Wednesday, 26 January 2022


CLEARLAKE – On two recent Saturdays local community members joined to produce special event days for boys and girls at Clearlake's "Hotspot." The overall organizer for both days was Alice Reece.

On April 19 "It's a Girls' Thing" offered activities in Karaoke singing, led by Laureen Leigh, hair accent styling assistance by Melissa Reece, nail painting boutique by Becky Martin, makeup advice by Heather Rulka and face painting by local artist Gloria De la Cruz.

The following Saturday "Just for Guys" featured instruction in building erupting volcanoes by Mark Reece, and an obstacle course set up by Eric Barth and Zack Robison. Music demonstrations were staged by music director Mike Heintz and band member Chris Grant. I set up a rap/slam workshop and video studio.

A lunch was provided on both days. Joyce Overton was responsible for organizing the regular volunteers that prepared and served the food.

Many of the leaders of individual activities brought their own equipment and supplies. But these two special youth days would not have been possible without a sizable donation made by local business owner Marvin Carpenter.

Both days showed our children what it is like to be treated special by competent adults with skills to offer in a safe, organized environment. Volunteers teaching what they know to our children at recreational facilities could be a model for the future.


CLEARLAKE In an effort to promote career opportunities and train professionals in the water treatment and distribution industry Yuba College, Clear Lake Campus will offer a course this fall to help students become certified as drinking water system operators.

A major goal of the course will be to prepare students to become certified through the state and work for public water systems. Once certified and employed, jobs in the industry range from laborers installing water piping to water treatment professionals maintaining filtration units and other computerized water treatment systems.

As a result of baby boomers retiring, there is a shortage of water operators in the US, and particularly in California. To become certified at the entry level one, passage of a written exam and a high school diploma are required.

The Yuba College course is designed to prepare students to take this state test, and will also allow students to take the level two examination. For more information, please visit the Department of Public Health web site at:

The class offered this fall will emphasize drinking water distribution systems, and will cover topics ranging from installation of pipe to the scientific effect a variety of factors can have on water quality.

Although this class will be an informative resource on public water systems, the primary goal will be to help students pass the state exam, and to provide continuing education for existing operators. Based on student interest and demand, the college will be providing another course next spring for water treatment operators.

The course instructor is John Hamner with the Rural Community Assistance Corporation. Hamner has been helping operators become state certified for nine years. For further information you can contact John Hamner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Summer and fall registration begins May 6 for continuing students, and May 12 and 13 for returning and new students.

Operators already state certified in the field may utilize this course toward continuing education, a requirement of certified operators.

A grant program is available for students already employed in the field, whether paid or on a volunteer basis. The grant program can pay for all costs involved in taking this course and for becoming certified as a water operator. Grant program requirements stipulate that the student must work for a public water system serving less than a population of 3,300. For more information please visit:

Anyone looking for a career in the drinking water field should consider this short-term training program. With a bit of effort and study students can be prepared to take the required state examinations that will allow them to enter a field that has a growing shortage of qualified candidates to fill the number of open positions available.

In addition to working for a city or town, water operator certification can also be required for many other jobs such as park rangers, school janitors, mobile home park managers and vineyard workers to name just a few.

Please contact Yuba College, Clear Lake Campus at 995-7900, or instructor John Hamner directly for further information.


LAKEPORT – The American Cancer Society's May Day for Relay encourages everyone to wear purple, put purple ribbons or balloons in your windows and on doors, tie purple ribbons or balloons on trees, fences or on your cars.

Purple is for HOPE and volunteers will be handing out purple Hope Ribbons and brochures about American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.

This overnight, 24-hour event (because cancer doesn't stop) will be held from 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17 to 10 a.m. Sunday, May 18 at Don Owens Stadium, at Clear Lake High School in Lakeport.

Relay For Life is American Cancer Society's largest event and the world's biggest fundraiser with more than three million participants.

The funds are used to CELEBRATE survivors, REMEMBER those lost to cancer and to FIGHT BACK against this disease through research, education and advocacy and to support programs for people touched by cancer in our communities.

