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Tomales sausage shop links local meats with fair prices

09/17/2015
Every week, Amy Brand makes 40 or 50 pounds of sausage—roughly 150 or so links—that she sells from her tiny storefront in Tomales, wrapped up in soft deli rolls and topped with traditional staples like sautéed peppers and onions, as well as playful creations like apple-ginger slaw. Her business, K...

Art Rogers Family Album, September 17, 2015

09/17/2015
Baby of the Month NIVAYA ARMSTRONG — BORN MARCH 3, 2014 Daughter of Claire Zimmerman and Jason Armstrong of Rohnert Park. Granddaughter of Jan and George Zimmerman of Bay Ranch in Marshall and Sarah and Ray Brown of San Rafael. Niece of Aunt Sarah and Uncle Ted and cousin to...

The dog days of summer

09/10/2015
Out in the wilds of West Marin, it really is the dog days of summer. Foxes and coyotes are feasting on a super-abundance of prey, and judging by sightings and tracks, the litters of young were very successful. For the first time ever, I saw coyote pups out by themselves;...

Dieter Tremp’s paintings circle the globe

09/03/2015
Fourteen paintings by Bolinas artist Dieter Tremp hang in Commonweal’s gallery space, but the walls themselves are bare. Instead, seven frames hang from wire strands, forming a oval in the middle of the room. Each frame holds two paintings: one facing the circle’s center, the other facing outward. Many paintings...

Bolinas author recounts tales of mentorship and teen growth

09/03/2015
This is the first in a two-part book review series on mentorship. In Bolinas resident Linda Mornell’s new book, Forever Changed, she describes her experience running Summer Search, a successful program she founded principally for low-income, high-risk high school students. The book, rather than emphasizing statistics about the program’s impact,...

Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado’ goes retro

09/03/2015
For those of you familiar with Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing, the entertaining production finishing this weekend in Inverness stands up nicely to recent more elaborate versions, including the current production at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. If you are tempted to take a pass on Shakespeare, especially on a...

Sugar and fat: How your diet affects your brain

09/03/2015
A study conducted by researchers at Oregon State University, published this summer in the journal Neuroscience , showed that diets high in fat, sugar or a combination of the two change gut bacteria. Those changes appear related to a loss of “cognitive flexibility,” or the power to adjust and adapt...

Art Rogers Family Album, September 3, 2015

09/03/2015
Baby of the Month EMERSON “EMMY” ANN PARNOW — BORN APRIL 23, 2014 Daughter of Megan Rodoni and James Parnow and little sister to Cooper of Petaluma. Granddaughter of Judy and Dennis Rodoni of Olema and Julie and Jim Parnow of Petaluma. Great Granddaughter of Maureen O’Day of Australia, Isabell...

Bolinas couple keeps the love between dogs and their owners

08/27/2015
When Cheryl and Damiano Ruggiero realized that some in Bolinas struggled to afford food and medicine for their dogs, they informally stepped in to help. But it didn’t remain informal for long; soon enough, Cheryl was hunting for donations for Love Dogs for Life, her nonprofit and pet cause. The...

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