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A history of Thanksgiving


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Happy Thanksgiving In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn't until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers-an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other individuals lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World. After a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims, as they are now commonly known, began the work of establishing a village. For two centuries, “Thanksgiving Days” were celebrated by individual colonies and states, on different days. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held the final Thursday of November.


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Michael Batelaan/Kern River Courier Trout for Thanksgiving - Randy Richardson of Bakersfield wets a line at Riverside Park in Kernville. Richardson has been fishing the Kern Valley every Friday rain, snow or sleet for years.

Be safe while preparing for and celebrating the holidays Courier Extra So. California Edison As store shelves fill up with holiday lights and decorations, families and friends are preparing to celebrate the festive season. And as they get together to celebrate, Southern California Edison has a simple message: don't let potential fire hazards such as frayed cords and unsafe conditions like broken lights ruin the festivities. "During the holiday season, it's easy to get distracted with all the things you need to prepare around your home for your family and guests. Taking short cuts may seem to save time, but it's important not to rush and be safe," said William Messner, SCE's manager, Corporate Health and Safety. "We want all our customers to enjoy the holidays, so we urge them to be aware of potential risks associated with decorating such as falling off ladders, fires and electrical hazards." Close to 83 percent of people decorate their homes as part of the winter holidays, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International. And the most common winter holiday decora-




tions are lighted Christmas trees (83 percent), indoor decorations using electric lights (63 percent) and outdoor light decorations (58 percent). From 2005-2009, an annual average of 240 home fires started with Christmas trees, resulting in 13 deaths, 27 injuries, and $16.7 million in property damage. About 5,800 people each year are treated in hospital emergency rooms for falls associated with holiday decorations. More than half of these injuries were caused by falls from lad-

ders or roofs while decorating outdoors. During this holiday season, SCE has a few helpful tips: ■ Do not use decorative lighting with frayed cords and wires. ■ Do not use staples, nails or tacks to hang electrical cords. ■ Plug no more than three strands of lights into each electrical cord or outlet. ■ Never use lighted candles on or near holiday trees or decorations. ■ Use wooden or fiberglass ladders when decorating outdoors.

Pets too, need to celebrate wisely Courier Extra American Veterinarian Medical Association Thanksgiving is a holiday for feasts, family and friends. But put the family pet into the middle of that mix, and you may just be asking for trouble. The AVMA offers the following tips to pet owners to keep this American holiday safe for four-legged guests: ■ Your Thanksgiving feast is for people - not pets. Table scraps may seem like a fun way to include your pet in the holiday, but many foods are poisonous to pets, including onions, garlic, raisins and grapes. If you believe your pet has been poisoned, call your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency clinic immediately.

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Plan for the week ahead using the Courier Calendar.

Christmas parade 11am Saturday The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce 35th Annual Christmas Parade is on Saturday, November 24th beginning at 11 a.m. This year's theme is "Giving Joyfully", an honor to the volunteers in our great valley. The parade begins at the Lake Isabella Post Office center and makes its way along Lake Isabella Blvd. to Crestview Ave. where it ends. The pre-parade breakfast is $6 ($1 when you bring an unwrapped toy) at the Senior Center at 8 a.m. Our Chamber is thanking the volunteers and volunteer organizations that give so much to the Kern River Valley all year long. This year's Grand Marshals are Kern County's 1st District Supervisor Jon McQuiston and his Chief of Staff, Judy Hyatt.

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Pastor Jack Duitsman shows the Biblical way to thanks. Bodfish Bob has recipes that are full of baloney.

Join in with all the fun & games on the Courier puzzle pages.

kern river water data: Wednesday 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 84,217 acre-feet Reservoir peak 220,365 acre-feet Pool maximum 568,075 acre-feet Pool safety limit 360,000 acre-feet Upper Kern Kern Inflow at Kernville 192 cfs (5-hr avg.) Lower Kern Outflow 199 cfs Borel Canal Outflow 0 cfs (stopped) 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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Pre-Parade Toys for Tots breakfast November 24 The pre-parade breakfast is $6 ($1 when you bring an unwrapped toy) at the Senior Center at 8 a.m. For information contact the chamber office at 760-379-5457.

Regular activities Fridays

■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., TOPS #2293 weight loss group, Veterans Hall #2, Lake Isabella. 760-4172272. ■ 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Alzheimers Respite Group, Veterans Hall, Lake Isabella. 661-393-8871. ■ 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., TOPS weight loss group, Mt.View Church, Lake Isabella. 760-378-3935. ■ 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Bingo and lunch at Eagles, open to public, Mt. Mesa. 760-379-3394 ■ 12 - 1 p.m., AA, Senior Center, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-4112. ■ 1 p.m., Happy Hookers crochet club, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-6335. ■ 5 p.m. (1st Fri.) Kern Valley Cruisers and Hot Rods, Senior Center, Sierra Vista Restaurant, 16575 Hwy 178, Weldon. ■ 6 p.m. (2nd Fri.), Kernville Baptist Church game night. Next to Pizza Barn. 760-223-1036. ■ 7 p.m. Alano Club, AA 12x12 study, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella. ■ 7 - 8 p.m., AA, Kernville Chamber of Commerce, 11447 Kernville Rd., Kernville 760-379-4112 or 760-417-9701


■ 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Farmer’s Market, Nuui Cunni Center, French Gulch. 760-549-0800 ■ 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Farmer’s Market, Lakeshore Lodge, Wofford Heights. ■ 5 p.m. (1st Sat.), Havilah Centennial Group, Havilah Schoolhouse. 760-379-2636. ■ 1 p.m. Darts, 3 p.m. Poker Pool 3p.m., Dinner 5-7 p.m. Eagles Lodge, open to public, Mt. Mesa. 760379-3394 ■ 7 - 10 p.m. (1st Sat.), Dam Dancers square dancing, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. ■ 9:30 a.m. (1st Sat.), Aglow Int’l, Senior Center, Rm. 1, Lake Isabella. Barbara,760-378-3672 or Geraldine, 559-359-8953. ■ 2 p.m., Discussion. 7:30 - 9 p.m., 6 p.m. Pot Luck, 7 p.m. Speaker (3rd Sat.), AA - KR Health Center, 67 Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. 760-379-4112 or 760-417-9701 ■ 2 p.m. Alano Club, AA discusion, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella. ■ 6 p.m. (3rd Sat.) Alano Club, AA speaker, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella.


