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Village Chat: 06/01/2015

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Eric Lee graduation
Eric Lee (left) and sister Katy Lee at his University of Minnesota Law School graduation.
Eric Lee graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School on Saturday, May 16. His parents, Chris and Christine Lee and sister Katy were all in attendance. The graduation speaker was Alan Page, Chief Justice of Minnesota Supreme Court and also a former NFL MVP. Page joked that back when he was in law school he was such a huge guy, it was hard to avoid being called on, so he started raising his hand all the time and the professors ignored him after that. Eric is now studying for the bar exam in Detroit, Michigan, where he is planning to start his own law practice. I’ve known Eric since he was four years old, and you could tell even then that he’d make a great lawyer. He’s off to a good start!

Crista Shere graduation
Sonoma State grad Crista Shere.
Also on May 16, Crista Marie Shere, daughter of Maria and Jim Shere (Kenwood Press columnist), graduated with honors from Sonoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. Crista was also inducted into the Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honor Society, and has her eye on a career in that field. Congratulations, Crista!

The Kenwood Community Club’s (KCC) Memorial Day Picnic was really nice, despite some cold wind that blew in and forced most people indoors. Tables were set up in back of the Depot with a beautiful view of the vineyard beyond, where you could sit and listen to the fabulous Kenwood Jazz Trio (as long as you were bundled up). To raise funds for the KCC, the club raffled off two cases of premium wines, and the winner was none other than Ken Uboldi, who said he never wins anything. Well, now you have! If you missed this event, be sure to show up for the next one, which is called Fine Art at the Depot, on July 25. Mark your calendar.

Steele Robart McClellan in England
(L. to R. Brenda Steele, Andy Robart, and Ellen McClellan on pilgrimage in England.
Brenda Steele sent in a report of her recent trip to England, which was a pilgrimage – The Cathedrals of England. The trip was led by Jim Rawls and Canon Stephen Brannon, both of Sonoma, and their guide was Stan Pretty, a Shakespearean actor, who regaled the 29 pilgrims with anecdotes and historical information about everything they were seeing and visiting. Brenda said, “He even dressed as Chaucer one night, and recited a bit of The Canterbury Tales in Olde English, assigning us parts in the story ... We stayed in Winchester, Newmarket and London, seeing historical sights and many cathedrals, visiting other towns in the area, attending the theater in London, enjoying good food (honest!) and having time to roam around, hobnobbing with locals. We attended morning church services at Chichester and St. Paul’s Cathedrals, Evensong in Ely and Salisbury Cathedrals, and Sung Eucharist at King’s College Chapel.” She said the weather was beautiful, with only one afternoon of rain.

Kenwood’s own Karen Borgfeldt, owner of Hello Beautiful Skin Care, which is now in Santa Rosa, is also the daughter of famous 1960s poster artist Wes Wilson. Some day you should ask Karen about growing up in Haight Ashbury! Wes created all those Grateful Dead posters that were plastered around San Francisco back in the day. There’s even a Wes Wilson font, that’s how iconic he is. So to celebrate the last concerts of the current iteration of the Grateful Dead, Wes has designed the cover of the June 4 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, as well as a special Anchor Steam beer bottle label just for the concerts. Pretty groovy.
Wes Wilson Rolling Stone Cover
Wes Wilson literally has made the cover of the Rolling Stone, as well as the Anchor Steam label.
Wes Wilson Anchor Steam Label

Glenna Yee sent us a photo of her dog, Savannah, who has “retired to Oakmont” to live with Glenna and her husband Gerhard. Savannah came from Bergin University of Canine Studies in Rohnert Park, which processed the special adoption to match the four year old golden retriever with the glassblower (Gerhard) and the educator (Glenna). On Christmas Eve, Savannah delivered 12 puppies, but only two survived. Glenna says that the frisky and intelligent Narly and Nilo have been designated to be service dogs. Bergin trains and prepares dogs to be placed with someone who was either involved in the military and has a combat related injury, or someone with a physical disability. The dogs will stay in Sonoma County and be raised and trained by Bergin’s students at the school. Nilo is currently involved with Bergin’s prison program, where an inmate is training him, and Narley is living with a student who is fostering him for the summer. If you’re interested in being a puppy petter, contact Lauren at 545-3647 or
Gerhard and Savannah
Gerhard and Savannah enjoy some quiet time in Oakmont.

You may be wondering what’s happened to our summer photo contest? We’ve decided to suspend it for now, but never fear – we still want your photos! We will be keeping track of every “Picture with the Press” that you send in throughout the year, and in January 2016 we will announce the “Best of” photos for 2015. So keep those pictures coming. You could be a winner!

We’re still looking for your graduation news, especially high schools. We’ll be publishing all the high school news on June 15, so send in your information by June 8 if you want to be included. Please let us know what your post-graduation plans are, be it more schooling, travel, work, the military, etc. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this edition of Village Chat. It’s easy to do. Just email, or call 833-5155 and chat me up!


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