May 10, 2021

Tired on the last lap

Elliahna, 9, and Brisayis, 10, were running buddies and ran 11 laps at Technology Middle School on April 28 for Girls on the Run.  GOTR is a national non-profit that aims to strengthen young girls’ confidence, as well as their physical and emotional health.  The local elementary schools have been participating in this program for years. 

Photo by Tracy Si

 

Ag + open space announces grants

According to a March 23, 2021 press release, the Board of Directors for the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (Ag + Open Space) approved $5.8 million in grants for 2020. This is a matching grant program, “which solicits applications every two years. The intent is to provide funding for acquisition, restoration, and recreational development projects” offering benefits to cities and the county. This cycle, six projects throughout the county were selected. They will add 145 acres of “new and enhanced parks, trail additions and several new access points to existing local parks.” 

North Bay Theatrics brings children theatre classes to Sebastopol

Few sectors of American life were affected more by the pandemic lockdowns than the theatre.

But after restarting in-person classes with pandemic safety measures in December, North Bay Theatrics, a youth theatre company out of Cotati, is not only back in business, but expanding to Sebastopol.

Sports

Rancho lacrosse still trying to find a rhythm

As Head Coach Jack Witt talked to his team in the postgame huddle after Thursday night’s loss to Casa Grande, the message was simple; it starts in practice. Lacrosse at Rancho Cotate High School is different than at other schools. The Cougars have very few players who just specialize in lacrosse, most of the players come from other sports. Getting the players up to speed in a condensed season won’t be easy.

Community

WSCUHSD Responds to lawsuit

As previously reported in this paper and other media outlets, a group of parents from the Forestville area and El Molino High School community have been attempting to stop or slow down the pending consolidation of their high school with that of Analy High School in Sebastopol. Because of declining enrollments and an on-going structural budget deficit, the West Sonoma County Union High School District decided to move El Molino students to the Analy High School location and form a single consolidated comprehensive high school.