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OCTOBER 10, 2019 • Volume 12 Issue 8

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By Andreas Fault The Fort’s “Oktoberfest,” is October 17th, from 5-10pm. An evening of fun, with German Food, drinks, and music. Each guest will receive a meal ticket and 2 drink tickets. Additional drink tickets available. Tickets only $25, Sponsors also available, RSVP @ 765-7371, or at the Fort Office at 915 N. 10th Street., Ste 2. You will not want to miss this great Taft Event at the beautiful Taft Fort. Friday- Meet and Greet at The American Legion at 4pm. Pre-Concert Cruise Night at 6pm on Center Street. “Live Music” at The Oasis at 9pm upstairs. Karaoke downstairs. Saturday- Oildorado 1 Year Countdown Concert on 5th and North St! Tickets on Sale now, or at the gate. Heavenly Pumpkin Patch opens at The West Kern Oil Museum. Tuesday- “Blood Drive” at the Taft Chamber from 12-6pm. Thursday- The Fort Oktoberfest. For info call 765-7371. Alpha House Cinnamon Roll Fundraiser at Calvary Temple from 6am-10 Thirst Thursday’s at The Bank Sports Lounge. Bingo every Thursday in the Rec Auditorium at 12:30pm, $13 The Fox Theatre is open 7 days a week. All 3 theaters are open.

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Taft Business of the Week- Cooper’s True Value at 407 9th Street. True Value has everything you need no matter how big or small the project is. They sell tools, paint, plumbing supplies, pool supplies, home decor, bbq’s, patio supplies, gardening supplies, electrical supplies, and much more. They currently have Christmas Lights and decorations, and have Christmas Trees in the back lot. It is locally owned and operated by the great Cooper Family. If they don’t have it, ask and they probably get it. They are open 7 days a week. Come in or call them at 765-7531 today.

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Save the date for these Future EventsOctober 18th: Taft High Football HOMECOMING vs. Cesar Chavez. October 18th-20th: Escape Room at the Rec. For info 763-4246 October 19th: Third Annual Wrecking Brawl Roller Derby! @ 801 4th St. Taft Rotary Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast at Taft High from 7-11am. October 23rd: Taft College Career & Job Fair from 10am-12:30. October 24th: Taft College Cougar Cookout. October 26th: West Kern Oil Museum Boomtown Days. “Turkey Shoot” at the Taft Sportsmen Club. Info @ 763-2300 ext. 481 October 27th: Harvest Festival at West Hills Church of the Nazarene. October 28th: The West Side Rec’s “Trunk or Treat.” October 30th: “Corn Fest” At Lighthouse Church at 210 Harrison St. from 6-8pm. Games, candy, $2 corn on the cob. October 31st: Halloween Spooktakular by True Value & merchants. November 1st: Taft High Football at Home vs. Arvin. November1-2nd: The Rec Holiday Vendor & Craft Show. November 2nd: Soroptimist Bunco Night at Veterans Hall at 6pm. $25. November 14th: Support your Fort Steak Night. November 16th: Teen Night at Westside Believers Fellowship from 6-9pm. November 17th; Taft College Hall of Fame Awards Banquet. November 21st: Center Street Merchants “Christmas Shopping,” 5-8pm. November 23rd: Taft Chamber Trout Derby. December 6th: 1st Friday Cruise Night and Photos with Santa. December 7th: Santa Fun Run. December 9th: Taft Christmas Parade. December 14th: Soroptimist Home tour. January 4th: Register for the 2020 Whiskerino Contest. October 2020: Oildorado 2020. October 9-18, 2020. Oildorado 2020 is October 9-18-2020. The Pre-Oildorado Kickoff Party is this Saturday, at 5th and North Street, gates open at 6pm, Tickets are only $20 at the gate. Whiskerino Registration starts on January 2nd, 2020. As of now Oildorado is pretty hush hush but rumors are some events might be announced at the Concert. If you, your church, club, school, work, etc., has an event, it must be approved by the Oildorado Board. Plan ahead so all the events are not on one night, and there is nothing on other nights, so take vacation and enjoy all 10 days of Oildorado. Shannon Jones is the 2020 Oildorado President, some of her crew is Dennis Eubanks, Randy Miller, Glenn Black, Eric Cooper, Scott Gee, and Paul Linder. Some of the Events in the past were- EDDIE MONEY CONCERT (RIP), and Street Party with Truxton Mile, Grand Parade, Arm Wrestling Championship, Melodrama, Air Show, BBQ’s, Concerts, Old Timers Registration, Rodeo, Burn Outs, Cruise Night, Car Show, Whiskerino and Hair Bun Contest, Queen Pageant, Posse-Wooden Nickel Gang Shootout, Taft High Football Games, Chili Cookoff, Alumni Football Game, Dinner Theater, Taft Movies at The Fox Theater, Dodgeball Tournament, Softball Tournament, Arenacross, Street Dance, Art and Craft Fair, Bloody Mary Contest, Oilstock with Fog Hat, Concerts all day along Rails to Trails, Reunions, Taft Gala, World’s Longest Sandwich, Most Pizza’s Sold in 24 hours Record at Domino’s Pizza, Art Exhibit, Oil Worker Monument Dedication, Pancake Breakfast, Dances, B & G Breakfast, Mechanical Bull, Civic Luncheon, Boomtown Days at the West Kern Oil Museum, Bike Night at Chilled and Grilled, Rec Center Dedication, and so much more. What event are you going to be a part of ? So plan your vacation, sporting events, etc., around Oildorado 2020 now. Taft High, the Rec, etc., should plan their home games during Oildorado to get the Huge crowd, or a bye so their kids can enjoy Oildorado, especially during the Grand Parade.


