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Forestville - The Good Life - March 2015


Forestville - The Good Life - March 2015

by Richard Naegle

Downtown Cell Tower?

YOUR OPINION COUNTS! The public hearing before the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) about whether to approve a cell tower in downtown Forestville is scheduled for Thursday, 3/19, at 1:45 in the Hearing Room of the PRMD (Permit and Resource Management Department) at 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa 95403. It will begin with a staff report, followed by comments by the applicant, representing Verizon; the hearing will then be opened for public comment and will continue for as long as needed. Notices will be mailed to residents living within 300 feet of the site.  Meanwhile, public comments can be received before the hearing date: contact Traci Tesconi / PRMD by email to, by mail at 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, or by telephone (707-565-1903). For more info about the cell tower application and plans, go to 



The suit by Ramona Crinella against the County’s plan to construct a roundabout at Mirabel and 116 has been dismissed by the Court; she has not appealed the decision.  Susan Upchurch, District Director for Supervisor Carrillo’s office, comments, “That project [the roundabout] will likely move forward now.”  Interestingly, on 2/10 Ramona sold the Crinella Ranch (60+ acres adjacent to the Town Square and Open Space Park) to Silver Oak Winery.  A concerned local, Lee Dido, while walking his dog at the Downtown Park, happened to meet the new owners; he reports that they seem very nice and eager to participate in downtown Forestville.


Chamber News

The annual Citizen Awards Dinner will be on Saturday, March 21, at Trappe Hall. Citizen of the Year is Dave Franceschi; Volunteers of he Year are Carl and Kathie Uebel; Business Person of the Year is Beth Thorp, Nightingale Breads.  Congratulations to these wonderful folks who contribute so much to our Town. The celebratory dinner will be created and served by local restaurants.  Tickets, $55 each, are available at the Bank of the West and the Forestville Pharmacy. 

Tiny Town Café and the Chamber had a joint mixer at the Café where the original art for the new art banners on lampposts downtown was displayed.  A silent auction was held and generated $1975 towards the next round of art banners.  Special thanks to Kevin, Monique, and Chip at Tiny town Café for displaying the art and facilitating the wonderful reception; and to Pete Summers and Leslie Zumwalt for spearheading the banner project. 


100 Years Old    

Neil Yeager, announces that his father, Ross Yeager, is turning 100 on March 29.  A reception in his honor will be held on Sunday, March 29, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Social Hall of the Forestville United Methodist Church, 6550 Covey Road.  Ross Yeager is the oldest living native of Forestville having been born at home on Mirabel Road. He has lived his entire life in West Sonoma County and has attended the Church of Christ on Covey Road his entire life (He still attends every Sunday). 

His maternal grandparents were born in Forestville in 1869 and 1871; his paternal grandparents were married in Forestville in 1865.  Happy birthday, Ross!  “May your days be filled with friendship, love, and joy.” 


Good Hearts

A heartfelt THANK YOU to Heather Robertson-Ellis for collecting a wonderful array of canned goods plus an amazing $970 cash at her cute store, The Service Station, for the Forestville United Methodist Church's Food Closet. Then, she magnanimously matched the entire $970 for a total monetary contribution of $1,940. Later, she explained that she and her husband met the match by forgoing Christmas presents this year. Their extraordinary gift will make a huge difference for up to 80 Forestville families. Food Closet’s all-volunteer force makes sure this compassionate support is maximized in order to extend an even stronger lifeline of food, hope and dignity. 

The Methodist Church is having its “Huge Rummage Sale” at the church on March 7th, 8am-2pm. Sell-able items can be dropped off during office hours.  Please, no electronics or heavy exercise equipment. Coats needed. It’s a wonderful way to get rid of stuff too good to throw out, pick up some real bargains plus help the church on much-needed projects. It’s a win-win-win! 

The Methodist Church also invites you to an Irish Potato Supper on Sunday, March 15 starting at 6 pm in the church’s Social Hall.

Enjoy a baked potato with all the trimmings and a “green” dessert. No charge, but donations accepted. But that’s not all…. The Forestville Strings will play gathering music during the dinner and The Plaid Menagerie Celtic Band and Cori Wood will provide music after the meal. There may an Irish jig or two – local dancers are being contacted.

And after an evening of Irish food and music you can go home with some nice items if you’re the high bidder on a Silent Auction. Proceeds from the auction benefit church programs.  Contact the church office at 707-887-2020 if you plan to attend so they can have enough potatoes on hand for all.


Bits and Pieces

Forestville Pharmacy is having Health Screening Tests on Tuesday, March 3, 10 am – 1 pm.  Various blood tests are being offered including cholesterol and diabetes as well as bone density, thyroid, and allergy screenings. 

Hooray, the Barbeque is coming--5/30-31! The Youth park wants to thank its new BBQ sponsors: Terra Firma global Partners, Cork’s, Nightingale Breads, Brian Manly, Lisa & Todd Sheppard, CR Fedrick & Robert Fedrick, Suzanne Ash, and Vesta Copestakes. There is still time to add your name as a sponsor!  Contact Robin Berardini, 484-1204. The headlining bands for the BBQ this year are

Foreverland--14 piece tribute to Michael Jackson, on Saturday, May 30; Wonderbread 5--International Rock and Roll Party Machine, on Sunday, May 31.  Visit for latest information.

Hollydale Club: Saturday, March 14, Corned Beef and Cabbage Feed, $15 donation, 6 pm. Everyone welcome.



Forestville School / Forestville Academy: The delightful musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is being presented by students on 3/20, 21, 27 & 28 @ 7 pm; and 3/22 & 29 at 2 pm. $8 adults, $5 students. 

Forestville Education Foundation holds its monthly meeting on March 18, 6 pm, in the Faculty Lounge at the Elementary School.

El Molino High School: Tickets are available for the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Bingo fundraiser on March 14th, benefitting El Molino. The theme is "Beam me Up". Tickets are available through the Sisters website. It should be an entertaining event.

Spring sports are under way at ElMo. Come out and support the Lions as they compete in baseball, softball, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball. Check out the El Molino High School web site for the schedule of all spring sports.  

Mike Roan, P.E. Teacher, Leadership Instructor, and Athletic Director was recently selected as the West Sonoma County Teacher of the Year by the Sebastopol Rotary Education Foundation!