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Photo caption: Heather Mahoney takes a dive at racquetball championships. Credit KS Photography.
Photo caption: Heather Mahoney takes a dive at racquetball championships. Credit KS Photography.

Celebrating and Healing Local Teens

Jun 28, 2020


By Lyndi Brown and Chuck Lucas

Thanks again to Chuck Lucas for contributing the first part of this column. Lucas is Senior writer and Historian,Penngrove Proud Magazine.

During the 2107 Fires, Members of the Penngrove Social Firemen Keiana Grima, Courtney and Caitlin Booth transformed the social hall into a pop up donation center and delivered apples to Elks Lodge 901 in Petaluma, clothes to Calvary Chapel Petaluma. Friedman’s donated air mattresses, and we delivered to the Fairgrounds. We delivered Gatorade and water to other firehouses and the CHP, too.” The group even kept firefighters in clean sox and briefs.On June 5, 2020 18 year old, Caitlin Booth was returning to her car after a day at the Russian River in Guerneville. As she approached the Hacienda Bridge a large Dodge truck hit her in the head with a large mirror. She was rushed to the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where they determined she had multiple skull fractures and a broke clavicle. She was in the ICU until June 13th when she returned home. Caitlin is a member of the Penngrove Social Firemen. (Her mother Robin was  interviewed as Wonder Woman of Penngrove,  in Penngrove Proud’s Spring edition 2020.) The community joined together to provide food for the family as they aid her recovery. The meal effort was led by Lyndi Brown...local businesses, namely the Penngrove Market, JavAmoré Cafe  and the Twin Oaks Roadhouse  joined the effort as well. Her recovery will take months...

Penngroovian teen, racquetball athlete Heather Mahoney, won World Cup Player of the Year, her second straight year to win the award. She won Junior Racquetball World Champion in Girls 14 singles, Costa Rica 2019. She has a total of 4 World Titles. At National Championships 2019: 14 and under singles title; 16 and under singles and doubles silver or 2nd place. Caitlin Booth will be a Junior at CGHS where she has played Varsity Soccer since her Freshman year. Heather also plays Club Soccer with North Coast Futbol League...

Bee Keeper Buzz

Anne Menendez, an amateur bee keeper, was alarmed when one of her hives swarmed to an apple tree. She called Sonoma County Beekeepers, (  ) that has a “Report a Swarm” feature and within an hour a volunteer was at her door. After relocating the swarm to a temporary box, they let the bees settle down and at dusk moved them to their new home. We have a lot of amateur beekeepers in Penngrove and John and Darlene McGinnis' ( are there to help newcomers with John's sale of hives and advice...The  McGinnis honey  is available at the Penngrove Market...


As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives it is sadly announced that the Penngrove Celebration has been canceled, including the Rancho Adobe Fire Districts’ July 4th Pancake Breakfast and.the July 5th 44th annual “Biggest Little Paradeand BBQ... Good news is that on July 5th the Penngrove Social Firemen will hold a drive through chicken feed curbside pick-up from Penngrove Park, although pre-sale tickets were cut off June 26. However, Penngrove 4-H will be selling desserts without any pre-sale, so bring your dollar bills for sweet support of the kids.

Here's the website for information for summer and fall classes from Santa Rosa Junior College . Classes are filling up quickly.

Lyndi’s Bits & Bobs

Dr. Bonnie BerginService dog researcher and educatorDr. Bonnie Bergin will speak at the Petaluma Woman’s Club Speaker Series on Tuesday, July 28 at 5:30 pm.  Bergin is the founder of Canine Companions for Independence and the Bergin University for Canine Studies. Tickets are $15, online at  Eventbrite, search for Petaluma-womans-club-speaker-series. Attendance will be capped at 40, and includes refreshments and seating according to County guidelines.

The Hello Penngrove shop has a new free lending library  of adult books on race issues. Anthony Tusler combed his shelves to begin the collection.



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