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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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Brock Dolman - Founder of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center - part 1 Brock Dolman - Founder of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center - part 1
August 6, 2014

I’ve been wanting to interview Brock Dolman, our local permaculture god, for years. But he’s always gallivanting around the world, leading trainings and speaking at conferences. 

Brock’s been doing that a long time actually. In 1987, he was in Nicaragua near the Honduran border, on a construction brigade helping to build houses and a school for the Sandinistas in the thick of the US-sponsored Contra War. Later during that journey through Central and South America, Brock met the woman (Carol Nieukirk) he was to be married to for 20 years. Several years later, Brock and Carol were invited to help purchase a parcel of land in Occidental, now famously known as the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center.

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Brock Dolman - Founder of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Brock Dolman - Founder of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center - full interview
August 6, 2014
In 1987, Brock Dolman, then a young biologist, was in Nicaragua near the Honduran border, on a construction brigade helping to build houses and a school for the Sandinistas in the thick of the US-sponsored Contra War. A few months later on his two–year long journey through Central and South America, Brock met the woman (Carol Nieukirk) he was to be married to for 20 years. 
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KOWS Radio Shoots for the Moon KOWS Radio - Occidental Shoots for the Moon
August 1, 2014
by Robert Feuer
KOWS Radio in Occidental is shooting for the moon, or as close as they can get to it. Hindered for eight years by their location among trees and hills, making for a less-than-powerful radio signal, they have their hearts set on a new antenna location high on Cherry Ridge. This should make their signal available to most of Santa Rosa and Sebastopol, and as far north as Forestville.  
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AmeriCorps NCCC and Westminster Woods Preventing Fires AmeriCorps NCCC and Westminster Woods Preventing Fires
June 16, 2014
A team of ten AmeriCorps Nation Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members will be serving with Westminster Woods summer camp and conference center from June 3rd until July 16th,. This is the team’s fourth project in their ten-month service commitment to AmeriCorps NCCC, a program celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
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Broadband Connectivity Options Broadband Connectivity Options
May 30, 2014
If you or your neighborhood lacks acceptable broadband, what technology might you pursue to solve the problem?  There are at least eight different broadband technologies, and none are perfect.  The right choice depends on what is available and accessible, the features you value most, and what you can afford.  
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Broadband Update
May 1, 2014
Beginning last September, I have written a series of Sonoma County Gazette articles on the current status of high speed Internet in rural areas.  This was done as an effort by our group, Connect Joy Road & Area, to inform the public on the plight of rural broadband and what can be done to promote positive change.   
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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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