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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011 -- Page 5 $o, here's the thing... Farewell, friend of Cloverdale By Paula Wrenn Over the Memorial Day weekend I enjoyed a farewell lunch with Bonnie Asien. The now former Executive Director of the Historical Society and museum had already handed over the museum keys. Asien was in the midst of packing to relocate to Spokane. Not only does this mean my loss of still another Cloverdale friend, great conversationalist, and a challenging Scrabble opponent, I am saddened that Cloverdale is losing her energy, commitment and creativi- ty. Alas, our loss is Spokane's gain. Having sold her historic Main Street residence here, Asien informed me she managed to find another historical home which she will surely imbue with her own special attention to detail and historical reference. As you read this, she may already have spent her first night in the 1911 Craftsman in an elegant old Spokane neighborhood that will be her home. Surely, time with her family, becoming acquainted with the community and decorating will take up a good bit of her calendar in the coming months. But it won't be too long before she is involved in some sort of community projec!t. We discussed important Cloverdale events in which she had a hand. Our chat meandered to interesting things to do in Spokane and activities or organizations she might pursue relevant to her interests. Always full of ideas, Asien shared an event that she thought could translate well here - a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and festival in Spokane + known as Hoopfest. Aas, our Started in 1990, Hoopfest has raised money for IOSS is charity, and it brings together the community by in- Spokane's cluding sports enthusiasts and b-ball players, family teams, as well as teams for individuals with physical gain, and mental challenges, which is to say, it brings people into the community. Asien thought that athletically- inclined Cloverdale could do something similar, if not quite so big, to involve families and draw their relatives here to participate in "Cloverdale Hoopla." I like this idea because it does suit our family and sports-oriented community, and it would not require great investment to put such an event on, and this type of sports activity would be a standout from all the wine and food events. A festival can be built around it and that attracts visitors, especially for a long weekend tournament. Something to think about Cloverdale---one last gift from a departing mover and shaker. I hope Asien knows she will be missed and feels she is taking something special from Cloverdale, considering all the gifts she is leaving behind. When asked what she would miss most, she said, "I will miss the coziness of Cloverdale. I liked going to the post office. It always took longer than expected because people wanted to stop and chat." That's because she was an infinitely interesting person to chat up. I wish her luck and joy in her new home, and hope she will keep in touch. California climate control It was moments after my weekend guest (my nephew Lucas-from Denver) and I bemoaned our poor fortune at having so little time and such awful weather. We' were in the midst of the obligatory follow-up topic, Bay Area micro-climates, and had just completed the part of the discus- sion about how one can drive from town to town along 101 and have completely different weather and significant fluctuations in temperature. And how the ocean affects the weather, how the hills trap or protect a locale from certain influences, et cetera, et cetera. Then, as if on cue, along cme tlt o perfect.demonstration. , ........... Most of us have driven through cloudtursts, or have observ'ei them moving from afar, but this was new to me. Looking out my front kitchen window, I was putting a positive spin on the discussion with something like, "At least we seem to be getting a little break from rain today." My houseguest, looking out the dining room sliding door to the back yard had a different take on the current meteorological conditions. "How is that? It's pouring!" To my simultaneous chagrin, consternation and delight, there was a righteous downpour in the back yard, about fifty feet from the front window. It was one of those odd rains where the sun is shining and the big raindrops appeared to be wlite streaks as they plummeted to earth. The two of us, transfixed between the two windows, stood there for a full five minutes, heads swiveling between the two windows. We wondered whether the cloud would shift east-westor if it would continue on its north-south track, which I base on the angle of the raindrops. For the entire time it poured in the back yard, the front yard saw nary a drop from that cloud, which seems to have surgically moved north along the row of homes on my street. That, my friends, is what makes us think of micro-climates as both precise and random at the same time. Thanks, Mother Nature. That was way better than any boring old Pow- erPoint presentation. And thanks also for sending a benign cloudburst and not a funnel cloud. , Sun at the beach : Well, there was a little sun. But there was a lot of wind; not terribly unusual, but also disappointing for visitors. This was especially so for my other houseguest, Katy, who was here for her first glimpse of the ocean and redwoods. Upon.returning home for dinner after a day of gale-force winds on the cliffs of Bodega Head and at the mouth of the river,,Katy (age 7) wrote a letter to he r grandparents that went, in part, like this: 'We went to the beach. We stayed in the car." You have to take California weather on its own terms, especially on the coast. Do you have a suggestion for this column or another viewpoint? Write to Paula Wrenn c/o the Reveille, or email paula@thewriteangle.com. Summer Carnival at Boys & Girls Club Kick off the summer at the Cloverdale Boys and Girls Club on Saturday, June 11 from 4to 6 p.m. There will be reasonably priced food and beverages available, games, raffles, a cake walk, face painting and much more. This is a great opportunity to visit the club if you haven't been in a while. It is located at 686 S. Cloverdale Blvd. For more information call 