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Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably then I shall begin. Let’s get things going with the Public Service Announcements. Calendars and pens at the ready. 

#380. The monthly Barn Sale returns on Saturday/Sunday, Sept 7/8 at The Big Barn on AV Way just north of Boonville, and runs from 10am to 3pm each day. #381. On Sunday, September 8, The Anderson Valley Land Trust is sponsoring its 4th annual “Sustainable Discoveries” event that will feature visits to the Yorkville Olive Ranch; a special local food lunch in the picnic area at Meyer Family Cellars prepared by Aquarelle Restaurant; Pennyroyal Farm to see the making of the cheese and the goats who produce the milk; and the Anderson Valley Community Farm in Boonville to experience their organic market garden, and animals. You can get more information or sign up by calling Shelly at 895-3150. #382. The local food Pancake Breakfast returns to The Grange on Sunday September 8 from 8.30-11am. #383. The Mendocino Bookmobile is in town next Tuesday, September 10. They are in the Valley on alternate Tuesdays for 45 minutes at each of these places and times: Floodgate 12.30pm; Philo 1.30pm; Boonville (Apple Hall) 2.30pm. Their next visit will be Tuesday, September 24. #384. The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital in Ukiah are back in the Valley for two visits this month . September 12 and 19. They will offer a full service featuring house calls in the morning and your entire vet needs from 2-3.30pm in the afternoon at the AV Farm Supply. Call 462-8833 for further details and if you are a previous client you can call them 48 hours in advance 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. #385. It’s The Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show from September 13-15. I just thought you should know.

Here is the menu for the next week at the Senior Center at the Veterans Hall in Boonville. The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors and charges $7 for Non-Seniors for lunches and for the dinners it is $6 and $8, respectively. Tomorrow, Thursday, September 5, the lunch, always served by Marti Titus and her crew at 12.15pm, will be Oven Baked Fish, Oven Fries, Coleslaw, Corn Bread Muffins, Wheatberry Salad, and Apple Crisp. Then next Tuesday, September 10, for the 6pm dinner, the menu will feature Lasagna, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Ferro Salad, Broccoli Salad, Raspberry Gelatin, Texas Sheet Cake dessert. As this is the 2nd Tuesday, this feast will be followed by Bingo at 7pm. Hopefully you will be able to attend, and remember, ALL ages are welcome! Hope to see you there.

Moving quickly on to topics and Valley events under discussion this week at The Three-Dot Lounge. “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant (and often Reliable) Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley.

…The high school soccer, football, and volleyball teams won all of their games last week and there were many raised glasses in celebration at The Three-Dot. Long may they continue.

…It will be my 23rd Fair next week, which is of course nothing compared to many, in particular the record holder for most Fairs attended, Eva Holcomb, for whom this will be her 76th since her first, as a four-year old in 1938. She hasn’t missed one since. Incidentally, Eva missed the first eleven Fairs, when it was known simply as The Apple Show, making this year’s event the 87th such extravaganza!

…“Things people say.” I overheard these words uttered by a tourist sitting outside the Paysanne ice cream store in Boonville on Sunday afternoon . “Oh, yes, Hendy Woods is quite pretty.” “Quite pretty”? I think she meant to say, “Absolutely stunningly beautiful,” but she had drunk too much wine and was unable to express herself very well.

…No firm movement as yet on the liquor license that is available following the recent closure of The Boonville Saloon (Lodge). Having said that, a couple of stories have been reported to my team of ace reporters and one of those certainly might come under the heading of “Good thoughts and Reliable Rumors.” If it’s a local offer, and it might well be, then that has to be excellent news.

…Talking of downtown socializing, regulars at the Three-Dot commented on the many out-of-towners in the Valley this weekend, including a large number of what were clearly accountants and/or lawyers and their significant others on sparkling Harley Davidson motorcycles. Most were adorned in pristine, hardly-worn leathers and are no doubt back in their office by the time you read this. Nothing wrong with that of course, but why do they try to look so menacing? And is it really necessary to rev up their engines for as long as many do? As for their co-riders, is it just me or is there something really quite attractive about soccer Moms from Tiburon wearing leather chaps and waistcoats that barely conceal their push-up bras? I didn’t think so.

Time to take my leave. So, until we talk again. Keep the Faith; be careful out there; stay out of the ditches; think good thoughts; please remember to keep your windows cracked if you have pets in your vehicle; 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! PPPS. Keep on humming, Hummingbird. ¥¥


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