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Vacaville program gives affordable way to become energy-, water-efficient

VACAVILLE — Homeowners in Vacaville now have an affordable way to become energy- and water-efficient through a program called Home Energy Renovation Opportunity, also known as HERO. The program finances 100 percent of the purchase and installation costs of various eligible products and then offers low, fixed interest rates and flexible payment options that include five-, 10-, 15- and […]

Right to Work official to speak to Vaca Valley Tea Party

VACAVILLE — The president of a 2.6-million-member public policy organization will speak at the July 16 meeting of the Vaca Valley Tea Party. Mark Mix is the president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation and the National Right to Work Committee. The organization is committed to the idea that “no worker should […]

Vacaville police seek auto theft suspect

VACAVILLE — Police are searching for a man who fled a stolen vehicle and ran from officers, Wednesday, in a Vacaville neighborhood. A police detective was patrolling the 100 block of Ralph Drive about 4 p.m. after a complaint about possible narcotics activity at one of the houses, according to a press release from the Vacaville […]

Vacaville Library celebrates 100 years

VACAVILLE — Area residents have a chance to celebrate the Vacaville library’s 100th birthday with a Family Science Night. In celebration of Solano County Library’s 100th year of promoting learning, families are invited to come out for Extreme Magic Science of Don O’Brien. Afterward, participants can make a little scientific magic themselves. The event will […]

Tie-dye T-Shirt fun at library

VACAVILLE — Teens can design their own tie-dye T-shirts this summer at the library. The craft event starts at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center. Bring a white or light-colored cotton T-shirt to the library and create a masterpiece. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For more information, call 866-57-ASKUS or […]

Tickets on sale for Annual Children’s Party

VACAVILLE — Tickets go on sale Wednesday for the Vacaville Museum Guild’s Annual Children’s Party. The event, geared toward ages 3 to 9, is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 7 in the museum courtyard, 213 Buck Ave. This year’s theme is Country Fair at the Museum. The party will feature crafts and games, a 4-H petting zoo […]

Vacaville council to look at delinquent garbage accounts

VACAVILLE — The city council will tackle nearly 1,000 delinquent refuse accounts during a public hearing when it meets Tuesday. A city ordinance requires mandatory garbage service that states all property owners – commercial or residential – must pay for contract garbage service. Unpaid billings after 90 days are considered delinquent and if they remain […]

5th Annual Blues Festival draws crowds

VACAVILLE — “This just keeps getting bigger and better every year,” said Bob Vollmer, executive director of the Downtown Business District. The fifth annual Blues Festival in downtown Vacaville drew a crowd of people who were enjoying the sun, music and shopping. “We have built a great relationship with the musicians who come to help out,” […]

Vacaville police: Man tosses gun, drugs during chase

VACAVILLE — A pursuit Tuesday resulted in the arrest of a Vacaville man who police say tossed a stolen gun and drugs during a chase that ended successfully, thanks to an alert passerby who helped authorities stay on the suspect’s trail. Vacaville police arrested Eric Oliver Rogers, 45, after he allegedly fled a traffic stop about 2 p.m. and […]

DeVille crowd watches US fall to Belgium in World Cup

VACAVILLE — In a do-or-die situation for the United States men’s soccer team, the beer flowed and the food was devoured as a couple hundred people gathered at Theatre DeVille on Tuesday afternoon to watch the U.S. fall to Belgium 2-1 in the World Cup. The on-and-off loss of a signal on the high-definition projection screen prevented the […]

Council members quiet about plans to succeed Hardy

VACAVILLE — With Vacaville Mayor Steve Hardy deciding against a bid for a second term, citing his health, others are beginning to rumble with the awakening sounds of . . . indecision or demur comments about replacing him. “I will be announcing (but) I haven’t made a formal announcement at this time,” said Councilman Ron Rowlett, whose council […]

World Cup soccer on the big screen at the DeVille

VACAVILLE — Come watch World Cup soccer Tuesday at the Theatre DeVille. The U.S. plays Belgium and the theater is opening its doors for a special viewing of the game on its 20-by-11 high-definition projection screen. Doors open at 11 a.m. The game begins at 1 p.m. There is no cover charge. “Happy hour” prices available on food and […]

Vacaville mayor decides not to run for re-election

VACAVILLE — The decision not to run for re-election was bittersweet for Vacaville Mayor Steve Hardy.

It was announced on Monday that Hardy will not seek to retain his mayor’s seat in the November election. Hardy was elected to the Vacaville City Council in 2002 and then ran unchallenged for re-election. In 2007, he was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to be the director of the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. He resigned that post when he was elected Vacaville mayor in 2010.

In a Monday interview Hardy said he would “have loved to have gotten in another term.”

