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Op-Ed: Sonoma State Historic Park a tour package deal for only $3 Special

Sonoma - For those who like bargains for travels and love history, this reporter stumbled upon a neat little tour-package deal in Sonoma, the heart of California's wine country.
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Ice cream shop shares its space for new crepe business Special

Sonoma - Thanks to some very neighborly help and some wise merchant ingenuity, one local family business is helping another, get its start in the community.
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Op-Ed: Sonoma Thrift store helps those in need in Rwanda Special

Sonoma - In need of something stylish, or something casual? Something for the house or something for the yard? Are you looking for a collectable, either rare, unique or even valuable? Well, then stop by Bon Marche.
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Op-Ed: The Stars & Stripes not just for the 4th, says Sonoma flagmaker Special

Sonoma - As Independence Day approaches, lots of people are eager to display the old "Red White and Blue," and one little business in town is busy filling last minute requests for an American Flag.
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Organic Sonoma produce opens crepes and coffee brunch place Special

Sonoma - Focusing on a very simple menu of crepes, coffee and salad, The Divewalk Cafe is open only for three days a week. "That's just for now to get started," said owner Lorene Reed
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Op-Ed: Mel's might be closing, but Pearl's in Sonoma is going strong Special

Sonoma - In a place where just about everything is for tourists, this reporter often asks, "where do the local people go?" Many go to a little diner called "Pearl's." Away from the square in an almost non-descript corner
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Op-Ed: Bubbles for summer are in sparkling wine, not just soda Special

Sonoma - Like the lyrics in the Gershwin tune, "Summer time and the living is easy," what can be more relaxing and refreshing about summer time than a cool drink. Usually when most people think cool drink, they grab for a beer or a soda. But what about wine?
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Op-Ed: Vella Cheese of Sonoma is home to a 'dry jack' sealed with cocoa Special

Sonoma - Away from the town square or plaza is the other cheese maker in town, Vella Cheese Company who like the Sonoma Cheese Factory was also founded in 1931. But uniquely Vella has its own signature cheese
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Op-Ed: Architect envisions a community kitchen while baking scones Special

Sonoma - Putting on an apron, Cynthia Owings owner of Cynthia's Scones was eager to get to work. "I have some standing orders to fill and then I got to pick up the kids from school. Oh and try my latest scone, 'gluten free' peach raspberry," she said.
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Op-Ed: Fill your retirement bucket before you kick the bucket Special

Sonoma - In the second of his "summer school" for financial success talks, financial advisor Daren Blonksi of Edward Jones said, "Think about how you want to fill your bucket of retirement money before you 'kick-the-bucket?' It is important to think about this."
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Op-Ed: Summer school for financial topics now in session in Sonoma Special

Sonoma - 'Investing for the Long Term' was the theme of financial advisor Daren Blonski's talk on June 3 held at the Sonoma office of Zainer Rinehart Clarke.
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Op-Ed: Seeing a flying pig in Sonoma, means a BBQ is happening Special

Sonoma - If driving along Highway 37 to or from Sonoma, and you see a smoking pig with wings, chances are a Barbeque event will be taking place. "Follow the Cochon Volant van if you love BBQ and enjoy some of the best BBQ pork, beef and lamb in the Bay Area,"
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Op-Ed: Sonoma gathers for 56th annual Memorial Day ceremony for Veterans Special

Sonoma - Hundreds showed up on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014 at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park to honor all those who have served the nation in military service. This past Monday was the 56th annual Memorial Day Observance for Sonoma Valley.
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Op-Ed: Sonoma Job counselor with a pioneering journalist past Special

Sonoma - Ah the wine country! Beautiful vineyards, charming boutiques, with fine restaurants this region is a weekend get-a-away. And, what more perfect example than in the Old Mission town of Sonoma,
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Op-Ed: 'Buddy-poppies' appearing, it is Memorial Day, time to reflect Special

Sonoma - As summer approaches, just about everyone knows that Memorial Day is the official day that ushers in the summer season. But for veterans and those that still remember the wars Americans fought in to preserve freedom, Memorial Day is one of honor.
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New drive-thru coffee roaster is in town, Sonoma meets Dutch Bros Special

Sonoma - It was a festive, carnival-like atmosphere as Dutch Brothers Coffee moved into 711 Broadway and had its official Opening Day on May 16. Staff started serving free coffee to all at 4 AM and would continue till 10 PM.
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Op-Ed: Hand cyclist is eager to go even further to help End Polio Now Special

