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  Mount Chilimanjaro is sure to get your goat
April 2, 2009
It’s official. Oh My God, It’s Everywhere has officially gone off the deep end. The Petaluma Chili Cookoff team is planning to use goat as its primary meat for the non-vegetarian entry in this year’s competition. The concoction is an African-influenced dish called Mount Chilimanjaro. The entry will reportedly use traditional...
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  Exploring the byways, bikeways and habitat of the Southern Laguna Watershed
April 2, 2009
Once you become interested in your local creek (where does it come from, where does it go to, what wildlife lives here and why?), whole new worlds open up, whether your interest is in plants, birds, water quality, in the lie of the land, or encouraging children to explore the...
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  Never forget
April 2, 2009
Tears welled up in her eyes when she saw all the names inscribed on her work. “I had such an emotional response when I saw those names there for the first time,” said Jann Nunn, associate professor of sculpture and artist of the recently completed Holocaust and Genocide Memorial at...
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  Love springs from the soil
April 2, 2009
These daffodils encompass the spirit behind the Rejuvenate Rohnert Park project’s daffodil planting. As part of nonprofit Dream One World, Rejuvenate Rohnert Park, spearheaded by letter carrier Bob Thompson, planted almost 20,000 daffodil bulbs a few weeks ago throughout the city. This cluster of about 400 was strategically laid out...
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  Community Celebration of the Arts puts students' work on display in Spreckels Center
April 2, 2009
A special evening of fun is taking place at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center Tuesday, March 31 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. “It’s going to be constant entertainment,” said Lois Donaghey, categorical programs coordinator for the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District. Participating students from all levels of public schools within the school...
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  What happens in 'Vegas'...
April 2, 2009
Michelle Clinton dressed to the nines for the Education Foundation’s Sharing of the Green gala Saturday at the DoubleTree. This year’s theme was “Viva Las Vegas.” A lower price meant a larger turnout this year. Attendance was up to about 240 from 180 a year ago, due in part to...
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  Rancho sinks Willits
April 2, 2009
All three Rancho swimming squads dominated against Willits, blowing them out of the water at Honeybee Pool Tuesday. The girls’ varsity squad had a strong showing, defeating Willits 121-49. The boys’ varsity and JV teams followed with 96-41 and 66-27 victories. The Cougars started the meet strong by placing three in...
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  Gobble, Gobble - it's turkey time!
April 2, 2009
The spring turkey season is upon us. In addition to your regular hunting license you will need an Upland Game Bird Stamp. You can take one bearded turkey per day, three in total for the season. Last year 19,000 toms were taken of the estimated 240,000 turkeys in the state. I...
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  Lena McGinnis Braden
April 2, 2009
Lena M. Braden, loving wife of the late Roland C. “Tubby” Braden passed away March 16 at home one day before her 93rd birthday. Her parents were the late Henry and Mary Eickmeyer of Cotati. Her brothers Henry, Carl and George preceded her in death. Her sister Martha Nunes also passed...
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  ???The Book of Matthew??? comedy guarantees SRO audience at Spreckels
April 2, 2009
Fevvins sake! Dramas dealing with father-son relationships have trod the stages since ancient Greece when Oedipus had his familial problems. Fast forward thousands of years and discover playwright Gene Abravaya’s comedy drama now at Spreckels Performing Arts Center. He spreads it all out with an up-to-date version that’s drawing sellout...
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  Create a strategy for maturing CDs
April 2, 2009
Some things, like fine wines, get better with age. But a certificate of deposit (CD) is not one of them. If you have a maturing CD, you need to decide what to do with it - and the earlier you make this decision, the better off you’ll be. So if...
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  Recovery rebate credit available to some this year
April 2, 2009
Do you recall the “economic stimulus” payment that you received last year after you filed your tax return? Many single taxpayers received $600, and married taxpayers received $1,200. If you had children, your payment was even greater. But some taxpayers received a reduced payment or no payment whatsoever. Why? Primarily...
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  The challenges of being a teen
April 2, 2009
Teens today have to deal with all of the more familiar aspects of growing up. The competition for acceptance, academic achievement, parental demands at home and at school, cliques, depression, dating, driving, body jewelry - the list is endless. They also face a number of new challenges that their parents...
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  Plyometric box jacks
April 2, 2009
With Chris Barbour and Will Dutra This week we conclude our month of plyometric exercise. Our fourth and final exercise is called the plyometric box jack. Box jacks are a dynamic plyometric drill for building strength, speed and power. Note: It is important to consult with your doctor before following this...
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  Cotati Creek Critters calendar
April 2, 2009
What: Creek Stewardship Day Where: Cotati City well lot no. 2 on Lakewood Avenue. Extra parking at Ladybug Park on Liman Way. When: Sunday, March 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Details: Help Cotati Creek Critters restore the upper reach of the Laguna de Santa Rosa. We will probably be planting native understory plants...
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  Creekside Middle School Students of the Month for February
April 2, 2009
February sixth grade Students of the Month for Creekside Middle School are Amy Kouch, David Luo, Sarah Tucker and Michael Wambold. Seventh grade: Madeline Camilleri (not pictured), Gabriel Medina, Catherine Harris and Kevin Buckley. Eighth grade: Mitchell Ladner, Hyomin Park, Adrian Rivera-Acosta and Esmerelda Barreras-Rodriguez.
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  A mouse in the house
April 2, 2009
Spring is almost here and shelters everywhere are gearing up for the influx of kittens. I was not surprised when I got into work and was told that we had just received a stray mom and babies until I heard they were mice. A mom-mouse and her nine babies were found...
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  Did the right thing
April 2, 2009
In my opinion, Rancho Cotate High School did the right thing in regards to the “gun threat.” Within minutes upon receiving the call, all students were locked safely in their classrooms and the police had arrived. Some parents may believe that the children should have been released, but in my...
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  Learning experience, I hope
April 2, 2009
Last Wednesday my school, Rancho, had a lockdown because of a report of a gun on campus. I was in the library taking the math portion of my CAHSEE. We had just finished the first part of the test, and started the second part a little early so we could...
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  The change starts here
April 2, 2009
March is recognized as the National Women in History month. This week, Jenny Blaker is acknowledged for her vision and making an impact on the environment through her determination and hard work in growing Cotati Creek Critters, cleaning up and restoring Laguna de Santa Rosa. She was honored for her...
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  At least there's good news on RP's water supply
April 2, 2009
Every five years the City of Rohnert Park’s required to file an Urban Water Management Plan with the state’s Dept. of Water Resources. The city did this in 2005 and now they’ve filed a supplemental report to the DWR in Sacramento. The DWR wanted to know how the city would handle...
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  Gun scare at Rancho prompts reaction from parents, students
April 2, 2009
Last week’s gun scare at Rancho Cotate left some parents with a sour feeling toward the school and police dept.’s procedures for such a situation. Parents argued with RP police officials at the school during the two-hour lock down Wednesday, March 18 and complained that the process for collecting their children...
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  RP police played a large role in curbing youth boozing
April 2, 2009
Officers from Rohnert Park’s Dept. of Public Safety participated in the largest “Shoulder Tap Decoy” operation ever held in Northern California. More than 30 law enforcement agencies including California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and Healdsburg’s police department were involved in the March 14 operation. Purpose was to reduce youth access to...
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  Expect a dark Saturday night
April 2, 2009
We’ve heard about Earth Day, Earth Week and Earth Month and now it’s time for Earth Hour. This is a citywide campaign in Rohnert Park to have residences and businesses turn off all their “non-essential” lights for one hour Saturday night March 28, from 8:30 to 9:30. Mayor Amie Breeze said in...
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  New group formed to help classrooms
April 2, 2009
As a result of how state budget cuts are directly affecting our public school classrooms, the Rohnert Park/Cotati PTAs and PTSO have formed Rohnert Park Cotati Community for Kids. This is a group of concerned parents and community members who have organized to help our students through the economic crisis our...
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  RP-Cotati Library news
April 2, 2009
On Saturday, March 28, 2 p.m., the library will present Ayurveda - The Science of Good Health by Dr. Erika Crotta, ND, PhD. Ayurvedic Medicine is recognized by the World Health Organization as a complete system of natural medicine with a history of thousands of years of traditional use in...
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  Rebuilding Together update
April 2, 2009
National Rebuild Day 2009 in Rohnert Park-Cotati, falls on Saturday, April 25. Rebuilding Together RPC is a 501(c)(3) organization, one of more than 200 affiliates throughout the United States. The RTRPC mission is to work in partnership with the community to rehabilitate the homes of low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly,...
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  RP police logs
April 2, 2009
3/18 1:00 a.m.: Out with subject on Snyder Ln., 23-year-old male arrested for public intoxication of alcohol, drug or toluene. 9:12 a.m.: Report of subject with gun on Snyder Ln. 3:41 p.m.: Report of a fight on Parkway Dr., battery on a divorced/ex spouse/date. 3:51 p.m.: Unknown problem on Arlen Dr./Commerce Blvd., 33-year-old male...
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  Cotati police logs
April 2, 2009
3/15 3:46 a.m.: Traffic stop on Commerce Blvd./Old Redwood Hwy., 23-year-old female arrested for outside misdemeanor warrant. 4:39 a.m.: Report of a prowler on Old Redwood Hwy. 1:54 p.m.: Report of petty theft on McGinnis Cir. 3/17 12:53 a.m.: Drunk in public on East Cotati Ave./La Salle Ave., 46-year-old male arrested for public intoxication of...
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  Cougar bats go cold in 3-0 loss to Casa Grande
April 2, 2009
The Rancho frosh baseball team’s bats went cold as they suffered a 3-0 defeat against Casa Grande at Mountain Shadows Monday. Casa Grande got off to an early lead, tagging a run in the top of the first. After putting two men on base with back-to-back singles, the Gauchos drew a...
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  This karate team is 'Xplosive'
April 2, 2009
The Xtreme Martial Arts Demonstration Team from Schafer’s ATA Black Belt Academy in Rohnert Park, Team Xplosive, competed in the ATA National Tournament in Las Vegas March 13-15. The team is made up of eight students and two instructors, pictured is the team in red, Travis Bell, Ryan Phillips, Matt...
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  Back to first
April 2, 2009
Rancho junior Mitchell Mackey slides back safely to first base in the varsity Cougars’ March 20 game at Maria Carrillo.  
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  Rancho Cotate scoreboard
April 2, 2009
Baseball Varsity 7-1, 3-1 Mar. 18 RC 3 v. Montgomery* 4 Mar. 20 RC 4 at M. Carrillo* 1 JV 7-1-1, 4-1 Mar. 18 RC 3 v. Montgomery* 2 Mar. 20 RC 8 at M. Carrillo* 9 Mar. 23 RC 19 at St. Vincent 16 Mar. 25 RC v. St. Vincent N/A Frosh 5-2 Mar. 19 RC 10 v. St. Vincent 0 Mar. 23...
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  sports test
April 2, 2009
JV/V baseball                         Date    Team    Opponent    Result/Time    Feb. 24    JV/V    at Petaluma    V: W, 8-5; JV: W, 10-1 Feb. 28    JV    Cardinal Newman*    JV: W, 7-4 Mar. 9    JV/V    Analy    V: W, 6-0; JV: W, 7-0        Mar. 11    JV/V    at Elsie Allen*    V: W, 5-1; JV: W,...
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  Gobble, Gobble - it's turkey time!
April 2, 2009
The spring turkey season is upon us. In addition to your regular hunting license you will need an Upland Game Bird Stamp. You can take one bearded turkey per day, three in total for the season. Last year 19,000 toms were taken of the estimated 240,000 turkeys in the state. I...
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