A Bakersfield Fairytale

 Article and Photography A.P. Whyte  Meet the Ellis family: Shane, Amber, Cooper and Layla. Amber had no idea what the future would hold when she met Shane. At the time, they were both in school at CSUB. Amber considered herself more of a city girl, and Shane had spent his childhood in a more rural setting. They fell in love…

The Inside Story of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County

 Article and Photography A. P. Whyte  For Executive Director Zane Smith, leading the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County is not merely a passion, it is a calling. He recalls that since day one, he knew he was destined to change the lives of Bakersfield’s kids as well as 7,200 children throughout the county. Zane’s vision helped the organization build…

Pampered Pooches

 Article and Photography A.P. Whyte  Village Pet Market  It seems there’s little we won’t do or spend to assure that our pets are well-fed, healthy and pampered. Village Pet Market has an enormous array of natural and organic food for dogs, cats and feathered friends. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you choose the right supplies for your pet. 

Lasting Legacy

 Article and Photography A.P. Whyte  Dolores Whitley, known as Dee, has touched the lives of so many children in Bakersfield. Her caring and gentle manner has nurtured children for 46 years. She says she knew she wanted to be a teacher since she was a little girl. She admired her own teachers as she was growing up in Berkley, and…

Cranes for a Cause

 Article and Photography A.P. Whyte  Books open up whole new worlds for children by introducing them to new people, new adventures and new cultures. Sometimes the knowledge gained creates a lasting impression. For 9-year-old Eden Coughran, her reading adventure would change not only her life but also the lives of so many others.  When Eden read "Sadako and the Thousand Paper…

New-School Home Furnishings with Old-School Flair

 Article and Photography A.P. Whyte  Real life—bring it on!  The latest trend in home furnishings really isn’t new at all. In fact, it’s very familiar. A remix of old and new—combining the look of seasoned antiques and refurbished treasures that tell a story—with the conveniences of newly constructed furniture. While we love the feel and history of rustic and time-worn…

Marley’s Mutts

 Article A.P. Whyte | Photography Images by Cherylynn Photography   Zach Skow found himself at death’s door suffering from end-stage liver failure after years of alcohol and drug abuse. His life had no purpose or direction, and he had all but given up. Miraculously, he found redemption through his rescue dogs that loved and needed him despite his physical appearance and…

What Children and Pets Teach Us About Life

With summer vacation drawing to a close and temperatures still hot, it’s a good time to sit back and enjoy this month’s articles. You will meet some amazing neighbors who are all making the world a better place, improving the lives of people in Bakersfield. This month is devoted to children and pets. The kids … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

Kern County Is the Most Affordable Urban Area in California Kern County’s cost of living for the first quarter of 2018 Cost of Living Index was 100.8, making it the least expensive urban area in the state of California!  Approximately 267 urban centers across the U.S. participated in the latest COLI report. The study measures regional differences … Continued

Sangera Subaru Donates More Than $39,000 to NOR Meals on Wheels

For every Subaru purchased or leased from Sangera Subaru during the “Share the Love” campaign, Subaru donated $250 per car toward Sangera's choice of four national charities and a local charity. Sangera Subaru chose Bakersfield’s North of the River Meals on Wheels. General Manager Damon Culbertson presented a $39,000 check to NOR Meals on Wheels General Manager Dave McArthur, … Continued