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Bird’s Eye View (Nov 12, 2014)

Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably then I shall begin. (This will be a significantly shortened column this week for reasons that are far too scandalous to mention in a family newspaper.)

I was very pleased and honored to be able to attend the Veterans Day of Remembrance last Sunday morning at the Evergreen Cemetery just outside Boonville. There were around 60 people from a broad range of Valley backgrounds and groups in attendance to pay their respects to those who have given so much so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. Featuring communal singing, songs by Patty Liddy, poignant readings by Tom Towey and Margaret Pickens, and a two-minute silence, along with other appropriate administrations and the laying of memorial red poppies on the Wall of Remembrance, it was a special service that hopefully those in attendance appreciated.

Public Service Announcements. #412. It’s that time of year. to get your flu shot! They do work so try not to fall for the myths that they don’t and go along on to the Anderson Valley Senior Center in Boonville on Tuesday, November 18 from 11:00 to 1:00. This is well worth it and is hosted by Rite Aid pharmacy. Call 895-3609 for more details . #413. Unfortunately there are no planned visits to the Valley by the Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital for November but they will make a visit on Thursday, December 11. #414. The Boonville Winter Market has started its winter schedule — across the street from the summer location in the hotel parking lot to in front of the Boonville General Store in downtown Boonville, 10am-12:30pm. “Come on down with your locally grown or made food or crafts, to sell or trade,” or just go as a customer and buy some goodies. For more info, call Cindy at 895-2949. #415. The Mendocino Bookmobile visits the Valley on Tuesday, November 18. They are here on alternate Tuesdays for 45 minutes at: Navarro Store 9am (for 30 minutes); the Floodgate 12.30pm; Philo 1.30pm; Boonville (Apple Hall) 2.30pm. Phone 463-4694 for further details. #416. Gardeners, Farmers and Produce Growers of all kinds, please remember Food Bank days (3rd Tuesday of every month) as a place to donate your extra produce. It will be greatly appreciated. Please drop off on the Monday before, behind Boonville Methodist Church. If you need someone to glean your produce to take to the Food Bank, contact Valerie Kim at or Denisse Mattei, the Food Bank director, at 895-3763.

Here is the menu for the Community lunches next week at the Senior Center in the Veterans Building in Boonville. The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors and charges $7 for Non-seniors. Tomorrow, Thursday, November 13, the lunch, always served by Marti Titus and her crew at 12.15pm, will be Steak Pizzola, Pasta, Peas, Faro Salad, and Garlic Bread, with Pecan bars for dessert. Next Tuesday, November 18, the menu will feature Pineapple Pepper Chicken, Brown Rice, Carrots, Wheat Berry Salad, and Apple Cake for dessert. Remember, all ages are welcome! Hope to see you there.

Time to take my leave, I have to see a man about a sheep. So, until we talk again, Keep the Faith; be careful out there; stay out of the ditches; think good thoughts; be wary of strangers with more dogs than teeth; remember to keep your windows cracked if you have pets in your vehicle; and may your god go with you. A final request, Let us prey. Humbly yours, Turkey Vulture. Contact me with words of support/abuse through the Letters Page or at PS. Keep on wagging that tail, Fred. Is that “lafter” I hear, Carroll? Keep up the good work, Round-eyed Robin.

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