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  'Viel spass' Oktoberfest fills La Plaza Park
October 8, 2008
“Oktoberfest in Cotati was viel spass!” said Cotati Chamber Director Suzanne Whipple. She means to say it was “much fun,” but dressed to the nines in traditional German dress, she couldn’t help but spout her joy in German at Saturday’s celebration in La Plaza Park. The sound of two species’ skin...
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  Cougars remain undefeated in new stadium with 14-7 win over Petaluma
October 8, 2008
Rancho Cotate experienced a case of déjà vu as they edged Petaluma, 14-7, Saturday at Cougar Stadium. The Cougars defeated the Trojans in the same fashion that they beat Jesse Bethel the previous week. As the defense allowed only one touchdown, Brian Dworkin scored a touchdown, Eduardo Farias made all of...
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  Varsity girls shut out Piner
October 8, 2008
Rancho varsity girls’ soccer defeated Piner, 3-0, September 26 at Rancho. Lexi Humphry scored the first goal in the first half and Ashley Donahoe scored in the second half, followed by a goal by Taylor Dodds with an assist from Kirsten Lambertson. The girls started out a little slow but...
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  Rohnert Park-Cotati Library News
October 8, 2008
The Rohnert Park-Cotati Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 3-4, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday from 3 until 5:30 there will be special lower prices. A bag of books will be $4 and individual titles will be half price. Don’t miss...
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  Mary Katherine Arthur (Morton)
October 8, 2008
Mary Katherine Arthur (Morton) was born September 21, 1950. She passed away September 19, 2008 in Garden City, Kansas. She is survived by her parents George and Teresa Arthur, sisters Margie Cassers, Sue Sullivan, Lisa Arthur and Julie Piazza, brother Paul Arthur, husband Ralph Morton, daughter Mary Lynch, Lance Morton...
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  Lily Cora Morgan
October 8, 2008
Lily Cora Morgan was born Wednesday, Sept. 17 at approximately 11:30 p.m. at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital to parents Terry Morgan and Lauren Chroninger. This is the couple’s first child. Lily weighed 8 pounds, 2.5 ounces at birth and delighted family and friends in the waiting room. Reports say she...
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  Poignant ???Glass Menagerie??? lights up Spreckels??? stage
October 8, 2008
“Blow out your candles, Laura,” Tom tells his sister. This is Tennessee Williams’ famous line from “The Glass Menagerie,” currently mesmerizing theatergoers on the Condiotti stage at Spreckels. “Glass Menagerie” is called a memory play. Tom, the narrator, speaks of the unfolding events, standing to one side of the stage while...
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  Patsy Cline tribute at Spreckels
October 8, 2008
Patsy Cline’s music will be gracing Spreckles November 1 at 8 p.m. The tribute stars Joni Morris as Patsy Cline and the After Midnight Band. Tickets are $22 for a youth or senior and $26 for general admission. Morris has received excellent reviews for her rendition at Patsy Cline, so...
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  New frozen yogurt shop in RP
October 8, 2008
There’s a new frozen yogurt shop in town. Brain Freeze in not a chain, the owners are brothers Jeff and Kevin Schach and their wives Sandie and Kassie. Jeff’s a firefighter in Petaluma, Sandie does construction drafting, and now manages a yogurt shop. It’s self-serve yogurt with over 25 toppings from...
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  The wind always blows, learn to sail with it
October 8, 2008
These are certainly trying times. The market is down gasoline prices are up and many people are out of a job. Is financial planning out the window? No. Financial planning is not a plan for “chasing” the market. When prices get too high, they always correct. The market has always had...
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  Wall Street???s bumpy road
October 8, 2008
In the investment world, these are no ordinary times. On September 29, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 778 points - the biggest point drop in history for the index. On the same day, the U.S. Government brokered a deal for Wachovia’s bank and mortgage division to be bought out by...
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  Attracting more customers
October 8, 2008
To market effectively, you have to know your customers. Indiscriminately trying to sell to everyone can dilute your message, muddy your image and waste your company’s resources. Think about your typical customers: Their ages, interests, gender, aspirations, and financial and social status. In order of importance, list what they’re looking for...