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Westside Watcher Hi Everyone, We have been following the Dodgers journey to the playoffs. As I write this they are up 2-1 with the Washington Nationals. They are sometimes hard to watch because of the immense talent they have on their team, and how quickly they individually can get into a slump. But this year they won 106 games out of 162 to set a new team record for wins. When they lose it is heart wrenching to watch. We have stuck with them all these years and enjoy, when we can, to go to their games. They seem to be destined to go to the World Series once again, let’s just hope that this year is the one we can celebrate and all the bad juju has washed away. As we watch the games, I like to look past the players and observe the folks up in the stands to see what they are doing, what they look like, what they are wearing, what they are eating or drinking. Much of the time it seems they aren’t paying much attention. Many are on their phones, or just talking to the people next to them. The games are being played in Washington, DC after two games at Dodger Stadium. What’s funny is that everyone attending the games looks the same, just wearing different colors. You can’t tell if they are east coast or west coast folks. You can’t tell what their political affiliation is, or what their job is. They all seem to be there to enjoy the game of baseball and that in turn makes them all the same. You root or whine for or against a team; you jump for joy when a ball is hit out of the park; you twirl your team color terry cloth rag to spur your team on; you all do the wave together. It is a time to think of only baseball while having a beer and a hotdog and singing “Take me out to the Ballgame” at the seventh inning stretch. We all blend together for the love of the game and when the game is over, we all endure the agony of trying to get out of the parking lot at the same time. It is the grandest of times, and typically there is no trouble. In the case of the Dodgers, who can pack in 53 thousand people in the stadium, we have found it great to be part of a their crowd. If we can do this at ballgames, why is it can’t we seem to be able to get along outside the ballpark. Aren’t we all on the same team, Team USA, not a political team, the all American Team ?? We live in the USA, where we have set high standards for ourselves, living the dream that most of the world’s population wants to live. We have the best, because we expect the best; we want the best; and really we do deserve the best. It seems to me to be universal by all of us who live here. Or is it ?? We are living in an era where a sea of change is on the horizon, waiting to turn our dream into something else, something that other people of the world are trying to get away from. In our everyday lives, we get along, we work alongside each other, we play together, we watch our kids grow up together; we go out and enjoy the wonders of this great land together, we go shopping together, we just try our best to enjoy what life and God has blessed us with. I believe that a majority of us are on that same quest. So what is so wrong in what we are expecting while we live in the greatest country, bar none, the world has ever seen ?? I don’t know either. But a minority is getting their voice out and apparently getting heard. The trouble is, when any voice is shouting out, we are just at a point we don’t know who to believe. We live in a time when people put out false narratives, and how are we to figure out who is telling the truth ?? Where do we get our news or what sources do we depend on to ‘just give us the facts mamm ’. It is so hard o believe, that in this country, that we have such a high crime rate, so many incarcerated, so many on the streets, so many that think what you have should be theirs too. Why is that ?? If you can figure it out there is a Noble Peace Prize waiting for you. But taking away from the earners and giving it to the non earners, putting everyone in the same basket, evening out the masses, having the government provide all the essentials for you, ands so many other of these supposedly new bright ideas that haven’t worked out for any other country successfully, ever. I’m not a politician, I have a degree in Sociology, but I find I’m an observer not a big thinker, I just know when things are not good, and so do you. Life could be better, but also it could be worse; it has been pretty darn good since 1776. Watching these ball games just makes me wonder what these people do, what they are thinking, where do they live, how do they live, are they like me ?? Why with all of our differences, why are they getting along at the old ball park ?? Find that answer, and we will really be riding the waves of life; following seas and fair winds. Be at peace my friends.

