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New development fees start Jan. 1 in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Developers looking to build commercial or residential dwellings in Vacaville will see a 5 percent increase in impact fees for building permits beginning Jan. 1. The Vacaville City Council approved the increase at its Dec. 9 meeting. Building permit applicants who currently have permits ready to be issued by the city are asked to obtain […]

Chief: New fire station will improve response times in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — A new fire station, planned for Cogburn Circle and Vanden Road, will improve response times by an estimated 3 to 5 percent, Vacaville Fire Chief Frank Drayton says. He spoke at a neighborhood meeting Thursday at the Ulatis Community Center about the station, which is estimated to cost $4 million. The new fire […]

Students, veterans’ spouses stuff stockings for hospitalized vets

VACAVILLE — Veterans on both coasts will be getting Christmas stockings stuffed with small gifts thanks to local high school and elementary school students, as well as the spouses of Vacaville veterans and Boy and Girl Scout troops. This is the fifth year that members of the National Honor Society at Vanden High School have […]

Needs of small dog give Solano man life’s mission

VACAVILLE — Failure was never an option for Brett Colton when it came to saving his chihuahua/dachshund mix named Anthony Mater from the disease that weakened his bones and cost the little dog one of his legs.

“I grew up in foster care,” Colton said. “I didn’t have anyone fight for me and I refused to pass that on.”

That three-year effort included what Colton said were “lots of fighting (to get his dog the care he needed), lots of medical expenses and lots of surgeries.”

The struggle also inspired the Vacaville man to put together Anthony’s Angels, which has already collected donations and raised funds to help other animals in need, as well as to help Toys for Tots. But its ultimate goal is to open up a nonprofit home for pets with disabilities.

Icon Aircraft wants to rename 2 Vacaville streets

VACAVILLE — Icon Aircraft wants to change the name of Beechcraft Road in Vacaville, where Icon’s new plant will be located, to Icon Way because the chief executive officer says it would damage the aircraft manufacturer to have an address with the name of a competitor. Piper Drive would also be changed to Icon Way […]

Menorah on Main begins celebration of Hanukkah

VACAVILLE — Steady rain failed to dampen the spirits of Solano County’s Jewish and non-Jewish communities Tuesday as they gathered for the sixth annual Menorah on Main event.

The massive menorah was lit by Rabbi Chaim Zaklos of Chabad of Solano County, and by Vacaville Mayor Len Augustine, kicking off the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah.

Zaklos, prior to lighting of the menorah, spoke of the dual miracles embodied in the Hanukkah tradition: Rededication of the temple in Jerusalem after the miracle . . .

Optimist Club welcomes student essays

VACAVILLE — The Optimist Club of Solano County invites area students to contemplate the phrase “Optimism Should be a Priority” as part of the Optimist International essay contest for 2014-15. The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays, based on that theme. Winners will receive $100 and a club certificate. Winning essays will be […]

Free new home heater warms Solano family

VACAVILLE — A retired Vacaville woman and her five grandchildren slept in a warm home for the first time in about three winters Monday night thanks to the generosity of a local company.

Rose Benton, 78, is retired and said she moved to Vacaville from San Francisco in 1994.

She lives on a fixed income in a two-story home on Gentry Circle with her five grandchildren, ages 8, 10, 16, 17 and 19. The home has had no central heat for the past three winters, she said. Instead, she and her grandchildren have kept warm through the use of space heaters – and by bundling up.

Candle memorial provides outlet for those who grieve

VACAVILLE — One by one, the candles were lit, and a name announced. The procession of mourners moved forward, each taking a candle. Across the world for one hour the candles would burn in a wave of candlelight from time zone to time zone. The Compassionate Friends Support group conducted the 18th Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting on Sunday for […]

Vacaville PAL benefits though AmazonSmile buys

VACAVILLE — Holiday shoppers can find the perfect gift and support the Vacaville Police Activities League through AmazonSmile, the city says. AmazonSmile donates part of the purchase price to the PAL. To take part in the campaign, visit smile.amazon.com, sign in to your Amazon account by providing your username and password and select Vacaville Counterforce […]

Bunco bash proceeds benefit Vacaville Museum

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Museum Guild continues its tradition of a fundraising bunco bash Jan. 28. The dice will be rolled at McBride Senior Center, 91 Town Square, beginning at 7 p.m. Food, wine and fellowship gets underway at 6 p.m. at the same location. All proceeds benefit the Vacaville Museum. Bunco is a dice game […]

Tickets on sale soon for Vacaville Museum fundraiser

VACAVILLE — Tickets go on sale Monday for the Vacaville Museum Guild’s annual fundraiser, Dinner for Eight. Tickets purchased are put in a drawing that offers four prizes – dinner for eight, a luncheon for eight, tea for eight, or a home tour and cocktail hour. All will occur in some of Vacaville’s most elegant homes […]

Free holiday camp for youth in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center will host a free camp with a holiday theme for youth from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event will include making ornaments, singing songs, a play with a Christmas theme for the youth act out, face paining and games. Lunch and snacks are included. The center is […]

Hardy thanks residents; Augustine takes oath as new Vacaville mayor

VACAVILLE — Outgoing Mayor Steve Hardy said citizens “stood by me and with me” in a “job that we all did together” and Len Augustine, sworn in Tuesday as the new mayor, announced, “We all really love the city of Vacaville.” Hardy, 72, did not seek re-election and Augustine, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, […]

