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www.cloverdalereveille,com June 13, 2019 The Cloverdale Reveille Page 5 EDITORIAL Feeling prosperous? ,e keep being told that we are living in one of the longest running and strongest booming economies of all time. But the story sounds complicated. We have record low unemployment and lots of people are driving around in nice cars. We all have luxury devices like smart phones, giant televisions and outdoor recreation toys. Our children get almost anything they want like new fashion clothes, this year's sneaker model and extra money to spend on "whatever." Sonoma County grape prices have never been higher and our tourists keep coming by the millions each year. But then, what about talk of tariffs and record national debt? If the economy is so good, why are so many teachers going on strike and local governments cutting some jobs? And, anyway, it takes a really good economy to afford $4 a gallon gas and $2,000 monthly housing rents. Ultimately, the answer to how good the economy is comes down to how happy one is with his or her own paycheck. Well? When answering, "what's in your wallet?" lots of us have to fess up and show our unpaid credit cards instead of a stack of folding money. As it turns out, our great booming economy that President Donald Trump never tires of bragging about is being buoyed by a record high $4 trillion in consumer debt. Many thousands of Sonoma County households are a health care bill, one broken major appliance or a car accident away from a financial emergency or default. Our Sonoma County is one of the most prosperous parts of the country. But prosperity comes with a ledger sheet with many numbers, including some of the highest housing costs anywhere and other line items for student loans, car payments, daily commuting costs, child care and Comcast. Baby Boomers carry an average of 2.9 personal credit cards in their wallets and younger Gen Xers have an average credit card balance of $6,885, according to Experian. Not only do many households not have a savings account, lots of younger households don't even have a checking account. How strong we think our economy is also depends on many social, ethnic and ZIP code factors. The county's population of 45,000 people below the official poverty line is over-represented by Latinos. Young families with both a mortgage and child care bills have the highest monthly debt service costs. Plenty of grandparents' life savings have been depleted by such family emergencies as divorces, a child's loan default or even a court case, arrest or lengthy rehabilitation. Sonoma County and other prosperous places like San Francisco and Los Angeles are plagued with chronic homelessness. An oddity in our economy is the people with the least amount of debt are the poor and homeless. Also members of the older Silent Generation (age 75-plus) have the least use for credit cards, coming from a generation when the ethos was "pay as you go." The rest of us stopped paying as we go a long time ago, if we ever did. We mistake our level of prosperity for our level of consumption. We must have our SUVs, no matter if they cost more than what a small house once did. We are living in a super-sized economy where frugality is considered a sign of failure. Waste not, want not? You've got to be kidding. The daily Wall Street stock market reports of climbing corporate wealth at Apple or Facebook don't mean much to a household trying to get to the end of another month without more credit card debt. We should read the news reports about our booming economy with much more scrutiny. We won't get a lot of honest facts about it during an election year filled with Trump boasts and Democrat attacks. Maybe it's time for one of those kitchen table talks. HISTORY Joyce Mann Courtney's scholarship Photo provided COURTNEY JADE DAVIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP -- Pictured from left: Madison Sanders, Catherine Davis, a photo of Courtney Jade Davis, Julie Edwards and Dennis Davis. Not pictured: scholarship winners Angelina Cordova, Marina Lopez and Julisa Pulido. EDITOR: It was an extra special award ceremony this year for the Courtney Jade Davis Memorial Scholarship Committee. On May 30, five graduating seniors were awarded scholarships. Once again, it was wonderful to see the commitment of the many students who volunteered their time and energy in helping people and animals. We are very pleased to announce the following recipients to this year's scholarship: Marina Lopez, Julisa Pulido, Angelina Cordova, and for the first time since starting the Courtney Jade Davis Memorial Scholarship in 2008, we had a relative of Courtney apply and we had a tie for our first place award. We are honored to award to our granddaughter and niece of Courtney, Madison Sanders, and to graduating senior Julle Edwards, this scholarship for their exemplary commitment to volunteerism and community service. On behalf of the committee for the Courtney Jade Davis Memorial Scholarship, we thank each of you for applying and wish you much success and good health in the future. Catherine and Dennis Davis Cloverdale The best yoga class EDITOR: The best kept secret in Cloverdale is Eileen Baker's yoga class held at the senior center. Although it is