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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might be hurt by a colleague's harsh criticism. But don't let it shake your confidence in what you're trying to do. A more positive aspect starts to appear by week's end.

LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) A relationship you'd hoped would keep going seems to be going nowhere. Close it out and move on to a brighter romantic aspect just beginning to manifest itself.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You're torn between your sensible self and the part of you that enjoys acquiring lovely things. Best advice: Wait for an end-of-month sale, and then buy something wonderful.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Things don't go completely as planned this week. But enjoy the surprises, even if you have to adjust your schedule. Some of them could be quite delightful. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Making choices is usually easy for straight-shooting Archers. But a new development could deflect your aim. Try to put off decisions until you know more.

GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your artistic side has practical applications this week, such as redecorating your home or redesigning your personal stationery. Whatever you do, someone special will like it.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) While part of you might prefer taking a more familiar path, let your more daring and — admit it — super-curious self see what the unexplored has to offer.

CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You could be drawn into a problem ‘twixt friends or family members. Best bet: Ask the questions that go to the heart of the matter, then get them all together for a group hug.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Those nasty types have slithered back under the rocks and present no more problems. Now's the time to move ahead on that promising new relationship.

LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) As much as you love being the center of attention, your big Lion's heart impels you to share the spotlight with a colleague who helped you with that well-praised project.

PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) A new offer could clear up that lingering money problem. Also, a more confident attitude on your part might well help get that personal situation back on track.

VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Your eagerness to act on a challenge is wisely tempered early in the week by a lack of necessary information. Things begin to clear up during the weekend.

BORN THIS WEEK: You have a way of turning chaos into order. You're also generous with your help for those who seek it.

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The Weekender — Friday, January 18, 2013

Arts & Entertainment Upcoming events Events may be subject to cancellation and/or early ticket purchase or reservation; please check referenced website or phone numbers, for updates.

Live music Open Mic & Acoustic Jam • Tehachapi Every wednesday night, music and poetry, at 7 p.m. at Fiddlers Crossing, 206 E. “F” St., 823-9994. Sign up to perform at the door. Sagebrush Cafe • Lancaster Live music first Friday of each month. 42104 50th St. West, KC Steakhouse • Bakersfield Jimmy Gaines-pianist: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 10 p.m. 2525 “F” St. 322-9910, KC Steakhouse • Bakersfield Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Featuring: Jimmy Gaines-pianist; Mike Hall-guitarist; Bobby O-drummer and vocalist, Glenda Robles. 2525 “F” St. 322-9910,

Information: 760-375-6900, Monty Byrom-The Buckaroos • Bakersfield Jan. 25 and 26, 7:30 p.m. Crystal Palace, 2620 Buck Owens Blvd. Tickets: Thomas Rhett • Bakersfield Jan. 31, 7 p.m. Crystal Palace, 2620 Buck Owens Blvd. Tickets: Jackson Browne • Bakersfield Jan. 31, 8 p.m., The Fox Theatre, 2001 H. St. Tickets: Jann Klose • Tehachapi Feb. 1, 7 p.m. Fiddlers Crossing, 206 E. “F” St. Tickets: Mountain Music, 206 E. “F” St.; The Apple Shed, 333 E. Tehachapi Blvd. or call 823-9994. Clint Black • Bakersfield Feb. 2, 8 p.m. The Fox Theatre, 2001 H. St. Tickets: Styx • Bakersfield Feb. 4, 8 p.m. The Fox Theatre, 2001 H. St. Tickets:

Killer Bees • Tehachapi Jan. 19, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Classic Rock. Dog House Saloon, 777 W. Tehachapi Blvd.

Verdi & Wagner: 200th Birthday Celebration • Bakersfield Feb. 6, 8 p.m. Rabobank Theatre, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Tickets: Rabobank Arena box office or

Perfect Strangers • Tehachapi Jan. 26, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Classic Rock and Old School Funk. Dog House Saloon, 777 W. Tehachapi Blvd.

Buddy Alan Owens-The Buckaroos • Bakersfield Feb. 8 and 9, 7:30 p.m. Crystal Palace, 2620 Buck Owens Blvd. Tickets:

Pat Strong Trio +1 • Tehachapi Country music, every Tuesday and Jan. 26, during dinner hours.Apple Shed, 333 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333.

Acoustic Eidolon • Tehachapi Guitar and cello duo. Feb. 10, 3 p.m. Fiddlers Crossing, 206 E. “F” St. Tickets: Mountain Music, 206 E. “F” St.; The Apple Shed, 333 E. Tehachapia Blvd. or call 823-9994.

Ladies Night & D.J. • Tehachapi 7-10 p.m., every Wednesday, Tehachapi Mountain Pub & Brewery, 20717 South Street, 822-0788. Debbie & Guy Martin • Tehachapi soft rock 70s & 80s, every Thursday, during dinner hours. Apple Shed, 333 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333. Mountain Pass Oldies • Tehachapi Jan. 18, during the dinner hours, Apple Shed, 333 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333. The Expendables with Tomorrows Bad Seeds • Bakersfield . Jan. 20, 8 p.m. B Ryders Sports Bar, 7401 White Ln. 397-7304,

Concerts Blue Mustard • Tehachapi Jan. 18, 7 p.m. Fiddlers Crossing, 206 E. “F” St. Tickets: Mountain Music, 206 E. “F” St.; The Apple Shed, 333 E. Tehachapi Blvd. or call 823-9994. Josh Abbott Band • Bakersfield Jan. 23, 7 p.m. Crystal Palace, 2620 Buck Owens Blvd. Tickets: Randy Rogers Band • Bakersfield Jan. 24, 7 p.m. Crystal Palace, 2620 Buck Owens Blvd. Tickets: Classics Rule • Ridgecrest Jan. 25 26, 7:30 p.m. Chamber concert, Maturango Museum, 100 E. Las Flores Ave.

Performances Hair Spray • Lancaster through Feb. 3, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Matinee, Sunday 2 p.m. It’s Only Tuesday Production-Arbor Community Theatre, 858 W. Jackman. 726-9355, Hell and Mr. Fudge Film Screening • Bakersfield Jan. 19, 7 p.m. The Fox Theatre, 2001 H. St. Tickets: The Tempest • Lancaster Jan. 20, 2 p.m., Lancaster Performing Arts (Black Box), 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: Nunset Blvd • Lancaster Jan. 20, 3 p.m., Lancaster Performing Arts (Main Stage), 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: Almost Maine • Tehachapi Jan. 18, 19, 25, 26, Feb. 1, 2, 7:30 p.m. Matinees: Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, 2 p.m. Beekay Theatre, 110 S. Green St. Tickets: Peter Gimpel poetry reading • Tehachapi Wed. Jan. 23, poet Peter Gimpel will read "Canto Seven," his scathing tribute to the Challenger astronauts, at Fiddlers Crossing, during the regular open mic, 7 p.m., 206 E. "F" St. 823-9994 The Other F Word • Bakersfield Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., The Fox Theatre, 2001 H St. Tickets:

The Good, The Bad and The Funny • Bakersfield Jan. 25 - Mar. 16, Friday & Saturday performances 7 p.m., Sunday matinees, 2 p.m.Gaslight Melodrama, 12748 Jomani Dr. Tickets: 5873377 or Christopher Titus: Scarred for Life • Bakersfield Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m., The Fox Theatre, 2001 H. St. Tickets: The Laramie Project • Lancaster Feb. 8 and 10; 7 p.m.; Feb. 10 2 p.m. Feb. 15-17 7 p.m., Matinee Feb. 17, 2 p.m. It’s Only Tuesday ProductionArbor Community Theatre, 858 W. Jackman. 726-9355, FLICS: Sidewalls• Bakersfield Feb.8, 7:30 p.m. The Fox Theatre, 2001 H. St. Tickets: The Art Laboe Super Love Jam • Bakersfield Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Tickets: 800-745-3000,, Bakersfield area Walmart locations. “A Really Big Show” • Lancaster Feb. 9, 7 p.m. It’s Only Tuesday Production-Arbor Community Theatre, 858 W. Jackman. 726-9355, Bill Cosby • Bakersfield Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. The Fox Theatre, 2001 H. St. Tickets: FLICS: Shun Li and the Poet • Bakersfield Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. The Fox

Tom Rigley and the Flambeau • Bakersfield Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. Rabobank Theatre, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Tickets: Rabobank Arena box office or Boyz II Men • Lancaster Feb.14, 8 p.m. Lancaster Performing Arts, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: Hurley • Tehachapi Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Fiddlers Crossing, 206 E. “F” St. Tickets: Mountain Music, 206 E. “F” St.; The Apple Shed, 333 E. Tehachapi Blvd. or call 823-9994. Ridgecrest Brass Ensemble • Ridgecrest Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m. Chamber Concert, Maturango Museum, 100 E. Las Flores Ave. Information: 760-3756900, Reckless Kelly • Bakersfield Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Crystal Palace, 2620 Buck Owens Blvd. Tickets:

Karaoke Domingo’s Mexican & Seafood Restuarant • Tehachapi 7-11 p.m., every Wednesday, 20416 Highway 202, 822-7611. DJ Diablo & Karaoke • Tehachapi 8 p.m. Jan. 18, 23, 25, 30, Dog House Saloon, 777 W. Tehachapi Blvd.

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Artists and art lovers invited to a ‘tasteful’ event “Tasteful” art will take on a whole new meaning on Valentine’s Day when The Art Studio invites artists and art lovers to a show that pairs art with food for a fun event to showcase local work. The First Annual Taste the Art event will be held on Feb. 14 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at The Art Studio, 20436 Brian Way, Unit G, Tehachapi (in Old Towne). Colleen Grant, owner of The Art Studio, has put out an open call to artists to submit work for the show — at no charge. The 1st Annual Taste the Art Event is open to all artists, students, and newbies working in all painting, printmaking, drawing media and photography, Grant said. Abstract, expressive, impressionist or realistic styles are welcome. Entries will combine an original subject or concept and pair it with a matching food (example: a green apple painting with a bowl of green apple Jelly Bellies, or bite size dried apples). Entry deadline is at 5 p.m. on Feb. 12. February also marks The Art Studio’s third anniversary. Grant operated out of space next to Albertson’s for the first two years, moving to the larger space in Old Towne to accommodate the growing number of students. The Art Studio has had several gallery showings for student work, but this will be the first gallery showing open to everyone with a call to all artists. The idea for Taste The Art evolved from Grant’s desire to get everyone involved with and experiencing art on

different levels. “I just thought it would be a cool concept for the view to fully (no pun intended) appreciate the art,” she said. “My mind is always on art and sometimes these ideas just pop in,” she added. “Fun and creativity is what this showing is all about and we look forward to seeing some new and familiar faces enjoying a little food and a lot of art,” she said. As an example of how art and food might be paired, she said the first entry is an oil painting of an apple, accompanied by caramel candies. “Thus you will enjoy a ‘caramel apple,’” she said with a smile. Other artists may be on the adventurous side and may serve you an oversized foot with a slice of cheese. Art can be any size, and the artist must bring matching food for tasting. One framed and ready to hang artwork per artist will be allowed, and Grant is not charging for hanging — or if the artist sells the work during the show. She does ask for art to be “PG” rated, however. Drop off dates for Taste the Art are every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last date for drop off is Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m. The latest drop off date for food that will be accompanying art is Feb. 14 at 4:30 p.m. For more information contact Grant at 822-4420 or send email to: or visit the website:

More upcoming events Theatre, 2001 H. St. Tickets:

Taming of the Shrew • Bakersfield Feb. 28 - Mar. 2, 8 p.m.; Matinee; Mar. 2-3, 2 p.m. Dore Arena Theatre, Cal State Bakersfield, 9001 Stockdale Hwy. 654-3093,

Beginning drawing and watercolor for highschool students and adults • Bakersfield First and Third Mondays, 6 - 8 p.m. 330-2676, Bakersfield Art Association,1817 Eye St.,

Menopause The Musical • Bakersfield Mar. 1, 8 p.m., Mar. 2, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Fox Theatre, 2001 H. St. Tickets:

Beginning Oil Painting • Bakersfield Fridays, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. 399-3707 Bakersfield Art Association,1817 Eye St.

FLICS: Marwencol • Bakersfield Mar. 8, 7:30 p.m. The Fox Theatre, 2001 H. St. Tickets:

Composition • Bakersfield (all mediums). Mondays, 2 - 5 pm. 333-4488 Bakersfield Art Association,1817 Eye St., 1817 Eye. St.

