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www.cieverdaEereveiiieeem August 15, 2019 The Cloverdale Reveille - Page Not so normal ' e hear it a lot, about how certain conditions or ‘ ; phenomenaare the “new normal.” We say this about climate change, wildfire dangers, mass shootings and social media vulgarity. What exactly do we mean when we talk about this concept of old and new “normals”? When we say something is a new normal, are we really saying we give up? . Are we resigning ourselves to'a social or physical change that we don’t like? Are we acting like sheep instead of citizens, feeling helpless to protect and restore our environment, society or politics? Too much of that kind of thinking will make us all inhabitants of a withering, burning planet full of hate-spewing politicians with parents sheltering their children in basements. Let’s stop accepting all these “new normals” and get back to fighting climate change, demanding civility and shedding the worst addictions to our artificial intelligence devices. What if we believed it was still normal to flush all our untreated sewage into our Russian River like we used to do? Once upon a time we thought that was normal even though the steelhead fish didn’t think so. Wasn’t it once considered normal for parents to spank their children for ‘bad behavior? Up until a few generations ago it wasn’t acceptable (or even legal) for black and white people to marry each other. What if we all still believed it was normal to smoke cigarettes in a restaurant around other people eating their food? ‘ , ‘ . So, when is adopting or accepting a new normal a good thing and when is fighting against one the right thing to do? How do we learn the difference? What’s accepted as “normal” changes with new scientific discoveries, the shedding of old prejudices or from the lessons of great thinkers, noble crusaders or rabble- ‘ rousing nonconformists‘. We’ve always had difficulty with the term “normal.” One person’s normal might be another person’s pet peeve, right? (What’s the correct way to hangtoilet paper?) But a society cannot function without a set of widely held standards —— or norms. Some of our norms are codified as written laws, but some are just assumed patterns of behavior. We all have to drive on the right side of the road and stop at stop signs. But where does it say we can’t blast our car radios out the window at top decibel? v Speaking of loud and obnoxious, what kinds of behavior do we expect from our politicians? The days of being a great statesman or eloquent orator like a Lincoln or a Churchill aren’t happening anymore. But is it an acceptable new normal to tolerate all this name-calling, Twitter bullying and raping 0f the truth? Ifwe’re going to keep voting for —— and electing —— uncivil leaders then our “new normal” will have no place for an Honest Abe or a John McCain Straight Talk Express. Killing another person has never been accepted as normal, at least not since caveman days. We shouldn’t be uttering excuses or explanations about Why mass shootings, urban gang murders and hateful racial attacks (verbal and physical) are now part of who we are. None of this is normal or acceptable. This is a nationwide crisis, just as we also face a global environmental crisis and climate emergency. We lack the courageous and honest leaders we need to help us surmount these unwelcome abnormalities. , In our history, our nation’s and society’s norms have been both defended and changed by mass political action, civil disobedience and faith-based affirmations. Ending gun violence will require this. Affirming racial equality and, replacing hate with tolerance, will not be accomplished only at the ballot box. Allowing self-absorbed leaders or polluting corporations to define our environmental laws will not put us on the right path to save our planet. Ifwe want to set our own new normal, we may again have to march in the streets to proclaim it. Si se puede. r Rollie‘Atk‘inson KHISTORY ‘ * i , ‘ Through the Years In the Reveille - p. he following items are selected from I archived issues of the Cloverdale Reveille. . ' August 15, 1909 — 110 years ago Monday evening a citizens? meeting was held at which the matter of rebuilding the ' . Citrus Fair pavilion was discussed. Two reasons the fairs should not be dropped: it is believed that each fair is worth at least $4,000 to this locality, and the annual Fairs are easily the biggest advertisement for the North . County. The association was incorporated for $5,000, divided into 1,000 shares at $5 each. To the present time 338 shares- have been issued,‘leaving 662 shares in the treasury. The stock is currently valued at $14 to $15 per share. The association 'believes it will be possible to sell stock to people throughout the county to raise money for rebuilding. Since the fire, land has been purchased from G. M. Grant for $1,000. The corner lot, owned by the fair, now measures 130 feet on West Street by 124 feet on First Street. A committee will be appointed to - appraise the lot and plaee a figure on the treasury stock to be sold, and a subscription list started. , Joyce Mann I August 7, 1969 - 50 years ago . The Pygmy Forest Reserve in Jackson State Forest near Fort Bragg has been designated as a Registered National Landmark by the Department of the InteriOr. The designation of the Pygmy Forest as a national landmark'will insure its preservation for all time 'since it is an eXCellent illustration of