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Stories from Chris Smith

Smith: 2 travelers converge at Safeway

It took a chance encounter for a Sebastopol woman to learn the impact she had on a world traveler.

Smith: Clear Lake treasure hunter returns long-lost ring

Thanks to a thoughful man with a metal detector, a retired Santa Rosa teacher got her high school ring back nearly 55 years after she lost it.

Smith: Philippine VIP's long-delayed return to Sonoma County

Lunching at the Graton resort the other day was a nationally known mayor, former senator and member of the House of Representatives, and grandson of a late president.

Smith: Sam’s For Play coming to Graton casino

The walk-up counter will be called Sam’s For Play Express, and be open from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. other days.

Smith: Appletown seeks to keep its core

PD columnist Chris Smith praises Sebastopol, and Sonoma, for doing something to preserve what remains of the unique character, texture and charm of downtown.

Smith: Filmmaker in awe of enthusiasm for Healdsburg iPod project

'I came here from New York tonight because of what you people have done,' the maker of a film about music’s power to inspire those with Alzheimer’s said at a Schroeder Hall event last week.

Healdsburg packs up Valentine’s treats for troops

Mary St. Clair and volunteers with Healdsburg SOS thank and comfort soldiers in Afghanistan with boxes full of really good stuff.

Smith: It's the end of the road for Peggy Sue's Cruise

After 12 years of the summer car show and cruise through downtown Santa Rosa, health issues are forcing the pair responsible for the popular event to shut it down.

Smith: Why UCSF may just keep Keegan

A few special deliveries appeared on the 10th floor of the UCSF hospital as a thank you to the unit’s nurses.

Smith: So often, the music starts and light comes on in their eyes

Sonoma County has become a hotbed in a quest to spark an awakening in the minds of some of our most forlorn and withdrawn elders through the magic of music.

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