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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Cazadero Commununity News

Natasha Pehrson is our new Cazadero columnist - keeping our communities abreast of important announcements and happenings. I apologize for not getting this column into the print edition in April. This was MY mistake! In the haste of going to press 3 days earlier and trying to fit as much as possible into the paper, I completely forgot I had a new community column! I am sorry both to Natasha as well as to community members who are counting on this information being in the print edition.

Cazadero Communications
By Natasha Pehrson

I am looking out of the windows of my cosy cyber-hut on a clear early Spring evening. The large redwoods are gently outlined in the dusk and I am thinking about how much I love Spring.

There is a lot going on in the Montgomery Elementary School these days. The entire student body will make an all-day field trip on May 4th to the magnificent new Academy of Sciences in SF's Golden Gate Park. Hear about this and other MES activities at the Open House,Thursday,May 14th at 7 p.m. The students are also currently involved in a terrific program.They are working with Trout Unlimited to raise fingerling salmon for release in Austin Creek in May,guided by after school program head Sandra Harra.The Boosters Club is active and you can join in to help your school!

The Cazadero Community Club has resumed meeting on the 1st Tuesday of the month-7 p.m. at the Fire Hall. New officers were recently elected.They are President-Nikki Canelis,Vice President-Vera Bohan,Secretary-Sue Moll and Treasurer-Bonnie Chase. I recently spoke with CazSonoma Inn owner Rich Mitchell, who will be heading the fabulous Cazadero Wine tasting Event this July 18th at his lovely place. This great afternoon of wine tasting,music,art and food was started by the Caz Club,with superb organization by Krystal Thistle. Proceeds will benefit the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp,college scholarships for local grads through RR Rotary and others. You may contact the Inn at 632 5255 for more info. Our own Mary Lou Porta is now the President of the RR Rotary-congratulations! Mary Lou was an incredible head of the Caz Club and spearheaded many great programs.

If you are interested in working on a new Cazadero community garden look for the flyer at the Post Office or the General store. There is nothing like home-grown food!

I was surprised to read that the County of Sonoma Road Administration plans to close the Annapolis Road Maintenance Yard. Many of our most vulnerable roads will be affected. Please call 5th District Supervisor Efren Carrillo at 565-2241 or email with your opinion of this move.

As we are all too aware, this is the 3rd year in a row of below-average rainfall. I encourage all of us to do our part to conserve water. The spectre of a wild-lands fire is too real to be discounted and I for one plan to continue to try to use my own water supply sparingly.

A Very happy Birthday to Chris Caplan,turning 19 on April 12. Cazadero Fire Chief Steve Krausmann also celebrates in mid-April. May celebrants include Tara Caplan,turning 30 on May 15th, Christopher Quinn Kelly will be 20 on the 17th, Dustin Hubiak turns 29 on the 23rd and Merlin Velasquez-Greer will be 14 on May 30th.

Have a great Spring and contact me with info for your Cazadero Column! 707-632 5545