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Watch & Clock Repair Shop

| Canyon Country Magazine | May 30, 2016

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We all know how important it is to clean our hands and faces. But a new Canyon Country business is pointing out the hands and faces we may be neglecting – the ones on our clocks and watches.

After William Sher moved to Canyon Country about a year ago, which meant a daily commute to his shop in North Hollywood, he felt it was high time he brought his useful expertise to the SCV. Last month he opened Watch & Clock Repair Shop, a business that provides service and repair for wristwatches, clocks and pocket watches.

Sher takes on the cleaning and servicing of the merchandise, while his watchmaker, Armen, with 45 years of experience, carefully repairs the pieces. He will offer you an estimate to repair all kinds of watches and clocks, but he has special expertise with vintage and antique clocks and watches.

“All mechanical clocks need service over time,” Sher says. “It needs to be oiled; it needs to be cleaned, like a car needs servicing.”

When it comes to large timepieces, such as grandfather or grandmother clocks, the men at Watch & Clock Repair Shop offer house calls.

If you are accustomed to heading to the jeweler for repairs of your clocks and watches, Sher has some news for you.

“A lot of people, if they need a repair, they go to a jeweler,” Sher explains. “The difference between us and a jeweler is they usually deal with jewelry; they are not a watch or clock repair person. That jeweler would usually come to us.”

Many of Sher’s clients over the years have been jewelers, whose customers assumed the repair work in the jewelry store included watches.

For Sher’s part of the business, he enjoys the process of restoring old timepieces, from wood grandfather cases to mantel clocks.

“I like the old world, mechanical aspect of it, how it used to be made back at that time, the whole aspect of mechanical movement,” he says.

Watch & Clock Repair Shop is located at 18364 ½ Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. The hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The shop is closed Saturdays and Sundays. Call them at (661) 388-5982.

Canyon Country History Minute

| Canyon Country Magazine | May 25, 2016

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Now Le Chene French Cuisine, a famous go-to for gourmet and exotic foods, as well as a huge wine selection, this unique building has had other names and uses since the early 20th century. It was originally W.A. Dodrill’s Oaks Garage, belonging to a family from England who built a wood structure on the property for car service and a snack bar. This photo was taken circa 1923, when William Arch Dodrill and his family upgraded the snack bar to a diner. They brought in boulders from a quarry in Quartz Hill and added a café to the building. Photo courtesy of Juan Alonso.

Read more local history in the book “Canyon Country” by Martha Michael & released by Arcadia Publishing. It is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Sam’s Club, Costco and Arcadiapublishing.com.

Canyon Country Business Briefs

| Canyon Country Magazine | May 25, 2016

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Carl’s Jr. Refacade
The Carl’s Jr. at 18950 Soledad Canyon Road is getting a new look! The existing building will be updated to a rustic California architectural style, which was one of the styles chosen by the Canyon Country community through the Soledad Canyon Road Corridor planning process. The project is estimated to be complete by the end of 2016.

Vista Canyon
Grading and dirt hauling continue at the Vista Canyon site. Grading is anticipated to continue through the rest of 2016. The developer has submitted plans for the first apartment complex, including 136 units. Residential construction is anticipated to begin in 2017. Plans have also been submitted for the transit center that will be located at the end of Vista Canyon Road, adjacent to the future Metrolink station. The transit center consists of six bus bays, canopies, bike lockers and restrooms. The City of Santa Clarita anticipates granting approval for the project in late summer.

Golden Valley Road Retail
The building is in the final stages of development and only minor items remain. Tenant improvements are continuing for the La Cocina restaurant and a convenience store. Landscaping has been installed and is taking root.

Citywide Film Statistics

In March, the City issued 62 film permits, which contributed to 143 film days, generating an estimated economic impact of $3,458,000.

The following productions were filming in Canyon Country in March 2016.

Feature Films
10 Year Reunion – at Sable Ranch
American Ex – at Sable Ranch

Television Shows
Blood Relatives – at Sand Canyon area homes
NCIS – at Mountasia Family Fun Center
Deadly Intent – at a Sand Canyon area home

Television Movie
Sharknado 4 – at Sable Ranch

Commercials
American Family Insurance – at a Sand Canyon area home
AT&T – at Sable Ranch
Dick’s Sporting Goods – at Dick’s Sporting Goods
Sprint – at Dominique’s Jewelry

Still Photo
Bean Pole Golf – at Robinson Ranch
GNC – at Santa Clarita Aquatics Center
Google Play – at Linda Vista Street

Short Film
Classified Comedy – at a Canyon Country area home

Student
UCLA “Searing” – at Sable Ranch

G&M Auto Repair

| Canyon Country Magazine | May 24, 2016

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John Wright of G & M Auto Repair has a message for the Santa Clarita community: You can trust me.

