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James Patterson grant buys Redwood School new books

Redwood School librarian Jeannie Japp shows off the books the school bought using a $5,000 grant from author James Patterson. Submitted photo
Students at Redwood School have new books to check out and take home with them thanks to a grant from bestselling author James Patterson.

Redwood is one of 467 schools nationwide that received a Patterson Partnership grant, according to Scholastic, which sponsors the grant. Music teacher Krystol Berry said Patterson himself selected the grant recipients.

Cory's People: Ride the wild waves

John Ball, 72, who has been living in Crescent City for 48 years, got the surfing bug 60 years ago while growing up in Hermosa Beach. Special to the Triplicate / Cory Mitcham

“Saw one a couple years ago. About four feet long….going through the waves. You keep an eye on their dorsal fin. Also, about 25 years ago my dad (famed surfing photographer John “Doc” Ball) and a friend, Leroy Grannis (another famed surfing photographer) and I saw a 15-foot long one out here, cruising up the beach. We put our feet up on the boards and waited 'til he was gone. Dad and LeRoy didn't seem to mind, so I took my cue from them.”

Teens host conference for middle-schoolers

A group of high school students will teach their middle school peers how to reach goals, take positive risks and eat healthy.

Students involved in Del Norte High School’s Friday Night Live and the Del Norte Youth Council program spent months working on the topics they want to discuss during their Thinking Out Loud day camp. The day camp is for students in grades 6 through 8 and will be held Feb. 20 at Crescent Elk Middle School.

E.T. the Extra Terrestrial's Del Norte home

Steven Spielberg's signature on the wall is a reminder to Roslyn and Gary Goodrich of the role their home played in filming "E.T. the Extra Terrestrial." Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
For Roslyn and Gary Goodrich, encounters with movie stars were once common.

She hung out in Hollywood as a teenager. And as a police officer in Marina del Rey, he ran into Robert Wagner, James Garner and other actors whose boats were moored there. But when they moved to Del Norte to escape the LA traffic in 1980, the Goodriches never dreamed Tinseltown would find them a year later.

“I was good friends with the owner of Saxton’s Tackle Shop and he had some kind of communication with this film crew,” said Gary Goodrich, who was working as Smith River’s resident sheriff’s deputy at the time. “He told me this outfit was interested in finding a place and hiring security, so I did security for the film crew and hired a bunch of deputy and Crescent City PD officers to do 24-hour security.”

The Accidental Family: My Stay at an unsafe foster home

Editor’s note: The Accidental Family is a column about the story of two young women and the Del Norte family that adopted them. This installment is written by Lydia-Leonard Rhodes, 17, who is an English major at Humboldt State University.

In the last “Accidental Family” column I wrote (“My search for a safe home,” April 7, 2015) I talked briefly about a foster home I was placed in before I found my wonderful family. I mentioned that this home had many of its own horrors but that that story was for a different time. 

I previously refrained from writing about my last foster home because I did not want to expose anyone. But in order to create change we sometimes have to expose people.

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