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Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - August 2015
August 1, 2015

It’s so beautiful, it’s hard to believe there’s a serious drought or any other kind of problem in paradise. 

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - August 2015
August 1, 2015
by Tom Martin

Omar Homran, new manager of the Fruit Basket, provides fresh fruit and vegetables to residents of the Springs and Sonoma at low cost. Homran buys locally grown produce in season such as tomatoes, basil, and fruit. For other products he travels to San Francisco and Oakland markets 2-3 times per week. “Our goal,” says Homran, “is to provide the freshest produce available to our Springs customers. As a family owned and operated business we guarantee the quality of our products. Please shop here!”

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - August 2015
August 1, 2015
Summer has Highway One buzzing along the Sonoma Coast. With temperatures inland heading into triple digits, our pristine coastline is the ideal place to seek relief. Parked cars are once again lining up outside the locked gates of some of our more popular State Beaches. A sad state of affairs, indeed.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - July 2015
July 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

Housing, Road Construction, Artistic Taste Dominate Life In The Springs!

“Merge!” “Keep to right!” “Bump!” “Slow!” 

The signs along Highway 12 tell the story of construction and community renewal coming to fruition. The Highway 12 corridor project is underway!.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - July 2015
July 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

Housing, Road Construction, Artistic Taste Dominate Life In The Springs!

“Merge!” “Keep to right!” “Bump!” “Slow!” 

The signs along Highway 12 tell the story of construction and community renewal coming to fruition. The Highway 12 corridor project is underway!.

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - July 2015
July 1, 2015
Summer has Highway One buzzing along the Sonoma Coast. With temperatures inland heading into triple digits, our pristine coastline is the ideal place to seek relief. Parked cars are once again lining up outside the locked gates of some of our more popular State Beaches. A sad state of affairs, indeed.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - July 2015
July 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Whenever something truly bad made headline news I would ask my mother.  She always said, look to the helpers. You will find helpers when you look.” 

—Mr. Rogers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - July 2015
July 1, 2015

The Neighbors!

Neighborly... neighboring... neighborhood... neighbors! The semantics have sure stretched over time! Historically speaking, our “neighbors” were the folks (or the business) next door, whether “next door” was just out the window, down-the-road-a-piece or the next farm many acres (or, in Texas, even a Section) away.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - June 2015
June 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

It’s Happening! So What is There to Do About It?

In the 1960’s two sociologists wrote a book entitled, “It’s Happening,” a chronicle of life changes occurring in the psychedelic age. Well, for people living in the Springs it’s happening now! Not a new age of psychedelics, but rather a community structure transformation bound to change the lives of the current population.

Read Article
Graton Fire Pancake breakfast fundraiser Firefighter BENEFITS - June and July 2015
June 1, 2015

June & July Firefighter Fundraisers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - June 2015
June 1, 2015

Now that the roses are bursting out all over Sonoma and the summer season has officially begun, it’s well past time to write something about the “savory” side of Sonoma. After all, we’re one of the great food capitals of the world, aren’t we? We’ve got a live farm tradition here, despite the overwhelming turn toward vineyards that many decry, and what unites wine with farming is in the cooking. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - June 2015
June 1, 2015
Things are busy in the seaside hamlet of Jenner, a popular destination for day-trippers from the bay area. Even with the Russian River at historic low flow levels, the estuary is a pleasant spot for kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the mouth of the river currently open, the tidal influences are keeping the lower river navigable and thoroughly enjoyable.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - June 2015
June 1, 2015
Things are busy in the seaside hamlet of Jenner, a popular destination for day-trippers from the bay area. Even with the Russian River at historic low flow levels, the estuary is a pleasant spot for kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the mouth of the river currently open, the tidal influences are keeping the lower river navigable and thoroughly enjoyable.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Barking Dog Barking Neighbors - Motivate Owners of Barking Dogs
May 6, 2015
This article is intended for Neighbors of barking dogs.  It’s a tough situation. You don’t want to start trouble with your next door neighbor but your own comfort is being compromised. Here are a few suggestions to effectively motivate dog owners to get help.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - May 2015
May 1, 2015
I celebrated Earth Day by taking a tour of the Sonoma Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant located among the vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma. About 20 people were in attendance of this Community Open House, including a local Brownie Troop to hear how the area’s “liquid” waste is treated, processed and ultimately discharged into the environment.
Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - May 2015
May 1, 2015

Countering our Mortality

Into the mists of the past…that’s corny, isn’t it? But it’s also apt.

Here we are, each the center of our small universes, our small spheres brushing up against one another’s in our daily interactions and overlapping where our relationships become intimate.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

Carl Sandburg

Wait before you dig up your lawn! Save $$$ by sheet mulching it.     

Having been the first in our neighborhood to sheet mulch our lawn then planting a mix of shrubs, California natives and bird and bee feeding perennials, we now face a final farewell to grass. Gophers’ massive excavations make it easier to say good-bye. Once again we will sheet mulch and plant low-water natives. Our summer goal is a 75% water usage reduction.


Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - May 2015
May 1, 2015
I celebrated Earth Day by taking a tour of the Sonoma Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant located among the vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma. About 20 people were in attendance of this Community Open House, including a local Brownie Troop to hear how the area’s “liquid” waste is treated, processed and ultimately discharged into the environment.
Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - August 2015
August 1, 2015

It’s so beautiful, it’s hard to believe there’s a serious drought or any other kind of problem in paradise. 

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - August 2015
August 1, 2015
by Tom Martin

Omar Homran, new manager of the Fruit Basket, provides fresh fruit and vegetables to residents of the Springs and Sonoma at low cost. Homran buys locally grown produce in season such as tomatoes, basil, and fruit. For other products he travels to San Francisco and Oakland markets 2-3 times per week. “Our goal,” says Homran, “is to provide the freshest produce available to our Springs customers. As a family owned and operated business we guarantee the quality of our products. Please shop here!”

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - August 2015
August 1, 2015
Summer has Highway One buzzing along the Sonoma Coast. With temperatures inland heading into triple digits, our pristine coastline is the ideal place to seek relief. Parked cars are once again lining up outside the locked gates of some of our more popular State Beaches. A sad state of affairs, indeed.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - July 2015
July 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

Housing, Road Construction, Artistic Taste Dominate Life In The Springs!

“Merge!” “Keep to right!” “Bump!” “Slow!” 

The signs along Highway 12 tell the story of construction and community renewal coming to fruition. The Highway 12 corridor project is underway!.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - July 2015
July 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

Housing, Road Construction, Artistic Taste Dominate Life In The Springs!

“Merge!” “Keep to right!” “Bump!” “Slow!” 

