Smith: The big question at Montgomery Village

David Codding was up to something.

The owner of Santa Rosa's Montgomery Village waited for a break in the shopping center's weekly free concert and ascended the stage.

He thanked the Unauthorized Rolling Stones and everybody who's helped make the center and its summer concert series successful.

Then Codding turned to Melissa Williams, his girlfriend and the Village's 18-year marketing/operations chief. He told her and the crowd that she's been terrific for the enterprise — and the best thing that's ever happened to him.

With that, he dropped to a knee. Streamers popped with the future Mrs. Codding's "yes."

TIMELY SIGN: Most of the Santa Rosa school board turned out for a festive, after-school dedication of Santa Rosa High's handsome new, dual-faced electronic front lawn marquee.

The ceremony doubled as a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the school's education foundation, which contributed to the marquee project and since 1988 has granted about $2 million in funding requests from SRHS classes, programs and endeavors.

Soon, you might have heard, the Santa Rosa High School Foundation will award college scholarships made possible by an alum's $2.5 million bequest.

But the festivities the other day focused mostly on the new sign. School Board President Bill Carle announced that his new, daily desire to check the electronic message for what's happening at the school has altered his morning driving habits.

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