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Segways take you on a illuminating journey Pg. 3 Coming up Roses! Pg. 5 CSUB benefactor bleeds Blue & Gold! Pg. 7

Boys who talk to goats

Brothers happily surprised to see pet in Voice, pg. 6


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Bakersfield Gunners GU17 Nomads Champions

S T A F F EDITORIAL Olivia Garcia Vice President /Content Teresa Adamo Associate Editor Sandi Molen Contributions Coordinator

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ongratulations Bakersfield Gunners GU17 on winning the San Diego Nomads Thanksgiving Soccer Tournament — only being scored on twice all tournament!

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Pictured bottom row from left: Coach Brandon Hearron, Gabby Lerma, Tabby Dickson, Halle Meadows, Andrea Bersentes, Delani Curtis, Miranda Standridge, Caitlyn Wilger. Top from left: Alexis Bailey, Sabrina Spink, Laura Collignon, Amanda Bennett, Gabby Giuliano, Ashley Sanchez, Riley Stevenson, Alyson DeLaRosa and Coach Brian Walker.

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Santa Claus is coming to town! BY WAYNE MOULE Community contributor


anta Claus will return to visit the children at 3128 Fortune St. on Friday, Dec. 18 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Come and see the lights, listen to the music, and have some hot chocolate. Please bring your children and a camera. Our Christmas light shows start at 5:30 pm and run until 10 p.m. daily. Each show is about one hour long with FM transmitted music. Tune your car radio to 87.9 FM. All of our employees at Northwest Metrology have spent many hours hanging thousands of lights and running wires. We hope to see you there. For more information, call 203-2147

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Coping with grief during the holidays


Have a great story to tell? How about a nice photo of your kids you’d like to share? Or maybe you have a blog that you think is interesting or inspiring. Well, we’d like to get it into The Bakersfield Voice, our citizen journalism newspaper distributed to more than 75,000 households each week. It’s easy to do, just go to our Web site:, create a FREE profile and begin posting your stories, photos and blogs today. If you are not sure about grammar or punctuation, don’t worry. We’ll help you by editing it before putting it in the newspaper. So, how do you get it into print? Well, the best thing to do is post early and often. The Bakersfield Voice prints on Thursdays and is distributed on Sundays to some Bakersfield households, along with scores of racks at local businesses. The best way to get something into print is to post a couple of weeks before you’d like for it to get into print. And although we can’t guarantee that your stories or photos will get into The Voice, you can increase your odds by getting your postings done by the following deadlines: Run dates:

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BY MARIA RUTLEDGE Community contributor


outhwest Branch Library, 8301 Ming Ave., is hosting a free workshop “Coping With Holiday Grief” on Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 5 to 6 p.m. The program will be presented by Hoffman Hospice to help individuals overcome grief and loss during the holidays. For more information, please call the Southwest Branch Library at 664-7716.

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Enjoy the wonders of Christmas lights this year on two wheels!

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Club welcomes youth to newest facility

Boys and Girls Club of Kern County extends services to local youth at new center in southwest.

‘Tis the season for pruning your roses!

Pamper and prune your roses now, and your reward will be abundant blossoms all year round.

BY NICK DOKOLAS Community contributor


hat has two wheels, is selfbalancing, glides at about 10 mph, is extremely fun, and has over 100 Christmas lights? You’ve got it! It is a Segway PT on a Segway Christmas Lights Tour in Bakersfield. For the first time in Bakersfield, Segway tours will be offered. They will provide a unique way to see the amazing lights that Bakersfield has to offer. Tours will take place in the evening and will be preceded by a training session. When everyone is comfortable, we will take off to see the lights. No experience is necessary; it is that easy! One or two guides will lead up to eight people at a time to become part of the light show. You know you have wanted to try the Segway. It will prove to be an experience that you won’t want to end.

Give the gift of literacy

Russo’s Books is holding a Christmas book drive to benefit the children of CASA.

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Segway tours will run through Dec. 30. The cost is $55 per person for a 1.5 hour Segway experience. No experience is necessary.

IF YOU GO Tours will be at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m. For more information and pictures, go to: Reservations are required by calling 393-1793.

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Seeing their family’s pet goat on a recent cover of the Voice brought back fond memories for Paula Francis and her sons, Ethan and Drew. The brothers raised JoJo and later donated him to CALM. Our cover photo was taken as the brothers said goodbye to JoJo right before he became a member of the museum’s petting zoo. JoJo was originally featured on our Nov. 15 cover after an encounter with Voice contributor Keisha Gaines. Gaines “met” this friendly goat during a visit to the zoo and got him to stand still long enough — with the help of a treat — to take his photo. Read JoJo’s story on page 6. Your photo could be on our next cover. Photos and stories for the Dec. 27 issue must be posted by Wednesday, Dec. 16.

