West of the One


Strange beach visitors

Is it global warming, odd ocean currents or goodness-knows-what that is causing all the creatures to wash up on the beach in the last three or four months? Full size crabs have been washing up since February of this year, the vellela (little sailors) have been washing up since June, and now odd little creatures, maybe an inch long, resembling teeny tiny crabs, odd looking bugs with eight legs or even trilobites, I kid you not, have been washing up all week. Our correspondent in Monterey, Adam Niehuser, says he’s been seeing the same little guys washing up on Monterey beaches as well. A little googling leads us to creatures called mole crabs or sand fleas (http://fishingdestinguide.com/baitSANDFLEAS.html) and apparently they are great fishing bait. Judging by the great catches made all summer, as noted in Lawsons Landing’s excellent fishing report, Pacific fish love them too! http://fishlawsons.blogspot.com

Tomales mourns Phil Williams

Saying goodbye to another long-time Tomales resident is hard. So long to Phil Williams, a talented builder, carpenter, hard worker, storyteller and all-around person of good cheer. News of his passing made the rounds on Facebook in late August and many of his friends and former neighbors mourned his loss. Former Tomales Deli owner Sally Parks wrote, “So sad to read this. I loved it when Phil would come into the deli. Yes, a lovely man.” Lee Mehlman said, “He was my first neighbor and he showed me what it was like to live in such a special place. Thank you! For being my Tomales face I will always think of you as my neighbor.” Roger Brink offered, “Our prayers to the girls and his grandchildren. Phil had a good ride, may he RIP. He will be missed.” Williams is survived by his two daughters, Sarah and Rebecca, and his grandchildren.

  Annual Dillon Beach Road Cleanup

Every year the fine folks of Lawson’s Landing host a great way to spend the day, by cleaning up Dillon Beach Road and having lunch afterward. This year, Friday, September 19, is the day chosen for this fun get-together. Lawson’s Landing says, “Meet at the Boat House at 10 p.m., lunch will be served at noon.” Call 707-878-2443 or see www.lawsonslanding.com for more information.


Two Rock fund raiser

The Two Rock Valley Presbyterian Church is hosting their 68th Annual Harvest Festival Fund Raiser on Saturday, September 20, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Come shop for handmade quilts and crafts and home-baked goods. Fresh produce, potted plants and flowers will be available along with interesting silent auction items and a drawing for other hand-made treasures. Stay for the delicious BBQ chicken lunch served from 11 -2:00, with home-made potato salad, beans, fresh tomatoes and lemonade.

Tomales Elementary PTA drive

News from Tomales Elementary School PTA: “Tomales Elementary School PTA is having a membership drive! The first primary (K-3) class and the first upper grade (4-8) class to get at least one person from each of their families to join PTA gets a party! Support your student by joining PTA. Keep an eye out later this week for our posters that show the progress made by each class!”