Their trip included work in the fields of the Moshin Vineyard in the Russian River Valley in Sonoma and in the winemaking facility. They crushed grapes in a 1,000-gallon tank with a huge heavy disc, drained the tanks to barrel the wine, shoveled the grape skins out of the tank and finally sterilized the tank.
"It was fun, but exhausting," Dave said.
In addition to Carney, the group included Alan Jones, Allen Cox, John Dignam, Chris Swetz and David Hinman.
After a few days in wine country, the guys drove to San Francisco and stayed at the Handlery Historic Hotel in Union Square.
Visitors to his Ellicott City store can check out the souvenir they brought back, a four- foot high, four- foot wide, creepy-looking, 75-year-old zinfandel grape vine.
Library's top volunteer
Lisa Vicari of the Catonsville Library was voted Volunteer of the Year for Baltimore County Public Library from among the nominees sent from all 17 branches.
The award was presented at the annual BCPL Staff Day event October 10.
"Lisa's dedication is truly inspirational. She has been volunteering in the history room at BCPL Catonsville branch since December 1977," said Catonsville Library Manager Melissa Gotsch.
"She maintains a high standard for customer service and displays patience and aptitude when working with the public. She preserves the past, but has a vision for the future, and she is always willing to work to make that vision happen."
Lisa maintains a cadre of volunteers who are reliable and valuable in the week-to-week running of the Catonsville Room.
She loves to share her love and enthusiasm for Catonsville's history with school groups, Scout troops and even local authors such as Barry Lanman, Marsh Wise and Louis Diggs.
Happy 90th birthday to Leroy Hook Jr., who was still body surfing at Ocean City until a few years ago.
He and his wife of 67 years, Mary, celebrated with their family on Oct. 15 at their home near Academy Heights.
The grandparents of 28 and great-grandparents of 21, they still live in the house in which they raised their eight children; Louanne, James, Stephen, Thomas, John, Joseph, Margie and Patrick.
"He has been a faithful husband, father and a man who has served his community all his life," said his daughter Margie Nicholson, of Bowie.
He has always been the man in the neighborhood who could "fix it", his daughter said.
A member of the parish of St. Bernadine's Catholic Church, he grew up in Southwest Baltimore City and used to take three street cars to Poly High School across town