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  • Rotary presentation from Have a Heart Humane Society

    Susan Andreas-Bervel, contributing writer|Jul 6, 2024

    On June 13, the Rotary Club of Tehachapi welcomed guest speaker Michael Puffer from Have a Heart Humane Society. Michael oversees the adoption room with a quiet determination and a heartfelt commitment to animal welfare. As a retired air traffic control supervisor, Michael said he was surprised how a career in air traffic control actually prepared him to run an adoption room because he utilizes his decision-making skills every day. He is continually looking at the needs of animals, as well as...

  • A thrilling conclusion to the Great Tehachapi Scavenger Hunt

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Jun 8, 2024

    The month of May was full of excitement as hundreds of residents combed the area riddling out clues and looking for hidden businesses. A thrilling competition was born between the top 15 teams, as they raced to see who could get to each location first. In the end, there could only be one ultimate winner, but everyone seemed to enjoy learning about places they had never seen or experiencing things they never thought they would find in Tehachapi. Sixteen local businesses and locations were...

  • Embracing the spirit of the Pacific Crest Trail: A call to support hikers

    Michael Puffer, contributing writer|Apr 27, 2024

    As spring blossoms into full bloom, so too does the allure of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), beckoning adventurers from far and wide to embark on a journey of discovery, challenge and camaraderie. Stretching a staggering 2,652 miles from the sun-drenched hills of Campo, California, to the rugged wilderness of Manning Park, Canada, the PCT offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse oneself in the raw beauty of the western landscape. Tehachapi has two trailheads on the PCT. The first is at...

  • Ted Kitzmiller June 8, 1946 – March 28, 2024

    Apr 27, 2024

    Ted Kitzmiller, former owner of the Radio Shack in Tehachapi, passed away March 28 after a four year battle with cancer. Born Robert Theodore on June 8, 1946 in Jamestown, Pennsylvania, Ted and his family moved to Fullerton, California when he was a boy. Ted met Chelley when he stole her candy bar at Sunny Hills High School. Sparks flew and they were married Sept. 21, 1963. Their son Danny was born in 1964 followed by Gina in 1967. In 1985, Ted's job transferred to Bakersfield, so the family of...

  • Goodbye, my friend

    Guy Martin, owner of Control-Alt-Delete|Apr 13, 2024

    I love the work that I do. I have made many friends here in Tehachapi since I started my business in 2001. That is when I moved up here and met Ted Kitzmiller. Ted was the owner of Radio Shack in Old Town. Chelley, his wife, was taking a picture editing class from me and said that her husband needed some computer services at his store. When I met Ted, he showed me the trouble he was having and I took care of them for him. We struck up a conversation about my background in the IT field and asked...

  • Lunch & Learn, March 26

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Mar 16, 2024

    Want to learn what AI can do for your business? The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Lunch & Learn that dives into this topic. At noon on March 26 at the Train Depot Museum, learn about Chat GPT, one of the first AI frameworks created more than two years ago that has helped business owners and marketing professionals engage with audiences. Michael Puffer from Have-A-Heart Humane Society will share with guests his expertise in using this tool and his story as to how it turned...

  • Treat your loved one to something special at the Wine Walk, Feb. 10

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Feb 3, 2024

    See the map for the Tehachapi Valentine's Wine Walk on this page. Tehachapi is gearing up for its first Wine Walk since 2019 and it will be an event for the books. Between local wines, live music and talented bakers taking over shops, the downtown businesses will be brimming with delights, and Green Street will have vendors you won't want to miss. Alligator Rose will be there with their soaps and assortment of delicious skin care products. The Victorian Bat offers unique jewelry that will keep...

  • The Wine Walk is back in Tehachapi, Feb. 10

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Jan 20, 2024

    Tehachapi has been yearning for the return of the Wine Walk, and we at the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce that it is back! Armed with knowledge from those who organized previous events and partnerships with the Tehachapi Mountains Wine Growers Association, Discover Tehachapi Tours, The Loop newspaper, the City of Tehachapi and Rancho Raviri Almonds, the Feb. 10 Tehachapi Valentine's Wine Walk is going to be an incredible event! This wine walk will feature local...

  • The pitfalls of gifting pets during the holidays: a long-term commitment

    Have a Heart Humane Society|Dec 9, 2023

    The holiday season, synonymous with warmth and joy, often sees the emergence of a concerning trend – the impulse to gift pets. While the notion of surprising a loved one with a furry friend might seem heartwarming, the reality is far more complex. Pets are not mere presents; they are long-term commitments that demand dedication, responsibility and unwavering care. This is one of the reasons Have a Heart Humane Society will not approve an adoption, if the owner to the rescue being adopted is n...

