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Volunteers started preparations for the Sonoma Community Center's annual Thanksgiving Day dinner on Wednesday morning. The crew was already preparing turkeys and chopping onions and other vegetables for the dressing. Here, Katherine Couture chops while Don Ryndak washes turkeys. Volunteers were going to prepare 28 turkeys for the big day Ð 14 baked and 14 smoked. Organizers were expecting to feed somewhere around 450 diners on Thanksgiving. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Preparing Thanksgiving dinner

Volunteers started preparations for the Sonoma Community Center’s annual Thanksgiving Day dinner on Wednesday morning. The crew was already preparing turkeys and chopping onions and other vegetables for the dressing. Here, Katherine Couture chops while Don Ryndak washes turkeys. Volunteers were going to prepare 28 turkeys for the big day û 14 baked and 14 smoked. Organizers were expecting to feed somewhere around 450 diners on Thanksgiving.

The dream season continues

Fans cheer as the Sonoma Valley High Lady Dragon volleyball team take the second set in Tuesday nightÕs NorCal quarterfinal game against Christian Brothers High from Sacramento. The Lady Dragons went on to win the match 3-1 in front of a packed Peiffer Gym. Sonoma's next game is at Valley Christian in San Jose Saturday. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

The dream season continues

Fans cheer as the Sonoma Valley High Lady Dragons volleyball team takes the second set in Tuesday night’s NorCal quarterfinal match against Christian Brothers High from Sacramento. The Lady Dragons went on to win the match 3-1 in front of a packed Peiffer Gym. Sonoma’s next game is at Valley Christian in San Jose Saturday.

Gary Edwards orchestrates the Sonoma Community Center's annual Thanksgiving Day dinner. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Hundreds expected for Turkey Day feast

When Gary Edwards and his wife Ruth first got together, there was something he had to let her know early on: “I won’t be home for Thanksgiving.”

While the Valley received more than a half-inch of rain overnight Friday and early Saturday, the sun managed to come out for the rest of the weekend. But the Valley is due for some more rain this weekend including a possible drenching on Sunday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Weather to hamper holiday travel

There is a joke that says the best thing about winter in California is watching it on TV. For local residents, this Thanksgiving weekend may hold more storm-watching from the comforts of home – although forecasters are warning people to stay off the roads on Sunday afternoon due to a major rainstorm passing through at that time.

LELAND MITCHELL, board member of the Napa Firefighters Museum and Napa firefighter Jeff Hunter hold the 1990 Reliance Hose Cart that they have provided to the Sonoma Fire Museum.  In the background are Sonoma firefighters Capt. Jeff Paganini and Bob Molesworth with Sonoma’s antique pumper from the 1880s. The local museum, located at the Al Mazza Firehouse on Second Street West, has hundreds of pieces of old firefighting equipment, uniforms and memorabilia. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Napa Fire Department adds to Sonoma Fire Museum

The Sonoma Fire Museum’s growing collection of antique fire-fighting equipment, uniforms and other paraphernalia received an important addition last month, when the Napa Fire Department brought over an antique hose cart that was state-of-the-art fire fighting equipment in the 1880s.

Report to supervisors calls for $13 living wage

A living wage report prepared for the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors called for a living wage of $13 per hour, with no benefits, excluding In-home Healthcare Support Service employees. The report calls for exemptions to nonprofit businesses and temporary employees, as well as small businesses employed by the county.

Workshop offers job tips for teens

Sonoma Valley teens looking to get the scoop on what it takes to land their first job with local businesses can gain insights straight from employers at a “What Employers Want” workshop and panel discussion offered by Sonoma Valley Teen Services on Monday, Dec. 1.

ACR names Sonoman to top post

Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a leader in conservation science, nature education, and preservation, has named John Petersen, a biologist and well-known leader in the Marin and Sonoma counties environmental community, as its new executive director.

Jason Walsh joins I-T as editor

A new red pencil is marking page proofs beginning this week at The Sonoma Index-Tribune – as Jason Walsh has been named as the 136-year-old publication’s new editor in chief.

