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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA t WEDNESDAY, DEC. 1,2010 -- Page 5 Calling all bon vivants By Paula Wrenn In the wake of the recent natural gas explo- sion south of San Francisco, many California homeowners became aware how little they know about the mysterious unseen sub- stance that heats their homes and cooks their meals. Natural gas can be dangerous if not handled properly, but a little extra awareness goes a long way in keeping you and your neighbors safe. I noticed recently an interesting piece of information about gas leaks included on leaflets enclosed with my PG&E bill. It was new information to me and I thought you might find it interesting if you also tend to toss such things before reading. There are other signs of natural gas leakage besides the rotten egg smell added to the gas to help with leak detection. According to the brochure, there may also be a leak if you observe: Dirt spraying from the ground up in the air A hissing sound Continual bubbling in a pond or creek Plants that seem to die in the same area for no reason If you suspect a gas leak, immediately leave the area and warn others from a safe distance. Call 911 and then call PG&E at 1 800 743-5000 to report the suspected leak. Do not attempt to extinguish burning gas or to stop the flow of gas. Do not operate tools or start an engine or create any spark that might ignite the gas. Even a doorbell or garage door opener can create a dangerous spark. Preparation for the unthinkable Denial. It is a very human trait to ignore what we don't want to happen. Perhaps many of us view disaster planning as a self-fulfilling prophecy. Especially at this time of year when families are planning for holiday festivities and visits from loved ones, it seems hardly Prepare convenient to fit in time for emergency preparedness. The people of Thailand can tell you, disasters don't your take holidays. They strike when we least expect them, emergency as the devastating tsunami did in that country a few kit years ago. If you have time off from work, and if you are digging into the back reaches of the garage and storage areas for holiday supplies, it would be a wonderful "gift" to your family if you use some time to update that badly neglected earthquake or emergen- cy kit. I'm as bad as the next person. I tend to set up a kit and then begin borrovqing from it, instead of rotating and replacing the products and food. It is nothing new that little Cloverdale is isolated and likely to be considered a low priority to county officials during an emergency. Audrey Espinosa of Clover Springs, who heads that neighborhood's Emergency Preparedness Committee, had that fact confirmed to her when she dis- cussed the subject with area officials. Now the problem of emergency management and resources is under-scored by the economic toll on coun- ty and community services. There are no exceptions that each household needs at least enough for its family members to survive independently for two weeks. That includes food, water (one gallon per day per person), medical supplies, bedding and clothing, batteries and lights. Fortunately, before the county began serious cut- backs, each city was supplied with some basic medical items, but it is not enough to take care of more than a few of us for a short time. The longer the North Bay goes without a major earthquake, the more lax we become in our preparations; exactly the opposite should be true. Thankfully, Espinosa and her commi~ee are devoted to reminding and educating Clover Springs residents abouUthe I-~itest'regOu'~?c~s ~iihd tech- niques for self-care in the event of an emergency. Jane Donner, Lynn Beale, Betty Landry, Fran Lashinski and Anita Jennings help Espinosa staff booths at various neighborhood events to make sure neighbors have the best information. "We press it every month in our Clover Springs newsletter, too," says Espinosa. The committee has set up telephone communications to help residents reach family members. They also remind neighbors to set aside provisions for their pets for two weeks. Each year the Red Cross and insurance companies promote checking fire alarm batteries at the start of the New Year as a measure of safety. It seems a logical time to also start or update the emergency kit. If you could use some help setting up a kit, there are numerous online websites, includ- ing that of the American Red Cross, with lists and instructions as to what to do during the first few minutes after a disaster occurs. It may be easier for you to gather needed supplies if you purchase a ready-made kit from one of the preparedness resources. Kits are set up based on the size of the household and will likely save you money. There are numerous suppliers, but www.earthquakesupplycenter.com is located in San Rafael. The telephone number is 415 459-5500 and the kits come in a range of prices. You might want to consider putting together an emergency prepared- ness committee in your neighborhood. Consider this also: If your house- hold doesn't need more computer games or expensive technology gifts, an emergency kit could make the perfect, loving gift for the family "who has everything." It would also be appreciated by adult children for their first home or following the arrival of their first child. Do you have a suggestion for this column or another viewpoint? Write to Paula Wrenn c/o the Reveille, or email paula@thewriteangle.com. Brakes J~P)(;$N ~ DPl~ICff; Tune-Ups .All Work Timing