■ 9 a.m. to noon - VFW Breakfast, public welcome. 2811 Nugget, Lake Isabella. 760-379-3877. ■ 9 a.m. to noon, Breakfast at Eagles, public. welcom. Highway 178, Mt. Mesa. 760-379-3394. ■ 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (2nd Sun.), AA, Paradise Cove Restaurant, Hwy 178, Lake Isabella. Breakfast 10 a.m. / Speaker 11 a.m. 760-379-4112. ■ 2 - 3:30 p.m., AA - KR Health Center, 67 Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. 760-379-4112 or 760-417-9701


■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 10 a.m., Exercise Class, Lakeridge Clubhouse, Lake Isabella. 760-379-3206. ■ 2 - 3 p.m., Hospice Grief Support Group, 6040-D Lake Isabella Blvd. 661-410-1010. ■ 12 - 1 p.m., AA, Senior Center, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-7318 or 760379-7312. ■ 1 p.m. (3rd Mon.), Kern Valley Democratic Club, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. ■ 1 p.m., Line dance classes, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-0043. ■ 3 p.m. (2nd Mon.-Board/4th Mon.-Member ship), Kernville Chamber. 760-376-2629. ■ 5 - 7 p.m., Eagles spaghetti dinner, Mt. Mesa, open to public, 1st. Mon. 760-379-3394. ■ 6 - 9 p.m., KRV Comm. Orchestra, Cerro Coso College, Lake Isabella. 760-376-4461. ■ 6:30 - 8 p.m., Boy Scout Troup 690, 1st Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 760-812-7082. ■ 7 p.m. (3rd Mon.), KRV Art Assoc., Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-2844. ■ 6 - 7 p.m., AA, Mtn. View Baptish Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312. ■ 7:30 - 9 p.m., AA, Grace Chapel, 12308 Mtn. Mesa Rd., Mtn. Mesa. 760-379-7318 or 760-3797312. ■ 7:30 a.m., Al-Anon, KRV Hospital cafeteria, Mt. Mesa. 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312


■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 8:30 a.m., Yoga Practice Group, Kernville Methodist Church. 909-753-9043. ■ 9:30 - 11:30a.m., Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, 1st Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 760379-2556. ■ 10 a.m. (2nd Tue.), Kern Valley Garden Group. 760-379-1129. ■ 10 a.m. - noon Kern County Department of Public Health Immunization Clinic 7050 Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella. 877-818-4787 ■ 12:30 p.m., Bridge Club, Rod & Gun Club, E.

Lake Isabella Christmas parade November 24 The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce 35th Annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, Nov. 24 begins at 11 a.m. on Lake Isabella Blvd. This year's theme is

Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. 760-376-4249. ■ 2 p.m. (2nd Tue.), KRV Cemetery District. Public invited. 760-376-2189. ■ 6 p.m. (2nd Tue.), Lake Isabella-Bodfish Property Owners, Senior Center, Lake Isabella (760) 760-379-1830. ■ 6:30 p.m., (2nd Tue.) Epilepsy Support Group, Bakersfield. 760-376-1606 or 760-258-5272. ■ 7 p.m., (4th Tue.), KRV Historical Society, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA, KR Health Center, 67 Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. 760-379-4112 or 760-417-9701 ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA - Weldon Methodist Church, 20021 Hwy. 178, Weldon. 760-379-4112


■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 9 -11:30 a.m. (1st & 3rd Wed.), Dam Quilters, senior apts. behind Vons, Lake Isabella. 760-3799921. ■ 9:30 a.m., TOPS weight loss group, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 661-867-2579. ■ 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, Kernville United Methodist , room 4 760-379-2556. ■ Noon (2nd Wed.) KRV Chamber of Commerce meeting, Moose Lodge, Lake Isabella. 760-3795236. ■ Noon, Eagles Lunch/Shuffleboard, open to public, Mt. Mesa. 760-379-3394. ■ 12 - 1:30 p.m., AA - Women’s Serenity Circle, Mtn. View Baptist Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312. ■ 12:30 p.m., Bridge Club, Eagles Lodge, Mt. Mesa. 760-376-4249. ■ 1:30 - 3 p.m., Grief Support Group, Optimal Hospice, 6504-E Lake Isabella Blvd. ■ 5:30 p.m., Weight Watchers, Weldon Methodist Church. 760-267-4693. ■ 6 p.m. (3rd Wed.), American Legion, Senior Center Veterans Room, Lake Isabella. 760-3795086. ■ 7 p.m. (3rd Wed.), Fish & Game Habitat Club, 631 E. Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. ■ 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Senior Dance, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Live band. ■ 7 p.m. Alano Club, AA book study, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella. 760-379-7318 or 760-3797312. ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA, KR Health Center, 67 Evans Rd. Wofford Hts., 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312. ■ 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, Wofford Blvd., Wofford Hts. ■ 7 a.m., Al-Anon, Christ's Fellowship Church, Wofford Hts.. 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312


■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 8:30 a.m., Yoga Practice Group, Kernville Methodist Church. 909-753-9043. ■ 9 a.m. - noon, Thursday Painters, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5329. ■ 9:30 a.m., (3rd Thu.), Fire Safe Council, Supervisor’s office, County Bldg., Lake Isabella. ■ 11:45 a.m. (4th Thu.), KRV Women’s Club meeting, Elks Lodge. ■ Noon, Exchange Club, Paradise Cove. ■ 1 p.m., (2nd Thu.), Clan Diggers, Lake Isabella Library. 760-379-2303. ■ 5 - 7 p.m., TANF Cultural Night, French Gulch Campground. ■ 3:30 - 5 p.m. (4th Thu.), Kern River Valley Collaborative, Veterans Hall, Rm. 1., Lake Isabella. 760-379-2556, ext. 601. ■ 5 - 7 p.m., VFW Taco Thursday, open to public. 760-379-3877. ■ 4-6 p.m. (3rd Thu.), Republican Assembly of the Kern River Valley, Moose Lodge, Lake Isabella. 760-376-1462 or 760-379-0673.. ■ 6 p.m., Rotary Club, KRV Elks Lodge, Wofford Heights. 760-376-2844. ■ 6 p.m., Weight Watchers, Lake Ridge Mobile Home Park Club House, Lake Isabella. Weigh-in 5:30 p.m. ■ 7 p.m. Alano Club, NA book study, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella. ■ 6:30 p.m., Sweet Adelines, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. New members welcome. ■ 7 p.m., (3rd Thu.), Kern Valley Astronomy Club, Museum, Kernville. 760-376-1291. ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA, Senior Center, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-4112.

