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Bird’s Eye View, 10/21/2009

Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comforta­bly then I shall begin. Let’s start with the Thought for the Week: “Just because somebody has more dogs than teeth does not necessarily mean they are a bad person.” And talking of dogs, don’t forget that the vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital are in the Valley tomorrow (10/22) at the AV Farm Supply in Philo from 2pm to 3:30pm. I humbly suggest you sup­port this excellent service and at the same time save yourself that drive over the hill.

Time for few of the questions under discussion over the past week at The Three-Dot Lounge. Yes it’s “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Val­ley.

…The first question raised was “When will there be a limit put on the number of vines that can be planted here?” Yet another new winery is going in between Floodgate and Navarro on the east side of Highway 128 and I am reliably informed that it could well involve more than 30 acres being planted. The owners, Rhys Winery, are not local and once again money seems to be no object in their desire to make even more. As for those ugly corporate-type signs at the entrances — Entrance #1 and Entrance #2 indeed! It’s too bad.

…Enough winery-bashing for this week. It’s time for a glass of pinot and a less serious topic. But still something that inquiring minds want to get to the bottom of. The Islands have bought what was The Ox and, before that, The Buckhorn Saloon in downtown Boonville. Now what goes in there? I vote for a pizze­ria with a small banking center and pharmacy counter, with a car/truck wash outside. Regulars were also wondering how much of the building former owner and Brewery Supremo, ‘King’ Ken Allen, has leased back for his own activities in the basement and would he be sub-leasing any of this to whoever the new ten­ants upstairs is to be? I couldn’t possibly comment.

…And the final question that had the regulars shak­ing their heads was whether or not somebody would step in to bring back the Woolgrowers Sheep Dog Trial and BBQ to the Valley next summer now that the long-time organizers have decided they can no longer do it. Fortunately, I was able to somewhat calm their fears because I have it on fairly good authority that moves are afoot to revive this wonder­ful event and, although a few things may be altered/added/subtracted, the basics will be the same for what I know is the favorite annual Valley event held at The Fairgrounds for many Valley folks. Keep your fingers, claws, and hooves crossed and I’ll keep you posted.

It’s a shame that there are so many questions and so few answers forthcoming at this point. One can only hope that we will not be left with the answer as offered by writer/patron of the arts, Gertrude Stein, who once said, “There ain’t no answer. There ain’t going to be any answer. There never has been an answer. That’s the answer.” And that, good reader, is your Quote of the Week.

Time for this week’s edition of the AV Who’s Who. It is this fine group of Valley people who serve on The AV Housing Association and who share the goal of creating affordable housing in the area. Presi­dent is Bill Sterling, VP Kathy Cox, Treasurer Art Hatcher, Secretary John McCue, board members Karen Bates, Sara Fowler, Ron Verdier, and Tracy Thieriot, plus Property Manager Enrique Mendoza, Administration Manager Sheila Leighton, and Devel­opment Director Jerry Cox. Keep up the good work folks!

It’s time to take my leave. 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.” Humbly yours, Turkey Vulture. PS. Contact me with words of support/abuse either through the Letters Page or by e-mail at PPS. “My bad” — as people annoyingly say — but I failed to include Beth Swehla among the list of AV coaches in last week’s list. She deals with the AV Junior High 8th grade volleyball team (Sid Frazer has the 7th and 6th graders) and has been a coach at the school since 1991.

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