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Our third annual 85086 Cutest Pet Contest was another success, with thousands of people logging their votes for the many local pets in the competition. We enjoyed seeing and sharing adorable pet photos in the magazine and across social media. Thank you to all the participants for keeping the contest lighthearted and fun and in keeping with the community spirit this area is known for.
This year’s winner is once again a canine (where’s the feline love?). A fluffy Samoyed named Franco, his owner, Alexandra Paternostro, got him when he was just a puppy. Since then, Franco’s brought much joy into her life. According to Alexandra, the pair is inseparable and they also have many things in common, including enjoying the same music. Yes, you heard it right, Franco likes tunes, especially songs by Kanye West. “If he had a resume, he would probably put ‘avid Yeezus fan’ on it,” says Alexandra.
Turns out, much like Kanye, Franco also likes attention. He hammed it up for photographer Shannon Fisher for this issue’s cover and was an all-around champ, sitting still while she snapped away. As our 2016 winner, not only does Franco score the coveted spot on the cover, he also gets a gift basket filled with cool loot and a $45 gift certificate to Das Pooch Grooming. Meanwhile, congrats to Gertie, the runner-up, and to the third-place finisher, Beau. Learn more about the top three cutest pets starting on page 36. And, keep an eye out for our next cutest pet contest early next year.
It’s not all about the pets. This month, our high school reporter, Marcella Baietto, introduces you to Boulder Creek High School’s new varsity football coach, Tony Casarella. With 25 years of coaching under his belt, he’s sure to use his expertise to help the team reach new heights this fall. Find out what he has in store for the BCHS team on page 24.
Speaking of high school, congratulations to all the area seniors graduating this month. Your hard work and dedication will pay off in the future. Meanwhile, for parents looking to celebrate their student’s big day, party stylist Jamila Watson offers up tips on how to host an awesome graduation party on page 32.
Until next month
Adam and Matthew Toren
Franco, the 85086 Cutest Pet winner
Photo by Shannon Fisher Photography