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The dream season continues

Fans cheer as the Sonoma Valley High Lady Dragon volleyball team take the second set in Tuesday nightÕs NorCal quarterfinal game against Christian Brothers High from Sacramento. The Lady Dragons went on to win the match 3-1 in front of a packed Peiffer Gym. Sonoma's next game is at Valley Christian in San Jose Saturday. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

The dream season continues

Fans cheer as the Sonoma Valley High Lady Dragons volleyball team takes the second set in Tuesday night’s NorCal quarterfinal match against Christian Brothers High from Sacramento. The Lady Dragons went on to win the match 3-1 in front of a packed Peiffer Gym. Sonoma’s next game is at Valley Christian in San Jose Saturday.

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John C. (Jack) Bock

On November 10, 2014, Jack died peacefully at home after a long illness, with his wife by his side.

Marie L. Ament

L. Ament, passed away peacefully and with grace October 28, 2014 in Anacortes, WA.

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Editorial: Thank you, Sonoma

Everyone’s heard about the economic challenges facing newspapers which, like radio, television, music and book publishing, are confronting highly disruptive technological innovations that are radically changing how people consume media of all kinds.

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It takes a village

Last Thursday, during a class to prepared community members for a driver-license exam under the new law, SB60, we found out that President Obama had issued an executive order granting protection to more than 4 million undocumented immigrants who currently live in the United States.

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Seeds of gratitude

On behalf of Seeds of Learning, I wish to thank the many generous members of the Sonoma community who helped make our recent fundraising event, “Many Hands, One SOL,” such a huge success. Held on Nov. 1, our event was also a celebration of the many hands that have supported Seeds of Learning throughout the years.

While the Valley received more than a half-inch of rain overnight Friday and early Saturday, the sun managed to come out for the rest of the weekend. But the Valley is due for some more rain this weekend including a possible drenching on Sunday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Weather to hamper holiday travel

There is a joke that says the best thing about winter in California is watching it on TV. For local residents, this Thanksgiving weekend may hold more storm-watching from the comforts of home – although forecasters are warning people to stay off the roads on Sunday afternoon due to a major rainstorm passing through at that time.

LELAND MITCHELL, board member of the Napa Firefighters Museum and Napa firefighter Jeff Hunter hold the 1990 Reliance Hose Cart that they have provided to the Sonoma Fire Museum.  In the background are Sonoma firefighters Capt. Jeff Paganini and Bob Molesworth with Sonoma’s antique pumper from the 1880s. The local museum, located at the Al Mazza Firehouse on Second Street West, has hundreds of pieces of old firefighting equipment, uniforms and memorabilia. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Napa Fire Department adds to Sonoma Fire Museum

The Sonoma Fire Museum’s growing collection of antique fire-fighting equipment, uniforms and other paraphernalia received an important addition last month, when the Napa Fire Department brought over an antique hose cart that was state-of-the-art fire fighting equipment in the 1880s.

Report to supervisors calls for $13 living wage

A living wage report prepared for the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors called for a living wage of $13 per hour, with no benefits, excluding In-home Healthcare Support Service employees. The report calls for exemptions to nonprofit businesses and temporary employees, as well as small businesses employed by the county.

Workshop offers job tips for teens

Sonoma Valley teens looking to get the scoop on what it takes to land their first job with local businesses can gain insights straight from employers at a “What Employers Want” workshop and panel discussion offered by Sonoma Valley Teen Services on Monday, Dec. 1.

Omar Paz, who was class president of his senior class at Sonoma Valley High, is the president of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges. Submitted photo

Omar Paz, ’11: Exploring public service at SRJC

Omar Paz’s role as senior class president at Sonoma Valley High School in 2011 served as a hint to the life of public service and student involvement that would evolve for him as he headed on to college.

ACR names Sonoman to top post

Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a leader in conservation science, nature education, and preservation, has named John Petersen, a biologist and well-known leader in the Marin and Sonoma counties environmental community, as its new executive director.

Truly thankful in Sonoma

Last week, I took the opportunity in a letter to our faculty and staff to pause, remember, and celebrate everything we are thankful for and how fortunate we are to live in Sonoma Valley. The following is what I shared: This past weekend I had the good fortune to attend Sonoma Valley High School’s Open… Continue Reading >>

Jason Walsh joins I-T as editor

A new red pencil is marking page proofs beginning this week at The Sonoma Index-Tribune – as Jason Walsh has been named as the 136-year-old publication’s new editor in chief.

Sonoma Valley High’s Lady Dragon volleyball team celebrates moments after winning the North Coast Section Championship Saturday evening at Campolindo High in Moraga. The third-seeded Lady Dragons upset Campolindo 3-1. The win earned the Lady Dragons a slot in the Nor-Cal playoffs in a march to the state title. Sonoma hosts Christian Brothers of Sacramento at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) in Pfeiffer Gym. See game story in sports. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

NCS Champions

Sonoma Valley High’s Lady Dragon volleyball team celebrates moments after winning the North Coast Section Championship Saturday evening at Campolindo High in Moraga. The third-seeded Lady Dragons upset Campolindo 3-1. The win earned the Lady Dragons a slot in the Nor-Cal playoffs in a march to the state title. Sonoma hosts Christian Brothers of Sacramento at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) in Pfeiffer Gym. See game story in sports and more photos at sonomanews.com.

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Mary Carolyn Slack

Mary Carolyn Slack, 86, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 in Sonoma while holding the hand of her husband of 66 years, Harry.

Sonoma’s Delaney Sawnson holds on to the North Coast Section plaque as teammate Ciara Smith plants a big kiss on it while Layla Schoeningh, and MacKenzie Albrecht look on. It was part of the celebration as the Lady Dragons upended top seed Campolindo 25-21, 25-21, 21-25 and 25-23 to win the North Coast Section title Saturday night. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Lady Dragons win North Coast title

Sonoma’s Delaney Sawnson holds on to the North Coast Section plaque as teammate Ciara Smith plants a big kiss on it while Layla Schoeningh, and MacKenzie Albrecht look on. It was part of the celebration as the Lady Dragons upended top seed Campolindo 25-21, 25-21, 21-25 and 25-23 to win the North Coast Section title Saturday night.

"Le Cirque de Boheme," a 1920s-style French circus troop will perform over Thanksgiving weekend and at Christmas break at Cornerstone Sonoma.

‘Le Cirque de Boheme’ returns to Cornerstone

Cornerstone Sonoma again hosts “Bring Your Holidays to Cornerstone” as it kicks off the season with an authentic 1920s-style French circus by the troop “Le Cirque de Boheme.” Back by popular demand following last year’s debut 12 sold-out shows, Le Cirque de Boheme has an all new show and cast.

This is a rendering of what the interior of the Sonoma Cheese Factory would look like after it's remodeled. Photo courtesy of Ross Drulis Cusenberry

Big changes coming to Cheese Factory

A major expansion of the Sonoma Cheese Factory and its location are being considered. If approved by the city, the plan would build a walk-way and courtyard, directly linking the Sonoma Plaza with the Casa Grande parking lot and Depot Park to the north.