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SONOMA VALLEY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER CEO Cheryl Johnson answers a question from Rep. Mike Thompson during a tour of the soon-to-be-opened facility on Tuesday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Thompson visits new health center building

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, dropped in at the soon-to-be completed new home of the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center on Tuesday, and got a close-up look at the facility that a $5 million grant, secured under provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), made possible. “Without the Affordable Care Act we would not… Continue Reading >>

Sonoma Valley Library hosts summer programs

The Sonoma Valley Regional Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Fizz, Boom, Read!” now under way, continues through Friday, Aug. 1 for preschoolers, grade-schoolers and teens.

Council talks energy at Monday session

Monday’s city council meeting should be of interest to environmentalists and energy-industry watchers, with two items on the agenda prompting discussion on how Sonomans get their power. The first item is essentially a request by Councilmember Steve Barbose for direction from fellow council members on how to proceed in an upcoming vote by Sonoma Clean… Continue Reading >>

ROB LYON received the Navy Marine Corps Medal, the highest and least frequent non-combat award given to any member of the armed services, on Monday – 50-plus years after earning it. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Rob Lyon finally gets his medal

Rob Lyon is a hero. It’s official. On Monday, he and his wife, Robin, went to the mailbox and found a small package from the U.S. Navy Personnel Command. Pinned inside a commemorative box was the Navy Marine Corps Medal, the highest and least frequent non-combat award given to any member of the armed services.… Continue Reading >>

BROADWAY MARKET celebrated its 40th anniversary under the ownership of cousins Dianne Gaudino, left, and Ron Rodgers, right. Manager Al Robles stands between. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Broadway Market celebrates 40 years

Broadway Market celebrated its 40th anniversary on Saturday, June 28 with a huge celebration that included a barbecue. The market, at the corner of Broadway and Leveroni, is known for its casual atmosphere, friendly customer service, Harris Ranch meats and Sonoma’s Best Popcorn. Longtime owners, and cousins, Ron Rodgers and Dianne Gaudino wanted to show… Continue Reading >>

Valley crews fighting Butts Canyon fire

Two fire crews from the Valley are part of two separate strike teams sent to the Butts Canyon Fire in Napa and Lake counties. Glen Ellen sent a Type I engine to the blaze, Kenwood sent a Type III, while Sonoma Fire and Rescue Authority Capt. Sean Lacy is a strike-team leader. The Glen Ellen… Continue Reading >>

City Council OKs $29.4 million budget

It may have been the quickest council meeting ever. The Sonoma City Council got together for a special meeting Monday evening with the express purpose of approving the city budget for fiscal year 2014-15. They did so in a 5-0 vote, with minimal comment from either council members – who had already picked over the… Continue Reading >>

MARGARET HATCHER, the Sonoma Community Center’s special projects manager, shows off some giant pinwheels she made for today’s parade. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Fourth fun for everyone

Now that Sonoma is officially the eighth best town in America in which to celebrate the Fourth of July – at least according to Travel + Leisure magazine – expectations are running high for today’s festivities.

THIS YOUNGSTER WATCHES the San Rafael Pacifics warm up prior to Tuesday night’s game. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Stompers pack the place

Tuesday was opening night, and Valley residents came out in droves to see their newest attraction – the Sonoma Stompers.

FORMER SONOMA CITY MANAGER Pam Gibson is off on another jaunt around the country on a boat with her husband.

Pam Gibson sets sail – again

Pam Gibson, former city manager, former reporter, former member and chair of too many boards and commissions to conveniently count, author, mother, wife and cancer-survivor, is retiring again.

Schools continue to mull pool

Despite recently announced plans by Sonoma Splash to build a community swimming pool at the site of what was Paul’s Resort, the Sonoma Valley Unified School District hasn’t ruled out building a pool of its own.

New health center to open July 22

It’s been a long road, but the anticipated opening of Sonoma Valley Community Health Center’s new facility is now just three weeks away.

Jane Chan of San Francisco was one of the many persons attending the Sonoma Lavender Festival Saturday and Sunday in Kenwood. Attendees could pick their own lavender from the fields. There were lavender seminars on both days as well as music, wine, spa treatments, craftmaking and other activities. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Bringing home some lavender

Jane Chan of San Francisco was one of the many persons attending the Sonoma Lavender Festival Saturday and Sunday in Kenwood. Attendees could pick their own lavender from the fields. There were lavender seminars on both days as well as music, wine, spa treatments, craftmaking and other activities.

TRANCENDENCE THEATRE COMPANY opened its 2014 summer series at Jack London State Historic Park Friday evening with “One Singular Sensation.”  The 2014 Broadway Under the Stars concert series, through Sept. 6, will include four separate themed concerts, totaling 16 nights of performances, wine tasting, and pre-event picnics in the park. All events begin with a pre-show picnic at 5 p.m., with food and wine for sale from various vendors on site, with a 7:30 p.m. show time. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Transcendence opens with a splash

No one in the audience of the Transcendence Theatre Company’s opening night performance was surprised to hear that USA Today had rated the company’s “Broadway Under the Stars” concert series at Jack London State Historic Park as one of the 10-best “Outdoor Concert Venues You Shouldn’t Miss.”

Council stays with Sonoma Clean Power

It’s been a year since the Sonoma City Council voted to sign on with Sonoma Clean Power, an alternative public power supplier known by the acronym CCA (Community Choice Aggregation). On Monday, they had the opportunity to reverse that decision. They didn’t, deciding instead to heap praises on the local power provider before voting unanimously… Continue Reading >>

THEO FIGHTMASTER is the general manager for the Sonoma Stompers baseball team that opens its home season Tuesday night at Arnold Field. Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Stompers take the field

Tuesday night will be New Year’s Eve, the Fourth of July and Christmas morning all wrapped up with one big bow for Theo Fightmaster. That’s because Fightmaster is the general manager for the Sonoma Stompers baseball club, and Tuesday is opening night for the Stompers at Arnold Field. “We want this to be a festival… Continue Reading >>

MAGICIAN TOBIAS WEINBERGER entertained patrons at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art’s “Wet Paint” event. Leigh Cavalier/Special to the Index-Tribune

‘Wet Paint’ raises $200K for museum

On Saturday, June 21, more than 160 guests dressed in their finest summer whites strolled into Ramekins, to begin the evening that was the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art’s biggest fundraiser of the year, Wet Paint 2014. The event raised about $200,000 for the museum. A whimsical mid-summer night’s fairyland was the setting for the… Continue Reading >>

Sanitation district seeks comment on hazard planning

The Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District (SVCSD) is one of two county sanitation districts that will seek public comment in July on hazard mitigation planning efforts to increase the reliability of sanitation facilities during natural disasters, such as an earthquake. The other district is the Russian River County Sanitation District. The SVCSD Local Hazard Mitigation Plan… Continue Reading >>

An artist installs a CornerStone exhibit. File photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

CornerStone deal falls apart

Despite statements to the contrary last February, a deal to purchase CornerStone Sonoma, the popular art-garden property on Highway 121 south of town, appears to have fallen through. But the presumptive buyer, Walter Thompson of GenerX Real Estate Services, LLC, has not given up hope, stating in an email Thursday, “I have wonderful plans for… Continue Reading >>

 
 

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