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Local churches plan Community Good Friday Service

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church has announced a Community Good Friday Service, co-sponsored by six San Lorenzo Valley congregations, on Friday, March 29.

The service, which will focus on forgiveness and mercy as much-needed graces and experiences in these challenging times, will be held from 12-1pm at St. Andrew’s, the red church at the corner of Riverside and Glen Arbor in the center of Ben Lomond.

There will be two brief reflections, familiar hymns, prayers and Bible readings.  

All are welcome from any or no religious backgrounds. A list of Easter services offered by the participating congregations will be in the bulletin (in case one does not have a local church to attend and would like to celebrate Easter in a church setting).

Co-sponsoring this community service are Boulder Creek United Methodist Church, Boulder Creek Community Church, Felton Presbyterian Church, Mount Cross Lutheran Camp, Redwood Christian Center and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

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Zayante Fire Board moves forward with proposed tax increase

Zayante Fire Protection District Board of Directors has approved moving forward with an updated parcel tax. If approved, the proposed tax will replace the current annual parcel tax of $75 approved in 2016.

The new rate of $290 would be an increase of $215 annually. It will sustain staffing and equipment of the local volunteer department, which covers the largest geographic area of all San Lorenzo Valley fire departments. The proposed measure will be on the Nov. 5 ballot.

“This measure would be key to our future viability,” said Fire Chief Jeff Maxwell. “We are focusing on providing reliable daytime response and replacing aged fire engines to better serve our community.”

For more information, contact the Zayante Fire Protection District at 831-335-5100 or email [email protected].

Speaker to discuss PG&E and AT&T impacts on local environment 

Nancy Macy from the Valley Women’s Club will be the guest speaker for the Democratic Club of North Santa Cruz County on Tuesday, April 2.

Discussion topics will include how PG&E’s and AT&T’s quests for profit are negatively impacting the local environment.

Macy will also discuss actions community members can take to advocate for related pending legislation and support decisions under consideration by the Board of Supervisors to protect and improve the quality of the local environment.

Club meetings are held upstairs at Bruno’s Bar and Grill, located at 230 Mt. Hermon Road in the Kings Village Shopping Center in Scotts Valley. Meetings start at 6:30pm. Arrive early at 6pm to write “Get Out the Vote” postcards for Nevada residents.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

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