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The autobiography of Henry Trione is selling well. Big surprise there.

At 94, Trione, the father of Annadel State Park and Empire College and this region's leading businessman/philanthropist, is enjoying his new role as author.

He's launched something of a book tour. He and helpful friends Gaye LeBaron and Dr. John Reed will be at Corrick's from 4 to about 6 p.m. on Friday.

They'll have plenty copies of "Footprints of the Baker Boy." The trio will appear with the book also from 5 to 6 p.m. Aug. 5 at Copperfield's in Montgomery Village.

"Footprints of the Baker Boy" is on sale at Corrick's and the bookstore, and in the gift shops at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and the Sonoma County Museum. Trione is donating all sales proceeds to the Memorial Hospital Foundation.

The book also can be purchased at www.trionebook.com. But the best way to buy it, quite obviously, is to go to one of the author events and at the same time meet the man.

IT PLEASED THE COURT for attorneys Rachel Dollar and Glenn Smith to stand before Sonoma County Judge Gary Nadler and expound on the implications and ramifications of love.

Nadler listened to Smith's eloquent review of the proposal that brought the three of them there, on the patio of a hillside home in Rincon Valley. Dollar busted up the judge and a legion of witnesses when she unfurled a scroll containing her conditions for accepting Smith's entreaty.

An instant after both of the partners in Santa Rosa's SmithDollar law firm completed their statements there in their backyard, Nadler rendered his decision. He declared them husband and wife.

COACH LITTLE LEAGUE long enough and this sort of thing happens.

The extraordinary John Perry has led the A's of greater Santa Rosa's Westside Little League for 40 years – despite having no kids of his own. He teaches the players baseball and also manners and responsibility.

The other day he took Westside's 11-year-old All-Stars to a game vs. the All-Stars of the Santa Rosa American league.

Perry spotted the name of his opposing coach: Steve Walsh. He wondered if that might be the same Steve Walsh who played on his A's in 1983 and '84.

It was. Before the inter-league All-Star game the two of them caught up.

Perry's team won the game, 10 to 3. He still regards Walsh as one of his players, one of his boys, so to beat him made him feel bad.

But he's getting over it.

COMPUTER MELT-DOWN: Extreme neighborliness heartens the Cotati family that last weekend ran from its engulfed W. School Street home before the oxygen and acetylene tanks in the garage blew up.

Brothers Noah Stanley, 14, and Arden, 12, were surveying the scene of near total destruction when up pulled Josh Joyce of Rohnert Park Computer. He asked if they'd lost their computers to the fire and the brothers, both technical sorts, said yes, their home-built computers burned.

Joyce had brought along a nice, used laptop and asked if they'd like it. The Stanley boys lit up like a pair of monitors.

Joyce, a Piner High alum, told me he'd intended to sell the laptop on eBay. "This was more important."

Others are donating relief dollars to Dave and Lisa Stanley and the boys by going onto gofundme.com and punching in the keywords Stanleys and Cotati.

TO A TEA: Volunteers at the historic gem that is Luther Burbank's Home & Gardens are refining plans for one of the season's best reasons to don your favorite summer party hat.

A headwear contest caps the July 19 Midsummer Garden Tea at the landmark occupied and worked by the globally renowned horticulturist for more than 50 years.

Proceeds from the tea will help the volunteers maintain the spot, soon to be beautified by replacement of the great stretch of rotted redwood picket fence along Santa Rosa Avenue. For tickets, go to lutherburbank.org.

Volunteers are abuzz over the unique, handmade silent-auction items, for sure the garden art of repurposed dinner plates, practical art produced from reclaimed wood and an art bowl created of parchment made of sliced carrots.

Do you approve, L.B.?

Surely he would.

Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and chris.smith@pressdemocrat.com.