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From the Sebastopol Area Senior Center, staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors want to thank you for all the support of the annual fundraising event, Aged to Perfection. The night was jam-packed with live music from the Pulsators, tasty catered barbeque from a Guy and his Grill, delicious…

The City of Sebastopol offers a program aimed at encouraging local businesses and property owners to improve commercial and industrial buildings. Upgrades, maintenance, and aesthetic enhancements will benefit the entire community and enhance the local economy.

After establishing an RV park for the people living in RVs on Morris Street, the city council addressed how to prevent future RV dwellers from tenuously gathering in Sebastopol in the future at the Tuesday meeting.  

The biggest upgrade the senior center is making is the addition of a walk-in cooler which will allow us to open five days per week and serve more seniors. Currently we are using three refrigerators to keep us open four days per week. We will also be replacing our oven with a convection oven,…

After enduring years of recreational vehicles clogging Morris Street and alarming residents, Sebastopol bypassed the usual slogging pace of bureaucracy and hastily agreed to form a partnership with a nonprofit agency, accept federal funding and create a temporary RV parking site to assist th…

Mandatory influenza vaccination of workers at health care facilities

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The City of Sebastopol has filed insurance claims to help recover the $1.2 million lost in a wire transfer fraud, and city hall remains optimistic that the funds will be recovered, according to the city manager and city attorney. 

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This holiday season is starting to feel a lot like a certain Dr. Seuss book. But instead of a solitary grumpy green creature trying to steal Christmas, our antagonist is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a spikey spherical virus that’s flipped the script and has us all self-isolating. Fortun…

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Who doesn’t love Bambi? Deer grazing in the fields or bouncing through the woods? During this season we sing about Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. They appear so cute and idyllic, don’t they? Yet they are wild animals, not pets. Humans hunt them. Cars hit them. Wild predators attack them. Dis…

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Rotary Clubs of Sebastopol, Center for the Arts, VFW Post 3919 to give groceries The Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise, The Rotary Club of Sebastopol, the Sebastopol Center for the Arts and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3919 are joining forces to deliver holiday groceries to those …

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A project underway to convert a downtown Sebastopol hotel into permanent housing for homeless Sonoma County residents drew praise and opposition from community members at a five-hour City Council meeting Tuesday.

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For movie theatres like the Sebastopol Rialto Cinema, which hasn’t been able to reopen for regular in-person screenings since initial lockdown orders in March, this whole year has been a battle to keep the lights on.

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If you have ever jogged through downtown, you may have found yourself running in place waiting for a traffic light to change. The COVID-19 pandemic has California High School Athletics in much the same situation. Keeping the blood moving, waiting for a green light, ready to spring into actio…

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Sonoma County Climate Activist Network (SoCoCAN!) is hosting the 2021 Community Summit Sunday January 10, from 2-5 p.m. on interactive Zoom. The Climate Summit is a call to action, a call to connect, a call to build on common ground – featuring educators, community members, experienced activ…

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With over 200 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sonoma County each day, staff and volunteers at the Sebastopol Senior Center have been working to keep the most vulnerable safe and connected to services throughout the pandemic.

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The West Sonoma County Union High School District met in special session at 9 a.m. on December 9. The only agenda item for this one-hour online meeting was to consider approval of a resolution to put a Parcel Tax measure on the March 2, 2021 ballot. The required public meeting was held, rece…

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Aaron Henry Barnes, Jr. was born on December 30, 1855 in Feather River, Butte County, California to Aaron Henry and Lydia (Harlan) Barnes.  He unfortunately died when he was only thirty years old on November 16, 1888 in Sonoma County, probably in Sebastopol, and he is buried in the Pleasant …

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The West Sonoma County Union High School District held another Special Board meeting, Monday November 30. The purpose of the meeting was to pass two resolutions. One on determining that the school consolidation project is categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CE…

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How has your gender, your race, your economic upbringing affected who you are today?  What are the upsides and the downsides of the answers to that question?

