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EZRU HOLLAND of The Holland Group says Sonoma football was “a lot of why I showed up.”

Ezra Holland, SVHS ’88 reflects on discipline, leadership and fun

Ezra Holland’s path to becoming the founder of The Holland Group, a successful leadership training and consulting business based in Boston, actually started on the gridiron at Sonoma Valley High School. “My parents are former hippies,” Holland remembered. “And while that was great for a number of reasons, one of the things I discovered is… Continue Reading >>

Town hall meeting eyes living wage

A Sonoma County coalition of labor, faith, environmental and community organizations has unveiled a living wage ordinance that, among other things, calls for a $15 an hour living wage that could affect up to 5,000 currently low-wage workers with employment ties to the county.

St. Francis, Prestwood ‘Walk & Roll’

St. Francis Solano School and Prestwood Elementary School will be joining schools across Sonoma County Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the world-wide celebration of International Walk to School Day, doing their part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, traffic congestion and improve community health and safety

MIMI SOMMER

Welcoming observers into our classrooms

It was utterly exhilarating and completely nerve-wracking, but it was absolutely worth doing: On Sept. 9, students from Stanford University and Sonoma State University came to observe the teaching of mathematics in Elizabeth Bauer’s class, Richelle Ryan’s class and in my classroom.

THE SONOMA BAR BATTLE returns for the eighth year starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Battling bartenders

The eighth annual Sonoma Bar Battle will be held starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St. W., Sonoma.

Cal Focus

California Focus: The big reason water bond will pass: It should

The outcome is rarely certain when state government asks voter permission to spend $7.5 billion of the taxpayers’ money, but it’s also unusual for a ballot proposition to win as wide a range of support as Prop. 1 already had more than a month before the Nov. 4 Election Day.

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El Verano needs reading mentors

El Verano School has a new after-school program called “The Reading Club,” which pairs volunteer reading “mentors” with first grade students on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school in our library. We invite you to come and join us – it’s only an hour a week commitment, and we will coach and support you.

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New band director lauded

I had just phoned Sonoma Valley High School to inquire about their new band director and tell them how fabulous I think he is and how amazing the band sounds!

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Please vote for Edwards for council

Over the years I have had the opportunity to see Sonoma leadership in action. Gary Edwards is the only city council candidate that stands out as having been actively engaged.

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Dismayed at Bolling’s departure

I am quite dismayed at the departure of David Bolling from the paper. We have had a subscription for over 20 years and I feel that this event will be the demise of the paper.

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Sorry to lose Bolling’s writing, voice

Just finished reading David Bolling’s last column as editor of the Index-Tribune. So sorry to lose his superb writing, balanced opinions and especially strong voice on behalf of the nonprofit community in the Valley. He will be greatly missed in this role and I can only wish him the very best in his future endeavors, while hoping that they keep him right here in the town that he so grew to love.

THE SONOMA VALLEY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER will receive a $211,840 grant for its soon-to-be-open dental clinic. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Health center gets grant for dental clinic

U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson announced that the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center will receive a $211,840 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS).

Sonoma’s 2014 street rehab project started Thursday on the west side. As part of a $736,823 contract, Argonaut Construction crews will be replacing water service lines, repaving and build 16 new handicap ramps. The project will use more than 2,500 tons of asphalt. Work is due to be completed in 45 working days. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Street repairs start

Sonoma’s 2014 street rehab project started Thursday on the west side. As part of a $736,823 contract, Argonaut Construction crews will be replacing water service lines, repaving and build 16 new handicap ramps. The project will use more than 2,500 tons of asphalt. Work is due to be completed in 45 working days.

Sustainable farming fest at Jack London

On Sunday, Oct. 5, at Jack London State Historic Park, the Jack London Sustainability Farm Festival will highlight Jack London’s legacy as a farming pioneer and connect with the innovators of today and their vision to preserve the land for tomorrow.

Marianne Margaret (Carson) Levy

Marianne Margaret (Carson) Levy

Marianne Margaret (Carson) Levy, 71, passed away peacefully in her Sonoma home surrounded by family on September 29, 2014, after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.

Velma Mae Hudson

Velma Mae Hudson, 78, passed away on September 27, 2014 in Sonoma, Calif.

Cal Focus

PUC chief: Will be first test of new Brown term

How concerned will Gov. Jerry Brown be with the well-being of ordinary Californians in the new term he’s widely expected to win next month (the latest major poll has him leading his opponent by a 54-33 percent margin)? How much will he pander to the interests of large corporations?

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Opting out not as easy as it sounds

Editor, Index-Tribune: In reading the response of Sonoma Clean Power to John Fanucchi’s letter about opting out of the SCP involuntary enrollment, I was struck by how radically different perceptions and understanding can be. SCP describes the mailer we received as “attractively designed” to encourage people to open it. I perceived it as a sales… Continue Reading >>