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By Dick Beckett dickbeckett@midwaysunsetadventures.com Long before there was even a glimmer of a thought of any Midway Sunset Adventures, there was Dick’s Texaco. It sat on the corner of Olive Street and Santa Rosa Street in San Luis Obispo, California. It was a sparkling Texaco Jewel, all bright red, white and green, with two double pump islands in front and a single island on the Olive Street side. There’s a Taco Bell there now. Olive Street is the South bound onramp to the 101, and Santo Rosa Street is where California Highway 1 leaves the 101, and leads straight past Cal Poly, out of town and on to Morro Bay and North. That spot was what you might call “Prime Real Estate”. Telling you all how inexpensive it was to acquire a Texaco Gas Station back in ’72, would bring tears to your eyes. Adjusting for inflation wouldn’t even get you close in today’s gasoline retail business. Gas was extremely plentiful, and at $0.30 a gallon (or less) the potential for a big, fat return on your investment was limited by your mechanical skills in your back room, or an ability to sell other supportive goods – tires made a good profit. Texaco had a company rep, Dave, that came by, usually at the busiest times, and he was always trying to offer good retail advice. “Try to provide the very best service, and spend as much time with each customer as possible. That’s the best routine to get them to top off that oil with a quart of Havoline, or to replace those worn out windshield wipers!” (Some of you might not remember what a Full Service Filling Station was all about.) Dave meant well. He was a great big fellow, standing there in his size 15 Wingtips, gray suit, white shirt and red tie. “Dave, have you seen the condition of a windshield after coming down the Cuesta Grade from Paso?” The summer insect population along the Central Coast and the inland valleys was majestic. “We’re spending the whole time the tank is filling scrubbing that front glass!” “Well’ I know. I’m just trying to be helpful.” He was a big-hearted guy, and I did try to like him, but his business perspective was a little different from a small business owner’s. “Here’s an idea, Big Guy, how about I get rid of the pyramid of Havoline oil cans in the front window, move those darling little Texaco Tanker Trucks to the top shelf, and get a couple of large coolers and fill them up with milk, bread, you know, essential everyday groceries?” “AW, Dick, don’t be stupid! People would never buy groceries at a gas station!” The Corporation had some rather strict guidelines written into the lease contract. Hence, Dave’s weekly nagging appearance. One idea that the Corporation did accept was to make the side island, along Olive Street, a SelfServe island. I lowered the gas price a couple of cents, and all those Cal Poly cowboys came a “HeHawing” in. It was, I think, the first Self-Serve gas pumps anywhere, but pay-at-the-pump services hadn’t been invented yet; so we still had to go out to complete the transaction. One sunny, Central Coast day I walked toward the side island where a fellow with a shinny, red Corvette was filling up. On this particular year of Vette, the gas filler cap sat in the middle, just behind the rear window. I very quickly noticed the lit, burning cigarette between this soon-to-diein-a-fiery-explosion customer’s fingers in the hand that was holding the gas-dispensing nozzle! “HEY! Excuse Me, But I’m Heading Toward The Emergency Fuel Shut Off Switch, And I Just Want To Apologize If I Don’t Make Before You Go Up In A Flaming Flash!” One second to process my spoken words, and another half-second to jerk his hand away from the escaping gas fumes and fling his Marlboro away. Close. Dick’s Texaco was also the very first (in SLO) to hire a girl as a service attendant. Believe me, she was a pretty young woman. There was an interesting side benefit as all those “He-Hawing” Cal Poly cowboys were more than happy to pay a couple of cents more for all that good Texaco Service. A fellow came in one day with one of those new Mazda rotary engine models. Being capable of running on un-leaded, a unique ability in ’73, I filled him up. A week earlier, we had a strong, wet Pacific storm, and the saturating downpour had seeped into my un-leaded holding tank. As I hardly sold a drop of un-leaded, I didn’t know about the water contamination until Mr. Mazda sputtered to a stop before even making it to the street. Who even knew how a rotary engine functioned? I drained his gas tank and disassembled his entire fuel distribution system. It was a half-day of free labor with a huge payoff: Dick’s Texaco Experienced Mazda Mechanics! But alas, it just wasn’t meant to be. On October 6th, the holiest day of the Hebrew Calendar, Egypt and Syria attacked Israel and the Yom Kipper War began. In a show of solidarity, the rest of Israel’s neighbors started their oil embargo creating the 1973 Energy Crisis. The day came when we ran completely out of gas by the 20th of the month. Gas sales paid all of the bills. My income was generated by my own mechanical and sales skills. Dick’s Texaco went from a 24-hour to a 16-hour to a 12-hour a day station. My best and last guy, Charlie, opened up at 6am and worked until 10am when I got off my night shift sorting mail at the Post Office and then to my all-day shift pumping gas. Oh to be young and full of energy again! I struggled through a couple of months until Dave found a buyer - a divorced guy with a couple of teenage sons wanting a business to keep them close together. God Bless Israel!


