Thursday, 01 December 2022


Pictured from left to right, Jennifer Taylor, Umpqua Bank, store manager; Michael Rupe, Lake County Relay For Life, logistics chairperson; Beth Berinti, Lake County Relay for Life, event chairperson; Paula Bryant, Umpqua Bank, AVP/relationship manager. Photo by Ginny Craven.


LAKEPORT – Relay For Life is an annual event wherein teams raise funds to support cancer research, provide education and assist cancer patients through various resource and support programs.

The teams then walk for a continuous 24-hour period, maintaining at least one member of each team on the track at all times for the entire period. Because “cancer never sleeps” the participant teams commit to the 24-hour period to fight back against the disease.

The top fundraising team for the 2008 Lake County event, which took place on May 17-18, was the “Quick Steppers.” The team had a roster 26 strong, including five cancer survivors.

The team name was derived to honor Ron Quick, the one team member still in the midst of battle against cancer.

The team’s total was $7,550, with $1,500 coming in the form of matching funds from Umpqua Bank. To qualify for the funds, the Quick Steppers had to initially earn $5,000, an amount they exceeded.

Most members of the team do double duty as they are also staunch supporters and volunteers in the Operation Tango Mike volunteer effort to support our troops. The Lakeport branch of Umpqua Bank can proudly boast one hundred percent participation in Relay For Life 2008, as every employee raised funds, walked and contributed to the effort.

Ginny Craven is team captain for the Quick Steppers.


LAKE COUNTY – Aqeela El-Amin of Clearlake has been appointed Lake County's community coordinator for the Program for Academic Exchange (PAX).

Headquartered in Port Chester, NY, PAX is a nonprofit educational organization which invites international high school students to the United States for an academic homestay.

El-Amin was selected to represent PAX due to a demonstrated enthusiasm, interest in foreign cultures and desire to become more active in the community.

She is currently interviewing Lake County families who are interested in sharing their lives with a young person from another country for the coming academic year.

“All PAX students have been carefully screened, speak English, have full medical insurance and come with their own spending money,” said El-Amin. “We work with students from 35 different countries, including those in Eastern Europe, Asia, South America and Africa.”

Host families are asked to provide the student with meals, a warm and supportive environment, and a place to sleep and study.

Local support is provided to the host family and student by El-Amin as community coordinator.

“We're looking for families who are interested in the world and in helping an exchange student learn more about America,” she said.

For more information, contact El-Amin at 995-2099 or PAX headquarters at 800-555-6211.


LAKE COUNTY The Friends of the Lake County Library have changed the prices of books on the Friends of the Library book sales at all library branches.

Donated hardcover books are now $1, donated paperbacks are now $.50 and library discards are 10 for $1.

Canvas book bags with the Friends of the Library logo may be purchased at each branch. Bags are $10 and are available in red, navy, black, cream and burgundy.

Proceeds from the Friends of the Library book sales and bag sales support the Lake County Library.

The Friends of the Library Web address is

To join the Friends, see the membership information on the Web site or pick up an application at your local branch, fill it out and return.

Library branches are located at 1425 N. High St. in Lakeport, 14785 Burns Valley Road in Clearlake, 21267 Calistoga Road in Middletown and 310 Second St. in Upper Lake. The library Web site,, has more information about the library.


SACRAMENTO – A key Senate committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill by Assemblywoman Patty Berg that would send government collection agents after wife beaters who refuse to pay restitution to their victims.

“It’s about using the government’s power to help the powerless,” said Berg, D-Eureka.

Berg’s bill, AB 2487, would allow the collection arm of the state’s Franchise Tax Board to help collect civil judgments owed to the victims of domestic violence.

The measure, which has received strong bipartisan support in the Assembly, would apply only to cases in which the abuser is convicted in criminal court. The cost of collecting the debt would be paid by the abuser, not the state.

“Basically,” Berg told the Senate panel, “it takes the machinery of government and gears it to work on behalf of people who have been stripped of their power, people who have been abused by someone obsessed with exercising power over them.”


LAKE COUNTY Who Will Be Miss Lake County 2009 and Lake County’s Outstanding Teen 2009?

Pageant hopefuls are invited to sign up for this year's contest. The deadline to become a contestant is June 20.

This year's pageant will take place on Aug. 8 at Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino in Nice.

Young women will have the opportunity to represent their community and receive scholarship money. The pageant winner will have the chance to compete for the Miss California title, which in turn takes part it the Miss America Pageant.

Earlier this year, Miss California Melissa Chaty of Ukiah was featured on Miss America's Reality Check and also was a Miss America Pageant finalist.

For information on how to become a contestant for Miss Lake County or Lake County’s Outstanding Teen call 707-263-1667 or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


LAKE COUNTY The fourth-annual Lake County Wine Adventure, a two-day passport event, will be held July 26 to July 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year's Lake County Wine Adventure is being hosted by the newly formed Lake County Winery Association.

Adventurous wine enthusiasts will have an opportunity to discover "wine with altitude" and taste the reason why Lake County with a grape-growing history that extends back to the mid-19th century is now fast becoming known for its award-winning wines, ultra-premium winegrapes, and resort-style wineries.

Throughout the weekend, "wine adventurers" will taste wines from Lake County's five distinct viticulture areas (AVAs) as they visit participating wineries, including: Ceago Vinegarden and Tulip Hill Winery in Nice; Brassfield Estate Winery in High Valley; Shannon Ridge Winery, High Valley Estate Vineyards, and Noggle Vineyards & Winery in Clearlake Oaks; Gregory Graham, Ployez Winery, Terrill Cellars, and Six Sigma Winery & Vineyards in Lower Lake; Langtry Estate Vineyards & Winery in Middletown; Moore Family Winery in Cobb; Cougar's Leap, Dusinberre Cellars, EdenCrest Vineyards, Mt. Konocti Growers Winery, Red Lava Wine Tasting, Rosa d'Oro Vineyards, Steele Winery, Snows Lake, Sol Rouge, and Wildhurst Vineyards in Kelseyville. Bell Hill and Zoom Wines will be offered at LCWS, a wine tasting studio located in the town of Upper Lake.

Adventure Tickets may be purchased online at for $25 each. Each ticket entitles the holder to wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres at each winery, as well as a logo wine glass and winery map. Several of the wineries also will offer barrel tastings, winery tours, and entertainment. Event-goers may leave their Adventure Tickets with the last winery they visit to be entered into a raffle for several prizes.

Event organizers promote responsible hospitality and encourage all participants to designate a driver. For more information, call (707) 279-2927 or online to go

Lake County is part of the North Coast AVA, which also encompasses Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties. Within Lake County, five other AVAs exist Clear Lake AVA, Benmore Valley AVA, Guenoc AVA, and the recently approved Red Hills AVA and High Valley AVA.

For visitor information, contact the Lake County Visitor Information Center at (800) 525-3743 or


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12.01.2022 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
12.01.2022 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Clearlake City Council
12.03.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
12.03.2022 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Weekly writing workshop
12.06.2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rotary Club of Clear Lake
12.08.2022 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
12.08.2022 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Adult Literacy Program in-person tutor training
12.09.2022 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hometown Christmas in Lower Lake
12.10.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
12.10.2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild

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