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Forestville - The Good Life - July 2015


Forestville - The Good Life - July 2015

by Richard Naegle

Save Water! 

New rural water restrictions have been announced by the State and the County. I say, yes. Although water historically has been considered a private property right in California, it in fact is part of the “commons”—part of the natural resources which the community shares. Participation and use of the ”commons” is not based on first come first served, or wealth, or privilege, or land ownership, but rather on the good of all the people (and of our environment). I’m reminded of how the Chamber of Commerce and then the Forestville Planning Association administered a federal grant to help restore the Green Valley Creek and its salmon run. It was a great success (nationally recognized) and then a local landowner exercised his “property rights” and drilled a well within 20 feet of the banks of the creek to basically siphon off its water. 

So let’s not be greedy, let’s be aware of how our personal choices to use water affect the commons. What are you doing to help?

Downtown News 

That publisher/editor of a local newspaper and her long-term boyfriend have finally gotten engaged! No date has been set (Why rush? They’ve been together for 14 years). Rumor has it that there will be a gala reception at the Forestville Club… 

The Forestville chapter of the International Order of Oddfellows (IOOF) has been a positive presence in town since 1860. Unfortunately, membership has dwindled over the years, and the Chapter is looking to be absorbed by another chapter (Sebastopol perhaps?). Meanwhile, the Oddfellows Hall, where we have held many town meetings, remains available for rent (call Scott Pullen, 799-3010). And a big thank you goes out to volunteers from the Forestville Fire Protection District and the Historical Society for cleaning up and grooming the Forestview Cemetery!

The Farmer’s Market at Cork’s/Russian River Vineyards is each Tuesday afternoon, 4-7. The market features certified locally grown produce, dairy, and meat products, delicious artisan breads and pastries, fine arts and crafts, instructional workshops, live music, a classic car show and more. Guests of all ages are invited to enjoy the festivities, foods, craft demonstrations and entertainment. 

Celebrate Community 

On Wednesday, August 12, 4-8 pm, our very own paper, the Sonoma County Gazette, is sponsoring a “celebrate our community” party at the Forestville Downtown Park. In the tradition of past Town Socials and Business Expos, this free event will offer food, music, a bookmobile, and kid-friendly fun! “Everyone is invited to mix, eat, drink & be merry.” If you or your organization would like to set up a free booth or table—food, beverages, art—whatever you want to promote or sell, register before August 1 with Vesta, (707) 887-0253 or Music by the Smart Fellas (swing/jazz). Come; celebrate the good life in Forestville!

Parade Winners 

While I’ve received no official report about the BBQ (although I had a great time attending), the Parade was once again spectacular and fun. All praise to Leslie Zumwalt for continuing to organize this event. And the winners are:

Youth Group:

1st Place - Forestville Elementary Drama Program

2nd Place - Forestville 4H

3rd Place - Cub Scouts Pack 150


1st Place - Forestville Skaters

2nd Place - Wood Family Antique Tractors

3rd Place - Freedom Dreamers

Music Group:

1st Place - El Molino Lion Band

2nd Place - Falcon Enterprises


1st Place - Red Spaghetti Tattoo

2nd Place - Rick’s Auto Forestville Outlaws

3rd Place - Bodean Co.


1st Place - Forestville United Methodist Church

2nd Place - Forestville Fire District

3rd Place - Sturgeon’s Mill Restoration Project

Coordinator’s Award:

Dogma Animal Rescue 


Neighborhood Watch 

As you’ve read here before, is a wonderful way to communicate with your neighbors. Now the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department has joined under its “Crime and Safety” category.  Sheriff’s staff will not be able to see any of the content on your neighborhood website except for direct posts sent to the Sheriff’s Office. Your full name, address, phone number, email address, or anything else cannot be seen—just your user name and the neighborhood in which you are involved. But you will receive helpful updates on security issues that affect your neighborhood.  

The Sheriff’s Dept also will help you and your neighbors start a neighborhood watch in your area. If you are interested in starting or learning more about neighborhood watch in the unincorporated area of Sonoma County please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 707-565-7398 or email


Upcoming events at Forestville School: 

Friday, 8/14 Back to School BBQ, 4:30-7:00, Library/Primary playground area;

Wednesday, 8/19 First day of school 8:30

The Forestville Education Foundation would like to thank the following businesses and community members for their generous donations to its spring Talent Show Barbecue and Auction, supporting enrichment programs for Forestville School and Academy students: Sue Bonzell, Martinelli Winery, Martin Ray Winery, Korbel, Lynmar Estates, St. Helen Rd. Winery-Maier Family Meritage, Markham Vineyards, Wine Guerilla, St. Rose Winery, Acorn Winery, Christopher Creek Winery, Trione Vineyards, Via Guisti Wines, Rio Crest Wines, Russian River Valley Wine Growers, Lagunitas, Ace Cider, Sheer Pleasure, Safeway, Speers Market, Clover, The Farmhouse Inn, King American Ambulance, Valerie McGill, Nightingale Breads, Sunshine Roasters Coffee, Debra Padrick, Tiny Town, Forestville Pizzeria, Carr’s Drive In, Rialto Theater, Snoopy’s Ice Arena, Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, The Service Station, Monica Jensen Photography, Russian River Cycle Services, San Francisco Giants, Disneyland, Charles M. Schulz Museum, Burke’s Canoes, Forestville Fire Department, Hollydale Club, Kozlowski Farms, Home Depot, Vera Family Farms, Honeymoon Frozen Yogurt, Vicki Lee- quilt, Sonoma Golf Club, Anna Carlson.