The signs along Highway 12 tell the story of construction and community renewal coming to fruition. The Highway 12 corridor project is underway!.

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - July 2015
July 1, 2015
Summer has Highway One buzzing along the Sonoma Coast. With temperatures inland heading into triple digits, our pristine coastline is the ideal place to seek relief. Parked cars are once again lining up outside the locked gates of some of our more popular State Beaches. A sad state of affairs, indeed.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - July 2015
July 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Whenever something truly bad made headline news I would ask my mother.  She always said, look to the helpers. You will find helpers when you look.” 

—Mr. Rogers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - July 2015
July 1, 2015

The Neighbors!

Neighborly... neighboring... neighborhood... neighbors! The semantics have sure stretched over time! Historically speaking, our “neighbors” were the folks (or the business) next door, whether “next door” was just out the window, down-the-road-a-piece or the next farm many acres (or, in Texas, even a Section) away.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - June 2015
June 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

It’s Happening! So What is There to Do About It?

In the 1960’s two sociologists wrote a book entitled, “It’s Happening,” a chronicle of life changes occurring in the psychedelic age. Well, for people living in the Springs it’s happening now! Not a new age of psychedelics, but rather a community structure transformation bound to change the lives of the current population.

Read Article
Graton Fire Pancake breakfast fundraiser Firefighter BENEFITS - June and July 2015
June 1, 2015

June & July Firefighter Fundraisers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - June 2015
June 1, 2015

Now that the roses are bursting out all over Sonoma and the summer season has officially begun, it’s well past time to write something about the “savory” side of Sonoma. After all, we’re one of the great food capitals of the world, aren’t we? We’ve got a live farm tradition here, despite the overwhelming turn toward vineyards that many decry, and what unites wine with farming is in the cooking. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - June 2015
June 1, 2015
Things are busy in the seaside hamlet of Jenner, a popular destination for day-trippers from the bay area. Even with the Russian River at historic low flow levels, the estuary is a pleasant spot for kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the mouth of the river currently open, the tidal influences are keeping the lower river navigable and thoroughly enjoyable.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - June 2015
June 1, 2015
Things are busy in the seaside hamlet of Jenner, a popular destination for day-trippers from the bay area. Even with the Russian River at historic low flow levels, the estuary is a pleasant spot for kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the mouth of the river currently open, the tidal influences are keeping the lower river navigable and thoroughly enjoyable.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Barking Dog Barking Neighbors - Motivate Owners of Barking Dogs
May 6, 2015
This article is intended for Neighbors of barking dogs.  It’s a tough situation. You don’t want to start trouble with your next door neighbor but your own comfort is being compromised. Here are a few suggestions to effectively motivate dog owners to get help.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - May 2015
May 1, 2015
I celebrated Earth Day by taking a tour of the Sonoma Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant located among the vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma. About 20 people were in attendance of this Community Open House, including a local Brownie Troop to hear how the area’s “liquid” waste is treated, processed and ultimately discharged into the environment.
Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - May 2015
May 1, 2015

Countering our Mortality

Into the mists of the past…that’s corny, isn’t it? But it’s also apt.

Here we are, each the center of our small universes, our small spheres brushing up against one another’s in our daily interactions and overlapping where our relationships become intimate.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

Carl Sandburg

Wait before you dig up your lawn! Save $$$ by sheet mulching it.     

Having been the first in our neighborhood to sheet mulch our lawn then planting a mix of shrubs, California natives and bird and bee feeding perennials, we now face a final farewell to grass. Gophers’ massive excavations make it easier to say good-bye. Once again we will sheet mulch and plant low-water natives. Our summer goal is a 75% water usage reduction.


Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - May 2015
May 1, 2015
I celebrated Earth Day by taking a tour of the Sonoma Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant located among the vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma. About 20 people were in attendance of this Community Open House, including a local Brownie Troop to hear how the area’s “liquid” waste is treated, processed and ultimately discharged into the environment.
Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - August 2015
August 1, 2015

It’s so beautiful, it’s hard to believe there’s a serious drought or any other kind of problem in paradise. 

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - August 2015
August 1, 2015
by Tom Martin

Omar Homran, new manager of the Fruit Basket, provides fresh fruit and vegetables to residents of the Springs and Sonoma at low cost. Homran buys locally grown produce in season such as tomatoes, basil, and fruit. For other products he travels to San Francisco and Oakland markets 2-3 times per week. “Our goal,” says Homran, “is to provide the freshest produce available to our Springs customers. As a family owned and operated business we guarantee the quality of our products. Please shop here!”

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - August 2015
August 1, 2015
Summer has Highway One buzzing along the Sonoma Coast. With temperatures inland heading into triple digits, our pristine coastline is the ideal place to seek relief. Parked cars are once again lining up outside the locked gates of some of our more popular State Beaches. A sad state of affairs, indeed.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - July 2015
July 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

Housing, Road Construction, Artistic Taste Dominate Life In The Springs!

“Merge!” “Keep to right!” “Bump!” “Slow!” 

The signs along Highway 12 tell the story of construction and community renewal coming to fruition. The Highway 12 corridor project is underway!.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - July 2015
July 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

Housing, Road Construction, Artistic Taste Dominate Life In The Springs!

“Merge!” “Keep to right!” “Bump!” “Slow!” 

The signs along Highway 12 tell the story of construction and community renewal coming to fruition. The Highway 12 corridor project is underway!.

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - July 2015
July 1, 2015
Summer has Highway One buzzing along the Sonoma Coast. With temperatures inland heading into triple digits, our pristine coastline is the ideal place to seek relief. Parked cars are once again lining up outside the locked gates of some of our more popular State Beaches. A sad state of affairs, indeed.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - July 2015
July 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Whenever something truly bad made headline news I would ask my mother.  She always said, look to the helpers. You will find helpers when you look.” 

—Mr. Rogers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - July 2015
July 1, 2015

The Neighbors!

Neighborly... neighboring... neighborhood... neighbors! The semantics have sure stretched over time! Historically speaking, our “neighbors” were the folks (or the business) next door, whether “next door” was just out the window, down-the-road-a-piece or the next farm many acres (or, in Texas, even a Section) away.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - June 2015
June 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

It’s Happening! So What is There to Do About It?

In the 1960’s two sociologists wrote a book entitled, “It’s Happening,” a chronicle of life changes occurring in the psychedelic age. Well, for people living in the Springs it’s happening now! Not a new age of psychedelics, but rather a community structure transformation bound to change the lives of the current population.

