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Cazadero Communications - February 2017


Cazadero Communications - February 2017

by Natasha Pehrson

Wowie zowie! Maybe I can suspend my rain dance for now!  As I look out of the window of my cosy cyber-hut, the sun is shining between the large redwoods! But all bets are off – Cazadero now has over 60”of rain for the season and January is not over yet! The respite that we currently have is very welcome and I do hope that the next storm predicted to hit isn’t too severe! Please be extra careful driving and join me in my chant to the trees: “Please don’t fall on my house, head or car and I won’t cut you down!”

We are approaching Valentine’s Day and that is a terrific time to show your sweetie your love, whether with chocolate, flowers or just plain old “tender oving care”! One time while visiting Nepal, I amazed my husband Gregorio by whipping out a heart shaped box of See’s candies that I had hidden in my luggage for a surprise! Visit one of our wonderful local stores, such as Mr.Trombly’s Teas and Table in Duncans Mills, the Cazadero and Duncans Mills General Stores for many locally produced items, or have a festive meal at Cape Fear, the Blue Heron or River’s End.

Remember that the 1st Saturday is 15% Discount day for Cazadero Supply, with many great products for your winter vehicle, garden and household projects.

The Montgomery Elementary School is in for a busy February. There are two Federal holidays: President Lincoln’s birthday on the 13th and President’s Day on the 20th with NO SCHOOL on both days. Valentine’s Day is the 14th and Ms. Port’s Kindergarten through 2nd graders have a ton of fun sharing valentines. On the 22nd Mr. Sotak’s 3rd and 4th grade class will go on a field trip to the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts to see the Laura Ingalls Wilder presentation. Then on the 27th Ms. Port’s KN-2 class will also go on a field trip to the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts to see “Charlotte’s Web”

The great Sky Garden can always use volunteers. Please contact Cathy at for more information.

Although monthly meetings of the Cazadero Community Club are on hiatus until Tuesday, March 7th -7 p.m. at Firehall #1, you may join by sending $10.00(Individual) or $15.00 (Family) to P.O. Box 3, Cazadero, CA 95421. Join your neighbors in planning great local events which benefit the entire community!

While reading a fascinating book “Tales of Old California” my historian husband came across an very interesting article from the 1882 Harper’s New Monthly Magazine entitled “In a Redwood Logging Camp”.  Complete with wonderful illustrations, the article talks about conditions at the logging camps. I quote “The centre or at least one centre, of this lumbering is here at Duncan’s, where the Russian River receives a tributary named Austin’s Creek. A wonderful railway follows its banks half a dozen miles into the hills to supply the mill with logs.” I highly recommend this book,which was published by Castle Books in 1989 and features 33 different articles ranging from 1875 to 1912. You may obtain 3 books a month from the Sonoma County FREE Bookmobile, which visits various towns in Sonoma County on a rotating basis. Their schedule is available in the back pages of this publication.

I wish very Happy February Birthdays to Luna Bordero and Charles Radtkey on the 2nd, Matthew Harra on the 4th, Dave Gevas on the 6th, Terry sheets on the 9th, Monica Wade-Alberigi enjoys the 10th, Olivia Gevas on the 12th, Andrew Harb on the 18th, Natalie Canelis on the 19th and Zac Gevas on the 20th. Donald Velasquez-Greer on the 22nd, Kiona Scherrer on the 25th and Harriet Parmeter on the 26th.

Have a sweet Valentine’s Day! Stay dry and call me at 632-5545 or email mayawrld with info for your Cazadero column!