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Village Chat: 08/01/2015

Village Chat

Dr. Ron Sand and mother Dee Sand
Dr. Ron Sand dropped by the office just a few days before he left on a 4 month trip to Ho Chi Minh City where he will be at the Ho Chi Minh cancer hospital, teaching and training Vietnamese doctors about palliative care, part of a program of the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care. Ron is the son of Dee Sand and the late Fred Sand, and has lived in Redding since 1991, practicing family medicine for many years, and now also palliative care. He grew up in Kenwood, went to Kenwood School and Santa Rosa High School before going off to college and then medical school at U.C. Davis. Ron, 57, lives in Redding with his pediatrician wife, Patty. They have two children – Elizabeth, who is a family doctor in Medford, Oregon, and Peter, who is currently in college.

Ron said that in many countries in the developing world, palliative care is not a service included in the health system, so Harvard’s international program is an important vehicle to introduce palliative care to the various health ministries and integrate a training curriculum into the system for the country’s health providers. Also challenging in developing countries is establishing the legal framework to allow accessibility to pain relief medication, an important component of palliative care. Good luck on this important work, Ron. We’ll make sure your mom keeps sending you the Kenwood Press.

Nino Veronese, WCYB Leadership Award winner
This year Wine Country Youth Baseball (WCYB) implemented a Leadership Award in each age group, acknowledging dedicated individuals who rise above and play with heart regardless of skill level. Winners lead by example, show consistent sportsmanship and ethics, model basic principles, and represent WCYB and Kenwood admirably. Coach Jennifer Forney was the winner in the T-ball division for going above and beyond the expectations of a coach. She consistently demonstrated positive behavior, stepped up to help the organization wherever needed, and coached with true heart. The winner of the hardball division was voted on by both coaches and players. When the announcement about voting was made, instead of following procedure, all players called out in unison, “Nino Veronese!” Without a doubt, Nino’s teammates and coaches were inspired by his unfailing sportsmanship. WCYB wanted Nino and Jennifer to ride on a float in the 4th of July parade, but they opted instead to walk along with their WCYB buddies. Great job, and congratulations, Nino and Jennifer!

Emmitt Campbell Phelps
Here at the Kenwood Press we’ve been waiting expectantly (pun intended) for editor Sarah Phelps to have her baby. Her due date was July 15, which was perfect for us as we don’t publish a July 15th issue. See what a great employee she is? All kidding aside, we’re delighted to announce that Sarah and husband Thad’s baby boy Emmitt Campbell Phelps was born on July 15 at 4:30 p.m. Emmett weighed in at 7 lb. 11 oz. and mother and baby are doing well. Congratulations to all the Phelps and Campbells, including delighted grandparents Sue and John Campbell.

Congratulations are also due to Adrienne and Gary Uboldi, who just had a baby girl, Gabrielle Nicole, born July 26 and weighing 6 lb. 6 oz. I can’t even begin to calculate what generation of Kenwoodian this baby is, but her grandparents are Janet and Bob Uboldi, and Cheryl and Tony Ghisla. First grandchild for them all. Enjoy!

Karla, Chris and Luke Schloemp atop Mt. Whitney
Kenwood School Kindergarten teacher Karla Schloemp, husband Chris, and son Luke hiked the John Muir Trail this summer from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney. It took them 25 days. Karla said it was very challenging, but breathtakingly beautiful!

A few weeks ago, Jerry and Joan Piazza were surprised to look outside and see three sheep (rams, actually) standing in their yard. With help from their neighbor Tara Conrow they were able to herd the animals into Tara’s horse trailer for the night. The next day, with help from Animal Control, the sheep were returned to their home on the other side of Highway 12. I wonder how long they had to wait after their escape before crossing the road?
Unexpected visitors in the Piazza’s yard.

You can still vote for Laura Benward to sing the National Anthem at the Sept. 12 San Francisco Giants game, and at the same time support Bread and Roses, a Sonoma County non-profit that brings entertainment to people in institutions who can’t get out. Go to and vote with your wallet. You’ll be glad you did. Voting ends on Aug. 25.

As usual, I have more news and photos than room, so stay tuned for the next edition of Village Chat. Thank you, everyone, who sent in their info. It’s easy to do. Just email, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! – AQP

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