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Virginia Hayes, who has an extensive background in retail and marketing,  has opened "G's" General Store on West Napa Street. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

G’s brings a little Connecticut to Sonoma

Virginia Hayes opened “G’s” General Store at 19 W. Napa St. earlier this month. She spent a lifetime working behind the scenes in retail and now wanted to run her own business. She found a perfect location in the heart of Sonoma’s historic Plaza, looking across the street toward the park and city hall.

Rent control board kills proposed rate hike

A contentious public hearing between de Anza Moon Valley Mobile Home residents, park owners De Anza LLC and Terra Vista Management, Inc. played to a standing-room-only crowd Nov. 12, at the city’s Rent Control Review Board hearing in City Council chambers.

Raceway’s food drive to end Nov. 24

Only one week remains to help those in need this holiday season, as Sonoma Raceway’s 14th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive comes to a close on Monday, Nov. 24.

Sponsors sought for wreaths

The annual Wreaths Across America is set for Saturday, Dec. 13, with local ceremonies at 8:45 a.m. at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park.

Several hundred Sonoma Valley residents showed up Friday evening for the inaugural “Lighting of the Plaza.” Sonoma Mayor Tom Rouse was the master of ceremonies as Stephan Stubbins, with Transcendence Theatre Company, put some Sonoma lyrics to the song, “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.” Stubbins first sang for the crowd, then led them on a sing-along as the lights around the Plaza came on. The event was hosted by the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau. After, people wandered through the lighted trees – and this couple took a “selfie.” Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Let there be light(s)

Several hundred Sonoma Valley residents showed up Friday evening for the inaugural “Lighting of the Plaza.” Sonoma Mayor Tom Rouse was the master of ceremonies as Stephan Stubbins, with Transcendence Theatre Company, put some Sonoma lyrics to the song, “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.” Stubbins first sang for the crowd, then led them on a sing-along as the lights around the Plaza came on. The event was hosted by the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau. After, people wandered through the lighted trees – and this couple took a “selfie.”

Arnold Drive will get a facelift

Construction for a one-mile section of Arnold Drive from the north end of the bridge over Sonoma Creek in Glen Ellen to the Highway 12 intersection will get underway next week.

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Sonoma officials, including Mayor Tom Rouse, met with a delegation from the Sonoma-Tokaj Sister City Committee, and the Tokaj-Sonoma Association on Nov. 6. The nine-member Hungarian delegation were in town to introduce a wine marketing program called Furmint USA.

Mayor meets Hungarian delegation

Sonoma Mayor Tom Rouse welcomed a delegation that included Tokaj, Hungary, Mayor Janos Majer on Nov. 6, at City Hall. Attending were City of Sonoma officials, Sonoma Sister City officers, the Sonoma-Tokaj Sister City Committee, and the Tokaj-Sonoma Association.

Sonoma’s Delaney Swanson slams home a point Saturday in the Lady Dragons second-round North Coast Section matchup against Miramonte. Swanson had 21 kills as the Lady Dragons won 25-9, 21-25, 25-10 and 25-18. Sonoma advances to the semi-final round Wednesday when they travel to Oakland to face the second-seeded Bishop O’Dowd. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Lady Dragons advance

Sonoma’s Delaney Swanson slams home a point Saturday in the Lady Dragons second-round North Coast Section matchup against Miramonte. Swanson had 21 kills as the Lady Dragons won 25-9, 21-25, 25-10 and 25-18. Sonoma advances to the semi-final round Wednesday when they travel to Oakland to face the second-seeded Bishop O’Dowd.

Linus Maurer, the namesake of the blanket-wielding philosopher in “Peanuts," has been drawing cartoon for the Index-Tribune for more than 25 years. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

A man of many styles

When Linus Maurer was a boy, he knew he wanted to draw cartoons. Now he’s closing in on 90, and has lived his life in fulfillment of that wish.

