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Northern Los Angeles county is home to several new wineries producing top-quality, award-winning wines. Many wine snobs will turn up their noses at anything that doesn't originate in Napa or Sonoma county; too bad, because they're missing out on some great grapes. One of the newest wineries is Leona Valley Winery, straddling the San Andreas fault between the SCV and Palmdale. Corey Jones and David Reynolds own Leona Valley Winery. The couple bought their Leona Valley property in 2000 and soon decided to embark on their winery adventure.
More than 22,000 students are registered in the William S. Hart Union High School District. With six comprehensive high schools, six junior highs, a continuation school, middle college high school, independent study program, an adult school and Regional Occupational Program, the Hart District recently added an innovative early-college high school on the new Canyon Country campus of College of the Canyons.
Pictured are the first-place winners of the fifth-annual GNP/ICP Scholarship Golf Classic held on June 13 at Robinson Ranch. The team, sponsored by Salt Creek Grille and Affordable Quality Moving and Storage, are Brad Uptgraft, Dave Dyck, Casey Kirkman, Joe Greiner, Dave Fong, David Breslow and Tucker Brown. The tournament raised over $230,000 to be used for scholarships for pharmacy students attending USC School of Pharmacy and Western University School of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy who are pursuing careers as independent community pharmacists.
Every small business owner knows it's all about dollars and sense. You need your money to work for you, but you also need to know how to make it work. Many business owners have turned to local banks to help them with all their small business needs. We were wondering... What makes a local business bank a good place to turn to when you are starting up a business or have owned one for years?
Santa Clarita residents are lucky to have a beautiful vacation spot right in their own backyard. One just needs to travel north on Interstate 5 to find the Castaic Lake Recreation facility. The lake is stocked with a wide variety of fish such as bass, trout and catfish, enough to make any angler content. There are actually two bodies of water at the facility. The upper lake is used for sailing, power boating, jet skiing and fishing. There are boat rentals and a tackle shop on site. The lower lake is reserved for non-power boating, canoeing and swimming.
Anyone who has ever tried it will tell you that starting your own business is a scary proposition. Most waged their own private war with doubt. Am I doing the right thing? I know I have a valuable service, but how do I let the community know about it? Is there a niche for my business here in Santa Clarita? Those are fair questions - questions every local budding entrepreneur and businesses owner should ask, must ask, really. And they do.
Stevenson Ranch is outside of the Santa Clarita city limits and is governed by the County of Los Angeles. The West Ranch Town Council (originally billed as the Stevenson Ranch Town Council) was established in 1992 as an advisory group by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. The name West Ranch Town Council was coined as a way to include homeowners who live in the communities of Westridge, Sunset Pointe and Southern Oaks. The council discusses everything from upcoming development to graffiti in the area. Elections are held on a bi-annual basis during the community fireworks show.
Impressions Jewelry and More hosted a fundraiser on April 26 for MAC's Project, a nonprofit organization created to benefit children battling cancer while also keeping our planet healthy through recycling. Named after Mackenzie Maier who won her battle with cancer in 2006, "MAC's" is also an acronym for Make Another Child Smile.
With 17 city parks spread over more than 250 acres, an active arts community and a wide variety of community events, the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is one of the busiest (and we've heard, the most fun) at city hall. Rick Gould is the director and he oversees everything involving recreation in the City of Santa Clarita. The purpose of Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is to develop and implement programs that encourage healthy lifestyles and celebrate the community's diversity.
Every community has its "mainstay" businesses that help define its culture. Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Care is one those companies for the Santa Clarita Valley. Having provided the highest quality of skin care services for 25 years now, Dr. Bernard Raskin, founder of Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Care, is going to celebrate throughout the year with many special events; the first of which was a big "thank you" to his most loyal patients on May 17 during his exclusive "Day of Beauty."
Fifth grade teacher Kim Tredick was recently awarded $25,000 from the Milken Family Foundation for being recognized as an educator dedicated to making every student successful. The cash award was a surprise for this Sulphur Springs teacher and the check presentation was a media event with not only local press, but every major news channel in attendance.
