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PAGE 10 -- THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2016 CLOVERDALE REVEILLE CLOVERDALE CALIFORNIA Drip drop opinions The Russian River flowed for millions and millions of years, eons before the earliest of Pomo people estab- lished fishing villages here 10,000 years ago and called the river Ashokawna. Through millenia, the river carved a snake-like course through the rocky upper reaches between Ukiah and Cloverdale. It meandered widely across the volcanic soils of the Alexander and lower valley below Healdsburg, mix- ing fertile soils with the ancient minerals of exploded mountain tops and leveling out future farmlands and vine- yard landscapes. The river narrowed and deepened to create a westward course through primitive redwood stands of the coastal range, finally disgorging all its collected rain, runoff, organic debris, silt and living microbes into the Pacific Ocean. Winter storms and summer droughts ordained a lopsided balance of nature. The Russians, Europeans and the rest of us came much, much later. But our influence has been mighty and calamitous. Our record here represents the narrowest wink of time in the river's history. Yet we stand ready now to cast new artificial (manmade) controls and covenants on the water- way we made unwild less than two centuries ago. This week the Sonoma County Water Agency opened two months of public comment on its 3,600-page proposal for its Fish Habitat Flows and Water Rights Project. This plan will dictate how the agency operates its releases from Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma. It seeks to satisfy fed- eral protections for endangered salmon species while extending the agency's right to divert enough water to sup- ply its 600,000 human customers throughout Sonoma and Marin counties through the year 2040. The six-volume Environmental Impact Report (EIR) report about fish habitat, agricultural practices, recre- ational uses and municipal water demands would be very controversial in 1958 or 1983 or even 1921, but this is 2016. Those earlier years were when the Coyote, Warm Springs and Scott dams were erected in the upper water- shed of the P0mo's Ashokawna, a source of colossal season- al runs of salmon, steelhead and chinook. Those historic fish runs have been gone for a half centu- ry now, well before the population of Sonoma County dou- bled between the late 1970s and today. There is little con- troversy because there are few fish remaining. The current set of proposals and new definitions for acceptable river flows and pumping levels are not aimed to restore the great fisheries; they are written to protect a sliver of the river's natural balance while guaranteeing to quench the thirst of the water agency's paying customers. If enacted, the plan would reduce summer flows in the river's main stem to mimic historic patterns for salmon migration and spawning. One of the goals is to slow the current and increase the chance that a freshwater lagoon could form at the mouth of the river in Jenner. Newly hatched steelhead use such habitat to feed and grow before entering the ocean. Lower flows are also proposed for Dry Creek below the Warm Springs Dam. As public testimony begins, river residents have already raised concerns about impacts to water quality, increased algae blooms and impacts to the local river-based recre- ation industry. More testimony leading upto a pub 'hearing :on i "i3 before the Board of Supe 6rs growers' uses against e i ande [ fishJ tions. The plan also includes increasing river diversions for various water agency customers such as the Occidental Community Service District and the Town of Windsor. Obviously, there are enough competing interests and points of view to fill a 3,600 page report. (Visit or download at And, the last four years of historic drought and "natural" summer- time low flows have heightened everyone's interest and sense of skepticism. If opinions were drops of water there would already be plenty of flow for both the fish and our many human thirsts. - Rollie Atkinson Spiritual reading group Editor: Starting Wednesday, Sept. 14, you are invited to join a small group of like-minded people to read and study the classic set ofbo0ks (six small- ish volumes) "The Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East." The author, Baird Spalding, wrote the first vol- ume in 1924. He was a mining engineer with meta- physical interests. He was one of 11 men who made up the archeological research party who visited the Far East in 1894 for three-and-a-half years. These were all practical, scientffically-minded men. These books are an accounting of their experi- ences with the masters they met there and an attempt to show the great fundamental truths of their teaching. More than a million copies are in circulations and have been translated into Italian, French and German. Spalding's friends included some well-known personalities of the time: Kahlil Gibran, Paul Brunton, Krishnamurti, Annie Basant and Madam Blavasky. This will be the third time in six years that we will be reading these books together in my home. Buy the set of books or just come and listen as we take turns reading and discussing. Questions? Call 894-2736. Mardi Grainger Cloverdale Response to editorial Editor: The first homework