J.R. Rogers Named New Angwin Fire Chief

The Angwin Community Council is pleased to announce the appointment of J.R. Rogers as the new fire chief of the Angwin Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD), effective on January 1, 2016. Rogers, a 12-year veteran of the AVFD, was voted-in unanimously at the December council meeting.

Council President Kellie Lind says, “We are delighted as a council that J.R. has agreed to serve our Angwin community in this way. He brings energy, experience and heart to this important task. We support him in every way.”

Rogers has lived in the Angwin community for 13 years and is currently the director of enrollment at Pacific Union College. Rogers, a graduate of Pacific Union College, started with the AVFD in 2004 and has served as captain since 2010.

Rogers replaces Avery Browne, who served as Angwin’s fire chief for 15 years. Browne resigned in August 2015 to focus on his professional duties as assistant commissioner of the California Highway Patrol. 

Browne Resigns as Angwin Fire Chief

Avery Browne

Avery Browne

The Angwin Community Council today has accepted the resignation of Angwin Volunteer Fire Department Chief Avery Browne. Browne has served as fire chief since 2000, and he has been instrumental in establishing a well-organized and efficient team to serve the broader Angwin area.

“It has been a difficult decision to relinquish my post as chief. However, my current professional duties as Assistant Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol has necessitated my resignation,” said Browne.

The Angwin Community Council has met in closed session and has identified a list of qualified candidates to fill the post. The council will shortly announce Browne’s successor.

In the interim, there are four captains and three lieutenants that will continue to execute the daily responsibilities of the volunteer fire department. The council has the highest confidence in the department and has confirmed that operations will continue without interruption.

“To say that Avery Browne will be missed as our fire chief is an understatement. The level of commitment and professionalism that he has provided to our volunteer fire department has been extraordinary, and he has been a tireless champion for our community,” said Kellie Lind, president of the Angwin Community Council. “Working with him has been a privilege, and we wish him well as he pursues his duties outside of Angwin.” 

Angwin Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Appreciation Ceremony

On December 9, 2014, Angwin celebrated our local volunteers at the annual Volunteer Fire Fighter and Ambulance Crew Appreciation Ceremony. Surrounded by family and friends, the volunteers were recognized for their dedication to keeping the community safe.

The event gave a special appreciation to two longtime volunteers: Marilyn Glaim, secretary for Angwin Community Ambulance (ACA),  and Avery Browne, fire chief of Angwin Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD).

Quentin White, CEO and operations manager for Angwin Community Ambulance, thanked Glaim for her years of service. Glaim, who is a professor emeritus at Pacific Union College, earlier announced her retirement from the post; she will be replaced by Beth Setterlund.

Browne was honored by the Angwin Community Council for his years of service in Angwin. Browne, who could not attend the ceremony, has been part of AVFD since his days as a student at Pacific Union College in the 1980s and began leading the fire department in 2000. Browne was recently promoted to chief of the Golden Gate Division of the California Highway Patrol. His new responsibilities include overseeing 13 CHP offices in the Bay Area. Despite his new responsibilities, Browne will continue in his volunteer role as Angwin fire chief.

Napa County Supervisor Diane Dillon, who was at the program, said that Browne exemplifies "dedication and leadership" and thanked him for his service. Angwin Community Council President Kellie Lind presented Browne's family with a gift of appreciation and a plaque, recognizing Browne's contribution to the community.


Howell Mountain School Meet and Greet

Dr. Cheryl Lynn de Werff (left), principal of Howell Mountain Elementary School, and one of her teachers shares a class project with the group. 

Dr. Cheryl Lynn de Werff (left), principal of Howell Mountain Elementary School, and one of her teachers shares a class project with the group. 

Local educators and members of the Howell Mountain Vintners and Growers Association met at Howell Mountain Elementary School for a casual meet and greet on October 21, 2014. The gathering included a presentation on the school's enrollment in the New Tech Program. 

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Flea Market and Car Show Brings Angwin Together

Angwin residents stroll through the rear parking lot of the Angwin Plaza, looking for deals on furniture, clothing, housewares, and more. Photo by Jennifer Klingbeil

You won’t usually find bargain hunters and car enthusiasts coming together for one event, but the two worlds merged for the 2014 Angwin Flea Market and Car Show on May 18. From muscle cars to vintage finds and activities for kids, hundreds turned out for the event.

The Flea Market, in its 58th year, had its usual set-up of community members selling furniture, books, and baby paraphernalia. For many it was a perfect opportunity to clean out garages and attics.

Brenda Munson, an Angwin resident, had been hoping to hold her own garage sale in preparation for a move. When she heard about the Flea Market just 24 hours before the event, she recruited her husband to pack up the truck with dressers, bed frames, and toys. The next morning, the family rented a space at the flea market.

“The flea market was an awesome opportunity to have many buyers all in one spot. I sold 90% of what I took down there. I’m so happy I participated!” Says Munson.

Just a short walk from where the Munsons were set up, Mike Nugent also celebrated a success at the Car Show. Nugent, from Napa, won the title of People’s Choice and Best in Show for his 1934 Ford, three-window coupe. In its sixth year, the Angwin Car Show drew 49 entries from all over the valley.

The annual fundraiser is a collaboration between the Angwin Volunteer Fire Department and the Angwin Community Council. The goal is to raise funds for the fire department and other community projects. However, this year, the council voted to have all proceeds will go toward the firehouse renovations.

“Everyone in Angwin benefits from the presence of the volunteer fire department. This team gives more than 1,500 hours annually in training, educational programming at local schools, and in emergency responses! And they do it with very little revenue,” says Kellie Lind, president of the Angwin Community Council. “Now we want to give back by helping to fix up the fire station.” 

In addition to being a fundraiser, the Flea Market and Car Show is meant to serve as community outreach. Angwin Community Ambulance had a booth with CPR training mannequins and offered free training. The volunteer fire fighters also had a booth to answer questions about fire safety, give tours of the fire trucks, and offer free car seats. The Angwin Community Council sponsored jumpy houses for children.

“The family-friendly activities are a nice way to draw more people to this event,” said Michelle Rai, who brought her kids just for the jumpy house. “It’s also a great way to meet other families you might otherwise not bump into in Angwin. I hope they continue to keep families in mind for future flea markets.”  

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