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Grassroots Graton - Heather Granahan

Graton, California

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Heather Granahan - Graton Grassroots Graton - Heather Granahan - March 2017
March 1, 2017
by Heather Granahan

It’s Not Dirt. It’s Soil.

It’s March. It’s Graton. Do NOT, repeat, NOT start putting your summer annuals out in your garden beds – unless they are nestled under a well-fastened row cover.

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Green Valley Road at Atascadero Creek Green Valley Road at Atascadero Creek ready for evaluation
February 24, 2017
This morning, (Wednesday, February 23rd) water levels on the road receded enough to allow Transportation and Public Works (TPW - the folks who fix the roads) to do a preliminary evaluation of the segment of Green Valley Road that has been inundated with water. TPW staff are working to open the road to one lane by the end of the day on Thursday, 2/23, with stop controls for alternating traffic.
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Green Valley Road - flooded Green Valley Road Community Meeting for Emergency Repairs
February 9, 2017

Emergency repairs will begin on Tuesday, February 14. A community meeting will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, February 10, at the Sanchietti barn, 10076 Green Valley Road, at the corner of Sullivan Road, to describe the project to neighbors.

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Heather Granahan - Graton Grassroots Graton - Heather Granahan - February 2017
February 2, 2017
by Heather Granahan

Resolution? Revolution!

Wherever you may fall on the political/apathetic/neutral/passionate scale of social awareness, our country was disrupted this Fall, amidst a very destabilized world. It is not the first time but unlike previous such volcanoes, we will now get nonstop blurbs of it on everything from phones to twitter-addicted TV.

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Heather Granahan - Graton Grassroots Graton - Heather Granahan - January 2017
January 4, 2017
by Heather Granahan

Resolution? Revolution!

Wherever you may fall on the political/apathetic/neutral/passionate scale of social awareness, our country was disrupted this Fall, amidst a very destabilized world. It is not the first time but unlike previous such volcanoes, we will now get nonstop blurbs of it on everything from phones to twitter-addicted TV.

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Heather Granahan - Graton Grassroots Graton - Heather Granahan - December 2016
November 25, 2016
by Heather Granahan

Adieu 2016, Don’t Let The Door Hit Ya…

Maybe Bill Vaughn was right: “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”

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In the Flesh of Trees by Claude Smith Youth Environmental Artivist Summit
October 26, 2016
And there we were… perched upon a picnic table along Pomo Trail, overlooking a shimmering river snaking its way through coastal prairies and into the Pacific.
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Heather Granahan - Graton Grassroots Graton - Heather Granahan - November 2016
October 26, 2016
by Heather Granahan

Dia de Muertos

We open the month with Dia De Muertos (yes, that is the original way to say it), a time to acknowledge our ancestors with a personal altar of pictures, and sugar skulls with the person’s name in icing on the forehead. The tradition of a day to honor the dead had ancient origins already when the Spanish conquest came along with plenty of cheap sugar for all, it was quickly adopted as a folk art ingredient. No, don’t eat the sugar skulls – there are now candy skulls made for that.

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Heather Granahan - Graton Grassroots Graton - Heather Granahan - October 2016
September 28, 2016
by Heather Granahan

Rally Time for a Local Hero!

Cathryn Couch, Founder and Executive Director of the Ceres Community Project has just been named a CNN Hero for her work empowering teens to grow and cook beautiful, delicious and nourishing meals for our neighbors in health crisis. By the time you read this, you may have seen the segment air; if not, check it out on www.ceresproject.org. The excitement doesn’t end here, and we all can help this hardworking NPO possibly win a needed monetary prize. Before I tell you how, let me share a very personal why.

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Heather Granahan - Graton Grassroots Graton - Heather Granahan - September 2016
September 1, 2016
by Heather Granahan

The Park is progressing and it is time to do some celebrating and gathering of community input. The Graton Green Group (GGG) has received staff approval of their Open Space grant proposal and an advisory board decision will be made on August 25. Next it goes to the County Board of Supervisors. Fundraising is close to matching the Open Space grant – only $11,000 more is needed. Please visit igg.me/at/V3Oogcc6ruk and buy a dedicated pathway brick or make a donation.

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Atascadero Wetlands, Graton, Sonoma County, CA Planning Commission Votes to Protect Atascadero Creek Wetlands
August 1, 2016

An historic opportunity to preserve one of the last remnants of Sonoma County’s once-vast wetlands will take place August 9, when the county Board of Supervisors will decide whether or not to protect 255 acres of marshes along West County’s Atascadero Creek. You are invited to come to the hearing to support one of our most endangered ecosystems.

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Heather Granahan - Graton Grassroots Graton - Heather Granahan - August 2016
August 1, 2016
by Heather Granahan

Growing Pains…

About a block and a half from our home on the “South Side” the town, well, ends and fields and copses begin. Nature and town infiltrate each other with trails, coyote howls, yards and wild turkey choruses.

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Heather Granahan - Graton Grassroots Graton - Heather Granahan - July 2016
June 29, 2016
by Heather Granahan

Thank You, Readers

The readers who continue to reach out with such sweet support are a powerful part of my healing team. For many writers, we launch our contributions into thin air and rarely hear anything back.

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Heather Granahan - Graton Grassroots Graton - Heather Granahan - June 2016
May 27, 2016
by Heather Granahan

Grateful-splosion

Wow. First I want to extend a deep thanks to the community members who responded to Vesta’s surprise announcement about my medical battle. I had no idea that would be added to the column, and was surprised/deeply touched/shy. Call it surtouchshy

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Graton Park Sign Graton Park Closer to Fundraising Goal
May 25, 2016
The little village that could, Graton, got a lot closer to raising the funds to acquire a park site with a contribution of $5,000 from Purple Wine and Spirits, a major employer in the community. “We are excited to be able to contribute to the creation of a park in Graton” says Derek Benham, Purple Wine’s President.
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Atascadero Wetlands, Graton, Sonoma County, CA Planning Commission Votes to Protect Atascadero Creek Wetlands
May 25, 2016

Protection for one of the last fresh water marshes in Sonoma County won support from the Sonoma County Planning Commission on May 5th, when commissioners voted 4 -1 to approve a General Plan amendment that will identify and protect wetlands along West County’s Atascadero Creek.

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Heather Granahan - Graton Grassroots Graton - Heather Granahan - May 2016
May 1, 2016
by Heather Granahan

What News?

What is news in a small village that orbits outside a couple of bigger busier towns where you can go to the dentist and even buy underwear? What is news – anywhere? In our election-addled land, it seems only events over 6 on the Richter scale make it in past our borders and onto official news channels.

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Heather Granahan - Graton Grassroots Graton - Heather Granahan - April 2016
April 1, 2016
by Heather Granahan

Rites of Spring

Spring is truly here; as I write this the apple orchards are just starting to detonate their first blooms while the last pruning teams rush to get caught up after the rain delays. The coastal tribes traditionally would visit their favorite seaweed gathering spots, meeting up with other folks from as far inland as Sacramento Valley, Laytonville and Lake County intent on the same thing. (Read accounts in “Seaweed, Salmon and Manzanita” book by M. Dubin and S. Tolley).

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Preserving the Atascadero Wetlands Preserving the Atascadero Wetlands
April 1, 2016

An historic county study now underway could help preserve wetlands along Atascadero Creek, with the potential to restore a once-flourishing run of coho salmon and improve groundwater supplies for homes and ranches.

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