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Page 4, Cloverdale Reveille, December 31, 1997 :!:!i:!:i:::!:- i::&apos;:;  :';: ": -" >;:: ..:<  - -:-$Y::.:::-::!:i: Citizens thanked for Christmas light display Editor: I want to thank all the citizens of Cloverdale who decorated their homes with lights to show their Christmas spirit. Our favorite joy of the Christmas season is touring Cloverdale a few nights before Christmas to enjoy the lights. It appears to us there were more lights this year than ever before during our 25 years in Cloverdale. It is heartwarming to realize that these people spent much time and money to decorate their homes for the benefit of others, not them- selves. I specially thank all our neighbors on North River Road, who also put up more lights this year. I specially appreciate the stars on North River Road, since I was raised in Brisbane, CA, which is known as the City of Stars. At Christmas time Brisbane is covered with stars. Since the Star of Bethlehem signifies the birth of Christ, I would like to encourage our neighbors to erect more stars next year, so that North River Road could be called the Road of Stars. Thank you neighbors! Bobbie Stuart YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1879 Office Hours Mon-Fri 9 AM to 5 PM CLOVERDALE REVEILLE Editor Bonny J. Hanchett Managing Editor Roberta Lyons Reporter/Graphics Robin Kramer Advertising/Circulation Bonnie Goodman Business Manager Val Hanchett Cloverdale Reveille (119-020 USPS) is published 52 times per year by Hanchett Publishing, Inc., on Wednesdays at 207 N. Cloverdale Blvd., CloverdMe, cA 95425 (707)s9:3339. Sub- scriptions: (Price includes tax} $18.50 pefreai,F27.50 per year out of Sonoma County. Single copy 35. Second Css Periodicals Post- age Paid at Cloverdale, CA 95425. Postmaster: Send address changes to Cloverdale Rev- eille, PC) Box 157, Cloverdale. CA 95425. Adjudged a newspaper of gen- eral circulation by the Supreme Court of the County of Sonoma, State of California, under the date of March 3,1879, Case No. 36106. Grants given to Sonoma Land Trust The Sonoma County Land Trust (SLT) reports that its support by county businesses grew 50% in 1997. The county's oldest conserva- tion group also announcedit has been awarded two foundation grants to increase its work in pre- serving open space. Sonoma county community foundationawarded $4500 to sup- port the Trust's planned giving campaign. The Strong Founda- tion for Environmental values granted $3500 to assist with SLT's volunteer -based restoration ef- forts at the Estero Americano Pre- serve. Founded in 1976, the Sonoma Land Trust is a member support- ed non-profit public benefit orga- nization working with willing landowners to preserve their land. The Trust owns 10 properties and holds 17 conservation easements protecting more than 10,000 acres in Sonoma County. For more information call 526- 6930. DIRT CHEAP PLE . (70.7)824-2S50 307 South Main Street Sebastopol DIRT CHEAP TRAVEl CHRISTIAN SCIENCE THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SO- CIETY, 424 East Street, Healds- burg, 433-7645. Sunday Church Service 10:30 am. Evening meet- ing, second Wed. of month, 7:30 pm; Church Reading Room, 307 Cente'r St Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri, 12-4 pm 433-4776. Wednesday, December 31 " L Family History Ctr., LDS Chuw.h .................... 9 a.m.-9'lm Soroptimist Intemational, Sciaini Office .................. 12 pm Senior Center, Grange Hall ........................ 9:30 a.m.-4 pro\\; Bingo, Kings Valley Seniors ..................... , ................. 1 pm  Thursday, January 1 Thrift Sale, United Church ................................ 10 to 3 pm Rotary Club, Owl Care ........................................ 12:15 pm Cloverdale Host Lions Club ............................... ,. 7:30 pm Friday, January 2 Toastmasters, Cioverdale Coffee Shop ..................... 7 am Senior Day Center, Grange Hall .................... 9:30 to 2 pm Toastmasters, Chamber of Commerce ..................... 7 am Saturday, January 3 Family History Ctr., LDS Church .................... 9 a.m.-1 pm Flea Market, Citrus Fairgrounds ................. 7 a.m. to 4 pm Thrift Sale, United Church ..................... '.. ..... 10 a.m.-1 pm Sunday, January 4 Flea Market, Citrus Fairgrounds ................. 7 a.m. to 4 pm Monday, January 5 Boy Scout Troop #41, City PaFk., .............................. 8 pm Cancer Support Group, United Church Lounge, 10-11 am Tuesday, January 6 Family History Ctr., LDS Church .................... 5 p.m.-9 pm Senior Center, Grange Hall ................................ 9:30-4 pm Ladies Circle of Druids, Druids Hall ........................... 