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Introducing our Interim Innkeeper, Penny Johnson

Posted on August 19th, 2011 in Food & Recipes, Oregon, Portland.

During the months of September and October, the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast’s Innkeeper, Wendy Fencsak will be part of an “Earthwatch” scientific team focused on the excavation, study, and conservation of a Roman Coastal Settlement on Poggio del Molino, in Populonia, Italy.   This Archeodig Project is one of the most important Etruscan cities, and the only one built overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.  Wendy  will be wearing the same shoes as an archaeologist and will explore the ruins of the lavish Roman Villa, practice stratigraphy excavation, documentation, and technical relief, and  identify Roma mobile artifacts of pottery, metal, coins and etc.    The research project is located in beautiful Tuscany, a part of Italy famous for its stunning scenery, food, wine, and culture.  The site is located on a small point overlooking the Tyrrhenia Sea, between the Gulf of Baratti and the Naturalistic Park of Rimigliano, with a splendid view of the Isle of Elba.

My bag is packed and I am ready to go!  So, Ciao!  But before I leave I would like to introduce you to Signora Penny Johnson.  (Can you tell I am taking Italia?)….

During my absence,  Penny Johnson will be taking over my duties and tending to our guests.  Penny comes highly recommended and has done an excellent job for the Fulton House Bed and Breakfast previously.

“In February 24, 2010 -at Dallas School District/High School –Penny Johnson, Catering and Culinary Arts teacher at Dallas High School was honored by her school district with the Distinguished Educator Award.  She was nominated by a student who says she is their families favorite teacher and he is the 3rd brother to go through her program.

Here is what Ricky had to say about Mrs. Johnson:

Penny is welcoming with open arms. She works hard to get to know the students. She has tried to connect not just with us as students ,but on a personal level as well. Penny’s personality really makes the class fun. She is funny. Sometimes in the chaos of her job, she gets us laughing at how she handles all of the stress. I encourage you to honor this deserving teacher who has poured her heart and soul into her job and the kids that take her classes. She inspired us to be better people and love life!

Here is what her students had to say about her:

*She loves us!
      *Helps us out on stuff, more than just catering.
      *She does so much; events, catering, class etc.
      *She has an outstanding personality.
      *There is really just too much to put into words.
      *She is a really nice teacher. Thank you for teaching me.
      *I have known her since I was a freshman and she always pushes me to do my best.
      *She treats us like workers.”

I know that all you will love Penny just like her students did at Dallas High School.  Penny plus her husband, Dave will begin their Interim Inn-keeping duties on August 28 and continue until Wendy’s return.  Please help me welcome, Penny & Dave to our wonderful City of Portland and to the Fulton House Bed & Breakfast.

As for our Fulton House Blog –watch for my blog posting from Italy as well as Mauritius where I am heading after my stay in Italy.

Arrivederci!