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Female Athlete of the Week – Mariah Lopez

| SC Living, Sports | August 10, 2017

A former student at Saugus High School, Mariah Lopez pitched for Team USA at the World Softball Confederation Junior Women’s World Championship last week. She was pivotal in the Americans’ gold medal run, pitching 7 1/3 innings, striking out 16 batters, and walking none. USA outscored their opponents 99-9 for the tournament, and went 9-0 to take home first place.

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Non Profit of the Week – Carousel Ranch – Heart of the West

| SC Living | August 10, 2017

It’s not too late to get your tickets to Heart of the West on Saturday, August 26, 2017. With only two weeks to go, guests can expect an evening featuring one-of-a-kind live and silent auction items, catering by Salt Creek Grille and, of course – what it is all about, a demonstration by a few of the riders from the ranch. Following the auction, guests will enjoy “Heart of the West After Dark” with a live band, dancing, casino and fun for everyone.

This has been an incredible year for the ranch, centered around growth. In fact, this is the greatest period of growth the organization has experienced in its 20-plus year history. The addition of the Ranch’s new Ready to Work! (RTW) program has taken the program from serving 80 children weekly (in the equestrian program) to now serving an additional 40-50 in the course of a year in RTW!

Guests who attend the Heart of the West event can expect a night to remember, knowing that as you enjoy your dinner under the stars, your generosity makes a huge impact on a child’s life. When you are the highest bidder on the auction, not only do you win, but a child does as well. Each auction bid, every drink at the bar, every donation made – goes directly toward a child’s therapy.

The following story explains the difference your support makes in the life of a child.

Courtney Golin (pictured) has been a part of the Carousel Ranch family since she was eight years old. She was the surviving child of triplets and her parents were told that she would never walk or talk. In the words of her mom, “We were devastated. Rather than grieving for the child we did not have, we decided to challenge this wonderful gift, Courtney. All we wanted for our little girl was for her to have a functioning role in society.”

Courtney’s mother recalls what led her to Carousel Ranch: “She did not set any of the ‘normal’ milestones. She did not speak until she was four and her words were limited. She began walking at age five with a walker. A few years later, we found Carousel Ranch and our world has never been the same. At first, Courtney had fits when we would arrive for our lesson. It was a battle, much like going to the doctor for immunizations. She knew exactly where we were going and what was expected of her. After the third lesson we saw a grin and light in Courtney’s eyes that we will never forget. She got it! Over the years, Courtney has blossomed from the little girl who needed a walker to a fully ambulatory, dancing and independent, bowling 23-year-old young woman. Her language has developed and she now talks back and gives us attitude. She has an opinion, a voice.”

Her mother added more: “Courtney’s struggles are not over. She continues with many medical problems as well as developmental and cognitive issues. She cannot read or write more than her name. She is continuing to define her role in this world as she goes through life’s challenges. She never wanted a job and the Ready to Work! program has given her the opportunity to learn about job preparation and training. She now knows what it takes to become a valuable employee and the responsibilities of having a job. She loves getting up and putting on her Ready to Work! uniform. She has a new sense of confidence as a young adult providing a service to others and working in the tack shack. Carousel Ranch has given her the inner strength to accomplish goals, overcome obstacles, joy and work with amazing staff and horses.”

Get your tickets today at www.carouselranch.org or by calling 661-268-8010.

Carousel Ranch is dedicated to improving the lives of children and young adults with special needs. Through both equestrian therapy and vocational training programs, the program strives to create an atmosphere where every student can and will succeed … a place where therapy is disguised as fun.

Hero of the Week – Lisa Hamblen Jaserie

This month, Carousel Ranch has lost a dear friend — Lisa Hamblen Jaserie. In 2001, Carousel Ranch had lost its lease and literally had nowhere to move. With only days to spare, Lisa heard the news and opened their home and family ranch to the program, saying yes before she ever even met us. For four years, her home was our home on Ravenhill Road until we found our own permanent ranch in Agua Dulce.

We honestly cannot even begin to express to you how grateful we are for everything that Lisa and this amazing family did for Carousel Ranch. Looking back at the loss of our lease and having to move … it now seems that maybe there was a bigger reason for it all. If none of that had happened, Lisa, Kim and Suzy would not have been in our lives. Somehow there always seems to be a reason for everything that happens.

So many wonderful things happened to Carousel Ranch while at the Hamblen Family Ranch on Ravenhill Road. We have amazing memories of our time there, and friends that we might never have met, had we not landed in exactly that location.

Without Lisa and the entire Hamblen family, Carousel Ranch would simply not be the program it is today, as we were truly days from giving up and having no choice but to close down. Lisa, her mother Suzy Hamblen, and daughter Kim Jaserie are truly amongst those that we owe so very much.

“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same.” –Unknown

This quote is so true. We will never forget Lisa and her amazing heart. She was so very special and will continue to live in the hearts of our children.

Male Athlete of the Week – Kai Caranto

| SC Living, Sports | August 10, 2017

Former Santa Clarita resident Kai Caranto is a member of the USA Baseball 12U National Team. Last week he hit a three-run home run against Chinese Taipei in the U-12 World Cup title game on Sunday. The homer was part of a 7-2 victory over the Chinese team. Caranto also pitched two scoreless innings, and allowed just two hits to close out the game.

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Athletes of the Week

| SC Living | August 6, 2017

Kayla Konrad

A graduate of Valencia High School, three-sport athlete Kayla Konrad was named The Signal’s “Female Athlete of the Year.” In her VHS basketball career, she scored 1,897 points — the most in the history of the school’s girls’ basketball program. Last season Kayla averaged 21.1 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 3.4 assists. She also played volleyball and lacrosse for Valencia. Now she’s headed to the University of California, Davis.

 

Mike Montgomery

A Hart High School graduate and pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, Mike Montgomery pitched the final inning in a 2-1 win over Milwaukee last week. He allowed no runs or hits, registered his third win, and improved his ERA to 3.78 for the season.

Montgomery was a first round draft choice out of high school in 2008. He’s made a Major League name for himself with a save in Game 7 of the World Series, which brought the Cubs their first championship since 1908.

