That’s why the Fair Board makes a big deal out of honoring them with an annual dinner. More than 100 folks attended this year’s event on Thursday night.
Among them was Phyllis Tedsen, who was named Volunteer of the Year.
If you’ve ever visited the one-room schoolhouse that’s been at the fair for more than two decades now, you’ve probably met Phyllis. She gives tours and tells stories about how the students of yesteryear did their learnin’ there.
“There’s just no one who has the passion she does,” Hartwick said. “She’s been the caretaker, promoter and tour guide since it was moved to the fair” from its original location up on North Bank Road.
That happened in 1991, when an inmate work crew took off its roof and placed the schoolhouse on a flatbed truck.
“Phyllis became the school marm,” Hatfield said. “You don’t do anything with the school unless you talk to Phyllis.”
Secrets to success
Consumer Reports’ February edition is hitting the newsstands with Crescent City’s own Bob Berkowitz sharing his secrets to success.
A retirement survey spotlights several retirees who, according to the magazine, “reported a net worth of well above $1 million.”
According to the article, 85 percent of Berkowitz’s wealth is attributed to his real estate dealings, such as buying and selling fixer-uppers and repos, and investing in rental properties.
“You have to make sure all parties are winners,” he’s quoted in the article, “because you are going to run into your renters everywhere.”
Ah, yes, life in a small town.
Setting up Spring Fling
Whether you’re a renter or homeowner, no doubt you have a few unused items hanging around the house that are just taking up space.
Here’s your chance to clean out and clean up.
Sell your items at the third annual Spring Fling sale put on by members of the Smith River Heritage Association scheduled for Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Smith River Community Hall.
Participants can rent 3-by-8-foot tables at the event for $20 or bring their own and pay $10. Collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts and yard sale items may be sold, but no large furniture, guns or ammo allowed.
Friday will be Fry-Day
On Friday the fish’ll be frying at the VFW Hall at 810 H St. from 6-8 p.m.
“We get a really good crowd,” said Stanlee Landon, a volunteer for the Veterans Post. “It’s really, really good fish, batter fried and nicely prepared on order,” she said. “And I’m really picky about my fish.”
For $8, diners can get a plate full of Alaskan cod, steak fries and coleslaw. For a buck more, you can take your dinner to go. Kids ages 12 and under eat for half price.
And be sure and save room for dessert ’cause the VFW Ladies Auxiliary will be there selling homemade treats.
Getting the picture
The Crescent City-Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce has been around for a century, but there was a new wrinkle at the annual Chamber dinner on Saturday night at the Cultural Center.
But come to think of it, the new wrinkle was actually a throwback to the old days of photo booths where you could squeeze in with your friends or your sweetie and make funny faces that were then immortalized on a strip of pictures.
It was a smart promotional demonstration by Big Flash Foto Booth, which rents out the contraption for parties and other events (707-315-9840).