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Pie Party in the Park

Saturday, August 31, 2024
3 – 5:30 PM

Come party at our Downtown Oaks Park with our First Annual Pie in the Park Fundraiser August 31st from 3 – 5:30 PM and help celebrate Lucy Hardcastle’s 80th Birthday. (Fundraiser is for the park’s continuous maintenance, not for Lucy although she certainly deserves it.)

For more delicious information, click: Pie Party

Canyon Rock Quarry, Forestville, CA

Seen from above, Highway 116/Pocket Canyon is on the far right of this photo to the right of the solar panels.

Interview with Canyon Rock on Proposed Asphalt Plant in Forestville

By Vikki Miller
The Trappe family came to Sonoma County in the late 1800s and moved to West County in the 1940s. Canyon Rock is now in the third generation of Trappe stewardship for this land and business with hopes to soon have its fourth generation learning the business. Jonathan Trappe, who I interviewed with his father Wendel runs the local rock quarry in Forestville l, grandson of Adolf Trappe…
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Lucy Hardcastle, Forestville Planning Association Hometown HeroNew President’s Message

Small Town Living Has Its Advantages
Living in a small town has some advantages, have you noticed? The people seem friendlier, perhaps not so uptight or quick to judge. Forestville over time has created a vibe that one newcomer called “welcoming.” I hope that’s true for most of us except for the curmudgeon who turns his car alarm on…
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Know a “Hometown Hero?”

With so many involved citizens who volunteer their time to make this town special the FPA has created a Hometown Hero section on the site.

Go here to see who has been recognized: Hometown Heroes

Go here to nominate your own hero: Hometown Heroes Form

Jacque Brazieal with her skateboard kids.

Home Insurance Cancelled?

Or want to prepare in case it is?

West County Homeowner’s Insurance Seminar Followup

Read the summary of the West County Homeowners Insurance Seminar, held at the Monte Rio Community Center on 2/17/24. Full Zoom of meeting plus CA Dept of Insurance slides, important links and information flyers from United Policyholders.

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The First Annual Work Day in the Downtown Oaks Park

In spite of the rain, volunteers came out to beautify the park.

On Saturday, March 10, 2024, the day started with a light drizzle. By 10 am it turned to rain – just when we were expecting folks to show up to help at our first Annual Work Day in the Downtown Oaks Park.

Fifteen people came out in the rain and it soon stopped. Volunteers pulled up foxtails along with other noxious weeds including blackberries down in the lower area.

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Summary: October 26, 2023 Town Hall Meeting

Topics discussed:

  • The results of our “sticky dot” survey of what folks want for the town.
  • Sidewalk/Crosswalk project for downtown.
  • Updates on “The Housing Element” hearing from Burbank Housing and Generation H Housing on what affordable housing can look like.
  • How the County works when it comes to Permits for projects.
  • Follow up on your environmental concerns about the proposed Asphalt Plant.

Read more here: Summary from October 26 Town Hall meeting

Do This Now to Save Landlines

AT&T is asking the CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission) to be removed as the “Carrier of Last Resort” for most of California.

This could affect the future of landline and Voice over Internet access and support for our area. This request for your action comes from Safer West County, a volunteer group that looks out for us all.

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Free WiFi in Downtown Forestville

OUTSIDE ONLY – Forestville, along with other West County communities (Bodega, Bodega Bay, Cazadero, Guerneville, Monte Rio and Jenner), now have FREE WIFI. The “wireless mesh” functions outdoors through the installation of devices on the outside of buildings.

If you are inside of any buildings, you will not see it come up in the list of WiFi connections. When downtown & outside, go to your Settings then to the WiFi settings – choose EQAC PUBLIC WIFI (sign-in is required). Go through the prompts and you can now have service in places that were almost impossible before. The range goes up to Speer’s and maybe other places not on the downtown streets.

Free Chipper Program

Be Fire Safe! Take advantage of the County’s Chipper Program!
They have purchased more chippers to help homeowners clear vegetation from their property.
The program is FREE but has specific rules to the length and width of what you’ll be chipping.

What a relief you’ll feel when those piles are gone! Read more on Sonoma County Permit department pages.

Reflective Signs

At the recent Town Hall meeting, a rep from the Sonoma County Fire Department mentioned how important it is to have a reflective sign for your address sign. Why? Because this is how the fire department, ambulances and others can find you especially when you are calling for help. This is known as the Green Sign Program because the signs are green.

Find out more here and order your sign today.

Russian River Valley News

River Valley News is a monthly column by our own Vesta Copestakes. The columns are originally published by Neighbors of the Russian River Valley (Best Version Media), a monthly magazine distributed to neighbors in the Russian River Valley. The columns are chocked full of all the local news that’s fit to chew on.

See the columns here: Russian River Valley News

New Trash Can Bins in the Downtown Forestville Oaks Park

The FPA Board recently installed three new trash can bins in the Downtown Forestville Oaks Park after years of discussion on what would work best. These bins have a narrower opening so that folks inclined to get rid of their household trash at the park.

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Canyon Rock Asphalt Plant

John Mack, Natural Resources Manager at Permit Sonoma has been tracking the permit filed late last year for a plant at the Canyon Rock facility. There are several steps before it will go to the Planning Commission.
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Board Meetings

Regular Board meetings are scheduled every month.
Dates: Every 1st Tuesday of the month.
Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Where: In-Person at: 6550 Railroad Ave., Forestville

Or join us via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86061256687?pwd=VGlHRzRiSzVGM1hOUEZRV2ZxRUFRdz09

Meeting ID: 860 6125 6687
Passcode: 618070

Dial by your location
• +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
• +1 669 444 9171 US

Anyone interested in attending is very welcome.
Contact: Board President Lucy Hardcastle for more information.

Monthly
Board Meetings

• 1st Tuesday of mo.
• 5:30 – 7:30 PM
• In-Person at:
6550 Railroad Ave., Forestville
• Via Zoom: Get Link
• For more info, contact:
Board President,
Lucy Hardcastle
Everyone welcome.