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PHOTO CLUB ROSE CARE SNAPS CALM LIGHTS

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ello readers! I am excited to introduce the inaugural issue of The Bakersfield Voice! We hope our new publication will help you get to know your neighbors, serve as a forum for community discussion and become a staple for beautiful pictures submitted by you. That’s right. You! The Bakersfield Voice is a “citizen journalism” publication, one of a few in the nation. It relies on Bakersfield residents to submit stories and photographs to our Web site: www.bakersfieldvoice.com. We then run as many articles as we can in the printed version. The printed Voice will be carrierdelivered each week to approximately 70,000 homes in the west side of metropolitan Bakersfield. We will also have rack locations in key areas to make sure we reach as many readers as possible! Our mission is to become a publication where you can share what is important to you. More often than not, what’s impor-

tant to you is important to everyone else. We want to feel inspired and happy, so please share your stories and photos of special times with your family and friends. We also want to laugh, cry, be informed and speak our minds over issues that are close to our hearts. This is your platform. If you are not sure how to submit or maybe you’re a bit shy about your writing or photography skills, no worries! Just e-mail me at ogarcia@bakersfieldvoice.com and I will be happy to help you! Or better yet, go online to our Web site and begin sharing! Another one of our goals is to participate in community and marketing events that are important to you. In December, for instance, we wrapped up a Toys for Tots Drive where over 200 gifts were donated from wonderful people and groups like Union Bank of California and Greenfield Middle School. Here’s to 2009! Enjoy,

Olivia Garcia Publisher

Staff EDITORIAL Olivia Garcia Publisher ogarcia@bakersfield.com 395-7487 Natalie Erlendson Managing Editor nerlendson@bakersfield.com Teresa Adamo Associate Editor tadamo@bakersfield.com

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eet Michael Elliott, sports columnist for The Bakersfield Voice. Maybe you’ve already seen Michael’s column called, “Sports Shorts?”His take on the local sports scene and the occasional chat about what’s happening on the national sports front will continue in The Bakersfield Voice, beginning with this premiere edition on page 11. Although Michael didn’t grow up in Bakersfield — he’s from Avenal, Calif., population 3,000, up the road about 100 miles north of us — he was raised in a similar small, friendly town atmosphere. Michael, a general building contractor, has lived in Bakersfield for about 30 years. He and his wife, Debra, have two children — Savannah, 14, a freshman at Sports columnist

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Frontier High; and Donovan, 13, an eighth-grader at Freedom Middle School. Michael is a self-proclaimed “sports junkie” — he played college baseball for Long Beach State and currently plays for a men’s senior league baseball team. He’s a member of the CSUB Roadrunner Club; he’s on the governing board for Bakersfield Southwest Baseball; and he’s a member of the Bakersfield College Light Brigade, a fundraising committee for BC Athletics. Michael also enjoys tennis and competes in Kern Community Tennis Association tournaments. — Do you have a sports comment, question or story? If so, it’s easy to make your voice heard in The Bakersfield Voice. Just go to: www.bakersfieldvoice.com, set up a free profile and start posting your articles as a citizen journalist! Still need help or have a specific question? E-mail Natalie Erlendson at: nerlendson@bakersfield.com or Teresa Adamo at: tadamo@bakersfield.com

OFFICE Marisol Sorto Office Administrator msorto@bakersfield.com 716-8640

The Bakersfield Voice 1522 18th St. Suite 310 Bakersfield, CA 93301 The Bakersfield Voice is published by Mercado Nuevo, an independent subsidiary of The Bakersfield Californian To learn more or to contribute news and pictures, visit us online at: www.bakersfieldvoice.com


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Seeing the light

Meet a local club through photos from the Kern Photo Association’s night out at CALM’s Light Extravaganza.

Smell the roses

Gardeners: It’s rose pruning season. Here are some smart & simple tending tips for making your garden rosy!

Fat facts of life

Monitoring your health? Resolving to lose weight in ‘09? Don’t fall victim to these weight loss myths.

