The Kern Council of Governments held its annual Regional Awards Program event on Thursday, recognizing 17 people or programs for their contributions to the community.

The event was held at the Seven Oaks Country Club, 2000 Grand Lakes Ave. Here’s a breakdown of all the award-winners:

  • Local Government: Hart Park after Dark, Andie Apple and Jasmine Lobasso — Kern County Library
  • Community Involvement: Building Healthy Communities Comunidades Unidas; Bike Bakersfield; the Dream Center — Kern County Network for Children
  • Innovation: Open budget platform — City of Bakersfield
  • Transportation: Yolanda Alcantar and Public Works Team — Kern County Public Works; Student Youth Pass Program — Golden Empire Transit; Highway 178 widening project — Thomas Roads Improvement Program
  • Environmental Resources and Conservation: Wellhead Nitrate Demonstration Treatment Plant — City of Delano
  • Richard A. Maxwell Public Safety Award: Chief of Police Edward W. Whiting — City of Taft; Chief Scot E. Kimble — McFarland Police Department; Detective Division — California City Police Department.
  • Darrel Hildebrand Distinguished Leadership Award — Individual: Nancy Lawson and Elsa Martinez — Kern County Administrative Office
  • Distinguished Leadership Award — Public Official: Douglas R. Greener — Bakersfield Fire Department
  • Ronald E. Brummett Lifetime Achievement Award — Public Official: Tom Weil — California City
  • Lifetime Achievement Award — Elected Official: Phil Smith — City of Tehachapi
  • Lifetime Achievement Award — Private Citizen: Les Clark Jr. — IOPA, City of Taft.

Wood-Dale Market’s second Bakersfield location is now open.

The new butcher shop is located at 11420 Ming Ave. in the Grand Island Village center. The business is still operating its market at 250 Stine Road. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information about Wood-Dale Market, call 832-7373. 

The Houchin Community Blood Bank is in desperate need of blood donations this weekend as many of its regular donors have caught the flu.

The blood bank said they have less than a three-day supply of most blood types. Donors can visit the centers at 5901 Truxtun Ave. and 11515 Bolthouse Drive 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information, call 323-4222.

Kern Schools Federal Credit Union is holding a Real Estate Seminar on March 10.

The seminar is from 9-11:30 a.m. at the KSFCU’s administration office, 11500 Bolthouse Drive. The free seminar will feature several speakers from the real estate field on topics such as what it takes to qualify for a home loan, what to look for when choosing a home, how a home inspection can assist you in finding the right home and more.

A continental breakfast will be served during the seminar. Attendees will also receive a mortgage application fee waiver if they apply for a home loan through the union.

To sign up or for more information, call 833-7900 or go online at

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