SMITH: An old-house party out in the Village
Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 6:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 6:34 p.m.
Hey, any excuse to block off the street and party with the neighbors is a good one. But the cause of last weekend’s potluck on Midway Drive in Santa Rosa was historic.
Neighbors met in the street to celebrate that it’s been 60 years ago since the late Hugh Codding built their homes in the new town outside of Santa Rosa that he dubbed Montgomery Village.
The VIPs of the block party were the neighbors — Loralee Loomis, Barbara Barnes and Phil Henry — who’ve lived in their Midway houses since they bought them new in 1952, for about $10,000 each.
Relative newcomers on the block gave each of the three a lei. Naturally, the founding residents asked if the flowers come with a flight to Hawaii.
The trio’s neighbors, who intend to make the Midway block party an annual thing, reminded them they’ve lived in paradise for 60 years.
QUESTION, MR. BURNS: At least one stoked and concerned Santa Rosa High student will pose a question to Ken Burns during a national Webcast that will herald the epic docu-filmmaker’s new work, “The Dust Bowl.”
From the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in D.C., Burns and others on a blue-ribbon panel will speak about man-caused natural disasters next Wednesday with savvy teens at nine locations in the U.S.
The Smithsonian chose the Sonoma County Museum to take part in the webcast. In turn, the museum’s Eric Stanley invited the participation of nearly 70 SRHS students active in teacher Dave Franzman’s History Club and/or the school’s Climate Protection group.
They’ll link up with Burns and the National Youth Summit from the school library. A key topic of the webcast is Burns’ Dust Bowl film, to premiere on PBS Nov. 18 and 19.
At least one SRHS student will pose a pre-recorded question to the filmmaker. It appears now the honor will go to Emily Barber, Alison Wendler or Nora Fitch.
HELP BY EATING: You might recall that kids in Dave Franzman’s History Club entered the National History Day competition for the first time last year, and soared.
Two SRHS teams made it to the state championships and one went on to represent California at the nationals in Maryland. Vows their teacher, “We’re going to do the same (this academic year) but this time bigger and better.”
Already, eight teams of History Club members are raising money for the competition. They’ll serve at a barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20 at Canevari’s deli.
WILLY PACIFIED: At nearly age 3, Willy Perkins displayed zero interest in letting loose of his binky.
His folks in Santa Rosa asked their big boy if he’d donate his pacifiers to babies who need them. Willy, who adores Thomas the Tank Engine books, toys and shows, replied that he would give the binkies to baby trains where Thomas lives.
Packing them up was rough, but Willy hasn’t fussed since the mail carrier carted off the package addressed to the Island of Sodor.
(Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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