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Cloverdale Comments by Carol Russell

Cloverdale, California

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City of Cloverdale General Plan Land Use Urban Growth Boundaries create Battles in Cloverdale
April 2, 2014
In 2010, the City of Cloverdale was the final city in Sonoma County to pass an Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). Environmental and smart growth advocates, as well as dedicated local residents spent years educating the public and governmental leaders of Cloverdale about the benefits of a UGB to prevent sprawl, encourage “in-fill” and downtown development, and protect the quality of life for local residents into the future. Unfortunately, when it came time to place the measure before voters, the City Council insisted on including three large land “islands,” referred to as Exception Areas in official planning documents, into the Southern planning area of the UGB. These Exception Areas include an Industrial Area, part of the Raines Creek Water District, and the historic Swiss-Italian Colony of Asti. Voters ultimately passed the measure, setting up a battle sure to come in the future. 
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Cloverdale Comments Cloverdale Comments - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Carol Russell
From horses and stagecoaches to motorcycles and cars, from rough trails to smooth rails and modern highways, from its pioneer founding in the 1850s to its modern way of life and business, the history of our rural city has paralleled the history of transportation, especially the railroad. 
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Cloverdale Comments Cloverdale Comments - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Carol Russell
Individuals triumphing over “The System”. The goodness and generosity of the people of a united community. The American Dream realized in a happy ending. If you know movies, you know the legendary director Frank Capra and will understand why the real life story of The Clover Theater reminds me of his greatest films.
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Cloverdale Comments Cloverdale Comments - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Carol Russell
A man’s hand gently cradles the delicate round head of a tiny baby. Only his strong young fingers and the baby’s downy crown of carefully brushed, reddish blond hair are in focus. Yet the story this photo tells us of a new dad’s love, pride, tenderness and awe is compellingly clear.            
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Vino in Cloverdale - Wine, Art and Entertainment  Review Vino in Cloverdale - Wine, Art and Entertainment Review
December 1, 2013
I spend a lot of time in Cloverdale. Mostly for work, but on occasion I get to enjoy some of the many events and leisure activities the town has to offer. There is a lot more going on in the town than firsts meets the eye. Cloverdale has a great live theater, art studio with all kinds of classes, live music every weekend, and an abundance of good restaurants.
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Cloverdale Comments Cloverdale Comments - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Carol Russell
In October I told you about Cloverdale Kiwanis Club’s Annual Harvest Marathon. Happy to report it was another success and having greatly enjoyed my volunteer stint at its Asti site, I’m sending a special shout-out to my BFVF (Best Fellow Volunteer Friend), Sandra, and to everyone responsible for an amazing event that raised money to send free books to local kids through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  
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Cloverdale Comments Cloverdale Comments - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Carol Russell
Annie Thompson and Shannon Moore haven’t met, yet they share an inspiring personal journey. Both faced the type of daunting career crossroads that typically impedes the faint of heart. Both bravely crafted a new path to business success and a personal fulfillment that comes from creating exceptional products and customer love.
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Cloverdale Comments Cloverdale Comments - Oct 2013
October 2, 2013
by Carol Russell
Proudly dog-eared and jacketless, nestled in scruffy retirement on a prominent shelf in my office are five books I owned as child and which I have treasured through six decades tenderly carrying them, like heirlooms, from Manhattan to Cloverdale. Every title evokes memories of anticipation, enjoyment, and thrills while inviting me to once again meet its characters, discover its story and be inspired by its lessons.
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Cloverdale Comments Cloverdale Comments - Sep 2013
September 5, 2013
by Carol Russell
While I plead “Can you squeeze me in for a haircut?” and my color suffers from hit-or-miss home applications of Clairol® number whatever, Roz’s cut must be just so. Color “highlights and lowlights” are a must. She requires a neat, attractively decorated salon and a “skilled stylist, in whom I have faith, who’s also a certified colorist.” Thanks to these ultra-specific demands, Roz spends far more time than I do at our long time salon, A Cut Above. 
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Cloverdale Comments Cloverdale Comments - Aug 2013
August 1, 2013
by Carol Russell
If, like me, you wondered why all those back-to-school supplies suddenly popped up on Cloverdale store shelves right after July 4th, you’re either around my age and recall how, back in the ‘50s (no, smartypants, the 1950s!), school didn’t start till after Labor Day or it’s been quite a while since you attended, or had a child attending, our local schools.  
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Cloverdale Comments Cloverdale Comments - July 2013
July 1, 2013
by Carol Russell
Enjoying a relaxed summertime amble along the main thoroughfare through our downtown core is a sure way to get to know the arts, crafts, culture and the people who help fashion the spirit of this sweet city.  
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Cloverdale Comments Cloverdale Comments - June 2013
June 1, 2013
by Carol Russell
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Cloverdale Comments Cloverdale Comments - May 2013
May 1, 2013
by Carol Russell
That’s why I love to tell you about our city’s generous, dedicated volunteers like Jim Wagele, Bill Leland, Bob Cox and Rich Cowart, the Steering Committee and driving force in the success of the non-profit Cloverdale Alliance for Financial Education (CAFE). Formed in 2008 as a local collaboration of individuals and organizations, CAFE  is working to support the financial health of our city and its residents. 
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Cloverdale Comments Cloverdale Comments - March 2013
March 1, 2013
by Carol Russell
As mayor, back in 2010, one of the many official duties I enjoyed was the honor of helping present awards to winners of that year’s Cloverdale Annual Sculpture Exhibit which, with the city’s sponsorship, was created and produced by the dedicated, talented board and volunteers of our legendary Cloverdale Arts Alliance. 
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Cloverdale Comments Cloverdale Comments February 2013
February 1, 2013
by Carol Russell
Sirius, the brightest of all stars, is also a “double star” meaning it orbits with an eternal companion so that the two seem as one. Its local namesake, a clever play on words called Sirius Mac Solutions, is Melanie and Jeff Bagby’s thriving home-based business here in Cloverdale.
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Zini's Diner - Cloverdale, CA Zini's Diner - Country Cooking in Cloverdale
January 2, 2013
On one of my recent visits to Cloverdale, I decided to stop for lunch at a small diner called Zini’s, located next to Ace Hardware on Cloverdale Blvd. The front is rather plain and unassuming, the indoor décor simple and tidy with a country kitchen type feel. It was a rainy day and later in the afternoon, so I was their only customer.
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Cloverdale Comments Cloverdale Comments January 2013
January 2, 2013
by Carol Russell
Thanks to the pertinent information and insightful observations generously provided by Elissa Morrash, Executive Director of the Cloverdale Historical Society (CHS), my column has practically written itself!
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Cloverdale Comments Cloverdale Comments December 2012
November 28, 2012
by Carol Russell
That’s how “retired” entertainment industry Human Resources V.P. Tim McDonald describes what he and his partner, an equally “retired” credit union Board Chairman/CPA, Bob Scott, were searching for--and ultimately found--here, in Cloverdale.
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Cloverdale Comments Cloverdale Comments November 2012
November 1, 2012
by Carol Russell
Perhaps you’ve heard it or heard about it: a high-pitched background sound that folks around the northern section of Cloverdale Boulevard, from about 3rd Street up to the High School, report is preventing them from enjoying regular activities like a pleasant neighborhood stroll, working or relaxing at home and, in at least one recent instance, getting a good night’s sleep.
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Cloverdale Comments Cloverdale Comments October 2012
October 1, 2012
by Carol Russell
It’s the same every October. Our mild climate lulls me into inactivity. Then colder temperatures and rain suddenly sneak up on me and I vow to winterize earlier next year!  
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