SAYING FAREWELL to good friends is always difficult,
but in the case of Joanne Dean Freemire and her husband Michael,
it is also a great loss to our community. Joanne and Michael
are moving to Pennsylvania to spend time with Joanne's ailing
mother. At a Save Our Sunol luncheon in their honor at Elliston
Vineyards recently, forty friends gathered with the Freemires
and Joanne's son and daughter-in-law David and Leah Dean.
Joanne recently retired from her long service as a naturalist
with the East Bay Regional Park District and has been an active
environmentalist for many years. Among those who spoke at the
luncheon of the inspiration and encouragement she has given
them were Jeff Miller, director of the Alameda Creek Alliance;
Alameda County Planning Commissioner Audrey LePell; Margaret
Tracy of Preserve Area Ridgelands; Maryanne Canaparo, a colleague
of Joanne's at EBRPD; and SOS president Pat Stillman.
Joanne came to Sunol's Kilkare Woods in 1982, where she served
on the KWA board of directors. She and Michael married in 1986
and moved to their home on Kilkare Road in 1992. The couple
has been active together in many environmental causes, including
being founding members of Save Our Sunol.
Michael worked for Chevron for over 20 years, but his true
calling is healing. He studied at the Berkeley Psychic Institute
and developed healing techniques based on therapeutic sound
theory. His business, Harmonic Healer, has helped many, and
he plans to continue this work in Pennsylvania.
As I write this, the moving van is filling up in the Freemire's
driveway. They have promised to stay in touch and visit as often
as they can and we sure hope they do. We send them on their
way with many good wishes, piles of gratitude and the knowledge
that they will be dearly missed.
NEVER TOO BUSY TO SERVE: Sunolian Louise Walsh Throop completed
a comprehensive course on priority senior issues in February.
The course is conducted by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors®,
a national organization that has trained over 8,000 professionals
in this country. Successful participants complete a thorough
examination to earn the Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)
designation. As a CSA, Louise will participate annually in continuing
education provided by the Society.
Louise is a financial advisor and owns Foothill Securities
on Main Street in Sunol. She is affectionately known around
here as "Treasurer of Everything," because she is
very generous about sharing her skills with community groups.
She is currently treasurer of both Save Our Sunol and the Sunol
Repertory Theatre and as a member of the Sunol Business Guild
she is updating the town phone directory she published in 1996.
It's amazing how much Louise does. In addition to her business
and community service, she is active in numerous professional
networking groups, attends exercise and yoga classes and has
just published her second book! The book, George Soule of the
Mayflower and his Descendants in the Fifth and Sixth Generations,
is the second in a series of six and is a revision of materials
gathered by John E. Soule and Milton Terry. Published by the
General Society of Mayflower Descendants, it is part of the
Five Generations Project, documenting the current status of
research on Mayflower families.
Never one to slow down, she is already hard at work on the
third book in the series. Congratulations Louise, on your certification
as a CSA, your continuing community service, and the publication
of your book.
TIME TO LAUGH: There's nothing like a good laugh to go along
with the arrival of spring. Due to the popularity of their comedy
events Elliston Vineyards is hosting three this year. The first
is Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring a delicious buffet dinner
and comedians Drew Hastings and Dennis Regan, both veterans
of Jay Leno's Late Show. Tickets for dinner and the show are
$55 per person. Call 925-862-2377 for reservations and mark
your calendars for the summer and fall shows coming July 12
and October 11.