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December 2, 2021

Cheers and Jeers: Cigar aficionados save downtown shop

Cheer to the 15 cigar aficionados who re-opened the downtown
cigar shop, now known as the Morgan Hill Cigar Company. When former
owner Wyatt Miller decided to close his Morgan Hill Tobacco Company
after a successful 12 years in downtown, the new owners made
several improvements, including new furniture, different floor
coverings and fresh paint.
Cheer: To the 15 cigar aficionados who re-opened the downtown cigar shop, now known as the Morgan Hill Cigar Company. When former owner Wyatt Miller decided to close his Morgan Hill Tobacco Company after a successful 12 years in downtown, the new owners made several improvements, including new furniture, different floor coverings and fresh paint.

The shop continues to offer a place for those who enjoy cigars and a place to smoke them. It’s a quaint setting for those who like to hang out at the stools by the bar, or small tables that provide an intimate setting for couples.

Stay tuned for ladies nights, game nights and wine tastings as the new owners introduce more people to the venue.

Jeer: To those who think they are above the law and drink and drive. During the annual holiday Avoid the 13 campaign, Morgan Hill police arrested 62 drunk driving suspects. They also arrested three people on warrants for alleged DUI offenses. That is down from the same two-week period last year, when they arrested 75 drivers on suspicion of driving under the influence, but is still a disheartening number. Those arrests may have prevented a drunken driving accident that resulted in injury, or worse, death.

Cheer: To city and school officials for successfully garnering almost $6 million in federal stimulus money as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The $787 billion bill, passed in February, is aimed at infusing the American economy with jobs, and as of Oct. 30 had created more than 640,000 across the nation, including a handful in Morgan Hill.

The city of Morgan Hill received three grants totaling $740,000 and the Morgan Hill Unified School District received two, totaling $587,000

About $556,000 the city received went to resurface Dunne Avenue from Butterfield Boulevard to U.S. 101.

Jeer: To those who move to rural Morgan Hill then complain about the smell of mushroom farms. It’s like folks who move near an airport then complain about the noise of the planes.

The mushroom farms have been here long before most of us. If you move here to get away from the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley, then enjoy the smells of the ‘shrooms, the noise of the roosters and getting stuck behind the slow moving tractors that are often found rumbling down South County roadways. Slow down and enjoy life in Morgan Hill.

Cheer: To Ted Stevens, who operates a Gilroy Honda as well as four other dealerships in California and is in the process of purchasing the site of the old Courtesy Chevrolet, located off U.S. 101 and Dunne Avenue.

Honda of Morgan Hill has not yet gained approval from the manufacturer, but land attorney Randy Toch, who is overseeing Steven’s purchase of the land, said Stevens is confident he’ll get permission since he has been doing business with Honda for 37 years.

After what the country, state and region has been through in the past year, good for Stevens for taking a chance and working to open the dealership here. The move is a sign that the economy may be slowly moving in a positive direction.

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