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Parade tops list of events for weekend Mike Devich Kern River Courier

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Jill Thurman rakes leaves on Sirretta Street in Kernville. Sirretta Street is a fall wonderland as the leaves turn orange and gold and create mountains of color along the street.

Salvation Army free meal breaks all previous records Mike Devich Kern River Courier

It’s probably a sign of the tough economic times that this year’s free Salvation Army Thanksgiving meal for the homeless and needy was served to almost 500 people – an alltime record. There were 70 volunteers who came to cook, serve, entertain and clean up. More than 100 meals were taken to shut-ins throughout the valley. “The Kern River Valley pastors and the churches of the valley joined the Salvation Army in making this year’s event a huge suc-

cess,” said Pastor Bill Blanton of the Salvation Army affiliate in Lake Isabella. “The dinner took 25 turkeys,” said Blanton. “The meal was cooked by restaurants, clubs and some very special people.” He added, “We want to thank the special people, restaurants, markets, businesses, clubs and individual donors who have made this all possible. Thank you also to the the Kern River Valley Pastors Association and all the churches of the valley for your participation. God has provided a wonderful event.” And a great bunch of local people, of course.

Thanksgiving means the valley is filled with out-of-town folks visiting the parents and grandparents, with the younger folks looking for something to do. There are no skateboard parks up here yet (although there is a BMX bike park under construction in Kernville). Dirt bikes can be ridden in Cyrus Canyon and in Keyesville. There are also some events that folks in the Kern River Valley are putting on this weekend that will appeal to all ages. One is the Lake Isabella Christmas Parade happening along Lake Isabella Blvd. on Saturday, Nov. 28 starting at 11 a.m. Also we have a Winter Festival, again on Saturday, Nov. 28 at the Nuui Cunni Native American Cultural Center at French Gulch. Delicious foods and lots of arts and crafts are available, and the center offers lots of things to see and do.

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Hospital offers another flu shot opportunity Dec. 3 Kern Valley Hospital in Mt. Mesa will be offering another drive thru flu shot clinic on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 9 am to 1 pm at the hospital. This will be for the seasonal flu, not the swine flu. The cost is $10. For more information, call the hospital at (760) 379-2681.

It’s not too early to start thinking about and planning for next February’s Whiskey Flat Days, the big Old West blowout and celebration. Whiskey Flat Days takes place in Kernville every President’s Day Weekend. It’s the annual festival during which Kernville returns to its original 1860-64 name, Whiskey Flat, and invites everyone to come and celebrate the Gold Rush days with them. The festival is put on by the Kernville Chamber of Commerce. Kernville has held Whiskey Flat Days every year since the late 1950s. The celebration was started by the

Kernville Business Association as a way to bring in vistors during the offseason, and has flourished ever since. Then-local real estate salesperson Lloree Knowles came up with the idea and was the first chairman of the Whiskey Flat Days committee. The late valley historian and well-known author Ardis Manly Walker came up with the name Whiskey Flat Days. A highlight of the celebration is the race for Honorary Mayor of Whiskey Flat. Each year two or more candidates vie for the coveted position. They visit valley establishments just about every day for over a month, selling “bribes.” The one who gets the most bribes and brings in the

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Lake Isabella’s weekend weather Thu.: Sunny, High 71. Thu. night: Low 40. Fri.: Mostly sunny. High 64. Fri. night: Low 36. Sat.: Sunny, high 58. Sat. night: Low 38. Sun.: Sunny, high 61. Sun. night: Mostly clear, low 38. National Weather Service


Find a map of the Kern River Valley.


Our Faith page features A Thanksgiving Prayer.


Recipes for Dummies has a ham theme, for those tired of turkey.


Our twopage comics and puzzles feature will entertain and delight you.

Kern River Water Data: Wed. 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 102,453 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.

Make your plans now to attend Whiskey Flat Days in February Mike Devich Kern River Courier

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Inflow, North Fork of Kern at Kernville 206 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 190 cfs Borel Canal flow 191 cfs Murdoc Douglas/Kern River Courier

Toby Bencoma, Vernie Wilson and Jeff Bartlett of the Kern River Hot Rodders start putting up the Christmas lights in Kernville’s Circle Park.

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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Friday, November 27, 2009

The Courier Calendar Nuui Cunni, Art Association hold Winter Festival Nov. 28 The KRV Art Association is joining with the Nuui Cunni Cultural Center on Saturday, Nov. 28 for a Winter Festival filled with arts and crafts. It will be held at the Nuui Cunni Center at French Gulch. Delicious foods and refreshments will be offered by the Nuui Cunni staff. For more information, call (760) 549-0800.

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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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File photo/Kern River Courier Lake Isabella Christmas Parade Saturday, Nov. 28 The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce will be putting on the annual Lake Isabella Christmas Parade on Saturday, Nov. 28. The parade will be along

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. • 2 p.m. - LI-Bodfish Prop. Owners meet at

Lake Isabella Blvd. and begins at 11 a.m., rain or shine. There is no entry fee for floats, but sponsorships are needed to help buy trophies for the winners. You can be a sponsor for $25. For details, call the chamber at (760) 379-5236.

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.

Kernville Caroling, Candle Stroll, Live Nativity Scene 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 Dec. 4. For more information, call the Kernville Chamber of Commerce at (760) 376-2629. Eagles to hold Peddlers Fair, White Elephant Sale Dec. 5 The Kern River Valley Eagles will be holding a Peddlers Fair and White 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 Dec. 5 The Kern River Preserve in Weldon is holding another one of their monthy public events on Saturday, Dec. 5. This one will be about ranching family history with Eric Hafenfeld. 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) 376-3998. 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. 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 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, 760-549-2083.

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Kern River Courier

Must See: The Trail of 100 Giants

Things I Have Noticed...