“I’m very customer-service oriented and I’ll give things away if I have to,” Wright says. “They can trust that I’m going to take care of it if something happens. The action of fixing a car, making it run properly, I’m satisfied when I get that repair done.”

The owner of G & M Auto Repair believes in his work enough to stand by every repair, with a guarantee that matches the life of the parts.

“I stand behind everything I do, 110 percent,” says Wright, a Canyon Country resident who has worked in the auto repair industry for two decades.

When he says his guarantee matches the life of the part, Wright means it. In some instances it’s three years or 36,000 miles – whichever comes last.

“I take good care of people and their cars, and that is why I am so busy,” says Wright. “I have a very good following, because we know what we’re doing.”

Wright worked at a Toyota dealership in Hollywood, a dealership in San Francisco, and he has been at the helm of auto repair shops for probably 15 years, including a business in the San Fernando Valley and one in the SCV.

G & M has six lifts plus another six flat stalls, so he and his employees can work on 12 vehicles at a time. Wright purchased additional diagnostic equipment for the business as well.

“The hardest thing to do is keep up with all the technology,” Wright says. “I send the guys off to classes. I read all the service bulletins that come out daily from all the different manufacturers. It keeps me on top of everything.”

One example is Wright’s schooling and expertise in the Integrated Motor Assist technology of the Honda hybrid.

“The Prius technology is pretty much the same from Toyota to Lexus for the last 12 years,” he says. “They’ve made some advances, but in the scheme of things, it’s still the same.”
Wright says he works on anywhere from one to three hybrid cars per week at G & M, mostly because the SCV has so many commuters. He is ASE certified, which means he has passed the testing required by the non-profit National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence.

His experience has shown that some Toyota hybrids can get up to 250,000, or even 300,000 miles, before the battery fails.

How do you get the most miles from your car’s engine? The business owner boils it down to one thing: maintenance.

Wright says: “If you take care of it properly, it’ll take care of you.”

G & M Auto Repair is located at 27260 Camp Plenty Road in Canyon Country. Call John at (661) 347-2096 or visit GMAutoRepair.net.

Local Woman on ‘Bar Rescue’ Now Seeks to Save Others

| Canyon Country Magazine | May 24, 2016

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Millions of viewers tuned in to see one of Canyon Country’s own get her 15 minutes of fame a few weeks ago. But what you didn’t see was the drama leading up to the show.

Owner Jessica Murrie, who claims she was “saved” by the show “Bar Rescue,” has a lot to say about why she was “drowning” to begin with. She’s been keeping a lot of her reactions inside, and the sensitive information she has kept to herself for many months is not the result of a fun-filled weekend in Las Vegas. “What happens in Cajun Belle” is what she is free to talk about, now that the show has aired.

What she wants to do is save others. It all began when she sunk a large portion of her personal savings into a new business – Grinders.

“I need to educate other people about what I went through,” Murrie explains. “People are investing their money and finding out they need business permits – people are losing their businesses.”

Murrie says when she bought Grinders she did not realize there was a lack of permitting. So, when she took it over and wanted to make changes, there were charges right and left.

“You have no sign, no bar wells, you can’t make any improvements. When you rent or lease a storefront, you have to tell the city and have plans to show them, and they have to approve those plans,” Murrie explains. “At first, we found out that we were out of code with basically everything, so we had to start over. They wanted architect plans, MEP (Multiple Employer Plan). You have to come up with about $15,000 just for the plans. Then you have to go through plans and make repairs.”
Because the previous owner of Grinders did not go through the permitting process, Murrie’s costs soared, she says.

“The gentleman I bought this place from didn’t do that,” she says. “He set this place up and it was not OK with any codes. He kind of lived in the dark. It’s my third business I’ve had and I never dealt with this before. I wouldn’t imagine that was a possibility.”

Her ramp for the handicapped was out of compliance, which was a $6,000 expense, according to Murrie. Her costs went into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“When I went to the city to plead with them to keep my business, they said it happens to a lot of people,” she says. “People need to know before they put all their money into something.”