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Check us out online! Need more information on programs, classes or facilities? Visit us on the web: www.wsrpd.com www.facebook.com/wsrpd www.wsrpdsports.com wsrpdsports.com by Stephanie House YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL Instructional: Grades K-1 Division 1: Grades 2-3 Division 2: Grades 4-5 Division 3: Grades 6-8 Season: October 21 – December 21 Practices: Weekdays Games: Saturdays Location: Franklin Field or ‘A’ Street Park Registration Deadline: Sunday, October 13 Fee(s): • Instructional: $45 per person • Divisions 1-3: $60 per person TINY TOT FOOTBALL Who: Ages 3-5 When: Tuesday or Thursday Session: October 22 – November 14 Where: Scully & Oil Fields, Recreation Center Registration deadline: Sunday, October 13 Fee: $35 per child This program will teach the basic skills of following instructions, learning to share and the introductory fundamentals of football. MINI TOT FOOTBALL Who: Ages 18 Months – 3 years When: Tuesday or Thursday Evenings Session: October 22 – November 14 Where: Scully & Oil Fields, Recreation Center Registration deadline: Sunday, October 13 Fee: $30 per child Mini Tot programs are for kiddos and their favorite adult. Each child will need an adult on the field with them during the session; it can be a parent, grandparent, other relative or friend – and it doesn’t have to be the same person each week. Great exercise, fun and socialization! YOUTH BASKETBALL Division 1: Grades 2-3 Division 2: Grades 4-5 Division 3: Grades 6-8 Practices: Weeknights Practices Begin: Week of January 6, 2020 Games: Saturdays Games Begin: Week of January 13, 2020 Location: Aera Gymnasium, Recreation Center Registration Deadline: Sunday, December 29 Fee: $60 per person INSTRUCTIONAL BASKETBALL Who: Grades K-1 Practices: Weeknights Games: Saturdays Session: January 6 – February 29, 2020 Where: Aera Gymnasium, Recreation Center Registration deadline: Sunday, December 29 Fee: $45 per child TINY TOT BASKETBALL Who: Ages 3-5 When: Tuesday or Thursday Evenings Session: January 21 – February 20, 2020 Where: Aera Gymnasium, Recreation Center Registration deadline: Sunday, January 5, 2020 Fee: $35 per child This program will teach the basic skills of following instructions, learning to share and the introductory fundamentals of basketball. MINI TOT BASKETBALL Who: Ages 18 Months – 3 years When: Tuesday or Thursday Evenings Session: January 21 – February 20, 2020 Where: Aera Gymnasium, Recreation Center Registration deadline: Sunday, January 5, 2020 Fee: $30 per child Mini Tot programs are for kiddos and their favorite adult. Each child will need an adult on the field with them during the session; it can be a parent, grandparent, other relative or friend – and it

