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Max Young bought what used to be Little Switzerland on Grove Street a year-and-a-half ago and proceeded to spiff it up and rename it Rossi's 1906, after the original owner. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

108 years of tradition and counting

To call it an “institution” is almost an understatement. When it comes to the place long known as Little Switzerland – and recently rechristened Rossi’s 1906 – the Valley seems to be filled with many years of heartfelt personal memories.

Work is continuing on Stuart Creek in Glen Ellen. Back in August, an old bridge and culvert were removed. The creek bed is being restored so that steelhead can resume spawning upstream.  Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Stuart Creek shaping up

Work is continuing on Stuart Creek in Glen Ellen. Back in August, an old bridge and culvert were removed. The creek bed is being restored so that steelhead can resume spawning upstream.

New swim pool still years away

Despite voting to support a new community swimming pool in Sonoma Valley, City Council members and supporters of the project acknowledge that the project will not be finished in the near future.

Lions Club member Greg Baxter gets ready to test the eyes of a youngster at the recent Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue open house. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Line of sight

Lions Club member Greg Baxter gets ready to test the eyes of a youngster at the recent Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue open house.

Ribbon-cutting set at Montini

There will be a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the City of Sonoma taking ownership of the Montini Preserve at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, the First Street West Trailhead.

Rampaging duo push old lady, get Tased

Two men tried to get into Steiner’s a little before 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, but were already so drunk the bouncer wouldn’t let them in the door. So one of them took a swing at the bouncer, according to police – but was unable to connect.

There will be a Halloween celebration tonight, Oct. 28, at the last Tuesday night market of the 2014 season. Kids in costume will want to join the annual Halloween parade through the market, led by Sonoma’s favorite clown, Popo. Most market vendors will have treats, for safe and fun family trick-or-treating. The market opens at 5:15 p.m., with the festivities getting underway at around 5:30. Entertainment in front of fountain will be provided by Fred McCarty.

Halloween parade!

There will be a Halloween celebration tonight, Oct. 28, at the last Tuesday night market of the 2014 season. Kids in costume will want to join the annual Halloween parade through the market, led by Sonoma’s favorite clown, Popo. Most market vendors will have treats, for safe and fun family trick-or-treating. The market opens at 5:15 p.m., with the festivities getting underway at around 5:30. Entertainment in front of fountain will be provided by Fred McCarty.

School board eyes 4 projects

The Sonoma Valley Unified School District board will be looking at four projects when it holds a special meeting at 6 p.m. today, Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Art teacher Beth Biermann instructs Dunbar kindergartners, from left, Andy Tzintzun Escobar, Dakota Beatty and Ariatna Rodriguez Ramirez in how to add painted shapes, by using blocks, to the mural near the school’s entrance. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Working on a mural

Art teacher Beth Biermann instructs Dunbar kindergartners, from left, Andy Tzintzun Escobar, Dakota Beatty and Ariatna Rodriguez Ramirez in how to add painted shapes, by using blocks, to the mural near the school’s entrance.

Whether Measure M, the county library system’s one-eighth-cent sales tax measure, is bound for victory or defeat next month, the libraries will still have some issues to sort out when it comes to finances.

A complication for Measure M

Whether Measure M, the county library system’s one-eighth-cent sales tax measure, is bound for victory or defeat next month, the libraries will still have some issues to sort out when it comes to finances.

Eyeing the future of fire services

An overflow crowd of 50 gathered together at the Schell-Vista Fire Station on the same night as the Giants were beating the Royals in Game 1 of the World Series. Fire protection taking precedence over baseball, residents of Sonoma Valley sat to hear county staff discuss what fire services they can expect in the future, and what they can determine they need.

Tourism dollars flowing to TID

The Tourism Improvement District (TID), a funding mechanism that tacks on 2 percent to a hotel bill that does not go into city coffers, was unanimously approved for another 10 years by the Sonoma City Council Monday.

MacArthur Place earns national honor

Sonoma’s own MacArthur Place Hotel and Spa has been named one of the top hotels in the United States in the Conde Nast Traveler Annual Reader’s Choice “Best in the World Awards” for 2014.

Meeting set for Arnold, Hwy. 121 intersection

Caltrans and the Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) will hold an open house meeting Wednesday, Nov. 5, to discuss proposed operational improvements for the Arnold Drive/Bonneau Road/Highways 116 and 121 intersection.

Waterwise garden expo set for Saturday

Homeowners, hobbyists, and professionals can learn about water-conscious gardening this Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Sonoma Community Center Waterwise Gardening Expo.

More than 100 needy children will receive free dental care Wednesday, Thursday and today, Friday, as the The Christina’s Smile trailer is parked at Altimira Middle School for three days. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Dental care for needy kids

More than 100 needy children will receive free dental care Wednesday, Thursday and today, Friday, as the The Christina’s Smile trailer is parked at Altimira Middle School for three days.

Chamber hires new director

Following the departure of its longtime executive director, the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce has searched the country and found a replacement in Patricia Shults, the group announced Wednesday.

Last week, workers at the Blue Wing Inn on East Spain Street put some tarps on the roof that they’re trying to repair just in case it rained. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Getting ready for rain

Last week, workers at the Blue Wing Inn on East Spain Street put some tarps on the roof that they’re trying to repair just in case it rained.

THIS IS A PRELIMINARY rendering of the community swimming pool on the former Paul’s Resort site.

Council OKs pool funds

The prospects for a new pool in Sonoma Valley got a little better Monday when the Sonoma City Council voted 3-0 to enter into an agreement with project sponsors to provide $25,000 a year for the next 10 years.

Water management forum set for Oct. 30

There will be a public workshop to discuss strategic management of water resources in Sonoma Valley from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building.