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Op-Ed: 'Veggie Queen' urges people to live healthy as well as long Special

Sonoma - The importance of eating healthy is more than just a passion for 'Veggie Queen' Jill Nussinow, it is her life's work. Getting the word out is more about getting vegetables in peoples' mouths to taste them and to experience that they are good.

Op-Ed: Animator keeps his goal in sight of a studio 'on the Plaza' Special

Sonoma - When I talked with him during the second week of January of this New Year of 2017, animator and aspiring entrepreneur Carlos Gomez said he is doing more than just making note of his resolutions. He is taking charge of them.

One Town's Veteran's Day Celebration like so many across the USA Special

Sonoma - While the annual breakfast at the Veteran's Memorial Building in Sonoma was "first come first serve" basis, there was plenty of fresh made pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage to go around this past Friday Nov. 11.

Author John Perkins points to 1976 as pivotal year economically Special

No doubt, the U. S. economy is on everyone's mind now that the presidential election is over. Yet as author John Perkins noted, "the fact that someone outside the status quo was elected, says people want change."

Painter poet Renaissance man remembered, Sonoma Day of The Dead Special

Sonoma - Underneath a fingernail-crescent moon, Sonoma locals gathered the day after Halloween to remember those who have passed on in a Day of The Dead celebration that has become a tradition. Among those remembered on Nov. 1 was artist-poet Dick Cole.

Bookshop owner celebrates 25th anniversary with his own book Special

Sonoma - Just before his Sonoma, California book shop celebrates its 25 anniversary next month, Readers' Books owner Andy Weinberger debuted his own book this past week.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Realtor-turned author, now has her own column Special

Sonoma - Autumn brings to mind change and a shift in the seasons. The symbolism has not gone unnoticed by local Realtor-turned author, Catherine Sevenau.

Op-Ed: Tall Toad in Petaluma was make-shift stage for Jazz guitarist Special

Petaluma - Local Jazz affectionados were given a rare treat of some vintage composition and interpretation up close by Jazz guitarist John Stowell. He played for over two hours on Aug 30 at the Tall Toad in Petaluma.

Op-Ed: Arts Guild of Sonoma kicks of its summer season of gallery shows Special

Sonoma - The warm summer evening weather was ideal for the Opening Reception of the Arts Guild of Sonoma June Invitational show on June 3. Among the Guest Artists was painter and abstract artist, Sonja Bakalyar.

Op-Ed: Writer deeply moved by French people's appreciation for veterans Special

Sonoma - The Memorial Day weekend edition of The Sonoma Valley Sun had a letter to the Editor that struck a chord with a writer who recently published a book called, "A Cup of Redemption."

A widow remembers her Vietnam Vet husband Special

Sonoma - The 58th annual Memorial Day Celebration was held this morning at The Veteran's Memorial Building in Sonoma not far from the Plaza, which is the heart of town. Hundreds gathered, among them was a recent widow, Kathy Bramwell Ostram.

Op-Ed: Sonoma has its first Integrative Health Care Fair Special

Sonoma - Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy in Sonoma was pleased to co-host the very first annual Integrative Health Fair this past May 21. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the afternoon.

Op-Ed: Philanthropist sees himself 'very lucky,' wants to help others Special

Sonoma - Philanthropic work has a ripple effect in a community. And, for one local philanthropist in a California town like Sonoma, he knows very well that even the simplest of work efforts such as a micro loan program is making a profound impact.

Op-Ed: Jazz Guitarists make duo performance at Sonoma's Plaza Bistro Special

Sonoma - The dreary weather of Friday was soon forgotten by those who went to see Jazz guitarists Randy Vincent and John Stowell at the Plaza Bistro. They teamed up for a duo performance that evening on May 6.

Op-Ed: 'Scream' movie begins a Sonoma realtor's career to Top Producer Special

Sonoma - Daniel Casabonne is "The realtor" in all of Sonoma with the most sales. He has an office right on the Plaza. Yet as he tells it, his career in real estate was unexpected due to the movie "Scream."

