What's Happening in Stonyford: We're moving on into winter
Stonyford is surviving the storms pretty well.
The creeks are flowing with roiling muddy water; there have been boulders on the grade — that's Sites Lodoga Road to outsiders; and there have been slides. The fires we had this last summer may have made the ground unstable here and there.
Sometimes a slide will scatter small debris all across the road. The type of rock that falls has sharp edges. I try to avoid running over any of the rocks, although it's not always possible. In early days when we were new up here, I was coming home in the fog one winter night, hit a rock, and had a flat. It wasn't fun.
The Mill Fire of last summer may have some effect on the runoff into the creeks. Hyphus Creek, about 4 miles south of Stonyford proper has overflowed its banks and the water almost came up to Lodoga Stonyford Road. The creek levels vary quite a bit from hour to hour depending on the rain.
There have been power outages in various areas, but they haven't been of long duration. Thank goodness. There have been outages of days and days in the past. PG&E has been improving their lines over the years, so we're doing pretty well these days.
Tuesday dinner at the Grange is stroganoff with vegetable, bread and dessert, probably cake. We will deliver if you give us a call, 218-7234. We start serving at 5 p.m. Proceeds go to maintain the Grange Hall, utilities, basic running expenses, and we are trying to save to do repairs on the building. We need new siding all around, which is going to be quite expensive.
The building is about 100 years old. We had new flooring put in a while ago, and drywall more recently. Now it's time to address the outside of the building. We're a favorite of the local woodpeckers, plus there is dry rot on some of the older areas.
There will be bingo on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Don't let the rain stop you from coming out. I know most of our players, and most of you won't melt if you get wet. We have some snacks, and I usually make fresh popcorn.
I love how the 4-H takes care of our town. There is a beautiful Christmas tree in the lot next to the General Store, all decorated and lit up every night. There were hay bales in front of the downtown buildings all decorated with fall theme, scarecrows, corn stalks, pumpkins and gourds.
Sometime last week, the fall colors disappeared and the hay turned into mounds of snow with a snowman on top. So we're moving on into winter. Thank you 4-H members and thank you to the leaders for donating your time and energy.
Chit Chat is scheduled for next Wednesday at noon. Joyce and Shirley are the hosts this month. Don't forget to bring two gifts, one for exchange and one for bingo.
The Sew What ladies won't be meeting this week.
Indian Valley Elementary will combine with Elk Creek Elementary for the Christmas program. It will be held at the Elk Creek Elementary on Dec. 20. Winter break for the school is from the 21st until Jan. 7.
We said goodbye to Jim McMartin last week, longtime resident of Stonyford. Our sympathies to Cheri and family.