Thursday, 18 July 2024


MIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Luncheon Club, one of the county's oldest and longest-running non-profit organizations, sponsors a speaker program every third Wednesday of the month.

Upcoming speakers include Sandy Elliott of Spirit Wild (Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation) on March 19; a presentation on the new Sutter Lakeside clinic being built in Middletown on April 16; and on May 21, a District 1 Supervisorial candidates forum.

Programs and lunch are held at the Middletown Methodist Church Social Hall, Armstrong and Washington Streets, Middletown.

Lunch is $4 per person and is served by a different nonprofit organization each month. Reservations are not necessary. (The Middletown Luncheon Club is not associated with the Methodist Church.)

For more information, call Helen Whitney, 928-9812.


KELSEYVILLE – Due to impending rain forecast for Friday, Feb. 22, the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony has been postponed for the Merritt Road Bridge over Kelsey Creek.

A new date has not been selected at this time.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact the Lake County Veteran Services at 707-263-2384.


MIDDLETOWN – Technological innovation is on the rise in Middletown and hopefully throughout Lake County.

For months, the Economic Development Committee for the Middletown Area Town Hall has been discussing ways to possibly move the community forward.

Last year, Althea Garner, a native of South Africa who recently had become an American citizen, donated a Ryze Business Network to the town. The purpose of the network was not only to better connect the merchants in the town to one another, but to interested parties around the world. The network is free for anyone to join. Just visit and sign up.

Ever since Althea Garner visited Middletown back in 2005 and conducted a business networking seminar for the Middletown Merchants at the Calpine Visitor Center the weekend of Middletown Days, people around the world on her Ryze network have been talking about Middletown.

In fact, when Langtry Estates and Tri Counties Bank teamed up to host a business mixer at Langty's Wine Tasting Room last August, three Ryzers – Scott Allen (a best-selling author in Texas), Kathleen Smart (a talkshow host in Atlanta) and John Stepen Veitch (an international business consultant in New Zealand) – requested to be virtual guests via The Internet at the mixer.

This past Christmas, Ryzers once again came forward and sent Middletown "Merry Christmas wishes" in the form of audio clips. You can hear those clips by visiting

In September of last year, three high profile individuals came to Middletown for a very special Middletown Merchants Mixer held at the local high school. Joel A. Moss, supervisory special agent for the FBI, John Schumann, senior worldwide evangelist for Adobe Systems and Kevin Comora, president of Vizicast Multimedia, all gave enlightening presentations to help move Middletown forward. Admittedly, it was the digital signage presentation by Comora that garnered the greatest amount of interest.

And, that is why Comora is scheduled to return to Middletown and meet with Lake County Administrator Kelly Cox at the Feb. 21st meeting of MATH. Digital signage may indeed be a major component to the economic revitalization of not just Middletown, but all of Lake County. Not only can it help encourage traffic to "stop and shop" in Middletown, it can transform Lake County's own media press kits. With digital signage software the press kits can include a dynamic, professional-quality video DVD. That should put an exciting face on the county to the world.

More effective use of the Internet is another major component which may help Middletown. The WiFi Company of Denver is currently promoting the use of FREE WiFi hot spots in Lake County – complete with an advertising splash page. The Greenview Restaurant may be among the first in the county to take advantage of this wonderful resourse.

There are already two free WiFi locations in Middletown – Store 24 Express and Joan's Java. Will more be coming? Free WiFi allows people on-the-go to use mobile wireless devices to check email, make FREE VOIP phone calls and surf the Web. Since the Greenview Restaurant already includes HDTV's connected to cable, the possibility for Wifi conferences with people around the world for business and educational purposes exists. For more about this wifi/splash page innovation, visit

For several years, Ernesto Sirolli, who runs the world-famous Sirolli Institute, has been a big fan of a free phone service via the Internet called Skype. This service allows people not only to talk with folks around the world for free, but to text chat, conference call, and send files of any size. With Skype, you can even video conference. Skype greatly reduces Sirolli's costs in running his institute. No wonder his affiliates around the world eagerly embrace it ... with one exception – Sirolli affiliate Mount Konocti Facilitation. But, that too should be changing as Kenny Parlet, who was recently elected president of the Lakeport Regional Chamber of Commerce, has become an avid Skype fan.

