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Cazadero Communications by Natasha Pehrson

Wishes for a Peaceful, Prosperous
& Healthy New Year of 2019


Dec 23, 2018
by Natasha Pehrson


I am writing this on the Winter Solstice and the sun is shining on the large redwoods outside if my cozy cyber-hut! We have been fortunate to receive a decent amount of rain of late and I feel hopeful that we will have a reasonably wet winter!

The Cazadero Community Club will resume monthly meetings on Tuesday, March 5th-7 p.m. at Firehall #1. Please join your neighbors in planning events which benefit the entire community. Membership dues are only $10. for Individuals and $15, for families. Please send to CCC, P.O. Box 3, Cazadero, Calif. 95421.

The Montgomery Elementary School students  will be getting back in the swing of their daily routines as they return to school from their two-week Winter break on Monday, January 7th. There will be a school holiday on Monday, January 21st, for Martin Luther King's birthday. Friday, January 25th, the students will have a day off while their parents are participating in Parent-Teacher conference. Contact the school regarding the Booster Club.

I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friend of Steve Pacatte, a recent resident of Monte Rio and Firefighter with Station 14 in San Francisco who lost his life in a tragic car accident. Our hearts go out to his fiancée' Colleen Bialas who will soon give birth to their child.

We are now officially into Winter and I really appreciate all of the festive lights! They certainly make navigating our very dark roadways a bit easier! .

I find myself remembering Christmas and New Year celebrations while visiting other countries, such as Mexico, Spain, Nepal and Thailand. Christmas and New Year's are big beach times for Mexicans as well as us visitors. We used to sit on the sand at Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico and place votive candles around us all. At midnight on December 31st, we sang songs and ate grapes, one by one, with each one representing an upcoming month-no bad grapes, please! That is a  tradition that I and remembered from living in Spain. We admired the beautiful teak Christmas ornaments on the huge tree at the posh Oriental Hotel in Bangkok and watched a wonderful dance performance at a traditional 'Khan Toke' dinner in Chiang Maintained. As the very graceful women danced the 'fingernail' dance (long brass nails on their hands) I admit that I volunteered my husband Gregorio to accompany them on the stage! However, you celebrated your special holiday, I hope that it was stupendous!  

Contact Cathy at regarding volunteering for the great Sky Garden.  Good news that they will be planting some fruit trees.

Remember Cazadero Supply's 1st Saturday 15% Discount Day for items useful in garden, household and vehicle projects. Both the Cazadero and Duncans Mills General Stores have a good selection of daily groceries, and locally produced specialty items such as soaps, wines and free-range beef.  Please call Raymond's Bakery at 632 5335 for their current  store schedule of baked yummies and Friday Night Pizza and Music. Check out Caz Central for unique gift items, including local poet Sashana Kane-Proctor's book 'Cave of the Casting Bones' - and belated Happy Birthday wishes to Sashana!

Think about participating in  Forest Unlimited's Annual Redwood Tree Planting in January. You may contact Carl Wahl at  874 9268 or for further information.

I wish Very happy January Birthdays to my friend Peter Perlman on the 1st, Eli Ellis on the 2nd, Curtis Ross and son Meshack Sabbah-Ross who all celebrate in early January, Alana Mumy will also celebrate on the 1st, Eli Ellis on the 2nd, my wonderful husband Gregorio will celebrate his day on the 6th, Frank Johanson enjoys the 7th, Kellie Hickson on the 12th, Ace Volunteer Kris Fein has her special day on the 12th, Hank Weidmann on the 17th, Christina Tourady  and Marcus Curie on the 18th, Catherine Canelis on the 21st, and Ashley Parmeter on the 26th. A belated Happy Birthday to our new MAC representative, Mike Nicolls.

I send you all my very best wishes to have a peaceful, prosperous and healthy New Year of 2019. Please call me at 632 5545 or email with info for your Cazadero Column!!



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