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July 30, 2015

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LikeTheMendocinoBeacon andstayinthelooponlocal news,sportsandmore. VISITFACEBOOK.COM/ MENDOCINOBEACON LIKEUSON FACEBOOK Classifieds....A13 Crossword......A11 Obituaries.......A6 Opinion............A4 Sports............A15 Weather..........A3 INDEX SPORTS PAGEA15 Coastswimmers competeinUkiah BBQ PAGE A2 Elk VFD holds annual fundraiser KELLEY HOUSE PAGE A6 A History Mystery THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Check out our Facebook page MendocinoTownPlanUpdatecontinued.Seebelow Sp ec ia lp ag es :H ea lt h&W el ln es sa nd Se ni or Li vi ng .P ag es A9 -1 0 INSIDE THIS WEEK By Barbara Faulkner The2015MendocinoMusicFes- tivalwaspleasedtobecomemore accessibletobothyoungandold. ThankstoagrantfromtheJona- thanGibbsMemorialFundofthe Community Foundation of Men- docino County, the Festival built aboardwalkconnectingtheFord Housetothesideentranceofthe TentConcertHall.ACircleofEl- ders family member said his fa- ther who heard the Festival Or- chestra and Chorus, "…he en- thusiastically talked about the performance for about 30 min- utesuntilhisdinnertime! Heab- solutely delighted in and appre- ciated this special treat." The Festival collaborated with the CommunityCenterofMendocino toofferaJuly12-17dailysummer campforyoungchildren. The camp, "Operation Opera" includedavisitbysingerEugene Brancoveanu; an opportunity to tryrunningthestagelights;and a mini-opera created and per- formedbythechildren.Tomake the Festival accessible to more people, the Festival added youth ticketstoits$12tickets. On Opening Night merchants and galleries in Mendocino wel- comedconcertgoersandtheFes- tivalOrchestramusicianswithex- tendedbusinesshoursduringthe Second Saturday Art Walk, with Festival Orchestra musicians on hand. Organizer Ann Zollinger re- ported"EveryonethatIhavespo- kenwithmentionedthatthebest partwasactuallygettingtoknow andspeaktothemusicians". The Festival window display contest produced extraordinary results, with the grand prize go- ingtoCirca. Wheretostartwhentryingto describemusicalhighlightsofthe 2015Festival?Audiencefeedback indicated that there was truly somethingforeveryone,withec- static comments on everything fromblues,toorchestral,toAfri- can,tojazz,totraditionalQuebe- cois. One audience member said ofMalianBassekouKouyate "I was grinning and teary eyed and filled with joy, having neverheardanythinglikethis.It was like traveling, but through sound". The 2015 Festival in- cluded an extraordinary array of singers: Frederica von Stade singing Mozart arias, joined by youngsingersfromtheBerkeley YoungMusiciansChoralOrches- tra; Tierney Sutton's gorgeous versions of Joni Mitchell songs; Clarice Assad's jawdroppingly creative Brazilian jazz; Cantus withtheirheartfeltdeliveryand ringingperfectacappellasound; KathleenGracebringingtheBig Bandaudiencetoitsfeet;andthe sparkling and hilarious opera Barber of Seville. As always, the excellentFestivalOrchestraisat the heart of the Festival. There ARTS Me nd oc in o Mu si c Fe st iv al delightsyoungandold NICHOLAS WILSON — COURTESY PHOTO The Music Festival tent in a picture-perfect Mendocino sunset. NAN MOTOLINSKY — COURTESY PHOTO Aila, Adriana, and Aven Smith-Wetzler peek into the tent during a Music Festival performance last week. By Matthew Reed @MendocinoBeacononTwitter Mendocino residents are un- happy with the direction of the town plan update. At the July 21 Mendocino County Board of Supervisors meeting in Fort Bragg, commu- nity members took turns crit- icizing the ongoing changes and edit that have been made by county staff. Issues that were raised in- cluded currently illegal rooms at inns and the jurisdiction of the town plan. The consistent complaint by residents was the process of what county staff change. "My ability to fully take part in the public planning process is severely abridged," said Lee Edmundson. He asked the su- pervisors to schedule a special board meeting in Mendocino to better engage the community. Ed O'Brien echoed Edmund- son's complaint about changes made by county staff. "It's all about vacation rent- als," he said. "I'm disappointed with this document. There's very little that's organic that came from the community." Harold Hauck was equally critical of the draft update. "After reviewing this docu- ment, I'm convinced the process is broken," said Harold Hauck. "It's a travesty." He said the current iteration of the Mendocino Town Plan TOWN PLAN Supervisors continue approval MATTHEW REED — BEACON PHOTO Mike Sholin, center, with his wife Debbie, son Adam and daughter Maya in the Mendocino Mustard production facility. By Matthew Reed @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter Mendocino Mustard has new owners. Mike and Debbie Sholin took over the long-time coast business on July 8, marking a watershed moment for a business that, like many others in the area, started in a kitchen. Mike said he has been hear- ing from existing customers to not change anything. And he does not plan to make any ma- jor changes, citing "the lessons of New Coke." But there will be some small changes. With the change in ownership, company founder Devora Ross- man is dissolving the Mendocino Mustard, Inc., corporate name. The new corporation, formed by the Sholins, is Mendocino Foods, Inc. For that reason, all the labels have to be changed. A second change is remov- ing soy lecithin from the recipes. Mike said there is enough concern about soy that he felt removing BUSINESS Local family buys Mendocino Mustard The Sholins look to build on what is already there MUSTARD PAGE 16 PLAN PAGE 16 FESTIVAL PAGE 16 Dra update draws ire of town residents » Thursday, July 30, 2015 75CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON Volume137,issue43 8 52659 03865 7

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