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Stories from Chris Smith

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.

Peggy Sue's All-American Cruise to roll on, after all

Orhan Sarabi and the Graton Casino have stepped in to save the popular benefit car show and downtown Santa Rosa cruise.

Santa Rosa veteran recalls WWII service aboard storied sub

USS Flasher sank more tons of Japanese freighters, oil tankers and other merchant ships than any other U.S. submarine.

Smith: Memorabilia for a cause took Padecky's breath away

A friend’s donation of autographed sports memorabilia to raise money to fight lymphoma and leukemia left Press Democrat Columnist Bob Padecky speechless, no easy feat.

Smith: Thoughtful, quiet professor a true hero

Late Oakmont retiree receives rare, posthumous honor from the army’s 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum, N.Y.

Smith: An honor for a quiet, bookish ex-soldier

The late John Creaghe of Oakmont received a rare, posthumous honor from the army’s 10th Mountain Division.

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