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Stories from Gaye Lebaron

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.

LeBaron: Remembering Starcross’ selfless good works

For nearly half a century, Tolbert McCarroll (Brother Toby), Mary Martha Aggeler (Sister Marti) and Julian DeRossi (Sister Julie) have rushed in where angels fear to tread.

LeBaron: Believe it — Ripley’s story is woven into Santa Rosa’s past

Robert Ripley, creator of the 'Believe it or Not Odditorium,' clearly considered his hometown more important than the place a recent PBS documentary characterized as 'a dusty, frontier town north of San Francisco.'

LeBaron: No predictions yet, just decades of remembering

As the year comes to a close, try to name the decade when each of these historic, semi-historic and absolutely meaningless events occurred.

LeBaron: Remembering roaring Christmas floods of decades past

Historic floods in 1955 and 1964 are among Christmastime tales worth remembering on the North Coast.

LeBaron: Long history of immigration in Sonoma County still being written

Young men who stepped off buses in 1943 marked the first Latino presence in Sonoma County since the U.S. government and Bear Flaggers seized California in the 1840s.

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