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Trailer rolls, knocks down pole, damages roadway

VACAVILLE — A heavy-duty vehicle pulling a two-axle trailer with a forklift created havoc in more than one way as it rounded the Alamo Road on ramp to enter eastbound Interstate 80 Wednesday afternoon. The 3:45 p.m. incident happened when the trailer overturned, taking out a pole and damaging the roadway, said Officer Peter Van Eckhardt of the […]

October 23, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

More than planes draws crowd to Nut Tree Airport

VACAVILLE — The sixth annual Mustangs and More event at the Vacaville Nut Tree Airport brought out lovers of airplanes and cars. The annual fundraising event to support the Travis Heritage Center on Travis Air Force Base hosted vintage aircraft going back to as far as the 1930s, along with the pilots who have restored them, fly […]

October 19, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Alpha Color Blast brings messy fun to participants

VACAVILLE — Runners and walkers came with smiles and an eagerness to get messy for the third annual Alpha Color Blast, Saturday. Andrea Whittet brought her daughter Catie and friend Emily Covarrubias from Suisun City to participate in the event as members of the Crossroads Christian Church, who hosted the color run. “We didn’t really practice for this run, but thought it […]

October 19, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Italian Festival brings out the Italian in everyone

VACAVILLE — Throw a potato, hit a salami and win a prize. That is one of the fun games at the second annual Italian Festival in downtown Vacaville on Saturday and Sunday. The event for the Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District brings fun, family activities for the weekend. The festival started Friday night with a dinner and […]

October 19, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Authorities name bicyclist killed in wrong-way freeway incident

VACAVILLE — Authorities on Wednesday released the name of the man who was hit by four vehicles while riding a bicycle against traffic on Interstate 80. Edward Herman, 32, described as a transient, was killed while peddling east along westbound I-80. Emergency dispatchers began receiving 911 calls from motorists along westbound I-80 shortly after 10:08 p.m. […]

October 16, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Vacaville candidate for mayor cites sign vandalism

VACAVILLE — Racial targeting is the reason for a campaign sign vandalized with a swastika, mayoral candidate Rodney Harrison says. Harrison, 18, had referred earlier this week on his website to “this random act of ill will” but said Wednesday he now believes he’s being targeted because nearby signs of other candidates have been left […]

October 16, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Maps, pacts for 340 homes win approval in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Final maps and subdivision improvement agreements for two projects that would bring 340 new single-family homes to Vacaville won City Council approval Tuesday. The documents are with the developer of the planned 217-unit Southtown Commons subdivision near Leisure Town Road and the 123-unit North Village subdivision between Interstate 505 and Vaca Valley Parkway […]

October 15, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Council OKs fare hikes for Vacaville Checker Cab

VACAVILLE — The initial charge for a taxi ride – known as a flag drop fee – will rise by $1 to $3 and the meter rate wait time will increase by $2.50 to $25-an-hour as a result of fare hikes Vacaville City Council members approved Tuesday for Vacaville Checker Cab. The company sought the rate hikes because […]

October 15, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Wrong-way bicyclist dies after being hit on I-80

VACAVILLE — A bicyclist was killed late Sunday after he was hit by four vehicles while riding against traffic on Interstate 80. Emergency dispatchers began receiving 911 calls from motorists along westbound I-80 shortly after 10:08 p.m., reporting that a car had struck a bicyclist who was pedaling on the freeway. California Highway Patrol officers, Vacaville […]

Council to consider taxi rate hikes based on minimum wage hikes

VACAVILLE — The initial charge for a taxi ride – known flag drop fee – would rise by $1 to $3 and the meter rate wait time would increase by $2.50 to $25 an hour if Vacaville City Council members approve a new fare structure for Vacaville Checker Cab. The company seeks the rate hikes because […]

October 15, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville

Vacaville eyes pacts with builders for 340 new homes

VACAVILLE — City Council members will consider final maps and agreements Tuesday for two projects that would bring 340 new single-family homes to the community. One is an infrastructure agreement with the developer of the planned 217-unit Southtown Commons subdivision near Leisure Town Road. City planning commissioners approved the tentative map for the Meritage Homes development […]

October 15, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville

Farmers Market closes out summer fun

VACAVILLE — The last day of the Farmers Market in Vacaville is one sure sign that summer has ended. “This was my first year at a farmers market. It has been a good summer,” said Ben Lyons, owner of Lockewood Acres, on Saturday. His farm is open year-round for customers still interested in getting farm fresh, […]

October 12, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

‘Star Wars’ a hit with children of all ages at Vacaville Library

VACAVILLE — The Third Annual Star Wars Reads event celebrated everything “Star Wars,” bringing out fans young and old on Saturday. The Vacaville Public Library-Town Square was packed with enthusiastic children who made lightsabers out of large sheets of paper, and preceded to battle each other like Sith Lords and Jedi combatants. The event offered books for fans […]

October 12, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Deadline looms for Holiday Fashion Extravaganza tickets

FAIRFIELD — The deadline to register for the Holiday Fashion Extravaganza is Oct. 24. A reception begins at 6 p.m. followed by the fashion show and entertainment from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Ulatis Cultural Center, 1000 Ulatis Drive. Proceeds benefit Faith in Action and McBride Senior Center scholarships. To register, call 469-6660 […]

October 12, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Composting series starts next week in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Get the dirt on composting, the University of California Cooperative Extension Office says of information from a three-part series at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center. Composting is good for your garden, good for your budget, and saves water – so why doesn’t every gardener have a compost pile, wonders UC Cooperative Extension. It may be because […]

