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Village Chat: 08/15/2013

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The Mayacamas Volunteer Fire Department's Starlight Dinner & Auction last Saturday was a rousing, sold-out success, with over 220 people in attendance, and raising a record amount of money for the department. If you've never been to this fundraiser, make sure you go next year.

Edge of Town performed at the Mayacamas Volunteer Fire Department’s Starlight Dinner & Auction on Aug. 10.
The setting, in a secluded, oak-studded valley, is truly beautiful. The great West County band, Edge of Town, played during the silent auction, creating the perfect laid back country atmosphere, which later morphed into a spirited live auction thanks to auctioneer George Webber. There was a short musical interlude when Betty Ganaye was invited on stage and led the crowd in a chorus of the song I Didn't Know the Gun Was Loaded, “something I learned back in the late 50's when I was just a young chick!!” she says. Thanks to all the hard-working people of the Mayacamas for putting on a great party for a great cause: Auction Committee - Allison Ash, Betsy Spann, Betty Ganaye, Blair Calder, David Cole (Chair), Marc Schwager, Mary Kim, Pat Matthews, Patti Paulson, and Stevi Hanson. Site Committee - Aaron Jean, Anthony Horne, Bill Cook, Sean O'Connor, Claire May, Grant Loban, Jack Blehm, Jerry Apgar, Jesse Apgar, Michael Jablonowski, Ron Root, Ted Meyer, Will Horne, Willie Matthews and Spann Vineyards. Decorating Committee - Janice Apgar, Lisa O'Connor and Mary Loban. Dinner was catered by Olive & Vine.

Justin Bauer and Amanda Pearson
married on July 13.
Justin Bauer
and Amanda Pearson were married on July 13 at the Bauer's family ranch in Geyerserville, just like Justin's parent Scott and Lisa 26 years ago. Justin and Amanda met at the Sonoma County Fair where they were both showing market hogs for 4-H. Amanda, the daughter of Steve and Bonnie Pearson, grew up in Forestville and is a graduate of El Molino High School and Santa Rosa Junior College. She's a Health and Wellness coach for Herbalife. Justin is a Kenwood School, Maria Carrillo High School, and SRJC grad. He is an EMT/FTO with VeriHealth, Inc. The best man was fellow Kenwoodian John Bragg, and groomsmen were Garrett and Logan Bauer and Jacob and Ben Pearson. The matron of honor was Mallory Moore of Forestville, and bridesmaids were Melissa Pence of Anchorage, Alaska, and Heather Andreucci and Kayla Sebastian of Petaluma. Mike Mullins, our former Sonoma County DA, performed the wedding ceremony. Congratulations, Amanda and Justin!

Left to right: Eleanore Schiro, Chapter JO Philanthropy Chairman; Nicole Rheuby, ELF Loan Award winner; Tracy Hall, Program for Continuing Education Award winner; Carol Uschyk, Chapter
JO, PCE Chairman.
The Santa Rosa (Oakmont) Chapter JO, P.E.O. presented International P.E.O. awards to two local college students last month. Nicole Rheuby of Rohnert Park is pursuing the MBA program at SSU. She received a $10,000 loan from International P.E.O.'s Educational Loan Fund. Tracy Hall is a Santa Rosa resident working on a nursing degree from Santa Rosa Junior College. She received a $1,800 grant from the International P.E.O.'s Program for Continuing Education. Santa Rosa Chapter JO sponsored both students for these International P.E.O. Awards. For information about the P.E.O. Scholarship and Loan programs, contact Eleanore Schiro at

Former Kenwood resident and filmmaker Keros Lowder has a new project in the works, but he could use your help. He's producing a feature-length documentary about Rally Racing. The movie will follow Keros and his friend Kody as they build a rally car, train, and eventually compete in the 2014 Oregon Trail Rally. Keros writes, “It's quite an ambitious task not only to race a rally car, but document our entire experience and create a compelling narrative. We've created a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for the project. We are trying to raise $5000 which will help cover the costs of safety equipment, licensing, entry fees, and film equipment. Please take a moment and look at our project and donate what you can. Every little bit will help turn this into an amazing project.” You can find out more by going to The funding period for this project ends Aug. 23, so if you're interested in helping out, don't delay!

Keros Lowder with a Porsche 911 he fixed up during his senior year at Maria Carrillo.

Finally, there's still a little bit of time to enter the Kenwood Press summer photo contest, Pictures with the Press. The deadline is Aug. 25 at midnight. You could win fame, fortune and your picture in the paper, so what are you waiting for? Just snap a photo with your trusty KP somewhere in the mix. Details are on page 23.

Thanks to everyone who sent in their news and photos for Village Chat. It's easy to do. Just email, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP


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