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Facebook used by 1 billion a day

NEW YORK — A billion people logged in to Facebook on a single day this week, marking the first time that many members used the world’s largest online social network in a 24-hour period. The number amounts to one-seventh of the Earth’s population. Monday’s milestone was mostly symbolic for Facebook, which boasts nearly 1.5 billion […]

Today in History: Aug. 29, 2015

  Today is Saturday, August 29, the 241st day of 2015. There are 124 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, Louisiana, bringing floods that devastated New Orleans. More than 1,800 people in the region died. On this date: In 1533, […]

Community Calendar: Aug. 29, 2015

Saturday Table Tennis 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fairfield Adult Recreation Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Info: 428-7421. Aquatic Fitness 8 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: [email protected] Healthier Living Classes 9:30 a.m. to noon, at Rockville Presbyterian Church, 4177 Suisun Valley Road, […]

Northern Solano County AA history: A review

According to the Alcoholics Anonymous website, www.aa.org, the origins of the program that has helped countless people recover from alcoholism can be traced to a popular religious movement in the early 20th century called the Oxford Group. Members “practiced a formula of self-improvement by performing self-inventory, admitting wrongs, making amends, using prayer and meditation, and carrying […]

Finland hosts air guitar championships

OULU, Finland — Who can play wildest on an instrument no one can see? A record 30 air guitarists from a dozen countries are jamming on a stage in northern Finland to answer just that question. The 20th Air Guitar World Championships kicked off Thursday with 30 “dark horses” hoping to be among eight advancing […]

Today in History: Aug. 28, 2015

  Today is Friday, August 28, the 240th day of 2015. There are 125 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 28, 1955, Emmett Till, a black teen-ager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle’s home in Money, Mississippi, by two white men after he had supposedly whistled at a white […]

Community Calendar: Aug. 28, 2015

Friday Aquatic Fitness 8 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: [email protected] Free Legal Consultations 9 a.m. to noon, Suisun City Senior Center, 318 Merganser Drive. By appointment only. Info: 421-7203. Solano Kids Insurance Program 1 to 5 p.m., Suisun City Library, 601 Pintail […]

Homeless pythons sent to animal sanctuary

NORTH CLARENDON, Vt. — Two giant southeast Asian pythons that were rescued by a long-time snake collector and were turned over to state game wardens are headed to a sanctuary. The larger of the two reticulated pythons picked up Tuesday by experts from the Massachusetts-based Rainforest Reptile Shows with help from three Vermont game wardens […]

British: Don’t set watch by Big Ben

LONDON — Don’t set your watch by Big Ben. Officials say the famous clock at Britain’s Parliament — used by Londoners for decades to check the time — has recently been slow by as much as six seconds. The 156-year-old clock chimes every 15 minutes and emits deep bongs to mark the hour. Its inaccuracy […]

Today in History: Aug. 27, 2015

  Today is Thursday, August 27, the 239th day of 2015. There are 126 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 27, 1975, Haile Selassie (HY’-lee sehl-AH’-see), the last emperor of Ethiopia’s 3,000-year-old monarchy, died in Addis Ababa at age 83 almost a year after being overthrown. On this date: In […]

Community Calendar: Aug. 27, 2015

Thursday Senior Day Program 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fairfield Adult Recreation Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Supervised activities for persons with impairments. Enrollment required. Fee. Info: 428-7654. Senior Center Craft Shoppe 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fairfield Adult Recreation Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Handmade gifts for family and friends. Info: 428-7421. Military Officers Association of America 11:30 a.m., […]

Today in History: Aug. 26, 2015

  Today is Wednesday, August 26, the 238th day of 2015. There are 127 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women’s right to vote, was certified in effect by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. On this date: In 1789, […]

Community Calendar: Aug. 26, 2015

Wednesday Cordelia Rotary Club 7:15 a.m., Courtyard by Marriott, 1350 Holiday Lane, Fairfield. Info: June Johnson, 510-772-8860. Billiards 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Adult Recreation Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Players of all skill levels invited to play. Info: 428-7421. Senior Fitness 8:30 a.m., Adult Recreation Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Beginning/intermediate exercise and dance class. Drop-in class. Fee. Info: […]

Today in History : Aug. 25, 2015

  Today is Tuesday, August 25, the 237th day of 2015. There are 128 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 25, 1985, Samantha Smith, 13, the schoolgirl whose letter to Yuri V. Andropov resulted in her famous peace tour of the Soviet Union, died with her father, Arthur, and six […]

Solano events set to mark National Recovery Month

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Recovery Project has a handful of events slated in September to coincide with National Recovery Month. The first, a recovery symposium, is being done in partnership with the county’s alcohol and drug advisory board. The free public event is scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the county’s government […]

