A Boy and His Boats — How Skip Toller Started ElectraCraft At His Hometown Lake

In 1970, Westlake Village was still a rural area with wide-open fields of roaming cattle and a man-made lake in the center. The city was young but families were taking root, and the appealing lake lifestyle attracted many. One of those families included a young boy named Alex, who, along with his parents John and Leatrice and his sister Teresa, had just moved to a house near the top of the lake. As the lake evolved, so too did Alex, who went on to leave his own mark on the…

Racing for Glory: Kyle Chromy

The Conejo Guardian is proud to recognize Kyle Chromy as the Conejo Valley’s Graduate of the Month for March 2021.  A 2020 graduate of The Century Academy, Kyle has taken his passion for going fast on his bike and recently signed his first professional contract with SEG Racing Academy for the 21/22 season. “Growing up, I just remember always riding with my family – my dad, my brother, even my mom.  We would all just go out and ride the local trails in Wood Ranch,” Kyle recalls.  Kyle’s parents, Ryan…

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,…

Student of the Month: Savannah Knapp

Rolling Thunder: Savannah is being honored by a member of the Rolling Thunder in Washington, DC for the work that she has done for her community. The Conejo Guardian newspaper is proud to recognize Savannah Knapp as our February 2020 “Student of the Month.”   We thank Savannah for doing her part to honor the military families who serve and protect our great nation.     When most middle school students go back to campus, their focus is on a few important points: don’t get your class schedule wrong, get good grades, and…