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Author Archive: Ian Thompson

Mother’s Day fair returns to Suisun waterfront

SUISUN CITY — The Mother’s Day Artisan Fair is returning to Suisun City’s waterfront for the fifth year May 11 and organizers are inviting residents to bring their mothers to enjoy the event. The fair opens at 11 a.m. and runs to 3 p.m. in the Harbor Park Plaza between Main and Solano streets. There […]

Travis lines up 2 days of aviation excellence

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — The Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s premiere aerial demonstration team, will headline a wide selection of aviation acrobatic acts, military aircraft demonstrations and displays of both modern and historic airplanes when Travis Air Force Base opens its gates to the public May 3-4.

“There will be something for everybody,” said Capt. Jamie Leenman, the Air Expo’s assistant air operations officer. “It will be a rare opportunity to see the Thunderbirds and to see the Army Golden Knights.”

Rotarians talk about running clinic to help Haitians

SUISUN CITY — Spending a week in a southern Haitian village seeing to the needs of the people there gave photographer and local Rotarian Jim Inks a good grasp of much help Haiti still needs from the outside world. “I got a good appreciation about how much there still needs to be done,” Inks told […]

Mustangs and More event moved back to October

VACAVILLE — The date for this year’s Mustangs and More event at the Nut Tree Airport is being moved again, this time to Oct. 18, said organizers of the gathering that is dedicated to one of World War II’s most successful aircraft, the P-51 Mustang fighter. “It is better weather and it is not as […]

Jelly Belly artist finds her work sweet

FAIRFIELD — One would not initially think that Jelly Belly beans are capable of recreating the subtle variations of color in such a classic painting as da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” or Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring.”

“I never had a piece where I could not find a bean or combination of beans which could not give me the color I wanted,” Jelly Belly resident artist Kristen Cumings said.

One challenge to that came when Jelly Belly dropped the peanut butter and caramel apple jelly beans.

Family matriarch celebrates 100th birthday

VACAVILLE — When Isadora Norwood was born on a small farm in Brooksville, Miss., on April 17, 1914, only four months before the outbreak of World War I, no one, especially in the segregated South, thought a black man would become president. On Thursday, the 100-year-old matriarch of the Norwood family, who everybody called Mother […]

Council moves plans for train depot renovation ahead

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Council approved a study supporting the renovation of the Suisun Train Depot late Tuesday and will vote on awarding a contract within the next four weeks for an architect to create construction documents for the work. A council majority voiced their support, giving direction to city staff – but […]

Solano DA hosts workshop to fight human trafficking

FAIRFIELD – The Solano County District Attorney’s Office advanced its campaign against human trafficking Wednesday by bringing in an expert – who survived being a victim to talk – to local law enforcement about what to look for and how to combat the problem. District Attorney Donald du Bain and Sheriff Thomas Ferrara said the […]

Suisun City to kick off 1st of 2 Earth Day celebrations

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City and Mission Solano are getting a jump on Earth Day by hosting a waterfront cleanup and celebration Saturday. For the fourth year, Mission Solano is organizing Earth Day Solano on the Suisun City waterfront starting at 9 a.m. Volunteers will gather at the Hampton Inn & Suites at 2 Harbor […]

Suisun water rates won’t rise this year

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City residents won’t see their water rates rise during 2014 after a bare majority of the Suisun-Solano Water Authority voted Monday to defer previously proposed water rate increases. “Rates will not increase this year,” Suisun City Mayor Pete Sanchez said during Tuesday’s Suisun City Council meeting. The vote was put off […]

Suisun council debates train depot renovation

SUISUN CITY — How does the Suisun City Council want to go about renovating its train depot? That was the matter the council was still debating as of 10 p.m. Tuesday. Suisun City wants to renovate the station to improve its usability by commuters who both use the Greyhound bus stop, Amtrak and regional bus […]

Suisun police ID shooting victim

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City police on Tuesday identified the victim of Saturday’s fatal shooting on Terry Lane as 33-year-old Salathiel Maynard. They also renewed a call for any witnesses to step forward. Maynard was shot at about 11 p.m. Saturday during an argument outside a house on the sub-100 block of Terry Lane. Neighbors […]

Travis, emergency crews work together on disaster exercise

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — It was the worst disaster that never happened in the history of the Travis Air Expo.

Two aircraft from the United States Air Force Thunderbirds aerial exposition team crashed, one on base land south of the flight line and the other slamming into a crowd at the Lambrecht Sports Complex, “killing” six people and “injuring’” another 61.

Fortunately, it was all an extensive exercise conducted Thursday by personnel and involving several on-base emergency responders and a wide representation of off-base agencies …

English Hills family brings a little bit of the Andes to Solano

ENGLISH HILLS — The alpacas of Deb Galway’s Menagerie Hill Ranch seem to hardly notice the human activity around them as they sun themselves on an English Hills slope.

Half a world away from their native environment on the lower slopes of the Andes, they are producers of what Galway says is the softest fleece you will find anywhere.

It was Deb Galway’s husband’s concern about keeping the area clear around their 3,000-acre English Hills ranch that got the family into the business of raising animals.

“We needed lawnmowers

2nd Lawler Ranch Park planning meet set

SUISUN CITY — Lawler Ranch residents will get to see what their suggestions for added uses to Lawler Ranch Park will look like at a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 24 at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center. Architectural renderings will be part of the discussions city park planners will have with neighbors of […]

Solano communities to host prescription drug take-back events

SUISUN CITY — Residents in communities across the county will have a chance to safely dispose of any expired, outdated or otherwise unneeded prescription medications – for free – April 26 as part of a countywide take-back campaign. The prescription take-back event will occur from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Medications will be accepted anonymously, […]

Coalition schedules beverage service training

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Prevention Coalition will offer free responsible beverage service training from 5 to 9 p.m. April 16 for businesses, service clubs, restaurant workers and others involved in the sale or service of alcohol. The training will result in a two-year certification that in some cases is […]

Vacaville chef loves to explore fusion cooking

VACAVILLE — If Chef Brian Jaco was content with cooking up burgers and sandwiches, he would probably still be at a bar and grill in Missouri. “But I wanted to go into cooking further than that,” Jaco said. Jaco said that started an ongoing fascination and exploration of fusion cooking, where he can mix and […]

Friends, family recall crash victims at vigil

VACAVILLE — More than 300 friends and family gathered Tuesday night in a field next to Nut Tree Road to remember Gilberto Guzman, the guy who loved to live loud, and Christie Brinsley, the girl who always was kind to everybody.

“He was the guy who everyone wanted and needed as a best friend and bro,” Jesse Perez said of Guzman, using the hood of a four-wheel drive pickup truck as a podium to talk to a crowd of people, many of whom were holding candles.

Jessica Wallace, one of those in the crowd, described 16-year-old Christie as someone “who was an amazing girl and I . . .

Tips to make the most of water during a drought

FAIRFIELD — It’s not that hard to keep nice gardens and landscapes amid dry spells. The UC Cooperative Extension offers a good checklist of tips to make the most of the water you use through its website at Here are a few of them: Water during the cool parts of the day. Watering between […]

Smart planting and use of water can get you through a drought

FAIRFIELD — Keeping your plants alive and healthy during a drought can be challenging. That means either finding ways to stretch your water usage with practices like using ground covers such as mulch to maximize the effectiveness of water needed for your plants ,or planning landscaping around drought-tolerant and native species of grasses, shrubs and […]

McDew to become AMC commander

FAIRFIELD — Lt. Gen. Darren McDew was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the next commander of Air Mobility Command, which has its headquarters at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. The Senate on Monday also confirmed McDew, 53, to receive a fourth star. McDew has commanded the 18th Air Force, which also has […]

Solano Library to launch 100th birthday celebration

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Library on Saturday will celebrate a century of bringing the gift of reading and lifelong learning to the communities it serves.

“It is going to be really fun,” said Ann Miller, the library’s marketing and community relations officer.

Among those celebrating the centennial that starts at 9 a.m. will be acting California State Librarian Gerry Maginnity, who started his career as a librarian in Vallejo, and Children’s Librarian Mike Perkins, who started his career here as a . . .

Prom dress giveaway set for Saturday

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Youth Commission will host a Prom Closet giveaway Saturday and the youth group has collected more than 150 gently used dresses to give away, as well as accessories, at the Fairfield Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be a dozen vendors available to offer services as […]

Downtown residents voice worries about new commercial chapel

SUISUN CITY — Residents who live near the former First Church of Christ, Scientist on Main Street that is being reopened as a commercial chapel told the Suisun City Council on Tuesday that the increase in traffic would disrupt the narrow residential streets around it. The business’ owner defended his operation. He said it would […]

Ghost tours delve into Suisun’s paranormal past

SUISUN CITY — The spirit known as Victoria was apparently drawn to the Lawler House’s front porch by the metal sculpture of the jester whose legs were bent as if he was dancing.

“She identifies with this because her own legs were twisted up by polio,” said paranormal investigator Devin Sisk who, with his group of fellow paranormal investigators, has spent the past several months researching old town Suisun City’s supernatural past.

Victoria, Sisk said, died in 1923 when she was 7 and had a brother who also died young. Sisk first encountered her across Main Street, but said he noticed she was more often . . .

Fairfield man faces home-invasion allegations

FAIRFIELD — Solano County sheriff’s detectives arrested a 26-year-old Fairfield man Friday in connection to a Dec. 18 home-invasion robbery in rural Vacaville that ended with one of the home’s occupants getting shot, according to a Tuesday press release from the Solano County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives arrested Kyle Matthew Amos, 26, at the Fairfield Parole […]

Suisun police to crack down on texting while driving

SUISUN CITY — City police will join more than 200 other law enforcement agencies in April to conduct a monthlong zero-tolerance enforcement and education campaign to curb the use of texting and using hand-held cell phones while driving. Special high-visibility enforcement operations will take place in Suisun City to cite cellphone violators on Thursday, April […]

NorthBay gets special MRI scanner thanks to grant

FAIRFIELD — The NorthBay Medical Center now has a specialized, metal-free ventilator to aid trauma patients in need of an MRI thanks to a grant from the Solano Community Foundation’s Leslie Anderson and Virginia May Anderson Fund and the NorthBay Guild Golf & Tennis Classic. The MRI is a key diagnostic tool used to help physicians determine […]

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