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Op-Ed: Jack London State Park open thanks to public-private partnership Special

Sonoma - Back in 2011 the California State Parks and Recreation announced that it would have to shut down 70 parks due to budget cuts. Over the past two years, public-private partnerships were formed to help keep the state parks open. Among them was the

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.
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Reed was eager to pass out menu-flyers to the locals like Miriam who walked by with her friends that...
Reed was eager to pass out menu-flyers to the locals like Miriam who walked by with her friends that Tuesday morning. "We offer both savory and sweet crepes," said Reed. One of chef Mark's specialities is the 'veggie feta' and yes crepes with hazelnut chocolate are also made.
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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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Guest of Honor and key note speaker for the program that Monday May 26 was General Joseph P. Hoar  U...
Guest of Honor and key note speaker for the program that Monday May 26 was General Joseph P. Hoar, USMC (Ret.). He noted that "War is not an easy business."
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The most important thing says Jennifer Hainstock with regards to estate planning is  get organized.
The most important thing says Jennifer Hainstock with regards to estate planning is "get organized."
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Jay Shafer is the founder and president of Tumbleweed Tiny Homes an enterprise that is more than a b...
Jay Shafer is the founder and president of Tumbleweed Tiny Homes an enterprise that is more than a business it is a calling. He sees compact houses and living spaces as the wave of the future.
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On Aug. 22 Skypark airport and airfield presented Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance with a donation t...
On Aug. 22 Skypark airport and airfield presented Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance with a donation to help in their work of tutoring and mentoring school students in the Sonoma Valley. Seen here from left to right are pilot Bob Berwick of Coastal Air Tours, Tina Baldry, program coordinator at Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, Executive Director of Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, Kathy Witkowicki and Skypark's air field manager Ron Price.
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A nice collection of miniatures can be found at Bon Marche as well as dishes  flat ware  linens and ...
A nice collection of miniatures can be found at Bon Marche as well as dishes, flat ware, linens and even drapes.
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John Phillip Cabaud  Jr. is pleased to be at Skypark airport conducting his flight instruction busin...
John Phillip Cabaud, Jr. is pleased to be at Skypark airport conducting his flight instruction business. "This is home to me," he said.
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Cafe is low-key and casual. Visitors are always welcome during business hours.
Cafe is low-key and casual. Visitors are always welcome during business hours.
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Known as Beauty Ranch  Jack London s idea of a sustainable farm was decades before its time.  He was...
Known as Beauty Ranch, Jack London's idea of a sustainable farm was decades before its time. "He was a genius in many ways," said volunteer and docent, Mary Oswald. She like Larry Houghton have been volunteering for over a decade. "I just love it here, she said it is beautiful."
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Woody Allen s  Blue Jasmine  is playing at selected theaters  among them along with the Clay Theater...
Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" is playing at selected theaters, among them along with the Clay Theater in San Francisco, is the Sabastiani Theater in Sonoma.
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These are just some of the dozens and dozens of designs that sisters Kim Courier and Pam Arnold have...
These are just some of the dozens and dozens of designs that sisters Kim Courier and Pam Arnold have made. "Once we finish making a batch or a specially made set, that's it, we don't make any more," said Arnold. "Because, she explained we like to custom make all our designs with each one being 'one-of-a-kind' as much as possible."
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Ramni Levy provided the food and catering. Fresh crab cakes  empanadas  stuffed mushrooms and petite...
Ramni Levy provided the food and catering. Fresh crab cakes, empanadas, stuffed mushrooms and petite twice backed potatoes topped with just a tiny dab of sour cream and golden caviar. The food also included an array of fine California wines from the Sonoma, Napa region
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Hundreds gathered on May 26 for the 56th Annual Sonoma Valley Memorial Day Observance at Sonoma Vete...
Hundreds gathered on May 26 for the 56th Annual Sonoma Valley Memorial Day Observance at Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park, California.
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For more than two weeks  artist Kathryn A. Lewis has been setting up her painter s easel and paint p...
For more than two weeks, artist Kathryn A. Lewis has been setting up her painter's easel and paint palates to capture the fall colors of the vineyards of Sonoma, CA.
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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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Equipped with the latest  Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Sonoma has individual exam rooms to help c...
Equipped with the latest, Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Sonoma has individual exam rooms to help calm pets when making a visit. Dr. Vallard Christopher Forsythe takes time with each pet patient to ensure each pet gets full and undivided attention.
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Here is John Emil Brians as a young man  back in the early 1960 s just as his world travels began.
Here is John Emil Brians as a young man, back in the early 1960's just as his world travels began.
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Sonoma Valley Fire Dept. had the  Stars and Stripes  flying high above the crowd  estimated at about...
Sonoma Valley Fire Dept. had the "Stars and Stripes" flying high above the crowd, estimated at about 700 to 900 that day at the 56th Annual Sonoma Valley Memorial Day Observance on May 26.
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Selecting only the best coffee beans  Dutch Brothers coffee roasts each type of bean separately  the...
Selecting only the best coffee beans, Dutch Brothers coffee roasts each type of bean separately, then blends the various types of beans together to create a unique and original blend flavor.
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