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Vol. 6 No. 44 Lake Isabella’s weekend weather Thu.: Sunny, high 59. Thu. night: Low 31. Fri.: Mostly sunny. High 60. Fri. night: Low 30. Sat.: Sunny, high 58. Sat. night: Low 29. Sun.: Cloudy, high 52. Sun. night: Chance of rain, low 40. National Weather Service

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Christmas kickoff The Christmas season was officially started on Saturday with the Lake Isabella Christmas Parade. Pictured are the Tracie Whitman Dancers. Parade results appear on page 8.

Weekend: learn about ranching, go caroling Mike Devich Kern River Courier

It’s a big weekend again in the Kern River Valley. You can hear about ranching history here in the valley, participate in Christmas caroling, check out a Peddler’s Fair for bargains, or attend a children’s Christmas play. The entertainment options are up to you. There’s always something to do here in our beautiful valley. See also the Courier Calendar on page 2, in the Regular Meetings and Activities section.

Caroling, Candle Stroll, Live Nativity Scene Friday, Dec. 4 Again this year there will be a candle stroll, Christmas caroling and a live Nativity Scene in Circle Park in Kernville, beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. For more information, call the Kernville Chamber of Commerce at (760) 376-2629. Eagles to hold Peddlers Fair, White Elephant Sale Saturday, Dec. 5 The Kern River Valley Eagles will be holding a Peddlers Fair and White

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Make this holiday season one to treasure, not one to regret Mike Devich Kern River Courier

As you prepare for your holidays, hazards should be your number one concern. The holiday season can be tragic if you are not careful. You must protect yourself against fire, number one. The possibility of an accidental house fire is especially prevalent at the holidays. The onset of cold weather coincides with the increased use of stoves, ovens, fireplaces, space heaters and candles. And, of course, the holiday season often includes having a dry tree inside the house, loaded with electric lights. Other dangers go hand in hand with the holidays. One is celebrating a little too much with alcoholic beverages, and winding up a road statistic. Another is leaving a bunch of gift packages visible in a car, laid out in an array that is just too tempting to a thief. Illnesses seem to increase during the holidays. Shopping in a crowded mall and then waiting in a long line at the post office to mail your gifts increases your exposure to other members of the public who have one kind of bug or another. Winter weather makes driving more dangerous at this time of year, too. So enjoy this time of year, but be prepared by being aware of the hazards of the holidays. Being aware is the first step towards prevention. Be sure to save this special issue of the Kern River Courier.

Elephant Sale on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the lodge in Mt. Mesa. For more information call Vonnie Girch at (760) 378-2540. Baked goods, snacks and drinks by the Auxiliary. Kern River Preserve to hold event about ranching Saturday, Dec. 5 The Kern River Preserve in Weldon is holding another one of their monthy public events on Saturday, Dec. 5. This one

See WEEKEND, Page 4

Food program saves money, is convenient Mike Devich Kern River Courier

Would you like to have your meals planned out for you, pick up a week’s worth at once and save a lot of money? If you answered yes, then the Angelfood program is for you.

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Look on our Entertainment page for DVD reviews


Learn how to protect yourself from catching H1N1


Read California Joe’s homespun stories and chuckle.


See color pictures from the Lake Isabella Christmas Parade.

Kern River Water Data: Wed. 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 101,857 acre-ft. (Pool capacity is 568,075 ac.-ft. at the spillway. Current limit 360,000 ac.-ft.) High point was 250,461 ac-ft. June 3. Inflow, North Fork of Kern at Kernville 326 cfs (5-hr avg.)

Prevent Christmas Tree fires in your home Having a real tree in your home for Christmas is a treat, but it is one that can turn deadly if you don’t know the basics of buying and caring for a live tree. Special fire safety precautions need to be taken when keeping a live tree in the house. A burning tree can rapidly fill a room with fire and deadly gases. Selecting Your Tree • Needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the


Outflow, Lower Kern 292 cfs Borel Canal flow 262 cfs Michael Batelaan/Kern River Courier

The KRV Art Association held a Winter Festival last weekend in conjunction with the Nuui Cunni Center.

Data from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cfs=cubic feet per second 1 cu.ft. = 7.48 U.S. gallons 1 ac.ft.= 325,851 U.S. gal.

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Kern River Courier

Friday, December 4, 2009

The Courier Calendar call ahead. The Kernville Branch is planning a special children’s program in December as well, date and time to be announced, call the Lake Isabella Branch for information, 760549-2083. Published Fridays by KRV Publishing

Spotlighting the best of the Kern River Valley Owners/Editors/Publishers Michael Batelaan Mike Devich Contributing Editor Mike Ludiker Contributors/Columnists Jack Bustamante Rod Middleworth Matt Freeman Bodfish Bob Ron Bolyard Donna Fitch California Joe Richard Rowe Clarence Semonious Harry Thal Photographers Michael Batelaan, Mike Devich, Mike Ludiker Contributing Photographer Murdoc Douglas Ad Production Michael Batelaan, Mike Ludiker Advertising Sales Valerie Minoux Business Office Sara Wakeman Subscription Information The Kern River Courier is published and mailed weekly for $35 per year. Send payment to: Kern River Courier P.O. Box 1145 Wofford Heights, CA 93285 Advertising policies Publisher reserves the right to reject or cancel any advertising at any time. Cancellations or rejection shall not preclude payment on similar advertising previously run. KRV Publishing and the Kern River Courier are not liable for errors in copy or an advertisement beyond the cost of the actual space occupied by the error. Publisher reserves the right to place the word “advertisement” on any ad copy that appears to resemble editorial matter. Submission policies Editorial and photo submissions are welcome and will run at the discretion of the editors. Submissions will only be returned when accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. The editors reserve the right to edit all submissions. The entire contents of the Kern River Courier are copyright ©2008 KRV Publishing. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without prior written consent. All rights reserved. Letters policies Letters to the Editor are run when space permits. They are meant as an open forum for expression. The views expressed in the letters to the editor within this paper are not necessarily the views of this paper, nor those of the staff. Letters to the editor pertaining to local issues and events or those that affect our area are encouraged. Please include your real name, address and phone number for verification. Pen names or incomplete names are not allowed. The Kern River Courier reserves the right to exclude any letter to the editor, or edit its contents for length and prevention of libel, or for other reasons as seen fit by the editors. Letters should not exceed 200 words.

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Free financial seminar to be held Wednesday, Dec. 9 Edward Jones Investments in Lake Isabella is holding a free 60minute educational seminar on Wednesday, Dec. 9 entitled "Roll It, Take It, Leave It, Move It: Know Your Employer Retirement Plan Options seminar." It will take place at 5:30 p.m. at 5520 Lake Isabella Blvd., Suite G-6A, Lake Isabella. The seminar is free, but space is limited. To make a reservation, call

Regular meetings & activities Fridays

• 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.- TOPS weight loss group, Mt.View Baptist Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 378-3935. •10-11 a.m.- Grief Support Group, Hoffman Hospice, 6048 Lake Isabella Blvd. 1st and 3rd Fridays. (661) 410-1010. • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - AA, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. • 11 a.m.-3p.m.- Lunch at Eagles, open to public, Mt. Mesa., Wed. & Fri. 379-3394 • 5 p.m. - KR Hot Rodders Cruise Night, El Portal II Lake Isabella, 1st Fri. 549-3855 • 8 p.m.- Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd, Wofford Hts. For families of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 3762066.


