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Seniors’ help at Bar-O Boys Ranch sought

Recruitment is forever ongoing at the Area 1 Agency on Aging’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program, better known as “RSVP.” If you missed our article that appeared April 22 in the Daily Triplicate, RSVP works with retired seniors who want to keep active and remain a vital part of the community by doing volunteer work at one or more of our many RSVP worksite stations. 

It was after reading the April 22 article that I received a telephone call from Kirk Taylor, senior counselor at Bar-O-Boys Ranch. As he explained, “There is a great need for vocational teachers at the Ranch. While state and county funds provide for academic teachers, they do not fill in the gap for vocational instructors.” As Kirk further explained, if an at-risk youth can acquire marketable skills for future employment, that young man can have hope for a brighter future that does not include a return to criminal activity. Kirk offered me a tour of the Bar-O-Boys Ranch facility and asked for help from RSVP in recruiting retired senior volunteers to help provide vocational instruction.

Senior Sleuth: Interview with EDC on grant writing

Last week Senior Sleuth looked into the Del Norte Economic Development Corporation’s 2014 membership drive 2014. My inquiry focused primarily on the subject of grant writing. I spoke with Jessica Mercado, loan administrator, and office manager of the Del Norte Economic Development Corporation, 882 H St., Crescent City.

The Del Norte EDC is a membership organization and is inviting active community members in Del Norte, Humboldt, Curry, Josephine and Jackson counties to apply for general membership. If you have an interest in manpower planning, business or financial services or feel you could contribute to the growth of economic opportunities in your community, you are encouraged to consider this opportunity. 

Crescent Elk students set dune restoration record

Crescent Elk students Cody Bailey, Ethan Price, Gabe Provencio, Sebastian Puente, Bernadette Cervantes, Aiden Anderson, Madeline Burtschell and Pedro Aguilar hold a 16½-foot beach grass root at Tolowa Dunes State Park. Photo courtesy of Sandra E. Jerabek / Tolowa Dunes Stewards
Crescent Elk students set the county record for dune restoration at school year’s end by removing the longest European beachgrass roots of 16 feet, 5 inches and 11 feet, 6 inches. 

On a science class field trip these young people boosted ongoing efforts by California State Parks and California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife to control this invasive alien grass that destroys native dune habitat for endangered plants, bees and birds. The trips are guided by Tolowa Dunes Stewards, a program of Smith River Alliance, with a grant from California Coastal Commission’s Whale Tail License Plate program. 

Thank You: Support for Redwood School graduation appreciated

Thank you to everyone who made the class of 2014 Redwood School graduation and “Footloose”-themed dance so magical. 

The students were so lucky to have both a sensational graduation and a phenomenal dance. The graduation and dance would not have been possible without a myriad of individuals and businesses.

Engagement: Ferguson, King

Ferguson, King
Shannon Ferguson of Crescent City is engaged to be married to Zachary King of Bloomington, Ind., in October 2015.

Birth: Pass

Sophia Danger Pass
Sophia Danger Pass was born March 20, 2014, at Lodi Memorial Hospital in Lodi.

Church Notebook: Don’t miss out on special service

Where do those darn blackberries come from?

I’ve lived in the same house for the past seven years, and there were no berry plants in my yard. Not that I wouldn’t mind having berries for jelly, but I’d much rather have them in a place of my own choosing.

There’s a planter box across the front of the house. It has housed miniature roses, a small fuschia, and some vinca, presenting a variety of color as you walk up the sidewalk to the front door. There has never been any hint of berries there — until now.

Secret gardens on parade

An 8-foot-tall redwood Buddha greets visitors to Lisé Hamilton’s eclectic garden. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Weekend garden tour, quilt show will support Del Norte Habitat for Humanity 

Folks looking for a quiet respite over the weekend are invited to tour some of Del Norte’s hidden gardens.

The Del Norte Habitat for Humanity Garden Tour will take place on Sunday at six homes in the Fort Dick area. This year, in addition to touring a redwood garden, an Asian garden and a greenhouse full of fuchsias, more than 50 quilts will also be on display, said Chris Owen, vice president of the local Habitat board. 

“We had more quilts offered than we could manage,” Owen said, adding that all the quilts were created by local artists. “It’s going to be an amazing feat to get them up and situated.”

River rats of all shapes and sizes swarm mountain town for raft races

Some of the Gasquet Raft Race’s 200-plus participants maneuver around rocks as they lead a small pack of paddlers downstream Saturday afternoon. Boaters and floaters covered a 2.5-mile stretch of the Smith River in about two hours. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
A family of clowns ferrying their kayak down the rocks were followed by Scotty and Mr. Spock hauling the USS Enterprise to the Smith River, glittering in the Gasquet sun.

There were zombies, guys wearing togas, fairies with gauzy tutus and glittery wings and members of the Justice League staging at the spot where the Smith River’s north and middle forks meet.

“Are you ready with the cannon?” shouted race volunteer Paul Nelson through a bullhorn.

More than 200 paddled or floated down the Smith River for the 45th annual Gasquet Raft Race on Saturday. It’s the largest fundraiser of the year for the Gasquet American Legion Post No. 548, which ended the event with live music and a deep pit barbecue.

Birds pause on migration

Del Norte’s coast is a great venue for migrating shorebirds 

Shorebirds are silhouetted against the sky Sunday morning. Del Norte Triplicate / Jessica Cejnar
Gary Bloomfield, Sue Calla and several other birders were transfixed by a flock of semi-palmated plovers at the mouth of Elk Creek on Sunday — until an osprey stole the show.

The bird of prey snagged a fish in his talons and chowed down in the middle of the estuary. When he finished his meal, the osprey, much to the delight of his audience, dunked his head in the water twice before flying off.

“It’s such a treat to see an osprey on the ground,” one birder said.

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