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Valley People (Nov 19, 2014)

DONNA PIERSON-PUGH, long-time principal at the Elementary School, has told colleagues that she is retiring at the end of this school year.

HEARTENING TO SEE that the Valley's Pop Warner football organization dedicated their final game this season to the late Harold Hulbert. Anderson Valley sports has had no greater fan, and I can't think of anyone who donated more hours of his time to youth sports.

THREE BITS OF IMPORTANT NEWS from Bill Sterling, chair of the AVHC Search Committee now comprised of:  Mark Apfel, MD, Eric Arbanovella, George Gaines, Maureen Hochberg, RN, George Lee, MD, Teresa Malfavon, Susan Smith, MD, Bill Sterling, and new board member Claudia Jiminez.  Claudia replaces former director Gaile Wakeman on the Search Committee. Gaile has resigned. According to the AVHC website (currently undergoing repair but still making announcements) AVHC directors now are:  Ric Bonner, Eric Labowitz, JR Collins, Walter Hopkins, Kathy Cox, Claudia Jiminez, Maxence Weyrich, Mayte Guerrero.  And also according to the AVHC website, the medical staff now includes Mark Apfel MD, Medical Director; Logan McGhan MD; Cindy Arbanovella, Family Nurse Practitioner; Michelle Ambrois, Registered Nurse; Sarah Rossi, Medical Assistant; Phan Tath  DMD, Dentist;  Paula Knedler-Kisling, Registered Dental Assistant; Yanet Mendoza, Dental Assistant; Jessica McIninch PhD, Psychologist.

DEPUTY CRAIG WALKER has the Anderson Valley in such good order that there were only two 911 calls last week, a drunk on Whipple Ridge Road, and certainly not the first, and an act of vandalism, non-specified, at the Elementary School. The vandalism is under investigation.

ATTENTION AESTHETES! Hurry to the Anderson Valley for Mendocino County's most spectacular Fall color, as the vineyards turn gold against the hillsides and the Lombardy poplars at Indian Creek flame yellow for the single most thrilling vista you'll see.

PERENNIAL SMALL SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL CHAMPS, Anderson Valley swept Point Arena 3-0 Saturday night while the California School For the Deaf upset a strong Mendocino team, 3-2. And, of course, both football teams emerged as champs this year.

THIS IS PROBABLY a waste of our time and yours, dear reader, because we all always forget, but Thanksgiving week we gotta have everything by Sunday, 5pm, because we gotta go to print first thing Tuesday morning. Gotta that? Sunday, 5pm, the 23rd of November for print material, all you writers and correspondents.

ANDERSON VALLEY'S Volunteer Firefighters Association is once again collecting toys for Christmas. You may drop off a gift at the Fire Department or All That Good Stuff (get a discount for shopping local!) in Boonville, the Post Office in Yorkville, or Lemons’ Market in Philo. If you’re too busy to pick up a toy, we can always use cash as we end up buying soccer balls, basketballs, and other sports equipment, and your donation would go toward these purchases. The toys will be distributed at the Food Bank on December 16, 2014, so we need your donation by then. Please join us in making sure no child goes without a toy at Christmas time. Thank you for your generosity. Merry Christmas from organizers Sarah McCarter and Judy Long

MURDER MYSTERY NIGHT at the Shed in Boonville. AV Jr/Sr. High Teen Drama’s 2014 drama. A Murder Mystery Night is an event with a fictional setting. And it’s interactive with the audience. When all the audience has arrived, a murder occurs.  The victim and suspects are the actors. The audience is then tasked with solving the murder. Short scenes (which are scripted) are performed by the actor. Then the audience is allowed to question the actors. Their answers are improvised but structured to be relevant to the murder. The audience, individually, guesses at who is the murderer. And then the murderer, the motive and the method are revealed. The setting is a Victory party for the school and basketball team for having won the Redwood Classic. Starring eight Jr and Sr. High students who have been part of this semester’s Teen Drama Theater Arts Class. Friday, November 21st and Saturday, November 22. Doors open at 6:30 and all guests must arrive by 7pm! $10-$20 sliding scale for general admission. $5 for students and seniors. All proceeds go to the AV Teen Drama Fund. (— Marcos Magdaleno)

THE LA TIMES' ANNUAL DISCOVERY OF BOONVILLE: Weekend Escape: Boonville, California; a wine town with rustic charm

DEPT OF UNINTENTIONAL HILARITY, this sentence from Saturday's Press Democrat: “Sonoma County postal workers Friday joined a nationwide protest warning that mail service is about to get slower early next year.”

AS APPLIED TO THE AVA, if mail service were any slower it would be stopped altogether. We're grateful to our subscribers for continuing with us despite deliveries that can take as long as a month from the day the paper leaves Boonville. Used to be one day to the Bay Area, two days to the East Coast. And we just took a call from a librarian who said their copy of last week's paper arrived with its front page torn off. Mein Gott! The post office is vandalizing us too?

MARSHALL NEWMAN NOTES: “The Boonville rain gauge showed only 0.01 inches Friday morning as the last rainfall and yet the lower Navarro River flow rose nearly 25% since then. Clearly Anderson Valley is again receiving more rain than the official numbers indicate. Good, but odd.”

CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER, and still wanting a trash mover (Boontling for big storm) to blast open the Navarro at the mouth where it's been closed for almost an entire year!

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