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LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A once-close associate re-emerges with news that could cause you to reconsider a recent decision. But don't make a move before consulting a trusted adviser.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Don't let yourself be cowed into thinking you're not up to the challenge you've taken on. Keep reinforcing your selfconfidence, and no one and nothing can stop you.

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Live music Open Mic & Acoustic Jam • Tehachapi Every Wednesday night, music and poetry, at 7 p.m. at Fiddlers Crossing, 206 East “F” St., 823-9994. Sign up to perform at the door. La Bella Amore Italian Bistro • Tehachapi 209 S. Green St., 822-7419 • Grim Bernhoft, first Friday • Guy and Debbie Martin, first Saturdaty • Alicia Hansen, second Friday • Geezers on the Loose, second Saturday • Craig Shaw, third Friday • Grim Bernhoft, third Saturday • Pat Strong Trio, fourth Friday • Jug Band, fourth Saturday Debbie & Guy Martin • Tehachapi soft rock 70s & 80s, every Thursday, during dinner hours. Apple Shed, 333 E Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333. Dog House Saloon • Tehachapi Live Bands every other Saturday Night until Spring 2013, 777 West Tehachapi Blvd., 822-4200. 58 Restaurant & Bar • Tehachapi 480 Steuber Rd., 822-9992 • Ladies Night Manic, Mondays 80s Music 5 to 8pm • Spanish Music, Saturdays Sagebrush Cafe • Lancaster Live music first Friday of each month. 42104 50th St. West, KC Steakhouse • Bakersfield 2525 “F” St. 322-9910, • Jimmy Gaines, pianist: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 10 p.m. • Jimmy Gaines, pianist; Mike Hall, guitarist; Bobby O, drummer; Glenda Robles, vocalist. Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Reverend Horton Heat • Bakersfield March 9, 7 p.m. B Ryders Sports Bar, 7401 White Ln. 397-7304,

On The Rocks Bar & Grill • Bakersfield 1517 18th St. 327-7685. • Moonlight Trio Latin, Sat, Mar 2, 8 p.m. • Mento Buru-Cesareo Garasa Other, March 17, 8 p.m. • Acronycal Rock March 23, 9:30 p.m.

Concerts Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra • Tehachapi to perform at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, at Country Oaks Baptist Church, 20915 Schout Road. Admission is free. Call 821-7511 or visit online at for information. Fiddlers Crossing • Tehachapi 206 East “F” St. Tickets: Mountain Music, 206 East “F” St.; The Apple Shed, 333 E. Tehachapia Blvd; or call 823-9994. (Unless otherwise noted) For more information: • Kray Van Kirk Singer-songwriter, Mar. 8, 7 p.m. • Dave Stamey Cowboy entertainer, two shows, Mar. 24, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. • Claude Bourbon Medieval & Spanish blues, finger-picking guitar & song, Mar. 29, 7 p.m. • Dana Hubbard Blues, Folk, Americana, April 6, 7 p.m. • Bruce Molsky April 19, 7 p.m., Old time fiddler and multi-instrumentalist, at St. Jude’s Anglican Church, 1200 S. Curry St. • Juni Fisher, Cowgirl balladeer, May 10, 7 p.m. • Laurence Juber guitarist extraordinaire, June 9, 3 p.m. • Susie Glaze and the HiLonesome Band Americana, Bluegrass, Folk, June 29, 7 p.m. • Patrick Landeza Hawaiian Slack Key guitarist, singer with Bill Griffin, Mandolele, July 12, 7 p.m. • Shelby, Tieg & Tara Folk-pop vocal trio, July 30, 7 p.m. • Ranchers For Peace Americana Folk Duo, August 9, 7 p.m. • Angelo M. Sept. 13, 7 p.m. Crystal Palace • Bakersfield 2620 Buck Owens Blvd. Tickets:

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Premiere of ‘Tenants’ at the Beekay on March 15 Tenants," a fast-paced comedy, opens at the Beekay Theatre on March 15. A production of the Tehachapi Community Theatre, "Tenants" will be a world premiere. The play was written by Tom Misuraca, an audience favorite in the ten-minute plays presented as part of the Tehachapi Playwrights Festival last year. "Tenants" explores the lives of a variety of characters who reside in a boarding house in Pasadena. With great bravado, Desdemona Christmas, played by Monica Nadon walks around as if she were still living the life of a soap opera star. Jack and Jackie Driscoll, played by Garret Lawrence and Ashley Rasmussen playfully lead you along as they share their love for each other. Nick Vahr, played by Spencer James, dresses in swami garb and resides as he is all knowing and psychic. Each character brings life to the stage that you won't want to miss.This show will keep you

-The cast of “Tenants,” which will open at the Beekay Theatre on March 15 and run through March 31. laughing and crying at the same time. So get your tickets early. As a treat for the opening night audience, Misuraca, Director Shanan Harrell, and the entire cast will be available after the performance to share their backstage secrets and and talk with attendees. Cast members include Nick Altieri, Monica Nadon, Spencer James, Heather Ringle, Garret

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The Tehachapi Valley Art Association is sponsoring its 3rd Annual Eggstravaganza- an egg decorating contest for the most creative and “Best Eggs” in Tehachapi. Hand-decorated, nonperishable eggs of all types may be entered. Eggs can be dimensional or a flat presentation and real eggs must be blown out. Wood, paper mache, styrofoam, etc. can be used and eggs can be submitted in an “egg scene.” The entry fee is $1 per egg and is open to all age levels and eggs will be

judged in three categories: Adult (over 16 years), Youth (9 years to 16 year olds) and Kidlet (Up to 9 years of age). Submit entries to Gallery ‘n’ Gifts, 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd., between March 1 and March 7. Voting will begin on Friday, March 8, and ends Friday, March 29. Judging will be by ballot, by the general public and everyone is invited to stop by Gallery ‘n’ Gifts and cast their vote. For entry forms visit the store or Please call Chairman, Peggy Cowden at 822-6062, with any questions.

Lawrence, Michael Gruett and Ashley Rasmussen. "Tenants" will be at the BeeKay Theatre, 110 S. Green St, Tehachapi on March 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 at 7:30 p.m. and March 24 and 31 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available @ Johnny's Take n' Bake, Tehachapi Furniture, Picture Perfect & Stamps of Approval. Tickets may also be purchased online at

Balladeer Van Kirk at Fiddlers Crossing Alaskan singer-songwriter Kray Van Kirk will share his musical view from the Far North at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 8, at Fiddlers Crossing, 206 E. "F" St., Tehachapi. Van Kirk sings in the straight-ahead folk ballad tradition of such north-of-the-border legends as Stan Rogers, Ian Tyson and Gordon Lightfoot. He accompanies himself on 12- and 6-string RainSong graphite guitars. It might seem odd, and hard, to be a touring musician while living in Alaska as a single parent, in a town with no road access — the only way in or out for him is by air or water. But Van Kirk draws his inspiration from this life. “A friend of mine once said I do everything the hard way,” he said, “and he might be right. But all this last winter, I listened to a number of interviews with musicians, actors, comedians and such, and the one thing that came through was that many, if not most, of them were successful because they were able to take what was generally viewed as a weakness or obstacle and make it their strength. I’m not quite sure how that might apply in my situation, but it’s encouraging and I’m sure not going to stop!” His lifestyle in Alaska has also given him a different perspective on the “marketing” of his music-making. He calls his approach to writing and performing “Music without borders or cost.”  He no longer records or sells CDs, because he says, “we’ve got enough things headed for the landfills, and more than enough ‘stuff.'” He freely gives his songs away over his website as “a deliberate movement away from the bottom line that seems to govern so much of our daily lives.” Tickets may be purchased next door at Mountain Music, at The Apple Shed, or with a credit card by calling 823-9994. Tickets to the concert are $15, and as always, coffee and goodies are included. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


This year will be the 17th year for a very succesful All Tehachapi Youth Art Contest sponsored by the Tehachapi Valley Art Association. The contest spotlights the creative efforts of the incredibly talented youth, within the greater Tehachapi area communities. The ATYAC is staffed and funded by volunteers willing to give of their time and money to make the contest of the highest quality. Qualified judges are brought in to examine each and every work submitted and determine those works of art worthy of special recognition. Certificates of Merit are given to each child for their participation.

First, second and third place ribbons are given for outstanding works as well as honorable mentions awards. In addition, two Best of Show awards are given- one to honor the best work by a high school student and the other best work by an elementary level student. The two recipients are honored with a ribbon, a handsome plaque and a monetary award. Entry forms for the event may be picked up any time during business hours at Gallery ‘n’ Gifts at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd., up to the event deadline on April 1. You may visit the website at and download an application or pick-up an application at Gallery ‘n’ Gifts between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. For more information call 822-6062 or 821-7652.

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• Casey James March 14, 7 p.m. Rabobank Theatre • Bakersfield 1001 Truxtun Ave. Tickets: Rabobank Arena box office or, 8527300, (Unless otherwise noted) • Karl Orff: Carmina Burana Mar. 9, 8 p.m. • New Directions Veterans Choir Mar. 10, 3 p.m., Tickets: • Juanes May 17, 8 p.m. • Jeff Dunham-Disorderly Conduct Mar. 23, 5 p.m. • Harmonia Alert! April 13, 8 p.m. • Jim Willer in “Feelin’ Groovy” April 14, 3 p.m. • Great Start-Great Finish! May 11, 8 p.m. Lancaster Performing Arts • Lancaster 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: • Boyz II Men Feb.14, 8 p.m. Maturango Museum • Ridgecrest 100 E. Las Flores Ave. Information: 760-375-6900, mat- • We Friends, Chamber Concert, March 22 - 23, 7:30 p.m. The Fox Theatre • Bakersfield 2001 H. St. Tickets: • The Original Coasters, The Original Drifters and the Platters Mar. 17, 3 p.m. • Merle Haggard April 13, 8 p.m. • Brian Regan April 14, 7 p.m. • Darius Rucker April 26, 8 p.m.

Karaoke & D.J. Domingo’s Mexican & Seafood Restuarant • Tehachapi 7-11 p.m., every Wednesday, 20416 Highway 202, 822-7611. Tehachapi Mountain Pub & Brewery • Tehachapi Ladies Night & DJ, 7-10 p.m., every Wednesday, 20717 South Street. 822-0788. Dog House Saloon • Tehachapi DJ Diablo, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9 p.m. close 777 West Tehachapi Blvd. 822-

4200. 58 Restaurant & Bar • Tehachapi 480 Steuber Rd., 822-9992. • Line Dancing, Thursays • Karaoke with KJ Hannah, Fridays, 7 p.m. to Closing.


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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: Sinbad • Bakersfield Mar. 16, 8 p.m. The Fox Theatre, 2001 H. St. Tickets:

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With a hint of spring, March brings forth a new season and Downtown Tehachapi’s First Friday Art Walk, March 1, will feature new artists, Irish inspired entertainment, Women’s History Month and more. Participating galleries and shops will be open from 5 to8 p.m., unless otherwise stated. Beginning your stroll at Tehachapi Community Church, 100 E. “E” St. “Celebrating the Green,” with an Irish theme, there will be an art activity with a shamrock-theme craft which explores positive and negative space in art. There will be PHOTO COURTESY OF FIDDLERS CROSSING Irish inspired musical surprises for entertainment. Everyone is encour- Local artist, Kathleen Wolf, will be a feaaged to stop by the church's Friend- tured artists showing at Fiddlers Crossing during the March 1 First Friday Art Walk. ship Hall for this special evening. Continue on to Fiddlers Crossing, 206 E. “F” St., and see featured cello new life as a coffee table. local artist Kathleen Wolf. The subCome meet the artist and enjoy lisjects of Wolf’s whimsical paintings tening to tunes played on non-brorange from dancers and musicians, ken cellos and fiddles. Doors open to butterflies, chickens, Einstein, at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. and even a Volkswagen on the After a quick stroll to Tehachapi beach. Boulevard be sure to take in the Wolf plays the violin with Back Street Gallery, 106 W. (Tehachapi POPS Orchestra) and Tehachapi Blvd., Suite B, where the teaches beginning fiddle at Mounbeautiful singing fiddle of Gayel tain Music. Her last exhibit at FidPitchford can be enjoyed. Join in and dlers Crossing included paintings of sing along if you feel like it. Usually hummingbirds, butterflies and balher sidekick, Ron Blair, and his let dancers on parts of broken fidmagic guitar will also entertain you. dles, and she has given a broken Cookies and tea will be available.

Gallery ‘n’ Gifts, 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd., features local artist, Chris Paschke. She enjoys mixed media on paper, panel wood, canvas and encaustic As always, Gallery ‘n’ Gifts will have delicious fare to share. Tehachapi Treasure Trove, 116 E. Tehachapi Blvd. is hosting a First Friday Fun Fest, in addition to food and wine. The evening will feature Christi Friesen and Susanna Monette. Friesen will be discussing and signing her new book on polymer clay entitled “Flourish.” She is the author of several internationally known books on working with polymer clay; she travels the world teaching classes and resides in Tehachapi. In honor of women’s History Month, Susanna Monette will be discussing the ancient goddess cultures and the Devine Feminine today. Next door, at Picture Perfect & Stamps of Approval, 112 E. Tehachapi Blvd., the event for the evening is called “Fiber Fun.” Everyone is welcome to come in and work on their project in the company of other fiber artists. Other shops and restaurants may be open late, also. A good time to enjoy friends, family and start the weekend with a relaxed evening in downtown Tehachapi.

