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Sonoma firefighter Drake Martin saws up a tree that a trucker pulled down Monday morning on East Napa Street just east of Fifth Street East. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Tree trimming

Sonoma firefighter Drake Martin saws up a tree that a trucker pulled down Monday morning on East Napa Street just east of Fifth Street East.

Mabel Ellen (Madge) Ward

Mabel Ellen (Madge) Ward

Mabel Ellen (Madge) Ward, 93, born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England, on April 8, 1920, and died surrounded by her family and friends in Sonoma on Feb. 27, 2014.

Louis James Silcox Sr.

Louis James Silcox Sr.

Louis James Silcox Sr. passed away Thursday, Feb. 13, at his residence in Palo Alto, having recently celebrated his 95th birthday.

Nathan B. Miron

Nathan B. Miron

Nathan B. Miron, Ph.D., passed away peacefully on Feb. 22, 2014, at his home in Kenwood, surrounded by family and very close friends.

Interfaith CROP Walk set for Sunday, April 6

Sonoma’s fifth annual CROP Hunger Walk is coming up on Sunday, April 6, when Sonoma Valley residents will take to the streets to raise awareness about global poverty and money to help end it.

Dr. Ted Stashak, a retired veterinary surgeon (specializing in horses), talks to Hanna Boys Center students Wednesday as a part of the school’s Career Day. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Finding a career

Dr. Ted Stashak, a retired veterinary surgeon (specializing in horses), talks to Hanna Boys Center students Wednesday as a part of the school’s Career Day.

SONOMAN MIKE “THE BEJKR” ZAKOWSKI is one of 24 bakers who will compete at the Maîtres de la Boulangerie (Bakery Masters) in Paris, March 8 to 12.

Mike ‘the bejkr’ in bread competition

Three members of the Bread Bakers Guild of America including Sonoman Mike “the bejkr” Zakowski will be among 24 bakers from 18 countries who will compete at the Maîtres de la Boulangerie (Bakery Masters) in Paris, France, March 8-12.

The Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library used book sale at the library last weekend raised almost $11,000. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Looking for books

The Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library’s used book sale at the library last weekend raised almost $11,000.

Valley Forum

Reconfigure SDC as long-term care facility

By Helen M. Rowntree The Op-Ed column on Friday, Feb. 21, by Kathleen Miller, is factual, incisive and heartfelt. Many of us are very concerned that the Sonoma Developmental Center is facing closure. We can’t believe that our state government is so uncaring that they aim to create a diaspora of helpless individuals who cannot… Continue Reading >>

KEYBOARDIST BOB MALONE performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, on the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall as part of the Sonoma Community Center’s Winter Concert Series. Internet photo

Malone performs Saturday at SCC

The Sonoma Community Center’s Winter Concert Series continues this weekend with concerts on both Friday and Saturday evenings.
Friday, Feb. 28, Cynthia Tarr and Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. on the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall.

CAST MEMBERS FOR “Alice in Wonderland” include, from left, Victoria Callan, Jacqueline Regan, Callie Hogan, Dylan Arias (Dormouse puppeteer), Paul Shafer, Jen Howlett, Javia Headley, Ava Castro, Devin Muller, Adalid Hernandez (March Hare puppeteer), Brianna Lehane, Brandon Barmore, Katie Klauber and Danny Banales. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

‘Alice’ finds her wonderland

Sonoma Valley High School is staging “Alice in Wonderland” at Sonoma Valley High School’s Little Theatre on Feb. 28, March 1 and 2, and March 7, 8 and 9.

Rotary celebrates St. Pat’s with a bash

On Saturday, March 15, Rotary of Sonoma Valley will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day bash at the Sonoma Moose Lodge, 20580 Broadway. It is not necessary to be Irish for entry; however, bring your best Irish brogue. Dress in Kelly green or if you dare to be pinched, live on the wild side and… Continue Reading >>

Judy Baker fundraiser set for March 8

Join Judy and Garry Baker for an afternoon of food, drink, music, a silent auction, a pie contest, friendship and fun on Saturday, March 8. Support Judy Baker as she conquers peritoneal cancer. Proceeds will help cover out-of-pocket medical expenses that are adding up fast.  Following the outpouring of support at the January Red Beans and… Continue Reading >>

Wildflower walk at Jack London Park

Take a walk into early spring with the first “wildflower walk,” of the 2014 Nature Series at Jack London Park from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8. The first of a series of spring wildflower walks led by park naturalists Deborah Large and John Lynch will be an easy 3.5-mile ramble of moderate… Continue Reading >>

Wine Country Film Fest seeks interns

The Wine Country Film Festival is now accepting applications for its internship program. The film festival celebrates its 28th season in Sonoma Valley, Sept. 17 – 21.  Known as a Sonoma County cultural treasure, the Wine Country Film Festival takes place in intimate venues and outdoors under the stars in Kenwood and Glen Ellen. Visitors and residents alike experience the best international… Continue Reading >>

OpEd

Federal fish biologists are right

By John McManus The other day, Gov. Jerry Brown said his proposal to tunnel under the Delta to transfer more water south was being held up by low-level, federal fish biologists. Brown said, “lower level [Federal] officials” aren’t being helpful … in fact quite the opposite.” The governor was repeating something first uttered by Tom… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

What is happening to our town II

Editor, Index-Tribune: I have to agree with Cat Petru’s Feb. 11 letter to the editor, “What is happening to our town?” Do we need a Pet Food Express when we already have Broccos, the Granary, the wonderful little pet store down from Whole Foods? Oh wait, Sonoma Market, Whole Foods, Lucky’s, CVS and Rite Aide… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Joy and sorrow in the circle of life

Editor, Index-Tribune: To Helen Burger’s many friends: It was my great fortune to have shared Helen’s life these 59 years. To have experienced an outpouring of love, kindness and sympathy that has been shown, made losing her more bearable. I thank all of you. The great circle of life begins with joy and ends in… Continue Reading >>

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Levine bill bans driftnet fishing

Editor, Index-Tribune: Last week, Sonoma/Marin Assembly member Marc Levine joined forces with key coastal legislators to co-author legislation, AB 2019, to ban driftnet fishing gear that needlessly kills more than 100 whales, dolphins, sea lions and other marine animals every year. I live in Sonoma and helped draft the bill as program director at Turtle… Continue Reading >>