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Dinner at the Dump tickets available

VACAVILLE — Tickets are still available for Saturday’s Dinner at the Dump, a Vacaville Museum fundraiser. The event is from 6 to 10 p.m. at Recology Dixon Recycling Center, 302 N. 1st St., Dixon. Dinner will be provided. The Rhythm Method will provide music for dancing. The Recycling Center will have antique garbage trucks on […]

Tomato Day to return to Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Morningsun Herb Farm and Slow Food Solano will celebrate Tomato Day 2014 in the gardens of Morningsun Herb Farm on Aug. 24. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The address is 6137 Pleasants Valley Road. Visitors will have the chance to taste more than 100 varieties of ripe, juicy tomatoes, see chef […]

Vacaville 8-year-old rebounds after scary cancer diagnosis

VACAVILLE — Shae McCord has an impish grin and a quick wit.

Ask her about her competitive swimming and she’ll launch into conversation about her favorite stroke and why she doesn’t like backstroke.

School? Recess is her favorite, she said, as she giggled with her sisters. But she likes science, too.

Ask the 8-year-old to demonstrate disco dancing and you’ll get an impromptu rendition with her 7- and 10-year-old sisters, Catlyn and Falin, of John Travolta . . .

Vacaville schedules subdivision proposals meet

VACAVILLE — Residents on Wednesday can learn about a variety of subdivisions to be built in northern Vacaville. The city and developers of the Cheyenne, Knoll Creek and Rogers Ranch subdivisions will conduct the meeting. It will start at 6 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 480 Wrentham Ave. Vacaville since […]

Vacaville begins 2014-15 budget process with a looming deficit

VACAVILLE — As the city begins to hammer together its projected $66 million budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, one thing is obvious: Despite the temporary infusion of Measure M money, the city budget is projected to carry a deficit with a declining emergency reserve through 2017-18. “Basically our revenues are still not keeping up […]

Vacaville hosts police promotion ceremony

FAIRFIELD — Vacaville honored 10 Police Department employees on stage, but also praised the more than 100 people in the audience. Those police employees on the stage of the city’s Performing Arts Theater on Wednesday morning either recently were promoted or hired. Many in the audience were their family and friends. “It’s a really important […]

Vacaville council gives go-ahead to sell water to parched Benicia

VACAVILLE — In a benevolent message to its neighbors that also includes a monetary payoff, the City Council approved a resolution Tuesday authorizing the sale of 4,000 acre-feet of water to thirsty Benicia. That could mean up to $800,000 of revenue into the city’s water fund. The resolution passed unanimously without comment. Vacaville has three […]

Council OKs lease for hillside antenna structure

VACAVILLE — The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the execution of a lease between New Cingular Wireless PCS and the city for use of hillside property to erect a wireless antenna site. Estimated yearly income from the five-year lease for the cell site begins at $41,057 for 2014-15 with an annual […]

I-80 crash in Vacaville slows holiday traffic

VACAVILLE — An early evening crash on westbound Interstate 80 slowed traffic through Vacaville on Monday evening as Memorial Day travelers were heading home. The crash was called in about 6:15 p.m. It happened near East Monte Vista Avenue and Allison Drive. Reports indicated that five patients were being transported to local hospitals via three […]

2014 Fiesta Days ends with music, Memorial Day remembrance

VACAVILLE — Fiesta Days wrapped up its annual run Monday with music, fun and food. Warm temperatures didn’t keep people away from the festivities. Carnival rides beckoned children of all ages. A bevy of bands provided music. Community members came out to showcase their  skills eating onions and peppers and growing whiskers. A Memorial Day […]

Vacaville honors its fallen at Memorial Day ceremony

VACAVILLE — Combat Medic Army Staff Sgt. Emmett Spraktes admitted he had trouble working out what he would say at Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony in the Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery. “I turned to a friend,” Spraktes said of the fellow soldier, who stressed that Monday was all about those who didn’t come home. “It is all about […]

Police: Motorcyclist driving on wrong side of road when hit, killed

VACAVILLE — A motorcyclist who died Sunday on a city street was driving on the wrong side of the road when he was hit by an oncoming SUV, police said Monday. The crash happened at approximately 3 p.m. on the 1800 block of East Monte Vista Avenue. A 79-year-old Vacaville resident was driving a 2014 […]

CHP offers free teen driving class

VACAVILLE — A free class by the California Highway Patrol will focus on beginning, teenage drivers. The Start Smart class will be from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at Vacaville High School, 100 W. Monte Vista Ave. Parents or guardians are required to accompany each teen. For more information, call CHP Officer Chris Parker at 428-2100. […]

SPCA announces 1st No Father’s Day event

VACAVILLE — The local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will have its first No Father’s Day event Saturday. The goal is to neuter 150 male cats for free. Cats must be male and be 2 pounds or heavier. Cats can be feral, but must be in a trap and gender needs to be […]

