The Kenwood Press
: 11/01/2018

Community spirit in the village

Shannon Lee

The Glen Ellen Village Fair 2018 was a wonderful day and the Glen Ellen Fair Association and volunteers want to thank everyone who attended and participated. The main purpose of the event each year is to celebrate our community with a good ol' fashioned street fair. The side perk of the event is fundraising and the fair association each year donates raffle proceeds and other income to community nonprofits. The details aren't yet available for this year, but the numbers look very good and I will publish as soon as I have that information. In the meantime, Association President Leslie Vaughn reports the raffle winners as well as the parade winners and honorable mentions.

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Kids walk in the parade representing local heroes and first responders on Oct. 14 at the Glen Ellen Village Fair.
The “Rising from the Ashes - Glen Ellen's Road to Recovery” themed wall hanging handmade by the Glen Ellen Quilters (Mary Ann Carr, Margie Foster, Marsha Moran, Deb Pool and Pamela Wiley) was won by longtime Glen Ellen resident and community volunteer Mary Kate Carter. The winning ticket was pulled by Mary Ann Carr. Other raffle prizes were won by Graham Beverly, Mary Swisher, Mark Johnson, and Bev?? [The association has a phone number and has left several messages.] Judge's Choice Award goes to Neil Shepard and The Swan, along with Dunbar School children representing our Glen Ellen heroes, pulled by two Clydesdales (24-year-old Willie and 17-year-old Angus). Thanks to the dedicated first responders, Dunbar School remains the oldest continuous school in California, 161 years old and still going strong! Judge's Choice Honorable Mention - Gary Freeman's Sonoma Volkswagen. Best Theme - Glen Ellen Firefighter's Association's 1932 Dodge Fire Engine, which served the Glen Ellen community for over 25 years. Best Theme Honorable Mention - Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood and the Radar Band. Best Costume - Chuck Palenchar: His puppet honored the proud history of Women Firefighters of Glen Ellen, past present and future. Best Costume Honorable Mention - Glen Ellen Forum's SDC/Eldridge Committee: This committee is actively pressing the state to honor its promise of a robust, community-driven transition process for the SDC. Best Spirit of Glen Ellen - Sonoma Valley High School Band. Best Spirit of Glen Ellen Honorable Mention - Woodland Star School. In Special Recognition of Glen Ellen Strong - Glen Ellen Firefighters Association, Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Authority, Mayacamas Volunteer Fire Department, Eldridge Fire Department, and CAL FIRE.

On Oct. 20, somewhere north of a dozen volunteers headed into the creek for a watershed clean up event organized by the Glen Ellen Forum, with assistance from the Sonoma Ecology Center. More than 30 pounds of trash were removed in large plastic bags as well as several other larger items. The team mostly focused on the area between the one-lane bridge and the main bridge next to the post office parking lot. As we come into the month known for reflections on thankfulness, I'd like to express my personal gratitude for the beautification committee and all of the active participants under the Glen Ellen Forum umbrella.

Volunteer activity has also been sighted multiple days out in the teaching garden of Dunbar School. Garden coordinator and teacher Alissa Pearce reports that the garden is almost ready to again welcome students, who are most eager to dig in the dirt and get planting after the long delay caused by the firestorm last year. Twenty-eight brand new raised beds are in place and fed with all new irrigation. The base rock and footings for a shed and several greenhouses is in place. Final design discussions for the garden's Peace Corner have been scheduled. This outdoor classroom rebirth has been made possible through donations of money, time, and materials by many people/businesses, including Jeff Pearce, Dawn McIntyre, Bret McIntyre, Kurtis McIntyre, Steve Lee, Mike Witkowski, Chris and Kelly Hoffstetter, Joelynn and Robert Lee, Kristin Edwards, Mara Irvin, Rory Pool, Delia Festa, Jillian Beale, Melanie Blake, Tracy Salcedo, Jason Pine, Shannon McCambridge, Celeste Winders, Glen Ellen-Kenwood Rotary, Sonoma Materials, and Hunter Industries.

The firehouse marquee recently read “After all is said and done, usually more is said than done” - nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to the drive and spirit of our community.

The buzz from around the bend

Sheryee McCormick of McCormick's Mercantile wants us to know that “we now celebrate every Wednesday with complimentary home made cookies for all customers” and that each month the store will highlight a different artist. In November they will feature Sonoma artist Julia Pozsgai, with a discount of 10 percent on her items. According to her website (www.pansycreations.com), Pozsgai has autism which makes verbal communication challenging, but her communication via art is prolific. “Her creations pour out of her in a free, daring, and authentic manner.” Pozsgai works with many media (paint, fabric, ceramic, etc.) and has been recognized locally by Creative Sonoma, as well as nationally via ArtLifting.com.

The House of Happy Walls in Jack London State Park will have its grand re-opening on Saturday, Nov. 10, with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. For all park related event information visit www.jacklondonpark.com.

The next Glen Ellen Forum town meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Garden Court Café. If you have questions about the meetings or the forum in general, please email forum@glenellenca.org, go to the website glenellenca.org, or follow the Glen Ellen Forum Facebook page.

As always, if you have any Glen Ellen-related news to announce, please email shannon@kenwoodpress.com or call 996-3352.