Gene Paleno grew up in the 30’s on his family’s farm near Detroit, Michigan. As a boy, he learned to drive an old Model T Ford, hauling hay and feeding the cows at dawn. Gene was the eldest of six children to Eugene and Alice Paleno, with a work ethic that was incumbent upon his role as the eldest boy. After high school he served in the US Navy during WWII, and as a Lieutenant in the Naval Reserve until 1966. Gene taught school after graduating from Michigan State University in 1946. In the early 1950’s during the aerospace industry boom, the entire Paleno Family (parents, sisters, brothers, spouses, and children) packed up and moved to California. Gene was employed by Douglas Aircraft Corporation as a Commercial Artist. While with Douglas, he traveled to a Paris airport hangar to participate in a marketing demonstration. The company had him wearing a helium balloon to simulate walking on the moon. He would recall how the wind almost carried him into the busy landing path at Le Bourget Airport.
Some of the best grillers in Lake County will fire up their barbecues and pit their skills against one another Saturday, Aug. 7, in one of the hottest contests this summer, and the public is invited to help choose the winners. Attendees will enjoy samples and cast votes for their favorite grillers while supporting improvements at Westside Community Park at this year’s “Grillin’ on the Green,” returning after the Covid-19 pandemic canceled the 2020 event.
Bring your lawn chair so that you can relax and socially distance under the oak trees. Have lunch and finish off with an old-fashioned Root Beer Float! Our raffle basket theme this month is Hot August Nights and will include a bottle of Six Sigma Wine and a gift certificate to Campos Casuals.
Racers are wanted for the City of Clearlake’s Soap Box Derby. Happening this Sept. 11, 2021 at Dam Rd. Extension. Line up and Inspections start at 7:30am. For more information, contact Tina Viramontes at (707)994-8201 x 131 firstname.lastname@example.org or www.ClearlakeSoapBoxDerby.com.
Save the date for a glorious Sunday drive visiting a group of small farms located close to each other in Lake County between Lakeport and Kelseyville, CA. Each farm is unique in presenting award-winning, nationally recognized certified organic produce, fruit, olive oils, event venues, and farm stays. On this day we will pull back the curtain and show you behind the scenes of what they offer. Meet and greet the owners of our farms. Leave as friends. Explore and experience the eat healthy social movement known as “farm to fork”.
The hottest cars, trucks, military vehicles and vintage RVs will gather in downtown Lakeport after a year’s absence as the Old Time Machines for Operation Tango Mike car show returns with a new name on Saturday, August 14, surrounding Library Park. The annual car show skipped last year due to Covid but this year comes back to Library Park in Lakeport. There will be plenty of eye candy as registrations are coming in from all over the west coast with great cars, trucks, bikes and vintage RVs.
The Lakeport Police Department (LPD) announces its partnership with strategic community stakeholders to provide services to individuals formerly incarcerated and in need of rehabilitation services.
Water resources are vital for our community. As we head toward the middle of summer during historic drought conditions, the City of Lakeport wants to urge our residents and businesses to conserve water as much as possible. Summer’s rising temperatures coincide with rising outdoor water use, primarily due to an increase in lawn and landscape watering.
For those of you who may not know, we had to move from the winery to the hot and dusty field when we opened our season last year, due to Steele Wines not opening up during the pandemic. Jed Steele retired in 2020 and eventually sold his winery to Clay and Angie Shannon. While we enjoyed our location at the fairgrounds, especially as it allowed for us to make the bold move in becoming a year-round market, moving back to Steele has distinct advantages.
The City of Clearlake is excited to announce the 2021 Photo Contest. This year’s theme is the City’s motto, “Living the Lake Life.” We want to see what Living the Lake Life means to YOU! We are looking for photos that focus on activities, events, and people in the City of Clearlake. Whether it’s fishing at Highlands Park, celebrating July 4th watching the parade down Lakeshore Drive, or eating at our great local restaurants, share your photos!
Donations are being accepted for student scholarships for Summer Session fees and to support stipends for the technicians providing scenic design, costumes, music and video production, and ticket services. Contributions of any amount may be sent to: Lake County Friends of Mendocino College, 2565 Parallel Drive, Lakeport CA 95453. Suggested categories are: Royalty, $500; Gentry, $250; Merchant, $100; and Yeoman, $50. Checks should be made payable to Mendocino College.
The Lake County Tourism Improvement District (LCTID) board of directors has entered into a contract with a founding board member as its first executive director for the organization. Brian Fisher, a Kelseyville hospitality business owner, has resigned from the board to assume these responsibilities.
