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Village Chat: 06/01/2009

Village Chat for June 1, 2009

We have college graduation news!

John D. Krafft of Kenwood was graduated from Sonoma State University on Saturday, May 23, with a BA in Geography with an emphasis on the Biophysical Environment. John graduated with distinction within the geography department and hopes to continue his academic interests in the near future in graduate school. He recently brought home (tied with a PhD student) the Geosystems Award from the California Geographical Society’s annual conference on May 3 for a presentation on Carbon Sequestration Within Vernal Pools of the Laguna de Santa Rosa Watershed. This is the highest award given at the conference.

Dana Eleanor Morrison of Glen Ellen was graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, on May 16. Every Hampshire student designs an individualized, interdisciplinary program of study, working in collaboration with faculty mentors. In order to graduate, students must complete a year-long independent project or thesis, called the “Division III.” Dana’s senior project was “Abundance and distribution of moose (Alces alces) and white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in the Caldwell Memorial Forest.” Dana is the daughter of Lynda Millspaugh and Mike Morrison.

Mark McClintock
was graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins on May 15, with a major in Construction Management and a minor in Business. He also passed the test to get the LEED Certificate (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.) Mark already has a job lined up, starting June 1, with Dohn Construction in Fort Collins. He will be the assistant project manager for a new building on the Colorado State campus. Mark is the son of Katy and Rudy Biller of Kenwood and Bill and Leslie McClintock of Wild Oak, and the grandson of Sunny Bircumshaw of Oakmont, all of whom attended the graduation.

Jordan Hale graduated April 5 from Cal Fire’s Engineering School in Ione, CA. He completed the six-week training and graduated as the top engineer in the class. The training included staging and managing building fires, keeping skidding fire trucks under control, ambulance procedures, and written exams. Jordan was honored along with two other top graduates by fellow officers and teachers. He is currently stationed at Happy Valley near Clearlake. During the day they respond to traffic, medical, and fire calls and in the evening they train the local volunteers. Jordan grew up in Kenwood and is the son of Keith and Linda Hale.

Congratulations to all of you. I know how proud your families are, and we are so impressed!

Back in April, as part of Freya Lodge #6-062’s Adopt-a-School program, sailor and artist Hans Skalagard visited Dunbar Elementary School and the classes of Eric Parish and Sandy Lane, who were studying California history and the role of sailing ships. Mr. Skalagard told the students about his sailing days as a young boy of 13 on fishing boats, and later on the larger sailing schooners and ships. He brought several of his paintings of different sailing ships to show the students, and at the end of the presentation and question and answer period Mr. Skalagard gave copies of his pen and ink drawing of the sailing ship Balclutha to each of the students. Mr. Skalagard loves to talk to school children about his sailing experiences and to show them his paintings. He is a renowned painter of sailing ships and his paintings have been seen in galleries both in the United States and around the world.

In April, Hans Skalagard, from Freya Lodge, talked to students at Dunbar School about his sailing experiences.

We went to Open Mic Night at the Depot on May 21, and it was fantastic. You should definitely plan on going to the next one on June 18. (Open Mic Nights are the third Thursday of the month.) Guy Slater and his friends set up a top-notch sound system and a very cool stage set, complete with drum kit and extra guitars. Pat Mullin, one of the performers, said, “His sound system is better than any other venue I’ve played.” Guy sits in front with a mixing board and can make adjustments so that the musicians sound their best. If you want to enjoy some great local talent, kick back and relax with friends, and maybe a glass of wine, this is the place to be. Sign-ups start at 6 p.m., and performers start playing at 6:30. Check it out!

In the June 15 issue of the KP we will print high school graduation news, so if you haven’t yet sent in your information, please get it to us by June 8. Be sure to tell us what your plans are, whether it be college, travel, work, or anything else. And if you have college graduation news, or any other items for Village Chat, send those in as well! You can email, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! – A.Q.

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