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Visual Arts Treasure Trove • Tehachapi 116 East Tehachapi Blvd., call 822-6794 for information and class prices, achapiTreasureTrove • Open Studio-Watercolor every Monday, 5-8 p.m. • Open Studio-All Media every Thu. & Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. • Clay Play Polymer clay and/or other crafts every Fri., 2-5 p.m. • Clay Play (earth clay) with Gloria Moore, Sundays through Mar. 17, 14 p.m. • Intermediate acrylic painting with Susan Cunningham, Sundays Mar. 3- Apr. 7, 2-4 p.m. • Create (earth clay)

and Glaze with Juanita Neimeyer, Fridays Mar. 8, 15 and April 12, 1-4 p.m. • Beading Basics with Dawn Callahan, Mar. 9, 1-4 p.m. • Polymer Clay with Christy Freisen, Mar. 27, 1-4 p.m. Bakersfield Art Association • Bakersfield 1817 Eye St.,, 869-2320 (unless otherwise noted) • Very beginning acrylic painting; Saturdays, 1 - 4 p.m., 2053488, • Beginning drawing and watercolor for highschool students and adults; First and Third Mondays, 6 - 8 p.m., 330-2676 • Beginning oil painting Fridays, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., 399-3707 • Composition Mondays, 2 - 5 pm., must call first: 333-4488 • Pencil lovers group Second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 9 a.m. - noon., 760-376-

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(unless otherwise noted) • Open studio Explore new mediums. Saturdays, March 2- 23, 1 - 5 p.m. • Potter’s wheel Saturdays, March 2 - 23, 3 4:30 p.m. D’s Ceramics, at Lancaster Market Place, 2330 Mall Loop Dr., Lancaster. • Fundamentals of acrylic painting Sundays, Mar. 3 - April 7, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. • Family photography Tuesdays, March 12 April 2, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Experience Art • Bakersfield Summer childrens program. Classes begin June 11 through Aug. 3, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday. Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St., Call 3237219, or for more information.

Other Activities Beale Memorial Library • Bakersfield 701 Truxtun Ave., 868-0770 • Math Clinic: Saturdays, 2-4 p.m. Learn

math or get assistance with your math homework. Open to learners of all ages. Sign up at the Reference Desk, held in the Geology, Mining, and Petroleum Room. • Preschool Storytime: Tuesdays, 11 am. Familyfriendly stories suitable for children ages 3-5. • Personal Computer Coach: Wednesdays, 11 am – 1 pm. Sign up at the Reference Desk or call to reserve 30-minute oneon-one computer learning sessions. • Toddler Time! Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Parents are invited to accompany their 18-month-old through 2-year-old children for music, nursery rhymes, stories and play – Arkelian Children’s Room. Learn basic Japanese • Lancaster Advanced: Wednesdays, March 6 through April 10. Lancaster City Park Game Room, 43063 10th Street West. 723-6077. Winter Children’s The-

atre Workshop • Bakersfield Now through Mar. 19, Mon.-Thurs. 4 6 p.m. Gaslight Melodrama, 12748 Jomani Dr. Tickets: 587-3377 or Buena Vista Museum of Natural History (BVMNH) • Bakersfield Events are held at BVMNH, 2018 Chester Ave, unless otherwise indicated. For information call 661-324-6350 or visit BVMNH is open Thursday–Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m. Museum admission: Child $4, Adult $7, Seniors and Students of 18 and older $5, group tours available with reservations. • BVMNH FREE DAY! Free Admission from 12 noon-4 pm on the third Thursday of each month. • Family Day Saturday, March 2, Admission for 2 adults and up-to 6 children for only $20 • Just for kids March 2, 10:30 a.m. Science Program, normal admission fee applies. BV Museum Members are Free

• Kern County’s Red Rock Canyon March 2, 3:00 p.m. The history and geology of Red Rodk Canyon, presented by Geologist Tim Elam. This presentation will be informal, and no geologic background is necessary to enjoy the event. Normal museum entrance fee applies. • Paleo Digs Mar. 15, 16, 17. Join the museum field guides on this adventure to the quarries near Sharktooth hill to find shark teeth and other marine mammal fossils. No experience necessary. Member rates: $85 per day, per person. (Must be BVMNH member to attend. Call BVMNH for membership information.) • Spring Camp March 25-28, grades 1st -6th: Astronomy–The Moon the Stars and more...

Exhibitions Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) • Lancaster 665 West Lancaster Blvd. 7236250, • Gary Lang - Spring Exhibition March 14, 6 p.m. • Rewritten by Machines on New Technology by Megan Geckler Young Artist Workshop series are free and walk-in friendly; Through Mar. 10.

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Bakersfield Museum of Art • Bakersfield 1930 "R" St.,, 3237219. Every third Friday of the month, all admission is free; every second Sunday of the month, seniors (65 and older) are free. • Paintings by John Cosby and William Wray through March 10. • 80 Years of African American Art through March 10. • Mequitta Ahuja and Robert Pruittt through March 10.

Antelope Valley Home Show • Lancaster Mar. 22 - 24. Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 West Avenue H.

Maturango Museum • Ridgecrest 100 E. Las Flores Ave. Information: 760-375-6900 Email: • Linda Fillhart March 15, 16, 17, 7:30 p.m. • Desert Wildflower

Events Bear Valley Springs Annual Art Show • Tehachapi March 21-31 held at Oak Tree Country Club. Sponsored by BVS Cultural Arts Association. 821-1505 for info.

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Spring art show opens March 23 in Bear Valley Springs The Bear Valley Springs Cultural Art Association’s Spring Art Show will be held on Saturday, March 23, through Sunday, March 31, at the Oak Tree Country Club, 29541 Rolling Oak Dr. in Bear Valley Springs. A reception for the artists will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on the opening day, March 23, providing an opportunity to meet and talk with the artists and enjoy refreshments. Attendees will also be able to purchase raffle tickets with work contributed by participating artists as prizes. The raffle will take place in Bear Valley Springs during the opening night’s reception on March 23. All exhibited works will remain on view through March 31. Presented annually, the exhibit features artists and their works in the mediums of painting, photography, sculpture and pottery. Featured contributing artists this year include Sonja Bronson, Debi Hartman, known as Sparks, Mary Anne Moore and Kathleen Lev-

enson. Work of the late Arnold Given, sculptorcarver, also will be featured. Non-residents of Bear Valley Springs may obtain a gate pass by calling 821-1262 by 11 a.m. on March 23. Featured Artist Among prizes offered with a fund-raising raffle to be held in conjunction with the show is work by Bear Valley Springs resident Sonja Bronson, this week's featured artist is Sonja Bronson, an outdoor photographer who says she enjoys "capturing the moment" as opposed to the slower, more methodical process of the Ansel Adams style of landscape photography that called for hours of patience and fortitude. "I get a sense of joy when I see a potential for an interesting photograph," Bronson said. "My excitement leads to my wanting to share with others this vision I see before me. what a great medium photography is for human communication." Using a Canon Rebel

(EOS XTI) and a zoom lens, she often travels with her husband Dan Bronson. "While on the road I see compositions everywhere," she said. "It drives my husband crazy, but God love him, he almost always turns around and gives me time to take the photo." Her sales have been enough to encourage her to invest in new equipment. "My eyes see so many

compositions everywhere I look," she said. "Even without sales I doubt I could ever give up my style of art presentation. It's this growing passion that I must continually feed." Watch for profiles of other contributing artists in coming editions of The Weekender. Nick Smirnoff and Shirley Given contributed to this story.

Photographer Sonia Bronson sets up a still life shot in her Bear Valley Springs studio. Her work will be among prizes in the Bear Valley Springs Cultural Arts Association’s raffle to be held during the artist’s reception on March 23.


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Health & Fitness Ask the Doctor

Differences between Hepatitis B and C DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My husband and I are in our 50s. Both of us had an exam this year from different doctors. Blood tests showed that we both have hepatitis C. Neither of us feels sick, and neither of us ever remembers acquiring this infection. Our doctors say we don't need any treatment. What is the treatment if we ever do? Are we infectious to others? -- K.K. ANSWER: In North America, hepatitis B and C are the two most common kinds of viral hepatitis. In the United States, about 1.25 million are infected with hepatitis B virus. Five percent of infected people go on to develop a chronic

infection, one in which the virus remains in the liver, and these people face the possibility of coming down with liver cirrhosis or liver cancer. A vaccine for the prevention of hepatitis B is available. Hepatitis C infects around 3 million Americans. In contrast with hepatitis B, around 70 percent to 80 percent will have a chronic infection. A sizable number will come down with liver cirrhosis or cancer, but that doesn't happen right away. It takes 20 or

more years before those complications arise. When treatment of hepatitis C is advised, two medicines have been given simultaneously for many years. Those drugs are peginterferon and ribavirin. About 50 percent of chronic hepatitis C patients respond well to this regimen. However, blacks have a poorer response, with only 25 percent achieving viral suppression. A true breakthrough has arrived in the treatment of hepatitis C. Two new drugs, telaprevir (Incivek) and boceprevir (Victrelis) have had a huge impact in improving treatment success. Either of these drugs,

given in conjunction with the standard treatment of ribavirin and peginterferon, greatly increases the cure rates for blacks and whites. An initial sickness after acquiring hepatitis C virus is rare, and, that's why you and your husband didn't realize you were infected. The virus can be transmitted through blood transfusions (no longer a threat), sharing needles for drug injections, rarely through sexual relations and household contact, but more possibly through promiscuous sex and in ways yet to be determined. You're not a threat to others. The booklet on hepatitis describes these infec-

tions and their treatment, not including the latest treatments. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -No 503W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient's printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My brother cracks his knuckles. It gives me the shivers, and I know he does it to annoy me. Can you give me any information that will scare him, like coming down with arthritis? -- L.C. ANSWER: I'd love to give you some information that would stop your

brother from cracking his knuckles. It bothers me, too. I can't come up with any. It doesn't cause arthritis. To produce the cracking sound, a person pulls his finger in such a way that it creates a bubble in the joint fluid. Then the bubble bursts and makes a cracking noise when it does. I can't understand why people do this. 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. © 2013 North America Synd., Inc. All rights reserved

Let’s Talk Mental Health

The shadow workforce: challenge of caretaking BY OSCAR WRIGHT CONTRIBUTING WRITER

I once heard an intriguing question: Do Lipton employees take coffee breaks? That's analogous to the question: Should employers require the same expectations of all employees no matter the excuse if circumstances were to greatly differ? As the economy begins to show signs of improvement, a shadow workforce that emerged in more tumultuous times continues to impact the morale, productivity and cost associated with every business across the nation: The caregiver in the workforce. 59 percent of informal caregivers have jobs in addition to caring for another person. Double jobs, double demands, double trouble. About one in five workers is currently involved in some level of caregiving. Studies show nearly half of parents of children with mental health disorders reported that at some time, they had to quit work to care for their children. Absenteeism, replacing employees who quit to provide care and other caregiv-

ing-related activities can have serious financial consequences to employers. As a result of family caregiving responsibilities, a tremendous amount of talent, loyalty and institutional knowledge leave the workforce every day, either temporarily or full-time. What type of workforce dynamics is at play here? The World of the Shadow Workforce At any given time, 20 percent or more of the workforce is confronted with a caregiving situation: • 33 percent of caregivers decrease the number of hours they work. • 29 percent quit their jobs or retire early. • 22 percent take a leave of absence. •20 percent change their job status or go part-time. •53 percent of caregivers admit that their job performance is negatively affected. • 84 percent make caregiving related phone calls during business hours.

• 68 percent arrive late or leave early. • 67 percent take time off from work during the day. As businesses strive to survive, the costs of staying in business is a factor of increasing productivity in every sector of their enterprise. By joining together, employers and caregivers can make a difference in the workplace in a way that strengthens the caregiver’s capacity to support and provide resources to their families and children with special needs and help the employer sustain productivity. We recommend the following steps to employers and human resource managers as starters: • Review policies and procedures that may affect caregivers--such as alternative or flexible work schedule policies, sick and personal leave policies, and mandatory overtime policies to be sure the policies and their administration are nondiscriminatory. While employers are not obligated to accommodate employees' family responsibilities, the employer policies and practices must be implemented without

regard to protected class. • Conduct management training on caregiver responsibility discrimination, particularly for those in a position to make hiring, firing, promotion and scheduling decisions. This way, managers can learn to identify issues relating to caregiver discrimination, involve human resources as


appropriate, and avoid workplace comments or decisions that could suggest discriminatory treatment. There is not a single business or employer unaffected by mental health issues in the workplace. We need to get on the same track and create a triple win-win-win for children

families and employers. I would like to hear from readers. Send your comments to OSCAR WRIGHT, Ph.D, is the CEO of the United Advocates for Children and Families (UACF), a statewide nonprofit that provides support to parent, families, children and youth experiencing mental illness.


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

Cycling Events Amgen Tour of California • Palmdale May 12,

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: High Desert Cyclists • Lancaster Every Saturday, 8 a.m. until April 6 and every Sunday, 8 a.m. until April 21. Meet at Ralph’s, 1696 West Avenue L. Information: allbikingallthetime@gm

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 300-1517 or see website,

Gymnastics Gymnastics for Kids • Lancaster Ages 5 - 12, Saturdays, Feb. 2 -23, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Ages 3 - 4. Saturdays, Feb. 2 - 23, 10 - 10:45 a.m. 824 W. Avenue L-6. 723-6077,

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 Wednesdays 6 - 7 p.m. 126 S. Snyder Ave. 822-3228,

tion, $25 day of run, and kids (12 and under) are $10. Run time is at 8:30 a.m.

