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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!

Photos by JOAN PAHOYO/ACORN NEWSPAPERS

 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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Oaks Christian vs Westlake football

Photos from the Oaks Christian vs Westlake football game on Nov. 6, 2015 at Westlake High School. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Westlake wide receiver Shane Ho, right, makes a leaping catch at Oaks Christian's Lee Pitts provides defense during their Nov. 6 game at Westlake High School.

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Westlake wide receiver Shane Ho, right, makes a leaping catch at Oaks Christian’s Lee Pitts provides defense during their Nov. 6 game at Westlake High School.

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Halloween 2015

Here are my favorite photos from Halloween 2015!!!

Photos by JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers

 JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Gwyneth Harris, 8, of Simi Valley follows Meagan Provenzano, 8, and Brody Tweedy, 5, down the bounce slide at the Wood Ranch Elementary School Harvest Festival held on Friday, October 16, 2015 at the school’s campus in Simi Valley.

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Gwyneth Harris, 8, of Simi Valley follows Meagan Provenzano, 8, and Brody Tweedy, 5, down the bounce slide at the Wood Ranch Elementary School Harvest Festival held on Friday, October 16, 2015 at the school’s campus in Simi Valley.

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Calabasas Annual Pumpkin Festival

Calabasas held its annual Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Juan Bautista de Anza Park in Calabasas.

Photos by JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Goldie Cole, 9, of Calabasas looks up to her parents as she and Jonah Koehler, 5, and Leila Stinson, 10, of Oxnard participate in a pie eating contest at the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Juan Bautista de Anza Park in Calabasas.

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Goldie Cole, 9, of Calabasas looks up to her parents as she and Jonah Koehler, 5, and Leila Stinson, 10, of Oxnard participate in a pie eating contest at the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Juan Bautista de Anza Park in Calabasas.

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Oak Park High and Viewpoint Football Game

Photos from the high school football game of Oak Park and Viewpoint held on Friday, October 9, 2015.

Photos by JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers

 JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Tyler Glassman #16, a junior, takes off with the ball to score a touchdown at the Oak Park vs. Viewpoint football game held at OPHS on Friday, October 9, 2015.


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Tyler Glassman #16, a junior, takes off with the ball to score a touchdown at the Oak Park vs. Viewpoint football game held at OPHS on Friday, October 9, 2015.

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Sounds of Conejo marching band event

The eighth annual Sounds of Conejo marching band event was held at Thousand Oaks High School on Oct. 3. Nine local high school bands performed. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Members of nine high school marching bands come together to perform the finale of the 8th annual Sounds of Conejo at Thousand Oaks High School on Oct. 3.

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Members of nine high school marching bands come together to perform the finale of the 8th annual Sounds of Conejo at Thousand Oaks High School on Oct. 3.

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11th Annual Reyes Adobe Days: Night at the Adobe, Parade, and Festival

The 11th Annual Reyes Adobe Days celebration event was held at Reyes Adobe Historical Site from October 2 – 4, 2015. Friday nights events featured artist Michael Cook AKA “Cookie” along with other local artisans—brew masters, textile artists, jewelers, etc. The Reyes Adobe Day Parade with celebrity grand marshal actor Corey Fogelmanis, who plays Farkle Minkus on Disney’s “Girl Meets World”, started Saturday morning festivities which ended on the grounds of the original 1845 California rancho with music and performance stages, pony rides, petting zoo, art boutique and gallery, food trucks, museum tours and much more.

Photos by JOAN PAHOYO/ Acorn Newspapers

 JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Eric Tresback, aka “3 Bak”, of Canoga Park, demonstrates his talents along with Rebecca Reyes of Santa Rosa Valley at the Night at the Adobe event held at the Reyes Adobe on Friday, October 2, 2015.


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Eric Tresback, aka “3 Bak”, of Canoga Park, demonstrates his talents along with Rebecca Reyes of Santa Rosa Valley at the Night at the Adobe event held at the Reyes Adobe on Friday, October 2, 2015.

