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Vote by mail ballots due Nov. 6

The deadline to return vote by mail ballots for the upcoming Nov. 6, 2018, Consolidated General Election is approaching.

“Vote by mail ballots are the first ballots counted on Election Day, and our voters like to know that their ballot was among those first results posted,” said County Clerk William F. Rousseau. “Staff are literally working overtime now to receive and prepare ballots for counting.”

Vote by mail voters may return ballots by mail, or at one of three drive through drop-box locations through Election Day, Nov. 6, 2018:

Santa Rosa Veterans Building (1351 Maple Ave.)

Petaluma Veterans Building (1094 Petaluma Blvd. South)

Registrar of Voters office (435 Fiscal Drive, Santa Rosa)

Voters must sign and date the blue envelope containing their voted ballot before dropping it in the box or mailing.

All vote by mail ballots must be received by the Registrar of Voters office or by any polling place no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. Ballots that arrive after 8 p.m. on Nov. 6 must be postmarked before or on Election Day. 

For more information, contact the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters Office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 707-565-6800, or toll free at 1-800-750-VOTE. 

— Submitted by Pamela L. Cullen


Geyserville chamber looking parade entrants

The Geyserville Chamber of Commerce sponsors the local tradition of stringing lights on farm equipment for a parade through town.

Kids will get a chance to sit on Santa's lap and relay all their holiday wishes, while parents snap photos, followed by the ceremonial tree lighting and caroling. The parade will begin at the north end of town and make one pass through the downtown area. The route is approximately 1.5 miles long, so there will be plenty of room to see the lights.

Those who get to town early will have the opportunity to enjoy shopping and special offers by local merchants, as well as something to eat and drink. Shops, tasting rooms and restaurants will be open. Food includes chili and corn bread at the Geyserville Firehouse or an unwrapped toy, hot dogs & beverages are available at the Oddfellows Hall and hot chocolate and other snacks at various locations throughout the parade route.

If you would like to enter your truck or tractor in the parade contact or for an entries form.

The 9th annual Tree Lighting and Tractor Parade will take place on Nov. 24. Santa will be at the Park and Ride Plaza at 5 p.m.; tree lighting and caroling will take place at 6 p.m.; the parade will start at 6:30 p.m. The event is free to attend.

— Submitted by Karen Waelde

Copperfield’s fundraiser, Nov. 2-4

If people want to get an early start on holiday shopping, while simultaneously supporting a locally-owned book store and supporting Cloverdale's schools, head to any Copperfield's location and mention "Cloverdale schools" when you go to make your purchase.

Copperfield's will donate 20 percent of your purchase price in support of Cloverdale schools through the Cloverdale Adds Resources for Education (CARE) Foundation. CARE is a non-profit providing educational enhancements in Cloverdale's schools through financial assistance and partnerships. Additional information about CARE, including how to donate directly, can be found at

— Submitted by Joanne Parker

New American Legion Auxiliary unit in town

The American Legion Auxiliary is the largest patriotic women’s service organization in the world, with nearly 1 million members. We support and advocate for our veterans, active duty military and their families and our communities.

If you are a mother, wife, daughter, sister, granddaughter, great grand-daughter or grandmother, or step-relative of a member of The American Legion, or a deceased veteran who served in the United States Armed Forces during the listed war periods, you are eligible to join:

WWI, April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918; Merchant Marines (only eligibility), Dec. 7, 1941 to Aug. 15, 1945; WWII, Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946; Korean War, June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955; Vietnam War, Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975;  Grenada/Lebanon, Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984; Panama, Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990;  Persian Gulf,  Aug. 2, 1990 to cessation of hostilities.

The American Legion Auxiliary will be holding a special introductory meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Cloverdale Veterans Memorial Building, 205 W. First St. All current registered members and women who are interested in joining the auxiliary are welcome.

Please come by and see what the American Legion Auxiliary is all about and how we can help veterans who have previously served, as well as family members who are currently serving in the military.

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Taylor at 707-894-0857. 

— Submitted by Melanie Taylor

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