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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2011 -- Page 5 9-11: The importance of reflection By Paula Wrenn If this were an advice column, one topic I would avoid is how to cope with the annual reminders and memorials to 9-11. They are painful. I have attended a few memorials and remembrances in the decade since this nightmarish event ushered in a new time, a new era in our country we would prefer not to have. After all these years, my heart breaks for the loss of life many families in this country experienced that day, and the bravery of those called to action. Quite honestly, though I wish I didn't have to think about it, 9-11 creeps into my thoughts at least a half dozen times each week. It so impacted every aspect of American life, my life, that any number of thoughts or discussion topics trigger the memory. It seems to have some relationship to so many everyday considerations, just a degree away from normal thoughts and ideas. Whenever I watch a movie or television program that shows a New York City skyline, I look to see if the Towers are present and then check the date of the movie's release. The same goes for plane crashes and images of the Pentagon. I think of it whenever the subject of stock market activity comes up. So many people working at the Exchange were lost or harmed in some way, but one also has to think that the ongoing, over-reactive spikiness of the market remains, at least to some degree, linked to events a decade ago. I think of it when I observe the contentiousness of our political parties and wish they would call upon that memory to focus on what is really important to their constituents. I Futures think of 9-11 when I think of our troops at war and I were allI suffering still when they return. I think of it whenever I substantially my father's name comes up; the rock of my formative II altered ] years was lost to cancer just weeks before 9-11. When- ever we hear of a catastrophe, natural or otherwise, I always think of its physical and emotional toll in rela- tion to the scale of 9-11. When I think about the future, I realize how our futures were all substantially altered by the day terrorists attacked our country with such stealth and hatred that it shook our foundation.Shook it, but didn't crack it. Whether you attend a public memorial, watch a television program, or go to a quiet place to reflect, everyone who loves this country needs to find a way to put themselves in the mindset we all shared that day. Despite the partisanship of politics, despite the economic challenges and any disagreements we have with the way the country is presently run, all Americans were united by the pain we experienced and the resolve we shared during that time. As much as we don't want to have the memory of 9-11, I believe it is important to choose some way in which to show respect for the loss life, to honor those who saved lives, and to reflect on ways to use this terrible memory to become better Americans. Tours at The Geysers If you haven't been on a tour of The Geysers in the past few years, try to reserve a spot on the September 10 Calpine tour bus that will coincide with the Street Celebration. I took several houseguests on a tour there a few years back and we all found it to be surprising and impressive. Having the largest productive geothermal field on the planet right here in our back yard is just one more reason Sonoma County and contiguous locales are distinguished. Too easy to get juiced Marketers of liquor have developed lots of adult beverage products that are sweet enough to make their customers forget they are drinking alcohol even before the alcohol takes effect. These sweet adult beverages are often packaged in portioned, ready-to-go containers, making them easy to cart ~ifong to a party or picnic. We also know these sweet, juicy beverages suit young palates for which the taste of hard liquor has little appeal:The mixed, sugary alcoholic beverage distributors have, in my opinion, helped fuel underage drinking, enticing kids who might otherwise avoid the burn of undiluted hard liquor. Today kids who can get access to it can choose from an array of sweet, smooth rides to Buzztown. On a recent visit to Ray's, an open-top freezer of novelty alcoholic beverages in pouches, much like a child's fruit juice pouch, was located near the front of the store and somewhat hidden from view of the cashiers by another display. I'm told the pouch beverages are a popular impulse purchase among adults, which is concerning as they are often purchased one or two at a time and appear to be easily consumed while driving. Even more concernmg is how readily accessible they were near the front of the store. Experimental youngsters could easily hide while slipping one of the pouches under clothing and then casually walk out of the store undetec- ted. We are told by the experts that children tell them the overwhelming reason kids in our community drink is not because they are bored, but because they have access. I asked Ray's management to at least consider putting the pouch liquor behind a freezer door so it would require more effort to reach and to reduce the ease with which an underage drinker could gain access. They are looking into relocating the product and I, for one, appreciate that. Do you have a suggestion for this column or another viewpoint? Write to Paula Wrenn c/o the Reveille, or email paula@thewriteangle.com. CELEBRATING 100 YEARS! OL VeI'[ 8Le COMPUT6F SflTISF'dCTION GL~iFSNTeeD! GFeG carter. OWNer ANIMAL I IOSPITAL OF C LOVIii;RI)AI~Ii:, Receive $40 OFF any Dental Cleaning for your pet in September. Go to our website and print out the coupon today. Look for other money saving offers every month at Call for Appointment! 894-3951 From the Editor's desk Pictured in front of the Wallace House are Bible study group members Christina Elwell, in back, left, Colleen Segale, Stacy Stordahl and Nikki Wallace. In front are Maegan Segale and Emily Kasting. Christina Elwell and Tonya Casarez were not available for the photo. Wallace House thanks Bible study group Editor: "On behalf of the Healdsburg Good Shepherd Lutheran Church's Clo- verdale Bible Study Group, we would like to thank Wallace House for the many services they offer to the needy citizens of our community. Their proactive approach in helping people with their problems is truly inspir- ing. It has been a significant blessing to work with this amazing organiza- tion. To offer a gift so "small" to a non-profit with needs so "large" leaves us feeling, what more can we do? Wallace House is a place of positivity and hope. It is our sincere heartfelt prayer that Wallace House is able to continue to offer these services for many years to come. Thanks again to the Wallace House Staff. Wallace House wishes to thank the ladies from the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for providing us with large totes filled to the brim with items they collected such as paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, copy paper, razors, socks, sleeping bags and non-perishable food. Indi- vidual donations are way down because of current economic conditions. Our budget has also been dramatically affected by funding cuts at the federal and state level. If anyone would like to donate these types of critical supplies to Wallace House, please contact us to arrange for a pickup or drop them off at 126 N. Main Street between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. And of course, we are also always in need of cash donations For more information please call 894-2727 and please check out our new website wallacehouse.org. Thank you to everyone for all of your continued support. Colleen Halbolm, CCOC Sept. 11 was a day of horror Just like the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, most people remember where they were on Sept. 11, 2001, when the horrible news of the attack on New York's Twin Towers started to be broadcast. The sadness of that day was pervasive for many months, and now, even though it is probably necessary and important, especial- ly to honor the first responders to that horrific event, it is depressing to have to live through it all over again. The stories of last phone calls to family by people trapped in the towers or on the plane that went down in Pennsylvania are heart- breaking. Many, many people across the country were touched personally by this tragedy. Local residents lost a nephew who was a first responder, Thomas Patrick Holohan, who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. Holohan was a fireman with the New York City Fire Department. The Sobecki-Engle family had a friend who lived in Manhattan who communicated a heart-wrenching description of what she saw that day. It was a day that changed everything in America. It brought us together for a short time, so it is especially sad that at this time the country is so far apart. Stephen Tice Electrical "Let there be light/" 894-8423 (TICE) cell: 479-4046 e-mail: steve tice@juno.com Lic #310393 PA Cl/RIC WOJRK Tune-Ups All Work Timing Belts CV Joints Guaranteed Oil Change & Lube Fuel Injection Service A.C. Repairs & Conversions 0 ASE Master Tech 894-3614 101 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Cruism'at theTowers Gallery this weekend Towers Gallery, a cooperative ~aVI~lville, Lori Mole, Monty Monty, members galle~, featuring two and three dimensional fine art and an- tiques participates with the Clover- dale 18th Annual Car & Motorcycle Show, Cruise and Sock Hop Sept. 9 - 10. Featured artist, photographer Richard Small, will exhibit unique photography printed on metal and cedar. Small's work is highlighted in 'Nikon World.' Stephanie Hamilton-Oravitz, Jer- rie Jerne', Jim Ludwig, Mike Narci- so, Frank Oravitz and Cathy Thomas' photography of cars and motorcycles also exhibited, to in- clude Jim Van Deren showing 'Cus- tom Job" done in acrylic and a David Fetherston M G sculpture. The show continues through Oct. 31. Artists exhibition of other medi- ums include Valerie Adams, Allen Albonico, Jeff Albrecht, Jaime Al- fonso, Ann Berrey, Nancy Burres, Simma Chester, Diana Crain, Ann Gillis, Shotsie Gorman, Marge Gray, Kirk Hinshaw, Bill Hollister, Lance Kuehne, Carol Larson, Aim Mackenzie, Janet McBeen, Craig Connie Mygatt, Leonard Mygatt, Josh Roth, Twila San Filippo, Deb- bie Shanahan, Patti Smithson, Michelle Sottile-Smith, Terrie Spenst and Henry White. The North Bay Cobras will Cor- ral with exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the gallery parking lot in back of the building. There will be an artists'reception on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. with guitar, drums and vocals performed by Oscar Calderon. "Wine, poured by the Milano Fami- ly Winery, will accompany fabu- lous art and a raffle," offered gallery owner Cathy Thomas. 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(707) 894-3682 OUR RATES ARE LOWER THAN MOST. 10X20 = $125 ] ~10X26 = $145 10X30 = $157 SECOND MONTH FREE ON SELECTED SIZES NO ADMINISTRATIVE FEES NO DEPOSITS, 24 HOUR ACCESS * ON SITE MANAGER OFFER SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE 5X10 = $49 6X12 = $61 10X10 = $82 Carrying a full line of hay, grains, pet food, pet toys, and country gifts. 27705 Dutcher Creek Rd. CIoverdale, CA 95425 707-894-5992 ~. farmya~feed.com Cloverdale Lions Club ABALONE DINNER to benefit Feline Rescue Friday, Sept. 16 Cloverdale Citrus Fair NO HOST COCKTAILS AT 6 RM., DINNER AT 7 RM. $40.00 PER TICKET/PER PERSON- PRESALE ONLY Tickets available at: The Mail Center, 207-A Cloverdale Blvd. or call Jason at 478-5388 or Paul 894-3515