Glen Ellen - With the completion of his 900 mile End Polio Now bicycle tour this past fall of 2013, Glen Ellen/Sonoma resident Steve Brumme is preparing for his next bicycle tour adventure in May of 2015.
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Frame shop owner finds new spot; an oasis for local artists Special

Sonoma - While it took some time to move, frame shop owner, John Emil Brians is pleased and honored to have his shop in the midst of artists and their work.
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Op-Ed: Cheesecake maker hopes to get some help with his cafe Special

Sonoma - For cheesecake lovers, there is two basic styles of cheesecake, East Coast or "New York style" and of course "West Coast" or as cafe owner Kevin Fay would call his version, "California style" cheesecake.
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Op-Ed: Wine Country Deli reopens, aims to please with BBQ 5-days a week Special

Sonoma - Nestled on a corner along a stretch of road in the Wine Country of Sonoma is Vineburg Deli and Grocery. Amid busy commuter traffic, over the years it has retained much of its rustic charm, even when it seemed to have its best days behind it.
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Op-Ed: Wine Country Bakeshop not typical bakery, celebrates 2nd year Special

Sonoma - On any early morning in Sonoma you will see locals flocking to their favorite spots for coffee and pastry. Certainly there are the usual franchises (the one's we know like Starbucks, etc.) and the long-standing bakeries in town.
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Op-Ed: An unassuming little shack opens the door to a world of wines Special

Sonoma - Just about every Wednesday night an unassuming cottage along West Napa Street called Valley Wine Shack has a tasting room gathering.
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Op-Ed: 'The Wittiest Artist' in Sonoma, is looking for a new shop locale Special

Sonoma - Walking into The Frame Factory shop on Broadway, next to the Post Office in Sonoma, original art is one of the first things seen. The framing shop’s owner John Emil Brians is quick to show his work to any interested visitor.
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Op-Ed: Financial advisers point to the New Retire-mentality Special

Sonoma - With the Baby Boomer generation now entering into retirement, the future of retirement will be much different than what it has been for previous generations.
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Op-Ed: An organizer a person needs the most, especially in an emergency Special

Sonoma - There are lots of "organizers" out there both, personal ones and the "system-type" of note books or electronic devices we buy that help us plan out our day, alphabetize files, recipes and so on.
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The 'Plein Air' of Sonoma is filled with hues of Autumn Special

Sonoma - While some people may say New England is the best place to be in the fall, artist Kathryn A. Lewis would disagree. She is inspired by the very evident signs of autumn, especially as the abundant vineyards throughout Sonoma are changing color.
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Op-Ed: Estate Planners say, be clear and define your Legacy Special

Sonoma - When people think of a legacy they usually think of someone important leaving behind some special bequeath or monument. Yet according to estate planners like Jennifer Hainstock of Sonoma, anyone with some assets can provide a legacy.
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Op-Ed: Common mistakes retirees need to know about their IRAs Special

Sonoma - As speculations about the future of Social Security benefits stir in the minds of analysts and politicians, the number of Americans putting money into an individual Retirement Account is growing.
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Op-Ed: Women face four unique challenges re: finances, experts say Special

Sonoma - Even though over the past few decades women have made tremendous strides in the business world, there are some sobering financial realities all women must face, according to financial experts like that of
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Op-Ed: Sonoma City Council not sold just yet on Clean Power Special

