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Fear follows joy, mourning in Kaniv

Thankfully, no one from Sonoma’s sister city Kaniv was killed in the bloody days in Kyiv (Kiev) two weeks ago, but nearly 100 people were, and flowers and candles are clustered outside City Hall. People continue to send donations and to go to the capital to support the continuing vigilance. Now, with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression, they are deeply worried.

Mary Anne Radmacher and Liz Kalloch’s new book is “SHE: A Celebration of Greatness in Every Woman.”

‘SHE’ celebrated at Woman’s Day fest

The idea that led to the creation of Mary Anne Radmacher and Liz Kalloch’s new book was simple, and one that Radmacher had for most of her life: positive notes can inspire and empower people.

Workshops focus on biochar information

The Sonoma Biochar Initiative, a project of the Sonoma Ecology Center, is offering two separate workshops about biochar and showcasing the conservation burn method, featuring instructor Peter Hirst, on Friday March 21, at Circle Bar Ranch, 25700 Arnold Drive, in Sonoma.

Grandma’s keeps pink door

They came out in droves Monday night, braving the rain, filling the parking lot, packing the council chambers and spilling out into the entry room, umbrellas in hand.

Wellness Fair Saturday at Whole Foods

A free Wellness Fair, sponsored by the Sonoma Whole Foods store and Sonoma Valley Hospital, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the store, 201 W. Napa St.

Hiding in plain sight

Police call it an “agency assist” when one department comes to the assistance of another, as happened in Sonoma on Feb. 22, after the Rohnert Park Police Department asked Sonoma police for help locating a suspect in a domestic assault case.

Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lenten season, which ends on Easter Sunday. The Rev. Mike Kelly, pastor at St. Francis Solano Catholic Church, was putting ashes on parishioners’ foreheads during a mid-morning service. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lenten season, which ends on Easter Sunday. The Rev. Mike Kelly, pastor at St. Francis Solano Catholic Church, was putting ashes on parishioners’ foreheads during a mid-morning service.

Sonoma Valley High Leadership team members, from left, Aaron Pino, Maria Hawing, Carmelita Bastress and Ishga Rousseau were among more than 100 volunteers who participated in a cleanup at the high school last Saturday. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Cleaning up

Sonoma Valley High Leadership team members, from left, Aaron Pino, Maria Hawing, Carmelita Bastress and Ishga Rousseau were among more than 100 volunteers who participated in a cleanup at the high school last Saturday.

THE WHIMSY OF CORNERSTONE extends to its front fence, which lifts up off the ground. A real estate development firm is in escrow to buy the nine-acre property. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

CornerStone sold

When you buy CornerStone, the unique nine-acre art-garden property south of Sonoma on Highway 121, you’re buying the beautiful buildings, the metal sculptures and the rows of olive trees.

Rancho Feeding Corporation facing federal criminal probe

The Petaluma slaughterhouse facing a two-pronged federal probe is now the subject of a criminal investigation as well, according to a U.S. congressman – and disturbing new allegations may offer a clue as to what direction the investigation will take.

SUZANNE BRANGHAM, right, received the alcalde cane Thursday, from Judy and Les Vadasz, who were the alcaldes last year. Brangham was named the 2014 alcaldessa in December by the Sonoma City Council. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

Brangham feted at alcaldessa reception

It was a love-fest for Suzanne Brangham when the official alcalde cane was passed from Les and Judy Vadasz to the alcaldessa of 2014 during a reception at Vintage House on Thursday. Gripping the symbolic, silver-headed stick, Brangham gave Sonoma Mayor Tom Rouse a broad smile and said, “If you’ll let me be the honorary… Continue Reading >>

Larson Park garden celebrates March 15

The Larson Park Community Food Garden opens its gates for a celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 15, to welcome all neighbors to view the cultivation and the on-going improvements taking place as the garden begins its second year of operation.

Workshop eyes Affordable Care Act

The Sonoma County Department of Health Services will present a workshop on the Affordable Healthcare Act at 11 a.m., Friday, March 14, in the Sonoma Valley Regional Library’s Forum Room.

PG&E WORKERS WORK on the underground vault on Fifth Street West Saturday morning. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

10,000-plus lose power in 2 outages

While Valley residents lost no sleep over the recent rains, more than 10,000 PG&E customers lost power at one time or another over the weekend.

Credit card fraud scam uncovered

A sophisticated credit card scam, involving hundreds of cards, thousands of numbers and an unknown number of victims, was discovered in Sonoma Feb. 21, with the arrest of a 41-year-old Sausalito man who used a fraudulent card at McCaulou’s department store.

Sonoma firefighter Drake Martin saws up a tree that a trucker pulled down Monday morning on East Napa Street just east of Fifth Street East. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Tree trimming

Sonoma firefighter Drake Martin saws up a tree that a trucker pulled down Monday morning on East Napa Street just east of Fifth Street East.

SQUIRE FRIDELL, of GlenLyon Vineyards and Winery, pours a taste at his tasting room on the Plaza. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Regulations for tasting rooms, wine bars?

The Sonoma City Council is currently considering the fate of nearly two-dozen tasting rooms and wine bars in the Plaza – and the prospect for approving any such future establishments.