“Bees and butterflies” is a heart felt activity that Gina Belforte took on as her Rotary project for the year. Belforte is extremely busy being mayor of Rohnert Park but with great determination and blessing of the City of Rohnert Park, she is willing to lead the community to add pollinators to parks within the city.
Tuesday night’s Rohnert Park City Council meeting was a straightforward affair. Mayor Gina Belforte and Rohnert Park Councilmembers met for about three hours in front of community members discussing topics regarding public safety, the impeding power outages and other items.
Last month the Sonoma County library system launched a new “American Collection,” a collection of books, multimedia, and other information to educate the public on citizenship, civics and naturalization. The collection, offered at all 12 Sonoma County library branches, is easily browsable, multilingual, and contains a variety of materials to help support those learning English and attempting to acquire citizenship. Nationwide, slightly more than half of immigrants are non-citizens.
Friday evening, Oct 4, there was a surprise on the field of the Cougars at the Rancho Cotate High School football game. Henri Sarlatte presented a trophy in the shape of a microphone to well-known football announcer, Wayne Thomas. Wayne started volunteering for the Rancho Cotate Athletic program in 1979.
“I was raised to respect and care for all living things,” says Erica Rushing, Executive Director of Flat Broke Farm in explanation of why she founded the organization in 2005. “When I was 8 years old I was diagnosed with ADHD and my mom wanted to seek alternative solutions as doctors wanted me to be on Prozac and Adderall and things like that. Instead, my parents got me a horse. That changed my life. It kept me out of trouble when my teenage years came around, taught me a lot of responsibility and patience, and I really felt that I needed to give back to animals because they helped shape my life in such a wonderful way and kept me from being on any sort of prescriptions.”