Mike pitched for the Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays organization, and was traded to the Seattle Mariners in 2015. He then pitched for the Mariners in 2015 and 2016, before being traded in mid-season to the Cubs.

Non-Profit of the Week: American Wild Horse Campaign

| SC Living | August 5, 2017

by Grace Kuhn

The American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) is the nation’s leading wild horse advocacy organization. AWHC is dedicated to defending America’s wild horses and burros by protecting their freedom, preserving their habitat, promoting humane standards of treatment, and securing their future on our western public lands for generations to come as part of our national heritage.

The organization creates and implements humane solutions to keep wild horses wild and safe while increasing the public’s awareness of, and appreciation for, America’s wild herds as part of the ecological and cultural landscape of the American West.

AWHC programs address threats that endanger wild horse and burro populations on our public lands. Such threats are presented by government agencies and policies that seek to round up these American heritage animals, remove them from their homes on the range, warehouse and/or sell them for slaughter and, in some cases, eradicate them entirely from our public lands. The non-profit group’s primary focus includes:

Education and Advocacy — AWHC raises the bar on the public’s knowledge about wild horses and burros and the need to save them through face-to-face community outreach and online and social media organizing. Its grassroots base has grown 100 times since 2011, and the organization’s social media presence now exceeds 600,000. AWHC is not just raising awareness; the charity is also mobilizing public support to protect wild horses and burros and change current unsustainable and inhumane government management policies.

In-the-Wild Management — Partnering with the Nevada Department of Agriculture, AWHC aids in implementing the world’s largest humane management program for wild horses in the world. The cornerstone of this program is remote darting of wild mares with a scientifically-proven birth control vaccine to humanely reduce population growth rates and decrease population numbers over time. This highly successful program is a model for humanely managing large wild horse populations in large habitat areas and an alternative to costly and inhumane roundups and removals of wild horses from the wild.

Legislation — A team of lobbyists from both sides of the political aisle work together to address the current threat in Congress of legalizing the mass killing or slaughter of America’s wild horses. This lobbying effort, paired with the grassroots mobilization campaign connecting constituents to their elected leaders empowers them to promote policies that protect wild horses and burros from capture and slaughter.

Litigation — Working with a legal team at the public interest law firm, Meyer Glitzenstein and Eubanks, AWHC has amassed a strong record of legal victories in federal court, including three significant legal precedents at the Ninth and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. These legal victories have affirmed that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management cannot turn public lands over to private interests and has broad discretion to manage wild horses and burros without rounding them up and removing them from their homes on the range.

In addition to protecting the wild horses and burros living on public rangelands in the western states, AWHC serves the majority of Americans who value these national treasures and want to see them preserved and protected as mandated by the unanimously passed Wild Free-Roaming Wild Horses and Burros Act of 1971. The latter includes the 50 coalition partners that join them in their work, as well as individual wild horse and burro advocates, members of the wider equestrian community, photographers and artists, and outdoor recreationists.

Only the power of the people can defeat the powerful special interests that want to eradicate and slaughter our remaining wild horses and burros. You can join the work of AWHC to protect them. Visit AmericanWildHorseCampaign.org or find the organization on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Non-Profit of the Week: Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association

| SC Living | July 27, 2017

Made up of both amateurs and professionals, the Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association is a group of dedicated photographers that meet monthly to learn about photography and share images. Members are from Santa Clarita and adjoining communities. Besides monthly meetings, members plan day trips and quarterly overnight excursions for the purpose of exploring and expanding their skills. Those have included an excursion to Death Valley, a trip to Cambria, and participation in expositions at the Valencia Town Center and City Hall. Print and digital image competitions are held at least twice a year.

The majority of SCV Photographers Association members are amateurs at all skill levels of photography, while some members also belong to the Professional Photographers of America, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, and other organizations. Whether you are just starting out with your first camera or are a seasoned professional, SCVPA has much to offer.

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:45 p.m.-9 p.m. (approximately). The group meets at the Sierra Hills Clubhouse, 28616 Kenroy Ave. in Canyon Country. Guests are always welcome.

The club is “dedicated to advancing the art and business of photography,” said SCVPA President Kevin Karzin. “Our purpose is to create an environment among photographers that will inspire each of us and to help one another grow as business professionals and/or artists.”

The club was started in 2002 by a small group of professional photographers as the Santa Clarita Valley Professional Photographers Association. After a few years it was opened up to non-professional photographers and the name changed to SCVPA.

The club is both social and professional. The bylaws say that the objectives are to “advance photography in all its branches, both as an art and as a profession” and “create, foster and maintain cordial relations, cooperation, and interchange of thoughts and opinions among its members.”

All of the approximately 60 members are invited to the meetings, and about 35-40 attend on average. The general public is invited to attend as well, and the first meeting is free.

The SCVPA 2017 Spring Print Competition winner images will be on exhibit from now through November 21, 2017 at Santa Clarita City Hall. The annual competition is open to the public. It takes place every May and the rules and entry information are uploaded to the website by March.

The club also sponsors two digital competitions and a folio competition annually that are open to members only and take place during the monthly meeting. Monthly meeting agendas are a mix of guest speakers, workshops or one of the competitions. All events, field trips and meetings are posted on the SCVPA’s website calendar and on the Facebook page.

For more information, visit the group’s website: SCVPhotographers.com or find the organization on Facebook, where many members post their photos.

 

Photos by SCVPA members: top, “The Poppy Eater” by Denise Jensen; left, “Smattering of Wildflowers” by David Green; right, “Juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk” by Chris Hoefflin

Athlete of the Week: Maya Gadbois

| SC Living | July 27, 2017

The youngest racer to ever qualify for the UCI BMX World Championships, 4-year-old Maya Gadbois of Santa Clarita is already a stiff competitor.

“Maya has been raised around bikes and BMX tracks ever since she was born,” said her father, Chris Gadbois. “She tried her first balance bike at the age of 1, and entered her first balance bike race, or strider race, at just over 2 years of age.”

Both Chris and Maya’s brother, Charlie, are racing competitors and the Gadbois family has taken many trips to Hermosa Beach and El Segundo to ride bikes on the strand.

“During these rides Maya would be in one of those baby trailers, which she absolutely HATED!” Chris said.

Maya rode her first pedal bike race at 2 1/2 and made her national debut at the Silver Dollar National in Las Vegas when she was just 3 years old.

“My daughter is a fierce competitor on the track, then proceeds to switch as quickly as possible to play mode in between races with the other riders,” Chris said. “Her nickname is ‘The Warrior Princess,’ because she really is tough as nails, with a ‘no fear’ attitude, but she loves to dress like a princess and will often accessorize her BMX outfits, becoming the perfect fashion diva.”

During the summer, the family spends downtime at Hurricane Harbor and the beach a few days a week.

“BMX is a very family-oriented sport and no one sits on the bench,” Chris said. “The benefit for us is that both of (our) kids LOVE being on their bikes, and racing.”

Today, Maya races at least three days a week, training with BMX Hall of Famer Eric Rupe, along with her brother Charlie. She does conditioning at Ignition Fitness in Santa Clarita with Jim Johnson.

Chris seems to be enjoying the process. He said, “I am a truly lucky dad to have such an amazing daughter!”

Athletes of the Week: Shawn Gallagher, Chloe Castaneda

| SC Living | July 21, 2017

Shawn Gallagher

Canyon quarterback Shawn Gallagher looks for an opening during an 11-on-11 man practice at Valencia on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

As the quarterback on the varsity football team at Canyon High School, Shawn Gallagher, a junior this year, is expected to lead the way.

“Shawn has not only taken on the role of quarterback with passion and enthusiasm, but has also showcased intangibles that are hard to duplicate within the football world,” said Rich Gutierrez, Canyon High School football coach. “Outside of that, he is a dynamite kid and an absolute pleasure to be around. I am excited for his future within Cowboy Football and beyond.”

Shawn grew up watching the Canyon Cowboys program, which he said is nostalgic for him.

“Being brought up from youth to play for this organization has been a true blessing,” Shawn said. “Having a receiving corps like Carson Strickland and Roland Hardson has allowed me the opportunity to use my skill set along with theirs to create big plays and a lot of consistency.”

Shawn said he plans to be counted on by his coaches to turn the tide after the Cowboys’ rough season last year.

“The coaching staff really pushes us to become great football players and even greater men,” he said. “The chance to be a cowboy is once in a lifetime and this upcoming season I hope to bounce back as a group and put Canyon’s name back out there with the best of them.”

 

Chloe Castaneda

This member of the Santa Clarita Blue Heat scored the first goal against the Houston Aces, and scored a second goal to break a 2-2 tie. The Blue Heat went on to win 4-3 and the team is currently 8-0. They have a sizeable lead in the UWS West Conference, and are the only undefeated team left in the league.

“Chloe is one of our best players,” said Carlos Marroquin, owner of the Santa Clarita Blue Heat. “This past game her performance was incredible! She scored two goals and fought the whole game! We are extremely happy to have her with the Blue Heat.”

 

 

 

Non-Profit of the Week: SCV Sheriff’s Foundation

| SC Living | July 13, 2017

Everyone has seen local sheriff’s deputies working in various roles and locations within the Santa Clarita Valley. But there is more coming from these professionals than law enforcement.

In 1984, a volunteer organization was formed by citizens in the community to assist local law enforcement in a tangible way, purchasing equipment and crime prevention materials, as well as raising funds to help the Civilian Volunteer, Law Enforcement Explorer and Reserve Deputy programs at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

In addition, the Foundation has purchased equipment and provided help in accomplishing the law enforcement mission in the Santa Clarita Valley. Some items the Foundation has purchased are:

•Computer Equipment
•Gym Equipment
•Drunk Driving Trailer
•Training Video Equipment
•Child ID Kits
•Search and Rescue Radios
•Night Scopes
•Helicopter Equipment
•Posse Donations
•Women’s Self-Defense Classes/Equipment

More information about the foundation is available online at scvsheriffsfoundation.org.

Gatsby Fundraiser
The Roaring ‘20s is this year’s theme of the SCV Sheriff’s Foundation fundraiser July 20 at the Newhall Mansion in Piru.

“This will be an evening to remember,” said Ken Wiseman, president of the volunteer foundation whose mission is to provide tangible assistance to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station in protecting the SCV. “We’re inviting everyone to wear their best ‘Roaring ‘20s’ outfits and enjoy an evening of great food and entertainment in an amazing venue, while helping to provide our sheriff’s station with valuable resources to help keep our communities safe.”

Proceeds from the event will enable the foundation to purchase equipment and help SCV Sheriff’s Station personnel accomplish the station’s law enforcement mission. The Gatsby-themed event begins at 6 p.m. and includes a hosted cocktail hour, a served surf and turf dinner, band music reminiscent of the ‘20s and ‘30s, casino-style games and more. Entertainment will be provided by the Bill Macpherson Band and D’Wilfri Dance Art & Entertainment.

The Victorian-style Newhall Mansion, just a few miles west of Santa Clarita in Piru, was built in 1890 and is perhaps most famous as the former home of Scott and Ruth Newhall, who owned The Signal newspaper and painstakingly rebuilt the mansion to its original specifications after a devastating fire in 1983.

“This is an important fundraiser for our organization and we’re glad to say it’s almost sold out,” said Bruce and Gloria Fortine, event co-chairs. “We’re encouraging all supporters of our outstanding local law enforcement to book their reservations as soon as possible so they don’t miss out on the fun.”

Tickets for the 2017 Gatsby Gala are $250 each, and a table of 10 is $2,500. Event sponsorships are available at $5,000, $7,500 and $10,000 levels, each of which comes with an escalating set of perks. There will be no live auctions or opportunity drawings at the event, as it is designed to allow guests to enjoy a special evening of dining, entertainment and mingling at the Newhall Mansion.

Reservations and sponsorship details are available by calling (661) 705-7592 or via e-mail at mmelendez@amsfulfillment.com.

Sponsors already signed on to support the event include: Princess Cruises, Accurate Freight, AMS Fulfillment, Bruce and Gloria Mercado-Fortine, California Resources Corp., Elliot and Judy Wolfe, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Foundation, Learn 4 Life, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Merchants Bancard Network, Newhall Mansion, Numatic Engineering, Santa Clarita Studios and The Signal. Additional event support is being provided by the Bank of Santa Clarita and Lundgren Management.

