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Never a dull moment in Tehachapi! Slowly, very slowly, summer days are coming to Tehachapi. The chill of the wind will warm and with the summer days, warmer weather will prevail and the opportunities for outdoor and indoor activities will increase. Take a look through this paper and learn about some of them. Just, for example, there are celebrations of Cinco de Mayo, and of course the continuing First Friday events on May 6 that give one opportunities to celebrate the turn of the season. You can indulge in delightful treats of taste and vision at all the venues, and in addition to the snacks, beverages, music, and art you

can mingle with friends and neighbors who are also taking advantage of the change of season. Don’t stop there – TCT Jr. presents Michele L. Vacca’s play “King Midas and the Miraculous Golden Touch” at the BeeKay Theatre, Tehachapi’s own Luke Halpin will return to Fiddlers Crossing with fiddler and singer/songwriter Stephanie Bettman on Saturday, May 14, The Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District will host a Cinco de Mayo celebration at West Park Activity Center on May 7, the Chavez Center celebrating wine and cheese on May 14, the National Day of

Prayer on May 5 in downtown Tehachapi, ball playing, fishing, hiking, skateboarding, barbequing, flea markets, walking around Historic Downtown Tehachapi, hiking at Tehachapi Mountain Park, and so much more. This is just a taste of the activities that are going on – the list of things to do is too numerous to put on this page. You can read about these activities, plus all the opportunities for Mother’s Day shopping and dining in this, your favorite newspaper

Winter has not finished with us yet. It snowed in Tehachapi in April. Here is a picture at the corner of Green and F at Petra’s which is right next to the Loop office. Photo by Claudia Henson.

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Inside This Issue Page 3

Tehachapi Tourism Commission • Loop Coupons

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Where Oh Where • Where’s Simon • Memories of the Mayor

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Shag Said... • Remembering Mom

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* New - Dave the Poet • Dr. Susan Hall

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Creative Community Articles

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Do-It-Yourself DeBugging • Changes at Red House BBQ

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Cal City EDC • BVS Pony Club

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

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Mother’s Day Dining and Gift Guide

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Orchard Days Celebration

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Minister Musings • TVRPD & Honeytree Preschool

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Business Directory • Classifieds

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“I Can Make That Vegan!” • Edward Jones

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From Our Supervisor • Mortgage Matters

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Tehachapi Sky Watch

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Fun Page

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Stay in the Loop event calendar

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Short Flights • Bob the Wine Guy

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The Butcher’s Wife

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Meet Your New Neighbors • Lost in the Stars

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Jennifers Terrace • Mulberry Memories

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Windswept Ranch


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Tehachapi Pub & Brewery Grand Opening a hit with locals! by Leslie Reynolds The party was hoppin’ Saturday night when I arrived at “The Tehachapi Pub & Brewery’s” Grand Opening Weekend Bash! It was standing room only (or in this case dancing room only) for those who came to the pub that weekend! The new watering hole has a new look (ala corrugatedsteel-warehouse-chic) with a friendly and laid back feel. The fine and friendly barmaids were courteous and efficient and the drinks were superb as well. Entertainment was provided by local D.J. Nelly (whoa!) who had the music bumpin’ as patrons “got their groove on”! Nelly can be reached at (661)972-2191 to D.J. your own event! Future plans for “The Pub” are to finish the back outdoor patio area and add a horseshoe pit and BBQ. On the inside, there will be a big flat screen TV, darts and a pool table (or two?) as well as a hot dog cooker and snacks. Live music is in the works too. They also intend to actually make

their own beer there soon! (Thus the “Brewery” part in the name of this new bar). Hey now, that’s pretty cool! Keeping it simple and old school seems to be the rule here. Sounds great to me! Located at 20717 South St., the bar was previously known as “The South Fork Inn”. Well, Boy!... has it changed for the better! Local Tehachapi “good ol’ boys”, Joey Arthur, Mike Hail, Jason Leiva and Ray Tamasko, pooled their “beer money” and bought the old bar, doing a complete remodel to the inside and out. Although they are not quite finished with all the final touches yet, it is looking good! The bar is open Sun. – Thurs. 11am to 11pm and Fri & Sat. 11am to 2am. Any questions call – (661)822-0788. The Tehachapi Pub & Brewery – “Where everybody will remember your name!”

“Where everybody will remember your name!”

Next issue will be on stands Saturday, May 14, 2011 Deadline is May 6, 2011 Publisher: Claudia Henson

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Website donated - Claudia Henson, publisher and owner of Hilltop Publishers and The Loop newspaper, proudly stands with members of the Tehachapi Tourism Commission after she donated her Experience Tehachapi website and magazine to the commission to use for promotion of the Tehachapi area. Shown from let are Claudia Henson, Hospitality Chairman Anthony McDemas, Chairman Charles White, Vice Chairman David Brust and Commission Finance Chairman Chris Kirk. Photo by Susan Wiggins

Tehachapi Tourism Commission by Susan Wiggins The Tehachapi Tourism Commission is one step closer to its goal of promoting this mountain community after receiving the gift of a free website and magazine donated by the Hilltop Publishers. Claudia Henson and Aysia Bailey of Hilltop Publishers and The Loop newspaper met with the commission members recently and agreed to give them the rights to the Experience Tehachapi website and magazine. The magazine has been published several times and circulated throughout California and parts of Nevada. The announcement came at the kick off the tourism commission held recently at the historic downtown depot. “This is a wonderful opportunity,” said Chairman Charles White, “This will save us in development costs.” The website will undergo some modifications to make a good fit for the commission and allow residents and visitors to the site access to good information about the community and its attributes, White said. Mary Beth Garrison, President of the Tehachapi Economic Development Commission (EDC), welcomed the commission to the community. “This tourism commission is an organization whos time has come,” she said. The commission operates under the umbrella of the EDC. Garrison cited the many things that Tehachapi offers, from wineries to alpacas. “The EDC will do anything possible to make the commission work,” she promised. City Manager Greg Garrett welcomed the commission. “We are firmly not behind you, but beside you,” he said, adding that the city supports small businesses. Kern County Second District Supervisor Zack Schrivner noted that there are 13,600 jobs in tourism in Kern County and that Kern County travel spending is $1.238 billion. He also said that Tehachapi’s Transient Occupancy Tax continues to increase even though the rest of the county has been down, showing how many visitors the city has. Charles White further noted that the Transiency Occupancy Tax has increased from $177,500 in 1999 to $346,300 in 2009. Tehachapi has an eight percent tax for transient occupancy.

Explaining why the commission was formed, Vice Chairman David Brust of Indian Point Ranch, said that the region lacked a voice for tourism. “Our businesses deserve a voice, and it is time to get our share of the tourism dollars.” He also said that the website will offer free links to visitors to local businesses. Other things the commission will offer will be public relations to attract tour guides and travel writers to the area. “We don’t have a beach, but we have other great reasons to come here.” Hospitality Chairman Anthony McDemas, Taste of Tehachapi, agreed. He explained that there are 45 restaurants in the valley and 454 rooms within the city alone, offering everything from basic rooms to full suites. “We have festivals, chili cook offs and all sorts of events that can attract residents to come and spend the weekend and see what else is offered here.” Commission Finance Chairman Chris Kirk, City of Tehachapi, noted that the commission is not membership driven, but will be a sustainable organization. The commission seeks donations from businesses and residents within the area, and has received $2,000 from Main Street, along with other donations. Marketing chair Donna Fischman said that the commission wants to market the community as the attractive destination that it is. “I want to give a big thank you to Hilltop Publishers for the website. This means we are up and running much sooner than we thought we would be.” “Marketing will include single sheet guides, the website, billboards, print and television ads and social media,” she said. “The commission will work hand in hand with the city’s branding program for the best bang for the buck,” Chris Kirk explained. When asked if they thought the commission would be helpful the audience of business people responded with huge applause. “The commission meets currently monthly for a working luncheon, but may plan some evening meetings to allow business persons and residents to attend the meeting,” Charles White said.

From the Publisher’s Desk by Claudia Henson, publisher of The Loop newspaper At the City Council Meeting April 18th an update on the branding of our city was presented. There certainly is a lot of very interesting data that we need to incorporate. One thing that I remember is how the people from the Eastern Kern area love to shop and visit our restaurants in Tehachapi. We at The Loop have been delivering to that area since we began, over 11 years ago. We want them to feel welcome in our town and many of them do. We will continue to let out-of-towners know what is going on so that they can participate, too. Every day readers comment on how much they love The Loop, and we are so happy to be so well received. Our Mother’s Day issue this year features a special treat: The “Orchard Days” event

information is on page 16 & 17 and is a promotion of the week-long event. Please be sure to visit the shops during the week of April 30 through May 6. Without community support businesses will not survive. If you have a favorite business be sure to let them know The community lost a good friend, a Tehachapi Community Theater member and actor, and a talented karaoke singer. You will be missed by many, Walter “Hop” Buck. It just reminds us to be all we can be every day and tell the ones you love that you do. Be sure to follow us on Facebook: and check out our website for event and community updates. See you next issue!

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Memories of the Mayor

Calves,Pigs & Baseball Well, here we are again. The last time myself coming in a close second. This is we talked it was about our geese, significant only because the all-star chickens, and pheasants. Let me tell you, game was to be played in about 3 weeks raising calves and pigs is after the regular season ended. no picnic. As luck would have it Mike I remember my Killingsworth broke his leg in 3 brother was raising a black places slideing into 3 rd base in angus for the fair and he the last game of the season and was within 2 weeks of the would not be able to play in county fair and the black the all-star game. Since I was angus broke the fence into the alternate I became the first pasture land. He was not Little League All-Star of used to eating green Tehachapi. pasture and as a result got The all-star game was bloated and died. He was a played at Sam Lynn Ball Park. Ed Grimes 1000 pound steer and did A fence was put in half way in not make it to the fair. the outfield to make it like a little The pigs were something else also. league field. I didn’t start but I played They were grain fed but also were let out the last 3 innings. I will never forget my to graze in the pasture. We had a lot of only at bat. I got two strikes on me fun with them, because we would grab very quickly. I was scared to death hold of their little tails and let them pull because I did not want to be the 3 rd out. us all over the pasture. We weren’t very Then I got three straight balls and the big so pulling us on the ground was no count was 3-2, I fouled off the next big thing. The one thing I remembered pitch and then the pitcher through me a though was that their little tails would ball. I walked to 1 st . base but I was very never curl again. I guess we pulled all the proud that I did not make the last out. kinks out. The guy who batted behind me struck I haven’t said much about school out and the inning was over. Whew, at during my early years in Tehachapi least I played and got a walk. because nothing really spectacular ever Summers were always fun but also a happened. I do remember some of my lot of hard work. I remember our first favorite teachers though. Mr. Lantz, Mr. year that we irrigated with sprinklers. Horton, Mrs. Phelps, Mrs. Bagwell, and It was a rather new process but required Mr. Schultz. They were very a lot of labor intensive work to move instrumental in forming our behavioral the sprinklers around. We physically standards that would last a lifetime. Mr. had to move the pipe to water each Lantz and Mr. Horton were exceptional spot. That was our job. Although we in this area. They were tough but they were not yet teenagers we worked as if were also very fair. But, let’s get back to we were grown men. the fun stuff. Therein comes the work ethic that I Our first year of organized youth learned about so many years ago. While baseball was in 1955. Myself, my kids were in the park on the 4 th of July brother Jerry, Rusty Snider, and his having fun, my brother and I were in the brother Bubber(Donald), Mike fields moving pipe and getting Killingsworth, Keeny Horton and others sprinklers ready for service. I did not who I don’t remember made up that first like that but again I did not have a team. We played all our games in choice. However, in later years I have Bakersfield on 34 th St. in the area of realized that the work ethic that was where Memorial Hospital is. We always made so much a part of my childhood played on Tuesdays and Thursdays and really served its purpose later on in occasionally on Saturday. We lost our adulthood. I am grateful that I learned first 8 games and won our next 8, but it that value so early in life. wasn’t enough to get into any playoff. Next time I want to talk about some The last game of the season we of the fun things we did during the picked who our all-star would be. Mike winter months of the season. Until then Killingsworth got the most votes with , be safe and God Bless everyone.

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Where Oh Where? For this issue, tell us if you know where oh where this is:

We at The Loop newspaper know that our readers love to play games, so we have come up with a game that will challenge you to figure out “Where Oh, Where” in Tehachapi is this? Each issue, we will post a picture from somewhere in Tehachapi. It will be your job to email us with your name, address, and telephone number at with the name of the place in the posted photo. The readers with correct answers will be put into a drawing for a chance to win a gift certificate to a local business or restaurant and all entrants will go into a quarterly drawing for a chance to win a free sitting with Vicky Hoffman at InSight Photography. We will post the winner’s name on http:// and in the next issue of The Loop after April 2, 2011. The winner for our April 16th issue was Tobi Brown. Tobi says, “The location of this picture is the new Centennial Plaza, located between St. Vincents de Paul and the Beekay Theater.”

Tobi won a $10 gift certificate to Kristen’s Clothing on F St . For this issue, see if you know where oh, where this is:

Special thanks to Vicky Hoffman for providing the photos. Vicky Hoffman is a local photographer and owner of InSight Photography in Tehachapi. Her passion and love for photographing families can be seen at . Contact Vicky at 661-823-8107 if you have an idea for a location to be included in this year’s “Where Oh, Where?”

Official Rules: No purchase or payment is necessary to participate. Odds of winning will depend on the number of correct entries received; no prize will be awarded if no valid entries are received. There will be no substitutions for the prize(s). By participating, each participant agrees to these Official Rules.

Where’s Simon? We’ve hidden an image that looks like this: Can you somewhere find me? in this issue. If you locate it and enter our Where’s Simon game, you may win a free dog wash at Canine Creek and/or a surprise gift from a local business. To enter, email with your name, address, phone number, and a short description of where you found Simon. We will have a drawing and post the winner’s name on http:// and in the next issue of The Loop, April 30, 2011. Also, to learn more about Simon the

GDA puppy, go to GDASimon. The winner for our April 16th issue was Kristi Reihner. Kristi says, “Cute little Simon is located on page 30 in the Apple Shed Ad.” Kristi won a free dog wash at Canine Creek and a Complimentary Tasting Coupon from Souza Family Vineyard. Thanks to Canine Creek & Souza Family Vineyard for donating the prizes! Official Rules: No purchase or payment is necessary to participate. Odds of winning will depend on the number of correct entries received; no prize will be awarded if no valid entries are received. There will be no substitutions for the prize(s). By participating, each participant agrees to these Official Rules.

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Remembering Mom

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“’s how those functional alcoholics behave...” cutting into happy hour time. Makes them A while back, we talked about functional irritable. alcoholics. Remember them, the folks Jokes about drinking. Ever who drink like a “real” alcoholic, but heard, “Let’s get drunk and be never seem to be negatively affected somebody!”? Perhaps this makes it by it? At least outwardly, that is. seem to the FA that they are making Inside, their liver, kidneys, pancreas, a choice. If their drinking is seriously brain and nerves are losing the battle questioned, however. they tend to go with alcohol; and, like the athlete who on the defensive. plays while he’s hurt for too long, the Others ignore the symptoms. body eventually crashes. In this Because the FA is usually likeable, column we’ll talk about how a typical or maybe a supervisor or manager, functional alcoholic (FA) behaves. Not always, but typically. Thanks to by Fred Shaughnessy, people around them tend to laugh it off. But they talk among themselves for reference material. CADC II about it. The FA is seldom directly They drink like they did when approached about their drinking. they were young. In high school and college, The body starts to crash. It is becoming they were first to arrive, and last to leave, while increasingly difficult to be “good at work”. The drinking everyone under the table. Most of FA notices that he or she gets the shakes when their friends stopped partying after graduation, not drinking. Their face may be flushed, or gray, but our FA kept right on trucking. and eye circles are really dark. Also, forgetting They have developed tolerance. Drinking parts of the party become more frequent more than anyone, they hardly ever get hostile (blackouts). Their behavior at parties becomes (they’re a happy drunk), and seldom seem exaggerated and embarrassing. inebriated. But, they need more booze each At this point, although the FA probably time to get the desired “buzz”. knows they need help, they will resist it, They spend a lot of time talking or because the withdrawal from alcohol makes thinking about alcohol. They brag about their them feel so bad, they keep drinking to avoid “parties”. They don’t attend events or take withdrawal. But, medical detoxification can be trips where there’s no booze. They always made much more agreeable with medication and make sure there’s “enough” alcohol around. The supplements. Treatment works, and is FA often organizes the office parties. available. First in…Last out. Kind of like in school, ****************************************************************************************** after work they get to happy hour early, and Fred Shaughnessy, a board-certified AOD stay later. Remember, the FA is often very counselor with TAASK, Inc., is a regular good, and highly thought of at work, but if they contributor to The Loop have to stay late, they usually resent work time

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by Susan Wiggins I recently celebrated my 61st birthday, but no matter how old I get I can still hear the words of my mother, Marion Deaver. “No matter how poor you are, you can still be clean and your clothes can be mended – and never be late to anything!!” What is really interesting is that she told me those were the words that her mother, school teacher and principal, told her. And yes, my children have heard those words before as well. As I reflect on the coming of Mother’s Day I asked my brother and my children to give me their memories of my mother as well as my own. She was born in 1907 and later graduated from Stanford University. My mother was part German, and as such was not very demonstrative with her affections, but nonetheless we knew she loved us. She taught all of us to read before we went to Kindergarten. She never, ever allowed anyone to use a double negative, such as “I don’t never.” To this day I believe she would come down from Heaven and slap me if I did use one, so consequently they are never uttered from my mouth. When my children came home from school with a new word, such as ‘ain’t”, I sternly told them that the word was not an acceptable part of the English language. They, of course asked why. And I said, as my mother had said to me, “Because it makes you sound ignorant!!” Somehow my mother taught us all to be good writers, and that has served us well throughout our careers. My brother Bill and I have been journalists; I am a grant writer, and my brother Mike served with President Reagan. I think we learned to write through osmosis, listening to her and reading her articles she wrote for the Bakersfield Californian. I had severe asthma growing up in Mojave and my mother spent many a sleepless night sitting by my side or taking me to the Emergency Room. She never once complained. When I asked my daughter Meg about her fondest memory of my mother she recalled how she and her brother Clayton would be served ice cream at Grandma Deaver’s when I had to work late – in a wooden salad bowl – with a fork. I had to laugh at that one. Once my husband Ed asked me why in the world I want to eat ice cream with a fork, and I say “Because that’s how one does it.” Come to find out it must hereditary! My son Clayton remembers that Grandma started baking when she turned 65 and retired from her newspaper work. “She always made individual cherry pies and kept them in the freezer for us,” he said. This was one memory that all three children and brother Bill remembered – best cherry pies around.

