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Village Chat: 09/15/2011

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(L. to R.) Susan Wurtzel, Frances and Cory O’Donnell on day two of the Susan G. Koman 3-Day for the Cure walk.
Susan Wurtzel of Oakmont, daughter Cory O’Donnell, and granddaughter Frances O’Donnell of Kenwood – spent Sept. 9-11 participating in the Susan G. Koman 3-Day for the Cure to raise awareness about and funds for the fight against breast cancer. Susan and Cory walked 60 miles over the three days (their 4th 3-Day walk) and Frances served as of one of 10 kids on the first-ever Bay Area 3-Day Youth Corps, working from dawn until bedtime serving food and drinks at camp and on the route, keeping camp clean, cheering on the walkers, and generally helping whenever and wherever the adult, all-volunteer crew needed them. Cory said, “The route was a fantastic tour of the Bay Area. Day one took us from the Cow Palace to Fisherman’s Wharf via the Great Highway, around Land’s End, and through various San Francisco neighborhoods. Then we took a special 3-Day Red & White (& Pink) Fleet ferry to camp on Treasure Island. Day two started with a beautiful ferry ride to Berkeley (where we pulled out our KP to capture the moment!) then walking through Berkeley and Oakland to Jack London Square for the ferry ride back to camp. On day three, the ferry dropped us in Tiburon and we made our way along the bay to Sausalito and over the Golden Gate Bridge to the emotional Closing Ceremony at the Marina Green. And to top off an amazing three days, the three of us were lucky enough to be selected to carry special honor flags on stage during the Closing Ceremony. It was an incredible experience! Between the three of us, we raised $10,400!”

Judy Laursen, center, with daughter Chelsea and nephew Colin at the MLK Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Glen Ellenite Judy Laursen and her daughter Chelsea, who lives in San Rafael, were in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 26, the day before Hurricane Irene hit the city. They were visiting Judy’s nephew Colin, and the three of them went to the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the Mall. Judy said that both the memorial and the hurricane were pretty exciting. I’ll bet! Thanks for the photo.

Gail and Gary Chapin have two new grandchildren. Their son Kevin and his wife Erica (Smith) welcomed twin girls on April 17, 2011. Kaelynn Mae was born first at 2:58 a.m. She weighed in at 2 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 14 inches long. Her sister Emma Katherine was born a minute later, at 3 pounds and 15 inches long.
Kevin and Erica Chapin with their twin daughters Emma and Kaelynn.
Since the girls were born nearly 12 weeks early, they stayed in the NICU at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, where they were cared for by the wonderful staff there until they were ready to come home. Emma left the hospital on June 15, and Kaelynn was able to join her at home on July 21, and you can bet that was a happy day for the entire Chapin and Smith families! The girls are growing quickly and now are over 10 pounds. New dad Kevin grew up in Kenwood. He and Erica graduated from Montana State University with degrees in architecture and teaching, respectively. Kevin works for Quattrocchi Kwok Architects in Santa Rosa, and Erica teaches Living Skills at Sonoma Valley High School. The family resides in Rincon Valley. Congratulations, everyone!
Dr. Bob and Pam Wagner of the Glen Ellen Veterinary Hospital.

Most of us around here who have pets know and appreciate Dr. Bob and Pam Wagner of the Glen Ellen Veterinary Hospital. Believe it or not, they have now been in business in Glen Ellen for 28 years. Dr. Bob and Pam want to give a big “Thank You” to all their clients, of both the two-leg and four-leg variety, and say that they are looking forward to serving the community and their pets for years to come. Congratulations, Pam and Bob!

I say this every year, but it’s true – my favorite fundraiser, the Kenwood School Spaghetti Feed, is coming up this Sunday, Sept. 18. It’s from 2-6 p.m. at the Maple Ring, which, if you’ve never been there, is a magically beautiful place on private property along Sonoma Creek. The Spaghetti Feed raises money for Outdoor Education, which enables the entire sixth grade class to spend a week at the Yosemite Institute. The trip is the highlight of their year, and for many students, their first extended time away from their families, so it’s a kind of rite of passage. Tickets are available from any sixth grader, at the school, and at the Kenwood Press office as well. Be sure to buy yours in advance, as the price is higher at the door. And once you’re there, sit back and let those sixth graders serve you a delicious meal, enjoy the gorgeous setting, and bid on a homemade cake or other goody during the dessert auction. See you there!

We meant to run more Pictures with the Press Honorable Mentions in this issue, but we ran out of room! Look for them in the October 1st issue of the Kenwood Press. And remember, if you have an item and/or photo for Village Chat, you can email it to, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! – AQP

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