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Dam to get more holes

Lake Isabella’s weekend weather Fri.: High 85. Calm wind up to 9 mph. Fri. night: Low 51. Light wind.

Mike Devich Kern River Courier

The Auxiliary Dam at Isabella Lake is about to be dug around again to measure its seismic vulnerability. This winter the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be doing additional work to “fully characterize,” as the Corps put it, a seismic fault that passes under the Auxiliary Dam. The results of the study will be used to determine the extent of the seismic safety upgrades the Corps will need to perform. Work has been going on for the last several years to check out seepage and seismic issues. Over the next several months contractors working for the Corps will be conducting two exploratory actions near the dam – digging both a seismic fault trench and several exploratory boring holes. The 1,660-foot-long seismic fault trench will be 10 to 15 feet deep and four feet wide. An area of around 20 feet on each side of the trench will be cleared. A total of 21 boreholes will be drilled in the vicinity of the Auxiliary Dam. Fifteen of the 21 boreholes will be located downstream of the dam; four of the downstream sites will be to the west of the Borel Canal and 11 will be east of the Borel Canal. The Corps says that after the work is done, the site will be restored to their original condition. You can soon go to the Corps’ Web site and look for “The Record of Environmental Consideration: Kern Canyon Fault Evaluation, Auxiliary Dam.” Comments will be accepted. They may be sent by mail to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, Attn: Mitch Stewart, Environmental Resources Branch, 1325 J Street, Sacramento, California 95814, or through the Corps’ Web site at ake_Isabella_Dam/Contacts.html.

Vol. 6 No. 35

Sat.: Sunny, high 81. Sat. night: Low 50. Mostly clear. Sun.: Mostly sunny, high 70. Sun. night: Partly cloudy, low 45. National Weather Service

Michael Batelaan/Kern River Courier

Braxton Farnum, 5, is about to get his face painted at the Nutrition Olympics, held at Lake Isabella Park on Saturday, by Catherine Gilman of Sienna Wellness Clinic. The Nutrition Olympics is put on by Kernville Union School District to promote healthy eating.

County sets flu shot schedule The Kern County of Public Health has sent out its flu shot schedule, which this year will include additional dates for the H1N1 (swine flu). Seasonal flu shots are slated for October, beginning this Tuesday, Oct. 6 in Lake Isabella. H1N1 shots are scheduled for November. Kernville: Odd Fellows Hall, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seasonal flu date Oct. 13. H1N1 dose 1 date Nov. 10. H1N1 dose 2 date Dec. 8. Lake Isabella: Veterans Hall, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

South Fork threatened by wind-driven grass fire A swiftly growing grass fire was reported Tuesday morning in the area of Highway 178 and Kelso Valley Road in Weldon. About 60 firefighters ending up fighting the fire, including the Kern County Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service. Twenty-five mph winds pushed the fire into an area of large trees and heavy vegetation. Crews made an initial attack on the fire and prevented it from spreading into an alfalfa field. Burning embers started a spot fire across the highway which was quickly extinguished. Fire crews contained the blaze to approximately 16 acres. They were able to prevent any spread to the south side of the highway, where the community of Onyx was in the fire’s path. Crews remained on scene throughout the night to ensure the fire was completely extinguished. No structures were damaged by the fire and there are no reported injuries. The cause of the fire is undetermined, said the KCFD.

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Hype or fact?

Flu rumors abound Kern River Courier

With all the news coverage about the H1N1 flu (also known as swine flu), it can be hard to separate the truth from the hype. Here are some straight facts from San Joaquin Hospital in Bakersfield about the differences between the seasonal flu and the 2009 H1N1 virus, as well as the most recent recommendations regarding vaccinations. Who needs a vaccination? Certain people are more vulnerable to both viruses, such as pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions, and children 4 years old and younger. However, people 65 and older, who are typically more at risk of seasonal flu complications, do not seem to be at increased risk for 2009 H1N1 virus complications. The best way to protect yourself from seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year.

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Mike Mencarini holds up a huge bass caught in the lake,


‘The Boosh is something you’ll never experience in this universe.


Cooking for a crowd of 70? Here’s a recipe for you from Bodfish Bob.

Local meeting set for stocking input Mike Devich Kern River Courier

Thanks to a local politician, a local meeting has been scheduled for Kern River Valley folks who want to comment about California Fish and Game’s non-stocking of the Upper Kern River due to the concerns of environmentalists. Jean Fuller, member of the California State Assembly’s 32nd District, wrote to the director of the DFG to ask that a meeting be held here to discuss the release of DFG’s draft environmental impact report and the effect the cancellation of trout stocking in the Upper Kern has had economically in the local area. “The data presented by this EIR, and decisions made by the court will affect the very livelihoods of my constituents, as the Kern River Valley economy greatly depends on the tourism generated by sport fisherman in Kern County, and throughout the country. The people of this fine community have a right to have their

voices be heard and their questions answered on this matter, and every effort to receive public comment should be made by those who work for them in Sacramento,“ Fuller said. The local meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at the Veterans/Senior Center in Lake Isabella from 9 to 10:30 a.m. In 2006, a lawsuit was filed by the Pacific Rivers Council and the Center for Biological Diversity against DFG claiming that DFG's fish stocking operation did not comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). In July 2007, DFG was ordered by the Sacramento Superior Court to comply with CEQA regarding its fish stocking operations. In response to the lawsuit, the DFG has completed a draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to comply with the court order, which was released last Friday. To view the EIR and supporting documents, please see the 'public notices' section of the Web site.

Kern River Water Data: Wed. 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 102, 539 acre-ft. (Pool capacity is 568,075 ac.-ft. at the spillway. Current limit 360,000 ac.-ft.) High point was 250,461 ac-ft. June 3. Inflow, North Fork of Kern at Kernville 550 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 545 cfs Borel Canal flow 378 cfs 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, October 2, 2009

The Courier Calendar Published Fridays by KRV Publishing

Spotlighting the best of the Kern River Valley Owners/Editors/Publishers Michael Batelaan Mike Devich Contributing Editor Mike Ludiker Contributors/Columnists Jack Bustamante Rod Middleworth Matt Freeman Bodfish Bob Ron Bolyard Donna Fitch California Joe Richard Rowe Clarence Semonious Harry Thal Photographers Michael Batelaan, Mike Devich, Mike Ludiker Contributing Photographer Murdoc Douglas Ad Production Michael Batelaan, Mike Ludiker Advertising Sales Valerie Minoux, Kelley Scarborough 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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The Senior Health Faire put on by the Kern Valley Healthcare District had a full house on Monday.

KVHS football 2009 10/9 Whittier Christian home 10/16 Cal City home (homecoming) 10/23 Desert home 10/30 Bishop away 11/6 Rosamond home 11/12 Frazier Mountain away

Maryann Ryan/Special to the Courier

Autumn Antique and Collectible Fest Oct. 2 and 3 The annual Autumn Antique and Collectible Fest will take place at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights on Friday, Oct. 2 from 8:30 to 6 and Saturday, Oct. 3 from 8:30 to 3. Booth space is available. Contact Juanita Arnold at (760) 379-6328.

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.


• 7 a.m.- 1 p.m - Farmer’s Market, Nuui Cunni Ctr, French Gulch. 661-978-8712 • 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. • 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.


• KRV Garden Group, 2nd Tues. 379-6162. • 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. • 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 Senior Center. 2nd Tues. (760) 379-1830.

Kern River Preserve nature event Saturday, Oct. 3 Audubon-California’s Kern River Preserve in Weldon will be holding its first-Saturday-of-themonth nature event on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 to 11 a.m. Learn falconry with Bill Foster. For more details, call Chana Cortez at (661) 428-2360. • 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 Highland Chapel UMC. 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. • 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 dates have changed.

Moose to hold barbecue party on Saturday, Oct. 3 The Lake Isabella Moose Lodge will be having a “South Bay Party at the Park” at Moose Park on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. This event is open to the public. There will be barbecued tri-tip; bring a side dish. There will be games for the kids. Please RSVP to (760) 379-2514. Cartwright-Hayes fishing event Saturday, Oct. 3 The annual Cartwright-Hayes special fishing event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Kern River Fish Hatchery at the north edge of Kernville on Sierra Way from 10 to 3. This event is for those with special needs. Fishing poles and bait will be provided. Experienced fishermen will be available to help. Free hot dogs and soft drinks. Call Jim at 3762895. Pregnancy Resource Center to hold Fall Banquet Oct. 3 On Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. the first annual Fall Banquet Fundraiser will be held by the Pregnancy Resource Center of the The Kern River Valley at the Family Life Center in Wofford Heights. "A Night in Tuscany" is the theme, with decorations and a menu to give the feeling of being in an Italian garden. Seating is limited. Call ahead to Nancy Nelson at 3796492 ticket information. KRV Rotary to have fashion show Sunday, Oct. 4 The Rotary Club of Kern River Valley will hold a fundraising fashion show on Sunday Oct. 4 at 12:30 p.m. at the home of Charley Erickson, 37 Pine Road, Kernville. Fashions by Lore’s Loft in Kernville. Tickets: are $10; includes eats and lunch by Chef Kay Knight and three chances to win lovely door prizes. For information call Rotary president Luz Polcik at (760) 376-1400, or Jeanette Rogers (760) 376-4419 or (760) 417-2555. Vintage car show to be held in Kernville Oct. 8-11 The “Kickin’ Back in Kernville” vintage car show will have its 33rd annual run on Oct. 8-11 in Kernville’s Riverside Park. This event features dozens of cars from the past, under the big trees for viewing. To look is free; to get one of the popular T-shirts is not. Call (760) 376-3133. McQuiston to hold Kernville Walkability meeting Oct. 8 Kern County First District Supervisor Jon McQuiston will host a community meeting at the Odd Fellows Hall in Kernville at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2009. Pat Ebel from Kern County Roads Department will be on hand to obtain public input on the phase one design for the "Walkable Communities" project in Kernville. For more Information or if you have questions, please call 661868-3651.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Kern River Courier

Things I Have Noticed... Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

There are folks out there in the great unknown who actually read this column. How have I noticed that? Today was a great example. A reader came Middleworth to my door and said "Here, I want you to have this, it will make a great article!" She handed me a foam egg carton. The kind that replaced the old paper maché one. It wasn't the carton that had caught her eye, it was the statement inside the cover that caused her to drive all the way from her house to mine (one mile.) After reading the wording on the foam I knew I should share it with my other four readers. On this blue foam egg carton in blue letters (not easy to read) was nutritional information for the eggs. It said the serving size was one egg, and that there were 12 servings in the carton. (No surprise here.) It told of the calories, fat content and vitamins. (Still no surprises). It was the second panel that raised our antennas as it purported to help us become recycling heroes. It says, and I quote: "If you want to recycle this carton we have some good news". Then it went on to say that the average household of four eats 50 dozen eggs a year.

That adds up to 1.8 pounds of polystyrene egg cartons (50 cartons) that are dumped into land fills by just one family. But here is the good news – they say you no longer have to fill your garbage with this styrene waste. Instead you can save up the cartons and send them back to the egg company. ( An address is given). They promise that they will destroy the plastic so it no longer harms the environment and that you can feel proud about your efforts. This is all very well and good, but do the math. The U.S. has a population of about 300 million and roughly 25 million of them are families of four. That means that those families using 50 cartons of eggs each year (50 times 25 million) will accumulate1 billion, 250 million cartons weighing 45 million pounds. If everyone decides to send their cartons in on January 1st, how will the Postal Service handle that? Of course there'll be revenue from postage, and properly done the Postal Service could get out of debt in just one day. Plus, you'd heroically be saving the environment and feeling good about yourself. Just don't expect any mail for the rest of January. Wofford Heights resident Rod Middleworth, a retired security manager for Pacific Bell, is an instructor for the local AARP Driver Safety Program..

COURIER CALENDAR continued from page 2 KRV Chamber to hold Monte Carlo Night Oct. 10 The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Monte Carlo Night and Silent Auction will be held Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. General admission is $35 per person. You can sponsor one of the gaming tables for $100 which gives you three dinner tickets. Dinner will be at 5 p.m. and gaming will begin at 6 p.m. If you would like to donate an item for the Silent Auction or need more information, contact Sue at the Chamber office at 379-5236.

Corrections Last week there was a confusing information box on the front page in the story about smart meters. We meant to refer readers to Lois Henry’s excellent op/ed piece in the Bakersfield Californian on Bakersfield’s less-than-positive experience with PG&E’s smart meters, but in editing the first reference to Henry’s column was removed. Also, we’ve been running a notice about the Pregnancy Resource Center’s upcoming banquet for several weeks now, but we left out where it will take place. It will be at the Family Life Center in Wofford Heights at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3. A classified ad in the Courier Marketplace was incomplete last week. The ad appears again this week with the correct information. And our apologies for leaving out the cute baby announcement last week, which appears below on this page. It was the result of a miscommunication between the production department and the editorial department. They’re on different floors of the multistory Courier office building. (Actually, they’re about 10 feet apart.) The Courier regrets the errors.

