Local Rowing Team Pulls Together in Nationals

A Team, A Crew: (left to right) Coach Jake Coert, Lauren Peters, Camden Coburn, Robbie Mills, Alex Dutka, and Danial Robbins after their finals race that ranked them nationally. Peters was ranked 22nd in the nation for single women’s and the men’s quad was ranked 23rd in the nation. This team was the youngest team at nationals this year. Rowing ranks among the most grueling sports, testing the limits of an athlete’s grit, maximum physical output and mental strength. While many would shy away from such demands, something about it…

Conejo Disc Golf Club Flies High

Behind almost every disc golf course is a disc golf club. The local Conejo Disc Golf Club started with around 15 members in 2008, and today thrives with a couple of hundred members and events which draw competitors from as far away as Nevada and Arizona. The group hosts local disc golf tournaments and partners with the Conejo Recreation and Parks District (CRPD) in the upkeep of local courses at Rabbit Flats and Sapwi Trails, both of which are open to the public. Mike Byrne, president and co-founder of the…

For God and For Country: Fighting in the Revolution

Pastor and Soldier: Pastor John Muhlenberg reveals to his congregation his soldier’s uniform. During the American Revolution, two brothers — both pastors — greatly disagreed on whether or not the church should involve itself in government affairs. By the end of the conflict, they strongly agreed that Christians should fight for freedom from the pulpit and on the battlefield. John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg pastored two churches in Woodstock, Virginia, and served as an officer in the Continental Army. In addition to his religious and military duties, John Peter also served…

7th Grader to Represent Germany in Softball Tournament

This June, seventh-grader Aurelia Ehry will compete for team Germany, honoring her mother’s nationality in The Triple Crown International Challenge softball tournament. In this unique, three-day softball tournament to be held in Colorado, players on each team share a common national heritage. Players must either be born in, or have ancestry in, the country they represent. Some of the 23 teams include Israel, Mexico, Netherlands, South Korea and Polynesia. Various national team and college coaches use the event to recruit players. Ehry says each player’s uniform bears the name of…

Local Students Commit to Prestigious US Military Academies

An Experience Unlike Any Other: (Above) Ryan Collier’s Admissions Liaison Officer presents Collier with his appointment to the Air Force Academy. The Conejo Valley has the honor of sending two 2021 high school graduates to esteemed military academies. Ryan Collier, a Newbury Park High School 2021 graduate, will attend the Air Force Academy, and Joseph deMartino, a 2021 Westlake High School grad, will attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. Both are excited to set foot on their respective academies, one as a cadet and the other as…

Other Options for School

Parents bidding farewell to public schools have more options for their child’s learning than they may realize. The Conejo Guardian gathered information on public school alternatives to aid parents in transitioning out of public schools. Private Schools Private schools are a popular alternative to public schools. One local example is Hillcrest Christian School. Hillcrest Christian School is an accredited, private Christian school with 403 students from preschool to 12th grade. Tuition ranges from $10,900 to $14,275. While teachers instruct students, Hillcrest fosters a family environment and offers many opportunities for…

Residents Respond to Baywater Shooting Perpetrator’s Release

Sitting in his house with his 92-year old mother-in-law, Mark Taylor saw a stranger dart by the room and open Taylor’s garage door. When Taylor pursued, he found himself face-to-face with his neighbor, Michael Hosey, who appeared to be out of his mind. “He [was] in a crazed kind of — when I look at it now — a drug-induced kind of craziness,” Taylor says of his encounter with Hosey. “He [came] racing, and I start[ed] screaming at him to get out of the house.” Taylor followed as Hosey ran…

Parents Unite to Challenge School Board

Dennine Roberts (who asked to use a pseudonym), a mother of two Westlake High School students, didn’t pay much attention to school board meetings before this academic year. Now she’s watching “every eye-stabbing, painstaking minute of them.” The reason? The Conejo Valley Unified School District Board has fumbled its way through scheduling and repeatedly failed to put students back on campus. On January 15, the school board announced that students would not be returning to campus for a second semester as planned.  “They’re not learning anything,” says Angie Klifman of…