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New Boys & Girls Club opens in southwest BY MAGGIE CUSHINE Community contributor


he Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County is proud to announce that the doors are now open at the new Stockdale Boys & Girls Club. The newest club, located at 5207 Young St. (behind Kohl’s on Gosford), began meeting the after-school needs in the southwest on Nov. 1 and the programs couldn’t be better. The new club is within a five-mile radius of eight schools in the southwest, which will allow the Boys & Girls Club to better serve their members. Transportation from the schools to the club after school is available. “We are so excited for our new location and all of the new opportunities to serve more youth in the southwest and northwest,” says Program Director Mike Espinoza. “The new facility is thriving with all of our programs including homework help, computer education, sports, art and much more. The Boys & Girls Club is honored to now serve over 3,000 children daily through all of their 32 locations in Kern County.” “We are just so happy and thankful to all of our families, supporters and board for making this transition happen. We are grateful to have a space to call our own and to grow into the future,” reported Zane Smith, executive director. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County’s mission is to “inspire and enable young people, especially those that need us the most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.” The monthly afterschool fee is $100 per club member, but scholarships based on income, and need, are available. Currently, 90 percent of the youth who attend the Boys & Girls Clubs in Kern County attend free of charge, thanks to community and grant support. For more information or a personal tour, please call 3253730, or visit:


Playing games and having fun at the Boys & Girls Club. For information about the program call, 325-3730.

Educator of the month Mrs. Jeannette Kopp Nominated by: Anden Spicer

I would like to nominate my teacher, Mrs. Kopp, for educator of the month. She teaches first grade at Rosedale North Elementary School. She is a very nice teacher. Sometimes, when we are good, she lets us have an extra-long recess. We learn lots of new things in really fun ways — like when we play vocabulary games. Mrs. Kopp is always patient and kind and I love coming to my class every day.

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■ If you have a teacher you think is great, nominate them for Educator of the Month by going to: and posting an article and photo. Nominations should tell us in 50 words or less why your teacher is the best and MUST include his/her first and last name, and school where they teach — and remember, your nomination MUST also include a photo in jpeg format. Winners will be featured in the print edition of The Bakersfield Voice for the month and will receive a $50 gift card for school supplies, compliments of GW School Supply and TBV.

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Everything’s coming up roses! S ince we’re in the best rose growing country in the world, and the rose is one of the most popular flowers, it makes perfect sense to devote a whole column to this flower. Anyone can grow a rose with just a little effort, and they’ll bloom all spring, summer and fall. Here are some tips to help you enjoy them to the fullest. This time of year is a good time to buy roses. We get in bare root roses (a little less expensive than container roses) about two weeks before Christmas so the selection is very good. Another good time to purchase them is in the late spring when they’re in full bloom. Remember, when you purchase roses to get #1 grade. This is top quality in the “rose Gardening columnist world” and is all we sell at Robby’s. A quick explanation for other terms you’ll see when purchasing roses — Patent: This means a royalty is still being paid to the developer (newer varieties), thus a little more expensive. Non patent: Patent is off these older roses, (cheaper). Some of the best tried-and-true roses are in this group. The terms, patented or non patented , have nothing to do with quality, just royalties. Roses come in classes like hybrid tea (large, long-stemmed rose), floribunda (blooms in clusters), climbers, shrubs, ground cover and miniatures. They are also grown as patio trees. This means you can use a rose in many different



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situations and combinations, with other roses or in with other plants. Check at your local nursery for particulars to the varieties you choose. We can also help you pick plants to complement your roses and will require the same care. Pruning roses is really important. In Bakersfield, December or January are the best months to prune. At Robby’s Nursery, we sponsor a “Rose Pruning and Care Seminar"” this month. Saturday, Dec. 19 is the day to attend and get all the particulars on roses. You can leave this seminar with the confidence to go home and prune for the best year of flowers ever. This seminar can take the mystery out of rose care and will help make you the expert! Remember, with roses, the more you prune, the more they bloom. As a general rule, you can feed roses once a month through the growing seasons — all year, except winter. They will need spraying if they develop problems with insects or disease. Roses love the heat and they want full sun. Water when the ground is dry. Water well and deep when you water, and then let them dry out in between waterings. Keep the old flowers pruned off or “dead headed” and they’ll bloom again more quickly. If you follow these basic tips and prune correctly, your roses should give you a lot of beautiful flowers for many years to come.


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So take a break from this busy time of year and give a little time to your roses. They will reward you for many months to come. Also, pick up an extra rose and give it to your favorite gardener!

Merry Christmas! Note: New “Robby’s Nursery Event Calendar” available this month for 2010.


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Our third ‘kid!’


