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Bodega Bay Beat - November 2016


Bodega Bay Beat - November 2016

by Joan Poulos

Fall has come. Salmon season is over. Fishermen are still having a tough go but working hard. As much as we love it out here, the fog gets a little old. It is nice to see the sun, and especially nice when the wind is not blowing. The last few days have been lovely and although we could surely use some more rain, the heavy dew has watered the garden well. We keep our fingers crossed and hope and pray for a good crab season. So far, the tests look good.

The path part of the Bodega Bay Coastal Prairie Trail & Elizabeth Burko Bridge was dedicated August 19. The trail is much loved and has been well used for the last few months. One benefit of taking Yoga at the community center is that you can see all the hikers and trail users ( and dogs that are allowed to roam unleashed.) The weekend farmers’ market still has had lovely tomatoes and peaches. The season is all too short.

Can you believe it has been 50 years since the Bodega Atomic Park was defeated by hundreds of local supporters? A celebration of 5 Decades of Anti-Nuclear Activism was held October 29 at the Grange hall. Conversations, memorabilia and displays remind us of the power of activism. We won’t forget the power of dedicated, caring citizens. We are glad for the road, but VERY glad there is not a nuclear power plant at Campbell Cove.

Speaking of good citizens, the Grange has awarded scholarships to six deserving young people. From Bodega Bay, Alejandra Flores is a grantee; from Tomales, Devin Mayo and Bishop Hennigh. From Petaluma, Lisandro Gutierrez and Rebekah Folkenberg and Gabriela Esquivias from Santa Rosa. We will follow their progress with great interest and wish them all the best.

It is definitely the era of elections (November 8 – VOTE!). Both of our candidates for Supervisor took the time and made the arrangements to come out into the district and talk to us. Both meetings were well attended; one at the Grange and one in the Secret Garden. The attendees at the Grange were very vocal about what they wanted done (all those in favor of a crosswalk across Highway One by the Grange, raise your hands). As I have said, both candidates are sincere; both are interested in county government, especially land use planning. Whichever one wins, we need to keep them informed about our local needs. We remember local activists, the Freemans, each time we pass the secret garden (I still like Compass Rose as a good name). Both Junior and Donna are now dead, but the lovely garden they created lives on and each time we see it we are reminded of how much they loved Bodega Bay.

Don’t forget: The Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods will be meeting Saturday, November 5 at the Grange for their yearly organizational meeting. The bi- annual passing of the whales is an event that helps make Bodega Bay the unique place it is. It takes real commitment for the watchers to go to the Head every clement Saturday and Sunday morning during the season and monitor the many, many people who come just to see the whales. Sometimes it takes real tact to answer all the questions.

Although I have not yet seen it, apparently the dredge is in the bay at Mason’s Marina. So far we don’t have exact information, but it does need doing and it looks like it is likely. From the road it doesn’t look like much else is going on at Mason’s Marina to renovate it. We keep hoping to see something develop on that site.

Bodega Bay art shows are always excellent and the Artists in Residences program is unique. The talent shows early, apparently. The wonderful watercolors that have decorated the Grange for the last few months were all done by the Primary school students at Bodega Bay School. John (the wonderful organizer) now says that if you find one you want to buy, call the school. Act soon they are likely coming down. John Hershey, our photographer without equal, had a nice show at the East West Café in Sebastopol  and will likely bring his wonderful pictures to be displayed in the Grange Hall.

Until you are laid up you don’t realize how much you miss your exercise program. Our local yoga class is small, but mighty. If you want to know what is going on in Bodega Bay, drop in and join us sometime at the Community Center. One of our teachers, Anne Oliver, is out recovering from surgery. We send her our best wishes. We are grateful to Vickie Dufton, our regular teacher, who drives from Petaluma to share her knowledge with us. Thanks to them both. Last week we had an unique event; more men than women.  Some members bring their dogs and take a walk down the Prairie Trail after class. I have missed a few classes (surgery and rehab) but now am ready to “get back in the saddle again.”

Our good news on the four-legged front is that a river otter family has still been seen near the Rail Pond. Have a look, but don’t disturb them if you are lucky enough to see them. The Birders have been plentiful; hope they have had some luck. They sure do get up early!

I will be in Alaska on election day, so you will have to step up without me. No excuses, though – wherever you are, make arrangements to have your vote counted. Personally, I hope I can come back and help celebrate the election of our First Woman President .

I continue to pray for my friends in Syria and sadly, Ethiopia. How could they forget their national motto: Be Kind. WE must remember. But above all, remember VOTE.