Children in middle and high schools honored for their excellence

By Robert Airoldi

Robert Airoldi

Congratulations to nine local children who were named as outstanding students by the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill. The students at each school are selected by the faculty and during the program each one of them is introduced by either a teacher or principal before they say a few words.

The students are (from left to right): Top: Camila Romo — Jackson Academy of Math and Music, Cerys Holter — Oakwood School, Destiny Perez — Central High School. Middle: Grace Lennon — Charter School Morgan Hill, Kat Clement — Britton Middle School, Ezinne Kalu — Ann Sobrato High School, and bottom: Ritvik Sriram — Live Oak High School, Peter Bejarano — St. Catherine School, and Mia Garay — Martin Murphy Middle School

“As Morgan Hill Rotarians, we feel it is even more important during these most difficult times for these outstanding students, parents and teachers, that the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill continue its long tradition of annually recognizing all of their outstanding scholastic achievements,” club president Craig van Keulen said.

Officials with Henry W. Coe State Park have uncovered an object previously hidden in heavy chamise near the Hoover Landing after last year’s SCU Complex Fire. Teddy Goodrich, a Pine Ridge Association historian asked his son, who told him it is a “rip pow” or “ripper.” To confirm his “guess” Goodrich asked someone who knows all there is to know about building roads who confirmed it is a “ripper,” and gave her an old photograph to show one in use.

The ripper was used not only for building roads, but for building landing strips as well. The Hoover Landing Strip was built by Murry Hopkins for Frank Coit in the 1960s.

An East Bay favorite is moving to Morgan Hill. The former Sizzler will soon become Country Waffles, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have locations in Antioch, Clayton, Dublin and Livermore.

In addition to their signature waffles, they also serve omelets, benedicts, griddle favorites and all American breakfast, burgers, sandwiches, salads and wraps.

Welcome to Morgan Hill. Can’t wait to visit.

COVID-19 has been challenging for all of us, and many of our youth are struggling with distance learning for a variety of reasons. Some struggle not only with Internet access and space but with isolation, depression and anxiety. To that end, Living Above the Influence is launching The MH Hub, a COVID-19 compliant space that will allow youth (limited count), and early-in-college students to come and have free, strong Internet access, log into school, do their homework, receive academic support and resources. The HUB will also provide a morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack.

Those who need extra support, with Internet, quiet space to do their work, who are struggling academically and who could use in-person support are invited to apply beginning Feb. 22. It is free. Join at Upon registration, a service call will take place to confirm if space is available. If it is available, staff will confirm registration approval.

There are some creative people living on or near Hill Road. According to reader Darcy Foster, someone decorated a tree at Christmas, then took it down after and have now decorated it again. “I don’t know who does it, but I posted it on NextDoor and a lot of folks have commented positively,” she said.

Thanks, Darcy. Wondering what if anything they might do for Easter.


Do you hear the complaints about the garbage? Ever ride your bike around the local reservoirs? Want to do something about the garbage while riding? This Earth Day, April 23-24, there will be clean-ups at Chesbro, Uvas and Calero reservoirs.

It’s fairly simple. Pick up supplies and ride out to an area. Pick up garbage and seal it in a bag and others will come around later and pick up the trash bags.

Contact Leslie Gunterson at [email protected] for more information and to participate.

Robert Airoldi