Author: Kimberly Rivers

THROWING DOWN IN VENTURA | Largest cornhole tournament in the world this weekend

by Kimberly Rivers The true origin of the game remains a mystery, from pig bladders filled with dried beans tossed on the ground by the indigenous Sauk Tribe from the area today called Illinois to Matthias Kueperman, a Bavarian man who in the 1880s saw two children enjoying tossing rocks into holes in a field. Seeking to replicate the ease of the game, and improve safety for the children, Kueperman built a board and filled small fabric bags with corn kernels or beans. Throughout the 1800s, newspapers across the country spread reports of people enjoying a game of tossing...

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PLANET PT. MUGU | Increased aircraft activity

  Ultimately 35 aircraft will be arriving at Navy Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, for a Large Force Exercise in August. Models of the planes will include F/A-18s, E-2Ds and F-35s. The exercise is aimed at “unit-force training,” which, according to the U.S. Navy Surface Force Training Manual, will ensure that pilot and crew are familiar with “basic command and control, weapons employment, mobility (navigation, seamanship, damage control, engineering, and flight operations) and warfare specialty,” with a focus on the Point Mugu Sea Range. Residents in and around Camarillo and Oxnard could hear additional noise from the jets, but...

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REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE | Camarillo teacher builds imagination into classroom

by Kimberly Rivers Peter Wachtel, a teacher at Adolfo Camarillo High School, is one of 50 semi-finalists in the national Harbor Freight Tools for Schools 2019 Prize for Teaching Excellence competition. He is being recognized for creating an innovative product design and architecture program. “The teaching technique that I use is imagination,” said Wachtel. “Whatever is around you is worthy of exploration. The desire and love for what you do. Make it part of your life, the skills, experience, as well as the wisdom will come.” He explained that his goal in teaching and creating this program is to...

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KINDNESS CORNER | Clear the Shelters Day: Lili needs a forever home

by Kimberly Rivers Lili is an American Bulldog mix and has spent the last six years of her life at the Santa Paula Rescue Center (SPARC) after being surrendered by her previous owners who had to move out of town and were unable to take her along.   Through no fault of her own Lili has been at SPARC longer than any other dog or cat. On Tuesday, Aug. 13 in recognition of Lili and in an effort to raise awareness of the need of all dogs and cats at SPARC, GreaterGood.org has awarded the no-kill rescue group a...

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IN BRIEF | August 15, 2018

by Kimberly Rivers LA Sheriff’s detective will serve three years for sex with child Agoura resident Neil David Kimball was sentenced in Ventura County Superior Court for the maximum sentence of three years at state prison and ordered to pay $50,000 to the victim as a result of being convicted of child molestation. Kimball must also register as a sex offender. Kimball met the victim in 2017 when he was a detective with the Special Victim’s Unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The 15-year-old child had reported that she was a victim of sexual assault in Los...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Alan Saldana Headlines Levity Live

    August 23 @ 7:00 pm - August 25 @ 8:30 pm
  2. Help & Hope for Early Stage Alzheimer’s/Dementia

    August 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  3. The Speakeasy Project: American Roadhouse

    August 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  4. The Speakeasy Project: American Roadhouse

    August 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  5. Morning Stretch to Classic Rock

    August 26 @ 8:00 am - 8:45 am
  6. First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning, Powered by Interface Open House in Ventura

    August 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  7. First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning, Powered by Interface Open House

    August 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  8. Engage & Enlighten event features United Nations Special Rapporteur David Kaye

    August 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  9. Dancer’s Body Barre

    August 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  10. Egyptian Belly Dancing

    August 26 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm