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October 19, 2017

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By Mary Rose Kaczorowski Local culinary luminaries Peggy and Jamie Griffith are transitioning out of the restau- rant business. After 30 years, they will be closing the doors to their 955 Ukiah Street Restau- rant in Mendocino on Oct. 27. The Griffiths say they look forward to taking some time to spend with family and consider other possible gastronomic ad- ventures. To mark the occasion, a celebration retirement party hon- oring the Griffiths will be held at the restaurant at 1 p.m. on Satur- day, Oct. 28. "Our daughter Kate is organiz- ing it and everyone is welcomed," said Peggy. Last week, the Griffiths remi- nisced about their move to Men- docino from Oregon in the 1970s. "We were in our thirties when we moved here," said Peggy. "We started this 955 Ukiah Street Restaurant 30 years ago ... in 1987. It doesn't feel that long be- cause we enjoyed doing what we do. I loved making people happy. Our staff has been like family." Jamie recalled, "We were up in Oregon. My brother needed help with his taco stand. We started a commercial kitchen at Toad Hall and we would run the hot food down to the taco stand. The taco stand had a steam table, an ice- box and a burner. [It] sat on the corner in Mendocino where the Bank of America used to be on Main Street where Out of This World now stands. It was open seven days a week. We would roll the stand up Albion Street and back again from the Shell Station garage where Moody's is now." The Toad Hall story as told on their website continues, "The kitchen was in 'Toad Hall,' a hip- pie night club with fabulous mu- sic, young energy and a partic- ular fragrance in the air. The 'Toad' presented many great acts, including Mose Allison, Booker T, Robert Cray, Maria Muldaur, Clifton Chenier, Kate Wolf, Clar- ence 'Gatemouth' Brown, Jimmy Reed. Blues legend John Lee Hooker once beckoned 'young' CULINARY Change comes to 955 Ukiah Street aer 30-year run MARY ROSE KACZOROWSKI — BEACON Jamie and Peggy Griffith at their 955 Ukiah Street Restaurant. Like The Mendocino Beacon and stay in the loop on local news, sports and more. VISIT FACEBOOK.COM/ MENDOCINOBEACON LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Classified ........B9 Crossword ....... B7 Opinion ............A4 Sports ..............B5 Weather .......... A3 INDEX By Mary Rose Kaczorowski Since Monday morning, Oct. 9, volunteer firefighters from the Mendocino Coast were dis- patched to the Redwood Com- plex Fires in Redwood Valley and Potter Valley. Firefight- ers who remained on the coast have taken on extra duties co- ordinating communications between their teams inland as well as responding to local emergency calls. On the afternoon of Oct. 9, the Albion Little River Volun- teer Fire Department sent its 8190 water tender fire truck and a fire engine to the Red- wood incident along with nine volunteer firefighters. Elk Community Services Dis- trict Board President Ben Mac- Millan said, "Elk has had one en- gine on the Redwood Fire since last Monday (Oct. 9). Assistant REDWOOD COMPLEX FIRE Local volunteers answer the call By Mary Rose Kaczorowski Last week's round of devastat- ing fires and smoke-filled skies caused a steady exodus of people from inland Mendocino County and many found their way to the coast. As hotels and camp- grounds reached capacity, res- idents in Caspar at Fortunate Farm and in Elk came to the res- cue, establishing emergency evac- uation centers that are now wind- ing down as residents return to the burned areas after evacuation orders were lifted. On Saturday, evacuees and volunteers who were on shelter duty at the Greenwood Commu- nity Center in Elk made signs and brewed hot water for tea. Volunteer Jane Sinclair said, "We have been a respite place, welcoming people fleeing out of the smoke. We all decided we had to do something. We have been able to feed them and give them a place to rest." Michaela Allen was at the Elk evacuation center on Saturday. "I first got to Elk on Monday night," she said. "I was visiting family in the San Francisco area since Mon- day was a holiday. We were in Daly City and we woke up at 2 o'clock in the morning and smelled smoke. We didn't realize what was going on until we woke up again and dis- covered 101 was closed. And the fires were pretty big." Sinclair said she and her father initially planned a route through Jenner and back inland to Healds- burg. "Then I heard that people were evacuating and all that was going on. I realized I better keep going up Highway 1 to Elk. It was really scary. I kept in touch with friends anytime I had cell ser- vice." Sinclair, who works at the Red- wood Coast Regional Center in Ukiah, headed back toward the fire zone on Monday. "Once I realized I was safe," she said, "I needed to go back to make sure that the clients we support were taken care of. I was getting calls from people I know that lost houses in Redwood Valley ... The families I work for who have dis- abilities were calling." EVACUEES Coast offers refuge from inland fires MARY ROSE KACZOROWSKI — BEACON Greenwood Community Center and the community of Elk set up an evacuation center for those fleeing the fires in Mendocino and Sonoma counties. Taking their turn on shelter duty are Metah Green, Lucien Long and Jane Sinclair. BOOKS » PAGE A2 Teen council gets busy REDWOOD FIRE » PAGE A5 Cannabis farmers hit hard HISTORY » PAGE A6 Perley Maxwell remembered THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook Fall car care special section. Pages B1-3. Sheriff reviews lessons learned from fire. Page A8. INSIDE THIS WEEK CONTRIBUTED ALRVFD's Steve Crowningshield suppressing the fire's spread utilizing a high pressure hose. REFUGE » PAGE 9 VOLUNTEERS » PAGE 9 RESTAURANT » PAGE 10 By Kelci Parks @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter A tragedy unfolded last week, Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the North Coast Family Health Center in Fort Bragg. At about 5:10 p.m., a man was observed by staff and patients acting in "an agitated way" in front of the North Coast Family Health Center and in the parking lot, ac- cording to a statement from the Mendocino Coast District Hospital. The man, later identified as Jef- frey Bruning, eventually went to his car and returned to the clinic with a "long gun." Patients and staff fled to the back of the building. Police Officers were dispatched to the Center after the report of a man FORT BRAGG Man with rifle kills self at clinic The victim was pronounced dead at scene from a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound CLINIC » PAGE 9 » Thursday, October 19, 2017 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON Volume 140, issue 3 8 52659 03865 7

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