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World War II spy shares tales of work behind enemy lines

VACAVILLE — In vivid detail, Marthe Cohn, 94, recalled her work as a spy for the French Army in World War II.

Cohn, who is Jewish, crossed into Germany to gather intelligence.

She spoke on Sunday to about 100 people at an event sponsored by Chabad, a Vacaville-based Jewish community. It’s the sixth time Chabad has held a community presentation on the Holocaust, said Chaim Zaklos, rabbi of Chabad.

Pena Adobe hosts natural dye-making presentation

VACAVILLE — Rebecca Mannion, Rush Ranch Educational Council president, will demonstrate how to make and use natural dyes between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pena Adobe Historical Society’s monthly open house in Pena Adobe Park at Pena Adobe Road just off Interstate 80. Mannion, also past president of the Willis Linn Jepson Chapter of […]

CAASC 18th Annual Chinese New Year and Scholarship Celebration

CAASC 18th Annual Chinese New Year and Scholarship Celebration CAASC 18th Annual Chinese New Year and Scholarship Celebration CAASC 18th Annual Chinese New Year and Scholarship Celebration CAASC 18th Annual Chinese New Year and Scholarship Celebration CAASC 18th Annual Chinese New Year and Scholarship Celebration

Hop to it: Vacaville ready for rabbit invasion

VACAVILLE — Hare raising has taken on a new meaning in Vacaville as the city readies to introduce 25 44-inch-tall rabbits to the community in the “We Know Jack” art project.

The decorated hares will hang out until the end of May in businesses that sponsored them. The rabbits will be auctioned off in June as a fundraiser for the Vacaville Museum.

Sponsors and artists who transformed white fiberglass into works of art gathered Friday at the museum for a sneak peek at the herd of hares.

One two-tone rabbit, done in dark brown and light silver, is affectionately named “Hareshey’s,” as the colors . . .

Copter makes emergency landing in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — A helicopter transporting a patient from VacaValley Hospital to San Francisco made an emergency landing at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday after the aircraft was believed to have struck a bird, the Vacaville Fire Department said. The California Shock Trauma Air Rescue helicopter was not damaged but protocol is to land and the aircraft did […]

Vacaville police clear homeless from area

VACAVILLE — A move by Vacaville police to clear homeless people from an area of town has resulted in 60 arrests for violation of the city’s anti-camping ordinance since the beginning of February, according to Lt. Mark Donaldson. The action came after an effort failed to get the homeless population to voluntarily comply, Donaldson said. […]

Property crime spike in Vacaville tied to state ballot measure

VACAVILLE — A statewide measure changing some felony property and drug offenses to misdemeanors has helped increase property crimes in the city, Vacaville officials say. Lt. Matt Lydon of the Vacaville Police Department, responding Tuesday to comments by Mayor Len Augustine and Councilman Mitch Mashburn, agreed that Proposition 47 has contributed to an influx of […]

Vacaville’s City Coach offers training program for riders

VACAVILLE — City Coach, Vacaville’s public transit provider, is offering a travel training program to help residents, especially those with a disability, learn how to maneuver their way around town on the city’s transit system. The program is aimed at providing an opportunity for residents to enjoy a new level of freedom and independence, according […]

Council OKs downtown Vacaville improvements

VACAVILLE — Improvements to downtown – dubbed “the entertainment capital of Solano County” – won approval by Vacaville City Council members Tuesday including Mayor Len Augustine, who spoke about the business district as “the heart of and soul” of the city. “I just have an emotional attachment to downtown,” Augustine said. “It feels right.” He […]

City pushes Etch N’ Catch catalytic converter program

VACAVILLE — The city has announced a program to reunite owners with their stolen property. The program is in response to an increase in thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles. Operation Etch N’ Catch, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 14 at Vacaville’s maintenance facility at 1001 Allison Drive, is available […]

Driver crashes into Burger King

VACAVILLE — A confused 61-year-old Vacaville man damaged the office at the Burger King restaurant at Peabody Road and Alamo Drive Tuesday afternoon when he drove his car into it, according to Vacaville police. Vincent Jackson of Fairfield, one of the employees, was on the restaurant’s patio having a meal break at about 3:45 p.m. […]

Vacaville woman dies after motorcycle crash

VACAVILLE — A woman died Saturday of injuries from a Friday motorcycle crash in the city, authorities announced late Monday. Bonnie Whitney, 46, of Vacaville, was driving south on Nut Tree Road south of Yellowstone Drive shortly before 2 p.m. Friday when she hit the center divide. Emergency responders found Whitney, who had been thrown […]

Poker tournament a fundraiser for community service projects

VACAVILLE — Poker aficionados and first-time players are invited March 20 to Vacaville Rotary Club’s annual Texas Hold ‘Em tournament. The event is a fundraiser for a variety of community service projects. It kicks off at 6 p.m. with food and a no-host bar in the Opera House, 560 Main St. The surviving trio at […]

