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www.cloverdalerevellle.com EDITORIAL Turkey talk hanksgiving and other holidays that are centered I around a table full of family, friends and festive foods are a most welcome time for sociable conversations. And, boy, could we all use plenty of that right now. We have lots of catching up to do with post-fire and post-outage and pre- holidays. We don’t suppose everyone could leave their smart phones behind and drop any impulses to interject political chatter at the holiday table, could we? We crave story swapping, real conversation and personal news shared by generations of different ages, with out-of-town relatives and even crazy, old Uncle Joes. We do less and less of all this on all our non-holidays when we’re too busy for each other or held captive by whatever is scrolling across our Facebook page moment after moment, hour by hour. Families have their various Thanksgiving customs, and most of us still watch too much TV football. But we do take pause and give thanks in our own ways. All of us this Thanksgiving will be giving extra thanks for the return of rains and the end (finally) to our fire season. Here, and all across Sonoma County, there will be charity Thanksgiving meals at churches, veterans halls and community centers. Sonoma County is a place where volunteerism and philanthropy are not reserved only for holidays; they are practiced year-round. We are an affluent population, but we also have thousands of families and children living in poverty. There are about 3,000 homeless individuals living on the fringes of our towns and social networks. Our recent Thanksgiving gatherings have been marked by two wildfire tragedies, and before that we were rebounding from the 2008 Great Recession. Next Thanksgiving, without doubt, we will be consumed by whatever had just happened three weeks prior on Election Day 2020. Either we will have just witnessed the re-election of President Donald Trump to further his self-avowed vision of “carnage in America,” as he outlined in his 2016 Inaugural speech, or we will be waiting to see which different direction a new Democratic president will ' be attempting to lead us. No doubt, Thanksgiving 2020 conversations may be only about politics and little else. All the more reason to stay away from such topics this year. For alternatives, where did we hide all those old family photo albums we used to lay out on the coffee tables before the big meal? Wasn’t it always fun to see youthful photos of Uncle Joe before he got crazy? Remember when this year’s family dinner hosts were still sitting at the “children’s table?” We used to marvel at how the years flew by. Now we count our changing lives by tweets and can’t remember what was in fashion just a year ago. This is why Thanksgiving conversations can be so important to our younger generation. This all-digital age we are living in now is robbing them of the capacity to make, remember and learn from both their own memories and the wisdoms of their elders. We can’t really share wisdom, customs or traditions with smart phones or what we call “social media.” Yesterday’s-family photo albums are being replaced and lost on the smart phone we just replaced or accidently erased. At least the turkey is still here — and with all the fixings. And, we have lots of great Wines to share as well. Sonoma County is full of great cooks, and just about every famfly has one. Many of us are sad that we will not have our Dungeness crabs this Thanksgiving while our local fishermen have to wait for the delayed opening of the crabbing season due to various ocean conditions and a concern for the safety of migrating whales. . See, there’s lots to talk about this Thanksgiving without . even getting close to the topic of impeachment. So, maybe I don’task Uncle Joe to do the prayer, OK? I — RoHie Atkinson HISTORY Through the Years in the Reveille he following items are selected from Tarchived issues of the Cloverdale Reveille. ' December 11, 1909 — 110 years ago At the recent town hall meeting, Sewer Inspector Conner was quizzed in regard to the number of houses in town still unconnected to the sewer. According to Conner there are two or three houses that could not be connected on account of their location. Several unoccupiedhouses are also not connected. Contract for the construction of 26 miles of the 108 mile gap in the Eureka line of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad was let today. Work is to begin at once on both ends of the line. The entire extension will cost about $8,000,000. Joyce Mann November 20, 1969 — 50 years ago Safe and effective drugs, the kind that have been developed in recent years to eradicate