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Page 8 The Cloverdale Reveille August 22, 2019 www.cloverdalereveiiie,com Continued from Page I resources and agencies and allocations -- and all of this is also impacted by limited funding. "I'd love to be able to tell you that there's an answer for it tomorrow, but clearly there's not," he continued. "If you go across the state and you look at some of these places where you can see shelters right underneath freeway overpasses -- if there was a simple solution, you wouldn't see those there. That should be clear, that it's not that easy as some may think. It's a constant challenge and something that requires a lot of attention." Community and transparency When asked if he had any plans for his new role, Ferguson said that he hopes to build on the foundation of community engagement that was a point of focus for his predecessors. During his second day on the job, Ferguson helped sling burgers for Cloverdaie's National Night Out festivities and it's events like that one that remind him of the community-oriented atmosphere that he was fond of while working at the LPD. "I would love to make that to where we're even getting more people coming out," he said. "I thought we had a good turnout, I thought it was a lot of fun -- I'd love to see it even expand more if that's possible." Along a similar line of engagement is Cloverdale's business watch program, which had its first meeting toward the end of April. Ferguson called the program "outstanding," and likened the development of it to programs like neighborhood watch. Another area that Ferguson wants to work on is department transparency. "That's something I'll work towards, making sure we are transparent with our community to the degree that we can be," he said. "There are certainly things that we have to be careful of, and we have to get citizens to understand that -- that not everything all the time can be put out for certain reasons -- whether it's a lawful reason, whether it's something that is ongoing." Beyond that, Ferguson doesn't anticipate making any other changes to the department in the near future. "I'm not looking to do anything ridiculously crazy right now, I'm kind of sitting down and watching how it operates," he said. "I've been very pleased at this point with what I see. As we move forward and I get more comfortable, maybe I'll look into other ideas to maybe make us more efficient. Other than that, I'm pretty pleased where I'm at." The Cloverdale Police Department went through a structural change as Ferguson was coming on board -- the creation of its first lieutenant position. The reorganization was led by former interim Chief Robert Stewart because he felt the department needed a clearer command structure. The new chief said that he agrees with the decision because it creates a clearer path for a second in command should he be absent. He also said he agrees with Lt. Chris Parker being appointed to the position. "I've watched him interact with community engagement and he's spot on," he said. "He's obviously a very popular officer here, so it was the right decision and a fantastic decision. We will work well together." His impression of Cloverdale so far is a positive one -- like many people who settle here, he likes the community. "This is very much a tight- knit community and it shows," he said. "That's great because that's exactly what I came from, and I couldn't be more happy that it's so similar as it relates to that." Windsor resident "creates wellness" across the county with the help of canine friends By Julia Sawyer Sonoma West Publishers Intern While most dog owners would say they know their dogs have a profound effect on their wellbeing, dogs can often have that effect on anyone around them, especially if they are ill. "There's something special about a dog's love that heals us and makes us feel better," said Roz Morris, founder of Creating Wellness, a social canine therapy program. Creating Wellness (CW) is a non- profit organization that consists of volunteers and their dogs that are trained to work as a team, bringing comfort and love to patients in a variety of settings. Thirty years ago, Morris, who lives in Windsor, started CW at Healdsburg District Hospital (HDH). While running the gift shop at HDH, Morris asked a co- worker to approach the CEO at the time, and ask him if he was interested in having a therapy dog at the hospital. He said absolutely, and CW was born. The first canine in the program was Morris's cocker spaniel, Sabrina I. Morris would wheel Sabrina I around the hospital in a wheelchair so the patients didn't have to bend down to pet her. For patients who weren't able to sit up and pet Sabrina I, Morris would put a towel on their bed and lay her on the towel next to the patient. During her time at HDH, word got out about Morris's program, and she was approached by others who wanted to join with their dogs. Thirteen years after Morris started CW, she was approached by the same co- worker who had originally spoken to the CEO about starting CW. The co-worker -- who was now working at the old Sutter hospital on Chanate Road -- told Morris that Sutter didn't have any therapy dogs and asked her if she was interested in running the gift shop at Sutter and bringing the CW pro'gram to Sutter. "One weekend, Sabrina I and I went to Sutter and spent many hours on three different floors bringing love to patients after that, I knew it was time to share CW with others." When Morris and Sabrina I moved to Sutter, her other dogs and volunteers stayed at HDH. Morris then worked at Sutter for 17 years running the gift shop and CW simultaneously. "When they built the new Sutter, my PAWSOME PROGRAM Roz Morris, founder poses with newly-minted volunteer dog Louie office was the size of a closet. I don't do well in closets unless I'm looking for something to wear, so after 17 yearsl I retired from Sutter and HDH." Shortly after Morris retired from the gift shop, Sabrina I passed away. Morris wanted to continue volunteering with CW, not just organizing it, so she got another cocker spaniel named who was dubbed Sabrina II. Because Sabrina II is now 15 years old and no longer doing therapy work, Morris adopted Splendor, a four-year- old golden retriever. Morris's goal with CW was "making people feel better through the love of a dog," and she cites that dogs are known to bring down blood pressure levels as well as relieve stress. Morris has seen first hand how a dog can change a patient's attitude and make them feel better. "I've seen dogs smell illness when a patient has a stomach issue, the dog slowly makes its way towards the Photo Julia Sawyer of therapy dog program Creating Wellness person's stomach and lays their head on it as a way to heal