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A special treat at Buddy Guy's Luther Burbank Center blues concert was a surprise performance by 11-year-old Ryan Woodard.
Owners of Reed’s Trailer Sales were ripped off by people who claimed to need generators to feed people affected by the fires.
George Merrill’s many professional honors included Santa Rosa’s Educator of the Year and the highest award of the state library-media educators’ group.
Tyler-Avery Lewis will sing through her reign, and push for schools to be truthful about the African-American experience.
A Steinway that will be played on March 24 beat the odds and, with its keepers, came through the Holocaust.
While living outside Dallas in 1963, Sebastopol resident Michael Paine engaged in occasional political discussions with a self-identified Marxist named Lee Harvey Oswald. 'He was a bitter person,' Paine recalled.
'They just loved her,' said Principal Jamie Worthington. 'They ate her up,' of the Olympic figure skater's recent visit to the Santa Rosa school.
Healdsburg’s h2hotel and Hotel Healdsburg on the fringe of the town’s central plaza were two of his projects.
Larry Frederick, struck by a car while working as a Oakland cop in 1982, treated some of the first responders who saved his life to a very special meal on Monday.
His new owner, a volunteer trapper, spent months trying to capture the cat in fire-ravaged Fountaingrove.
The people who took Mack home from the county shelter and named him Phoenix relinquished him to his original family.
A billboard in the burn zone honors the late Valerie Evans and her cow, Angel.
A Santa Rosa firefighter, who lost his home in the Tubbs fire, and his father got well-deserved special treatment during a visit to Russian River Brewing Co. on Monday.
Jon “Woody” Watson won over bad guys, saved lives and prevented nasty situations from getting worse in his 33 years as a deputy.
Kenwood’s firefighters display a gift from two buddies who know something about the heat of battle, and service above self.
It comforted Sarah Tukman’s broken heart to return to the ruins of her home at Wallace and Riebli roads after October's fires and see that her beehive was still intact. But her relief didn't last long.
“There is no question in our minds that she saved [our home] and many, many others,” said a neighbor in Santa Rosa's Montecito Meadow.
Boxes of blessings are up for grab from members of Threshold Choirs across the country.
Japanese visitors to the remains of Paradise Ridge Winery presented a thick envelope to help rebuild the historical exhibition to Nagasawa.
Sebastopol artist Patrick Amiot created a lasting tribute to vintner Denny Martin, who died last August.
Nearing 90, firestorm survivors R. Curtis and Ramona Smith say many blessings have helped them heal from the fire.
Santa Rosa resident Florence Bates was in high school when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The fraternity of veterans who were on Oahu the morning the bombs dropped would become a central focus of her life.
A local woman says donating her kidney was no big deal, but it was huge to the recipient.
Helen Rudee became the first woman elected supervisor in Sonoma County in 1976. She has enjoyed watching other women follow in her footsteps.
The Memeo Bros. Union Service station kept Santa Rosans gassed up and running for decades.