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Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably then I shall begin. I am indebted to Pat Hulbert who informs me that her father’s cousin, Yorkville’s Austin Hulbert, was born in April 1917 thus making him, as far as I know at this point, the oldest person currently living in the Valley at 93 years of age. This had been double-confirmed by Yorkville's Master Shepherd and near neighbor of Austin's — Kevin Owens. The oldest woman and 2nd oldest person is Freda Fox at 92 and the 2nd oldest man and 3rd oldest person is Ross Murray who comes in at a youthful 91. Two other names have been mentioned as this topic gathers momentum and my team of ace investigative reporters is trying to find out the exact ages of both Shine Tuttle and Harold Perry. Any assistance from my readership would be greatly appreci­ated too, of course.

Public Service Announcements. #453: Well, I’m sure I don’t have to remind anyone but this coming weekend (Friday 17th-Sunday 19th) it’s the Mendocino County Fair here in Boonville, the ‘Best Small Town County Fair in the West!’ All the usual events (Apple Cup Soc­cer, Rodeo, Sheep Dog Trial, music, games, rides, etc, etc) will be taking place, plus the many exhibitions and displays that show off the County’s best livestock and all of the various talents that so many people in the county possess. There will even be a booth for the AVA with various D-List celebrities in attendance! With food and drink in plentiful supply and so many familiar faces to see, I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t be there. #454: And if you feel like a little something special to go with your fair weekend I urge you to swing by Lemons Market in Philo on Saturday morning after 10am to pick something up at Pat Hulbert’s Bake Sale on the porch. Now there’s a few slices of heaven waiting to be devoured. #453: Unbelievable! You can do your Fair ‘thing’ and then zoom down to Navarro on Sunday after­noon/evening to see Eric Burden and the Animals. Yes, I did just write that! And yes, it is The Animals, those who led the British pop/rock music invasion with the Beatles and Stones following shortly behind. I don’t know how impresario and Navarro Store owner, Dave Evans, does it, but he does, and this world-renowned band is playing in the Valley this Sunday evening. Yes folks, The Ani­mals are in the Deep End!

I always think that when ‘reviewing’ a restaurant or a meal, this can only be done fairly if you go more than once — to see if it was as bad or good as you first thought. Therefore when I ventured out to fly over the Valley on Sunday lunchtime, for the second time in a month I found myself zooming down and devouring the delicious Mexican bbq chicken plate prepared on his out­side grill/smoker by owner/operator Ricardo at The Redwood Drive-in — something he does every Sunday. For $25 you get a whole succulent chicken with all the obvious fixings and it will certainly feed a party of four comfortably — or just myself for four meals. Check it out when you get a chance. Trust me on this, you can thank me later.

Now for topics this week at The Three-Dot Lounge. Yes, “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley.

…The Boonville Saloon (formerly The Boonville Lodge) is open! I flew in to observe and briefly partake in their opening night last Friday evening (Sept 10th) and was very pleased to see a decent crowd of revelers and the joyous smiles on faces of the long-suffering owners behind the bar — Shelly and Marcia. Congratulations to you both — may you enjoy and prosper!

…Several regulars at The Three-Dot were wondering how come Bill Hill’s Big Hole, the monstrous pond alongside Highway 128 opposite Breggo Cellars, was full of water all summer long and only now is the water level dropping? The natural run off pond near to The Nest here was empty by mid-June. Just how much water is legally allowed to be pumped into this crater from the river and its sources? Is this amount checked? Mean­while, I have been told that the surrounding creeks have been getting more and more shallow every year. At least that wonderful family of Canada Geese had a nice home for a few months, but given all the spraying going on around here did anyone check to see how many legs the newborn baby chicks had?

…May I just say that despite all this winery bashing I am sitting here at The Three-Dot sipping a delicious Chardonnay from the Valley’s Husch Winery. What a hypocrite! I love wine, and many of the varietals pro­duced by our locally owned wineries are not to be missed. All I can do to explain my hypocrisy is to refer you to the proverb — “all are not saints that go to church.” Or to give you a Quote of the Week, how about these words from Greek philosopher and tragedy writer, Euripides, “Often a noble face hides filthy ways.” Come on Euri, didn’t you mean, “Often a filthy face hides noble ways”?

I’ll get my coat and leave shall I? But first let me ask that with the hot weather continuing, 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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