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wwwocioverdalereveilie,com October 17, 2019 The Cloverdale Reveille Page 5 / EDiTORiAL The blame game As most of us continue to deal with our anger and anxiety over being left in the dark -- both figuratively and literally -- by PG&E's massive Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), we need to take a breather and remind ourselves this "new normal" is not about electricity or PG&E. Our "new normal" is about wildfire dangers and climate change. Of course, how PG&E manages its massive grid of transmission equipment over 60,000 square miles will impact our safety during wildfire seasons. But we need to focus more on changing our land use restrictions, making better disaster emergency plans, demanding resilient communications systems and reducing our own greenhouse gas footprint. Of course we must also work to hold PG&E accountable for keeping us safe and supplied with reliable electricity, but they are victims like us to this new reality. Right now, lots of people are playing the "Blame Game," from the governor to our neighbors, to local officials and among first responders. It's an easy game to play, because there's lots of blame to pass around. But maybe we should start with ourselves before we work our way up the list to our local elected officials, state legislators, Public Utilities Commission and, yes, PG&E. We're not here to cast blame. We're here to make a chart of necessary actions, responsibilities and demands. We live in a changed terrain of hotter and more arid conditions with extreme weather changes. These conditions are almost all caused by us. More and more of us live here, and we use more fossil fuels. We caused these changed conditions as much as we might wrongly blame PG&E. We've built thousands of houses in wildland-urban interface zones. And, now, we're doing it again. Does your household have an emergency Go Box with at least three days of emergency supplies? Have you mapped out evacuation maps and plans? Are you part of a neighborhood COPE, CERT or watch group? Have you cleared a defensible space and removed other fire hazards from your property? We just learned again last week how unreliable our cell phones and other communication systems can be without power or during a disaster. Are you waiting for PG&E or someone else to tell you to get an AM radio or walkie tallies? It's been two years since the October 2017 wildfires and four years since the devastating Lake County Valley Fire. Last week we were stunned to see the lack of clear communication, coordination and preparedness among all our local government emergency services and public utilities including PG&E, AT&T, Comcast and all the others. State Sen. Mike McGuire told the press last week, "the time for accountability is coming." Sorry; it's not coming, it's way past time. Governor Newsom said, "there's no magic wand here." We don't.need magic; we need a PUC and public courts to uphold the laws that require utility safety, maintenance and improvements. District 4 County Supervisor James Gore said, "We need to push hard on the state," and fellow Supervisor Lynda Hopkins (District 5) said, "We need to do more than trim trees." Maybe so, but why is this taking too long? We understand our climate emergency and wildfire risks are historic challenges for all of us. We acknowledge there has been some improved disaster prep planning. Sure, we can blame PG&E for its criminal record of castomer safety. (The corporation is a convicted felon in the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion.) But our county and state government leaders, mostly predecessors, have let PG&E put profits before customers for far too long. The PG&E equipment that caused last year's Camp-Paradise wildfire was 100 years old. It was all the way back in 1996 when a single squirrel jumped on two wires in Humboldt County and shut offpower to millions of properties from Oregon to Baja. Last week we all got mad about PG&E's intentional blackout. What else have we been doing for the last 25 years? -- Rollie Atldnson HISTORY Through the Years in the Reveille rr he following items are selected from " I "archived issues of the Cloverdale .IL Reveille. October 21, 1909 - 110 years ago Joyce Mann For the benefit of customers who have a whisky habit, a saloon owner in Oro Grande, has found a means whereby their thirst can be slacked with a substitute liquor. It looks like whisky and it smells like whisky, but an autopsy on it shows that it is not. He declares it is harmless and that the customers can't tell it isn't whisky. The pure food law has put the inventive saloon man's product in jeopardy, and the sheriff has placed the matter