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WWWoCl0Verd iefeveille,COffl April 18,2019 The Cloverdale Reveille Page 5 EDITORiAJ. Easter news re're not sure how much crossover there is between the local congregations of churches and our weekly news- paper-reading audiences. While editors and reporters might consider reading the local news as a religious act (fervent and faithful), local church leaders might be right to scoff at the comparison. We mention all this because Easter takes place this Sunday, April 21, and our news pages this week include Easter service announcements, Easter egg hunt photos and other Eastertime activities. Easter is more than just a church sermon and the retelling of the Christian story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is also the time of Jewish Passover and the height of spring, all times to celebrate new growth, hope, renewal and community. Traditional Easter egg hunts are sponsored here by civic clubs and pancake breakfast fundraisers are served by local volun- teer fire departments and others. Lots of ham dinners will be shared on Easter by local families. They might not be attending a church service, but they will find other ways to share gifts and messages of love and faith. Newspapers are not usually where you find stories about love and faith. Bigger headlines are given to church scandals and accounts of synagogue bombings than to prayer circles. But at smaller newspapers like ours, we think Easter happenings are big news, even if we leave the sermons and worshipers to their privacy. Easter Sunday is the holiest day of the year for Christians. It is the day the savior Jesus Christ rose from his tomb and ascended to Heaven, following his crucifixion on Good Friday. Easter is not just for Christians. The Islamic faith believes that Jesus was a prophet and a messiah. His birthplace of Nazareth in today's northern Israel is now a predominantly Arab and Muslim region and is known as the Arab capital of Israel. Counter to Jesus' pacifist teachings, his birthplace is under Israeli control, fighting against Palestinian sovereignty and Hezbollah rockets. The Holy Land of Jesus and his disciples has long been a vio- lent landscape of heavy Israeli military firepower, political refugees and clashing religious cultures. The greater Middle East with Syria, Iran, Iraq and Egypt is a checkerboard of war zones, geopolitical hotspots and terrorism. Could it be time for the promised Second Coming of Jesus? Bible scripture tells us that mankind will arrive at the brink of self-annihilation and will have the powers to see the entire world and all of civilization all at once. (Is this a reference to our modern internet?) Then, at the darkest day of mankind, Jesus is supposed to come save us. ("At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory." (Matthew 24:30)) Of course the Bible tells us many other things, too, and we prefer to dwell on the more hope-filled and joyous exultations. We can rejoice in our local bounty of good land and great com- munities, but we also are aware of distant dark clouds of national divides, bombed churches, angry mobs and religious bigotry. We're not expecting Jesus' Second Coming, but we are caught many times asking, "What would Jesus do?" when we encounter news about refugee children kept in cages or cover- ups for church bishops found guilty of sex abuses. Mahatma Gandhi, the Hindu leader from India, once said, "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." Gandhi was a pacifist like Jesus, and both men also were civil activists and led social justice movements. This Easter finds us needing this kind of religious and cul- tural leadership once again. It would make a good Easter prayer. -- Rollie Atkinson HISTORY Through the Years in the Reveille he following items are selected from " 1 "archived issues of the Cloverdale JI. Reveille. Joyce Mann April 22, 1899 - 120 years ago Some effort should be made on the part of the people of Cloverdale to see that Cloverdale's interests are properly represented in the pamphlet to be published, describing the resources of the county. The work is to be paid for by the County Supervisors. The blacksmiths of Sonoma County have organized to be known as the Master Horse Shoers' Protective Association. Thirty-five signed the charter list, which includes every town in the county. The association will complete the entire organization on the arrival of the charter in two weeks. April 3, 1969 - 50 years ago Things are swinging at Palomino Lakes Resort. They open April 15 with the added attractions of a snack bar, plans for a miniature golf course, horseback riding for all ages and plans to have the road paved by the summer season. Things that make us know its spring in Cloverdale: A tourist happily jogging around the Owl Plaza after breakfast, the smell of freshly cut lawns, a sky full of kites high over the grape vineyards, a passerby eyeing the burst of spring in the window of Webb's Fashions, fishermen line up at the Russian River. the Sunday crowd at the Cloverdale Nursery and Florist, the folks at Italian Swiss Colony have promised to supply us with a brochure to give tourists who want to know from whence that little old winemaker came. April 13, 1994 - 25 years ago The central interchange will be completed and opened on Tuesday, April 19. When the central interchange is open on the 19th, the on and off ramps at Preston for southbound traffic will be closed. The ramps currently in use are only temporary. When workers finish grading, paving and striping the new ramps, they will be similar to the current configuration. The first week of May, on First Street at Lake Street, workers will begin reconstructing the roadway to the new railroad grade. First Street will be closed for a couple of days and traffic will be detoured to the central interchange for access. Both frontage roads are expected to be opened by the end of the month. Words of Wisdom: Worry causes small problems to grow big in our imagination. The smaller the mind, the bigger'the mouth. In order to change the world, you must change people -- one at a time. Visit cloverdalereveille.com. OPINION Kids' Corner New children's poetry at the Cloverdale Regional Library ecause April is National Poetry John Koelzner Month, I decided to give poetry its space in this column to share with other books for children. The new releases that we are seeing this year are impressive. "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers" by Fred Rogers This new book from one of America's all-time favorite children's personalities is hitting the shelves just as renewed interest in Fred Rogers has grown as new movies about him and his show Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood have been developed. Filled with 75 poems and songs that are gentle in spirit, Rogers covers a variety of subjects. Cleverly illustrated as well, this book eye-catching. Rogers tackles issues about growing up, helping kids navigate tough issues as well as joyous and silly topics. He also helps kids think about their feelings in poems such as "What Do You Do with the Mad That You Feel?" "I'm glad I'm the Way I Am" and "It Hurts to Be Lonely." His more playful poems such as "We Are Elephants" and "Walking Giraffe" help bridge children's imaginations. This book will appeal to children who are beginning to be playful with language, and it will appeal to many parents who grew up on Fred Rogers' television show and recall their own childhoods with this reminder from one of the great children's storytellers in America. Ages 4 to 8, Reading level (RL) K-3. "No More Poems" by Rhett Miller Miller, who fronts a rock band and has written for Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, the Atlantic and Salon, dips into poetry for children with this title that covers all sorts of fun and silly topics. Bursting with wacky, colorful illustrations by Dan Santat, author of"After the Fall," it makes celebrating poetry that much more fun. Whether it is a poem about a "Rock Star Dad," "This Bathtub,s Too Small" or "Purple Pox" (that were the result of a purple marker from the store), Miller gives us a sense of joy and humor that fills younger children. Children will enjoy the playfulness of poems such as "Weirdos of the World Unite!" because it may mirror how they often take a word and use it repeatedly. Parents will like the way this book is just fun to read to their children, and it might even help them recall those childhood days of wild imaginations. Ages 5 to 12, RL 3-6. "They Call Me Guero" by David Bowles Looking at poetry would not be complete without looking at some slightly more somber poems at times, and David Bowles collection about a border kid who is "Guero," a nickname for kids with paler skin, delivers poems that capture middle school angst. The collection opens with "Border Town" and our narrator in the poem cringes at the sight of the border wall as he and his father are making a legal crossing back into the U.S. "Guero" uses poetry to record his world where girls, bullies and wanting a cell phone are all part of the mix. Sprinkled with humor, it speaks to our time for kids who are growing up amid political tensions and the tensions of just growing up. Parents will recognize the very growing pains tweens and middle school children are going through at that age, and they will appreciate this portrait of a kid trying to cope. Ages 10 to 13, RL 5-8. John Koetzner is Children's Services Mbrarian for the Cloverdale Regional Library. He has reviewed books over the years for publications such as San Francisco Chronicle, New Age Journal and The Healdsburg Tribune. EDITORIAL POLICY: The Cloverdale Reveille welcomes letters to the editor and commentaries. All acceptable submissions are published online weekly and !n print as space allows. Letters should not exceed 400 words. Commentaries should not exceed 700 words. Submissions must include a telephone number for verification. Email to news@cloverdalereveille.com. Read the CL0VERDALE REVEILLE Anytime. Anywhere. For the most up-to-date news and events read the online version of Cloverdale Reveille. Our new mobile-friend- ly website will look great on your tablet, phone or home computer. You can view recent stories, search for artides from past issues, and see all four of our weekly newspapers (Cloverdale Reveille, The Windsor Times, The Healdsburg Tribune, Sonoma West Times & News). Want your own print copy mailed to you every week? Subscribe for just $60 a year Call 894-3339 or visit cloverdalereveille.com to subscribe. LETTERS Remembering Brian Elliott EDITOR: Suddenly, a wonderful spirit is gone. Brian Elliott came onto The Cloverdale Performing Arts Center board of directors, in the early stages of the theater construction. He was instrumental in putting together our audio system as well as being a hands-on problem solver, cheerleader and a focused driver of policy. He had excellent organizational skills and the energy he devoted to make our theater succeed was boundless. Brian and Rhonda donated our theater monitors and state of the art soundboard, and they underwrote countless musical acts. Brian took the time to do radio spots promoting the theater and brought us musicians such as David Luning, Tony Furtado and the Comatose Brothers, to name a few. Brian will be remembered for his generosity, his big heart, community involvement and professionalism. - It was our honor and privilege to have been touched by this scholar and gentleman. on behaffofthe Roger Quintin, Cloverdale Performing Arts Board of Directors In response to April 11 letter EDITOR: Responding to the April 11 letter to the editor regarding The Cloverdale Senior Multipurpose Center, we need to clear up some false statements that were made. The board welcomes members' input and opinions and it is also our responsibility is to correct errors or misstatements. The current board inherited a number of problems including personnel issues and budget concerns. Last year we hired an executive director, Becky Ennis, whom many of you at the center and in the Cloverdale community have come to know and respect. Her mission is one of outreach and revenue production. Our staff and volunteers are friendly, hardworking and dedicated. Our center staff is professional, friendly and focused on member needs. We employ two full-time staff and one part-time staff person. Our amazing volunteers fill in the gaps. Most senior centers in Sonoma and Mendocino counties have more staff and larger budgets. We have over 400 members and we're growing rapidly. We have increased programs to fulfill our "Multipurpose" status to include programs like Emergency Preparedness and the Health Action Chapter, etc. The use of the building and some outside maintenance are provided by the City of Cloverdale. Everything else must be supported through donations, memberships, fees, grants, etc. The troubling accusation regarding our newsletter is untrue. A survey was taken regarding the changes and the majority of responding members approved. Our printing costs have decreased by 50%. We distribute 450 printed copies of our bi- monthly newsletter and our bi-monthly e-newsletter reaches more than 200 members. We are so grateful for our newsletter sponsors in the business community. To be denigrated at open meetings, to other members and in a public forum is not only hostile and unkind, it is an issue we cannot ignore. Our volunteer board and committed staff are working to ensure that services will continue to be available in the future. CSMC Board of Directors Dana Johnson, Frank McAtee, Carol Russell, Bert Bernstein, Shawna Masur She'don Saruk.' I Sheldon (Sonny) Saruk, aka "The Walking Man," took his last step on Monday, 4/8/2019. Sonny was born in Chicago on 8/17/1934 and lived there until he moved to California in the late 1950s. By then, he had started his family with his first wife Lillian and their two children Michael and Michele. He lived in the Southern California beach towns where he then met his cur- rent wife Sheri and started his pri- vate practice in psychology before moving to Sonoma County. He spent the last 25 years enjoying life in Cloverdale with his wife and their many friends. Before he retired as a psychologist, he was a successful jazz musi- cian, owned and managed a swimming pool business in Southern Cal- ifornia, and in his young adult life, he excelled in baseball with an eye on the professional leagues. Shortly after moving to Cloverdale he was diagnosed with cancer which he fought bravely for 25 years, while leading a very full life. He is survived by his wife Sheri, his son Michael, his daughter Michele, and five grandchildren whom he adored. He will be greatly missed by friends, both old and new, and other family members. He was a counselor to all and would lend you his shoulder and his heart at a moment's notice. A future celebration of life will take place in the late spring or early summer. Donations can be made to Hospice in Sonny's name. OBITUARIES & MILESTONES Policy The Cloverdale Reveille offers our readers and all others the opportunity to have obituaries, memorials and other important milestone events published in the newspaper and provided online. This is a paid service. For information on how to submit, visit cloverdalereveille.com and click on Obituaries. To be published in the weekly edition, forms and information must be submitted no later tha~n Wednesdays for the following week's edition. For further information, call 707-894-3339. Newspaper Office/Copy Assistant Wanted (Healdsburg / Windsor) Sonoma West Publishers is offering an immediate opening based at our Healdsburg newspaper office handling various weekly duties including typesetting, clerical filing and general office support for our graphics, administration and sales staff. Desired candidates will have recent experience in an energetic work place, with a demonstrated ability to multi-task, problem solve and keep smiling. The position requires some customer service and telephone and computer communications. Solid math and language skills are required, plus basic computer skills. Prior newspaper or related experience is a real plus. This is a part-time hourly position. Starting rate of pay depends on experience and demonstrated skill levels. Send a cover letter and cur- rent resume to jobs@sonomawest.com. (No phone contacts, thank you.) CL0VERDALE REVEILLE 207 N. Cloverdale Blvd. PO Box 157 Cioverdaie, CA. 95425 (707) 894-3339 Adjudicated a newspaper of general circulation by the Superior Court of the County of Sonoma, State of California, under the date of March 3, 1879, Case No. 36106. FOR THE RECORD: The Cloverdale Reveille reserves space each week for corrections and Clarifications; for details email news@cloverdalereveille.com. SUBSCRIBE: Annual rates are $60 ($85 out-of-county). Sorry, no refunds. Subscriptions include unlimited digital access. Single print copies are $1. 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