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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA 1, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010 -- Page 5 Elephant houses, lily pad lots! VOTE FOR CLOVERDALE www.CoolestTown.US By Paula Wrenn Beloved Sonoma County columnist Gaye LeBaron has her "Old, Older" game and I have my "Compare, Contrast" game. Mine typically involves the attitudes, politics and movements of communities elsewhere contrasted with those of Clover- dale. Most often, the outcome makes me happy to live at a distance from the silliness and pretentiousness that preoccupies some communities. To- day's comparison involves Santa Rosa's tony hilltop development, Foun- taingrove. My concept of an idyllic homestead is a sweet, two-room cottage next to a little pond on a couple acres. Even if I could afford to live there, Foun- taingrove was never for me. I enjoyed walking the hills and the views from on high. I hoped the hillsides would be preserved for enjoyment by all. Building expensive homes on unstable hillsides above Whatever the Rodgers Creek Fault seemed then and now like the epitome of "slippery slope" development. hazard It is curious to me why the wealthiest people in is California seem, almost invariably, to build in places especially vulnerable to violent storms, raging wild- endemic fires, and massive earth movement. They have the money to choose safer locations, but our news is often centered on watching their mansions drop into the ocean, go up in a blaze, or succumb to whatever hazard is endemic to "the area in which the wealthiest communities propagate. But I digress. Despite protests from citizens living elsewhere in Santa Rosa, many trees were removed and high-priced elephant houses on lily pad lots were constructed in Fountaingrove. Then hilltop NIMBY-ism set in, of which many lesser examples became known. Oh my, what a howl arose when a road went through that was designed for everyone's use. Louder still when a gay senior housing community wanted to build alongside the other exclusive senior housing there. A complaint related to that last issue was about removal of trees, but I seem to recall far more view-obstructing trees were removed for those big homes. And now, heaven forbid, a firehouse could be placed in Fountaingrove to reduce response time in attempting to save the homes of the rich from being burned to the ground. (I guess they see no merit to the insurance discount). Goodness gracious - emergency vehicles make noise as they respond to help someone survive a heart attack. Oh pul-eeze - the fire station might house some of those garish red or green vehicles, so popular with emergency types. Contrast that with the questions some Cloverdale citizens had about the construction of our new fire station and how it could be afforded. We should always examine issues until we thoroughly understand them, especially when it comes to spending money. But never once did I hear anyone say they didn't want the station to be visible or near them. It's pretty close to my house and I couldn't be happier about it. Mostly what I hear is that Cloverdalians feel our new fire station has been an enhancement to the appearance of the boulevard. Public tours have made the community more aware of its benefits. It seems to be a welcome addition to the Cloverdale cityscape we are struggling to up- grade. Part of being "Genuinely Cloverdale" is our unpretentious nature - even the marketing types picked up on that. We have tremendous respect for our fire professionals and volunteers, as well as other safety service personnel. They have given us their best and we understand they need the right resources to do the job to the best of their ability. There you have it, one more reason I'd rather live in Cloverdale. Don't forget the ambulance Last month I ran a column that was not noted as a "Compare, Contrast Game," but clearly that is what I was doing. In it I pointed up different approaches to raising money for a new ambulance and expressed annoy- ance that a community in West County had chosen to turn to the Board of Supervisors for funding when our Cloverdale Health Care District Foun- dation is raising the money in North County through a partnership of public and private sources. My statement was that I prefer the self-reliance our community has chosen in these times, rather than making the rest of the county pay for services from which they will not benefit. Because we take care of ourselves, I want to remind you to purchase your tickets for the May 1 "t Code 3 BBQ the Cloverdale Rotary Club is hosting to support the ambulance fund. The ticket price is very reasonable for this event which takes place in the downtown plaza 5-10 pro. As one of the first barbecue events of the season, it is sure to be a fun gathering. If you can't make it or still feel you cannot afford the tickets, any donation is appreciated. Much hinges on CHCD Foundation being able to raise the final $50,000 to earn a matching grant and they must do so quickly. We hope to see you there. Do you have a suggestion for this column or another viewpoint? Write to Paula Wrenn c/o the Reveille, or email paula@thewriteangle.com. Code 