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FROM THE EDITOR W e are having way too much fun putting this magazine together. How does that saying go: “ if you do what you love, you will love what you do?” Personally I like Henry David Thoreau’s take on it — “Do what you love. Know your own bone, gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it and gnaw on it still.” That’s kinda what we do. We love putting this magazine together and we take pride in providing a quality publication to be enjoyed (our bone), we are always considering ways to improve it (our gnaw), we ponder how the improvement will be received (our burying it) — we revisit it (unearthing it) and then we make the change and consider the next idea (gnawing on it still). Sometimes they stick and become part of our continued love affair with publishing this little magazine and sometimes they go by wayside. So having said all that, I want to point out that we have made a few changes since the introduction of our new, expanded format. We are truly a combined area publication now, no sections. We were happy to be able to present three sections in TODAY as we wanted each community that is part of the our first issue of South Santa Clara Valley to feel that they were represented, even though our end goal is to provide a publication that honors a sense of synergy amongst them. The sections didn’t accomplish that goal, so from now on, the synergy starts here with the greater value in the sum of all the communities that make up the South Santa Clara Valley region. Some of the cool stuff in this issue includes a great article by my assistant editor/senior writer, Robin Shepherd about the amazing world of bike enthusiasts that enjoy the immense variety of biking options afforded them here in this region. I was amazed to learn of the involvement of Specialized Bicycle Components in the advancement of the sport in this area. And it always gives me pause when one of our children finds a way to give back — for Michelle Reuter, bikes provided the vehicle (pun intended). See her story, page 8. Downtowns hold a special place in my heart, and in the heart of any community. I strongly feel that unless a community has a vital downtown, they have lost their identity. That is why we are always happy to help keep our communities up to date on all the great things that are happening downtown. See this issues’ update, page 18. I’ve known Gene Guglielmo for over 35 years. I know I’m really not that old, right! Well, suffice to say, I knew him when. It wasn’t until we started publishing Morgan Hill Today in 2013 that I realized what a community treasure the Guglielmo Winery is. It is so rich with history and the Guglielmo family story is truly an American success story — complete with all the hard work, family involvement and true grit. I commend Gene and his brothers, Greg and George for providing such an amazing venue — for great wine experiences and events. Well, that just covers the first twenty-four pages of this issue. I’m out of space, so I’ll sign off with a heartfelt “ENJOY!” gmh Larry & J. Chris Mickartz, Publishers An autographed copy of our March/April 2015 issue — graciously signed by young Megan for our friends at The Milias Restaurant. How special is that? 4 J. Chris PROUD MEMBERS OF: G M H T O D A Y M A G A Z I N E MAY / JUNE 2015 gmhtoday.com