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Born 09-09-09 @ 4:47 p.m. Reagan John Monterroso 6 lb. 12 oz. 20” Long

Friends of the KRV Libraries to hold annual tea on Oct. 12 The Friends of the KRV Libraries are inviting the public to their annual tea on Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Lake Isabella branch. Speaking will be Craig Peterson, aide to Supervisor Jon McQuiston, and Diane Duquette, head of the Kern County Libraries. Memberships to Friends of the Libraries will be available at $6 a year. For more information, call Peggy at the Lake Isabella library, (760) 549-2083.

Parents: Lewis & Tiffany Monterroso Grandparents: Lewis & Heidi Monterroso, Joyce Leslie & watching down from heaven Grandpa John Leslie

Local meeting Oct. 13 to discuss stocking Upper Kern River The Department of Fish and Game has added two meetings to hear public comment on the Draft EIR/EIS on Hatchery and Stocking Programs. One is in the Kern River Valley, on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Veterans/Senior Center in Lake Isabella from 9 - 10:30 a.m. South Fork Middle School’s Walk-A-Thon on Oct. 16 South Fork Middle School will be having their annual Walk-A-Thon on Friday, Oct. 16. Students will be asking for donations from the public to raise $100, which helps to defray the costs of various activities throughout the school year. The money that is raised goes towards helping pay for the 6th Grade Camp KEEP, the 7th and 8th Grade Camp Trip, 8th Grade Graduation, assemblies, and various other educational activities. Students will be walking from the Middle School up Kelso Valley Road to the "Y", down Kelso Creek Road to Highway 178, and back to school. The entire walk is approximately 13.3 miles.

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Kernville Stampede roping event coming Oct. 17 A Kernville Stampede roping event is coming to Kernville’s John E. McNally Rodeo Grounds on Oct. 17. This has been changed from the original event, and will be one day instead of two. For details call the Kernville Chamber of Commerce at (760) 376-2629.

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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

North Fork Marina Camp 9 Boulder Gulch Hungry Gulch Rich Gulch West Side French Gulch

French Gulch Marina Pioneer Point

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Kern River Valley information Recreation Info U.S. Forest Service Lake Isabella office: 4875 Ponderosa Dr. (enter from Hwy. 155 just over the hill from Hwy. 178) (760) 379-5646

General KRV Info

Lake Isabella South Fork Recreation Area

Wildlife Area to Ridgecrest

Old Isabella Rd Auxiliary Dam Engineer Point Paradise Cove LI Visitor Center Kissack Bay Main Dam Hospital

South Fork Wildlife Parking Area

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Jack Bustamante Kern River Courier Columnist

Spent the week upriver fishing and camping. Out of five days of fishing, only came up with 10 trout. Nothing over 8 inches. They were all released and hopefully we will meet up again in the spring. Did better fishing playing poker with my buddies. On a better note, with cooler weather and lake temperPut away that atures dropdeck of cards ping, we should seeand let’s go ing a lot fishing! better trout action on --Jack Isabella Bustamante Lake. The DFG has just put in more trout, which should give us all some great fall fishing. Catfish are starting to slow down, but we did have some nice ones come in from Stine Cove. Some pretty good crappie action was reported at French Gulch Marina along with some good size bass. While fishing


Mike Mencarini caught a big bass while fishing for crappie.

for crappie, Mike Mencarini hooked into a beautiful 8-pound large mouth using his faithful Kastmaster. Nice catch, Mike Put away that deck of cards and let’s go fishing! Photos courtesy E&J’s Tackle and General Store. For bragging rights, bring your catch to E&J’s, 6498 Wofford Blvd, Wofford Heights.

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Couch Theater

Celebrity Extra

‘Boosh’ a surreal Brit comedt

Ming-Na to star on ‘Stargate’

Previews of new DVDs by DNA Smith

upon your brain. The show revolves around the bizarre exploits of smallReleased the week of Oct. eyed, jazz aficionado Howard 12: Moon and his space-age glam hipster buddy Vince Noir. PICKS OF THE WEEK Joined by their friends Bolo the "Drag Me to Hell" -- "Drag Gorilla and Naboo the Shaman, Me to Hell" is the most fun the gang take a three-season you'll have being scared – ever. journey through Time and Director Sam Raimi Space – that is if by does a masterful job "Time" we mean of mixing comedy, "The Zoo" and horror and suspense, "Space" meaning "A and the result is one tiny curio shop in of the most enterDalston." taining movies of the The boxed set year. includes seven discs Alison Lohman that contain all three stars as the überseasons of the show cute Christine (with extras and Brown, a loan officer audio commentary), at a bank who makes plus a bonus disc the mistake of refus- Alison Lohman containing more ing a loan extension than 2-1/2 hours of on an elderly gypsy never-before-seen woman's mortgage. Bad move, footage, including a collection Cupcake. Gypsy Woman also is of the Boosh's crimps – a kind bat-guano crazy, and she puts a of free-form, nursery-rhymy curse on the girl. Christine now synchronized rap that must be has three days of torment experienced by every organic before a demon drags her to being on the planet. hell. She tries everything from séances to animal sacrifice, but TV SERIES the torments keep coming with "Married ... With Children" increasing intensity. Can she The Complete Eleventh Season escape the gypsy curse? Watch "Futurama" The Complete and find out. You won't regret Collection it. "Lovejoy" The Complete Collection "The Mighty Boosh Special "The Hunger" The Complete Edition DVD (Seasons 1-3)" -Second Season Viewers of Adult Swim are "My Family" Season 3 finally getting a taste of what "Last of the Summer Wine: British television audiences Christmas Specials 1978-1982" have been raving about for "Girlfriends" Seasons 1-7 years. "The Mighty Boosh" is the trippiest, most surreal comc) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc. edy show you'll ever inflict

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By Cindy Elavsky Q: What is the lovely MingNa doing lately? I really liked her on "ER," and my daughter absolutely loved her in "Mulan." -- Wendi H., Akron, Ohio A: I recently spoke with MingNa, who is promoting her new SyFy show, "Stargate Universe," which also stars Robert Carlyle and Lou Diamond Phillips. When asked what sets this "Stargate" apart from its predecessors ("Atlantis" and "SG1"), Ming-Na explains: "There's a whole different feel and vibe to the show. It's more character driven and more -- I don't want to say darker, because it isn't; there's a lot of bright scenes -- but it definitely has a more serious tone." You can catch "Stargate Universe" on the SyFy network on Friday nights, with repeats throughout the week. Check your local listings.

Warden, Barbara Bel Geddes, Rob Reiner and Brenda Vaccaro. Kirk Douglas bought the rights to the off-Broadway play of the same name by Ron Cowen on which the film was based. It was a gift to his son after Michael was fired from the stage production.

