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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY, AUG. 18, 2010- Page 5 Post your position on SMART By Paula Wrenn Heavens, by the time we actually get our commuter train, we may want to change the name on our train station to "Thomasville: The Little Train Depot That Finally Did" (... come to life following a long fought battle for rail service). The reference is a nod to the children's story about Thomas, a little train that didn't give up. We also must not become disheartened or give up. If you didn't already know it, our little piece of NoSoCo heaven is somewhat isolated and easily forgotten by outsiders. Cloverdale's "voice" must continually rise above the din from larger cities which are making their case for being first in line for rail service. Should that ever become the chosen compromise, Cloverdale must compete based on greater need and disproportionate hardship due to lack of transportation options. Mayor Russell and a group of volunteers known as North Sonoma County Citizens for SMART are distributing postcards on which Clover- dale, Geyserville and other area citizens can make known to the SMART board of directors their feelings about our great need for rail transporta- tion. A clip-out mailing piece was also included in last week's Reveille, largely thanks to Albert Walker (Walker Design) and Rise Kurt Kelder (Kelder Engineering). If the tactic sounds familiar, remember the successful precedent set this above spring by "cool" Cloverdale proponents. the Russell's term on the SMART board will end early next year, also effectively ending our direct representa- din tion on the board. Making noise now is our best chance to solidify awareness of our great need while we are represented. If you can't get your hands on one of the postcards or news- paper forms, email me and I'll be sure you get one. Take a minute to write a sentence or two about the geographic isolation of Cloverdale that could be remedied or how SMART could move dollars and workforce up and down Highway 101. The address is SMART Board of Directors, Attention Chairman, 490 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Inconvenient diamonds Last week I cheerfully wrote about my pooch, Black Diamond, and his plans to run for the newly formed office of firehouse dog. This week, a more serious thought on gem diamonds is based on international head- lines. "A terrible inconvenience" is how supermodel narcissist Naomi Camp- bell described the requirement that she appear as a witness during a war crimes trial. The proceedings at The Hague will decide the guilt or inno- cence of Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia who is accused of killing and torturing untold numbers of humans. The jet-setting super- model crisscrosses the globe regularly, apparently keeping some unsa- vory company along the way. Taylor allegedly gave Campbell an uncut gem or pouch of uncut "blood diamonds" at or following a dinner party. Gems and precious metals are often extracted from the earth for export in countries where conditions for poor laborers are the worst. It can boost the country's exports and worker incomes, but too often involves ques- tionable labor practices and dangerous conditions. Newer technology provides the option to keep workers safer, but some mining firms/coun- tries don't bother. Worse still, the gem trade, diamonds in particular, is big business for tyrannical leaders and terrorists, who use them to fund hei- nous acts of violence and to pad their own wealth while countrymen suffer in abject poverty. Your beautifully crafted custom jewelry may have been locally de- signed and its materials wholesale sourced in the USA, but it is usually impossible to know whether any of the materials and stones originated in a country where someone shed-blood. That is why more ethical and scrupulous gemstone suppliers and jewelry manufacturers are certifying when the materials for their products have been harvested or sourced carefully to avoid funding despots and terrorists. Given Ms. Campbell's remarks on the witness stand, one can't help but wonder how inconvenient their court appearances were for the numerous witnesses who traveled to speak out about Taylor's crimes despite their missing hands and limbs. Surely, it was Ms. Campbell's goal to jet away as quickly as possible so she would not have time to compare her "terrible inconvenience" and that of Taylor's victims. Fleeting relief One summer chore I am ready to give up by mid-August is the daily hand watering of my outdoor potted plants. I absolutely love watering among spring blooms, but by now most of my plants are well past the showy stage. Watering is now about keeping the plants alive until season- al rains take over the job again. It becomes so boring