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Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably then I shall begin. Let’s start with this update: The monthly Barn Sale on AV Way normally takes place on the final weekend of each month but due to this being Memorial Day Weekend in May, the Sale is a week earlier, on Sat/Sun, May 19/20. Apart from all of the usual deals, organizer Gloria Ross will be serving her “world famous” pulled pork sandwiches and potato salad on the Saturday with the usual bbq taking place on Sunday. Sound like a plan?

And so, perhaps inevitably, your Quotes of the Week are all concerned with my third favorite animal: the pig. “Think P.I.G. — that’s my motto. P stands for Persistence, I stands for Integrity, and G stands for Guts. These are the ingredients for a successful business and a successful life,” from American businesswoman and inspirational speaker, Linda Chandler. Then let’s go to “The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed,” from former tennis star Martina Navratilova. I like this from Albert Einstein: “Well-being and happiness never appeared to me as an absolute aim. I am even inclined to compare such moral aims to the ambitions of a pig.” Next up it’s, “I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig — you get dirty; and besides, the pig likes it,” from the Irish playwright and author, George Bernard Shaw. And finally this proverb and its wise and hopeful thought: “Even a blind pig finds an acorn every once in awhile.” Now go eat some pork at the Barn Sale!

Public Service Announcements. Calendars and pens at the ready. #72. Grange Groove has returned to, where else?, The Grange, on Hwy 128. It’s always the 3rd Friday of the month, in this case May 18th, and the ‘free-dance for all’ runs from 8pm on. This month it features dancing and gyrating to the sounds played by D.J. Stevie D, whose actual grown-up name is Steve Derwinski. (So now it’s Derwinski the DJ.? Who knew?) Anyway, it’s an evening of family fun that is drug and alcohol free (and yet I’m sure it’s still lots of fun! (I’m kidding!)) #73. The annual Pinot Festival takes place this weekend from May 18th thru 20th. #74. The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital will return to the Valley twice more this month, Thursdays, May 24th and 31st. They will be at the AV Farm Supply on Hwy 128 from 2-3:30pm on each occasion but have asked me to inform you that you do not have to arrive early and then wait a long time; everyone showing up at anytime before 3:30pm will be seen. And if you call 48 hours in advance (462-8833) you can ensure that your pet’s medical charts are brought over and order any meds that may be needed. #75. The Guest Chef Dinner benefiting the Senior Center this month will feature Maple Creek Winery owner and chef, Tom Rodrigues. It’s Friday, June 1st and Tom will be serving an Hawaiian-style bbq, featuring pork ribs marinated in pineapple, mango, tamari, shallots, and garlic; chicken thighs marinated in ginger, pineapple, mango, fruit juice, citrus; a fresh green salad with lots of goodness and Hawaiian herbs; and Fresh Tropical Fruit with homemade whipped cream for dessert. Tropical attire is requested! Call 895-3609 to get tickets. This event will sell out.

Topics and Valley events under discussion this week at The Three-Dot Lounge — “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley.

…The AV Farm Supply, as owned by Dave and Nancy Gowan, will be gone within a month. Last I heard there were still some positive developments on the possibility that the new owners, who are to be the locally-based Ardzrooni Vineyard Management, will to some degree keep the current operation as it is, while also “doing their own thing.” Along with many other Valley folks, I certainly hope they manage to be successful at doing both.

…Good reports on the 1st Annual Fish and Chips dinner to benefit Youth Footballers who next season will be playing on the new High School JV team. Around $1700 in profit was raised and this should go a long way in covering the new helmets and uniforms that the newly formed team will need.

…The 16th Annual AV Beer Festival — same as always. Great fun for many; excessive drinking for some; ridiculous stupidity by a few. For some of us it was a case of “done it, seen it, enough is enough.”

…Members of the AV Unity Club stopped by at The 3-Dot last week and reminded us that they meet at The Fairgrounds at 1:30pm on the first Thursday of the month. Dessert and tea or coffee is served to accompany the business meeting and a guest speaker or some form of entertainment. I informed them that I’d be there and then read in their leaflet that “all ladies in the community are welcome.” I fully understand. A male in the room would create a different “vibe” — just as a woman in attendance at the local Gentlemen’s Military History Book Club would. Some things should not be messed with simply to address political correctness and surely there is nothing wrong with that.

Time to take my leave. Keep the Faith; 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 through the Letters Page or at PPS. On the sheep, Grace. PPPS. Despite what many of you may think, it’s not all glamour being a Turkey Vulture, but I must say we do get many compliments. My favorite, that has no doubt been mentioned here before, comes from no less an expert than the naturalist of Evolution fame, Charles Darwin, who said about us Turkey Vultures, “A disgusting bird whose bald scarlet head is formed to wallow in putridity.” Thank you, Charles, you’re very kind.

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