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Village Chat: 05/01/2013

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From left: Rev. High Stevenson with nonagenarians Connie van Loben Sels, Jini Bauer and Bobette Watson at St. Patrick’s.
St. Patrick's Episcopal Church celebrated its nonagenarians on April 23 with an afternoon tea for those 90 years and older. There are 16 of these amazing seniors, and they were feted with cakes and cookies, and of course, tea. Attendees were encouraged to get to know the honorees by asking a few questions, including “Where was the house you lived in when you were six years old?” “How was it heated?” And, “Which was your favorite room?” Congratulations to Jini Bauer, Evie Borger, John Brigham, Brycie Brigham, Marge Friedrich, Vic Howard, Dorothy Howard, Joe Jester, Barbara Jones, Cliff Kent, Mary Krzywicki, Bette Leedom, George MacLeod, Janet O'Neill, Bobette Watson and Connie van Loben Sels.

After living in the United States for 30 years, Oakmonter Susan Boak decided it was time to become a U.S. citizen. Originally from England, Susan worked for the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn before retiring. According to her friend Pris Abercrombie, Susan is the definition of “active” in “active adult community.” She is involved in numerous groups at Oakmont, as well as being the Junior Warden at St. Patrick's. So while she was down in Oakland getting sworn in, Pris called a bunch of the neighbors and said, “Let's TP Susan's house in red, white and blue.” People showed up with flags, bunting and a dozen helium balloons, and by the time Susan got home, her house looked like the 4th of July. Pris reports that Susan was completely overwhelmed by her reception. Good job, everyone!

Oakmont resident and former KP contributor Bonnie Garety has written the most delightful collection of poems for children, The Kindergarten Club. Each poem is about a different animal, bird or insect. Bonnie is sort of the Erma Bombeck of Oakmont, so you know her poems are witty and full of clever wordplay. If you're interested in purchasing a copy, we will have some here at the Kenwood Press office. The cost is $12.

Congratulations to Catie Geib, Rincon Valley Middle School “Student Of The Year!” Catie was selected for her willingness to help others, compassion, and positive attitude. She has made the Honor Society both years, and just received her first 4.0 ever. Catie credits the solid foundation she got at Kenwood School, along with what Principal Bob Bales teaches - that character does count!

Librarian for the Day Hunter Halkovich reads to Kindergarteners at Kenwood School.
Last month at Kenwood School, 4th-grader Hunter Halkovich was “Librarian for the Day,” and he spent time doing what librarians love best, reading to children. Hunter's mom Andrea was the high bidder on this item at last year's Kenwood School Auction. And, FYI, this year's auction is right around the corner, on May 18 at Ledson Winery.

The Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood had a work day at Kenwood School on April 27, weed whacking, mowing and cleaning up the preschool yard, the garden area out back, and the Kindergarten playground. The crew was led by Dave Chappell and included Nicki Artieres, Nancy Barnes, Gordon Freedman, Don Jayne, Don Johnson, John Meserve, Alec Peters, Doug Stoecker (friend of Rotary) and Eric Van Cleave. Catherine Moylan brought coffee and snacks.

Sonoma Valley Rotarians, from left: Jon Parker, Cyman Dever, Gary Edwards, Chip Allen and Sam Morphy at Jack London Park.
And a few Saturdays ago, the Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley assembled a volunteer work party for a trail rebuilding project at Jack London State Park. The crew was led by Community Service Chair Gary Edwards and included Sam Morphy, George Merrick, Chip Allen, JP Parker, Wayne Schake, Sandie Nalezny and her son Cyman Dever. The Rotarians cleared a 300-foot length of the 2-mile loop trail to be designated the “Rotary Loop.” This is part of a larger effort to restore the park's historic trails. Additional Rotary work parties for the trail project are being planned.

Steve and Colleen Rose went to Castroville on April 27 for an artichoke cook-off sponsored by KGO AM cooking show host Ryan Scott at Ocean Mist Farms. While an amateur's avocado, bacon, and Caesar salad sauce dip won the day, Scott liked Chef Steve's new Lazy Dog Hot Sauce enough to add it to a combined recipe he'll take to Sacramento soon and cook for Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Newsom got the artichoke recognized as California's official state vegetable while Gov. Brown was in China recently.

Some creative person really liked the April Fools jokes scattered through the April 1 issue of the KP. The day after the paper came out, we arrived at work to find a large box propped against the door, just the right size for something like a python. Good thing we're not paranoid or we might have called 9-1-1! So whoever you are, thanks for getting the jokes!

It's getting to be graduation time of year, and we are gathering information about all our local grads, high school, college, and beyond. We'll run all the high school news in the June 15 issue, and the rest as it comes in, so please tell us what you're up to and where you're headed, whether it's college, graduate school, work, travel, the military, or something entirely different. And for the rest of you, please send in your information and photos for Village Chat, too. It's easy to do. Just email or call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP


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