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Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably I shall begin. As regular readers will know, every month I try to include those senior Valley folks with birthdays and on this occasion we have a very special such celebration. Harold Perry, the Valley’s oldest citizen, will turn 96 tomorrow, Thursday, November 8. Quite an achievement and on behalf of all Valley folks I’ll pass on a Many Happy Returns to Harold when I see him.

With Harold’s 96th in mind, here’s some classic words of wisdom on the subject of old age for your Quotes of the Week. First this from Rose Kennedy, who lived to be 104 and was a great philanthropist and wife of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., and the mother of nine children, among them President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and Senator Edward Moore ‘Ted’ Kennedy — “I’m like old wine. They don’t bring me out very often, but I’m well preserved.” Golda Meir, the former Prime Minister of Israel: “Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you’re aboard there’s nothing you can do.” Lord Byron: “’Tis very certain the desire of life, prolongs it.” And finally, 50s presidential hopeful Adlai Stevenson: “It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts.” Hope see you at Bingo over the holidays, Harold!

The special Veterans Day event held annually at Evergreen Cemetery on AV Way is this coming Sunday, November 11 at 10.30am. In terms of taking a deep breath and thinking about what really matters, this is one of the more important community gatherings of the year. So please think seriously about attending. The organizers inform me that inclement weather will not postpone this ceremony. After all, those who are being remembered went through far worse I’m sure. However, in the event of significant rain, signs will be posted at the cemetery informing you that the event has been moved to the Veterans Hall/Senior Center in Boonville. Different place, same time — 10.30am, Sunday, November 11th.

More Public Service Announcements. Calendars and pens at the ready. #318: The Vets from Mendocino Animal Hospital will return to the Farm Supply in the Valley tomorrow, Thursday, Nov 8 from 2-3:30pm. If you are a previous client you can call them 48 hours in advance (462-8833) to ensure that your pet’s charts are brought over the hill and also order any medications your pet might need. New customers and their pets are always welcome and they will be back in the Valley next week (Nov 15) and on Thursday, Nov 29. #319: It’s that time of year and people are already suffering from the flu. This can be prevented by a shot — being given at the Senior Center/Veterans Hall on Thursday, Nov 15 from 10.30am to 12.30pm. No charge for patients with Medicare — a very well-spent $29.99 for others. (Refunds available for those covered by their insurance.) Questions? 964-1848 and press 3. #320. Quick recap of a number of regular monthly gatherings in the Valley: Every Tuesday and Saturday, the AV Lending Library, run by the Unity Club, is open at The Fairgrounds, Tues 1.30-4.30pm and Saturday 2-4pm. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, The AV Museum at The Little Red Schoolhouse (‘The Best Little Museum in the West’) is open from 1-4pm. The County Dump is open from 9am-4pm every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. On two Tuesdays and every Thursday at the Senior Center, lunch is served at 12.15pm; on the 2nd Tuesday it’s dinner (6pm) and Bingo night (~7pm) and on the final Tuesday it’s dinner at 6pm. The AV Lions meet every third Monday and the AV Grange does so every third Tuesday.

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.

…Many regulars plan to attend today’s high school boys’ soccer semi-final at Tom Smith Field alongside the school in Boonville at 2.30pm, Wednesday, Nov 7. If the team wins, the Championship Game will be at the same venue and time on Saturday, Nov 10.

…Quite a few will also attend the same Saturday evening’s 7pm girls volleyball quarterfinal at the high school gym. Ccould be quite a week or so for high school sports — claws and beaks crossed.

…Are there any better ‘store dogs’ than Scooter at Laughing Dog Books and Gracie at All that Good Stuff? I must say that they certainly add to the experience of buying a book or picking up a gift or trinket.

…From our 3-Dot regular, The Old Buzzard, comes another in his insightful series, ‘The Approach of the Apocalypse.’ Buzzard was in a pensive mood when I saw him this week and had little to say other than, “If the wrong guy wins this election, I’m outtahere because the Apocalypse will have arrived!”

We’ll know soon enough. In the meantime, I’m certainly outtahere. But I will return. So, until we talk again, Keep the Faith; be careful out there; stay out of the ditches; think good thoughts; keep your windows cracked if you have pets in your vehicle; 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. Skylark – Happy Birthday!

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