Saturday, 10 June 2023


This family will soon be moving into a new home on 39th Avenue in Clearlake. Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity, Lake County.


CLEARLAKE – Habitat for Humanity would like to invite the public to come see for themselves and celebrate the completion of the eighth Habitat for Humanity home in Lake County.

The beautiful, four-bedroom home incorporates some of the latest “green building” techniques and energy efficiencies and is the first Habitat home in Lake County completed with solar panels.

The open house and dedication will be Saturday, Jan. 12, 12 p.m., at 15921 39th Ave, Clearlake, (cross street of Phillips Ave).

Come and join the festivities and meet the homeowners, and volunteers who worked so hard to build this home. Refreshments will be served and the event will continue on rain or shine.

This would be the perfect opportunity to see for yourself how our community of volunteers, donors and business supporters came together to help eliminate substandard housing for a Lake County family.

Also, for families who are considering applying for a Habitat home this would be a great time to view a completed Habitat home.

For those who cannot attend the Saturday celebration, we will have the home open for showing on Friday, Jan. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For further information, or to RSVP for Friday’s showing, please call 994-1100.

Habitat for Humanity, Lake County, currently has two other homes under construction which are scheduled for completion very soon, with plans to build four additional homes in 2008.

All homes are sold at a zero interest mortgage, enabling many more people in Lake County to own a home of their own.


LAKEPORT The ballots are in and the votes have been counted in the "People's Choice Awards" for the best displays at the first annual holiday avenue of lights at Lake County Fairgrounds.


A grand total of exactly 500 car loads of people drove through the holiday extravaganza at Lake County Fairgrounds during December, according to Fair Chief Executive Officer Richard Persons.

Each car load of patrons which entered the “Avenue of Lights" received a ballot with which to vote on the "People's Choice" for favorite displays. The top three displays have each earned an extra financial prize for the organization that built them.

The competitive nature of the People's Choice awards provided the nonprofit organizations with incentive to be as creative as possible with their displays, and gave them incentive to market the fundraiser to as many of their supporters as possible.


Maintaining their lead throughout the 10 nights of the Avenue of Lights, the Kelseyville Future Farmers of America topped the voting with 45 percent of the total votes.

The FFA's barnyard holiday scene included a large menagerie of lighted farm animal cutouts, a babbling brook, and a farmer on his tractor in front of his barn.

The first place award has netted an additional $250 to the FFA.


Second place in the balloting went to Hospice Services of Lake County, with 12 percent of the total votes.

The Hospice display, featuring a giant holiday tree ornament, gradually gained ground in the voting throughout the 10-day run.

The second place award has a value of $150 to Hospice Services of Lake County.


The third place award of $100 will go to the Scott's Valley 4-H Club, with the Holiday Carousel display.

The 4-H display narrowly edged out the patriotic "Home for the Holidays" scene from the Lakeport Women's Civic Club as well as the display from Konocti Christian Academy, which featured a church, a group of carolers, the Bethlehem star and a large arch which read "Peace on Earth." Both were close contenders in the balloting up until the final votes were counted.

Other displays included a pastoral display of a shepherd and his flock from the Clearlake Church of the Nazarene, and a nativity scene from the Knights of Columbus. Two more displays, an animated light train featuring Santa and several boxcar loads of gifts,and a Victorian skating scene, were put together by the Lakeport Women's Civic Club.


The Avenue of Lights opened Dec. 13 and ran through Dec. 22 at the Lake County Fairgrounds.

The lighting displays were provided by a grant for new activity programs at county fairgrounds in California, and will remain for use in future years.

The activity was a fundraiser for seven Lake County nonprofit organizations, and is expected to involve more groups providing additional displays in future years.

Organizations interested in producing a display should contact the Lake County Fair before April 1.


SACRAMENTO – The public is invited to submit comments on a proposed health care bill for the State Senate Health Committee's consideration.

The Senate Health Committee, chaired by Sen. Sheila Kuehl (Democrat-Santa Monica), is conducting an analysis of AB 1X when the Legislature reconvenes this month.

Kuehl asks people who have comments on the health care reform bill to send letters in by Jan. 10 in order to be included in the committee analysis of the bill.

Letters can be sent to: Senate Health Committee, State Capitol – Room 2191, Sacramento, CA 95814.

The letters should be sure to reference AB 1X.


HOPLAND A ceremony to celebrate the completion of the first roundabout in Mendocino County, the Hopland Roundabout project at the intersection of Route 175 and Old River Road, is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 10.

The public is invited to attend the completion celebration, scheduled to take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Brutacao Schoolhouse Plaza, Bliss Banquet Room, 13500 South Highway 101, Hopland.

Key speakers will include Charles C. Fielder, Caltrans District 1 director; Alan Escarda, Caltrans construction engineer; and J. David Colfax, Mendocino County Board of Supervisors.

A traffic signal could have been used for this safety project, but a roundabout has numerous advantages at this location, which include:

• A smaller footprint than a signalized intersection with left-turn lanes, so less new right-of-way was required.

• Providing traffic calming, resulting in reduced speeds.

• Requiring less maintenance, lower yearly operational costs, and a longer service life.

• Providing a safe place for large trucks to safely turn around.

• Enhancing the roundabout with landscaping will create an aesthetic gateway to the community.

For more information on the advantages of roundabouts, and how to navigate them, see


LAKEPORT Lake County Building and Safety will offer free to the public informational presentations new building and fire codes this month.

The presentations will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, and Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at the Lake County Courthouse, 255 N. Forbes St., Lakeport.

For more information call 263-2382.


Ingrid Tisell (center) was this year's Santa Lucia; to her far right are Star Boys, Lars Tisell and Sebastian Sharpe. Lucia maidens are Morgan Heffley, Madison Heffley and to Lucia' s far left, Sarah Christensen. The elf in front is Aurora Sharpe. Photo courtesy of Thelma Dangel.

KELSEYVILLE – On Sunday, Dec. 16, Vikings of Lake Lodge, Sons of Norway, held their fourth annual Scandinavian Christmas Open House.

Events included in the festivities of the day were not only eating lots of good food and dancing around the Christmas tree, but the first Swedish Santa Lucia Pageant locally.

The lodge selected Ingrid Tisell as this year's Santa Lucia. Also in the pageant were “Star Boys” Lars Tisell and Sebastian Sharpe; Lucia maidens Morgan Heffley, Madison Heffley and Sarah Christensen; and Aurora Sharpe as the elf.

These young people are all "Heritage Members" of Sons of Norway Lodge and as descendants of adult members, they pay no dues but receive a free quarterly magazine called "Vikings for Kids.”

Call Joyce, cultural director and membership secretary, for further information, 998-3583.


Upcoming Calendar

06.10.2023 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Movies in the Park: ‘Wall-E’
06.12.2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild
Lakeport Senior Center
Flag Day
06.14.2023 10:15 am - 11:15 am
StoryTime in the Park
06.15.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
Middletown Art Center
06.17.2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
Father's Day
06.21.2023 10:15 am - 11:15 am
StoryTime in the Park
06.22.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
Middletown Art Center

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