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Smith: It could rain diamonds on New Year's Day

It's silly, I know. But these days when I pass by the scored-concrete municipal administration center at Sonoma and Santa Rosa avenues, I feel a twinge of nostalgia.

You, too? Yeah, we can't help but think back to when, for decades and decades, Santa Rosa City Hall was run by grown-ups!

PLAN FOR RAIN, a wetter than average storm, on New Year's Day. Jeweler Doug Van Dyke is taking drastic action to assure that it happens.

No, he won't wash his car that morning; that would be child's play. Van Dyke and his wife, Ame, own Santa Rosa's oldest retail store, E.R. Sawyer Jewelers, and they've devised a way to improve the lagging rainfall picture.

They've vowed that they will refund the purchase price of every paid-in-full sale made up to closing time on Christmas Eve — if at least 1? inches of rain pelts Santa Rosa on New Year's Day.

So in 24 days, we'll see if the Van Dykes can persuade the heavens to open up. Already they've made good things happen in Sonoma County — as you may know, they donate diamonds to essential community fundraisers as if they were drops of rain.

CHRISTMAS PROPOSAL: The astonishingly creative and playful Scott Weaver had barely finished the 18th annual transformation of his Rohnert Park home into a Christmas fantasy castle. And the magic began.

For the third time, a charmed fellow fell to a knee alongside Weaver's holiday delight on Cielo Circle and asked his sweetheart to marry him.


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