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www.cloverdalereveille.com August 22, 2019 The Cloverdale Reveille Page 5 EDITORIAL Our billion dollar crop onoma County has been the egg basket to the world, the hop capital and prune belt of California and a prime fruit supplier to our troops during World War II. From its earliest days of Mexican and European settlers and farmers, our abundant and fertile region has ranked as a top ag producing county in the United States. Last year, more ag history was made when the total value of the county's farming production and crops exceeded $1 billion for the first time. The production of grapes, apples, milk, eggs, cut flowers, meat animals, field grains and more totaled $1.106 billion, a 24% increase over the previous year, boosted primarily by a record heavy winegrape crop and steady prices in other crop categories. The 2018 growing season was a long one with nearly ideal conditions of generous early spring rains, a mild summer and a dry and extended fall harvest. Thousands of farmers and agricultural workers got the job done, but Mother Nature, once again, deserves the most credit. From the earliest farming days here -- at least up to right now -- Mother Nature has been the most consistent element of our great agricultural successes and heritage. Our tempera.te Mediterranean-like climate, ample water and fertile soils have afforded us a rich succession of crops and premier farm products and successful industries. Countering these cycles of nature, human population shifts, global competition and periods of blight and disease also have shaped the history of our farms and farmers. Until 1987, the local dairy industry was the dominant sector of the county's ag economy when winegrape values first topped milk, butter and cheese production. At one time prunes rivaled dairy values and poultry and eggs have always been important to the overall local economy -- there were 2.4 million laying chickens in Sonoma County last year. Now, our long and evolving ag history may be facing abrupt and uncertain impacts and changes against which even MOther Nature will be defenseless. With the multiple looming threats of climate change, traumatic weather events and possibly more wildfires and droughts, can Sonoma County's growers and ag producers continue to expect $1 billion crops in coming years? We already know some grape varietals will lose production if we lose too many foggy nights and cool mornings. Apples need "chill hours" during the winter and too many hot days at anytime means extra loss of water to evaporation and urban use. No two years have ever been the same or predictable. Even a short heat spike or untimely rainstorm could mean millions of dollars of lost crop or farm production. We've seen this many times but now we are being promised we will see more climate emergencies and extremes. In past eras, such as when a fungus blight wiped out commercial hop production here in the 1940s and 1950s, hop growers knew they could plant their lands over to w inegrapes and be promised a reliable crop. The same thing happened when our local Gravenstein and other apple crops began losing significant market share to Pacific Northwest and China competition. Thousands of acres of orchards have been planted over to premium winegrape varietals, making more money for farmers than apples ever paid. Total acreage of local apple orchards is now only 2,166 acres, down from a zenith of 14,000 acres in the 1940s. Once upon a time there were as many as800 dairy farms in the county. Last year, the official crop report counted only 56, of which 47 were certified organic. Sonoma County is home to 30,000 dairy cows. There are individual dairy operations in Fresno just over half that size. Sonoma County farmers have shown great resiliency by diversifying crops, innovating farm practices, doing cooperative and creative marketing and stubbornly holding on to vital ag roots and family-farm traditions. Will all this be enough in the face of a compromised and distraught Mother Nature? LETTERS Thanks for the fundraiser support EDITOR: On behalf of the museum board, and all its members, a heartfelt thanks goes out to all those who helped our annual fundraiser becomesuch a wonderful event. From the amazing donations, to all of the volunteers who participated, it could not have been more successful. The fundraiser allowed many people who have never visited the museum to become acquainted with the vast amount of historical material available about our great city and it's past, and it helps us to continue to be a viable part Of the city and county. The continued community support shown to the museum and the Historical Society allow it to continue to be the heart of the city, where it's past, present, and future is and will be stored. We thank you for the privilege. Robert Redner Cloverdale Historical Society Museum Board President Cloverdale Doomed development? EDITOR: I wrote the following letter on Aug. 26, 2016, almost three years to the day and nothing has been done. Why? Our town is receptive to new businesses --just look at Erin Mavis, Next Door Comics, Kelly Voss, etc. to name a few. We really want to see this historic building returned to its former glory. Please Mr. Wilson, do something. An open letter to Ken and Diane Wilson, Wilson Winery: Three or four years ago you purchased the historic Westamerica Bank building in Cloverdale. I was excited at the prospect you would do something impressive with this beautiful prime spot on our Boulevard. Weft, forward the clock to 2016 and this lovely building still sits empty. It is overgrown with dead vines, garbage in the doorways and graffiti on some wafts and is generally becoming an eyesore. My question is -- are you ever going to develop