Continuing this series, we’re now in our second week of sheltering in place. I am again bringing you another voice from our community. My hope continues that by sharing these voices we can reduce the sense of isolation we may be feeling and find the commonalities we are experiencing. Of course, no story will ever be the same; but I’m sure they may be similar.
In recent weeks many of our local restaurants who are mom and pop owned have taken it in the chin extremely hard. Many had to lay off their employees and took on more hours themselves.
Al Jolson debuted this song some 30 years ago. It goes like this: “Life is not a highway strewn with flowers. Still it holds a goodly share of bliss. When the sun gives way to April showers, here is the point you should never miss. Though April showers may come your way, they bring the flowers that bloom in May.”
Rancho Cotate Girls Lacrosse Coach Maddy Smith fell in love with coaching her sophomore year at Rancho while being coached by her father. Now six years later, Smith gets to coach her younger sister, Mackenzie, with her father on the sidelines as her assistant. The Smiths are a lacrosse loving family who get to share their love and knowledge with other talented athletes.
Shoppers at Sweet Pea Gift Shoppe, an entirely volunteer run, 501(c)3 non-profit organization benefiting Sonoma County Seniors, may have noticed the fresh updates the store is sporting recently. The new interior paint, signage and fixtures were all made possible by a $4,000 grant from the Rohnert Park Foundation small grants program. Volunteers hope the new signage will make the shop more visible and help alter perceptions of the store.