ESCAPE ROOM Who: Ages 12 + When: October 18-20 Friday 4-10 P.M. Saturday and Sunday 10 A.M.-10 P.M. Fee: $120 per team (6-8 people) $10 for each additional person (up to 12 people per team allowed) Where: Community Center Activity Building – Senior Rec Room 500 Cascade Place, Taft WSRPD is bringing our own version of the popular escape room, Nightmare at 500 Cascade Place! Gather your friends and solve the puzzles in order to escape, you have one hour! MIDWEEK BOWLING MADNESS Who: Grades 3-12 When: Every Wednesday from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Fee: $1 admission Where: West Side Recreation and Park District 500 Cascade Place, Bldg D, Taft Come bowl, play video games, and hangout at the Recreation Center! Every Wednesday from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., grades 3-12 get into the Recreation Center for only $1! All snacks and drinks are half price!


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2020 Census coming to Taft By Jerry Livingston J.D. Jerry.Taft.Independent@gmail.com It happens every ten years and began in 1790, the U.S. census is a requirement of the Constitution’s Article I, Section 2. The Census has evolved over the years to impact many important public policy matters but its primary purpose is to determine the individual states representation in the House of Representatives which by law may have no more than 435 members. With the number of representatives fixed by law every ten years there are winners and losers in the number of representatives a state may have. All states such as Wyoming, the country’s least populace state, are guaranteed one representative all further representatives are chosen based on state population using a calculation method adopted by Congress. The census will begin in March when all households will be invited to respond to the census on line. Reminder letters or postcards will be sent a week later and will continue being sent to each address that has not replied until the end of April starting in June thru July census takers will be contacting persons who have not replied either online or via mail. The census is required to be submitted to the President of the United States by December 31, 2020. While the importance of reapportioning the various states congressional representation is a primary goal of the census it also plays a significant role in determining how much more than $675 billion in federal funds are dispersed through out the country it is estimated that each resident represents $2,000 dollars in federal money each year. This makes it vital for smaller jurisdiction such as those on the West Side need to ensure that the maximum number of people can be counted to accurately reflect how much money can come back to the community. This will be especially important given the very likely closure of the federal prison that has represented approximately 2,500 persons or nearly $5 million a year in potential federal funding for the West Side. Persons interested in more information can find it at census.gov.

