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VuQube satellite TV finder –

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HUGE GARAGE SALE Saturday April 28th

7 am at 25258 Huston Street Stevenson Ranch call 714-335-7506 for details. Toys, furniture, tools, clothing and lots more.



Small collection of character dolls –

Madame Alexander, Ashton Drake, and others. About 8 dolls, $75 for all 661-255-5583



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front loaders, almost new, two for one price $800 obo 661-753-3780



Huge Garage Sale

Saturday April 28 7 am, 25258 Huston St in Stevenson Ranch. Clothing, toys, kitchen stuff, tools and lots more



25-year-old wood dining room table.

Still in great condition 43 inches by 80 inches including center V with 6 full wooden chairs $200 obo. Call Greg at 661-251-7730



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Canyon Country History Minute

| Canyon Country Magazine | 19 hours ago

The Escalante family moved to a hog farm in Sand Canyon in the 1940s, and for generations the family has remained in Canyon Country. Trinidad Escalante, who lived in Tucson, Arizona, worked on a ranch and was sent to Santa Clarita to deliver some horses to silent screen actor William S. Hart. He took the job on the Canyon Country hog farm and returned home to pack up his house, bringing his wife, Victoria, and children to the Santa Clarita Valley. Ranch workers would often gather at the end of the day to play cards (pictured). Trinidad Escalante is second from right, and his brother, Joe, is third from the right.

SCV Young Marines Night at the Races

| Community | April 20, 2018

An upcoming fundraiser is both a night of food and entertainment and a way to benefit an active program for Santa Clarita youth. The community is invited to attend Night at the Races, held on Saturday, May 12 from 4-10 p.m. at Elks Lodge 2379 in Canyon Country.

Proceeds will benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Young Marines, a non-profit with a mission to nurture and develop its members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. SCVYM assists numerous organizations throughout the local community, including: Elks, Emblem, Special Olympics, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, Samuel Dixon Family Health Foundation, Kiwanis Club, veterans’ events, as well as parades and more.

The attendance and participation of community members will help fund the SCVYM program and its training, equipment costs, facility fees, unit, regimental and national encampments, field trips, and much more. Night at the Races will offer guests a barbecue dinner prepared by the famous Elks Barbecue Team and Stacy and Jaime McKenna will run the games where you can “play the ponies” to win prizes. There will be live music provided by the sounds of DJ Al Ewing, while a 50/50 drawing and other opportunities will create winners who take home prizes. Items have been donated by Trader Joe’s, Bonefish Grill, Lazy Dog Restaurant, and there are prizes such as golfing at Sand Canyon Country Club, plus VIP tickets to “The Doctors” television show.

Santa Clarita Elks Lodge 2379 is located at 17766 Sierra Highway in Canyon Country. Make checks for the dinner and/or donations payable to SCVYM. For tickets, call 661-313-3973 or you can mail your checks to SCVYM, P.O. Box 800412, Santa Clarita, CA 91380-0412.

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | April 20, 2018

A 38-year-old contractor from Littlerock, Calif. was arrested for burglary, and a 46-year-old security guard from Panorama City was brought up on charges of possession of burglary tools. A 24-year-old construction worker from Canyon Country was charged with shoplifting after a specified prior conviction.

An unemployed 45-year-old North Hills man was arrested for carrying a concealed dirk or dagger. A 33-year-old laborer from Canyon Country was arrested for making criminal threats. A 24-year-old tattoo artist from Stevenson Ranch, an unemployed 21-year-old Santa Clarita man and a 44-year-old driver from Santa Clarita were arrested for assault likely to produce great bodily injury. A 22-year-old unemployed Newhall man was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm, with great bodily injury. A 26-year-old carpenter from Bakersfield was arrested for possessing a firearm with narcotics.

A 40-year-old welder from Saugus was cited for being under the influence of a controlled substance. A 27-year-old unemployed Los Angeles woman was cited for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. An unemployed 27-year-old Valencia man and an unemployed 25-year-old Canyon Country woman were charged with possession of a controlled substance with specific prior arrests. And a 31-year-old field worker from Modesto was charged with transporting/selling a controlled substance.

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:
32-year-old unemployed Van Nuys man
31-year-old welder from Littlerock, Calif.
24-year-old unemployed Valencia man
37-year-old cook from Canyon Country

A 55-year-old mover from Long Beach was arrested for trespassing. And a 45-year-old Canyon Country woman who works in property management was cited for entering/occupying a property without consent. A 30-year-old server from Canoga Park was cited for trespassing lands under cultivation. A 61-year-old Simi Valley man was arrested for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

DUIs with prior arrests included:
31-year-old construction worker from Saugus
49-year-old health care worker from
Canyon Country
38-year-old cook from Palmdale
22-year-old painter from Canyon Country
21-year-old Castaic man
28-year-old unemployed Saugus man
54-year-old construction worker from Santa Clarita
53-year-old retired Spring Valley man

‘Bye Bye Birdie!’ On Stage at Hart High

| Entertainment | April 20, 2018

The William S. Hart High School Drama Department will entertain audiences for two weekends with 1950s themed musical “Bye Bye Birdie!” The theatre students will bring the spring musical to life on April 19, 20, 27 and 28 at 7 p.m., with matinees on April 28-29 at 1 p.m.

Appropriate for all ages, the setting for “Bye Bye Birdie!” is Sweet Apple, Ohio in the year 1958 and the plot centers around rock star Conrad Birdie, whose draft number comes up. Struggling songwriter Albert Peterson is a part of the storyline, plus girlfriends and even the Birdie Fan Club. There are songs for the ensemble that bring them together, giving these local teens the chance to experience life on the stage.

You can buy tickets for “Bye Bye Birdie!” at the door. The Hart High School Auditorium is located at 24825 Newhall Avenue in Newhall.

