Some swell stuff flows into the charitable thrift shop operated by volunteers of the Welfare League: china, clothes, artwork, housewares, books — you name it.
But what shop director Sandy Harris held in her hand seemed too nice.
The other day she was processing new donations and came upon a jeweled bracelet. A quick check with a jeweler confirmed it’s made of 14-karat gold. Embedded in it are several precious stones.
To Sandy, the bracelet looks custom-made. Who knows, maybe someone intended to donate it to the Welfare League Thrift Shop in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square.
But Sandy and other volunteers suspect a donor placed several items in a box or bag, accidentally including this piece of fine jewelry.
If it’s yours, and you’d like to have it back, please describe it to me by phone or email. Send a photo if you have one.
And do mention what’s engraved inside.
NO. 1 GOOD SPORT: I hope you saw the June 11 Sonoma Stories profile of 13-year-old Kailee Diaz-Randall, who catches, pitches, plays shortstop and smacks the ball for the A’s of Santa Rosa’s Westside Little League.
I wrote about Kailee because her coach, John Perry, who has skippered the majors-division A’s for 45 years, speaks of her as one of the finest players he has ever coached.
Well, earlier this week Kailee’s mom, Autumn Randall, received a phone call from the headquarters of Little League Baseball in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. It seems Little League has selected Kailee as its national 2018 Good Sport of the Year.
The honor goes to a player who strongly exhibits the Little League values: character, courage and loyalty. And conduct her or himself “accordingly to the principles of fair play and good sportsmanship.”
Little League will fly the soft-spoken Kailee and her mom to Williamsport in mid-August for its World Series. Kailee will receive her award in front of the crowd.
“She’s a bit overwhelmed,” Autumn said. “She’s very nervous about having to say anything, of course.”
Kailee was nominated for the award, of course, by Coach Perry. He wrote in his nomination about Kailee’s love of the game, her constant quest to improve and how she showed up eagerly for practices and games even when she was unhappily benched by a broken arm.
GO AHEAD AND ENVY the 41 members of our California Redwood Chorale who’ll sing this week, in English and Italian, at concerts in Tuscany.
For a boost, close your eyes and imagine you’re with the chorale in the healing-waters town of Chianciano Terme for a joint concert with Gruppo Corale Chiancianese, followed by a Tuscan feast on the town square and a two-choir, two-country rendition of “Happy Birthday” sung with verve for the Californians’ blushing director, Robert Hazelrigg.
EXTRA INSTRUMENTS have accompanied 65 Sonoma County Philharmonic musicians to Costa Rica for several performances this week, one at the 121-year-old National Theatre in San José.
Members of the volunteer orchestra will visit schools and present gifts to students eager to make music but needing an instrument to play.
You can reach Staff Writer Chris Smith at 707-521-5211 and firstname.lastname@example.org.