The Kenwood Press
: 08/01/2013

Village Chat

Jess and Karen Bergeron will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Aug. 11, which also happens to be the one year anniversary of their daughter Laura and husband Anthony Salvato. Jess says that he and Karen first laid eyes on each other in the halls of Skyline High School in Oakland in 1969 and have been holding hands and going steady for 44 years! They moved to Kenwood in 1975 and started their family, Jess, Joel, Laura and Renee. They thank God for getting them through thick and thin over the years and are happy that all the kids are grown up, healthy, out of the house with great employment, but not out of the refrigerator. Who could ask for anything more? Congratulations, Karen and Jess!

Little Kenwood fireman Colton Miller.
Zack and Amy Miller welcomed their first child, Colton William, on June 24. Colton weighed 8 lbs. 9 oz. and measured 20 inches from top to toe. The happy grandparents are Karen and David DiPiero, and Nancy and Hap Miller, all of whom live in Kenwood. Congratulations, family!

Front row: Janice Karahadian, Donna Wilson, Jeanne Ferroggiaro, Barbara Parsons, Eleanor Nixon. Back row: Fran Threewit, Joan Nelson, Dee Sand, Thelma Jorgenson.
Fran Threewit sends us a great picture taken on July 15, the day after Bob Parson's Memorial Service at Kenwood Community Church. All these ladies (talk about Steel Magnolias!) have been part of Kenwood, and especially Kenwood School, for many, many years. Fran says, “All together you are looking at 847 years of life! Janice [Karahadian], Fran [Threewit], Joan [Nelson], and Barbara [Parsons] all taught at Kenwood School. Donna [Wilson] was the Secretary. Thelma [Jorgenson] and Fran is on the school board, and Jeanne's [Ferroggiaro] husbands was on the school board. Everyone in the picture had children that went to Kenwood School. And all of us have lived in Kenwood at one time or another.” They were gathered together to be with Barbara before she left to go back up to Redding where she is now living with her daughter Susan. Thanks for sending this in, Fran.

On May 21 Paul Lasseter of Glen Ellen graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, with a BA degree in International Business and a minor in Italian. And one of the graduation speakers was a familiar face, Paul's dad John Lasseter (of Disney/Pixar fame), who received an honorary doctorate, along with environmental activist Bill McKibben.

Nick Ongaro graduated on May 26 from the University of San Diego with a BA in Administration in Finance. Nick will be working at Wetherby Asset Management in San Francisco as an Investment Associate. Nick's sister Taylor also attends USD.

Congratulations, Paul and Nick, and good luck as you move forward.

Last time I told you about Bernie Krause's talk, “The Voice of the Natural World,” at TED Global. So far it's had over 225,000 views. Here's the link for you to check out this Glen Ellen sage.

Luke (left) and Jonathan Groothoff at the Gothia Cup.
Kenwood boys Jonathan and Luke Groothoff are back from Denmark and Sweden where they played in the Gothia Cup, an international youth soccer tournament with their Marin FC team. They made it to the final 16, where they lost to a dominating team from Stockholm. Jonathan calculated his team's official standing in the Gothia Cup based on game points, and they ranked 13th out of 183 teams in their age group! A great showing considering this team was assembled for the trip and doesn't normally play together. Both boys wrote about the trip on their Shutterfly site, and it sounds like the whole trip was a great adventure (and these guys can write, too!) You can check it out at Welcome home!

Nine Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood had a school clean-up day on July 20. They mowed, weed-whacked, trimmed, and otherwise beautified the school grounds, all under the leadership of Dave Chappell. Thanks, everyone! The school looks great and will be ready for students on Aug. 21.

Jim Shere from the Glen Ellen Historical Society reports: “The mysterious safe that had been found half-buried beneath the grist mill at Jack London Village was finally opened by John Fraser a couple weeks ago. Weighing 2,200 pounds and measuring 20” x 20” x 49”, it took 16 hours to access both chambers of the safe, in addition to six hours transporting and disposing of it. Found in the safe were several paper clips and spoons, some rusty coins and badly decomposed currency worth less than $5, illegible bank receipts and statements, and several unused gift certificates for dinners at Amedeo Restaurant, which occupied the mill from 1992 to 1997.” And now we know.

Remember - the Kenwood Press Summer Photo Contest, Pictures with the Press, is going on even as we speak. So far we've gotten some pretty good submissions, but we know there are more out there. The deadline is August 25, so don't wait any longer. If you already took your picture, download it and send it in. If you haven't, what are you waiting for? Send it to with the subject line “Photos.” And if you have any news for Village Chat, you can send that along as well, or just call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP