Dave Stoneberg is editor of the St. Helena Star, who has been with the Star since 2006. He is one of the founders of the St. Helena Star/Napa Valley Vintners tasting panel, is passionate about telling a good story and riding his bicycle. 

The Star’s editorial board recently heard the stories of two Hispanic brothers, German and Juan Carlos. Their family first came to St. Helena and the Napa Valley in the 1970s and 1980s; later, though, seven brothers started coming to St. Helena permanently in 1999.

My clothes smell of smoke. My hands are covered with soot, even after I’ve washed them. It is early afternoon on Sunday and Joni and I spent the morning helping our friends, Paul and Teddi, sort through file drawers of damp file folders and paper, some of it burned at the edges. There were d…

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We bid farewell to John Ponte from the Star’s editorial board as he resigned last week after being appointed to the St. Helena Planning Commission. Serving on both would not be ethical and could lead to many difficulties. Ponte has served on the board for the past 10 years. His replacement i…

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You’ve seen her sitting at a picnic table or in Lyman Park or on the bench at the corner of Adams Street and Railroad Avenue. You may have heard her, too, as she often yells out, sometimes at the top of her lungs.

Sometimes Monday mornings can be difficult. There are too many emails that need to be dealt with; too many stories that need to be written; and sometimes, too much sadness.

The former owner of The Weekly Calistogan, Marjorie A. Brandon, died on Dec. 14, 2016, three hours before her 91st birthday in San Francisco. Searching the Internet for her obituary, only the following words were found: “Arrangements under the direction of San Francisco Columbarium & Fun…

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I couldn’t believe the energy on Saturday morning. From the start, when my wife Joni and I boarded a Vine Trail bus headed to the Women’s March Napa Valley to the end, when she and I enjoyed lunch at the Bounty Hunter. We then walked to the bus station to catch a northbound bus back to St. H…

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My first mistake was inviting my boss, Sean Scully, to St. Helena for a beer. Not that I didn’t enjoy the IPA I had at Sogni di Dolci. I did. And I enjoyed Sean’s company and conversation … as I always do.

OK, I’ll say it – the work that Jesse Duarte and Anne Ward Ernst do is hard. Duarte is a reporter with the St. Helena Star and Ernst is the editor of The Weekly Calistogan. I work closely with both of them and while Ernst was gone on vacation last week, I covered her beat by attending the Ca…

I can’t help it … I’m a fan of both the San Francisco Giants and the team I grew up with, the Chicago Cubs. And, I have to say, on Thursday morning, I’m pretty excited, because the Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in seven games in the World Series. If you didn’t watch the series and aren’t a…

I like old things, especially old cars, as you may have noticed. I have had a lifelong love of English sports cars, but I haven’t been mad enough to own one since 1979, when I sold my MG Midget for a song, because it broke down — again.

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This weekend was a tough one for us, in great part because we could see the huge plume of smoke from the Clayton Fire from our driveway … and it reminded us of the terrible Valley Fire from last September.

Bad news doesn’t come anymore by phone in the middle of the night. It comes via an unexpected email from someone you haven’t heard from in a long time.

The heat of summer has arrived. On Sunday, it was 101 in St. Helena and it was a few degrees hotter on Monday. It’s supposed to cool off a few degrees for the holiday weekend, but no matter how you cut it, it’s just plain hot. If you don’t get out and do your chores or errands, or exercise e…

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It’s not often that we get world champion athletes in the area, less often still that we have a chance to see them perform. I’m not talking about Steph Curry, Klay Thompson or Draymond Green; I’m talking about Peter Sagan. Who?

One wine family’s passion for all things Napa Valley — wine, food and cycling — has led them to sponsor the Amgen Tour of California for the past six years.

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Kevin Courtney, news editor for our sister paper, the Napa Valley Register, called last week. “There’s been a fatal rollover up on Deer Park Road. Can you chase it?”

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Four years ago, I rode the 50-mile route in the Wine Valley Cycle For Sight, Rotary Ride for Veterans. I had ridden in the event before and have since, but the ride was particularly memorable for me in 2012. It was held just days after my 84-year-old mother, Nancy Hibbard Brown Stoneberg, pa…

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OK, so I was super busy last Thursday — of all days — when it was pouring rain. I had three appointments on my calendar that turned into four and probably five assignments, numerous conversations — all pleasant, by the way — and really didn’t get too wet as I decided walking was better than …

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Three hundred columns in 14 years. That’s quite an accomplishment, and although Star fishing columnist Bill Ryan is proud of it, he said he is happy, in his words, “with some small ways my column has contributed to the community to make a difference.”

