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My Myrrh-y at Windswept Ranch by Aleta McCormick Myrrh-y was just a year old when I first met him. Everything about him was a baby except his size. Even as a yearling, he was a big boy: Being a camel, I guess he would be. He loved to be cuddled and kissed, unless he was upset. You haven’t lived until you see a baby camel throw a tantrum! Diana Frieling was just beginning to start her zoo, only she didn’t know it yet. Having rescued a small herd of fallow deer, she was now recognized

by the California Department of Fish and Game as a state licensed deer shelter. Other deer followed, including reindeer which Diana shared with the public at Christmas time. Soon, as Diana was now on a roll, other exotic wildlife and birds followed and her private, unusual family resembled a full fledged zoo. It took years before Diana decided that her little family deserved to be shared, and that’s when The Animal

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Myrrh-y scrunches his nose at Windswept Ranch in Rosamond


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Inside This Issue Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8-10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20-21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27

Nobel’s Story • The Lost Box, Found on Main Street Short Flights Dr. Brady - the “Spine Guy” • Financial Focus Out There...Somewhere • Shag Said... April Chamber Luncheon • GTEDC: What’s in a Name? Adopt-A-Pet • Wrangler Round-up • Horse Events Artist Spotlight: Vicki Braslow • Legion World Premier Cultural Arts Annual Art Show Foxfire • Border Radio at Fiddlers Crossing The Brite Valley Sign Mulberry Memories • I’m Going To Be In The Bark for Life Chamber Luncheon • Bob the Wine Guy • Women’s History Jennifer’s Terrace • Tax Preparation Tips from Union Bank Stay in the Loop event calendar Business Directory • Classifieds Fun Page The Butcher’s Wife • A Minister’s Musing Meet Your New Neighbors • Yoga 101 Lost in the Stars • Daydreams Mortgage Matters • Do-It-Yourself Debugging “I Can Make That Vegan!” • From Our Supervisor

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Noble’s Story by Aleta McCormick When I first met Noble, he had no left hind end: It was completely atrophied away! It was heartbreaking to see this once beautiful 3 year old stallion so crippled and deformed. Noble had been in training at the race track, and due to simple knee surgery, he was sent home to mend. During his layup, the muscles in his left hind began to disappear. He was unable to walk or stand comfortably, and no one Noble, with trainer Lindy G. could figure a pasture at his new home. out what had happened or how to “fix” it. A local veterinarian, looked at Noble and pronounced the problem as neurological and untreatable. Noble was scheduled for “auction”. As a last resort, Noble’s owner asked me to take a look at Noble. It was clear to me that he had suffered a traumatic injury that had ripped the muscles on his left hind at the attachments to the bone. There was no doubt as I began to apply my body work technique to Noble: His pelvis was weakened, his left hip dislocated and scar tissue had formed and hardened, blocking the nerves from firing the muscles. The muscle had atrophied from lack of function. The owner was not interested in Noble since he was not going to be able to race. When pressured for a prognosis, I could only be sure that I could improve his situation, to what extent, I did not know. Like everyone else, I had never seen anything like this. My private opinion was that Noble had broken his pelvis and that extensive attention on my part would help soften the scar tissue, readjust the pelvis and encourage blood flow. I already had too many horses, but knew I was Noble’s only chance. I brought him home, gelded him and began working on him every day. The pelvis would snap and pop into place, a major breakthrough as I needed Noble to heal with the bones correctly placed. It was also imperative that Noble move around

to help rebuild the muscle. I continued working on him, keeping the scar tissue soft so the blood could circulate. The results were no less than miraculous: Noble became stronger day by day. The atrophy slowly vanished until the muscle had a normal appearance. This sweet, beautiful horse was galloping around the pasture in play with the other horses! And now, the White, rides through challenge was to find Noble a real life. Luckily local trainer, Lindy G. White, fell in love with him and took him home. Watching him leave was bitter sweet. Knowing he had a forever home where he could gallop through the mountains made me happy. Noble was home!

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The Lost Box, Found on Main Street The Lost Box is a tiny shop that’s big on charm. Located at the Tehachapi Marketplace on West Tehachapi Blvd., it is the brainchild of a small partnership of local businesswomen, and features an eclectic inventory highlighted by the work of talented jewelry designers. Owners Jill Ramsey and Penny Juday collaborated after both women realized they settled in Tehachapi for The Lost Box is found similar reasons. Penny is a former art department coordinator in the television and film industry. Jill has an extensive background in accounting and human resources. Both sought to start a business in something that would stir their creative juices, and

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the cozy space at the edge of Tehachapi’s main street seemed to just fit the bill. Even before the shop opened in April, friends found themselves unable to stay away, making The Lost Box already abuzz over coffee, snacks and decorating ideas. All this while the rumble of locomotives just outside the back of the building jingles the crystal and china located throughout the shop. The name, taken from Penny’s web-store, ‘thelostbox.com’, suggests the excitement of discovery and the anticipation of lifting the lid on a long lost treasure box. Jill found the name appropriate since the shop was tucked away between the local railway landmark, the Southern Pacific Lines Caboose and Hodad’s Surf Shack. You will find designer necklaces, bracelets, earrings and watches dotted throughout the shop. There is also crystal, china, dinnerware, furniture, frames and flowers, just to name a few of the items that are available. The merchandise in the shop will be constantly changing with styles and seasons. You can be confident to find prices for gifts from a $3.00 pair of silver shears to a $300.00 amethyst necklace and earring set. There are gifts for every price range. The Lost Box opened April 1 st and The Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a grand opening and ribbon cutting April 30 th at 12:30pm. Thelostbox.com is being newly designed to match the new brick and mortar version of the shop. Jill or Penny or both will be on hand to greet you and give you the three minute tour. They look forward to meeting and serving you. Please stop and see what treasure you can find at The Lost Box.


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Short Flights –

Howard DGA From the Golden Age of Aviation About six years ago, this classic Howard racing aircraft was the only beauty was sitting on the ramp at Mojave aircraft to capture the Bendix Airport. A 1944 Howard, model Transcontinental and Thompson DGA-15P, registered as N5553N, Trophy Awards at the National Serial Number 978, powered Air Races in Cleveland. with a Pratt & Whitney R985After producing several of AN Wasp Jr. 450 horsepower the most famous racing aircraft radial engine was built as U. S. of the Golden Age of Aviation, Navy NH-1 “Nightingale,” the Howard Aircraft navigation trainer. The owner Corporation ceased production painted the aircraft in authentic in 1943, but that wasn’t the end colors. of the Howard. The Howard Aircraft Corp. About 80 DGA-8 through began with Benjamin Odel DGA-15 ships had been built at Cathy Hansen Howard, who was born in Texas, the Howard Aircraft Feb. 4, 1904. When he was nineteen, he Corporation factory on the south side of went to work in Dallas for Curtiss Chicago Midway Airport. With America’s Aircraft Factory, and he promptly bought entry into World War II, most of the a used Curtiss biplane and a “how-to-fly” civilian Howard’s were commandeered by book. the military. With only an eighth-grade education, The U.S. Navy contracted the Howard, age 20, was approached by a Howard Aircraft Corporation to build Houston bootlegger, to modify an airplane hundreds more of the DGA-15s to its to include a cargo hold capable of holding own specifications. They were used as 15 cases of illegal liquor. (This was during officer ’s utility transport (GH-1, GH-3), the early days of Prohibition.) Howard aerial ambulance (GH-2), and for completed the task and the rum-runner instrument training (NH-1). A second customer proclaimed it a Damned Good factory was opened at Dupage County Airplane. The name stuck with Howard airport, west of Chicago, and about 550 and he applied the initials D-G-A to all of DGA’s were eventually completed. his aircraft designs! Santa Paula Airport is known as the Howard started creating airplanes in “World Headquarters of Howards,” since 1923 and his first aircraft was a DGA-1. five Howard’s are based there, including a Later, he designed “Mr. Mulligan” DGA-6 rare DGA-11! in which he won the Bendix The Howard Club was formed in Transcontinental and Thompson Trophy 1969 as a type club associated with The Awards at the National Air Races in Antique Airplane Association. The Cleveland in 1935. California chapter is located in San Howard was Pilot and Gordon Israel Miguel, CA. was Co-Pilot when Mister Mulligan placed With most of the working Howard first in the 1935 Bendix, with an average DGA’s retired from active commercial speed of 238.7 miles per hour, between service they have become popular as Los Angeles, CA and Cleveland, OH. restoration subjects and as alternatives to Harold Neumann flew “Mister more modern equivalents with higher cost Mulligan” in the 1935 Thompson Trophy of ownership. Nearly one hundred of the capturing first place. The four-place Howard variants are still in airworthy condition, mostly DGA15’s. High wing loading allows the Howard to ride through most turbulence comfortably, which provides comfortable traveling. The visibility, headroom and shoulder room adds to a pleasing flight. Another plus, is the large fuel capacity of 151 gallons in three tanks located in the bottom of Howard DGA on ramp – Mojave Airport the fuselage, giving more than seven hours endurance at normal cruise of 150 miles per hour. Quote borrowed from Plane & Pilot magazine, “Howards in use today also flew over 60 years ago, carrying passengers on missions of business and missions of war. Today, they fly on missions of history and as a labor of love.” See you on our next flight! Howard DGA at Mojave Airport

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Myrrh-y the Camel was filling buckets, and I couldn’t stop myself from kissing his sweet little face. Sadly, when Diana moved to Rosamond, although we kept in touch, it was many years until I actually visited Windswept Ranch. When I finally visited the new location, I was floored at all Diana had accomplished. My heart was so moved at the amazing menagerie of animals she had accumulated over the years: Horses, donkeys, zebra, buffalo, emu…the list was endless. But, even

so, it was Myrrh-y I couldn’t wait to see. Holy smokes! He was enormous. My little baby now towered over me and as he came to the fence to greet me, I hugged and kissed him. I had no doubt he remembered me. I didn’t have a hose this time, so I offered him a drink of my 7-Up. You have to see that big, beautiful camel scrunch up his split lips as the fizz tickles his nose, and most wonderful of all, to hear that deep throaty rumble. I never knew a camel could purr!

Left: Myrrh-y and Aleta share some love.

Bottom: Aleta McCormick shares her 7-Up with her old friend Myrrh-y.

We had the Navy Test Pilot School Class #139 from Patuxent River, MD; the USAF Test Pilot School from Edwards AFB, some instructors from the National Test Pilot School here at Mojave Airport and some pilots from China Lake NAWS at our hangar last night for a barbeque and I am a little behind! We fed around 80 people!! Whew! Mike Massee took this great photo of everyone! Thanks, Cathy Hansen


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Financial Focus

“Stress Busters” for the Sandwich Generation This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor To help ease this burden, consider You may be too busy to realize it, but these suggestions: April is Stress Awareness • Save. As a Sandwich Month. Sponsored by the Generation member, you’re Health Resource Network, a probably within shouting non-profit health education distance of your own retirement group, Stress Awareness Month — so you need to be saving for is designed to promote it. This may not be easy. You awareness about ways to reduce don’t know how much financial stress in our lives. And if you’re support you may someday have a member of the so-called to provide your elderly parents “Sandwich Generation,” you — and even after your children may well have plenty of stress are grown, they may need some to deal with — especially Ben Graham help from you. Unfortunately, financial stress. And that’s why Edward Jones in helping these “boomerang” you may want to look at this Financial Advisor children, many people have to month as an opportunity to disrupt their day-to-day cash explore ways of “de-stressing” yourself. flow and raid their savings. That’s why it’s To understand the scope of the problem important to try to “pay yourself first” by facing people in your situation, consider deferring part of each paycheck into your this: One out of every eight Americans aged 401(k) and by automatically moving money, 40 to 60 is both raising a child and caring for each month, from your checking or savings an aging parent, according to the Pew account into your IRA. Research Center. The definition of “caring” • Talk. Many people in the “Greatest for an elderly parent can range from actually Generation” (over age 80) have not even having the parent living in one’s home to prepared a will, so, if your parents are in helping pay for the parent’s stay in an that group, you may want to talk to them assisted living or nursing home facility. about taking action. Also, find out whom, if When you consider the costs involved in this anyone, is handling their investments. And type of care, added to the expenses of ask if your parents understand how raising your children, and possibly even Medicare works and if they need to add providing some financial support to them as supplemental health insurance, such as young adults, it’s easy to see that you could Medigap. Plus, you need to find out if your potentially face enormous strains, both parents have created a power of attorney or emotionally and financially. health care directive. It’s best to have these conversations sooner, rather than later. • Delegate. You eventually may have to take some responsibility for your parents’ care — but you don’t have to do it alone. You could, for example, work with a financial services provider that offers trust services, which can be invaluable if your parents are incapacitated, but which are useful even if they aren’t. A professional trust officer can, among other duties, help manage your parents’ investments, pay their bills, keep their records and supervise distribution of their assets to beneficiaries. In short, a qualified trust officer can make life a lot easier for you. Stress Awareness Month only lasts 30 days, but by taking the right steps, you can de-stress yourself for many years to come. After all, just because you’re in the Sandwich Generation, it doesn’t mean you have to be “squished.”

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Dr. Brady - the “Spine Guy”

Introducing Dr. Cheryle Pettigrew Dr. Terry Brady, D.C., is proud to without the use of medicine. She left introduce Dr. Cheryle Pettigrew, D.C., Rocky Mountain College and returned to his office. to California and commuted from Dr. Cheryle Pettigrew and Tehachapi to LA, attending Mr. Pettigrew have lived in Cleveland Chiropractic the Tehachapi area since July College. 2005. They have four children Dr. Pettigrew completed and ten grand children. a postceptorship at GrecoShe is graduate from Bowman Chiropractic in Cleveland Chiropractic Palmdale California working College Los Angeles and is a under Dr. Buck Bowman and Doctor of Chiropractic, has a until just recently, continued BS in Psychology, is a to work at Greco-Bowman Certified Kinesio Taping chiropractic doing soft tissue Practitioner and a license massage, teaching rehab by Terry Brady, D.C. exercises and generally Physiotherapist. Dr. Pettigrew graduated helped around the office with academic honors; was on the while waiting for her Chiropractic Dean’s list several trimesters; and was license. elected to Who’s Who Among Students Dr.Pettigrew brings to the office in American Universities and Colleges several chiropractic techniques such as in recognition of outstanding merit and Full-Spine Specific, Diversified, SOT accomplishments as a student in 2008 (sacral/occipt technique), Thompson and 2009. She served as a Peer Mentor drop table, a specialized soft tissue and Tri Representative as well as a technique call Graston, Kinesio Taping, tutor for several trimesters, and has and physiotherapy. Her focus is health been a member of Phi Theta Kappa and wellness through chiropractic care, since 1997. nutrition, and exercise. Dr. Pettigrew attended Rocky She will be available Monday Mountain College in Billings Montana through Friday, and one Saturday per from 2005 to 2006 at which time she month. Please call (661) 823-8888 for was attending a medical program. an appointment. Most major While in the program, Dr. Pettigrew insurances are accepted. realized that she wanted to pursue a Stop by the office and introduce career in the medical field but wanted yourself to Dr. Cheryle Pettigrew, she to focus on health and wellness would love to meet you.

