Chamber has new home

The Buellton Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau has a new home at 597 Avenue of Flags, Unit #101.

After greeting visitors in the courtyard of Pea Soup Andersen’s Restaurant for many years, the Chamber and Visitors Center has relocated to the Vintage Walk on the Avenue of Flags.

Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (805) 688-7829.


Rotary fundraisers

The Los Olivos Rotary, in cooperation with the Rotary clubs of the Santa Ynez Valley, Solvang Parks and Recreation and the community will host two fundraising events at Sunny Fields Park Oct. 2 and 3.

All proceeds will benefit Sunny Fields Park beautification projects including adding more trees, continuing the perimeter fence around the playground, adding a shade structure over the barbecue pit and more.

The first event, 4:40 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2, a Friday, is a wine social in the picnic area at Sunny Fields Park.

In addition to wine and hors d’oeuvres, an Art Walk with community-donated art will be for sale. Advance tickets are available from Los Olivos Rotarians and at the Parks and Recreation Department in Solvang.

The second event, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3, Saturday, is a barbecue lunch prepared and served by Rotarians. The Rotary club asks for a donation when you eat the lunch.

The day includes a Silent Auction on the green where a variety of art and antiques donated from the community will be offered.

If you can donate art such as paintings, pictures, quilts, art objects and antiques, email Sylvia Remmenga at journeys2009@earthlink.net or call (805) 688-0658. For more information, call Los Olivos Rotary President Toni Coble at (805) 886-4706; Susan Marek at (805) 688-3040 or Gabi Robbins at (805) 688-3423.





Lompoc mayor dies

Lompoc Mayor Dick DeWees passed away July 30 due to complications related to a prior medical condition. DeWees, 61, was serving his sixth term as mayor at the time of his death. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, DeWees and his wife, Jane, had been married for 38 years. They have two children.

An exact cause of death has not been revealed. DeWees was being treated at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Officials say he had been treated at Lompoc Valley Medical Center in late June after he complained of chest pain.

“Lompoc Mayor Dick DeWees was more than a legislative colleague; he was an ally and personal friend,” said Rep Elton Gallegly (R-Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties).

“The relationship we built over the years greatly benefited our mutual constituencies.

“My heart goes out to his family. I will miss his leadership and friendship.”


Cats will work for food

County Animal Services is seeking barn homes for feral cats received in the three community animal shelters.

Feral cats are cats that do not take to being handled and that have reverted to a more “wild” state.

These cats are not adoptable to the normal household environment.

Animal Services is looking for citizens who can provide safe ranch or barn homes for these working cats.

All the cats are spayed or neutered, up to date with their vaccines and given an overall health check.

A yard check and instructions on acclimating the cats to their new home will be provided.

These cats are accustomed to foraging for their food and in many cases prove to be very good at rodent control.

Although feral cats are not accustomed to human contact, they can build a bond with the people who are caring for them.

Ideal homes should have a barn or shelter for the cats to be protected from the elements as well as predators. Caretakers need to be willing to feed the cats everyday and provide them with basic needs.

For more information on the feral cat adoption program, call (805) 934-6981.


More fire restrictions

Los Padres National Forest officials have announced additional fire restrictions beginning in response to the increasing danger and possibility of wildland fire.

The restrictions will remain in effect until the end of fire season, which is when the forest receives at least two inches of rainfall.

Recreational target shooting is prohibited in all areas of the national forest except at the Winchester Gun Club in Santa Barbara County and the Ojai Valley Gun Club in Ventura County. Hunting with a valid State of California hunting license is exempt from this restriction.

Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the national forest except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or Campfire Use Site (see complete list at fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres).


Click it or else

The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department will be out in force in August enforcing seat belt laws.

The effort is part of the on-going Click It or Ticket campaign. The state’s seat belt use rate in 2008 was 95.7 percent; the goal is 100 percent.

California’s seat belt law, which requires that every passenger in the car, including the driver, wears a seat belt at all times.

If stopped and found to be in violation, law enforcement will issue citations without warning.


Water wise in the garden

The Santa Barbara County Water Agency, in partnership with local water providers, has developed a source of free information for residents to help them conserve the water they use in their landscapes.

The information is available online at sbwater.org, which contains an extensive database with searchable information on more than 1,000 water-wise plants.

Includes are more than 300 photos grouped into garden tours, all from private and public gardens throughout Santa Barbara County, with helpful facts, resources and guidance on gardening design and practices.

There are also links to other helpful gardening sites.