• 9:30 a.m. Sequoia Amateur Radio Group, Youth Center, Lake Isabella. Second Sat. • 9-11 a.m.- Otaku-Kai Japanese anime club, Reel Cinema, Wofford Heights. 223-6765. • 10 a.m.- 3 p.m - Farmer’s Market, Nuui Cunni Ctr, French Gulch. 661-978-8712 • 3 p.m., KRV CB’ers dinner, Sr Ctr., Lake Isabella, 2nd and 4th Saturdays. • 5-7 p.m. Dinner at Eagles open to public, Mt. Mesa. Take out orders at 4 p.m. 379-3394 • 7-10 p.m.- Dam Dancers square dancing, 1st Saturday, Senior Center, Lake Isabella.


• 9 a.m. to noon - VFW Breakfast, open to the public. 2811 Nugget, Lake Isabella. 379-3877.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 3795831. • 1 p.m. - Kern Valley Democratic Club, Senior Center, third Monday. • 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Line dance beginner classes, intermediate and advanced follow at the Senior Center. 379-0043. • 3 p.m. - Kernville Chamber of Commerce meets, board 2nd Mon., general membership 4th Mon. 376-2629. • 6-9 p.m. KRV Community Orchestra meets at Cerro Coso College, Lake Isabella, Rm G. 376-4461. • 7 p.m. KRV Art Association meets, 3rd Mon., Senior Center. 379-2844. • 7 p.m. Havilah Centennial Group meets 1st Mon. at schoolhouse. 379-2636. • 7:30 p.m.Al-Anon, KRV Hosp Cafe. Help for families & friends of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 376-2066.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 3795831. • 9:30-11a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, First Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 379-2556. • 10 a.m. KRV Garden Group, 2nd Tues. 379-1129. • 12:30 p.m. Bridge Club, Rod & Gun Club, E. Evans Rd., Wofford Heights. 376-4249. • 2 p.m. - KRV Cemetery District meeting at cemetery. 2nd Tuesday. Public invited. 3762189. (Dec.’s meeting will be on Dec. 15.) • 2 p.m. - LI-Bodfish Prop. Owners meet at

Cindy Hood at 760-379-1722. KRV Library plans extra story times Dec. 10 and 11 The Lake Isabella Library is planning a Christmas Puppet Show on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 3:45 and two winter story times on Friday, Dec. 11, 11am and 3:30pm. Children attending will receive a book as a gift from the Friends of the KV Libraries (while supply lasts). Groups wanting to bring 10 or more children should Senior Center. 2nd Tues. (760) 379-1830. • 7 p.m. - KRV Historical Society meets, Senior Center, Lake Isabella, 4th Tues.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., 3795831. • 9:30-11 a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, Kernville Methodist Church, 3792556. • 11 a.m.-3p.m.- Lunch at Eagles open to public, Mt. Mesa., Wed. & Fri. 379-3394 • Noon- KRV Chamber of Commerce meeting, Paradise Cove, quarterly. 379-5236. • 12:30 p.m. - Bridge Club, Eagles Lodge Mt. Mesa, 376-4249. • 1:30 p.m.- Clan Diggers meet at the Lake Isabella Library. 2nd Wed. 379-2303. • 3 p.m. - Crystal Meth Anonymous meets at Fountain of Christ Church. 223-0074. • 3 - 4:30 p.m. Grief Support Group, Optimal Hospice, 6504E L.I. Blvd., 2nd & 4th Wed. • 6 p.m. - Fish & Game Habitat Club meets, 631 E. Evans Rd, Wofford Hts, third Wed. • 6:00 p.m. American Legion, Lake Isabella Sr. Ctr. Veterans Rm., third Wed. 379-5488. • 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.- Senior Dance, Senior Center, Lake Isabella dining rm., live band. • 7 p.m. Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd. Wofford Hts, 376-2410. For families of alcoholics. 376-2410 or 376-2066. • 7 p.m. - Elks meet, Wofford Heights Blvd.


• 9 a.m. to noon - Thursday Painters, Community Room, Senior Center, 379-5329. • 9:30 a.m. - Fire Safe Council, Supervisor McQuiston’s office, Lake Isabella. Third Thurs. • 9:30 a.m. - Aglow Int’l, Senior Center, Room 1. 2nd Thurs. For women. • 11:45 a.m. - KRV Woman’s Club meets, Elks Lodge 4th Thurs. (some exceptions). • Noon, Exchange Club meets, Paradise Cove. • 1:30 p.m.- Clan Diggers meet at the Lake Isabella Library. 3rd Thurs. 379-2303. • 5 -7 p.m. - TANF Cultural Night - Native Youth & Community Cultural Ctr French Gulch Campground. • 5-7 p.m. VFW Taco Thursday, open to public. 379-3877. • 6 p.m.- Republicans of Kern Valley meet 3rd Thurs. at Odd Fellows Hall. 549-3033. • 6 p.m. - Rotary Club meets - Golf Course, Kernville. (760) 376-1421. • 7 p.m.-Sweet Adelines meet-Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Prospective members welcome. • 7 p.m.- Kern Valley Astronomy Club, museum, Kernville. 3rd Thurs. 376-1291.

Bingo Guide Friday, noon. - Eagles Bingo, Eagles Hall, Mt. Mesa Saturday, noon, South Fork Woman’s Club Bingo, 6488 Fay Ranch Road. Sunday, 1 p.m. Moose Lodge Bingo, Lake Isabella Blvd. Wednesday, 1 p.m - Senior Center Bingo, Lake Isabella. Thursday, Early Bird 12:15-Regular 1 p.m. St. Jude Bingo, Hwy 155 & Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Hts. This information is sent to the Courier by the groups listed. It is suggested that groups provide a phone number in case interested individuals need more information, or meeting times have changed. All area codes are 760 unless otherwise noted.

