The Kenwood Press
: 05/15/2015

Village Chat

Ann Q. Peters

USAF SSgt. Scott Alderson
Bob and Darci Alderson sent an update on their son Scott Alderson, a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force, along with this picture of him at his current deployment in the UAE. Scott is expecting to be there for 6-9 months. Scott works as a crew chief on F-15 jets, and also has training in hazardous materials handling. He and his wife Alex and their two sons, Emmitt (age 5) and Owen (age 18 months), are stationed in England at the Lakenheath Royal Air Force Base near Cambridge. They moved there a year ago from Mountain Home, Idaho, and Bob and Darci visited them in September, traveling through Ireland, England and Scotland.

Over spring break, Catie Geib took trip to Matagalpa, Nicaragua, with a group of fellow Cardinal Newman students (18 students and three parent/teacher advisers). The trip was organized by Seeds of Learning, a Sonoma-based group that works in Latin America. According to their website, “Since its inception in 1991, Seeds of Learning has constructed or remodeled 152 classrooms in 55 communities; built and repaired several thousand school desks and furnishings; developed three Learning Resource Centers; awarded scholarships to over 1,064 primary, high school, and university students; supported literacy and adult education programs in over 20 rural communities; and sent over 2,440 work group volunteers to Central America.”

The group took two red-eye flights to get to the country and then a two-hour bus ride to Matagalpa, an area known for its mountain coffee. They were building a school, so that the locals kids will no longer have to travel miles in order to get an education. Catie said she can't wait to go back next year and continue those efforts.

Rose Queen Cathy Fletcher
Cathy and Catie Fletcher are “Queens of the Roses” for Sonoma County, as judged by six experts from all over California in a “blind tasting” so to speak. Cathy's single bloom Black Magic hybrid tea won the gold medal and Best of Show at the 49th Annual Spring Show sponsored by the Redwood Empire Rose Society, a part of the American Rose Society. And Cathy is blooming with pride for daughter Catie's triple win of gold, silver and bronze awards for her miniature roses. The show took place at Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, one of the county's most magnificent public rose collections.

John Pons distracting the guard with his Kenwood Press at a temple in Bangkok
Kathy and John Pons recently spent three weeks in Thailand with their daughter Monica, who is working and living there. Kathy says it was HOT but wonderful.

It's time to start thinking about your 4th of July parade entry. The KP has won awards the last two times we entered, including Best of Show in 2013, so I'm throwing down the gauntlet for all you businesses and groups out there. I'll give you a hint - the judges really like it when you get all patriotic on them. They also appreciate humor, so put on your thinking caps, get out your construction materials, and get to work! It's free to enter, so you really have no excuses. Parade entry applications are available at, or right here at the Kenwood Press.

I keep saying this, but it's true - graduations are happening, and we want to know about yours! Please send us your high school or college graduation news, including any future plans. We will be publishing all the high school news in our June 15 issue, and the rest as it comes in. To submit your news and photos, of any kind, email, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP