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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...

Profile: Maximilian Rex Burgess-Shannon

Profile: Maximilian Rex Burgess-Shannon

Maximilian Rex Burgess-Shannon: A Man with a Plan Maximilian Rex Burgess-Shannon. An impressive name for an equally impressive person. A native Benician, you can often find him helping out at various community events and service clubs, such as the Kiwanis. He is an...

In Memoriam: Tom Gavin

In Memoriam: Tom Gavin

Longtime Benicia resident, Tom Gavin passed away November 30th, 2022, at the age of 70, after a battle with cancer. Originally from Chicago, he moved to Vallejo at age 16 and lived in Benicia for the past 37 years. In that time, he became a valued member of the...

Profile: The Ethereal Wadale

Profile: The Ethereal Wadale

The Ethereal Wadale There are few Benicia residents as recognizable as Wadale. If you’re unfamiliar with his name, you’re almost certainly familiar with his appearance. He’s usually dressed in a collage of accoutrements, with beads and jewelry dangling from his hair...

Lathan “Young Lay” Williams

Lathan “Young Lay” Williams

Grateful and Moving Forward: A Conversation with Lathan "Young Lay" Williams and his book ReveLaytionz Bay Area Rapper Young Lay was on the rise of his career, landing a song on the movie soundtrack of New Jersey Drive, a 1995 Spike Lee, 40 Acres and a Mule...

Chairwoman Rhonda Pope

Chairwoman Rhonda Pope

Tradition, Culture, and Gratitude: Chairwoman Rhonda Pope Flores of the Buena Vista band of Me-Wuk Indians Visiting Mission San Jose in present day is to experience a picturesque and peaceful oasis in close proximity to noisy Interstate 680.  This tranquil site belies...

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