Little Libraries Localize Reading

Next time you walk through your neighborhood, you may notice more than trees, flowers and neighbors walking their dogs. What’s that miniature house on a post with books in it, standing outside your neighbor’s house? It’s a Little Free Library (LFL) waiting for you to “Take a book. Share a book.” LFL was established in 2009 by Todd Bol to honor his book-loving, teacher-by-trade mother. Bol set out to build a miniature one-room schoolhouse on a post where he placed books for friends and neighbors to enjoy. So beloved was…

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…

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…

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…