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  Elderly female???s suicide attempt thwarted by police
August 5, 2008
Dayshift Patrol briefing was interrupted Friday when a distraught 75-year-old woman walked into the lobby of the RP Department of Public Safety. Officers left a briefing and went to the lobby to contact her. The woman pulled a five and a half inch stainless steel knife from a bag that...
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  Narrow Way Stage brings new, thoughtful productions
August 5, 2008
“People think that we’re just a group of kids fooling around,” said Nick Christenson, co-founder of Narrow Way Stage Company. “We want to fill houses - we’re doing quality work.” Now in their third year, the group of mostly young actors is starting their second simultaneous production of two shows, starring...
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  Ceramic show in RP Community Center
August 5, 2008
Ceramics by Mary McDougall are on display in RP’s Community Center art gallery, now through Sept. 8. She’s managing director of Spreckels Performing Arts Center and shapes her ceramics at Candace Birchfield’s pottery studio in the same building. She’s been with Spreckels 17 years and with the pottery studio the...
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  Swazzle puppets unite!
August 5, 2008
Swazzle puppeteer Anita Coulter presented “Bugsy Brown, Private Fly” to a group of excited children at the Rohnert Park-Cotati Public Library Wednesday, July 16. The show was free and afterward Coulter gave a demonstration of just how the puppets work.
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  Bonds vs. bond funds
August 5, 2008
As an investor, you may find that bonds can be a valuable part of your portfolio. But choosing to invest in bonds is one thing - and choosing how to invest in them is another. Basically, you’ve got two choices: Individual bonds or bond-based mutual funds. Which approach is right...
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  Evaluate customers to improve profits
August 5, 2008
Sometimes in order to serve your customers better you have to get rid of the problem customers. Problem customers tend to complain about your prices or rates. They are slow-payers, and they may be rude to you and your employees. They may have had problems with your competitors, and they...
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  New owners for wine shop
August 5, 2008
Cotati Corner wine shop owner Sandy Knottenbelt has sold the business and given the reins over to Chris Ary and wife Peggy. Changes include increased tasting area and some new wines. They have also added Wines of the Week, which will be every Tuesday. It allows customers to come by...
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  ???The Yellow Emperor???s Inner Classic???: The five movements of energy
August 5, 2008
The central philosophical point of the ancient Chinese text, “The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic,” is that there is a set of principles that describe how the world changes over time. These principles are the same at all levels, from the movements of stars and the changes of the seasons to...
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  Whole wheat and lean meat
August 5, 2008
I’ve got about two more weeks on this crazy workout program I’m attempting to not kill myself with, and my goal is dropping 10 more pounds. Since I work out at least five days a week already, that means what goes into my body has to be super healthy. Whole wheat...
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  Cotati trainers place first in bodybuilding competition
August 5, 2008
Two Cotati personal trainers took 1st place in the California Natural Bodybuilding Championship at the Windsor High School theater Saturday. Debbie Stevenson, a mother of four, and Will Dutra, 18, won their divisions. “They both worked very hard,” said Terry Dutra, mother of Will. “With nothing but workouts and correct...
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  The paradigm of birth
August 5, 2008
By now you have noticed my scarce appearance on these pages over the last couple of months. As much as I enjoy bringing you heartening stories of local environmental and agricultural happenings, I do have good reason. Since January my body, like fertile soil coaxed by gentle hands, has been...
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  Try container planting for small gardening space
August 5, 2008
One of the joys of small space gardening is the use of container planting. Here, you can find a whole gamut of plants for almost any situation - sun, shade, hanging, water/bog, etc., as well as seasonal displays of color. The idea of container planting is not new. What is new,...
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  Baked potato sticks
August 5, 2008
Ingredients: 6 medium baking potatoes 4 tbsp butter or olive oil, or a mixture 11/2 tsp salt 1 tsp freshly ground pepper   Procedure: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Scrub and quarter potatoes. Melt butter in a 9x12 ovenproof baking dish in oven. Place potato quarters in dish and toss to coat with melted butter;...
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  Abundance of kittens make it tough for adult cats to get adopted
August 5, 2008
I wouldn’t want to be a cat in a shelter right now. With the economy diving and people tightening their financial belt, adoptions have slowed to a drip. Not only that, but it’s kitten season, so the few adoptions that are happening are mostly kittens. If you are thinking of giving...
