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My father, Robert Gillman Beamish, died this past summer on June 30. He was 85, born in 1932. When Sunday rolls around I still think of visiting him, and a couple of weeks ago at Thanksgiving, I began to go through the logistics of getting him to our place. On the heels of these thoughts com…

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When Arturo Tello came to Carpinteria in 1979 he was an avid long-distance runner covering miles a day in the foothills and on the bluffs. He fell in love with the land and the community, and for four decades he has expanded this passion as a landscape artist, songwriter and environmental activist.

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The holiday bustle seems to arrive earlier every year. It gathers steam in October, puffs out its cheeks in November and bursts into full holiday mode in December. Another Christmas comes trundling in laden with so much commercial baggage it feels like a cliché. While it may look like the sa…

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I clearly remember the first time I spoke during the public comment period in front of a governmental agency. When my name was called, I felt my heart beat faster as I walked up to the microphone. I had a lot to say and only three minutes. I tend to talk fast, plus I was nervous, so I spoke …

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To be successful today in school and life, our students need to develop a range of skills that include critical thinking, communication, collaboration, problem solving, conflict resolution and lifelong learning. Central to learning these skills are school environments that integrate academic…

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California is a land of geologic restlessness, and the Santa Ynez mountains falling into the Pacific Ocean are no exception. The deep past of the Santa Barbara area is a story of earth-shattering events.  Some happened quickly, in the form of earthquakes and volcanoes; some happened on an al…

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Looking into the morning sun, I couldn’t make heads or tails as to what was landing in Scorpion Anchorage on the southeast end of Santa Cruz Island. At first, I thought it was a California brown pelican, but I quickly realized the beak wasn’t there. Then it landed, an immature snow goose tha…

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Thanksgiving usually brings visions of family and friends eating roasted turkey, pumpkin pie, homemade rolls, dressing, mashed potatoes, and on and on. But as nice as that is, it’s also a lot of work. Just the clean up makes me tired and my husband and sons do most of that. Usually, I love T…

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Smoke from the Camp Fire was just beginning to bloom when I started down to the Sacramento Valley from Sierra County—a small gray fist of smoke at first, turning brown as the fire built. We’d seen smoke all week. Signs along Highway 89 announced smoke due to controlled burns. (Who says the s…

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In Southern California, water agencies face incredible pressures such as water shortages and water supply management; however, nationally there are several pressures facing the industry as a whole. One of these challenges is finding technically qualified individuals to maintain water distrib…

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Dear Readers: I really appreciate your questions and from the feedback I receive, many others do too. Please keep sending your questions and comments either to Donnie@Coastalview.com or to me at mizdoni@gmail.com. All names are confidential. Remember that whatever your question is, it will m…

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Thanksgiving usually brings visions of family and friends eating roasted turkey, pumpkin pie, homemade rolls, dressing, mashed potatoes, and on and on. But as nice as that is, it’s also a lot of work. Just the clean up makes me tired and my husband and sons do most of that. Usually, I love T…

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We of a certain age remember from our youth the parade of professionals that traveled to our neighborhoods delivering their wares. The milk man, the egg man and the bread man were ubiquitous and necessary throughout rural and suburban communities, announcing their arrivals with gently clangi…

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When they were young, my boys would wake up in the morning and one would ask, “What are we doing today?” The other one would announce, “Today I want to go to the park, go swimming, and [insert fun activity].” Two terrific kids, two very different ways of thinking about the day. No matter the…

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My great-great-grandfather John Beamish, with his brother Alleyn, left their home near Skibbereen in West County Cork, Ireland in 1867/68 and sailed for New Zealand, where their brother George ran a mercantile shop in Patea, Taranaki. Within four months of their arrival, the brothers had joi…

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People often exaggerate when they talk about a “lifelong relationship,” but it fits the bill perfectly for Jamie Persoon and Canalino Elementary School. At age six, Persoon (then Jamie Morris) attended first grade in Canalino’s Room 5; years later, she started her teaching career with a firs…

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vThere is an election next Tuesday. If that is a surprise to you, you have somehow managed for months to avoid watching any TV or listening to the radio, and you must have skimmed over the multitude of ads and letters in this paper without noticing the candidates and issues being discussed.

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I’d received a hot tip from a friend who had recently summited Mount Langley in the Eastern Sierra. He told me he saw a handful of Sierra Bighorn Sheep around the New Army Pass region of the mountain.

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Gardening with plants native to the Santa Ynez mountains and Carpinteria’s coastal bluffs is a beautiful way to honor the ecosystems in which we live, as well as providing an environmentally sustainable alternative to water-guzzling landscapes such as lawns.  