*** Q: I heard that "The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd is getting her own sitcom. If so, what's it about, and is there any chance she could get any of her "View" co-hosts to guest star on the show? -- Stephanie Z., via e-mail A: Lifetime Television began airing "Sherri" on Tuesday nights in early October, and the show follows the story of a working mother and part-time entertainer (Sherri) trying to pick up the pieces of her life when she splits from her cheating husband. As for having her "View" Sherri Shepherd *** co-hosts on, Sherri tells Q: I remember an me: "I would love to! old-ish movie that starred Maybe I could get Whoopi, because Michael Douglas, where his she is still acting. But Joy is not character gets called to serve in interested in acting, Barbara doesn't Vietnam, but he doesn't want to do that sort of thing, and Elizabeth go and considers fleeing to keeps getting pregnant -- so, it Canada. What was it called, and doesn't look like it will happen for is it available to purchase? -the three of them. But I'll work on Gerry N., Portland, Maine Whoopi.” A: You're in luck. The movie you're thinking of is "Summertree," which premiered in 1972, at the height of the United States' controversial involvement in the Vietnam War. It recently was released on DVD and is available for purchase. "Summertree" co-stars Jack

*** Have a question for Cindy? E-mail her at letters@cindy elavsky. com, or write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Prayer breakfast Wednesday, Oct. 7

Voices of Faith

Try multitasking Clarence Semonious, pastor Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship, Kernville

“People can't multitask very well, and when people say they can, they're deluding themselves.” This is according to scientists including Earl Miller, an MIT neuroscientist. In a statement that could have been based on the Bible, he added, “The brain is very good at deluding itself.” So then, whenever a person performs more than Semonious one task at a time, the two distinct processes of goal shifting and rule activation are active separately. Joshua S. Rubinstein of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration explains the process as a mental deliberation; “I'm turning off the rules for that and turning on the rules for this.” Individually, those who think they have the ability to multitask pay a price for the effort. God has a better way. “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12. That twelfth chapter of Corinthians expresses a visible and profound blessing through individual Christians as the body of Christ (12:27). Ephesians 4:11-14 speaks of Jesus: “He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no

longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” This blessing does not come from denominational organizations; denominations are not members of the body of Christ. When I use the abilities given to me by God, in humility, and you use the abilities given to you by God, in humility, it is the body of Christ who is truly multitasking – to the glory of God. In a historical note to introduce the book of 1 Peter, the ESV translation says, “The readers of the apostle Peter’s letter were confused and discouraged by the persecution they were encountering because of their faith.” That sentence could have been written about America today. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9. From the Bible, I share in the multitasking the Holy Spirit gave me because Jesus is my Savior. Now I trust, rejoice, and find comfort in Him. I also examine myself according to 1 Corinthians 11:28, “Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” As regards to examining others’ behavior, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.” Galatians 6:1.

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

There will be a “first Wednesday of the Month” prayer breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 6:45 a.m. at Los Palomos Mexican Restaurant in Bodfish. Prayer is the answer. Please join other concerned Christians for an hour of prayer every first Wednesday each month. Please come early so as not disturb those in prayer starting at 7 a.m. All who wish to pray for our valley are welcome. See you there. For more information, call the Community Christian Service Center at 379-5100, Monday to Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bible verse of the week But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (KJV)

“Voices of Faith” is a rotating column featuring messages from all churches. Pastors, please e-mail 400-word messages to

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.

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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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Health Insurance Matters

Here’s a primer on how to become obese Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist

My kid brother Michael is an exercise nutcase. He spends more time at the gym and running than I spend in restaurants. He wrote this piece with me in mind, I'm sure, Harry Thal but as I do believe in a healthier lifestyle, I thought you might enjoy it, too. I'm tired of eating five servings of vegetables and fruit per day. I want to join the 60 million Americans in the U.S. who are obese. These folk know how to eat. The United States is home to the most obese people in the world.

Here's what you need to do to join their ranks. Instructions: Step 1 – Before you begin your quest toward obesity, buy a great health insurance policy. If you try to purchase the insurance after you reach your fat goal, your request may be denied because you now have a "pre-existing health condition." Step 2 – An average-sized person eats around 2000 calories a day. To reach our rotund goal, plan on tripling that. Start with a large breakfast. Set the tone for the remainder of the day and eat out. On the way to work, drive to your local greasy spoon and order lots of their fatty, syrupy stuff. Step 3 – Lunchtime is a perfect time to get out of the office and pig out. Remember, always eat at a fast food joint and request “extra

value meals.”They will help you reach your fat goal. Keep in mind this important rule: if the beverage you choose is clear, don't drink it. It may be water. Water doesn't have calories and won't help you reach your dumpy objective. Step 4 – It's now time for dinner. To be truly fat I strongly suggest you eat late to avoid going to bed hungry. If you're on a tight budget, and who isn't these days, go to your favorite fast food restaurant and survey their dollar menu. Step 5 –Set your alarm and wake up for your midnight snack delight. Why sleep when you can pig out? Step 6 – When you increase your flab, you'll have the rare opportunity to say bye-bye to those old clothes and purchase a brand new wardrobe. Since most designer pants, dresses, and shirts

are manufactured for your skinny brothers and sisters, plan on specialty shopping online. Be sureorder your clothes a few sizes too large so you have room to grow. Think elastic waistbands. Step 7 – Daily exercise is recommended. Stroll briskly over to your car. Other suggested exercise routines include Playstation, Wii, or picking up one French fry at a time. That’s great for the wrists. Remember, never, overexert yourself like this without the approval of your doctor. 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

Diverticulosis rampant diagnosis in the Western world Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Kern River Courier Syndicated Columnist

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Through a CT scan, I have been diagnosed with extensive diverticular disease. You've mentioned that a lack of fiber as the cause. All my adult life, I have eaten whole-wheat bread, lots of fruit and vegetables, and plenty of fiber. I can't remember ever being constipated. I was shocked by the diagnosis. My maternal grandmother finally succumbed to it. Could I be genetically predisposed to it? Would eating yogurt containing live bacterial cultures provide any value? -- B.S. ANSWER: A diverticulum is a small bulge on the outer colon wall. It's smaller than a small grape, being only about 0.4 inches (1 cm) in diameter. What's bulging is the lining of the colon. High colon pressure pushes the colon lining through the colon's muscle wall and onto its outer surface. The colon has to generate great force to move along undigested, hard and dry waste matter. Fiber keeps stool soft and moist. In societies where grains are refined and where fiber is scant, diverticulosis is rampant. To give you an idea of how

widespread diverticulosis is, 50 percent to 70 percent of the elderly population has it. I can't explain why a fiber-conscious person like you developed extensive diverticulosis. I suppose there might be a genetic predisposition. Keep in mind that most people with diverticulosis -- 70 percent -- never suffer a single symptom. If the diverticula become inflamed, then the condition is diverticulitis, and that is painful. Pain usually arises in the left, lower side of the abdomen, where most diverticula are found. People are feverish, lose their appetite and feel nauseated, but they rarely vomit. With a more severe attack, the temperature is quite high, and the abdomen becomes very tender. Sometimes an attack of diverticulitis is signaled by painless rectal bleeding. Treatment involves resting the digestive tract by taking only clear fluids and antibiotics. For more serious attacks, hospitalization with intravenous fluids and antibiotics is required. You may never face these possibilities. Most people with diverticulosis never do. Yogurt will not help. The pamphlet on diverticulosis gives a more lengthy discussion of this topic. To order a copy, write: Dr. Donohue -No. 502W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money

Highland Chapel United Methodist Church 5301 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella Bazaar & Bake Sale November 7th 9:00am

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Kern River Courier

Alison Sheehey Special to the Courier

The Friends of Audubon Kern River Preserve will hold a free family nature program this Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. -11 a.m. Come see Bill Foster, a licensed falconer, demonstrate the ancient art of falconry with his hybrid Northern/European Goshawk, Hecate. The preserve is located at 18747 Highway 178 in Weldon. Teaching falcons to help humans hunt for food began before written history. It was an important sport of royalty before firearms and in medieval

times your royal rank defined the kind of falcon you could use. The Queen of England has a royal falconer and the sport is very popular in the Middle East. In most places falconry is more of a hobby and is less prevalent today than in the past. However, it has regained popularity in recent years. When our speaker first became a falconer in the late ‘50s, he had to make his own equipment. Today finding falconry supplies is easier with craftspeople selling jesses and other equipment worldwide. Falconers have to have state and federal licenses, a hunting license, and complete an apprenticeship before they can own any of the approved hawks or falcons (not all raptors are allowed to be kept). This free, all ages event is open to all interested people (children are welcome but those under 13 must be accompanied by an adult). Please dress for the weather and bring sunscreen and bug spray just in case. For more information please contact us at 760-3782029 or There is a large sign at the entrance to the Kern River Preserve. It is on Hwy.178, 1.1 miles east of the Tintersection of Hwy 178 and Sierra Way.

Friday, October 2, 2009 Many programs at library in October KRV Library Story Time Oct. 8, 3:30 Local fire fighters will visit Kern River Valley Branch Library during story time hour on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 3:30. Kids will be able to see and investigate the fire engine and gear as well as hear all about being a fireman and learn about fire safety. KRV Library, 7054 Lake Isabella Blvd, 760-549-2083 KRV Library Fall Festival for all ages, Saturday Oct. 17, 2 4pm. An afternoon of family games, stories and crafts, Oct. 17, 2-4 p.m. at KRV Library. Bring a pumpkin for “Pumpkin Painting,” win a book in the “Book Walk,” design pretty beaded jewelry (ages 11+) and show off your artistic flair with leaf printing/rubbing. Kern River Valley Library, 7054 Lake Isabella Blvd, 760-549-2083 Teen Comic Book and Manga Art Contest at KRV Library, October 2 - 23 American and Japanese Comic Book style art contest for young adults ages 13 to 18 Oct. 2 - 23! Win great prizes for interpreting licensed characters or creating your own! Guidelines are available at the KRV Branch Library. Kern River Valley Library, 7054 Lake Isabella Blvd, 760-549-2083 Free Drawing Workshop for Teens Oct. 20 Kern River Valley Library is hosting a professional artist on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. This free workshop will give teens the perfect opportunity to start or to perfect their entries for the Library's Comic Book Art Contest. A professional artist will work one on one with participants, answering questions and teaching techniques. This workshop is recommended for teens and adults. Bring examples of your work. Kern River Valley Library, 7054 Lake Isabella Blvd, 760-549-2083

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Kern River Courier

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Talking About Real Estate

Selling your home in default Matt Freeman Kern River Courier Columnist

credit there are a couple of things to remember. First, time is of the essence concerning your Selling your home while in bank. You only have so much default, unfortunately, is a situatime before your home goes on tion that more and more the auction block. Find a real Americans are finding themestate agent who is familiar with selves in. There short-sales and get them to really are several negotiate with your lender as reasons – fradusoon as possible. You will have to lent loan offido an application and provide cers, buyers who valid reason for missing your constantly repayments and written permission financed to get for your real estate agent to as much money access your account. out of their And remember, price the listhome as they ing to sell! If you are missing the Matt Freeman could, payments but still price the listadjustable-rate ing to make a mega profit that is mortgages. Whatever the reason- the same thing as letting the ing for being in default on your home go to auction, you are mortgage payments, there is a wasting everyone's time – most way out that can save your credimportantly, your own. Price the it. listing below market value; if you Consider doing a short-sale. owe 200K, price it at 175K and The last time real estate agents advertise it as a short-sale forewere really familclosure. That brings a iar with shortlot of people in because “Consider a sales was back in the perception is there the early ‘90s, of a good deal. Then short sale.” which was the last upon receipt of an offer, time that there – Matt Freeman even a low offer, let was a big turnyour real estate agent down of real and your bank slug it estate prices. A short-sale is out. More often than not the when a seller who is in default bank will come to terms that are asks their lender to take less than agreeable and save your credit. what is owed on the home in order to sell the home before it Matt Freeman is a Realtor with goes to the auction. Freeman’s Lakeside Realty (760) If you are a seller in this situa- 379-5915 or cell 223-0880. His tion and are interested in selling column is not intended to replace your house and saving your legal advice.

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Across from Isabella Market


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The Book Corral used book store in Mt. Mesa had its grand opening Saturday. The store is open Wednesdays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

FLU continued from page 1 Seasonal flu date Oct. 6. H1N1 dose 1 date Nov. 5. H1N1 dose 2 date Dec. 7. Weldon: Weldon Methodist Church, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seasonal flu date Oct. 20. H1N1 dose 1 date Nov. 17. H1N1 dose 2 date Dec. 15. Although the county has not

yet released vaccination details to the Kern River Courier, last year the county charged a $2.00 fee for seasonal flu shots. The clinics were on a first-come, first-served basis and the person had to meet high risk criteria for receiving the vaccine.