Shrek: The Musical • Bakersfield Mar. 11, 7:30 p.m. Rabobank Theatre, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Tickets: Tenants • Tehachapi March 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30. 7:30 p.m. Matinees: March 24, 31, 2 p.m. Beekay Theatre, 110 S. Green St. Tickets:

Activities Very beginning acrylic painting • Bakersfield Saturdays, 1 - 4 p.m. (no classes Jan. 19. Bakersfield Art Association, 1817 Eye St. 205-3488,

Pencil lovers group • Bakersfield Second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. - noon. Bakersfield Art Association,1817 Eye St., 760-3766604, Fun with Watercolor-Pen & Ink • Bakersfield Every Wednesday 9:30a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 872-2332 Bakersfield Art Association,1817 Eye St., Framing Clinic • Bakersfield Every Wednesday, 1 - 4 p.m. Bakersfield Art Association,1817 Eye St., 205-3488,


Preparing for Tehachapi’s first “Taste the Art,” a tasteful event, Jackalyn and Jessica Grant, from the Art Studio, create works of art while enjoying the fruits of their labors. All artists are invited and encouraged to participate in this show and the art opening will be on Thursday, Feb 14, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at The Art Studio, 20436 Brian Way, Unit G, in Old Towne Tehachapi. On the cover, L-R is Colleen Grant, Jessica Grant, Donald Burke, Larissa Burt, Jackalyn Grant and Lisa Burt (seated in front).

Exhibitions Guild House Art Gallery • Bakersfield Featured artists through January: Cindy Stiles, Nancy Ely, Phyllis Oliver, Norma Savage and Jeanne Truitt. 1905 18th St. 325-5478, Stars Theatre Art Gallery • Bakersfield Featured artists, January: Iva Dendrick, Norma Eaton, Karen King, Stella Mullins, Richard Geissel, Norma Neil, Linda Osborn and Linda Brown. 1931 Chester Ave. 325-6100. Paintings by John Cosby and William Wray • Bakersfield through March 10; Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 "R" St. Info: or call 661-323-7219. Every third Friday of the month, all admission is free; every second Sunday of the month, all seniors (65 and older) are free. 80 Years of African American Art • Bakersfield through March 10; Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 "R" St. Info: or call 661-323-7219. Every third Friday of the month, all admission is free; every second Sunday of the month, all seniors (65 and older) are free. Mequitta Ahuja and Robert Pruittt •

Bakersfield Through March 10; Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 "R" St. Info: or call 661-323-7219. Every third Friday of the month, all admission is free; every second Sunday of the month, all seniors (65 and older) are free.

Events Valentine’s Wine and Chocolate Walk • Tehachapi Feb. 9, 6 - 9 p.m. Downtown Tehachapi, 822-6519, Whiskey Flat Days • Kernville Feb. 15 - 18. 56th annual celebration. Circle Park at Kernville Rd. and Tobias St. 760-376-4578, Whiskey Flat Wild West Daze Rodeo • Kernville Feb. 16- 17, 1 p.m. at McNally Rodeo Arena, Highway 178. 760-376-4578, Home & Garden Show • Bakersfield Feb. 22 - noon to 7 p.m; Feb. 23 - 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Feb. 24 - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 So. '"P" St. 1-800-655-0655, Antelope Valley Home Show • Lancaster Mar. 22 - 24. Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 West Avenue H. information:, 2563793.


The Weekender — Friday, January 18, 2013

Health & Fitness Reports of chronic pain on the rise (NewsUSA) - According to the Institute of Medicine, pain costs America upwards of $630 billion every year in medical expenses and lost wages. Reports of pain in America are up, particularly for those living below the poverty line, who may have the hardest time accessing quality health care. Lee Woodruff, journalist and co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation ReMIND (, learned first-hand about the toll that pain can take on a family when her husband was critically injured in Iraq while working as a broadcast news correspondent. She also learned about the importance of taking an active role in her husband's care and speaking up. “It's important to remember that you can be your best advocate when it comes to pain care. Learning as much as you can about your pain, and asking for help is a great way to start your advocacy journey. This isn't a time to be shy,” said Woodruff. The percentage of Americans reporting

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Chronic pain costs upwards of $630 billion every year in medical expenses and lost wages — and reports of chronic pain are increasing. chronic pain is on the rise. New data from the National Center for Health Statistics recently show that 28 percent of Americans experience low-back pain, an estimate that has increased steadily over the past decade. According to pain specialist Donna Kalauokalani, MD, MPH, pain affects our lives in surprising ways. “Pain doesn't discriminate, but we know that our most

vulnerable populations often have the hardest time accessing pain care,” said Dr. Kalauokalani. “People with pain and their caregivers can lend a powerful voice to improving pain care through advocacy,” she said. For people with pain, it's easy to get discouraged. But there is hope. Even now, the National Institutes of Health are working across agencies

to set a pain research agenda. Advocates are working to advance recommendations put forth by the Institute of Medicine to help improve pain care through increased patient and provider education. Telling your story is just one way that YOU can take action and help improve care and access to care for people who live with pain. Learn more at .

Kern Assistive Technology Center celebrates 10 years The Kern Assistive Technology Center will celebrate 10 years of service to the community on February 10th, 2013 with a Ribbon Cutting at 2pm and an Open House immediately following. It will be held at KATC’s new facility located at 2600 "F" St., Bakersfield. Bakersfield Mayor Harvey Hall will be present to cut the ribbon and the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce has assisted organize the event as well. Parking is available in the lot behind 2601 "F" St. (just across the street-west of the location). The center serves anyone with any disability who lives in Kern County. There are more than 96,000 people with disabilities in Kern County. KATC assist users in

learning to read, write, and talk through services provided. The new facility has been designed to demonstrate how a home can be made accessible for people with disabilities with a sample kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom intended to give families with disabilities ideas on how their homes can be remodeled to accommodate disabilities. It features a roll-in shower, accessible kitchen counter heights and much more. Speech generating devices will be on display as well. These devices are used by people with disabilities to improve their capability to communicate. The user provides the input and the device talks for the user. Light refreshments will be provided.

KATC was incorporated in 2003 as a non-profit organization. It began with two employees and has grown to have six employees plus three contractors.They have expanded their service offering from just a device lending library to now providing complete assessments to their clients so only the most applicable technology is recommended. KATC’s expert staff also assist clients determine the right funding source for technology needed and training for equipment that is obtained. KATC’s device lending library was recently presented the Gold Productivity award by the Center for Independently Living for outstanding performance in 2012.

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What you need to know about the winter blues NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

In the short days of winter, many people find themselves feeling sad. You might feel blue around the winter holidays, or get into a slump after the fun and festivities have ended. Some people have more serious mood changes year after year, lasting throughout the fall and winter when there’s less natural sunlight. What is it about the darkening days that can leave us down in the dumps? And what can we do about it? NIH-funded researchers have been studying the “winter blues” and a more severe type of depression called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, for more than 3 decades. They’ve learned about possible causes and found treatments that seem to help most people. Still, much remains unknown about these winter-related shifts in mood. “Winter blues is a general term, not a medical diagnosis. It’s fairly common, and it’s more mild than serious. It usually clears up on its own in a fairly short amount of time,” says


Dr. Matthew Rudorfer, a mental health expert at NIH. The so-called winter blues are often linked to something specific, such as stressful holidays or reminders of absent loved ones. “Seasonal affective disorder, though, is different. It’s a welldefined clinical diagnosis that’s related to the shortening of daylight hours,” says Rudorfer. Light therapy and anti-depressant medication are among treatments available. Once started, light therapy should continue every day well into spring. Light therapy is usually considered a first line treatment for SAD, but it doesn’t work for everyone. If you’re feeling blue this winter, and if the feelings last for several weeks, talk to a health care provider. “It’s true that SAD goes away on its own, but that could take five months or more. Five months of every year is a long time to be impaired and suffering,” says Rudorfer. “SAD is generally quite treatable, and the treatment options keep increasing and improving.”

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Burning throat pain could signal angina BY PAUL G. DONOHUE, M.D. KING FEATURES

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I read your column all the time, and I was wondering if anyone has ever written to ask a question about burning in the throat. I was a smoker for years. It's been five months since I have had a cigarette. This throat burning occurs when I walk or try to exercise or even carry laundry. I would like to know what it means. It feels like hot ice in my throat. —F.R. ANSWER: I don't want to alarm you, but I will breathe more easily if you see a doctor very soon. What you describe could be a sign of angina, pain caused by the narrowing of a heart artery or arteries. More often, people describe angina as chest tightness or discomfort that occurs when they're active, as in walking, exercising or carrying laundry, and then lets up when they stop. The variations on angina pain are many. It can be felt as jaw pain, shoulder and arm pain (on the left more often than the right) or neck pain. People use words like "squeezing," "crushing" or "suffocating." Some say it feels like throat tightness. Burning throat pain could be another


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variant of angina. Do see a doctor quickly. Stop doing things that bring on this pain until you do. The booklet on angina and coronary artery disease explains this common malady and how it's treated. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue — No. 101W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 with the recipient's printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My daughter is on Effexor for depression. She's been on it for six months, and actually is doing quite well. She’s able to handle her job

and take care of her family. Does she take this medicine for life? I worry about addiction and what it might be doing to her brain. —N.M. ANSWER: Antidepressants are not addicting. They don't damage the brain. What they do is restore normal brain chemistry. An imbalance in brain messenger chemicals is believed to lead to depression. Your daughter’s doctor will tell her when she can stop taking the medicine. If a person relapses into another depression after stopping medicine, then she should take antidepressants for a more prolonged period, possibly for life. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I think my husband is an alcoholic. He's not abusive, but his consumption of alcohol is more than a six-pack of beer a day, and sometimes whiskey. He usually falls

asleep in a chair. My sister tells me the cage test can diagnose alcoholism. What is it, and where can he get it done? He won't talk about these things to me. —C.L. ANSWER: It's not a lab test. It's four questions. They are: 1) Have you ever felt the need to cut down on your drinking? 2) Are you annoyed when people criticize your drinking? 3) Do you ever feel guilty about your drinking? 4) Have you ever taken a drink first thing in the morning as an eye-opener? Two “yes” answers indicate alcoholism. It's a simple but reliable test. DR. DONOHUE regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. © 2012 North America Synd., Inc., all rights reserved.

Oatmeal has many health benefits The Kern Assistive Technology Center will celebrate 10 years of service to the community on February 10th, 2013 with a Ribbon Cutting at 2pm and an Open House immediately following. It will be held at KATC’s new facility located at 2600 "F" St., Bakersfield. Bakersfield Mayor Harvey Hall will be present to cut the ribbon and the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce has assisted organize the event as well. Parking is available in the lot behind 2601 "F" St. (just across the street-west of the location). The center serves anyone with any disability who lives in Kern County. There are more than 96,000 people with disabilities in Kern County. KATC assist users in learning to read, write, and talk through services provided. The new facility has been designed to demonstrate how a home can be made accessible for people

with disabilities with a sample kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom intended to give families with disabilities ideas on how their homes can be remodeled to accommodate disabilities. It features a roll-in shower, accessible kitchen counter heights and much more. Speech generating devices will be on display as well. These devices are used by people with disabilities to improve their capability to communicate. The user provides the input and the device talks for the user. Light refreshments will be provided. KATC was incorporated in 2003 as a non-profit organization. It began

with two employees and has grown to have six employees plus three contractors.They have expanded their service offering from just a device lending library to now providing complete assessments to their clients so only the most applicable technology is recommended. KATC’s expert staff also assist clients determine the right funding source for technology needed and training for equipment that is obtained. KATC’s device lending library was recently presented the Gold Productivity award by the Center for Independently Living for outstanding performance in 2012.


The Weekender — Friday, January 18, 2013

Sports & Recreation Events may be subject to cancellation and/or early sign-ups; please check referenced website for updates.

