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Packer Lake inspires Petaluma artist

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
6/7/2012

In the morning she writes, in the afternoon she paints; and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Penny Popken wrote for the Marin Independent Journal for 18 years, penned a garden column for the San Francisco Examiner and contributed regularly to Sunset Magazine. She continues to write about wine, food and fine living for a variety of publications. Writing was her work.

But that changed a little in 2005 when her youngest daughters went off to college and she turned to a childhood hobby — painting.

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Volunteers perk up library garden

Feather Publishing
6/6/2012

 

Volunteers Ellen Balestri and Carolee Watts have transformed the wildflower garden at the Portola Branch Library.

They began the project several weeks ago by pulling the weeds and preparing the soil with a compost mix. The area does not have a sprinkler system, so they planted low-water usage perennials alongside existing grape hyacinths, lavender and California poppies.

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Swofford and Simpson headed towards victory; Election results available here

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
6/6/2012

Plumas County Supervisors Terry Swofford and Lori Simpson are overwhelmingly winning their respective races in Tuesday’s primary election. If the percentages don’t change, the two supervisors would avoid a run-off in November by capturing more than 50 percent of the votes in their districts.

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