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"132yearsservingthecommunity  .  PublishedweeTWklsi sceSti ns thisweek Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Wednesday, August 3, 2011 Volume CXXXII, Issue Number 31 50 Cents Landscape and lighting plan approved by council By Paula Wrenn Despite the need to recuse four council members from the vote at various points, authorization was giv- en to finalize the annual assessments for the seven landscape/lighting districts within the city. Coun- cilmember Bob Cox, one of three council members re- siding in The Cottages, drew the short straw to remain seated to preserve a quorum. This was the third hearing for the proposed land- scape/lighting plan in seven neighborhoods. City maintenance staffing was doubled to a total of 1.1 full time equivalent employees based on the work required and the assessment recommendations. The same two city maintenance employees also provide services in city parks. Time is charged to each district as actually spent. Top goals for each district include completing master plan improvements and funding a 25% operat- ing contingency in the coming year. During the vote Councilmember Cox initially voted against approval of the plan for The Cottages. His in- tent was to vote only against the increase, but city legal counsel clarified that doing so would leave that zone without a plan and in debt. The vote jointly approves the engineer's recommendations, budgets and assess- ment recommendations. Based on that clarification, another vote was taken and all the district plans were approved. Highlights of each district: Jefferson Springs. Master plan improvements have been completed and the contingency will be funded in 2011/2012. The assessments remain at $141.40 through next year. Vintage Meadows. The master plan improvements have been re-budgeted for 2011/2012. Decreased em- >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 A memorial at the accident site. Sanchez family files lawsuit Mayor Gus Wolter re- moved discussion of the Sanchez lawsuit againstthe city from the consent calen- dar, explaining that the trage- dy from which the claim arose was a loss for the entire community. His remarks de- scribed decedent Miguel Sanchez as a great friend to many. He chose to handle the matter separately from ordi- nary council business out of respect for Sanchez and his >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 CLOVERDALE'S "FOUR CORNERS PROJECT" was funded with Redevelopment Agency funds. Completed projects Include the Cloverdale Performing Arts theater, the fire station and the History Center. Yet to be completed Is the police station, upper right. The city council hopes to preserve Redevelopment monies by paying a portion of agency funds to the state, so there will be money available for the new police building. "Measure G" update at CUSD meeting By Roberta Lyons Cloverdale Unified School Dis- trict (CUSD) superintendent of schools, Claudia Fransden, gave an update on the "Measure G" plan- ning at the July 20 board of trustees meeting. An advisory committee, made up of school officials, teach- ers, citizens and parents has been meeting to review and discuss pro- posed projects for the Measure G funds. There are still no finalized projects, but the committee has a meeting scheduled in August and should be ready to develop its final list of projects. Measure G was passed last No- vember, a parcel tax measure to provide up to $17 million in im- provements for local schools. The district has already successfully sold $8 million in bonds and so is able to start construction on some projects. It was agreed that next summer is >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 ,:Frederick Knott's WaitUnUIDarkstarts Aug. 12 ,i" The first Broadway productioixi0f Wait Until Dark opened on Feb. 2, 1966 at the Ethel Barrymore Theater. Within the next eleven months it was transferred to three additional theaters for a total run of 374 performances. A '2003 London revival and UK tour fol- lowed. Come find out how the mystery and excitement of Wait Until Dark have been prepared for your enjoyment un- der the artistic direction of Jim de Priest, in the Cloverdale premier of this Broadway classic, coming soon to the Cloverdale Performing Arts Cen- ter. Show times are Friday and Satur- day, Aug. 12, 13, 19, 20, 2011 at 8 p.m., and Sunday Aug. 14, 2 p.m. Three ways to buy tickets for all five shows of Wait Until Dark. cloverdaleper formingarts.com in Person at Mail Center, Inc., dur- ing business hours at 207 N. Clover- dale Blvd., 894-3222 At the door prior to performances, when remaining tickets are avail- able. -La Reva Myles WAIT UNTIL DARK actors in the photo from left to right are: Audle Foote, Harry Farmer and Justin Briggs. I Good decisions make for a good life By Paula Wrenn he doesn't live in town, but on a historic ranch on Route 128. She claims to not know many Clover- dalians these days but has associated with and contributed to local history alongside those who helped shape Cloverdale during the second half of the 20 th century. Marie Vadon Hill is unnecessarily modest about her writing abilities. Her numerous memoirs and first- hand accounts of local events and life as it was for a local youth delight other long-time locals and have become sought-after reading for newcomers becom- ing acquainted with their new home. It was my pleasure to spend some time reading stories in her book "Cloverdale Memories", and then an afternoon discussing her life and her views on Cloverdale then and now. For you, what is special about growing up in Cloverdale? There was a time I knew everybody in town and their dog. We never locked the house or took keys out of car. I always felt secure and safe. During the Depression my grandfather Ingram had a ranch with pigs, sheep, and deer so there was no shortage of Marie Vadon Hill's Cloverdale Memories meat. We got extra gas rations for the orchards during the war. And we had the river to swim in, with great swimming holes and sandy banks. In high school I knew everyone and we went to places like the skating rink in Santa Rosa. We had lots of activities; there must have been five or six special dances during.the year. To me, my childhood was idyllic. What were your hobbies as a youth? Sports. In basketball I was a forward. In baseball I played first base. Also, hunting and fishing. My dad was a good fly fisherman for trout and we'd shoot quail, too. Later, when we had more money we'd go out in the ocean for salmon and at Eagle Lake. I was never good at home economics. I had to hem a dish towel about three times to get a passing grade. What was school like? We had five teachers and a principal. In 7 t" grade we moved over to the high school side. Mine was the first class to graduate from the new Cloverdale High School in 1942. I was a majorette and cheerleader for the boys' teams and got to go on the bus to their games. I had a steady boyfriend. We corresponded after he went in the service. Jane Leist, our teacher, was respected by every- body. She was no-nonsense and could handle all the guys. Our teachers did things outside of school with us. They took us to Oregon Caves and Death Valley. What did you like most/least about school? I was on California Scholarship Federation all four years with a 4.0 grade point average. I liked secretari- al work so I took business courses at Santa Rosa Junior College and learned shorthand. What comes to mind as most special or defining moments of your youth here? Going to my grandparents' sheep ranch every holiday. That's where I wanted to be. We hunted for squirrels and rabbits. And attending the 1939 World's >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3