Assistance League Holds Conference at COC

| Community | April 19, 2018

bu Helen Barlow

Benefiting families; transforming lives. Assistance League members/volunteers work to do this every day. The question is how can we do this better, and have our philanthropic programs serve more people?

On March 23, our members came together for a mini-conference at College of the Canyons. The purpose was to review what we have done since the chapter was formed in 1989, and where we should go in order to achieve our goals. Creative ideas and problem-solving were the shared topics.

Our keynote speaker was Eva Carter. She said that, as we fundraise, it is necessary to seek both financial and moral support from our community. Suzanne Nosworthy, past National Assistance League president, emphasized the importance of strong volunteerism in society. The way volunteerism looks may change through the generations and may be approached differently as society evolves. One thought she shared was, “Ask me to do anything; just don’t pay me.”

A panel discussion composed of representatives of organizations that receive services from our programs, and some community partners who donate so those services are possible, was very insightful and informative. We were assured that our programs are truly benefitting many. A revitalized membership will explore ideas and potential new programs to help the Santa Clarita community meet its changing needs.

Assistance League Santa Clarita is a 100 percent volunteer organization that develops and implements programs to make a difference in the lives of families in our community.

The Assistance League resale store is located at 24364 Main Street in downtown Newhall. For more information visit www.assistanceleaguesantaclarita.org.

Male Athlete of the Week – Ethan Danforth

| Sports | April 19, 2018

A junior at Canyon High School, Ethan Danforth is a runner on the Cowboys track and field team. He took first place in the 1600-meter race with a time of 4 minutes and 29 seconds, and took first in the 3200-meter race with a time of 10:45. His efforts were pivotal in Canyon’s 71-65 win over Golden Valley last week. The win ensured the Cowboys would have at least a share of their ninth straight Foothill League title.

According to CHS Track & Field Coach Paul Broneer, Ethan is the CIF Div 2 Cross Country champion. His best time in the 3200-meter race is 9:10.80. He is competing in the 4×1600 relay Friday and the Distance Medley Relay Saturday at the Mt. SAC Invitational to be held at El Camino College.

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Why We Are Not Running Over to MeWe

| Opinion | April 19, 2018

by Tammy Messina

We’ve watched Conservatives lose their livelihoods and be forced to seek other vocations to support their families because the liberal social media outlets have demonetized them and hidden their content from those who actually wanted to see it. After two years of censorship, shadow bans, and periodically, steep OVERNIGHT declines in our Facebook traffic, I started seriously evaluating alternatives to Facebook earlier this year.

There were plenty to choose from. I ran them all in tandem to see which were viable options for the type of audience we connect with. Considerations included:
Ease of use.
Active traffic and new content.
Ease of finding like-minded folks to connect with.

In the end, it came down to two sites for us … MeWe.com and OneWay.com. Both have an easy to use, robust platform with plenty of activity where you can easily find like-minded people to connect with. In the end, we decided to go begin building a new following on OneWay.

You can find links to the other sites we tested out at the very bottom of the article if you want to take a look at them as well. Let me know what you decide to go with. And connect with us on any of the platforms you find us on!

OneWay launched in March of this year and is still changing daily. For such a young platform, there is already a good crowd of people there sharing a variety of content. The owner/founder is a Conservative Christian who was fed up with Facebook’s censorship. He’s vowed to keep an open platform with only a couple of exceptions, which are clearly outlined in their About.

If you want to get in on the ground floor of something that has potential and are willing to work through any glitchy moments that come when something is in growth mode, this is the place to be. There are lots of new features in the works, as well as improvements to come.

We’ve been on MeWe since 2014 and it has grown into a nice community of folks. There are plenty of options to connect with like-minded folks, especially conservatives. And since Facebook’s major privacy concerns, Conservatives have been heading there in droves! This likely would have been our first choice for replacing Facebook … until this.

Hat-tip to one of our listeners, Ray, who forwarded information he uncovered about one of MeWe’s co-founders, Jonathan Wolfe. He’s liberal. VERY liberal. Check out his Twitter feed for yourself. After looking into his social media posts, I have serious concerns about building another following on a site run by liberals.

The other co-founder, Mark Weinstein, who is largely the frontman for MeWe, doesn’t post anything personal. He’s a privacy advocate, which is great, since privacy is what’s driving so many away from Facebook. But privacy is only part of it.

In the MeWe blog, Weinstein does address censorship concerns. He’s done many media interviews and written articles. Read them. Read what he’s saying. And then read what he ISN’T saying. It’s just as important. Of vital importance is how “hate,” “hateful,” and “hate speech” is defined.

In this post on Weinstein’s personal MeWe profile, he quotes their Terms of Service specifically prohibiting hateful content (I would link you to the specific post, but it doesn’t seem to be an option. You can visit his profile and search for it. It was posted ~Nov 2017.):

“You may NOT: Post content that is hateful, threatening, harmful, incites violence; or contains graphic or gratuitous violence…”

Again, this sounds great, until you consider that that is exactly what Facebook and YouTube are doing to Conservatives right now. Our speech is considered “hateful.” Therefore, it must be censored, silenced, or squelched. MeWe may not be censoring Conservatives now. Facebook didn’t in the beginning either. But there could come a day when they do.

Weinstein’s privacy advocacy is admirable and his concerns with Facebook are real. But if he’s in business with someone so unabashedly liberal as Jonathan Wolfe, I have to assume he isn’t much different. And that’s a serious concern for me building a following on MeWe.

As we’ve seen with Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google, he who controls the company controls the content. OUR content! We are content providers. Not just those of us who write for websites. EVERY … SINGLE … USER on those platforms provides content with every post they make. And it’s important to know who we’re aligning with.

