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About Angwin...
Angwin is a community of about 3000 residents on Howell Mountain. We are in a coastal range of northern California, about 70 mi. north of San Francisco.
The Village ranges from 1600 to 2200 ft. elevation, overlooking the scenic Napa Valley. It is surrounded by vineyards and forests.
Many Angwin residents work for Pacific Union College, a liberal arts college with a national reputation, or the nearby St. Helena Hospital.

The story is in the statistics
A few weeks ago, we introduced viewers to our two new advertisers. But we didn't provide much information about them, so here it is. Just look at these numbers.
Angwin Dental..39 years, 10,000 patients
Dr. Robert Williams pioneered dental service in Angwin. He opened his office here 39 years ago. Since then he has served more then 10,000 patients. Tally those two figures and they spell one word...Experience. And a lot of Angwin people to whom he gave healthier teeth and brighter smiles. The other person on the Angwin team is Dr. Susan Fjarli, who came aboard in 2003, after serving as president of the Multnomah Dental Society and clinical professor at Oregon Health Sciences University. Another cheerful, competent person. Dr. Williams opened a Napa office in 1985, which his son, Dr. Jeff Williams, took over 10 years ago. Building a family tradition.
Advanced of the bunch
Angwin old timers, and some not so old, travel to Napa where Geoffrey Calkins and Elizabeth Gilson listen to our hearing problems and get us listening better. They face challenges and find solutions. In 2010, the independent "Bay Area Consumers' Checkbook" took a survey of 45 hearing aid centers throughout the Bay Area. Advanced Instruments hit the top of the list in six categories. Look at these scores:
Promptness of service
Quality of products
Variety of products
Ease of testing products
Overall quality
What can we exclaim about these two professional offices which have racked up years of service and statistics like these?
Something like "Wow!" comes to mind.
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What is Community?
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Community is people, working together, playing together, sharing all kinds of experiences. Most of all helping each other. Angwin is a community best in its population of volunteers - literally dozens of people - who give personal energy and family time to do things that need doing. And they make Angwin a great community.
Community is place. In our case, a place of exceptional beauty. Beautiful in its views of the Napa Valley. In its meadows and woodlands. In the green fields in the heart of the village. In wildlife. In Spring time. In snow time. In vineyards climbing the slopes, In forests of fir, oak and madrone. And they make Angwin a beautiful place to live.
The object of The Angwin Reporter is to recognize Angwin, as both a community of generous people and a community of place. To acknowledge and to applaud. It is our desire to produce stories on the various organizations here which draw people together in common cause. And stories about the unique natural environment which we cherish.
Stay tuned.

In Lilac Time
lilac bush
Just now when the lilacs are blooming in Angwin, I am reminded of two poems about the lilac time of the year.
One was written a hundred years ago by Alfred Noyes. In "The Barrel Organ." Noyes hears an organ grinder playing at sunset one quiet evening in London and it wafts him to memory land.
In the middle of this epic, he finds himself at Kew Gardens, hearing the warblers and seeing all the Springtime blooms. As light-hearted and romantic as you can get.
Go down to Kew in lilac-time, in lilac-time, in lilac-time;
Go down to Kew in lilac-time (it isn't far from London!)
And you shall wander hand in hand with love in summer's wonderland.
Go down to Kew in lilac-time (it isn't far from London!)
The other lilac-time poem is just the opposite, the terribly sad elegy, "When Lilacs Last by the Door-yard Bloom'd." In this heart-wrenching tribute to the April 14 death of Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman poetically plucks a sprig from the lilac bush to lay on the coffin of "the sweetest, wisest soul of all my days and lands."
When Whitman started a poem with reference to lilacs, he touched a universal heart, because every farmhouse in Vermont, Ohio, Wisconsin had a lilac bush blooming by the dooryard. And almost every family had lost a son in that war, and every family wept as the funeral train passed through 420 little towns enroute from the capitol to Illinois.
Both of these poems are long and there is much more to them than lilacs. For "The Barrel Organ," go to this website:
For the full text of the Walt Whitman poem, go to this website:
Meanwhile, in Angwin, a morning walker sidles over to her neighbor's lilac bush to bury her nose in the fragrance. What a way to start the day!

They're back. . .
Building subdivisions in downtown Angwin
The word is out. Pacific Union College may have dumped the eco-village scheme, but it is still planning to sell all of its "non-essential" lands. To read the first story we posted (in 2007) on PUC's ambitious housing plans for Angwin (click here).
Now offers are being reviewed for housing subdivisions in the heart of the community. PUC plans to sell two parcels in Angwin for construction of at least 191 housing units, total. One would run alongside College Avenue, from the firehouse to Brookside Avenue. The other would be on Las Posadas Road, just beyond Cold Springs Road. Next to the day-care center, and stretching up the slope to the campus, overlooking the girls' dormitories.
In addition, PUC is considering extending the existing or a larger commercial complex into the green fields across from the church. Perhaps not far today, possibly farther tomorrow. opponents fear.
Offers for these propoals are being reviewed by the PUC Board of Trustees. At the last meeting of the Board, it reaffirmed its desire to sell..on May 7, it will review contract language to protect its interests. One report is that the college will not allow the Market, for example, to be open on Sabbath days, but it will be allowed to sell meat and wine. No word on cigarettes, beer or dancing girls at this point.
The college remains mum, but will report on the finals when the deal is done.
A group of local Adventists has launched a campaign against the sale of college lands, in the hope of getting the PUC trustees or their superiors back at SDA national headquarters to reverse its policy. Lots of emails going out. Lots of anger.
Through the years, Napa County policy makers have become more and more committed to the belief that future housing should be built in existing urban areas, and that sure ain't this village up here on Howell Mountain. We are still defined in the County General Plan as "a rural community."
For more about Save Rural Angwin, click on
PUC Land Sale Map