Thanks sent out to stranger Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

slipped to the back of the cart. Later, she realized it was missing. Rushing back to Vons she asked the employees for help, but none had seen a returned purse. Maria also tried Rite Aid, as she had also shopped there. No one there had seen a purse either. Knowing that it was gone, with all its contents, was devastating to this distraught couple and meant a Thanksgiving spoiled. But good news came within the hour. Upon returning home she received a call from Rite Aid. Someone had found and returned her purse. To her delight, everything in the handbag was there with nothing missing. Maria went back to both Rite Aid and Vons, thanking all those involved in the search. But she was unable to thank the finder, whose name was unknown. She told me that she had a little card that said best what she felt about the loss that was found and the honesty of a stranger. The card says, "Thanks for your special kindness, a kindness that sets you apart from the rest of the world! It was indeed a happy Thanksgiving for a truly nice couple, courtesy of an unknown Good Samaritan.

One of the things I've noticed is that good things happen to good people. What brought this to mind was a conversation I just had with two close friends, Walt and Maria. First, their history. Walt has a background that would make Middleworth a great motion picture. At age 16 he was drafted into the German Army. He was trained as a loader and machine gunner in a tank and sent to the Russian Front. During a heated battle he was captured by the Russians. At war’s end was transferred from a Russian prison to an East German prison. Using a hacksaw smuggled in a loaf of bread he and a fellow prisoner cut through the bars, escaped and with luck and a will to survive, made it across “no man’s land” between East and West Germany. He found asylum and later U.S. citizenship. After years as a barber he retired, and with Maria, moved to Wofford Heights. It was Maria who told me a followup story. One Thanksgiving while loading groceries into their car after shopping in Lake Isabella, Maria’s purse accidentally

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Wofford Heights resident Rod Middleworth, a retired security manager for Pacific Bell, is an instructor for the local AARP Driver Safety Program.

One of the southernmost Giant Sequoia groves, Long Meadow Grove (also known by some as Redwood Meadow Grove), offers a half-mile interpretive walking trail, the Trail of 100 Giants, through majestic mature sequoias. It’s accessible by car now, about 1-1/2 hours north of Kernville, but not in winter when the road is closed due to snow. The Forest Service and volunteers have created an easy walk over a paved surface, accessible by the wheelchairbound. How to Get There: Coming out of the Kern River Valley, take Mountain 99 (County Route SM99 -- also known in the Kernville area as Sierra Way) up the Upper Kern River about 20 miles to County Route SM50 near Johnsondale (no services available there). About 5.5 miles west of Johnsondale is the junction with Western Divide Highway near Parker Pass. Take Western Divide Highway about 2.0 miles to Redwood Meadow Campground and Trail of 100 Giants. Directly across the road is Redwood Meadow Campground, where you’ll pay a $5 parking fee.

Free Thanksgiving meals My Place restaurant to hold free Thanksgiving meal Nov. 25 My Place restaurant in Lake Isabella, near Isabella Supermarket, will be holding a Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 25, that is free to all who wish to show up. Sponsored by B&B Barbecue to offer free Thanksgiving meals to seniors B&B Barbecue on Sierra Way in Kernville is offering free meals to seniors in need on Thanksgiving day. Call Wendy at (760) 376-2525 for reservation and time by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25 (this issue should be on the streets by that time, out early because of the holiday.) No walk-ins please. Thanksgiving dinner offered free to veterans Nov. 26 The Lake Isabella VFW will be offering Thanksgiving dinner at the lodge from 1 to 4 p.m. This will be free to veterans with proof of service; $5 each for family and friends. Contact Charlie at the VFW, (760) 379-3877, for more information.

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Peddlers Faire & White Elephant Sale! Saturday December 5, 2009 8:00am til 2:00pm

Baked Goods, Snacks & Drinks by the Auxiliary (limited space) for information call Voni Girch at 760-378-2540

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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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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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Lic. #508909 3104 Raccoon Rd. Lake Isabella, CA 93240

Although, the Rich Pelletreau Gallery has closed its Wofford Heights location, Rich, by popular demand, will be continuing his custom framing and pet portrait painting business as well as selling the remaining art, art supplies and frames at the sale prices of up to a 75% discount. For further information, please give Rich a call at his new phone number, 1-760379-0554, send an email to: or postal mail to P.O. Box 10, Weldon,CA 93283.

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Couch Theater

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‘Julie & Julia’ a great confection

Welch a longtime actor

Previews of new DVDs by DNA Smith

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Released the week of Dec. 7:

"Harry Potter and the HalfBlood Prince" -- This is the big, hoo-hah release of the week. This sixth film in the series, while not the best ("Prisoner of Azkaban" still holds that spot), it is one of the better ones. Because it's a major release, the film is being packaged nine ways to Sunday: From single-disc, barebones editions to multi-disc, packed-withextras extravaganzas. There's not really much else to say. It's Harry Potter. You either love it or not. Happy shopping.

PICKS OF THE WEEK "Julie & Julia" -- This is one of those films that sort of came and went in theaters and didn't receive the kind of hoopla it should have -because "Julie & Julia" is a gem of a film. It stars Amy Adams as Julie Powell, a young woman who takes on the fool's errand of spending a year cooking every dish in Julia Child's masterwork, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." Powell's story is interspersed with Meryl Streep as the early life of Julia Child (played with atomic gusto by Meryl Streep) and her love affairs with her husband, France and cooking. "Julie & Julia" is a captivating little film, and the performances are all top-notch. Granted, Streep has the easiest job; because Julia Child was such an ebullient, telegenic personality in her own right, all Streep had to do is not cross the line into caricature. Amy Adams has the more difficult role, having to play a less flamboyant person and still hold her own against Streep's tsunamic performance.