We set up and tested accounts on the following social media alternatives, which I have ruled out for now.

www.socialcross.org – Nicely done platform. Not enough posting activity. Not much political stuff going on. Which is a shame. This platform has a lot of potential if only the 80,000+ profiles on there would participate and post content!

www.gab.com – Deleted our accounts there recently after learning it was run by Turkish Muslims. Which could explain why there’s so much anti-Semitic content.

www.minds.com – Seemed like a decent platform. But I couldn’t figure out how to connect with like-minded people. After months of trying, I gave up. If it’s that hard to figure out, our fan base isn’t going to tough it out either.

www.teapartycommunity.com – We’ve been on this platform since 2011. For whatever reason, it just never seemed to catch on. Lately, traffic does seem to be picking up. So maybe there’s hope. This site is conservative, Christian-owned.

We have not tried these two yet.

www.infinitysn.com – This one just went live this week, after a LONG-anticipated launch. It’s still in BETA. Sadly, this one for me is just too late to the game. We may check it out if the others don’t work out. But not now. The good news is, I have it on good authority that it is owned by a Christian U.S. Veteran.
www.codias.com – This one was recommended by a friend.

https://proamericaonly.org – Recommended by a Conservative colleague who explains that it is a new site that is strictly pro-Trump.

LASTLY… Check out the new YouTube alternative at www.bitchute.com and support Conservative voices over there who’ve been squelched on YouTube.

Afternoon T

| Community | April 19, 2018

Q: It disturbs me when I hear people use the term “open-minded” to describe what I think is just being wishy-washy and non-committal.

A: Oh, one can certainly see that you’ve a very strong opinion about this matter! Right off the bat, I want you to know that I have tremendous respect for individuals with a solid core belief system. However, I do think it’s best to keep a mental crowbar at the ready when presented with so many of the things that come down the pike of life at us. You see, I’m all for keeping an open mind, especially when it comes to how we treat one another.

Now, when I say, “open mind” I don’t think it should be so open that air circulates through as you make your way in the world. That’s a bit too airy-scary for me. It’s even scarier for the building blocks of society. Having strong convictions about all that you see and hear shows signs of strong character – as long as those convictions have been formed by solid information and experience. It’s not enough to just hear about something or someone. Words that filter through mouths or pens (or computer screens) should not be your only basis for forming an opinion. Not a rigid opinion, at any rate. You need to engage your other senses in order to truly understand what you’re basing your thoughts on. There is a great saying that sums that up in a nutshell: “Don’t judge another until you’ve walked a mile in their moccasins.” Don’t take it literally for our conversation today. It’s not that I want you to squeeze your feet into somebody else’s high heels or high tops. It’s more of a gathering of information, facts and figures before employing your gut instinct. I’ve seen guts. I don’t think that should be your end-all, be-all guide for building principles. The brain? That baby’s got a lot of structure to its information highway. Waaaay better for decision-making.

Feelings and emotions are great, just not the best companions when it comes to forming an opinion. You’d be better served taking a Sherlock Holmes approach to just about any of the opinion-making needed in life. How do you do this? Employ and exercise your critical thinking skills. Collect data and put your analytical observation skills to work. It might even serve you to be a little cool in attitude, for true objectivity. Then? Write it down. Once you put all the gathered information in front of you, step back and take a long look. [No, really. Like two or three pots of tea or a few days’ worth of long.] See if it’s now possible that there are things you didn’t see or consider before. Dig deep down inside of you and imagine the strength and/or frailties of your subject. Give yourself quiet time to think about what your biggest concerns are or were. Then? I’m all for sharing your opinion! Maybe even run for office.
xo – t.

What is Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine?

| Community | April 19, 2018

by Kathleen Kenneally, L.Ac.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) emphasizes a holistic approach that treats the whole person, unlike Western medicine, which attempts to separate the disease from the person. The practice of acupuncture and TCM is rooted in ancient Taoist philosophy, which views a person as an energy system in which body and mind are unified, each influencing and balancing the other.

The ancient science and philosophy is based on the idea that Qi (pronounced “chee”), or energy, flows in rhythms throughout the universe. Energetic pathways, known as meridians, conduct Qi throughout the body. Stimulation of points along the meridians triggers endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain relievers, relaxes muscles, increases blood circulation and opens the energetic pathways. This heightens the function of all body systems and increases vitality and well-being. As the body’s energy becomes balanced, it can begin to heal itself, and most conditions can be corrected or improved.

Many things are considered when diagnosing imbalances within the body, including the quality of the pulse. The shape, color and coating of the tongue are examined, as well as the general appearance, personality and attitude of the patient. Ultra-fine, disposable needles are placed at specific points on the meridians and the treatment is virtually painless. The process often produces a heightened sense of well-being and relaxation.

Chinese Medicine is complementary to Western medicine. It is used as an adjunct to prevent illness, diagnose and treat disease, and to improve overall wellness. Acupuncture, acupressure, massage, dietary and lifestyle changes, exercise, relaxation techniques and herbal medicine are the foundation of treatments. These methods are used to reduce pain, increase metabolism, enhance immune system function and increase the potential for self-healing and recovery.

The World Health Organization has determined that acupuncture and Oriental medicine are effective in treating muscle pain, respiratory issues, digestive disorders, headaches, gynecological issues, emotional and psychological issues and many more. If you would like to find out the role of acupuncture, you may contact Kathleen Kenneally, L.Ac., at 661-252-4100 or visit Kenneallyacupuncture.com.

Linda Ruth Lambourne – 1949-2018

| Obituaries | April 19, 2018

Santa Clarita resident Linda Ruth Lambourne lost a two-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) on Friday, March 23, 2018. Considered a “great lady and a friend to so many” by her loved ones, she passed away at her home in Canyon Country, which she shared for 40 years with her husband, Steve, by her side.

