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Business of the Week – Bennetts Honey Farm

| Scene in SCV | 12 hours ago


Looking for a little something to sweeten up your season? Make your way up to Bennett’s Honey Farm, located off the 126 Highway for honey production from Ventura County. The family-operated farm takes advantage of the best sage and wildflower fields in California, delivering 100 percent raw, organic honey to its consumers.

The farm was started by Red and Ann Bennett more than 30 years ago. Interestingly, one afternoon a swarm of bees landed in the couple’s backyard and Red, a rocket scientist with NASA at the time, was inspired to start harvesting honey. From that point on he devoted himself to the honey process and created the thriving farm that stands today. Now in the hands of owners Chip and Taydee Vannoy, Bennett’s Honey Farm is buzzing with business.

Bennett’s Honey Farm is run completely on solar power, so your honey will be produced by the sun! They produce, pack and distribute all products on site and proudly maintain industry standards for safety and cleanliness. Furthermore, they filter their honey through a process called “gravity straining,” which allows the product to retain its natural components. While the process itself is time consuming, the Farm finds that gravity straining is necessary in order to produce higher quality honey.

General Manager Al Fortune explains, “We take pride in producing premium, unfiltered honey. We have so many varieties to choose from, anything from wildflower to avocado. Our bees are very well taken care of and our beekeepers are caring and highly skilled.”

He further explains that the beekeeper’s work is constant. They have to deal with various issues concerning the health and maintenance of its bees, which are only fed with the highest quality food and floral sources around.

Bennett’s Honey Farm’s tasting room and store front are open seven days a week. Aside from spending a fun afternoon sampling the various honeys, you can also visit the observation room and see the bees hard at work. The Bennetts  also have a store stocked full of natural honey products all created with their own products — beeswax, candles, candy, honeycomb, soaps and the Farm’s renowned honey barbecue sauce and others. Bennett’s barbecue sauce gets shipped all over the country and is one of the business’ most popular products.

“Come and experience what real honey is all about! Honey this pure is hard to find nowadays,” raves Fortune.

Bennett’s Honey Farm is located at 3176 Honey Lane in Fillmore. For more information visit www.bennetthoney.com or call 805-521-1375.


News the Kids Way

| Student Journals | 15 hours ago


During the week, the students learned about ways to “Go Green”. The Kindergarten through Second graders decorated recycling boxes for Aluminium, Paper and Plastic for the CARE Center. The older grades also worked in a group setting on projects and later described why it is important to learn and have team building skills. For fun, the students wrote some ideas for Haunted Houses and short stories for Halloween!

Team Building Skills:

Makayla Zareno: Grade 6
It is important to work in a group, because when growing older you will cooperate with other people when you have a job. It is an important skill to have because it is good to be social with other people and to work together to help each other. Also, working in a group is good because other people are there to help.

Kirra Wagoner: Grade 4-Inspired by CARE Learning Academy-SCV Tutors
I think working together is important because in life you might not like the person you’re working with because sometimes you might want to work with someone else. That’s why in school they barely let you choose who you work with.

Let’s Go Green!

Julien Deveroux: Grade 4
Going Green Means: To eat healthy, feed the plants, recycle at all times, turn off the lights, don’t leave water running, don’t litter, and throw away trash.

Brianna Mickelson: Grade 3
Go Green!
What can we do to help make our planet a healthier place to live? Three things we could do is recycling, picking up trash and plant trees and flowers. These are three things the help make this planet better.

Zander Deveroux: Grade 2
The way we can help the city is: pick up the trash, recycle, save boxes, bags, container water bottles, cans, paper, toy cars, bingo cards, pencils, pens, tables, puff balls, plastic bones, books, glass, shirts, shorts, pants, socks, shoes, metal, legos, tissue box, posters, lunch boxes, rubber bands, wood, trees, and light sticks.

Serafina Caruthers: Grade 2
To make the planet “Go Green”, I will throw away trash. To make the planet “Green” I will recycle. To make the planet “Go Green” I will turn off water when not used. To make the planet “Go Green” I will turn off the lights when not used. To “Go Green” I will not waste and I will not litter.

