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DEETS WINSLOW, who led the Dragons to nine SCL titles and one NCS Redwood Empire Duals crown in 20 years, instructs Dragon wrestler Giordi Serafini, working on techniques with assistant coach Kyle Baird at the 2010 SCL Championships. Steven Serafini/Index-Tribune

Reflections on the life of Deets Winslow

Wrestling communities in the Valley and throughout Northern California were jolted by the tragic death of Roger “Deets” Winslow, who was killed in a boating accident last Saturday, Aug. 9, at Lake Berryessa in Napa County.

PAUL BARRON, marketing and community relations team leader for Whole Foods, corrals some healthy lunch food. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Kids can build a lunch Sunday at Whole Foods

With students heading back to school this week, Whole Foods Market in Sonoma is offering its popular Build-Your-Own lunch event this Sunday, Aug. 17. Local elementary school students and their families are invited to stop by from 1 to 3 p.m. for this free event.

Valley business survey launched

Sonoma Valley has more than 2,000 businesses, and the Economic Development Partnership of the city and the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce is hoping to hear from many of them.

Schools face huge increase in pension costs

The Sonoma Valley Unified School District board learned Tuesday that pension reform is coming – at a high price. At Tuesday’s school board meeting, John Bartolome, the district’s chief business officer, told the board that by the 2020-21 fiscal year, the district will be paying an additional $1.9 million a year into the California State… Continue Reading >>

This is a rendering of what the swimming pool complex could look like.

City still mulling $500K pool loan

The Sonoma City Council held a study session last Thursday, Aug. 7, to discuss the terms of a proposed $500,000 loan to the Sonoma Valley Health and Recreation Association (SVHRA), the nonprofit organization incorporating Sonoma Splash, a citizens group hoping to build a community pool.

Sonoma’s Kent Larson recently retired from the board at the Charles Schwab Bank, where he was a respected and esteemed director for many years. To honor his time served, and pay tribute to his immeasurable contributions, Charles Schwab Bank donated a check for $50,000 to the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance in his name. From left are Charles Schwab Bank President Paul Woolway, Mentoring Alliance Executive Director Kathy Witkowicki, program director Tina Baldry, board member Patsy Wynne and Charles Schwab Bank Vice President Michael Solomon.

Honoring Kent Larson

Sonoma’s Kent Larson recently retired from the board at the Charles Schwab Bank, where he was a respected and esteemed director for many years. To honor his time served, and pay tribute to his immeasurable contributions, Charles Schwab Bank donated a check for $50,000 to the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance in his name.

WORKERS AT GLORIA FERRER CAVES AND VINEYARDS started harvesting pinot noir grapes for its sparkling wines on Aug. 4. A Gloria Ferrer spokeswoman said it’s one of the earliest harvests on record and the earliest since 2004, when the harvest started on Aug. 2. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Grape growers see quality year

For grape growers throughout Sonoma Valley and the rest of Wine Country, the story is the same: This year’s dry but easygoing weather has yielded an early, excellent crop.

Deets Winslow killed in boating accident

Former longtime Sonoma Valley High School wrestling coach Roger “Deets” Winslow, 47, of Glen Ellen, died in a boating accident Saturday evening at Lake Berryessa in Napa County.

Sonoma Developmental Center appeals state penalty

The Sonoma Developmental Center submitted a formal request on Aug. 8, for an appeal of the decertification findings brought against the Glen Ellen facility by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Friday and Monday was Rush at Sonoma Valley High School. Students got their class schedules, paid any fees that are due, had their pictures taken, signed up for clubs and, for the seniors, signed up for senior project. Friday, senior-to-be Jackie Hollis, left, gets her senior project paperwork from teacher Carrenne Purtell who is one of the senior project coordinators. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Sonoma Valley High School Rush

Friday and Monday was Rush at Sonoma Valley High School. Students got their class schedules, paid any fees that are due, had their pictures taken, signed up for clubs and, for the seniors, signed up for senior project. Friday, senior-to-be Jackie Hollis, left, gets her senior project paperwork from teacher Carrenne Purtell who is one of the senior project coordinators.

Santa Rosa Junior College pushes $410M bond measure

Santa Rosa Junior College has seen a lot of use over the past 96 years, which is why administrators are now asking voters throughout the county to pass a new $410 million bond measure to fix up its well-worn facilities.

This 1968 Rally Sport Camaro, restored by Doug and Nathan Sanders, was stolen in broad daylight Thursday from the Safeway parking lot on Fifth Street West.

Father-son project car stolen

A classic Chevy Camaro, rebuilt from the ground up by a father-son team, was stolen in broad daylight from the Safeway parking lot on West Fifth Street Thursday, while the father was across the street at a car repair shop where he works as a mechanic.

Water shortage spurs mandatory cutbacks

A smattering of rain that floated through Sonoma this week will do little if anything to allay the continued severe drought in the area, according to state and local weather experts.

Angela Sabatino releases a dove during the opening ceremonies at last weekend’s Relay for life. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Walking to cure cancer

The annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life was held Saturday and Sunday at the track at Sonoma Valley High School. Sixty teams of walkers raised an estimated $110,000 with money still coming in. More than 200 people marched in the survivor’s lap and about 3,000 luminaria lined the track Saturday night.