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David Richard Welty

David Richard Welty

David R Welty, loving father of Melanie Valesi, Sarah Welty and Jason Welty passed away peacefully on October 19, 2014 with his family at his bedside.

James Lyle Sims

James Lyle Sims

James Lyle Sims passed away peacefully at his home in San Francisco on September 24, 2014 with his loving wife at his side along with Danny Benatar, a friend whom he loved as a son. Jim leaves behind his siblings: Donald, Roberta, Dee and Sarah.

Nicholas Cali

Nicholas (Nick) Cali

Nicholas (Nick) Cali, urrounded by family, Nicholas (Nick) Cali passed away peacefully at his home in Hillsboro, Oregon on October 19, 2014 at the age of 80.

Work is continuing on Stuart Creek in Glen Ellen. Back in August, an old bridge and culvert were removed. The creek bed is being restored so that steelhead can resume spawning upstream.  Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Stuart Creek shaping up

Work is continuing on Stuart Creek in Glen Ellen. Back in August, an old bridge and culvert were removed. The creek bed is being restored so that steelhead can resume spawning upstream.

New swim pool still years away

Despite voting to support a new community swimming pool in Sonoma Valley, City Council members and supporters of the project acknowledge that the project will not be finished in the near future.

Lions Club member Greg Baxter gets ready to test the eyes of a youngster at the recent Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue open house. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Line of sight

Lions Club member Greg Baxter gets ready to test the eyes of a youngster at the recent Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue open house.

Ribbon-cutting set at Montini

There will be a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the City of Sonoma taking ownership of the Montini Preserve at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, the First Street West Trailhead.

Rampaging duo push old lady, get Tased

Two men tried to get into Steiner’s a little before 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, but were already so drunk the bouncer wouldn’t let them in the door. So one of them took a swing at the bouncer, according to police – but was unable to connect.

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California Focus: Props. 45, 48: two obvious ‘yes’ votes

It’s almost a foregone conclusion that the Proposition 1 water bond on next month’s ballot will pass easily: Every poll shows it with almost a 2-1 lead heading into the vote and the opposition has virtually no money for television commercials.

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Remember When: Gov. F.W. Richardson dedicates Dawson Memorial Hall

The dedication of the Dawson Memorial Hall at the Sonoma State Home Wednesday evening was a brilliant occasion with Governor F. W. Richardson and many other prominent state officials and friends of the institution in attendance. The entrance way of the beautiful brick building recently completed as an annex to the Home was banked with handsome floral pieces in memory of Dr. J.G.W. Dawson, the late superintendent of the institution.

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Postpone water decision until new council seated

The Oct. 22, 2014 issue of the Sonoma Press Democrat contained an article regarding a proposed measure related to tobacco retailers. The article stated: “David Cook moved to postpone any action until after new council members are elected and sworn in. The motion garnered unanimous support from the rest of the council.”

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A star of human decency

Terry Province’s “Other Voices” (10/24) comments make grateful reading. For me it’s helpful being reminded the study of economics was long known and considered as part of political science, studies of human choices.

A PHOTO EXHIBIT from the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary opens Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library. Photo courtesy NOAA

Sonoma Valley Library to exhibit marine sanctuary photos

The Sonoma Valley Regional Library will be hosting an exhibit of photographs from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration featuring the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary from Wednesday, Nov. 5, through Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015.

Bouverie Preserve eyes things that go bump in the night

Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a North Bay leader in conservation science, habitat protection and restoration and nature education, will host a Fall Backyard Naturalist Program titled “Bats, Spiders, Owls, Oh My!” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at its 535-acre Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen.

Sister Cities hosts furmint tasting

The Sonoma-Tokaj Sister Cities Committee is hosting a wine tasting from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, featuring the Hungarian varietal furmint.

Seeds of Learning fundraiser Saturday

The Sonoma-based nonprofit Seeds of Learning (SOL) will host a fundraising dinner and auction from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Hanna Boys Center.

FORMER UCLA CHANCELLOR Dr. Charles Young with former SVHS student Sarah Summers. Submitted photo

An icon among us: Sarah Summers interviews Chuck Young

During a recent interview with former UCLA Chancellor Dr. Charles E. Young, I was struck by the irony of the fact that the biggest celebrity sighting of my last two years was in the end-of-the-hall counseling office of Sonoma Valley High School, not in or around the UCLA campus where I spend my academic year.

ANDY MITCHELL

Donations come in many forms

Longtime Sonoma Valley High School photography teacher Andy Mitchell delivered this speech to an audience of donors at the Plein Air Art Festival last month.