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On my list of favorites, there are few things in my life that I enjoy more than a perfectly baked potato, wrapped in tin foil, dripping with melted butter, sour cream, crumpled bacon, and a mound of cheddar cheese on top. An Idaho native, I consider myself somewhat of a potato connoisseur I know a good potato when I eat one.

The Boy Scouts of America's booth at the Kern County Fair, which starts September 17, probably has one of the best baked potatoes I have had outside of my home state. I thoroughly enjoy a day at the fair. I love it all - rides, crowds, entertainment, animals, and I especially can't wait for my scrumptious baked potato dinner. Thanks Boy Scouts!

The fair's theme this year is "Best in the West," and I tend to agree. This month, in "KC Day Trippin'," Dave Hook writes about one of the West's best Renaissance festivals held annually in California City where visitors are transported back to 16th Century England.

This issue also features a special section that focuses on the health of our Mind, Body, and Spirit. Included are many pertinent articles on topics to help us as our kids grow up - "Is it Time to say Good-bye to Your Pediatrician?" and "Early Puberty in Girls." Also, check out the "Color of Healthy Eating," and see what colorful food makes a nutritional menu.

In Vital Signs, the author cautions parents in "Energy Drinks: Is it Safe to get Buzzed," to monitor their children's caffeine consumption and focuses on the effects of children's caffeine intake.

In our "Mothers, Shakers, and Community Makers," I had the opportunity to interview two amazing people who give a lot of their time and talents to make our community great. Council woman Jacquie Sullivan has found love again with her high school sweetheart fifty plus years after graduating, and Bernie Herman of the Bakersfield Museum of Art has a love for art and wants to get as many community members as possible the chance to enjoy this cultural experience.

As the weather starts to cool down, it's time to stock up on Vitamin C with fruits like peaches, plums, and nectarines. In the article, "Your Source of Vitamin C," you'll find scrumptious recipes including a "Peach Pie Smoothie" and "Tarragon Turkey Salad Lettuce Cups with Plums and Toasted Almonds." In addition to our published recipes, you can find new, tasty, family-friendly recipes each week on our website, just click on "Weekly Recipes" at the top.

"Kid Wit" is another reason to visit our website where you can post the funny, interesting, or downright humiliating story you have experienced at the hands of your children. Not only is this a good vehicle to immortalize your tale, but also a chance to win some exciting prizes. We've already given away DVDs, movie tickets, and Floam! If you don't have a story to tell, don't forget that you can submit online photos for "Reader QuickPix," where you can show off your darling offspring doing what they do best looking cute!

The 7th of this month marks Grandparents Day where we get a chance to thank all the grandparent figures in our lives. I lost my grandparents when I was young, and I "adopted" my best friend's grandparents, who mean as much to me as if they were my own. I have many wonderful memories at their home. My kids are lucky to have grandparents that care about them and take the time to be part of their lives. In You Can Do It, we have some gifts your kids can make to honor their grandparents. I think my kids are going to make the pop-up cards for them.

In September, whether you visit the local Fair, a Renaissance Festival, or simply make a Peach Pie Smoothie, enjoy the changing season. Soon 100-degree days will be a distant memory, and we can settle into Fall! And, remember, if you're at the Kern County Fair, have a baked tater and support a good cause!

- Vaun

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