That was Murrie’s situation. She had sunk everything she owned into Grinders Bar and was sinking fast.

Until she was thrown a lifesaver by Jon Taffer of “Bar Rescue.”

“The only reason I’m here today is because of the show. Otherwise I’d be gone,” Murrie says. “I was so close to getting shut down, but because of the show – and the city worked with me. … They helped me get through the show.”

“Bar Rescue” production personnel contacted the business owner through Facebook and she jumped at the chance. The bar is now Cajun Belle and has a new start, and Jessica Murrie wants to pay it forward by offering a sort of rescue to others.

“You’re risking buying a business that’s worthless. I bought it legitimately. The guy I bought it from didn’t go through the city,” she says. “I just wanted to educate people on that part – they have to know.”

Cajun Belle is located at 18283 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country; (661) 251-3354.

Message from the Mayor and City Manager

| Canyon Country Magazine | May 18, 2016

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Bob Kellar
May 2016

One of the most important things we do as a city is provide public safety for our residents and business community. When issues arise, we work closely with the Sheriff’s department and the community to address problems quickly and effectively.

Last year, in response to an increase in mental health calls to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, the Department implemented the Mental Health Evaluation Team. Having this resource available allows deputies the professional assistance they need to better deal with calls, such as attempted suicides and domestic violence-related incidents. These teams are specially-trained to respond and follow up with specific mental health related calls, freeing up deputies to address other issues.

In response to an increase last year in domestic violence-related homicides, the City, Sheriff’s Department and the County formed the DIVERT (Domestic Intervention Violence Education Resource Team) Task Force. The Task Force is comprised of every agency in our valley and beyond that provides services, counseling and help to victims of domestic violence, as well as counseling for batterers. They work as a team to share information, and come up with ways to improve services and outreach to the community. In the first six months of the DIVERT Task Force, there was a 5 percent increase in calls to the Domestic Violence Center’s 24-hour hotline (661-259-HELP). By working alongside the Sheriff’s department, the Domestic Violence Center has experienced a 50 percent increase in referrals to the from area deputies and detectives.

Most recently, the City of Santa Clarita, the Sheriff’s Department, L.A. County Fire Department and CHP launched a new traffic safety plan. Utilizing the “three E’s,” the plan focuses on Education, Enforcement and Engineering to improve traffic safety in our community. You can check it out at: http://drivefocuslive.santa-clarita.com/.

I want to personally thank you for your support of our local law enforcement. They work hard every day to help keep our community safe.

 

Ken Striplin 
May 2016

Spring is a wonderful time of year in Santa Clarita and a great opportunity to enjoy the many outdoor amenities offered in our community.

Whether it’s a swim program, charity run/walk, or viewing an international cycling event, we work hard to make your local experiences fun and memorable.

The City’s Aquatic Center offers great swim programs, including group and private swim lessons, lap and recreational swim, water exercise, adult swim, and even stand up paddle boarding classes. Special aquatics introductory programs include diving, water polo and synchronized swim clinics. Whichever class or program you and your family choose, you will enjoy it in one of the City’s well-maintained and supervised pools located at Newhall Park, North Oaks Park, Santa Clarita Park, Valencia Glen Park, Valencia Meadows Park and the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center. Check it all out at: santa-clarita.com/Seasons.

The Wings for Life World Run is a sensational international event happening right here in our community. Runners from all over the world start the race at the same time (4:00 a.m. Pacific Time) to compete and also raise money for medical advances for those with spinal cord injuries. Check it out at: WingsforLifeWorldRun.com.

The Amgen Tour of California bicycle race is coming to Santa Clarita’s Old Town Newhall on May 16 for a Stage 2 Finish. You can check out all the local events at: SantaClaritaTourofCA.com.

If you are looking for something for your children to do this summer, I encourage you to check out Camp Clarita. This City-run day camp program, held at city parks, provides a safe, fun environment that serves the recreational needs of our youth in Santa Clarita. For more information or to sign up for day camp, visit santa-clarita.com/Seasons.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to email me directly at: kstriplin@santa-clarita.com. Enjoy the spring season!