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Paw Print City

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Sports Shorts

Those precious pets! Pet-lover Vicky Thrasher introduces us to her column about our furry friends.

Sports fans rejoice! We’ll give you a rundown on local sports and more, so get those score sheets ready!

Help from a Handy Fellow

Want to tackle a home improvement project yourself? It can be done, but get good advice. This week: bathrooms.

About the cover Share your

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Community contributor Doug Kessler submitted this photo of a red-tailed hawk at FACT, The Facility for Animal Care and Treatment, located on the Cal State Bakersfield campus. Your photo could be on our next cover! Photos and stories for the Jan. 25 issue must be posted by Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 5 p.m.

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■Submitting your stories for The Bakersfield Voice is simple and FREE! Just go to: www.bakersfieldvoice.com and create a profile. ■ Choose what you’d like to contribute (an article, letter, picture or community event listing) and post it yourself for our online readership to see. You can even add video to the site!

â– We also include as many community contributions as possible in the print edition of The Bakersfield Voice, published Sundays. â–  Still need help getting your contributions onto our Web site? E-mail: Natalie Erlendson at: nerlendson@bakersfield.com or Teresa Adamo at: tadamo@bakersfield.com

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MEETTHE CLUB

Local shutterbugs shoot holiday lights at CALM BY BARBARA BUTLER Community contributor

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friends for hot chocolate. Normally trying to shoot with lots of people around is something to be avoided. We as a group, always make it a point not to interfere with an event by taking pictures. So how surprised were we when people, both young and old, would see our camera equipment and stop — willing to wait for us to get “the shot.” I was simply amazed by this wonderful gesture. A big “thank you” to each and every person there that night. Bakersfield has some of the nicest people you will ever hope to meet. I personally cannot wait to go again next year! For information on KPA, visit our Web site at: www.kernphotographyassociation.org Or, call (661) 496-3723. All skill levels are welcome! Remember, no matter what your age or physical abilities, there is a style of photography for you!

winkling lights, Christmas music, cold noses and smiling children. Does this make you think of CALM? Well, for the members of Kern Photography Association (KPA) — it does now! Our December Meet & Shoot was held at this magical place for the very first time. I think all of us felt overwhelmed by the amount of images that were available to capture! A twirling carousel, an erupting volcano and 500 gazillion lights made it very hard to decide where to start. I sent my family off on their own (they headed directly for the carousel) and I went with the other KPA members — who also headed directly for the carousel. I'm telling you, that carousel was one popular place! Now I know what you are thinking, “way too cold for me,” but we were prepared (in fact, a little too much) as the — Barbara Butler is a member of the temperature stayed at 46 degrees. Two Kern Photo Association and owns & hours later and with everyone’s memory operates FireCreek Photography in Bakcards full, we met up with family and ersfield.

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SPOTLIGHT ON: DOUG KESSLER

PHOTOS BY DOUG KESSLER

Doug Kessler is a Bakersfield resident, a social worker and a photographer. He enjoys traveling — of course, he often takes photos of his travels. Doug contributed this week’s cover photo as well as the shots seen here.

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YOURGARDEN

Pruning makes things rosy! BY KATHY ROBINSON Gardening columnist

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nce again, it’s time to prune the roses! Seems like it always sneaks up on me. Probably because most years my roses are still blooming this time of year. Nevertheless, it is still time to get them cleaned up for 2009. At Robby’s Nursery we are always available to answer questions, give tips or a refresher on technique for rose pruning, so just come by and ask! I am always amazed at the stigma associated with roses and how hard they are to grow. In Kern County we are in one of the best rose growing areas in the country. Roses seem to thrive here in spite of us. Few plants give more rewards with good flowering from spring through fall. I guess the message here is: Don’t be afraid to try roses, they do really well here

without much effort. If you will prune them properly, fertilize and watch for pests, they thrive and absolutely amaze you. Watching someone prune different rose varieties will clarify many questions you may have. Many times just reading about pruning can become very confusing. Rose feeding is best done once a month throughout the growing season. — Do you have a gardening-related question or would like to pass on some tips of your own? If so, it’s easy to make your voice heard in The Bakersfield Voice. Just go to www.bakersfieldvoice.com, set up a free profile and start posting your articles as a citizen journalist! Still need help or have a specific question? E-mail Natalie Erlendson at: nerlendson@bakersfield.com or Teresa Adamo at: tadamo@bakersfield.com

