🌱 Honey Bee ‘Battleground’ + Arreguin Death + Teen Graffiti Bandits?

Hello, friends and neighbors! It’s me, Simone, your regular host of the Healdsburg Patch newsletter — back in action after some time off from writing the newsletter. While I’ve been out, I’ve gotten many kind notes of distress and concern, wondering if I’m ever coming back. Don’t worry, I’m here! Still getting caught up on everything that’s been happening while I’ve been gone, so bear with me, K? Here we go… 💙

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Now, your weekend weather:

  • Friday: Mostly sunny. High: 88 Low: 51.
  • Saturday: Mostly sunny. High: 85 Low: 48.
  • Sunday: Sunny and hot. High: 91 Low: 52.
  • Monday: Sunny and hot again. High: 92 Low: 57.
  • Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High: 85 Low: 54.

Here are the top 3 stories today in Healdsburg:

  1. Local police say a couple of teen graffiti bandits went on a spree through Healdsburg over Labor Day weekend, “causing thousands of dollars in damage to private and public property.” They’ve since arrested a 16-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl, both locals, for the crimes. “The investigation into the vandalism is still ongoing and officers are working on leads to identify any other responsible individuals,” police officials say. “If you have any information regarding the recent incidents of vandalism please contact the Healdsburg Police Department at (707) 431-3377 or crimetips@healdsburg.gov.” (Healdsburg Police Department via Facebook)
  2. Hundreds of acres at the very north end of Healdsburg have turned into something of “a battleground for warring beekeepers,” according to a fascinating new story in the Press Democrat. Earlier this year, Sonoma County government officials worked with a company called Tauzer Apiaries to set up around 120 hives on 600 acres next to the dump on the way out to Alexander Valley. “It sounded like a great idea” at the time, the PD reports. But at a Healdsburg City Council meeting last month, other local beekeepers with hives in the same vicinity reportedly staged a revolt, the PD reports: “One after another, owners of small apiaries came forward to criticize the contract, insisting to the council that ‘migratory hives’ like Tauzer’s, rather than benefiting the local ecology, only degrade it.” In particular, they’re worried that there aren’t enough flowering plants to power all the bees in the area. So county officials announced last week that they’ll be shutting down the Tauzer operation “following a 60-day period for public notice.” Healdsburg’s county supervisor, James Gore — whose own father was reportedly a beekeeper — says the plan was presented as a simple “feel-good community benefit,” but that “the fact that it’s a controversial issue means that it should be more of a judicious or deliberate discussion.” The folks at Tauzer are understandably disappointed. “A few loud voices brought forward cherry-picked pseudo-science to make erroneous arguments that their style of beekeeping is more beneficial to the community and our bees disrupted this activity,” a Tauzer rep tells the PD. Another amusing tidbit from the story: One of the indie beekeepers nearby, Candice Koseba of the Sonoma County Bee Company, says “she gets calls every year from people at Parkpoint Health Club, close to central Healdsburg, from people wondering why so many bees are buzzing around the pool area there.” She adds: “A large number of migratory bees are being placed here, and they don’t know where the water sources are. The [bee] traffic at Parkpoint every year is like my back apiary. It’s a lot. Until these operations are not allowed to be here, it’ll keep happening.’” (Press Democrat; paywall)
  3. Dry Creek Valley native Guadalupe “Lupe” Arreguin, a well-known face at various Healdsburg businesses over the years, has reportedly died from breast cancer at the age of 71. Here are some details about Lupe’s life and legacy, via her obituary: “Raised in the Dry Creek Valley on her family’s prune orchard and vineyards, Lupe worked the family ranch with her brother, Antonio Viramontes and attended St John’s Catholic School, graduating from Ursuline High School in 1970. Following high school, Lupe worked for Drs. Wellock, Neal and Grace, where her attention to detail and friendly smile were welcomed and appreciated. Lupe loved music and played several instruments. As a member of ‘Los Galantes’, Lupe played the keyboard and accordion. In 1975, Lupe married her husband, John Arreguin. Her wedding was an event with over 1,000 people in attendance. For the first 10 years of their marriage John worked for Sal’s Concrete until he and Lupe opened their own business ‘John’s Custom Concrete’ where she managed the office side of the company at home and took care of their three young sons. In 1985, Lupe and her husband John began building their beautiful family home in Dry Creek Valley. … Surviving breast cancer in 2014, Lupe looked forward to her future: retirement with John, her children, and the weddings and quinceaneras of her granddaughters. Sadly, Lupe was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in April. She courageously fought to the end and every moment of her battle was filled with light and love and hope.” Lupe’s loved ones will be holding visitation hours this afternoon at the family home on Dry Creek Road, and a funeral mass and celebration of life is scheduled for this weekend. (Legacy.com)

