What To Do Before, During, and After an Earthquake

Today's blog contains text copied from three earlier blogs (#97, 98, & 99) posted during National Preparedness Month, October 2012. Before An Earthquake * Know critical needs of yourself and your family. * Be aware of any unique hazards near your home such as power lines, trees, or hills. * [...]

By | August 12th, 2015|0 Comments

Are You and Your Neighbors Ready?

Since September 7, 2006, I have posted 117 blogs devoted to Emergency Preparedness. An additional 15 blogs, using different categories, were posted prior to that date. As I reviewed these earlier blogs, I discovered that I wouldn't have to compose new ones in order to deliver the primary message of [...]

By | August 7th, 2015|0 Comments

Athletic Field Turf

Guest Blog by Jack Withington Some battles are fought in the air, others are fought at sea, and then there are battles fought on the gridiron. There is a non-military battle being waged by a group of concerned citizens who are trying to convince the Petaluma City Schools and members [...]

By | August 4th, 2015|0 Comments

Are You Ready? Are You Prepared?

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. [...]

By | July 30th, 2015|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | July 18th, 2015|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | July 7th, 2015|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | July 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

The American Legion’s Historic Flagpole

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 [...]

By | June 17th, 2015|0 Comments

Check out the new ‘Petalumans of Yesteryear’ website

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 [...]

By | June 10th, 2015|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | June 3rd, 2015|0 Comments