  • Cheers to Charity donates to local nonprofits

    Marcia Thompson, contributing writer|Oct 28, 2023

    On Thursday, Oct. 12, Cheers to Charity handed out checks totaling $65,500 to local nonprofit organizations. What began in 2014 as a small fundraiser in a parking lot, has grown into the most anticipated community fundraiser of the year. The Cheers team funded 11 nonprofits with grants ranging from $2,000 to $15,000. The August 2023 event, featuring food, wine, craft beer, home brews and spirit-free mocktails, brought together more than 800 people to raise money for charity. Tehachapi's Aviator...

  • Rescue and responsibility: what to do when you find feral kittens or puppies

    Michael Puffer, contributing writer|Oct 28, 2023

    Every day, in the United States, more than 70,000 puppies and kittens make their debut in the world. This staggering statistic, while invoking heartwarming mental images of cute pets, comes with a somber truth - overpopulation. It's this overpopulation crisis that leads to the unfortunate reality of over 3.7 million animals being euthanized in shelters across the country each year. Kern County Animal Services euthanized 801 dogs and 521 cats last year alone. Female cats can be quite prolific,...

  • Ferrante at the helm of Jake's

    Jordan Adamson, contributing writer|Oct 14, 2023

    Found in the heart of downtown Tehachapi, Barbara Ferrante's Jake's Steakhouse has been a town favorite for the past 20 years. From their delicious prime rib and steaks, to their delectable pastas and seafood, it is clear to see why Jake's has held the town's favor. While the business is still for sale, Ferrante wants to let everyone know that she is still here and in charge. Getting here early in the morning, she spends her day dealing with vendors, ordering supplies, scheduling, making...

  • Cheers to Charity 2023 – Tons of fun! Loads of impact!

    Mary Beth Garrison, contributing writer|Sep 2, 2023

    Aug. 12 marked the 9th year of the Tehachapi's premiere fundraising event - Cheers to Charity. More than 800 people filled Aviator Park enjoying a perfect night in Tehachapi. There was amazing food, choice wines, refreshing beers, energetic dancing, games of chance and prizes galore! "The evening was a smash," said Cheers volunteer Jason Stanley. Jason, Facility Superintendent for Airstreams Renewables was crucial in lighting up the park! Under a canopy of a thousand lights, partygoers enjoyed...

  • Cheers! The clock is ticking

    Mary Beth Garrison, President Cheers to Charity|Jul 8, 2023

    Preparations are nearly done and the Cheers to Charity team are ready to bring you Tehachapi's best fundraising night on the town. We hope you're ready, too. Cheers to Charity 2023 is weeks away and, if you have never attended, you may want to buy a ticket now, because they sell out every year. The evening is an ideal blend of outdoor ambiance, delicious foods, wine, beer, spirit-free concoctions, dancing, games, desserts, lively chatter and sweet reunions, all to raise money for local...

  • You are your dog's only hope

    Ann Carroll, contributing writer|Jun 24, 2023

    Many shelters are full clear across our great country. There is no more space, and pets, especially dogs, are being euthanized daily. People are giving up their dogs due to housing problems, lack of funds, lack of time for pets and to family growth. Sometimes a new child means the pet has to go. There are no adopters, rescues are feeling hopeless and shelters must put the dogs to sleep. You are the only hope your dog has. On a typical day, an organization like Have A Heart Humane Society receives a minimum of seven phone calls asking if we can...

  • Cheers to Charity: good fun for great charities

    Mary Beth Garrison, President Cheers to Charity, contributing writer|Jun 10, 2023

    Cheers to Charity is weeks away and, if you have never attended, you may want to purchase a ticket now because it is a wonderful way to have fun and support local charities. The evening is the perfect blend of outdoor ambiance, tasty food, wine and beer, dancing, games and desserts, lively chatter, and sweet reunions – all to raise money for volunteer organizations. Held at Tehachapi's Aviator Park, Cheers to Charity is set for Aug. 12, starting at 6 p.m. Sponsors are in place; the park is reser...