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? Julia Child "AK 100: 25 Films of Akira Kurosawa" -- To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, the Criterion Collection is releasing a massive boxed set of 25 of his films. The price? $400. Ayup, four hundred smackaroos. I mean, let's face it, if you're already a Kurosawa fan, you already own half the films included in this set. So, who is this for? Fans aren't going to shell out that kind of money for stuff they already own, just to get the four previously unreleased on DVD films and a half-dozen or so of his lesser works. And I can't imagine a person who has just discovered "Lost: The Complete 5th Season Kurosawa paying that much Dharma Initiation Kit" -- If you're money on a whim. Still, the colleca fan of "Lost," you're already tion comes in a pretty red box, so planning to get the Season 5 it's got THAT going for it. boxed set, but if you're a hardcore fan and love innovative packagTV SERIES ing, this is the set you want to "Rescue Me" Season 5, Volume 2 own. Not only does it come with "SpongeBob SquarePants" all the Easter eggs and a bajillion Season Six, Vol. 1 special features, this set also "Get Smart" Season 5 includes a VHS tape of a Dharma "Perry Mason" Season Four, training video, pamphlets, maps, Vol. 2 stickers (and in select packages, a "Fugitive" Season Three, Vol. 2 submarine patch), plus all the c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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ordering full seasons of the other three Wednesday night breakout Q: I'm a big fan of "The comedies -- "The Middle," Twilight Saga," and I love "Modern Family" and "Cougar learning all about the vamTown" -- but "Hank" didn't make pires and werewolves. But the cut. For now, ABC will air what about the humans? Can reruns of "Modern Family" (my you tell me a little about favorite comedy this season by Michael Welch, the actor who far) and holiday specials in plays Mike Newton in the "Hank"'s timeslot. series? -- Elly B., Portland, On that same cancelation note: Ore. Fox's "Dollhouse" will end after A: Michael, 22, has been in its 13-episode second season, and showbiz for half his life and, aside ABC's "Eastwick" also has been from "Twilight," is best known for given the ax. Rumors are swirling his roles on "Joan of Arcadia" and that Lifetime Television has "Stargate SG-1." His expressed an interest in airlatest non-"Twilight" ing Season Two of the witchy film is "Unrequited," drama, so stay tuned for furwhere he plays an ther developments on that obsessed, love-struck front. teenager. In describing *** the movie, Michael Q: I just saw a great told me: "Let me put it episode of Fox's "Lie to this way, it's a deparMe," and the main guest ture from Mike star was Alicia Coppola. Newton, but in a lot of Is she one of THE ways it's what would Coppolas (i.e.: Francis Michael Welch Ford Coppola, Sophia have happened to Mike Newton if he had Coppola and Nicolas had a psychotic breakdown and Cage)? -- Jackson G., decided to kidnap Bella. It's a Pompano Beach, Fla. unique film in that this character A: Alicia, 41, is not related to that I play, while he does a lot of the Coppola acting/directing horrible things, he's pretty symdynasty. She is best known for pathetic at the end of the day." her roles on the small screen on "Another World," "JAG," "NCIS" *** and "Jericho," as well as the feature film "National Treasure: Book Q: I really like Kelsey of Secrets." Alicia is married and Grammer's latest sitcom, has two daughters. "Hank," but I heard that ABC has canceled it. Please tell me *** that's not true! -- Patricia C., Have a question for Cindy? Evia e-mail mail her at letters@cindy elavsky. A: Kelsey's second attempt at com, or write to her in care of starring in a successful sitcom King Features Weekly Service, P.O. after the demise of uber-hit Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853"Frasier" has been derailed. ABC 6475. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc. recently announced that it was

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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"

CALENDAR continued from page 2 KRV Woman’s Club to hold 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. 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. For 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) 3781308 or Stacy at (760) 608-2086. Kernville UMC to present Choir 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 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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Lighter side of faith An atheist was walking through the woods, thinking to himself, "How beautiful the animals are!" "How majestic the trees are!" "How powerful the rivers are!" As he walked along the river, he heard rustling in the bushes behind him. He turned and saw an 8-foot grizzly bear charging towards him. He ran along the path as fast as he could, but when he looked over his shoulder, he saw that the bear was closing in on him. He kept running, but when he looked over his shoulder again, and the bear was even closer. Then he tripped and fell on the ground. The bear was right on top of him with his right paw raised to strike him. At that instant, the atheist cried, "God help me!" Time stopped. The bear froze. The forest was silent. A bright light shone upon the man and a voice from the sky said, "You've denied my existence for all these years and have taught others that I don't exist. You've even credited creation to a cosmic accident. Why would you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Are you now a believer?" The atheist looked into the light and said, "Well, I would be hypocritical to suddenly ask You to treat me as a Christian now. I don’t know, could you, maybe, make the BEAR a Christian?" "Very well," said the voice. The light went out. The sounds of the forest resumed. The bear lowered his right paw. Then he brought both paws together. He bowed his head, and said: "Lord, bless this food which I am about to receive from Your bounty through Christ our Lord, Amen."

Churches of the Valley 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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Miscellaneous SGI - USA Buddhist Discussion Meetings - call 379-6162 for dates and times. Based on the Lotus Sutra. Salvation Army The needy are helped by the local affiliate of this national organization. Mon. 9 am — 1 pm. 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-5100.


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Health Insurance Matters

Medicare PPOs – an alternative to HMOs Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist

When you go into a Honda dealer, would you ever expect the salesman to suggest Ford? So, when you attend a seminar, the benefits of the HMO sponsor is all Harry Thal you hear. The first thing I typically ask a client is why they are interested in the HMO. Never do I hear that they just love the fact they are committed to only one doctor, one medical group and no ability to take extended trips (except for emergency care when traveling). Today I did my annual comparison between the various HMO plans available in Kern County. This is further limited in the Kern River Valley, as some

HMO networks do not extend this far from Bakersfield. Of those available, the key feature and reason people select the HMO Medicare Advantage model is the $0 monthly premium. If I were to ask you what benefits you would provide if you were an insurance company, the first would also be no monthly premium after the Medicare Part B deduction. So, let's say a $0 monthly premium. Next, you would probably say that you want to pick your own doctor. And, you would like your doctor to select specialists, not from a list provided by the insurance plan, but from the specialists that doctor would send his own mother and father too. Same will hold for hospitals, laboratories or even centers of excellence to treat special problems. Next you would look at cost. $15 seems reasonable for an office visit on a fixed income. $25 for a specialist. In this hypothetical plan, wouldn't

you want the same ability if you were on vacation, or out of town visiting family? This plan is actually available now in Kern County. It is a Medicare PPO plan. No monthly premium and the availability of all area physicians. And, since there is no gatekeeper, you can alternate between doctors as you see fit. If you decide to go out of the local area, you pick the doctor. The PPO network is extensive. If you choose a provider not in the network, with an HMO you pay the full cost. With the PPO you pay a set reasonable fee. In my research I discovered that with some medical situations, if picking a PPO you would have greater expenses with the PPO. This plan has higher copays for diabetics than some of the HMO plans. It has a flat admission cost for hospitalizations. This is good, or bad, depending on length of stay. But, the bottom line is that there is much greater flexibility with the PPO. It is not for people who have $0 in assets, but for

the person who may have limited funds and wants the most bangs for their health insurance bucks. The plan does provide a phenomenal benefit. The maximum out-of-pocket is $4,000. So, before you drive off into the sunset with your current plan, take the PPO for a spin. You might find it a smoother ride with more accessories at your disposal. REMEMBER: HMO and PPO plans are called Medicare Advantage. Not a Medicare Supplement. When you join these plans you are assigning your Medicare benefits to an insurance company, who will handle all claims and administration. Harry P. Thal, MA, is a licensed insurance broker. He is Past President and President Elect of the Kern Association of Health Underwriters. He may be reached at 760-376-2100, e-mail or visit him on the web at

