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Empowered Living: Lessons from brother’s schizophrenia

In this new column, Rene Quintana of Supported Living Services will explore the strides adults with intellectual disabilities have made in deciding their own future.

I will never forget the day my younger brother began to show signs of schizophrenia. One evening, as we did most evenings, we were doing our homework together. He was reading “Charlotte’s Web” when he suddenly stopped. He must have been about 10 years old then. I looked up from my desk and said, “Ray read?” He sat silently gazing at the wall and did not respond. I repeated, “Ray? Continue reading.” Then with a blank look he stared at me and said, “I can’t read.” 

Little did I know that my young brother’s brain was beginning to change. As he got older he began to fail at academics and started to show no care for his personal hygiene. We all thought it was a disciplinary issue. We didn’t realize that it was the early signs of schizophrenia. I had no idea. No one is taught to search for these things.

Senior Sleuth: In recognition of three of my Del Norte heroes

Since I started contributing to this column back in October 2013, I’ve really enjoyed meeting and interviewing some great people, some of whom we don’t hear much about. I thought I would pause and reflect on some of them today. And since, as you’ll probably agree, we are badly in need of good leaders and heroes, I would like to recognize three of my heroes.

My first hero, and everyone’s hero, is Dr. Greg Duncan, who has been fighting long and hard for our hospital. I spoke with him recently, and he mentioned a very interesting meeting he expects to take place Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Wellness Center on Washington. This Healthcare District meeting will be open to the public, and those who wish to voice their objections to regionalization are invited.

Birth: Cole

Ahnna Lynn Cole
Ahnna Lynn Cole was born Oct. 1, 2014, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 19 7/8 inches.

Ahnna’s parents are Alex and Jordyn Cole of Crescent City. Her siblings are Alex, Amaziah and Zander Cole. Ahnna’s grandparents are Mary Shaw and William Eldridge, Rick and Kasey Shaw and Cassandra Cole, all of Crescent City, and Arturo Legorreta of Creswell, Ore. Ahnna’s great-grandparents are Yvonne Scott of Eugene, Ore.; Buck and Cindy Shaw of Fort Dick; Betty Malloroy of Crescent City and Veronica and Robert Scarlett of Gasquet.

New church groups form in Del Norte

There are two bright spots of color next to my driveway that have been greeting me for the past two weeks whenever I return home — stately red tulips, way earlier than usual. In fact, the rest still seem to be sleeping. Another of those “surprises” I got from the plant kingdom — that whole bag of tulips was supposed to be pastels.

The little things on Pebble Beach

Rick Bennett Retrospective

Rick Bennett in his Gasquet studio. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Longtime leader and educator returns to roots with art show 

Del Norters may recognize Rick Bennett from his work on the College of the Redwoods Board of Trustees, with the county historical society or the Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show.

But folks visiting the courthouse will see a side the longtime Gasquet resident hasn’t shown in quite some time.

Luncheon fundraiser for gallery on Saturday

Crescent Harbor Gallery relies on the Valentine’s-themed luncheon with silent auction as one of its primary fundraisers. Del Norte Triplicate file
Del Norte’s nonprofit art gallery will give folks a chance to get some unique Valentine’s Day gifts.

The Crescent Harbor Gallery will hold a special Valentine’s luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 7, featuring salads and a dessert. There will be a silent auction featuring local artists and a sale of glassware and other knickknacks. 

Hundreds join bidding craze

Bobby Allison Jr. celebrates his winning bid on a necklace, his first successful bid in several local Quarter Craze auctions. Del Norte Triplicate / Jessica Cejnar
Fundraiser for eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C., packs casino’s bingo hall 

Vanda Reichlin was prepared.

She had her cake, her paddles, a beverage and at least $70 in quarters, both piled in front of her and stacked neatly in six rolls.

“I bid on everything,” she said.

Airing a voice for Del Norte’s disabled

David Falkenberg is “the voice for the disabled” on “Client College,” a radio program Thursday mornings on KFUG. Del Norte Triplicate / Jessica Cejnar
David Falkenberg says he was skeptical when Rene Quintana approached him about going on the radio. Now a month later, Falkenberg is comfortable with the microphone and says he’s “the voice for the disabled.”

“I know a lot about being disabled,” he said, adding that he has lived with a learning disability since childhood. “We want to be part of the community."

Falkenberg, whose on-air name is “The Sand Man,” is part of a new radio program called "Client College." The show airs 8–10 a.m. Thursdays and focuses on the issues and concerns of people with physical and mental disabilities.   

Birth: Gutierrez

Oscar Guadalupe Gutierrez
Oscar Guadalupe Gutierrez was born Dec. 12, 2014, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. He weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 20½ inches.  

Oscar’s parents are Humberto and Cristina Gutierrez of Crescent City. He joins siblings Diego and Sofia Gutierrez. Oscar’s grandparents are Jesus and Lourdes Gonzalez and Santos and Juana Nuñez, all of Crescent City, and Humberto Gutierrez of Mexico. His great-grandparents are Pedro Gutierrez, Dolores Verdugo, Eufracia Felix, Lucio Nuñez and Concepcion Gonzalez, all of Mexico.

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