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Thank You: Class of 1974, donors raise scholarship funds

Del Norte High School, Class of 1974 appreciates the following business/private donations for our 40th class reunion raffle held Aug. 1–2, with proceeds going to the DNHS scholarship fund: 

Fresh foods tempt at Farmers Market

Bakery by the Sea, a Brookings-based vendor of tasty sweet buns and the ever-popular pesto rolls, is the first stop for many market-goers. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
If you’ve noticed that you’re leaving the Farmers Market less hungry than you have in previous years, it might be because the number of hot food vendors is on the rise.

Whether you’re interested in barbecue, Mexican food, Eastern cuisine or just a plain old American hot dog, the Saturday Farmers Market — and increasingly the Wednesday downtown market too — can help you find what you’re looking for.

Grist for the Mill: Americans still need ‘food justice’

Angela Glore’s food column is printed monthly.

Almost two years ago, my family took our ill-conceived detour to Pennsylvania instead of staying put by the ocean and redwoods. We drove out of town the day before four days of Food Day celebrations kicked off. I had spent months going to planning meetings and then missed them all.

Church Notebook: In a mad world, faith is stable

 The world sure seems to be going crazy lately.

Again, I have to say how blessed we are to live in this country in spite of the things that are going on here with things like immigration and health insurance. Look at those poor Christians in Iraq. Threatened with death if they refuse to convert to Islam, stripped of every bit of their belongings at the border if they flee to another country.

The Bible has a lot to say about days like these, and sometimes, it’s enough to make one wonder if we are in those “end days.”  A lot that’s happening seems to fit the scenario.

Outdoor writers conference coming up

Local commerce, tourism groups welcome visitors with aim of raising state, national profile 

Bloggers, magazine writers, photographers and television and radio reporters will descend on the Wild Rivers Coast region next month for a conference local tourism officials say will put Del Norte and Curry counties on the map.

Roughly 75 travel writers and other members of the Outdoor Writers Association of California, or OWAC, will stay at Lucky 7 Casino’s Howonquet Lodge for the association’s fall conference Sept. 13–16. When they’re here, local tourism representatives and businesses will show them what the region has to offer — from fishing and kayaking on the Smith River to hiking in Samuel H. Boardman State Park and jet boat trips on the Rogue River.

Quilt show is next weekend

“For Love of Fabric” was made with thousands of small squares and triangles in many colors, assembled by Barbara Allison and quilted by Debi Newman of Debi’s Thread Tales. The quilt is one of three that will be raffled off at the quilt show. Courtesy of Lighthouse Quilt Guild
Quilters from as far away as Cave Junction will show off their talent with needle, thread and fabric at the Lighthouse Quilt Guild’s biannual show next week.

The show will feature 138 quilts displayed in the main building at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds on Aug. 14, said guild historian Pat McGuire. Judging will take place Aug. 15, and the show will open to the public on Aug. 16–17. This year’s judge will be Grace Anderson of Grants Pass, who was one of the clothing and textiles judges at the Del Norte County Fair this year, McGuire said.

Volunteers collect care packages for soldiers

Local VISTA members hope to provide some creature comforts to airmen serving in the Middle East and are seeking help from the community.

VISTA volunteers Benita Cabrera, Megan Van Gorden, Cara Brustol, Amira Long and Makenzy Williams will be collecting cookies, candy, socks, DVDs, magazines and other items for soldiers in the U.S. Air Force. The volunteers are also collecting letters and pictures from local youngsters for the soldiers, who are currently serving in Oman.

Art Scene Aug. 7, 2014

Band camp concert is Friday

The North Coast Summer Band Camp, which is being held at Smith River School this year because of the remodeling at Crescent Elk Middle School, will give its grand finale concert at 7 p.m. Friday in the Smith River Gymnasium.

Livestock buyers invest in young farmers at the Del Norte County Fair auction

Karayna Bocock holds her grand champion roaster rabbit. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
At 10 years old, Jarrod Dixon was one of the smallest boys at the livestock auction on Sunday. His animal, a 1,288-pound steer, was one of the largest.

Jarrod, who is in his first year with the Fort Dick Grange, wrestled the animal, which was taller than him, into the seller’s pen, gripping the halter and forcing it to face the buyers. Hemmingsen Construction placed the winning bet at $3.25 per pound. 

Jarrod walked away with roughly $4,186 to put away for college.

“(A steer) is not for beginners,” he said.

Jarrod and more than 75 other youngsters with local Grange, 4-H and Future Farmers of America programs presented more than 100 animals to potential buyers at the 2014 Junior Livestock Auction on Sunday.

Tractor trek supports veterans

C. Ivan Stoltzfus has driven his 1948 John Deere tractor cross-country from New Jersey to raise support for wounded veterans. Submitted photo
A retired Pennsylvania farmer is nearing the end of a journey that took him from the New Jersey shore to Del Norte’s redwoods in an effort to raise money for wounded veterans.

C. Ivan Stoltzfus, 67, backed his 1948 John Deere Model A tractor into the Atlantic Ocean at Manasquan, N.J., on April 26. Fourteen weeks after navigating his rig across 3,498 miles of back roads, Stoltzfus was less than 20 miles away from his destination on Monday. 

On Saturday, Stoltzfus will wend his way through Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Crescent City to South Beach. Once there he will dip the tractor’s front end in the Pacific Ocean.

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