Elijah Mims: Grade 5
Some changes that I would make is take shorter showers, drink less water, use less gas, stop building houses, take a shower for 5 minutes. Some people drink water but not all of their water, so basically what I am saying is don’t waste water.

Sherry Priester: Grade 3
We can make a better place to live by picking up trash or recycle. Don’t litter or leave things on the ground. To turn off the lights if no one is using it. To not leave water running. Don’t leave window open with air on.
Halloween Themed Creative Corner:

Ashley Arrera: Grade 6
Horror Film Freakout
This studio lot is perfectly safe in this plane, but not in the other dimension! Rhonie, the security guard, was a dedicated security guard until her mysterious death. On this very spot! Now, her pretty uneasy spirit walks the lot. Gathering victim by victim for revenge! No one has ever been able to spend an entire night in this craft service tent. Good luck! Yep, I need it. Mwahahaha!

Makayla Zareno: Grade 6
My Haunted House
For my haunted house, I would make it really old and put cobwebs everywhere and have mist and make it have a musty smell, and put skeletons and dead bodies. When people enter, I would make the door open by its self to have an eerie feeling to it. Once inside, the door should close by itself. “SHUT!” The theme would be a scary Halloween night and the people would get eaten. Once they are inside, a ghost would come out and bats will fly everywhere! Then, Dracula pops out of nowhere and starts chasing them. They soon hide in the basement and know they are alone!! They hear a cracking noise and they turn around to find a witch staring right at them! They scream and they get so scared they ran out of the house. Who will be the next victim to enter the haunted house on Halloween night?!


Freedom of Religion?

| Opinion | October 23, 2014

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It’s become such a common outcry from the left that it’s downright comical: everyone should have the freedom to say or do whatever they want … unless, of course, we don’t agree with it.

Houston Mayor demands pastors turn over sermons
When a church tries to put its backing behind any form of political candidate, the left screams “separation of Church and State” from the rafters. The city of Santa Monica was barred from a 50-plus year tradition of Christmas decorations in the public park (some even funded by Jewish families in appreciation and mutual respect for the tradition) because of the left crying “separation of Church and State,” but now, when the church is doing something the left doesn’t like, who do they send in? The State.

As a native Houstonian (I grew up in Kingwood, a suburb of North Houston), it pains me to see the news that the city’s first openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, has issued subpoenas to a group of pastors who she feels is saying things she doesn’t like. I have no issue with her being the first openly gay mayor of Houston, and no issue with any part of her lifestyle as long as she’s the best person for the job.

What I do have issue with is the serious hypocrisy that is being demonstrated in an egregious violation of our separation of Church and State doctrine. And it begs me to ask a serious question: as a man who’s spent a lot of time in the Middle East, is the left asking some of the most fiercely anti-homosexual religious representatives, the Muslim clerics, to hand over their sermons? Of course not, it doesn’t serve their agenda.

Priests forced to marry gay couples
As reported by The Blaze, two ordained ministers have filed a federal lawsuit and are seeking a restraining order to prevent local officials from forcing them to marry same-sex couples, saying they have been threatened with fines and possible jail time over their refusal.

This is a direct violation of the separation of Church and State, in that the State is directly violating the ethical code that these religious representatives feel they are upholding. Whether you agree with them or not, it’s up to them to determine their ethical and moral compass, not you, and certainly not the State. And I have to ask again: are Muslim clerics being forced to adhere to the same standards?

As a true conservative, I don’t believe the government has the right to tell people what to do in their lives if they don’t impede the safety and well-being of others, but mostly that our free-market, capitalistic society should be allowed to make decisions regarding morality using their wallets and attendance.

The Beauty of the Free Market
If you don’t like something a business is doing or what its CEO said, don’t buy the products; the government shouldn’t have to step in. If you don’t like a certain football team because it’s full of convicted criminals and domestic violators, don’t buy the jerseys or support the team. And if you don’t like what a pastor or priest is saying, don’t go to that church (unless, of course, it’s Reverend Wright preaching his hate for America, Mr. Obama).

We are quickly becoming the nanny-state that we used to joke about, and it’s infractions like this from a vocal minority that are quickly taking our country off-track; this isn’t a question of whether you support or oppose a lifestyle, but a question of whether or not you want the government deciding your own moral compass.

Robert Patrick Lewis is a former Green Beret combat veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa turned author. His book “Love Me When I’m Gone: the true story of life, love and loss for a Green Beret in post-9/11 war” is currently available, with his next book scheduled to hit the shelves in January 2015. He currently lives in Santa Clarita and works as an Investment Advisor Representative for TransAmerica Financial Advisors.


Female Athlete of the Week, Jennifer Shin

| Scene in SCV | October 23, 2014


A promising freshman on the Valencia Vikings Girls Tennis team, Jennifer Shin is a star on and off the court. In a match against West Ranch High School a couple of weeks ago, she swept her singles sets, 6-2, 6-0, 6-0 to lead Valencia past its rival, 14-4, in a Foothill League match. The Vikings are undefeated at 14-0 and 6-0 in the Foothill League.

Coach Annie Kellogg had glowing things to say about Jennifer, stating that she is one of the most mature freshman players that has come through the program. “Her tremendous work ethic and understanding of the game make her a weapon in our arsenal,” said Kellogg. “We feel fortunate to have her leadership and great sportsmanship on our courts for the next three years. Not only is she an amazing tennis competitor on the court, but she has that same drive to succeed in the classroom as well. She is a great example for all high school athletes.”

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Police Blotter

| Police Blotter | October 23, 2014


Transients were booked at the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station in higher numbers than usual in the last week, and for a variety of charges. A 33-year-old Santa Clarita transient was picked up for making obscene/threatening telephone calls. A 41-year-old Saugus transient was picked up for tampering with a vehicle. And a 38-year-old transient who works as a yard assistant was picked up for possession of a controlled substance.

A lot of the blotter’s infractions were allegedly committed by unemployed residents and out-of-towners. An unemployed 27-year-old Loma Linda woman was charged with taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent. An unemployed 20-year-old Newhall man was charged with getting credit/etc. other’s ID.

An unemployed 44-year-old Valencia woman was cited for resisting an officer. An unemployed 18-year-old from Stevenson Ranch and a 19-year-old student from Frazier Park were both cited for theft of personal property. Also, a 21-year-old Lake View Terrace woman and a 31-year-old Pacoima man were arrested for burglary.

A 34-year-old property manager from Santa Clarita was brought in for assault with a deadly weapon, with a firearm. A 23-year-old food preparer from Newhall was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm, causing great bodily injury. A 51-year-old Van Nuys woman was cited for battery.
A 37-year-old Canyon Country man was arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. A 37-year-old Newhall man who refused to give his occupation and a 34-year-old lineman from Saugus were each picked up for battery against a former spouse, as well as a 34-year-old lineman from Saugus and a 21-year-old caretaker from Lancaster.

A 21-year-old cook from Valencia was picked up for driving without a license.

DUIs with priors included:
52-year-old nurse from Valencia
54-year-old manager from Valencia
37-year-old bouncer from Woodland Hills
30-year-old window cleaner from Palmdale
62-year-old unemployed Oakland man
27-year-old server from Canyon Country
27-year-old salesman from Canyon Country
24-year-old Downey man who refused to give his occupation
35-year-old pizza chef from Canyon Country
49-year-old painter from Thousand Oaks
40-year-old supervisor from Bakersfield

A 40-year-old Burbank man who works as a grip was picked up for sale of alcoholic beverages to a minor.

Possession of a controlled substance charges went to:
36-year-old manager from Palmdale
24-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita woman
32-year-old unemployed Canyon Country man
23-year-old unemployed Canyon Country woman
30-year-old counselor from North Hills
50-year-old mechanic from Van Nuys
27-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita man

A 19-year-old forklift driver and 26-year-old Canyon Country woman were allegedly selling marijuana. A 25-year-old unemployed Oxnard woman was charged with transporting/selling a controlled substance. And an 18-year-old cashier from Lakewood, Calif. was picked up for possession of a narcotic/drug/alcohol/drug paraphernalia in jail.