Read Article
Graton Fire Pancake breakfast fundraiser Firefighter BENEFITS - June and July 2015
June 1, 2015

June & July Firefighter Fundraisers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - June 2015
June 1, 2015

Now that the roses are bursting out all over Sonoma and the summer season has officially begun, it’s well past time to write something about the “savory” side of Sonoma. After all, we’re one of the great food capitals of the world, aren’t we? We’ve got a live farm tradition here, despite the overwhelming turn toward vineyards that many decry, and what unites wine with farming is in the cooking. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - June 2015
June 1, 2015
Things are busy in the seaside hamlet of Jenner, a popular destination for day-trippers from the bay area. Even with the Russian River at historic low flow levels, the estuary is a pleasant spot for kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the mouth of the river currently open, the tidal influences are keeping the lower river navigable and thoroughly enjoyable.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - June 2015
June 1, 2015
Things are busy in the seaside hamlet of Jenner, a popular destination for day-trippers from the bay area. Even with the Russian River at historic low flow levels, the estuary is a pleasant spot for kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the mouth of the river currently open, the tidal influences are keeping the lower river navigable and thoroughly enjoyable.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Barking Dog Barking Neighbors - Motivate Owners of Barking Dogs
May 6, 2015
This article is intended for Neighbors of barking dogs.  It’s a tough situation. You don’t want to start trouble with your next door neighbor but your own comfort is being compromised. Here are a few suggestions to effectively motivate dog owners to get help.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - May 2015
May 1, 2015
I celebrated Earth Day by taking a tour of the Sonoma Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant located among the vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma. About 20 people were in attendance of this Community Open House, including a local Brownie Troop to hear how the area’s “liquid” waste is treated, processed and ultimately discharged into the environment.
Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - May 2015
May 1, 2015

Countering our Mortality

Into the mists of the past…that’s corny, isn’t it? But it’s also apt.

Here we are, each the center of our small universes, our small spheres brushing up against one another’s in our daily interactions and overlapping where our relationships become intimate.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

Carl Sandburg

Wait before you dig up your lawn! Save $$$ by sheet mulching it.     

Having been the first in our neighborhood to sheet mulch our lawn then planting a mix of shrubs, California natives and bird and bee feeding perennials, we now face a final farewell to grass. Gophers’ massive excavations make it easier to say good-bye. Once again we will sheet mulch and plant low-water natives. Our summer goal is a 75% water usage reduction.


Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - May 2015
May 1, 2015
I celebrated Earth Day by taking a tour of the Sonoma Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant located among the vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma. About 20 people were in attendance of this Community Open House, including a local Brownie Troop to hear how the area’s “liquid” waste is treated, processed and ultimately discharged into the environment.
Read Article
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Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - August 2015
August 1, 2015

It’s so beautiful, it’s hard to believe there’s a serious drought or any other kind of problem in paradise. 

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - August 2015
August 1, 2015
by Tom Martin

Omar Homran, new manager of the Fruit Basket, provides fresh fruit and vegetables to residents of the Springs and Sonoma at low cost. Homran buys locally grown produce in season such as tomatoes, basil, and fruit. For other products he travels to San Francisco and Oakland markets 2-3 times per week. “Our goal,” says Homran, “is to provide the freshest produce available to our Springs customers. As a family owned and operated business we guarantee the quality of our products. Please shop here!”

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - August 2015
August 1, 2015
Summer has Highway One buzzing along the Sonoma Coast. With temperatures inland heading into triple digits, our pristine coastline is the ideal place to seek relief. Parked cars are once again lining up outside the locked gates of some of our more popular State Beaches. A sad state of affairs, indeed.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - July 2015
July 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

Housing, Road Construction, Artistic Taste Dominate Life In The Springs!

“Merge!” “Keep to right!” “Bump!” “Slow!” 

The signs along Highway 12 tell the story of construction and community renewal coming to fruition. The Highway 12 corridor project is underway!.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - July 2015
July 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

Housing, Road Construction, Artistic Taste Dominate Life In The Springs!

“Merge!” “Keep to right!” “Bump!” “Slow!” 

The signs along Highway 12 tell the story of construction and community renewal coming to fruition. The Highway 12 corridor project is underway!.

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - July 2015
July 1, 2015
Summer has Highway One buzzing along the Sonoma Coast. With temperatures inland heading into triple digits, our pristine coastline is the ideal place to seek relief. Parked cars are once again lining up outside the locked gates of some of our more popular State Beaches. A sad state of affairs, indeed.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - July 2015
July 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Whenever something truly bad made headline news I would ask my mother.  She always said, look to the helpers. You will find helpers when you look.” 

—Mr. Rogers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - July 2015
July 1, 2015

The Neighbors!

Neighborly... neighboring... neighborhood... neighbors! The semantics have sure stretched over time! Historically speaking, our “neighbors” were the folks (or the business) next door, whether “next door” was just out the window, down-the-road-a-piece or the next farm many acres (or, in Texas, even a Section) away.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - June 2015
June 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

It’s Happening! So What is There to Do About It?

In the 1960’s two sociologists wrote a book entitled, “It’s Happening,” a chronicle of life changes occurring in the psychedelic age. Well, for people living in the Springs it’s happening now! Not a new age of psychedelics, but rather a community structure transformation bound to change the lives of the current population.

Read Article
Graton Fire Pancake breakfast fundraiser Firefighter BENEFITS - June and July 2015
June 1, 2015

June & July Firefighter Fundraisers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - June 2015
June 1, 2015

Now that the roses are bursting out all over Sonoma and the summer season has officially begun, it’s well past time to write something about the “savory” side of Sonoma. After all, we’re one of the great food capitals of the world, aren’t we? We’ve got a live farm tradition here, despite the overwhelming turn toward vineyards that many decry, and what unites wine with farming is in the cooking. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - June 2015
June 1, 2015
Things are busy in the seaside hamlet of Jenner, a popular destination for day-trippers from the bay area. Even with the Russian River at historic low flow levels, the estuary is a pleasant spot for kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the mouth of the river currently open, the tidal influences are keeping the lower river navigable and thoroughly enjoyable.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - June 2015
June 1, 2015
Things are busy in the seaside hamlet of Jenner, a popular destination for day-trippers from the bay area. Even with the Russian River at historic low flow levels, the estuary is a pleasant spot for kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the mouth of the river currently open, the tidal influences are keeping the lower river navigable and thoroughly enjoyable.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Barking Dog Barking Neighbors - Motivate Owners of Barking Dogs
May 6, 2015
This article is intended for Neighbors of barking dogs.  It’s a tough situation. You don’t want to start trouble with your next door neighbor but your own comfort is being compromised. Here are a few suggestions to effectively motivate dog owners to get help.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - May 2015
May 1, 2015
I celebrated Earth Day by taking a tour of the Sonoma Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant located among the vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma. About 20 people were in attendance of this Community Open House, including a local Brownie Troop to hear how the area’s “liquid” waste is treated, processed and ultimately discharged into the environment.
Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - May 2015
May 1, 2015

Countering our Mortality

Into the mists of the past…that’s corny, isn’t it? But it’s also apt.

