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www.meverdaiereveiiiecnm _ V . V v s ‘vwv -.Vv‘v-V‘Vvfifiw V..._~ EDITORIAL All together now ur shared disdain for PG&E turning the lights out on us while we were running from the threat of the Kincade wildfire is not the only thing that should be uniting us right now. This time there was no loss of life. This time we “only” lost 141 homes in Sonoma County, nothing close to the 5,600 torched by the Tubbs fire in 2017. But this time the economic impact in evacuation costs, days of lost work, a week of lost business revenues, canceled trips to our Wine Country and possibly the» permanent closure of some local businesses is much more widespread. Up to 200,000 Sonoma County residents incurred days of evacuation expenses they will never recoup. Above that, 2 million PG&E customers from Humboldt to Kern counties had their power shut off for 72 to 96 hours. Schools were closed. Shopping trips didn’t happen. Work shifts were eliminated. Mountains of spoiled food had to be thrown away. We acknowledge that others were suffering tragic losses of homes and property and thousands of first responders were still battling the final flames of the Kincade Fire. But when the final analyses are presented we believe the bulk of the tallied losses will be far from the fire lines of the Kincade Fire. What do we need'to do? What will unite us is our many community-based charity programs, government disaster relief funding and a stronger support for our local economy. Yes, shopping, giving and hiring locally will strengthen our resiliency to the next natural disaster we have been promised will come our way. The return to “normal” we keep hearing everybody call for begins with a ringing school bell, a daily grocery shopping trip or an early downtown foray of holiday window shopping. , We know that our global climate emergency has changed our living standards in Northern California and we must harden our wildfire prevention, emergency preparedness and property design and land use rules. But we should not become overly defined by the annual threat of wildfires, arid winds and extreme weather. . Natural disasters affect parts of our population and community diiferently. Case studies show that low-income workers and families sufi‘er greater negative impact than higher income households that might have adequate insurance and savings resources. A large percentage of Sonoma County- households live paycheck to paycheck. A lost day of work can mean a lost day of meals, a car payment .or even a late rent check or eviction. The current response by community groups such as Corazon Healdsburg, Sonoma County Winegrowers Foundation, Wine Country United Way, Red Cross, Redwood Empire Food Bank and several others is keeping families whole and with a home. . Local governments and chambers of commerce are cataloguing business recovery tools and have held resource workshops in recent days. We hear there will be marketing efforts funded by government disaster response grants to let the world know that Sonoma County’s Wine Country once again did not burn down. We are booking visitor reservations, winery tasting tours and daily flights at our Charles Schulz airport. The marketing efforts to counter the recent national TV scenes of burning ridges and exploding trees are welcomed. At the same time, let’s not lose the more important focus on what drives our world famous reputation we now seek to defend. It’s the people, the land and our small communities. Our Main Street shops and local services would benefit greatly from a little extra patronage from all of us right now. We especially urge our readers and others to support our many local advertisers. That is how we will be able to continue to publish timely, accurate news and information as we cover the continuing efforts to recover and rebuild from our latest natural disaster. We are all safe for now. The coming holidays for all of us will have extra meaning post wildfire. ‘ ‘:- —RollieAtkinson HISTORY Through the Years in the Reveille T November 20, 1909 110 years ago From School Happenings: - The ground has been cleared away and gravel hauled for the boys’ work shop and laboratory. The high school boys and the larger grammar school boys will lay the foundation of the building tomorrow. - The trigonometry class in high school is making a survey of the town. The map will be out in two months. - The eighth grade boys are thinking of organizing a basketball team. The freshmen girls have organized a kick ball team. At the bond election held at Preston, the bonds carried for the purpose of bonding the district for $4,000 to purchase a school site and erect a building. There was opposition to the purchase of the school site for $1,900.. he following items are selected from archived issues of the Cloverdale Reveille. Joyce Mannflh: November 6, 1969 — 50 years ago From the Editor’s Desk: We 'will, and on the other hand we might not. We are not sure, but we might do it soon. Or, let’s forget the whole thing etc., etc. That’s the way the Federal government and the State Division of Highways is talking about the Geyserville Bypass. It is on the top priority list, yet at the slightest excuse, it’s cut from the budget, although there is enough money for construction in other areas. We wonder how many people have to get killed or seriously injured before the highway department realizes how badly the bypass is needed. Let the highway department and the California Assembly know that we need the bypass now! November 9, 1994 — 25 years ago Results from the September survey distributed by the Sonoma County Transit Agency regarding the proposed Cloverdale Transportation Center have been tabulated. The Cloverdale survey had a 10 percent response rate. Approximately 34 percent of the written comments indicted support for the development of the Transportation Center. 