Cycling Events Rio Bravo Rumble • Bakersfield Sponsored by Glinn & Giordano Physical Therapy, MTB race with options (including biathlon) for teams, individuals and kids. Event is Jan. 19 in Bakersfield; advance registration required for all except the kids' race. Paper registration must be postmarked by Jan. 11; online registration is available. Packets must be picked up between 3 and 6 p.m. on Jan. 18. Proceeds benefit Bike Bakersfield. Details at website: or register at

Cycling Groups Tehachapi Mountain Trails Association • Tehachapi Meets monthly on the third Thursday of each month from 6 to

8 p.m. at Old Towne Pizza, 20430 Brian Way #5. Info:

Crossfit Crossfit Tehachapi • Bear Valley Springs Gate pass required. For information call Melissa, 858-248-5598 or visit website, Indian Hills Crossfit • Tehachapi 207 E. "H" St., 661-972-8936 or 3001517 or see website,

Exercise Jazzercise • Tehachapi Monday through Friday, weekly. 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. 410 West “D” St. 8223228, Tai Chi • Tehachapi Mondays 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 490 West “D” St. 822-3228, Yoga Class • Tehachapi Weekly on Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. 490 W. “D” St. 822-3228, Zumba • Tehachapi Mondays and Wednes-

days 6 - 7 p.m. 126 S. Snyder Ave. 822-3228, Adult Exercise • California City Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. 10350 Heather Ave. 760-3733530 Tai Chi • California City Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:45 a.m. 10350 Heather Ave. 760-373-3530 m

Gymnastics Gymnastics for Kids • Lancaster Ages 5 - 12, Saturdays, Jan. 19 and 26, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. and Saturdays, Feb, 2 -23, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Ages 3 - 4. Saturdays. Jan. 19 and 26, 10 - 10:45 a.m. and Saturdays, Feb. 2 - 23, 10 - 10:45 a.m. 824 W. Avenue L-6. 7236077, reation.

Runs & Walks Yokuts Park Fun Runs • Bakersfield Sponsored

by the Bakersfield Track Club in cooperation with the Bakersfield Parks & Recreation Dept., free. One, two, three or five mile runs starting at 7 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month at Yokuts Park, off Empire Drive, north of the Truxtun Avenue extension. Info:

Self Defense Women’s Self-Defense exercise class • Lancaster Saturdays, Jan. 19 - March 23, 9 - 10 a.m. The Academy of Style, 661 W. Lancaster Blvd. 723-6077, Youth self-defense • Lancaster Course held Fridays from Jan. 25 March 29. New students ages, 4 -7 4:30 - 5:10 p.m.; new students ages 8 - 18, 5:15 - 5:55 p.m. Yellow belt ages 4 - 18, 6 - 6:40 p.m.; Orange belt, ages 6 - 18, 6:45 - 7:25 p.m. 44933 Fern Ave. 723-6077,

Martial Arts Northern Shaolin KungFu • Lancaster Jan. 22and 29, Feb. 5 -26 and Mar. 5 -26. All class times are 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., 44933 Fern Ave. 723-6077, Sword Fighting for Kids • Lancaster Beginners: Jan. 23 and 30, Feb. 6 -27 and March 6 -27. Intermediate: Feb. 6 -27 and Mar. 6 -27. 44933 Fern Ave., 723-6077,

Spectator Events Monster X Tour • Bakersfield Jan. 18-19, 7:30 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave., Tickets: 800-745-3000 or Import Face-Off • Famosa Feb. 10, 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Famosa Raceway, 33559 Famosa Rd. 3992210, Harlem Globetrotters • Bakersfield Feb. 14, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave., Tick-

ets: 800-745-3000 or

Hiking and Bike Paths Nelson Range Petroglyph Site • Ridgecrest Jan. 19, 7:30 a.m. at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot. Information: 760375-7967, 760-375-8161, m, s. Kern River Parkway • Bakersfield Feb. 12, 8 a.m. “A Work in Progress” - Hodel’s, 5917 Knudsen Dr. Reservations required by Jan. 30. 5897796. Pat Keyes Trail Hike • Ridgecrest Feb. 23, 7:30 a.m. at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot. Information: 760-375-7967, 760-375-8161,, TO SUBMIT LISTINGS send by email to: or call 823-6360.


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Plan a day trip for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing at Alta Sierra Nestled among the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains in the heart of the Sequoia National Forest, Alta Sierra Ski Resort has been a popular destination for snow lovers of all types for nearly four decades. Formerly known as Shirley Meadows, the 80-acre winter playground for skiers and snowboarding was purchased in 2003 by a group who changed the name to reflect numerous renovations that took place at the resort in 2006. Opening and closing dates largely depend on snowfall amounts, but the park typically opens in mid-December and runs through March and typically gets up to 80 inches of Mother Nature and manmade snow annually. The centerpiece of the Alta Sierra is Shirley Peak, towering 7,100 feet high at the summit and providing a vertical drop that runs 400 feet down a mountain, which has eight well-groomed trails, including four natural black-diamond trails to challenge even the most advanced skier. The resort also features a terrain park and a snow tube area that visitors can access easily by using one of the two chairlifts. Besides the great runs, the best thing about Alta

Sierra is that it’s easy on the wallet. Full-day lift tickets for skiers 13 and older cost $40, while kids 4 to 12 are $30. There are also multi-day packages and season passes available at discount rates, while college students and military personnel receive a 20-percent discount. Ski and snowboard equipment costs $30 to $35 per day to rent, and if you’re a first-timer you can purchase a one-hour private lesson from a seasoned pro for around $65, or $35 for children 5 and under. Finally, when it’s time to take a break and unwind from a great day on the slopes, guests can enjoy a hot beverage, or a full range of tasty goodies in the Alta Sierra warming hut. Or if they prefer, can chill out in the outdoor seating around two large wood fire pits. About a two-hour drive north of Tehachapi, Alta Sierra Ski Resort is best reached by driving east through the Kern River canyon on Highway 178 and taking the Wofford Heights exit. Once in Wofford Heights make a left on SR155 and then turn left to 56700 Rancheria Rd. For current conditions call 760-376-4186.


A snowboarder takes a break from a day of boarding at the Alta Sierra terrain park

Fish & Wildlife

Why so difficult to catch abalone poachers? Q&As from the California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife BY CARRIE WILSON CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Question: As an avid abalone diver, it is disturbing to see all of the poaching going on. It is also disturbing that when the poachers are caught, they have such large numbers of abalone. Why do the wardens observe individuals poaching tens to hundreds of abalone over limit before making an arrest? We have read so many stories about time periods passing with observation before action is taken. Is it something about the law that requires such blatant damage before an arrest is justified? Is there a promotion incentive for taking down an especially large poaching ring? I dislike even asking a question this way, but along with applauding the department's efforts, I am often left with this very question. Please do discuss this. For one person who may ask you this out loud, there must be many thinking it. Thank

you. (Peter A. Wolf) Answer: You ask some good questions. One of the greatest challenges of abalone enforcement is the task of separating poachers from the vast majority of honest abalone divers. According to Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) Lt. Patrick Foy, one of the primary ways wardens make a case is to contact divers after they exit the water. Contacting a diver in the water is not generally effective, especially on low tide days where there are hundreds, if not thousands, of abalone divers out. Poachers often try to blend into the mix of honest abalone divers and try to look just like everyone else to avoid unwanted attention. Other times divers use SCUBA to harvest their catch, further reducing the ability of wardens to make contact in the water. Whenever possible, evidence abalone are returned to the water. We use DFW certified divers to accomplish the task, or we work with State

Parks rangers and lifeguards. The question wardens are frequently asked by honest abalone divers is, "What can I do to help?" The best action you can take is to be patient with abalone report cards and fill them out properly. Report cards are an excellent tool to help us differentiate between poachers and divers. Other than that, be aware of divers engaged in suspicious activity such as making multiple trips to their vehicle, stashing bags of abalone or gear along the beach, harvesting abalone for other people and giving it to them, etc. Report suspicious activity and suspect information such as physical descriptions, vehicle descriptions and license plates, etc. to CalTIP at 888334-2258.

Net required for kayak fishing? Question: I do a lot of fishing and diving off my kayak. Someone recently told me that I need to carry a net for landing my fish. I have looked through the regs but I cannot find that provision. Can you help me? (Matt Sullivan)


Abalone poaching enforcement has proven difficult in separating poachers and honest abalone divers. Pictured is a Red abalone at Santa Cruz Island Answer: Yes, that’s correct. If you are fishing from any boat or other floating device in ocean waters, you must carry a landing net with an opening that is not less than 18 inches in diameter. (CCR Title 14, section 28.65(d)).

Tagged deer antlers Question: Since deer antlers must have the tag on them for only 15

days after the season, why does the tag have to stay on the frozen head afterward? (Geoff V.) Answer: They don't. Tags are required to remain on the antlers for 15 days after the close of the season (Fish and Game Code, section 4336). However, since it is very difficult, if not impossible, to distinguish between fresh and frozen meat, you are

much more likely to avoid any questions if you keep documentation showing that any deer in your possession was legally taken. CARRIE WILSON is a marine biologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. While she cannot personally answer everyone’s questions, she will select a few to answer each week. Please contact her at


The Weekender — Friday, January 18, 2013

Home & Garden (Family Features) If you're looking for delicious ways to bring more nutrition to the family table, it's hard to beat broccoli. Broccoli is on most top 10 lists of superfoods, and packs a lot of nutrients in each bite. “Easily incorporated into a variety of dishes, broccoli offers a great way for busy families to eat healthy on a daily basis,” said Rachel Brandeis, registered dietitian. For an extra nutrient boost, try these recipes made with Eat Smart Beneforté broccoli. Brandeis said, “Beneforté broccoli provides more phytonutrient glucoraphanin, which naturally strengthens your antioxidant enzyme levels to help maintain the antioxidant activity of vitamins A, C and E in your body. These vitamins protect your body from potentially damaging free radicals and environmental stresses.” Beneforté broccoli is available in the packaged produce section of grocery stores. Find out more at

Broccoli Stir-Fry Serves: 4 • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil • 2 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced • 1 cup assorted Asian mushrooms (maitake, white buna-shimeji, enoki, yellow foot, shiitake) • 1/2 head Napa cabbage, shredded • 1 1/2 cups of Eat Smart Beneforté broccoli florets • 1 1/2 cups snow peas • 1 red bell pepper, chopped • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste • Sprouts for garnish Heat large sautÈ pan with oil over medium high heat. Cook shallots until

translucent, about 2 minutes, add garlic. Cook for 1 minute. Add mushrooms and cook until liquid dissolves, about 5 minutes. Add cabbage, broccoli, snow peas and bell pepper; cook for 3 minutes. Top with sprouts. Serve immediately.

Broccoli with Fusilli and Red Pepper Serves: 6 to 8 • 1 1/2 cups of Eat Smart Beneforté broccoli florets • 3 teaspoons salt, divided • 1/2 pound fusilli pasta • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into long thin strips • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder • 1 lemon zest • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • 2 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice • Freshly grated Parmesan (optional) Cook broccoli for 3 minutes in a large pot of boiling water with 1 teaspoon salt. Remove from water with slotted spoon. Place in large bowl and set aside. In same water, cook pasta according to package directions, about 10 minutes. Drain well and add to broccoli. While pasta is cooking, in small sautÈ pan, heat oil and cook sliced red pepper, garlic and lemon zest over medium-low heat for 3 minutes. Off heat, add 2 teaspoons salt, red pepper flakes, pepper and lemon juice. Mix and pour this over broccoli and pasta. Toss well. Season to taste, sprinkle with cheese (if using), and serve. For added protein, shred 1/2 of a cooked

store-bought roasted chicken, then toss with pasta and serve.

Roasted Broccoli Serves: 4 • 1 1/2 cups of Eat Smart Beneforté broccoli florets • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced • 2 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper to taste • 1 tablespoon lemon juice • 1 teaspoon lemon zest • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan • 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts • 1 teaspoon chopped basil (optional) Preheat oven to 425°F. In large bowl, toss broccoli with garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Place broccoli in a single layer on baking sheet. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once during cooking, until crisp-tender. Remove broccoli immediately to serving bowl and toss with lemon juice and zest, Parmesan, pine nuts and basil. Adjust seasoning to taste and serve hot.

Broccoli and Fresh Tomato Pizza Yield: 1 pizza (serves 6 to 8) • 1 whole wheat 12-inch ready-to-bake pizza crust • 4 tablespoons olive oil • 4 cloves garlic, minced • 2/3 cup shredded

mozzarella-provolone cheese blend, or 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella and • 1/3 cup shredded provolone • 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese • 1 cup of Eat Smart Beneforté broccoli florets (raw and quartered) • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped coarse Preheat oven to 450°F. Place pizza crust on cookie sheet. Pour olive oil into small pan; heat and add garlic. Stir for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to small cup to cool. Pour garlic olive oil mixture over crust, distributing evenly. Sprinkle mozzarellaprovolone blend evenly over crust. Sprinkle cheddar cheese evenly over top of mozzarellaprovolone blend. Place broccoli on top of cheese; distribute evenly. Place tomatoes on top of pizza; distribute evenly.

Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven; let sit for 2 minutes before slicing and serving. Note: Cooking decreases the glucoraphanin content of Beneforté broccoli as it does for all broccoli. The best way to get the health benefits from any broccoli is to eat it raw or lightly steamed. Relative percentage of glucoraphanin per serving of cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli:

Cauliflower 1%* Kale 1%* Brussels Sprouts 13%* Cabbage 24%* Broccoli 100%* Beneforté Broccoli 270%** *Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 85:681 (2005) — relationship of the climate and genotype to seasonal variation in the glucosinolate-myrosinasa system. **Average glucoraphanin content in Beneforté® broccoli relative to market standard broccoli varieties assessed over 3 years in 23 locations.

Source: Beneforté


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Rigatoni with beef and green olives Hearty rigatoni topped with lean ground beef and a sauce studded with piquant green olives makes quick, filling dinner during the cold winter months. • Salt • 1 large (10- to 12-ounce) onion • 1 cup green olives, jarred and pitted • 3 cloves garlic • 1/3 cup red pepper, roasted and drained • 12 ounces 90-percent lean ground beef • 12 ounces rigatoni pasta • 1 teaspoon dried oregano • Pepper • Chopped parsley, for garnish 1. Heat large covered saucepot of salted water to boiling on high. Chop onion and garlic. Reserve 1 tablespoon olive brine; drain olives. Halve olives; thinly slice red pepper. 2. To 12-inch nonstick skillet, add beef and 1/8 teaspoon salt; cook on medium 5 to 6 minutes or until browned, stirring and breaking up meat with spoon. With slotted spoon, transfer beef to medium bowl. 3. Add pasta to boiling water. Cook 2 minutes less than minimum time that

label directs, stirring occasionally. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water. Drain pasta; return to pot. 4. To same skillet, add onion, oregano and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until golden, stirring often. Return beef to skillet. Stir in olives, red pepper and reserved olive brine. Cook 2 minutes or until heated through. 5. To pasta in pot, add beef mixture and reserved cooking liquid. Heat on medium 2 minutes or until pasta is cooked, stirring often. Serve in shallow bowls; garnish with parsley. Serves 4. Time-saving tip: To peel garlic faster, press down on it with the side of a chef's knife; the peel will slide right off. • Each serving: About 540 calories, 14g total fat (4g saturated), 55mg cholesterol, 790mg sodium, 73g total carbs, 5g dietary fiber, 30g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at nder/. © 2013 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved

Choucroute Garni For sauerkraut lovers! Serve this filling, homey dish, best made during the cold winter months, with boiled potatoes, a pot of good-quality mustard and a loaf of crusty bread. • 4 slices bacon, cut 1-inch pieces • 1/4 cup water • 1 large (12 ounces) onion, thinly sliced • 2 McIntosh apples, each peeled, cut into quarters and thinly sliced • 2 bags (16 ounces each) sauerkraut, rinsed • 1 1/2 cups fruity white wine, such as Riesling • 6 juniper berries, crushed • 1 bay leaf • 6 (4 ounces each) smoked pork chops, 1/2-inch thick • 1 pound kielbasa (smoked Polish sausage) 1. In nonreactive 5-quart Dutch oven, combine bacon and water; cook over medium-low heat until bacon is lightly crisped, about 4 minutes. Add onion

and cook, stirring frequently, until onion is tender and golden, about 7 minutes. 2. Add apples and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in sauerkraut, wine, juniper berries and bay leaf and heat to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes. 3. Nestle pork chops and kielbasa into cabbage mixture; cover and cook until pork is heated through and sauerkraut is tender, about 20 minutes. Discard bay leaf and serve. Makes 6 maindish servings. • Each serving: About 524 calories, 37g total fat (13g saturated), 106mg cholesterol, 3,151mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate, 27g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at nder/. © 2013 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved

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Baby Boomers are reaching a new frontier BY CLAUDIA ELLIOTT EDITOR

As part of the generation born between 1946 and 1964, defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as the postWorld War II "baby boom," I'm used to being part of a cultural phenomenon that drove change by its sheer numbers. I remember double-sessions in elementary schools until school construction could catch up with demand in many parts of the country. Our numbers created a market that rewarded technological development and we grew up along with television. From black and white sets that showed just a few channels for part of the day, we've seen the development of color TV, recording devices, giant screens, mega-choices in programming and even on-demand movies. Blue jeans went from work wear to high-priced designer denim and back to everyone's favorites. And don't forget a shoe for every sport — to say nothing of the growth of professional sports driven by a growing fan base. Boomers have impacted every area of our society as we grew up, raised families of our own and now we are right around the corner from becoming part of the greatest number of old people to ever populate our country. We boomers face a new frontier — senior status. According to Baby Boomer Magazine, America's 78 million Baby Boomers began turning 65 last year at a rate of one every 10 seconds (3 million to 4 million per year). In Tehachapi, 45 percent of residents are seniors or approaching 55 and 38 percent are already retired. Senior Scene was created to provide this audience with information they need to tackle this new frontier — whether for themselves or their parents. This first edition is just the beginning... we’ll publish every other month this year, bringing you stories about seniors with amazing accomplishments — such as that of Tehachapi resident Mike Todd who designed the suit that made history last year.

We also hope you’ll share stories of your travels, and think you’ll enjoy the story by Tehachapi resident Denise Trone describing the Disney Dream cruise she took with friends and family last year. According to investment stategist Jeffrey Saut, Baby Boomers account for 80 percent of leisure travel; travel is just one sector of the economy that can be expected to grow as the Boomers retire and have more leisure time. Today’s older generation, growing daily as the Boomers enter the ranks, control most of the discretionary income in the country, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like discounts. We surveyed Tehachapi businesses and a good number shared the news that they are happy to provide senior discounts, with age qualification varying. You will find a list on page 7— and if your business isn’t included, just let us know and we’ll make sure we add you for the March-April edition to be published March 1. There are challenges ahead for Boomers, as well. Even if we convince ourselves that 60 is the new 40, according to a report from The Commonwealth Fund, more than 60 percent of adults between the ages of 50 to 64 who are working have been diagnosed with at least one chronic health condition, such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol or high blood pressure. And many are entering retirement without the resources they need to maintain their lifestyle. Senior Scene will offer helpful articles for seniors — and younger people who are either helping an older family member cope or might learn how to avoid such problems in the future. We hope you’ll enjoy this first issue of Senior Scene — and will appreciate your ideas for people to feature in the future and other article suggestions that will help you enjoy your senior years. CLAUDIA ELLIOTT is editor of the Tehachapi News and Senior Scene. Send email to: or call 823-6360.

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Mike Todd, left, helping record-setting space jumper Felix Baumgartner out of the trailer where dressing and pre-breathing occurred before flight. In the middle is Dr. Andy Walshe, the mission's high-performance director who designed Baumgartner's mental and physical training programs.

Tehachapi’s Mike Todd has the right stuff BY MATTHEW MARTZ TEHACHAPI NEWS

Above 100,000 feet elevation is a near vacuum, with no oxygen and temperatures as low as minus 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The odds of survival at that altitude without the proper equipment would be calculated in seconds. But even with the best gear corporate money can buy, it’s perilous, as the slightest slip-up can turn lethal. Perhaps no one knows that better than Tehachapi’s Mike Todd, who while the sun rose over the New Mexico desert on Oct. 14, 2012, faced his fears and elevated his affinity for skydiving to a whole new level — nearly 24 miles above earth. Todd was the life support engineer for the Red Bull Stratos Mission to the Edge of Space and Supersonic freefall, which made history when Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner flew approximately into the stratosphere over New Mexico in a helium balloon

before free falling in a pressure suit and then parachuting to Earth. Earlier in his career, Todd experienced tragedy, losing friend Nicholas Piantanida during a high-altitude space dive in 1966. But his courage to continue to carry out what Piantanida sought to do, gave Todd a second chance, landing him a role in helping to design, perfect and maintain the pressure suit, helmet and the oxygen components, which kept Baumgartner alive as fell through space at nearly 834 miles per hour. “I felt that the opportunity to work on the Stratos project would bring some closure to Nick’s death for me,” Todd said. “I wanted to see this project succeed, and when I saw the partners in this, which was Red Bull, I knew money would not be an issue as it was with Nick.” It wasn’t, as Red Bulls’ Stratos project, although shrouded in a veil of financial secrecy, has been rumored to have exceeded $40 million.

Years in the making More than eight million viewers are estimated to have watched as Baumgartner stepped into a specially built space capsule, slowly ascended to the edge of the stratosphere beneath an enormous helium balloon before freefalling and then parachuting gently back to Earth. Setting multiple world records for skydiving, as well as being the first human being to break the sound barrier without vehicular power, Baumgartner’s achievement was the culmination of seven years of engineering triumphs and setbacks. To make matters more difficult, Baumgartner’s jump required a “next generation” pressure suit. One, which would cost a quarter of a million dollars, and previously never was developed, let alone actually used. That prompted Red Bull technical project director Art Thompson, owner of aerospace engineering firm Sage

Cheshire in Lancaster, to enlist Todd, whose affinity for skydiving that began in the late 1950s, had already taken him to heights greater than he had See TODD • Page 4

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Todd: suited well Continued from Page 3

ever imagined. Once a test jumper for Pioneer Parachute Co. in South Windsor, Conn., the 71-year-old Tehachapi resident made more than 800 jumps before giving up skydiving in 1969 to work as an engineer for the next three decades. After moving to Palmdale in 1971 to work for Lockheed’s “Skunk Works” High Altitude Life Support and Pressure Suit Division, Todd retired in 2000, just six months before receiving a call from American businessman, and a record-setting adventurer Steve Fossett, who asked Todd to help him on his record-breaking Perlan glider project. The two worked side-by-side for 3-1/2 years, often swapping stories of hiking the rugged landscape of the Sierra Nevadas, where Fossett later perished in a single-engine plane crash in September of 2007. “Steve was a neat guy and I liked working for him,” Todd said. “I suspect when he was up there the day he died, he was looking at some of the very peaks we used to talk about.” It was during his time with Fossett that Todd gained recognition for his work with pressure suits. And after his meeting with Thompson, he would spend the next 5-1/2 years trying to make history.

Facing his nightmare Although Todd’s only involvement leading up to the accident that killed Paitanida was test jumping his parachute, the anxiety of helping tailor the custom-made David Clark Company suit that Baumgartner required for his leap into space, wasn’t the only thing that conjured up nightmares for Todd. His primary concern was something much more frightening — Baumgartner’s transition from supersonic to subsonic velocity. Known as transonic, it is an envelope where part of Baumgartner could be traveling at subsonic and supersonic speeds all at the same time. The supersonic wave moving down his body could result in shock waves colliding with each other, resulting in extreme instability that could comprise his suit, Todd said. The smallest tear, would likely result in ebullism, the formation of gas bubbles in bodily fluid, which would in essence boil Baumgartner’s blood, rendering him unconscious within 15 seconds. “We didn’t know what would happen because no one had ever done it,” Todd said. “That was an area we were very, very concerned about it.” However, after months of intense testing, including 60 highaltitude test jumps in California City and Taft, Todd and his team

made the decision that the suit would function as needed. “Of course, the concern of something going wrong is always on the back of your mind,” Todd said. “But you focus on what you are doing, and the free fall was all up to Felix.”

History is made After several postponements due to inclement weather, the Red Bull Stratos Mission to the Edge of Space mission was finally a go last October. After the skydiver had a private moment with a friend, Todd was the last one to have physical contact with Baumgartner before sealing the capsule’s hatch. As the 55-story balloon gently drifted away, climbing at a rate of 1,000 feet per minute, Todd listened closely to mission control and Baumgartner’s conversations as he raced towards a pre-planned landing point. “Once we got through 100,000 feet I knew we were a go,” said Todd who pointed out that Baumgartner had already made two prior jumps out of a balloon, including one at 97,000 feet. “There was no doubt in our minds the equipment was capable,” Todd said. “But there’s always something out there that will bite you and it always happens when you least expect it.” After a 4-minute, 22-second death-defying free fall, Baumgartner safely touched down with a picture perfect landing, punctuated by falling to his knees before being embraced by Todd. “I was the first one to reach him when he landed,” Todd said. “I can’t tell you how relieved I was that he was on the ground and safe.”

