Wednesday, 30 November 2022


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..

Irises in bloom. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — The Clear Lake Trowel and Trellis Garden Club will meet at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Lakeport Scotts Valley Women’s Club House at 2298 Hendricks Road.

Cookies, finger food veggies, coffee and tea will be provided.

They will have a small pre-celebration for Halloween this month.

The club asks all members who are willing and able to wear a Halloween mask or a Halloween hat to the meeting. Prizes will be awarded.

The featured speaker will be Kitty Loberg, who will speak about iris culture and modern irises.

Loberg will tell the club how to get the best out of irises, how the progression of irises has been through the years and what new things hybridizers are producing.

She’ll talk about dividing and planting, and more importantly, she has slides of how to specifically handle rhizomes and what it is like to divide crowded irises and keep them blooming beautifully.

Loberg has grown irises all of her life, and maintains a collection of more than 250 varieties.

She is an accredited Iris Judge of the American Iris Society and will show how irises are one of the best and easiest perennial to grow.

The club welcomes new members and information can be found by visiting

For more information please call Carol 707 279-1169.

The Clear Lake Trowel & Trellis Garden Club is a member of the Mendo-Lake District of the California Garden Club Inc.-Pacific Region and National Garden Clubs Inc.

Kathleen Steinberg is a member of the Clear Lake Trowel and Trellis Garden Club.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — The next free household hazardous waste dropoff event will be held on Friday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 15, at Lake County Waste Solutions Transfer Station and Recycling Yard, 230 Soda Bay Road in Lakeport.

Hours will be from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Households can bring up to 15 gallons of toxic items free of charge. Fees will be charged for amounts over 15 gallons.

Items that are accepted include batteries (automotive and household), paints, solvents, gasoline, pesticides and herbicides, pool chemicals, acids, corrosives, sharps, artists supplies, antifreeze, toxic cleaners, fluorescent light tubes and CFLs, propane tanks five gallons or smaller, non-narcotic prescription medicine, mercury thermometers and thermostats, bleaches and dyes, photography chemicals, oil and oil filters, and cell phones.

Items that cannot be accepted include explosives, ammunition, compressed gas cylinders, propane tanks more than five gallons in size, medical waste, narcotics and radioactive materials.

Household hazardous waste is collected from Lake County residents the third Friday and Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at rotating ends of the lake for convenience of all Lake County residents.

Most items are accepted free. Businesses must make an appointment by calling 707-234-6400 and a small fee will apply.

For more information about recycling, reusing and reducing, visit or call the recycling hotline at 707-263-1980.

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 or write P.O. Box 1323, Lakeport, CA 95453.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is offering new and expanded customer resources in case public safety power shutoffs, or PSPS, are needed this autumn.

Because high winds may cause trees and debris to contact energized lines and possibly start a wildfire, PG&E may need to turn off power during dry, windy weather.

PG&E has worked to enhance the PSPS program by further refining the ability to identify and mitigate catastrophic wildfire risk.

There was an 88% reduction in customers impacted by PSPS in 2021 compared to 2020, and a 43% reduction in the duration of outages during a PSPS in 2021 compared to 2019.

“System improvements and favorable weather meant that PSPS affected fewer customers last year than in 2020 and 2019,” said Mark Quinlan, vice president of electric system operations at PG&E. “PG&E continues to use PSPS as a last resort to prevent catastrophic wildfires. Every day, PG&E is working hard to respond to the state’s changing climate, reduce wildfire risk across every part of the service territory and make the system safer.”

This year, PG&E is providing customers with several tools to help them prepare and stay safe during a planned power outage:

