Riding away with top honors

COLORFUL PRIZES—The Agoura 4-H Club were winners of numerous ribbons and prizes at the Ventura County Youth Horse Fair. From left are club members Kelsie Mordetzky, Kalista Chaffin, Katy Rishoff, leader Valerie Roser, Emily Ellingwood and Stormy the horse. 4-H clubs from Chief Peak, Citrus Valley and Santa Rosa also took part in the horse fair that ran from July […]

Pet of the Week

On the Trail

An act of avian intervention There are two pernicious insects that have disfigured my rural Agoura garden for years. One is an outright bully, picking on poor little petunias. The other has grandiose notions, attacking massive sycamores. This year, petunias were to be the stars of my budget-constrained garden. Teensy starter plants yielded gorgeous nonstop blossoms in every shade of […]

Event to benefit Habitat for Humanity

The Ventura County Coastal Association of Realtors will host its third annual “Cocktails in Havana” fundraiser at 6 p.m. Fri., Aug. 23 in the Santa Rosa Valley. The VCCAR’s affiliates committee event will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County and will take place at the home of Kristina and Peter Kalaydjian of Contact Escrow, Inc. Guests can learn how […]

Greening your cleaning can protect your health

COMMENTARY | Eye on the Environment

The City of Ventura’s Environmental Sustainability website asks the ominous question, “Do you know that many household cleaning products, even used as directed, could be hazardous to your health as well as the environment?” The website follows with a series of recipes for “safe substitutes,” featuring items such as “mold killers” made from tea tree oil and vinegar, furniture polish […]

The Movie Nut

With its vintage jazz soundtrack and simple blackand white opening credits listing major actors in alphabetical order, “Blue Jasmine” is an instantly recognizable Woody Allen film, but it’s not an extraordinary one. What’s in here is Allen’s genius at putting opposites together and letting them experience the downsides of life and the promise of love’s second chances. What’s missing are […]

Nonprofit expands role of caregivers

Senior Concerns celebrates grand opening of support center

Thousand Oaks resident Suzi Hogan began providing aroundthe clock care for her mother after rescuing her from an abusive retirement home in Kentucky three years ago. But the challenge of looking after the needs of her aging parent, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease and dementia, pushed her to her limits. Hogan had a heart attack while moving her mother to […]

Serving in uniform

ATTENTION— Emerson Wahl, 2009 valedictorian of Agoura High School, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May with a degree in quantitative economics. Now an ensign in the U.S. Navy, Wahl was assigned to the USS Gridley (DDG-101) out of San Diego. His “ billet,” or job, on the ship isfirst lieutenant. He is also the ship’s public affairs […]

Wine festival to raise funds for local food banks

The Women’s Council of Realtors will host the fourth annual Wine Festival at 5:30 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 29 at the O’Gara Coach Rolls Royce Dealership, 3610 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., T.O. The event will host 500 guests and benefit local food banks; Manna in the Conejo Valley, Care and Share in Simi Valley and Moorpark Pantry Plus. The benefit will […]

Linda Livers Nitsch

Born February 2, 1934. She passed away on August 2, 2013, peacefully, in her home. She leaves two daughters, Susan and Karen, two grandchildren, Robyn and David, and one great grandson, Jameson. A memorial service well be held for family and friends on August 10 at 1:00 at the Nitsch residence.