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Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably then I shall begin. It’s raining! Well, it is that time of year and hopefully everyone got their roofs fixed, gutters cleared, wood piles tarped, and whatever else under cover before the downpours of the last day or two. No doubt this was a topic of conversation wherever you went in the Valley over the past few days — which reminds me that it was Charles Dudley Warner (September 12, 1829 - October 20, 1900), an American essayist, novelist, and friend of Mark Twain who amusingly commented, “Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” Your Quote of the Week.

Onward to the Public Service Announcements, calendars and pens at the ready. #423: This week’s Boonville Farmer’s Market gathering in the parking lot at The Boonville Hotel (Sat, Oct 8th) will feature all the usual goodies, plus music from The Hubberts of Boonville, Leslie and Michael. It’s all happening between 9.30am and noon. #424: It’s the second Tuesday of the month on October 11th and that means Dinner and Bingo Night at the Senior Center: good food, beer and wine, top quality bingo with prizes, and, as you know by now - you don’t have to be a senior to attend! So I urge you to come along and support this event and remember. All proceeds go to our Senior/Community Center. #425: The AV Community Action Coalition is putting on an event at the high school cafeteria where the public can meet the candidates who are running for the School Board. This will take place next Tuesday, Oct 11th at 6.30pm. #426: There is an Abalone Festival in Fort Bragg later this week and the Steele Wines Harvest Festival in Kelseyville also sometime soon, I think, but both are non-Valley events taking people and their money out of town. So, in my humble opinion, who cares?

Moving quickly on to a couple of the topics under discussion this week at The Three-Dot Lounge — “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley.

…Many regulars are already looking forward to the ‘Meet the Candidates’ event mentioned above. The five runners going for the three open positions are incumbents Marti Bradford and Dick Browning, along with Ben Anderson, Ernie Pardini, and Don Harris. One can only hope that those elected will ‘do the right thing’ and provide some ideas on how to get through these difficult times for our local public education. Having said that, hopefully the questions they are asked are not pre-screened, so that candidates can demonstrate their ability to think on their feet and express themselves is an articulate and thoughtful way. Unfortunately, I have a feeling this may not be the case — with regards to whether the questions are pre-screened or not that is!

…Talking of ‘community service’ in a slightly different way, it would be hard to beat the wonderful efforts of Cory Morse and her crew of assistant cooks, servers, and dishwashers who last Friday evening served a really delicious fried chicken dinner to the 60 guests at the sold out ‘Guest Chef Dinner’ event to benefit the Senior Center. The chicken was delicious, as were all the fixings, of course. But perhaps my personal highlight was the apple pie (made with Jonathon apples) with a crumbly top served with Cow’s Lick ice cream. Words fail me, apart from one — “orgasmic.” Next month (Oct 28th) the event will have an Oktoberfest theme with AV Brewery general manager, Fal Allen, as the guest chef. Details to follow.

…From our 3-Dot regular, The Old Buzzard, comes another in his insightful series: ‘Forget The Rapture and worry about The Approach of the Apocalypse.’ Buzzard reports, “The words ‘No collar, no tags’ are seen and heard time after time on the ‘missing dog’ reports in the Valley. What is wrong with dog owners who neglect their ‘beloved’ pet in this way? How do they expect to retrieve their missing dog without what should be a basic requirement of dog ownership? This is easily done. Assuming you have a reasonably functional internet connection and a credit card, go to, make a simple choice, pay less than $10 and the tag will arrive in a week or so. As for the collar? Try the Farm Supply, Lemons, AV Market. Your dog loves you unconditionally; it’s the least you can do.”

Time to take my leave. Until next time, ‘Keep the Faith’; be careful out there; stay out of the ditches; think good thoughts; and may your god go with you. Oh, and of course, one final request, “Let us prey.” Humbly yours, Turkey Vulture. PS. Contact me with words of support/abuse through the Letters Page or at PPS. Hi, Silver Swan. Behaving yourself? Hopefully not!

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