MLK Day 2014…a day of service

On January 20, 2014, volunteers from Kaiser Permanente and, in some instances their family members, once again gathered to spend MLK Day in an area community facility performing needed improvements and maintenance. This year they took on projects at the Novato Youth Center (NYC) including landscape mulching, planter maintenance, cleaning, computer maintenance, and bookcase construction.

Petaluma’s Rebuilding Together (RTP), in a long standing partnership with Kaiser for Martin Luther King Workdays, coordinated logistics.

Kaiser Volunteers 2014

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To view all the photographs go to>> Kaiser MLK Photo Gallery 2014

As a tease to check out the gallery, I offer this quote from Ally Oxenhandler, the principal at NYC:

What an amazing experience.  Your team couldn’t have been any lovelier to work with.  And the results……..well……..nothing will ever top it!  We will enjoy them every single minute of every single day for the next many, many years.  Thank you for selecting us.  Sometimes, wonderful things happen!  It was a pleasure to work with all of you. The best MLK Day of my life.”

…and this small collage to further encourage you to check out ALL the photos in the gallery linked above…

(Click on any photo to open the collage to see full sized photos)

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History At Your Feet Part II…Petaluma’s Carnegie Free Public Library

My recent perambulations downtown searching for thresholds and entryways created by artisans from another time led me to what is now known as the Petaluma Museum.

The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum (Originally a Carnegie Library)

The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum (Originally a Carnegie Library)

Of course, like many buildings in the historic district, it has a long history.  While I thought that I had thoroughly “covered” this building during past visits, I was persuaded by Katherine Rinehart to take another look. She advised it had a significant tile and marble entryway installed by Petaluma’s E.W.M. Evans in 1906. I thought I knew this building, but it was proof again that one can always discover something new, even in old territory.

For those not familiar with Petaluma, suffice it to say that the building in question is one of the many hundreds of free public libraries built by grants from Andrew Carnegie in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries…

  • It’s purpose, set in stone, if you will, on the front of the building.
The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum (Originally a Carnegie Library)

The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum (Originally a Carnegie Library)

  • And just as Katherine noted, a marble and tile threshold message… set by Petaluma’s E.W.M. Evans in 1906.
The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum (Originally a Carnegie Library)

The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum (Originally a Carnegie Library)

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History At Your Feet Part I…Petaluma’s Downtown

The buildings on Kentucky St. and Petaluma Blvd. are home to an active business and retail district but they also represent and reflect Petaluma’s past…

Kentucky & E. Washington

Kentucky & E. Washington

From my perspective, this area is also a terrific location for photography and I concentrated my efforts there from February to July in 2012.  See Downtown…Photo Grid

I thought I had thoroughly “absorbed” the area during my photo grid project. However, on a recent visit, I happened to look down.

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Herold’s

Granted I had noticed (but did not note) this marble and tile work from my past walks but I now wondered about the thresholds and entry ways of other buildings. So I decided to attempt a photo survey of sorts. I mainly confined my efforts to Kentucky St. and Petaluma Blvd. bordered by East Washington and Western Avenue…

FINDINGS

  • Not every building has a marble, granite, or tile threshold or entryway.  Many are simply standard sidewalk concrete presentations.
  • On the other hand, I did find many intricate mosaic tile displays, some mixed with marble or granite.  Some contain the street address or the names of previous businesses from the distant past. For example, Daunt’s, Nielsen’s, S & G, L & M Drug Co.
  • Other locations did have tiled entrances but they were, shall we say, in various stages of deterioration.
  • Some locations reflect modern tile work which is quite colorful.

According to local historian, Katherine J Rinehart, much of the older work was by  E.W.M. Evans: “Evans and his sons are responsible for much of the tile and marble work you see in downtown building entrances. He died in 1942 and according to one obituary, ‘…he took pride in the work of installing monuments, vaults and granite curbing. He also installed many store fronts, tiled floorings and marble work.'”

Over time, more and more of the tile and marble work may disappear as remodeling takes place. In fact, I observed tile being removed and replaced with concrete last week in one location. 

My goal for this project was to try and document some of  what remains. 

For example, this elaborate mosaic tile apron on Kentucky & Western…

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…and the scenes in this gallery.

Click on any photo to open the collage to see full sized photos.

  • Navigate between photos using the left and right arrow keys, or by clicking or tapping the arrows on the left and right.
  • Click “view full size” below any image to see the photo directly outside the gallery.

In Part II I will take you to the doorway of a famous Petaluma building>> (CLICK HERE)

Breaking News! Jumping Stilts in Petaluma!

The staff at The Petaluma Spectator (I, Me, Myself & My Shadow) are pleased to be the first to report on the latest pedestrian advancement…first spotted on the East Side…

Jumping Stilts

Jumping Stilts

Jumping Stilts! Think of them, I suppose, as a pogo stick on each leg…

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Granted, we did a triple take when encountering this scene.  For more information check out Jumping Stilts – A NEW Sport With Super Human Abilities!

Resolutions for the New Year–2014!

Be it hereby resolved that you will…

I.  Heed the advice of the Petaluma Pie Company…

Pie Only at Petaluma Pie Company!

Pie Only at Petaluma Pie Company!

II. Check out the best bench in Golden Gate Park….

Nice Bench, 2 Golden Gate Park

Nice Bench, 2 Golden Gate Park

 III. Get out more and leave the “I” devices and Smartphones at home…

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NOTE–For a New Years Photo Gallery go to THE PETALUMA SPECTATOR PHOTO BLOG