March 14, 2005

You just can't miss it as you drive through the intersection at Sunol Corners; you know that big, white wooden sign shaped like a hog. It's announcing the Sunol 4-H's annual Pancake Breakfast. Held on April 3, it's a favorite community tradition that goes way back to before I can hardly remember and without dating myself that would be sometime in the 60's. But yes I do remember donning that crisp white uniform, green scarf and green felt hat. Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice, milk, coffee, and tea; all for only $5.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. And as usual it takes place at the Sunol Glen School cafeteria from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The 4-H group will also be holding a plant sale, bake sale and raffle during the breakfast.

Presidents Day weekend provided the perfect getaway weekend for our local scouts and this is an example of not just an "only in Sunol" moment but probably only in California could one group go to the snowy mountains and the other to a sandy beach.

Cadette Troop 2957 attended a relaxing Senior/Cadette weekend at Camp Butano Creek in Pescadero. The girls joined fellow scouts from the Crossroads Association during evening activities such as bingo and dancing but were free to do there own thing during the day. Their days were filled with a trip to the Santa Cruz beach; they visited the Surfing Museum and the Natural History Museum and dined at Stagnaro Restaurant on the Santa Cruz Wharf. The Cadettes, all seventh graders at Sunol Glen School, were Chelsea Whiteside, Hayley Nielsen, Caitlin Carter, Nicola Barnes and Jessica Christian. Hayley said, "It was really fun. My favorite part of the weekend was when we went to the beach at six in the morning to watch the sun rise." Troop leaders, Victoria Barnes and Lori Nielsen accompanied the girls.

Boy Scout Troop 912 hit the slopes that very same weekend for snowboarding and skiing at Bear Valley. Charles Garvin, Nathan Gilchrest, Alton Richardson, Colton Sehmsdorf, Nick Sarracco, Adam Foster and Nick and Bryan Koenig attended the overnight excursion and the scouts stayed at the Gilchrest Family cabin. According to parent, Caren Foster, there was "lots of snow, lots of powder and no injuries."

February 26 was a day that Cord Zale, a second grader at Sunol Glen, will never forget for the rest of his life. After last years failed attempt to secure a win at the Cub Scouts annual Pinewood Derby, he successfully overtook 10 other scouts to capture a 1st place award. Cord's Mom, Zouri Zale, was equally excited. She said, "For the first time in his life he won! It was totally a delightful day."

The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts together and their families had gathered that evening for a potluck "Blue and Gold Dinner" to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Scouting, the Pinewood Derby and a Court of Awards Ceremony. Colton Sehmsdorf and Nick Koenig earned Life rank. Bradley Lide earned Star rank. Nicholas West earned Second Class rank. Merit badges were awarded to Jeffrey Bettencourt, Jovan Beard, Antonio Branco and Colton Sehmsdorf for Rock Climbing. Bryan Koenig received a merit badge for Citizen in the Nation and Communications. Richard Foster received merit badges for Chemistry, Citizen in the Community, Basketry, Sports, Personal Management and Family Life. Nick Sarracco received merit badges for Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Communications and Family Life.

Looking for some live entertainment? Appearing this Friday and Saturday night from 8:00 p.m. to midnight at Bosco's Bones and Brew is The Rik Richardson Band.

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