Aug 31, 2014

The headline on the Napa Valley Register last Sunday, August 24, was in huge, black letters - "Earthquake Delivers Blow to Napa. " And on the evening TV news we saw at the outdoor Triage Center at Queen of the Valley hospital an Angwin ambulance.
Of course, they were there. Rousted out of bed in the early morning hours, by 5 o'clock, three Angwin ambulances sped down the hill to Napa, unaware of what they would encounter there, but trained and ready for whatever that might be.
Patrick Benner, Pacific Union College's computer librarian, and Jennifer Dimmick, nursing student, were in Med 37. James Robertson, PUC physics professor, and Brandon Browne, PUC student (son of Avery Browne, CEO of the Bay Area division of the California Highway Patrol) rolled out in Med 36. Dr. Curtis Hahn and Stacey Bauer, registered nurse, responded simultaneously in Med 34.
The three teams merged quickly into the Napa central rescue operation, answering Basic Life Support calls around Napa, assisting the paramedics and transporting patients to and from the makeshift outdoor triage center, set up rapidly at Queen of the Valley Hospital. They just did what they do so well, and their competence drew the appreciation and respect of everyone they served.
Two of the Angwin ambulance teams were released after eight busy hours. Patrick and Brandon were held until 8 pm, for 15 hours of quality community support.
An earthquake is a learning experience, even for our experienced veterans. They do good work.

Prepping HMES for another school year
A clutch of parents, teachers, staff and Angwin residents pitched in to make Howell Mountain Elementary School tidy and attractive for returning students last week.
Volunteers from Angwin's Save Rural Angwin joined the party.

Marsa Tully painting
Marsa Tully, long-time Save Rural Angwin leader, with paint brush.

Principal Cheryl Lynn de Werff prunes roses
Principal Cheryl Lynn de Werff joins the party to prune the roses.

Fifth Grader Harrison Ronayne with weed blower
Fifth Grader Harrison Ronayne blows off the playground. His mother, Gigi Ronayne, is HMES's First and Second Grade Teacher.

Carolyn Hackett and Shellie Klimenko
Carolyn Hackett, grandmother of new Kindergardener Morgann, and Shellie Klimenko, mother of new Kindergardener Nikolas, find things in common.

Randy Dunn using pressure washer
Randy Dunn, long-time HMES booster, came to grab the pressure-washing chore.
Others who came to work . .
Mike Hackett
Nikolas Klineko
Rachel Davies
David Davies
John Tully
Lauren Maykowski
Ava Maykowski
Mrs. Pina
Joanna Boshman
Isabella Pina
Bobby Thompson
Kathy Moorehead
Michael Moorehead
Joanna Bjorkman
Isanella Pina

As they say in newspaper gossip, a good time was had by all.