Last year, the Hidden Valley Community Church held two Internet training seminars. The church is actually a state-of-art multimedia conference facility. The church pastor, Rev. Walt Trumbo, is a big fan of technological innovation. The two church seminars showed audiences how the Internet can be harnessed by local businesses to promote products and services - not just to people locally, but to folks around the world as well. Jott was just one of many FREE tools demonstrated at the seminars.

Thanks to Jott, it is actually possible to use any phone to send email and voice mail at the same time to a large list of people via a single toll-free call. Jott is a great productive tool for people involved in sales or community services. Make no mistake, The Internet, if used properly, can enhance the life of small business rather than reduce it. Middletown can certainly use the help as three local business closed their doors within a two-week period just last month. If you would like to see Hidden Valley Community Church offer more Internet training seminars, please call 707-709-8605 and voice your interest.

Melody Campbell, a resident of Salem, Ore., is well-known on the Ryze Business Network as the "Small Business Guru." She has decided to team up with a local resident of Hidden Valley Lake to produce an online talk show on The show is called, "The Small Business Guru and The Gadget Guy." The show will focus on strategies and tools available to small businesses to help them succeed. The show can be accessed with only a phone or only a computer that is connected to the Internet. However, the best way is to proceed is to use the computer with a speaker phone that uses Skype.

Campbell's program will likely be using a Skype-certified product called, "Yugma." This is a desktop sharing software that allows your computer screen to be controlled so that while listening to the talk show you can actually view a slide show or even a video. In fact, the president of Yugma, Karel Lukas, is scheduled to be a guest on the program, February 20th at 9 p.m. For more about "The Small Business Guru and The Gadget Guy," visit

When The Foundation Center comes to Lake County on March 3 for its "Grantseeking Basics" presentation at the Greenview Restaurant in Hidden Valley Lake at 7 p.m., Scott Ullman will be teaching the crowd via a slide show presentation. He is bringing all the tools to make that happen with him – laptop, screen and projector. For more information about the presentation, visit

Hopefully, the day will soon come when Middletown will have all the technology tools it needs and know how to use them.


LAKE COUNTY – Nominations have been flying through the door, over the Internet and in the mail for this year's Stars of Lake County Community Awards

Nominations will be accepted at the Lakeport Regional Chamber office, 875 Lakeport Blvd. in Lakeport, until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22.

Any nominations received by mail with a postmark of Feb. 22 will be honored and added to the list for the 11th Annual Stars of Lake County Community Awards Program.


The Stars Selection Committee, comprised of Lake County residents from around the county, will be given the book of nominations early next month for their review. That committee will meet on March 13 to select the final recipients whose names will be revealed at the awards ceremony.


The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 30, at Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa, Kelseyville beginning with a reception at 4 p.m.

Currently, only nominees may purchase tickets to the event. General public ticket sales will begin on Monday, March 3.

Any questions concerning the Stars of Lake County Awards Program may be addressed to the chamber at 263-5092.


Man of the Year

  • Dave Fesmire, Lucerne (Posthumously)

  • Robert L. DeWitt Jr., Kelseyville

  • Dr. Janus Madej, Lakeport

Woman of the Year

  • Elizabeth Larson, Lucerne

  • Lori Peters, Clearlake

Large Business of the Year

  • Wal-Mart, Clearlake

  • Lakeport Grocery Outlet, Lakeport

  • Shannon Ridge Winery and Vineyard, Clearlake Oaks

  • Orchard Park Assisted Living & Memory Care, Clearlake

  • Umpqua Bank

Small Business of the Year

  • Main Street Café (Sam Polo), Clearlake

  • Mugshots Expresso, Middletown

  • Kelseyville Drug, Kelseyville

  • Kerrie’s Quilting, Lakeport

  • Sylvie’s and The Bunk House, Middletown

  • Touch of Class Hair Salon (Charlene Munoz), Lakeport

  • Main Street Bakery, Kelseyville

Youth Advocate, Volunteer

No nominees

Youth Advocate, Professional

  • Adam Garcia, Kelseyville

  • Brian Sumpter, Lakeport

Student of the Year, Male

  • Daniel Gildea, Lakeport

  • Erik Jameson, Lakeport

Student of the Year, Female

  • Kacey Tallman, Hidden Valley Lake

  • Ashley Crawford, Lower Lake

Agriculture Award of the Year

No nominees

Arts Award of the Year

Amateur (Arts Award)