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Out There...Somewhere

Shag said,

“I Wish You Enough...” I wish you enough happiness to keep This column seemed worth repeating. your spirit alive and everlasting. These days it seems like we’re all too I wish you enough pain so that even busy worrying about the economy, the smallest of joys in life may appear healthcare, ourselves, stirred up by the bigger. politicians’ bull____, with no time to I wish you enough gain to connect with those who are satisfy your wanting. important to us, for one reason I wish you enough loss to or another. No time to share a appreciate all that you possess. comforting word for those who I wish you enough hellos hurt. No time to extend a to get you through the final helping hand for those who need good- bye. “ it. No time for a lot of things Well, I’ll be back next more important than those I issue…hope you are too. And mentioned first. remember, I wish you Debra, a friend and enough! colleague of mine, shared the Fred Shaughnessy, ***************************** following thoughts with me on CADC II Fred Shaughnessy is a boardthe internet. It was one of those certified alcohol and drug counselor with “forward to others” type of message. I TAASK, Inc. His message phone is 661seldom forward emails, except for business purposes, but these thoughts are different. I felt they were worth sharing with a lot of folks, and The Loop reaches thousands of folks. The greeting, or farewell “I wish you enough”, comes from a longer statement, which was passed down through generations of an unknown family, and is provided for your reflection. Please…use it well. “I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear. I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.

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An Intellectual Revolution, Part Two After writing the last article here, An Remember the Big Bank bailout in Oct. of Intellectual Revolution, I circulated it for 2008, when people said, NO, DON’T DO IT, comments, criticisms, observations, and but Congress gave those big banks 750 billion suggestions. This is an important part of my dollars anyway (now into the trillions)? Well, writing because it is the first opportunity to right after that, do you remember that people, get important feedback, and that and then the government feedback is what I use to complained that the banks that had (hopefully) make the final written just been bailed out with billions article better. Criticism is never to were not lending money? They be seen as something bad, but as were holding onto the money they something good, because it stole, and not extending credit to provides an opportunity for us to the American people. This was make ourselves better understood, intentional, and it was a sign that by seeing what others don’t they were not lending to us understand about what we’re anymore, that they were now trying to convey, and then trying moving to other world markets. All Ray Bilger to do a better job of conveying this, of course, after they had just that, so that they do understand. gotten the American people to foot the bill for Lee, a good friend on the East Coast, had their actions, by getting the bailout, that a couple of questions she wanted clarified. Her Congress passed, but which we are expected to questions often seem to represent what many pay for. (Of course, they had enough money to others may also be wondering about. So, we give themselves hefty bonuses.) decided to include some of our exchanges here Lee responded: Well now, this all sucks. I as part of - Part Two. Lee asked: guess I have said I don’t really believe in the Ray, a question: Why do you think the devil, but this stuff is really evil so maybe I’ll intent of those pulling the strings is to turn rethink that. Sounds like their motive is more America into a Third World country? This has than just power and riches. There’s no desire been on my mind for awhile, as I’ve heard it for harmony and “they” appear to have a many times. hatred of the human race. Sure hope that Hi Lee. Those who have controlled things Spiritual Awakening comes soon. Of course we for well over a thousand years (call them the deserve a high standard of living - the whole Illuminati if you will, they’re a Cabal {of world does, and could have it! Where are our international bankers} that goes back through friends from afar [from the Star Nations] in all the oldest European families) have made this? HELP! Anyhow, thanks Ray. Lee money whether they are building up Hi Lee, I have come to understand that civilization, or whether they are breaking it Darkness is really a lack of Light. So, we have down (by war, famine, or whatever means). Light, and lack of Light. In other words the They fund and supply fuel to both sides in the Darkness is only dark because it hasn’t seen major wars (like WW I, and WW II, which the Light, if you see what I mean. Perhaps we they developed), they fund both major can help those who don’t see the Light, to see political candidates in elections, so that the Light, and then we can all make a better whoever wins, it’s their man, and they pit world together! country against country, race against race, and As far as our friends from afar, they have rich against poor, so that they always have us to keep hands off, unless or until Creator says divided, and thus conquered! they can intervene. We must be allowed to They don’t think that America should experience our free will choice as individuals have such a high standard of living. This is and as a civilization, so that we can learn the their intent. They don’t think we deserve it. lessons we came here to learn in the first place. (And our government works right along with It is situations like what we are experiencing them) They have sold new cars to Americans, now (all around the world) that offer the new TVs, new houses, everything they can, greatest opportunities for our spiritual growth and now we are in debt for all that, so they and development. (They may be asked to stop want to move on to the next market and do the the nuclear meltdown in Japan, just as they did same thing elsewhere. That new market in Chernobyl. But this time they won’t remain includes China. Now they want to sell a new invisible, they’ll let the world see their craft, car to every Chinaman, a new TV, a new and then our governments can explain to the house, and so on. people what just happened! That will mean This became very obvious to those who Disclosure, and our world will be catapulted were watching and expecting it to happen. into the future!) continued...

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April Chamber luncheon “John Pryor, Interim Director, CSUB Small Business Development Center” Please join the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce at our April Chamber Network Luncheon, Tuesday, April 19, 2011 12:00 p.m. at Pacino’s Spaghetti Factory, 1100 Tehachapi Blvd, #A. Our guest speaker will be John Pryor, Interim Director of the California State University Bakersfield Small Business Development Center. John is a graduate of the CSU system. He majored in Business Administration at San Jose State. Following a tour of duty with the US Navy as a personnel and legal officer aboard ship, he began his career as an insurance broker dating back to 1958 in Bakersfield. He co-founded Kern Insurance Associates in 1970 and also Personal Express Insurance in 1984. Both firms are still very much in operation in Bakersfield even though John retired in 2005. Since retiring, he’s been a risk management consultant to both private- and public-sector organizations. The California State University, Bakersfield hosts the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and is committed to assisting entrepreneurs and the small business community throughout Kern,

Inyo and Mono County through our SBDC. The 1,100 SBDCs throughout our nation are each powerful public-private partnerships that help not only new “start-ups” and very small firms but also have resources available to assist larger (mid-tier) firms with 10 to 50 employees – or larger. SBDC consultants work with entrepreneurs in confidential, one- on-one sessions to help them with a range of business issues. These range from drafting business plans and loan applications to more specific counsel in areas such as marketing, human resources, tax planning, government contracting, international trade, risk management, and patent or copyright protection. SBDC workshops and other educational programs inform and assist entrepreneurs with program topics that range from HR compliance to intellectual property protection to electronic marketing systems – and all that’s in between. The cost is $15 for Chamber Members, $20 for Non-chamber members, which includes lunch. Reservations are required. Please make your reservation by calling the Chamber at 661-822-4180. Reservation deadline is Friday, April 15, 2011.

Pony Club Spring Boutique The Bear Valley Springs Pony Club is hosting the first annual Spring Boutique. The show will host a variety of vendors from our local area and beyond. Some of the items that will be sold this year include: Fudge, Ceramics, Antiques, Candles, Teapots, Cards, Handmade Aprons and Bags, Rag Rugs, Jams, Butters, Relishes, Lila Sophia Jewelry, Hand Made Purses, Cool Collars, Tehachapi Candle Company, Freedom Feeders Hay Nets, Tehachapi Soap Company, Beaded Bracelets, Tehachapi Sock Company, Custom Mugs and Cups, Gary Adams Children’s Books, Potpourri, Topiary, Lavender Bouquets, Sachets, Garlands, Patriotic Jewelry, Dream Catchers, Wind Chimes, Ornaments, and more… The show will be held on Saturday, April 9th from 10AM to 4PM in the Bear Valley Springs Whiting Center Gymnasium located at 26940 Bear Valley Road. Visitors residing outside of Bear Valley may gain admittance to Bear Valley by calling 661-331-0597.

Leaving name and phone number to be added to the guest list. A few booth spaces are still available by contacting Megan at 661-331-0597. The Bear Valley Springs Pony Club is a non-profit organization that is a part of the United States Pony Club. Information on USPC can be found at www.ponyclub.org.Information on our local club activities can be found at www.bvspc.blogspot.com. Your local Pony Club is very active in participating in competitions such as Mega Rally - a team competition for Show Jumping and Dressage held at the Hansen Dam Riding Center, Shepherd Ranch Cross Country Rally and Horse Trial, Camino Real Summer Camp at the Meadows of Moorpark, Dressage Rally held at the Bear Valley Equestrian Center, Quiz Rally which is a non-riding knowledge competition, Tet Clinic and Rally, Polo-Cross Competitions, Games Rally and Clinics, as well as local group riding lessons. For more information please call Megan at the number listed above.

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GTEDC: What’s in a Name? by Anne Marie Novinger Americans are famous for using acronyms. Most of us have heard of EPCOT, NASA and IHOP. We watch NCIS and CSI on television. Some of us might even drive a BMW, use GPS to get to an unfamiliar destination, or require an MRI when we hurt our back. In Tehachapi, there is an organization dedicated to improving Tehachapi’s economic climate and growth while preserving our unique quality of life. This volunteer group, made up of business and government professionals, care about the fiscal climate in Tehachapi and they’re stepping forward to make an important economic difference. The Greater Tehachapi Economic Development Council, better known as GTEDC, is a non-profit organization, with its roots on the pulse of business development. Members meet monthly to discuss a variety of projects and programs with potential impact on local manufacturing, retail, hospitality and public service sectors of the greater Tehachapi area. Our mission is to preserve our quality of life and promote economic growth. It’s that simple. The work of the GTEDC includes monitoring Tehachapi’s business culture; improving existing processes; creating new business and cultural opportunities; encouraging entrepreneurialism; creating positive economic change; supporting property rights; and promoting planned growth. In January, the GTEDC Board approved the creation of the Tehachapi Tourism Commission. The Commission reports to the GTEDC and is responsible for the active

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promotion of tourism venues and opportunities within the Greater Tehachapi area. GTEDC meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 AM at the Apple Shed. Interested residents are welcome to join the discussion. Members and guests glean a wealth of information on a variety of topics. To learn more about the GTEDC, visit the organization’s website at . Community events, member businesses, volunteer opportunities, area photography and a membership application are featured on the site. GTEDC is more than just a shortcut acronym. It’s friends and neighbors working hard today for Tehachapi’s economic tomorrow.


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Wrangler Round-Up One of the most confusing aspects of the horse is exposed to the disease. You get horse ownership can be sorting out annual the best protection by correct timing of vaccinations. There are many different vaccines for seasonal diseases. shots out there, so how do you know what Pregnant mares are a special to use and when? consideration because of the Vaccines have been divided antibodies passed to foals in the into two types: (1) core mares’ colostrum. This is the first vaccines, which are milk the foal drinks which supplies recommended for all horses them with antibody protection until based on risk of death to your their own immune systems can get horse if exposed to these up to speed. Although there has viruses, and (2) vaccines that been no specific proof that mares should be given based on risk of have lost foals by getting a West by Jill Barnes exposure to certain viruses. Niles in the first trimester, it is Nelson “Core” vaccinations are the recommended it be given in the final ones you don’t want to skip. In this area, three months. both a flu and West Niles vaccine top the Foals usually don’t need vaccines until list. Risk of exposure to the viruses that they’re at least six month old if the mom is make up the core group may not be very up on her vaccines. The foals receive high, but the consequences of the infection antibodies from nursing. If you have could be death or permanent damage. If a questions, check with your vet. horse contracts West Niles, the results ETI Corral 54 is hosting a Cowboy BBQ usually are fatal. and Trail Ride on April 9 to benefit the St. In evaluating whether to give non-core Jude Children’s Hospital. The ride will be at vaccinations, you should weigh risk of a working cattle ranch — the H Cattle Ranch exposure when deciding. The rotavirus in Moorpark. The cost is $25-35 depending vaccine, for example, is only indicated for on ETI membership and timing of signup. pregnant mares so that they can pass For more information call Janice Thompson antibodies to their foals in the colostrum. at 818-837-7110 or go to eticorral54.com. Rotavirus only causes disease in young Don’t forget, if you have any foals. For the other diseases, discuss your information to report on the horse horse’s risk of exposure with your own community such as tack sales, upcoming veterinarian. events, clinics, raffles or if you’ve won an Vaccines are most effective if the award, please contact me at 661.878.2932, eantibodies are present in high levels when mail jillbn@yahoo.com.s.

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Welcome to the ADOPT-A-PET Section!! Many of the animals up for adoption can be seen at: petfinder.com/shelters This Section is in need of support! For years The Loop has generously dedicated two pages per issue to helping local pets in need find homes 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 www.dobiesos.org. 661-886-1721 • dobiesos@earthlink.net

Navy Navy is a handsome purebred Doberman with cropped ears that do not stand and a docked tail. He was born in the summer of 2010. He was regrettfully given up by his owners because they realized after purchasing him that they were not set up to care for a large, active-breed, dog. Navy is a big, self-centered kid right now. He needs boundries and training, but he is sensitive and needs a patient, but firm, experienced handler to bring out his best. He does fine with older kids and other social dogs and likes to play. Navy has a medium-high energy level and he is crate-trained.

