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Where the money goes from the GE Fair; already working on next year’s?

Barry’s on the Go gone?

Just when I was ready to sample Jerry Howlett’s tri-tip and potato salad, his food truck disappeared. Does anyone know what happened to Barry’s on the Go? I’m on the lookout for it, but if you see it first, let me know. It was a great addition to the eateries in our town, but came and went too fast for me.

Previously parked adjacent to Kevin Flores’s garage, the truck was doing a brisk lunch business with state hospital workers. Now, it’s nowhere to be seen. Help me out here, folks.

Letter from Leslie

Leslie Vaughn recently wrote to tell me, “I need to point out a much needed correction from the first paragraph in your 10/21/13 column. We would like the community to know that of the funds raised from the Glen Ellen Village Fair quilt raffle ticket sales, 90 percent is donated directly back to our community (distributed each year to Dunbar School, Glen Ellen and Mayacamas fire departments, Sonoma Developmental Center, and other local charities by vote of the Glen Ellen Village Fair Committee). The fair, by law, is allowed to keep just 10 percent of the raffle ticket sales which, together with booth fees, poster and T-shirt sales, helps pay for insurance, permits, and various other fees, including the California Highway Patrol, who assist with the road closure each year.

Funds raised from Kids Alley game punch cards go directly back to Kids Alley to help defray costs such as maintenance of the games, goodie bags and prizes. None of this would happen without the cooperation and generosity of our community and our neighboring communities, their vendors and volunteers.

Thank you to those of you who bought raffle tickets, sold products, visited our fair, and in so doing, helped our 23rd annual event to be such a huge success! And congratulations to the lucky raffle ticket winner Mari jo Dickerson.”

Thank you, Leslie, for such a comprehensive accounting of what happens to our fair funds. It’s a good community fundraiser, but, as anyone can imagine, lots of work goes into producing that one grand day where we can all celebrate our town in all of its fall glory.

Many hands make work light

Already, we believe, the fair committee is hard at work planning next year’s celebration. And so the days rush along, colliding one into the next. Fall turns into winter, which soon bursts with spring. All along the way the hardy folks planning our next 2014 Glen Ellen Village Fair are hatching a wondrous event.

Among those hard-working folks we have to thank for our fair is the afore-mentioned Leslie Vaughn, president of the Glen Ellen Village Fair Association board of directors; Lisa Hardy, vice president; Vicki Nightingale, secretary; Eileen Berger, treasurer; board members Janie Soto; Dyani Bachelder; Lisa Coleman; Matthew Dickey, in charge of entertainment; Rick Dunham; Margie Foster; Michael Hardy, quilt raffle coordinator; Steven Lee; Norm Oliver who, along with his sweetie, Trina Oliver, coordinates our big parade; Kevin Vaughn (being married to the president of the board means extra work no matter what; ditto for their daughter Kelley); Riitta Vesterinen; and Pamela Wiley. Lisa Hardy served as this year’s parade announcer and judges were Melanie Blake, Dunbar School principal; Frank Crook, manager at the Glen Ellen Village Market; and Kip Fogarty, our former postmaster in Glen Ellen.

Thanks so much to the entire crew for another successful year of celebrating Glen Ellen.

Blanket Brigade goes to town 

Every year, Darlene Torri and Diane O’Donnell coordinate an activity that warms many hearts. Their particular event is called the Blanket Brigade. It’s an afternoon of hard work, concentration, fun and laughter where teams of women and their mentees congregate to create blankets to be given to the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home in Los Guillicos and to a women’s shelter in Santa Rosa. Darlene and Diane supply all of the necessary materials to create the blankets and the mentors and mentees provide the labor, guided by Darlene and Diane. By the end of the afternoon, dozens of cozy, fluffy warm blankets are produced, all bright colors and lovingly created.

Vintage House giveaway

On Saturday, Nov. 30, at Vintage House senior center in Sonoma, the latest blankets will be presented to the receiving institutions. In a brief ceremony, a representative from each will speak about the importance of these gifts.

By the way, as for volunteer worker Diane O’Donnell, we can’t help but wonder if she hails from our village. With the name O’Donnell, the same as one of our village lanes, she could be a local.

I’m sure she’ll inform me in time, and then I’ll share that information with you.

Living on this lane, we’ve heard a variety of rumors and stories about old Dr. O’Donnell who created this little lane in our town. We wonder which tales are true, hoping that Diane can enlighten us.

Two heroes in vet story

Last week’s front page story, “Celebrating a Vet” by Kendall Fields on Glen Ellen’s Mary Pomeroy Maser was a delight. But something was missing. There is more than one hero in this story.

When Mary arrived in Glen Ellen, a little over a year ago, she was barely able to walk. Mostly housebound, she slowly began to take neighborhood strolls, always balanced on a walker and accompanied by her littlest sister, Marjorie Everidge. Now Mary strolls about confidently.

For years, Marge was the local day-care mama raising more children than I could count on all my fingers and toes (including our own two boys Sky and Gabe). She became an expert at motivating kids to do what needs doing, an expertise she has applied this past year with splendid effect in motivating her big sister, helping her to walk every day to regain her fitness. More on that in a moment.

Difficult boy learns his lesson

Our oldest son, Schuyler, recently related a story about Marge’s influence from his younger days. He was about 4 years old, he recalled, and, apparently, a bit of a loose cannon on the daycare scene. One day, he was invited by Marge to sit with her in the kitchen.

Fixing lunch, minding manners

Sky felt it was a privilege as he joined Margie making sandwiches for the daycare lunch fest soon to commence. Happily working with Marge in the warm and cozy kitchen festooned with cooking tools from every era and clime, she versed him on the common rules of the daycare yard … what was expected and what must be done. Marge didn’t reprimand or punish Schuyler that day for breaking any rules, she simply shared the rules. He listened, he thought, and right then and there, he decided that part of his privileged place was to accept and follow those rules from that day forward. Which he did. Mostly.

It’s my guess that the same kind of positive reinforcements were part of Margie’s training of Mary.

A strong and vibrant Mary who within a short period began to walk without the walker, without a cane and nary a care, heartily and happily on her own. We still see her most days making her way, albeit slowly, down O’Donnell Lane. Along with re-learning to walk, Mary straightened up, brightened up and took on an entirely younger countenance.

What a grand success, which we attribute entirely to Margie’s magic of gentle persuasion and loving kindness. Such gifts go a long way to facilitating change for the better.

We were pleased to see Mary Maser lauded as one of the World War II veterans. She deserves that recognition and we’re happy to have both Mary and Margie as our neighborhood heroes.

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The Folks in Glen Ellen column often continues online. Look for it at www.sonomanews.com/Life-History. Want to see your own name in the news? Share your stories with friends and neighbors in Glen Ellen. Call or write me at 996-5995 or P.O. Box 518, GE 95442. Or email me, Creekbottom@earthlink.net. Glen Ellen chatter rarely requires timeliness; however, if your news does, please be sure to contact me at least two weeks before your desired publication date.