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Herb Golenpaul

Herb Golenpaul

Herb Golenpaul passed away at his home in Sonoma on Dec. 13, 2013. He was born on Aug. 16, 1921, in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he spent his early years until leaving home to become a signal corps inspector for the U.S. government at about age 20. At the onset of World War II, Herb enlisted… Continue Reading >>

Herbert Werner Malchow

Herbert Werner Malchow

Our dear father, Herbert Werner Malchow, passed at his home on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, with his daughter and son at his side. He left us to rejoin his beloved wife, Delberta; his brothers, William and Bruno; as well as many family and friends awaiting his arrival. Herb was a veteran of the Korean Conflict,… Continue Reading >>

Marjorie Louise ‘Marge’ Colbert

Marjorie Louise “Marge” Colbert, 90, passed away peacefully in Sonoma, surrounded by her loving family, on Jan. 7, 2014. She was born on Oct. 4, 1923 in Richmond to Earl and Edith Brown. She married Clovis W. Colbert in 1946 and they lived in Sonoma until 1978 when they retired to Siloam Springs, Alaska. Clovis… Continue Reading >>

Daniel L. Sullivan, DDS

Daniel L. Sullivan, DDS, 83, of Sonoma, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 23, 2012, at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa. If he were to have a headstone, it would read “I Feel Fine.” Dan was born in Norfolk, Va., on Sept. 18, 1929. He graduated from Burlingame (CA) High School in 1948. After… Continue Reading >>


Legal child abuse

In 1995, before the violent and bloody Bryan Singer film, “The Usual Suspects” had won two Academy Awards, I sat in a theater in San Francisco waiting for the lights to go down when a family of five – comprised of what appeared to be grandparents, parents and a young girl about 5 years old – walked down the aisle and took seats several rows down and directly in front of me.


Our air does not need to be ‘spared’

The Index-Tribune’s Jan. 3, front page story about the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and wood burning rules deserves some closer scrutiny and more objective analysis.

Darwin Awards and scientific literacy

As much as I enjoy the “Can you believe that?” nature and humor of the Darwin Awards, I was more than a little dismayed by the description of evolution in the article titled, “Sonoma Valley Darwin Awards 2013” published in the Jan. 3 edition of the Index-Tribune.

To flaunt or to flout, that is the question

I love the Index-Tribune, I read it every week and find that, on the whole, it has a good standard of writing. So I was taken aback to see the lead headline on the front page of the Jan. 3 paper (“Sonomans flaunt wood-burn rules”).

Correction from a hidebound linguistic fossil?

Surely the headline in the Jan. 3 edition of the Index-Tribune should read, “Sonomans flout wood-burn rules.” To flaunt is “to exhibit ostentatiously; show off.” To flout is “to show contempt for; scoff at; scorn.”

Who is responsible for crossing lights?

Editor, Index-Tribune: The pedestrian crossing lights on Broadway at France/Andrieux crossing, have been out of order for many months and now the pedestrian lights at Patton are also out of order. Broadway is busy at all hours and the street is wide, so crossing is dangerous. My grandchildren have been taught to dismount bikes, press… Continue Reading >>

The Rev. Mike Kelly conducts the annual Blessing of the Olives Saturday at the Mission.

Blessed are the olives

The Rev. Mike Kelly conducts the annual Blessing of the Olives Saturday at the Mission. The Blessing of the Olives kicks off the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau’s two-month Sonoma Valley Olive Season that features numerous events including Friday’s Martini Madness.

Sonoma Valley Darwin Awards, Part II

Chronic drug use is known to reduce cognitive acuity, and that appeared to be the case with a Sonoma woman arrested three times in six weeks and then twice in two weeks, apparently trying her best to test the popular definition of insanity.

THIS CELL TOWER on Broadway resembles the proposed tower at Sebastiani Winery that was denied by the City Council. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

AT&T seeks re-vote on east side cell tower

AT&T Mobility, the telecom giant’s mobile phone division, has requested that the Sonoma City Council “reconsider” its Dec. 16 vote to deny a permit for an 80-foot, “stealthy” cell tower on the property of Sebastiani Winery near the corner of Lovall Valley Road and Fourth Street East.

A MOTION-ACTIVATED camera in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park caught a black bear in late September.

Black bear sighted at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Just after midnight on Sept. 28, a medium-sized black bear was captured on video in Sonoma Valley, at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. The bear was crossing a stream where a camera had been set up by a California State Parks biologist to monitor wildlife movement.

Saddles hosts Martini Madness Friday

Saddles Restaurant at MacArthur Place will host the Sonoma Valley Olive Season’s popular Martini Madness event from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10.

Historian teaches class on life of Lincoln

This year marks the sesquicentennial of many crucial developments in the American Civil War, and to commemorate the occasion, Vintage House senior center will be offering a six-week course on the life of Abraham Lincoln.

Fred T. Xavier

Fred T. Xavier

Born June 19, 1927, Fred T. Xavier passed peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by the love of his family on Dec. 13, 2013. Born in Berkeley, Fred served his country in the Army during World War II in the Pacific theater. In 1948, Fred married his best friend and soul mate, Carol. They spent the… Continue Reading >>