in the hands of the State Board of Health. A romantic play: "The American Girl" to open in Humbert's Opera House. It is a modern story of love and international marriage, a subject which has long interested all good Americans. It has a strong plot, plenty of action, intense heart interest, abundant humor and funny situations. October 9, 1969 - 50 years ago Governor Ronald Reagan has proclaimed October as National Wine Festival Month in honor of the 200th anniversary of wine-growing in California. In issuing his proclamation the Governor urged all Californians to toast the new vintage and the beginning of the third century of winegrowing in California. The city council approved the expenditure of up to $1,000 to modernize Tarman Park. According to plans drawn up by the Cloverdale Jaycees, Public Works Supt. and the Park Committee will consist of dismantling present equipment, establishing elevation, installing a sprinkler system, concrete sidewalks, a chain link fence with a 12-foot gate fronting the park, excavating, putting in chips and seeding lawn and reassembling equipment. The materials will be furnished by the City and the Jaycees will furnish all the labor under the direction of the public works department. October 12, 1994 - 25 years ago Close to 400 Cloverdale citizens participated in the recent survey conducted by the Sonoma County Transit Agency regarding a proposed transportation'center here. 4,000 surveys were sent out. The overall response was positive, there were some negative response from seniors concerned about the maintenance of the present county bus No. 60 which travels between Cloverdale and Santa Rosa would no longer make its usual stop at City Hall, instead would be based at the new transportation center at the corner of Asti Road and Citrus Fair Drive. The proposed Transportation Center would feature a park and ride lot, bus stops for Cloverdale Transit, Sonoma County Transit, Santa Rosa Airporter, Amtrak Feeder Bus and Greyhound lines. The facility will also serve as a rails station if passenger rail service is introduced along the Northwestern Pacific right-of-way in the future. COMMENTARY Ripe Rewards Pumpkins Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year here in Sonoma County. The air is crisp, days warm and nights cool. Colors are changing with the temperature. In our orchard, leaves are beginning to turn and Gayla Okumuta drop, a sure sign fall is here. After we have Sullivan planted our cover crop, we will move into pruning the orchard. It is a big job for it is every branch of every tree. It is also a time of great abundance -- squash, root vegetables, pomegranates, pears and so much more. Go to the market and tables are overflowing with bountiful fruits and produce. As we move into October, pumpkin patches sprout up all around us, even causing traffic jams along Highway 101. Myself, I go to farmers markets, where I can get a real pumpkin and many other items I need for the week like salad greens, vegetables, eggs, bacon, sausage, chocolate, bread and so much more. Of course, this is the time of year to pull out those fall recipes and to start working with pumpkins. I hope my mother doesn't kill me but I am sharing her pumpkin chiffon pie recipe. Growing up she would make it every Thanksgiving and Christmas and she would always make a few extra for our neighbors, too. In particular, the Shahood family that lived next door -- Margueritte was a phenomenal cook but not a baker. It was a ritual. So here goes, I hope you make it and like it, too. Try it out early so you can decide if you want to serve it for Thanksgiving. I start here with a pumpkin puree recipe first, but you can also use your favorite canned. Pumpkin puree 4 to 6 pound baking pumpkin, sometimes called sugar pumpkins Preheat oven to 400 degrees Remove stem and slice pumpkin in half, spoon out seeds and fibers, use knife if you need Place pumpkin halves flesh side down on parchment lined baking sheet Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until flesh is soft Cool completely, an hour or so Remove flesh and process in blender or food processor Pumpkin chiffon pie Ingredients: 1 envelope unflavored gelatin cup cold water 1 cup pumpkin puree - made or canned cup milk Y2 teaspoon ginger ~h teaspoon nutmeg 1/ teaspoon cinnamon I cup brown sugar 3 eggs, separated V2 cup sugar dash salt 1 baked 9-inch pie shell whipping cream if you like Process: To slightly beaten egg yolks, add brown sugar, pumpkin, . milk, spices and a dash of salt. Cook until mixture thickens in a doubIe boiler over boiling water, stirring constantly. Soften gelatin in cold water, then add to pumpkin mixture. Mix thoroughly and then cool. When it begins