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Oildorado Countdown Concert Tickets on sale now! Tickets for Taft Oildorado’s Countdown Concert are on sale and selling quick. On Saturday, October 12, 2019, Daniel Bonte and Truxton Mile will perform on the stage near 5th & North Streets to kick-off the countdown to 2020 Oildorado. The community is invited to attend. This outdoor street concert will be held adjacent to the Oildorado Headquarters Store, located at 501 North Street in Taft, and will include the Sheriff ’s Posse, and Wooden Nickel gang, who are rumored to be ready for a shoot-out. There will be food, drinks, and alcohol available for purchase inside the concert area VIP ticket packages are almost sold out. General admission and VIP tickets are available at www.eventbrite. com, search Oildorado. Prices start at $15 and additional information can be found on the site. Oildorado is a 10-day festival, held every 5 years in Taft, CA, dedicated to celebrating the rich oil industry on the Westside of Kern County. Oildorado’s 110th celebration of the City of Taft will take place from October 9-18, 2020. The all-volunteer board of directors is working on events and activities for the upcoming celebration, which includes many favorites such as the Civic Luncheon, Maid of Petroleum contest, Grand Parade, Whiskerino and Tessie Garratt contests, hot air balloons, vendor fair, melodrama, carnival, and oil field skills competition. For more information about Oildorado, you can contact the President, Shannon Miller at 661-765-2165 or shannon.taftchamber@gmail.com.

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Timothy Clarence Crabb 5/28/1953 – 9/29/2019 On September 29, 2019, we lost Our Beloved Tim. Born in Taft, he attended Midway School and Taft City Schools. He was a talented athlete and distinguished Boy Scout earning School Letters in football, basketball and baseball as well as attaining Brotherhood Status in Order of the Arrow, an elite division of Boy Scouts. He transferred to Cuyama Valley High School where he graduated, earning football and baseball scholarships to Hancock College in Santa Maria, as well as a Bank of America Scholarship in Agriculture. Tim married the love of his life Val, after graduating high school. Tim and Val were married over 48 years and raised two sons, Zak and Tony. Tim was selfless, volunteering countless hours to Community Service through Lions International, Taft Motorcycle Club, Honolulu Hills Raceway and Franklin Field Arena. Through Lions International, he held numerous offices including President, Zone Chairman and Region Chairman, earning the Governor’s Medal twice along with an Excellence in Leadership Medal. Tim was a fifth generation mason and third generation oil field worker. Tim worked for 48 years in the oil and gas industry, from a derrick hand, to owning and operating his own business to his most recent role as Maintenance Supervisor for Jerry Melton and Sons Construction. Tim acquired numerous skills, from concrete and masonry, to oilfield construction, motorcycle and car mechanics; there was not one thing that Tim couldn’t do. In fact, you could equate his skills to that of any master builder, owning the ability to design and build anything. Reading and learning were among Tim’s favorite pastimes. Other hobbies he enjoyed included motorcycle riding and racing, which he began at age 11, camping, deep sea fishing, gardening and rock collecting. Tim was preceded in death by his parents, Pat and Charlie Crabb; sister, Becky and nephew, Chad Jackson. He is survived by his wife, Val; sons, Zak (Andrea) and Tony; grandchildren, Kyle and Kimber; sisters, Carol Jackson (Dale), Ann Ray; brother in-laws, Ray Swan (Terri), and Brent Beeler (Mary); many nieces, nephews , Marcy and Mel Simmons and a great many friends. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11AM at the Historic Fort in Taft, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tim’s name to the Taft Midway Sunset Foundation. WWW.GreenlawnM-c.com


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Revival Worship Center “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Steven J. McDaniel Pastor Service Sunday 10am & 6pm Wednesday 7pm 400 S. 6th St. Taft, CA 93268 upcofttaft@gmail.com rwccoftaft.com

630 North St.

“ “Freely Given” Clothing Giveaway Every 3rd Saturday of the month from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Upstairs in the Education Building outside the front gates

Pastor Cindy Brettschneider Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 AM Adult Bible Study and Sunday School 11:45 AM Adult Bible Study Monday 6:00 PM Wednesday Night Service 6:00 PM Praise Team meets on Thursday at 4:00 PM

Maricopa Community Church Pastor Stephen McCurtis 600 Hazelton, Maricopa 661-303-0124 Sunday worship 10:00 am Wednesday bible study 6:30 pm