Adult Exercise • California City Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. 10350 Heather Ave. 760-3733530

Walk, Run, and Ride for Brain Injury• Bakersfield race starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 9. Registration is at 9 a.m. The race starts at Pioneer Village at 3801 Chester Ave. To register or for more information visit or call 661-599-6291.

Tai Chi • California City Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:45 a.m. 10350 Heather Ave. 760-373-3530 Silver & Strong • Tehachapi Classes will be ongoing beginning March 6 on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Classes are $40 a month or $7 per class. Classes are held and sign ups available at the Tehachapi Parks and Rec office, 490 W. “D” St. or call 822-3228. Pilates • Tehachapi will be held ongoing on Thursdays, beginning March 14 at 5 p.m. A free try-it workshop will be on Thursday, March 7 at 5 p.m. Classes are $40 a month or $7 per class. Classes are held and sign ups available at the Tehachapi Parks and Rec office, 490 W. “D” St. Call 822-3228.

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: Thin Mint 5k/ Shortbread Shuffle • Bakersfield at The Marketplace Shopping Center, 9000 Ming Ave., Saturday, March 2. Adults are $25 for early registration, or $30 on race day, kids (12 and under) are $10. 5k time is 9 a.m. There will also be a Shortbread Shuffle 1 mile run (not timed,) adults $20 for early registra-

Highland High Kilt Classic 5k • Bakersfield at 8 a.m. on March 9. Benefits go towards the Highland High School Track and Field team, and yes wearing a Kilt is encouraged. Highland High School is located at 2900 Royal Scots Way in Bakersfield. 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day 5k • Bakersfield on Saturday, March 16. Preregistration is $22 and race day registration is $25. Race proceeds to benefit the School of Social Sciences and Education community outreach projects improving quality of life. There will also be a one mile fun run/walk. For more information visit Run Like the Wind •Tehachapi on Saturday, March 23, TVPRD will be hosting this popular one mile, 5k, and 10k race events. Proceeds go toward Jacobsen Middle School’s track team. Pre-registration is $25 prior to March 7 with a tshirt. Registration is $30 the day of the event. Races will start at Monroe High School, 126 Snyder St. And Registration will be at 9 a.m. with races beginning at 10 a.m. CASA Rio Bravo 10 miler, 5k and 2k • Bakersfield on Saturday, April 13 at 7 a.m. at Rio Bravo Ranch, 15701 Hwy. 178. This 4th annual run/walk promotes awareness of child abuse in Kern County and to spark increased community advocacy for abused and neglected children. See MORE UPCOMING • Page 11


The Dye Natotorium offers year-round swimming programs for all ages.

Dye Natatorium offers year-round swimming Tehachapi's long-time swimming facility is a heated, indoor six lane pool (25 meters) complete with showers, changing rooms, restrooms, and private yard for event placement and operated by Tehachapi Parks and Rec. "The Dye" is home to the Barracudas, the local recreation swim team for youth! Programs such as Water Workout and Swim Lessons are held at the pool. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The pool is a great place to hold birthday parties or to celebrate any special occasion and is available on weekends for you to rent. The Dye Natatorium is available for private pool parties. Rental fees are:

$60/hour for 50 people or less; $70/hour for 50-70; $80/hour for 71+. There is a two-hour minimum. Schedule your party at the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District’s office, 490 W. “D” St. or call Carrie 822-3228 ext 10. Other pool programs include: Barracuda Swim Team The Tehachapi Barracuda Swim Team is a competitive swim team that practices 5 days a week, traveling every Saturday to compete in county meets. No age requirement. Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards without stopping. Must compete in at least three meets during the season. See SWIMMING • Page 11

Sign up now for ‘Commit to Life’ golf tournament at Rio Bravo The Vernon Valenzuela “Commit to Life” golf tournament will take place Monday, April 15, at Rio Bravo Country Club. Hosted by the Vernon Valenzuela Memorial Foundation, proceeds from the tournament will be used to offset expenses for high school seniors throughout Kern County who otherwise could not afford the expenses needed to walk across the stage during high school graduation. Vernon Valenzuela dedicated his life to serving veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and helped to establish the Bakersfield Vet Center before his death in 2012. In 1999 Vernon helped to organize the first “Commit to Life” golf tournament, helping to raise funds to buy caps, gowns, class rings and yearbooks for Kern County high school seniors who could otherwise not afford them. Vernon believed strongly that all youth should have the opportunity to celebrate their gradu-

ation from high school. “We are very happy to be able to continue the work that began because of Vernon’s vision,” said Lise Valenzuela, Vernon’s wife. “He was very passionate about helping the youth in our region be successful, and truly believed that celebrating accomplishments like high school graduation set the foundation for their continued success.” “I am honored to help carry on Vernon’s community work,” said Judy Anderson, Golf Tournament Committee Chair. “The golf tournament and the funds it provides to Kern County youth is the best way we can honor Vernon.” For player information and registration form, visit or call (661) 3685756. Cost is $150 per person, which includes golf, beverages, lunch and dinner. Several raffle prizes and contests will be included.



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Ed Gordon (right) with Gino Lovosolo, president of Technical Electronics Milano, at the 1984 World Video Show in Montreux, Switzerland.

Ed Gordon: globetrotter calls Tehachapi home BY MATTHEW MARTZ TEHACHAPI NEWS

A glass jar full of foreign currency — bills and coins left over from trips gone by — serves as a reminder of another side of mild-mannered, suspender-clad Tehachapi News reporter Ed Gordon. The 70-year old familiar to local residents as a reporter, community volunteer and sometime keeper of the downtown train store owned by his wife Linda, was once a man of international flair. A retired certified professional broadcast engineer, Gordon spent nearly five decades trotting the globe, establishing some of the most innovative television and radio stations and systems of the time. From building and launching one of the first pay television services in the country in 1980 to being a keynote speaker for the Canadian government at a telecommunications conference in Japan, he enjoyed a successful career in radio, television, Internet and satellite engineering and management. Named one of the great talents in teleproduction by RCA in 1981 during his time as Vice President of Engineering and Operations for Times Mirror Satellite Programming, Gordon most recently served as a senior project

manager for the British Broadcasting Company where he was responsible for helping to construct three radio stations and one television station on the small island of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as facilities in Santiago, Chile. Before that, Gordon worked as director of engineering for E! Entertainment Network and Internet conglomerate, as well as KCOP-TV in Los Angeles, which was once owned by a group of investors that included famous entertainer Bing Crosby. During his 47 years in the industry, Gordon said he spent a lot of time on the road and in the sky working on projects and attending conferences in 24 different countries and all but two continents on the planet. And although he said there are places that he’d rather forget — like Jakarta, Indonesia with its extreme heat and uncomfortable conditions — there are places he will remember forever, like the alluring snow-covered Swiss countryside. With such a diverse resume, it's easy to see why many of Gordon’s colleagues consider him one of the greatest raconteurs of broadcast technical history. His travels clearly have given him a privileged view of broadcast evolution. See GORDON • Page 3

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Gordon worked in 24 countries and on nearly ever continent Continued from Page 2

Bitten by the broadcast bug Growing up in western Pennsylvania, Gordon was a science geek, spending many days as an adolescent building beer can rockets and launching them hundreds feet into the air. So it was no surprise that he would enter college in 1960 as an atomic physics major intent on building the first ion-drive spacecraft engine. However, it wasn’t long before the broadcast bug bit Gordon, and during his freshman year at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, he embarked on a notion that would change his major and his life forever. “I decided to try out for the college radio station right after freshman orientation,” Gordon said. “I got hired to do the evening show, got hooked on broadcasting and it all went down hill from there.” A month later Gordon was hired by local radio station WTTF to do a morning drive show and before his third year in college, he was headed back to the East Coast where he finally landed his first gig in television. In those days, disc jockeys needed a third class FCC license, mainly so they could be held accountable for using objectionable words on the air or transmitting personal messages. So, Gordon took a short test, paid his fee and hit the airwaves. But when the opportunity allowing him to slip from on-air radio personality to behind-thescenes television engineering came knocking on the door — he answered. “At that time in radio, you could be wearing slip-ons and a guy may not like the way your shoes were tied and fire you,” Gordon said. “So, I decided engineering looked more stable.” A few years, jobs, cities and an FCC

first class license later, Gordon eventually landed in Buffalo, New York, as the technical operations manager for WGR-TV. He was immediately thrust into moving an entire television station in the middle of the night during a severe snow storm — a meticulous process that took only four hours and prompted William H. Hansher, Vice President of Engineering for the Taft Broadcasting Group, to transfer Gordon to Philadelphia — the fourth largest television market in the country at the time. During his time in Philly as manager of engineering for WTAF-TV, Hansher once again challenged Gordon, this time with building a $3 million, 165 kW, five million watt UHF television transmitter, which would allow the station to broadcast its signal into New York City, nearly 100 miles away. The transmitter, if successful, would be the first of its kind. “In spite of being told by RCA it couldn't be done. I felt it could,” Gordon said. “He (Hansher) told me to ‘Do it your way, but you better be right.’ The man’s blind faith in me made a never-ending impression on my life.” The system worked. Gordon was just 26-years-old.

Television’s move to satellite

On Aug. 12, 1960, NASA launched the world's first satellite into orbit. It was once a distant dream found only in science fiction books. At the time, Gordon had little idea of how transmissions using a space satellite worked. However, in 1978 during his time at KCOP in Los Angeles, Gordon became a self-taught expert at satellite signal news gathering, drawing the attention of Executive Vice President of Times Mirror Cable Television John Cook, who recruited Gordon to build and operate a new satellite facility that would revolutionize popular entertainment and spark an explosion in technological development. Launched in 1981, Spotlight TV became one of the first pay television outlets competing with media giants HBO and Showtime. It eventually became so successful that Showtime purchased the channel in 1984 for $50 million, shutting it down and turning it into The Movie Channel. Out of a job, Gordon found work with several major cable television networks, and in 1991 helped develop a technology to insert local commercials and promos into nearly 2,000 network cable heads through custom designed remote controlled switching Ed Gordon’s I.D. badge issued by the BBC when he worked as a Sr. devices. Project Manager from 2004 until his “first” retirement in 2007 The endeavor,


Ed and his wife Linda give a little traditional “train wave” welcoming their customers at Trains Etc., on Tehachapi Blvd., where Linda has been the owner since Jan. 2006. in time, led to the creation of an interactive data delivery machine, which would print a coupon directly tied to a commercial into the homes of television viewers all across America. Gordon patented his one-of-a-kind machine, launching the program in two cities. But in a short time, the idea would ultimately fall to the rise of the Internet. “We became a victim of technology,” Gordon said. After a brief stint with that ended during the dot-com bubble burst of 2000, Gordon went to work for the BBC, where was hired as a senior project manager. Spending days, weeks and sometimes months at time away from home, he bounced around the globe linking countries together via spaceage technology, collecting trinkets and building memories, until turning down an offer to work in South Africa just six weeks before his 65th birthday. “I just decided it was time to call it quits,” said Gordon who left the BBC in 2007. Life as a journalist Today, Gordon is a reporter for the Tehachapi News and lives in Stallion Springs with his wife Linda, who after walking in to buy a model train, ended up owning downtown Tehachapi’s Trains, Etc. He also serves on the Stallion Springs Community Emergency Response Team and belongs to the Friends of the Tehachapi Depot where his name is emblazoned on a bronze plaque in the lobby in honor of his helping to restore the historic railroad sta-

tion after a fire destroyed it in 2008. “She (Linda) has stood by me through all of me crazy long hours at work, traipsing around the world and trying things that couldn't work but did,” Gordon said. “I doubt most women would have put up with it. She has been a jewel.” The couple will celebrate 50 years of marriage this July. Once an editor for Television Broadcast Magazine, to stay busy today Gordon spends his time chasing down breaking news and covering the city government beat for the Tehachapi News, spending countless hours sitting through civic meetings and combing over mounds of agendas and legal documents. Among his most memorable events as a reporter, is his coverage of the Comanche Fire that plagued Stallion Springs in the fall of 2011. “I was chasing horse trailers, blocking roads and calling in to the newsroom to report my story,” Gordon said. “All while doing my job as a member of CERT.” On Feb. 6, Gordon turned 70. And while most retirees top their bucket lists with plans of traveling to places both near and abroad, one has to wonder what someone like Gordon who has already seen it all would do. “To tell you the truth, I just don’t honestly know,” he said. “What I do know is that I am not ready to retire (again) just yet. I like doing what I do, sticking my nose in everyone’s business and sharing the information I get with people.”