Op-Ed: One woman's life in an oyster shell of chaos reveals a pearl Special

Sonoma - The comedian/entertainer Phyllis Diller in an interview once said that the hardships in life are like the grain of sand that agitates an oyster into making a beautiful pearl.

Spring in California Wine Country is VJB Cellars and Vineyard Special

Kenwood - Spring in Paris? What about California wine country? For those who know wine country, spring time is a special occasion to visit.

Op-Ed: Vintage shop in Sonoma aims to happier times Special

Sonoma - Tiddlywinks, that very simple little game is one of the sources of inspiration for Sonoma's Tiddle E Winks Vintage Five and Dime.

Op-Ed: Indian Food has arrived in Sonoma — finally! Special

Sonoma - This reporter had the wonderful and fortunate experience this past weekend of being treated to dinner at Sonoma's newest restaurant, Delhi Belly Indian Bistro.

Op-Ed: An unexpected career change brings an inner peace to an A/C man Special

Sonoma - Career changes happen frequently. But what makes life unexpectedly dynamic is when a career changes unexpectedly. This is what happened to Daniel Fisherbaugh a heating and air-conditioning specialist in nearby Petaluma.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Film Festival aims to prepare filmmakers of tomorrow Special

Sonoma - For Media Arts Instructor, Peter Hansen the program offered at Sonoma Valley High School is just as valuable as math or science. The program he has been teaching for over 15 years aims to prepare students to be not only the filmmakers of tomorrow,

Op-Ed: Micro Loan program is success in Northern California town Special

Sonoma - Business and real estate developer Simon Blattner is amazed at what a simple small loan can do. This past January, Blattner thru his work with La Luz Center provided a micro loan to barber Michael Ramos.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Film Festival supports media arts for Middle Schools Special

Sonoma - Kevin McNeely, Executive Director of the Sonoma International Film Festival was ecstatic when this reporter called, wanting to chat about the upcoming five-day event at the end of next month.

Op-Ed: Marj Davis is the Rachel Carson of Sonoma to save fawns Special

Sonoma - An impromptu visit to a local boutique shop in town lead to an unexpected discovery of a local non-profit addressing an issue most people think little about, Fawn Rescue.

Op-Ed: Animator believes dream of a studio on 'The Plaza' will come true Special

Sonoma - Walt Disney once said, "We are not making cartoons here, we are making art." And a comment like that is not lost on someone like artist and animator Carlos Gomez.

Op-Ed: Realtor turned author launches 2nd book to a full house crowd Special

Sonoma - It was standing room only at Readers' Books on Feb. 11 as local realtor-turned author officially launched her second book entitled "Queen Bee - Reflections on Life and Other Rude Awakenings."

Op-Ed: Despite obstacles one woman is bringing Gymnastics to Sonoma Special

Sonoma - Cartwheels, flips, fitness and fun are what Sonoma resident and business owner, Mary Alice Jambon wishes to firmly establish at the Carneros Corporate Park on 8th Street.

Op-Ed: Small California town mourns the loss of Postal worker Special

Sonoma - The little U.S. Post Office station at the west end of Sonoma is perhaps the least of the 31,662 post offices nationwide.

Op-Ed: Coffee cart owner sells biz and is now the Go 2 Gal for concierge Special

Sonoma - Something new has brewed for Sonoma's JOE-2-GO coffee bar owner Heidi Stearn. She sold the successful sole-proprietorship which has been a fixture at Freidman's Home Improvement Center for over five years.

