Letters to the Editor Aug. 15 2017
Kudos to LedsonDear Editor,
Your paper did a great job with your interview of Steve Ledson about the Cunningham Ranch between Lawndale and Frey Roads. (“Ledson drops winery plans”).
The Valley of the Moon Alliance would like to express its thanks and appreciation to Mr. Ledson for his decision to “plant Zinfandel and other heritage varietals, using 19th- and 20th-century trellising to present an old-time vineyard, even adopting old-time dry farming methods to drastically cut down on water use.” This beautiful location and the Sonoma Valley will be well served by Mr. Ledson's decision for the sound use of this property. Not only do we avoid the headaches and battle over yet another winery, yet another tasting room in the Valley and more Highway 12 congestion, but we will now be able to see a fine agricultural use of this historic property. Bravo to Mr. Ledson.
Valley of The Moon Alliance
Kenwood volunteers deserve big thanksDear Editor,
Once again, the wonderful citizens of our tiny hamlet here at the north end of the Valley of the Moon managed to put together a rousing celebration of our nation's birthday. As a very nervous new organizer / head honcho of this event, I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome. I think that even if no one volunteered for the job, the parade would happen anyway. It's clearly an act of love by the entire community. I'd like to take a minute to spotlight some of the people whose enthusiasm, hard work and dedication made it all happen.
A big heads up to the guy who wasn't even there this year, my boss, Alec Peters, who was the parade shepherd for five years and who was always nearby to answer questions and keep things moving in the right direction. His knowledge of how things work was invaluable for this newbie.
This year saw the parade return to the sponsorship of the Kenwood Community Club, but big thanks to the Kenwood School Association who did it last year and very much helped with this year's doings.
Thanks to Richard Gulson, whose mellifluous British accent once again graced our July 4th spectacular. Richard, a long time member of the Kenwood Fire Department, has done this before and was happy to be pulled into the spotlight once again.
Judges Eric Gilliland, John Magnoli and Mike Nicholls did a great job of picking out the “best-of” from among the many patriotic and fun entries this year.
And thanks to Keith and Stacy Kunde of Dirt Farmer for again providing the flatbed truck for the judging stand.
Denise and Joe Benguerel stepped up to check in all the entrants at the Kenwood School on the morning of the parade. Denise did double duty, helping Richard Gulson with all the last minute changes to the schedule. It really is like herding cats, isn't it Denise?
Karen Borgfeldt organized all the parade royalty, made sure there were trophies, and even put together the Best of Show prize-winning float for her business, Hello Beautiful. Karen is a gem, as is her husband Brian Borgfeldt who was invaluable!
Behind the scenes, Leslie LemMon kept track of all the parade entry forms and gathered the information for the announcer and judges. Regina Rolland was our very own Wonder Woman, taking care of just about every loose end that cropped up, along with her very kind husband, CJ Rolland and the entire family pitching in to help with road signage and a hundred details.
Robin Stoecker took care of the serious paperwork, getting our county permits in order and making sure we had the vital CHP officers present for traffic control. And a big thanks to those officers for keeping our runners and parade routes safe for the day.
Native Sons of the Golden West Glen Ellen Chapter provided members on parade day to help coordinate the parade movements, with Mark Stupich stepping up to handle a very congested intersection at Clyde and Warm Springs Road.
I'm sure I've left deserving people out of this, and my apologies for that. Thanks to everyone who shared in the experience of our Hometown July 4th Parade in 2017. See you next year.
Jay Gamel, 2017 Parade Coordinator, Kenwood Community Club