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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9, 2009 -- Page 5 Sky-gazing, rainbow-chasing season is here By Paula Wrenn Sonoma County has so many scenic places and picture-perfect calendar settings, but I happen to think the views of Alexander Val- ley from Highway 101 are among the best. After the sitting at traffic lights in clouds of exhaust fumes and enduring finger-saluting, impatient drivers, it always soothes the soul to take in Northern Sonoma County's beauty and to deeply inhale fresh air in anticipation of home, sweet Cloverdale. When traveling between home and points south, I always distance myself from other traffic so I can enjoy the scenery that reminds me why I like living away from what others think of as "civiliza- Watchi., tion." The vineyards give way to rugged hills, still stunning no matter how many times I see them, espe- the cially when.set off against an array of interesting starlings clouds. "  A week or so ago, I was driving south on 101. As I came around the curve south of Independence Lane something startled me. It was one of those "What the. .?" moments. Something large was falling from the sky over the vine- yards to the east. A wing of a plane, or some other apparatus appeared to be in free fall and about to thud down in someone's vineyard. "Watch the road" was my next thought, followed by "Don't hit the brakes," as other cars were behind me. All this happened in fragments of seconds and when I was sure it was safe to glance again at the object, I managed to look just before it suddenly reversed its fall (What?). It then exploded into a thousand pieces in mid- air, almost as if vaporizing. (Huh?!) A few more milliseconds of confusion and I had to look back at the road trying to process what I had witnessed. I couldn't help worry if something bad had happened to someone, an air collision or such. As my gaze returned to the object of my confusion, I realized I had been punked by a flock of starlings. At a distance and from my perspective, they were flying so close together, so tightly configured, that they had appeared as a solid object. Now, before spreading even farther apart, they did a swoop that looked amazingly like the curl of a cancer ribbon symbol. Then they were off to more typical maneuvers, still amazing, but more familiar. Every time I see the starlings swarm at this time of year, I wish I had time to pull off the highway and observe them at length. But I never do. If you see them, just don't forget you are driving. They are dangerously hypnotic. On that same sunny drive, there was a sky full of gray and grayer clouds in the distance. I noted it appeared to be raining southeast of my location. Ah, rainbow season has returned, I thought. When the alignment of traffic permitted sufficient cushion, I again turned my gaze to the east and there was my reward. A double-barrel, full-spectrum set of twin rainbows, one only slightly less brilliant than the other. The twins traveled with me for a couple miles. Whenever I would steal a quick glance, I wished I had a bullhorn to tell the other drivers, because I knew it would brighten their day. But no, most were so lost in their thoughts and driving so fast, they couldn't risk a look at the scenery. Just as well, we all need to be careful, and one certainly would not want to distract a speeder from watching the road. Me, I'll take my time and enjoy the little gifts Alexander Valley offers up along the way. Key Club Vice President Austin Schmidt and Ms. Emily Ullyott, a CHS science teacher, sharetheirjoyat the results of the recently held Cloverdale High School drive to raise money for the local Food Pantry. Ms. Ullyott is receiving a gift basket thank you from the high school Key Club to share with her classes. The KeyClub sponsored the drive. Teachers on campus were given collection canisters and one week to urge their students to donate money for the Food Pantry. The CHS students showed their generosity by donating $376! Ms. Ullyott's classes donated almost half that amount! The money has already been given to the Food Pantry Board. It will be used to purchase food at the Redwood Empire Food Bank in order to stock the Food Pantry shelves over the lean winter months. First Baptist Chu00 to present C:hristmas Extravaganza event Sunday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. is the date to circle on your calendar for First Baptist Church's annual Christmas production. A kaleidoscope of music and dra- ma, it will include a carol sing- along and conclude with a candlelight carol under the stars to bring our