Throw Back Thursday – Bruce McPherson… where are you?

Below is a Q&A our current supervisor Bruce McPherson completed during his campaign. Dated October, 12, 2012.

We’ve taken the liberty of highlighting some of his key statements. As crime increases in Boulder Creek making it a less hospitable town for commerce, tourists and families, we gotta wonder……  Bruce… where are you man?

 

October 12, 2012….

Why do you want to be Supervisor?
Simply put, I believe that public service is what many of us should
aspire to.  Our democracy, and our governments won’t work unless we,
as citizens get and remain involved in serving our community and
working to make our democracy more vibrant, sustaining and
representative.  My family has been here since the 1840s, and we have
both served the community, and helped build it.  I want to continue
helping my neighbors, and serving my community because I am fulfilled
by the experience, I believe I can do a good job, and I enjoy working
with people and finding new solutions and ways to make our lives and
communities better.  This will be a full-time job for me.  I’m
dedicated to the 5th District and to Santa Cruz County.

How will you help Boulder Creek?
I will continue to “deliver”, just as I had when I was elected to be
your Assemblyman and State Senator.  I know that the San Lorenzo
Valley and Boulder Creek haven’t received adequate funding and other
resources from the County for years;  We have clear needs to better
serve those who live in Boulder Creek;  better roads and road
maintenance, ensuring that our watershed and river water remain
healthy, working Valley-wide to find solutions to our air-quality
standards, and building a bigger, and better ‘eco-tourism’ local
economy based on our environment, parks and rural attractions.   I
have found ‘new’ state money to help ourl fire departments, I have
fought for bond funds to improve our local parks. I have been a leader
in class-size reductions and changing local bond elections that
allowed passage of the SLV school bond that funded the new library and
performing arts building.

What are the obstacles facing Boulder Creek and how will you address them?
There are a series of obstacles, some of which are physical and
geological.  In an interesting turn, those obstacles are also some of
our most significant strengths, so we need to continue to enhance our
image, enhance our natural resources and carefully adhere to our
slow-growth and stringent environmental regulations so we preserve our
strengths.  Resources, as in “money” is the other obsticale, and that
challenge is getting worse, not better during this economic downtourn.
Community participation, volunteerism and synergy and cooperation can
help, but – “we” need the money that previously flowed into other
parts of Santa Cruz County to improve our downtown, increase sheriff
and public safety programs, improve our local parks, schools and begin
planning to implement those elements of the Boulder Creek Town Plan
that are achievable in the short run.

Why do you think you are the best person for this appointment?
The “County” as a government entity is both an official extension of
the State, and it is our “local government” for unincorporated areas.
I have been elected to represent the SLV and Boulder Creek four times,
and I believe I know Boulder Creek and the issues that we need to work
together on, and I believe I have served the area well.  However, we
face a series of new challenges, as the state continues to reduce
spending on local issues while at the same time, it is shifting more
and more ‘state’ responsibilities to the local communities (Counties).
So, I believe the fair question is;  Who would you want to represent
you now?  An individual who has had decades of experience representing
this local community, and working at the State level – with that
knowledge and experience, or someone who is less qualified?  Our
county resources can easily be re-directed to doing the business of
the State, and that shift will make it even more difficult to do the
good things we need to do locally.  Or, our Supervisor can fight for
our “fair share”, and can fight to keep the State from shifting more
and more resources away from our local needs and local agenda.  I am
that person – the one with the experience and knowledge and clear
vision to “fight” for our fair share.

I have delivered for the 5th District throughout my career, and I want
to work for you again.

Bruce McPherson

 

DIO Fest Day Passes – on sale now

DIO Fest begins this coming weekend. There is great line-up of bands performing including Boulder Creek’s own Naked Bootleggers and Sugar By the Pound. For those of us that live nearby, going to the event may seem like a great idea, but when it comes to the included camping, you may prefer being home in your nearby cozy bed. If that’s the case, DIO Fest is offering day passes.

 

Click HERE for more info on DIO Fest Day Passes.

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Help Wanted: Camp Krem

Camp Krem is hiring for summer 2015. Camp Krem is a beautiful camp, located just outside of Boulder Creek. It also happens to be the location for next week’s DIO Fest.

 

Camp Krem

 

Available Positions

 

Outdoor Adventure Camp Director: Sleep in tipis or under the stars and engage campers in a multitude of outdoor activities such as hiking, overnight backpacking, kayaking, archery, rock climbing, orienteering, and more.

 

Travel Camp Assistant Director: Assist with leading camping trips to regional, state, and national parks. Locations include Zion National Park in Utah, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, and more! Must possess or be willing to obtain Class B license (training provided).

 

Head Cook: Plan, prepare and serve delicious and nutritious meals for 100+ campers, staff, and volunteers.

