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Windows of opportunity for artists, empty storefronts

VALLEJO — Vallejo Art Windows are truly a window of opportunity. Selected artists bring life to empty store windows in downtown Vallejo in hopes of attracting a new tenant. The exhibits are up for a year. If the space is rented, the artwork comes down then. In the interim, the artists, some of whom don’t have […]

Shear joy: Lambtown Festival showcases Dixon’s ag history

DIXON — Dixon is the springtime home of the annual May Fair. While the fair has agricultural roots, it has grown to center around fun and entertainment. The annual Lambtown Festival, which began Saturday and continues through Sunday, is far more oriented around Dixon’s agricultural core. Solano is an agricultural county and Dixon reflects that […]

Pink Fest leaves a sweet taste for Pink Lemonade

SUISUN VALLEY — October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the third annual Pink Fest, held Saturday afternoon at Wooden Valley Winery, aimed to push past awareness and get straight to patient support. “I think the awareness part is pretty well established,” said Pink Lemonade Executive Director Donna Quintero. “Our whole intent is to raise money to […]

Lighthearted ‘Belly Laughs’ has a passionate drive for the arts

FAIRFIELD — About 200 patrons of the arts turned out Saturday night to the Jelly Belly’s events center for “Belly Laughs,” an annual event to support Advocates for the Arts, a locally-based nonprofit organization that supports Solano County arts organizations. Since their inception in the early 1990s, the group has given out more than a half […]

Good News: Solano CHP officer finds, returns lost purse

A California Highway Patrol officer made a woman’s day this week when he found her lost purse and a stash of cash that the woman had forgotten about. Officer Tony Blencowe received a radio call at 9:30 a.m. Thursday of a large cardboard box in the lane of traffic on Interstate 80 in Vacaville, the CHP […]

Solano wine list expanding

SUISUN VALLEY — Jeff Anselmo spent 20 years building wineries and estate homes – and decided that was the life for him. So he built his own winery and tasting room – Back Road Vines – and this year is bottling his first wines at that location at the end of Julian Lane in Suisun Valley. “We just […]

Wine industry more than the grape juice

FAIRFIELD — Carolyn Trujillo of Vacaville was trying to decide what kind of wine she wanted to have with her Sunday dinner. She was cooking chicken and pasta, so it should be a white; but she and her boyfriend prefer red wines, and specifically merlots. “Does it really matter?” Trujillo asked, as many casual wine drinkers […]

Short crop bad for growers, good for consumers

SUISUN VALLEY — Solano County’s wine grape crop is going to produce about half its usual yield, and will likely mean the third straight year the crop’s gross value will be on the decline.

“If you are a grower, it’s not a good thing, because you are looking at half your income,” said Roger King, president of the Suisun Valley Vintners and Growers Association and owner of King Andrews Vineyards.

However, the lower yield also will likely produce better quality wines, which consumers will start seeing on the shelves and in restaurants in six months to two years, depending on the kind of wine.

County considers ban on commercial solar projects for Solano ag land

FAIRFIELD — The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will conduct a public hearing and consider approval of an ordinance that would prohibit commercial-scale solar projects in agricultural districts in Solano County. The item is on the afternoon session of the board’s agenda, and is slated to begin at 2 p.m. in the County Government Center, 675 […]

Good News: Solano County Sheriff’s Office promotes 2

The Solano County Sheriff’s Office has promoted two employees. Promotions for Norberto Balinado and Michael Deprato will go into effect Oct. 11, the Sheriff’s Office announced. Balinado began his career at the Sheriff’s Office as a correctional officer April 24, 1995. Balinado has been promoted to the position of custody sergeant. Deprato began his career at the Sheriff’s Office as a public safety […]

Good News: Fairfield-Suisun Adult School wins scholarships

James Woods, principal of Fairfield-Suisun Adult School, was presented with two $500 scholarships from Fairfield In Action Chairwoman Jackie Ferrell at its Sept. 21 meeting. The scholarships are given annually to assist women in furthering their education and to enter the workforce. They are made possible by fundraisers such as the Bunco Bash that’s scheduled Sunday. The event will start at […]

Good News: Infinity Dragons take first place boat festival

The Infinity Dragons Dragon Boat Team, whose members practice in Suisun City every weekend, took first place in the Recreational B Consolation Division at the 20th annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Dragon Boat Festival that took place Sept. 20 on Treasure Island. Infinity Dragons were the 27th best performing team out of 72 teams from North America. Many of the paddlers in […]

Good News: Anheuser-Busch helps those fighting NorCal fires

Anheuser-Busch is providing 2,156 cases of emergency drinking water — or 51,744 cans — to firefighters and relief workers working to quell wildfires in Northern California. A truck loaded with water arrived Sept. 25 in Sacramento. Markstein Beverage, the local Anheuser-Busch distributor, is working with the American Red Cross to distribute the water to firefighters and relief workers battling the Valley, […]

Union representing Solano County workers votes to strike if necessary

FAIRFIELD — Solano County government workers in the union representing about 1,800 employees voted overwhelmingly to give their bargaining team the power to call an unfair labor practice strike if necessary, the union said Friday. Ninety percent of Service Employees International Union Local 1021 members voted to authorize a strike, the union said. Ballots were […]

Overnight closures planned for I-80 onramp from Green Valley Road

FAIRFIELD — The onramp from Green Valley Road to eastbound Interstate 80 will be closed nightly beginning Monday as crews remove temporary supports on the new overcrossing above I-80 and Interstate 680, according to the California Department of Transportation. The onramp will be closed from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. through Friday, Caltrans said in […]

