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'Bill loves Marla and Marla loves Bill'

That’s what it says on a bench that has just been installed in Huddart Park in San Mateo County at the request of Bill Workman, a retired Chronicle reporter who covered the Peninsula for years.

A party is planned on Sunday to celebrate the new bench. Though Bill is now in a wheelchair and won’t be able to hike to the bench in Huddart Park, his wife Marla says in this op-ed in The Almanac that park rangers have agreed to drive him down the trail to see the bench. (That’s Bill and Marla in a photo taken at a 2002 Press Club awards banquet.)

She says Bill suggested the bench, with the sign “Bill loves Marla and Marla loves Bill, when the couple’s lawyer asked what he wanted to include in his trust.

The party is set for Sunday, May 24, at 1:30 p.m. at the Kings Mountain Fire Station on Skyline Drive. Marla, a professor of mass communication and cultural studies at Menlo College, says, “We wanted to share our love with the community and give back by providing hikers with a place to sit and enjoy the splendor of San Mateo County’s redwoods. We encourage all to support their parks and bask in the beauty of love and nature.”

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