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YOUR PETS

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hile I was out running a few errands, the folks from the Kern County PEET (Public Education and Enforcement Team) Program stopped by my house. I know this because a nifty little bag of info was left on my door, waiting for my return. PEET is the program where a team of animal control officers canvass various county neighborhoods checking to see if dogs are properly licensed, as well as provide information on rabies vaccine clinics and lowercost spay/neuter options in the area. The more dogs that are licensed, the more money Animal Control has to provide the services the public is endlessly clamoring for; the more dogs that are licensed, the more money that is available for low-cost spay/neuter programs; the more dogs that are licensed, the greater chance a lost dog can be safely returned to his or her owners. True confession time here. We moved into our current home last September, which was one month before Darby’s license was to expire, which also meant that he was due for his rabies booster shot. Seemed like a great idea to get it all done once we got settled into the house. Vaccinate the dog, renew the license. Easy peasy, right?

Only when we moved, we left the city proper and ended up in one of the weird little county pockets that I swear couldn’t exist anywhere other than Kern County. I had no idea if I had to renew the license number on his little collar or if I had to get a whole new one. I, of course, did the most obvious of human things — didn’t get either one. To say that I was disappointed that I wasn’t home when PEET arrived is the truth. I figured I could get an answer to my question about exactly what licensing procedure I needed to follow to get the little dude back into comPet columnist pliance. Yes, I could have called Animal Control, but funny thing — I don’t think about calling about my dog’s license when I’m at work and his hairy little dog face isn’t staring at me. I think about it at night, when I’m home and they’re closed. Plus, have you tried calling Animal Con-

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trol? No knock on them, because I realize how dreadfully understaffed they are, but I’ve jumped through fewer hoops calling Dell tech support on a Saturday night. Fortunately, I had the info bag they left behind, so I knew all would be good. There’s a lot of great info in those little PEET bags. Most prominent was the schedule for their next low-cost rabies vaccination clinic, information on the importance of spaying and neutering your pets, a card with the resources to call to report a lost pet, a card listing the frequently called numbers for Animal Control, a coloring page for the kids, along with kid-friendly set of info on what pets and people both need to be happy and information on why

licensing your pet is great idea. A virtual cornucopia of critter-related tidbits packaged in a handy clear plastic hanger. Except for one thing. One small thing was missing from the bag — a license application. Seriously? You all are going to all of this effort to ultimately get people to license their dogs, but you don’t include an actual license application in the bag? It’s the one piece of paper out of everything in there you folks actually want from us, but you don’t include it? For real? It’s moments like that — the “I can’t believe you brought me seven pieces of paper I don’t need, but not the one I actually do in order to make both of us happy” moments that make it awfully hard to continue to come to your defense without looking like a maroon. Put the flippin’ license application in the bag. Bonus points if you include a paragraph about what to do if someone moves from the city to the county and vice versa, because it took two phone calls, two transfers and three on-holds (after navigating the phone “press-8-if-you-are-incrediblyannoyed” command system — twice) to get my answer. But I do thank you for stopping by.

BY SUE LEMON Community contributor

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tockdale High School Football Inaugural Poker Tournament/Silent Auction will be Saturday, June 12, at 5 p.m. There will be cash prizes for top players. There is a $100 donation which includes dinner for one and $200 poker buy-in for 1 player. A $120 donation includes dinner for two and $200 poker buy-in for one player. The dinner/poker tournament will be at Veteran’s Hall, 400 Norris Road. The event is sponsored by the SHS Touchdown Club. For more information contact the Touchdown Club at: SHSTDClub@hotmail.com.

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Pathways honor outstanding Bakersfield women at annual tea

Local high school students, one with MS, awarded National scholarships Community contributor

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athways will honor four outstanding “Women with a Heart for Bakersfield” at the Eighth annual High Tea on Wednesday, June 9, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (11 a.m. social) at Seven Oaks Country Club. Honorees Kim Albers, Cathy Butler, Susan Hersberger, and Dayna Nichols have a proven record of exceptional community service and leadership that has made a positive and lasting impact in Bakersfield. Mayor Harvey Hall and other dignitaries will present awards and resolutions to these women who inspire, mentor, and empower others to serve their community. Proceeds from the event will provide mentoring and education services for youth and families who are seeking to overcome the challenges of poverty and at-risk conditions, and are moving towards educational advancement and self-sufficiency. Participants served include youth and families impacted by gang violence, families transitioning from welfare-to-work and child protective services programs, emancipating and emancipated foster youth, pregnant and parenting youth, and other at-risk youth. Attendees will hear how the power of mentoring has transformed lives from the inside out through hope and relationship. The four honorees have shaped the life of the Bakersfield community and have served as mentors to many. Kim Albers, co-founder and director of Flood Bakersfield Ministries, leads diverse initiatives to battle homelessness through longterm relationships that meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the deeply impoverished. Albers’ passion for the hurting has mobilized hundreds of volunteers for weekly Saturday night outreaches that serve 300-400 guests, a 12-block graffiti wash program, and an emergency assistance program to prevent homelessness. Albers is vice chair of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative and co-chair of community outreach for the 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness. For over 35 years, Cathy Butler has been an advocate and driving force in the development of downtown Bakersfield, serving as secretary, office manager, and now, president of the Downtown Business Association. Butler’s relentless efforts have improved the quality of life in the heart of Bakersfield — with the emerging arts district, the Downtown Street Fairs, the Mill Creek

