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and Helen. They lost their home in the 2017 fires, George and Greta passed away, in 2018 and 2019 respectively, and John and Marjorie decided to move to the Pacific Northwest, to Gig Harbor, Washington. They spent their last day at the ranch with friends and family, and, appropriately, planting amaryllis belladonna, the MacLeod Family Vineyard logo and symbol of optimism, around the foundation where their house was. George, who wrote the Journey to Harvest column in this paper for years, often waxed poetic about the hardy and optimistic pioneers who planted the bulbs to brighten up the farmstead. Wherever you see these beautiful pink flowers, also known as Naked Ladies, you know someone planted them specifically to add beauty to the landscape. Did you buy a tree from the Kenwood Education Foundation (KEF) last month? We picked ours up last SaturdayatKenwood School. Parents and kids helped load the trees, masked and distanced, of course, and Santa was there, too, looking suspiciously like Principal/ Superintendent BobBales. KEF president CandaceGilliland reports that they raised $7,000 in this, their first-ever Christmas tree sale. She said, “Our school spirit had a bit of a boost this weekend, too, during pick up and delivery. We saw a lot of happy faces.”

Marchelle Carleton is the new president of the Board of Directors of Pets Lifeline, and that is one lucky organization to have Marchelle at the helm. Marchelle has been on the Pets Lifeline board since 2015. She has also been on the Boys & Girls Club board, and is a founding member of the Cha Chas (Valley of the Moon Children’s Home Auxiliary). Marchelle said, “I am passionate about animals. My cats and dogs are and always have been so important to me. I appreciate the work of Pets Lifeline and am honored to be leading the charge as we take our organization to the next level.”

Speaking of lifelines, Kenwood’s Pat Kerrigan has resigned from the Morning Show on KSRO Radio, and we wish her well. Pat was indeed a lifeline during the 2017 fires and this year’s Glass Fire, staying on air for days, providing up-to-date news and information from fire, police and sheriff ’s department personnel when we were all so anxious for real-time information. Thank you, Pat, for all you have done for Kenwood and Sonoma County.

And that, my dear readers, is my last ever Village Chat column. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sending me your news and photos over the last 26 years. It has been a joy and an honor to record all your doings. I’m turning this fun job over to Robin Stoecker, ably assisted by Bridget Paul and Regina Roland. Chat them up! You can send your news to [email protected], or call the office at 833-5155.

Happy Holidays, and I’ll see you around town! – AQP