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Bird’s Eye View

Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably I shall begin. I have little to report this week as I had a short break from flying around and observing the Valley over the past seven days or so.

I did venture out on Sunday lunchtime and found myself devouring the delicious Mexican bbq chicken plate prepared on his outside grill/smoker by owner/operator Ricardo at The Redwood Drive-in. Even Hummingbird, who is not a big meat-eater like myself, was heard to say “This is a beautiful piece of chicken.” Check it out when you get a chance. Trust me on this, you can thank me later.

Anyway, if nothing else, I should do my weekly duty and provide you with the Public Service Announce­ments. #103: The vets from the Mendocino Animal Hos­pital will be here tomorrow, Thursday, August 26th from 2pm to 3.30pm at The Farm Supply north of Philo. Don’t forget to support your local farm supply while you’re there. It will make you feel good. #104: The live music series continues in The Deep End this Friday evening (August 27th) when the wonderful Texas Swing band, “Asleep at the Wheel” will be in town. To get such a top act to come by and play at his Navarro Store venue is quite a coup by owner Dave Evans and hopefully the community will get down there to support it and have a great time doing so. #105: Don’t forget the weekly Boonville Farmer’s Market at the Hotel parking lot in Boonville from 9:30am to noon on Saturday the 28th. And finally, #106: it’s time once again for the monthly Barn Sale at The St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church Refectory on AV Way just north of Boonville. It’s from 9am to 3pm on both Saturday and Sunday, 28th and 29th, and as an added plus, each day from 11am to 2pm, Senor M will be serving up his Efrenburgers and Men­dozadogs from the grill.

Latest small business news. In the space next to the location formerly known as The Boonville Lodge, a new Mexican Restaurant by the name of Yuri’s has opened. It is owned and operated by Brenda Soris and she tells me they plan to be open every day from 9am to 9pm with Chinese food added to the menu on weekends at some point soon. I wish them every success. Meanwhile, the aforementioned Lodge location will soon be filled by The Boonville Saloon just as soon as the Alcohol Bever­age Control people can fit it into their busy schedule to grant the long-awaited license. As for The Buckhorn, as I have said several times already, it is about two months away. When it does open, it will be a pub/restaurant with a lunch and dinner menu similar to The Lodge in recent times, a brunch on weekends, pizza (to go too), a beer garden, a wide selection of draft beers, and many local wines.

I’m outta here until next time. But let me remind you that in the hot weather please remember to keep your windows cracked if you have pets in your vehicle. Oth­erwise, be careful out there; stay out of the ditches; think good thoughts; and may your god go with you. One final request, “Let us prey.” Poking and stroking egos wher­ever necessary and, as always, humbly yours, Turkey Vulture. PS. Keep the Faith. PPS. Contact me with words of support/abuse through the Letters Page or by e-mail at <>

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