We had an interesting day here last Wednesday (March 8) when an apparently homeless man smashed 18 doors and windows in the Kenwood Village Shopping Center. (See story on page 2.) He then sat down and waited for sheriffs to arrest him. He reportedly told them that he was tired of sleeping outside. We wonder about his timing, though. It was a beautiful, sunny, warm day. Thank God he didn't do it the week before when it was hailing. And really, one window would have been enough.
The Kenwood Press office used to be where Manzanita Creek Tasting Room is now, facing the parking lot, and on two separate occasions, people accidentally drove their cars into our office, smashing windows and doors. I was glad to move into our present location facing the courtyard because it seemed so much safer. It would take a lot of miscalculation for anyone to drive through the front door now. But this just shows that the things you worry about are never the things that happen! Big shout out to Keenan of Golden West Glass for coming out that morning and replacing the glass in our front door, as well as some of the other businesses.
For the past 27 years Marjorie Davis has been the local fawn whisperer. There's a magical quality about her to which wildlife respond. Now 95 years old, Marjorie retired recently from the organization she founded, Fawn Rescue, and on Feb. 25 the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors honored her with a resolution highlighting the work she has done throughout the years. This includes working with a pathologist in deer disease research, submitting samples to isolate and identify a genetically distinct, deer-specific, viral disease, Deer Pox Virus. She developed a formula specifically to provide the rich nutritional needs of Black-tailed fawns. And, of course, she responded to emergency wildlife calls 24/7 for years, working with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and local agencies. But the most important thing is that because of all Marjorie's hard work, so many fawns have been rehabilitated and successfully released back into the wild. Congratulation, Marjorie, on a life well spent!
Elizabeth Kolling, a senior at Sonoma Academy, has been tearing it up in the world of speech and debate. Her talent is dramatic interpretation, an event in the National Forensic League. Here's how it's described: “Using a play, short story, or other published work, students perform a selection of one or more portions of a piece up to 10 minutes in length. With a spotlight on character development and depth, this event focuses on the student's ability to convey emotion through the use of a dramatic text. Competitors may portray one or multiple characters. No props or costumes may be used.”
Head Speech Coach Brad Spars wrote a piece about Elizabeth in the school newsletter, titled Elizabeth Kolling's Break Out Year:
“Elizabeth Kolling '17 is in the midst of a historic season for Sonoma Academy Speech. She already won at University of Pacific in Dramatic Interpretation last October. She took third at Santa Clara. And now she has done something that makes it clear that this captain is having a season that will set the bar for the future. She took gold at Stanford in a Varsity event.
“Having swept trophies at all the major invitationals this year, Elizabeth has achieved another first for an SA student. She received three bids to attend the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions to be held May 12-14 in Kansas City, Missouri. This tournament is only open to students who have competed at the very highest level at the most rigorous tournaments. Whether or not Elizabeth decides to attend, she has earned a place among the most accomplished speakers in the country.”
Elizabeth will also be competing in the State tournament in Los Angeles on April 28. Very impressive! Elizabeth's family, including mom and dad Kendra and Paul, couldn't be prouder. They're also eagerly awaiting college acceptance letters to see what's next.
Glen Ellen teenager Julien Ducarroz has been accepted to the Basic Air Academy of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. According to the EAA, “the Academy offers young people the opportunity to meet and work with aviation professionals, while living and learning the arts, sciences, and lore of aviation in both classroom and workshop settings. They join many other young people, ages 14-15, in this aviation program. Participants in the EAA Air Academy come from around the United States and several foreign countries.”
EAA also states that the primary consideration for acceptance is an interest and enthusiasm for aviation, which Julien obviously has. Congratulations, Julien! Be sure to give us an update from Oshkosh.
St. Patrick's Day is fast approaching, and if you want some traditional and delicious corned beef and cabbage, the place to be is St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, Saturday, March 18, starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets, $25 for adults and $12 for children, are still available, and you can buy them here at the Kenwood Press, or at St. Patrick's. Call the church at 833-4228. They also offer take-out.
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