With the severe weather last week in other parts of the country, our local efforts to vaccinate County residents stalled. Thankfully, both last week’s and this week’s shipments were received today. 1st dose vaccination appointments will resume Wednesday.
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Come pick up some corned beef and cabbage and support the LLCAG scholarship fund! The meal includes corned beef and cabbage, red potatoes, Irish soda bread, and creme de menthe grasshopper pie. Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Russel Rustici Park, Lower Lake. Cost: $25 per person. For tickets, contact Mike Salter at 707-350-6014, Jessica at 707-272-8823, Mike Dean at 510-206-6531, or Rachell at Small Town Ceramics in Lower Lake.
In June of 2020, the Westside Community Park Committee approached the Lakeport City Council and requested that Westside Park Road be renamed to honor Charlie Jolin and to recognize Charlie’s commitment to the park and the city. The Committee believed there would be no Westside Community Park if it were not for Charlie.
Tuesday’s Proclamation was proposed as one of numerous actions in response to the widely publicized and horrific deaths of George Floyd and Brianna Taylor in 2020. An effort to form a local response self-organized into a group called A Community Call to Action: A loving response to systemic racism in America (CCA). The group met monthly and meetings included a series of guest speakers, prioritization of areas for response and learning more about efforts in other communities across the nation.
This week our administration learned that officers were dispatched to a “suspicious vehicle” call. Officers responded and found that the vehicle, a pick-up truck with a loaded trailer attached, had broken down and was in a spot on a busy roadway creating a possible hazard for the occupants as well as other motorists. Officers further found that the vehicle and its contents contained all of the family’s possessions and that they did not have resources to fix or move the vehicle to a safe location. In order to mitigate the situation and help the family, Officer Juan Altamirano used his own resources, not those of the agency, to have the vehicle towed to a safe location while further arrangements could be made. Any other action at the time could have placed the family in jeopardy of losing their vehicle and possessions. While reviewing Officer Altamirano’s action in this incident it also came to light that this was not the only time he had taken this type of action. We found that several months ago, Officer Altamirano had located a stranded elderly motorist with a broken-down vehicle for whom he purchased food and water to assist the individual. These kinds of actions are above and beyond the call of duty. Officer Altamirano is commended for his compassion, empathy, respect and dedication to our duty of making the community a better place. These gestures of kindness are not all that uncommon with police officers. We often do not find out about these acts because officers do not do them to be recognized but rather out of kindness to assist a fellow human being.
Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association (AMIA) has received a $9,026 grant from California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) as part of its Wildfire Resiliency and Prevention program. The grant will allow AMIA to partner with the Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) in restoring and rehabilitating the entrance meadow that first greets visitors to Anderson Marsh State Historic Park, which burned in the 2016 Clayton fire.
On Saturday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Peace & Plenty Farm Stand (4550 Soda Bay Rd., Kelseyville) will host a spring plant sale to raise funds for starting up Shade Canyon, a tuition-free, Waldorf-inspired public charter school. The sale will boast hundreds of bulbs, rhizomes, and plants, all sold in biodegradable pots or burlap bags. Both walk-up browsing and drive-by pickup are available. Call Monica at (707) 236-2829 for more information.
Lakeport Rotary Club is stepping up to offer a non-traditional crab feed experience by providing a sumptuous crab dinner with all of the fixings available for drive through pickup at the Lake County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 13th between 5PM-7PM. The dinners will include a generous portion of fresh cracked crab, salad, french rolls, butter and a yummy cake pop donated by My Tiny Diner. The cost is $50 per person with the ability to add on fresh made clam chowder and a bottle of wine.
The County of Lake Health Services Department’s Public Health Division began drive-through vaccination clinics this week. Unfortunately, due to the severe weather in other parts of the country, there have been challenges related to the delivery of our shipment of the Moderna vaccine. We will need to cancel all first dose appointments scheduled on Thursday, February 18, 2021, and Friday February 19, 2021 We are hoping the vaccine supply will arrive in the next few days, so we can resume vaccination clinics on Monday, February 22, 2021. If you had an appointment for a first dose, you should receive a call this afternoon or in the morning. We will place you on the list to reschedule for next week. Do not come to the site this Thursday or Friday if you were scheduled for your first dose, because we will not have a vaccine for you.