Basketball season is here – so is ‘jumper’s knee’ syndrome Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Kern River Courier Syndicated Columnist

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I play basketball -- a lot. My right knee has started to hurt. It hurts the most when I start to play, and then it eases off. My coach and dad say it is jumper's knee. My coach says to play through it. My dad says I should rest it. What do you say? -B.J. ANSWER: Give me a break. What do you think I'm going to say? I side with your dad. At the start of every basketball season, I get many letters asking about jumper's knee. It's a common malady of that sport, but it affects players in many other sports, like volleyball. The forces on the knees and the knee tendons when a jumper lands on the ground can be greater than nine times body weight. That's a great deal of force. Jumper's knee is an inflammation of the tendon that runs from the bottom of the kneecap to the top of the lower leg bone. The inflammation comes from too much use with too little rest. It gradually builds up over two to three weeks before a player starts to complain. Early on, the knee hurts the most when a player starts to move around and gradually lessens as he or she continues to play. If you don't let the inflammation quiet down, the pain will worsen and last longer. At its worst, it is present even when you're sitting. If you press on the area beneath the kneecap, you'll find it is tender if you have jumper's knee. A week or two of rest is all that's needed in the early phases. Combining rest with Aleve, Advil or Motrin can speed the healing. When you get back to playing, apply heat to the knee for 10 or 15 minutes before you start. After you play, ice it for the same amount of time. I respect both your dad's and your coach's diagnostic abilities, but, if things don't turn around shortly, I'd have a doctor examine your knee. Too many other things cause similar pain.

*** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: When you are obese and then lose weight, how does fat leave your body? Does it go through the digestive system? Does it pass through your gallbladder, liver or kidneys? I recently lost quite a bit of weight through hard work. I have had two attacks of digestive distress since I began to lose the weight and wonder if they were gallbladder attacks. My husband says the fat fairy puts weight on and takes it off. I was looking for a more scientific explanation. -M.B. ANSWER: Fat is a fuel, just like the gasoline in your car's gas tank. When we need energy to power physical movement, much of the energy for it comes from fat. Carbon dioxide is one byproduct of fat-energy burning, and we exhale that. Other byproducts leave in the urine. We also burn stored fat when we reduce our calorie intake. Rapid weight loss can lead to gallstones and gallbladder attacks. How quickly did you lose the weight?

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Talking About Real Estate

Saved by the net Matt Freeman Kern River Courier Columnist

You’re ready to list, but are you ready to sell? Let’s say on the first day your house is for sale, your real estate agent shows it to prospective buyers. They love it, and sign a purchase order on the spot. You were asking $145,000, and they offer $138,900. Matt Freeman Because they are relocating, they need an answer right away, by 6 p.m. What do you say? You shouldn’t say, “We just can’t give you an answer that soon.” These buyers are motivated and prepared to buy your home, with a written offer and earnest money deposit. So, how do you make up your mind so quickly? You simply

must decide what your rock-bottom price is before your home is even shown. Be prepared to negotiate on the spot by first asking your agent for a “Net” sheet based on your asking price. The sheet will show what expenses must be paid out of the gross sales price, i.e. closing costs, brokerage fee, the payoff on your existing mortgage, etc. – resulting in the “net” proceeds that you will receive at closing. Next, ask your agent to figure other net sheets based on receiving 95% or even 90% of the asking price. This helps you determine the absolute lowest offer you can accept. Once you know that figure, keep it to yourself and be prepared for all possibilities.

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*** The Tubatulabals of the Kern River Valley report that there is a new discount store going in next to their tribal office in Mt. Mesa. It will be owned and managed by the owners of the nearby El Portal restaurant. *** Bionicon USA, which suffered a fire recently that totaled their new Wofford Heights office and headquarters, has found a new location in Kernville. The building, located at 21 Sierra Drive, was the former location of the Peacock Inn restaurant. Bionicon is the American component of a major European mountain

Kernville’s Circle Park merchants are planning a “Christmas Shop Hop” on Friday, Dec. 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be music and entertainment at the adjacent Odd Fellows Hall, door prizes at participating businesses, and free refreshments. For more information, call the Kernville Chamber of Commerce at (760) 376-2629. *** Edward Jones Investments in Lake Isabella is holding a free 60-minute

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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.

Landfills closed Thanksgiving Day All Kern County landfills and transfer stations will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. “We recognize people clean up around their yards and homes during the holidays and we want to get the word out that landfills and transfer stations will be closed on Thanksgiving Day,” said Douglas E. Landon, Director of the Kern County Waste Management Department.

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California Joe’s Country Living

Friday, November 27, 2009

Recipes for Dummies by Bodfish Bob

Visiting a son for Thanksgiving California Joe Kern River Courier Columnist

Wednesday we leave for Camarillo, a place I've never seen. We'll stay the night at Motel Six. Thursday we’ll eat the turkey at Leonard's house- a close friend of my son, Jack. We'll plan to investigate the area Friday morning, and that evening we'll be at Jack's new rental house with the grandkids. WhileJack and Bonny California Joe step out! Saturday morning we go to Port Hueneme to see Serina, the lady who came here from Israel and married my best friend, Joel. Joel died four years ago after moving to Port Hueneme. He was 73. A great dentist. After Port Hueneme we'll drive back to the Kern River Valley. We're taking Princess Molly the Eighth with us. This will be her first motel experience. She should do fine. I'm taking Jack a little money. Not much. He's got to make it on his own now. He's got two jobs presently. He's bartending and he's on the phone doing sales from a health care office. It's his job to recruit nurses for California hospitals. He seems to enjoy it all. He'll get his family covered on health insurance pretty soon now, which

will be a relief to us. Seems the whole country is caught up in this health insurance business. So far I'm for it, but we'll just have to see how it all plays out. According to all the networks we're 21st in insurance ranking of countries that are doing well. We should be much closer to a number one position.

