Monday, 02 October 2023


Lake County Airmen’s Association members, back row, left to right, Frank Dollosso, Armand Pauly, Pasquale Puertolas, Jennifer Strong and Damon Trimble; front row, left to right, David Flaig, Ruth Lincoln and Tom Lincoln. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — A team of local pilots volunteered on the morning of Sunday, July 23, to remove tall weeds that had accumulated in the transient airplane parking ramp and other locations adjacent the runway at Lampson Field in Lakeport.

The weeds were growing from cracks in the pavement that covers the airplane tie down surface on the south side of the airport, directly in front of Red’s at the Skyroom Restaurant.

The four-hour-long project was undertaken by the Lake County Airmen’s Association, or LCAA, a group of local pilots and airplane owners who are advocates for aviation related issues that impact Lampson Field.

“I thought weed eradication was perfect for an airmen’s volunteer project,” Tom Lincoln, the LCAA president, observed. “The county, which has responsibility for airport maintenance, has been without an airport maintenance supervisor for some time now, and I figured that the help would be welcome.

County crews mowed at the airport during the cleanup. Courtesy photo.

“Besides, the tie down area was looking rough and didn’t create a good first impression to visiting pilots and passengers. I mentioned the project at our last meeting and the support for moving ahead was quite high,” he said.

The volunteers used power weed eaters and leaf blowers to cut and blow weeds into piles that could be removed. Several thousand square feet of tarmac was cleaned during the project.

A county crew subsequently tackled the large job of mowing several acres of weeds between the taxiway and runway as well as along the north and south side margins.

That crew employed three large tractors with attached mowing devices on Thursday and Friday. A water tender stood by in the event the work sparked a grass fire.

LCAA has approximately 50 active members, most of them licensed pilots. The organization does allow for nonpilot associate members. Anyone interested in joining can contact Tom Lincoln at 707-349-3210. Annual dues are $25.

Volunteers did cleanup of the tarmac. Courtesy photo.

The AgVenture Steering Committee pictured, from left: (back row) Sharron Zoller, Colleen Rentsch, Bonnie Sears, Toni Scully, (front row) Katherine VanDerWall, Rebecca Harper and Debra Sommerfield. Photo courtesy of the Lake County Chapter of California Women for Agriculture.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Lake County Chapter of California Women for Agriculture, or CWA, is making final preparations for its 2023 AgVenture program.

AgVenture is an innovative agricultural educational program designed for non-farming community leaders and others who wish to understand the vital role that agriculture plays in Lake County’s economy.

Fourteen community leaders from a range of organizations and positions have been selected to participate in this, the 12th offering of this popular program.

Members of the 2023 class include: Laura Beltran, Office of Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry; Angela De Palma Dow, Lake County Water Resources Department; Katy Evans, real estate broker, livestock producer; Nicole Flora, Lake County Economic Development Corp.; Clebson Goncalves, UC Cooperative Extension; Mark Lipps, Ripe Choice Farm; Ernie Padilla, Lake County Tribal Health; Ben Rickelman, county of Lake Administrative Office; Brad Rasmussen, Lakeport Police Department; Rick Reynolds, Reynolds Systems; Daniella Santana, Habematolel of Upper Lake; Bonnie Sears, Beckstoffer Vineyards Farming Services; Sam Upton, Lake County Agriculture Department; and Merry Jo Velasquez, Lake County Land Trust.

The program comprises four monthly sessions from August through November.

Each session focuses on a specific Lake County crop, including pears, winegrapes, walnuts, and olives, and features a range of expert speakers on ag-related topics including farm labor, history, water and land use, regulations, pest management, marketing, biotechnology, and sustainability.

Class members are given behind-the-scenes tours of a local olive mill, pear orchard, pear packing shed, walnut orchard, commercial vineyard operation, and commercial winery.

Launched in 2010 and presented annually by the Lake County Chapter of CWA, AgVenture is designed to give participants a broad yet locally oriented understanding of the agricultural industry.

The AgVenture program is guided by a dedicated steering committee, all of whom are CWA members, including Rebecca Harper, Colleen Rentsch, Toni Scully, Bonnie Sears, Debra Sommerfield, Katherine VanDerWall and Sharron Zoller.

California Women for Agriculture was founded in 1975 and is the most active, all-volunteer agricultural organization in the state, with 20 chapters and more than 1,300 members comprising farmers, ranchers, bankers, lawyers, accountants, marketing professionals, support services, consumers, and the vast stakeholders of the agriculture industry.

CWA promotes leadership within local communities, advocacy on key local/state/federal issues, public service and outreach, agriculture literacy in our schools, and promotional initiatives to preserve and educate those living in our increasingly urbanized California landscape.

