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Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Author Archive: Glen Faison

Ranking the best Bay Area athletes

This is the greatest era in Bay Area pro sports history. With the exception of the Oakland Raiders, every major sports team is a serious playoff contender – something that’s unprecedented. So if you’re a sports fan, this is a column for you. But if you’re not, this is really a column for you, because […]

Huge jump in Solano median home price

FAIRFIELD — It was a record March. Solano County home prices made a historic jump last month, recording the largest single-month median-price increase in history. The median price – the point at which an equal number of homes sold for more and less – for the 416 homes sold last month was $300,000, according to […]

Suisun Wildlife Center offers class to help with ‘baby’ mammals

SUISUN CITY — Volunteers are sought to help the Suisun Wildlife Center care for young animals. Every spring, the center receives many “baby” mammals – particularly raccoons – to prepare for the wild and release, according to a press release. The center will host an Introduction to Baby Mammals Care orientation class from 7 to […]

Lessons learned from ‘unfunny’ column

Too soon? Too soon. At least for our readers. Last week in this space, I wrote a satiric column about my “theories” about what really happened to Flight 370, the Malaysian Airline plane that disappeared March 2. The response? It was immediately savaged on the Daily Republic website as stupid, cruel and unfunny. And that […]

Philip Diaz

Diaz, Philip, 90, of Fairfield, died Monday, April 7, 2014. Visitation at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel, 1500 Mission Road, Colma. Graveside service to follow. Arrangements by Fairfield Funeral Home, 425-1041.

Rockville Trails site of geologic hike

FAIRFIELD — Various rock types and their sources will be the focus of a docent-led hike from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19 at Rockville Trails Preserve. The hike will explore how the rocks got there, what is underground at the preserve, the rocks’ relationship to the nearby Green Valley and San Andreas faults, […]

Saturday hike set at King-Swett Ranches

FAIRFIELD — Local residents can hike the King-Swett Ranches, located between Fairfield, Vallejo and Benicia, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Naturalist Jim Walsh will guide the hike, sharing insights about birds and other wildlife that call the area home. On a clear day, you can see views from atop King Ranch that sweep […]

Land trust schedules next ‘Get the Rush’ event

SUISUN CITY — The monthly “Get the Rush” celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19 at Rush Ranch. It’s a series of fun activities offered the third Saturday of each month. April’s will include Smithy Virgil Sellers and his team demonstrating traditional blacksmithing skills; Little Bear at a table of […]

What happened to Flight 370? I have some theories

It’s one of the greatest puzzles of the past century, ranking with the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, the identity of the Zodiac killer and the continuing popularity of country music: What happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight 370? The governments of the world want us to believe their story – that it crashed somewhere in the […]

Area paramedics, EMTs, ‘Rosies’ receive honors

Lifesaving paramedics and emergency medical technicians, two “Rosie the Riveters” and more local residents get mention this week in a roundup of good news from around the region. Medic Ambulance employees earn praise Twelve Solano County employees of Medic Ambulance Service received honors from the California Ambulance Association this week for going above and beyond in […]

Tight inventory still controlling county home sales

FAIRFIELD — Inventory is king. As Solano County home prices continue their upward climb – rising about 25 percent in the past year – the number of homes available remains few. In February, for instance, only 358 homes sold in the county– the fewest for any month in nearly six years. That’s bad news. The […]

2 officer-involved shootings near Walmart

FAIRFIELD — Officers shot and wounded two people Thursday afternoon in what’s described as a multiple-agency action near the Walmart on North Texas Street. One shooting took place at the Bennington Apartments on the 2700 block of North Texas Street and the other was on the west side of the Walmart parking lot. Both victims […]

Jack Louis Mashburn

Mashburn, Jack Louis, 79, of Fairfield, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Private services. Arrangements by Fairfield Funeral Home, 425-1041.

Barbarians at the gates of our language

The barbarians are at the gates and our guards let them in! The loser? The English language, because here’s what they’ve done: Decided that “over” and “more than” mean the same thing. It’s heresy! And copy editors are revolting. (Literally. Just thinking about them makes me gag!) But that’s another issue. I’m concerned about the […]

A generation misses out on Jerry Lewis

She didn’t know who Jerry Lewis was. She didn’t know who Jerry Lewis was. Jerry Lewis! The great . . . uh . . . umm . . . well . . . how exactly do you describe Jerry Lewis? The telethon host? Dean Martin’s old partner? Star of slapstick movies? And then it hit […]

Local martial artists receive new belts

Martial artists, a local nonprofit and a college graduate are among those who were honored for making this a better community recently. In addition, we’ve got a lawyer who got honors for his volunteer work. PAL awards kajukenbo belts The Fairfield Police Athletics League awarded 13 participants with kajukenbo belts for demonstrating an understanding and […]

James L. Barbour

James L. Barbour passed away Monday, March 17, at the Loma Linda VA Medical Center, at the age of 93. He was surrounded by his loving family. Jim was a longtime resident of Suisun City before moving to Southern California. He served in the United States Marine Corps for 20 years. He then worked for […]

County, land trust prep for Lynch Canyon kite festival

FAIRFIELD — Breezes will be welcome May 3 at the sixth annual Lynch Canyon Open Space Kite Festival. Lynch Canyon is at 3100 Lynch Road, near McGary Road between Vallejo and Fairfield. The festival will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m and all that participants need to bring is a kite. The festival is […]

Spring equinox hike set for Rush Ranch

SUISUN CITY — Spring begins Thursday and local hikers can celebrate the equinox with a guided hike of the Suisun Marsh at Rush Ranch. The hike is easy and moderately paced. Bring water, snacks, sturdy closed-toe shoes, layered clothing and protection from the elements. No RSVP is necessary. Meet the guides by 9:45 a.m. in […]

This statistic isn’t funny: We’re losing clowns

Is this Clownageddon? The Clowns of America International president says his group’s membership has taken a pratfall – and Fairfield’s Corky the Magic Clown isn’t surprised. “They come and go so fast,” said Corky of her fellow clowns. “A lot of times, people think we’re like fourth- or fifth-level (entertainers). They diminish us and they […]

Students shine in classroom, competitions

School honors, robotics competition, academic excellence and even skateboarding prowess are all celebrated this week as we look at the good news from around the region. School district honors 4 students Jessica Ison of Crystal Middle School, Wendy Martinez of Grange Middle School and Marlon Washington of Green Valley Middle School were named students of the month for March in […]

March Madness begins Monday at an office near you

FAIRFIELD — When Jason Youngblood fills out his March Madness basketball tournament bracket, he’ll pick Louisville to win it all.

He almost always does.

“Anytime they’re in the top 20, I pick them,” said Youngblood, a 43-year-old Vacaville resident. “There have been years when I’ve tried to strategize and not gone with my heart. But if they’re near the top 20, I follow my heart.”

The Cardinals are a highly ranked team this year, so that makes it easy . . .

Solano home sale numbers at lowest level in 6 years

FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s double-edged real estate streak continues – but it may soon change. A total of just 358 homes were sold in the county in February for a median price of $264,000, according to DataQuick, a San Diego-based real estate information service. It was the 22nd straight month of a year-over-year price increase […]

Time to make daylight saving time permanent

Our national nightmare is finally over. With emphasis on “night.” Because daylight saving time is back and should be permanent! The pro-darkness fanatics would prefer to keep me quiet, but I won’t back down. This issue is too important! The 18-week period of darkness we just finished (why is it called “standard” time, when it […]

Airman from Fairfield lands firefighter honor

An award-winning firefighter, singer-songwriters advancing in a contest and cheers for cheerleaders top this week’s good news. Award for Lastusky Senior Airman Daniel Lastusky of Fairfield received multiple awards while serving as a firefighter at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. Lastusky received the John L. Levitow Award for academic and leadership excellence after graduation […]

Police arrest 2 after officer-involved shooting

FAIRFIELD — Two men are in custody after an early morning officer-involved shooting at a motel on the 3300 block of North Texas Street. Officers responded to a call of windows being broken at 4:10 a.m. Friday and as they were investigating, they saw someone run from the scene, according to a press release from […]

Mayors, officials to aid Meals on Wheels

FAIRFIELD — Elected officials from around the county will participate March 17 in the annual kickoff to the Meals on Wheels Week of Champions. Volunteer drivers with the Meals on Wheels program will transport lunches and officials around the region on that day. Mayors and elected officials from all seven Solano County cities are invited […]

Here’s a novel idea – I will promote my own work!

I wrote a novel that was published a couple of weeks ago and is available on Amazon. Surprised? Maybe about the novel, but you’re probably more surprised they let me use this space to shamelessly promote something I wrote. So am I. So let’s keep this between us. It’s called “Not Quite Camelot.” You can […]

Pressure defense leads Solano to playoff victory

ROCKVILLE — Here’s the Solano Community College women’s basketball team’s solution to playoff pressure: Pressure. Which is an awful lot like regular-season pressure. Using its full-court, swarming defense to force 15 first-half turnovers, Solano (26-4) never trailed Friday night in rolling to a 73-61 win over Cosumnes River College in the opening round of the […]

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