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LOOK WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON AT THE EAST REC POND/PICNIC AREA DURING ALL THESE RAINS.
Make sure to wear your hip boots if you want to access that area.

OAKMONT INFO

The Nominating Committee is asking members to submit written questions for the Candidates Forum on Feb 22 at 6 p.m. in the Berger.  Questions may be submitted in advance to a box in the OVA office or emailed to ovanominatingcommittee@gmail.com.  Questions must include name and street. Addresses will not be shared. Members may submit multiple questions on separate emails or paper. There will also be opportunities to submit questions during the forum. There are eight candidates running for four seats on the board. Each will give an opening and closing statement at the Forum. Additional information on the candidates appears online here, in the Oakmont News Feb. 15 and March 1 editions, and in the ballot packages mailed to everyone.
Ballots for the 2017 Board elections will be in homes on or before March 1.  Under the new election rules, completed ballots must be mailed to the Election Inspector, James Ernst Accounting. (That address will be printed on the ballot outer envelope). THE OVA OFFICE CANNOT ACCEPT YOUR BALLOTS. PLEASE DO NOT BRING THEM TO THE OFFICE. Members may also turn in their ballot to the Election Inspector at the April 3 annual meeting, No ballots will be accepted once the meeting has been called to order. The ballots will be counted on April 4 at the West Rec Center.   There are eight candidates vying for four positions on the board.  The ballot package will also include each candidate’s statement. The candidate bios, photos, statements will also be published in the February 15 and March 1 Oakmont Newspaper.
Please check out the webpage for our newest committee which is the Berger Action Committee. 
This page has the information on the talented group of volunteers selected for the committee, their charter plus their committee reports. You can view their new page on the website here.


On Monday, February 13, ADA-compliant doors will be installed at the OVA office.  Temporary entrance will be through the architectural office door. Temporary directional signs will point you in the right direction!

Amazing Rainfall in Oakmont (from resident Gene Wyne)
October--7.75"
November--4.25"
December---7.25
January--19.50
As of noon February 8 --7.75"
Grand total to date= 46.50"
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OAKMONT EVENTS

Wednesday, February 22 – 6:00 p.m. – Berger Center
The eight candidates for the OVA Board will take the stage to introduce themselves to the community.  The board will formally accept the nominations at its February 21 meeting.  The candidates are Bill Lucker, Al Medieros, Frank Batchelor, Stephanie Curry, Ken Heyman, Carolyn Bettencourt, Wayne Van Bockern and Greg Goodwin.  Four open positions are available.  Candidate photos and biographies and answers to a set of questions will be printed in the February 15 and March 1 editions of the Oakmont News and posted on the OVA website.   Ballots will be in members’ homes on March 1, and each household may vote for up to four candidates.  The Forum will be videotaped and available online at the website.
Wednesday, February 22 – 6:00 p.m. – Berger Center
The eight candidates for the OVA Board will take the stage to introduce themselves to the community.  The board will formally accept the nominations at its February 21 meeting.  The candidates are Frank Batchelor, Ken Heyman, Wayne Van Bockern, Al Medeiros, Carolyn Bettencourt, Bill Lucker and Greg Goodwin.  Four open positions are available.  Candidate photos and biographies and answers to a set of questions will be printed in the February 15 and March 1 editions of the Oakmont News and posted on the OVA website.   Ballots will be in members’ homes on March 1, and each household may vote for up to four candidates.  The Forum will be videotaped and available online at the website.
The Internet and its Discontents
Sunday, February 12 – 10:30 a.m. – East Rec Center – Sunday Symposium
What, exactly, is the Internet and where did it come from?  Ed Biglin, retired chief technology officer for St. Mary‘s College, will look at the good and the bad of the World Wide Web.  What is it about the Internet that allowed it to generate so many new products, services and ways of connecting in such a short time?  What are the current threats to the incredible creativity of the Internet?  What are the current threats to our security and our privacy that the Internet poses?

Monday, February 13 – 10:30 a.m. – Berger Center
OVA is pleased to support the American Heart Association and its important mission to increase survival from cardiac arrest. We are asking all members within our community to please make time to learn the lifesaving skills of Hands-Only CPR.

