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Village Chat: 10/15/2010

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Kenwoodians Keith and Linda Hale announced the recent engagement of their son James Jordan Hale to Michelle Nicole Huffman. Michelle is a graduate of Chico State University where she majored in anthropology. She is currently employed as a pharmacy technician with pharmacy school in her future. Michelle's parents are Scot and Dale Ann Huffman of Highland, California. Jordan was a firefighter with the Kenwood Fire Department before moving to Chico to complete his college education. He graduated with a degree in public administration from Chico State and is currently employed by CalFire as an engineer. The wedding will be in April at The Palms in Chico. Congratulations, Michelle and Jordan!

Oakmonters Ken and Helen Young rode the 32-mile version of the Gran Fondo bike ride last weekend (the Piccolo Fondo), along with their son and daughter-in-law Bruce and Stacey Young and grandsons Nick (age 11) and Nathan (age 7), from Brentwood. Helen says that everyone rode the entire way - no walking! That's pretty impressive. I talked to Sue Campbell who rode the Piccolo as well, and she said it was lots of fun. There was also the Medio Fondo (65 miles), and Gran Fondo (103 miles), and participants got to ride with cycling luminaries including Levi Leipheimer. No wonder this event sells out months in advance.

Lois and Jon Foyt of Oakmont have published their latest book The Portrait of Time. They write: “Far from portraying science-fiction fantasies, The Portrait of Time takes a serious look back from the year 2084 as three main characters, Joseph, a Zuni Pueblo avant-garde artist; Katherine, a Pulitzer Prize winning Irish-American journalist; and the Reverend Reginald Reichard ('Triple R'), a cyberspace evangelist, re-examine their disparate roles in the 21st century. Set in the old mining town of Trinidad, Colorado, these three characters interact in most unusual ways. A Native American re-enactment of a 10,000 B.C. Paleo-Indian bison kill on the Comanche Grasslands of Colorado, followed by a bountiful Buffalo Banquet in Triples R's castle-like headquarters attended by the Very Important People of Colorado, brings out the truth about the Indian Casino Massacre of 2048 and the ramifications upon the century's portrait.” You can order the book by going to Sounds like a very interesting read.

Dean and Wendy James of Oakmont participated in the 60 Year Anniversary of Peanuts celebrations held at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 1. Dean was director of golf for many years at Oakmont, and now at the Fountaingrove Golf Club in Santa Rosa. He was one of Charles “Sparky” Schulz' closest friends and often accompanies Jean Schulz to memorials for her late husband, the creator of the beloved “Peanuts” comic strip.

Last month Jim Rogers took his two kids, Austin and Bennett, (4th and 3rd grades at Kenwood School) to visit his parents in Colorado. While there, they visited several interesting sites, including Great Sand Dunes National Monument near Alamosa, the old mining town of St. Elmo, and Buffalo Bill's Grave and Museum in Golden. Sounds fun!

Denise Lombardo of Kenwood was visiting her native Seychelles, the country with the world's largest population of giant tortoises, and she took this picture (right.) Thanks, Denise! That's definitely a first for the KP.

The Kiwanis Club of Oakmont sponsored a Wii Bowl-a-Thon on Sept. 24 to raise money for the Valley of the Moon Children's Foundation, and a good time was had by all! Special thanks goes to Kenwood School for providing the venue in the school's multi-purpose room. There was a BBQ going all day long to sustain the hungry bowlers, with all burgers and condiments donated by the new Burger King in McDonald Plaza in Santa Rosa. About 140 bowlers, ranging in age from three to 90, netted $8,100 for the VOM Children's Foundation!

Sons in Retirement (SIR) Hood Mountain Branch #92 celebrated its 30th Anniversary on Sept. 14 with a luncheon meeting at the Berger Center in Oakmont. They honored 12 past Big Sirs who are still active in the club: Ty Dinwiddie (1994 - the branch's second longest member at 27 years), David McMinn (1995), Al Aubert (1998), Bob Marotto (1999), Wally Wortman (2000), Dick Salander (2002), Marvin Fitts (2003), John Thomason (2004), A.J. Schmidt (2005), John Hodge (2007), Paul Lawler (2008), and Bob Thorsen (2009). Eleven SIR #92 members are between the ages of 90 and 94 and therefore eligible to receive a Senior Sir Certificate, which is one of the official State SIR Presidential Awards. Eight of the 11 were able to attend the meeting: Dave Bowman, Bill Davis, Les Gaut, Al Gori, John Hooper, Ernie James, Bob Shaver and Del Tiedemann. Art Moser (longest member at 28 years) and David Goode were unable to attend, and regretfully, Bill Van Aalst passed away shortly before the meeting. The luncheon was catered by Café Europe, which provides the food for all the meetings, and included a delicious cake with the official SIR insignia on it.

SIR is strictly a social club and membership is available to men who are fully or semi-retired. If you are interested in attending a meeting as a guest, contact any existing member you might know, or call Membership Chairman George Keller at 539-7618.

Randy Ruark with the Kenwood Community Church writes, “He did it again! Cameron Lane, son of Robin and Scott Lane and grandson of Barbara and Bob Parsons won again at the now-monthly Bingo games at the Kenwood Community Church (second Saturday of the month, but sometimes the third, depending on weddings and birthday celebrations). Cameron has won at least once and sometimes twice in an evening. With the cash proceeds he bailed out a kitty from the Humane Society, named her Flower, and is buying her various accoutrements with his cash winnings. His dad won twice in an evening, and Deacon-in-training Brandon Altech became a convert (to Bingo) when he won in September.” Bingo cards are just $2, and dinner is $5, so why not give it a try? Call the church at 833-1087 to find out about the November bingo night.

Halloween is only two weeks away, and things are starting to get a little spooky around here. Not only are we having weird, warm, windy evenings with leaves and sticks raining down on us, but people are starting to decorate their houses with pumpkins, scarecrows, cobwebs and worse. If you haven't done so already, you can enter your house in Kenwood's unofficial annual Halloween House Decorating Contest. Kenwood residents Jeannie and Tren Malahni are on the lookout for the best Halloween-decorated house in town. If you want to enter yours, call Jeannie at 833-2010 and send her a photo of your house, or she will come take a picture for you. Jeannie is also looking for young judges (under 21 years of age), so if you're interested, call her soon.

That's all for now. Thanks for sending in so much interesting news! And don't forget, if you have an item for Village Chat, you can email me at, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP

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