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Patriot Day falls on 11th September (also commonly known as 'Nine-Eleven') and is remembered globally as the anniversary of the catastrophic terrorist attacks on the USA of 11th September 2001. On the direction of the President, the flag of the United States of America should be displayed on the homes of Americans, the White House and all United States government buildings in the whole world. The flag should be flown at half-mast as a mark of respect to those who died on September 11, 2001. Many observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM (Eastern Daylight Time). This marks the time that the first plane flew into the World Trade Center. Some communities, particularly in the areas directly affected by the attacks, hold special church services or prayer meetings. Patriot Day is not a federal holiday and schools and businesses do not close. Public transit systems run on their regular schedules. Some people and organizations may take some time out to hold prayers for the victims of the attacks, but these do not usually affect public life for more than a few minutes. Embedded in the memories of everyone who lived through it, this was the day four jet planes were hijacked and crashed into the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia,
weekend weather Friday high 96° Hot Friday low 64° Mostly clear Saturday high 99° Hot Saturday low 67° Mostly clear Sunday high 98° Hot Sunday low 66° Mostly clear National Weather Service
Slides Fire chars 254 acres Cindy Thill US Forest Service Forest Service firefighters responded to a wildland fire Sunday afternoon north and east of the town of Kernville. The "Slides" fire was reported at approximately 1:27 p.m. September 2. The fire is located on the east side of the Kern River north of the Johnsondale Bridge area. It started on the lower 1/3 of a west facing slope and immediately spread
uphill, burning easterly in grass and scattered brush, into several rock outcroppings. Incident Commander, Angie Sanchez stated, "The fuels (grass and brush) are extremely dry this time of year. The quick response from our air support assisted in slowing this fire's progression." With safety first, 175 fire fighting personnel and equipment from the US Forest Service aggressively attacked the fire uti-
lizing helicopters, air attack and air tankers, smoke jumpers, hand crews, engines, and patrols. Access for ground crews is a one and one-half hour hike as the terrain is extremely steep and rocky. Smoke jumpers, temporarily stationed in Porterville, from their home base in Redding, assisted the firefighting efforts along with an air tanker from Cal-Fire. Crews stayed overnight on the fire and were
replaced by additional crews in the morning. The Rincon Trail #33E23 (portion north of the Sherman Pass Rd.), the River Trail #33E30 and the Cedar Canyon Trail #33E26 were temporarily closed during the fire, but no roads were closed. The fire totaled 254 acres, with full containment expected on September 6. There were four injuries-one debris in the eye, one twisted knee and two flu-like symptoms.
Former hospital administrator sentenced Kamala D. Harris California Attorney General Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the sentencing of the former hospital administrator of Kern Valley Health District, a rare case in which a hospital administrator is being held criminally responsible for conduct by a lower-ranked employee. Pamela Ott, former hospital administrator of the Kern Valley Health District, pled no contest to one felony count of conspiracy to commit an act injurious to the public health based on her failure to adequately supervise the Director of Nursing. During Ott's tenure as administrator, Director of Nursing Gwen Hughes administered psychotropic medications to 23 elderly residents in order to chemi-
Pamela Ott Courier file photo
cally restrain them for staff convenience. Three patients died. "Ott neglected her responsibility to monitor the practices of her employees and, in doing so, she endangered the health and well-being of vulnerable residents," Attorney General Harris said. "California has strong laws to prevent elder abuse and we will enforce them so we can protect the most vulnerable among us." Ott was sentenced to three years formal probation, 300 hours of volunteer service, restitution pending conclusion of
civil lawsuits. She is required to comply with all orders from the Registered Nursing Board, which is conducting its own investigation into the matter. In July 2012, Dr. Hoshang Pormir, the Medical Director, was also sentenced to 300 hours of volunteer serv-
ice, restitution pending conclusion of civil lawsuits, and a requirement to comply with all orders from the Medical Board. Pormir failed to conduct examinations of patients or monitor their reactions to medications. In January 2007, the
See Ott, page 12
Dam Task Force meeting scheduled Lake Isabella Dam Task Force will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, September 12 at the Kern Valley Moose Lodge, 6732 Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella. The purpose of this meeting is to share what was learned on August 16 from the more than a dozen senior officials from the U.S. Army nature
Corps of Engineers who were brought to town by Congressman Kevin McCarthy. There will be ample copies of the important handouts the Army Corps provided at that time by Colonel William J. Leady, Sacramento District of the U.S. Army Corps of
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Plan for the week ahead using the Courier Calendar. Bodfish Bob continues to have his hand in the pickle jar. Mike Mencarini talks about a conditional lake economy.
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kern river water data: Wednesday 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 94,203 acre-feet Reservoir peak 220,365 acre-feet Pool maximum 568,075 acre-feet Pool safety limit 360,000 acre-feet Upper Kern Kern Inflow at Kernville 154 cfs (5-hr avg.) Lower Kern Outflow 339 cfs Borel Canal Outflow 167 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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Regular activities Fridays
■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., TOPS #2293 weight loss group, Veterans Hall #2, Lake Isabella. 760-4172272. ■ 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Alzheimers Respite Group, Veterans Hall, Lake Isabella. 661-393-8871. ■ 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., TOPS weight loss group, Mt.View Church, Lake Isabella. 760-378-3935. ■ 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Bingo and lunch at Eagles, open to public, Mt. Mesa. 760-379-3394 ■ 12 - 1 p.m., AA, Senior Center, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-4112. ■ 1 p.m., Happy Hookers crochet club, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-6335. ■ 5 p.m. (1st Fri.) Kern Valley Cruisers and Hot Rods, Senior Center, Sierra Vista Restaurant, 16575 Hwy 178, Weldon. ■ 6 p.m. (2nd Fri.), Kernville Baptist Church game night. Next to Pizza Barn. 760-223-1036. ■ 7 p.m. Alano Club, AA 12x12 study, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella. ■ 7 - 8 p.m., AA, Kernville Chamber of Commerce, 11447 Kernville Rd., Kernville 760-379-4112 or 760-417-9701
■ 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Farmer’s Market, Nuui Cunni Center, French Gulch. 760-549-0800 ■ 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Farmer’s Market, Lakeshore Lodge, Wofford Heights. ■ 5 p.m. (1st Sat.), Havilah Centennial Group, Havilah Schoolhouse. 760-379-2636. ■ 1 p.m. Darts, 3 p.m. Poker Pool 3p.m., Dinner 5-7 p.m. Eagles Lodge, open to public, Mt. Mesa. 760379-3394 ■ 7 - 10 p.m. (1st Sat.), Dam Dancers square dancing, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. ■ 2 p.m., Discussion. 7:30 - 9 p.m., 6 p.m. Pot Luck, 7 p.m. Speaker (3rd Sat.), AA - KR Health Center, 67 Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. 760-379-4112 or 760-417-9701 ■ 2 p.m. Alano Club, AA discusion, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella. ■ 6 p.m. (3rd Sat.) Alano Club, AA speaker, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella.
