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Stories from Gaye Lebaron

“Bitter but sweet.” Those were the words an Eldridge neighbor used to describe the recent “hail and farewell” party for the Sonoma Developmental Center.
When Sears first opened in Santa Rosa in 1948, it was the largest and most modern retail store between San Francisco and Portland.
Memories of the late Helen Rudee paint the trailblazer’s personality.
Looking to the community’s past provides perspective on the crisis now unfolding on the county’s streets.
Let’s have a little more of what life was like here from the 1960s to next month, LeBaron writes.
The neighborhood known as Coffey Park in Santa Rosa is a blend of subdivisions but who calls it that depends on lots of factors.
The Santa Rosa Neighborhood Heritage Mapping Project wants historical, anthropological, statistical and anecdotal information about the city.
The Great Redwood Trail idea is nature’s way of telling us something’s right.
Petaluma’s Silk Mill building has an architectural, industrial and agricultural place in the region’s history.
It’s been mined, hiked, ridden and loved; Trione-Annadel State Park is a gift to Santa Rosa and its neighbors. And it has a friends group rallying to support its future.