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Village Chat: 04/15/2019

Village Chat for April 15, 2019

kids at climate march
Kenwood students in front of Governor Newsom’s office (L to R) Viola Palladini, Max Cook, Jordan Bailie, Cassin Palladini, Lillian Lindquist, Maya Bailie, Keelan Bailie, Dante Porrino, Lucian Porrino and Nina Porrino.
On March 15, a group of Kenwood students (and parent escorts) participated in the Climate Strike, starting at Sonoma Plaza before heading to the State Capital to participate in events there. The kids marched in solidarity with young climate activists worldwide, challenging leaders to start taking immediate action on the climate crisis.

And one of those students was Max Cook, who made it to the countywide Spelling Bee on April 1, where he came in seventh out of 20 kids. His mom, Chris Gooding, said, “We are super-proud of him. He stayed until the end to congratulate the winners, and applauded all of the spellers even as he went out after round five.” Thanks for the update, and congratulations, Max!

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Baby Colten James
Dan Madsen and Lorrinda Olson-Madsen are in love with their new grandson. Colten James Olsen-Madsen was born March 18 to Matt Olson-Madsen and his fiancée Rachel Ruggles. Everyone is doing fine and very happy. Congratulations!

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Annadel Oaks, by Robin Dintiman.
Robin Dintiman, who spends her time between her studio in West Oakland and Oakmont, just won Best of Show at the Allegany Arts Council National Photography Competition and Exhibition, for Annadel Oaks, pictures before and after the 2017 fire. Winners were selected by the curator of photography at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, and the show is running now through April 27, in case you find yourself in that part of the country. Last August Robin had a solo show “Nature's Will; Resiliency” at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, and was part of the March exhibit “Not Just Landscapes” as well. She has just been included in the prestigious Center for Photographic Art in Carmel. You can see her work online at

At the March 31 annual luncheon of the Sonoma County Historical Society (SCHS), Teresa Murphy was awarded the Jeanne Thurlow Miller Award for her work over the decades to preserve historic artifacts from the Sonoma Developmental Center. SCHS board member Jim Shere presented the award. Teresa worked at the SDC in various administrative capacities since 1974, and she began gathering up medical equipment and furnishings as they were retired from use, carefully storing them for eventual display. Teresa and others have a vision of bringing the history of SDC to the public by establishing a Historic District at the former SDC campus, one that will include a museum and the preservation of the Eldridge Cemetery, established in the late 1800s and the final resting place for nearly 2,000 disabled citizens. As Teresa said, “Today I find myself an advocate for the story of an often forgotten [people]… The stories are told in a priceless collection of papers and artifacts that have survived… some for a century. This extensive collection is about the evolution of care for challenged individuals, and generations of staff and family who cared for them... It's a legacy that cannot be forgotten.”

Also at the luncheon were Maria Shere, Peter Myerhof, Mickey Cooke, Laurie Pile, Ryan Poska, Charles Mikulik, and Nick Brown, who is the new executive director of the Glen Ellen Historical Society.

The April edition of Readers Digest has a really nice article about Glen Ellen, entitled “A Nice Place Survives.” It's by editor Bruce Kelley, who has often visited here with his wife, and it features Jill and Arthur Dawson. Check it out.

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As part of the National Federation of Republican Women's Mamie Eisenhower Library Project, the Santa Rosa Republican Women Federated Club donated 11 children's books to Kids' Street Learning Center in Santa Rosa, including history books, children's gardening, and chapter books. The donations are part of the Caring for America awards program. Shown above are past-president Nancy Maier, Rosalie Bulach, Kathleen Mallamo, executive director of the school, and Sandy Metzger, current SRRWF president. Nice work, ladies!

Retired OR nurse Carleen Carolus is going on an Operation of Hope medical mission to Harare, Zimbabwe in May. Carleen and her husband have lived in Oakmont for the past three years. She has been on previous medical missions, which she describes as “another secret to my happiness,” but this is her first with Operation of Hope. She writes, “I believe I am a product of my community, with a responsibility to be engaged. Born and trained as a nurse in South Africa, relations with neighboring Zimbabwe have not always been good. By volunteering my time and skill, I hope to be a bridge for a better future.” If you'd like to find our more, go to Carleen also has a fundraising page,, to help cover the cost of the trip.

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Robin Hill at the Great Wall of China near Beijing on Feb. 26.
Robin Hill and Lilly Li were in China in February, visiting Lily's family up near the North Korean border. They did some sightseeing, too, and of course went to the Great Wall of China, where Robin spent time contemplating border walls and their usefulness or lack thereof. Lilly remained to visit with family and is expected back very soon.

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Catharine Darby and Jerry Bagger at the Golden Hand Bridge near Danang, Vietnam.
After spending time in Hanoi and Hoi An, Vietnam, Jerry Bagger and Catharine Darby ventured to the recently opened Golden Hand Bridge at a 5,000-foot elevation in the Ba Na Mountains outside of Danang. Jerry says, “Next stop: Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Stay tuned.”

carletons and jeffersons
From left, Catherine and Dave Jefferson, and Marchelle and Curt Carleton enjoying a South African vintage.
Catherine and Dave Jefferson are spending time in South Africa at their farm, Silkbush Mountain Vineyards, and recently got a visit from Marchelle and Curt Carleton. All these globetrotting Kenwoodians…!

It's almost May, and that means graduations are upon us. If you are graduating from high school, college, or beyond, please send us your news, including your future plans, be it more school, work, travel, the military… inquiring minds want to know! We'll publish all the high school news in our June 15 issue, and the rest as it comes in.

Thank you to everyone who sent in news and photos for Village Chat. You can do it, too. Just email, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP

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