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a Elfififlfi earns a $1 at the newsstand Thurmond sits down . with district heads Bisousses disasters, funding and the future with superintendents By Heather Bailey Staff Writer heather@sonomawest.com Editor’s This article will run in two parts, in order to give a full picture of the topics discussed at the meeting. This week we look at concerns about power shutoffs, 10st instructional time and impacts on enrollment and funding. Look for part two next week. On Nov. 8 State Superintendent of Schools Tony Thurmond sat down with superintendents from all over Sonoma County to discuss the recent disasters, including the 2017 fires, the 2018 floods and the recent Kincade Fire, as well as what other things would help in the mission of educating California’s children. “I have to start by saying just how impressed I am by your resilience. When you describe the loss of lives, the loss of homes, educating students and supporting families is difficult enough and exacerbated by these conditions there’s no playbook for that,” Thurmond said by way of introduction. “And, I suspect that you all had to make a lot of it up on the fly so to speak so I applaud you all for your creativity, your resilience and your commitment.” Thurmond said his only agenda item for the hour-long meeting was to listen. “I want to hear from you and hear what you need and also what wasn’t helpful during this time,” Thurmond said. “I’m saddened that you’ve experienced what you’ve experienced, but I’m hopeful that you will use your experience to prepare other Californians for what I think is going to be more, whether its weather related or power safety shutofi‘s.” Lost time . With significant instructional time lost in the last month due to public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) and then the Kincade Fire, a primary topic of the conversation was how to make up for lost classroom time in the short term and how to preload the school calendar to prepare for it in the long term. Prior to the meeting, Sonoma County educators had sent ' Thurmond a letter detailing an idea for a “disaster summer program,” but there were a variety of ideas brought up during the meeting. Tracy Smith from the Rincon Valley School District was looking for a mandate on adding disaster makeup days to the calendar. “I don’t know that everybody agrees with that, so I don’t want to speak for everybody in the room but the kids in these communities have lost 22 days of school in the ‘ last two years,” Smith said. Bruce Harter, deputy state superintendent of operations, was also in attendance with Thurmond. “We have to think about calendars differently because what I know is that a day made up in June is not the same as a day lost in October,” said Harter, with lots of heads nodding around the room. “So that’s something to consider when we put our calendars together See Thurmond Page 8 _ w ~ V _ ‘ me or 210 gags » V‘ byccio/flccyicw 014200;”! 'INSiDifi; I ll Cloverdale, California SMALL TOWN PAPERS ?%7 W RAILROAD AVE :HELTON WA 95584 “'l'li"i'l'i'lli”l'“ll'l'i'li' q EVw/WS and firms? fiat/i5 trtxrrrtxxg t"ORIGIN MIXED ADC 940 n . . - D~“GU-USSD 1096 394< 'ururiuuihiutuilhi't ’ v n ILLE November 14, 2019 Honoring vters through mus By Zoé Strickland Reveille Editor zoe@sonomawest.com Cloverdale took time to honor veterans on Monday, Nov. 11 as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary invited the community to their annual Veterans Day ceremony. “It’s so great to see a lot of familiar faces come and support the veterans in this community. Today is a very special day, a time that we take part of our day to really think back — and I’d like you to think back into your own family tree — who served the United States on active duty,” American Legion Post 293 Commander Sandy Kelly said. She asked those in attendance to raise their hands if they have a family member who served. Nearly every hand in the room went up. “We’ve got a community that’s really close knit, that supports people in times of trouble, in times of fires in times of bereavement. We Photo Zoe Strickland PLAY 0N Members of the Healdsburg Community Band played eight music selections to a full house of community See Veterans Page 8 members on Veterans Day. Annual turkey round-up back again Returning from 2 to 5 pm. From there, the turkeys donated will be given out Turkey oeiiestisn is as Nov. 21, with a giveaway to