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Crews save Vacaville auto repair business from fire

VACAVILLE — City residents were treated to two plumes of smoke on their skyline Tuesday afternoon when an oily black plume of smoke from a grass fire that got into a storage yard late Tuesday afternoon joined the much larger smoke plume from the Wragg Fire northwest of town. Employees of the MAACO Auto Paint and […]

Take a swing on the course, raise money for Vacaville Museum

VACAVILLE — The second annual Vacaville Museum Jim Lawrenz Golf Tournament is set for Oct. 9 at the Chardonnay Golf Club, 2555 Jameson Canyon Road, American Canyon. Lawrenz was an avid golfer, community servant, retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and pilot, and former member and president of the Vacaville Museum board of trustees. The tournament […]

Travis Credit Union offers financial boot camp for students

VACAVILLE — Travis Credit Union will help teens learn to manage money after high school with Mad City Money, a financial boot camp that features hands-on training during which high schoolers are taught basic money management in a safe and fun setting, according to an event press release. The boot camp will take place from 12:30 to […]

Friends of the Library group plans annual book sale

VACAVILLE — Thousands of books and other materials for people of all ages will be available this week and early next week as the Friends of the Vacaville Library conduct their summer book sale. The sale takes place during normal library hours at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center, according to a library press release. A members only day […]

Library invites children to Big Messy Art Day

VACAVILLE — Children in the community will have the opportunity early this week to get their hands dirty while they experience various art media at the local library. Participants who take part in the Great Big Messy Art Day program will experience working with clay, chalk and paint, according to a library press release. The program is […]

Ducks Unlimited plans return of military appreciation dinner

VACAVILLE — Members of the Suisun Marsh Ducks Unlimited in Vacaville will have their annual dinner in September to support the Solano County group but also to honor those in the military. Ducks Unlimited for the past 78 years has led the way in wetlands conservation, according to a press release to announce the annual dinner. This year’s dinner will […]

Water audits, purchasing cards spur city response

VACAVILLE — The city sees the value of water audits and will consider undertaking them, Vacaville says in its response to a Solano County grand jury report about mitigating water loss in the seven cities in the county, which report yearly losses of 9 to 25 percent of their water supplies. Vacaville’s water loss in […]

Home chicken-keeping saga seems at an end

VACAVILLE — The city’s home chicken-keeping saga seems to have resolved – with the birds allowed on lots of 6,000 square feet or larger, a resolution Mayor Len Augustine says “takes us back to being more of a rural community.” “I don’t anticipate a lot of problems,” Augustine said. Councilwoman Dilenna Harris added, “I want […]

Vegetation fire disrupts traffic at I-80, I-505 interchange

VACAVILLE — A vegetation fire at the interchange of Interstate 80 and Interstate 505 disrupted traffic on both freeways Wednesday afternoon as firefighters worked to extinguish the smoky blaze. The fire, which was reported at 1:12 p.m., burned about 2 to 3 acres in the middle of the interchange, according to Vacaville Battalion Chief Matt Lage. Traffic […]

Vacaville girl succumbs to brain cancer

VACAVILLE — The Warrior Angel is now an “amazing guardian angel.”

Shae McCord, who celebrated her 10th birthday in June, died Saturday afternoon at her Vacaville home. She was surrounded by friends and family as she succumbed to her second battle with brain cancer.

Her older sister, Falin McCord, told her, “I love you mostest,” and squeezed her sister’s hand.

The Cambridge Elementary School student was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer in May 2013. She finished chemotherapy last summer.

Library friends group announces summer book sale

VACAVILLE — Thousands of books and other materials for people of all ages will be available at the end of the month and early next month as the Friends of the Vacaville Library conduct their summer book sale. The sale takes place during normal library hours at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center, according to a library […]

Library invites children to Great Big Messy Art Day

VACAVILLE — Children in the community will have the opportunity later this month to get their hands dirty while they experience various art media at the local library. Participants who take part in the Great Big Messy Art Day program will experience working with clay, chalk and paint, according to a library press release. The […]

Pals remember Vacaville DJ with a ‘heart of gold’

VACAVILLE — There was laughter and tears Sunday afternoon as friends of Rick Soward, aka DJ Fatcat, gathered to raise funds for his funeral and remember his life. Soward, 45, died of a heart attack June 30. He worked as a disc jockey at Str8 Shooters in Vacaville, where the fundraiser was held. Soward’s friends […]

Rotary shares 70 years of history with airport

VACAVILLE — The buzz of planes flying into the Nut Tree Airport might be an unusual thing to associate with the history of the Rotary Club, but for many years airplanes were a big part of local Rotary meetings. “In learning about the history of the group, we found out that for our annual meetings members would […]

Ice cream + swimming = summer fun in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Community Services Department hosted the second of three planned family fun theme nights Saturday with the inaugural ice cream social at the Walter V. Graham Aquatic Center. Pool manager Courtney Gray said the events are designed to help remind residents that the aquatics center is open and available through the summer. The Graham Center is […]