October 10, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Democratic women’s group schedules luncheon

VACAVILLE — The Democratic Women in Action will have their quarterly luncheon in November. The speaker will be 4th District Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, who is leaving the Assembly after six years of service. The luncheon is from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 15 at Fuso Italian Restaurant, 535-A Main St., Vacaville. Tickets can be purchased online at https://secure.actblue.com/ or […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Special guests at Stars Wars Reads in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — R2D2 will visit the Town Square Library from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday as part of Stars Wars Reads. The library hosts the event each October. Ira Keller, who worked for Industrial Light and Magic from 1982 through 2002, is the special guest. He designed costumes for the set of “Return of the […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Pregnancy clinics schedule Alpha Color Blast run

VACAVILLE — The Alpha Color Blast, Alpha Pregnancy Clinics third “Color” run/walk in Solano County, begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 18 at Lagoon Valley Park. Registration is at 8 a.m. at 190 Butcher Road, in the back of the Crossroad Christian Church parking lot. The event includes a dousing of color at five different stations throughout the […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Vacaville forum to feature mayoral, school candidates

VACAVILLE — Shiloh Baptist Church will host a candidates forum for both Vacaville School District and Vacaville mayoral candidates in the Nov. 4 election from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. The event is sponsored by Tau Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.; Solano Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.; Solano County Chapter, The […]

October 08, 2014 | Posted in Education | Tagged ,

Riders come out to fight diabetes

VACAVILLE — Cyclists by the hundreds gathered Sunday morning in Vacaville to help support the fight against diabetes. An estimated 300 people joined the 3rd Annual Ride to Defeat Diabetes, which included three rides that started at NorthBay Healthcare’s VacaValley Hospital. Robert Armijo came out with his family, including his daughter, Adelina, and son, Caleb, all from Sacramento. They were supporting […]

October 06, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Kid Fest 2014 provides fun in the sun

VACAVILLE — Andrews Park was bustling with laughing children Saturday for the 15th annual Kid Fest. The festival brings together a variety of services that offer information and free activities for area families. Members of Vacaville Masonic Lodge No. 134 provided parents with children’s ID cards, a service they have been providing for the past few years at various events across the […]

October 05, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Team Up Against Drugs to begin in Vacaville

VACAVILLE —The fourth annual Team Up Against Drugs campaign starts Oct. 24 when Vacaville residents are asked to put on their favorite sports or school team jersey as part of the alcohol, tobacco and other drugs prevention awareness campaign. More than 5,50o students representing 19 schools participated in Team Up Against Drugs in 2013. Trophy recipients […]

October 03, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Vacaville man earns Carnegie heroism medal

VACAVILLE — A Vacaville paramedic who helped save a Vallejo man from the burning wreckage of a tractor-trailer cab in January 2013 was among 21 people with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. Trucker William D. Ballard, 43, of Roseville, was trapped in the cab of his burning tractor-trailer in Vallejo on […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Bevy of vintage warbirds expected at Nut Tree air show

VACAVILLE — World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft with names such as Sparky, Red Dog XII and Merlin’s Magic are scheduled Oct. 18 to return to the Nut Tree Airport for the sixth annual Mustangs & More Days air show. The day is dedicated to the legendary fighter that helped conquer the skies of […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Pact with union wins Vacaville council OK

VACAVILLE — An agreement with Operating Engineers Local 39, the union that represents about 90 members in the Public Works and Utilities departments, won unanimous Vacaville City Council approval Tuesday. “It took both sides to get to the table,” Councilman Ron Rowlett said. “I thank both sides.” The union approved the contract last week after […]

October 01, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Vacaville council schedules special meet to consider Local 39 deal

VACAVILLE — The City Council will take part in a special meeting Tuesday to consider an agreement with an employee group that recently went out on strike, one that ends labor hostilities while also achieving the dollar savings sought by the city. Workers with Stationary Engineers Local 39, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, went on strike […]

October 01, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville

Alpaca’s birth sweet addition to weekend festivities

VACAVILLE — They munched on mulberry leaves, were the subject of scores of photos and increased their numbers by at least one. National Alpaca Farm Days, the weekend event when farms around America open to the public, came to a dramatic climax outside Vacaville when an alpaca gave birth Sunday at Integrity Alpacas & Fiber […]

September 29, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Dancing, brats, beer mean it’s Oktoberfest

VACAVILLE — Kasia Kay gave it her best shot Saturday at Oktoberfest. For several minutes, she was able to hold a half-liter of beer without spilling any. Eventually her outstretched arm tired and the Vacaville woman claimed second place in the women’s division of the beer stein holding contest. “It (her arm) was shaking,” she […]

September 28, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Vacaville OKs $50,000 consulting pact to study OT

VACAVILLE — A $50,000 contract with a consultant to evaluate staffing and overtime won Vacaville City Council approval Tuesday without comment. The measure was part of the consent calendar approved by council members. Matrix Consulting Group, whose West Coast headquarters are located in Mountain View in Santa Clara County, will undertake the work that follows earlier […]

September 24, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Home chicken-keeping gets leg up in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The city staff, working with Backyard Hens of Vacaville, will draft an ordinance on home chicken-keeping, the City Council decided unanimously Tuesday – after nearly 45 minutes of public testimony mostly supporting a measure to ease regulations. Supporters of a new ordinance quoted Ronald Reagan’s statement – “Government’s first duty is to protect the […]

September 24, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,
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