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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 201 1 -- Page 5 Citrus Fair reflections By Paula Wrenn Hunkering by the fireplace watching the news for possible snow showers in Clover- dale, I am especially grateful we had better weather for the fair. Yes, it was cold, but most days the turnout appeared to be pretty good and people were in a fair frame of mind. Parade day was cold, but mostly free of precipitation and wind. Some thought the crowd was thinner, but sections of the parade route I walked appeared to be well populated. One woman with children was dressed in a somewhat bizarre costume. My first thought upon seeing her was that she really gets into a parade. Well, yes, she does -- and she did. That mom and her family were among many parade entries that circled back to line the streets and enjoy the rest of the procession. All the elements were there, including a few motorized groups who need to keep their enthusiasm in check in the future so there aren't any accidents. I didn't get to see the entire parade due to other commitments, but the crowd-pleasing variety of entries and the parade pace are a tribute to the 2011 parade organizers and many volunteers. Thanks for a thrill. Inside the fair I talked with many people from elsewhere in Sonoma County, Marin and Mendocino. Quite a few first-timers appreciated the small town fami- ly focus of our event, which truly highlights the talents and efforts of the community's children. Even carnival workers declared how much they like our small family fair. A number of folks from Never supposedly colder climes admitted to remaining un- convinced that Cloverdale generally has gentle winter missed weather and hot smnmers. a fair If you were among the admirers of the fair quilt raffled by Clover Quilters, you should know that group in 60 years has provided a fair themed quilt for 20 years, accord- ing to member Marge Gray. This year's Rockin" with the 50s theme quilt was equally admired by men and women, who saw it as a great family room design acquisition. It was won by a delighted Neva Goodman, known locally as a supreme seamstress and quilter in her own right. Cloverdale life-timer and fair devotee Paul Giovaunetti informed me that he has never missed a Citrus Fair in 60 years. He, perhaps like some other readers, recalls when the carnival was on First Street and the fair building was located on property now occupied by the Exchange Bank parking lot. I did not know that. Duck-tailed and blue-suede-shoed Gene Marcinkowski and his poodle- skirted wife Carolyn, get my vote for best-dressed dancers. The sold-out cabaret was a bit hit and very talked about. This was my first time observing the Lily Lemon and Oran Orange competition. Linda Pardini did a wonderful job interviewing the little ones so proud parents could snap photographs of their dressed up youngsters onstage. Yes, they were every bit as adorable as has been described to me by long-time Lily/Oren fans. Pardini was among a number of multi-tasking volunteers. She also staffed an orange-squeezing contest booth sponsored by Cloverdale Food Center, which she and husband Norm operate at First and Main. Several times each day, Pardini hauled in heavy tubs of cut oranges, announced the contest rules, decided the winners, and cleaned up a huge, sticky mess. Great fun for little ones; lots of work for her. I was impressgd how Pardini never lost her cool even When her best efforts were chalienged. Onelittle girl who came in first atcwoia arger food prize but tooked downcast when the other children received ice cream consolation prizes. Another child declared loudly, "I can't eat ice cream" and Pardini didn't miss a beat presenting a satisfactory alternative. Even when a hulking adult insisted on lining up to compete against little ones, Pardini avoided unpleasant- ness and wisely found a way to make things equitable. But she earned my vote for what I'll call "Coolest Fair Volunteer" when, toward the end of the last day, a woman came by the booth to point out to the tired volunteer that perhaps some of the oranges prepped for the next contest weren't cut quite evenly. Surely, Pardini could see such sloppiness would give someone an unfair advantage. "We're just doing this to have fun," responded Pardini with polite firmness and a broad smile. That's Cloverdale cool. Of course, there are many other great stories, so thanks to everyone who helped, sponsored, entered, attended, and in any way participated in the fair and its associated events. Your doing so made it so much fun for the rest of us and made us all proud. A comment on community news In the struggle to keep the presses running alongside the Internet, I personally believe that community newspapers have an edge over other types of newspapers. Recent events have caused me to think a great deal about our Cloverdale Reveille and its role. A comment from a friend helped bring into focus why community newspapers are special. "Kids in a small community grow up with a newspaper. When I was in high school, I used to look for my picture in the Reveille," she said. "Who will publish sports team and personal accomplishments of young people if we don't have a community newspaper?" Where can small business find affordable print advertising targeted to their communities and where their ads won't get lost? Who will call the attention of locals to the community leaders and volunteers that make life here special? What other publication or media will include the far-ranging public opinions and expression of values that shape our community? What publication can visitors pick up to get a flavor of the community when they stop here? Which source do you think really understands the sensibilities of Cloverdale citizens like the Reveille? Cloverdale experienced a sad event recently in which a family lost a beloved member. Because the case was mishandled, some newspapers have seen this as a reason