Here we are, each the center of our small universes, our small spheres brushing up against one another’s in our daily interactions and overlapping where our relationships become intimate.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

Carl Sandburg

Wait before you dig up your lawn! Save $$$ by sheet mulching it.     

Having been the first in our neighborhood to sheet mulch our lawn then planting a mix of shrubs, California natives and bird and bee feeding perennials, we now face a final farewell to grass. Gophers’ massive excavations make it easier to say good-bye. Once again we will sheet mulch and plant low-water natives. Our summer goal is a 75% water usage reduction.


Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - May 2015
May 1, 2015
I celebrated Earth Day by taking a tour of the Sonoma Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant located among the vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma. About 20 people were in attendance of this Community Open House, including a local Brownie Troop to hear how the area’s “liquid” waste is treated, processed and ultimately discharged into the environment.
Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - August 2015
August 1, 2015

It’s so beautiful, it’s hard to believe there’s a serious drought or any other kind of problem in paradise. 

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - August 2015
August 1, 2015
by Tom Martin

Omar Homran, new manager of the Fruit Basket, provides fresh fruit and vegetables to residents of the Springs and Sonoma at low cost. Homran buys locally grown produce in season such as tomatoes, basil, and fruit. For other products he travels to San Francisco and Oakland markets 2-3 times per week. “Our goal,” says Homran, “is to provide the freshest produce available to our Springs customers. As a family owned and operated business we guarantee the quality of our products. Please shop here!”

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - August 2015
August 1, 2015
Summer has Highway One buzzing along the Sonoma Coast. With temperatures inland heading into triple digits, our pristine coastline is the ideal place to seek relief. Parked cars are once again lining up outside the locked gates of some of our more popular State Beaches. A sad state of affairs, indeed.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - July 2015
July 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

Housing, Road Construction, Artistic Taste Dominate Life In The Springs!

“Merge!” “Keep to right!” “Bump!” “Slow!” 

The signs along Highway 12 tell the story of construction and community renewal coming to fruition. The Highway 12 corridor project is underway!.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - July 2015
July 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

Housing, Road Construction, Artistic Taste Dominate Life In The Springs!

“Merge!” “Keep to right!” “Bump!” “Slow!” 

The signs along Highway 12 tell the story of construction and community renewal coming to fruition. The Highway 12 corridor project is underway!.

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - July 2015
July 1, 2015
Summer has Highway One buzzing along the Sonoma Coast. With temperatures inland heading into triple digits, our pristine coastline is the ideal place to seek relief. Parked cars are once again lining up outside the locked gates of some of our more popular State Beaches. A sad state of affairs, indeed.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - July 2015
July 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Whenever something truly bad made headline news I would ask my mother.  She always said, look to the helpers. You will find helpers when you look.” 

—Mr. Rogers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - July 2015
July 1, 2015

The Neighbors!

Neighborly... neighboring... neighborhood... neighbors! The semantics have sure stretched over time! Historically speaking, our “neighbors” were the folks (or the business) next door, whether “next door” was just out the window, down-the-road-a-piece or the next farm many acres (or, in Texas, even a Section) away.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - June 2015
June 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

It’s Happening! So What is There to Do About It?

In the 1960’s two sociologists wrote a book entitled, “It’s Happening,” a chronicle of life changes occurring in the psychedelic age. Well, for people living in the Springs it’s happening now! Not a new age of psychedelics, but rather a community structure transformation bound to change the lives of the current population.

Read Article
Graton Fire Pancake breakfast fundraiser Firefighter BENEFITS - June and July 2015
June 1, 2015

June & July Firefighter Fundraisers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - June 2015
June 1, 2015

Now that the roses are bursting out all over Sonoma and the summer season has officially begun, it’s well past time to write something about the “savory” side of Sonoma. After all, we’re one of the great food capitals of the world, aren’t we? We’ve got a live farm tradition here, despite the overwhelming turn toward vineyards that many decry, and what unites wine with farming is in the cooking. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - June 2015
June 1, 2015
Things are busy in the seaside hamlet of Jenner, a popular destination for day-trippers from the bay area. Even with the Russian River at historic low flow levels, the estuary is a pleasant spot for kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the mouth of the river currently open, the tidal influences are keeping the lower river navigable and thoroughly enjoyable.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - June 2015
June 1, 2015
Things are busy in the seaside hamlet of Jenner, a popular destination for day-trippers from the bay area. Even with the Russian River at historic low flow levels, the estuary is a pleasant spot for kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the mouth of the river currently open, the tidal influences are keeping the lower river navigable and thoroughly enjoyable.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Barking Dog Barking Neighbors - Motivate Owners of Barking Dogs
May 6, 2015
This article is intended for Neighbors of barking dogs.  It’s a tough situation. You don’t want to start trouble with your next door neighbor but your own comfort is being compromised. Here are a few suggestions to effectively motivate dog owners to get help.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - May 2015
May 1, 2015
I celebrated Earth Day by taking a tour of the Sonoma Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant located among the vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma. About 20 people were in attendance of this Community Open House, including a local Brownie Troop to hear how the area’s “liquid” waste is treated, processed and ultimately discharged into the environment.
Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - May 2015
May 1, 2015

Countering our Mortality

Into the mists of the past…that’s corny, isn’t it? But it’s also apt.

Here we are, each the center of our small universes, our small spheres brushing up against one another’s in our daily interactions and overlapping where our relationships become intimate.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

Carl Sandburg

Wait before you dig up your lawn! Save $$$ by sheet mulching it.     

Having been the first in our neighborhood to sheet mulch our lawn then planting a mix of shrubs, California natives and bird and bee feeding perennials, we now face a final farewell to grass. Gophers’ massive excavations make it easier to say good-bye. Once again we will sheet mulch and plant low-water natives. Our summer goal is a 75% water usage reduction.


Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - May 2015
May 1, 2015
I celebrated Earth Day by taking a tour of the Sonoma Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant located among the vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma. About 20 people were in attendance of this Community Open House, including a local Brownie Troop to hear how the area’s “liquid” waste is treated, processed and ultimately discharged into the environment.
Read Article

Features

Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - August 2015
August 1, 2015

It’s so beautiful, it’s hard to believe there’s a serious drought or any other kind of problem in paradise. 

