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November 20, 2017
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FLASHBACKS July 7, 1976

By: Irene Hilsendager
November 10, 2017

Ground was broken Thursday for the new $2.48 million art department building at Sonoma State College. According to Nore Thiesfeld, the college planning director, the one story wood structure will have 46,400 square feet of space. It will contain 11 studio labs and is expected to be completed by Sept. of 1977. The new building will be located behind the newly completed student union, next to the campus lakes.

Jerry Koler is the newest officer assigned to the Sonoma State College campus Public Safety office. He holds teaching credentials in police science and is working toward his BA in criminal justice administration. He’s married, has two children and presently lives in Clearlake.

Thirsty cows drink RP water.

Rohnert Park’s City Council gave there OK to sell city water to local dairymen who are feeling the pinch of a dry winter. By a 3-1 vote with Art Robert voting “no” the council will allow dairymen to come into the city in the early morning hours, fill their tanker trucks with Rohnert Park water and bring it back to their thirsty herds.

Books needed for sale at Founders’ Day.

Books for the Book fair to benefit the new public library are being collected now through Sept. 10. at the old public library on Collegeview Dr. at 403 Ava Ave. and also at Silver Sunbeam Supply in downtown Cotati near Lombardi’s Market. All residents are encouraged to donate any amount of good used books.

WHO WAS “Mr. Swiss” of Rohnert Park?

Actually it was Bob Chumley.

Bountiful farm to ranch harvest awaits the country shopper.

Maybe residents of Rohnert Park and Cotati don’t realize how lucky they are living in Sonoma County. People from San Francisco and all over the Bay Area drive here to buy produce directly from the farm and ranch. The majority of them are equipped with the 1976 issue of Sonoma County Farm Trail maps.

Anderson named citizen of the year by Petaluma Council.

One of the most popular volunteer workers at Rancho Cotate High School, Roberts Anderson, was the recipient of the Outstanding Citizen of the Year award presented by the Petaluma Coordinating Council recently at the Green Mill Inn.

Last year for fireworks (how many years have we heard this?)

This might be the last year fireworks are sold in Rohnert Park. The recent spell of hot weather was cited as one of the reasons. Although the organizations can use the money, city council members thought it best if the practice was stopped. 

Park officers are honored with city council certificates.

Six officers in Rohnert Park’s Dept. of Public Safety were awarded certificates for “acts of valor” during the fatal East Cotati Ave. pipeline explosion that claimed two lives in March. Honored were Jerry Bick, Chief of Fire Service, Bob Dennett, Director of Public Safety and officers Delane Patton, Dan Gallagher, Robert Williams and Jim Park.

 

Irene Hilsendager’s column each week touches on moments in the history of Cotati, Rohnert Park and Penngrove.