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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY, MAY 18,2011 -- Page 5 Blac widow versus m00iIo()X By Paula Wrenn Cynthia DeMartini, who thought this to be a very neighborly Cloverdale story, first brought it to my attention. I called Mike Nix- on to confirm the details. You see, two weeks ago Nixon noticed on his way to work that the post supporting his mailbox and a neighbors' had been snapped off and was lying in a flower bed. Later his wife Denaire called Nixon at work to point out what they both assumed was the result of midnight mischief. He assured his spouse he was aware of the problem and would repair it later. A few hours had passed when Denaire called again. Their son had taken a cell phone photograph of a white truck and workmen who had stopped to replace the mailbox post. They still had no idea who was behind the incident and who called the repairmen. Once finished, the workmen got in their truck and drove off, adding to the mystery. Later in the day, an embarrassed and apologetic neighbor called on the Nixon family to apologize for the inconvenience. He had panicked upon discovering a black widow crawling on his hand while Neighb driving (who wouldn't?) and swerved into the mailbox or whilst attempting to rid himself of the danger. I have shall three things to say to this gentleman: 1) I hope you remain "got" that venomous arachnid and it doesn't remain on the loose in your vehicle. 2) I hope your vehicle nameless wasn't seriously damaged. 3) You are a wonderful, responsible neighbor. On reflection, Nixon is glad he and his wife aren't quick to call the police for these sorts of incidents. He would not have wanted to cause his neighbor any more embarrassment. And since that is not my intent, the neighbor shall remain nameless in this column. Pakistan tag? I'll pass Many of us shop at stores that sell products from other countries. When it suits my whim, I intentionally seek the exotic and affordable at import stores. Even so, I become discouraged when so many products purported- ly from American and European companies are actually produced in China. And now I have a prediction about imports. I recently found myself recoiling and returning to the store shelf items I was considering for purchase that were made in Pakistan. My guess is many of you will do the same. For Pakistan to claim ignorance as to the location of Osama bin Laden next to their military base could be comical in an inept, Keystone cops sort of way, were it not for the fact that their guest cost Americans dearly. And the entire time Pakistan harbored (yes, I believe they knew) OBL, they continued to lap up U.S. financial aid. Americans aren't laughing and we won't forget the heinous crimes of bin Laden. As far as I'm concerned, Pakistan can peddle its exports elsewhere. Ferocious as a bluebird You already know my backyard bluebirds are snoopy. Spending much time in the backyard training a new pup has allowed me to witness the ferocity with which the sweet-looking Western Bluebird defends its home base. Male and female teamed up against an invading woodpecker right before my eyes. Theirs was an impressive battle and turf win. Irony of impact fees What a dilemma. Cities must charge developers to mitigate the impacts )f growth to the community and to cover costs of things such as infrastruc, ure-and-parks. The fees are intqnded to fund whatever-is" eeded-to maintain livable and desirable conditions within a growing, coromunity. However, after listening to the discussion of impact fees among' otmcii members, I have to think the term "impact fee" is somewhat ironic; and on several levels. First of all, legislation and dwindling municipal budgets has caused the fees to balloon to the point that even large-scale developers and corporate businesses wince when paying them for their ground-up projects. That is why we see the tug-of-war between small town values and corporate businesses in the local news. Sometimes the big businesses are the only ones who can afford the added fees that make building possible so the city can, in turn, see an improvement to retail tax revenue. Though Clover- dale's suggested fees are in line with those of other cities, these are costs the city cannot afford to pay or forgive for incoming businesses. And there are more issues. In a town like Cloverdale where most busi- nesses are small individually-owned or family operations, it becomes a challenge to fill the gaps in downtown Cloverdale's cityscape. Here, many small businesses go into already existing buildings; new restaurants go into buildings previously used for that purpose, which avoids many im- pact fees. However, if the use of a building changes dramatically, fees often go up. If the site is bare ground in downtown, good luck finding a sufficiently wealthy developer or a good business fit that isn't a Mc- Donald's. These challenges will require flexibility and creativity on behalf of planning and city leadership. I'm sure your ideas would be welcomed. Details about the suggested fees are available online. The mandates from elsewhere behind many of these fees are something to think about for anyone tempted to label city leadership as "anti-business" due to high development impact fees. Do you have a suggestion for this column or another viewpoint? Write to Paula Wrenn c/o the Reveille, or email paula@thewriteangle.com. That 30 Minute drive can be a Killer Select from dozens of styles and hundreds of fabrics at reasonable prices Call or come by today 124 South Cloverdale Boulevard 707 894 4080 wm.godoverdale.com 5 Reasons to have your vehicle repaired or serviced with us: *Up to 5 cos. Syn#ac Era * Oil Change * Complete Brake Srv. * Clutch Service * Air Conditioning * Fuel Injection Srv. Reuser Industrial Park 60-D Commerce Lane Cloverdale * Electrical * Suspension * Shocks & Struts * Engine Tune-Ups * Water Pump Sty. Mon.