And now for the really cool part. Hunter's mom Andrea Halkovich writes about a “pay it forward” gesture that's had a huge ripple effect. “Upon hearing about the project, owner of Sonoma's E&R Hair Gallery and Kenwood resident Elena Sanchez, asked for her fee to be put toward supplies for the homeless kids. I posted her good-will on Facebook and former Kenwood resident and owner of Sonoma Valley Landscape, Kathleen Bunte, dropped off a very generous bag full of much needed products over the weekend. Local Nora Russo saw the same post and has become the project's fairy godmother, pitching in $100 worth of supplies. She has told friends about the project, one whom also matched her donation in products and another, dentist Steve Berger, who is donating dental supplies. It's been just so incredible to see this community come together and support these kids in lending a hand to needy kids.” Amen.
Kenwood School 1st graders do the Shamrock Shuffle.
Pictured with the Cat are the top readers at Dunbar School, fifth graders Sarahi Moreno Aparicio (left) who read 2,442 minutes, and Sophia Girgius (right) who read for a total of 2,340 minutes.
One-week-old mini-nubian buckling named Midnight, Two Moon Family Farm in Glen Ellen.
Intrepid traveler Maud Hallin is crazy about India and has been there many times. She recently spent a month there and sent us a report and a number of photos. Here are the highlights: After an early morning elephant ride through the jungle resort of Satpura, Madhya Pradesh, Maud wanted to give her mount a bit of fruit. She expected it to pick up the fruit with its trunk, but no. “This elephant opened her big mouth, indicating that I should put the treat onto her very large, pink tongue.” This involved reaching down into the elephant's mouth, which even Maud found a little scary.
Maud Hallin takes a break after inspecting a local cook’s bread oven in Himachal Pradesh.
Leopard stalking buffalo calf in India.
Maud also went to Amritsar, the holy temple of the Sikhs, to Dharamsala, the political headquarters of the Dalai Lama, to Bhopal where her hotel/retreat had solar panels and used recycled water in its vegetable gardens, and to Himachal Pradesh on the hills of the Himalayas where the farmers grow both bananas and apples, tea bushes, apricots, plums, cherries, and potatoes that are famous for their flavor.
Susan and Max Schacher on Cuverville Island in the Antarctic Peninsula.
Congratulations to Mike Mullins, Kenwood resident and former Sonoma County District Attorney. Mike has been appointed Dean of Empire College School of Law, an institution he helped found back in 1973. He was Associate Dean to the school's first dean, Hon. Lawrence G. Antolini, and was an instructor of Empire Law School's first graduating class. Mike is the law school's seventh dean. He replaces William Robertson, who retired Dec. 31. President of the College, Roy Hurd, stated, “I believe that Mr. Mullins' vision for the Law School will elevate it to its next level of professionalism and recognition. He brings a great deal of experience and enthusiasm to this position.” Definitely.
I have a lot more to tell you, but I'm out of room. Stay tuned for the next episode of “Village Chat” on April 1. In the meantime, if you have an item, please send in your news and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP