Smith: Surely, she would honk and wave

Try to avoid smiling as you drive past RO Shelling Grain & Feed in Petaluma and spy the daffodil-festooned banners out front. Good luck.

The signs are the work of Lynn Cunningham, wife of Shelling owner John "Cowboy" Cunningham. They read, "What Would Saralee Do?"

A pal of the late Saralee McClelland Kunde, Lynn is grateful for all the champion of agriculture did for the county and for her children, Rocco and Christian, whom Saralee mentored in dairy cows and vine pruning.

"We miss her terribly, as does the county," Lynn said. "It seems there is an energy missing among us."

Lynn had the banners made to celebrate Saralee Day, which is today and will be marked by an 11 a.m. mini-County Fair and lunch outside the supervisors' chambers in Santa Rosa.

The question posed by the banners there at Petaluma Boulevard North and Magnolia Avenue is a good one for us to ask now and again as we press on without our Queen of the county fair and of the daffodils.


<strong>FOR TAX DAY</strong>, Ruth Paine will be standing out front of Santa Rosa's main Post Office to share with anyone interested why she withholds a good chunk of what the IRS says she owes.

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