Wednesday, 30 November 2022


NORTH COAST, Calif. — The holiday season is upon us. With a drop in temperatures, shorter days and longer nights, guests staying over, and appliances operating on overdrive the Thanksgiving holiday can lead to an increase in energy use.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is offering tips and tools that can lower winter energy use and manage monthly bills.

Here are five simple ways to save energy this Thanksgiving:

• Set the thermostat lower. Save up to 15% on energy bills by setting the thermostat to 68 degrees (health permitting) when home. When you’re away from home, either turn the thermostat down to 65 degrees or turn off entirely.

• Reverse ceiling fan. Not just a hot weather tool, you can make sure the fan is spinning clockwise to circulate warm air throughout the living space.

• Lower the water heater temperature. Save on heating costs by setting the water heater to 120 degrees or lower. Take shorter showers for additional savings.

• Cover windows. Close curtains, shades, and blinds at night to prevent warm air from escaping.

• Use a dimmer light switch and turn off the lights in unused rooms.

For personalized ways to save, customers can answer a few simple questions about their household energy use to get recommendations as part of PG&E’s free Home Energy Checkup. Customers will receive an estimate of what’s using energy in their home and a list of personalized, suggested improvements to help reduce costs.

Customers also can reduce seasonal spikes in energy bills by exploring assistance programs. Enroll in free programs including Budget Billing to spread energy costs evenly throughout the year and Bill Forecast Alerts to receive notifications when the a monthly bill is expected to exceed an amount set by the customer.

Some customers may be eligible for income-qualified programs including the California Alternative Rates for Energy, or CARE, program offering a monthly discount of 20% or more on gas and electricity and the Family Electric Rate Assistance, or FERA, program offering a monthly discount of 18% on electricity only.

Qualifying customers may also be eligible for the Energy Saving Assistance Program offering free improvements to make the home more efficient, safe, and comfortable.

For more easy tips for cold weather savings, visit

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — The Brick Tavern in downtown Kelseyville is planning an anniversary celebration this weekend.

The tavern, built 150 years ago, will host a daylong celebration on Saturday, Nov. 19, beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until after dark.

The street party will include live bands on a stage outside of the brick, food and craft vendors, face painting, dancing and more. A DJ will take over after dark and continue from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m.

The day also will remember Patti Lyndall’s birthday. Lyndall, who died in 2019, owned and operated the tavern from 1972 until her death.

All are invited to attend.

The inaugural Farm Bureau Punkin Chunkin Champions, Kelseyville High School FFA. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — On the first Saturday in November, Lake County Farm Bureau launched a new event to raise funds for Lake County Farm Bureau’s scholarship program.

The inaugural Punkin Chunkin Festival at Wildhurst Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze offered an afternoon of family fun with the first official Punkin Chunkin, vendors, and the last opportunity to enjoy the 2022 Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze.

The event raised $4,475 for the scholarship fund.

Students from Kelseyville FFA designed and built a trebuchet to launch the pumpkins. After some on the spot repairs and practice launches, the team was rewarded with a pumpkin that flew more than 300 feet across the pumpkin field.

Kelseyville FFA will have their name etched on the FFA Division Punkin Chunkin Championship trophy that will be displayed in the LCFB office.

Daniel Suenram, vice president on the Lake County Farm Bureau Board, was the idea person for this event.

He and LCFB Executive Director Rebecca Harper led the planning team for the Punkin Chunkin. They were both still glowing from the success more than a week later.

“I would like to thank all from the community who came out to see and support the inaugural event. I would especially like to thank the Hats for so graciously welcoming this event to their wonderful facility,” Suenram said.

Vendors at the event added to the fun. The Noodle Bowl and Zero Dark Thirty Espresso were on hand to offer food options. The Scotts Valley 4H sold Loaded Baked Potatoes. LCFB offered homemade pumpkin pies for sale and Countywide C&L 4H hosted a petting zoo.

After the success with the first one, Harper said, “Next year we plan to have multiple divisions and expand this event drastically. Be on the lookout for more details to come! We hope to see more FFA chapters compete as well as other businesses and independent groups from around the lake. Agricultural mechanics is an integral component to the success of the agriculture industry. LCFB continues a long standing tradition of bringing visibility and providing scholarships to young people pursuing careers in agriculture.”

The event would not have been possible with the generous support of Michael and Tanya Hat, That Ranch at Wildhurst Vineyards. Other sponsors that supported the event included Calpine at the Geysers with a donation of hard hats and $1,500 and Rainbow Ag donating $25 gift cards for individual awards to members of the winning team and a $100 gift card for the winning team.

Lake County Farm Bureau represents nearly 500 farmers, ranchers, and ag-based companies in Lake County. Working to protect and promote agriculture, LCFB advocates on issues relating to farming, ranching, and the rural lifestyle, and collaborates closely with elected officials, government agencies, and other organizations to solve problems facing the agriculture industry.

For more information, contact Farm Bureau at 707 263-0911. Follow Lake County Farm Bureau on Facebook or visit our website at

Kelseyville FFA's trebuchet. This trebuchet launched the winning distance of 282 feet. Courtesy photo.

Ted Cabral. Courtesy photo.

COTTONWOOD, Calif. — The board of the Post Wildfire OHV Recovery Alliance, or PWORA, elected Ted Cabral as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer.

The vote was taken at the 2022 Board meeting held on Nov. 10 in Cottonwood.

Ted Cabral will succeed Don Amador who served from 2018 to 2022 as the organization’s first president.

Amador stepped down from his current position but will remain on the board.

“I am proud of what PWORA has accomplished over the last four years where it collaborated with a diverse array of multi-interest strategic partners to mobilize volunteers and deploy resources on projects to mitigate post-disaster impacts to recreation areas on public lands managed by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management in California,” said Amador.

“PWORA’s significant achievements since the organization’s founding include signing a master participation agreement with the USDA, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region (R5) located in Vallejo, California, completion of numerous volunteer and contract post fire recovery projects, and successful fundraising efforts,” Amador continued.

“I know the organization under Ted’s leadership will continue to build capacity to help our agency partners plan for and implement important post wildfire recovery projects,” Amador concluded.

Cabral, former three term commissioner for the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division of California State Parks, has a long track record of collaboration with the government agencies that manage OHV recreation on public lands in California.

“I am looking forward to building on the incredible foundation that Don and the PWORA board of directors have built,” Cabral stated. “My vision is to build our alliance by developing deep ties with local clubs and volunteer organizations. Those organizations would be able to leverage our relationship to streamline their volunteer efforts by taking advantage of PWORA’s master participation agreement to better support the Forest Service and other agencies during recovery operations.”

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Lake County Library’s Adult Literacy Program has scheduled an in-person Tutor Training for December.

The free training will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Lakeport Library.

Hosted by Literacy Program Coordinator Georgina Marie Guardado and facilitated by Lake County Literacy Coalition Board Member Pam Klier, participants will learn useful techniques for teaching adults to read.

No experience is needed and ongoing support and workshops are provided for tutors. Upon completion of the training, tutors will be matched with adult learners in a variety of settings around the county. Those who would like to help adults improve their literacy skills are encouraged to attend.

Becoming a tutor can help someone to a better future. In addition to teaching literacy, the program offers services for GED and High School Equivalency test preparation, digital literacy, citizenship application assistance, written driving tests, and more.

For more information or to register for tutor training, please call 707-263-7633 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Visit the Lake County Library Website at

UPPER LAKE, Calif. — The Western Region Town Hall will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Habematolel community center, 9460 Main St. in Upper Lake.

The agenda includes the following Upper Lake levees, feral cats, fire preparedness,drought and much more.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

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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