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Volume 8, Number 9  September 1 - October 3, 2011

The Joy of Learning

The Joy of Learning

Summer is coming to a close and leaves are falling into - and filling - my gutters. Another year when I promise myself to put up gutter guards. All this means is that itís time to switch our thinking to getting ready for winter wet and cold.

If you have school-age children, your energy focuses on getting them settled into another school year, or as in the case of my grand daughter - starting kindergarten. I miss all that because my daughter moved too far away for me to participate, but I can still clearly remember her first day of school. My parents came here to visit so they wouldnít miss it. I wish I could do the same for Destiny...thatís her on the cover with the book we bought together when I was visiting this summer. Itís one of her favorites and my chance to share my love of insects with her.

I was fortunate to have a father who read to my sister and me every night before we went to bed when we were young. He started me out with the love of reading. Itís why I chose this monthís theme, The JOY of Learning.Ē I believe that the greatest gift you can offer a child is a passion for learning and the ability to read. These two skills carry a person into life with wide-open opportunities to explore new subjects.

Please follow the stories submitted by readers to inspired learning....ENJOY! ~ Vesta

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Lots of Water

Lots of Water

37 Million Gallons of Recycled Water

By Brad Sherwood

The Sonoma County Water Agency which manages the Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District will increase recycled water storage capacity by constructing the Reservoir 5 Project (north of and adjacent to the Districtís treatment plant located at 22675 8th Street East, Sonoma, CA. Reservoir 5 will expand the Districtís recycled water storage by 37 million gallons Ė the District currently stores approximately 200 million gallons in four existing storage reservoirs. This increased capacity is necessary to enhance the Districtís ability to utilize recycled water for irrigation purposes.

Reservoir 5 will cost $2.3 million and is being financed by $600,000 in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funding through the North Bay Water Reuse Authority (Authority). The Authority includes five local agencies in the North San Pablo Bay region, including the Water Agency, formed to put recycled water to its broadest and most beneficial use. The remaining $1.3 million is financed through the Districtís Capital Improvement Plan. Construction activities began earlier this month and Reservoir 5 is slated for completion in December 2011. Ford Construction of Lodi, CA was selected to construct Reservoir 5 and it is estimated to create 10 jobs during the construction phase.

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Youth Leads us to Connect

Sebastopol Students Lead us to Connect

By Lucas Oshun

Global Student Embassy (GSE) is now beginning our fourth year of youth leadership and grassroots international relations. As a director of programs, I am continuously inspired by the commitment of students, teachers and community members who volunteer their time. The energy and determination participants of all ages bring to GSE projects in California, Tanzania, and Ecuador shows us that we are tapping into something real. We support each otherís goals, and we accomplish a lot.

Please join us on Saturday, November 5 at 6:30 pm at the Sebastopol Community Center for dinner, live music and a silent auction. This is Global Student Embassyís fourth annual benefit event. We greatly appreciate your support and interest in our mission!

Local to International

Sonoma County: GSE will launch its Environmental Action and Youth Leadership Program this fall, in partnership with the Sonoma Land Trust and local Sonoma County Resource Conservation Districts (RCD). The program will provide hands-on experiences for Windsor, Sebastopol, and other Sonoma County high school students in habitat restoration work and organic gardening projects.

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