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Awesome hail storm, judging senior projects

Raining marbles

Before I share stories of our friends and neighbors, I can’t resist mentioning spring. The wow – what a spring, it is. Maybe it’s just because I’m getting old and can’t really remember, but I’ve rarely experienced such a beautiful season in Glen Ellen. The clouds are right out of a Constable or Ruisdael painting, and the rolling green hills are what have inspired GE artist, Patrick McMurtry. The bountiful fields of wildflowers are like those that Monet treasured in Argenteuil. While the creeks babble their gentle call, squabbling jays herald the glory of nature.

Last week’s hail storm was awesome. I was sitting with my fellow Bouverie board members under the new red metal roof of Gilman Hall when the hail erupted. The thrilling cacophony drowned out voices. The storm featured hail stones “the size of marbles,” as one young student shared, just back from a Bouverie hike with his school chums from Santa Rosa. The children and their hardy docents all arrived back at Gilman Hall, somewhat wet, but none the worse for wear. Most were sporting ponchos that wise docents keep on hand. I’m confident that those students will long remember their adventurous day at the Bouverie, with slippery trails all the way home to the hall.

Graduating students help beginning students

Former Dunbar student Alixya Soto-Pomeroy is now a senior at Sonoma Valley High School. She and her friend Isabella Valdez have been working this year with the K-2 special education class at Dunbar, with the help of the teacher (and their mentor) Norma Yukich.

As Alixya shares, “We visited the class on several occasions and did fun and challenging projects with the students,” while noting, “As a former Dunbar student, it was fun to go back and help at the school.”


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