Bodfish Bob's Beer Glaze For Baked Ham

*** I don’t know, maybe I’ll just go digging for gold. Working 50 pans of dirt in a 10-hour day. Sorting out the gold, letting the water carry away the lighter, useless sand. After all, it combines the various arts of canal-digging, ditching, laying stone walls, plowing, hoeing potatoes. You can live upon poor provisions, continually be exposed to the burning rays of the sun or the heavy dews of night. And I’ll sing the song they used to sing in the California gold fields: "When I got there the mining ground Was staked and claimed for miles around. So I pulled up strakes and soon was home, No more the need to dream and roam!" California Joe is the storyteller persona of Stevenson Phillips, an actor and singer living in Kernville. You may reach him at

1 c. Brown sugar 3 tbsp. Prepared mustard 1/2 c. Beer

Bodfish Bob’s Ham Baked in Cider 1 half ham (5 - 6 lb.), fully cooked 2 qt. Apple cider or juice 1 c. Brown sugar 2 tsp. Dry mustard 1 tsp. Ground cinnamon Cloves RAISIN SAUCE: 2 c. Cider, from ham 1/2 c. Currants 1/4 tsp. Cloves 1 tsp. Cornstarch mixed with 1 tbsp. Cider

Simmer cider, currants and cloves in small sauce pan about 10 minutes. Stir in cornstarch mixture and simmer, stirring until sauce thickens slightly, about 3 to 5 minutes. Soak ham overnight in cider in large pan in refrigerator, skin side down. Remove ham from pan and drain cider into medium saucepan. Place ham on rack in roasting pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 2

Mix together brown sugar and mustard, stir to a paste. Gradually add beer, stirring until blended. Brush part of mixture over ham. Continue baking, brushing frequently with remaining mixture. Bodfish Bob's Chocolate Popcorn 6 cups popped popcorn 2 tablespoons margarine 2 tablespoons corn syrup 1 tablespoon cocoa powder 1 1/2 tablespoon milk Dash of salt

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hours (20 minutes per pound). Baste occasionally with cider. Remove ham from oven and strip off skin, if necessary. Score ham. Mix brown sugar, mustard and cinnamon and spread over ham. Stud ham with cloves. Return to oven and continue to bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees, basting occasionally with cider. Let set 20 minutes before carving. Serve with Raisin Sauce.

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Woodie Cox was born on Oct. 30, 1923 in Laurel Springs, North Carolina, and was called home to heaven at the age of 86 on Nov. 18, 2009. He moved from Redondo Beach to the Kern River Valley four years ago to be with his family and resided in Bodfish. Woodie was a veteran of WWII and loved his country. He was so proud that he had earned his wings and loved being a pilot. His passions in life were flying, fishing and family. His love of fishing kept him coming back to the Kern River for over 50 years. He loved sharing his stories about his catches on the river. He enjoyed the many visits from friends who would talk sports, fishing, politics and family. He was thankful for all the goodness shown to him. One of Woodie's favorite outings was breakfast at Nelda's diner in Lake Isabella and a drive to the lake. The morning waitresses always had his coffee

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Our Valley, Our Earth


Recovering gold is not easy

Yodel if you have Yertle

Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

Continued from last week: It is important to note that the placer deposits are always associated with water, whether a river, a stream, a brook, a lake or ancient stream deposits. The mechanism by which the gold is extracted from the host rocks varies with the type of deposit. For example, Lode gold ore is drilled, dynamited, crushed and processed through stamp or Ball mills. In the old days, the horse-drawn arastra and the Chilean mills were utilized to

crush the ore. Placer deposits required the movement of the overburden rocks by many different means. In the past, dredging and hydraulic mining was used to extract and concentrate the gold-bearing soil. Individual miners used "shaker boxes", both wet and dry, to extract the gold by using streaming water across "riffles" and mercury to concentrate the gold. Sixty percent of the mining ventures that recovered gold in the gold country of California were extracted from Lode deposits, and thirty percent from Placer mining operations. The discovery of a Lode deposit is becoming more difficult, while the Placer deposits continue to be found, albeit smaller, because of the very nature of how the deposit was isolated. As an aside, I want to point out a very important aspect of the attached map. The map shows a dark line delineating the "Mother Lode Belt". If you remember the term I used in my past articles, "Accreted Terranes", which is the "scrapings" off of the subducting plate by the upper plate, that dark line is the location of accreted terranes from subduction. What can we infer from that knowledge? I will continue with this discussion next week. 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.

Larry Cox Courier Syndicated Columnist

Q: I have a Yertle the Turtle doll that I received for my birthday in 1983. I have been offered $25 for it. -- Susan, Weatherford, Texas A: I found your doll in Toys and Prices, edited by Karen O'Brien (Krause, $19.99). According to this guide, your 12-inch plush doll is worth $16 in excellent condition, $45 in near mint and $100 in original box and new. *** Q: Would you tell me what the following items might be worth? I am enclosing a self-stamped envelope for your courteous reply. (What followed was a list of 20 items, including comic books and books.) -Richard, Albuquerque, N.M. A: I do not provide the service you requested. If you want to find out how much your comic books are worth, there are several references that might be helpful, including Comic Values by Alex G. Mallow (Krause, $19.99); the Standard Guide to Golden Age Comics by Alex G. Mallow and Stuart W. Wells III (Krause, $19.99); the Comic Book Grading Guide by Robert M. Overstreet and Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg (House of Collectibles, $24.95); and the Comic Book Checklist and Price Guide: Individual Listings for 125,000 Comics by Thompson,

Frankenhoff, Bickford and Miller (Krause, $19.99). *** Q: I have an RCA AM-FMShort Wave table model radio from about 1950. Do you know anyone who has parts and can repair it? -Richard, Rio Rancho, N.M. A: Dave Vaughn, owner of Dave's Antiques in Tucson, Ariz., repairs older radios, phonographs and TVs. He even carries steel needles for Victrolas. His contact information is 449 West 29th St., Tucson, AZ 85713, and 520-790-2618. *** Q: I have my late husband's Conn tenor saxophone and wonder if it has any value. -- Charlotte, Albuquerque, N.M. A: Encore Music has been in business in Albuquerque since 1983, and someone there might be able to advise you. The contact information is 5314 Manaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque 87110, and 505-888-0722. *** 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.

