June 16, 2014

Butler family moving to Loma Linda U.
Lisa Butler
The Monte and Lisa Butler family are moving June 26 to Loma Linda University where Professor Butler will be teaching in the Social Work Department.
This will NOT be a good day for Angwin.
Pacific Union College will lose a learned and role-model professor. The Butlers have lived in Angwin for 18 years. Beyond his teaching duties on campus, Monte has organized and his students have operated, the Angwin Food Pantry. This is a project that has met the food needs of numerous Angwin people, represented by their 14,697 total visits to the Food Pantry over the past five years. A blessing to the community and a learning experience for PUC students.
Lisa, an always dependable school secretary with a bright smile, is loved by school children and their parents.
I have a hope. I hope a day will come when Lisa will say to Monte, "I think we should go back to Angwin and see old friends and favorite places again."
That could happen. Professor Butler is the kind of teacher a college president would plead for. Lisa is the kind of school secretary parents would yearn for. This is the kind of family a local pastor would pray for. If those hopes were to come true, some editor could write about their coming home and say, "The Butlers are back."
That would be a good day for Angwin.

Monte Butler

Angwin couple crewing on a tall ship
An Angwin couple, Barry Low and Lainey Cronk, recently finished two weeks of crew training on the tall ship Lady Washington. The Lady is one of two boats from Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, which is based in Aberdeen, Washington, and runs a program of education, history, and maritime training. The boats tour the West Coast throughout the year, doing living history sailing trips for groups of school children as well as public sails, dockside tours, and education for future crew members like Lainey and Barry. During their two weeks, trainees live on the boat and learn how to sail and maintain a tall ship, teach sailing history, staff tours, and, as Lainey puts it, "love the Lady."
An adventure. Here is one of Lainey's reports:

Lady at Dock
The First Mate stands on the rail of the quarter deck calling distances as the Lady enacts one of her most complicated maneuvers: docking.
Historically, this kind of boat would've anchored and sent small boats back and forth. The engine allows for the modern convenience of docking; but though she purrs like a (large) kitten, the single-screw 350-horsepower Scania doesn't offer much maneuverability for a 210-ton vessel.
The Tall Ship Lady Washington
"Stern fender one oh feet and closing," Johann calls. "Send after, send bow." Deck hands send docklines, two-and-a-half-inch in diameter and heavy with water, arching laboriously to the dock, where AJ (our purser, a sculptor recently in the building-corpses-for-haunted-houses industry) hauls them to various cleats. "Heavy compression on bow fender." "Tending bow." "Move after one cleat up." "Take up and hold bow." "Bow is held." This is the one time crew members call back individually, for optimum efficacy. The rest of the time the entire crew responds. Go up on deck and shout "ALL HANDS TO TEND CHICKENS!" and 11 or 12 voices from various parts of the boat would reply, "ALL HANDS TO TEND CHICKENS!"
Shifting by increments, the Lady slowly arranges herself as Captain Ken (an engineer and professional boat driver from Tacoma who likes tea, rum, and Game of Thrones) reconciles wind, current, engine, rudder, four docklines, four fenders, twelve sailors, twenty-six passengers, and one big, beautiful tall ship into gentle place against the dock.

Big Promotion for Angwin's Fire Chief
Bay Area command post for Avery Browne
Avery Browne in his new two-star uniform
Avery in his new two-star uniform
Serving Angwin as its fire chief is a community service Avery Browne has handled with his little finger. We have enjoyed his leadership, for some time now, by which he trains, disciplines by example and inspires volunteers to dedicate themselves to our safety.
His larger, far larger, job has been in the California Highway Patrol. Avery has risen in the CHP ranks from one high level of responsibility to another. Recently he received his most recent promotion, to command the CHP's Golden Gate Division, which covers nine counties radiating out from San Francisco and Oakland. His organization manages a workforce of 1,250 officers and 200 civilian employees.
Avery's officers travel Division highways 12 million miles a year and write 375,000 citations a year. This is a heavily responsible job, as all those patrolmen work day by day and through the night on the razor edge of danger. Avery's job will be to keep them highly trained and highly motivated to continue in a profession which is hard on their personal lives and their families.
We have enjoyed seeing Avery apply his management skills with our small corps of volunteer firemen, and thank him again for serving our village so faithfully as an "after-hours" community service.