Tuesday, 07 February 2023

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LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Citizens for Healing, or C4H, will hold its next meeting in Lucerne’s Alpine Park, located between Second Avenue and Third Avenue on Highway 20, on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m.

C4H, the group wishing to change the name of Kelseyville to Konocti, held its last meeting in the tribal hall of the Habematolel of Upper Lake.

Elders from four local tribes came and spoke about their families’ gruesome histories here in Lake County, in particular those relating to Andrew Kelsey.

Some tribal members shared stories they heard from their grandparents and their great-grandparents, those who had survived the atrocities.

Ron Montez, tribal elder and historic preservation officer for the Big Valley Band of Pomos, focused on the profound psychological impact this history has had on the living descendants. “It wasn’t really that long ago, the stories are still fresh in their minds,” he said.

All the speakers agreed giving the town a new name would be an act towards healing. And changing the name of Kelseyville will be “a gift offered to the tribes.” They were thankful to the Citizens for Healing for inviting them to speak.

Dr. Jeanine Pfeiffer, author of “Language of Silence,” an essay on the ecocide and genocide occurring simultaneously in Lake County 150 years ago, addressed the economic concerns people have about changing the names of familiar places.

She pointed out towns that have changed their offensive names, contrary to some assumptions, have actually enjoyed a boon in their economies.

C4H believes that many other residents living in Lake County would like to see the name changed also.

To determine if that's true, the group has been holding its monthly meetings in different areas around the county to give everyone the opportunity to join the discussion.

The organizers of C4H are seeking Lake County residents to speak at meetings on the topic, or make other presentations that relate to the issue.

The group is preparing an initiative to submit for the spring 2024 elections and is looking for help from those with experience in the process.

For more information go to citizensforhealing.org, call or text Lorna Sue Sides at 707-367-8014 or Dallas Cook at 707-245-4118.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Judy Fletcher, president of Lake County Division 35 of the California Retired Teachers Association, or CalRTA, announced that the organization’s quarterly meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

The luncheon meeting will be at the Riviera Hills Restaurant located at 10200 Fairway Drive, Kelseyville.

Registration commences at 9:30 a.m. The business meeting will be called to order at 10 a.m. President Fletcher.

Current members are encouraged to bring a potential new member.

At the conclusion of the business meeting the members will welcome representatives of the Blue Zone Project who will present information on the project’s goal of improving the health of the residents of Lake County.

Lunch will be served at noon. The menu consists of teriyaki chicken, rice, veggies, salad, bread, dessert and tea or coffee. A vegetarian option is available.

The cost of lunch is $20. A “tip jar” will be available to recognize the servers.

All CalRTA members are invited to attend as well as recently retired teachers, family members or other interested individuals.

This is an opportunity to learn how the California Retired Teachers Association is working to protect the retirement and pensions of California teachers and to advocate for legislation improving education in California.

In addition, the Lake County Division 35 provides scholarships to students pursuing a career in education, grants to local teachers and supports education in Lake County in numerous other ways.

Additional information on Chapter 35 is available on the web at https://div35.calrta.org/.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — Kelseyville Presbyterian Church invites everyone to an ice cream social on Friday, Sept. 9.

It will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. in the church’s Friendship Hall.

In honor of the church’s 150th anniversary of service to the Kelseyville community, church members have put together a series of history boards showcasing the pioneer families and others who have contributed in the past century and a half.

Come and enjoy a walk through history and an ice cream sundae, and get out of the heat.

The church is located at 5340 Third St.

For more information about the church visit www.kelseyvillepresbyterian.org.

Hawks over the Golden Gate Bridge. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Redbud Audubon Society will host raptor expert Allen Fish on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. on a Zoom program.

Pre-registration is required and can be accomplished by going to the website, www.redbudaudubon.org and clicking on the link on the home page.

Fish is a bird biologist, writer, teacher, and community science expert who has been the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, or GGRO, director since 1985.

The GGRO is a program of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in cooperation with the National Parks Service which operates the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, located throughout parts of San Francisco and includes Hawk Hill on the Marin Headlands.

From August through December each year a great number of hawks, kites, eagles, falcons, osprey, vultures and harriers pass through the Marin Headlands on their autumn migration. This spectacular visible flight has been monitored and tracked by National Park Service volunteers since the early 1980s, under the auspices of the GGRO.

Join director, Allen Fish for a “deep dive” into what GGRO and colleagues have learned over four decades of counting, banding and tracking birds of prey. Fish will attempt to answer questions like, “what raptor species have the most increasing population trends?” And: “what species are GGRO most concerned about?”

The biologist will talk about the weirdest raptor that has been seen at Hawk Hill, and what Merlins eat on migration, and do we know? The impact on climate change on the Pacific Raptor Flyway will also be addressed as well as the greatest threats to California birds of prey.

Allen Fish taught Raptor Biology at UC Davis in the 2000s and in 2022 was named to the Honorary Scholar Hall of Fame by the Biology Department at Sonoma State University. He lives in Berkeley with frequent migrations to the Marin Headlands and to Donner Pass.

The Redbud Audubon Society is the oldest conservation organization in Lake County. It hosts the Christmas Bird Count, organizes collection of fishing line to protect lake birds, supervises a Bluebird trail and is active in many environmental issues in the County.


Raptor expert Allen Fish. Courtesy photo.

From left to right, standing, Rebecca Harper, Bentley Carter, Gabriella Soria, Katey Brown, Annie Davis and Annette Hopkins; from left to right, kneeling, Tanner Hicks and Cecilia Knight. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Lake County Chapter of California Women for Agriculture was the inaugural sponsor for a new competition at the Lake County Fair called “Lake County Born” for local youth breeders who breed their own market animals.

“We are proud of our history of support for Lake County youth who aspire to become part of the agricultural economy,” the group said in a written statement. “Along with our commitment to increased agricultural awareness in this community, we want to promote the success of the next generation of farmers and ranchers. This competition for youth breeders who breed their own market animals is an important aspect of an exciting, hands-on educational experience that we hope will inspire these youth to seek careers in agriculture.”

LCCWA sponsored two awards totaling $500. Annie Davis,of Middletown 4H with her boer goats, earned the Grand Champion Award of $300 and Katey Brown of Kelseyville 4H with her market rabbit project, earned the Reserve Champion Award of $200.

Additional exhibitors in this competition were Tanner Hicks, Middletown 4H, swine; Gabriella Soria, Scotts Valley 4H, goats; Bentley Carter, Big Valley 4H, market goat; and Cecilia Knight, Big Valley 4H, rabbit breeding project.

Chapter members Dana DiRicco of Upper Lake and Rebecca Harper, executive director Lake County Farm Bureau, judged the competition.

Members of the Clear Lake Soroptimist Club. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — After two years of zoom meetings and limited activity due to the COVID pandemic, Soroptimist International of Clear Lake is again fully operational.

Through the “Live Your Dream” Program, two local women will each receive cash awards of $1,000.

The club’s mission is to help women and girls achieve economic empowerment through education and training.

One way it fulfills its mission is through the Live Your Dream program.

Under the program, women can receive cash awards to offset costs associated with their continuing education.

To qualify, applicants must be the primary source of financial support for themselves and/or families, have a financial need and be enrolled in or accepted for a high school equivalency program, vocational skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.

The application deadline is Nov. 15. To apply, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The program is a favorite of current President Sally Munger, a 35-year member of the Clear Lake Soroptimist Club and Tina Scott, a seven-year member who led the club prior to and throughout the pandemic.

“Sally is a powerhouse, I’m so pleased she stepped up to lead our club this year,” Scott said. “We lost some momentum during the pandemic but as we begin a new budget year, it warms my heart to know the Live Your Dream program is a top priority in 2022.”

In addition to Live Your Dream, the Club is resuming support of “The Nest,” a local residential program for new moms and their families.

“Supporting young moms in their transition from the nurturing and supportive learning environment at The Nest to their own homes is extremely rewarding,” Munger said. “It’s a defining endeavor I would recommend to anyone.”

Munger knows first-hand the value of these programs. Many years ago, when she was a struggling young mom, the Soroptimists helped her achieve her goal to become a nurse.

“Becoming a nurse opened the door to self-sufficiency and today I’m living the dream, right here in Lake County,” Munger said. “I encourage women who need help to apply for a Live Your Dream award. It made a difference in my life; it can make a difference in theirs.”

Munger added that under Scott’s leadership, the Live Your Dream and Nest programs thrived.

“Tina worked hands on to ensure the success of these programs. She made a difference in the lives of many and we are grateful,” she said.

On Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m., the club’s next meeting will be held at The Ripe Choice in Lakeport where owners Mark and Tammy Lip will cater dinner.

By changing the time and location, the club hopes to entice new members. Everyone is welcome for dinner and socializing.

Contact President Sally Munger at 707-485-2132 to make a reservation or for more information about what it means to be a Soroptimist.


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