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Occidental Oriented by Mackenzie Nekton

Occidental, California

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May 27, 2016

Summer’s just around the corner, and I for one am ready! There’s not much this summer isn’t going to hold for me. A road trip, camping, work, the start of college applications, and some coveted free time. Other than Devin leaving for college, I’m looking forward to summer and all it brings, especially sleeping in and waking up in the sunlight hours. 

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Occidental Events: May 2016 Music and Art: Community Collaboration is Converging on Occidental!
May 1, 2016

May is an exciting month for a cultural ‘Harmonic Convergence’ in the West County, as several of Occidental’s favorite community-based organizations collaborate to promote the arts, arts education and community.

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Finally, a Viable Solution for Wastewater in Occidental Finally, a Viable Solution for Wastewater in Occidental
April 1, 2016
The Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) hired a consulting firm, Stantec, to evaluate tertiary treatment for Occidental.
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April 1, 2016
Oh April, how I love thee… It’s the season for daffodils and forget-me-nots, for rain, sunshine, and my birthday. I’m 17 on the 11th! I’m hoping that this year is full of new friends, new experiences (positive ones), and enough sleep.
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March 1, 2016
What makes babies cry? Sometimes it’s a poopy diaper, and sometimes it’s not. Sometimes its hunger or exhaustion, or sometimes is that Daddy is nowhere in sight—the instinct that tells us something is right. On a Thursday not too long ago, I was holding Laurel, a little angel with lungs that could support an hour of nonstop crying.
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Markus James KOWS 107.3 FM Breaks Sound Barrier
March 1, 2016
Headlining a Mar. 18 fundraiser for radio station KOWS-FM will be Markus James, a West County resident when he’s not traversing the world in search of deep pockets of sound in far-flung corners of the planet.
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February 4, 2016
The season of love is upon us, and this year, rather than ranting about Devin or my mom (who are both very worthy of love), I’d like to take a moment to love the place we live. I think it was last year’s February column that was themed “love where you live”, but as a grumpy sophomore, I wasn’t feeling it as much. This year, as some of my friends start their last semester of high school, and beloved several teachers leave my school, I’m feeling particularly grateful for Occidental and those who work hard to keep it beautiful. 
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Occidentl Sewer District site plan Occidental Waste Water Facility Public Comment January 7
January 2, 2016
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, January 7 to review sewer plant upgrade alternatives and to discuss the option of trucking the District’s effluent to nearby treatment plants.
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January 1, 2016
 With the holidays safely behind us, we embark upon a new year. A fresh start with which to change for the better, the New Year often inspires people to make drastic pronouncements of good intentions. They are more commonly called New Year’s Resolutions, and I thought I’d share a few of my family and I’s. I am going to try to drink more water, even if it is in the form of tea, attempt to get some muscle tone in any part of my body, and be a supportive and not clingy girlfriend when my boyfriend of quite some time leaves for college this fall. He, Devin, is going to Tufts University in the greater Boston area, and he’s super excited, and so am I. Mostly. Minus the whole continent between us bit. But I am, nonetheless, very excited for him to go to his top choice school in a city he’s always wanted to live in.
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KOWS Radio 107.3 FM - West Sonoma County Community radio KOWS 107.3FM is mooving!
December 6, 2015

The KOWS Herd is delighted to stampede into downtown Sebastopol on December 1st , from the green fields of Occidental. With our unique West County vibe, we want to be closer to, and munch on, all the wonderful political, cultural, social, and arts worlds centered in this creatively vibrant community.

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December 1, 2015
It’s officially been one year that I’ve been writing these columns! A lot has happened since then, but not much has changed. My hair is short now, for the first time in my life, and I got my first anything-but-an-A in Honors Precalculus since seventh grade PE. I’ve read some Marx and some trashy romance novels, and I sleep more but am more tired. It’s been a wonderful year, and I’m so glad I’ve had the opportunity to write these columns. Thank you for reading! 
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November 1, 2015
I have spent the last two hours untangling years’ worth of yarn. I was cleaning my room when I noticed that my knitting basket had been sitting untouched for quite some time, and seeing as I am going to continue to be very busy for quite some more time, I decided to wrap up the yarn into proper balls and put it away. The space is much needed, as I am a very sentimental person and like to keep books long after they should have been passed down to a younger generation of readers. The yarn turned out to be the biggest mess since my freshman year. Of course, my room is hardly cleaner for the effort, but the process reminded me of a business run by Occidental local Jennifer Warren—Clutter Control. Jennifer will come to your home or office and help you organize and declutter your space, as well as develop systems to keep your clutter under control. Call or text her at (707) 529-1235 or send her an email at jwcluttercontrol@yahoo.com for a free one hour consultation. 
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Occidental Community Center Occidental Community Center's Future
October 1, 2015

The Occidental Community Center has been a landmark at the south end of town since the mid-1970’s. In recent years the building has been underutilized. This dearth of programming has made the Center somewhat of a financial liability for its property owner, which has been Sonoma County Regional Parks. By the end of this year, Regional Parks is transferring the building over to the County’s General Services Department..

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MacKenzie Nekton - Occidental Occidental Oriented - September 2015
September 1, 2015
Ah summer… how I’ve missed thee. The long days, the sun, the complete lack of homework… it really is the best. So far, of course, I haven’t done much of anything. Rather, I’ve been relishing the joy of unconstrained time. I worked a couple of days and drove to work and back with my newly obtained driver’s license. I received my first paycheck in the mail.
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MacKenzie Nekton - Occidental Occidental Oriented - August 2015
August 1, 2015
Ah summer… how I’ve missed thee. The long days, the sun, the complete lack of homework… it really is the best. So far, of course, I haven’t done much of anything. Rather, I’ve been relishing the joy of unconstrained time. I worked a couple of days and drove to work and back with my newly obtained driver’s license. I received my first paycheck in the mail.
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MacKenzie Nekton - Occidental Occidental Oriented - July 2015
July 1, 2015
Ah summer… how I’ve missed thee. The long days, the sun, the complete lack of homework… it really is the best. So far, of course, I haven’t done much of anything. Rather, I’ve been relishing the joy of unconstrained time. I worked a couple of days and drove to work and back with my newly obtained driver’s license. I received my first paycheck in the mail.
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West Sonoma County's Occidental anticipates a New Mural West Sonoma County's Occidental anticipates a New Mural
June 19, 2015
Sebastopol muralist Dave Gordon, whose recent works enliven the Oddfellows Building in Sebastopol and the Broadway Market in Sonoma, has taken on a new project: a 350 square feet mural in the picturesque village of Occidental. It will be painted on the easternmost wall of the Occidental Center for the Arts where it faces Graton Road and Bohemian Highway.
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MacKenzie Nekton - Occidental Occidental Oriented - June 2015
June 1, 2015
We creep nearer and nearer to summer every day. Yesterday, my final project for my photography class was due. Monday I have my last math test before the final, and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are all dedicated study days. I’m actually starting to expect summer to get here, and it feels great. Well, it actually means I’ll be working part time and taking Spanish lessons every day, but the point still stands. At least I can drive to work and class. 
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MacKenzie Nekton - Occidental Occidental Oriented - May 2015
May 1, 2015
My grandmother, Mary, used to write the Occidental column for the Sebastopol Times. When I began writing this incarnation of the Occidental column, she gave me several of her old columns, clipped from the papers they were printed on. The paper was soft and smelled of ink and years past. 
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