undisturbed evolution for over 50 million years ago. August 10, 1994 25 years ago Today, another symbol of Asti’s rich heritage can use your help. The quaint and beloved “Little Chapel in the Vineyards,” La Madonna del Carmine, in Asti was closed more than 30 years ago. Built in the 1907, the church nick named El Carmelo, is a shallow of the proud and beautiful showcase it once was. .The roof and sides have bucked under the weight of time and the beautiful stained glass windows removed for safekeeping. Today, the El Carmelo Corporation,.a group of local citizens with fond memories of the church, its history and significance, is working to raise the $300,000 needed to restore E1 Carmelo to her former glory. With a $5,000 grant from Chevron, the group is coordinating the Fifth Annual . A “Return to Asti” Benefit, a BBQ with entertainment for the whole family at the daylongevent. The event will be held at Sbarbaro Villa on the grounds of (the former Italian Swiss Colongy Winery at Asti. ’ A EDITORIAL POLICY: The Cloverdale Reveille welcomes letters to the editor and commentaries. All acceptable submissions are published online weekly and in print as space allows. Letters should not exceed 400 words. Commentaries should not exceed 700 words. Submissions must include a telephone number for verification. Email to'news©cloverdalereVeIlle.com. OPIION Kids’ Corner New fiction at the Cloverdale Regional Library “Click, Clack, Surprise!” by Doreen Cronin Doreen Cronin is back in the barnyard in this early reader that has Little Duck getting ready for his birthday. In trying to get cleaned up, he imitates the other farm animals such as chickens taking a dust bath, pigs taking a mud bath and more. Kids will enjoy the transformation Little Duck goes through by the end and parents will have a great opportunity to talk about cleanliness. This is a cute addition to her works set on the farm. Ages 4 to 7, reading level (RL) K—2. . .John Koetzner‘ “Jaclyn Hyde” by Anabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White ’ , An overachieving, perfectionist eighth grader named Jaclyn Hyde helps readers explore this funny retelling of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story. She and a couple of her school friends, Fatima and Paige, search for her pet rabbit which has' gotten loose. They end up in a local haunted house that belongs to a mad scientist. When Jaclyn stumbles upon his recipe for “Perfection Potion,” silliness ensues as she becomes an evil monster at school unleashing all sorts of craziness like spiders in a classroom and more that ultimately make Jaclyn look perfect. Everything is looking great until Jackie takes over and Jaclyn can’t control her any longer. Kids will like . the wackiness of the book, and parents will like its message that perfection isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Ages 8 to 10, RL 3-5. “Zenobia July” by Lisa Bunker . Zenobia July’s mother died when Zen was 5, and her father died of a “hunting accident”, recently. As a result, Zen moves from Arizona to Maine to live with Aunts Phil and Lucy, who have some quirky friends. Zen starts school as a transgender girl, and she starts to meet new kids, some who are bullies and some who are genuinely nice. Then, someone starts to‘ post hateful memes on her new school’s website. Zen has the skills to catch the culprit, but doing so will reveal her secret. Students are given a sensitive portrayal of a transgender person, and parents will also find that the book calls for tolerance in an intolerant age. Ages 10 to 13, RL 5-8. John Koetzner 1's Children ’3 Services Librarian for the‘ Cloverdale Regional Library. He has reviewed books over the years for publica tions such as San Francisco Chronicle, New Age Journal and The Healdsburg Tribune. OBITUARIES & MILESTONESPolicy The Cloverdale Reveille offers our readers and all others L the opportunity to have obituaries, memorials and other important milestone events published in the newspaper and provided online. This is a paid service. For information on how to submit, visit cloverdalereveille.com and click on Obituaries. To be published in the weekly. edition, forms and information must be submitted no later than Wednesdays for the following week’s edition. For further information, call 707-894—3339. / Wine Commentary summer, and the time to celebrate National Water Quality Month. The 110-mile Russian RiVer and all its tributaries mOVe through many active communities and working lands which can affect water quality. Some of the main categories of water quality impacts can include chemicals, bacteria, sediment and temperature. Rain water that lands on our rooftops, driveways and streets ultimately reachour tributary creeks, river and ocean, carrying with it remnants of the long journey. These remnants, many invisible, can include: - Gasoline and oil from small spills or leaking automobiles - Bacteria and pathogens from animal and human waste Sediment from loose soil - Metals from pesticides, fungicides, cars and building materials . The good news is that there are strategies to help keep our local waters clean. One strategy is to offset the hard surfaces (such as roofs, gutters and roads) that increase runoff by installing low impact development (LID) features. This strategy is being deployed throughout the Russian River watershed, and is required for many new development projects. What is a LID? LID is a planning and design strategy used to reduce