■ 9 a.m. to noon - VFW Breakfast, public welcome. 2811 Nugget, Lake Isabella. 760-379-3877. ■ 9 a.m. to noon, Breakfast at Eagles, public. welcom. Highway 178, Mt. Mesa. 760-379-3394. ■ 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (2nd Sun.), AA, Paradise Cove Restaurant, Hwy 178, Lake Isabella. Breakfast 10 a.m. / Speaker 11 a.m. 760-379-4112. ■ 2 - 3:30 p.m., AA - KR Health Center, 67 Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. 760-379-4112 or 760-417-9701
■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 10 a.m., Exercise Class, Lakeridge Clubhouse, Lake Isabella. 760-379-3206. ■ 2 - 3 p.m., Hospice Grief Support Group, 6040-D Lake Isabella Blvd. 661-410-1010. ■ 12 - 1 p.m., AA, Senior Center, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-7318 or 760379-7312. ■ 1 p.m. (3rd Mon.), Kern Valley Democratic Club, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. ■ 1 p.m., Line dance classes, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-0043. ■ 3 p.m. (2nd Mon.-Board/4th Mon.-Member ship), Kernville Chamber. 760-376-2629. ■ 5 - 7 p.m., Eagles spaghetti dinner, Mt. Mesa, open to public, 1st. Mon. 760-379-3394. ■ 6 - 9 p.m., KRV Comm. Orchestra, Cerro Coso College, Lake Isabella. 760-376-4461. ■ 6:30 - 8 p.m., Boy Scout Troup 690, 1st Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 760-812-7082. ■ 7 p.m. (3rd Mon.), KRV Art Assoc., Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-2844. ■ 6 - 7 p.m., AA, Mtn. View Baptish Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312. ■ 7:30 - 9 p.m., AA, Grace Chapel, 12308 Mtn. Mesa Rd., Mtn. Mesa. 760-379-7318 or 760-3797312.
■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 8:30 a.m., Yoga Practice Group, Kernville Methodist Church. 909-753-9043. ■ 9:30 - 11a.m., Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, 1st Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 760-3792556. ■ 10 a.m. (2nd Tue.), Kern Valley Garden Group. 760-379-1129. ■ 10 a.m. - noon Kern County Department of Public Health Immunization Clinic 7050 Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella. 877-818-4787 ■ 12:30 p.m., Bridge Club, Rod & Gun Club, E. Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. 760-376-4249. ■ 2 p.m. (2nd Tue.), KRV Cemetery District.
are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Members of Kern Valley Search and Rescue will be on hand to answer questions, take donations, and sign up anyone who wants to join.
LIBPOA rummage and bake sale September 7 and 8 Lake Isabella-Bodfish Property Owner’s Public invited. 760-376-2189. ■ 6 p.m. (2nd Tue.), Lake Isabella-Bodfish Property Owners, Senior Center, Lake Isabella (760) 760-379-1830. ■ 6:30 p.m., (2nd Tue.) Epilepsy Support Group, Bakersfield. 760-376-1606. ■ 7 p.m., (4th Tue.), KRV Historical Society, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA, KR Health Center, 67 Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. 760-379-4112 or 760-417-9701 ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA - Weldon Methodist Church, 20021 Hwy. 178, Weldon. 760-379-4112
■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 9 -11:30 a.m. (1st & 3rd Wed.), Dam Quilters, senior apts. behind Vons, Lake Isabella. 760-3799921. ■ 9:30 a.m., TOPS weight loss group, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 661-867-2579. ■ Noon (2nd Wed.) KRV Chamber of Commerce meeting, Moose Lodge, Lake Isabella. 760-3795236. ■ Noon, Eagles Lunch/Shuffleboard, open to public, Mt. Mesa. 760-379-3394. ■ 12 - 1:30 p.m., AA - Women’s Serenity Circle, Mtn. View Baptist Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312. ■ 12:30 p.m., Bridge Club, Eagles Lodge, Mt. Mesa. 760-376-4249. ■ 1:30 - 3 p.m., Grief Support Group, Optimal Hospice, 6504-E Lake Isabella Blvd. ■ 5:30 p.m., Weight Watchers, Weldon Methodist Church. 760-267-4693. ■ 6 p.m. (3rd Wed.), American Legion, Senior Center Veterans Room, Lake Isabella. 760-3795086. ■ 7 p.m. (3rd Wed.), Fish & Game Habitat Club, 631 E. Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. ■ 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Senior Dance, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Live band. ■ 7 p.m. Alano Club, AA book study, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella. 760-379-7318 or 760-3797312. ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA, KR Health Center, 67 Evans Rd. Wofford Hts., 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312. ■ 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, Wofford Blvd., Wofford Hts.
■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 8:30 a.m., Yoga Practice Group, Kernville Methodist Church. 909-753-9043. ■ 9 a.m. - noon, Thursday Painters, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5329. ■ 9:30 a.m., (3rd Thu.), Fire Safe Council, Supervisor’s office, County Bldg., Lake Isabella. ■ 9:30 a.m. (2nd Thu.), Aglow Int’l, Senior Center, Rm. 1, Lake Isabella. ■ 9:30 - 11 a.m., Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, Kernville Elementary School, room 4 760-379-2556. ■ 11:45 a.m. (4th Thu.), KRV Women’s Club meeting, Elks Lodge. ■ Noon, Exchange Club, Paradise Cove. ■ 1 p.m., (2nd Thu.), Clan Diggers, Lake Isabella Library. 760-379-2303. ■ 5 - 7 p.m., TANF Cultural Night, French Gulch Campground. ■ 3:30 - 5 p.m. (4th Thu.), Kern River Valley Collaborative, Veterans Hall, Rm. 1., Lake Isabella. 760-379-2556, ext. 601. ■ 5 - 7 p.m., VFW Taco Thursday, open to public. 760-379-3877. ■ 4:30 p.m. (3rd Thu.), Republicans of Kern Valley, Moose Lodge, Lake Isabella. 760-376-1462. ■ 6 p.m., Rotary Club, KRV Elks Lodge, Wofford Heights. 760-376-2844. ■ 6 p.m., Weight Watchers, Lake Ridge Mobile Home Park Club House, Lake Isabella. Weigh-in 5:30 p.m. ■ 6 p.m. Alano Club, NA book study, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella. ■ 6:30 p.m., Sweet Adelines, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. New members welcome. ■ 7 p.m., (3rd Thu.), Kern Valley Astronomy Club, Museum, Kernville. 760-376-1291. ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA, Senior Center, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-4112.
■ Friday, noon, Eagles Lodge, Mt. Mesa ■ Saturday, noon, South Fork Women’s Club, Fay Ranch Road., Weldon ■ Sunday, 11 a.m., Moose Lodge, Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. ■ Wednesday, 1 p.m., Senior Center, Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. ■ Thursday, Early Bird 12:15 p.m., Regular 1 p.m., St. Jude Catholic Church, Hwy. 155 & Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Hts. This information is sent to the Courier by the groups listed. It is suggested that groups provide a phone number in case interested individuals need more information, or meeting times have changed.
