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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2010--Page 5 Chicken or vegetable soup for Cloverdale's collective soul By Paula Wrenn By Paula Wrenn Today's reality is that Cloverdale's Food Pantry shelves are bare of donated food fol- :?ii :ii::ii:::: ::i ~.i ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :ii~ i~::~ :,:: ::::~::i.::.i~..::!.i.!i.i.!.~..::::~i::::~::]~::~!~ From the Editorial Desk... School District needs community support At the recent Cloverdale Unified School District (CUSD) board meeting, even the usually upbeat superintendent of schools, Claudia Frandsen, was expressing her feelings of frustration at the state of the district's finances. "We have hit a brick wall," Frandsen said. She said the district must start looking at everything that is critical to educating students only and put things that are not critical to the side. "When does it become enough?" she wondered. It was a "we aren't going to take it anymore," kind of moment. And, as Frandsen averred, there has to be a stopping point. If you attend these meetings, you get a better understanding of what the district faces. Financial demands are placed on the district by the state at lowing weekly distributions. Cloverdalians the same time the state is cutting back on money it allocates to districts. struggle year-round and the lines at our food pantry extend beyond what The proposed bond measure has raised the ire of many people because we could have imagined just two years ago. Churches operating the of the mention of funding a joint school/city community center. It was a pantry want you to kn,.ow, as much as holiday donations are appreciated, mistake to put this in the bond and was the result of past communications hungry stomachs can t wait until Thanksgiving. with the city that this would be a good idea. Superintendent Frandsen has Perhaps, you are among those able to set aside an extra bag or half-bag Cloverdale High School Key Club members Robert Sedeno and Ashleigh Rego stated that bond money will not be used for this purpose. This assurance is present in the campaign material for the bond (Measure G) and there will of groceries to take to the Cloverdale Food Pantry each month. Maybe you spent an afternoon last week visiting 25 businesses in town and placing flyers be an oversight committee of independent citizens reviewing how the give when the Key Club or Kiwanis or another community group collects in their windows to inform the community about the canned food drive that funds will be spent .......... food. If so, your regular donations protect cash re- Keep an open mind on the Measure G proposal. Look at the campaign Hungry i !1 serves set aside to fill in nutritional gaps and for the they are jointly sponsoring with the Kiwanis and Builders Club. They are material and the ballot measure. Talk to Superintendent Frandsen about I : !i~ I hardest times I stomachs I If you can budget to s~etch your donation dollars pictured here with Laurie Kneeland, a local Kiwanis member and owner of Mail your concerns and learn how the bond can benefit our local district. A Ican't I by keeping an eye out for twofer sales to share dur- Center, Etc. Mail Center, Etc., along with Ray's Food Place are food drop off strong and successful school district is important to everyone. I Iing October and November, that would be helpful. wat:] And maybe you are in the fortunate position of being locations. Food may also be delivered to the high school office. There are donation barrels at all three places. These barrels will stay in place until Oct. 1. able to set aside a little extra for January and February, when donations dry up after the holidays. It is taxing for all of us to give The Food Pantry shelves need re-stocking, so please consider what you can give more while the government taketh away, but children and adults in need to help feed those in need. Drop a few items off in the barrels in either of these sourcesShuld nOtto share.SUffer in a community that, despite hard times, still has re- locations whenever possible.-Sue Cummins es beyond their control. Sudden reversals of fortune are now common- place alongside the chronically disadvantaged. For those who question whether the neediest among us are getting the help, be assured driving a late model car does not necessarily mean someone is without need. Were The Jefferson School garden was Nathan Proto (who is no longer in that a true test, the opposite would also hold true and my 1995 vintage started by a gardening grant the district). It was enriched by the vehicle (our newest) would indicate that I should be in line. Job loss (even obtained by the devoted teacher, generous donations from the corn- furloughs) or divorce can render one unable to buy food and a sagging munity; Ace Hardware, Hy- droPacific, Sanz Nursery, economy leaves many stuck with cars they can't afford and can't sell for what they owe. Mary Dixon, a devoted volunteer with Cloverdale's Food Pantry, was a single parent of a teen-aged son in another city when she relied for a time on a food bank. "Few people take advantage of the system. I was working full-time and trying to keep my home. It was embarrassing, but I was grateful the food bank was there for me," Dixon explains. She says many who receive food bank assistance return to volunteer or become regular donors when they get back on their feet. Beans, soups, dry pastas, tomato sauce, canned fruit and vegetables, tuna and canned ham are regularly needed non-perishables. You can drop food or checks at Mail Center Etc. or send checks made out to Cloverdale Food Pantry to PO Box 1038, Cloverdale, CA 95425. Call 894-2947 for information In pumpkin circles, size matters... and great efforts are appreciated. Cloverdale's new pumpkin lady, Allison Creager, says her great orange hope achieved more than 150 pounds but has slowed in growth, meaning she is unlikely to have a behemoth-sized competitor this year. To say the least, Creager is disap- pointed with the outcome of her first attempt, but her effort is worthy of a PhD in Pumpkinology. For someone who started gardening just three years ago, this season is only the first stop on her quest to grow the big one. The path so far she has led her to experts and seasoned growers from several states who will compete in Half Moon Bay and other famous competitions. They have promised her seeds from champion pumpkin parentage, so this is not a short-term pursuit but one likely to span many growing seasons. Looking ahead, Creager is seeking a patch bigger than her small