The Coastal Post - October, 1999

Community News

By Staff

Terwilliger Nature Guides Sought

WildCare is seeking volunteers to lead school field trips to outstanding natural sites in Marin County. Volunteers will learn the famous multi-sensory interactive teaching techniques developed by noted Marin naturalist Elizabeth Terwilliger. Mrs. T's techniques have enchanted children for over 40 years.

Four Saturday classes will include Marin's natural history, habitat explorations and environmental education teaching strategies. Several weekday observations of school trips will give participants an opportunity to learn from experienced Terwilliger Nature Guides. A one-time fee of $75 includes WildCare membership and the training manual.

Terwilliger Nature Guides volunteer six hours a month to help kindergarten through fifth graders learn about and appreciate nature. As Elizabeth Terwilliger says, "Teach children to love nature. People take care of what they love."

Contact Julie Malet at 453-1000.

Buchen Of Belvedere Honored

The League of Women Voters of Marin County honored longtime Marin volunteer Wendy Buchen of Belvedere with its ninth annual Bunny Lucheta Memorial Award for outstanding public service at its fall kickoff meeting on September 15.

Mrs. Buchen has been active in an wide-range of public service organizations in Marin for decades. She has worked with the Family Service Agency, Ecumenical Association for Housing, the Marin Council on Aging, the Citizen's Budget Process Committee, Marin County Health Council, Audubon Canyon Ranch and Marin Country Day School.

The award is given annually to an outstanding Marin resident in memory of Bunny Lucheta, who was a community activist and a long-term legislative aide to state senators Peter Behr and Barry Keene.

Arnstein Runs For Healthcare Board

Neurosurgeon Lawrence Arnstein announced his candidacy for the Marin Healthcare District Board. He has joined the race for the public board which oversees Marin General Hospital.

"When I first began working at MGH," Arnstein said, "the quality of care was excellent. That is no longer the case. Now, after sharp reductions in numbers of registered nurses and skilled technicians, there is a trend away from special services. The overall quality of care is not what it used to be."

"My long experience in teaching neurosurgery, a difficult specialty, has given me some expertise in evaluating care. I can safely say that Marin residents are not getting the highest level of service, given the hospital's previous history and financial resources. The lack of specialty emergency care, be it neurosurgery, pediatric care, or anesthesia, is intolerable. Local residents are entitled to and deserve a full array of services."

When asked how he would go about correcting the problems he sees at Marin General, Arnstein responded, "Looking at the lease, that's where most of our problems originate. Foolhardy planning has deprived us of necessary safeguards for essential medical services and valuable public property. We must compel Sutter to take their obligations seriously. After negotiations with Sutter failed, the elected District Board has moved to the courts. Mediation has been offered as an alternative, but in my opinion, Sutter has made a sham of it. Right now, I ask the public to continue putting pressure on Sutter with their vote in November."

Larry Arnstein has been endorsed by Charles Wilson, Professor and longtime head of the Department of Neurological Surgery at UC, Dr. John Severinghaus, UC Professor Emeritus and Marin resident, and Supervisor Hal Brown.

Del Santo Healthcare Board Candidate

San Anselmo Police Chief Bernie Del Santo today formally announced his candidacy for the Marin Healthcare District Board. Del Santo cited the deterioration of emergency medical care as the reason for his candidacy.

"Everyday I deal with the consequences of medical emergencies-child abuse, domestic violence, automobile accidents and natural disaster," Del Santo said.

"For decades Marin General Hospital was an excellent resource for that mission, but today, sadly, that is not the case. Marin General emergency care is not what it should be, not what it can be.

"I have the public safety training, the emergency services management experience and the commitment to our citizens to do the job that needs to be done at Marin General Hospital," Del Santo said.

Chief Del Santo has been endorsed by Supervisor Hal Brown, Ross Public Safety Director Roger Sciutto, Marin Community College Police Chief Ted Wight, and the Marin Professional Firefighters Association.

Health Fund For MGH

At its special meeting September 17, the Marin Healthcare District Board voted to accept the offer by the Marin Health Fund to make up to $500,000 available to the District to support its effort to restore local control of Marin General Hospital.

George Stratigos, Sausalito City Councilman and Executive Director of the Marin Health Fund, made the offer. "The District Board has documented that quality of care at MGH and particularly emergency care has deteriorated," Stratigos stated. "To restore health care worthy of our trust, the Marin Health Fund Board of Directors has come to believe that returning public control of the hospital is crucial."

Upon resolution of the dispute, the funds are to be repaid, which will then allow the Fund to support other health policy needs in Marin County.

The District Board focused on Marin County's draft trauma plan. Ardeth Hamilton, Program Administrator of Marin Emergency Medical Services, and Mike Williams, President of the Abaris Consulting group of Walnut Creek and author of the trauma plan, presented the plan to the Board. The plan proposes that a coordinated system be developed in the county for the care of trauma patients.

If adopted, the plan would preclude the creation of a Level II Trauma Center at MGH as advocated by the District Board. Many of those in attendance expressed concern that implementation of the plan would result in an even greater number of patients (estimated by MGH Corp. to be 250 per year) being transferred to hospitals outside of Marin County and that would further reduce MGH's emergency services. Further, it was noted that trauma experts, including the American College of Surgeons, recognize that a decrease in trauma patients being taken care of at local hospitals will result in the de-skilling of trauma care.

Weiner Endorsed By Law Enforcement

State Assembly candidate Russ Weiner was unanimously endorsed by the Marin County Deputy Sheriff's Association and the San Rafael Police Association, the two largest law enforcement groups in Marin.

"Your support for the law enforcement community, coupled with your dedication towards improving the quality of life for people in Marin and Sonoma counties, clearly makes you our candidate of choice for this most important public office," said Jim Kelly, President, San Rafael Police Association.

Groovin' In The Grove

Singers of all levels of experience are invited to join Terry Garthwaite and Kate Munger for a day-long "song shop" on Sunday, October 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Redwood Grove in Samuel Taylor State Park. During the morning and afternoon sessions, we will learn songs that will lift our spirits and carry us closer to the natural world. Musical skills will easily blend with a celebration of life, breath, spirit and the Earth. At sunset, participants will present an intimate, informal concert for friends, family and park visitors in the park's beautiful outdoor amphitheater (6-7 p.m., $8 general, $4 children/seniors). Please call Kate at 669-1413 or Terry at 488-4778 for more information. The fee for the day is $65 advance, $75 door.

Ski Swap

New and used winter sports equipment will be sold at the 34th Annual Marin Ski Swap Saturday, October 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Marin Exhibit Hall in the Civic Center.

The event includes Sierra ski area exhibits and various snow sport related exhibits. Proceeds from a silent auction will benefit the Marin County High School Sports program and the Novato Human Needs Center.

The public is invited to bring used ski equipment and clothing to the exhibit hall between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on October 10. Equipment will be checked for compliance with current industry standards by knowledgeable personnel from local ski shops. Plan to collect money, less service charge, from sales or the auction and retrieve unsold items between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Admission is $2 per person. Call Demo Sport in San Rafael, 454-3500, or Old Town Sports in Novato, 892-0577 for more information.

Two Bird Art Show

The Two Bird Cafe at the Valley Inn, 625 San Geronimo Valley Drive off Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in San Geronimo, is presenting art work by Connie Smith Siegel of Woodacre through October, Wednesday through Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. The show consists of landscape paintings in oil and pastels which have been painted on location in the San Geronimo Valley, Pt. Reyes National Seashore, and Bishop Canyon in the Eastern Sierras. Call the curator, Susan Wilson Rodgers, 488-0528 for more information.

Homestead Holiday Fair

Entries are being sought for this year's Homestead Holiday Crafts Fair. The two-day event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday the 12th and 13th of December at Homestead Valley Community Center, 315 Montford Avenue, Mill Valley.

All entrants are subject to selection by committee. Applicants submit a photo and brief description of work along with application form. Artists will be allowed to sell only those crafts that are thus represented. All work must be hand-produced by the artists.

Call the Community Center at 388-9916 or write 315 Montford Avenue, Mill Valley 94941 for an application form. Mark all correspondence "Crafts Fair." Deadline for entries is November 6. Participants should receive notification of acceptance shortly after.

Marriage Seminar

Making Marriage Work, a seminar for newlyweds and couples considering marriage, beings on Tuesday evening October 13 at Jewish Family and Children's Services at 4040 Civic Center Dr., #220, San Rafael.

Topics covered include learning positive communication, balancing careers with family and friends, successful money management and including Jewish life in marriage. Aliza Berk, one of several JFCS staff members who were specially trained by the faculty of the University of Judaism to conduct these seminars, facilitates the series. In addition, two of the sessions will be co-facilitated by a rabbi and a financial consultant.

Fee for 10 group sessions and one individual meeting is $360 per couple; course workbook is $35. VISA/Mastercard and payment plans are available. Pre-registration is required. Call Aliza Berk 491-7960.

Food Program Seeks Help

The West Marin Food Exchange is a non-profit group now sponsored by the Bolinas Community Center. We are approaching our 9th year of distributing day-old, mostly organic produce to households of need in West Marin. We believe it is a basic right that all have access to low-cost organic foods. In the process, we are building community, a network of sharing skills and resources.

We welcome all donations and offers of service. We are funded by donations and volunteers. We are looking for monthly or bi-monthly donors as well as one-time pledges. Our most crucial need immediately is for financial assistance in building our food storage shed and service area. We are hoping this winter we may finally have a roof for our participants. We are also seeking to fund a staff person to pack and deliver weekly food bags to local shut-ins, mostly elderly or frail women, and women with small children. Call 868-1359.

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