those in used on iiss. 22 By Zoe Strickland Reveille Editor zoe@sonomawest.com Food Pantry during its hours on Friday, Nov. 22. Donated money . will be useer purchase turkeys, stuffing, pie and ham to give out. “None of the money that’s taken will be used for anything other than food for the holidays,” Vanderweken said. Vanderweken said that the round-up has been going on for at least 12 years, and supplies between 100 and 120 turkeys to community members in need every year. For this year’s giveaway, they’ve pre-ordered 100 turkeys, though she said that they are buying everything locally this year and will be able to go over and purchase more food on Nov. 22 if The duo behind Cloverdale’s annual Turkey Round-Up will be holding an open house next week on Thursday, Nov. 21 to collect turkeys or money for turkeys to give out to families in need. Every year, Brenda Vronoski and Shalia Vanderweken host an open house at Wine Country Real Estate Network to serve as a hub for collecting turkey donations. This year’s open house will be held Photographer capture righters at work Photo courtesy Tenaya Fleckenstein HUDDLE UP — Firefighters lay out their gameplan during the Kincade Fire. to families who go to the Cloverdale should be able to have a turkey at needed. “Brenda thinks that everyone stray pets after Kincade 20 animals reunited with Thanksgiving,” Vanderweken said. She added that one of the reasons they keep organizing the round—up is to “make sure that families are able to enjoy a dinner and not have to worry about where they’re going to get it.” Those who wish to donate a turkey directly can do so by heading to the Wine Country Real Estate Network office in Furber ' Plaza, 1129 S. Cloverdale Blvd. unit the" Owners C. For people who would prefer to By Katherine Minkiewicz donate money, Vanderweken said Staff Writer that a turkey account has been set up at Redwood Credit Union. They can also drop money off at the Wine Country Real Estate Network office. katherine@sonomawest.com Since the Kincade Fire started Sonoma County Animals Services has picked up roughly 50 animals. Now the county service and other local shelters like the Humane Society of Sonoma County are working to reunite those pets with 1 their owners. During the Kincade Fire and the mass evacuations that followed, pets were on the loose — as they became spooked and ran away or past a gate left ajar while packing up to leave. I “Pets can definitely pick up on stress and they can get out or doors can get left open,” said Ciara Pegg, the animal care coordinator for the Humane Society of Sonoma County Healdsburg Shelter. Consequently Sonoma County Animal Services had a busy week of calls for service, according to Brian Whipple, operations manager for Sonoma County Animal Services. During the fire, animal services had 1,650 calls — four times the usual amount, Whipple said. So far animal services has been able to reunite 20 of the found pets with their owners. Whipple said once an animal service officer brings in a pet, it is checked for a microchip or collar ID By Andrew Pardiac Managing Editor andrew@sonomawest.com As firefighters set out to control the Kincade Fire, Tenaya Fleckenstein went out with them to show how they work together. Fleckenstein, a Healdsburg resident, has been photographing wildfires for the last five years. She’s a former firefighter herself and is married to a battalion chief with CalFire. “I do fire photography for myself but I also do it for families,” she said. “I realized that a lot of the family members do not know what their husbands or boyfriends, wives are out there doing.” She said that providing those pictures helps bring some calm to families as they can see how things are being handled and that the first responders in the shot are safe. She posted a few on her Facebook page and photography website as the Ki d m. . tag. . rica 9 re was gOIPg‘ The process is similar for the Other people don t know where Healdsburg Shelter p their spouses are,” she said. “As I Pegg said the précess of can, when I see other people’s spouses, I can give a shout out and say, ‘Hey, I just saw your person. They’re doing good. They’re OK.” She said those updates help her returning lost animals to their owners after a disaster “is pretty similar to the regular stray intake process.” Whipple and Pegg said they use See Photographer Page 8 See Pets Page 8 DEC 64-8 LUTHER BURBANK CENTER FOR THE ARTS 707 546 3600 :WN\