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Ian Thompson

Workshop to focus on management of chronic diseases

FAIRFIELD — People who live with chronic disease can participate in a free self-management program called Healthier Living that starts Tuesday and is offered by NorthBay Healthcare, Solano Public Health and the Area Agency on Aging. Healthier Living is an award-winning program developed by Stanford University to help people better manage chronic health conditions to live a happier, […]

Produce galore available at stands, markets across Solano County

FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s long heritage as a center for producing fruits and vegetables for the region can be seen in its fine crop of vegetable and produce stands that can be found around Fairfield and Vacaville. Not only is there a wide selection of such stands open during the summer, but there are also many […]

August 30, 2015 | Posted in Solano Life 2015 | Tagged | 1 Reply

Daily Republic has delivered local news for 160 years

FAIRFIELD — Well said, well read. It has been that way for the 160 years since the Daily Republic’s predecessor, the Solano County Herald, first hit the streets in Benicia in 1855. Under one name or another, the Daily Republic has covered central Solano County’s news since before the Civil War – from the area’s rural […]

Benicia history dates to mid-1800s and state’s gold rush

BENICIA — Rumor has it that Benicia is the town where word of the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill first spilled one night in 1848. This quaint waterside bedroom community on the Carquinez Strait with a treasured small town, founded a year earlier in 1847, is home to thriving artist district, a popular waterfront downtown and a former […]

Vallejo: Solano County’s version of city by the bay

VALLEJO — Once home to the oldest Navy shipyard on the West Coast, Vallejo has served twice as the state capital and is Solano County’s city by the bay with a diverse wealth of culture, attractions and events that range from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom to a historic downtown with its shopping, nightlife and restaurants. Solano County’s largest […]

Dixon’s deep roots in agriculture remain strong

DIXON — Lambtown and Dairy City are just two of the nicknames that denote Dixon’s strong agricultural roots. The town should have been named Dicksonville after pioneer Thomas Dickson who donated 10 acres of his land for a railroad depot, but a mistake on the spelling of the town’s name on a shipment of merchandise in 1872 got the […]

Travis Air Force Base a hub for military, humanitarian efforts

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — When the Pentagon needs to move its military forces anywhere in the world or get humanitarian relief where it’s needed, it’s Team Travis, the active duty and Air Force Reserve service members of Travis Air Force Base, who gets the call. The base’s global reach has ensured Travis has been an essential […]

Plans put on hold to close Lagoon Valley Park access

VACAVILLE — Plans to close road access to Lagoon Valley Park this fall have been put on hold for the foreseeable future, the Pena Adobe Historical Society was told this week. The city of Vacaville had announced earlier this summer that the roadway was going to be closed Oct. 26 to allow work to start […]

Fairfield, Vacaville police raid Talk N Wins in their towns

FAIRFIELD — The Talk N Win Internet sweepstakes cafe on North Texas Street has closed its doors until further notice after Fairfield police detectives, aided by the state state officials, served a search warrant on the establishment Wednesday that prompted the business to close. A simultaneous search warrant was served by Vacaville detectives on the Talk N […]

Travis Credit Union to host document shredding event

VACAVILLE — Residents and small businesses will get the chance to shred sensitive documents from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 12 at the Travis Credit Union headquarters at One Travis Way, the credit union announced. Travis Credit Union, in partnership with Data-Safe, is hosting the free service. On-the-spot document shredding and advice for how to protect […]

Truck hauling wood catches fire

FAIRFIELD — The wood being hauled by a truck headed north on Interstate 680 caught fire Wednesday, bringing out the Fire Department to put the fire out. The driver noticed the fire at 2:30 p.m. and pulled off I-680 at Gold Hill Road. There were no injuries in the incident, according to the California Highway Patrol. […]

Chapkis Dance Family cut from ‘America’s Got Talent’

SUISUN CITY — A Scotsman who swallows and barfs up objects rather the high-energy local Chapkis Dance Family has made it to the next level of the NBC talent show “America’s Got Talent.” The Suisun City-based Chapkis Dance Family did not get the votes they needed after Tuesday’s show to make it to the semifinals. They were one […]

Police call CVS employees, customers heroes in stopping knife attack on woman

VACAVILLE — Police commended the CVS drugstore employees and customers who stopped a man who had walked up behind a woman there and stabbed her repeatedly Monday afternoon. “This horrific event could have been even more tragic if not for the heroic actions of the employees at CVS and the customers who aided the employees,” […]

Chapkis Dance put all on line to advance in ‘America’s Got Talent’

FAIRFIELD — If faith were votes, the Suisun City-based Chapkis Dance Family would have already won.

All of the young supporters of the dance troupe who were the first to perform Tuesday on the NBC talent show “America’s Got Talent” had no doubt that their older peers would wow America.

“I think that they will make it through,” said Bella Cardosi, a younger Chapkis Dance . . .

