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www.cicirerdalerevei"acorn EDITORIAL Silent night his will not be the first Christmas where many US. soldiers I will be stationed and on guard at military bases far from their homes and family. It was the case in 1776 at the Battle of Trenton, at Valley Forge the very next year and, right up to now, where 170,000 American military men and women are deployed on active duty at 800 military bases all around the world. May we send them our Special wishes for peace and a speedy return home. We pray for their safety. Christmasand wars have been entangled in history for centuries but we are only looking back here at the two-and-a-half American centuries. General George Washington chose Christmas Day in 1776 to mount a surprise attack on German Hessian troops who were fighting for the British. History books contain the vivid oil painting of Washington, his booted foot perched on the bow of his troop vessel, “Crossing the Delaware (River.)” The Battle of Trenton lasted just 90 minutes before all 2,000 Hessians had been captured and surrendered. One year later, on Dec. 19, 1777, Gen. Washington bivouacked 12,000 troops at Valley Forge, northwest of Philadelphia, which was occupied by the British. His troops were tattered, lacking supplies and facing a long, cold winter away from their homes. There is no mention in history books of that year’s Christmas celebrations and perhaps there were none. Times were bleak. This Christmas, we will see glimpses of our troops in Afghanistan and maybe Iraq during TV breaks of football games. It’s becdme a commercialized tradition, like the halftime shows themselves. The 75th anniversary of World War-H’s pivotal Battle of the Bulge was marked in Belgium this month. It also was a battle fought during Christmas in 1944. The battle commenced Dec. 16 when 200,000 German troops and 1,000 tanks attacked American and allied troops. The battle front pushed back and forth at near- stalemate conditions until the Germans fell back exhausted in men and machines, losing 90,000 causalities while killing 19,000 Americans in one of histories bloodiest battles ever. The most often told Christmas story during wartimeis about the Christmas truces held during World War I between the allied French and British and their enemies, the Germans. In 1914, as many as 100,000 fighting troops filled miles of trenches on the war’s Western Front. As, Christmas approached, soldiers adorned their trenches with candles and decorated trees and branches. Both the Germans and the Franco-British soldiers did this. Christmas songs were sung in English, German and French. A few brave or desperate soldiers left their trenches to approach the “no man’s land” betWeen the armies.'This accidental “truce” was followed in 1915 with a more formal truce, announced and agreed by leaders of both armies. The soldiers met, exchanged drink and smokes and small souvenirs. Joint burial ceremonies were held. Pope Benedict XV issued a Papal message “that the guns may fall silent at last upon the night the angels sing.” Alas, the bullets, bombs and killing resumed just days later. There were no more Christmas truces during that war until the final Armistice in November 1918. There were several Christmas truces observed during the Vietnam War. Both presidentsJohnson and Nixon made official declarations. In 1971, Nixon ordered a 24-hour Christmas truce, but he continued his secret bombing of Laos and Cambodia. In 1972, Nixon ordered massive B-52 bombings of North Vietnam, but allowed for a 36-hour Christmas break before resuming the non-stop barrage. Just one month later, the Paris Peace Accords were signed, laying out the eventual end of the war four years later. For all of us comfortable in our homes and who have never been deployed to foreign military duty, the idea of waking on Christmas Day in a trench, tent or military barracks is hard to define or imagine. Perhaps a Korean War veteran once said it best: “It’s the 'loneliest day of the year.” ' —— Rollie Atkinson HISTORY Through theYears in the Reveille ’ he following items are selected from Tarchived issues of the Cloverdale Reveille. ‘ December 22, 1906 113 years ago A newspaper is in no sense a child of charity. It earns twice over every dollar it receives, and it is second to no enterprise in contributing to the up-building of a community. Its patrons reap far more benefits from its pages than its publishers, and in calling for the'support of the community, in which it is published, it asks for no more than in all fairness belongs to it, though it generally receives less. Patronize and help your paper as you would any other enterprise, because it helps you, and not as an act of charity. . v