Community news from Sonoma County towns
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.