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www.cloverdaJereveiHe.com July 11, 2019 TheCloverdale Reveille Page 5 j; f EDffORIAL What we forgot to remember ummertime is here and the living is what? Is it "easy" or "lazy?" We can't quite remember the lyrics to the ' Gershwin song. And that's the trouble with summer; school students and many of the rest of us give our brains a vacation and we put our lessons aside. "Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer," so goes another oldie but goodie summer tune. But this is a newspaper editorial so we must get to our serious topic of the week. And that is a random list of"things we forgot to remember." These include how we should eat, how we transport ourselves, what our computers are doing to us and a few other random observations. Summer is a time for our local farmers markets to brim Over with vegetables and fruits, mostly organic and sustainably farmed. A recent market trip reminded us we all should be eating a more plant-based diet with less meat. Most of us forgot to remember what Frances Moore Lapp6 told us in her 1971 book, "Diet for a Small Planet." We know that eating so much meat is a big contributor to climate change, not to mention what it does to our individual heart health and risk of chronic diseases. Animal agriculture is a huge source of our planet's greer/house gas emissions and it also involves intense use of water, arable land and other resources not required by raising vegetables. But we knew that; we just forgot. We take extra trips in the summer for vacations and wandering around. Thoughts of transportation in Sonoma County usually involve three major topics. These are our congested Highway 101, whether SMART (Sonoma Matin Area Rail Transit) is smart or dumb and our latest encounter with potholes. We forgot that our small towns and regions of the county were once inter-laced with electric trains and mass transit systems like trolley cars and freight lines. We have one SMART train that some critics still call "the train to nowhere" while we use our original rail routes for recreational bike and walking paths. Up until 1947, the Joe Rodota Regional Trail was used daily by the Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railway (P&SR). We had regional mass transportation since 1870 with steam-powered passenger trains, some arriving from Sausalito and ending at Monte Rio and Cazadero. The current location of Hopmonk in Sebastopol was originally an electric powerhouse for the P&SR built in 1903. It served almost 36 miles of track. The last passenger trollies ended in 1947 and the last diesel train that ran down the center of Sebastopol's Main Street was in 1984. Passenger trains stopped running north out of Santa Rosa to Windsor, Healdsburg and points all the way north to Humboldt in 1958. So these days we all creep along Highway 101 and pay $4 a gallon for gasoline. Duh. We might rest our brains a little extra this summer but our smart phones and computers won't be taking a break. We forgot that machines we invented to think for themselves might take over our own thinking process one day. Cybernetics was first defined in 1948. It is the scientific study of "feedback loops" and how both human and machine forms of communication are organized and controlled. We forgot to be better masters of our own machines but at least we have smart phones to remind us of everything we might forget. Along the way, through many past summers and years, we have collectively forgotten many other lessons. We dawdled for almost a century before making medical use of cannabis. Maybe we are finally serious about replacing our fossil fuel- based economy with the Green Plan we first conceived almost before we put a man on the moon 50 years ago. Talk about lazy and hazy, we even forgot what was supposed to come next after walking on the moon -- Rollie Atkinson HISTORY Through the Years in the Reveille r]r~he following items are selected from ,"archived issues of the Cloverdale .t Reveille. July 22, 1911 - 120 years ago Joyce Mann On Friday evening of last week a large number of Cloverdale people drove to Alder Glen Springs in autos and horse vehicles to enjoy a dance at the springs. The affair was such a success that .others will be given during the summer season. The Novelty Motion Picture Show, first-class picture plays, commences at 8 o'clock sharp on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings Three reels are shown and repeated. Come and bring your friends. July 20, 1961 - 58 years ago A fire of undetermined origin caused estimated $50,000 damage at the Rockport Lumber Company, four miles south of Cloverdale. Cause of the blaze is under investigation by the , Forestry Department. The company incurred a loss of $35,000 in lumber and $15,000 damage to a shed. Rockport Redwood Lumber Company is one of the largest mills in the Redwood Empire. Pacific Gas & Electric Company will build a second 12,500 kilowatt plant at the Big Geysers. Permission to construct the second unit was granted by the Public Utilities Commission. The estimated cost 0fthe second unit was placed at $2,260,000 by PG&E, and is expected to be in operation by the summer of 