Stories from Gaye Lebaron

LeBaron: How things have changed for Sonoma County moms

The curious holiday of Parents’ Day is a good occasion to revisit a time in Sonoma County history when fathers got more time off for a birth than mothers.

LeBaron: Square has divided Santa Rosa for 160 years

Old Courthouse Square, known as a plaza before the mall usurped the name, has long been a contentious place.

LeBaron: Remembering what's left of tiny Melitta

The proposed expansion of Spring Lake Village will take in what used to be the tiny, pretty interesting town of Melitta, Gaye LeBaron writes.

LeBaron: Recalling ACLU award’s namesake

Who is Jack Green, and why is the local ACLU chapter’s award named for him?

LeBaron: On long-buried bones, and a tribute to a Santa Rosan

Even if bones buried 150 years have finally been found, a new tale is just beginning.

LeBaron: SMART’s arrival worth singing about

The impending arrival of SMART gives us occasion to revisit former Sonoma County troubadour Lenny Anderson’s ode to a bygone era of whistles and steam engines.

LeBaron: Hot heydeys along the River

From old columns and letters emerges a vivid picture of Rio Nido and Johnson’s and every beach and dance floor from Palomar on Fitch Mountain to Monte Rio.

LeBaron: Tourism fears echo debate about growth

How many tourists is too many? The debate is underway, in Healdsburg and Sonoma and in Napa County.

LeBaron: 165 years of looking for a better way

Change can come in small increments, or in big gulps, like what is happening here and now with the county’s c ommunity task force.

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