Horse Events Around the Area

Ziva

APRIL 2-3 • Trail ChaAPRIL 2 – ETI Corral 83, Indian Wells Trail Ride, Sue Stanford, 661-821-5414. • Golden Empire Appaloosa Horse Club Show, Rancho Rio Stables, Bakersfied/ Gymkhanna Two-Day Event, Galbraith Ranch, Bakersfield, Galbraith, 661-845-3013. APRIL 3 • ETI Corral 138, Trail Trials, Antelope Valley Barrel Springs Trail, Palmdale, Kimberly Dwight, 661-478-2770. APRIL 9-10 •EXCA Clinic & Novice Race, Cameron Ranch, Rosamond, evonkurtz@gmail.com APRIL 16 • 3rd Annual Cowboy Formal, Tehachapi Rotary Club, West Park, Tehachapi, 661-821-2846. • SKRRC, Ranch Horse Versatility Series, Rosamond HS Arena, Lyn Meredith, 661-313-2767.

Ziva is a vivacious two-year-old red female Doberman with natural ears and a docked tail. She is a very pretty girl with nice markings and good conformation. She gets along well with her male kennelmate. She has lots of energy and little training, so she needs a home that can give her the exercise and time she needs. Ziva has good looks and character: a diamond in the rough for sure. She’s food motivated and smart; she will be easy and fun to train. Ziva is crate-trained.

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Daina Meet Daina, a 1-year-old, stunning shepherd/husky cross. What a sweetheart we’ve got here; about as well mannered, well-tempered a stray as you will ever find. Adding to her “score” is the fact that she is the only female in a pack of five other males (including two Pit bulls), and can absolutely hold her own. She is still young (about a year) and not very big (about 35lbs, in need of at least 15 more) but she carries herself like an elegant lady well versed in proper etiquette. She sits, stays and shakes on command and does extremely well off leash; she just wants to be near you. Daina is a stray that was found near San Juan in Bear Valley on 3/19. She was brought up here by a Good Samaritan who didn’t want to see her spend another night in the freezing cold and snow. Daina seems very grateful to be up here with the Mutts and I think several of the boys have a crush on her, most noticeably, Snoopy. We have vaccinated Daina and her spay appointment is set for the first week in April. If you are interested in adopting this lovely lady, please contact Zach@661-972-3852, or visit MARLEYSMUTTS.COM


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ADOPT-A-PET Tehachapi Humane Society Tehachapi Humane Society, in cooperation with Tehachapi Pet Lodge and Outfitters, is now providing a “Pet Adoption Day,” on the first Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. (winter hours & weather permitting). The event is held at Tehachapi Pet Lodge and Outfitters, located at 20693 Woodford Tehachapi Road, behind the veterinary hospital. Dogs, puppies, cats and kittens will be on site and available for adoption. The Tehachapi Humane Society and Tehachapi Pet Lodge are working closely together to help provide homeless animals with suitable, loving homes. Pet Adoption Day is becoming a huge success, thanks to the efforts of the many volunteers. The Tehachapi Veterinary Hospital has also offered to give a free pet health check-up to those animals adopted through the Humane Society. The Pet Lodge will have a sale on the first week-end of each month to help adoptive families buy the necessary items for their pet at a discount. If you are looking for a pet and can provide a good home, these animals will make a wonderful addition to your life. Please feel free to contact the Tehachapi Humane Society at 823-0699, menu #5 (for dogs), menu #6 (for cats), or Tehachapi Pet Lodge at 822-6471 for more information.

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Kaylee I am Kaylee, a brindle Chihuahua Mix. The Vet thinks I am about one and ahalf years old. I have been spayed and am current on all my shots, andMicro-Chipped. I am house trained and crate trained and play well with all my foster brothers and sisters who are also small. I like to sit and give kisses. Kaylee was found as a stray with another dog who has been adopted.She only weighed 5.5 pounds and every bone in her little body was showing.She now weighs 7.8 pounds but she plays so much that her weight gain hasslowed a little. Kaylee needs and wants her forever home.

There is no reward to find the cruel “person” who intentionally did this, the genuine compensation: All 4 puppies are alive and thriving. Four tiny puppies dumped in a cardboard box, were left outside in a brutal snowstorm so they would freeze to death. A Good Samaritan rescued them, then contacted STOP, now the “Fab 4” , Polly, Dolly, Georgie & Ringo are 1 ready for adoption. The Terrier/ Chihuahua mix puppies, 2 females and 2 males, weigh 2 pounds each and 4weeks young, are cute as a button and sweet as can be. To enrich your life and safe a life at the same time, contact Marsha at 661-823-7868/1donmar1@att.net to welcome 1 or 2 puppies in to your heart and home. Oliver is a young, 18 pound neutered/housetrained Lhasa Apso Terrier mix, not a “barker” who plays well with others. STOP rescued Oliver from a high-kill animal “shelter” and his life has changed for the better, all he needs is you ~After all, a dog is man’s (or woman’s) best friend, and it’s true; you already have his loyalty and he will never disappoint you. Call Marsha at 661-823-7868 to meet and greet sweet Oliver How about it?.

Toto My name is Toto. I am a very sweet 7mo. old neutered terrier mix,white and tan,and have a natural Mohawk. I am current on all my shots, house trained andalso crate trained. I am very playful and get along with all my fosterbrothers and sisters. Not sure about cats. I steal shoes,slippers and socksand take them in the yard but I do not chew them. I am good in the car and Iwalk on a leash. Please come meet me!

Oliver

Scout’s Smudge Smudge is a 1 yr old all white spayed & vaccinated female sweetheart. Sherecently lost her home and family and is in search of someone to love heragain. Smudge is a very sweet, quiet kitty who loves attention.Won’t you giveher a chance?

Olive

Rummage Sale Fundraiser/Special Pet Adoption Day: 1st Saturday of each month from 9 – 1; iHALF-OFF/EVERYTHING MUST GO Rummage Sale Fundraiser, 4/2 from 9 – 1 at 20412 Brian Way, #2 and Special Pet Adoption Day. Buy See’s Candy @ Tehachapi Flower Shop & Tehachapi Automotive/help STOP rescue neglected, homeless dogs/cats deserving a 2nd chanceatlife; www.thestoppers.org 661-8234100, contact@thestoppers.org Year-round fundraiser: Buy See’s Candy at Tehachapi Flower Shop or Tehachapi Automotive and you will help STOP save more dogs and cats in dire need of a 2nd chance at life and a new 4ever home. Special Tail Wagging Thanks to Victoria’s Pet Makeovers, South Street, for tip-top complimentary grooming,

Olive and her sister, Lulu, were left at our officewith a note saying theowner could no longer care for them. Both kitties will be vaccinated and receive vet check ups prior to adoption. Olive is affectionate, but doesn’tmuch like being held. After her ordeal, who can blame her. She is also getting used to living with small dogs and getting accustomed to her new surroundings.For more information on Olive and Lulu please call us!

Scout’s a 2 yr. young male Cattle Dog/Shep mix, good w/horses, cats and dogs. Scout loves the active, outdoor life and is an excellent hiking companion. Contact Sadie at 661-823-7798 if you are the special person to adopt Scout and give him a 2nd chance at life.


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

Scout

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 Email:haveaheart@bak.rr.com, Website:www.Haveahearthumanesociety.org

Scout: is a 1-2 year old Terrier Mix who is absolutely the most magical, whimsical & happiest leprechaun you will ever meet! Scout is so completely happy with everything and everyone around him and always makes your heart smile as he lays his head on your arm taking his puppy naps who loves his car rides jumping into the car seat waiting to go with you everywhere. Scout needs a family with another playmate and hopefully loving children to always cuddle with and share his happy and fun filled heart.

Little Jack

Hi, I’m Little Jack. They call me Jackie @ my foster home. I was born in October 2010. Me N my brother, TJ are looking for a forever home. We don’t have to be adopted together either. I’m just as sweet as can be and a bit shy. It takes me a while to get used to strangers and other animals. I love to run and play and JUMP!!! I think that must be the Jack Russell and/or rat terrier in me:) I’ll sit up on your shoulder while you watch TV - I like to be close to you. Don’t know who Dad is. Could be a Rat Terrier or Jack Russell. But Mom was a chihuahua - she’s been adopted.

Scooter Scooter, a 2 year old Chihuahua Mix male, is the true meaning of happiness, love and deep bonding to his people and pet friends! Always so wonderfully happy & playful, Scooter always loves to share his halarious antics with you sharing his happy days. Scooter needs a family with either another playmate companion and/or children to share his loving & mischievious antics always wanting to play with you or take his puppy nap laying his head on your shoulder.

Lou Lou is a 5 month old Great Dane Mixed male that will always completely mystify you and fill your heart with warm shared loved from his heart to yours. Loving, playful, quiet, obedient, GENTLE yet still so full of happy puppy playfulness, devoted always wanting to stay by your side, Lou has so many unbelievable combined qualities always making us fall even more in love with him every day. Lou loves to play with his best friends who are both cats and dogs of all ages & sizes especially including children.

June Bug June Bug is a sweet little Chihuahua , approximately 4-5 years old. June Bug’s legs are all slightly deformed. Her front legs are bowed and her knees in her back legs aren’t where they are supposed to be. She can walk and trot but she can’t run, nor can she jump up onto furniture. We have taken June Bug to a specialist thinking she’d need surgery but after all is said and done, it won’t really improve her life. She has had these deformities since birth. She isn’t in pain and because her back leg joints are is frozen, the vet says she won’t suffer arthritis in them. We weighed the pros and cons and decided that surgery might upset the applecart for her front legs. Price wasn’t an issue. We were expecting a $3k surgery estimate and it came in at $1500, which was half.

Dulce Dulce: DSH Female Tabby – About 4 years old, super sweet girl, would prefer to be the only cat in the house, but will tolerate sharing her people with another if she must. She prefers to be indoor only, love long days and nights lying on laps and chests while giving out loves. She needs a family that can give her a lot of affection. She has a low adoption fee of $50 and is spayed and up to date on her shots.

Hansel This adorable little guy is Hansel. He’s a Doxie mix, approx. 5 months old. He and his siblings were found wandering around in the dump. One puppy died, another was adopted and that leaves Hansel looking for a home for the holidays. As puppies go, Hansel is unique because he really isn’t much trouble as puppies are known to be. He doesn’t bark much; he isn’t high energy though he loves to play with toys and he’s crate-trained. When kenneled he uses a wee wee pad (he did this on his own). Still, he isn’t 100% in the house. His one failing is chewing. But that’s a puppy thing and meantime, some good chews keep him occupied. But watch out for your slippers! Hansel loves to snuggle and sleep in your lap in the evening or anytime.


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Artist Spotlight

Vicki Braslow A Bakersfield native, Vicki Braslow and her husband Geoffrey moved to Tehachapi sixand-a-half years ago after living in the Bay Area for 20 years. In addition to her work as a member artist of CrossRoads Gallery, some of you may also know Vicki from Henry’s Home for Less where she has worked for the last three-and-a-half years. An active artist and an Alpine Forest resident, Vicki has discovered a whole new love of nature’s beauty in the Tehachapi mountains, and that along with a love of color and nature has inspired her to create landscapes in oil that some think are photographs due to her detailed work. Vicki has always loved art, although she has had no formal art education. After moving to Tehachapi she began to more actively venture into the area’s art community after friend and fellow artist Flo Sussell saw some of the oil paintings she had done on her own some 37 years ago. Flo encouraged Vicki to paint again and subsequently introduced her to Mel White and the Tehachapi Art Center, which was a catalyst in Vicki’s reawakening interest working on canvas. “My painting world opened up when I began taking lessons from Cyrene Crank four years go after taking her oils workshop at TAC,” Vicki says. “I have learned so much from Cyrene; she has made me the artist I am today.” Happily active most days of the week now with her art, one way or the other, Vicki says, “I owe what I do today as a professional artist to three great ladies in my life: Flo Sussell, Mel White, and Cyrene Crank. I thank them for showing me this wonderful creative side of myself and making me believe in myself and my art.” Vicki Braslow, whose work is permanently on display at CrossRoads Gallery, will be a featured artist in April, having unveiled her new works at the First Friday artist reception which was held on April 1st. Her special featured work will be in the window for the entire month.

“Legion: The Final Exorcism” Vicki Braslow, seen here at a previous First Friday artist reception, will be a featured artist at CrossRoads Gallery in April. Photo by Mel White

A film that was shot entirely here in Tehachapi is now a national hit! “Legion: The Final Exorcism” stars “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and David Heavener and exposes crimes against children. “Darkness gets the upper hand only when we yield to fear and confusion. This film shows how to overcome,” reflects writer/director/ producer David Heavener. The story is based on true events which occurred in Costa Rica. A minister’s seventeenyear-old daughter experiences unusual symptoms which the doctor cannot explain or remedy. Against her father’s wishes, her mother seeks the help of ex-priest Michael San Chica, played by David Heavener. Chica’s past reveals that his attempt to exorcise his

wife’s demon resulted in her suicide, complicated by her mental illness. That incident excluded Chica from the priesthood. Chica vowed to track down that demon and send him back to where he belongs. Is Chica prepared, however, to discover that the demon is really after him? Following the World Premiere, Saturday, April 16th, 8 pm at the BeeKay Theatre, there will be a question and answer time, explaining how horror films are made, and how Jesus dealt with demons. The film is rated R for graphic violence; there is no nudity or bad language. Tickets are $15 and are available at www.TCTonstage.com and the agencies: Johnny’s Take & Bake, The Apple Shed, and Tehachapi Furniture.