 

Camp Counselor (for male cabins)

 

Lifeguard

Learn more:
campingunlimited.org
https://www.facebook.com/campkrem.campingunlimited

Apply:  https://campingunlimited.org/get-involved/employment-opportunities/

 

Questions:  Katiegiampa@campingunlimited.org

 

Calendar 2/2015

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Meetings & Evenings happening in Boulder Creek during the month of February

Wednesday 2/4/2015 from 9:00am, 1st Wednesday of every month
What: SLV Water District – Finance Committee Meeting
Where: Operations Building, 13057 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
Agenda: http://slvwd.com/agendas/OTHER/2015/Finance%20Committee%202-4-15.pdf

Wednesday 2/4/2015 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm
What: SLV Water District – Meet & Greet with Your New Board & District Manager
Where: Oak Tree Ristorante, 5447 Highway 9, Felton, CA 95018
Invite: http://slvwd.com/admin/YOU%20ARE%20INVITED.pdf

Wednesday 2/4/2015 from 6:00pm, 1st Wednesday of every month
What: Boulder Creek Business Association General Meeting
Where: IOOF Oddfellows Hall, Upstairs, 13119 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
Note: Board elections is this month.
http://bcba.net/membership-information/#upcoming_meetings

Wednesday 2/4/2015 starting at 7:00pm, 1st Wednesday of every month
What: BC Recreation & Park District – Regular Meeting
Where: 13333 Middleton Avenue, Annex Room, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
Agenda: http://media.wix.com/ugd/ede4c2_4e5764de2f2b452488a7ac0a195bb11a.pdf
http://www.bcrpd.org/#!meetings/c11m6

Thursday 2/5/2015 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, 1st Thursday of every month
What: SLV Museum Board Meeting
Where: SLV Museum, 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
http://www.slvmuseum.com/calendar.html

Thursday 2/5/2015 from 7:30pm – 9:30pm, 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month
What: SLV Water District – Board of Directors Regular Meeting
Where: Operations Building, 13057 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
Agenda: http://slvwd.com/agendas/Full/2015/2-05-2015/2-05-2015.htm

Tuesday 2/10/2015 from 10:00am – 11:00am, 2nd Thursday of every month
What: SLV Water District – Environmental Committee Meeting
Where: BC Community Church, 13090 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
http://slvwd.com

Sunday 2/15/2015 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm
What: SLV Museum – new exhibit “Bear With Us” opening Reception
Where: SLV Museum, 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
http://www.slvmuseum.com

Wednesday 2/18/2015 from 9:00am – 10:00am, 3rd Wednesday of every month
What: SLV Water District – Finance Committee Meeting
Where: BC Community Church, 13090 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
http://slvwd.com

Thursday 2/19/2015 from 7:30pm – 9:30pm, 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month
What: SLV Water District – Board of Directors Regular Meeting
Where: Operations Building, 13057 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
Agenda: not yet available, check their website closer to the date of the meeting
http://slvwd.com

 

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Evenings happening in Big Basin during the month of February

Saturday 2/7/2015 at 2:30pm
What: Redwood Loop Walk
Where: meet at Big Basin Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-8860
http://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/5935

Sunday 2/8/2015 at 10:00am
What: The Road Less Traveled – A Dog-Friendly Walk
Where: meet at Big Basin Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-8860
http://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/5883

Sunday 2/8/2015 at 12:00noon
What: Discover Big Basin Redwoods with naturalist Barry Grimm
Where: meet at Big Basin Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-8860
http://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/5936

Sunday 2/8/2015 at 1:00pm
What: Nature Wander at Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center
Where: Rancho del Oso Nature Center, 3600 Highway 1, Davenport, CA 95017
(831) 338-8860
http://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/5958

Sunday 2/8/2015 at 2:00pm
What: Mushroom Hunt!
Where: meet at Big Basin Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-8860
http://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/5937

Saturday 2/14/2015 at 9:00am
What: Volunteer with the Trail Crew
Where: meet at Big Basin Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-8860
http://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/5939

Saturday 2/14/2015 at 10:00am
What: SP Hike to Buzzard’s Roost
Where: meet at Big Basin Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-8860
http://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/5940

Saturday 2/14/2015 at 10:00am
What: Wildflower Hike at Rancho del Oso Nature & History Center
Where: starts at the Yellow gate located across the street from Waddell Beach
(831) 338-8860
http://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/5957

Saturday 2/14/2015 at 11:30am
What: Romance in the Redwoods
Where: meet at Big Basin Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-8860
http://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/5628

Saturday 2/14/2015 at 12:00noon
What: Discover Big Basin Redwoods with naturalist Barry Grimm
Where: meet at Big Basin Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-8860
http://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/5936

Sunday 2/15/2015 at 9:30am
What: SP Berry Creek Falls Hike
Where: meet at Big Basin Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-8860
http://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/5941

