Stories from Chris Smith

A big night on Old Courthouse Square

In Santa Rosa’s Old Courthouse Square on Friday, launch the Christmas season and light a candle for all who are no longer here to enjoy the holidays.

Accidental hero in Valley fire

Steve Shurelian, a Vietnam-era Army veteran, ex-Philadelphia drug addict and handyman, saved a neighbor and much of a beloved recreation center with his actions in the outrbreak of the massive Lake County wildfire.

Smith: Two old vets and a funky furnace

Two Petaluma cousins, both military veterans, had to call for some help recently when the weather started to cool and they found their old house’s furnace wasn't working so well.

Smith: Sonoma County residents to aid Syrian refugees in Greece

Spring Maxfield of Santa Rosa and Graton apple rancher Sheldon Rosenberg are headed overseas to help those seeking refuge from Syria’s turmoil, Chris Smith writes.

Google welcomes Santa Rosa woman, 97

From virtual reality to a ride in a self-driving car, Olive Horrell was blown away by Google’s Mountain View campus. She’ll speak Thursday in San Francisco as an tech ambassador for her generation.

Smith: Middletown awaits the rinse cycle

A masterpiece of a free mobile laundromat has been completed for Valley fire victims.

Smith: Drive-up holiday prayers, right there by the ATMs

The couple that leads Fountain of Life Fellowship in Santa Rosa are planning a novel type of kindness this season: holiday prayers for passing motorists near Coddingtown Mall.

Local stylist helping homeless with free meals, holiday hair cuts

For Thanksgiving, a Sonoma County hair stylist and friends will be out at Juilliard Park helping the homeless and welcome a helping hand.

Rohnert Park World War II vet recalls deadly run over Germany

As Rohnert Park's Hertzel Harrison, 97, ponders Veterans Day, you can be sure the World War II vet will think about the young soldier he’d promised to look after.

Chihuahua dumped at SRJC dies after surgery to save her legs

The puppy, found in a Dumpster late last month, came through operation on her legs but passed away Monday.

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