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Steve and Roberta Christiansen made a chilly autumn trip to Nova Scotia, battened down for weather and leaving behind a long hot summer in Carpinteria. One of Canada’s three Maritime Provinces, Nova Scotia was first inhabited by the Mi’kmaq people. The province is renowned for its maritime h…

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Storming the Irish Coast at Aran Islands with Road Scholars are, from left, Larry Nimmer, Tara O’Reilly, Anne Fraser and Robert Lehmann. The foursome circumnavigated Ireland and Scotland for 18 days last month aboard the Ocean Endeavor, with embarkations at various ports via inflatable Zodia…

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The Solorzano-Batesons visited family in Ireland this May, returning to Ruairi Bateson’s hometown of Kildare, as well as traveling to Galway and Dublin. They stopped for a family portrait in front of Saint Brigid’s Catholic Church in Suncroft Village, County Kildare. From left are Eileen, Mo…

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Attending the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg Germany are, from left, Wade Nomura, Kim Fly, Cheryl Wright, Laurie and Alia Matthews, Debbie Murphy and Paul Wright.

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Ted and Mary Anne Theilmann visited the Caves of Herculeas, an archaeological cave complex located in Cape Spartel, Morocco, as part of a two-month tour the couple made, which included a transatlantic crossing from Galveston, Texas to Barcelona, Spain. Their trip ended in Utrecht, The Nether…

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Eli LoMonaco got a jumpstart on summer vacation in Maui with his parents, Crescent and Michael LoMonaco. The family visited Kihea—a place known for gentle, rolling waves that are perfect for learning to surf. Multiple surf schools and surfboard rental operations line the shores there, helpin…

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Kissing the Blarney stone at Blarney Castle outside Cork City, Ireland, is said to bring eloquence, or “the gift of the gab,” as they say in those parts. The Blarney stone—a block of limestone that forms the ancient battlements guarding the castle—was set in 1446, and the castle is a popular…

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Alex Kempton took leave of Carpinteria for a flight over the Pacific to Kailua Bay, Kona, Hawaii in May. Kempton was on the big island visiting his brother-in-law Bruce Corker who owns Rancho Aloha coffee farm in Holualoa, Kona, Hawaii. Known for its snorkeling and swimming, Kailua Bay is al…

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Stephen and Lynda Joyce recently toured Peru visiting Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Punta. They sampled local cuisines including alpaca and ceviche. On the floating islands of Urus in Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world (pictured), the Joyces learned how…

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With a copy of the Coastal View News tucked in her day pack, Rosa Markolf made a trip to South Africa where she went on safari in Kruger and Entanabe national parks. Markolf and her niece Dawn Freddrick also visited Johannesberg, Capetown and Swaziiland.  

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Lisa Rader and Mike Quigley made a trip to the old sod for “12 magical days of eating, drinking and creating new memories with family members.” Quigley’s two brothers and sister-in-law joined him and Rader for the holiday. In addition to visiting the Cliffs of Moher (pictured), 700-feet abov…

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Marianne Rauch traveled to Palermo, Sicily with family members Russ and Kristi and friend Janet, as well as a copy of the Coastal View News, to take in the view of Mt. Etna. The capital city of Sicily, Palermo is over 2,700-years-old and is known for its architecture, culture, cuisine and mo…

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Marilyn Jenkins and Gerald Lubeck recently made a 10-day trip to London and Paris to visit her newlywed daughter and son-in-law. Highlights of the trip included perusing the Coastal View News over lunch on the 35th floor of the Sky Garden overlooking downtown London, and a rousing performanc…

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From left, Bonnie Jenuine, Lorie Stout, Ina Britain, Karin Rodriguez, Mary Anne Theilmann, Anna Rodriguez and Bev Ranger traveled together to Savannah, Charleston, Asheville, Athens and Atlanta—all the while keeping abreast of home-town happenings via the Coastal View News.  

