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A Passion for Protecting Neglected and Abandoned Animals

A long-time advocate for animals, Benicia’s Peggie Hartig has rescued wolves in addition to dogs, and volunteered at local animal shelters, rescue foundations and humane societies.

Benicia Fire Chief Jim Lydon on Emergency Response and Fire Prevention

Always preparing for the next step, a fire explorer program at age 14 encouraged Jim Lydon’s career as a fireman, advancing to his current job as Benicia’s fire chief.

Roger’s experimental treatments included humor and a positive attitude

Benicia’s Roger Lipman puts his life on hold to follow aggressive treatment for Leukemia

A grim diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome and subsequent Leukemia leads Benicia’s Roger Lipman into aggressive treatment plan that, after much medical intervention, leads to remission.

Retired from the travel industry, Mike has become one of Benicia’s most prolific volunteers.

Benicia’s Mike Caplin wears many volunteer hats with local organizations, so much so that he earned the city’s Volunteer of the Year award.

Katie Perata talks about Catholic education and her passion for kids’ learning

St. Dominic School in Benicia, California, has a principal who is passionate about educating students and helping them model respect.

Benicia Parks & Community Services Department Superintendent Ann Dunleavy Wants to Create Memories for Kids

Ann Dunleavy, Benicia’s Parks and Community Services Superintendent, talks about her passion for finding and maintaining fun programs for community members of all ages.

Interview: William “Tags” Tageson’s 50-year Maritime Career

Bill Tageson, “Tags” to his many friends and acquaintances, on his 50-year career as a U.S. Navy officer and diver, and oil-spill abatement / cleanup consultant along with other maritime disaster recovery such as sunken ships and airplanes.

Interview: Former Mayor Jerry Hayes On Benicia’s Fascinating History

Benicia’s Jerry Hayes, former mayor, is the president of the Benicia Historical Society and is pursuing the restoration of the Von Pfister General Store, one of the oldest buildings in California. It’s a three-phase project, with stabilization of the building being the first phase.

Interview: The Wheels Keep Turning For Downtown Merchant Greg Andrada

Benicia’s Wheels in Motion bike and sports shop is still going strong after 25 years, helping locals and area riders fix their bikes, give advice and doing custom fittings for customers to ensure they their bikes are properly set up, along with hosting an unofficial bike club.