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1 luck gift by mistake on a shelf, it looked like Bnddah figurine, but of Fleur de Mai, this was special. brought it with her came to America from years ago. She gave it luck" gift when shop. last month, a sales clerk ' sold it good news is, the lady it has been in the it is believed she is :who lives in Cloverdale. news is, they don't very much like to get back. The monetary but the senti- is immeasurable. ate the lady who purchased the lady who did, eeatact Mai at 894-5992. i program Sunday program demon- a Sand Castle Contest this Sunday, July 21 4 p.m. at the Yony Creek is reached off of Hot at Lake Will be awarded in the con- _ sponsored by the )'C.orps of Engineers. The For further infor- Safari at Library 27, is the day for and Gorilla Grins" Library. age children are in- this free program O0 p.m. which wilt and gorilla tales, some fun audience July 24, will be in the Summer entitled "Monsters It will also be enjoy some tales about and bring bome a ilrar ou have any questions. Friends and neighbors didn't wait to be asked. They pitched in immedi- ately to help Bill and Marie Vandagriff afier fire destroyed their home late last month. Single parent families invited for weekend camp-out near Navarro A Single Parent Family Weekend is scheduled for August 9, 10 and I lth at Camp Masonite Navarro,just outside Navarro, California. The event is for any single parent with all his/her children ages 6 through 16. It is a weekend of fun, adventure and an oppommity for single parent families to spend some lime in the outdoors with their chil- dren. The cost is $15 per person or $45 per family of 3 or more. Four meals are included. Registration deadline is July 26. The event is sponsored by United Way Agencies; Boy Scouts of America, Catholic Community Services, Family Service Agency of Sonoma County and Redwood Empire Camp Fire Boys and Girls. Activities planned for the week- end camp-out are swimming, canoe- ing, archery and hiking. Meals and adirondak cabins with shower facili- ties are provided. For registration information, please call Bonnie at 542-7191 July 17. 1991, Cloverdale Reveille. Paoe 3 Friends and neighbors continue to offer much-needed support after devastating fire By Mary Jo Winter "Only in Cioverdale!" Whether you're a newcomer or a longtime resident, this 3-word phrase is probably a regular part of your vocabulary. Marie Vandagriff has found her- self using the phrase quite a bit since she and her husband, Bill, watched their home of 30 years go up in flames shortly before noon on June 27. "This was the most traumatic thing that's ever happened to me" she said. "I've always been in control of my emotions and my mind. I try not to worry about things I can't change, but this was different I had trouble sleeping the first 3-4 nights." She had worked at Dr. Yaegeds office until 11:30 that morning and thought she'd drop by the house to remind Bill she had an appointment in Geyserville at noon. As she neared her house on Commercial Street, she saw the smoke. Once she realized Bill was safe, her next thought was for her puppy. Happy to find her in the backyard, she scooped her up and put her in the car, which she had parked across the streeL The first call was received by the Cloverdale Fire Dept. at 11:32 a.m. At the time, Marie said it seemed like an eternity before they arrived. She later discovered that her clock on the mantel had stopped at 11:34 a.m. - the precise moment it was disconnected and brought outside by a firefighter. She remembers people who came up to her during the fire to offer comfort, or to just put their arms around her and tell her they were sorry. These are the things she tries to concentrate on when sleep won't come. One lady pressed a folded $20 bill into the hand of a family friend at the scene and said "Give this to the people whose home is burning". When asked her name, she said it wasn't important, adding that her family was moving to Alaska that day and she wanted to do something to hell3. "Only in Cioverdale!" Cloverdale's volunteer f'trefighters saved most all of their possessions, including furniture, paintings, art- work, framed family photographs and even Bill's train set. Firefighters hand carried their crystal and china safely outside, and not one piece was broken. When Marie told a friend who doesn't live here about this, they said they never heard of firefighters taking so much care and