Aug 31, 2017
by Natasha Pehrson
Well the full solar eclipse has come and gone and it was very foggy here! It did get rather dark, but there was no visible sun.
The view out of my cosy cyber hut frames tall redwoods and slightly drippy skies!
Here is an update re: the paving of Cazadero Hwy, courtesy of Mike Nicholls of the Cazadero Community Services District.
Utility pothole repair has begun on Caz Hwy and the FDR (full depth restoration) construction commences on Aug 19 and is scheduled to complete on Sept 21. Striping and the addition of reflective raised pavement markers will follow the first week of October. Austin Creek Rd. may be used as a temporary detour, although Ghilotti Construction or Public Works hasn’t advised of any details re detours to the CSD yet. Work will begin where Caz Hwy narrows at the first turn (near the Welcome Cazadero sign) and FDR to complete at first washout, then begin again after the washout to the next washout by the phone company office. Washouts will most likely be scheduled for repair in 2018 as those portions were funded by FEMA and approval/engineering was too late for completion under a separate contract for this paving season. We have applied for full FDR from the phone company to town for completion in 2018 and the project is in the preliminary county budget.
My husband just returned from driving the Austin Creek Road detour to downtown and reports that folks are driving too fast and that the surface is also in bad shape – slow down,please!
I hope that many of you are planning to attend the Cazadero Old Time BBQ on Sunday, September 3rd at the Performing Arts Music Camp. Check the Cazadero and Duncans Mills general stores for tickets (pre-sale encouraged). featuring fabulous steak or chicken, children’s games, wonderful “Chinese Auction” raffle, cold drinks, with beer and wine sold by the Cazadero VFD. Elegant Cazadero BBQ aprons, coverlets and baseball-style caps available, too. The dessert table is organized by the Community Church and there is great Pie Contest, with many of the pies going to the dessert table for you to buy! This incredible event is completely organized by volunteers of the Cazadero Community Club to benefit the entire community! The next Caz club meeting will be on Tuesday, September 12th-7 p.m. at Firehall #1.
Things are just getting started at Montgomery School. Students are busy settling in to the new year. Monday, Sept. 4th is Labor Day and there is no school. No field trips are planned this month but there are many the students can look forward to in the coming year.
At the end of school last year The MES said good bye to Melinda Parmeter as the Instructional Aide for the TK through 2nd grades. Melinda had worked at Montgomery for over 20 years and her contributions were greatly appreciated. This school year welcomes her replacement, Rachael Parent. Rachael is a long time lower Russian River resident and is fresh out of college. The MES is thrilled to have her and look forward to her contributions to the Montgomery School family.
We are immersed in various projects before the rainy season and appreciate Cazadero Supply’s 1st Saturday 15% Discount Day, which offers a terrific assortment of home, garden and vehicle items.
Raymond’s Bakery ‘s Friday Pizza and Music Night continues and ‘Caz Central’, adjacent to the Cazadero General store, is a new and interesting addition to downtown.
The Russian River Jewish Community will hold the annual Rosh HaShanah (Jewish New Year) celebration on Friday, September 22nd, beginning at 5 p.m. at the picnic area in Armstrong Redwoods. A festive event celebrating the beginning of year 5778, with a wonderful ritual, including beautiful music from Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble and a fabulous potluck! Please call 6325545 for information.
I send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Michael Soldano, who departed this life much too soon.
Happy September birthdays to Vanessa Alexander on the 5th, Charlotte Berry on the 6th, Jessica Shepherd on the 14th, my dear friend Dave Caplan will celebrate on the 16th. Rose Orlando-Griggs on the 21st, Colin Desmond on the 22nd and Jessica McBain on the 25th.
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