City posts plans for Polar Bear Plunge 2015

VACAVILLE — The city plans to allow people to take the plunge at the city pool to celebrate the new year. Participants in the Polar Bear Plunge will have a chance to play in Frosty’s castle, jump into the chilly tank and ride the Arctic slides at the Walter V. Graham Aquatic Center, according to […]

Library to host winter craft day for preteens, teens

VACAVILLE — The area’s preteens and teens have a chance this week to make holiday gifts at the library. Participants can do such things as make a snow globe, decorate cookies and design their own gift bags, according to an event press release. The program is sponsored by the Friends of Vacaville Public Libraries. The program takes […]

Friends group brings puppet theater to Vacaville library

VACAVILLE — A city library will play host to a family night this month during which participants will be treated to puppet theater. The show consists of a holiday version of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” It’s sponsored by the Friends of Vacaville Public Libraries and is open to the public, according to a library press […]

Jingle Bell Run/Walk hits streets Thursday

VACAVILLE — The third annual Jingle Bell Benefit Run/Walk gets underway at 6:15 p.m. Thursday. The event is a fundraiser for the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association. The run/walk starts from Fleet Feet Sports, 354 Merchant St., and goes to Candy Cane Lane off North Orchard Avenue. The run is free, donations are accepted. For more […]

Augustine to begin new term as mayor in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Len Augustine will be sworn in as mayor and Councilmen Mitch Mashburn and Curtis Hunt will take the oath of office Tuesday at a special meeting that will also recognize outgoing Mayor Steve Hardy for his service. Augustine won 10,476 votes in the Nov. 4 election when Ron Rowlett and Rodney Leon Harrison […]

Santa dons fins, air tank for underwater pictures

VACAVILLE — Santa swapped his black boots for blue fins and his sack of toys for a tank of air Saturday afternoon as he posed for underwater pictures at Sports Chalet. The free event has been offered at the Vacaville location since it opened eight years ago, said Vince Dass, the store’s general manager. It […]

Bereaved parents invited to candle-lighting event

VACAVILLE — Parents who have been preceded in death by a child are invited to the 18th annual Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting at 6 p.m. Dec. 14. The event unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and grandchildren […]

Pena Adobe set to host Christmas bazaar

LAGOON VALLEY — Local author Francie Vicondoa will be at this Saturday’s Christmas Bazaar at the Adobe to talk about her book “Spanish Doors, Dishes and Dreams: A Cookbook by an Emigrant’s Child.” The book, which was published in 2004, is a collection of recipes used by Spanish and brought to the Vacaville area by Spanish […]

Suisun City, Vacaville historic calendars for sale

SUISUN CITY — The Solano History Education Center in the Lawler House at 718 Main St. is again selling 2015 calendars that feature photos and informational tidbits about Suisun City’s past. The funds help maintain the small museum located in the historic Lawler House. Calendars are available at the Lawler House museum, which is open from 12:30 […]

Nut Tree-based Mustang air show to take year off

VACAVILLE — The Mustangs and More air show at Nut Tree Airport will not be back in 2015, and if it does return in 2016, it will likely return under another name. That was the announcement made this week by event organizer Larry Smigla, who for years has put together the air show homage to America’s […]

Rain doesn’t dampen Vacaville’s merriment

VACAVILLE — Wet weather did not stop Eddie Kaanoi from singing his traditional “Christmas in Vacaville.” Nor did it stop local leaders such as Mayor Steve Hardy or Mayor-elect Len Augustine from thanking the large crowd of residents for braving the elements to light the community’s Christmas tree at the corner of Davis and Main streets Tuesday […]

College trustees prep to honor outgoing Vacaville mayor

FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College looks to honor Vacaville’s outgoing mayor through action at its regular scheduled board study session Wednesday. Steve Hardy, a 27-year Vacaville resident, is the subject of a resolution that’s scheduled for consideration by the college’s governing board. The resolution honors Hardy’s contributions to the college, the city of Vacaville and Solano County. The Solano County Board […]

Holiday Soiree Dec. 6 in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center will host a Holiday Soiree at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at the church, 350 N. Orchard Ave. The dinner will be catered. There will be music and special guests. Tickets must be purchased by Wednesday. Call Teresa Wilkinson at 447-0521 for reservations. Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or amaginnis@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her […]

Dog on it: Vacaville police seek K-9 training ‘suspect,’ other volunteers

VACAVILLE — The description for the volunteer position as K-9 dog agitator for the Vacaville Police Department says the work is “for the strong and fit.” Francisco Arreola adds that careful attention is required, too. The 25-year-old put on protective gear to assist officers training police dogs in twice-a-month exercises and advises paying attention after […]

Woman advocates for those with pain syndrome

VACAVILLE — Jo Hewitt-Casavant hopped on her bicycle three years ago and went for a ride alongside her husband. It was raining. Not much of a challenge for someone who rode as many as 500 miles a week on her bike. She looked down for a brief moment. Then, Hewitt-Casavant hit the pavement. She put […]

Black Friday brings out thrifty shoppers

VACAVILLE — Fernando Rivera and his girlfriend Teresa Hernandez held hands on a bench at the Vacaville Premium Outlet stores on Black Friday, calmly taking in the shoppers. The couple snuggled for warmth on the bench while taking a break from shopping. “Sonoma doesn’t have any malls,” Rivera said. “There really isn’t anywhere to shop.” The […]

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