technically a gentle yoga, it is adaptable to all levels of yoga abilities (or no yoga abilities at all for that matter). You do whatever you can and whatever you are able to do -- "it is all good "-- your yoga for the day, adapted to your body and needs. No pressure, no pain. To those who might be intimidated by yoga, fear not. For example, the Tuesday class includes a woman 99 years old (who is amazing). You do not need to be a senior. Grandchildren come with their grandparents, sons and daughters come with their parents. It is a way to meet new people while you stretch your muscles and joints and you will go away feeling that you have really done something good for yourself. There are three regular yoga classes, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. And if sitting in a chair is more comfortable for you, there is the Wednesday 10 a.m. chair COMMENTARY Mountain Tales ehenever I take my mother-in-law on errands around town, she Pamela Tinnin speaks of how much Cloverdale has changed since she moved here in 1974. Of course, she also brought with her some much earlier memories. Although she was born in Fresno, soon after that her family returned to this part of the state her parents knew so well. Mary's father was born and raised on a ranch just a short drive farther up from our place, which is four miles from town on Pine Mountain. Grandpa McGrath helped his dad on the ranch and attended Cloverdale schools. As a young man he worked and lived in logging camps all over Mendocino and Sonoma counties. At one of those camps, he met, courted and married a pretty cook, Selma Salmela, the daughter of Finnish immigrants who traveled on a ship around the Horn to settle in Navarro. At first the newlyweds lived in Boonville, but following wherever the work took them, they moved every few years -- Calpella, Fort Bragg, Ukiah, Point Arena. When Mary was in high school, they left the area for a lumber mill job in Weed. After the last child left home, Harold and Selma moved to Sebastopol where they spent their last years. Having raised three boys herself, Mary often talks of her sympathy for her mother, who initially had four daughters born two years apart. After seven years without babies, the four girls were joined by another sister in 1941 followed by their only brother in 1943. My mother-in-law wonders how her mother coped with moving so often with such a large family, not to mention that in those days many rural homes had no power, no running water and heated with a wood stove. I love the stories she tells of those early years. One of her favorite memories was riding the milk route with her dad. He picked up milk and cream from the dairy farms along the coast. One foggy night Mary had to walk beside the truck with her hand on the door so she could help navigate those twisting roads that often ran along a steep incline that dropped straight to the ocean. When the truck held a full load, Mary's dad drove to Petaluma to the creamery. His route was Highway 128 all the way to Cloverdale, then south to Petaluma. It was a two-day trip including the night spent in a hotel. He made the trip twice a week. When school let out for the summer, Mary went along to keep her dad company. "It was always an adventure," she would say with a smile. Sadly, Mary has lost much of her history. Possibly the worst thing about Alzheimer's is it robs you of the stories that connect you to your past. The telling and retelling of family stories make us who we are. As I see Mary losing increasingly larger parts of her past, I can see the light in her eyes fading with the inability to remember who she was then and more and more losing who she is now. Even as a young girl, stories were how I processed my life. When people tell me their family stories, it's a sacred moment, a sharing of the richness of their lives. I carry many of those stories with me. Without planning it, I find myself becoming my husband's family historian. Sometimes with my mother-in-law and others, I'm able to return the gift of their trust in me by retelling their stories to them, reminding them of some of life's most precious moments. Pamela Tinnin writes from her ranch on Pine Mountain. She can be reached at pamela tinnin@yahoo.com. -- Rol~j: ~t~s~ Yoga i:;;i::: Tne cos is $5 per class mr senior center members (ann ~. ~ ~ :~.~ ~hodoesn twahtto be a sen~or center member.:, youdo~net:need,~:~. to be a seni0r to join the senior center) and $8 for non-members A Through the Ye ,s in:::: : (all the more reason to become a member of the senior Center). It is a welcoming class. Eileen has a great sense of humor. the Reveille She is also very good with directions and modifications. So, try it, give it a month. You will feel stronger, have a better sense of balance and a new outlook. It is a wonderful gift to give yourself. The following items are selected from archived issues of the Cloverdale Millie Thomas Reveille. Cloverdale EDITORIAL POLICY: The Cloverdale 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. June 10, 1899 - 120 years ago A fair sized audience greeted Rev. Thos. H. Lawson, superintendent of the northwestern district of the State Anti- Saloon League, at Humbert's Opera House last Sunday evening. Some of the churches dispensed with their regular Sunday