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Bodega Bay Beat by Joan Poulos

Bodega Bay, California

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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - February 2016
February 1, 2016
by Joan Poulos

Thank you, and thank you, to the Coast Guard Auxiliary for putting up the little holiday tree at the end of the breakwater again this year. We hold our breath each year, hoping no tragedy will befall it. We have had years with no tree (electricity failure; personnel change, etc.) and it just isn’t the holiday season without it. Normally it stays up until Epiphany (January 6) but those of us who simply admire and don’t perspire love WE DID IT!!! we can get.

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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - January 2016
January 1, 2016
by Joan Poulos

Thank you, and thank you, to the Coast Guard Auxiliary for putting up the little holiday tree at the end of the breakwater again this year. We hold our breath each year, hoping no tragedy will befall it. We have had years with no tree (electricity failure; personnel change, etc.) and it just isn’t the holiday season without it. Normally it stays up until Epiphany (January 6) but those of us who simply admire and don’t perspire love WE DID IT!!! we can get.

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Crab Traps Bodega Bay Crab Traps Remain Onshore
January 1, 2016
As the heavy clouds roll into Northern California this holiday season bringing a blessing of rain to the parched soil, we can give thanks to the Los Niño currents. But for a large number of families living on Sonoma’s coast, this Christmastime will bring to them no tree, no gifts, no songs around a warming fire.
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Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - December 2015
December 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
First of all, a date correction. Fish Fest will be held April 9 and 10. The tall ships are coming April 13. Apparently both the Chieftain and Lady Washington will be here. Go online and get tickets if you are interested.
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Mason's Marina Bodega Bay UPDATE: Mason's Marina Community Feedback Impacts Plans
November 19, 2015
In response to the feedback we have decided to defer the feasibility study and focus our current efforts on improvements to the docks and boat slips of Mason’s Marina and other improvements to address safety and environmental concerns including testing for soil and ground water contamination from the Mason’s Marina gas station.  
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - November 2015
November 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
These are interesting times for legal junkies like me, and for others who have even a passing interest in laws and politics.   For those of us who supported the Death With Dignity legislation (SB 128) it was refreshing to see our Governor allow the legislation to stand.  His statement reflected his own angst (being Jesuit trained and with the Catholic church opposing the measure) and his understanding that his veto would have deprived many terminally ill of choices.  This helps remind us that when we support a candidate we need to inquire who they ARE, and not be swayed by groups that support or oppose, or even by individual votes that we disagree with.
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - October 2015
October 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
This will be a short column. On Labor Day I tried to go to my friend John Hershey’s book signing. He and his friend Simone have put out a beautiful book. Apparently it went well ( I am told) but I took a fierce tumble down the hill and smashed my elbow on the railroad tie holding in the cascading chips. Once again Bodega Bay ‘s finest came to my rescue and whisked me yelling and whimpering to Sutter. Since it was a holiday, staff was sparse. The excellent doctor discovered that I needed steel plates inserted. No supplier would get them out on a holiday so I had a two and a half day wait for surgery ( about a seven hour procedure,I am told) I have been asked my impression of the new Sutter hospital. Since I am typing this with one finger, it will be brief. The facility is very nice, but will be even better when entirely finished. (The electrician was still working next to my room.)As with any new structure, the personnel changes/procedures take awhile. Most are really great nurses; some are pretty testy who could take some brush up training on public relations. In all it looks like a good addition to our community.
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - September 2015
September 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
More than 100 citizens, including Supervisor Efren Carrillo, came to the Grange July 29 to try to find out what was going to happen at Gleason Bay. CalTrans was gracious and professional but they had far too few answers to please the crowd. The EIR (environmental impact report) and the documents may be commented upon until August 23. 
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - August 2015
August 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
Welcome to THE best place to spend summer. School is out; elections are held, and Farmers’ Market starts. This is in addition to a continuing salmon season and even a little rain.
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - July 2015
July 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
Welcome to THE best place to spend summer. School is out; elections are held, and Farmers’ Market starts. This is in addition to a continuing salmon season and even a little rain.
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
June is a special month in Bodega Bay. School is out; elections are held, and Farmers’ Market starts. This is in addition to a continuing salmon season and even a little rain.
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
We had some good news and some bad news in Bodega Bay last month. The good news is that the Fisherman’s Festival (Fish Fest) was a huge success. The weather co-operated and the sea was quiet for the Blessing of the Fleet. 
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - April 2015
April 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - March 2015
March 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
March should come in like a lion and leave like a lamb. This year the lion came in February. It had rough spots and local flooding but the mustard is lovely and the birds are happy with the moisture we finally got. . The tulips have bloomed, and the “rhodies”’ got some of the moisture they so desperately needed. 
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - February 2015
February 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
The year, 2014, passed quietly in Bodega Bay. There were the usual Christmas visits from Santa and the Bodega Bay School children crowded the Grange Hall to enjoy his company and that of each other. Children and parents, and many other unaffiliated well-wishers chatted in English and Spanish, singing, laughing and bidding each other happy holidays. The final song, Give Peace a Chance, was a great way to usher  out a year where Peace needs all the help it can get.
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - January 2015
January 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
December was the month that Mother Nature reminded us who was in charge. After a beautiful day December 4, when the dedication of Bodega Bay Coastal Prairie Trail was held, the weather turned on us, if only to remind us that we should learn to enjoy WE DID IT!!! the weather.  At least we are not shoveling snow in order to get to the grocery store. In fact, more rain is still needed.
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - December 2014
December 1, 2014
by Joan Poulos
Fall is the time of splendor on the Coast. The skies are often clear all day; the full moon has only a slight ring around it. There is no wind and the ocean is calm and peaceful. We do have some foggy days, but they usually result in a beautiful sunset.
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - August 2014
August 1, 2014
by Joan Poulos
Summer is fast slipping away. We don’t have the heat, but we do have seasons and summer is unique. We often have fog (this year it conveniently lifted in order that we might watch the fireworks) and sometimes we have high winds. But the wildlife loves it here.
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Joan Poulos

Daylight Savings time is, to me, a questionable improvement. When I get up in the dark, it’s as if the stars, still twinkling, wonder why I am so grumpy about their beautiful, dawning day.  Even the birds are just waking.  Doves call and respond from every fence; the crows start their quarreling and the quail are calling their distinctive warning. Bodega Bay has lots of birds; from humming birds to pelicans.  They make getting up earlier more palatable.


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