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Hidden Benicia: The Flag Man of First Street

Hidden Benicia: The Flag Man of First Street

The Flag Man of First Street You may not know Jim Phelan but you have likely seen him when you’ve driven down First Street to go to the Farmer’s Market during summer or on virtually any Thursday between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. That is when you’ll see him,...

Profile: Rachel Morgado

Profile: Rachel Morgado

Rachel Morgado: Creating the Next Generation of Educators Growing up as the child of a teacher, Rachel Morgado heard from her classmates how much they loved her mom, an educator at St. Dominic School. It was during her most crucial developmental years that her heart...

Veterans Day 2023: Harold Bray

Veterans Day 2023: Harold Bray

Veteran Harold Bray Recognized at Fleet Week When Veterans Day comes around, you probably put out your flag and give a thought to the men and women who have served our country. This year we have a special veteran to celebrate, Harold Bray. As you may know, Harold is...

Profile: Sean Poynter

Profile: Sean Poynter

Sean Poynter: Healing Through Art One local veteran has found peace through our tiny water community. Sean Poynter is originally from Virgina and is now a nearby neighbor living in Pittsburgh (though he dreams of living in town), a husband, and an Air Force veteran...

Profile: Larnie and Bodil Fox

Profile: Larnie and Bodil Fox

Better Together: Larnie and Bodil Fox Photos by Luke George Photography Through their differences and similarities, Benicia residents Larnie and Bodil Fox work together in art and love. My interview started with Larnie and Bodil Fox playfully bickering over whether...

Hidden Benicia: Steve Jennett

Hidden Benicia: Steve Jennett

Steve Jennett: Perhaps the Longest-Serving Bartender in Benicia Photo by Luke George Photography Steve Jennett, the bar manager and bartender at Sailor Jack’s, has a unique distinction. He may be the longest-serving bartender in Benicia history. He has worked at the...

Father’s Day: Lionel Largaespada

Father’s Day: Lionel Largaespada

Lionel Largaespada: Inspirational Dad Photos by Luke George Photography Father’s Day is this month, and to celebrate, we wanted to highlight a local dad who is not only there for his kids, but also for the community. Lionel Largaespada fits that bill. He has given...

Profile: Penny Stell

Profile: Penny Stell

A Penny for Your Thoughts Photo by Luke George Photography Sitting across from Penny Stell in her art deco themed living room, she humbly insists we can’t need more than a quarter page to tell her story. After nearly an hour-long interview, I beg to differ. By the end...

Profile: Gloria McKenzie

Profile: Gloria McKenzie

Lady Limitless: Gloria McKenzie Photo by Luke George Photography “I’m really not that interesting, you know,” says Gloria McKenzie with a wry smile. Born in 1938, at the end of the Great Depression, and part of the Silent Generation, Gloria McKenzie has seen and done...

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