Athletes of the Week: Shawn Gallagher and Abbey Weitzeil

| SC Living | July 13, 2017

Shawn Gallagher

Canyon quarterback Shawn Gallagher looks for an opening during an 11-on-11 man practice at Valencia on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

As the quarterback on the varsity football team at Canyon High School, Shawn Gallagher, a junior this year, is expected to lead the way.

“Shawn has not only taken on the role of quarterback with passion and enthusiasm, but has also showcased intangibles that are hard to duplicate within the football world,” said Rich Gutierrez, Canyon High School football coach. “Outside of that, he is a dynamite kid and an absolute pleasure to be around. I am excited for his future within Cowboy Football and beyond.”

Shawn grew up watching the Canyon Cowboys program, which he said is nostalgic for him.

“Being brought up from youth to play for this organization has been a true blessing,” Shawn said. “Having a receiving corps like Carson Strickland and Roland Hardson has allowed me the opportunity to use my skill set along with theirs to create big plays and a lot of consistency.”

Shawn said he plans to be counted on by his coaches to turn the tide after the Cowboys’ rough season last year.

“The coaching staff really pushes us to become great football players and even greater men,” he said. “The chance to be a Cowboy is once in a lifetime and this upcoming season I hope to bounce back as a group and put Canyon’s name back out there with the best of them.”

Abbey Weitzeil

Abbey Weitzeil, team USA swimmer and former swimmer for Saugus High, swam 24.74 seconds in the 50 meter freestyle Final at the Phillips 66 National Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana.

After what she had expressed was a rough transition into college after the Rio Olympics, Weitzeil finished in second place with her time, qualifying for the World Championship roster with her runner-up finish. She will be competing next month in Budapest, Hungary.

 

Athlete of the Week – Trevor Bauer

| SC Living, Sports | July 8, 2017

Former William S. Hart High School pitcher Trevor Bauer now plays for the Cleveland Indians. Last week the Santa Clarita native pitched 6.1 innings, struck out three batters, and allowed just one earned run, in the Indians’ 5-3 win over Texas. With the victory, Bauer has 7 wins for the season.

Described by Hart High baseball coach Jim Ozella as “one of the most decorated and dedicated student-athletes to play at Hart High School,” Trevor’s academic skills enabled him to leave Hart early, following an All-CIF junior year, to pitch at UCLA. His junior year of college he was named Pitcher of the Year for the Bruins and selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the MLB first round.

Queen Nation Takes Audiences Back

| SC Living | July 7, 2017

Like many of the past popular Concerts in the Park in Santa Clarita, this week’s band will bring up nostalgic feelings for some members of the crowd. Queen Nation will take the stage on Saturday, July 8 at 7 p.m., a group that has been hailed by critics as one of the best re-creations in the world of the ‘70s sensation Queen.

It is the opening performance in the annual summer concert series at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus.

Queen Nation is a tribute to one of rock and roll’s most successful bands. Lead vocalist Joe Retta recreates the iconic style of Freddie Mercury, and guitarist Mike McMannus nails the legendary riffs of Brian May, producing a live experience that some say could rival the original.

Concerts in the Park are free events put on by the City of Santa Clarita every Saturday night from July 8 through August 26. The family-friendly atmosphere allows residents and visitors to sit back, relax and enjoy the music all summer long.

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring beach chairs and blankets and food vendors will be on site selling a variety of concessions and snacks. For more information on Concerts in the Park, visit Santa-Clarita.com/Concerts.

Non Profit of the Week – L.A. SummerFEST

| SC Living | July 7, 2017

Next week is the opening of the 8th annual LA SummerFEST, an eclectic, free, cultural festival of music, theatre and community events. The LA SummerFEST brings together musicians, performers, and three non-profit organizations and even local churches for 14 events in 5 weeks, presented at the Rivendale Park and Open Space in Towsley Canyon. The free events include: an Evening of Praise Music (Saturday, July 22) with local churches, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley; a Singer-Songwriter Concert (Saturday, July 29), with some of the best singer songwriters in Southern California; A Night at the Opera (Friday, August 4) with Center Stage Opera; Blues FEST (Saturday, August 5) presented in coordination with the SCV Blues Society; and Jazz at Rivendale (Sunday, August 6).

Also part of the LA SummerFEST is the free Shakespeare in the Park production, which this year is “Othello.” Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, July 21, 23, 28, 30, August 11, 13 and a special performance Saturday, August 12. Free Shakespeare in the Park is a tradition that reaches back nearly 30 years in the Santa Clarita Valley. Originally founded by David Stears with another theatre company, the tradition continues under the banner of the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival.

The site is a park setting with wood chips. Audiences are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket, and a picnic. Beer and wine will be available at the performances, and food trucks will be available at select performances.
The company is working with the City of Santa Clarita.

“The LA SummerFEST grew out of the Shakespeare in the Park performances,” Stears said, the company’s founder and executive director. “We were bringing the stage, lighting and sound to create a venue for the Shakespeare performances, (and) we thought we could make the stage available for other community performances.”

The LA SummerFEST works with the City of Santa Clarita, and is supported from “pass the hat” donations, local contributions, and sponsorships from local businesses. SCSG is also working with the city to create a more permanent performance space at the Rivendale site.

While most all the performances are free and family-friendly, there are two events where tickets are required: the GALA Opening of the Festival, which includes dinner, wine and desserts; and the annual Broadway review, Something Old Something New, presented be Leslie Berra and her company of hand-picked singers. This year’s concert includes favorite Broadway, pop, and rhythm and blues.  Both events raise funds to support the festival and the SCSF educational outreach programming.

This year the LA SummerFEST is offering more to patrons coming to the festival. Audience members can reserve a FREE “ticket” for an event, which will guarantee them entry. For a small donation, patrons may also reserve “Prime” blanket space for four. Patrons who don’t want to bring a blanket and chair can now reserve a table and chair for the events. And for VIP treatment, patrons may reserve a private table with a glass of wine and selected deserts.

