JUST PRETEND IT'S SNOW, OKAY? Yowza, we've
taken a soaking! Roofs are leaking, mud is sliding, branches
are flying and Sinbad Creek is roaring down the canyon. The
wind up on my hill is so wild, I expect to wake up in Kansas
one of these mornings. My dog, Viva, a 5-pound Yorkshire Terrier,
almost did the "
and Toto, too" thing the other
day. I swear, I grabbed her just before she went airborne right
in my backyard.
It's pretty tame down on Kilkare Road near my driveway, but
up the canyon a bit it's been a different story. Jeroen Engelberts
told me his family's cars were up to their axels in water last
week. The road crews from Alameda County have been super out
here, clearing debris and mud and generally mopping up after
the storms. We're all very thankful for their quick and thorough
SOS SHARES HOLIDAY CHEER: In spite of the pouring rain
on Friday, Dec. 13, the turn-out at Save Our Sunol's annual
holiday dinner at Sunol Glen School was amazing. Special guests
included several firefighters from the California Department
of Forestry Station in Sunol, State Senator (and Sunolian) Liz
Figueroa, Alameda County Supervisor Gail Steele, Alameda County
Planning Commissioner Audrey Lapell, and Sunol School Board
Trustee Guin Van Dyke.
Also present were Sunol Business Guild President and Vice President,
Jim O'Laughlin and Dimitri Kastriotis, respectively, and Little
Valley Vineyard owner Sandi Bohner. Other important parts of
our community were represented by Kilkare Woods Association
President Stephan Doyle, Sunol Regional Park Ranger Dan Reasor,
Sunol Repertory Theatre Producer Diane Tiessen, Grandmas Club
member Maryann Canaparo, and Sunol Advisory Committee member
SOS President Pat Stillman took great pleasure in welcoming
the sixty people present and introducing the special guests.
Morgan King, attorney for Save Our Sunol, gave an optimistic
report on the group's lawsuit to stop a mining project on Water
Temple Field, and Senator Figueroa and Supervisor Steele provided
updates on how their areas of government are coping with the
difficult economic climate.
Sunol Glen School eighth-grade teacher Laura Dennis, and head
of the Maintenance Dept. Brad Taylor enjoyed dinner with the
group before dashing from the school cafeteria to the auditorium
to share in chaperoning the dance going on there. No one in
this town ever doubts that our school is the center of activity
Everyone enjoyed the delicious dinner and desserts catered
by Sunolian Julie Lesher, with able assistance from her son,
Ryan. Cindy Frillman and Nancy Davis once again transformed
the cafeteria into an elegant holiday dinner spot. Given the
weather lately, it's certainly fine to share such a warm and
comforting evening with a grand group of folks.
ANOTHER KIND OF COMFORT: Sunol Girl Scout volunteer
Helen Eberle reported that "Operation One Warm Coat"
received over at least a hundred coats, sweaters and sweatshirts
for those in need. "I received calls from Danville, Pleasanton,
Livermore and Sunol," Helen said. "Thank you to all
the generous people."
And here's wishing you all a very warm and happy holiday from
your neighbors here in Sunol. Be well, be safe, and be merry.