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October is “moving in” month for our Canalino and Carpinteria Family School students and teachers whose worn, outdated, inefficient portable classrooms are being replaced by the new Gen 7 modular classrooms. Thanks to the generosity and incredible support from Carpinteria and Summerland citi…

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My family is down-sizing, trying to get organized, trying to weed-out items we can live without and at the rate we are moving, it looks like we might get this job done by the time I’m celebrating my 100th birthday. First I have a large file cabinet full of financial records, tax documents, h…

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At the SCA’s October meeting, Brian Goebel and Cory Hayman, candidates for the Montecito Water District (which provides Summerland’s water), laid out their goals for ensuring a more consistent and reliable supply.

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I write a lot about things we can do to be better environmental stewards, but I am not always the most perfect example of that. Like most people, sometimes circumstances in my life lead me to eat out more, buy products that are not as great for the environment, or just generally create more …

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We have laughed together, cried together, grieved together and disagreed with each other. But I’ve never seen a group of my friends as activated as we were the evening after the testimonies of Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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The aptly named Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick) is an annoyingly on-top-of-it mom. Most parents feel accomplished if everyone still has a pulse at the end of the day. But not Stephanie. This single mom (that’s right, she does it by herself) is an ever-vigilant watcher of her son, Miles (J…

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“My dad was a newspaper linotype operator and could get a job in any small town or big city in the country. These men were called ‘tramp’ printers, and we moved every two weeks to six months for the first 10 years of my life. The most I remember moving was 13 times in the nine-month school year.”

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It’s that time of year again when many birds make their journeys to warmer climes. They know where they want to go and maybe there’s some bumps along the way, but eventually, hopefully, they make it where they want to be, safe and sound.

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This vegan dish benefits from the combination of ripe avocado and fresh cilantro. The avocado gives it a creamy flavor. The cilantro provides an herbal back-beat (my apologies for mixing metaphors). If you are not a fan of cilantro, substitute Italian parsley.

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"It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” ––Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It’s back-to-school, my favorite time of the year—new school supplies, meeting new teachers and seeing friends again, all make September an exciting time for Carpinteria Unified School District students, parents, teachers and staff.

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While collaborating on a life story project a few years ago, I told a client good progress had been made on her family tree. Her excited response was a bit out of the ordinary.

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Coastal Cleanup Day is this Saturday, and while I wrote about it several years ago, it seems like a good time to revisit the origins of the largest international volunteer event focusing on the environment and the continued importance of environmental education.

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Next week I will sever my right arm from my body, at least that’s what it feels like. In actuality, I’m taking my son to college in Washington state. This baby, who is now noticeably taller than I am unless I don my 4-inch heels (which I can do as needed), has done a great job growing up. He…

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With fall and winter approaching, a spirit of giving fills the air. As you count your blessings, why not give a boost to others as well? To make it easy, here are some volunteer openings right in your own back yard. From fostering a kitten to driving someone to the grocery store, you can mak…

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Fran Davis is an award-winning writer and freelance editor whose work appears in magazines, print and online journals, anthologies and travel books. She has lived in Summerland most of her life.

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In my July column, I wrote about cultivating a wild garden as a home-scale step towards greater sustainability in a rapidly changing climate. I touched on topics such as building healthy soil, landscaping with drought-tolerant edible and native plants, water conservation and growing biodiver…

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In my July column, I wrote about cultivating a wild garden as a home-scale step towards greater sustainability in a rapidly changing climate. I touched on topics such as building healthy soil, landscaping with drought-tolerant edible and native plants, water conservation and growing biodiver…

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A couple weeks ago, Diane and I crawled out of our tent at dawn and heard a remarkable sound—silence. The air was still so the pines, firs and hemlocks were not even whispering. It was the first morning of our week-long backpacking adventure in the mountains of Lassen Volcanic National Park.…

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Mount Whitney Trail was all lit up at midnight, so I thought it was Search and Rescue moving out to find someone unfortunate. I was still half asleep, a little groggy after driving for nine hours and only catching an hour of sleep in the back of my truck. But with Lone Pine Creek rushing and…

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Dear Readers: I appreciate your comments and your questions. People have told me that they hesitate to send in a question because they are not good writers or maybe the question isn’t important enough. Rest assured we will edit for clarity and brevity, but all questions are important. Send l…

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I must have been eight or nine years old when I discovered there were guns in my brother’s closet. They weren’t his guns. They weren’t loaded. But they sure looked like rifles (at least to me) just like Roy Rogers or Gene Autry carried as they went after the bad guys. My mother explained tha…

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Cassius Green’s (Lakeith Stanfield) job prospects are not very impressive. Just to get a telemarketing job, Cassius makes up a story about having worked at a bank, puts together a fake “Employee of the Month” award that he proudly props on his knee throughout the interview and even brings in…

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“I always wanted to chronicle the family history with my mother. She was always interested in that. I wanted some researchers I’d worked with to talk to her, but my mother was a little antsy about it. I know she would’ve gotten into it. But I wasn’t forceful, and I didn’t make it happen. Tha…

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The City of Carpinteria has opted to move forward with both Community Choice Energy and Strategic Energy Planning, which is in line with Carpinteria’s policies regarding sustainable communities and making our area more resilient. Now, did you understand anything in that last sentence? Becaus…

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