8 pm Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vet's Building .................. 8 PM Copper Tower Family Health Center Free Blood Pressure Check .................. M-S, 9-12, 2-6:30 OutReach Mental Health .................... M-F by Appointment Free Vaccinations ............................ ............................ M-S Cloverdale Alcoholics Anonymous Hot Une for Cloverdale Information: 894-20701544.1300 YEAR IN REVlEW\\;c00ontinuee. .... March 26 that since became the Del Webb " as second runner up at the Miss 40,000 steelhead and salmon development. California Pageant in Fresno, win- raised at Lake Sonoma are set to be released. Caltrans agrees to relinquish the Boulevard from Mittlestadt to Sandholm Lane, excluding the portion from Citrus Fair Drive to Fourth Street. Caltrans agrees to give the city $280,000 toward the downtown boulevard reconfigu- ration, and will repave their por- tion of the project with a new asphalt surface, re-stripe the road, and replace damaged curbs, gut- ters and sidewalks. Cloverdale High participates in annual Community Unity Day. Students plant trees, clean up lit- ter, weed the cemetery and re- place headstones, and various other projects. Leaders of the Hopland Reser- vation, which operates the popu- lar Sho-Ka-Wah Casino hope for a time extension-to'cease use of lucrative Nevada style video pull- tab machines in Indian gaming facilities. April 2 It is announced that the Clover- dale Fire District and the Califor- nia Department of Forestry are undergoing talks regarding a pos- sible contract arrangement with CDF to provide fire and emergen- cy services to the District. The Fire District notifies the City Council that it intends to file a petition for a Writ of Mandate and complaint for declaratory and other relief with the Superior Court, stemming from the $67,500 a year tax transfer issue. The City approves Del Webb's proposed age restricted project for Clover springs. The Coast Guard purchases Manzanita Nursing and Rehabil- itation Center resident, Jim Fish- er's drawings of Navy life during World War II. April 9 The Fire District improves its fire insurance rating for rural ar- eas. Santa Rosa Auto Parts closes its local branch. Total calls for service to Clover- dale Police hit an all time high,  City s tax increesescape  osition 62; sales tax revenue falls significantly. April 16 The counter proposal made to the City by the Cloverdale Fire Protection District concerning the property tax transfer is declined by the City Council. The Fire District begins orga- nizing an Emergency Operations Center to serve Cloverdah. American Legion Auxiliary an- nounces Girls State Delegate will be Maritza Galdos, and alternate is Amanda Plumley. April 23 The dispute over what faction should be recognized as head of the Pomo Indian tribe in Clover- dale is still not resolved. A deci- sion by an administrative judge regarding appeals orders the trib- al factions and the Bureau of Indi- an Affairs to work together to settle on the tribe's leadership. Washington School hosts two forums, one in English and one in Spanish, to educate parents on gangs. The Fire District submits a sec- ond proposal to the City Council which states that the District would accept a 10 year agreement from July 1,1997 with the amount to be set on a yearly basis. The Grand Jury releases their Interim Report on 911 systems in Sonoma County calling city's to adopt emergency medical dis- patch pre-arrival instructions. Aml Roland Dean Renshaw is taken into custody after a high speed chase with Cloverdale Police end- ed with the suspect hitting a tele- phone pole and roiling his BMW. The Fire District seeks input from senior residents in the com- munity concerning a free program consisting of an automated com- puter program that telephones seniors to check if they are ok. Michael Carey is named as new Superintendent of the Cloverdale Unified School District. May7 Cloverdale High School Chap- ter of FHA-HERO brings home numerous awards from the State Finals in Los Angeles. Michael Rosen, Rohnert Park real estate broker, enters a plea of guilty to six counts of grand theft following an extensive nine- month investigation into his fi- nancial dealings. He was known in Cloverdale as one of the part- ners in the Clover Springs project Cloverdale High School receives a good ranking in the high school performance report. May 14 A fund is set up to help Jim Manos, 36, owner of Jim's Mobile Marine Repair. Manos sustained third degree burns over 18 per- cent of his body in an accident. He has since fully recovered. The Cloverdale Historical Soci- ety finalizes a contract with Rich- ard Ruff, Architect, and Roy Anderson, structural engineer of Schiller and Associates, to com- tlete engineering plans for retro- fitting and