back- yard. She has been able to locate a potential site in Healdsburg, but would like to be closer to home so she can more closely tend her baby punkin's. If anyone has an acre they could lend to the cause of growing a giant Cloverdale pumpkin (so we can truly claim it as "fruit of Cloverdale's soil"), you can contact Creager via email at dlovelydesigns@comcast.net. In exchange she can offer you some tasty seasonal veggies from her garden for your table. On a positive note, Creager does have a Carolina watermelon that has surpassed 50 lbs. She will watch how that goes before removing it from the vine to show or to enjoy with her family. I bet she'll set aside some seeds. Birthday shout-out Many lovely people in Cloverdale deserve published birthday wishes, but doing so for everyone would leave me little room for other topics However, the occasional exception does arise and I think those of you who know her will agree this genuinely Cloverdale gal is worthy of public birthday greetings. If you haven't had the pleasure of meeting her, Ann Gillis is the poster child for life-long enthusiasm and joie de vivre. And her talents are too numerous to name here, but I am familiar with her cooking (she's made videos for the Internet) and her canvas artistry. She and husband AI of more than 60 years raised a lovely family together. If you happen to see her - petite frame, stylishly and colorfully dressed; also wearing a wide smile and sparkling eyes under fluffy curls - wish her a happy 90t~ birthday. Yes, 9-0. I know; I can't believe it, either. She informed me her birthday celebration has extended over several days already, but she is a special spirit and 90 years is a wonderful milestone, so Happy Birthday, Ann. All of you have my best wishes for happy days ahead, so you might also want to copy my prayer: Dear Lord, If I am to live a long life, can you please help me do it with the joy, love of humankind and panache of Ann Gillis? Amen! Do you have a suggestion for this column or another viewpoint? Write to Paula Wrenn c/o the Reveille, or email paula@thewriteangle.com. 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 Winter's Bone:. Where life is cold,:, and kin are cruel bbranch 1 @farmersagent.com IROC, Marley Mix and DenBeste as well as donations of time and mate- rials from dedicated parents. The garden has been main- tained by a small group of parents of students at the school. Students, teachers and parents were overjoyed to come back to school this year and be met with a huge pumpkin patch! As well as half a dozen barrels of flow- ers, perennials, herbs, straw- berries, onions, celery and various varieties of to- matoes: All have watched with ex- citement and anticipation as the giant pumkins have turned color and are now nearly ready to pick. Each class will be able to enjoy a pumpkin of their own and a sense of pride in know- ing something so big and heautful Was grown at their school[ -Rachel Messenger Seventeen-year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging her outlaw kin's code of silence and risking her life, Ree hacks through the lies, evasions and threats of- fered up by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth. Winter's Bone is a 1 hour, 40 minute R-rated drama that will be screened at 7 p.m. at Clover Cinemas on Mon- day, Sept. 27 and Tuesday, Sept. 28 courtesy of Real Flicks, the inde- pendent film series sponsored by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance. Even before the real trouble starts -- with suspicious lawmen on one side and a clan of violent drug deal- ers on the other -- Ree Dolly faces more than the usual litany of ado- lescent worries. Her father, locally renowned for his skill at cooking methamphetamine, has vanished, and her emotionally hollowed-out mother has long since abandoned basic parental duties, leaving Ree (Jennifer Lawrence) to run the household and care for her two younger siblings. The family lives in southwestern Missouri, a stretch of the Ozarks that is both desolate and picturesque, words that might also suit Winter's Bone, Debra Gran- ik's tender and flinty adaptation of a novel of the same title by Daniel Woodrell. Real Flicks' lively film discussion group will be held at First Street Gallery immediately following the Monday, Sept. 27 viewing. For ad- ditional information about Real Flicks, please go to www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org or call 894-4410. LAW OFFICES OF JAMES E DEMARTINI LIVING TRUSTS, WILLS, BUSINESS AND REAL ESTATE PERSONAL INJURY & ACCIDENT James E DeMartini, Esq. Paula S. Hall, Esq. ATTORNEYS AND COUNSELORS AT LAW "C/overdale's Full Service Law Firm" POWER OF ATTORNEY EMPLOYMENT LAW & DISPUTE MEDIATION DIVORCE, SUPPORT, CUSTODY LITIGATION COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW AND MEDIATION 115 West First Street Cloverdale, California (707) 894-5000 www.cloverdalelaw.com Stephen Tice Electrical I'll 894-8423 (TICE) cell: 479-4046 e-mail: steve tice @juno.com Lic. #310393 Tune-Ups All WoFK Timing Belts CV Joints GU~I'allltC~L~ 011 Change & Lube Fuel Injection Service - A.C. Repairs & Conversions 101 N. ASE Master Tech Cloverdale Blvd. t S 9 Anne Fischer Silva LE, C.N.T. Main Street Spa ]31 N. Main Street ,' 894-4800 ........ www. anewleafnutrition, net ..... Rachel Mayorga, MD, FACP Dr. Mayorga and Healdsburg Primary Care Are Accepting New Patients As a specialist in "Healthy Aging," she has lectured and participated in community outreach programs. Dr. Mayorga collaborates with her patients to customize a care plan focused on their unique health needs and life goals. She is accepting new pa~ents ages 20 and older. Dr. Mayorga received a Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine from Rush-Presbyterian, St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. She completed residency in Internal Medicine at St. loseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, and graduated with an MD from the University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah. HEALDSBURG DISTKICT HO S P FINAL l~xceeding l~aectations To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mayorga or one of our other physicians at Healdsburg Primary Care, Call: (707) 433-3383 Sewing the area for over 30 years. Most insurances accepted. David H. Anderson, MD, FACP Patti J. Marguglio, MD, FACP Rachel Mayorga, MD, FACE CMD Locke Wilson, MD Andre B. Gerard, MD Douglas D. Pile, MD Mary A, Berg, MD Family Nurse Practitioners Judy Lock, FNP-BC Cheryl Gibson, FNP-BC Healdsburg Primary Care is located at 1312 Prentice Drive, near Healdsburg District Hospital.