Sunday, February 12 – 2:00 p.m. – Berger Center
Before the housing and credit bubble of 2007 triggers an international economic meltdown, a handful of financial outsiders sees the crash coming and bets against the big banks in a daring play that could reap them huge profits.  Adapted from the best-selling book, the film won numerous awards including Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Director and Acting.  Christian Bale, Steve Carroll, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt star. (2015), R (language), 130 minutes.
Toxic Waste Collection
 Tuesday, Feb. 21 – 2:00-7:00 p.m. - West Rec Parking Lot
LIMITS: 15 gallons of liquid (max. of 5 gallons per container) or 125 pounds of solid material – NEVER mix chemicals.  Place in sealed containers in the trunk, packed to prevent spills.  Syringes/needles in sealed, approved Sharps containers.
NOT ACCEPTED: Explosives or ammunition – radioactive materials - biological wastes (except syringes) – TVs, computer monitors and other electronics – business waste.
Please call 795-2025 to schedule an appointment or ask questions.
SET THE DATE NOW WITH YOUR GRANDCHILDREN
Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Grandkids 
Saturday, April 15 -  1:00-2:30 p.m.  -  Berger Center Lawn
Once again the Easter Bunny will greet you and your grandchildren at our annual Easter Egg Hunt for toddlers through 12-year-olds.  Cost is $5 per child that includes hunting for colorful eggs, bounce house, face painting, balloon art, refreshments, music and prizes.  Sign-up forms will be available soon.  Meanwhile, join Oakmont’s Grandparents’ Club now - yearly dues for a family are still only $10 with forms available in OVA office GPC file folder.
LOCAL AREA INFO
Thursday, February 23 – 7:30 p.m. – Spring Lake Village Auditorium – World Affairs Council
Dr. George Rutherford, head of the Infectious Diseases Department at UCCSF, will explain implications of the spread of the Zika virus, will outline the spread of the virus throughout Latin America, the US and other parts of the world and describe its drastic effect on developing fetuses.  The public is invited, and no reservations are needed.  For information click here www.wacsc.org   LINK or call 573-6014.
Marti
Distinguished gentleman seeks mature companion for long term relationship. As an 8 ½ year old Border Collie mix, I’m looking for a special someone to share a lifetime of love with. I’m old enough to know what I want (lots of shoulder rubs!), but young enough to keep the pep in your step on long walks together. I prefer a monogamous arrangement where I don’t have to share you with other pets, but might fit into a family with older kids. Not just another handsome face, I’m friendly and funny too. Interested? Call the matchmakers at Sonoma Humane Society’s Adoption Desk at (707) 542-0882.

JUST FOR FUN

Finally, a diagnosis for my problem.  I thought I was just getting old, but I have a virus.
This latest virus is known as the C-Nile Virus.
You should know about this virus.  Even the most advanced programs from Norton or McAfee cannot take care of this one.  It appears to affect those who were born prior to 1955.


Symptoms:  

1. Causes you to send the same e-mail twice. Done that! 

2. Causes you to send a blank e-mail! That too!

3. Causes you to send e-mail to the wrong person. Yep!

4. Causes you to send it back to the person who sent it to you. Aha!

5. Causes you to forget to attach the attachment. Well, well!

6. Causes you to hit "SEND" before you've finished. Oh, no not again!

7. Causes you to hit "DELETE" instead of "SEND." And I just hate that!

8. Causes you to hit "SEND" when you should "DELETE." Oh No!

IT'S CALLED THE "C-NILE VIRUS."

Have I already sent this to you?

Or did you send it to me?

From Richard Duncan

Thanks to Dick Hanigann
HUMAN PYLONS COULD CARRY ELECTRICITY ACROSS ICELAND


An architecture and design firm called Choi+Shine has submitted a design for the Icelandic High-Voltage Electrical Pylon International Design Competition that proposes giant human-shaped pylons carrying electricity cables across the country's landscape.  The enormous figures would only require slight alterations to existing pylon designs, says the firm, which was awarded an honorable mention for its design by the competition's judging board.  It also won an award from the Boston Society of Architects Unbuilt Architecture competition.  The architecture firm said: "Making only minor alterations to well-established steel-framed tower design, we have created a series of towers that are powerful, solemn and variable. These iconic pylon-figures will become monuments in the landscape.  Seeing the pylon-figures will become an unforgettable experience, elevating the towers to something more than merely a functional design of necessity."    The manufacturing process does not have to be complex.  Each pylon is made from the same basic bits (head, arms, torso, legs, etc) that could be fabricated and then mounted into the desired position using pre-assembled joints.  Choi+Shine added: "Like the statues of Easter Island, it is envisioned that these one hundred and fifty foot tall, modern caryatids will take on a quiet authority, belonging to their landscape yet serving the people, silently transporting electricity across all terrain, day and night, sunshine or snow." 
A boss was complaining in a staff meeting the other day that he wasn't getting any respect. Later that morning he went to a local sign shop and bought a small sign that read, "I'm the Boss." He then taped it to his office door.   Later that day when he returned from lunch, he found that someone had taped a note to the sign that said: "Your wife called, said she wants her sign back!"
Tenacity is when you follow your heart-when the whole world is screaming to get back into your head.
Sonia Choquette

 
Have a wonderful weekend
Cassie Turner
OVA Manager
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