3 Ambulance fund raiser Saturday night The fabulous Poyntlyss Sistars roar into the Cloverdale Plaza Sat- urday night for a Code Three fund- raiser dance to replace our aging ambulance. The Poyntlyss Sistars special blend of Rock and Soul has been a hit with Sonoma County au- diences for more than two decades. Admission is Free. Donations to fund the new ambulance are en- couraged. The Poyntlyss Sistars Band deliv- ers dynamic renditions of familiar hits of the late 50s, 60s, and 70s, featuring rotating leads and pol- ished backup harmony vocals. The band was voted "Best Local Band" in the North Bay Bohemian Read- er's Poll in 2002 through 2005, and was nominated for best R&B band, Nor Bay Music Awards, 2006. BBQ Sold Out The lively evening is sponsored by the Cloverdale Rotary Club and starts at 5 p.m. with a ribs and chicken barbecue on the plaza. At press time the BBQ was sold out. A handful of barbecue tickets may be available at the event for $20 per person. Beverages and dessert are not part of the BBQ meal and will be available to raise even more money for the ambulance. Please respect the terms of Rota- ry's license. Only beer and wine purchased at the event may be con- sumed on the plaza. Dancers, lis- teners and dIners alike may want to bring a folding chair for the enter- tainment. The BBQ will be served from 5 p.m. to7:30 p.m. The music will start about 6 p.m. and last until 9:30 p.m. The Cloverdale Healthcare" Dis- trict, operator of the ambulance, was formed more than 50 years ago and took over operation from an all-volunteer organization in 1977. Although most of the ambulance calls are in Cloverdale, the two ve- hicles range north to Squaw Rock and Yorkville, east toward The Geysers, south toward Geyserville and west into Dry Creek Valley and Lake Sonoma. Unlike urban areas where most people are within five miles of a hospital, the Cloverdale Ambu- lance averages more than 60 miles round trip for more than half its transports. Ambulance rolled 760 times In 2009, the ambulance was dis- patched 760 times and transported patients to area hospitals on 440 oc- casions. The ambulance went to Healdsburg 229 times, Santa Rosa 206 times and Ukiah five times. As the ambulance rolls, it is in contact with local hospitals to de- termine the best location for the pa- tient. Code 3 means the ambulance is rolling with red lights flashing and siren blaring. Operating costs for the ambu- lance are covered by a small parcel tax. The majority of operating funds come from medical and in- surance reimbursements. As the amount of reimbursement for transport from Medicare and other insurance is reduced, there's no op- portunity to create a line item for capital reserves to purchase a new ambulance. The Northern Sonoma County Healthcare Foundation has issued a fund-raising challenge to sup- porters of the Cloverdale Ambu- lance. "The foundation will match, EYE ON THE EAGLE: A community communication from the Cloverdale Unified School District OUR MISSION: ....... Cloverdale Unified School District provides ALL students with equity and access to  the knowledge, skills, and educational opportunities to achieve high academic standards in a changing global society, as measured by state and local assessments. C[_OV R]'AI__I Our Town play presentation to benefit Cloverdale children Tickets are now available for the May 1 performance of Our Town at the Raven Theater in Healdsburg, to benefit the Kiwanis Club of Cloverdale Foundation's Imagination Library project. Our Town, the classic Pulitzer prize-winning play by Thornton Wilder, will be performed by the Raven Players at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 1. Thanks to a generous donation by the Raven Players, 100% of the proceeds of pre-sale tickets for this performance will benefit the Kiwanis Club's Imagination Library project. Entertainer Dolly Parton founded the Imagination Library to provide a brand new, age-appropriate book every month to every child below five years of age in a given geographical area. The Kiwanis Club of Cloverdale is working to bring the Imagination Library to Cloverdale, and every penny of each ticket sold will go toward this program. Take the short drive down to Healdsburg for a greatevening of theater, and support the children of Cloverdale in the process! Perhaps you might have dinner at the Rotary Club's barbecue fundraiser for the Cloverdale Ambulance before heading for the theater, and make a whole evening of supporting our community! Tickets are just $20 - a discount of $1 off the price at the door - and are available by calling Greg Carter at 894-3900, or at Mail Center Etc. in downtown Cloverdale. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. -Greg Carter ................... i CORRECTION A paragraph at the end of the city council report that was devoted to the City Manager's report was to have been deleted as it included er- roneous information about Federal Stimulus Grants. The two grants applied for were not awarded to the city. One fund has received ad- ditional allocations and is inviting revised proposals, which the City Manager is preparing. --PW i m YOGA Glasses $5 drop-ins Monthly rates Tues. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Sat. 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Call Marie at 894-2104 Located at: Reuser Industrial Park, 50 Commerce Ln. Unit E Starting May 1 First class is FREE/ LOOKING FOR LOCAL COMING EVENTS? ........... l i i Vl AGI00 COL lC IB G,ft, for Everyl0000cas,on . 00ar00-00IE Gift Wlap ' I li!ii 00NAGEM ENT ii ;94'4080 00124 So Cl0v;rdale From the Editorial Desk... Carol Ferrell, left, Cathy Slack, Jane Sorenson of the Poyntlyss Sistars bring their special brand of "Rock and Soul" to the Cloverdale Plaza this Saturday night. Admission is free to this Code 3 fund raiser to replace the Cloverdale Ambulance. Desserts and beverages will be on sale from the sponsoring Cloverdale Rotary Club to raise funds and donations are encouraged. dollar for dollar, up to $50,000," said Rick Ventura, executive direc- tor. "That match, coupled with $50,000 raised earlier, will put us over the top and allow us to order the new vehicle," said James De- Martini of the Cloverdale Health- care District. But DeMartini cautions that the community por- tion of the match is yet to be achieved. "That's why fund-raisers like the BBQ and dance May 1 at the plaza and donations are so important," he added. If unable to attend the dance and barbecue, donations may be sent to: Cloverdale Healthcare District Foundation, P.O. Box 434, Clover- dale, CA 95425. Vote for Cloverdale as "Coolest Town" in the United States It's getting down to the wire to vote for Cloverdale as one of America's Coolest Small Towns. May 9 is the deadline, and if Cloverdale qualifies as one of the top five, it will get national recognition, including mention in the magazine that is spon- soring the contest, Budget Travel. Local promoters of the contest point out that such a designa- tion could be a very helpful tool in marketing Cloverdale. You can cast your vote easily by going to the website for the project: www.CoolestTown.US. The website also promotes the region- al aspects of Cloverdale that will be attractive to tourists, in- cluding wine tasting, Lake Sonoma, biking, and the Russian River. Ballots can be cast every five hours, and people are being strongly urged to vote as often as they can. Cincode00qaFoat Great Food Full Bar Fabulous Margaritas Food To Go - 134 N. Cloverdale Blvd. - 894-9365 Extension Opportunities for Cloverdale Students... all the way to Stanford University tudents are taking advantage of pro- grams and conferences at Santa Rosa Jun- ior College, Sonoma State University and Stanford University this summer and next fall. Cloverdale students are supported by their families and their educational team of teach- ers, administrators, staff members, and the community, in a team effort to bring them op- portunities. The students, pictured below, will explore their interests in science and math at Stanford University in the Tech Trek Program. Others will participate in the Adalante Summer School Program at Santa Rosa Junior College, and another group of students attended their first session of the Migrant Education Adviso- ry Program Conference at Sonoma State Uni- versity last weekend. AVID students (Advancement Via Individual Direction) from CHS have visited numerous colleges through- out the state, networking with support sys- tems throughout the state's university system preparing for attending college in the near fu- ture. "I am looking forward to meeting a lot of people from around California this weekend and learning something about what you need to get into college and hearing some keynote 2005 CHS alumni and current SSU student and Migrant Ed counselor Jessica Gonzalez prepares students for The Migrant Education Advisor Conference at SSU April 24. Eliseo Cardenas, Judith G utierrez, Lesley Morales, Jessica Gonzalez, and Jaritza Avila choose their workshops which will help them for high school and college. Stanford University Tech Trek Program participants, Jotera Conway and Angelica Boehm, were selected after submitting an application detailing their interest in math and science. speakers talk about our heritage," Lesley Mo- rales offered. "I'm interested in hearing about the college parties," joked another student. "No, serious- ly, I'm reaching for the stars. I want to learn what college is all about. I'm going for it. And I think with support from the Upward Bound Program, I'm going to do it." Jotera Conway, a 7 th grader, dreams of finding a cure for cancer. Inspired by her grandmother, who passed away from cancer when Jotera was very young, she organized a team for the Susan B. Komen, Relay for Life. Using a team effort, and perhaps starting with her summer experience at Stanford University, Jotera hopes to organize a team to fight for a cure for cancer. Angelina Boehm, also in 7 'h grade, knows that, "People need the knowl- edge of math to learn things so they can survive in this new, high tech world." As the 2009-2010 school year winds down, these students gear up for what lies ahead. Cloverdale Unified School District has as its number one goal: student achievement, whatever it takes! These students clearly have what it takes to achieve. -- Letters, comments, questions may be addressed to: eyeontheeagle@cusd.org -- I