Linda was born in Van Nuys, California on December 10, 1949, to parents Bruce and Ruth Cramer; her father had his own lumber business. She graduated from Simi Valley High School in 1967 and soon relocated to the San Fernando Valley, where she worked in computer programming and sales. Linda met her loving husband Steve in mid-1970 when they lived in the same apartment building. Steve knew a good thing when he saw it and they exchanged wedding vows on September 26, 1970.

Linda and Steve moved to Canyon Country in 1978; they found the perfect home in Sand Canyon where they have remained all these years. Soon it was time to enlarge the family and they were blessed with two beautiful daughters, Lindsey and Angie.

Linda wasted no time getting involved with various charities and local activities. It seems she loved to volunteer and made friends with so many. The many programs she was part of include: Brownies leader, Sulphur Springs PTA Holiday Store and Halloween Carnival, SCV Historical Society, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Guild, Safe Rides, and so many more. One of Linda’s friends said, “I remember Linda for her kindness, her humor and great spirit, and for her creative ideas.” Many have benefitted in Santa Clarita due to Linda’s hard work and dedication to this community.

Linda’s professional life in Santa Clarita primarily surrounded the local political scene. She was a field representative for Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, a district director for Assemblyman Scott Wilk, and assisted members of the Santa Clarita City Council. For her personal enjoyment, it was all about family. Linda loved to go house boating, writing books for her grandchildren, customizing gift wrapping paper, participating in the chili cook-off, turtle races and spending time with her friends at bunco and book club. The really special times were sitting on the patio with a glass of her favorite wine and her husband, Steve.

Say her loved ones, “Linda, we all will miss you and know that you were loved by so many.” She is survived by her husband, Steve, daughters Lindsey and Angie, and five grandchildren.

A memorial service for Linda will be held at the Sand Canyon Country Club, 27734 Sand Canyon Road in Canyon Country, on April 21, 2018 from 4-6 p.m.

Live Music

| Entertainment | April 19, 2018

Apr 19 Thurs
6:30–9p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style
(not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills) dinner reservations are a must
7–10pm Senses, 3rd Thurs Old Town Newhall Mary White band Cowboy theme
7–10p Bergies steakhouse RH+ = Robert Heft band Blues mix
Apr 20, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Dole – Humphries Live music
7–10p Backyard Grub & Brews the Bill James Group Smooth Jazz
7–10p Route 66 Classic Grill Double Play Acoustic duo
8–11pm Wine 661 Chris Ralles trio Classic covers
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Daniel Kirkpatrick Classic rock
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Jukebox Blender on the patio Rock & soul
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rk mix
Apr 21, Sat
10a–7p Hart Park in Newhall Cowboy Festival live music & fun
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Crystal Whiskey Country
8–11p Wine 661 Sean Hughes Classics & orig
8–12m VFW 6885 Nomad (w/Brodie) Classic rock
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Joe Ferraro band Blues/rock mix
9p–12m Salt Creek Grille Tewks & Beans Classic covers
Apr 22, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap Meet The Fulcos band Live music
10a–6p Hart Park in Newhall Cowboy Festival live music & fun
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Wiggens & l0ne Goat Covers & orig
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic Live music
4–7pm Salt Creek Grille Traxx band Classic rock
5–9pm VFW 6885 Morgan Ridge band Country
5–9pm Amer. Legion Newhall Classic Rock Jam Lg dance floor
Apr 24, Tues
6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music
7–10pm Bergies steakhouse Chris Cardenas Blues mix
Apr 25, Wed
6–8pm The Local Pub & Grill Dole Humphries R & B, Indie rock
6–10pm Route 66 Classic Grill Bike Night & Live Music various
Apr 26, Thur
7–10pm Bergies steakhouse SRBQ band Blues mix
Apr 27, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
8–11pm Wine 661 Blasucci & Cinque Classic rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Walt & Pam Country
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Overdrive on the patio Classic rock

Non Profit of the Week – Triumph Foundation

| SC Living | April 19, 2018

Providing resources, hope and security to people living with paralysis is the mission of Triumph Foundation in Santa Clarita. The nonprofit organization works to improve the lives of people living with disabilities, with much of its focus on helping victims of Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder, or SCI/D.

Triumph Foundation’s programs serving the spinal cord injury community include supporting those who are newly paralyzed with: “Care Baskets” full of resources; providing grants to obtain necessary equipment, supplies, and services; assisting with home modifications for wheelchair accessibility; leading SCI support groups; and holding adaptive recreational events.

To date, the organization has touched the lives of more than 5,000 individuals with disabilities. Triumph has given assistance to people with inadequate medical insurance and financial hardship; performed accessible home remodels; provided wheelchair accessible vehicles to people who did not have the means to purchase one on their own; and handed out thousands of Care Baskets full of resources to newly injured people. Volunteers regularly visit area hospitals and rehabilitation centers throughout the Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside, Kern, and San Diego counties.

Andrew Skinner of Canyon Country launched Triumph Foundation after suffering a spinal cord injury himself and seeing the need for physical support and hope. After years of extensive physical therapy, Andrew felt destined for a mission: to help others who suffered an injury like him. In 2008, he and his wife, Kirsten, founded Triumph Foundation with a simple desire: to bring hope, resources, and mentorship to people who are dealing with paralysis.

Triumph Foundation provides the following programs:

Newly Paralyzed Support
Care Basket Outreach
SCI Support Groups
Grants and Equipment
Keep Moving Forward Grants
Equipment & Supply Exchange
Adaptive Sports & Recreation
Wheelchair Sports
Outdoor Adventures

The support provided by Triumph is not just for the initial phases, when the injury/disease occurs, but as a lifelong support network. Additionally, the non-profit group is a force within the entire disabled community. Many consider Triumph the go-to organization for people living with mobility impairments throughout Southern California.

