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comedy

The Palooza Gastropub and the Stompin’ Comedy Company present the Crushers of Comedy, Diana Leffert and Lisa Joffrey, two nights only, Friday, Aug. 22, and Saturday, Aug. 23.

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The truth about Hooker’s hookers?

All you need to know about Gen. Hooker will be explained on Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. at the League for Historic Preservation’s Maysonnave House, 291 First St. E.

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Are we too far gone?

If a stable global economy and world peace are the objectives, we are going to have to try a different approach. If the United Nations votes that world leaders attend anger management classes, would they be willing to go? Would they be more comfortable if we changed the name from anger management to Cool School?

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Osama bin Laden won?

Apropos of the dust-up in Ferguson, Missouri, some interesting data was obtained by the New York Times via a Freedom of Information Act request and posted on HitHub.

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Patricia Ann Baskerville

Patricia Ann Baskerville (Collins) was born May 29, 1940, to Ralph and Winifred Collins in Mishawaka, Indiana. Patricia was surrounded by her three children as she passed peacefully on July 31, 2014, in Sonoma where she currently resided.

Film fest seeks hosts, volunteers

The 28th Wine Country Film Festival is right around the corner, Sept. 17 – 21, and organizers are looking for hosts for the visiting filmmakers.

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Editorial: Water bond is just a step

There is no reliable evidence that Mark Twain ever said it, but the over-used cliché attributed to him has become ever more relevant since Twain graced California in the 1860s. “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting,” and, it should be added, The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, is the perennial battleground.

Cal Focus

California Focus: Changes afoot in state schools

California’s high school drop-out rate has been cut substantially, from the disastrous 34 percent of several years ago to somewhere between one-fourth and one-fifth of entering high schoolers.

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Dip for a sip

Hope floats, or so the saying goes. Wine corks float, as do empty beer kegs.

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Save the Fryer Creek ducks

The explanation about the “real fix for Fryer Creek” (Index-Tribune Op-Ed, Aug. 8) by Grant Davis, general manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency, is a politically correct piece, obviously written without a site visit.

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Please give us back our wedding photos

Our daughter was married Saturday, Aug. 9, at St. Francis Solano Church. We celebrated afterward at The Lodge at Sonoma, on Broadway. Toward the end of the evening, the photographer’s camera was stolen – no photographs for us and no livelihood for our photographer.

The summer vanished all too quickly for area students. Monday was the first day of school in the Sonoma Valley Unified School District. At El Verano Elementary School, 5-year-old Ty Clark, a kindergarten student in Barbara Marek’s class, was playing with some plastic shapes while his parents, Stephanie and Jason looked on. Other area schools will be starting classes various days over the next week. Motorists should be aware of students going to and from school and remember to stop for buses. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

First day of school

The summer vanished all too quickly for area students. Monday was the first day of school in the Sonoma Valley Unified School District. At El Verano Elementary School, 5-year-old Ty Clark, a kindergarten student in Barbara Marek’s class, was playing with some plastic shapes while his parents, Stephanie and Jason looked on. Other area schools will be starting classes various days over the next week. Motorists should be aware of students going to and from school and remember to stop for buses.

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Pool will not take five years to open

Editor, Index-Tribune: I read the article in Friday’s paper on the community pool (“City mulling pool loan,” Aug. 15), and was disappointed to see the last statement that, to paraphrase, “it is abundantly clear that the pool under the best circumstances is at least five years away, probably further.” I don’t know how you drew… Continue Reading >>

Book sale kicks off Wednesday at library

The mid-summer Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library book sale will be held Wednesday, Aug. 20 through Saturday, Aug. 23. The sale features a huge selection of books for everybody’s pleasure, from escapist fiction to practical how-to’s, to downright decadent coffee table “visual feast” books, plus about everything in between, including CDs, audiobooks, DVDs, VHS,… Continue Reading >>

Preservation group marks 45 years

The Sonoma League for Historic Preservation is celebrating 45 years of service in preserving Sonoma’s historic structures with a Sapphire Anniversary fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the gardens of the Maysonnave House, 291 First St. E. The evening will include Sonoma Valley wines, tapas, finger foods and live music by The Carrtunes. There will be a presentation… Continue Reading >>

OpEd

Op-ed: Rotary challenge: Ending war and polio

Polio, once a global scourge, was on the verge of eradication in 2012. Since that time, it has reemerged as a global public health emergency according to the World Health Organization.