Bingo Guide

■ Friday, noon, Eagles Lodge, Mt. Mesa ■ Saturday, noon, South Fork Women’s Club, Fay Ranch Road., Weldon ■ Sunday, 11 a.m., Moose Lodge, Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. ■ Wednesday, 1 p.m., Senior Center, Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. ■ Thursday, Early Bird 12:15 p.m., Regular 1 p.m., St. Jude Catholic Church, 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.

"Giving Joyfully", honoring the volunteers in our great valley. For information contact the Chamber office at 760-379-5457. Nuui Cunni Farmers Market November 24 The Kern River Paiute Council invites you to visit the Nuui Cunni Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for your produce needs. Now accepting WIC. Local honey, fresh eggs, healing native plant salves and teas, plus locally grown produce. The market is located at 2600 Hwy 155 in Lake Isabella between Lake Isabella and Wofford Heights at the French Gulch Forest Service Recreation Area. For more information please contact the Nuui Cunni Cultural Center 760-5490800. Lakeshore Farmers Market closed November 24 Lakeshore Farmers Market will be closed on Nov. 24 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. They hope to see you next week, which will also be an antiques and collectables day. Veterans of Foreign Wars breakfast November 25 Have breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday Nov. 25 at the Kern River Valley VFW Post 7665 Hall, 2811 Nugget Ave. (behind McDonald's), Lake Isabella. For information call 760-379-3877. Commodities distribution November 27 Government food commodities will be distributed to those who qualify on Tuesday November 27 at the New Life Church in Wofford Heights, Grace Chapel in Mt Mesa and at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. Distribution starts at 8 a.m. McQuiston rep to hold office hours November 27 Lori Acton, Field Representative for First District Supervisor Jon McQuiston, will hold office hours Tuesday Nov. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is available to meet with walk-in constituents. For more information, call 760549-2068. Historical Society November 27 This month’s program is a look at the Kern Valley High School ECHO program, one of the most successful small school academies in the state at the meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. Call 760-379-1123 for information. Dinner for Erie Johnson November 27 Come honor Erie Johnson at the Paradise Cove. No host cocktails at 6 p.m. dinner (prime rib, shrimp or chicken) at 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to participate in honoring Erie. Gag gifts and cards are welcome. $25. Call Robin Little at 760-376-6842 or email her at to RSVP. Deadline is November 24. Medicare Open Enrollment ends soon November 28 A representative from the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program, or HICAP, will be at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella on Wednesday November 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hoffmann Hospice Light Up a Life November 29 Hoffmann Hospice invites you to join them for the annual remembrance and tree lighting ceremony in Kernville in Circle Park at 5:30 p.m. Thursday Nov. 29. Guests are asked to make a minimum donation of $10 per light. Bundle up, bring the family, and gather around the tree for a poignant evening of holiday joy. For more information, call 661-410-1010. KRV Friends of the Library book sale November 29 and 30, December 1 Do your Christmas shopping early on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. KRV Friends of the Library asks you to support your local library and come to the book sale at the Kern River Valley Branch Library, 7054 Lake Isabella Blvd.,

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Things I have noticed...

Count your blessings

About things I have noticed

Johnson Oatman, Jr. wrote these words about Thanksgiving in 1897. When upon life’s billows you are tempesttossed, When you are Batelaan discouraged, thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. Refrain: Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings, see what God hath done! Count your blessings, name them one by one, *Count your many blessings, see what God hath done. [*And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.] Are you ever burdened with a load of care? Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear? Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly, And you will keep singing as the days go by. When you look at others with their lands and gold, Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold; Count your many blessings— *money cannot buy [*wealth can never buy]

Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high. So, amid the conflict whether great or small, Do not be discouraged, God is over all; Count your many blessings, angels will attend, Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end. [*Alternate text]. He was saying grace if you will, and no matter how we say it, grace transforms an ordinary meal into a celebration of family, love, gratitude and Thanksgiving. For we all have much to be thankful for. When we say grace, we’re acknowedging that our food didn’t just appear from nowhere. Someone grew it. Harvested it, bought it and prepared it. For a minute our minds are focused on broader and richer things. The Lord knows that everyone at every Thanksgiving table needs blessing and encouragement. Just be careful who you ask to give the blessing, as it could last forever and your food will become cold. Don’t be too short with it either. “God is great, God is good, let us thank Him for our food, Amen,” or *Bless this turkey ‘til I’m stuffed, and maketh sure I get my just desserts until my stomach pushes me from the table, if it must. Dig in. [*My alternate prayer]. Michael Batelaan an be reached at

Dam question of the week: At the request of our readers, the Kern River Courier is publishing responses to the most frequently asked questions of the Corps of Engineers regarding the Isabella Dam safety Modification Study. For additional information see:

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Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist Sometimes as I sit in front of my word processor, I find my mind a complete blank and I say to myself, "Whatever am I going to write about?" Middleworth Usually something comes to mind and that's what gets put on paper under the logo 'Things I've Noticed'. Sometimes I forget to put the words 'Things I've Noticed' in my column, but it is always inferred. This week's column will be a mish/ mosh of things I have Whatever noticed this write about? past week. The first thing I noticed occurred as I was watching TV. I had my shoes and socks off and my feet resting on the ottoman. With the TV screen viewed between my feet I noticed that the toe next to my big left toe was a half inch longer. The toe on my other foot was the same length as that big toe. This means I am off balance and could explain why I wear holes in my sock on my left foot toe area. It also explains why shoes never fit right and why

I'm often off balance. At least that's the excuse I will now use. Another observation has to do with one of my medications. Someone, sometime, in the medical field determined that Coumadin taken by pill keeps the blood thin and lessens threat of a heart attack. So on doctors orders I take a daily dose of Coumadin. But here is the rest of the story. Coumadin is another name for Warfarin, which is the main ingredient in rat poison. The way I figure it, is that my system is now full of rat poison which keeps my blood thin, but as a side effect, if a mouse ever bites me he's a goner. As part of the rat poison regimen, I take a blood reading every 2 weeks I guess to make am I going to sure I don't croak from the pills. This means - Middleworth I have a small instrument that punches a hole in my finger, and the resulting blood placed in a machine tells me and the medical folks how things are going. I must be doing alright, and as a bonus we no longer have mice, rats or squirrels on our property. A final note of things I've noticed is that my memory is so bad that I might write a column on "Things I've Forgotten". And maybe someday I will.....If I can remember what it was I forgot!