Triumph Foundation to Host 7th Annual Wheelchair Sports Festival

The public is invited to attend an upcoming sporting event including 10 recreational activities for individuals with disabilities. Triumph Foundation will host the 7th Annual Wheelchair Sports Festival on April 28-29, 2018 at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex, where paralympic athletes will engage in friendly competition through adaptive sporting events.

The sports include: wheelchair hockey, basketball, quad rugby (aka murderball), racquetball, baseball, hand cycling, SCUBA, curling, track & field, wheelchair skating (WCMX), and a wheelchair rodeo race. Additionally, a Resource Fair featuring informational booths and local vendors will be open throughout the festival.

The non-profit Triumph Foundation, dedicated to improving the lives of people living with disabilities, hosts the annual free event to introduce people who are newly injured, veterans, children, and others with disabilities to wheelchair sports. The festival also provides learning opportunities to the general public by showcasing people living with physical impairment in a way that members of the community do not often see. Participants come together regardless of abilities – able-bodied and disabled alike – to take part in a weekend of free activities and games.

The Wheelchair Sports Festival is part of the Paralympic Gateway to Gold, a talent identification program that introduces Paralympic-eligible athletes to sports, acts as a pipeline to competition, and is often the first step toward the podium representing the U.S. Paralympic Team.

“This is Triumph’s major event of the year giving people with disabilities a chance to push the limits of their ability, play games with friends and family on a level playing ground, and enhances their quality of life through the benefit of exercise, sports and fitness,” said Triumph Foundation Founder Andrew Skinner, who suffered a spinal cord injury in November 2004 in a snowboarding accident and founded the organization in 2008. “People travel from all over California to attend this event and we are excited with the anticipation of over 1,000 people to participate this year.”

Triumph Foundation is also seeking community partners to help keep the event free and open to all. To become Event Sponsors and Exhibitors in the Resource Fair, visit www.Triumph-Foundation.org/WSFsponsorship or email info@trimuphfoundation.org.

Hero of the Week – Randi Wyatt-Billings

A native of Santa Clarita, Randi Wyatt-Billings has been working for Triumph Foundation for more than two years. She is the event coordinator for this year’s Wheelchair Sports Festival.

Randi’s work includes scheduling and leading the non-profit’s volunteer base; building Care Baskets, which are delivered to people who recently suffered paralyzing injury; and managing the storage locker full of equipment and supplies.

“She is absolutely amazing and deserves recognition,” said Andrew Skinner, Triumph founder. “Since joining our team she has been instrumental in helping us with planning and implementation of multiple events throughout the year, as well as overseeing office operations and programs.”

Randi and her husband, Dave Billings, live in Newhall, and they have two young sons, four-year-old Lincoln and 5-month-old Merrick. She grew up in Saugus and graduated from high school there in 1999.

The Wheelchair Festival, which will be held April 28-29 (see sidebar) is one of her favorite events of the year with Triumph Foundation.

It has something for everyone and many of her friends from the community are able to attend and see why she so passionate about Triumph, she says.

Another favorite is the Superheroes Triumph! 5K held in September, which Randi created last year. As a passionate runner of 5Ks, she led the effort to start a charity run, walk, and roll for Triumph Foundation.

In addition, she loves meeting people who are impacted by the organization and hearing how Triumph has made a life-changing impact. Through her work she has made many new friends and reconnected with old friends and acquaintances.

In another sign it’s the relationships that matter to her, Randi sums it up: “Everyone at Triumph genuinely cares and is loving, and makes you feel like we are all part of a family.”


Road Closures for Cowboy Festival

| News | April 19, 2018

Residents driving through Newhall this weekend will want to be aware of changes in the traffic patterns due to the 25th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. There will be some road closures on Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22.

Cowboy Festival events will take place at the William S. Hart Park Event Area and thousands of visitors are expected to attend. Beginning Friday, April 20, Newhall Avenue, from Market Street to 4th Street, will be closed for festival transportation and set up. The closures will last from Friday, April 20 at 2 p.m. to Sunday, April 22 at 9 p.m.

Parking for the Cowboy Festival will once again be offered for free in the dirt lot located at the bend of 13th Street and Arch Street in Newhall. Guests will be able to take a free shuttle to and from the parking lot. No parking is available at Hart Park.

For more information regarding Cowboy Festival events and to purchase tickets to special performances, visit CowboyFestival.org.

Female Athlete of the Week – Allison Cho

| Sports | April 19, 2018

This Valencia High School swimmer took individual first places in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:06.84, and the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:39.85. She was also a member of the 200-yard medley relay, and the 400-yard freestyle relay teams that took first place in their respective races. Allison Cho’s contributions helped the Vikings defeat Canyon 139-25.

“Allison is a true leader and a talented athlete,” said Kathy Rosenast, coach of the Valencia High School swim team. “She is always willing to swim whatever is needed to help the team and she is definitely capable of swimming any event. She has been a real team player the last three years and definitely a great student athlete.”

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Sand Canyon Housing Market Update

| Sand Canyon Journal | April 17, 2018

By Tracy Hauser
Cobalt Realty Group
CalDRE# 00906411

Have you been wondering about the two new projects near us – Vista Canyon & Sand Canyon Plaza – and what their impact will be on Sand Canyon home values? Like most neighbors in the Canyon I have been very interested and have been personally talking to both developers to stay informed. If you would like to see more information, and actually hear from the developers about what they are planning, then go to my Facebook page, “The Canyon Country Come Up” and you can see interviews my team has done with both developers, and also see what other interesting things are happening in Canyon Country, like the new community center. It’s being built behind Toppers Pizza and it’s going to be fantastic!