California State Parks in cooperation with the Lake County Fire Protection District is planning a prescribed burn in the Anderson Marsh State Historic Park on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, weather permitting. This effort will be carried out in cooperation with other partner agencies. These burns are part of the prescribed fire program for vegetation management, hazardous fuel load reduction, wildlife habitat improvement, and other ecological benefits. This treatment will enhance the health of the park by removing diseased materials, restoring essential nutrients to the soil, and reducing the chance of a catastrophic wildfire.
See’s Candy in special Valentine’s packaging is available daily at North Lake Medical Pharmacy. Delta Iota Tau, a Lake County Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, sells See’s Candy all year through North Lake Medical Pharmacy located in the Bruno’s Shop Smart Center on Lakeport Boulevard. The money raised through these sales enables Delta Iota Tau to make various community donations all year long. All funds raised are donated to Lake County residents and organizations only.
While we are seeing generally positive trends with regard to case rates and testing positivity in Lake County, COVID-19 remains widespread. The “California Variant,” known as L452R, has also been identified in Lake County (9 of 40 samples tested in January included this variant). While L452R is considered a “Variant of Interest,” i.e., thought to be less worrisome than other “Variant(s) of Concern,” it is a reminder COVID-19 is an evolving threat, and precautions must be taken to prevent future surges.
County and community leaders are committed to helping local businesses struggling to overcome challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Late last year, the Lake County Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Team was established as a collaborative advocacy group, with the intent of ensuring Lake County businesses have a fair and equitable opportunity to access high demand COVID-19 relief funding programs, such as the State’s California Relief Grants and the Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
Just a reminder the Fair Foundation is hosting a Drive Through Dinner this weekend on Saturday February 6th from 5-7:30. Dinner includes smoked tri-tip, chicken and fixings. Tickets are pre-sale. There are a few tickets still available, please visit https://www.lakecountyfairfoundation.com/wrangler-roundup. If you have any questions, please reply or reach out to Jeff Warrenburg at 925-381-0359.
Preston Sterling is hosting a Zoom meeting with his children, third wife and closest staff to celebrate his birthday. The bitter old billionaire is bullying everyone once again and threatening to change his will when—ZZZZZT! Sterling is electrocuted through his phone. Enter Sloan, Rockford Sloan, homicide detective. Through a series of Zoom conferences, Sloan questions the usual suspects, all of whom had a motive. When every suspect has motive and opportunity, it’s up to our brave detective AND the audience to find the killer. With three possible endings, every performance means you’ll never be sure whodunnit. Auditions are coming up! Visit the LCTC website for more information.
The Lake County Health Consortium has donated $6,800 to the Lakeport Police Department for the purchase of defibrillator (AED) units to be used in its vehicles. Police officers are often the first arrivals at emergency scenes. “Having these units in police vehicles will greatly enhance our ability to save lives,” according to Brad Rasmussen, Chief of Police. He expressed appreciation to the leadership and staff of Tribal Health for the service they provide to our community.
The County of Lake Health Services Department’s Public Health Division is very pleased to announce vaccination scheduling is now available for Lake County residents aged 65 or greater. Appointments are limited due to vaccine supply. We will initially open up a few days of appointments, and then increase the number of available slots as we ensure adequate vaccine.
The Lakeport Women’s Civic Club will be celebrating it’s 100th year of service to our community this March. Throughout that time the club has, through the generous donations of local businesses, individuals, and their own investment earnings, been able to provide tens of thousands of dollars to Westlake Community Park, our local Veterans Post, Lucerne Adult Day Care, and Lake Family Resource Center just to name a few.
Jung’s structure, tentatively entitled Animate Earth- Gateway to the Sky- 2021 is now complete with four pine benches placed in consideration of the four directions. A beckoning entranceway consists of rock found on-site, placed in a cascading fashion along the sides of a set of railroad tie steps nestled into the hillside at the top of Rabbit Hill. At different intervals, the artist worked alongside Stan Archacki, Denis Sullivan, Glenneth Lampert, Francis Hornback, Lorindra Moonstar, and MAC’s LOCUS students and volunteers in placing and securing the structures.
A 216-foot long redwood boardwalk was completed at the Rodman Preserve that will enable LCLT to lead their popular guided nature walks at the preserve even during the rainy season. A portion of the trail is below lake level and gets swamped most years when the rains are heavy. This new elevated walkway will prevent this section from being impassable.