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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011 -- Page 5 So, here's the thing... city commerce on upswing By Paula Wrenn If, like me, you are weary of people com- plaining about "nothing going on in Clover- dale", now you can refute the negativity by showing them this column. I will grant you, it is disappointing to see businesses go under; it has been painful to see too many empty storefronts, but Cloverdale's current woes are certainly not unique in the present-day realities. Denial isn't appropriate, because we still (and always will) have work to do to thrive as a community, but I prefer ideas and action over complaints. In a recent conversation with real estate duo Ron and Jane Pavelka, I was reminded just how many new things are happemng or about to be announced, some quite unique. In an early May news story, I broke the news to you that Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is considering Cloverdale to host a virtual classroom. The Pavelkas confirmed that effort, which will bring expanded educational opportunity to the region, contin- ues to move forward. They also offered a list that clearly confirms Clover- dale is very much a happening place at this time. • We hear nothing but good comments about the newly opened store Ken Knight, comer of 3  and Cloverdale Blvd. • The former feed store north of town was recently leased by businesses K2 Environmental and A-Team Hazmat. • Also in North Cloverdale, the former Suarez Market will soon become an antique plumbing emporium featuring elegant antique fixtures. • I look forward very soon to a first visit to the new candle store at First Street and Cloverdale Boulevard. • Local Folkal, in the former Frank Howard Allen office, features the work of local artisans for sale. • Andrew's Sheet Metal has moved into downtown. • Real Goods Solar consolidated its Santa Rosa and Ukiah warehouses in South Cloverdale. • New owners should take over the Westamerica Bank building later this month. • The Chamber building was purchased by Milano Winery and will be a wine tasting room, as well as housing a software business. • Numerous VRBO's (vacation rentals) in the community are very busy with tourists. • Are you aware of the new art gallery on the 2 na floor of Copper Towers? If not, perhaps you'll want to attend the grand opening of Towers Gallery on June 25  from 5-9 pm. The address is 240 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Even in a larger community, that would be an impressive level of new activity. Not for every friendship garden Many Cloverdalians enjoy gardening, swapping cuttings of hearty be- gonias or seeds from tomato plants that performed beautifully against all odds despite last year's cool summer. They also probably perk up when there is a story about a rare tree like the Bristlecone Pine or prehistoric oddities such as the pitcher plant. My patch of creamy white chrysanthemums aren't exotic, but my friend who gave them to me passed away and I think of her each summer when those simple, elegant blossoms pop up. I still have cactus my father gave me nearly 30 years ago and they always bloom around his birthday. I wouldn't go so far as to say I have much of a garden, but some of my plants represent love and friendship. There may, however, be certain plants one should not give to a friend unless said friend has  a penchant for the bizarre. Flowers that give off an unpleasant odor are generally left from bou- quets and passed over for gifts. But some people are drawn to odd flower characteristics, such as bad smells. I don't know about you, but if the date on the milk carton is yesterday or suggests that freshness was even further in the past, I don't do a smell check. Even so, a stinky flower is an oddity and conversation piece. Or a good practical joke, I suppose. But I stray from my story. One recent day I stepped out to get the mail and found on the porch a splendid, unusual and very large flower in a large container of water. The note secured under the jar was from Ann Gillis and warned me to not take it into the house. She just wanted me to see it. I caUed to find out the story and she told me all about the plant she refers to as "Big Stinky". Yes, I agree that one could be concerned when a friend brings you something that smells like a corpse. If a perfumed red rose means love, what does a corpse flower mean? I know, right? However, Ann knew I would be curious about it and did me the favor of washing off the flower to reduce the smell and the bugs it attracts so I could take a close-up gander. She told me that someone had given her bulbs years ago that she planted right out back of her house. When the flowers open, she says the vultures eerily circle quite low over the house until they figure out the plant is only imitating tasty road kill. She further explained that the bloom she brought over is one of the