Stories from Gaye Lebaron
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.
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.