The final frontier Since the historic jump, the shy and soft-spoken Todd has been on a whirlwind media melee, which is set to conclude with a nationwide museum tour ending at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C where the 3,000-pound capsule, pressure suit and parachute will be enshrined. As for Todd, his plans are to remain in Tehachapi, spending his time hiking, camping and off-roading. “I am going to retire from retirement,” he said with a smile. “I am 71-years old and I have had enough.” However, retirement is a relative term for a man who just helped to pioneer the next generation of space suits. And it’s not likely we have heard the last of Todd, who alluded that he has been approached by an old friend who is interested in starting his own business of privatized space exploration.


Tehachapi’s Mike Todd assists Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner into the special designed capsule that will carry him 120,000 feet before he free falls back to earth. Todd was the Life Support Engineer for the Red Bull Statos Project Mission to the Edge of Space.


SENIOR SCENE — January-February 2013


Woo hoo! The Disney Dream cruise is truly magic BY DENISE TRONE

Florida, I repeatedly informed each one of them (while they were rolling their Woo hoo! eyes and mocking me), that someday This is this phrase that my late husthey would thank me for all the activiband Bret and I hollered out to the sky ties I insisted they participate in when we hurled off on our many because they would be richer for the adventures. Bret brought home a piece experience. of artwork from work one day and told To detail our voyage on the Disney me the speech bubble — “Fill your life Dream could take chapters, but to sum with experiences, not excuses” — fit it up in one word, I would use, “magic.” me to the tee, because I tend to conIt is Disney’s own blatantly advertised gest every opportunity out of life, with opinion of themselves, but I’d say it’s my family and friends dragging along also accurate. From the time my little behind me. sister, Stacy, my best friend, Tina, my So when I headed off last September great niece and nephew, Dylan and with two friends and two youngsters Stacy, and I stepped foot on the cruise to enjoy a Disney Dream cruise from bus that fetched us from Orlando to Port Canaveral, we were immersed in Tinkerbell’s “fairy dust.” I had made sure to do “pre” everything for our cruise arrangements, to speed the process along, so after we showed our passports at the check-in counter, we were quickly ushered to the concierge at the far end of the embarkation building, just adjacent to the “Hidden Mickey” entrance to the ship. Before all of us knew what was happening, we were being escorted through those ears and having our official 2012 Disney Dream picture taken. Soon, we were in our stateroom, which was gorgeous, as I had chosen a balDenise Trone saved this calendar page her huscony view, since my friend, Tina, has a band brought home back in 2009 — the words tendency to get seasick. The kids loved became her mantra, ‘Fill your life with experiences, the hidden pull-down bed that dropped not excuses.’ WooHoo! CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Denise Trone of Tehachapi, at far left, with traveling companions Stacy Hanisits, Stacy Thompson, Dylan Hanisits and Christina Schultz on a Disney Dream cruise last year. from the ceiling, and our Jamaican host Byron, a retired teacher, filled our days and nights with laughter. His stories and personal touches, such as folded animal towels and tricks for the kids, to chocolates on the beds, truly added to the great experience. Deck 11 was the happening place,

and we could be found there often, spiraling through the Aquaduck, swimming in Donald and Mickey’s pools, or sunning on the deck. Pluto’s track, on Deck 4, was an awesome place to walk off those exquisite meals we attempted to polish off every night, my favorite See Woo Hoo! • Page 6

For more information, please call Tehachapi Hospital at 661-823-3000 Flu shots will be offered to adults only, 18 years and older at a cost of $15.00 a shot, and will be given on a first come first serve basis.


January-February 2013 — SENIOR SCENE

Senior discounts — don’t be afraid to ask! METRO — Today's seniors might cringe at the escalating costs of necessities such as prescription medication and even higher utility bills, and understandably so. However, savvy seniors can save by taking advantage of a host of discounts exclusive to the those over the age of 65 (and sometimes even younger seniors). • Travel perks. Many seniors love to travel, and can even do so at heavily discounted prices. Larger hotel chains often offer seniors discounts as high as 10 percent. Unfortunately, many U.S. domestic airlines, facing higher fuel prices and dwindling business due the global economic downturn, ceased offering senior discounts in 2009. However, certain airlines, including Southwest Airlines, still offer discounted rates to seniors. These discounts can be as much as 10 percent. It's also common for car rental agencies to

offer senior discounts. • Transportation. Many communities provide heavily discounted, if not free, rates to seniors for public transportation. Consult with your local government to determine if you qualify for senior discounts. • Food. Grocery stores commonly offer discounts to older customers, and many times you don't even need to be a senior citizen to qualify. In general, chains offer senior discounts, including special days for seniors to shop, to anyone over the age of 55. Restaurants are also known to offer senior discounts, and often these discounts extend beyond “early bird special” discounts of yesteryear. While early bird specials still exist, many chain restaurants offer discounted prices to seniors regardless of time of day. In many cases, these discounts aren't listed on the menu, but it never hurts, and typically saves, to ask.

National Parks — only $10 for lifetime pass good at many federal facilities Did you know that seniors 62 and older can purchase a lifetime pass good for entrance to most National Parks and Federal Recreation Areas for as little as $10. And people with permanent disabilities can get a pass for free! Here are the requirements for the Senior Pass: • For U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. • May be obtained in person at a federal recreation site or through the mail using an application form available online. The cost of obtaining a Senior Pass through the mail is $20 — $10 is for the Senior Pass and $10 for processing the application. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship. The pass provides access to more than 2,000 recreation

• Arts and culture. Seniors looking to spend a day or night on the

sites managed by five federal agencies, with up to 100 percent of the proceeds being used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services. The pass may provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. Generally the pass does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners. The Senior Pass admits pass owner/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at

town and take in some culture can typically do so at a discounted rate.

per-vehicle fee areas and pass owner + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, where perperson fees are charged. (Children under 16 are always admitted free.) Photo identification will be requested to verify pass ownership. The Forest Service, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation honor the Senior Pass at sites where Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee(s) are charged. In addition, the Corps of Engineers and and Tennessee Valley Authority may honor the Senior Pass for entrance or camping discounts. For additional information online, visit: nior.html

Museums and National Parks typically offer discounted admission to

seniors, as do movie theaters and even some concert halls.

Woo hoo! What a really fun adventure this was! Continued from Page 5


The Disney Dream cruise ship is pictured in the background with Denise Trone (back row, left), and her traveling companions, Stacy Hanisits, Stacy Thompson, Dylan Hanisits and Christina Schultz. being the Butternut Truffle Ravioli at The Animator’s Palette. And, oh, the desserts! We needed to walk that track

every single night to keep up with them, or should I say, shed them! One night, at the Enchanted Garden,

our waiter, Barry, brought us every single dessert on the menu, and we walked away as bloated as Winnie the Pooh. But the best dessert of all was the Chocolate Souffle at Palo. It was an airy chocolate cloud, and our waiter, Felice, poked a hole in the top and poured warm vanilla custard and rich chocolate ganache into its center. Talk about melting in your mouth! For Dylan and Stacy, the Oceaneer’s Club and Ocean Lab was a place where they could just be kids. They hunted for Heffalumps, saved Woody and his friends from the evil Sid, with giant life-sized green Army men as their fearless leaders, washed their hands in a super new cool cleaning machine, and played with giant Monsters, Inc. sized toys, fairies and more. They also played a giant mini-golf sized game on Goofy’s sport deck, with the Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop and got soaked with Nemo and his friends. And talk about the Disney characters — they were everywhere! That little boy and girl filled their autograph books with what seemed like every Disney character that existed, and those characters were true to life. I actually think they embodied their costumes, because Dylan and Stacy knew,

and so did we, that we were meeting the “real deal.” This cruise is the stuff of kids’ dreams, people! We watched “Believe,” a play that made you dream it was possible to be a child again and have faith that magic still really exists, we fenced with pirates and saw them battle it out with each other in a sea and sky full of fireworks, we hugged and fed and swam with the dolphins and the stingrays, we snorkeled and flipped inner tubes and lay flat on rafts, with the sun kissing our skin on the Caribbean Sea, we built a sorry looking sandcastle for Mickey in the white powdery sand of Castaway Cay, and lunched on BBQ with birds we had never before witnessed. We lived, we laughed, we loved, we made memories of a lifetime, but most of all we treasured the one thing that is most important in all the world, and beyond... our relationships! And so it is with much gratitude that I give “props” to Disney Cruise Lines from the bottom of my heart, for being the magical facilitator to our dream come true! DENISE TRONE lives in Tehachapi. In addition to air fare to Florida, a cruise like the one she describes will cost about $1,000 per person.


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DISCOUNTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE — PLEASE CONFIRM BEFORE ORDERING IF YOUR BUSINESS offers a senior discount and you would like to be included in the next Senior Scene discount guide, call 822-6828.

The following Tehachapi businesses offer senior discounts, as follows: 58 RESTAURANT, (55 yrs. +) 15% daily, 480 E. Steuber Rd., 822-9992. ALL AMERICAN TIRE, (62yrs.+) 10% daily, 787 W. Tehachapi Blvd., 822-4950. APPLE SHED, (65 yrs. +) free non-alcoholic beverage w/ purchase of food, 333 E. Tehachapi Blvd., 823-3333. BASKIN ROBBINS, (65 yrs. +) 10% daily, 785 Tucker Rd., 822-3496. BURGER SPOT, (60 yrs. +) 10%, 208 W. Tehachapi Blvd., 822-3145. CANINE CREEK, (55 yrs. +) 50% off just bathing on Wed. only, 538 E. Tehachapi Blvd., 822-0307. CITY SLICKERS, (62 yrs. +) 10% daily, 1001 W. Tehachapi Blvd., 822-4939. DENNY’S, (55 yrs. +) 20% daily, $1 coffee with AARP card, senior. menu, 9000 Magellan Dr., 823-7380. DEVAN YATES DOG GROOMING, (55 yrs. +) 10% daily, 20825 South St., 654-1712. DOMINGO’S, (55 yrs. +) senior menu daily, 20416 W. Valley Blvd., 822-7611. THE DRESSING ROOM, (62 yrs. +) 10% Wed., 20406 Brian Way Ste 3C, 822-4924. EXPRESSIONS, (65 yrs. +) $5 off any service any day, 20608 South St. Ste. D, 823-7007. GOLDEN HILLS SALON, (60 yrs. +) 10% daily, 20021 W. Valley Blvd., 823-0880. JAVA LOOP, (55 yrs. +) 10% daily, 20001 W. Valley Blvd., 822-9987. KELCY’S CAFÉ, (60 yrs. +) 10% daily, 110 W. Tehachapi Blvd., 822-4207. KELLY’S CAFÉ, (60yrs. +) 10% daily, 20424 Brian Way, 822-1608. KING OF SIAM, (55 yrs. +) 15% daily, 760 Tucker Rd., 823-9977.


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LAS PALMAS, (55 yrs. +) Sr. menu, 108 S. Green St., 822-5506. LINDA’S CAKES N’ THINGS (55 yrs. +) 10% on cakes and goodies (not including wedding cakes), 822-1122. M&M FISH AND CHIPS, (60 yrs. +) 10% on Tues., 640 W. Tehachapi Blvd., 822-3411. McDONALD’S, (55 yrs. +) 75 cent beverages, 2000 E. Tehachapi Blvd., 823-8300. OLD TOWNE PIZZA, (55 yrs. +) 10% daily, 20430 Brian Way, 822-3558. P-DUBS GRILLE & BAR, (55 yrs. +) 10% on Wed., 27725 Stallion Springs Dr., 823-7777. PACINO’S SPAGHETTI FACTORY, (62 yrs. +) 10% daily, 1100 W. Tehachapi Blvd., 8229400. PETRA MEDITERRANEAN DELI, (65 yrs. +) 10% daily, 200 S. Green St., 822-1900. PRIMO BURGER, (55 yrs. +) 10% daily, 118 East F St., 823-7202. QUIZNO’S, (62 yrs. +) 10% daily, 1001 W. Tehachapi Blvd., 823-9886. RAVEN’S NEST RESTAURANT, (62 yrs. +) 10% daily, 16332 Harris Rd., 822-5267. RED CARPET GROOMING, (60 yrs. +) 5% daily, 20608 South St. #C, 823-1119. RED HOUSE BBQ, (60 yrs. +) 10% daily, 426 E. Tehachapi Blvd., 822-0772. SAVE MART (55 yrs. +) 5% Wed. only, 841 Tucker Rd., 822-6849. STUDIO J ask for LINDA, (55 yrs. +) $5 off cut/style, 114 East F St., 822-3669 ext. 227. THAI PALMS RESTAURANT (60 yrs. +) 10% daily, 20909 South St. #3, 822-8121. TEHACHAPI COLLISION CENTER, 10%, 2601 Santa Lucia, 822-5997. TEHACHAPI FITNESS CENTER, 20936 Sage Lane, 823.8205. TKO REMODELING, 15%, 822-0703-1998. VILLAGE GRILL, (55 yrs. +) 10% daily, 410 E. Tehachapi Blvd., 822-1128.


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How to eliminate the empty nest blues METRO — While some empty nesters bid farewell to their children and return home giddy with plans for that hobby room that has been desired, a fair share feel as empty as their nowvacant house. It is possible to banish the blues that come from saying goodbye to grown children who are going off to college, getting married or leaving for military duty. Here are some ways to put a smile on your face. • Look ahead. Don't spend days looking at old photo albums reliving the past. Yes your baby boy grew quickly; now he's a 6-foot-tall certified public accountant. Plan for your future with your spouse. Make a list of all the

things you've wanted to accomplish that were always shelved due to familial responsibilities. Now that you have the time, do these things. • Set sparks ablaze. Too often cou-

ples put their own needs aside for the needs of their children. This can take a toll on the relationship and intimacy. Now that the kids have flown the coop, get to know your spouse again. Go on dates, be daring around the house. Live like you did when you were newlyweds. • Foster relationships with friends. Just because you've traded in carpools and soccer practice for invitations to each other's children's weddings, that doesn't mean you have to lose touch with friends. Take the time to schedule "Empty Nest" parties, where parents in similar situations can enjoy companionship. • Renovate the house. Don't feel



Understanding estate planning basics METRO — Estate planning is the process of arranging for the disposal of an estate and is done to help minimize uncertainty upon an individual's death. This planning also reduce taxes and additional expenses that might arise if a person passes away without having left a will or another means of disposing of his or her estate. Regardless of the size of an individual's estate, there's no reason not to have an estate plan in place. The following are some of the basics of estate planning. More than just a will An estate plan is more than just a will. Though an up-to-date and specific will is an important element of a good estate plan, there are other elements as well. In addition to a will, an estate plan should assign power of attorney, which gives a person of an individual's choosing the right to manage that individual's financial affairs if they are unable to do so themselves. Power of attorney should be assigned in the case of a person's death, but also if an unforeseen medical issue arises and a person is no longer capable of managing their affairs. There are two types of power of attorney that are essential to know when estate planning. Springing power of attorney goes into effect when circum-

guilty about turning your son or daughter's former room into a space that caters to your interests. Or maybe you have been waiting for him or her to move out so you can finally have your own room again! Whatever the case, make your plans to change the house to meet your needs instead of the whole family's needs. • Plan family reunions. If the thought of having all the kids under the same roof again makes you smile, schedule plenty of family get-togethers so everyone can catch up in person. Whether it's cake and coffee or a big backyard barbecue, savor the moments with your family.

stances that the individual specified, such as incapacitation, occur. In order for this to go into effect, the agent designated must typically produce proof of an individual's incapacitation. Durable power of attorney goes into effect immediately and the agent does not need to prove incapacitation. When choosing an agent to assume power of attorney, individuals need to make this decision wisely, choosing someone they trust who can competently manage their affairs. Assessing your assets Assets include a host of things, from investment accounts to real estate to retirement savings. Individuals must take careful inventory of all of their assets and determine to whom these assets should go if they die or who should gain control of them if individuals become incapacitated. This means leaving no stone unturned. If there are any questions about specific assets, then legal wrangling or even government taxation upon these assets is likely to take place. Understanding trusts Many people hear the word trust associated with financial dealings and immediately assume it only applies to the wealthy. Nothing could be further from the truth. A trust enables men and

women to put conditions on the distribution of their assets upon their death, including when and how these assets will be distributed. In addition, a trust might just protect these assets from creditors or lawsuits and help heirs avoid probate court, which can be costly and tedious. Though trusts aren't necessarily for everyone, they also aren't exclusive to the very wealthy. Allocation of assets Many people make the mistake of leaving all of their assets to their spouses upon their deaths. While this is wellintentioned, it doesn't always work out best. Individuals can leave an unlimited amount of money to their spouse upon their death, and that money cannot be taxed. However, when the surviving spouse dies, if he or she leaves that money to their surviving children, then they are likely going to pay significantly more in estate tax. In addition, when deciding to simply leave all assets to a surviving spouse, this is, in a sense, leaving the difficult decision of asset allocation to the surviving spouse. What's more, should both husband and wife pass away in an accident at the same time and all assets were left to a spouse, this can make it very difficult, for surviving family members to divide up any assets left behind.

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SeniorScene Published by the Tehachapi News For Advertising Information Contact Your Tehachapi News Advertising Representative or call 822-6828

Local and Kern County resources for seniors include: Aging & Adult Services 868-1000 / (800) 277-7866 Elder Abuse/Adult Protective Services 868-1006 / (800) 277-7866 In-Home Supportive Services 868-1000 / (800) 510-2020 Meals on Wheels 822-6255 / 256-0557 (Rosamond) Part of the Tehachapi Senior Nutrition Program, providing hot, nutritious meals to area seniors. Call for more information. Multipurpose Senior Services Program (800) 510-2020 Probate Conservatorship/ Public Guardian (800) 277-7866 Senior Center 500 E. “F” St., Tehachapi 822-5412 Senior Nutrition 822-6255 / (800) 277-7866 Senior Outreach Assessment Response (SOAR) (800) 277-7866 Social Security Administration, Bakersfield Information 661-861-4242 To make an appointment 1-800-772-1213

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The Weekender — Friday, January 18, 2013

Practical Money Management

When seniors need financial assistance BY JASON ALDERMAN

Dr. Terry Warsaw is a Doctor who still practices the

Old Fashioned Way


When the last national census was taken in 2010, 48 percent of the population was classified as poor or low-income (earning less than 200 percent of the poverty level). Anyone who's ever tried to live on a low income knows how difficult it can be to make ends meet when cost increases for essentials like healthcare, housing, food and energy outpace their earnings. This can be especially challenging for seniors living on a fixed income. The good news is there are literally thousands of federal, state and private assistance programs designed to help seniors and others cover their basic needs. Your challenge might be finding ones for which you're eligible. Here are a few suggestions: The nonprofit National Council on Aging offers BenefitsCheckUp (www.benefitscheckup.or g), a free, confidential web-based service that helps seniors and their caregivers find financial assistance for healthcare, housing, food, utilities, inhome services and much more. After answering several questions, you're issued a personalized report describing programs and services for which you may be eligible, including links to their websites and applications. Several governmentsponsored programs help people with limited income and resources pay for medical coverage, including Medicaid and Medicare. For a good round-up of these programs, go to and click on “Get Financial Help.” Most pharmaceutical companies offer patient assistance programs (PAPs) that provide uninsured and low-income people access to prescription drugs they couldn't otherwise afford. Ask your doctor, pharmacist or health clinic for details.

HE spends time with patients in a non-rushed manner HE usually sees patients promptly when they need to be seen and usually stays after hours when necessary. HE (the Physician) sees you for your medical needs, rather than a Physician’s Assistant or Nurse Practitioner. Seniors who find themselves financially strapped may get help from a variety of programs. Other good resources include: Medicare's alphabetical list of drugs available through PAPs ( ndex.asp); Partnership for Prescription Assistance (; RxAssist (; and NeedyMeds ( In addition, as a result of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare Part D participants who reach the so-called doughnut hole coverage gap now receive a 50 percent discount on brand-name prescription drugs and a 14 percent discount on generics. (These discounts will gradually increase until 2020 when the doughnut hole will disappear altogether.) The IRS tax code includes several benefits that target seniors (and often, other lower-income taxpayers), including: A higher standard deduction amount for most people who don't itemize deductions if they and/or their spouse are over 65 or blind. An additional tax credit for lower-income people who are over 65 or disabled and file a 1040 or 1040A tax form. (For full details and eligibility, see IRS Publication 524 at Free tax return preparation assistance and counseling from IRS-trained volunteers is available to people over age 60, as well as low-to-moderate income folks and military families.

IRS Publication 554 provides comprehensive help for seniors to prepare their tax returns. Many governmentsponsored benefits, grants and financial aid programs exist to help seniors, low-income families and others pay their bills, including: LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program) provides grants to help pay utility bills. To see if you qualify, go to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) helps millions of lower-income Americans buy nutritious food each month. Visit for qualification requirements. Rental assistance for low-income families is available from several U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development programs as well as other state and local agencies (see for details). Go to ml for a comprehensive overview of additional aid programs. And of course, don't forget to ask about senior discounts whenever you shop, travel or buy insurance — 10 percent here and there can really add up. JASON ALDERMAN directs Visa's financial education programs. To Follow Jason Alderman on Twitter:

HE is genuinely concerned about your costs in heath care and has your interests in mind. HE freely refers to highly qualified specialists (the same ones the doctor would want to see if he were ill). HE respects patients’ attitudes and philosophies regarding their care.

HE explains things in clear, understandable English.

HE prefers to please you, the patient.

HE is concerned and gets to know his patients.

HE has shown commitment to the community by being here for 29 years.

HE practices with a genuinely caring staff who believe in service. HE practices alongside Registered Nurses rather than alongside lesser qualified assistants.

HE practices in pleasant surroundings. HE is highly principled and highly qualified.

Terry J. Warsaw, M.D. ❦ Born and raised in L.A. basin ❦ Governor’s Scholar (top 1% of high school class) ❦ Regent’s Scholar – most prestigious University of ❦ scholarship California ❦ Undergraduate training – University of California at Santa Barbara ❦ Medical School – University of California at Davis

❦ 1st Residency – 4 years at U.S.C. – L.A. County General Hospital (Clinical and Anatomical Pathology) Board Certified ❦ 2nd Residency – 3 years at U.S.C. – Affiliated Huntington Hospital, Pasadena (Internal Medicine) ❦ Practice in Tehachapi, 1983 to present ❦ Married with 3 children

Internal Medicine • General Adult Care F.A.A. Physicals • D.M.V. Physicals Allergies • Diabetes • Rashes • Asthma Arthritic Disorders • Digestive Disorders Hypertension • Heart Disease Sports Physicals

Terry J. Warsaw, M.D. 20211 Valley Blvd. • Tehachapi • 822-5544


Friday, January 18, 2013 — The Weekender

E-Waste Recycling Jan. 19 E-Waste Recycling will be on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McDonald's, 795 Tucker Road. Bring your paper, glass, plastic and aluminum, confiden-

tial shredding and e-waste. Lightbulbs, batteries, or construction waste will not be taken. For more information visit or call 661-412-3780.

