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Altimira Middle School’s entire eighth-grade class – more than 140 students – took a field trip earlier this month to tour UC Davis as part of the school’s ongoing efforts to start the college conversation earlier with Sonoma students.

Altimira students tour UC Davis

Altimira Middle School’s entire eighth-grade class – more than 140 students – took a field trip earlier this month to tour UC Davis as part of the school’s ongoing efforts to start the college conversation earlier with Sonoma students.

There will be a Halloween celebration tonight, Oct. 28, at the last Tuesday night market of the 2014 season. Kids in costume will want to join the annual Halloween parade through the market, led by Sonoma’s favorite clown, Popo. Most market vendors will have treats, for safe and fun family trick-or-treating. The market opens at 5:15 p.m., with the festivities getting underway at around 5:30. Entertainment in front of fountain will be provided by Fred McCarty.

Halloween parade!

There will be a Halloween celebration tonight, Oct. 28, at the last Tuesday night market of the 2014 season. Kids in costume will want to join the annual Halloween parade through the market, led by Sonoma’s favorite clown, Popo. Most market vendors will have treats, for safe and fun family trick-or-treating. The market opens at 5:15 p.m., with the festivities getting underway at around 5:30. Entertainment in front of fountain will be provided by Fred McCarty.

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Joanne Brown Setzer

Joanne Brown Setzer, 75, passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 11th, 2014 in Sonoma after a courageous ten month battle with brain cancer.

Art teacher Beth Biermann instructs Dunbar kindergartners, from left, Andy Tzintzun Escobar, Dakota Beatty and Ariatna Rodriguez Ramirez in how to add painted shapes, by using blocks, to the mural near the school’s entrance. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Working on a mural

Art teacher Beth Biermann instructs Dunbar kindergartners, from left, Andy Tzintzun Escobar, Dakota Beatty and Ariatna Rodriguez Ramirez in how to add painted shapes, by using blocks, to the mural near the school’s entrance.

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Editorial: Yes on SRJC’s Measure H

Many Sonoma Valley residents and graduates of Sonoma Valley High School have benefited from attending Santa Rosa Junior College. In fact, so successful has the nearly 100-year-old SRJC been in attracting Sonoma County students, its buildings, some of which are way past their prime, are bulging at the seams with overcrowding.

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Valley Forum: In protest of higher water rates

After reading the city’s 2014 Water Rate Study, I must again call on Sonoma’s water service customers to join me in protesting against the proposed higher water rates. I strongly objected to these in 2012 and the City Council voted not to implement the increases then.

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Op Ed: Support the living wage law

According to a recent statement by Phineas Worthington (“Living wage law hurts workers, Oct. 21) the minimum wage law hurts the very people it was intended to help. He also puts an insulting label (“elitist mob”) on the folks who support the living wage law.

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Clean Power opt-out is easy

I have heard several comments about the Sonoma Clean Power opt-out problems via telephone. I am not a computer expert but decided to try another approach. I went on their website and found that opting out of SCP was easy.

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October is Endow SV Month

Banners are up around the Plaza again this year reminding everyone that October is Endow Sonoma Valley Month.

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Loss of faith over leaf blower flip-flop

For years I supported Ken Brown for the City Council – including placement of his campaign signs in my front yard. This year I have a different sign indicating we should “blow out” Ken Brown – primarily due to his questionable decision-making criteria.

Witchie Poo salutes 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 two weekend matinees at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, and Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E., in Sonoma.

Professor Van Helsing (Matt Witthaus) examines bite marks on Lucy Seward (Courtney Bristow) in The Silver Moon Theatre's production of "Dracula," at the Sonoma Community Center. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

‘Dracula’ continues at SCC

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.

Library debuts Saturday Storytime

Saturday Storytime will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library. Monthly Saturday Storytimes are being offered at the library this fall.

Eyeing the future of fire services

An overflow crowd of 50 gathered together at the Schell-Vista Fire Station on the same night as the Giants were beating the Royals in Game 1 of the World Series. Fire protection taking precedence over baseball, residents of Sonoma Valley sat to hear county staff discuss what fire services they can expect in the future, and what they can determine they need.

MacArthur Place earns national honor

Sonoma’s own MacArthur Place Hotel and Spa has been named one of the top hotels in the United States in the Conde Nast Traveler Annual Reader’s Choice “Best in the World Awards” for 2014.

Meeting set for Arnold, Hwy. 121 intersection

Caltrans and the Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) will hold an open house meeting Wednesday, Nov. 5, to discuss proposed operational improvements for the Arnold Drive/Bonneau Road/Highways 116 and 121 intersection.

Waterwise garden expo set for Saturday

Homeowners, hobbyists, and professionals can learn about water-conscious gardening this Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Sonoma Community Center Waterwise Gardening Expo.

More than 100 needy children will receive free dental care Wednesday, Thursday and today, Friday, as the The Christina’s Smile trailer is parked at Altimira Middle School for three days. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Dental care for needy kids

More than 100 needy children will receive free dental care Wednesday, Thursday and today, Friday, as the The Christina’s Smile trailer is parked at Altimira Middle School for three days.

Chamber hires new director

Following the departure of its longtime executive director, the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce has searched the country and found a replacement in Patricia Shults, the group announced Wednesday.

Last week, workers at the Blue Wing Inn on East Spain Street put some tarps on the roof that they’re trying to repair just in case it rained. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Getting ready for rain

Last week, workers at the Blue Wing Inn on East Spain Street put some tarps on the roof that they’re trying to repair just in case it rained.