Police suspect Vacaville driver of DUI after crash with motorcyclist

VACAVILLE — Vacaville police arrested a 22-year-old Vacaville man for allegedly driving under the influence Sunday night after police suspect that he critically injured a motorcyclist on Cherry Glen Road, according to the Vacaville Police Department. The motorcyclist suffered multiple fractures to his leg, neck and torso. He was transported to a local trauma center for treatment. […]

Vallejo to make appearance at Gen. Vallejo Day at Peña Adobe

VACAVILLE — If Gen. Mariano Vallejo wasn’t such a hard bargainer, the University of California, Berkeley would have been located in Petaluma. It’s one of the tales that historian Marshall West from Petaluma will tell when he appears at the Peña Adobe Park on Sept. 5 wearing the persona of Californian Mexican military commander, pioneer […]

Fairfield family raising money for service dog for son

FAIRFIELD — What is the greatest thing that 12-year-old Riley Howard is looking forward to doing with his service dog? “They can ride the rides at Disneyland,” Riley said. That is if his mother Michele Howard and her friends can raise the $4,000 needed to pay the San Jose-based service dog training business Cali Pals […]

Vacaville police arrest 3 after report of broken window

VACAVILLE — A report about an apartment window being broken out with the butt of a gun ended with three people under arrest late Sunday, according to the Vacaville Police Department. Police responded to the call on the 100 block of Gable Avenue and got a description of the suspects and their car, which was […]

Suisun City schedules 2nd trash drop-off day

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City residents will get another chance get rid of any trash from sofas and appliances to tree branches and electronic waste Saturday when Republic Services hosts its second 2015 Drop-Off Day. The drop-off will take place between 8 a.m. and noon at the empty lot behind the Suisun City Post Office at […]

Wolk, others question Delta tunnels plan

FAIRFIELD — Years after it was first proposed, the Delta tunnels project remains riddled with unanswered questions, state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, said in a press release about an informational hearing of the Senate Select Committee on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that took place Tuesday in the state capital. Wolk chairs the committee, which hosted a panel of experts […]

Travis group hears Governor’s Military Council report

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — The Governor’s Military Council introduced itself Monday to the Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee, laying out what the state group wants to do to keep and possibly even expand the military and defense industry presence in the state. “We are here to improve the operating environment of military bases (in […]

Prison attack injures CMF guard

VACAVILLE — A California Medical Facility correctional officer was injured early Tuesday morning when he was attacked by an inmate, according to press release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The unidentified officer was working in CMF’s Psychiatric Services Unit at about 1:40 a.m. when he was attacked by the inmate armed with […]

Suisun City police schedule coffee meet-and-greet

SUISUN CITY — If you want to talk about a problem in your neighborhood or just get to know Suisun City police officers a little better, you have the opportunity to do so at 6 p.m. Wednesday at a Coffee with a Cop event. The Suisun City Police Department is hosting the hour-long event at […]

Training for Girls on the Run coaching begins

FAIRFIELD — Girls on the Run Napa & Solano is looking for volunteers to help inspire and empower young girls between 8 and 14 when the local nonprofit empowerment program starts its fall season in September. The group needs to recruit 17 life coaches to work with groups of between eight and 15 girls once […]

Nut Tree, Premium Outlets remain Vacaville’s shining economic light

VACAVILLE — The recent opening of the Abercrombie & Fitch store in the Vacaville Premium Outlets complex is only the latest indication that the Premium Outlets/Nut Tree area continues to be Vacaville’s most prominent retail area. Its latest burst of activity has been centered around the area between East Monte Vista Avenue and Interstate 80, which […]

Knitting helps women stitch lives back together

FAIRFIELD — Volunteer Anna Sheldon has been helping women at Mission Solano’s Bridge to Life Center knit their lives back together for more than five years. Visitors to the Tomato Festival this weekend in downtown Fairfield can help out by buying some of the purses, scarves and hats the women have created. “This is something […]

Travis base schedules October power outage

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — The electricity on Travis Air Force Base will be turned off from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 11 to allow Pacific Gas & Electric Co. crews to perform maintenance on the transmission line that delivers power to the base and to replace damaged power poles. The outage is expected to affect […]

Suisun police to host coffee meet-and-greet

SUISUN CITY — If you want to talk about a problem in your neighborhood or just get to know Suisun City police officers a little better, you have the opportunity to do so at 6 p.m. Wednesday at a Coffee with a Cop event. The Suisun City Police Department is hosting the hour-long event at […]

New group forms to address senior loneliness

FAIRFIELD — Clif Pierce has heard senior citizens, who otherwise get few visitors, tell him more than once that his visit is the most important hour of their week. Pierce, who works for Solano County’s Home Supportive Services and Adult Protective Services, finds it sad and tragic that too many of this growing population feel so […]

NorthBay fills ambulance to help children in need

FAIRFIELD — Jenni Dodini spent a moment before going to work Wednesday to drop off a bag full of paper, binder, pencils and pens at the ambulance parked in front of NorthBay Medical Center. A grateful Ashley Batista of NorthBay’s trauma program injury prevention and outreach program thanked Dodini for the gift and put it […]

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