Taxpayers allowed to file early in 2013 More than 120 million households will be able to start filing tax returns starting Jan 30. The change comes on the heels of the new tax laws passed by Congress under the American Taxpayer Relief Act, and will take effect after the Internal Revenue Service updates its forms and completes its programming and testing of its existing processing systems. Remaining households will still be required to wait to file until late February or March because of the need for more extensive form and processing systems changes. This group includes people claiming residential energy

credits, depreciation of property or general business credits. “We have worked hard to open tax season as soon as possible,” said IRS Acting Commissioner Steven T. Miller. “This date ensures we have the time we need to update and test our processing systems.” Miller also said that the IRS will not process paper tax returns before the anticipated Jan. 30 opening date, and that there was no advantage to filing on paper before the opening date. “The best option for taxpayers is to file electronically,” Miller said. For more information on early filing visit

Gardening Time

Some roses are easier to grow than others BY PRISCILLA GIRARD CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Not all flowers are created equal, and for me nothing surpasses the beauty of the hybrid tea rose. Available in nearly every color or color combination imaginable, hybrid teas can provide long lasting bouquets and fill a room with their heady fragrances. My home garden is in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Because I have a large collection of roses and garden in a battlefield of contentious critters (deer, gophers, raccoons, squirrels, and snakes), I don’t have time to pamper demanding, disease-prone plants.  Most of my favorite roses are easy to grow and disease resistant.  A rose either survives, or it is uprooted and replaced with a more carefree, hardier variety.  Here are some of my tried-and-true favorites. The classic red rose was a favorite of my dad’s and his gift to me as the first rose I ever planted.   Although they have been around for decades, you can’t beat the majesty and intense fragrance of a Chrysler Imperial (1952) and Mister Lincoln (1964).  Chrysler Imperial features large velvety red petals (45-50) and an intense spicy fragrance.  Hardy and vigorous, it can be used for beds and borders, cut flowers, or exhibition.  Related to Chrysler Imperial through breeding, the fragrant Mister Lincoln boasts a powerful damask smell and 5” large full petals (26-40) in pure red velvet.  These two hybrid teas can be susceptible to black spot. If you don’t want to deal with the disease problem, but still want the color and fragrance, a newer alternative might be the 9/11 Flight 93 rose (2010).  This rose offers dark red blooms and moderate scent.  For each of these roses sold, a donation will be given to help build the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  You can get more information online at Another favorite red rose is Legends (1993), created for Oprah Winfrey as a tribute to the famous women honored during Oprah’s Legends Weekend. Bright cherry red blossoms open to a huge 6-1/2” diameter with 26-40 petals. Also heavily scented, the rich mauve blend of Barbra Streisand (2004) presents lavender pink petals (25-30) with darker lavender edges.  The strong citrus, rose scent and strong stems make this an excellent cut flower. Two outstanding pink hybrids are Gemini (2005) and Aromatherapy (2005). Gemini embraces blended shades of palest coral pink and cream with pink edges on a strong stem, making this a good cut flower.  It has a mild papaya fragrance.  Aromatherapy, on the other hand, has a strong fruity

The rose ‘Barbra Streisand” is a heavily scented lavendar rose. smell and abundance of perfect pink buds and blossoms. Its long-lasting 41/2 inch blooms make it an excellent cut flower. Two old standards are Peace (1945) and Double Delight (1977).  Peace features large perfectly formed double flowers (40-45 petals) of golden yellow rimmed with pink edges.  Its sweetly perfumed fragrance is light and fruity.  Double Delight incorporates strong spicy fragrance and a striking color combination to make it the most popular rose of the last thirty years.  It embraces large creamy white double flowers (30-35 petals) edged with bright red. If you are looking for a traditional yellow rose, then Radiant Perfume (2005) or Julia Child (2006) might be contenders.  Complementing its delicious lemony scent, Radiant Perfume’s deep golden yellow flowers are large and long-stemmed, making it a spectacular choice for a fragrant bouquet.  Julia Child’s buttery golden petals exude a distinct licorice aroma.  The 3-inch blossoms with 3035 petals embody an old-fashioned bloom form. If you are seeking an unusual yellow, then St. Patrick’s (1996) novel chartreuse color will fit the bill.  This rose incorporates a light yellow blend with green undertones, deep gray-green foliage, and a mild fruity fragrance. To round up the list are two white roses, Pope John Paul II (2007) and John F Kennedy (1978).  Although JFK is greenish white in the bud, it turns a near white blend as it opens.  It radiates a strong fragrance. Pope boasts nearly perfect white luminous blooms 5-inches in diameter and a fresh citrus scent. Winter is the perfect time to plant bare root roses.  They are less expensive and will promise to bloom this spring.   PATRICIA GIRARD is a member of the Tulare-Kings County Master Gardener program.


The Weekender — Friday, January 18, 2013

Pet Safety: Be prepared with a pet first aid kit Dogs and cats are more than pets...they're family. They look to us to be cared for and protected. Just like people, accidents and emergencies can happen to animals, so being prepared could make a lifesaving difference. Emergencies can occur suddenly and without warning. Knowing what to do in the initial moments can be critical to your pet's life. By having a pet first aid kit, pet owners can be equipped when the unthinkable happens. Every pet parent should have a first aid kit for

their pet in his or her home and in their car. Pet first aid kits are available or a human first aid kit can be used and then supplemented with pet specific supplies. Designed for animal care, a standard pet first aid kit contains: Pet First Aid Book, nylon leash , a muslin sling bandage, muzzle or strips of cloth to prevent biting (as long as pet is not vomiting, choking, coughing, or otherwise having difficulty breathing,) adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes, bandages, scissors, hydrogen peroxide, tongue depressor,

tweezers, antibiotic ointment, alcohol prep pads, latex gloves, rectal thermometer, eye wash solution, instant cold pack, rescue blanket, Diphenhydramine (Benadryl®) if approved by a veterinarian for allergic reactions. Vet must specify correct dosage for your pet's size. List of emergency phone numbers including those for your pet's veterinarian, an after hour's emergency veterinary hospital, and the National Animal Poison Control Center (1-888426-4435). Once you have a pet first aid kit, it's a good idea to include for each pet: Copies of their vaccine records, copies of

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Comet and Vixen We have a litter of eight puppies, all of them have been named after Santa’s reindeer. Comet is a little boy who is brownish black in color. Vixen is a little girl who is brownish black with longer fur. Email haveaheart@bak.rr.comfor an application.

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Cute Tippy My name is Tippy and I was three weeks old

Dec. 3, 2012. My momma is Daisy, also up for adoption, and my big brother is Topper. We came out of the Mt. Vernon shelter in Bakersfield when I was just two days old. My momma is a wire coat terrier and it looks like I am going to have fur just like her. I don’t do much yet but eat and sleep and poop but I am growing very fast. I am eight weeks old and ready for my own home. Email haveaheart@bak.rr.comfor an application.


Adorable Topper My name is Topper. I was three weeks old Dec. 3, 2012 and I am growing fast. My momma is Daisy, also up for adoption. She is a black and white terrier, about seven pounds. My daddy was a traveling man so I have no idea about his breed. I am a little boy and it looks like I am going to have a smooth coat. There is not much to say about me yet because I have not developed a person-

their medical records, current photos of your pet Our pets enrich our lives in more ways than we can count. In turn, they depend on us for their well-being. Make pet safety a priority. About is the number one online resource for pet travel. It was named best pet travel site by Consumer Reports! offers resources to ensure pets are welcome, happy, and safe when traveling. The website features a directory of pet friendly hotels and accommodations across the U.S. and Canada, airline and car rental pet policies, dog friendly beaches, search by route, pet travel tips, pet travel supplies, along with other pet travel resources.

ality. For now, let us just say I am adorable. I am eight weeks old and ready for my own home. Email haveaheart@bak.rr.comfor an application.

Rescue Group Contacts • Tehachapi Humane Society - 823-0699, 21600 Golden Star, Tehachapi. Visit the THS website at • Have a Heart Humane Society Society- 7502261, 1121 W. Valley Blvd., Tehachapi. See adoptable dogs at • Save Tehachapi’s Orphaned Pets (STOP)823-4100, contact@thestoppers.or g, 785 Tucker Road, Tehachapi. Visit the STOP website at • Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue- Call Zach at 9723852 or visit

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Jets of the Korean War at Planes of Fame Air Museum On Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. to noon, Planes of Fame Air Museum hosts its monthly Living History Event. Open to the public, the Museum doors open at 9 a.m. The theme for Feb. 2 is the “Jets of the Korean War”, featuring the North American F-86 Sabre. The featured speaker is Royce Williams (Captain USN Retired), an F9F Panther pilot during the Korean War. Following the presentation, the F-86 will perform a demonstration flight. At noon, following the presentation, there will also be a Membership Sponsored raffle flight. Captain E. Royce Williams had boyhood dreams of becoming a military pilot. In 1943, he enlisted, and he became a naval aviator. Williams became carrier qualified in the F6F Hellcat on the old USS Ranger (CV-4.) He flew the F6F, and later the F4U Corsair and the F8F Bearcat. Williams eventually transitioned to jets, where his first operational deployment was on board the USS Oriskany, flying the F9F-5 Panther. While deployed in 1952 to Korea with the VF-781, Williams engaged seven Soviet-piloted MiG-15s. It is believed that Williams downed three of the bogies, although official reports credited him with only one. With his Panther badly shot up, Williams limped back to the Oriskany. MiG kills were rare for the Navy in Korea (only 55 aerial victories), and the Panther was generally outclassed by the Mig-15 in most dogfights. Williams retired from the Navy in 1980. He served as an exchange pilot with the USAF flying the F-86 and F-100. He also served as CO, XO and of VF-33 on board the USS Enterprise flying the F8-E Crusader, and later on board the USS

America flying the F-4 Phantom 11. Williams decorations include the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with Combat "V", the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Bronze Star Medal. The Grumman F9F Panther was the first turbo-jet powered fighter to serve in quantity with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, the first to see combat, and the first to shoot down hostile aircraft. Panthers joined the fleet in 1949, and flew the first of thousands of sorties in Korea. It quickly became obvious that the straight-wing Panther's performance was inferior to that of the swept-wing MiG, but when the two types met, the F9F more than held its own. The North American F-86 Sabre was the primary U.S. air-to-air fighter during the Korean War. It was closely matched to the Russian-designed MiG15 being flown by Korean, Chinese, and Soviet pilots over "MiG Alley." The American pilots were better trained than their enemies, resulting in a favorable kill ratio for the F-86. Of the 40 pilots that achieved "ace" status in Korea, all but one flew F-86s. The Planes of Fame Air Museum, founded in 1957 by Edward Maloney, is where aviation history lives. It is the oldest independently operated aviation museum in the United States. The museum collection spans the history of manned flight from the Chanute Hang Glider of 1896 to the space age Apollo Capsule. The mission of Planes of Fame Air Museum is to preserve aviation history, inspire interest in aviation, educate the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans. The Museum sponsors regular events in the form of inspirational experiences, educational presentations, flight demonstrations, and air shows in fulfillment of this mission. Photos available upon request. Visit the Planes of Fame Air Museum website and our Facebook page.

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Beale Memorial Library is pleased to offer a new series of free creative writing workshops to be held on the last Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning this January and ending in May 2013. The series, to be conducted by faculty members and writers from California State University Bakersfield, and

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Tehachapi man will address economic climate at AV conference Local business leaders will explore the 2013 economic environment in the coming year at the 41st Annual Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference, Friday, Feb. 22 at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. Among the scheduled speakers will be Vice President and General Manager of Rio Tinto Minerals’ Boron Operations Dean Gehring of Tehachapi, who has worked for Rio Tinto since 2003. Gehring, a 1990 graduate of the University of Idaho, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mining engineering and a

Master of Science degree in project management from the University of Aberdeen. His career has spanned the globe with assignments in Indonesia, Canada, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and California’s open pit mine in Boron — one of the richest borate deposits on the planet. First discovered in 1872, the current operation began as an underground mine in 1927 and today is a source for more than 80 different minerals that are hauled from the 1.75mile wide, two-mile long and up to 755 feet deep glory hole. Rio Tinto Minerals’ Boron

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operations represent an enormous economic engine for the entire east Kern region, and in a 2012 Economic Roundtable Report by the Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance, was ranked among the region’s top 10 non-government, non-defense employers. Tickets for conference are available from the sponsoring Antelope Valley Board of Trade Office in Lancaster at $150 per person, or $135 for Board of Trade members. Call 661-942-9581 for reservations.


The wind energy industry celebrated a victory last Wednesday with the extension of the 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour production tax credit included in the 13thhour tax relief bill approved by Congress on New Year’s Day. The PTC provides an income tax credit for the first 10 years of electricity production from large-scale wind turbines and allows wind energy producers to apply for the credit if they begin construction on a plant in 2013 and finish it by the end of 2014. Earlier versions would

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IRS makes adjustments due to tax law changes The Internal Revenue Service announced today annual inflation adjustments for tax year 2013, including the tax rate schedules, and other tax changes from the recently passed American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The tax items for 2013 of greatest interest to most taxpayers include the following changes. • Beginning in tax year 2013 (generally for tax returns filed in 2014), a new tax rate of 39.6 per-

cent has been added for individuals whose income exceeds $400,000 ($450,000 for married taxpayers filing a joint return). The other marginal rates — 10, 15, 25, 28, 33 and 35 percent — remain the same as in prior years. The guidance contains the taxable income thresholds for each of the marginal rates. • The standard deduction rises to $6,100 ($12,200 for married cou-

ples filing jointly), up from $5,950 ($11,900 for married couples filing jointly) for tax year 2012. • The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 added a limitation for itemized deductions claimed on 2013 returns of individuals with incomes of $250,000 or more ($300,000 for married couples filing jointly). • The personal exemption rises to $3,900, up from the 2012 exemption of $3,800. However

beginning in 2013, the exemption is subject to a phase-out that begins with adjusted gross incomes of $150,000 ($300,000 for married couples filing jointly). It phases out completely at $211,250 ($422,500 for married couples filing jointly.) • The Alternative Minimum Tax exemption amount for tax year 2013 is $51,900 ($80,800, for married couples filing jointly), set by the Ameri-

can Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which indexes future amounts for inflation. The 2012 exemption amount was $50,600 ($78,750 for married couples filing jointly). • The maximum Earned Income Credit amount is $6,044 for taxpayers filing jointly who have 3 or more qualifying children, up from a total of $5,891 for tax year 2012. • Estates of decedents who die during 2013 have a basic exclusion amount

of $5,250,000, up from a total of $5,120,000 for estates of decedents who died in 2012. • For tax year 2013, the monthly limitation regarding the aggregate fringe benefit exclusion amount for transit passes and transportation in a commuter highway vehicle is $245, up from $240 for tax year 2012 (the legislation provided a retroactive increase from the $125 limit that had been in place).

