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This community survived the Glass fire, though its homes didn’t

There were 13 sweet, simple, wood-heated homes at Monan’s Rill, the intentional community on 414 gorgeous acres off St. Helena Road.

The Glass fire left just one. That surviving house was hand-built in the early 1970s by two co-founders of the residential collective, the extraordinary Mary and Russ Jorgensen.

In addition to helping to create Monan’s Rill, the Jorgensens, both former Freedom Riders, were stalwarts of the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County and undaunted champions of a better world.

They were for almost 30 years cherished by fellow residents of Monan’s Rill who’ve from the start worked together for the good of the land they inhabit and the community that they’ve run by consensus.

The Jorgensens were among four Quaker families that founded Monan’s Rill after having lived in the Berkeley hills with no fences between their yards so they could rear their kids communally. When they bought the land off St. Helena Road, the creek that ran through it was called Monan’s Rill, that name having been borrowed from a poem by Sir Walter Scott.

Russ and Mary savored their lives there until about 20 years ago, when they moved to Nevada City to be closer to their children. Russ was 92 when he died in 2009. Mary died in 2014 at 98.

Were they still alive and still at Monan’s Rill, they might feel about the same today as their heartbroken but resolute former neighbor, Penny Sirota.

“We’re doing about as well as we possibly can,” said Sirota, who’s lived for 28 years at Monan’s Rill. “It’s hard for us all to be scattered.”

“We’re just trying to figure out our next step,” she said.

As the Glass fire roared in from Napa County, it consumed all of the homes except the one the Jorgensens built,

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Actually, We Didn’t Send Any COVID Patients Into Nursing Homes

Just when you think this man cannot get more brazenly dishonest, he manages to prove you wrong. New York’s Democratic governor — who has presided over the highest number of COVID deaths in the nation, and one of the worst death rates — is not only writing a book about his “success” and congratulating himself for saving lives. He’s not only falsely claiming that President Trump is responsible for the virus arriving in New York. And he’s no longer merely manipulating data to downplay his disastrously lethal policy on nursing homes. He’s now taken his gaslighting to shockingly mendacious lows, telling New Yorkers that the nursing homes scandal…never existed. Simply stunning:

“It just never happened that we needed a nursing home to take a COVID-positive person,” he says. No matter how you slice it, this is a lie. The lie he appears to be telling here is one of obfuscation, to dismiss a very serious matter by rebutting an accusation nobody is actually leveling. Is anyone claiming that the terrible policy he inflicted on New York involved forcing nursing homes to take in coronavirus-infected patients because of a lack of hospital beds elsewhere? That’s obviously not the allegation. The allegation, which is absolutely true, is that New York State forced long-term care centers and nursing homes to permit COVID-positive residents to enter those facilities while infected, seriously endangering the vulnerable populations inside. For weeks on end, New York also permitted COVID-positive nursing home employees to show up for work, putting residents at more risk. The goal, pursued by other states, should have been to keep people with coronavirus as far away

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What You Didn’t Know About Air Conditioning Contractors

Although most people just assume that H.V.A.C contractors are a part of the central heat and air contractors that install both furnaces for heating and air con units for cooling, air conditioning contractors have a private history that began in the 1900s when machines for building heating and cooling units began to be established. H.V.A.C contractors became a separate part of the heating and cooling industry in 1946 and were represented by their own groups exclusively concerned with H.V.A.C.

In 1968, H.V.A.C contractors and air conditioning manufacturers joined to form the Air Conditioning & Contractors Institute. The A.R.I is concerned solely with manuals and technology or technologies that are exclusively the province of cooling or air conditioning units.

Another group formed from this endeavour to try to join heating and cooling contractors and manufacturers into one group. The merged group of heating and cooling contractors was called the National Environmental Systems Contractors Association which was later changed back to Air Conditioning Contractors of America although purportedly still representing H.V.A.C contractors in America. Obviously, the choice of names to identify themselves as heating and cooling contractors has been an ongoing issue since 1927 if not earlier when an earlier organization The National Warm Air Heating and Ventilating Association was putting out pamphlets discussing their products and services. Seemingly, air conditioning does not refer exclusively to cooling of air, it can be any artificially contrived method of maintaining the temperature of any given environment through the use of air con units.

If a contractor wants to become an H.V.A.C contractor, he will have to know not only about the various methods and products that are available in his profession; but, he will also have to know how to read the fine print involved with insurance policies and trade agreements and other information …

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