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Stories from Gaye Lebaron

LeBaron: When 'Smile' made Santa Rosa frown

In 1975, Hollywood filmmakers convinced Santa Rosans their city would star in a feel-good flick about small-town America. They lied.

LeBaron: Memories of Christmas both joyful and uncomfortable

With each Christmas come many sad memories, but also plenty of joyful, jubilant ones, Gaye LeBaron writes.

LeBaron: New book explores Fountaingrove's Thomas Lake Harris

A new book explores the relationship of Briton Laurence Oliphant with the strange spiritual world of Fountaingrove spiritualist Thomas Lake Harris.

LeBaron: Great Depression’s uplifting lessons

As people struggle to find housing in Sonoma County, it’s worth remembering the uplifting tales of neighborly good deeds from the Great Depression.

LeBaron: Gay trailblazer’s Sonoma County ties

The week of Veterans Day is an appropriate time to remember Leonard Matlovich’s importance to reforms in the U.S. military.

LeBaron: Reasons mounting to save Carrillo Adobe

Since the first organized attempt in the late 1950s, there have been repeated efforts to rescue the ruins of the Carrillo Adobe in Santa Rosa. Columnist Gaye LeBaron looks at the history of Santa Rosa’s first house.

LeBaron: What would a railroad have done for Lake County?

Maybe Lake County’s economic struggles over the years aren’t because it 'couldn’t catch a break.' Perhaps they exist because the county couldn’t catch a train, Gaye LeBaron writes.

LeBaron: C-SPAN to spotlight Santa Rosa

A revealing report on the history of Sonoma County’s capital city and environs will be seen next weekend on C-SPAN channels. Get a sneak peek here.

LeBaron: Wild tales from the long-lived Barnard clan

Ruth Newman, the last survivor of the 1906 earthquake with memories of the temblor, died this summer. Because she came from a family of storytellers, we have a glimpse of Sonoma County in the early 20th century.

LeBaron: The Springs, now and then

Today, Agua Caliente, Boyes Hot Springs and Fetters Hot Springs have morphed into the 'The Springs' but PD columnist Gaye LeBaron notes this two-word town is a much different place than the triple towns were in their time.

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