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  Weinmann, William ???Bill??? Raymond
December 5, 2008
William “Bill” Raymond Weinmann entered into rest peacefully in Santa Rosa November 15. Bill leaves behind his loving wife Norma Jean (Jeannie) of 26 years and a wonderful son, Brendon. He is also survived by his sister, Lizette Hackett and brothers Robert and Brian. He is also survived by many...
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  Hip hop influence in SSU dance show this weekend
December 5, 2008
The Sonoma State University Dance Ensemble, under the guidance of dance faculty professor Kristen Daley, will premiere new dance works in four performances in early December. The official opening was Thursday with performances tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Dance Studio Theatre, P.E....
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  Time to sell, or time to buy?
December 5, 2008
We’re in a recession, which could be severe. Several financial services companies have either collapsed or been bailed out by the government. And the stock market is down about 45 percent since hitting its peak in October of 2007. Is this a “perfect storm” that should blow investors out of...
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  Be alert for abusive reverse mortgages
December 5, 2008
Have you noticed the increasing number of advertisements expounding the merits of reverse mortgages? Smiling celebrities advise seniors that their lives could improve immensely if they simply harvested the available equity in their homes. Take an expensive trip, remodel your home, or just have fun with the extra money. They...
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  What does it take to be a Piranha?
December 5, 2008
The Piranhas Swim Club in Rohnert Park is a family-oriented club where kids get the chance to learn how to swim better and compete in a variety of meets. There are a total of eight different age groups which span the ages of “under 8” to “15 and over.” The...
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  Stepping off the parenting treadmill
December 5, 2008
As parents, we’re often challenged by our desire to both keep our children safe and at the same time teach them to function independently. When they’re young, we’re afraid of doing it wrong and we get intensely focused on their safety and wellbeing. We start out with the best of intentions...
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  Fruit trees most rewarding to plant and harvest in your own garden
December 5, 2008
At this time of year there is much to do in the garden. Cleaning is the main priority but division of perennials can be done and pruning of dead growth on all plants will benefit them and make room for new growth to come next spring. With the first rains, it...
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  Holiday fundraiser benefits animals in your community
December 5, 2008
Have you looked in your mailbox lately? Between all the sales ads are a pile of holiday fundraiser solicitations. Nonprofits, along with retail stores are hoping that this holiday season won’t be as dismal as predicted. Nonprofits are typically donation-funded organizations that rely on the public’s generosity to fulfill their...
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  Home for the Holidays
December 5, 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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  Please leash dogs
December 5, 2008
Recently our family lost my granddaughter’s award winning horse, Miwok to a careless unleashed dog. The dog had chased, harassed and nipped Miwok to where the horse had impaled himself onto a fence. This horse had won many ribbons at the Cow Palace and had entertained seniors at Rancho Grande Mobile...
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  Holiday tradition
December 5, 2008
Helping others comes as second nature to the students in Christine Minhondo’s special education class at Creekside Middle School. These students have been working very hard the past four weeks doing chores that they usually do not participate in at home. Some of these chores are vacuuming, walking dogs, laundry,...
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  Victims of closed minds
December 5, 2008
I feel sad and angry that the homophobes in our society are the victims of minds that have been closed by fear based, rigid, and religiosity, as opposed to careful, educated study of religious history. These people claim so many inaccurate ideas and myths as facts.  Their interpretation (actually their priest’s/minister’s...
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  He has a history
December 5, 2008
As someone who has known Michael Schmidtman for over 15 years, you should know that he has had some of his utilities shut off several times... his phone disconnected, cable TV shut off, his Internet shut off, and I believe his power shut off as well. And when these things...
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  Al Netter, pancake machine
December 5, 2008
Al Netter, a 6’6”, 295 pound starting left tackle for Northwestern University has helped guide the Wildcats to a 9-3 record and No. 22 ranking in the BCS poll this season. However, as a kid growing up in Rohnert Park, Netter was a bit of a late bloomer when it...
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  Gold Ridge demolition begins
December 5, 2008
Gold Ridge Elementary School is about to become nothing more than a mere memory to thousands who once called the school their own. “It’s kinda sad, a little bit,” said Steve Merrel, whose two children went to the G-Section school he was watching fall to the ground Monday afternoon. Gold Ridge and...
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  Rancho band impresses ESPN and Disney at 76 Classic tournament
December 5, 2008
Mom’s apple pie and homemade stuffing weren’t on the plates of many Rancho Cotate band members this Thanksgiving. Instead, traditional holiday staples were replaced with equal parts Disneyland, college basketball and Hometown Buffet. The band played in the 76 Classic NCAA basketball tournament, held at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena over...
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  RP Mayor off to Poland for UN Climate Change confab
December 5, 2008
Rohnert Park’s Mayor Jake Mackenzie will be in Poland December 7-12, along with First District Supervisor Valerie Brown, as delegates to the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference. They were chosen by the California Climate Action Registry, based in Sacramento. “California is in the forefront of all states when it...