this property or is it doomed to sit vacant and in disrepair? I was hoping you ' would turn it into an Italian De11 and Wine Shop (much like Traverso's) to house your many brands. Our town is starting to revitalize after the downturn of several years ago and we are getting new testa man ts & retail shops tha t are offering our community and its visitors a lot of variety. Won't you please listen to the comm unity of C1overdale and take an interest in furthering its progress. We would love to help you make a successful venture here in our town. Chmstine Flaherty Cloverdale Real reporting needed EDITOR: Sonoma West Publishers needs to do some real reporting. They need to use the Freedom Of Information Act and get SMART to turn over the real numbers. Then, with that in hand, do some investigative reporting and compare the SMART money train drain to, let's say the BART system, the Santa Clara County systeni and CalTrain. We, as the people footing the bills, need to know what a well- run system might spend per passenger, or per mile of service. We need to know what a productive system gets back from the farebox toward costs. Let's not let SMART lies go an and on and give them more money to flush down the train drain. Those of us who live in the outlying cities of Cloverdale, Sonoma and Sebast0pol are getting nothing, no train, no bus connections to the train, nothing at all. Yet, they will soon ask us to increase the contributions we are making to the sales tax for the system. Those in Cloverdale will probably never see a SMART train in our town, yet that is what was promised. We need the facts. ' : ~ Wayne Diggs Cloverdale COMMENTARY Foggy Mountain Tales Three little kittens and rural living This past Monday started the week off well with the second foggy morning in a row. Around 7:30 a.m. I put on ranch Pamela Tinflin work clothes and went out the back door, stopping on the porch to pick up my garden snips plus five various sized baskets and a large shopping bag. I only made it halfway to the garden gate before three tiny kittens ran toward me mewing and mewing. Somehow I have managed to add another task to my routine with these orphans. Originally there was a fourth one, but the only black and white one has disappeared. I've looked and looked, called and called, but I'm afraid the little thing must have met a sad end. For now there are two black ones, plus the largest and strongest with stripes of mixed brown, grey and black. They are the offspring of two of the barn cats. Their mother chose an enormous rose bush in the closest corner of the garden for their birth place. It's nice and cozy under there and well protected within the thorny den. There is a soft layer of dry grass that provides comfort and warmth as they burrow into it. I put down my garden gear and scooped up the kittens, turning back to the house for the kitten milk. They've graduated from bottles and I'm introducing soft food, but more and more, what they want is more attention; I guess you could say they want mothering. I poured their form a in a flat plate with curved up edges, petted them a bit, then placed them around the plate with some distance between each of them. While they began to lap their breakfast I snuck off, picked up a basket and snips and began picking okra. About halfway down the row, I heard a small mew just behind me. There was Stripes. He quickly climbed up on my boot, then sank his sharp little claws in my pant leg. I took him back to where the others still lapped away with the tiniest one standing paw deep in the middle of the milk. I pulled him out, wiped him off as best I could with the tail of my shirt. After placing Stripes with his nose on the rim of the plate, once again I made my getaway. Back to work, I almost reached the end of the row before Stripes found me. I had been out there for nearly an hour and had nothing to show for it except a handful of okra. The yard- long beans, squash and tomatoes were still waiting. Just then I remembered that the hoodie I was wearing had a full width front pocket where I could put my hands, or for that matter, kittens. I picked up Stripes and carefully tucked him in the pocket. For several minutes he wiggled a bit and mewed several times. As I continued up the row, he grew quiet. I finished the okra, took the basket over to the back porch, and picked up the bag for the squash. As I made my way to the squash row, I heard and actually felt the softest purr. Looking down, I began to laugh -- at age 73 1 had a real live "baby bump." Rural living isn't for everyone. It involves a lot of hard work and it isn't always convenient. But when I get tired or frustrated I remember all the times I felt my heart lift, like the foggy morning a tiny kitten rested warm against me and purred as I worked. Pamela Tinnin writes from her ranch on Pine Mountain: She can be reached at pamelatinnin@yahoo.com. 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. -- Rollie Atkinson HISTORY Through the Years in the Reveille r.r he following items are selected from ,"archivedissues of the Cloverdale J. Reveille. August 21, 1909 - 110 years ago Joyce Mann Construction will shortly begin on a new hotel building to replace the Orange City Hotel, recently destroyed bY fire. The new hotel will be a reinforced concrete structure containing not less than sixty-five rooms. The new Orange City is to be a modern structure in every way and will be a credit to the town. A wooden building, 36-by-100, will be erected at the rear of the site for the concrete building. This building will be two stories in height and is to provide accommodations until the concrete structure is ready for occupancy. August 14, 1969 - 50 years ago Vandalism was discovered on the upper level of the Cloverdale Cemetery . This is