-Fri 8am-5pm Sat. 8am-4pm Lt. Colonel James C. Warren will visit Cloverdale and speak May 24 at the History Center about his experience as a "Tuskegee Airman." World War II veteran Tuskegee Airman will tell his dramatic story May 24 at History Center Lt. Colonel James C. Warren and his comments to a theater full of his wife, Xanthia, will visit Clover- dale as guests of the Cloverdale Historical Society for a scheduled speaking engagement on Tuesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. The talk will take place at the Cloverdale History Center. Lt. Colonel Warren, a veteran of three wars, enlisted in the U,S. Army Air Forces in November, 1942 and entered aviation cadet training at Tuskegee Army Air Field in March of 1943 and moved on to bombardier school at Mid- land, TX, where he graduated in February, 1945, dual rated as a nav- igator and bombardier, and as- sigend to the all-black 477th Bombardment Group. The Tuskegee Airmen, an all- black unit, were known as the "Red Tails" because the unit painted the tail of their P-51 Mustang fighter planes in that color. The Airmen fought with distinction in the Ital- ian campaign in Europe toward the end of World War II as part of the 15th Air Force. The 477th was commanded by Major General Frank O'Donnell Hunter who resented being associ- ated with black flyers as reflected in black officers (Sefridge Field, Mich., Jan. 1944) "This is my base and as long as I am in command, there will be no social mixing of the white of- ricers and the colored officers." Lt. Col. Warren'ts unit, the 477BG, was soon transferred, in February, 1945, to Freeman Field, Indiana, under the same command- er, Major General Frank O'Dozmell Hunter. Inequality was soon to be challenged. If you are in the audience on Tuesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. you will hear Lt. Colonel James C. Warren tell the dramatic story of "The Tuskegee Airmen Mutiny at Free- man Field." This event was Civil Rights history in the making. The Colonel's book of the same name will be available for purchase at $25 a copy. The Cloverdale History Center is located at 215 N. Cloverdale Blvd. For more information call 894-2067 or Joaquin at 894-5653. Email: office@cloverdalehistoricalsociety.org. Suggested donation of $3 for this event. The Cloverdale Historical Society is a 501 (C-3) non-profit or- ganization. All funds go to CHS programs. Local graduate completes Highway Patro00cadet train ing Brendon Hampton of Cloverdale  has successfully completed Califor nia Highway Patrol cadet trainingi He is assigned to duty at the CHP's Garberville area office. Officer Hampton is a 2000 gradu- ate of Cloverdale High School. He graduated from New Mexico High- lands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico with his Bachelor of Arts degree in human performance aniJ sport with a concentration in exer cise science. Prior to joining the CHP, he worked as a physical edu- cation instructor. Cadet training for Officer Hamp- ton included vehicle patrol, acci- dent investigation, first aid, apprehension, and arrest of sus- pected violators, including those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Training at the CHP Academy also included traffic control, report writing, recovery of stolen vehicles, assisting the motor- ing public, issuing citations, emer- CHP officer Brendon Hampton. gency scene management, and knowledge of various codes includ- ing Vehicle Code, Penal Code, and Health and Safety Code. Planners approve S. Cloverdale Blvd. conversion to residential units At the monthly meeting of the Cloverdale Planning Commission on Wednesday, May 4, planners unanimously approved a PUD Per- mit to allow the conversion of two existing first floor commercial spac- es to residential uses with one amendment. The property is owned by David and Cheryl Wight and is located at 221 S. Cloverdale Blvd. The amendment requires that the existing roll-up door be masked and that the screening needs to be reviewed and approved by the commission. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Cloverdale Planning Commission is set for Wednesday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd. The public is invited and encour- aged to attend planning meetings. From the Editorial Desk... Volunteers are always needed The City of Cloverdale in recent years has made an excellent Invest- ment In the creation of two really neat facilities, the History Center and the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. Though both need volunteers, we'll focus on the History Center In this writing. The History Center is both a museum and a research center. It was a dream of the Cloverdale Historical Society which for many years has operated the historical Gould-Shaw House Museum and collected, cat- alogued, and protected the priceless history of Cloverdale and the region. The little house museum is still open to tours and the newer facility features great displays of both special exhibits and ones that are part of the museum's permanent collection. The volunteers for the Historical Society are nothing less than awe- some and really deserve a lot of credit. They keep the center and house museum open on a regular basis, although not full time, and do every- thing from inventorying the collection and archiving the delicate ephemera of the museum to answerIng questions and aiding out-of- towners who show up wanting to research their Cloverdale ancestors. The Historical Society could really use some more committed volun- teers. If you have an interest in history and some time to give, visit the History Center at 215 N. Cloverdale Blvd. and talk to the current volunteers there. Special Occasions Funerals It's time to learn about Medicare. Now's perfect time to ask'about your Medicare options. How is Medicare different than my previous health coverage'? 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