Museums of Lake County Oral History Program takes to a New Level

The history and people of Lake County is truly amazing. Have you ever wondered what Seigler Springs Resort was like years ago? Darlene Hecomovich can tell you that her parents owned the resort. How about hearing from the man behind the company, Jonas Oil? Or the history of our former television station, LCTV in Lakeport? Yes, Lake County had its own TV station. Listen to our Oral History interviews, and you will learn more.

Juneteenth Celebration at the MAC – Open Hearts, Open Minds

The Middletown Art Center (MAC) is honored to announce “Open Hearts, Open Minds,” the fourth annual Juneteenth event, on June 19, 2024, from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. This evening of reflection, dialogue, and celebration will feature a distinguished panel discussion, live music, and more.

Opening Reception for The Space Between Exhibit at the MAC

The Middletown Art Center (MAC) is thrilled to announce the opening reception of its latest exhibit, The Space Between, on June 15th from 6:30-9:00 PM. This evocative group show brings together a diverse array of regional artists, both familiar and new, to explore and express their unique spiritual journeys through a variety of artistic mediums.

Chanele Hellwege Named Grand Marshal of Middletown Days

In a heartwarming announcement, Chanele Hellwege has been named the Grand Marshal for the 2024 Middletown Days parade. Known for her unwavering dedication to family and community, Chanele epitomizes the spirit of Middletown, making her a fitting choice for this honor.

Summer Sizzle Means More Mosquitoes: Vector Control Offers Tips to Stay Safe

June means lots of outdoor activities in Lake County—graduations, Father’s Day, barbecues, pool parties, the end of the school year and the beginning of summer vacation. It also means mosquito season, and it’s important to take steps to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites and diseases like West Nile virus.

Lake County Farm Bureau Presents Annual Love of the Land Dinner – 6.22.24

Lake County Farm Bureau (LCFB) is delighted to extend a formal invitation to community members for the highly anticipated Annual Love of the Land Dinner. Scheduled to enchant guests on June 22nd at the stunning Mt. Konocti Winery, this soirée promises an evening of entertainment, wonderful dinner, and philanthropy, all in support of Lake County Farm Bureau and the LCFB Scholarship fund.

Seniors Take Center Stage at Silver Foundation Event

The 5th Annual Senior Summit opened to a packed house on May 6 at the Twin Pine Casino Event Center in Middletown. Two days later, in a fortuitous turn of events, the Silver Foundation was selected as the nonprofit of choice in the 100 Women Strong competition to benefit their Senior Companion Pet Project.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day Results

Community members safely disposed of 58 pounds of unneeded prescription drugs, including opioids. We thank the community for participating in this valuable program because removing these drugs from the community prevents abuse, keeps kids safe and protects the environment.

Tales from Cowtown: A Puppet Show Coming to Lake County

This June 21st and 22nd, Tales from Cowtown invites audiences of all ages across Lake County to witness a unique blend of puppetry, music, clowning, and storytelling. Created by artists Tayloranne Finch, Daniel Nickerson, and a large crew of creative collaborators, this family friendly show delves into themes of rural resilience and emotional intelligence in the face of climate challenges. 

Middletown Pool Summer Schedule

The Lake County Public Services Department is excited to announce that the Middletown Pool at 20962 Big Canyon Rd. will open on June 8, 2024. The hours of operation will be noon to 5:00 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. The pool fees are as follows:

Exploring Culture Through Art: Raíces Hermosas Exhibit Closes June 3rd

Over the past few months, almost 3,000 Lake County students have had the enriching experience of visiting the Raices Hermosas art exhibit. This exhibit, featuring the exceptional work of local and regional Latinx artists, provided not only a moving visual experience but also a deep dive into the cultural and artistic heritage of the Latinx community. It was heartening to witness young minds being exposed to such a rich tapestry of art and culture.