894-5063. Paul Sullivan, AAMS  433-3412 647 Healdsburg Ave. Healdsburg INVESTMENT STRATEGIES, ONE-ON-ONE ADVICE Call or stop by today to make an appointment EdwardJones MAKING SENSE OF INVESTING www.edwardjones.com Member SIPC Dolph D. Green, CFP 894-0277 231 N. Clvd. Blvd. Cloverdale Pictured are actors Christi Calson, left, Amy Lovato and Marisha Zeffer. The gentleman is Jonathan Graham. Performing Arts Center presents Ken Ludwig's"Lend Me ATenor" Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to work in the Front of House part of a theater? Introduc- ing the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center Volunteer Youth Program, open to students of high school age or older. Take the first step by be- coming a volunteer. Contact La Reva Myles at 510 847-6304. The next show to take advantage of this opportunity will be Ken Lud- wig's "Lend Me A Tenor" at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center on June 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 2011. The three ways to buy tickets are on-line at cloverdaleperformingarts.com; in person at Mail Center, Etc.; during business hours at 207-A N. Clover- dale Blvd., 894-3222 and at the door prior to performances, when re- maining tickets are available. - La Reva Myles III t COMMENTARY: From the Editorial Desk... Weather has always been a "badge of courage'for locals How many times have you told people who live in other areas of the county that you live in Cloverdale and the response is, "Wow, Cloverdale, it's hot up there, isn't it?" It sets us somewhat apart from the rest. This past weekend was a bit of a reversal, but a badge of courage nonetheless. Many events in Sonoma County were cancelled due to the rains and with one exception the events scheduled for Cloverdale went on as originally planned. Cloverdale's Relay For Life brought out cancer survivors and those supporting the American Cancer Society's research to one day stop cancer in its tracks. Organizers and supporters came out in spite of the heavy winds and rain which made all of the activities-setting up the tents, walking the track and everything else really a chore. But for those who have battled or are battling cancer, the inclement weather was but a minor component at this year's Relay For Life in Cloverdale. Saturday's Cloverdale Sculpture Opening took place with a venue change to the History Center. The opening was well attended and also a tribute to Cloverdale's hearty souls who come out in support of the many events presented by local organizations to raise much needed funds and promote Cloverdale throughout the region. Read page seven in this week's paper about the scheduling change for the third annual Cloverdale All-Star Baseball Game, which was postponed due to Saturday's weather. "Rebuild K[eiser Park" w,th "THE CLOVERDALE BRICK" Sponsored by Cloverdale Rotary 4x8 brick any 3 Lines $50.00 0ther sizes available Yours or any name lazer engraved in fire ceramic brick Supply LIMITED to amount sold by July 31st, (No Exceptions) ' or call order/info www, kleiserpark, org 894-1012 Cousins, Jim Smith and Elaine Delman, donated a rocking chair to the Cloverdale Historical Society that originally belonged to Isaac E. Shaw, their great grandfather ..... A welcome addition at the Cloverdale Historical Society Volunteers at the Cloverdale His- torical Society recently had the pleasure of welcoming some spe- cial guests to the historic Gould- Shaw House Museum. Jim Smith and his cousin Elaine Delman, along with their respective spouses Lynn and Jack, had driven to Clo- verdale from their homes in south- ern California in order to deliver a rocking chair that had once be- longed to their great grandfather, Cloverdale pioneer Isaac E. Shaw. Jim and Elaine's grandmother, Ella Louise Shaw Jones, was the daughter of Isaac Shaw and his first wife Louisa. According to their family's oral history, the chair came across the country in a covered wagon, and the exquisite needle- point was done by Grandmother Ella sometime around 1890. According to his obituary, I. E. Shaw was "one of the first men to operate trains of 'prairie schooners' across the continent to carry goods for his business and made a large fortune in that way." Shaw arrived in Cloverdale in 1872 and for the next 33 years served as one of the town's most prominent business- men. He was a founder and first presi- dent of the Bank of Cloverdale, and his son Charles served as president of the bank for over 43 years. The house was occupied by members of the Shaw family from 1875 until 1938 when Shaw's sec- ond wife Minerva McCray Shaw died. The house, lovingly restored in the 1990s by the Cloverdale Histor- ical Society, can now proudly dis- play a chair that once belonged to its most famous occupant, thanks to the generous donation of two of his descendants. -Joan Wagele Every minute counts when you're suffering a stroke. Many people who suffer a stroke have irreversible impairments. They simply wait too long or don't get help. When should you act? Fast! When you have unexplained weakness in your arms or legs, feel numbness in your arms, find yourself unable to speak or have difficulty swallowing among other symptoms, don't wait CALL 911. These symp- toms can be associated with a severe headache or you could passout or worse experience paralysis. With modern treatments, some types of strokes can actual- ly be stopped in progress and reversed, but time is critical. Modern care requires specific time parameters when dealing with stroke. We offer state-of-the-art pre-hospital assessments and treatments Our para- medics can perform tests to clarify if you are having a stroke. We can start treatment of symptoms with medications at your house. This early intervention can save your quality of life. Our teams will transport you to specific stroke treatment centers with an assessment and notifi- cation already made. With this team approach you can be under specific advanced care in under 60 minutes. If you attempt to drive yourself you waste time and delay treatment that 30 minutes could leave you debilitated. If you think you are having a stroke CALL 911 and let our team treat your symp- toms and get you where you need to be. 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