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Gaye LeBaron: Remembering the Sonoma Developmental Center
“Bitter but sweet.” Those were the words an Eldridge neighbor used to describe the recent “hail and farewell” party for the Sonoma Developmental Center.
LeBaron: Remembering Sears and Roebuck
When Sears first opened in Santa Rosa in 1948, it was the largest and most modern retail store between San Francisco and Portland.
LeBaron: Helen Rudee’s political life stemmed from wanting ‘to be useful’
Memories of the late Helen Rudee paint the trailblazer’s personality.
LeBaron: Questions on county’s homeless problem more than a century old
Looking to the community’s past provides perspective on the crisis now unfolding on the county’s streets.
LeBaron: What time-capsule items would really tell our story?
Let’s have a little more of what life was like here from the 1960s to next month, LeBaron writes.
LeBaron: Where is Coffey Park, exactly? That depends
The neighborhood known as Coffey Park in Santa Rosa is a blend of subdivisions but who calls it that depends on lots of factors.
LeBaron: SSU seeks input for project on the highway that 'sawed the town in half'
The Santa Rosa Neighborhood Heritage Mapping Project wants historical, anthropological, statistical and anecdotal information about the city.
LeBaron: Great Redwood Trail would be 300-mile-long wonderland
The Great Redwood Trail idea is nature’s way of telling us something’s right.
LeBaron: Remembering Petaluma's old silk mill
Petaluma’s Silk Mill building has an architectural, industrial and agricultural place in the region’s history.
LeBaron: Winding path of history led to beloved Trione-Annadel
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.
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