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Around Del Norte: 25 years of teaching preschool

Jane Goss during a recent visit to Yosemite National Park. She’ll have more time for trips now that she’s retired from teaching.
Jane Goss during a recent visit to Yosemite National Park. She’ll have more time for trips now that she’s retired from teaching. Submitted
Jane Goss has found herself teaching the children of preschoolers she taught in her early years at Grace Lutheran Preschool.

Now she’s ready to spend more time with her own grandchildren.

Jane is retiring from classroom teaching at Grace Lutheran Preschool after 25 years. She started there in September 1988, and Monday was her final day on the job.

She’ll be staying on in an administrative capacity, however, so the preschool isn’t losing its familiar face.

“I’m glad I’ll still have contact with these children and their families,” said Jane. “I’ll still be doing things like reading books with the children, and I’ll be opening the center every morning so I’ll still get to greet them.”

She’s taught a second generation of preschoolers. She said it’s been “a real reward for me that people feel secure enough to bring their children” back to the same teacher they had as youngsters.

She said what’s expected of kindergartners has changed so much.

“Our goal is to have the children ready for school. I think we’re not letting them be preschoolers long enough, so that worries me. We should let children be children and let them develop in their own way.”

Once in a while she’ll run into the parents of former students around town and inquire as to how the kids are doing.

Sometimes, when she sees a former student, she’ll think to herself, “I haven’t changed much, but they sure have.”

“I try to follow the kids, see how they’re doing in high school.”

Now, she’ll spend a lot more time with her grandchildren and do volunteer work around the church.

The Southern Oregon native has three children and seven grandchildren. 

An open house to celebrate her retirement will be held Saturday at Grace Lutheran, 190 E. Cooper, from 1 to 5 p.m. All ages are welcome to the family-friendly event. Refreshments will be served and guests are encouraged to decorate a page for a memory book for her. For more information call 464-7604.

State No. 50 shows up

Readers may remember a column a few weeks ago about avid walkers Penny and Dick Fleming (aka “The Walkers”), a Crescent City couple who had taken it upon themselves to note all the various out-of-state license plates during their daily 8-mile treks around the city.

Over the course of July and August, they had seen a plate from every Canadian province and every American state, including Alaska and Hawaii. That is, every state except for West Virginia.

Well, the Flemings were pleased to report last week that they had spotted the elusive state plate in the parking lot of Safeway.

Here’s what the executive director of the Crescent City/Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce, Jeff Parmer, had to say about it:

“Our visitation at the visitors center is up 13 percent for the year. I would expect Dick and Penny to continue to see more and more out-of-state license plates during their walks in the future. I’m not surprised by the fact that they have seen all of the Canadian provinces as Canada is a strong market for us. I am glad they finally spotted the ‘rare’ West Virginia license plate. Now that they have, it just goes to show that people are willing to travel from the East Coast, Midwest and the upper reaches of Canada to see the majestic redwood forest and natural beauty of Del Norte County.”

Well spoken, Jeff!

Methodist Pastor Carol Layton, center, and Episcopal Priest David Shewman during a blessing in 2011.   Del Norte Triplicate file / Rick Postal
Methodist Pastor Carol Layton, center, and Episcopal Priest David Shewman during a blessing in 2011. Del Norte Triplicate file / Rick Postal
Bless the beasts

To mark the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the annual “Blessing of the Animals,” will be held Friday at 6 p.m. at the playground of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, at Third and D streets. 

Two other local churches are involved this year: St. Paul’s Episcopal and United Methodist.

St. Francis of Assisi was born in the 12th century and is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment. 

According to Father Adam Kotas of St. Joseph’s, the event is for everyone, regardless of faith.

“It’s to recognize the inherent dignity that each and every animal possesses,” said Father Adam. “It’s asking God’s protection to keep the animal healthy and safe, and more than anything, to celebrate that animal’s gift in (the owner’s) life.”

And size doesn’t matter. Past blessings have included horses and cows.

People can bring any animal, said Father Adam. “Fish, cats, dogs, snakes, chickens. Someone once brought a whole family of hamsters: 14 plus mom and dad.”

In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to St. Joseph’s parish hall at Third and E streets.

“I told my congregation I’m taking volunteers for cleanup duty,” said Father Adam. “Bring your shovels.”

Refreshments for animals as well as humans will be served following the blessing.

Call St. Joseph’s at 465-1762 for more information.

 


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