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Ramona Nicholson lost her home to the fires, and raises a flag for hope

As the flag is raised, Dave Shultz ensures it doesn't touch the ground. Ramona Nicholson, of the Nicholson Ranch, lost everything to the recent fires - her home and car, her father's house, farm machinery, an olive orchard, a barn and stables, and two train boxcars that were a familiar site to anyone who drove past her vineyards on Napa Rd. Last week, she decided to raise a flag on a 40-foot flagpole that was installed many years ago by her late father, Socrates Nicholson. With a little help from her friends, the flag - a symbol of survival and hope - now flies from the top of a hill on the ranch, overlooking the Carneros vineyards. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

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Raising a flag sometimes needs some muscle