Vol.CXXVI - Number 36 - June 8, 2000 - St. Helena, California


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Aunt Helena

Excuse me, Dear Reader, but following the remarkable and lively doings at last week’s wine auction, Aunt Helena has been resting with a cologne scented hankie to her temples. The thought of all that money and the good it will do is almost too much for an old body to comprehend. What a world! And what generosity on the part of all involved in this home-grown event.

Some more wonderful people have come to Aunt Helena’s attention. Walter and Carol Hasselbrack’s daughter, Jennifer, known to her friends as Jeni, graduated cum laude this spring from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn. Jennifer, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in English, is a 1996 graduate of Pacific Union College Preparatory School in Angwin. She plans to complete requirements for a teaching degree.

And then there is Zech Browning, a St. Helena High School student who was just named a U.S. Achievement Academy national award winner in art. Zech, the son of Linda Mews and Mike Browning, will appear in the academy’s yearbook. He was nominated for this honor by high school art instructor, Greg Marvin, based on his academic performance, leadership qualities and motivation to learn. Congratulations to these fine young people!

The Napa Valley was well represented at the Pickwick Equestrian Horse Show in Rancho Cordova last week. Jean Edwards and her horse, Champagne, rode to a division championship and placed either first or second in four amateur-owner jumping classes for riders 18 or older. The duo has trained with Macella O’Neill of Diamond Mountain Stables for five years. Twelve-year-old Mia Cakebread, riding Barzeletta, earned a blue ribbon and other top prizes in the short stirrup division. Jeffrey and Caroline Shifflet were also winners with their pony Dutchess. More ribbon winners included Jamee and Charlotte Wallis with their Welsh pony Peppermint Patti. These talented young riders also ride at Diamond Mountain Stables and are trained by Kelli Cox. (An aside: Macella on High Ridge Ranch’s Renaldo 67 placed second in the $20,000 Grand Prix of Sacramento held June 4.)

Shifting for four legs to two wheels, Aunt Helena heard from proud parents Carolyn and Gus Kelperis whose daughter, Liana, will receive a bachelor of arts degree in American studies Saturday from UC Santa Cruz. Liana, as you no doubt remember Dear Reader, spent last summer biking across the United States. She is a 1995 graduate of St. Helena High School and a third-generation St. Helenan (her grandmother is the late Hattie Marolf Kelperis).

Carolyn Hoff at GardenHome has passed along a raffle number whose holder is eligible for a round, Valencia-style table and four chairs. The lucky number is 619439 and the crew at GH is anxious to hear from the winner. Call them at 967-4800.

Second Helping Thrift Store, which for years has benefited St. Helena schools, closes its doors Tuesday, June 27. But board member Leslie Stanton reminds one and all that there are still plenty of irresistible specials available to the bargain hunter. Donations will be accepted until Saturday. The shop is in the old music building in front of Vintage Hall at the high school. Aunt Helena knows from past visits that there are many treasures tucked away. Take a look.

Aunt Helena joins the family and friends of Pope Valley resident Jessica Dold in wishing her all the best in her latest endeavor. She leaves Saturday for Mongolia where she will be working for two years with the Peace Corps. Jessica, a 1999 graduate of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, will be teaching English as a second language.

Alex “Bender” Clark was presented the Top Gun award at Aviation Challenge California in May. The award is given to winners of a tournament style competition in state-of-the-art flight simulators. The week-long camp in the San Joaquin Valley encourages young people in the fields of