Sonoma Valley High’s Lady Dragon volleyball team celebrates moments after winning the North Coast Section Championship Saturday evening at Campolindo High in Moraga. The third-seeded Lady Dragons upset Campolindo 3-1. The win earned the Lady Dragons a slot in the Nor-Cal playoffs in a march to the state title. Sonoma hosts Christian Brothers of Sacramento at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) in Pfeiffer Gym. See game story in sports. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

NCS Champions

Sonoma Valley High’s Lady Dragon volleyball team celebrates moments after winning the North Coast Section Championship Saturday evening at Campolindo High in Moraga. The third-seeded Lady Dragons upset Campolindo 3-1. The win earned the Lady Dragons a slot in the Nor-Cal playoffs in a march to the state title. Sonoma hosts Christian Brothers of Sacramento at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) in Pfeiffer Gym. See game story in sports and more photos at sonomanews.com.

Sonoma’s Delaney Sawnson holds on to the North Coast Section plaque as teammate Ciara Smith plants a big kiss on it while Layla Schoeningh, and MacKenzie Albrecht look on. It was part of the celebration as the Lady Dragons upended top seed Campolindo 25-21, 25-21, 21-25 and 25-23 to win the North Coast Section title Saturday night. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Lady Dragons win North Coast title

Sonoma’s Delaney Sawnson holds on to the North Coast Section plaque as teammate Ciara Smith plants a big kiss on it while Layla Schoeningh, and MacKenzie Albrecht look on. It was part of the celebration as the Lady Dragons upended top seed Campolindo 25-21, 25-21, 21-25 and 25-23 to win the North Coast Section title Saturday night.

This is a rendering of what the interior of the Sonoma Cheese Factory would look like after it's remodeled. Photo courtesy of Ross Drulis Cusenberry

Big changes coming to Cheese Factory

A major expansion of the Sonoma Cheese Factory and its location are being considered. If approved by the city, the plan would build a walk-way and courtyard, directly linking the Sonoma Plaza with the Casa Grande parking lot and Depot Park to the north.

Council OKs five-year water rate hike

In order to be denied the ability to raise water rates on Sonoma residents, the City Council on Monday would have needed 2,177 written letters of protest submitted by local property owners.

Maribel Campos was named the 2014 Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley Youth of the Year. Lorna Sheridan/Index-Tribune

Maribel Campos named Youth of the Year

Maribel Campos’ moving speech began with a quote by positive thinking author Norman Vincent Peale: “Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.”

Maggie Espinosa, of San Diego, ended her 796-mile Mission Walk on Nov. 5, her 54th birthday.

San Diegan completes Mission walk

Maggie Espinosa completed her 796-mile Mission walk at Sonoma’s Mission San Francisco Solano on her 54th birthday, feeling tired, elated and emotional.

Tully Meyer, 10, a Cub Scout in Pack 16, was one of numerous Scouts sorting food at the Fiesta Plaza last Saturday during the annual Scouting for Food Drive. The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts collected almost 3,500 pounds of food – enough to fill about 120 boxes. The total was about 1,000 pounds more than the Scouts collected last year. All of the food is for FISH's Christmas baskets that go to the needy. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Sorting food for FISH

Jaren Kneeland , 10, a Cub Scout in Pack 16, was one of numerous Scouts sorting food at the Fiesta Plaza last Saturday during the annual Scouting for Food Drive. The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts collected almost 3,500 pounds of food – enough to fill about 120 boxes. The total was about 1,000 pounds more than the Scouts collected last year. All of the food is for FISH’s Christmas baskets that go to the needy.

Casa De Sonoma resident Kim Orellana, who suffers from diabetes and multiple sclerosis has been given a notice to vacate from the owners of  Casa De Sonoma on First Street West. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Apartment owner boots tenants

Imagine the following story: A 51-year-old single mother, living on a fixed income, bound to a wheelchair and suffering from type-one diabetes and multiple sclerosis, is told in October that her monthly rent at Casa De Sonoma on First Street West will be raised $100. Three weeks later, she is told she is being tossed out from the premises.

Members of the Sonoma County Library Commission will take a hard look at the coming year's budget following the defeat of Measure M, the Library Improvement Act, earlier this month. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Tough loss for library supporters

Brett Lear couldn’t hide his disappointment following the defeat of Measure M, the county’s Library Improvement Act, earlier this month.