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Nostalgic tour of the Central Coast


ABOVE: Driving on the beach continus to be a favorite pastime in Oceano; AT LEFT: A view of Morro Rock from the natural history museum at Morro Bay State Park. BY CLAUDIA ELLIOTT TEHACHAPI NEWS

Having spent most of my life in Central California, ranging from Tehachapi north to Hanford and Porterville and west to San Luis Obispo County, the Central Coast feels to me like an extension of home, just as I think it must to our California Condors. Yet every so often I meet someone in Tehachapi who might have been to Morro Bay or Pismo once, but doesn’t really know our coastal territory. So this story is for both types of readers — those who have years of memories of trips to “our coast” and those who don’t know what they’re missing. The Central Coast might be considered from Santa Barbara to Monterey, but for me it is the coastline of San Luis Obispo County, stretching from Oceano Beach on the south to San Simeon on the north. I love this stretch of coastline for its natural beauty and for its memories. While you can take in the entire length on a weekend, we usually just pick a few favorite places — and often find something new to enjoy, as well. On a recent trip, my husband Chuck put up with my desire to reminisce, so we started out at Oceano, where I lived from second through sixth grade. In those days, my dad worked construction and was often out of work in the winter, so the daily routine was that he would pick us kids up after school and

we would spend the afternoon on the beach while our mom was at work. Dad would go clamming while we played in the dunes or made sandcastles in the damp sand closer to the water and then we’d head home where he’d have a pot of simmering chowder ready by dinner time. Of course, at the time I didn’t realize how lucky we were. Playing on the beach every afternoon was just part of life. And driving on the beach didn’t seem unusual at all. In those days there were three beach ramps — one at Oceano, another at Grover City (the town’s original name) and another at Pismo. You could drive for miles. On our recent trip we learned you now have to pay $5 for a day pass and can only travel a relatively short distance. Still people seemed to be having a great time. Other than the beach, there is not that much to do in Oceano, but the Great American Melodrama theater is located there, away from the beach on Highway One, and that is quite a fun place. Oceano is an old working town; when I was a kid the passenger train stopped there and it is still a hub for local agriculture which includes strawberries. But other than a few tourist attractions, it doesn’t look much different from some poor ag communities in the San Joaquin Valley. We drove around Oceano to see the house where we once lived (my par-

ents paid less than $10,000 in 1958 and the house seemed large to us; now it seems really small and you is probably worth $250,000 — and that’s after the price drop). Who could have known? Pismo Beach Next we headed to Pismo Beach. When our kids were teenagers, Pismo was the place they wanted to be when we went to the coast. And one thing I’ve noticed about Pismo is that if you’re from somewhere in Central California, you can almost count on running into someone you know walking down the street in Pismo if you’re there

on the weekend. Yes, happened on this trip, too. Fortunately, we didn’t have any teenagers along and didn’t have to wait in the long line at the popular Splash Cafe. We passed up some other eateries we’ve enjoyed through the years and headed up from the pier to the Pismo Brewing Company. We didn’t know what to expect, but found that it was a small operation in an old house with a comfortable atmosphere. Chuck tried one of their local brews, I had a root beer float and we took advantage of the checker game to take See CENTRAL COAST TOUR • Page 5

The once funky beach town of Cayucos has been spiffed up within the past few years with old-time facades and bright paint.


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Central Coast tour Continued from Page 4

a break. No matter that there were eight checkers missing (red and black) and we couldn’t quite remember the rules. We worked it out. Food Often our trips to the coast revolve around food. We have our favorites — McClintock’s in Pismo, the Old Custom House in Avila Beach, Garland’s Hamburgers in Grover Beach, the Great American Fish Company in Morro Bay and the Apple Farm in San Luis Obispo. But on this trip we consciously tried to spend more time doing something or seeing something than we did eating, so we settled on only one big meal out which ended up being brunch at the Apple Farm.

The natural history museum at Morro Bay State Park has been a favorite for generations of families and multitudes of school children.

For the uninitiated, the restaurants I’ve mentioned are all great — but there are many more and honestly we’ve never had a bad meal anywhere. Morro Bay After brunch on our second day, we headed to Morro Bay where we stopped at the Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay State Park, south of the main part of town. Visiting this museum was also part of my nostalgia tour. I went there as a child, took my children there and more recently my grandchildren. It’s small, but worth the visit. Up in the main part of town was the next stop on the Morro Bay nostalgia tour — the funky old Morro Bay Aquarium. I have to admit, it’s really awful. First you go through the gift shop, buy some stinky fish pieces to feed the seals and then into a dark room with grimy fish tanks that look the same as they did when I was seven. But there’s something about it I can’t resist. Cayucos and behond Sometimes we visit Cambria and San Simeon, but this time we decided to spend more time in Cayucos which we didn’t visit last year. We were really surprised by some of the changes as Cayucos in the past was pretty much reliably the same, a funky little beach town. Paul’s Liquor and Skippers next door looked pretty much as they always have, but across the street and down the block Cayucos has become gentrified with new and remodeled buildings. Can’t say it’s bad — just different. And I wonder if I’ll recognize the place in a few years. Time passes and things change, but fortunately many old favorites are at least recognizable, here and on the Central Coast. And even when what we’re looking at does change, we still have the memories.

Longtime favorite restaurants on the Central Coast include the Apple Farm Restaurant in San Luis Obispo.

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Easy Riders, Tehachapi style


Left to right, Bob Schmidt, Dave Lamkin, J.R. Collins, Dave Trunkey, Gene Gary and Ron Cruse after a meal in a Ridgecrest restaurant. BY NORM HAUGHNESS CONTRIBUTING WRITER

If you’re near Tehachapi’s Burger King about 7:30 a.m. on a Wednesday morning, you’ll see a cluster of motorcycles in the parking lot. Inside there’ll always be a convivial group of coffee drinkers gabbing animatedly about bikes and any other subjects that strike their fancy. Come eight o’clock, all get up, don jackets, gloves, and helmets, start engines, and head off on a ride. Typical day-trip destinations include Kernville, Sherman Pass, (from which you can plainly see Mount Whitney), Leona Valley, Cambria and Inyokern. Goal stop is always for a hearty lunch to reward the inner man for the miles behind and ready him for those ahead. Mileages covered on typical Wednesday rides range from 120 to such 400-mile round trips as to Solvang’s Motorcycle Museum or Cambria on the coast. Most of the expeditions get riders home by early- to mid-afternoon, but anyone can peel off early. Whatever works. Occasional overnight rides attract a smaller number of iron-butts. It’s all pretty casual and easygoing, yet there’s sensible organization at work too. Someone often rides “safety” at the tail end, in continual radio contact with J.R., our fearless leader. Some other riders are tuned in as well, monitoring and contributing chatter en route. So who are the Wednesday easy riders, what do they ride, and why do they ride? In their own words, here are some responses: Stan Gilbert, 78, car hauler, rides a Can Am Spyder “for the fellowship. Go fast or be last,” is his advice. J.R. Collins, 83, equipment operator,

straddles one of his two Honda Gold Wings to lead the gang “for the riding." “Beemer Dave” Trunkey, who admits, “Okay, I’m on Medicare," rides his BMW 1200 “for the camaraderie. Woulda, shoulda, coulda don’t make for crap. Never have, never will. Just do it!" Jim Matteson, 68, correctional worker, who drives a Yamaha V-Star, likes “the rest of the riders. And to discover where we’ll have breakfast.” Gene Gary, 78.5, truck driver, rides “for the friendship and to see a different place each week. Hey, if I’d known I’d live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” Harley Charlie (Chuck), 70, retired water superintendent, mounts his Harley Davidson or his Gold Wing. “I may kid around with these old folks, but I’d never hang out with them.” Bob Schmidt, 79, aerospace engineer, rides a Honda Valkyrie Interstate: “I like the group I ride with.” His advice: “Be ready to fall down, but never think about it.” Dave Lamkin, 71, a retired fireman who drives a Yamaha FJR and a Triumph Scrambler, says he likes “the B.S. stories” he hears during these excursions. Dennis Tope, 70, former school administrator, rides his BMW 1150 “for the biker camaraderie and the rides to interesting places. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. You can quote me.” Ron Cruse, 69, who riding a Honda ST1100, claims to be “retired.” From what? He’s cagey, but he’s been around. Why he likes the rides? “They scare me.” Lee Price, 78, “retired,” enjoys riding his Gold Wing 1800 “on great roads with a bunch of great men. Well, most of them.” Eddie Meeks, 71, rides his Honda Gold

Nine bikes from Tehachapi in a row at the private motor museum at Kramer Junction Wing and likes “the good friends and the (sometimes) nice weather,” adding, “Remember, watch the road in front of you!” Eugen Kunstmann, 60, retired, gets on his Suzuki Boulevard S83, “to get outdoors and ride with friends.” Ron McCoy, 65, school bus driver (and a lot of etc.), mounts his Triumph Bonneville, Honda ST-1300, or Yamaha XZ-550 and likes “sharing the enjoyment of riding. His comment: “You don’t stop riding because you get old. You get old because you stop riding.” Norm, who won’t see 85 again, rides his Yamaha Virago 1100 and Vision 550 “for the wind in the face and great interaction with a variety of really accomplished guys.” This is a pretty eclectic group. Definitely not, as one rider’s wife joshed, “Just a bunch of old fogies who sit around, gab, and drink coffee.” Although, okay, that may be part of the fun. Over the decade or more that this

loosely knit gang has been burning up the byways of Kern County and beyond, people from many walks of life have taken part. Current ages range from upper 40s to pushing 86. The rule is, show up on a sound bike, and you’re welcome. We have some memorable boredomkillers, like being buzzed last week by a low-flying Navy F-18 fighter jet on a road near China Lake. One rider swore he could see the pilot grinning at him as his violent wake wobbled our helmets. Having to thread your way carefully through a herd of skittish cattle, as on the way to Twin Oaks, keeps you awake too. Then there’s the continuing thrill of trying to keep up with J.R. By now almost a local institution, Tehachapi’s Wednesday morning easy riders have become one of the features that make our community unique. As I wrote in a 2007 Tehachapi News report on this bunch, it’s a privilege to participate.


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Financial pointers for older, unmarried couples Metro — Moving in together is something typically associated with young couples, but more and more unmarried men and women over the age of 50 are choosing to cohabitate. According to an analysis of 2012 U.S. Census data conducted by the Performance Reference Bureau, roughly 10 percent of the 15.3 million oppositesex unmarried cohabiting partners in the United States are between the ages of 55 and 64, while 15 percent are between the ages of 45 and 54. Such figures indicate that living together as an unmarried couple is no longer exclusive to younger couples. The incentives for older, unmarried couples to cohabitate are similar to those for younger ones, but older couples should heed a few financial pointers before deciding to move in together. • Iron out the financial details ahead of time. Young couples who move in together often do so as a precursor to getting married. Such couples do not

typically have much in the way of financial assets and, as a result, do not need to come to any formal agreement regarding their finances. Older couples, however, might be bringing a more substantial financial portfolio into the relationship, and these finances can complicate matters. Before moving in together, older couples should document their finances and how household expenses, including a mortgage if one exists, will be paid. Decisions regarding who will receive the tax breaks you might be eligible for when paying a mortgage should also be considered. Documenting your financial situation can protect your assets should you break up. If these arrangements are not documented, unmarried couples who break up could find themselves in a contentious financial battle not unlike couples going through a divorce. • Maintain some financial independence. Older, unmarried men and

women who choose to cohabitate with their partners should still maintain some financial independence after moving in together. A joint checking or savings account might work down the road, but initially keep these accounts separate to avoid any disputes. Keep paying your own bills, including car payments and credit cards, at the onset as well. • Update certain documents and policies. Upon your death, a partner with whom you cohabitate does not have the same legal rights of inheritance as would a spouse. As a result, it's important for unmarried individuals who cohabitate with their partners to update their wills, especially if they have been cohabitating for an extended period of time and want their partner to be taken care of in case of their death. In addition to updating information regarding beneficiaries, older men and women might want to update certain information regarding their health,

like who should take legal responsibility for medical decisions should one partner become incapacitated. In addition to updating your will, update any existing life insurance policies and retirement benefits to include your partner if you so desire. • Discuss any changes with your family, especially any children. When you make changes to your will, those changes will affect your beneficiaries. Upon making these changes, discuss them with your existing beneficiaries so your partner does not have to deal with relatives whose feelings might be hurt upon your death. This might not be an easy discussion, but you will want your partner to have your family as a support system upon your death. Older, unmarried couples are choosing to cohabitate more and more. While the incentives to doing so are numerous, there are some precautionary measures couples should take before moving in together.

How to keep marriage going strong into your golden years Metro — The trend of long-married couples calling it quits has been growing. However, there are some steps couples can take to keep their relationships going strong. According to the AARP, divorces among people over the age of 50 have doubled since 1990. According to Susan Brown, codirector of the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University, one out of three Boomers will face their golden years unmarried. There are a number of reasons why divorce rates have skyrocketed among the over-50 set. Understanding just why these divorces are taking place and taking proactive steps to alleviate some of the divorce triggers can be a recipe for a happy marriage that continues throughout a couple's golden years. • Increase accountability. Ours is a transient society where families no longer bat an eyelash over moving great distances away from other family members. As a result, Boomers may feel like they are not connected to children or grandchildren. With this in mind, they may feel less attached to their


Going on dates is a great way for older married couples to create excitement and romance. marriage or their responsibilities or believe that no one will get hurt by a divorce. Keeping families close and remaining in frequent contact can increase accountability and reduce the propensity for divorce. • Get things out in the open. A major reason for a failed marriage is years of avoiding significant issues rather than addressing problems. Couples should make time to talk to each other about anything that might be bothering them rather than letting too

many things slide. If these conversations turn into shouting matches, there is always the option of bringing in a third party to serve as a mediator. • Spend time apart. After retirement, couples may find themselves spending hours upon hours in each other's company. While togetherness can be beneficial, too much time spent together may lead to feelings of suffocation and the perception that each member of the relationship is no

longer his or her own person. Individuals can remedy this by doing more things on their own, whether spending time apart with friends or engaging in hobby time without your spouse. After all, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Brief periods of separation can make the time married couples do spend together feel more meaningful. • Recommit to your vows. After 30 or more years, the vows you shared on your wedding may be a distant memory. Some people may have different views on the permanence of vows, putting personal happiness ahead of the happiness of the couple. Take stock of what you promised one another on your wedding day and stick to those words. • Become a comedian. Laughter has a way of dissolving a tenuous situation. Focus energy on laughing at mistakes instead of pointing blame. Couples can make fun of themselves and resolve to not take things too seriously. • Act like you're dating. Couples often become complacent after many years of marriage. They may forget about the little details

that made the relationship fun in the early years. The personal notes and cards and other surprises may fall by the wayside after being together for some time. Make an effort to go on dates, write love notes and think of what was appreciated by your partners when you were in the dating stage.

