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Stories from Chris Smith

Smith: To rename a park for Trione?

Many people are asking, what would Henry Trione have wanted as a lasting memorial? It’s no secret he was not fond of being feted or fussed over.

Smith: Renaming Annadel a fitting tribute to Trione

Philanthropist Henry Trione, who died in February at 94, could have used his connections to fashion those hills into a housing development, but that’s not what he did.

Smith: We came so close to losing Angelo’s

The longtime jerky shop is back open just days after a fire damaged storage sheds there.

Smith: Oh, Henry, it was so good to see you

Last week's affectionate and frequently hysterical memorial celebration focused much on Henry Trione’s love of life.

Windsor man 'hooked for life' on treasure hunting

Every weekend, he leaves home to scan some expanse of well-tread but unpaved earth in Sonoma County for valuables that someone dropped.

Smith: Beware of bicycle buyer’s car key collateral

A man who let a prospective buyer take a spin on his $700 bike was given bogus car keys as collateral.

Smith: Check scammer tries to steal from foster kids

A man recently walked into a Santa Rosa check-cashing office with a real-looking but counterfeit Children’s Village check made payable to him for $900.

Smith: Colby soars even a bit higher

Colby Groom, the Cardinal Newman junior who was born with a defective heart valve, is going to bet busier. The Children’s Heart Foundation has named him a national spokesman.

Smith: High school ring fished out of Spring Lake, 25 years later

A metal detector hobbyist has made two astonishing finds of late, connecting a pair of local residents with jewelry lost or stolen decades ago.

Smith: She’d wish Jan’s death upon no one

Jeanette Lebell of Sebastopol knows we’d prefer not to speak about death. But she has a powerful and personal cause to plead.

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