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Faith K E R N

Thank filled hearts Jack Duitsman, Pastor Father’s Heart Foursquare Church, Kernville Let us allow the eternal Word of God to encourage our hearts afresh this Thanksgiving season, and may we each be touched with hearts filled with thanksgiving. Duitsman


his is the day which the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. - Psalm 118:24


ope in God for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God. - Ps 43:5


ll things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. - Romans 8:28


ow to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. - Jude 1:24-25


now you that the LORD he is God: it is he that has made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. - Psalm 100:3


erve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. - Psalm 100:2


ive thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 107:1


will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!" - Psalm 91:2


erily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. - John 5:24


will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. - Psalm 34:1


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A Thanksgiving Prayer "O we give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!" Psalm 106 "Oh, Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for your food, and ask that you fill the cups of those who are hungry." "We thank you Lord for your many blessings. May we always remember that they come from you." "We thank you for our health, and ask for healing of those that are sick." "We thank you for our family and friends, and ask that you be with those who are alone." "We thank you for our freedom, and remember those who are enslaved." "We thank you Lord for the giving of your son and our salvation, and that your spirit will descend upon those who do not believe." "We thank you Lord that we can worship you, and pray for those who feel they can not." "May these remembrances stir us to service." "That your gifts and blessings to us, may be used for you, and shared with others." "Lord, may we rejoice aways, constantly, and give thanks in all circumstances..." Thessalonians 5:16-18 "We pray this prayer in Jesus’ name, Amen" This prayer was originally published by columnist Dear Abby each Thanksgiving and has become a family tradition that is read every year at our Thanksgiving table.


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Valley places of worship Kernville Father’s Heart Foursquare Church Kernville Elementary School, Kernville. Sunday Service 9:30 a.m. 760-223-6704 First Baptist Church of Kernville 46 Valley View Drive, Kernville. Sunday Services 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. 760-376-6403 Kernville United Methodist Church 251 Big Blue Rd., Kernville. Worship Celebration, Sunday’s 9:30 a.m. 760-376-2751 Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship Center 44 Big Blue Road, Kernville. Sunday School 9 a.m., Service 10:30 a.m. 760-417-2014 St. Peter’s Anglican Church 11900 Sierra Way, Kernville. Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. 760-376-6362 St. Sherrian’s Episcopal Church Services held at Kernville United Methodist Church. Sunday Service 11 a.m.

Wofford Heights Family Life Center Foursquare Church 20 W. Panorama, Wofford Heights. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 760-376-6719 New Life Assembly of God 25 Arden Av., Wofford Heights. Sunday Services 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.760-376-6402 St. Jude Catholic Church 86 Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Heights. Sunday Mass 8 a.m. & 10 a.m., Sat. 4 p.m. 760-376-2416 Calvary Chapel 125 Sycamore Drive, Wofford Heights. Services: Sun. 10 a.m. and Wed. 6:30 p.m.760-376-8789 Christ Fellowship 80 Evans Road, Wofford Heights. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.

Lake Isabella Enform the Church 3615 Suhre, Lake Isabella. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 760-812-7020 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. 760-379-5615 Fountain of Christ Church 5101 #A Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella. Sunday Service: 9:45 a.m. Wed. 5:30 p.m. Thur. 5:30 p.m. 760-417-0793 Landmark Missionary Baptist Church 2741 Mountain View Rd, Lake Isabella. Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. 760-379-5640 Mt. View Southern Baptist Church 2959 Erskine Creek Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 8:30, 11:15 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 760-379-4296 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 11 a.m. 760-379-2343 Kern Valley Bible Church 3920 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella. Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. 760-379-5482 Church of the Nazarene 2931 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 760-379-2062 Highland Chapel United Methodist 5301 Lake Isabella Bl., Lake Isabella. Sunday School & Worship 10:30 a.m. 760-379-2120 Lake Isabella Church of Christ 3711 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella. Worship Sunday 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wed. 6 p.m. Bible study Sun. 10 a.m. Kern River Valley Seventh Day Adventist 3801 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella. Saturday Service 9:30 a.m. 760-379-3206 Kern Valley Pentecostal LightHouse Church 3730 Wagon Wheel Dr., Lake Isabella. Sunday School 9:45 Services 10:45 a.m., 5 p.m. Wed. 6 p.m. 760-379-5819

Mountain Mesa Church of Christ Mt. Mesa 6400 Dogwood Av., Mt. Mesa. Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. 760-379-4792 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 6400 Park Av., Mt. Mesa. Sunday Services 10:00 a.m. 760-379-2904 Grace Chapel 12312 Mt. Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa. Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. 760-379-4093 Christian Assembly 12424 Mountain Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa. Sunday Services 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 760-379-6377 Victory Tabernacle (United Pentecostal) 4324 Birch, Mt. Mesa. Sunday Services 4 p.m. 760-379-6360

Southlake/Weldon Kern Christian Church “The River” 14900 Hwy 178, Southlake. Sunday Services 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. 760-378-3780 He Cares Fellowship 16475 Hwy 178, Southlake. Services Sunday 9:30 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. 760-379-6935 Weldon United Methodist Church 20021 Hwy. 178, Weldon. Sunday Services 8:30 a.m. 760-378-2321 Weldon Baptist Church 20674 Highway 178, Weldon. Sunday Services 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. 760-378-4964 Church listings are free. Please contact the Courier office.

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Please support our local Bell Ringers! Your donation or volunteer service can make this holiday season a wonderful ® experience for those in need in the Kern River Valley. To donate: Make checks payable to the Salvation Army P.O. Box 2786 Lake Isabella, CA 93240 To volunteer: For help with Bell Ringing or Stuff-ATruck collection or distribution call 760-379-5100 or drop into The Salvation Army /Christian Service Center

The Salvation Army located at the Community Christian Service Center 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. All donations are tax deductable and stay for use right here in the Kern River Valley.






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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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Sheriff/CHP Substation 7046 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella Weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Business calls only, 760-549-2100

Kern County Fire Stations Kernville Station 76 11018 Kernville Road Kernville Business calls only, 760-376-2219 Lake Isabella Station 72 4500 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella Business calls only, 760-379-2626 Southlake Station 71 9000 Navajo Ave. Weldon Business calls only, 760-378-3055

Kern Valley Hospital Emergency Department McCray & Laurel Mountain Mesa 760-379-2681

Recreation information U.S. Forest Service Isabella Lake office: 4875 Ponderosa Drive. 760-379-5646 Kernville office: 105 Whitney Rd. 760-376-3781 (around the corner from the museum) Closed weekends.

