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Penngrove Station by Lyndi Brown

Post Office Ch-Ch-Changes

Feb 28, 2018
by Lyndi Brown


A big personnel shuffle is happening in 94951. Well wishes to Sharon Lemos who retired after 23 years with the USPS. Mary is not returning, and the temporary OIC (officer in charge ) is now Astrid Shishkin Hill. Astrid has put her hat In the ring (bid) to run our PO. Astrid has done a super job on maintenance contracts for building and grounds. Brandie Wilson may not be there much longer. Heads up: there will be different people who won’t know all our names, etc. As no one will likely be 40 hrs./week, expect staffing to be 30 - 35 hrs./wk. including Sat. Have your incoming packages addressed to your PO Box. If your vendor doesn’t ship to POBs, use the PO’s street address plus the number of your PO Box. Example: 11041 Main St., # (your POB).

 Yanni’s Moves On:  Yanni’s Sausage Grill will close on March 1 to concentrate on their retail distribution. Luckily, the little Penngrove shop will have a new owner, Tom Adams, who will offer Yanni’s sausage on the menu. Look for Yanni’s great sausage products in retail stores.

Submitted by Houston Porter:

It put tears in my eyes to say goodbye to Yanni’s Sausages of Penngrove, or was that the “Jalapeño Popper” sausage sandwich speaking. The final monthly special to run through the hands of Francesca and Johnny was as delicious as ever, and really brought home what an impact Yanni’s has had on me and so many others.

I grew up in Penngrove, and until Yanni’s, only visited for the 4th of July Parade and the various feeds held up the hill at the Penngrove Social Firemen’s Club. When Yanni’s opened in 2010, Penngrove was forever changed for the better. I wrote their first ever review on Yelp, the moment I returned home from their shop, in part because of the great food, but also because Francesca and Johnny were such nice people.

Although we missed a few monthly specials here and there, we have relished our regular visits with Francesca and Johnny. As they continued to garner accolades, those two were always at the center of every review, because they are truly wonderful people. They always greeted us with smiles, brought us laughs, and never failed to ask about how absent family members were doing. As a half joke, my mother once told them that she thought it would be funny to surprise the family with Yanni’s Thanksgiving in a Link sandwich for Thanksgiving. They thought it was a great idea and not only taught her how to replicate their special, but also supplied her with all the special ingredients. This deliciously became a tradition that we will miss dearly.

I look forward to getting their wonderful sausages at all our local grocery stores, but will truly miss knowing that I could always stop into Yanni’s for good cheer and great sausage sandwich specials. Yοοδ τύχη! (Translation: Good Luck in Greek).

Celebrate International Women’s Day at an Economic Empowerment for Women on March 8 at Foxtail Gold Club in RP. The purpose of this event is to empower and support women as successful leaders in business. International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th every year and commemorates the movement of women’s rights. Sponsors of this event are Debra Shine’s Flagship, Business Consulting Firm and Northbay Alliance of Professional Women. Enjoy networking and hors d’oeuvres from 6:00 – 6:45 PM, plus raffle prizes and inspiring speakers. Purchase tickets in advance to reserve your seats at the event, as they will not be sold at the door. See for International Womens Day tickets, $25, or contact Debra at 415-497-3163.

Rick Savel will be back in April’s column with updates on the local cannabis discussion. Please send me your news, comments, events, etc. by the 7th of each month.


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