Sunday 2/15/2015 at 12:00noon
What: Discover Big Basin Redwoods with naturalist Barry Grimm
Where: meet at Big Basin Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-8860
http://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/5936

Sunday 2/15/2015 at 2:00pm
What: Mushroom Hunt!
Where: meet at Big Basin Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-8860
http://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/5937

Saturday 2/21/2015 at 11:00am
What: Redwood Loop Walk
Where: meet at Big Basin Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-8860
http://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/5935

Saturday 2/21/2015 at 10:00am
What: Hike to Ocean View Summit
Where: meet at Big Basin Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-8860
http://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/5942

Saturday 2/21/2015 at 10:00am
What: Winter Wildflower Walk!
Where: meet at Big Basin Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-8860
http://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/5943

Sunday 2/22/2015 at 10:00am
What: Winter Wildflower Walk!
Where: meet at Big Basin Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-8860
http://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/5943

Sunday 2/22/2015 at 10:30am
What: The Road Less Traveled – A Dog-Friendly Walk
Where: meet at Big Basin Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-8860
http://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/5883

Sunday 2/22/2015 at 12:00noon and 2:00pm
What: Redwood Loop Walk
Where: meet at Big Basin Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-8860
http://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/5935

Sunday 2/28/2015 at 12:00noon
What: Discover Big Basin Redwoods with naturalist Barry Grimm
Where: meet at Big Basin Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-8860
http://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/5936

Saturday 2/28/2015 at 1:00pm
What: Redwood Loop Walk
Where: meet at Big Basin Headquarters, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-8860
http://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/5935

If there is a public event going on in Boulder Creek during February that is not listed, please comment below and we will update the list as soon as we can. Thanks for making this such a wonderful and active community.

IN MEMORIAM: Emily Ann Cress

Used with permission of the San Lorenzo Valley Museum, Copyrighted image, all rights reserved.

Used with permission of the San Lorenzo Valley Museum, Copyrighted image, all rights reserved.

Emily Ann Cress
August 1, 1928 – January 17, 2015

Obituary

Boulder Creek and the Santa Cruz community have lost one of their finest. Emily Ann Cress passed away peacefully in Santa Cruz at the age of 86. She was born in Santa Cruz to Abraham Locatelli and Margherita Zanardi who were Italian immigrants. She was raised in Boulder Creek and remained a resident her entire life.

Emily graduated from Boulder Creek High School and attended Smith’s School of Business in Santa Cruz. She was a tireless worker and for over seventy-two years was the face that everyone knew at Johnnie’s Super Market. It is an amazing and remarkable truth that Emily worked almost every day at one place since the age of fourteen. Her dedication was unprecedented, and anybody who ever lived or worked in Boulder Creek probably knew of Emily.

Described by many as Boulder Creek’s unofficial historian, Emily remained actively involved in her community throughout her entire life. Over the years her club affiliations included the Lyons Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Fire Department, the Boulder Creek Golf Club, the Boulder Creek Museum, and the Italian Catholic Federation of Santa Cruz. Emily was also a member of the Marconi Club and enjoyed the club’s many bus trips to various places and the fellowship of friends. She never forgot Boulder Creek High School and every year joined with some of her classmates to celebrate their lifelong connections. She loved the company of family and friends and always remembered a face.

Beginning in 1888 there has been a handful of people responsible for collecting and reporting the annual rainfall data for Boulder Creek. Emily continued this work over fifteen years ago for her late husband George “Hoot” Cress. It has benefited the community of Boulder Creek for over a century.

Emily always enjoyed a good meal, especially at Scopazzi’s in Boulder Creek. She was a wonderful cook and always generous in her gifts of food. She was an avid sports fan and in her younger years enjoyed playing golf and swimming. She also enjoyed her yard which was always maintained meticulously.

Emily is survived by her brother Andrew J. Locatelli; sister-in-law Lois A. Locatelli; brother-in-law Charles F. Hughes; nephews James A. Hughes, David A. Hughes, Andrew J. Hughes, Mark J. Locatelli, and Tom R. Locatelli; niece Janet M. Hughes; and extended family and friends who will all miss her genuine and enthusiastic energy for life.

She was preceded in death by her parents Abraham Locatelli and Margherita Zanardi; her loving husband George Loughmiller “Hoot” Cress; and her sister Marie Locatelli Hughes.

Recitation of the Rosary and the Mass of the Resurrection for Emily Ann Cress will both be held in Boulder Creek. The rosary will be at St. Michael’s Catholic Church on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 7 p.m. Friends may pay their respects at a viewing to be held at the church on Sunday evening beginning at 5 p.m. The mass will be celebrated at St. Michael’s Catholic Church on Monday, January 26, 2015 beginning at 10 a.m. The committal will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Santa Cruz. A reception to celebrate Emily will follow at Scopazzi’s Italian Restaurant in Boulder Creek. It will start at 1:30 p.m., and all friends and family are welcome and encouraged to attend. Any kind acts of charity can be made in Emily’s memory to the Boulder Creek Historical Society.

