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Library Literacy Coordinator Retires After 33 Years

Virginia “Ginny” DeVries, Literacy Program Coordinator for the Lake County Library’s Adult Literacy Program, has retired this month. Ginny worked for the library for over 33 years and has been the guiding force of the Adult Literacy program. Year after year, she recruited and encouraged thousands of volunteer tutors and paired them with students looking to improve their reading and writing.

Clearlake Oaks-Glenhaven Business Association Presents $2,000 Check to Northshore Fire

The Clearlake Oaks-Glenhaven Business Association presented a $2,000 check to the Northshore Fire Fund at their August meeting.  The fund is a 501 (c) 3, nonprofit organization created to support the Northshore Fire District.  “We know District residents in the 12 towns and communities along the County’s North Shore want and deserve improved services, timely response and better coverage,” said Stilwell.  “So, we did some research and decided to form the nonprofit, following the path of other communities with similar challenges.”   

The Community Kitchen Project Serves First Meals in August

All people deserve access to delicious and nutritious food,” says Deanna Fernweh of NCO’s Community Kitchen Project (CKP). “This project will feed our homeless neighbors, provide a variety of support services to those in need, and develop job skills for cooks-in-training.”
A project of North Coast Opportunities, the CKP is a collaboration between the City of Lakeport, Lakeport Police Department and Woodland Community College. It aims to support Lakeport residents experiencing homelessness or food insecurity by serving ready-to-eat meals and water, twice per week.

PG&E To Begin Important Wildfire Safety Work In Lake County

To help reduce the risk of wildfires, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is trimming trees and clearing bushes, grasses and other vegetation near more than 4,000 distribution poles in Madera, Lake, Nevada, Yuba and Napa counties by the end of the year. Work is scheduled to begin in the coming weeks and will include Middletown and Cobb. 

September is National Recovery Month

Millions of lives have been changed through recovery. For those experiencing alcohol and/or drug addiction, there are recovery programs that can help. Prevention is also crucial, and we celebrate groups that work to keep youth from developing patterns of substance abuse through education and early intervention. “We all need to work together to increase awareness and improve understanding about diseases and the negative effects of substance abuse,” states Todd Metcalf, Director of Lake County Behavioral Health Services.

Design a New Logo for the Mac and Win $500

This year the Middletown Art Center celebrates seven years of serving Lake County and is doing so by transforming into the MAC. The MAC for Lake County! As part of this growth, the MAC is calling everyone (artist or not) to help visualize their future with an art competition for a new logo. First place prize is $500! After popular demand, the deadline has been extended to September 24th, 2021.

Contribute to the Design of Westside Community Park

The Westside Community Park Committee recently held the first of five public meetings to engage the community in the design of the Westside Community Horse Park. The meeting was held at the site of the future park on Highway 175 west of Lakeport and attended by more than 30 people. Following a BBQ hot dog dinner by Walt and Jaxan Christensen those in attendance were able to view the site and offer their ideas for development. The final four meetings are scheduled for Thursday, September 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM; Saturday, September 18 from 10:00 AM to Noon; Thursday, September 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Wednesday, October 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Local Community Supports International Overdose Awareness Day

Last year overdose killed more people nationally than breast cancer, car accidents and guns combined, and Lake County has the highest overdose rate in California. To help transform these stark numbers, Hope Rising, a Lake County health collaborative, hosted an event with its partners in Library Park, Lakeport, on August 31st in support of International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) – the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind.

The Sonoma County Trails Council and Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Alliance Join Forces as the Redwood Trails Alliance

In November 2020 the Board of Directors of both corporations agreed to join forces and to pursue their common Mission as the Redwood Trails Alliance with an initial Board of Directors combined from both nonprofits. By joining forces, the new Trails Alliance will be able to increase the quality and quantity of our local trails for more trail users while respecting the environment we visit. Their work includes education, advocacy and trail projects which are funded by memberships, donations, and income from trail construction and training services. Trails Alliance projects have included trail design, construction, and maintenance. The Trails Alliance is currently working at several Sonoma County Regional Parks, including Helen Putnam in Petaluma, Foothill in Windsor and Taylor Mt. in Santa Rosa and recently completed trail work at Napa County’s Moore Creek Park. The new organization will be co-led by Ken Wells and Deb St.Cyr.

“Visit Lake County, CA” Becomes the New Official Tourism Brand

The Lake County Tourism Improvement District (LCTID) Board of Directors today adopted “Visit Lake County CA” as the official brand for the work and destination marketing efforts funded by LCTID assessment revenues collected by lodging establishment in the County. “The LCTID Board of Directors embraced “Visit Lake County CA” because it is an established name that already enjoys a level of recognition in certain segments of our tourism promotion markets,” said Lake County Supervisor and LCTID Director, Jessica Pyska. “We are confident that this new, more action-oriented tag will drive interest of our county as a visitor destination deeper into our target markets.”

