Saturday, 26 November 2022

Community

LAKEPORT, Calif. — The Lakeport Public Works Department announced the successful integration of an asset management system into its daily operations.

This project has been led by city Utilities Superintendent Paul Harris and his team in the Utilities Division.

The new Cartegraph asset management system allows the city to electronically track service orders, usage of equipment and supplies, task duration, project costs, and other helpful information that enhances efficiency and record keeping.

Public Works and Utilities staff can easily add data on an electronic tablet while in the field completing tasks as data is automatically uploaded to the new system.

The asset management software is also integrated into Lakeport’s geographic information system, or GIS, which was established more than 20 years ago and continues to be an important part of the city’s operations.

Many of the recent upgrades to the asset management and GIS programs were completed by Connie Warthen, a 2020 UCLA graduate (BA, geography; GIS minor) who joined Lakeport Public Works in 2021 after a successful year-long participation in the CivicSpark Fellowship program.

The Lakeport Public Works Department is excited about this new project and looks forward to using new technologies to reach the goal of providing superior service to city of Lakeport customers and community stakeholders.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Lake County Registrar of Voters Office reported that it will conduct testing of voting computers and software this week.

Pursuant to regulations of the California State Commission on Voting Machines and Vote Tabulating Devices, a logic and accuracy test will be conducted for the ballot tabulation computer and software to be used for the Nov. 8 General Election.

This test will run on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. in the Registrar of Voters Office, 325 N. Forbes St., Lakeport.

All interested persons are invited to observe this test.

For more information, call 707-263-2372 or toll-free at 888-235-6730.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Lake County Genealogical Society will present a tour of the historic section of the Middletown Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 29.

The tour begins at 10 a.m. at the cemetery located at 16357 Butts Canyon Road.

Starting off the tour will be a grave dowsing demonstration and instruction. This activity is used to locate bodies in unmarked graves.

Older cemeteries often contain headstones which identify parent's names, but not their children. Identifying the number of children buried in a grave site helps a genealogist determine the number of family members to research.

Local genealogist Judy Kauffman and others will conduct the tour with life histories of some buried therein, including Civil War veterans, pioneers and others as the tour progresses.

The 45-year-old nonprofit Lake County Genealogical Society maintains a research library of local families, along with other historic documents and is seeking a permanent home in Lakeport so the public can access the collection.

Until such time, research inquiries can be made to Anita Crabtree via phone at 707-275-2144 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Brown pelicans at the Mendocino, California, coast. Photo by Tim Bray.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Redbud Audubon Society is pleased to host Tim Bray on Thursday, Oct. 20, for its monthly Zoom presentation, starting at 7 p.m.

Bray is president of the Mendocino Coast Audubon Society and a retired hydrogeologist with extensive knowledge of his topic.

This presentation begins with a review of the mechanics and biology of the nearshore and offshore ecosystems, before looking at some of the birds that rely on different parts of the marine food webs and the remarkable adaptations they display.

Bray co-hosts a monthly radio program, “The Ecology Hour,” on Mendocino County’s KZYX public radio station with Dr. Robert Spies, a marine biologist.

A black-footed albatross feeding on squid on the Mendocino, California, coast. Courtesy photo.


Bray, an avid birder, goes to sea as often as possible and organizes occasional pelagic field trips.

The Redbud program begins at 7 p.m. To register click on the link either in your emailed newsletter or on the home page of Audubon’s website: www.redbudaudubon.org.

The Zoom link will be sent to you the day of the program.

Please register as early as possible and if you have any problems registering, email Redbud Audubon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tim Bray birding at the Mendocino, California, coast. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Redbud Audubon Society will host a field trip to the Lake County Land Trust’s Wright Wetland Preserve on Saturday, Oct. 22, starting at 9 a.m.

The Wright Wetland Preserve, on the shoreline of Clear Lake near Lakeport, was purchased by the Lake County Land Trust in 2020 as part of its strategic plan to acquire priority wetlands areas critical to preserving important wildlife and bird habitats in the county.

The group will be led by experienced birders and members of both Redbud Audubon and the Land Trust.

Be prepared to see migrating songbirds, raptors, woodpeckers and more.

The Wright Wetland Preserve is located at 446 Soda Bay Road. Coming from Lakeport, heading east on Soda Bay Road, the preserve is the third driveway on the left after going over the Manning Creek Bridge. It is just a short distance past the large recycling/transfer station.

If you have any questions please call Redbud Audubon at 707-805-9410 and leave a message or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The field trip starts at 9 a.m. and be sure to be on time as someone will be waiting at the entrance to guide participants into the property.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — In 2022, the Lake County Genealogical Society celebrates 45 years of preserving local family histories and other valuable Lake County documents.

Throughout those years the society has helped people near and far trace their Lake County roots.

They have and continue to hold informative classes and cemetery tours. Vital records and family histories are the mainstay of their genealogy research library.

The Lake County Genealogical Society is currently seeking a home for it genealogy library in Lakeport, which would be the start and heart of a community archive.

As part of its 45th anniversary celebration, the group held a free raffle. Tickets were available at the Lake County Fair and Pear Festival, and the winning tickets were drawn Oct. 1.

Tom B. filled out a raffle ticket at the L.C. Genealogical Society's booth at the Pear Festival for his 9-year old son. He was delighted to learn that his ticket was the grand prize winner of the genealogy software RootsMagic8 and a family membership good for one year in the Lake County Genealogical Society.

Second place winner Kevin K. won a family membership and Sandi C. won the third prize of an individual membership in the Lake County Genealogical Society.

The Lake County Genealogical Society thanks the community for its wonderful response to the group’s initial effort of gathering signatures of support to create a Lake County Community Archive.

For further information about the community archive, the Lake County Genealogical Society or the group’s free classes, please contact current President Rose Davidson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit www.lcgsca.org or write P.O. Box 1323, Lakeport, CA 95453.

Upcoming Calendar

26Nov
11.26.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
26Nov
11.26.2022 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Weekly writing workshop
26Nov
11.26.2022 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dickens' Festival
28Nov
11.28.2022 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Scotts Valley Advisory Council
29Nov
11.29.2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rotary Club of Clear Lake
1Dec
12.01.2022 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
3Dec
12.03.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
3Dec
12.03.2022 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Weekly writing workshop
6Dec
12.06.2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rotary Club of Clear Lake
8Dec
12.08.2022 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown

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