CWA advocates for the economic sustainability of the diverse California agriculture community so future generations can continue to produce a healthy diverse food supply.

For more information or to become a member, please visit

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Clearlake Bassmasters and Lake County Sheriff’s Activities League will offer a free fishing clinic for students ages 6 to 18.

The clinic will be held on Aug. 26 at Library Park on Park Street in Lakeport from 9 a.m. to noon.

To qualify, 18 year olds must still be in high school.

The activity will take place in two parts.

At 9 a.m. the Bassmaster volunteers will provide instruction on a variety of fishing skills and techniques. Part two of the day involves supervised fishing from the pier.

The morning will end with a hot dog feed for student participants.

All equipment and supplies are provided including life vests for those fishing from the pier.

If your student is 16 to 18 years old, they must acquire a fishing license before the clinic and bring it with them to the clinic.

Beginning July 26, you may sign up your child by contacting and speaking directly to LCSAL Board Member Terry Norton at 707- 349-4432.

Signing up online is not possible. The registration deadline is Aug. 22.

After signing up with Terry Norton, you will receive a follow up letter with important information and program requirements.

Check out the Lake County Sheriff’s Activities League Facebook page for other offered activities.

The Frostie Cone at its second home on State Street where it was moved in 1949 and 50. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — In honor of John and Sandy Mayfield, the iconic Frostie Sign from circa 1948 has been placed in front of Barty’s Café at the Lake County Fairgrounds for the public to enjoy for years to come.

The idea to find a new home for the sign came from DJ Ken Steely and the work to get it placed was from Janeane and Ronnie Bogner and Jim Filippi.

The community is invited to the unveiling and historical reading of the sign’s history by none other than DJ Ken Steely on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m. (use the front gate entrance).

Ice cream will be provided. Come enjoy the fun.

The new home at Barty’s Café at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Lakeport, California. Courtesy photo.

UPPER LAKE, Calif. — On Saturday, Aug. 5, at 9:30 a.m. at the county park in Upper Lake, the community will join to honor the late Gene Paleno, a beloved community leader, author and friend to many.

Paleno passed in July of 2021 during the pandemic.

The gathering is hosted by the Lake County Silver Foundation at the park in Upper Lake, 615 State Highway 20, where a special engraved bench will be dedicated in honor of a man known for supporting the community he loved.

The celebration begins at 9:30 a.m. with a special ceremony to unveil the bench dedicated to Paleno, followed by remembrances and refreshments.

The community is invited to attend.

“We have been working with the county to install a commemorative park bench that celebrates the contributions of a very special man,” said Jim Steele, Silver Foundation president. “Gene’s family will attend along with our Foundation Board and District 3 County Supervisor EJ Crandell. We hope Gene’s many friends will also join us as we dedicate this bench in his honor.”

Paleno authored many literary works and published many books, most notably “Lake County History, A Mystical Adventure in Time,” “The Cleo Chronicles,” inspired by Cleo, his cat and best friend; and “The Porter Conspiracy,” a true story about a Civil War general who fought for 20 years to regain his honor.

He also had a regular column in the Record-Bee, was a frequent speaker at events throughout the county and was a regular guest on local community radio station, KPFZ.

Paleno took on leadership roles in the county as well. He was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve as the first chairperson of the East Region Town Hall and was vice president and founding board member of the Lake County Silver Foundation where he advocated for seniors.

He also was the recipient of a Lake County Stars Award and received the Inspirational Senior Award at the first annual Senior Summit in 2019.

“He was an extraordinary individual — a veteran of World War II, a local community leader, an author who often dedicated his work to our county, and a contributing and inspiring member of our Lake County Silver Foundation Board,” Steele said.

For more information about the event, visit the foundation website, call 916-849-8170 or visit the foundation’s Facebook page.

LOWER LAKE, Calif. — The Lake County Department of Social Services is able to assist households who experienced food loss due to power outages lasting four hours or more with CalFresh Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, replacement benefits and applications.

CalFresh replacement benefits are available to households already in receipt of CalFresh who lost food due to power outages.

CalFresh households that lost food due to power outages, which began July 18, 2023, have 30 days, instead of 10 days, to request replacement benefits thanks to a timely reporting waiver.

Households have until Aug. 17 to submit their CalFresh replacement requests.

To request replacement CalFresh or to apply, contact Lake County Social Services at 800-628-5288 toll-free, visit or drop by the office at 15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway, Lower Lake, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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10.03.2023 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Board of Supervisors
10.03.2023 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
National Night Out
10.05.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
Middletown Art Center
10.06.2023 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
David Arkenstone & Friends in concert
10.07.2023 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Sponsoring Survivorship Breast Cancer Run & Walk
10.07.2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
Columbus Day
10.12.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
Middletown Art Center
10.14.2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Soap Box Derby

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