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News: 11/01/2018

Village Chat for Nov. 1, 2018

Wellington wedding
From left, the newlyweds Elizabeth and Rory Wellington, with Loralee, Scott and Casey Wellington.
On Aug. 14, Glen Ellen native Rory Wellington married his college sweetheart, Elizabeth Mudge. They were married in Sandy, Utah, where Elizabeth grew up. She is the daughter of Wayne and Debbie Mudge, and Rory's parents are Loralee and Scott Wellington. Wayne, a pastor there, officiated, and both Rory's brother Casey, and Elizabeth's brother Josh were groomsmen. Rory's Best Man was Jeremy Strouse, his friend since he was 5 years old. The happy couple now live in Midvale, Utah, where Elizabeth is involved in childcare, and Rory will be doing an HVAC apprenticeship in the future. Congratulations!

Dean Bordigioni
Dean Bordigioni rode his 1914 Harley-Davidson in the 2018 Cannonball race, which he won.
Congratulations, also, to Dean Bordigioni, on winning the 2018 Motorcycle Cannonball race on his 1914 Harley-Davidson bike! The race started on Sept. 8 in Portland, Maine, and finished on Sept. 23 with a grand finale ride from The Dalles, Oregon, to Stevenson, Washington. Riders traveled a total of 3,441 miles through all kinds of weather, countryside and road conditions. Although 45 people finished the entire race, Dean was declared the winner because his motorcycle was the most difficult classic bike to ride that still completed the race with no missed miles due to breakdowns. As Jim O'Clair wrote in a blog post on, “Dean was often seen putting along at a steady pace as other racers on multiple-cylinder and multiple-speed transmission bikes passed him during the course of the day. He struggled mightily while negotiating hills and mountain overpasses aboard his single-speed, belt-drive motorcycle, but he took his time and kept his chin to the handlebars as he gritted out 16 legs of the course over 17 days to take the top prize.”

maud hallin
Maud Hallin, left, atop a Zoroastrian Tower of Silence in the city of Yazd, Iran.

Maud Hallin is back from a fascinating trip to Iran and sent pictures from a Zoroastrian religious compound in the old Silk/Spice Route city of Yazd. She writes, “After that we travelled to Shiraz, Persepolis, Isfahan and Kashan and back to Tehran. It was a fantastic and very interesting trip, especially for art freaks!” The Zoroastrians don't bury their dead, but rather expose them to the elements, including vultures, on “Towers of Silence.” Here are some of Maud's notes from the trip:

“Zoroaster was probably born in Afghanistan around 550 B.C. And was one of the first religions to believe in one invisible God.

“We climbed a steep dirt path up to the top of the Tower of Silence. Luckily, I did not have to carry a corpse up that path!

“We saw the “Crown Jewels” in the State Bank vault. Yes, the size, quantity and designs were enough to make anyone faint. Totally, unreal!

“We all managed to keep our scarves around our heads, and noted that restrictions are loosening up, slowly. As an American you may only travel in a group, and should not sneak out alone at night, even though you might be dressed so that not even your family can recognize you, i.e. black from top to toe.”

You've driven by the Pony Express a million times, on Highway 12 before you get to Melita Road. If you want to find out more about the horses and the program, they are having their annual horse show/fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 4, 1-4 p.m. at 6413 Sonoma Hwy. As founder Linda Aldrich writes, “The aftermath of the fires has required us all to dig deep to find that which is real, and really important in our lives. At a time when tragedy could have divided us, it united us instead. It is the silver lining that continues to shine long after the smoke has cleared. Now, more than ever we need to come together and celebrate. We hope that you will join us for our 12th Annual Horse Show/Fundraiser at The Pony Express Ranch. Please bring your attitude of gratitude, and come out in support of the amazing kids and horses in our program. Thank you!”

And speaking of fire, aftermath and gratitude, check out this song written by Rebecca Chourre at (this link will be live on our website).

Rebecca is the niece of Glen Ellen's Tracy Salcedo. Love the refrain, “Blue skies, good news, I'm beginning to think I can come home soon.” Beautiful.

Tara Conrow came across a fascinating site in Sugarloaf recently - thousands of ladybugs on a log. She found out that “they migrate here from colder regions where they've been filling up on aphids and will winter here, hibernating in tree hollows or underground until spring when they re-emerge, mate and fly home. They only live for a year and therefore will not come back to the same spots but somehow their offspring do. Scientists believe they follow pheromone tracks left by previous generations.”

cycling in italy
(L to R) Lee Velasquez, Mary Lou Velasquez, Ron Longinotti, Libby Longinotti, and Barbara Brennan cycling in the Puglia region of Italy.

Mary Lou Velasquez sent a photo from Leuca in Puglia, at the tip of Italy's bootheel. It was the sixth and final day of biking in Puglia, and after that they rode up the coast to Otranto. I'm impressed!

That's all for now. Thanks to everyone who sent in their news and photos for Village Chat. You can do it, too! Just email, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP


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