Letters to the Editor

June 11, 2004
Thanks for Bee-ing there! To the Editor:On behalf of Blanchard Library’s FLAIR Literacy Program, I want to say “thank you” to everyone who helped make our 15th Annual Executive Spelling Bee a great success! Funds raised will be matched by the State Library!Thank you to the brave spellers from Kiwanis Club – Edward Robles, Bill Mensing and Pam Strange; Santa Paula Elementary School District – Sonia Bautista, Matthew Eilar and Robin Guthrie; Soroptimist International – Kari Aist, Andrew Seeley and Miriam Guzman; Weyerhaeuser – Katy Asolas, Mary Babcock and Angelica Guillen; Santa Paula Times – Peggy Kelly, Suzi Skutley and Marianne Ratcliff; the judges: Assistant Fire Chief Rick Araiza, Santa Paula California Oil Museum Director Mike Nelson, and District Librarian Dan Robles; Master of Ceremonies Don Johnson; Pronouncer Scott Rushing; the “Bee,” Destiny Porter.Thank you to our generous donors: Rotary Club, Rick Bianchi – Centex Homes, Elaine Hunt, William Orcutt – Rancho Abuelos, Rose Chacon, Dr. Ernest and Joyce Carlson, Mille Sorenson, Chuck Molnar, Friends of Blanchard Library, Santa Paula Flower Shop, Eduardo and Francisca Morales, Richard and Hilda Halpin, Leticia and Gustavo Valdovinos, Don and Karin Bowers, Dr. Kent Hollenback, Mendez Concrete Co., Shawn McMaster – Magic Castle, Disneyland, Magic Mountain, Heritage Hardware, Familia Diaz, Allison’s Country Café, Yolanda’s Mexican Café, Fillmore & Western Railway, LA Dodgers, Chino’s Market, Ventura Bowling Center, Skating Plus Oxnard Ice Skating, Golf ‘n’ Stuff, Santa Paula McDonald’s, Wallace Theater, Tresierras, Vons, Round Table, Gennie Cole, Nene Lopez, Beverly Mueller, Raquel Michel, Barbara Rios, Sue Leonard, Alma and Desiree Lino, Paula and Molly Clarke, Michelle Crilly, and Ilene Gavenman.Thank you to: Reverend Kim, Nadine Lamanno, and the Board at First United Methodist Church for use of Wesley Hall; all of the helpers who provided bake sale items, set up before the Bee, staffed stations during the Bee and cleaned up afterwards including Chuck Molnar, Aracely Navarro, Dora Crouch, Madeline Ricards, Marti Bracamontes, Salena Bracamontes, Monica Michel, Vanessa Mendoza, Isaac M. Mendoza, Rosanna Mendoza, Dan Robles, Dick and Hilda Halpin, Vanessa Bracamontes, Cassandra Espinosa, Lucy Gonzales, Frances Prado, George and Ellen Apell, Katie Brooks, Evangelina Ibarra, Marie Marzec, Susan Alvarez, and Rosa Hernandez. Thank you to all those in the audience who stayed to cheer on the teams. Finally, a special thank you to Don and Debbie Johnson of the Santa Paula Times for their continual generosity in sponsoring our annual spelling bee fundraiser.Kathryn BornhauserLibrary ServicesCoordinatorWhat do you think you’re doing Wally?To the Editor:You think closing City Hall every other Friday will help. Do you think it will make it very easy for anyone who needs assistance for anything including to pay their bills on time or what? I don’t think so. I think doing that will cause some but not all kinds of problems so that would be something to consider thinking about.I know some get every other Friday off but others like the ones at the Recreation Department get every other Monday off. So consider giving one department off every other Friday and not the whole city but if push comes to shove on the other we can try to live with it so let’s try and see how it will with everyone work out like they all used to or will say it won’t hurt to try it out so let’s give it a try okay.John A. BravoSanta Paula
Library thankful for supportTo the Editor:The trustees of Blanchard Community Library want to say thank you to the people of Santa Paula for your positive votes for the increase in the parcel tax, which helps to support the library. We needed 66.6% of the vote, which is not easy, and we actually cleared over 68%. With this increased income we are planning to return to the old schedule of being open again on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, beginning July 1. We will also be able to repave the south parking lot, which has become very rough underfoot for our patrons. And we will be able to increase the library materials budget, which will enhance the collection of books, magazines, and books on CDs and audiotapes.The campaign to pass the tax increase took lots of volunteer time and effort. We want to thank the campaign committee for that effort, which will benefit so many in our community.Also, we want to thank the Santa Paula City Council for coming to the assistance of the library at a critical time and Mr. Bobkiewicz for his study of the library’s needs.Thank you to all Santa Paula citizens who have shown support for their library.What a great community Santa Paula is. We love you all.Brenda deJamaerPresident, Blanchard Community Library Board of TrusteesDr. Dora CrouchBlanchard Community Library Trustee

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