BUSINESS continued from page 8 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 Cindy Hood at 760-379-1722.

DAYS continued from page 1 most money gets to claim the title of honorary mayor. Each year there is a carnival, recreations of Old West life with reenactors, shootouts in the streets (not real ones, hopefully), frog jumps, costume contests, mustache and beard contests, lots of wonderful food, and much more. All this takes place in the bracing winter atmosphere of the Kern River Valley. For more information, call the Kernville Chamber of Commerce at (760) 376-2629, or visit the Chamber’s Web site at

THINGS continued from page 1 Those young people who are still looking for things to do might want to head for the Reel Cinema movie theater in Wofford Heights, or maybe the Kern River Preserve in Weldon, where they can see nature at its finest. The Kern Valley Museum in Kernville has great displays of the valley’s past, including a room where old movies shot here in the valley are screened. Plan a walk in Riverside Park, or maybe visit the playground there. Now that the water flow is lower, and see what wildlife lurks in the pools along the river. You might even see a deer coming to drink. Enjoy the clean air and beauty of the Kern River Valley. You will remember it when you get back home to the city.

COX continued from page 10 hot and waiting for him, and always served him with a smile and a hug. He really looked forward to Nelda's and a drive. Woodie will be remembered as a loving, caring and generous father, grandfather and great-grandfather who enjoyed fishing, camping and spending time with his family. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Jennie Cox of Bodfish; his grandson Michael Cox and wife Heaven of Bodfish; and great-granddaughter Elizabeth Anne Cox. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all who knew him. A private family graveside service will be held on Friday, Nov. 27, 2009 at 2:00pm at the Bakersfield National Cemetery, off Hwy 58 in Bakersfield. A family memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 2:00pm at his home in Bodfish. The family would like to thank all the wonderful friends who have shared their love, support and prayers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made payable to God's Storehouse (for those in our valley) at P.O. Box 1209, Weldon, CA 93283. Services entrusted to Sierra Valley Mortuary of Lake Isabella.

Creative Connection

Giving thanks is an art Donna Louise Fitch Kern River Courier Columnist

Long ago, dissatisfied with the way things were going, I accepted a suggestion to write a list of everything that I thought was wrong with my life, followed by a list of what was right. Life was treating me poorly and I was angry. Three major issues surfaced immediately Donna Fitch among the wrongs. I aggressively wrote what was bothering me. I felt better and justified as I listed my current woes. Prepared to yield minimum results in the “right or good” list, if anything at all, it surprised me when something emerged. Once started, and before I knew it, two pages, then three, and good was just pouring onto paper. There it was, in front of me. Three items on one list; three pages running towards four on the other. Where was my focus? Instantly my perspective and attitude changed. Once again, I was happy with my life. What does this have to do with art or thanksgiving? It is the beauty of thought, its effect and ability to transform the negative into positive. The production of something beautiful,one’s skill or ability, and subjects other than sciences requiring sensitive understanding rather than measurement – those are art’s basic

meaning. Sounds like my experience. For me, developing the skill and ability of being grateful and giving thanks came with much practice. It was not automatic. That is why, in my book, giving thanks is an art. Choose a focal point and hold on to it. It’s alchemy! Thanksgiving is a subtly powerful holiday. In fact, it is one of the most down to earth, positive and highthinking holidays that we share. It is offensive to none because it crosses each belief system, it’s inclusive, and it honors family and relationships. It is a special day that engenders love for the specialness of the ordinary. It is the holiday of love because, if celebrated in the spirit, it reminds us how much we have right now and reminds us to share our feelings whether we have been paying attention or not. Yes, there are things we are not happy about that we wish to see changed, but at the same time, our wealth stands before us each day with this special day just begging us to pay attention to them. It reaps a prosperous harvest. Let me express the great joy it is to write this column and tell each reader how much I appreciate your readership, participation, support, and love. I am grateful for every one of you. Happy Thanks Giving to all! Donna Louise Fitch is a local artist. For questions or comments you can reach her through the Kern River Courier,

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HERITAGE CLEANERS in the Von's Shopping Center. Dry Cleaning, Laundry, Comforters & Leather. MonFri 8:30-5:00 Sat. 9:00-2:00 760-379-4271 __________________________ KERN VALLEY CATERING Enjoy your next party. Let us do the work. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres or wait staff Call Ann or Elaine at 760-223-1509 or 805-341-5632 For your friendly affordable party.

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Lake Isabella - $640/mo (inclds space rent) in quiet 55+ park. 2 bd, 2 ba completely refurbished. Rent to Own + sec dep & good credit. Call Joel (760) 379-2092 _________________________ Bodfish - 2 bd/2ba Home. Mtn. view, boat/RV/carport. Quiet n'hood. Washer/dryer incl. $595/mo. First 2 weeks free. 760-379-5237 or 323-791-3588 _________________________ KVHS Grad seeking quiet & clean roommate to share 3bdrm., 2 bath house in good neighborhood near BC. $350 per month, split utilities. Furnished or unfurnished. Call or text Aaron at 760-549-3341 or e-mail __________________________ PRIVATE - 2 bd double wide mobile home In W.Hts on 1 acre with panoramic view of the lake. $700/mo + deposit. Call 760-3761944 weekends or 805-375-0047 week days. _________________________ Wofford Heights - 3bd/2ba remodeled home in Pala Ranches w/xtra room under E Dhouse. Mt. N T + w/d hookup. views, stove,E refrig Section 8R ok. $900/mo + dep 323-447-9140 or 323-969-8061 _________________________ Wofford Hts - Mobile Home Neatest Adult Park in the Valley. 1 bd, completely remodeled. $385/mo, Senior discount. Apply @ office, 99 Evans Road. _________________________ Onyx - 1,400 sq ft mobile. 2 bd, 2 ba, fenced yard. Includes stove/oven, refrigerator, washer/dryer, central air, 2 car garage. Very clean, $750/mo plus security. Approved pets OK. 760-379-5787 _________________________ Kernville - Hi-Ho Mobile Home Park. 2 bd / 2 ba Apts. $595/mo + deposit and utilities. 760-376-2671 __________________________ Wofford Heights - Studio Apt. Clean & Quiet, NS, ND, $325/mo. FLD. 805-459-9054. Kernville - Large room to rent w/private entrance & bathroom. Quiet location. $460/mo + deposit. Includes cable TV, utilities & garage. House privileges. Call 760-376-3340

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Lah-De-Dah-Gifts, Collectables, Antiques. “If it’s not here, we don’t have it.” Sewing Center for Sewing Needs. 41 Big Blue Rd. Kernville. Call 376-6704.



Lake Isabella - 3,600 sq. ft. bldg on approx 3 acres for lease located @ 3615 Suhre Street (corner of Suhre & Hwy 155.) Excellent office space for medical, dental, school, church, or? Terms negotiable. Call (760) 417-0876

The Rich Pelletreau Gallery is now closed and the log cabin in Wofford Heights in which it was located is now for rent. For information, please call Marcy Hughes at 1-760-417-1953.

Help Wanted Reliable, Responsible Person needed for full time position. Shipping & assembly of small parts. Computer, telephone & organizational skills required. Apply@4617 Lake Isabella Blvd.

Adventures STALK & SHOOT your own Thanksgiving turkey. Easy hunting, great for first-timers and sqeamish. We provide shotguns, shells & transportation to choice of three local grocery stores. Game cleaned & bagged. Must have valid deli or frozen food aisle permits & be able to avoid shooting normal shoppers.

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Jasmine needs a home: Jazz is a 4 year-old, 18-lb., sable Cockapoo retired from our breeding program. She has been spayed and will be free to an approved home with no other dogs, preferably a senior who will be able to give her lots of individual attention & exercise. Jazz is shy and will need some time & TLC to bring out her loving personality. Contact Pam Stewart at or call 760-376-7772 for an application. __________________________ DOG TRAINER In your home upon request or classes. Puppy class on Sundays @ 2:30. Local References. Trish and Collie Paw 760-376-2307 __________________________ 6 KITTENS All leash walkers, 2 males, 4 females $25 ea. Healthy 10 to 16 wks old. Various colors. (760) 376-2307 __________________________

LOST - PET TURKEY Family pet. Last seen running on Panorama in Wofford Heights. Saw an ax in wood pile and took off. Has fear in eyes and answers to TOMMY, or TOM for short. Might not answer at all now.


1. Write your message on the form. Please be neat. Ads start at 5 lines for $5.50 and only $1.00 for each additional line. 2. Total first five lines and $1.00 for each additional line. Multiply the total by the number of weeks you wish your ad to run. Fill in the blanks below. Payment must be with order. 3. Enter credit card #, or make check, money order payable to: Kern River Courier P.O. Box 1145 Wofford Heights, Ca 93285-1145 6392 B Wofford Blvd. Wofford Heights, Ca 93285 Mail or deliver to above address. Ad must reach us by Tuesday 12 noon of the week it is to run.

Each line equals 27 spaces or characters. Actual length of published ad may vary depending on combination of letters, spaces and words. Please read your ad as soon as it is published. If you do find an error, notify us immediately. The Kern River Courier will take responsibility for only one incorrect insertion and will not be responsible for more than the cost of one insertion. No further liability shall apply. The Kern River Courier reserves the right to reject any ad and may edit ads as needed. Payment is required prior to run. Phone orders are accepted with credit card only.

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Solutions to Kern River Courier puzzles on 14-15:

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 _________________________ Weldon Valley Estates - 2006 Modular. 3 beds, 2 bath. 5/8 acre. 2 car garage. All fenced, landscaped. $225,000.00 760-378-2969

Space for Rent

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

40Ft RV Access w/hookups. Large 2bd. 2ba, Den+Formal lvg, 2-car garage+workshop. Corner lot+cul-de-sac. New roof, Lake view, fireplace + many upgrades. 8331 So. Lake Dr., Southlake. $139,000 (760) 379-7094 _________________________ Lake Isabella - Saved the Best for Last! - Brand new 3bd/2ba home. 2832 Erskine Creek. 2 car garage. RV access & hook up. Last one- Call now 818-324-0869

For Sale

Land for Sale

AES H ARDWARE , RV & MOBILE HOME SUPPLIES. Electrical, hard to find items, welding gasses, Solar Propane, U-Haul. 4613 Lake Isabella Blvd. 760-379-1966 _________________________ 3.5 HP Briggs & Stratton Bobcat Rotary Lawnmower $30 obo. Call after 6:00 pm 760-379-4860

Residential Lot on Aspen Drive in Bodfish. $25,000. OBO Call (661) 428-1108

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LEGAL NOTICE? I hereby notify anyone and everyone that I, Dilbert Jay Damifino, am not responsible for anything I’ve ever done or ever will do. Thus sworn on this day of Nov. 27, 2009.

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.


