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Bill Spencer tries to set up Zuk-Zilla at the starting line during Friday evening’s annual zucchini races. Watching are, from left, George Canseco, starter Scott Sherman and Cynthia Boyer. More than 50 racing zucchini were entered in this year’s event with prizes going to the fastest and the most creative. An enthusiastic crowd cheered on their respective favorites. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Readying the racing zucchini

Bill Spencer tries to set up Zuk-Zilla at the starting line during Friday evening’s annual zucchini races. Watching are, from left, George Canseco, starter Scott Sherman and Cynthia Boyer. More than 50 racing zucchini were entered in this year’s event with prizes going to the fastest and the most creative. An enthusiastic crowd cheered on their respective favorites.

Sonoma League for Historic Preservation celebrates 45 years

The Sonoma League for Historic Preservation is celebrating 45 years of service in preserving Sonoma’s historic structures with a Sapphire Anniversary fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the gardens of the Maysonnave House, 291 First St. E.

City eyes vacation rental violations

A new study commissioned by the city of Sonoma reveals that roughly half of local properties being used as vacation rentals have failed to comply with city regulations, according to City Manager Carol Giovanatto.

THERESE NUGENT has joined Michael Crain Properties and will be selling residential real estate.

Therese Nugent joins Michael Crain Properties

Michael Crain Properties, Vineyard Advisors and Brokers have announced the hiring of Sonoma Realtor Therese Nugent. She will work out of the company’s Sonoma headquarters, and will focus on Michael Crain Properties’ newly created residential real estate division.

GEN. TONY ZINNI (RET.) will provide a critique of American foreign policy at the Mentoring Alliance Speaker Series event to be held on Friday, Sept. 19.

Zinni to speak at Mentoring Alliance series

Gen. Tony Zinni (Ret.) will provide a critique of American foreign policy at the Mentoring Alliance Speaker Series event to be held on Friday, Sept. 19, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building in Sonoma.

Pets Lifeline executive director, Nancy King, visits 3-month-old King Louie, who will join the other kittens just as soon as he gets his rabies shot. Pets Lifeline has had 93 kittens come to the shelter since April 1; 62 of them have been adopted, 20 are in foster care and there’s a roomful of kittens just waiting for their forever home. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Looking for a forever home

Pets Lifeline executive director, Nancy King, visits 3-month-old King Louie, who will join the other kittens just as soon as he gets his rabies shot.

Sixteen-year-old Lilyanna Carranza, who will be a junior at Sonoma Valley High School this fall, paints railings at Altimira Middle School Tuesday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Earning summer money

Sixteen-year-old Lilyanna Carranza, who will be a junior at Sonoma Valley High School this fall, paints railings at Altimira Middle School Tuesday.

THE CAST OF “Taming of the Shrew’ includes, from left, Jim Kent, Ben Marcus-Willers, Deleaney Brumme and Aaron Bremner. Christina Simonelli/Special to the Index-Tribune

Curtain rises on Shakespeare’s ‘Shrew’

Sonoma’s Avalon Players will stage the ‘battle of the sexes,’ “Taming of the Shrew” as its annual Shakespeare Under the Stars offering, starting Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Buena Vista Winery, 18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma.

Stabbing suspect arrested after 7-hour standoff

After a nearly seven-hour standoff early Saturday morning, Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 55-year-old man on charges of attempted murder after a stabbing in the 1200 block of Mission Drive in Temelec.

OpEd

Op-Ed: Bring back Sonoma’s aquatic glory

The construction of a pool in Sonoma is long overdue. Sonoma was once the home of a proud swim tradition, boasting All-American individual and relay teams while providing a platform for high schoolers to take their talents to four-year collegiate programs. This was accomplished in an inadequate “shallow-deep” pool.

Valley Forum

Valley Forum: Does Sonoma really need another pool?

With all the talk of Sonoma needing a pool lately, it should be pointed out that Sonoma already has a great pool that the community uses. I am a longtime community member and aquatics advocate, and I run the Sonoma Aquatic Club, formerly known as Agua Caliente Aquatic Center, at 17350 Vailetti Drive in Sonoma.

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Seniors need Senior Wellness program

Editor, Index-Tribune This is my take on the closing of the Senior Wellness program at Sonoma Valley Hospital and the July 22 letter by Lynnette Peters (“Bring back Senior Wellness program”). More than a year ago, I wrote to the Index-Tribune regarding the closure of the Cardiac Rehab program at Sonoma Valley Hospital. The program… Continue Reading >>

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Importance of accurate water news

Editor, Index-Tribune: Thank you for your thoughtful editorial of July 18 “More fire under our butts,” addressing state water usage. I felt discouraged by the news coverage on bay area TV stations claiming that instead of conserving water as requested by the governor, Californians were actually increasing water use. Among my friends and acquaintances, it… Continue Reading >>

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Who are the terrorists?

Editor, Index-Tribune: Israel accuses the militant Hamas of terrorism and insists on the right to defend itself. But Israel hasn’t always been in charge. Sixty-eight years ago, the Jews in Palestine felt the oppression of the British Mandate. A group of revisionist Zionists formed a military, right-wing group called the IRGUN to form a Jewish state… Continue Reading >>

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Thank you for helping police dog

Editor, Index-Tribune: This letter is overdue and I apologize. We first learned of Sonoma’s newest police officer, Dickie the canine in the Aug. 27, 2013 issue of the Index-Tribune. My first thought was, what a handsome dog, made all the more stunning by being a mix of Belgain Malinois and German Shepherd. My second instant… Continue Reading >>

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Watch out for cougars

Editor, Index-Tribune: Since I can assume there are cougars in Sonoma County, I feel it’s my duty to warn people about cougars acting strangely or too boldly as they may have canine distemper, which alters their minds. They may come very near buildings or even enter them and suddenly attack people or pets. So please… Continue Reading >>

Arts Guild hosts reception Friday

The Arts Guild of Sonoma is showcasing the artwork of featured artists, K.C. Winston and Lyn Swan as well as many other guild artists’ work during August’s exhibition with the opening reception being held from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Friday, Aug. 1, in the gallery, 140 E. Napa St. in Sonoma.

Sheriff’s Office offers fall Citizens Academy

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office is taking applications until Friday, Aug. 8, for the fall session of its Citizens Academy, which provides citizens with an inside look at local law enforcement.