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Sonoma’s Abuzz!
3 months ago

Sonoma’s Abuzz!

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Interest in beekeeping, home gardening and bee-friendly spaces surge as locals rally to protect declining species

The bees are vanishing in alarming numbers— and no one knows why. Last year …
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The Mysterious World of Mushrooms
7 months ago

The Mysterious World of Mushrooms

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How to find wild fungi forays and tempting gourmet delicacies

At the entrance of Sonoma County’s oak-speckled Ragle Ranch Park on a crisp December morning, Darvin DeShazer confesses, “It’s like …
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When the Hippie Movement Migrated to the West County Hills
9 months ago

When the Hippie Movement Migrated to the West County Hills

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A historical perspective of Morningstar and Wheeler ranches

For those of us still counting, it was 70 years ago that Sgt. Pepper taught his band to play. But 50 years …
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Leavin’ it all Behind…  On a Horse
11 months ago

Leavin’ it all Behind… On a Horse

Trail rides for the timid to the adventurous

In front of us were two wide-open lanes split only by an aisle of short green grass. Apple trees, sometimes blooming but …
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Wings Over the Vineyards
11 months ago

Wings Over the Vineyards

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John Hawley, winemaker, falconer and founder of Hawley Cellars in Healdsburg, sits on the deck of his home overlooking Dry Creek Valley. A goshawk perches on his gloved fist. Still …
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The Reincarnation of Wood
1 year ago

The Reincarnation of Wood

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When it comes to reclaiming lumber from local rural and urban areas and creating custom art, furniture, flooring and wall structures, “It’s all about the story,” according to Sonoma Millworks …
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Home  Sweet  Home
1 year ago

Home Sweet Home

At a tender young age I remember taking comfort in the times that my mom or dad would sigh the words, “Ah, home sweet home,” as we pulled into the …
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Treasures of Sonoma County Cemeteries
1 year ago

Treasures of Sonoma County Cemeteries

When visiting Sonoma County cemeteries, look for the nuances of each one. Celebrate the history associated with them and discover the treasures within. Some things you may notice are the …
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Where the  Birds Are
1 year ago

Where the Birds Are

One of the many benefits to decades of efforts to maintain Sonoma County’s rural landscapes has been the preservation and restoration of a wide variety of bird habitat, making the …
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Putting Farmers on the Map
1 year ago

Putting Farmers on the Map

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A pair of pheasants, wings outstretched but motionless, hang mounted to the wall above Jack and Verna Krout. In the living room of their Petaluma farmhouse, they sit flipping through …
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