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A Century of Service

Crescent City Women’s Club President Jane Cain, right, introduces guest speaker Chris Herzog (center), president of the California Federation of Women’s Clubs, during last week’s luncheon. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
Del Norte’s oldest women’s group celebrates 100th anniversary with luncheon, memories

Aside from the occasional cell phone ring or camera flash, Tuesday’s gathering of the Crescent City Women’s Club could have taken place just about any time during the past 100 years. Adorned in their finest luncheon attire, many sporting fancy hats and matching elegant gloves as tradition dictates, ladies from the local club and others nearby met at the Masonic Lodge to celebrate a century of service to the Crescent City community.

Founded in 1915 by Lillian McNulty, the Women’s Club was originally the Del Norte Improvement Club, a community service organization for local women. McNulty, a kindergarten teacher, was the first woman to work for the local Red Cross during World War I, and her spirit of volunteerism and service carried on throughout the club’s history, a fact noted by several speakers at Tuesday’s celebration.

Senior Sleuth: Adventures of a talented and lucky artist

Garretta Lamore’s “Venus on the Half-Shell” mural.
Garretta Lamore tells the story of her recent brush with death as well as her adventurous life. “On July 3, 2014, I was leaving the Cultural Center at 5 o’clock, and that’s the last thing I remember. I had an aortic dissection, which is usually fatal. So every time my doctor sees me, he says you shouldn’t be here. I was very lucky. It was not an actual heart attack. My heart wasn’t damaged. I was unconscious for weeks. That whole time period is a complete blank to me.” 

When asked how she survived when people normally don’t survive this, again she said she was lucky. 

“I just rested for six or eight months, and the whole time I was peaceful. I was not in any pain. My husband Andy took care of me, and I had a nurse come in once a week. 

Volunteers sought to mentor teens

The maximum number of 30 boys at a time live and learn at the site. Most have been raised on the streets in the poorest neighborhoods of urban Northern California — many from counties such as Contra Costa and Modesto. They generally have a low-level criminal past. Kirk Taylor, Senior Counselor, has been working with these boys for 17 years. 

“Their world has been very small. They don’t really know what potential there is out there for them. Most of them were raised by a single parent or a grandparent.”  

RSVP is joining together with Bar-O Boys to recruit older adults with a lifetime of skills and experience to come and share what they know with the boys. Hopefully, the boys will be inspired toward a future career at a crucial time in their lives. 

Wildflower Art

Left to right: Rick Bennett, organizer of the Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show, congratulates Nancy Chernak for her “Skunk Cabbage” painting and Alan Barron for his “California Spikenard” photo, winners of the inaugural Arthur VanDeventer Wildflower Art Contest held last week. Chernak received the Aurise Eaton Memorial Award and $300; Barron received the Larry DePee Memorial Award and $300.

Birth: Anderson

Jaxon Wayne Anderson
Jaxon Wayne Anderson was born March 14, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Redding to Matthew and Hailee Anderson of Red Bluff. 

Grandparents are Tim and Trina Anderson of Medford, Ore., and Ivan Beckendorf and the late Deirdre Hemmingsen of Crescent City. He joins sibling Jacob Anderson, 9. 

Birth: Shaffer

Hailee Ann Shaffer
Hailee Ann Shaffer was born March 28, 2015, in Crescent City at 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and 20½ inches to parents Mark and Leanne Shaffer of Crescent City.  

Grandparents are Cynthia Thompson and David and Barbara Shaffer, all of Crescent City. Great-grandparents are Marcia Crooks and Jackie Gustufson of Brookings and Placerville.

Birth: Brayden Michael Scott

Brayden Michael Scott
Brayden Michael Scott was born Feb. 23, 2015 — seven weeks and four days early — at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. He weighed 4 pounds, 6 ounces, and measured 17¾ inches.  

Brayden’s parents are Sgt. Terry Scott Jr. and BreeAnna Scott. His grandparents are Harvey and Shari Smithson, Cyndi Scott and Enrique Ortega and Terry Scott and Rhonda Amis, all of Crescent City. Brayden’s great-grandparents are Betty Timmer of Palo Cedro and Ronald Rimack of Crescent City. Brayden spent 22 days in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Carl R. Darnall Medica Center, but is home with his parents and doing well. 

Wildflower show opens

Iris macrosiphon as painted by Arthur Van Deventer. Submitted
Annual botany event adds photo, art competitions

From oceanfront dunes to rocky alpine cliffs with redwood rainforest in between, Del Norte County’s 1,230 square miles of varied terrain  house thousands of species of flora and fauna. This weekend, some of its most delicate and colorful residents will take center stage at the Arthur Van Deventer Wildflower Painting and Photography Competition.

The annual Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show has honored Del Norte’s famous amateur botanist Ruby Van Deventer for the past seven years, but this year organizers decided to change things up and add an opportunity for local painters and photographers to show their work as well as honor Ruby’s husband, Arthur Van Deventer, an artist and wildflower enthusiast in his own right.


Spring Art Walk is Friday

The springtime Crescent City Art Walk is slated for 4–7 p.m. Friday in the downtown and harbor areas.  

Fourteen sites will be participating, including Marshall’s Redwood Gifts & Gallery across from South Beach, Crescent Harbor Gallery, The Upstairs Gallery, Philip Wadsworth Studio, Bay Studios, Pizza King, Vita Cucina, Johnston’s Gift, Garden and Home, Jefferson State Books, Enchanted Florist, Andrew’s Green Ark Pet & Gift, Terry’s Wearable Art, Millsong Mercantile and the Gallery of Arts & Culture.  

Garage Sale Review: Sign Science (part 2)

A standard yard sale sign, left, for a garage sale on Oak Street revealed a standard garage sale, right.
Del Norte Triplicate / Aaron West
Del Norte Triplicate / Aaron West
Hello, you odds and ends enthusiasts! This is the second part of an in-depth look at what your garage sale sign says about your garage sale, so if you’ve ever been in a position where you’re deciding whether or not to use a yellow crayon and a piece of toilet paper to advertise your sale then start paying attention. In last week’s installment I detailed my conversation with Terry, The Garage Sale Sensei, who turned me onto his good sign-good sale theory, and what follows below is a play-by-play of what happened when I put The Sensei’s hypothesis into the ol’ secondhand test tube of yard sale experimentation.

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