Simi Valley Acorn

Portraits from Simi Valley’s Civil War Days

Here are some portraits of Civil War re-enactors from Simi Valley’s Civil War Days at Strathearn Historical Park Saturday, February 11.

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CIVIL WAR DAYS – Confederate soldier re-enactor Jim Ellingson poses for his portrait during the Civil War Days at Strathearn Historical Park Saturday, February 11.

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2016 Year in Review – Michael Coons

Here is a collection of photos from 2016. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

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AFTERNOON PLAY – Friends Tucker Peel, 16, left, and Julia Alexander, 17, play on the swings at Arroyo Vista Community Park on Jan. 2 in Moorpark.

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Brush fire burns 60 acres in Simi Valley

A brush fire on Tuesday burned 61 acres in the Wood Ranch area of Simi Valley. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

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The Sage Fire burns along Sycamore Grove Street at Wood Ranch Parkway on Dec. 20 in Simi Valley.

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Grace Brethren sweeps Katella to earn Div. 8 title

The Grace Brethren girls’ volleyball team defeated Katella 3-0 to win the CIF-Southern Section Division 8 championship on Nov. 11 at Cerritos College. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers The Grace Brethren girls' volleyball team celebrates their win over Katella during Friday's CIF-Southern Section Division 8 championship at Cerritos College in Norwalk.

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The Grace Brethren girls’ volleyball team celebrates their win over Katella during Friday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 8 championship at Cerritos College in Norwalk.

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Simi Valley vs Royal football

The annual Simi Valley vs Royal football game was on Nov. 4 at Royal High School. Simi Valley won, 24-10. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers The Simi Valley High football team holds up the James Tutino Memorial Trophy following their 24-10 win over cross-town rival Royal on Nov. 4.

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The Simi Valley High football team holds up the James Tutino Memorial Trophy following their 24-10 win over cross-town rival Royal on Nov. 4.

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Webelos learn scout skills at campout

Webelos scouts camped out with Boy Scouts at Corriganville Park in Simi Valley on Oct. 29 learning some of the skills that are taught in Boy Scouts. Webelos had a chance to learn knot tying, fire starting, archery and cooking. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers KNOT TYING - Griffin Traxler, 10, left, of Pack 3642 learns how to tie various knots from Eagle Scout Hayden Miner, 15, of Troop 698 during the annual Webelos Woods campout at Corriganville Park on Oct. 29 in Simi Valley. The event featured activities like knot tying, fire building and first aid for Webelos Scouts to learn before graduating to Boy Scouts.

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KNOT TYING – Griffin Traxler, 10, left, of Pack 3642 learns how to tie various knots from Eagle Scout Hayden Miner, 15, of Troop 698 during the annual Webelos Woods campout at Corriganville Park on Oct. 29 in Simi Valley. The event featured activities like knot tying, fire building and first aid for Webelos Scouts to learn before graduating to Boy Scouts.

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Seahawks vs Rams football

The NFL returned to Los Angeles on Sept. 18 at the Coliseum. Read Eliav Appelbaum commentary about the return here. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson (10) is unable to pull in the ball as Los Angeles Rams cornerback Troy Hill (32) provides defense during Sunday's game at the Coliseum.

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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson (10) is unable to pull in the ball as Los Angeles Rams cornerback Troy Hill (32) provides defense during Sunday’s game at the Coliseum.

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2016 Simi Valley Days Parade and Carnival

The 2016 Simi Valley Days took place Saturday, September 17 at the Simi Valley Town Center.

H:EDITORIALPhotos�9-September 2016bc 09-22-16 BOBBY CURTIS/Acorn Newspapers SIMI VALLEY DAYS - Royal High School's marching band performs during the Simi Valley Days' Parade on Saturday, September 17.

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Royal High School’s marching band performs during the Simi Valley Days’ Parade on Saturday, September 17.

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Remembrance for 9/11 at Grace Brethren Elementary

Grace Brethren Elementary in Simi Valley held a remembrance for 9/11 on Friday, Sept. 9. First responders and members of the military were honored during the ceremony. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers REMEMBERING - Jason Lawrence, a firefighter/paramedic with the Los Angeles Fire Department, and his 12-year-old son, Cody, set up a memorial for firefighters during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Grace Brethren Elementary on Sept. 9 in Simi Valley.

