GEVFD brick projects slated
We are happy to be the first to report that small team of retired gents and ladies of our local Glen Ellen Village Fire Department have banded together to resurrect the old brick works in Robertson Road Circle. Their brick kilns should be fired up and running soon.
They plan to use most of the newly manufactured bricks to re-construct the O’Donnell Lane bridge. The honey yellow color of the original bricks will be reproduced exactly, “The shade is a blend of the pale yellow of wild oats in August and the amber of a favorite pale ale we firefighters sell at the Glen Ellen Village Fair, a homebrew,” offered one of the brick yard workers*.
Once the old bridge is reconstructed, the team hopes to use the remaining bricks to pave Railroad Avenue “from stem to stern,” offered another brick building firefighter. “Henceforth Railroad Avenue will be known as the Yellow Brick Road,” smiled the chief.
One volunteer firefighter suggested that all of the firemen work at making enough bricks to reconstruct every wooden structure in town using bricks. “Then we wouldn’t need firefighters anymore,” moaned one of the team, while another offered, “We could become the earthquake readiness team.”
We will keep you informed on the progress on the new “old” brickyard.
* Names were withheld in this story because the firefighters have had enough ice cream this week.
Adjunct book branch off shelf
Remember that great appliance store in the center of Glen Ellen? Who in town didn’t buy their appliances on Carquinez Avenue? They had a great selection of fine products and the sales people were knowledgeable and helpful. Plus, their repair department was the best we’ve never hired, because nothing never broke, except for one really old Maytag. “Not your grandmother’s Maytag,” one of them opined, “It’s way older.”
We recently heard some very surprising – and good – news about that now abandoned property. Apparently the Dogpatch branch of the San Francisco Library is negotiating with the shareholders of the Gemini property on Carquinez Avenue to open an adjunct branch of their library.
Why Glen Ellen, one might ask? “Why not?” Was the reply of Bilbo Baggins, chief librarian of the Dogpatch branch. He went on to claim that Dogpatch is the newest hipster hangout in San Francisco, while Glen Ellen rates the same praise. “Hipstervillage,” was his term for our town.
Inquiring further about the new library, I asked, “Upstairs and down?” recalling that marvelous basement full of very cheap fabric, back in the day.
No rinky-dink rink
A nostalgic reverie: Over the years I fashioned many a Halloween costume of that fabric; it also provided the raw materials for a puppet stage which was the centerpiece of one of our boys’ birthday parties, not to mention lots of doll clothes and jammies. I loved trading stories of the good ole days with Frances Gemini, while perusing her material goods.
As for the current plans for the downstairs portion of that venerable old Glen Ellen institution where the fabric was abundant and where Mrs. Gemini reigned, that was another great surprise. Turns out that librarian Bilbo’s wife, Queen Bathsheba (you know, I couldn’t make up these names) is a former roller derby queen. Now that she has “a trio of little young’uns” herself, she wants to establish a family roller rink in the appliance store’s old basement. Plans, including plenty of roller rink ceiling sound proofing, are nearing completion. We’ll be sure to keep you informed here. For now, I’m renewing my old San Francisco Library card and writing a recommendation to librarian Baggins that Clare O’Brien be immediately recruited as she is the best children’s librarian in the Valley.