Master gardeners to host drought landscaping workshop

VACAVILLE — A workshop on how to maintain a decent-looking and drought-tolerant yard will be offered next month by the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Solano and Yolo counties. Master Gardeners talk about sheet mulching, an agricultural no-dig gardening technique that attempts to mimic natural forests’ processes; what to do next for […]

Vacaville firefighters put out median strip fire

VACAVILLE — A Thursday afternoon fire that started in the oleander bushes in the median strip of Interstate 80 near Nut Tree Parkway slowed down traffic while Vacaville firefighters put out the blaze. The fire started at about 2:11 p.m. and burned both the center median vegetation and wooden guard posts. No one was injured […]

Pena Adobe to host local authors’ day

VACAVILLE — Three local history authors will be available at the Authors at the Adobe event that will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Pena Adobe Park in Lagoon Valley, the Pena Adobe Historical Society announced. Fern Henry, author of “My Checkered Life”; Elissa DeCaro, author of “Suisun City and […]

Teen Advisory Board to meet for end-of-summer planning

FAIRFIELD — Teens are invited to the Teen Advisory Board meeting next week for an opportunity to plan the last of this summer’s events. The monthly meeting is open to preteens and teens ages 12 to 18. Food will be provided. Feel free to invite a friends. The meeting will begin at 4 p.m. July 23 at the Vacaville […]

Tie-dye book bags project on library calendar of events

VACAVILLE — Children are invited to make a book bag at the library for the upcoming school year. Participants in the activity will have a chance to create a colorful souvenir of the summer with their own personal book bag with this easy tie-dye style process, according to a press release for the activity. The library will furnish […]

Library site of wild animals program

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center will host a program next week called Wild Things! Animals of the World. The event will showcase the diversity of life on Earth. Children can meet real live animals from all over the world and hear their stories. The activity is free and begins at 3:30 p.m. July 21 at 1020 Ulatis […]

Learn to paint, raise funds for Pink Lemonade

VACAVILLE — Pink Lemonade, a nonprofit that assists cancer patients, is the recipient of an Aug. 3 fundraiser, Canvas for a Cause. The PaintNite event combines artistic painting with some libation. One master artist teaches the class, with step-by-step instruction. Carrie Posey will show participants how to create “Baby Big Eyes,” an owl sitting on […]

Graham pool site of upcoming family swim night, ice cream social

VACAVILLE — The city’s Community Services Department will host an ice cream social family swim night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 18 at the Walter V. Graham Aquatic Center. The event is billed by the city as something for the entire family. Participants will have an opportunity to make their own ice cream sundaes, […]

Vacaville set to start street maintenance project

VACAVILLE — The city is set to begin a street maintenance project that will see 17 miles of roadway sealed to preserve its working life. It’s part of what was an annual slurry seal program that was halted for five years during the Great Recession and its aftermath. This year’s work marks the second consecutive year […]

2 Vacaville wells exceed state chromium limit after standards change

VACAVILLE — Two wells in the city exceeded the reporting limit for levels of hexavalent chromium in June after 2014 revisions to state regulations for allowable amounts of the element in water, the city of Vacaville said. Hexavalent chromium is a naturally occurring ionic form of the element chromium and is found in geologic soils […]

‘Threat of Islam’ writer set to speak to tea party in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — “Taking America Back” – a presentation by Peter Friedman about Islamic jihadists, repelling attacks on Christianity and defining leftists in government, education, military and the media – is set for Wednesday at the Vaca Valley Tea Party meeting in Vacaville. Friedman, guest speaker at the 6 to 8 p.m. event at Pietro’s No. […]

Vacaville library offers music with a twist

VACAVILLE — Two members of the band Octopretzel will be at the Vacaville Cultural Center on Tuesday to entertain children. The band creates effervescent, joyful music that makes people of all ages jump up and dance, according to a library press release. The free begins at 3:30 p.m. at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For more information, call 1-866-57-ASKUS or […]

Pena Adobe Fire timeline, facts

VACAVILLE — The fire was reported about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Within 15 minutes, it was called three alarms. It also went to four and five alarms. Voluntary evacuations began. Daily Republic writer Kevin Green followed the story into the early morning. He reported about 11:30 p.m. that police blocked off California Street from just west […]

Cause of large Vacaville blaze under investigation

VACAVILLE — Kevin Smith stood on Terrace Court Sunday afternoon looking at the charred hills behind his neighborhood.

He was still coming to terms with what all the fuss was about. Yes, a fire had burned about 325 acres in those hills Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

While his family voluntarily evacuated their home, Smith decided to wait it out.

Pena Adobe celebrates Independence Day with a luncheon

VACAVILLE — The Pena Adobe Historical Society and Rush Ranch Educational Council celebrated Independence Day with a catered lunch and tour of the park on Saturday. The park usually has an open house on the first Saturday of the month, but this day was special. “This is the first time we have done a lunch on the […]

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