Smith: Like a frozen Butterball, Hermine flew

This went on for the better part of three days. "I was almost starting to doubt it," Baker admits.

Tired but determined, 63 women from 18 nations were on the 13th attempt last Saturday when the formation formed and, for several seconds, held. Jubilation rained onto southcentral Arizona.

Baker, whose primary sponsor was AspenAir Inside of Rohnert Park, said she and the others will train and tune and, in time, go for an even greater record.

"They're my sky sisters now," she said.

As we might imagine, she finds it difficult to describe what it's like to create a choreographed formation while hurtling through the air.

"It's almost," she said, "like dancing with God."

<b>LET'S EAT OUT</b> on Thursday, perhaps the best day of the year to visit any of more than 80 of Sonoma County's biggest-hearted restaurants.

It's the day of Dining Out for Life, when the owners of cafes, bistros, burger bars, taverns and fine restaurants throughout the county donate a generous share of the tabs to Food for Thought, the Forestville-based AIDS Food Bank.

Volunteers at the participating eateries welcome diners, enter them in a free drawing and invite personal donations to the essential works of Food for Thought.

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