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  Felt so special
August 5, 2008
I just got back from a 5,000-mile trip and it was another great adventure in an RV. We started out in Branson, Missouri, visited with family in Nevada and on to California for more family and friends. Stopped in Penngrove to attend Lady’s Night and to see the parade on July...
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  Stealing thunder
August 5, 2008
With the sewer rates on the ballot and Dawna Gallagher being quoted in the Press Democrat as if she was credible and printing her factoids again, what the City needs to realize is that the battle is not one about logic and evidence. No PowerPoint presentation or financial impact statement...
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  Would you feel safe?
August 5, 2008
On Sunday, July 27 around 4 p.m., in broad daylight, three 16-year-old boys walk to Pacific Market. They are stopped in the entrance by six hoodlums, 17-20 years old, telling them to give them money. The boys refuse and continue to go inside. Upon leaving they are again confronted by...
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  First RP Health Faire shaping up to be big event August 9
August 5, 2008
Maybe the organizers of Rohnert Park’s First Annual Community Health Faire thought they’d start out with a modest event. But they apparently struck a need from health and safety providers seeking a way to reach the public. It will be held Saturday, August 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m....
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  District doesn???t announce new Rancho principal
August 5, 2008
Today is the official first day of work for Rancho Cotate High School’s new principal. But as of Wednesday, just who that would be remained a mystery. Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District directors had their general meeting Tuesday night but following their closed session did not make the announcement as to...
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  Penngrove???s Darling sets records in Junior Olympics
August 5, 2008
Cody Darling, 12, of Penngrove first made his mark when he placed in the top eight in three events in the Pacific Association Championships (PAC) for track and field in June in Rocklin, Calif., sending him to the finals in Livermore July 12. Cody placed in the top three at...
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  Cotati and RP council election contests are getting crowded
August 5, 2008
A few more candidates have filed as city council candidates in both Rohnert Park and Cotati, as of 5 p.m. Monday, July 28. In Rohnert Park, planning commissioner Joe Callinan, attorney John Hudson and Paul Stutrud have signified their intentions. They join incumbents Jake Mackenzie, Vicki Vidak-Martinez and Tim Smith plus...
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  Cotati???s soundwalls to have musical motif
August 5, 2008
Soundwalls have been a hot topic in Cotati for a couple years now. The plans are almost finalized, and appropriately, they will be adorned with written sound. Caltrans gave the city options of decoration for the bland, concrete walls which will line Highway 101 in certain areas through Cotati after the...
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  RP-Cotati Library News
August 5, 2008
Join us for Doggie Days of August at the Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library. These are some of the things that will be happening: • Summer Reading Club Participants can come in and choose your free book for reading all summer long. • Reading To Friends - Kids can come and improve...
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  Penngrove Plow Day Saturday
August 5, 2008
Come join in the celebration of Penngrove Plow Day, “Where old iron meets the dirt.” The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 2. It is held at Brians Ranch, located at 1815 E. Railroad Ave. in Penngrove. Witness vintage equipment at work and on display first...
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  Police beat
August 5, 2008
RP Police logs 7/23 7:05 p.m.: Report of a drunk driver on Camino Colegio/Magnolia Ave., 52-year-old male arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol level of .08%. 9:17 p.m.: Report of displaying of a weapon on Santa Dorotea Cir.,...
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  Go fishin???, just for the halibut
August 5, 2008
It is time to tune up the tackle box and head out to your favorite spots. The bite is excellent in high mountain streams and lakes. In the Bay, the striped bass and halibut catch continue to be good. In normal years the current halibut take would be considered excellent. This...
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  RP boys take 4th in state tournament
August 5, 2008
The Rohnert Park 14-year-old All Stars baseball team finished 4th in the state tournament, which finished up July 24 in Woodland with a record of 2-2. To get there, the boys hosted the district tournament July 11-14 facing teams from Novato, Ukiah, Sonoma and Santa Rosa. RP won that tournament...
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  What a great first season
August 5, 2008
The California Impact 12u “A” Girls Softball Team did well in their first season. Their efforts and dedication earned them three 1st, one 2nd and two 3rd place titles this summer with a huge finish, taking 2nd in the State Championships and 9th in the Western World Series.
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