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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA THURSDAY, APRIL 21,2016 -- PAGE 5 i!i! i!p iii ii!i l iiii!iiiii!iii!iiiiliiiiiiiiiiiiii!iii!iii !!ii~iii~i~i~!ii!iii!i!iiii~i~iii)~ii!~iii!iiiiiii~iiiiiiii~ii~ii~!i!i?~i~i~i7i~i~i~i~i~i~ii~iiiii~iiiiiiiiiiii~iiiii!iiii~iii~i~i~ii~!iiiiiii~i~(i~!ii~ii!iiii~[~i~i ~i~ii~2!i!iiiii~iiiiiiiiiiiii~i~i~!~iiiiii~iiiii~iii~i!iiiii~i~iii~iii[~iiiiii~i!ii[i~iiiiiiiii~i!ii~!iiiiiiii~iii~iii~i[i~iii[i~i~i~i[i~i~iiiii~i~i~i~iii~iiii~iiiiiiiiiii~iiiiiiiii~iii~iiii Broad forks take big bites Sometimes the old ways and the old tools work best. Recently my husband ordered a handmade broad fork from a farmer in North Carolina. The large implement arrived in good time. We were anxious to see if it lived up to its reputation. A nice touch - the farmer included a handwritten note that not only thanked us for the purchase, but pronounced a blessing on our efforts. The broad fork is a tool originally used long ago in Europe. As gardening and sustainable farming began a resurgence, folks sort of"reinvented" this very handy tool. With a flat rake head about 20 inches wide, there is a four-foot handle on each end, and five tines that are 10-12 inches long protrude from the rake head. You place the tines wher you want to begin and using your body weight, you step first on one outside edge of the fork and press, then on the opposite side, and press. Al r several times of this, the tines should be deep in the soil. Then holding the handles at the top, you rock the implement back and forth. Now Zack had no problem whatsoever with utilizing the implement, but I'm afraid the smiling lady in her spic and span gardening clothes on the flyer was a bit of a stretch. When I tried to follow Zack's lead, I realized it was going to take practice, perhaps a lot of it. It might have something to do with the fact that the four-foot handles are so high for me that I don't nearly have the leverage when it comes to the "rocking part." I'll keep trying and hope that I'm a fast learner. New vs. old is a discussion and at times an argument that covers everything from farming techniques to medical science to the latest technological magic tricks. I remember when we bought our first Apple Mac, 1986. I had done newspaper work, but had learned the old way of typing up long columns, cutting them, and then waxing them to stick on newspaper size layout sheets taped up on large light boards. It didn't take me long to be smitten with the "cute" little computer with the tiny screen, maybe seven inches across. Though it involved a lot of squinting, I even did page layout using all the wondrous new software. But as time passed I discovered that there were times when the computer wasn't the right tool. When you're on a deadline, it's easier to cut and paste than it is to spend the time it takes to scan the same graphic and then clean it up. Also as the technology expanded, some of the "conveniences" it brought like shopping online also had consequences-no human interaction in that wonderful little bookshop and soon that wonderful little bookshop closed because their customer base disappeared. Nowhere is the old vs. new argument more present than in industrial farming versus small family farms. The advent of larger and larger farms with bigger and more expensive equipment and increased use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified seeds has been lauded as great progress. Of course, a lot of small farmers couldn't compete and lost their land and the use of chemicals and genetic manipulation has been seriously questioned for a long time. When I lived in Kansas I discovered that before accepting any new technology, the Amish people held a meeting where everyone could voice their opinions. Their main questions were 'TCill this bless the community?" 'Till this harm the community?" Not a bad idea. Pamela Tinnin writes from her ranch on Pine can be reached at pamelatinnin@yahoo.com. Mountain. She Iil '11 II il II It" IIII iil I II ii I I II I I Letters continued from page 4 decisions by the CUSD school board and the recently hired superintendent have led me to realize that it is time to pub- licly speak of how administrative changes are not being made in the best interests of the students in our schools. Recently, the Washington Middle School principal and Cloverdale High School Teacher Student Support person were removed from their positions by the district administration. These were two of the few administrators who have roots in our district and want to remain here. Each wish to grow our schools rather than tumble onward when the winds change, like so many other administrators we have seen pass through CUSD. These two administrators were some of the best that I have seen in the nearly 20 years I have lived in Cloverdale. Their removal from their respective schools undermines the successes they have achieved for our district. Both these peo- ple had a vision for what they want Cloverdale school to achieve and a commitment and track record that spans years in Cloverdale. Those successes and commitment to the stu- dents at their schools have been cast away. The district is currently waging a publicity war to try and cover up the fact that a middle school principal, who would not have left when the wind changed, was asked to leave the school district. And the best member of the administration at the high school had his position eliminated so the district could remove him from the high school. These decisions show a complete lack of understanding about what works in our schools. We see administrators that aren't connected to our community come with promise and disappear practically as fast as the seasonal change of the grape leaves in the fields around us. Rather than spend their energy spin doctoring