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Village Chat: 06/01/2020

Village Chat for June 1, 2020

I'm still getting used to this once a month publishing schedule, and consequently, some items are a little old, but better late than never, right?

In mid-March Steve Marshall, of the famous Marshall's Auto Repair, let us know that he and his good buddy Steve Schukler were in a race to be Grandpas. Zack Marshall and his wife Elaine were expecting a girl, and Hank Schukler and his wife Samantha were expecting a boy, both due on March 24. Zack and Hank are both 31, and grew up skateboarding together. Zack now works at the shop with his dad, and Hank works for the Dutra Group.

Brantly Schukler with proud papa, Hank.
Brantley arrived March 24, right on schedule. He weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz., and was 21.25 inches.
And the winning Grandpa is… Steve Schukler! Hank and Samantha welcomed baby Brantley Schukler on March 24, right on schedule. He weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz., and was 21.25 inches. Zack and Elaine had to wait a bit longer.

Brigid Marie Marshall
Delivered onApril 3 at 12:01 a.m., a healthy little girl weighing 7 lbs. 11 oz.
Brigid Marie Marshall arrived on April 3 at 12:01 a.m., a healthy little girl weighing 7 lbs. 11 oz. Congratulation to everyone - parents and grandparents alike!

Glen Ellen COVID Banner
Paul Goguen hangs a banner of gratitude on the balcony of the Jack London Saloon, while BJ Blanchard (left) and Jody Ketchum Davies (right) assist. Photo by Melissa Dowling.
BJ Blanchard reports that grateful Glen Ellen folks mounted banners around town to thank front line workers for showing up on the job during the Shelter in Place. BJ writes, “Like the gratitude felt for firefighters who charged to the fire front when danger threatened two years ago, essential workers reporting for duty are equally appreciated. That includes the people getting us our food in the market, ensuring our mail is delivered, agricultural workers ensuring crops continue to grow in the fields, and police and fire men and women standing by for safety. Meanwhile CNAs, RNs, hospital housecleaners, physicians and other health care people are on the job to divert a surge, and Glen Ellen is grateful.” The banners were funded by the Glen Ellen Forum.

Eleanor Albon had an inexplicable mail delivery in April. On the Wednesday after Easter she found a postcard in her mailbox under three other pieces of mail. It had two Easter lilies on it, and was addressed to someone she believes is “Margaret,” but the rest is illegible. It's signed, “Lovingly, Mother.” The letter was sent from somewhere in Michigan, and the postmark is April 9, 1909! At first she thought one of her neighbors had put it in her box, but they knew nothing about it. So she showed it to her daughter, who immediately homed in on the one-cent stamp. There were two one-cent stamp designs back then, and the one on the postcard is the rarer of the two. In fact, one sold recently for $9,000. Although that stamp was probably in pristine condition, it can't have a story behind it like the one on Eleanor's mystery postcard. She still has no idea how a card addressed to someone in Detroit ended up in her mailbox over 100 years later, and probably never will.

The Oakmont Sunday Symposium, which for now is a virtual Symposium, is well-known for its excellent speakers on myriad topics. For many years now, the person responsible for finding those experts has been Gordon Freedman. Now Gordon is stepping down from that duty, and the Sunday Symposium wants to express their profound thanks to him for all his hard work over the years, both as a member of the speaker committee since 2010, and as the Speaker Chairperson since 2017. Marilyn Palk writes, “Finding great speakers takes an enormous amount of time and energy. People assume it takes SOME time, but few understand just how MUCH time. It's one of those Symposium tasks that takes wa-a-a-a-y more time, energy and effort than anyone thinks. And Gordon did this, not just for one week or one month, but for every week and every year FOR YEARS. As a solid pillar of the Symposium, Gordon will be greatly missed, but will always remain a cherished member of our Symposium family.”

Judie Coleman will be the new Speaker Chairperson. To listen to the Oakmont Sunday Symposium, go to You can join in for a live Q&A at 11 a.m. on the date of the speaker's talk. No password or specialized software is required.

Backyard T-Rex
Welcome to Jurassic Plaza Park! Addison Rex and his T-Rex are looking for a name.
A new neighbor has been spotted on Griswold Avenue. Already caught reading the Kenwood Press, this mighty sauropod fits right in. Its owner is Addison Rex, a member of the winemaking Rex family (Deerfield Ranch Winery) and now the proprietor of Jurassic Wines. Get it… Jurassic… T-Rex… Addison Rex?

Addison is now accepting suggestions of names that being with a “T.” You can email your suggestion to him at, or drop a suggestion in the box in the yard next to the T-Rex. So far he's gotten over 50, including Tuna, Tiny, Titan, Tyrone, Tortellini, Trixie and Tony.

Stay tuned for the winner in the next edition of Village Chat!

Are you a high school or college graduate? Please let us know. We'd love to announce the graduates and their plans in the next edition, so please email or call by June 9. Thanks to everyone who sent in items for Village Chat. It's easy to do - just email, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP


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