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People ulder time resi- to painting, Phillips' of plants. she was forced time babysitting human, one of the she feeds chime just The nest, no is made of and spider protective shell hollow. Soon hummingbird es in her nest. th Isn't sure but the eggs disappear- that one of noises but they were Searched the around the nest little bird in the [ saw was only the color as lucky the cat I did." The had also nest but was too nude it. now had no decided to ntOved the nest she grew more critter she but the bird of "him". moved into him with an with sugar ii on water. "I wasn't afraid that I would hurt him because he was so tiny, but I did have-, second_ thouqhts aboui" fciingim. I thought that I might have to take care of him for the rest of his life because he wouldn't kn_ow how_ t 9 feed him - self," Ruth said. Wednesday, June 16, 1982 Page 5 Before too long Ruth felt she ought to at least try to teach Tweetie to eat on his own. She filled a reclular humminq bird feeder and put it in his usual feeding area hoping he would catch on to the concept. At first this was frustrating for Ruth, and probably for the young bird, too! Everytime the feeding periods would arrive Tweetie's beak flew open to accom- odate the eye dropper, but to eat out of the feeder he had to close his beak and draw the liquid himself. Eventually he figured it out and began to eat on his own. "I was so relieved, " exclaimed Ruth. Tweetie learned to fly during the summer. In his newfound freedom he roamed the house and followed Ruth and [.ester Phillips around the yard. "He was just like a puppy," recalled Ruth."lf I was sitting outside he would fly out and perch on a branch next to me." Along with Tweetie's ability to fly came the built in instinct to be on his own. He flew the coop, so to speak, but still continues to visit hisadopted parents. Occassionally he flies in to sit on Ruth's shoulder or just check out the home sur- roundings. Ruth says she still sees him feeding with the other hum- mingbirds on her numerous syrup filled feeders. Does she regret having to baby- sit the baby bird? No, not at all. "You Just couldn't help but love the little guy! And no one could believe a hummingbird could be so Ruth feeds tiny Tweetie with an eye dropper full of sugar water. friendly," she said. In fact it's given her a new hobby to read up on. "I read everything on hum- mingbirds I can get my hands on." So, these days Ruth works on her quilts, paints, raises bees, gar- dens and watches Tweetie living on his own. You can see the miniature nest built on the windehime with the hummingbirds in it. t; Tweetie sits affectionately on Ruth's shoulder. VITAMIN C 00OOm, ,o0.. $1.49 'Reprints from Color Negatives looks for a home S for times in America, so I Well how this Life, how. like, how do rled by my I've been is quite Britain's En- at the begin- I'm you well before a few properly, of seventeen a boy of very interest- I will try quickest and to have lots American forward to I'm a bit and best Person under 18 paint cans in written on in Windsor, Rosa. the kids have Sometimes of members, in the roster range from ;."Droopy" or "Hang- South Park the group by the word ", out Brown. It'. not the Carlos investigating Windsor area Sheriff's arrested with a in which six with knives episode of and Besurto in problem is part of offi- members to ttist in Sonorna Part of the that Basurto call though in illegal come to America and live for one school year with an American family. Hundreds of students, and families, over the US have enjoyed this opportunity to share cultures and build friendships. Cloverdale families have opened their homes to foreign students as you will read elsewhere in todays Reveille. Next year a young Spanish student named Pablo Martin Ruiz De Gordejuela is looking for an Ameri- can home. Here is a letter to a prospective family from Pablo: My dear American family, I am looking forward to going to America next school year and to spend there a year. When I first saw the AYUSA program of an academic year in USA I didn't think 1 would be able to do it so I forgot about it, but one day, I can't remember why exactly, when we were at discussing what should we do for the summer I remembered that program and after talking and thinking a lot I took in it. activities. But the detectives make a distrinction between Iowriders, law abiding youths with an interest in cars and parties, and criminals who deface buildings and wield tire irons. "If they're a real car club," says Basurto, "We're not oinq to bother them." On the South Park wall one gang's name has been crossed out by another gang. The other gang has painted its name there instead. This represents a challenge, grounds for a fight. Law enforcement officers, who have learned to decode this graffiti, can tell which gangs are on bad terms with each other. Rivalry erupts in spontaneous violence, usually at parties such as the one last April. But most gang violence goes unreported. Victims do not want to anger other gang members by involving the po!ice. Gang activity,  its nature., tends to escalate. Gang members know they are not welcome in another gang's territory so they protect themselves by travelling in groups. Nonaligned youths may respond to threats from gangs by joining or by forming gangs of their own. The detectives say they're see- ing gang activity among non-His- panics in parts of the county. What' the attraction of gangs? Sheriff's deputy John Lvnde, a patrol officer in Windsor, thinks kids enjoy the sense of identity and macho that gang affiliation gives them. Mark Amy, Executive Director of when we were discussing what we should do for the summer, I Pablo If you would like to open your home to share a cultural experience with this young man you can contact Carol Lynn 433-1573 or 433-5918. Social Advocates for Youth in San'ta Rosa, has worked with gangs outside of Sonoma County. He says, "The gang is the ultimate peer group." This peer group, he points out, provides not only identity and something to do, but also the element of excitement. Amy would like to see programs that channel the energy kids put into gangs in constructive directions. Basurto, Brown and Lynde would like to nip the problem in the bud with a special youth gang task force and aggressive patro! in gang-tr0ubled areas. They are con. cerned that gang members have already learned that the juvenile justice system will not punish them very severely, if, in fact, it pun- ishes them at all. Basurto tells of how, when he was working patrol, he once took a youthful offender from Windsor to Juvenile Hall; the kid was released so quickly that he beat him back to Windsor. The officers agree that the belief on the part of some juveniles that they won't have to face the consequences of their criminal acts can only encourage the growth of gangs But, precisely because the prob- lem has not yet reached epidemic proportions, the funds for proactive measures are not available. Basurto compares the situation to a small cut on the hand that is slowly becoming infected. "Do you wait until you have cut off your arm before you do some- thing?" he asks. The graffiti-covered walls indi- cate that some local gangs are declaring affiliation with various prison gangs. 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