assignment for every student sixth grade through 12th grade should be reading and responding to Rollie Atkinson's editorial ' ords Matter." Carolyn Moore Healdsburg The Cloverdale Reveille an{ = "%~, ,r Vote yes to support libraries The free public library lives at the center of what makes America great. It is, simply, one of the best things a govern- ment can throw money at. It not only makes better citizens, it makes citizens; it informs and forms them, instilling civic virtue and discernment. The library makes people better humans, more informed voters, more empathetic, smarter, better lovers, better social animals, more acutely aware of the vast complex interdepen- dent array of networks that sustain and nourish civilization. I have seen immigrants learn English at the library. I have seen smart adults who lacked the ability to read, come out from behind their clever ruse and learn to read and write at the library. And I've seen thousands of children begin a lifelong love affair with books and reading at the library. I have helped countless people repair their plumbing, fix their cars, sell their cars, build a retaining wall, build a yurt, a tiny house, a geodesic dome, a craftsman cottage, tree houses, patios, gazebos, half timbered Elizabethan houses. I have gotten recipes for cakes, salads, classic French and Novo Pakistani, food for two or one or 50. I have helped people try to repair their marriages, get divorced, find their birth parents, dis- cover their genealogy, contact their congressman, pimp their resume, evict their tenant, defy their landlord. I got a call on the desk at the Santa Rosa Library from an underage couple on Highway 80 to Reno, asking what they needed in the way of proof to get married. Most people come for a weekly dose of fiction, audio- book, nonfiction, DVDs, or some material to brighten their lives. What I love about libraries is that they are all tradition and dis- ruptive change. Libraries and America - both change agents - grew up together. Benjamin Franklin started a subscription library in Philly in 1731, the Library Company of Philadelphia. The American Free Public Library movement grew up with young republic. Women were a big part. Women's Improvement Clubs sponsored libraries, and then the Free Public "movement aligned and shared membership with a number of early 19th Century woman-based agents of change: the women's suffrage movement, the free public school movement, the Anti-Saloon League and the Women's Christian Temperance Union. Peterborough, New Hampshire voted at a town meeting to devote tax dollars to fund a public library, a free public library in 1833. Boston Public, on of the great libraries of the world has claimed the title of first free public in the U.S. in 1852, but I think plucky Peterborough has a 19-year jump on Boston. The movement to build libraries in every town got a great push forward with Andrew Carnegie, who between 1890 and 1920 built 2,500 libraries through the Carnegie Foundation, including four right here in Sonoma County: Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Sonoma and Petaluma got wonderful state-of-the-art-libraries built for free. All a town had to do was give the land, fill it with books and provide professional librarians. The guy who tore down the Santa Rosa Carnegie Library and built the library that stands there today, David Sabsay, totally got the concept of disruptive change, and there should be a statue to this giant of a man who stood about five-two. He started as Santa Rosa City Librarian in 1958 and then had the city join the county library, and then one by one got every other city in the county to join the system and come up with the Joint Powers Agreement (JPA), a far seeing document that governs the library to this day. He got every city to give up its little jewel of a library because it made sense. In other counties there are the city libraries where the tax base and those who love libraries are, and there is the county, the unincorporated land, where the tax base sucks and it is tough to get people excited about libraries. In other counties, rich cities like Mill Valley, Beverly Hills and Saint Helena build good libraries, and the county library struggles to serve the underserved. Sabsay ~reated '~ l&cel playing field and shared the wealth, and tha ,,is , e,need eesale tax .......... - ..... Not ju t-he, t e libraries are great and make better people, but because it's time. We started with a library built for its time. The JPA started was adopted in 1970. Times have changed. Forty-six years and Sonoma County has grown from a cow county to a tourist mecca and a retirement destination for the rich. And we have not upped the ante for our libraries. We need a funding base that matches heritage and gives us a shot at our potential. Vote Yes on Measure Y. -Bo Simons is a retired librarian Corrections and Clarifications The Reveille reserves this space each week for corrections and clarifications. For more details call 894.3339. THE CLOVERDALE HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1879 Publisher Rollie Atkinson Managing Editor Ray Honey Reporters Heather Bailey, Tony Landucci, Frank Robertson, Krista Sherer, Stuart T'fffen, Amie Windsor Sports Editor Greg Clementi Customer service/graphics Dene6 Rebottaro Circulation Stephanie