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l0 811[!![!1!!!1!18 $1 at the newsstand WHAT'S INSIDE THIS WEEK? Los Cien luncheon Reclassification Ceremony photos Citrus Fair results Letters to the editor to gles head semifinals g ***'*''''''''** "*'***''" ORIGIN SHALL TOWN PAPERS 927 W RAILROAD AVE SHELTON WA 98584-3847 MIXED ADC 940 1096 00-00-0000 IlitNhl,vl I.v MI,dll,tvl,il",h,ilhh,t, j-( Visit www.cloverdalereveille.com for daily updates on local news and views Our 140th year, Number 8@ Cloverdale, California February 21, 2019 Attendance down 12 percent from 2018, up 32 percent from 2017 By Zo~ Strickland Reveille Editor zoe@sonomawest.com The rain was no match for the Cloverdale Citrus Fair last weekend, as people from far and wide came to Cloverdale. Celebrating its 127th year, the fair got off to a rainy start. However, the clouds dissipated as the weekend went on. "Our overall attendance was 15,538, about 12 percent down from 2018, which had beautiful weather," said Citrus Fair Chief Executive Officer Katie Young. "Compared to 2017, this year's attendance was up 32 percent." This year's fair theme was "Making of America," and celebrated American innovation. "From immigrants who traveled here in the 1800s to build railroads, to American icons like Mickey Mouse, Nell Armstrong and Elvis Presley, leaders old and new, great inventions and inventors, all these things influenced the Making of America," 2018-19 Citrus Fair Board President Robert Montes said in his president's message. This year's fair wholly represented the theme. A new gold rush-themed Kids Zone included a gold panning station, where little miners could go in and exchange their panned nuggets for prizes; the Lily Lemon and Oran Orange contest was packed with kids dressed in attire similar to that of past innovators; the exhibits hall was full of American triumphs throughout history -- as well as the expected citrus components. Though the weather may have Photo Zoe Strickland ROUND AND ROUND -- The farm ag- venture gave children the opportunity to ride ponies at the fair. played a role in the 12 percent decrease in attendance, that didn't stop people from hightailing it over to fairgrounds. "We all come, rain or shine," said Cloverdaie resident Sierra Pankey, who was at the fair with her two kids, ages 4 and 9. For Pankey, the best part of the Citrus Fair is "that I get to do it with my kids." Leading up to the fair, countless hours were spent making sure everything was just right. Local groups spent time constructing feature exhibits. Volunteers spent time gathering and organiz~ng~still exhibits. The fair board of directors and volunteers spent fair weekend ensuring that everything ran smoothly. Friday was senior day at the fair, where people 62 and over got in for free. Though the rain started around FAIR FUN -- Though the fair got off to a rainy start, it ended with sunny skies and full rides. the time the fair ribbon was being cut, that didn't stop people from lin~rig up to get the first-look at all that this year's fair had to offer. Poncho clad kids proudly marched toward sopping rides, as grown-ups darted between building overhangs. Saturday was parade day, and crowds spent the morning lining North Cloverdale ~oulevard. Before the parade began, therewas a moment of silence for recently deceased Cloverdale Police Chief Stephen Cramer. The parade that followed was entertaining, heartwarming and full of small town spirit. See Fair Page 7 Photo Zo~ Strickland FOr more coverage See page See page See page 2 for contest results. 4 for exhibit results. 10 for parade photos. In Outlines six areas of state assistance needed to prepare for future disaster By Heather Bailey Staff Writer heather@sonomawest.com On Wednesday, Feb. 6, Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools Steve Herrington participated in a panel before California's Assembly Education Committee to share lessons learned from his experience responding to the 2017 Tubbs fire as well as assisting Butte and Shasta county schools following the fires that devastated their communities. Herrington joined Zoe Miller, a teacher from Piner High School in Santa Rosa, along with numerous state officials and county superintendents from Butte, Shasta and Ventura counties at the committee's informational hearing titled "The impact of California Wildfires on Public Schools: Response and Recovery." Miller shared her experience as a parent and community member who lost her home in the Tubbs fire, as well as a teacher serving students who were impacted by the fire's devastation and the aftermath of its economic toll on the community. She spoke of the need for continued mental health support for staff and students. "Today I'd like to present for your consideration some unique challenges that an urban wildfire can pose for schools and some possible solutions," Herrington said. Herrington's comments focused on six areas where he felt some lessons had been learned about what was needed in the wake of such disasters: protection school funding, developing a protocol for opening schools after a fire, creating an air quality standard for school closures in smoky conditions, designate county offices as lead agencies during fire disasters, create a toolkit for districts to use during fire emergencies and create ongoing mental health support for school communities. See SCOE Page 6 Photos provided DISASTFR PREPAREDNESS -- SCOE Superintendent Steve Herrington and Zoe Miller, a teacher from Piner High School and fire victim, participated in a panel before California's Assembly Education Committee. 5,000 daffodils to be handed out in memory of those who lost their lives t0 cartcer By Zo~ Strickland Reveille Editor zoe@sonomawest.com As students at Cloverdale High School rush between classes next Tuesday, Feb. 26, they'll be given a bunch of 16 yellow daffodils. Upon first glance, the reason behind the bouquet may be unknown. However, looking closer, recipients will notice a tag on each bouquet that identifies the meaning behind the bunch of daffodils: Courtney Jade Davis, Phillip McCutchan, Andrea Perez, Justin Rainwater, Mariah Roar, JoAnna Lynn Wegener. Remembrance Day at Cloverdale High School is meant as a way to take time and honor young people, former CHS students, who lost their lives to cancer. The day initially started as Courtney Davis Day, to honor Courtney Jade Davis, who died in 2008 at the age of 16. Davis' age was the reasoning behind the bouquets of 16. "We wanted to do something as a tribute to Courtney," said Merle Reuser, who supplies the daffodils and hands them out as part of a promise he made to a loved one. "I said 'I've got these daffodils, let's put it together.'" McCutchan died in 1979 at the age of 19; Wegener died in 1987 at the age of 17; Rainwater died in 2011, also at the age of 19; Roat died in 2014 at the age of 23; Perez died in 2018. As time goes on, the event, now in its 10th year, honors some people who may not immediately be recognized by students at the high school. However, those handing out bouquets -- oftentimes family members and loved ones of the students who have passed -- use the daffodils as a way to spread the memory of their loved ones. "That's why we put these flags on there," Reuser said, talking about Photo Reveille archives LEGACY -- Merle Reuser has been gathering daffodils to hand out as part of his promise to the late Margaret Kohler Adams. Reuser promised Adams that he would give away a ton of daffodils -- which is equal to around 250,000. labels that get placed on eachamount needed to hand out a bouquet. In past years, the labels bouquet to all, or most, CHS have had the name of a student who students. Weather willing -- died from cancer, as well as the sometimes temperature shifts mean dates associated with their lives, fewer available flowers -- they still "They see the flags and they get that give away the same amount every these are (Cloverdale) high school year. kids that have died." For those handing out the The first year they handed flowers, each bunch of daffodils is a daffodils at the high school, Reuser tangible reminder of loved ones. For correctly estimated that 325 those receiving the flowers, the bouquets of 16 flowers -- a little over 5,000 daffodils -- would suit the See Remembrance Page 7 ) V