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Community Solutions pg 8

A Few New Laws pg 12

Candidate Views pgs 15 16 17

Bigger & Better pg 20

Breast Health pg 27

Volunteer Drivers pg 30


Forum pg 10

Ask the Loan Man pg 14

Real Estate Review pg 14

Cinema Chatter pg 19

Taking Care of Business pg 20

Wine Banter pg 22

Restaurant Review pg 23

Artists Profile pgs 24 & 25

Ask Eco-Girl pg 26

Dirty Little Secrets - pg 28

Listening 2 Children pg 29

Chinese Medicine pg 30

Senior Advocate pg 31

Occidental pg 32

Graton pg 32

Forestville pg 33

Fire News pg 34

Service Directory pgs 36 37 38

Astrology pg 39

Calendars pgs 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47

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Local Community News, Issues, Opinion & Calendars.
The Sonoma County Gazette Newspaper is distributed FREE to the Sonoma County towns of Forestville, Graton, Occidental & Sebastopol addresses and on NEWSSTANDS from Santa Rosa to Bodega Bay, including Healdsburg, Windsor, the Russian River towns of Guerneville, Monte Rio, Duncans Mills, Cazadero & Jenner, to Freestone & Valley Ford – more than 170 locations across Sonoma County.

Volume 5, Number 1   January 17, 2008 - February 14, 2008

Our Home is Beautiful

Growing Concern
over Forestville's proposed Town Square Development

By Vesta Copestakes

The Thiessen/Crinella project that is designed to occupy eight acres of downtown Forestville is generating more and more concern as stories of the Windsor Town Green's shortcomings increase. The project has never been an easy sell to the populace of this small town because of how drastically it will change the personality of the community, but people have long wanted a downtown park where they can sit with friends near shops. Yes, the town has the Forestville Youth Park just a half mile down Mirabel Road, but that's far enough from the center of town and shopping that residents felt the need for a community gathering place in the center of downtown. The Thiessen Town Square offers just that - and more.

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To View the complete set of drawings of Forestville Town Square from the Sonoma County Gazette Archives of Volume 4, Number 7, July 19 - August 16, 2007:
The Future of Forestville Part 1
The Future of Forestville Part 2

To read a subsequent story on the Green aspects of this development from the Sonoma County Gazette archives of Volume 4, Number 11, November 15 - December 13, 2007:
Forestville Development Green Building Part 1
Forestville Development Green Building Part 2

Affordable Homes - Part 5
Continuing on my Mission to Encourage Home Ownership During this Buyer's Market
By Vesta Copestakes

Once again, I'm going to take you through a series of articles written by people who know a lot more about this subject than I do. I'm here as your Muse - the person tapping you on the shoulder to save money, line up your good credit and find a nice, modest little home to get you out of paying rent and into home owner tax deductions. I'm not encouraging you to make money buying and selling homes. I'm encouraging you to put YOUR OWN ROOF over YOUR OWN HEAD!

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West County Wastewater Tsunami
By Brenda Adelman

A wastewater tsunami exploded in mid-January, leaving behind a totally altered landscape in western Sonoma County. The repercussions will be vast and no one knows exactly how it will play out! There were four cataclysmic meetings in three days where the drama was intense, and sheer coincidence that they all happened at about the same time.

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