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FIREFIGHTERS FROM EIGHT AGENCIES battled a blaze at the Bon Marche Thrift Shop on Riverside Drive Thursday morning. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Bon Marche goes up in flames

More then six-dozen firefighters from throughout Sonoma County responded to a three-alarm blaze Thursday morning at the Bon Marche Thrift Store on Riverside Drive. Nobody was hurt, but much of the business was charred and gutted during a fire-fight that began at 9:30 a.m.

Gary Edwards, Madolyn Agrimonti and Rachel Hundley finished one, two and three in Tuesday's city council election.

Three new faces on City Council

The biggest surprise in this season’s race for Sonoma City Council may be the success of Rachel Hundley. A 31-year-old newcomer – to both political campaigns and Sonoma itself – Hundley was Tuesday’s third-highest vote-getter in the eight way race.

VFW again hosting flag retirement

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Bear Flag Post 1943 will be hosting an early Veterans Day activity starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, with a flag retirement ceremony.

Firefighters from eight departments fought a blaze for almost three hours Thursday morning at the Bon Marche Thrift Store in the former Nicholas Turkey building at 19445 Riverside Drive. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Three-alarm fire hits Bon Marche

Firefighters from eight departments fought a blaze for almost three hours Thursday morning at the Bon Marche Thrift Store in the former Nicholas Turkey building at 19445 Riverside Drive.

Donald Ray “Don” Grant

Donald Ray “Don” Grant

Donald Ray “Don” Grant, 83, passed away peacefully on November 5, 2014 surrounded by his loving family at home in Sonoma.

Adrian Charter, with Christmas Light Pros of San Francisco, wraps mini-lights around one of the trees that line the walkway around the inside of the Plaza. The Sonoma Valley Visitors bureau will kick off the holiday season at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, when Mayor Tom Rouse will throw the switch to illuminate the Plaza. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Stringing lots of lights

Adrian Charter, with Christmas Light Pros of San Francisco, wraps mini-lights around one of the trees that line the walkway around the inside of the Plaza. The Sonoma Valley Visitors bureau will kick off the holiday season at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, when Mayor Tom Rouse will throw the switch to illuminate the Plaza.

Election results available

Election results will be available after the polls close at 8 p.m. at vote.sonoma-county.org/content.aspx?sid=1009&id=2456

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Editorial: Good-hearted folks in our town

I received a letter to the editor recently from local resident, Billie Dumas, who told of her experience at a local market where she was in the process of checking out with her groceries when she discovered her check wouldn’t take.

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Two sides to every story

While I have not always agreed with some of the decisions made by the hospital’s management and/or board, I must say I was shocked by the Valley Forum column describing fear mongering at the hospital.

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No one works harder than Edwards

I’ve known Gary Edwards for the past 20 years. No one has worked harder for the city and Valley residents to improve the quality of life for us all.

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Clean Energy should clean up its act

This is a response to Joanna Ramey, Customer Service Director for the County Clean power program. When I called to opt out, I asked the customer service representative (Rich), if there would be additional notices sent to all PGE customers. He informed me the advertising-looking notice is all I would receive.

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Nonprofits easy targets for fraud

After reading about the arrest of the former finance director of the Sonoma Valley Boys and Girls Club for embezzlement in the paper today, I recalled this happened to the club before. According to the archives of the Index-Tribune, in 1998, $100,000 was embezzled from the club.

Leslie Lew, with the Sonoma County Agricultural and Open Space District, leads the first hike through the Montini Open Space Preserve Saturday afternoon. More than 100 people gathered for the ribbon-cutting and speeches before the preserve was opened. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

First official hike

Leslie Lew, with the Sonoma County Agricultural and Open Space District, leads the first hike through the Montini Open Space Preserve Saturday afternoon.

The existing recycled water pipeline ends at Watmaugh Road, but could go up Fifth Street East to Denmark Street to reach the school district fields.

School district looks into recycled water

The Sonoma Valley Unified School District could cut an estimated two-thirds off its costs to water the 12-plus acres of athletic fields behind the high school, Adele Harrison and Prestwood if it switched to using recycled water instead of potable water.

Driver in fatal wreck gets 25 years

A San Francisco man who pleaded guilty to 16 charges including vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated after a wreck on Highway 121 in October 2013, Monday was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

A plea for Measure M

The cry from the heart from all who read should be “Pass Measure M,” the library tax initiative.

Karl Malchow drops his mail-in ballot in the ballot box Saturday at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building parking lot. Karen Robidoux, right, and Susan DiPiero were accepting the ballots and said that traffic had been steady all day. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Plenty of choices for Sonoma Valley voters

Today is Election Day. Between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., voters locally and across California go to the polls to vote on everything from state governor to local library taxes.