SWINE continued from page 1 Seasonal Vaccine According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s especially important that people in the following groups get the seasonal flu vaccine (the seasonal flu vaccine does not protect against the 2009 H1N1 flu, which has its own vaccine as detailed below). • People between 6 months through 18 years of age • Pregnant women • People age 50 years and older • People with certain chronic health conditions • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities • Health care personnel • Caregivers of young children, older adults or people with certain medical conditions H1N1 Vaccine When the 2009 H1N1 vaccine is released, it may not be immediately available to people at low risk of complications from the illness. It’s important, however, for people in high-risk groups to be vaccinated. High-risk groups for 2009 H1N1 flu: • Pregnant women • People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age • Health care and emergency

medical services personnel • People between 6 months through 24 years of age • People from 25 through 64 years old who have chronic medical conditions or compromised immune systems The CDC recommends that you get vaccines for both flus—seasonal and 2009 H1N1—as soon as you can. If you do contract the flu, stay home from work/school and get plenty of rest. If symptoms worsen or persist, contact your family physician immediately. Know the symptoms Both seasonal and 2009 H1N1 flus can cause mild or severe illness, in some cases leading to hospitalization or even death. Complications can include pneumonia, infections and dehydration. Flus can also worsen existing medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and congestive heart failure. Symptoms of both flus include: • Fever • Headache • Extreme tiredness • Cough • Sore throat • Runny or stuffy nose • Muscle aches • Vomiting and diarrhea

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California Joe’s Country Living

There he was, at the hospital California Joe Kern River Courier Columnist

I looked up and there he was. Standing there at the foot of my bed. My kid brother Steve, in the ICU room at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. They had rushed me down the hall and into ICU. And shortly thereafterward Dr. Mehta had bounded exuberantly into the room and turned on the magic machine. California Joe And it zapped me. I survived. Laughing and chuckling all the while. When I had gotten back home the food started coming in. Every night, more food. Every morning, more food. Miz Sue and I didn’t cook much for a month. I had to go back for more tests. My luck held up pretty good. My old arteries are holding up. The old ticker is doing okay. Well sir, meanwhile brother Steve went back to Florida to his penthouse on Marco Island. *** This time he flew to San Francisco and called his two sons, one in Walnut Creek and the other in Aspen, Colo. They met him in San Francisco.

They rented a 25-foot camper and headed up the California coastland. Then they turned around and drove back to San Francisco where they parted. Steve rented a small black Honda and, eight hours later, pulled up in my driveway. It turned out to be a two-night sleepover on his way back to Florida. By 4 p.m. Sunday he was back on San Marco Island and at his penthouse. But while he was here, we had a great time. The first night he was here, Wednesday, we rushed down to El Jacalito and had their shrimp fajitas. Thursday morning we treated him to a typical breakfast at the Cracked Egg. Biscuits and gravy and all the trimmings. Pancakes and ham. Thursday night was a delicious Mexican dinner at the El Rio. He left Friday morning to drive back to San Francisco. I’ll call him later this week and set up our next trip to Florida and the Everglades, which Miz Sue absolutely adores. And I’d love to visit the hostel in South Miami I love to visit. But first we’re off soon to our timeshare in Oceanside. Then we drive back up the coast to spend the a few days with my son and his family in Camarillo. That’s what I need – a small vacation. California Joe is the storyteller persona of Stevenson Phillips, an actor and singer living in Kernville. You may reach him at

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Creative Connection

Our Valley, Our Earth

Fair-ly bubbling with arts

Turtlebacks a rare formation

Donna Fitch Kern River Courier Columnist

Authenticity makes every aspect of life interesting and it makes the world go round. It is vulnerable, impacting, and soul touching. Yesterday, and for the first time, I experienced the Kern County Fair and I loved it. I find it fascinating that a fair has its own personality. In contrast to the L.A. County Fair, there Donna Fitch is an intimacy and unforgettable air about Kern County’s. It felt like its own little city of life, fun, and celebration of all that makes us what we are. It was memorable! Cast into a world of shopping and unique products, ideas and inventions, we took in the creativity that burst from so many booths. Are these wares feeding something in our hearts and touching us in some way? Creativity comes in all sizes and shapes. Speaking of feeding, that brings us to the next senses – taste and smell. A veritable feast of flavors faced you from each direction. Fine arts brought great joy to our party as one of my closest friends and art buddies, Candice Ganczak, took first place for “Playfully Content”, a painting inspired by of one of her cats. “It was a painting I enjoyed from start

to finish; a favorite work,” she said. One of our own residents takes a top honor for professional fine art painting in a stiff competition. I bet the price just went up! The fine arts building brought a realm of discovery and a banquet for the eyes. Another stage presented a folk dancing troupe along the lines of Riverdance called Powerhouse, who amazed us all with their energy and techniques. Preceding them on stage, the Heartbreak, members of the Breakdown Crew, the So Sick Crew, Soul Stepping, and Vincent of B Boy Stiff combined to impart the talent and innovation of break dance and hip-hop, preceded once again by the most adorable dancers you can imagine in age groups of 2-14. Lenard Skynnard was the featured band and musical entertainment for the evening. Every sense was engaged; taste, smell, touch, sight, and sound. It didn’t stop there. There is also the sense of fun, family, community, and one of my favorites – the sense of self. People took the time and put out the effort to celebrate themselves and their talents and passions. It was like seeing the community as a diamond, celebrating each of its colorful aspects. This is the spice and spirit in life. Count me in for another day!

Paintings can be tricky Q: I have five different Taco Bell dogs, and I am curious if they are worth anything. -- Madeline, Marion, Ind. A: During the autumn of 1997, Taco Bell began an advertising campaign that featured a Chihuahua dog named Dinky and voiceovers by Carlos Alazaqui. Dinky was eventually replaced by a second dog, Gidget. The campaign was such a hit, toys depicting the dogs were produced as advertising premiums. A quick check of eBay revealed dozens of Taco Bell toy dogs, most priced in the $10 to $15 range. *** Q: I have several pieces of Anchor pottery that was made in Trenton, N.J. There is a water pitcher with washbowl, milk pitcher, sugar bowl and several other pieces. The pattern includes pink and yellow flowers. I have tried to find out about this company but have not been successful. -Devan, Waitsfield, Vt. A: The Anchor Pottery Company operated in Trenton from 1893 until 1926. From what I can determine, the company produced a line that included dinner sets and toile sets. Your pieces appear to be a mix of the

The "enlargement area" from last week is shown below. This area, geologically, is extremely complex. It’s very difficult to unravel the genesis of the geology. But, I want to focus upon the area where the Turtleback features are best shown. In the lower right of the map is a Ron Bolyard shaded area marked "BL", the North-South trending Black Mountains. Superimposed upon the shaded area are "B", "C", and

"M". These are the locations for the Turtlebacks at Badwater (B), Copper Canyon (C) and Morman Point (M). These three features are on and near Highway 178 south of Furnace Creek and are easily observed. If you recall, the exposed rocks are some of the oldest on the earth, about 2 billion years of age and were a part of the originally exposed basement 2 BYA that was surrounded by ocean. This is primarily their claim to fame, except for there unusual structural formation. Turtlebacks are an unusual geologic anomaly that occurs rarely in nature. There are less noted similar features on earth, but not as dramatic as those in Death Valley. These Turtlebacks have brought many geologists to California just to study and learn about them. We must remember that we are fortunate that these have been exposed by tectonic and erosion activity. I am positive that there are many, many more examples that will be exposed as the erosive and tectonic processes continue for another two billion years! Until 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.