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Steam locomotives take a lot of energy to get going, but once they gather enough inertia, they are practically unstoppable. A Sebastopol train enthusiast, the late Roger Collins’s conception of a free community Thanksgiving dinner has gained momentum in much the same way. The free Thanksgivi…

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 Every day, electric and natural gas customers throughout the country are being targeted by utility scams. These imposters typically target customers online, in-person and by telephone. And this year is even worse due to the ongoing financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. PG&E is tak…

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Are you looking for meaningful volunteer opportunities that can be done from home? Consider becoming a phone buddy to a senior who could use a regular friendly check-in. Many seniors in West County are reporting continued feelings of loneliness and lack of connection as the pandemic continue…

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New Sebastopol Chamber member- MD Ayurveda had their open house on Saturday October 10th from 9-4 & Ribbon Cutting at 11am. They are located at 7765 Bodega Ave. In attendance Denise Judd, Anna Judd, Daryl Yaki, Jessica Vellela, Remy  Coeytaux, Don Carnardo, Patty Restaino, Ambrosia Thoms…

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The Barlow in Sebastopol is open for social distancing and socially responsible outdoor shopping. Saturday morning, November 7, 2020, guests and vendors alike did some celebrating upon hearing the Presidential Election results. The event DJ played Kool & The Gang’s “Celebration.”

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My grandmother Sarah Chester Barnes was born in 1882 and grew up on the family’s cattle ranch near Sebastopol. Sarah’s mother was Kate Elizabeth Urton and her maternal grandmother was a Chester. The Barnes, Urtons and Chesters were all families that had settled in this area around when Sebas…

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The West Sonoma County Union High School District continues to hold meetings about consolidation of high schools due to declining enrollment and fiscal concerns. They’re improving each time. During the first on October 20, they were criticized for lack of notice to the community. They tried …

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The West Sonoma County Union High School District held another special meeting on November 6. It was related to the fast approaching consolidation decision. During three previous town hall meetings, the community asked them not to rush this decision. Accepting that declining enrollment and r…

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The column in this paper, “To Ponder” by Irene Hilsendager is full of great journal writing starters.  Take a look at her list for October 2, 2020. One I think is highly evocative is “Where does a thought go when it is forgotten?”

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The West Sonoma County Union High School District continues to hold town hall meetings about consolidation of high schools due to declining enrollment and fiscal concerns. At the first town hall meeting on Wednesday, October 20, the board was criticized for lack of notice and outreach to the…

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Sebastopol City Manager Larry McLaughlin announced that Commander Daniel Healy, currently second-in-command with the Suisun City Police Department, has been selected as Sebastopol’s next Chief of Police. Chief Healy will take the reins from Interim Chief Don Mort on December 14, 2020. The ap…

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Did you know that the Sebastopol Senior Center hosts weekly and monthly online classes that invite you to keep your mind, body and soul engaged all while staying connected to others in a safe and easy way? With a wide variety of classes for every interest and level, these offerings provide t…

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Head west to The Barlow, 6770 McKinley St. Sebastopol is back again. The opening is Saturday, Nov. 7 from 11-5 p.m. Face coverings are required for entry with hand sanitizer stations available.

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Soft or crunchy, there’s nothing like a freshly made taco, topped with diced onion, cilantro, a squeeze of lime, salsa, or au naturel, with no toppings. We went on a taco crawl in Sebastopol, and lo and behold, there are easily ten places to get tacos! From trucks to taquerias, sit-down fami…

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Food for Thought will be holding a Drive-Thru Food Drive, Monday Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Sebastopol to help clients receive everything they need to make a festive holiday meal! When ordering or shopping for their own weekly groceries, FFT would greatly appreciate it if shoppers cou…

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Aaron Henry Barnes and Lydia Harlan had ten children, as mentioned in a previous column.  Their first-born, Jonathan W, was born and died in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, (March 31, 1839 to November 5, 1841).