strengthening the Gould Shaw House. The City wins approval of a youth services grant. The County Board of Supervisors awards $48,700 for the project. May 21 The Cloverdale Unified School district receives a $21,500 tech- nology grant, through the Depart- ment of General Services, State of California, to be useci for Internet support. Four Cloverdale juveniles, rang- ing in age from 14 to 17 were apprehended by a railroad secu- rity guard and a maintenance man who suspected them of spray painting graffiti on the North Western Pacific maintenance building and three historic rail- road cars belonging to the State of California. Repairs are estimated at $36,000. May28 The community is invited to tour the newly completed Cloverdale Ambulance building located on the corner of Second and Main. A novel written by Cloverdale resident Bruno Buti is featured in a Sunday supplement published in Italy. His novel, Rumbling Wine Barrels, has sold over 8,000 copies. The City Council approves the final maps for Jefferson Springs Phase 3 subdivision; and the Cit- rus Gardens subdivision. June 4 Cloverdale's last full service gas station, Dick's Service Station, FAliott Woody, a CI- verdale High graduate, graduates from Harvard Medical School with honors. Gianina Pellegrini, a senior at CHS, signs a letter of intent to play volleyball at Northwestern University in Boston. She receives a full scholarship from the Divi- sion I school which she is set to attend in the fall. Six to ten additional hangars are recommended for the airport. June 11 Cloverdale Bowl and the Wheel Cafe fall to the wrecking ball. The buildings stood as landmarks in town for nearly 60 years. Seghesio Farms General Manager Pete Seg- hesio said he and his family didn't think the buildings fit with what Cloverdale has planned for its future. Two Jefferson School first grad- ers, Jena Johnson and Lorraine Villa, find an Indian grinding stone while on a field trip on the Rus- sian River. June 18 Pierrette Robertson, graduating senior from Cloverdale High, par- ticipates in the 74th Annual Miss California PageanL Cloverdale Pre-School Co-op parents worry that their pre- school may find itself without a building when the City announc- es it will house a Social Advocates for Youth program in the there. June 25 Celebrity Wine Train "97 is re- scheduled due to delays in com- pleting necessary track repairs. The Open Space District ap- proves $50,000 to go towards the acquisition of .69 acres for the Cloverdale River Park. A mobile home burns atChelsea Circle. Local industries were recog- nized at the annual Salute to In- dustry luncheon sponsored by the Cloverdale Economic Develop- ment Commission and Chamber. Guests learned more details re- garding the Sonoma County Eco- nomic Vitality Partnership, whose goal is to develop a comprehen- siv e plan county-wide that will focus the work of the chambers, EDC's, businesses and industries and give them direction. The Marilyn Sink Memorial Swim Ftmd makes its 1997 dona- tion to the City of Cloverdale in support of its swim program. The amount is $4,700. July2 Pierrette Robertson is honored ning a $1,750 scholarship. Planning Director Joe Heckel presented a report to the City CounciIlune25 outlining the steps that need to be taken to strength- en the city's nuisance abatement ordinance. July9 The United Church needs $20- $30,000 in repairs. The ivy cover- ing the church is squeezing itself under the shingle siding, and had to be removed. A two year memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Clo- verdale Classified Service Em- ployees Association is finalized by the City Council, giving work- ers a 3 % raise effective July 1, and another 3% effective July 1,1998. The Cloverdale City Council approved in a 4-1 vote the Prelim- inary Development Plan and Ten- tative Map for Phases I and II of the Del Webb project. North Coast Construction be- gins work on off-site improve- ments for the Del Webb project. The City announces itis looking into hiring an architect to draw up plans for the senior center pro- posed for a lot on N. Main Street. July16 The Redwood Smorgette is de- stroyed in an early morning blaze. The Sonoma County Assessor presents the 1997-98 Assessment Roll to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. The value of tax- able property inCloverdale shows a moderate increase of 1.62% or $3,576,818, mainly due to new building and change of owner- ship. July 23 The Russian River Region Visi- tors Bureau announces it has elect- ed Cloverdale Economic Development Coordinator Susie Leach as its new director for a two year term. An 11-year-old girl from the Soviet Union drowns at Lake Sonoma. The Furbers announce a Laun- dromat/coffee shop will be built in the Furber Ranch