and comfort the patient." Morris says dogs have unconditional love for everyone and that's why they are such good healers. Dogs don't judge. "When you give a dog a job, it's working, it's active. If a dog is active, it is more likely to live longer. As humans grow older we also need to stay active so we don't rot away on the couch," Morris said. CW can be found at Brookdale in Windsor, Sonoma West Medical Center Specialty Hospital in Sebastopol, Clearwater Lodge Assisted Living, Cloverdale Healthcare Center and The Villas Assisted Living in Cloverdale, Healdsburg Senior Living in Healdsburg and 41 other locations around Sonoma County. To learn more about Creating Wellness or to contact Roz Morris go to creating-wellness.net, or email at glennm@sonic.net. BACK: Replacement Continued from Page 1 on gathering results from testing rubber tire use on playgrounds -- however, the study primarily focused on the use of recycled tire crumb in structure surfaces. It also lists the CPSC as recommending the use of shredded recycled tires for the purpose of shock absorption and playground use. According to Assistant City Manager Kevin Thompson, the city received a grant from CalRecycle in 2016 to put the recycled mulch in all of Cloverdale's parks. CalRecycle lists the city as being awarded grants for its Tire-Derived Product Grant Program during the 2014- 15 ($25,519 to install and replace mulch at Furber Park) and 2015-16 ($39,571 to install mulch at Clark Park, also referred to as Tarman Park) grant cycles. Once the contractor agreement is OK'd by the city, the 950 cubic yards of rubber mulch will be replaced with park safe wood chips. The goal would be to get all of the mulch in city parks replaced at once, AAUW TECH TREK will cost an estimated $107,000 MUCH ADO ABOUT MULCH - Mulch in Cloverdale parks began program through CalRecycle. Thompson said. However, it depends on the selected contractor. If the mulch ends up being replaced park-by-park, City Park and Tarman Park will be replaced first, followed by Furber Park and Vintage Meadows Park. "For me it'll be a relief that I can go to empower~r~g women s~ce 1881 Because of you, nine amazing 8th grade girls attended Tech Trek, a residential camp at Stanford University featuring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. You helped our local girls envision a future in STEM. AAUW Healdsburg THANKS YOU for your generous donations. E&M Electric and Machinery Max Machinery, Inc. Rotary Club of Healdsburg (Noon) Soroptimist International of Heatdshurg Soroptimist International of Windsor Mickey& Jerry Sarquis Ann Allan Photo Zoe Strickland as part of a grant i:!::. the park and not worry that my kids are being exposed," Nettleton said. "It includes all of the other kids in the community, too Now I'll have peace of mind that our community is safe and we're taking care of the children in our community. They deserve it." Continued from Page 1 never been taught." When asked why she thinks these skills are lacking, Murdock cited the fast-paced nature of today's society coupled with a possible increase in at-home stressors. "Everyone's just working to survive," she said. While different grade levels spend different amounts of time on the morning activity, they'll also focus on different things. "For kindergarten, it's pretty much all about teaching you how to get along with others through the whole year," Murdock said. "But for third and fourth grade, they have little topic books -- like same and different, preparing for a sub, or if they're having problems with stealing, tattling or excluding others -- so whatever problem you are seeing in the classroom, you hit that one that week. Teachers have the flexibility to spotlight what they see going on in the classroom." As the year progresses, Yakich said that they may be integrating more tools from Caring School Community. However for now, she wanted the school to ease into the program. By having guidebooks and packets for teacher, Murdock is hoping that it will provide a consistent base for students and teachers. "We want to all be on the same page so that our students have the same expectations from grade to grade and schoolwide, because we're lacking that and they know they can get away with things when everyone knows we're not on the same page," she said. By RolUe Atkinson Sonoma West Staff Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Lowell Bergman will give a talk and share a Q&A session on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at The Raven Performing Arts Theater in Healdsburg. His appearance is being sponsored by Sonoma West Publishers (SWP) and Northern California Public Media (KRCB.) The public is invited to attend and general admission is $10. All SWP newspaper subscribers will be admitted free. (This includes subscribers to Sonoma West Times & News, The Heaidsburg Tribune, The Windsor Times and The Cloverdale Reveille.) "These are some of the most challenging times ever for journalism and newspapers," said SWP Publisher .st to Rollie Atkinson. "As journalists, we can no longer be silent in defense of our profession and the importance of local newspapers as democracy-empowering institutions. We are excited to present Lowell to our community and readers. He is one the foremost voices in our profession and he has some very 'no nonsense' views about what's at stake and what needs to be done to defend the truth and keep all governments honest." There will be a V.I.P. reception for SWP's community investors and invited major donors of NorCal Media at 7 p.m. Bergman's public talk will begin at 8 p.m. (Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.) Tickets for the general public will be available at the door only. Seating is open, and The Raven snack bar will be open. Bergman is the Emeritus Reva & David Logan Professor of Investigative Reporting at UC Berkeley, where he founded the first and largest graduate program in investigative reporting in the nation, the Center for Investigative Reporting in 1977. He spent over four : decades working for major national news outlets, including the New York Times and Rolling Stone, and taught at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism for 28 years. His "60 Minutes" investigation of the tobacco industry was dramatized in 1999 in the Academy Award-nominated feature film "The Insider." (He was portrayed by actor A1 Pacino.) In 2004, while at the New York Times, he received journalism's highest honor, the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, for his work with David Barstow and two Berkeley graduate students on "A Dangerous Business." a great story" Tell us what you're curious about.-: GO to cloverdalereveille.com and click on So-Curious to learn about ou pew reader feat.re