Association is having a Rummage and Bake Sale on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7 and 8. The sale benefits Mary Ellen’s Place, which provides homes for women military veterans and is named in memory and honor of Mary Ellen Piotrowski, a U.S. Navy Women Veteran serving our Nation from 1950 to 1952. Piotrowski worked diligently through her dual membership in the American Legion and Auxiliary since 1953 along with years of community service to bring recognition, appreciation and equal entitlements for our military women past, present and future. The sale runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 130 Columbus Ave., Bodfish. For more information, call Karene Williams at 760379-1434. Tea Party of the Kern River Valley September 8 The next general meeting of the Tea Party will be on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Moose Lodge in Lake Isabella at 10 a.m. There is another Tea Party rally being planned for this fall. To get involved with this local grass roots movement, attend the meeting. For more information, call 760-417-1847. Lake Isabella bass tournament September 8 Fish a full circuit of American Bass Team Tournaments to qualify to compete in the 2012 American Bass North Team Classic or any American Bass Team Classic. This is the No. 1 team tournament circuit in the western United States. Each event features great cash paybacks. Call Lissa Robinson at 760-379-7419 for more information and entry fees. Nuui Cunni Farmers Market September 8 The Kern River Paiute Council invites you to visit the Nuui Cunni Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, for your fruit and produce needs. WIC is now accepted. Local honey, fresh eggs, healing native plant salves and teas, plus locally grown produce is available for sale. The market is located at 2600 Highway 155 between Lake Isabella and Wofford Heights at the French Gulch Forest Service Recreation Area. For more information, contact the Nuui Cunni Cultural Center 760-549-0800. Lakeshore Farmers Market September 8 Hosted by the Kern Valley Growers Association, this Market features locally grown certified fruit, produce, eggs and honey, along with certified organic produce from various organizations and shade grown, organic coffee, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market is on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Lakeshore Lodge, 7466 Wofford Blvd., Wofford Heights. EBT/SNAP/CalFresh cards are accepted. For information call David Dills 760-812-7833. Stuff a Truck, Food Drive September 8 The “Stuff a Truck” Food Drive will help needy families in our Valley. The truck will start in Weldon near James Sierra Gateway Market. Look for the “Stuff a Truck” banner. The truck will be there from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. to collect food donations. The truck will then relocate to Lake Isabella and be at the Dam Korner from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and then move to Kernville and be there from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Bring nonperishable foods (in boxes or sacks) to any one of the locations during the appointed time. With your help, the Salvation Army will provide a family of four two large boxes of food, enough to supply them food for the week between Christmas and New Years. Cash donations may be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 2786, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. To volunteer with our food drive call 760-379-4600. Veterans of Foreign Wars breakfast September 9 Have breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Kern River Valley VFW Post 7665 Hall, 2811 Nugget Ave., Lake Isabella. For information call 760-3793877.
See Calendar, page 4
Friday, September 7, 2012 www.kernrivercourier.com
Dam question of the week: At the request of our readers, the Kern River Courier is publishing responses to the most frequently asked questions of the Corps of Engineers regarding the Isabella Dam safety Modification Study. For additional information see: www.spk.usace.army.mil/missions/civilworks/isabelladam.aspx
How have the alternatives changed from the initial scoping meeting? Most of the alternative measures in the draft Environmental Impact Statement are similar to what was presented at the scoping meeting; however, updates to the project hydrology and hydrologic modeling have lead to team to evaluate new measures, such as the 16-foot raise and larger spillway. The frequency of the PMF (probable maximum flood - the largest probable flood event the watershed could produce) was better established based on updated guidance. So, the updated PMF has resulted in additional measures and alternative plans.
An open letter to Forest Service officals
Horgan Chris Horgan Executive Director Stewards of the Sequoia Division of CTUC 501c3 Non Profit Dear Secretary Vilsack, Forest Chief Tidwell, Regional Forester Moore, Forest Supervisor Elliot and Sequoia District Rangers: I thought you might like to know there are many people who feel the Forest Service is doing a great job managing the Giant Sequoia Monument, including Stewards of the Sequoia, the largest on- the-ground volunteer organization in the Sequoia National Forest. You can see 636 handwritten signatures we collected from the local community over a few months in favor of keeping the Giant Sequoia Monument under Forest Service Management at http://stewardsofthesequoia.org/pdf/Ke epMonumentUnderForestServicePetitionsS.pdf. These signatures are from people who live within the Monument and the surrounding area. Considering the area has a pretty small population, it would be safe to say that this is quite a large response rate of probably three percent. These are people who have seen firsthand what a great job the Forest Service is doing managing the Giant Sequoia Monument and they want to see that continue. If not for the pro-active management by the Forest Service to reduce fuel loads, many of the Giant Sequoia Groves could have been have been incinerated. The Forest Service performed a hazard tree reduction in the Trail of 100 Giants which reduced fuel loading so the area could tolerate fire. The Trail of 100 Giants looks better and is healthy once again due to Forest Service efforts. We understand the Sierra Club wants the Park Service to take over management. Yet Sierra Club partners opposed the Trail of 100 Giants project, took the Forest Service to court over it and lost (http://stewardsofthesequoia.org/Victor yForForestHealth.html). These same folks claimed the Park Service needed to take over management of the Monument since the Park Service would not have performed this project.
The Park Service is known for their lack of management and if the Park Service managed the Monument, their policies would likely cause the destruction of many of these irreplaceable Giant Sequoia trees. We are concerned with the Park Service’s history of being a bad neighbor to in holders since the Sequoia Monument has a number of communities within its boundaries. We are concerned the Park Service would restrict or eliminate existing recreation such as mountain biking, hunting, snowmobiling, rock climbing and vehicle access-harming the already struggling local economy. Professor Doug Piirto of Cal Poly has studied the Giant Sequoia groves at the request of President Clinton. He determined the need for active management to stop degradation of the Giant Sequoias. Only the Forest Service is capable of doing this work. Please see the pdf documents at http://stewardsofthesequoia.org. We understand the Sierra Club has generated 350,000 online signatures from people across the U.S. and perhaps other countries opposing continued Forest Service management. Many of their signers are people who probably have never been to the Giant Sequoia Monument and know nothing about it except the emotional claims made by the Sierra Club or without the ability to check the accuracy of the petition information provided. The Sierra Club has promoted this petition on the internet to the United States and perhaps beyond. Their electronic signatures work out to about one percent of the U.S. population, compared to three percent of the local population for Stewards of the Sequoia handwritten petition. We applaud the Sequoia Forest Service for being good stewards of the Monument. They have done a tremendous public outreach job during the Giant Sequoia Monument Planning process to balance protection with common sense and science. The time has come to set aside extreme, emotional environmental dogma and embrace active forest management, based on science, to promote health in our overgrown, diseased and dying forests. The Sequoia National Forest have embraced and implemented this new paradigm in Restoration Forestry and with their Giant Sequoia Monument Plan are poised to do even more to benefit the Giant Sequoias. A short slide show illustrating the need for active management in our Forests can be found at http://stewardsofthesequoia.org/SaveOurForests /s1.html
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Things I have noticed...
