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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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Apr 21, 2013

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Raises $426,000 for Project
PUC Librarian Builds a School in Ethiopia
Adu Worku, library director at Pacific Union College, spells EDUCATION in capital letters. It has changed his life. And now he is helping other young people in Ethiopia to obtain an education that will change their lives.
Worku was born into a culture of subsistence farmers and became the family shepherd as a child seven years old. When he was 15, he suffered a serious eye injury and had to walk 50 miles for treatment at an Adventist clinic. While there, he saw an elementary school with children in the learning process. He yearned to become one of them. Local Adventist missionaries came to his aid and enrolled him, and he graduated from First Grade a few months later. Age, 15-1/2.
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They encouraged Worku through the following years of education and eventually he was able to come to the United States where he has worked his way up the educational ladder. Today, Worku has earned three Master of Arts degrees and been given an honorary Ph. D.
It was from that journey through the world of learning that Worku became dedicated to the dream of bringing a school to his village in rural Ethiopia. He knows what education has done for him and he wanted to see others begin that journey.
The task began with raising $426,000, a major chore for someone who was not an experienced fund-raiser. That was a success story in itself, but it was just the beginning for a project that has consumed three years of Worku's life.
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Worku obtained the grant of 15 acres in his home village. He facilitated design and construction of a complete school campus from home in Angwin, California. It consists of several classroom buildings, a science building, a library, bathroom complexes, an administration building, and an assembly hall. It was completed a year ago, and today 450 students are enrolled. That number is expected to grow to 1,000 within five years.
Worku's contractors dug a well for fresh water, and installed solar panels on all the school buildings to produce electricity. Those are new and marvelous phenomena to the surrounding villagers.
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Now, Worku is working on an expansion. He wants an industrial arts building and a curriculum to train young people to earn a better living as carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and computer operators. He has started raising the money, and has already located a foundation that will match up to $30,000 of what he can raise toward that program.
A story of vision and practical planning, which will give hundreds of teen-agers, year after year from now on, an EDUCATION, spelled in capital letters.
Worku Family
Adu Worku, at right, and his family. Zewuditu Is a registered nurse. Their two sons are, left to right, Tad, an accomplished musician, who is studying to become a nurse, and Daniel who is a professor at Southwestern Adventist University.
Ethiopian School Opening
Some of the children at the opening of Worku's school; a happy event.

Rainfall this winter .. not great
The weatherman gave us only 32 inches this past rainy season, a disappointing drop from our historic average of 40.8.
People will be seeing their wells running dry when they water their lawns this summer and it may take awhile for them to recharge. Residents who get their water from the Howell Mountain Mutual Water Company will probably not suffer. It takes only about 27 inches of rainfall to fill the lakes and they reached that level several weeks ago.
To put this story into context, we are publishing below a 60-year history of Angwin rainfall. This is a picture of tremendous volatility with dramatic wet years and sobering dry years. We saw really dry years of about16 and l7 inches in the winters of l975-76 and l976-77, and a peak of about 81 inches in the l982-83 rainfall season. It must have rained night-and-day that year.
We have been enjoying a long spring with beautiful white clouds filling blue skies for most of the past three months. The normal serious winter storms just didn't happen and now we face the six months dry season feeling we were short-changed.
James Robertson, PUC physics professor and Angwin weatherman, gave us this update. Don't shoot the messenger!
Angwin rainfall stats 1950-2011

Anna Gertrude Nieman, 1930-2013
Anna Gertrude Nieman, 1930-2013
Angwin people were saddened by the death of Anna, 82 years old, who has lived here for 50 years. As the mother of six children, she was active in school affairs, and then many more knew her as the manager of the PUC soda fountain from the late l960's to the early l970's. Anna was a Bible reader and translated that into years as a caregiver to the infirm.