After an open search, on July 12, 2021, the Board of Directors of the Chamber voted to extend the offer of Chief Executive Officer to Laura McAndrews Sammel, which she accepted on July 16, 2021. Laura has numerous college degrees, including her MBA from Western Governors University. She leaves her role as CFO/Executive HR and Leadership Coach at Combs Consulting to embark on this new challenge.
It’s finally here, the Tenth Anniversary of the opening of the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum and we have been working hard to present an exciting day of good old fashioned music, food and FUN. The date is Saturday, July 17th. The gates will open at 10 am with Dignitaries and Founding Members gathering at 1 pm to commemorate the occasion.
Grillers are needed to help fire up the annual “Grillin’ on the Green” event, returning this year following its cancellation in 2020 due to restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Grillers are invited to once again compete in the barbecue cook-off that highlights the family fun activity. Sponsors are also sought and will be recognized at the event. The 11th annual “Grillin’ on the Green” cook-off, presented by the Westside Community Park Committee (WCPC) and Grillin’ on the Green Organizing Committee, is scheduled for Saturday, August 7, 5:00-7:30 p.m., at Westside Community Park.
The Lakeport Police Department (LPD) has implemented a new program with Police K-9 Olin officially serving the Lakeport community along with his handler, Officer Kaylene Strugnell. The department has been without a police dog since 2009.
Triple-Digit Temperatures are forecast today-Tuesday of next week, and many members of our communities will be seeking opportunities to escape the heat. For some, County Library Branches and Peer Support Centers may be a great option. While none of these are formal cooling centers, and capacity is limited at each site, they are invaluable community resources when temperatures climb.
The Lake County Theatre Company and Mendocino College, the producers of the Shakespeare at the Lake project, look forward to putting on a live show again next summer. In the meantime, they hope you will tune in to this fabulous online play, chock full of talent from all over North America. Virtual performances will take place Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24 at 7pm, and Sunday, July 25 at 2pm. Visit lctc.us to reserve your free tickets and to obtain all the log-in information. This production is made possible with generous support from the Lake County Friends of Mendocino College and the cities of Clearlake and Lakeport.
On behalf of the Middletown Lioness Club, we would like to thank our community for their support of our annual Father’s Day Breakfast. We appreciate all of the positive feedback. It means a lot to know we are meeting our goal of providing the best breakfast possible.
7pm each night is the opening of the CCPRA sanctioned professional rodeo with the Grand Entry during which the 2021 Grand Marshal, Bob Anton will enter the arena on a wagon drawn by beautiful Percheron horses. Bob just turned 101 on July 3rd and is joined by several family members on this occasion. A sight to behold is all the CCPRA competitors being led into the arena by the Clear Lake Junior Horsemen Drill Team.
Rodeo is for all ages, and on July 9 at the 90th Annual Lake County Rodeo, the Cutest Cowpoke Competition takes place between 6 and 7pm at the Fairgrounds in Lakeport. This contest is open to boys and girls, ages 3 to 8, no limit on the number of entries. The Clear Lake Junior Horsemen and the Scotts Valley 4H sponsor the Cutest Cowpoke Competition. You will also see the Clear Lake Junior Horsemen each evening as they perform their very excellent Drill Team routines.
At the June 22nd meeting of the County of Lake Board of Supervisors, two new commissioners were appointed to the First 5 Lake Commission; Tarin Benson is the Coordinator of Student Services for Konocti Unified School District, and Justin Gaddy is the Program Manager for Hope Rising Lake County. Both appointees will each serve two-year terms as at-large commissioners. Ms. Benson qualified for consideration as a commissioner as a representative of a local school district, and Mr. Gaddy qualified as a parent of a young child, under the age of six, and recipient of project services included in the First 5 Lake strategic plan.
The City of Lakeport is grateful to volunteers of all ages who worked hard and helped collect over one thousand pounds of trash and debris from Lakeport’s shoreline on Saturday, June 19.
Earthquake Warning California is managed by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and is the country’s first publicly available, statewide warning system. The warning system is designed to give California residents a few moments warning to take cover before shaking occurs. To receive earthquake warnings, Californians can download the free MyShake App, which is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play store.
The premiere art gallery and destination of Lake County, the Middletown Art Center is entering its lucky 7th year, and officially transforming into the MAC For Lake County! As part of its renaissance, everyone (artist or not) is invited to enter a design for the new MAC branding, with a first prize of $500 dollars! The winning design will be the model for a new MAC logo, which will be installed as a sign on the MAC’s home at the junction of Highways 175 and 29 – the most traveled intersection in South Lake County.