• Practice selflessness. Sometimes all that is needed to rekindle a relationship is a selfless act that shows how much you care for your partner. Couples who are on the fence with regard to divorce can make an effort to improve the relationship rather than simply see divorce as the best option.

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Simple ways to avoid overspending as retirement nears Metro — When the nest is empty and the kids no longer need financial support, many men and women find themselves with some extra money in their budget. Fewer mouths to feed and no more college tuition bills can give parents a sense of financial freedom they may not have had since before starting their family. But that freedom can also lead to overspending, something that can put retirement in jeopardy if people are not careful. Though it's understandable for men and women to splurge on a welldeserved getaway once the kids have finally left the house, it's important for adults to ensure that such splurging does not become routine. The following are a few ways men and women with some newfound disposable income can avoid overspending and putting themselves in financial hot water as they get closer to retirement. • Pay with cash whenever possible. Swiping a debit card or credit card is certainly a convenient way to shop, but it can also be dangerous. Many people find it difficult to keep track of their spending when they use debit cards or credit cards to make their purchases. Using cash to make purchases, especially daily purchases like a morning cup of coffee, reduces the likelihood of overspending. This can help you get a better idea of how much money you're spending and if there are any steps you can take to curtail that spending. An effective way to use cash is to withdraw money from the bank once per week and use that as your weekly


Empty nesters can track their monthly expenses, including how much they spend on dining out, to ensure they aren't overspending as they inch closer to retirement. supply of money. If you find yourself frequently running out of money each week, then you're likely spending more than you should. • Keep a financial journal. Men and women who must adapt to having newfound disposable income may find it is not much different from younger men and women learning to manage their money when they first start

working. Some of those lessons, like saving more than you spend, might need to be relearned. One way to get a grip on your spending is to keep a financial journal to track your daily and monthly expenses as well as larger purchases like a new television. Write down the monthly expenses you know you have each month, such as a mortgage payment or

a car note, and each and every purchase you make, including how much you spend on dining out each month. Do this for at least a couple of months. When you have logged several months' activity, examine your journal to see if there are any expenses that can be trimmed to save money. • Don't go overboard rewarding yourself. Once your last child has left the nest, the temptation to reward yourself with a luxury item or two might prove overwhelming. After all, raising a family and paying for college tuition has no doubt required substantial sacrifice on your part, so it's well within reason that you want to reward yourself after all these years. Avoid overdoing it so your finances aren't stretched too thinly. A vacation with your spouse is reasonable, but buying a villa overseas might be a little over the top. Luxuries can be nice, but they can also drain a budget. Your monthly expenses once the kids have moved out should be lower, so if you find your cost of living has increased now that your nest is empty, you might be forced to determine which of your expenses are luxuries and which are necessities. • Take advantage of your "experience." Though accepting a "senior" discount might be a blow to your pride, it also can be a boon to your bottom line. Many establishments, including gyms, restaurants and movie theaters, offer discounts to men and women age 55 and older. This can help you save a substantial amount of money over time, and no one has to know you've started cashing in on your experience.

Things to consider as retirement approaches Metro — Though many people are delaying retirement, the day will still come when they leave their jobs behind and retire. Retirement can be a difficult adjustment that takes some getting used to, but it can also prove an exciting time, especially for those who planned ahead to ensure their retirement was a time to be cherished and not feared. Whether retirement is right around the corner or still a decade or so away, men and women should consider several factors to make sure their retirement years are an enjoyable time that allows them to live life to the fullest. • Income: Just because you're no longer working doesn't mean you won't have income. Government benefits, retirement accounts and perhaps even some light consulting work are just a few ways retirees can earn an

income. Though your retirement income will likely pale in comparison to your income as an adult working fulltime, estimate what that income will be so you can get at least an idea of how much will be coming in each month. • Monthly expenses: Once you have an idea of what's coming in, estimate how much will be going out each month. Certain costs associated with working, such as the cost of commuting and maintaining a professional wardrobe, can be removed from the ledger. But other expenses, including utilities, car payments and possibly even a mortgage payment, will still need to be made. Once you have an idea of your projected income and your expenses during retirement, you can get to work on a prospective budget to show you what you will need to live on

during retirement. • Employment: Many people now look at retirement as the end of one career and the beginning of another. As retirement draws closer, men and women might want to consider turning an interest or passion into a second career. Such a move might make retirement more exciting while removing some of the fear of finding enough things to pass the time that many people have with regard to retirement. • Relocation: Where to spend your retirement years is another thing to consider before the big day arrives. Do you, like many retirees, prefer to stay in your own home?Do you want to relocate to a warmer climate or move to another country? Do you want to move closer to your children and grandchildren? Do you want to split your time in separate cities? Is a retirement village

something you might be amenable to? Each of these options is different, and each requires a different financial commitment, so carefully consider where you want to spend your retirement and then consider how you can make those wishes a reality. • Medical costs: Private insurance or government-sponsored programs likely won't cover all of your medical costs, which typically increase as a person ages. There are various ways to prepare for the medical costs that might arise during retirement, and the earlier you start that preparation the less stressful paying for medical care as you age figures to be. Retirement should be an exciting time for men and women, especially for those who have spent years planning their retirement to ensure it's as enjoyable as possible.


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The challenge of shedding pounds after 50 Metro — Losing some weight is a goal for many people regardless of age. While youngsters and young adults might be able to get away with a few extra pounds without suffering any significant consequences, older adults carrying some extra weight might be putting their overall health at considerable risk. Shedding weight after the age of 50 is not always easy. As a person ages, muscle mass tends to dwindle while body fat has a tendency to increase. Since fat burns fewer calories than muscle, weight gain as a person ages is bound to happen. But that doesn't mean such weight gain is inevitable. In fact, men and women willing to make certain changes with regard to diet and exercise can shed pounds after 50 while preventing future weight gain. Diet Men and women need fewer calories as they age. For example, men and women in their 40s may need as many as 200 calories more per day than they will when they reach their 50s. Counting calories might seem difficult, so men and women in their 50s and older who don't think they can count calories can try to eat more low-calorie foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Consuming fewer calories often requires changing dietary habits, not only with regard to what you're eating but also how you're eating and even how you shop for food. Men and women used to dining out for lunch every day can start bringing their own lunches so they can gain greater control of their daily caloric intake. For those who find they're frequently too exhausted to cook each night, they can prepare meals in advance to have healthy, homemade meals waiting instead of always ordering takeout or delivery. When shopping for food, people should avoid doing so on an empty


Muscle-strengthening activities, including yoga, can help men and women over 50 lose weight and keep the weight off. stomach so they're less inclined to buy unhealthy snacks. Exercise Exercise is another essential component to shedding pounds after 50, though men and women over 50 should always consult a physician before they begin a new exercise regimen. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points out that regular exercise can help older men and women prevent the onset of a host of ailments, including heart disease and diabetes. In addition, the CDC notes that regular physical activity as one ages helps muscles grow stronger, which increases the chances that an individual will be able to perform nec-

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essary daily activities without the assistance of others. Maintaining that independence into older adulthood is a

goal for many men and women, and it's a goal that's far more realistic for men and women who exercise than it is for those who don't. When coupled with a healthy, lowcalorie diet, routine exercise can help men and women over 50 shed extra weight and keep the weight off once it's gone. According to the CDC, older adults need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, every week and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 more days a week. These muscle-strengthening activities should work all the major muscle groups, including the legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms. Muscle-strengthening activities include lifting weights, working out with resistance bands, exercise such as push-ups and sit-ups that use body weight for resistance, and yoga. Even gardening that involves digging and shoveling can be considered a musclestrengthening activity. Weight gain is often an expected side effect of aging. But men and women don't have to gain weight as they get older. Some simple dietary changes and a commitment to routine exercise is all it takes to shed weight after 50 and keep that weight off once it's gone.


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When key parts of the health care law take effect in 2014, you’ll have a new way to buy health insurance for yourself, your family, or your small business: the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marketplace is designed to help you find health insurance that fits your budget, with less hassle. Every health insurance plan in the new Marketplace will offer comprehensive coverage, from doctors to medications to hospital visits. You can compare all your insurance options based on price, benefits, quality, and other features that may be important to you, in plain language that makes sense. You’ll know you’re getting a quality health plan at a reasonable price, because there’s nothing buried in the fine print. When you shop at the Marketplace, all your costs are stated upfront. So you’ll get a clear picture of what you’re paying and what you’re getting before you make a choice. California’s Marketplace is called Covered California ( Under the health care law, you and your family also will have new protections. Health insurance companies can’t refuse to cover you, or charge you more just because you have a chronic or pre-existing condition. And they can’t charge more for women than for men. Here are three things to keep in mind about the Health Insurance Marketplace: • It’s an easier way to shop for health insurance. The Health Insurance Marketplace simplifies your search for insurance by gathering all your options in one place. One application, one time, and you and your family can explore every qualified insurance plan in your area -- including any free or low-cost insurance programs you may qualify for, such as Medi-Cal or the Children’s Health Insurance Program. • Most people will be able to get a break on costs. Programs that lower costs are available for almost everyone. You may be eligible for a free or low-cost plan, or a new kind of tax credit that lowers your monthly premiums right away. New rules and expanded programs mean that even working families can get help paying for health

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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. 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. 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.

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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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Senior Class Schedule SENIOR FIT - a low impact class designed to improve cardiovascular fitness, strengthen heart & muscles, increase flexibility and balance. JAZZERCISE - Dance exercise! GO-minute workouts are a fusion of Dance & Muscle Toning choreographed to a Mix of today's hottest music! PILATES - Tone up that wobbly middle! Designed to strengthen your core. YOGA - Iyengar Yoga, created by BKS Iyengar of India, characterized by a focus on precision of physical alignment, as well as by its use of props & holding poses over long periods versus moving quickly from one pose to the next. ZUMBA® - Party yourself into shape? Exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitnessparty!


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March 23 • 11 am to 3 pm Rabobank Theater

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Mascot appearance by the CSUB Runners


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Photo opportunity with Courious George

Stage show with Ronald McDonald


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More upcoming events Continued from Page 10

For more information visit Run with the Law • Lancaster July 6, 7 a.m. 3rd annual Child Cancer Research 5K/10K, Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 West Avenue H. Information and sign-up: m or

Self Defense Women’s Self-Defense exercise class • Lancaster Saturdays, Jan. 5 March 23, 9 - 10 a.m. The Academy of Style, 661 W. Lancaster Blvd. 7236077, 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 PAL Judo • Stallion Springs, all Tehachapi residents age 7 and older, Monday and Wendsdays at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stallion Spring Recreation Center, 27850 Stallion Springs Dr. For more information call 821-1989. Northern Shaolin KungFu • Lancaster Mar. 5 26. All class times are 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., 44933 Fern Ave. 723-6077, city- Sword Fighting for Kids • Lancaster Beginners: March 6 -27. Intermediate: Mar. 6 -27. 44933 Fern Ave., 723-6077, Bully Class • Tehachapi May 17, 5 p.m to 6 p.m. Tehachapi Martial Arts Center, 20418 Brian Way. 823-0621, Combat Hapkido Semina • Tehachapi May 18, 9a.m. to 3 p.m. Tehachapi Martial Arts Center, 20418 Brian Way. 823-0621,

Motorsports March Meet - Quarter Mile Drag Racing • Famoso March 7 - 10. Famoso Raceway, 33559 Famoso Rd. 399-2210, National Street Rod Association • Bakersfield April 26, 8:30 a.m. 8 p.m.; April 27, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; April 28, 8:30 a.m. 2 p.m. Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 So. '"P" St. 1-547-875-4032, Fun Ford Weekend • Famoso May 4 - 5. Famoso Raceway, 33559 Famoso Rd. 399-2210, Nascar • Bakersfield Nascar Pro Late Models 100, Limited Late Models 50, Mini Dwarfs at Kern County Raceway Park, located off I-5 and Enos

Saturday, March 23

Lane on April 20. Info: 8081.html#schedule Super Chevy Show • Famoso May 31 - June 2. Famoso Raceway, 33559 Famoso Rd. 399-2210, Saturday Night Nitro • Famoso June 16, July 14, Sept. 7. Features nitro funny cars, dragsters, altered and exhibition cars. Famoso Raceway, 33559 Famoso Rd. 3992210, Mega Mopar Action • Famoso Oct. 5 -6. Famoso Raceway, 33559 Famoso Rd. 399-2210,

Spectator Events Bakersfield Condors vs. Ontario Reign Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at the Robobank Arena, 1001 Truxton Ave. Tickets online at Bakersfield Condors vs. Ontario Reign Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. at the Robobank Arena, 1001 Truxton Ave. Tickets online at Bakersfield Condors vs. Utah Grizzlies Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Robobank Arena, 1001 Truxton Ave. Tickets online at TO SUBMIT LISTINGS send by email to: or call 823-6360.

Sponsored by Tehachapi Recreation & Parks One mile, 5k, and 10k race events. Proceeds go toward Jacobsen Middle School’s track team. Pre-registration is $25 prior to March 7 with a t-shirt. Registration is $30 the day of the event. Races will start at Monroe High School, 126 Snyder St. Race day registration will be at 9 a.m. with races beginning at 10 a.m. To register:, click on Events to navigate to downloadable form or call Parks and Rec office 661-822-3228.

