After 37 years, Valentine’s Day has taken on a new meaning for one Ojai couple

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Photo by Dina Pielaet

Micheal Frances Smith (left) and Michael Shanahan smile at their 2015 wedding.

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Feb. 14 marked Michael Shanahan’s birthday and his 37th Valentine’s Day with his husband, Micheal Frances Smith.
Shanahan — a vice chancellor for the Ventura Community College District and an Ojai Unified School District Board member — and Smith — a local therapist — spent the evening at the East End Restaurant and Bar, around the corner from their home.
The Ojai Madrigali happened to be performing at East End that evening.
“They walked up and surrounded our table and sang a lovely Italian song,” said Smith, who noted he was delighted to see other Ojai couples, and many neighbors, at the tables surrounding him.

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