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Occidental Oriented by Benjamynn Gabriel

Occidental, California

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Spawning Salmon Celebrate the Return of Salmon
February 21, 2012
by Cyndi Adcock

Please join us for the Salmon Creek Watershed Progress Report & Community Social
Sunday 2/26 3-6pm at 1935 Bohemian Hwy. in Occidental

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Occidental Wastewater: The Next Step Towards a Solution Occidental Wastewater: The Next Step Towards a Solution
April 2, 2014
We may be biased, but we believe that Occidental is one of the gems of Sonoma County. Surrounded by forest-covered hills, our town center has vibrant shops and terrific restaurants located in charming, turn-of-the-last century buildings.
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Benjamynn Gabriel - Occidental Occidental Oriented - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Benjamynn Gabriel
As you probably know, the OCCAC has been meeting since October and has made great headway. By the time you read this, you will be able to take a survey and be heard. Please fill one out yourself and have anyone else in your family do so as well (older kids, grandparents, etc.). Pick up surveys at the Bohemian MarketHand Goods, or the Post Office; you will have until Friday, May 2 to return them to either the Market, or mail to P.O. Box 1011 in Occidental.
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Benjamynn Gabriel - Occidental Occidental Oriented - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Benjamynn Gabriel

Salmon Creek Middle School 

The Salmon Creek Middle School Drama Program presents Peter Pan. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights, February 28, March 1, March 7, and March 8, at 7p.m.  Please join them and help support one of the West County’s finest dramatic arts programs. Salmon Creek Middle School is located at 1935 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental 95465. Call 707.874.1205, x0 during school hours for more information.


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Occidental Wastewater Treatment Occidental Wastewater Treatment Community Meeting
February 26, 2014
The Sonoma County Water Agency, which operates the Occidental County Sanitation District’s (District) Wastewater Treatment Facility, is holding a community meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 13 to discuss options for treating, storing, and disposing of wastewater generated in Occidental. Presenters will discuss several proposals from companies that manufacture waste water treatment systems.
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Benjamynn Gabriel - Occidental Occidental Oriented - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Benjamynn Gabriel
Community Broadband Forum sponsored by the Connect Joy Road and Area Committee will be held on Wednesday, February 19 from 7p.m. to 9p.m. in the meeting hall adjacent to St. Philip’s in downtown Occidental. The goal of the committee is to bring reliable, affordable, high speed Internet to un-served and underserved Occidental. 
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Benjamynn Gabriel - Occidental Occidental Oriented - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Benjamynn Gabriel
Last month, my column was so long, that editorial/layout staff had to cut things out (while I metaphorically kicked and screamed ;-). This month seems very quiet. Go figure. Gives me a chance to remind you that this columnist is getting fatigued at having been a writer in Occidental for almost five years. Is there any qualified person out there interested in replacing me? … or if not a full replacement, at least taking on a guest spot every other month or so to give me relief? Please let me know if you, or anyone you know, is interested. Thanks!
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Sonic Escape Sonic Escape at Redwood Arts Council in Occidental
November 11, 2013
The Sonic Escape performance at the Redwood Arts Council in Occidental was one of the most epically spectacular performances I have ever witnessed.
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Benjamynn Gabriel - Occidental Occidental Oriented - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Benjamynn Gabriel
A New Collaborative Arts and Healing Space has opened its doors in Occidental. They invite you to come and take a first yoga class for free, get into a creative flow during Community Arts Nightevery Friday night from 7 to 9p.m., or call for a tour and a cup of tea! 
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Old Redwoods Saved in Occidental
November 1, 2013
250 trees, among them massive 12 -15 foot diameter redwoods near Facendini Lane off Occidental Road, were saved by concerned neighbors. Uprooting and destruction of the extensive grove had been planned by the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) to make way for a monstrous wastewater holding tank on the hilltop.
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Guitarist Stephane Wrembel at Occidental Center for the Arts Guitarist Stephane Wrembel at Occidental Center for the Arts
October 17, 2013

Acclaimed Gypsy Jazz guitarist/composer Stephane Wrembel offers Guitar Workshop and Concert at O.C.A on Sunday, October 27.

Call it “Guitar Serendipity” or just coincidence, anyone who loves to play or hear the versatile instrument must make their way to Occidental Center for the Arts,  the acoustically pleasing “home for all the arts”at  Bohemian Highway and Graton Rd. to hear an outstanding variety of world- class guitar performances in October.