Vacaville police: Motorcyclist dies in crash

VACAVILLE — A motorcyclist in his 20s died as a result of a traffic accident on East Monte Vista Avenue, Sunday. Police received a call about 3 p.m. referencing a vehicle collision with a downed motorcyclist, Vacaville Police Lt. Mark Donaldson said. Police responded to the scene at County Airport Road where an off-duty nurse was performing […]

Sweat, tears at Fiesta Days

VACAVILLE — The crowd at Fiesta Days was feeling the heat, but not as much as the competitors who faced a plate full of jalapeno peppers. Sunday was “Hispanic Day” during the annual festival at Andrews Park, and the Jalapeno and Onion Eating Contest proved popular as people surrounded the main stage to watch groups of […]

Foreclosure prevention workshop set next weekend

VACAVILLE — The Housing and Economic Rights Advocates will host a foreclosure prevention workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Vacaville Public Library, Town Square, 1 Town Square Place. The Oakland-based organization focuses its efforts on rectifying abusive mortgage servicing, wrongful credit reporting, predatory lending and wrongful collections. The workshop is free. More details […]

Fiesta Days parade delights hundreds in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The 57th annual Fiesta Days brought out hundreds of spectators on Saturday to enjoy the parade.

There were about 120 various floats, marching bands and groups that moved down Merchant Street. The participants came from all over the area, many were from Vacaville.

Derek Fong stood with his saxophone in his hands watching the parade. As part of the OutKast Dixieland Band he came out to support the town. …

Vacaville woman uses her pageant title to celebrate all children

VACAVILLE — Jessica Johnson spent most of Saturday at Andrews Park participating in Fiesta Days events. She’ll be back again next Saturday to host “A Day in the Park,” an event to celebrate children, especially those with autism and special needs. The reigning Miss California Global Nations 2014, Johnson has held a bevy of pageant […]

May 25, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged | 1 Reply

Vacaville looks to sell parched Benicia some water

VACAVILLE — City Council members, in a bid to help a neighboring city, will look Tuesday at giving some of its water to parched Benicia. Due to the lack of snowpack after below-average precipitation, the state notified State Water Project customers that 2014 water supply allocations will be limited to 5 percent of normal yearly allocations. […]

Council begins review of 2014-15 Vacaville budget

VACAVILLE — The City Council will begin the first of two 2014-15 budget study sessions on Tuesday by discussing the proposed operating and capital improvement program budget. The discussion includes a revenue and projections review by City Manager Laura Kuhn and Jeremy Craig, the interim assistant city manager/director of finance and information technology. Department presentations […]

Vacaville to hold fire training exercise

VACAVILLE — A building that once housed Opportunity House will be the site of a fire training exercise from May 28 to May 30. The training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 712 Catherine St. will include fires being set and put out in different rooms of the structure using straw and shredded paper on […]

Healthier living program offered June 17

FAIRFIELD — People living with chronic disease are invited to participate in “Healthier Living,” a self-management program offered by NorthBay Healthcare, Solano Public Health and the Area Agency on Aging. Anyone with ongoing health conditions, as well as family members and care takers of someone with a chronic health condition, is encouraged to attend. The […]

Fiesta Days gears up for its 57th year

VACAVILLE — Former Vacaville fire chief Bob Powell was the Vacaville Fiesta Days parade grand marshal in 1992. Flash forward 22 years and he will be cruising Merchant Street once again along with nine other former grand marshals, and the current, Bob Meador, a longtime Vacaville resident and civic leader, in the 2014 parade. It’s […]

CHP offers class for teen drivers

VACAVILLE — A free class by the California Highway Patrol will focus on beginning, teenage drivers. The Start Smart class will be from 6 to 8:15  p.m. May 28 at Vacaville High School, 100 W. Monte Vista Ave. No registration is necessary. Parents or guardians are required to attend with their teen. Young drivers who […]

Vacaville’s Warren, of famed Tuskegee Airmen, dead at 90

VACAVILLE — Solano County lost a piece of history with the death Saturday of Tuskegee Airman and retired Air Force Lt. Col. James Warren.

Warren, 90, of Vacaville, died of complications due to cancer.

“He will be sorely missed,” said his son, James Warren Jr. “He was a person who did what he wanted to do, when he wanted to do it for the benefit of the Air Force and his community.”

Warren served in three wars – World War II, Korea and Vietnam. …

Man killed in rural Gibson Canyon Road accident

VACAVILLE — A 38-year-old man from Winters was killed Saturday evening after he drove off narrow, rural Gibson Canyon Road north of Vacaville. He swerved off the road in his white Chevrolet Monte Carlo at about 7 p.m. for unknown reasons,  California Highway Patrol Sgt. Chris Linehan said, pointing out the skid marks on the […]

May 18, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged | 2 Replies

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 . . .

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