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In other words, don’t feed in the winter. You can use a good organic fertilizer, one with a high bloom number is good. Also, there are rose foods with pest control in them that can help with insect infestations. In any case, a good consistent schedule is key. Keep an eye on your roses — if any leaf spotting or discoloration occurs, be sure and bring in a small branch in a plastic bag. We like to see a sample of “good and bad” foliage in order to tell what’s going on. Many rose problems can be related to disease and are successfully treated with combinations of fungicides and maintenance changes. Samples can tell us much more than a description or even a picture. So remember, ‘tis the season to prune the roses ... — Kathy Robinson is the owner of Robby’s Nursery in northwest Bakersfield.

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YO U R H E A LT H

The thick of it: Weight loss myths revealed BY DAVID LIGHTSEY Community contributor

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et’s examine some common misunderstandings regarding body fat and the elimination of it: • Burn that excess fat in just 10 minutes per day — One pound of body fat contains enough energy (3,500 calories) for a 200-pound adult to walk 35 miles at a 3.5 mph pace, which will likely take you a tad longer than 10 minutes. This efficient design mechanism allows non-industrialized population groups around the world to sustain their daily physical labor needs with relatively little food intake. This mechanism has now become an albatross to industrialized societies where their daily physical demands are limited and food intake and availability excessive. • “I’m so exhausted from working out I must have burned a lot of fat.” —

This is a false assumption. By design, our muscle tissue is capable of generating a large number of contractions with relatively little energy expenditure. An elite distance athlete may be capable of burning 1,200 calories per hour, but the capabilities of most adults will range from 400 to 800 calories per hour. Given that one pound of body fat contains 3,500 calories, you can begin to understand the dilemma for most attempting to lose any significant weight. • Eliminate your fat forever — The average normal weight adult has approximately 25-30 billion fat cells or 9,000 grams (81,000 calories) of fat storage, enough to theoretically walk 810 miles (Bakersfield to Salem, Ore.). Very obese adults can have as many as 260 billion fat cells as well as each cell as much as 35 percent greater in size. Although it is possible to reduce the content of the fat cells, the actual number of these cells will

remain the same after weight loss and the ability to regain the lost fat content is significantly easier. Formerly obese individuals will always find it far more difficult to maintain a healthier weight. • “I will sweat it off.” — Body fat has relatively little or negligible water content, so it is not possible to “sweat off” fat cells. Excessive fluid loss without replacing it only leads to dehydration of the cardiovascular system and muscle tissue, which actually impedes fat loss as muscle tissue becomes less efficient at burning fat as dehydration progresses. So running in a sauna suit or sweats in warm/hot weather is more apt to be suicidal versus having any real impact on your “love handles.” — David Lightsey M.S., is the author of “Muscles Speed and Lies — What the Sport Supplement Industry Does Not Want Athletes or Consumers to Know.”


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Neil Diamond Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $33.50-$125. ticketmaster.com or 322-2525.

Golden Empire Hot Jazz Society Dance to music by the Southside Chicago Seven, 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Elk’s Lodge Banquet Hall, 1616 30th St. $10 for non members. 665-9083. The Ultimate Bridal Event With over 100 vendors, premiere wedding professionals will be on hand to assist you in planning your dream wedding, featuring a $25,000 dream wedding giveaway, noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Rabobank Convention Center, 1011 Truxtun Ave. $10; $15 couple. 835-1305 or Web site: ultimatebridalevent.com.

