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Today in History: Oct. 21, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2014. There are 71 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Oct. 21, 1944, during World War II, U.S. troops captured the German city of Aachen. On this date: In 1797, the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, also known as “Old Ironsides,” was christened in Boston’s […]

Time again for my Cheers and Jeers

The Daily Republic on Saturdays typically runs its Cheers and Jeers editorial. Since I grew weary of waiting for them to ask me for my input, I just made my own. Cheers to all the local and state politicians who have sent recorded phone pitches to my home phone. It has made my decision of who NOT to vote for […]

Community Calendar: Oct. 20, 2014

Monday Hot Hula Fitness 5:30 to 6:30 a.m., Bliss Urban Arts Center, 3777 Vaca Valley Parkway, Vacaville. No experience needed. Info: 646-9806, www.RSVVP@Dance.com. Billiards 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Players of all skill levels invited to play. Info: 428-7421. Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, […]

Today in History: Oct. 20, 2014

Today is Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights: On Oct. 20, 1944, during World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur stepped ashore at Leyte in the Philippines, 2½ years after saying, “I shall return.” The cities of Belgrade and Dubrovnik were liberated by Russian […]

How to write a killer obituary for yourself

You probably know about funeral planning. It’s a good idea for you to determine your final arrangements, rather than leaving it to your grief-stricken family member. Or to that nephew who they had to track down to identify your body among all those boxes and old magazines in an apartment where neighbors only knew you […]

October 19, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 3 Replies

Today in History: Oct. 19, 2014

Today is Sunday, Oct. 19, the 292nd day of 2014. There are 73 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Oct. 19, 1814, the first documented public performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” took place at the Holliday Street Theater in Baltimore, where it was performed by an actor now known only as “Mr. Hardinge.” […]

Community Calendar: Oct. 19, 2014

Sunday Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: millemoe@fairfield.ca.gov. Parkway Community Church Blood Drive 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Parkway Community Church parking lot, 2397 Heath Drive, Fairfield. Donors must be 16, weigh 11 pounds, well hydrated and nourished. […]

CHP helicoper crew, with help from cellphone, rescues Fairfield family

A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew rescued a Fairfield family, including a 4-month-old infant, on the Rubicon Trail in El Dorado County after pinpointing their location by talking with a family member on a cellphone. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Valley Division Air Operations Unit about the search and rescue of three adults […]

Community Calendar: Oct. 18, 2014

Saturday Young Eagles Airplane Rides 7:30 to 10 a.m., Nut Tree Airport, 301 County Airport Road, Vacaville. Free. Parents or legal guardian must be present. Program sponsored by EAA Chapter No. 1230 and assisted by Lee A. Archer Jr. Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen. Info: 483-6357. Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, […]

Today in History: Oct. 18, 2014

Today is Saturday, Oct. 18, the 291st day of 2014. There are 74 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Oct. 18, 1767, the Mason-Dixon line, the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland, was set as astronomer Charles Mason and surveyor Jeremiah Dixon completed their survey. On this date: In 1685, King Louis XIV signed […]

Loma Prieta quake 25 years later

The devastating magnitude-6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake that caused widespread damage and 63 deaths occurred 25 years ago today. I was on my back under an entertainment center hooking up a stereo and thought my friend Kenny Quitigua was messing with me. We ran out of the house and like most in that pre-cellphone, pre-social media […]

Today in History: Oct. 17, 2014

Today is Friday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2014. There are 75 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Oct. 17, 1814, the London Beer Flood inundated the St. Giles district of the British capital as a vat at Meux’s Brewery on Tottenham Court Road ruptured, causing other vats to burst as well […]

Community Calendar: Oct. 17, 2014

Friday Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: millemoe@fairfield.ca.gov. Native Daughters of the Golden West, West Wind Parlor Yard Sale 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1031 First St., Fairfield. Info: 425-4899. Crafts 9 a.m., Suisun City Senior Center, 318 Merganser Drive. […]

I found gaps in my Christopher Columbus knowledge

It goes without saying that I’m always looking for something to write about. As most of us know who write or like me attempt to write, it’s sometimes difficult to come up with scintillating topics. Take for example columnist Tony Wade. He can write on almost any subject and get a chuckle out of most […]

October 16, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 8 Replies

Today in History: Oct. 16, 2014

Today is Thursday, Oct. 16, the 289th day of 2014. There are 76 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Oct. 16, 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown led a group of 21 men in a raid on Harpers Ferry in western Virginia. (Ten of Brown’s men were killed and five escaped. Brown and six […]

Community Calendar: Oct. 16, 2014

Thursday Physical Wellness Program: Video Chair Exercise Class 8:30 a.m., Suisun City Senior Center, 318 Merganser Drive. Benefits people of all physical levels. Fee. Info: 421-7203. Compassion Care Knitting Circle 10 a.m to noon, NorthBay Bereavement Center, 4520 Business Center Drive, Suite 110, Fairfield. Info: Linda Pribble, lpribble@northbay.org, 646-3517. Fairfield Kiwanis Club Noon to 1:30 p.m., Courtyard by […]