Will California’s Bullet Train Blast Through Your Backyard?

| Canyon Country Magazine | May 18, 2016

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Proposed Burbank-Palmdale Routes Inevitably Disruptive

By Andrew Fried 

Over the years, the acronym NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) has taken on a widely recognized negative connotation: People who oppose things like new construction or government infrastructure projects get labeled, derisively, as NIMBYs:

The implication is that a NIMBY is someone who doesn’t care about the greater good, or the rights of another land owner to develop his or her property. If the new project is in a NIMBY’s “backyard,” figuratively speaking, he or she is likely to oppose it, blindly failing to see the big picture.

Many times, a NIMBY is someone who is under the mistaken impression that owning a piece of property comes complete with the right to control all that happens on all surrounding property.

However, in some cases, a NIMBY is justified. Especially if, as in the case of the proposed California high-speed rail line, the phrase “not in my backyard” isn’t just a figurative reference. It is to be taken literally.

How literally? Looking at the latest route maps from the California High-Speed Rail Authority, it appears inevitable that the project will require the seizure and destruction of private property as the state shoves Gov. Jerry Brown’s $64 billion pet train project right through some backyards.

No wonder, then, that many in the Santa Clarita, Antelope and San Fernando Valleys remain extremely concerned about the latest proposed routes for the Palmdale-Burbank leg of the High-Speed Rail line that would link Los Angeles and San Francisco with a very fast train that very few people will ride.

The High-Speed Rail Authority’s publicly distributed materials on the revised Burbank-Palmdale routes provide a “50,000-foot-level” view of where the new alignments would go; and, there are up sides to the new routes, as compared to their predecessors.

The routes have been modified in response to public input, in order to avoid heavily populated areas. Each of the three routes, essentially, would bypass the City of Santa Clarita, sparing a rather populous area from the bullet train’s most troublesome impacts.

However, if you start with the 50,000-foot-level view, and zoom down to where it is actually possible to see individual properties, it becomes clearer: This project will be seriously disruptive. It may avoid some of the more heavily populated areas, but there are still numerous individuals and businesses that will be profoundly impacted.

At minimum, there are obvious concerns about noise and safety for properties that are near the proposed routes. At worst, there are property owners whose “backyards” literally may be standing in the way of the train.

For their part, local government leaders in the region are advocating alignments that would go further to avoid impacts on property owners, even in less heavily populated areas.

The Santa Clarita City Council, for example, retains the position that they adopted on July 14, 2015, in which the council supports only fully underground alignments within the Palmdale to Burbank project section, in order to minimize negative impacts to all of the communities potentially impacted by the high-speed rail project.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich also has called for alternatives that spare not only the larger cities, but smaller communities as well.

“All the affected communities between Palmdale and Burbank are in my district, and I take very seriously their concerns and issues with the remaining High-Speed Rail alternatives,” said Antonovich. “While I am pleased that the High-Speed Rail Authority developed new alignments that avoid Santa Clarita, Sylmar, Pacoima, and San Fernando in response to my request in 2014 to develop routes that avoid these communities by tunneling under the Angeles National Forest, I remain focused on removing or modifying the final three alternatives that impact remaining communities like Acton, Agua Dulce, Lakeview Terrace, and Shadow Hills.”

One of the routes, in particular, would have significant impacts on the Acton-Agua Dulce area: The so-called “Refined SR14” route generally would run parallel to State Route 14. While less disruptive to populated areas than the original proposed routes, the fact remains that the bullet train southbound would shoot right through Acton and Agua Dulce before ducking underground near Lang Station and Soledad Canyon Road, where the line would tunnel beneath the San Gabriel Mountains in the Angeles National Forest on its way to Burbank.

The other proposed revised routes – called Refined E1/Refined E2 – would not entirely avoid impacts on Acton. However, make no mistake: While these two routes may avoid some of our “backyard,” they’re going through someone else’s backyard just the same.

While the revised routes have put the proposed High-Speed Rail line along a path of reduced resistance, that doesn’t mean they have avoided significant impacts on the “little guys” who may feel powerless to stop the High-Speed Rail juggernaut.

Add all of this to the fact that all three proposed routes would require lengthy, expensive tunnels through a seismically active region, traveling beneath a national forest. It is difficult to imagine how this project can be built safely and without unacceptable impacts on communities and the environment.

All three of the proposed new routes are under review; and while at this point it might seem naïve to hope that “none of the above” emerges as the final answer, that indeed would be ideal. Failing that, we all should consider ourselves to be on alert: There’s a bullet headed for our backyards and, at the risk of being branded as NIMBYs, we need to find a way to stop it.