My mother became quite the baker in her later years and her freezer was always stocked with homemade cookies and pies. Her best recipe was persimmon cookies. My daughter got the recipe and now she makes them for us. I also remember summer canning projects – what a bunch of work! My mother never did anything half way and every summer we would drive to Little Rock or Pearblossom and buy canning cucumbers, slice them, and can over 100 pints of bread and butter pickles. Everyone in the neighborhood loved them and always hoped each summer that she would bring them some. She would never reveal her recipe to anyone. My oldest son Mike probably spent more time with my mother than his two younger siblings did, simply because of their ages. He remembers quite a list of things, including typing letters on her old Brothers typewriter using yellow copy paper, using tracing paper to draw masterpieces, feeding the backyard birds, (which I still do) “weenie goop”, which is tomato soup, melted cheese and cut up wieners, served on toast, Hershey bars and diet coke, homemade TV dinners from leftover Thanksgiving dinner, and feeding her desert tortoises that she kept in the back yard. One may notice that there was a lot of eating that took place at my mother’s house! Brother Bill recalls Mom as being “tough.” “She was a great journalist who didn’t let anyone try to pull the wool over her eyes, who knew more about what was going-on here than many of the cops, but worked just as hard to improve the quality of life in East Kern.” “Mom also covered the early days of aerospace, getting-up at oh-dark-thirty many a cold morning to cover a (frequently-aborted) X15 launch at Edwards Air Force Base, he recalled. “She was tough but (usually!) fair, like her mother, and we are all the better for it,” Bill said. My mother lived until she was 91, succumbing to cancer. We would not be who we are today, without her love and her attitude.

Elegant Evening of the Arts Valley Oaks Charter School presents the 6th annual Elegant Evening of the Arts. On May 12th, at the Jacobson Middle School Cafeteria, Valley Oaks Charter School’s select students will be presenting an evening of visual and performing arts. The doors open at 6:30 for the Art Gallery and hors d’oeuvres. At 7:15 the Music Program will begin. With the completion of the performances the Art Gallery will reopen and deserts will be served. This is a free presentation and the public is encouraged to attend this fabulous showcase of talented young artists.

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Dave the Poet

About Dave by David Kettler I never recall the actual time that I first thought of myself as a poet. It just seems like I have been writing poetry all of my life. I must have gotten it from my mother who is a very good poet in her own right. People often ask, “how do you do that?” “How do you put all those words together and where do they come from?” Another of my artistic talents is in building sand sculpture animals. As I am busy working away on a sculpture, children often ask me the same question. “How do you do that?” My answer is often that it is a lot of hard work! You move tons of sand in order to be able to carve something that looks like a dolphin or whale. I believe that the same applies in writing poetry. Part of it is just a lot of hard work. Another part is the love of and understanding of the language, and the last part is humility. Every artist who puts something in front of other people must be humble enough to have someone tell them that it stinks, and then continue on knowing that it does not stink to them. And just maybe, it will touch or move someone else as well. One thing that has always helped me in writing poetry is to think about what I would like to read. What would be melodic and funny and touching or moving to me? Then I try to convey that onto the paper in the form of my poem. The other thing that really helps is to be touched deeply about something or someone first. My wife will sometimes say, “why don’t you write a poem about this or that?” If it is not something that has really affected me, it is very hard to write about it. However, I have enjoyed the challenge of writing poems for my alphabet list of A through Z. It made me become more involved with each topic in order to establish the motivation to write about it. Many of my poems are somewhat negative or sad. Although I feel that I am a very positive person, the things that effect me the deepest are sometimes pretty gut wrenching. Personal feelings of sadness, growing old, having missed opportunities, and the inevitable human frailty all fall into that category. Sometimes poems just come to me and I sit down and put them on paper. Kind of like a songwriter who sits down with a guitar and in one take puts out a song. Other times, I mull over an idea for a poem for a few days and then finally a few lines come together. I start with that and then add more lines as they come to me. I hope you enjoy this collection of my poems so far. Lets hope there are many more coming. Visit Dave on line at

My Dog My dog is not a manly dog, she’s my dog just the same A manly dog rides in a truck and retrieves the hunted game My dog, she is a lady dog… when we got her she was small A little puff of fluffy fur… all wrapped up in a ball! They told us she would stay that way, but her waistline it went south! Everything that hits the floor just ends up in her mouth! A cookie here and a cracker there now she’s a butterball. And when she steps up on the scale, the Vet’s face says it all! I love the Pit Bulls’ bully grin I love the Labrador I love the Husky’s arrogance And Sheep Dogs even more But none of them would last a day In my Dutch wife’s clean abode But Mollie she has passed the test and has never hit the road I sure don’t feel real manly when I take her for a walk The neighbors they just kind of grin But deep inside they mock “That big ol’ guy; that little dog”… I feel like such a sap! Mollie really does belong asleep on Grandma’s lap! Now she’s getting on in years her jump is not so high She really hates to get her bath when soap gets in her eye The day will come when Mollie dies and yes I’ll get choked up Remembering my little puff who once was just a pup! David Kettler - March 23rd 2011

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Is it time for your physical or well check up? Also, it is time for next year’s The answer to the above question is kindergarteners to get their kindergarten check probably yes. Many adults do not go to their up and vaccines. Some parents wait primary healthcare provider for until August to try to schedule this regular checkups. And who has the visit. They then are frustrated time between school, work and because most doctor’s offices are other fun activities to take a normal booked up for well checks by then. healthy child who does not even So please get your child in as soon need shots to the doctor? Many as possible for their check up for children and adults can go through kindergarten, middle school, or high life without any intervention from a school (sports physicals). Most doctor or a nurse. While that is true parents do a great job getting their I, Mrs. Terri Steinberg, and Mrs. babies and toddlers in for well Fran Williams feel that regular well checks but after school age they child check ups and adult health by Dr. Susan Hall drop off. We recommend a visit checks, including vaccines, are MD, Family Practice every 2 years after age 5. Some important to good health. There are state agencies recommend well many childhood illnesses that no longer pose a checks every year. risk to most children because of vaccines. Middle school children also need a Recently we, in California, have had a meningitis vaccine. And girls (and soon boys as pertussis epidemic that is due in part to lack of well) need to get their HPV vaccine against vaccination of persons after early childhood. cervical cancer causing virus sometime after the Pertussis is one of the illnesses that require a age of 11, but before the onset of sexual booster every 10 years or so due decline in activity. And just because this is a vaccine immunity to that bacteria. The other illnesses against a sexually transmitted disease it does we vaccinate against every 10 years are Tetanus not mean that if you get your child vaccinated and Diphtheria. Tetanus is a bacteria that lives for it you are telling her it is OK to have sex. in the soil so therefore can not be eliminated. We just want her vaccinated because, as much Diphtheria is a communicable disease that has as you do not want to think about it, at some nearly been licked in the USA. There are still point there is a high probability she will be about 5 cases of it in the United States but it is sexually active and there is a lot of HPV out still endemic in other areas of the world. there. Diphtheria used to be one of the leading causes Other vaccines for adults are for of death in children. It was called the pneumonia after the age of 65, and shingles “strangling angel of children” because of how it after the age of 60. These are needed only once kills. The throat becomes swollen with a grey after those ages. plaque that blocks the airway. It is now very See for more information about rare in children due to vaccines but occurs in older adult’s vaccines. And everyone needs the adolescents and adults who have not been flu shot every year. Yes, you do need the flu vaccinated or are inadequately vaccinated, i.e. shot. Healthy adults die every year from more than 10 years since the last vaccine. complications of the real flu. The real influenza The last large epidemic of Diphtheria was flu is a bad illness and while there have been in the former Soviet Union area in 1990. This is fewer cases in Tehachapi in the last few years why if you are the parent of a middle school or due to increased vaccination rates, as well as high school child you received a notice saying other factors, we have had bad outbreaks your child must have a current TDaP vaccine. recently, like in 2003. Getting the Flu shot does The TDaP vaccine includes Tetanus, not cause the flu but for some persons there can Diphtheria, and Pertussis. All persons 11 years be an immune response that is like a cold. This and over should get a TDaP vaccine if they reaction is not as bad as the real flu and is very have not had one since they came out in 2006 unlikely to be life threatening. Also some as long as they have not had the TD, “tetanus”, persons may be allergic to the preservative in vaccine for the past 3 years. most flu vaccines. But there are preservative free versions for small children and pregnant Constituent Services from Assembly women that you can request if you have always Woman Shannon Grove Assisting had a bad reaction to the flu shot. you with State Agencies The bottom line is that we have learned how to help our immune systems recognize One of the great things about this some of these very serious viruses and bacteria position is helping people. I know the so that if we become exposed to them we can difficulties that are involved in navigating state fight them off quickly. An un-immunized agencies when you have a question or need an person exposed to these illnesses takes time to issue solved. My office can assist you in develop an immune response and during that resolving your issues with state agencies. time the infection can become quite severe and Some of the most recent agencies we have in many of these illnesses life threatening. worked with are: Chicken pox used to kill about 50 children in · DMV the United States annually before the vaccine · Employment Development Department was introduced in 1995. And many more than (EDD) that, 2 of 1000, would require hospitalization. · Board of Equalization Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, · Contractors State License Board is a great web site for information on vaccines. · Veterans Affairs Eat right, exercise, get your vaccines, and · Franchise Tax Board spend lots of time with friends and loving · Bureau of Consumer Affairs family and chances are when you see your If you need assistance to resolve an issue healthcare provider you will get a clean bill of with any California State Agency, please health and live a long nearly illness free life. contact my office for assistance. Everyone gets a cold now and then. Happy 4900 California Avenue, Suite 100-B Spring. Bakersfield, CA 93309. 661-395-2995

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Egg-Stavaganza winners announced Winners of Tehachapi Valley Arts Association’s Egg-Stravaganza recently held at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts are Arnold Given for Adult Best Egg and “Confitude Chicks” for Youth Best Egg. Given presented an intricately carved ostrich egg to win the First Place award, while “Confitude Chicks” – four young ladies radiating confidence and attitude (Karina, Clarissa, Sara, and Kira) — offered up an entry of a sweet and youthful yellow egg to claim theirs. Other winners in the Adult category

included Barbara Dieges, Second Place, with an entry of a complicated “smocked” egg, and Linda Hooper, Third Place, who presented a precisely designed pansanki egg. In the Youth category, the Second Place winner was Jennifer Buchanan with a decorated cake egg, and Third Place went to Penn Whiteside with a finely assembled egg. The contest, sponsored by TVAA with the public voting on the winners, had a total of 39 entries of wonderful handcrafted eggs. The contest was so popular that another one will be held in 2012.

Eriko Page, a Tehachapi artist specializing in, among other things, polymer clay beads, will be featured at CrossRoads Gallery in May (seen here at the gallery during a previous trunk show). Photo by Mel White.

Chiharu Richardson of Kyoto Studios (seen here at an earlier truknn show at CrossRoads Gallery) will be featured at the gallery in May, with a special trunk show on First Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7. Photo by Mel White.

CrossRoads Gallery in May CrossRoads Gallery has something special coming up in May, just in time for Mother’s Day. Special guest artists Chiharu Richardson and Eriko Page will be featured with their uniquely individual and creative interpretations

Arnold Given won First Place in TVAA’s Egg-Stravaganza with his intricately carved ostrich egg.

Confitude Chicks took First Place in the Youth Best Egg division of TVAA’s Egg-Stravaganza held in April.

Jewelry Trunk Show First Friday May 6th 5-8 & May 7th 10 -5 with Chiharu and Eriko

Join us on First Friday, May 6; 5-8 pm Featured in May: Ardean Rudolph and Charisse Rudolph, special guest jewelry artists Chiharu Richardson (Kyoto Studio) and Eriko Page, and guest artists in “Mayflowers”

Eriko Page creates bold and beautiful — and often colorfully detailed — polymer clay beads for use in necklaces, earrings, keychains and other forms of wearable art. Photo provided.

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

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Chiharu Richardson’s lampwork glass creations are delicate and feminine and encompass a variety of color and themes. Photo provided.

of jewelry design and presentation. Chiharu, originally from Japan and now a resident in the San Diego area (owner of Kyoto Studio), is a lampwork glass artist who creates her own designs and puts them into stunning pieces of wearable art, in addition to presenting pieces that other artists use to enhance their own designs. Eriko Page, another Japanese-American and Tehachapi resident, does much the same thing but her medium is polymer clay; she creates beautiful one-of-a-kind beads that combine her own artistic vision with color schemes and designs that compliment any attire. Both Chiharu and Eriko will be at CrossRoads Gallery on First Friday evening, May 6 between 5 and 8 p.m., and will continue their special trunk show through Saturday, May 7. If you want to present your mother with handcrafted artwork that she will love and be able to wear throughout the year, you shouldn’t miss this special showing. In addition, CrossRoads member artists Ardean Rudolph and Charisse Rudolph (no relation) are both featured in May and will also be on hand during the First Friday artist reception. Ardean will be presenting her watercolors inspired by travels to Peggy’s Cove (in Canada) and Charisse will display her most recent horse portraits done in pastels and Conte. Guest artists in May are going to be featured in a show titled, aptly, “Mayflowers.” Also in May, CrossRoads Gallery will be presenting watercolorist Joan Skinner at Union Bank on Tucker as part of the gallery’s Art Placement Program, coordinated with various businesses around town by member artist Nancy Waldorn. The artists of CrossRoads Gallery started the traditional First Friday events in Tehachapi in October of 2006, and have been going strong ever since. In addition to CrossRoads, artrelated business participants in the First Friday festivities now regularly include Gallery N Gifts, Oak Tree Arts and Antiques, and Fiddler’s Crossing (this month featuring Kathleen Wolf), making the evening a true art walk around historic downtown Tehachapi. CrossRoads Gallery is located in the heart of historic downtown Tehachapi on the northeast corner of the Compass Rose (101 East Tehachapi Boulevard). Come in any day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to see some of the best art available anywhere, created by your friends and neighbors, our local artists.

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Tehachapi Community Orchestra Young Artist competition winner performs

David Sosalla, seen here working on a special effect for “Star Wars, the Return of the Jedi” will be featured at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts in May, with a show opening on First Friday, May 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.

David Sosalla to be featured at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts by Shirley Given downtown, and continue to be enjoyed by children and adults alike. After completion of this installation, David moved to Los Angeles and began as a sculptor in the special visual effects realm for film. Over the years he created creatures, stop motion puppets and miniatures for a number of movies before the computer generated images of today were available. He also supervised many artists to create computer solutions to the challenges thrown his way on many projects over many years. In 1981 he produced a series of six serigraph prints based on works drawn on the Etch-A-Sketch toy. Using meticulous photo processes and hand generated art work, these pieces faithfully replicate the original and intricate Etch-A-Sketch drawings. David Sosalla’s work with the Etch-ASketch is something to behold! Gallery ‘N’ Gifts will have a sample of his Etch-A-Sketch work available for viewing and you will be astounded – please do not miss the opportunity to see his work at the Gallery. In the last number of years David has continued to paint highly detailed works and he’s produced many new etchings and engravings. This local exhibit is a collection of works created over these many years in pursuit of an individual expression, and many of David’s oil paintings and etchings will be available for sale at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts during the month of May. Gallery ‘N’ Gifts is located at 100 W. Tehachapi Boulevard in the center of historic downtown Tehachapi; business hours are 10 to 4 David Sosalla has worked as a special effects artist in the film industry daily, seven days a for over 30 years in addition to producing more personal art in the week. Please call us form of sculpture, painting and etchings; his work, including personal at 661-822-6062 for paintings and etchings, will be featured at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts during the further information month of May. Gallery ‘N’ Gifts is pleased to announce that David Sosalla will be the guest artist for May 2011; his work will be featured at the First Friday Artist Reception on May 6 (from 5 to 8 p.m.) and his work will remain in the Gallery throughout the month. David Sosalla is world renowned for his special effects in the motion picture industry – for over 30 years he has been involved with creating special visual effects for films and television. Over this period of time he has contributed to over 60 films, including such movies as “Star Wars,” “The Return of the Jedi,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” and “Battle Star Galactica.” In 1989 he was awarded the British Academy Award for his work on “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” As he participated in the many film projects, Sosalla also continued with his interests in painting, print making, drawing and sculpture. He attended college at the University of Colorado, majoring in Fine Arts and Art History. In 1975 David was awarded a commission by the city of Boulder, Colorado, for five large sculptures. Three of the pieces were created in bronze and two pieces were in stone. These works are still in the Boulder Walk in

choir and orchestra. She has performed several violin solos and has led three string ensembles for various church functions. Kara also enjoys singing and playing with her two sisters. The three of them have performed vocal ensembles and instrumental numbers at church as well as for various functions and organizations, and have provided background music for a wedding. In addition to performing, Kara teaches three violin students. Kara McCoy will perform Mozart’s Violin concerto #3 at After graduating Kara Country Oaks Baptist Church on May 15, 2011. intends to continue studying violin with Mrs. On May 15, 2011 Kara McCoy will Jean Dodson, teaching violin, and ministering serenade the audience as she performs in her church. Starting this summer she will Mozart’s Violin concerto #3. She earned the help her older sister teach young opportunity to be the featured soloist by instrumentalists at Calvary Bible Church, winning the Young Artist competition. Kara is first at Kid’s Community Music Camp and eighteen and lives in Bakersfield with her then Jr. High Ensemble in the fall. Kara is also parents, Dennis and Carol McCoy, and two of looking forward to attending the Annie Moses her four siblings. After being homeschooled for Band’s Fine Arts Summer Academy in twelve years, Kara is looking forward to Nashville Tennessee as a scholarship student. graduating in May. She has played the violin Some of Kara’s hobbies are biking, jogging, for almost 7 years, studying first with Mrs. reading, and creative writing. Shannon Smith and currently with Mrs. Jean Come enjoy this lovely and talented Dodson. She is a member of the Bakersfield young performer on May 15, 2011 beginning Youth Symphony Orchestra and performs at 4:00 pm. at Country Oaks Baptist Church. every Sunday with the Calvary Bible Church For more information, call 821-7511.

GRAND PRIZE $1,000!!!!!! Winners need not be present, but if you were the GRAND PRIZE winner, wouldn’t you want that prize in your hand as soon as possible? To be the GRAND PRIZE winner, you need to buy a ticket from any Tehachapi Community Orchestra member or board member. The cost is 6 tickets for $25 or $5 each. Additional prizes include a glider ride from Skylark North, a quilt made by orchestra member Dorothy Seiwell, a painting by orchestra board member BJ Mitchell, and a string quartet for an evening. WOW! And if that weren’t enough, there are also gift certificates from

Home Depot, K-Mart, Kohnen’s Bakery, Petra Mediterranean Café, Tehachapi Therapeutic Massage, Gracian’s Grill, Starbuck’s, Apple Shed, Victorian Rose Tea House, and ProTech Automotive. The Tehachapi Community Orchestra 2011 Raffle drawing will be held during the May 15, 2011 concert which begins at 4:00 pm at Country Oaks Baptist Church. So, hurry and buy your raffle tickets. More tickets means more chances to win a wonderful prize or to be the GRAND PRIZE WINNER. For more information, call 8217511.

