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Op-Ed: Father is proud of son's career path as Flight Instructor Special

Sonoma - Receiving his Federal Aviation Administration Airmen Certification, two years ago was an honor and a proud moment for Sonoma native John Philip Cabaud, Jr. He is now a flight instructor at Sonoma Skypark Airport.

Op-Ed: Santa Rosa cafe is 'like home' to many who enjoy home cooking Special

Santa Rosa - Walking into Sam's For Play Café has that diner feeling to it. Yet amid the memorabilia on the walls, there is a sense of family here that is more than just another family-style restaurant.

Op-Ed: Movie night at Sonoma Skypark flickers with aviation history Special

Sonoma - For those who fly planes and love aviation, any excuse to talk about or study air planes is a welcome activity to the daily routine. This is especially so for the pilots and members of Sonoma Skypark air field.

Mentoring program receives gift from Sonoma Skypark Special

Sonoma - In a community like the wine country of Sonoma, each business and organization impacts one another in a variety of ways. Yet no matter how small or everyday, the connections they make touch so many lives and make all the difference in the world.

Op-Ed: Two sisters sell their designs to feed the hungry, in gratitude Special

Sonoma - Sisters Pam Arnold and Kim Courier love to make jewelry and both have been doing so for decades. Yet even with the struggles they have faced, they still make time to donate their time and crafts to help feed the hungry of their parish and community.

Sonoma requests millions for damage caused by Napa quake

Santa Rosa - A third county in Northern California's wine country has declared a state of emergency following last week's 6.0 earthquake that caused tens of millions of dollars in damage to the city of Napa.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Writers Group has the 'Write Stuff' for over 15 years Special

Sonoma - Perhaps their longevity as a group is a generational thing? Yet, if that were so, then the group would be simply social and not an outpouring of literary treasures. The moods can vary as do the styles, but each month the group presents original work.

Op-Ed: Unit Trusts and global investing are of merit says advisor Special

Sonoma - While regional VP Zack Clow of Invesco was eager to talk about some specific financial products that Invesco offers, he wanted to share with his audience the importance of recognizing the global market that is now part of most investment portfolios.

Op-Ed: Sonoma's Studio 35 is more than an art gallery, it's community Special

Sonoma - With a bundle of canvas in her arms, artist Sonja Bakalyar was literally just walking in the door of Studio 35 on Patton Street as sculptor/painter Marsha Klein was taking her works down off the wall.

Op-Ed: Winemaking family now in second generation a Sonoma gem Special

Sonoma - On warm evenings there is always a gathering of people outside a cottage-house just off the square on West Spain Street. Unassuming, yet friendly and inviting, the Roche Winery tasting tour is low-key and unpretentious.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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?

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

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.

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."

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.

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,"

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.

