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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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Recent Articles heading
Oct 14, 2013

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New dentist in town . . .
Not so new to Angwin.
Dr. Peter VandenHoven was only eight years old when he arrived in Angwin the first time. That was 37 years ago and he was the son of Dr. Pieter VandenHoven, a highly regarded cardiologist, and mother, Sarah.
He was a true son of Angwin, graduating from PUC Elementary, PUC Prep, and Pacific Union College. After dental school, his first three years of dentistry were in Angwin. Then it was 12 years in Grass Valley.
Coming back to Howell Mountain was like coming home, looking forward to caring for his parents and giving his wife Heather and 7th grade daughter, Lauren, some of the good days he enjoyed growing up as an Angwinite.
Welcome back, Dr. Peter V.
Dr. Peter Vandenhoven

New at Howell Mountain Elementary School
Here are a couple of items from HMES as the school year begins
Michael Luque, new teacher
With 20 years experience, Michael Luque knows that a serious question deserves a serious answer and something called "education" happens. He came from Sonoma County, but is enjoying the "wonderful welcoming Angwin community." Luque is teaching the combined 5th/6th grade with 15 students. The girl with the serious question is Joanna Bjorkman.
HME Teacher Michael Luque with student
And a new athletic field
A local contractor and crew of volunteer parents created a new regulation-size athletic field, and both Foothill Elementary and Pope Valley want to start off the competition matches. Principal de Werff says, "We want to put Howell Mountain on the map with a good sports program. " In time, they want to be ready to host teams from St. Helena and Calistoga.
New athletic field at HME

Days of Green and Gold
The grapes are hanging heavy on the vine, waiting for the late October harvest. The house is chilly when we wake up. The weatherman is using the "maybe" word a lot. "Maybe" some sprinkles of rain up there on Howell Mountain. "Maybe" a light snowfall in the high Sierra.
But the most glorious color of this change of seasons in Angwin is that brilliant merging of summer green and autumn gold, the best of both. The days of past and promise. Enjoy.
Green and gold vineyard

Two longtime Angwin residents pass away
Two veteran PUC professors, teachers here for many years,
have passed away. Both were in their 90's
John Staples
John Staples, Ph. D., taught in PUC's Department of Religion for 18 years. He was a scholar, with graduate degrees from three different universities and a career that stretched from evangelism and teaching in South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe to pastoring in Southern California. His teaching years at Pacific Union College ran from 1969 to 1986. He and wife, Ruth, continued to live here for the 27 years following John's retirement and his death last month at 95 years of age.
Vernon Nye, who died at 98 on July 24, had also been born before World War I. His career began as an illustrator for books and articles at the Review and Herald Publishing Association in Washington, D.C. He designed posters for the Defense Department during the Korean War. He became chairman of the PUC Art Department in 1955 and served in that post for 20 years. During his teaching years Vernon conducted outdoor workshops through the western states and in the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan and Hawaii. Numerous local residents learned to paint in Vernon's workshops and his works are proudly hung in numerous Angwin homes.
Vernon Nye painting