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Warm, fuzzy feelings for Charles Schulz keep coming


On the "Today" show the other morning, Al Roker and Jeannie Schulz agreed it's hard to believe it's been almost 10 years since Charles Schulz died in Santa Rosa.

Roker asked Jeannie what comes to mind when she ponders her husband's legacy, which was celebrated Saturday on the 60th anniversary of the strip's first appearance in newspapers.

"It's the love that people have for him," she replied. "People come to the museum every day and they want to hug me, because it's the best they can do."

HE'S 91 YEARS OLD and the temperature was higher than 100. That's why Edmund Engel stood for a bit in the parking lot of the Rincon Valley Safeway and considered the flat, flat tire on his and his wife Lorraine's car.

Two good guys spotted Edmund and offered to help. They broke a sweat and dirtied their hands changing the tire, then declined to accept even a dime.

This will explain the donation to the Redwood Empire Food Bank that will arrive from a couple expressing their gratitude.

GUY HEEDS A SIGN: Also in Rincon Valley is the productive patch of land that Ariel Dillon and her fiance Jeff Russell farm.

Now and again they look up from Redwood Empire Farm to see Guy Fieri drive by on Middle Rincon Road. They love the dude.

"We think he's likeable and energetic and we really admire how much he does for the local community," Ariel said.

For fun, one day she wrote on her streetside chalkboard, "Hey, Guy Fieri! Come take a big bite out of one of the best tomatoes!"

The other morning a slick, yellow Camaro pulled up and out bounded our Food Network star. He bought a bunch of veggies, shook hands, signed autographs, talked with the suburban farmers about healthful local food.

A NEIGHBOR KID was at the door, raising money for something. Of course, Darrell Bertacco of Santa Rosa complied.

For one thing, solicitor Greg Freeberg's parents always pony up when Darrell's kids put the hit on them. Darrell gave Greg some money and stuck the coupon or ticket somewhere.

"I had no idea what I was buying," he confessed.

The other day a phone call informed him that he'd won the raffle to benefit the Windsor Christian Academy eighth-grade trip to D.C. and Sonoma County Alliance Soccer. His prize: free frozen yogurt!

A dream come true. But wait.

When Darrell stopped by Yogurt Farms, across from Santa Rosa High, to claim his prize, owner Todd Phillips handed him 20 50-dollar gift certificates. One thousand dollars worth of frozen yogurt, ice cream, shaved ice or whatever.

Darrell? Darrell?

He's unboggled his mind now and says he'll share the certificates with good local causes. First he should take the Freeberg kid in to Yogurt Farms to see how much he can eat.

A bucketful with all 30 or so toppings? Why not.

SLIGHTLY OFF TRACK: She's lived 33 years on rural Olivet Road, out west of Santa Rosa, so Cathy Landis isn't surprised when traffic backs up at harvest time.

When she summoned the nerve to pass something stopped on the road, she expected to see it was gondolas of grapes.

"To my considerable surprise," she wrote in a lovely account of the backup on Olivet, "a caboose was stuck under a big overhanging oak tree."

"No train in sight, however. Several men were out trying to figure out what to do next."

Cathy drove home but after half an hour her curiosity sent her back for a closer look. But by then "the caboose had vamoosed."