TAFT FREEWILL BAPTIST CHURCH PASTOR ELMER MOODY

WED. BIBLE STUDY 6PM SUNDAY SCHOOL 9:45AM SUNDAY M11AM AND 6PM

510 HARRISON ST. TAFT, CA 93268 661-833-0142 661-333-8755

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Gateway Temple

604 Main Street Maricopa, CA 93252 Pastors Tommy and Mary A. McWhorter

Services: Sunday 10am & 5pm Wednesday 6:30pm Monday Evening Mens Prayer 7:00 Wednesday Evening Worship 6:30

ALL are WELCOME Come as you are! For a ride: Call Dorine Horn 427-9722

Community Christian Fellowship 631 North Street Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30

New Hope Temple

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

“Connecting Lives” 308 Harrison Street 765-4572 Sunday Morning Worship Service 10 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship Service 6 p.m Bible Classes All Ages

Taft First Assembly Your Neighborhood Church 314 Asher Ave

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Sunday Service - 10 a.m. www.standrewstaft.org 703 5th Street - Taft (661) 765-2378

Trinity Southern Baptist Church 

Join us for our Encounter Service Sundays 10:30 am

400 Finley Drive We invite you to join us each week as we worship

Pastors Rich and Erica Johnson Childcare Available During Services Info call 765-7151

PASTOR MIKE LYNCH

Sunday Bible Study 9:45 am Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study 6:00 pm

Peace Lutheran Church- LCMS Taft- A caring community under Christ We welcome you to worship with us at peace lutheran church, 26 Cougar Court (across from the College). Worship service begins at 10:00 a.m. Communion will be offered 1st and 3rd Sundays If you have a prayer request please call (661)765-2488. Leave a message if the pastor or secretary is not available

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Ken Shugarts

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Classified Ads are $3.00 per issue for up to three lines, $5 per issue for Classified $2.00 per off up to 5 lines,Ads andare $7 per issue forline. up toPhone, 10 lines.fax, Yardmail Sale or adsdrop are free. your adfax, tomail the or Taft Independent. Phone, drop off your ad to the Taft Independent. Deadline for submission is Wednesdays at Noon. Boxed\outlined\bolded classified ads start at $12.00 for 8 lines, $16 for 12 lines, $20 for 15 lines, $25 for 20 lines. Ad your photograph for $5. Ad your company logo for $5. Boxed adsCar, aretruck $5 or additional. E-mail us $5 (orper bring Photo Ads. house for sale ads are week,toor our $10 office) a photo ofus your home, car,office) truckaor motorcycle and with a photo. Email (or bring to our photo of your home, we’ll do the rest. car, truck or motorcycle and we’ll do the rest. Yard Saleads ads are $3 isfor 3 lines, additional lines $2 each. Classified deadline now Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Classified ad deadline is Wednesdays at Noon. Phone: 765-6550 Phone: 765-6550 Fax: 765-6556 E-mail: Taftindypublisher@bak.rr.com Email: Taftindypublisher@bak.rr.com Payment can made by cash, check, or card. credit card. Payment can bebe made by cash, check, or credit Taft Independent210 508 CA 93268 Taft Independent 6thCenter St., Taft,St., CA Taft, 93268.

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Driver Wanted. Starting $14/hr, benefits package included. Preemployment physical and drug screen req. A or B license req. Must apply in person at 274 E. Cedar St., Taft.

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EXPERIENCED VACCUUM TRUCK DRIVERS AND GUZZLER OPERATORS NEEDED We have immediate openings for full-time drivers. Successful applicants will have oilfield experience and be safety conscious. All applicants must have a Class A CDL (Class B for Guzzler), Passport card, a clean DMV and must be able to pass a DOT background, drug screen and fit for duty test. AES offers competitive pay, medical, dental, vision, paid vacation and 401k match. Apply in person at 814 Center Street, Taft or contact Human Resources at 661-765-4003 ext. 306


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California Highway 33 in the San Joaquin Valley was designated the Petroleum Highway by the state legislature. The highway runs through the Midway-Sunset oilfield, the largest known oilfield in California. It was named in recognition of the petroleum industry which has made an important economic contribution to Kern County and California.

