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Time again for my Cheers and Jeers

The Daily Republic on Saturdays typically runs its Cheers and Jeers editorial. Since I grew weary of waiting for them to ask me for my input, I just made my own. Cheers to all the local and state politicians who have sent recorded phone pitches to my home phone. It has made my decision of who NOT to vote for […]

October 20, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 6 Replies

Napa man jailed for running over ex-girlfriend

VALLEJO — A 20-year-old Napa County man remains jailed after he was arrested for allegedly plowing his pickup truck into an ex-girlfriend on a Vallejo street and then running over her in the parking lot where she landed. Police Lt. Kevin Bartlett tells the Vallejo Times-Herald that a second woman who was walking with the intended target […]

Vacaville library to host composting series

VACAVILLE — Get the dirt on composting, the University of California Cooperative Extension Office says of information from a three-part series at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center. Composting is good for your garden, good for your budget, and saves water – so why doesn’t every gardener have a compost pile, wonders UC Cooperative Extension. It may be because […]

Senior Center hosts monthly travel presentation

FAIRFIELD — The Community Resources Department for the city of Fairfield invites interested adults to attend the monthly travel presentation at the Fairfield Senior Center. The presentation will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Senior Center Assembly Hall, 1200 Civic Center Drive, Fairfield. Collette Vacations will discuss this year’s trip and ideas for future travels. Trip offerings include London […]

Pumpkin Patch Festival set for final weekend

SUISUN CITY — The Western Railway Museum’s annual Pumpkin Patch Festival concludes this weekend. The countryside pumpkin jaunt begins at the museum with trains pulling out of the station for a 5-mile rail ride every half-hour until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The destination is the shaded dale of Gum Grove. A jump house is nestled near a […]

Sessions teach about child support process

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Department of Child Support Services will continue a series of workshops to help parents and family members understand the child support process. The Review and Adjustment workshop will help people learn the process of modifying a court order. Information on requesting modifications, and what to expect during the modification process, […]

Red Kettle Program returns for holidays

FAIRFIELD — The Salvation Army is gearing up for its annual Red Kettle campaign. Volunteers and donors are invited to learn more about this year’s needs at two open houses. They take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday: Ford Lincoln Fairfield, 3050 Auto Mall Parkway, Fairfield. Oct. 29: Iron Steed Harley-Davidson, 100 Auto Center Drive, Vacaville. […]

Holiday Fashion Extravaganza registration deadline looms

FAIRFIELD — The deadline to register for the Holiday Fashion Extravaganza is Friday. A reception begins at 6 p.m. followed by the fashion show and entertainment from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Ulatis Cultural Center, 1000 Ulatis Drive. Proceeds benefit Faith in Action and McBride Senior Center scholarships. To register, call 469-6660 or […]

Elder depression and substance abuse topic of discussion

SUISUN CITY — The Deadly Triangle: The Relationship Among Depression, Substance Abuse, Suicide and Older Adults will be discussed Friday at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, 611 Village Drive. The free event will feature Patrick Arbore of the Institute on Aging. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The program is from 9 a.m. to noon. Continuing […]

Local governments schedule meetings

FAIRFIELD — Three cities will conduct the public’s business this week as their respective city councils meet. The schedule includes: Fairfield City Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday, City Council chamber, 1000 Webster St., Fairfield. Info. www.fairfield.ca.gov. Rio Vista City Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday, City Council chamber, City Hall, One Main St., Rio Vista. Info: www.riovistacity.com/city-council. Suisun City Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday, […]

Girl Scouts explore sweet side of chemistry

FAIRFIELD — Perhaps you associate Girl Scouts with Thin Mints and other treats. On Sunday, in a crowded assembly room at Golden West Middle School, scores of Girl Scouts were better associated with chemistry instead of cookies.

More than 100 Girl Scouts, many of them accompanied by mothers and scout leaders wearing green T-shirts embossed with the saying “Girls can do anything,” attended an interactive chemistry program co-hosted by the American Chemical Society, Chevron’s chemical engineering department, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Girl Scouts of Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base.

City to consider Fairfield Main Street Association funding

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Main Street Association would receive an estimated $30,000 in fees from downtown businesses and $50,000 from the city’s general fund if resolutions before the City Council win approval Tuesday. The funds would go to the association, which provides special events downtown, in 2015. Margaret Manzo, executive director of the association, said […]

Cover cropping your home garden

If you’ve taken out your summer vegetable garden and are staring at bare soil, now is the time to consider planting a fall or winter cover crop. Growing cover crops provides many benefits, but as with growing any crop, it does require additional work and an investment in seeds. But if you enjoy the physical […]

October 19, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Are your heroes the good and honorable type?