Start as Visitors, Leave as Friends: The Big Valley, Small Farms Tour

There’s nowhere like Big Valley and no farms like these. Mark Lipps says the tour is simple; just bring yourself, a positive attitude, and a smile. And if you didn’t come with a smile, you’re sure to leave with one. “We would love all visitors of Lake County to experience the different priorities a Lake County Big Valley small farm can embrace,” Mark says. “Come explore all of our farms for a great drive around the area. Start out as visitors, leave as friends.”

The Neighbor You Never Knew: Meet Jeff Warrenburg

Even though you may never have met him in person, if you’ve ever visited The Bloom, you’ve either seen Jeff Warrenburg or read about something he’s done for Lake County. He’s been a Rotary member for twenty-two years. He’s on the board for the Chamber of Commerce, is president of the Fair Foundation, and is on the City of Lakeport Planning Commission. He shows up in photos about once a quarter in The Bloom, most recently helping out the Community Kitchen Project. There he stands, second from the left, holding a check. That’s how you’ll usually bump into Jeff in Lake County. He’s always looking for a way to help: It’s part of his philosophy. “The biggest thing for me,” he says, “Is I feel a need to give back to the community. They give to me and help my business, so I want to help them out.” Without people like Jeff, the county would fall apart.

Celebriducks Owner Craig Wolfe Takes in the View, Launches New Product

Picture this: It’s early evening, late spring. Between the emerald blue sky, popcorn clouds puff into the distance, building in thicker clumps as they bump into the Mayacamas Mountains. Below them sits Clear Lake, flecked with the smallest specks of whitecaps. The mountains rise from the lake in a motley assortment of greens and tans that blend into grey-violet as they back into the distance.

“I’ve got a friend who has a place in Lake Geneva,” Craig says, “and she sent me some photos of the view. I said, ‘That’s a great view. Now look at ours.’ And I sent her photos of the view from my deck. ‘Wow,’ was all she said. I mean, the view here is drop-dead gorgeous. All those places have got nothing on Lake County.
I feel like we’re on vacation 24/7,” he says, a smile in his voice. “It doesn’t seem like I’m working with a view like this one.”

But that’s not entirely true. In fact, Craig has been hard at work, developing a new line of ducks called Good Ducks, which are in fact the only rubber ducks that are 100% made in the USA. “You know, the funny thing is that I own this business one hundred percent,” Craig says. “I never took an investor. I don’t like being told what to do. I knew who I was and what I could do, and it’s a fortuitous thing that it’s turned out this way. Because if I had to report to a board, they probably wouldn’t have let me do this. They would think it was too much risk, too much of an expense. We had to find a whole new way of molding the ducks using food and medical grade materials to make the safest rubber ducks in the world for teething babies. But we’re going to end up selling tens of thousands of them.” He pauses. “And we’ll sell millions of them if we do it right. It’s a better mousetrap, and definitely a safer one from what’s currenty out there.”

The Neighbor You Never Knew: Meet Rev. Priya Friday-Pabros

September 29, 2018: the first day of The Bloom’s existence. David and I stood in front of our booth at the Pear Festival, handing out business cards and sharing our idea with the thousands of people passing by. During a lull in the crowd, a woman with short hair, coffee-with-cream eyes, and a compelling presence walked up to me.

“It’s all good news, nothing bad,” I heard myself say for the hundredth time. “It’s all about the best part of living in Lake County.” My memorized speech rolled off my tongue.

“I’m Reverend Priya,” she replied, holding out her hand for me to shake. I smiled and continued my spiel.

But this time was different. I felt a real connection with this woman, like she truly cared not only about what I said, but also about me and who I was as a person. Before I knew it, we were no longer talking about the paper, but about humanity and the fact that we have more in common than not. We chatted about how faith, love and community not only bind us together, but also bring out the best in who we are.

“Now I know why I came today,” Rev. Priya said as our conversation wound down. “I was destined to meet you.”

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