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Time for Relay for Life kickoff event

Near the beginning of playwright Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” the main character, Eugene, comments how the older people in his community always whisper the name of diseases as if they believed that saying them aloud would cause God to smite them with it. Well, those of us who participate in the American Cancer Society’s […]

Suisun Senior Center offers monthly dance

SUISUN CITY — A monthly dinner-dance returns to the Suisun Senior Center at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Royal Philharmonic Duo will provide the entertainment. Music is from 7 to 9 p.m. A full meal is served. The senior center is located at 318 Merganser Drive. The event returns after taking a break in November and December. For tickets or for more […]

Wedding Faire offers one-stop browsing for couples

VACAVILLE — Kendra Hofland was in the right place – along with several other women, and some men, planning nuptials. Wearing a pink sash that read “Bride to Be” and topped off with pink beaded necklace, Hofland, her mother and a friend perused the 2015 Wedding Faire at the Vacaville Opera House on Sunday. She was […]

Group plans Affordable Care Act informational session

FAIRFIELD — The Solano-Napa Chapter of the California Society of Enrolled Agents is hosting informational meetings throughout Solano County to talk about the Affordable Care Act. Volunteers will meet with the public to talk about the federal health care law and to answer questions for free, according to a press release. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Vacaville […]

Hispanic chamber to host immigration workshop

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host a two-hour workshop titled “The Road to Immigration: Understanding the Executive Order,” Thursday at St. Stephen CME Church, 2301 Union Ave. The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will include guest speakers from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the law offices of Miriam […]

Saturday Club preps for 24th Annual Sugar ’N’ Spice Tea

VACAVILLE — The 24th annual Sugar ’N’ Spice Tea, hosted by the Saturday Club, begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the clubhouse, 125 W. Kendal St. Those who attend are welcome to bring a favorite stuffed toy, which they can show off during the parade. The Alamo School Chorus will perform. Guests will be served tea sandwiches, mini […]

Gunfire exchange on Orange Drive sends 1 to hospital

VACAVILLE — Vacaville Police recovered one car believed to be involved in a late afternoon shooting on Orange Drive, near Nut Tree Road. Shortly before 5 p.m., police received 911 calls regarding two vehicles involved in a volley of gunfire across from the outlets, said Lt. Mark Donaldson of the Vacaville Police Department. Both cars […]

Crab feed tradition continues this week

FAIRFIELD — A pair of crab feeds keep the winter Solano County fundraising tradition alive this week. They are: Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge (Aerie 4113) Crab Feed, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, 77 Marina Center, Suisun City. Info: 330-6730, 428-4113. Rio Vista Boosters Club Crab Feed, 6 p.m. Saturday, Veterans Memorial Building, 610 St. Francis Way. Bring your own adult […]

Local government agencies post meeting times

FAIRFIELD — A variety of local government agencies will have meetings this week. They include: Solano County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, county Government Center, 675 Texas St. Info: www.co.solano.ca.us. Vacaville City Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday, council chamber, 650 Merchant St. Info: www.ci.vacaville.ca.us. Fairfield Planning Commission, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Fairfield council chamber, 1000 Webster St. Info: www.fairfield.ca.gov. […]

Fairfield schedules workshop on downtown plan

FAIRFIELD — The first workshop for the $807,500 plan for downtown Fairfield and West Texas Street will take place Tuesday at the Fairfield Community Center, 1000 Kentucky St. The meeting, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Willow Hall meeting room, seeks community ideas for the Heart of Fairfield plan. Downtown restaurants will provide a light […]

Teen finds entrepreneurial path at young age

FAIRFIELD — The entrepreneurial spirit hit Julie Sanchez at a young age.

The 17-year-old Armijo High School student, who is in the multimedia academy at the school and takes International Baccalaureate classes – has had her own freelance photography business, Alluring Detail Photography, for almost a year and already can say she has numerous repeat customers who come to her for momentous occasions such as wedding photos, senior portraits, new baby pictures and family portraits.

Turkey tail fungus one of many mushrooms after wet December

The wettest December in years and above average January temperatures unleashed the spread of mushrooms in parts of Northern California. These spore-bearing fruiting bodies are sprouting in lawns and along tree trunks. The word “mushroom” derives from the French mousseron referring to moss, or mousse. Mushrooms are a fungus with one of the most common […]

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The gift of a new beginning

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes . . . Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. — G.K. Chesterton I […]

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Insects in tropical settings can carry disease

If you go on a cruise ship now, as we recently did in French Polynesia, you will encounter hand sanitizer dispensers in every dining area. Moreover, there is usually a staff member present to gently remind every entering guest to use this device. This makes perfect sense, as cruise lines are occasionally struck by epidemics […]

