The Kenwood Press
News: 09/15/2015

Village Chat

Ann Q. Peters

David Clawson and Kayla Malott of Kenwood, are proud to announce the birth of their son Tristan William on Aug. 23. Tristan was born at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa. He weighed 6 lbs., 12 oz. and was 20.5 inches. He joins big sister Kaylee who is eight years old. The happy grandparents are Carleen Clawson of Bennett Valley, Rich and Nancy Bracco of Petaluma, and Denis and Brenda Malott of Woodford, Wisconsin. Congratulations!
Baby Tristan William Clawson was born on Aug. 23.


On Sept. 8, religious leaders of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC), including Patriarch Irinej from Belgrade, made a special trek to Kenwood. They came at the invitation of Kenwood resident Will Ivankovich, who hosted the group for a wine country lunch at his Kenwood home, gave them a tour of his vineyard, and then took them over to Chateau St. Jean Winery for wine tasting and a little bocce ball.
The Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej (center), was at Chateau St. Jean last week, along with other SOC dignitaries.


The group, which included bishops and other dignitaries from the church, was in the Bay Area for a celebration of the canonization of two American Orthodox saints, Saints Sebastian and Maradue. Patriarch Irinej led the celebration, which took place in Alhambra, conducting a series of special liturgical services associated with canonization. Irinej became Patriarch of the SOC in 2010 at age 80. The SOC is the 6th oldest autocephalous (self-governed) Orthodox Church, gaining its autonomy in 1219. There are more than 8 million adherents to the SOC worldwide, including approximately 69,000 in the United States.

In the last Village Chat column there were Buddhist monks at Deerfield Ranch Winery. Now we have the Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church at Chateau St. Jean. What’s next? The Pope at Palooza?

If you’ve shopped at Swede’s Feeds you probably know Dena, who worked with owners Aspen and Mike for many years. Dena is moving to Colorado, and we will all miss her. Good luck, Dena, and come back and visit – often!

Oakmont residents Chuck Dunkel and Suzanne Cassell found themselves at Mt. Rushmore on a recent trip with Daytripping. They were kind enough to snap this photo for us, along with their well-traveled KP. Thanks!
Chuck Dunkel and Suzanne Cassell visiting Mt. Rushmore


Change of plans – The Big Animal Rescue Night (BARN) fundraiser that was scheduled for Sept. 20 at the Atwood Ranch has been postponed until Nov. 15, so mark your calendars. Monies raised will go to the HALTER fund (Horse and Livestock Team Emergency Response), which will direct funds to firefighting organizations for training and equipment to aid in the safe handling of livestock in emergency situations – think fires, floods, mud slides, etc. This time of year, and this year especially, nearly every local response unit has members being deployed around the state, which is why the fundraiser has been moved back to November. BARN organizers are hoping for a big turnout, because rural residents need to be ready, informed, equipped, and trained to help each other. For more information, go to HALTERfund.org.

Back in June the Bennington and Benguerel families took their annual vacation, this year to Sun River, Oregon. And they also took along their trusty Kenwood Press and sent in this great photo, for which we thank them!
Front row: Mia Benguerel holding the KP, and Kinley Benguerel with Bailey, the dog. Back row, from left: Justin and Amanda Benguerel, Bill Crimm, Joni Yacoe, Stacy Knight, Todd Knight, Candace Van Meter, and Robert Reguera.


Did you know that there’s a yoga class at St. Patrick’s on Wednesday mornings? It’s from 10:30 to 11:30, taught by Alicia Parks, and part of your class fee goes to St. Patrick’s. Beginners are welcome, so check it out!

If you’re wondering what happened to our photo contest, Pictures with the Press, it’s on hiatus. We’ve decided to something different. At the end of the year, we’ll look at all the photos people have sent us and pick the ones we like best, and we’ll run them in our Jan. 15th issue. So be sure to keep the Kenwood Press with you at all times, because you never know when a great photo op will present itself!

And finally, I can’t resist running this picture of Bonnie Garety. I asked her to send me a picture for the last issue when I wished her a happy birthday (she turned 95 on Aug. 23), but it came too late. It’s just so Mad Men. Thanks, Bonnie!
Bonnie Garety


Thanks to everyone who sent in their news and pictures for Village Chat. It’s easy to do. Just email ann@kenwoodpress.com or call 833-5155 and chat me up! – AQP