or control some of man’s most ancient enemies in the world of disease are products of training and research in laboratories not of massive government regulations. Since 1966, the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association Foundation has maintained an awards program to stimulate teaching, training and research in the field of clinical pharmacology. The Foundation’s goal; "Drug investigation is a demanding task and one for which the medical world is not adequately prepared. To meet these demands, clinical pharmacology units have been established. Through these units, scientific drug investigation has attained an important status in many academic centers. As in nearly every aspect of the health field, manpower needs are acute. November 27, 1994 25 years ago The first Thanksgiving. History says five women who survived the rigors of the first year in the New World prepared a three-day feast for about 50 Pilgrim men and 90 Indian guests, only a handful of whom were invited. The food served that first Thanksgiving was a matter of chance, not choice. Much of it was unfamiliar to the Europeans prior to their arrival in New England. The Pilgrims had to spend the major portion of their working hours in the growing or collecting of that bountiful harvest that would be rather skimpy by modern standards. The women spent hours, even days, in the open at the Dutch ovens and open fireplaces preparing the meal. One thing about Thanksgiving that has not been changed much — the Pilgrim men, while the women were preparing the feast, occupied their time in sporting events. That day it was the Yankees against the Indians. History doesn’t say who won, and it wasn’t televised, it must November 28, 2019 - The Cloverdale Reveille - Page COMMENTARY Foggy Mountain Tales Wishbones, coconuts and fruit balls rowing up, my favorite holidays were Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was probably because of the once-a-year delights — pumpkin pie with whipped cream in November, while December brought a long list of favorites from peanut brittle to my father’s spiced eggnog. Every family I knew had their own specialities. In our family one of my favorites were the surprisingly healthy fruit balls Mom made. Surprising because I liked them better than sugary fudge or decorated sugar cookies. They appeared every Thanksgiving and Christmas. . Passed by word of mouth from one generation to the next, I never saw a recipe for fruit balls. As long asI could remember, a day or so before the holiday, my mother stuffed a box of raisins, a package of figs, another of apricots and the last package of dates into a heavy duty hand-cranked food grinder. The sticky mass squiggled out, filled a large mixing bowl and left her hands covered with sweet little globs. She mixed the ground fruits well, using her fingers almost as if kneading bread. Into the mix she also added a cup or more of chopped walnuts and a cup or more of shredded coconut, rolling the mixture out to walnut-sized balls. They could be rolled in coconut, walnuts or poWdered sugar. My favorite was coconut. On Christmas Eve my father always brought home a Whole coconut. The coconut involved a special ritual. Dad would take us out on the back porch or if it was raining, we’d perch on the stools near his garage workbench. First he used a nut pick to dig a hole through one of the dark indentations on the coconut shells. Carefully he passed the coconut to my sister Jane, the oldest. We solemnly took turns tilting the coconut to our lips and sipping the watery milk. Last of all, my dad would finish the mild tasting liquid. With a tack hammer, Dad tapped the coconut shell until it cracked. With his pocketknife he cut a piece of the white meat for each of us. . After we grew up and had families of our own, I’m not sure why we didn’t continue the coconut or fruit ball traditions. Except for those times when we made it back home for the holidays, they weren’t part of our celebrations. Later as my parents grew older, our holidays became simpler and one by one most of our childhood treats disappeared from the menu. Like the coconuts and fruit balls, we remembered the big events in our lives by the small things that were part of them. In 1970 when I was a young mother of two, my sisters, our husbands and kids all gathered with my parents for Thanksgiving. Our brother was serving with the Army in Vietnam, but there at the holiday table, he was still very much with us. Like always, Dad carved the turkey. He insisted on giving my 2-year-old son an enormous turkey leg, the same way he did when my brother Joe had been that age. When Dad got to the wishbone, he carefully cut it free and set it