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Village Chat: 10/15/2016

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Portia Denise Bagala
Portia Denise Bagala
Amy and Don MacNair are so happy to welcome a new granddaughter, Portia Denise Bagala, who was born on Sept. 12 to Tiffany and Scott Bagala (Amy's son). Tiffany and Scott kept the name a secret from the family until she was born. Portia was also eagerly awaited by her big brother, two-year-old Luciano. In addition to Amy and Don, the other delighted grandparents are Craig and Pedy Lawson, and Vince Bagala, and great grandparents are Dan and Floris Hoffenberg. It's always a joy when a baby is born, but it's especially nice to have baby Portia around, as Don's father Jim died last week at the age of 94.

Assemblyman Bill Dodd
Civics lesson at Dunbar School with Assemblyman Bill Dodd
The 4/5 multi-age class at Dunbar School, taught by Brandy Melendy, had a special visitor on Oct. 7, California State Assemblyman Bill Dodd of District 4. Dodd and his assistant, Ezrah Chaaban (also father of Dunbar fifth-grade student Hailey Chaaban) gave the class a non-partisan civics lesson, explaining the importance of participation in democracy and the right to vote. The lesson was in preparation for the Oct. 11 California Student Mock Election Day.

Steve Rose
The Organic Rose series picked up by KRCB
Steve Rose, chef and owner of the now-closed Vineyards Inn Restaurant, is excited that his YouTube series, The Organic Rose, will be shown on KRCB starting on Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. Episode One will show viewers how "Vino Amigos" make wine. Steve says, "This is the culmination of seven years of development, and here we are. YouTube video analytics/stats show that The Organic Rose is being watched globally. Once the PBS version is up and running, I am working to produce a Spanish language version for UniVision and/or TeleMundo." Stay tuned!

Pets Lifeline volunteer Al Saunders was at Swede's Feeds last Saturday, and also at the Glen Ellen Village Fair on Oct. 9 with two Chihuahua mixes, Sean and Connery. The pups are five years old, and ideally they would be adopted together. There's another sibling pair at the shelter named Buster and Posey [Hey! Those are the names of our cats!] If you're interested, call Pets Lifeline at 996-4577. Pets Lifeline is usually at Swede's Feeds on the third Saturday of every month, 9140 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood.

Alex Chadwick and John McChesney
Alex Chadwick and John McChesney with the Kenwood Press
It was fun having former NPR reporters Alex Chadwick and John McChesney in the office last week. They were here promoting their new Sonoma Speaker Series (see story page 5). So, of course, we couldn't resist asking them to have their picture taken with the Kenwood Press. Consider this an "out take." Thanks, guys!

Alli Stanfield and Louis Abruzzese
Alli Stanfield and Louis Abruzzese married
Alli Stanfield, daughter of Laura and Rich Stanfield, married Louis Abruzzese on Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. in the old winery ruins at Jack London State Park. Kathleen Ryan officiated the ceremony and Father Jim Fredericks gave a blessing. Alli was raised in Glen Ellen with Jack London State Park in her backyard, and Louis is from Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia. Alli is a social worker for the Napa Valley School District and Louis is the sous chef at Glen Ellen Star Restaurant. The couple live in Sonoma. Congratulations, Alli and Louis!

Glen Ellen Library
Old Glen Ellen Library
Here's a little history lesson for you, courtesy of the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library's Throwback Thursday: Did you know that there once was a Jack London Memorial Library in Glen Ellen? Construction of the stone and concrete building began in 1921. The stone came from the quarry located on the Jack London Ranch, and the plans were prepared by Harry Merrit. The Glen Ellen Women's Improvement Club, raised $15,000 to pay for construction and other costs associated with the building. According to Robert Lynch, in his book The Sonoma Valley Story, the library was dedicated in 1923. It had a stage, auditorium, dining room and kitchen. The property was deeded to the Dunbar School in 1938 following a foreclosure, and the building was eventually torn down.

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