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  First ever RP Health Faire: Found a need and filled it
August 19, 2008
By 1 p.m. over 100 people had attended Saturday’s first ever Health Faire at the Rohnert Park Senior Center, receiving a variety of information covering nearly all aspects of personal health and healthy living. With more than 30 vendors displaying their goods and information, the event also included live demonstrations...
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  Water rates rising 11 percent
August 19, 2008
Rohnert Park’s water rates will rise by 11 percent beginning in October. Though the vote passed Tuesday night, 4-0 (Amie Breeze was absent), Council members seemed reluctant to vote for it. “It would be the last thing that we would choose to do if we didn’t have to do it,” said...
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  In loving memory
August 19, 2008
Nov 3, 1947- Aug 11, 2007 Smitty, no words can express the sadness we felt in our hearts when we lost you one year ago.  Your life touched so many other lives.  You taught us about living life to the fullest, dying with dignity and every thing in between.  We miss...
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  Don???t let bear market devour your investment strategy
August 19, 2008
If you’re an investor, you’ve probably been less than ecstatic lately when you open the newspaper and see what’s happening in the stock market. From October 2007 to the end of June, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell about 20 percent. And stock prices continued to slide during the first...
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  Increased mileage rates and tax legislation
August 19, 2008
Summer is often a slow season for taxes, but this year there are some important developments. • Increased mileage rates. Responding to the recent increase in gas prices, the IRS has made a midyear adjustment to the standard mileage rates, the simplified method for deducting the cost of driving for business,...
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  Yoga???s ???mother tongue???
August 19, 2008
Sanskrit is one of many ancient languages in which the profound spiritual recipes of a culture have been written. Consider the stilted English of the King James version of the Bible or the Hebrew of the Talmud, both are liturgical languages which have slowly gone out of everyday use but...
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  Yin and Yang: Ancient science
August 19, 2008
Yin and yang have become common words in the English language, at least here in Northern California. Everybody has seen the picture of the white fish with the black eye and the black fish with the white eye engaged in their endless dance. What does this image signify? Yin is the...
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  Scales are for dragons
August 19, 2008
I’ve never been a fan of using a scale to tell how healthy you are. The little metal (or plastic) square has proliferated eating disorders in this country and others. It’s a mind control device used by magazines mostly to sell image-enhancement products and has no bearing on your physical...
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  Steamed salmon with black bean sauce
August 19, 2008
Ingredients: 4 fresh salmon steaks, each 1inch thick 1 tsp salt 4 green onions 4 thin slices peeled ginger, shredded 2 tbsp salted, fermented black beans 2 tbsp soy sauce 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 1 tbsp dry sherry 1/2 tsp sugar 1 tsp minced peeled ginger Pepper to taste 2 green onions, shredded 4 tbsp peanut oil Cilantro, for garnish   Procedure: Blot salmon dry and...
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  Pet tags need contact info
August 19, 2008
We recently got in a sick, 4- to 5-month-old kitten with a flea collar and nametag. The interesting part is that on the collar was a note that said “I know my way home - don’t pick me up.” A couple of years ago there was a similar situation with...
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  Rohnert Park Animal Shelter pets of the week
August 19, 2008
The shelter is located at 301 J. Rogers Lane off Redwood Drive. Hours are Wed. 1-6:30; Thurs-Fri-Sat 1-5:30; Sun 1-4:30 For more information, call 584-1582 or visit www.rpanimalshelter.org
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  Artist of the week
August 19, 2008
Sarah Myhre, age 9
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  Thanks for the support
August 19, 2008
Your support of community events and especially for nonprofit groups is greatly appreciated. We are looking forward to a very successful Photography Show thanks to your newspaper and professional staff. Those attending August 19 through 30 at the local library will be pleased to see a special section by The...
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  Slap in the face
August 19, 2008
Heidi Bailey’s article on the front page of the August 8 edition of The Community Voice is a huge slap in the face to the vast majority of residents of Rohnert Park. It earns Rohnert Park a new moniker, the City of Backwoods Barbarians. This city allows nonprofits to pat themselves...
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  SCAYD thanks
August 19, 2008
I just wanted the community to know that SCAYD is grateful for the hospitality shown us by the Cross and Crown Church and school this summer. Our nonprofit organization that serves youth and families was in a pinch and needed two classrooms to provide a new alcohol and other drug...
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  Submit a letter to the editor
August 19, 2008
The Community Voice encourages and welcomes readers to submit letters to the editor. It is an excellent way for citizens to share their opinions on issues. Letters must be signed and must include the author’s telephone number. The Voice will call to verify the origin of the letter. The Voice...