Cold cereal Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist
it, I could decode the secret message from the weekly “Lone Ranger” radio program. It was I’m not a big usually a message of being a breakfast eater. straight shooter and doing good For years I’ve deeds. I would wait breathlessly been content with each week for my coded message a scrambled egg, so I could use my decoder. I also a piece of toast remember that getting a prize and a swig of cofinside the carton was so tempting fee. that sometimes I would sprinkle the When I was a contents of an opened cereal box youngster, I ate into the chicken yard so Mom cold cereal or an would have to buy more cereal. Middleworth occasional bowl of She never caught on, but we sure oatmeal or corn had some fat chickens! meal mush. Sometime during this period I But to my early taste buds, nothalso ate Shredded Ralston mostly ing could beat a bowl of Rice because my hero, Tom Mix, told me Krispies. Of course, listening for to do so. He would sing, “Shredded the “snap, crackRalston for your le and pop” was breakfast, start always a draw the day out shin...listening for the ‘snap, for an impresing bright. Gives crackle and pop’ was always a sionable boy. I you lots of cowdraw for an impressionable boy. also liked boy energy, with “Wheaties, the Middleworth a flavor that’s just breakfast of right. It’s delichampions.” I cious and nutriknew that eating Wheaties would tious, bite size and ready to eat. give me lots of strength and after Take a tip from Tom, go and tell breakfast I would often stand in your mom that Shredded Ralston front of a mirror and flex my skin‘kaint’ be beat!” ny muscles, humming “Have you So I did! I still like Shredded tried Wheaties? The best breakfast Ralston but they don’t make it any food in the land!” more. What would Tom Mix say if Of course I noticed that cereal he knew? wasn’t the only reason for buying what sometimes tasted like sweetWofford Heights resident Rod ened sawdust. No indeed, I noticed Middleworth, a retired security manthere was often the prize inside the ager for Pacific Bell, is an instructor box. One treasure I found was a for the local AARP Driver Safety Lone Ranger decoder badge. With Program.
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The goal of this project is to feed 100 needy families of up to four people for one week between Christmas and New Year's Day Help us with non-perishable food or monetary donations the second Saturday of each month September 8, October 13, November 10 & December 8 Convenient ‘Stuff a Truck’ locations and times: South Lake Kernville Lake Isabella James Sierra Gateway Dam Corner Restaurant James Sierra Gateway 9 to 9:45 am 11:15am to noon 10 am to 10:45 am Or you can drop off donations at Web Recycling, 3612 Suhre St. Lake Isabella Thank you for supporting our community
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Continued from page 2 Whiskey Flat kickoff meeting September 10 On Monday, Sept. 10, at 5:30 p.m., the Kernville Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the kick-off meeting for the 2013 Whiskey Flat Days, “Music on Movie Street,” paying homage to Kernville’s Hollywood roots. It’s a potluck, so bring a dish and your great ideas to: Kernville Community Center, 11447 Kernville Road (at Sierra Way).
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Abate of California State Run September 14, 15 and 16 Abate of California is having their 24th annual rendezvous with all profits dedicated to freedom of the road. at Frandy Park in Kernvile on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14, 15 and 16. Sign in is at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14. There will be live entertainment, bike and people games, the Harmon Memorial Ride, vendors, raffles and more. For more information, call 760-956-1669 or email Tina.email@example.com.
Kern County College Night September 10 High school students can learn about colleges and how to obtain financing on Monday Sept. 10 at Bakersfield’sRabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Go to ci.kern.org/college for more information. Senior Summer Health Fair September 11 The Senior Summer Health Fair at the Lake Isabella Senior Center will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. Call Anna Leon, Kern Valley Hospital, for more information, 760-379-2681.
Toodles the Wonder Dog September 15 Toodles the Wonder Dog will be at the Kern River Valley Branch library on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. Don'’t miss out. The branch is located at 7054 Lake Isabella Blvd. in Lake Isabella. Call 760-549-2083 .
McQuiston rep to hold office hours September 11 Lori Acton, field representative for First District Supervisor Jon McQuiston, will hold office hours on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is available to meet with walk-in constituents. For more information, call 760-549-2068.
American Legion Riders September 15 The American Legion Riders, Chapter 711 is going to “Ride for the Vets” and have a barbecue on Saturday, Sept. 15 with registration starting at 3 p.m. at the Lake Isabella Senior Center, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd. in Lake Isabella. There will be music, raffle prizes, a 50/50 drawing and boutique. All proceeds go to help our American veterans and their families. The ride and barbecue is only $10. Call Bob Petty at 760-379-0475.
Question , Persuade and Refer September 12 Ask a question, save a life. In as little as 1 1/2 hours, individuals can learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to apply three simple steps that may save a life. This event will be on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. at College Community Services Lake Isabella. Call 760-379-3412 to RSVP as space is limited. Suicide Survivor support group September 12 The Suicide Survivor Peer support group is for people who have lost someone to suicide. It is a safe place to share your grief, find hope and achieve healing. The group meets the second Wednesday of every month in the Library Room of the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 377 Highway 155 in Lake Isabella, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 760-223-0845.
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First Baptist Church Game Night September 14 Come join the fun and play board games, be in competitions and win prizes at the First Baptist Church of Kernville Game Night, starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14. Bring a board game and snack to share and an appetite for play. Call John Cole, 760223-1036.
Dam Task Force public meeting September 12 Lake Isabella Dam Task Force will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Kern Valley Moose Lodge, 6732 Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella in Lake Isabella. The purpose of this meeting is to share what was learned on August 16 from the more than a dozen senior officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. There will be ample copies of important handouts and a PowerPoint slide presentation, of the revised project and timetable will be explained.
KVHS Reunion 1978-1985 September 15 The Kern Valley High School classes of 1978-1985 will reunite at the Kern Valley Golf Course at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. Cost is $50 per person. Contact Tina at 661589-5990 or 661-303-0860 or look on Facebook. Kern Valley Pride Day September 15 Mark your calendar and gather team members. Kern Valley Pride Day is Saturday, Sept. 15. Clubs, churches, schools, businesses and families make great groups. Adopt-A-Highway volunteers are always welcome. Call 760-379-2618 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Never too old By Sam Struckhoff PICKS OF THE WEEK “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (PG-13) — A handful of English retirees elect to outsource their golden years to a little place in India. Lured by brochures and sales pitches, the group discovers upon arrival that their retirement resort is really a run-down mess in a crowded, unsanitized part of a country they know nothing about. Each thinks they’re old enough to know everything, but now they all have to learn how to appreciate what’s around them. Yes, it is that predictable, but in a sweet way. I neglected to say that the cast playing the old fogeys comprises some of the most seasoned and respected British actors: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Billy Nighy and Tom Wilkinson deliver top-notch performances that make the cliches acceptable and save the overall experience. “Cabin in the Woods” (R) — This is the movie that slashes the horror genre to ribbons. A bunch of hyper teenagers head out to a cabin in the woods. Anybody could predict that psycho slashers and malevolent spirits will certainly ruin the weekend. Just when you think you know what’s about to happen, when you are just so sure you know how things play out, everything changes. Is it still scary? Yes. How scary? As scary as the thought of being
already terrified when your brain actually explodes. It’s also very funny. Writer Joss Whedon proves his mastery of parody by making a horMaggie Smith ror movie about horror movies that is scarier and funnier than most horror movies. “The Magic of Belle Isle” (PG13) — Short on ideas and enthusiasm, a curmudgeonly old writer with a soothing voice (Morgan Freeman) heads for a quaint island town in upstate New York. Once a married man and a celebrated author of Western novels, he’s since been widowed and spends his time drinking and making barbed comments toward his nephew (Kenan Thompson). But when he meets the pretty single mom next door (Virginia Madsen), his heart grows more tender with each scene they share. Conflicts are resolved slow and easy, with cheesy, trite one-liners. Tension? Surprises? There’s no room for those on this island. Morgan Freeman is a pro and gives a good performance, but the magic just isn’t there. © 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Bodfish Bob’s Pickled Red Onions 1 lb. red onions, thinly sliced 1 1/2 cups white vinegar 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cinnamon stick 5 cloves 1 bay leaf 1 star anise dash red pepper flakes optional spices: Fresh ginger slices, allspice berries, oregano, garlic, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, Method Blanch red onions in a saucepan of boiling water for two minutes. Drain in colander. While the water is heating, in a separate saucepan combine the vinegar, sugar and spices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and simmer for five min-
4 cups water 3 cups vinegar 1 medium onions 4 -5 garlic cloves, diced 2 T salt 1 T sugar 12 whole allspice 1/4 teaspoon alum 1 tsp coriander 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 hot pepper, diced 4 bay leaves 1 dash turmeric 20 hot dogs, cut into 1 to 2 inch pieces Boil all ingredients (including hot dogs) together. Put in jar and refrigerate overnight. Store in refrigerator. Can also use smoked sausages, deer sausages, ring bologna and other types of pre-cooked smoked meats. Also suitable for pickled eggs. Serve chunks of pickled hot dogs or sausage with saltine crackers for a snack. Visit Bodfish Bob on the internet at www.bodfishbob.com or email him at bodfishbob @hotmail.com
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Free Fishing Day Saturday September 8 If you are new to the sport of fishing, and not sure if you will enjoy it, a great opportunity awaits you. The California Department of Fish and Game offers a Free Fishing Day. On this day, you can fish without a sport fishing license. Free Fishing Days provide a great, low-cost way to give fishing a try. While all fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect, this is the last day of two days each year when anyone can fish without purchasing a fishing license.
