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Village Chat: 11/15/2016

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On Nov. 8, the Kenwood School District said goodbye to retiring, 25-year employee Karen DiPiero, currently the district's Business Services specialist, handling, among other chores, accounts payable and payroll.

Bob Bales and Karen DePiero
Karen DiPiero, pictured here with Superintendent/Principal Bob Bales, is retiring from Kenwood School after 25 years on the job.
At a meeting of the school's board of trustees, Principal/Superintendent Bob Bales praised Karen for “accomplishing so much behind the scenes in addition to the regular responsibilities of her position.”

“Her work has allowed our teachers to focus on their craft, while knowing that their supply orders, reimbursements, sick days, substitutes, etc. are taken care of. Her efforts and contributions have enabled our office to run efficiently and effectively for our students, staff and parents.”

Karen's successor is Jodie Taylor, hired from a pool of 15 applicants. Prior to coming to Kenwood School, she was the finance and programs operations director for Teen Services of Sonoma for the past four years, and before that she was an operations manager for FedEx/Kinko's for 12 years.

Also at the board meeting the district said goodbye to trustee Diane Cupples, who served 12 years over two different time periods. Bales said he appreciated Diane's “steady, quiet leadership.” Diane is being replaced by Kenwood parent Robin Stoecker.

Thank you, Karen and Diane, for all you've done to make Kenwood School such a special place to raise children, and a community institution focused on building academic and character skills.

It's been over a year since the Valley fire tore through Lake County, destroying whole neighborhoods, including that of Kenwood Postman Angelo Parisi and his wife Erica Felton. Angelo wants you to know that they have recently broken ground on their new home in Anderson Springs, and we are so happy to hear that! We hope it's as special as the old house, which Angelo built himself, and which Erica decorated.

Quinn Liebling
Quinn Liebling with his Gregory Award for “Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.”
June Liebling sent us news of her grandson Quinn Liebling, an aspiring actor, who recently won a Gregory Award in Washington State for “Best Supporting Actor in a Musical” for his role as Michael in Billy Elliot. Quinn shared the award with co-recipient Bryan Kinder.

It's quite an honor. According to its website, “The Gregory Awards are a set of honors dedicated to theatre in Washington State. Administered, funded and produced by Theatre Puget Sound, the Gregory Awards come together to celebrate the theatre arts in our region, honor the outstanding achievements of our theatre practitioners, and to raise the visibility of the local theatre scene as a whole.”

Quinn and his parents Jon and Mara Liebling used to live in Sonoma County before moving to Bainbridge Island, Washington. Mara was a doctor in Santa Rosa and Jon worked in promotional items. June says, “I thought their friends and patients would enjoy reading about Quinn's success. His dream is to be on Broadway; he just may make it!”

Alec Peters and I will never make it to Broadway, but we do make it onto KSVY radio in Sonoma about twice a month. Our next segment on The Morning Show, in which we talk about what's going on in our little corner of Sonoma County, will be Nov. 15 at 9 a.m., so if you get a chance, listen in. KSVY doesn't have the most powerful signal, but you can listen online at from anywhere in the world. Tune in for classic, small-town, live radio!

Please mark your calendar for the Kenwood Community Club's annual Holiday Party, Saturday, Dec. 3, starting at 4 p.m. The Depot is looking great these days, with a new gas fireplace and a big screen TV. And the KCC board is also planning an Oscar Viewing party on Feb. 26, so stay tuned for more details.

That's the news for now. Remember, it's really easy to submit an item for Village Chat - just email, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP

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