Op-Ed: Retired teacher believes more is in store on his life journey Special

Sonoma - The Alumni of Pater Noster High School in Los Angeles had a benefit dinner in October of this past year to raise funds for the remaining Brothers of St. Patrick that staffed the school.
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Signs in back of the Riverside complex (formerly a turkey ranch) tell customers that the other busin...
Signs in back of the Riverside complex (formerly a turkey ranch) tell customers that the other businesses impacted by the November fire are still there, eager to keep going.
This was Kathy with her toy poodle  Demi  (that is short for demitasse  not Demi Moore). Photo was t...
This was Kathy with her toy poodle "Demi" (that is short for demitasse, not Demi Moore). Photo was taken in Golden Gate Park and this was when she was a Journalism major at San Francisco State University, circa 1967 to 1969.
Courtesy of Kathy Ostram
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.
Eden the waitress  cashier greets everyone as they walk through the front door.
Eden the waitress, cashier greets everyone as they walk through the front door.
A close up view of Sonoma Mountain was literally in Jack London s backyard. The breathtaking beauty ...
A close up view of Sonoma Mountain was literally in Jack London's backyard. The breathtaking beauty of the park has people from all over the world visiting it, noted Van Wyk. Jack London was perhaps the first world celebrities of his day.
Kathy is a great resource for job information and her work with us has been helpful   said Margaret ...
Kathy is a great resource for job information and her work with us has been helpful," said Margaret Panely, senior job/career counselor-coordinator at the Santa Rosa office of the California Dept. of Rehab.
Fremont Diner  Sonoma  California. January 2011.
Fremont Diner, Sonoma, California. January 2011.
A snapshot from his bike tour last year in 2013  Hand-Cyclist  Steve Brumme is eager to make the jou...
A snapshot from his bike tour last year in 2013, Hand-Cyclist, Steve Brumme is eager to make the journey again, only this time he wants to go 3,000 miles across the United States.
Courtesy of Steve Brumme and The Sonoma Sun
Kevin Fay is the owner of Studebaker Cheesecake of Sonoma   we do things the old-fashioned sort of w...
Kevin Fay is the owner of Studebaker Cheesecake of Sonoma, "we do things the old-fashioned sort of way," he said. "I keep it simple."
Roche family winery is just off the town square in Sonoma  on West Spain Street.
Roche family winery is just off the town square in Sonoma, on West Spain Street.
January 2011  California
January 2011, California
The Sonoma Valley Jazz Society has performers from Sonoma and the San Francisco Bay Area play their ...
The Sonoma Valley Jazz Society has performers from Sonoma and the San Francisco Bay Area play their music for the people every Tuesday evening during the summer months.
Bev Greenberg  made sure she got to the showing. As she said   I did not want to miss this  even tho...
Bev Greenberg, made sure she got to the showing. As she said, "I did not want to miss this, even though my day had been very busy." Seen here are Greenberg along with friend and fellow artist Helen Mehl.
Transcendence Theater will be presenting its first holiday show called   Joy to The World   this Dec...
Transcendence Theater will be presenting its first holiday show called, "Joy to The World," this Dec. 4 and 5th.
Ray Mabry, courtesy of Transcendence Theater
As wisteria blooms  the blossoms fall like snowflakes on the ground.
As wisteria blooms, the blossoms fall like snowflakes on the ground.
Cynthia Owings is the creator and owner of Cynthia s Scones. Made fresh daily  from all natural ingr...
Cynthia Owings is the creator and owner of Cynthia's Scones. Made fresh daily, from all natural ingredients, owner Cynthia Owings would like to turn the café/kitchen she now works from into a community kitchen, inviting chefs and food artisans an opportunity to make and feature their goods there.
Andy Smith stands along side the generator he got from the little bit of money he got from his insur...
Andy Smith stands along side the generator he got from the little bit of money he got from his insurance claim. "I figure since the fire, I have been losing business estimated at about $2,000.00 per month."
The Frame Factory now has a new home on East Napa Street  just around the corner from  The Square  i...
The Frame Factory now has a new home on East Napa Street, just around the corner from "The Square" in Sonoma, CA.
As part of his outreach to the community  financial advisor Darren Blonski began the first in a seri...
As part of his outreach to the community, financial advisor Darren Blonski began the first in a series to talks for the 2015 year on Feb. 12. The talks (mini-workshop, seminars) are open to the public free of charge and with no obligation to buy or sign up. He simply wants to help people better understand the importance of proper investing and better management of financial matters.
 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.