Memorial Day carries meanings so deep and resonant that it needs no flash or trendy embroidery. I thank American Legion Post 199 for recognizing that fact, and for holding another dignified, classy ceremony at the cemetery Monday. The sound of “Taps” makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, the rifle salute makes me jump every time, and the speeches and prayers are always a lovely blending of sentiment and soul. May we never forget the true meaning of that sacred holiday.

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Does St. Helena boast a more talented couple than pianist Mike Greensill and vocalist Wesla Whitfield? Perhaps not. You can now catch them in performance every Wednesday at Silo’s, 530 Main St. in Napa. Enjoy Mike on solo piano from 5 to 6 p.m., the two of them performing together from 6 to 8, and Mike back on solo piano from 8 to 9.

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From the American Revolution to container shipping … where will Jay Greene’s curiosity take him next? To the founding of the U.S. Navy, as the historian presents “Anchors Aweigh” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at the St. Helena Public Library. Greene will talk about how the fledgling Navy took up arms against the French, the formidable British Royal Navy, and pirates who were wreaking havoc with international commerce on the Barbary Coast.

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A few weeks ago I mentioned the three vacant seats on the Planning Commission. The deadline to apply was extended last week to June 16. I’d encourage anyone to apply. You’d be performing a valuable public service — and providing Tuesday night entertainment for the home audience. There are also seats open on the Active Transportation/Sustainability Committee, Library Board of Trustees, Parks and Recreation Commission and Tree Committee. Go to cityofsthelena.org or contact City Clerk Cindy Black at 968-2742 or cblack@cityofsthelena.org.

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The Napa Valley Vine Trail is yet to make its St. Helena debut, but its Oak Knoll segment is winning kudos from the California Transportation Foundation, which named it the 2017 Bicycle and Pedestrian Project of the Year. Now let’s see that St. Helena section!

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Spotted dining together at the soft opening of The Charter Oak, chef Christopher Kostow’s new restaurant at the old Tra Vigne space: Mariam Hansen and Susanne Salvestrin of the St. Helena Historical Society, Pam Simpson from the Chamber, and Pam’s fiancé Gary Smeltzer. “The food was out of this world,” says Mariam. “A cosmic flavor adventure!!” That sounds like a rave review to me. I haven’t been, but I hear the roasted avocado is truly something special …

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St. Helena Hospital, Adventist Health St. Helena more recently, The San if you’re an old-timer – the hospital on the hill has many names. It’s also a healthy place to work, according to the Wellness Councils of America, which awarded it silver-level recognition for its commitment to workplace wellness. It was one of five companies so honored. The hospital offers employees fitness classes, gym access and programs that encourage exercise, a nutritious diet and other healthy habits.

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In the spirit of honoring our veterans, congratulations to John Moynier, the new head winemaker at Purple Heart Wines, which is affiliated with C. Mondavi & Family. The brand was launched last year “to honor the determination, bravery and commitment of America’s military heroes,” and has already donated $30,000 to the Purple Heart Foundation. As is fitting, Moynier earned a degree in Fermentation Science at UC Davis only after serving in the Vietnam War. He was already in college when the war started, but he put his education on hold to serve our country. Thank you, sir.

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