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Village Chat: 05/15/2019

Village Chat for May 15, 2019

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Local author Rebecca Rosenberg was thrilled to find out that her book, The Secret Life of Mrs. London, won a gold medal from the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards for West-Pacific, Best Regional Fiction. The awards, known as the IPPYs, were established in 1996 to bring increased recognition to works by independent authors and publishers, and more than 5,000 entries are received each year for consideration. Mrs. London is historical fiction, depicting a love triangle between famed author Jack London, his wife Charmian, and illusionist Harry Houdini. You can find the book on Amazon and read a Kindle version free with Amazon Prime.

Rebecca has just released her second novel, Gold Digger, The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor. Also historical fiction, it tells the story of the beautiful Baby Doe, who became a legend in the mining towns of Colorado, a young woman managing and working the Fourth of July mine after her husband abandoned her. She met and fell in love with Horace Tabor, a much older and married man known as the Silver King, causing a huge scandal in 1880s Denver. This is a great story, and Rebecca has spent years researching and writing it. Check it out on Amazon. Congratulations, Rebecca!

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The Mayacamas Fire Safe Council’s new signage. Pictured from left: Sean Kelley, Lisa Warner, Geoffrey Herrick, Kristen Drummond and Jimmy Drummond. Not pictured: Brad Warner.
Kicking off Wildfire Preparedness Week (May 5-11), the Mayacamas Fire Safe Council installed three signs at the entrance to their service areas on Cavedale and Trinity Roads, reminding residents to get ready for wildfire by hardening their homes and creating defensible space. They also replaced an aging fire danger sign at MFVD Station 1. The signs were funded by a grant from Cal Fire, and the labor and materials were donated by community members.

Here are some tidbits for you armchair travelers.

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Jerry Bagger and Catharine Darby in Cambodia, at the Preah Ang Thom Temple.
Jerry Bagger and Catharine Darby sent a photo and an update from their trip to Asia. After visiting Hoi An, Halong Bay and Hanoi in Vietnam, they ventured beyond Angkor Wat and visited the 16th-Century Buddhist Preah Ang Thom Temple on Kulen Mountain in Cambodia, birthplace of the Khmer empire which lasted almost 400 hundred years. The temple houses the famous Grand Reclining Buddha, the country's largest. “Next stop - Bangkok!” says Jerry.

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From left: Georgiana Hale, Linda and Keith Hale, Jordan, Jackson, Sydney and Michelle Hale celebrating Georgiana’s birthday on Kauai.
Linda and Keith Hale sent a photo of their family celebrating Georgiana Hale's birthday on the “wild and windy and way far west” north shore of Kauai with Jordan Hale, his wife Michelle, and their kids Jackson and Sydney. “Lots of beach time and shaved ice,” said Linda. Jordan is a Captain with Cal Fire and a former Kenwood Fire volunteer, and Georgiana works for the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C.

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Beth Brannock and friend in Cairns, Australia.
Beth Brannock and Rose Cardinale traveled to Australia and New Zealand in March and April, and sent this photo of Beth, the animal lover (and local dog walker) with a koala in Cairns. Beth had an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour at an animal sanctuary - just her, the guide and the animals. Not only did she get to hold the koala she also got to hold a wombat and feed a kangaroo. Their three-week trip included a week in New Zealand - Auckland and Rotorua, where there are thermal hot springs - then a cruise in Australia sponsored by Jazz saxophonist Dave Koz. As Rose put it, “two thousand jazz enthusiasts on the ship.” Sounds fun!

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Andy Robart and Elisabeth Romayko in Sicily at the Greek theater in Taormina.
Elisabeth Romayko and Andy Robart are back from Spain and Sicily, where Elisabeth said they visited “fantastic Greek and Roman ruins and tasted wonderful wine, seafood and pastries. Loved it.” They started in Barcelona and then flew to Sicily and spent almost two weeks there. Elisabeth said that, “Because Sicily sticks out in the middle of the Mediterranean, it was ruled by numerous different civilizations - the Greeks, the Romans, the Normans, the Spanish, and there are layers of history and ruins to be explored. Some of the Greek temples there are better preserved than the ones in Greece.”

It's graduation season right now, so if you are graduating from high school, college, or beyond, please send us your news, including your future plans, be it more school, work, travel, the military, whatever… We'll publish all the high school news in our June 15 issue, and the rest as it comes in.

That's all I've got room for. Thank you to everyone who sent in photos and news. You can do it, too! And it doesn't have to be about a vacation, and you don't even have to have the Kenwood Press in the photo, although we do love that! Just email, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP


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