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Wednesday 1/7

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Saturday 1/10

Kern Photography Association All skill levels welcome, 6 to 8 p.m., Carrows Restaraunt, 1300 Easton Drive. kernphotographyassociation.org or 496-3723.

Condors vs. Phoenix Roadrunners 7 p.m. Friday, Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $7 to $25. bakersfieldcondors.com or 324-7825.

Condors vs. Alaska Aces 7 p.m. Saturday, Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $7 to $25. 324-7825 or bakersfieldcondors.com.

FLICS International Cinema Society presents “Mongol,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $5. flics.org or call 325-4815.

Kern River Valley Hiking Club Black Mountain, located in the El Paso Range, west of Ridgecrest, 9 a.m. Saturday. Meet at Union 76 Station, Inyokern, Bakersfield hikers leave at 7 a.m. Saturday from Park ’n’ Ride, Highway 58 & 184 (Weedpatch). Bring lunch and quart of water. Dress appropriately. lakeisabella.net/hiking or 778-3453.

Thursday 1/8 BHS Choir Alumni wanted for “Gloria” Open to all BHS choir alumni, rehearsals begin 7 p.m. Thursday, Bakersfield High School, Harvey Auditorium 305, 1241 G St. Concert will be Feb. 26. 324-9841, ext. 71.

No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series presents Coco Montoya. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Friday, Doubletree Hotel, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. Reserved tickets, $25. 831-3100.

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YOURPETS

Paw Print City: By way of reintroduction BY VICKY THRASHER Pet columnist

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or those of you reading The Bakersfield Voice for the first time, welcome! We’re excited to have you be a part of our community and we look forward to a long relationship with you. Previous readers of the Voice publications may recognize me from some of my earlier contributions. Once upon a time, I wrote the “Dear Daphne” pet column, then changed it up in 2008 to “Tales from Paw Print City.” To say that I’m an animal junkie would be a gross understatement. Throughout the years I have managed a boarding kennel, a couple of pet stores, a veterinary hospital and owned a petsitting service. I’ve sat on two different boards for animal-related nonprofit organizations and rescued/fostered animals many times over, both domestic and wild. I maintain a personal library of over

150 books relating to all aspects of pets — training, physiology, psychology, and the exploration of the human/animal bond. I recently started a blog so I may more directly interact with other pet lovers. My commitment to pets and animal issues knows no bounds, and there’s no aspect of our relationship with our four-footed friends that doesn’t fascinate me. I love the pets themselves, as is obvious by the way that I’m bent like a pretzel every morning after cramming three cats, a dog, a husband and myself into a queen-size bed each night for something that vaguely resembles sleep. But I also love pet products and am always on the make for something that is new, exciting and good for them. I love art that celebrates pets, stories about pets, and people who are working toward making the planet a safer place for pets. I’ve tried (as have a couple of others around me), and there is simply no such thing as “enough” when it comes to my immersion in all things

paw-printed. So, knowing you’re in the company of one of your own, let us chat together of pets and the people who love them. Have a question or concern, or maybe

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Darby is the beloved pooch of Paw Print City’s Vicky Thrasher. Her column appears each month, the first and third Sundays.

just want to vent a little about a petrelated issue? Drop me a line. Did you find a product that was everything you dreamed it would be (or wasn’t)? Or, know of an upcoming event or fundraiser that benefits animals? Let me know so we can share the news. Believe me, I’ll do the same for you in return. From great Web sites and cool new products, to health and behavior issues, to local people and organizations in the pet community, I’ll share with you my discoveries — and disappointments. I’ll write about local issues that affect the lives of pet owners, and national issues that have local implications, and I invite you to do the same. Together we can create something that everyone who loves pets can enjoy and share. — Have a pet-related question or comment? E-mail Vicky at: Vicky@pawprintcity.com or visit: www.pawprintcitytimes.com.

