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Business Briefs See page 14 awards See page 13 132yearsservmgthecommumty  Pubhshedweekly;18; , "- "" .... Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 Volume CXXXII, Issue Number 39 50 Cents Demand improves for winegrapes By Roberta Lyons The Sonoma County wine grape harvest has really picked up over the last week, said Nick Frey, president of the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission. He said most growers are pushing hard to bring in their Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay har- vest is just starting. "Whites are typically picked first, but it is not always predictable," Frey explained. He noted that sometimes Chardonnay in the Sebastopol area, and Cabernet Sau- vignon in warmer areas near Cloverdale could come in at the same time. "It is hard to predict on the varieties because our climatic differences have a big impact," he said. He reported that the weather has been pretty ideal. It is getting hot, even though it has been in the 90s the grapes are better acclimated this year than last. "They are holding up well and the weather is ideal to get the grapes to mature and come up to flavor. We like this warm spell. I haven't heard of any sunburn problems so far that would reduce the harvestable fruit," he said. There is some good news this year for growers. Grape demand is actually up, compared to more recent years when the market was flooded and growers couldn't get contracts or sell their grapes. Frey said that bulk wine inventories have been used up and invento- ries need to be replenished; also, grape yields have been .down the past two years and will also be down this year because the late rains, and cold weather have impacted the "set," causing fewer grapes per cluster. He said that wine sales have also picked up. "Basi- cally there are increased wine sales, decreased supply, and wineries are buying. The fact that we have a short crop is hard for growers, but it will bring the market back in to balance." He also said that there is about 3,000 fewer acres in wine grapes now in Sonoma Coun- ty. Bill Pesonen co-owner of William Gordon Winery on River Road said they will be picking Petite Sirah on his 10 acres this week as well as Zinfandel at another loca- tion. "The crop looks good, but the yield is down by about 25 percent due to the late rains. The Zin is down by about 30 percent," he said. Pesonen sells bulk grapes to Jordan Winery and then keeps about 10 tons for his own wine production. Pesonen owns 18 acres, three of >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 / Clover Cinemas to close temporarily, opens Nov. 4 Dave Corkill, of Cinema West, the owner of Clover Cinemas, announced that the theater in Cloverdale will be closing until Nov. 4. "Volume is way down, and for years has been that way after school goes back into session. It is also getting more and more difficult to get releases during this time of year. As a result, the decision was made to close until the holiday movies are released," Corkill commented. He also said that the theater may also tempo- rarily close in the spring, until summer vacation starts. "We don't plan to entirely close the theater primarily because we own the real estate and we believe that the theater is important to downtown Cloverdale, but with volumes way down, something had to be done," Corkill added. He also said that they are looking possibly to partner with a local entity to manage the theater as Clover Cinema is the company's smallest property. With many movie houses experiencing a similar downturn due to movie delivery systems like downloads and streaming, more movie theater with large screens may disappear. The only way to ensure that Clover Cinemas remains open even temporarily, is to support it by attending movies here rather than elsewhere. THE 2010/2011 INAUGURAL SEASON CULMINATES with Tennessee William's The Glass Menagerie with shows starting Oct. 7. Pictured are actors Matt Holzheuer and Elizabeth Woodruff. The Glass Menagerie is last play of the Performing Arts Center's season The Glass Menagerie is one of the most famous plays of the modern theatre. A drama of great tenderness, charm and beau- ty. Part of our Great American Classic play series. It is a timeless family drama written by the extraordinary playright Tennessee Williams. Show times are Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7, 8, 14, 15, at 8 p.m.and Sunday Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. matinee. Three ways to buy tickets for all five shows of The Glass Menagerie. Online at cloverdaleperformingarts.com In person at The Mail Center, Etc. during business hours at 207 N. Cloverdale Blvd., 894-3222 At the door prior to performances, when remaining tickets are available. CUSD board views Measure G options ......... dir00LoqS_S_ib_W_t_',#sare. " By Roberta Lyons Discussion of the Measure G bond expenditures for school im- provements in the Cloverdale Uni- fied School District (CUSD) was held at the CUSD board of trustees meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Both the school's architect, Mark Van Pelt, and a representative from the district's finance consultant, Isom Advisors, were on hand to re- view some possible scenarios for in- creasing the amount of money from the bond that dan be spent in 2012 and 2013. Van Pelt explained the reason why this issue was coming up be- fore the board. He said he needs direction because in order to start bidding jobs, he needs clarification on cash flow. He said he looked at the program schedule of all the work to be done at the district's three schools and discovered "we needed more money." He also said that getting more money sooner, in order to do more of the school improvements would benefit the district because right now, construction costs are about half what they were just two years ago. He also explained that by doing construction at schools piece by piece, it causes "construction fa- tigue," and used Healdsburg High School as an example, where stu- dents spent their whole high school career with the school in a constant state of construction. "We try to do everything we can to not disrupt students. We work during the sum- mer as much as possible; but there is always a certain amount of up- roar when you are doing projects," he commented. The Measure G bond was passed in November of 2010 with 55.6 per- cent approval. It was seen as a "tax extension," to a $4 million bond that was passed in 1999 because it intended to maintain the original $38 tax rate. Proceeds from the bond are to be used to: "improve the quality of ed- ucation, improve energy efficiency by installing solar panels; modern- ize outdated classrooms, restrooms, and school facilities; increase stu- dent access to computers and mod- ern technology throughout the district and upgrade inadequate electrical systems." The district was able to sell the Series A bonds in March of 2011 for >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 Dedication held for River Park By Roberta Lyons A dedication ceremony was held on Wednesday, Sept. 21, to recog- nize thecompletion of major im- provements at the Cloverdale River Park on McCray Road north of Clo- verdale. Cloverdale River Park consists of several parcels that were acquired by the Sonoma County Agricultur- al Preservation and Open Space District and deeded to the Sonoma County Regional Parks Depart- ment. The purpose of the acquisi- tion was to develop and operate the park in perpetuity for public use and enjoyment. Wednesday's dedication capped a recent major improvement at the park that will definitely fulfill that mandate. It is now possible to ac- cess the Russian River by a new low-impact boat launch to put kay- aks and canoes into the river. Both city and county officials are excited about this new amenity that should draw river enthusiasts to the site. William Trowbridge, a member of the Parks and Recreation Advi- sory Commission told about the early days when it was nearly im- possible to access the river and how a group of people actually tried to block kayakers and canoers from using the river at all. The Trow- >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 FOURTH DISTRICT SUPERVISOR MIKE McGUIRE spoke at the River Park dedication held at the park last week.