Drew Francis and his goat, JoJo, go for a walk. BY PAULA FRANCIS Community contributor


hat a great photo of JoJo!” exclaimed my son, as he looked at the cover of the latest issue of The Bakersfield Voice. And the photo of the red and white goat by Voice community contributor Keisha Gaines was delightful and brought back fond memories for our entire family. You see, that adorable goat, now living in the petting zoo at CALM was raised by my sons, Drew and Ethan. The goat’s name is JoJo, and, contrary to Keisha’s article, he is not a Nubian goat, he is a purebred Boer goat. While both breeds of goats come from Africa, their difference is significant. Nubian goats are a dairy breed and the Boer goats are a “meat” breed; in other words, Nubians are used for milk production, and Boers are used for meat production. JoJo was born at Hokit Farm on the campus of Valley Oaks Charter School in February 2009. He was one of a set of goat triplets, but from early moments after his birth, it was apparent that his mother was not willing to raise three kids. So, as a newborn goat, JoJo was orphaned and adopted by our family. Raising JoJo was like raising a third child. For a few weeks, he needed to be fed often throughout the day. So when we left the house, he often went with us. JoJo traveled in a dog crate and learned to get in and out of the car with ease. We fed him from a bottle and slowly introduced him to grain and other goat feed. Once a week, JoJo got to visit his siblings at Hokit Farm when the boys attended their enrichment classes at the school. He enjoyed his “play dates” with the other goats, but was always just a little different. When the other

goat kids shied away from the students, JoJo ran to them for attention (OK, really, he was just looking for a bottle). All the students loved JoJo because he loved them. Since JoJo was imprinted by humans (instead of his goat mom), he preferred to be around people. As JoJo grew and needed more space to run and play, we moved him from a small pen to a larger pasture built for our sons’ fair project goats years ago. Complete with granite boulders, a swing set, and a fort with a slide, it was JoJo’s playground. Many days we would look out the window and catch him climbing on the kids’ fort, or headbutting the swings. He would walk across the 4-x-4 wooden beams like he was on flat ground. We even caught him going down the slide behind the boys a time or two. But, what we really loved to watch was JoJo running alongside the boys when they rode their bikes; he was like their pet dog and even knew his name! One day, after visiting CALM with his dad and seeing the petting zoo, Ethan had an idea. He didn’t want to just sell JoJo, or keep him as an “only goat” — instead, he wanted to donate him to CALM, so JoJo could provide fun and enjoyment for the families who visit throughout the year. The zoo keepers accepted the offer and, one day, JoJo was loaded in our trailer and hauled to his new home. A few months after delivering JoJo to CALM, my son Drew visited with his dad and was delighted when JoJo left his buddies and came to the fence when Drew called his name. Life at CALM seems to agree with JoJo, and we are so pleased to know that he is bringing joy to visitors of all ages. So, next time you’re at CALM, say “hi” to JoJo for us — you’ll know which one he is. He’ll be in your back pocket looking for treats.

Drew helped raise JoJo, a Boer goat, with his brother Ethan. The boys adopted the orphaned goat as a baby and had to feed it from a bottle. According to Paula Francis, the boys’ mother, raising Jo Jo was like raising a third “child.” Here, JoJo anxiously awaits his next feeding.


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The man with a heart of gold! P

lease be seated and bear with one of the best local teams on the scene this column for a bit and we’ll which traveled the western United arrive at our intended destina- States to many national tournaments. tion shortly! Thank you. I played for, and managed, the team ‘Tis the season for giving. and one year, we were slated to go to a While sage, it remains a wonderful and tourney in San Diego. Don told us all to time-tested adage: It is better to give be at his house, with wives and children than to receive. if desired, and we would caravan from A man in our community exemplifies there. We all show up at his house and these words to the “Nth” degree. The there sits the biggest, commercial tourbetter part of those who peruse this sto- ing bus we’ve ever seen. Don has hired ry do not know of, and have probably it to transport us to San Diego! never heard of, the man ... and he would Example: We welcome that as he flies low under the qualify for the Westradar and prefers to do so. ern Regional tournaOK, flying means we’re getting closer ment in Utah and to our destination! Don flies us all to Don Crabtree is a local businessman Salt Lake City and who plays Santa in some sort of capaciprovides us with ty all year long. The McFarland High rooms. School graduate is a tax preparer and Example: (This is has owned and operated Individual Tax my fave!) Don is Records since 1976. He also owns Calidriving east on fornia Drilling Fluids, a company Stockdale Highway, indebted to his late brother-in-law, Don passes Bakersfield Fournier. Christian High Another hat Mr. Crabtree wears is School and notices a that of professional fisherman. Years Sports columnist new church, The ago, he was the No. 1-ranked Western Bridge, which has Region United States Professional Bass just been built. Don Association angler. stops at the church, talks briefly with Preparations are now being made for the pastor (whom he has never met), our descent! hands the pastor $5,000 and gets in his Giving comes natural to the man. car and drives off. Didn’t even give the Example: In the 1980s, Don sponsored pastor his name! and played on the ITR softball team, We have now arrived at our destina-


tion, ladies and gentlemen. The crux of this story is that Don Crabtree is, across the board, the largest individual financial contributor to Cal State Bakersfield Athletics since CSUB’s initial move to Division I status! His financial support pales in comparison to Don’s allegiance to the basketball squads. Since the inception of the women’s basketball team in 1999,