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Agoura vs Thousand Oaks football

Agoura High vs Thousand Oaks High football on Oct. 2. Thousand Oaks won, 62-34. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Agoura quarterback Bryce Viole is tackled by Thousand Oaks' Kevin Howell during Friday's game at Thousand Oaks High School.

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Agoura quarterback Bryce Viole is tackled by Thousand Oaks’ Kevin Howell during Friday’s game at Thousand Oaks High School.

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Calabasas vs Rio Mesa football

Photos from the Sept. 25 football game of Calabasas vs Rio Mesa. Calabasas won, 13-10. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Calabasas' Erik Hillman tries to escape a tackle by Rio Mesa's Jordan McBride during Friday's game at Rio Mesa High School.

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Calabasas’ Erik Hillman tries to escape a tackle by Rio Mesa’s Jordan McBride during Friday’s game at Rio Mesa High School.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Jamboree at Borderline

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County held their Big Jamboree event at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on Friday, September 11, 2015.

Photos by JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Kristal Lynn of Thousand Oaks teaches line dancing at the Big Jamboree event presented by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County held at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on Friday, September 11, 2015.

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Kristal Lynn of Thousand Oaks teaches line dancing at the Big Jamboree event presented by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County held at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on Friday, September 11, 2015.

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GOP Debate

Republican candidates debate at the CNN Reagan Presidential Library Debate. Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn newspapers Donald Trump speaks to reporters after the CNN Reagan Presidential Library Debate at the Ronald Reagan Library on Wednesday, September 16.


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Donald Trump speaks to reporters after the CNN Reagan Presidential Library Debate at the Ronald Reagan Library on Wednesday, September 16.

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Honoring His Era As Coach

Bill Redell, longtime leader of the Lions’ football team, received the ultimate honor from Oaks Christian Christian School on Friday, August 28, 2015 by dedicating its home football field within Thornson Stadium in his name. In his 13 years at OC, Redell helped the Lions capture seven CIF- Southern Section titles and a 2006 CIF State Championship. A reception was held at the Dallas Athletic Center on campus prior to the dedication on the field during the first football game of the season.

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Bill Redell, Director of Football Operations at OC, is deep in thought before he addresses the crowd at a reception held in his honor before naming the football field after Redell, former coach of OC, before the first game of the season against Notre Dame at OC Campus on Friday, August 28, 2015.

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Bill Redell, Director of Football Operations at OC, is deep in thought before he addresses the crowd at a reception held in his honor before naming the football field after Redell, former coach of OC, before the first game of the season against Notre Dame at OC Campus on Friday, August 28, 2015.

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2015 Summer Fun!

Here are some of my favorite photos from the summer of 2015!

Photos by JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Giada Paneno, 5, and Rachel Schachtel,5, of Calabasas run the 2mi holding hands at the 4th of July Lakeside Fun Run held a Calabasas Lake on Saturday, July 4, 2015.

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Giada Paneno, 5, and Rachel Schachtel,5, of Calabasas run the 2mi holding hands at the 4th of July Lakeside Fun Run held a Calabasas Lake on Saturday, July 4, 2015.

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First day of school photo roundup

Schools all over Ventura and Los Angeles Counties have been starting for the past week. Here is a roundup of photos from Arroyo Elementary School, Santa Susana High, Chaparral Elementary and Tierra Linda Elementary. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers READY FOR STUDENTS - Tierra Linda Elementary Principal Robert Waggoner opens the gate for students and parents to enter during the first day of school in Camarillo on Aug. 26.

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READY FOR STUDENTS – Tierra Linda Elementary Principal Robert Waggoner opens the gate for students and parents to enter during the first day of school in Camarillo on Aug. 26.

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Emmanuel Church’s Fellowship and Praise in the Park

Family and friends of Emmanuel Church enjoyed a Fellowship and Praise in the Park service that was held at the Conejo Creek Park in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, July 19, 2015.

Photos by JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Emily Harris, 17, and Danny Chulack, 17, both of Thousand Oaks sway to the music at the Fellowship and Praise in the Park held at the Conejo Creek Park in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, July 19, 2015.