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Healdsburg pics of the day, farmers market edition:

Healdsburg Farmers Market organizers shared these pics from recent markets — including a young customer enjoying some fresh produce, and a colorful scene at the Front Porch Farms stand. (Photos courtesy of the Healdsburg Farmers Market)

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This weekend in Healdsburg:

Friday, September 8

  • “Teen Friday Flicks” at the Healdsburg Library: Movie Screening Featuring Homemade Popcorn (3:30PM)
  • AVFilm Hosts Free Outdoor Movie Screening in Cloverdale: “Back To The Future” (4:30PM)
  • Christian Foley-Beining Jazz Trio Live at Furthermore Wines (5-8PM)
  • John Courage Trio Live at the Elephant in the Room (8-11PM)

Saturday, September 9

  • Rotary Club of Healdsburg’s Sunrise Chapter Hosts Drew Esquivel Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament at Tayman Park (7:15AM-2:30PM)
  • Healdsburg Farmers Market in the West Plaza Parking Lot (Weekly, 8:30AM-12PM)
  • 29th Annual Cloverdale Car Show, Featuring 200-Plus Vintage Cars & Motorcycles Along Cloverdale Blvd. (10AM-3PM)
  • Read to a Dog at the Healdsburg Library (Weekly, 11AM)
  • Grupo Folklorico Quetzalén Performs at the Healdsburg Library (2PM)
  • Anthony Presti Live at Fogbelt Station Beer Garden (5PM)
  • Ruth Ahlers Jazz Trio Live at Furthermore Wines (5-8PM)
  • Poyntlyss Sistars Live at Coyote Sonoma (7-10PM)
  • Volker Strifler Live at the Elephant in the Room (8-11PM)

Sunday, September 10

  • 14th Annual Fiesta de Independencia at the Luther Burbank Center, Featuring Latino Food, Games, Family Activities & Live Music by Alan y Los Felinos & Pura Dinamita Mina (1-7PM)
  • Organ Odyssey Live at the Elephant in the Room (6-9PM)
  • “Indigenous Voices” Series at THE 222: Poetry Reading by Lake County Poet Laureate Georgina Marie Guardado & Linda Noel (7PM)
  • Free Screening of Native American Film “Gift of Fear” at the Raven Theater (7PM)

Monday, September 11

  • School Picture Day at West Side Elementary (All Day)
  • “Seeds & Reads” for Kids in Grades K-6 at the Healdsburg Library: Learn About Monarch Migration, “Prepare Your Own Narrowleaf Milkweed Seeds to Take Home & Participate in a Fun Butterfly Craft” (4PM)
  • Raven Players Present Free “ScripTease” Reading of New Play “The Absence” at the Raven Theater, Featuring Native American Art Show in the Lobby (7PM)

Tuesday, September 12

  • Last Day to Sign Up for Russian Riverkeeper’s Annual Watershed Cleanup (All Day)
  • Healdsburg Farmers Market on the Plaza (9AM-12:30PM)
  • Food Distribution at the Healdsburg Community Center (Weekly, 9:30-10:30AM)
  • Healdsburg High School Girls Golf Team Plays at Home Vs. Analy (3PM)
  • Homework Help for Kids in Grades K-12 at the Healdsburg Library (Weekly, 3:15-5:45PM)
  • Healdsburg High School Girls Tennis Team Plays at Home Vs. Rancho Cotate (4PM)
  • AVFilm Hosts Tour of Plaza Cinema Center, Healdsburg’s Future Downtown Movie Theater (4PM)
  • Zero Waste Sonoma Hosts Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event in Healdsburg (4-8PM)
  • Healdsburg City Planning Commission Meeting, Featuring Discussion of New Mill District Construction (6PM)
  • Healdsburg Running Company “Trail Sisters” Host Magnolia Loop Run, Ending With Shopping at Jam Jar (6PM)
  • SOLD OUT: Healdsburg Museum Hosts “History Lives” Dinner at at Robert Young Estate Winery, Featuring Pioneer Award Winner Richard “The Voice of Healdsburg” Bugarske (6-8:30PM)
  • Healdsburg High School Girls Volleyball Team Plays at Home Vs. Sonoma Academy (6:30PM)
  • Sonoma Land Trust Hosts Film Screening at Little Saint: “Path of the Panther” (6:30PM)
  • Sakoyana Live at the Elephant in the Room (7-10PM)

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That’s it for now, but I’ll see you all next week! Missed you while I was out 😘

Simone Wilson

About me: I was born and raised in Healdsburg, CA, where I was the editor of the Healdsburg High School Hound’s Bark. I have since worked as a local journalist for publications in San Diego, Los Angeles, New York City and the Middle East. I’m currently a senior product manager for Patch.

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