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Spotlight on artist and author Charisse Rudolph Whether she’s jumping out of an airplane or jumping her horse over fences – or writing books or painting or drawing – Charisse Rudolph doesn’t let anything stop her from doing what’s important to her. An A-student in art classes, Charisse became aware at an early age that she had a natural ability in drawing and painting and anything else that was creative. She was also dyslexic, however, which caused some difficulties in school as well. Ultimately, her love of horses and art saw her through the rough parts. She says she “always dreamed of being an artist” but was told that “artists don’t make money.” After other pursuits and raising a

Charisse Rudolph shares a conversation with fellow artist/author (and Loop columnist) Lauraine Snelling at a recent First Friday artist reception at CrossRoads Gallery. Charisse will be a featured artist in the gallery in May, Photo by Mel White.

family, at age 53 she decided to give art a try. Still without any formal art training, she creates Southwest Art and Nature paintings, in addition to doing animal portraiture work, primarily using pastels and Conte. In May Charisse will be a featured artist at CrossRoads, where she is a regular member, and she’ll be highlighting her recent horse portraits done in pastels and Conte. Actually, she has done a number of horse portraits through the years and is available for commission work for anyone who wants a special rendering of their equine friends. Charisse is also a published author. Her first book was “The Secret Daydream, A Guide to your Child’s Future,” about believing in yourself and living your daydreams, written especially for parents to share with their children. Charisse also illustrated the book. Her second book was for college students, and using the charcoal drawings and inspirational quotes from the book she has created a popular line of greeting cards. Her third book – “Words Hit Hard as a Fist, With 18 Tips on How to STOP Being Bullied” is at the publishers and should be out any day now. In addition, Charisse is also a new regular columnist for The Loop Newspaper (“Daydreams”) and she writes a blog for the Ellen Degeneres Show website called “What can you do to be a solution to stop bullying.” Charisse Rudolph has made a commitment to pursuing and realizing her own dreams, and to encouraging others to do the same for themselves. Because she will be featured at CrossRoads Gallery in May, you will have the chance to come by and meet this dynamic artist/author in person at the First Friday Artist Reception on May 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Charisse Rudolph and husband Vic at a recent First Friday artist reception at CrossRoads Gallery. Photo by Mel White.

Charisse Rudolph does horse portraits using pastels and Conte, like this one. Her work will be featured at CrossRoads Gallery in May.

Easter Angel - new life in spring time! “Angel” the Miniature Hereford, (Yes! There IS such a thing!) graced the world with a “little angel” of her own! Born on Easter eve, she came into this world at her Brite Valley home, “The Wild Coyote Ranch”, owned by Gary and Angela Pearson. Gary and Angela raise purebred, registered, Miniature Hereford cattle and are quite proud of their new addition to the family. The decision to name the new baby, “Angel’s Easter Eve” was an easy one.

A follow up story on “Eve’s” adventures will be coming in a future issue of “The Loop”!

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TCT Jr. Presents “King Midas” If you could have anything you want, what would you wish for? When King Midas is presented with this choice, he asks that anything he touches turn into gold! What a great gift you might think, but wait! Is it really a gift, or a curse? TCT Jr. presents Michele L. Vacca’s play “King Midas and the Miraculous Golden Touch” (inspired by ancient Greek Mythology and Nathaniel King Midas and his courtiers “ooh” and “awe” over their Hawthorne’s story “The golden items. From left to right: Fallon Bock, Hannah Golden Touch”). The play performs Friday and Clare, Amanda Webster, Kendric Bertram, Anika Valentino, Saturday nights May 6, Emily Marin, Emily Sheridan and Kennedy Caudle. 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees May 8, 15, 22 at 2 p.m. Jesters and Kasey Brockelsby as the Narrator/ at the historic downtown BeeKay theatre at Mysterious Stranger. Rounding out the cast are 110 S. Green Street. Doors open 30 minutes Emma Grimes, Patrick Grimes, Emily Sheridan, before show time. Amanda Webster, Alexa Higginbotham, Hannah Directed by Monica Nadon, the cast Clare, Emily Marin and Kennedy Caudle. includes the talents of Kendric Bertram as King Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 22 at Midas, Carson Bruner as Queen Miranda, the Apple Shed, Johnny’s Take n’ Bake and Anika Valentino as Princess Marygold, Cody Tehachapi Furniture for $10. Tickets may also Steinbach as Sir Calvin the Calculating, Lucy be purchased online at Asatryan as the wise woman Sylvia the Sybl, For more information call the TCT message line Magneto Morgan and Fallon Bock as the two at 822-4037.

Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin Return to Fiddlers Crossing with his parents. He learned mandolin, fiddle and guitar at an early age, and started playing with other professional bands when still a teenager. Stephanie Bettman is an Albuqueque, New Mexico native who has also worked as in actress in plays, musicals and operas from LA to New York, and was even a trapeze artist in a circus. She writes most of the songs, and has been compared to folk icons such as Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, and Alison Krauss. Together, Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin present a joyous celebration of acoustic music and song that is all the sweeter to those of us in town “who knew Luke when….” The concert starts at 7:00 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. Tickets are $15, available in advance at Mountain Music and the Apple Shed. Fiddlers Crossing is located at 206 East F Street, Downtown Tehachapi at Robinson Street – the intersection that is under construction! Call 823-9994 for more Luke Halpin’s parents, Phil and Nancy Halpin, will open their son’s concert information and at Fiddlers Crossing on May 14 (Luke is performing with Stephanie Bettman reserve your tickets.

Tehachapi’s own Luke Halpin will return to Fiddlers Crossing with fiddler and singer/ songwriter Stephanie Bettman on Saturday, May 14. This will be the duo’s fourth concert in Tehachapi and second in Fiddlers Crossing; they played twice at Mama Hillybean’s to great acclaim. The two performers present music that is a mixture of folk, bluegrass and jazz, with mostly original songs, and the evening will be filled with joyful fiddling tunes and soulful ballads. Opening for Luke and Stephanie will be Luke’s parents, Nancy and Phil Halpin, who sing their original songs and play bass and guitar. Luke Halpin grew up playing music

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The Price of Freedom The leader in free software is the Linux This isn’t a question of civil liberties. It Operating System. There are many varieties of can, to a certain extent, border the question of it, but they all revolve around the same base morals, and values of a person. One thing that code, and one major concept: I’ve noticed is simple: totally free, and built by users. people like to save money. Consider this for a moment: Offer someone an apple for Windows 7 does not yet have $1, or two apples for $1, and support built into it for USB 3.0, they would probably prefer the (very) new advancement for to get two for $1. However, USB devices. Linux was being if someone is offered an released with support for USB 3.0 apple for $1 or ten apples before USB 3.0 was released! for $1, it suddenly becomes ...and it’s totally free. On top of a question of “why are those this, much of the software released apples so cheap?” for Linux follows the same I know many have principals: being free, updated heard the phrase “you get often, and improved by the people what you pay for”, and 9 out of 10 times, this is true. Alexander Kunstmann, that care about them. If you have ever been frustrated by having to However, there is always an A-OK Computers go through a complicated setup exception to the rule; maybe process for a program, Linux gets a new tool is used that rid of that. Most of their programs can installed speeds up production, or a company acquires a easily from the internet: when you want to new supplier that has better rates. The concept install new software on Linux, it connects to a that seems “too good to be true”, however, is wide array of servers hosting software, and lets something being totally, completely, 100% free. you pick what you want installed. You simply In the world of computers, software is check boxes next to them, and then it starts; it changing, and not only is it becoming free; the automatically downloads all the different free software is actually surpassing the programs you selected, automatically software you pay for! downloads any other pieces of software it At this point, you’re probably wondering needs to run those programs, and automatically “how could something that’s free be better than goes through the setup process. You don’t need something that actually costs money?” The to do anything, you just wait for the progress biggest reason for this is secrecy. Let’s stop & bar to finish, and then bam: you’ve got those compare a computer program to a car engine for programs. From music players to movie a moment. All the lines of code in the program makers, office programs to games, Linux has are like the parts of an engine. If the engine swaths of these available, for free. breaks, you can go in there & fix it. If we look What’s more, this is just the beginning. I at a program that is free & what is called “open could go on about how Linux is streamlined to source”, it’s exactly the same. The most run faster, how it’s designed to be more secure popular programs (Windows, MacOS, (even the NSA uses it), or how it can run on Microsoft Office, Photoshop) aren’t built like anything, after some work. What it amounts to, this. For them, it’s the equivalent of welding a is that at some point, both Windows & Mac block of metal around an engine so the only way it could be repaired is if you sent it back to will be obsolete. So, what is holding back the use of Linux the manufacturer to have them cut it open & on desktops & servers everywhere? I point work on it. So long as big companies keep a once again to the title of this article. We make hold on their code, they make money, and the price of freedom for ourselves. Whether it progress on new developments moves only as be fear, or simply the general disbelief of fast as the bare minimum for progress allows. I something seeming “too good,” the bottom line mean, let’s be realistic: for any of you who’ve is that the ability to advance rapidly is within used MS Office, the biggest changes from our grasp: we simply need to reach for it. Office 2000 to Office 2010 is it’s appearance. Ten years, and no major developments Want a free computer? Interested in otherwise? If you think about that, it’s actually kind of embarrassing for Microsoft: to have Linux? Looking to get into computers in millions of dollars at their disposal, and the the first place? We’re giving away a free best improvements they can come up with for PC! Look at page 28 for details. Office is to make it prettier?

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Changes at Red House BBQ by Mono Lujan First let me start by saying “Thank You”. It has been a pleasure to share my restaurant and food with each and every one of you. This has been a dream and I hope I never wake up. Don’t get me wrong, at times my dream has turned a bit nightmarish but, it has always worked itself out. There has been vandalism in the past and a recent break in; where a person broke our front door and stole our cash register (about $10.00 in change was in it). What really ticked me off was that he broke my toothpick dispenser too! Believe me when I say, it will take a lot more then this to wake me from my dream. I was a mobile BBQ guy for many years and to tell you the truth, my place could burn to the ground and you would find my staff and I set up in the parking lot the next day with the BBQ trailers cranking out the goods. Spring is here and with it some menu changes. We are now serving a Smoked Salmon Sandwich. This is a cold sandwich along the lines of a tuna salad sandwich only with salmon that we smoke right here. Put that in a whole wheat thin bun with some fresh baby greens and our house made sweet & hot mustard sauce (not too hot) and you have a healthy BBQ sandwich. We are also serving a Smoked Salmon Salad (our salmon salad on top of a mixture of baby greens and fresh spring lettuces, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and chunks of blood oranges and sunflower seeds) There will soon be a BBQ Cobb salad hitting the menu too. We are starting to do Santa Maria style Tri-Tip on the weekends, and soon we will be doing shrimp boils in our back area on Saturdays. The beer garden will be in full effect in a few weeks so that you may come and relax in the back area and eat some Q, drink some brew and watch the clouds drift bye. We are also moving up to fountain drinks which will allow us to carry even more craft beers. We will have a rotating selection of seasonal brews as I believe not only in eating what is in season but, serving beer that was made for that season. NO MORE STYROFOAM PLATES! This has taken longer than I wanted but, we have finally made the leap to actual Melamine plates and to steel forks, knives and spoons. Look at how fancy were getting! Next thing you know we will have cloth napkins and valet parking. We are very proud to announce that we are hosting Tehachapi’s first ever BEER SHOW! Yes, that’s right, a festival of beers (pause for the applause). We have a few local breweries including Indian Wells (right up the highway near Ridgecrest) that will be pouring at our show as well as some of Tehachapi’s home brewers. We have a couple of spaces left for home brewers, so if you or someone you know makes beer, get

into contact with me soon. Presale tickets begin the first week of June. The show itself is on Saturday June 18th (the day before father’s day) and we are expecting to sell out of tickets very fast. With your presale ticket purchase, you will receive a sampling glass, BBQ sandwich with one side and twelve drink tickets. Extra drink tickets can be purchased at the event. There will be a few games and even an eating contest. All of this and we are changing our Native Night to Native Day. That’s right, it is now the first Saturday of the month starting at noon. The first Native Day will be May 7th (starting at noon) and Eagles Heart Drum will be in the back area drumming and singing traditional Native American songs. We are expecting a couple of dancers in full regalia to also be present. All of this and as always, some traditional and modern Native American food. BBQ Buffalo Ribs, Rabbit Sunflower Seed Soup, Frybread, Wild Boar Baby Back Ribs, a variety of wild game sausage links (elk, boar, buffalo, and pheasant) Apache Chili, Choctaw Fried Cabbage and Native Field Rice are among the menu items. We will also be serving some of our regular menu items. We made the change to Saturday afternoon so that more families could see, hear and taste our Native America. Many people ask us when we are going to start selling our BBQ sauce. We are currently looking at different bottles and seeing what is going to work for us. We are more of a local hangout, so I don’t think we will be selling any real tourist stuff anytime soon. We are all about the food and that’s the way we like it. Keep it simple and keep it fresh. Red House BBQ is proud to be part of the Selecta Pirates team for Relay for Life. We will be having a fundraiser here at the restaurant on Monday night May the 2nd. Come out and have some good food and good times. Beer will be on sale and the profits that night go to help fight cancer. Let’s raise as much money as we can! I am very fortunate to be doing what I love. I believe we have a good thing going at Red House BBQ and I know that I have the best staff in town. The task at hand is very simple, knock out the very best product that we can. Be honest with ourselves and our customers (a rarity in the restaurant business) and always strive to provide a warm friendly environment for all of our customers. With this philosophy and a whole lot of hard work, we should be fine. As always, we hand craft just about everything that we serve. So, stop on by Red House BBQ and remember; “If the shack is smokin’, we ain’t jokin’”

Correction to last issue of The Loop newspaper On page 17 of the 4/16-30, 2011 issue of The Loop at the bottom of the page the paragraph reads “ Just before getting into Tehachapi on Sunday we observed a man way up high on the hills of West Golden Hills. He was wearing a bright orange shirt to make sure we spotted him, and he was waving the biggest American flag he could handle. Quite a moment.” Attached is a photo I shot from the

train of MY WIFE wearing my former work raincoat from the San Francisco Municipal Railway. I and fellow Tehachapi Loop Railroad Club members were riding the train. MY WIFE was greeting the train from our backyard in Golden Hills. We are happy that The Loop author spotted HER greeting the train, however we thought we would set the record straight. Phil Cornyn Golden Hills resident.

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Cal City EDC By Susan Wiggins Many local agencies in California are feeling the pinch of the state budget problems, and the California City Police Department is no different. Police Chief Eric Hurtado spoke to members of the California City Economic Development Council recently and said his department still has the same number of officers that it did in 1991, but the calls have tripled since then. In 1991 the department had about 6,000 calls per year and last year had approximately 17,000 calls. He noted that in 1991 that there was only a homicide about every four to five years, but now there are three to four each year. He blamed Los Angeles gangs moving to the city and bringing their problems with them, such as shootings. Another major challenge facing the city and the department is the state prisons realignment which will release 40,000 prisoners statewide to save funds at the state level. “There are 20-30 parolees in the city now, but that number could double or triple in the next fiscal year, if the prisoners are released,” he said. This could cause more problems in the city and increase the need for more officers. “We would like to hire more officers, but don’t have the funds,” he said. He explained that the department is seeking funds from other

sources such as grants to be able to add additional officers. Hurtado said his department has a strong commitment to make the city safe and with that in mind is working on revitalizing the Neighborhood Watch program. “We are also working on starting a reserve officer program and would like to have up to 25 reserve officers which could provide extra eyes in the community,” he explained. Other programs the department works on is the off road vehicle program. The off road sticker program provides funds for an officer to work in the area east of town where sometimes thousands of riders come to ride their off road vehicles. Hurtado has suggested that when the off roaders buy the permit to ride in the city that they could be given a coupon for free food or other items downtown. Borax Bill Park has been improved with the permits funds also, he said. There are two animal control officers in the city under the police department purview and in the last two weeks they have had 70 calls, making them a busy department as well. Hurtado said they work hard to pick up animals in a timely manner and try to get them back to their homes or get them adopted. Hurtado has lived in the city for 20 years and grew up in Ventura County.


Charity Boutique a success! by Leslie Reynolds

The club members on their horses.

Carley with her horse Clara, a RPSI registered Rhinelander warmblood.

EDC speaker - California City Police Chief Eric Hurtado recently spoke to the California City Economic Development Council. Talking with him after the meeting is EDC President Dr. Larry Adams. photo by Bill Deaver

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Saturday, April 9th the Bear Valley Springs Pony Club hosted a charity boutique at the Whiting Center. The boutique was held to help raise funds for the Pony Club which teaches young people, both boys and girls, horsemanship and various riding skills. The Whiting Center was full of various different items for sale from local vendors. Everything from scented candles to BBQ sauce was on sale at the event and judging from the packed parking lot, was a big hit! Pony Club president, Megan Burford said, “We had a wonderful turnout for our first fund raiser and I’d like to thank all those who

participated to help our club! It was a great success for us as a fundraiser and was our best one day event for Pony Club since my daughter joined five years ago!” The Bear Valley Springs Pony Club is part of a nationwide, educational riding program for young people. Check out to learn more. The club meets several times a month to teach young riders the responsibilities associated with the care and maintenance of their horse and to improve their riding skills. Members own, or have access to, a horse to use for riding lessons at the Bear Valley Equestrian Center; however, mos members keep their horse at their own homes and trailer them over on lesson days. The riding curriculum for Pony Club is based on the English style of riding and includes Equitation, Jumping, Cross Country Eventing as well as the discipline of Dressage. The competition rallies that Pony Club holds are also unique in that the member’s compete as a group rather than individually, thus teaching the valuable lesson of being a good team player and encouraging other team mates to excel! Megan’s own daughter, 17 year old Charley Burford, has done exceptionally well in Pony Club competitions, winning several championships. Carley has been a member of the Bear Valley Springs Pony Club since October of 2005. She and her beautiful mare “Clara”, a RPS registered Rhinelander warm blood, have high aspirations for the coming year! The next scheduled event for the BVS Pony Club is a Dressage Rally being held on August 20th at the BVS Equestrian Center. For more information call Megan Burford at (661)821-3225.

