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Around Del Norte: Fantastic 4th: One more look

Grand marshals Bob and Mimi Stephens.
Grand marshals Bob and Mimi Stephens. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Crescent City’s festivities; a flying 98-year-old; and the loss of Eleanor Peepe 

Was that a great Fourth of July celebration? Rather than giving you my post-game assessment, I’ll let a couple of e-mails do the job. The first is from Bicoastal Media Radio manager René Shanle-Hutzell to Chamber Executive Director Jeff Parmer. Some excerpts:

“Wanted to reach out and say thanks for all your work on the Fourth of July. The Beachfront layout was very good. The food vendors were great, on the grass…bringing more people to the actual beachfront. The Margaritaville stand was a hit ... Of course, how you got the weather to cooperate, that’s the real compliment! … It was still 63 degrees at 8 p.m. and the wind magically died down for the fireworks.”

And from Jeff’s response:

Miss Del Norte Amy Ramirez.
Miss Del Norte Amy Ramirez. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
“I thanked René for her kind words but also told her that I can’t take all the credit... It truly was a group effort. I and the Chamber have received very favorable comments from parade participants, food and marketplace vendors as well as from the general public. Good job, everyone! Let’s make next year even better!”

A child aboard the 4-H float that took first place overall and in the nonprofit organization categories.
A child aboard the 4-H float that took first place overall and in the nonprofit organization categories. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
By the way, here are the winners of the second annual Palmer Westbrook Ranch BBQ Wars Battle at the Beach that had mouths watering in the park Thursday.

• Tri tip: Richard Juneau, first place; John Skaggs, second

• Chicken: Team Mombos, first place; Richard Juneau, second

•  Pork ribs: Team Mombos, first; Thomas Family BBQ, second

There was plenty of flag-waving going on.
There was plenty of flag-waving going on. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
And one more bit of post-Fourth of July housecleaning: The parade’s grand prize winner was Del Norte 4-H, which also won first place in the non-profit float category.

Flying at 98

Among the winners of drawings for free helicopter rides at Cal-Ore Life Flight’s recent open house was a Crescent City resident born long before the first choppers were in the air.

Mable Byrd takes the ride she won in a drawing.
Mable Byrd takes the ride she won in a drawing. Courtesy F.L. Hiser Jr.
That was Mable Byrd, 98, climbing aboard during the June 22 event at Crescent City Airport to familiarize people with the operation and the chance to buy benefit packages that would ease the way should a medical flight ever be necessary.

Mable enjoyed the ride, said her daughter, Mary Rhodes, also of Crescent City. Her mother grew up in a one-room log cabin with a dirt floor on a New Mexico homestead.

Losing Eleanor

Unfortunately, Crescent City lost one of its grand older ladies on the Fourth of July with the passing of Eleanor Peepe, 87.

You may recall a Triplicate feature last December about Eleanor, who had about 400 versions of Santa Claus inside a display case in her living room. She also had a kind word for everyone who passed by her house.

Eleanor Peepe last December: Services will be Friday.
Eleanor Peepe last December: Services will be Friday. Del Norte Triplicate file / Bryant Anderson
She is the wife of the late Crescent City mayor, William Peepe, who died in 2009.  

Funeral services will be held at Wier’s Mortuary Chapel on Friday at 10 a.m., with interment to follow at the IOOF Memorial Cemetery.

 


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