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Volume 7, Number 1   January 7 - February 4, 2010

In Search of Soup

In Search of Soup
By Vesta Copestakes

There's nothing like a cold, cloudy winter day to make you feel like seeking out the comfort of a hot bowl of soup. You want to feel nurtured by that special combination of ingredients that makes each soup unique. Add a hunk of soft, warm bread or crispy crackers and there's little else needed to bring a deep sigh to your heart.

Alan (my guy) and I took to the streets of Sonoma County and did as much soup tasting as we had time. I sought advice through e-mails and Facebook as we headed out. I also asked a few chefs to write about their inspirations which you'll find following this article. By no means is this a complete list of places to get good soups. That would probably take a lifetime here in Sonoma County!

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Jenner Headlands Protected Forevever
Forever is a Very Long Time
Sonoma Land Trust is the Proud Steward of Jenner Headlands
By Amy Chestnut & Ralph Benson

After a five-year quest, and in spite of significant hurdles related to California's economic crisis, the Sonoma Land Trust closed escrow December 17, 2009 and acquired the stunning 5,630-acre Jenner Headlands - a nationally significant project and the single largest conservation land acquisition in Sonoma County. This $36 million purchase was completed due to the extraordinary efforts and collaboration of 10 public and private funding partners.

"This is an example of what can be achieved, even in these challenging times, when we work together," said Amy Chesnut, Sonoma Land Trust acquisitions director and manager of this project from the outset. "We've been fortunate to have conservation-minded landowners and enthusiastic partners all willing to do what was necessary to make this deal succeed. It's been an outstanding collaboration on behalf of the public and future generations."

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Restrict Leaf Blowers
Restrict Leaf Blowers
Leaf Blower Ban Proposed for Sebastopol
By Shepherd Bliss

I appreciate the Sebastopol City Council for discussing a leaf blower ban, which it was scheduled to do at its Jan. 5 public meeting. Since Carmel banned them in 1975, nearly 35 years ago, many California and U.S. cities have limited leaf blowers, including Santa Monica, Mill Valley, Tiburon, and Los Angeles. Millions living in small to large communities are protected from chronic leaf blowing, but not the some 8000 human souls in our sweet, sometimes peaceful, small town of Sebastopol. We lag behind.

Councilmember Guy Wilson, now Vice Mayor, put the idea of a ban--in response to residents complaining to him--on the Nov. 17 Council agenda. A music teacher approached him, because she could not teach while blowers were being used. Another resident works at night and needs to sleep during the day. Someone else wanted to meditate without the interruption. "For centuries societies operated well without leaf blowers. I don't get why we need them," Wilson noted.

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