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0111[!![UIIl!!!! I, $1 at the newsstand Cloverdale Eagles' sports Paoe R 9 ************************ ORIGIN MIXED ADC 940 1096 SMALL TOWN PAPERS 00-00-0000 217 W COTA ST SHELTON HA 98584-2263 ,ih.,h,,th.i.q...I,i,q.l,,tq,.,.i,hhl.,th,t Visit www.cloverdalereveille.com for daily updates on local news and views Our 138th year, Number 46 Cloverdale, California November 16, 2017 Firefighters worry homes "The ironic thing is that a fire marshal visited their property two lack buffer from fire weeks before and told them if a fire were to come, that guesthouse was By Amie Windsor the place to be," Bailey said, speak- Staff Writer ing on behalf of her parents. amie@sonomawest.com That's likely because of the con- crete wall and sidewalk that sur- When Heather Bailey's parents rounded the guesthouse created a evacuated their Chalk Hill Road barrier. home to escape the rampaging "It lacked fuel for the fire," Tubbs fee last month, they weren't Bailey said. sure what to expect. By day three, It was, in essence, the perfect they were told they lost their home example of defensible space, accord- of more than 12 years, ing to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Paul "It was completely gone," Bailey Fleckenstein. said. "Honestly, zero landscaping is But not all was lost. The recently the best," Fleckenstein said. "People finished guesthouse remained rela- tend to landscape with highly tively unscathed, save for a few flammable materials like bark, cracked windows and a dusting of which will just fuel any fire." ash blown underneath the door. Fleckenstein said that defensible "They just completed it and space, defined by Cal Fire as hadn't put landscaping around it between 30 and 100 feet of space yet," Bailey said. cleared of trees, shrubs and excess When the Tubbs fire roared landscaping, is key to helping fire- through their neighborhood, the fighters decide whether a structure lack of landscaping likely saved their guesthouse. See Fire prevention Page 7 TOTAL LOSS -- This home in the hills east of Windsor was destroyed in the Oct. 8 firestorm. Photo Heather Bailey completely YEARS OF SERVICE -- Attendees of the Veterans Day commemoration in Cloverdale Saturday. Photo Rollie Atkinson Vietnara vet Dan Solis speaks from the heart By Rollie Atkinson Staff Writer by local VFW Post 3150, Sons of the American Legion Squadron 293 and local American Legion Post 9862. Keynote speaker, local Vietnam veteran Dan Solis, captivated the crowd of almost 100 people with words from deep in his heart and Annual Veterans Day ceremonies not read from a piece of paper. on behalf of his American Legion post to talk about the flag and patri- otism. Some of what he said this Veterans Day had never been said in public before. After being honorably discharged in 1971, Solis said he had a very rough emotional time that included always include lots of the traditional .o He told a story of being a ~oung thoughts of suicide. messages, militaryrituais,patHb~i'd ....... 2~.Lyear-olddraJ~-tee wilo did n~t wdnt ..... --"i'Was seriouslydepressed and symbols and familiar faces of past to go to war, but enlisted in Army couldn't sleep. I had horrible night- year's gatherings. There's the medic school anyway, mares about what I saw in 'Nam. I somber presentation of the colors, "I was terrified," he said, in slow, cried a lot." uncovering for a chaplain's prayer, halting groups of thoughts. "We all But Solis gave praise to his fellow an update of the local honor roll and were. From the moment I got there veterans. "That kinship and love all an introduction of special guests. (Vietnam) until when I left, I wore around me saved my life." He called Occasionally, there can be a sur- my dog tags every day and my his American Legion volunteer prising twist to the evening's script, rosary. I prayed a lot." work his "therapy." Such was the case at Cloverdale's Solis is a familiar figure around 2017 Veterans Day ceremony, hosted Cloverdale as he often visits schools See Veterans Page 7 City, chamber help merchants reel in, appreciate customers By Amie Windsor Staff Writer amie@sonomawest.com With the crisp fall chill settling in for a long winter, merchants around Cloverdale are gearing up for a fes- tive and hopefully fruitful holiday season. "We're working to keep up the spirit of pushing the rock uphill," said Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Neena Hanchett. Hanchett said that, while Cloverdale businesses weren't directly affected by the October firestorms, many lost homes and lost some revenue during the week when the fires raged east. "There have been major ramifi- cations," Hanchett said. In effort to bring buyers back onto Main Street, the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce, local mer- chants and area nonprofits are step- ping up bring the magic of the holi- days into Cloverdale. In addition to the tree lighting ceremony hosted by the Cloverdale Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce is setting up a north and south pole shopping area, where local vendors will sell handmade goods and gifts for people to peruse and purchase. Hanchett said the north pole will be set up next to Plank Coffee Shop while the south pole will be located near the Trading Post