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Smith: Grateful ex-rocker moving on

  • Former drummer for the band Cat Mother, Michael Equine, now sleeps in the back of his jeep in a local auto repair show in Santa Rosa.

The sixth-grader from Santa Rosa's Hidden Valley School raised a mic and began, "Oh-oh say, can you see ..."

Selected from a large field of applicants to sing the National Anthem for the big exhibition game, Hannah absolutely nailed it. She hit it out of the park.

See for yourself by keywording her name and AT&T on YouTube.

For the home fans, Hannah's star-spangled moment, magnified on the Jumbotron, was followed by a nine-inning low note as the A's blanked the Giants, 4-0.

But you can believe it was a game that Hannah, her folks Scott and Regina and kid sister Hailey won't ever forget.

THE PLACE TO BE: You may have read what Jay Hufford said, shortly after the Highway 12 wreck that claimed his wife and his mother, about his gratitude to be living here as he and his family grapple with the tragedy.

In an interview with the PD, Jay noted that he graduated a few years back from Leadership Santa Rosa. The members of his class, LSR 27, bonded as they learned about Sonoma County, its issues and how its leaders are addressing them.

"What I came away with," Jay said, "is if one is in trouble anyplace in the world, this is the place you want to be in trouble, because there's just so much help and helpfulness and kindness."

As proof: His LSR classmates have resolved to raise $5,000 to help sustain the music program that his late wife, Sue, orchestrated at the Mark West Union schools.

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