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Page 6, Cloverdale Reveille, November 26, 1997 Writing from Cloverdale seniors This story was written by Iola Ferrari at the Cloverdale Auto- biography Writing Workshop held at the Cloverdale Senior Center on Thursdays from 1-3 pm. Iola was born in Cloverdale. She attended Cloverdale schools until 1935, finishing in Berkeley and San Francisco, later return- ing to her home town. At one time, she owned 1200 acres in the Cloverdale Peak area, raising palomino horses and Hereford cattle. She was also in the antique business. She and John Ferrari were married in 1987, travelled extensively and enjoyed their mountain home. She was saddened by his death in 1996, but still lives on the 50 acres she retained, enjoying the view and wild life. The class is taught by Scott Reid and is free. Presented by the Santa Rosa Junior College Senior's program, the class al- ways welcomes new participants. Whiskey in a BooP By Iola Ferrarl My family was living in Clo- verdale in 1930, when my sister, my dad and I spent an Easter week together at our ranch on Pine Mountain. We always en- joyed being with Dad, hiking around the vast acreage, and hearing the history of the area. Dad showed us an old cabin, where a bachelor named Tom Tann had once lived. When we walked a short distance from the cabin, and up a canyon, we were surprised to see the remnants of an old still. We sat down on a log, while Dad told us a story we would never forget. Dad was acquaint- ed with both Tom, and his closet neighbor, Charley Leavitt, and when Dad visited with them, he heard conflictingtales from each. Charley was a teetotaler, and was suspicious of Tom's activi- ties. He couldn't see how it could be possible for anyone to survive in the mountains without some obvious means of income, with no more livestock than the team of horses he drove to town. There was always a canvas tarp, covering the contents of the wagon. What really made him curious, was when Tom would always travel in the evening, usually taking two days for a trip. When Dad made an unan- nounced visit to Tom, he was told a little about his life-style. In the first place, he didn't have to raise livestock. He had inherited some money from his mother so with deer meat, a vegetable garden and staples he bought ia town, he fared very well. He didn't like to expose himself and his horses to daytime heat, so he traveled af- ter sundown. He often took vegetables to friends in town, covering them from the elements with a tarp. When he returned he had hay and/or groceries, treating them in the same manner. There was an old boot sitting at the side of Tom's chair, and Dad noticed it contained a bot- tle. When Tom noticed what Dad was looking at, he said, "That's a bottle of water I got from the spring. I often get thirsty, so I keep it by my chair. It's in the boot so it won't get turned over. There was a strong scent in the room and it wasn't from spring water. When Dad told Charley what he had learned from Tom, (ex- cluding the boot episode) he just scoffed, saying he didn't believe a word of it. He told Dad he was sure Tom was bootlegging, mak- ing whiskey up the hill and sell- ing it in town. Charley was by now seething and kept accusing Tom of doing something illegal. Tom told him in no uncertain words, to keep out of his business and mind his own affairs. This went on until Charley reached the boilingpoint and one evening when he heard the wagon go down he told his wife he was going to "stop his game" one way or another. The next afternoon, as he was making plan s, she reminded him Tom might be very late, hoping he would lose interest. Instead, he said he would "wait him out." In spite of her protest, he carried a rocking chair and a gun up the road to a level spot, and with the shot gun over his lap, settled down, "for as long as it took". It took a long time, and Char- ley finally fell into a deep sleep. when Tom came along and saw who was blocking the road, he laughed, whipped up his horses and before Charley could get out of the way, ran over him. When Charley healed up, he never threatened Tom again. Homeowners briefing due on park Representatives from the Ran- cho de Amigos and Cloverdale Meadows Homeowner's Associa- tions, as well as other interested Cloverdale residents, will attend a meeting with vice-Mayor Robert Jehn and Councilman Jim Teague, to learn details of the upcoming development of Furber City Park to be located within these two com- munities. Kiwifruit, besides being tasty, can also be used as a meat tender- izer. Just don't leave it on longer  than 15 minutes as it will separate the meat through the marbling. Benita Lorentz, who served on the Park Committee when the de- sign of Furber Park was devel- oped in 1989, appeared before the City Council Nov. 19 to present a letter from the Rancho de Amigos Home Owners Association Board of Directors indicating their inter- est in being representedas the park planning proceeds While nothg definite resulted at that meeting, subsequently the subcommittee members set up the meeting that will take place Mon- day, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall 124 N. Cloverdale Blvd. City Manager Bob Perrault and Planning Director Joe Heckel will also be in attendance. Vice-Mayor Jehn reports that a number of local organizations have been contacted to date and they have expressed their willing- ness to help in various ways in the actual work of finishing the park. The City will receive $409,000 from the Clover Springs project to finance the infrastructure in lieu of developing the previous desig- nated park area at Clover Springs. More money will be needed, however, to complete the entire park design which will include picnic and play areas and playing fields. 01 (, DABBS This old Cloverdale road sign can be seen at Watson Lake in the Yukon Territory, Canada. there is a "whole city block" of signs in the town - somebody's idea of art. Imagine trying to something like that in California - the code police would be thrilled! According to Watie Strong,  supplied this picture, there is a Cloverdale City Limit Sign too among the collection. Watie and hisl who live in the Alexander Valley go to Alaska every year and came across this amazing signs on their last trip. They are wondering if anyone knows how the Cloverdale signs got Cooking Corner00 Top Off A Holiday Feast With Pumpkin Chiffon Meringue Pie NAPS)--As you roast the turkey and stir up the cranberry relish this Thanksgiving, add a twist to the traditional dessert buffet with light and creamy Pumpkin Chiffon Meringue Pie. Quick and easy to prepare the night before your feast, it is a savory addition to your holiday trimmings. Pumpkin Chiffon Meringue Pie is made creamy and delicious with DANNON Vanilla Flavored low- fat yogurt rather than cream or whole milk which is used in the typical pumpkin pie. Since the preparation of this pie does not involve cooking the yogurt, the live and active cultures that are characteristic of yogurt are pre- served. This Thanksgiving Day, try a favot*-.mmevt made witl the wholesomeness of DANNON yogurt--Pmnpkin Chiffon Meringue Pie. PUMPKIN CHIFFON MERINGUE PIE (Makes eight servings) Ingredients 3 cups (30 oz. can) pumpkin pie filling* 4 large egg whites, divided teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix 2 envelopes plain gelatin (approx. 4 tsp.) 1 cup DANNON = Vanilla Low Fat yogurt 1 7 oz. jar marshmallow creme (about 2 cups) 1 ready-made 9-inch graham cracker crust (6 oz. net wt.) Pinch of salt 4 tablespoons granulated sugar *Pumpkin pie filling can be substituted for 29-oz. can pureed punpkin plus 1/4 cup sugar and an additional 72 tea- spoon pumpkin pie spice mix. Procedure 1. Preheat oven to 425F. In ,medium- saucepan aomiine pumpkin pie mix, 2 egg whites; and spice mix. While whisk- ing mixture with small wire whisk, sprinkle gelatin slowly over mixture to incorporate. Heat gently, whisking constant- ly. Bring to a boil, lower heat and whisk for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let mix- ture cool 30 minute& 2. Stir in yogurt until smooth. Cover and refrigerate 45 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken. marshmallow cream completely smooth. pumpkin filling into pie and refrigerate 3 hou: until completely firm. 3. To make meringue: an electric mixer, whip ing 2 egg whites with a salt at high speed 3 Slowly add sugar, a time, beating well after  addition. Continue minutes or until merin stiff and glossy. 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