  • Lorna Sue Sides

Professional (Arts Award)

  • Ronald Keas, Lucerne

  • Expressive Motion Dance Studio, Middletown

  • Sandra Wade, Lower Lake

  • Konocti Dance Academy, Clearlake

Volunteer of the Year

  • Bob Sola, Lucerne

  • Dennis Locke, Clearlake Oaks

  • Eells Family, Lucerne

  • William Barrows & Connie Miller, Hidden Valley Lake

Marla Ruzicka Humanitarian of the Year

  • Julie Kelly, Lakeport

  • Susie Wiloth, Lower Lake

Senior of the Year

  • William Edwards, Lower Lake

Best Idea of the Year

  • Lake Family Resource Center Wine and Chocolate Fundraiser, Lakeport

  • Lake County Screen Saver, Lucerne

  • Hot Spot Youth Center, Clearlake

  • A Discovery Center at Anderson Marsh State Park, Lower Lake

  • Team DUI, Clearlake

Organization of the Year, Nonprofit

  • Lakeside Dental Clinic, Lakeport

  • Lake County Farm Bureau, Lakeport

Organization of the Year, Volunteer

  • Operation Tango Mike, Kelseyville

  • Clear Lake CHP Senior Volunteer Program, Kelseyville

  • Sponsoring Survivorship, Lakeport

  • Soroptimist International of Clear Lake

Lifetime Achievement, Male

  • Barry Loflin, Lakeport (Posthumously)

  • Don Emerson, Cobb

Lifetime Achievement, Female

  • Barbara Flynn, Cobb

Local Hero of the Year

  • Dominic Cardinale, Kelseyville

  • Ginny Craven, Kelseyville

New Business of the Year

  • Main Street Bakery, Kelseyville

  • Wild About Books, Clearlake

  • Moore Family Winery, Cobb

  • The Kitchen Gallery, Lakeport

Environmental Award

  • Children’s Museum of Art and Sciences, Clearlake

  • Tom and Val Nixon, Kelseyville


LAKE COUNTY – The annual Verna Morris Memorial Pancake Breakfast, held Feb. 10 in Kelseyville, was a success, according to organizers.

The fundraiser for Easter Seals Northern California Lake County helps the agency provide families with transportation costs for out-of-county medical visits for children.

Ninety-two people had breakfast, with a total of $1,800 donated. That will provide about 30, $60 Verna Morris stipends this year for the 6- through 18-year-old group.

An additional grant that is expected from the First Five Commission for the 0 to 5 year old group would provide an additional 50, $60 stipends for 2008-09.

Last year the program provided 92 travel stipends, helping families travel to medical appointments at hospitals in San Francisco and at UC Davis, and Oakland Children's Hospital.

Special thanks go to the Kelseyville Lions Club for sponsoring and the Big Valley Lions Club for serving everyone. Thanks also to Mary Borjon, to Bill Morris and others for for their creative thinking and starting this fund in 1997.


MIDDLETOWN – A talking animation, called an avatar, is being used to draw attention to an upcoming meeting of the Middletown Area Town Hall (MATH) meeting.

This avatar is being used to help draw a good crowd for the upcoming MATH meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21, because this meeting is important.


The agenda includes an explanation of the Brown Act by County Counsel Anita Grant and how that relates to changes in MATH's bylaws. There are procedural questions that need to be resolved.

Langtry Estates will make a presentation regarding its use permit for a golf course on its property.

There also will be a special presentation on "Tools and Strategies to Move MATH Forward."

It is important to connect this community with resources who can assist them. Consequently, special guests have been invited to attend this meeting – including young people who helped draw Fox News to Middletown back in 2006 for the Middletown Days Festival and garnered the interest of KRON 4 TV's "Bay Area Backroads" in 2007.

Kevin Comora, president of Vizicast Multimedia, who introduced the Middletown Merchants to the wonders of digital signage last September is also expected to attend, among others.


These town hall meetings are always free and open to the general public. They are held in the Multi-Use Room of the Middletown High School, off Highway 29 in downtown Middletown at 7 p.m.

While there is no requirement that people RSVP, special handouts are going to be given out at the Feb. 21st meeting. It would be nice to have a count as to how many people plan to show up so as not to run short on handout material. Plus, you might enjoy seeing what the online avatar has to say.

Therefore, you are invited to RSVP by going to and following the instructions.


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