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Forestville - The Good Life by Lucy Hardcastle

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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.

2019-04-04Apr 4, 2019

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

2019-03-29Mar 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. 

2019-07-20Jul 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.  

2019-05-22May 22, 2019

New Rules Aimed at Reducing Impacts on River Parks, Neighborhoods

To help reduce visitor impacts on Russian River parks and neighborhoods, Sonoma County Regional Parks is regulating alcohol possession and commercial bus access at Steelhead and Sunset beaches from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. 

 

2019-05-17May 17, 2019

Less than a week after it had fully inflated its rubber dam on the Russian River in preparation for summertime water demands, heavy rains forced the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) to reverse field Thursday and begin lowering the rubber dam back down. The unusual rainstorms that swept into Sonoma County this week are forecast to raise river flows to 6,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) by Sunday night, flows that could potentially damage the inflatable dam.

 

2019-04-30Apr 30, 2019

On Monday, April 29th Forestville teachers voted unanimously to authorize a strike after a state-mandated impasse mediation on Friday, April 26th failed.  The parties are now moving to Fact-Finding, the last step in the legal process before a strike    

2019-04-28Apr 28, 2019

If you live in Forestville and have any interest, even just a mild curiosity, in how your home and neighborhood would blow up in a wildfire, this next Town Hall Meeting is a must.  Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 19 from 3-5 pm at El Molino Library for our Town Hall on “Emergency Preparedness”.  The meeting’s being designed by our Fire Chief Dave Franchesci who has learned a lot on what works and what doesn’t when disaster hits.  He knows every twisted road, every pocket canyon, every challenge we’ll face if anything like the October 2017 fires happens here.  Turns out knowing what to do makes a difference!

 

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