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Prep work for Vacaville General Plan update heads to city commission

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Planning Commission will listen to a presentation Tuesday by the city’s Community Development Department about comments received during the mandated 55-day public comment period for a draft environmental impact report related to the proposed General Plan update. Comments will be reviewed during a general discussion. They came from local residents and organizations […]

Vacaville library set for summer reading program

VACAVILLE — It will be a summer full of art, magic and science at the library, according to staff. The Vacaville Public Library Town Square will kick off its summer reading program at 4 p.m. June 12. The free celebration includes live music, cake and ice cream. The library is located at 1 Town Square Place in […]

Sport aircraft company relocating to Vacaville

VACAVILLE — It was love at first sight for many on Wednesday.

They touched. They circled. They looked underneath, on top and marveled at the beauty.

“Talk about a cutie,” Solano County Supervisor John Vasquez said.

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, caressed the carbon fiber outside and said, “Doesn’t it make you want to say, ‘Can I buy one, Patty?’ ”
The object of everyone’s affections was the new lightweight, compact . . .

City manager lays groundwork for budget sessions

VACAVILLE — Councilman Curtis Hunt would like to look into health care alternatives in order to save the city some bucks as it struggles to keep moving in a positive direction financially in upcoming years. Hunt, responding to a lengthy budget update Tuesday by City Manager Laura Kuhn, brought up a program offered by United Healthcare […]

Council backs Visit Vacaville’s plans

VACAVILLE — Up, up and up. That’s the good news that Melyssa Laughlin, CEO of Visit Vacaville, brought Tuesday to the City Council as she presented last year’s accomplishments and upcoming goals in the 2013-14 annual report and the 2014-15 Business and Marketing Plan/Budget. Hotel occupancy is up, retail is up and the number of […]

Family gets to know downed WWII pilot – 70 years later

VACAVILLE — At 5:02 p.m. June 7, 1944, near Vernio, Italy, Diane deFord’s father was shot out of the sky by the Germans during World War II.

The B-25J Mitchell was carrying a U.S. Army Air Corps crew of seven from the 379th Bomb Squadron, 310th Bomb Group based in Ghisonaccia, Corsica. According to declassified war records, the plane was flying at about 10,000 feet in the 10th position in the 18-plane formation, returning from a bombing run on “a railroad viaduct and two road bridges in Vernio, Castelfranco di Sotto and Cecina, Italy.”

Six died in the downed plane, including deFord’s father, 21-year-old pilot 2nd Lt. Benton F. Eichorn. The tail gunner, Sgt. Wilmer Hochstatter, parachuted to safety but …

Vacaville council to weigh in on tourism reports, agreements

VACAVILLE — Local tourism topics will be discussed by city staff and the Vacaville City Council as a multiple-pronged agenda item is presented during a public hearing Tuesday. The city is also looking to recoup nominal staff costs in relation to its tourism program endeavors. In a single resolution item, staff is seeking acceptance of […]

Loop the Lagoon brings out the runners

VACAVILLE — The 11th annual Loop the Lagoon race attracted a crowd of runners Saturday at Lagoon Valley Regional Park. The race helps the Vacaville Public Education Foundation raise money for the Vacaville School District. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Mike White, a board member of the Vacaville Public Education Foundation. […]

School board candidate to speak at taxpayers meet

VACAVILLE — Jeremy Jeffreys, a candidate for the Vacaville School District board, is the guest speaker at Monday’s Solano Taxpayers Group. The gathering is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Pietro’s No. 2, 679 Merchant St. Jeffreys will talk at about 7:15 p.m., after the conclusion of the business meeting. All are welcome to hear him […]

NorthBay schedules talk on Alzheimer’s

VACAVILLE — A free NorthBay Healthcare class will look at how to keep loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease as safe and secure as possible in their homes. Keeping Your Home Safe will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the NorthBay Adult Day Care Center, 1020 Nut Tree Road in Vacaville. For more information, call 624-7971 […]

Solano’s Chabad to offer Judaism 101 classes

VACAVILLE — A “crash course” on Judaism will continue Monday with a lesson on Kosher dieting. Chabad of Solano County is offering a weeks-long course on the foundations of Jewish life, said Rabbi Chaim Zaklos in a press release. Classes started this week with a lesson on Shabbat – or Sabbath – and continue over the next […]

Vacaville Museum plans Dinner at the Dump event

VACAVILLE — Come to the dump for dinner. Really. The Vacaville Museum is have a fundraiser, dubbed Dinner at the Dump, from 6 to 10 p.m. June 7 at the Recology Dixon Recycling Center, 302 First St. in Dixon. Dinner will be provided and dancing will be to the band The Rhythm Method, playing music […]

700 pounds of medications collected in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The city teamed up with Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center for the county prescription drug take-back day and pulled in 700 pounds of solid-dose and liquid drugs, according to a city-issued press release. The seventh annual event took place April 26 and was sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Vacaville residents had two […]

Monthly accordion meeting open to all

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville chapter of the Golden State Accordion Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Pietro’s No. 2, 679 Merchant St. There will be music, laughs and fun. The public is welcome. For more information, go to http://gsaccordionclub.netfirms.com. Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or swinlow@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.

Vacaville Museum held Sallie Fox Day Sunday

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Museum held its annual Sallie Fox Day on Sunday. The free event drew people of all ages to learn about early pioneer life and Sallie Fox. The 12-year-old girl traveled from Iowa to California with her family during the 1850s. Sallie came to the Vacaville area after recovering from a wound when […]

Course of Jewish basics begins Monday

VACAVILLE — Chabad of Solano County will offer a five-week crash course on Jewish basics beginning Monday. The class will meet weekly from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn, 800 Mason St. Topics include Shabbat, the Jewish calendar, prayer, diet and the Jewish life cycles. For more information, call 592-5300 or go to www.JewishSolano.com. Reach […]

Vacaville police honor their own for 2013 accomplishments

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Police Department had its annual awards ceremony Wednesday to honor dozens for accomplishments in 2013. Law enforcement personnel received accolades and acknowledgement with supervisors nominating department employees in various categories and a committee meeting to determine if the nominees meet the criteria for the award. Some categories necessitated a vote and […]

Come to an afternoon tea in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — It’s tea time at the McBride Senior Center. Daughters, mothers, grandmothers and girlfriends of all ages are invited to the annual Afternoon Tea from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the McBride Center, 91 Town Square Place. The event includes games, prizes, entertainment and a fashion show along with sandwiches, desserts, coffee and teas. Deadline […]

Vacaville woman dies in I-80 crash

VACAVILLE — A Vacaville woman who died in a Saturday afternoon crash has been identified by the Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office. The victim is Katherine Eileen Breece, 33, according to the coroner’s office. The crash happened on westbound Interstate 80 near Potrero Lane in El Cerrito. The California Highway Patrol put out a traffic […]

McBride Center offers seniors variety of free classes

VACAVILLE — The McBride Senior Center in Vacaville offers several free, ongoing classes, activities or meetings. They are: Sit and Get Fit. This is a low-impact exercise class that meets from 10:30 to 11:05 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There is no registration so come when your schedule permits. Many of the exercises are specifically designed […]

Farmers markets return to Solano

FAIRFIELD — A sure sign of spring arrives this week – farmers markets are returning to Fairfield and Vacaville.

Visitors to the Fairfield market will notice no major changes. The farmers market will again be from 3 to 7 p.m. every Thursday on the downtown lawn at Texas and Jefferson streets. It is run by Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association.

Adjacent to the market will be Thursdays on the Green, with food booths, crafts booths and other attractions. Organizers encourage visitors to bring kites and have a picnic on the …

CHP IDs rural Vacaville crash victim

VACAVILLE — The California Highway Patrol has identified a man killed in a Sunday morning car crash as Jonathan Friesen, 20, of Vacaville. Friesen drove off Pleasants Valley Road near Putah Creek Road at 7 a.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve and hit a tree, CHP Sgt. Mike Lehman said. He was driving […]

City to host trips, tours presentation

VACAVILLE — The city’s Community Service Department will present a free trips and tours presentation on escorted tours, and custom and independent vacation packages from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday. Travel representatives will be on hand at the free event. Another trips and tours presentation is planned for the same time June 19. Both are at the […]

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at McBride Center

VACAVILLE — The McBride Center in Vacaville will celebrate Cinco de Mayo from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 5. There will be Mexican dishes, a Folklorico performance and much more. The McBride Center is located at 91 Town Square Place. For more information, call 469-6660. Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or swinlow@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter […]

Annual Sallie Fox Day Sunday

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Museum’s annual Sallie Fox Day is noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 213 Buck Ave. The free event is geared toward children who want to learn all about pioneer life and Fox. The 12-year-old traveled to California with her family by wagon train. Dorothy Kupcha Leland, the author of […]

Native drought resistant plants for sale

VACAVILLE — California native and drought-resistant plants will be sold Saturday by the Solano Resource Conservation District. The spring plant sale will occur from 8 a.m. to noon at the district’s Conservation Education Center, 6390 Lewis Road near Vacaville. A free water thrifty landscaping and irrigation workshop will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. […]

Spring book sales at Vacaville, Vallejo libraries

VACAVILLE — Two local libraries have upcoming spring book sales. The Vacaville sale is Friday through Monday at the Cultural Center branch, 1010 Ulatis Drive. Books and other materials are for sale during operating hours. Proceeds benefit library programs. For information, visit www.solanolibrary.com/locations/branch.cfm?id=1346. The Friends of the Vallejo Public Library will have a book sale from 10 […]

Vacaville police promote 3 from within

VACAVILLE — Some familiar faces in the Vacaville Police Department will have new ranks come May 1. After the in-house promotion of Chief John Carli, several officers within the department were promoted. Those promotions include filling a captain’s position for the first time in 15 years – funded by combining three vacant department positions – […]

Brown reappoints Vacaville man to post

VACAVILLE — Gov. Jerry Brown reappointed Vacaville resident Robert Weist III, 51, to the California Volunteers Commission. Weist has served on the commission since 2013. Weist has been captain at the Davis Fire Department since 2012 and has been with the department since 1985. He was a field representative at Carroll Burdick and McDonough from 1999 […]

Author to sign books at Vacaville Museum

VACAVILLE — Fern Henry, a local historian and author of the biography of Luzena Stanley Wilson, “My Checkered Life,” will talk and sign copies of her book from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Vacaville Museum, 213 Buck Ave. The event coincides with the current museum exhibit, “In Her Shoes; Women Who Walked West 1841-1865.” Wilson, […]

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