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COVID-19 And The End Of Government Schooling’s Main Value Proposition

COVID-19 And The End Of Government Schooling’s Main Value Proposition

by Thomas L. Knapp In mid-2020, I mused that if the COVID-19 pandemic ended up producing any silver linings, the most likely bright spot would be its impact on government — so-called “public” — education. Throughout the previous spring, government schools had largely shut down in-person classes, switching to ad hoc and, it seems, fairly […]

October Events Are Scheduled For Betsy Blanchard Chess And “Daughter Of The Land,” A Memoir/History Of Santa Paula And Agriculture In Ventura County.

October Events Are Scheduled For Betsy Blanchard Chess And “Daughter Of The Land,” A Memoir/History Of Santa Paula And Agriculture In Ventura County.

(Ojai, CA – September 27, 2021) Two events are scheduled in October for Betsy Blanchard Chess to speak on the history of agriculture in Ventura County and her new book, “Daughter of the Land.” Ms. Chess is fourth generation farming and ranching in the county. Her family started and still operates Limoneira, one of the […]

SEEAG To Host Its First “Journey of a Lemon” Summer Camp – July 9 – 12

SEEAG To Host Its First “Journey of a Lemon” Summer Camp – July 9 – 12

Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG), a nonprofit organization that teaches children about the importance of agriculture and the origins of their food, will host its first ever summer camp. The camp theme is “The Journey of a Lemon” and will take place July 9 through 12 at the Community Roots Garden in Oxnard.   Campers in […]

SEEAG Awarded USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant: “Journey of a Lemon and California Specialty Crop Nutrition Program”

SEEAG Awarded USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant: “Journey of a Lemon and California Specialty Crop Nutrition Program”

2016 Concours d’ Elegance: Car Stories

2016 Concours d’ Elegance: Car Stories

By Sheryl Hamlin The provenance of classic cars reveals historic events and public figures. This report highlights some recognizable events and persona.   1936 Lancia Asturia Pinin Farina Cabriolet (J1 -07) The Best in Show car was once owned by guitarist Eric Clapton who reportedly said the car was “the most fun I’ve had off […]

2016 Concours d’Elegance: Pre-war still reigns

2016 Concours d’Elegance: Pre-war still reigns

By Sheryl Hamlin As Angus MacKenzie from Motor Trend Magazine said during the 2016 awards ceremony, “concours” in French means “contest” in English. Clearly the judging was detailed and required skillful technical ability  and automative knowledge . Entrants are judged on authenticity, down to the last screw, mechanics including how the horn sounds and how […]

Concours d’LeMons: When Worst is Best

Concours d’LeMons: When Worst is Best

By Sheryl Hamlin Got rust? You might be a winner! The 2016 Concours d’LeMons, sponsored by Hagarty Insurance, celebrated creative imperfection. Entering the “winners” and rally participants area, visitors squealed at a mummified squirrel pierced through the heart mounted to the hood of a rusting car. Road kill art. One judge was measuring exhaust from […]

The Historic Fruit Labels of the Heritage Valley

The Historic Fruit Labels of the Heritage Valley

By Sheryl Hamlin A 30 year veteran educator, diagnosis Jim Campos is also a collector of historic fruit box labels. One of many collectors of such ephemera who displayed their collections on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Santa Paula Agriculture Museum, Mr. Campos presented a one hour talk entitled “Ventura County Labels”.  In his […]