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Senior Sleuth: A supportive setting for weight loss

“There was joy and happiness at the scale today!” Thus began a recent Weight Watchers meeting at the Methodist Church (Tuesday mornings, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., or afternoons, 5–6 p.m.)

The group dynamic was definitely in play as the leader, Melodee Mitchell, executive director of the Child Care Council, started the meeting.

She, herself, is very dynamic, and she was congratulating approximately 20 members in attendance who had lost weight since the last meeting.  Their ages ranged from teenagers to at least one member in her 90s.

The first half-hour of the meeting was devoted to weighing everyone privately.

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All about bell-ringing

It was so much fun ringing the bell for the Salvation Army in front of Walmart last Saturday, seeing all the excited kiddies, greeting our friends, and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.

But after one lady put a donation in the red kettle, she asked us if any of the donated money stays here, or is it sent out of the county? We didn’t know, so we asked Bell-Ringer-in-Chief Dana (who is rumored to be a real live elf) for the answer.

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Supervisor finishes state term

The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) elected a new slate of Officers Nov. 21 at the CSAC Annual Meeting in San Jose, Santa Clara County, officially ending the year-long term of Del Norte County Supervisor David Finigan as president.

Finigan will continue to serve as CSAC’s immediate past president.

“It’s been a great year for me personally and for CSAC as an organization,” said Finigan. “I’m especially proud of the work we did to improve the lives of children in California during the past year.”

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Thanks Dec. 10, 2013

Great turnout for event

The Lake Earl Grange would like to thank the community for such a great turnout for our pancake feed fundraiser on Nov. 24. Funds will be used for building repairs, our Christmas party and awards for the year.

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Military: Anthony M. Imperial

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Anthony M. Imperial
Anthony M. Imperial graduated from Army boot camp at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.

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Birth: Bailey Ottersbach

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Bailey Ottersbach
Bailey Ottersbach was born Oct. 28, 2013, at Sutter Coast Hospital.

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Holiday grief: There's help

Grief takes no holidays, which makes this season of celebration especially hard for people who have lost loved ones or suffer from depression.

Or both.

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Beth Enea
“I need a distraction each year,” said Beth Enea of Crescent City, who lost her son Brent to suicide eight years ago. “So I put up the Christmas tree.” 

Unpacking ornaments collected over the years, she looks for one in particular, “a crafty thing that Brent made in second grade that has his picture on it. And that’s the first thing that goes on my tree.

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Light shows are under way

The holiday season is being illuminated with light shows at Azalea Park in Brookings and at Trees of Mystery north of Klamath.

Nature’s Coastal Holiday features a display of about 500,000 lights in Azalea Park in Brookings from 5 to 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 24.

Spokesman Bryan Tillung said the lights and figurines have been arranged differently than years past in order to make the show new even for longtime attendees. 

Free cookies and cider are available and speakers located throughout the park will play Christmas music. Carolers will sing on weekends and Santa Claus will be on hand Dec. 21–24. 

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Lighthouse items displayed and sold

The Gallery of Arts & Culture, 175 H St., will hold an open house Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. featuring an update on the restoration efforts of St. George Reef Lighthouse, as well as a chance to purchase artwork made from pieces of the 19th-century beacon.

The St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society’s  “Legacy Collection” is composed of actual artifacts representing the construction and manning of the lighthouse, built after the coastal steamer Brother Jonathan hit a reef and sank, taking the lives of more than 150 passengers.

Four items in the collection will be highlighted Saturday, some mounted on solid oak or ceramic bases and some made to be worn as jewelry.

Representing the skill and tenacity of the masons who labored for 10 years to construct the 16-story structure six miles at sea, pieces of granite, each unique in shape and sculpted by the elements, are mounted on ceramic bases bearing a brass plaque that reads, “Builders Legacy.” The granite to build the lighthouse came from quarried rock in Humboldt Bay and ferried to the site.

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Orchestra mixing it up at Elk Valley

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Director John Webster, right, conducts the Curry-Del Norte Orchestra during a recent rehearsal. The orchestra performs Saturday in Gold Beach, Sunday in Crescent City and Monday in Brookings. Photo courtesy of Curry-Del Norte Orchestra
The Curry-Del Norte Orchestra will perform three concerts in the next few days, including one in Crescent City on Sunday afternoon.

The performances begin Saturday in Gold Beach at 7 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 94150 5th St. The Crescent City concert will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Elk Valley Rancheria, 2332 Howland Hill Road. On Monday, a Brookings concert is set for 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1200 Easy St.

 Admission for these concerts is $10 for adults. Youth through grade 12 are admitted free. Ticket outlets include Del Norte Office Supply in Crescent City, Wright’s Art Supply in Brookings and Gold Beach Books in Gold Beach. Tickets are also available at the door of each concert.

This winter’s concert theme, “Mix Tape,” refers to the orchestra’s program of music ranging from classic to contemporary. The expression “mix tape” or “mixtape” means a compilation of favorite pieces of music, typically by different artists of diverse genres.

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