For more information about LA SummerFEST and to reserve tickets visit www.LASummerFEST.org. You can also “like” the festival on facebook at  facebook.com/LASummerFest.

During the year, the Santa Clarita Shakespeare presents an extensive educational outreach program, providing free and low-cost programs to local schools. Last year their production of “Scrooge’s Long Night” reached more than 10,000 local students. This year their original adaptation of “Wáli Dád, the Grasscutter” is expected to reach nearly 11,000 local students. If your school is interested in scheduling a performance, you can book now by contacting education@scshakespearefest.org.

Whether during the summer with a free summer series, or providing outstanding programming in our local schools, Santa Clarita Shakespeare is dedicated to bringing the best professional theatre to our community.

Santa Clarita Shakespeare is a 501(c)(3) community benefit organization. For more information about the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival, visit: www. SCShakespeareFEST.org or follow on Facebook: facebook.com/SCShakespeareFest.

Athletes of the Week – Deyna Castellanos

| SC Living, Sports | July 7, 2017

Santa Clarita Blue Heat player Deyna Castellanos scored the Blue Heat’s lone goal in the 62’ of a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake Women two weeks ago. The win kept a winning streak going for the undefeated Santa Clarita team and gave them a five-point lead for first place in the United Women’s Soccer West Conference. On July 1 the Santa Clarita Blue Heat beat the Calgary Foothills to become UWS West Conference champions.

“Deyna, once again, showed how much of an offensive threat she is to other defenses,” said Blue Heat Coach Guilherme Mitrovitch. “She scored off a nice cross from Carolina. She continues to be a constant threat, not just through her shots and 1-vs-1’s, but also with her vision and passes.”

Non-Profit of the Week: A.S.E. Enrichment

| SC Living | June 30, 2017

A.S.E. Enrichment has been providing quality after school enrichment classes to schools in the Santa Clarita Valley for over 10 years. Some of the schools the non-profit organization currently services are James Foster Elementary, Stevenson Ranch Elementary, North Park Elementary, Valencia Valley Elementary, Sulphur Springs Community School, Cedarcreek Elementary, Mountainview Elementary, Highlands Elementary, Live Oak Elementary, SCVi, and Albert Einstein Academy.

A.S.E. provides a variety of classes including Arts, Sports, Video Game Design, Computer Technology, Cooking, Baking, Photography & 3D Design, and Lego Robotics, all taught by caring teachers who are passionate about their subjects. They provide these classes after at schools after dismissal and have also started evening academies to study topics in greater depth, especially technology classes, Lego robotics, and art academies. A.S.E. provides all these enriching classes in the spring, winter and at summer camps.

The biggest challenge A.S.E. faces is providing up-to-date equipment for classes, because old technology becomes obsolete so quickly that it is hard to keep up with all of the change in order to offer the most current, innovative opportunities for students. Most of their fundraising efforts go towards updating computers and robotics equipment. They want to be able to provide the best classes possible to all students and believe that part of reaching that goal is to have the most current technology available. A.S.E. is looking for technology sponsors to partner with them and to add fundraising with SCV families through a Scrip program, small electronics recycling, and some restaurant nights. The company’s leaders also hope to apply for some grants that could assist not only with technology upgrades, but offer scholarships to students who have financial difficulties.

Executive Director Elmarie Hyman and Savannah Leighton, the program director for SCV, along with their teaching team, work tirelessly to accomplish these goals. They are currently busy with the Summer Camp 2017 series with over 100 fun camps and academies. For more information, visit the website: ASEenrichment.com or for any more info, feel free to contact them at 661-310-3330 or info@ASEenrichment.com.

Athletes of the Week

| SC Living | June 29, 2017

Alex Burge

 

Now gearing up for his senior year, Alex Burge has played both pitcher and outfielder for three years on West Ranch High School’s baseball team. Last Friday he went 2-3 with three RBIs in a 9-6 victory over Saint Mary’s. The win was the first in a three-day tournament for the Wildcats.

“Alex has committed to play baseball at Loyola Marymount University as a pitcher,” said Casey Burrill, coach of the West Ranch baseball team. “But he has proven this summer that he will be just as valuable at the plate in 2018 for the Wildcats. His ability at the plate may be as impressive as his talents on the mound.”

Ryann Torrero

As goalkeeper for the Santa Clarita Blue Heat, Ryann Torrero tallied four saves in a 1-0 shutout against the Houston Aces two weeks ago. The team is 5-0 — still undefeated for the season and in first place in the United Women’s Soccer West Conference. The Blue Heat plays third place Calgary Foothills at The Master’s University on July 1.

“Ryann was fantastic last game. She was put in a very difficult situation and she responded very well,” said Coach Guilherme Mitrovitch. “She had a few very good saves and a brilliant save in the last minute of the game to give us the victory.”

 

Athlete of the Week: Anthony Santillian

| SC Living | June 24, 2017

An incoming senior at Canyon High School and pitcher for the varsity baseball team, Anthony Santillian struck out nine batters last week as the Cowboys defeated Saugus High School 2-0. The win was Canyon’s fourth in a row.

“Anthony is entering his fourth year in the Cowboys baseball program,” said Drew Peterson, Canyon Cowboys baseball coach. “He didn’t really pick up pitching until he entered high school, but with his desire to get better, he has worked tirelessly during summer workouts and during the fall and winter seasons to improve. He enters his senior year as the most experienced pitcher in the program and looks to be our number one starter.”

Non-Profit of the Week: Junior Chamber International (JCI) Santa Clarita

| SC Living | June 22, 2017

JCI Santa Clarita is a membership-based non-profit organization of young, active citizens between the ages of 21 and 40, providing development opportunities to empower young people to create positive change. Internationally, JCI has a vibrant global community with active chapters in more than 100 different countries and an active membership of more than 200,000 people. Every member shares the belief that in order to create lasting, positive change, we must not only improve our communities and the world around us, but we must also work to improve ourselves.

