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Guerneville Groove - November 2015


Guerneville Groove - November 2015

by Beth Rudometkin

Fish Flow Project NEW Deadline for Comments

Communities along the Lower Russian River asked for, and received, an extension for comments on the Water Agency Fish Habitat Flows and Water Rights Project (Fish Flow Project: SCH #2010092087) known locally as the Low Flow Project. The new deadline is February 14th, 2017 – to show your love for the Russian River. There will be a Public Hearing on November 17th at Guerneville Veterans Hall, 16255 First St. at Church St. at 6pm. 

This is our opportunity to learn more – the 3500 page document is more than most people can read, so we have this chance to learn more, the write our questions to be included in the DRAFT Environmental Impact Report. All questions must be answered in the final EIR, which we will receive some time next year. Water quality is always a concern for us n the Lower River so is the main concern fro locals if flows are reduced over the summer. 

Brenda Adelman of the Russian River Watershed Protection Committee has sent out sample letters for supporters to use as a guide if you want to protest lowering the flows of the river. You can find the letter on – as well as letter protesting to the State Water Board – those letters must be received by November 22nd, 2016, so it’s time to learn now if you want to have a say over this project and its impacts on the Lower River.

George’s Hideaway Becomes Homeless Service Center

This will take a while, but the buildings that were mid-construction are being purchased by Sonoma County to provide shelter and services to the Lower River homeless. Currently Guernville provides nighttime cots out of the rain in the Guerneville Veterans Hall during winter months, but everyone needs to leave during the day. This new shelter will provide physical and mental health services, substance abuse programs, cots for when inclement weather becomes too much to bear, transitional housing and help for people looking for permanent jobs and homes, laundry facilities, meals, and a real mailing address. 

Efren Carrillo, our supervisor, and Jim Leddy of the Community Development Commission, have been working on achieving a solution that fits well with the community and is acceptable to everyone. This solution became the most workable of all the options presented. Now to get the work done and functioning to help people who want to be helped.

Mix and Mingle

Join Chamber members at the November 2nd Regional Chamber of Commerce Chamber mixer at La Crema Vineyards at Sarah’s Grove and Richard’s Vineyard, 5:30 - 7:30 pm at 3575 Slusser Rd, Windsor just north of River Road. Everyone in every Russian River Area Chamber and anyone else who wants to attend invited. 

Taking Back our Home

Tourists are leaving so it’s time to take back our downtown! If you haven’t shopped or eaten at our MANY fine restaurants since spring – now’s the time! Grab dinner, then walk around town window shopping before you drop into another location for dessert! 1st Friday ArtWalk is on Nov 4th from 3 to 8pm is a perfect opportunity to re-aquaint yourself with downtown Guerneville.

Holiday Celebrations coming up!

Put these on your calendar and get ready to PLAY in Downtown Guerneville! Find info on the Russian River Chamber of Commerce website:

Dec 1 - Tree Lighting & Downtown Open House

Dec 3 - Parade of Lights

Guerneville School News

Want a personal one-on-one with the school principal – NOT in the office? Join us every 1st Friday (Nov 4th) at 8am in the School Library for Coffee with the Principal Amber Stringfellow to chat about important, educational topics. This is a time to learn more about programs, curriculum, and events at Guerneville School.

TEAcher of the Month

Do you know a teacher that deserves to be recognized for their hard work and dedication to their students? Nominate your favorite teacher for Mr. Trombly’s TEAcher of the Month! Each month, Mr. Trombly’s Tea & Mr. Trombly’s Table awards one outstanding teacher a $250 gift certificate to be used in both Mr. Trombly’s Tea Shop or Mr. Trombly’s Table. 

Please help us in showing appreciation for teachers and letting them know how important they are! Tell us who deserves this extra treat!