Saturday, 21 May 2022

Community

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Strong Financial Network and Umpqua Bank will host ShredFest 2022 on Monday, April 25.

The free drive-thru shred event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at Umpqua Bank, 805 11th St. in Lakeport.

Community members are invited to take advantage of this free shredding service to protect themselves from identity theft by safely and securely destroying documents in the on-site shred truck.

All participants must enter the drive-thru line from the 11 Street entrance to Umpqua Bank, then follow the signs and cones to the shred truck. Remain in your vehicle while the on-site staff members remove the documents from your car. This one-way, drive-thru service will allow for the most efficient dropoff of your shred materials.

LAKE COUNTY, Cafli. — Citizens for Healing will host a party to kick off the campaign to change the name of Kelseyville to Konocti on Sunday, April 24.

The all-volunteer, community-based group has been working on the process to make the change, and they believe giving the town a new name could be an act of healing.

As many people in Lake County know, the town was named after Andrew Kelsey, a scoundrel by all accounts. While the group realizes that history can’t be changed, they think small actions can be taken to undo a misdeed, and embrace a fuller and richer history.

Formerly known as Uncle Sam, the town was renamed Kelseyville by the early settlers of Lake County in the mid 1880s.

“We, the county’s current settlers, should make the effort to give the town a more suitable and respectful name,” said Alan Fletcher, the webmaster for the group.

The group hopes the party will be an opportunity for some real civic discourse, and sharing of opinions and information. Some people view these kinds of changes as “canceling culture.”

“We’re not canceling culture,” said Verge Belanger, “we are shining a light on the true history and recognizing the rich culture that was here before.”

The group is getting a positive response from the community, and their activities have garnered interest from local media.

Scheduled speakers and presentations, from 4 to 6 p.m., will feature local historian, Kevin Engle, and tribal elder, Clayton Duncan. Live music will follow from 6 to 8 p.m.

Snacks and beverages will be provided for free, with an optional potluck if people wish to contribute. And party guests may also enjoy and dance to the musical talent of “The Konocti Blues Band.”

The event will be held at the Grange Hall in Finley, located at 1510 Big Valley Road, Lakeport.

For more information people may visit the group’s website at www.citizensforhealing.org, or call Dallas at 707-245-4118 or Lorna at 707-367-8014.

UPPER LAKE, Calif. — The Western Region Town Hall will meet on Wednesday, April 20.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Habematolel community center, 9460 Main St. in Upper Lake.

They will get an update and discuss the failing Upper Lake Levee System and its needs, fire readiness and drought preparation.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Join your friends and members of the Lake County Genealogical Society on Saturday, April 23, to further explore the 1950 census release.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. in the Children’s Room at the Lakeport Library, 1425 N. High St., Lakeport.

This is the first census release that used artificial intelligence to create a searchable name index immediately upon release.

Join them to learn tips and tricks on finding your people, and updating information about your family.

Why the 72 year wait for the 1950 Census? That will be covered too.

The Lake County Genealogical Society will help you learn more about your family history — the stories, the people — using the Census and a variety of resources to add branches to your family's tree.

Future classes will cover writing your family's stories. All classes are free to the public.

The Lake County Genealogical Society hosts “Life in the Past Lane” on the second and fourth Saturdays at 2 p.m. at the Lakeport Library, with an informal genealogy lab meets every Tuesday at 1 p.m.

For more information, contactLake County Genealogical Society President Rose Davidson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Lakeport Elementary School is having a “Kinderpalooza” event for early school registration for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten on Wednesday, May 11.

The event will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the school, located at 150 Lange St.

Spread the word. This event is crucial in planning to staff the new school year.

The goal is to keep class sizes small and students supported. Come meet our wonderful teachers.

Does your child qualify?

Transitional kindergarten: Is your child turning 5 between Sept. 2, 2022, and Feb. 2, 2023
Kindergarten: Is your child turning 5 by Sept. 2, 2002?

What to bring to the event: birth certificate, immunization record and proof of address.

For more information, please contact Talin Tamzarian at 707-262-3005 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Grantee Jeannie Elizabeth Kelly of Coming Home to Country Farm in Clearlake, California, will use the grant to replace fencing destroyed during the Sulphur Bank Fire and remove burned trees that are falling on existing fencing. Photo Credit: Good Farm Fund.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Good Farm Fund, a fiscally sponsored project of North Coast Opportunities, awarded eight grants to Mendocino and Lake County farms for fire readiness and resilience.

With generous funding from Redwood Credit Union’s Community Fund and California Fire Foundation, the fire-safe grants will provide critical equipment and infrastructure supplies to small farms.

The grants illustrate that a relatively small amount of financial support can go a long way in assisting small farmers to find success in fire-prone areas.

Averaging under $5,000 each, the grants will be used to purchase items such as water storage tanks, generators, chain saws, solar chargers, and portable fencing.

“With hotter, drier, and longer fire seasons, small farms in Northern California must undertake measures to improve wildfire readiness,” said Caroline Radice, Good Farm Fund Project coordinator. “These grants will help local farms stay viable as weather patterns shift, and will also improve overall farm efficiency.”

Farms receiving grants are Cerro Negro Farm, Coming Home to Country Farm, Folk Life Farm, Headwaters Grazing, Inland Ranch Organics, Irene’s Garden, Rancho Mariposa & Cinnamon Bear Farm and Wavelength Farm.

The grants were evaluated in coordination with the Mendocino County Fire Safe Council.

“We are very fortunate to have the support of Redwood Credit Union and California Fire Foundation,” added Radice. “Both organizations have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to local agriculture.”

“The focus of Redwood Credit Union and the RCU Community Fund has long included the provision of meaningful support and immediate relief for our communities after natural disasters,” said Matt Martin, senior vice president of community and government relations at RCU. “The funding we’re supplying here helps proactively take that commitment to the next level — planning ahead to help prepare for these types of challenging times. And we’re honored to be able to help in this way.”

Jeannie Elizabeth Kelly of Coming Home to Country Farm in Clearlake will use the grant to replace fencing destroyed during the Sulphur Bank Fire in 2017 and remove burned trees that are falling on existing fencing.

“Two years after the Sulphur Bank Fire burned through my property, I was still struggling to get my head above water when the COVID-19 pandemic hit,” shared Kelly. “Had it not been for the Good Farm Fund grant to provide the big boost I needed, I don't know how my farm would have survived.”

Good Farm Fund is a fiscally sponsored project of North Coast Opportunities that aims to provide direct support to small farmers and increase local food security for underserved members of our community.

To find out more or sign up for alerts about upcoming farm-to-table events or farm grants visit the website at www.goodfarmfund.org.

NCO is the Community Action Agency that serves Lake and Mendocino counties, as well as parts of Humboldt, Sonoma, Del Norte and Solano counties. NCO reacts and adjusts to community needs, including disaster response and recovery.

For more information visit www.ncoinc.org or call 707-467-3200.

Upcoming Calendar

23May
05.23.2022 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Lake County 29'ers Cribbage Club Meeting
23May
05.23.2022 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Scotts Valley Advisory Council
24May
05.24.2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rotary Club of Clear Lake
25May
05.25.2022 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Annual invasive weed tour
26May
05.26.2022 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
28May
28May
05.28.2022 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cobb Estate Sale
28May
05.28.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at Steele
28May
05.28.2022 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Rodman Preserve public hours
29May
05.29.2022 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cobb Estate Sale

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