A Bird’s Eye View #511 – 6th September, 2017

Greetings one and all. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin…
My fellow eating and drinking buddy, Steve Sparks, informs me that he is planning to start up a new version of the very popular and useful A.V. Grange Newsletter – the Valley information sheet that stopped publication a few years ago. Steve hopes to produce the ‘A.V. Community Bulletin’ every month of the year (rather than the Newsletter’s quarterly appearance) and to include even more useful details about the Valley’s social events, organizations, meetings, services, eateries, and general information… It will be a free, four-page handout of which 600 copies will distributed throughout the Valley each month at many locations. Steve hopes to have the first issue ready for October or November… Anyone interested in making sure information appears for their organization/meeting/event/etc, or wishing to be one of just nine local businesses who will get a business card-sized advertising spot in this new publication, can call Steve at the Bulletin’s number, 353-0369, or email him at avcbulletin@gmail.com – please do so on or before September 20 to be in time for the October issue…
Let’s move on with another in our series, ’This Trump Thing,’ or as it used to be called, for nearly 250 years up until now, The U.S. Presidency… As a candidate Donald Trump promoted a tax-reform agenda containing a mix of corporate and individual rate-cuts and deduction rises. Now President* he plans to put this into effect. The Tax Policy Centre, a think-tank, estimated those would reduce federal revenue by $6.2trillion while increasing the federal debt by $7trillion within a decade. Most agree that America’s byzantine tax system needs overhauling, but the devil is in the details: one reason that no major tax reform has been accomplished since 1986 is that the trade-offs are both mathematically and politically difficult. But Mr Trump, still smarting from Congress’s failure to repeal Obamacare and lacking any significant legislative achievements so far, needs a ‘win.’ That makes the The Twit’s recent Twitter attacks on Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, Republican congressional leaders whose support he needs, all the more baffling. Perhaps he reckons his support base would prefer the spectacle of him fighting the establishment more than any actual achievements. Sadly, I believe he would be correct in many cases…

Here’s a couple of updates on ‘Evening Dining in the Valley’… The Q and Aquarelle, formerly Aquarelle Cafe and Wine Bar, is now closed on ‘Taco’ Tuesday. They continue their ‘Santa Maria BBQ’ menu, featuring ribs and chicken, added to many of their previous favorites, and are open from 4-8pm, Friday thru’ Monday… And down in the Deep End, the Happy Hour at The Bewildered Pig has ended but the Sunday brunch continues for now (11am-2.30pm) and dinner is still from 5.30-9pm Thursday-Sunday… And that’s it for now – remember ‘eating out is fun’…
Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… #545 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have no more visits to the Valley this month. They will be here twice in September, on Thursdays, September 14 and 28, from 2-4pm at the Anderson Valley Farm Supply on Highway 128, north of Philo… #546 – Due to the County Fair in mid-September, the Unity Club’s Community Lending Library, held twice-weekly at The Fairgrounds, will be closed until the first week of October… #547 – The County Dump is open from 9am-4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Dump Executive Director, Mike Mannix, rewards good customers with a star but will be very harsh with anyone thinking they can leave dead animals!… #548 – The Anderson Valley Grange is having its regular second Sunday Pancake Breakfast on September 10 from 8.30-11am. Prices range from $5-10 – kids through hungry folks, for a delicious, locally-sourced breakfast. Choices include pancakes (gluten free available but gluten extra is not), eggs, and bacon, with a choice of juice, tea or coffee included… #549 – The monthly meeting of the A.V. Village, formerly the ’Preparation for the Rest of Our Lives’ group, takes pace at Lauren’s Restaurant at 4pm on Sunday, September 10. This is a gathering at which the many issues facing us all in our later years are discussed, and the group is in the process of setting up a number of ideas/services to help with this process…
As a bonus P.S.A. here is the menu for the Community lunches and dinners over the next week in the Senior Center at the Veterans’ Building in Boonville… Tomorrow, Thursday, September 7, the lunch, served at Noon, will be Breakfast for Lunch, followed by Birthday Cupcakes… Then, next Tuesday, June 14, the evening meal served at 6pm, will feature Buttermilk Chicken and Tiramisu for dessert. As this is the 2nd Tuesday of the month, the dinner will be followed by Bingo at 7pm… All meals include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. What a deal – it maybe the best value for money you’ll get all week! And remember – ALL ages are welcome! Hope to see you there…

I’m outta here – I’ve got see a man about a sheep… So, until we talk again: be careful out there; if you break a leg don’t come running to me; stay out of the ditches; please remember to keep your windows cracked if you leave them in your vehicle for any amount of time; think good thoughts; ‘Keep the Faith’; try to not let life get in the way of living; may your god go with you, and may your dog go with you too… Oh, and of course, one final request, “Let us prey”… Sometimes poking, often stroking, and humbly yours, Turkey Vulture…
p.s. You can contact me with words of support/abuse either through the Letters Page or by e-mail at <turkeyvulture9@gmail.com>
p.p.s. Missing the Venerable Pheasant… Keep on humming, Hummingbird… On the sheep, Grace…

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