KRV Woman’s Club holds Christmas Spectacular Dec. 12 The KRV Woman’s Club will be holding their annual Christmas Spectacular at the Mt. View Baptist Church in Lake Isabella on Dec. 12 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $30. For more information, call (760) 376-6704. Whitman Dance Studio to put on Christmas recital Dec. 12 The Whitman Dance Studio of Lake Isabella will present “Christmas Stories” on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. at Kern Valley High School’s Performing Arts Center. Adults are $10 and children under 12 are $5. Jake’s Place to hold gymkhana event Dec. 12 The Los Vaqueros Gymkhana Club will hold an event Dec. 12 from 8:30 am to noon at Jake’s Place, 13141 Sierra Way, Kernville. Events are free to the public to come watch. Community Orchestra to have Christmas Concert on Dec. 13 The Kern Valley Community Orchestra will be presenting their Christmas Concert at Kernville Elementary School on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 4:00 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the door and children are admitted at no charge. Refreshments will be served. new members are always welcomeFor more information, call Rick Fankhauser at 760-379-1616. KRV Horse Show Association to hold raffle on Dec. 19 The Kern River Valley Horse Show Association will be holding a raffle fundraiser on Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. at Jake’s Place Arena in Kernville. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25. For more information, call Jeri at (760) 378-1308 or Stacy at (760) 608-2086. Kernville UMC to present Christmas Concert Dec. 20 The Kernville United Methodist Church at 251 Big Blue Road will be holding their choir’s Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. There is no charge, and the public is invited. Government commodities distributed Tuesday, Dec. 29 The monthly food commodities will be distributed on Tuesday, Dec. 29 to those who fit certain economic guidelines. Begins at 7 a.m. at Grace Chapel in, Mt. Mesa; Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights; Senior Center in Lake Isabella. Whiskey Flat Days kick-off dinner to be held Jan. 8 The Whiskey Flat Days 2010 kick-off dinner will take place on Jan. 8 at Ewing’s on the Kern. Make your reservations now. Call the Kernville Chamber of Commerce at (760) 376-2629. To include your event in the Kern River Courier Calendar, just submit the information to the Courier (our addresses are on page 2) by Tuesday for each Friday’s issue. Events must be open to the public and admission price, if any, must be listed.

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Kern River Courier

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Things I Have Noticed...

Got to hand it to Rock Stars Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

I've noticed and read with great interest the columns in the Courier written by our resident geologist Ron Bolyard. I am most impressed, and in awe, when he starts writing about rocks and their age. In an article a few weeks back he told of turtle Middleworth rocks in Death Valley that were over 2 billion years old. I look back on my life and reflect on things that happened 70 years ago and think of that as old. But in terms of 2 billion years, my 70-year span is a wisp of lint in the fabric of time. Imagine rocks sitting around for a few billion years, watching the earth evolve. Scenery took eons to change until the last few thousand years, when humans came along and started to rearrange the earth. If rocks could see and talk, these last few thousand years and the changes that we beings have made, give them much to discuss. Those rocks sat there for 2 billion years while things happened in nature’s super slow micromotion. As the rocks watched, eons passed while mountains slowly rose and

receded. Then mankind came along and started building houses, grading roads, moving mountains, and generally upsetting the order of things, doing so at an accelerated rate. We made wholesale changes in just centuries. Along the way we fought wars, destroyed countries, and ruined our atmosphere. We've managed to warm the planet, burn our oil and in all kinds of ways pollute the earth. In just a few years, we stopped up rivers, cut down trees, interfered with the ecology of the entire world – and we aren't done yet. Those billion-year-old rocks are probably pretty sick of us and the changes we've made. They are no doubt eagerly watching our efforts to blast into space, exploring planets and stars. I’ll bet they're rooting for us to be successful and hoping someday we'll all leave and let earth be. Maybe then we’ll let the world heal itself and let the rocks get back to watching million-year cycles instead of the destructive hundred year ones we've brought about. Another 2 billion years? Goodbye, Earthlings. Rocks will rule. Wofford Heights resident Rod Middleworth, a retired security manager for Pacific Bell, is an instructor for the local AARP Driver Safety Program.

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One of the Thanksgiving charity projects going on this year was the Rotary Club’s Dinner Basket Project.

Free H1N1 ‘swine flu’ vaccinations announced Weldon. This vaccine is available to anyone from 6 months to 24 years of age, and any person from 25 to 64 with a high risk medical condition, whi is pregnant, or lives in the home with an infant under 6 months of age. All health care workers are also eligible to receive this vaccine. The vaccine will be provided in both the intranasal and injectable forms. There is no charge for the vaccinations.

Mike Devich Kern River Courier

The Kern County Department of Public Health has announced a new series of local H1N1 flu clinics. • Monday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,Veterans Hall, Lake Isabella • Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Odd Fellows Hall, Kernville • Tuesday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Weldon Methodist Church,


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General Drainage Area 2,093 Square Miles Capacity, Gross Pool 570,000 Acre-Ft. Surface Area, Gross Pool 11,400 Shoreline, Gross Pool 38 miles Length, Gross Pool 9 miles Main Dam Maximum Height 185 Feet Length at Crest 1695 Feet Auxiliary Dam Maximum Height 100 Feet Maximum Length 3,257 Feet Lake Construction Started March 1948 Finished April 1953

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Kern River Valley information Recreation Info U.S. Forest Service

Lake Isabella office: 4875 Ponderosa Dr. (enter from Hwy. 155 just over the hill from Hwy. 178) (760) 379-5646 Kernville Office: 105 Whitney Rd. (around the corner from the museum) (760) 376-3781

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Must See: Kernville Fish Hatchery Looking for an unusual Christmas gift? Check out the Kern Valley Museum’s gift shop! You’ll find books about the valley, T-shirts, toys and more. The Kern Valley Museum is run by the Kern River Valley Historical Society, and they use the funds raised to make the museum better and better. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll find for sale at the Kern Valley Museum. Why leave home at all to shop for Christmas when great gift ideas are available right here? Provided by your friends at the Courier

WEEKEND continued from page 1 will be about ranching family history with Walter Mecham. Learn about the life and history of the Kern River Valley’s ranching families. For more information, call Chana Cortez at (661) 428-2360. Christmas in Kernville and car parade Dec. 5 The Christmas Parade of Giving will be held Dec. 5 in Kernville beginning at 4 p.m. As soon as it is over, Santa will be delivered to his village in Circle Park, around 5 p.m. For more information, call Darlene at (760) 3763998. Christmas play to be held at Kernville UMC Dec. 6 A children’s Christmas play, entitled “A Christmas Camel,” will be performed by 20 local children on Dec. 6 at Kernville United Methodist Church at 251 Big Blue Road. The play was written by KUMC’s Jan Puma and will start at 4:30 p.m. It’s open to the public, there is no charge, and there will be a complimentary late supper afterward.

The correct name for the Kernville Fish Hatchery is the Kern River Trout Planting Base, because it no longer hatches trout. Whatever you call it (most people around here still call it the Hatchery), it has been a focal point of the Kern Valley since it was built in 1928. It is run by the California Department of Fish & Game. Originally it was built by the Kern County Fish and Protective Game Association, but in 1929 the DF&G took over the operation. In the 1940s the Wildlife Conservation Board provided funds to expand the hatchery to the third largest in the state. In 1979 the DF&G changed the Kern River Hatchery to a Planting Base. At that time they decided to raise trout in a few central hatcheries in the state and then ship them to the planting bases. In 1994 after further budget cuts the base was about to be closed completely. But happily it is still raising and planting trout for the enjoyment of the many anglers that come here to the Kern River Valley to fish. The hatchery grounds include a recently built natural history museum, which features displays of angling artifacts and local wildlife. Included is a display of two stuffed California brown bears perched atop rocks. The fish hatchery is located at 14400 Sierra Way, just opposite Camp Owen, and is free to visit. For more information, call (760) 376-2846. – Kern River Courier

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We bid a heartfelt goodbye to Jack and Elaine of E&J’s Discount Grocery next to our office in Wofford Heights. Jack has been the Courier’s fishing columnist for five years, providing the insight that can only come from a true fisherman. Jack and Elaine have sold their business, which by presstime was scheduled to reopen in a few days, as soon as the transfer is complete. We hope it’s soon, as we need our snacks back!

