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BOOK SIGNING: A Highland High graduate is returning to town this weekend for a book signing for his recently released children’s book, “Baxter Bu’s Epic Beach Day.” Shaun Sturz, who went on to graduate from Westmont College and later became a “manny” for Kenny G’s children, will appear at Amy’s Hallmark on Oswell this Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Sturz was noted to be the top “manny” in Beverly Hills by Los Angeles Magazine and was cast on ABC Family’s reality show “Beverly Hills Nannies,” where he was one of ten high-class nannies chosen for the series. Sturz was also approached by Brooke Burke of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” to blog for her popular mommy site,, where he gave advice and shared fun stories from his perspective as a male nanny. more

Local minister espouses a unifying faith for changing world in new book

The Anglican Communion, as well as the Christian Church worldwide, is living through a momentous time in history. After writing a series of essays, I sensed God calling me to write a more extensive analysis of the crisis that has come upon us. This in-depth work — “Anglican Manifesto — A Christian Response to Oneworld Religion” — incorporates elements from the academic disciplines of church history, ecclesiology, communication theory, and sacramental theology. …The Rev. Jack Estes graduated summa cum laude from Westmont College with a bachelor of arts in religious studies and received his master of divinity at Trinity School for Ministry. Since 2002, Estes has served as the rector of St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Bakersfield, Diocese of San Joaquin. more

Former BHS, BC player Damron honored by NAIA

Former Bakersfield High and Bakersfield College basketball player Cooper Damron, who plays for Westmont College in Santa Barbara, was honored in Kansas City, Mo., on Monday as one of five Pattison Family Foundation Scholarship Award winners…. more

BHS, BC product Pennington named top JC scholar athlete

David Pennington was a pretty special baseball player at Bakersfield College during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He was even more special off the field. Pennington, now playing baseball and attending school at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, has been selected the 2011 California Community College Athletic Association Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. BC’s baseball team was also chosen as a 2011 CCCAA Scholar Team Recipient. more

Bakersfield Observed: A blog about life, media, politics and people

READER SOUNDOFF: Reader Brian Landis responded to an earlier post with these thoughtful comments: “I can’t hold my tongue anymore. A woman mentioned in your blog last week that she’s sick about hearing about Bakersfield kids going off to college or words to that effect. My wife and I were locals who went away to college and returned home. All my life I heard from my oilfield-working grandfathers, ‘You get your butt a college education, boy! You can do better for yourself.’ more

Are educated youth leaving California?: TWO MORE WHO CAME HOME

I heard from Carol Dokolos who added her two sons to the long list of local kids who went off to college and later home to contribute to our community. Nick Dokolos is a North High graduate who earned his teaching credential at Biola University and is now teaching at Columbia Elementary School. Brother Marcus Dokolos is also a North High grad, majoring in engineering at beautiful Westmont College and is now working for Porter and Associates Engineering. more

Dig that ’70s show

It was the spring of 1971 and a young coach with one year of college coaching experience was given a new job.

Jim Larson of Westmont College in Santa Barbara accepted the challenge of starting the Cal State Bakersfield basketball program. more