California's General Deer Season Set to Open Janice Mackey, DFG Communications As autumn approaches, many of California's deer hunters are preparing for the general season openers in mid-September and early October. Archery deer season has been in full swing with the first zone opening to archers in July. "Although we had a dry year, we have not seen indications of major population declines or increases in any of our zones," said Deer Program Coordinator Craig Stowers. "This year's forecast looks normal in terms of deer numbers, but I want to caution hunters to carefully watch their zones for fires, which can interrupt their hunting plans. Detailed fire information is located on several web sites including those maintained by Cal Fire, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. " In 2011, 149,600 hunters purchased 175,276 tags across the state. With the state's deer population estimated at 489,000, there are plenty of opportunities for hunters. Hunters should visit the Department of Fish and Game's Deer Program website at www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/deer/ for more specific information, including opening dates in specific zones, current regulations, maps and other information for the season. Deer tags can be purchased in person at DFG's regional offices and the DFG License and Revenue Branch in Sacramento, or through the mail. A list of DFG license sales offices can be found at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/officelocation.html. All California hunters are required to pass a hunter safety course prior to purchasing a hunting license. The safe hunting practices stressed in these courses have made hunting one of the safest of outdoor activities in California, according to statistics collected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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Sheriff/CHP Substation 7046 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella Weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. business calls only, 760-549-2100
Kern County Fire Stations Kernville Station 76 11018 Kernville Road Kernville business calls only, 760-376-2219 Lake Isabella Station 72 4500 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella business calls only, 760-379-2626 Southlake Station 71 9000 Navajo Ave. Weldon business calls only, 760-378-3055
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Lake economy conditional Mike Mencarini Kern River Courier Columnist In last week's column I attempted to explore the facts that Isabella Lake has become a dual purpose entity. As I stopped and talked with local merchants and John Q. Public some new and not Mencarini so new information came into the conversations. Adding to the very low water conditions another fact that plays a huge role in the lake area economy is the school districts' decision to begin in August rather than post Labor Day. This decision severely curtails the flow of tourist dollars that for years the lake community counted on as it is the last holiday of the summer. In a community that generates most of its funds in just a few months of the year we cannot afford to take the loss of a major weekend. Some other interesting facts that came out are the fact that in the late 1800's when the lake and the dam location were selected, the fault that lies below the dam was a well known fact. During preliminary construction they tried to fill it with concrete to no avail. The lake has crested its max sever-
al times using the overflow spillway with no apparent down river long term damage. Is a 16 foot addition to the current spillway really necessary in a time when these funds could be better utilized? I have spent some time reading up on this and other similar types of earth and rock gravity dams and they are very well suited for the job they perform. If failure happens usually it's not from stress but from poor construction methods or workmanship albeit there have been only a few. The crappie bite is very good with lots of limits of very nice fish. With the lake at this level catching them from most of the shoreline is impossible. If you would like to get in on this great time of crappie fishing, see Deb at French Gulch Marina and rent a boat, get a few red and white jigs, a jar of crappie nibbles, and head over to the trees around Rocky Point. You won't be disappointed. The bass and catfish bite is still strong but they all will be in deeper water so you shore anglers chose your spots accordingly. Hunters, your season begins this month so grab a regulations book and get ready. Mike Mencarini is a Wofford Heights resident and a avid fisherman. For questions or comments you can reach him through the Kern River Courier, office@kern rivercourier.com.
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General infomation Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce 6404 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella (across from Senior Center) Local: 760-379-5236 Toll Free: 866-KRV4FUN Kernville Chamber of Commerce 11447 Kernville Rd. Kernville (corner Sierra Way & Kernville Roads) Local: 760-376-2629 Toll Free: 866-KERNVILLE
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In all your ways Jack Duitsman, Pastor Father’s Heart Foursquare Church, Kernville In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. - Proverbs 3:6 This is a gracious invitation to live all of life with the overarching sense that we Duitsman belong to the Lord in the entirety of our being. Like the Scriptural injunctions to “pray without ceasing,” or “rejoice in the Lord always,” our intentions to acknowledge the Lord in everything we do are usually tempered greatly by our ability to do so. Yet revisit the above Word, and there is the seemingly simple directive to: 1. Recognize the Lord as being valid, having authority, force, and power - We all believe in the power of God in any and every circumstance to be available and applicable, yet often our firm conviction is overwhelmed by fear-driven “realism.” Rather, we are encouraged to stand in the face of whatever real circumstance would deny the power of the Father its rightful place in the lives of us His children, and believe that “our ways” are meant to be the catalyst for His force, power, and authority holding sway within us. Acknowledging the Lord in all our ways is living like all that takes place is to be embraced as opportunity for the authority, force, and power of His presence to be manifested through us.
2. Admit the existence of the Lord in our lives as being real and true - Familiarity quite often works a less than rigorous attention to that which we grow comfortable with, and faith is affected greatly by this reality. Returning over and again to a sense of first love in our relationship with the Lord, and an ever awe-filled sense of the joy of our salvation brings with it an acknowledgment that “our ways” are literally heaven sent to remind us of the present and indwelling Holy Spirit who helps us live out our faith. 3. Express gratitude and obligation to the love and lordship of Jesus within our hearts - There is such powerful freedom when we meet our circumstances (whether good or ill) with grateful and thankfilled hearts, but there are powerful forces that keep us from such responses. Acknowledging the Lord in all that our pilgrim path leads us to is a willingness to believe that the Father knows where we are at all times and is in control of our destinations. And in this knowledge we give thanks. The reciprocal promise in the second line of this verse is the commitment of the Father to “make our paths straight.” Twisting and turning, meandering and aimless as we may believe is the way in which we are walking, the Father has a straight and singular purpose for which He has begun His work in us and is continuing that work until the end of our time - to return us to His embrace. As we grow in our willingness and ability to acknowledge His way in our lives, let us be encouraged by the above Word to our hearts, and glory in our position as daughters and sons of the Father.
