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THE YEAR IN REVIEW | Local stories with impact in 2019

by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer and Kimberly Rivers January We kicked 2019 off with a road trip of sorts in a fun interview with a retired teacher who now spends his days traveling the nation solo by motorcycle. Church leaders discussed spiritual and emotional exhaustion — particularly relevant in the face of Ventura County’s numerous natural disasters as well as the November 2018 Borderline shooting. The wonders of the queen bee and living underwater were both explored in in-depth features. February The decline in school enrollment countywide was a hot topic in February, as were concerns over a report...

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SHOWS OF THE YEAR | Local scenesters share their favorites from 2019

by Chris Jay chris@armyoffreshmen.com From bowling alleys in Ventura to open air festivals in Vienna, from a legendary actor moonlighting as a singer/songwriter to a mask-wearing ska band moonlighting as cartoon superheroes, these are the shows and the artists that made a lasting impression on some of the Ventura County music scene’s finest in 2019. “Collective Soul at the Ventura County Fair. One of my all-time favorite bands. When I heard they were touring, I started making plans to fly out to one of their shows. Then I heard they would be in our own backyard. Ed Roland’s voice...

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WE ALL NEED A HERO | Local residents advocate, give back, share in labor for a greater future

We present Ventura County’s local heroes as nominated by you, our readers! A true advocate: Janet Barron Janet Barron not only works at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Ventura County, Inc., she is also a volunteer. She currently serves as training coordinator while also dedicating her time as a CASA, which was an opportunity to help that she was certain of but had initially decided to postpone because her children were still in grade school. “I started by taking the education rights for a young high school student as the time commitment was less than that of a...

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REMEMBERING THEIR FACES | Eight local WWII veterans take part in the California Veterans Portrait Project

There have been numerous books and movies made about D-Day, the Allied invasion into France and Germany, and the Pacific campaign and the dropping of the first atomic bomb. But hearing the stories personally, meeting the people who were part of this overall effort to conquer Germany and Japan, is a different experience. Until you talk to these veterans, it’s hard to put a human face on the battles. But once you talk to them, you realize not only the reality of the war, but the tremendous courage it took to fight against the odds. From the beaches of...

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