Smudde Buys Post-Halloween Candy From Kids

| News | October 23, 2014


For parents who fret about the massive amount of sugar their children consume after Halloween, they have a couple in their corner. And this couple has authority.

Drs. Alan and Kelly Smudde are Valencia dentists with a creative tradition: they buy candy from children on the day after Halloween, offering a win-win of sorts. Parents, along with Smudde Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry, spare community kids from more tooth decay, while children who relinquish their candy receive dental goodies and the opportunity to earn money for their schools.

Called “Operation Gratitude: Halloween Candy Buyback,” families are invited to visit the dental group on Saturday, November 1 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. to take part. The Smuddes will reward them with $1 for every pound of unwrapped candy, plus the school with the greatest number of participants will receive $500.

Children will also have the opportunity to meet and greet local members of the military, who will be attending the event. Participants will be able to write thank you letters that will be placed in holiday care packages sent to troops through Operation Gratitude.

Those who take part on November 1 will leave with a goodie bag and be able to show support for members of the military. Whoever comes in costume and gets voted “Best Costume” will win a $100 gift card. For more information, visit www.YourValenciaDentist.com or go to Facebook.com/ValenciaDentists. Call the office at (661) 259-4474. Smudde Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry is located at 27450 Tourney Road, Suite 250 in Valencia.


Male Athlete of the Week – Troy Williams

| Scene in SCV | October 23, 2014

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Saugus High School senior Troy Williams holds the running back position on the varsity football team. Proudly wearing number 34 on his Centurion jersey, he shines on the football field in the fall and on the baseball diamond in the spring. In the team’s recent football game against West Ranch High School, Troy rushed for 153 yards and scored three touchdowns in the Centurions’ 35-32 win in the Foothill League opener.

His coach, Jason Bornn, had this to say about his player, “Troy is an outstanding student-athlete who has challenged himself throughout his high school experience. Not only has he pushed himself in the area of AP classes and a heavy course load, he has excelled at both baseball and football. Troy has a tremendous work ethic, loves his teammates, is a natural born leader, and would make any parent proud to call him their son.”


Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Otherwise Known as “ICE”

| Police Blotter | October 23, 2014

By Robin Sandoval

There’s an agency in the federal government known as “Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” or “ICE,” and part of its purpose is to deal with illegal immigration in the U.S. The ICE team has many tools at its disposal, which are all used to do the job. One of them is to request that local law enforcement hold illegal immigrants in jail after their scheduled release dates so that they can be remanded into federal custody. However, it appears that there’s a growing level of friction between local and federal law enforcement agencies in this regard, as more and more of these requests are denied at the local level.

According to reports, ICE made about 105,000 requests (known as “detainers”) to local police and sheriff’s departments to hold illegal aliens an additional 48 hours after their scheduled release dates, so that they could be remanded into federal custody and the deportation process could be started. The same reports indicate that 8,800 of these requests for “detainers” were denied by local law enforcement, frustrating federal efforts.

When ICE issues a “detainer,” it isn’t typically to pick on or target an individual simply because of his/her immigration status. Illegal aliens with prior criminal convictions and/or those who choose to commit crimes once they’re in the U.S. have long been a primary target for immigration officials. ICE spokesperson, Virginia Kice, stated that many of the individuals released by local law enforcement were initially arrested on domestic violence charges, drug charges, or had prior convictions of serious crimes, like assault with a deadly weapon.

ICE argues that the release of these people poses a threat to the community because it’s possible that, once released, they would be free to commit further crimes. Local law enforcement, on the other hand, argues that holding these individuals after their scheduled release dates and handing them over to immigration officials foments distrust within the community and makes it harder for police to do their job. Additionally, the opinion among many law enforcement agencies at the local level is that it’s wrong to hold illegal immigrants longer than U.S. citizens charged with the same crime.