aside. Later he would choose someone to try to wrest the biggest piece from him. That Thanksgiving, he chose me. My open opposition to the war had created a painful wall between us, so when Dad held out the greasy bene, it took me by surprise. In those days he usually offered it to one of the kids, but there he stood, hand extended. I pulled against his own pull. When the bone began to slip from my fingers, Dad made a sharp motion and deliberately snapped his piece short, leaving me holding the long end, winning the prize to make a wish. Dad nodded at me and smiled. At 24, I was a long way frombelieving in childhood magic. Even so I closed my eyes audit/fished ashard as Icould that the war would end and my brother and all the soldiers could come home at last. Pamela Tinnin Pamela Tinnin writes from her ranch on Pine Mountain. She can be reached at pame]atinn1’n@yahoo.com. COMMENTARY Wayward cattle If you happen to be driving through the burn area, keep your eyes peeled for cattle. At a meeting for Kincade Fire victims put on by the Sonoma County Farm Bureau it was mentioned that there are a significant number of missing cattle from historic cattle farms destroyed when the fire swept through Knights Valley, Chalk Hill and Alexander Valley. There was discussion of sending up drones to looks for them. While the story invokes some cute imagery, it’s important to remember that these animals likely represent generations of carefully cultivated breeding and in some cases may be the only tangible things left to some of these farm families. So please drive carefully and keep your eyes peeled, and report any loose cattle you spot to either the Farm Bureau or Sonoma County Animal Services. — Heather Bafley MILESTONE Barbara Jean Buckingham 3/23/34 — 10/18/19 FUNERAL SERVICE RESCHEDULED: DECEMBER 7 at 2 p.m. Fred Young in Cloverdale We apologize for any inconven- ience this may have caused. Hope you can join us. At this time. we would like to thank everyone who loved and cared for Barbara during her illness, along with her family. Thank you to Dr. Ganz and Julie. Thank you to Hos- pice, especially Anthony, Krosten " and Barbara. Special thanks to The Villas Assisted Living for being the best! Thank you for all the happi- ness and smiles that Barbara showed while she was there. God Bless all that worked there during her stay, and for the professional care and love that was unconditionally provided for her. Thank You So Very Much, The Best To You All. PUBLIC SERVICE Off the Shelves Events at the pi Cloverdale Regional Library ' Homework Help Continues. Wednesdays throughout the school year from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Boost your knowledge and your grades — get free homework assistance at the local library. If you interested in volunteering to be a homework helper, contact Donna Romeo at 707-894-5271. Donna Romeo Progr‘ams especially for kids: Wee Read Storytime. (ages 0 to 36 months) Mondays at 10:30 am. and Preschool Storytime (ages 3 to 6) Mondays at 11:30 am. throughout December. These programs will be full of stories, songs and movement to help develop a love of reading. Family Storytime. Wednesday, Dec. 4 and 11 at 10:30 am. Explore books, songs, rhymes and play in English. Bilingual Stories and Songs. Thursdays throughout December at 10:30 am. with a special Bilingual Storytime with Veronica on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 10:30 am. Come explore books, songs, rhymes and plays in English and Spanish. Read to a Dog. Assistance dogs for PALS (Paws as Loving Support) will be at the Cloverdale Library Wednesday, Dec. 4 and 18 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Build confidence by reading aloud to a friendly dog. For beginning readers. Family Yoga for ages 3 to 6. Tuesday, Dec. 3 and 17 at 10:30 am. This is a high-energy class with simple yoga poses, cooperative games, breathing and relaxation exercises. Parents/ caregivers are encouraged to participate. Kids Yoga for ages 5 to 12. Thursday, Dec. 12 and 26 at 3 p.m. This class introduces yoga poses using cooperative games, breathing and relaxation exercises, as well as encourages self-expression and building social skills. Writing Club for Kids for ages 9 and up. Monday, Dec. 16 at 3:30 p.m. Learn how to write a novel from a local author, Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, who leads the group. Holiday Puppet Show: The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Thursday, Dec. 19 at 11 am. Join us for an all ages puppe show that‘s fun for the whole family. 