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Forestville - The Good Life by Lucy Hardcastle

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2019-04-04Apr 4, 2019

Twist Eatery, a restaurant in Forestville, features fresh, inventive and balanced cuisine, according to Valery Larson, the Gazette's food columnist.

2019-01-01Jan 1, 2019

For example, this month the newly formed Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory Council under 5th District  Supervisor Linda Hopkins begins to meet.  Our “MAC,” as it’s referred to, stretches from Forestville west as far as Duncan’s Mills encompassing Hacienda, Pocket Canyon, Rio Nido, Guerneville, Monte Rio and Cazadero on its way. Your own Forestville representatives are Vesta Copestakes, owner and editor of this very paper you are reading, Lucy Hardcastle, writing this very column you are reading and Gary Harris, otherwise known as the man who knows everything that goes on in town, and owner of Sequoia Properties.  Two other outstanding and impressive candidates, Allyson Bordessa and Iain Burnett will join our outreach team.  Our goal?  To represent you. 


2018-11-27Nov 27, 2018

For years, Earl Stevens made sure the downtown holiday tree was cut, hauled, put up and decorated so we could celebrate our very own town tree lighting.  When an indispensable volunteer like that retires, what happens? 

2018-11-08Nov 8, 2018

Coast, River MAC Representatives to be selected this monthOver the past month, the Fifth District Office received more than 40 applications from people hoping to represent their community in one of the two new Fifth District municipal advisory councils.

2019-03-29Mar 29, 2019

If you live along the river, you know the piles of mud soaked toxic debris that not so long ago were cherished possessions.  Ruined boxes of family mementos mixed with old cans of paint, sodden mattresses, favorite blouses, stained bookcases, chairs, broken crockery and more.  All sopping wet and beginning to mold.  Walking those same streets, a week later I saw neighbors, still bone tired, helping one another.  They were sharing their flood of 2019 stories. I saw humor, I saw connection, I saw hope.  And I saw a sense of relief for the first time.  That relief?  It came because Lynda Hopkins and her fellow Board Members scrounged up the financial resources to scoop up and remove those horrendous piles.  It was the first, best step to restore hope. Those depressing piles were weighing us down as they reminded us of what was lost.    There is a long, long way to go for the businesses ruined, the marginalized to find housing, the economy to boom again along our River, but no doubt it will.  We are resilient. 

2019-03-11Mar 11, 2019

Driving along River Road west through Forestville, Rio Nido, Guerneville into Monte Rio is going through a flood war zone with piles of debris stacked on the side of the road ready for pickup this week. Curbside collection will be provided to residents impacted by the flood in the unincorporated lower Russian River and will take place daily from March 11 – March 15, 2019 with a final sweep for remaining items from March 18 – 22, 2019.

2019-03-02Mar 2, 2019

The County of Sonoma will host a community meeting on Sunday, March 3, to discuss the impacts of recent storms and share information on how to get started with the recovery process. The meeting will be 2 to 4 p.m. at El Molino High School, 7050 Covey Road, Forestville.

2019-02-25Feb 25, 2019
2019-02-21Feb 21, 2019

It's a big deal on The River. The Lower Russian River area has wanted a voice of influence at the Board of Supervisors and now, thanks to Fifth District Supervisor Lynd Hopkins, the first public meeting will be held February 25 at Guerneville Elementary School. The public is welcome and encouraged to be involved in making decisions about the present and future of the Lower River Communities which extend from Forestville to Cazadero/Duncans Mills.

2019-02-08Feb 8, 2019

The Forestville Teacher's Association is officially at an impasse with the district. And WHY...? Because your teachers had the audacity to ask for average. Yes, "average". and that's only the state average. We all know that West County has an above average cost of living, yet Forestville teachers struggle to make ends meet at a wage 33% below the state average.

2019-01-29Jan 29, 2019

First, I am excited to serve you as the new board president in our district.  We have an awesome board and are looking forward to working with our entire school community to lead our district to new heights. I’m writing to give you an update on the process to search for our next district leader.  The typical first step in the process to search for a Superintendent (or whatever the title will be of our new leader) is to find out from as many people as possible what is desired as far as how qualified he or she is and what kind of personal attributes are needed to thrive in Forestville.


2019-01-23Jan 23, 2019

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