Andrew Fried is president of Safe Action for the Environment Inc. To find more information regarding SAFE, visit www.Safe4Environment.org.

This views expressed in this article are those of the writer, not necesssarily those of Valley Publications/Canyon Country Magazine.

Graduation is Coming: Discourage Drunk Driving

| Canyon Country Magazine | May 17, 2016

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving

“No More Victims” is emblazoned at the top of the website for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD. Most Americans have heard of the organization, or maybe even know individuals involved with the non-profit, but the group had an interesting start.

It was incorporated in 1980, founded by Candace Lightner after her 13-year-old daughter, Cari, was hit by a car driven by a man who was released from jail after his fourth DUI arrest. The Lightners, from Fair Oaks, Calif., were joined by a grieving mom from Maryland, Cindi Lamb, who had been hit by a drunk driver a year earlier, critically injuring her and making her 5-month-old daughter, Laura, the youngest quadriplegic.

From candlelight vigils to pushing for new drunk driving legislation, the organization pushed forward its mission to “mobilize victims and their allies to establish the public conviction that impaired driving is unacceptable and criminal, in order to promote corresponding public policies, programs and personal responsibility.”

In 1988, the worst drunk driving crash in U.S. History occurred when a drunk driver hit a school bus head on, which caused it to burst into flames, killing 24 children and three adults, and seriously injuring 34 others.

Sobriety checkpoints were upheld to be constitutional by the Supreme Court in 1990. In 1995, Zero Tolerance passed into federal law, making it illegal for anyone under 21 to drive with any measurable amount of alcohol. By 1998, Zero Tolerance was passed in all 50 states. In the early 2000s, MADD focused on the battle to pass .08 blood alcohol content laws. It passed in all 50 states by 2004.

What began in 2006, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, has made gains. Half of all states have passed laws implementing the use of all-offender ignition interlocks. It is estimated that MADD has helped to save approximately 330,000 lives.

The following local businesses are responsible for this month’s message:
Don’t Drink & Drive. 

AV Sport & Truck Accessories
805 West Ave. K
Lancaster
661-723-6464

Angelo’s Barber Shops
27261 1/2 Camp Plenty Rd
Canyon Country
661-299-6857

D.W. Cookie Co.
18962 Soledad Cyn
Canyon Country
661-505-0781

Oh Bella Crepes & Gelato
18588 Soledad Cyn
Canyon Country
661-424-9987

Bark Ave – Pet Grooming
17737 Sierra Hwy
Canyon Country
661-299-2227

Derma Cure
27871 Smyth Drive
Suite 100
Valencia
661-257-8400

Women of Substance
818-633-9994
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Love in the Greatest Generation

| Canyon Country Magazine | May 17, 2016

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A “Dear John” letter in 1945 couldn’t keep Jerry away from Betty. Though it would take him 55 years to return.

The teenagers were high school sweethearts, but upon graduation from Van Nuys High School, Jerry Oldfield had enlisted in the U.S. Navy along with fellow members of the football team, while Betty enrolled in UCLA.

World War II broke out when they were young teens; in fact, the United States entered the war on Betty’s 14th birthday – Dec. 8, 1941. Just before high school graduation, Jerry finished boot camp. He and his war buddies got special passes to take part in graduation ceremonies, but they were delayed in getting back, so they missed their moment to walk across the stage when their names were called.

Jerry would miss his moments with the class of ‘45 for the next 55 years.

Fast forward to the dawn of the new century. It was the year 2000 and Betty and her fellow committee members put together another reunion for their class. Jerry showed up to the reunion — his first ever in 55 years. He says he went specifically to see Betty, thinking it might be the last time he would ever see her. Though Jerry attended the event with his girlfriend of 10 years, and Betty was dating another member of the reunion committee, the two of them spent much of the evening talking with each other.

They were married seven weeks later.

The couple had plenty to catch up on, from their teenage days, when Jerry and his buddies would carry hoses with them to siphon gas for their cars, and Betty would lunch with her girlfriend and her friend’s “foster sister,” Norma Jean, (a.k.a. Marilyn Monroe).

And what did Jerry do when he shipped out? He was at a distribution center waiting to go to submarine school when World War II ended. So, the Seaman 2nd Class was sent to Honolulu and worked as a baker for over a year.

At least a third of their fellow students were in the service, says the couple. Many were a part of ROTC and went directly into the military.