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Crabtree has missed, count ‘em, THREE basketball games ... men and women’s. Uh, home AND away! Don was on the steering committee which helped to raise the necessary $6 million needed for the transition to Division I, coming to fruition next year. He was on the Roadrunner Club Advisory Board as well. He currently sits on the Executive Board of the AthContinues on page 8

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Athlete of the month Gabriella “Gaby” Garcia Nominated by: Beth Garcia

Gabriella “Gaby” Garcia helped her soccer team place 4th in the AYSO U10 Girls Tournament on Nov 15. She had a great season playing on the TURF SMURFS. During the 1st quarter of the 2nd game, she broke her right big toe and continued to play the game and even went on to play in three more games. She had a great heart and now she can rest her toe and let it heal.This is what makes her my little TURF SMURF Champion. Gaby not only plays soccer but also plays volleyball and cheerleading. She also does ERE and Girl Scouts, and still finds time to stay on the Principal’s List and never missed a day of school for the last four years.


Among his many endeavors, Don Crabtree is a professional fisherman. He was once the No. 1-ranked Western Region United States Professional Bass Association angler.

■ Do you have a son, daughter, grandkid or buddy who is your pick for MVP? Nominate them for Star Athlete of the Month by going to: and posting an article and photo. Nominations should tell us in 50 words or less what makes this youth a star athlete — and remember, your nomination MUST include a photo in jpeg format. Winners will be featured in the print edition of The Bakersfield Voice for the month and will receive a $50 gift card, compliments of Sports Authority and TBV.


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Give CASA the gift of reading BY THOMAS G. ROBINSON Community contributor


North High Alliance Band took second place at the Southern California Judges Association’s State Finals.

North High band stars at state music competition BY KAREN C. DAVIS-SOLOMON Community contributor


ov. 21 concluded band season for my daughters, Kayla and Kylie, and their fellow band members as they took the field in competition against some of the state’s finest bands. North High School and Stockdale High School traveled to San Bernardino, where they competed by invitation in the Southern California Judges Association’s State Finals. North High Alliance Band took second place in

their division of seven bands out of Southern California. Stockdale also placed in their division. It was an honor to be able to partake in this experience, but to place just puts the icing on the cake! We are so very proud of all the students who have worked so hard. Having observed much talent at various local competitions, it is our distinct honor and pleasure to have witnessed this group of young men and young ladies in their climb to excellence! Under the guidance of Mr. Dembosky, these North Stars certainly have learned to shine!

Continues from page 7 forms in for their graduation caps and diplomas! Giving is a big part of Don’s life. And he shies letics Department, working hand-in-hand with A.D. Rudy Carvajal and President Horace away from the accolades associated with helping others. Obviously, Don Crabtree bleeds Blue and Mitchell. Don states that his biggest thrill as a booster for Gold. The man also has a heart of gold. Cal State comes when the athletes trade their uni-

usso’s Books is proud to host the First Christmas Book Drive benefiting CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). It is hoped that this will become an annual book drive. CASA of Kern County began operation in the summer of 1994 to serve as an independent voice for the best interests of dependent children — abused, neglected, and abandoned children living in protective care — in Kern County. Our mission is to recruit, screen and train volunteers from communities throughout Kern County to serve as advocates in child protection proceedings. We also support and closely supervise the advocacy work of our volunteers throughout the duration of their court assignments. Over the past 15 years, CASA of Kern County has recruited and trained 679 advocates and has served 1,767 of Kern County’s most vulnerable children. The holidays are especially tough for these kids. Some of them think that they’ve been forgotten; lost in the system. We want to make sure that every child receives a gift. We urge you to participate in our Christmas Book Drive for CASA. Here’s how it works: CASA has sent us a list of how many kids are in their program — no names because their privacy is of the utmost concern for CASA! (We do know how many kids are involved, their gender and their ages.) We have set up a table with suggested titles that are appropriate for minors. You can grab a book that was suggested by our booksellers, or grab a bookmark and pick out a book yourself. Purchase the book and we’ll place it in the “book box” for CASA. From now until Dec. 25, we will collect the books and take them over to CASA to give to the children. Our goal is to raise at least 1,000 books! We certainly won’t mind if we break that goal early … we’ll just up it to more! We want to let them know that Bakersfield cares. Won’t you help us give the gift of literacy?

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