Nursing students take next step in higher education

VALLEJO — Six months of hard work were rewarded recently as 28 women and four men earned their white medical coats as part of an 18-month nursing program at Touro University. White coat ceremonies were introduced about 20 years ago and symbolize a move to the next level of learning. The 32 students – many of whom are married, […]

Scientists think Earth doomed: I disagree

We’re 44 percent doomed and it’s our own fault. That’s not me saying it. It’s science! According to a paper published in the journal Science last week and written about on the blog site Science 2.0 (it has to be real science! Otherwise, they couldn’t write about it in Science and on Science 2.0!), the […]

Be heart smart all year long

The New Year often brings renewed commitments to health. Whether you plan to exercise more, eat better or stop smoking, now is the perfect time to examine your heart health. Lifestyle changes go a long way to preventing heart disease. Follow these guidelines to keep your heart healthy and strong, all year long: Heart healthy: Make […]

Saudi monarchy transition a real economic concern

If I wanted to take my cue from what the national media find so interesting, there’s one story considered the most important in the world. Of course, it’s “deflate-gate,” the allegation that someone playing or working for the New England Patriots let 2 pounds of air pressure out of the footballs that Tom Brady would be passing […]

CHP seeks witnesses to I-80 crash

FAIRFIELD — A major injury crash Saturday afternoon on westbound Interstate 80 just east of the Waterman Boulevard exit sent two people to the hospital. The California Highway Patrol responded to the scene shortly after 1 p.m. A 2004 Ford Escape reportedly swerved to avoid a collision, according to CHP Sgt. Chris Linehan, causing the driver to lose […]

City seeks input on downtown plan

We want your input. We are hearing a lot of buzz – and strong opinions – surrounding the city’s recent announcement of a major community workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Fairfield Community Center. Public participation is needed and this week your Economic Notes reporters are spreading the message about the workshop, and how valuable […]

Kindergarten Readiness Roundup enlightens parents

FAIRFIELD — Dozens of young children took part in an exercise Saturday to see if they are ready for kindergarten and if not, how best for their families to proceed. “This is an excellent program and I am interested to see where my great-great-grandson stands,” said Ursula Martinez of Fairfield. Martinez brought her great-great-grandson Logan Whitt, also from Fairfield, to […]

Crews respond to residential fire

FAIRFIELD — Crews from the Fairfield Fire Department responded to a residential fire just after 4:30 p.m. Saturday on the 900 block of Oregon Street. The fire began in the kitchen, according to Battalion Chief John Sturdee. Firefighters were able to quickly contain the blaze and prevent it from spreading to the rest of the […]

Solano GOP welcomes address from King niece

FAIRFIELD — Solano County Republicans hosted an evening Saturday with Dr. King, even if it wasn’t quite the same Dr. King from history books. Alveda King, the niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., having overcome some travel difficulties, addressed a crowd gathered at the Jelly Belly Visitors Center via Skype. King provided some initial […]

Friend seeks justice for 1982 Vacaville homicide victim

VACAVILLE — Mary Borchers hopes it’s the beginning of the end.

Marvin Ray Markle Jr. was sentenced Jan. 16 in a Butte County courtroom to a prison term of 80 years to life.

The same man was identified in a California courtroom last fall as the man responsible the 1982 death of 14-year-old DeAnna Johnson, Borchers’ friend. The two shared a locker in high school.

Johnson’s body was found Nov. 16, 1982, in a field off of Elmira Road, an area visible from her home. She had attended a party the night before.

Group schedules Valentine’s Day Walk at Quail Ridge

LAKE BERRYESSA — The Quail Ridge Reserve at Lake Berryessa will host a walk for those interested in getting out into nature for Valentine’s Day. Members of the Quail Ridge Wilderness Conservancy are organizing the walk, which takes place from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14. The reserve is located on the peninsula at the southern end of […]

Biggest Little Car Show returns for 31st year

SUISUN CITY — The 31th annual Biggest Little Car Show rolls to the Suisun City waterfront this spring to support a military veterans program. The event, presented by the Golden Hills Mustang Club, showcases all years of Mustangs, Fords and Ford-powered vehicles. Proceeds from the car show help support local charities, event organizers said in a release. This […]

Solano Safety Net Summit set in Fairfield downtown

FAIRFIELD — Current and future plans to reduce poverty in Solano County and throughout the Bay Area will be the focus of discussion Thursday during the Solano Safety Net Summit No. 8. The Solano Safety Net Summit Steering Committee and Rise Together Bay Area is co-hosting the summit, which takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 […]

Wine, chocolate pairing comes to downtown Benicia

BENICIA — Wine and chocolate will be paired from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 7 in the downtown area. Up to 20 different wines will be poured inside participating downtown shops during the Wine and Chocolate Walk. Those who take part will have an opportunity to walk along First Street with wine glass in hand. Participants must […]

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