Swimming at Dye Natatorium Continued from Page 10

Season runs from April 8 through July 6. More information and to register, call the Parks and Recreation office at 822-3228. Lap Swim Enjoy the 6-lane, 25meter pool. All swimmers can take advantage of our fins, pull-buoys, and kickboards. Swimmers will be expected to share lanes and circle swim when necessary. Requirements: Ages 16+, or younger with manager approval. Cost: $50 for unlimited monthly use; $30 for 12visit punch pass; $3 drop-in. Morning Lap Swim Monday through Friday: 5:00 – 7:30 a.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. to noon. Evening Lap Swim Monday through Friday 7 to 9 p.m. Junior Lap Swim Enjoy our 6-lane, 25-

meter pool. All swimmers can take advantage of our fins, pullbuoys, and kickboards. Swimmers will be expected to share lanes and circle swim when necessary. Days and Times: Mondays and Wednesdays: 5 to 7 p.m. Requirements: Ages 617 (must be accompanied by a parent) Cost: $50 for unlimited monthly use; $30 for 12-visit punch pass; $3 drop-in. Adult Recreation Swim Adult Rec Swim is a great time to get in the pool and do your own thing. Swimmers can come and swim laps, do their own aerobic exercise using our equipment, or just float around and work the kinks out. This is a favorite among women, friends and seniors. Days and Times: Monday to Friday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through

April 26; 1 to 2:45 p.m., April 29 through May 17. Cost: $50 for unlimited monthly use; $30 for 12visit punch pass; $3 drop-in. Location: Dye Natatorium (Directions) More Information: call 822-3228 or email Marti’s Water Aerobics Marti Sprinkle’s popular water aerobics class is back. Perfect for those recovering from a surgery or just looking to get in shape through a low-impact workout. Upbeat music and a positive environment make this 60-minute class fly by. Marti has been teaching water workout for more than 20 years and has all necessary certifications to work you into the best shape of your life! Days and Times: Monday and Wednesday, 7 to 8 p.m., cost: $35 per month or $5 per class.

California Desert Bighorn Sheep tag sells for $45,000 A California Desert Bighorn Sheep tag sold for $45,000 at the 41st Safari Club International Convention in Reno, Nev. The tag was sold through the Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation). Each year the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) authorizes the sale of a limited number of big game permits through various conservation organizations to support wildlife programs in the state. All proceeds from the sale will be used to fund con-

servation efforts in California. The tag was sold to Jim Craig of Indiana to hunt Zone 2, the Kelso Peak and Old Dad Mountains in San Bernardino County. The season for this tag will run from Nov. 2, 2013 to Feb. 2, 2014. Craig has purchased a California Desert Bighorn Auction tag for three years running. He is an ardent sheep hunter and donates to bighorn sheep conservation projects along with buying auction tags. He cites

California’s wildlife management and personnel as some of the best in the West. “California Fish and Wildlife biologists have done an excellent job at managing their desert bighorn sheep population,” said Craig. “We all have to chip in and help with conservation efforts.” Most of the sheep tags issued each year are allotted through a randomized drawing; two are available for auction and one through a fund raising randomized

drawing. In 2012, CDFW issued 27 California Desert Bighorn sheep tags for specific units from Imperial County to the White Mountain Units. To date 23 hunters harvested sheep. The number of rams to be harvested each year is based on biological surveys and herd health. California Desert Bighorn Sheep tags are one of the most coveted and prized tags. Each year more than $200,000 is raised by the three Desert Bighorn Sheep tags at auction

and the fundraising randomized drawing. By law, revenue from sales of fundraising tags is deposited into a Big Game Account and used in the CDFW respective species management program. Generally, three bighorn sheep, 10 deer, three elk and two pronghorn antelope tags are available for auction annually. “Non-profit conservation organizations, like SCI Foundation, that auction conservation tags provided by CDFW play a vital role in helping

obtain funding for conservation projects,” said Eric Loft, Wildlife Branch Chief. “In 2012 CDFW received a record $546,010 for research and management from auction and randomized drawing tags.” This year’s second Desert Bighorn Sheep auction tag, the open zone tag, will be auctioned at the California Wild Sheep Foundation Banquet in Carmichael, Calif. on April 27. For more information on this tag go to:


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Take your family to Murray Family Farms BY LINDA LOVENDAHL

person, weekends $5.99. The mission of the familyowned and family-managed business is to create a wonderful on-the-farm experience, offer meaningful entertainment and memories, educate and inspire the public to eat their "Ten-ADay" fruits and vegetables and exemplify old-fashioned friendly service and family values. The Murray Family home is situated in the middle of the orchards where the family lives


Enjoy a day in the country with your family by visiting The Big Red Barn at Murray Family Farms approximately 20 miles west of Tehachapi on Highway 58 at the General Beale Road exit. The location provides a treat for the eyes with a panoramic view of the great San Joaquin Valley against a backdrop of the beautiful Southern Sierra and Tehachapi mountain ranges. It is open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and offers fun and education for all ages the whole year round. For children there is a huge jumping pillow to experience and a petting zoo. They will see and touch an assortment of childfriendly animals like goats, chickens and miniature ponies, plus other creatures like ducks and ant farms seasonally. Adults will appreciate the Big Red Barn stocked with certified sustainable and organic fruits and vegetables for sale, plus the relaxing atmosphere of an operating

and raises their children. Agricultural sprays are minimized and only approved organic materials are used from bloom to harvest. The Big Red Barn is the flagship farm of the two-farm enterprise. The second is The Old Tomato Weigh-Station located at 9557 Copus Road, Bakersfield, 661-858-1100. It is open every day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers the same amenities but is smaller than The Big Red Barn. See the website for directions.


The Big Red Barn at Murray Family Farms is approximately 20 miles west of Tehachapi on Highway 58 and is stocked with certified sustainable and organic fruits and vegetables. farm. Every age can enjoy the Cal-Okie Kitchen that serves up specialties all day long and everyone can pick produce right from the tree during the growth season. There are 178 varieties of fruits and vegetables grown on the farm every year. On the weekends there are even hayrides on wagons. Special events are offered several times

a year too. Check the website ( for schedules or phone 661-3300100. Admittance is free to both The Big Red Barn and Cal-Okie Kitchen. It is $2 a child for the petting zoo with children under the age of three, free. Entrance for the family during the week for all the activities is $3.99 a

At Murray Family Farms there is fun for kids, including this huge jumping pillow.

Fish & Wildlife

Is it OK to import rattlesnakes to sell as exotic meat? Q&As from the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife BY CARRIE WILSON CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Question: I have a business where I sell different types of exotic meats for human consumption. If legal to do, I would like to offer the meat of the following species of rattlesnakes: eastern, western and prairie rattlesnakes. I know I cannot bring western diamondbacks into the state, but are there any restrictions to selling eastern diamondbacks and prairie rattlesnakes from Montana in California? What about selling rattlesnake sausages and rattlesnake cakes made in Colorado? Can I sell processed food in California or is there a restriction? (Anshu P.) Answer: There are no restrictions in California Fish and Game laws


Western Rattlesnakes are native to California and so cannot be sold or imported into the state. against importing and selling the meat of any species of reptile or amphibian that is not found in the wild in California, as long as they are not otherwise prohibited by federal law. For a list of species found in the wild in California, please go to ongame/list.html.

Lobster hooping? Question: I understand from the regulations that if hoop netting from a kayak, you need to keep your license and card with you. However, if you are scuba diving, you can keep it in your car 500 yards away. I want to hoop from land,

but most likely I will have to swim or get wet at certain areas. Can I also keep my license in my car or do I have to bring it with me? (Ping Lee) Answer: When a person is diving from a boat, the license may be kept in the boat, or in the case of a person diving from the shore, the license may be kept within 500 yards on the shore (Fish and Game Code, section 7145(a)). Therefore, the Fish and Game law that allows the license to remain in the vehicle is specific to a person who is diving from the shore and within 500 yards of the vehicle. Under all other circumstances, the law requires you to have your license in your immediate possession.

Bluegill for bait? Question: I have had some discussions with other fisherman over the use of bluegill for bait in the body of water it was caught in. I can’t seem to find anything on the website this year pertaining to using them for bait. Am I looking in the wrong area? Have the regulations

changed? Please lend us a hand with some info because we don’t want to fish out of our limits. Thanks a million and tight lines to you. (Randall S.) Answer: California sportfishing regulations for freshwater generally prohibit using live or dead finfish for bait. Although certain species of finfish may be used in the waters where taken, bluegill may only be used in the Colorado River District (see California Code of Regulations Title 14, section 4.15(a)) and portions of the Valley and South Central Districts (see CCR Title 14, section 4.20(d)). See sections 4.00 - 4.30 in the Freshwater Sportfishing Regulations for a complete listing of fish that may be used for bait, and keep in mind that bluegill are sunfish pursuant to CCR Title 14, section 1.77. The regulations are available online at

New big game random drawing tags? Question: What's the latest on the special big game tags this year? Will

any new tags be available via the random drawing system? (George S., Modesto) Answer: Yes! Hunters can apply for four different fund-raising random drawing tags. These tags raise funds needed for vital wildlife conservation programs. According to California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Big Game Program Analyst Lai Saechao, the 2013 fundraising random drawing tag for bighorn sheep will be valid in two hunt zones. The hunter will have a choice between the Marble/Clipper Mountains or the South Bristol Mountain hunt zones. In addition, Dry Creek Outfitters has offered free guide services to the winner of the FundRaising Random Drawing Bighorn Sheep Tag. Also available, one open zone deer tag which allows the hunter to hunt during the authorized season dates of any deer hunt, using the specific method and meeting any special conditions of the tag for that hunt. There’s also an Owens Valley elk tag which

allows the hunter to hunt in any of the Owens Valley zones (Bishop, Independence, Lone Pine, Tinemaha, Tinemaha Mountain and Whitney) with any legal method. Last but not least, a Northeastern California antelope tag will be valid in the Mount Dome, Clear Lake, Likely Tables, Lassen, Big Valley and Surprise Valley zones with any legal method. Opportunities to apply for these four fund-raising random drawing tags are available to all interested hunters. Hunters can now apply at any CDFW license sales office, through license agents or online at Hunters may also apply for these fund-raising random drawing tags at the CDFW booth at the Fred Hall Shows in Long Beach and Del Mar next month. CARRIE WILSON is a marine environmental scientist 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 in this column. Please contact her at


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Home & Garden

Soup essentials (Family Features) Few things warm your body and soul quite like a bowl of hot and hearty soup on a chilly day. Don't be left out in the cold this winter. Make sure you have a pantry stocked with the right ingredients to make a delicious, comforting soup any time your taste buds desire. Here's what you need: Grains and Legumes Grains, pastas and legumes are a must. They offer filling fiber along with great taste and texture. • Brown rice • Long grain rice • Rigatoni • Small pastas such as orzo or ditalini • Farfalle • Egg noodles • Canned beans such as pinto, black, cannellini/white kidney, and lentils • Couscous • Quinoa or barley Vegetables - Adding two or three vegetables to a recipe brings color, flavor and vitamins to your soup. • Roasted peppers • Canned corn • Canned tomatoes • Dried mushrooms • Onions • Carrots • Celery Broths and Stocks - For an inexpensive way to season your soup, make your own stock and freeze it for whenever you need it. You can also buy broth at the grocery store and save in your pantry until needed. Either way, make sure to keep a variety on hand for different kinds of soup. • Low sodium chicken broth or stock • Beef broth or stock • Vegetable broth or stock • Soup bases, such as turkey, chicken or beef Proteins - Make sure to hold onto your leftovers. Ham, bacon, turkey, chicken, beef and sausage can all be great flavor additions. These two soup recipes will help you enjoy every last bite of your remaining Smithfield ham and its rich, smoky flavor.

Nutritious meals made easy

A well-stocked pantry, or “Cantry” is essential for cooking when pressed for time.

Hearty Pasta Fagiole with ham will definitely warm your body and soul on a chilly day.

Winter Root Vegetable and Ham Soup Serves: 6 • 2 cups leftover Smithfield ham, chopped • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1 large leek, chopped • 4 cups diced butternut squash • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced • 2 large Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced • 1 large parsnip, peeled and diced • 1 large garlic clove, minced • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper • 2 cups chopped escarole • 3 cups vegetable broth In medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add leeks and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in cumin; cook 1 minute until fragrant. Stir in broth, butternut squash, carrots, potatoes, parsnip, Smithfield ham and pepper. Over high heat, heat to boiling; reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 15 minutes until vegetables are almost tender, stirring occasionally. Add escarole; cook 5 minutes longer.

