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s 00nimals volunteer e Page 3 Hoag & Sons 127 Railroad Spnngport M) 49284 Fiddle contest See Below /8 Published weekly since 18 79 118 years of serving the community , Sonoma County, CA January 22, 1997 VoL CXVIH, Issue 4 35 Cents ! 0eels and Bob James were captured flddmin' up a storm at a past Old Time Flddle Contest. The event wlll be held thls Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Cltrus Falrgrounds. Doors open at 9 a.m. Payless & Ray's Food Place i construction to begin soon 'rhis will be the biggest thing to ever happen in Cloverdale," say Craig and Allan Furber, de- velopers of their family's Furber Ranch located in south Clover- dale. They were referring to their Furber Ranch Shopping Center that has been under develop- ment for a number of years and is now ready for construction of a 30,000 square foot Payless Drug Store and a 41,845 square foot Ray's Food Place supermarket. A building permit was issued for Payless Jan. 17. The frst building permit for the Center was issued to Ray's Food Place late in 1996. Opening of the two anchor stores is anticipated in July. Infrastructure, including wa- ter and sewer lines, and storm drains is now completed. A 506 space parkinglot is also finishe& A foundation is now being laid for the supermarket. Ray's purchased the property and plans to. build their own store. Payless will lease their premises from the Furbers. The first occupant of the shop- ping center was McDonalds and a new Chevron Station is due to open soon next to McDonalds fronting Cloverdale Blvd. The Furbers hail their Center as one of the most significant developments to ever occur in Cloverdale. They predict that, when fully in operation, the Cen- ter will bring in a significant number of people off the Free- way to shop and to visit other areas of Cloverdale. Business generated by the Center will also result in increased sales tax rev- enue for the City and many new jobs, they note& They acknowledged that there was some concern in the City regarding a possible adverse impact on the Downtown, but they discounted this, stating that the Wine Center, the Plaza and local shops will attract visitors and customers to the Downtown, as well. "The principal need is to draw motorges off the freeway into town .and o stop h eelilew ef money to other shopping areas that is now occurring in Clover- dale," Craig Furber said. The Furbers expect to develop another 10,000 square feet of retail shops now that the two main stores are underway. The Center has enough ground area to ultimately accommodate 30,000 square feet. In addition, the complex has brought seven acres of a 13 acre business park to the final map stage. The Furbers hope to at- tract professional offices and light industry that will create even more jobs. The Furber family was estal> lished here in 1879 when El- bridge Furber, their great-grand- father, purchased the ranch rais- ing grapes and prunes. The housing complex, Rancho De Amigos was begun in 1978. Both Furbers were raised in Cloverdale and attended local schools. Craig formerly worked as a bank manager in Healds- burg and Allan was a former teacher, before  undertook develepmetefthe  Immp- erty. are musicians from,a 1984 Flddme Contest. The event Is a major fundralser for the Cloverdale I Soclety. Thls year s event Is the 22nd annual. Admlsslon Is $6.50 for adults; $6 for senlors ; and $3 for kids 11 and under. 00iddling gathering began 22 years ago enty-two years ago a hand- tddlers gathered together Cloverdale Citrus Fair- people showed up by the third made the contest profitable, and ads to put on the first An- Cloverdale Old time Fiddle st, sponsored by the Clo- ale Historical Society. Con- like this one were founded eserve a style of music as Old Time Fiddling, of music that makes Want to dance. a style that was in dan- out along with the and church socials e our ancestors once to the tunes. Here con- would vie for cash priz- Id trophies and listeners enjoy a day of toe-tapping right here at home. Edith Thompson, well in fiddling circles for her and)easy repar- L Was chosen to emcee the COntest and has continued says one joys is watching Oung people as they the top prizes ?. contests brought of fiddlers and friends from the towns and back roads of out the Bay Area who come to the North Coast. In fact, so many Cloverdale each January have year, the Fire Marshall had to close the contest down early. The people crowding in overflowed the building. Without a doubt, the tradition of the Fiddle Con- test was alive and well. Each year three expert fid- dlers are chosen to sit away from the stage and the contestants and judge the music produced. They do not see the fiddlers, nor do they hear their names an- nounced. The judges come to us from far and near, having competed at contests all over the country, and now offering their expertise in determining who is the best in Cloverdale. This year the Old Time contest welcomes Judges IRon Anglin from Oroville, Del- bert McGrath of Sacramento, and Amber Randall of Isleton. All three have competed many times in fiddle contests all over the west. The Old Time Fiddle Contest has become the chieffund-raiser for the Historical Society. Al- though the expense of putting on the contest is high, the large number of fiddle friends through- added a much needed cash infu- sion to the Historical Society Building Fund for rehabilitation of the Cloverdale Museum, cur- rently closed for seismic retrofit. So if you like to hear songs like "Turkey in the Straw  or"Boilin' Cabbage Down" and all the oth- er old favorites, you'll enjoy the Old Time Fiddle Contest on the 25th of January. Come on down and watch the fiddlers compete. Browse through the Festival booths. Grab a bite to eat in the cafe. Listen to the impromptu jam sessions that go on all day. Marvel at the flying feet of the Cloggers and watch the fellow make the wild and plaintive music with his saw. You'll have a real toe tapping good time all day. You might even go home with the $25 door prize. Gates open at 9, contestants start at 10 with the Pee Wee (children under eight) division and continue all day, ending with the Old Time Division in the late aiernoon. Admission is $6.50 adults; $6 for seniors over 65; and $3 kids 11 and under. Completion of Boys & Girls Club nears Reconstruction of the Clover- dale Boys and Girls Club, se- verely damaged by fire in 1995, is moving right along. Contrac- tors have the building totally framed in and are working on the electrical and heating, ac- cording to Club Executive Direc- tor Marrianne McBride. The foundation for the gym has been poured, and the Club has raised $128,000 towards the goal of $350,000 for its comple- tion. "We have a foundation that is considering us for a substan- tial grant and they vote towards the end of February. But in or- der to get their grant, we have to be at half of our goal--we have a little over $46,000 we need to raise to get their very large grant," McBride said. Plelml turn to page lO II III III Cloverdale resident killed in accident Cloverdale resident Dorothy V. Ramirez was killed in a traffic accident on Highway 116 near Sonoma on Jan. 14. She was driving a Toyota pick-up truck transporting blood and urine samples to a Unilab Corporation lab in Sacramento when CHP officials say she crossed over the double-yellow line and hit an oncoming car at 9:45 pm that night. Ramirez was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the truck. The other driver, Scott Walker, 36, of Lagunitas was taken to Sonoma Valley Hospi- tal and was listed in stable con- dition. The highway was closed until approximately 5 am the next morning while a Richmond bio- hazard clean-up company cleaned up the spill of vials con- taining bodily fluids to be tested for HIV, hepatitis and other dis- eases. However, of all the vials only one--to be tested for vita- min B12--was broken. Sheriff's 26%, to a 30 year low. "However, "Collins, Richards, Stewart draw 4 year terms on Cioverdale Fire Board Lots were drawn by the new- ly-seated Board of Directors of the Cloverdale Fire Protection "District resulting in three four year terms for incumbents Jan- et Collins and Terry Stewart and newly-elected Coby Rich- ards. The other new beard mem- bers, Chris Andersen and Gari Jones, will serve two years. Jones ran for election under the name of Gari Zanzi. Her current married name is Jones. The Board accepted a report from Organizational Commit- tee Chair Andersen recommend- ing that division of the district be discontinued and a contract with planning consultant Bruce Aspinal be cancelled. Andersen reported that it would not be wise for the dis- trict to expend a possible $3800 to $6000 on the division process before the March 4 election de- termines if the District will suc- p turn to page lO