General infomation Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce 6404 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella (across from Senior Center) Local: 760-379-5236 Toll Free: 866-KRV4FUN Kernville Chamber of Commerce 11447 Kernville Rd. Kernville (corner Sierra Way & Kernville Roads) Local: 760-376-2629 Toll Free: 866-KERNVILLE


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Pheasants feather hunters’ caps Mike Mencarini Kern River Courier Columnist The Lake Isabella Junior Pheasant Hunt of 2012 was truly a success and all who attended had a great time. The weekend started out Friday with a few short rain showers with Mencarini which a bright and colorful rainbow appeared. On Saturday the weather was as good as it gets for this time of year. There were plenty of pheasant and plenty of young hunters just waiting for their chance to bag Mr. Ringneck. The air was thick with anticipation as the dog handlers readied their charges and prepared to lead the way to what might be some junior's first hunt or a seasoned junior's last pheasant hunt. Sunday was a little breezy but the kids didn't seem to notice as there were plenty of those colorful roosters harvested. Again this year as in the

past years the hunt was incident free. Everyone was also treated to a picnic type lunch which was free to all. There were so many fine volunteers I don't have enough space to name each one. So on behalf of everyone who participated I would like thank the Fish and Game Habitat Club for putting on a great weekend of hunting. Considering the logistics involved in putting on an event such as this they the volunteers deserve a huge pat-on-the-back. I would like to say a special thanks to Mr. Terry Mullins our Game Warden who was present on Sunday. Terry which is how most of us know him, answered question after question from the adults and the youngsters and even had time for me to take a picture of him with a junior hunter (see page 12). Next week I will give a shout out to those great people and businesses who donated the great prizes and the food and drink. Mike Mencarini is a Wofford Heights resident and a avid fisherman. For questions or comments you can reach him through the Kern River Courier, office@kern

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PICKS OF THE WEEK "The Dark Knight Rises" (PG13) -- The Dark Knight trilogy comes to a climactic conclusion as Batman (Christian Bale) must come out of hiding to save civilization from a new foe. Eight years after Batman took the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, crime is down and things are quiet. A muscle-bound chap named Bane (Tom Hardy) causes enough trouble to bring the Bat out of the shadows by amassing an army in the city's sewers. This is the big, loud, dark conclusion the trilogy deserves. Christopher Nolan takes the themes inherent in the previous Dark Knight movies and pushes them as far as they can go. Besides Bane, there are some shiny new features in this installment; Anne Hathaway dons the skin-tight black suit of Catwoman, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays John Blake, a young cop. "Hope Springs" (PG-13) -- You'll get a lot of laughs, sighs and uncomfortable moments from this drama/rom-com about the intimacy issues of an older married couple. Kay (Meryl Streep) wishes her husband, Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones on an extra dosage of cranky pills), would be attracted to her. Kay gets Arnold to come with her to a couples retreat

Christian Bale in "The Dark Knight Rises"

with a therapist (Steve Carell). The trailer suggests it's all fun and games, but these are serious discussions about things that come and go over a long marriage. Even with the laughs, the overall movie experience is an awkward one as the film tries to stay light while digging into marital issues. "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" (PG) -- A young married couple unable to have their own child adopts the first mud-covered boy who shows up at their doorstep. Really, all they had to do was write down everything they would have wanted in a child, bury it in a box and wait for the spirits of PG-rated movies to grant them the perfect boy. Magic is fun and all, and Disney has made heaps of money and emotional capital by selling wishes-come-true fantasy, but Timothy Green is just sappy and boring. © 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Recipes for Dummies by Bodfish Bob Bodfish Bob’s Bologna Omelet Cups 8 slices bologna 3 eggs 2 Tablespoons milk 2 Tablespoons onion -- finely chopped 3 ounces American Cheese -- chopped Skillet and muffin tin

Bodfish Bob’s Fried Bologna Casserole 8 slices bologna 3 tablespoons butter 1 onion, chopped 4 cups warm mashed potatoes 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the bologna slices in the hot skillet until browned on both sides, about 1 minute per side. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Wipe excess grease from the skillet, reduce heat to medium, and stir in the butter and onion. Cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir the onions into the warm mashed potatoes. Spread half of the mashed potatoes into the prepared baking dish. Layer with half of the fried bologna, and sprinkle with half of the cheese. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Bake uncovered in the preheated oven until the cheese is bubbly, and the center is hot, about 30 min.

Heat 6 slices of the bologna in an ungreased skillet until the centers puffs. Place each heated bologna in a lightly greased muffin cup. Chop the remaining 2 slices of bologna into small pieces. In a small bowl, beat eggs with the milk. Stir in the chopped bologna and onion. Pour egg mixture into bologna cups. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until eggs are set. Sprinkle with the cheese. Bake for a couple minutes more. Makes 2 servings. Bodfish Bob’s Barbecued Bologna 4 lbs. unsliced bologna 1/4 c. butter juice of 1 lemon 1/2 c. chili sauce 1 tsp.Worcestershire sauce Score the bologna on all sides. Place it in a baking dish and cover the bologna with the sauce. Bake for 3 hours at 250 degrees; baste every now and then to prevent from drying. To serve: Remove the bologna from the baking dish to a serving dish. Make sure you take all the barbecue sauce with it. Place the serving dish on a hot tray. Slice or cube a small amount of the bologna to start it, then leave the knife and fork with the bologna and allow each guest to serve himself. Have some party rye bread slices on the side to serve with it.







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Continued from page 2 Lake Isabella The proceeds help support the local libraries, children's reading programs, educational projects and the purchase of books and supplies. Tubatulabal yard sale November 30, December 1 and 2 Come for some great buys on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in front of the Tubatulabal office at 12600 Mt. Mesa Road. There will be crafts, household appliances, antiques, clothes, Christmas items, toys and best of all, Indian tacos! A Christmas Trial November 30, December 1 and 2 All are invited to Family Life Center Christmas comedy, A Christmas Trial, fun for the whole family. The fun begins at 7 p.m. in the Family Life sanctuary each night. Admission is free and there will be child care for children 4 years and under. There will be refreshments following in the gymnasium. Family Life is at 20 Panorama Drive, Wofford Heights. Free Spay/Neuter Assistance November 30 The Fabulous Fall Fix Event for Kern River Valley residents will take place on Friday, November 30 at the Vons Parking lot located at 5610 Lake Isabella Boulevard in Lake Isabella. Interested pet owners must make an appointment with AngelDogs Foundation for the surgery. The number to contact for appointments is 1-888-504SPAY(7729). Candlelight stroll November 30 Join the Kernville Chamber on Friday Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. at Circle Park for the annual Christmas Candlelight Stroll and carol sing. Call the Chamber at760-376-2629.

