Tuesday, 31 January 2023


SPRING VALLEY – The Spring Valley Lakes Property Owners' Association will hold its next general meeting this Thursday at 7 p.m.

The meeting will take place at the community center, located at 3000 Wolf Creek Road, Clearlake Oaks

(take Highway 20 west, turn left on New Long Valley Road and right on Spring Valley Road, then right on Wolf Creek Road.

The meeting will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance, a moment of silence of Lance Corporal Ivan Wilson, a Clearlake Marine killed in Afghanistan last month, and a welcome of new members and visitors.

The agenda is as follows.

Reading of the minutes.


1. Treasurer: Win Cary

2. Building Coordinator: Helen Mitcham


1. Campground: Helen Mitcham

2. Pig Roast: Helen Mitcham

3. Sunshine Lady: Linda Mann

4. CSA2 (County Service Area District 2): Jim Hershey


1. Architectural Committee: Rob Christian

2. Bylaws Committee: Sonja Madden-Jones

3. CC & R Committee: Helen Mitcham


1. 2007 Star of the Valley volunteer awards

2. Community Center tables


1. Business Expo on Oct 25

2. Halloween Party on Oct 31

3. Alcohol sales procedures

4. Music system

Association officers include President Gayle Christian, Vice President Mark Currier, Secretary Win Cary, Treasurer Sonja Jones and Building Coordinator Helen Mitcham.


Five-year-old Nina Jekel was the recipient of the "youngest fiddler" award at the Redwood Empire Fair Fiddle Contest. She also won second place in the pee wee class. Photo courtesy of Andi Skelton.


LAKE COUNTY – Konocti Fiddle Club members made a good showing at the Redwood Empire Fair Fiddle Contest.

These fiddlers play many styles of music, and most are also members of the Clear Lake Performing Arts orchestras and students of Andi Skelton.

Contestants are required to play three memorized tunes per round, and some classes play two rounds.

Clayton Rudiger and Edison Serena, who are also in the CLPA Youth orchestra, played their three tunes perfectly and each won a second place (Danish judging) in the Junior-Junior class. Edison also won an award playing the mandolin in the "any instrument" class.

Annie Perez, who is playing with the Lake County Symphony this summer and also a CLPA Youth Orchestra member, is now the 2008 Junior Fiddle Champion. Sue Condit, violinist in the symphony, won a fourth in the open class with tough competition.

Andi Skelton, concertmaster of the symphony, joined Condit for the Twin Fiddle class, and they took first place.

Patricia Jekel, who plays flute in the symphony, also plays good old-time fiddle and is now the 2008 adult champion. Her daughter, 5-year-old Nina, won a second place in the pee wee class and also the youngest fiddler award. Her dad, Darren Jekel, won third place in the "any instrument" class with his great old-time banjo tunes.

Symphony violinists, Greg Bushta and Andi Skelton were kept busy playing guitar accompaniment for all the entrants, and each won an accompanist award.

The Konocti Fiddle Club entertained the crowd between classes, with Lars Tisell from the CLPA Youth Orchestra joining in on his fiddle and Irish tenor banjo, and Natalie Jekel on rhythm. The contest is organized by well-known fiddler/violinist and teacher, Laura Smith of Potter Valley, who was a past Clear Lake Performing Arts Scholarship recipient, and member of the Lake County Symphony.

All entrants were rewarded for their hard work with ribbons and a check, but most agreed they just liked to play for fun and to support the music events in Lake and Mendocino counties.


SACRAMENTO – The state Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill by Patty Berg that makes it harder for unscrupulous financial advisors to win the confidence of California’s growing elderly population.

Assembly Bill 2149 would rein an increasingly popular gimmick used by sales people in which they claim to be “senior experts” offering advice, rather than sales people out to make a buck. The bill would regulate the use of “expertise” designations and require actual training of anyone who would seek to convince seniors that they have special knowledge about their needs.

The full Senate, voting during an afternoon session, approved the bill on a 26-9 vote.

“I’m very pleased,” said Berg, D-Eureka, “that so many senators share my belief that we can and should do what we can to protect older adults.”

Berg’s bill is designed to stop unscrupulous salespeople from using bogus titles to gain the confidence of older adults, who all too often lose their life’s savings to sweet-sounding pitches by so-called experts.

After Thursday’s approval, the bill needs a concurrence vote in the Assembly – where success is expected – before being sent to the governor.

Berg, who for years has been the Legislature’s key thinker on aging issues, has introduced a trio of bills this year, all designed to give seniors more information about the people they are dealing with when considering insurance or financial investments. The fleecing of older adults, known to police as elder financial abuse, is one of the fastest-growing segments of crime in the country.

The bills are sponsored by the California Alliance for Retired Americans and the Congress of California Seniors. The Gray Panthers of California and the Older Women’s League are also in support.


Kelsi Alexander, Kelsey Sills and Sherry Falge visited Australia recently. Courtesy photo.


LAKE COUNTY – 4-H members Kelsi Alexander of Upper Lake and Kelsey Sills of Kelseyville recently traveled to Australia as part of the 4-H International Australia Exchange Program.