JCI Santa Clarita was launched in January of 1998 and has been a longstanding partner in the community – working with many of the other nonprofits in the Santa Clarita Valley for the last 19 years. They are philanthropically active, both in and outside of our community, building homes in Tijuana in 2006, launching the Brenda Mehling Cancer Fun Fight It! walks every year since 2002, delivering supplies to evacuated fire victims in 2007, and providing a highly successful holiday program known as Santa’s Helpers for the last 19 years. The SCV Chapter is nationally recognized within the JCI organization, receiving #1 Chapter in the State and #1 Chapter in the Nation awards several times.

This year has been a great one so far for JCI Santa Clarita and its members, focusing on internal and professional development for its members. The Jaycees have crafted a four-part leadership training journey with Dan Williams, a leadership coach who has worked in various executive coaching capacities and as senior VP of a career management firm. Dan has already given the first two parts of the training: “Developing the Leader within you” and “Developing the Leader Around You/How Leaders Crash and Burn – What you can do to avoid it.” The trainings are highly attended, and both Jaycees and non-members enjoy learning and employing the strategies taught by Mr. Williams. The last two parts of the development journey will be coming up in the next few months.

The Jaycees also expanded upon their program known as Politics on Tap, a quarterly event for 2017. Politics on Tap is a mixer and speaker series that provides its members and the community an opportunity to be civically engaged. Held at local bars and restaurants, attendees have the opportunity to network, enjoy some great food and drinks, and have a conversation with a local elected official. In 2017, Politics on Tap has brought in both Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth (a founding JCI Santa Clarita member) and Senator Henry Stern (SD27) to talk about issues effecting our community.

The second half of the year is jam packed with various events and exciting opportunities, including 40 under Forty and Santa’s Helpers. This week the Jaycees will be opening nominations for the 40 Under Forty recognition event this November. The awards program allows the Jaycees to recognize community members between the ages of 21 and 40 who are making an impact in the community. Santa’s Helpers, the Jaycee’s annual toy drive and Christmas party for underprivileged families, will be kicking off this summer as well.

However, the Jaycees aren’t all business all the time. They try to meet once a month to socialize, catch up, and just have a good time. Their monthly socials have included private gatherings at local restaurants, climbing at Top Out Climbing Gym and a pool tournament. July’s social event will be a wine and cheese tasting at Hoi Polloi Winery on July 13 (find it on Facebook).

If you are a young person between the ages of 21-40 looking to make an impact in your community, or maybe you know one, JCI Santa Clarita would welcome you to the group. They meet the first Thursday of every month at Wolf Creek Brewery (25108 Rye Canyon Loop, Valencia) from 6:30-8 p.m.

Learn more by finding them online at jcisantaclarita.com or on Facebook – JCI Santa Clarita.

 

History of the Flag Presentation at Elks Lodge

| SC Living | June 16, 2017

Photo: Scouts from Lodge Troop 2379 retires one of the many flags at the Elks Lodge, under the guidance of a Scout leader last Friday night, June 9th.

 

by Phyllis Walker 

In commemoration of Flag Day, which is June 14, members of Elks Lodge 2379 in Santa Clarita presented an annual tribute to the history of the American flag. Scouts in attendance presented the evolution of our country’s flags, followed by a ceremony showing the group how to properly dispose of flags that have flown and are ready to be retired.

The practice of carrying banners has been a custom for ages, representing governments and individuals from many cultures. The evolution of the American Flag marks the progression of the U.S. government, beginning after the Revolution. “The Pine Flag” was adopted for all colonial vessels, and was the banner carried by the Continental Army in the Battle of Bunker Hill. The Southern colonies used the “Snake Flag” from 1776 to 1777.

Continental Congress appointed a committee in the latter part of 1775 to consider the question of a single flag for the 13 colonies.  The committee recommended a design of 13 alternate stripes of red and white, an azure field in the upper corner contained the red cross of St. George, and the white cross of St. Andres.  John Paul Jones, senior lieutenant of the flag ship “Alfred,” hoisted this flag to the masthead on December 3, 1775. One month later it was raised over the headquarters of General Washington at Cambridge, Massachusetts, in compliment to the United Colonies. This flag, called “The Continental Colors” and “The Grand Union,” was never carried by Continental land forces, but was used by the Navy. It was the first American flag to receive a salute of honor – 11 guns from the Fort of Orange in the Dutch West Indies.

In response to a general demand for a banner more representative of our country, the Congress on June 14, 1777 provided  “that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes of alternating red and white and the union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

It is generally believed that in May or June 1776, George Washington, Robert Morris and George Ross Commissioned Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia Quaker, to make a flag from a rough design that was provided. Supposedly she suggested that the stars should have five points rather than six.

This starry banner was flown at Fort Stanwix  (then Fort Schuyler) near Rome, New York on August 3, 1777 and was under fire three days later during a British and Indian attack.

The first official salute to the “Stars and Stripes” on  February 14, 1778 was made by France, when the “Ranger” under command of John Paul Jones was saluted by the French fleet on the French coast. This flag was made by young women of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, from stripes of their best colored silk dresses and the white wedding gown of a recent bride. It is said that the Flag was flown by Jones’ ship, the “Bon Homme Richard,” in its thrilling fight by moonlight, upon the high seas with the British frigate “Serapis” in 1779.

The original Stars and Stripes represented the original 13 colonies. In 1796, two additional stars and stripes were added to represent the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the Union. The War of 1812 was fought under this banner. The site of it flying over Fort McHenry on September 14, 1814, inspired Francis Scott Key to write what became our national anthem: “The Star Spangled Banner.”

On April 14, 1818, Congress adopted a resolution that on July 4, 1818, the number of stripes should be 13 and a blue field should carry one star for each of the 20 states in the union; a new star would be added for each state admitted thereafter.

Since 1918, the flag’s design has not changed, except that 28 new stars were added before July 4, 1912. This flag, with 48 stars, flew over the nation for 47 years until July 4, 1959, when a star was added for Alaska, our first non-connected state, and a year later, for Hawaii.

Our present flag — 50 stars and 13 stripes — proudly represents our country.  It is at once a history, a declaration and a prophecy.  It represents the American nation as it was at its birth; it speaks for what it is today; and it holds the opportunity for the future.

For more information about Elks Lodge 2379, their programs and projects, contact Phyllis Walker at 661-251-1172 or visit www.Elks.org.