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Entertainment K E R N

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Couch Theater

Celebrity Extra

‘Hangover’ is very funny

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Lighter side of faith

Voices of Faith

We all have our masterpieces Clarence Semonious, pastor Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship, Kernville

I was in a classroom that had a special display. It was a large sheet of paper with a number of crayon-marked areas. The paper was titled, “2 yr. olds’ Masterpieces.” Who would consider the display a masterpiece in the sense of a stunning success, a work of genius or a great work? I felt generous even thinking of it as a work of Semonious art, remembering my own pride and joy when each of my three kids brought home a similar piece of their own. Years later, I relived the same emotions toward grandchildren. Now as a great-granddaughter scoots and rolls over, pride and joy well up again – along with the pleasure and anticipation of preparing Christmas presents for my greatgrandson. That special display cannot go to a parent; there are too many contributors for that. Oh, wait. I got that wrong. There is one parent who bubbles over at the multitude of contributions – our Father, who art in heaven…. During the discourse we call the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explained, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26. The disciples to whom Jesus first gave the words of the Lord’s Prayer also heard him ask, “What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a

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scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:11-13. In asking the heavenly Father for the gift of the Holy Spirit, one would be well advised to remember, “…there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. Understand, Paul speaks in, “the manifestation of the Spirit,” about things shown in the lives of Christians that reveal the state of that person’s heart. He adds that by the state of each Christian’s heart, the Holy Spirit blesses the community. Doing what you do well is your Christmas present.

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A woman was at work when she received a phone call that her daughter was very sick with a fever. She left her work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication. She got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys in the car. She didn't know what to do, so she called home and told the babysitter what had happened. The babysitter told her that her the fever was getting worse. She said, "You might find a coat hanger and use that to open the door." The woman looked around and found an old rusty coat hanger that had been thrown down on the ground, possibly by someone else who at some time or other had locked their keys in their car. Then she looked at the hanger and said, "I don't know how to use this." So she bowed her head and asked God to send her some help. Within five minutes an old rusty car pulled up, with a dirty, greasy, bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag on his head. The woman thought, "This is what you sent to help me?" But, she was desperate, so she was also very thankful. The man got out of his car and asked her if he could help. She said, "Yes, my daughter is very sick. I stopped to get her some medication and I locked my keys in my car. I must get home to her. Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?" He said, "Sure". He walked over to the car, and in less than a minute the car was opened. She hugged the man and through her tears she said, "Thank you so much! You are a very nice man." The man replied, "Lady, I am not a nice man. I just got out of prison today. I was in prison for car theft and have only been out for about an hour." The woman hugged the man again and with sobbing tears cried out loud, "Oh, Thank you God! You even sent me a professional!

Churches of the Valley

Bible verse of the week How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you. Psalm 31:19

Kernville First Baptist Church of Kernville 46 Valley View Drive, Kernville Sunday Services — 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. 376-6403 Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship Center 44 Big Blue Road, Kernville Sunday School 9 a.m. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 417-2014 Kernville Foursquare Church Kernville Chamber of Commerce 11447 Kernville Road Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. 223-6704 Kernville United Methodist Church 251 Big Blue Rd., Kernville Sunday Services 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. 376-2751 St. Peter’s Anglican Church 11900 Sierra Way, Kernville Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. 376-6362 St. Sherrian Episcopal Church Odd Fellows Hall, Kernville Sundays 10 a.m. Lake Isabella First Baptist Church of Lake Isabella 3701 Suhre, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. 379-5615 Fountain of Christ Church 5101 #A Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella Sunday Service: 9:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wed. 6 p.m. 417-0793 Landmark Missionary Baptist Church 2741 Mountain View Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. 379-5640 Mt. View Southern Baptist Church 2959 Erskine Creek Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 8:30, 11:15 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 379-4296 Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall 1911 Edith Ave., Lake Isabella (760) 379-8672 Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (LCMS) 377 Highway 155, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 12:00 p.m. 379-2343 Kern Valley Bible Church 3920 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. 379-5482 Church of the Nazarene 2931 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 379-2062 Highland Chapel United Methodist 5301 Lake Isabella Bl., Lake Isabella Sunday School & Worship 9:30 a.m. 379-2120 Lake Isabella Church of Christ 3711 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Sunday worship 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Bible study Sun. 10 a.m., Thurs. 6 p.m. Kern River Valley Seventh Day Adventist 3801 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Saturday Service 9:30 a.m. 379-3206 Kern Valley Pentecostal LightHouse Church 3730 Wagon Wheel Dr., Lake Isabella Sunday School 9:45

Services 10:45 a.m. Eve. 5 p.m. Wed. Service 6 p.m. 379-5819 Mt. Mesa Church of Christ Mt. Mesa 6400 Dogwood Av., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. 379-4792 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 6400 Park Av., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 10:00 a.m. 379-2904 Grace Chapel 12312 Mt. Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. 379-4093 Christian Assembly 12424 Mountain Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 379-6377 Victory Tabernacle (United Pentecostal Church) 4324 Birch, Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 4 p.m. 379-6360 Southlake/Weldon Kern Christian Church “The River” 14900 Hwy 178, Southlake Sunday Services 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. 378-3780 Weldon Baptist Church 20674 Highway 178 Sunday Services 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. 378-4964 Weldon United Methodist Church 20021 Hwy. 178, Weldon Sunday Services 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 378-2321 Wofford Heights Family Life Center Foursquare Church Panorama, Wofford Heights Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 376-6719 New Life Assembly of God 25 Arden Av., Wofford Heights Sunday Services 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. 376-6402 St. Jude Catholic Church 86 Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Heights Sunday Mass 7 a.m. & 10 a.m., Sat. 4 p.m. 376-2416 Calvary Chapel 125 Sycamore Drive, Wofford Heights Sunday Services 9 & 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. 376-8789 Christ Fellowship 80 Evans Road, Wofford Heights Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.