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BVS Cultural Arts Association Annual Art Show The Annual Art Show, which runs from April 16 through April 23, features an exhibit of paintings, photography and sculpture by local artists. The Opening Reception will take place at the BVS Oak Tree Country Club on Saturday, April 16 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM with wine and hors d’oeuvres being served. The event is not to be missed. All are invited to attend the reception. The Annual Art Show has been a regular event in the community for 20 years and is a great opportunity to view the display and also be able to purchase works of art. This is the third in a series of articles featuring artists who have generously donated an original piece of art work for the BVS Annual Art Show Raffle. Jim Yurk is a well-known ceramic artist who creates in Bear Valley Springs. Educated as a chemical engineer at the University of Wisconsin, Yurk’s love of ceramics began during his college years. He has enjoyed working in clay but his passion revolves around the chemical processes involved complex glazing techniques. Starting as a hobbyist, ceramics quickly became his “second career.” He is most noted for his innovative and beautifully glazed decorative porcelain plates. Jim’s work has been exhibited in many locations including the Descanso Botanical Gardens in La CanadaFlintridge. At the New Mexico Art

Festival he has been awarded “Best in Category” for his work in Pottery/ Porcelain, competing against more than 14 other ceramic artists. Joan Skinner, a California native and watercolor artist, began her career in Southern California focusing on painting, teaching and owning a gift shop business. Skinner moved to Arroyo Grande, CA and turned to watercolor painting. She now works as both a studio and plein aire painter and regularly conducts art classes in her Bear Valley Springs studio. Joan utilizes technique of negative painting that reveals the subject in an impressionistic style that is rich in color. Her subjects include floral and

Stoneware Plate by Jim Yurk

fruit imagery as well as landscapes, waterscapes and wildlife. Her work is sophisticated and spontaneous thus appealing to a wide audience. Poppies a Watercolor by Joan Skinner. She is a member of the Tehachapi Valley Arts Association Art Show Reception. Admission is free and the Bear Valley Springs Cultural to Cultural Arts members. The fee for Arts Association; has served on the non-members is $10.00 for adults and boards of the Chaffey Community Art $5.00 for children under 12 years of age. Association and the El Camino Art Raffle tickets will be mailed to CAA Association, and is a member of Morro members and are on sale during the Bay Art Association and the Pioneer Reception There is no charge to attend Arts of Nevada County. the Art Show during the week of April The BVS Cultural Arts Association 17 through April 24. For gate passes call is a non-profit organization that 821-2079. For membership information provides visual and performing arts please call Linda Turco at 821-0817. programs to enhance our way of life. Don’t miss this very special annual The community is invited to the Annual event.

Pacino’s Spaghetti Factory, your family friendly restaurant We are coming up on our 2nd year anniversary which is May 29, 2011. Never in my wildest imagination would I have expected such a warm and friendly greeting.. It has been a blessing to become your friends and a permanent fixture in Tehachapi.. From the bottom of my heart, I thank all of you.. My promise to you is that I will continue to go the extra mile to make you smile. I will continue to do what I do best... that is share the love I have for people, Italian food and pizza.. I myself will be spending much more time in the kitchen insuring that you get the best of the best. After all, nobody does it better. My mother Mary and Uncle Tommy showed me and taught me some valuable lessons.. Now I am sharing and passing them on to you.folks, April is going to be a month to remember. First Al Pacino will be celebrating his 71st birthday. In honor of this great actor.every

Friday in the month of April will be freebie Fridays. Every dining customer will have the opportunity to draw for free meals and discounts. You could be one of the lucky ones to get your entire meal for FREE. On Thursday April 14th we are having our customer appreciation day, it’s FREE pizza day. Every dine-in customer will get a free 14 inch one topping pizza for FREE. Limit one per family of 2-4. On Saturday June 4th is our official 2 nd year anniversary party with live music by Blonde Faith and Vocal Variation, free food samples, moon bounce, pizza, wing eating and pizza box making contests and raffling off a 42 inch flat screen and many other prizes..SO come on down and feel the magic of Pacino’s from 12-3pm followed by our incredible tribute to the WHO at 8:30 pm Pacino’s Spaghetti Factory, your family-friendly restaurant.


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Foxfire leaves audiences wanting more

FOXFIRE’s opening weekend was met with standing ovations for the wonderful presentation of the down-to-earth characters who live in Stoney Lonesome, GA. April 1, 2, & 3 is your last weekend to see TCT’s production of Hume Cronyn and Susan Cooper’s FOXFIRE, which was written for Cronyn and his wife, Jessica Tandy. It tells the story of Hector and Annie Nations and their son, Dillard. Tandy won both a Tony and an Emmy award for her portrayal of Annie. TCT’s production stars Annette Kirby, Mark Shipman, Greg Hahn, Richard K. Newman III, Aubrey McDonald, and Richard Best. Cronyn and Cooper’s story was inspired by a high school English project born in Nacoochee School in Rabun Gap, Georgia in 1966. Brooks Eliot Wigginton, fresh out of Cornell, took a position teaching 9th and 10th grade English and geography, and within 6 weeks, he was rethinking his decision to teach in Rabun Gap. However, after remembering his own high school years and the teachers who had made such a difference in his life, Wigginton decided to try a different approach. The next day he asked his students, “How would you like to throw away the text and start a magazine?” The students had to decide on a name for their publication. In the end, they chose “foxfire,” a name that is used to refer to a bioluminescent fungi that, according to foxfire.org, “grows on rotting wood in damp forests during the warmer months. These fungi typically produce a dim, blue-green glow that can be seen only in dark, starlit areas, away from artificial light or moonlight.” Foxfire is

also referred to as “faerie fire” and “will o’ the wisp.” In fact, in the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” Mark Twain had two characters using foxfire to light their way as they were digging a tunnel. After some discussion about what kind of a magazine it would be, the students, who had no money from the school, set about fundraising to pay to print the magazine they’d decided to dedicate to the way of life that their grandparents remembered. They found donors who would not only be listed in the issue, but would also receive a free issue, signed by all the students. They sold 600 issues in one week and had to have another 600 printed. The Foxfire Magazine has birthed a series of books, a museum, and a not-for-profit organization responsible for overseeing all of the programs related to it. For more information on this phenomenon, please visit foxfire.org. Take the time to go to the BeeKay this closing weekend to see a play that celebrates a way of life that the students of Rabun Gap sought to preserve. The story, which has flashbacks of Hector and Annie’s courtship and the birth of son Dillard, is a moving story of a way of life that has all but disappeared. USA Today said, “FOXFIRE glows like a memory.” The Hollywood Reporter called it, “Uncompromising, wise and redeeming, full of power, dignity, and dramatic integrity.” Tickets are available for $15 each, online at tctonstage.com, as well as TCT’s regular outlets of The Apple Shed, Johnny’s Take ‘N Bake, and Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town. Shows are at 7:30 Friday and Saturday with a benefit performance on Sunday at 2pm. Proceeds of Sunday’s performance benefit AAUW’s Scholarship Fund for Women, and tickets for this performance only are $20. These special tickets may be purchased at Picture Perfect, ‘Hachapi Tees, and the Bear Valley Country Store.

Annette Kirby, Mark Shipman and Greg Hahn star in Foxfire.

AAUW Presents: An Afternoon at the Theater! Please save Sunday afternoon, April 3rd for a special matinee performance by TCT of “Foxfire” at the Beekay Theater. The play, “Foxfire”, was originally presented staring Hume Croynym along with his acting partner and wife, Jessica Tandy. The drama is set in the Appalachian Mountains, and is considered “staunchly affirmative to mountain folks.” The Tehachapi Mountain Branch of The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is sponsoring the 2:00PM performance. Proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund for Women, the scholarship arm of AAUW. The Scholarship Fund for Women has awarded

over $150,000 to local recipients. Scholarships are given to middle school, high school and re-entry students. Tickets may be purchased for $20 at the following special locations: Picture Perfect, Bear Valley Country Store and ‘Hachapi Tees. You may also call Nancy at 821-3534, or Tommie at 822-1185; season ticket holders must call one of these numbers, in advance, to arrange for an exchange of their tickets. Light refreshments will be enjoyed following the production. Seating is limited for this special performance, so early purchase of tickets is encouraged! Be prepared for a tale that is funny, touching and magical.

Border Radio brings Americana blend to Tehachapi by Deborah Hand What is called “Americana” in music is a wide tent today, encompassing folk, bluegrass, old time, swing and jazz – along with country as well as Western – and every conceivable mix of it all. Border Radio is one acoustic quartet that is mixing it all up to create its own fresh blend, and the group brings their special concoction to Fiddlers Crossing on Saturday, April 9, at 7 p.m. Border Radio is named after the outlaw stations that were set up just over the Mexican border in the early days of radio to escape government regulations of the new medium. Every kind of huckster, pitchman, preacher and would-be politician could be heard thousands of miles away on these stations, along with an eclectic mix of music; Jimmie Rogers, the Carter Family, Bob Wills, Patsy Montana and other “down home” artists could suddenly be heard by the whole nation. It’s this spirit of the “happy sad music” of the 1930s that Border Radio brings to the audience today. They roam the dials of Americana, from mountain to bluegrass to jazz ballad, from Western swing to pure yodeling cowboy, to what they call “prairie swing.” Border Radio was starting in 2000, when Mike Stromberg and Kelly McCune joined up to play old-timey music featuring Kelly’s voice and

Mike’s dobro. Soon after they found Robert Staron and his upright bass at the Topanga Festival, and eventually added hot fiddle player Mark Indictor. Border Radio performs their own songs with a soulful bluegrass/ folk feel, a touch of cowboy swing and a little gypsy jazz and polka thrown in the mix. They currently perform all over southern California, but have also traveled to Austin for a South-by-southwest showcase and the Kerrville, TX Folk Festival. The Border Radio sound moves from a hard-driving string band song to a lush ballad to a toe-tapping swing tune. Kelly’s songs can be soulful and soaring, and in the next minute can take you on a train ride to the past. Border Radio brings their audience into an Americana fantasy where cowboys dance with pretty girls and couples get dressed up to break up. The concert starts at 7:00 p.m., and the doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $15, available at Mountain Music and the Apple Shed, or at the door if still available. They may also be reserved by phone with a credit card by calling 823-9994 (a $1 service charge per ticket will apply to phone orders). The price includes coffee, tea and goodies. Fiddlers Crossing is in the Mountain Music building, 206 East F St. at Robinson St.


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New VFW post to Open in Honor of Tehachapi Veteran by Adam Bailey Tehachapi Veterans are working expected to be there. together to open a second Veterans of A fund raiser for the monument is Foreign Wars post. The proposed new being held: bricks will run $35, $50.00 and VFW Post, located at the Veterans $75.00. Benches will be $500 to $800. Memorial building on 125 East F. St, next They will only be accepting checks. to the police station, hopes to open its Please make them out to “CSM David doors this year in honor of Major Jason E. Smith/252 memorial fund”. George. Contact Rodger Rolin at George, who grew up in Tehachapi, 661-822-3176 for brick and bench graduated from T.H.S. in 1988 and later information. from the U.S. Army Military Academy at West Point in 1994. He was one of three soldiers killed in action when a roadside bomb exploded while they were on foot patrol near an outdoor market in south Baghdad’s Dora district. George was assigned to the 252 nd Combined Arms Battalion in Fayette, NC. Gold Star Ceremony planned for April 27th Friends and family will gather at the Tehachapi Moose Lodge on April 27 th for a gold star pinning ceremony. A gold star mother is someone whose child has died in the line of duty of the United States Armed Forces. The ceremony will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. A monument of Maj. George is being unveiled in Fayetteville, North Carolina Major Jason E. George in uniform with his family. and the Governor of NC is

Tickets available for the Cowboy Formal The Rotary Club of Tehachapi has Bank, the Loop and Granite Construction announced the Annual Cowboy Formal among others. will be Saturday, April 16,again featuring the music of the Honky Tonk Truckers. The West Park Auditorium will be the site of the event beginning at 6 p.m. The fundraiser features dinner by City Slickers, music, dancing and both a live and silent auction. Last year some 200 attendees raised over $6,000 to benefit local school scholarships and the Rotary Literacy Program for kindergartners. Ticket prices are $60 each and $450 for a table of eight and tickets are available at Brady Chiropractic in Old Town, Hodad’s Surf Shack, Trader Bo’s in the Orchard Center on Tucker Road, the Loop office on Green Local artist Leon Leigh autographs a litho to be St. or from any Rotarian. auctioned off at the Rotary event of his “Richard the More information on the Third” horse metal sculpture. The English monarch was event is available at noted for his quote, “A horse, a horse, a kingdom for a www.tehachapirotary.com and Rotary would like to thank this horse!” and thus, Leigh’s title for the sculpture that measures several feet high. The original piece commands years sponsors including Prime a lofty $12,000 at art galleries here, in L.A. and New Signs, Tehachapi Liquors, Save York. Photo supplied by the Tehachapi Rotary. Mart Supermarkets, Union

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Tehachapi Tourism Commission Kick-Off Since October of 2010, a group suggestions from tourism with representatives from the professionals and citizens of the Te h a c h a p i h o s p i t a l i t y i n d u s t r y, l o c a l g r e a t e r Te h a c h a p i a r e a . T h e attractions, private citizens and local commission will present its goals, government has met to discuss the and hopes to gain valuable insight formation of a tourism commission to into the tourism needs of our represent the growing tourism c o m m u n i t y. T h e 11 m e m b e r s o f t h e industry in the commission greater are made up of Te h a c h a p i representatives area. from various The group segments of has organized the tourism under the i n d u s t r y, Greater government WHO: Tehachapi Tourism Commission Te h a c h a p i representatives WHAT: Growing Tourism in the Greater Economic and at-large Tehachapi area meeting. Development members. Council, and in Community WHERE: The Tehachapi Depot Museum J a n u a r y, t h e members WHEN: April 14th at 6pm Te h a c h a p i involved in WHY: To learn about the Commission and share To u r i s m tourism, your insights into our local tourism industry. C o m m i s s i o n ’s venues, bylaws and hospitality members were accepted by the and retail are invited to join us with GTEDC as an official part of the their thoughts and ideas to help the G T E D C ’s m i s s i o n . t o u r i s m i n d u s t r y i n Te h a c h a p i . L i g h t A kick-off meeting for the refreshments will be served, Te h a c h a p i To u r i s m C o m m i s s i o n w i l l c o m p l i m e n t s o f A l b e r t s o n ’s . be held on April 14 at 6 p.m. in the For more information contact Depot Museum to hear ideas and Charles White at (661) 972-0958.

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Memories of the Mayor

Milking the Cow

Residents got together in March to erect a custom hand carved sign honoring their beautiful Brite Valley.