I have to occupy my mind by making mental to-do lists and keeping track of my blessings. While watering last week I pondered the importance of little moments of gratitude. The happy thought I settled on that day was the joy of having no bills to pay. I had just put the last check in the mail box and would enjoy being bill-free until the letter carrier brought the next invoice. There have been many times in life I could not have enjoyed such a moment, so it seemed something worthy of savoring in these days of tight budgets. The idea made me smile as I neared completion of the job at hand. Then, just as I turned to head into the house, the mail truck arrived about" about six hours earlier than usual. Oops, time to adjust my internal gratitude message. I asked myself, how many times have you wished the mail would arrive early and had to wait? See how this works? Do you have a suggestion for this column or another viewpoint? Write to Paula Wrenn c/o the Reveille, or email paula@thewriteangle.com. EYE ON THE EAGLE: " A community communication from the Cloverdale Unified School District i IN OUR MISSION: Cloverdale Unified School District provides ALL students with equity and access to the knowledge, skills, and educational opportunities to achieve high academic standards in a changing global society, as measured by state and local assessments. _I_C)VE R l,kl. [_ Gall C. Pardini-Plass is now the office manager for Bert Branch Insurance Agency in Healdsburg Bus: 707-433-6524 Fax: 707-433-7599 132 Mill Street, Suite 203 bbranch 1 @farmersagent.com The Cloverdale History Center is accepting nominations for the 2010 election of Firehouse Do9 and Museum Cat until Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. The registration donation is $20. Starting Sept. 1 you can stop by the History Center and vote or vote on-line as often as you like until Election Day, Nov.2 at 7 p.m. Each vote is $1. Because PayPal takes a cut, the minimum on-line vote is a 5 vote/S5 milnimum. Vote proceeds for Museum Cat will help fund History Center programs and votes for Firehouse Dog will be donated to the fund for the new Cloverdale ambulance. Jim and Laurel Rotharmelare pictured above with their Dalmation pooch. "Godmother" Susan Bennett, right, and "Cooper." Kelly Johnson photos Familly history worleshop is searching records i Find glut more about public records antd family history research on Aug. 224, 2-3:30 p.m. at the li- brary. Th,e Cloverdale Historical Society anld Cloverdale library are presenting; the fourth in a four part, free geneailogy series. CHC vrolunteers, Dave and. Laura, wilL1 be sharing their tips on finding p]rint records in Sonoma County anld the City of Cloverdale. While the focus is local, the infor- mation can apply to most any search in the US. If you've ever wondered how to locate a birth or death record, or how to find the obituary of a relative, this work- shop could be for you. This is tthe last scheduled work- shop, butt more may be offered soon. If iyou are interested in evening wvorkshops, a genealogy group, or, other family history top- ics, pleas contact the Cloverdale Historical Society at 894-2067 or office@cl,overdalehistory.org. - Laura Rotharmel Geyserville community market Thursday Come dtown to the Geyserville Community Market this Thursday starting at: 5:30 p.m. until dusk. The market is set up at the Geyserville Inn, 21714 Geyserville Ave., in Gey- serville. Enjoy local produce, arts and crafts, honey, beer and wine. Bring a blanket and enjoy the music, too. Support local market events and have fun at the same time. To make sense of your retirement savings alternatives, call today. Loretta Petersen Strong, AAMS 433-6139 58 W. North St. Ste. 102 Healdsburg Paul Sullivan, AAMS 433-3412 647 Healdsburg Ave. Healdsburg Call or visit your local Financial Advisor today Edward Jones MAKING SENSE OF INVESTING www.edwardjones.com Member SIPC Dolph D. Green, CFP 894-0277 231 N. Clvd. Blvd. Cloverdale From the Editorial Desk... A few around town observations Earlier this month, a woman was run over by a bicyclist riding on the sidewalk on E. First Street. She was taken to the hospital by her husband. Having a business which fronts Cloverdale Boulevard, we have had a number of very close calls with both bicyclists and skate- boarders. Customers leave the office here, exit the small alcove and find themselves on the sidewalk unaware that a speeding cyclist or boarder is fast approaching. Sidewalks are for walking. Is there a liability for downtown business owners? It's the same old story, isn't it? Cloverdale Fire Protection District sent an engine, four fire fighters and Battalion Chief Rick Blackmon, who was part of the Incident Command Team, to help fight the four alarm fire at the Healdsburg Post Office last Saturday afternoon. The