challenger will hold over 2,000 British Soccer camps this summer and will coach over 100,000 players between the ages of 4 and 18 and over 20,000 parents and coaches. Challengers’ British Soccer Camp is more than a week of drills and skills. In addition to taking part in a daily regimen of foot skill development, technical and tactical practices and daily tournament style plays, each child will also be treated to a rich cultural experience and lessons on respect, responsibility, integrity, leadership and sportsmanship. The most popular part of each camp is the Camp World Cup. The coaches use this

daily tournament to teach the players about life, customs and traditions of other countries. The campers are asked to make up cheers, bring flags, dress up and learn as much as they can about the country they represent. Tehachapi AYSO is offering British Soccer camp sessions for the following ages: Ages 3-4: 4-5 pm, $56 Ages 4-5: 5-6:30 pm, $68 Ages 6-9, 4-7 pm, $95 Ages 10-16: 4-7 pm, $95 Each camper will receive a free camp t shirt, soccer ball, giant soccer poster and an individual skills performance evaluation. A late fee of $10 will be applied after July 8th. Space is limited – parents are encouraged to sign up on line in advance to avoid disappointment. To sign up for the camp either visit or email Desiree Whatmough at Challenger has been conducting soccer camps in the US for 20 years and in addition to coaching youth players throughout the country, Challenger also run European Soccer Tours, hold soccer tournaments and now manufacture and sell their own brand of soccer apparel. To find out more about Challenger Sports visit their web site

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Yoga 101 -101 Stumbling Towards Enlightenment Yoga

You Can Leave Your Hat On by Yogashanan Once upon a time, there were people dedicated to studying the ancient art and science of yoga as an intelligent path to liberating the mind and cultivating a sense of Oneness with All Things (aka Enlightenment.) But that was before yoga was introduced to the west around 1893 by Swami Vivekananda. And much like the legendary meeting between Bambi and Godzilla, Yoga encountered Capitalism and all hell broke loose. Since that first teaching a short 108 years ago, the enthusiastic embrace of yoga in the west has birthed a six billion dollar annual industry. The Mad Men discovered that yoga sells and have wasted no time in hijacking the practice to promote everything from financial institutions (geeky Sun Life sales reps try to rename a yoga class Sun Life Salutations) to air fresheners (women spill into a girlfriend’s house, roll out their mats and she “plugs into her karma” (!) with a Glade plug-in which is hilariously ironic since most yoga studios strongly stipulate no scents or perfumes in class). The Corporate Suits salivate for the yogi consumer who has a shiny college education to go along with a sweet median yearly income of $85,000*. (*Statistics straight from the website which is brought to you by Hedge Fund Live! Seriously.) All this financial success and pop culture prominence has inspired an array of dubious products to separate the yogi from her dollar. Some favorite quirky merchandise: yogi sox with individual toes and sticky dots on the soles ensuring a non-slip practice and whose print campaign was the center of a ginormous brouhaha due to artsy photos of a naked yogini performing poses wearing only her yogi sox; the wrist-saver cuff that velcros to your arm for sturdier arm balancings; Yogapaws mini-mats strap to hands and feet for the traveling yogi. The Big New Thing is custom yoga mats of your own design. (In a particularly heartwarming moment of afternoon television, Jennifer Aniston gifted Oprah a custom mat featuring a family portrait of her dogs and Oprah damn near cried.) On your next free day in LA, you can get your groove on at Yoga Booty Ballet class and afterwards enjoy an icecold can of Yoga Bunny Detox (also known as