to name the offending minor and his family members in relentless press coverage. The Reveille, a community newspa- per, has reported the facts with sensitivity toward everyone concerned, even breaking news in advance of other newspapers, and continues on principle not to name the under-aged offender. These are reasons to support community newspapers. Do you have a suggestion for this column or another viewpoint? Write to Paula Wrenn c/o the Reveille, or email paula@thewriteangle.com. HEALDSBURG PRINTING. INC. 20 MILL STREET ' HEALDSBURG. CA 95448 WWW.HEALDSBU RG PRtNTING,COM CLOVERDALE MINI STORAGE 35 INDUSTRIAL DR. (707) 894-3682 OUR RATES ARE LOWER THAN MOST, 6X6= $45 12Xl 2 = $95 ] 5X10 = $49 10X20 = $125 I 6X12 = $61 10X26 = $145 [ , 10X10 = $82 10X30 = $157 J SECOND MONTH FREE ON SELECTED SIZES NO ADMINISTRATIVE FEES NO DEPOSITS, 24 HOUR ACCESS ON SITE MANAGER OFFER SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE iiiiiiiiiii.ii.  ii i!iiiii I ' The trail riders from Cloverdale participated in this year's Citrus Fair Parade. The horses and their riders were outfitted beautifully. Greg Carter and his niece Cassandra had great seats to view the parade. Planners to hear one application The Cloverdale Planning Com- mission will meet at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center tonight, March 2, with the public session starting at 6:30 p.m. The Perform- ing Arts Center, located at 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd. will be the future venue for both Cloverdale City Council and Cloverdale Planning" Commission meetings:   .... Commissioners will hear an a;i plication for a Conditional Use Per- mit by Matt Baker of A-Team Specialized Services Corporation regarding the property owned by the Giacalone Family Trust, at 815 N. Cloverdale Blvd., the former lo- cation of Miller's Feed, north of downtown. The building has been vacant since late 2008 and the applicant wishes to conduct business at this location. The business involves the clean-up and remediation of flood, fire and crime scenes. The building will be used primarily for adminis- trative offices and storage to sup- port the company's field operations, according to the appli- cation. Three full time employees will be located at this site with ad- ditional staff located in field offices between San Jose and Humboldt County. Company vehicles, gener- Ily  three  i/dis and 0 trLick-s, ill  e parked at the N. Cloverdale Blvd. location for employee use. The hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Fri- day. This application states that no exterior changes to the building are planned. After hearing the application, commissioners will discuss priori- ties and their work program for this year. The public is invited and encour- aged to attend meetings of the Clo- verdale Planning Commission. Your comments are welcome. 85th annual Ram Sale set forMay14 The 85th annual Cloverdale Ram Sale will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at the Citrus Fairgrounds in Cloverdale. The animals may be previewed beginning at 8 a.m. and the auction will begin at 1 p.m. A lamb barbeque lunch, sponsored and prepared by the Cloverdale Ram Sale Committee will be of- fered at 11:30 a.m. The event is open to the public. The tentative entries include ap- proximately 100 black-faced rams and a good selection of white-faced rams. The ram breeds at the sale will include Suffolk, Columbia, Corriedale, Dorset, Hampshire, Montadale, Rambouillet, Shrop- shire, Texel, Southdown, Suffolk- Hampshire X-Bred, Suffolk-Texel X-Bred, and White Dorper (hair sheep). Many rams are sold as sin- gles and rams sold in lots are buy- er's choice of A, B, and/or C. In addition, white-faced yearling ewes, including White Dorpers, and registered Montadale and Suf- folk ewes will be represented. All animals are evaluated for health and soundness. There is abundant trailer parking at the Citrus Fair- grounds and animals may be picked up immediately after they are purchased. During the sale, two scholarships sponsored by the Cloverdale Ram Sale will be awarded to students who are continuing their education at the Santa Rosa Junior College in an agricultural field. In addition, the recipient of the North Bay Woolgrowers Association Sheep Person of the Year Award will be announced. For additional information re- garding the sale, please contact Tom Crane, Sale Manager (707) 795-3246 or Rod Wallstrum, Presi- dent (707) 433-5760. .... % J I Presented by Jeff and Tina Tate ALTERNATOR REALITY It is the alternator's job to keep the bat- tery charged and help run all the electrical accessories, including the ignition and en- gine-control systems. This belt-driven com- ponent produces alternationg current (AC), which is converted to 12-volt direct current (DC). As the alternator cycles on and off in response to the electrical demands placed upon it, the battery acts as a buffer. 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Regardless, the fairgrounds was a magnet for local kids, students returning home from college for a visit, families with Cloverdale connections and for regional visitors looking for family oriented en- tertainment. Let's not forget the locals who staffed booths, built ex- hibits, emceed and judged the various pageants, the 4-Hers who brought their animals to show, as well as those who participated in this year's Cabaret and dinner show, which packed the auditorium both Saturday and Sunday night. The Cabaret features local performers, who sang and danced to tunes from the 508 and 608 under the direction of Theresa Smith and choreographer Kim Breci. There were several new faces this year and it's always remarkable to see how much talent resides here in Clover- dale The Hamburger Ranch cooked a delicious BBQ dinner complete with brisket, ribs and chicken and all the trimmings. All in all, a Genuinely Cloverdale experience and one not to be missed next year! 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