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Bird’s Eye View By Turkey Vulture

Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably then I shall begin. Let’s start with the Public Service Announcements. #131. I am told that Variety Show tickets are available at Lemons’ Market in Philo and All that Good Stuff in Boonville, as well as on the night at the door at the Grange. Get there early as the per­formances will begin promptly at 7pm on both Friday and Saturday, March 5th and 6th. #132a&b. The St. Patrick’s Dinner and Dance at the Elk Community Center is on Saturday March 13th. Call Gloria at 895-3071 for details; the Senior Center Dinner celebrating the same event is the following week at the Apple Hall in Boonville. Call Gina at 895-3609. #133. An early heads-up that the first Barn Sale of the year at The Big Barn in Boonville is scheduled for the weekend of March 27th and 28th. It’s never to early to plan for bar­gains and burgers is it?

I attended the Senior Center Dinner last Tuesday evening and joined a very good turnout of about 40 people, including many seniors and their friends and relatives. Pastor Bill Nobles cooked a chicken fried steak dinner from his throne on a bar stool and Gloria Abbot once again produced a splendid salad bar and dessert. It was a most enjoyable evening and all that was missing was an always-popular bingo session!?

Before we leave the subject of our senior citizens, perhaps we should have the Quote of the Week con­nected to them. This bit of wisdom about aging comes from Glenda Jackson, a two-time Best Actress Oscar winner, for ‘Women in Love’ (1969) and ‘A Touch of Class’ (1973), and now a member of the British Parlia­ment, who said, “I look forward to growing old and wise and audacious.” She’ll fit right in with the Senior ‘Gang’ in Anderson Valley then!

On to the topics under the spotlight this week at The Three-Dot Lounge — “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley. First up there were in-depth discussions about ‘chickens and eggs’ at the high school — let me explain.

…I remember well this time last year when several 3-Dot regulars were very disappointed to hear that the High School Public Speaking event, sponsored and organized by The Lions Club, attracted just one stu­dent, despite several saying they would attend. There are cash prizes even at this level and big prize money is offered to students who progress to state finals, not to mention the many character-building benefits to the students that practice for, and compete in, such an event. Apart from that, the Lions’ voluntarily make efforts to put the event together in the first place. Unfortunately, and I don’t think this was mentioned in the ‘School News’ column, those same regulars are now extremely perplexed because at this year’s event, held last week, not a single student from the school showed up! In the opinion of many, this was simply not good enough. What happened? Why did they ‘chicken’ out? I think we should be told.

…I know I have mentioned this many times but now a couple of 3-Dot regulars have also experienced the freshly laid eggs from Beth Swehla’s Ag Depart­ment at the high school — and they are raving about them. These eggs are truly delicious and look and taste like real eggs. Remember those? A simple soft-boiled egg in an eggcup hasn’t tasted this good in a very long time and at $3.50 a dozen I urge you to take advantage of this wonderful deal. Trust me on this; you can thank me later.

…Moving on. Gloria Ross, now officially titled The Pope-ette of Anderson Valley for her efforts to raise money for the new Catholic Church, swung by The 3-Dot the other day and informed us that the recent Crab Feed raised well over $6,000, the 2nd highest amount ever in the eight-year history of this great Val­ley event. She is hopeful that if one or two more equally successful ‘Feeds’ can be put together then soon thereafter groundbreaking on the new church might begin in the field alongside Highway 128 next to the Barn Sale Building. I can only hope for something in the fall from this Mistress of the Big Feed and her wonderful crew of volunteers. Dare I say Mexican Feed? Claws crossed.

…It would appear that the signs are good for Dep­uty Walker to get a canine friend to help him solve the crimes and keep the peace around these parts. Needing local funds to add to those provided by the County, I am quietly confident that these will be forthcoming from various events to be held over the next few months. Knowing the Deputy to be a true dog person, and having found him to be a very positive community asset as a deputy sheriff, I have no doubts that this is a win/win/win situation for Walker, the Community, and his/our Dog!

Time to take my leave. Be careful out there; stay out of the ditches; think good thoughts, and may your god go with you. Of course, one final request, “Let us prey.” Humbly yours, Turkey Vulture. PS. Contact me with words of support/abuse either through the Letters Page or by e-mail at PPS. Hi, Silver Swan — behaving yourself? Hopefully not! PPPS. Alex Champion of Gschwend Road, Philo, is a Senior Citizen.

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