to thicken, fold in stiffly beaten egg whites to which '/, cup sugar has been added. Pour into baked pie shell and chill for several hours. Garnish with fresh whipped cream if desired. There are many savory pumpkin options, too. On a cold day, there is nothing better than pumpkin soup. Or how about a roasted squash salad, with bitter greens, bacon and an excellent cheese. It's a great way to start a meal or it can be meal itself. And of course, when you cook your pumpkins, don't forget to roast the seeds, they make a great snack and add a nice crunch to any dish. To roast pumpkin seeds: wash and clean your seeds thoroughly and let dry overnight. Then Coat with olive oil and salt, roast in a 325 degree oven for 20-plus minutes or until crisp and golden. Tada! Next month: Persimmons Gayle Okumura Sullivan is co-owner, with husband Brian, of Dry Creek Peach & Produce in Healdsburg. EDITORIAL POLICY: The Cloverdale Reveille welcomes letters to the editor and commentaries. All acceptable submissions are published online weekly and in print as space allows. Letters should not exceed 400 words. Commentaries should not exceed 700 words. Submissions must include a telephone number for verification. Emaii to news@cloverdalereveille.com. (K 1) Kalolo ar Paid a,i v>a e July 5, 1938 - October 7, 2019 Liner, which sailed to Kalolo passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side. Pro- ceeded in death by his loving wife Geraldine E. Cook Pale of 32 years. Survived by his loving family, including broth- ers, sisters, brother-in- laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, great- nieces and great- nephews. Kalolo was born in Tonga and moved to Long Beach many years ago. He has been a resi- dent of Cloverdale for .over 10 years and con- sidered this town his for- ever home. Kalolo traveled aboard Delta South America and the Mi- and Nauru Pacific cronesian Islands. He was loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed. Services were held on Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Fred Young and Co. in Cloverdale, CA. He was laid to rest at Oak Mound Cemetery next to his loving wife Geraldine E. Cook Pal& OBITUARIES & MILESTONES Policy The Cloverdale Reveille offers our readers and all others the opportunity to have obituaries, memorials and other important milestone events published in the newspaper and provided online. This is a paid service. For information on how to submit, visit cloverdalereveille.com and click on Obituaries. To be published in the weekly edition, forms and information must be submitted no later than Wednesdays for the following week's edition. For further information, call 707-894-3339. Audie Vernon Hatcher 1925-2019 Audie Hatcher was born September 23, 1925 in Talihina, Oklahoma to parents Robert and Bessie Hatcher (prede- ceased). He was the 8th of 9 children of which all 8 siblings have passed: Bill, Em- mett, Everett, Ernest, Allie, Pearl, Homer and Jay. He passed away at home on Oc- tober 7th, 2019. He served in the US Army. He was a res- ident of Sonoma County for 66 years. He retired after 35 years with Louisiana Pacific Lumber in Asti. Survived by his children Russell, Randy (Gina), Terry Hatcher and Denise Sanders; and grandchildren Russell, Jayme, Jay, Jackie, Robert, Brad, Devin, Shannon, Jake, Jaycee, Robert, Natasha; along with 17 great grandchildren Gravesite service: Tuesday, October 15th at 10:30 a.m. at Oak Mound Cemetery in Healdsburg. If so desired, please send donations to Council on Aging or the char- ity of your choice in his memory. Caroline Matasci Caroline Matasci, age 75, passed away on Wednesday. October 2019, shortly after having surgery in a Grants Pass, OR hospital. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Dennis Matasci, and her two sons, Glenn Spears and wife Diane, and Gregg Spears. i Caroline and Dennis moved to Cloverdate in June, 1994 and soon thereafter opened Breaking New Grounds coffee shop on No. Cloverdale Blvd. The business closed in 2010. The couple moved to Grants Pass, OR in 2015 and resided at 1888 Meadow Glen Dr Grants Pass, OR 97526. Caroline was a loving wife and mother and a great friend to many people Read the CLOVERDALE REVEILLE Anytime. Anywhere. For the most up-to-date news and events read the online version of Cloverdale Reveille. Our new mobile-friendly website will look great on your tablet, phone or home computer. You can view recent stories, search for articles from past issues, and see all four of our weekly newspapers (Cloverdale Reveille, The Windsor Times, The Healdsburg Tribune, Sonoma West Times & News). Want your own print copy mailed to you every week? 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