Liquid Psychiatry.) If you’re feeling frisky afterwards, there’s www.SteamyHotYoga featuring women in bikinis performing inexplicable hip and chest openers while chanting to the camera, “Steamy… hot… yoga…” So after 15 years of teaching, I’ve decided it’s time for me to infiltrate the retail yoga community. I know that feeling safe and protected is essential for any yogi’s practice to evolve. Safety first, right? Right! So get your credit card and consider this latest yogic innovation: Tired of slamming your head to the floor in yoga practice? Had it with those unsightly forehead goose eggs that can follow a challenging arm-balance class? Knock your noggin in Peacock Pose? No more cracked cranium in Handstand, ever! Introducing the Latest Offering from the Stupid Yoga Prop Collection: Yogashanan’s YogaHelmet. Yogis! Protect your sacred skull and its precious contents! Ergonomically designed by vegan engineers, the YogaHelmet is constructed from free-trade sustainable organic fiberglass with a zero carbon footprint. (Surely it’s needless to mention that no animals were injured in the manufacturing of this helmet.) Optional giant suction cup accessory provides a firm support for Headstand. Custom designs available: colorize sections of the helmet to reflect which portions of the brain light up during meditation; invoke a landscape of wild monkeys jumping through trees (your monkey mind at work); or leave it plain to symbolize the classic state of emptiness. Or a picture of your dog. Order today and get absolutely free the distinctive Pratyahara Pulldown Visor for your “withdrawal of the senses” practice; an indispensable aid in quieting that screeching harpy in your head. Simply pull down the vision-blocking visor, mute the built-in earbuds, insert the taste-killing tongue depressor and plug up those distracting nostrils. The YogaHelmet makes your Pratyahara practice a snap! Call now and receive absolutely at halfprice an autographed copy of Yogashanan’s astounding book, Stumbling Towards Enlightenment: a Yoga 101 Collection. Now what would you pay? Jen called yesterday to place a custom order for Oprah. I think I’m on to something. Sorry, Swami.

June 25 ~ July 9, 2011

City Council Adopts Balanced Budget, Praises Main Street by Robert Lugibihl

In a move unprecedented at State and Saturday, June 18. Mayor Ed Grimes agreed. “It Federal levels, the Tehachapi City Council voted was a great event with wonderful attendance, and unanimously to adopt a balanced five year I really appreciate Lori and the Main Street budget plan that was presented to them by City organization for everything they did,” Grimes Manager Greg Garrett at the June 20th city said. council meeting. As far as a summary of the Tehachapi “We are very proud to present to the Regional Urban Water Management Plan Council with a very tight, balanced budget that is (TRUWMP), the Urban Water Management in the black by an estimated $40,000,” said Planning Act requires water agencies that produce Garrett. “This budget is over 3,000 acre-feet per an ongoing effort — a year or have over 3,000 living document — service connections to which is the product of produce an Urban many hours of hard Water Management work by Finance Plan. After some Director Hannah Chung discussion with the and the other other local agencies, it departments involved in was agreed that we its creation.” should complete a plan Coming in at a as a region instead of total city operating individual agencies. Part expense of just over of this decision was $17.7 million dollars per based on the economy year for the next five of a regional plan, “We are very proud to present to the Council years, the budget with a very tight, balanced budget that is in the formatting of the plan included a $75,000 per and that none of the black by an estimated $40,000,” said Greg year allocation to Main Garrett, Tehachapi City Manager at the June agencies met the criteria Street Tehachapi, a of the mandatory status 20th city council meeting. 501(c)3 charitable from the Department of organization whose goal is to enhance historic Water Resources. This plan was completed in preservation, encourage architectural about 18 months. This TRUWMP will serve as a improvements, develop community guide to each agency as how to incorporate the relationships, stimulate economic growth and Best Management Practices into each agencies initiate great family events in our community. operations. The participants were: TCCWDMain Street Executive Director Lori John Martin, GHCSD-Bill Fisher, BVCSD-Clint McKenzie expressed to the Council the success Stewart, SSCSD- Mary Beth Garrison/Tyler of the 4th Annual Tehachapi Chili Cook Off on Napier, City of Tehachapi – Jon Curry.

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a sense of participation in the greatest of human adventures. Cost: Well, this is where you really have to consider the Shuttle Program a failure. A Shuttle flight was supposed to cost one-tenth of what an Apollo mission cost. In fact, the economics of spaceflight have not significantly changed. A shuttle mission to low-earth orbit still costs about as much as sending three people to the moon. (Imagine how different things would be if there had been 140 Apollo missions!) Indeed, “all good things must come to an end.” If all had gone according to plan, the Shuttle Program would now close with nothing more than a tear and a round of applause as humanity moves forward. Yet, Atlantis’s rollout will have the emotional weight of a tragedy. The Shuttle isn’t being retired because its services are no longer required. The Shuttle is