Birds of prey hikes set for Lynch Canyon

FAIRFIELD — Two special hikes to study birds of prey in Lynch Canyon are planned this month. The first hike will occur Sunday, with a second slated for Oct. 18. Both will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lynch Canyon is home to golden eagles and hawks and attracts migrating and overwintering birds of prey […]

Task force recovers 3 trucks in Vallejo

VALLEJO — Authorities hit the jackpot in Vallejo this week, recovering three stolen trucks within a short time frame Wednesday. The action by the Solano County Sheriff’s Office Stolen Vehicle Task Force landed two suspects behind bars in connection to one of the vehicles, according to a press release. Anthony Snider, 23, and Jayson D. […]

Napa symphony celebrates ‘American Icons’

YOUNTVILLE — Symphony Napa Valley presents “American Icons” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive. Maestro Michael Guttman and the musicians open the season with a celebration of America’s most iconic composers and their contributions to symphonic music. Russian violinist Artur Kaganovskiy returns to the Lincoln […]

Lucky Penny casting for 3 shows

NAPA — Lucky Penny Productions is conducting auditions for its annual “8×10: Ten-Minute Play Festival” and two other productions. Appointments are required. Times are 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Lucky Penny Community Arts Center, 1758 Industrial Way, Suite 208. The Ten-Minute Play Festival is Jan. 29 through Feb. 13. “The Andrews Brothers” performances are April 15 […]

Week in Preview: Oct. 2-8, 2015

Fairfield 7 p.m. Friday First Friday Concert Series: Rhythm Method 4 Anheuser-Busch, 3101 Busch Drive. 429-7595. Noon Saturday Pinkfest Wooden Valley Winery, 4756 Suisun Valley Road. www.pink-lemonade.org. 2 p.m. Saturday Seven Artisans Winery: Rhythm Method 4 341 Abernathy Road. 425-2370. 6 p.m. Saturday Belly Laughs Jelly Belly Visitor’s Center, One Jelly Belly Lane. www.downtowntheatre.com. 6:30 p.m. Saturday […]

Woodcreek66 wins Solano Planning Commission OK on 3-2 vote

FAIRFIELD — A 66-home development opponents criticized as urban development in a rural area but that the Planning Commission chairwoman said has been zoned for 25 years for such a project won approval Thursday on a 3-2 vote by commissioners, whose recommendation will go to the Board of Supervisors. The development called Woodcreek66 is planned […]

Health officials: Suisun City adult has West Nile virus

FAIRFIELD — The first human case of West Nile virus in Solano County this year was confirmed Thursday by public health officials. Solano County Chief Medical Officer Michael Stacey said in a statement that the infected person is an adult resident of Suisun City and is now home after a hospitalization for he described as […]

Women launch rural program for adults with autism

SUISUN VALLEY — Jeanine Stanley and Pamela Hale Mitchell hope to answer the question, “What happens to adults with autism when they turn 22 and there are no more school programs for them?”

Stanley is the mother of a 26-year-old son with autism. Hale Mitchell has a 51-year-old brother with autism.

Hale Mitchell’s brother, Roger Hale, shreds paper, a job he’s come to detest.

Benjamin Walker Stanley often spends much at his daytime program listening to his iPod despite the fact . . .

County announces temporary relocation of historic Solano records

FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s historic records collection will be temporarily relocated starting next month to a licensed, insured and secured warehouse in Point Richmond, according to a county press release. The need to move was brought about when the landlord asked the county to vacate the facility that currently houses the collection at 815 Chadbourne […]

Dozens of Solano schools to take part in International Walk to School Day

SUISUN CITY — The Solano Safe Routes to School program is encouraging parents and children to “think outside the car” and join with thousands of students in walking to school on International Walk to School Day on Wednesday. The international event began in England in 1994 as a way to urge students to get out […]

Rainfall closes out final day of water year

FAIRFIELD — The 0.03 inch of rain Wednesday in Fairfield brought the total rainfall for the year to 14.07 inches as the water year came to a close. That marks an increase of just more than 12 percent from the 12.5 inches of rain that fell the previous year, according to Mike Pechner of Global West […]

Fifty Plus Club schedules fashion show

VALLEJO — Fifty Plus Social Club of Vallejo will host a fashion show Oct. 26. The fashion show raises money for diabetes prevention and the Fifty Plus Club. The event will occur from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St. Donations are requested. For more information, call 745-5437. Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 or […]

Solano County seeks firm for broad economic study

FAIRFIELD — Solano County announced Wednesday it is seeking bids for a comprehensive study of the local economy – with a focus on developing a countywide strategic approach for diversifying the economic base. The purpose of the study is to develop specific actions to help reduce the reliance and vulnerability of the Solano County economy to fluctuations […]

Davis man killed in single-car crash on I-80 at Highway 113

DIXON — A 29-year-old Davis man was killed early Wednesday when his car ran off the roadway at Interstate 80 and Highway 113 and hit a tree. The victim was the sole occupant in the single-car crash, which took place at 12:40 a.m., according to a California Highway Patrol press release. The man, whose name was not […]

Putah Creek habitat work needs volunteers

DAVIS — The Putah Creek Council is seeking volunteers to help grow and maintain native plants for local habitat restoration projects. The plants in the nursery are grown from cuttings and seeds taken from the Putah-Cache Creek watershed, and are propagated and cared for by community volunteers, according to a council press release. They will […]

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