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Student Spotlight Dec. 3, 2013

Joe Hamilton School

• Kids of Character: Nevaeh Gardner, Misti Barker, Phillip Lor, Sophia Jager, Devin Moua, Frank Hartzell, Mayra Aguilar-Petit, Europe Lor, Joshua Yang, Ian Ramey, Duangjai Lor, Andres Aguilar, Sophia Caster

• Star Readers: Anjealus Crooks, Logan Knopk, Amber Mitchell, Tyrone Crayton, Abbie O’Reilly, Tyler Castro, Isabelle Mickee, Matthias DiGiulio, Joel Cerros, Kelly Xiong, Kewet Mitchell, Casey Peterson, Jenesa Gonzalez, Gavyn Tweed

• Star Writers: Nikaya Nuttall, Jaden Gulick, Isabel Aguilar-Wikoff, Pepper Grubs, Jazmyn Bighead, McKenzie Hooper, Cherokee DeWolf, Dixie Ault, Lance McKinney, Chetto Bighead, Jasmynne Brown, Zachariah Lor, Yana Cobb-Ruiz

• Star Mathematicians: Naomi Lor, Poy Wu Son Mitchell, Coleton Clifford, Trevor Corpening, Elliyana Lee, Kayley Rhodes, Jesse Martin, Danner Dowd, Sydnee Davis, Jaden Miller, Konner Kissinger, Kevin O’Sullivan, Shigeki Stevens, Mary Kate Wong, Cheyenne Grubbs

Pine Grove School

• Students of the Month: Jacob Bustamante, Isaac Arriola, Ava Wilson, Gabe Howard, Anyessa Bettega, Madison Calleja, Samantha Monroe, Kaidance Cardenas, Marialena Gonzalez, Anya Villarreal, Joshua Mangold, Brandon Calvio, Suwimol Chang, Kitt Haas


Thanks Dec. 3, 2013

Food Day ‘informative’

I would like to thank those people responsible for organizing the various Food Day seminars on Oct. 26.  I had the pleasure of attending several of the seminars, food fermentation, cooking of local, foraged foods and sustainable farming practices.  

There were others I could not attend but heard they were quite informative and well prepared.  

If it were possible to have more Food Days throughout the year, I believe more people would attend and realize the educational value of understanding what healthy, local foods are all about.  

Thank you to all who presented and all those who attended!

Kirk Sparks

Food Council lauded

The Del Norte County Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Branch, would like to express appreciation to the Community Food Council for Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands for hosting Food Day activities held during the week of Oct. 21. 

There were exciting and educational activities related to healthy fresh food preparation, supporting local farmers, utilizing local farmers’ markets, gardening, wild food identification and foraging, raising backyard chickens and healthy beverage selection. What a wonderful variety of opportunities for learning more about healthy eating as a positive effort toward achieving wellness! All activities enhanced the “farm to fork” concept for growing fresh food locally and supporting local food growers as part of a healthy Del Norte lifestyle.


A new twist for Team Redwood


Paul King assists with a breathing treatment. Courtesy of Debra Wakefield
In addition to medical assistance, volunteers help with preparedness for the next disaster

With 25 years as a paramedic under her belt, Cindy Henderson is no stranger to traumatic injuries. But when a vehicle pinned two people against a wall near the Haitian orphanage she had been teaching at, Henderson found herself in an entirely new element.

Henderson watched as a doctor carried the victim inside a house that served as a makeshift clinic and started an IV. She said the doctor told her to assess the second victim’s wounds and, finding they couldn’t be sutured, had her clean and bandage them.

“It was my most exciting experience over there,” said Henderson, Del Norte’s emergency services manager. “There is no hospital down the street. You can’t just call 911. It was a huge experience for me.”

Henderson and CERT instructor Debra Wakefield are the newest members of this region’s Team Redwood, which returned from its fifth trip to Haiti on Nov. 17. While their teammates — engineers, dental and medical personnel provided clean water, food, vitamins and medicine — Henderson and Wakefield taught disaster preparedness to more than 100 Haitians.

Wakefield said she and Henderson were also eager to hear their students’ stories of what the January 2010 earthquake was like and how they survived it.

Wakefield and Henderson showed them how to splint, bandage and treat wounds using sticks and other scant material they may have. Their students learned CPR and how to resuscitate a choking baby. Wakefield said her students are now teaching other residents across the country.


'Miracle' in stained glass

Artist Mike Selfridge: “There’s very little margin for error.” Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Pastor Blake Inscore considers it something of a miracle.

First Baptist Church in Crescent City is entering the holiday season with six new stained-glass windows in its sanctuary, each one containing a medallion depicting Bible scenes.

They are the result of generosity, first on the part of a church member and then a local artist.

A church member in her 90s had announced her intention to bequeath $10,000 to beautify the sanctuary with stained glass after she died. Her resolve didn’t waver when she moved away. In fact, she got in touch with Inscore about a year ago and said she wanted to make the gift now, while she was still alive.

Inscore wasn’t sure how to proceed. Internet research told him that the project might be very expensive.

“I would never have thought to do this,” he said. “It’s so foreign to me. Stained glass wasn’t on my radar.

“I needed to find a way,” Inscore recalled. “Somebody told me about Mike (Selfridge) at Bay Studios. I just called him and said, ‘Mike, could we talk?’” 


Del Norte County 4-H: Fall activities abounding

The Del Norte County 4-H column runs monthly. This installment was written by Christine Jones.

4-H marchers in the Veteran’s Day Parade are, from left, Ana Machado, Kaitlyn Machado, Taylor Jones, Kayla Duell, Ella Berry, Izzy Machado and Rachel Berry. Submitted
Fall is another busy time of the year for our local 4-H youths. Many are on a break from their animal projects, while others have projects that are year-round.

Two of our 4-H clubs, Giddy Up ‘N’ Goat and Wild River, recently participated in the Veteran’s Day Parade. 4-H clubs will also be participating in the upcoming Christmas Parade.

Wild River 4-H will be selling See’s Candy at the upcoming Holiday Fair at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds on Dec. 6. Look for us in the Arts & Crafts Building.

Pine Grove just completed a very successful fundraiser selling cookie dough and candles. It is also continuing its fundraiser for the Del Norte County Library with “Pennies for the Library.” Its goal is to raise $100 and it is currently at about $38.

Sunrise 4-H members will donate canned green beans to the community Thanksgiving Dinner and are encouraging their members to work at the dinner. They are encouraging their members to participate in holiday community service projects.

In fact, several of our local 4-H clubs will be helping wrap packages for Operation Santa.


Around Del Norte: Last-minute items on shopping list

Crescent City Emblem Club’s 19th annual Festival of the Trees at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds on Saturday was a big hit.

“It went wonderfully,” said one of the organizers and an Emblem Club member, Charlotte Fleshman. “It was absolutely a huge, huge success.”

The event was held earlier than usual this year, which many people found favorable, Charlotte said. A total of 46 trees were donated and 311 people attended — “it was just the perfect amount,” she said.

The club honored longtime member Billie Myers, the brainchild of the event that has grown into its largest and most successful fundraiser. “She attended and we honored her,” said Charlotte. “It was very emotional for her.”

Decorated trees, large and small, donated by local businesses, organizations and individuals, were raffled off during the event. All proceeds go to local charities, Wounded Warriors and scholarships.

Meanwhile, consider this grocery list: canned yams, cubed bread stuffing, pickles, olives, rolls and other bread.

Those are ingredients still sought by organizers of Thursday’s free Community Thanksgiving Dinner, which will be served from noon to 2 p.m. at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds.


The big pictures

Lori Markel and Harley Munger install one phase of a giant fairgrounds mural Saturday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Crescent City’s latest go up at fairgrounds and Wild Rivers

Two new contributions were made to Crescent City’s already abundant collection of murals over the last few days with a scene of the Smith River installed at Wild Rivers Market on Monday and another phase of the 60-foot depiction of 19th century Del Norte completed at the fairgrounds Saturday.

“Crescent City is working on its healthy portfolio of murals,” said Rick Littlefield, owner of Wild Rivers Market, while watching the installation facing Highway 101 on Monday. He said that Thanksgiving week was a perfect time for it. “It’s our way of giving back to the community and raising the quality of life for everyone that lives here.”

Wild Rivers Market commissioned Diane “Fox” Feller and Kathleen Kresa of Osprey Studios to design and paint a river scene apt for the market’s new name.

“Our concern was matching the colors of the Smith, because it’s such an unusual mix of green and turquoise colors,” said Kresa.

The mural includes a family of rafters paddling the Smith and even a kayaker in the likeness of market general manager Tom Boylan.

This is the first mural that Kresa and Feller have officially made under Osprey Studios, but the pair have also worked together on other murals in town including one at Front Street Inn and the Caltrans mural.

The pair have been working full-time to finish the 24-foot wide and 12-foot-tall mural since they started in September. It is painted on aluminum sheets made by “e-panel” designed to be weatherproof.


Senior Sleuth: Meditation something you want to think about

The Senior Sleuth column is published every two weeks.

“This is the column you are building!” Paraphrasing a popular TV personality, that’s what I told the free meditation group at Evergreen Bank in Brookings (4–5:15 p.m., every Sunday, led by Robin Sutherland). Robin’s Crescent City meeting is every Saturday, 10–11:15 a.m. at Beachfront Yoga, 625 2nd St. She teaches Mindfulness Meditation, Shamatha/Vipassana.

Meditation is a massive subject, enormously effective, and I’m sure many of you know a lot more about it than I do. Please let me know. Let’s start a dialogue.

Years ago, I was exposed to Transcendental Meditation lessons, which were quite expensive. As I recall, the price was a bit of a turnoff. These days, meditation practice is much more widespread, accessible and helpful.

Robin believes that through my column, we can possibly spread the word and bring together teachers, practitioners, learners and anyone who is interested.

I asked Robin’s group of 12 (disciples?) how they would describe the advantages of meditation. They were very certain of the benefits.


Birth: Raelee Skye Ingram

Raelee Skye Ingram
Raelee Skye Ingram was born Nov. 3, 2013, at Sutter Coast Hospital. She weighed 4 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 18 inches. Her parents are Kyle Ingram and Alicia Sanchez of Crescent City. Her grandparents are Vickie Williams and Perry and Leslie Ingram, all of Crescent City. Her great-grandparents are Russell and Patricia Ladnier of Tehachapi and Leon and Sandra Gavin of Crescent City.


Birth: Bailey Evangelina Jezel Herren

Bailey Evangelina Jezel Herren
Bailey Evangelina Jezel Herren was born Oct. 10, 2013, at Sutter Coast Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 19½ inches. She joins sister Mersadiez. Her parents are Bradley and Michele Herren of Crescent City. Her grandparents are Maria Corbi and Butch and Patsy Herren, all of Crescent City.

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