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Glen Ellen Telegram: 12/01/2015

Glen Ellen Telegram

The 12th month

'Tis the season already? Soon the lighted garland will decorate our town bridge and the gingerbread figures will loom from the Jack London Saloon balcony. Holiday elves abound in our town - such generosity of time, supplies, and spirit! Several of those elves (Mary Guerrazzi, Neil Shepard, and Bob Gossett) would like you to know that the annual caroling and horse-drawn cart ride through town is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 19, from noon until 2 p.m. Meet the wagon (and all your neighbors) in the parking lot of the Jack London Lodge.

Sonoma Valley Girl Scout Troop 10878 (headed by Glen Ellen's Joelynn McIntosh) would love for you to join them at their Santa and Cookies event on Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the FAHA Heritage Center, 197 West Verano Ave. They also want to thank the community for the support you all showed when purchasing nuts and chocolate at their recent sales table in front of the Glen Ellen Village Market.


Julie and Tom Atwood have always been amazing community networkers and supporters for the village of Glen Ellen. Now they have combined their commitment to their ranching neighbors with their love of animals and helped to champion a network for emergency response. HALTER stands for Horse + Livestock Team Emergency Response. Trainings are now ongoing throughout our area, where emergency responders are meeting with animal experts to share ideas and practice scenarios. On Sunday, Nov. 15, community leaders were invited to the Atwood Ranch to celebrate the HALTER Heroes and to inspire all of us to give generously to our local emergency response departments.

Lisa and Rusty
Lisa and Rusty.
The Glen Ellen Fire Department was well represented at the event and is dedicated to helping both people and animals during emergencies. As the recent Lake County fires reminded us, preparation is our best defense against loss - if you have animals, take a moment to put together a plan of action and contact if you'd like practical information (they have amassed great ideas) or if you'd like to be involved in this network.

Happenings at Dunbar Elementary School

This fall Union Bank/Operation Hope teamed up with The Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley to offer Dunbar students exposure to financial education. Volunteers Robin Gold and Molly Fedorchak presented the award-winning five-week program, Banking on Our Future, to more than a dozen 4th grade students. The students learned about budgeting, checking vs. savings accounts, credit, lending, and investing. Dunbar Elementary is grateful for all of the ways that community partners reach out and engage with students.

December is Pixie Corner month at the school. This 30+ year tradition brings adorable, mostly hand-crafted holiday gift items within reach of eager student shoppers. All items are priced between 25¢ and $5, which allows everyone to participate as they stock up on gifts for their families. If you would like to donate craft items (one to two dozen) or help as one of the volunteer gift wrapping elves (two-hour shifts, during school hours, Dec. 15 to 17) please contact Karen O'Hara at, or call 235-8765. Donated items can be dropped at the school office at any time up until Dec. 14.

Buzz from around the bend

And speaking of our local heroes… GEFD firefighter George Psaledakis proudly reports that his son Max Psaledakis has now officially been made a cadet. He has worked his way up through the training program at the Kenwood Fire Department for the past two years - thank you for your commitment and service, Max! Our local volunteer fire departments want young people to remember that trainings are ongoing and if you are at all interested, please stop into one of the stations to chat.

On Friday, Nov. 20, more than 300 friends and family gathered at the Moose Lodge in Sonoma to celebrate the life of Glen Ellen resident Jack Burgi. Known as a man who couldn't say no to a friend in need, an avid animal lover, and a rabid 49er fan, Jack lived for many years on the property up behind where Arrowood Vineyards & Winery is today. Originally from Novato (born Nov. 12, 1946), Jack took over the family business, Indian Valley Nursery and Landscape, and became a well-known landscape contractor in the North Bay. In his early days Jack served in Vietnam with the SeaBees, thus the presence of a color guard and playing of taps at the recent memorial. In later years Jack moved to Adin, California, to build a dream house and ranch with his wife Charlene. When Jack died unexpectedly on Oct. 12 of this year he left behind Charlene, and her extended family, and long time Glen Ellen resident Cheri Burgi and her children Larry Burgi (who now lives in Missouri) and Jacqui Burgi (still of Glen Ellen) and Cheri's numerous grandchildren.

As always, if you have any Glen Ellen-related news to announce, please email or call 996-3352.

Do you have any Glen Ellen stories to share? Milestones? Celebrations? Email, or call 996-3352.

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Community Calendar

Food Bank comes to Sonoma Valley
Funky Fridays concerts at Hood Mansion
“Fantastical Family Night” at Jack London
Oakmont Farmers Market
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Kenwood Community Church service
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