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Tehachapi Veterinary Hospital

Rattlesnake Season is Here! Dr. Stephen Anderson

It’s that time of year again… Rattlesnake season…the time when every dog, cat and horse owner dreads the threat of a potential bite. In fact, we have just treated our very first rattlesnake bite patient Cali, a Siberian Husky, and felt it was absolutely necessary to start spreading the information right away. The good news is that our brave and awesome Cali is doing so much better and now home with her family! There is a vaccine that is now available that helps reduce the risk of death, and should significantly decrease the severity of your dog’s reaction to a rattlesnake bite. While these vaccines do not completely protect your dog against the effects of a snake bite, a vaccinated pet’s reaction should be significantly less severe than one that was not vaccinated, and may be the determining factor if a dog survives a rattlesnake bite. Should your dog be vaccinated? Let’s take a closer look and examine the benefits of being ‘on the safe side’. Surprisingly 300,000 dogs and cats are bitten by venomous snakes each year in the United States and the bottom line is if your dog lives where rattlesnakes live then vaccination should be a top priority. The protection provided is strongest in the first 4-6 weeks and lasts for up to 6 months and with boostering can sometimes remain strong for a year. Considering that the venom of a rattlesnake is known to cause serious injury and in some cases even death, this vaccine is vital to include in your pet’s basic health care plan. There are many types of snakes that the vaccine protects against; the most

effective is against the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake’s venom. However, venom from many other snakes found throughout the United States is similar. Because of these similarities, this vaccine also provides protection against the venoms of the Western Rattlesnake (including the Prairie, Great Basin, Northern and Southern Pacific Rattlesnakes), Sidewinder, Timber Rattlesnake, Massasauga and the Copperhead. This vaccine provides partial protection against the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake. Make note though that this vaccine does not provide protection against the Water Moccasin (Cottonmouth), Mojave Rattlesnake or Coral Snakes. In the emergency that your dog is bitten by a rattlesnake contact your veterinarian immediately! Even bites by non-venomous snakes can lead to serious infections and antibiotic treatment may be needed. This season be pro-active; protect your pets early by people who care about you and your animal family. Come on out and enjoy our next Low-Cost Vaccination Clinic Day & Yappy Hour on Saturday May 21st at the Pet Lodge, where we will be hosting HALF PRICE Rattlesnake Vaccinations at only $17 each! We are hopeful this new vaccination will help protect all of our dogs from the horrible ravages of a rattlesnake bite, and will likely save many lives in the future. If you have any questions regarding this vaccine, please call us at 661-822-6731 or go to to get more information. Tehachapi Veterinary Hospital and Pet Lodge ~ Where State of the Art meets State of the Heart

Meet the Dog Expert My name is Sheri Williams and I am a Certified Dog Trainer/Behavorist. I was working in Los Angeles, but have relocated to Kern County. You can read more about me on my website, Click on “Watch Sheri Work” to see me operate. I am currently working with The Tehachapi Humane Society task force, and a portion of my fee goes back to this amazing rescue organization. I am new to the area, and look forward to working with all the rescue groups in Tehachapi. If you need advice or help with your dog, please call me at -661-972-1736. I look forward to working with you and your dog!!

Tehachapi Martial Arts group excels at Rosemond First Annual Open Tournament Bill Laninovich’s class of Eclectic Marshall Arts students won five trophys during the first annual event in Rosemond. The instructor, Bill who has a second degree black belt, has been involved in martial arts since he was 12. The class is in the style of Eclectic Marshall Arts which is a system that he has created from various sources. The class is part of the Tehachapi Valley Parks and Recreation District recreation programs and classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday. For more information on this class Instructor Bill Laninovich, center, and his students, from and other TVRPD recreation programs call left: Robert Timperio, Gerit Retes, Brittani Street, Sarah Sander and Christian Broussard show off their medals. Sandy at 661-822-3228.

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Welcome to the ADOPT-A-PET Section!! Many of the animals up for adoption can be seen at: This Section is in need of support! For years The Loop has generously dedicated two pages per issue to helping local pets in need find homes and in this issue we’ve added to it. Advertisers please call the The Loop today to find out how you can help to support this section. Remember, when thinking about adopting, that the adoption cost is a tax deductible donation! If you find a pet you want to adopt please call the number listed next to the pet or in their rescue’s information. All Dobie SOS dogs are neutered/spayed, vaccinated, micro-chipped, and have received a veterinary exam. All adopted dogs come with one free bath at Canine Creek and one free grooming at Tehachapi Pet Lodge. You can see all of the Dobie SOS dogs waiting for homes at 661-886-1721 •

Bishop Bishop is an energetic two-year-old male Doberman with natural ears and a docked tail. He is black and on the small side with fine bone structure. He is a sweet boy that has not had much handling, but he is open and friendly with people and outgoing. He is very active, a typical Doberman leaner that wants to bond and hang with his person. He dominates the female Doberman he lives wth though he does play with her; he seems to prefer the company of people. Bishop is crate-trained and eager to learn.

Sparrow Sparrow was in poor shape when she arrived at our facility: very thin, covered with scars, and with a bad case of mange. We sent her to rehabilitate with one of our fosters and with medical attention and kind care she made the trip back to health. Sparrow was probably born in 2008. She is red with natural ears and a docked tail. Sparrow constantly does the full body wag and she is very affectionate. She is good with other social dogs although she does tend to be pushy and needs to be with easygoing playful types. We consider her a special-needs dog because the mange she had was in her feet. Although well under control now, this kind of mange has the potential to erupt periodically during times of stress. She also has an odd way of going that may be early Wobbler’s or the result of an injury. She would make a fine companion for someone who likes Dobermans Sparrow adores people and will need only a little training, but lots of love and attention. We would consider a long-term foster placement for this very cute, young Doberman. She does need a 6 ft fence. Sparrow is crate-trained.

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

Scooby This good ole’ cowboy is Scooby, or Scoob, and he is a 7year-old, neutered, micro chipped, pure bred Australian Cattle dog. Scooby’s family is moving out of state and into an apartment, and cattle dogs don’t belong in apartments. Scoob is a man’s best friend down to his core; he follows you around like your shadow, will leap up into the back of a pickup truck and is an overall well behaved gentleman. He does great with kids and other dogs and would be a great addition to a new pack or somebody just looking for a buddy. He is a working dog- so he loves to run and play, but when it comes to kicking off his boots and relaxing, Scoob takes that pretty seriously as well. Scooby would make an excellent companion, with his die-hard allegiance and a great demeanor. If you are interested in adopting a wonderful Cattle-dog, please contact Zach @ 661-972-3852, 821-1327, or visit MARLEYSMUTTS.COM

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ADOPT-A-PET Tehachapi Humane Society Calendar for May 2011 7 - Adopt-a-Pet Day at Tehachapi Pet Lodge and Outfitters, 20963 Woodford/Tehachapi Road from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. (Summer Hours) 7 – Hitching Post raffle tickets sales, Kmart 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. 14 - Shot Clinic/*Dog Licensing, 10 a.m.-noon, THS Office 21600 Golden Star Blvd., Unit #3 (corner of Golden Star Ave. & Golden Hills Blvd.). *Dog licensing is provided every Monday (except Holidays) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (as a courtesy for the Tehachapi community.) 14 - Hitching Post raffle tickets sales, Kmart 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. 16 - Monthly Meeting @6:30 p.m., Tehachapi Humane Society Office, 21600 Golden Star Blvd.(corner of Golden Hills Blvd. & Golden Star Ave.). 21 - Yappy Hour/Adoptions – 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. @Tehachapi Pet Lodge & Outfitters, 20963 Woodford/Tehachapi Road 21 - Hitching Post raffle tickets sales, Kmart and Albertsons 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. 21600 Golden Star Blvd. Tehachapi, CA 93561. Write us at: 21600 Golden Star Blvd., Unit #3. Tehachapi, CA 93581. 661-8230699 (menu #5 for dogs & #6 for cats)


Pet Adoption Day, 5/21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. @ Canine Creek, 538 E. Tehachapi Blvd. Buy See’s Candy @ Tehachapi Flower Shop & Tehachapi Automotive, this helps STOP rescue the many neglected, homeless dogs/cats deserving a 2nd chance at life. 661-823-4100. 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 forever home. Special Tail Wagging Thanks to Victoria’s Pet Makeovers, South Street, for tip-top complimentary grooming,

Trixie Trixie is a 6 mos., 12 pound Schnauzer mix puppy w/beautiful black and white coloring. Trixie’s just the right size, is very calm, loving and would be a great friend – Would you be the special family to adopt her? Call Lynda at 661-821-0518 or S.T.O.P. at 661-823-4100, menu #2 for a meet ‘n greet/possible adoption.

This is ‘Pounces’! She is a mediumhaired, black/grey tabby. DOB: March 6th, 2011. She and her siblings were rescued from a local shelter after being turned in without a mommy at only 2 weeks old! ‘Pounces’ is the biggest in her litter and certainly the most active! She plays constantly; her motto seems to be ‘live life to the extreme’! She is always the last one to fall asleep and the first one to wake up! EVERYTHING in her world has potential to be a toy. When she calms down for a few moments, she likes to be cradled like a baby and have her tummy rubbed. This kitten even purrs to the extreme! If you’re looking for a high-spirited kitten with good looks - then ‘Pounces’ is your kitten! Please give her a forever home.

Olive Olive is a loving and affectionate kitty. She loves to be petted and will purr loudly to show her enjoyment. She is a little shy, so it takes her a little time to warm up, just a bit of TLC and she will be your buddy. Olive doesn’t seem to mind small dogs, but she prefers to be the only cat in the home. She is a very sweet kitty looking for a special family to love her forever.

Toby Toby’s a young, 11 pound neutered/ hoToby’s a young, 11 poundusetrained Norfolk Terrier mix who plays well w/others and would love to share good times w/you, his new BFF, at the end of each and every day; call Janis at 661-599-6400, to meet ‘n greet Toby.

Binky Binky is a sweet 3 mos. housetrained/spayed puppy, full of love ‘n fun; call Lynda at 661821-0518 or 823-4100, menu #2 to meet sweet Binky, your new BFF – How about it?

Sugar, Sweetie & Snookums Sugar, Sweetie & Snookums are young (4 ½ mos.) black Lab mix socialized litter-mate puppies (2 females & 1 male); they’re housetrained and would make a great addition to your family. Call Sadie at 661-823-7798 for a meet ‘n greet/potential adoption of these gentle and loyal pets.

Stacker My name is Stacker, I am a 3 year old tri colored Doxie mix. I weigh 15 pounds, but I am not fat. I am spayed and current on all my shots. I am house trained, crate trained and walk on a leash. I like to ride in the car. I get along with all my foster brothers and sisters. I just walked by the two cats I have met. When I want attention I sit up and patty cake my paws. I love belly rubs, and being held.

Casper My name is Casper and I am a seven and a half pound white and tan Chihuahua, neutered and have all my shots. I am also micro-chipped. I was rescued from the local pound on my last day because I reminded the rescuer of her own dog. Lucky me! I am house trained and we are working on crate training. I like to play with my foster brother and sisters that are my size. I like being on laps, and getting cuddled. I like to ride in the car also. Will you please consider giving me my forever loving home? I’ve been waiting far too long!

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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 pets 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 •

Scout 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.

Misty Rose Misty Rose is a mixed 5 year young, Terrier/Bijon Miz raised since puppy by a very loving mom who had to give her up having to go into a retiremment home who loves her playmate companions. Misty Rose is a VERY warm, hoping, loving, devoted, bonding, loving companion who loves to share her happy heart in a quiet family home with a full time mom/dad lying next to side sharing tummy rubs and kisses hoping to share your lives together. If you have a space in your heart, Misty Rose will fill it comletely with her warm love and bonding, truly, loving & wonderfully pure loving, trusting, hopeful heart hoping to find you. :

Sassy Sassy: ready to smile, laugh and share LOTSA fun in life’s wonderful moments every second of the day... Sassy, a 4 month old Chi/ Mini-Pincher, female, so UNBELIEVABLY cute but 200% character PLUS will absolutely break your ribs laughing all day long sharing her complete love of life all around her in all it’s natural simlicity and the things that make her so happy and our own life so wonderful in all ways! Sassy is so wonderfully perfect for all types of families especially children that will play with her and share puppy naps together!

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,

Annie I’m Annie and the vet thinks I’m approximately 2 years old. I’m a 27 pound terrier and Lhaso Apso. I was abandoned in a Tehachapi home and left to fend for myself. I got lucky when a nice lady heard about me and took me to Have A Heart. I am doggie door trained but still need work on regular house training to make me perfect. I’m a gentle girl and am good around all sizes of dogs. I am very playful and affectionate. I’m spayed, up to date on my vaccinations, dewormed and microchipped. I will make a super duper family dog.

Azul Azul – Male Flame point Siamese – about 2 ½ years old – neutered and vacs - Azul gets a silly contented look when you pet him, very affectionate and loves to wrestle and play with his brother Lazuli. He has medium length hair and is very silky smooth. He has a very low adoption fee.

Deno Deno – DSH Silver Striped Tabby – Male DOB approx 7/15/10. He is a very friendly and sweet kitten, he is good around other cats and has been around dogs, he has never been outside, he has had his kitten shot and rabies and has been neutered. He can be seen most days cuddled up with his sisters at Books and Crannies, 1121 W. Valley Blvd , 661822-8440 or call Have a Heart Humane Society for more info on Deno.

Pansy Pansy – Female – Black tabby – about 8 months old – Pansy, like her sister Petunia go in trouble with the boys at a very young age, so she just have 4 beautiful kittens and she will be ready to be adopted in about 3 months.

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Wrangler Round-Up

Horse Events Around the Area

Everyone has noticed the rising cost viable endeavor for local farmers. of buying hay for our horses. Gas prices The Sundance Feed Lot in Bakersfield factor into part of it. But there are a few has upcoming events. On May 7 there’s other reasons. Teaming Penning, while on May The tight credit market kept 8 there’s Two-Man Ranch many dairyman from filling their Sorting. Call Jana Peyton barns and now are buying. The (559.280.7970) for details. USDA reports that the price of On May 13-16, there is a hay has shot up 78% since Peter Campbell Clinic at the December and continues to Chavez Ranch in Tehachapi. For climb. more info call Robet Chavez at The Pacific Northwest had a 661.822.8802. by Jill Barnes wet year in 2010. Many growers ETI Corral 83 is hosting a Nelson lost their first and fourth Matt Sheridan Performance cuttings to precipitation. That Horsemanship Clinic on May 14 region also exports huge amounts of hay to also in Tehachapi. The cost is $75 for ETI Japan, Korea, the Middle East and China, members and $125 for others. Call Peggy so when hay became scarce they went to Bergman-Smith (661.331.4995) for details. other markets including Nevada and Also starting on May 14 through California. That impacted our local area. May 20, ETI Corral 14 has its wagon The foreign demand for milk and milk and outrider trip from Lone Pine to products has risen and those cows need Bishop. Call either Ron Remy hay. Middle East imports have grown from (661.270.3220) or Norm Noftsier 36,000 tons per year to 670,000 tons per (661.270.1161) for additional year, and Chinese imports have gone from information. 251 tons to 221,000. One stallion, Colonel Golden Doc, a Cotton prices are at the highest perlino, is a full brother to our own Plain they’ve been since the civil war, so many Gold Colonel, who many of you know as growers have planted cotton instead of “Fudge.” Their pedigree includes Just alfalfa. Corn and wheat also have failed Plain Colonel. Other stallion bloodlines overseas, which also could bring higher at the ranch include Shining Spark and prices if planted here. Experts are Doc O’ Lena. For more information go to predicting less acreage being planted in the website at or alfalfa in Washington, Oregon, Nevada and call 559.760.7055. California. Don’t forget, if you have any And of course, fuel costs are high and information to report on the horse rising. Every aspect of the hay business is community such as tack sales, upcoming driven by the cost of fuel. From planting, events, clinics, raffles or you’ve won an spraying, harvesting and transporting to award, please contact me at delivering it to your ranch or feed store. 661.878.2932, e-mail Time will tell if growing alfalfa is a Thanks.


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MAY 4 – Tehachapi Mountain Dressage Club meeting, MAY 6-8 – “Best of America by Horseback” Trail Ride, Norco, 540.829.9555. MAY 7 — Sundance Team Penning, Sundance Feedlot, Bakersfield, Peyton, 559.280.7970. Pick A Colt Day, Lazy K Ranch, Chowchilla, Sherry Knapp, 559.665.2908, MAY 7-8 – Southern California Versatility Ranch Horse Association, Ranch Horse Versatility Clinic & Event, Hemet, Lori Schiavone, 951.334.5297, Clinton Anderson Walkabout Tour, Murrieta Equestrian Center, Rancho Murrieta, 1.888.287.7432. Business Director y MAY 8 – Sundance Two-Man Ranch Sorting, Sundance Feedlot, Bakersfield, Kris Mitchell, 559.936.4323. Antelope Valley Youth Rodeo Assoc., City of Industry , Sarah, 661.477.6830. MAY 13-16 – Peter Campbell Clinic, Chavez Ranch, Tehachapi, Robert Chavez, 661.822.8802. MAY 14 – ETI Corral 83, Matt Sheridan Clinic, Tehachapi, Peggy Bergman-Smith, 661.331.4995. ETI Corral 54, St. Jude’s Cowboy BBQ & Trail Ride, Moorpark, Janice, 818.837.7110. MAY 14-20 – ETI Corral 14, Lone Pine to Bishop Ride, Remy, 661.270.3220, Noftsier, 661.270.1161. MAY 15 – Tejon Ranch Madison Cabin Ride, Carri Fletcher, 661.663.4210, MAY 19-22 – PCCHA Tejon Ranch Cutting Event, MAY 21 – Southern California Versatility Ranch Horse Competition, Murrieta, Romeo Ramirez, 951.674.8399. MAY 28 — Antelope Valley Youth Rodeo Assoc., City of Industry, Sarah, 661.477.6830. JUNE 4 — Sundance Team Penning, Sundance Feedlot, Bakersfield, Jana Peyton, 559.280.7970. JUNE 5 – Sundance Two-Man Ranch Sorting, Sundance Feedlot, Bakersfield, Kris Mitchell, 559.936.4323.

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A Mother’s Love There are times when only a Mother’s love Can understand our tears, Can soothe our disappoints And calm all of our fears. There are times when only a Mother’s love Can share the joy we feel When something we’ve dreamed about Quite suddenly is real. There are times when only a Mother’s faith Can help us on life’s way And inspire in us the confidence We need from day to day. For a Mother’s heart and a Mother’s faith And a Mother’s steadfast love Were fashioned by the Angels And sent from God above... - Author Unknown.

Happy Mother’s day mommy. I love you and I always will. “The boy” Tehachapi Detective Receives Victim Service Award On Wednesday, April 13th, Tehachapi PD Detective Denise Gutierrez Brown received a Victim Service Award during the annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week ceremony in Bakersfield. The event was held at 10:00 AM at the Liberty Bell, in front of the Kern County Superior Court building. National Crime Victims’ Rights Week was established by President Reagan in 1981to recognize the impact crime has upon millions of victims each year. This year’s ceremony was emceed by Jim Scott of Channel 17 News and featured several speakers, including the keynote

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Mom, thanks for everything you have done for me! I love you soooo much!! HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!! Love, your NA NA NA "I am the luckiest son in the world to have a mother like you." Love, Adam

Love you lots, Grandma and Mom! Love, Alysia I love my mom for never judging me and always wanting me to be exactly who I am. She is an amazingly open and kindhearted woman with light blue eyes that sparkle whenever one of her children enter the room and, I should call her more often...... Sparks, the Grunge Hobbit My mom is so special to me. I really like her independence and spunk. A real role model for me. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! Love, Claudia speaker, Marc Klaas, father of murder victim Polly Klaas. Detective Brown was recognized for being a “Voice for Victims” through her tenacity and diligence in solving cases and for the compassion she has shown for victims of violent crime. This was clearly demonstrated during her investigation of an infant homicide investigation, which led to the convictions of the responsible parties. Detective Brown also received Certificates of Recognition from the offices of Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Congressman Jim Costa, State Senator Jean Fuller, and Assemblywoman Shannon Grove. The City of Tehachapi and the members of the Tehachapi Police Department congratulate Detective Brown for receiving this award.

Tea Party of Tehachapi May Speaker Tea Party of Tehachapi’s guest speaker for May 11th is Harold Pease, Ph.D., who has taught political science for over thirty years at Taft College. He has spoken to the Bakersfield and Tulare tea parties, and has also spent a lifetime teaching the writings of the Founding Fathers and applying them to current events. His website,, is a non-

partisan independent group. Please note that the May meeting is on WEDNESDAY the 11th, all other meetings will resume on Thursdays. The meeting begins at 6 pm, Dave’s Auto, 20824 South St. Bring your own chair, no refreshments and dress for the weather. There is no charge and all are welcome!

Spring Fling A Definite Date For Your Calendar CVPA (Cummings Valley Protective Association) is inviting everyone to their Spring Fling – you don’t want to miss this event. When: Saturday, May 21, 2011 Where: Triassic Legacy Vineyard Tasting Facility Time: 1-5pm -You will take a round trip limo ride to Grimmway Farms green house with a tour of the inside (rarely done) that will astound you. Plus they will have some sample produce to send home with you. - You will be able to preview and purchase the new CVPA cookbook “Everyday to Gourmet”. In addition the wonderful Chef Gloria Yeager of Cruzin Cusine will prepare 5 recipes from the cookbook for your sampling pleasure. Cookbooks are $12.

- Imagine sitting in the elegant tasting room sipping a glass a wine (at a small fee) or out on the patio enjoying the views including the vineyard. There will be non alcoholic beverages available as well. Raffle tickets will be available ($5 each or 3 for $10) for a chance of having Tim Garrison, former chef, come to your home and cook a full meal for eight people. There will be information on the solar development in Cummings Valley. Membership to CVPA is $12 per family per year. Keep abreast of what is happening in Cummings Valley. This valley affects the life everyone in Tehachapi. Membership includes a newsletter several times a year. Please come to our meetings for information and facts about the valley and things that pertain to Tehachapi.

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Thanks, Mom... by Marilda Mel White Thanks, Mom, for making laughter such a big part of my life. I have so many memories of laughing with you and the rest of the family, and those are the memories that always come to mind first when I think of my childhood. Thanks, too, for keeping the laughter going on and on, no matter what, for the memories of laughter are scattered not just through my childhood but throughout my adulthood as well. Even when you are having a hard time, when the world seems to be handing you a pretty raw deal, you are the first to find the humor and to keep the laughter coming. I’ve seen you sad, of course, and I’ve seen you cry; through the years I’ve seen you experiencing every emotion, but my strongest and most vivid – and certainly my favorite – mental picture of you is when you’re laughing. And thanks, Mom, for showing me that looking on the bright side is always preferable to looking on the dark side. Thanks, too, for showing me it’s not just the laughter that makes life bright, but the whole attitude that makes a person happy or sad, and that with the right attitude, anyone can be happy. Thanks for being a living example of someone who has the best attitude, who makes the most of whatever she has, who finds the positive in every challenge, who can always see the glass as half full, who can always find the rainbow in the stormiest of skies. And speaking of hard times, thanks, Mom, for showing me what courage is, and how to face life’s challenges head-on and

with determination. Thanks, too, for showing me that following your heart and your convictions even when others try to persuade you otherwise – and for remaining true to yourself and your beliefs whenever you are tested – are the truest measures of a good life. Thanks, Mom, for passing on to me your love of learning, no matter whether the knowledge is gained by way of a good book or exploration of the road less traveled, or by listening or seeing or asking or trying. Thanks for being a role model for me who practices the art of learning as much about something as possible before making a judgment, choice or decision, and for being one who never gives up. Thanks for showing me that by keeping my eyes and ears and mind open – and by being willing to try new things – my life will be so much richer and more rewarding, as I like to think yours has been. Thank you, too, for the shelter you provided me with when I was growing up, both literally and figuratively, for by keeping me safe and grounded you created the solid base upon which I built my life. Thank you for continuing to want to shelter me from harm and hurt and want and need. In other words, thank you, Mom, for the love that has always kept me warm and happy, that has always made me feel valued and special; and for the safe and comfortable home you made for me, and continue to hold open for me. Thank you, Mom, and Happy Mother’s Day.

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TVRPD meets & discusses the future of Honeytree Preschool by Susan Wiggins Nita Duarte, owner-operator of Honeytree Co-op Pre School wants to continue to operate her business in part of the administration building owned by the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District but whether she will be allowed to stay there remains to be seen. Duhart and her business was the focus of much discussion at a recent TVRPD board meeting. The preschool has had a lease for free rent for 31 years, but that lease expires July 31, 2011. To allow the preschool to stay with rent charged, or to use the 1,200 square foot portion of the building for TVRPD activities or to rent it out for meetings, etc., is a decision that apparently cannot be made easily. District Manager James Wood said he had done some research and determined that rent for such a building in Tehachapi could go for 50 to 80 cents per square foot. Duhart had proposed seven cents per square foot, but the board of directors said that would not be a fair price. Duhart said she came to the meeting expecting a counter offer from the district but was not given one. “I have parents wanting to sign up for next year, and I don’t know what to tell them, do I have a place to operate or not?” she asked. Board Chairman David Shaw said he wanted a recommendation from staff as to whether the best use of the building would be to lease it to Honeytree or use it for outside agencies who wanted a place to meet, or to use it for district functions. “We’ve know this day was coming for 31 years,” said Board member, Ernie Muro, who added that the board is highly scrutinized by the community and that they have to be fair. Wood said that he thought if the building were available to the community that it would

be rented full time. He told Duhart that the district was offering 50 cents per square foot if the district decided to lease it to them. He suggested Duhart take that offer back to her board and see what they say. Duhart emphasized once again that she needed an answer and could not wait another month for the district board to meet to give her one. City Manager Greg Garrett asked why the district manager and Duhart have not sat down face to face to try and negotiate. He suggested that they do so and come to an agreement to bring back to the TVRPD board. Michele Vance, Assistant to Kern County Supervisor Zack Scrivner, asked if the public agency, TVRPD could actually collect rent from others, such as Honeytree, if it was allowed by law. The district agreed to go back to staff and legal counsel to get such questions answered and come back to the board with a report. The board agreed to have a special meeting sooner than the regularly scheduled May meeting to discuss the issue once the information was ready to present from the district staff. In other business the district heard a report from Wood that the district must file a five year report with Kern County to show where its park development fees have been spent. The district was unaware that it had to file such a report and was contacted by the county to complete it immediately. The report will also show where city development fees have been spent. They agreed to spend $9,570 to pay a firm to complete the report. The funds will come out of the developer fee fund. The district board accepted the first draft of the district budget which shows total expenditures of $876,325 for fiscal year 2011-12.

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Skates and Faith by Rev. Diane Gallo Ryder, Tehachapi Community CongregationlChurch Vocal artist Aretha Franklin is a proverbial legend in her own time. Known for such hits as Respect, Chain of Fools, and This Will Be an Everlasting Love, Franklin has won eight Grammys; and she was the first woman ever to be indicted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She sang “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” at President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. In 1986 she became the second African-American ever to appear on the cover of Time magazine. Other accolades within and outside the music community include receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, The National Medal of Arts, multiple honorary Doctorates of Music, and Rolling Stone magazine ranks her #9 among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Lesser known than Franklin’s numerous musical achievements are her gospel roots and her deep faith. She learned to sing in the Baptists Church of her childhood, where her vocal genius was first noticed and nurtured. Her father was a well-respected Baptist preacher. Many of her albums include Gospel songs; and her 1972 album entitled Amazing Grace sold over 2 million copies, which makes it the best-

selling gospel album of all time. Franklin’s fist paid gig as a musician came at the age of 14 when she received $15 for singing in church. She took every penny of that $15 and bought the best pair of roller skates she could find at that price. When asked why she did not save some of the money, or spread it over a variety of purchases, she said, “I’ve got faith.” Presumably she meant that she had faith in her God-given talent, faith in God’s intention to open more musical doors to her, and faith that she was doing exactly what God wanted her to do. Unlike the Biblical Israelites who tried to hoard manna in the desert, Franklin obviously had faith that more good things and more of what she needed would eventually come her way, thanks to God’s grace. During these tough economic times, Franklin’s faith raises some questions about our own faith which are well worth considering: Do we truly believe that God will provide for us when we do our best? Are we hoarding resources that might better be used to embrace the joys that can be ours today? Do we respect that, as the current jargon goes, “It’s all good” when it’s offered up to God?

“Gold Discovered in Tehachapi Mountains, how about emeralds?” In 1858 gold was discovered in Water canyon, the site soon became known as the “China Diggings” this and all of the rest of the “Gold in Kern County” will be part of a presentation by renowned geologist Tim Elam at the May meeting of the Tehachapi Valley Gem & Mineral Society. Tim is a member of TVG&MS and a frequent lecturer at the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History in Bakersfield. Emerald is the Birthstone for the month of May. Bob Papac, a certified gemologist, will display specimens and give a few facts and information about this beautiful gemstone. There will be a show & tell table which will display gold ore, placer gold, specimens from the 3 April field trips,

rocks and minerals brought in by members, and more. Guests will be allowed to select a rock specimen from the “Buck-A-Rock” buckets as a thank you for attending gift. Refreshments will be served prior to the presentation on gold. TVG&MS is a group of your friends and neighbors who acquire and share knowledge about rocks, minerals and gems, learn and share lapidary and jewelry making techniques and enjoy field trips to the nearby mountains and deserts. Our May meeting is 7:00pm May 5, 2011 at St. Malachy church youth center, 407w.E st. (corner E & Mill). Please join us for an educational and enjoyable evening.

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Sliding Into Farming I will begin this article with another earth to another farmer’s market with me, Mr. GGB shattering confession about me, I am a and GGB Jr are starting our own mini farm. On vegetable addict! I’ll wait while you pick up the Earth Day, they built the first 10' x 4' raised paper you dropped from the planter bed.. I was not part of this, shock. Back? Good. It’s true, I because apparently there are love veggies! I would be thrilled caution notices on tools that it is if my refrigerator had only crisper not recommended for anyone in my drawers. When I go to the store, age group. It’s so strange, because the check out clerks say it’s like the age limit seems to change every doing a produce test for them. I year. Oh well, I’ll get there some day. get giddy and light headed when I was sent away to pick out some I go to a farmer’s market. I can veggies to plant. When I got back I often be heard saying, “Did you was thrilled to see what I consider see this?” “Isn’t it gorgeous?” to be the most beautiful planter ever. With my families monotone Standing next to it was a very proud The totally rad response being, “ Yes we see the Go Green Bunny Mr. GGB and a relieved GGB Jr. squash, it’s great. Can we go? Apparently building a coffin like People are staring..” When I see a vegetable I structure can concern a very smart-alack child. have never seen before, I have to have it! I We quickly planted our new garden and I take pictures of it and research it. I make a am happy to say, with all that hard work, in huge occasion of cooking it. Everyone in the about 3 months we will have a salad!. We might house is required to dress in the attire of the have more work to do to make our back yard a origins of the vegetable. (If you see Mr. GGB in working farm. bombachas and a poncho, and a really I was so appreciative of my families effort, annoyed look on his face, it must be almost I announced it would be a very special lunch! I dinner time!) could see the excitement in their faces, and the I think it is wonderful that we live in an glimmer of hope that it might be an In-N-Out area that has farms you can get organic fresh day. I declared I would be making something produce. Even our grocery stores carry some better. Beet sliders! Stop moaning, this is not organic produce. Sadly, organic, healthy and your family, and these are surprisingly fresh can be expensive and with a huge delicious. addiction like mine, there is only one solution. See the recipe below and, as always, if you have any idea’s question, or just to say HI! Grow your own veggies! Email me at Out of love for me, or desire to never go

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“Munis” Can Still Work for You - Even in Tough Times This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor No matter where you live, the chances are tax bracket, and you are considering a taxgood that a state or local exempt municipal bond with a government near you may be 3.33% yield. You simply divide having some difficulty in 3.33% (0.0333 in decimal form) by balancing its budget. As a citizen, 1 minus 0.35 (your tax bracket), you’re probably concerned about which would give you 0.0512, or how this situation will affect 5.12%. In this tax bracket, a muni your life and your community. with a 3.33% yield is equivalent to But as an investor, you may also a taxable bond with a 5.12% yield. wonder how this might affect any (This example is for illustration municipal bonds you own. purposes only.)Keep in mind that, Fortunately, the outlook might be before investing in bonds, you brighter than you think.Of should understand the risks Ben Graham course, taken to the extreme, the involved, including interest rate Edward Jones financial challenges of some state risk, credit risk and market risk. Financial Advisor and local governments could Bond investments are subject to conceivably affect their ability to interest rate risk such that when fulfill the payment obligations on their interest rates rise, the prices of bonds can municipal bonds. But investment-grade quality decrease, and you can lose principal value if the municipal bond default rates historically have investment is sold prior to maturity. So it’s best been very low, especially when compared to to discuss municipal bonds with your financial those of corporate bonds. And municipalities and tax advisors. By adding quality municipal are cutting spending, eliminating nonessential bonds to your portfolio, you can show faith in programs and, in some cases, raising taxes or your municipality, your investment dollars can fees. In short, they are taking steps that, while help support worthwhile projects in your area, potentially painful to residents, are likely to and you receive a steady source of tax-exempt help them continue making timely payments income.This article was written by Edward of interest and principal on their municipal Jones for use by your local Edward Jones bond obligations. Furthermore, municipalities Financial Advisor. Edward Jones, its employees must still fund various projects, and even one and financial advisors cannot provide tax or bond payment default could impact their legal advice. Please consult your attorney or future ability to borrow money in the form of qualified tax advisor regarding your situation. new municipal bonds. So are munis right for you? The answer depends on your situation — your goals, need for investment income, AWNEY PARKS C current investment mix, risk tolerance and so on. But if you want to receive interest Licensed Acupuncturist payments that are exempt from federal taxes, you may well be interested in exploring Acupuncture, municipal bonds. Keep in mind, though, that Herbal Therapies, municipal bonds may be subject to state and local taxes and the alternative minimum tax Medical Qi Gong, (AMT).In addition, you’ll want to be familiar Healing Classes with “taxable-equivalent yield.” Typically, 2 locations to better serve you! municipal bonds pay an interest rate that’s lower than those paid by taxable bonds. Since 20412-1A Brian Way • Tehachapi this interest is free from federal taxes, 661-822-5611 however, the rate may not be as low as it appears. The taxable-equivalent yield 8016 Cal City Bl., #14 • Cal City measures the rate you’d have to earn on a taxable bond to match the income from a tax760-373-7939 exempt municipal bond. And the higher your by appointment tax bracket, the higher your taxable-equivalent Some insurances accepted. yield.Suppose that you’re in the 35% marginal


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Here ‘n’ There Beet Sliders Ingredients: 5 quarts water • 1/2 cup sea salt 1 tablespoon dried dill 6 dried chilies. I use California chili’s, but what ever you have will work. 1/4 cup coriander seeds. This can be found in the back of your spice cupboard with the caraway you will need. 1 tablespoon caraway seeds 1 large carrot, coarsely chopped 2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped 1 large shallot, coarsely chopped 4 tablespoons chili sauce. I use an Asian version, but again, it’s really what you like 6 to 8 whole beets (depending upon size) Kicking Figure Green Goddess Dressing 1 ripe avocado • 1cup fresh basil 2 TBS silken tofu • salt and pepper to taste ¼ cup good extra virgin olive oil In a huge pot throw in water, cleaned and stemmed beets, then add all the other ingredients and bring to a low boil. Set heat to medium and cook for an hour until beets are tender. When the beets are done, let them cool and peel the skin off. Your hands will be died red, so wear gloves or make the family member who irritated you the most do it. Cut beets in ½ inch slices and drizzle Good extra virgin olive oil on the slices. Sprinkle sea salt and pepper over them and grill until those great grill marks get on them. For the dressing, just blend all the ingredients together. Salt and pepper to taste. If you are going to store it add in 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice. Stack a whole wheat bun with veggies and slather on some dressing.. There you have it, just like fast food. Your family will never want to go to another drive through again. But if they do, and you see Mr. GGB and GGB Jr. there, send them home, I have sliders here! As always, if you have any questions, comments, suggestion, instructions for planter bed, or just to say HI! Email me at

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Space Shuttle Retirement - 30 Years of Service