Here is an update for the Canyon. As of late March, Sand Canyon has 14 homes for sale ranging in price from $765,000 to $2,995,000, which is less than a two-month supply of inventory. There are currently six homes in escrow ranging in price from $635,000 to $2,499,000 and over the last 90 days, nine homes have sold, ranging in price from $774,000 to $1,695,000.

Feel free to contact me with questions you have about the value of your home in today’s market. It’s hassle-free. And naturally, if you would like more info about the new developments, I am more than happy to share that with you, too.

Grey Days – A Slice of Silence

| Opinion | April 13, 2018

by Derra Grey

My father stopped talking to me because of a meat slicer.

Sounds bizarre, I know. So, I’ll start from the beginning.

A few years ago, my father had a sudden onset of heart trouble and needed emergency surgery to repair a valve in his heart. When he was released from the hospital, he was still weak and couldn’t get around very well, so he ended up staying with my sister because he couldn’t return to his apartment where he lived alone with its two flights of stairs and no elevator, not to mention it was 60 miles from both of us.

Realizing he couldn’t return to his apartment, he gave notice and my sister and I offered to pack up his belongings and put them in storage until he decided what he wanted to do.

The job proved to be quite an undertaking since he kept everything – and I mean everything. We had run out of boxes when finishing up with the kitchen cupboards and drawers, which were stuffed with years’ worth of things, one being a huge, metal meat slicer I found. It seemed like an easy decision to toss the cumbersome appliance, reasoning that he hadn’t even used it in the last 25 years.

We rented a big moving truck, hired a couple of guys to take all his possessions to storage. Six months later, he got his own place close by and we delivered all the stuff to his new home.

Soon after dad moved in, he called me and said he couldn’t find his meat slicer in any of the boxes. I told him we had thrown it out, there was just too much stuff and we made a judgment call. Seems he didn’t hear the we, he just came to blame only me.

My father clearly wasn’t happy, so irritated, in fact, that he stopped talking to me, even though I had apologized profusely and offered to buy him a new meat slicer. He adamantly said no to the slicer and, I guess, no to my apology.

I didn’t get too upset at first, figuring my sister would set the record straight when she found out he wasn’t talking to me, and tell him we both tossed the slicer. It would help diffuse the situation when he realized it wasn’t something we did to intentionally to hurt him. But she never did set the record straight.

Over a year passed and still the looming silence from my father. During that time, I thought about all the silent treatments I endured throughout my life from my parents, ones that lasted days, weeks and even months.

During this particularly long silent treatment, my father missed out on so many special moments, but I have since resolved that I am not willing to let his behavior define my worth. Although the silence is painful, it doesn’t begin to compare to the pain I feel when my value doesn’t even come close to a meat slicer.

I think the hardest part of all this was when I realized that my ever-growing resentment toward my sister for not stepping up, and just standing by silently while I took all the punishment, meant that now I was giving her the silent treatment.

During this rather eye-opening experience, I have gained self-awareness where, no matter what I was taught, what kind of environment I lived in, or what others are doing to me, it doesn’t give me an excuse to do the same; and in this case, dole out silent treatments. Clearly, I have a choice when it comes to my actions and how I treat others.

I picked up the phone and called my sister today, putting an end to the silence. For good.

A survey of more than 2,000 Americans conducted by Faulkner, et al, found that 67 percent admitted to deliberately using the silent treatment, while 75 percent indicated that they had been a target of the silent treatment by a loved one.

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | April 13, 2018

A 36-year-old laborer from Val Verde was picked up for failure to appear.

A 22-year-old mason from Newhall was arrested for battery on a non-cohabitating former spouse. A 25-year-old loader from Canyon Country was arrested for battery against a former spouse. A 31-year-old server from Santa Clarita was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm.

A 27-year-old construction worker from Lancaster was arrested for forgery. A 50-year-old unemployed Canyon Country man was arrested for burglary.

A 49-year-old Torrance man was arrested for embezzlement of $400 or more. And a 37-year-old machinist from Whittier was cited for receiving known stolen property.

A 28-year-old housekeeper from Canyon Country was charged with avoiding registration compliance.

A 22-year-old picker/field worker from Orosi, Calif. was charged with evading a police officer: disregarding safety.

A 29-year-old nurse caregiver from Palmdale was charged with reckless driving.

A self-employed 41-year-old Canyon Country man was arrested for theft of personal property. And a 24-year-old bus boy from Santa Paula was cited for receiving known stolen property.

An unemployed 24-year-old Canyon Country man was charged with possession of a device/instrument/paraphernalia. 23-year-old Santa Clarita woman who works in the food industry was charged with possession of a controlled substance with specific prior arrests.

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:
31-year-old cook from Canoga Park
19-year-old baker from Santa Clarita
42-year-old unemployed Agua Dulce man
An unemployed 47-year-old Santa Clarita man was arrested for carrying a concealed dirk or dagger.

A 21-year-old Newhall man who refused to give his occupation was arrested for battery on a custodial officer/firefighter.

A 22-year-old warehouse supervisor from Santa Paula was arrested for manufacturing/selling/giving/lending/possessing metal knuckles.

A 30-year-old unemployed Canyon Country man was arrested for refusing to leave property upon request.

DUIs with prior arrests:
52-year-old unemployed Valencia man
31-year-old construction worker from Panorama City
21-year-old campus aide from Valencia
61-year-old janitor from Palmdale
33-year-old painting contractor from Canyon Country
47-year-old plumber from Newhall
36-year-old day laborer from Rialto
26-year-old mechanic from Rosamond
34-year-old construction worker from Newhall
24-year-old laborer from Palmdale
23-year-old mechanic from Lancaster
22-year-old mechanic from Palmdale
19-year-old barber from Sylmar
27-year-old culinary assistant from La Puente

Dividing Instead of Conquering

| Opinion | April 12, 2018

By Maya Rector

Feminism is often considered a dirty word, and people who identify themselves as feminists are often seen as being “crazy” or overdramatic in some way, which isn’t cool. However, there are a lot of things within the feminist movement as it stands today in the U.S. that also aren’t cool.