It would seem that there are valid concerns on both sides of the argument. On the one hand, local law enforcement has found great success in reducing overall crime utilizing “community policing” practices. “Community policing” is when officers engage the community on a personal level, working directly with the general public, as well as community leaders, and including them in the effort to fight crime. If the community members were to lose trust in the authorities, it would follow that they’ll also be much less likely to work together to make neighborhoods safer.

As far as the ICE agency’s concerns about repeat offenses if released, that point is self-evident in the fact that many individuals from whom ICE requested “detainers” already possessed prior arrests and convictions.

In any event, local law enforcement seems to be winning the debate. Colorado has stopped honoring all “detainers” from ICE, as of this year, and New York is deciding whether or not to follow suit. Additionally, California passed legislation this year limiting the use of immigration “detainers” by ICE.


Band of the Week – Floyd & the Flyboys

| Scene in SCV | October 23, 2014


A tight, soulful nine-piece band, Floyd & the Flyboys have a repertoire that spans eight decades and includes a choice mix of classic covers, rare gems, and award-winning originals. A list of band member credits reads like a music industry “who’s who,” including artists such as Ray Charles, Tower of Power, The Temptations, Eagles, Brian Setzer, The Four Tops, Lyle Lovett, Chaka Kahn & Rufus, Little Richard, Spencer Davis, and many others. Carrying a 23-year track record, Floyd & the Flyboys has become a favorite at countless concert and nightclub venues, delighted audiences at music festivals, fairs, corporate events, entertainment industry functions, and charity benefits. The band members have also written and performed music for numerous TV and film projects, as well as the band’s own critically acclaimed recordings.

Respected throughout the entertainment industry and praised for its musical integrity, the group was the #1 rated R&B/blues band in a music industry poll conducted by Music Connection Magazine. The band prides itself on polished performances, exciting arrangements, and that intangible chemistry that results in “feel” or “soul” – something that just can’t be faked.

You and the family can check out some soulful tunes from Floyd & the Flyboys this coming Sunday, October 26 from 2-5 p.m. at Lombardi Ranch in Saugus! The Santa Clarita Gazette caught up with some of the band members and had a few questions for them.

1: What/who inspired the band’s name?
When the band started working 24 years ago, we were tossing around names at a rehearsal. As songwriters, “Floyd & the Flyboys” popped into our heads just because of the sound (alliteration and rhyme), but we just thought of it as a joke at first. We used a different name for awhile, but when another band started working in Southern California with a similar name,  we decided to change ours to Floyd & the Flyboys, thinking there would be no chance of another band using that same name or anything very close to it (unless they’d deliberately steal it).

2: With so many members, is it hard to get together for practice and gigs?
Of course, with a large band it does require more effort to schedule rehearsals, recording sessions, and gigs. However, even though all our members are busy musicians, we try to prioritize work for, and with, the band as much as possible. That said, there are times when we need to use a sub, and we have great subs who have rehearsed our material and worked with the band over many years.

3: What can SCV residents expect from a live Floyd & the Flyboys show?
The feedback the band receives from audiences is very consistent. People notice that the band’s performances are high-energy and super-tight. They enjoy the variety of musical styles/genres in our shows (blues, soul, funk, jump swing, New Orleans second line, roots rock, etc.), and the seamless mix of our original material with familiar classic rhythm & blues, and buried treasures (great, but little-known cover songs). It’s all fun, upbeat, good-time music for both dancing and listening audiences!

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Just a Few Fun Things to Do!

| Community | October 23, 2014

Every Saturday Night
Grateful Dudes Bluegrass
Long running, popular bluegrass jam by Grateful Dudes. The whole family is welcome from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Free to attend.
Vincenzo’s Pizza
24504 ½ Lyons Ave.
Newhall, Calif.
(661) 259-6733