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head the Kennedy Space Center, and On April 15th, I had the pleasure of ended his long career in 2001 as President attending a celebration dinner for the of Thiokol Propulsion, one of the “Boldest Test Flight in History” - the Space Shuttle. After 30 years of service to companies responsible for building the space shuttles. our nation, the fleet will be retired this The Space Shuttle Columbia can summer. Folks from all over the Second District, as well as Lancaster and Palmdale, legitimately call the desert of East Kern and Lancaster/Palmdale its were in attendance. home. It was built in the On June 28th of this year, desert in 1979 by the many the Space Shuttle Atlantis people who make the will fly her last mission, STSSecond District such a hot 135, in Earth orbit, to deliver bed of technological supplies and parts to the advancement and International Space Station. aerospace history. STS-1, STS-135 will also be the last in which Columbia was a shuttle mission ever, after 30 part of, orbited the Earth years of service to NASA. 37 times back in 1981, and The keynote speaker at after 2 days, 6 ½ hours in the dinner was former NASA by Zack Scrivner space, Columbia, piloted Astronaut, and Retired US 2nd District Supervisor by Captain Crippen, Navy Captain Robert returned to the place of its Crippen. Captain Crippen birth, landing at Runway 23, a dry lakebed, was the first pilot on STS-1 aboard the at Edwards Air Force Base.Because Space Shuttle Columbia, nearly 30 years to the day of this retirement party, on April California was an integral part of the development of the space shuttle, and the 12, 1981. Captain Crippen was born in very first shuttle was built here, one of the Texas, and earned a degree in Aerospace retired shuttles will get to call its final Engineering from the University of Texas resting place the California Science Center in 1960, and then went on to serve in the in Los Angeles. After the final shuttle US Navy as a combat pilot in the Vietnam mission in June, the Space Shuttle War aboard the USS Independence. After Endeavour will be on display at the his wartime duties, he moved to Edwards Science Center for the public to visit. Air Force Base to attend the US Air It was an honor to be amongst all the Force’s Aerospace Research Pilot School. He became a NASA astronaut in 1969, and people from the East Kern area that were involved in the development of the space was part of the support crew for the shuttle. The shuttles, and our space Skylab 2, 3, and 4 missions, as well as the program, have been a great example of our Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975. He national pride and ingenuity for 30 years. served as the pilot aboard Columbia on The sheer amount of scientific data, and STS-1, the Shuttle’s first mission in space. knowledge the space shuttle program has STS-1 was the first manned maiden spaceflight in US history. Captain Crippen brought to us has shaped our society in so many ways. Thank you to all from the went on to pilot three other space shuttle Second District that worked on this missions up through 1984. He has logged national treasure. Your contributions will over 565 hours in space, orbited the Earth forever be felt in our hearts, and 374 times, and traveled over 9.4 million imaginations. miles. Captain Crippen later went on to

by Tammy Engel, Mortgage Advisor Everybody loves a bargain, and advertisers that nothing is free. You may save $200-$500 know it. Those ads offering refinance loans with at your loan closing, but if they don’t raise no fees, and purchase loans with no appraisal and your interest rate to cover those fees, they can credit report fees might grab your attention, but and do increase another fee to offset the know what you’re really getting. “savings”. Remember that lending is a forLoan originators of any size make most of profit industry. their money by selling your loan servicing, or the The prudent move is to work with a right to collect your payments. Think about it: mortgage advisor you trust, and to ask The initial loan placement happens only once. questions about how your loan would look if It’s the income stream from years of monthly you didn’t take the discount offered. You payments that adds up to lots of money over might even want to get a second opinion on the time. That’s why you start your loan in one entire loan package. place, but often times another loan servicer will Just know that in lending, as in life: If it take over. You’ll remember that happened much seems too good to be true, it probably is. more when interest rates were higher. Tammy Engel is your local Mortgage So what happens when your loan has “no Advisor, and the only lender in Kern County fees”? The originator charges an interest rate authorized to display the Lending Integrity Seal sufficiently high enough that their back-end of Approval. Contact her at 661/822-REAL payment for selling the servicing income stream with your home loan questions about purchase, will cover your closing costs. In plain English, refinance, or reverse mortgage. your interest rate is higher forever, so you can avoid closing costs now. Is that a smart move? Sometimes, but it depends on the situation. You Tehachapi Masonic Center invites all need a professional loan analysis to know if it’s interested men and their families to an your best move. informational meeting on Thursday, May 19 Loans offering reduced fees work in at the Tehachapi Masonic Lodge located at 24309 Cummings Valley Road. essentially the same manner, although there can This meeting will answer some of the be a twist. Many of the bank-owned foreclosure questions regarding our ancient and honorable properties currently for sale require you to have fraternity along with a brief history of your loan pre-approved through that bank before Freemasonry and the history of Freemasonry you can make a purchase offer. Although the fine in the Tehachapi area. This meeting is open print says you can use whatever lender you to all men and their families who have a want, the bank often tries to get your business curiosity about the fraternity. by offering a free appraisal and a free credit Representatives from the Order of the Eastern Star and the Rainbow Girls will also report. be on hand. What the savvy consumer needs to realize is

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Tehachapi Skywatch

“Aluminum Overcast” – Part 1 of 3

A starry-eyed Dale Hawkins poses with Aluminum Overcast’s nose art. Photo by Lawrence Hawkins

Could the Red Baron have learned to cope with a B-17 instrument panel? Photo by Dale Hawkins.

Tehachapi Sky Watch\B-17\B-17 Aluminum Overcast in Flight. many Luftwaffe pilots to their graves. The name “Flying Fortress” is no exaggeration. It could survive battle damage like no other airplane before it – or perhaps since. Many a shredded B-17 limped home all shot to hell on only one or two engines with much of its crews wounded or dead – only to be patched back together for yet another mission by the largely unsung heroes of the ground crews. In the next issue, I’ll tell you about the decisive roll the Flying Fortress played in bringing the German war machine to its knees. Then, I’ll tell you about the thrill of riding aboard one of the few surviving members of the “aluminum overcast.” Until then, keep an eye on the sky.

To learn more about this magnificent airplane, go to or http:// Astronomy The weather is clearing, the temperatures are rising, and the nights are getting longer. Pull the dust covers off your telescopes and binoculars, for Astronomy Season coming up fast! Your first target should be Saturn, which is visible in the east after sunset and rises throughout the evening. Its rings are now easier to see than anytime since 2008. See if you can also perceive Saturn’s oblateness (flattening at the poles), which is greater than any other planet in our Solar System. Part 2 of 3 will appear in the next Loop.

Daydreams Don’t Hate, Communicate Last article, I wrote about personal hitting you hard. You need to say something. If boundaries and how to get them. Today we are you start to scream at her, she will scream back going to discuss how to make the action wrong and you will be in big fight, most likely and not the person. What that insulting each other, and hurting means is if someone steps over your feelings on the way. Instead you Hula Hoop (personal boundary) should say her name and then, “I what to say and what not to say. don’t like that you wore my sweat Keep in mind, that all these tips still shirt before I did, and you didn’t ask. need you to practice “The Way of I would appreciate if you are going to The World.” That means visualizing, borrow something of mine you get being thankful, asking the universe my permission first, and I will make for what you want, believing it will sure to do the same.” If your sibling, happen, and taking action. in this case, says something that tries When someone is taking to hurt or intimidate you, or gives an advantage of you or being Charisse Rudolph excuse, answer by saying, “I will be disrespectful, you can tell glad to talk to you about that at ~The Leadership something does not feel right inside another time, but right now it is my of you. Someone is pushing against your turn.” You must lead by example. If she boundaries, and that is when you need to say apologizes, you must let the incident go. If she something to protect yourself. You do that by doesn’t apologize, don’t return with more making his/her action wrong, not by attacking accusations. You had your say, now move on. them personally. Let it be her problem. If similar situations keep As I said in the last article, this is occurring you might want to hold a council and probably one of the most important social have your parents involved. skills you need to know. Believe me many Council is a way to communicate where adults missed this lesson in life skills 101. the person holding the talking stick is the only Everyone will test your boundaries and voice being heard and everyone takes turns. few will even get angry when you don’t let (Another article to come) them intrude on your space, even if you only Again, imagine the outcome that you address the action they took. Here is a scenario want, and talk about what happened with out to demonstrate. Your Mom, just bought you making it personal. and your sister some new school clothes. You Until the next time, “To Thy own self be run into your room, throw them down onto true.” Todays Quote: ~ Your best investment the bed and run out the door to catch up with is in your self.~” I got that one in a fortune your friends. While you are away, your sister cookie. Next issue, Uninvited Advice. “Who goes into your room and grabs the sweatshirt asked ‘ya anyway?” that you haven’t even worn yet, and goes for a I need your help. Call to vote for which run. You get home and see she is wearing it and cover you like best for my new book “Words it really makes you angry. What do you do? Hit Hard as a Fist, With 18 Tips on How to First of all, she has definitely crossed your STOP being Bullied. 661-771-2575 The boundary. You feel that imaginary Hula-hoop Book is 6x9. Vote for #1 or #3. 18..6

Last Tuesday (as this article is written), I Germany. had the privilege of flying aboard a vintage The B-17 first flew in 1934, less than World War II heavy bomber, a Boeing B-17 twenty years after the Red Baron’s exploits. “Flying Fortress.” Think about it: How much have After the turn of the century airplanes changed in the last twenty In the clear blue skies over years? How many of you can tell the Germany difference between a 1950’s Boeing 707 Came a roar and a and a brand new Airbus 340? Yet, in thunder men had never heard those formative years between World Like the screaming sound War I and II, aviation advancement was of a big Warbird! absolutely stunning. In WWI, airplanes When the Royal flew almost exclusively by ground Guardsmen wrote these opening reference (pilotage), could only fly in lines for the fanciful ballad Dale “Hawk” very good weather, and had trouble “Snoopy Versus the Red with machine guns that blew away their Hawkins Baron,” they were describing own propellers. Initially, airplanes the fearsome cherry-red Fokker were considered useful only for Dr. I tri-wing fighter of “Red Baron” Manfred reconnaissance, although some lobbed hand von Richthofen. Made mostly of wood and grenades into enemy trenches and took potshots fabric and equipped with a single 100 at ground troops and equipment, thus becoming horsepower engine (I’ve never flown such an the first “attack” aircraft. underpowered airplane!), one wooden When the B-17 became operational, the propeller, and two .31 caliber machine guns, the world was looking at a revolutionary ship made Red Baron was the terror of the sky throughout almost completely of aluminum that could the “Great War.” To this day, he ranks number accurately deliver eight thousand pounds of high two on the all-time list of fighter aces (second explosives or incendiary bombs using radar and only to Erich Hartmann, who shot down 352 electronic navigation, an autopilot, and able to planes in WWII – and lived to tell about it – fly in almost any kind of weather. It was but that’s another story). Yet, had the good propelled by four engines delivering 4800 Baron survived to see Act Two of the Great horsepower using 72 pistons and twelve War, he would surely have been thunderstruck variable-pitch propeller blades. The B-17 was by the awesome power and resilience of armed with ten .50 caliber machine guns that Boeing’s B-17 “Flying Fortress” – and could rip through any aircraft send against them. terrorized by the devastation that rained down That means that a group of 48 planes flying in from the “aluminum overcast” on his beloved tight formation had 480 powerful guns that sent

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Fun Activities For The Whole Family!

Cinco de Mayo by Susan Wiggins

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of 4,000 Mexican soldiers against 8,000 French forces on May 5, 1862, in Pueblo, Mexico. It is a day to celebrate Mexican heritage with food, dancing, and music – Tehachapi included. Don Perico’s will offer a DJ from 8:30 p.m. to closing for musical

enjoyment and will offer the usual delicious Mexican food that its menu features, along with its full bar choices. For more information or reservations call 661.822.5366. The Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District will host a Cinco de Mayo celebration at West Park Activity Center on May 7 beginning at 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served for visitors to enjoy while they listen to music and watch the folklorico dancers perform. The very first Cinco de Mayo queen and her princesses will be crowned. Those who wish to participate should dress in traditional costumes from their own region. Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed. For more information on the recreation district celebration, please call Sandy at 661.822.3228, ext. 13.

Want A Free Computer? Interested in Linux? Looking to get into computers in the first place? We’re giving away a free PC! It’s a complete starter PC (lowpower tower, monitor, keyboard & mouse), running the newest version of Fedora Linux, with plenty of software pre-installed for you. All you have to do is solve the riddle in this article and mail your full name, address & phone number, along with the answer, to the mailing address or e-mail address after the riddle. The winner will be announced on the A-OK website & Facebook page on June 1st, as well as the first Loop issue after. If you were to write out numbers as words, how long would you have to go until you used the letter “A”? Please send your information to or to A-OK Computers 204 S. Green St, Tehachapi, CA 93561

CLUES ACROSS 1. Wound seriously 5. Record 9. Earnestly entreat 12. Dwarf buffalo 13. Manilla sea catfish genus 15. Picasso's mistress 16. Chinese dynasty 17. Wet spongy ground 18. Wax glazed finish fabric 19. Diego or Francisco 20. In an implied way 22. Outward flow of the tide 25. Writer of poems 26. Stalks of a moss capsule 28. Electromotive force 29. "Phyllis" production Co. (abbr.) 32. Adult male human 33. Finnish island studded lake 35. Coach Parseghian 36. Helps little firms 37. 3rd largest Balearic Island 39. Disk to convert circular into linear motion 40. Old world, new 41. Acid from oil 43. Health Maintenance Organization 44. Cathode-ray tube 45. Brew 46. Nostrils 48. A female domestic 49. S. W. Shoshonean 50. Social deportment 54. A rubberized raincoat 57. Olive genus 58. About ohms 62. Wild goat with backward curved horns 64. Sharp point projecting backwards 65. Approaches 66. Indian frock 67. Search engine friendly

68. Description of design criteria 69. Pickerel genus CLUES DOWN 1. Another word for mother 2. Cuckoos 3. New Rochelle, NY college 4. Attracts iron 5. River obstruction 6. Militant N. Ireland organization 7. Title of respect 8. Make to specifications 9. Food on a fish hook 10. Br. peer above a viscount 11. Western author Zane ___ 14. Allied H.Q. 15. Defunct phone company 21. Connecticut 23. NY Times political writer Matt 24. Bolivian river 25. Endangered 26. Heavy cavalry sword 27. Make into law 29. Papier-__, art material 30. Streetcars 31. Extinct black honeycreepers 32. Millisecond 34. Gets rid of 38. Indigenous race in Hokkaido 42. Feline mammal 45. Moses' older brother 47. Relinquish a claim to 48. Of I 50. Disorderly crowds 51. Wings 52. Ball for safe indoor play 53. Snatch 55. Arabian outer garments 56. Scomberomorus regalis 59. A diagram of the Earth's surface 60. Anger 61. Reciprocal of a sine 63. Nineteen

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My Night Line Dancing By Heather Pardus whole goal is to just have fun! They are all a true joy to be around. The Rhythm Gyrls they stared us off with beginners dance lessons, and made sure everyone was comfortable with each step and part of a dance before moving on. I felt so comfortable by the time they turned the music up; I had nothing but fun! That wasn’t the end of my night either! After we learned more than 5 country line dancing routines we were able to go free-style with open dance from 9-11pm. Needless to say, I had an amazing time, burned some calories and made some new dance friends. Rhythm Gyrls have a selection of, alternative, acoustic, blues, rhythm & blues, country (old & new) disco, funk, Christian, ACDC, Zapp, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90’s, hip hop, jazz, Latino, Motown, reggae, rock (old & new), techno, teen, wedding and big band, etc. Gloria herself is a singer/ dancer with 30years plus, has opened for Three Dog Night, Bad Finger, Steely Dan, Urian Heep, David Cassidy’s, Australian World Tour, Andy Williams, and 1984 Semi Finalist Starsearch. I encourage you all to come and have fun every Wednesday I went to City Slickers on a Wednesday night with my mother night at City Slickers, located 1001 and was able to learn how to line dance. It certainly is a nice Tehachapi Blvd, where you can group, we had so much fun. have good quality family fun! Being a young mom in any place is hard, but finding places where you can take your kids is even harder. Well search no further for I have found the Rhythm Gyrls! They have been around since 2007 and already have a following of friends, family and more. Cher and Gloria bring a unique look to the DJ and Karaoke Industry. They are fun, funny, dance, sing, play percussion and enjoy a good crowd, as I well know. I went to City Slickers on a Wednesday night with my mother and was able to meet Gloria and Mike Puffer, who is a country dancer. Mike has been country dancing for over 20 years, teaching it for over 3 years, and his

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TMQ prepares for Quilt Show May is such a fun month here in the mountains you never know what the weather will be. But it is always a great day to quilt. Tehachapi Mountain Quilters are all very busy getting their quilts finished for our big show in August. Entries are due in June for the quilt show. Many of the committees are busy planning and preparing. It will be an awesome show. This month we will be excited to see what treasures will be at the meeting as members bring those sewing items they no longer need, for others to buy. What fun! What is trash to one will be a treasure to someone else. Block of the month started its new year. We will be treated to some little tidbits of information about the Civil War and Americana as we learn how to make the different blocks each month. I’m so excited to see the finished

block of the month quilts from this year’s tour of the states. Home of the Brave and Comfort Quilts need our help to be able to give to others so let’s give them a hand. You can put together Home of the Brave quilts at home, they have great instructions and if you like to work on projects with others Comfort Quilt meetings are great ways to learn with friends. Our new board had a refreshing and different approach to our meetings! We have new people with new ideas and new ways to accomplish our goals. We thank the broad for their dedication, time and efforts as they help the guild go forward. We would love to have you join us this coming year! TMQ meets the first Monday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Bear Valley Spring Community Church on 26180 Plateau Way. If you have any question about what we do here at TMQ please call Kathy Burgess at 822-9923

New board members bring new ideas and new ways to TMQ

Calling all singers!

National Day of Prayer - Thursday, May 5, 2011 Breakfast by Kawanii’s of Tehachapi • TIME: 7:00 a.m. WHERE: St. Malachy’s Church • 407 West E St. COST: $8.00 at the door or Salvation Army office. SPEAKER: Don Clark, former Bakersfield TV Anchorman NOON PRAYER RALLY • TIME: 12:00-1:00p.m. WHERE: Front of Tehachapi City Hall There will be prayers by local pastors Songs of Praise SPEAKER: Chaplain, Joe Valenzuela Pastor, Hart Flat Comm. Church Former Chaplain, CC EVENING SERVICE • TIME: 7:00p.m.- 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Country Oaks Baptist Church • 20915 Schout Rd off Hwy 202 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Monty Setzler from Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church in Riverside, CA. Refreshments after service

The Summit Singers are busy practicing every Tuesday evening for the last concert of the season, scheduled for June 11. There’s still plenty of time for new members to learn the music, so act now to become a part of this fun singing group! The only qualification you need to worry about is being able to carry a tune. As always, the Summit Singers will be singing a mixed program of music, designed to entertain everyone in the audience. There will be classical music, show tunes, folk songs, and more, so plan to be a part of the fun, either as a singer or as a supporting friend in the audience. Practice is at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Tehachapi United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Backes and Schout. Just come to practice and let us know you want to sing with us, or call Corinne at 822-3836 with any questions.

Tehachapi Memorial Day Parade Its getting to be that time of year for the Memorial Day parade and I want to get the message out that we will be having the parade and looking for people to participate as marchers in the parade. Will you print this in your publication? The American Legion and the VFW are co-hosting this years Memorial Day Parade, which will take place in downtown Tehachapi, starting at 10:00 AM, Monday,

May 30th. The committee chairman Jim Carmichael of the American Legion is looking for all types of groups such as the Boys and Girl Scouts, Explores, Sea Cadets, Civil Air Patrol and former military members. The committee is also looking for military vehicles and marching units for the parade. The official band for the parade is the Tehachapi Police Pipes and Drums, led by Pipe Major Travis Combs For more information about the parade or you want a parade application, call Jim Carmichael at; 821-0493

Poppy Week American Legion Auxiliary poppy week in Tehachapi will be held May 9th through May 14th. Look for the Auxiliary volunteers in front of Albertsons and KMart. Please accept a poppy and wear it to show support for all of those who have lost their lives defending our freedoms and for those veterans who have served. The nine piece poppy is made by veterans for veterans in Auxiliary sponsored Poppy Shops that supplement physical and psychological therapy needed by hospitalized and disabled veterans. The veterans receive a small amount for each poppy constructed and for some this is their only income for personal items. All donations made by the community for the poppy program is used only for veterans.

