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Valley People (July 1, 2020)

A HEAD-ON crash Sunday afternoon in front of Lemons Market. One person was airlifted outta here. Chief said he didn’t think the airlifted person was a local. The next day a San Francisco man, Thomas Chang, was arrested in Philo for DUI with bodily injury.

DENNIS TUTTLE has agreed to pay $7500 for the redwood tree he cut down last month on the Community Services District’s neighboring property in installments of $312/month for two years. The wrong-wronged tree was felled as part of Tuttle’s rehab of the Navarro Ice House The CSD Board thanked CSD Director Larry Mailliard for his deft handling of negotiations with Tuttle. The downed tree was on firehouse property owned by the people of Anderson Valley.

HEDGEHOG BOOKS, Boonville, will launch “Young Readers Create Change” on July 1st. Through July 31st, students can treat the shop as their personal—curbside—lending library. Just come by the shop (wearing your mask), tell me your interests, and I’ll offer you some choices. Limit 1 free book per week. Swap it out for the next free book. Tell your friends. Come on by!

KAREN DEFALCO of Boonville called to say that back in the 1980s when she enjoyed morning walks with Valley old timer Delmar June, he told her that her home on Anderson Valley Way was something of a local landmark, that the Jeans family had lived there. Karen said she knew that her property had belonged to the Jeans, but hadn't known anything more about the Jeans family than that. I'd guess the Jeans owned the place up until '46 when Albert Jeans, the last Jeans of original homesteader Daniel Jeans, died in Ukiah. Daniel Jeans, who died in 1920, is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery, past which Karen and Delmar walked every day.

AND ANOTHER OLD TIMER NOTES: “I ran across some stories about the Boonville Indians in ‘Grass Roots of AV.’ I will make copies and send to you. It is written by a Rawles, one of the first old birds to roost in AV. I was surprised to find out the Indians had a rancheria close to where the Clinic is now located. Frank Luff, among Anderson Valley’s last natives, told me about the ceremonial site where the old Ornbaun house is located. The Indians burned the bodies, so there is not much to find on that hilltop.”

VELMA’S FARMSTAND on Anderson Valley Way is the retail face of the surrounding Filigreen Farm, and is presently offering a seductive array of locally-grown produce. First week of blueberries! The farm stand will be open Friday 1pm-5pmand Saturday 8:30am-1pm. We will be offering an array of vegetables including pre-bagged greens, New Girl tomatoes, sugar snap peas, spring onions, herbs and more. There will be fresh flower bouquets, frozen and fresh blueberries, dried prunes, and olive oil for sale as well. All products are certified biodynamic and grown by Filigreen Farm. Please email Annie at with any questions or more information. We can accept cash/card/check. Please respect social distance rules (maximum 3 people in the stand) and wear a mask at all times.

AND THE VENERABLE Brock Farms Stand, Highway 128 at Peachland Road is offering summer squash, cucumbers “with tomatoes starting to trickle in.” Open 10-duskish

THE BOONVILLE CONTINGENT of Black Lives Matters, showed up in downtown Boonville for the fifth Sunday in a row to yet another warm reception from passersby. As Dave Severn put it, “At our regular Sunday noon downtown Boonville Black Lives Matter march nothing that could be called hostility showed its face that I witnessed. Some indifference, maybe disdain but lots of waves and toot-toot support from passersby.”

FROM JIM BROWN, County Fair Manager, Boonville: Fairgrounds are often the heartbeats of our communities, acting as a gathering place in good times and in times of crisis. Open to all members of our community. Fairgrounds are at risk of closing and not being available to our communities. Where would we be if our Fairgrounds closed?

We need to take action now! We need Emergency Funding in the new package of Federal economic relief. Without support, many Fairs will close and the communities they serve will suffer.

We Need Your Help To Protect Our California Fairs!

Share the Video & Spread the Message: Click Thru to Our Website to learn more about how to send a letter to Congress and reach out to our elected officials

Reach out to your local Fairgrounds to find out how you can help.

MS NOTES: The County has approved a permit for this year’s Fair Parade, but we haven’t seen anything about the Fair itself other than Mendo Health Officer Dr. Doohan’s recent statement that she doubted it would be approved this year because of the health hazard presented by large crowds.

GREETINGS from your friends at the Anderson Valley Historical Society. At our most recent AVHS Board meeting, we discussed the possibility of opening the museum to visitors and talked about the ways that might work. Unfortunately, we could not come up with a safe way to work an opening. For one thing, most of our volunteer docents are seniors and as such are in a preeminent high-risk group. Also, a significant percentage of our visitors are passing through from out of town, creating an additional level of uncertainty. Finally, due to the spread-out nature of our facilities, with displays in three separate buildings, keeping counters and doors and display cases sprayed and disinfected after each group would prove an impossible task. So, sad to say, we felt we had no choice but to keep the museum closed for the time being. Our next Board meeting is scheduled for August, and we will reevaluate things then. But we did want to let the community know about our deliberations, and about the specifics behind our decision to stay closed for now. In the meantime, maintenance, insurance and other expenses roll on. If you’d like to make a donation, checks can be made out to AV Historical Society and mailed to PO Box 676, Boonville, CA, 95415. Best wishes to all. We hope to be seeing you soon. (Jerry Karp)

WHEN will the schools open? A new state budget agreement offers more money to California schools than was projected, but requires students to return to in-classroom learning — except for specific coronavirus-related "triggers." The details, contained in a budget trailer bill released late last Monday night, say the return to full five-day in-classroom instruction begins when the fall term starts in late August. The trailer bill contains no cuts for K-12 public schools, and offers some protections from teacher layoffs, that had been threatened for next year.


According to a recent press release, Ukiah Unified is looking at three different scenarios for fall reopening:

Scenario A: Return to school five days a week with safety measures to provide for as much social distancing as practicable and remote learning for parents who do not feel comfortable sending students to school five days each week. This five-day-a-week model may look different than what our community is used to.

Scenario B: This is a hybrid model where students would be split into two groups, with 50 percent of them in each group. One group would be referred to as A and the other as B. In this model, a student would attend school in person two days a week and be on remote learning three days a week. This hybrid model could work in a variety of ways. One possible example would be the A group attends school in person on Monday and Tuesday, and the B group attends school in person on Thursday and Friday with additional classroom sanitation on Wednesday. Parents who do not want this option could choose remote learning.

Scenario C: Remote learning similar to the 2019-20 school year if the health conditions in our community necessitate it.

(Mark Scaramella)

PREDICTION: There will be a minor baby boom in 9 months, and then one day in 2033, we shall witness rise of THE QUARANTEENS.

— Anica Williams, AV Village Coordinator

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