People was to provide safe, reliable, and routine If seeing a Space Shuttle launch is on your spaceflight at a fraction of what America was “bucket list,” you’d better make arrangements spending on Apollo. Let’s see how the program immediately! As we go to press, Space Shuttle fared. Atlantis is scheduled to lift off the morning of Safety: Considering that the July eighth. When she rolls to a basic design is to strap a hydrogen stop, the Space Shuttle Program bomb onto the belly of an aircraft will end. The Shuttle Program has and then strap two Roman candles made all Americans feel that they on either side, very few lives were had a foothold on the frontier of lost. Of the fourteen that were, the space for more than a generation. Challenger Seven were the victims Its end should indeed be noted and of blatant hubris by the “experts” the program’s accomplishments that those astronauts were trusting duly recognized; and the lives lost with their lives. As for Columbia, in pursuit of humanities highest as an engineer I am still mystified calling never forgotten. at how this country’s Let’s review some of its Dale “Hawk” Hawkins best and brightest failed accomplishments: It is still to understand the force history’s only reusable manned of impact of a piece of foam flying spacecraft. It can launch 30 tons of cargo to near the speed of sound. Isn’t it low-earth orbit – with seven astronauts – more obvious that a Nerf ball impacting gently than any other launch system. It lofted your face at that speed it going to the spectacular Hubble Space Telescope and hurt – a lot!? kept improving it. (I’m concerned that Hubble’s Reliability: Well, when it flew, it replacement, the James Web Space Telescope, performed pretty well. Yet, very few will be stationed almost half-way to the moon flights got off without at least one “where no man has gone” since 1972!) It hauled delay. It is still one of the most up the hardware, construction crews, and complex systems ever created by personnel for the International Space Station. It humans. is still the only technology available to retrieve Capability: Well, it’s still in the a satellite or fix it in situ. The Space Shuttle heavy-lift category; but a Saturn V gave access to space for astronauts from many has far more horsepower. The real nations, and anti-lock brakes for your car. The Shuttle Program first saw daylight in 1976 as value of the Shuttle was the talent of Was the Space Shuttle Program a success? Enterprise was rolled out in Palmdale before Gene the astronauts who rode them. They Well, despite all of its accomplishments, at best Roddenberry and the original STAR TREK cast as an Air not only gave the system its you have to give it a “qualified yes.” Its original Force band played the “Theme to STAR TREK.” incredible flexibility, it gave everyone mandate from Congress and the American Photo credit: NASA.

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still the “state-of-the-art.” Despite its 1970s design (drawing on a lot of technology from the 1950s and ‘60s), the Space Shuttle is still the hottest thing flying. The tragedy is that there is no replacement in sight. After thirty years of service, there is no National Aerospace Plane, Pan Am Space Clipper, or space elevator to take its place. By the end of July, America will no longer have a manned spacecraft capability. Americans will ride as passengers to the International Space Station aboard Russian rockets. NASA’s only plan seems to be to sit back and let private industry rebuild America’s low-earth orbit capability. Over time, that is probably the right approach. In the meantime, many American Space Cadets will be smarting as we become a “has-been space power.”

The Shuttle Program first tasted fresh vacuum in 1981 (only a few years behind schedule) when Astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen took Columbia up for a two-day spin around the block. Photo Credit: NASA

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Mulberry Place Opens New Home for Elder Care photos and story by Leslie Reynolds Renovation on the 4th home at Mulberry Place is complete and is now accepting new residents. Founder, Tiffini Hughes is very excited about the new home and has been busy with the final touches to give it that warm and welcoming feeling of home. Beautifully renovated home includes the finest of safety and security measures, and is beautifully decorated and landscaped. The staff is top notch and truly caring. Mulberry Place, senior care assisted living is expanding and moving forward to make life better and more productive for our elderly. For further information please call 661.822.8077.