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  Succulent sculptures
August 19, 2008
Robert Ellison’s sculpture ranch in rural Penngrove is a work of art in itself. The cloud-dotted skies reflect the ground, littered with sheep waiting to be sheared. Large trees, mostly oak, tower over the plains with hundreds of years of wisdom watching over the land. And that’s just the drive...
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  Junior Miss competition this weekend
August 19, 2008
California’s Junior Miss contestants are in town from all over the state for the big competition at Spreckels this weekend. They’re pictured here with Public Safety officers at a barbecue hosted by RP Dept. of Public Safety last weekend to welcome them to the city.
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  Speed limit on RPX to increase
August 19, 2008
In accordance with state laws pertaining to “speed traps,” Rohnert Park will raise speed limits in the city to 45 mph in some places. City Council voted Tuesday night, 3-1, to increase the posted maximum speed on Rohnert Park Expressway, but not before some discussion about safety and removing a part...
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  Council stands against sewer fee rollback
August 19, 2008
Rohnert Park’s City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to fight against a ballot initiative lowering city sewer rates to the January 2006 level. They also approved drafting an argument to this effect to appear on the November 4 election ballot. The initiative (Measure L) gets right to the point: “Shall the...
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  Spreckels reveals stage calendar
August 19, 2008
Spreckels Performing Arts Center will open its 2008-09 season Thursday Sept. 18, with a three-weekend run of “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams. In an unusual move, the play will be staged in the smaller, intimate Condiotti Experimental Theater. This brings the audience close to the characters in this story...
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  Is a Nissan electric car in RP future?
August 19, 2008
Nissan North America is looking at the Bay Area to locate a city willing to cooperate in a test program to have cities use their new all-electric vehicle. To do this, cities are asked to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement to “protect them from competitors.” RP’s city council had this item on...
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  Korean educators at SSU to study teaching style
August 19, 2008
It’s been an exciting four weeks at Sonoma State University for 50 primary instructors from Korea as part of an international teaching exchange program. Twenty-five elementary English teachers and teachers-in-training were sent by the Korean Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education to SSU to study English teaching methodology. All were from...
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  Down Syndrome Buddy Walk Event
August 19, 2008
Help out a worthy cause and participate in the 4th Annual Down Syndrome “Buddy Walk”.  The event aims towards raising awareness and funds for research and support for the local group.   The walk takes place on Saturday, October 4th at Howarth Park in Santa Rosa. The day is full of...
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  Registration for CYO basketball
August 19, 2008
St. Elizabeth Seton CYO Basketball registration is Monday, September 1 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. These tryouts are for returning players and parish members of St. Elizabeth or St. Joseph’s, and will be held at St. Elizabeth Seton. Open registration will take place Thursday, September 4 from 5 p.m. to...
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  Democratic club gears up for election
August 19, 2008
The time has come for the Democratic Club of Southern Sonoma County to regroup, share ideas and get geared up for the November election. Monthly meeting and potluck socials are back on schedule for the third Wednesday of each month.   The meetings will feature a variety of speakers, films and...
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  RP-Cotati Library News
August 19, 2008
The Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library will host a Photography Show from Tuesday, August 19 through Saturday, August 30.  The work of 10 selected Sonoma County photographers will be featured.  A special feature of the show will be interesting photographs from the archives of the Community Voice. The show will be...
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  RP Police Logs
August 19, 2008
8/6 2:40 p.m.: Report of grand theft on Alma Ave. 10:04 p.m.: Advised of fireworks on Seed Farm Dr./Southwest Blvd. 11:07 p.m.: Traffic stop on Bodway Pkwy./Valley House Dr., 36-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...
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  Cotati Police Logs
August 19, 2008
8/4 11:49 p.m.: Report of a drunk driver on Old Redwood Hwy./St. Joe’s, 22-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%. 8/6 4:04 a.m.: Report of a prowler on Bay Tree Ct. 8/7 10:03 p.m.: Report of...
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  Boy stuff, good stuff
August 19, 2008
My first hunting trip at age 12 was at Cow Mountain back in 1960, dry, hot, brushy, covered in poison oak. Yet here I was with the manly need to pursue game with grandpa’s old .30-.30 lever-action rifle. I was ever hopeful and always at the ready. It was many...
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  Chainsaws are fast, too
August 19, 2008
Scott Dixon, winner of last years IRL race at Infineon Raceway and current Indianapolis 500 champion used a chainsaw August 5 at Infineon Receway to carve a replica of the trophy from last year’s event. That’s Cherie Currie, a professional chainsaw sculpter from Southern California giving him pointers. Dixon is...
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