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Bodega Bay Beat - June 2015

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Bodega Bay Beat - June 2015

by Joan Poulos

June is a special month in Bodega Bay. School is out; elections are held, and Farmers’ Market starts. This is in addition to a continuing salmon season and even a little rain.

We had some good news and some bad news in Bodega Bay last month. The good news is that the Fishermen’s Festival (Fish Fest) was a huge success. The weather co-operated and the sea was quiet for the Blessing of the Fleet. This event is the one time the entire community joins together and puts on an extravaganza. Events like this are in a constant state of change. Events must meet local needs and volunteers must step up to make them happen to have a successful happening. Rod and Ida Moore and many more worked diligently behind the scenes to order the fish and the oysters, and to make the event safe and successful. Glynda Christian (and the wonderful artist, John Hershey) made the art show a success.

The bad news is that Bodega Bay School is about to lose one of their sterling assets. Ms. Loretta Smith is going to retire. For 26 years she has been a stalwart blessing for the youngest pupils (K-1 and 2) and it will be nearly impossible to replace her. She has instinctively known when a child really needs a hug; and when the homework really was lost (and the dog DIDN’t eat it). She is a true marvel. She has convinced many volunteers to participate in the school, and manages to involve all the ones who show up to help and don’t have the vaguest idea how to do it. She makes it all work. When the Board met in Bodega Bay to honor the volunteers, more than sixty people showed up. The applause for Loretta Smith and Josh Risley (who teaches 3rd, 4th and 5th) was deafening. These two teachers have done incredible things in a very small school and with limited resources. HUGE KUDOS to both of them. The school is a wonderful asset to the community, as well as to the children who receive such personal, effective educations.

Mr. Risley is putting together some of the Bodega Bay children’s art and the Grange is working on getting ready for art shows, including the Bodega Bay children’s art. The rail is up; the committee is working to get the displays going.

Local high school seniors did a great job in applying for Grange Scholarships this year. Applicants must have been graduating seniors, either from Tomales High School or have some direct contact with the Grange (like having served at the cioppino feed, or having a relative who is active in Grange.) Before they receive the money they must enroll in a post-highschool program and provide evidence of such enrollment (college, technical school, nursing school or other post high school training can qualify). This year’s winners are: Emily Kehoe, Katie Arndt, Sophia Vigeant, Islea Carreros, Dante Feliciano and Tiffany Perpinan.

The Grange Flea Market is under new leadership. Sharon Corbett, has opened another shop in the Blue Whale (where Local Colors was) so the Flea Market needed new managers. As so often happens in Bodega Bay, someone volunteered. We are very happy to welcome Fred and Debbie Lawson as the new managers. The Flea Market is important in Bodega Bay. People really enjoy the contact with community members (to say nothing of the big bargains to be had). We welcome the Lawsons.

Summertime is a great time to fully explore Bodega Bay. When was the last time you walked clear around the Head? How long since you walked to the end of the breakwater (and looked over at the village.) Have you walked the new Prairie Park walkway and stopped at the Bell Tower? Have you walked out to the end at Goat Rock (just don’t bother the harbor seals or sea lions). Horseback riding, kayaking, wind surfing—who needs to go to Hawaii?

The whales are on their way to Alaska; abalone season has claimed its usual unfortunate toll of those who fail to recognize the immense power of the ocean. Salmon season has had mixed results; crabbing is over for this year. Summertime weather is here (including fog). We love it.

For some, it has been a spring of loss. My precious companion (24/7 for thirteen years) has died. My Australian Shepherd, Pita, fought the good fight. Dr. Trapani was supportive and gave it his best but the Higher Power decided it was time for her to go. She died where she had lived and seemed at peace as I held her. It sure leaves a big gap in our lives. Lots of local dog owners have shared our pain and been most kind. It’s tough to lose such a good friend.

Speaking of good vets, a local resident has returned. Dr. Mike Stafford (who had been our vet before) has joined Bodega Bay Veterinary and Dr. Trapani who is VERY busy (and rightfully so).

On another more pleasant note, pay your taxes and hope our roads get repaired. Dump out that standing water (we do have mosquitoes, just not many) and get ready for summer and those great farm-raised vegetables. It’s a special season. Get ready to enjoy it.