potentially harmful impacts on water associated with increased stormwater runoff from construction. LID uses an innovative technique to imitate how water would ’ flow prior to the constructed development. This approach is based on infiltrating, filtering, storing and sometimes evaporating stormwater runoff before it enters our rivers and creeks. When stormwater enters a LID, it begins to infiltrate 0r seep through rocks and vegetation. As it infiltrates the ground, it is filtered through layers of rocks, soil and bacteria which reduce many pollutants in the Christina Leung a. ugust is the last official month of the COMMENTARY Foggy Mountain Tales Friends, families and strangers everal weeks ago when I returned . S home from a long day working in Guerneville, my husband Zack had a surprise waiting. That morning when he and my mother-in-law had walked up to check the water lines on the far end of the ranch, they discovered that our spindly, skimpy blackberry vines had not only multiplied into severallarge thickets that surround the small pond that at this time of year is mostly a mud hole, but the vines had spread and grown plush and heavy laden with rich, dark berries. There in the refrigerator sat a bowl with at least a half-gallon of sweet, beautiful berries. When my dad retired from the US. Navy, we settled in Bandon, Oregon, where we had family. One morning the first summer there my mother packed a picnic and drove us to Bear Creek Road where my dad’s Uncle Frank had a cattle ranch. There was an enormous blackberry patch that grew along the creek. . We ate more berries than we picked and soon had dark purple stains on our faces and hands. It wasn’t long before the novelty wore off and Mom had to nag us to keep us going. Finally noon arrived and we happily set our buckets down. When Mom told us it was time to get back to work, we reluctantly put away the picnic things and picked up our buckets. Right then.We heard a loud snufiling sound from the other side of the tall vines. That’s when I remembered Uncle Frank’s warning about bears and how much they loved blackberries. The noise came again, this time a low, soft growl. Mom must have remembered that warning, too. She put her finger to her lips, shushing us. We packed up as quietly as we could and headed for the car. Over the years, we picked oth'er patches, but we never went back to that first one. It belonged to the bear. When I moved here in 1981, there were occasional bears on Pine Mountain. Years ago we lost two ewes that a predator control person believed was a rare bear attack, but we haven’t Pamela Tinnin seen or heard of bears here in many years. Last Sunday morning I made a large blackberry cobbler for our potluck. I spread four cups of berries in a 9-by-13 inch glass pan, then mixed up biscuit dough with a bit of sugar, some butter and-a splash of vanilla, and plopped it by spoonfuls on the berries. ‘ I always love that moment when a group sits down to eat, talking and laughing. When they taste those first bites, silence settles on the group, except for murmured sounds of r appreciation. Whether it’s just immediate family or a larger gathering extended family, friends, neighbors or strangers that moment always seems to come. That moment had come that Sunday at potluck. When most everyone had finished eating, I went to the kitchen looking for one more small bite of sweet goodness. There was a bit of lasagna left, remnants of a delicious salad with dried cranberries and walnuts and a few spoonfuls of curried vegetables. The cobbler pan wasn’t just empty, it had been scraped clean. In ancient times, sharing food was a sign of who you trusted, who you welcomed into your .family or clan. In many ways, I think that’s still true. We don’t often eat with strangers, at least not at the same table. That’s too bad because when you share a meal with those you don’t know, they don’t remain strangers for long. ‘ This Sunday I’ll make another blackberry cobbler. Who knows? Some travelers might stop by. Pamela Tinnin writes from her ranch on Pine Mountain. She can be reached at pamela tinnin@yahoo. com. Strategies to mitigate water pollution stormwater. The excess clean water either infiltrates into the ground or is carried out through our storm drains to the creeks. These LID design strategies come in all shapes and sizes, whether it be living rooftops or vegetated swales. Look around as you take a stroll around downtown or new buildings and you may start to notice all the LID in your area. Some LID benefits include: - Reducing the flow of water that can cause erosion or flooding ' - Recharging our groundwater basin Decreasing the impacts of new developments on local hydrology ' I ‘ Preventing trash and debris from'flowing down the storm drains V ' ' -‘ Treating pollutants and protecting water quality While our cities, counties, architects and contractors, work- to decrease stormwater pollution, there is still much that residents can do. , ‘ Check out our website rrwatershed.org/project/low- impact-development for more information on low impact development and ways you can help keep stormwater runoff clean. ' A homeowner’s and landowner’s Guide to Beneficial ' Stormwater Management Slow it. Spread it. Sink it. Store it. is available at sonomarcd.org/wp- content/ uploads/ 201 7/ 06/ Slow-it-Spread-it-Sink-it-Store- it.pdf. ‘ - This article was authored by Christina Leung, of RR WA. 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