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Sturgeon's Mill up and running June, 1914.

Ever seen a sawmill in a parade?

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Hardy volunteers of the 100-year-old Sturgeon’s Mill, one gem of a working, steam-driven sawmill, will show off a horse-drawn freight wagon and other vintage vehicles at the Saturday (April 20) Apple Blossom Parade in Sebastopol.

Auto shop owner Kate Jonasse, right, poses with Dani Burlison and her daughters, and the Honda

She was running before, and now she’s got wheels

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Sebastopol auto-repair shop chooses a writer, activist, single mom to take home a sweet old Honda.

Taking part in the ceremonial planting of the cherry tree from Japan are, from the left, "Pasta King" Art Ibleto, Enmanji Buddhist Temple board President Kent Matsuda, Sebastopol Mayor Guy Wilson, Japanese Consul General from San Francisco Hiroshi Inomata, Sonoma County Japanese American Citizens League President Michael Bryant and Leaf Roberts of Sebastopol World Friends.

A gift from Japan takes root in Sebastopol

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

The Consul General of Japan traveled to Sebastopol from San Francisco this past weekend to present Sonoma County a living gift of gratitude.

Cherry trees, a gift from Japan, blossoms along the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C.

Coming Saturday (the 19th) to Sebastopol: pasta and a cherry tree

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

The dining and the conversation at a casual, donation-only pasta feast Saturday at Sebastopol’s Enmanji Temple will pause with the arrival of a special guest – and the presentation of a living gift.

One, two three...five new arrivals make a start in a decoration on Leif and Sherri Ortegren's front door.

Someone’s chirping at the door in Occidental

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Nature comes right to the front door of Sherri and Leif Ortegren’s West County home.

WWII veteran Frank Masuoka and his replica of the Congressional Gold Medal.

Medals and thanks for Japanese-American vets

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Four elderly U.S. war veterans with Japanese names humbly accepted a standing ovation and a medal Saturday in Sebastopol for having served their country despite its doubts about their loyalty.

An unidentified guy in a tie prepares for a dunking. Candidates for West County Supervisor are unlikely to come dressed so well.

Both Efren and Ernie will plunge on Saturday

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Forget the polls, these two powerhouse West County adversaries are going down in a dunk booth.

Murielle Adair.

The music video that Murielle and some pals made

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Ten-year-old Sebastopol singer Murielle Adair and an impressive lineup of friends make a music video that will brighten your day.

The former landmark auto dealership proposed for development as a CVS drug store and Chase bank branch. (Crista Jeremiason photo)MIASON

Astonishing, what the Sebastopol planning commissioner said to the county supervisor

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Civility reigned, for the most part, at the hearing on the CVS/Chase project, until a Sebastopol Planning Commissioner confronted County Supervisor Efren Carrillo and told him, “You don’t belong here.”

Polly Klaas

N.Y. actress bringing Polly Klaas-inspired play home

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

A Santa Rosa-reared actress and playwright who went to school with the kidnapped and slain Polly Klaas is coming home for the West Coast premiere in Sebastopol of her play, ‘Fault Lines.’

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Andrea Granahan is our West County correspondent.
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