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Film Society field trip takes students to SF film events

Earlier this month, 25 students from Cloverdale and Geyserville headed into San Francisco for the Alexander Valley Film Society’s third annual field trip to the San Francisco Film Festival.

Their first stop was to see “Serenade for Haiti,” a documentary about the Sainte Trinité Music School in Port-au-Prince and the healing power of music. The director and film subjects were in attendance so students were able to meet with them following the screening.

Next, they headed to the Castro Theater for “Youth Works,” a collection of high school student shorts from around the world.

According to Executive Director Kathryn Hecht, “Based on student response, I think we’ll have a few entries of our own into the student portion next year.”



Swim, water safety classes start Memorial Day weekend

City Manager Paul Cayler reports that the annual summer swim program, run by the Sonoma County YMCA at the Cloverdale Veterans Hall Swimming Pool, will begin on Memorial Day weekend.

While the pool is a great place for locals to cool off on hot summer days, the primary objective of the swim program is training children and adults on water safety and conducting swim lessons.



Town meeting draws large crowd for year in review

Over 100 people showed up to the April 4 Geyserville Town Meeting to listen and be heard.

Representatives from Geyserville Fire, California American Water and the County Deputy Sheriff spoke about the 2016-2017 year in review.

Fire Chief Marshall Tuberville brought locals up to speed on the efficient and sustainable manner in which the fire department will move forward and asked locals to use Sonoma County Alerts on their cell to stay connected. The department is looking for volunteers, land and money for future needs and community feedback and involvement, the chief said.



Grants will fund programs at New Tech High School

Geyserville New Tech High School principal and Geyserville Unified School District supervisor Debbie Bertalucci announced a $75,000 grant to prepare students for college readiness. GNTH has also obtained a grant to start a science agriculture program and will be looking to local businesses to partner in the future to make the program a success.

A grant has also been obtained for the Geyserville Elementary School. Local company Cats 4 You will be doing the excavating work at the elementary school replacing the cafeteria. Work will start this summer.



County planners reject proposed gas station project

Record-breaking crowds showed up to hear about the proposed gas station on the recently purchased property at Canyon Road and Geyserville Avenue.

Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore was on hand to explain the project.

The project proposal has been rejected, he said, because county planners and his office believe it was not in keeping with the best interest of the town or its charming wine country landscape.



Academic awards, orientation highlight high school event

Principal/Superintendent Debbie Bertalucci and volunteers will be cooking up a free dinner served from 5-6 p.m. to kick off the Exhibit Night & Academic Awards ceremony at Geyserville New Tech High School, 1200 Moody Lane.

Scholastic Book Fair will be open throughout the evening 5-7:45 pm, for students and family to browse and purchase.

GNTH welcomes the fifth grade for orientation starting at 5:30. Parents and students will meet their new teachers and find their new classrooms. There will be time for each family to ask questions and get familiar with the campus.

Academic Awards start at 6 p.m., followed by Exhibit Night projects at 6:45.



Sturgeon’s Mill to demonstrate steam-powered sawmill

Sturgeon’s Mill at 2150 Green Hill Road was a working steam-powered sawmill from its founding in 1914 until it closed in 1964.

After sitting dormant for about 30 years, a group of enthusiastic history buffs began working to bring the mill back to life. Their goal was to create a working museum where people could learn about the daily operations of an early 20th century steam powered sawmill.

Demonstration weekends, open to the public, are held four times each year. The first this year is slated for May 6-7, with additional ones planned for June 17-18, Sept. 16-17 and Oct. 14-15.

Admission is free; however, donations are welcome.

While there, visitors are encouraged to also meander along the garden paths in the “Woodland Gardens,” located adjacent to the mill. Planted by Wade and Esther Sturgeon in the 1920s, the gardens feature a stand of native trees, a variety of flowering trees, a Corkscrew Redwood tree, lily ponds and specimen plants.

Visit or call 707-829-2479 for more information.

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