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Gleaning wisdom: Waste not, want not

Shirley Burr, left, and Kelly Nolan stand in Burr’s expansive garden, which was part of the gleaning project. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
I once walked through an almond orchard after the harvest. Almonds are harvested commercially by a machine that shakes the tree so the ripe nuts fall onto a tarp. It sure beats picking each almond by hand, but it also leaves a lot of not-quite-ripe nuts behind. I picked one handful. There were hundreds more on every tree in the orchard.

When I started farming a few years later, I took over a field that had been planted in onions. A few weeks after the last harvest, a group of visiting friends collected dozens of pounds of onions from a small corner of the field. They were very small onions, left on the ground either because they slipped through the harvesting equipment or because the farmers simply didn’t have a market for them. Hundreds of pounds got plowed into the field the next spring.

Many crops, even in our days of hyper-efficient machines, are harvested in ways that leave plenty of edible produce behind.

Church Notebook: Give folks a chance to welcome visitors to congregation

It turned out to be a pretty nice Fourth after all.

When I saw the overcast  weather, I thought, “Oh, no, our visitors will be disappointed again!”

I was reminded of the Fourth a few years ago when the weather turned out to be really disagreeable. I had stopped at Safeway after church and had pulled my cart close to the rack to leave plenty of room for others to get past me. Reading a label, I barely noticed the woman who said, “Excuse me!” as she sashayed by. Since neither of us encroached on the space of the other, I nodded and kept reading. Then, she snarled at me, “Well! So much for your so-called California hospitality!” and quickly flounced down the aisle. 

Star-studded stage at Cape Blanco

Brad Paisley will headline the Cape Blanco Country Music Festival Aug. 1–3 along with the likes of artists Eric Church and Dierks Bentley. Courtesy of Brad Paisley
Country music lovers are in for a special treat early next month — three days of performances from artists like Brad Paisley, Eric Church and Dierks Bentley on the Oregon coast.

The Cape Blanco Country Music Festival will be held on private land three miles east of Cape Blanco Lighthouse in Sixes, Ore., about five miles north of Port Orford. The festival runs Aug. 1–3.

Cape Blanco’s country music festival is hosted by Bi-Mart and is the coastal cousin of Bi-Mart’s Willamette Country Music Festival in Brownsville, Ore. The Willamette Country Music Festival is Aug. 15-17.

Imaginations rule at performing arts camp

Before Lighthouse Repertory Theater wraps up its summer performing arts day camp, students will test their acting skills in front of an audience.

But the program won’t stop at acting. Youngsters will become playwrights as well as set and costume designers, said LRT President Nina Burgess. They will learn about character development, the components of a story and the concepts of conflict and resolution. The program will culminate with a performance at the Del Norte County Fair, Burgess said.

“We’re not taking from a set piece of something that’s in the system already,” she said. “We are creating it, and at the end of camp we’re going to be formatting different storybooks for the kids so they can take these stories home with them.”

Sand Castles by the Sea brings crowds to the beach

John Patrick works on his sand castle on Thursday at the first event on the Fourth of July festival’s program. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
They had only been there for about two hours, but already they had built domes, seashell walls, bridges and a double moat.

While her cousins reinforced the structure with more sand, 8-year-old Jadelynn Hintz became a one-girl bucket brigade.

“Get out of her way!” one of the adults shouted. 

Ten trips later, the moat sprang to life and water flowed back to the creek.

More crafts this year at arts fair

Sculptor and painter Stephan Seable at his booth during the art show on Thursday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Local artists showed off their talent with paint, clay, wire and gemstone at this year’s Art Festival on Thursday and Friday.

Hosted by the Coast Redwoods Art Association, the festival expanded its focus to include crafts such as homemade jewelry and handmade clothing. But, according to Bunny Phillips, chairwoman of the 2014 show, finding enough artists to fill the building was tough.

“I talked to every person I thought would fit in. I went to the Farmers Market and the Azalea Festival,” said Phillips, who operates the Crescent Harbor Art Gallery. “I was lucky to get 25.”

Birth: Gelosa

Twins Ireland Rose and Maddix Ryan Gelosa were born on June 9, 2014, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Ireland Rose, a girl, weighed 6 pounds, 8.8 ounces and measured 20 inches. Maddix Ryan, a boy, weighed 7 pounds, 5.5 ounces and measured 20 inches.

Wedding: Thorpe, Fleck

Hannah Thorpe and Joseph Fleck are engaged to be married. Hannah is the daughter of Bernadette and Rory Johnson and Christopher Thorpe, all of Crescent City. Joseph is the son of Larry and Colleen Fleck and Kathy Fleck, all of Seattle. 

Wedding: Stone and Anderson

Melialani Stone and Kris Anderson will marry this summer on a ranch in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Melialani is the daughter of Chuck and Sofia Stone of Newberg, Ore. Kris is the youngest son of Ed and Cheryl Anderson of Crescent City.

Senior Sleuth: Counter Culture ideas on radio show

Dr. Dan Schultz of Maitreya Healing Center has a new local radio talk show on KFUG 101.1 FM on Monday nights from 7–8 p.m. The show is called “Counter- Culture Radio.” 

I visited the broadcast studio at 270 I St. in Crescent City on June 30 to listen to Dr. Schultz’s phone interview with Fred Burks, host of the website Want

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