Joyce Mann I December 18, 1969 — 50 years ago December 26, 2019 The Cloverdale Reveille - Page 5 ' COMMENTARY Forays into the Fourth ' District My priorities for 2020 share his priorities for the coming legislative year. We’ve split his though ts in to two parts, check back next week for part two. ' S upervisbr Gore was kind enough, to James Gore Becoming an energy resilient community , The new reality of power shutdowns reminded us all that human-caused disasters can influence us as much as natural disasters. The significant loss of business revenue from the power shutdowns and the Kincade Fire itself rippled throughout the North Bay region and showed once again the need to hold our utility PG&E to account and continue our efforts to partner around becoming an energy resilient community. While I am not a natural antagonist, I find myself in a position cf spending far too much time fighting for accountability with our utility and insurance companies, caught in the mix of holding these institutions to account and also partnering with them at the same time; I support power shutdowns to mitigate wildfire risk; however, the “how” of this conversation and operation is far more important than the “what.” We need only look to our neighbors in San Diego to see howa utility — in this case San Diego Gas and Electric — can effectively implement the required operational and infrastructure improvements to run a de+energization program as a scalpel instead of a mallet. The combination of PG&E’s power shutoffs, its bankruptcy and financial liability and operational morass means that becoming a fire resilient community, and having more authority over the management of our grid, is absolutely imperative. I will champion this effort in my position as Sonoma County Supervisor and as an elected officer with the California State A3sociation of Counties, Fire and emergency services The Kincade Fire showed us yet again that we must continue our fight to transition #SonomaStrong into #SonomaReady and #SonomaResilient. The preparation and response to the Kincade Fire from the county, law enforcement, first responders, firefighters and the community at large was downright inspiring. Two years ago we got smacked in the face by the October 2017 fire siege, but this time we were ready. We had established a network of fire cameras that allowed us to maintain situational awareness at night. Funds had been allocated by the Board of Supervisors and the state to up- staff fire departments during red flag warnings. Our Emergency Operations Center was awake and humming with activity long before the fire began. The alerts and warnings, the evacuations and shelters, while not perfect, succeeded in creating the right conditions for our firefighting crews to defend our population centers. Without a doubt, these cumulative efforts saved thousands of homes from burning in Windsor, Healdsburg and northern Sonoma County. In spite of all these gains and improvements we must remember that the true grunt work of resilience still confronts us. In addition to this systems-based preparedness and response, we need to double down on the institutional demands of resiliency. In this case that means fuel reduction and management, home hardening and defensible space. As, the former chair of the National Association of Counties and California State Association of Counties resiliency platforms, ,and a believer that this iszthe movement-of our 7 day, I will continue to advance those efforts locally, statewide and nationally, and I ask you for your help. As much as we focus on solutions driven by government, business, nonprofit and civic groups, we must embrace the difficult, incremental work that can only come from‘citizens‘ rising up and taking care of their own families and properties. . To empower this rise, we must continue to support the development of citizen preparedness organizing, training ' . and funding. In my own district, we created a dynamic block captain network of fire survivors after our 2017 disaster. As inspiring as it was to organize people around recovery, we immediately realized that we had to do the same for resiliency and preparedness. That realization led to a partnership between my office and our fire departments to deploy COPE teams (Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies) throughout Northern Sonoma County. This simple, organized approach led to the creation of 14 COPE teams in just one area. This is a great start. We need more. Next week: Disruption in insurance markets.