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Bill Hammerman on Petaluma's past, present and future

Petaluma ALERT – Alliance of Local Emergency Radio Teams

Neighborhood HamWatch Net Control

Today’s blog is a copy of the May newsletter for Petaluma ALERT – Alliance of LOcal Emergency Radio Teams.  Since I am a FCC licensed amateur radio operator, KI6GOO, I have been promoting the use of amateur radios as a means of communication during a major disaster. Petaluma ALERT – Alliance of Local Emergency Radio Teams – Neighborhood HamWatch Newsletter – May 23, 2015  The Petaluma Alliance of Local Emergency Radio Teams is a voluntary partnership established between government emergency… Read More »

Emergency Communications – At The Neighborhood Level

My twilight moment on May 1st, once again, dealt with emergency communications, when all normal sources of power (especially electricity) fail due to a local emergency or disaster. Most government EOCs (Emergency Operation Centers) and non-profit groups who maintain emergency networks (Red Cross, Salvation Army, and Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) consist of licensed Hams who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communication duty in the public service when a disaster strikes. Most licensed amateur radio operators do… Read More »

Petaluma Young Men Went to War

By Jack Withington A monument to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (ALB), a volunteer unit that fought in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39, is located near the Vaillancort Fountain on San Francisco’s Embarcadero. It is dedicated, in part, to two young Petaluma men, Leo Nitzberg and Robert “Bobby” Rappaport who were volunteer members of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade of the International Brigade that went to Spain to assist the duly elected, left wing, Republican government that was over thrown by forces… Read More »

S.F. Earthquake – 109 Years Ago

In Santa Rosa, April 18th, at 5:13 a.m., 109 years ago, just about every business in the downtown area was in ruins and most of the homes were severely damaged. This quake is known worldwide as the S.F. 1906 Earthquake; however, most of its damage in S.F. was due to the fires that swept through the downtown area. Many of the water mains were damages so that it was difficult for the S.F. first responders to fight the fires. Since… Read More »

Petaluma Butter & Eggs Day Parade – 2015

One of Petaluma’s most significant historic events is the B&E Day Parade. The Good Egg Award is also given to a Petaluma Citizen who, over time, has helped preserve and contribute to the promotion of the City of Petaluma, its history and its people. “They may have done this by working to preserve Petaluma’s history, publicizing Petaluma’s distinctive resources, or helping others to remember and honor historic Petalumans or Petaluma achievements. This needs to be someone who has contributed to… Read More »

Petaluma’s Treasure Chest Revisited

On more than one occasion, I’ve referred to our local Historical Museum and Library as Petaluma’s Treasure Chest. In addition to the periodic exhibits highlighting significant events in the history of our favorite river town, the Hoppy Hopkins Research Library on the second floor has a permanent collection of books, pamphlets, and files documenting Petaluma’s history. Listed, below, are a few of these resources that most Petalumans may not be aware of. Volunteer docents are available on Mondays and Thursdays… Read More »

CPR – Back in the News

Did you see the Schools & Youth article in Thursday’s Argus-Courier (4/21, page B6) that mentioned that the Kenilworth Kolts participated in a CPR Training class?  It reported that all seventh graders at KJHS learned hands-only CPR as part of a program offered by the Petaluma Fire Dept. and the Petaluma Health Care District. In addition, the Petaluma Senior Center sponsored a 2.5 hour Red Cross CPR Training Course last Friday. It included both the hands-only approach to CPR, as… Read More »

EP #115 – Oh, no! Not Another Earthquake Warning

Is that Pete Golis meant to say in his  column, Sunday (T5), titled, “Ho hum, a new quake warning?” He reminds us that the April 18, 1906 quake was “the most cataclysmic event in the history of Sonoma County. Downtown Santa Rosa was reduced to a pile of bricks …. No home or building was left undamaged.” He goes on to give us the latest statistics from the U.S. Geological Survey: “Within the next 30 years, researchers say that there… Read More »

Lest We Forget – Fred Wiseman

One of Petaluma’s most significant historical events was the delivery of letters from Petaluma to Santa Rosa, February 17-18, 1911, via an airplane. Due to engine problems, the flight took two days. Whether or not it was the first such flight is still debated today. Wiseman’s flight in 1911 aroused the interest of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, which urged all persons interested in the event to urge Congress to recognize the authenticity of the Wiseman flight by having… Read More »

Indian Tribe

This Guest Blog – “Indian Tribe” – was submitted by Jack Withington. Readers are invited to submit comments and/or their blogs. E-mail them to: whammer@petalumanet.org  Be sure to include your name and e-mail address. *    *    * The road to understanding the complexities of what is called the “Indian Tribe”  is mired with political, social, and economic ramifications. In the United States there are 500 Indian/Native American bands, tribes and or nations, while our good neighbor to the north, Canada,… Read More »