smaller ones. The siding on my house measures 7", so you can see from the photograph that it is no shrinking violet. The unfurled petal part (I'm sure there is a proper name) is a deep eggplant color with a velvety surface texture. I decided to verify what I thought I knew about this plant and learned this flower is indeed from the same family of Sumatran rainforest plants as the corpse plant or carrion flower. One of the online photographs I found showed the flower at a botanical garden was many times larger than a person, like something out of Alice in Wonderland. My cutting did not look exactly like the titan arum or Amorphophallus titanium flowers that I found online from famous botanical gardens around the world, but it is clearly in the same family. The one Ann gave me is shaped more like a calla lily with a softly ruffled edge, as opposed to the symmetrical blossoms in most of the photographs I have found. The information confirmed it is a relative of the non-smelly calla lily, one of my favorites. I enjoyed showing it off to a few neighbors as a conversation item. I then passed it on to a neighbor who expressed interest. I had given the advance warning to resist the urge to put it in an arrangement on the dinner table. Honestly, I didn't want to put it in the garbage and have someone report an awful smell to the Cloverdale Police Department. CIA)VERDALE MINI STORAGE 35 INDUSTRIAL DR. (707) 894-3682 OUR RATES ARE LOWER THAN MOST. SECOND MONTH FREE ON SELECTED SIZES NO ADMINISTRATIVE FEES • NO DEPOSITS, 24 HOUR ACCESS • ON SITE MANAGER OFFER SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE SINK MEMORIAL SWIM FUND From the Editorial Desk... Tom Sink, a trustee for the Marilyn Sink Memorial Swim Fund, presents a check for $5300 to Cloverdale Mayor Gus Wolter in support of the city's swim program. The 27 year old non-profit charitable foundation was established in memory of Marilyn Sink, a certified Red Cross Water Safety Instructor- Trainer who succumbed to cancer in 1983 at the age of 31. Since its inception, the fund has contributed over $96,000 for the education and training of Cloverdale area residents in water safety and for recreational and competitive swimming programs. Donations to this foundation are deductible and are accepted at any time. There are fun things for kids here Now that summer is finally ramping up, parents in town are fortunate that numerous activities are available for youngsters. One of the neatest activities is the Summer Reading program at the Cloverdale Library. This year the theme of the Summer reading program is "One World, Many Stories," and features a contest for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. The children are encouraged to submit brief, creative book reviews. Each week one review will be selected and its author will be the "Reader of the Week," which includes having their pictures and book reviews published in the Cloverdale Reveille. The program will last through July 23. The Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma County, Cloverdale Clubhouse has some great programs this summer. The club offers a "Summer Camp," which is 10 weeks of fun programs, with a different theme each week. For example, this week the theme is "Future Olympians," and participants are learning about sportsmanship among other things. The cost is just $50 for the whole 10 weeks; it is not too late to sign up. The club provides break- fast, lunch, and a snack and hosts ages from five-years-old to 18. The club also offers academic summer camps to help kids review their academics and is currently working on providing pool visits for those attending the clubhouse. You can call the Boys and Girls Club at 894-5063. Then there are the various sports activities going on now, Little League and Ponytail League; and for older kids, traveling summer softball. Many thanks to all the great people who make these activities available, both employees of the institutions that provide these services and the many wonderful Cloverdale volunteers. St" Peter's annual BBO Sunday' July 17 I0 YOUCAN HELP The annualSt. Peter s Steak and Chicken BBQ is scheduled for Sunday, "Rebuild Kleiser Park" July 17. It is in its 57th year. Food will be served from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. at the (across from Cloverdale High School) church which is located at 491 S. Franklin. Tickets for BBQ marinated steak are $17.50 and the price for Italian chicken is $12. The meal includes potato salad, green salad and chili beans made from a generations old recipe. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. In addition to the BBQ, there will also be booths featuring Italian past- ries, pies, cakes, flowers, candles and much more. Pony rides will be available for the kids as well as hamburgers and hot dogs. The Russian River Ramblers will provide live musical entertainment. Tickets are avail- able at the St. Peter's Rectory or at Cloverdale Auto Parts. Summer CPR classes in Ukiah starting The universal question to ask if you suspect someone's not breathing or having difficulty breathing is "are you ok?" But, then what do you do? In 2010, the American Heart Association and International Liaison Com- mittee on Resuscitation updated their cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) guidelines. CPR is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergen- cies, including heart attack or near drowning, in which someone's breath- ing or heartbeat has stopped. Ukiah Valley Medical Center has three Heart Saver CPR classes coming up during the summer. They are Friday, June 24 from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday, Aug 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Thursday, Sept.22 from 8 a.m. to noon. Diana Lane, the director of respiratory therapy at Ukiah Valley Medical Center (UVMC), will be teaching the classes at the UVMC Education Center, located at 495 Perkins Streetin Ukiah. Cost for the class is $40. For more information and/or to register for the classes, contact Jag at 463-7563. with "THE CLOVERDALE BRICK" Sponsored by CI0verdale Rotary 4x8 brick any 3 Lines $50,00 0ther sizes available Supply Limited. Order Deadline July 31st order/in,o www,kleiserpark,0rg or call 894-1012 BOSW011TH & SON GENERAL MEIICHANDISE SINCE 1911 " STOP BY AND SEE our SELECTION OF: 4- Panhandle Slim Clothing for Men and Women 4. Straw Hats 4. Jewelry 4. Animal Feed 4. Horse Tack & Grooming Supplies 4. Vegetable Seeds 4. Work Boots "" Moccasins 4. Garden Supplies • IN DOWNTOWN GEYSERVILLE • 857-3463 - Mon.-Sat. 9-5:30 (closed for lunch 12-1) bosworthandson.com The first Reader of the Week at the Cloverdale Library is Wesley Clark. He is shown here packed and ready for a reading trip around the world as part of the "One World, Many Stories" Summer Reading Program. Wesley is nine years old and will be in the 4th grade at Jefferson School. Wesley has always enjoyed reading. When he has spare time, in addition to reading, Wesley likes to get outside and run around and he likes to play video games. He enjoys Pokimon games and that led him to the book he wrote about in his review: Pok6mon Diamond and Pearl Adventure, Vol. 2 by Shigekatsu Ihara. Wesley gave this book five compasses out of five and writes: "You should read this book because it is really funny. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the next book in the series." The Reader of the Week Contest is open to children going into 4th, 5th or 6th grade. It is part of the Summer Reading Program at the Cloverdale Library which includes weekly family programs. Call Cindy at the Library for more information at 894-5271 x5. - Lucinda Wilson Cloverdale Lion's Club annual golf tournament is June 25 The Cloverdale Lion's Club is holding its annual golf tournament at Tayman Park Golf Course, 927 S. Fitch Mountain Rd., Healdsburg, on Saturday, June 25, 2011. Reser- vations for the four-golfer scramble (which includes use of a golf cart and full round of golf), followed by a BBQ catered by Hamburger Ranch, are $80 a person with pro- ceeds from the tournament to go towards Cloverdale youth football and other local projects. "I know that these are lean times for us all, but many of us have chil- dren or grandchildren who play youth football. But here in Clover- dale, we are lucky enough to have a charitable organization like the Li- on's Club who pay for all but about $50. And the childroa get to keep their uniforms with their names on the back," said tournament chair- man Chris Sterling. The golf tournament opens at 7:15 a.m. with free donuts, coffee, and a bucket of practice balls, with the actual tourney starting at 8 a.m. In addition to the BBQ, soda, water, and beer is included in the price of the tournament and available on the course. Over 100 raffle prizes of wine, haircuts, food and more will be given away. "You don't even need a foursome, we are putting single players in with other single players or pairs," Sterling ex- plained. Prizes will be offered for the following: "Putting Contest, Finalist could win $2,500; hole #12, hole-in-one wins two roundtrip airfares any- where in continental US; #5 hole- in-one wins $10,000; #14 wins choice of one item from our elec- tronics package; #3 Hole-In-One wins choice of golf prizes For more information on reserv- ing a spot in the tourney, donating money or raffle items, please call Chris Sterling at 894-3645. The Cloverdale Lion's Club has been a dynamic fundraising force in Cloverdale for countless years. Ili I[I]i I[,.111 [lII:l fl 5 Reasons to have your vehicle repaired or serviced with us: "Up to 5 qts. Synthe’ Ex Hablamos Esoaol Oil Change * Electrical Complete Brake Srv. * Suspension Clutch Service * Shocks & Struts Air Conditioning * Engine Tune-Ups Fuel Injection Srv. * Water Pump Srv. 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