13th Annual Christmas in Kernville December 1 The Parade of Giving will assemble at Circle Park at 3 p.m. and leave at 4 p.m. to tour Kernville, collecting toys and clothes for needy children in the Valley. It will return to Circle Park at 5 p.m. See Santa in the park from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. where refreshments will be served. Call Darlene Randall at 760376-3998 if you have any questions. Christmas shop hop December 1 The Shop Hop features Circle Park merchants and other businesses from around the Valley. This event is free for merchants. Shop Saturday Dec. 1 in Circle Park and at the Odd Fellows Hall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be door prizes at participating businesses and free refreshments throughout. For more information call the Kernville Chamber at 760-376-2629. Inspirational film December 2 In the exhilarating action epic For Greater Glory, an impassioned group of men and women each make the decision to risk it all for family, faith and the future of their country. Join the 4th degree Knights of Columbus, Lady of the Lake Assembly 3339 for the showing of this film on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Reel Cinema, Wofford Heights, $5 per adult, $2 per child. Call Frank Vargas at 760-223-6316. To include your event in the Courier Calendar, send the information to us by email or on paper, either in person or by mail (our address listed on page 2). Submissions must be received by Tuesday at 1 p.m. in order to make each Friday's issue. Events must be open to the public and the cost if any, must be listed. Listings are printed in chronological order by event date and may be shortened for content and space available. Submitted items deemed mostly or entirely business advertising will not be accepted.

Attention do good-ers Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist My regular readers know how involved I am with Medicare, health insurance, and of course the Medicare Part D prescription benefit. However, there are many who may not regularly see this col- Thal umn, and it is important that the many people who are on Medicare with limited incomes be advised of an often little publicized Federal Medicare benefit. The program is called "Extra Help". It is available to people who have a "stand-alone" prescription drug plan or to those who have a Medicare Advantage HMO plan. This program is designed for people who have incomes above the line that would qualify them for Medi-Cal. Those folks are automatically enrolled and have even richer benefits. The benefits of this program are based on need. If your 2012 income is up to $1,257 per month ($1,702 couples) and you have assets up to $8,440 ($13, 410 couples) you qualify for Full Extra Help. If your income is below $1,396 per month ($1,891 couples) and your assets are up to $13.070 ($26,120) you will qualify for Partial Extra Help. Full Extra Help will pay the full plan monthly premium on many Part D prescription drug plans and elimi-

nate the deductible (if any). You will pay $2.60 for generic drugs and $6.50 for brand name. The "donut hole" is removed, and if you consume more than $6,657.50 in total drug costs there is no co-pay. Partial Extra Help will pay premiums based on income, and on selected plans the deductible will be no more than $65. You will pay the lesser of the plan's co-pay or 15% coinsurance for medications. Many assets are not counted, such as your home, a car and many other necessities. They look primarily at money and cash-like equivalents. One of the nicest parts of the program is that it doesn't hurt to apply. You can call Medicare at 1-800MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227 24 hours/7 days a week. Also, keep in mind there are several plans in 2013 that are under $30 per month and many generic drugs are with a $0 co-pay. I trust that medical and social work professionals will pass this information on to their eligible clients. There is no reason why any of our neighbors should be paying more than they have to for their medicine. Harry P. Thal, MA, is a licensed insurance broker (0621106) and a member of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. He is on the Nat. Assoc. of Health Underwriters Medicare Advisory Board and may be reached at 760-376-2100, email harrythal@ or visit him on the web at

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Erie Johnson commemoration dinner Serving as Director of South Kern, and Kern River Valley College Center for Cerro Coso Community College from 2009 through Fall 2012, Erie Johnson no longer works for Cerro Coso. Erie continues to volunteer with many Kern Valley Organizations, including the Rotary Club of Kern River Valley and Kern River Valley Revitalization. To celebrate his contributions to Cerro Coso and the Kern Valley, his friends have planned an appreciation dinner for Erie at the Paradise Cove Restaurant, 10700 Hwy 178, Lake Isabella on Tuesday, November 27. The cost per person is $25 each (to be collected at the door); and the menu choice is Prime Rib, Shrimp or Chicken. Attendees are encouraged to participate in honoring Erie. Gag gifts and Cards are welcome! RSVP to Robin Little (760) 376-6842 or RSVP deadline is November 24.

Supervisor’s office offers free spay/neuter assistance The Fabulous Fall Fix Event for Kern River Valley residents will take place on Friday, November 30th at the Vons Parking lot located at 5610 Lake Isabella Boulevard in Lake Isabella. Interested pet owners must make an appointment with AngelDogs Foundation for the surgery. The number to contact for appointments is 1-888-504- SPAY (7729). "Responsible pet ownership, including spaying and neutering pets, is an important component for reducing the number of unwanted animals entering our shelters every year," said District 1 Supervisor Jon McQuiston. In addition, owners of spayed and neutered dogs that have proof of their rabies vaccination can also receive a free one year County license. Owners of spayed or neutered dogs that do not have a current rabies vaccination can still receive a free one year County license by stopping by the AngelDogs Foundation spay/neuter mobile clinic to purchase a Rabies vaccination for $10 and, receive their free one year County license.

Food drive to benefit Optimal patients and families It's time once again for the Optimal Hospice Care Holiday Food Drive. Each year we identify families under our care who can use a little extra support to provide holiday meals for their loved ones. We donate food bags at Thanksgiving as well as Christmas - so we need your help. From now until the end of the year, we are accepting donations of non-perishable food items, as well as grocery store gift cards. Please help us to provide a better holiday season for those who are going through a difficult time. There will be a donation box in the Lake Isabella Hospice Office located at 6504 Lake Isabella Blvd. Ste. E, Lake Isabella. Call 760-379-5038 for information.

