Friends of Rio Nido (FRN) is making a last-minute entry in the Guerneville Parade. Here’s the latest if you’d like to join us:
We’re making a late-breaking end run to get an FRN entry for the Guerneville Festival of Lights Parade. The parade is on Saturday, down main street, and starts at 7pm.
If you are available to help us string some lights, blow up some balloons, make signs, etc. meet us at 3pm on Saturday at the Rio Nido Post Office.
If you want to skip the labor, and just join in on the fun and walk in the parade with us, to hand out candy, meet us at the dark green 1967 F100 Ford pickup truck sometime before 6:30pm on Saturday.
EITHER WAY bring a fake beard (or your real one 😉 since we’re playing off the “Miracle on 34th Street” theme, which is the theme of the parade this year. Though we may have a few extra beards if you don’t have access to one.
And regardless, ENJOY THE SEASON (AND THE RAIN) EVERYONE!
(Updated May 23 the July, August, and September dates)
Here they are — our 2014 FRN Member meeting dates. Mark your calendars! Locations for the meetings after January are TBD, so look for later announcements to provide those details.
Here’s when we will have the FRN Member meetings
- January 25th, 11am-noon, at the Rio Nido Lodge
- April 5th, 11am-noon
- May 17th, 11am-noon
- July 5th, 11am-noon (FRN Board election day!)
- August 16th, 11am-noon
- September 27th, 11am-noon
- November 8th, 11am-noon
Noise travels easily in our canyon environment. And we live in an environment that demands regular maintenance, so chainsaws, leaf blowers, construction and other related noises are going to occur. But what are your alternatives if you are experiencing a persistent excessive noise issue that you would like to see addressed?
• Have you spoken with your neighbor to see if there is some way to alleviate the problem? They may not be aware of the issue, or may not realize it’s impact on you.
• You can also contact the Sonoma County Sheriff Department at (707) 565-2121. The Sheriff Department offers a pamphlet Noise regarding how to address Noise problems.
• You could also contact your Supervisor’s office to request that more attention be directed at finding workable solutions to this problem.
Though it’s true that The County of Sonoma does not yet have a Noise Ordinance for unincorporated lands, the following may be useful: (1) the Board of Supervisors passed a Noise Element (posted at http://www.sonoma-county.org/PRMD/gp2020/index.htm) which outlines acceptable noise levels in unincorporated County lands, and in Section 3, is undertaking specific policies to address noise levels in excess of these, and (2) there are California Civil and Penal Codes that address Nuisance issues (Civil Code 3479, 3480, and 3481, Penal Code 415, among others). If your noise problem continues unabated and you decide to pursue legal assistance, remember to document the particulars of specific noise events, over time.
A three member, independent FRN Election Committee has been established to oversee the FRN Board election on June 14th, 2014. All correspondence regarding the election process, while sent via the FRN email template for consistency, is generated from the Election Committee and is independent of the sitting FRN Board. The first step in the election process starts today!
There will be three FRN Board seats available. The three candidates with the highest vote counts will be elected to the FRN Board and will serve two year terms.
Interested voting Members are invited to fill out and submit their candidate application form to: FRN Election Committee, PO Box 184, Rio Nido, CA 95471. The candidate filing period is open from April 25th to May 9th. After the close of the filing period, candidate applications will be available for review on the FRN website. The Membership will have an opportunity to meet the candidates before the start of the FRN Member Meeting on May 17th, 2014.
Election ballots and voting instructions will be sent via this email distribution list no later than May 20th, 2014. All ballots must be received by the FRN Election Committee no later than June 13th, 2014. They will be counted at the June 14th FRN Member and Election Meeting. No ballots will be accepted at the election meeting.
For questions or additional information, please contact FRN Committee Chair Ingrid.
Thank you for your participation,
The FRN Election Committee
We’ve got plenty of T-shirts in stock that sport the Friends of Rio Nido Logo in sizes for men, women, and kids. And we have FRN Patches too. If you’re interested in purchasing any of these items, just send us an email at frn (at) rionido.net and we’ll follow up. The prices are as follows:
- Adult T-shirts $20.00
- Kids T-shirts $15.00
- Patches $5.00
Women’s FRN Shirt
Men’s FRN Shirt
If you are an FRN member, you can get a reduced rate with McPhail! It was $2.28/gallon in early September. Available to new or existing McPhail customers. McPhail helps with the tank changeover (including the propane leftover in your old tank). Email us at fen (at) rionido.net to get additional info.
If you are interested, make sure you contact an FRN Board member, email us at the above, or leave a message at 707- 200-FRN1 so that we can make sure you are on the official FRN-McPhail list.
* FRN membership requires no membership dues, you just need to live in, or own property or a business in Rio Nido
One person’s trash became Friends of Rio Nido’s treasure, at the Rio Nido Homeowners Association Flea Market in late June. It brought in a nice chunk of change to fund our efforts . Thanks to all the volunteers, and to the RNHOA for hosting it, once again. Many shoppers and volunteers brought their plates over from the pancake breakfast, and munched on delicious food while chatting about the interesting items for sale. Thanks again!
Framed items were among the sellers at FRN’s flea market space
The Friends of Rio Nido Clean-up last month, was a resounding success, with many loads of trash and recyclables disposed of in a safe and efficient manner; thanks to North Bay/Ratto Group and the Rio Nido Homeowners Association for their help and cooperation. FRN board member and treasurer Jennifer Ostrom took the lead in helming this extraordinary effort.
But wait, there’s more…for more information about community resources to help you clean-up your property or for questions about where you can find help in our beautiful, wooded hamlet, see the resource sheet we’ve created especially for you.
Friends of Rio Nido’s first member meeting of 2013 promises to be a good one: the theme addresses illegal drug activity, in particular methamphetamine, in our hamlet. Speaking about this with members will be Fifth District Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carillo, District Attorney Jill Ravitch, Sheriff’s Office representative Capt. Rob Giordano, and Sonoma County Director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Mike Kennedy. The meeting will be held at the soon-to-open Moon River Marketplace, 4444 Wood Rd., in the historic, and newly-restored, Rio Nido Lodge. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions.