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Pearl Rivers, a 2010 Escalon High graduate, is spending a semester abroad in Zanzibar, East Africa. Pearl spent a lot of her four years at Escalon High School studying. But, she took time to compete in track and cross country, played the trombone in the marching, concert and jazz bands. She also participated in AcaDec, Mock Trial, Key Club and California Scholarship Foundation. Her senior year, she was president of the Key Club and she was the Co-Valedictorian of her graduating class. She also bought and cared for a horse at home and helped her mother, Lucy. They picked and processed homegrown fruit and wild blackberries to make juice, jam and jelly.

Pearl also enjoyed her brief period working at the Circle K in Farmington during the summer and all of the people she worked with. Leone, Pearl's sister, started Kindergarten at Farmington Elementary School when the Rivers family first moved to Farmington. Lucy, Pearl's mother and Leone, always enjoyed visiting the Circle K after school along with having an ice cream bar.

Pearl is in her junior year at Oberlin College in Ohio, where she is majoring in Biology and has competed on the track and cross country teams. However, in August, she flew from Sacramento to the main island of Zanzibar, by way of Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. There, she is studying coastal ecology and natural resource management first hand through SIT Study Abroad.

Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania and is made up of several islands in the Indian Ocean, not far from the mainland. The climate is tropical, with average high temperatures in the 80's and lows in the 70's year round. One of the main industries is cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon production. About one million people live in Zanzibar. They are ethnically diverse and predominantly Muslim. The population is just over 200,000 in the largest city, Zanzibar City, where Pearl is staying with a host family.

Her parents, Dan and Lucy look forward to her safe return in December and are enjoying her occasional e-mails and Facebook updates, which she posts when she has Internet access and is not too busy studying, practicing Swahili, eating squid from a street vendor, exploring coral reefs and other tropical biodiversity, checking out a Zanzibar Catholic Church Service, or running and making new friends.


Thank you Mr. Rivers for submitting the above article. I always appreciate hearing from the Farmington readers. I know the readers will enjoy reading about Pearl's adventure in Zanzibar. I know I did, very much.


United Methodist Women of Farmington will be holding the annual "Holiday Bazaar" on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 pm. There will be Handcrafted and Homemade items, along with baked goods, candy and more. A variety of very delicious homemade soup and pies will be served all day. There is also a drawing for a handmade quilt. The church is located at 25626 E. Elm Street, in Farmington.


I would still like to hear from you. Have you taken a trip? Have you had out of town visitors? Let me know of family birthdays, anniversaries and new arrivals to your family. Whatever you want to add to the Farmington News is welcome. Please contact me if you have items for the Farmington News column. E-mail me at or phone 896-6697.