Published in the May 9 – 22, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life

Photo by Robert Airoldi * Wine Stroll participants taste Lion Ranch Winery varietals at Rosy’s.

Another successful Wine Stroll is in the books and Morgan Hill Downtown Association Board President John McKay said this year’s version was a huge success. They sold out all 1,000 tickets — 50 more than last year — and saw 23 businesses step up to host a pouring location, most of whom reported they had a great day.

“The MHDA keeps working hard to make each Wine Stroll a little more fun and interesting for guests and worthy of the effort put in by our host businesses and wineries,” McKay said. “From what I saw our guests were having a great time and we gave them a reason to look forward to next year.”

I’m looking forward to next year, too.

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Steve Betando

Morgan Hill schools superintendent Steve Betando told the Chamber of Commerce Good Morning Morgan Hill Breakfast attendees about an unsolicited email he received about the Future Farmers of America students in Anaheim recently. Below is the email:

“I happened to be down in Anaheim for meetings last week and stayed at the Hyatt House right near Disneyland. I checked in with a bunch of work to do and was ready to get to it when I noticed about four buses of kids pulling into the hotel. You can imagine my horror when I saw 10 million teenagers descending on my peaceful hotel. I had fears of running around kids, tons of noise and no sleep. I immediately began to plot my escape plan of complaining to hotel, getting some sort of credit and a free room at some other Hyatt property. To my surprise, here is what I experienced for three days staying at the hotel with all the FFA participants, some of the most professional and polite kids I have ever come across. Young people who hold an elevator door or say good morning to adults while looking you in the eye. Not only were kids not running around making noise, most of the time I saw them they were working on materials for the conference or what looked like meeting new friends from other clubs. Not to mention the kids were all dressed better than me with jackets, shined shoes and ties. I left the hotel, feeling better about the future of our country. If these are examples of our next generation, we are in great shape. Congrats to you all on your leadership and hope you had a great event last week. Best, Charlie.”

Thanks, Steve, for sharing. Glad to hear we have such mature students!

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It was sad to hear of the near riot at the Britton Middle School carnival Friday, April 27 that saw eight juveniles arrested and nearly 60 officers responding to quell the incident. Because of fears of further violence, the Morgan Hill Police Department and the Morgan Hill Unified School District officials canceled the final two days. In doing so, the Home and School Club lost more than $20,000 that would have gone towards Britton’s staff and students in support for Britton’s technology, after school sports and equipment, teacher grants, assemblies, dances, field trips, library supplies, and much more. To help defray some of the losses, a gofundme page has been established. You can donate at www.gofundme.com/5y3v7f-britton-carnival-loss.

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The Gilroy Assistance League invites South Valley residents to get a Mother’s Day weekend peek behind the doors of four “expansive” homes on Watsonville Road — and raise money to support local nonprofit organizations serving young people. GALs 14th annual Home and Garden Tour & Boutique is a driving tour of houses “embracing family, culture and community in South County,” said Phylis Mantelli, the home tour chair. GALs is a nonprofit of 35 active women who work throughout the year to provide grants to local health and recreation programs, visual and performing arts, and numerous other youth-oriented projects in the Gilroy community. So, if you want to enjoy a great tour and help out a great nonprofit, this might be just for you.

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Photo courtesy MH Photography Club From left to right, Alan Futterman, George Ziegler, Michael Sue BrownKorbel, David Rosas, Noel Calvi, Susan Brazelton. Seated, from left to right, Lance Trott and Noella Vigeant. Missing are Curt Palm, Mike Winn and David Fritts.

Congratulations to the Morgan Hill Photography Club which celebrated its club’s 10th anniversary with camera cookies and a toast to the club’s continuing success. Members who have been in the club continuously since 2008 are pictured.

 

Robert Airoldi

Robert Airoldi

Robert Airoldi is the editor of Morgan Hill Life newspaper. If you have a story idea or an Around Town column item you want to tell him about, you can reach him at (408) 427-5865 or at editor@morganhilllife.com.
Robert Airoldi