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PAGE 8 -- WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011 CLOVERDALE REVEILLE CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA When the new firehouse opened in the 1970s By AI Gillis In the 1970s, the new firehouse and police station were a great improvement with plenty of room including nice bathroom and showers. Also, a large room for activities and for holding meetings. The wives of the firemen and friends of the single firemen, formed a ladies' fire- mens' auxiliary. We needed their help badly and welcomed them. They started raising money in many ways and used the pro- ceeds to buy equipment and "Senior Writings" are stories from the css sponSored by and was riding a big wheel theCloverdaleSenior: bicycle, (the front wheel was MultiPuoseCenterat3ttN. MainSt.: really big and a small wheel in ...................................................................................... the back). Call 894-4826for more information :::::: : :::::: In front of him was the fire supplies for the kitchen which included a large commercial stove, a big beautiful refrigera- tor, microwave oven and other appliances. Also, they bought big cooking pots, plates, silverware, etc. The firemen would have a dinner once a month taking turns cooking, different ones each Cloverdale kindergarten registration There will be registration for kin- dergarten pupils for the year 2011- 12 at Jefferson Elementary School beginning Feb. 28, 2011, 9 a.m. It is helpful for schools to do their plan- ning for next year with early regis- tration of kindergarten students. Parents of students are requested to bring the following: 1.Certified copy of Birth Certifi- cate. A child must have been born on or before Dec. 2, 2006. 2. Present Records of Immuniza- tions for the following: POLIO - 4 doses (3 doses meet requirement if at least one was giv- en on or after the 4th birthday). DTP - At least 4 doses (If last dose was given before the 4th birthday, one more dose is required). MEASLES, MUMPS, RUBELLA - 2 doses HEPATITIS B - 3 doses VARICELLA - 1 dose unless child has had the disease. 3. Shot records must be up to date and recorded in our office before a child can attend school. 4. If receiving the required immu- nizations is contrary to your belief, the parent must sign a statement to this effect to be on file. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated and it will help get our school records up to date from the beginning. For more information call 894- 1930. Geyserville kindergarten registration Wednesday, March 9, 2011 is the official date for kindergarten regis- tration for the 2011-2012 school year at Geyserville Elementary School. It would be very helpful to have all new kindergarten students register on or before that date. On Wednesday, March 9, 2011 Geyserville Elementary School will be hosting Kindergarten Registra- tion and Orientation Day from 2 to 3 p.m. The children will have the opportunity to meet the teachers and participate in activities experi- enced in a kindergarten classroom. The parents will have the opportu- nity to complete the paperwork for registration in the Multipurpose Room. At the time of registration, par- ents must bring with them the fol- lowing documents: 1. The child's Birth Certificate with raised seal from the county. (Child must turn 5 yrs. old on or before Dec. 2, 2011.) 2. The child's Immunization Card with month, day and year of each immunization. 3. Proof of a Dental Examination. PA!IF|C WOR00K$ Tune-Ups All Work Timing Belts CV Joints Guaranteed ASE Master Tech 0'1 Change & Lube 894-3614 Fuel Injection Service A.C. Repairs & Conversions 101 N. Cloverdale Blvd. month. It was a very enjoyable crowd and we got to know each other very well. At Citrus Fair parade time, the ladies would ride in the back of the American La France truck, wearing our helmets, and wave to the crowds lining the main drag. Nellie, the elderly lady who adopted the firemen as "her boys" would have the place of honor, riding in the passenger seat of the beautiful old Ameri- can La France truck, with one of the firemen driving it. She was in her glory, smiling her sweet smile and waving to everyone along the way. She was the lady who lived in the little cottage just next door, east of the firehouse, who had her little home painted by the firemen as a suprise. She was the one who almost daily baked cookies and cakes for them as a loving suprise. Is it a wonder that these big strong men adopted this little bit of a lady as their own grandma? The parade was a time for happy smiles and lots of fun, hollering, " laughing and throwing lots of candy to the kids along the parade route. When the big fire burned down Cloverdale Plywood mill about midnight, I looked up and here was one of the ladies from our auxiliary bringing us a big pot of hot coffee and a big bag full of sandwiches, which was a life saver for us all. We had a lot of out-of-town firemen helping us, who had responded to this huge fire and we were slated to be on duty for the rest of the night to keep control of the situation. People get hungry doing that kind of work, after their regular day's work and before adequate rest! All the Cloverdale firemen were volun- teers at that time, except the chief and one other person. On a specific Saturday, our group of about half a dozen : firemen, Went with our chief to .