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Bird’s Eye View

Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably then I shall begin. I have been very remiss of late and failed to mention the August birthdays of the following seniors, many of whom are regular attendees at the weekly Senior Center lunches and dinners: Kay Clark, Joy Daniels, Donna Reilly, Bev Burger, Fritz Kuny, Joe Hansen, Mark Fontaine, and Ellen Fontaine. Better late than never, I s’pose, so it’s ‘Congratulations and Many Happy returns to all!’

With that in mind, and having spent quite a bit of time around the Senior Center in recent times, for the Quote of the Week I offer up these words from the great comedian George Burns, “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” The group above would seem to bare that out, wouldn’t you say?

Moving on to this week’s Public Service Announce­ments — just a few of the Valley’s gatherings that hap­pen every week or so. The A.V. Lending Library run by The Unity Club is open on Tuesdays from 1.30pm to 4.30pm and on Saturday 2pm to 4pm at The Fairgrounds. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday sees the AV Museum is open from 1pm to 4pm at The Little Red Schoolhouse on Hwy 128 by the Elementary School. Hopefully on every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, the County Dump is open from 9am-4pm each day up on Mountain View Road about a mile or so out­side Boonville. (Remember ‘No Dead Animals.’) And finally, on the first and third Tuesday and every Thurs­day there is a lunch at The Senior Center Lunch served at 12.15pm. On the second Tuesday it’s Dinner and Bingo Night at 6pm, with dinner served once more on the fourth Tuesday, again at 6pm. You don’t have to be a senior to attend. All are welcome.

Now on to a couple of the topics under discussion this week at The Three-Dot Lounge. Yes, “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley.

…The dinner at The Senior Center in Boonville on Tuesday Aug 24th was simply delicious. On the menu was Cook Natalie’s Enchiladas in red sauce — some truly wonderful culinary delights, I must say. There was a good crowd once again and Hummingbird and I snapped up the final six enchiladas! Hope you were there!

…Just as tasty, and also selling out, was the bbq at last weekend’s Barn Sale cooked by Irma Sanchez. Once again, if you were hungry in the Valley you could have done yourself a big favor.

…If you were both hungry and thirsty, and you went to the gathering that was officially for tasting room employees held last Thursday at The Golden Eye Win­ery, you would have been very pleased. I would have gone but given the things this particular winery has been doing of late in terms of noise pollution in the Christine Woods region of the Valley, I decided not to. I have been told by some Three-Dot regulars that it was a very well attended event and I’m sure everything was wonderful and a nice party ensued, but a hypocritical Turkey Vul­ture is a bad Vulture, not that that is a bad thing of course. Just not on this occasion.

…Several Mexican adult soccer league players and fans swung by The 3-Dot on Sunday and downed a few Pacifico beers following a convincing victory by Valla­dolid — one of three teams in the league based in the Valley, each of which features many former high school players. The other two teams are Leon and of course, La Laguneta, named after the town in the Mexican State of Michoacan where the vast majority of the Valley’s Mexican community is either from or has heritage. The teams play every Sunday with at least one playing in the Valley at Tom Smith Field by the school every week at 10am.

I’m outta here. But first a few ‘instructions.’ With the hot weather almost with us, 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. You can contact me with words of support/abuse either through the Let­ters Page or by e-mail at

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