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  Festival of Harps mesmerizes with haunting melodies
November 19, 2008
The 19th Annual Festival of Harps captivated audiences at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center Saturday. Performances by Dråm, Chaskinakuy (Chas-kee-NA-kwee), Golden Bough and Diana Rowan with Deepak Ram swept listeners to far off places and mystically blended the distant past with modern times. Swedish folk music duo Dråm delighted audiences with...
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  Overflowing Apple Crate
November 19, 2008
The Apple Crate Outlet opened in downtown Cotati last week, with Chamber president Gerard Giudice cutting the ribbon with owner Louise Petersen, center and her family. The store features merchandise of the well-known Apple Crate store, but at half-off prices. It will be open through December 31.
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  Get documentation for charitable contributions
November 19, 2008
It’s important to remember that deductions are allowed only when the tax laws are followed and proper documentation is retained. This point was underlined in a recent Tax Court case dealing with charitable contribution deductions. The Tax Court, the IRS, and the taxpayer all agreed that checks in the total amount...
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  Don't wait for market to hit bottom
November 19, 2008
Whether you’ve been investing for four decades or four weeks, you’ve no doubt heard this classic piece of investment advice: Buy low and sell high. And it’s generally good advice, too, because the less you pay for your investments the greater your chances may be for earning bigger returns. But...
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  Focus on vegetables for easy autumn meals
November 19, 2008
By their nature, the longer cooking autumnal fare can take longer to prepare and cook - but it does not have to be difficult or time consuming. I actually like making meals incrementally - 15 minutes here, another 10 minutes later. As long as you plan ahead, the longer cooking...
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  Fork & Shovel cuts out the middle man
November 19, 2008
Sonoma County is one of the few places you’ll find swine and fowl mixing with the well to do - supporting the resurgence of heritage turkeys is a partnership of farmers, 4H, Slow Food, and the newly formed “Fork & Shovel,” linking farmers with chefs to increase local buying. One aspect...
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  The worst recipe ever (yes, it's got tuna)
November 19, 2008
“Baking is a science,” Anne told me, while folding egg whites into the tuna and corn pudding. “You’ve got to mix these things just right.” If baking is a science, this is alchemy gone wrong, I thought to myself. It wasn’t like we were trying to make a good dinner. We actually...
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  Black cats are special
November 19, 2008
It’s getting dark around here, and I’m not talking about the clocks turning back. Around this time every year, after Halloween, it seems that we have an abundance of black cats. Everyone with color or a pattern has been adopted (well, not everyone, we get new cats in all the time),...
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  Contract with Pepsi
November 19, 2008
In your Nov. 7 edition Jud Snyder expressed concern over the construction of the Graton Casino, “Spreckels faces competition... if the Graton tribe and Station Casinos ever reach the ‘for real’ construction mark.” True, I am taking Jud’s remarks out of context; but he often lacks the context when writing about...
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  Why bother to vote?
November 19, 2008
Whether we like it or not, “The People have spoken.” I may not like a particular outcome to a particular issue, but this country had fought for over two hundred years for the “Right to Vote,” and now some city officials and/or certain groups want to challenge these rights. Certainly when...
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  RP's Coast Guard pride
November 19, 2008
This year, Rohnert Park’s Lena Gavello became the first person in her field nationally and the first at the Petaluma Coast Guard base to receive the Civilian Employee of the Year award. Gavello works as an education specialist and assistant director for the Petaluma Coast Guard Training Center’s Child Development Center...
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  Tribute to a master
November 19, 2008
Left to right, Noam Lemish, Miles Wick, Kathleen Grace and Alex Aspinall, a group of Mel Graves’ students throughout the years, played at a tribute to the well-known jazz bassist and Sonoma State jazz professor Sunday in Warren Auditorium at SSU. Graves passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer...
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  Teen arrested for death in crash
November 19, 2008
An 18-year-old man was arrested for vehicular manslaughter in the March 20 death of Kevin Carr-Grillo. Tyler Jack Canales, a 17-year-old El Camino High School student at the time of the accident, was driving a Honda Accord registered under his mother’s name when he lost control of the car in a...
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  No smoking in RP
November 19, 2008
Smoking or non? If you’re in Rohnert Park, it’s more than likely non. With the passage of a moratorium at the October 28 City Council meeting, Rohnert Park placed a 45-day nix on private smokers’ lounges and tobacco shops. At the meeting, Nick Shea read a prepared statement to the Council, pleading...
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  Three Rancho teachers receive $5,000 grants
November 19, 2008
October 21 was a special day for Rancho’s physics and earth science teacher Jim Ramsey. It was awards day at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and Ramsey was presented with a $5,000 check from PG&E for Rancho Cotate High School along with a plaque that now hangs...
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  City Center Plaza breaks ground
November 19, 2008
City officials broke ground on the planned City Center Plaza adjacent to the library Monday afternoon. The public park to be built by the city will be between the RP-Cotati Public Library and The Arbors affordable housing and retail/commercial space. It will have walkways, a fountain, benches, trees and landscaping....
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  Tharpe gears up for annual Thanksgiving dinner
November 19, 2008
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving in Rohnert Park without Reverend Sam Tharpe’s free turkey dinner. This year’s big day is November 27, and it’s again held at the RP Senior Center, 6800 Hunter Drive, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To help carve some of the 32 turkeys, come to the...
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  RP-Cotati Library news
November 19, 2008
There is a new variety of children’s storytimes at the library. Wiggle Time Storytime for ages 1-2 with songs, stretches and stories is Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., November 18 and 25. Pre-School Storytime for ages 3, 4 and 5 with stories and songs is Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Saturday Storytime with Pam Brown...
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  RP Police Logs
November 19, 2008
11/6 9:24 a.m.: Report of marijuana possession on Southwest Blvd., 17-year-old male and 16-year-old male cited for public intoxication of alcohol, drug or toluene. 5:07 p.m.: Traffic stop on Adrian Dr./Southwest Blvd., 31-year-old female cited for possession of a hypodermic needle/syringe and driving under a suspended/revoked license. 6:28 p.m.: Petty theft/in custody on...
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  Cotati police logs
November 19, 2008
11/5 2:49 p.m.: Report of vicious dog on Loma Linda Dr. 5:19 p.m.: Report of felony battery with serious bodily injury on W. Sierra Ave. 11/6 3:48 p.m.: Report of petty theft from motor vehicle on Hwy. 116. 10:39 p.m.: Citation issued on Portal St./Redwood Dr. for possession on 28.5 grams or less of...
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  Rancho back in dominating form with 63-7 win
November 19, 2008
Rancho Cotate creamed Piner, 63-7, at Piner High School Saturday afternoon. The win brings the Cougars’ record to 5-1 in league play and 8-1 overall. The Prospectors gave Rancho a scare when they put the first points of the game on the board in the first quarter. With 9:21 left...
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  First hole in one
November 19, 2008
Lilian Steele scored a hole in one on the 13th hole at Foxtail North on October 27. It was her first hole in one. A group of Foxtail golfers led by Bill Decker won the first annual Ryder Cup for Courseco golf clubs. Winning four matches to get to the finals,...
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  Lacrosse play day rescheduled
November 19, 2008
The Rancho Cotati Lacrosse Club has rescheduled their free clinic, which was cancelled due to the recent rainstorm. The clinic will now be held Saturday, Nov. 15 at Putnam Park in Cotati from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 792-2909 for more information.
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