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Container gardening for families

A recipient of the Humboldt County Home Gardens Project cares for the garden Open Door Community Health Centers installed at her grandmotherís house last year. Photo courtesy of Open Door Community Health Centers
A workshop on container gardening Saturday will kick off a program that will provide families with the resources and help needed to grow their own produce.

With help from a Building Healthy Communities youth mini grant, the Community Food Council and Open Door Community Health Centers will install gardens for five to 10 local families this summer. If the Home Gardens Project is successful, both organizations will seek funding to expand the program, said Connor Caldwell, the Community Food Council’s food projects coordinator.

Art Scene, April 7, 2016

Guitar class, watercolor classes for veterans

A free class for veterans wishing to learn how to play guitar with instructor Dale Morgan will start up again at 6:30 p.m on Tuesday in the Veterans Memorial Hall, 810 H St., and run for 10 weeks. Also, a free beginning watercolor class with artist Audi Stanton will start 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on April 30 at the Del Norte Senior Center and run for five weeks. Space is limited; veterans interested in participating must pre-register as soon as possible by contacting the Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) at 707-464-1336 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This program is made possible by a grant from the Veterans Initiative in the Arts of the California Arts Council, a state agency.

CAPC vigil highlights foster parent need

Michelle Moore describes her experience as a foster parent at the Child Abuse Prevention Councilís annual Childrenís Memorial Flag raising ceremony Friday. Del Norte Triplicate / Jessica Cejnar
Michelle Moore has seen the foster care system from both sides.

Moore told attendees at a candlelight vigil to commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month on Friday how she got herself and her younger siblings away from an abusive alcoholic father. She described the foster home she and her siblings lived in and how they were ostracized from the rest of the family.

Cory's People: Sheriff found key to success

Sheriff Erik Apperson
Mix equal parts grit, integrity, enthusiasm, resilience, friendliness, a sense of humor and what do you get: Del Norte’s Sheriff Erik Apperson, at 38, the youngest sheriff in the state. 

He credits many with getting him to where he is today, including Connie Merrell, Ed Anderson, and Tim Guzik. This young man never stops expressing gratitude: “This is the best job I’ve ever had. It’s the best feeling in life to wake up and fall asleep knowing I’m where I’m supposed to be.”

DNHS grad invited to join society of scholars

Strand Hill
Del Norte High School graduate Strand Hill is now a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. 

Hill, who graduated from high school in 2014, is in his second year at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. He is double-majoring in music and chemistry and is currently a junior at the university.

Birth: Ava Marie Dawson

Ava Marie Dawson
Ava Marie Dawson was born April 1, 2016, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. She weighed 3 pounds 14 ounces and measured 17 inches. Ava’s parents are Alyssa Morton and Blaine Dawson, of Crescent City. Her brother is Westly Dawson. Ava’s grandparents are John and Amanda Morton, and Toebie Dawson, all of Crescent City.

Birth: Aine (on-ya) Marie Enos

Aine (on-ya) Marie Enos
Aine (on-ya) Marie Enos was born on March 3, 2016, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. She weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces and measured 19 ¼ inches. Aine’s parents are Sara and Jacob Enos, of Crescent City. Her grandparents are Brenda and David Johnston and Judy and Chuck Enos, all of Crescent City. Aine’s great-grandparents are Irene and James McKnight, of Harrison, Michigan.

Birth: Titus Jackson Hugh Sorter

Titus Jackson Hugh Sorter was born March 24, 2016 at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City, California. He weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces and measured 19 1/2 inches. Titus’ parents are Misty Reaves and Ivan Sorter, of Crescent City. His grandparents are Tammy Reaves, of Sacramento, Linda Sorter, of Crescent City, and Hugh Sutton, of Thailand. Titus’ great-grandmother is Marge Reaves, of Port Orford, Oregon.

Blight cleanup Saturday

A Take a Bite out of Blight cleanup will be held on the 100 block of Mason Court near California Street in Crescent City.

Fresh charges at NMMC

Volunteers Dina Hernandez, Janet Dicky and Marie Duffy measure a northern elephant seal.
It took the combined efforts of Janet Dickey, Dina Hernandez and Marie Duffy on Thursday to welcome their newest charge to the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center.

Even with Hernandez straddling its upper body and Duffy near its tail, the northern elephant seal tried to wriggle away from Dickey, who was waiting to take a blood sample. 

“It’s like riding a sea slug,” Hernandez joked.

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