the oldest portion of the cemetery, which is laid out on a hillside in three levels, and is where some of the pioneers of the area are buried. Approximately 75 ~'- headstones were toppled and one of the headstones which was shattered bore the date January 10, 1865. The city is not liable for damage and is not responsible for the upkeep of the cemetery since it does not have perpetual care. Cloverdale police have tripled their patrol of the area in the vicinity of the cemetery. Northern California trout fishermen are finding warming waters and fewer fish on most upper state watersheds, PG&E Stream Scouts report. Trout are lurking in deep water. Scouts say "Be sure to extinguish all camp fires. August 17, 1994 - 25 years ago ' Cloverdale are residents and businesses will receive a four page survey asking for public comment on a proposed Cloverdale Transportation Center. The Center is to be located adjacent to the recently completed Cloverdale Bypass section of Highway 101' (Downtown) at the corner of Asti Road and Citrus Fair Drive. Among its transportation related features, the new facility proposes to feature a 70 space park and ride lot, bus stops for Cloverdale Transit, Santa Rosa Airporter, Amtrak Feeder Bus and Greyhound Lines. The facility will also serve as a rail station in the advent that passenger raft service is introduced along the Northwestern Pacific right-of-way in the future. The facility will also contain bicycle lockers and willbe linked to nearby bicycle lands. Several other uses are being considered, such as a telecommuting office and electric auto recharging station. Sonoma County transit is managing this project. OBITUARIES & MILESTONES Policy The Cloverdale Reveille offers our readers and all others 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 ctoverdalerevellle.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. Read the CL0VERDALE REVEILLE Anytime. Anywhere. For the most up-to-date news and events read the online version of Cloverdale Reveille. Our new mobile-friendly website willlook great on your tablet, phone or home computer. You can view recent stories, search for articles from past issues, and see all four" of our weekly newspapers (Cloverdale Reveille, The Windsor Times, The Healdsburg Tribune, Sonoma West Times & News). Want your own print copy mailed to you every week? Subscribe for just $60 a year Call 894-3339 or visit cloverdalereveille.com to subscribe. .Faye Ellen Bill Long-time Cloverdale resident Faye Ellen Bill passed away on August 9, 2019 peacefully at hOme surrounded by her loving family. In 2017 she was diag- nosed with a rare cancer. Urachal can- cer occurs in roughly about one person per 1 million people. She fought a long battle trying different treatments and studies, not letting any of it slow her down. Faye was born June 5, 1958 in Red- ding, CA. In the early 1960s, when she was a young child, her family moved to CIoverdale and chose this little town to be their home. Faye grew upat her family's ranch on Highway 128 with both her parents and all of her siblings. She attended school in Cloverdale and graduated from CHS in 1976. Faye was a Lady Eagle and played volleyball, basketball, and fast- pitch softball. In the early 1980s, Faye played for the local fast-pitch softball league on a team sponsored by Century 21. She was her team's pitcher and if you played against her, you might remember her striking you out. After graduating high school, Faye worked at many local businesses such as the Wheel Care, Primco, MGM Brakes, and Manzanita Manor. Faye never had any children of her own, but this never stopped her from taking care of her nieces and nephews. She treated all children as her own and was always very involved in the lives of her nieces, nephews and all of their friends. She was a dedicated volunteer' help- ing with the kids' field trips, school events, and the snack-shack at foot- ball and baseball games, both home and away. She was known as "Aunt Faye" by many people in Cloverdale. Faye is survived by her siblings Tom Bill, Patricia Keller, Benjamin Bill, Arthur Bill, Amie Cerveny and Theresa Bill; nieces and nephews Jaremy Bill, Gall Uselton, Shane Bill, Marcie Flores, Faye Wedge, Traci Lucchesi, Travis Bill, Austinn Bill, Sharmayne Bill, Walt Cerveny, Kasey Cerveny, Victoria McCuistion, Jeffrey Keller; great nieces and nephews Dowdy Uselton, Alex Uselton, Jose Flores, Pedro Flores, Juan FIores, Christina FIores, Travis Wilson, William Wedge, Jo-Jo Wedge, Courtney Bill, Quentin Bill, Anthony Lucchesi, Dominick Luc- chesi, Rocco Lucchesi, Dillon Keller, Logan .Keller, Camden Keller, Jaxon Keller, Ethan Keller, TJ McCuistion, Gabbi McCuistion, and Bella McCuistion. She was preceded in death by her mother Elsie Bill, father Clyde Bill; and siblings Harley Bill, David Bill, Rose Bill and LeRoy Harris. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, August 25th, beginning at 12 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist School, 1085 S. CIoverdale Boulevard, CIoverdale. CLOVERDALE REVEILLE 207 N. Cloverdale Blvd. PO Box 157 CIoverdale, CA. 95425 (707) 894-3339 Adjudicated a newspaper of general circulation by the Superior Court of the County of Sonoma, State of California, under the date of March 3, 1879, Case No. 36106. FOR THE RECORD: The Cloverdale Reveille reserves space each week for corrections and clarifications; for details email news@cloverdalereveille.com. SUBSCRIBE: Annual rates are $60 ($85 out-of-county). Sorry, no refunds. Subscriptions include unlimited digital access. Single print copies are $1. ADVERTISE: Classifieds, Milestones and word ads can be placed at: www.cloverdalereveUle.com. For display placement and general inquiries call 894-3339. 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