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Help available for seniors who ride the ‘white bull’

VACAVILLE — Kristin Milliken helps people ride the white bull. That was writer Ernest Hemingway’s term for the blank page. Milliken teaches a new class in creative writing for seniors. The instruction at the McBride Senior Center covers mostly fiction and some poetry, but is not limited to those forms. Milliken, who has always had a […]

Solano County Public Health encourages HIV testing

HIV is in the news. With actor Charlie Sheen’s recent announcement of his HIV-positive status, Solano County Health and Social Services, Public Health Division wants you to know that we are here to help you learn your HIV status. Solano County testing clinics are staffed with knowledgeable HIV counselors who can answer your questions about HIV, hepatitis […]

Friday sees collapse of ‘cool kids’ stocks

Quite a day Friday as the “cool kid” stocks, to use a term describing, well, new and socially conscious technology stocks, got hammered. Big time, as they say. LinkedIn, one of the social networking stocks, lost almost half its value in one shot, closing at $108 a share. It was the technology darlings with high […]

City touts quality-of-life advantages

Quality of life has a wide range of contexts but is always part of the site selection process for a business considering locating in a new community. As you can imagine, when a business is considering spending millions of dollars to plant their business in a community, several variables are taken into account before a […]

Group talk helps seniors deal with aging issues

VACAVILLE — The aging process can be difficult for any number of reasons that include physical changes in the body and having to deal with the loss of loved ones and friends. Sometimes a person needs someone to talk with about these or other issues. That’s why the NorthBay Healthcare and Wellness Psychology Practice has organized a […]

Regular exercise good for you, so get started

Exercising is good for you. Numerous studies have shown the health benefits of being active and that people of all ages can improve their health and well-being by engaging in physical activity of moderate intensity on a regular basis. This can be especially important as we get older. Regular physical activity substantially reduces the risk […]

16 facts to know for the Super Bowl

Today is the big day. After months of commercials, official reviews, helmet-to-helmet hits and more commercials, it’s Super Bowl Sunday. Peyton Manning will be on TV almost as much as he is in games when he doesn’t play – on those omnipresent Nationwide Insurance commercials. If you’re a fan, you already know about the Broncos […]

Humility is essence of love

This column is about the role humility should play in our lives. It is probably a function of where I am in my own life. I keep thinking about how important I am not. I am but a fly speck on the windshield of a moving world, soon wiped away. You might say that this […]

A cut above: ‘Chico,’ the barber, retires after 60-plus years

FAIRFIELD — With the dawn of the new year came the start of an easier life for Sebastian Madrigal. The barber, lovingly called “Chico,” put down his scissors and called it a day after more than 60 years cutting hair, all but six of them in the same location. The 89-year-old said it was time […]

Choosing a hospital that’s best for you

You’ve probably read a restaurant guide or review before going out for a special dinner. And you’ve probably scanned a consumer review or two before buying a new or used car. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a place where you could get information on the quality of hospitals in your area? Well, there […]

Shanneil’s Locker opens door for youth sports

VACAVILLE — As people settle in to watch the Super Bowl, there will be a lot of talk about desire, heart and hard work as being fundamental keys to success in sports. While that might be true, success in sports often starts with something as simple as an appropriate pair of shoes. A pair of […]

Yong Soon Peasley

Peasley, Yong Soon, 85, Vacaville, died on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Visitation 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, followed by funeral at 11:30 a.m. at Fairfield Funeral Home, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave., Fairfield. Contact 425-1041 or fairfieldfhsbcglobal.net.

Big Easy flair marks next incarnation of Soroptimist fundraiser

FAIRFIELD — Take some jambalaya, colorful masks, a handful of beads and subtract the Big Easy and you have the Soroptimist International of Central Solano County’s Mardi Gras Madness. The event Saturday night at the Green Valley Country Club was meant to take the place of the group’s highly successful Denim and Diamonds fundraiser. “We […]

Vallejo shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

VALLEJO — Police are investigating a deadly shooting that took place shortly before 11:25 a.m. Saturday on Heartwood Avenue near Springs Road. Officers who arrived in the area found a white Toyota Camry with a male and female victim, each with gunshot wounds, according to a Vallejo Police Department press release. Both were transported to a local hospital. The male […]

Golden footballs mark golden era, golden future

FAIRFIELD — A golden ticket is a passport into a chocolate wonderland and a golden watch is a token of a career of faithful service. A golden football, however, is a symbol of having reached the highest level of accomplishment.

The National Football League in celebrating Super Bowl 50 has engaged in a number of different 50th anniversary celebrations.

One of those was to distribute a commemorative golden football to the high schools of each player who ever played in the NFL’s ultimate game.