Pena Adobe open house Saturday

VACAVILLE — The Peña Adobe Historical Society and Rush Ranch Educational Council will host the monthly open house at the adobe and the Mowers-Goheen Museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Peña Adobe Park in Vacaville. Greg Schwei, portraying California’s most distinguished early botanist, Willis Linn Jepson, will lead nature walks on the property. […]

Spilled nails close I-80 lanes in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Nails on Interstate 80 forced temporary lane closures Saturday afternoon, as crews worked to clear the debris. California Highway Patrol Officer William Ogilvie said there were reports about 3:15 p.m. of one or more nails found in some of the westbound lanes near the Peña Adobe offramp. The California Department of Transportation issued a […]

Amateur radio operators test skills in annual event

VACAVILLE — A small group of dedicated amateur radio (ham) operators gathered this weekend to test the readiness of the United States and Canada amateur radio operators during the annual American Radio Relay League Field Day. Amateur radio is a popular hobby and service in which licensed amateur radio operators operate communications equipment. The goal of the […]

Museum guild schedules children’s party

VACAVILLE — Tickets go on sale July 9 for the Vacaville Museum Guild’s Annual Children’s Party. The event, geared toward ages 3 to 9, is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 7 in museum courtyard, 213 Buck Ave. This year’s theme is Country Fair at the Museum. The party will feature crafts and games, a 4-H petting […]

Solano libraries continue century celebration

VACAVILLE — Area residents have a chance next month to celebrate the Vacaville library’s 100th birthday with a Family Science Night. In celebration of Solano County Library’s 100th year of promoting learning, families are invited to come out for Extreme Magic Science of Don O’Brien. Afterward, participants can make a little scientific magic themselves. The event […]

Tie-dye T-shirts event set at Vacaville library

VACAVILLE — Teens can design their own tie-dye T-shirts this summer at the library. The crafts event starts at 3:30 p.m. July 9 at the Vacaville Cultural Center. Bring a white or light-colored cotton T-shirt to the library and create a masterpiece. The library is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For more information call 1-866-57-ASKUS […]

Vacaville holding safety day at pool

VACAVILLE — Vacaville on Saturday will host its second annual Safety Day at the Graham Aquatic Center. Safety Day will be from 1 to 5 p.m. during the open swim session. Participants will learn how to stay safe in and around the water, with presentations from various community safety groups. The Graham Aquatic Center is […]

National Night Out returns to Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Turn on the porch light, step outside and say “hi” to the neighbors – that is what Vacaville’s leaders of the 31st Annual National Night Out would like to encourage all neighborhoods to do. The national event will happen from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 5. The police and fire departments, city staff and council members […]

Vacaville to see a series of controlled burns

VACAVILLE — The Fire Department will conduct a series of controlled burns beginning 8 a.m. Friday in the fields north of Centennial Park and south of Allison Parkway, according to a press release issued by the city of Vacaville. The goal is twofold: eliminate fuels and provide training on wildland fire control techniques. For more […]

Teens get chance to explore nursing profession

VACAVILLE — Valerie Kimbrough’s career choice was re-affirmed Wednesday

The 2014 Armijo High School graduate is one of 32 teens participating in the 10th annual Nurse Camp hosted by The NorthBay Healthcare Nursing Academy.

Kimbrough has wanted to be a nurse since she was young.

“My aunt was a nurse,” she said. “I would see her dressed in her uniform. I wanted to be like her.”

Participating in the four-day camp, which included two days at VacaValley Hospital and . . .

Jepson Parkway project gets Vacaville green light

VACAVILLE — The City Council unanimously gave the go ahead to move forward with Vacaville’s $33.6 million portion of the Jepson Parkway, an in-progress, 12-mile stretch of road that runs from Highway 12 at Walters Road in Suisun City to Interstate 80 at Leisure Town Road on the outskirts of Vacaville. Much of the project is […]

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Vacaville council passes 2014-15 budget, with the help of Measure M

VACAVILLE — The council on Tuesday unanimously approved a $152 million city operating budget for 2014-15. Approval came after two consecutive meetings of departmental budget presentations. Councilman Ron Rowlett was absent. Of the total, the general fund component is about $70.7 million. The remaining $81.2 million is made up of enterprise and special revenue funds such as water […]

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Law enforcement training set in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Officers from the Vacaville Police Department and other local and federal agencies will participate in a training exercise between 3 and 9 p.m. Wednesday. The two training exercises will occur at New Hope Fellowship Church, 4910 Allison Parkway, and the Solano Irrigation District offices, 810 Vaca Valley Parkway. The exercises will include SWAT teams […]

Relay for Life is full of superheroes

VACAVILLE — The fight to cure cancer continues Sunday with the seventh largest Relay for Life gathering in California at the Vacaville High School track. This year’s theme is superheroes. Some participants wore costumes of their favorite superheroes, some people made their own unique hero costumes. Team Heroes has sixteen members, all in red, superhero T-shirts and dark pants. They […]

Motorcycle crash shuts down I-80 in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — A motorcycle crash midafternoon Friday on Interstate 80 in Vacaville caused traffic to back up for miles at the start of the weekend commute. The motorcycle crashed into the back of another vehicle on eastbound I-80. The crash was reported at 3:19 p.m. east of the Weber Road onramp. Eastbound traffic quickly stalled as a […]

Peña Adobe open house set Independence Day weekend

VACAVILLE — The Peña Adobe Historical Society and Rush Ranch Educational Council will host the monthly open house at the adobe and the Mowers-Goheen Museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 5 at the Peña Adobe Park in Vacaville. Greg Schwei, portraying California’s most distinguished early botanist, Willis Linn Jepson, will lead nature walks on […]

Landscape fire scorches RV

VACAVILLE — A Thursday morning landscape fire also scorched an adjacent recreational vehicle parked on St. Andrews Drive, according to the Vacaville Fire Department. The department initially got an 8:30 a.m. call from neighbors saying there was a structure fire, but responding firefighters found fire burning roadside landscaping on the northwest corner of St. Andrews Drive and […]

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