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Stories from Gaye Lebaron

LeBaron: Wine and laughter in Asti

Long before Jon Stewart, Sonoma County resident Pat Paulsen was the funnyman of American politics. PD columnist Gaye LeBaron recounts the tale of the perennial presidential candidate.

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.

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