focus back to the real meaning of Christmas. The title of the program is "God's Living Love Letter." It will feature music by four different ensembles and drama segments by the church youth. At the close of the evening there will be refreshments served in the fellowship hall. The church is locat- ed at 450 S. Franklin Street. All are welcome. Citrus Fair Queen pageant contestants wanted Are you a high school junior or senior and interested in being part of Cloverdale's history? Citrus Fair Queen pageant orga- nizers are looking for contestants to compete for 2010 Citrus Fair Queen Scholarships are offered :for the winner. Applications are available at the Take S. Cloverdale Blvd. exit over the overpass to Asti Rd. make a left on Asti Rd. Make a right on Santana Ln. and a right on Commerce Ln. Choked by the vines ppi A Cloverdale friend caught up with me the other day t ask if Iwas Annual Ci0 no Feed bothered by the smoke from vines being burned in area vineyards. She has ti asthma and finds the air in our beautiful community to be quite choking ckets n0wavaila ble EYE ON THE EAGLE: A community communication from the Cloverdale Unified School District ,2 ml OUR MISSION: Cloverdale Unified School District provides ALL students with equity and access to . :i : .'" !ij/ the knowledge, skills, and educational opportunities to achieve high academic 2 standards in a changing global society, as measured by state and local assessments. CL.()VE kl,[_ Tickets to the annual Knights of Columbus Cioppino Feed are now on sale. The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair. Door open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and includes din- ner, salad, bread, dessert and wine and are available at Cloverdale Auto Parts or from any Knights of Columbus member. They make a great holiday gift. The event always sells out so be sure to get your tickets early. For questions or more information, call 894-5244. !!iiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iii!iiiiiiiliiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiii!i!iii!ili!ii!ii!!ii! !iiiii!!!i!il ;!iiiiiii!i!ii!!!iiii!ii!i!i!iiii!iiii!ii!iiiiiii!ii!iii!ii!i!iii!ii!!i!iii!ii!i! From the Editorial Desk... this time of year. It wasn't especially bad for me that day, but I know what she means. There are winter days when I drive past vineyards, throat burning and eyes watering. Of course, one also notes that those cold days are also when older homes are using fireplaces, but she made me think about vineyards as a source of air pollution. It seems to me that some vineyard owners like to talk about being good stewards of the land and many try to grow grapes in sustainable ways, but until they can rid themselves of vines without choking us, they .haven't done the earth all that much good. Yes, it costs more to find other ways to dispose of vines, but so many other industries are required to change to less polluting practices, I can't think of one good reason why vineyards should be exempt. There must be a way to eliminate old vines without using up our breathable air. It would be a good conversation for someone to have with the Board of Supervisors. Deal of deals A reminder went out in this column a few weeks ago that everyone should dig out last year's Lion's Share coupon book and use up those coupons with local businesses before year's end. Business for them, sav- ings for you, everyone's happy, right? Happier still, the new Lion's Share book for 2010 is now available. I saw my first copies at Cover to Cover. And I must say the cover design is much more attractive, making it a "prettier" gift to give. Just keeps getting better. Go pick your's up while you're looking for holiday gifts from local sources. Do you have a suggestion for this column or another viewpoint? Write to Paula Wrenn c/o the Reveille, or email paula@thewriteangle.com. L For The AThole Fanaily 894-5015 111E. First St.  lll I1 11 m m mllllm III1 I1 11 m Imll III1 m m m m m m m m m m m I I : C 1 ov e L;aekn;hs ha i d:yPsl:aC::n hmPi?o F ir s t : Street Gallery. We have affordable & unique gifts : I from award winning local artists. ! I See our selection of woodwork, fused glass, I ' 1 I cards, earrings and sculptures. | Our selection of fine arts includes watercolor, | | oil & acrylic painting in originals & prints. I I Gallery Hours: Wed thru Sunday, llam-Spm I I I 105 E. First St. I I 20% discount with this ad I Presented by Jeff and Tina Tate CATALYTIC OR CATACLYSMIC? A catalytic converter is designed to remove hydrocarbons (HCs) and car- bon monoxide (CO) that would other- wise pollute the air. With replacement costs