Sunday, April 26, 2015

Biz Buzz: Budweiser kicks off new parks campaign

FAIRFIELD — Budweiser announced in conjunction with Earth Day its continued support and commitment to the environment through a partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, for the Find Your Park movement. The multimillion-dollar partnership raises awareness about national parks and the centennial milestone of the National Park Service in 2016, according […]

Biz Buzz: Dutch Bros. plans ALS fundraiser

FAIRFIELD — Dutch Bros. Coffee’s ninth annual Drink One for Dane will take place Friday to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. All 242 Dutch Bros. Coffee locations will donate proceeds that day to MDA, which is leading the search to find a cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease, otherwise known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, according to a press […]

Vacaville eyes ban on medical marijuana grows

VACAVILLE — A measure to ban growing medical marijuana – source of citizen complaints about neighborhood grow operations that smell like a skunk and the reason for two fires at “grow houses” with illegal electrical wiring – goes Tuesday before the City Council. “Cultivation of medical marijuana significantly impacts the health, safety and welfare of […]

Biz Buzz: Company schedules pasta class

FAIRFIELD — Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company and Executive Chef Marvin Martin will conduct a cooking class next month that focuses on pasta. Participants will learn various recipes for pasta and will learn to use vegetables in traditional meat roles in stuffed pastas, according a press release for the class. Recipes for pasta dough and sauces will be included. Featured […]

Biz Buzz-Solano bank executive to attend Air War College forum

DIXON — First Northern Bank Senior Executive Vice President Jeremiah Smith has been invited by the Secretary of the Air Force to attend the 62nd annual National Security Forum at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The goal of the National Security Forum is to expose influential citizens to senior U.S. […]

Biz Buzz: Tractor Supply backs 4-H Paper Clover Campaign

DIXON — The sixth installment of the 4-H Paper Clover Campaign is taking place through May 3. Solano County 4-H is again partnering with Tractor Supply Company for the annual fundraiser. Tractor Supply Company customers in Dixon will have the opportunity to support 4-H by purchasing a paper clover. All the money that’s raised will be […]

Warriors confident after sweep of Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS — Golden State coach Steve Kerr dead-panned that he’d be relaxing on the beaches of Cabo San Lucas while waiting to find out who would be the Warriors’ second-round playoff opponent. “I’ll be in Cabo all week. I told the guys just to get some work in if they want,” Kerr said, unable […]

Giants-Rockies game postponed by rain

DENVER — The San Francisco Giants didn’t have to wait for this game to be called. Getting out of town was another matter. Hey, planes aren’t easy to line up on a moment’s notice. The afternoon game between the Giants and Colorado Rockies on Sunday was postponed by rain. A makeup date has yet to be determined. The Giants return to […]

County action speeds Solano fairgrounds plan to next phase

FAIRFIELD — The next nine months may be the most important ever for Solano360, as Solano County enters into exclusive negotiations with a firm on the development of the project at the Solano Fairgrounds. The Board of Supervisors has directed staff to enter into an “exclusive right to negotiate” with Solano Community Development LLC in […]

Bid Corderos Park, city staff recommends

VACAVILLE — A revised plan for the Corderos Park, where delays in opening the property Vacaville approved buying in 2010 left one resident in tears, go before the City Council when it meets Tuesday. The park is now 21 percent larger than originally planned and new costs include playground safety access and durability, a report to […]

Hard-fought battle ends in victory

VACAVILLE — The Sweeting family was making major changes a year ago. Irvin Sweeting had just retired from the Air Force. He and his wife, Maryrose Sweeting, would stay in the area, find a home and raise their four children in familiar surroundings. There was barely time to adjust to that idea when the couple’s […]

Pay close attention to investment costs

Everybody wants to make money on their investments. Too often it seems that the money managers are doing better than their clients. Facing many challenges, Wall Street banks are hoping to do well by creating mutual funds for ordinary savers. Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo have been the major players recently […]

Those addictive, terrible, wonderful smartphones

Don’t let technology enslave you! #PutYourPhoneDown. It’s a quandary, isn’t it? Even those of us who make fun of kids having their noses in their smartphones become slaves to technology. If you don’t believe it, look up from your phone and look around. The other day, I went walking outside my office complex and wasn’t surprised. […]