- q Santa Rosa f0r aSpecia[ parable'- of fire trucks from the different towns of Sonoma County. We - got to the end of the line, and in front of us was a single firemen who had signed up ahead of us truck of our neighbors to the south. We knew most of those fellows as they often visited the Cloverdale firehouse, to shoot the breeze or to tell us a joke or two. Their vehicle was a Model T Ford truck, all painted and shined up real fancy. It had benches in the back of the truck for the passengers to ride in the open air. On each side of the truck beside the steps going into the back of the truck were two boxes with the lids open. These contained their refreshments, and they were very generous with all of it, as any firemen passing by was offered some, even to the bicycle rider, a very nice fellow, who was just waiting for the parade to start. Soon a fireman in a pickup came by telling everyone that the parade was starting and to just to follow the guy in front of you. The Model T starts and the guy on the bike has to get his bike rolling. It has a small step in back above the little wheel. He takes five or six steps, rolling the bike, and then steps on the little step and swings into the seat with his foot on the pedal on the big wheel. He didn't do too bad, but no one told him not to ride this thing when you have been drinking. As it was, he started wobbling, wobbling, then the bike turned left and headed for Jones! He turned over and his head and shoulders hit the blacktop, and it looked like his nose plowed up about 18" of blacktop, and he ended up lying face down. Of course we all ran to see if he was hurt. He turned over on his back and his eyes would not focus, and he said: "That dang thing threw me again!!" He was not really hurt, just skinned up in a couple of places. From where we started to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds building, he must have fallen seven or eight times. He just didn't give up. The people along the route thought it rx,-:, ... r... was an act, and they clapped their hands. One of the guys in back..of our truck said: "If that had been me, I would be pushing the bike with a big sign on it, Bike for sale - cheap." Essays respond to what in gang resistance education Three essays were chosen recently as part of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program that took place over a 12 week period at Washington School. The students wrote essays in re- sponse to this question: "What did I learn in the GREAT program and how could it help me and others in the future?" By Savannah Hemphill Mr. Corgorno, 6th grade The last 12 weeks in the GREAT Program have been very educational and will help me make the right choices in the future. This program teaches you how to set goals and accomplish them to stay away from gangs, drugs and violence. Another thing GREAT has taught me is how to refuse things that are not good for me, how to help others and deal with teen pressure. One of the things I have learned is how to deal with teen pressure and what my friends expect of me. My friends are a big influence in my choices and having the right set of friends with similar goals helps me succeed. By having similar goals with my friends, it makes it easier to stay on a clean path to the future. If I was to fall into the wrong group of friends, my plans for college and success in the future would not happen. From the 12 weeks I have spent in the GREAT Program I realize the choice is mine to make. There will be crossroads in my life and at that time I hope that with the knowledge that I have received from the GREAT Pro- gram I will make the right choice. As I look into the future, saying NO to drugs, gangs and violence is the only way to accomplish what I want. By Emmett Lawson I've learned a lot of useful information in the GREAT program. Now I know the dangers of being in a gang. I've learned that being in a gang can hurt my future. I know that I don't want to be in a gang because I don't want to break the law or hurt other people. Being in this program lets me see how important my family is to me. I know that I don't have to be in a gang to be cool. I will help others by telling them what I've learned in this class. I can teach them about active listening so they learn how to really listen to others. I can show examples, such as, facing the speaker and making eye contact when the other person is talking. I can help them learn that if someone is picking on them to not be afraid to tell an adult. I can help the bully try to control his anger so he doesn't hurt others. No one deserves to be bullied. The GREAT program has helped me become a better person. I have learned how to be nicer and to listen to others when they are talking. I will use this program to help me and others in the future. I'm glad I have support from my family. I know they will always be there for me. I am glad that I was in the GREAT program. By Britney Ortiz The GREAT program helped me learn ways to protect myself and how to prevent things from happening. I learned that things that happen to you when you're a child can also affect your future. The GREAT program can help me and others by the adults explaining to us about our safety and about gangs. I found out that guns are not a solution or anything that can be used with violence should not be used when you are upset or angry. Office.r Baker has done a great job during this program. I think by.him teaching us; he has broken through to kids. I like the GIEAT. program bca/as it has taigh me at'others life ]eSs0r/s  He, Officer.Baker, howed us that you should never be in a gang because you could be forced to