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Forestville - The Good Life by Lucy Hardcastle

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2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019

“I calm myself and check in.”  “Awareness of breathing brings immediate calm. It is a bridge to self- reflection that guides us to effective choices.”  Boy, that’s for sure!  I learned that as a Crisis Counselor to those who lost everything in the wildfires two years go. It was the best tool we could suggest. When we calm down we make better decisions.

2019-09-22Sep 22, 2019

5th District Supervisor Lynda Hopkins called a meeting to gather neighbors negatively impacted by visitors to Russian River parks each summer. She invited Regional Parks director Bert Whitaker and his staff, Public Works director Johannes Hoevertsz, and our local CHP officers who patrol the Russian River corridor in weekends when the impact is greatest. Residents gathered at the Hollydale Club to listen to what is being done, and add their own ideas about what can and should be done to mitigate impacts.

2019-08-26Aug 26, 2019

The Farmers Market has great fruit and veggies, and you can’t get any more local than up Hidden Lake Drive with produce from Mary Rand. The Forestville Wellness Center is partnering with the Ceres Community Project once again to bring a new seven-week series starting Tuesday, September 10th. Annual Outhouse Golf Tournament at Windsor Golf Course Friday, September 6. Soul Café is back in session.  They kick off with a rocking good band “Solid Air” Sunday, September 22.

2019-08-13Aug 13, 2019

It's a very sad day in Forestville as teachers parade in front of the school asking for a Living Wage while administrators prepare for opening day with substitutes. This small community school once boasted more than 800 students and is now down to less than 300 from Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Once the recipient of the California Distinguished Schools Award, parents have pulled their children from this school to attend neighboring schools instead. Both parents and students who love the tradition of multiple generations attending their hometown school are stressed and concerned about the future of their school.

2019-07-20Jul 20, 2019

Congratulations to our Fire Department for an outstanding piece of communication.  You have done a marvelous job creating the links, preparing the information and even more important, crafting this message.  Anyone who took a hand in this piece of community outreach should be officially commended.  I appreciate you. ~ Lucy Hardcastle

2019-06-29Jun 29, 2019

Some would like to see Forestville become a Mecca for bicyclists from around the world like me and Brian Borchers from Russian River Cycle Service.  Others have a vision of Forestville not changing one little bit, thank you very much.  But we know where we put our vision is where we put our energy, and where we put our energy is what tends to happen.  One local vision that has manifested into something quite tangible is the Downtown Oaks Park.  For example, that space started as a vision years ago as a place for people to congregate and have fun.  That’s happening this 4th of July at the Chamber’s Chicken and Oyster BBQ Party at the park.

2019-06-26Jun 26, 2019

On Monday, June 24th, Forestville teachers made their case at a Fact-Finding hearing, the last step in the legal process before a initiating a strike, while the District continued its questionable practice of hiring attorneys and outside consultants to find ways to not give the sixteen teachers in the district respect and a living wage.

2019-05-30May 30, 2019

It took me a while to feel like I belonged in Forestville.  Decades spent heading east to work in Santa Rosa meant Forestville was for weekend errands.  It was actually going to the Town Halls that got me interested in getting more out of my community.  There I got to see how I fit in.  Last month’s Town Hall had 175 people show up to learn how together we can make our community safer.  

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