The Brite Valley Sign by Leslie Reynolds The Brite Valley sign was created by neighbors to welcome visitors to this unique and historical valley and to commemorate Tehachapi’s first permanent settlers, John Moore Brite and his wife Amanda. In 1854, John and Amanda traveled from Texas to California and eventually settled in this little valley in 1858, naming it as their own. They lived in an adobe home on Cummings Valley Road, and today, only remnants of the adobe home remain across the road from the two story frame house that John later built in 1880 for his wife and growing family. At first, the Brite’s purchased 80 acres and later many more acres on which they farmed and raised horses and cattle. The house still stands today, in a state of restoration, at the far west end of the valley and considered to be a historical landmark. The Brites home is now owned by Mr. Jean Prel, who has lived in Tehachapi all of his 60-some years. Jean raises cattle on his Brite Valley acreage and auctions them at market each spring. Grazing cattle pastured on this land, adds to an already beautiful view out the window each day for Brite Valley residents. The valley is also home to apple and pear orchards and several horse ranches. The sign is beautifully hand carved by artisan, Kent Holmgren. It depicts oak leaves, apple trees and cattle. Kent has carved animals and figures in the Brite Lake Recreational Park and has done many other carvings around the Tehachapi area. More of his artistic work can be seen online at www.kentholmgren.com . This special sign was the idea of resident Barbara Senseman, who received generous permission from Nick and Rea Roghair to use the corner of their property as the signs

permanent home on Cummings Valley Road at the bottom of the “S” curve leading into the valley. Many of the residents of Brite Valley lent a hand to help build and erect the sign. The sign is paid for by donations from residents of Brite Valley and will be maintained by local residents. Barbara had this to say, “I think the Brite family would feel honored by this beautiful sign representing their name and homestead. “I first visited Tehachapi in 1972. I have always been interested in the local history of this area and after moving to Tehachapi in 1999, I became intrigued with its history as well as its wildlife. One of the first things I noted however was that the other valleys were recognized with a highway sign on State Hwy. 202 with the exception of Brite Valley. It became my quest to get recognition for Brite Valley, the smallest of the Tehachapi valleys. After all, history was made right here. I did succeed in getting the highway signs placed up on Highway 202, but then I thought,… maybe a beautiful custom sign within Brite Valley would be a nice addition to our small rural neighborhood. I spoke about the sign with my neighbors, Gary and Angela Pearson, who helped assemble the sign and coordinate the carving and painting with Kent Holmgren”. Often referred to as “The Old Road”, Cummings Valley Road starts at Brite Valley and winds through the oak tree lined canyon to Cummings Valley and beyond. It was the only way into Cummings Valley until State Hwy 202 was built in the mid-1960s. When driving through this beautiful place, you will undoubtedly agree that it’s like a step back in time and is worthy to be given a monument of recognition.

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mother so much that it hurt. I knew she was In my last article I stated how shocked I sick but I kept thinking she would get well and was to learn that living on a farm meant everything would be normal again. She never everyone worked. I mean everyone worked. I did get well and died that summer had never done that before. Being at the Keene Sanitarium. I know 7 years old meant I was supposed she went in peace because I was to play all day. That didn’t told later in life that she was glad happen once we were on the farm. we were finally with a family that First of all were the chores. would take care of us. But, back On a farm chores are very labor to the milk barn. Sometimes I intensive. I learned that almost would go there early if I could from the 1st day. We had to make and jump off the top of the barn our bed, dust mop the bedroom, into piles of manure. That was take out the trash, wash dishes, really a lot of fun and the landing fold clothes, milk the cow, feed was always cushioned. You have the pigs, cows and rabbits and any Ed Grimes to understand the top of the barn other animal we had. I will never forget my first experience with milking the cow. was only about 8 feet high so jumping off into a soft landing was not dangerous. I guess we I remember our foster dad taking us to the milk smelled a little like cow but we never noticed it. barn as he called it, and pointing to the cow Flies were always a problem in the barn, but that we were going to milk. Holy smokes, that my brother and I would always make a game of was the biggest animal I had ever seen, and I trying to hit a fly on the wall by aiming the was supposed to do what? Man, I was scared stream from the bucket to the wall where the out of my wits, but I felt if we were going to stay with this family I would have to do what I fly was. Now you talk about fun, but sometimes we would get so caught up in play was told. So I sat on the stool as instructed and that we took longer to milk than we should looked at the cows you know what, and did as have, and then we would get in trouble because instructed and started pulling. I wasn’t very old Betsy would hold back her milk and want successful at first but I caught on real fast, I out of the barn. I sometimes wonder how many thought. You see, that first day I took 2 ½ kids get to play like I did and enjoy every hours to get done. I didn’t get too much milk, minute of it. Sad to say not very many. They but I was proud of what I did get. I have to say are missing out on life’s lessons and it is taking I got a lot better as time went on and I it’s toll. I have to stop now, but the next time I eventually could milk a cow dry in 5 minutes. want to again tell you of my experiences living My forearms got strong and I had a really good on the farm and the many things I learned that strong hand grip. I really did like that old milk taught me a good, strong work ethic. See ya barn, because it was my place where I could go next edition. to just get away from everything. I missed my

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Mulberry Memories

Knitting her way into our hearts by Julie Mallett

“I’m going to be in the Bark for Life! Are you?” Hi, my name is Bear and I am writing to tell all you dogs about a very cool event that my mom, Barbara Villasenor, just signed me up for called Bark for Life. It is a dog walk where, for only $15, you and your person can join the fight against cancer-together! This terrible disease takes our friends, both four- and two-legged, away from us far too soon. So my mom and I decided to fight back. On April 16, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. you will find me, along with my owner, at the corner of Tehachapi Blvd. and Snyder, right across the street from Canine Creek, walking with other dog lovers and furry

friends who love them. I hope we will see you and your owner there, too! To register or for more information, please contact my mom, Barbara, at (661) 332-4975 or Susie at Canine Creek, (661) 822-0307. While the American Cancer Society does not fund research for cancer that affects us four-legged folks, all the research they do will benefit us as well as our people! Come join us for a fun event on April 16 th! Oh, and did I mention there is going to be prizes and free stuff too? Woof! Bear, a 4-Legged Tehachapi Resident

Charlotte Outcalt is a spry 93-year-old woman residing at Mulberry Place. Born in Hagerstown, Maryland, Charlotte relocated to California at the age 3. In high school she was a member of the baseball team. Charlotte’s first job was as a caregiver, making $1.25 week. Most jobs only paid $.25-$.50 cents per hour. She also worked at the dime store, where she made $.25 cents an hour. In her twenties a friend of Charlotte’s took her to the Navy dock, where she met her husband, Charles. They were married when she was 27, and after having children, she became a homemaker. The Navy took the couple and their 2 children, a son and daughter, all over the United States. One of her best memories was living in Hawaii for 2 years. Charlotte’s passions have been quilting, as well as painting china plates. As I sat in her room talking to her, she pointed out all the beautiful quilts, plates, and lamps she has created. Her latest

project is a quilt for her greatgranddaughter. She has also made several scarves for cancer patients, and the Winter Olympics. Charlotte has had the amazing opportunity to have traveled the world. She has been to cities in Italy, Spain, France, Australia, Scotland, and Ireland. Charlotte has also taken a cruise to Alaska, which she tells me was beautiful. “Go see the Grand Canyon,” Charlotte says. “You don’t want to miss that. When you stand on the edge and look over, you cannot believe something so big exists.” Charlotte came to Tehachapi in 2002. We asked her what she likes about Mulberry Place. “I have a nice room, and they take really good care of me here,” she tells us. Charlotte enjoys teaching the staff to cook some of her favorite recipes. As we close our conversation, I ask Charlotte if there is anything she would like to add. She tells us, “Like I tell everyone, you better behave, because it will all catch up to you someday.”

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Bob - the “Wine Guy”

How Wine Happens

Diane Bergstrom as Dolley Madison; Debi Haynes as Jane Goodall; Margaret Thomas as Rose O’Neal Greenhow; Carol Coleman as Clara Driscoll.

Showcasing Historical Women American Association of University Women recognized National Women’s History in March by presenting programs about outstanding women to students at Tompkins, Golden Hills, Cummings Valley, and Carden Schools. Members of AAUW Storytellers researched, wrote scripts, and in appropriate costume, delivered speeches as if they were the women they represented. Dolley Madison (Diane Bergstrom) spoke of her role as First Lady. Jane Pinheiro (Susan Hill) brought some of her sketches of desert plants that are on display at the Poppy Preserve. Clara

Discoll (Carol Coleman) told of her of her role in designing Tiffinni lamps. Rose O’Neal Greenhow (Margaret Thomas) told about her spying on behalf of the Confederate States. Jane Goodall (Debi Haynes) described her work with Chimpanzees. Jeannette Rankin (Phyllis Belcher) told how she was the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress. AAUW is an established historic organization that has helped—and continues to help—women make history. AAUW Tehachapi Mountain Branch, celebrating its 28 th anniversary this month, has strong ties to the annual celebration of women history makers.

Tehachapi Culinary Studio Grand Opening

The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Tehachapi Culinary Studio Grand Opening at the Ribbon Cutting March 26, 2011. It was attended by over 100 guests to help Linda Pettitt, Barbie Hersinger and Terry Gardner celebrate several dreams come true. Watch for upcoming cooking classes. Congratulations from the LOOP. Photo by Alysia Bailey

Welcome again to wine 101 and this than to put the grapes into a container and episode, which as the title suggests is how wine release the juice. In fact we read that milk, is actually made. A lot of visitors to our tasting which contains a different sort of sugar than room ask me, Bob the Wine Guy, how do you grapes do, develops a small amount of alcohol if make grapes into wine? It has been done pretty left on the kitchen table all day long (holy much the same way for a Captain Crunch). very long time, and it Thanks to all who goes something like this. keep me busy answering First you grow the these very interesting grapes, most of you questions and now time for probably had that one the wine word of the day. already, and then after a Remember boys and girls time you pick the grapes, these are words as they refer some of you smarter to wine not other stuff. Ok ones had that one too. the word is Aroma- the smell by Bob Souza, “The Wine Guy” of wine. Some purists use the Next you put the grapes into a clean container term aroma only for the that doesn’t leak. Crush the grapes somehow to straight-forward, youthful smells of a wine, and release their juice now-a-days called punch use the term bouquet for the more complex down. This was really, once upon a time done smells of an aged wine. But we use aroma as a with foot stomping (Lucille Ball style). Then general term for all wine smells. I certainly hope you wait. In its most basic form, winemaking is that clears that up… help me Ronda. that simple. Ok… so my Uncle Santino, getting on in After the grapes are crushed, yeasts (tiny years and has lost it a little, gets in his car. He one-celled organisms) that exist naturally in the notices something is missing and calls the vineyard and therefore, on the grapes, come police. He is hysterical, and tells the cops, into contact with the sugar in the grape’s juice “Come right away someone has stolen the and gradually convert that sugar into alcohol. stereo, the steering wheel the brake pedal, and Yeast also produces carbon dioxide, which the gas pedal too.” The dispatcher says, “Stay evaporates into the air. When the yeasts are calm, an officer is on the way.” A few minutes done working, your grape juice is wine. The later the officer arrives and radios in, “Disregard sugar that was in the juice is no longer there, the emergency the victim got in the back seat alcohol is present instead. The riper and by mistake.” Way to go Uncle!! sweeter the grapes, the more alcohol the wine Til next time...love those emails! Bob the will have. This process is called fermentation. Wine Guy signing off. This is a totally and natural process that wineguy@souzafamilyvineyard.com doesn’t require man’s participation at all, other Abbondanza Fortuna


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Come celebrate your event at Jennifer’s Terrace! Jennifer’s Terrace is a tranquil English garden perfect for any occasion. A quaint location for musical events, beautiful intimate weddings, corporate meetings, award ceremonies, announcements, baby showers or a themed birthday party! Karate, sports, painting and dancing are all unique party ideas that are fun and instructional! Let your guests learn while socializing and celebrating! A spa-themed party is sure to please any girl for a graduation, Quinceanera or birthday! Our elegant rattan tables and chairs make excellent spa stations. Have one for skin, hair, makeup, pedicures and manicures. Allow your guests to rotate through the stations changing every 15 minutes. Our recommended hair stylists and beauticians will work with your guests for makeovers and salon services. Utilize our interior as a “waiting room” where your guests are served trays of chocolate-covered strawberries, fruit kabobs and sip on sparkling cider in champagne flutes. Amenities include, but are not limited to, a fully-equipped kitchen, an air-conditioned interior, a gazebo, outdoor heaters, a dance floor, a stage for karaoke or a band, a complete audio service and sound system (mic, receiver, mp3 capability), dressing rooms and ample street parking. With the advent of spring the garden will be in full bloom and colorful. It can

accommodate up to 150 guests comfortably. 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

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Tax Preparation Tips AARP. Ben Franklin once said, “In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” For File on Time some, tax season is one of the most The IRS has approved April 18, 2011 as distressing times of the year – with anxiety the tax filing deadline for 2010 tax returns and over searching for documents, worrying about extension requests (since Emancipation Day, what you might owe and the fear of an audit a holiday observed in the District of starting long before the filing Columbia, falls on Friday, April deadline. Filing taxes may be 15, the usual tax deadline). State inevitable, but the following taxes, however, are still due on tips can help make preparing April 15. Be sure to file and your 2010 taxes a little easier: pay on time or expect to pay late fees and interest. If you Get Organized can’t file by the deadline, file an Gather all the documents extension and pay as much of you’ll need to file your taxes: Wyour taxes as possible at that 2, 1099s and other forms, time to minimize interest and receipts, cancealed checks and penalties. other documents that support Keep Your Taxes on File income or deductions you’re Federal law requires that claiming on your return. Starting By Kelly Saunders, you keep the records that this year the IRS will no longer Vice President & Branch be mailing paper tax packages. If Manager,Union Bank, N.A. substantiate your income and deductions in the event you are you are not going to file your audited, so it is wise to file your tax returns taxes electronically and need paper forms, you and keep copies of cancelled checks that can find them online, at local IRS offices, your prove that you paid your taxes on time. The local library or post office. IRS has up to three years from your filing Consider Filing Electronically date to audit your return if it suspects goodWhether you use a purchased software faith errors and you have up to three years if program or you qualify to utilize free tax you decide to file an amended return to claim software offered by the IRS or California a refund. If the IRS suspects that you Franchise Tax Board, filing electronically is underreported your gross income by 25 simple, safe and secure. Electronic filing can percent or more, they have up to six years help reduce mistakes as a computer checks for to challenge your return. There is no time mathematical errors and, if you are expecting a limit if you failed to file your return or filed return, filing electronically will help speed a fraudulent return. your refund, especially if you choose direct The foregoing article is intended to deposit. provide general information about tax Do Your Homework preparation and is not considered financial Hundreds of changes are made to federal advice from Union Bank. Please consult tax laws every year. Dedicating some time to your financial or tax advisor. learning about major changes may help save Kelly Saunders is vice president and branch you money and time. Check with your financial manager of the Tehachapi branch of Union advisor or you can find current information and Bank, located at 665 Tucker Road. Union changes in the law on the Web at the IRS Bank, N.A., is a full-service commercial bank (www.irs.gov) and California Franchise Tax providing an array of financial services to Board (www.ftb.ca.gov) Web sites. individuals, small businesses, middle-market Get Help If You Need It companies, and major corporations. As of When you have a very complex tax return, December 31, 2010, the bank had 401 hiring a professional may be a wise choice. A banking offices in California, Oregon, certified public accountant or licensed tax Washington and Texas and two international consultant may cost you a few hundred dollars offices. UnionBanCal Corporation is a but they might find extra tax deductions or wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of credits that could save a substantial amount of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a money on your taxes. If you earned less than subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial $49,000, you can get free face-to-face help on Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member your tax return at IRS offices or from Volunteer of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs and if (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world’s you’re over 60, you can get help from the Tax largest financial organizations. Visit Counseling for the Elderly program run by www.unionbank.com for more information.

