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Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey - August 2016


Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey - August 2016 

Glad we made it through July! Our hamlet was busier than ever Independence Weekend and of course for the Variety Show. We are fortunate and should feel proud that we are able to continue traditions that have been on-going over 100 years. I think the water carnival parade this year was one of the best I’ve seen in years. Putting on major events is difficult work and it seems to get harder each year instead of easier. If you know someone that volunteers for the community, please extend to them a thank-you for their efforts. 

As many of you know, Fern’s Market has a new owner. After nine years, Renee has sold Fern’s. Best wishes to the new owners Karin Beach and her soon to be husband David. The best part of the story is Renee is sticking around and will still be active in the community. That is if she isn’t globe-trotting as usual!

The Friends of Monte Rio will be putting on the 18th annual Russian River Car Show Saturday August 27th at the beach parking lot. The event is free to the public and supports community organizations and the Monte Rio School. There will also be the pancake breakfast which is always great.

It appears that people are putting money into real estate again as property values increase. We are seeing people renovating their houses to supplement their income with vacation rentals, and there is of all things, new construction on Moscow Rd. This new log cabin house is unlike anything I’ve seen locally. It reminds me of something you would see in upscale Lake Tahoe or the Colorado Rockies. I talked to the owner, Alex. He is married, has kids and grandkids. He was born and raised in Russia and has lived in Alamo since 1989. He is a civil engineer managing the building and safety department for the City of Berkeley. He searched for a place to build a retirement home and ended up choosing Monte Rio. The large incense-cedar log cabin is stunning. The property consists of 5 parcels. Interestingly enough, this is the same piece of land where Monte Rio Community Alliance got involved a couple of years ago, responding to neighbor concerns. A drug addict was constructing his own house on it even though the land belonged to someone else at the time. Alex is sold on Monte Rio. He said it has so much potential. He would not have been able to afford the land in the inner-Bay Area, and compared to Lake Tahoe, we have better forests, soils, weather, location/proximity, warm water to swim in, and we have the ocean as well. I can’t argue with him on that. A guy from Russia, now happy to be retiring on Moscow Rd. Thanks for the chat Alex, and welcome to your new home and to Monte Rio.  

The Monte Rio votes from the primary election are in: Bernie 389, Hillary 287, and Trump 56. Yes, somehow even The Donald managed to get some votes here. 

Speaking of politics, I want to thank Senator Mike McGuire for holding the River Town Hall Meeting recently and also thank Efren Carrillo and all the agencies that were represented as well. We appreciate the attention and resources that can improve our area.

With all the tension, madness, and hate going on recently, be glad we live in Monte Rio. Chill out and enjoy what we have to offer. Have a homemade Meyer lemon ice cream at the Rio Take 2 Café, overlook the serene golf course while dining at Northwood Restaurant, or try out paddle boarding at the beach.  Vacation Wonderland. We just keep getting better.