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“Author Archive”
Stories written by lcastrone
'He found his happy place gardening at the church, baking food for people, preparing things.' (courtesy of Brian Laird)

Santa Rosa homeless man’s dream cut short

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Culinary student Tony Haas spent three years in recovery before relapse cost him his life.

The festival showed the world that half a million people could congregate under adverse conditions and still maintain peace and brotherhood. (Life Magazine, 1969)

Where have all the Flower Children gone?

Friday, August 8th, 2014

45 years later, Ashi Olshan looks back at the Woodstock Festival and how it changed the world.

Café Sonoma opens in Oakmont

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Breakfast and lunch spot replaces Cafe Des Croissants.

Cassie Turner is Oakmont's new manager, and a babyboomer.   (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Cassie Turner works to revitalize Oakmont

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Oakmont’s new manager sees babyboomers as key to community’s growth.

The Week in Sonoma County: June 29-July 6

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Summer is in full swing this week, with things to do throughout Sonoma County. These are our favorites, but you can get a full events calendar for each town by visiting  towns.pressdemocrat.com, or find out where to celebrate the Fourth of July in Sonoma and Napa counties. CLOVERDALE, JUNE 29 Cloverdale Schools Reunion welcomes alumni of any Cloverdale […]

A late season cold front passes over the Laguna de Santa Rosa, Wednesday June 25, 2014. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Laguna Life: Springing into summer

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Photographer Kent Porter documents summer’s arrival at the Laguna de Santa Rosa.


Celebrate the 4th of July in Wine Country

Friday, June 27th, 2014

From hometown parades to elaborate fireworks displays, there’s something for everyone in Sonoma and Napa counties.

This Week in Sonoma County: June 22-29

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Here’s what is happening throughout Sonoma County this week.

Hamburger Ranch

Iconic Spots: Wine Country is filled with them

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

13 of our favorite places to capture the moment or snap a selfie.

Floats, bands and vehicles of all kinds participate in the annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Rose Parade comes to Santa Rosa

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The annual celebration of Luther Burbank starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, in downtown Santa Rosa.

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