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Jerome and April Mazienis visited Stockholm, Sweden, then traveled to Bergen, Norway, to catch an expedition boat for 12 days along the coast of Norway. They stopped at 32 ports, crossed the Arctic Circle, visited the Russian border at Kirkenes, Norway, and also stopped in Tromso, where they…

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Valerie Bentz (left) is a visiting professor at the School of Economics and Sociology at the University of Lodz, Poland. Her research assistant Natalia Martini is helping Bentz work on the topic of “collaboration among strangers,” and she brought a copy of the Coastal View News for a snapsho…

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Patricia Oreña traveled to Italy in March to visit Rome, Assisi, Lucca and Venice. Friends of hers from Santa Barbara are living in Lucca, Tuscany, for a year. At San Michele Basilica in Lucca, Oreña took a moment for her portrait with the Coastal View News. Lucca is known for its cobbleston…

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While on a trip to beautiful Costa Rica, Diana Andonian of Carpinteria and MaryJo Farrington of Attica, Michigan enjoyed a visit to the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. The reserve shelters countless wildlife species and the trails cut through ferns and orchids. High above, they hiked…

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Robert Chagolla spent a month travelling throughout Thailand, taking in the sites of Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi, Sumi, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, the Kho Phi Phi Islands and the island of Kho Samet. While his paper copy of the Coastal View News ended up worse for wear after an unfortunate incident wit…

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Carpinterians and 2019 graduates of Chicago Medical School, Rachel Barbour and Elyse Fults shared their hometown newspaper with fellow graduates at Match Day (when med students find out where they will do their residencies). Barbour will do her residency in pediatrics and Fults in emergency …

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Ron and Susie Mueller celebrated their 50th anniversary with a river cruise from Memphis to New Orleans, enjoying the food- and music-culture of the Deep South and staying in touch with happenings back in Carpinteria along the way.

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Sally Green and Debbie Murphy rose with the sun on the Maasai Mara at Mara Intrepid Safari Camp in Kenya to share the moment with their pal Donnie Nair on the cover of Coastal View News.  

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The staff from the well-loved Thai restaurant Siam Elephant on Linden Avenue made a journey to the Grand Canyon with a copy of the Coastal View News. While clear winter skies provided excellent views, the cold desert air had the Siam crew missing the usually mild weather of home (even if rec…

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Jean-Claude Rivalland and John Wullbrandt visited Rivalland’s home country of South Africa and brought along the Coastal View News and Donnie Nair’s book “My Life So Far So Good” to keep the feeling of Carpinteria at Thanda Safari in Zululand. 

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Drew Merryman brought a copy of Coastal View News on a backpacking trip to Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. The lake sits in a massive volcanic crater at an elevation of 5,125 feet in the Sierra Madre Mountains. With over 50 square miles of surface, the lake is home to many surrounding Mayan villa…

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Two troops from Carpinteria recently took the Coastal View News to share with Girl Scouts of the greater Los Angeles area during a weekend campout in Pacific Palisades. Stormy weather before their journey created wet and bumpy dirt roads to get to the camp property, and there were several ch…

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After making the cover of the Coastal View News, Amanda McIntyre took a quick jaunt to Cambodia for a return visit to Angkor Wat that had been closed on her previous trip due to the presence of land mines. McIntyre got a three-day pass to explore the site, built by the Khmer kingdom which la…

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Ted Rhodes and Joni Pascal visited Havana in December. Outside the Hotel Capri they introduced the Coastal View News to taxi driver Osvaldo, who drives a cherry ‘57 Dodge in pure Cuban style.

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Richard and Melinda Bendel took a 22-day cruise through the Panama Canal after calling at two ports in Cuba. The couple brought out the Coastal View News in front of the Santiago de Cuba Cathedral in Santiago de Cuba. Other ports of call included Cartagena, Colombia, Panama City and several …

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Amrita Salm visited northeast Thailand for a week, spending time with elephants. “We made a swimming hole for the baby’s enclosure,” Salm wrote, “fed them cucumbers and bananas, went on walks with them, scrubbed, bathed them and just fell in love with them.” The baby elephant is four-months-…

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Carpinteria High School cheerleaders Alexia Rodriguez and Melissa Velez traveled to Rome, Italy to perform in the 2019 New Year’s Parade, and kept up with the home team with the Coastal View News while they were away.

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Anthony, Isabel and Jordan Perez took a trip to Maui last summer for Jordan’s 16th birthday, and brought along a copy of the Coastal View News to share in the celebration. The second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands next to the island of Hawaii, Maui is known as the Valley Isle. Native Hawaii…

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From left, Carpinterians Mike Gannon and Patty Razo, with Cindy Patton from Prescott Valley, Arizona, and Steve Olsen, walked 50 miles from Oceanside to San Diego to support the 2018 MS Challenge Walk to help find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. Once they reached Coronado Island, they caught …

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Brian Barrett, assistant to the Public Works director for the city of Carpinteria, made a whirlwind European tour with his aunt Phyllis and uncle Rich Sigerist, visiting Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria and Germany. Before and after the tour, the three travelers had some time to themselve…