• The Generator and Battery Rebate Program has expanded to provide a $300 rebate to customers located in Tier 2 or 3 High Fire-Threat Districts (HFTD) and/or served by an Enhanced Powerline Safety Settings (EPSS)-protected circuit. If the customer is located outside of an HFTD but is served by an EPSS-capable circuit, they must have experienced two or more recent PSPS to qualify.
• Hotel discounts are now available as a new resource for customers who are experiencing a PSPS. PG&E is teaming up with IHG Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt, Choice, and Wyndham Hotels to offer customers discounted rooms as a safe space during a power outage.
• Transportation to Community Resource Centers (CRCs) has been expanded to provide accessible transportation to and from CRCs to customers in Shasta, El Dorado, Fresno, Marin, Sonoma, Solano, Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Tuolumne, Amador, Calaveras, and San Francisco Counties during a PSPS.
• Customers who depend on power for medical devices or assistive technologies may qualify for the Disability Disaster Access and Resources (DDAR) Program, a collaboration between PG&E and the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers. The program assists those who have medical and independent living needs with creating an emergency plan; signing up for the Medical Baseline Program; applying for a portable backup battery; obtaining ADA-accessible car rides and/or hotel stays during a PSPS; and receiving food replacement during and after a PSPS.

Customer notifications

PG&E shares information in advance of and during PSPS outages as soon as possible. New this year, notifications will be sent both day and night, depending on when the dry, windy weather occurs and power will be out.

PG&E understands this may mean customers are called at night and recognizes the inconvenience this may pose.

In previous years, PG&E has not sent notifications between the hours of 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. However, due to requirements from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the policy has been updated.

Although weather conditions can be uncertain, PG&E aims to send notifications via calls, texts and emails two days ahead of a PSPS, one day ahead, just before shutting off power, once power is turned off and daily until power is restored.

PG&E will also send notifications if a PSPS outage is no longer expected. Customers can ensure their contact information is current by visiting

Address alerts

Customers can receive PSPS notifications for any important address such as their parents’ home, their children’s school or their business via text or phone call in 16 languages. Customers and non-account holders can sign up for Address Alerts at

Wildfire safety video hub

To help customers prepare for possible emergencies due to increasing wildfire risk, PG&E is expanding its wildfire safety and preparedness online toolkit.

A new online Wildfire Safety Videos hub serves as a one-stop shop with easy-to-navigate videos about customer support and wildfire safety initiatives.

An in-depth look at customer resources before, during and after a PSPS is available at Information about how PG&E is working every day to reduce wildfire risk can be found at

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — On Nov. 8, the Lake County Silver Foundation will again host its signature project, the fourth annual Senior Summit.

The all-day conference style event is free to Lake County seniors 60 and over.

The Silver Foundation was formed to support the growing senior population in Lake County and is dedicated to improving the lives of seniors.

The foundation sponsors projects and events benefiting seniors including the Companion Pet Project; holiday gift bags for isolated seniors; a partnership with Sutter Lakeside Emergency and Meals on Wheels; and the Pay Your Pal transportation assist project, a partnership with Lake Links.

Soon the foundation will announce a memorial and bench dedication in honor of Gene Paleno, who was a foundation board member and much beloved local author.

During emergencies, the Foundation also supports seniors with cash and gift cards and recently secured a sizable grant to support the Lucerne Senior Center.

A popular event drawing upward of 200 local seniors is the annual Senior Summit, a one-of-a-kind project that honors the past and continuing contributions of seniors — many who volunteer and give back to their communities long into retirement.

The event on Tuesday, Nov. 8, will be held at the Robinson Rancheria Casino Event Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Inspirational Senior Awards, a Health and Wellness Fair and a complimentary lunch will be served.

The event will be jam packed with important information for seniors touching on subjects like estate planning, advance care directives, protective factors in human trafficking, food insecurity and dietary needs, overmedicating, transportation needs and more.

In addition, there will be many raffles and several workshops to choose from, including watercolor painting by Diane Liebe; “Preserving our Stories” by Laurie Fisher; and “How Lake County was formed through Geology and Politics” by Jim Steele.

“In 2019, when the pandemic hit, we canceled the event,” said Steele, the foundation president. “It would have been our fourth annual summit. Now that there are vaccines and treatments, we have decided to bring back the summit, although as a precaution, proof of vaccination will be required.”

Register online and nominate a senior for one of several inspirational awards by Oct. 24 at Anyone who needs assistance with registration may call 707-998-1302.

Also, for information about the Health and Wellness Fair, contact Janine Smith-Citron at 707-263-6270, Extension 111.

“We are always looking for volunteers and event sponsors,” said summit organizer, Olga Martin Steele.

To help out or for more information, use the contact form on the website above or call 916-849-8170.

Upcoming Calendar

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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