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Kern Valley Airport needs bikes When people fly into our Kern Valley Airport, they need a way to get around (or at least to Kernville). Airport Manager Rich Lach would like about one dozen working bicycles to help better connect the Airport to the Community. IF you have a bike to donate, call 760-376-2852 661-345-7755
Question, persuade and refer Ask a question, save a life. In as little as 1 1/2 hours, individuals can learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to apply three simple steps that may save a life. This event will be on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. at College Community Services Lake Isabella. It is presented by a certified instructor. Each QPR training includes information on: ■ The problem of suicide nationally and in California, ■ Common myths and facts associated with suicide, ■ Warning signs of suicide, ■ Tips for asking the suicide question, ■ Methods for persuading suicidal individuals to get help, and ■ Ways of referring at risk people to local resources There will also be time for questions and answers. Each attendee will receive a QPR booklet and card with information on suicide prevention, as well as resource information for treatment providers and support groups within their community. Please call 760-379-3412 to RSVP as space is limited.
Cerro Coso barbecue and star party It’s Astronomical Barbecue and Star Party time again at Cerro Coso Community College, 3000 College Heights Blvd. in Ridgecrest at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14. There will be great food, live entertainment and the beauty and wonders of the night skies. This year’s signature event is dedicated to the memory of Carroll Evans, a valued supporter of the college and its observatory. The barbecue dinner will be held on the lawn in front of the Library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the star party will get underway at 7:30 p.m. at the Dr. Alexis Shlanta Observatory. For those desiring transportation, golf carts will be running continuously from the Library parking lot to the Observatory and back. Major stars and constellations will be pointed out by college staff, students and enthusiasts from the China Lake Astronomical Society. There will be approximately 10 different telescope stations set up inside the Observatory compound for public viewing and education. Tickets are $15 (which include a grilled tritip sandwich, salad, beans, drink and dessert). For information, call 760-384-6260.
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Father’s Heart Foursquare Church Kernville Elementary School, Kernville. Service Sunday 9:30 a.m. 760-223-6704 First Baptist Church of Kernville 46 Valley View Drive, Kernville. Sunday Service 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. 760-376-6403 Kernville United Methodist Church 251 Big Blue Rd., Kernville. Worship Celebration, Sunday’s 9:30 a.m. 760-376-2751 Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship Center 44 Big Blue Road, Kernville. Sunday School 9 a.m., Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 760-417-2014 St. Peter’s Anglican Church 11900 Sierra Way, Kernville. Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. 760-376-6362 St. Sherrian’s Episcopal Church Services held at Kernville United Methodist Church. Sundays 11 a.m.
Family Life Center Foursquare Church 20 W. Panorama, Wofford Heights. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 760-376-6719 New Life Assembly of God 25 Arden Av., Wofford Heights. Sunday Services 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.760-376-6402 St. Jude Catholic Church 86 Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Heights Sunday Mass 8 a.m. & 10 a.m., Sat. 4 p.m. (760) 376-2416 Calvary Chapel 125 Sycamore Drive, Wofford Heights. Services: Sun. 10 a.m. and Wed. 6:30 p.m.760-376-8789 Christ Fellowship 80 Evans Road, Wofford Heights. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.
Lake Isabella First Baptist Church of Lake Isabella 3701 Suhre, Lake Isabella. Sunday Services 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. 760-379-5615 Fountain of Christ Church 5101 #A Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella. Sunday Service: 9:45 a.m. Wed. 5:30 p.m. Thur. 5:30 p.m. 760-417-0793 Landmark Missionary Baptist Church 2741 Mountain View Rd, Lake Isabella. Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. 760-379-5640 Mt. View Southern Baptist Church 2959 Erskine Creek Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 8:30, 11:15 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 760-379-4296 Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall 1911 Edith Ave., Lake Isabella. 760-379-8672
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (LCMS) 377 Highway 155, Lake Isabella. Sunday Services 11 a.m. 760-379-2343 Kern Valley Bible Church 3920 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella. Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. 760-379-5482 Church of the Nazarene 2931 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 760) 379-2062 Highland Chapel United Methodist 5301 Lake Isabella Bl., Lake Isabella. Sunday School & Worship 10:30 a.m. 760-379-2120 Lake Isabella Church of Christ 3711 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella. Worship Sunday 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wed. 6 p.m. Bible study Sun. 10 a.m. Kern River Valley Seventh Day Adventist 3801 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella. Saturday Service 9:30 a.m. 760-379-3206 Kern Valley Pentecostal LightHouse Church 3730 Wagon Wheel Dr., Lake Isabella. Sunday School 9:45 Services 10:45 a.m., 5 p.m. Wed. Service 6 p.m. 760-379-5819
Mt. Mesa Church of Christ Mt. Mesa 6400 Dogwood Av., Mt. Mesa. Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. 760-379-4792 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 6400 Park Av., Mt. Mesa. Sunday Services 10:00 a.m. 760-379-2904 Grace Chapel 12312 Mt. Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa. Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. 760-379-4093 Christian Assembly 12424 Mountain Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa. Sunday Services 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 760-379-6377 Victory Tabernacle (United Pentecostal) 4324 Birch, Mt. Mesa. Sunday Services 4 p.m. 760-379-6360
Southlake/Weldon Kern Christian Church “The River” 14900 Hwy 178, Southlake. Sunday Services 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. 760-378-3780 He Cares Fellowship 16475 Hwy 178, Southlake. Services Sunday 9:30 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. 760-379-6935 Weldon United Methodist Church 20021 Hwy. 178, Weldon. Sunday Services 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 760-378-2321 Weldon Baptist Church 20674 Highway 178, Weldon. Sunday Services 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. 760-378-4964 Church listings are free. Please contact the Courier office.
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ARIES (Mar. 21 to Apr. 19) Your ideas earn you the respect of your colleagues. But you’ll have to present some hard facts and figures if you hope to persuade those who make the big decisions to support you. TAURUS (Apr. 20 to May 20) Keep your eyes focused on the project at hand. Avoid distractions. There’ll be lots of time for fun and games later. Expect to get welcome news this weekend. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You soon might have to decide about moving a relationship from its current status to another level. Don’t let anyone influence your decision. It must be yours alone. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You finally can get off that emotional roller coaster and get back to focusing on your goals without interruptions through the rest of the week. A nice change is due by the weekend. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Trying to make an impression on some people runs into a bit of a snag at first, but it all works out. An old and almost forgotten personal matter gain needs attention. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) A rise in your energy level helps you finish an especially demanding task. Take some time now to spend with family and friends before starting a new project.
LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) This is a good time to re-establish contact with trusted former associates who might be able to offer good advice regarding that career change you’ve been contemplating. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Your resourcefulness combined with a calm, cool approach help you work your way out of a knotty situation and avoid a potentially serious misunderstanding. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) A calm, quiet period allows you to recharge your energies. But you’ll soon be ready to saddle up and gallop off in pursuit of your goals. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Family matters need your attention. Check things out carefully. There still might be unresolved tensions that could hinder your efforts to repair damaged relationships. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) It’s a good time to take a stand and show as much passion on your own behalf as you do when arguing for the rights of others. You might be surprised by the reaction. PISCES (Feb. 19 to Mar. 20) You bring sense and sensitivity to a confusing situation. Things soon settle down, leaving you free to enjoy a weekend of fun and relaxation with friends and family. © 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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1. He was 38 in 1979, when he tallied 208 hits for Philadelphia. 2. Freddie Patek did it for the Angels in 1980. 3. Detroit’s Jack Christiansen (1951), Denver’s Rick Upchurch (1976) and Chicago’s Devin Hester (2007) all returned four punts for touchdowns. 4. The Big East, with Connecticut, Louisville and Pittsburgh as No. 1 seeds in 2009. 5. It was 2004.
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Kern River Courier Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Bear Mountain Consulting (2012 - B4469) Street address of principal place of business: 27360 Stirrup Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 1, Tehachapi, CA 93561. REGISTRANT: Michael Brian Drake, 27360 Stirrup Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561. Individual. Date the business commenced: 02/01/2001. 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: Michael Brian Drake. This statement filed on 07/25/2012. Expires 07/25/2017. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By: J. Trujillo. Published by the Kern River Courier August 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2012. NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF SARAH LUE WATSON S-1501-PB-62053 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of SARAH LUE WATSON A PETITION for Probate has been filed by: LYNN WATSON in the Superior Court
of California, County of KERN. THE PETITION for Probate requests that LYNN WATSON be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on: SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 at 9:00 A.M. in Dept. P, located at 1215 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a formal Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of
estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: PHYLLIS M. HIX, Atty. 112 Buena Vista Drive P.O. Box 1940 Kernville, CA 93238 (760) 376-3761 (Published: Kern River Courier: August 17, 24 and 31, 2012) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF ARCHIE PLANTE aka ARCHIE EDWARD PLANTE S-1501-PB-62077 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of ARCHIE PLANTE aka ARCHIE EDWARD PLANTE. A PETITION for Probate has been filed by: MELINDAWYLY in the Superior Court of California, County of KERN. THE PETITION for Probate requests that MELINDA WYLY be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent's WILL and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The
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independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on: SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 at 9:00 A.M. in Dept. P, located at 1215 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a formal Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: PHYLLIS M. HIX, Atty. 112 Buena Vista Drive P.O. Box 1940 Kernville, CA 93238 (760) 376-3761 (Published: Kern River Courier: August 17, 24 and 31, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Vendit (2012 - B4516) Street address of principal place of business: 14708 Tyler Fran Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93314. Mailing address of business: 14708 Tyler Fran Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93314. REGISTRANT: Dina Esparza, 14708 Tyler Fran Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93314. 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: Dina Esparza. This statement filed on 07/27/2012. Expires 07/27/2017. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By: M. Dominguez. Published by the Kern River Courier August 17, 24, 31 and September 7, 2012.
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Don's Liquor Mart (2012 - B4833) DBA #2: Don's Liquor Market and Deli (2012 B4834) Street address of principal place of business: 616 Monterey Trail, Frazier Park, CA 93225. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 2072, Frazier Park, CA 93225. REGISTRANTS: Manhal Khalil, 3313 Brookshire Court, Burbank, CA 91504 and Sameer Khalil, 3610 Viewcrest Drive, Burbank, CA 91504. General Partnership. Date the business commenced: 04/12/1996. 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: Sameer Khalil. This statement filed on 08/14/2012. Expires 08/14/2017. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By: M. Dominguez. Published by the Kern River Courier August 17, 24, 31 and September 7, 2012
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Real Estate Depot (2012 - B4955) Street address of principal place of business: 9101 Camino Media, Bakersfield, CA 93311. Mailing address of business: 604 Hawk Springs Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93312. REGISTRANT: Jason Moyer's Real Estate Depot, Inc., 9101 Camino Media, Bakersfield, CA 93311. Corporation. Date the business commenced: 01/01/2012. 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: Jason Moyer. This statement filed on 08/21/2012. Expires 08/21/2017. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By: E. Del Villar. Published by the Kern River Courier August 31, September 7, 14 and 21, 2012.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: Westchester TV Service (2012 - B4908) Street address of principal place of business: 3624 Buck Owens Boulevard, Suite #17, Bakersfield, CA 93308. Mailing address of business: 3624 Buck Owens Boulevard, Suite #17, Bakersfield, CA 93308. REGISTRANT: Robert Fowler, 3624 Buck Owens Boulevard, Suite #17, Bakersfield, CA 93308. Individual. Date the business commenced: 07/01/2000. 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: Robert Fowler. This statement filed on 08/20/2012. Expires 08/20/2017. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By: K. Lopez. Published by the Kern River Courier August 24, 31, September 7 and 14, 2012.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: My Therapy House (2012 - B4740) Street address of principal place of business: 3611 Wagon Wheel Drive, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 484, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. REGISTRANT: Patricia Arellano, 8421 Radiant Way, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. 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: Patricia Arellano. This statement filed on 08/08/2012. Expires 08/08/2017. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-ControllerCounty Clerk. By: K. Lopez. Published by the Kern River Courier August 31, September 7, 14 and 21, 2012.
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Boundaries... David Ramsey Kern River Courier Columnist Dear Dave, I'm getting married to a wonderful man, but his 19-year old daughter from a previous marriage is very irresponsible. She doesn't want to Ramsey make her own car payments and doesn't want to work. Lots of days, she sleeps until noon and just lies around the house. He agrees that he's been too lenient and that she needs to grow up, but doesn't want to pull the rug out from under her. What do you think? - Kelly Dear Kelly, There are two problems here. One is financial in nature, and the other is a lack of boundaries. You're walking face-first into both of them. Marriage counselors will tell you if you can agree on four things - religion, money, children and in-laws then you've got a good chance of having a successful marriage. You've got two of these yanking your chain right now - money and children - and they're both wrapped up in one spoiled little girl. If you and dad really want to show her that you love her, you'll make sure she starts learning some character and discipline.
I'd strongly suggest that you and your fiancé go through pre-marital counseling to make sure you're on the same page when it comes to handling this and other issues. You might also want to read the book Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud, together. Then, the two of you will have some tools to sit down and create a reasonable timeline for her re-education. Her dad, not you, needs to present this to her and explain that he's made some mistakes by not requiring her to grow up and learn self-sufficiency. Then, he can lay out the ground rules and a monthly timetable. It wouldn't be cruel to require her to get a job during the first month, along with getting out of bed by 8 a.m. every day. During the second month, you could also require her to do some work around the house to help out. During month three she could be required to pay rent. This way, you're stepping up the expectations gradually to the fifth or sixth month, when she's moving out and taking care of her own responsibilities. It's all about love, Kelly. But it's also about boundaries and expectations that will prepare children to function in the real world. -Dave Dave Ramsey is a personal money management expert, national radio personality and the author of three New York Times bestsellers. For more financial help visit daveramsey. com.
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New animal control director named Allan Krauter Kern County Administrative Office Jen Woodard, chief of the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center and Spay/Neuter Clinic in Los Angeles, has been appointed as Kern County Animal Control Director effective October 1 following a nationwide search. Woodard man- Woodard aged the start-up and rapid expansion of the "no-kill" facility, which saved more than 400 dogs and cats from euthanasia and performed more than 800 spay/neuter surgeries from January through June 2012. Woodard supervised a staff that more than tripled from 11 to 36 employees during that time. As Best Friends programs manager during the two years prior to 2012, Woodard formed critical ties with animal welfare groups that resulted in a five-year public-private partnership that enabled the Best Friends Animal Society to begin operating the adoption center and clinic in an unused City of Los Angeles.