It's a lovely Saturday afternoon and you decide to spend it in the park, flying kites with your children. The park is clean and well kept with plenty of parking spaces and mature trees to provide you some shade. Did you notice on the trip over to the park that the road was well maintained, flowing smoothly and free of potholes? The ambience of the Santa Clarita Valley is well documented in our parks and roadways. Houses are sold to those who want to enjoy our recreational facilities, schools and rolling hills. Being named one of the safest cities hasn't hurt, either. But roads, parks, schools and safety come at a cost.
Hundreds of thousands of people across the country fall prey to tax scams that rip off their money. Because most people hate the prospect of paying the government their share of taxes, many seek an alternative means to paying taxes or they fall victim to what they think is a good money making opportunity. As many of us know, now there is more than one way to go fishing and that's phishing over the internet. The latest phishing scam claims to be an IRS refund notification. The phishing e-mail claims the recipient is eligible for a sizeable tax refund.
Dr. Joel S. Miller, DMD, MAGD, has recently trained in neuromuscular dentistry. Dr. Miller, now a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, has also received training in neuromuscular dentistry at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. Neuromuscular Dentistry can help alleviate symptoms such as headaches, neck and shoulder pain, jaw pain, clicking or popping in the jaw and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
By now, all of the New Year's resolutions that we made regarding working out, eating right or even quitting smoking have played out. We either did or we did not. Statistics say that most of us have not even come close to keeping those pesky resolutions. I propose we change New Year's resolutions to weekly resolutions. This way we can begin anew 52 times a year instead of once. Much better odds, don't you think? When it comes to financial resolutions we should give them the same attention that we should give to eating or living better. Let's start with some activities that can be implemented on a regular basis until they become habits.
We see the litter and we shake our heads. Trashy highways are a common sight in Southern California. Even at high speeds, we notice our freeways are a disgrace. Californians love their cars, but they also love fast food and bottled soft drinks, probably the largest trash items thrown out the window and onto our roads. More than 260,000 bags of trash are collected every year by the maintenance crew from the California Department of Transportation.
Jim Moaddab and Mason Abedinzadeh recently purchased the Nick N Willy's in Stevenson Ranch and will soon open a second location off Via Princessa. With over 26 years experience in restaurant business, it was time for them to open one of their own. Their motto is simple: "Create a home-like atmosphere while providing excellent customer service and great pizza!" For more information call 291-1921.
In America today, we have a large and growing problem with consumer debt. Many experts through many different forums have talked about the increase in consumer debt in great length. According to statistics from Debtscape, a nonprofit credit counseling organization, "Currently, national consumer debt is 2.04 trillion dollars (April 2004), with credit card debt equaling about 750 billion dollars." Using those totals, "for every man, woman and child in the country, Americans owe $2,293 in credit card debt (based on current population figures)." Here are some additional stats from Debtscape: the average balance on a single credit card is $8,000; the average household has 10 credit cards; Americans paid out approximately $82 billion in interest alone last year.
If you're planning to make any New Year's resolutions this month, you may not want to read this. But for your sake, I hope you do. Actually, my motives aren't completely selfless. I hope you read this for my sake, too. And not just for my sake. I'm writing for the sake of everyone who lives in the valley. This could profoundly affect us all. Like most Americans around this time of year, you've probably made at least a mental list of promises you sincerely expect to keep in 2007. For some of you, those promises involve your health. You'll resolve to shed a few pounds. You'll vow to really need to dig out those old clothes you shoved to the back of your closet several New Year's ham dinners ago.
College of the Canyons selected Jill Mellady as Alumna of the Year for 2006. A 1983 graduate of COC, Mellady has since established a successful business, Mellady Direct Marketing. She also serves on the school's foundation board of directors, as well as volunteers as the co-chair of the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children's Cancer and as a board member for the Child & Family Center and the Valley Industrial Association.
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