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Forestville - The Good Life - January 2016


Forestville - The Good Life - January 2016

by Richard Naegle

I Trust You, Do You Trust Me?

The week after the terrorist attacks in Paris, when the whole world was in shock and mourning, a “sinister” looking Muslim man stood in the Place de la Republique. Blindfolded and with arms outstretched, he had a sign in front of him: “I am a Muslim, I trust you, do you trust me. If yes, hug me.”  In this moving and courageous scene, dozens of Parisians­—some smiling, some crying—gathered to embrace the man.  

We are blessed to live in this lovely, safe village of Forestville. Yet the world is at our door. At our joyous Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony, there was a nearby candlelit memorial for the Paris victims—spontaneously put up and added to by local citizens. Let us remain mindful of our world, of our prejudices and assumptions, and of our need for meaningful dialogue and action. 


In response to my inquiry to the County about the status of the proposed roundabout at Mirabel and 116, John McCarthy, Deputy Director of Engineering/Road Operations, wrote: “We are continuing with design coordination with the utility companies on this project as utility relocation planning will be significant. There are also some issues related to right of way for the project. Our goal is to have these plans ready for construction should the Federal Transportation Act have funding available to help with this type of project. You are correct in that funding for the project is a challenge, and the project will need to come back to the Supervisors for final approval.”

Chamber News

Robin Berardini, Chamber President, reports that: “Our Tree Lighting Ceremony was an adorable success! Thank you to Earl Stephens, Charlie Chenoweth, Steve Pearson, El Molino High School Choir & all you tireless volunteers that make this possible each & every year... We will be moving our Annual Awards Dinner to the Spring so we can enjoy an indoor/outdoor gathering experience. Stay Tuned... Our Annual Membership Drive is in full swing. Memberships are extremely affordable & your money will go a long way—Business Level: $95; Non-Profit: $75; Individual: $25… 

The Chamber is a great supporter of the Town—its culture and economy.  I’ve been a member for years as a matter of principle. Go to for more info.

El Molino 

Jacob Rich reports: “The Theater Arts Department will be presenting the Broadway musical Once Upon A Mattress in January. It is the retelling of the story of The Princess and the Pea. Carol Burnett starred in the original Broadway show. The show will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday Jan. 21 – 30 at 7:30pm…Recently retired El Molino ESL teacher Lynn Stewart will be leading an ESL class for adults called “Write Your Story”. This class is for those who can speak a little English, can write basic sentences in English, and want to improve their English speaking ability while writing special memories from their life…Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m., beginning January 12 at El Molino High School in Room H2.

The El Molino Football Team was recognized with a Gold Award from the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors for their sportsmanship and fundraising efforts during the Valley Fire.” 

Members of El Molino’s Forestville Future Farmers of America chapter took two lambs, two goats, 18 swine, 13 breeding hogs, 10 meat birds, and five show birds to the Sonoma County Fair this year. Members placed 1st through 6th in either market or showmanship, and several members went to the championship drive for showmanship. The chapter group took second for swine.

Death of a Beloved Centenarian 

Ross Yeager passed away peacefully on November 30th. He made it all the way to celebrate his 100th birthday this year on March 19th, with a large gathering of people who loved and respected him at Forestville Youth Park. A Forestvillian through and through, he and Bernice raised three sons and a daughter who carried on the Yeager tradition with children and grandchildren of their own. Friends and family gathered at Forestville’s Church of Christ and Forestville Methodist Church to celebrate his life on December 19th.  This very well-loved man will be missed, but he deserves to rest in peace now. Thank you Ross for all your contributions to our home.

Bits and Pieces 

The Joyful Noise Gospel Choir of the Forestville United Methodist Church will hold an uplifting concert at Tiny Town Café on January 24, starting at 4PM. The free concert will include a variety of spirituals and old & new gospel hymns. Contact the church office 887-2020 for more details.

The Hollydale Clubhouse “Last Sunday of the Month” Community Breakfasts will resume on Sunday January 31st 2016 from 9am until noon, serving up this month Eggs Benedict (a local requested favorite).