Here in Sunol we would like to feel that we are
somehow beyond the reach of senseless vandalism and theft, so
it's a shame that in early March a storage container located
in the Sunol Community Park was broken into. What did the ruthless
thieves take? Nothing of value really except items that we Sunolians
may enjoy during the holidays such as a few of the town's Christmas
decorations; some were even cherished homemade items that cannot
The container is used by the Sunol Business Guild and the Grandmothers
Club and is used for storage of, besides the towns decorations,
items that are used for the famed Chili Cook-off and Bed races,
paper products, canopies, tables, ice chests, etc.
The most valuable, in terms of sentimental value, were several
beautiful throw blankets that depicted a sample of some of the
town's oldest establishments. How ironic is it that the Grandmothers
Club sold these blankets to raise funds for the town's decorations?
If anyone has any information regarding this theft, please contact
the Alameda County Sheriff's office.
After fundraising for over a year, Sunol Glen School's eighth
grade class finally took their highly anticipated spring break
trip. Traditionally each year the school's eighth grade class
tours Washington DC and surrounding area. This year's trip included
a tour of Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, President
Jefferson's home at Monticello, President Washington's home
at Mt. Vernon, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Museum,
the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam and Korean
War Memorial, the World War II Memorial, Arlington Cemetery
and of course they toured our nation's Capitol.
While touring the National Archives Museum on April 1, the guards
on duty convinced a few students to play a trick on the parent
chaperones. The solemn faced guards and prankster students informed
the parents that the students had broken a display at the museum.
According to parent Lisa Harper they were immediately horrified
and could not believe that their students would break something.
After a few moments though and some harsh looks between the
parents and students, the guards laughing told the parents that
it was just an April Fools joke.
Another highlight of the trip was the visit to Yorktown, VA
where eighth-grade student, Jovan Beard, was chosen to be dressed
as an American Revolution soldier. The students learned about
life as a soldier, the equipment that was used and how it took
42 steps to load a musket. Of the uniform, Jovan says, "It
was heavy, it choked you, all the stuff around my neck was choking
me; it was very uncomfortable and itchy. I carried a knapsack,
two canteens, a musket ball container, and something that held
the gunpowder. In the knapsack was a type of hard bread that
you could not chew but had to suck on. It was in the shape of
a disk, it was extremely small". They also ate rice and
beans and besides water, they would fill their canteens with
whiskey or brandy. For utensils they had a spoon made out of
the horn of a bison".
Student, Ryan Harper, said, "I enjoyed seeing the Holocaust
Museum the most because I actually saw what horrors went on.
I liked to see Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown because
I got to see the way soldiers lived." Ryan's Mom Lisa said,
"We had a great bus driver; he was 72 yrs young and a walking
encyclopedia of knowledge. It was a whirlwind trip, fast paced.
It's an awesome trip."