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Bird’s Eye View (Sept. 28, 2016)

Greetings one and all. Are you are sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin.

Public Service Announcements. Calendars and pens at the ready. #543. The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital will return to the Valley twice this month: Thursdays, October 6 and 20. They will be at the AV Farm Supply on Highway 128, north of Philo from 2-3.30pm. Good to arrive around 3pm, you will definitely be seen. #544. The next Barn Sale is this weekend, Saturday/Sunday, October 1/2, from 9am-3pm at The Big Barn next to the St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church Refectory on AV Way just north of Boonville. #545. The Mendocino Bookmobile returns to the Valley next Tuesday, October 4 —alternate Tuesdays for 45 minutes at: Navarro Store 9am (for just 30 minutes before heading to Comptche); the Floodgate 12.30pm; Philo 1.30pm; Boonville (Apple Hall) 2.30pm. Phone 463-4694 for further details. #546. The AV Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday, from 1pm-4pm. Situated in The Little Red Schoolhouse next to the Elementary School on AV Way, a perfect thing to do in the Valley when you have a couple of hours to spare on a weekend afternoon. “The Best Little Museum in the West.”

Here is the menu for the Community lunches next week in the Senior Center at the Veterans Building in Boonville. The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors and charges $7 for Non-seniors. Tomorrow, Thursday, September 29, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Meat Loaf and Mashed potatoes with Gravy, and Strawberry-Blueberry Trifle for dessert. Next Tuesday, October 4, the lunch features Chicken Marsala with Blackberry Pie bars for dessert. A Flu Shot Clinic follows from 1-3pm. All meals include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. What a deal, the best value for money you’ll get all week! Tai Chi is available every Tuesday at 11am, on Thursdays at 11am is Kathy’s Easy-stretch Yoga. Also on Thursdays, the Active Life Club runs from 10am to 2pm featuring games, crafts, and music. The Senior Center/Community Bus goes to Ukiah on Monday's and also Santa Rosa on the first Wednesday of the month. These trips fill up fast so don't forget to sign up early at 489-1175. Hopefully you will be able to attend some of these events and certainly the lunches and dinners – ALL ages are welcome! Hope to see you there.

Topics and Valley events under discussion this week at The Three-Dot Lounge – “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant (yet surprisingly reliable) Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley.

The 3-Dot was closed for emergency maintenance this week but this did not stop out intrepid reporter, The Old Buzzard, from offering these thoughts for his insightful series: “Signs that the Apocalypse is Approaching.” “As the UN Security Council prepares to meet again to discuss Syria, America is scrambling to salvage what little is left of its ill-conceived plan to stop the fighting. Violence resumed as soon as the truce ended on Monday night, and is expected to intensify as the Syrian government, backed by Russia and Iran, doubles down on its drive to crush rebel forces in Aleppo. The UN has suspended all aid to the country following an apparent air strike on one of its convoys; feeding the atmosphere of mistrust, Russia has claimed the lorries merely caught fire. With their faith in American policy at an all-time low, mainstream rebel forces are more likely than ever to merge with extremist groups such as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, a former al-Qaeda offshoot. The prospects for Syria’s long-suffering people appear even grimmer than they did before the start of the ceasefire. It is a tragedy of epic proportions and nobody seems to even talk about it in everyday conversation, as if it is just another day “at the office of the world” so to speak. And that is surely a sign, more than anything I have mentioned in recent times, that the Apocalypse is approaching. “

Thank you, Buzzard, yes, a diabolical tragedy indeed. I’m outta here. I’ve got see a man about a sheep. Enough for now, “please take me drunk, I’m home.” Until we talk again, Be careful out there; if you break a leg don’t come running to me; stay out of the ditches; be wary of strangers with more dogs than teeth; show love to your pets, they will be faithful and true to you to the last beat of their hearts. Remember to keep your windows cracked if you leave them in your vehicle; think good thoughts; Keep the Faith; try to not let life get in the way of living; may your god go with you, and may your dog go with you too. A final request, “Let us prey.” Sometimes poking, often stroking, but almost always humbly yours, Turkey Vulture. (Contact me through the Letters Page or PS. Skylark – read any good books lately? Hi, Silver Swan, behaving yourself? Hopefully not! Everything cool with you, O.J.? Of course it is.

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