6.67 percent indicated they did not support the Center, 18.24 percent raised concerns about local and intercity transit services currently provided in the Cloverdale area. 7.43 percent indicted their support for future development of passenger rail service and 2.03 had concerns that the Transportation Center would raise taxes. The majority of the survey respondents indicated that they were retired, 31.78 percent. When asked about other uses for the facility, a tourist information center and a coffee shop/ snack bar topped the list with 24.30 percent and 14.15 percent respectively. The vast majority felt (74.41 percent) that some form of public art should be included in the design of the Center. November 14, 2019 o The Cloverdale Reveille - Page COMMENTARY Market Musings riting on Nov. 6, I must say that ‘ these last two weeks were a blur for me, as I’m sure they were for most of you. We needed a break from thinking about Karen Allan our power being out, so we went to Diavola . in Geyserville for dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 23. I was checking my Facebook feed at around 10 pm. that night and noticed a post, “Vegetation fire in the Geysers.” “Interesting,” I thought and turned out the light. I was as awakened the next morning by a call from Dave’s daughter in Santa Rosa asking if we were OK. I opened the neWspaper on my tablet and stared incredulously at bright red fire photos. And our adventure began: We were pretty lucky; only losing power and gas were small potatoes compared with the trials of those who had to leave their homes not knowing what they would come back to. I am happy to report that all of our market vendors came through with no loss of their homes or livestock. There are, however, several stories to tell. Duncan (Duncan’s Mushrooms), who lives in the hills west of Geyserville, had to evacuate himself, his wife and his collection of large and small animals on Thursday morning and, having already had a plan in place, moved everyone to locations in Windsor and Healdsburg. The snag was that the animals had to be moved again to Rohnert Park when the next phase began and those safe towns were evacuated. The mushrooms, which had been moved to Windsor beforehand, didn’t fare as well, as the move kept them away from the fire, but a power glitch in the large cooler at his partner's facility toasted it and doomed the mushrooms it was holding. Back at home and back in business, he reported yesterday that the mules weren’t so happy to return. Apparently they preferred their evacuation digs. Dennis of Franco’s Sausage spent halfa day in his car driving around the North Bay after leaving his home in Santa Rosa on Thursday, only to wind up back in Santa Rosa where he remained for the duration. ' ' A lot of his sausages stayed put and did not survive. lfyou, as I did, lost sausage that was in your freezer or fridge, be sure to visit Dennis’ booth during the next couple of markets. Ashley of Buttercup Farm emailed all of us on Oct. 28. “We are holding down the fort,” she said. “Decided not to leave the animals, etc. Been taking shifts with neighbors on the nearby hilltop to watch the fire lines. Wind was amazingly strong and we could see huge walls of flames in the distance.” Happily, the farm was untouched by the fire. Ashley’s last market for the season will be Nov. 19. Melissa of Quail & Condor emailed us on Halloween morning: “Sean, Reid, Mochi (our dog) and I did a pop up on Saturday at Miracle Plum in Santa Rosa, then went straight to Berkeley for three days. Sean’s vacation was supposed to start this weekend, but will most likely dissolve, so we went to Tahoe for three days and are now heading home tonight. Reid never got to have his Halloween, so we are trick-or-treating here and I think I’m going to pass out candy, cake and pie in the Healdsburg Plaza this Saturday dressed up in our costumes.” She’s taking a little break, but will be at the final market on Nov. 26, with Christmas cookie samples and other treats. Rebecca (Lantern Farm), Kristin (Preston) and Jackie (Big Mountain) all live in Cloverdale. Dry Creek Valley was one of the evacuated areas, so Kristin Kincade stories: upheaval, resilience, community had days when she couldn’t get out to the farm, just worried about it. “The cats, pig and sheep are all fine, just a little lonely and happy to have their people back,” she said. “Power and water outages were inconvenient and worrisome, but nothing was ruined for wine or veggies. This experience taught us many things about generators and solar power. Preston hopes to invest in some batteries to store all the solar pewer we generate from our rooftop panels.” Flour Girl Shannon lives a ways out of town, but had to cope with the lack of gas in her Cloverdale commercial kitchen space, which made production difficult. Dawn from Moon Dog Olive Oil said that the fires led them to cancel their Nov. 4 olive picking and harvest party, but that luck was on the farm’s side when it came to wind. “As the fires got closer and our pewer