crew left Cloverdale just moments after the fire was reported. It's another example of how one community quickly assists another in times of need. The post office in Healdsburg, like in Cloverdale, is a central gathering point. For many residents and businesses the demise of a small town post office means interrupted commerce and major inconvenience. Thoughts then turn to our local post office. The Cloverdale post office and its employees are a valued resource in this community and without you our link to the outside world would be severely hampered. Thank you. Have you walked around the downtown plaza and boulevard sidewalks recently? They are really soiled perhaps due in part to the food and beverages served during the very popular Farmers Market and Friday Night Live. The plaza area should be an example of civic pride, with its interesting sculptures, rather than looking run down. Here's a related gripe: Why is it that smokers seem to believe that the world is their ashtray? In addition to'the food and drink spills, the sidewalks and the plaza are littered with cigarette butts. The once beautiful benches on the boulevard are also in sorry shape. Scratched and marred by inappropriate use (skateboard jumps?) and covered with sticky food debris, it's obvious that people are not going to clean up after themselves, so the city will most likely have to step in. Maybe there should be a power-washing and clean- ing party? It's just a thought. In the future, clean-up costs should be factored into the permit fees for plaza events, if they aren't already. "7J/t!:i o  Custom Window Treatments /,'/  q Floor Plans ' '>" Color Consultatio r0/l// .)" " Room Makeover,, I,'lt:l,. D::SI(: :ilil ;i(, HunterDougla de  , upon Tuesday- Saturday .o- .dog .,o= .,=,s 894-8665 ".'s"- 115 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Friends, classroom connections, school activities: What students are looking forward to .... Four year old Lleyton Lloyd, 2nd grader Kaylie Lloyd, 4th grader Jeremy Wilson, 6th grader Therron Lloyd, and 2nd grader Katelyn Wilson play at Jefferson School in anticipation of the start of school while their PTA parents help teachers prepare their classrooms for the first day of school. Another school year begins and kids, as always, are excited. Music blared from the cafeteria at Jefferson School where high school volunteers worked to the beat, joyfully assembling information packets. "1 am earning my final Community Service Credit Hours towards graduation," Isabel Ran- gel beamed. "Senior year. Yeah!r "Today we are earning Community Service Credit Hours and helping out with whatever we can to help get ready for students," inseparable friends and seniors Karen Hernandez and Jessica Gudino chimed in to- gether. "We are going to SSU after graduation. We completed four years of math, 3 years of science, two years of foreign language, and participated in the Up- ward Bound Program to achieve our goal of going to college. We're stoked." "1 am really ready for school to start and I am excited to be in second grade. Summer went by so fast. It seemed like two weeks, not two months. I loved sum- mer, but I really love school too," explained Kaylie Lloyd. Isidro Gonzalez, Marlene Perez, Isabel Rangel, Robert Fourth grader Jeremy Wilson ticked off a list of things Sedeno, AngeITorres, MiguelTorres, andJacobTorres he is looking forward to at school. "My friends, my volunteer and earn community service credit before classroom, art, my school. I guess everything." the start of the school year. The conversation spanned "1 from freshmen nerves to senior excitement, am in SECOND grade this year and I can't wait,  Katelyn Wilson nodded vigorously and smiled broadly. "1 don't go to school yet," little brother Lleyton Lloyd said yearningly as he listened to his sibling Theron talk about being a sixth grader while pumping his fists in the air in victory. Scenes like these played out across the nation as America's youth return to the classroom in anticipation of what they will learn, the relationships they will establish or continue to nurture, and of the classes and activities they will participate in as part of the school community. Cloverdale Unified School District is committed to offering every child a challeng- ing and stimulating learning experience worthy of their expectations. Have a wonderful, meaningful school year. Dear ParentTeacher Association and the Parent Volunteer Project, THAN KYOU. Seniors Karen Hernandez and Jessica Gudino are familiar faces behind the counter at CHS where they have worked as staff Your work is appreciated, assistants.They gladly volunteer before the start of school to help Sincerely, The CUSD community Ms. Burke get things ready. -- Letters, comments, questions may be addressed to: eyeontheeagle@admin.cusd.org --