Athletes of the Week

| SC Living | June 15, 2017

Chris Devery

The first Colorado State University ThunderWolves player to ever be named National Hitter of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, Chris Devery is team royalty. He made the “triple crown” when he added that distinction to Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Week and NCBWA Player of the Week titles — also firsts for him.

A graduate of Saugus High School, Devery batted .556 in the four-game series against Adams State University with two home runs, four doubles and a triple. He batted 16 RBIs and had an on-base percentage of .579.

A junior at CSU-Pueblo, Devery ended the season with 34 RBIs and batted an average of .387 for the year, leading his teammates.

Chandra Eigenberger

A member of the SCV Blue Heat, Chandra Eigenberger scored the lone goal in the Blue Heat’s 1-0 victory over the Calgary Foothills. The goal is the first in the season for Eigenberger, and keeps SCV tied for first in the United Women’s Soccer West Conference with Real Salt Lake Women.

“Chandra scored the game winner in Canada. It was a very difficult game and she came up huge for us,” said Blue Heat Coach Guilherme Mitrovitch. “Her speed and skill on the ball is very difficult to deal with. She has a powerful strike, plus she is one of our set piece specialists. She has a wonderful delivery on her crosses.”

Photo from SCV Blue Heat website.

Non-Profit of the Week: Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club

| SC Living | June 15, 2017

Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome to join the Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club. Dues are $25 per year, payable in January, with reduced rates for later membership. A family rate of $30 provides for membership for the entire household. Seniors age 60 and older may join for $15 and youth under the age of 18 may join for free.

The membership application is available on the organization’s website, w6jw.org.

Both the group’s board meeting and monthly club meetings are held at the Santa Clarita Senior Center, located at  22900 Market Street in Newhall. The meeting room is in the back of the facility and attendance is free.

Amateur Radio Field Day

The American Radio Relay League, ARRL, is the national amateur radio association. The organization, joining with the Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club, will host an open house for ham radio aficionados and friends on June 24-25 at Castaic Lake Water Agency in Saugus. Amateur Radio Field Day will draw upwards of 40,000 visitors to share a day of mutual information, emergency preparedness, community outreach and technical skills.

“Hams” from throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places each year to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to numerous communities and to the nation. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933 and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

The public is welcome to arrive as early as 8:30 a.m. at the guard gate entrance from the parking lot at Central Park. Transmissions begin at 11 a.m. for a contest event.

The event will be held at Castaic Lake Water Agency, located at 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus, above Central Park. For information on Field Day, email Chris Sheridan at Coolcas59@yahoo.com or visit w6jw.org.

 

 

Athletes of the Week

| SC Living | June 9, 2017

Max Weinstein

A former member of Canyon High School’s baseball team, Max Weinstein is currently a second baseman for California Lutheran University. Last week he went 3-10 with one RBI, one run, and one double play, giving the Kingsmen two wins against Washington & Jefferson 12-4 and 7-3 in games 2 and 3 of the NCAA Division 3 College World Series. His skills helped CLU win their first ever national championship in baseball. Weinstein led the team in hits with 84, and was tied for first in homeruns at 5.

Natalie Ramirez

Already a standout after just two years at West Ranch High School, shot put thrower Natalie Ramirez came in ninth place last week with a throw of 40-8.75 in the CIF State Track and Field Championship.

“Natalie is an outstanding sophomore athlete who has continued to improve throughout the season, making her one of the best throwers in the state,” said Sara Soltani, track and field coach at West Ranch.

West Ranch’s Natalie Alvarez throws the shot put during a dual meet at Saugus on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

Non-Profit and Hero of the Week: Circle of Hope

| SC Living | June 8, 2017

 

Circle of Hope Inc. provides emotional, financial and educational support to those diagnosed with cancer in the Santa Clarita Valley. The non-profit organization’s members are dedicated to the Santa Clarita community, serving patients and families since 2004.

The charity began by offering support for breast cancer victims, but currently they welcome those affected by cancer of any kind. This includes family, friends, and those who have long-since recovered from the disease. The extensive education and support services are open to everyone affected by breast cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer and uterine cancer. They have provided for families of those suffering as victims of childhood cancers as well.

Hundreds of patients are assisted every year with finances, emotional support, education and more. One of their programs is Team Pink, a cancer awareness and community outreach program promoting healthy behaviors associated with cancer risk reduction, including healthy eating, exercising daily, balancing stress, and maintaining a healthy weight. Team Pink offers community service opportunities, as well, for students focusing on leadership, education, and compassion for people affected by breast cancer.

Support groups are available for those suffering from the disease or providing care for someone who has been diagnosed. It is important to know you are not alone.

The organization reaches out to Santa Clarita, as well as patients located in the San Fernando Valley. Circle of Hope is located at 23560 Lyons Avenue, #224 in Newhall.

Vine2Wine
Circle of Hope, Inc. is again bringing its premier, signature event, Vine2Wine: An Evening of Wines, Brews and Food, to the community. Organizers have received the green light to plan for use of The Main Gallery, a California Institute of the Arts venue that many call “perfect” for the vibrant and popular wine and food event, traditionally held in mid-August. Presenting Sponsor, Logix Federal Credit Union, will again be on hand to share in the festivities, as will Nola Aronson’s Advanced Audiology, the event’s Title Sponsor.

The 16th Annual Vine2Wine will be held on Saturday, August 12 from 6-10 p.m. at CalArts, Main Gallery, 24700 McBean Pkwy in Valencia. There will be fine wines, craft brews, gourmet food, live music, silent auction and more. Past events have showcased a variety of local, California and international wines, including selections of fine library varietals, and this year, coffees, microbrews, IPAs and traditional brews will be yours for the tasting. A dozen or more renowned local eateries will be dishing out hot and cold offerings of their tastiest menu items.

Live entertainment by Lance Allyn & Company will complete the night’s ambience, while support goes to Circle of Hope. All proceeds go to support local uninsured and underinsured cancer patients who live, work or are treated in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Tickets are now available at http://circleofhopeinc.org/vine2wine.

There are sponsorships available. Contact Taylor Kellstrom at info@circleofhopeinc.org for more information on how you can be associated with Santa Clarita’s premier wine and food event.