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  The five secrets to fitness
October 8, 2008
In my life I’ve witnessed first hand the incredible power that one can have when they embrace health and fitness as a lifestyle. Many years ago I discovered this power for myself. Surrendering to health and fitness as a way of life empowered me to take complete control of my...
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  Osteoporosis and dental health
October 8, 2008
A current complex dental issue is the concern about the bisphosphonates in osteoporosis medications causing “osteonecrosis,” a rare condition in which a healthy jawbone dies (osteo, Latin for bone, and necrosis, Latin for death or dying). Oral bisphosphonate medications are commonly taken to prevent or treat osteoporosis or Paget’s disease. The...
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  Creek stewardship includes trash pick-up
October 8, 2008
When people thoughtlessly toss aside a can or a drinking water bottle or a candy wrapper, do they think about or realize the consequences of their actions? Many of these items end up in the creeks even if they didn’t get tossed there initially. Rainwater washes off sidewalks into gutters, roadside...
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  Get a head start on the coming spring growth season
October 8, 2008
As the weather turns noticeably cooler and days become shorter, gardeners begin to get energized once again and thoughts of planting enter their minds. There is much selection available to add interest and beauty to your garden landscape. Any time is a good planting time when plants are in containers, but...
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  Cotati Creek Critters Calendar
October 8, 2008
What: Fall bird walk, part of the Inside/Outside Nature Education Series When: Sunday, October 5, 9 a.m. Where: Meet by the statue of the accordion player in La Plaza Park, Old Redwood Hwy & W. Sierra Ave. Details: Get to know nature in your own backyard. Discover how to identify birds from...
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  Rohnert Park Animal Shelter pets of the weed
October 8, 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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  Demand humane farming standards
October 8, 2008
It seems appropriate to recognize St. Francis of Assisi Day (October 4), the patron saint of animals, by pointing out the opportunity we have coming up on election day to help farm animals here in California. Proposition 2, the California Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, prohibits the cruel confinement of...
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  This week's artist
October 8, 2008
Devin Maxo, age 10
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  Heartfelt gratitude
October 8, 2008
My family would like to thank and express our heartfelt gratitude to the Rohnert Park Public Safety officers and dispatchers who responded to the 911 call on Davis Circle when I realized my 2 1/2-year-old daughter had opened a 6-foot fence in our backyard and disappeared with our two dogs. At...
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  Down-to-earth
October 8, 2008
I’d never heard of Dawna Gallagher before she knocked on my door the other day. She told me she’s running for the Rohnert Park City Council. She was really down-to-earth and so energetic and clear about the issues that I found myself asking for a yard sign. It’s obvious Dawna...
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  Symbol of resilience
October 8, 2008
As a gay man I am continually reminded of my connections to the Latter Day Saints and Jehovah Witnesses, two of the groups among many supporting Proposition 8. The Nazis made Witness‚ wear a purple triangle, while gays and lesbians were forced to wear a pink triangle. The Mormons have long...
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  Now we're broke
October 8, 2008
I am writing to urge Rohnert Park voters to vote no on Measure L. I have very few kind words for the current Council majority, but I must agree with them that Measure L would be bad for Rohnert Park. I think it’s a little late for this Council to be...
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  Food was superb
October 8, 2008
On behalf of the Education Foundation of Cotati and Rohnert Park, we would like to thank Wedgewood Banquet Center for its graciousness and generosity.  Community support like this is the foundation of success of the Education Foundation.  Without help, our most prized assets, our children, are deprived of educational opportunity. The...
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  False information
October 8, 2008
I am a parent at Hahn Elementary School as well as a member of the PTA. I have to write today to express my extreme disappointment with The Community Voice. Last week’s article about the effects of the school closures by Heidi Bailey contained so much false information that I was...
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  Fairytales aren't just for children
October 8, 2008
“Once in a while, in an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale,” read the wedding invitation of Carl Peterson, 94, and Doris Davanzo, 92. The couple married on Sunday in the living room of the Merrill Gardens Active Living Retirement Community where they had first met three years ago. At...