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Cathy Butler

Dayna Nichols

Kim Albers

Susan Hersberger

project, and the restoration of the Fox Theater and the Padre Hotel. Butler, dubbed “Queen of the Fox,” led the successful “Save the Fox” campaign. As president of the Arts Council of Kern, Butler continues to advance the arts. Susan Hersberger, public affairs director of Aera Energy, enriches Kern County through sustained engagement and leadership in a broad spectrum of civic affairs. With a history of copious community involvement, Hersberger currently serves on the leadership team of Greater Bakersfield Vision 2020, as a director of the Bakersfield Museum of Art and the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, and on the executive advisory council of CSUB School of Business and Public Administration. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Bakersfield. As owner and CEO of Castle Print & Publication, Dayna Nichols has established a company culture of giving back to family and community. For 19 years, Nichols has served on the executive board of Options Unlimited, Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference and the Bakersfield City School District Education Foundation. Nichols chairs Kern County Fam-

ily Week, serves as director at large of the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, is active on the Women’s & Girls’ Fund Vision Committee, and assists many nonprofits. Past honorees also will be recognized at the High Tea. They include: Sheryl Barbich, Karen Brown, Izetta Camp, Irma Carson, Esther Chapman, Holly Culhane, Peggy Darling, Joan Dezember, Beckie Diltz, Annie Everly, Chris Frank, Susan Handy, Ann Hansen, Beverly Beasley Johnson, Virginia Kirschenman, Pauline Larwood, Judi McCarthy, Billie Jo Medders, Barbara Patrick, Christy Porter, Jeanette Richardson Parks, Rebecca Rivera, M.D., Sunny Scofield, Sandra Serrano, Mary K. Shell, Susie Small, Lueether Ward, Connie Wattenbarger, Wendy Wayne, and Betty Younger. The public is invited to honor these outstanding women, as well as to invest in the community through mentoring and education. Individual tickets are $65. Host ($5,000), Gold ($2,500), Silver ($1,250) and Bronze ($500) sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Executive Director Karen Goh at 633-9133; or, www.gardenpathways.org.

he National Multiple Sclerosis Society is giving almost $1 million in scholarships to students around the country. Of the more than 700 applications that were submitted, less than 300 students were chosen to receive awards. Two of those students who will be receiving money are right here in Bakersfield: Siobhan O’Rourke from Bakersfield Christian High School and Paige Brock from Frontier High School. O’Rourke received the second highest ranking from those applicants within the Southern California Chapter. She will be receiving $2,500 and plans on attending Biola University in La Mirada. O’Rourke says since her mother was diagnosed about eight years ago, life has been trying, yet rewarding. “I had more work for myself and it’s been trickier to combine school and responsibilities at home,” she explained, “but I have thoroughly been able to enjoy everything.” O’Rourke says she has been able to get through the years because her family has been so supportive. O’Rourke plans to major in English and minor in Biblical Studies, and hopes to either teach English or write (mostly Christian stories, short stories, and poems). Brock was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis just before her 17th birthday last year. She says before

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PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVEN STUDIOS

Siobhan O'Rourke, Bakersfield Christian High School.

Paige Brock, Frontier High School.

her diagnosis, she was a social butterfly and very outgoing. But after she found out she had MS, she missed several classes, started to mellow out, and was forced to mature faster than most teenagers. Through her treatments, she has been able to juggle managing the disease, school, and other activities. Her mom, Jennifer Brock says, “When all this happened, it was really hard, but she is so positive and strong … I feel like she will be an inspiration to others with MS.” Brock will be receiving $1,000 and plans on staying in Bakersfield, attending California State University, Bakersfield’s nursing program. Brock hopes to become a labor and delivery nurse.

O’Rourke, Brock, and the other scholarship recipients were notified one week before World MS Day, which is was celebrated on May 26. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is encouraging everyone to become involved by registering at www.worldmsday.org, or by texting “MSAWARE” to 20222 to make a $5 donation to the National MS Society. Funds raised by the National MS Society, Southern California Chapter, go to research for prevention, better treatments and a cure, as well as comprehensive local programs and services for 14,500 Southern and Central Californians living with MS.

YOUR FAITH Go backstage with ‘Go Fish” at CBC Vacation Bible School! COURTESY OF CALVARY BIBLE CHURCH

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ake your kids to the ultimate “concert” experience each day to worship and sing with the Go Fish Guys! After that, it’s time to go backstage, tour a recording studio, and most importantly — learn about the Bible! Your kids will have a great time learning the books of the Bible, the ten commandments, and how to

be saved by grace through faith — and that’s all just in the first few

minutes of singing each day! Our goal with this Vacation Bible School is to clearly present the gospel of Jesus Christ while having as much fun as humanly possible. It’s time to put the BIBLE back into Vacation Bible School! VBS will be Monday, June 21 through Friday, June 25 from 8:45 am to noon. Register now at Calvary Bible Church, 48 Manor St. or, online at: www.gocbc.org.

Spend awhile on the ‘Nile’ with Olive Knolls Church! BY DONNA ALSOP Community contributor

summer family event called “Egypt, Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace,” will be hosted at Olive Knolls Church, June 21 to June 24 from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Families step back in time in Egypt, exploring the life of Joseph. Kids and adults participate in a memorable Bible-times market-

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place, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into Egyptian eats, visit Joseph in prison — and then in his palace home — and collect Bible Memory Makers to remind them of God’s Word. Plus, everyone learns to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes at Celebration — a time of upbeat worship

that gets everyone involved. Kids and adults at “Egypt” will join nearly a million participants blanketing Africa with God’s love through a hands-on mission project in association with an organization called Operation Kid-to-Kid, where families will create soft blankets that will be sent to orphans and vulnerable children. For more information call 3993303 or, visit: www.oliveknolls.com.


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