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 | May 31st, 2015|0 Comments

Petaluma ALERT – Alliance of Local Emergency Radio Teams

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 - [...]

By | May 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | May 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | April 25th, 2015|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | April 18th, 2015|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | April 14th, 2015|0 Comments

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, [...]

By | April 8th, 2015|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | April 4th, 2015|0 Comments

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 .... [...]

By | March 15th, 2015|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | February 15th, 2015|0 Comments