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Village Chat: 08/15/2014

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Daniel Verheyen, Hanna Fantozzi and baby Hendric visiting Kenwood in June
Hannah Fantozzi and her husband Daniel Verheyen were in Kenwood in June, visiting Hannah's parents Lori and Jamie Fantozzi and showing off their new baby, Hendric. Hannah lived in Kenwood until about third grade, when the family moved to Bangkok, Thailand. She went to school there, and did what many expats in the far east do after high school, moved to Australia. Hannah and Daniel were married in Melbourne, where they now live, on Feb. 22, 2013. Fortunately for Kenwood, the Fantozzis have moved back into their old home, and we're glad to have them.

Last week, Julian McLain took off for Chicago to start medical school at Chicago School of Medicine of Rosalind Franklin University. Julian's path has taken him from Kenwood School through Rincon Valley Middle School to Maria Carrillo High School, then to Lake Forest College in Illinois, followed by two years as a research chemist at Chevron. I remember when Julian was in high school and would take summer school to repeat some classes, so this is quite a testament to the value of hard work and stubborn determination, not to mention our public schools. His “White Coat Ceremony” is on Aug. 15, and Julian's proud mom, Sarah Phillips, will be there.

Another Kenwood-RV Middle School-Maria Carrillo product is also starting medical school. Ben Ostrander left last week to attend Johns Hopkins. After graduating from U.C. San Diego with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in May of 2013, Ben did grape sampling and lab work at St. Francis Winery, then took an extensive European tour for four and a half months, plus 10 days in Senagal building a school. Ben says, “It has been the most incredible, exciting, and fun 14 month sabbatical. I couldn't have dreamed more. While it is a bittersweet end to this amazing chapter, I'm off to start a new adventure in Baltimore. It's time to learn medicine at Johns Hopkins! Thanks to everyone who helped me get here, and to those who helped make this past year fantastic.”

A beaver or beavers have left evidence of their presence along Sonoma Creek lately.
We were also alerted to an interesting development by Ben's dad Bill Ostrander. It seems that a beaver has chopped down at least eight trees near their creek. Bill says they haven't seen him yet, but he has left plenty of evidence, as you can see (above right).

If you've read this far, you have plenty of good reasons to support Kenwood School, which has produced so many outstanding students around here. Mark your calendar for the Kenwood School Spaghetti Feed on Sept. 14 at the Maple Ring. This annual event is produced by the sixth grade class to raise money for their week-long trip to the Marin Headlands in October, a fantastic outdoor education experience. More details will follow in the next issue of the Kenwood Press.

Another event you won't want to miss is the Jazz, Blues and BBQ fundraiser in Plaza Park on Sept. 20. The beautiful new gazebo will be officially dedicated at noon that day, followed by lots of music, food and fun. Tickets are $35 and are on sale now at our office, Swede's Feeds, Vineyards Inn, or online at Buy your tickets early because this will sell out, and if you wait to get them at the door the price goes up to $45, if there are even any available.

And, of course, don't forget the Kenwood Press summer photo contest, Pictures with the Press. Details are on page 20. The deadline is midnight on Aug. 22, which gives you about one week to send in your entries. Send them to, or bring them to the office and we can either download them from your camera or scan them for you. But you better hurry!

If you want to submit 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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