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  RP's budget crunch: Where does the money go?
October 8, 2008
At first glance, Rohnert Park’s budget may seem like it’s written in an ancient, lost language. Especially when the bottom line is a negative number, which is common in the 2008-2009 budget. “Revenues are projected to decrease by 6 percent, or $1.5 million to $23 million,” begins the second paragraph...
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  Affordable housing a big concern for RP residents
October 8, 2008
While Rohnert Park isn’t required to produce housing units, it has to show proof that they can build homes for people of all financial status levels. The goal of Saturday’s Housing Element Summit was to “facilitate the production of housing of various types at all income levels.” It also gave...
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  RP City Manager called from reserves to serve in Coast Guard
October 8, 2008
Rohnert Park City Manager Steve Donley has been called to active duty in the Coast Guard for one year. He was deployed this week to the Coast Guard Pacific Area in Alameda. In the mean time Assistant City Manager Dan Schwarz will fill in as acting city manager while the City...
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  Former RP police officer pleads guilty to sex crimes
October 8, 2008
A former Rohnert Park Public Safety officer has pled no contest to six felony charges in relation to his sexual exploitation of teenage boys in the Bennett Valley Fire Department’s Explorer program. Matthew David Phillips, 33, announced his plea September 26. He is facing up to 12 years in prison. Phillips ran...
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  Child porn found in drug bust
October 8, 2008
A month-long investigation resulted in the arrest of a Cotati man for growing and selling marijuana, using children to sell the drugs and possessing child pornography. James Grippe, 54, was arrested at 9 p.m. September 23 at his house in the 400 block of West Sierra Avenue under charges of cultivating...
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  How safe is your home for your parents, elderly relatives and visitors?
October 8, 2008
With the aging population being the fastest growing segment of our population, the need for home modifications continues to rise on our priority list. • Each year, more than 11 million Americans over age 65 (one out of every three) fall. • Hip fractures cost in excess of $33,000 per patient for...
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  Compassion, hope drives this chiropractor's generous spirit
October 8, 2008
“We need to treat other people as if they are our family,” says Cotati Chiropractor Venus Maher. That’s a major reason she gives her time each year to help those in need, and this year it’s a local cause. Dr. Maher will be donating her services this month to the Redwood...
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  Group eyes RP site for cohousing community
October 8, 2008
Cohousing Sonoma County, a south Sonoma County group committed to forming a sustainable community has established plans to build a cohousing neighborhood in Rohnert Park’s Sonoma Mountain Village. The community is expected to include about 30-units, featuring one- and two-story homes. One important characteristic in a cohousing neighborhood is the...
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  An unforgettable Christmas overseas
October 8, 2008
We arrived at our air base in late September 1943. Our heavy bombardment group, the 447th, had flown their B-17 Flying Fortresses from Newfoundland to Ireland and then the short hop across the Irish Sea to the English midlands and a former RAF aerodrome near the tiny village of Rattlesden....
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  Rewarded for good grades
October 8, 2008
It was a special night for 41 athletes in Rohnert Park’s Cal Ripken Baseball League as each was presented with a 2008 All-American Certificate of Achievement and a customized bat-pack September 22 at the fifth annual All-American Awards Banquet at Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center in Rohnert Park. Each athlete, ranging...
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  Former middle school to become Boys and Girls Club teen center
October 8, 2008
The loss of a Rohnert Park middle school has given birth to a legitimate silver lining. When Cross and Crown Lutheran School announced it was closing grades 2-8 of its school, many in the community were heartbroken. But Dan Hubley saw possibilities to continue to serve kids. The site of the school,...
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  No lobsters in this garden
October 8, 2008
Red Lobster manager Tracy Heydorn, left, and employee Deborah Arnold make it a point to keep the front of their restaurant looking beautiful, much to the delight of Rohnert Park residents who can see the results of their work from afar. The effort is recognized by Dream One World (www.Dreamoneworld.org)...