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Emily Harris, 17, and Danny Chulack, 17, both of Thousand Oaks sway to the music at the Fellowship and Praise in the Park held at the Conejo Creek Park in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, July 19, 2015.

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Special Olympics- The Great Britain Team

The Great Britain team trains in their host city, Calabasas, California. photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers HI FIVE- Great Britain Special Olympic golfer George Brunt gets hi fives as he enters with his team to train at Calabasas High school on Thursday, July 23. Calabasas was the host city of the Great Britain team.


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HI FIVE- Great Britain Special Olympic golfer George Brunt gets hi fives as he enters with his team to train at Calabasas High school on Thursday, July 23. Calabasas was the host city of the Great Britain team.

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Ventura Raceway

Photographer Michael Coons and Reporter Jonathan Andrade covered an afternoon of racing at the Ventura Raceway on July  11. Dozens of local drivers bring their Sprint Cars, Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars and others to race around a quarter-mile track at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Below are photos from Saturday’s race. To read Andrade’s story about the raceway, click here. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Cody Majors of Simi Valley races around the track in his Sprint Car during a warm-up lap at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

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Cody Majors of Simi Valley races around the track in his Sprint Car during a warm-up lap at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

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A few photos from the NY Mets vs LA Dodgers game

Here are a few photos from the July 3, 2015 NY Mets vs LA Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers New York Mets' shortstop Ruben Tejada leaps to avoid Los Angeles Dodgers' Howie Kendrick as he steals second base during last Friday's game at Dodger Stadium.

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New York Mets’ shortstop Ruben Tejada leaps to avoid Los Angeles Dodgers’ Howie Kendrick as he steals second base during last Friday’s game at Dodger Stadium.

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4th of July fun for 2015

Many areas in the Conejo and Los Angeles Counties celebrated the 4th of July with music, games, food and fireworks. Here are some moments captured in Calabasas, Moorpark and Westlake Village.

Photos by JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Giada Paneno, 5, and Rachel Schachtel, 5, of Calabasas run the 2mi holding hands at the 4th of July Lakeside Fun Run held a Calabasas Lake on Saturday, July 4, 2015.

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Giada Paneno, 5, and Rachel Schachtel, 5, of Calabasas run the 2mi holding hands at the 4th of July Lakeside Fun Run held a Calabasas Lake on Saturday, July 4, 2015.

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Thousand Oaks Wildwood Trail 10k, 5k, and 1 Mile Run

Runners of all ages gathered from all over the Conejo Valley to participate in the 2015 Wildwood Trail 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Runs that were held at Wildwood Regional Park in Thousand Oaks on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

Photos by JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Runners mark their time as they start the 10K race at the Wildwood Trail 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Runs held at Wildwood Regional Park in Thousand Oaks on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

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Runners mark their time as they start the 10K race at the Wildwood Trail 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Runs held at Wildwood Regional Park in Thousand Oaks on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

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Pioneer Jamboree 2015 at Stagecoach Inn Museum

The Stagecoach Inn Museum in Newbury Park held its Pioneer Jamboree 2015 on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Activities included gold panning, Chumash & Pioneer games, 1890’s school lessons, cornhusk and yarn doll making, Gene West hand made wooden toys, humongous bubble making, and pioneer/cowboy costume photo opportunities to name a few.

Photos by JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Angela Maiorca, 9, of Tuscan visiting a relative for graduation plays with an old-fashioned bubble maker made of rope and sticks at the Pioneer Jamboree 2015 held at the Stagecoach Inn Museum on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

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Angela Maiorca, 9, of Tuscan visiting a relative for graduation plays with an old-fashioned bubble maker made of rope and sticks at the Pioneer Jamboree 2015 held at the Stagecoach Inn Museum on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

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Graduation moments for 2015

Here are a compilation of some of my favorite graduation moments to commemorate the 2015 graduation commencements in our community. Photos by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Emilee Garcia proudly displays her diploma to the crowd at the Grace Brethren High Graduation held in Simi Valley on Friday, May 29, 2015.

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Emilee Garcia proudly displays her diploma to the crowd at the Grace Brethren High Graduation held in Simi Valley on Friday, May 29, 2015.

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