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RON BILBERRY, a teacher at Hanna Boys Center, examines one of the new computers with students Eduardo Perez, (sitting) 16, and Edgar Rodriguez, 14. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Donor provides computers for Hanna boys

A chance meeting between two old friends several months ago has led to a generous donation to help provide every Hanna boy with a new laptop or notebook computer.

SARAHI MENDEZ, 15, is one of a number of Youth Ecology Corps members who were working at Jack London State Historic Park. A group of the workers cleared debris from a diseased tree that was taken down in a picnic area after a large branch fell off near some park visitors in the spring. They waited until a nesting bird had raised its young before finishing the work. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Youth Ecology Corps cleans up county’s ecosystem

On Thursday, July 24, elected officials and community leaders talked to and observed crews of young people working on ecosystem restoration projects throughout Sonoma County as part of the Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps’ “Visit a Crew Day.”

This weekend, the National Hot Rod Association’s 27th annual Sonoma Nationals took over Sonoma Raceway. James Fanucchi/Index-Tribune

Going drag racing

This weekend, the National Hot Rod Association’s 27th annual Sonoma Nationals took over Sonoma Raceway.

TOMMY THOMSEN and an all-star band will be performing at tonight’s City Party. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

City Party tonight on Spain Street

The Sonoma Community Center will host its annual City Party in the Sonoma Plaza on Tuesday July 29. Festivities will include a live band on Spain Street with Tommy Thomsen and the Sonoma City All-Star Band.

Good things happening at the Grange

There are good things happening at the Sonoma Valley Grange, and the light on the horizon for a renovation of its building on Highway 12 is slowly glowing brighter.

Marin Sun Farms gets high marks

With talk of “creating a more sustainable food system,” Point Reyes rancher David Evans had high hopes when he took over the Petaluma slaughterhouse formerly known as Rancho Feeding Corp. The purchase of the facility by Marin Sun Farms was seen as a way to complete the circle of his company’s services from North Bay ranchers to butchers to grass-fed restaurateurs; but it has also eliminated some services that local ranchers depended on.

A GROUP OF CUBAN SOMMELIERS has been visiting Sonoma County and touring various wineries. One of the stops last week was the Benziger Family Winery on Glen Ellen. They posed for a picture with the winery in the background.

Cubans sample Wine Country’s best

A typical Cuban breakfast is tostada (toasted bread) and cafe con leche (coffee with milk). Last Wednesday morning, several Cubans gathered around a long table at Ramekins Culinary School on East Spain Street for a somewhat heartier breakfast of eggs, sausage, potatoes and other fare.

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH took enforcement action against SDC’s intermediate care facility. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune file photo

Sonoma Developmental Center loses federal certification again

The embattled Sonoma Developmental Center – home to some 439 residents with a variety of developmental disabilities on a 1,000-acre campus outside Glen Ellen – was notified on Friday that its Intermediate Care Facility does not meet Medi-Cal compliance standards following a survey completed this month, and the facility will lose federal funding for 166 residents.

Library tax measure may be on ballot

The county’s library system could improve hours and services if the Board of Supervisors approves a one-eighth-cent tax measure for 10 years, that the electorate could vote on in the November general election.

Kathy Witkowicki has been named one of five women across the country to receive Traditional Home Magazine’s 2014 Classic Woman Award.

Witkowicki to receive ‘Classic Woman Award’

Kathy Witkowicki, founder and executive director of the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, has been named one of five women across the country to receive Traditional Home Magazine’s 2014 Classic Woman Award.

Work crews slowed traffic this week on Agua Caliente Road, but motorists probably cheered the delays since the heavily-rutted road was ground and repaved. The work was performed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Repaving in progress

Work crews slowed traffic this week on Agua Caliente Road, but motorists probably cheered the delays since the heavily-rutted road was ground and repaved. The work was performed Tuesday, Wednesday ad Thursday.

Thomsen to play at Tuesday’s City Party

The Sonoma Community Center will host its annual City Party in the Sonoma Plaza on Tuesday July 29. Festivities will include a live band on Spain Street with Tommy Thomsen and the Sonoma City All-Star Band.

City Council vote encourages dog lovers

A pattern is forming in the years-long debate over allowing dogs in Montini Preserve, with environmentalists decrying the idea, dog owners decrying the lack of natural space set aside for them and their dogs, and the Sonoma City Council opting in favor of deciding for themselves whether to someday consider the option.

Relay for Life begins with survivors dinner

The annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Sonoma is set to begin on Thursday, July 31, with the Survivor and Caregiver Dinner at Hanna Boys Center, free to those who pre-registered at relayforlife.org/sonomaca and have RSVP’d to relayjo@gmail.com.

Rehearsing a Saturday Night Live sketch called “Phobia Party” at Murphy’s Pub on Wednesday were, from left, Hank Sullivan, 8; Molly Bingham, 11; Sasha Edwards, 15; Audrey Scott, 11; and Lachlin Brumme, 12. Kate Kennedy is the director. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Recital rehearsal

Rehearsing a Saturday Night Live sketch called “Phobia Party” at Murphy’s Pub on Wednesday were, from left, Hank Sullivan, 8; Molly Bingham, 11; Sasha Edwards, 15; Audrey Scott, 11; and Lachlin Brumme, 12. Kate Kennedy is the director.

Casey Stanfill and his 2-year-old son Nicholas wait in the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center’s new waiting room on Tuesday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

New clinic opens

Casey Stanfill and his 2-year-old son Nicholas wait in the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center’s new waiting room on Tuesday.

There were no injuries Tuesday afternoon when a limb from an oak tree fell on a car on Arnold Drive near Holt Avenue at the Sonoma Developmental Center. Yvonne Soto-Pomeroy/Index-Tribune

Unlucky motorist

There were no injuries Tuesday afternoon when a limb from an oak tree fell on a car on Arnold Drive near Holt Avenue at the Sonoma Developmental Center.

Relay for Life begins with survivors dinner

The annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Sonoma is set to begin on Thursday, July 31, with the Survivor and Caregiver Dinner at Hanna Boys Center, free to those who pre –registered at relayforlife.org/sonomaca and have RSVP’d to relayjo@gmail.com.

 
 

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