Community news from Sonoma County towns

Tammy Azcarate of Cloverdale on her front porch with the Thanksgiving flag that was stolen, then returned to her. December, 2017. (Courtesy photo)



‘Best small town for sure,’ downtown resident says

Tammy Azcarate lives in one of the historic homes downtown and sets out seasonal decorations throughout the year. On Nov. 25, when she went out to exchange her Thanksgiving flag for a Christmas one, she was stunned to discover both it and the metal flag pole were missing.

She posted about it on Facebook, saying it made her hesitant to put out Christmas decorations.

About a week later, she found the flag and pole laying on her front porch.

Again taking to Facebook, she thanked the mysterious stranger who not only found it, but took the time to return it.

She received a response that simply said, “You are very welcome. I saw it on 4th St. tucked in the mailboxes and knew where it belonged.”

For Azcarate, one of the best things about living in Cloverdale is that neighbors look out for each other, even when they have never actually met.

“Best small town for sure” is how she describes it.


Decking newsstands with boughs of holly

Shannon Lawton delivers The Press Democrat every night to various newsstands around Cloverdale. With the holiday season in full swing, she decided it might be nice to make them a little more festive, so she decided to decorate each one, adding bits of holly, snowmen and other seasonal décor to the ones on her route.


All clubs welcome at bass tourney on Lake Sonoma

The Redwood Empire Bass Club open tournament will be held Saturday at Lake Sonoma. All clubs are welcome. Check-in is at 5:30 a.m.; weigh-in at 3 p.m. Sign up at


Schools hold assembly to thank first responders

Geyserville Elementary and New Tech High School student council members welcomed local firefighters, Cal Fire and other first responders at a Friday gratitude assembly.

Students made gifts of cards, gratitude paper chain and a singing tree mural that represents Sonoma County Strong.

The kids chose a Gratitude Assembly as a way to say thank you and share “Geyserville love.”

Each year many of the elementary school classes take the two-block walk for a tour of the firehouse and meet the firefighters.


Free books rolling into town on bookmobile

The Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County will be in Geyserville from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19. The Bookmobile parks on Geyserville Avenue across from the Visitor’s Plaza.


Stockings for children displaced by fires

Families displaced by the fires can pick up filled Christmas stockings for their children ages 3 to 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz dealership, 2885 Corby Ave.

Like so many others, former Sonoma County resident Laurie O’Brien wanted to do something to help. From her home in Washington, she came up with a plan to fill Christmas stockings for children who were displaced or left homeless.

She then promoted the idea through a Facebook page called “Stockings from Santa for Sonoma.”

Jerry Reid, general manager and president of Smothers European, offered the use of his Mercedes-Benz dealership for deliveries, storage and distribution. Just ask for Gabby, and she will be happy to assist.

Additional stocking donations are still needed and can be dropped off at the dealership during regular business hours through Friday.


Church holding free event for those affected by fires

St. Luke Lutheran Church, 905 Mendocino Ave., is inviting families impacted by the fires to stop by from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 17 to enjoy free appetizers, hot chocolate, tea and coffee. They also will be distributing free gift cards.

To participate in this event, bring your official FEMA paperwork.

Towns correspondents