Chamber work report cites business assists, magazine

VACAVILLE — Assisting businesses with city permits, publishing a quarterly magazine and hosting the annual business walk are among efforts the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce cites in its yearly work and progress report that the City Council takes up Tuesday. Vacaville and the chamber entered into a 15-year lease in 1992 for the property on […]

Workshop helps residents move from green card to red, white and blue

FAIRFIELD — The Statue of Liberty asks for the tired, huddled masses yearning to be free. People from around the world answering that welcoming address often find themselves adding “confused” to that list of traits as they try to navigate the path from green card holder to naturalized citizen. A workshop offered Saturday afternoon by […]

Budweiser Clydesdales awe guests at Fairfield brewery

FAIRFIELD — Visitors at the Anheuser-Busch brewery were in for a treat Saturday as the famed Clydesdales were housed and available for viewing in the brewery’s parking lot in Fairfield. The 2,000-pound equine stars were quartered in a long tent in individual cages with about a foot between them and fans of the four-legged giants. The 10-horse […]

Solano quilters share tradition with young generation

SUISUN CITY — Eager children folded colorful fabrics and with the help of parents or grandparents, pinned the pieces together. The Quilting Sisters of Solano County are exhibiting their work at local libraries during Black History Month and offered a free workshop Saturday for youth, helping them make a quilting block. The four squares of cloth were ironed […]

Fairfield-Suisun district considers June 7 school bond vote

FAIRFIELD — A resolution ordering a multimillion-dollar school bond election June 7 goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees Thursday. The bond, if passed by voters, would cost property owners no more than $60 a year per $100,000 of assessed valuation, a school district staff report said. The total amount of bonds to be sold is not yet […]

Texts mark New Year’s Eve police response that ended without incident

FAIRFIELD — A New Year’s Eve incident that included texts between a Fairfield police sergeant and a suicidal 43-year-old man at a residence ended peacefully when the man was convinced to come out of the home. Police responded to the residence off Green Valley Road after a report of a possibly suicidal person, according to Solano […]

Fairfield police log: Feb. 5, 2016

2:44 a.m. — Trespassing, 1200 block of B. GALE WILSON BOULEVARD 10:17 a.m. — Robbery, 2700 block of NORTH TEXAS STREET 10:25 a.m. — Vandalism, 1300 block of WEST TEXAS STREET 10:28 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 400 block of HAMILTON DRIVE 10:48 a.m. — Residential burglary, 1000 block of WEBSTER STREET 10:52 a.m. — Forgery, 2000 block of GINGERWOOD PLACE 11:15 a.m. — Battery, 1600 block of WEST TEXAS […]

Suisun City police log: Feb. 5, 2016

8:10 a.m. — Vehicle theft, sub-100 block of MONTEGO COURT 8:27 a.m. — Burglary, 200 block of KEYES LANE 1:52 p.m. — Vandalism, 900 block of HARLEQUIN COURT 3:30 p.m. — Vandalism, HIGHWAY 12 / WALTERS ROAD 5:50 p.m. — Reckless driver, BLOSSOM AVENUE / AVALON WAY 7:10 p.m. — Vandalism, 300 block of CORDELIA ROAD 11:42 p.m. […]

City Council free to select attorney in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The City Council is free to fill the position of city attorney in any manner it chooses, said Gerald Hobrecht, who will retire from the job July 31. No ordinance, law or rule governs how a city attorney is appointed, Hobrecht said. In a report for Tuesday’s council meeting, he said the estimated […]

Senior Scam Stopper workshop set in Solano

VACAVILLE — A free Senior Scam Stopper workshop will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at Brookdale Vacaville senior living, located at 1111 Ulatis Drive. The event will explain the many ways people are commonly ripped off, including involving home and auto repair fraud, foreign lotteries and identity theft, state Assemblyman Jim Frazier’s office […]

Real estate transactions for Feb. 6, 2016

BENICIA TOTAL SALES: 5 HIGHEST AMOUNT: $1,595,000 LOWEST AMOUNT: $395,000 MEDIAN AMOUNT: $660,000 AVERAGE AMOUNT: $833,400855 East 3rd Street – $660,000, 01-19-16 [4 Bdrms – 2182 SqFt – 1993 YrBlt] 1138 East 6th Street – $562,000, 01-15-16 [3 Bdrms – 1895 SqFt – 1956 YrBlt] Previous Sale: 11-13-2015, $390,000 141 East D Street – $395,000, […]

Good News: SWAT, NorthBay donate sporting gifts to adopted schools

Fairview Elementary in Fairfield and Padan Elementary in Vacaville received a belated Christmas gift in January –new athletic equipment thanks to donations by Solano County Success is Working All Together and NorthBay Healthcare. SWAT is a girls’ softball organization whose goal is to provide an affordable, competitive environment for girls in Solano County to play ball in tournaments across […]

Good News: Willis Jepson earns model school designation

The Vacaville School District’s Willis Jepson Middle School is among the list of 13 distinguished California schools honored with the 2016 Schools To Watch: Taking Center Stage Model School award. A ceremony will occur Feb. 24 at Willis Jepson Middle School to honor the staff and students. California Schools to Watch: Taking Center Stage is a statewide program […]

Good News: 2 Solano high schoolers to perform at Carnegie Hall

St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School in Vallejo announced that two singers are invited to participate in this year’s Honors Performance Choir at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Ashley Cortes of Fairfield was selected for the Honors Women’s Choir, along with Sarina Levin of Vallejo, who was selected for the Honors Concert Choir. They will head to New […]

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