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Glen Ellen Telegram

Glen Ellen Telegram

By Shannon Lee




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You cannot keep spring from coming…

Each year at about this time, there comes around that one day. A shift in the light, the color of the land, the smell on the wind. This year it was the morning of Feb. 17. I walked outside to do the farm chores and it hit me square in the face. I was surrounded by the sound of spring. I stood rapt and took several deep breaths, mourning a bit the close passing of dark days but resigned to the inevitable passage of the season. As Pablo Neruda said, “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”

This springing forth of brighter days, warmer temperatures, and new life is a strange foil to the melancholy that many feel inside right now. I have spoken to so many friends who,in the past two weeks, have personally hit a wall. I’m not a psychologist, but it makes some intuitive sense that milestones are real and impact our psyche. Coming into the close of 12 months of pandemic “life” cannot be ignored and we cannot keep it from coming. Folks who have soldiered on are at last losing their steam. Frustration and exhaustion come in alternating waves. Greater immunity together with improving treatments can’t come soon enough, and as a biologist I can confidently say that the race we are in now between vaccination and variants is very real. We are in a speed race with mutations accumulating during viral replication — the fewer host bodies giving the virus a winning edge, the better.

So let’s put our focus on the coming of spring and the return of life, our lives. The climb out of the pandemic has begun in earnest. Go out, find a path, breathe in the air, listen for spring, and take a stroll; just don’t, for now, forget to wear your mask.

The buzz from around the bend

The Glen Ellen Fair Association has not yet been cleared by the county to hold a fair next October, but boy are they optimistic, and they will begin planning in April as they’ve done every year. If you’d like to join the planning and volunteer team, please email [email protected]

At the February Glen Ellen Forum meeting there were several important announcements. The projects group announced a town clean-up for March 21 at 9 a.m. They also highlighted the recent tidying of the triangle area across from the firehouse and the new banner hanging at Marshall’s. The SDC committee reminded everyone that an alternatives report is coming out in early April. Prior to that, public input is being solicited.

Please go to to find all the information. The tourism and commerce committee asked any Glen Ellen-based businesses who would like to be listed on an ‘Explore Glen Ellen’ website and/or join the committee, to please send an email to the Glen Ellen Forum at [email protected] The Board of Directors will be holding the annual election process at the April board meeting. Anyone who would like to nominate themselves or someone else should send a letter of intent to forum @glenellen.

org. The terms are two years. Multiple positions are vacating, including president, vice president, and members at large. The Glen Ellen Forum’s next monthly meeting agenda is still coalescing, but may focus on the development project at Warm Springs and Arnold nearing completion, water concerns in the valley, and an update on vaccine accessibility/pandemic stats. The meeting will be held via Zoom on Monday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m. Links to meetings are up at and will be promoted on its Facebook page. To stay up to date with the happenings, request to join the email mailing list at [email protected]

Opinions are as universal as belly buttons….

I really like the design, color, and light fixtures of the Garden Court building remodel. I also like the fact that there are electric charging stations in the parking lot. These chargers are ‘ChargePoint,’ a worldleader in the industry that is headquartered in Campbell, CA. One of the chargers has two L2 charging ports. The other unit is a 50KWDC Fast Charger with CHAdeMO and CCS-2 ports. There are Tesla adapters available for that second one. The fast charger can add more than 150 miles of range per hour of charging. The development project looks to be nearing completion and rumor has it that the Arnold Drive parking lot may be paved in early March. The mercantile and restaurant spaces have dry-wall and will be prepped soon for the move-in of equipment. The apartments are essentially done, with work still pending on stairwells and decking before occupancy will be allowed. New signage for the building is coming soon as well.

As always, if you have any Glen Ellenrelated news to announce, please email [email protected] or call 996-3352.