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A heartfelt thank you

Kudos to Nicholas Greben for his lovely letter to the editor about Sue Holman and Susan Weeks. Their selfless dedication to Meals on Wheels and the clients knows no bounds.

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Proposition 45: The dollars speak to the issue

We have been Kaiser Health Plan members for over 30 years. We are pleased with their healthcare, but extremely displeased with their premium increases. Letters to the company and CEO proved futile. We‘ve “downsized” the plan several times to make it “more affordable” with higher co-pays and deductibles, finally taking the most minimum plan offered.

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Hope next editor is passionate

Sad is the way I feel when I read recent issues of the Index-Tribune. If I had one wish it would be that David Bolling was still the editor. If I can’t have that wish, my next wish is that someone who is equally as eloquent and articulate, as community involved and aware, and as passionate about his or her responsibilities as editor fills the position.

PROFESSOR VAN HELSING (Matt Witthaus), left, and John Harker, (Michael Miller) confront Count Dracula (Len Hendeland) in the stage production of “Dracula,” through Nov. 2, at the Sonoma Community Center. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Curtain rises on ‘Dracula’

Silver Moon Theatre presents “Dracula,” by Hamilton Deane and John Balderston, directed by Nellie Cravens, running through Sunday, Nov. 2, on the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall, at the Sonoma Community Center.

SONOMA NATIVE NIGEL ARMSTRONG will perform a recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Burlingame Hall. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Armstrong to perform ‘encore’ recital

Nigel Armstrong, Sonoma’s internationally acclaimed violinist, will perform an “encore” solo recital in Sonoma at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, in Burlingame Hall, 258 W. Spain St., Sonoma.

ROGER RHOTEN, the Magic Man, is a part of the Witchie Poo Players who will be presenting the “Witchie Poo Halloween Extravaganza: MTV (Monster TV) Music Video Awards, this weekend and next at the Sebastiani Theatre. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Witchie Poo celebrates Halloween

The Witchie Poo Players present their 34th annual Halloween Extravaganza stage show, the 2014 “Witchie Poo Halloween Extravaganza: MTV (Monster TV) Music Video Awards” in four fabulous weekend matinees at 2 p.m., Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26, at the Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E., in Sonoma.

Fire meetings seek public input

Schell-Vista Fire Protection District board chairman Ernie Loveless wants to see some of Sonoma’s 40 Fire Protection Districts consolidated for greater efficiency.

Mark Shipston, a senior at Sonoma Valley High, gets the last few drops out of a paint bucket while Aidan Blackwood, 9, Carina Given, 9, and Maren McKesson, 9, wait to paint. The three are also Charter School students. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Community service

Last Sunday, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church sent its parishioners out into the community as part of its annual, “Don’t Go To Church, Be The Church” program.

Bryan Alcaraz, 9, gets a flu shot from Phoebe Caceres, one of the many students from SRJC who helped at the Binational Health Fair on Oct. 11, giving out free flu shots and assisting with medical screenings. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Getting inoculated

Bryan Alcaraz, 9, gets a flu shot from Phoebe Caceres, one of the many students from SRJC who helped at the Binational Health Fair on Oct. 11, giving out free flu shots and assisting with medical screenings.

Alex Benward drives the Glen Ellen Fire Protection District’s 1932 antique engine in last Sunday’s Glen Ellen Village Fair Parade. The parade, which is only two blocks long, is one of the highlights of the annual fair. Yvonne Soto-Pomeroy/Index-Tribune

Glen Ellen loves a parade

Alex Benward drives the Glen Ellen Fire Protection District’s 1932 antique engine in last Sunday’s Glen Ellen Village Fair Parade. The parade, which is only two blocks long, is one of the highlights of the annual fair.

Sonoma firefighters host open house on Sunday

The Sonoma Valley Firefighters Association will be holding its annual open house and pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Sonoma Valley Fire Station 1, at 630 Second St. W.

No-cost mammograms available

Sonoma Valley Hospital’s Women’s Health Center is offering no-cost mammograms for uninsured and underinsured Sonoma Valley women over the age of 40 during October.

Tuesday, the Sonoma Valley High girls golf team had a match with Piner High and they were prepared if it started to rain. While it drizzled, Hanna Ladouceur, left, Jacquline Regan and Anna DeSmet headed to the first tee ready for the worst. While the Valley did get some rain, it didn’t arrive until Wednesday morning and even then, it was a fleeting .12 inches. But the Valley could pick up more late tonight and the forecast is for showers on Monday.  Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

It’s going to rain

Tuesday, the Sonoma Valley High girls golf team had a match with Piner High and they were prepared if it started to rain. While it drizzled, Hanna Ladouceur, left, Jacquline Regan and Anna DeSmet headed to the first tee ready for the worst. While the Valley did get some rain, it didn’t arrive until Wednesday morning and even then, it was a fleeting .12 inches. But the Valley could pick up more late tonight and the forecast is for showers on Monday.

Fireworks at living wage forum

Before a packed hall at the Sonoma Valley Grange, 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin was blunt about a proposed mandatory “Living Wage” of $15 per hour for the county.

Patrick J. McGowan

Patrick J. McGowan

Patrick J. McGowan, 79, passed away peacefully in the company of his loving family, at home, in Sonoma on October 13, 2014.

Randy Frank Hooker

Randy Frank Hooker

Randy Frank Hooker, age 51, passed away from heart failure at Marin General Hospital in San Rafael, California on October 9, 2014.

John Susoeff

John Susoeff, 71, of Sonoma, CA, passed away of natural causes in his home on September 23, 2014.

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Editorial: Valley’s biggest challenge

If you live in Sonoma Valley your voice can be heard. If you care enough to write a letter (to the editor, or to a local representative), your opinion will have reach. Allies may come forth to join you. On most local boards, including Sonoma’s City Council, you only need to convince three representatives to vote your way.

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Hanna Boys Center a fantastic community member

We’re writing to express our heartfelt gratitude and to acknowledge what a fantastic community member Hanna Boys Center truly is. Though rather unassuming, Hanna Boys Center quietly returns young people to the fullest expressions of their true selves.

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Stop stealing signs

I agree with Jackie Lee, please stop stealing signs! I have replaced my signs for Cameron Stuckey, twice now. Indeed it is cost prohibitive to keep replacing them!