Hearty Pasta Fagiole with Ham Serves: 6 • 2 cups leftover Smithfield ham, diced • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 2 16-ounce cans white kidney beans, drained and rinsed • 1 large tomato, diced • 4large garlic cloves, minced • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley • 2 cups ditalini or tubetini pasta, cooked • 2 cups chicken broth • Grated Parmesan cheese In 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, in hot oil, cook garlic, about 3 minutes, until softened. Add white kidney beans, tomato, chicken broth, ham and pepper; over high heat, heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low. Add pasta. Simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. To serve, stir in parsley. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese. Stock up on soup essentials today so you can enjoy the perfect soup any time you want. You can find more recipes and tips like these at

(Family Features) For those who enjoy preparing home-cooked, nutrientrich meals, but are often pressed for time, canned foods are essential cooking tools. A well-stocked pantry, or "Cantry," ensures you always have healthful fruits and vegetables on hand - no matter the time of year. "Cans' ironclad seal locks in freshness, flavor and nutrients, so you can rely on canned foods to create wholesome and delicious meals for your family," said Elizabeth Fassberg, MPH, RD, CDN, owner of EAT FOOD, a food and nutrition consultancy in New York City. "Cooking with canned food means you know what you're serving your family and helps cut down on eating out." To get the most nutrition from your canned foods, here are Elizabeth's tips: • Select fruits that are packed in their own juice, water or 100-percent fruit juice. • When possible, opt for canned vegetables or soups with no sodium added or low sodium products. If these options are not available, rinse the vegetables before you use them. •Refrigerate leftover canned goods in a glass or plastic container. So if you're not sure what to make for dinner tonight, look no further than your "Cantry." For more recipes visit and

Ten Minute-Stroni Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Serves: 8 • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil • 1 large onion, diced • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning • 1/2 teaspoon dried savory • 1/4 teaspoon ground sage • 1 quart canned, low-sodium chicken broth • 1 cup 100% vegetable juice • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar • 1 cup canned, diced tomatoes (no-salt added) • 1 cup canned navy beans or chickpeas, drained and rinsed • 1 can (8 1/4 ounces) sliced carrots, drained • 1 can (8 1/4 ounces) cut green beans, drained • 1 can (4 ounces) sliced mush rooms, drained • Parmesan cheese (optional) Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute until transparent, about 2 minutes. Add garlic, Italian seasoning, savory and sage, and cook 10 seconds. Add broth, vegetable juice and vinegar, and bring to a boil. Add tomatoes, navy beans, carrots, green beans, and mushrooms; simmer 4 to 5 minutes. Serve in bowls garnished with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Nutritional Information Per Serving: Calories 100; Total fat 2.5g; Saturated fat 0g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 380mg; Carbohydrate 14g; Fiber 3g; Protein 5g; Vitamin A 80%DV*; Vitamin C 25%DV; Calcium 4%DV; Iron 10%DV SOURCE: Can Manufacturers Institute


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Practical Money Matters

Should you hire a tax preparer? Home Alone: Canine Edition! BY JASON ALDERMAN

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The U.S. tax code grows more complicated every year and currently spans thousands of pages – even government experts can't agree exactly how long it is. So it's not surprising that millions of Americans hire professional tax preparers to complete their returns. Relinquishing the onerous task of calculating your taxes to a professional may save you time and give peace of mind – they know more about tax law than you do, right? But remember: You're still legally responsible for all information on the return. So if the preparer makes a mistake or intentionally defrauds the government, you'll be on the hook for any additional taxes, interest and penalties – even possible prosecution. The IRS notes that although most tax return preparers are professional, honest and serve their clients well, taxpayers should use the same standards for choosing a preparer as they would for a doctor or lawyer, and be on the lookout for incompetence and criminal activity. There are several basic types of tax preparers: certified public accountants, IRS-designated enrolled agents, tax attorneys, storefront agents (think H&R Block) and self-employed preparers. The first three types must meet their own licensing agency's continuing education and licensing requirements and are bound by ethical standards; they're also the only professionals authorized to represent you before the IRS on all tax matters, including audits, collection and appeals. Others may only represent you for


The U.S. tax code grows more complicated every year, below is some tips on how to choose the right tax return preparer.

audits of returns they actually prepared. Always ask whether they belong to any professional organizations with continuingeducation requirements. Here are tips for choosing the right tax return preparer: • Request an initial free consultation at which you can share last year's return and discuss how your situation has changed. • Ask how their fees are determined – some charge by the number of forms (schedules) filed, others by the hour. You might pay anywhere from $100 to many thousands of dollars, depending on the complexity of your situation, where you live, the agent's credentials, etc. • One good way to get a sense of fees is to ask what they would have charged to complete your last year's return. • Be wary of tax preparers who claim they can obtain larger refunds than other preparers. No one can estimate your refund without first reviewing your financial information. • Avoid preparers who base their fee on a percentage of the refund. • Consider whether the individual or firm will be around to answer questions about the return

months or years after it's been filed. • Check their credentials and find out if any complaints have been filed with the Better Business Bureau. • Reputable preparers will ask to see receipts and will ask multiple questions to determine whether expenses qualify for deduction. • Ask whether your return's preparation will be outsourced, which means your personal information could be transmitted electronically to another firm, possibly outside the U.S. • Ask about their experience with IRS audits and what their fees would be to represent you in an audit. • Ask their policy for reimbursing you for fines, penalties and interest if it turns out your owe back taxes on a return they prepared – many have insurance for that purpose. And finally, don't muddy the waters by linking your tax-return fee to buying another product the preparer may be trying to sell, such as a refund-anticipation loan or check, retirement savings account or insurance policy. JASON ALDERMAN directs Visa's financial education programs. To Follow Jason Alderman on Twitter:

Pet owners love being greeted at the door by their furry companions — but coming home to see the sofa in chunks on the floor amid the smiling jowls of our pet isn't the welcome we hope for."We all love spending time with our dogs, but we need to leave them at home alone sometimes," says certified dog trainer, Laura Roach, from the nationally trusted pet care franchise Camp Bow Wow. "Nobody wants to come home to chewed-up shoes or ripped furniture. A tired dog is a good dog, so it's important to give them exercise and socialization." Ensuring your pooch is well-behaved while you're gone is an important piece of dog training, but that doesn't mean they should remain cooped up all day. Dogs need exercise, and if they're holed up indoors for too long, they can develop behavioral or health issues or leave a messy accident behind for you to clean up. As Roach noted, an over abundance of both energy and boredom usually explains why some dogs go nuts when left alone. See what professional dog trainers recommend to curb chewing antics. 1.Drop your dog off at doggy day care several days a week. Services like those at Camp Bow Wow provide over 100

convenient locations across the country, where your pup can play and socialize all day while you are at work. 2.Hire a pet sitter to take Fido for a 30-minute walk at least twice a week. Most pet care facilities offer an athome component. For example, Camp Bow Wow has certified Home Buddies care givers to get your dog out of the house for a welldeserved break. 3.Purchase some interactive dog toys to keep your pet busy while you're gone. Interactive toys are puzzles that challenge your dog's mind and make them more likely to rest when they are done playing. 4.Keep your pet stimulated. When dogs are mentally exhausted, they don't have time to think about getting into trouble. In addition to buying toys that are designed to be challenging, pet owners can take obedience or agility

classes. Hire a Behavior Buddies Trainer to come to your home to give you tips on how to wear your dog out mentally and ensure your home is "dog proof." Curious what Fido can do to a living room when left home alone without exercise or attention? Play the interactive Facebook game "Bad to the Bone" at "http://www.facebook.c om/campbowwow">ww While on Camp Bow Wow's Facebook page, you can also vote for the finalists from their nationwide search for the worst-behaved dog. Dogs will be matched in a weekly interactive face-off contest where the winner will receive a Camp Bow Wow gift certificate. Learn more about various services from the brand you trust at ""

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Important winter care tips for equines, part 2 BY FIONA NELSON-HAHN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Shivering is an emergency strategy that animals use as a last resort in an attempt to stay warm to try and avoid hypothermia when their body temperature is lowered to dangerous levels. It can produce heat at a rate five times greater than normal, but it burns fats stores – fast. If your equine is shivering, you need to something to help it warm up - fast! Keep the horse out of the wind or draughts. Offer hay. Use blankets until the animal stops shivering. If the horse is wet or damp, it is essential to keep it warm while its coat dries to prevent it from becoming chilled. A good way of doing this is to put one or even two fly sheets on the horse and then put a warm blanket on top. This will allow sufficient air to flow under the warm blanket to enable the horse to dry off while remaining warm. The horse will need to be monitored closely during

the drying off process to ensure it stays warm until its coat completely dry. Many horses tend to look like fluffy teddy bears during the winter months because of their winter coats, but this (and blankets) can hide weight loss, so be sure to check your animals regularly. Using a weight measuring tape is more accurate than judging by eye or feeling along the ribs. Be careful to measure exactly the same way each time you use the tape – if the horse moves its head up or down slightly even this can make a difference in the reading. Take a few readings each time you ‘weigh’ your horse and keep a record for comparison. You don’t want a shock in springtime and find that when your horse sheds it winter coat it resembles a walking hat rack! Horses also need protection from extremes of weather, and this is reflected in Kern County ordinance that requires all animals to be provided with shade in hot weather and shel-

ter in cold weather. If you do not have stalls for your horses, a roofed, three-sided shelter will provide protection against sun, wind chill, rain and snow. Even if you do not think your horses will use shelter, the law requires that it be provided, and they then have the option to use it if they want to, or when they really need it. It is important to ensure that the shelter offers adequate space for all animals, taking into account that dominant animals may deter animals lower in the ‘pecking order’ from entering a shelter if it is not large enough. It may be necessary to provide more than one shelter in multi-animal situations. We have all heard the old proverb: “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” Fortunately for us and our equine friends - there are some cunning strategies we can use nowadays to encourage drinking and otherwise increase their liquid intake. As dehydration is prob-

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Affectionate Angel My name is Angel and my owner has had to move into an apartment for health reasons and can't keep both me and my friend so I am looking for a home. I am four years old, good with kids and other dogs, not cats. I am loving and affectionate and looking for you! And did I mention how beautiful I am? For more information contact the Tehachapi Humane Society at 661823-0699 or visit

Wonderful Mercedes My name is Mercedes, I’m a two year young, five pound female mini

Dachshund mix; and due to injury, abuse, or possibly something else, I’m missing one eye; this definitely does not stop me from living life to the fullest. I am well balanced and very secure in every way, extremely sweet, friendly and good with other dogs. I would be a great family dog or as a companion, so wait no further, to adopt me, please call Lynda, 661821-0518 or Save Tehachapi’s Orphaned Pets (STOP) at 661-8234100, menu #2. PET & RESCUE NEWS runs regularly in the Tehachapi News Weekender. The deadline for submissions is at noon each Wednesday for the following week’s paper. Send submissions For more information call Antony Earley, 823-6370.

• Tehachapi Humane Society - 823-0699, 21600 Golden Star, Tehachapi. Visit the THS website at • Have a Heart Humane Society Society750-2261, 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 • Doberman Pinscher SOS-886-1721. Visit the Dobie SOS website at

ably the leading cause of impaction colic in winter, you will want to take steps to ensure your horses are not at risk. Data from studies show that horses drink substantially more water in winter when it is lukewarm, rather than ice cold. Researchers have noted that water warmed to 39°F resulted in significantly greater water intake. There are numerous types of heating units available that are made specifically to ensure that horses can have access to unfrozen water at all times. A quick search on the internet will enable you to choose which suits your situation best. Apart from protecting your equines from the pain and trauma of an attack of colic, it is far cheaper to prevent an attack by using one of these units rather than paying for veterinary visits, never mind colic surgery! If, for some reason, you are unable to provide your horses with warmed water – automatically or otherwise, at the very least,

keep their drinking receptacles clear of ice, even if you have to do this manually. Increased fluid intake can be encouraged by providing each horse with a couple of tablespoons of salt a day in their feed. Other tips are to soak feeds such as beet pulp and hay cubes, or offer wheat or rice bran which has had water added. If your horse consumes these, then they are taking in extra liquid, and every drop counts. Another strategy is to keep water near the food source so horses do not need to go far to drink. Feeding a diet that is predominantly forage (hay), providing ice-free water and adequate shelter from inclement weather are great ways to ensure horses' health and wellbeing during the winter months. As always, if in doubt about anything in connection with your horse husbandry, consult your veterinarian.

Turn a bad dog into an obedient pooch Is your dog bad to the bone? Does your sweet Jack Russel guard all doors from intruders -- friends and family included? Or is it your Boxer puppy that won't stop shredding socks and underwear? Some of the cutest pooches have the worst manners. Whether you're at work or just in another room, their mischievous play may lead to anything from home repairs to staggering vet bills. Pooches and owners alike can relate to this common problem, and getting the magical, behavioral transformation you've always fantasized about is closer than you think -pet care authority Camp Bow Wow held a contest, "Bad to The Bone: Camp Bow Wow's Worst Behaved Dog Contest," to discover North America's most ill-mannered dog. The winning pooch received a full year of free services ($3,000 value) at a local Camp or Home Buddies (an in-home care service offered by Camp Bow Wow) of their choice. Most importantly, the winning dog also received free dog training to correct those bad habits. If you are a frustrated pet owner who doesn't have time to wait to win a contest like this, here are five dogtraining tips straight from the Behav-

ior Buddies experts at Camp Bow Wow to get you started: 1. Proper exercise is key! A majority of behavior issues stem from a lack of proper exercise. At least one 30minute walk per day is sufficient for most dogs. Playing in the backyard or in the house does not count as exercise. 2. Buy a dog backpack for walks. This allows your dog to have a job and adds weight with objects like water bottles or hand weights so the dog expends more energy. 3. Challenge your dog with brain puzzles. A mentally tired dog will not spend time thinking about how to get in the garbage or waste breath yipping at neighbors. 4. Take a training class. Getting your dog to respect you is critical to having your dog listen to you. 5. Send your dog to Camp Bow Wow or hire a Home Buddies Care Giver to take Fido on a walk. A tired dog is a good dog! If your beloved Fido is still opening cabinets and devouring furniture, enter him or her in Camp Bow Wow. For more information, visit to see the location finder for the nearest Camp Bow Wow or Home Buddies near you. SOURCE: NEWSUSA


Friday, March 1, 2013 — The Weekender

Noteworthy Class for parents of special needs children

Credit report workshop offered

A free class on "How to Advocate for Your Special Needs Child" based on the book “From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide” by Pam and Peter Wright will be held on Saturday, March 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Taught by

How much do you understand your credit report? Receive useful information by attending ‘My Credit Report,’ a complimentary workshop hosted by Kern Schools Federal Credit Union with guest speaker Jennifer Wallis from BALANCE Financial Fitness. This educational workshop will discuss sev-

Joanne Moss of Special Education Advocacy & Assistance (, this free class will be held at Tehachapi Mountain Vineyard. Learn what to do if you think your child might have special needs, how to write letters that get results,

how to prepare for an IEP meeting, what are your rights as a parent, what can you expect from your local school district, and more. To reserve your spot or if you have questions, please call 661-5059875.


eral topics including: how to correct innaccuracies, the role of credit bureaus, understanding and improving a credit score, consumer credit-reporting laws, identity theft, and more. Your credit report can affect so many financial decisions. Manage your credit health by joining us on

Thursday, March 7 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Kern Schools’ Administrative Offices, 9500 Ming Ave., one block west of the Marketplace shopping center. Consumers can sign up by calling 833-7653 or by going online at All workshops are open to the public.