Please join in painting our town purple on May 1.

For information, contact event chair, Beth Berintiat, at 274-1482.


LAKE COUNTY – Due to a computer glitch that occurred on April 26, approximately 900 library patrons in Lake, Sonoma and Mendocino counties received erroneous collection notices.

Patrons are panicking and parents are threatening their children with punishment over these notices. Library staff wants to assure those people that most of those patrons do not owe money and will not be sent to collections. Call your local branch if you received such a notice and have any questions.

Library patrons also can check their accounts through the Lake County Library Web site, Click on "My Account," enter your library card number and PIN (last four digits of your phone number) to see any fines or notices on your account.

Lakeport Library, located at 1425 N. High St., is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday noon to 8 p.m.; telephone 263-8817.

Redbud Library, 14785 Burns Valley Road, Clearlake, is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m.; telephone 994-5115.

Middletown Library, 21267 Calistoga Road, is open Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; telephone 987-3674.

Upper Lake Library, 310 Second St., is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; telephone 275-2049.


CLEARLAKE – Each year the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce raises funds to support the Clearlake fireworks held during the Independence Day weekend, because it's a good community and family event.

The event had been paid for through our Americana Dinner fundraiser and through generous private donations.

Every year we have been able to raise the necessary funds for this fun and worthy event. But those private dollars have dwindled as some sponsors have left and others have supported other programs.

Enough money has been raised so far to book Pyro Spectacular Fireworks, the company who provides and sets off the pyrotechnics. But we are still in need of more financial assistance to fully pay for the event.

No contribution is too small.

We cannot do this fireworks event without the assistance from you, the community.

We appreciate all monetary donations, tickets sales and auction items to sell at the Americana Dinner held this Saturday, May 3.

The Americana Dinner this weekend features a fully catered dinner by Chef Julie Hoskins of Chic le Chef, the menu includes fare from different parts of the United States.

Comedians Marc Yaffey, Ruth Lynn Miller and Johnny Steele will entertain you with their wit.

There will also be a live auction.

Music provided by the Morgan Walker Band, will leave you dancing the night away.

Contact the Clear Lake Chamber to reserve tickets or to donate at 707-994-3600. The Clear Lake Chamber is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers do take a lunch from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Thank you in advance for you kind support!


SACRAMENTO – The State Senate voted 24-12 Monday to approve Senate Bill 1431, legislation by Senator Patricia Wiggins (D-Santa Rosa) to enable the state Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to expand the use of conservation easements to protect state parklands.

SB 1431 clarifies that DPR is allowed to acquire a conservation easement if DPR determines that it is necessary to protect a unit of the state park system from an incompatible use or to preserve and enhance the natural resource, cultural, or historic value of a state park unit.

The Wiggins bill would also enable DPR to make grants to a state or local government agency, or a nonprofit, to purchase and hold a conservation easement with funds that have been appropriated to the department for land acquisitions. Grant recipients would be required to monitor and enforce the easement and agree to restrict the use of the land in perpetuity.

“As the population of our state continues to grow, and urban growth expands into previously undeveloped areas, additional pressures are being placed on the resources of the State Parks and Recreation system,” Wiggins said.

“DPR is authorized to purchase land for the purpose of protecting parks from development and other impending threats, but this solution is not always economically feasible,” Wiggins added. “An easement is a good tool for the department to use to preserve the state park system; it costs less, and also allows the land to remain in the hands of the private land owner. Further, it defends the land from incompatible use issues, and it relieves the department from incurring maintenance costs."

SB 1431 next moves to the Assembly for consideration.


Upcoming Calendar

01.26.2022 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
First 5 Lake Commission
01.26.2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sierra Club Lake Group community meeting
01.27.2022 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
01.29.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at Steele
01.31.2022 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Lake County 29'ers Cribbage Club Meeting
02.01.2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rotary Club of Clear Lake
02.02.2022 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
History Roundtable
02.03.2022 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
02.05.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at Steele

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