A Lgendary Stage Driver on the San Juan Express…Charley Parkhurst

Posted December 20, 2014 By Elizabeth Barrett

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A Gilroy Today Story by Elizabeth Barrett

Driving a stagecoach was a matter of pride for the hardy men who operated the old Coast Stage lines. The drivers often worked in 24-hour runs and withstood all sorts of inclement weather. 

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Hard Hat, Soft Heart…Jenny Midtgaard Derry

Posted December 19, 2014 By admin

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A Gilroy Today story  written By Robin Shepherd

Recently I had the opportunity to spend the morning with Jenny Midtgaard Derry, learn about her multi-faceted career, and shadow her at work. Derry is a Construction Manager with the Gilroy Unified School District (GUSD), and it’s as interesting to see how she tackles the job as it is to understand the career journey that prepared her for it.

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Santa Clara Wine Trail

Posted December 16, 2014 By Larry MIckartz

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More material on the Santa Clara Wine Trail was published in the Fall issue of Morgan Hill Today….see below

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Gilroy Foundation…Give Where You Live

Posted December 12, 2014 By Larry MIckartz

A Gilroy Today story by Larry J. Mickartz

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In the late ‘70s, after the passage of Proposition 13, a lot of public service and nonprofit agencies began to worry about the future of their programs. Bill Ayer, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Gilroy, was one of those. Along with a group of community leaders they started the Gilroy Foundation. The original idea to support Parks & Recreation evolved into a “permanent saving account” for all interests of Gilroy. The idea was to set up endowments where only 5% of the money would be used each year.

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Field of Dreams…Christopher High Sports Complex

Posted December 11, 2014 By Robin Shepherd

A Gilroy Today Story by Robin Shepherd

The development of the Don Christopher Sports Complex is a story of vision, perseverance, generosity and community spirit – and six dads got the ball rolling.

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What People Say About Don Christopher

Posted December 4, 2014 By admin

 

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Imagine all that wouldn’t be here without Don. He does so much behind the scenes. Mike Rauschnot, MJR Electric

Don’s generosity and commitment to making his community a better place is never-ending. Those of us in his family know that his deep love for his family is even greater …He is nonjudgmental and supportive in his unique way …He brings us great joy and makes our lives better. We are truly blessed to have him.   Ginny Christopher, Daughter-In-Law

If he sees a need, he is the first person to step forward to help with what ever challenge that presents itself and he has done that countless times over the years.  Brian Bowe, Executive Director, Gilroy Garlic Festival Association

I’ve had a long career in education and I have never seen anyone with this level of generosity. Don’s response to needs is always “How do we make it happen?” He’s made such a difference in our schools.  Dr. Debbie Flores, Superintendent, Gilroy Unified School District

…I’m constantly amazed at his business sense, and his knowledge of the garlic business, and I really admire what he does for the community.  Pat DeStasio

Gilroy is blessed to be the recipient of 
Don and Karen’s generosity.  Donna Pray, Executive Director. Gilroy Foundation

Don kept me part of the community during a difficult time in my life. I wasn’t sure I wanted to play music again but he gave me the confidence.  Ted Sanchez, Musician/Singer

2011 — I was under-going some very expensive cancer therapy and the whole community stepped forward. Don and Karen were at the front of the line and made a significant donation that basically helped save my life. It’s hard to put into words how thankful I am for something as incredible as that.  Brian Bowe, Executive Director, Gilroy Garlic Festival 
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He is one of the most hard-working people that I have ever known. His generosity toward others, especially the education of our children, is second to none. I am proud to call him Dad.  Bill Christopher, Son

From my grandfather, I’ve learned the most critical life lesson that anyone could teach me: To do the right thing, every time, no matter how hard it is. With this lesson comes great expectations of accountability and ethics, but builds the most solid leadership foundation that anyone could ask for.   Ken Christopher, Grandson

 

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Gilroy’s Godfather, Don Christopher

Posted December 4, 2014 By J. Chris Mickartz

A Gilroy Today article bJ. Chris Mickartz

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“When I came to Gilroy, I wanted to make it the best in any way I could. I believe in giving where you live and I’m a Gilroyan.”

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Over the past seven decades Don Christopher has not only made Gilroy his home but has made it a better place for all of us who call Gilroy home. He is a successful businessman who believes in giving back to his community. Gilroy is richer because of his support and “can do” attitude.

 

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It’s Ours. Our MorganHill

Posted November 22, 2014 By Larry MIckartz

 

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This was not a planned venture. One quiet, Sunday afternoon, two Morgan Hill residents, after a beautiful walk and some nice pictures, decided to create a little Facebook site dedicated to Morgan Hill. All they wanted was a place to post some of the nice photos they took around town and a place to highlight the beauty of Morgan Hill. Thus It’s Ours. Our Morgan Hill came into being. That was in March 2013; today there are over 14,000 likes on this site and hundreds of regular visitors and contributors. The originator wanted to focus on Morgan Hill and did not see the need to have an “owner” associated with the site. On July 21 2014 however, the “Owner,” Rene Spring, let the word out that he had started the site and continues to manage it. Read the remainder of this entry »

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CMAP / IPC Joint Venture

Posted November 18, 2014 By admin

CMAP (Community Media Access Partnership) and IPC Publishing have entered into a partnership to produce videos for advertisers in Gilroy and Morgan Hill Today. The video will be one minute long and will feature the “story” of the business. Production costs are very reasonable. The videos will run on CMAP TV and website, on the this website and a copy will be available for the business to use as they see fit. For more information contact us at larrym@gilroytoday.com or 408 848 6540.

But now enjoy this short clip about IPC Publishing, the creator of Gilroy Today and Morgan Hill Today.

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Santa Clara County WINE TRAIL

Posted November 18, 2014 By Larry MIckartz
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A little over two years ago, the idea of a local wine trail was born. Championed by the Association of Wineries of Santa Clara Valley, represented by Mike Sampagnaro, Dr. Jon Hatakeyama, Morgan Hill local, and Supervisor Mike Wasserman the plan became a reality. Signage was funded and installed by the County of Santa Clara, and the cities of Morgan Hill and Gilroy. The Gilroy Welcome Center and the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce provided additional project support.

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