Sonoma - The issue of Clean Power is making its rounds not only in places like San Francisco, but in small towns like Sonoma. The idea has gained a following in wine country. And while it sounds good, more than a few are expressing reservations about it.
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St. Francis Winery on Pythian Road and Highway 12 is a destination for those who enjoy fine wine and...
St. Francis Winery on Pythian Road and Highway 12 is a destination for those who enjoy fine wine and food.
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Dr. Vallard Christopher Forsythe  DVM specializes in offering a range of services  mostly focused on...
Dr. Vallard Christopher Forsythe, DVM specializes in offering a range of services, mostly focused on pet health and preventative care. He writes a weekly column on pet health issues for the Sonoma Sun Newspaper in Sonoma.
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Plein air painting is to paint a picture all at once without stopping  not allowing the paint to dry...
Plein air painting is to paint a picture all at once without stopping, not allowing the paint to dry. Well-experience with water colors, artist Kathryn Lewis has dedicated herself to painting with oil paints for the past four years.
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Wiley and his wife Kelly bring a bit of the spirit of San Francisco to Sonoma with their extensive a...
Wiley and his wife Kelly bring a bit of the spirit of San Francisco to Sonoma with their extensive array of beads and bead-accessories for sale.
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Charming little cottages as well as the  main house  provide a quiet get a way for city weary travel...
Charming little cottages as well as the "main house" provide a quiet get a way for city weary travelers at the Olea Hotel located in Glen Ellen, CA only minutes from Sonoma, part of Northern California's wine growing region.
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A general store  in one spot  a hotel and restaurant in another  there is no real major main street....
A general store, in one spot, a hotel and restaurant in another, there is no real major main street. The gathering points for residents and tourists alike are scattered amid trees, and a winding creek.
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Bathrooms have full size tub  plenty of light from sky light and complete modern amenities.
Bathrooms have full size tub, plenty of light from sky light and complete modern amenities.
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Dave Redden coordinates the agricultural program at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma  CA. This year they ...
Photo by Jim Deely, courtesy of Hanna Boys Center, Sonoma, CA
Dave Redden coordinates the agricultural program at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, CA. This year they will be participating in the livestock competition both county fairs of Sonoma and Napa and will also be selling the livestock they raised.
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 The Code of Conduct and Code of Support as it was read aloud moved me very deeply   said Sonoma res...
"The Code of Conduct and Code of Support as it was read aloud moved me very deeply," said Sonoma resident Kathy Ostram.
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Sorento Imports used to rent out motor scoters  now owner Nick Grimm only sells and repair them.
Sorento Imports used to rent out motor scoters, now owner Nick Grimm only sells and repair them.
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Roger Rhoten is manager/operator of the Sabastiani Theater in Sonoma. He was pleased to feature Wood...
Roger Rhoten is manager/operator of the Sabastiani Theater in Sonoma. He was pleased to feature Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."
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Studebaker Cheese Cake on West Napa Street in Sonoma offers what some locals consider  the best  che...
Courtesy of Studebaker Cheese Cake, Sonoma
Studebaker Cheese Cake on West Napa Street in Sonoma offers what some locals consider "the best" cheesecake ever.
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Tequila Plaza is a newly established restaurant in Sonoma. In addition to Taco and Margarita Tuesday...
Tequila Plaza is a newly established restaurant in Sonoma. In addition to Taco and Margarita Tuesday specials they also have Happy Hour from 3 to 5 PM.
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Since 2010  Julie Jones has been an estate document organizer consultant. She had devised a comprehe...
Since 2010, Julie Jones has been an estate document organizer consultant. She had devised a comprehensive information book-binder for people to use in order to help them confront the personal and at times unpleasant questions that arise when faced with a crisis or family emergency, such as an incapacitating illness or death.
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On Highway 12 in Sonoma on the way towards Agua Caliente is Michoacana Ice Cream Shop. They offer fr...
On Highway 12 in Sonoma on the way towards Agua Caliente is Michoacana Ice Cream Shop. They offer fresh made ice cream creations inspired by the foods of Mexico, like tequila, lime and fresh corn off the cob flavors. Yummy!
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Walking up to the old mission is like stepping back in time. The adobe walls and old wood speaks of ...
Walking up to the old mission is like stepping back in time. The adobe walls and old wood speaks of California's early days before statehood when it was a colony or outpost of Spain and then later Mexico.
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The Mission in Sonoma was the last mission built and the only one built during the Mexican rule and ...
The Mission in Sonoma was the last mission built and the only one built during the Mexican rule and governorship of California.
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Valley Wine Shack on West Napa Street has a Wednesday evening tasting  open to the public for just $...
Valley Wine Shack on West Napa Street has a Wednesday evening tasting, open to the public for just $1.00. Informal, relaxing, the atmosphere is cozy and inviting. On warm evenings patrons can sit outside on the patio.
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While much of the original mission and its decor was destroyed by a fire  efforts over the past seve...
While much of the original mission and its decor was destroyed by a fire, efforts over the past several decades have tired to restore and reconstruct what was. Many of the Missions along the Mission Trail in California have motifs that were painted or carved by the native people's themselves.
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While Vella Cheese was founded in 1931  the building which houses Vella was first built as a brewery...
While Vella Cheese was founded in 1931, the building which houses Vella was first built as a brewery in 1904. The structure survived the 1906 Earthquake and many other tribulations over the years. It is now an official historical landmark, as the plaque signifies.
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