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Benjamynn Gabriel - Occidental Occidental Oriented - Oct 2013
October 2, 2013
by Benjamynn Gabriel

Valley Ford Antique Fair  

The First Valley Ford Antique Fair will be October 11, 12, 13, 14 at 14435, from 10a.m. to 4p.m. at 14380 and 14435 Hwy 1 in Valley Ford, and will feature American, European, and Asian antiques and curios. At the same time, Rocker Oysterfeller’s & The Valley Ford Hotel will celebrate Oktoberfest, transforming into a German biergarden for the entire weekend, offering a full German menu with German beer and Bavarian music. The postcard I received for this event had a really cool grouping of items, so check it out!


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Free Private Building Lateral Replacements for Occidental County Sanitation District Ratepayers
October 2, 2013
Under a new program offered by the Occidental County Sanitation District (District), eligible ratepayers in the district can have their private building lateral pipes replaced for free. Private building laterals are the pipes that lead from homes or businesses to the sewer main.
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28 Years of Holiday Crafting and Community in Occidental
October 2, 2013
Traditions and holidays go together, and once again, Occidental is home to the annual West County holiday celebration.   The Occidental Community Council is pleased to announce the 28th Annual Holiday Crafts Faire, a longstanding tradition in the community.  There will be chances to win special gift packages including art, wine, jewelry and other handmade crafts throughout the weekend.
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Benjamynn Gabriel - Occidental Occidental Oriented - Sep 2013
September 5, 2013
by Benjamynn Gabriel

Occidental Community Council  

The deadline to submit vendor applications for the 28th Annual Holiday Crafts Faire is coming right up on September 20! Local artisans, do your thing at www.occidental-ca.org.

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Occidental Wastewater UPDATE  -Sewer Map 2013 Occidental Wastewater UPDATE
September 5, 2013
The Occidental Community Services District Meeting on August 20, was devoted to learning more about the Occidental wastewater treatment and dispersal challenge that the town and theSonoma County Water Agency have been dealing with since 1995. Possible methods of lowering sewer rates was the main topic of the evening.  It was an amazing session with over forty community members.
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Benjamynn Gabriel - Occidental Occidental Oriented - Aug 2013
August 1, 2013
by Benjamynn Gabriel
Big news this month is the upcoming meeting on August 8 (see below), the purpose of which is not completely clear yet. I’m of the opinion that the huge outpouring of misinformation and misdirection regarding Sonoma County’s interest in our little area, might preclude our getting the benefit of fundraising efforts to beautify our community. That said, there’s a ton of other newsworthy happenings this month, so read on!
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Occcidental Storage Pond location Occidental Wastewater Upgrade
July 4, 2013
by Vesta Copestakes

If you were to look at the Occidental Wastewater Treatment Plant system upgrade in terms of treated wastewater disposal, you’d praise the process and see it as a solution to a long-suffered problem with a deadline looming to fix a system that doesn’t meet environmental mandates.

But if you attended the June 20th Scoping Meeting, where the community was asked for comments that will be reviewed in the Draft Environmental Impact Report, you get a whole other side to this story. 

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Benjamynn Gabriel - Occidental Occidental Oriented - July 2013
July 3, 2013
by Benjamynn Gabriel

So you may have heard that my comprehensive piece on the Occidental Community Center was accidentally omitted from June’s issue. Check it out on-line at www.SonomaCountyGazette.com. That will give you all the background information on what’s been happening in town, with the exception of the June 4 meeting, which seemed to air a lot of the frustration and distrust that a minority of the community seem to have for the County and its process.


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Sonoma County Parks Gateway Proposal Sonoma County Parks Gateway Proposal LETTERS
June 2, 2013

Community MEETINGS:

June 4 ~ Regional Parks Gateway Poposal 7 PM @ Salmon Creek School gymnasium, 1935 Bohemian Hwy  Occidental (707) 874-1205 harmonyusd.org/‎ Moderator: Eric Koenigshofer, Former Sonoma County 5th District Supervisor

June 5 - Local Coastal Plan Update @ Bodega Bay Fire Station 4-6pm. 10 California 1, Bodega Bay (707) 875-3700 www.bodegabayfire.com/

June 5 - Bodega Bay Trail Update with Regional Parks, immediately following the Local Coastal Plan meeting 6pm – BOTH locations above

June 8 - Local Coastal Plan Update @ Jenner Community Club 2-4pm 10398 California 1  Jenner  (707) 865-2771 jenner-cc.org/‎

June 18 - Board of Supervisors hearing on Beach Fees:  2:10pm 575 Administration Dr., Santa Rosa  (707) 778-7578 supervisors.sonoma-county.org/‎

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