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"While the rain was won- derful, we are still significantly below both the rainfall totals and storage than the worst drought on modern record in 1977/' said Fourth District Supervisor and Water Agency board member Mike McGuire. THE RUSSIAN RIVE]t finally got a good dose of rain from Thursday through Sunday which raised the water level to just under 9 feet at its highest. The river is pictured above at the First Street Bridge in Cloverdale. Photo by Kerrie Lindecker To further drive home the point, Sonoma County Water Agency Chief Engineer Jay Jasperse said a recent study showed that 2013 may have been the driest year in the last 400 years. The study, completed by the University of Arizona, looked at the correlation between tree rings and rainfall. The tree ring study, which analyzed Russian River Valley Blue Oaks, Jasperse said, showed that last > PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 7 Commission approves AVH expansion By Mark Thayer Special to the Reveille Alexander Valley Healthcare won unanimous approval last Wednesday from the Cloverdale Planning Commission to expand facili- ties to meet an increasing num- ber of patients. A 960 square foot modular building to meet administra- tive needs was approved in a 4- 0 vote. It will be placed in an existing parking lot on the east side of the building at 6 Tarman Dr. CEO Deborah Howell said the building will meet an immediate need to expand Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse programs as well as create much needed administrative space. "With the city approval in hand, we expect to have the new building open by the end of March," she added AVH also will begin provid- ing dental services one day a week at 100 West Third St. on February 21st. For more infor- mation on the dental program call 894..4229. Recent remodeling of the current building expanded the number of exam rooms for patients from eight to eleven and forced administrators into an aging temporary building. Financial support for the remodel and expansion project came in the form of grants from > PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 7 THE LILY LEMON-ORAN ORANGE PAGEANT takes place this Friday, Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Citrus Fair Auditorium. There are 10 girls vying for the title of this year's Uly Lemon and eight boys going after the Oran Orange crown. Pictured are the 2014 contestants Lull Nerguti, beck row left, Elizabeth Silva, Balsa Cardenas, Ronni Hatcher, Lillian Smotherman, third row left, Henry Paul Dogali, Wyatt Boehm, Ryan Boehm, Mikayla Dailey, Bayley Hntchenson, Rebecca Sack, Bronz Tolentino, Hunter Wedge, Danny Espinoza, Jessa Jackson, front row left, Jasmine Lorenz, Dane Miller and Dylan Berry. if the show is any- thing like the rehearsal, the audience will laugh out loud. Below: Contestants in the fair's Junior Talent Show rehearsed last Friday night. They will be performing at the Citrus Fair on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1p.m. Photos by Neena Hanchott Cloverdale students delve into local history By Brandon Daubs Staff Writer All Cloverdale students in 4th and 8th grade, both in school and homeschooled, are invited to rediscover local his- tory for the second annual Historical Essay Contest. The contest is hosted by the Cloverdale Unified School District and the Cloverdale History Center, and encour- ages students to explore Cloverdale's long history with region-specific topics and cash prizes. Fourth graders are encour- aged to write on one of many historical figures, including Steven Connolly, Gloria Figueroa, Ann Amaroli Gillis, Dena Gambetta, Jane Leist, Roberto Perdomo, Carmen Ruiz, Miguel Sanchez, John Santana or Daniel Sink. Eighth graders are given more com- plex topics in assessing the rel- ative values of tradition and change in either the Citrus Fair, which has been a part of Cloverdale for more than 120 years, or City Park, almost a century old. JANE LIE]ST is just one of many local historical figures that students can choose to write about as pert of the second annual historical essay con- test Photo courtesy Cloverdale Historical Society According to Cloverdale Historical Society director Elissa Morrash, having stu- dents write about local history provides inspiration and understanding about the town they live in. "It really helps them understand their envi- ronment and community, and gives them a lot of inspiration about what they can do," she said. "If they know people from their own community did cer- tain kinds of things, it inspires them to do what they want to > PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 7 Local Girl Scouts re;idy for cookie sales By Kerrie Lindecker Reveille Editor The largest girl-led business in the country is gearing up in Northern California, with thousands of young cookie entrepreneurs setting goals, making business plans, and preparing for Girl Scouts of Northern California's Cookie Sale Feb. 9 through March 16. Eight young girls in Cloverdale will be joining those across the state to sell the coveted cookies locally. Their cookie goal is to sell more than 400 boxes - a hefty challenge the Girl Scout Juniors began this week. Alexis Gutierrez, age 9, who, like many across the nation, said her favorite cook- ies are thin mints, said the sales help the local girls on their Girls Scout adventures. "We go on field trips, both educational and fun," she said. The girls gathered on Monday afternoon at the Scout Hut at City Park to collect information and sign up forms to get ready to make their sales. In Cloverdale, the girls will do booth sales and sell to friends. The group is moving away from door-to-door sales (unless a parents is accompa- nying them) for safety reasons, but you'll see them on the weekends at a booth on First CLOVERDALE GIRLS SCOUTS have a big cookie goal this year and will be out in the community with eight cookie varieties for only $5 per box. Pictured above are: Leader Candy Jelton, Alexis Gderrez, 9, Amber Bishop, 10, Daelia Marrufo, 10, Alia Sanchez, 9, Gracie Bunting, 9, and Sage Farris, 11. Street. When asked why it's impor- tant that the community sup- port the local troop, 9-year-old Alia Sanchez said, "because we give donations to other places, like the military and the Food Bank. And it helps with our uniforms." The Girl Scouts will be offering eight of your favorite cookies for $5 a box: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Dulce de Leche, Trefoils, Do- Si-Dos, Thank U Berry Munch and Savannah Smiles. And while you may be used to signing up for your cookies Photo by Kene Undecker and then waiting a month for them to arrive, the Cloverdale girls are happy to announce that they already have hun- dreds of boxes of cookies in town, so most orders will be available within a week of ordering and purchasing. > PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 7 e,V00 AWAY et CASe iz i,0012's00