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Page 6, Cloverdale Reveille, Oct. 15, 1997 Grace Lutheran Church to Little boy learns to believe in miracl hold 3rd annual Oktoberfest Mark your calendars for Oct. 25. It's time for the 3rd annual Oitoberfest held once aL , .again at Grace Lutheran Church. This year's proceeds will go to support the local Senior , Multi-Purpose Center. Oktoberfest is sure to be filled with some good old fashioned Ger- " man-style cooking featuring bratwurst, a sauerkraut, German potato salad, desserts, beer from local micro-breweries, a bit of pol- "j  ka music and lots of fun! A raffle will be held throughout the event with gifts and donations from local merchants. Suggested donation is $7 adults, $5 12 and under, kids 6 and under free! Oktoberfest is also sponsored in part by Aid Association for Luthe- ran (AAL) Branch #5391. AAL is one of the nation's leading fraternal benefit societies. It offers educational programs, volunteer service, and fund-raising projects for their communities. AAL will match up to $700 in funds raised to support the local Senior Multi-Purpose Center. For ticket information call Julie Davis at 894-5138, Linda Stark at 894- 9109 or the Church at 894-2330. F A L L CHS Eagles Football Team ready for action after a huge spaghetti dinner at Treasure Cove. Restaurant Manager Tamra Foster and employee Dave Wilson, pictured in front. CHS Eagles flock to Treasure Cove Pizza The CHS Eagles Football Team know better than to play on an empty stomach. Before every home game they get together at Trea- sure Cove Pizza to discdss their game-plan over heaping bowls of hot spaghetti. Nolan Schwelkl and his son Eric buy the team dinner and Treasure Cove provides a large discount. Always very community oriented, owner Glen Wienke is happy to help the team out. Treasure Cove features regular and deep dish pizza, calzones with a large variety of fresh toppings, oven baked sandwiches, hamburg- ers, chicken sandwiches, fish, fries, chicken baskets, pastas, garlic bread, a salad bar and eight quality beers on tap. They have wine, daiquiris and soda. Treasure Cove is located at 796 S. Cloverdale Blvd., 894-2502. Hours are 11:30 am-11 pro, Mon.-Sun. Following is the fourth part of a continuing series of stories written by Michael van der Boon a? the Cloverdale Autobiography Writing Work- shop being held at the Cloverdale Senior Center Tuesdays from 1:15-3:45 pro. This class is taught by Scott Reid and is free. Presented by the Santa Rosa Junior College Seniors' Program, the class always welcomes new participants. Michael van der Boon retired in March of this year, and was the former owner of Van der Boon Meat Co. in Healdsburg. He and his wife lngnd have lived in Cloverdale for six years and have a daughter and two sons who live in the area. Van der Boon was born in Holland. Part IV By Michael van der Boon Not too many people believe in miracles these days, but I would like to tell you about an incident, that I, until today, perceive to be a miracle. Why?, you ask-because I was there! It was September, 1943. We were living in the Hague, Holland, that is my father, mother, sister and I. The war was raging all around us, we were by now more than three years under German occupation. I was 8 V2 years old. My dad had been hiding under the floorboards of our home for about a year now, since he was afraid to be sent to Germany as a laborer, and being put in a workcamp. My grandparents had been helping out a bit with food, of which there wa6 a tremendous shortage. Since my Dad was not earning a living, things had become quite desperate. One day my Dad decided to sneak out at night and with the help of a friend try to saw down a tree for firewood, over in the nearby forest. As fate had it they were both caught by soldiers and sent to labor camp in Dusseldorf, Germany. My mother had been notified of his arrest, and for the next three months or so, we would occasionally receive word from my Dad by letter, we would even receive a check from the local German command, every month, to pay for the work he was doing, since he was not a war or politica! prisoner, and was not in a concentration amp. However after three months, all of a sudden, all contact withhim stopped and so did the checks. We were worried about my Dad of course, and my Mother decided to go to the German office, and find out what was happening. When she returned, she told me, that his or her reply had been that my Dad had been put on a train transport, along with everybody in the camp, to Poland. Now you must realize that Dusseldforf is only hours away from the Dutch border, while Poland to us