Here’s some news of Liam Kolling, son of Paul and Kendra Kolling. Liam has been spending second semester of his junior year in high school (Sonoma Academy) at the Mountain School in rural Vermont. The Mountain School is part of Milton Academy and is a working, organic farm. It’s a very selective program (only 45 students) and involves both the usual junior year classes – U.S. History, English, Chemistry, Physics, Math – plus environmental science…and farm work. The students have assigned chores morning and evening, plus three hours each afternoon tending the farm and producing most of the food for themselves and the school staff. Of course Liam has grown up with farming, as his parents own Nana Mae’s Organics and produce apple juice, apple sauce, and all kinds of related fruit products, including, now, hard cider.
And now the news: Liam has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship to study Mandarin in China this summer, sponsored by the State Department. He will be in Suzhou City located in Jiangsu Province, just 60 miles west of Shanghai. His host institution is Suzhou No. 1 High School. Liam had to turn down a spot at the Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program, which allows students to perform basic research with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and researchers on a medically-oriented project. Talk about a well-rounded kid! We wish him well.
And now for a small world story. Kerin McTaggart is in Spain, walking ‘la via de la plata’ from Sevilla to Santiago. She got to Salamanca and decided to take a couple rest days, as she was at the half-way point (the total is just over 1,000 kilometers.) It was a public holiday and the city was “absolutely crazy full of people,” according to Kerin, and then who does she bump into on the steps of Salamanca Cathedral but friends Fay Gallus and Richard Sweet! Fay and Richard were in the middle of a Viking Cruise and just happened to be in Salamanca. So funny.
(L. to R.) Fay Gallus, Kerin McTaggart and Richard Sweet, who bumped into each other in Salamanca.
The last time Jay Gamel (who works here at the Kenwood Press) bought a brand new car was in 1971. It was a Dodge Dart, or Dodge Dartre as the guys on “Car Talk” used to say. So we were excited to see Jay drive up in a brand new 2015 Honda Fit. And not only is it new, but it’s an automatic, a first for Jay, who says he doesn’t miss the stick shift at all. Congratulations, Jay!
This mystery sculpture showed up in front of the Kenwood Market the other day. We think he’s kind of cute. Sam at the market moved him out to the picnic area. We’ll see how he likes it there.
The mystery sculpture
Linda Liscom is an intrepid traveler if ever there was one. Her latest adventure was a dive trip to Fiji. Linda writes, “It was a fantastic 10-day live-aboard expedition on the the Naia with 18 fellow divers and 14 Fijian crew – all musicians. The divers were associated with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the New England Aquarium, Boston. Five dives a day were scheduled from before breakfast til after dinner. Our itinerary was modified on day five when Catagory 5 Cyclone Pam blew on to our course. We continued, but with exploratory dives in new locations for everyone.” And did I mention that Linda is in her 70s and has no plans to slow down? She obviously had a little fun with her Kenwood Press here!
Okay, we are aware this is photoshopped, but that really is a gray shark and that really is Linda Liscom diving in Fijiian waters...just not at the exact same moment!
Other tireless travelers are Dave Johnson and Roxanne Thornton, who just returned from Portugal and Spain. They started in Lisbon and ended in Barcelona. Here they are in Pamplona, famous for its “Running of the Bulls.” Dave explains that Spanish tradition says the true origin of the running of the bulls began in northeastern Spain during the 14th century. While transporting cattle to market, men would try to speed the process by hurrying their cattle using tactics of fear and excitement. After years of this, the transportation and hurrying began to turn into a competition, as young adults would attempt to race in front of the bulls and make it safely to their pens without being overtaken. Thus a tradition was created and stands to this day.
Roxanne Thornton and Dave Johnson in Pamplona, Spain.
Meanwhile, Rich and Betsy Randolph were visiting Wisconsin, America’s Dairyland, and they made a pilgrimage to Green Bay and Lambeau Field, home of the original cheeseheads. Rich writes, “Having a great time. Not keeping track of the calories.”
Betsy and Rich Randolph in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Well, that’s the news for now. Thanks to everyone for sending in your stories and pictures for “Village Chat.” Speaking of pictures…with the Press…we’ve decided to suspend our summer photo contest this year. Instead, we will be keeping track of every “Picture with the Press” that you send in throughout the year. Then in January 2016 we will announce the “Best of” photos for 2015. So you are all entered in the competition whether you meant to be or not! Who knows, there may even be prizes involved.
Graduations are coming up soon. Please send us any graduation news you have, high school, college or beyond. We’ll publish all the high school news on June 15, and the other news as it comes in. Please let us know what your post-graduation plans are, be it more schooling, travel, work, the military, etc. It’s easy to do. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! – AQP