Today in History: Oct. 15, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 15, the 288th day of 2014. There are 77 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Oct. 15, 1914, the Clayton Antitrust Act, which expanded on the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson. On this date: In 1860, 11-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, […]

Community Calendar: Oct. 15, 2014

Wednesday Cordelia Rotary Club 7:15 a.m., Courtyard by Marriott, 1350 Holiday Lane, Fairfield. Info: June Johnson 510-772-8860. Line Dancing 9 a.m. Suisun City Senior Center, 318 Merganser Drive. Fee. Info: 421-7203. Free Healthier Living Classes 9:30 a.m. to noon, Area Agency on Aging Serving Napa and Solano, 400 Contra Costa St., Vallejo. Info: 643-1797. Senior Center Craft Shoppe 9:30 a.m. to […]

Today in History: Oct. 14, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2014. There are 78 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights: On Oct. 14, 1964, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev was toppled from power; he was succeeded by Leonid Brezhnev as […]

Rush Ranch adds seasonal twist to open house

SUISUN CITY — The monthly open house at Rush Ranch takes on a decidedly seasonal tone Saturday with free pumpkin decorating for those who register in advance. Each month’s open house includes blacksmithing demonstrations, a chance to learn about American Indian history and culture in the area, and rides in a horse-drawn wagon that also caters to […]

Penelope and Warren and Calvin and Hobbes

For Warren, his first date with Penelope was like a dream. Their conversation flowed naturally with none of the bumpy patches he had experienced with so many other women. Penelope was a knockout. If there was a way to somehow order the perfect woman by mail, in his eyes, she was it. She had long red hair […]

October 13, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 2 Replies

Today in History: Oct. 13, 2014

Today is Monday, Oct. 13, the 286th day of 2014. There are 79 days left in the year. This is the Columbus Day holiday in the U.S., as well as Thanksgiving Day in Canada. Today’s Highlight: On Oct. 13, 1914, the Boston Braves swept the World Series, defeating the Philadelphia Athletics 3-1 in Game 4 […]

Community Calendar: Oct. 13, 2014

Monday Hot Hula Fitness 5:30 to 6:30 a.m., Bliss Urban Arts Center, 3777 Vaca Valley Parkway, Vacaville. No experience needed. Info: 646-9806, www.RSVVP@Dance.com. Senior Day Program 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Enrollment required. Info: 428-7654. Tai Chi for Health 9 to 10 a.m., McBride Center, 91 Town Square Place, Vacaville. Low-impact […]

Giants success would surprise 12-year-old me

They were one of the worst organizations in sports, a terrible team with awful management, playing in the worst stadium in America in front of an indifferent fan base. Losing. Always losing. Now they’re one of the best organizations in sports, with a spectacular stadium and a devoted, loving group of fans who expect the […]

October 12, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 4 Replies

Spiders force family from of upscale Missouri home

WELDON SPRING, Mo. — A family was driven from their suburban St. Louis home by thousands of venomous spiders that fell from the ceiling and oozed from the walls. Brian and Susan Trost bought the $450,000 home overlooking two golf holes at Whitmoor Country Club in Weldon Spring in October 2007 and soon afterward started […]

Today in History: Oct. 12, 2014

Today is Sunday, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2014. There are 80 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Oct. 12, 1964, the Soviet Union launched a Voskhod space capsule with a three-man crew on the first mission involving more than one crew member (the flight lasted just over 24 hours). On this […]

Community Calendar: Oct. 12, 2014

Sunday Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: millemoe@fairfield.ca.gov. Narcotics Anonymous Open Discussion 10:30 a.m., Unity Hall, 711 Empire St., Fairfield. Info: 419-4662. Premier Animal Rescue Adoption Noon to 4 p.m., Petco, 210 Nut Tree Parkway, Vacaville. Info: 592-4601. Cat Tales Rescue […]

Area grads play key Navy roles

Two area men are making a difference for the United States Navy in Bath, Maine. Lt. Cmdr. Colin Dunlop, a 1995 Rio Vista High School graduate, is playing a key role in overseeing the construction of Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided missile destroyers being built by Bath Iron Works. Dunlop said it’s exciting to be part of building the Navy’s future fleet […]

Community Calendar: Oct. 11, 2014

Saturday Table Tennis 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Info: 428-7421. Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: millemoe@fairfield.ca.gov. Fall Plant Sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., City Park, Military and First Street, Benicia. The […]

Today in History: Oct. 11, 2014

Today is Saturday, Oct. 11, the 284th day of 2014. There are 81 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Oct. 11, 1984, Challenger astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space as she and fellow Mission Specialist David C. Leestma spent 3½ hours outside the shuttle. On this […]