Sotoyome Resource Conservation District received an award from the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors for protecting agricultural land and promoting viability of the farming community. The district was nominated by Supervisor Mike McGuire along with three other groups in his district. He called out Sotoyome RCD Executive Director Kara Heckert for her leadership and involvement in controversial issues and  to bring disparate groups together.Education

The U.S. Health and Human Services awarded a grant of $250,000 to the Solano County Office of Education. The grant will be used toward services for foster students. Data obtained from the Solano County Department of Child Welfare in April 2011 indicate there are approximately 293 children and youth, ages 4 through 19 years old, placed in the foster care system through the Solano County Department of Child Welfare and the Solano County Probation departments. The grant will focus on the following objectives: improving data sharing between placing agencies and creating educational case plans for foster youth so they can successfully complete high school and be prepared for college or career technical education. The Solano County interagency agreement is a partnership among local school districts, the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), Solano County Department of Health and Social Services, Solano County Department of Child Welfare, Solano County Department of Probation, Solano County Department of Mental Health, Solano County Juvenile Court, community-based organizations, and city and county agencies.Hardware

Stevenson Supply, a century-old Sonoma County firm, has expanded by acquiring Al Ruoff & Son, a Vallejo company. Al Ruoff & Son has been in Vallejo since 1964, primarily serving the construction industry. The Al Ruoff & Son store in Vallejo on Lemon Street will be rebranded as a Stevenson Supply outlet, and will carry the full Stevenson line of geotextile fabrics, erosion and sediment control products, surveyor supplies, safety equipment, traffic control supplies and survey lasers.  The current Stevenson Supply location in Santa Rosa provides materials and support to the coastal counties of the North Bay. The new location provides easy access to the Highway 80 corridor and the greater Bay Area, so Stevenson can more readily serve customers throughout the region. The company is located at 3601 Regional Parkway in Santa Rosa.