these stories, I call on the CUSD Board of Trustees and the Superintendent of CUSD to present this community with their vision for dis- trict leadership and answer the following questions: What is your comprehensive vision for CUSD leadership, and what measurable metrics will you put in place to evaluate your suc- cess in achieving that vision? How does removing the middle school principal and high school student support person (vice principal) from their positions further your vision? How will removing these leaders from their positions not undermine the programs, vision and long term commitment they had at their respective schools? Why would you remove an administrator (Mr. Lucchetti) from a leadership role in which he has helped the school to receive awards for closing the learning gap for students and earn an outstanding WASC accreditation review? Why are you dismantling a program that works at the high school? Rather than tear down our district, why don't you focus on supporting the strong points and making the district better? How does eliminating administrators with a long term com- mitment to the success of our community's education system support your leadership goals for CUSD? I ask our community to get involved with our schools and question the leadership that is dismantling successful pro- grams. Ask your CUSD trustees and district superintendent to support the school administrators that have been successful in our district and have demonstrated a long term commitment to the success of Cloverdale students. Preston Addison Cloverdale Community forums being held Editor: As your elected Representative here in Sonoma County, my highest priority is to make sure that your priori- ties are my priorities; and that I conduct my work in a trans- parent arena for you all to help me develop plans, and hold me accountable for delivering. I see that as an exciting challenge. I did not run for office to be a politician, but rather a public servant leader. And leaders need to deliver. In that vein, throughout May and June, my staff and I will hold six commu- nity forums to garner input on our work priorities. I plan to go over the priorities in each community that I am focused on, and to invite input into keeping those priorities or amending them. I will go through the county budget process, and how everyone can engage in a proactive manner to advocate togeth- er for Fourth District priorities. I anticipate bringing county representatives from our Permit and Resources, Transportation and Public Works, Sheriffs Office, Parks, Planning Commission and other relevant areas. I will addi- tionally work with each city/town/community to allow time for the mayor or other local leader to join me in providing updates of their own, and co-leading the prioritization discussion. Democracy only works though inclusion. I hope you can join us. If not please consider sending in written comments to my District Director - Jenny Chamberlain, at jenny.chambe rlain@sonoma-county.org. Below are the proposed dates and locations (subject to change). Start times will be published in this newspaper as soon as they are confirmed. Cloverdale, May 11, Cloverdale Vets Building; Geyserville/Alexander Valley, May 17, Geyserville Oriental Hall; Northwest Santa Rosa, May 25, Piner High; Windsor, 'May 31, Windsor Grange Hall; Mark West/Fulton, June 1, Mark West School; Dry Creek, June 6, Lake Sonoma Visitors Center. The Fourth District includes northwest Santa Rosa, Fulton and encompasses all of the Larkfield-Wikiup area. It then runs north including all of the Town of Windsor, the City of Healdsburg, the community of Geyserville and the City of Cloverdale. The district also includes the premium wine grape growing regions of Alexander Valley, Knights Valley and Dry Creek Valley. The Geysers, Lake Sonoma, and much of the Russian River also reside in the Fourth District. James Gore Sonoma County Supervisor i~ : :i i: ii!!iiii!ii!ii:~i:iiiiiiiii:~iii~iiiiiii:iiiii!i!i ii!i!ii:!ii!!iiiiiii:iiii!iiiii~ii~?ili iiiiiiiiiii:ii i~i i~i!i!!!iiiii~i:ili~i!i i!i~iiiiiiii~iiiii!iiiiiiiii!i!i!ili!ili iiii~iii~i~i~iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii~i~i~iiiii~iii!i!i!~i~iii!i~iii~i!i~i!i~i~i~i~i~iii iii i ili i!i!iiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii~iiiii Lorraine Delphine Faber Lorraine Delphine Faber died in.Clearlake on April 10, at the age of 85. Beloved wife of Reginald Faber Sr. Strong loving mother of Loretta Faber, Reginald Faber Jr., Kenneth Faber Sr., Sharon F. ILar, Darrell Faber, Greg Faber Sr., Keith Faber Sr. and Dominic Faber. Also survived by her grandchil- dren Sam ILar Jr., Christopher ILar Sr., Jason ILar, Sharon Rose ILar, John ILar III, Melanie ILar, and Staci ILar, Kenneth Faber Jr., Kieth Faber Jr., Greg Faber Jr., Reginald Faber Jr. and numer- ous nieces, nephews and great grandchildren. A native of Cloverdale, Lorraine was the strongest, most loving, beautiful hearted person one could ever meet. Services were held Saturday, April 15 at Fred Young Funeral Home in Cloverdale. i i ii ] I i I Ir I I Included with your print subscription Homecoming photos Pa~ 2 EaBies beat Wllllts Cvuzlty, CA Thur~dc~, G c~c&ev S, ~5 V~I u r~ C:C~O~'J~ I=~v Nun/~v 43 $1 Cloverdale High u,E .'-Y'~-E"~; 5Y.F:r?L'~ In addition to posting top stories every week, our website offers the E-edition for print subscribers. It's an exact replica of the printed newspaper that you can read on your home computer, smartphone or tablet. or visit Not a subscriber? Call 894-3339 cloverdalereveille.com to subscribe. You can view past issues, search for articles and view all four of our weekly newspapers (Cloverdale Reveille, The Healdsburg Tribune, Sonoma West Times & News, and The Windsor Times). Mready a subscriber? Call 894-3339, extension 211 to activate your E-edition.