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Forestville News & Events, April 2018

I don’t know about you, but I rarely gave Trenton Road much thought. I love the section that parallels River Road. I sometimes take it coming home from Santa Rosa when I want to get a sense of being on a sweet country road in the middle of the rich, luscious countryside we live in. And of course, when River Road is backed up it’s fun to know the local way around a traffic jam.

One section of Trenton I use a lot is “the cut off.” Just west of the Farmhouse Inn the section of Trenton Road from River Road to Mirabel takes me right to Speer’s Market when I need to pick up a few things for dinner.

So, I noticed when it was closed a couple of days last month. A phone call from a distraught neighbor let me know why. The utility company somehow decided that since there were several ugly utility poles along that stretch, why not erect a super enormous pole smack dab in the middle of them.

It’s impressive, looks like it can handle lots of electricity. Problem is, they put it right in front of several lovely houses. When you drive by I want you to think of your reaction if PG&E, without warning, decided to plop down such a pole just a few feet from your front door. Is it fair? I don’t think so.

Let’s face it, we need electricity, otherwise how would I write this column and know my word count at the push of a button? But locating it where they did? Shame on them for not taking the time to find a more appropriate place for their super pole. Maybe they are so in love with their new technology they forgot the human equation. Expect protests. It’s no way to be a good neighbor.

Forestville Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner, 5/19
But we do have plenty of examples of good neighbors here in Forestville. In fact, the Chamber is recognizing 4 outstanding community members at their Annual Awards dinner coming up.

Voted “Volunteer of the Year” is always ebullient Andy Farriester. His extraordinary work organizing the team of volunteers who stepped up after the October fires helped feed thousands of first responders and displaced folks.

Working hand in hand with “Business of the Year’s” Daniel Kedan and Marianna Gardenshire’ Backyard Restaurant, together they showed how great things can happen when a community bands together. Backyard’s commitment to Forestville is unquestioned.

“Citizen of the Year” is the indomitable Wendy Flowers, who will be taking over management of the Farmers Market this year.

The event is a sell-out so don’t wait another minute to buy tickets or you’ll miss out.

Tickets can be found at the Forestville Pharmacy or just call Wendy, this year’s Chamber President, at 887-2561. The date Saturday, May 19 at 5PM.

Opening Day for El Molino Little League, 4/7
If you drive by the Youth Park April 7 you’ll notice lots of cars and activity. Yep, it’s Opening day for El Molino Little League. They are kicking it off with a great Pancake Breakfast starting at 8AM. Stay for the opening ceremony at 10. Can you believe 2018 will be the 55th year at the Youth Park? Gratitude abounds for those community leaders who had the vision to establish it way back when. Check out Forestville’s Youth Park's website for ways you can get involved ( It truly is the pride of Forestville.

Fun Run to Support the Skate Park, 4/22
In fact, the Youth Park recognizes kids not into team sports need a place, too. That’s why they support the idea of building a Skate Park here in town, an idea first put forth by teen Ellery Kuntz. He and his mom have been amazing in their determination and, as we all know, cheerful perseverance goes a long way in fulfilling your dream. You can support them in that dream by attending the Fun Run they are organizing for April 22. It’s a 5K and 10K starting at the Youth Park. 7:45AM registration for an 8:30 start. Expect music, super cool tee shirts, food and prizes. Go to for more details.

Check Out the Sonoma County Energy Independent Program
Last Fall Wayne Gibb, a great Forestvillian who spent years volunteering on one of our Water Boards, sent me a recommendation for the Sonoma County Energy Independent Program whereby homeowners can get help with the most upfront costs on all sorts of things like solar panels, double pane windows, efficient appliances and even furnaces. He got new windows, which has made a big difference in his energy costs this winter and Bob and I got a new (and much quieter) furnace. Go to to see how easy it is to upgrade.

Spring Play at El Mo, 4/12-14 & 4/19-21
El Molino High School puts on their Spring Play “The Addams Family” on April 12, 13, 14 and 19, 20 and 21 at 7PM. Amazingly talented kids so I’m really looking forward to it.

Categories: 2018 Posts, Farmers Market, Local Businesses, Local Organizations, People, School, Youth Park

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