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5, town parade "" Below Chicago Title 0 ens i 7 See Page5 " I .j. Citrus Fair Pictures See Pages 6-7 Published weekly since 1879 1870 Hoag & Sons 127 Railroad Springport MI 49284 118 years of serving the community , Sonoma County, CA February 26, 1997 VoL CXVIH, Issue 9 35 Cents 00Jote due March 4 on 00fire district measure D Special tax assessment district , '& opening of the Citrus Fair was celebrated Friday, February 14 with a ribbon cuffing ceremony. turned out for the first fair of the season setting a record of second highest attendance ever. from left) Fair CEO Gary McDonald, Denaire Nlxon, and Andrew DeCamlnada. (Front row, John Walton, 1996 Citrtm Fair Queen Gianina Pellegrini cutting the ribbon, 1996 Citrtm Fair Runner-up Mindi Sessions, and Richard Gutlerrez. s Fair enjoys second attendance ever iagin Cloverdale cele- ts largest annual cam- event. The Cloverdale held February 14 17, was enjoyed by the second attendance ever. This is over last year's marked by four ram. al of Citrus" the Fair was featured departments. The citrus sculptures, Quarter of New the Carnaval in Ven- "Road to Rio". De- Cathy Farris dith carried out only in the decor, m the competitive ex- in the Arts and and "Youth in Action" by Red- Gala held on ;proved to once a winner and included tasting of winning wines, by Stratton and dancing to Johnny the Bel Aires, and a of the citrus exhibits. ' was Seniors' Day Manzanita Nuts- Center. and over were ad- S1. The opening day included the Diaper Lemon and Oran and a Talent Cloverdale Citrus Pageant, sponsored Bank, one of the most elaborate pageants on the fair circuit, was Friday evening. Jennifer Nicholaus was chosen from a field of six contes- tants to reign over the event. Beautiful clear skies made the hometown parade on Saturday, Froggy 92.9 Day, a joy for partic- ipants and spectators alike. Floats, bands, horses and vin- tage cars were all to be found. Suzanne Wilson, Entertain- ment Director was responsible for the diverse line-up of enter- tainers including Budweiser's Hotel California--"A Salute to the Eagles" and the Rangers, Hypnotist Steve Bayner, Strat- ton and Christopher, JeffTyler, Hoopla the Clown, the Short Attention Span Circus, Starmak- ers, and Heather Pearl, Stilt- walker. Fairgoers were pleased with the non-stop free entertain- ment. The Fair's  County Wine Classic", showcasing award win- ning wines from Sonoma, Men- docino, and Lake Counties, once again broke records. Bob Fraser, Wine Show Chair- man, reported for the first time the number of wines entered topped the 400 mark. 68 winer- ies were awarded a total of 336 medals. Gabrielli Winery San- giovese Mendocino captured the Red Wine Sweepstakes and Al- derbrook Vineyards and Winery 1995 Muscat de Frontignan was awarded the White Wine Sweep- stakes, both sponsored by Sono- ma Grapevines. The award winners were avail- able for tasting during the Fair. Hilda Swarm and Pat Shaw were once again chairwomen of the Food Show. The public was also able to taste delicacies prepared with citrus fruit by nine of the area's best chefs. The Northern California Beer Tasting held on Monday featured products from micro breweries. The camellia show, another Fair tradition, was a blooming success. Lois Morse has chaired this event for over 50 years. Hundreds of beautiful camellias blossoms were on display. Butler Amusements provided the carnival and games and was well received by the fairgoers for it usual clean and professional atmosphere. Kids' Day on Mon- day, sponsored by KFTY TV50 Tuesday, March 4, voers in the Cloverdale Fire Protection District will go to the polling place at the Firehouse, 116 Broad St., in Cloverdale, to decide a special tax election for the dis- trict. Votes may be cast from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. A"yes" vote will authorize pas- sage of an ordinance that will impose a special tax on property in the District to replace the present benefit assessment. The ballot measure, called Measure D, must gain a two/ thirds majority of all ballots cast in order to pass. Transfer of the funding from the benefit assessment now in force to a special tax will not result in any increase in the amount of money now paid by property owners in the District. Measure D became necessary after the passage of Prop. 218 which would have required the District to hire an engineer to review each assessment in the District and to determine the level of benefit. This process would have been very costly, according to Janet Collins, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the District. Con- sequently, the Board opted to join with four other fire districts in the county who are in similar situations, and call for an elec- tion for a special tax. Proponents of the measure point