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Here’s how to protect yourself from contracting H1N1 (swine flu) Centers for Disease Control Kern River Courier

There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like the flu. • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcoholbased hand rub. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way. • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) Keep away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick. Other important actions that you can take are:

• Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures. • Be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay home for a week or so; a supply of over-thecounter medicines, alcohol-based hand rubs * (for when soap and water are not available), tissues and other related items could help you to avoid the need to make trips out in public while you are sick and contagious. If I have a family member at home who is sick with 2009 H1N1 flu, should I go to work? Employees who are well but who have an ill family member at home with 2009 H1N1 flu can go to work as usual. These employees should monitor their health every day, and take everyday precautions including covering their coughs and sneezes and washing their hands often with soap and water, especially after they cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, they should use an alcohol-based hand rub. If they become ill, they

should notify their supervisor and stay home. Employees who have an underlying medical condition or who are pregnant should call their health care provider for advice, because they might need to receive influenza antiviral drugs. What is the best technique for washing my hands to avoid getting the flu? Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. CDC recommends that when you wash your hands -- with soap and warm water -- that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores. If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. The gel doesn't need water to work; the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands. How long can influenza virus remain viable on objects (such as books and doorknobs)? Studies have shown that influenza virus can survive on environ-

mental surfaces and can infect a person for 2 to 8 hours after being deposited on the surface. What kills influenza virus? Influenza virus is destroyed by heat (167-212°F [75-100°C]). In addition, several chemical germicides, including chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, detergents (soap), iodophors (iodine-based antiseptics), and alcohols are effective against human influenza viruses if used in proper concentration for a sufficient length of time. What should I do if I have a fever? Fever-reducing medicines typically contain acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen (such as Motrin). These medicines can both help bring fever down and relieve pain. Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) should not be given to children or teenagers (anyone aged 18 years and younger) who have flu; this can cause a rare but serious illness called Reye’s syndrome. – Centers for Disease Control website

Tension headaches are the most common kind of headaches Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Kern River Courier Syndicated Columnist

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I went to the doctor because of headaches. On examining my eyes, she discovered that my pupils don't constrict and dilate. She sent me to an eye doctor. He said I have an Adie's pupil. Is this a disease or a syndrome? Can this be causing my headaches? He told me it was nothing. My headaches feel like there's a tight cap on my head. Please enlighten me on these things. -G.S. ANSWER: An Adie's (AID-ease) pupil is one that is slightly larger than the other pupil and it narrows very slowly when a bright light is shined on it. It's not an indication of illness and has nothing to do with your headaches. If other signs are present, like a loss of the knee-jerk reflex when the knee tendon is struck with a rubber hammer, then you call the mix Adie's syndrome. Your headaches fit the description of tension headaches, the most common kind of headache. People who have them say they feel like a tight band encircles their head or that a weight is on their head or that their head is squeezed or, as you say, that they are wearing a tight cap. Pain is felt on both sides of the head, and rarely is it throbbing pain, as it is with many other headaches. The pain lasts from half an hour to seven days. These headaches are called tension headaches because at one time they were believed to result from contraction of the scalp muscle. Now the explanation is that innocent brain signals are misinterpreted by the brain as pain signals. If that explanation helps you, it doesn't do much for me. Start treatment of your headache without drugs. Heat packs to the neck or head might ease them. If heat doesn't do the trick, try ice. Massage sometimes work, especially neck massage. Get enough sleep, but not too much. Too much is as bad as too little. Popular tension headache medicines are aspirin and Tylenol (acetamino-

phen). If they aren't effective, tablets that combine them with caffeine can be. Caffeine enhances their painkilling properties. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn) and Ketoprofen (a prescription drug) have a good batting average against these headaches. Don't overuse medicine. Constant use promotes constant headaches. The headache booklet deals with the common headaches and their treatment. To order a copy, write: Dr. Donohue -- No. 901W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient's printed name and address. Allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My son is almost 3. He reaches for everything with his left hand. I want to train him to use his right hand. Being left-handed is such a drag. What are your thoughts? -- G.S. ANSWER: Who says being lefthanded is a drag? The 10 percent to 15 percent of the population who happen to be left-handed adjust to it without any great physical or psychological

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Talking About Real Estate

Mobile vs. manufactured Matt Freeman Kern River Courier Columnist

“What is the difference between a mobilehome and a manufactured home?” This is a question that I am asked by clients on a regular basis. Is there a difference between a mobile home and a manufactured home? The answer is a definite YES! Matt Freeman There is a huge difference both in the eyes of banks and the law. HUD guidelines changed on June 15, 1976 because of new construction requirements mandated by Congress for mobilehomes passed in 1974. The guidelines were and are designed to make manufactured housing both safer and better able to retain its value over the long term as well as remain an affordable housing option. These days affordability in housing is more important than ever even with the strong market downturn we have seen the last couple of years. California law goes even farther, defining the terms "mobile home" and "manufactured home". Basically, what the law says

is that anything built after June 15, 1976 is a manufactured home, anything before is a mobile home. This a huge factor to consider when buying a home both for a residence or an investment. Anything prior to June 15, 1976, and banks will not finance with conventional financing. There are some outfits out there that will, but get ready for short term loans and really high interest. Banks consider anything built before that date to be too much of a risk because of fire safety, structural integrity, and value issues. Those laws mandated several very important safety issues. For example, drywall in the water heater closet for fire resistance, and 2X4 construction, pitched roofs with eaves, modern insulation and plumbing, and several other very valuable upgrades and improvements. The newest manufactured homes much further – they in may ways are built as well or better than stick built houses, which is a result of that 1974 law being passed. Make sure you know what you are buying, a manufactured home or a mobile home. Matt Freeman is a Realtor with Freeman’s Lakeside Realty (760) 379-5915 or cell 223-0880. His column is not intended to replace legal advice.

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Lake Isabella Christmas Parade Entry Results The 32nd Annual Lake Isabella Christmas Parade is now history. With cloudy skies and threats of rain, 43 of our 55 entries participated. Most of those who didn't make it were probably apprehensive about the weather as they were motorcycles and trikes. One of the best parts is that it didn't rain! Thank you to all who participated, especially Grand Marshal Jean Fuller. This year's winners are: Sweepstakes: Kern Valley Health Care Auxiliary Best of Theme: Kern Valley Exchange Club Best Float: The Cannon Family Float 1st Pl: KSUD After School Program 2nd Pl: Knights of Columbus Auto/Truck 1949 & Older: 1st Pl: Carol Yates with her 1941 Plymouth Coup Auto/Truck 1950 & Newer: 1st Pl: Cannon Family's 1959 El Camino 2nd Pl: 1968 VW Bus ~ Living Green in the Kern River Valley Tractor 1st Pl: Maxine Cannon's 1939 John Deer Tractor & Cart Tractor 2nd Pl: Ronnie Morrison with his 1946 2N Tractor Marching/Walking 1st Pl: Whitman Dance Studio Novelty 1st Pl: Danielle Eagle in her EZ Go Golf Cart 2nd Pl: Beyond Juice Religious 1st Pl: The Salvation Army 2nd Pl: Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church Youth 1st Pl: Kern Valley Youth Football & Cheer 2nd Pl: Rush 2 Learning Preschool & Daycare Community Svc 1st Pl: US Forest Service 2nd Pl: Masonic Family Best Equestrian: Jakes Place Arena Equestrian 1st Pl Group: Los Vaqueros Gymkhana 2nd Pl Group: The Silver Stars ~ Phyllis Hix, Paul Rothert, Bill Nolt 1st Pl Driving: Hangin' Tree Miniatures Special thanks to Mr & Mrs Claus for coming over from Tehachapi and local elves, Megan, Jill, and Gabby. Thank you also to all our wonderful sponsors, our announcer, John Pair & his DJ's, the many volunteers, and the Sheriff and CHP for the traffic control.