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House For Rent, $900-$1,000 per month 2 bdrms + basement + large washroom/storage with sink + 1.5 bath on 2 acres with garage, water well on property. Near Valley Blvd and Tucker. 818-907-0040

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Teh Townhouse 1410 Cimarron Ct., 2 br, 1.5 bath, 20300 #D Valley Blvd. 1 car gar, $750. 750-3160 (Corner of Santa Lucia) Professional building-office space approx 1000 sq ft. $800 mo. 4 Seasons Realty 822-RENT. EOH

Golden Hills. Beautiful 2 Bd apts with washer/dryer hook-ups. Some garages. Grass not gravel, Flowers not weeds, owner maintained not property mgrs. Good neighbors. Water and trash paid. call Laura 661-822-8856 2+1Furn/unfurn Close to down town 422 E. “J” St. Corner of E. J & Hayes No Pets 760-580-4424

Office Space 248 sq. ft., Downtown 822-6470 DELUXE OFFICE SUITE, 900 SF, carpeted, blinds, A/C, restroom, across from City Hall, $900/mo 661-822-7625.

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2 bdrm 1 bath $525 good location downtown, call 661 Rent to own or buy 972-0060 $79,500 2+1, 2 car gar, 790 SF, totally remodeled. See Golden Hills 2+2, 950SF, on Craigslist 209 E I St. $675/mo + $450 dep. Call Mike 760-382-5044 331-2347 no credit check.

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Cutest, updated home in Tehachapi! New floors all through the house, with new Pergo floors downstairs. New kitchen with granite countertops, custom upgrades throughout. Large bedrooms, landscaping front and back --GREAT location. Beautiful 3BD, 2 Bath home in town! Priced at $182,000.

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315 West E St., 3 Bedroom,1 Bath - small but cute. Carport/Garage, W/D hook-ups. $900/mo + security deposit. No Cats. 18917 Chery Lane, 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath. 5 Acres Horse property, 1 Car Garage, fireplace, refrigerator included. $1,350/mo + security deposit. 21251 Golden Hills Blvd. #D, 2 Bedroom, 1 1/2 Bath. Fenced Back Yard, W/ D hook-ups, attached garage & A/C. $900.00 per month+ security deposit.

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20555 Tiffany Circle, 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Custom Split Wing! All appliances included, fireplace, Cathedral ceilings in LR, large master bath, 1 acre yard maintenance included. OUTSIDE PETS ONLY $1,600.00/mo + security deposit.

20041 Valley Blvd Ste. 1

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Your own Ponderosa...Property consists of 4 parcels; 1 parcel has a 3 Bdrm 2 Bath manufactured home, the other 3 parcels await your imagination to take over. $125,000

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GREAT LOCATION! 2BR 1.75BA + Office/ Den home located near the golf course, country club, year round outdoor swimming pool and lighted tennis courts. Other community amenities include an equestrian center, 50 miles of equestrian trails, two lakes & a community center! $134,000 #9965065

FANTASTIC LOCATION! Beautifully renovated 3BR/2.5BA home on the 6th Fairway of Oak Tree Golf Course across from 4-Island Lake. Awesome views. Granite counters, Stainless Steel Appls, wood floors in kitchen. Living Rm w/fireplace, Formal DR, Large walk-in closets in all bedrooms. 3 car garage + separate golf-cart garage. On natural gas & BVCSD sewer. $329,000 #9965552


661.822.5553 765 Tucker Road


27750 Stallion Springs Dr.

BUY NOW! Before prices and interest rates go up.

Conditions are ideal for home buyers: • Home prices are just over one-half of what they were 6 years ago. • 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgages are at 3.5% interest, near historic lows.

WONDERFUL BVS LOCATION! Wonderful 3BR/ 2BA, apprx. 1,938 sq. ft. custom home on the BVS golf course. Mountain views, lots of natural light through generous windows & skylights. Expansive views, vaulted ceilings throughout & many wonderful upgrades! Also on sewer and natural gas! $259,900 #9964993

AMAZING 4BR/3BA View Home on 3 combined lots, apprx. 3,172 sq.ft., surrounded by oak trees, pines & granite outcroppings. Wonderful skylights, & unique Craftsmanship at every angle. 2 fireplaces, 2 LG living areas on main & lower levels. $325,000 #9964730

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AMAZING LOCATION! 3BR/2.5BA, apprx. 2,657 sq.ft. Home; Gorgeous views, located just off the valley floor on 1.02 acres. Spacious Family Rm, Beautiful master suite, circular drive & 3-car garage! Now: $248,900 #9964807



COME SEE this great 3 bedroom 2 bath home which is ready for home, apprx. 1,248 sq.ft which is ready for you to make yours. Quiet senior park-gate guarded with Club House. Close to shopping, parks, and theatre. $34,000 #9965470

HORSE PROPERTY IN THE CITY! 3BR/ 2BA, apprx. 1,440 sq.ft home on 1.82 acres! Lots of generous land for toys and parking in rear part of yard. Pleasant country views and conveniently close to restaurants and shopping but with the ìfar-awayî feel. $132,500 #9965722



BEAUTIFUL, UPGRADED HOME in West Golden Hills, with awesome views and on natural gas! 3BR/2BA, apprx 1,844 sq.ft, gorgeous entry door and beautiful mahogany interior doors throughout; engineered laminate flooring; newer HVAC (3 yrs. new). Great room has gas fireplace w/ wood mantel & tile surround. Must see! $239,000 #9965701

BEAUTIFUL SETTING 4BR/2.75BA, apprx 2,689 sq.ft., freshly upgraded! Bedrooms are generously-sized, Master BR has gorgeous views, also formal Living Room & formal dining room & Lg Family room with fireplace. Kitchen also has a stove/ fireplace! Just: $199,900 #9965299


VERY CHARMING homem 3BR/2BA, apprx 1,496 sq.ft., open split-wing floor plan and many upgrades. Oak cabinets, high ceilings, Living room has fireplace and doors that open to a deck with awesome views. Property has many outdoor areas to entertain and enjoy. Fruit and shade trees, too! $275,000 #9965746



NICE VIEWS ON COMBINED LOTS 3BR/ 2BA, apprx 1,781 sq.ft., on sewer. Won’t last ! Short Sale. Call for details! $178,500 #9965497


MAKE IT YOURS! 3BR/2BA, apprx. 1,568 sq.ft., tile roof, tile floors & newer kitchen cabinets. Upstairs loft is finished without a closet and is rough plumbed for a bath. Needs some TLC. Lot next door also available! Call for details. $165,000 #9965377

WONDERFUL! You’ll love this home on a large, all level lot, apprx. 1,743 sq.ft , many upgrades, and a bonus room! 3 bedroom 2 bath, newer carpet, flooring, paint, kitchen, and RV Parking. Lovely trees, too! $152,000 #9965611


RANCH HACIENDA-STYLE Split wing floor plan, 3BR/2BA home on 2.57acres in great country setting in beautiful Oak Knolls area. Home is framed by large pines and cypress trees. Vaulted ceiling in living room and formal entry, beautiful rock fireplace with hearth. Property is fenced. $175,000 #9965733

MUST SEE! Great location in West GH, Stick-built, 3BR/2BA, apprx 1,625 sq.ft. home in the Golden Highlands Tract. Large living area, fireplace, large kitchen split wing floor plan, vinyl fencing, 2 car garage, laundry room in house, patio in back yard. Great neighborhood. Now: $128,250 #9965506



SET IN PINES & OAKS Great custom home on 2+ acres, apprx. 2,977 square feet living area with a total of apprx. 4,777 sq.ft. under roof (per appraiser), 4BR’s or 3+ studio, 3BA, living & FR, dining area, inside & outside stairs & so Much More! $325,000 #9963872


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VERY CUTE HOME ON CUL-DE- SAC! 3BR/1.75BA, Fireplace with insert, kitchen open to dining area. Wonderfully, freshly painted interior. Back yard is two tiered, perfect for a large garden and 2 outside sheds! Enjoy! $115,000 #9965643

WONDERFULLY ROOMY 2004 3BR/2BA, apprx. 1,456 sq.ft., LG living room, kitchen with island & large pantry includes refrigerator. Laundry room with washer & dryer. Master bath has garden tub & separate shower, lots of room. Tuff Shed in the carport area. Gated, senior park. $52,000 #9965620




WONDERFUL! 3BR/2BA, apprx. 1,232 sq.ft. home, Large Great Room, oversized garage fully fenced rear year, Landscaped front and rear, RV parking and hookups. Wow! Now: $104,900 #9965284

AWESOME POTENTIAL in this 4BR/ 1.75BA, apprx 1,800 sq.ft Gambrel style home! Indoor laundry, Wood burning stove, sunroom with view windows. Would be a fabulous weekend getaway or full time home! $124,000 #9965582

BEAUTIFUL RENNOVATION on this Lovely 5BR/2BA home ...New roof, flooring, countertops, fixtures, cabinets, etc. Great granite kitchen and baths & lovely in-ground SWIMMING POOL all near the Horsethief Golf Course! Great views, super large front yard and even a separate garage for your golf cart! A must see! Now: $229,000 #9965329

GORGEOUS 3BR/2BA , apprx. 1,953 sq.ft. home, very well-maintained w/ lots of amenities incl. granite counters in kitch. & bath., built-in stainless steel kitchen appl., pantry, stacked stone fireplace, custom cabinetry, tile flooring and upgraded fixt. 40 yr comp roof, boxed eves, manicured landscaping, circular driveway & slate patio $379,900 #9965122

GREAT GREAT PRIVACY & GORGEOUS VIEWS! 3BR/1.75BA in apprx. 2,080 sq.ft. Upgraded electrical, plumbing, fixtures, pantry added, upgraded kitchen, counters & tankless water heater. Still some finishing is needed, but SO much potential! Hurry! Owner May Carry. Call for details! $149,500 #9965032

GREAT HOME WITH DETACHED GUEST QUARTERS. 3BR/2BA, apprx 2,207 sq.ft, vaulted ceiling, & open floor plan. Guest quarters includes one large room w/bath and partial kitchen. Sold as is. Needs some TLC and your personal touch. $198,900 #9965510



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On 3.13 acres. Main house is 3BR/1.76BA , apprx. 1,596 sq.ft. w/ private yard, huge shade trees & brick patio. LR has large window set overlooking rear orchard. Second building is 2story with a 1 B/R, 1Ba, full kitchen & Apt. Now: $299,000 #9965203


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LIVE IT UP! Large 4BR/3.5BA home on 2.43 acres. Apprx. 3,648 sq.ft., generoussized kitchen with granite counters. Living room & den have a full size bar with a dance floor. The views are of the entire valley all on paved road. So Nice! Now: $179,900 #9965669



Spectacular location to enjoy crisp mountain air and stunning views from this cozy cabin. This 1BR, 1BA hideaway is nestled on two parcels for 10.51 acres, has wood burning stove, a detached studio/outbuilding and lots of land to roam! $79,000 #9965539

ABSOLUTELY CHARMING 3BR/2BA, appr 1,344 sq.ft., doublewide manufactured home on 2.5 extremely useable acres. Extremely clean, very well maintained, large’’ open rooms, Lushly landscaped creating very private outdoor patio & beautiful views and plenty of space for horses, gardening, &/ or play. $97,000 #9964990




Home 2BR/2BA

Possible 3rd bedroom, Lg yard $750 + $750 sec.

Golden Hills


Newer Unit, Newer Carpet


Home 2BR/2BA



Golden Hills




$750 + $750 sec.

2.5 Acres, Oak Trees, close to $950 + $950 sec. town $750 + $750 sec. 2BR/2BA New Carpet, paint, townhome, one dcar garage 3BR/2BA

Nice large unit, newer carpet $750 + $750 sec. & tile


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