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Alex was preparing the grill that day  when this reporter stopped by on March 31  2014. He managed t...
Alex was preparing the grill that day, when this reporter stopped by on March 31, 2014. He managed to get some grilling done before a down pour of rain.
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Tequila Plaza has a very nice patio area and no doubt on warm evenings this is ideal for an evening ...
Tequila Plaza has a very nice patio area and no doubt on warm evenings this is ideal for an evening out .
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While orders for American Flags are common  especially during civic holidays like 4th of July  Flag ...
While orders for American Flags are common, especially during civic holidays like 4th of July, Flag Emporium can have a flag made for any occasion or event.
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A view of the historic compound from the patio at the Sonoma Cheese Factory grill a few steps away f...
A view of the historic compound from the patio at the Sonoma Cheese Factory grill a few steps away from the old Mission.
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Franchise owner Joseph Shoemaker and his dad Billy who was present to show morale support  take a mo...
Franchise owner Joseph Shoemaker and his dad Billy who was present to show morale support, take a moment to chat with the press (this reporter) on opening day of the new Sonoma location of Dutch Brothers Coffee.
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Hanna Boys Center hopes that the fundraiser set for July 13 will become an annual event that will ma...
Hanna Boys Center hopes that the fundraiser set for July 13 will become an annual event that will make the agricultural program a permanent part of the Hanna curriculum.
Photo by Jim Deely, courtesy of Hanna Boys Center, Sonoma, CA
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Clothes of all sorts are abundant at Bon Marche  everything from casual and leisure wear to formal a...
Clothes of all sorts are abundant at Bon Marche, everything from casual and leisure wear to formal attire.
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Getting the pizza into the oven  movie night coordinator Rafe Tomsett is grateful for the pizza s fr...
Getting the pizza into the oven, movie night coordinator Rafe Tomsett is grateful for the pizza's from the local Papa Murphy's franchise in Sonoma.
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Turning the kitchen of the little summer cottage on Patton Street into an office  artistic director ...
Turning the kitchen of the little summer cottage on Patton Street into an office, artistic director Jude Cameron, for Studio 35 meets with artists to schedule a time and space to display their works.
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Clients of Julie Jones have been very pleased with her organizer book.  This is an excellent product...
Clients of Julie Jones have been very pleased with her organizer book. "This is an excellent product, says -FJ, of Temecula, CA. "The forms are easy to complete and I know my children will appreciate having all of my estate information in one place." Pages can be added and the binder can be adjusted to accommodate any one's particular needs or circumstance.
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A remnant of Farrell s Mill and Lumber Yard  Joyce Parsons who works at Sonoma Market said she and G...
A remnant of Farrell's Mill and Lumber Yard, Joyce Parsons who works at Sonoma Market said she and Gail Farrell used to play in the lumber yard. Gail has since moved to Oregon but the two have remained life-long friends.
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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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When spring arrives the farmer s market season is eager to begin. The Valley of the Moon Certified F...
When spring arrives the farmer's market season is eager to begin. The Valley of the Moon Certified Farmer's Market is on Tuesdays. Everything from dairy to olive oil, nuts and even fresh soup stock is available for customers to buy. Yes, some vendors accept ATM/Credit cards.
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Student pilot Brian Plescia’s goal is to be a corporate pilot  flying for business executives and ...
Student pilot Brian Plescia’s goal is to be a corporate pilot, flying for business executives and their companies.
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Sonoma s Best is on East Napa and Eight Streets. A busy corner that also has a sign that points the ...
Sonoma's Best is on East Napa and Eight Streets. A busy corner that also has a sign that points the way to the wineries. The cafe, store and wine shop is a pleasant stop for any traveler on the wine country tour.
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Making sure all systems were running smoothly for the busy opening day  Chris from Boden Plumbing of...
Making sure all systems were running smoothly for the busy opening day, Chris from Boden Plumbing of Sonoma was called to check the water in the kitchen. Like the hundreds that stopped by for Opening Day on May 16, Chris was treated to a free cup of fresh-brewed, fresh-roasted ice coffee. A refreshing break on a warm summer day, that Friday.
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The view of the vineyards and surrounding hills in back of St. Francis Winery in Kenwood is breathta...
The view of the vineyards and surrounding hills in back of St. Francis Winery in Kenwood is breathtaking and well worth a visit. It is a great spot for a picnic.
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Sia and Ashish are the proud owners of their newly restored and renovated Olea Hotel in Glen Ellen  ...
Sia and Ashish are the proud owners of their newly restored and renovated Olea Hotel in Glen Ellen, CA in Sonoma County, on Warm Springs Road.
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Sculptor  painter Marsha Klein was taking her works down just as artist Sonja Bakalyar was coming in...
Sculptor, painter Marsha Klein was taking her works down just as artist Sonja Bakalyar was coming in to put hers up that day when this reporter stopped by in July.
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Inside the Roche Winery tasting room on West Spain Street. The tasting room offers food and accommod...
Inside the Roche Winery tasting room on West Spain Street. The tasting room offers food and accommodations for a delightful experience of wine tasting and picnic basket afternoons.
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