1 Baby Sign Storytime Dec. 24 at 10:30 am. Join us for signs, stories and songs. Learn sign language from Certified Sign2Me Instructor, Clare Pryden. For babies and toddlers, with parents and caregivers. Maker Studio: Under Pressure. Friday, Dec. 27 at 3:30 p.m. Make models with air pressure to explore how hydraulics work with digital design instructor Lindsay Hunter. Tween/ Teen events: Computer Lounge Tuesday, Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Tweens and teens can play interactive computer games with other players in the room or with players online. From 3:15 to 5 p.m. Tile Art. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 3:30 p.m. Make a coaster or simply display your art. We will have all'the supplies yOu need to make these tiles. Perhaps you want‘to give one away as a gift? Game On. Friday, Dec. 13 at 3:30 p.m. A place away from home where you can hang out with friends, eat snacks and play video games. We will supply snacks, a Nintendo Switch, Switch games and the space to play them. Financial Aid 101. Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. Financial aid experts from the SRJ C will provide overviews of the financial aid application process, including the types of aid available and how .to navigate the aid process. They will also answerwinidividual questions about the FAFSA (Free ApplicatiOn for Federal Student Aid) and the California Dream Act, and provide personal assistance with completing the online applications. We suggest you bring your 2018 Federal tax returns if you Wish to complete your online FAFSA. A number of laptops will be available, or bring your own. Bilingual English and Spanish. For juniors and seniors in high school and their families. Tie Dye Workshop. Saturday, Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. Come make your own tie dyed shirt or other cloth item of your choosing at this tie dye workshop for teens. If you have a t-shirt or other cotton item you would like to tie-dye please bring it. We will also have some white t-shirts available. Programs for adults: Ukulele Beyond the Basics. Monday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. Join us for a class where all things are ukulele! In this class students will add more songs to their repertoire and learn more music theOry. Ukuleles will be provided for use. Yoga. Mondays throughout December at 4:45 p.m. Join us for basic yoga and relaxation. Beginners are encouraged to attend and no experience is necessary. American Sign Language (ASL) Mondays throughout December at 6:30 p.m. Learn basic sign language skills to better communicate with deaf and hard of hearing people. Class is for all ages. One-on-One Technology Help. Saturdays throughout December from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Get free one—on-one help with a librarian. By appointment only. Sign up online, over the phone by calling 707-894-5271 or in person at the Cloverdale Regional Library. Healthy Living at Your Library: Meditation and Stress ' Reduction. Wednesday, Dec. 4 and 18 at 6 p.m. Use movement, stillness, breath, visualization and sound to help calm, heal and balance your body, mind and spirit. These simple yet powerful meditation, relaxation and breathing techniques can be done seated, standing or lying down. Healthy Living at Your Library: Chair Yoga. Fridays at 10:30 am. throughout December. Maintain and regain mobility in this gentle form of yoga practiced while sitting on a chair. Class may include some standing with support. Breath work and mindful movement will accompany gentle strengthening and stretching. Beyond Origami — Handmade Iris Cards for Adults. Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1:30 p.m. Make folded origami-like creations With specially treated paper into handmade cards of a variety of shapes and textures. Book Discussion and year-end social. Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Come and meet fellow book readers. We will share the book of our choice at our year-end event. All are welcome. Traditional Folk Songs of the Winter Holidays. Monday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. Local favorite, folk singer and storyteller Adam Miller presents a multicultural sing-along program of traditional holiday folk songs from an American English- speaking folk tradition. Many of the songs grew out of (and were used in) the old-time American holiday celebration — a season of homespun worship, festivity and song. Donna Romeo is a librarian at the Cloverdale Regiona] have been the first Thanksgiving traditional game Sincerely, Sandy, Michael, Joseph and Kathleen. Library. CLOVERDALE REVE“ E FOR THE. RECORD; SUBSCRIBE: Annual rates are $60 ($35 outfot-county). Sorry, no WEATHER t . refunds. Subscriptions include unllmlted digital access. 207 N. 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