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Mary Watts (holding the Coastal View News) and a group of 28 parishioners from St. Joseph Church, along with pastor Richard Martini, made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in November and visited the sea of Galilee (pictured) where many believe Jesus walked on water. The group saw many holy site…

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Chris Hecox, right, recently flew to the UK to visit her English cousin, Amanda Beart, who lives in a village near Cambridge. Besides touring grand manors, enjoying the countryside and meeting up with Amanda’s friends and family members, the two rented a flat for a week in the Norfolk town o…

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Toledo, Spain is sometimes called the “City of Three Cultures” for the influences of the Christians, Jews and Muslims that are reflected in its history. Taking a break from touring wineries in Spain, Lisa Guravitz and Fred Shaw caught up with the Coastal View News in the historic town of Tol…

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Wade Nomura took advantage of some down time from Rotary meetings in Australia to visit the Sydney Opera House. Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the Opera House was formally opened on Oct. 20, 1973 after a gestation beginning with Utzon’s 1957 selection as winner of an international …

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The Macias family and children/grandchildren of the late and beloved Marty and Marie Macias (original Valley Barbers Owner and Carpinteria locals) visited Europe with a small piece of home. Making great conversation about their beloved hometown with their Avocado Festival T-shirts and Coasta…

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On a recent trip to Australia, Joe and Lucy Overgaag took the Coastal View News along when they visited their family in Mount Isa, Queensland. Nephew Mark Van Ryt treated them on a tour to Mount Isa Mines where they went 5,000 feet underground. They drove multiple tunnels, and saw workshops,…

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Gary and Ana Blair recently traveled to the University of California, Berkeley to visit their daughter Mikayla on parents’ weekend. A 2018 honors graduate of Carpinteria High School, Mikayla is in her freshman year at Cal. While there, the family attended the Cal vs. UCLA football game at Ca…

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Miguel and Isabel Rocha recently returned from a family visit to Guadalajara, Mexico. The Rochas took the Herradura tequila express train in Amatitán, Jalisco for a tequila tour to see the process of tequila being made from start to finish. Along with tequila tasting ranging from silver, rep…

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Carpinteria and the Coastal View News were well represented in Boulder, Colorado when Carpinteria native, number 57 Connor Kelsey’s family and friends came to watch him play with the Oregon State Beavers against Colorado University. The Beavers pulled off a last-minute win in overtime. Atten…

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This summer Ashley Muenstermann, her husband John Knecht and their boys, seven-year-old Ashton and five-year-old Dylan Knecht, traveled to Southern Iceland and visited Sólheimajökull glacier, which is located between two volcanoes. While on the island, they also visited the Blue Lagoon (a ge…

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Nora Kass and her daughter Michelle took a two-week trip to London, Paris, Pisa, Florence, Venice and Rome, walking an average of eight to 10 miles a day. Nora has lived in Carpinteria for 20 years and loves the Coastal View News so much she enjoyed it on a sunny day in Paris.

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Tony, Linda and son Anthony Perez visited Tony’s sister Alicia and her Minnesota family, with 11 family members spending four days in a historical log cabin overlooking a clear, trout-filled lake. The weather forecast of 65 degrees quickly fell to 34 degrees, so paddle boating or kayaking wa…

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Elizabeth Clay-Joyce and fiancé Matthew Way traveled many miles from Brighton, England to read the Coastal View News in Carpinteria. Their visit coincided with the Avocado Festival, where they had their first avocado ice cream, avocado pizza and funnel cakes. Elizabeth is the niece of Stephe…

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Gary and Ginny Dillard brought the Coastal View News along on their steamship-style paddle wheel cruise on the Columbia River, which forms the border between Washington State and Oregon. The Dillards made the cruise to celebrate their 50-year wedding anniversary. It was their first cruise an…

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Marilyn Jenkins and Gerald Lubeck recently completed a 10-day trip through Spain. They stayed in Barcelona, Terragona, and San Sebastian, part of Basque country. The highlight of their trip was a private tour through the French Basque countryside. They visited the quaint villages of Elizondo…

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Lyle and Kathleen Mattes of Carpinteria enjoyed several days in London, followed by a cruise around the British Isles with excursions in nine ports. They also visited Ireland’s Blarney Castle (Caisleán na Blarnan in Irish) a medieval stronghold in County Cork, Ireland, near River Martin. The…

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