evening service to allow their members to attend the rally. Rev. Lawson's subject was "The Saloon on the Run." He gave interesting figures relative to what the league had accomplished and predicted that within a few years the state of California would be without a saloon. The "Good Roads Tour and Endurance" run from Sausalito to the Geysers, arranged by the San Francisco Bulletin, will take place on Saturday. R is expected there will be 150 cars entered. The run from Healdsburg will be over the Healdsburg Geysers Road. President of the French-American Wine Company of San Francisco purchased a site for a winery in Ukiah. The company plans to begin work on the winery immediately, and it will be a modern and up-to-date plant with a capacity of 200 tons dally. COMMENTARY Market Musings Jackie Heintz, this month's Cloverdale a band saw, for example. Each block of wood that she Farmers' Market vendor profile chooses to work with is rough cut with the band saw after subject, was born in Newfoundland, taking into account its shape and thickness. Canada. She only lived there until she was Sometimes, she lays out templates and gets many spoons three months old, as the family doctor or other utensils from a particular block. Karen Allan wouldn't allow her to fly to the U.S. until She uses specialized handmade carving tools that came all then, but you might say that her affinity the way from Lithuania that enable her to shape each spoon for wood began in early infancy, as Newfoundland is well- and also to execute intricate designs. (These tools were so known for its forest products industry, lovely that I wanted to take them home, even though I would Moving with her family to California, her introduction to not have any use at all for them.) woodworking came as a child while helping her dad with his One important difference between the cutting boards she furniture making and carpentry projects, sells at our market and those you might see on sale She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cal State, Los elsewhere is that she doesn't use any glue to piece together May 29, 1969 - 50 years ago Angeles in studio art and participated in many gallery larger boards and also uses a finish that is organic and, most From the Editor's Desk: It wasn't but a few weeks ago that shows, working in both wood and bronze. After becoming importantly, food safe. unhappy with the "art world," she moved around in a lot of A lot of her products, like the magnets in particular, are this newspaper carried an article praising the work of Mr. jobs -- getting a certificate in landscape design and embellished with designs that she burns into the wood. That Connolly and the high school band. This year's school budget, approved by the School Board of Trustees, eliminated, out of construction, establishing a pest control business, getting a technique is especially attractive on cherry wood, as the necessity, money for new instruments. However the general contractor's license and working retail at Lowe's. heat turns the wood a beautiful red color. Along the way, she also kept her hands in the wood game Jackie began her business after many years of making Cloverdale Lion's Club is sponsoring their annual Pancake by building high-end outdoor furniture and working with items for friends and family. Big Mountain Forest Products Breakfast this Sunday with the proceeds of the breakfast to go local cabinetmakers carving details on cabinet doors, for is named after Big Mountain, a 2,675-feet peak west of Lake to the high school and be split between the high school band example. Sonoma, where she has a cabin that offers 360-degree and the football team. In 1998, she moved to Cloverdale -- I visited her wood panoramic views. shop recently, which takes up a good portion of the house's She told me that she might move up to the cabin full-time June 8, 1994 - 25 years ago two-car garage, sometime in the future. In any event, we are happy to have A second crypt at the Cloverdale Riverside Cemetery was Jackie joined the Cloverdale Farmers' Market in her as a part of our market for as long as she wants to found broken into May 30. The front slab of the crypt was found broken off and police report the body was exposed December and sells cutting boards, utensils, toys and fridge participate. If you've not yet checked out her booth, come by because the casket had fallen apart. The body was intact and magnets, all made from food-safe woods, mainly maple and and say hello. The market is every Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. appeared undisturbed. It belonged to Jane Ann Rector, buried cherry, in the empty lot next to Plank Coffee. She sources her wood from a lumberyard in Windsor, but May 16, 1916. The casket of an Italian family named Zolfo was the wood itself comes from all over the U.S. A block of maple Karen Allan is the manager of the Cloverdale Tuesday broken into in mid-April. While there are no suspects, the that she showed me was from Vermont. Farmers" Market. She's rarely seen without Corn. She can be police believe the two incidents are related. Patrol of the area Some of her tools would be familiar to any handy person; reached at kjsallan52@gmai1.com. has been stepped up. 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