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Barbara Jean Maffei Thomsen

Barbara Jean Maffei Thomsen

Barbara Jean passed away on Aug. 8, 2014, after a long illness. Born on Sept. 5, 1924, she was the daughter of Oliver and Kathleen Maffei.

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Op-Ed: Emergency action needed to save salmon

Many will remember the extra distance fish agencies went this past spring when they moved baby salmon in tanker trucks from upstream hatcheries down to the Delta and San Francisco Bay for release. This was done because drought conditions made Central Valley rivers deadly to migrating baby salmon.

Valley Forum

Valley Forum: Still more praise for Jack London Park

Last fall, I fulfilled a lifelong dream and traveled to Cuba. I am a trial attorney in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and was traveling alone to meet fellow travelers with a wonderful organization known as Cross Cultural Journeys. There were approximately 25 people on the trip, and we first met in the airport in Miami to… Continue Reading >>

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Robbins and the power of community

Editor, Index Tribune: On Saturday, at the Moose Lodge, I bore witness to the power of community, our community of Sonoma. Dave Robbins was a friend, we worked on several educational projects together, and I was always very taken by his open heart for kids. On Saturday, I witnessed the open heart of so many… Continue Reading >>

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Kate and Shakespeare are back at Buena Vista

Editor, Index-Tribune: Saw “Taming of the Shrew” last night at Buena Vista Winery and we highly recommend it. Kate Kennedy is back directing Shakespeare in Buena Vista’s courtyard around the fountain, it felt like 10 years ago when we first arrived in Sonoma and discovered her wonderful productions there. For some years, with changing owners at the winery,… Continue Reading >>

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Musical meal to benefit FISH

Editor, Index-Tribune: I’d like to let Index-Tribune readers know that The Barking Dog and “3 on a Match” are sponsoring a sumptuous, musical evening to help FISH replace its older donated refrigerators and freezers with Energy Star appliances. Upon completing its solar panels, FISH has determined that it is possible to reroute additional funds into… Continue Reading >>

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Creek bacteria not good for ducks

Editor, Index-Tribune: The ducks still there in Fryer Creek are living in high levels of bacteria and need to be moved. East Side Rescue is on it with DFG. We are having the water tested to evaluate the bacteria levels. Not healthy for our native ducks. I find it so ironic that the Sonoma Ecology… Continue Reading >>

Friday and Monday was Rush at Sonoma Valley High School. Students got their class schedules, paid any fees that are due, had their pictures taken, signed up for clubs and, for the seniors, signed up for senior project. Friday, senior-to-be Jackie Hollis, left, gets her senior project paperwork from teacher Carrenne Purtell who is one of the senior project coordinators. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Sonoma Valley High School Rush

Friday and Monday was Rush at Sonoma Valley High School. Students got their class schedules, paid any fees that are due, had their pictures taken, signed up for clubs and, for the seniors, signed up for senior project. Friday, senior-to-be Jackie Hollis, left, gets her senior project paperwork from teacher Carrenne Purtell who is one of the senior project coordinators.

There will be a reception for artist Sue Vincenty from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Charles Creek Vineyard tasting room, 483 First St. W., Sonoma.

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There will be a reception for artist Sue Vincenty from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Charles Creek Vineyard tasting room, 483 First St. W., Sonoma.

Water shortage spurs mandatory cutbacks

A smattering of rain that floated through Sonoma this week will do little if anything to allay the continued severe drought in the area, according to state and local weather experts.

BILL JASPER, left, and Jon Sebastiani are supporting Pets Lifeline’s Paws for a Cause. Jasper will be the auctioneer while Sebastiani’s Krave is donating party favors. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

‘Paws’ benefits Pets Lifeline

Pets Lifeline will be hosting Paws for a Cause from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Vintage Kennel Club, 22071 Bonness Road, Sonoma.

OpEd

Op-Ed: Water Agency explains real fix for Fryer Creek

The July 24 Index-Tribune article, “Mysterious hole drains Fryer Creek,” followed by the Aug. 2 article, “Neighbors irked over Fryer Creek draining,” makes clear that Sonoma residents want to protect streams and creeks as well as the habitat that they provide. I hear you, and I agree.

KATHRYN DELCHIARO AS KATE, Prince Author as Petruchio, and Ben Marcus-Willers as Hortensio, are among the characters in Avalon Players production of “Taming of the Shrew,” currently at the Buena Vista Winery, Thursdays through Sundays. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Avalon Players stage ‘Taming of the Shrew’

Sonoma’s Avalon Players are staging the ‘battle of the sexes,’ “Taming of the Shrew” as its annual Shakespeare Under the Stars offering, now through Aug. 24, at the Buena Vista Winery, 18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma.

HERE ARE TWO of four hand-painted wooden wine keg tops, live auction items created and donated by two well-known Sonoma artists, Katherine Paus (left) and Scott Sherman (right).

‘Applause’ raises funds for Rotary projects

Rotary of Sonoma Valley is planning for its annual fund-raising bash, “Applause.” As the third event approaches, due to be unveiled at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Hanna Boys Center, attendees are at work on their individual table themes.

Showcases feature poets, pianos

The Sonoma Theatre Alliance’s Sonoma Nights Showcase series will present two shows this month: “An Evening of Poetry,” featuring six Sonoma poets, on Monday, Aug. 18; and “A Grand Night,” a piano concert on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Both shows begin at 7 p.m. in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St.

VFW seeking entries for Sept. 6 car show

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Bear Flag Post 1943 is now accepting vehicle registrations for the third annual All American Bad Ass Car Show to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans War Memorial grounds, 126 First St. W.

Tickets still available for Mayacamas Fire Department dinner

There are still a few tickets available for the Mayacamas Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Starlight Dinner and Auction that will be held from 5 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Gordenker Ranch at the bottom of Trinity Road and Highway 12.