Bob Adams, a likeable and resourceful sort who became a Sonoma County deputy sheriff in 1974 and seven years later won a seat on the Board of Supervisors, has died in New Mexico.
An obituary is in the works for the 72-year-old Adams, who owned bicycle stores in Texas and New Mexico after he left Sonoma County 20-plus years ago. Already, former deputies are sharing old tales from his patrol days.
Retired deputy Jon Watson's favorite dates to the days of the infamous Sampson clan near Petaluma. Watson recalls going to the Sampson compound with Adams to serve a civil paper and being set upon at once by one of patriarch Howard Sampson's grown twin sons.
Watson can't recall which one it was. Regardless, the twin hurled unpleasantries at the deputies, then flung something at Adams: A partially eaten sandwich.
Adams cleaned off his uniform, then wrote a report. The DA subsequently filed charges and won a conviction.
And that, the story goes, is how one of the Sampson boys came to have a blot on his record for assault with a PB&J.
YOU AN EX-VIKING? If so, you may not want to be last to know that your alma mater, the 55-year-old Montgomery High, now has an alumni organization.
Despite Monty's savored rivalry with Santa Rosa High, the founders of the new MHS alumni group — Bob Parker, Dan Walker and Chuck Bauman — freely admit being inspired by the success of the SRHS Foundation. In its nearly 25 years the Santa Rosa group has contributed $1.8 million to the school.
The Montgomery Alumni Foundation's first big event is something the Santa Rosa Foundation has mastered — the polenta feed.
Monty's happens the night of March 9 at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building. Vikes can RSVP to Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOVING BELLA: Though heartbroken, the family members and friends who'll be at a March 9 memorial for 4-year-old Isabella Theresa Brock of Sebastopol are feeling grateful for her and a <QA0>
bundle of kindnesses.
Bella was born with a rare disorder, Cockayne Syndrome, and she spent a lot of time at the Kaiser hospitals in Santa Rosa and Oakland. You can imagine how her folks, Alexandra DiLuvio and Heath Brock, felt to return to their car at Oakland one day and find a window smashed.
Kaiser staffers rushed to clean up the broken glass and tape up the space where the window was. Then they took up a collection and gave Bella's parents a stack of cash to replace the window.
Later, in the midst of mourning Bella's death in January, her family learned that Kaiser employees in the Santa Rosa pediatrics unit had pitched in $600 to help with burial expenses.
Bella's memorial service is at 10:30 a.m. March 9 at the Center for Spiritual Living, but she was buried a short while ago in Sebastopol. Butterflies were released and one settled for quite a while on Bella's mother's sweater before it flitted off.