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Monte Rio Musings - September 2015

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Monte Rio Musings - September 2015

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While it seems like summer and high season are winding down, it also seems like the summer heat is just beginning. Let’s hope September isn’t too hot, too smoky, and that we get some decent rain later in the year. 

Several updates for the greater good this month:

First off, Dave Hardy is doing well. His bone marrow transplant was successful with no signs of rejection yet, so hopefully he’ll be back in Vacation Wonderland by Halloween, and resuming his Monte Rio Musings. 

The Monte Rio Supper Club had a strong comeback last month. The next Supper Club is Labor Day Monday Sept 7th with food provided by A Guy and His Grill (including vegetarian!), and music by One Cello One Violin.

Best Buck in the Bay is returning to the Russian River the weekend of September 12th. Visit bayarearodeo.org

Nextdoor.com is doing well locally. Nextdoor Downtown Monte Rio is growing and a new Nextdoor neighborhood, Northwood Heights, has just been added. Remember if you have physical mail delivery sign up is easy. If you have a PO Box, please contact me, or an existing Nextdoor member, that can verify your address to sign up. In addition to establishing our Nextdoor neighborhoods, Monte Rio Community Alliance will sponsor a Community Yard Sale at the Monte Rio Park & Ride lot (next to Bartletts) on Saturday Sept. 26th. Space is free for members, $10 for non-members. Great time to unload some stuff before winter arrives.

Russian River Alliance and Sonoma County Pride are working with the County to increase our Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index ratings. The Russian River Alliance is also continuing to work on improving our winter air quality. A meeting was held recently with Supervisor Efren Carrillo, and the new head of our Air Quality District, Rob Bamford. The two main issues we have are improper, unclean wood burning in wood stoves and open residential burning. Burning clean dry seasoned wood and allowing sufficient air intake results in a fire that produces more heat for the money as well as little or no smoke emissions. The county also has rebate funds available again this year to replace your old wood burning stove with a new EPA certified wood stove. Regarding issuance of burn permits, our District is looking to improve the process to reduce smoke emissions from burns. They are also prohibiting open burning in our area whenever the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has declared a Spare the Air day. Unseasoned freshly cut limbs cannot be burned immediately anytime. Alternatives to burning yard debris include using your yard waste bin included with your garbage service, or for larger limbs using the Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Department’s free Curbside Chipper Program.    

Monte Rio Recreation and Park District had five candidates apply for five open seats on the board. Four of the candidates are incumbents and yours truly is the fifth candidate! I’m looking forward to improving our District with an emphasis on community outreach, community involvement, and service to our community. A recreation district should serve the community and should sponsor, or assist in sponsoring, community events and programs. Requests in the past have been to establish a dog park here, offer community programs, events, etc. Do you have any suggestions that you would like to have addressed by MRRPD? As there were five candidates for five positions, the district will not incur the expense of an election. The candidates will be appointed by the County and will begin serving new terms in January.

While on the topic of community, Patti Godwin has started a Facebook page, Russian River Jaunts. This is a page for connecting people with similar interests in exploring and enjoying the local outdoors. The group so far has held hikes, kayaking, and I have finally found a great tennis and golf partner. I notice we have some Pickleball players on our tennis courts lately too. It’s great to see people connecting, getting outdoors, getting exercise, and enjoying all that we have here. I highly recommend checking out Russian River Jaunts. 

Please contact me if you have topics or suggestions for next month’s column. Happy September!