“Your whole life was part of that situation,” Betty says. “On D-Day, one of my best girlfriends’ brother was killed.”

When Jerry’s service was up, he went home to the San Fernando Valley.bettyback1

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” Jerry says. “Finally, my landlord brought up the fact I was going to lose my GI benefits. I’d already wasted one year of my college doing on-the-job training.”

Jerry was learning the air conditioning trade from a man who had the young veteran mowing his lawn and doing construction work, so he wasn’t getting very far. Plus, he knew it wasn’t where he wanted to be. It was about 1950, and his landlord, who was a teaching chiropractor at a chiropractic college in Glendale, which is now located in Whittier, suggested the profession to Jerry.

“I was going to lose my GI Bill of Rights and didn’t know what I wanted to do,” Jerry says. “I could get a four-year education in three years without going to summer school. And I really fell in love with (chiropractic). I stuck with it and graduated.”

Jerry decided to start a practice in Eagle Rock, which was a gradual process, so he continued working for the Post Office in Glendale from 3 p.m. to midnight. He did special deliveries during the swing shift. By this time, Jerry was married and had started a family, and it was labor intensive to make ends meet while also building his practice. So, the family moved to San Diego, where he began working for a chiropractor who was planning to retire. He was seeking someone like Jerry to manipulate the patients.

“He did the diagnosing and I did the work,” Jerry jokes.

Jerry’s mother-in-law, also a chiropractor, heard about a practice for sale in Tulare, California. It was a good fit for his family, so Jerry picked up the practice and remained in the small agricultural town until after he married Betty.

When asked, the couple will say the job climate and attitudes toward work have changed over the years. After living through the Great Depression, then following the war, the Oldfields’ peers, sometimes referred to as “The Greatest Generation,” became fully invested in hard work.

“There’s a vast difference there,” Jerry explains. “We were taught you might not find something you like, so you work at something until you find something you like.”

bettyback2At UCLA, Betty majored in psychology and French. She moved into Sand Canyon with her husband and children in 1970, when there was a lot of agriculture, pig farms, and almost everyone had horses. The couple owned a catering company.

An avid volunteer, Betty has been a member of multiple clubs, served on local non-profit boards, and was chosen “Woman of the Year” in 1993. She started the docent program at the William S. Hart Mansion in Newhall. Before Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital opened, they were seeking volunteers, so Betty stepped forward. She would form a close bond with the hospital foundation, and she served as chairman of the state hospital board.

After marrying Jerry, who still had a practice in Tulare, Betty did resign from some of her volunteerism, but she has never slowed down. At first, the couple would spend a few days a week in the San Joaquin Valley so Jerry could see patients, but they also began traveling extensively. Their coffee table has stacks of books filled with pages of pictures from European destinations and African wildlife. Their next trip will be to Alaska later this year.

Not only did they become acquainted with hippos and elephants on their African tour, the couple has a backyard full of statues, including zebras, a lion, a baboon and penguins. But even before starting a collection that would add these unusual creatures to the landscape of her backyard, Betty says she used to have regular visits by such wildlife as a friendly orangutan that belonged to a neighbor who trained animals for the movies.

When the Oldfields are in town, you might find them at the Elk’s Club, attending a fundraiser or visiting the grandchildren. Spotting them will be easy; they’ll be the ones you think are in their 60s and are at the center of all the excitement.

Local Crime Report

| Canyon Country Magazine | May 16, 2016

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On April 6 at 8:20 p.m., there was an alleged shoplifting that occurred on the 19300 block of Soledad Canyon Road. A charge of grand theft was reported on April 7 at 2:45 a.m. on the 27500 block of Glasser Avenue.

Another shoplifting charge came from the 18900 block of Soledad Canyon Road on April 12 at 5 p.m. Also on April 12, a burglary allegedly occurred at 8 a.m. on the 27400 block of Fairport Avenue. And another burglary was called in from the 20600 block of Soledad Canyon Road on April 13 at 3:15 a.m.

There was allegedly a residential burglary on the 28900 block of Prairie Lane on April 20 at 12:45 a.m. There was also a burglary reported on April 22 at 4 a.m. on the 18000 block of Sundowner Way.

A vehicle burglary was reported on April 25 at 12:40 a.m. near the intersection of Aldbury Street and Drasin Drive. On April 29 at 12:01 a.m. a strong-arm robbery carjacking was reported on the 27900 block of Solamint Road.

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