The New COVID Crisis: Mental Health

The events of 2020 have affected individuals and families, our senior citizens, and our youth, profoundly affecting almost every human being worldwide.  A specific age group is most at risk of feeling the impact of 2020’s chaos and tumult for months and, dare I say, years to come. Children and teens are being affected beyond what the eye can see, and if history and research is any indication, we are about to experience a systemic mental health epidemic across America. It is time for politicians, school board members, parents, and…

Conejo Valley’s Frank Butler: Founder of Catalina Yachts

To have met Frank Willis Butler was an experience.   Those who knew him well would agree, he had the rare ability to make you feel both welcome and nervous at the same time.  Those who worked for him knew that Frank gave much, but also expected much.   And anyone who owned one of the boats he built, knew they were forever a part of his “family.”  Frank rose from humble beginnings to become the founder of the largest privately owned sailboat manufacturer in the United States, Catalina Yachts.   In December,…

Boost Your Immunity in 2021

As we look back on the health crisis of 2020 and forward to a positive, healthy 2021, many New Year’s resolutions are geared toward a healthier lifestyle.   A healthy lifestyle includes exercise, good sleep habits, and a proper diet.  This not only keeps us healthy, but can help boost our immune system and prevent illnesses.   The best way to get our daily dose of vitamins and minerals is through a healthy and well-balanced diet.  However, this is often difficult to achieve, which is why vitamin supplements are often recommended.  The…

An Angel Among Us: Shary Clancy Serving Our Community

Baskets for Seniors: Shary Clancy (left) and her friend, Donna Narvaez, help pack baskets together to give to seniors in the community. Shary says that she could not be doing this without the help of Donna. A local “angel,” Shary Clancy, is a longtime Agoura Hills resident who has taken it upon herself to gather items for needy people in our community.   She has named one group “Lavender Bows” for the homeless.  Others are “Holiday Helper” and “Secret Santa” for struggling families.  She is gathering collections for “Village Seniors,” as…

White Bean Chicken Salsa Verde Soup

Mildly spicy and a snap to put together, this soup will become a family favorite on cold winter days! I just doubled the recipe for a for a family gathering and we were scraping the saucepan, so that’s a good sign! Have fun with it – top with tortilla strips, quartered cherry tomatoes, chopped avocado, sliced green onions or radishes, shredded cheese and dollop of sour cream. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!  White Bean Chicken Salsa Verde Soup  (Makes 10-11 cups)  2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil …

Neighbors Help Neighbors to Beat Hunger

Over 300 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Boy Scout Explorer Crews will descend upon neighborhoods on February 27 as they collect donated food to stock local food pantry, MANNA. With many Conejo Valley families facing the challenge of putting food on their tables, this food drive could not come at a better time.  Demand for food surged over the holidays, depleting food pantry shelves. Families are not only challenged to meet other financial obligations, but feed their families as the pandemic’s strain continues. Last year, nearly 350 scouts gathered 55,000…

Avoid the Homeschooling Doldrums

The holidays are over. As the decorations come down, and you’ve got a long road to reach summer vacation, it might be easy to become blue about the journey ahead. However, there are some things you can do to bring joy back into your daily homeschooling routine. First of all, don’t be a slave to the curriculum that you’ve chosen. If it doesn’t work, ditch it. Or do less of it. Many new homeschoolers burn out quickly because they are trying to do too much. Your child doesn’t have to…

Review of 2020 with CRPD: New Challenges, New Approaches

The year 2020 began with the anticipation of another great year for the Conejo Recreation and Park District and Conejo Valley residents, with a full schedule of recreational programs, events, and gatherings—many of the time-tested favorites, along with a few new offerings. That quickly changed in the spring, as public health orders forced size reductions or eliminations of many programs and events. Classes and reservations were canceled, and fees were refunded as well.  Shortly thereafter, the summer schedule was drastically cut, and staffing was reduced accordingly. The public health orders…

In Service to His Country: George Washington

 In a chapter in American history not widely known, officers within the Continental Army became so upset over a lack of pay they were actively meeting to discuss a military coup against the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. The Continental Congress depended solely on the states for revenue who paid in different amounts and at different times.  Lack of funds created a major problem.  The soldiers were not being paid.  With news of a peace accord on the horizon, there was a belief among the officers that the army would be…