Friday, April 18, 2014
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Lake Berryessa memories and the lost town of Monticello

“Going to the lake” – the lake in this context being Lake Berryessa – elicits lots of memories of carefree fun for me, including: Numerous trips with Debbie Phillips, Phil Olivares, John Nolan, Kathleen Mahoney and others in the early 1980s, listening to John Cougar’s “American Fool.” Going to Oak Shores with Ben Kusaka, Darin […]

April 18, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Today in History for April 18, 2014

Today is Good Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On April 18, 1934, the first laundromat (called a “Washateria”) was opened by John F. Cantrell in Fort Worth, Texas; four electric washing machines were rented to members of the public on an hourly […]

Community Calendar: April 18, 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. Women’s Shooting Club 10 a.m. to noon, Center Mass Shooting Range, 27 Commerce Place, Vacaville. For beginners and experienced shooters. Info: Marcia Serrao, 447-2698, www.TakingAimWSC.com. Solano Kids Insurance Program 1 to 5 […]

Today in History for April 17, 2014

Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights: On April 17, 1964, Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock became the first woman to complete a solo airplane trip around the world, returning to Columbus, Ohio, after 29½ days and 21 stopovers in her Cessna 180. Ford […]

A lesson in household budgeting

A family meeting is called to rein in expenses using a family budget while also trying to keep the 23-year-old and 28-year-old financially afloat. Called a family meeting the other day. Like conversation, a family meeting is another antiquated concept. These days, you’re more likely to go on a sleigh ride or visit the Vatican […]

Community Calendar: April 17, 2014

Thursday 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. Senior Day Program 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Supervised activities for persons with cognitive or physical impairments. Enrollment required. Fee. Info: 428-7654. Fun With […]

Today in History for April 16, 2014

Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On April 16, 1964, The Rolling Stones’ first album, eponymously titled “The Rolling Stones,” was released in the United Kingdom by Decca Records (a slightly different version debuted in the United States a month and […]

Community Calendar: April 16, 2014

Wednesday Cordelia Rotary Club 7:15 a.m., Courtyard by Marriott, 1350 Holiday Lane, Fairfield. Info: Nancy Garver, 449-8299. Senior Fitness 8:30 a.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Beginning/Intermediate exercise and dance class. Drop-in class. Fee. Info: 429-6291. 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. […]

What love gives you

Most of us have had a bad relationship or two, maybe 22. It’s natural to crave companionship when you’re alone, but it’s also natural to be a little gun-shy if you’ve been in relationships that didn’t work out. If you are feeling reluctant to find love again, here are a few reasons why I believe […]

Here are some of my pet peeves

I try to cultivate an attitude of gratitude most days, but don’t always succeed. When I don’t, it’s usually because I have been exposed to one of my numerous pet peeves. Here is a partial list: Public speakers who talk too long: I don’t care if you are giving a stirring speech using impressive elocution; […]

8 litters of Leader Dog puppies for Mich. family

FENTON, Mich. — On a fridge in Kristen Harmon’s laundry room hang 10 photos of different Labrador retrievers with their owners – each a graduate of Leader Dogs for the Blind that was born in Harmon’s home. Not five feet away play three black and one yellow Labrador puppies, playful, furry and cute. Their future […]

Community Calendar: April 14, 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. 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. Senior Fitness 8:30 a.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center […]

Today in History for April 14, 2014

Today is Monday, April 14, the 104th day of 2014. There are 261 days left in the year. The Jewish holiday Passover begins at sunset. Today’s Highlight: On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while watching a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in […]

Lessons learned from ‘unfunny’ column

Too soon? Too soon. At least for our readers. Last week in this space, I wrote a satiric column about my “theories” about what really happened to Flight 370, the Malaysian Airline plane that disappeared March 2. The response? It was immediately savaged on the Daily Republic website as stupid, cruel and unfunny. And that […]

Community Calendar: April 13, 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. Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Info: 419-4662. Premier Animal Rescue Adoption Noon to 4 p.m., Petco, 210 Nut Tree Parkway, Vacaville. Info: 592-4601. […]

Today in History for April 13, 2014

Today is Palm Sunday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2014. There are 262 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On April 13, 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an Academy Award for his performance in “Lilies of the Field.” (Patricia Neal was named best actress […]

