Tuesday, 09 August 2022


Richard Thomas of the Lake County Coast Guard Auxiliary (left) and Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. Courtesy photo.



HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE Hidden Valley resident and member of the Lake County Coast Guard Auxiliary, Richard Thomas, had the honor of meeting Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, at the annual Coast Guard Auxiliary National Training in St. Louis, Missouri.

The annual training lasted a week and included National Auxiliary business meetings and workshops in personnel services, public affairs, vessel examinations, marine safety and marine inspections.

The district which includes Lake County flotilla 88 consists of Northern California, Nevada, and Utah.

Thomas is the district staff officer for personnel services. Auxiliary members are authorized by Congress to participate in every facet of the Coast Guard except law enforcement and acts of war.

With a focus on boating safety, in 2007, the Lake County flotilla completed 1,134 hours on marine patrols, 72 courtesy vessel inspections, taught five boating safety classes, volunteered 706 hours of direct service to the Coast Guard station on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, California and Coast Guard Station, Humboldt Bay in Eureka. The Lake County flotilla donated over 8,400 hours of service in 2007.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary, third component of Team Coast Guard, is made up of more than 30,000 volunteers nationwide and acts as a force multiplier.

The flotilla is always looking for volunteers. The primary requirements to join are that a person must be at least 17 years old, a U.S. citizen and has not been convicted of a felony.

If you are interested in action volunteering, contact Richard Thomas at 707-489-0466.

If you are interested in a boating safety class in 2008, check the Coast Guard Auxiliary Web site for a calendar of classes or contact Betty Strach at 707-928-9811.


MIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Area Town Hall (MATH) will hold its next regular monthly meeting on Thursday, March 13.

The public meeting will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Middletown Multi-use Room on Wardlaw Street.

Agenda items include a discussion of the appointment of a parliamentarian and the MATH meeting day and place change under old business.

Under new business, MATH will meet the candidates for District 1 Supervisor.

MATH is a municipal advisory council serving the residents of Anderson Springs, Cobb, Coyote Valley (including Hidden Valley Lake), Long Valley and Middletown. It was established Dec. 12, 2006, by a resolution adopted by the Lake County Board of Supervisors.

The MATH Board of Directors include Chairman Fletcher Thornton, Vice Chairman Joe Sullivan, Secretary Mike Tabacchi, Jon Meyer, Martha Webster, Bill Wright and Scott Fergusson.

Disability-related accommodations may be made by contacting the MATH Chairman at 987-8285 at least 72 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting time.


NORTH COAST – The Redwood Empire Quilter’s Guild announces that applications for Spring 2008 grants/fellowships are now available from the Humboldt Area Foundation.

Textile artists from Sonoma County to southwestern Oregon are invited to apply. Grants will be awarded in the range of $100 to $1,000.

The Quilter’s Guild created this fund to provide grants and fellowships to encourage interest, education and activities in the broad field of textile arts.

Examples of textile arts include wearable art, sewing, quilting, knitting, weaving, embroidery, fabric manipulation and dyeing.

Grant applications and information are available at the Humboldt Area Foundation or on their Web site at www.hafoundation.org.

Deadline for submission of grant applications is April 10, 2008. For more information, contact the Humboldt Area Foundation at (707) 442-2993.


A new EPA Web site features dozens of projects that local communities can do to help make the air cleaner and healthier to breathe.

The "Improving Air Quality in Your Community" Web site features activities for reducing both indoor and outdoor pollution, including diesel engine retrofit programs, improving air quality in local schools, and pollution prevention options for small businesses.

These projects have a successful track record: they were previously put into action by state and local governments across the country.

This site includes information about the costs to establish and maintain each project, and how local communities can apply for EPA grants to kick-start their activities.

For more information visit www.epa.gov/air/community/.


Two dump truck loads of trash was removed from Highway 29 south of Kelseyville. Photo courtesy of Caltrans.

LAKE COUNTY – As part of its partnership with Keep California Beautiful, Caltrans cleaned up a portion of Highway 29 on March 4.

Caltrans officials reported that two dump truck loads of trash was removed from Highway 29 south of Kelseyville.

Among the larger items picked up were tire casings, Caltrans reported.



This pile of tire casings were among the larger items Caltrans removed. Photo courtesy of Caltrans



Ann Blue, Clear Lake Trowel and Trellis Garden Club, is the Penny Pines chairman. Photo courtesy of Thelma Dangel.


LAKE COUNTY – Ann Blue, Clear Lake Trowel and Trellis Garden Club, Penny Pines chairman, presented an expanded Reforestation and Restoration Program that is statewide. This program is a statewide program sponsored by California Garden Club Inc. to which the club belongs.

California Garden Club Inc. has established a restricted fund to be used for California US Department of Agriculture's Forest Service in the $5,000 to $20,000 range.



Each month members donate extra funds in the range of extra pennies as they bring a cut of flowers or other plants to show. The funds grow to an amount of $100 when that amount is reached.

Trowel and Trellis members voted to participate in the program and made the first $100 donation which is donated each time. The club has supported the Penny Pines Program since 1990.

Every $68 donation will plant approximately 350 seedlings on one acre of burned area in the Mendocino Forest.

For more information on these programs, you may contact Ann Blue at 263-5854.

Come visit the group at Scotts Valley Women's Club House, 2298 Hendricks Road, Lakeport on the third Tuesday of the month at l2:30 p.m., or check out the group's Web at www.clttg.org.

Other associates are Mendo-Lake District; California Garden Club Inc.; Pacific Region and National Garden Clubs Inc.


Upcoming Calendar

08.10.2022 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
PG&E regional wildfire safety webinar
08.10.2022 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Lakeport Planning Commission
08.11.2022 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
08.11.2022 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Middletown Area Town Hall
08.13.2022 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Old Time Machines
08.13.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
08.13.2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild
08.13.2022 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Weekly writing workshop

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