D I R E C T O RY Sunday Schedule

Wednesday Schedule

Adult & Youth Bible Study Bible Study for all ages - 9:30 AM Worship - 10:45 AM 6:00PM Pastor’s Bible Study - 6:00 PM Team Kid - 6:00 PM

First Baptist Church 1049 South Curry Street 822-3138

Ca lvary Chapel Tehachapi Calvary Chapel Tehachapi Senior Pastor Michael Clark Thursday Service: 7:00 PM Sunday Service 9:00 AM & 10:45 AM Sunday School and Nursery

15719 Highline Road Tehachapi Phone (661) 823-9814

Child care is only available for 10:45 Sunday service & Thursday at 7:00 p.m.


Church Phone: 822-6817

20413 Brian Way • (661) 805-8020 Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:15 a.m. Thursday Fellowship Group: 6:30 p.m.

St. Malachy Roman Catholic Church Father Michael Cox

Masses: Saturday ........................5:30 p.m. Sunday...........................8:00 & 10 a.m. Confessions Saturday ......4:00-5:00 p.m. Spanish Mass 12:00 Noon

Mill & West E. St. | 822-3060 | Office: 407 West E St. |

School Phone: 823-7740

Senior Pastor: Rev. Daniel T. Alsop, Sunday Worship at 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Preschool Director: Ulla Bennett, Six Weeks Through Age 5, 6AM to 6PM

Tehachapi Valley United Methodist Church Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors - Pastor David Ofahengaue

Traditional Worship 9:30 Contemporary Worship 11:00 a welcoming place


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Seventh-day Adventist Church SATURDAY Worship 20335 Woodford-Tehachapi Rd., Tehachapi 93561 Between (Schout and Highline) • (661) 822-1174

Pastor Erwin Joham

11 AM Sabbath School 9:30 AM

Where Love and Joy Abound Worship Service Time: Sun. 10:00 a.m. Child care available Cummings Valley Elementary School 24220 Bear Valley Road 661-821-2170 Knowing the Shepherd and making Him known

Worship at the church of your choice Please call 822-6828 to be included in this directory.


The Weekender — Friday, March 1, 2013

Former New Mexico Governor will speak at Kern economic summit Former New Mexico Governor and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Bill Richardson is scheduled as the keynote speaker at the annual Kern County Economic Summit, slated for March 20 in Bakersfield. But he may not be welcomed with open arms in Kern County after he helped his home state edge out Mojave to land Virgin Galactic's $200 million Spaceport America. Nevertheless, President and CEO of the Kern Economic Development Corporation, which copresents the event with the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce

and California State University, Bakersfield Richard Chapman said, he is ecstatic to have someone of Richardson’s caliber to serve as the keynote speaker. “New Mexico and Kern County have similar economies, including energy (both oil and renewable), mining, aerospace (research laboratories and flight test) and tourism,” Chapman said. “The Governor will present a critical analysis of California’s current business climate, and highlight advantages we afford in Kern County.” A former Democratic nominee for President of

the United States in 2008, Richardson also served as a congressman, a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and energy secretary under the Clinton administration before being elected as Governor in 2002, then again in 2006. The 13th annual economic summit is scheduled to run from 7 a.m. to noon at the Doubletree by Hilton. Registration will open in mid-February and sponsorship opportunities for the event are available by calling Sally Selby at 661-862-5150 or by visiting for more information.

Business & Services Directory “Laws regulating the licensing of contractors are important protections for you, the customer. These laws require that licensed contractors demonstrate a high degree of competence and observe high standards of financial and professional responsibility. Before you consider hiring a contractor, ask for the license number. When you deal with unlicensed contractors you give away many protections you may need.”


It’s going to be another exciting and eventful month at the Tehachapi branch of the Kern County library, with a variety of programs for the entire community. Reading, fingerplays, singing and fun happen at the preschool storytime every Thursday at 11 a.m. Learn a new language on Thursday nights, by attending one of two sign language classes. Ages 8 to 17 meet at 4:30 p.m. and 18 years of age and up meet at 5:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the

Writer’s Forum continues to meet every other Saturday from 10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. The group will explore writing tools on March 2 and will discuss historical fiction on March 16. The Fiction Writers Critique Group will meet Tuesdays, March 12 and March 26 at 5:30 p.m. Bring your writing and ideas and take advantage of the opportunity to fine tune your craft among fellow writers. On Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. the Need To read

Book Club will share opinions and compare impressions of the book “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave. What an interesting book. Everyone is invited to join in the discussion. Finally, the Tehachapi Valley Gem and Mineral Society will be providing a stunning display of example from around the world. The Tehachapi Branch of the Kern County Library is located at 1001 West Tehachapi Blvd. Suite A-400.

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the Kern Community College District: Cerro Coso Community College, Bakersfield College, and Porterville College; received reaffirmation based on comprehensive evaluations. The accrediting process starts on each campus with many hours of hard work by faculty, staff and administration to ensure that ACCJC’s standards are well represented by district wide practices. “Our reaffirmation without qualification is a testament to the quality of our programs, faculty, staff, and students,” stated Cerro Coso President Jill Board.



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Cerro Coso accreditation reaffirmed Cerro Coso Community College’s reputation for delivering high-quality education has been reinforced with the reaffirmation of accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). Reaffirmation is granted when an institution is found to substantially meet or exceed the eligibility requirements, accreditation standards, and commission policies. In October 2012, a team of Community College professionals from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges came to Cerro Coso campuses for on-site evaluations. All three colleges in


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The College’s Institutional Self Evaluation Report, the External Evaluation Team Report, and the Commission action letter will be made available to students and the public on the College website in the very near future. Reaffirmation is an indication of Cerro Coso’s commitment to the highest levels of learning and to excellence and continuous improvements in teaching. “We are honored that ACCJC has recognized our institutions stewardship by reaffirming accreditation of Cerro Coso Community College,” concluded President Board.


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Wonderful family home in a great area of east Golden Hills. Spanish flavor – with stucco and arches. Spacious rooms and a pleasant floor plan. Priced at $149,000. Call Terri for a showing today! - 661 303-6868 Terri Juergens

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LOVELY LOCATION Very nice 3BR/2BA, apprx 1,366 sq.ft. home overlooking the 8th green of Bear Valley Springs golf course. Open living area with fireplace and vaulted ceilings. Spacious bedrooms. On natural gas and sewer. Come see! $159,500 #9966024

BEAUTIFUL newer custom 3BR/3BA home, easy care flooring decking off the back, beautiful vaulted ceiling and a well laid out floor plan for relaxed living or a wonderful vacation retreat! $175,000 #9964370

U CED RE D VERY NICE GH WEST LOCATION! Stickbuilt, 3BR/2BA home in the gated community of Golden Highlands. LG splitwing living area, fireplace, large kitchen, 2 car garage and great backyard patio. Hurry! Now: $121,900 #9965955

SO NICE! 4BR/3BA View Home on 3 combined lots, apprx. 3,172 sq.ft., surrounded by oak trees, Skylights, & unique Craftsmanship at every angle. 2 fireplaces, 2 LG living areas on main & lower levels. $325,000 #9964730


YOU’LL LOVE THIS 2BR/1.75BA +Den/ Office home located near the golf course, country club, year round outdoor swimming pool & lighted tennis courts. This home was approved and built as a 3BR home, and could be changed back to a 3BR by modifying the closet space between the Master BR & Den. On sewer & natural gas. $134,000 #9965065

MAGNIFICENT BVS ESTATE on 16.3 flat acres. Splitwing Apprx. 4,221 sft. Chef’s kitchen, 3BR/2.75BA+office, 3 car garage w/guest house (apprx. 1,553 sq. ft) Seller will finance up to 50%! Call for details. $795,000 #9964544 CALL US TO

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


GOLFER’S DREAM! Wonderful 3BR/ 2BA, apprx. 1,938sq. ft. custom home on golf course at the 5th fairway near green, with mountain views. Lots of natural light through generous windows! Also on sewer and natural gas! $259,900 #9964993

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BEAUTIFUL, UPGRADED HOME in West Golden Hills, on over an acre with awesome views & on natural gas! 3BR/ 2BA,apprx 1,844 sq.ft, beautiful mahogany interior doors throughout, F/P in GT RM & newer HVAC. $25,000 #9965701 CALL US TO SEE OTHER WONDERFUL GOLDEN HILLS PROPERTIES!


OWNER MAY CARRY on this gorgeous 3BR/2BA Log Cabin home located on 1.72 acres. Featuring a stone stack fireplace in the LR, jetted tub in master BR & wonderful loft. Relax viewing the beautiful pines from the deck! $219,900 #9965217


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



OUTSTANDING! Fabulous 3BR/3.5, apprx 2,789 sq.ft. home, conveniently close to freeway access in Hart Creek Estates. Beautiful living rm with stone fireplace, generous, open Country Kitchen, serving bar & pantry. Generous rm sizes and wait until you see the Master BR! $439,900 #9965836



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

AWESOME HOME! 3BR/2.5BA, apprx. 2,152 sq.ft., generously-sized home in West Golden Hills! Beautiful center brick fireplace in LR. dining area & french doors lead to patio. Huge bonus Rm, Murphy bed ready! Backyard landscaped with fruit trees, shade trees & roses. R.V. parking available w/ electric hook ups. $192,000 #9965897


ADORABLE 2BR/1.75BA, apprx. 1,471 sq.ft. home, meticulously clean! LG living room with fireplace, indoor laundry rm, additional sun-room leading to beautifully landscaped back yard. Private room off garage perfect for storage or game/entertainment rm. RV parking, too! $120,000 #9966007

GREAT HOME in Golden Hills West. Features 3BR/2BA, apprx 1,759 sq.ft., laminated flooring in halls, family room and kitchen, vaulted ceilings, walk in closet in master bedroom. Call for special financing details! $189,900 #9965508



PURE SERENITY! Relax and thoroughly enjoy this wonderful 3BR/1.75BA, apprx 1,700 sq.ft. home. Two-story view home framed by a white picket fence with trellis and surrounded by 5 acres of oaks at the end of a cul-de-sac in picturesque Hart Flat. $212,000 #9966034

LIVE IT UP! Large 4BR/3.5BA home on 2.43 acres. Apprx. 3,648 sq.ft., generous sized 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: $169,900 #9965669

VERY NICE 2BR/1BA home, apprx 1,116 sq.ft on a corner lot in Tehachapi City. Recently remodeled with newer sinks, faucets, wall heater, flooring, water heater, range. Bonus room could be used as a family room or bedroom since it has a closet. Very clean. Come see! $97,000 #9965702

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! $144,500 #9965611



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

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. $155,000 #9965377




We had a failed escrow in 2011 (with another company). Bobbi was complimentary about our house and eager to list it. We feel very lucky to have met her and worked with her. She was always gracious and professional, even when dealing with demanding clients. We made it to the finish line. Happy Holidays! ~Mr. & Mrs. M.


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 “far away” feel. $132,500 #9966004

DELIGHTFUL DEAL! 2BR/1BA + bonus room with new stucco, new kitchen and appliances, new windows, new water heater, some new plumbing and electrical, new paint inside & out. Conveniently close to downtown shopping and restaurants. $87,000 #9965233



U CED RE D GORGEOUS HOME on Stallion Spring’s golf course. 4BR/3BA apprx. 3,009 sq. ft. on .51 acres. Sep. living rm & family rm. Formal dining rm & Lg. kitchen. Golf course views from the balcony off the master BR & two covered patios. $315,000 #9965995




SO NICE! Here’s a great 3BR/2.5BA, apprx 1,904 sq.ft. home on a large corner lot. Quality up-grades throughout. Each bedroom has a walk-in closet and cable. Spacious interior includes a large open kitchen w/granite counters, LG dining area, living room, fully fenced rear yard and large covered patio. $219,900 #9966014

BEAUTIFUL RENNOVATION on this Lovely 5BR/2BA home ...New roof, flooring, countertops, fixtures, cabinets, etc. Great granite kitchen and baths, lovely inground POOL all near the Stallion Springs Horsethief Golf Course! Great views, super lg front yard and even a separate garage for your golf cart! A must see! $224,900 #9965329



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 CALL US TO SEE OTHER BEAUTIFUL STALLION SPRINGS PROPERTIES!

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