ePilot No. 26 December 2015

Happy New Year!

Here are some of our favorite scenes from 2015.

Hueneme Beach sandy again.


Sylvia Muñoz Schnopp served as Port Hueneme’s Mayor for 2015

The Sandcastle Contest returned

Ragtime at the Library

The Friends of the Library hosted a record setting tea.

There’s nothing like a snack at Surfside Seafood while enjoying the live music!

It wouldn’t be SoCal without a cool ride!

It’s always a beautiful day in Port Hueneme!

History by the Minute

Beverly Merrill Kelley

Let’s face it, we’re all busy people.  We’d love to learn more about our hometown but who has the time?  This column will feature highlights that can be read in a minute or two.  And rest assured, the information comes from the considerable resources of the Port Hueneme Historical Society.  If your interest is piqued to learn more, visit the museum on Main Street or send your questions via email to Kelley@callutheran.edu.

 Business gurus in 2015 would credit Achille Levy, Hueneme’s remarkable late-19th Century private banker, with something called “value added service.”  In addition to giving his customers a checkbook (backed up by a deposit) to buy what they needed from himself or another merchant, Levy spent a small fortune at the telegraph office in order to get up-to-the-minute market prices.  In that way, he could always ensure he was buying crops at the highest price.
When Levy noticed that the breweries in the Midwest had started buying barley closer to home, he talked his agricultural clients into switching from barley to lima beans.  Not only did he save many Ventura County farmers from going under, but Levy also worked tirelessly on growing the national market for beans as well as finding reliable methods of transporting the perishable crop to market via rail or ship.

Achille Levy

Christmas Tree Recycling January 4-7, 2016

Christmas tree pickup begins the week of January 4th, on your regularly scheduled trash day. Please place your Christmas tree next to your trash cart on your regular trash pickup day. Please be sure to remove all ornaments, stands, metal rods, and tinsel. Port Hueneme residents can also take their Christmas tree to the Del Norte Transfer Station in Oxnard, free of charge.

Brick Wahl

Christmas Specials

So I flipped on the TV where just hours earlier I’d been watching one of those Irene Dunne films Irene Dunne thought would be forgotten forever. This channel has shown the flick maybe eight hundred times.

I feel bad for Irene Dunne because we live in the same hood, if at different times, and in different sized homes. Ours is half of a duplex, hers a walled castle, vast and decadent. Some hugely stacked pop singer whose name escapes me is trying to live there now.

The far end of Waverly Drive is exciting, headline making even. At our end is …  us.

But this post is not about Irene Dunne. It’s about Mitzi Gaynor. Because where Irene Dunne was struggling through a half baked wartime script with a 4F leading man, Mitzi Gaynor is now singing a verse of the Frank Loesser tune “I Believe In You” to Santa. That got my attention because it’s from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which is funny as hell and the only movie musical I can watch fifty times.

Robert Morse is the leading man. Michele Lee sings the first take of I Believe In You. Nails it. But Mitzi Gaynor is no Michele Lee . She’s a pretty lady, though. Nice legs. Fur coats to die for, and this being the 1970’s entire herds of mink must have met their nasty little ends to don her in such luxury.

Aside from those legs and the wanton mink slaughter, though, it’s quite unwatchable. Not unwatchable in a Star Wars Christmas Special kind of way, but unwatchable in a 1970’s King Family Christmas Special kind of way. Perhaps you remember. Or perhaps you’ve forgotten.

I know I’d forgotten. In fact I’d confused Mitzi Gaynor with Itsy Bitsy Gaydar, a story I’d rather not go into just now.

Oh god, a Perry Como Christmas Special, and I can’t find the remote.


NASA Studies Impact of Asteroid Slamming Into Earth

What are the odds?


Edison Steps Up Tower Inspections

“We’ve never had a tower come down because of an integrity issue.”

Parking Hysteria is the Norm, and That Ain’t Right

How much does free parking cost, anyway?


Hidden Track: “Time” TheDelta Riggs


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