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Stories from Chris Smith

Chicken, cake and community

Whether you call it the ChickenQue or newly renamed 4-H Open House and Chicken BBQ, there’s still going to be lots of chicken and lots of cake at May 3 fundraiser.

Smith: Remember Anast, all who cast off one day in 1930, and be wary

Nick Anast, a man exuberantly alive until something went wrong on a kayak on Tomales Bay last month, will be honored Sunday at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Sonoma County stars on Bing

The search engine is treating the world to a gorgeous shot at Windsor's Foothill Regional Park thanks to a local movie photog.

Hundreds expected at Santa Rosa teen's weekend walk to end genocide

A Santa Rosa teen will lead a Sunday walk to mark the liberation of Auschwitz and the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

Smith: St. Clair, the little boat & the oysters

Dan Benedetti, who praises the day ex-49er Bob St. Clair became a salesman for his family’s Clover Stornetta Farms, could tell a million stories about the genial, mischievous giant.

Smith: The ghosts she found in the old book

See what an El Molino grad discovered hidden in the pages of 750-year-old handmade book containing some of the first references to the legendary King Arthur and Merlin.

Former Santa Rosa cop heeds call to help birds

Eight years after delivering an injured patient to the Bird Rescue Center, Brad Marsh is now a key volunteer at Santa Rosa facility.

Smith: Jesse Katz, wineries aid nonprofit

Rising star winemaker Jesse Katz of Lancaster Estate in Alexander Valley will use cabernet sauvignon juice donated by six fine wineries to make what could be an ah-inspiring blend.

Smith: Where on Earth has this card been?

Read the tale of a postcard mailed from Africa 18 years ago and discovered in a shopping cart at a local Home Depot before reuniting with its rightful recipient.

Smith: A golden bit of gratitude to the Raiders

The Doolittle Raiders will be honored Wednesday by Congress, evoking family memories for a Santa Rosa woman.

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