Belts CV Joints Guaranteed Oil Change & Lube Fuel Injection Service A.C. Repairs & Conversions 101 N. ASE Master Tech Cloverdale Blvd. Holiday Shoppin own, Cloverdale at and Something everyoneAJ/en women, children for Books New Releases and Classic Favorites at Great Prices Christmas Decorations Ornaments, Cards, Candles Hom e Decor Serta Mattresses, New & Vinta, e Furniture Craft Supplies For your own Holiday Creations Don't see whatyou're looking for? We Special Order 124 So. Cloverdale Blvd www.gocloverdale.com Free delivery is part of Lion's tree lot's special service Cloverdale Lions Club members Jason Carroll ,left, and Temple Smith at the Lions Club Christmas Tree lot next to Ace Hardware. The lot is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends and during the week from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. They will wrap your tree, provide you with a plastic disposal bag and give you tree preserver. If you need your tree delivered in Cloverdale, they will do it for free. The lot features a selection of Douglas Firs, Noble Firs and Fraser Firs. Lions Club Share Book is a great way to save with local merchants The Cloverdale Lions Club is pleased to announce the 2011 edi- tion of the Lions Share book, avail- able city-wide since Nov. 26. This year's book includes 16 new mer- chants. For the low price of $2(]. you can save hundreds even thousands of dollars on a year's worth of pur- chases. Many of the coupons repay the cost of the book in the first use. In the course of a year many of the products and services you would purchase anyway are now consid- erably cheaper. New to the book this year is a merchant offering a $100 gift card for using their widely used service. Purchase your copy today and sup- port the Lions Club in our efforts to support the community, especially the youth of Cloverdale. This book is a great deal for ev- eryone involved: free advertising for local merchants, low cost, real economic stimulation for local mer- chants and easy fundraising for many Lions Club funded commu- nity services. The Lions Club Share Book also make a great practical holiday gift for a gift exchange or for the person who doesn t need more "stuff.'" Local service, youth, and school groups are encouraged to contact the Lions Club to explore joint fund raising efforts with the Lions Share Book. For every book you sell they will donate $20 to your organiza- tion- sell $600 in books and get a check for $600. Also, this year there is a mid- year mystery promotional surprise for the Lions Share book. Sales of the book will end Feb. 8, 2011, so get your copy today before they sell out! Remember, spend $20 save at least $632.50, the sum of the cou- pons that offer a fixed dollar amount off the purchase price. For more information contact Sean Haynes, Cloverdale Lions Club at 849-7326 or visit www.CloverdaleLionClub.com/ share. From the Editorial Desk... Measure G passage certified-it's official With the recent certification of the Nov. 2 election results, the Cloverdale Unified School District (CUSD) should breathe a sigh of relief. But to be fair, there certainly was no mandate by the voters of the district. The measure needed a 55 percent yes vote and received just 55.6 percent. This means that property taxpayers in the district will be paying $38 per $100,000 of assessed valuation, up from the current $12 per $100,000 valuation. Monies received by the district are protected from being raided by the state and must be used locally. According to the mailers distributed by the district, CUSD will be using the funds to improve the district's energy efficiency, thereby sav- ing money on electricity costs which amounts to $150,000 paid to PG&E annually. The idea is that money would be left in the district's opera- tional fund for use in the classroom due to reduction in energy use through the replacement of windows, installation of solar panels and the replacement of inefficient heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, among other upgrades. Now, it is up to the district to manage this project, communi- cate with the community and for the independent citizens' oversight committee to review all aspects of it so that those taxpayer funds are safeguarded and the money is spent wisely, with an outcome that can be verified by independent audit at least annually. At ,1 a.m. to 4 p.m. special wine discounts! 707.2 6. :.: ;490 26150 Asti Rd. Cloverdale ] Garlic Bread lO.95/Ioaf Bread Sticks 8.00/dozen Fresco Pesto Bread Sticks ]3.90/sixteen Caesar Salad Tray 3t00 Hary's Salad Tray 38.00 Additional Salad Dressing (pint) 5.95 Three sections with one topping each 35.00 (Party Party Pizzas available for take-out and delivery only; our full pizza menu is always available.) Approximate Servings Spaghetti, Rigatoni or Penne with Rarinara Sauce Spaghetti, Rigatoni or Penne with Heat Sauce Penne al Pesto Heat or Cheese Ravioli Chicken Fettuccine Heat Lasagna (24 hour notice) Vegetable Lasagna (24 hour notice) Heatballs.(one dozen per half tray, 24 hour notice) Half Tray Full Tray 12-15 20-25 25.00 39.00 28.00 42.00 28.00 42.00 51.00 87.00 54.00 94.00 48.00 82.00 46.00 79.00 50.00 59.00 =================================================== Mud Pie 02" Pie) 26.00 Brownies (10) 25.00 *Based on one dozen Bread Sticks. one Salad Tray, and one Half Tray of Pasta wit h Meat, Marinaca or Pest o Sauce. not including t ax or ddtve~. Please call for details about in-house parties and party options. Prices and menu items subject to change. ' !t