June 25 ~ July 9, 2011

All Occasion English Garden Jennifer wishes you a Happy 4th of July! Kick festivities off early with a *FREE hour rental at Jennifer’s Terrace. This 2,700 square foot facility can accommodate up to 180 guests. Perfect for a family gathering without the hassle of the after party clean-up! To help you save on entertainment costs, utilize our complete quality outdoor sound system for your favorite song list, bring your karaoke machine or use our satellite stereo and choose from 100’s of styles of music. The easiest way to have fun and entertainment! Whatever the reason you want to host a party, a garden is a unique venue and is sure to please guests. This versatile space can be transformed to meet your vision. It’s also great for small intimate parties. Amenities include, but are not limited to, chair and table rentals, two cocktail bars, a

fully-equipped kitchen, an air-conditioned interior, a gazebo, outdoor heaters, a dance floor, a stage for a band, a complete audio service and sound system (mic, receiver, mp3 capability), dressing rooms and ample street parking. The garden is in full bloom and beautiful. Please visit free anytime and bring a picnic, your elderly loved one for a nice stroll, enjoy sitting fountain side or just enjoy the colorful garden. Call to schedule a tour. Walk-ins are always welcome. An Event Coordinator will assist you with all facets of planning and assure your event is a success! Jennifer’s Terrace is located at 413 South Curry Street in Tehachapi. 661.822.5808 *3 HR Minimum Rental

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Welding Matters

Creating a Win-Win Offer

Today I’m going tell you a story about a can be a matter of life and death if welds are car repair… a bad car repair. Here recently I not done so properly when structurally was on my way to Fresno to teach a class. repairing a vehicle. The entire side of this On my way there, a friend of mine (he owns particular vehicle was practically falling off! a large shop in Fresno) called me. If this vehicle had been driven Naturally, I pulled over to the much longer, the consequences shoulder of the road because that’s could have been dire. This is the legal thing to do, and I why I stress the fact that proceeded to talk to him on my technicians that are doing cell phone. He asked me if I had structural repairs should have some time to stop by his shop to some type of welding take a look at a vehicle repair, and certification. This certification of course I said yes. should be relevant to the autoWhen I arrived at his shop, I collision trade. Most welders are had no idea what I was about to AWS-Certified which is great for see. As we were walking over to commercial welding. The by Mark Torres, the vehicle, he gave me the “low- Tehachapi Collision Center problem is that most down;” this vehicle was repaired at commercial welders weld very another shop in another city. It was covered thick metals, but in the auto-world, we have under insurance, and the vehicle owner was welding metals that are in most cases thinner not happy with the repair- complaining than an 1/8 inch thick. So, the moral of the about the panel fit on the doors. Instead of story is… always take your vehicle to a driving the vehicle back to the original properly certified auto repair shop . At repair shop to be fixed, the vehicle owner least with a certified shop, there are less decided to drive it into my friend’s shop. likely chances that your vehicle will be One of the technicians started to try and repaired improperly. align the doors to see if he could stop an Once again, this is me, Mark the apparent air leak. He attempted to lift up the Collision Guy, coming to you with all of rear door when he noticed the center pillar your auto-collision needs. Look for more was moving. Upon further inspection, the articles in the upcoming editions of The technician found that a majority of the welds Loop. If you have any questions or concerns had broken loose. Something even more about this article or your vehicle, you can concerning was that the welds were overalways stop by my shop and just chat. One grinded. Overall, the repair was shoddy- a real more thing to note on your calendars, grade F type of job. I couldn’t believe that starting July 2nd Tehachapi Collision Center this vehicle was out on the road. Luckily, is hosting Ladies Auto Care workshops for there is a happy ending to this story. My you ladies that want to learn the basics of friend’s shop was able to fix the vehicle back auto care (ex. checking the oil, checking tire to proper manufacturer standards and send the pressure). owner on his happy way. Call us at 661-822-5997 and sign up. Welding repairs are very important. It This will be free to all participants.