Plaza. Preliminary budget figures presented to the City Council cov- ering the fiscal years 1997-98 and 1998-99 showing a near balance the first year and a shortfall of $119,000 the second year. The Sonoma County Water Agency releasesa report showing that the Russian River ranks as the 15th most threatened river in North America. July 30 The Wine Train doesn't roll as expected, but stays stationary, with celebrities and visitors en- joying wine and hors d'oeuvres on board. The train was prevent- ed from travelling because of maintenance problems with the track and failure of inspectors to give a final OK. The City Council adopted a resolution in support of the Pre- cise Development Plan for Phase I of the Del Webb project. The Rotary Club announces it will purchase a clock for the pla- 7.,a. Word comes out that Clover Supermarket will close when Ray's Food Place opens. Ray's purchased the Clover Market business from Jack Hafner, who retained possession of the build- ing. The purchase contract states that Hafer will not be able to put in a market for 10 years, and Longs cannot expand. Cloverdale Police Officer Art C.erini retires after 20 years of dedicated service due to injury. .......  August 6 Reuser Inc. puts the final touch- es on a 1.2 million dollar environ- mental update. The update includes a water clarification sys- tem for storm water run off, a 620 fot by 15-foot tall concrete wall designed for sound suppression and windbreak. A three-year-old Benecia boy owes his  to the watchful eye of a Cloverdale truck driver, famil- iar with the treacherous bum of the Russian River, who pulled him out from under a canoe and brought him back to life with res- cue breathing. Five students from Cloverdale High traveled to San Diego to attend the FHA-HERO National Meeting and come home with gold" medals. August 13 A fake bomb is discovered on the rear bumper of Cloverdale Police Officer Mike Davis' marked patrol car. The American Legion Pmt2. gives $1,500 to the Boys and Club. The Cloverdale mission approves the long-term placement of a cific Bell Mobile Services al Communications System next to the Ritter August 20 The City Council approves lease for Co-op to have use of the cabin at the Cit 3 will be used it has for many years past, with the newly instituted Program for Troubled Teens. The Cloverdale Post Office a 30% increase in volume the United Parcel Service After months City and tection District sign an that stipulates payment by the to the District of $67,500 for a period of 10 fiscal July 1, 1997 to June 30, 2007. new store will open August 27 Cloverdale students school and are greeted by teachers, equipment and grams. September 3 CUSD holds a special to deal with a was to receive. $670,544 in ertv taxes was entered 1997-98. Cloverdale High School is leaving CHS for the position at his old Sonoma High. Contractor Craig ed the $28,000 contract by the Council to build the new for the Cloverdale Wine and itor Cente building. September 10 Building fees in the $1221.50 for structural ments to the Gould um are waived by the Council, and work is to install new footings the foundation. Lake Sonoma announces it cut back services'due to constraints. September 17 Two-year-old Aiden i out of a two story Monaco Circle home, his head on concrete. The boy gave everyone quite a but is expected to fully The Citrus Fair Board the search for a new CEO place Gary McDonald who mitred his resignation. September 24 Cloverdale celebrates cation of its new Park and lot. Place will open Oct. 1 and Market will dose Sept. 28. Proposed closure of a Hot Springs Road riles up dents. The closure would them to drive through the Webb development to instead of the direct Hot Road route. October 1 Sixteen local residents petition to Vice-Mayor Bob asking that the City Council sider establishing at the intersection of First Main. The Optimist Club of Santa I honors Cloverdale resident drew spect for Law Award. October 8 Bonnie Wlodarczyk interim CEO at the Citrus Fairgrounds, resignation of Gary who accepted a position oU town: DeI Webb held its groo breaking ceremony Sept. 30. October 15 WillJopson, owner of Ace t ware, announces he is movi the vacant Clover Superma Building. He says the move g him an opportunity to exp add more merchandise and more variety, g ( Cloverdale s depot and rail I. ndit form will go to bid this winterth e es constactionwill begin for theal P r million project this spring. ormer O aober 22 00)oca00 The Victom s report they et was rebuild the Redwood Smorg L onu The restaurant will no longer  i smorgasboard when compl 20/ however. - .lmces Caltrans starts work on re [ale aft facing and upgrading portioO w cc Cloverdale Boulevard. staff. 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