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  Climbing wall birthday party
October 8, 2008
The Cub Scouts are holding a climbing wall birthday party for boys entering the first through fifth grades. The party is celebrating 99 years of a cub scouting legacy and fun. The event will take place Friday, Oct. 10, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Cotati Lions Building. Those attending are urged...
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  Diabetes wellness workshop
October 8, 2008
A Diabetes wellness workshop will be held Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2-3 p.m. at the Rohnert Park Senior Center. It’s a way to learn real options for healthier eating, and to get information on affordable medical supplies. There will be guest speaker, Marianne Hutton from the Northern California Center for Well-Being....
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  Hearing loss support group
October 8, 2008
A free cochlear implant hearing loss support group will be offered this fall at Santa Rosa Junior College. This non-credit course will be providing education and support to individuals who are suffering from hearing loss. Family members and friends are also encouraged to attend this group. Monthly meetings will be...
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  RP Police Logs
October 8, 2008
9/25 9:08 a.m.: Report of robbery on Lombard Wy., robbery, felony burglary, threatening crime with intent to terrorize, felony assault with a deadly weapon. 10:12 a.m. : Wanted persons arrested on Commerce Blvd., 32-year old male arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of controlled substance for sale, hypodermic needles/syringe,...
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  Cotati Police Logs
October 8, 2008
9/23 8:51 p.m.: Report of marijuana cultivation on West Sierra Ave. 9/24 3:31 p.m.: Report of suspicious circumstances on Madrone Ave., 39-year-old female arrested for public intoxication of alcohol, drugs or toluene. 9/25 12:16 a.m.: Report of resisting a peace officer on East Cotati Ave., 20-year-old male arrested for obstructing/resisting/etc. a public/peace officer and false...
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  Compressed nerve can lead to carpal tunnel
October 8, 2008
One of the things that makes us special is the ability to use our hands. But a primary problem affecting the use of our hands is actually a wrist issue called carpal tunnel syndrome. The healthy carpal tunnel is formed by two rows of four bones each. Arching across these two...
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  Rancho's kickers give them confidence in close games
October 8, 2008
Rancho Cotate’s football program has had a rich tradition of great kickers over the past few seasons. With one kicker graduating to college ball his replacement is already breaking records this year. Mitchell Rowan played on the Cougars varsity squad during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. He earned North Bay all-league...
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  Rockfishing's great, but be careful with those old hogs
October 8, 2008
Sacramento River The flows on the Lower Sacramento River are currently at 6,500 cfs and fishing has been great for big wild rainbows. The most productive area has been from Redding down to Anderson, with decent reports below the Anderson area. The salmon are starting to show up and the...
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  New faces for Rancho girls' tennis
October 8, 2008
It’s rough going again for Rancho’s girls’ tennis team, with only one returning player on the Cougars this year. Hye Yoo, the single returnee, snagged the No. 1 singles position. The senior has slugged it out with some of the county’s top players and has a sunny disposition, optimistic for the...
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  Rancho Cotate scoreboard
October 8, 2008
Football Varsity 3-0 RC 14 v. Petaluma 7 JV 2-1 RC 21 v. Petaluma 18 Freshmen 2-1 RC 34 v. Sonoma 0 Volleyball Varsity 10-8, 3-0 RC 3 v. Montgomery 2 RC 3 v. Santa Rosa 0 JV 11-7, 3-0 RC 2 v. Montgomery 1 RC 2 v. Santa Rosa 0 Freshmen 4-4 RC 0 v. Windsor 2 Girls’ Soccer Varsity 7-3-2, 3-2 RC 3 v. Piner 0 JV 5-2, 3-2 RC 8 v. Piner 0 Boys’ Soccer Varsity 1-5,...
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  Rancho Cotati lacrosse registration coming up
October 8, 2008
The Rancho Cotati Lacrosse Club will hold registration for the 2009 season 7-9 p.m. in the Willow Room at the Ray Miller Community Center, 201 West Sierra, Cotati. Registration is October 8 for returning players, October 9 for new players. Eligible players include 4th to 12th grade for boys and 5th...
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