For the first time in a while, our contacts with the Sonoma County Sheriff were not available to provide information for a Crime Watch for this issue or for July 15. I know how much everyone loves the Crime Watch. We promise to have it back for the next issue.
If you need your crime fix, someone stole the crow statue from the front of Tips Roadside restaurant in Kenwood, someone crashed their car through a fence, the sign, and some merchandise at Swedes Feeds on Sonoma Highway, and late on the night of July 4th, a car crashed and took out two utility poles in front of Moon House on Arnold.
Thank you to artist Maria de Los Angeles, Holly and Stephen Sorkin, the Sonoma Museum of Art, installer Sara Zbindin, and de Los Angeles’s husband, Ryan Bonillo, for an amazing gift to Glen Ellen. The muchanticipated murals at the Sorkin building were revealed at a public celebration on July 10. If you haven’t had a chance to see them, stop by the Garden Court and McCormick Mercantile building at 13647 Arnold Dr. and get lost in the colorful murals. Every time I look at them, I discover something new.
According to Shannon Lee, the treasurer for the Glen Ellen Fair, the GE Fair board of directors is pretty sure that there will be a fair this year, but they need donations to cover the costs of permitting new COVID-19 safety protocols and other expenses. To donate to the fair, send a check made out to Glen Ellen Fair Association to P.O. Box 96, Glen Ellen, CA 95442.
We received an interesting letter addressed to both our PO box and to our street address on Arnold Drive in Glen Ellen. The post office wrote a note on the outside of the envelope with instructions to put the PO box on the address line above city, state, and zip. The instructions stated that the USPS machines read addresses from the bottom up.
The letter was a request to downtown Glen Ellen property owners to keep their buildings tidy, plant plants, make repairs as needed, and clean up graffiti. The return address on the outside of the envelope was simply “Village People,” and the letter was signed “The Village People of Glen Ellen.”
Unfortunately, we couldn’t print the letter in the Kenwood Press, because we do require that letters submitted include the writer’s name and city of residence to consider them for publication. Though we won’t print it with your letter, we also need your phone number in case we have any questions.
Sadly, artist and longtime Glen Ellen resident Chuck Gillet passed away on July 4 after a long illness. Chuck’s wonderful story about his aunt Betsy, who lived at the former Sonoma Developmental Center, appeared in the July 1 issue of the Kenwood Press. Chuck’s art home, with hundreds of his sculpture creations on Arnold Drive at Warm Springs Road, next to the the Garden Court Cafe parking lot, is a landmark in town. Jim Shere dedicated his Living Life Well column in this issue of the Kenwood Press to the life and art of his friend, Chuck.
If you haven’t already, stop by the Kenwood Press offices at 13700 Arnold Dr. and pick up a fantasy golf scratch off raffle ticket to support the Glen Ellen-Kenwood Rotary and all the good work they do. The GE-K Rotary is now holding hybrid meetings. They meet the first and third Wednesday of every month, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Kenwood Depot. For more information visit glenellenkenwoodrotary.com.
We also still have a supply of “Evacuated” tags from the Sonoma County Sheriff. The tags are intended to signal first responders that residents have safely evacuated when instructed during a fire event or other disaster.