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SPORTSSHORTS

New year, new season of ‘Sports Shorts’

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new year, a new beginning and a new publication! There just seems to be a refreshing feel in the air as “Sports Shorts” soldiers on under the flag of The Bakersfield Voice (TBV). You will find that this column has ostensibly been afforded more latitude and diversity re: subject matter. Let’s roll! I have to tell you about a man I know, that I don’t know! I’ve never met the acquaintance of Jim Parks but have seen his presence around the hardwood courts for many years here in Bakersfield. You see, Coach Parks was at one time the head basketball coach for Cal State Bakersfield and had a very representable record while at the university. His squads were very entertaining. Used to watch him coach his teams.

Since those days, I have seen Coach Parks on numerous occasions about town. Seen him at Roadrunner games. Saw him at the recent Lloyd Williams hoops tourney held at North High. Just taking in some games! Saw him coaching (his granddaughter, I presume) at Bakersfield Christian not long ago in the National Junior Basketball girls youth league. My reasoning for mentioning Coach Sports columnist Parks is that it is, again, refreshing to see a man ascend to a certain pinnacle in his career and descend back to the

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roots of his profession and stay around the game for the love of the game. Coach doesn’t have the faintest idea who I am. But I know him. Bakersfield High sweetened their undefeated (6-0) wrestling dual meet record by giving 2007 state champion Vacaville the veritable cauliflower ear! BHS has a proud grappling history steeped in tradition. The Drillers have claimed numerous state individual and team championships over the years. I’m a sucker for local soccer! Stockdale High’s girls socked Liberty in the championship game of the Garces Holiday Soccer Festival to take home the hardware. And BC women’s soccer coach Scott Dameron was named WSC South Division Coach of the Year. CSUB’s recent plane ride to South Dakota State was a harrowing, “touch and go” situation at one landing strip

... of which they survived. Not so for the high-flying Fresno Falcons, who were perched atop the ECHL Pacific Division when management abruptly ceased operations. Not a subtle landing, mind you. More akin to a nosedive. A crash and burn. Seemingly gone in 60 seconds! May your sports be of all sorts this coming year ... — Are you a local sports enthusiast who would like to voice your thoughts on a sports-related topic? If so, it’s easy to make your voice heard in The Bakersfield Voice. Just go to: www.bakersfieldvoice.com, set up a free profile and start posting your articles as a citizen journalist! Still need help or have a specific question? Email Natalie Erlendson at: nerlendson@bakersfield.com or Teresa Adamo at: tadamo@bakersfield.com

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Beware! Humidity is a bathroom’s enemy BY ED COLEMAN Community contributor

emember that you use your bathroom several times a day — and each time you use water, of course. However, humidity can be a killer of construction materials. Paint and wood in a bathroom go from wet to dry, then wet again, sometimes several times a day. My largest repairs over the past years have been in bathrooms or under kitchen sinks. The more you use them, the more they will need care. Care is the key word here, as preventative measures can really help. If you have fans in your bathrooms, use them. If you can install a timer, run bathroom fans for an hour after a shower to help clear out humidity. During other water use, run the fan while in the bathroom. If you do not have fans, and can afford to have one installed, do so. The bathroom is one of the hardest places to install a fan after construction, but it can be done. If you do not have that ability, open-

R

ing a window even one inch can help evacuate the area of moisture. Leave the curtain or door to the shower open to dry the room as fast as possible. Check under all sinks and water areas of the house as often as you open cabinet doors. Get in the habit of gently reaching up under the sink and feeling hoses and drain pipes for any moisture. If you do find moisture, get it fixed right away. Most repairs could be “lessified” ( a new word for the dictionary) if the leaks were detected and fixed sooner. Happy bathrooming! — Do you have a home improvement tip that you would like to pass on? If so, it’s easy to make your voice heard in The Bakersfield Voice. Just go to: www.bakersfieldvoice.com, set up a free profile and start posting your articles as a citizen journalist! Still need help or have a specific question? Email Natalie Erlendson at: nerlendson@bakersfield.com or Teresa Adamo at: tadamo@bakersfield.com


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