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  Rebuilding Together update
December 5, 2008
With the holidays upon us and many of us thinking about how we can best support our favorite charitable organizations, how about thinking outside the box and about the “power of one”? Often times, in conversation, we hear people saying, “The contribution I could make is so small it wouldn’t matter,”...
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  RP-Cotati Library news
December 5, 2008
All Sonoma County Libraries will be closed for an All Staff Development Day on Thursday, Dec. 11. The library will also be providing a computer upgrade at that time so there will be no remote access to the library catalog, including access to downloadable books. All libraries will re-open with...
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  What's this old tool for?
December 5, 2008
Left to right, Jennie Falletti and cousins Barbara Jean Veronda and Martha Gustafsen found this unusual farm instrument while sorting items in one of the outbuildings on the Faletti Ranch in Cotati. It has a long, wooden handle and a heavy metal blade shaped like an “S” with sharp edges...
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  Police, firefighters and Realtors team up for toy drive
December 5, 2008
Santa, AKA Rotarian Sharon Kennedy, is ready along with the Cotati Police Department and Rancho Adobe Fire District to collect and deliver toys to needy families for the holidays. The Rotary Clubs of Rohnert Park-Cotati and Rancho Cotati, along with the Rancho Adobe Fire District, Cotati Police Officer’s and Management...
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  New look for new RP Council member?
December 5, 2008
Newly elected RP Council member Joe Callinan donned a hairnet to help serve food at Rev. Sam Tharpe’s annual Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 27 at the RP Senior Center.
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  Free electronics recycling in RP
December 5, 2008
Hi-Tec Recycling is holding a free electronics recycling event Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Les Schwab Tires in Rohnert Park. Accepted items include televisions, computer monitors, computers, laptops, printers, hard drives, keyboards, cell phones, microwaves, DVD players, radios, cables and cords, telephones, etc. For those unable to...
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  Lions Club canned food drive
December 5, 2008
The Cotati Lions Club is organizing a community-wide canned food drive. All of the items donated to the drive will remain in our local area. Numerous merchants in Cotati have collection boxes, including The Apple Crate Gifts and Friar Tucks. A collection box is also located at the Cotati Scout...
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  RP police logs
December 5, 2008
11/25 4:40 p.m.: Report of a family disturbance on La Roda Ct., 12-year-old male arrested for vandalism amounting to less than $400. 5:22 p.m.: Report of robbery on Redwood Dr., 27-year-old female arrested for robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime. 9:45 p.m.: Report of grand theft on Commerce Blvd. 11/27 2:10 a.m.: Traffic stop...
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  Cotati police logs
December 5, 2008
11/25 4:56 p.m.: Report of burglary on East Cotati Ave., 20-year-old female arrested for felony burglary. 11/27 1:29 a.m.: Report of a drunk driver on Old Redwood Hwy., 35-year-old male arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and felony possession of a controlled substance. 1:41 a.m.: Drunk in public, 22-year-old male...
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  No. 6 Las Lomas shocks No. 3 Rancho
December 5, 2008
With 31.8 seconds remaining and Las Lomas down 17-14, Knights quarterback Lucas Gorton threw to Diante Jackson down the left field sideline for a 59-yard score to defeat Rancho Cotate, 21-17, ending Rancho’s postseason hopes earlier than they would have liked. Jackson, who will be attending the University of Oregon next...
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  Hunting with the Vice President is dangerous for squirrels
December 5, 2008
In a beautiful house, on a normal block with mature trees and manicured yards, lives the Vice President of the Sonoma County Mycological Association. This bucolic setting belies the danger lurking inside. Marianne Wheeler is a beautiful German-born woman who teaches sailing on San Francisco Bay. Jim, her husband, is a...
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  Piranha home meet results
December 5, 2008
Piranha Swimming hosted a distance meet November 22 and 23 at Honeybee Pool.    Boys 8-under Dustin Dang placed first in the 200 Individual Medley, 2nd in both the 100M and 500M Freestyle. Jayson Shinn took 3rd in the 100M Freestyle. Girls 9-12 Sara Soares placed 5th in the 1,000M Freestyle. Aimee Spratt...
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  RCHS scoreboard
December 5, 2008
Football Varsity 9-2, 6-1 NCS Quarterfinals: RC 17 v. Las Lomas 21 Girls’ basketball Varsity 2-0 RC 48 v. El Molino 31 RC 49 v. Windsor 38 JV 0-2 RC 34 v. El Molino 34 RC 36 v. Windsor 44 Frosh 0-2 RC 9 v. El Molino 36 RC v. Windsor (Windsor won) Boys’ basketball Varsity 1-0 RC 68 v. Redwood 64 Frosh 1-0 RC 74 v. Calistoga 10 (Elsie Allen Tournament)
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