Author: Alicia Doyle

FAMILY TIES | Special 150 year reunion of the kin of Ventura County settlers

The development of Ventura County is largely attributed to the Borchard family, who were responsible for the first commercial crop on the Oxnard plain in the 1800s. The family’s impact on the area began in 1867, when Christian Borchard and his son, John Edward “Ed” Borchard, planted the first commercial crop of 30 acres of wheat and 30 acres of barley. Within a decade, their crops grew to nearly 40,000 acres of barley and 15,000 acres of corn. “Like many immigrant families, the many branches of the Borchards came to Ventura County with little money, not speaking the language and working for...

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PLANET OXNARD | Celebrating beach access for the disabled

The 25th anniversary of Ed Hunt Rehab Point at Oxnard Beach Park was celebrated on July 9 with a picnic where hundreds gathered to honor the man responsible for inspiring a path that gives the disabled access to the beach. In 1988, Hunt became paralyzed on the left side of his body after suffering a stroke at age 70. He always loved the beach, but was unable to visit his favorite place because of his physical condition. Thus, the Rehab Point Project was born. Today, the Rehab Point Project is a winding concrete path along the ocean, giving people...

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THE HEART AND SOUL OF COUNTRY | “First Lady of Country Soul” Petrella grooves in VC

“My ultimate goal is to make the genre of country soul a more popular form of music. I have seen people of all ages, races and genders dance and tell me how good this music makes them feel. Feedback from the audience is that they love the stories, can understand and relate to the lyrics and can really feel its beat.”  Those are the words of country music artist Petrella. Born and raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas, she has crisscrossed the nation from Los Angeles to Nashville, developing her unique blend of R&B, roots and gospel that has earned...

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THE QUITTING GAME | New law targets smokers to curtail or cease pricey, harmful habit

When Gina Lorenzo started smoking around age 14, cigarettes cost 55 cents a pack — and she was spending anywhere from $16 to $20 a month on Salem 100’s, which was her mom’s brand. “Both of my parents smoked — mom smoked cigarettes and dad smoked cigars,” recalled Lorenzo, 55, of Simi Valley. By the time Lorenzo was 20, she really wanted to kick the habit. So she tried every method she could find, including hypnosis, the nicotine patch and nicotine gum — and even electric shock therapy. “You name it, I tried it,” Lorenzo remembered. “Unfortunately, nothing worked.”...

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ENDING THE SHAME | Mothers of the Baby Scoop Era open up about giving up their babies

When Dale Ann Roy got pregnant as a high school senior in the late 1960s, she was immediately shipped off to a secret home for unwed mothers, where she was forced to give up her son as soon as she gave birth at age 19. “This was 1969 — the word sex couldn’t even be said in public,” recalled Roy, 67, of Simi Valley. “Being an unwed mother was a scourge to society, and even your parents thought this was the worst thing you could ever do.” Roy is among an estimated 2.5 million women in the United States...

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