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Stories from Gaye Lebaron

Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe of the historic Roe v. Wade abortion rights case, lived in Forestville for a time. PD columnist Gaye LeBaron reexamines the local history of McCorvey, now the subject of a new play.
Wistfulness coats our memories of the five drive-ins that served Sonoma County moviegoers until the last drive-in closed in the mid 1980s. PD columnist Gaye LeBaron recounts the local history of the drive-in.
Circuses have been visiting Sonoma County for more than 150 years. As the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus prepares to stage its last shows, PD columnist Gaye LeBaron takes you a trip into the past.
Cannabis may claim only the latest crop-based moniker bestowed over two centuries on the North Bay.
PD columnist Gaye LeBaron takes a look at the history of crab fishing in Sonoma County. She found it has been an important holiday tradition for longer than you might think.
Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. PD columnist Gaye LeBaron looks back at the many changes it unleashed in Sonoma County.
Growth periods have transformed towns and neighborhoods, but the current housing crisis reflects some of the deepest troubles of the Depression and post-World War II boom.
The year is 1847 and then-Lt. William Tecumseh Sherman has been dispatched to Sonoma to take prisoner a rebellious alcade refusing to cede power.
The public programs created to ease the effects of the Great Depression changed our nation and Sonoma County in very tangible ways.
After World War II ended, Sonoma County was a more welcoming place than most when its Japanese-American residents returned from internment camps, a trove of letters on exhibit at Sonoma State reminds us.