  • Thank you from the critters and Have A Heart Humane Society

    Ann Carroll, contributing writer|May 27, 2023

    The volunteer staff at Have A Heart Humane Society really has no words to adequately express the amazement and gratitude we feel for the help, support and hard work that came from you, our community! We had no idea what we were going to do when we were told that our rented building had sold and we had to vacate after over 7 years. How would we do it in 30 days? YIKES! But you all came through and helped us pack, load and move, using up to 30 horse trailers, trucks, vans and station wagons. Then you all came out of the woodwork to unload, set...

  • Another big thank you from Have A Heart Humane Society

    Ann Carroll, contributing writer|May 27, 2023

    We are so grateful to have such a network of support in this community! We must thank our friends at Bear Valley Springs Tailwaggers Club for doing endless fundraising for us and the Tehachapi area. This group continued their hard work over time and ended up raising more than enough to sponsor a $7,000 Snip Bus spay and neuter clinic to be held at Have A Heart. This benefits our city, our county and all of the pets and pet owners in the surrounding areas. Tailwaggers loves their pets and knows that spay and neuter is important for the...

  • Robert Teddy Carter January 7, 1945 – April 27, 2023

    May 27, 2023

    Robert Teddy Carter (Ted), 78, born Jan. 7, 1945, passed away on April 27, with family by his side in Tehachapi. He suffered from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) for many years. Ted was born in Whittier, California to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Franklin Carter. He was the youngest, with two sisters and one brother. Growing up in Montebello, he enjoyed listening to whatever was on the radio and was a big fan of Lloyd Price, 'Stagger Lee' was a favorite he played over and over in the family living r...

  • Have A Heart Humane Society celebrates their grand reopening

    Pat Doody, staff writer|May 13, 2023

    On Saturday, May 6, the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce and members of the community turned out to celebrate the grand reopening of Have A Heart Humane Society at their new location at 787 W. Tehachapi Blvd....

  • Upcoming ribbon cuttings

    Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce|Apr 29, 2023

    Cowboys and Angels On May 4 from 4 to 5 p.m. at 798 Tucker Rd. Joanne Nicks is excited to open her western clothing and accessories store. This adorable store has everything you need. Let’s help her celebrate her lifelong dream! Joanne will have food and excellent door prizes. Have A Heart Humane Society On May 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 787 W. Tehachapi Blvd. The ribbon cutting will be at 11 a.m. ACME live music will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. California Hot Dog Company will be cooking. There will also be an opportunity raffle. Have A Heart H...

  • Charlene Strickhouser, January 23, 1950 – January 3, 2023

    Feb 4, 2023

    Charlene J. Strickhouser was called home by the Lord and reunited with her beloved late husband on Jan. 3. Charlene was born to Charles McFall and Mary Jane Bente on Jan. 23, 1950, in Burbank, California. She was the oldest daughter of five children. Years later, she was blessed with two additional siblings to share love and life with. In 1968, Charlene graduated from John Burroughs High School in Burbank. That is where she was introduced to her high school love, Ray Strickhouser, all thanks to...

  • Vicky Kermode September 2, 1939 – January 7, 2023

    Jan 21, 2023

    Vicky Kermode, 83, of Bear Valley Springs, passed away in her sleep in the early morning hours of Jan. 7. Vicky was born on Sept. 2, 1939, in Maywood, California, to parents John and Dorothy Schott. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Ralph Kermode, on Aug. 17, 2014. Vicky and Ralph grew up across the street from each other and went to school together in San Gabriel, California. They were married in 1957 and remained married until Ralph's passing, 57 years later. Vicky worked as...

  • A fresh look at Have A Heart

    Ann Carroll, contributing writer|Sep 3, 2022

    For those of you who are new residents of Tehachapi or aren’t familiar with our articles, our little store, our volunteers and our adoptable critters, this may help you get to know us in a slightly different light. We are a nonprofit volunteer organization that we call a humane society, because we are not a shelter, we are not connected to the city or the county and we have to rely on the generosity of donors, patrons and our own hard work to carry out the main four visions that comprise our mis...

  • Have A Heart Humane Society gives scholarships to local graduates

    Ann Carroll, contributing writer|Jun 25, 2022

    Starting six years ago, Have A Heart has chosen two deserving graduating seniors yearly to receive cash scholarships to further their education and seek an advanced degree. Two $1,000 scholarships are presented to two seniors based on grade point average, extracurricular activities and leadership, faculty recommendations, and excellence in essay form related to each scholarship requirement. Our organization also requires a minimum of 12 hours of volunteer work at our resale store, fostering and...

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