Woodard launched the Rancho Cucamonga Department of Animal Care in 2006, and she supervised the Harford County, Maryland Humane Society animal shelter from 2003 to 2006. Board of Supervisors Chairman Zack Scrivner said Woodard's ability to enlist broad community support while swiftly organizing and managing full-scale animal adoption and clinic operations will be key assets. "We are very pleased to welcome Jen Woodard to Kern County," Scrivner said. Woodard expanded the Best Friends mobile adoption program to five events per weekend, and an April 2012 Super Adoption Event placed more than 500 dogs and cats from nearly 50 shelters and rescue centers in Los Angeles area homes. In Rancho Cucamonga, Woodard increased the rate of animals saved from 72% in 2007 to more than 80% in 2009. Woodard earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Cornell University, a Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology from State University of New York at Syracuse, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.
Health Insurance Matters A personal story, part 3
Free preventative health Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist In the past few weeks, I have chronicled my saga from getting a routine colonoscopy to now going into surgery for colon cancer. My surgeon, Dr. John Buxton, Thal told me that on the CT scan taken a week earlier at Kern Valley Health Care District Hospital in Mountain Mesa, that it appeared that I have gall stones. He asked if I would want my gall bladder removed, as once it develops stones, there is a good chance for future problems. “Sure,” says I. So, on this bright Tuesday morning, I am wheeled into surgery, and what feels like moments later, out I come. Total anesthesia is wonderful. Time stops for the patient, though the family has to watch the clock’s hands move so ever slowly, while their minds go through the “what ifs.” I am a little vague what happened next. I was in a recovery room, and the next thing I know, I am in my hospital room. I was on the fifth floor of the San Joaquin Community Hospital’s surgical wing. Hats off to all the staff. I don’t spend much time hanging around hospitals, but if I ever need to go to a Bakersfield hospital again, I will choose SJCH. It wasn’t just the private room that impressed me; it was the staff of caregivers. This place was super well organized. I had a nurse as well as an aide. Regardless of the shift, they were all nice and accommodating. Uniformed staff delivered meals. Pharmacy staff delivered mediation, and others came to take blood sam-
ples. I am typically hard to get blood drawn from, and these people all did it with one poke, and painless I might add. A few days after the surgery, where 18 inches of colon were removed as well as the gall bladder, my surgeon informed me I would have been back within a few months, as the gall bladder was a “mess” (my term, not his). Recovery was quick, and by Saturday I was ready to leave. Getting up and down from a seated position was scary, so my wife and daughter visited the Medi-Stop and bought a hi-rise toilet seat. I personally returned it unused a few days later and found a super well stocked home medical supply store. If you ever needed such supplies, these people were very nice and accommodating. I hadn’t even needed pain medication for a few days before leaving the hospital. Initially after the surgery I found comfort with the selfadministered Morphine IV. My gut did hurt when I coughed, sneezed or laughed. I dealt well with the first two, but laughter comes easy, and I suffered with my own humor. I understand that the morphine made me into a very funny guy! Saturday morning, back to the Marriott we went. I wanted to spend one night in the hotel before making the trip home; just in case I had an unforeseen problem. No problem was had, so we drove home after a nice Sunday morning breakfast at the Pantry. Harry P. Thal, MA, is a licensed insurance broker (0621106) and a member of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. He is on the Nat. Assoc. of Health Underwriters Medicare Advisory Board and may be reached at 760-376-2100, email harrythal@ aol.com or visit him on the web at www.harrythal.com.
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Announcements, Continued from page 6 Eastern Kern attains 1997 ozone standard
A slide from the PowerPoint presentatoin to be made Wednesday, September 12 at the Odd Fellows Hall in Kernville
On August 30 the Environmental Protection Agency announced their finding that the Eastern Kern Nonattainment Area met the 1997 eight-hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard. In 2004 the Indian Wells Valley was classified as attainment for the 1997 eight-hour Ozone NAAQS. With this new finding the entire Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District is now in attainment for the 1997 standard. EPA's finding states the Eastern Kern Nonattainment Area attained the ozone NAAQS by the required date of June 15, 2010, and has continued to meet the standard for the last three years. The Eastern Kern Nonattainment Area has experienced significantly lower eight-hour ozone levels since it was found nonattainment for the 1997 Ozone NAAQS in 2004. The design value for Eastern Kern Nonattainment Area has gone from 0.098 parts per million (ppm) in 2003 to 0.080 ppm in 2011. While this good news shows a significant reduction in ozone levels in the Eastern Kern Nonattainment Area still has a design value higher than the newer 2008 eight-hour Ozone NAAQS of 0.075 ppm. Attainment of the 2008 eight-hour Ozone NAAQS is expected to take several more years. More information from EPA can be found at www.epa.gov/region9/air/actions/ca.html, including a fact sheet and their news release.
Dam, Continued from page 1
Family strengthening group starting
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Engineers and his boss, Joseph F. Calcara, Director of the ten-state South Pacific Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Using a PowerPoint slide
Ott, Continued from page 1 Department of Public Health began an investigation into complaints stemming from the Healthcare District and found that 23 residents suffered adverse reactions as a result of chemical restraints and unnecessary medications. The Department of Justice's Bureau of Medical Fraud and Elder Abuse took over the case after the Department of Public Health completed its report. Ott received complaints, some as
presentation, the revised project and timetable will be explained. You can contact the Lake Isabella Dam Task Force by e-mail Damtaskforce@krvr.org or writing them at PO Box 8, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. To keep up to date, check the damtaskforce Facebook page. early as September 2006, concerning Hughes' conduct towards staff. Several staff members also had previously informed Ott that residents were forcefully restrained and injected with medications. Ott disregarded the complaints and directed staff to comply with Hughes' instructions. Hughes will face a jury trial beginning October 29, 2012 in Kern County Superior Court. She is being charged with multiple felony counts of elder abuse resulting in death, elder abuse resulting in great bodily injury, and assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury.
A family strengthening group is starting on September 10 through November 19, every Monday from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at College Community Services, 2731 Nugget Ave. Lake Isabella. The group will focus on developing life skills, parenting skills and strengths in families dealing with substance abuse issues. The program is designed to work with both parents and their children in a positive, cooperative, non-judgmental group environment. To enroll, RSVP by August 31 at 760379-3412.
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causing the deaths of 2,977 people. The large majority of those lost after the attacks on the Twin Towers were working at or above the points of collision; thousands of people who had gone to work that morning like every other day, found themselves suddenly stranded at the top of a burning skyscraper. In the wake of the World Trade
Center collisions, many brave men and women from the emergency services risked their lives to try to help rescue victims of the attacks, and of them 411 lost their own lives attempting to fight fires and rescue people. Patriot Day should not be confused with Patriot's Day, also known as Patriots Day, which commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, which were two of the earliest battles in the American Revolutionary War.
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Come to the New Mt Mesa Lanes September 15th and say hello to the new owners, Frank & Dan We will have all kinds of specials in the upcoming months New Leagues & Tournaments
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