Yard Sales HI-HO MHP SEMIANNUAL SALE Sat/Sun Nov 28&29. 8am-3pm Inside club house & residents carports (weather permitting) 11901 Sierra Way, Kernville. _________________________ BIG YARD SALE - Thurs, Fri & Sat, 11/26, 27 & 28. Come & see. Really good Christmas Gifts. Too much to list. 6109 Lake Isabella Blvd. _________________________ HUGE ANNUAL FALL ESTATE & ANTIQUE SALE Six rooms packed to the ceiling. 1000's of items from local estates all 20% off already low prices. Nothing held back. Lots of new arrivals. Inside rain or shine. Dealers welcome. Fri. Sat. & Sun. 10 AM-4 PM Ghost Town Relics & The Flying Horse Antiques at Silver City: 3829 Lake Isabella Blvd. Bodfish

Co-Publisher’s Corner

Giving thanks to writers Mike Devich Kern River Courier Co-Publisher

This is the time of year we say thanks. And we have a lot to be thankful for. Although sometimes it seems like everything is going wrong in the world these days, we can still all be thankful for the things in our lives that Mike Devich warm our hearts. We also should remember the people who don’t have much of a reason to celebrate, and try to ease their way. Wendy Dohner from B&B Barbecue of Kernville told us about one of her employees, 19year-old Nicole Long, who had a deer jump out in front of her car recently. She won’t be having a very happy Thanksgiving this year because needs another car, has medical bills and not much money. Call Wendy at (760) 376-2525 if you can help Nicole.

As we give our thanks this year for what we have, we should also think of those who are less fortunate. Invite a lonely senior to your family dinner. Help out or donate some food to those who are putting on free community dinners. You’ll appreciate what you have even more. *** On another note, we at the Courier would like to take this opportunity to thank all our local columnists, who work so hard for us each week churning out columns. And thanks to all our loyal advertisers, who keep us in business, since we don’t charge for our paper. And Michael and I want to give a big thanks to our hardworking staff, and to our wives, who don’t see us enough. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from the Kern River Courier. Mike Devich is one of the Courier’s co-publishers. He can be reached at

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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Courier chuckle of the week: “Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant? I'm halfway through my fish burger and I realize, ‘Oh my God....I could be eating a slow learner.’” - Lynda Montgomery

See Page 13 for answers to puzzles

Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) That change in holiday travel plans might be more vexing than you'd expected. But try to take it in stride. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your Bovine determination helps you deal with an unforeseen complication. And, as usual, you prove that when it comes to a challenge, you have what it takes to take it on. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Although a romantic theme dominates much of the week, all those warm and fuzzy feelings don't interfere with the more pragmatic matters you need to take care of. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Best not to ignore those doubts about an upcoming decision. Instead, recheck the facts you were given to make sure nothing important was left out. A weekend surprise awaits you. LEO (July 23 to August 22) You might still have to straighten out one or two factors so that you can finally assure yourself of the truth about a troubling workplace situation. Stay with it. VIRGO (August 23 September 22) News from an old friend could lead to an unexpected reunion with someone who had once been very special in your life. Be open to the possibilities. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) It might be time for a family council. The sooner those problems

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are resolved, the sooner you can move ahead with your holiday preparations. Don't let the opportunity pass you by. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Take some time out to give more attention to a personal relationship that seems to be suffering from a sense of emotional neglect. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Cheer up. That unusual circumstance that might faze most people can be handled pretty well by the savvy Sagittarian. Look at it as an opportunity. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Someone you believe has hurt you in the past might now need your help. Reaching out could be difficult. But the generous Goat will be able to do the right thing, as always. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Prioritizing is an important part of your pre-holiday scheduling. Try to give time both to your workday responsibilities and those personal matters you might have neglected. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) With the vestiges of your anger about that painful incident fading, you can now focus all your energy on the more positive aspects of your life, including that personal situation. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a way of bringing your own strong sense of reassurance to others and encouraging them to hope. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez 1. GEOGRAPHY: Where is the Kenai Peninsula? 2. MEDICINE: What human organ is affected by Bright's Disease? 3. FAMOUS QUOTATIONS: Who once said, "Man is by nature a political animal"? 4. MOVIES: What famous 1960s movie featured the character Benjamin Braddock? 5. COLLEGE TEAMS: What is the nickname for the University of Minnesota sports teams? Answers:

1. Southern Alaska 2. Kidneys 3. Aristotle 4. "The Graduate" 5. Golden Gophers

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Coins &&Jewelry Coins Jewelry We now carry& install watch batteries and offer fax services

6429 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella In the Post Office Center


Jewelry at up to 70% off! Shop early for Christmas Need holiday cash?

Now is the time to bring in your old jewelry, scrap gold and silver!

Last NT Night of GIA the Season Thank you to all of our most valued customers


Needs your help! Make it a wonderful holiday season this year for everyone in the Kern River Valley Your donation or volunteer service can make this holiday a wonderful experience. ® Donations are tax deductible To donate make checks payable to the Salvation Army P.O. Box 2786 Lake Isabella, CA 93240 To volunteer for Bell Ringing or Angel Food distribution call 760-379-5100 or drop into 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. The Salvation Army located at the Community Christian Service Center All donations stay for use right here in the Kern River Valley. You may send donations to, or you may drop by

Salvation Army/Community Christian Service C enter P.O. Box 2786 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella, CA 93240

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Come join us and bring your friends for our last night of the season Saturday November 28th Closed for the winter starting Sunday November 29, 2009 Re-opening Valentines Day Whiskey Flat Weekend Reservations Suggested Restaurant Hours: Thurs. 1:00 to 7:00pm

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Coins & Jewelry 760-379-5200 Adjust • Exchange • Repair

South Fork Transmission (760) 379-8578

Clutches, Differentials, Brakes, Belts & Hoses 5300 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella

Candy Carousel Now serving Frozen Yogurt Fresh Made Fudge & Blended Drinks 6425 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella In the Post Office Center 760-379-4447

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Dianne Storm Owner Dog Grooming • Boarding Kennel • Pet Supplies

2100 Edith Street Lake Isabella, CA 760-379-4311

Phone (760) 379-4072 Fax: (760) 379-4095

Cellular Connection

Shiela Lawson Owner 5520 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella In the Kern Valley Plaza

Now serving Homemade Soups & $495 Lunch Combos Lake Isabella Blvd.“Next to DMV”

760-379-1792 5129

Lake Isabella Blvd.

760-417-0407 The Appliance Center Service You Can Trust 5131 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella


M & N AUTOMOTIVE L.L.C. new Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7am to 5 pm Saturday by appointment We have tires in stock. Check our prices before you drive out of town! 5448 lake isabella Blvd. Lake isabella 760-379-6349 Corner of Erskine Creek & Lake Isabella Blvd.

Kern River Courier November 27, 2009  

Kern River Courier November 27, 2009

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