- James' Gore is the County Supervisor for Sonoma County’s Fourth District. PUBLIC SERVICE Off the Shelves January events at the Cloverdale Library Programs 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 January and on Wednesdays, Jan. 15, 22 and 29 at 10:30 am. is Family Storytime. These programs will be full of stories, songs and movement to help develop a love of reading. Note: We are closed Monday, Jan. 20 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Bilingual Stories and Songs. Thursdays throughout January at 10:30 am. with a special Bilingual Storytime with Veronica on Wednesday, Jan. 8. at 10:30 am. Come explore books, songs, rhymes and plays in English and Spanish. Maker Studio: Making Movement. Friday, Jan.3 at 3:30 pm. Explore parts of the bodyand how they work mechanically. Make your own creation to take home. . Family Yoga for ages 3 to 6.'Tuesday, Jan. 7 and 21 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. Animal Music. Thursday, Jan. 9 at 4 pm. Kids age 0 to 5 and their families are invited to boogie along with Animal Music at the Cloverdale Library. Get ready to sing, dance and have a great time with Farmer Arann, Miss Dragonfly and Miss Heidi. Read to a Dog. Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. assistance dogs for PALS (Paws as Loving Support) will be at the Cloverdale Library. Build confidence by reading aloud to a friendly dog. > Build Club. Friday, Jan. 17 from 3:30 to 5 pm. Kids provide the creativity and the library provides the building materials. These may include Legos, K-Nex, Cubelets, along with D.I.Y. building projects. Kids Yoga forages 5 to 12. Thursday, Jan. 16 and 30 at 3 pm. 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, Jan. 13 at 3:30 pm. Learn how to write a novel from a local author, Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, who leads the group. Baby Sign Storytime. Jan. 28 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. Donna Romeo Tween/Teen events: Glow in the Dark Teen Yoga. Saturday, Jan. 4 at 11:30 pm. This playful teen yoga class is geared towards older kids. The class introduces yoga poses with cooperative games, breathing and relaxationexercises, as well as encourages self-expression and building social skills. Active and fun, the class help teens release energy, develop strength, flexibility and focus in a social environment. Computer Lounge Tuesday, Jan. 7, 14 and 28 from 3:15 to 5 pm. Tweens and teens can play interactive computer games with other players in the room or with players online. Game On! Friday, Jan. 10 and 24 at 3:30 pm. 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. For all ages: I Homework Help continues. Wednesdays throughout the school year from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Boost your knowledge and your grades! Get free homework assistance at your loCal library. If you interested in volunteering to be a homework helper, contact Donna Romeo at 707-894-5271. ~ Magician Mike’s Winter Magic Show. Thursday, Jan. 2 at 3 pm. A magic show inspired by the most magical season of the year. Come warm yourself with a little fun and a whole lot of wonder! All ages are welcome to participate in this special seasonal magic show. i ‘ Programs for teens and adults: . American Sign Language (ASL) Mondays throughout January at 6:30 pm. Learn basic sign language skills to better communicate with deaf and hard of hearing people. Class is for all ages. Note: We are closed Monday/J an. 20 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Job Skills Workshop. Saturday, J an, 4 at 1:30 pm. Meet with experienced human resources and recruiting ‘ professionals, to learn firsthand how to be a standout in today's competitive job market. This class will cover resume writing, job hunting, Linkedln and netWorking, and interview skills. . Healthy Living at Your Library: Cooking with Seasonal Produce. Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1:30 pm. Come learn how to choose, cook, and eat more plants. This class will be taught by Jill Nussinow, a registered Dietitian and cookbook author whose tag line is Inspiring Ideas for Plant-Based Eating. Programs for adults: Yoga. Mondays throughout January at 4:30 pm. Join us for basic yoga and relaxation! Beginners are encouraged to attend EDITORIAL POLICY: The Cloverdale Reveille welcomes letters to the editor and commentaries. All acceptable submissions are published online weekly and in print as space allows. Letters should not exceed 400 words. Commentaries should not exceed 700 words. Submissions must include a telephone number for verification. Email to news@cloverdalereveille.com. and no experience is necessary. Note: We are} closed Monday, Jan. 20 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. , Healthy Living at Your Library: Chair Yoga. Fridays at 10:30 am. throughout January. 