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Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You've let yourself be distracted from what's really important. But love finally gets your attention this week. However, it comes with a challenge that could create a problem. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Be careful not to bully others into following your lead. Best advice: Persuade, don't push, and you'll get the cooperation you need to move forward with your plans. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Resist the urge to gloat now that you've proved your detractors wrong. Instead, charm them back into your circle. Remember: A former foe can become your best ally. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You might want to claim all the credit for making this holiday season special. But is it worth producing a lot of hurt feelings by rejecting offers of help? Think about it. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Ignore a co-worker's questionable behavior. Instead, put your energy into making your own project special. Then sit back and purr over your well-deserved applause. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You might not want to accept those suggested changes in your workplace. But don't chuck them out before you check them out. You could be happily surprised. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your holi- Kern River Courier Page 9

day planning might have to take a back seat for a bit so that you can handle a problem with a friend or family member. Your schedule resumes by the 8th. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Relationships in general benefit during the early part of the week, including in the workplace. Also expect some overdue changes in a personal situation. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) "Prudence" should be your watchword this week. Best not to be too open about some of the things that are currently happening in your life. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Money is on your mind, so you'd best mind how you're spending it. Take another look at that holiday budget and see where you can make adjustments. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Resolving to revive an old friendship could open some old wounds. Are you sure you want to risk that? Think this through before making a commitment. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Your need to know more about a new friend could lead to some startling revelations. Best advice: Keep an open mind about what you learn until all the facts are in. © 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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1. Who was the first player to hit two homers in a game twice in the same World Series? 2. How many times have the Minnesota Twins gone to the World Series? 3. Which Division I college football team holds the record for most yards rushing per carry for a season? 4. Who was the last NBA player before Minnesota's Kevin Love in 2010-11 to average more than 20 points and 15 rebounds per game for a season? 5. Name the goaltender who stopped Wayne Gretzky's 51-game streak of scoring at least one point in the 1983-84 NHL season. Answers:

1. Willie Mays Aikens of the Kansas City Royals in 1980. 2. Three -- they lost in 1965 and won in 1987 and 1991. 3. Army averaged 7.6 yards per carry in 1945. 4. Philadelphia's Moses Malone, in the 1982-83 season. 5. Markus Mattsson of the Los Angeles Kings.

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Misc. For Sale R Ranch Share + trailer + mos left in 2012 in Sequoia Nat’l F., great sport area & great family entertainment. Use all year. $2,500 complete 818-353-2279 __________________________ Merits Pioneer 10 (S341) mobility scooter. Large 10” numatic tires, headlight, 10 mph top speed, power to handle rough terrain. Candy apple red, front & rear baskets, sun shade, upgraded folding/rotating seat w/high back, many options, NEW! Only used 6 wks. $3,000 obo, 760-223-6538

Lots/Vacant Land Kernville - 2 view lots with underground electricity + well water. Owner wants to sell. Terms negotiable. 760-417-0876 ___________________________ On April 23, 1978, a 25 lb green iceberg fell from the sky & landed in Ripley, Tennessee. The Federal Aviation Admin. later reported that the ice mass was frozen waste that had fallen from a leaky airplane toilet.

Kernville- Hi-Ho 50+ MHP 2 bd / 2 ba Apts. $450/mo + dep & utilities. 760-376-2671 ___________________________ Lake Isabella - 55+ Community, 2bd/2ba dble wide w/patio, completely refurbished. $575 mo + security deposit. (760) 964-2514 ___________________________ Wofford Hts - Remodeled 3/bd, 2/ba home in Pala Ranches, w/hardwood floors, granite countertops, extra room under house, mtn view, stove, refrig + w/d hookup, Sec. 8 ok, $1,100/mo + dep. 323-447-9140 / 323-969-8061 ___________________________ So Lake - 3bd/2ba w/fenced yd, a/c, large kitchen & living room, w/d hookup, close to lake, rent negotiable, Section 8 OK, (760) 417-9082 ___________________________ So. Lake - Look no further! Huge 3bd, large yard w/electric fence, w/d hookup, furnished or unfurnished, loads of storage, close to lake, Section 8 OK, rent negotiable (760) 417-9082 ___________________________ Onyx - 2bd/2ba Mobile Home w/ den, 1,440 sq ft, 2 car garage, on 1/3 acre, $650/mo + security deposit 760-812-0525 ___________________________ Onyx - 2bd/1ba, end unit of Triplex, new carpet & paint, yard, carport, water/trash paid, bus stops in front, $600/mo + dep. 760-220-877 ___________________________ Wofford Hts - 2bd/2ba MH w/2 car garage, newly remodeled w/all new appl., 1,350 sqft, huge deck & sun room, fenced yd, pets ok, private on 1 acre, $950/mo + dep, 760-417-1508 ___________________________

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Downtown Lake Isabella - 20+ acres with irrigation well + 3bd, 2ba home, barn, walking distance to everything. Excellent business/ investment opportunity. Lets talk - all terms negotiable. 760-417-0876 ___________________________ Wofford Heights - was an old motel. Open to all ideas, multiple possibilities. Zoned commercial. 760-220-8787 ___________________________ According to ancient Hindu Law, the punishment for aultery, was the removal of one’s nose.

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Elks have scholarships for graduating seniors Any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen may apply for a Most Valuable Student scholarship from the Elks National Foundation. The top award is $15,000 per year. Students will be judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need. Applications are available from the high school guidance counselor, on line at, or by contacting Laurie Ashley at 760-376-2762. Applications must be submitted on or before December 7.

Family Life Center presents ‘A Christmas Trial’ Family Life Center presents a Christmas gift to the Kern River Valley. They are inviting everyone to their Christmas comedy, musical, drama presentation of A Christmas Trial, an original work written and directed by Pastor Jerry Ruff, fun for the whole family. There seems to be a debate concerning the separation of church and state. It winds up in the courtroom but an unforeseen circumstance has turned the world upside down for all of them. You will laugh, cry (or at least water-up some), and perhaps come to terms with your own Christmas story. The fun starts Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. Admission is free and there will be child care for children 4 years and under. There will be refreshments afterward in the gymnasium. Family Life Center is located at 20 Panorama Drive, Wofford Heights.

