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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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Oct 7, 2012

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Pioneering the conservation idea in Angwin
It began with the Ag. Preserve
Back in l968, people up and down Napa Valley were debating the proposed Agricultural Preserve. It was a measure which determined to preserve agricultural land in a valley which was threatened with massive subdivision development.
The Ag Preserve was controversial, and some said, the first time such an idea had been broached in the United States. It was a pioneering thing. The discussions reached us up here on Howell Mountain and therein lies a story.
One of the most devout supporters of the proposed Ag Preserve was Warren Winiarski. He was a former lecturer in liberal arts at the University of Chicago, who had a dream of becoming a grape grower and vintner. Warren and Barbara had moved to Angwin at the time, and they became advocates for the new Ag Preserve idea. To their pleasure, they discovered that Jack Christensen, a plumber and popular civic leader, shared their views.
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So Warren communicated his wider-world philosophy to Jack and Jack communicated his enthusiasm to the Angwin Chamber of Commerce (now known as the Angwin Community Council). Together they brought the community into the conservation idea.
The Angwin Chamber became the first Chamber of Commerce in the county to endorse the Ag Preserve.
Thus the Ag preserve debate brought this little village into common cause with the wider world of Napa County. For many residents it was a theological idea that we must be stewards of the land. They may have had raising prunes in mind but they agreed with Warren that agricultural soil should not be paved over. Today, Angwinites drive down the Silverado Trail and they see a carpet of green, not a spread of residential subdivisions and blacktop streets, one after another. Thanx to the Ag. Preserve.
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Through the years, Angwin has continued to hold its conservation view. We voted for Measure A, which would restrict growth to 1% a year, for Measure J which would give people the vote for or against any proposed commercial or residential project on agricultural land, for Measure P which would extend Measure J for decades.
This is a little history lesson for Pacific Union College trustees who decided a few years ago to sell off hundreds of acres of agricultural land for urban residential projects. Of the 22 PUC trustees, only three lived in Napa County. They would not know that their proposal for 580 housing units in Angwin would deeply offend a community which had developed an affection for the green fields in the heart of the village and Angwin's wonderful natural environment of woodlands and meadows.
It was 44 years ago that this community began to discuss the value of these things, and that discussion has brought us to where we are today. Thanks to a University lecturer in liberal arts and a local plumber who shared a pioneering idea.
Angwin hay field
Surrounded by forest and farmland, Angwin is defined in the Napa County
Plan as a rural community. Most Angwinites appreciate that.