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Valley People (June 6, 2018)

AV HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA will be performing their end-of-the-year production of Complaint Department and Lemonade this Friday at the AV Grange. Doors open at 6 and the show starts at 7. Children and students get in for free. It is $5 for adults (and donations are welcome). Come support high school theater this Friday!

THE ANDERSON VALLEY LIBRARY at the Boonville Fairgrounds will be closed Saturday June 16 through Tuesday June 26 to accommodate what might be called the non-book people of the Sierra Nevada Music Festival, reopening on Saturday June 30. “The Library’s $4 a bag book sale,” Elizabeth Dusenberry informs us, "will start on June 30 and will last the month of July. So come on in and stock up on your summer reading. Our last open day for the summer will be July 31. We will not be accepting book donations in July.”

SUNDAY, JUNE 10TH,  Jane Anne Staw reads from her new book, "Small: The Little We Need for Happiness," and talks about how she learned to overcome overwhelm and anxiety--from 3:30-5:00, in the Gazebo, at the Boonville Hotel.

Pam is turning 75 and Roy is throwing a PARTY!
Come and celebrate, Saturday, June 9, 2pm
Potluck, musical instruments, plates & utensils encouraged
The Stand opens next week.

COULD ONLY get to two of the recent Open Studios but much enjoyed visits to the exhibits of the wonderful landscape painter Deanna Thomas and the equally interesting creative work of Marvin and Colleen Schenck. These two stops alone were a reminder, if any was needed, of the abundant talent in the Anderson Valley, Mendocino County’s most happening community

A NEW SCHOOL is opening on the site of the Philo Methodist Church in the Church’s adjunct building where, old timers will remember, a thriving Headstart pre-school program once prospered. The proprietor’s Facebook statement says,

“Since we are not quite ready to open our doors, I thought I would introduce myself! The woman behind Boont Tribe!

My name is Seasha Robb. I was born and raised in California. I have lived in the Watsonville area, Walnut Creek, and San Diego, in addition to Anderson Valley for the past 11 years.

I am married to Patrick Dilley, a local farmer and handyman who has lived in the valley since he was young. We have rescue dogs, and a cat, and noisy chickens. We do not have any children of our own...yet. I enjoy travelling all over the United States and the world. I get a thrill out of creative crafty projects and making things with my hands. I love to cook healthy, delicious food for others to enjoy. I have a Elementary Teaching Credential, and a Masters in reading. I have about 8 years of teaching experience in the Bay Area, Ukiah, and Anderson Valley. Educating children is my life passion. I have been mentoring, teaching, and coaching since I was 8 years old. I look forward to making this dream to open my own school a reality. I can't wait for the doors to open!”

AND YOU’RE an old timer, or getting there, if you remember that Head Start program presided over by Shirley Snowden, wife of then Boonville school superintendent Ron Snowden, the inimitable Charmian Blattner, Nora Park, wife of school bus driver Claude Park, and the memorably vivid Buster Pinoli. My daughter was always eager to get on the road for that pre-school, and you know you’ve got a good thing going when little kids look forward to being there.

KZYX didn't make its fund drive goal of $80,000 but continues to beat its begging bowl for the missing $20,000. Nevertheless, here's how to make the station solvent: Combine the positions of station manager and program director into one job at $40,000, which is still considerably more than the average wage worker makes in Mendocino County. (Neither of these positions is full time work.) Charge each programmer twenty bucks a month for their on-air slots, which would have the much desired effect of forcing programmers to take an interest in how their sponsoring entity is managed; unwind the station's legacy enemies' list, and just as actively promote the $25 memberships the station keeps secret but is buried somewhere in its policy manual; expand local news and initiate real discussion of local matters. As is, the average Mendo person has no compelling reason to tune in. (You're welcome, as always, to this unsolicited advice.)

AV COMMUNITY PARK CLEAN-UP DAY Saturday, June 16, 9am - 1pm. Join your community in volunteering to help revitalize our local park! From litter clean up and landscaping to picnic and play area restoration, we have projects for every member of the family. Come for an hour or stay for the morning. Bring work gloves and any helpful gardening tools: shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, buckets, and see what a difference a day makes! Can't make the event but have resources that may help, whether tools, materials or fundraising? Please contact Elizabeth Jensen, (415) 713-3833, <>


"Over Memorial Day Weekend 2018, about 30,000 people descended upon Lake San Antonio in the central California town of Bradley for Lightning in a Bottle. The massive expanse of dusty rolling hills proved a formidable obstacle to those attempting to experience everything the festival had to offer. Luckily every nook and cranny of the humongous venue was strategically curated with mind-bending art installations and world-class musical acts, making any part of the festival you were at feel like the place to be." — LA Weekly.

Pictured, Olivia Allen, of Philo, now living in L.A.

VEGETATION FIRE reported near mile marker 4.0 on Boonville-Ukiah Road last Friday morning. But, “Not as reported. Legal burn pile,” said AV Fire Chief Andres Avila.


  • You followed J.T. ‘Buster’ Farrer’s old Ford pickup (a Model T or Model A) as he drove slowly from Philo to Boonville or back.
  • You bought apples and/or produce at Art’s Apples (Art was Art Gowan) west of Philo or apple juice at Peterson’s Apples (where Goldeneye Winery is now).
  • You had Mr. Rapp as your high school science teacher.
  • Don Van Zandt sighted-in your rifle.
  • You remember Marshall Wynn Sr. as the Philo Postmaster.

(—Marshall Newman)

MR. WYNN preceded Thelma Pinoli and Dot Becker at the old Philo Post Office. One day my late mother walked in and immediately recognized Wynn as a high school classmate of hers at Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro, Illinois, and how’s that for pure coincidence? Wynn, apart from his job at the post office was also well known locally for the tunnel he patiently dug during his off hours leading from his house to a distant tree line. He was convinced that the Japanese intended to land an expeditionary force at Navarro-by-the-Sea at the outset of World War Two. Subsequent owners of the Wynn property on Ray’s Road, Philo, filled in the postmaster’s tunnel as a safety hazard to children who, of course, found it irresistible.

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