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - August 2015
August 1, 2015
by Tom Martin

Omar Homran, new manager of the Fruit Basket, provides fresh fruit and vegetables to residents of the Springs and Sonoma at low cost. Homran buys locally grown produce in season such as tomatoes, basil, and fruit. For other products he travels to San Francisco and Oakland markets 2-3 times per week. “Our goal,” says Homran, “is to provide the freshest produce available to our Springs customers. As a family owned and operated business we guarantee the quality of our products. Please shop here!”

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - August 2015
August 1, 2015
Summer has Highway One buzzing along the Sonoma Coast. With temperatures inland heading into triple digits, our pristine coastline is the ideal place to seek relief. Parked cars are once again lining up outside the locked gates of some of our more popular State Beaches. A sad state of affairs, indeed.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - July 2015
July 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

Housing, Road Construction, Artistic Taste Dominate Life In The Springs!

“Merge!” “Keep to right!” “Bump!” “Slow!” 

The signs along Highway 12 tell the story of construction and community renewal coming to fruition. The Highway 12 corridor project is underway!.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - July 2015
July 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

Housing, Road Construction, Artistic Taste Dominate Life In The Springs!

“Merge!” “Keep to right!” “Bump!” “Slow!” 

The signs along Highway 12 tell the story of construction and community renewal coming to fruition. The Highway 12 corridor project is underway!.

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - July 2015
July 1, 2015
Summer has Highway One buzzing along the Sonoma Coast. With temperatures inland heading into triple digits, our pristine coastline is the ideal place to seek relief. Parked cars are once again lining up outside the locked gates of some of our more popular State Beaches. A sad state of affairs, indeed.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - July 2015
July 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Whenever something truly bad made headline news I would ask my mother.  She always said, look to the helpers. You will find helpers when you look.” 

—Mr. Rogers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - July 2015
July 1, 2015

The Neighbors!

Neighborly... neighboring... neighborhood... neighbors! The semantics have sure stretched over time! Historically speaking, our “neighbors” were the folks (or the business) next door, whether “next door” was just out the window, down-the-road-a-piece or the next farm many acres (or, in Texas, even a Section) away.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - June 2015
June 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

It’s Happening! So What is There to Do About It?

In the 1960’s two sociologists wrote a book entitled, “It’s Happening,” a chronicle of life changes occurring in the psychedelic age. Well, for people living in the Springs it’s happening now! Not a new age of psychedelics, but rather a community structure transformation bound to change the lives of the current population.

Read Article
Graton Fire Pancake breakfast fundraiser Firefighter BENEFITS - June and July 2015
June 1, 2015

June & July Firefighter Fundraisers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - June 2015
June 1, 2015

Now that the roses are bursting out all over Sonoma and the summer season has officially begun, it’s well past time to write something about the “savory” side of Sonoma. After all, we’re one of the great food capitals of the world, aren’t we? We’ve got a live farm tradition here, despite the overwhelming turn toward vineyards that many decry, and what unites wine with farming is in the cooking. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - June 2015
June 1, 2015
Things are busy in the seaside hamlet of Jenner, a popular destination for day-trippers from the bay area. Even with the Russian River at historic low flow levels, the estuary is a pleasant spot for kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the mouth of the river currently open, the tidal influences are keeping the lower river navigable and thoroughly enjoyable.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - June 2015
June 1, 2015
Things are busy in the seaside hamlet of Jenner, a popular destination for day-trippers from the bay area. Even with the Russian River at historic low flow levels, the estuary is a pleasant spot for kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the mouth of the river currently open, the tidal influences are keeping the lower river navigable and thoroughly enjoyable.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Barking Dog Barking Neighbors - Motivate Owners of Barking Dogs
May 6, 2015
This article is intended for Neighbors of barking dogs.  It’s a tough situation. You don’t want to start trouble with your next door neighbor but your own comfort is being compromised. Here are a few suggestions to effectively motivate dog owners to get help.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - May 2015
May 1, 2015
I celebrated Earth Day by taking a tour of the Sonoma Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant located among the vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma. About 20 people were in attendance of this Community Open House, including a local Brownie Troop to hear how the area’s “liquid” waste is treated, processed and ultimately discharged into the environment.
Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - May 2015
May 1, 2015

Countering our Mortality

Into the mists of the past…that’s corny, isn’t it? But it’s also apt.

Here we are, each the center of our small universes, our small spheres brushing up against one another’s in our daily interactions and overlapping where our relationships become intimate.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

Carl Sandburg

Wait before you dig up your lawn! Save $$$ by sheet mulching it.     

Having been the first in our neighborhood to sheet mulch our lawn then planting a mix of shrubs, California natives and bird and bee feeding perennials, we now face a final farewell to grass. Gophers’ massive excavations make it easier to say good-bye. Once again we will sheet mulch and plant low-water natives. Our summer goal is a 75% water usage reduction.


Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - May 2015
May 1, 2015
I celebrated Earth Day by taking a tour of the Sonoma Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant located among the vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma. About 20 people were in attendance of this Community Open House, including a local Brownie Troop to hear how the area’s “liquid” waste is treated, processed and ultimately discharged into the environment.
Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - August 2015
August 1, 2015

It’s so beautiful, it’s hard to believe there’s a serious drought or any other kind of problem in paradise. 

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - August 2015
August 1, 2015
by Tom Martin

Omar Homran, new manager of the Fruit Basket, provides fresh fruit and vegetables to residents of the Springs and Sonoma at low cost. Homran buys locally grown produce in season such as tomatoes, basil, and fruit. For other products he travels to San Francisco and Oakland markets 2-3 times per week. “Our goal,” says Homran, “is to provide the freshest produce available to our Springs customers. As a family owned and operated business we guarantee the quality of our products. Please shop here!”

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - August 2015
August 1, 2015
Summer has Highway One buzzing along the Sonoma Coast. With temperatures inland heading into triple digits, our pristine coastline is the ideal place to seek relief. Parked cars are once again lining up outside the locked gates of some of our more popular State Beaches. A sad state of affairs, indeed.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - July 2015
July 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

Housing, Road Construction, Artistic Taste Dominate Life In The Springs!

“Merge!” “Keep to right!” “Bump!” “Slow!” 

The signs along Highway 12 tell the story of construction and community renewal coming to fruition. The Highway 12 corridor project is underway!.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - July 2015
July 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

Housing, Road Construction, Artistic Taste Dominate Life In The Springs!

“Merge!” “Keep to right!” “Bump!” “Slow!” 

The signs along Highway 12 tell the story of construction and community renewal coming to fruition. The Highway 12 corridor project is underway!.

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - July 2015
July 1, 2015
Summer has Highway One buzzing along the Sonoma Coast. With temperatures inland heading into triple digits, our pristine coastline is the ideal place to seek relief. Parked cars are once again lining up outside the locked gates of some of our more popular State Beaches. A sad state of affairs, indeed.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - July 2015
July 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Whenever something truly bad made headline news I would ask my mother.  She always said, look to the helpers. You will find helpers when you look.” 

—Mr. Rogers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - July 2015
July 1, 2015

The Neighbors!

Neighborly... neighboring... neighborhood... neighbors! The semantics have sure stretched over time! Historically speaking, our “neighbors” were the folks (or the business) next door, whether “next door” was just out the window, down-the-road-a-piece or the next farm many acres (or, in Texas, even a Section) away.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - June 2015
June 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

It’s Happening! So What is There to Do About It?

In the 1960’s two sociologists wrote a book entitled, “It’s Happening,” a chronicle of life changes occurring in the psychedelic age. Well, for people living in the Springs it’s happening now! Not a new age of psychedelics, but rather a community structure transformation bound to change the lives of the current population.

Read Article
Graton Fire Pancake breakfast fundraiser Firefighter BENEFITS - June and July 2015
June 1, 2015

June & July Firefighter Fundraisers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - June 2015
June 1, 2015

Now that the roses are bursting out all over Sonoma and the summer season has officially begun, it’s well past time to write something about the “savory” side of Sonoma. After all, we’re one of the great food capitals of the world, aren’t we? We’ve got a live farm tradition here, despite the overwhelming turn toward vineyards that many decry, and what unites wine with farming is in the cooking. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - June 2015
June 1, 2015
Things are busy in the seaside hamlet of Jenner, a popular destination for day-trippers from the bay area. Even with the Russian River at historic low flow levels, the estuary is a pleasant spot for kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the mouth of the river currently open, the tidal influences are keeping the lower river navigable and thoroughly enjoyable.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - June 2015
June 1, 2015
Things are busy in the seaside hamlet of Jenner, a popular destination for day-trippers from the bay area. Even with the Russian River at historic low flow levels, the estuary is a pleasant spot for kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the mouth of the river currently open, the tidal influences are keeping the lower river navigable and thoroughly enjoyable.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Barking Dog Barking Neighbors - Motivate Owners of Barking Dogs
May 6, 2015
This article is intended for Neighbors of barking dogs.  It’s a tough situation. You don’t want to start trouble with your next door neighbor but your own comfort is being compromised. Here are a few suggestions to effectively motivate dog owners to get help.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - May 2015
May 1, 2015
I celebrated Earth Day by taking a tour of the Sonoma Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant located among the vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma. About 20 people were in attendance of this Community Open House, including a local Brownie Troop to hear how the area’s “liquid” waste is treated, processed and ultimately discharged into the environment.
Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - May 2015
May 1, 2015

Countering our Mortality

Into the mists of the past…that’s corny, isn’t it? But it’s also apt.

Here we are, each the center of our small universes, our small spheres brushing up against one another’s in our daily interactions and overlapping where our relationships become intimate.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

Carl Sandburg

Wait before you dig up your lawn! Save $$$ by sheet mulching it.     

Having been the first in our neighborhood to sheet mulch our lawn then planting a mix of shrubs, California natives and bird and bee feeding perennials, we now face a final farewell to grass. Gophers’ massive excavations make it easier to say good-bye. Once again we will sheet mulch and plant low-water natives. Our summer goal is a 75% water usage reduction.


Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - May 2015
May 1, 2015
I celebrated Earth Day by taking a tour of the Sonoma Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant located among the vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma. About 20 people were in attendance of this Community Open House, including a local Brownie Troop to hear how the area’s “liquid” waste is treated, processed and ultimately discharged into the environment.
Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - August 2015
August 1, 2015

It’s so beautiful, it’s hard to believe there’s a serious drought or any other kind of problem in paradise. 

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - August 2015
August 1, 2015
by Tom Martin

Omar Homran, new manager of the Fruit Basket, provides fresh fruit and vegetables to residents of the Springs and Sonoma at low cost. Homran buys locally grown produce in season such as tomatoes, basil, and fruit. For other products he travels to San Francisco and Oakland markets 2-3 times per week. “Our goal,” says Homran, “is to provide the freshest produce available to our Springs customers. As a family owned and operated business we guarantee the quality of our products. Please shop here!”

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - August 2015
August 1, 2015
Summer has Highway One buzzing along the Sonoma Coast. With temperatures inland heading into triple digits, our pristine coastline is the ideal place to seek relief. Parked cars are once again lining up outside the locked gates of some of our more popular State Beaches. A sad state of affairs, indeed.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - July 2015
July 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

Housing, Road Construction, Artistic Taste Dominate Life In The Springs!

“Merge!” “Keep to right!” “Bump!” “Slow!” 

The signs along Highway 12 tell the story of construction and community renewal coming to fruition. The Highway 12 corridor project is underway!.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - July 2015
July 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

Housing, Road Construction, Artistic Taste Dominate Life In The Springs!

“Merge!” “Keep to right!” “Bump!” “Slow!” 

The signs along Highway 12 tell the story of construction and community renewal coming to fruition. The Highway 12 corridor project is underway!.

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - July 2015
July 1, 2015
Summer has Highway One buzzing along the Sonoma Coast. With temperatures inland heading into triple digits, our pristine coastline is the ideal place to seek relief. Parked cars are once again lining up outside the locked gates of some of our more popular State Beaches. A sad state of affairs, indeed.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - July 2015
July 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Whenever something truly bad made headline news I would ask my mother.  She always said, look to the helpers. You will find helpers when you look.” 

—Mr. Rogers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - July 2015
July 1, 2015

The Neighbors!

Neighborly... neighboring... neighborhood... neighbors! The semantics have sure stretched over time! Historically speaking, our “neighbors” were the folks (or the business) next door, whether “next door” was just out the window, down-the-road-a-piece or the next farm many acres (or, in Texas, even a Section) away.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - June 2015
June 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

It’s Happening! So What is There to Do About It?

In the 1960’s two sociologists wrote a book entitled, “It’s Happening,” a chronicle of life changes occurring in the psychedelic age. Well, for people living in the Springs it’s happening now! Not a new age of psychedelics, but rather a community structure transformation bound to change the lives of the current population.

Read Article
Graton Fire Pancake breakfast fundraiser Firefighter BENEFITS - June and July 2015
June 1, 2015

June & July Firefighter Fundraisers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - June 2015
June 1, 2015

Now that the roses are bursting out all over Sonoma and the summer season has officially begun, it’s well past time to write something about the “savory” side of Sonoma. After all, we’re one of the great food capitals of the world, aren’t we? We’ve got a live farm tradition here, despite the overwhelming turn toward vineyards that many decry, and what unites wine with farming is in the cooking. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - June 2015
June 1, 2015
Things are busy in the seaside hamlet of Jenner, a popular destination for day-trippers from the bay area. Even with the Russian River at historic low flow levels, the estuary is a pleasant spot for kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the mouth of the river currently open, the tidal influences are keeping the lower river navigable and thoroughly enjoyable.
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Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - June 2015
June 1, 2015
Things are busy in the seaside hamlet of Jenner, a popular destination for day-trippers from the bay area. Even with the Russian River at historic low flow levels, the estuary is a pleasant spot for kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the mouth of the river currently open, the tidal influences are keeping the lower river navigable and thoroughly enjoyable.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

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Barking Dog Barking Neighbors - Motivate Owners of Barking Dogs
May 6, 2015
This article is intended for Neighbors of barking dogs.  It’s a tough situation. You don’t want to start trouble with your next door neighbor but your own comfort is being compromised. Here are a few suggestions to effectively motivate dog owners to get help.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - May 2015
May 1, 2015
I celebrated Earth Day by taking a tour of the Sonoma Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant located among the vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma. About 20 people were in attendance of this Community Open House, including a local Brownie Troop to hear how the area’s “liquid” waste is treated, processed and ultimately discharged into the environment.
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Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - May 2015
May 1, 2015

Countering our Mortality

Into the mists of the past…that’s corny, isn’t it? But it’s also apt.

Here we are, each the center of our small universes, our small spheres brushing up against one another’s in our daily interactions and overlapping where our relationships become intimate.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

Carl Sandburg

Wait before you dig up your lawn! Save $$$ by sheet mulching it.     

Having been the first in our neighborhood to sheet mulch our lawn then planting a mix of shrubs, California natives and bird and bee feeding perennials, we now face a final farewell to grass. Gophers’ massive excavations make it easier to say good-bye. Once again we will sheet mulch and plant low-water natives. Our summer goal is a 75% water usage reduction.


Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - May 2015
May 1, 2015
I celebrated Earth Day by taking a tour of the Sonoma Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant located among the vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma. About 20 people were in attendance of this Community Open House, including a local Brownie Troop to hear how the area’s “liquid” waste is treated, processed and ultimately discharged into the environment.
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Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - August 2015
August 1, 2015

It’s so beautiful, it’s hard to believe there’s a serious drought or any other kind of problem in paradise. 

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Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - August 2015
August 1, 2015
by Tom Martin

Omar Homran, new manager of the Fruit Basket, provides fresh fruit and vegetables to residents of the Springs and Sonoma at low cost. Homran buys locally grown produce in season such as tomatoes, basil, and fruit. For other products he travels to San Francisco and Oakland markets 2-3 times per week. “Our goal,” says Homran, “is to provide the freshest produce available to our Springs customers. As a family owned and operated business we guarantee the quality of our products. Please shop here!”

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - August 2015
August 1, 2015
Summer has Highway One buzzing along the Sonoma Coast. With temperatures inland heading into triple digits, our pristine coastline is the ideal place to seek relief. Parked cars are once again lining up outside the locked gates of some of our more popular State Beaches. A sad state of affairs, indeed.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - July 2015
July 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

Housing, Road Construction, Artistic Taste Dominate Life In The Springs!

“Merge!” “Keep to right!” “Bump!” “Slow!” 

The signs along Highway 12 tell the story of construction and community renewal coming to fruition. The Highway 12 corridor project is underway!.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - July 2015
July 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

Housing, Road Construction, Artistic Taste Dominate Life In The Springs!

“Merge!” “Keep to right!” “Bump!” “Slow!” 

The signs along Highway 12 tell the story of construction and community renewal coming to fruition. The Highway 12 corridor project is underway!.

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - July 2015
July 1, 2015
Summer has Highway One buzzing along the Sonoma Coast. With temperatures inland heading into triple digits, our pristine coastline is the ideal place to seek relief. Parked cars are once again lining up outside the locked gates of some of our more popular State Beaches. A sad state of affairs, indeed.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - July 2015
July 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Whenever something truly bad made headline news I would ask my mother.  She always said, look to the helpers. You will find helpers when you look.” 

—Mr. Rogers

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Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - July 2015
July 1, 2015

The Neighbors!

Neighborly... neighboring... neighborhood... neighbors! The semantics have sure stretched over time! Historically speaking, our “neighbors” were the folks (or the business) next door, whether “next door” was just out the window, down-the-road-a-piece or the next farm many acres (or, in Texas, even a Section) away.

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Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - June 2015
June 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

It’s Happening! So What is There to Do About It?

In the 1960’s two sociologists wrote a book entitled, “It’s Happening,” a chronicle of life changes occurring in the psychedelic age. Well, for people living in the Springs it’s happening now! Not a new age of psychedelics, but rather a community structure transformation bound to change the lives of the current population.

Read Article
Graton Fire Pancake breakfast fundraiser Firefighter BENEFITS - June and July 2015
June 1, 2015

June & July Firefighter Fundraisers

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Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - June 2015
June 1, 2015

Now that the roses are bursting out all over Sonoma and the summer season has officially begun, it’s well past time to write something about the “savory” side of Sonoma. After all, we’re one of the great food capitals of the world, aren’t we? We’ve got a live farm tradition here, despite the overwhelming turn toward vineyards that many decry, and what unites wine with farming is in the cooking. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - June 2015
June 1, 2015
Things are busy in the seaside hamlet of Jenner, a popular destination for day-trippers from the bay area. Even with the Russian River at historic low flow levels, the estuary is a pleasant spot for kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the mouth of the river currently open, the tidal influences are keeping the lower river navigable and thoroughly enjoyable.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - June 2015
June 1, 2015
Things are busy in the seaside hamlet of Jenner, a popular destination for day-trippers from the bay area. Even with the Russian River at historic low flow levels, the estuary is a pleasant spot for kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the mouth of the river currently open, the tidal influences are keeping the lower river navigable and thoroughly enjoyable.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Barking Dog Barking Neighbors - Motivate Owners of Barking Dogs
May 6, 2015
This article is intended for Neighbors of barking dogs.  It’s a tough situation. You don’t want to start trouble with your next door neighbor but your own comfort is being compromised. Here are a few suggestions to effectively motivate dog owners to get help.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - May 2015
May 1, 2015
I celebrated Earth Day by taking a tour of the Sonoma Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant located among the vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma. About 20 people were in attendance of this Community Open House, including a local Brownie Troop to hear how the area’s “liquid” waste is treated, processed and ultimately discharged into the environment.
Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - May 2015
May 1, 2015

Countering our Mortality

Into the mists of the past…that’s corny, isn’t it? But it’s also apt.

Here we are, each the center of our small universes, our small spheres brushing up against one another’s in our daily interactions and overlapping where our relationships become intimate.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

Carl Sandburg

Wait before you dig up your lawn! Save $$$ by sheet mulching it.     

