2015-08-20 E-Edition

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Not surprised at Haggen closures

When I read that the Haggen grocery chain decided to close many of their California stores, after just acquiring them a few months ago, two things came to mind: It’s no surprise. Customers have seen the higher prices compared to the Albertsons and Vons stores they took over and voted with their feet. Go into the Haggen store on Lindero […]

Beautiful dreamer

I dream of gracefully cruising down Venice’s Grand Canal, waving to tourists at St. Mark’s with Bradley Cooper as my gondolier while I bask in the Venetian breeze wearing a gauzy creation of silk and linen that flows gently and makes me look utterly thin, waiflike. I dream of trekking in Kathmandu with fresh henna designs traced on my hands […]

Baseball team reigns on the diamond

PARTY ON, WAYNE; PARTY ON, GARTH—The Adam Kennedy Baseball U-10 team won the Xtreme Diamond Sports Memorial Day State Championships by going undefeated during the three-day tournament. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Ryan Weiss, Brian Paymard, Grayson Paul, Jack Medhurst, Hayden Langbehn and Luke Medhurst. Middle row: Donnie Blankenship, Mason Reid, Michael Antczak, Aaron Luebbert and Micah […]

Liberty Crew saves young lives through drug awareness

Mental illness, psychological or physical trauma, and bullying can increase a person’s susceptibility to substance abuse. Many teens and young adults who make bad choices have an underlying learning disability or other issue that prevents them from understanding the consequences of their choices, said Joyce Isaac, an Agoura Hills resident who lost her oldest son, Joshua, to a heroin overdose […]

Shelter abuse

I couldn’t sleep last night. My thoughts kept returning to the two hours I spent yesterday visiting the cats in the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter. A small room in back of the shelter holds perhaps a couple dozen cats. Each of the cats resides in a tiny cage with little room to turn around. They cannot feel the warmth of […]

Hanging on at the rodeo

HEE- HAW!— Participants interact with all sorts of critters during the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association show at the Ventura County Fair on Aug. 15. At top, 4-year-old J.J. Gallego of Oak Park hangs on for dear life during the Mutton Bustin event. Center: Lane Santos Karney tries to lasso a calf during the tie- down roping competition. Bottom: Savannah Robertson […]

Mother Nature rules the roost


Residents who live in Acorn country are lucky. Mother Nature’s glorious trails, vistas and terrain are breathtaking. It’s no surprise that the Washington Post recently named Ventura County the most desirable place to live in the U.S. based on scenery and climate. From the iconic Paradise Falls of Wildwood Regional Park in Thousand Oaks to the sea of boulders that […]

American Red Cross seeks summer donors

Blood donations to the American Red Cross often decline in August as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. Donors with types AB, O negative, B negative and A negative blood are encouraged to donate. Plasma from type AB and O negative donors can be transfused to patients of any blood type. Following are opportunities to donate […]

Fishing fun

A world of thanks to Bud Fish, his crew and Westlake Lake Management for another amazing Kid’s Day at the Docks. Over 20 children got to enjoy the fun of fishing on our beautiful lake. Some were seasoned veterans, while others were brand new to the lifestyle. All the children had smiles as they cast their rods into the lake […]