treating each item like it was their own. "Only in Cloverdale!" According to Marie, people with flatbed trucks "came out of the woodwork" to help cart their belongings to a friend's barn for storage. Friends and neighbors with towels gathered in the parking lot next door to wipe water off their precious belongings and to wrap dishes and glassware in newspapers before packing them away for storage in a friend's barn. "Only in Cioverdale!" Gladys McCarthy, whose home on Champlain burned a little over a year ago, came up to Marie during the height of the fire and invited her to come by. "I have some things to share with you that might help", she said. Marie went over the next day, and in the weeks since, has found Gladys to be a great source of comfort and inspiration. Not only were the McCarthy's able to rebuild their home, they were able to cele- brate the holidays in it. "Only in Cloverdale!" One couple offered the free use of their vacant home for up to two years, and Tom Gurries offered unlimited storage, free of charge, at the Cloverdale Mini Storage. "Only in Cloverdale!" And where else but in Cloverdale would one's insurance agent show up while flames were still shooting out the windows with a check for living expenses like Kathy Pearson- Fontana of Farmers Insurance did that day? And the list goes on and on! Marie says she remains optimistic that the house can be rebuilt, and would love to be able to move back in before the holidays. In the mean- time, she's grateful for the extra daily patrols made by the Clover- dale Police Dept. which continue to discourage vandalism. One disappointment, though, is knowing they won't be able to have the big Open House she had planned for their 40th Wedding Anniversary on December 14. "I had already started to design the invitations and we were going to invite lots and lots of people." But Marie isn't one to wallow in self-pity and tries to maintain a posi- tive outlook, both for her sake, and that of her family. Both of her chil- dren, now grown with families of their own, grew up in that house, and it holds many precious memo- ries for all of them. The other day, a lady stopped by Dr. Yaeger's office with a basket of expensive perfumes and creams to replace those Marie lost in the fire. She wouldn't leave her name, saying only that she wanted to be sure Marie got them. Yes, to be sure - only in Clover- dale! Cloverdale Seniors will dance their way to glory at Sonoma County Fair Senior Line Dancers from Clover- dale will join with other Sonoma County s/lniors to present a demon- stration Of Western Style Line Dance on Wed., July 24th, at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa. The dancers, all students of Carol and Bob Towns, will part of the numerous activities specifically planned for the fair's Senior Citizen Day. They will appear on the Red- wood Theatre stage around 1 p.m. Admission to tha Fair is free on this date for people 62 and over. There's still time for Seniors to enroll in the 55/Alive Mature Driving Class Registrations are still being ac- cepted for the summer session 55/ALIVE MATURE DRIVING Class offered August 20 & 21 at the Cloverdale Senior Multi-Pur- pose Center. Course times are 1:00-5:00 p.m. both days. This classroom-only course, de- signed specifically for the older driver, promotes and reinforces good defensive driving skills. A certificate is given upon completion. Course fee is $8. Phone 894-4826 to register. 'RE CELEBRATING OUR 25TH ANNIVERSARY -il I i "We want to put the SILVER In your pocket!" RICH BLASI TOM CATUREGLI . .. ,: r- many are" Sll:lltO o In snecttns'r any ofyourvehicles need service, bring them toour I0! Ot buying fron =_ o.OIno a to ,.."_V'" omer dea/e.. Dgartrnent where Rich and Torn will be sure the work =v ' ,Kesure vtO make Sur , e - "'' vehicle You want! " You wait, but if you prefer, we'll be happy to either You a ride home, or rent you a car, whichever is most ..  ][" for you. ' Service all makes and models of cars and trucks - both JOE S'S... , Bu'uBUy' - 100 like ears... and domestic! ..... pay the same ...... nOtVlual price for each! i , , To beR-er-meetyor n-ee-ds_ - . we're adding another " Full Time Mechanic We have a GREAT Body Shop[ in a few days, * Insurance jobs welcome al Body Man, as well! FREE Estimates by appointment Rental cars available No job too big or too small OPEN M-F 8 - 5 i CHEVROLET - JEEP- EAGLE 101 South, Cloverdale 894-2571 and he definitely Plans iiii  , i