The problems with the current feminist movement within the U.S. is not the movement itself, but what the movement values most and who it values most.

This can be defined as white feminism, aka feminism that is solely centered on heterosexual white women (who are typically middle class or affluent) and the problems they may face. While issues such as having a sexist president who hopes to cut back on funding for programs that specifically benefit women are important, it is also important to recognize the people who are, and have been, most at risk in their daily lives, and those people are specifically women of color, as well as groups who are marginalized on the basis of their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identities, etc.

For instance, sayings such as “pussy power” and “pussy grabs back” have been put out into the public’s attention by white feminists (again, to clarify: NOT people who are white and feminist, but people whose view of feminism is narrow and only values a very specific white perspective). While these sayings may seem political and catchy at first glance, it is crucial to see the ways in which these very sayings are inherently non-inclusive. For instance, people who identify as women but do not have female genitalia are automatically excluded, and the majority of feminists who use “edgy” phrases such as these are not focused on the bigger picture and fail to see the ways in which feminism operates beyond their limited perspective.

The scary part of it all is how prevalent this is among many feminists and feminist groups, especially in the U.S. While it’s refreshing to see people organize and even though they may have the best of intentions, they can still cause harm by failing to learn about the struggles of others who occupy spaces differently than they do. By failing to see the way oppression intersects and differs from person to person based on factors such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, etc., people ultimately fail to take part in a movement that is truly empowering for all, and not just a select few.

So the next time you’re out protesting and spreading the word about feminism, ask yourself this simple question: Who are you really doing it for?

Wine of the Week – Grenache

| Entertainment | April 12, 2018

by Beth Heiserman

The climate Grenache likes best is hot, dry and windy, which is why Agua Dulce is ideal for growing these red wine varietals. These grapes ripen quite a bit later than most varietals. Grenache can be noir, blanc, gris or rosé, and these grapes are mainly grown in France, Australia,Sardinia/Italy and California’s Central Valley.

Ampelography, or the study of different vines, all started in the mid-1800s, when experts worked to identify and classify grapevines. It helped them to determine which vines were resistant to disease, such as the powdery mildew of pests known as phylloxera.

Grenache grapes were, most likely, brought from Spain.When it’s blended with Syrah and Mourvedre in Australia and France, Grenache may dominate the other flavors in wine. Sometimes blended with Syrah and Mourvedre in Australia and France, in the Rhone region of France it is generally blended with most wines. Grenache Noir is the prevailing varietal of the blend Chateauneuf du Pape.

Male Athlete of the Week – Jacob Lopez

| Sports | April 12, 2018

College of the Canyons sophomore pitcher Jacob Lopez scattered six hits with no walks and struck out 12 batters over seven innings of work during the Cougars’ 7-0 win over Antelope Valley College last week. Lopez is now 6-2 on the season and leads the state with 91 strikeouts on the season. The Saugus High School product has recorded double-digit strikeout totals in three straight, and five of the last six, games to go, with a conference-leading 1.97 ERA.
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A High Schooler’s POV

| Opinion | April 12, 2018

by Analyn May

There’s a lot of talk about including more “strong minority characters” in the media lately, and trust me, I’m all for it. But it’s got me thinking – what exactly is a “strong character”? Normally when I hear about “strong” characters, I expect some kick-butt, agile, quick-thinking heroes who are probably super ripped. And all those things are great, and thoroughly entertaining to watch. But the best stories – for example, the fantastic movie Black Panther – don’t just stop there. They dive deeper and focus on their characters’ strong morals – their honesty, their dedication, their selflessness. And THAT’S what I want to focus on in this article.

You know what makes me really love a character? When their inner values are at least equally as strong as their muscles. After all, it’s not the superhuman strength that makes Steve Rogers “Captain America” – It’s his loyalty to his country and his determination to do the right thing. Similarly, it’s not really the suit that makes T’Challa the best “Black Panther” – It’s his selfless humility, even as a king, and his desire to find the best solution for his people.

I actually started thinking about this topic because of some video games I’ve been playing recently known as the Professor Layton series. They’re great games, complete with epic mysteries and impossible giant robots, but what really stands out to me is Professor Layton himself. He’s an archeology professor who has awesome “parkour” skills and sword-fighting skills, as well as a genius intellect for puzzle-solving. Really, he’s a lot like Indiana Jones. But what sets him apart from Indiana Jones (at least, in my opinion) is his character – his values. He always goes out of his way to help people, whether it benefits him or not, and he’s constantly teaching his young assistant how to be a “true gentleman” by being kind and putting others before himself. Gentleness and politeness are far more important to him than any fighting skills, and honestly, I think those are values that are undervalued nowadays.

In short – I’m all for strong characters, and I enjoy the current influx of strong, diverse/minority characters. But I think there should be a heavier emphasis on giving them strong (and prominent) morals, as well as any strong physical traits they may have. In particular, while there are definitely some good character traits that are popular right now (determination, resourcefulness, independence), I think there are a lot of ones that aren’t being used because they aren’t considered “strong traits.” These are the ones I tried to emphasize in this article (kindness, gentleness, humility), and I think these are what characters need to be truly strong, inside and out.

But, as always, that’s just my POV. Until next time, this is Analyn May, signing off.