stayed out it became apparent we needed to cancel the harvest party and focus on saving the farm and animals if need be,” she said. “Our male breeder goat, Sancho, was evacuated to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds as he was on a play date in Windsor. All the rest of our herd was able to stay put. Luck was with us and the winds blew south. The trees suffered from lack of water — we are on a well — but other then that we fared well. Harvest went as planned and the oil tastes great.” I believe it was Rebecca’s idea to hold a fire market on Oct. 29 and she brought lots of produce from her farm that she and Kristin sold to the grateful shoppers who swarmed onto the lot at 3 pm. It was a special market day for several reasons — one of which being the $250 sponsorship from Erin Mavis Clothing that enabled folks who were short of cash to purchase food. Shfinnon brought goodies, including candy apples that were a big it. Jackie joined the little group, with her wood tools, boards , and tote bags. Rebecca’s post the next day on the Lantern Farm Facebook page speaks volumes about the spirit of our market and the community that supports it. “Against all odds we were able to pull off a wildly successful little farmers market yesterday,” she wrote. “Your support and happiness yesterday filled my heart. Everybody kept thanking us for showing up. Thank you in return for coming: it’s times like these that we have to stick together. I’m so glad I could provide some real food and a little bit of normalcy during these crazy times. The donations kept pouring in so we will be able to sponsor sales again at next week’s market. More details to follow. Thanks to (Flour Girl) and Big Mountain for sticking it out with me.” The market the following week was just as busy, with most of our vendors in attendance and lots of shoppers enjoying the increased selection. It was great to see many of our usual marketeers lined up outside the gate. V The donation pool had increased from the prior week to $350, which was spread out among the food vendors, who then shared it with their customers. Our 2019 market season will conclude on Tuesday, Nov. 26, which will give folks an opportunity to stock up before the Thanksgiving holiday. This will be my last column until the 2020 market season begins in April. I hope that you all have enjoyed reading about our market, as much as I have enjoyed sharing our stories with you. Karen Allan is the manager of the Cloverdale Tuesday Farmers’ Market. She’s rarely seen Without Cora. She can be reached a t kjsa]1an52@gma1’1. com. Photo courtesy Karen Allan SUPPORT LOCAL — Despite power and gas outages, the Tuesday market prevailed. LETTERS On reach codes EDITOR: I’m an advocate for choice. David Kelley, Cloverdale city manager, graciously invited me to attend an October meeting on reach codes. The session was led by Cloverdale City Councilmember Jason Turner. v A representative from Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) presented, arguing that the city’s building codes should be amended to halt the use of natural gas as an option for residential homeowners. Choice would no longer be allowed. I was taken aback. How could such a restrictive policy be considered without giving it a significant public vetting or even an environmental review? SCP’s agenda is clear: eliminate its competitor natural gas — by changing the playing field and making electric-only power appear advantageous. ’ I trust our city leaders will see through this ploy and support individual homeowner choice: natural gas (or propane) and electric, or all-gas, or all-electric. In the meantime, after the recent series of multiday Public Safety Power Shutofi‘s, I’m an advocate for more reliable natural gas service in Cloverdale. This point wasdriven home when our newly-installed, whole-house natural gas generator provided electricity during those numerous PUG-approved PG&E blackouts. Rob Koslowsky Cloverdale 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. Email to news@cloverdalereveille.com. Thank you, Lions and Kiwanis EDITOR: How do we possibly thank all of the people who went way above and beyond during the fire, power and gas outage? ’ Thank’ you one and all is about all we can say. But, we would like to single out two local organizations who were right there to serve our wonderful community of Cloverdale. They are there for all us the time, not just in times of need. ' The Cloverdale Lions Club and the Kiwanis Club of Cloverdale were there at the Citrus Fair almost all week. Kudos and a huge thank you to all members of both organizations. We wonder if the Lions Club still fines members who get their names in the paper? There are threemembers I want to especially thank, but I don’t want them fined. You know who you are —- I saw you there every day. To all in the community who would like to thank the Lions and, Kiwanis, the best way to do that is to make donations to one or both. You can be assured the donations will be used to benefit our community in many ways. 1 Don and Neva Goodman Cloverdale OBITUARIES NIILESTONES 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 clovérdalereveillecom 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. FOR THE RECORD: The Cloverdale Reveille reserves space each week for corrections and clarifications; for details email news@cloverdalereveille.com. CLOVERDALE REVEILLE 207 N. 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