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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Meanwhile in Graton... - October 2011

Another Great-on Day!
Not only did we have a parade with Parade Marshall Louis Hallberg of the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens, (see top photo of Louise, driver Eric Kritz and escort Thor) we had the Aztec Dancers, wonderful music, great food, the book mobile, and wet kids courtesy of the water slide.  The Graton Green Group reports they raised over $1,000 to build a park in Graton, some from selling Mexico Lindo’s wonderful tamales and some from Scout Troop 150’s hotdog sales.  Graton Fire added opportunities to check out fire gear.  See the photo of Lily Krauss from Occidental in full regalia.

Local girl trying on the Firefighter garb for Graton Day

Local Gratonian Louis Halberg at this year's Graton Day Celebration 

What’s Happening at the Park!
Thanks go to Jody James of Ashyrah’s Garden for her generous contribution to creating our park.  Jody donated the proceeding from a day of treatments.  She can be reached at 707-823-2866,

Graton Day launched a major campaign to raise funds for the park.  With only a few months to come up with the funds for purchase of the old firehouse site, park supporters can donate by sponsoring an inscribed pathway brick, pledging monthly donations for lease/option payments, sponsoring park features and donating for planning and development.  For architectural renderings of how the park will look, visit and click on “Local Links.”  The renderings are provided courtesy of John Diniakos of Morse and Cleaver Architects. Call Aaron Smith for donation information at 570- 1444.
Fall Flower Show & Plant Sale
The Graton Community Club free Fall Flower Show and Plant Sale Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, will offer a unique variety of plants, home crafts, collectibles and flower displays in the theme of “Moonlight and Mischief.”  From 8 to 4 both days, the club offers a home made lunch and dessert all day.

Of particular interest this year will be the award winning chrysanthemums donated by Pete Guasco.  Club Member Charlene Stone says, “Mr. Guasco has won gold medals in mum competitions around the world. He never sells them so this is the only way most people will be able to obtain any.  They will be in oversized pots at bargain prices and different from anything you’ll find in local stores.”

The Siren’s Safe
The Graton Fire Protection District announces that the lawsuit against them because of the siren has been dropped by the plaintiffs.  Deputy Chief Bill Bullard says, “We want to thank everyone in the Graton Community who supported the fire department during this process and helped show that the majority did want to keep the siren.”  

Oak Grove Plant Sale
Offering a great variety of perennials including roses, grasses, Japanese maples, redwoods, mission olive trees and Bonsai crab apples, ginkgoes, elms and more, plus a multitude of succulents and some unusual plants, the school district’s plant sale is a program that involves the students.  Dates of the sale are Saturdays 9 to 2 on October 1 and 22 and November 12.  Prices:  $1 - 4” pot; $3 - 1 gal.; $7-10  5 gal. Call Jan Lochner, 569-4724 with questions or donations.