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Valley People (Oct. 5, 2022)

ON MONDAY AFTERNOON (September 26) AV Fire Department units responded to a structure fire on Josephina's Road, Philo (off Ray’s Road), and found an old unused RV style camper on fire. The camper was fully involved when units arrived and there was limited extension to the nearby vegetation with no threat to surrounding exposures. The fire was knocked down immediately and firefighters remained on scene for approximately half an hour for complete overhaul and extinguishment. No cause was determined and it is not considered suspicious at this time. (AV Fire Chief Andres Avila)


WE’RE WAITING for an identification of the dead man, but he was found three miles from the mouth of the Navarro.

BACK IN THE BOONVILLE DAY, Anderson Valley High School was fortunate to offer an effective and popular home economics class taught by a formidably smart, vibrant woman named Gloria Ross. There are Not So Old Timers around who not only remember Gloria's classes but profited from them, and it's somehow reassuring that Gloria's equally capable daughter-in-law, Terri Rhoades, succeeded Gloria and was for years in charge of the high school cafeteria. Terri has since retired and now Melanie Pardini, Terri’s long-time assistant, presides over the high school cafeteria. It's doubly reassuring, according to Superintendent Simson, that kids still function as “teachers' assistants” who work in the cafeteria alongside Mrs. Rhoades to learn the basics of food prep. “We are also working with Mendo College to get a culinary class going here,” the Superintendent reports.

THE ANDERSON VALLEY having become a sort of gourmet alley, albeit an alley 25 miles long, there are a dozen really, really good restaurants between Boonville and Navarro that do a lot of hiring of young, energetic people who've learned something about the business in the local high school.

ELIZABETH JENSEN: Hey! Anyone know WHO rebuilt the kids’ picnic table at our local AV Community Park? 

A big shout out “THANK YOU” from all the littles of Anderson Valley!

PS. Do you visit our local park? In what ways could YOU help us bring improvements? Can you build a fence? Construct a gate? Lay down new walkways? Host a clean-up or park improvement day? Help fundraise and improve community awareness? 

We’d love your help! Please, contact me and let’s get started bringing even more.

MARY PAT PALMER: The new Apothecary with local herbal products (including my hydrosols and salves) is coming to The Bewildered Pig .... SOON!!


Flynn Creek Circus presents Balloons, Birds and Other Flying Things. The 2022 season show is a series of real memories submitted by our audience and interpreted in wild acrobatics, comedy, and awe-inspiring stunts. Featuring original, live music from legendary rock stars Eric McFadden and Kate Vargas. Deeply personal vignettes string together a larger story about the illusive, fleeting nature of time and how it transforms, defines, and inspires us. Internationally award winning talents come together in this star-studded cast of creators. This is the show everyone will be talking about this Summer.

Flynn Creek Circus performances will be held October 14th- 16th at the Anderson Valley Brewing Company under the big top tent at 17700 Boonville Rd, Boonville, CA 95415.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at

WHEN’S the last time you enjoyed a slice of huckleberry pie? Fresh Or Frozen Huckleberries $22 - Pound Huckleberry Jam $16- 8 OZ JAR Call, Text or email Joshua (707) 734-3112

Hello Mendo / Fort Bragg / Little River / Albionites and all points in between...

Huckleberry season is on the brink of coming to the end and I seem to have picked more than I need for making my year's supply of huckleberry jam. Therefore, I am offering you a chance to buy one pound of huckleberries for $22. Given a day's notice, I can pick fresh berries for you or you can buy my 2022 season huckleberries frozen.

These huckleberries are clean (free of stems, leaves and green or squashed berries). They will keep in your freezer for at least an entire year without losing their distinct flavor, or degrading in any appreciable manner.

If you want huckleberries but don't want to pay for them, you have about 3 weeks to pick them before they all fall to the ground to fertilize next year's crop.

I also have huckleberry jam for you at $16 each for an 8 Oz jar..

Call or Text Joshua at 734-3112 to get your huckleberries!

Joshua Lowell <>


Since I don't get poison oak I can go out and take pictures that nobody else can. Wendling Navarro just north of the Old Mill site.