Community Calendar: Aug. 25, 2015

Tuesday Billiards 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Adult Recreation Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Players of all skill levels invited to play. Info: 428-7421. Aquatic Fitness 8 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: [email protected] Senior American Club 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Adult […]

Marta and Eduardo join Enrique and Miguel

Marta was holding her iPhone up when her husband Enrique and their son Miguel walked through the door. “What’s this about you not understanding women?” she playfully said to her husband, pointing to the text Miguel sent her on the way home from school. “I was just setting Miguel straight on why old school is […]

Community Calendar: Aug. 24, 2015

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, [email protected] Billiards 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fairfield Adult Recreation Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Players of all skill levels invited to play. Info: 428-7421. Aquatic Fitness 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics […]

Today in History: Aug. 24, 2015

  Today is Monday, August 24, the 236th day of 2015. There are 129 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 24, A.D. 79, long-dormant Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash; an estimated 20,000 people died. On this date: In 1572, the St. […]

Let’s bring Stanhope Syndrome into open

It’s not that I want the attention. It’s only that I occasionally suffer from a malady that has been in the shadows too long and lacks a name. I suggest calling it Stanhope Syndrome. About a month ago, I had a flare-up. If you’ve had one, you know how difficult it is – both physically […]

Today in History: Aug. 23, 2015

  Today is Sunday, August 23, the 235th day of 2015. There are 130 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 23, 1775, Britain’s King George III proclaimed the American colonies to be in a state of “open and avowed rebellion.” On this date: In 1305, Scottish rebel leader Sir William […]

Community Calendar: Aug. 23, 2015

Sunday Aquatic Fitness 8 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: [email protected] Congregation B’nai Israel Open House 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1256 Nebraska St., Vallejo. Religious school registration along with open house. Info: 642-1006. Narcotics Anonymous Open Discussion 10:30 a.m., Unity Hall, 711 […]

Good News: Police name crossing guard of year

The Vacaville Police Department conducted its annual crossing guards awards ceremonies Aug. 11 and presented a variety of awards. Janis Dmytriw was named crossing guard of the year at the annual training meeting, which kicked off the new school year. Thirty-seven school crossing guards attended. Additional awards were given for years of service, excellent and perfect […]

Good News: Church gives away backpacks

Grace Episcopal Church conducted a backpack giveaway Wednesday for kindergartners through second-graders at Fairview Elementary School. This was the third year in a row that they gave away backpacks with school supplies and also a free meal. That’s a nice gesture by the local congregation to help meet the educational needs of children at one of the community’s […]

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Good News: Solano County students receive scholarships

The California Grocers Association Educational Foundation has awarded several scholarships to Solano County students. Recipients included Gabriel Cusi, $2,000 Jelly Belly Memorial Scholarship, Vallejo; Xylina Rusit, $1,000 Safeway Foundation Scholarship, Suisun City; Rebecca Lynn Farr, $1,000 Safeway Foundation Scholarship, Fairfield; Christian Valdez, $2,000 Jelly Belly Memorial Scholarship, Fairfield; and Summer Vang, $2,000 Jelly Belly Memorial Scholarship, Fairfield. Congratulations […]

Good News: Stone wins music scholarship

Beau Stone, who takes music lessons at the Young Artists Conservatory of Music, was awarded the music education scholarship program from the Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District. The award will cover his lessons for a month at the conservatory. Money generated for the scholarship came from the generous donations produced at the district’s downtown events, according to the organization. Congratulations on […]

Today in History: Aug. 22, 2015

Today is Saturday, August 22, the 234th day of 2015. There are 131 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 22, 1485, England’s King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, effectively ending the War of the Roses. On this date: In 1787, inventor John Fitch demonstrated his […]

Community Calendar: Aug. 22, 2015

Saturday Table Tennis 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Adult Recreation Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Info: 428-7421. Aquatic Fitness 8 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: [email protected] Gold Wing Road Riders Association 8 a.m. breakfast, 9 a.m. meeting, Benicia Grill II, 2390 N. Texas […]

Cheers! Down the hatch! Bottoms up!

The 21st Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1933. It repealed Prohibition, which started in 1920. In the ensuing decades, it appears locals have more than made up for the 13 years when alcohol was illegal. Here is a partial list of old-school local watering holes (including some restaurants): The Abbey, The Black Swan Restaurant […]

Today in History: Aug. 21, 2015

Today is Friday, August 21, the 233th day of 2015. There are 132 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 21, 1945, President Harry S. Truman ended the Lend-Lease program that had shipped some $50 billion in aid supplies to America’s allies during World War II. On this date: In 1831, […]

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