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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.

John Susoeff

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

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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!

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Praises all of Valley’s stars

I want to thank Nicholas Greben for his letter to the editor in last week’s paper. In his letter, Nicholas honored two volunteers, Sue Holman and Susan Weeks, for their dedicated and long-standing work with Meals on Wheels in Sonoma Valley.

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Lynch wrong on many levels

The recent “editorial” called “Love and hate in Sonoma” strikes me as wrong on so many levels that I feel compelled to write.

Didier Barrera, 17, a senior at Sonoma Valley High School, donated blood for the second time last week at school. At right is Kris Kneeland, 18, senior, who is donating blood for the ninth ninth time. Donor Tech Araceli Magana was tending to the students. The bloodmobile comes to the high school three times a year and they get anywhere from 20 to 40 blood donors each time. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Donating blood

Didier Barrera, 17, a senior at Sonoma Valley High School, donated blood for the second time last week at school. At right is Kris Kneeland, 18, also a senior, who is donating blood for the ninth time. Donor Tech Araceli Magana was tending to the students. The bloodmobile comes to the high school three times a year and they get anywhere from 20 to 40 blood donors each time.

Workday set Saturday at Montini Preserve

The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and the Sonoma Ecology Center will hold a stewardship workday at the Montini Open Space Preserve from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.

SONOMA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL senior Ella Mighell spent last year studying and working abroad in Peru.

I am a Dragon

Since middle school, my dream has been to create a unique path for myself which reflects my individuality. I just returned from a year abroad in Peru through AFS and I felt fortunate to expand my education beyond the realm of a traditional classroom.

Showcase features dance, prose, ‘Fright Night’ and comic cabaret

The Sonoma Theatre Alliance’s Sonoma Nights Showcase series will present four shows in October. The Showcase features intimate performances by regional artists in a variety of genres – music, staged readings, one-person shows, dance, and cabaret acts – presented on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, when the main stage production is “dark.”

Depot Park Museum attic sale set Saturday

Every once in a great while, the Sonoma Valley Historical Society’s Depot Park Museum holds its longtime community-favorite attic sale featuring antiques and new and gently used treasures at bargain prices. On Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the society’s “Kitchen Tricks and Treats” sale takes place just outside the museum in Depot Park, 270 First St. W.

Author eyes ‘Highway 61’

Author Dennis McNally will discuss his latest book, “On Highway 61” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St.

Sonoma Valley firefighters host Sunday open house

The Sonoma Valley Firefighters Association will be holding their 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.

Documentary looks at nation’s dams

Though it is being presented on the campus of a church, the film “DamNation” has nothing to do with eternal retribution. Rather, the second in a series of fall films being sponsored by Transition Sonoma Valley and the Earth Care Committee of First Congregational Church, is about the dams that stop rivers from running their natural course.

Meeting eyes operations at three state parks

The annual public meeting to discuss the past year’s operations at Jack London State Historic Park, Sugarloaf State Park and Austin Creek State Recreation Area will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Sonoma Land Trust Offices, 822 Fifth St., Santa Rosa.

Derek Belanger and Ashley Griffen, from Murphy’s Irish Pub, were the winners in the annual Battle of the Bartenders on Saturday.  Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Murphy’s tops bartender battle

Derek Belanger and Ashley Griffen, from Murphy’s Irish Pub, were the winners in the annual Battle of the Bartenders on Saturday. Second place went to Burgers & Vine, third place to Saddles Steakhouse and fourth place to The Swiss Hotel.

Sam Simon

Sam Simon

August 11, 1916 – September 29, 2014

Matt Atkinson, front, is the new fire chief in Glen Ellen replacing Peter Van Fleet, who has been chief for the past six years. Van Fleet becomes the department's fire marshal.  Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Glen Ellen gets a new fire chief

Chief Peter Van Fleet is assuming a new role with the Glen Ellen Volunteer Fire Department. He was promoted to fire marshal, ending a six-year run as the department’s chief.

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President, Congress need to work together

n his speech recently outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he said. “But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the president and Congress work together.”