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REMEMBERING – Jason Lawrence, a firefighter/paramedic with the Los Angeles Fire Department, and his 12-year-old son, Cody, set up a memorial for firefighters during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Grace Brethren Elementary on Sept. 9 in Simi Valley.

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Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence at Reagan Library

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence delivered a speech to a full house at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Sept. 8 in Simi Valley. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers NATIONAL POLITICS - Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence delivers his speech to a full house at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Sept. 8 in Simi Valley.

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NATIONAL POLITICS – Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence delivers his speech to a full house at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Sept. 8 in Simi Valley.

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Rally for Simi Valley Police

A rally for local law enforcement was held on July 29 at the Simi Valley Police station. Around 200 residents walked from Lemon Park to the station in support of SVPD.  Similar rally’s were held in Camarillo, Ventura and Moorpark. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers BLUE FOR YOU - Children hold a banner supporting law enforcement as they walk to the Simi Valley Police Station from Lemon Park on July 29 in Simi Valley. A couple hundred residents wore blue shirts and held signs to support local law enforcement.

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BLUE FOR YOU – Children hold a banner supporting law enforcement as they walk to the Simi Valley Police Station from Lemon Park on July 29 in Simi Valley. A couple hundred residents wore blue shirts and held signs to support local law enforcement.

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Dance brings back moves of Victorian era

Wearing a reproduction of a striped day dress from the year 1867, Laura Beraha channeled a lady from the Victorian era during a calico ball put on by the Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society.

“What I like about the time period is people dressed prettily and they knew how to behave; they had nice manners,” the 68-year-old West Hills resident said. “Everybody’s so polite . . . people dress to the teeth in period clothing and they are all very, very nice.” Read the rest of the story here. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers LEARNING NEW STEPS - Dance instructor Tom Willson, right, helps Nya Cain, 11, of Chatsworth learn to dance during a Victorian dance hosted by the Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society on July 15 at the Simi Valley Senior Center.

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LEARNING NEW STEPS – Dance instructor Tom Willson, right, helps Nya Cain, 11, of Chatsworth learn to dance during a Victorian dance hosted by the Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society on July 15 at the Simi Valley Senior Center.

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Coppers and Choppers at Camarillo Airport

The annual Coppers and Choppers was held on July 16 at the Camarillo Airport. The event brings a variety of sheriff’s equipment for kids (and adults) to look up close and raises funds for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers FUTURE PILOT? - William Rowley, 3, of Moorpark talks with Dep. Lee Chapman, a crew chief with the Ventura County Sheriff's aviation unit, as he sits in one of the department's helicopters during the annual Coppers and Choppers event at the Camarillo Airport on July 16 in Camarillo.

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FUTURE PILOT? – William Rowley, 3, of Moorpark talks with Dep. Lee Chapman, a crew chief with the Ventura County Sheriff’s aviation unit, as he sits in one of the department’s helicopters during the annual Coppers and Choppers event at the Camarillo Airport on July 16 in Camarillo.

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Royal High School Graduation

Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers ROYAL GRAD- Graduates ASB President Morgan Sciumbato and Elizabeth Sharp walk in hand and hand during Royal High School’s 47th annual Commencement on Thursday, June 2 at Royal High School.


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ROYAL GRAD- Graduates ASB President Morgan Sciumbato and Elizabeth Sharp walk in hand and hand during Royal High School’s 47th annual Commencement on Thursday, June 2 at Royal High School.

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Monte Vista High School Graduation

Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Graduates Mishayla Fortuna and Bailey Strong take a selfie before the start of the Monte Vista School Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, June 1 at Monte Vista School.


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Graduates Mishayla Fortuna and Bailey Strong take a selfie before the start of the Monte Vista School Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, June 1 at Monte Vista School.

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Apollo High School Graduation

Apollo High School graduation on June 1. Photos by James Short

 JAMES SHORT/Acorn Newspaper HIGH KICKER Graduate Lakota Pobanz kick higher than his own head to show his excitement as he is presented at the 2016 graduation ceremony at Apollo High School Wednesday evening June 1.