Today in History for April 12, 2014

Today is Saturday, April 12, the 102nd day of 2014. There are 263 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights: On April 12, 1954, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission opened a hearing on whether Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, scientific director of the Manhattan Project, should have his security clearance reinstated amid questions about his loyalty […]

Crocodile caught wandering around NorCal mall

ROSEVILLE — Don’t shed any tears for a crocodile that was captured wandering outside a pet store at a Northern California shopping mall. California Fish and Wildlife officials have taken custody of the croc, are feeding it rainbow trout and will likely donate it to a zoo. Police say the crocodile was apparently left outside […]

Man with 1st name ‘God’ sues credit rating agency

NEW YORK — A New York City man claims that a credit reporting agency falsely reported he had no financial history because his first name is God. According to the New York Post, God Gazarov of Brooklyn says in a lawsuit that Equifax has refused to correct its system to recognize his name as legitimate. […]

The greatest generation? I pick millennials

Here I go thinking outside of the Xbox again. I believe that pizza is better than caviar, that Chicago is better than New York, that Venus is superior to Mars. And I believe, sincerely and with all cheekiness aside, that the young people we sometimes dismiss as a bunch of coffee-swilling slackers will wind up […]

Community Calendar: April 12, 2014

Saturday Fairfield-Suisun Running Festival 7:45 a.m., downtown Fairfield. Features half-marathon, 10- and 5-kilometer runs and a family run. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Kroc Center and the Matt Garcia Youth Center. Info: 646-3133, www.runfairfield.com. 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 […]

Ordinary Folk History: Warren Sheldon

Note: “Ordinary Folk History,” written snapshots of local residents, appears periodically. Retired school administrator and lifelong Fairfield resident Warren Sheldon, 77, has deep roots in Solano County. “The first Sheldon here was Jasper, my great-great-grandfather, who was born in New York and moved to Ohio. He came to California in 1849 looking for gold,” Sheldon said. […]

Today in History for April 11, 2014

Today is Friday, April 11, the 101st day of 2013. There are 264 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On April 11, 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated as Emperor of the French and was banished to the island of Elba. (Napoleon later escaped from Elba and returned to power in March 1815, until his downfall […]

Community Calendar: April 11, 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. Central Solano Citizen/Taxpayer Group Noon, Benicia Grill II, 2390 N. Texas St. Free. Info: 425-1442, www.thetaxwatchers.org. Senior Coalition of Solano County Noon to 2 p.m., Solano County Government Center, 675 Texas […]

Small investment goes a long way

The odds of my kids earning athletic scholarships to college are slim. It’s not that they don’t have talent (honestly, it’s too early to tell, anyway), it’s that athletic scholarships are hard to come by. I am not one of those parents who is banking on an athletic scholarship to fund their college educations. So for […]

Today in History for April 10, 2014

Today is Thursday, April 10, the 100th day of 2014. There are 265 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On April 10, 1864, during the Civil War, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, an assistant surgeon for the 52nd Ohio Volunteers, was captured by the Confederates and accused of being a Union spy; she was held […]

Community Calendar: April 10, 2014

Thursday Senior Day Program 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Supervised activities for persons with cognitive or physical impairments. Enrollment required. Fee. Info: 428-7654. Suisun Senior Partners 9:45 a.m., Suisun City Senior Center, 318 Merganser Drive. Advisory committee consists of board of directors and seniors to encourage the growth of the senior center. The […]

Community Calendar: April 9, 2014

Wednesday Cordelia Rotary Club 7:15 a.m., Courtyard by Marriott, 1350 Holiday Lane, Fairfield. Info: Nancy Garver, 449-8299. 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. Tai Chi for Health 9 to 10 a.m., McBride Center, 91 Town Square Place, Vacaville. […]

Today in History for April 9, 2014

Today is Wednesday, April 9, the 99th day of 2014. There are 266 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On April 9, 1914, the Tampico Incident took place as eight U.S. sailors were arrested by Mexican authorities for allegedly entering a restricted area and held for a short time before being released. Although Mexico […]

Not easy to rebuild confidence, but crucial

Sometimes a difficult experience or event can shatter your confidence. So can discouraging words from those who you love. There are any number of things that happen in our lives that can cause us to doubt ourselves, and our abilities. The economy shook the confidence of the entire world not too long ago, but we […]

April 09, 2014 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply