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www.cioverdaJereveJfle.com May 16, 2019 The Cloverdale Reveille Page 5 EDiTORiAL A crisis or a crime? Among our community's more silent and less-discussed problems is childhood obesity. Calling everything such as homelessness, lack of affordable housing, teenage vaping or lack of wildfire preparedness a "crisis" or "epidemic" tends to make us numb to yet another set of underlying statistics, call to action or request for funding. So before we call our local existence of childhood obesity an epidemic, we'll let you decide by citing a few facts. Overweight and obesity among our children has tripled over the past few decades. In Sonoma County 16% of all preschool-aged children are considered obese. By the time we measure obesity among seventh graders, we fred 37.7% are obese. More than 75% of these obese young people become obese adults. Obesity, which leads to diabetes, heart disease, cancers and chronic illnesses, is even more prevalent among lower income families. (Sonoma County has 60,000 low-income households, or 40% of our total population.) Obesity can shorten life expectancy by seven to 20 years, depending on use of tobacco and other unhealthy habits. Need more facts? According to the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, childhood obesity burdens Sonoma County's economy by as much as $436 million a year in services, lost productivity and other impacts. County schools are estimated to lose $6.4 million a year due to obesity-caused absenteeism. So, we probably should add childhood obesity to our Sonoma County Top 10 Crisis List, right next to teenage vaping, adult opioid abuse and lack of local mental health services. Some of our epidemics like homelessness and lack of affordable housing seem impossible to solve. But behavior-based plagues like tobacco use or poor diets look easier to attack. Childhood obesity is caused when 22% of our preschoolers drink sugar sweetened drinks every day and very few households serve a healthy diet of five daffy servings of fruit or vegetables. Obesity is inflamed when too many children spend hours in front of TV and other screens and only minutes in physical exercise. According to the County's Community Health Needs Assessment report, only 35% of our seventh graders meet minimum physical fitness standards. All these statistics would be much worse without the many actions already mobilized by our public health agencies, healthy community consortiums, community-based health clinics and school programs. The numbers detailed above tell us that more needs to be done. "We need to get a grip on this. As parents, we are giving our kids a death sentence," said Debbie Mason, executive director of the Healthcare Foundation of North Sonoma County, after attending a recent meeting on the topic. "It's one thing to be an adult, make those choices and live with the consequences, but to make those choices for your kids and sentence them to this unhealthy life is criminal." Those are strong words for a stern problem and community challenge. Childhood obesity is not just about drinking too many sodas, eating too many chips and candy or not exercising. "The modern America of obesity, inactivity, depression and loss of community has not 'happened' to us. We legislated, subsidized and planned it this way," said Dr. Richard Jackson, a former director of the National Center for Environmental Health. Lots of our children live in "unwalkable" or unsafe neighborhoods where they can't bicycle or visit a playground. It's easier to fred a McDonald's than a farmers market, especially in our lower income areas. This does not sound like the Sonoma County and hometown picture we want. Lots of good people are working to make this picture better. It takes lots of resolve, patience and willpower to change bad habits into healthy ones. It takes small daily reminders and it takes billboard-sized community alerts, too. Money always helps and families earning a "living wage" could afford healthier choices, quality foods and expanded opportunities for their children. Better wages would help with all our other Top 10 crises, too, come to think of it. -- Rollie Atkinson HISTORY Through the Years in the Reveille The following items are selected from archived issues of the Cloverdale Reveille. May 20, 1899 - 120 years ago Joyce Mann People in town who take the Reveille, and pay for it, have a right to do with it as they please, but they do us a great injustice when they pass it around from house to house. Your nextdoor neigh- bor can probably afford to take the paper much better than you can, and why should you pay for his or her reading? ffyou are a friend of the publisher, don't do it in the future, for it is a great injustice to us. May 1, 1969 - 50 years ago Lighthouses have been part of California history for more than a century. The PoInt Arena Lighthouse located off State Route 1 in MendocIno County is one of the most picturesque light stations along the north coast. The Point Arena light was first constructed in 1870. The lens was smashed and the tower destroyed by the great earthquake of 1906. The present light sta- tion was reconstructed in 1907-1908. When the