Donna Fitch is a local artist. For questions or comments you can reach her through the Courier,


Larry Cox Courier Syndicated Columnist

Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

two. For a brief history of the company, I recommend Lehner's Encyclopedia of U.S. Marks on Pottery, Porcelain & Clay by Lois Lehner (Collectors Books, $24.95). *** Q: I purchased a painting several years ago at a lawn sale that appears to have been done in 1719. I would like to know its value. -Rose, Geneva, N.Y. A: Determining the value of art can be tricky, and that is why you need to consult an expert. I have looked at the photo you sent me, and it appears that your painting might be European in origin. I suggest that you contact Carol O'Brien, Ph.D, ASA, 9920 West 34th Drive, Wheat Ridge, CO 90033. Dr. O'Brien specializes in appraising Spanish, European and American art and is an accredited senior appraiser. She is an excellent source. You should expect to pay a fee for this service. *** 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.




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$495/mo Introductory Offer in quiet park. 2 bd, 1 ba completely refurbished. Rent to Own + security deposit & good credit. Call Joel (760) 379-2092 _________________________ Onyx - Apt. available Oct 1st in quiet neighborhood. 2 bd/1ba. Close to park & store. $550/mo incls. water & trash. References required. 661-477-7091 _________________________ Kernville - Hi-Ho Mobile Home Park. 2 bd / 2 ba Apts. $595/mo + deposit and utilities. 760-376-2671 _________________________ 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 __________________________ Wofford Heights - Studio Apt. 39 Williams B. Clean & quiet. Suitable for 1 person. NS, ND $350/mo. FLD 805-459-9054 _________________________ PRIVATE - 2 bd double wide mobile home IN W.Hts on 1 acre with panoramic view of the lake. $700/mo + deposit. Call 760-376-1944 weekends or 805-375-0047 weel days. _________________________ Lake Isabella - Clean 2 Bed / 1 ½ Bath. Large garage. Fenced yard, A/C & heating. Washer Dryer hookups. 4012 Canal St. (Lakeland Estates) $600/mo. Call Ross @ 916-296-1082 _________________________ Wofford Hts. - 3 bd, 1¾ ba frame house w/bonus rm + xtra rm on detached garage. Fenced, no pets xlent neighborhood. Walk to stores, movies, great for children. $1,000 + dep. Call Jim @760-379-2844 _________________________ Wofford Heights - 3bd/2ba remodeled home in Pala Ranches w/xtra room under house. Mt. views, stove, refrig + w/d hookup. Section 8 OK. $1,000/mo + dep 323-447-9140 or 323-969-8061

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HAPPENINGS continued from page 3 Benefit for Sheriff’s Activities League Oct. 24 The Kern Valley Sheriff's Activities League 2nd Annual Auction and Spaghetti Dinner will take place Saturday Oct. 24 at the Moose Lodge in Lake Isabella. Tickets are only $10. The dinner will feature raffles and great food. SAL members will be selling tickets at various functions around the valley. Tickets are also available at Kern River Motors (Lisa) and the Kern Valley Sun (Brandon). Come out and support a great cause, have some fun, and enjoy some wonderful food. For more information contact Dep. Joe Garcia at (760) 549-2043. 4th annual Freedom Festival Oct. 24-25 The fourth annual Progressive Freedom Festival will take place on Oct. 2425 at Frandy Park in Kernville. There will be music, speakers, kids activities, local artisans and vendors, and an art gallery. The purpose of the event is to celebrate sustainability and localism; find common ground to help communities thrive; teach attendees opportunities for positive change; and take progressive action for global impact. The cost to attend the Saturday event is $10 per adult, children 12 and under are free. Camping is available in the private campground where the event is being held. For more information, go to Orchestra to perform their Fall Concert Oct. 25 The Kern Valley Community Orchestra will be presenting their Fall Concert at the Kernville Elementary School on Sunday, October 25, at 4 p.m. The selections to be performed include Hungarian Dance, Radetzky March, Tarentelle, “Fascination,” “What A Wonderful World” and more. Donations will be accepted at the door and children are admitted at no charge. Refreshments will be served. To include your event in the Kern River Courier Calendar, just submit the information to the Courier (our addresses is on this page) by Tuesday for each Friday’s issue. Events must be open to the public and admission price, if any, must be listed.

Marketplace Continued from page 12 Mobile Homes

Homes for Sale

Wofford Heights - 1965 Mobile home for sale in very good condition @ 99 Evans Rd., #4. Space rent is $175/mo. Asking $23K, owner may carry part. Discount for cash. 760-376-6989 _________________________ 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

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 _________________________

Lake Isabella - 2613 Balsam Ave. Reduced to $99,000. 2B/1.75B MH with permanent foundation. Large corner lot, 3 block from downtown Lake Isabella. A/C. Fresh paint inside & out. New carpet, flooring & roof. Double pane windows, RV parking. All appliances stay. Quiet neighborhood w/mountain views. Call (760) 379-5167 or (760) 207-3129

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Lake Isabella - Rent to Own, Lease or Buy. OWC w/small down. Looking for quality tenants. Terms negotiable. 3 bd, 2 ba home. Large double garage. Close to shopping. $159,000. (760) 417-0876

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

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Wofford Heights - Sites available in quiet park with lake views, laundry facilities & fish house. $250/mo inclds water & trash. Call Jody @ 760-376-3228 _________________________ Wofford Heights Mobile / RV Park Great Location! Quiet, mature trees, walk to lake, market, medical, park & theater. Call Jim @ (760) 376-6316 _________________________ RV Sites Available @ Riverview RV Park, Kernville. $379/mo (inclds discount of $40) + utilities. Call 376-2345 for info. _________________________ Yup! This space is for rent too! We also have inner space, outer space, ad space, word space, news space, parking space, shelf space, closed space, & wide open space. Call us, we’ll save you some space. Discounts may apply for spaced out Space Cadets.