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Tehachapi. For more information, call 823-9994. Wednesdays – Open Mic. $5 donation. Thursday, April 14 LIVE MUSIC. Richie Begin @ The Moose Lodge. 5 to 7 p.m. K a ro k e 7-9pm • 123 W. “F” St. 661-822-3889. LIVE MUSIC. Lauren and Max. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wine & Cheese Cellar. 695 Tucker Saturday , April 2 Rd. 661-822-6300. LIVE MUSIC. Blue Rose -La Bella Friday, April 15 Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6-9pm. 822-7419. LIVE MUSIC.Homeward Bound @ La LIVE MUSIC. All Blues Night, Richie Begin. Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. Cigar and Port night 5:30 to 9 p.m. @ Wine & 822-7419. Cheese Cellar. 695 Tucker Rd. 661-822-6300. LIVE MUSIC. Fiddlers Crossing series LIVE MUSIC. Jo Stone at The Apple Shed 206 East F St., 823-9994. 233 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333 Richie Begin in Concert 7pm $12 TEHACHAPI HIGH SCHOOL Advance Drama LIVE MUSIC. Sebastion Wine & Cheese spring play 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. “The Somewhat Cellar. 5:30 to 9 p.m 695 Tucker Rd. True Tale of Robin Hood” 801 Dennison Rd in 661-822-6300. drama room at south end of campus $5 gen $3 LIVE MUSIC Tehachapi Christian Store student 108 E. Tehachapi Blvd. 661-822-0626 LIVE THEATRE. “Foxfire” at BeeKay LIVE MUSIC. Tony Vice – Acoustic Guitar. Theatre. 110 S. Green St. 661-822-4037. The Apple Shed 233 E Tehachapi Blvd. www.TCTonstage.com $16 2pm & 7:30pm 823-8333 Sun day , April 3 KARAOKE with Emma -Don Perico’s, 840 LIVE MUSIC. Homeward Bound at The Tucker Rd. 822-5366 8:30 + Apple Shed 233 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333 Saturday , April 16 LIVE THEATRE. “Foxfire” at BeeKay Rotary Cowboy Formal Honky Tonk Theatre. 110 S. Green St. 661-822-4037. Truckers 6pm at West Park. $60. Tickets www.TCTonstage.com $20 2pm AAUW available at LOOP office. Wednesday , April 6 BVS Annual Art Show opening reception EMPOWERMENT—Support Group for Women 4-6pm at BVS Oak Tree Country Club. Art More info call SilentWolf (661) 972-5751. Our on display and for sale April 16 - April 24 meetings are FREE .They are each Wednesday beginning at the Opening Reception Oak Tree from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Country Club KARAOKE - Domingo’s 20416 Hwy 202 822Brite Lake Fishing Derby 2011 7611 TVRPD.org 822-3228 FIDDLERS CROSSING in the Mountain Music LIVE MUSIC. Craig Shaw @La Bella building at 206 East F Street in Downtown Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6-9pm. 822-7419. Tehachapi. For more information, call 823-9994. LIVE MUSIC. Tom Holden. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays – Open Mic. $5 donation. @ Wine & Cheese Cellar. 695 Tucker Rd. Friday, April 8 661-822-6300. TAX DAY POTLUCK at theTehachapi Senior LIVE MUSIC. Mountain Pass Oldies – Center, 500 E. F Street in Tehachapi. 5pm Dinner served at 6pm. $5.00 per person with a side The Apple Shed 233 E Tehachapi Blvd. dish (They will need to call Danielle at 822-5412 823-8333 WORLD PREMIER FILM!. “Legion-The to sign up with you side dish). 50/50 available. Final Exorcism” at BeeKay Theatre 8pm . LIVE MUSIC. Geezers at The Apple Shed 110 S. Green St. 661-822-4037. David 233 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333 Heavener $15. www.TCTonstage.com $15 LIVE MUSIC. Tom Holden. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday , April 17 @ Wine & Cheese Cellar. 695 Tucker Rd. FIDDLERS CROSSING in the Mountain Music 661-822-6300. building at 206 East F Street in Downtown LIVE MUSIC. Alicia Hansen -La Bella Tehachapi. Misty River. $15. 2pm For more Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6-9pm. 822-7419. LIVE THEATRE. “New Clothes for the information, call 823-9994. Emperor” at BeeKay Theatre 7pm. 110 S. Wednesday April 20 Green St. 661-822-4037. Heritage Oaks KARAOKE - Domingo’s 20416 Hwy 202 Presents www.TCTonstage.com $10 822-7611 Saturday , April 9 FIDDLERS CROSSING in the Mountain Music FIDDLERS CROSSING in the Mountain Music building at 206 East F Street in Downtown building at 206 East F Street in Downtown Tehachapi. For more information, call 823-9994. Tehachapi. Acoustic quartet Border Radio. $15. Wednesdays – Open Mic. $5 donation. 7pm For more information, call 823-9994. Thursday, April 21 SPRING BOUTIQUE. The Bear Valley Springs LIVE MUSIC. Richie Begin @ The Moose Pony Club. 10AM to 4PM in the Bear Valley Lodge. 5 to 7 p.m. K a ro k e 7-9pm • 123 W. Springs Whiting Center Gymnasium located at “F” St. 661-822-3889. 26940 Bear Valley Road. 661-331-0597 LIVE MUSIC. Dave Ogden 5:30 to 9 p.m. LIVE MUSIC. Art Larson at The Apple Shed Wine & Cheese Cellar. 695 Tucker Rd. 233 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333 661-822-6300. LIVE MUSIC. Geezers - La Bella Amore. FIDDLERS CROSSING in the Mountain Music 209 S. Green St. 6-9pm. 822-7419. building at 206 East F Street in Downtown LIVE THEATRE. “New Clothes for the Tehachapi. Tim Rued, Swedish fiddle music $12. Emperor” at BeeKay Theatre 7pm. 110 S. 2pm For more information, call 823-9994. Green St. 661-822-4037. Heritage Oaks Friday, April 22 Presents www.TCTonstage.com $10 LIVE MUSIC. Max Valentino – The Apple LIVE MUSIC. Tehachapi High School Shed 233 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333 Jazz Band “Night of Jazz”, 6pm in the Tehachapi High Cafeteria, 801 S.Dennison Rd LIVE MUSIC. Pat Strong -La Bella Sunday , April 10 Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6-9pm. 822-7419. LIVE THEATRE. “New Clothes for the Saturday , April 23 Emperor” at BeeKay Theatre 2pm. 110 S. Live Music. Pat Strong – The Apple Shed Green St. 661-822-4037. Heritage Oaks 233 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333 Presents www.TCTonstage.com $10 LIVE MUSIC. Jug Band at La Bella Tuesday , April 12 Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. LIVE MUSIC with Richie Begin -Don 822-7419. Perico’s, 840 Tucker Rd. 822-5366 5:30 + LIVE MUSIC. Dave Ogden 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday , April 13 Wine & Cheese Cellar. 695 Tucker Rd. KARAOKE - Domingo’s 20416 Hwy 202 822661-822-6300. 7611 LIVE MUSIC. Fiddlers Crossing series FIDDLERS CROSSING in the Mountain Music 206 East F St., 823-9994. “Irish Night” building at 206 East F Street in Downtown 7pm and costs $10

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Patriotic Essay Competition All local Tehachapi seniors graduating from high school and planning to attend college or trade school in Fall 2011 are invited to enter the annual Tehachapi Republican Women, Federated Essay Competition. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to the students with the most outstanding essay. The 500 word essay topic is “Why is Patriotism Important to Americans?” Please call Margie at 661-823-1558 for the application and for more details on how to enter your essay. Your application and essay must be be postmarked on or before April 6, 2011.

Grief support group Have you experienced the loss of a pregnancy or death of an infant? The Family Life Pregnancy Center offers a Bible Study to help you through your time of grief and healing. A new group is forming now. Please call the Center for more information. 661-823-8255

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Tax Day Potluck We are having a Tax Day Potluck at theTehachapi Senior Center, 500 E. F Street in Tehachapi. On April 8th the Doors open at 5pm - Dinner served at 6pm. $5.00 per person with a side dish (They will need to call Danielle at 822-5412 to sign up with you side dish). 50/ 50 available.

The Tehachapi Rose & Garden Society The Tehachapi Rose & Garden Society will not have its usual meeting on April 10. Instead, we will be going to the Beekay Theater at 6PM to hear Jon Hammond’s lecture on wildflowers in our area. Join us there. Tickets are $10.00 and will be available at the door or at the Tehachapi Heritage Museum. The Society will be holding its annual plant sale on Sat. May 7th. Mark your calendar and watch for further news on this exciting event.

Tehachapi Municipal Advisory Council Tehachapi Municipal Advisory Council will be held on April 13 at 3:30 pm at the Golden Hills CSD.

It’s an EGG-Stravaganza An egg decorating contest, open to all ages, is planned for the month of April. This event, sponsored by Tehachapi Valley Arts Association, will be displayed at Gallery ‘N Gifts, 100 West Tehachapi Boulevard. A limit of 3 eggs per person may be entered - $1 per egg entry fee. The eggs must be dimensional and egg shaped and can be made from any material: real eggs (any type – should be blown out or hardboiled), wood, paper mache,

Styrofoam, etc. Eggs can also be presented in an “egg scene”. Eggs will be accepted from April 1 to April 7. Voting for “Best Eggs” will be by people’s choice, with one ballot per person, per day. The eggs will be on display after April 9. Full details and an entry form are available on the website, www.galleryngifts.com or are available at Gallery ‘N Gifts. Call for information at 822-6062.

Wildflowers of the Tehachapi Area with Jon Hammond Sunday, April 0th 6-8pm at the Historic BeeKay Theatre at 110 S. Green Street, Tehachapi. Jon has always had a deep and abiding interest in the Tehachapi Mountains - the geography, wildlife, climate, and human history - and has spent the past 30 years researching,

photographing and writing about this unique and fascinating part of California. Please join us as Jon presents the results of his research into the wildflowers of the Tehachapi region. $10.00 admission - For more information: rsvpmuseum@gmail.com.

Donations needed for Library’s Summer Reading Program This summer the Tehachapi Branch of the Kern County Library is planning a great program. Our Friends of the Tehachapi Library always sponsor the program bringing in many professional programs and paying for the teen $10 book vouchers to Books and Crannies. Unfortunately, the Friends will not be able to provide all the funds needed for the program. The On-Going Book Sale is the primary fundraiser but the library is open only three days a week and it cannot generate to amount of money needed. We are looking for monetary donations from the Tehachapi

Community. We are looking for a total of $500 to supplement what the Friends will already provide. Any donation will be greatly appreciated and with the extra help the Tehachapi Branch will be able to present the summer reading program we have all come to enjoy. To make a donation please contact the Kris Duke at the Tehachapi Branch. The branch is located in the Tehachapi Crossing Shopping Center at 1001 West Tehachapi Blvd or call 822-4938. Thank you for supporting the Tehachapi Branch of the Kern County Library.