Emily Ann Cress was one-of-a-kind. We were blessed to have her in our lives for 86 years. She will be missed by family and friends although her spirit will always be present and will remain a part of the Boulder Creek community forever.

http://pacificgardenschapel.com/tribute/details/1292/Emily_Ann_Cress/obituary.html

Calendar 1/2015

New_YearIs one of your New Years resolutions to be more active in the community? Well Boulder Creek Insider is here to help. This year we are trying something new, at the beginning of each month we are going to post all the events and meetings that we know of, to make it easier for you to be able to plan for them and attend. Below is what we have currently for January, all events listed are open to the public. So start off the year right and get involved in our wonderful community.

Christmas Tree Recycling now through Friday 1/16/2015
http://bcfd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/2015-Xmas-Tree-Handbill-Portrait.pdf

Monday 1/5/2015 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm
What: SLV Water District Special Meeting
Where: Operations Building, 13057 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
Agenda: http://slvwd.com/agendas/OTHER/2015/BoD%20SPEC%20MEETING%201.5.15.pdf
http://slvwd.com/calendar.html

Wednesday 1/7/2015 from 6:00pm, 1st Wednesday of every month
What: Boulder Creek Business Association General Meeting
Where: IOOF Oddfellows Hall, Upstairs, 13119 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
Note: Board elections are coming up in February, see website for additional information.
http://bcba.net/membership-information/#upcoming_meetings

Wednesday 1/7/2015 from 7:00pm – 10:30pm, 1st Wednesday of every month
What: Park & Rec Board Meeting
Where: 13333 Middleton Avenue, Annex Room, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-4144
http://www.bcrpd.org/#!calendarofevents/c8gl

Thursday 1/15/2015 from 7:30pm – 9:30pm
What: SLV Water District Board of Directors Regular Meeting
Where: Operations Building, 13057 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
Agenda is not available yet, but a press release regarding the new District Manager was released 12/4/2014
http://slvwd.com/press/Press%20Release-New%20District%20Manager.pdf
http://slvwd.com/calendar.html

Monday 1/26/2015 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm
What: Community Night benefiting the SLV Museum
Where: Boulder Creek Pizza & Pub, 13200 B Central Avenue, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-2141
http://www.slvmuseum.com

Correction – Thursday 2/5/2015 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm
What: SLV Museum Board Meeting
Where: SLV Museum, 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-8382
http://www.slvmuseum.com/calendar.html

If there is a public event going on in Boulder Creek during January that is not listed, please comment below and we will update the list as soon as we can. Thanks for making this such a wonderful and active community.

ANTS! What they are and How to Get Rid of Them

This time of year many in Boulder Creek are dealing with pesky little ants. Ever wondered where they come from and how to beat em? Doug Conrad from Boulder Creek Hardware has written a really informative article all about ants. The article is below. If you ever have any questions on building, terminating, cutting, painting etc… head over and ask Doug or Ann Marie at Boulder Creek Hardware.

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Doug’s How To:

Whether they are in your pants or at your picnic, ants are amazing little creatures; well maybe not in your pants. Like bees, ants are social creatures with a social structure of workers and queens. I’ve always been amazed at these little guys and in researching for this article I came across even more interesting facts about ants than anyone in Boulder Creek would care to know. But I have to bore you with a few of them. It is estimated that there are over 22,000 species of ants and only 12,500 have been classified. Sometimes their colonies can number in the millions and they exist on almost every land mass on earth. That’s a lot of ants. They can range in size from a super tiny .03 of an inch to just over 2 inches long. Most are black or red but there are some that have a metallic luster. The life span of ants increases according to the hierarchy. Since the fertile males are at the lowest rung, they live only for a few weeks. Worker ants are a little higher up, so they live for 2 – 3 years. Queen ants live the longest, with a lifespan of almost 25 – 30 years!

Customers often come in thinking they have termites when actually they have ants. Yes, some ants have wings. These are usually the male drones but the queen will have wings for the early part of her life. You can tell the difference between an ant and a termite by the wings. A termite’s wings are both the same size, ants are different sizes. Termites have straight antennae and ants are bent. It’s hard to tell but the ant’s waist is slender and the termites are not as much. That’s the basic difference between these two, but do you know what you get if you cross ants with tics? All sorts of antics!

Around here we basically have two types of ants that most of us consider pests. Continue reading

4th of July in Boulder Creek – Parade and the Junction

As always the 4th in Boulder Creek was a colorful and fun day….

Click the images for a larger view…..

 

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Boulder Creek Fire Department

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Camp Krem

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The Junction after the Parade

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