BOONVILLE STADIUM at the Fairgrounds

photo by John Toohey


There will be flapjacks flipping at the Grange this coming Sunday Oct. 9th. That's right it's the 2nd Sun. of the month and most of us have recovered from the Fair. The Grange did well this time taking a 1rst place with our booth titled Lettuce Turnip the Beet. Every year we have to come up with at least 75 different varieties of fruits and vegetables. Even with a sketchy gardening season folks showed up with 135 different fruits and veggies. Many thanks to all of you for helping out, the booth looked really good this time around.

Continuing the Lettuce Turnip the Beet theme we jumped into the parade with the drum float packed with drummers followed by a bunch of dancing produce, aieeee, and we ended up with another blue ribbon.

But, we are not too tired to make a mess of pancakes for you all. So come on down this Sunday, it's from 8:30 to 11:00. See you there.

P.S. The Deep End Woogies are on tour this weekend, we will miss them, they will be back though. (Captain Rainbow)

IT COULD HAPPEN HERE! Enraged by what she believed was an attempted cat murder, a 20-year-old woman ran over a man with her Honda Civic in Cypress (LA) killing him. On Tuesday, Orange County prosecutors charged Hannah Star Esser with murder in the death of Victor Anthony Luis, 43.

IN THE DAWN MURK of Anderson Valley Way recently, I was driving back to Boonville after a morning's aerobic fast-walk when a cat ran out in front of my car, wayyyyyyy in front. The animal had made its dash about twenty yards from my vehicle, which was moving about 25mph. Suddenly, from behind me came a death shriek so piercing that for a frantic instant I thought I might have just rolled by a murder scene. Nope, it was one of the early morning cat ladies at their feral cat-feeding station, and then I realized it was me who'd ignited the hysteria, me who brakes for all animals including the two-footed ones. The cat lady thought I might hit the animal I'd clearly seen dash across the road not even close to my death machine. 


Calling all crafters and holiday elves! The Anderson Valley Unity Club is now accepting vendors to sell their wares at the Holiday Bazaar on December 3rd, 2022 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville.

Rent a booth for only $35 to sell your crafty creations and unique gifts to eager shoppers who are looking to buy local goods.

Space is limited, so reserve your space soon. First come, first served.

Reserve with Alice Bonner at 707 895-2545 or

BOONVILLE QUIZ: Yes, The General Knowledge and Trivia Quiz is on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, so there will be a Quiz on Thursday, October 6th. We will pose the first question at 7pm and dinner and drinks are available throughout the ensuing two hours of brain exercises.  Steve Sparks, The Quizmaster

AV AS SURVIVAL CENTER as the world outside implodes? We meet all the Doomer specs — lightly populated, lots of skilled people, plenty of small farmers, most of us, even the hermits like the guy up in Deer Meadows, closely affiliated with reliable friends. There's more and more of this kind of fatalistic talk, not only among Doomers but among millions of people who keep abreast of current events.

CHUCK DUNBAR: My wife and I got a letter this week from our home insurance company-Nationwide—that our policy (17 years coverage with no claims) will be cancelled as of December due to wildfire risk. We live a mile from the ocean and about 2 miles south of Fort Bragg on the edge of the woods. So we are seeking another company to get this kind of coverage. We know there is a CA State program as a last resort, but it is far from ideal and pretty expensive. Anyone have any info on other companies that will provide such coverage to new policy holder? Thanks much for any info. (

MR. DUNBAR was subsequently informed that local agents will write policies for locals.

THESE 7 FRESHMAN got up early Monday morning, the day after fair. It was even a no school day. They traveled to the Greenhand Leadership Conference in Petaluma. A good time was had by all. (Boonville FFA)

ATTA BOY, GAV: “For many families, including my own, pets are beloved companions that enrich our lives every day,” Newsom said as he signed Senate Bill 879. “I’m proud to sign this legislation to advance our state’s leadership on animal welfare by ending cruel and unnecessary testing on dogs and cats, among other measures to protect the health and safety of pets in California.” The bill was written by Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, and sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States.

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