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Penngrove Station by Lyndi Brown - March 2017


Penngrove Station  - March 2017

by Lyndi Brown

“Nothing is so beautiful as spring …What is all this juice and all this joy?”Gerald Manley Hopkins

After 10 days away, I came home full of Mexico’s sun, warmed to the core on the heels of storms our area. The sun was shining at last here, and I wandered the yard to see what was new. My yard presented the first daffodil and first violets. The lemon tree was loaded with yellow orbs. I pulled some weeds, easily! The cat was glad to see me, and “there’s no place like home” was never more true.

Village Network of Petaluma invites you to public programs this month at the Village office, 402 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma (at Oak St. and the carwash). Open to members, volunteers, and the public. Please RSVP to or 707-776-6055 to ensure you have a seat at this presentation.

Taking Control of Your Driving Future 

Monday, March 6 at 10:00 – 11:30 am. Rosemary Robles, Senior Driver Ombudsman with more than 30 years at the California DMV, will show to maintain your driving privileges, options for a limited license, transportation alternatives, how to take and pass the license renewal test, and safe driving tips.

Welcome to the Village 

Thursday, March 16 at 11 am. An information meeting for adults 50+ and their family members to learn more about the innovative Village concept of “friends helping friends” to continue living vibrant, active, and connected lives in our own homes as we age. Get your questions answered, and meet Village members and volunteers. No RSVP necessary.

Penngrove Social Firemen Corned Beef and Cabbage Feed 

Sunday, March 11, 2017. Served 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

This tasty plate of features corned beef and cabbage cooked by Stan Pronzini and the kitchen crew, beverages and a Pot-O-Gold drawing with prizes of Visa gift cards of $200, $100, and $50. Meat is provided by Bud’s Meats. Dessert will be sold by the Penngrove 4-H. It’s so good, you’ll want to buy a second plate to take home. All proceeds help maintain the Penngrove Clubhouse and Penngrove Park, for the benefit of the community. At the Clubhouse, 385 Woodward Ave. corner of Oak St. and Woodward. Cost: Adults $15.00, Children under 12, $7.50. Tickets at the door. For information, contact Stanley Pronzini 217-7161.

Ponder Thoughts 

Contributed by my neighbor, Gerald Haslam 

Many years ago, I was ordered to list my “race” on a job application. I listed “mongrel,” only to be told that was an unacceptable term. So I listed “American” and learned that too was unacceptable. My third try was “Unknown. Raised by Gypsies”; I knew I wasn’t going to get the job, so why not have some fun. The truth is that three or four generations ago, my family had a name problem at Ellis Island: my “Silveira” ancestors became “Silves” and my “Boysen” ancestors became “Johnsons.” Meanwhile my Spanish/Mexican and Irish kin may have dodged authorities and snuck in--according to family folklore. In any case, German and Danish, English and Portuguese entered legally. The result: My multi-lingual great-grandmother used to say something like, “Son gente, nada mas” (They are people, nothing more).

I was raised to think of myself as proudly American. Five uncles and cousins fought for America in WWII, and I later served overseas in the US Army, then was active in my community, in my church, and for my family. I went to school and earned a doctorate, and am still enjoying one marriage, five kids, and 13 grandkids. Just think how much better off America would be if someone had stopped my ancestors and other people like us at the Border. Today, with inmates apparently running the asylum, it may trouble someone that those early Hispanics were often part Arabic...and that my name, like my soul, retains an Islamic hint.

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