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Bird’s Eye View 11/18/2009

Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably then I shall begin. I thought it was an excellent Veterans Day gesture by The Boonville Lodge last week when they bought a drink for any Veteran who decided to drop by. Well done to all! Talking of which, I am indebted to reader Donna Reilly for informing me of the gathering, on the same day, at the Veterans Memorial in the Evergreen Cemetery on Anderson Valley Way. I hope something happens again next year. Rest assured I will remind you if there is.

Public Service Announcements.

#131: The Vets from Mendocino Animal Hospital will be in the Valley for their monthly visit tomorrow, Thursday, Nov 19th. They are here at the AV Farm Supply north of Philo on Highway 128 from 2-3:30pm and you can sign up after 1pm on the day.

#132: It’s the Dance Groove at The Grange this coming Friday, Nov. 20th. My favorite Dance Groovette, Jennifer P., tells me that D.J. Jeff will be getting his groove on and all are welcome to join him from 7.30pm on. Donations are gratefully accepted; tailgate outside if you wish.

#133: The final Barn Sale of the year is this Saturday/Sunday, Nov. 21/22 at The Big Barn at the St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church Refectory on AV Way just north of Boonville from 9am to 3pm each day. The usual delicious and inexpensive burgers will be served and your Xmas gift buying can start right here!

With dancing and grooving on my mind, I offer you this week’s Quote of the Week, the very perceptive observation by Irish writer, George Bernard Shaw, who once said, “Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.” Who am I to argue? See you at The Groove.

It’s time to inform you of another group of Valley folks in this week’s AV Who’s Who. On this occasion I am here to tell you exactly who does serve on the Community Services District (CSD), the group that makes decisions primarily about our Fire Department (yes, Chief Colin Wilson does have a boss!) but who also ‘govern’ the Recreation Committee, the Teen Center, and the Airport. They are: Chair: Andrea LaCampagne, Valerie Hanelt, Kirk Wilder, Diane Paget, and Linda Klein, who will soon ‘retire’ and be replaced by Kathleen McKenna. It should be mentioned that Mark “So moved” Scaramella of AVA fame also attends meetings but nobody seems to know exactly why other than to keep Chief Wilson in line of course. (I kid the Major, I’m sure he does it very well, whatever it is).

Moving even more quickly on to an important topic under discussion this week at The Three-Dot Lounge, my favorite gathering place in the Valley.

…Once again disappointed regulars at The 3-Dot are preparing for another holiday without a community Christmas Tree. There never has been one according to my sources but surely there should be. A beautiful tree situated somewhere in downtown Boonville (The Fairground parking lot? Hotel parking lot? Somewhere else?), tastefully illuminated during a special lighting ceremony attended by Valley folks of all ages from all of our various communities, and visited by many others over the holiday period, would be a wonderful thing don’t you think? Most communities seem to have a group who are able to get it organized and we at The 3-Dot wondered what the Chamber of Commerce or Community Services District, amongst others are doing over the next month?

Oh, dear, have I upset somebody? Sorry. I’ll get my coat and leave. Be careful out there; stay out of the ditches; think good thoughts; and may your god go with you. One final request: “Let us prey.” Humbly yours, Turkey Vulture.

PS. Contact me with words of support/abuse either through the Letters Page or by email at PPS. Hi, Silver Swan. Behaving yourself? Hopefully not! PPPS. It’s not all glamour being a Turkey Vulture but we certainly do get many compliments. My favorite, which I’ve no doubt shared with you countless times before, comes from some scientist-type called Charles Darwin who said about us Turkey Vultures, “A disgusting bird whose bald scarlet head is formed to wallow in putridity.” Thank you, Mr. Darwin. I think you will go far in your field of study.

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