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Letters to the Editor: 03/01/2012

Letters to the Editor

Firemen’s crab feed a big success

The Kenwood Firemen’s Association would like to thank and recognize the following people and businesses for their overwhelming support for our Fifth Annual Crab Feed.

Kenwood Market, Kenwood Press, Letter Shop Printing, Roseann’s Haircutting & Sharon Burns, Mary’s Pizza Shack, Caf Citti, Friedman’s Home Improvement, Kenwood Inn & Spa, Kenwood Fence Company, Kenwood Lumber & Hardware, Landmark Vineyards, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Ledson Winery & Vineyards, VJB Vineyards & Cellars, B.R. Cohn Winery, Enkidu Wines, Massage Envy, Catherine Moylan & Dave Jefferson, Charlotte Martin, Deerfield Ranch Winery, MacLeod Family Vineyard, Vintage Aircraft Company, Kunde Winery, Chateau St. Jean Winery, Valley of the Moon Winery, Paradise Ridge Winery, Kenwood Vineyards, Vineyards Inn Restaurant, Eusebio Joves, Doce Lunas Restaurant, Harvest Moon Caf, Gundlach Bundschu, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Swede’s Feeds, Eric & Simone Lang, Joan Dinner & Michael Smith, Brad Bello, Betty Springer, Carol Davis, Peter & Kathy Van Fleet, Dirt Farmer & Company, Garden Court Caf.

The event was a great success and the Firemen’s Association raised over $10,000 to help fund equipment for our Fire Department!

Your continuing support is greatly appreciated – Thank you!

Kenwood Firemen’s Association

Disappointed with path closure

Dear Editors,

Many people over the years have enjoyed easy access to Channel Drive by using the foot path behind the storage facility. It is a lovely path which I, personally, used about four or five times a week.

Unfortunately, other concerns have taken precedence over the pleasure of taking a simple walk over approximately 300 yards of pavement (a dirt path would suffice). Sadly, values such as fear and money have created an unfortunate situation.

The newly erected barriers are depressing reminders of a world dominated by the values they represent.

It is regrettable that more creativity was not applied by the parties involved. A more positive result would have made a lot of people happy and could have created some good will towards (the storage facility) business enterprise.

As it stands, we are all losers.

Gerrie Bearg

Objects to barking dogs

Dear Editors,

During many a fine day last spring, summer and fall we were subjected to the incessant barking of dogs from the dog kennel situated on Hwy. 12 across from Oakmont. However, of late, the dogs have been eerily quiet. We were wondering, “Is the kennel still operating?”

Now we have been informed that the kennel owner is requesting a Use Permit and Design Review for a full service dog kennel for up to 50 dogs on-site at any time for boarding, doggy day care, grooming, and training. The hours the facility is to be open to the public for pick-up and drop-off are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Five full time and up to three part-time employees are proposed. A new kennel building to house 20 additional runs would be constructed on the site.

The Sonoma County Board of Zoning Adjustments will conduct a public hearing at 1:05 p.m. on March 15, in the hearing room at the Permit and Resource Management Dept., 2550 Ventura Ave, Santa Rosa.

Unless you (the residents of the Sonoma Valley) enjoy listening to the barking of up to 50 dogs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, please plan to attend this hearing or voice your opposition in writing to the Permit and Resource Management Department, at 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 or contact Melinda Grosch at 565-2397, or via e-mail to

Respectfully submitted and hoping for a big response!

Elisabeth and James Keating

Supports dog kennel

Dear Editors,

Heidi (Hindley) Niemann growing up in Santa Rosa wanted to have a self-sustaining farm from steers, lambs and roosters to cows, chickens and sheep. She also wanted a place for her three dogs to run freely – but safe, with 5-10 dogs for daycare. So she bought a property zoned Diversified Agriculture (DA) and close to her large family.

Across from ‘dog city’ Oakmont, Heidi began getting blind-sided by customers assuming The Meadows Kennel was full service. Roberta Vogal, an Oakmont resident, was one of her first clients. Ms. Vogal had circumstances that required overnight care for her dog Herbie.

Heidi didn’t have a permit to “board” her dog but took Herbie into her home. That was just the beginning. Then there were Gail Stockholm’s two loves, Scamper and Nicholas, Leslie Whiteside’s love Cooper, and so many others. It didn’t take long for Heidi to realize the tremendous need for a full service kennel.

Oakmont residents having chemotherapy, radiation, surgeries, strokes and other personal needs began entrusting Heidi with house keys to pick up their dog when they were unable and the story goes on.

Heidi re-assessed her plans as she began taking a personal interest in her clientele. Working with Melinda Grosch and John Tracey at PRMD, the property was studied to see how it could be designed to accommodate the genuine need and requests of folks she had to turn away.

A traffic consultant and an acoustical study were performed to determine what potential the property had to keep traffic and barking at a negligible impact to the neighboring properties.

Heidi believes strongly that barking not only stresses out people, but dogs as well. As a small business, The Meadows Kennel would be able to satisfy labor needs, providing employment, which increases a revenue stream. In turn these employees provide income to our community as they buy goods and services. Not to mention Heidi says, “I love what I am doing!”

Steve Johnson

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