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Penngrove Station by Lyndi Brown - March 2016


Penngrove Station  - March 2016

by Lyndi Brown


Word has it that work on the fire-damaged building will start in about a month and should take about seven months. The work will start on the side, so the murals should be up for another 4-5 mos.


Local artist Janet Baer couldn’t resist painting a scene on a blank panel on the Penngrove Market building. “I want to see the spirit of Penngrove kept alive,” said Janet. “for the rest of our lives and the people who follow us. I’ll do whatever I can to help the town stay the way it is.”

Janet shows folks streaming into her rendition of “Our Market”. On one side, a horned goat represents a Penngrove pastime -- raising goats, something Janet and husband Lew enjoyed on their rural Penngrove property in the early 70s. A shopper with a ponytail harkens back to Lew’s 1970s hairstyle. A larger-than-life Penngrove cowboy singer, Sal Sage strums his guitar while musical notes flow into the sky.

According to Lew Baer, Sal Sage loved being Mr. Penngrove. Sal was born Salvador Fuentes, and passed away in June 2007. He lived on Adobe Road where two large wheels marked the spot.

Sal began working as a young man in the Union Stockyards and became a butcher in San Francisco. He moonlighted in local honky tonks and music soon became his passion. A member of Screen Actors Guild, Sal worked in commercials and as a movie extra. His bands were all titled with his name: Sal Sage and the (and name that band) Happy Rangers, Sonoma Mountain Boys and Sage Gang. We Penngrovians know him best for playing many events in Penngrove Park.

"Just The Little Town of Penngrove," was penned by him while sitting at a railroad track with a truck load of cattle waiting for a train to clear the crossing.

Just The Little Town Of Penngrove”

Written and sung by Sal Sage, as remembered by Lew Baer

Just the little town they call Penngrove,

It’s not too big, and it’s not too small.

Everyone always has a ball,

in this little one-horse town.

It’s got a (something-or-other) and a grocery store,

And it’s got a post office, too,

And the post office has a squeaky screen door,

in this little one-horse town.



By Michael Gadoura

The Rancho Adobe Fire District Board of Directors’ meeting, held February 17, had a handful of the District's public in attendance. Frank Treanor, District Chief, submitted a report of January’s activity which consisted of 162 calls for the three RAFD stations (Cotati, Penngrove, Liberty). The breakdown reflected six calls for fires with losses totaling, $6,500; 93 were EMS/Rescue calls; and the rest were a mix of hazardous conditions, service, good-intent and false alarm responses. The main part of the Board’s interest focused on future upkeep for the three stations. Battalion Chief Herb Wandel addressed the growing issues with the aging vehicles, equipment, and breathing apparatus. His main point related to the increasing cost of maintaining fire trucks which is starting to overwhelm the District’s resources. To give you an example of the District’s big challenge, two of the fire trucks, Unit 9180 and Unit 9181, are 30 and 20 years old, respectively. Aging vehicles become less reliable and have more down time. Also, the cost of increasing maintenance and repair drain resources exponentially. Chief Treanor said that he will continue monitoring the budget as 2016 progresses.