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Theatre. 110 S. Green St. 7 p.m. 822-4037.

Saturday, April 30

Live Music. Will James. The Apple Shed. 233 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333.

Spring Jewelry Sale. Erra House, 311 S. Green St. 12-5 p.m. Live TV Fight. Don Perico’s. 840 Tucker Rd. 6 p.m. $7. 822-5366. Live Music. Craig Shaw. The Apple Shed. 233 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333. Live Music. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9 p.m. 822-7419. Live Music. Tom Holden 6 to 9p.m. Wine & Cheese Cellar. 695 Tucker Rd. 822-6300. Roundup & Flea Market. Stallion Springs POA. Corral Community Center, 38500 Stallion Springs Dr. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 822-6588. Wednesday, May 4 Open Mic. Fiddlers Crossing. 206 E. F St. 6:30 p.m. 823-9994.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration. Food, Dance & bright costumes of Mexico. TVRPD. West Park Activity Center, 410 W. D St. 5 p.m. 8223228.

Live Music. Blue Rose. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9p.m. 822-7419. Sunday, May 8 LiveTheatre. King Midas. TCT. BeeKay Theatre. 110 S. Green St. 2 p.m. 822-4037. Wednesday, May 11 Open Mic. Fiddlers Crossing. 206 E. F St. 6:30 p.m. 823-9994. Chamber Mixer. Tehachapi Chamber. Home Consignment Gallerie, 655 Tucker Rd. 5 to 7 p.m. 822-4180. Friday, May 13 LiveTheatre. King Midas. TCT. BeeKay Theatre. 110 S. Green St. 7 p.m. 822-4037.

Thursday, May 5

Live Music. Geezers. The Apple Shed. 233 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333.

DJ Music. Cinco de Mayo Celebration. Don Pericos. 840 Tucker Rd. 8:30 p.m. 822-5366.

Live Music. Alicia Hansen. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9p.m. 822-7419.

Friday, May 6.

Saturday, May 14

LiveTheatre. King Midas. TCT. BeeKay Theatre. 110 S. Green St. 7 p.m. 822-4037.

LiveTheatre. King Midas. TCT. BeeKay Theatre. 110 S. Green St. 7 p.m. 822-4037.

Live Music. Craig Shaw. The Apple Shed. 233 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333.

Live Music. Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin. Fiddlers Crossing. 206 E. F St. 7 p.m. 823-9994.

Live Music. Homeward Bound. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9p.m. 822-7419. Art Around Town/First Friday Artists Reception & Live Music. Crossroads Gallery, Gallery N Gifts, Back Street Gallery, Oak Tree Art & Antiques, and Fiddlers Crossing will be open “after the artwalk” for coffee, visiting and generally putting a great cap on the evening. 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7 LiveTheatre. King Midas. TCT. BeeKay

Live Music. Art Larson. The Apple Shed. 233 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333. Live Music. Geezers. La Bella Amore. 209 S. Green St. 6 to 9p.m. 822-7419. Wine & Cheese Festival. National Chavez Center. 29700 Woodford-Tehachapi Rd., Keene. 5 p.m. 661-823-6271. Sunday, May 15 LiveTheatre. King Midas. TCT. BeeKay Theatre. 110 S. Green St. 2 p.m. 822-4037.

Second National Take Back Day Saturday, April 30th The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held on Saturday, April 30th, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. More than 4,700 sites nationwide have joined the effort that seeks to prevent pill abuse and theft. This is at least 600 hundred more sites than were established for the first event last fall. The Tehachapi Police Department, in partnership with the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, will once again be the drop-off site for the greater Tehachapi area. Last September, Americans turned in over 242,000 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by more than 3,000 of the DEA’s state and local law enforcement partners. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines remaining in home

cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high—more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards. Any old, outdated, or unneeded prescription drugs may be brought to the Tehachapi Police Station, 129 E “F” Street, on Saturday, April 30th, between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. TPD and Sheriff personnel will accept the medications for destruction with no questions asked

Programs offered at the Tehachapi Library The Tehachapi Branch of the Kern County Library offers programs for all ages. For our very young patrons we offer Preschool Storytime on Thursdays at 11:30am. The program lasts about a half hour. For older patrons, from elementary to adult, we have our weekly Sign Language Class. This program runs on Thursday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:30. There is no sign up for this class and you join at anytime. For high school to adults we have the Fiction Writers’ Critique Group. Local authors and aspiring writers may join this group on the fourth Saturday of each month from 10:30 to 12:30. The library has planned a great summer reading program. It is called One World Many Stories. Programs will include folk tales, puppetry, reptiles and other wild animals and professional storytellers. The Tehachapi Branch of the Kern County Library is located in the Tehachapi Crossing Shopping Center at Tehachapi Blvd and Tucker Road. Call 822-4938 for more information about these programs and any other services offered by the Kern County Library.

PCT Hike Planned in Tehachapi The Kern-Kaweah chapter of the Sierra Club will lead a hike along the Pacific Crest Trail at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 7. The Sierra Club’s local chapter sponsors the hike to spotlight a little-known section of the trail as well as the 3,500 wind turbines in the Tehachapi Pass. The event marks the 26th year of the annual spring hike. The six-mile hike leaves the trailhead at the junction of Cameron Road and TehachapiWillow Springs Road promptly at 9 a.m. Spring weather at 5,000 feet in the Tehachapi Mountains is unpredictable. The temperature can vary from near freezing to sweltering. Hikers are advised to dress appropriately, bring at least one quart of water per person (two quarts recommended), and pack a lunch. The hike will be led by local Sierra Club member Tony Swan, 363-5106.

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Spring Tours Begin at Native American Village Site California State Parks has began the spring tour season at Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park in Tehachapi. Although no structures remain on this Kawaiisu Native American village site, the area’s rich history comes alive through the trained volunteer tour guides and the clues that the inhabitants left behind. Tomo-Kahni means “winter home” in Kawaiisu, and rock rings mark the locations of many of the kahni’s, or homes, that were built of juniper boughs. Hundreds of mortar holes in the park tell of a very active past. The tour also includes Medicine Cave, Nettle Spring and a cave with pictographs - a sacred place of the Kawaiisu. Due to the extremely sensitive nature of the site, the only way to explore the park is through guided tours, which involve a moderately strenuous 3-hour hike. This season’s tours will begin Saturday April 16th and continue, weather permitting, through Saturday June 18th. Activities begin with an orientation at the Tomo-Kahni Resource Center in Tehachapi at 9 a.m. and last approximately 4 hours, which includes travel time to and from the park (transportation is not provided). Weather at the high-elevation park is variable, so layered clothing is recommended. Adequate drinking water, sun protection, and sturdy walking shoes are also necessary. Tour fee is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-16 (age 5 and under are free, but not recommended on tours). Tours are limited to 12 people and fill up fast so reservations are highly recommended, for an additional fee of $10 per party. To make a reservation or for more information, call 661946-6092. Where: Tomo-Kahni Resource Center, 112 East F Street # B, Tehachapi (between Green St. and Robinson St.) When: Saturdays April 16th June 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: Adults: $5, Children 6-16 $3,

TVRPD Eggstravanza Provides Family Fun On April 23 the day was greeted with warm weather, and with the prizes, the chick racing, and the egg hunt, over 400 participants joined the fun. Over 2,000 plastic eggs filled with candy were hidden in the ballfields and in short order were located by anxious kids and their families. Some found special treats inside their eggs that contained golden coins that allowed the finder to gather some of the many prizes. This event has been sponsored by the

The chick racing grand champion was “Roadrunner” pictured here with it’s trainer, owner Hector Diaz. They won $100 for their efforts. Photo by Sam White.

Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Parks district for the last several years. It gives the kids and their familes an opportunity to have some fun and enjoy neighbors and friends in a fun filled day. Opportunites abounded with the craft making, coloring and decorating eggs, the cotton candy, baked good provided by the Senior Center, candy provided by Grandma’s House, and other booths providing activities for families.

Sandy Chavez, Recreation Specialist for the TVRPD xtravaganza event poses here with the star of the show, the Easter Bunny. Photo by Sam White.

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Short Flights –

Air Races at Mojave Short Flights – I love to hear the including: military, experimental air racers, and different sounds of airplanes flying over our ex-airliners. He is a pilot’s pilot with 50,000 house, everything from Ultra Lights, singleflying hours logged, accomplished United engine, twins, big prop planes and Airlines captain, air-race pilot, Air jets! They just make my spirit rise up National Guard fighter pilot, aerial to greet them. Just for a moment I am cinematographer and FBO (fixed flying with whoever happens to be base operator) entrepreneur. He will passing by. tell you that he was intrigued with I have always been blessed to aircraft when he was five-years-old live close to an airport. Of course, and knew he wanted to be a pilot at now I feel we live next to the best age seven. airport in the world! I loved watching the late Frank I am so glad my husband, Al, Sanders and his beautiful Hawker enjoys looking at old photographs of Sea Fury with the smoke generators, airplanes as much as I do. We have so designed by Sanders, on the Cathy Hansen many pictures of airplanes printed on wingtips. He thrilled the crowds paper and many more on the computer that we during his aerobatic show with giant smoke have either scanned or downloaded from the rings. The smoke system gave a graphic and digital camera. spectacular illustration of wing tip vortices, It’s always a pleasure for us to see photos which interested NASA. Sanders flew many of Mojave Airport and the unlimited air racers hours for studies conducted by NASA and from the 1960’s and 1970’s. It brings fond valuable knowledge was gathered about these memories of all the pilots who would leap into dangerous air currents. their World War II fighters and roar off to race The late Dr. Sherm Cooper flew a Sea each other. Fury as well called “Miss Merced.” It had a I remember names like R. A. “Bob” bright yellow paint job with flames on the Hoover, legendary pilot, who flew his Shrike cowling. He was the winner of the first Commander, N500RA at air races and air shows California 1000 held at Mojave Airport in 1970. for decades. It was his voice you heard at the Other familiar air racers were: Jimmy Leeward, beginning of every race, saying “Gentlemen, (P-51); Gary Levitz, (P-38); Lyle Shelton, (F8F you have a race!” He flew a P-51 Mustang to Bearcat); Mac McClain, (Red Baron P-51); set the pace for the Unlimited races. John Lear (A-26 with Wally McDonald) and At 22, Hoover was a decorated World War LeRoy Penhall (P-51). II fighter pilot. He was famous both for his Darryl Greenamyer was a focused aerobatic abilities –including looping under a competitor. an article by Mike Lucchesi called, bridge in Tunisia– and for surviving seventeen “Conquering the Conquest 1 Bearcat: An equipment-failure crash landings as a test pilot. Interview with Gunther Balz,” I saw this quote The Germans knocked his Mark V Spitfire out that I feel sums up Darryl’s early air racing of the sky and he made three attempts to career. “For any Unlimited race pilot in the escape the infamous Stalag I prison camp. After early years of Reno, the goal was ultimately sixteen brutal months, he finally escaped by universal: plain and simple, figure out some stealing a German FW-190 and flying it to way to unseat Darryl Greenamyer and his all Holland! What a movie that would make! conquering Conquest 1 Bearcat. Although he Clay Lacy flew his purple North American failed to win the inaugural 1964 Reno event on P-51, N64CL, nicknamed “Snoopy” and the a technicality, and the 1970 race due to giant Douglas DC-7 “Super Snoopy” in air equipment failure, every other Unlimited races at Mojave, San Diego, Wm. J. Fox Field Championship race between the years of 1965and Reno. One time I was out at one of the 1971 ended with Greenamyer and his crew pylons at Mojave and Clay came around with sipping the victory champagne. This amazing the DC-7 so low that everyone hit the deck, feat of racking up six of the first eight Reno except me. You could see the big smile on his Unlimited Championships certainly wasn’t due face! The sound was wonderful! to a lack of competition; Conquest 1 just Clay devoted his life to airplanes and the seemed to be slightly more refined and better aviation industry, and over the years has set prepared than any other racer.” numerous records in all kinds of aircraft, The first time I helped with an air race was

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at Mojave Airport in 1969. Darryl Greenamyer was good enough to attend to a fundraiser I had chaired for the Governor Reagan Campaign, at the home of Ted and Dixie Eliopulos, in Lancaster. He brought a tall friendly guy with him who happened to be the manager at Mojave Airport; it was Dan Sabovich. Guess I fell in love with Mojave Bob Hoover in his North American Rockwell Shrike Airport in 1969 Commander during that air race. The sights and were leaving the airport all at once. I had never sounds were unforgettable. The next year when seen anything like it! Honestly, there were my youngest son, Douglas, was only 2-yearsairplanes on every runway at the same time, old, a B-47 did a very low pass down the with no mishaps. A complete miracle! runway! It was awesome! There were Guess you just had to be there to really thousands of people here and cars parked know what I am talking about, but it was everywhere. Talk about a problem with crowd always thrilling and we will certainly always control! People drove in and flew in to see the remember the air races as the good old days at air races. Mojave Airport! Air Traffic Controllers from Van Nuys See you on our next flight! came up to help with the flow of airplanes that

Bob - the “Wine Guy”

Wine Tasting Tips 101 As the title suggests we shall be discussing much fun!” how to make the most out of your wine tasting To summarize then, enjoy your tasting in experience. And who better than Bob the Wine any order you want, and if you are encouraged Guy to lead you? Oh yeah, welcome back my to do otherwise reconsider returning there. beloved readers and together we will learn how Beware the Cork Dork… remember he’s to savor the flavors. the know it all. Go where So much is made of they really want you and the ritual of wine tasting, are willing to listen to your a ritual that simply requests, hey… after all, should not be, so lets see you are the customer and what we can discover the customer is always together to set the record right. A good example of straight. that kind of place is right First when really here in Cummings Valley, at nice folks, like say you, the Souza Winery, come see by Bob Souza, “The Wine Guy” go wine tasting you’re us and we’ll show you. not going shopping for a A quick reminder... computer, you are looking for a fun experience Mother’s Day Brunch tickets here at the and you want to be entertained. winery are still available so call for information The number one thing is communication. and reservations. OK… You should expect to be able to talk to either The wine word of the day is Bright. A the owner or an employee who knows wine whose characteristics are perceived as something about the wine but as important, vivid by the senses. A wine can be visually especially here in Tehachapi, something about bright, or it can have bright aromas and flavors; the tourist activities, good dining places and in both cases, it’s the opposite of dull. other tasting rooms. Really they’re not Thanks again for all the cards and letters competitors; they will cooperate with each please keep them coming… but before I go, other and add to your visit. It really does work yes… yet another family treasure. When I was that way, so when you are wine tasting don’t first learning to drive I asked my Uncle Louie feel that you must adhere to convention, you for some tips on driving and I will never forget know …white wine first followed by red , them and how it has helped guide me over the followed by dessert wines… yada, yada. The years. He said, “Kid if you ever get pulled over truth is… yes, that order is suppose to be the never, never say...I can’t reach my license best so as to not affect the palate but hey, you unless you hold my beer officer.” Or, sorry sir, can and should taste in any order you want and I didn’t realize my radar detector wasn’t we have folks just like that in the tasting room plugged in.” And my personal favorite, “I at Souza Family Vineyard who do just that and thought you had to be in relatively good shape they love it. to be a police officer.” Bada Bing…corny The tasting room visit should be a pleasant stuff... til next time I love you more than my one and one that should propel you to folks! recommend to your friends. Think about when you hear from your friends about their visit to Send those emails… some winery, you will rarely hear about the wines they had but rather the people they met Abbondanza Fortuna and how they were treated, like.. “We had so

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Mediterranean-style Pot Roast Ingredients: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • For • • • • •

1 cup dry red wine ¾ cup balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon sugar ¼ cup olive oil, or more if needed One 4- to 5-pound boneless beef shoulder pot roast ¼ cup kosher salt ¼ cup freshly cracked black pepper 2 large red onions, peeled and diced small ¼ cup minced garlic 6 plum tomatoes, cored and diced small 1 cup dark raisins 2 lemons, peeled, cut into segments, seeded (see headnote) 1 to 2 cups beef stock Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste the relish: 1 cup roughly chopped pitted black olives ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted in a 350°F oven until lightly browned, about 10 minutes 1 cup roughly chopped fresh basil or parsley ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

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Always Good and Dependable Pot Roast by Tomi Nuckolls and Leslie Reynolds I love Pot Roast! Mostly because it is so and then cooked in a covered pot along with easy to cook and can be done in a variety of enough liquid to cover it partway. So you can add ways. I also love it because ingredients to create any flavor once it’s prepared and put in the footprint that you want. In this oven; I can go about my day Mediterranean-style pot roast, we use without having to check on it several acidic ingredients that contrast again for at least 4 to 6 hours! with and set up the rich flavor of the While it slowly cooks in my long-cooked beef. Lemons, balsamic oven on low, turning into the vinegar, and red wine all contribute, nectar of the Gods, it also fills while sweet raisins join in on the side my house with its delicious of the beef for a complementary flavor aroma! dynamic. To top it off, there’s a fresh good! but earthy relish for your guests to Tony & Tomi Check out this variation on add as they want. To segment the Butcher & Wife lemons, peel them with a sharp knife, the always good and dependable Pot Roast. removing the white pith entirely. Cut “Pot roast” does not always have to between the membranes and remove each section mean beef cooked with root vegetables. The term whole, taking care to remove the seeds. Serve this simply refers to a cut of beef that is browned, with crusty bread and a simple green salad.







A new park is being proposed by the Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Parks District in conjunction with the City of Tehachapi. The proposed park will be located on a 9.4 acre parcel located east of Tucker on the south side of Cherry Lane between Hickory Ave. and Brentwood Dr., south of Laurel Dr. (see map) The Park District and the City are asking residents to be an integral part of the planning of the new neighborhood park. There will be community meetings on Friday, May 6 at the West Park Activity Center, 410 West “D” St. at 5 p.m. On Saturday, May 14, at the proposed park site on Cherry Lane (refreshments will be provided), 12 p.m., and on Friday, May 20, at the Christian Life Assembly, 920 Valley Blvd.

Pro po l o c a sed pa rk tion

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Pot Roast Options When it comes to beef pot roast, there are many cuts that will do the trick. Among the best are the cuts from the chuck (the shoulder of the cow). One excellent option is the blade roast (also sometimes known as the top blade chuck roast or the 7-blade pot roast, so called because the blade bone somewhat resembled the number 7), which is among the most tender and flavorful of all chuck pot roast cuts. Another good choice is the boneless chuck shoulder roast, which is a relatively tender and very flavorful cut taken form the back of the cow’s foreleg. But basically any cut from the chuck will make a good pot roast, so the best idea is probably to simply pick the one that is the size you are looking for. Some of the more common names used for chuck roast cuts are: arm pot roast or boneless arm shoulder roast, chuck eye or chuck eye roll, flatiron roast, cross-rib roast or shoulder clod, or just plain boneless chuck roast. Brisket is also an excellent choice for pot roast-since it has more fat than the other pot roast cuts, it can be cooked longer without overcooking. Another very good pot roast option is the rump roast, which comes from the round (the rear hip and leg of the cow). Other than this particular cut, though, cuts from the round tend to lack enough fat to hold up to the long, slow cooking without drying out.