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 The Cloverdale Reveille and Geyserville Press assets have been exchanged for Journal Printing Co. of Ukiah. Journal Printing will own and operate the Cloverdale Reveille and Geyserville Press starting with the January 8 issues of the papers. Jerome J. Tupy has purchased Terry Thompson’s share of Empire Publications in Cloverdale. Mr. Tupy will continue to own and operate the commercial printing department at Cloverdale. He will also own and operate Journal Printing Company in Ukiah. The change has been made to provide better service on both the papers and commercial printing. The Reveille and Press will be printed by the offset process, which will have better reproduction and be more versatile for ad make-up. The commercial printing will provide both letterpress and offset printing, better and faster service. The names of the two papers will remain the same. No major changes will be made. December 21, 1994 — 25 years ago The Cloverdale Reveille and Geyserville Press assets have been exchanged for Journal Printing Co. of Ukiah. Journal Printing will own and operate the Cloverdale Reveille and Geyserville Press starting with the January 8~issues of the papers. Jerome J. Tupy has purchased Terry Thompson’s share of Empire Publications in Cloverdale. Mr. Tupy will continue to own and operate the commercial printing department at Cloverdale. He will also own and operate Journal Printing Company in Ukiah. The change has been made, to provide better service on both the papers and commercial printing. The Reveille and Press will be printed by the offset process, which will have better reproduction and be more versatile for ad make-up. The commercial printing will provide both letterpress and offset printing, better and faster service. The names of the two papers will remain the same. No OBITUARIES & MILESTONES Policy The Cloverdale Reveille offers our readers and all others the opportunity to have obituaries, memorials and other important milestone events published in the newspaper and provided online. This is a paid service. For ' . information on how to submit, visit cloverdalereveillecom and click on Obituaries. To be published in the weekly edition, forms and information must be submitted no later than Wednesdays for the following week’s edition. For further information, call 707-894—3339. '“l have learned that tube with those I like is enough.” Wait Whitman and mindful movement will accompany gentle strengthening and stretching. . One-on-One Technology Help. Saturdays throughout January from 3 to 5:30 pm. Get free one-on—one help with a librarian. By appointment only. Sign up online, over the phone (707-894-5271), or in person at the Cloverdale Regional Library. Master Gardeners: Super Succulents for Sonoma County with Anne Lowings. Saturday, Jan. 11 at 10:30 am. Anne will discuss the best varieties of Succulents for Sonoma County and how these tough and versatile plants can add year round interest with little maintenance or water. Book Discussion- “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah. Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 2 pm. Noah's path from; apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. With an incisive wit and unflinching honesty, Noah weaves together a moving yet funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time. Lending copies are available near the information desk. All are welcome. Jubilee Klezmer. Monday, Jan. 27 at 6 pm. Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble (J KE) performs rockin' Klezmer tunes, traditional Israeli dance numberse, and soulful Yiddish songs with local musicians Alby Kass (vocalist), Paul Alexander (clarinet), Sonia Tubridy (accordion), Juliette J avah‘eri (violin) and Richard Saunders (bass). Donna Romeo is a librarian at the Cloverdale Regional major changes will be made. Library. CLOVERDALE REVEILLE FOR THE RECORD: SliBSgRIBSE: Annuil rates are $60 ($85 (SuctjjOf-Countyl- Sorry. no WEATHER L06 207 N. Cloverdale Blvd. The CloverdaleReveme reserves re un s. ubscrip ions Include un imite igital access. DAY DATE HI. . Lo RAIN space each week for corrections and clarifications. If you find an error in our news pages, please let us know by calling 707-894—3339 or emailing news@cloverdalereveille.com. PO Box 157 Cloverdale, CA. 95425 (707) 894-3339 Adjudicated a newspaper of general circulation by the Superior Court of the County of Sonoma, State of California, under the datelof y March 3, 1879, Case No. 36106. Single print copies are $1. ADVERTISE: Classifieds, Milestones and word ads can be placed inquiries call 894-3339. NEWS: Submit news items to news@cloverdalereveille.com or call 894-3339. Deadlines are one week prior to Thursday publication. 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