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WHILE POLLING PLACES weren’t crowded on Tuesday, there was a steady flow of voters. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Library tax measure defeated

Sonoma County voters approved Measure H, the $410 million Santa Rosa Junior College bond, but narrowly rejected Measure M, the quarter-cent Library Improvement Tax.

Adrian Charter, with Christmas Light Pros of San Francisco, wraps mini-lights around one of the trees that line the walkway around the inside of the Plaza. The Sonoma Valley Visitors bureau will kick off the holiday season at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, when Mayor Tom Rouse will throw the switch to illuminate the Plaza. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Stringing lots of lights

Adrian Charter, with Christmas Light Pros of San Francisco, wraps mini-lights around one of the trees that line the walkway around the inside of the Plaza. The Sonoma Valley Visitors bureau will kick off the holiday season at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, when Mayor Tom Rouse will throw the switch to illuminate the Plaza.

The election for the proposed tax to fix the county roads has been moved back from March to June 2, 2015. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Supes to push road tax back to June election

They put it off once before, to make way for other measures. Now county supervisors are scheduled to again postpone a quarter-cent tax measure intended to pay for countywide road maintenance – because, they say, more time is needed to convince voters of its need.

Leslie Lew, with the Sonoma County Agricultural and Open Space District, leads the first hike through the Montini Open Space Preserve Saturday afternoon. More than 100 people gathered for the ribbon-cutting and speeches before the preserve was opened. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

First official hike

Leslie Lew, with the Sonoma County Agricultural and Open Space District, leads the first hike through the Montini Open Space Preserve Saturday afternoon.

The existing recycled water pipeline ends at Watmaugh Road, but could go up Fifth Street East to Denmark Street to reach the school district fields.

School district looks into recycled water

The Sonoma Valley Unified School District could cut an estimated two-thirds off its costs to water the 12-plus acres of athletic fields behind the high school, Adele Harrison and Prestwood if it switched to using recycled water instead of potable water.

Driver in fatal wreck gets 25 years

A San Francisco man who pleaded guilty to 16 charges including vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated after a wreck on Highway 121 in October 2013, Monday was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Karl Malchow drops his mail-in ballot in the ballot box Saturday at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building parking lot. Karen Robidoux, right, and Susan DiPiero were accepting the ballots and said that traffic had been steady all day. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Plenty of choices for Sonoma Valley voters

Today is Election Day. Between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., voters locally and across California go to the polls to vote on everything from state governor to local library taxes.

Workers were busy harvesting olives earlier this week at B.R. Cohn. From all indications, this will be a very good harvest. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Olive crop looks ‘amazing’

Sonoma Valley’s olive season is off to a great start, according to Daniel Cohn of B.R. Cohn Winery. Cohn called this year’s olive harvest “a significant crop” that “looks amazing.”

These young ladies put on their new Halloween costumes for the annual parade at the Tuesday night market on the Plaza. There were plenty of princesses and super heroes who were looking to score some of the goodies that the vendors were passing out. In addition to the parade, it was the last Tuesday market of the year. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Getting ready for Halloween

These young ladies put on their new Halloween costumes for the annual parade at the Tuesday night market on the Plaza. There were plenty of princesses and super heroes who were looking to score some of the goodies that the vendors were passing out. In addition to the parade, it was the last Tuesday market of the year.

Montini Preserve ceremony Saturday

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.

Business start-up workshop set for Nov. 5

The Sonoma Valley Economic Vitality Partnership is teaming with the Small Business Development Center to offer a comprehensive orientation for those considering launching a business for the first time.

Susan Bellach decorates the Sebastiani Theatre each Halloween and Christmas. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Bellach stirs a Sebastiani Halloween

Susan Bellach stands on a 20-foot ladder draping spider webs and positioning witches on walls of the Sebastiani Theatre, transforming the 76-year-old beauty of a building into a place spectacularly spooky and hauntingly Halloween.

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.