The Blue Wing Inn on East Spain Street, which was undergoing a seismic facelift, was damaged in the August quake that shook the North Bay. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Napa quake delayed Blue Wing repairs

Last summer’s earthquake in Napa caused serious damage to the historic Blue Wing Inn on East Spain Street. California State Park officials said the ripple effects created damages severe enough that it forced delays in the continued restoration of the 19th-century adobe building.

School board mulls pool costs

Before the school board proceeds with a decision on a proposed pool at Sonoma Valley High, the committee looking at the school’s Facility Master Plan will get a look at a report with the costs.

Gabriel Preciado, from Steiny and Company, adjusts the Madrone Road sign on the newly installed traffic light pole. Weather permitting, the intersection of Madrone Road and Highway 12 will be striped on Thursday night and the lights will be turned on soon after. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Almost done

Gabriel Preciado, from Steiny and Company, adjusts the Madrone Road sign on the newly installed traffic light pole. Weather permitting, the intersection of Madrone Road and Highway 12 will be striped on Thursday night and the lights will be turned on soon after.

Council could OK water rate increase

Much of Monday night’s City Council meeting has been set aside for an issue hanging over Sonoma residents like a rain cloud: water rate increases.

Supervisors get living wage report

At some point Friday, Blue Sky Consulting Group is expected to present the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors with a detailed living wage analysis. Commissioned by the Supervisors last June, the report is expected to reach conclusions about poverty and quality of life within the county and offer Supervisors a road map for the possible creation of a county living wage.

Sonoma city employee Jesse Mazza wipes dust from the Purple Heart City plaque he installed on a lightpost on Napa Road and Jones Street. The city received four of the signs that were donated by the Patrick McCaffrey Foundation. 
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Purple Heart City

Sonoma city employee Jesse Mazza wipes dust from the Purple Heart City plaque he installed on a lightpost on Napa Road and Jones Street. The city received four of the signs that were donated by the Patrick McCaffrey Foundation

‘Starfish Throwers’ to be screened in Burlingame Hall

“Starfish Throwers,” the third and final in a series of fall films being sponsored by Transition Sonoma Valley and the Earth Care Committee of First Congregational Church, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Burlingame Hall.

Developers ditch Broadway hotel

Developers have scrapped plans for a 36-room hotel on the site of the former Truck and Auto dealership on Broadway, opting instead for more living units and an “expanded culinary promenade,” according to a city staff report.

Boy Scout Michael Aubin, 14, and Bob Piazza lower a damaged American flag into a fire pit. On Tuesday, Veterans Day, a small ceremony was held in front of the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building to retire, according to the Flag Code, those flags that are too old or too damaged to display. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Retiring old flags

Boy Scout Michael Aubin, 14, and Bob Piazza lower a damaged American flag into a fire pit. On Tuesday, Veterans Day, a small ceremony was held in front of the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building to retire, according to the Flag Code, those flags that are too old or too damaged to display.

Sonoma Mayor Tom Rouse will throw the switch to illuminate the Plaza at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14. The Plaza will sparkle with thousands of glowing LED lights in the inaugural “Lighting of the Plaza.” Following the lighting, join the festivities at Sonoma State Parks Holiday Campfire Program at 6 p.m. in the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard with nature talks, songs and a marshmallow roast. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Plaza holiday lighting

Sonoma Mayor Tom Rouse will throw the switch to illuminate the Plaza at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14. The Plaza will sparkle with thousands of glowing LED lights in the inaugural “Lighting of the Plaza.” Following the lighting, join the festivities at Sonoma State Parks Holiday Campfire Program at 6 p.m. in the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard with nature talks, songs and a marshmallow roast.

Work was halted months ago on these two homes on Highway 12 and Moon Mountain Road. The county's PRMD red-tagged the project after numerous violations were discovered. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Debacle at Moon Mountain

The vivid blue sign at the corner of Highway 12 and Moon Mountain Road hasn’t changed in months, and neither have the half-built structures behind it.

School board to get costs for new pool

Counterpoint Construction will give the Sonoma Valley Unified School District board a report on estimated costs for a long-discussed new swimming pool when it meets Wednesday evening.