For more information, call (661) 254-5218 or visit Circleofhopeinc.org.

Hero of the Week: Lori Carpenter

Technically, Lori Carpenter serves as Circle of Hope’s office administrator, but she is much more to the non-profit organization. As a breast cancer survivor, Lori knows firsthand the demands and challenges of fighting the disease that affects each of the charity’s clients, giving her tremendous passion for her job and compassion for those who serve. She keeps the office organized, but more importantly, she never misses an opportunity to spread the word about the organization; she’s constantly putting in extra effort to reach out to the Santa Clarita community.

Lori recently co-captained Circle of Hope’s Relay for Life team, literally spending more than 24 hours at Central Park in service of their mission. She is also a member of the SCV Nonprofit Cancer Coalition, Team PINK committee and serves on all of Circle of Hope’s event committees. Lori is married and raising two kids in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Circle of Hope is proud to call Lori Carpenter their Hero of the Week.

Non Profit and Hero of the Week

| SC Living | June 2, 2017

Non Profit – The Santa Clarita Valley Scholarship Foundation, A Local Tradition since 1951

by Elaine Foderaro

The Santa Clarita Valley Scholarship Foundation, originally founded in 1951, is one of the oldest non-profit organizations in Santa Clarita. It is managed and operated 100 percent by volunteers, with an investment of 10,000-plus volunteer hours per year.

The SCVSF’s mission is to reward excellence and to encourage continuing education. The motto is “Helping Today’s Scholarships Become Tomorrow’s Leaders.” More than $3.7 million have been awarded to local students since its incorporation in 1977. For the Class of 2017, nearly a quarter of a million dollars was awarded to 147 graduating seniors in the Hart District. Funding is provided by the generosity of local businesses, individuals, community organizations and those honoring friends and loved ones through memorial scholarships. The number of scholarships available varies at each high school site. Many sponsors/donors select the school they prefer to have their scholarship awarded.

People who knew the SCVSF founders described Walter and Gertrude Baugher as warm, friendly people who had no children of their own. They were wealthy in the eyes of their fellow Mint Canyon homesteaders.

Gertrude received a large inheritance from her brother when he passed away, and the couple lived frugally. They were generous with others and very discreetly helped the neighborhood children, providing money for school supplies and necessities so they could remain in school. In 1951, they founded the William S. Hart Union High School District Scholarship and Loan Foundation with the help of their friend, Judge MacDougall.

In 1964, a trust fund of $20,000 was invested to provide annual scholarships to students at each school in the District. After Gertrude’s death in 1975, additional funds were added to the trust and the Hart School Board recommended that the Foundation’s operations be separated from the District.

On July 27, 1977, the Santa Clarita Valley Scholarship Foundation was incorporated as a 501(c)(3), a federal and state tax-exempt non-profit corporation, which enables donors to claim tax deductions. In keeping with the original charter, the Foundation has a symbiotic relationship with the WSHUSD.

In 1981, the Henry Mayo Newhall Family Foundation began funding scholarships, which are administered by the SCVSF. Following an interview selection of graduating seniors recommended by their comprehensive and alternative high schools, the recipients are awarded scholarships at their respective senior awards presentations in May. The scholarships at each comprehensive school are one at $5,000, two at $4,000, two at $3,000, and two at $2,500. There is one at $1,250 at each alternative site.

The SCVSF expresses appreciation to the Newhall family and community members who fund the scholarships in “helping today’s scholarship become tomorrow’s leaders.”

 

Hero of the Week – Connie Hertenstein

Connie Hertenstein, counselor at William S. Hart High School, recalls attending her first meeting with the Santa Clarita Valley Scholarship Foundation (SFVSC) in 1995.

“I remember meeting in Sandy Hurley’s living room with a group whose motto was: “We do it for the kids.” The sole focus was to inspire students to step up to the challenge of post high school education with the hope that they would give back to others in the future.

Connie was hired as a special education teacher at Hart High School in 1989. After teaching for seven years, she became a counselor in 1995 and remained at Hart.

Laurence Strauss, principal of Hart from 1983-1997, hired Connie for both job assignments. “She is kind, caring, and has provided wise, effective guidance to hundreds of her counselees,” Strauss said. “She does not seek approval or recognition for her effective daily work on behalf of students; without hesitation, I would entrust my children’s academic and personal guidance to Connie Hertenstein.”

In addition to her responsibilities as a counselor, Connie represents Hart High as a member of the Santa Clarita Valley Scholarship Foundation. Her SCVSF responsibilities begin in the fall to include advertising scholarships through Hart TV and the senior classes. She oversees the responsibilities of ensuring the seniors download the applications when available beginning December 1. For the students who do not have access to a computer, she prints hard copies.

After the applications are collected February 1, transcripts are attached, and names of applicants are forwarded to selected Hart staff members for consideration for the Newhall interview process. Following the input of the total staff as a baseline, Connie meets with the representatives from each department to select the eight nominees for the Newhall interviews conducted by the SCVSF. Invitations are distributed to each of the eight Newhall interviewees with the process explained regarding the interview, expectations, and appropriate attire.

“I love giving out the invitations and seeing the kids glow,” Connie said.

For some of these applicants, this is the first time they will have interviewed before a committee comprised of local community members, retired Hart District employees, and high school counselors.

Connie attends all the SCVSF meetings, which are held four times a year. At the March meeting she volunteers to be part of the Selection Committee to assist in choosing the recipients for a specific school. Counselors do not select students from their own schools, nor from any schools where they have an affiliation.
The scholarships are presented at the invitation-only senior awards nights at each high school in the Hart District. The SCVSF board attends each of the 10 high schools’ awards programs to present a total of 150+ scholarships.

“The only downside is that many of the Foundation’s members wish there was more money, because there are so many incredible kids in Santa Clarita!” Connie said.

Connie Hertenstein and her husband, John, a payroll accountant for CBS Television and a real estate agent, have lived in Santa Clarita for 34 years. They have two daughters who both graduated from Canyon High School, Nicole in 2007 and Courtney in 2011. Both continued their educations at Pepperdine University, where Nicole studied political science and Courtney majored in integrated marketing communications.

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