New Park Proposed

Tucker Rd.

1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. 2. In a medium bowl, combine the wine, vinegar, and sugar. Mix well to dissolve the sugar and set aside. 3. In a 5-inch-deep Dutch oven or other large ovenproof pot with a lid, heat the oil over medium-high heat until very hot but not smoking. Dry the meat with paper towels, then rub it all over with the salt and pepper, pressing gently to make sure they adhere. Place the roast in the pot and brown it well on all sides, about 10 minutes total. When the meat is browned, transfer it to a platter and set it aside. 4. Pour off the fat or add oil to the pot as needed so you have a total of about 2 tablespoons in the pot. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 7 to 9 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. 5. Return the meat to the pot and add the tomatoes, raisins, lemons, and winevinegar mixture. Add enough stock so that the liquid comes about one quarter of the way up the sides of the meat (the tomatoes will quickly give off more liquid). Bring to a simmer, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Skim any scum off the surface. Cover, place in the oven, and cook until the meat is tender, 2 to 2½ hours. Begin checking for doneness after 2 hours. To check for doneness, plunge a fork straight down into the meat and try to pull the fork out. If the fork slides out easily, the meat is done; if the meat hangs on to the fork, give it more time. 6. While the meat is cooking, make the relish: In a medium bowl, combine the olives, pine nuts, basil, olive oil, and salt and pepper and mix well. 7. When the meat is done, remove it from the pot, cover it loosely with foil, and set aside. Skim the fat from the braising liquid and taste the liquid. If it needs more flavor, place the pot on the stove over medium-high heat and simmer to reduce the liquid. For a thicker sauce, reduce it until it coats the back of a spoon. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 8. Cut the pot roast against the grain into thick slices, spoon some of the sauce over the top, and pass the remaining sauce and the relish separately for guests to sprinkle over the beef. Yield: Serves 8

Don’t forget!...The best cuts of beef to prepare this recipe for roast perfection can be found at… “The Butcher Shop” Hwy 202 and Woodford Tehachapi Rd. next to “The Legends Sports Club”.Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come in and try our 100% natural Harris Ranch Beef .

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at 5 p.m. The amenities that TVRPD would like to see on the property include a walking path, a community center and a gymnasiu, but they need input from the community. There is a questioneer available at the district office with questions: 1 – What type of equipment would you like to see included in the park? 2 – What activity would you say that you do most often in a park? 3 – What activities would you like to do at the new park that have not been available? 4 – Please list three park activities that are the most important to you in a park. The planned park is not yet cast in cement. It will require purchasing the property from the Tehachapi Unified School District and the approval of a grant from the State. The community within 1/2 mile radius of site of proposed park on Cherry Lane in Tehachapi: Total Population: 1,565 Median Household Income: $32,307 Number of people below poverty line: 457 Park acreage: 9.4

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Meet Your New Neighbors Ed and Dawna Monroe have come to us reading and the outdoors. They will find all from Santa Clarita. Although Ed is still kinds of outdoor places to explore here. working in that area as a fireman, they decided Welcome to the Monroes, another great family. to make the move to Tehachapi for a Monica Colella and her slower pace of life. Yes, we do have three children, ages 16, 14, and 12 a slower pace of life here than in the are new to us from Kern Valley. big city, but you can surely keep Monica recently suffered the loss busy here if you choose to. There is of her husband, and the children, something going on here every day their father, to that dreaded and night if you want to get cancer. Life has been difficult for involved! This is a “happenin all of them, but they are fortunate place”. to have their church family that Ed and Dawna have three has stood by to support them and children, but I only got to meet give them strength to move ahead. Timothy, their two year-old, as his E v i e C a m p b e l l - B e s t Although Monica has a two older sisters Amanda and Welcome Hostess Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Allison were at school. What a Arts, teaching jobs in schools charmer that Timothy is, full of smiles and are not as plentiful as they once were, so cute little antics, as in “cute as a bug-in-a-rug”. Monica has moved to another avenue. Dad, Ed and mom, Dawna were also charming Monica is very fortunate in that a special and fun to get to know. Ed’s family moved friend of hers recently opened a new art around a lot while he was growing up with his studio here in Tehachapi. Monica has found dad being in the service, so Ed attended 13 a niche that she really enjoys. She is different schools. Hopefully things will work teaching Ceramics and Pottery classes. She out so the Monroes can stay here on a of course teaches using a pottery wheel and permanent basis and they can become well “turns” out some beautiful pieces, and established here. . would love to teach you to do the same. Ed earned a degree in math, but he ended Monica is also talented in the music up getting a job as a fireman, which seems to department and sings tenor with the Sweet have worked out well for him. Firemen work Adelines in Kern Valley. Her two oldest 24-hour shifts with something like 3 and 4 boys also sing. They both sing bass at the days off in a row which works out well with ripe old age of 16 and 14! One of the boys is him working out of town. Dawna was also interested in the theater. Maybe we can previously involved in MOPS (Mothers of get him into our youth theater group here. Preschoolers), and AWANA, a special bible I’m working on some connections. The boys training class for 3 year olds – middle school. have also been Boy Scouts. AWANA not only focuses on bible learning, Monica shared with me that they were but also on building self esteem, team work, recently involved in the Rubber Ducky Race in good sportsmanship and training the kids to be Kern Valley; the what…. I said? She explained good all-around human beings. The originators that this is a big race in Kern Valley where of this program really put something good each participant has a numbered ducky that together for children. It is something all kids they throw off of the Kernville Bridge. The seem to really get a lot out of and thoroughly ducks are caught in nets a ways down the river enjoy. I hope Dawna can find these groups and the first duck caught is the winner. Sounds here to help out with as they are both great like fun to me. It looks like this family has programs. found a lot of great and fun ways to be active. The family enjoys computer games, We welcome all of you and wish you the best!

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

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Lost in the Stars

Wabi-Sabi In art there is often an attempt to make And then we have our performing artists. permanent an instant of beauty. I’ve taken We have numerous musicians here in town. And pictures of wildflowers and sunsets. Painters they perform at many different venues with a and sculptors do the same. But not variety of styles. And a live all beauty can be made permanent. performance is not the same as Photos of sunsets seldom really hearing a CD. Part of the reason a capture the beauty of the sunset, live performance is special is due to because part of the beauty of the the fact that it is not permanent. sunset is that it is transient. It Even if it’s recorded, the next time changes. they perform it will be different. A wildflower’s beauty is also a The same is true of live theatre. thing that doesn’t last. We have The performance of the actors, the some flowers going here but a lot of instant of time the show is put on, the desert bloom is already over. the fact that the same show will And the flowers higher in the by Mark never happen again, is part of what mountains are still to come. Change “Doc” Fisher makes live theatre enjoyable. We can is inevitable. Even in permanence. revel in the transience. A friend and I went to a museum several The Japanese use the term wabi-sabi to years ago and looked at a still life of refer to this aspect or type of beauty. Beauty strawberries from a couple hundred years ago. that exists due to impermanence or transience. The strawberries looked wrong. But the artist (It also refers to beauty found in had undoubtedly rendered an accurate image of incompleteness or imperfection.) what he saw. The fact was strawberries had So go out and enjoy Spring. Where beauty changed. They were not the large fruits we are is generated by change itself. Go out and take in familiar with today. But much smaller berries. a live show. Music, open mic, or theatre. We Permanence is an illusion. Part of the have plenty of all of these going on here in beauty of an antique is not its age or the style, town, many listed here in The Loop. Take part but the care that was taken to insure it survived in the culinary arts, either by eating a good to come down to us now. Even in something meal, or cooking one. “permanent” it is the changes that have created Things change. And the very fact that they the beauty. Without erosion and other geological do, can help you appreciate the world, in a changes, the Sierras wouldn’t be too much to whole new way. look at. And we also have artists that specialize in If you’d like to send me an email, send transient mediums. Chefs that turn out beautiful them to Or you meals or cakes, that cannot be fully appreciated can visit my blog at http:// unless they are “destroyed”. .

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JENNIFER’S TERRACE Garden Venue Rental by Angela DeAwn, Marketing Coordinator for Jennifer’s Terrace

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“Heart of Gold” by Julie Mallett

Jennifer’s Terrace is a tranquil English garden perfect for any occasion. A “Hawaiian Luau” or a “Texas Barbeque” or a “Wine & Cheese Reception” or a leisurely casual “Get Together” to talk, share stories, cook on the grill and just enjoy each other’s company. What better way than a BBQ to spend time with your family, friends and create “good memories”. A BBQ invitation is hard to resist. Barbeques are so much fun to do. There is something magical about a shared delicious home cooked family BBQ meal or to have the option and the opportunity to celebrate a life event and a good time in a comfortable relaxed private outdoor atmosphere with live or dj music, wine, cheese, crackers and catered food.

It’s a joy to host a garden party, entertain, enjoy your guests and be able to leave and go to your next planned family event without the hassle of the after party clean up! Whatever reason you want to host a party we are here to serve you and make your vision for your party come to life with our beautiful English garden. This versatile space can be transformed to meet your vision. It’s great for small intimate parties. The 2,700 square foot facility can accommodate up to 180 guests. 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. 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

Dorothy Ann Cover (Dottie) is a 92 year In her younger years, Dottie loved to old resident at Mulberry Place. Born in Joliet, paint. She was very talented. I had the honor of Illinois, Dottie relocated to California at the seeing a beautiful beach scene canvas, which she young age of 3. Dottie grew up painted many years ago. That with 2 brothers. wasn’t the limit of her talent. She Dottie married her first also enjoyed pottery, and was an husband, Joe, at the age of 15. excellent seamstress. Then married her second Dottie takes her religion to husband, Bud, at 22, with whom heart. She is a 7th Day Adventist. she has 2 sons, 4 grandchildren, She was always known for and 1 great grandchild with. spreading the word of God, which Dottie was married to Bud for was so very dear to her. To this day, over 40 years. After she lost she still observes the beliefs of her him, she met Jack, and married religion. Dorothy Ann Cover him at 68. Dottie loves living at (Dottie) is a 92 year old Dottie was in her early 20’s Mulberry. Anytime she is away, she resident at when she built her first home in asks to go back home to Mulberry Mulberry Place. Garden Grove, CA. Dottie and Place. The other residents at Bud ran a cabinet shop for over 40 years in Mulberry wait for Dottie to lead grace at Seal Beach. They also built their own boat, mealtimes. Dottie now enjoys her quiet time, which they named “Dottie B.” This is where after a busy and active life. She looks forward she got the name “Dottie.” to visits from her grandchildren, and family.

TMQ prepares for Quilt Show May is such a fun month here in the block of the month quilts from this year’s tour mountains, you never know what the weather of the states. Home of the Brave and Comfort will be. But it is always a great day to quilt. Quilts need our help to be able to give to others Tehachapi Mountain Quilters are all very busy so let’s give them a hand. You can put together getting their quilts finished for our big show in Home of the Brave quilts at home, they have August. Entries are due in June for the quilt great instructions and if you like to work on show. Many of the committees are busy projects with others Comfort Quilt meetings planning and preparing. It will be an awesome are great ways to learn with friends. show. Our new This board had a month we will refreshing and be excited to see different what treasures approach to our will be at the meetings! We meeting as have new people members bring with new ideas those sewing and new ways to items they no accomplish our longer need, for goals. We thank others to buy. the broad for What fun! What their dedication, New board members bring new ideas and new ways to TMQ time and efforts is trash to one will be a as they help the guild go forward. treasure to someone else. We would love to have you join us this Block of the month started its new year. coming year! TMQ meets the first Monday of We will be treated to some little tidbits of each month at 9 a.m. at the Bear Valley Spring information about the Civil War and Americana Community Church on 26180 Plateau Way. If as we learn how to make the different blocks you have any question about what we do here each month. I’m so excited to see the finished at TMQ please call Kathy Burgess at 822-9923

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Fresh Skin with IPL Laser Treatments from Dr. Milan Shah, M.D. at Beautologie The effects of time, environmental factors, and certain medical disorders can leave skin in need of repair. Fortunately, at Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center, we offer a variety of high-quality, non-invasive skin treatments to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne and other scars, birthmarks, discolored patches of skin, rosacea, and more. There are many terms for IPL llaser treatments, such as IPL photo facial rejuvenation, IPL facial rejuvenation, and IPL photo rejuvenation – but they all use an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) laser. At Beautologie, we use the Lumenis One IPL Photo Facial Rejuvenation System, one of the most advanced and popular facial rejuvenation systems on the market, from one of the largest and best laser companies in the world. Dr. Milan Shah and the doctors of Beautologie are committed to the very best technology, and know that not all lasers are equal. That is why they purchase different lasers for specific procedures, rather than using an all-in-one laser. Using specific lasers for different treatments ensures that you will get the best looking results possible. So, what does the IPL laser do? It sees pigment on the skin, and recognizes the difference between regular skin and scarred, discolored, or unhealthy skin. It then uses the intense pulsed light penetrating deep in the skin to do a controlled burn of that irregular pigment. During this process collagen is stimulated and new skin is formed leading to firmer skin, pore closure, and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. Individuals with redness, blotchiness, or flushing of the skin on the face and/or neck from rosacea, hyperpigmentation, acne, sun damage, and other conditions can achieve a more uniform

skin tone with this effective and safe treatment from Dr. Shah. It freshens the skin – improving the quality, tone, and texture! Just remember, since this is new skin, it is important to protect it and your investment! Sunscreen is the best defense against the harsh UV rays of the sun. This procedure can be performed on a wide variety of people and doesn’t require a lot of down-time. It is relatively in and out, only taking approximately 30-40 minutes. Patients will appear a little flushed that day, but that quickly goes away and the ultimate results are revealed within 2-3 weeks of the procedure. Generally, the worse the scarring or pigmentation on the skin, the more treatments that are needed for the individual; which is why patients with severe acne scarring usually require 3-4 treatments, spacing the treatments a month apart. However, since it is non-invasive, it is a very tolerant procedure! Aside from the bright light, patients have reported a slight snapping sensation on the skin, but our best efforts are made to ensure that you are comfortable. Dr. Milan Shah specializes in non-surgical aesthetics and anti-aging medicine and has been practicing with Beautologie for over 6 years and has performed well over 7000 aesthetic procedures. What Dr. Shah enjoys most about his specialty is that he performs gratifying procedures with results that improve how his patients feel about themselves. Since these procedures do not require patients to be under any anesthesia, Dr. Shah is able to talk to his patients, and receive their input during the procedure. He has performed this IPL laser treatment on patients as young as 4 to lighten up pigmented scars. [please see ad on this page]

Baby Bottles Offering Hope At the Family Life Pregnancy Center we celebrate Mother’s every day. This Mother’s Day kicks off the Center’s 12th annual Baby Bottle Drive. Empty baby bottles are passed out to the community and filled with loose change, cash and checks and returned to the Center the week after Father’s Day. Donations will be used to offer hope by making a positive impact in the lives of families in our community. Services that are offered include free pregnancy testing, parenting classes, childbirth education, abstinence education, teaching materials as well as a new program for fathers. The Center,

celebrating 21 years of service, is a nonprofit organization and relies on contributions to operate and provide assistance throughout a pregnancy and beyond. Fill a bottle and join us as we continue to celebrate moms! To participate and make a difference in this life and the next, pick up your Baby Bottle at the Family Life Pregnancy Center- Door of Hope at 112 S. Curry Street. For more information on the Baby Bottle Drive, services offered or volunteer opportunities please call 823-8255. The Center hours are Monday- Wednesday from 11 am – 3 pm and Thursday from 11am – 6pm.

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Tehachapi’s New Hospital The hospital that the community has been waiting for will become a reality, according to Alan Burgess, Tehachapi Valley Hospital District General Manager. The plans which have been submitted to OHSPOD, the state regulatory agency which oversees hospital construction should be approved by late October of this year. “Barring any unforeseen problems, a ground breaking should be held by the end of 2011,” Burgess noted. This date all depends on weather, contractors, etc., but if all goes well, the hospital should be constructed by the first quarter of 2014. Then the only holdup will be the state licensing process for the new hospital which could take days or even months, Burgess said. “But there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” he noted.

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Windswept Ranch

How we fell in love with Windswept Ranch My name is Maggi Graf. My husband Don and I have been Santa and Mrs. Claus for the City of La Canada Flintridge for almost 20 years. For the past 10 years we have always had an exotic animal, usually a reindeer or zebra, for the children to look at and pet while they were waiting to talk to Santa. We never knew who brought these wonderful animals because by the time we had spoken to, hugged and had pictures taken with almost 300 children, the animals had been packed up and taken home. We moved to Palmdale in 2003 but continued to be Santa and Mrs. Claus in La Canada and added our mobile home park’s Christmas party as well. We also did our “thing” at the Legacy Commons, Palmdale’s senior center, this past Christmas. One day about a year and a half ago, Don was in Tehachapi at an art fair. He noticed a man handing out flyers and upon checking, found the man was telling about an exotic animal ranch named Windswept. The flyer showed a reindeer, and Don remarked that we had reindeer in La Canada Flintridge at Christmas time. The man introduced himself as David Frieling, who with his wife Diana, owns Windswept Ranch, and said, “those are our reindeer.” Don replied, “Well, I’m your Santa Claus.” We were then and there invited to visit Windswept Ranch and promptly fell in love with the place. Here were camels, llamas, alpacas, a buffalo, many varieties of sheep and goats along with the before mentioned reindeer and zebra. The wonderful thing was that, unlike a zoo, one can actually get close and personal – pet all the animals and feed

them (most of them love carrots). I think everyone who visits comes away with a favorite animal; Don’s is Maggie, the camel. Mine is Emma the Emu who loves to be petted. Since that first meeting, Don and I have become active at the ranch. In the past year we have helped establish a non-profit foundation called The Animal Education Center at Windswept Ranch. We are on the board of the foundation, I as Secretary and Don as Volunteer Coordinator. We are trying to establish a strong volunteer staff to help show visitors around and explain the various animals, help with the petting zoo both on the property and at venues throughout the Antelope Valley, and yes, do some of the grunt work such as mucking out the animal pens. Some of it is hard work, but there’s a lot of satisfaction in doing something for these creatures. Windswept is open to the public every Saturday, March through October, from 10 am to 4 pm weather permitting. The cost is $5 per person and children under 3 are free. We invite you to come out and take a look at what is going on there, and learn about what plans are for the future. Hopefully you will come away from there with a desire to be a part of this undertaking and will love the ranch and animals as much as we do.

I think everyone who visits comes away with a favorite animal; Don’s is Maggie, the camel.

Maggie’s favorite is Emma, the Emu, who loves to be

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