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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2, 2009 -- Page 5 Please, don't eliminate - illuminate! By Paula Wrenn I expect to see yuletide decorations going up downtown and on homes before the first turkey leftovers are reheated. No doubt, Clo- verdale's city-wide holiday celebrations will be pared back as the length of everyone's municipal wish lists far exceeds budgets. And, despite the tightening of many household purse-strings this year, I hope we can still manage to light Santa's way with colorful, twinkling lights, especially in our little .... downtown. It just looks so homey during the holidays. /-/Om~ No matter how cold it gets, nothing warms me to a aU~t/g holiday mood like some sparkly lights and a cup o/hot I chocolate consumed in a travel mug while meandering [~the on neighborhood sidewalks. My favorite time to turn ,::11 li ~ S on the lights at my own home is around dusk, when people begin arriving home from work. Our house i:; doesn't have as many lights as some homes, but if I've been out on business or errands, I ask my spouse to turn the lights on so I can see them when I drive up. It just cheers me for some reason. This year, so that I have some money leftover after paying the electric bill, I'll probably pay closer attention to turning the lights off at a specific time before bedtime. Perhaps if we have to cut back on lights downtown, we can also have city Christmas lights on dusk until 11 p.m. rather than all night. Except for Christmas Eve, of course, when we really must leave them on until the next morning. I'm a firm believer that holiday cheer and a modest budget are not mutually exclusive. Speaking of budgets Call me what you will, but I tlaink our county has no business spending $22,000 plus more money from other sources, to send seven people to an environmental conference in Europe. It makes good sense to me that we should send one or two local experts, but I don't think that includes city council and county supervisors. How, in this time of budget crisis, can they justify sending so many? I know there are lots of people to glad-hand at an international conference, but Sonoma County is so advanced in these matters it seems the message really needs to go to other countries. If we had one representative, maybe two, making a presentation, that would cover the bases adequately for us. Here's a cost-effective idea with potential to actually improve matters: Why don't all the cash-strapped counties who want to see real change each pony up $5,000 to send representatives from the countries who are ruining our global water resources and the environment? Then there would be some chance those most contributing to the problem would get ideas and support for solutions while our municipal and county elected officials could stay here and work on problems at home and apply the rest of that money to a paycheck or project here. Holiday generosity This season most households are simplifying their celebrations due to the economy. 2009 will go down as one of the roughest years for many of us. It is painful to see families with young children and a family pet in tow walking around in malls trying to keep warm without appearing to loiter. If your food budget will permit, look for good two-fer prices on canned or packaged non-perishable food products. Doing so makes it easier to find items that can be dropped off at Cloverdale Food Pantry. If everyone could drop off one or two items every month or every other month, it would help feed our neighbors in need all year. Maybe we should just put i't on our calendars for 2010. The begt time to drop food off is around noon on Fridays. The pantry is located at the corner of Second and Commercial, across from the Grange Hall. Turkey talk While we're speaking of holiday generosity, I'd like to congratulate Iris Konik and the Century 21/Les Ryan Realty Cloverdale office. Each year, they hold a "turkey shoot" to make sure all local families can sit down to turkey dinners. In a down economy, Cloverdalians apparently reach deep- er to help their neighbors, so the number of familie.s who will benefit this year is actually up over 2008. In all, the realtors rounded up 210 turkeys from locals to donate to families this holiday season. Congratulations and thank you for the wonderful gift of your generosity and organization! Do you have a suggestion/or this column or another viewpoint? Write to Paula Wrenn c/o the Reveille, or email paula@thewriteangle.com. Lions Share Book for 2010 now on sale The Cloverdale Lions Club's Lions Share Book 2010 is now on sale. The book features hundreds of dollars in savings at participating businesses and over 20 local restaurants. Last year's book was a sell-out and this year even more businesses are participating. Each book costs $20. They make great gifts for anyone who lives in Cloverdate or does business here. The participating businesses offer great discounts and specials on the products and services they offer. The 2010 Lions Share Book is available at Cloverdale Ace Hardware, Ruth McGowan's Brewpub, The Hamburger Ranch, Antiques & Uniques, Mail Center, Etc., the Lions Club Christmas Tree lot and many other Cloverdale businesses. For more information contact 479-1716. Pictured is Nicole Fraser and her daughter, Annabel, picking a star from the tree at Century 21. Christmas Wish Trees are here If you are ready to begin your year. So while you are out Christ- holiday shopping stop by one of the -,~lnas shopping, take a tag along with local businesses displaying the you or take a few and shop for a Christmas Wish trees, choose a tag whole family. Each tag lists the and make a local child's wish come child's three wishes. You may true. Trees are in the following lo- choose to purchase one, two or all cations; Century 21, Ace Hardware, three! New, unwrapped gifts Exchange Bank, Chase Bank, Wes- should be taken back to the busi- tamerica Bank, United Church of hess where the tag was chosen no | Cloverdale, Clover Springs, Under- later than Monday Dec. 7. i ground Coffee & Ca/6, Redwood If you would like to send a dona- Credit Union and Starbucks tion to this program please make I Remember to shop in Cloverdale checks payable to Christmas Wish ! and support our local businesses! Program and send to Century 21, | Over 270 local children in need Les Ryan Realty 114 Lake Street. I have signed up for the program this Cloverdale CA 95425. ! Arts Alliance submits 2009 report ! By Mary Jo Winter Organizations who receive fund- ing from the City of Cloverdale's Outside Agency Funding Program are required to submit a final report to the City about the success of the program or event described in their application. In 2009, the Cloverdale Arts Alli- ance received two grants through the program totaling $271