This week I'm profiling a plant that illustrates the challenge that I face from time to time: it can be difficult to correctly identify an unknown specimen, because there's a LOT of different plants species growing in California. Animals tend to be much easier to ID than plants, simply because there are far more different kinds of plants than there are mammals. For example, California is home to 231 mammal species, but there are an estimated 6,300 plants species in the Golden State!
Wes Marvin, 23-year-old youth pastor of the Reconnect Youth Group in Stallion Springs, says that every year, as he grows a little older, he grows closer to Christ.
Also growing is his youth group which meets every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Stallion Springs Community Church, located at 18151 St. Andrews Drive.
For the second year, the City of Tehachapi, Tehachapi Municipal Airport and Friends of the Airport have teamed up to present the 2nd annual Tehachapi Airport Warbird Fly-In. It will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27. The sponsors for this year's event are the City of Tehachapi, Lehigh, Hall Ambulance Service, Vintage Radials, Vintage V-12's, Love's Travel Stop and others.
On Saturday, Sept. 27, the Ridge Route Communities Museum will offer a drive-your-own-vehicle tour of the San Andreas Earthquake Fault from the Cuddy Valley area of Frazier Mountain to Gorman.
Tim Elam, geologist at the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History in Bakersfield, will stop at several places along the way and point out evidence of fault activity, especially in relation to the 1857 quake, the largest one known in California history.
Tehachapi is home to the only five star lodging facility in Kern County, according to Lori Weinroth, owner of Rose Garden Estate Weddings and Tehachapi Bed and Breakfast.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Sept. 9 for the dual purpose business, located at 24492 Bear Valley Rd., just short of the Bear Valley entrance gates.
For Vic Keesey Jr., it was another perfect ending to a summer of golf.
Keesey beat out 48 more golfers for the title of the best player in Bear Valley, grabbing his 12TH Oak Tree Men's Golf Club Championships since he began competing in the event back in 2002, which includes eight consecutive titles dating back to 2006.
Tiffany Rea, a small town girl from Tehachapi, was given the opportunity of a lifetime as she embarked on a whole new journey into the pageant world this past summer. Under the directorship of Giselle Boone, Rea represented California in the Miss Teen Earth United States Pageant, held live on Sunday, July 13, at Centre Theater in Whittier.
To her astonishment, she walked away as Miss Teen Earth United States 2014. This was the first win for California since its inception in 2008. The Miss Earth Organization is the third largest International Pageant in the World.
The fiddlers of Tehachapi, Bakersfield, Ridgecrest, Fresno and surrounding areas will be competing this year at the 38th Annual “Fiddlin’ Down the Tracks” Fiddle Contest on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19 and 20.
One of the most interesting and useful pieces of equipment on our old farm is a hammer mill, which was designed to take grain or hay and grind it down into a consistency that can be more easily used in a feed mix, or more readily be eaten and digested by livestock. This particular model is called a Grain Buster and it was manufactured by Montgomery Ward and ordered at the local "Monkey Ward" store in Tehachapi by my late uncle, Henry Hand, in the early 1950s. It was shipped by train to Tehachapi and it arrived at our local railroad depot where my uncle picked it up, and it has been used to mill thousands of tons of feed since that momentous day when it arrived.
Our Ford 600 tractor, which my uncle bought new from Berchtold Equipment in Bakersfield in 1956, powers the mill. A long leather belt, twenty feet long and six inches wide, runs from the hammer mill to a Power Take Off pulley on the tractor. With the tractor and mill joined by the leather belt and the Ford throttled up, you can convert whole grain into cracked or ground feed at the rate of about a ton per hour. If you're running it by yourself, it's a workout -- you have to move constantly in order to keep up with the mill, putting grain in the hopper and switching to empty feed sacks as they fill up.
Tehachapi Community Theatre announces a new program to help other charitable organizations in their fund raising efforts called Tickets for Charity.
This program was introduced as a pilot program for the 2013-14 season and proved very beneficial for the organizations involved.
"Best in the West!" will be the theme of this year's Kern County Fair, to be held Sept. 17 through 28 at the Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. "P" St., Bakersfield.
"We are thrilled with this year's line-up and think fairgoers will have a great time," said Mike Olcott, chief executive officer of the Kern County Fair.
The GraceFest AV benefit concert will return to the Palmdale Amphitheater again this year bringing music and the gospel message. The Christian music festival will open with a Prayer Rally Friday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m., followed by the Main Event Saturday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Palmdale Amphitheater is located at 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd., Palmdale.
Free admission will be offered to the Prayer Rally Friday evening to kick off the event. The rally will feature guest speakers Devin Thomas, principal of Desert Christian High School, Robert Enos, Apostle, of Greater Works Christian Center, and Reverend Jeffrey Elmore, who has pastored churches for 22 years and served as a hospital chaplain for 15 years.