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Forestville - The Good Life - February 2015


Forestville - The Good Life - February 2015

by Richard Naegle

Save Our P.O.  

You may have noticed, our post office has been swamped, understaffed, and underfunctioning for a few months. A concerned patron posted this sign: “Help our wonderful postal staff out – Write or call… and tell them your concerns and the fact that our staff is and has been short staffed for months and we need to keep our postmaster and hire replacement staff.  Office of Consumer Affairs, Post Office, PO Box 7834, SF 94120-7824; 510-550-5005.” As one patron reports, “It’s really a mess over there. I’d hate to see our PO close or that the USPS is squeezing the staff dry and they will die before more people are hired (or, go postal!).” 

There have been unusually long lines (not just during December), and some days PO box delivery has been significantly delayed (even days). 

To add insult to injury, the Post Office plaque by the front door was stolen.  Please, whoever took it, return it!

And, alert, for those with mailbox delivery that’s not right in front of their homes (such as along Covey Road), there has been recent pilfering of delivered mail. Obviously someone looking for checks they can steal.

Cell Tower? 

Verizon has submitted a use permit application to Sonoma County to install a 75-foot faux pine transmission tower with 12 antennas in the Empire Mini-Storage property at 6320 Forestville Street. The purpose is to provide better cell phone coverage. Yet a number of locals, especially neighbors of the proposed project as well as families with children at the nearby Forestville School, are seriously concerned about the potential adverse health effects of high frequency transmissions. Many are also concerned that the transmission tower will not only negatively effect property values of nearby homes but also be an eyesore for neighbors and for the new Town Square and Open Space Park. There are also questions about finding a more suitable site. 

A hearing date for this proposed project at the Board of Zoning Adjustments has not been set, but the goal is for March. Traci Tesconi, a Planner with the County Permit and Resource Management Department (PRMD), reports that public comments still can be received at any time, even right up to the hearing date. Your opinion counts! Contact Traci Tesconi / PRMD by email to, by mail at 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, or by telephone (707-565-1903).

Once he hearing date is sent, an email alert will be sent to everyone on the Forestville Planning Association alert list. Go to to sign up for the list.

Downtown News  

The Chamber of Commerce is working with Supervisor Carrillo and the County Public Works Office to improve the crosswalk at Covey and 116 – possibly with recessed lighting. Once the new Town Square and Downtown Park are in, they will discuss the possibility of another lighted crosswalk north of Town. They are also working on proposed signage for “Forestville” at Mirabel and River Roads and at Guerneville Road.

The original artwork from the downtown Forestville banner art is on display at Tiny Town Cafe, and up for silent auction with bids starting at $100.  The auction will close with a closing reception and Chamber Mixer on Thursday, February 12th, 5 to 7pm. Proceeds from the auction will fund another round of banners.

A big thank you to all the members of the Forestville Fire District and their families for another year of service and sacrifice.  Be sure to read the “Fire Alarm Recap” in the Fire District column in this paper.

“Portrait of Sonoma County”  

…, a report released  through the Department of Public Health earlier this year offers an in-depth look at the well being of Sonoma County communities.  While Sonoma County is considered by some to be one of the best places to live in the world, this report shows how many of the county’s residents don’t share the same opportunities to reach their full potential.  It identifies gaps in local health, education and living standards based on geography, race and gender. This data is consistent with extensive research that shows that people with greater educational and economic opportunities live longer healthier lives.  For the full report:

You can hear an introduction to the report at a Russian River Chamber mixer co-hosted by the RRARA (Russian River Area Resources and Advocates) and Applewood Restaurant  at the restaurant on Tuesday, February 3, 6-8 pm. The RRARA’s goal is to work collectively towards a shared vision of long-term community health and prosperity.


Feb 6 ~ Bake Sale to benefit Forestville Elementary School Education Foundation ~ Baked goodies for sale when you come pick up your children from school. You get the cookies, we get the funds for our programs - a win win!  At the Bus Circle behind school.

El Molino Leadership is hosting their second annual chili cook off/bingo night, Chilingo, on February 6 from 6-8 pm. For $5, each person receives chili taster cups, two bingo cards, a bowl for your favorite chili, a piece of cornbread, and a beverage. Additional bingo cards can be purchased. There will also be a bake sale. If you are interested in entering a pot of chili in the cook off email Mike Roan at

The music department will be offering singing valentines - on campus February 13, and off-campus by arrangement. Community members wishing to make a donation to the music program of $100 or more in exchange for a personalized valentine serenade may email Beth Ann Turner at

The El Molino Dance Program will be showcasing their choreography and beginning dance classes at their Dance Spectacular February 26, 27, 28 at the Cafe Theater at 7:30pm.


The Hollydale Community Club, one of the last surviving community family social clubs here along the lower Russian River, holds its next community gathering on Sunday February 22nd from 9:00-Noon to embark on its plan to host a “Last Sunday of the Month – Breakfast”. They’ll give it a shot through April, see if the local community is interested and helps support the effort to continue the Club’s longtime family socials...68 years and counting! As always, donations for these varied “theme” monthly breakfasts will be affordable and in the $8. to $10. range, with children under 10 free.


Poet Courtney Walsh writes: “Love only asks that you show up. And do your best. That you stay present and feel fully. That you shine and fly and laugh and cry and hurt and heal and fall and get back up and play and work and live and die as YOU. It’s enough. It’s Plenty.”