Thanks for caring We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to all those who helped round up our two horses, called 911 with their concern, and another who gave us both a ride to the Mt Mesa Park to retrieve them following an accident I had in the hills. Both horses took off, and we are happy they are fine. I suffered a rib fracture but will be back riding in 8 weeks. It is wonderful in these difficult times to find so many caring people in our area. Sincerely, Valerie and Steve Minoux Squirrel Valley

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Medicare Open Enrollment ends December 7 Take advantage of Open Enrollment to review cost, coverage or both. A representative from the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program, or HICAP, will be at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella on a first come, first served basis on Wednesday November 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Your health needs change from year to year and you health plan may change the benefits and costs each year too. That is why it is important to evaluate your Medicare choices reguCranes Waste Oil Inc. is accepting larly. closed top containers up to 5 gallons and a drained used oil filter. If you cannot get to this Lake Isabella At 15412 Highway 178, Southlake, between the hours of 10am & 2pm office time, you can call HICAP at 1-800or by appointment Monday to Friday. Closed Holidays 434-0222 or 1-661-868-1000 to make an " We are located 2 blks east of the Fire Station. (Maximum 20 gallons at one time). appointment for a personal consultation Call 800.272.6330 in Bakersfield.

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Kern River Courier Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Rich Pak (2012 - B6197) Street address of principal place of business: 5512 Valpredo Road, Bakersfield, CA 93307. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 60279, Bakersfield, CA 93386. REGISTRANT: Garry Richardson, 11505 Harrington, Bakersfield, CA 93311. Individual. Date the business commenced: 01/01/1984. 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: Garry Richardson. This statement filed on 10/26/2012. Expires 10/26/2017. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By: J. Garcia. Published by the Kern River Courier November 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2012. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Black Dreams (2012 - B6415) Street address of principal place of business: 1105 Cannon Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93307. Mailing address of business: 1105 Cannon Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93307. REGISTRANTS: Amanda Dickerson, 1105 Cannon Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93307, Lakeah Dickerson, 1105 Cannon Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93307 and Derricka Dickerson, 1105 Cannon Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93307. B - General Partnership. Date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. Notice: In accor-

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dance 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: Amanda Dickerson. This statement filed on 11/08/2012. Expires 11/08/2017. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By: J. Garcia. Published by the Kern River Courier November 16, 23, 30 and December 7, 2012. STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME: Fictitious Business Name being abandoned: THE MOTHER LODE (2009B1016) Street address of business: 16 Tobias, Kernville, CA 93238; Mailing address of Business: P.O. Box 355, Kernville, CA 93238. REGISTRANT WHO WISHES TO ABANDON THE BUSINESS NAME: Juanita Darlene Young, 2450 Sweetwater Drive, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. Original FBN Statement Filed on: 02/10/2009. This Statement of Abandonment filed on: 11/15/2012. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk by E. Del Villar, Deputy Clerk (34993). Published by the Kern River Courier November 23, 30, December 7 and 14, 2012. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: The Mother Lode (2012 - B6581) Street address of principal place of business: 16 Tobias, Kernville. CA 93238. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 1215, Kernville, CA 93238.

REGISTRANTS: Judith Dodd, 325 Sirretta, Kernville, CA 93238 and John Dodd, 325 Sirretta, Kernville, CA 93238. Husband and Wife. 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: Judith Dodd. This statement filed on 11/15/2012. Expires 11/15/2017. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By: E. Del Villar. Published by the Kern River Courier November 23, 30, December 7 and 14, 2012.

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A bird in the hand Game Warden Terry Mullins and Jr. Pheasant Hunter Kenny Dalton pose for a commemorative photograph.

Continued from page 1 ■ Just because it's dead, doesn't mean it's not deadly. A turkey carcass left in an open trash container or one that's easily opened could prove deadly if the family pet finds it. A pet that "discovers" the carcass can quickly eat so much that it causes a condition called pancreatitis, which is extremely dangerous and can cause death fairly quickly. If you suspect this has happened, contact your veterinarian immediately. Dispose of turkey carcasses in a covered, tightly secured container along with anything used to wrap or tie the meat and any bones left on plates. These are also hazards and can be very tempting for your pets ■ Deserts and pets don't mix. Most people understand that chocolate is poisonous to pets, and that the darker it is the more deadly it is, but an artificial sweetener called Xylitol has also been shown to be just as deadly to dogs. Xylitol is a common sweetener in baked goods. So play it safe and don't share your dessert with Fido or Fluffy. ■ If you really want to treat your pet on Thanksgiving, pick a treat that is made just for them. You can purchase something from your veterinarian or a local pet food store. Your pet will enjoy the treat just as much, and chances are you won't spend the holiday at the emergency clinic. ■ For some pets, houseguests can be scary. Some pets are shy or excitable around new people, and Thanksgiving often means new people will be visiting. If you know your dog or cat can be overwhelmed when new people come over, put them in another room or a crate so they're out of the frenzy and feel safe. If your pet is particularly upset by houseguests, talk to your veterinarian about solutions to this common problem. ■ Decorations can be dangerous. As you dress your Thanksgiving table with a centerpiece and flowers, remember to keep your pets away. Some decorations look good enough to eat, and pets may decide to have a taste. Depending on the


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Holiday safety tips to prevent cooking fires Courier Special

Emmalia Burdine/Special to the Courier Wish upon a bone - The holiday feast can certainly be tempting to the household pet, but also could prove deadly.

Thanksgiving remains the biggest holiday of the year for cooking-related fires, with nearly 1,300 homes dialing their fire departments annually. ■ Keep flammables, such as pot holders and towels, away from burners. ■ Have a Class A/B/C-rated fire extinguisher nearby for use on paper, grease,

and electrical fires-and learn how to use it ahead of time. ■ If a dish catches fire in the oven, resist the urge to save the meal you're making. Keep the door closed and turn off the heat, and wait for the flames to die down. ■ If oil ignites in a frying pan, turn off the burner and smother flames by dousing them with baking powder or putting on the pan's lid. Never pour water on a stovetop fire.

flower or decoration, this can result in stomach upset or worse. Lilies, in particular, are deadly to cats. Pine cones and needles, if consumed by a pet, can cause an intestinal blockage or even perforate the animal's intestine. ■ Adding pets to an open flame results in a fire hazard. Dinner by candlelight can provide an elegant atmosphere for a holiday meal, and what isn't cozy about having a fire in the fireplace when guests arrive for dinner? But make sure you're careful to keep pets away, because they could injure themselves or set a fire to your home. The AVMA has a video with tips on how to keep a pet healthy and safe during the holidays. For more information about pet health and safety, visit

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Kern River Courier November 23, 2012  

Kern River Courier November 23, 2012

Kern River Courier November 23, 2012  

Kern River Courier November 23, 2012