sun goes down and the fog rolls in, it assumes a new dimension and even a land- lubber finds warmth and comfort in the bright beacon that shines out of the ghostly white tower and cuts through the dark- ness. The light station has a Fresnel lens. It is the only rotating light with a mercury float. The old light was first shown on May 1, 1870 and the new light first shown on Sept. 15, 1908. Even the brightest lights can't be seen more than a few feet in heavy fog, so Point Arena has a steam whistle type that can sound brutally loud to a visitor, but the mariners who make their way along the coast, it acts as a guide dog for their ships. May 11, 1994 - 25 years ago In the early 19th century, Indians occupied most of the area known as Cloverdale. There was generally a group known as the Pomos. The southern boundary was between Cloverdale and Geyserville turning south to include Healdsburg, parts of Santa Rosa and west to Duncans Mills. This Included seven groups with different dialects. Women were allowed to learn the dialects. In 1859, 759 acres were deeded to James Abram Kleiser for the sum of $6,000. Kleiser had the land surveyed by J. Wood and laid out the town of Cloverdale. The natural scenic beauty, medicinal springs, the Geysers and the Russian River were instrumental in the establishment of resorts, the most famous being the Geysers where daffy stage lines ran. EDITORIAL POLICY: The Cioverdale Reveille welcomes letters to the editor and commentaries. All acceptable submissions are published online weekly and in 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. OPINION Kids' Corner New fiction at the Cloverdale Regional Library "We Are Grateful/Ostaliheliga" by Traei Sorrell John Koeizner This picture book by new author Traci Sorrell Introduces the idea of being grateful and acts as an introduction to the Cherokee Nation. Not only does it take readers through the different seasons throughout the year, but it also Introduces children to Cherokee culture and introduces Cherokee words throughout the text. It is at once a celebration of life (family, friends, food, our ancestors, how to make things, for people who serve others), and is a reminder that other cultures have something to contribute to daffy conversations as we learn and encounter people. Children and parents alike will find this title interesting because of how it introduces Cherokee culture while delivering a nice message about being grateful for what we have. Ages 4 to 7, reading level (RL) K-2. "Carl and the Meaning of Life" by Deborah Freedman Carl is an earthworm, and readers are introduced to him as he happily tunnels underground to turn dirt Into soft. Then, one day a field mouse asks Carl why he does what he does. This sets Carl on a mission to find out why he does what he does. Along the way, he encounters many other animals such as a rabbit, fox, squirrel, deer, raccoon and bat. While he is off on quest to find out why the dirt becomes hard, grass stops growing and life is threatened. By the end of this circular story, Carl finds his purpose. Children will like how Carl goes offin search of answering why, and parents will like the simple answer that it provides children. It's not every day that a children's book questions the meaning of life. Ages 4 to 7, RL K-2. "Where the Heart Is" by Jo Knowles Rachel is a 13-year-old whose family begins to go through rough financial times over the summer as she is working on a small, hobby farm across from where her family lives. At the same time, her longtime friend Micah wants to get closer to her, but she's not sure she wants to be more than just a friend like they have always been. Rachel's sister Ivy is bonded to her, and a friend named Cybil gives Rachel that hummingbird feeling In the chest. A gentle novel about the tough times that families sometimes face financially, the tribulations of growing up and of gender identity, this book will appeal to children experiencing the rites of passage Into middle school. Parents will appreciate its honest portrayals of that passage. Ages 10 to 14, RL 5-7. Special note: The Cloverdale Friends of the Library support children's programs and other programs at the library. Applications are available at our branch, and our summer reading program begins June 6. John Koetzner is Children's Services Librarian 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. Gloria Rafanelli Walker Gloria 'Granny' passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Healdsburg Dis- trict Hospital after a long, hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer Gloria is preceded in death by her husband Jack Walker and grandson Jack Gordon Walker; survived by daughter Joan Walker and son Gordon Walker; grandsons Gordon Briseno, David Briseno and Dale Walker; and sis- ter Olga Luciani. We want to give a special thank you .to the wonderful nurses and doctors at Healdsburg Hospital for caring for her in her final days, and to Dr. Rachel Mayorga. Viewing will be Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fred Young Co. in CIoverdale. On Friday, May 17, 2019 at 11 a.m. will be a graveside service at Oak Mound Cemetery in Healdsburg, with Father Sean. Reception immediately