Dispensing dinner to a hungry crowd, gourmet food trucks offer food for purchase. You can bring chairs and sit outside to enjoy food truck favorites Sweet Es Mini Bake Shop, Keep on Grubbin’, Burnt to a Crisp BBQ, Waffle Taco, Reuben Truck, and Grilled Cheese. They park in the Dick’s Sporting Goods parking lot across from WalMart in Santa Clarita at 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The address is 26468 Carl Boyer Drive in Santa Clarita.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday October 24-26
Monster Mania
You can help the SCV Winter Shelter open this year with a visit to the haunted shelter hosted by Bridge to Home. There will be scare levels for children, teens and adults at the event, held from 6-9 p.m. at the shelter, 23031 Drayton Street in Santa Clarita. Tickets are $7 at the door. For more information, visit www.btohome.com

Saturday, October 25
Lombardi Ranch
Live Music
10-1:30 – The Pink Cadillacs (50’s, 60’s, Rock & Roll)
2-5:30 – Beer Truck (Country)

Sunday, October 26
Lombardi Ranch
Live Music & Entertainment
10-1:30 The Bunky Spurling Group (Classic Rock)
1:30-2 Performance By Dance Studio 81
2-5:30 Floyd & the Fly Boys (R&B)
FREE Admission
29527 Bouquet Canyon Rd, 661-296-8697

Sunday, October 26
SCV Zombie Apocalypse
Register as either a zombie or a survivor when you join residents at this Saturday’s fundraiser held at Castaic Lake. Participants will become walking dead to raise money to build a well for the Sunzu Village in Rwanda.

Zombies must come in full costume or, if needed, there will be a zombification station. Those who choose to join the walking dead must arrive by 1:30 p.m. Each survivor starts with two flags and, to ensure survival, must not let the zombies take these flags. Prizes will be given to those zombies who collect the most flags and those survivors who succeed in survival.

Each participant will receive a T-shirt upon registration. The event will have food trucks, Jr. Zombies (kids’ area), prizes, games, and more.

Also, just for showing up, there will also be an activity to experience what those of the Sunzu Village go through to get their water. The Zombie Apocalypse will take place from 2-7 p.m. at Castaic Lake Recreation Area, 32132 Castaic Lake Drive. For more information contact Terri Crain 661.877.8075 or email scvzombie2014@gmail.com.

Sunday, October 26
25th Annual Haunted Jailhouse
Every year the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Department hosts this spooky event for families in the SCV. Dozens of local non-profit groups partner with the sheriff’s station to welcome thousands to the pre-Halloween event. There is a zip-line ride from the Sheriff’s station search and rescue team and “Douse a Deputy” booth, along with a costume contest. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the SCV Sheriff’s Station, at the corner of Valencia Blvd. and Magic Mtn Pkwy in Valencia. To enter, bring a $1 donation to the SCV Boys & Girls Club. For further information contact Deputy Fanny Lapkin at 661-255-1121, ext. 5160 or at flapkin@lasd.org.

Sunday, October 26
L.A.R.C. Halloween Festival
Friends of L.A.R.C. (Los Angeles Residential Community) invite the public to its annual Halloween Festival beginning at 1:00 p.m. A carnival and food fair provide the backdrop for a day of games along with rock and roll music and dancing. L.A.R.C. Ranch is located at 29890 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus. Tickets are $125 for adults and $50 for children. Family packages are available. Call (661) 296-8636 or visit www.larcfoundation.org.
Friday, October 31

COC Film Series
View these films and discussions held following each.

4:00 PM Like Father Like Son (2013) 120 min. Japan
Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.

6:00 PM Life Itself (2014) 120 min. – Documentary|Biography – 14 November 2014 (UK)
It is a film depicting the life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert, directed by Steve James and produced by Zak Piper, Steve James and Garrett Basch. The film is based on Ebert’s 2011 memoir by the same name.

8:00 PM Under the Skin (2013) 108 min. – Drama|Sci-Fi|Thriller – 14 March 2014 (UK)
A mysterious woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. Events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

College of the Canyons
Hasley Hall Room 101
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.
Santa Clarita, CA. 91355
Info: gary.peterson@canyons.edu

Saturday, October 31
Drop Zone
Drop Zone performs danceable versions of your
favorite classic rock songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and
today. It is free to attend.
Vincenzo’s Pizza
24504 ½ Lyons Ave. in Newhall


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