Book Club Beat…The Whip by Karen Kondazian

Posted August 1, 2015 By Sherry Hemingway

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Women are seldom attracted to the Western genre of fiction. A remarkable exception is “The Whip” by Karen Kondazian, a book widely read and enthusiastically recommended by local book clubs.

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When Old is New,,,Valle Del Sur Auto Club

Posted July 31, 2015 By Larry MIckartz
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Not just any old car…and not just any old car club…Valle Del Sur Region, Antique Auto Club of America

Written by Larry J. Mickartz

There are car clubs, motorcycle clubs, low-rider clubs, Ford Clubs, Porsche Clubs, British Car Clubs…there are lots of car clubs! 

One unique and vibrant car club is the Valle Del Sur Region, Antique Auto Club of America in Morgan Hill. This club is one of 400 local and regional clubs that make up the national Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA). The AACA was founded in Philadelphia in 1935. Its membership has grown to over 60,000 from all parts of the world. Interestingly one does not have to own an antique car to be a member…one just has to like vintage cars.

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Written by Larry J. Mickartz
On a quiet country road in the foothills east of Gilroy is a nice home set back from the road, protected by a gate. A flock of Guinea fowl scampers around. A remarkable young lady lives and studies here. Isabella Chow is homeschooled…one of nearly 2 million in the United States. In a normal K-12 set-up she would be a junior in high school. Momma Jasmine also home schools Isabella’s brother, Isaiah (14), and sister, Annabella (12), and before that their three older cousins. Jasmine Chow is a geneticist by training but now a homemaker and home school headmaster. Isabella’s father is an engineer.
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Gilroy Schools…Back in the Day

Posted July 29, 2015 By Elizabeth Barrett

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Written by Elizabeth Barrett

“The teacher is the special property of each person in her district and she must act so as to please everybody, or she will be in danger of losing her position. The dangerous uncertainty of the position makes the life of the country school marm a sort of ever-changing dream.” Gilroy School History, 1888 pamphlet.

Although there were several schools located within the Gilroy city limits of the 1800s, still more existed in the rural areas to serve the local farm population. In town, most students attended the Gilroy Public School located at Church and Third Streets. The private Severance Seminary, founded in 1869, was located on Railroad Sreet. The St. Mary Convent School, founded in 1870, sat next to the church of the same name on Monterey Street near First Street.

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Morgan Hill Schools…Back in the Day

Posted July 28, 2015 By Mike Monroe
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Written by Michael Moore
Photos courtesy of the Morgan Hill Historical Society.

Talk about geography and history lessons, that’s what you’ll get when the subject is schools in the environs of Morgan Hill. In the early 1850’s, families with young children began to settle the vast expanses of southern Santa Clara County. Neither Gilroy nor Morgan Hill were incorporated cities yet and primary education was a home-based adventure. Still, with the population growing because of the Gold Rush and the wide open prospects for new beginnings in California, newcomers sought early on to formalize the education of their children.

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Rocca’s Market…Withstanding the Test of Time

Posted July 27, 2015 By Crystal Han
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Written by Crystal Han

In today’s fast-paced world there is a belief that newer equals better. Places like Rocca’s Market remind us that sometimes the old ways are the best ways. 

Rocca’s Market has been a family run business since 1927. It was first built by Giulio Rocca, who moved from Cocconato Italy in 1906. Giulio wanted to ensure that San Martin had everything it needed to thrive; so the store started out as a general store, feed store, service station and restaurant. Through the decades, Rocca’a has passed along the family line. Giulio’s daughter, Ines, and her husband, John Bonfante, ran the store for 20 years before Giulio’s son, Julius, better known as Rocky, took the helm in 1952. In 1994, Rocky’s sons, Dan and Tom, took over and they have been running the store ever since. 

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The thought of owning and running a restaurant can be daunting for some. For Fran and Bobby Beaudet, who own the Old City Hall Restaurant, it is a lifelong passion that they wouldn’t dream of leaving. 

“Sometimes I think about the question, ‘What would you do if you only had six months to live?’. For me, it’s simple. I’d work,” Fran smiled.

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Authors Among Us

Posted July 25, 2015 By admin

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Bev Stenehjem was writing a wine column when she was approached by Images of America to do a book on local wineries. Images of America (Arcadia Publishing) has over 9,000 titles on local history.

In 2015 with information and historical photos of eight local wineries, her book, Wineries of Santa Clara Valley, was published. The book chronicles the history of Guglielmo Winery, Ross Vineyards and Winery, Hecker Pass Winery, Fernwood Cellars, Solis Winery, Fortino Winery, Morgan Hill Cellars and Kirigin Cellars.

At another book signing, held at the Gilroy Museum, authors of other local books that chronicle the history of the area were on hand to sign their books.

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Historical authors at the Gilroy Museum


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Mushroom Mardi Gras…2015

Posted July 24, 2015 By admin
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The 36th Annual Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras was a huge success. While attendance was down a little on Saturday due to the cooler weather, this year’s festival showed the earliest Sunday crowd ever. Local favorite Shane Dwight delighted music enthusiasts at the Amphitheater. The chef demo stage was standing room only both days and food vendors reported record-breaking sales. The Western Mushroom Marketing Association was on hand both days to educate festival-goers on the health benefits of mushrooms and how mushrooms are grown. Festival Mascot Mardi the Mushroom was a huge success with kids as he strolled around the festival along with entertainers in costume. Sunday’s scholarship presentation honored 50 high school seniors who received scholarships from the Mushroom Mardi Gras organization. There were over 280 booths welcoming visitors to browse and buy food, arts & crafts and retail merchandise. A variety of music on two stages brought in enthusiastic crowds to enjoy the music and dancing.

Something For Everyone
Music, Food Demonstrations, Kids Entertainment, Arts & Crafts, Food Vendors, Dancing, Face Painting, Kids Rides, Local Business Booths, Mushrooms, Puppies, Youth Recognitions, Mascot
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56 Dazzle

The 10th Annual Dazzle fundraiser was held on May 29th and raised $47,000. A record 256 attended the event at Clos LaChance Winery. Attendees were entertained with popular game show parodies during dinner. 

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