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Penngrove Station by Lyndi Brown - November 2016


Penngrove Station  - November 2016

by Lyndi Brown

PG&E Checks You Out contributed by Janice Haslam

At this time of year, I take advantage of one of PG&E’s free services – a  furnace check. All you have to do is call PG&E @ 1-800-743-5000 and make an appointment.

Our furnace is about 30 years old and on the advice of PG&E we’ve had it repaired a couple of times. This time the very young man (probably 30ish but looked high school age) said that it’s getting pretty rusty and will probably make it through this winter but we should be looking at a replacement.

He also changed the filter for me. And he answered questions about having the house vents cleaned. Luckily he said that because of the way our furnace in set up all we need to do is keep the filter clean and vacuum the floor registers. He even answered a question about a furnace brand to explore, and told me about the one he put in for his mom. 

Then he saw the Carbon Monoxide detector on the wall near the furnace and said that it’s a good time to change its batteries since it’ll be on the same schedule as the furnace.

I feel safe for the winter.

Reverse Mortgage Pros and Cons – Saturday, Nov. 19

Is a reverse mortgage the right choice for you? Hear the pros and cons from a panel of experts and get your questions answered. The free discussion is impartial, and not a sales pitch by any means. Speakers include Bill Fishman, attorney, David Carter, a reverse mortgage specialist, and Heidi Darling, licensed fiduciary with Sonoma County Council on Aging.  A reception begins at 10:00 am with refreshments, and the panel gets underway from 10:30 am – Noon.  Co-sponsors are Village Network of Petaluma and American Association of University Women, Petaluma Chapter. It’s at the Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd. Please RSVP to or 707-776-6055. Learn more at

Penngrove Store

Much progress has been made on the Penngrove Market building. Crews have been working feverishly to revamp and rebuild the store area. With recent rains, blue tarps cover the structure. You can see the store are take shape, and it will hopefully open after the New Year. 

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