First 5 Lake & Hope Rising Launch One-of-a-Kind Eligibility Wizard

The Smart Start Eligibility Wizard (www.smartstartwizard.org) is an exciting new website designed specifically for Lake County parents and caregivers of children, prenatal through age five. The Wizard goes beyond the limitations of an early childhood resource guide and gives families the ability to not only learn about services in the community, but also quickly determine their eligibility and begin the application process or be connected with service providers for more information with a simple click or tap on their mobile phone, tablet or computer. 

NCO Providing Direct Financial Assistance to Cache Fire Survivors

In response to the Cache fire that devastated nearly 60 homes in mid-August, North Coast Opportunities (NCO) has reopened its wildfire relief fund, both accepting donations and providing financial relief checks to community members most impacted. NCO has been hard at work supporting the needs of Cache Fire Survivors and by Tuesday, had already delivered 27 checks exceeding a total of $30,000.


The Konocti Lioness Club has re-organized to become the Konocti Women’s Service Club, a proud independent service Club, looking forward to serving the Lake County community with the same motto “For Kids’ Sake”.  All of the money raised goes to charities that support kids at risk.  The purpose of their club is to provide opportunities for women to unite in friendship and in mutual understand and to guide, teach and reach the children of our community.  Their goal is to give service and to be philanthropic with their monies to support youth with dignity and motivation.

Local Assistance Center to Offer Recovery Services for City of Clearlake Residents Affected by the Cache Fire Event

The City of Clearlake, in a joint effort with our local partners and state and federal agencies, including California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) will open a Local Assistance Center (LAC) for residents affected by the Cache Fire event. The LAC will be a centralized location where those affected can find assistance and access services.

Promoting Health and Well-Being in the Face of Wildfire-Related Stress

Many in our county are once again facing loss and displacement due to wildfire. Despite the fact that Lake County has seen more than its fair share of fires, Lake County residents remain remarkably resilient. However, it is common for folks who endure these situations to experience strong emotions during and after the event. It is critical to remember there is no one “standard” reaction to the stress.  There are a number of things one can do to restore health and well-being.

Want to Help with The Fires, But Don’t Know Where to Donate?

Family Support Center Clothing Closet in Middletown needs donations to help recent fire survivors. They are taking clothing and shoe donations for their open closet in order to supply recent fire survivors and their children with clothing. They are in big need of infant and children’s clothes, boys and girls of all sizes. Any women’s and men’s clothing is also accepted. If you would like to donate other items, please call first. (707)987-9601. Located at 21389 Stewart St. #E, Middletown, Ca.

Shade Canyon, a New Public Charter School, to Open in Kelseyville Fall 2022

On Tuesday, August 17, 2021, local nonprofit Shade Canyon School gained authorization to become a tuition-free, Waldorf-inspired public charter in Kelseyville, Calif. Shade Canyon School will open in September of 2022 with grades transitional kindergarten through third grade, then expand by one grade each year until it offers a full TK-8 program. The school’s curriculum is designed to educate students’ head, heart, and hands through hands-on learning, integrated subjects, outdoor exploration, movement, storytelling, practical skills, and the arts.

Lake FRC Offering Free Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Human Trafficing Volunteer and Response Training

Lake Family Resource Center (Lake FRC) is offering a 65 Hour Tri Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking Volunteer and Response Training to interested community members. This training is free and open to the public. Persons who successfully complete the training will receive Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking Counselor Certifications through Lake Family Resource Center and will have the opportunity to work or volunteer for the victim service programs.

Contestants Selected for Hands Up Lake County 2021 Competition

We’d like to thank all the applicants for the time and energy they invested in sending their applications to the Hands Up Lake County Business Plan Competition 2021. All the applications were impressive, and it was a tough selection process. We have decided to move forward with 20 candidates whose applications meet the requirements of the program.

Construction Project: Waterfront Parking Rehabilitation

Argonaut Constructors has contracted with the City of Lakeport to construct the waterfront parking rehabilitation project. Work includes water line replacement, storm drain upgrades, curb, gutter, sidewalk, and the reconstruction and paving of the parking lot between Third Street and Fifth Street in downtown Lakeport.

Remembering Gene Paleno’s Life on this “Little Blue Ball of Mud” An Obituary by Christina Paleno Ericksen

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.

Grillin’ on the Green Returns to Lakeport

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.


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