Be wary of next ‘big’ thing

There have been far too many articles and opinion pieces written about the downside of the Internet, so I won’t make that today’s theme. I don’t surf for extraneous items, except for one I couldn’t resist opening. If you haven’t seen it, or even tried it out, here’s the description from Yahoo Finance: “The Internet is freaking […]

Community Calendar: April 26, 2015

Sunday Southern Gospel Concert 8 to 10:30 a.m., Trinity Baptist Church, 401 W. Monte Vista Ave., Vacaville. Liberty Quartet will perform. Free. Info: 448-5430. 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: [email protected] Narcotics Anonymous Open Discussion 10:30 a.m., Unity Hall, 711 […]

Janis Ruth (Sefzik) Skinner

 Feb. 14, 1927 — April 22, 2015 She was our matriarch. Our pillar of strength. Our leading heart of compassion. Our mother, grandmother, friend. And now, our angel who will live in our hearts forever. In the comforts of her home, Janis (or “Jan”) Ruth Skinner of Fairfield, Calif., passed peacefully from this world on April […]

Walk MS hits stride along Suisun waterfront

SUISUN CITY — Walk MS and its estimated 400 participants made strides Saturday along the city’s waterfront in the quest to eliminate multiple sclerosis. This was the first year for Deidre Ledford, development manager and special events coordinator for Walk MS, who joined the organization in February. Walk MS is a rallying point of the multiple sclerosis movement, creating […]

Veterinarians are too expensive, and it puts pets at risk

By Peter Fenton, Special To The Washington Post EUGENE, Ore. – After a terrifying encounter with our automatic garage door, my beloved 23-pound cat Orangey was in trouble – dazed, struggling to breathe and in pain. I rushed him to the nearest animal emergency clinic and quickly agreed to X-rays and pain medication. I didn’t think […]

Nicole Herdia Spann

Spann, Nicole Herdia, 36, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Fairfield, died on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Funeral service 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 2700 Dover Ave., Fairfield.

Births: NorthBay Medical Center: March 2015

Arriel Julie Culler, daughter of Taylor J. Culler and Arron D. Culler, 7 pounds, 9 ounces, March 1, Fairfield. Ryder James Ricker, son of Heather M. Ricker and Anthony D. Ricker, 5 pounds, 13 ounces, March 4, Fairfield. Hayden Quinn Bradshaw, son of Sarah J. Richman and Jason A. Bradshaw, 8 pounds, 12 ounces, March 4, […]

How can we give them more?

This week’s Fairfield City Council agenda item to support a state constitutional amendment lowering the approval threshold of targeted taxes (in this case, those related to transportation) from two thirds to 55 percent generated a lot of discussion, both in the chambers of City Hall as well as online forums. With tax increases designed to […]

Milan spiffs up for Expo 2015

MILAN — Milan has been growing in altitude in preparation for Expo 2015 world’s fair opening next Friday with the construction of a dozen new skyscrapers in recent years. City leaders hope a successful world’s fair, expected to attract 20 million visitors over the six-month run, will help Italy’s fashion and banking capital grow in […]

Births: NorthBay Medical Center: February 2015

Aria K. Butler-Wilson, daughter of Henrietta G. Garcia and Cory A. Butler-Wilson, 7 pounds, 7 ounces, Feb. 25, Fairfield. Brynn Marie Erika Jensen, daughter of Kristin M. Jensen and Ryan L. Jensen, 8 pounds, 8 ounces, Feb. 25, Vacaville.

Primary challenge could force Harris’ hand

It’s always perilous for politicians to tell the truth, as President Barack Obama discovered when he commented on Kamala Harris’ good looks in 2013. “You have to be careful to, first of all, say she is brilliant and she is dedicated and she is tough, and she is exactly what you’d want in anybody who […]

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Patrons raise a glass to toast a good cause

FAIRFIELD — The most difficult yet most certain aspect of life is that it will come to an end one day. When that day comes, it’s important for those experiencing loss to have someone available for comfort and support. NorthBay Hospice and Bereavement has been providing that service and support for about as long as any […]

Children enjoy day of fishing at Fairfield pond

FAIRFIELD — About 400 eager children along with their parents armed with fishing poles, bait and tackle boxes spent time during Fairfield’s Earth Day celebration Saturday trying to catch fish in the well-stocked Civic Center pond. Leo Valencia, 13, and his cousin Alex Valencia, 9, both of Fairfield, said participation in the Kids Day of Fishing event […]