seemed as far away as for in- stance Siberia. My mother cried and was very despondent. Not only was all contact with my Dad broken, but the checks also had been stopped, which the Germans said they would look into. What, in essence had happened, my Dad along with some other Dutchmen had es- caped just before the move to Poland. Howev- er we did not find this out until much later. In any case, a few days after my Mother's trip to the German command office, she happened to relate the story of my Dad's disappearance to a neighbor across the street. The lady told my Mother to go and talk to some one by the name of Mrs. Dagmar. Apparently she was very well known in the field of ESP (extra sensory perception), and looking into the fu- ture. Up till then, my Mother had never had any experience with those kinds of things, and didn't really believe in them. But since the woman did not charge anything, she figured it could not hurt to check it out. I can still see my Mother come home with a very puzzled look on her face as she sat down and said; "Mrs. Dagmar said that she sees Dad jumping over a fence in the middle of the night, there is a bright moon, he has on socks, wears no shoes, has a big blond beard, which he never had before, and not to worry, that he would be home before the end of the month." Mother said, "I don't know what to think of it, I hope it is not a cruel hoax." One must realize, that in the middle of the war, there was no travel between Holland and Germany, phones were not available, except to the Germans, the boarders were fortified with barricades, barbed wire, mine fields, and watchtowers. In other words, it was an impossibility for Mrs. Dagmar, to have gotten this information through regular channels. In any event we went on with our daily lives; that January of 1944 it was bitter cold and I remember sitting with a blanket around me most of the day, because there was no heat. Then the miracle happened! It was Jan- uary 31, and the knock on the door came, and there believe you me, stood my Dad, almost unrecognizable with his big blond beard. He carried a bunch of flowers for Mom. Needless to say it was one of the happiest moments, there were a lot of tears of joy, and we thanked God that he was alive and home again. After the initial excitement was over my Mother couldn't wait to ask some ques- tions that were just burning on her Turning to my Dad she asked, "Did jump over a fence in the middle of the without any shoes on, in your socks?" My Dad, as if stung by a bee, jumped t said, "How in heavens name do you this?" Mother then told him about counter with Mrs. Dagmar. M 3 head and then proceeded to tell us his the story. He had found out in the camp that thing was up and that they might be Up till then every day had been In the early morning they were truck with about 15 other workers, the worksite, which was usually Allied bombs that had to be cleaned They were not hand-cuffed or they always had the same driver, a soldier, who did have a rifle in the cab truck, but otherwise was all by no back up. He apparently was not a of guy, he would always talk and lau the men. He would always stop on some cigarettes at the same little good natured as he was, or stupid, keys in the truck. Knowing they hours from the border, the men I Dad, stole the truck and headed for After a while they drove the truck canal, where it sank through the ice. decided that it was better to each go way on foot, less chance of being took Dad several days to get to the traveling only at night, and stealing and there outaf the fields and from One night, he knew that he was close border, because he had seen some ers. It was a full moon, which extra careful. He took off his shoes and held them hand as he was coming down a lane covered with small have made some noise, probably. sudden there was the sound of some and my Dad, startled, dropped his jumped over a fence and ran meadow to some trees nearby. This was what Mrs. Dagmar had Mother to the letter two weeks earlier. ing practically on his hands and Dad made it through minefields and barbed wire across the border. He was then taken in by the Dutch papers, some mone 3 arrived on our doorstep. I am, since then, convinced that powers at work somelimes that we explain. That there are people that are gifted and to those who doubt, this, "I believe it, because I enced it." This was my miracle! The Hair Works Get Any Large 1 Topping Pizza for Just $9.95 With This Couponl Try Us Again for the First rime RICK GURRIES Lic No 267621 Clover Electric, Inc. - Closed Circuit TV Systems Designed & Installed 40 Ft. 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