1962. PUC in granting the permit said that it found PG&E's proposal "in the public interest; that public convenience and necessity now require and will require the development of the Geysers Power Plant as proposed, and that a public hearing is not necessary " July 23, 1986 - 33 years ago From Editor's Opinion: The city has benefitted from the Furber subdivision Rancho de Amigos before the development is even built. This time the project has hammered home the need for an alternative to building low-income housing within a development. Without government subsidy and/or low- interest loans, it is a practical impossibility to build a single-family unit at a cost that meets the lowand very-low income guidelines. The Furbers' resistance to the low-income housing requirement has forced the creation of what can be a far better solution "In-lieu o ' fees, to be paid by all builders of residential units, can help answer what has become a critical need in Cloverdale: affordable units for lower income households. The fees can provide capital to a housing authority to purchase property and construct affordable units taking advantage of low-interest loans and government subsidies not normally available to private developers. The city would do well to put its "in-lieu of" fees ordinance in place without delay. COMMENTARY Foggy Mountain Tales Stubborn is as stubborn does ight now the majority of my husband's time is spent cutting grass ,and trimming trees At least this year, the grass cutting is much less time consuming. We found an old tractor for sale Pamela Tinninin good condition that came with several implements including a brush hog. Not only does the grass fall in great swaths, but the noisy blades even cut up small limbs and twigs. It certainly beats a weed whacker or our walk behind mower. I've been dropping hints that a couple of mules would eat a lot of grass. I also mention that mules are multi-purpose. They can be draft animals and help with farm chores, even to plow the garden. They can also be ridden, which of course is my main motivation. Of course, mules also have a reputation for being stubborn. A friend said that's an advantage, "You'll understand how they think." That didn't sound like a compliment, but in all honesty, she may be right. Even as a young child if I made my mind up about something, there was little hope that someone could convince me otherwise. The summer I was 5 years old, my father came home on leave from his ship's time in Japan. He built a set of bunk beds for my older sister and me. They were all of one piece supported by four-by-fours. My parents made me promise, nodding my head and crossing my heart, that I would only go on the lower bunk. After several weeks passed, my father's ship left again. That summer was a time my mother called the "polio scare." Every afternoon she insisted my sister and I take long naps in a darkened room. The very day my father left, my older sister and I were sent to our room. My baby sister, just a year old, lay asleep on a folded quilt near the bunk beds. Mom was on a rare break with three little girls and a newborn son, enjoying a quiet house with a cup of coffee and " the latest Saturday Evening Post. Suddenly there was an enormous crash. Mom jumped up and ran. When she burst open our door she saw baby Mary sitting on her blanket wailing, me some distance away and splashes of blood on the floor. Mom snatched up the baby screaming at us. Jane yelled back, "It's not her, Mama. It's Pam, it's Pam." Seeing the blood on my face, Mom put the baby on her hip and told me to come. Along the way to the bathroom, she put Mary in her crib. She told me to stand in front of the sink and with a cold washcloth, began to wipe my face, none too gently. As she was wiping away the blood, she told me to open my mouth. "Oh, Pam you've knocked out all your front teeth." When the blood was cleaned away, I whispered, ',Mom, my arm hurts." That's when she saw my left arm, crooked with ~i sharp point that almost broke the skin. My mother didn't drive, so Mrs. Jackavitch from next door took us to the U.S. Navy base clinic. They set the arm and sent me home, where my full arm cast brought me a certain celebrity status with my crew. The summer wore on and my father returned. His first afternoon back he sawed the bunk beds apart. I overheard him say, "As stubborn as she is, she'll try it again." More than likely I won't get a mule. They're pretty tall and I don't think I'd recover quite so easily from a fall as I did those 60 some years ago. , My mother once told me, "Well, you're stubborn but at least you're not stupid." Not sure that was a compliment either. Pamela. Tinnin writes from her ranch on Pine Mountain. She can be reached a t pamela tinnin@yahoo, com. COMMENTARY Karen Allan Market Musings There's more than little yellow flowers at Buttercup Farm There are as many different kinds of farms as there are individual farmers, but one characteristic seems universal in small family farms, in particular: the desire to be in tune with the surrounding landscape. Two weeks ago, I visited Buttercup Farm, which belongs to Ashley and her family, who have been vendors at the Cloverdale Tuesday