Who are your heroes? Every Tuesday my church has a healing service. The healing service has two parts. We pray for those who are in need of healing, and we have an “anointing with oil” following a tradition from the Epistle of James. Following this, we have a celebration of the Great Thanksgiving or Eucharist. […]

Seven nutritional soundbites for kids

Parents often ask me about nutrition. They worry their kids are too picky or not growing well. They know about the “obesity epidemic” and want to protect their family. Here is the advice I often give in Seven Nutritional Soundbites: 1. Make snacks count – Many parents feel that it is a challenge to feed their […]

How to write a killer obituary for yourself

You probably know about funeral planning. It’s a good idea for you to determine your final arrangements, rather than leaving it to your grief-stricken family member. Or to that nephew who they had to track down to identify your body among all those boxes and old magazines in an apartment where neighbors only knew you […]

October 19, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 3 Replies

A cut above: Hair-raising time at Locks of Love event

FAIRFIELD — Krystell Blanton traveled from Sacramento Saturday, hoping to make a difference in the life of a child. The 31-year-old blonde was one of several people who stopped by June’s Shear FX on North Texas Street for a Locks of Love cut-a-thon. Blanton came in with about 18 inches of hair that hung all […]

Architecture that inspires present for all to see

The recent remodel of the historic neoclassical 1911 Solano County Courthouse in downtown Fairfield inspired us to take a brief look at how buildings evolve over time, especially commercial buildings that need to meet corporate branding programs, follow design trends and “freshen up” a structure’s design and function. We thought we would also take a […]

Police arrest 3 after reports of stabbing, theft, attempted robbery

VACAVILLE — Two Fairfield men and a 17-year-old Vacaville resident were arrested early Saturday on allegations that range from assault with a deadly weapon to vehicle theft, according to a Vacaville Police Department press release. Police officers responded at about 5:15 a.m. to a report of a stabbing at a gas station on the 600 block of […]

More than planes draws crowd to Nut Tree Airport

VACAVILLE — The sixth annual Mustangs and More event at the Vacaville Nut Tree Airport brought out lovers of airplanes and cars. The annual fundraising event to support the Travis Heritage Center on Travis Air Force Base hosted vintage aircraft going back to as far as the 1930s, along with the pilots who have restored them, fly […]

Voter registration deadline is Monday

FAIRFIELD — California voters who want to cast their vote on Nov. 4 must register by 11:59 p.m. Monday. Paper registration forms can be obtained at most post offices, libraries and city halls throughout California. New voters can also complete the information online at www.registertovote.ca.gov. More information, and a link to the state website, can […]

Alpha Color Blast brings messy fun to participants

VACAVILLE — Runners and walkers came with smiles and an eagerness to get messy for the third annual Alpha Color Blast, Saturday. Andrea Whittet brought her daughter Catie and friend Emily Covarrubias from Suisun City to participate in the event as members of the Crossroads Christian Church, who hosted the color run. “We didn’t really practice for this run, but thought it […]

Snakes, superheroes liven up Halloween Howl

SUISUN CITY — Optimus Prime seemed a little distracted by Spiderman, who was standing to his left. The two superheroes were making paper snakes at Saturday’s annual Halloween Howl at the Suisun Wildlife Center. Zaccahea Lang, 5, dressed at Optimus Prime, was there with his mother, Marcia Lang. It was the Suisun City resident’s first […]

Police make arrest in Fairfield’s 5th homicide of year

FAIRFIELD — Police arrested a man Friday who’s suspected of gunning someone down this week in Fairfield’s fifth homicide of the year. Marquice Carter, a 26-year-old with connections to Fairfield and Vallejo, was found shot to death early Tuesday inside an apartment on the 1500 block of Union Avenue, near Lee Bell Park. Detectives investigating […]

Pots and pans, patios and more at home and garden show

FAIRFIELD — Tammy Gunther listened faithfully as a representative of Kitchen Craft cookware demonstrated pots and pans at the Total Home, Garden and Harvest Festival on Saturday. She even sampled some of the corn on the cob he had cooked in a pan. While the product demonstrator may have seen Gunther as a possible buyer, […]

Italian Festival brings out the Italian in everyone

VACAVILLE — Throw a potato, hit a salami and win a prize. That is one of the fun games at the second annual Italian Festival in downtown Vacaville on Saturday and Sunday. The event for the Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District brings fun, family activities for the weekend. The festival started Friday night with a dinner and […]

Suisun City Police log: Oct. 17, 2014

10:21 a.m. — Fraud, 1000 block of GREYLAG DRIVE 11:14 a.m. — Burglary, 1700 block of ANDREWS CIRCLE 2:09 p.m. — Shots fired, 1300 block of WORLEY ROAD 3:20 p.m. — Hit-and-run, 1300 block of WORLEY ROAD 10:29 p.m. — Reckless driving, HIGHWAY 12 / WALTERS ROAD 11:03 p.m. — Reckless driving, HIGHWAY 12 / MARINA BOULEVARD

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