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I’ve just gotta say it, we’re a lucky bunch in St. Helena. Why? Because we’ve got a good hometown newspaper that covers this community and cares for and about this community. The Star, which was founded in September 1874, continues to be a vital part of this town.

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If you have a free day some weekend this month – and you don’t want to watch the football playoffs – you could visit the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, which is about 100 miles or two hours from St. Helena.

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I just had to write the recap of the Valley Fire for the Star and Calistogan this year. To me and to tens of thousands of people, it was more than just one of the Top 10 stories of 2015, it was the defining event of the past year, because we lived through it.

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That headline’s not mine: I stole it from Napa Valley CanDo, a grassroots community service organization dedicated to “easing the path from intent to action.” For the past three years, that group of volunteers has put together the Napa Valley Give!Guide, both a booklet and a website that mak…

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The Lake Area Rotary Club Association (LARCA) nonprofit, established two days after the Valley Fire broke out in mid-September, recently donated $12,500 to double the capacity of Middletown’s after-school program.

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St. Helena’s Marty Heise is seeking good, gently used bicycles for children to distribute to the estimated 800 kids who lost their bikes as a result of the devastating Valley Fire.

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A passion for the best of the Napa Valley — wine, food, cycling and giving back to charities – was the inspiration for the inaugural Crush Challenge. Now that the event is approaching its second year, that’s still the inspiration.

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About 60 people, three times what was expected, recently showed up for opening night of the new Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant in St. Helena. Restaurant manager Lindsay Borenstein said the first night was “very exciting” and added, “We’ve really been looking forward to it.”

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My clothes smell like smoke, my car is covered with ashes. But Joni and I are two of the lucky ones, those who have been blessed. Our Hidden Valley Lake home in Lake County – where we have lived for 30 years – is still standing.

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It’s well known there are divisions within St. Helena: East side versus West side; tourists versus residents; growth versus non-growth; those who criticize city government versus those who do not — the list could go on and on. In St. Helena, we thrive on the drama of these divisions and they…

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Sometimes you just have to get out of town. It was that way Sunday, when Joni and I and our dog Zoe headed to the Sonoma County coast. (Not that we had much choice, Zoe, our beloved 6-year-old Border Collie/Whippet mix, would dart out the door every time we would. She wanted to make sure she…

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Calistoga’s Edie Engelhard was in the Tubbs Exhibit Building last Thursday afternoon arranging the different olive oils and making sure the best of show, best of class and gold, silver and bronze winners stood out on the display table.

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What a busy week! Last Friday was a joyous nightmare for me. I was privileged to attend the Napa Valley Barrel Auction, which started at 10 and ended at 4 p.m. I saw a lot of friends, and quoted quite a few of them and after I left Hall St. Helena, where it was held, I had to write a story t…

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Last week’s tragic bicycling accident – where an Ohio woman, Maria Crozier, 31, died on Main Street after riding a rental bike into the side of a box truck and slipped underneath its rear wheels – gives us all pause. We are all incredibly saddened for the woman and her husband, celebrating t…

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Strolling through Safeway earlier this week, I spotted a new edition of Life magazine detailing the 100 women who made a difference in the world. On the cover were portraits of those living like Oprah Winfrey and Queen Elizabeth and those who are part of history. Although I just glanced at t…

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The fourth iteration of a solar-powered touring bike, built by Berkeley residents Bryan Bashin and Russell Wilcox, participated in the 25-mile route during the Wine Valley Cycle For Sight and Rotary Ride for Veterans, sponsored by St. Joseph Health Queen of the Valley, on a recent Saturday.

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I’m still a little sore and stiff from a 10.4-mile hike I took Saturday. I didn’t have to drive to Yosemite or the Sierra Nevadas to find solitude on a wilderness trail; it was in my backyard. It was on my way to work, for goodness sakes, and it overlooks northern Napa County, including Cali…

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Registration is full for chef Michael Chiarello’s Bottega Gran Fondo for 2015, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be a part of it, because you can still volunteer to help put it on.

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Talking to the experts about the 2013 vintage for Napa Valley cabernets, it’s clear the 2013s are wines with character that will last a long time.

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Today, I am mourning the impending sale of the Napa Valley Register newspaper offices. The Aug. 24 earthquake damaged the newspaper press beyond repair and the announcement of the building’s sale was made last week.

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I need a safecracker. Not a lock and key guy, but a real safecracker, because I’ve got a safe I need opened. I don’t know what’s in the safe, a real beauty that’s so heavy it’s just about impossible to move, but it could be a million dollars (I doubt it) or rare documents from years ago, or,…

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