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Savory Sonoma by Stephanie Hiller

Savory Sonoma by Stephanie Hiller

Email Stephanie: hiller.stephanie@gmail.com

 

Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma by Stephanie Hiller - March 2017
March 1, 2017

Sonoma County Winegrowers just put out a “Sustainability Report 2017” distributed free in your local paper that speaks glowingly (and somewhat repetitiously) about the commitment to sustainability of Sonoma County viticulturalists, but I did not see any reference to climate change. 

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Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma by Stephanie Hiller - February 2017
February 1, 2017

Sonoma County Winegrowers just put out a “Sustainability Report 2017” distributed free in your local paper that speaks glowingly (and somewhat repetitiously) about the commitment to sustainability of Sonoma County viticulturalists, but I did not see any reference to climate change. 

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Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma by Stephanie Hiller - January 2017
January 4, 2017

“Chaos should be regarded as extremely good news.” 
– Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma by Stephanie Hiller - December 2016
November 25, 2016
Friday night on November 11, Veteran’s Day, more than thirty people gathered at the Plaza in front of City Hall to reject the election of Donald Trump. Many people honked as they drove through the “T” on their way home or for a night out on the three-day weekend. The mood was a jolly. 
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Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma by Stephanie Hiller - November 2016
October 26, 2016
I stumbled on a rich vein of Sonoma Valley history when I wandered over to the White Barn at Oak Hill Farm October 2 to attend the Harvest Celebration for Community Separators and Measure K put on by the Greenbelt Alliance
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Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - October 2016
September 29, 2016

For a community the size of Sonoma Valley, with its 10,648 residents, the number of nonprofits we support – 95 according to Impact100 – is impressive. 

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Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - September 2016
September 1, 2016

While Repubs at the RNC are prattling about how they much believe those words printed on US money, “In God We Trust,” as if they have some special – financial – link to the Creator that the rest of us lack, Christians here in Sonoma are actually volunteering their time and talents to addressing problems in our community that need attention. 

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Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - August 2016
August 1, 2016

While Repubs at the RNC are prattling about how they much believe those words printed on US money, “In God We Trust,” as if they have some special – financial – link to the Creator that the rest of us lack, Christians here in Sonoma are actually volunteering their time and talents to addressing problems in our community that need attention. 

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Keith Rhinehart - Sonoma County First District Supervisor Candidate The TRUTH as I Know It by Keith Rhinehart
August 1, 2016
am am Keith Rhinehart, the “perennial” candidate for 1st District County Supervisor, according to the Press Democrat. I was raised here since 4th grade, on Channel Drive (remember Channel Drive? It used to be Montgomery Drive!), and Los Alamos Road, where my family “hobby” farm is located on 20 hilly acres of East County, southwest of Mt. Hood Regional Park.
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Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - July 2016
June 29, 2016

On the evening of June 16, a vigil was held at the Sonoma Methodist Church to commemorate the loss of 50 lives at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, an event that now joins the lengthening list of shocking, incomprehensible massacres perpetrated by one or two persons, mostly male, using automatic weapons. 

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Keith Rhinehart - Sonoma County First District Supervisor Candidate Post Supervisor Primary Election Statement from Keith Rhinehart
June 7, 2016

I want to congratulate both Supervisor Gorin and fellow candidate Gina Cuclis on their election results:

First, Supervisor Gorin for clinging to her incumbency by a modest majority; and candidate Gina Cuclis for her strongest showing yet in a Supervisorial contest.

I want to especially thank my supporters and voters, who believed in me, and in my vision for a more fair, and less-intrusive County Government. Nearly half of 1st District voters are justifiably unhappy, and I am still working to bring people together over these serious County issues:

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Keith Rhinehart for Sonoma County First District Supervisor Keith Rhinehart for Sonoma County First District Supervisor
May 26, 2016
I have asked all supervisor candidates to submit an essay on who they are, why they are running for office, and what they hope to accomplish as supervisor. Here is Keith Rhinehart's essay, which came in after we went to press with the June editon, so is only here on our website. Thank you for reading ALL of the supervisor candidate essays so you know WHO you are voting for. ~ Vesta
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Gina Cuclis, Candidate, Candidate for 1st District Supervisor Gina Cuclis, Candidate, Candidate for 1st District Supervisor
May 26, 2016
I’m running for Supervisor to return authentic representation for the 1st District, where I have a 30-year track record, and to focus the board on improving the core services we expect from local government.
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Sonoma Valley Kids Get Financial Education Sonoma Valley Kids Get Financial Education
May 24, 2016

Sonoma Valley’s Sassarini Elementary School students pose for a photo after successfully completing the five-week Operation HOPE Banking on Our Future financial program. They are joined by (Far Left) Boys & Girls Club Program Assistant at Sassarini Yvette Hernandez, Union Bank Senior Community Relations Officer Molly Fedorchak, Branch Manager Robin Gold and (Far Right) Boys & Girls Club Program Director at Sassarini Katie Welch.


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Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - May 2016
May 1, 2016

I was standing on at the hot table at Sonoma Market, trying to choose something reasonable for my dinner when I spied the tilapia coated with breadcrumbs and bits of dried fruit at $13.99 a pound, perhaps the highest item in the selection. Tilapia at $14 a pound! Fish farmed in Vietnam? 

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Diet for a Hot Planet Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - April 2016
April 1, 2016

 "It's All About the Soil – Farming on a hot planet” was the topic at the event put on by Slow Food Russian River at Bob Cannard’s Green String Farm. 


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Elderly Homeless Woman panhnandling Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - March 2016
March 1, 2016

I finally made it to my first Sonoma City Council meeting in February, as behooves any chronicler of city affairs, I suppose, but which I have been avoiding until now, just in time to bid farewell to the leaf-blower issue that has hounded the council for the past three years. 

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Affordable Housing units built by non=profit Affordable Housing needs to be a Priority in Sonoma Valley
February 11, 2016

OPEN LETTER TO THE SONOMA CITY COUNCIL

2/11/16

Dear Council Members:

At your January 20 meeting, we heard loud and clear that every one of you wants to make affordable housing a priority. That’s great. Now how do we do that?

For nearly eight months, our members have appeared at almost every City Council meeting requesting that affordable housing be put on the Council’s agenda. So far that has not happened.

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Elderly Homeless Woman panhnandling Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - February 2016
February 4, 2016

Chasing a Buried Factoid: How Many Homeless are Seniors?

“And what will we do when we reach that age?” ponders my friend R. who lives in Oakmont. She means the age of incapacity, or more nicely put, of needing care. She is not yet 70; I am a little over. “Spend our money down, so that we can receive assistance?” 

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Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller Savory Sonoma, by Stephanie Hiller - January 2016
January 4, 2016

Just down the street is someone with an amazing story.

In 1981 when Anna Bimenyimana was 13, her mother sent her away from Rwanda to a Catholic boarding school in Brussels. (Rwanda is a former Belgian colony.) Her father had died, and her mother feared that Anna would not be safe at home while her mom was away, running the family business.

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