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branches, and the needle should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground. If many needles fall off, the tree has been cut too long, has probably dried out, and is a fire hazard. Caring for Your Tree • Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks. Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times – give it plenty of water. Decorating Your Tree • Check your tree lights for broken or frayed wires and loose connections. Replace non-working light bulbs. Avoid decorating Christmas trees with candles. Consider having the tree sprayed with a flame retardant chemical. Keep light strings and other electrical decorations out of children's reach. Always unplug the Christmas tree lights when you leave the house or go to bed. Disposing of Your Tree • Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood burning stove (or wrappings!) When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly, or take it to a community-approved recycling area. And don’t forget the basic rules regarding house fires: • Have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home. Test and clean them monthly and change the batteries every 6 months. • Have a fire extinguisher available and know how to use it before the need arises. • In an emergency call 911. • Practice your home escape plan. • Involve the whole family with being prepared and knowing what to do.

Use space heaters correctly to avoid fires Besides Christmas trees, there is another big hazard every Christmas in many homes – space heaters, and the misuse of them. Electric space heaters are to be used only with care. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Check to make sure it has a thermostat control mechanism, and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over. Heaters are not dryers or tables; don't dry clothes or store objects on top of your heater. Space heaters need space; keep combustibles at least three feet away from each heater. Always unplug your electric space heater when not in use. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission adds the following information: Purchase a heater with a guard around the heating element. A wire grill or other protection is essential to keep fingers or fabrics from touching the hot element. Portable electric heaters that heat by circulating oil or water, however, usually have lower surface temperatures and may not need guards. If you must use an extension cord, make sure it is a heavy duty cord marked with a # 14 gauge or larger wire. An incorrectly-sized cord may create a fire hazard. If the heater's plug has a grounding prong, use only a grounding (threewire) extension cord. Never run the heater's cord (or any cord) under rugs or carpeting. To prevent electrical shocks and electrocutions, always keep portable electric heaters away from water and never touch an electric heater if you are wet. – These tips were compiled from various Courier sources and contributors.

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is Monday, Dec. 7. It is the anniversary of the day in 1941 when Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (not yet a state but a U.S. military base) was attacked by Japan. More than 2,000 American soldiers were killed and 1,000 were injured. Although Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is not a federal holiday, and government offices, schools, businesses and other organizations do not close, the VFW post in Lake Isabella will be having a memorial service at the post on Nugget Ave. at 1 p.m. All are invited. We at the Kern River Courier realize the significance of this very important day in U.S. history and hope you will attend.

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California Joe’s Country Living

Friday, December 4, 2009

Recipes for Dummies by Bodfish Bob

Lots of food and good times California Joe Kern River Courier Columnist

This certainly was a Thanksgiving to remember. A town I’d never been to, people I’d never met, and dishes I’d never tried. We drove to Camarillo in three hours. It’s outside Los Angeles near California Joe Oxnard and Ventura. We got there around one o’clock. It was a nice large home. Son Jack and Bonnie’s friends, Leonard and Carrie, are renting it. It has a nice back yard and three bedrooms upstairs and all kind of extra spaces here and there. I had met Leonard before. He has to be in his early 40s. Now he is married to Carrie, who was making good money as an asssessor until the crunch. They were paying too much for a rental so now they are here in Camarillo. Leonard’s sister, father and mother were down from the Fresno area and Carrie’s parents came over and her brother and family. Megan, Leo and Heath, Leonard’s and Carrie’s tribe, were there. Actually, I never did meet everyone, but it was a roomful of people. My lady Miz

Sue had a good time. I sat in a nice chair and drank tonic water and waited for the food. Turned out the grub was a long time coming but finally it did. There was the expected roast turkey, rib roast, ham and cranberry sauce, and then everyone had brought side dishes like mashed potatoes, gravy, brussel sprouts with pine nuts and onions, Waldorf salad, all kinds of stufffing, green bean casserole, rolls and butter. For dessert I spotted apple pie, chocolate cream pie, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake. The before-dinner munchies included trays of carrots, broccoli, snow peas, celery and sauces of this and that. I missed my chance to try different kinds of stuffing, which I love more than the turkey, but I had waited too long for the dinner and I didn’t eat too much of anything after all! Oh, well. What to do for Christmas this year? One thing I’m thinking is to take the grandkids to Disneyland. I’ve never been and it would be a fun trip. Expensive, but fun. California Joe is the storyteller persona of Stevenson Phillips, an actor and singer living in Kernville. You may reach him at

Bodfish Bob’s Mexican Meatloaf Casserole 2 lbs. Ground beef, seasoned 2 sm. Cans (8 oz.) mild taco sauce 1 tomato paste 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 chicken & rice soup 1 sm. Can green chilies, chopped 1 sm. Onion, chopped 1 bag corn tortilla chips Cheddar cheese, grated

Brown meat and onions. Add other ingredients except chips and cheese in 9 x 13 inch dish. Layer meat mixture, chips and cheese, ending with meat and cheese. Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted. Bodfish Bob's Christmas Morning Casserole 2 pounds hot bulk sausage (mild can be used) 8 slices bread, crusts removed 3/4 pound grated sharp cheddar cheese 8 large eggs, beaten 3 cups milk 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard

In a large skillet, brown sausage, crumble and drain. Butter a 9x13 inch casserole dish. Place bread (torn into bite-sized pieces) in bottom of dish. Place sausage on top of bread. Sprinkle cheese over top. In a large bowl, mix beaten eggs, milk, salt and dry mustard. Blend well. Pour over other ingredients. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes uncovered. Slice into squares.

Bodfish Bob's Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich Cake 16 ice cream sandwiches, softened 1 16-ounce container chocolate Cool Whip topping 1 12-ounce jar chocolate fudge topping 2 bags about 16 oz. M&M candies 1/4 cup chocolate syrup

Layer 8 of the sandwiches in a 9x13 baking dish side by side, press down a little to join them. Spread evenly 1/2 of the Cool Whip and 1/2 of the topping. Sprinkle 1/2 of the candy over layer. Repeat with another layer of same. Drizzle with chocolate syrup to finish. Cover and freeze 3 hours or until firm. Slice with a serrated knife. Visit Bodfish Bob on the Web at You can write to him at

FOOD continued from page 11 Angelfood Ministries is a program that offers several different plans – there is the Signature Box that provides balanced nutrition and variety, with enough food to feed a family of four for a week. The price is only $30. Or you may wish the Senior and Convenience Meals. That’s 10 perfectly seasoned, nutritionally balanced, fully cooked meals – just heat and serve. Each meal has been developed with the dietary needs of senior citizens in mind. This assortment is $28. And there is an Allergen-Free Food Box, processed to eliminate the eight serious allergens – peanuts, soybeans, milk, eggs, fish, crusteacea, tree nuts and gluten. This box is only $23. There are other special packages available, as well. You may either order online or in person. For those who do not have online access or need to order with EBT cards or cash, you must come into The Community Christian Service Center at 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd. to place your order. They are available any Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 9:30 am to 1 pm. You may view the current menu and receive assistance with your order. Distribution of all orders is at WEB Recycling, 3612 Suhre Street, (Suhre Street entrance). The next order deadline is Dec. 8 at 11:59 p.m. for online orders, and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. for on-site orders. Distribution day is Dec. 19 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. For more information, call the Community Christian Service Center at (760) 379-5100.