Petroleum Highway Porter

25 Hill Light Ale

Tool Pusher

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Visit our brewery and restaurant Black Gold Brewing Company 508 Center Street Taft, CA 93268 (661) 765-6556

Visit our brewery and restaurant

India Pale Ale Contains 22 oz. 6.0% ALC. By Vol. Black Gold Brewing Company 508 Center Street, Taft, CA 93268 (661) 765-6556 Bottled and Brewed by Black Gold Brewing Company, Taft, California

Midway-Sunset Citra Pale Ale

Contains 22 oz. 5.0% ALC. By Vol. Black Gold Brewing Company 508 Center Street, Taft, CA 93268 (661) 765-6556 Bottled and Brewed by Black Gold Brewing Company, Taft, California

A tool pusher is an oil rig manager responsible for all operations, ensuring the availability of tools, equipment, supplies and skilled personnel. The tool pusher is an administrator and serves as a trusted advisor on the rigsite.

Black Gold Brewing Company

Locally Crafted Ales

Black Gold Brewing Company

GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery and may cause health problems.

GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery and may cause health problems.

Black Gold Brewing Company

CA REDEMPTION VALUE

Black Gold Brewing Company 508 Center Street Taft, CA 93268 (661) 765-6556

Tool Pusher IPA Petroleum Highway 33 Porter Waves of Grain Amber Ale

Waves of Grain AMBER ALE Contains 22 oz. 5.0% ALC. By Vol. Black Gold Brewing Company 508 Center Street, Taft, CA 93268 (661) 765-6556 Bottled and Brewed by Black Gold Brewing Company, Taft, California

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American amber ale is named after the amber color of this American version of English pale ale. The color is derived from the use of caramel and crystal malts roasted to provide amber beer with its color, body and flavor. Caramel and crystal malts lend a toasted, medium to high malt character with medium to low caramel character. American amber ale is a highly versitile companion to American cuisine, particularly foods that are grilled or barbecued.

Visit our brewery and restaurant Black Gold Brewing Company 508 Center Street Taft, CA 93268 (661) 765-6556

Black Gold Brewing Company

Midway-Sunset Citra Pale Ale Contains 22 oz. 5.5% ALC. By Vol. Black Gold Brewing Company 508 Center Street, Taft, CA 93268 (661) 765-6556 Bottled and Brewed by Black Gold Brewing Company, Taft, California

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The Midway-Sunset oilfield located in the southwest corner of the San Jouaquin Valley is the largest known oilfield in California. The field was discovered in 1894 and has produced nearly 3 billion barrels of oil from more than 14,000 wells.

GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery and may cause health problems.

Black Gold Brewing Company

GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery and may cause health problems.

GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery and may cause health problems.

Available on tap and in bottles

Come Visit Us at our brewery and restaurant

Black Gold Brewing Company 508 Center Street Taft, CA 93268 (661) 765-6556

Black Gold Brewing Company

25 Hill

25 Hill in Taft California is a historic oil producing section located above Taft, California. It was a favorite hangout for young Taftians back in the day. 25 Hill Light Ale is an all grain, easy drinking ale with no additives, low bitterness and a golden light color.

Light Ale

Visit our brewery and restaurant

Contains 22 oz. 3.8% ALC. By Vol. Black Gold Brewing Company 508 Center Street, Taft, CA 93268 (661) 765-6556 Bottled and Brewed by Black Gold Brewing Company, Taft, California

Black Gold Brewing Company 508 Center Street Taft, CA 93268 (661) 765-6556

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Local Craft Beer Brewery and Restaurant Genuine Thai Food Grilled Steaks Pub Burgers Fish & Chips 7am to 2 pm & 5pm to 8pm Monday - Saturday Veteran Owned and Operated Brewery Taft’s Original Craft Beer Brewery and Restaurant 508 Center Street Historic Downtown Taft (661) 765-6556

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