Having been the first in our neighborhood to sheet mulch our lawn then planting a mix of shrubs, California natives and bird and bee feeding perennials, we now face a final farewell to grass. Gophers’ massive excavations make it easier to say good-bye. Once again we will sheet mulch and plant low-water natives. Our summer goal is a 75% water usage reduction.


Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - May 2015
May 1, 2015
I celebrated Earth Day by taking a tour of the Sonoma Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant located among the vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma. About 20 people were in attendance of this Community Open House, including a local Brownie Troop to hear how the area’s “liquid” waste is treated, processed and ultimately discharged into the environment.
Read Article

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Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - August 2015
August 1, 2015

It’s so beautiful, it’s hard to believe there’s a serious drought or any other kind of problem in paradise. 

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - August 2015
August 1, 2015
by Tom Martin

Omar Homran, new manager of the Fruit Basket, provides fresh fruit and vegetables to residents of the Springs and Sonoma at low cost. Homran buys locally grown produce in season such as tomatoes, basil, and fruit. For other products he travels to San Francisco and Oakland markets 2-3 times per week. “Our goal,” says Homran, “is to provide the freshest produce available to our Springs customers. As a family owned and operated business we guarantee the quality of our products. Please shop here!”

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - August 2015
August 1, 2015
Summer has Highway One buzzing along the Sonoma Coast. With temperatures inland heading into triple digits, our pristine coastline is the ideal place to seek relief. Parked cars are once again lining up outside the locked gates of some of our more popular State Beaches. A sad state of affairs, indeed.
Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - July 2015
July 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

Housing, Road Construction, Artistic Taste Dominate Life In The Springs!

“Merge!” “Keep to right!” “Bump!” “Slow!” 

The signs along Highway 12 tell the story of construction and community renewal coming to fruition. The Highway 12 corridor project is underway!.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - July 2015
July 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

Housing, Road Construction, Artistic Taste Dominate Life In The Springs!

“Merge!” “Keep to right!” “Bump!” “Slow!” 

The signs along Highway 12 tell the story of construction and community renewal coming to fruition. The Highway 12 corridor project is underway!.

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - July 2015
July 1, 2015
Summer has Highway One buzzing along the Sonoma Coast. With temperatures inland heading into triple digits, our pristine coastline is the ideal place to seek relief. Parked cars are once again lining up outside the locked gates of some of our more popular State Beaches. A sad state of affairs, indeed.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - July 2015
July 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

“Whenever something truly bad made headline news I would ask my mother.  She always said, look to the helpers. You will find helpers when you look.” 

—Mr. Rogers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - July 2015
July 1, 2015

The Neighbors!

Neighborly... neighboring... neighborhood... neighbors! The semantics have sure stretched over time! Historically speaking, our “neighbors” were the folks (or the business) next door, whether “next door” was just out the window, down-the-road-a-piece or the next farm many acres (or, in Texas, even a Section) away.

Read Article
Springs Splash - Tom Martin Springs Splash - June 2015
June 4, 2015
by Tom Martin

It’s Happening! So What is There to Do About It?

In the 1960’s two sociologists wrote a book entitled, “It’s Happening,” a chronicle of life changes occurring in the psychedelic age. Well, for people living in the Springs it’s happening now! Not a new age of psychedelics, but rather a community structure transformation bound to change the lives of the current population.

Read Article
Graton Fire Pancake breakfast fundraiser Firefighter BENEFITS - June and July 2015
June 1, 2015

June & July Firefighter Fundraisers

Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - June 2015
June 1, 2015

Now that the roses are bursting out all over Sonoma and the summer season has officially begun, it’s well past time to write something about the “savory” side of Sonoma. After all, we’re one of the great food capitals of the world, aren’t we? We’ve got a live farm tradition here, despite the overwhelming turn toward vineyards that many decry, and what unites wine with farming is in the cooking. 

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - June 2015
June 1, 2015
Things are busy in the seaside hamlet of Jenner, a popular destination for day-trippers from the bay area. Even with the Russian River at historic low flow levels, the estuary is a pleasant spot for kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the mouth of the river currently open, the tidal influences are keeping the lower river navigable and thoroughly enjoyable.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - June 2015
June 1, 2015
Things are busy in the seaside hamlet of Jenner, a popular destination for day-trippers from the bay area. Even with the Russian River at historic low flow levels, the estuary is a pleasant spot for kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the mouth of the river currently open, the tidal influences are keeping the lower river navigable and thoroughly enjoyable.
Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

Summer skies bring wonder and reflection. As children out of school, my sister, Denise, and I would lay on a blanket, looking as clouds sailed over the roof. Later on, I shared similar sky gazing with our daughter. We would imagine cloud formations as fields of sheep or horses or white whales, even tall sailing ships. So began our mutual storytelling adventures. A lovely sense of all things becoming possible accompanies the beginning of this outdoor season.

Read Article
Barking Dog Barking Neighbors - Motivate Owners of Barking Dogs
May 6, 2015
This article is intended for Neighbors of barking dogs.  It’s a tough situation. You don’t want to start trouble with your next door neighbor but your own comfort is being compromised. Here are a few suggestions to effectively motivate dog owners to get help.
Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - May 2015
May 1, 2015
I celebrated Earth Day by taking a tour of the Sonoma Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant located among the vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma. About 20 people were in attendance of this Community Open House, including a local Brownie Troop to hear how the area’s “liquid” waste is treated, processed and ultimately discharged into the environment.
Read Article
Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - May 2015
May 1, 2015

Countering our Mortality

Into the mists of the past…that’s corny, isn’t it? But it’s also apt.

Here we are, each the center of our small universes, our small spheres brushing up against one another’s in our daily interactions and overlapping where our relationships become intimate.

Read Article
Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French Cotati Heart & Soul - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Deborah Taylor-French

I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

Carl Sandburg

Wait before you dig up your lawn! Save $$$ by sheet mulching it.     

Having been the first in our neighborhood to sheet mulch our lawn then planting a mix of shrubs, California natives and bird and bee feeding perennials, we now face a final farewell to grass. Gophers’ massive excavations make it easier to say good-bye. Once again we will sheet mulch and plant low-water natives. Our summer goal is a 75% water usage reduction.


Read Article
Jenner Jottings - Tim McKusick Jenner Jottings - May 2015
May 1, 2015
I celebrated Earth Day by taking a tour of the Sonoma Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant located among the vineyards on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma. About 20 people were in attendance of this Community Open House, including a local Brownie Troop to hear how the area’s “liquid” waste is treated, processed and ultimately discharged into the environment.
Read Article
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