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Lake Wildwood: Plan to attend annual town hall meeting

Happy New Year! Now that the holidays are behind us, don’t you just feel like you need a bit of vacation from all the hoopla?

I can’t pass up the opportunity to give a big shout-out and thank you to Gladys Martines, owner of the Penn Valley Shopping Center.

Once again, she produced and organized the Penn Valley Cowboy Christmas including a tree lighting, Santa (gifts provided by the Penn Valley Rotary), Mexican food, homemade cookies (provided by the Chamber), hay rides and Christmas music (provided by Lynn Skrukrud). Thanks to all of you.

If you live in Lake Wildwood and still have your live Christmas tree, you have missed the Boy Scout tree pickup held on Saturday.

A creative alternative at this point is to repurpose your tree by turning it into a bird teepee for winter.

Just use some branches from your annual tree pruning to form a teepee and cover it with your discarded Christmas tree branches.

If you add birdseed on a regular basis to the inside of the structure, you create a nice little hideaway for the birds and keep them in your yard year round.

One way to get into the swing of the New Year is to attend the 5th annual Penn Valley Town Hall Meeting coming up at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22.

The meeting will be held at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church Community Hall located at 17645 Penn Valley Dr. (across from the post office).

In a nutshell, this is your opportunity to learn what is going on in our community and in the county — everything from the impact of state budgets, inmate release, an aging sewer plant and what is happening in Lake Wildwood and Western Gateway Park.

There will be refreshments for the first half-hour to give you a chance to catch up with neighbors, then the formal presentations, followed by a question-and-answer period.

District 4 County Supervisor Hank Weston is the keynote speaker and will address the challenges and policy issues that affect our area.

Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal will talk about the marijuana ordinance and the state realignment program that releases inmates to county jurisdiction.

Steve Castleberry, county director of Public Works, will bring us up-to-date on sewer treatment projects and road projects that affect Penn Valley.

Next up will be a representative from the Lake Wildwood Association, Alex Alexander, who will explain the current issues and projects in Lake Wildwood.

Jeff George, architectural illustrator, will wrap it up with progress on the Highway 20 Community Information Sign and future projects that are being considered. Ed James, Penn Valley Chamber President, will be the MC and host.

Got a tip about someone or something in Lake Wildwood or Penn Valley? Contact Shirl Mendonca at

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