U.S. Census jobs available Apply now for temporary, part time jobs with the U.S. Census. Needed are Crew Leaders, Census Takers, Crew Leader Assistants, Recruiting Assistants, Census Clerks. Census jobs offer $11.75 to 17.00 per hour. Flex hours up to 40/wk. Mileage reimbursement. Work near home. You may qualify if you are 18 or older; have a valid SSN; pass a background check; take a written test; can work up to 40 hours per week in the evening and on weekends. 1-866-861-2010

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Our Valley, Our Earth


Gold country is unique

Teddy bear named after real Teddy

Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

Continuing from last week, I left the reader with a question. Do you remember the question? OK, I will help. The map that was included in last week’s column has a wide, dark line called Ron Bolyard the "Mother Lode Belt" superimposed upon it. This line also represents a subduction term called "Accreted Terranes". My question was, "what can we infer from that knowledge"? Do you remember now? Did you contemplate a possible answer? OK, I will let you off the hook. Accreted Terranes, in California, are always associated with Subduction activity. The first logical answer is that the gold country was associated with an active subduction zone. Secondly, the deposits, by definition, were scraped off of the ocean bottom of the subducting plate. Thirdly, Gold is found in the sutures between the accreted terranes where quartz veins have crystallized. Fourthly, almost sixty percent of the Lode Gold has been found along this line. Fifthly, this is the actual location of the subduction zone. And lastly, this line follows

Highway 49. How about that! If you have an opportunity to travel Highway 49 from Oakhurst to Placerville, you will see a tremendous change in the terrain, elevations, roadway switchbacks, rock types, rough scenic views, steep water cut canyons, mariposite quarries and a few actual towns, just houses and villages for the most part. Even with its starkness and dramatic changes, it is a beautiful experience traveling along an ancient geological feature. Larger towns such as Mariposa, Sonora, San Andreas, Jackson and Placerville offer beautiful scenery and numerous places to dine and to stay overnight. I recommend a book published by Malakoff Company in 1999: “The California Gold Country: Highway 49 Revisited,” by Elliot H. Koeppel; ISBN: 0-938121-12-x. This book gives and excellent travelog of the sights and points of interest of human as well as the mining history. It covers the entire gold producing region, not just the sights along Highway 49. Next week I will show a graph of the millions of Troy ounces of gold that were found during the Gold Rush days, in the gold country of California, up to the year 2005. Ron Bolyard is a retired geologist and has developed an “acute interest” in the geology of the southern Sierra Nevada since he moved here in 1999.

Q: I have in my possession three 1943 U.S. cents made of steel. One is stamped "D" and the other two have no mint marks. I would like to know how much they are worth. -Anita, Brockport, N.Y. A: Your 1943 "D" coin was minted in Denver. According to the U.S. Coin Digest edited by Joel Edler and Dave Harper (Krause, $12.99), 217,660,000 were minted, and it is worth between 25 cents and $6.50, depending on condition. Your other two coins are valued between 25 cents and $4.75, again depending on condition. I contacted a coin dealer who said the steel pennies from 1943 are common, and he sells them in his shop for about 5 cents each. *** Q: I have a Teddy bear from 1927 with button eyes. I would like to know how much it is worth. -- Lauren, Monroe Turnpike, N.J. A: You left out two key pieces of information: The condition and the manufacturer. The first Teddy bear was inspired by a hunting trip made by Teddy Roosevelt in 1902. Morris and Rose Michtoms made and sold some of the earliest Teddy bears and eventually formed the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company. During this same period, stuffed bears were being made by the Steiff Company in

Germany. Values of collectible bears listed in the current edition of Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles by Ralph and Terry Kovel (Krause, $27.95) range from about $50 for common one to $3,000 for an early Steiff bear crafted in 1905. The value of your bear depends on the market and condition. *** Q: I collect amber glass and have a "justice balance scales" with a grape design and claw feet anchored to a marble base. I am wondering what it's worth? -- Florence, Springfield, Ore. A: Amber glass is any glass with a brownish-yellow or reddish-yellow color. The big questions are who made this piece and when? I showed the picture you sent me to several dealers, who seemed to agree that it probably wasn't early and would likely retail in the $50 to $75 range. *** Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

Creative Connection


Art as a magnifying glass


Donna Louise Fitch Kern River Courier Columnist


Artwork, Logos & Websites



Everything You Need to Impress The World... In One Location

Larry Cox Courier Syndicated Columnist



No Obligation Quotes & Answers Always Shop Before You Invest!

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Following fast on the heels of Thanksgiving, where we have been thinking about all that we do have, the natural flow may call our awareness to those who are not as fortunate as we are. Five exhibits opening on Dec. 10 at the Bakersfield Donna Fitch Museum of Art have a common focus on isolation and loss often associated with being displaced or homeless in society. David Gordon, Assistant Director speaks of this “ powerful show as timely and sobering, which is much in need of attention.” “Hobos to Street People: Artists' Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present” is a traveling exhibit featuring the works of 30 artists working over the last 75 years to document the tragedy of homelessness. Through painting, printmaking, photography, and mixed media, Depression-era and contemporary artists offer glimpses of life on the street and show many similarities between the eras. Exhibit curator Art Hazelwood said, "Some of the artists in this exhibition personally experienced homelessness and poverty, some

worked directly with organizations to combat poverty, but all of them felt that art could be used to focus attention on homelessness. The idea that art can have a function in society by engaging in a struggle for a better world, and that everyone should take an interest in the well-being of less fortunate people are the twin beliefs of the artists in this show." Local photographer Felix Adamo will show photos taken between 1980 and the present of the homeless in Bakersfield in an exhibit titled “Society's Edge.” Adamo began photographing the homeless for The Bakersfield Californian. His photographs will be for sale, with all proceeds donated to the Bakersfield Rescue Mission and the Bakersfield Homeless Center. Pat Berger ‘s exhibit “ No Place to Go” makes a statement through paintings to the plight of the homeless, while the art of James McMillan clearly examines the depths of personal loss, of the deep psychological damage caused to individual American blacks by institutional and everyday racial injustice. Joe Brubaker’s sculptures of wood and found objects are offered as a garden display. Donna Louise Fitch is a local artist. For questions or comments you can reach her through the Kern River Courier,

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Friday, December 4, 2009

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Obituary notice Ted Duane Scott Aka “Cheyenne” & “Ol' Nasty” June 5, 1928 – Nov. 15, 2009

Michael Batelaan/Kern River Courier

Bundled up

Ted Duane Scott was born June 5, 1928 in Zanesville, Ohio and passed away November 15, 2009 in Bakersfield. Ted was a resident of Kern Valley for 31 years. After leaving the corporate world in Los Angeles, he created Cheyenne's Restaurant in Riverkern and ran it for 21 years with his wife Pat. Ted had no difficulty speaking his mind and standing up for all of the things he truly believed in. You never had to wonder where you stood with Ted – he always let you know! Ol' Nasty loved the desert (including his ranch in Weldon), golfing, writing, his cars, and most of all, his family. He is survived by his wife of 46 years Patricia; daughters Jodi Diago and Alisa (Scott) Hinkle; grandchildren Marin Gilabert, Adam Bliss, Kevin Hinkle and Brian Hinkle; and his loving dog Molly. His only son, Craig Scott, preceded him in death. Ted will be sorely missed by his family and friends and we know he's watching over all of us. A memorial service is planned for the future.

