Author: Alicia Doyle

STRIVING TO HELP | Area nonprofits seek to improve the lives of vets, children and endangered wildlife

Helping others in need is a hallmark of the Thanksgiving season, giving local charities the opportunity to help many marginalized residents throughout Ventura County. This year, we are highlighting four special nonprofits that work year-round to make a difference, including an organization that strives to better the lives of veterans and their families, and an organization that specifically serves young homeless children. Read more about how these four nonprofits are making a positive impact in the Ventura County community — and beyond. Ventura County Military Collaborative Since its inception in 2011, the Ventura County Military Collaborative has helped the...

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HOMESPUN | Sitting on Stacy

All raised in Ventura County, the three-member band, Sitting on Stacy, has earned a reputation for its mix of punk, ska and alternative rock that’s fun and fast-paced — while also being meaningful and relatable. “We draw influence from various different genres, and do not claim any to be our own,” said Hoyt Yeatman, 19, who performs lead guitar and vocals alongside Jeff Demorest on drums and Kyle Hart on bass. Cross-County Travelers The three young men are currently living in San Diego for college, where Yeatman is majoring in business administration at San Diego State University with an...

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NO ORDINARY JOB | A glimpse into professions not for faint of heart

  Halloween is typically a time for haunted houses, creepy costumes and spooky seasonal efforts designed to spark the thrill of a fright. But for local workers whose jobs seem creepy in nature, getting spooked is not a part of the job description. This story takes a look at three very special vocations that Ventura County residents are taking on, including a funeral home director who works with the deceased, a pest management specialist who removes roaches, spiders and other creepy crawlers, and an animal control officer who deals with dead animals on a regular basis. For them, their jobs are far from creepy. In fact, these three individuals take great pride in their professions, and understand that they are filling unique roles that aren’t for the faint of heart. “I am truly proud of my profession” As the owner of Rose Family Funeral Home in Simi Valley, Brittany Groot’s duties are vast, including embalming, meeting with families of the deceased and bringing loved ones into the funeral home — as well as janitorial duties such as cleaning the toilets and vacuuming. “I’m also a self-learned seamstress, beautician, wood worker, plumber and florist — an overall jack-of-all-trades,” said Groot of Camarillo, who is a licensed embalmer and a licensed funeral director. Her fascination with the vocation sparked around age 12, when she met a medical examiner who told her...

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SILVER LINING | Breast cancer survivor managed bad chemo effects with own skin-care line

When Lupe Guthrie was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2005 at the age of 53, she was forced to adjust to her new life as a cancer patient. “My usual daily routine ended as I was thrown into a whirlwind of doctor appointments, blood tests, scans to see if the cancer had spread, surgery, medications, chemotherapy and radiation,” recalled Guthrie, now 65, of Agoura Hills. “Then, in consultation with the oncology doctors, my husband and I agreed to start the fight.” In the beginning, her diagnosis “was all very confusing” and she was scared and uncertain about...

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GRITTY, FOLKSY AND UNTRADITIONAL | The Sam Chase and The Untraditional come to Dancing Oak Ranch

Born and raised in San Francisco, Sam Chase’s passion for music began when his father sang him to sleep every night with renditions of his favorite songs. “So the first time I ever heard Dylan, Paul Simon, Buffy Sainte-Marie, were through his raucous interpretations,” Chase recalled. “I thought he wrote them long after I was old enough to know better. Even though that made quite an impression on me, I didn’t think that music was my calling until I found Nirvana, grunge and punk rock.” Today, Chase and his band — which he lovingly refers to as The Untraditional...

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    November 16, 2017 @ 8:00 am - February 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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    November 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - February 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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