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HAPPY HOLIDAYS from the Sonoma County Gazette!

Sonoma County Gazette!

Enjoy your Holiday season to the fullest with our annual "Small Shops of Sonoma County" shopping guide and our complete Holiday Events Calendar! 

Read: HAPPY HOLIDAYS from the Sonoma County Gazette!
Fluoride vs. Fish: Sonoma County Health Dept's EIR Report

Fluoride vs. Fish:
Sonoma County Health Dept's EIR Report

In recent years, many communities in salmon country on the Pacific Coast have said “No” to community water fluoridation after considering the impact on fish and other creatures living in their waterways. With three endangered salmon species in Sonoma County, the purity of our rivers, creeks and streams is essential.

Read: Fluoride vs. Fish: Sonoma County Health Dept's EIR Report
NO SMOKING PLEASE - Air Quality & Smoke Impacts in Northern Sonoma County

Air Quality & Smoke Impacts in Northern Sonoma County

Air quality is measured against standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board for specific pollutants.  When air quality doesn’t meet a standard, the local air district has to develop a plan of regulations that will improve air quality until it does meet the standard.  Air quality regulations vary from district to district because they reflect local air quality needs.

Read: NO SMOKING PLEASE - Air Quality & Smoke Impacts in Northern Sonoma County
Sonoma County Communities:
Bodega "Bodega & Community Bloggette by Gwyneth Prosser"
Bodega Bay "Bodega Bay Beat by Joan Poulos"
Camp Meeker "Camp Meeker Beat by Tom Austin"
Cazadero "Cazadero Communications by Natasha Pehrson"
Cloverdale "Cloverdale Comments by Carol Russell"
Cotati "Cotati Heart & Soul Deborah Taylor-French"
Forestville "Forestville - The Good Life by Richard Naegle"
Geyserville "Geyserville Grapevine by deTraci Regula"
Graton "Grassroots Graton - Heather Granahan"
Guerneville "Guerneville Groove by Beth Rudometkin"
Healdsburg "Healdsburg Highlights by Gina Riner"
Monte Rio "Monte Rio Musings by David Hardy"
North Coast "North Coast"
Occidental "Occidental Oriented by Benjamynn Gabriel"
Petaluma-Penngrove "Petaluma-Penngrove Picks by Lyndi Brown"
Rio Nido "Rio Nido Magic by Elena Chronis"
Rohnert Park "Rohnert Park Rumblings by Gina Belforte"
Roseland "Roseland Review by Duane Dewitt"
Santa Rosa "Santa Rosa Snippets by Jo Anne Cohn"
Sebastopol "Sebastappeal By Sarah Glade Gurney"
Sonoma Coast "Sonoma Coast - Bodega Bay - Jenner - Fort Ross - Gualala"
Sonoma County "OUR County, by Supervisor Efren Carrillo"
Sonoma Valley "Springs Splash - Tom Martin"
Windsor "What's Up in Windsor by Tina Castelli"
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SPOTLIGHT on Business:
Sonoma County Coffee Shops

Sonoma County Coffee Shops

WAKE UP & Smell The Coffee

In Search of Small Independently-Owned Shops Full of Flavor & Personality

by Vesta Copestakes
Read: Sonoma County Coffee Shops
Sonoma County Gazette December 2014 print edition Monthly Calendar by Category Find the Sonoma County Gazette LIKE us on Facebook

Dear Readers,

Have I told you lately how grateful I am for my daughter, Aleta? The two of us create the print edition and website for the Gazette, so it’s a combination of modern technology and ambition that makes this very complex puzzle reach you every month. Right now she and her two lovely daughters are sound asleep while I put the final touches on the artwork that we send over the internet to our printer. Even with all the sleep-deprivation a mother of a 4-month old baby experiences, Aleta persists to polish the Gazette to a high shine.

There are two holiday special sections this our 12th annual Small Shops of Sonoma County where we try to inspire shoppers to keep their holiday spending money right here in Sonoma County instead of sending it off to the internet or other states through national chain stores.

The other is Aleta’s shining glory, the annual Holiday Events calendar. She doesn’t just wait for people to send us events, she hunts them down so people have every opportunity to celebrate this holiday season. 

Aleta is the Calendar Queen at the Gazette. Pages 59 - 72 are also her excellent work. We’re proud of the broad range of opportunities to spend your precious time. There is no reason to be bored or alone if you can get out of your house. Most events are free or very inexpensive. 

One of the reasons we like to offer so much information to get out and about is because our mission to is to have people connect with each other. When people meet they find others who they enjoy and that brings them joy. It also enhances a sense that Sonoma County is where people feel home, a part of something larger than themselves. 

One of the many articles this month is an introduction to a series of interviews Judie Messier is doing with people who contribute to our home. The interviews are too long to include in our print edition so I’m asking you to go to our website to meet these people. Read why they get involved and get a personal impression of who they are. Perhaps they will even inspire you to get involved where you have not before.

Happy Holidays! ~ Vesta


COMING UP - 2015: 

January - Goals & Priorities - distributes Dec 31

ADVERTISERS: ad reservations begin Dec 15 - press ready art by Dec 29



February -  Annual  LOVE Issue - distributes Jan 28

ADVERTISERS: ad reservations begin Jan 12 - press ready art by Jan 23



March  - Annual Gardeners Guide - distributes Mar 4

Gardeners Guide ADVERTISERS: ad reservations begin Feb 19 - press ready art by Feb 20

Gardeners Guide ARTICLES: Feb 9-13

MARCH - Thinking Water WISE - distributes Mar 4

ADVERTISERS: ad reservations begin Feb 16 - press ready art by Feb 27




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We UPDATE this site all month long. Send us what you want our readers to know to and I'll get them posted. 

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If you like to spend time on Facebook...LIKE us to stay in touch. MORE LATER! ~ Vesta

The Sonoma County Gazette Columns:

2014 Sonoma County Holiday Calendar KTRY-Country 106.3 Sonoma County Gazette Dating - 707 Singles Fine Tree Care Sonoma County Gardeners Resource Guide 2014 Hans Bruhner First Priority Financial Community First Credit Union Sonoma County Gazette DECEMBER 2014 edition Small Shops of Sonoma County - Shop Local Gift Guide 2014
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