Restaurant. "There will be lots of vendors there," Hanchett said. In addition to the pop up shops, attendees will be able to grab small bites, drinks and more. The winter festival polar shop- ping experience will coincide with the Christmas Tree lighting ceremo- ny on Friday, Dec. 1 in the Cloverdale plaza. "It's a great way to kick off the holiday season," Hanchett said. The ceremony and celebration begin at 5 p.m. and will include hot CHOWING DOWN -- Food from local merchants at the annual winter festival, this year on Dec. 1. cocoa, cider and donuts. "I don't know why those go so well together, but they do," Hanchett said. In addition, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available to hear wish lists from little boys and girls. "It's a great photo op, even for bigger kids," Hanchett said. Hanchett said many local shops will stay open late, until 9 p.m. or so, to encourage residents to search through stores and see what's avail- able. "It's such a great opportunity to shop and see what local merchants have to offer," Hanchett said. "It's so much better than shopping online, which just feels like a chore. This way you can talk to local mer- chants, see if they have what you're looking for. And if they don't, chance are they'll find something that works." The holiday weekend continues on Saturday with the Kiwanis Crab and vendors :% ::%.., Photo provided is always available Feed at the Citrus Fair. The festive event typically sells out, Hanchett said. "It's just such a great event, with decorated trees," she added. And, on Sunday, the Lions Club will get back into the holiday spirit with its annual toy run. During the event, which begins at noon at the Citrus Fair, individuals can ride motorcycles, bicycles or anything in between and enjoy barbecued tri-tip, barbecued oysters, drinks and more along the way. "The only entrance for participa- tion is that you have to bring in an unwrapped toy for a child who may not be as fortunate," Hanchett said. All in all, Hanchett said the first weekend in December would likely get people more aware of shopping locally. "This is how we will jettison into the holiday season," she said. "We're here and we're open for business." Cloverdale celebrates the holi- night fundraising event are days throughout the fall, with a encouraging those who wish to variety of fundraising events, attend to buy their tickets now, while tickets and tables are still Senior Center holiday craft available. fair Shifting from the previous two Stop by the Cloverdale Senior years' Cuban-themed galas, on Center, at 311 North Main St., for Saturday, Dec. 9, attendees of the the annual craft fair. event will be transported to the Held this year on Saturday, mysteries of Morocco. Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the "We are transforming the fair features unique gifts from Citrus Fairgrounds into an awe- local crafters and artists, some Moroccan experience, with lively entertainment, Moroccan Chicken & Polenta Dinner cuisine and casino fun," said The Knights of Columbus will Mark Tharrington, Arts Alliance hold their annual chicken and executive director. polenta dinner, this Saturday, The celebration, which will Nov. 18 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at St. begin at 5:30 p.m. at i Citrus Fair Peters's Church, 491 South Drive in Cloverdale, will also fea- Franklin St.. ture an open bar offering wine, Adults eat for $15, anyone age beer and cocktails. There will be 12 and under eats for $7.50. live and silent auctions, and danc- In addition to good food, the ing to Moroccan-inspired music. event includes a silent auction of Tharrington urges party-goers to gift certificates, baked goods, gift dress to the theme. "That's half baskets and wine. the fun," he said. "The event web- site includes a page of costume Kiwanis Crab Feed ideas and lLnks." Tickets are available now for "We had to change our event the annual Kiwanis crab feed, date because of the fire situation. held once again at the Citrus But that means there are tickets Fairgrounds in Cloverdale. and tables still available at this The event, held on the evening late date," said Tharrington. "We of Saturday, Dec. 3, is a popular hope people will jump on board social and charitable event, for this celebration, which we see There are no ticket sales at the as one small step toward normal- door. Tickets ($50 for adults) can cy and recognizing the many be purchased at Mail Center Etc, blessings we have." from any Kiwanian, or online at Moroccan Nights is a benefit kiwaniscrabfeed.brown for the Cloverdale Arts Alliance, papertickets.com, which sponsors Friday Night Live The menu includes all you can at the Plaza. eat cold cracked crab, pasta, salad Other CAA programs include and dessert. Wine and beer are the CAA Gallery, Music in the included. Schools initiative, monthly jazz, blues and Americana perfor- 'Moroccan Nights' at Citrus mances, art and ceramics classes, Fair Dec. 9 music workshops, art apprecia- It's your last chance to get tick- tion classes, wine courses and ets for the third annual more. Cloverdale Arts Alliance casino- Links to Moroccan Nights tick- night fundraiser, et sales and event information can Organizers of the popular be found at cloverdalearts Cloverdale Arts Alliance casino- aUiance.org.