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Cultural dissonance in a drought

thought the Aug. 19 editorial (“Water bond just a step”) was well done and informative. I agree it’s “nuts” for well and groundwater use not to be monitored, or to relegate it to a voluntary choice.


Needs help finding hit-and-run suspect

I’m writing for help. My daughter was at her place of employment on the afternoon of Aug. 26, when they got a knock on the door. The neighbor had come to say that they just witnessed my daughter’s car get hit by a hit-and-run driver.

THE SEBASTIANI THEATRE will be showing “Remembering Playland at the Beach” and “The Cliff House – 150 Years” at noon Sunday, Aug. 31.

Sebastiani screens historical SF documentaries

The Sebastiani Theatre presents two very popular San Francisco documentary films, “Remembering Playland at the Beach” (2010) and “The Cliff House – 150 Years” (2013) which will be shown one time only at noon Sunday, Aug. 31.

Sonoma Community Center hosts India photo exhibit

The Sonoma Community Center presents “Auspicious India,” an exhibition of travel photography by students of the Solano Community College Photography Department, from Sept. 5 through 26 in Gallery 212.

Senior Art Show opens Sept. 16 in Santa Rosa

The 17th annual Senior Art Show will be held from Tuesday, Sept. 16, through Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Finley Center, 2060 W. College Ave. in Santa Rosa. More than 100 Sonoma County senior artists will exhibit their art during this free show, including 15 artists from Vintage House senior center.

David Anthony Berto

David Anthony Berto

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and uncle, longtime Sonoma resident and decorated World War II Veteran David Anthony “Nonno” Berto passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of August 27, 2014 with his wife Eleanor and daughter Elena by his side.

Marsha Susan Parker

Marsha Susan Parker

Marsha Susan Parker passed away peacefully on Aug. 13, 2014, at home in Sonoma. She was 68.

Dorothy L. Carrigan

Dorothy L. Carrigan

Dorothy Carrigan spent her childhood in Lincoln County, New Mexico, and her adolescence in Los Angeles, where she met her future husband, Raymond.

Cal Focus

California Focus: Time for utility execs to worry

Executives of California’s large, privately owned utility companies don’t usually have to worry about much, what with virtual monopolies, guaranteed profits, regular shareholder dividends and large personal salaries.

Valley Forum

Valley Forum: Proposed Plaza policy would harm film festival

I recently sent the following letter to the Sonoma City Council regarding new regulations being proposed by the subcommittee of the Community Services and Environment Commission. It appears the subcommittee is doing everything possible to discourage event organizers, including the Sonoma International Film Festival, from maintaining a world-class film festival and other popular community events on the Sonoma Plaza.


High praise for the Lodge

This letter was sent to Suzy Hart, general manager of The Lodge at Sonoma, following the wonderful service we received there for the wedding reported in the Index-Tribune:


Beautiful lawns, what drought?

I was very depressed on seeing the Aug. 22 front-page photo of the cracked mud which is what remains of the reservoir up at the Sonoma Developmental Center. I recently saw the same conditions at Lake Shasta, almost completely dry.

The quarterly Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library’s book sale wrapped up Saturday and raised about $13,500 from the sale. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Looking for books

The quarterly Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library’s book sale wrapped up Saturday and raised about $13,500 from the sale. The books sold are not used library books, they’re books that are donated to the Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library by the community. The next book sale has been slated for Nov. 19-22.

Zinni to critique U.S. foreign policy

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.


Plein Air – supporting art in school

Let’s talk about art in the schools. What comes to mind when you think of the world of art? Surely drawings, paint on paper and sculpture come to mind.  But also music, both instrumental and vocal. Then there’s dance, the whole gamut from hip hop to ballet. We have to include architecture, writing, graphics, theater… Continue Reading >>