Caturegli Website Coordinator Laura Hagar Bookkeeper Anna Harsh Advertising Cherie Kelsay Advertising sales inquiries: 894-3339 or VISIT US ONLINE OFFICE HOURS Monday through Friday 5 p.m. 207 N. CI0verdale Blvd. Cloverdale Reveille (119-020 USPS) is published every Thursday by Sonoma West Publishers, Inc., at 207 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, CA 95425 (707) 894-3339. Subscriptions: $50 per year, $75 per year out of Sonoma County. Single copy $1. Second Class Periodicals Postage Paid at Cloverdale, CA 95425. Postmaster: Send address changes to Cloverdale Reveille, PO Box 157, Cloverdale CA 95425. Adjudkated 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. COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, Aug. 25 Kiwanis, Karma Cafe ......................................................................................... 7-8 am Rotary Club, Citrus Fair. ........................ : .............................................................. 12 pm Cloverdale Lions Club, Citrus Fair. ..................................................................... 5:30 pm AA On Fire (open meeting),4SO S. Franklin (Living Water Baptist Church) ........... 7 pm Friday, Aug. 26 Toastmasters, Karma Cafe ................................................................................. 7-8 am Food Pantry,2nd & Commercial ........................................................................... 1 pm Monday, Aug.29 CIoverdale Fire Protection District Board Meeting, at station ............................... 6 pm Cloverdale Road Runners Car Club, EagleTech (third Monday only) ..................... 6 pm Cloverdale Health Care District, 209 N. Cloverdale Bird ........................................ 7 pm Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, 208 Commercial St. (Mon-Fri) ....................... 12 pm Tuesday, Aug. 30 CPAC Board Meeting at the Theatre,209 N.Cl0verdale Blvd ................................. 9 am CI0verdale Planning Commission at CPAC (first Tuesday) ................................ 6:30 pm CI0verdale City Council at CPAC (Second & Fourth Tuesday) ............................ 6:30 pm Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary, Veterans Hall (first Tuesday) ................... 7 pm Wednesday, Aug. 31 Amedcan Legion and Sons of Legion Squadron,Veterans Hall (second Wednesday)..6:30 pm COMMUNITY EVENTS Cloverdale Tuesday Farmers' Market every Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. next to Plank Coffee, 227 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Rain or shine. Cloverdale Arts Alliance presents Friday Night Live featuring Lo Miso Negro Friday, Aug. 26, 7 p.m. in the downtown Plaza. "Downtown Cruise" kicks off this year's Cloverdale Car & Motorcycle Show on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. Cars will meet at Ace Hardware parking lot and will cruise Cloverdale Blvd. It is followed by a free dance and concert in the plaza. For more into call 894-4470. 23rd Annual Cloverdale Car & Motorcycle show, Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Custom, rare and some one-of-a-kind vehicles will be lining the streets of downtown. To register, call 894- 4470. CloverdaleVolunteer Firefighters Annual Concert and Street Dance, Saturday, Sept. 10 starting at 5 p.m. in the plaza. Live music by"Cripple Creek:'A no-host bar. No charge to attend the event. Cloverdale Historical Society Speaker Series opening program for the Fall season will be "The Iron Horse Came to Cloverdale" Wednesday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m. at the CIoverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Tickets are $10 online at or at the History Center, 21 S N. Cloverdale Blvd., Mail Center, Etc., 207 A N. Cloverdale Blvd. or at the door. (Cash only at the door). Soil King presents the 3rd AnnuaITomato Fiesta on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Soil King Garden Center, 320 Santana Dr. Event will include a giant "pumpking" weigh-off, tomato competition and salsa tasting & contest. There are junior and adult categories. For more into visit / .~J+ T4-'~'~ I Sundaye at lO:OOam *70T-431-7856 t I t L~----t2 .. "~-- ..F.C ! I . Verse by Verse Teaching [ ~"~L~)? ~" ~,~a~, ~, r; ~.x,e% , z~ I CALVARY C HAPE L - Chlldrene Church Provided J ] 1085S~CIov~r~aleBIvcL - 7078944989 1| l-~l Commerce tone, Unit C [ 1+ WA~, c~,r~ ~'EOPL~ IInClVerdale'sR~Lm~Btminm~Park~ I* t~,~:~.'~lS~ O~" +~O~'F. 1 www.thebridge4sq.nef [ l, ~,~r* ~a.t~m.~t ~T,*r,*., , -. ~ ~-I I I | m(z| J / ---'r-ou~*~--~o~'::~~ . ...... Church of the Good Shepherd Sundays, 10:00 a.m. | t oH ~unt]av ~atherin~9"~5 a m 122 Main Street ] ~.~ _ ~ _. .~';:?L~:~l~"i?'''r' .......... 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Sundaj~: 9 a.m.--Bible Studies for Adults and Youth; 10:15 a.m.--Worship Service and Children's Ch urch; 5:00 p.m.--Youth Group Bible Study and Hang Out Wednesday: 0:30 p.m.--Awana Children's Program during the school year (Children Preschool--Youth 8th grade enjoy Bible learning and fun games) 1st and 3rd Fridays each month: 9:30 a.m.--11:30 a.m. MOPS --Mother's of Preschoolers (Sept. - May) Various Small Group Bible Studies meet durin.q the week 450 S. Franklin Street I PO Box 447 - (707) 894-3274 emaih I webpage: ,/i! !, OUR AREA, CHURCHES INVITE YOU TO ATTEND