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Smith: To honor a diver — and the danger

Conditions were ideal for the two dozen or so divers who went into the sea off northern Sonoma on Saturday to form a circle of tribute to Craig Willes, the good guy from Timber Cove who died last month in Fisk Mill Cove.

His wife, Linda, and other family members watched from the shore as fellow sport divers placed a bouquet on the water. Among the divers were those who'd never even met Willes when they put themselves in danger Oct. 24 to find and recover his body.

Following Saturday morning's memorial dive, everyone moved to Fort Ross School for a celebration of Willes' life.

It is wrenching to all that just over the weekend, two more abalone divers perished on the breathtaking, perilous coastline above Jenner.

The risks can't keep us from pursuing our passions. But we must use great care, certainly for the sake of those who want us to return home.

OUR PAUL STAROBA earns a mention in The New York Time's rousing review of the new musical comedy, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder."

At 30, Staroba is one of Broadway's youngest music directors ever. When "A Gentleman's Guide" opened at Walter Kerr Theatre, the Monty alum was in the pit, directing and playing piano.

His folks from Santa Rosa, David and Marsha Lightfoot, and sister Laura Lightfoot were at front row center, and they were dressed — just like the musical's main character, Monty Navarro — to kill.


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