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Glen Ellen Telegram: 08/01/2018

Did you miss the Telegram in July?

Sorry about that, but I was busy prepping for a much-needed family trip to New York City and then on to Iceland! Oh, how I wish I wrote a travel column! I could go on and on about this island nation at the top of the world. A few comments: we saw no darkness for nine days, Icelandic lamb has been “free-roaming” since the 800s (when Viking settlers first brought sheep to the country), and hot water comes directly into most towns and homes from geothermal sources. I highly recommend looking into a visit to Iceland as a standalone trip or as an extended layover to or from Europe.

I missed the 4th of July this year, but from what I saw on Facebook the Kenwood and Sonoma celebrations were wonderful, as always. While I was gone, Sheryee McCormick and Robert Howard finished setting up their new retail space next door to The Garden Court. The couple moved from Murieta, Georgia to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law (Holly and Steven Sorkin) and their four grandkids. Their original store in Georgia was called One of a Kind. This new venture, McCormick's Mercantile, held a successful grand opening soirée on Friday, July 20. I browsed the store during that event and found several great gifts. They offer housewares, furniture, décor, paints, candles, cards, socks, jewelry, totes, dishes, napkins, kitchen supplies, soaps and more. They have begun to connect with local artists and hope to host art-themed events and shows, so look for future news releases from Holly and Robert. They are open at 9 a.m. every day, except Tuesdays. Closing time varies for now; they are still trying to get a handle on the flow. Be sure to stop in and welcome them to the neighborhood.

When I returned from my trip I spotted the wonderful “Glen Ellen Strong” phrase and flag painting on the side of Bee-Well Farms mobile chicken coop off Sonoma Highway and their refurbished signage at the corner of Sonoma Highway and Trinity Road. It's wonderful to see these small steps of recovery and rebirth. Owners of Bee-Well, Austin and Missy Lely, can once again be found selling their farm goodies at two local farmers markets: Friday mornings at the Depot in Sonoma and Saturday mornings in Oakmont, with both markets running from 9 a.m. to noon. Flatbed Farm is also recovering, and their onsite farm stand is now open for business from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays.

It truly feels like summer now (although I'm still waiting for my tomatoes to ripen), which means that the school district is already beginning to ramp up for the next academic year. At Dunbar Elementary School, principal Jillian Beal reported an impending shipment of new furniture for all classrooms. Our village school is the first elementary in the district to receive the innovative new items designed for better student accommodation. This is part of a district-wide rollout that will take several years. Beal also mentioned that each classroom will now be given a college or university name instead of a room number. This is part of a career- and college-ready initiative and is in line with Dunbar's new designation as an AVID program participant. School starts one week later this year (but still before Labor Day - why? oh why?) on Monday, Aug. 20. Another bit of district news that impacts some Glen Ellen students is the recent announcement that beloved Altimira Middle School principal Will Deeths has transferred out of Sonoma Valley. This caused considerable angst among parents and it piggybacked on a disturbing trend of personnel turnovers. However, the school recently named longtime Altimira vice principal Chrissy Towner Waters as the new principal, a move which seems to have calmed fears.

The buzz from around the bend

Planning for the Glen Ellen Village Fair 2018 is in full swing. You may have already seen the raffle tickets for sale in front of the Glen Ellen Village Market or Les Pascals Patisserie. The theme this year is #glenellenstrong and the Grand Marshal for the parade will be “All the Town's Heroes,” which really means all of us, because, as the fire department so beautifully put it: “Everyone did what they thought they should do.” Applications for booth space are now being mailed out to local and returning vendors. If you'd like to be involved, or you want to be sent a vendor booth application, please email The upcoming fair monthly planning meeting will be on Monday, Aug. 13 at the Jack London Lodge, time TBD.

The next Glen Ellen Forum town meeting will be on Monday, Aug. 6, at 6:30 p.m., at the Garden Court Café. If you have questions about the meetings or the forum in general, please email

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

Do you have any Glen Ellen stories to share? Milestones? Celebrations? Email, or call 996-3352.

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