Chaperone Sherry Falge, a 4-H Volunteer from Upper Lake also traveled with the group, which included 20 other 4-H delegates from throughout the United States.

The group stayed in Australia for just under a month and their time there included going to Melbourne, Sydney and branching off into separate host families.

Kelsi Alexander stayed on a small farm in Simpson, where she learned about Australian home life, went to sporting events and met many life-long friends.

Kelsey Sills stayed on a dairy farm in Cobden, where she helped with the milking process, went sailing, and went to the college town of Bendigo.

Sherry Falge stayed on a sheep farm where she helped with the daily chores, worked cattle and sheep, and did some traveling. This trip was possible with the help of the Citizenship and Leadership 4-H Club, which is a group overseen up by Sherry Falge to promote older youth to stay in 4-H and is designed to prepare future leaders and good citizens.

This group has also sent many 4-H members to other Citizenship and Leadership conferences and programs such as:

– California Focus, which is a unique 4-H Citizenship educational experience that combines hands-on participation in workshops, debates, and simulations with outstanding speakers and visits to historical, cultural and governmental sites. California's capital city, Sacramento, becomes a "living classroom" for this five-day, action packed adventure that strengthens leadership skills.

– Washington Focus helps delegates to understand how their individual actions can make a difference in our world. This unique program, in the Washington D.C. area, combines visits to historical and cultural attractions with participation in educational workshops and simulations. Delegates have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with legislators, discuss contemporary issues, and learn how proposals are funded and public policy is administered. In the process, they have the chance to share concerns, ideas, and information with peers from across the country.

– Japanese Exchange Program, in which participants live with a family and see Japan through the everyday experiences. This is an opportunity to experience life in Japan from the inside, not as a tourist. Host families eagerly introduce California teens to life in Japan.

The Citizenship and Leadership club has been raising money for many years for these travel programs and continues to raise more money for future delegates. We would like to thank everyone in our community who has supported us over the years and who continues to support our program.

4-H Youth Development is a program of the University of California Cooperative Extension. For more information on the 4-H program contact U.C. Cooperative Extension, 883 Lakeport Blvd., Lakeport, telephone 263-6838.


LAKE COUNTY – the Lake County Invasive Mussel Prevention Program is seeking community members to assist with an important part of the mussel prevention program.

Volunteers are needed to input data from the boat application forms that have come in this summer during the sticker and inspection portion of the prevention program.

The data entry will be basic and the work will take place in county offices at 255 N. Forbes St. in Lakeport.


If you are interested in helping with this important program and can spare a few hours a day, week or month, please contact Sarah Ryan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 707-485-2993 (cell) to sign up for a volunteer slot.


LAKE COUNTY – Lake County Community Co-Op has made incredible strides over the last several months. Since the first meeting in January of this year, this vibrant group of volunteers have co-sponsored a farmers’ market in Clearlake, started a buying club and plan to break ground on their first community garden by spring of 2009.

The Friday Night Farmers’ Market, located adjacent to Austin Park in Clearlake, offers local farm-fresh produce, crafters, vendors, live music and prepared foods. The market is a California Certified Farmers’ Market and runs from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. every Friday night through Oct. 17.

On Aug. 22, the featured music act will be Dan Meyer and the Misdemeanors of Jazz. The winner of the co-op’s logo contest will be announced at 7 p.m., with the winner receiving a box of local organic produce every week for four weeks. Help the co-op celebrate all of its successes at this special event. Please check out the logo submissions on the co-op wikisite – http://lakecountycommunityco-op.wikispaces.com/ – and cast your vote by midnight on Aug. 20.

The Co-op Buying Club boasts two different boxes of organic produce: the “Purist Box” combines local produce with produce from River Dog Farm in Capay Valley; the “Fruit and Veggie Box” comes from an organic supplier that supports a wider range of produce. Local organic pears are available from Yoxagoi Farms in Kelseyville. Produce orders can be picked up from 5:50 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays in Clearlake. To place an order for produce boxes, call Ann Breen at 995-0696 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Volunteer coordinator Barbara Christwitz reminds buying club members, “We can only be successful if the community steps forward to sustain the buying club through volunteering.”

Anyone wanting to volunteer for the buying club or any of the co-op’s projects or committees can call her at 995-0490.

For more information about Lake County Community Co-Op, or any of their projects, stop by the co-op information booth at the Friday Night Market. Or, you can link from the Web site http://lakeco-op.org to the co-op’s wikisite.

Another great way to find out about the co-op is to drop in at a general meeting. The meetings are held the second Saturday of each month at the Hot Spot Youth Center, 4750 Golf Ave. in Clearlake from 10 a.m. until noon.


Upcoming Calendar

02.01.2023 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
East Region Town Hall
02.01.2023 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Clear Lake hitch listening session
02.02.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
02.02.2023 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Clearlake City Council
02.08.2023 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
100+ Women Strong in Lake County
02.09.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
02.11.2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild

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