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Letters To the Editor

Letters To the Editor
Vicki Hill, Nick Brown, and Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin at the Glen Ellen Forum Spring community picnic at Jack London State Historic Park April 3, 2022. The picnic was the first in person gathering put on by the Glen Ellen Forum engagement committee since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.Photo by Katherine Hargett


To the Editor,

I write to say bravo to Tracy Salcedo for her heartfelt and beautifully written article “Focus on the SDC” in the March 1 issue of the Kenwood Press. I hope every person who gets the paper reads this article from beginning to end. Tracy, you made my day when I read it. Thank you!

Frances Kern Oakmont To the Editor,

The Jack London Yacht Club’s Jack to Jack Race was a wonderful event and a terrific gathering of supporters and fans. And among them was an anonymous community member who found my lost post office key chain and turned it into the Glen Ellen post office. Yet another demonstration of community goodwill in our Sonoma Valley. Thank you, kind spirits.

Debbie Lammers Glen Ellen To the Editor,

The soul of Oakmont. A thoughtful resident worried about the soul of Oakmont. But what exactly is this amorphous essence? An artist might describe it as light and weightless. The ancient Greeks describe the soul as immortal.

This writer’s definition, without a doubt, implies the people of our community. They are both heart and soul of our village. Individually and collectively they lend our environment purpose, meaning, and color.

As a consequence of diverse housing availability, we know that our residents hail from different journeys of life, enriched with distinctive and very personal experiences.

Finding themselves unified under the umbrella of the Oakmont Village Association (OVA), the people meet — in normal times — at innumerable events and festivities that the association offers during the course of the year.

Led by a board of directors and assisted by dozens of committees, rules and regulations, anchored in the bylaws, govern the affairs and interactions of this big family.

And, as in any family, there are occasional problems. Pains of aging manifest themselves in special ways. Almost 60 years old, houses and public buildings are in need of repair and refurbishment.

Newcomers update their recently acquired homes, and the association buildings are also undergoing changes and adaptations. That this latter process is not always effortless is understandable.

People hold different opinions, and leading them to a consensus can be challenging.

What is the destiny of Oakmont? Located in one of America’s most desirable and wealthy areas, prospective buyers are willing to pay ever-higher prices for what they assume is their last home.

This fact brings to the fore concerns and contradicting views. On the one hand, people are reassured that their investments are becoming more valuable, and on the other hand, voices are critical of succeeding boards, who seemingly drive a narrative of “building bigger and better.”

Nothing illustrates these conflicting views more clearly than the discussions revolving around a new activity center, the so-called Berger II.

According to “The Voices of Oakmont 2015” survey, a deficit of meeting space exists, while another committee analyzing the situation at a later date, concluded there is “enough space now and into the future.”

To resolve the dilemma, insistent calls are heard ever more frequently that a community-wide vote be held to arrive at some final answer.

For that to happen, the community’s governing papers and bylaws need to be amended. It is a somewhat demanding procedure that has been tried only recently and abandoned.

It is hoped that a newly elected board will find the will and the endurance to initiate such a project once again, thus becoming apprised of the residents’ wishes, wants, and needs.

Yvonne Frauenfelder Oakmont To the Editor,

It is a great honor to serve Kenwood, Calif., as your new Postmaster. In my five years with the United States Postal Service, I have seen firsthand the role the postal service plays connecting neighbors and our community to the nation. Our post offices serve as a lifeline for our small businesses to reach customers no matter where they are.

Under Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s leadership and Delivering For America, the postal service’s 10-year plan, we are maintaining universal six-day mail delivery and expanded seven-day package delivery, stabilizing our workforce, and spurring innovation to meet the needs of our modern customers.

From an incredibly successful 2021 holiday mail and shipping season to our current role delivering COVID-19 tests, the postal service continues to provide a vital service for our nation and right here in Kenwood.

On behalf of the 650,000 women and men of the United States Postal Service, and specifically the employees of the Kenwood Post Office, allow me to thank the community for their continuing support of the postal service. Providing reliable mail delivery while strengthening the future of this treasured institution is our commitment to the American public.

William M. Hario, Postmaster Kenwood, Calif., 95452-9998 Dear Editor,

Thank you to all who showed up and participated in the First Glen Ellen Forum Community Party after the looong Shutdown.

It was wonderful to gather together once again on a delightfully warm and pleasant spring day in the beautiful setting of Jack London State Historic Park.

We would like to thank

-JLSHP for waiving their charge of reserving the group picnic area

-GEF Board of Directors for okaying the party

-GEF Communications team for promoting the event

-Nick and Poppy for dreaming it up and organizing the where, what, who, and how to make it all happen

-Nick for arranging for Jaydub and Dino to provide lovely acoustic music, creating a relaxing atmosphere, as well as for organizing the food and drinks

-And a thank you to Jaydub and Dino for doing such a great job with their music

-To the Kenwood Press for advertising the party in their terrific


-To Talisman for providing the scrumptious wine and to Laura Schermeister for asking them if they would, and for picking it up, and delivering it to the site. Gotta’ love the community team spirit here! Laura also helped with the set-up.

-To Debbie Lammers for helping with the table decorations, the flyers, and the market sign

-To BJ Blanchard for providing the food trays and baskets

-To Bean Anderson for bringing the garbage bags and helping with set-up, as well as for tacking down the tablecloths. Others helped with this as well, but I don’t recall right now who they were. If you like, you could let us know by raising your hand momentarily.

-To Susan Gorin for making a much welcome appearance. It’s always a pleasure.

-To Schermeister Winery, Wine Snob, Jack London Yacht Club, The Glen Ellen Star, Glen Ellen Village Fair, and the Glen Ellen Forum for donations for the raffle basket

-To Melissa Dowling for dreaming up the idea of creating a raffle basket with the remaining items generously donated by the community for the town clean-up, thank you! Great idea!

-To everyone who purchased raffle tickets. It’s because of YOU that we raised $337 for the Forum.

Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!

It was a wonderfully terrific party!!!! Thank you for making it so!!!!!

Laurie Pile Glen Ellen

Letters To the Editor
Vicki Hill, Nick Brown, and Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin at the Glen Ellen Forum Spring community picnic at Jack London State Historic Park April 3, 2022. The picnic was the first in person gathering put on by the Glen Ellen Forum engagement committee since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Katherine Hargett