Support these worthy groups

From the Napa Valley Register, by Steve Orndorf:

… the county’s Wildlife Conservation Commission is privileged to distribute grant money to organizations that contribute to improving our local environmental conditions and to educating everyone on the importance of the related issues. Money comes to the commission as a result of Fish and Wildlife violation-related fines, occasional fines leveled by our courts for environmental-related landowner violations, and periodic additional funding from the county’s general fund.

Friends of the Napa River is one of the six groups to whom money was recently granted.

Click here to see brief descriptions of what these groups are doing with that money.

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Jim Hench 1929 – 2014

Friends mourn the loss of Jim Hench

Jim Hench was one of the founding board members of Friends of the Napa River. He will be sorely missed with his intimate knowledge of the river’s wildlife, topography and hydrology. But mostly he was known to be the man to take you out on the river, by canoe or kayak, from the wetlands in American Canyon to the headwaters in Calistoga.  We are all very, very sad for this loss of a friend.

Thanks to Janelle Wetzstein who reported compassionately in the Napa Valley Register of February 28, 2014:

“Local residents are mourning the loss of Jim Hench, Napa River aficionado and protector, who died Friday after a seven-year battle with cancer. He celebrated his 85th birthday on Jan. 23.

Hench was known for helping to found Friends of the Napa River — a grassroots nonprofit started in 1994 that was dedicated to transforming the Napa River into a flood-protected environmental asset.

Most notably, in 1998, Hench’s advocacy helped pass Measure A — a countywide half-cent sales tax that funded the local share of flood and environmental projects in Napa County.”

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So many fond memories of Jim:

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FONR vacates offices at 68-B Coombs by August 31, 2012.

Hello Friends:
As you may have heard, FONR is vacating its offices at 68-B Coombs by August 31, 2012. We didn’t have many activities there and thought it would be wise to cut the leasing expense. However, with your continued support and participation, we will remain active in all of our projects (see list)!

In July 2013 we are hoping to establish a new residence in the Borreo Building right on the Napa River next to the Third Street Bridge corner Soscol Ave. The intend is to share office space with the Land Trust of Napa County. They are in the process of acquiring and refurbishing the historical building.

Between now and then, we will be able to use the conference room at the Land Trust’s current offices, 1700 Soscol Ave, Suite 20.

While we will keep important and historical documents and exhibit materials in a storage unit, we will have a FONR Office sale at our current location: 68 S. Coombs, Building B, Napa. The sale items include:

A 10 x 4′ beautiful, wooden, oval conference table; computer and other office desks; tables; chairs; filing cabinets; a large blue print cabinet; two copiers; and many miscellaneous items. All very reasonably priced!

Please come and buy at your heart’s desire – and if you can, help us with the sale! Friday, Aug 24, and Sat Aug 25, from 9am – 1pm