Troubled by Priorities in Response to Murder

| Opinion | April 12, 2018

by Stephen Smith

I remain shocked that the focus by the media and the government on gun violence seems to be on everything but the sub-human that decided to end the life of others. Why is it that in the case of the YouTube shooting, the response by the usual frenzy of protestors and the media was almost non-existent? It seems to be an example of how the lack of politically incorrect targets quickly silenced the usual protesters and editorials. Since she used a handgun and not a hated AR-15, somehow the decision to murder innocents became far less significant, despite handgun deaths accounting for over 7,000 deaths per year vs. about 660 by long guns. Crimes that can be associated with hate are being given a special status and more severe penalties. I question that if you have been murdered or beaten, does anyone think it was an act of love? Are feelings more important than the action? I have heard many ponder that it was a non-story after the event because she was in a protected and oppressed class due to her being a woman, a vegan, was a member of PETA, and did not use the hated AR-15, therefore was somehow immune from outrage or hatred. Of course, we all hate people who hate and we all hate people who disagree, however she could not have been a hater due to her status and therefore … what???

As I am writing this, there is a story on the news that a man intentionally drove a vehicle into a crowd in Munster, Germany, injuring many. When the vehicle came to a rest he committed suicide, as the YouTube shooter did after her shooting spree. My ironical self often ponders, if these evil individuals could be taught to reverse the order and kill themselves prior to their mass murder attempts, wouldn’t it be a blessing for the rest of us?

Here is my politically incorrect statement of the day. Guns and trucks do not murder people, people murder people. The weapons, whether firearms, vehicles, knives or rocks, do not have a will. They may be the means of causing death or killing, but only people can make the decision to murder. The largest acts of mass murder in the United States did not involve the use of firearms. What they had in common was extraordinarily narcissistic people deciding that whatever bothered them was far more important than your God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They have broken our nation’s most basic social and sacred contracts. They have defiled those basic natural law rights which have defined who we are as a people and the very idea of what we are to be as a nation. Their crimes are not just against the victims and their families, but against all of us who are privileged to live in this civil society. If you assign blame to the weapon of choice, I challenge your priorities, values and most basic moral formation. There was murder before firearms and will be if they are eliminated. It was reported this week that murder rates in London, which has had extreme gun restrictions for years, exceeds murder rates in the much larger New York City. Now the mayor of London is calling for the banning of carrying knives.

How can we deal with this distressing problem? We have consistently seen law enforcement be very efficient and brilliant after the shootings, but fail in prevention. Even with all the warning signs in the recent Florida shooter or the brother of the YouTube shooter calling authorities saying his sister was on the way, police failed to act to prevent the tragic actions. It is the nature of the job and our laws which protect individual liberties. We can certainly do a better job in screening and responding to extreme warning signs. Identifying malignant narcissism, cruelty towards animals, social isolation, lack of a stable home life and being abused as a child all are indicators of future problems. People with these types of backgrounds deserve our attention and help.

We must do far better with value and moral formation in our educational system. Just because some of the best examples of how to treat each other and rules on how to live in a civil society exist in biblical teaching does not mean that teaching those values rises to the level of the establishment of a state religion. Marxist leaning judges who removed such documents as the Decalogue (Ten Commandments) from the public square have done our society a tremendous disservice. People do need to be reminded of the basics. Do Not Murder! Do Not Steal! Do Not Give False Testimony! Do Not Covet! Honor Your Father and Mother! Don’t Commit Adultery! Keep a day for reflection and being holy! One of the great things that our First Amendments rights and the Decalogue provide is that they show you a better way to live in a civil society while protecting your rights even if you are an atheist. Truly remarkable.

Finally, we must focus on doing a better job of socialization. Many people live their lives in the cloud and their little tappy thing devices. I just returned from a walk in the mall and nearly four out of five people were walking the aisles while looking at their electronic devices. Direct human interaction, being of service and developing interpersonal relationships are necessary for good mental health and a sense of community. We must learn to focus more on our common humanity and less on that which separates us. We also must reward actual achievement and growth rather than existence. If there is one thing that the shooters have in common is a very unhealthy self-absorption, a lack of concern for the lives of others and a failure of healthy socialization. It is a remarkable thing that these basic self-growth issues are central to the world of 12-step programs. They focus on you becoming a worthwhile and valuable member of society and help you learn how to become a person of high character. Something worth thinking about.

MLK Niece to Speak at SCV Prayer Breakfast

| Community | April 12, 2018

For 14 years the Santa Clarita Valley has participated in the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast to recognize the National Day of Prayer, which began more than 60 years ago in Washington, D.C. This year, hundreds will gather at Kelly’s Wedding Garden in Santa Clarita on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 7-8:30 a.m. to hear Dr. Alveda C. King, niece of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In honor of the National Day of Prayer, communities gather to pray for the people in authority, as leaders are confronted with numerous issues, from traffic impact to racial tension, and are charged with making long-lasting decisions that impact citizens for generations. The philosophy behind the event is that leaders need wisdom and guidance in making the right decisions on a daily basis.

Alveda King, the keynote speaker, currently serves as a pastoral associate and director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, the African American outreach for Priests for Life. She sees the pro-life movement as a continuation of the civil rights struggle and is a voice for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, sharing her testimony of two abortions, God’s forgiveness, and healing.

The daughter of the late civil rights activist Rev. A.D. King and his wife Naomi Barber King, Alveda grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Her family home in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Kentucky. Alveda was jailed during the open housing movement. Dr. King is a former college professor and served in the Georgia State House of Representatives. She is a bestselling author of books including “How Can the Dream Survive if we Murder the Children?” and “I Don’t Want Your Man, I Want My Own.” She is also an actress and songwriter. The founder of King for America, Inc., Alveda is the recipient of a doctorate of laws degree from Saint Anselm College. Dr. King lives in Atlanta, where she is the “grateful mother of six and a doting grandmother.”

Registration and check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. and the event starts at 7 a.m. Breakfast will be served with a backdrop of patriotic music. If you would like to attend and ticket prices are an issue, contact The Diako Group, a non-profit working to help young people become community leaders. Visit http://www.alvedaking.com/alveda-king.

Tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite.com.

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