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Vacaville Museum Nut Tree Exhibit is a hit

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In July of 1921, the Power family started a roadside fruit stand that would become California’s favorite road stop and put Solano County on the map for travelers all over the country. The Vacaville Museum exhibit honoring the 100th anniversary of the original Nut Tree opened on March 20 of this year and will run until January 9, 2022.

The exhibit, “Nut Tree Centennial: 100 Years of Food, Family and Fun,” tells the story of the Nut Tree and the local family who, through a commitment to quality and innovation, created what San Francisco Chronicle writer Allan Temko dubbed  “an oasis of good taste.” The exhibit features all things original Nut Tree, including displays of the restaurant, retail shops and post office. The colorful art of Nut Tree graphic artists, led by Don Birrell, is displayed throughout the exhibit.

The exhibit was created by Museum Registrar Heidi Casebolt and a team of volunteers who were driven by one principle: What made the original Nut Tree so special and how do we capture the wonder of the Nut Tree for those that loved it and for the next generation?

On Saturday, March 27, a week after the exhibit opened, the museum had more visitors — over 150 — than anybody associated with the museum can remember.

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All Bay Builders Offers Award-Winning Bathroom Renovations in Vacaville, CA

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Vacaville, CA – All Bay Builders is a local Vacaville-based company proudly operated by a team of remodeling experts dedicated to working hand in hand with their clients to bring all of their remodeling projects to reality. The company is a veteran-owned business established in 2003 and has been recognized for its professionalism and attention to detail. The talented team combines the extensive experience of its designers and builders with the premier materials in the industry to build innovative, attractive, and sustainable projects.

Whether their clients are looking for a modern kitchen renovation or one with a rustic touch, All Bay Builders offers its clients its extensive experience in the design and installation of kitchens of all sizes and styles. All Bay Builders provides kitchen remodeling services with vintage or modern designs, installation of different elements such as islands, electrical and plumbing connections, tile installation, lighting configuration, sink installation, layout reconfiguration, and kitchen cabinets.

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Longtime Nut Tree secretary: ‘Attention to detail was important’

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Aaron Brunson, 4, of Fairfield checks out the winning pumpkin at the Nut Tree Pumpkin Patch in Vacaville in this file image from October of 1996. Carol Yount of Vacaville worked as a secretary for the Power family and helped put on the annual pumpkin patch and scarecrow contest (Joel Rosenbaum -- Reporter File Photo)

In 1967, Carol Yount had finished her studies at Napa College and was looking for her first full-time job as she neared the age of 20. After applying to a few different places, she saw an ad on the front page of The Reporter listing an open position for a secretary at the Nut Tree.

Yount, who moved to Vacaville in 1954 and graduated from Vacaville High School in 1965, had visited the iconic restaurant and roadside stop with her family before and jumped at the opportunity.

“I loved the Nut Tree,” she said.

That same summer, Yount was offered a position in the steno pool at California Medical Facility but was told by an employee that she would be dealing with very disconcerting stories regarding the inmates. When she interviewed for the Nut Tree position, it was conducted by managing partner Mary Helen Fairchild near the rocking horses amid a very colorful backdrop.

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Police: Driver dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound after chase through Vacaville, Fairfield

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VACAVILLE, Calif. (KTXL) – Authorities are investigating the death of a driver after police said he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a chase through Vacaville and Fairfield.

The Vacaville Police Department said an officer attempted to stop the driver around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday near Gibson Canyon and Fruitvale roads in Vacaville.

The man stopped initially and then drove away through north Vacaville and onto westbound Interstate 80, police said. He continued toward Fairfield, exited I-80 and reentered eastbound I-80 at Manuel Campos Parkway about 12 miles away from the initial stop.

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City of Vacaville hosts Youth Development Hiring Fairs

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The City of Vacaville Parks and Recreation Department, Vacaville Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club, the Solano County Educational Consortium and Vacaville Unified School District are partnering to host Youth Development Hiring Fairs for part-time positions working with youth.

