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Comedic twist on classic

Students put on ‘The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet’ April 17–18 at DNHS 

It’s a story that has been heard hundreds of times: A boy and a girl from two feuding families become star-crossed lovers.

But next week Del Norte High School Theater Production will turn Shakespeare’s famous tragedy on its head, giving it a comedic twist that would make Dr. Seuss proud. “The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet” by Peter Bloedel will open to theater-goers of all ages next week.

“We wanted something that was fun. Something that was different,” said Arielle Fuller, a senior who plays Juliet’s mother. “It’s very funny. You think of Romeo and Juliet and you think of a tragedy. (But) it’s a different way of looking at the story.”


Cuban violin missionary visits church

Jaime Jorge will bring his talent with the violin to Crescent City next week.

The Cuban violinist, who has recorded and released 17 albums and has given more than 3,000 concerts, will play at the Seventh-day Adventist Church on April 15. 


Klamath gardening workshop Sat.

Paul Madeira of Ocean Air Farms will hold a gardening workshop on Saturday in Klamath. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The Community Food Council and Paul Madeira of Ocean Air Farms will be in Klamath on Saturday for a spring gardening workshop.

Madeira will share his knowledge of growing food in Del Norte’s coastal climate and will provide pointers for beginners and experienced home gardeners.

The workshop is free and open to all. Children 8 and up are welcome to attend with a parent. All participants will be entered in a drawing for gardening books, tools and supplies. 

The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Yurok Tribe Klamath Office, 190 Klamath Blvd. in Klamath. For more information, call Connor Caldwell at 464-0955 ext. 2108.


Del Norte People: Brother’s ‘Star Trek’ films part of history

I would like to share a story about a special person in my life, my older brother Billy Blackburn. If you have read my book “Kneebockers,” you will know that I left my mother Laura and my two brothers Billy and Wes Jr. to go out west to Reno, Nev., in 1946 at 10 years old. My younger brother Wes actually joined Dad and I in the early ’50s for about a year or so. It was close to 25 years that I hadn’t seen Mom or Billy.

In later years I had the opportunity to rebuild a relationship with Mom and Billy in North Hollywood. They both lived in an apartment complex in separate quarters. The first trip I took to North Hollywood, I met Billy at the May Company’s ice skating rink. As a young man, Billy actually skated in the Holiday on Ice show and then the Icecapades for a period of years.


Birth: Robinson

Alexa Josephine Robinson
Alexa Josephine Robinson was born on March 16, 2015, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. She weighed 10 pounds, 3 ounces, and measured 22½ inches.  

Alexa’s parents are Tayshia Mode and Steven Robinson of Fort Dick. She joins older sisters B’Lei Jayn and Abi Rose. Alexa’s grandparents are Sandoz McCovey and Bryan Mode of Crescent City and Will and Manuela Robinson of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Alexa’s great-grandparents are Gary and Josephine Robinson of Beavercreek, Ore.


Birth: Waldvogel

Katelyn Grace Waldvogel
Katelyn Grace Waldvogel was born March 15, 2015, at Sutter Roseville Medical Center in Roseville, Calif. She weighed 8 pounds, 15½ ounces, and measured 20½ inches.  

Katelyn’s parents are Lauren and Jason Waldvogel of Sacramento. Her grandparents are Priscilla and Jim Waldvogel of Crescent City and Jann and Bob Johnson of Redding. Katelyn’s great-grandparents are Alice Waldvogel of San Diego, the late Irwin Waldvogel and the late Patricia and Ralph Palmer.


Birth: Lovaas

Katelyn Jean Lovaas
Katelyn Jean Lovaas was born Jan. 15, 2015, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and measured 20 inches.  

Katelyn’s parents are Andrew Lovaas and Celeste Wagner. She joins siblings Brendan and Madelyn. Katelyn’s grandparents are Fred and Darlene Wagner of Crescent City, Michael Lovaas of Ontario, Ore., and Diane Lovaas of Red Bluff. Katelyn’s great grandmother is Jean Lovaas of Crescent City.


Hope for healing painful pasts

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Amira Long, director of the First 5 Family Resource Center, and Christine Slette, CASA Del Norte’s associate executive director, light candles at the raising of the Children’s Memorial Flag on Wednesday to commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month, while Bernadette Johnson, of Remi Vista, describes the role of the Del Norte Child Abuse Prevention Council. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Child abuse victim shares story during candlelight vigil focused on awareness
 

Frigid winds blew candles out as Melissa Banks tearfully recounted the abuse she suffered at the hands of her adoptive parents.

Banks shared her story at the annual Children’s Memorial Flag raising at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds on Wednesday. 

She spoke about the insults, kicks and slaps her adoptive mother doled out and about the broken nose her mother gave her. She described how her adoptive father once picked her up and threw her onto a hardwood floor and how he later took his abuse to a worse level. This went on for three years, she said, until she finally had enough.


Church Notebook: Christians can look forward to Christ’s promised return

I have a neat little sticker on one of my truck windows. In a 3 by 6-inch space, it completely outlines the life of Christ in a nutshell: “He came, He died, He arose, He ascended, He’s coming back.”

As we have not so long ago celebrated Christmas and his arrival, now we are about to celebrate Easter, the remembrance of his crucifixion and resurrection.

Sometimes it seems like we pay more attention to the goodies and giving of gifts, family and big dinners, than we do to Him.


Relive rail's golden days in tour

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“My memory goes back to a time when if you wanted to go any distance, you (had) to get on a train,” said model train enthusist John Haines, top. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The wail of a train whistle may be a sound of the past on the North Coast, but not for Don Cure, John Haines and a handful of other Del Norters.

Visitors to Cure’s home at Crescent City Senior Estates can hear the clickity-clack of cars riding the rails and, if they’re lucky, see steam billowing from an Accucraft Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge engine.

Another train, which runs on electricity, bears the name “Mill Creek Lumber” on its caboose. Mill Creek was once a place name on the old Hobbs Wall Railroad, an old lumber railroad that operated near Crescent City until the 1930s.  


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