Residential Lot on Aspen Drive in Bodfish. $25,000. OBO Call (661) 428-1108 _________________________ Southlake Lot - ready to build. 8525 Sugar Pine Ct. 8,712 sq ft. Quiet cul-de-sac. Quality home in area, mt views in all directions, underground utilities. Curb & gutters already in. $39,900. Call 818-269-0507 or 818-299-1863

Trailer for Sale Wofford Hts. - 1 bd, 1 ba travel trailer w/2 sheds in quiet park. In xlnt cond-must see to believe! Walk to lake. Space inclds water/trash, laundry & fish house. $6,000. Call Gary 760-376-3228

Misc. for Sale Full Size Mattress & Box Springs. Excellent Condition. $50 Call 760-379-1123

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The Kern County Fair in Bakersfield ends Sunday, Oct. 4. It has been going on since Sept. 23, and the Courier has learned of many local people who have won awards or placed during the run of the fair. We visited the fair last Saturday, when we snapped this photo of valley resident Cole Frenes and his cow, “Sister.”

Courier Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: INTIMATE DELI (2009-B5558) Street address of principal place of business: 2 Deodar Drive, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. Mailing address of business: 2 Deodar Drive, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. REGISTRANT: Darfan, Inc., 2 Deodar Drive, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. F, Corporation. 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: Richard Wolowiec, President. This statement filed on 08/31/2009. Expires 08/31/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By G. Meza. Published by the Kern River Courier September 11, 18, 25 and October 2, 2009. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: WOFFORD HEIGHTS FOURSQUARE CHURCH (2009-B5561), DBA #2: FAMILY LIFE CENTER (2009-B5562). Street address of principal place of business: 20 West Panorama, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 277, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. REGISTRANT: International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. F, Corporation. Date the business

commenced: 12/30/1927. 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: Diane Moss. This statement filed on 08/31/2009. Expires 08/31/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By G. Meza. Published by the Kern River Courier September 11, 18, 25 and October 2, 2009. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: LMC (2009-B5830) Street address of principal place of business: 25 Jeanette Way, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. Mailing address of business: 25 Jeanette Way, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. REGISTRANT: Marcela Freerks, 25 Jeanette Way, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 07/16/2009. 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: Marcela Freerks. This statement filed on 09/14/2009. Expires 09/14/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By G. Durward. Published by the Kern River Courier September 18, 25, October 2 and 9, 2009. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: TRACIE WHITMAN DANCE STUDIO (2009B5496) Street address of principal place of business: 5101 C Lake Isabella Boulevard, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 2547, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. REGISTRANT: Tracie Whitman, 1905 Harrington Avenue, Bodfish, CA 93205. 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: Tracie Whitman. This statement filed on 08/27/2009. Expires 08/27/2014. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By G. Meza. Published by the Kern River Courier September 25, October 2, 9 and 16, 2009.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Courier chuckle of the week: “Late night TV is very educational. It teaches you that you should have gone to bed earlier.” –James Dent

See Page 16 for answers to puzzles

Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A changing situation calls for a change in plans. Although you might prefer the schedule you had already worked up, you could do better by agreeing to make adjustments. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) That once seemingly rock-solid proposition you favored might be hiding some serious flaws. Take time to check it more carefully. Question anything that seems out of kilter. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Finish up those lingering tasks so that you can then arrange to spend some time in reflection. This will go a long way in restoring both your physical and spiritual energies. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A family situation could heat up and boil over unless you deal with it as soon as possible. Try to persuade other family members to work with you to help cool things down. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Cheer up, Kitty Cat! That low feeling will begin to ebb by midweek, and you should be back in the social swirl in time for the weekend. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Going too fast and too far on too little knowledge could be risky. Best to slow down and check for gaps in your information. It's what you don't know that could hurt you. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Trying to make peace among quarreling family members,

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friends or colleagues can be tough. Expect some resistance, maybe even some expressions of resentment. But stay with it. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Changing your mind doesn't have to be a problem once you realize that you might have good and sufficient cause to do so. Make your explanations clear and complete. Good luck. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) An unkept promise can be irksome and easily raise the Archer's ire. But instead of getting into a confrontation, take time to check why someone you relied on came up short. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A new workplace distraction creates an unnecessary delay. The sooner you deal with it, the better for all concerned. A personal matter also should be attended to as soon as possible. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Once again, the Aquarian's gift for applying both practical and creative methods to resolve a situation makes all the difference. Personal relationships thrive during the weekend. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A relationship appears to be losing its appeal for reasons that might be different from what you think. An open and honest talk could lead to some surprising revelations. BORN THIS WEEK: Your life is bound by your belief that character counts more than anything else. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez 1. GEOGRAPHY: On which of the Japanese islands would you find Mount Fuji? 2. FAMOUS PEOPLE: What did gangster Al Capone die of? 3. MOVIES: What 1980s movie featured characters named Westley, Buttercup and Inigo Montoya? 4. PSYCHOLOGY: What would someone who suffered from chorophobia be afraid of? 5. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What kind of creature is a porbeagle? Answers:

1. Honshu 2. Syphilis 3. "The Princess Bride" 4. Dancing 5. Shark

FFriday, October 2, 2009

(c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Letter to the Courier

Friday, October 2, 2009

Answers to puzzles on pages 14-15:

Dear Kern River Courier, (About) our ER and hospital here in the Kern River Valley, I can find nothing but praise for the people at the Skilled Nursing Facility. Within two months (they) restored me to the point I could return home. There were so many “attending angels,” like those of Hoffmann Hospice, all the nurses and aides at SNF that treated me day and night – to these I can only tender a hearty “thank you!” Though you all deserve so much more than that, as do those the friends that visited and so many praying for me together with those that gave so much of themselves and their time and helped me physically to be here in my small cottage in Bodfish writing once more. Though often nursing homes and places like SNF are places where some people are “warehoused to die,” some of them living in a private hell like an active mind but the body unable to respond, here in our valley we have personnel and facilities of which we can boast to the world. We are most fortunate to have the hospital and the various medical services, staff that genuinely cares about people most living elsewhere would justly envy. Again, my thanks to those responsible for my care, to those for whom their position is not simply a “job” but extend their love as attending angels to others like me. Samuel D. G. Heath, Ph. D. Bodfish

Lake IsabellaBodfish Property Owners Association P.O. Box 1251 Lake Isabella CA 93240

Our slogan

“For A Better Community” We are extending an invitation to all homeowners in the Lake Isabella/Bodfish Area to come and join us. Share your thoughts on how we can improve our community. We meet at 2:00 p.m every second Tuesday of each month, at the Senior Center, in the Veterans Hall, Lake Isabella. For more information call: 760-379-1830


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