The final event will be held on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at the McBride Center, 91 Town Square Place.

Applicants must be 18 or older, must possess a high school diploma or equivalent and must be willing to undergo and pass drug screening and a background check prior to employment.

Each of the participating agencies will be on-site to accept applications as well as to answer questions and provide information about their various recruitments.

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Fatal Vehicle Collision North Of Vacaville

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The California Highway Patrol is on the scene of a fatal traffic collision north of Vacaville.

Early reports from the CHP Traffic website indicate the collision involved a Honda Accord that went off the road and into a fence shortly before 2:58 a.m. Monday on Peaceful Glen Road, just west of Timm Road in Solano County. The location is about one mile west of the town of Allendale and State Route 505.

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Crews battle wildfire west of Vacaville, evacuation orders lifted

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VACAVILLE, CA - AUGUST 19: A man trying to save a home in Vacaville, Calif., watches futilely as it goes up in flames, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. — A mandatory evacuation was briefly issued and then lifted as firefighters work to contain a small wildfire just to the west of Vacaville.

The evacuation order was issued around 10:30 a.m. for residents living along Pleasants Valley Road from Cherry Glen Road to Foothill Drive, all the way west to the County Line, according to the Solano County Office of Emergency Services.

At the time, Solano OES warned residents to evacuate immediately because “there is an immediate threat to life.” That order was lifted around 10:50 a.m.

According to Cal Fire, the wildfire ignited near Gibson Canyon Road and Pleasants Valley Road. It has grown to about 10 acres in size.

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Vacaville fire officials remind residents about citywide fireworks ban

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VACAVILLE, Calif. (KTXL) – Residents in Vacaville are still reeling from recent wildfires over the years.

Todd Horne told FOX40 Monday how nerve-racking the Pena Adobe Fire was for him and his family when the flames burned 320 acres near Lagoon Valley and came dangerously close to his Vacaville home in 2015.

“It actually did come right to the fence line,” Horne recalled.

He said the risk of wildfires was something they’ve had to deal with when they chose to live next to the beauty of rolling hillsides, but what Horne said makes the memory worse is what caused the blaze.

“That was started because of fireworks,” said Vacaville Fire Department Chief Kris Concepcion.

Fortunately, firefighters prevented the flames from destroying any homes.

“This time of the year, it’s just insane to be messing around with fires, especially in a drought year. It’s going to be worse,” Horne said.

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Construction begins for Pony Express Senior Apartments in Vacaville

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VACAVILLE – PEP Housing, in partnership with EAH Housing, is celebrating its groundbreaking event for the 60-unit affordable senior housing project located at 220 Aegean Way in Vacaville, on July 1.

The project will provide 59 much-needed, one-bedroom units for seniors with low- and very-low-incomes, including 15 units set aside for seniors experiencing homelessness, and one two-bedroom unit for a property manager.

The GreenPoint certified buildings include a photovoltaic system, community room with full kitchen, computer room, exercise room, raised community garden beds, large dog run and a wellness center where residents can meet with health care professionals on site. All PEP properties provide supportive services to residents, with a resident services coordinator facilitating health and educational classes on site and connecting residents to services and resources available in the community. Lutheran Social Services of Northern California will be the lead supportive services provider, providing case management to residents in need.

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Nut Tree legacy began 100 years ago, bringing forth a world-famous roadside destination

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VACAVILLE — When Helen Power opened her fruit stand in Vacaville on July 3, 1921, under the famed “Nut Tree” that Sallie Fox once planted in 1859, her husband Edwin I. “Bunny” Power told her, “If you’re going to do it, you better do it right.”

She did.

That simple stop for weary travelers rose over decades under the leadership of the entire Power family into the iconic, must-see California roadside destination.

The Nut Tree would become famous worldwide, and though it closed its original doors in 1996, it still conjures up nostalgic memories for those of a certain age who remember it so fondly.

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