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Volume 7, Number 9  September 2 - October 1, 2010

Defined By Our Values

Defined By Our Values

By Vesta Copestakes

Like many of our readers, I'm in the age group when we are sandwiched in between children and parents. As we move through the years, the young end of the spectrum is filled with grandchildren, while the old end drops off. Life has a way of getting our attention during these passages. What we once thought of as infinitely important becomes insignificant within the grand scheme of things. It's a good time to take a look at what we value... what is really important... and what sustains our lives in meaningful ways.

Parents tell their children to step back and get perspective when making important decisions. My favorite... don't make life-altering choices when you are emotionally charged. But children rarely listen. Imperatives drive youth. Desire is a hormonal force that goes beyond lust and love to include the desire for new experiences, challenges, relationships... the next mountain to climb. It's exciting to be young. There's no time to pause and ponder the consequences of our actions over the long-term.

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Sonoma County Open Space Saves a Farm in Petaluma

By Peggy Flynn

When "Uncle Henry's Ranch," a 98-acre farm owned by the Camozzi family since the 1940s, is added to the 1,384 acres of contiguous agricultural land protected by the District - the largest assemblage of land protected solely for agriculture in Sonoma County in the coastal agricultural belt, the District will have protected more than 10,000 acres between east Petaluma and the Pacific Ocean, for family farms and ranches. Throughout the County, the District has protected more than 33,000 acres for agriculture-nearly half of all the land protected by the District since its creation by Sonoma County voters in 1990.

Farms Saved

Located northwest of Petaluma and near the intersection of Bodega Highway and Two Rock Road, the property is primarily pastureland which supports the family's dairy operation on Pepper Road by minimizing the need for supplemental feeding and providing housing for the dairy's workforce. It is adjacent to four properties protected by easements held by the District, three of which are now owned by the Camozzi family.

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Gathering Tribes

Gathering of Native American Tribes of Sonoma County

By Connie Madden

Many of us have impressions of Indian tribes from the movies, from TV, from stories read to us as children. But it is rare that non-Indians can share a dialogue or learn skills from our Native American neighbors, who live among us, though often in villages far from towns, such as the Kashia Reservation near Sea Ranch in northwest Sonoma County and rarely available for a conversation in our cities.

"It's as important for young Native Americans to know their own history and be proud of that as it is for everyone," says former Kashia Pomo Tribal Chair, Eric Wilder, a graphic artist and animation and video game designer. "I do my art to reach children, give them a firm rock to stand on."

On Saturday, September 11 from noon till 5pm along the Petaluma River, Eric will join with Native Americans from three regional tribes to share their wisdom, teach crafts and offer music, dance, and tables of native arts at the first annual Honoring Northern California Native Americans, a part of Sonoma Arts Council's summer program.

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