There is another rising star emerging from this
little town and she comes from a well-established ranching family
I might add. Cari Koopman was raised here, attended Sunol Glen
School from kindergarten through eighth grade and went on to
Livermore High School to attend their FFA program. A senior,
Cari will graduate this spring and move on to Dad Tim's alma
mater, the University of Nevada, Reno majoring in agricultural
education. Cari also received the FFA's highest state farmer
degree, a star sectional recipient for outstanding achievement
in a supervised agricultural program for her beef-cattle project.
Cari is raising a herd of 20 cows for this project. Another
passion of Cari's is softball. It all started at the tender
age of 5 when she played t-ball, then she played on the Pleasanton
Girls Softball League from the age of 7 to 16. She also played
on a traveling summer softball team called the Phantoms and
had the chance to visit the states of Washington, Texas and
Colorado. Cari currently pitches for Livermore High Schools
undefeated varsity team and recently tossed a no-hitter.
Sunol Regional Wilderness is offering an "Outdoor Discoveries"
class every Thursday beginning May 6 for children 3 to 5 years
old with an accompanying adult. A naturalist will help you explore
a different wilderness topic each week. Space is limited so
call 925-862-2377 for pre-registration. You must also complete
an application for the summer session (June through August)
by May 24.
Elliston is a very elegant place to take your Mom this Mothers
Day, May 9. They are offering a scrumptious noontime luncheon
of fillet of beef or red snapper or wild mushroom ravioli, which
of course, includes champagne and wine. It's $55 per person
and space is limited so please call 925-862-2377 for reservation.
The Niles Canyon Railway is again offering wine tasting on
their Sunday train. Pouring their premium wine this week is
Some of you have emailed requests for historical information
regarding Sunol and I have had a few readers help provide me
that information. An interesting bit of historical information
comes from long-time Sunol resident, Jim O' Laughlin. Jim writes
that the there was a siren at the top of a pole at the old post
office building and it was used as a siren for the volunteer
fire department that Jim's father organized in the 30's or early
40's. There was also a World War II observation tower located
in the same area. The tower had a room at the top with windows
all around so volunteers could look for enemy planes. Jim writes,
"no enemy planes were ever seen". Jim's grandmother
was a volunteer and when visiting her at the tower he remembers
seeing full color photos of enemy planes to help the volunteers
identify them. After the war Jim's father dismantled the tower
and Jim and his sister used the room as a playhouse. Thank you
Jim for a wonderful story. If anyone else has more historical
information to share please send me email or regular mail at
the address below.
Get well wishes to Pat Stillman for a speedy recovery.