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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.

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The Rainy Season Has Arrived
The wet stuff is falling on schedule this year, with lots of rainy days showing up in our long-range forecast.
Angwin's average annual rainfall is about 42 inches. The fall on the watershed which stretches up the mountain beyond the community is probably more. And it only takes about 27 inches to bring the Howell Mountain Mutual Water Company reservoirs to their capacity. The rest flows into Conn Creek, down the slope into and through Angwin. Over Linda Falls.
Many do not realize that Conn Creek is the major supplier of Lake Hennessey, the major reservoir for Napa City. The Angwin water is carried from Hennessey through a 27-mile pipeline to the homes and restaurants of Napa.
Two of Angwin's Resevoir Lakes
Photo by Duane Cronk
Two of the seven lakes in the Howell Mountain system which supply 400 customers, about half of Angwin's households. The other 400 Angwin households get their water from the college system, several small neighborhood utilities, or a private well in their back yard. This picture taken in 2008 shows the reservoirs at capacity. A lot of this water will show up in Napa City kitchens.



Alice Holst Dies
Angwin Loses its Oldest Resident

I have probably known Alice longer than any other Angwinite. Seventy-four years ago, she was dean of girls at Broadview Academy in Illinois, and my sisters were in her dormitory across the campus. When Mary and I moved to Angwin 54 years ago, we found Alice here.
This woman had a wonderful career, gave much to our community, and created a large body of friends and admirers. I posted a story about Alice on the Angwin Reporter a couple of years ago and want to reprint it below as a reminder of how much we are losing.
-Duane Cronk, Publisher

Alice Holst - Angwin Cheer-leader
Alice Holst
At 99 years of age, Alice Holst could have become by now Angwin's town crier of the blues. At that age, she has outlived numerous family and friends, seen physical health vacillate and travel plans shelved. But Alice believes in cheerfulness.
Each week, she wades through her huge collection of humorous anecdotes and inspiring stories and designs a page called "Smiles and Thoughts. " She emails this weekly message to 500 recipients and prints another 80 copies for distribution each week to fellow Angwinites coming into the Market, the Credit Union, and the Post Office.

After 27 years of this project, Alice has won Angwin's affection as the village cheer-leader.
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There is a lot more to admire in this white-haired lady. Alice distinguished herself through some 40 years as an innovative educator. She was born in Jamaica, daughter of Seventh-day Adventist missionaries. Growing up with her father's sermons fashioned her life of faith.
Alice earned an M. A. at Columbia University, then stayed on to earn an Ed. D.
Her first teaching post was at Broadview Academy in Illinois, where all the faculty members held several posts. Alice taught English and typewriting and served as dean of girls and librarian.
She moved up the education ladder to become chair of Secretarial Studies at Atlantic Union College and then to the same post in 1948 at Pacific Union College. Alice taught here for 15 years, then for another 17 years in Napa high schools where she developed specialized secretarial training programs for medical, legal and clerical fields. IBM purchased her Medical Terminology Course and used it world-wide.
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Alice served Pacific Union College in a number of significant ways outside her classroom. She established a student scholarship fund and raised $96,700 for that cause. She has served on the PUC fund-raising program, the dedicated Committee of 100, for 38 years now. Through the years, the college has acknowledged her long professional career with a variety of honors, but the most lasting probably is that the new PUC Dramatic Arts Theatre bears her name.
On this Thursday in 2014, Alice is still reminding her friends in "Smiles and Thoughts" that two things are OK. One is that a few chuckles are good for the health and Two is that trust in God is good for the soul.
Here is one of Alice's recent mailings:
Smiles and Thoughts

* "Wholehearted, ready laughter heals, encourages, relaxes anyone within hearing distance." -Eugenia Price

* We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have strange names, and all are different colors... but they all exist very nicely in the same box.

* The quizmaster was a composite of all objectionable masters of ceremonies; loud, brash, condescending, and insultingly familiar.

The contestant, a farmer's wife from Maine who was in town visiting her daughter, endured the quizzer's quips about her home state with quiet dignity, but her lips tightened when he burbled repeatedly about New England thrift and penny-pinching.

Answering question after question, the Maine woman won the jackpot with ease. Dangling the prize money before her, the quizmaster rehashed his jokes about New England thriftiness.

"And now," he asked theatrically, "what are you going to do with all this money?"

The woman's answer brought down the house.

"Count it," she said frostily.

* No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.

* My college professor friend admits that he should be doing a better job of keeping track of his money. But in these days of merger mania, he says it's all he can do just to keep track of the name of his bank.

* My son, who is a forest ranger, dislikes talking in public, but he agreed to give a talk on rattlesnakes. Before the speech, he brought in a sack-covered box and placed it carefully at his feet on the speaker's platform. With every eye riveted attentively and apprehensively on the box, he gave his talk, picked up the box, and walked off. The box was empty.

* "I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday, and I love today." - William Allen White

* "When I call Thee to mind upon my bed and think on Thee in the watches of the night remembering how Thou hast been my help and that I am safe in the shadow of Thy wings, then I humbly follow Thee with all my heart, and Thy right hand is my support." -Psalm 63:6-8 NEB

Love, Alice Holst



Two death announcements from the PUC Church
We are saddened to inform you of the death of Yvonne Kehaulani Koller, a longtime Angwin resident and a member of the PUC Church since 1971. She passed away peacefully on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, surrounded by family and close friends. Messages of sympathy can be sent to Raymond Koller, 351 Manzanita Drive, Angwin, CA 94508. A memorial service in her honor is planned for Sunday afternoon, January 15, 2017 in Scales Chapel.
We regret to announce that (Virgil) Ken Juler, longtime Angwin resident and PUC Church member, passed away at home in St. Helena on November 20 at the age of 94. Born in Visalia, CA to George and Julia Carlson Juler, he spent most of his youth in Arroyo Grande, CA. Ken married his grade school sweetheart, Leta Jane Rong, in 1942 in St. Helena. He was proud to serve his country in WWII as a medic on USAHS Seminole in the Mediterranean. After graduating from Pacific Union College in 1950 with a degree in Business Education, he dedicated his life to Christian education at Seventh-day Adventist institutions. He was part of the PUC staff from 1964-1986. In his retirement, he enjoyed his hobbies of photography, travel, and gardening, while continuing his volunteer and civic duty interests. He also worked part time until the age of 86. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 73 years in March of this year. He is survived by his three children Delores, Melvin, and David, and their spouses, and three grandchildren. A service celebrating his life will be held January 21, 2017 at the Yountville SDA Church. Donations in Ken Juler's memory may be made to his favorite charity, The $10 Church, Maranatha Volunteers International, 990 Reserve Drive, Suite 100, Roseville, CA 95678. Condolences may be sent in care of David Juler, P.O. Box 1270, Travis AFB, CA 94535.


A page from the past
A Long-Ago Parade Down Main Street

Years ago, someone floated the idea of an Angwin parade, and about 70 fell into line. All of them in homemade costumes. Many of them brought their pets.
If you recognize any of these people, please call me. I'm in the Angwin Telephone Book.
Duane Cronk, Publisher
Angwin Parade in Black and White

Angwin Parade in Black and White