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Hope for healing painful pasts

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

“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.  

Garage Sale Review: Family values and used soap

Brookings resident Joy and her grandson sell Joy’s old collection of dishes on Saturday. Del Norte Triplicate / Aaron West
Aloha, you hagglin’ hunnies! This weekend’s garage sale voyage clued me in to some valuable information: Crescent City is a small town, and it can feel even smaller if you’re a garage sale reviewer.

Now, don’t get me wrong — small town life is great, and it can be especially nurturing for a rich garage sale culture that’s as bustling as a petri dish filled with bacteria swabbed from the inside of that old yard sale blender you bought last week. When you’re operating on a small town’s garage sale circuit you tend to run into the same junk-drunk bargain hunters sale after sale, and that familiarity forges the sort of bond that only time and passion can create — like a marriage, or when you viciously slap your longtime neighbor’s hand away from the pile of garage sale items you’ve been accumulating in a random corner of a stranger’s house.

Soroptomists honor local women’s service

Local Soroptomist chapter president Adrienne Anthony poses with student award winners Kayleah Davis and Tasha Lopez. Submitted
Jennifer Dutton has overcome many challenges. 

She’s been a teen mom and a single parent. She’s dealt with drug abuse and sexual assault and has had to come to terms with having bipolar disorder. 

Now, after receiving her associate’s degree from College of the Redwoods in 2010, Dutton is using her struggles to help others as she pursues a career in social work. Dutton, a junior at Humboldt State University, received Soroptimist International of Crescent City’s Living Your Dream Award, which includes a $2,000 scholarship.

Remember child abuse victims at Wed. vigil

Every year, Del Norte County’s Child Abuse Prevention Council raises a flag and holds a candlelight vigil to remember children who are suffering from abuse.

This year, in addition to raising its memorial flag at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, 25 other flags will flutter at other locations throughout the county. The flag and candlelight vigil remind folks that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

“Last year we purchased 12 flags to spread more awareness through the community,” said Vicki Baldwin, who operates the Parent Education Program for the Del Norte Child Care Council. “This year we purchased 13 more flags. There’s going to be 25-plus flags up and they’re going to be at all the schools, Walmart, the wellness center, the school district office, the post office, the chamber of commerce. They’re all going to be flying the whole month of April.”


Birth: Lane

Ambrose Weylin Wyatt Lane was born March 20, 2015, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and measured 19¼ inches. 

Ambrose’s parents are Timothy Neil Lane and Megan Anne Robert of Gasquet. He joins siblings Neil Martin Lane, Saharra Nicole Robert, Hunter Dean Pressley and Krystal Elizabethe Woods. Ambrose’s grandparents are Sharon Davidson and Tara Denise Robert, both of Crescent City.

Birth: Gibbons

Uriah David James Sawyer Gibbons was born March 1, 2015, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. He weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces, and measured 20 inches.  

Uriah’s parents are Sherry and Chace Gibbons of Crescent City. He joins big brother Triston Isiah Gibbons and big sister Kylee Erin Elizabeth Kay Gibbons. Uriah’s grandparents are Rodrick Danyeur of Shasta Lake, Belinda Hilford of McAlester, Okla., Scott and Colleen Jackson of Little Chute, Wisc., and Melissa Miller of Crescent City. His great-grandparents are Linda and Albert Cannon of Crescent City, Veta and Bill Danyeur of Redding and Jami Jackson of Davenport, Neb.

Birth: Evan Lee Brown

Evan Lee Brown was born Nov. 18, 2014, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. He weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 19½ inches. 

Birth: Prado

Brielle LeighAnn Prado
Brielle LeighAnn Prado was born on Feb. 12, 2015, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. She weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and measured 19.5 inches.  

Brielle’s parents are Jordynn Bertolini and Gerald Prado of Crescent City. Her grandparents are Kris and Teresa Bertolini and Nancy McCovey, all of Crescent City.

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