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Z Clo da le vellle /ihed ( County, California Volume 102 No. 27 894-3339 Wednesday, July 2, 1980 16 Pages 20 cents Vienna boundl ;/ The big day finally arrived  By JANICE COREY The big day arrived. At 6:45 a.m. Sunday morning, June 29, along with a large group of well-wishers to see them off, Steve Connolly, his Cloverdale High School Band, and chaperones left. Cloverdale enroute to the San Fran- cisco Airport to board their American Airline's flight to Vienna, Austria, where they will participate and com- pete in the International Music Festival. Three Cloverdale School buses, two carrying Connolly,band members, chaperones, and one completely filled wilh luggage and band instruments, plus two pickups carrying larger hand instruments, made their way down the freeway with an entourage of local well- wishers following in their own cars. About 9:30 a.rr the buses and pickups pulled up to the Airport in front of the American Airlines departS- doors. With Connolly directing, and band members helping, the luggage and band instruments were unloaded and checked in. The KRON, Channel 4 television crew arrived in time to televise the buses, and for Hampton Pearson to interview Steve Connolly, Vivian Menicucci and a few band members. It was shown on Channel 4 at 5 p.m. and also at II p.m. Sunday night. Connolly, his wife, Winnie, daughters, Kate and Sue, band members and chaperones boarded the plane at noon waving their goodbyes. AI 12:45 the big DC I0 jetliner received its clearance and took off into the sky. Continued on page 4 Photos by Janice. and band ed safely in Vienna Sc.hoolBoard VivJan Menicucci named ic hearing "Woman of the Year" "Miracle of Vienna." Right fromthe moment she heard that Steve Connolly, uled on hers' contracts Sch6ol district ts Unknown at this Week issued era- that increases. scheduled for board's counter- submitted by Association ,of the Employees 19 percent .a cost of living employees have Salary increase cost of living The counter proposal to the teachers' group does agree with one proposal for two work days prior to the opening of school on Sept. 2. Two in-service days (used for workshops when students are given the days off) are proposed for November and March by the district. A total of 176 days of teaching is also proposed. ,Supt. James D. McAuley told the Reveille that in order to prevent delays in the negotiation process - and attempt to settle the contracts before the start of school - the district issued its counter- proposal before the district income is known sometime in July. According to state law, contract negotiations can commence after the counter-proposals are released and public hearings are held on them. :)rk's ts just around the ktands are Department of people who use areas be billed for by their use. charges s imperative that r residents do help prevent questions about 'Our local fire of RESERVE ACCOUNT A special reserve account, established for major maintenance and capital outlay expenses, was increased from $400,000 to a maximum of $575,000. Depending on the result of state legislative action to be taken this month on Proposition 4, the board's action may prevent $575,000 from being deducted from the 1980-81 state income the district will receive. "If this doesn't work, I don't know what I'll do," said Supt. McAuley of the problem of second guessing the state's pending action. "Maybe we could put it in a Swiss account," joked Trustee Diane Doble. EMPLOYMENT Renee Robertson was hired by the board as.a part-time learning disability teacher at Jefferson School. By JANICE COREY i Pat Rose, 1980-81 President of the Cieverdele C of C preseatm Vlvlan Menieuecl with Cloverdale's "Woman of the Year" award. Phete by Jaaice. "I love it! I love it!" Almost everyone in this community has heard Vivian Menicucci say this - and last Saturday night at the Cloverdale Chamber of .Commerce Installation, with great surprise and deep emotion, she said it again, when new president Pat Rose named her "Cloverdale's Woman of the Year." She was presented with a perpetual trophy on which her name was engraved, and a lovely silver medallion and chain engraved with "Cloverdale's Voman of the Year." Never has a person in this area deserved this honor more. Vivian has worked on many community projects. She is perhaps best known for her years of work as an Activity Director at Manzanita Manor. In 1977 she was responsible for bringing the Governor of California fo honor Cloverdale as the "City of Volunteers." Her most monumental project has been the Cloverdale High School Band Master, had received an invitation inviting him and his hand to compete in the In- lernational Music Festival in Vienna, Austria, Vivian took on the project of trying to raise the money necessary for Connolly to accept. She knew it would take a miracle. "Okay," Vivian said, "We'll name the project "The Miracle of Vienna" and because I believe in miracles I'm sure, with the help of the whole community, we can d6 it." She has left no stone unturned in promoting and following through on every kind of fund raiser imaginable in order to raise the $'74,000 necessary to send Connolly and the Band to Vienna. Almost every person, organization in Cloverdale, the press, radio and TV, helped Vivian's "Miracle of Vienna" come true. In just a little over three short months the $74,000 goal was reached. Vivian insists she just dropped the pebble, stirred the pond a bit, and it kept flowing. "It wasn't me," she said. "It was all thebeautfful people in our community, and afew from other areas that made our ,Miracle" come true." We know better, Vivian. Yes, it is true there were a lot of people working together with you. But it was your enthusiasm and belief in the impoibie that made it become a reality. From the moment she started spearheading the project until she waved goodbye up on the observation tower at the San Francisco Airport (with a happy tear or two trickling down her cheeks) she never let down for a moment. She waved goodbye again as the American Airline jet took off carrying our remarkable Mr. C, and his fine hand to Vienna. She said, "God loves each and everyone of you. Good luck!" You more than deserve the honor bestowed on you Vivian Menicueei Cloverdale's "Woman of the Year". A00ttorney appointed TO Planning Commission Cloverdale City Council members have appointed James F. DeMartini as a city planning commissioner. DeMartini, a partner in the Santa Rosa law firm of Henderson, Stark and DeMartini, will serv e a four year term on the commission. He fills the position of Commissioner lawrence Mount whose term expired. James F. DeMarttni Mouat applied for reappointnnt and his application was considered along with those of new applicants Dwayne Hawk and Tim Tanner. DeMartini was recommended for the commission seat by administrative committee members Steve Congdon and Marie Vandagriff. "The next four years will require a lot of time and effort on everyone's part," said Mrs. Vandagriff. She said that lenghtly commission meeting will be required and that this would not be appreciated by Mouat who had proposed a I0 p.m. adjournment time for meetings. "I think the (time) demands might be too much for him," said Congdon. GRAND JURY LETTER Council members authorized Mayor Jack Domenichelli to sign a letter, written by City Attorney John Klein, that expresses the city's dissatisfaction with a recent Sonoma County Grand Jury interim report. The brief report said there is evidence backing allegations of conflict of interest by "one or more" Clovordale city employees. Because the city did not have a conflict of interest code until last month, the report said prosecution of the alleged conflict was impossible. A draft copy of the council letter, read during the meeting, said the city is upset because the interim report was publicized before the city was ever contacted or questioned about the matter. The letter, which Ddmenlchelli wUl hand-deliver to pesiding Sonoma County Superior Court Judge John Gallagher, closes with a request that future grand juries be better prepared and more knowledgeable about the law. Council members decided the final copy of the letter, which they said may or may not be the same as the one read at the council meeting, will not be released to the press or public. Continued on page IO Area WEATHER DATE HI LOW June 23 81 52 June 24 81 50 June 25 80 51 June 26 88 52 June 27 100 55 June 28 99 60 June 29 88 54 Rainfall to date This year Last Year RAIN, 53.92 34.07