Richard Beene

Monday, Sep 10 2012 05:33 AM

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

By Richard Beene

Cornhuskers

So who knew that a group of University of Nebraska fans gather each Saturday at Goose Loonies to take in Cornhusker football? Local businessman Bob Tebbe said up to 25 fans meet each Saturday to root on the Big Ten team. Tebbe said the fans range in age from "from early 20s to 80 and just as many women as men, sometimes more. We are made up of professionals, truck drivers, a judge, business owners, firemen, veterinarian, retirees... just really nice people who have one thing in common.... a love of Nebraska."

CSUB

It may be football season, but it's never too early to talk college basketball. On Monday, CSUB men's basketball coach Rod Barnes will join me on Californian Radio (KERN 1180AM) to talk about the prospects for the Roadrunners as the team goes deep into Division 1 play. The team just returned from Bermuda and a series of exhibition games. The show begins at 9 a.m.

Brock Dinner

Hats off to Jon Van Boening, the president of Memorial Hospital, who was honored with the John Brock Community Service Award at the annual dinner last week at Seven Oaks Country Club. Van Boening has been quietly steering Memorial during a period of hyper growth and has built an impressive team to offer the best quality care. The Brock dinner, sponsored by the CSUB School of Business, is always a good opportunity for our community's business and civic leaders to recognize one of their own.

Spotted

At a local Vons, a woman pulls her loaded cart up to the express lane (15 items or fewer) and proceeds to empty the cart 15 items at a time, paying at each interval until her cart was empty.

Kiwanis

One of my regular contributors, Dona M. Baker, dropped me a note to remind me of the good that the Oildale Kiwanis club does each year for students at Standard and Beardsley elementary schools. Each year, the club purchases back-to-school clothes and backpacks for kids at the schools, meeting the kids at a local Target to select the supplies. Dona also wanted me to remind all World War II veterans to be part of the annual Veterans Day Parade in November.

Golf

If you want to support the Wounded Heroes Foundation of Kern County, you may want to sign up for the third annual Wounded Heroes golf tournament at Bakersfield Country Club. Club pro Bruce Burroughs told me the event is this Saturday, Sept. 15, starting at noon with a shotgun start. Call the pro shop at (661) 871-4121 to sign up. All donations are welcome.

Richard Beene is president and CEO of The Bakersfield Californian. He blogs at www.bakersfieldobserved.com. These are his opinions, not necessarily those of The Californian. Send him tips at rsbeene@yahoo.com.

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