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Our River Town

Bill Hammerman on Petaluma's past, present and future

Are You Ready? Are You Prepared?

National Preparedness

National Preparedness Month has been held in September, annually, to encourage Americans to take the proper steps toward preparation for disasters in their homes, their neighborhoods, businesses, schools, and recreation areas. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security sponsors National Preparedness Month and distributes disaster preparedness information to all American communities. This blogger has been involved at the local community level with volunteer emergency and disaster initiatives since 2005. I hope to begin early this year by starting to post blogs… Read More »

Remembering Bill Soberanes – Lest We Forget

Last year, I recognized Bill’s death by indexing the “Remembering Bill Soberanes” blogs I have posted over the years I have known him. They’ve totaled 29 and are still available for viewing online. Just click on the link in the Categories column to the right of this blog. With today’s blog, I will be starting a different way to memorialize Bill Soberanes by sharing one of his Argus-Courier columns that tells the story of an early Petaluman who has contributed… Read More »

Lest We Forget – July 4, 1776 – 239 Years Ago

Although July 4th is the date we celebrate the adoption of our Declaration of Independence, the first public reading of the document did not take place until July 8th. in Philadelphia; that was also when the ringing of the Liberty Bell took place. Petalumans had an opportunity to ring its “Liberty Bell” (the former Korbel Lumber Company bell) at the 53rd. annual local 4th of July celebration last Saturday on the steps of the Historical Museum & Library, 4th and… Read More »

Will you be there on July 4th?

This blog was originally written for the PetalumaOnline community website under the heading: Our Cyberspace for July 2005. (It is just as relevant this year, as that year.) “It’s the 4th of July weekend and I’ve been searching my brain for an appropriate theme. My mind keeps coming back to how a few folks in Petaluma will celebrate the significance of the events of this day in 1776, and its relationship to our 21st Century world of telecommunications and computer… Read More »

The American Legion’s Historic Flagpole

American Legion Flagpole - 1907

A local history buff, Alan Cooper of Monkey Ranch, sent me an interesting story about the history of the American Flag that flew on the American Legion Hall, when it was located on 4th Street, east of “B” Street. The following blog includes many parts of his original message. Alan and his wife, Sue, purchased the old Fred Zimmerman dairy ranch, which was located about four mikes out on the “D” Street Extension, four years ago. “The Ranch was divided… Read More »

Check out the new ‘Petalumans of Yesteryear’ website

PofY - Cemetery

Yesteryear is a word that has been used in a variety of ways. The Walking Tour Guides of our Historic Downtown District, who have adopted the personas of some of Petaluma’s prominent citizens from the late 19th or early 20th Century, have created a unique team of historical enthusiasts who are known as the Petalumans of Yesteryear. Through special presentations, Adult School history classes, and cemetery tours, they help preserve knowledge about our town’s past. Several years ago, a website… Read More »

Did You Know That Petaluma Had A College?

As I continue to wade through the historic “golden nuggets” (documents, photographs, files) stored in the Hoppy Hopkins Research Library on the second floor of the Petaluma Historical Museum & Library, our local “Treasure Chest,” I discovered that there was a college located in Petaluma in the 1860s for four years. (However, no photograph available.) On August 15th, 1866, Preparatory Department of the Petaluma College opened. Professor Mark Bailey was placed in charge. The school was open to all regardless… Read More »

Are You A Petaluma Sage?

Several years ago (2007), a small group of long time Petalumans who were interested in sharing their memories of the “Good Old Days” living, playing, working, and learning in “Our Favorite River Town,” initiated a group known as the Sages of Petaluma. They selected the name – Sages – because, by definition, they became “somebody who is regarded as knowledgeable, wise, experienced, and a person of advanced years revered for his/her wisdom and good judgment.” Almost half of the participants… Read More »

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 »