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Being a trophy wife AND a great cook can the right food. sometimes be a curse. Because of my consistent Senior nutrition: culinary awesome-ness as well as my Feeding the body, mind and soul meticulous homemaking skills and fabulous Remember the old adage, you are what you sense of humor, I am often taken for granted by eat? Make it your motto. When you choose a those who I feed and care for on a daily variety of colorful fruits and veggies, whole basis…but we won’t mention any names,..right grains, and lean proteins you’ll feel simply dear? (ahem) Actually, I love marvelous inside and out. cooking for my-Tony…even though Live longer and stronger he is not as appreciative of my – Good nutrition keeps efforts as he used to be. “Why is muscles, bones, organs, and that?” you may ask. Because he’s other body parts strong for the getting older now and he needs to long haul. Eating vitamin-rich modify his eating habits to remain food boosts immunity and healthy. I’ve had to encourage him ( fights illness-causing toxins. A he’d say “nag”) to “eat more of proper diet reduces the risk of this” or “less of that”, only to be heart disease, stroke, high blood scowled at from across the table pressure, type-2 diabetes, bone because the new “healthier loss, cancer, and anemia. Also, Tony & Tomi Nuckolls, versions” of his usual meals had less eating sensibly means Butcher & Wife gravy and salt! Lucky for him I love consuming fewer calories and him and care about his health after all these more nutrient dense foods, keeping weight in years! It’s a good thing I’m SO much younger check. than he is, so he’ll always have me around to Sharpen the mind – Scientists know that take good care of him in his senior years! … key nutrients are essential for the brain to do its (Now stop rolling your eyes Tony!) job. Research shows that people who eat a Food for thought: Think healthy eating is selection of brightly colored fruit, leafy veggies, all about dieting and sacrifice? Think again. certain fish, lean beef or chicken and nuts Eating well is a lifestyle that embraces colorful packed with omega-3 fatty acids can improve food, creativity in the kitchen, and eating with focus and decrease the risk for Alzheimer’s friends. For seniors, the benefits of healthy disease. eating include increased mental acuteness, Feel better – Eating well is a feast for resistance to illness and disease, higher energy your five senses! Wholesome meals give you levels, a more robust immune system, faster more energy and help you look better, resulting recuperation times, and better management of in a self-esteem boost. It’s all connected—when chronic health problems. As we age, eating your body feels good you feel happier inside well can also be the key to a positive outlook and out. and staying emotionally balanced. You are the The following are a couple of healthy boss when it comes to food choices. Read on recipes that are easy to make that you may for tips on how to supercharge your life with want to try…

Easter, 2009 is a day I wish I could forget. For the first time in 25 years I was not in the pulpit that Sunday morning because my husband was home as a hospice patient and I was caring for him. That day he seemed to take a turn for the worse; and he died a torturous death a few days later in great pain and fear. About six months after his death a widow who had never known my husband when he was well gave me a great gift: She took me to dinner and asked me to tell her all about my husband. She asked me what made him laugh, what he contributed to the world, how he parented, etc. She knew from personal experience that a month or two after a spouse’s death, one’s friends usually stop talking about the deceased and some so-called friends even expect the grieving survivor to forget about the deceased and to move on. As Easter approaches this year I remember that widow’s kindness because she offered me a resurrection experience. I

Lean & Juicy Hamburgers Grass-fed beef contain higher concentrations of Beta-carotene, increased levels of omega-3 fatty acids, a more desirable omega-3:omega-6 ratio, and higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA or polyunsaturated fatty acids), all substances that are reported to have favorable effects on our health. Ingredients 1 pound lean ground meat (i.e. grass-fed beef or buffalo) 2 eggs ¼ cup onion, chopped ½ cup bread crumbs ½ cup oatmeal with how water added to the cup (just enough to fill up the cracks) 2 Tbsp. raisins (optional) 2 Tbsp. walnuts, broken into pieces (optional) ½ tsp salt Fresh ground pepper Directions: 1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. 2. Form into patties 3. Heat a frying pan to medium to medium high and add 1 Tbsp. olive oil 4. Add patties and cook at medium heat until side is golden brown 5. Flip and cover to keep moist and to “bake” the inside of the burger. 6. Enjoy with the usual hamburger fixings or as you would meatloaf.

could not bring my husband back to physical life, but talking about him over dinner allowed me to resurrect the warm feelings and funny experiences we shared when he was alive. Re-telling stories both good and bad reminded me to give thanks not just for what we had together but for love which never ends. In a small way, her kind invitation to “tell me all about your husband” began to move some of the traumatic memories of his death out of the forefront of my mind. This Easter, two years later, my understanding of the word “resurrection” is deeper and more meaningful because I am a widow. I know that as long as my children and grandchildren live, my husband’s memory is alive. And I know that as long as Christians keep telling the story of Jesus’ life, Jesus’ memory is alive. This Easter I can give thanks for what was, even as I mourn what might have been. What a wonderful way to celebrate Easter and Jesus’ resurrection!

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Simplified Chicken Marbella Prunes are a good source of vitamin A, potassium, and copper, as well as fiber. Ingredients: 1 ½ - 2 lbs. Chicken legs, thighs or breasts without the skin 1 onion chopped 1 or 2 cloves of garlic crushed 2 cups of prunes (~ 8 oz) 2 cups balsamic vinegar 2 cups water 1 tsp. salt Fresh ground black pepper Herbs (i.e. oregano, thyme, basil, rosemary) Directions: 1. Place all ingredients into a large baking dish (9x12 pan works well) so that the chicken is almost completely covered by the liquid 2. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes 3. Turn oven down to 325 degrees for another 15 or 20 minutes

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Meet Your New Neighbors Paula Lane comes to us most Paula, we are always happy to have recently from Thousand Oaks, but has another go-getter become a part of our also lived in Hidden Hills and Malibu, community! CA. She has been friends for 35 Angela and Greig years with Gloria Yeager of Neilson moved here from Tehachapi, whom many of you Temecula, CA, to get out of know as a caterer. She had the city and into a better visited Gloria up here many environment, especially for times over 5 years and learned their 17-year-old son, to love Tehachapi. Since she Spencer. Spencer is one very lost her husband about four mature, polite, bright, and years ago, Paula decided to fun young man. He even make the move to Tehachapi serenaded me with his guitar and see what life may have in while I was there. Eat your store for her up here. E v i e C a m p b e l l - B e s t hearts out, young ladies; he Upon graduation from high is one nice looking young Welcome Hostess school Paula received a man, and pretty good at scholarship to Brown University. She strumming that guitar. What a treat! studied fashion design at RISD. She Angela attended North Monterey opened her first dress shop at age High School where she was very active nineteen and had 1/2 interest in a beauty in basketball, volleyball, track and field. salon, and 1/3 interest in a flower shop She was in Rotary Interact while she by age twenty-one. After marrying her was at North Monterey High School and husband, they co-opened, with a had help from the Rotary Club for her partner, a factory that produced jeans basketball scholarship at Mesa State, for Calvin Klein. Paula designed Colorado. Angela met her husband, costumes at ABC and NBC for many Greig, while she was at Mesa State. Hollywood actors including Bob Hope, Greig was quite the roving young man. John Wayne and Lucille Ball. She He is originally from New Zealand. He designed dresses for Milton Berle worn went to school and earned his degree in only on TV. In the 90’s, Paula had a plumbing, made good money, and saved neighbor who was a director/producer. as much as possible to travel on. He She became the producer of her first traveled all over the world with many movie, also designing costumes and sets, adventures along the way, including and went on to produce many movies all riding elephants in Nepal. Some of the over the world. other countries he traveled included Gloria Yeager, who was married to Germany, France, and Southeast Asia. Steve Yeager, an LA Dodger, had Paula Angela and Greig have now been do the interior design for their home. married for 20 years and have worked Many of the other Dodgers had Paula do hard side-by-side in business together. the interior design for their homes. As if They owned a transportation business Paula didn’t have enough to do, she for 12 years, hauling candy and produce. founded Southern California Foundation Spencer took an active part in our visit. for Aids Research, and was president of As his mother told me what they hauled, the California Institute for Cancer Spencer ’s face lit up with a big smile. Research at UCLA. He told me how he and his parents were Paula has a daughter and a stepson the lucky recipients of any damaged or who have followed some of the same out-of-date candy, and how they would paths as their mother. Her daughter is share it with their friends. The Neilsons an actor who has played on Broadway, also had a palm tree business, but with including being an aerialist flying across our slow economy they eventually gave the stage in Finding Nemo, and has been it up. Greig has had to hustle to keep involved in other aspects of acting. Her things together for his family, but he is son does sound and lighting for the very tenacious, and doesn’t give up. In Super Bowl and for many other events the meantime he has found work in Paso all over the world. Robles area. Although Paula has moved up to Angela takes an active part in a Tehachapi, she still owns a movie group at momsintouch.org. This group distribution company, movie production was started by a lady in Poway, CA, and company, talent management company, has since gone international. Their main and jewelry and interior design focus is praying for children and their company. Since moving here, she has schools, along with providing Bible designed the interior of a neighbor ’s study groups. There are also Fathers In home and is working on three others. Touch and Teachers In Touch groups. She is VP of the Bear Valley Springs Sounds like a great organization to me. ladies’ club, extending her arm in charity Our kids, our schools, and our teachers work. So, wonder what Paula does in can surely benefit from all the prayers her spare time? Needless to say, she they can get. Welcome to the Neilsons, doesn’t sit in one spot long enough for another great family. grass to grow under her feet. Welcome,

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April 2 ~ 16, 2011

Yoga 101 101 - Stumbling Towards Enlightenment Yoga

Avoiding the Obvious by Yogashanan My mom, an 80-year old true Texas intersection at McBean and Valencia firecracker, recently received an unexpected anymore. Avoid it like the plague. Damn gift in the mail. Upon opening the intersection ruined my life.” mysterious envelope, she was caught by I resisted the temptation to snark surprise at the candid photo of herself. A back a thousand smarty-pants responses. head shot from behind her steering My mom’s misguided thinking seemed wheel. As she ran a red light. Courtesy ridiculous to me until I did some selfof the City of Santa Clarita. inquiry. Wait a minute. In my own This city-sponsored photo misguided thinking, to protect shoot would cost her somewhere myself from suffering, what do I in the vicinity of $500. Mom is regularly avoid? not one to accept difficulties How about my yoga with equanimity. “They practice? In the beginning, I won’t get a red cent out of practiced poses I liked and me. I haven’t had a ticket in dodged poses I didn’t like. 25 years and I’m sure as Over time, I realized hell not going to pay this how the challenge of one,” she declared. Half-Moon pose I smiled. Last could improve my year I, too, received stamina in an unsolicited headshot from the City of Headstand. And when I approach HalfSclarita. I posed for mine while making a Moon with an open, spacious mind tardy left turn at the same ginormous instead of fear and loathing, I can begin to intersection. I knew the score. work with the pose. Without adding all “Mom, you have choices. If you can’t my mental nonsense. It’s not the pose. It’s pay the fine, you can do community me. service.” This whole community service I see avoidance as a dual sided coin: thing was a welcome relief when I was the skillful and unskillful. Skillful avoidance is traffic offender. I chose to repay my debt healthy and wise. We need to discern real to society at the Santa Clarita Senior danger and elude it. Non-skillful avoidance Center. As yoga teacher and masseuse, I is shunning something because I mistake it figured I had much to offer the old folks. It as the source of my suffering. If I avoid was a great fit. Win/win. the intersection, I won’t get a ticket. If I The City didn’t see it quite the same avoid Half Moon Pose, I won’t fall. If I way. No, I was told by Carlos the merciless avoid love, I won’t get hurt. The Yoga Senior Center Lunch Room Supervisor, you Sutras teach avoidance of pain as a crucial won’t be doing yoga or massage. You’ll obstacle toward peace of mind. How will clean trays, sweep floors, wipe down I learn to handle Life’s inevitable tables. Here’s your plastic apron and discomfort if I avoid it at every turn? And gloves. Don’t forget the hairnet. And if how small am I willing for my world to you’re good you may get promoted to the become so that I can avoid pain? serving line. (I eventually became the mac When I approach my perceived and cheese lady. I worked it, sister.) obstacles with impartial intelligence, I My mom wound up at the Senior make space for growth. When I shine my Center, too. A stylish woman, she awareness on the darkness of my grudgingly sported the disposable apron misperception, I have an opportunity for and gloves. She almost came to blows with evolution. The cruel intersection is no Carlos the Merciless while hand-rolling longer responsible for the route I take. hundreds of plastic sporks in paper The dreaded pose becomes a vital part of napkins. When her hours were served, she my practice. My mind and heart expand. threw in her hairnet and swore to never Meanwhile, Mom is still shunning the return. So much for compassionate McBean/Valencia crossroads while Carlos community service. the Merciless dreams of her return in a Flash forward several months. I realize spork-filled fantasy. Hairnets flying. Mom is taking an offbeat route as we snake Avoiding nothing. Yeeoowww! through town. When I question her, she Avoiding yogashanan is futile. Follow tartly responds, “I don’t use that your heart to www.tehachapiyoga.com.

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April 2 ~ 16, 2011

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Lost in the Stars

Lost in a Labyrinth red and black. I was told at one time that part of On the same trip where I saw the Blythe the way the eggs were used was a way of Intaglios, we visited another California trapping evil spirits. A person geoglyph. (Recall that this is a form would have a decorated egg in a of rock art where an image has been prominent location in the house, scrathed into the surface rock evil spirits would become entranced revealing lighter material beneath.) by the patterns and get sucked into This geoglyph is the so-called the egg and would be trapped. The Topock Maze. This is located over egg was then carefully taken out near Needles and is just off of the into the woods and buried after a freeway. year. (I think that the evil spirits It is thought that the Maze made the raw egg stinky after a year. was originally around 50 acres. So you definitely wanted to not That’s 50 acres where the native break the egg.) by Mark Mojave Indians moved the desert It also appears that our custom “Doc” Fisher pavement aside, piling up the rocks of decorated eggs at Easter comes along the sides of the cleared path from this tradition. Of course the tradition of making curved “windrows”. The damage began back in the 1880s as a train track was laid across decorated eggs predates the celebration of Easter. (But then the word Easter does too.) part of the maze. Then the various incarnations Since it is felt that the Ukrainian tradition goes of the road that became Interstate 40 took out even more. Other things, including a gas pipeline back to ancient times. Though archaeological specimens are rare due to the fragility of eggs. have brought the size down. So now I finally understand the opposition Now after years of poor protection the site to the Labyrinth that was to be put in City is down to maybe 18 acres. And thankfully is Park. It wasn’t due, as some suggested, to the better protected now under the jurisdiction of close minded superstition of the opponents. It the department of Fish and Game. (I know that was actually a waste disposal problem. As doesn’t make a lot of sense to me either, but troubled people wandered our maze, the evil that’s who it fell to.) And the Mojave Indians spirits troubling them would get confused and have discovered the power of the media which become trapped in the maze. Now considering has prevented more recent construction. the documentary movie Ghostbusters (1984) as According to current understanding the a source, we can see the danger of having a Topock Maze was used by the native peoples spirit containment system fail. Quoting the to remove unpleasant “spirits”. They person famous parapsychologist Dr. Peter Venkman, it being haunted would run through the maze, leads to “Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living which would confuse the spirit, allowing the together... mass hysteria!” person to get free. Since the evil spirits were Though maybe Benz could have been confused by the maze. contracted to deal with the problem. The fact that the Topock Maze was used If you’d like to send me an email, send them this way reminds me of pysanky. That is the to mathnerde+loop@gmail.com. Or you can visit beautiful art of the Ukrainian Easter eggs. These my blog at http://mathnerde.blogspot.com/ . eggs have complex geometric designs, often in

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Daydreams

How to put a thought into motion Once you put a thought into motion, it Believing is the third step, and it’s a begins to have a life of its own. doozey. Self-doubt takes ahold of us Here is what I recommend, so you will sometimes like a tiger on the prowl. State stay focused, and your new ten positive solutions, be creative. daydream, thought, goal, idea, will Then as everyone by now has keep breathing. These are the heard, be grateful. Your lessons are mechanics of The Way of the your life. What I am about to say, World. may sound far-fetched. Even if First you need to realize someone has been abusive to you, what it is you want to do or find the silver lining. It may be, that change in your life. Sometimes you met a living angel, or perhaps that is the hardest part. When the only good that came was you you have been deprived of made a positive change for the lives Charisse Rudolph of others from that experience. possibilities for a long period of ~The Leadership time, stepping out of that Whether it’s a toxic relationship, a thought pattern of doom is job or a teacher you don’t like. Find sometimes debilitating. The first step is to what you can be thankful for . start changing your thoughts around. Every The finale Step is to take action. You time you say something negative to can’t just sit there and do nothing. Be a yourself, compensate by saying ten positive creative problem solver. Align yourself by solutions to yourself. Allow your self to let doing the steps I mentioned and you will be go and daydream a little. I had a person I surprised. worked with, that said he didn’t know what Here is an exercise I do every year. I call he wanted. The solution was to clearly it, “The Treasure Map to your Soul.” If you figure out what he didn’t want. know what a vision board is, it’s similar. Once you have figured out what you With only a few words to go in this article, I want instead of what you have, clearly say will do my best to explain, other wise you what you want. It can be a silent statement. will have to come to one of my, “Way of the It doesn’t have to be announced to the world. World.” programs. Get some felt pens or “Only share with those who empower you.” colored pencils, and a big sheet of paper. On A great exercise for this is, “The Discovery the paper, write or draw pictures of what Exercise.” (Come to my program) you are working towards. It can be stick The next thing is you need to visualize this figures. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Below new idea or thought whenever you can. Take at write the benefits once you accomplish your least ten minutes a day to just think about it. Of daydreams. Put it somewhere where you course, there is always meditation, but it doesn’t will see it everyday. have to be like a Buddhist monk, sitting with their Until the next time, “To thy own self be legs crossed on the floor. Go for a stroll, take a true” Todays Quote; ~ There is hidden bath, sit on a mountain. What ever you chose to strength within you to over come all do, do it everyday. See it in your mind. What will obstacles. ~ Parmahansa Yogananda it look like? Think about how it will feel when Next issue, The Hula Hoop Theory. you have accomplished what you want. “When people take advantage.”

TCT’s Playwright’s Festival 2011

Looking out over the windrows of the Topock Maze near Needles, CA.

environment.” “For our first Festival we didn’t Tehachapi’s third annual Playwright’s Festival is calling for submissions of 10-minute know if anyone would show up, but audiences really like seeing eight or so plays in a single length plays from residents of Kern and Los event. They delight in the variety of worldAngeles Counties. Deadline for submissions is premiere scripts, and relish the opportunity to June 17, 2011. The Festival performances will vote for their favorites. It’s sort of an American be November 2 to 4 at the BeeKay Theatre. Idol for playwrights” concluded Schuck. Entry The first level of competition is a “blind” forms can be printed, and submissions made reading of the scripts by judges from both through TCT’s website at counties. Scores are compiled and the highest rated group of plays are entered for production www.tctonstage.com. Questions to playrights@tctonstage.com or to Karl Schuck by Tehachapi Community Theatre. While 10661-972-1151. minute play competitions have become popular across the country, most offering only staged readings. Winners here are given full productions, which have proven popular with Tehachapi actors, directors and theatergoers. Viewers vote for “Audience Favorites,” and authors receive trophies and certificates at the conclusion of the final performance. “The Festival is a big win for everyone,’ notes Executive Producer Karl Schuck. “It’s a perfect way for a playwright to test an idea, or just try his wings. The brevity of the format enables beginning Richard Best and Pat Gracy in TCT Playwright’s Festival directors and actors to test 2010 Audience Favorite winner “Grounds for Conspiracy” themselves in a safe by Tehachapi playwright Ralph Macaluso.


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April 2 ~ 16, 2011

Mortgage Matters

Do-It-Yourself Debugging

Versatility

Your Seller Can Help You!

I’ve been working with several different stripped-down, streamlined computers created types of computer solutions lately, including for one purpose. Though these machines may turning my computer into a karaoke machine only be for one purpose, your PC doesn’t have & getting a PC to use a TV as a second to be: it can be a DVD player, and MP3 player, monitor. So often, I end up a gaming console, and yes, even talking to someone about an automatic coffee-pot. some odd this or that I’m So let’s start with this odd working on with a computer, idea: the coffee-pot. If it has no and they ask me “you can do computer in it, and no way to that with a computer?!” The connect it to a computer, how universal answer is yes. can you control it with a There are some things computer? Well, the coffee-pot that a computer comes ready has to be plugged in somewhere, to do, or that can be easily so if you control that plug, you achieved by installing some control the coffee-pot. All that’s software. Things like typing necessary now is to get an papers, going online, listening attachment for a computer that to music, editing images or let’s it control an electrical switch Alexander Kunstmann, even creating music are all (this is called a relay), and a A-OK Computers things that computers have program to make it flip that been able to do for quite some switch on at 8am. time. When it comes to other things, like Ok, so making your computer control a turning your computer into a DVD player, or coffee-pot may seem a bit goofy, but it’s really a radio, or a security-surveillance system, it’s not that hard. Some things, however, are not still quite doable (though not necessarily that simple. If you wanted your computer to immediately obvious). remote-control your stereo system, it would Much the same way someone can swim take a bit more work, potential some custom despite the lack of fins or flippers, computers parts or software, to get it going. If you wanted can use what parts they have to accomplish a to get a system setup to make breakfast for you task. To better understand this, let’s try in the morning (yes, like are featured in so many looking at everything backwards. That is to cartoons), this is also doable, but would take a say, instead of looking at a computer that is a great amount of work to accomplish. DVD player, look at your DVD player, your What this all boils down to is what this MP3 player, your digital camera, even your article started with: the universal answer is yes. automatic coffee-pot, as a computer. Ok, YES, a PC can make coffee for you. YES, you maybe the coffee-pot is a bit of a stretch, but can use your computer to keep track of not the others. DVD & MP3 players both run inventory and order more stock for you. YES, on a micro-processor, and as the name you can install an operating system on your suggests, all it is, is a tiny processor: the same MP3 player. YES, your computer can do kind of processor that computers use. Gaming whatever you want, as long as you are willing to consoles, DVD players, all of these, are just get the right software & equipment for it.

by Tammy Engel, Mortgage Advisor

Life is Worth It! Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Love the ones who don’t just because you can. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. Kiss slowly. Forgive quickly. God never said life would be easy. He just promised it would be worth it. author unknown

For first-time home buyers, sometimes the biggest obstacle to home ownership is having enough money saved to close escrow. Did you know that your seller can help you with that? The lowest down-payment loans in our zip code at present are still insured by the USDA. Qualifying families buying in 93561 may be able to buy without having any down payment at all! Further, the program has no caps on how much the seller can pay on your behalf to cover closing costs. Or, if the house appraises for more than it costs, you can finance some of the closing costs. A carefully structured purchase plan using this loan could mean that you’ve just bought a house with no cash out of pocket! It’s an amazing thing. For Veterans using their VA entitlement to buy, you’ll also have no down payment required. With these loans the seller can pay up to 4% of your closing costs. You may have heard the phrase “VA no-no” to refer to this plan with no down payment and no closing costs. Again, with strategic planning you can get into a home without any cash expense. Lots of families who don’t have access to either of the above programs choose to use FHA financing, which requires a 3.5% down payment. These loans allow the seller to pay as much as 6% of your closing costs, which is almost always way more than enough to cover everything. So if you can manage the down payment, you’re in. Conventional financing is used less

today than before, but if you put down between 5% and 10% then your seller can pay up to 3% of your costs. When you put more than 10% down, the seller can help you to 6% of the price. The only exception here would be if you are buying a rental property, in which case you won’t be able to use more than 2% in seller credits. So is this free money? You know better than that, and this is how it works. Your seller will often give you any funds you need for closing costs, as a credit to your side of the balance sheet at the end. However, they are then sacrificing sales proceeds to help you. If you boost your offer price to include the amount you want back, the seller “nets” the same amount of money in the end. Of course the appraisal must then come in at the higher price. Your first step is to create this plan with your mortgage advisor when you pre-qualify for the loan. Then when you work with your Realtor, they will help you craft an offer that is attractive to the seller while still requesting the help you need. Great things happen when you choose a good team and we all work together! Tammy Engel is your local Mortgage Advisor, and the only lender in Kern County authorized to display the Lending Integrity Seal of Approval. Visit her at www.TammyEngel.com and have a look at testimonials from others in our community. Call 661/822-REAL when you’re ready to pre-qualify for your home loan!


April 2 ~ 16, 2011

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“I Can Make That Vegan!”

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From Our Supervisor

Crime and Cream Sauce

Villalobos Pit Bull Rescue Center Update

I am writing this in the warm glow of date western state specializing a pizza preparation night. Mr. GGB and I make sure we get a date room. Hopefully, that uncrackable code name night in at least twice a month. It is so special will keep the law from my door. This restaurant to me. Date night is the best night of had butternut squash ravioli with a the week. There is no business talk, brown butter sage sauce. I can do we put any house hold issues on the that! And I can make it vegan! back burner, and we always have a In my thieves den, (kitchen) I fabulous meal in some of our favorite started to recreate the recipe, but I restaurants. Mr. GGB does his best was going to do it better. I was going to make the night perfect. It’s so to make my own pasta! wonderful.... Little does he know he Mwahahaha. I have to stop doing is actually about to become an that, it hurts my throat. Making my accessory to a crime. I am a thief, own pasta would soon prove to be and before the night is through I will my punishment. Making pasta steal something from the restaurant. dough is easy enough, blend and A Vengeful No, it’s not the napkins, salt knead simple ingredients. The Go Green Bunny shakers, or the little creamers. It’s trouble started with forming the not even the silverware. ( I don’t want to dough into long thin sheets. This may come as a polish my own, why would I steal more)? surprise to you, but I do not have a pasta Before the final coffee is served, I will have machine, but I do have a hand crank bead maker stole the most valuable prize of all. A recipe! I bought at our local bead shop. It takes clay Mwahahaha. and smooshes it out to sheets. I decided to use Oh yes, I am indeed one of the most it for pasta. And it does work great! However, I diabolical recipe theifs of all time. I keep a made the mistake of asking Mr. GGB to help sharpy in my purse so when I am in the post me. As a true geek, he has decided to create a office I can draw a mustache on my poster. I better, faster way to do this. As far as I can see, am the Bonnie of restaurant thievery. (Clyde his plans include a robot arm, and a conveyer has no idea what is going on.) I don’t use the belt. I am not sure if the robot will be turning web sites that give away secret recipes, that’s the hand cranked pasta maker or not, but I do cheating. I am a thief, not a cheat. What I do is know this $10 dinner is now going to cost about even more devious. I steal the idea of a dish $50,000, and he keeps eying my kitchaid mixer. and then go home recreate the dish until I get it In an attempt to take others down with right. I have a treasure chest of my most me. Here is the recipe I came up with. Minus cherished dishes, ‘My precious’ all stolen. But the robot arm. as the saying goes, no crime goes unpunished. I As always, if you have any question, too have been punished for my crimes. idea’s, suggestions, or just to say HI! Email me My latest booty was taken from a at gogreenbunny@aol.com

On March 10th, 2011, Tia Torres, residence, but also for the heating and owner of the Villalobos Rescue Center, cooling needs for the dog kennels she addressed the Kern County Planning wishes to install. The Kern County Commission, at their public Sheriff’s Office also raised meeting, to urge them to concerns, ranging from approve her Conditional Use general law enforcement to Permit for her pit bull rescue animal control issues, that center on Snowshoe Lane in would put a serious strain the Old West Ranch area of on County resources. Tehachapi. After a full public At the March 10th hearing, the Commission Planning Commission voted, based on the location, meeting, which went on for to deny the project. March three hours because of the 23rd marked the deadline for number of public comments her to file an appeal for regarding this issue, consideration before the Kern Commissioners heard from by Zack Scrivner County Board of Supervisors. citizens supporting the 2nd District Supervisor No appeal was filed, and, rescue center, and those therefore, the rescue center opposing it. They also application is denied and cannot be built in heard from the Kern County Fire and Old West Ranch. Sheriff’s Department on their findings of Mrs. Torres was attempting to this permit application, and why they relocate, from out of the county, a pit bull oppose it. As Commissioner Ronald rescue center that would house up to 100 Sprague put it, “This is a great idea, in the dogs in a remote part of Kern County. The wrong spot.” Kern County Planning Department staff I would like to thank the Planning found that the site was inappropriate for a Department for their hard work, and the number of reasons, including the real and Planning Commission for giving Mrs. very possible danger of another Torres a careful and complete hearing. I am disastrous fire. The West Fire burned in confident that she was given the most this area only a year ago. Access to Old professional and considerate deliberation West Ranch is also very limited – there is on her application, and applaud the only one unpaved road in and out. Staff Planning Department staff, Director Lorelei also found that there is inadequate utility Oviatt, and the Planning Commission, for infrastructure to support not only a their efforts.

Replevin Ravioli - Thanks, Gillian! Filling 1 large butternut squash 1 large shallot minced ¼ cup vegan butter. (I use Earth Balance) ½ cup vegan parmigiano cheese, or ground up cashew nuts. 3 tablespoons of almond cream. (found in a health food store, but you can use a nut milk.) Fresh pepper and sea salt to taste just a pinch on fresh nutmeg Pasta dough squished into long sheets. Or wonton wrappers work also, and you can avoid getting a conveyer belt. Sauce 1 Minced leek ¼ cup vegan butter 2 veggie bullion cubes 1 cup water 10 fresh sage leaves minced fresh pepper and sea salt to taste 1 tablespoons flour ¼ cup nut cream or nut milk Cut in half and seed squash bake for about 40 minutes at 400 degrees or until tender. Scrape out the squash from the shell and let cool In a mixer, blend squash and all the ingredients for filling. Put aside until you make your pasta, roll it out and cut into squares. Or if you are smarter than me, use your wonton wrappers. Spoon in a small mound of filling on one side of the dough. Use some water on your finger and rub the edge of dough to seal it. Fold in half and use a fork to crimp the edges. Place in a pot of boiling water until they float to the top, 2 or three minutes. For the sauce, saute leeks in the butter, add flour. Add in you nut cream, water and sage, bullion and let the water simmer for ten minutes. Drizzle sauce on your ravioli’s and there you have it, a $50,000 dish. Side note: No robot arms were amputated in the creating of this recipe.


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