kill someone or do something that violates the law. Even just one tiny little thing that you've done, such as graffiti, could violate the law. Think about it! Who knows Cloverdale better than the Reveille? The following article was important to BJ Hanchett, the late owner and publisher of the Cloverdale Reveille, because she passionately believed in the importance and influence of independent journalism's impact on the community and the void that would be left in a small town without its local weekly newspaper. By Rowland Thompson Newspapers are an absolute necessity for economically healthy and vocally active communities. I believed this before recent events, but now I know it to be complete- ly true. I have seen it with my own eyes. A family friend passed away a few weeks ago and we journeyed to our hometown to attend the memorial service. The town is small and has not grown much since I waited for the school bus under the Pop. 1,482 sign through most of the 1960s, but it was a vibrant and vital little burg and my folks owned the weekly newspaper at the heart of that small city. In actuality, the newspaper owned us, because week after week, as the season revolved and the years came and went, we served it a steady and varied diet of public notices, news, sports, police reporters, ads, both classified and display calls to jury duty, inserts, court reports, announcements of weddings, meetings, births, deaths, polling places, graduations, honor rolls, military enlistments, club elections, vacancies on boards, commissions, councils and committees, hoots of civic improvements, fires, accidents, fairs, teams, kids, FFA cows, 4-H dogs, awards, elections, giant vegetables, big fish, volunteers, old cars, parades, foreign visitors; homecoming queens, vandalism, concerts, carnivals, old timers, out-of-town dignitaries, blood drawings, fund- raisers, and anything else we deemed interesting that would hold still long enough to have a photo taken. This announcing and recording went on in that small town at the little newspaper through the terms of 23 U.S. Presidents, two world wars, two world depressions, countless booms and busts, a major epidemic, floods, fires, a devastating volcano eruption and all of Washington's statehood. Clippings of great events both large and small were saved in scrap- books, bibles and wallets. Our newspaper went to subscribers all over the county and to our town's sons and daughters all over the world. Now, it no longer does. In attending the funeral in my hometown, I lived through an experi- ence similar to the one at the heart of the popular Christmas film, "It's a Wonderful Life." Much like Jimmy Stewart's character in the film, I got a chance to see what my little "Bedford Fails" would be like if the little newspaper wasn't there for the community. My first inkling that things had changed began when I asked about people I had expected to see who were not in attendance. I was told that it was harder to get the word out about funerals and other local events in a way that the items would be seen in a much larger daily newspaper circulating in the area. Not everyone subscribes to the larger newspaper and items about the small town tend to be lost in the larger content. After the service, I continued to get an earful from my old friends about the decline of community institutions because of a lack of publicity, reporting and interest. School events are more poorly attended and bond levies are more difficult to pass. The chamber of commerce has disbanded. City Council meetings are more sparsely attended and vacancies on the council and other public boards and commissions are more difficult to fill. Attendance at school sporting events has thinned. The organization of fund-raisers and volunteer activities is hampered by the inability to publicize, but most important is the steady decline in the small town's business community because of the lack of inexpensive local advertising to support local trade. Many small towns all over the county are in decline. Much of it can be laid at the feet of economic consolidation, improvement of the road system providing easy access to big box discount stores, and the hundreds of television channels and video rents of in-home entertain- ment cutting into community activism and attendance at community events. But one of the fingers in the dike protecting the life of small communities is the newspaper. The paper connects people to each other and their community. It shows them that they and their families are important, not just to themselves, but to their neighbors and friends. It praises good judgment, it vents complaints, it voices opinions, it calls for action, it draws volunteers, it brings donations, it interests voters, it informs the electorate, it encourages commerce, it creates markets, it exposes misdeeds, it validates efforts, it focuses grief and it applauds achievement, but most importantly, it breathes life into a community. Whether your city is large or small, it is a tremendous responsibility to be the keeper of any community's newspaper and I know you hold that trust dear, but when that times comes I cannot urge you strongly enough to take great care in selecting to whom you pass the trust of ownership. Your city is watching you and they are betting their community's future on you making the right choice. Rowland Thompson was executive director for Allied Daily Newspa- pers. This column was reprinted from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association bulletin.