The winter weather broke out in time for the Lake Isabella Christmas Parade on Saturday. See more parade photos on page 16. For a list of the parade entry winners, see page 8.

Elks Hoop Shoot contest to be held Dec. 12 The Elks National Free Throw "Hoop Shoot" Contest will be held at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights on Saturday December 12th at 11 AM, in the parking lot. This is for all boys and girls ages 8 thru 13. Contestant age group will be determined by their age as April 1, 2010. Check in time will start at 10 AM with contest starting at 11 AM sharp. Trophies will be awarded for first, second, and third in each age category. T-shirts will also be given to the first 40 sign ups. If you have any questions, please call Tom or Beckie Scott at 376-8653

Marketplace Continued from page 12 Mobile Homes

Homes for Sale

Lake Isabella - Nice 2bd/2ba dbl wide Mobile Home w/patio & deck + 2 car carport in quiet 55+ park, $25,000 or financing available. 760-379-2092 _________________________ Beautiful Refurbished 1 1/2 bd, 1 ba. mobile home with den + an add on. Quiet park, walk to lake. Space inclds water/trash, laundry & fish house. $16,500. Owner will carry. Call Gary 760-376-3228

Must See! - Freshly remodeled cabin w/permits to expand on 1/3 acre lot. 102 Hoebeck Bodfish. Cross street of Columbus. $75,000 obo. 661-428-1108

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Wofford Heights - Sites available in quiet park with lake views, laundry facilities & fish house. $250/mo inclds water & trash. Call Jody @ 760-376-3228 _________________________ Wofford Heights Mobile / RV Park Great Location! Quiet, mature trees, walk to lake, market, medical, park & theater. Call Jim @ (760) 376-6316

Firewood for Sale OLIVE WOOD Are you shopping for price, or the most heat for your dollars? Cheaper than almond, oak or pine. More BTU's per cord! Free local delivery.


Announcement SORRY! Used up my brain last week with three ads. Been advised by my therapist not to over use the brain too much or I cud go guffee and no B able to comunikate wif nobode evr.

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Seasonal firefighters needed for next year The Kern County Fire Department is accepting applications for Seasonal Firefighters for the 2010 Fire Season. The department is planning to staff up to six wildland firefighting handcrews in the mountainous areas of the county with the first crew starting in February. Staggered hiring will continue until May when all crews will be in place and available for fire response. When the crews are not on fires, they are actively involved in various brush removal projects around the county which include constructing roadside firebreaks, firebreaks around mountain communities and assisting homeowners with brush disposal on organized “chipper days”. The position is very physically demanding as crew members are often required to work in steep, mountainous, rocky terrain with ambient temperatures often exceeding 100 degrees. Appointments for these extra-help positions will not exceed nine months in duration. Interested individuals must complete an on-line application with the Kern County Employment Department. To access the website, go to\\person. Click on “Job Openings/Related Information”: “Jobs Now Open to the Public”: “Extra-Help (Temporary Positions)” and scroll down to the “Seasonal Firefighter 1” application. All new applicants must complete this application. If you have any questions, please contact the Fire Crew Coordinator at (661) 391-7079.

Courier Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: SIERRA GATEWAY COTTAGES (2009-B7061) Street address of principal place of business: 13510 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA 93238. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 143, Kernville, CA 93238. REGISTRANTS: Alexandra Edwards, 21221 Lassen Street, #2, Chatsworth, CA 91311, and Jon Paul Fortunati, 21221 Lassen Street, #2, Chatsworth, CA 91311. I, Husband and Wife. Date the business commenced: 09/09/2003. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this

statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code) Signed: Alexandra Edwards. This statement filed on 11/10/2009. Expires 11/10/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By N. Hawley. Published by the Kern River Courier November 20, 27, December 4 and 11, 2009. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: PLASMO INTERACTIVE (2009-B7154) Street address of principal place of business: 3719 University Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93306. Mailing address of business: 3719 University Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93306. REGISTRANT: Bryan Secrest - Tebow, 3719 University Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93306. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. Notice: In accordance with

subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code) Signed: Bryan Secrest - Tebow. This statement filed on 11/13/2009. Expires 11/13/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By N. Hawley. Published by the Kern River Courier November 20, 27, December 4 and 11, 2009.

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Courier chuckle of the week: “How come there's only one Monopolies Commission?� - Nigel Rees

See Page 13 for answers to puzzles

Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Make your holiday preparations one step at a time in order to avoid being overwhelmed and leaving things undone. That confusing family situation continues to work itself out. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Ease this year's holiday money pressures by letting your thrifty side guide you as you look for those perfect gifts that typically reflect your good taste and love of beauty. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You'll have a good handle on potential holiday problems if you delegate tasks to family members, friends or co-workers -most of whom will be more than happy to help out. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Right now you are especially vulnerable to holiday scams that seek to take advantage of your generosity. Best advice: Check them out before you send out your checks. LEO (July 23 to August 22) The upcoming holiday season gives the Big Cat much to purr about. Relationships grow stronger, and new opportunities loom on the horizon, just waiting to be pounced on. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A changing situation brings conflicting advice about how to go forward with your holiday plans. Your best bet: Make the decision you feel most comfortable with. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Holiday

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plans get back on track after some confusion about the direction you expected to take. A potentially troublesome money matter needs your immediate attention. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your holiday preparations are on track. But you need to confront a personal situation while you can still keep it from overwhelming everything else. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Tight financial matters ease a bit during this holiday season. But the sagacious Sagittarian is well-advised to keep a tight hold on the reins while shopping for gifts. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Don't put off making decisions about this year's holiday celebrations, despite the negative comments you've been getting from several quarters. Do it NOW! AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) The holidays will bring new friends and new opportunities. Meanwhile, be careful to use your energy wisely as you go about making holiday preparations. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) There's good news coming from a most unlikely source. And it could turn out to be one of the best holiday gifts you have had in years. Remember to stay positive. BORN THIS WEEK: You are respected for your honesty and loyalty. You make friends slowly -- but with rare exceptions, they're in your life forever. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez 1. GEOGRAPHY: What is the capital of Canada's Northwest Territories? 2. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What is a baby bat called? 3. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What type of furniture is referred to as a "highboy"? 4. MUSIC: How many holes does a recorder (wind instrument) have? 5. LANGUAGE: What is a lazaretto? 6. ARCHITECTURE: What is adobe made of? Answers:

1. Yellowknife 2. A pup 3. Tall chest of drawers 4. Eight 5. A place to quarantine people with infectious disease 6. The building material is made of dried earth and straw

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Solutions to Kern River Courier puzzles on 14-15:

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