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ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST and best-selling author Bill McKibben./Steve Liptay/Special to the Index-Tribune

Environmentalist to speak Sunday

Sometimes when you are hoping to spark change, you have to get thrown in jail. At least that’s the standard for environmental activists such as Bill McKibben. The best-selling author and renowned environmentalist will give a talk Sunday afternoon in Sonoma. McKibben is author of more than a dozen books from the one that taught… Continue Reading >>

DURING CEREMONIES WEDNESDAY at St. Francis Solano School, Girl Scout Shannon Walsh, left, Boy Scout Jack Craig and Girl Scout Amy Stanfield helped raise the flag. The Brownie is Amelia Aceves./Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Students remember, honor 9/11 heroes

An estimated 100 parents and alumni were among the 300-plus people paying tribute to military personnel and first responders as part of 9/11 ceremonies Wednesday at St. Francis Solano School. It’s been 12 years since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and every year since then, St. Francis has honored service personnel and first… Continue Reading >>

Praying for peace

The Rev. Nancy Taylor, pastor of First Congregational Church of Sonoma, led prayers for peace during a vigil Wednesday evening. About 35 people participated in the vigil that took place at the church’s Peace Pole.

The case of the telltale wire cutters

Good judgment does not always accompany criminal ambition and it appears that a 16-year old student at Sonoma Valley High School was not thinking about appearances as he wandered around campus with a pair of wire cutters in his pocket. It was Tuesday, Sept. 3, at around 12:45 p.m., when the school resource officer noticed… Continue Reading >>

SVHS grads launch Kindred

Steven Rueter and Dexter Lohnes, both graduated of Sonoma Valley High School, have launched the home management app Kindred.

Farrugia to head Nelson Family of Companies

Donna Farrugia, former executive director of Robert Half’s the Creative Group, has been appointed CEO of the Nelson Family of Companies, effective Sept. 9. Farrugia, an accomplished executive with more than 30 years of marketing, business development and management experience, will focus her efforts on keeping Nelson at the forefront of an ever-expanding staffing and… Continue Reading >>

Sox de Vine marks second year

Sox de Vine on the Plaza is celebrating its second anniversary in October. The colorful store is filled with fanciful frocks for the feet. “As the name implies, its is primarily a sock store,” said owner Jeannette Fung. “Sox de Vine carries socks for women, men, children and babies.” She also sells tights, leggings, small… Continue Reading >>

Siegel opens psychotherapy practice in GE

Licensed marriage and family therapist Paula Siegel has recently established her psychotherapy practice in Glen Ellen on Arnold Drive. She is now accepting new clients. Siegel’s specializations include working with grief and loss, individual’s with trauma histories, adults and their aging parents, as well as couples. In her 14th year of private practice, Siegel also offers… Continue Reading >>

Cara Gerard and her 3-year-old son, Kellan, were among the attendees at a ceremony Wednesday morning at St. Francis Solano remembering those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon 12 years ago. /Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Remembering 9/11

Students, faculty and parents gathered at a ceremony Wednesday morning at St. Francis Solano remembering those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon 12 years ago. The ceremony featured songs, prayers and a “thanks” to the first responders who were at the ceremony. After, students placed… Continue Reading >>

Firefighters will demonstrate their equipment, like the ones used during the massive blaze at Sonoma Pacific on Sunday, Sept. 8. (David-Bolling/Index-Tribune)

Schellville inferno

More than 180 fire personnel fought a massive blaze for more than seven hours Sunday in Schellville. When it was over, damage was estimated at between $1 million and $1.5 million – and the total could grow.

Hospital wing nears completion

Sonoma Valley Hospital is nearing completion, both on its state-of-the-art emergency room and surgical center, and in its $11-million capital campaign to finish funding the new wing. Set to open in November, the new west wing will house emergency services on the ground floor, with an expanded surgical center on the second floor. While the… Continue Reading >>

Planners to look at water, history

Preserving water and history will be the topics taken up by the Sonoma Planning Commission Thursday. The commission meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room at 177 First St. W., Sonoma. Public Works Director Dan Takasugi will go over such issues as supply, challenges, the situation created by low levels of water in… Continue Reading >>

Ruth Paine: Marina Oswald’s landlady

Ruth Paine, who is 81-years-old and lives quietly in a Santa Rosa Quaker community, is speaking in Sonoma on Friday about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Fifty-years ago, in an act of pure kindness, Paine invited Lee Harvey Oswald’s wife, Marina, and their children to live with her, because they were suffering economically.… Continue Reading >>

School board to OK new strategic plan

The Sonoma Valley Unified School District board is set to approve the district’s new strategic plan at tonight’s meeting. The plan, more than a year-and-a-half in the making, was unveiled at last month’s school board meeting. During last month’s meeting, school Superintendent Louann Carlomagno, in a PowerPoint, told the board that 56 percent of the… Continue Reading >>

‘Tops in Sonoma’ forum set Sept. 26

The Sonoma Valley Economic Development Partnership of the City of Sonoma and the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce hosts the seventh annual “Tops in Sonoma” breakfast forum 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Sonoma Golf Club. The breakfast event will recognize the largest tax generators and employers in Sonoma Valley, and the… Continue Reading >>

BRECK PARKMAN will be one of the speakers Thursday in a talk to honor “Jack’s oak’ at the Jack London State Historical Park./Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Speakers look at history of ‘Jack’s oak’

One of the signature events to honor the Oak Tree known as “Jack’s Oak,” estimated to be up to 400 years old, at Jack London State Historic Park will be a lecture on Thursday, Sept. 12, by noted historian Arthur Dawson and Breck Parkman, senior archaeologist for California State Parks, focusing on the changes that… Continue Reading >>

Firefighters hope to raise $5K for CPR video

The Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority is trying to raise $5,000 to make a video public service announcement for “hands-only CPR.” Trevor Smith, an engineer paramedic with the fire department, said recent changes is pre-hospital treatment of victims suffering from cardiac arrest stress, using a hands-only CPR technique. “Many people are fearful about helping… Continue Reading >>

THE BLOCKBUSTER at 500 Fifth St. W. will be closing by Oct. 31. /Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Blockbuster to close its doors

Blockbuster rented movies out to customers for the last time on Sunday. The Sonoma store was informed Wednesday, Sept. 4, by Blockbuster that it would begin the process of closing this week, store manager Janey Eslick said. Earlier this year, Blockbuster’s parent company Dish Network announced it would close hundreds of stores across the U.S.… Continue Reading >>

NICK VAN KRIJDT hangs some of Kathleen Hill’s collection of egg beaters from the ceiling at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art./Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

From egg beaters to antique toasters

Kathleen Thompson Hill scooped up kitchen collectibles others chose to give away and now has a vast collection that captures the way life used to be in the heart of the home. Her show, “Kitchen Memories,” opens tomorrow at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, where it’s impossible to view her meat grinders, potato mashers… Continue Reading >>

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Council to mull leaf-blower ban

Opponents of gasoline-powered leaf blowers scored a victory Wednesday when the Sonoma City Council agreed to consider a ban of the noisy devices. A persistent group of opponents, led by author and screenwriter Darryl Ponicsan, presented its views to the council, but not all were happy with the outcome. Among the parade of speakers were… Continue Reading >>

Sonoma's API scores.

Sonoma schools STAR scores drop

Last month, the State of California released the school-by-school STAR standardized testing results for 2013. And last week, the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson finished crunching those numbers to tabulate each school’s API (Academic Performance Index). Sonoma Valley’s scores were markedly lower in 2013 than 2012 by both measures. The STAR… Continue Reading >>

BELLA ANDRE has sold more than 2 million ebooks and has a lucrative contract with Harlequin for the print editions.

Author cashes in on racy ebooks

Bella Andre is on fire, her writing career as hot as the sex scenes in her contemporary romance novels. She’s sold 2 million self-published ebooks and has a seven-figure contract with Harlequin to publish print editions of her Sullivan Series – eight novels she already epublished and which she retains the ebook rights to –… Continue Reading >>

Council supports keeping SDC open

A resolution supporting Sonoma Developmental Center was passed unanimously by the Sonoma City Council Wednesday. The resolution asks the State Task Force on Developmental Centers to focus on the critical patient care supplied by SDC and to lift the current ban on new admittances. City Manager Carol Giovanatto told the council the center faces an… Continue Reading >>

New Index-Tribune website.

Index-Tribune launches new website

With help from the PD Media Lab, The Sonoma Index-Tribune launched a new website on Monday, Sept. 9. The address is still sonomanews.com, but readers will find a more elegant design that’s easier to navigate. “This is something we’ve wanted and worked on for a long time,” said David Bolling, Index-Tribune editor and publisher. “It should be… Continue Reading >>

Rally to support SDC scheduled for Sept. 14

The Sonoma Developmental Center Parent Hospital Association is sponsoring a march and rally from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in the Sonoma Plaza to demonstrate public support for keeping the Sonoma Developmental Center open. Rally organizer Mary O’Riordan said, “The march and rally are a way for families of SDC clients and our supporters to express how tragic… Continue Reading >>


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