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Gloria Lafranchi, 1954 – 2012

04/18/2012
Gloria Lafranchi, a devoted mother, unwavering friend and ubiquitous church and community presence known and loved for her famously warm and outgoing personality, died of a stroke on March 14. She was 57. Lafranchi worked much of her adult life as an independent caregiver, traveling to her clients’ homes and...

Jennie Poncia, 1920 – 2012

04/12/2012
Jennie Poncia, a lifelong Tomales dairywoman known for her resourceful spirit and inexhaustible energy, died April 1 at age 92. The mother of two, grandmother of six and great grandmother of eight, Poncia touched many. “Jennie was a strong woman and a caring lady, and one of the easiest people...

John Vertigan, onetime owner of Marshall Tavern, dead at 76

03/09/2012
John Vertigan, the Australian ad man who happened upon Marshall in the early 1970’s and, as proprietor of its local tavern, became one of the hamlet’s preeminent characters, died last Tuesday at age 76. With his trenchant wit and dusky mutton chops, Vertigan charmed many, and humbled many more. “He...

Painting with Parkinson’s

03/08/2012
Wayne Clark’s hands don’t stop shaking. Not when they’re dangling, loose and forgotten, at his sides. Not when they’re spontaneously raised as a gesture in conversation. Not when they’re thrust outwards to receive the warm embrace of a family member or an old friend. When they’re at rest, near his...

John Sansing, 1925 – 2012

03/08/2012
John Sansing, the retired superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore who skippered the park for nearly a quarter-century, overseeing such extensive and at times contentious projects as the construction of Bear Valley Visitor Center and the re-introduction of tule elk on Pierce Point, died at his Lucas Valley home on...

At the confluence, with Luc Chamberland

03/01/2012
How does an oyster taste? “Buttery,” 7-year-old Simone Chamberland, who prefers her oysters barbecued, says. “Like the sea,” her dad, Luc Chamberland, offers. For Luc, who grew up in Quebec, oysters elicit memories of riding the ferry over the St. Lawrence River as a child. “You could smell the scent...

Jon McIntire, 1941 – 2012

02/23/2012
Jon McIntire, a thespian and manager of the Grateful Dead in the 1970’s and 80’s, died of cancer on February 16, at his home in Stinson Beach. He was 70. McIntire followed Jerry Garcia to West Marin in 1971 and lived here sporadically for the last four decades. It was...

Jim Maestri, 1938 – 2012

02/16/2012
Jim Maestri, a retired truck driver and avid outdoorsman who spent much of his life embodying the ideals of the classic American male, died February 5 near his home in Point Reyes Station. He was 73. Reticent and kind, Maestri was known for his no-frills attitude and dependable word. “He...

Chatham comes home, stakes future on feed barn

02/16/2012
Last Friday, in a small second-floor studio near Perry’s Deli, in Inverness Park, the 72-year-old landscape artist Russell Chatham sat perched on a stool, staring at a sheet of plain white printer paper tacked to the wall. Below it leaned a dozen half-finished paintings and unvarnished wooden frames. On the...

Time and extinction drive Bolinas sculpture

02/02/2012
In 1989, after the Exxon Valdez oil spill killed hundreds of thousands of animals and wrought havoc on 1,300 miles of pristine Prince William Sound coastline, sculptor Ron Garrigues was compelled to change course. Instead of continuing his series of Earth Mother pieces—rounded, abstract depictions of the large-breasted goddess of...

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