Vacaville council eyes downtown work

VACAVILLE — A downtown lighting study, improved trash receptacles, new kiosks and more shade would be paid for with $70,000 in former redevelopment agency money if Vacaville City Council members agree with a city staff recommendation. A lighting expert would help determine options for downtown and Public Works personnel will test tree lights on a small […]

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Jewish French spy to give community talk

VACAVILLE — Marthe Cohn will share her story Sunday of courage and survival and her experience as a Jewish French spy behind enemy lines during the Holocaust. She penned the book, “Behind Enemy Lines: The True Life of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany.” The presentation is sponsored by Chabad of Solano County. The […]

Crab-feed fundraisers continue this week

VACAVILLE — The season’s myriad offerings of crab-feed fundraisers continue this week. Events include: Alpha Pregnancy Clinics Crab Feed, 6 p.m. Friday, Ulatis Community Center, 1000 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville. For tickets or more information, visit www.alphaclinics.org. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Crab Feed, 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Vacaville Moose Lodge, 6585 Gibson Canyon Road. All proceeds go to Leukemia […]

Library to host emergency preparedness workshop

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Fire Department will give a presentation on emergency preparedness Thursday at the library. Participants will learn how to safeguard what matters most when disasters strike: family, friends, pets and home. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Vacaville Public Library – Cultural Center, 1020 Ulatis Drive. For more information, […]

‘The Mask You Live In’ film set for Vacaville showing

VACAVILLE —  The film “The Mask You Live In,” about how a narrow definition of masculinity affects American boys and men, was among topics Friday at the Vacaville Youth Roundtable. “We had a great discussion about it,” said Anna Eaton, executive director of the Vacaville Boys and Girls Club. The movie will be shown April […]

Vacaville Fire Department personnel receive awards

VACAVILLE — Three members of the Vacaville Fire Department Vacaville firefighters were honored Thursday at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theater. Capt. Dave Rogers received the 2014 Firefighter of the Year award. Leslie Tatum received Fire Dispatcher of the Year award. Code Enforcement Tech II Donna Sandoval was named Administrative Employee of the Year. Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 […]

Exit ramp closed for maintenance work

VACAVILLE — The Peabody Road/Cliffside Drive off-ramp from eastbound Interstate 80 will be closed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day from Monday through Friday. Crews will be trimming trees, removing shrubs and doing other maintenance in the area, according to the California Department of Transportation. Caltrans will offer a detour as an alternate […]

Boutique schedules event to fight human trafficking

VACAVILLE — Apricot Lane in Vacaville will play host this week to a fundraiser called Fashion for a Cause. The boutique will provide food, drinks, door prizes and a raffle to help raise money for 3Strands, a nonprofit organization that works to help the victims of human trafficking in Cambodia. Proceeds from boutique sales will be donated to 3Strands, […]

Natural dye making to be demonstrated at Pena Adobe

VACAVILLE — Rebecca Mannion, Rush Ranch Educational Council president, will demonstrate how to make and use natural dyes between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 7 at the Pena Adobe Historical Society’s monthly open house in Pena Adobe Park at Pena Adobe Road just off Interstate 80. Mannion, also past president of the Willis Linn Jepson Chapter […]

Holocaust spy to speak in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Marthe Cohn will share her story of courage and survival and her experience as a Jewish French spy behind enemy lines during the Holocaust on March 1. She penned the book, “Behind Enemy Lines: The True Life of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany.” The presentation is sponsored by Chabad of Solano […]

Vaca man advocates for rare diseases with cross-country runs

VACAVILLE — Noah Coughlan believes in letting his feet do most of the talking. The 31-year-old Vacaville resident is set to begin his third cross-country run on Feb. 28. When it’s over, on Independence Day, Coughlan will have logged more than 3,000 miles, crossed through 13 states, over four mountain ranges and three deserts. He […]

Library hosts free Mardi Gras event

VACAVILLE — Some call it Mardi Gras. It is Carnival in Brazil. Everybody calls it a good time to celebrate, make music, dance and be with family and friends. The Vacaville public libraries are hosting a family night, where guests can celebrate Mardi Gras with the sounds of Samba Samba at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. James Henry will […]

Valentine’s Day proves a great day for taxes

VACAVILLE — Dozens of people decided early Saturday to take part of their Valentine’s Day and get their taxes done – for free. More were sure to follow suit. About 25 to 30 taxpayers lined up outside the Vacaville Cultural Center Library on Ulatis Drive long before the 10 a.m. start time, ready and eager to get those pesky taxes out […]

Papa Roach band of Vacaville set for Sacramento honor

VACAVILLE — Assemblyman Jim Frazier will honor Papa Roach on the Assembly floor during legislative session from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the California State Capitol. Frazier, D-Oakley, will present the Vacaville rock band with a resolution to commemorate the 15-year anniversary of a multiplatinum album and the band’s charity work, his office said. Papa Roach announced […]

Fundraiser set for student with cancer

VACAVILLE — Parents and students of Alamo Elementary School will have a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday to raise money for a student who was recently diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer. The fundraiser for 6-year-old Miley McCrary will take place at 369 Buck Ave. Items for sale include baked goods, donated items and homemade […]

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