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HIGH KICKER Graduate Lakota Pobanz kick higher than his own head to show his excitement as he is presented at the 2016 graduation ceremony at Apollo High School Wednesday evening June 1.

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Ventura County Track & Field Championships

Here is a selection of photos from the annual Ventura County Track & Field Championships at Moorpark High School last Friday. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Oaks Christian's Lauren Rain Williams and St. Bonaventure's Celera Barnes separate from the pack during the 100 meter dash during the Ventura County Track and Field Championships on April 29 at Moorpark High School. Williams won with a time of 11.35 seconds and Barnes came in second with 11.54 seconds.

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Oaks Christian’s Lauren Rain Williams and St. Bonaventure’s Celera Barnes separate from the pack during the 100 meter dash during the Ventura County Track and Field Championships on April 29 at Moorpark High School. Williams won with a time of 11.35 seconds and Barnes came in second with 11.54 seconds.

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Los Angeles Dodgers home opener

Tuesday was the Los Angeles Dodgers home opener vs the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers fell to the Diamondback, 4-2. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

 MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Vin Scully, legendary voice of the Dodgers, places his hand over his heart as fans cheer for him during opening day ceremonies at Dodger stadium on Tuesday.

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Vin Scully, legendary voice of the Dodgers, places his hand over his heart as fans cheer for him during home opener ceremonies at Dodger stadium on Tuesday.

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NANCY DAVIS REAGAN | 1921-2016

Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers. Full coverage of Nancy Reagan’s funeral is available on The Acorn website at: Nancy Davis Reagan Funeral

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Ronald Prescott Reagan shares stories of his mother during the funeral service for former First Lady Nancy Reagan on March 11 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

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Ronald Prescott Reagan shares stories of his mother during the funeral service for former First Lady Nancy Reagan on March 11 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

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Let the Games Begin!

Baseball season is here! The Simi Valley Girls Softball held their opening ceremonies on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at Big Sky Park in Simi Valley. Conejo Valley Little League celebrated their opening ceremonies on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Fiore Playfields in Thousand Oaks.

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 JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Scarlett Cooper, 5, of Simi Valley shares a moment with her dad, Mike, at Girl’s Softball opening day held on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at Big Sky Park in Simi Valley.

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Scarlett Cooper, 5, of Simi Valley shares a moment with her dad, Mike, at Girl’s Softball opening day held on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at Big Sky Park in Simi Valley.

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Final Salute to a Beloved Hero

A celebration of life for Ford Worthington Rice was held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Simi Valley on Saturday, Feb. 20. Read our full story here. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers REMEMBERING HER FATHER - Cindy Rice, daughter of Ford Rice, talks about her father during Rice's celebration of life service on Feb. 20 at the Church of Latter-Day Saints in Simi Valley.

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REMEMBERING HER FATHER – Cindy Rice, daughter of Ford Rice, talks about her father during Rice’s celebration of life service on Feb. 20 at the Church of Latter-Day Saints in Simi Valley.

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Making the 2015 Holidays Meaningful and Memorable

There are many events that help to ring in the holiday season. Here are a few events that contributed to a meaningful and memorable holiday season of 2015!

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 JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Adela Ibarra (r) and Guillermina Montes (l), both from Camarillo, make tamales on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 for the holiday orders at Doris Bakery Panaderia in Camarillo.

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Adela Ibarra (r) and Guillermina Montes (l), both from Camarillo, make tamales on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 for the holiday orders at Doris Bakery Panaderia in Camarillo.

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Year in Review for Staff Photographer Michael Coons

The following is a selection of favorite photos from Acorn staff photographer Michael Coons.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Rio Mesa's Michael Kytlica reacts after sacking Camarillo quarterback Jake Constantine during Friday's game at Rio Mesa High School.

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Rio Mesa’s Michael Kytlica reacts after sacking Camarillo quarterback Jake Constantine during Friday’s game at Rio Mesa High School.

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My Favorite 2015 Holiday Photos!

Here are some of my favorite holiday photos for the year 2015!

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 JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Dancers from Gotta Dance studio perform at the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Simi Valley Town Center Town Center.

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Dancers from Gotta Dance studio perform at the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Simi Valley Town Center Town Center.

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