Maud Hallin has travelled all over the world, often to India and other parts of southeast Asia. But this time, she went on safari in Africa, in Tanzania to be exact. Conditions were a little primitive, but Maud said of her group of friends from India, “Fortunately most of us can sit by the camp fire with a scotch without ice, and enjoy the evening.”
“We should all be grateful for the preservation done in the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti Sanctuary,” said Maud, commenting on the crocodiles and Egyptian ducks that have been around for millennia and look like old Egyptian gods. It reminded her how important the work is that's being done here at home by the Sonoma Land Trust, establishing and protecting wildlife corridors. She was also grateful to Rick of Sonoma Custom Tile, who is the ultimate bird lover and gave her a couple of lessons about binoculars before she left. She was able to see “so many song birds, and other types of birds, that the 'modern' world has managed to kill. Thank you, Rick, for training me.”
They also saw large groups of elephants roaming the savannah, gazelles, zebras and hoards of wildebeest, “which we watched in amazement slipping, swimming, jumping and bouncing across the Mara River. Over 40 minutes of crazed animals somehow got across. Our driver thought maybe 1,500 or 2,000.” A black rhino crossed the road in front of their jeep. A leopard dragged its prey up into a tree. There was a crazy strutting bird called the Secretary, and a lazy lion hanging out in the bush. All in all, a pretty amazing wildlife experience. Thanks, Maud, for sharing your pictures and stories!
Our summer intern Chloe Cramer knows what Giants fans we are, and before heading back to school at Maria Carrillo, she gave us a Bruce Bochy gnome, but not before snapping a few photos first… in Hawaii! Chloe and her family, parents Wolf and Catherine and sister Mackenzie, took it with them on their vacation and had a little fun on the beach with the Skipper and the KP. Thanks, Chloe! They stayed in Kona on the Big Island and Chloe said that almost every morning at 6:30, they would go snorkeling, “and look at all the sea creatures (including sea turtles!) We were able to get really close and at one point there were around five of them on one rock! That was probably my favorite part of the trip.”
On Aug. 26 a group of neighbors and friends hoisted a glass in honor of 92-year-old Charlie Masson upon his completion of chemotherapy. Charlie is a wonder - a 50-year resident of Kenwood, and WWII vet who can still fit into his uniform and has ridden many times in our Fourth of July parade. The group, calling themselves Charlie's Angels, included Bridget Duffy, Lori Fantozzi, Linda Liscom, and Charlie's cousin Ed Power, a 93-year-old wonder himself. That family obviously has some good genes! Congratulations, Charlie! We're so glad you're doing so well.
On May 27, on a hilltop in La Jolla, Connor Fagent proposed to Janielle Parangao. He completely surprised her, but she gave him an enthusiastic “yes!” The two met in Italy a few years ago while she was at Bocconi University studying International Business, where Connor had studied the year before. They plan on getting married in September, 2017, and living in Southern California where they like to surf, play soccer, go to concerts and laugh. Connor, who is the youngest son of Carolee and Dennis Fagent, works at Uber as a regional manager, and Janielle works in the medical field. Carolee and Dennis drove down to congratulate the couple at a small family engagement party that same night.
And congratulations to Kelly Kerwin and Bryce Uhrig, who were married on Aug. 20, at Pythian House, the lovely home of Laura and John Benward. Bryce is from Santa Barbara, and the couple met in college at UCSB. The wedding was a real Kenwood event. The bride was given away by Ed (Kelly's dad) and Michele Kerwin, Kelly's mom Carrie Kerwin, and Erica Dickey, and Joel Kruzic and his jazz trio provided the music.
And here's another Kenwood story. Gail Chapin writes that 32 years after their daddy Kevin Chapin started Kindergarten at Kenwood school, twins Kaelynn and Emma are following in his footsteps. Kevin says it feels like yesterday when they were born. Kevin and mom Erica were a bit teary eyed as they left the girls, but knew they were in good hands with Kindergarten teacher Karla Schloemp.
And proud grandparents Ron and judy Williams report that their granddaughter Lea Hopson is one of the 20 players chosen for the 2016 USA Baseball Women's National Team. Lea is the daughter of Jay and Sherry Hopson of Sequim, Washington. She will play middle infield. The team will train for five days in Fullerton and Compton before departing for South Korea to play in the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup. The opening round is Sept. 3. when the team will face Hong Kong, and you can follow the Women's National Team on Twitter (@USABasebal.WNT) for scores, updates, and photos. Good luck, Lea!
The Kenwood Fire Association recently awarded their annual educational scholarships for 2016. This year's recipients are Liam Kolling ($1,500) who is attending Middlebury College in Vermont, Tori Shubin ($500) who is attending Sonoma State, and Bobby Jepson ($1,000) who is attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Congratulations! These scholarships were established in the year 2000 in memory of Warren Uboldi and Judy Gulson.
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