following at B&B in Healdsburg. our LETTERS Measure H Town Hall EDITOR: Dear Cloverdale Community, I would like to thank you for your trust and support of the school district by passing Measure H during the November election. I look forward to continue working with the staff and community to make some much needed improvements to our school facilities. As there have been some questions posed regarding the district projects being completed with Measure H funds, I wanted to share some information with regard to the planned use of these funds. With the passage of Measure H, the board had intended to pay off two outstanding leases in order to save on interest costs. The leases were entered into prior to the passage of Measure H, and are currently being paid for out of the district General Fund. In 2017, the district entered into a lease to complete a number of energy efficiency upgrades through Proposition 39. The district used these funds to install Wi-Fi-based HVAC controls, integrate occupancy sensors, upgrade all lighting to LED and install high efficiency wall mounted heat pumps. The total cost of the lease was $1.019 million with the inclusion of the interest payments. In 2018, the district entered into an agreement to purchase property in the amount of $1.683 million. The district then procured a lease with an interest rate of 3.35% over 20 years, totaling a combined principal and interest cost of $2.357 million. Through the pre- payment of these two leases the district can save a total of $782,625 in interest payments. The Cloverdale Unified School District is truly thankful for the trust placed upon them by the voters in Cloverdale, and intends to spend the funds wisely in a transparent, inclusive and fiscally responsible manner. While the district always had the intention of utilizing Measure H funds to pay off these leases because it was the most fiscally responsible action that could be taken, the communication to the public could have been improved. This responsibility falls squarely on the shoulders of the Superintendent, and I pledge to improve communication with the community moving forward. Please join us in our Makerspace at Cloverdale High School for a town hall meeting on Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m. to learn more about the planned projects to be completed with Measure H funds. Cloverdale Jeremy Decker Unified School District Superintendent Senior center or comunity center? EDITOR: After the May board meeting it is becoming increasingly clear to me that there is a change of focus for the senior center. It seems it is becoming a community resource center, not just for seniors but for the whole community. This new focus on the "multi-purpose" part rather than the "senior" part of the center will be more county oriented as Health Action is a big part of the new focus. I think the board forgot that the paying members who are supporting the center are also part of the decision making. Those who would prefer the old-fashioned intimate senior center experience of the past may have to revert back to the Grange. Mardi Grainger Cloverdale Joe Dewain Mitchell Joe Dewain Mitchell of Cloverdale, CA passed away at his home on May 1, 2019 surrounded by his fam- ily and "little dog Kadee." Dewain was born on Janu- ary 20, 1941 in Pawhuska, OK. When he was very young, his family moved to California and eventually settled in Ukiah, CA. Dewain graduated from Ukiah High School in 1959. In September, 1961, De- wain enlisted in the army. He quickly moved through the ranks and when Dewain was discharged in 1964, he was a Sgt E-5. Dewain's proud- est moment in the service was being accepted into the Airborne School and becom- ing a member of the 101st Airborne Division, Scream- ing Eagles. In 1967, he met the love of his life, Cathy (Hines) Mitchell, his wife of 51 years. Dewain is survived by his wife Cathy; sons William, Gregory (Erika); and grandchildren, Brittany Mitchell, Spencer Mitchell, Kim- berly Mitchell, and Kamrin Mitchell. He is also survived by his two sis- ters Joanne Wright and Maryanna Baughn and numerous nephews and nieces. Dewain loved to fish and hunt, and he passed that love down to his sons and grandson Kamrin. For many years, Dewain was a Little League Coach for his son's teams, and when Bill and Greg started playing High School ball, their father was in the bleachers cheering them on. When the grandchildren started participating in sports, De- wain loved watching them play, until illness no longer allowed him to attend their games. Dewain's greatest joy was his family. Frequently, he would tell Cathy that he was so proud of the men his sons had be- come. The Mitchell family would like to thank North County Hospice for their support, compassion, and caring, not only for Dewain but the entire family. At his request, private services will be held at a later date. Do- nations in Dewain's name may be made to North County Hospice or Wounded Warriors. "Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every daj~ Un- seen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear." -- Anonymous 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. 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