by Tammy Engel, Mortgage Advisor

Home ownership happens when a willing buyer and a willing seller agree to the terms of sale. Want to know a secret strategy that allows both sides to win? The usual common sense stuff has to be in place: An asking price that reflects current market conditions, a property free of health and safety issues, and a preapproved buyer whose loan is ready to go. That said, consider the seller’s side first. If they are selling their home for $200,000 it’s not like they’ll walk away with $200,000, even if they own it outright. Sellers have costs for listing the house with a Realtor and for escrow and title closing fees. Usually we talk about what the seller will “net” after all is said and done. Buyers are very much concerned with how much money they’ll need to bring to the closing table. Depending on the loan program, there might not be a down payment needed, but there are buyer closing costs to consider. This is a figure that should be part of the discussion with your lender from the very beginning so there are no surprises. Let’s assume the buyer is using the USDA home loan program with no down payment and the closing costs, taxes, and insurance total $5000. The funds can come from savings, from a documented family

gift, from the seller, or from any combination of those. What if the buyer were to offer full price and ask for $5000 closing cost credit from the seller, instead of lowering the price to $195,000 and coming up with their own cash? On the seller ’s side, either way they “net” the same. $200,000 less $5000 nets the same to the seller as lowering the price to $195,000. But if they sell their home for “full price”, they’ll feel like they got everything they asked for! And for the buyer, the closing costs credit means they can get into the house with literally no money out of pocket. Because the home’s price is a little higher, the monthly payment might be about $25 more for the note repayment and $5 more for property taxes. Would it be worth it to you to get into a house for “free” at a cost of around $30 per month? This conversation is something that needs to happen at the very beginning of your home shopping process, and your lender and Realtor need to both be in on the conversation. A little strategic planning before you make an offer could make the difference between a seller who takes your offer because they got exactly what they wanted, or another rent payment to your landlord.

Tammy Engel is your local Mortgage Advisor, and is the only lender in Kern County authorized to display the Lending Integrity Seal of Approval. Contact her at 661/822-7325 to talk about how to minimize your cash needed to buy your next home.

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Windswept Ranch

The Eyes have it at Windswept Ranch by Diana Frieling Someone once said, “The eyes are the windows to the soul.” It got me thinking about how fascinated we humans are by eyes. Think about all the songs that mention eyes: “Pretty Blue Eyes”, “Don’t it make my brown eyes blue”, “Look in my eyes”, “The eyes of Texas are upon you”. I know. I just dated myself with these songs and I am sure that Kiss or Black Eyed Peas or someone else more hip has done a song or two about eyes, but… I digress: The whole eye thing got me to thinking just how much you can tell about an animal by looking into its eyes. My animals can alert me to how they are feeling with just one look: If Valentine, the buffalo, is looking at me kind of side ways, I know he really wants to play, but would you play with a 1200 pound buffalo? Me either. We have a lot of wind here, and so runny eyes often reflect how bad the wind has been. I keep a bottle of eye wash handy, just in case of injury. As Twizzler, our female zebra gets closer to her due date, Zac is getting more and

The eye of the wolf, a predator, has round pupils like a dog or cat.

The horse eye shows alertness and mostly warm and friendly (of course, there are exceptions).

more wild eyed. (Zebra have a very strong sense of family and he is very protective.) And, of course, there is Sarah, our 4 horned Jacob ewe. No matter what time of day it is, or how much she just ate, those eyes always say, “Feed me. I am starving.” Eyes help differentiate between predator and prey. Look at your dog or cat: they have round pupils that allow them to focus on their prey. Have you ever watched a cat with a mouse? Those pupils never take their eyes off their target. Thing is, here at Windswept, we do not have predators. Our animals are, for the most part, prey. They are flight animals, and as such, they must be ready to escape their predators on a moments notice. Instead of having round pupils, their pupils are horizontal. This gives them a wider field of vision. Their only blind spots tend to be directly in front of them, or directly behind them. It is hard to see the horizontal pupils on most of the animals, but sheep and goats have lighter colored eyes that allows for a closer look. We have a blue eyed alpaca whose pupils are very visible. And or course, a couple of our blue eyed mini horses are good examples. It is amazing just how perfectly engineered each of us is for the small part we play in this world: Proof of a greater plan. Take a minute to look in the mirror and see what your eyes are saying about you: Are you a predator or are you just focused on coming out to meet the critters? The thing about our animals you will notice when you visit is that they never take their eyes off you until they get their carrots. Come on out and take a look. Get eyeball to eyeball with our animals. There’s lots more to learn and we are here to teach you every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This photo of a sheep eye shows the rectangle pupil.

June 25 ~ July 9, 2011

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