Published in the June 20 – July 3, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life

Get ready for an upcoming fundraiser supporting the Ghana Mission Project that helps educated children in Ghana as part of the Awaso Academy International. It will be held at 5 p.m. June 30 at St. Catherine Parish Center, 17400 Peak Ave. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for those younger than 10. They are available at or call (408) 218-7733. You can learn more about this great organization at

Volunteer and Morgan Hill resident Maryann Kantmann has visited the town several times and said being involved with the Awaso Academy School project has been evolutionary. It started nine years ago with the casting of adobe bricks to build the school. The campus now includes a farm, fish ponds, chickens, turkeys and goats to provide two meals a day for students and staff. She told us that curriculum and teaching methods are evolving, as well. Credentialed teachers are being imported from the cities to this small village to promote change. “This village has a literacy rate of first to second grade for most of its inhabitants,” she said. She said the evolution is being backed by people in Canada, Los Altos, and here in Morgan Hill.

“Started locally by St. Catherine Church, it is now receiving support by people from Advent Lutheran Church, United Methodist Church and the local Ghanaian community,” she said. “This event has allowed us to witness, first hand, the impact we can make on so many lives, and to express our humanity on a personal level.”

Thanks to all the volunteers, teachers and staff for helping educate the people of Awaso.

Have you ever wanted to know more about how the Morgan Hill Police department operates? Interested in learning how officers conduct an investigation? How does the CSI team process a crime scene? What equipment is used to train officers who respond to a crisis situation in the field? If you answered yes, then the MHPD Citizens Academy is for you. The academy starts Aug. 23 and meets at 6:30 p.m. each Thursday through Nov. 15 at the police department. Priority is given to Morgan Hill residents and each applicant is required to consent to a criminal background check. For more information and to apply, visit

Image result for WaldoWhere’s Waldo? In Morgan Hill, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 25 local businesses throughout our community this July. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement in our community.

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Morgan Hill!” passport, which contains the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. And to make things a little more challenging, Waldo and his friends have each dropped a precious item in BookSmart. These items can be spotted as well. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 15 or more business-es will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing July 31.

Participants of Find Waldo Local will have the added fun of searching for items dropped by Waldo’s intrepid traveling companions: Wenda, Woof, Wizard Whitebeard, and Odlaw.

There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July. For more information about hunting for Waldo in Morgan Hill, call BookSmart at (408) 778-6467 or email Sounds like a wonderful way to have some family fun this summer.

Rosie Poliquin

Rosie Poliquin, an independent sales associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Morgan Hill, was recently featured on the “This is SF” TV show as a real estate expert of the Silicon Valley. The show, which airs on CBS, showcases the lifestyle in the San Francisco Bay area, featuring the hottest business, restaurants, products and must-see destinations.

During the segment, Poliquin shared her background in development and design, which positions her to help buyers and sellers meet their real estate goals. She is no stranger to publicly sharing her passion for South Valley and her real estate knowledge, as she was a regular guest on KDOW’s AM 1220 real estate radio show with Joe Cucchiara and runs The South County Lifestyle Blog.

“I absolutely love everything about where I live, which is why I am so honored to be selected as the first South Valley real estate expert to be featured on ‘This is SF,’” Poliquin said. “I feel lucky to be given a platform to continue to share my real estate knowledge with the people in my community.”


See the video at Great job, Rosie!

Thank you, Vietnam veteran Eddie Bowers, for organizing the 2018 Memorial Day event. It reminds us about the reason for the holiday.

The Army vet has put together our community’s Memorial Day and Veterans Day events for two decades. It’s a patriotic reminder for everyone of what the men and women in the Armed Services have sacrificed.

On a personal note, the 4th Annual Mid-Cal Cup between some of my friends from Morgan Hill and Gilroy and friends from Southern California went to the So-Cal team, again. They narrowly defeated our Nor-Cal team 9-7. I was unable to attend this year and would like to think my presence would have tipped the scales in our favor, but that’s highly unlikely the way I’ve been playing. Congratulations to the So-Cal team: Captain Kevin Crowell, Mark Harrier, Chris Lowder, Paul Hernandez, Bill Hall, Tom Royds, Bob Giambalvo and Trent Davis. See you all next year!

Robert Airoldi

Robert Airoldi

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