Farmers' Market since May 2018. The California Buttercup is a native plant that grows in many habitats, including the woodland fields on the family's property It therefore seemed a natural name for the 18-acre parcel that nestles among the sloping woodlands northeast of Santa Rosa. It's quite a different setting from Lantern Farm in Cloverdale that I visited in May, which spreads out along the Russian River flatland. Ashley and her husband moved to the property 20 years ago and both her children have lived here all their lives. speckled Sussex (medium brown eggs). The half dozen eggs that I took home with me were all different sizes and colors: not what you'd find at the supermarket, for sure. Aside from Aslan the saluki and Penny the chihuahua, the other animal residents at the farm are Hazel and Daisy, Nigerian Dwarf goats, who were happy to see us when we walked down to their pen and competed good-naturedly for our attention. On the way to the goat pen, we toured the iris garden, where 250 named varieties bloom in the spring. Ashley told me that they acquired the plants from a collector and that each variety was marked with a Sharpie as they were being transplanted, so as to keep track of the individual plants, Andrew, Ashley's son who usually helps at the market, has started a new iris garden in another part of the yard, which will add even more color to the landscape. Walking the property is a journey of discovery, as plantings are scattered about, with herbs next to flowers, which are next to vegetables There are also fruit trees, some like the pluots and Santa First stop was a tour of the house, which was gradually Rosa plums that were planted recently and some, like apples transformed by hard work from the utilitarian sheds thatwere and pears, which were planted in the 1930s by earlier owners already on-site and made beautiful by the addition of custom of the land. woodwork on the interior window and doorframes that adds The seeming randomness of the plantings means that there an art nouveau sensibility to the cozy structure: The compact kitchen is where Ashley makes the goat's milk soap that she sells at the market every week.~ After visiting with the three kittens that the family is fostering, we moved outside for a walk around, Ashley's daughter, Sophia, is raising 22 organic heritage turkeys, which arrived at the farm as little chicks and will be ready for this year's Thanksgiving. Keeping the turkeys companyin the adjoining pen are 60 chickens of various breeds, including cuckoo Marans, which lay dark brown eggs with darker brown spots, cream Legbars (blue eggs), bantam Ameraucana (small green eggs with grey spots), Ancona (big white eggs), red laced blue Wyandotte (light brown eggs with white spots), buff Minorcas (white eggs), blue splash Marans (light cream-colored eggs), and is something to see at every turn, with the profusion of flowers adding spots of color everywhere and the whole area surrounded by towering sugar pines that add a touch of wildness. I am happy to have had the opportunity to visit and get a sense of why Ashley and her family are content to call this patch of Sonoma County home. Be sure to stop by the Buttercup Farm booth next time you visit the market. We're there every Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the empty lot next to Plank Coffee. Karen Allan is the manager of the Cloverdale TUesday Farmers' Market. She's rarely seen without Cora. She can be reached at kjsallan52@gmail.com. LETTERS Thank you from the Lions EDITOR: The Cloverdale Lions Club would like to thank the many people that attended our annual Fireworks display held on John Allen Memorial Football Field at Cloverdale High School. There were approximately 2,500 to 3,000 in attendance enjoying the show. The Lions Club would also like to thank all those that donated to help cover the cost of this patriotic display. As you can imagine, no club could do this alone. We are dependent upon contributions from citizens of our small community to help defray the cost. At this time, we are still short covering the cost of the display for 2019. We will accept donations from individuals and businesses alike If you are able to contribute to this, please mail your check to the Cloverdale Lions Club, PO Box 763, Cloverdale, CA 95425. All contributions are greatly appreciated. Lion Chuck Sibert, Chairman Lion Tex Dickens, Co-Chairman Cloverdale Lions Club Trump's economy EDITOR: In a recent issue, the editorial had the usual Trump dump -- this time about the economy. You suggested that in looking around you saw no improvement. Have you considered that perhaps because we live in Sonoma County, Bay Area, California where cost of living, home prices, etc. are ridiculously high that it is very difficult for the average person/family to make ends meet? We travel across the U.S. and see signs of prosperity everywhere else. Trump has numbers to back him up so perhaps an economy that is not up to snuff is a more local phenomena? Reny Parker Cloverdale "And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, ! had thatfamiliar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer." 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