approaching $1,000, this is not a component that vehicle owners want to see fail, and automobile owners, have every incentive to be sure their catalytic coverters do not face any obstacles to their normal operation. All it takes is a dirty sensor to force an untuned engine to run too richly, causing the catalytic converter to overwork and possibly fail. A rich fuel mixture will often produce a "rotten egg" (hydrogen sulfide) odor from the exhaust. A single misfiring spark plug may also increase HC emis- sions to the point where a converter operates beyond its normal tempera: ture range. Hint: Because a fouled catalytic con- verter may not cause any increase in backpressure, other methods must be used to check its operation and health, including its operating temperature. Ad Vy nso isptofiX Aca  c0hVeffefiS ot;S0  payM ig; you maint#ei o yea ea; #ai#h I tt!e !hinO; nors before thw; bemegiat headdesi !ike a $1 iO00 ;e6rter. Eet our ASE Master.certified teniiafi save vo !! and money by piovid!ng the preveni Care that 3oOca;needsi ca!! taytoschule ; an; apPienL We are  m 8am to 5p Monday thfu, Fr!da Your delerhio amative since 2001. Jeff and Tina Tate are the owners of Cloverdale Automotive & Tires, located at 210 So. CIoverdale Blvd., Downtown CIoverda/e 707-894,1072 Citrus Fair office, Cloverdale High School and Geyserville High be- tween the ages of 16 and 18 years of age. Applications can be turned in at the Citrus Fair office. This year's application deadline has been extended through the end of December. For more information call 894-3992. Not too late to donate for Christmas The Christmas Wish trees have been taken down and volunteers are busy sorting and wrapping the gifts. According to Cary Fraser, at Century 21, coordinator of the project, there was a good response this year. This effort has been happening for many years; it involves the regis- tering of needy children and then posting their names and gift wishes on tags on the trees, for individuals to take and fulfill the wishes. Although some tags were left on the trees, for the most part the effort was once again successful. For the tags that weren't picked, organizers will use the toys from the recent annual motorcycle Toy Run to fill in, as well as use monetary donations that are also sent to the program. Toys are also being collected at Fred Young Mortuary, for the Toys for Tots program operated by the Marine Corps League out of Santa Rosa. Donors have until Dec. 17 to drop off a toy there. There is also a toy barrel at the Cloverdale Police Department. Please donate new and unwrapped gifts. Economic times are still tough and one has to appreciate the generos- ity of everyone who makes a sacrifice to provide a happy Christmas for the children of Cloverdale who may not otherwise be so fortunate. On a different note, there is a letter to the editor in this week's Reveille regarding the new smoke shop on Highway 101. It needs to be iterated that there are two legally recognized tribes in Cloverdale. One consists mainly of the Santana family, that owns the land where the smoke shop is now located on Santana Drive. The Cloverdale Rancheria is a sepa- rate recognized tribe and is the group currently attempting to establish a casino here. Going on a Holiday Road Trip? ,,o Come by ,- ee, EL 0 VEROR E 011 HAnE for an Oil Change, Battery, Fluids, Tire Pressure and Windshield Wiper Check 894-9267 Mon-Fri. 8am - 4:30pm Sat. 8am - 4pm 60-B Commerce Ln. (Reuser Business Jefferson Giraffes sl:00nd t00ll for Academic Language Development Every day all students at Jefferson School participate in an Academic Language Development program. The goal of ALD is to help students access the curriculum with greater understanding, communicate with each other with clarity, and to help develop academic language skills. Students engage in their ALD activities with enthusiasm, singing, writing, reading and sharing, and finding joy in the English language. 2 nd graders study South America during ALD time while reading in literature circles. Tracking lyrics while singing a song about South America, students use multiple intelligences to access information. Ms. Healy's ALD class belted out a song then moved to the map area to study the geography of South America. Every student sang every word to the lengthy song and every student could identify South America on the map! Physical education is the perfect setting to reinforce social development skills such as cooperation, how to be supportive and work together, and to appreciate our different talents. -- Letters, comments, questions may be addressed to: eyeontheeagle@admin.cusd.org --