out that it will not increase anyone's taxes; it will allow the District to continue to provide the present level of services, featured free admission for chil- Teen wins dren 12 and under and "Pay Miss Sonoma County title One Price" special for $I0 any- one received unlimited carnival rides for the entire day. According to Fair CEO Gary McDonald, the Fair was extreme- ly successful. "Historical Clover- dale was once again the backdrop for four days of wonderful family entertainment. Whether fairgo, ers came to indulge in classic fair food, enjoy the variety of non stop musical entertainment, relive their childhood at the car- nival, take home a new recipe from the gourmet food show, or purchase some arts or crafts, we hope their fair experience was memorable. he hundreds of volunteers from the Cloverdale area that helped to organize the first fair of the year in Northern Califor- nia are to be congratulated once again for making their fair so special," he said. Zoe Ottoboni and Oran Orange, Wes Hetrick rode in the Cloverdale Citrus Fair Parade on Day weekend. Cloverdale High School's Pier- rette Robertson swept past the competition of nine other con- testants Saturday night and was named as the 50th Miss Sonoma County at the scholarship pro- gram held in Rohnert Park. T-no daughter of Renee and Bill Reb- ertson, Pierrette won the title before a standing room only crowd of over 500 who had come to celebrate tlie golden anniver- sary of the local pageant. Pierrette, student body Presi- dent at Cloverdale High School, has received Highest Academic Honors, Athletic and Leadership Awards. She plans to major in biological sciences and medical research. A statuesque blonde, the 17-year-old wowed the judg- es and audience with a vocal medley from Phantom of the Opera'. Other areas of competi- tion included personal interview, swim suit, evening wear and stage presence. In addition to a $1200 schol- arship, Pierrette won the right to compete for the state title as Miss California in June in Fres- no. The young woman selected as the State winner will go to Atlantic City in September to compete for the title of Miss America. The new Miss Sonoma County was sponsored by Clo- verdale Ace Hardware and Co , op Filters. Pierrette received the crown from last year's winner, another Cloverdale resident, Michelle Please turn to page 12 which include three paid fire personnel and a fire chief; and it will enable the District to pro- ceed with purchase of new fire apparatus needed to replace an engine that is ready to be retired because of frequent breakdowns. Opponents of the Measure ar- gue that the special tax is nei- ther reasonable, equitable nor fairly apportioned. They state the tax is unreasonable because it is not based on the value of the property being taxed, that resi- dential properties with lower assessed values are taxed the same as more expensive and newer residential properties. They allege that in many cases the tax oh rural properties ex- ceeds the tax on developed prop- erties. Supporters of the District point out that if Measure D fails the level of services will drop sharp- Please turn to page 12 II ....... I  I II _ IIIIIIII Telecommunication law public hearing March 5 A public hearing on a telecom- munication ordinance for the City of Cloverdale will be held by the Planning Commission Wednesday evening, Mar. 5. The Commission convenes in Council chambers at City Hall, 124, N. Cloverdale Blvd. at 6:30 p.m. The ordinance would regulate the placement and design of tele- communication facilities within the city limits. Such facilities include equipment that trans- mit cellular paging, personal communication, radio and tele- vision broadcasts, amateur ra- dio, and citizens band radio sig- nals. Equipment under consider- ation within the ordinance in- cludes antennas, satellite dish- es, and transmission towers. Intent of the ordinance is to adopt regulations designed to minimize visual impacts and to encourage the type and pattern of telecommunication facilities .which are desired without being prohibitive, according to Plan- nind Director Joe Heckel. Also on March 5, the Commis- sion will conduct a public hear- ing on the Cloverdale Wine and Visitor Center use permit and design review applications filed by the Center's non-profit corpo- ration, and the landowner, the Cloverdale Chamber of Com- merce. The use permit would autho- rize conversion of the existing building at 105 N. Cloverdale Blvd. into the Center. which will accommodate chamber offices, a visitor bureau or regional visitor center, local wine and food prod- uct exhibits, and an improved facade. i I lJ I [I II .............. Plerrette Robertson, an accomplished muelclan, athlete, and stu- dent was crowned Miss Sonoma County recently. Pierrette is a senior at Cloverdale High School.