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Student Spotlight Oct. 29, 2013

Redwood School

• Students of the Month (Sept.): Karson Davis, Wah-Kell Stevenson, Ariana Stansbury, Payton Fry, Kyle Dixon, Zoe Nichols, Jaylee Ritter, Giancarlo deSolenni, Anessa Baptista, Trinity Kawate, Caroline Hamm, Joshua Pattinson, Leonardo Contreras, Abigail Lundin, Carly Shoemaker, Scarlett Hunsucker, Deven Coffman, Cameron Wylie, Tvshiina Jacobs

• Star Readers: Alisha Corbett, Maia Ratliff, Ean Davis, Alexa Diaz, Jessie Stevenson, Ava Burg, Bridger Ratnour, Ryan Smith, Wyatt Wilson, Kayli Hale, Hayley Yates, Anne Luerra, Aaron Hernandez

• Star Historians: Hailey Joy, Brock Trone, Shayla Austin, Julia deSolenni

• Star Writers: Leigha Perry, Benjamin Borges, Katelynn Ball, Florinda, Natt, Vivian Lee, Evan Aguirre, Kayleb Fernandes, Hope Peeples, Benjamin Davis, Gavin Green, Ana Machado, Madison Hennessy, Jasmine Pearson

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Birth: Saraya Rayn Schultz

Read more...Saraya Rayn Schultz was born Oct. 16, 2013, at Sutter Coast Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 20¼ inches. Her parents are Natasha and Saxon Schultz of Crescent City. Her grandparents are Heather and Alfred Larson, and Tammy Taylor, all of Crescent City. 

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Events abound for Halloween

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A statue takes on an eerie appearance at a haunted house that opens Friday in Crescent City at 2361 Lake Earl Drive. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
If you’re looking for a frightfully good time this Halloween season, there’s something to please boos and ghouls of all ages. Here’s a list we’ve brewed up for events in the region.

Today through Oct. 31

• Pumpkin patch in Fort Dick: The patch is open daily, with free hay rides on weekends, at 1690 Morehead Road. School tours are welcome.

Call 464-4286 or 954-6126 for more information.

“Club Dead” haunted house: Chetco Pelican Players opens the doors at 7 p.m. nightly for its 10th annual Haunted House in Brookings.

The house is located at the former Toreros Mexican Restaurant, behind Dutch Bros. Coffee, off Chetco Avenue.

Admission is $10 per victim. Hours are from 7 to 10 p.m. weekdays and 7 to 11 p.m. on weekends and on Halloween night. This is not recommended for children under 10.

Actors will dress up and scare visitors with a variety of elaborate scenes and activities in the 1,000-square-foot building.

“Those few who survive the deranged tour of depravity will receive tasty trick or treats and heaping helpings of witch queen Claire Willard’s famous ‘Creepy Crawly Chili,’ in the retreat of her beastly ‘Beastro,’” said spokesman Lon Goddard.

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One Sat. to go in market’s record year

The Farmers Market at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds is about to wrap up what Ron Phillips says has been a very successful season.

Saturday will be the final market until next year, granted the weather holds.

“I tell people that I don’t allow rain at the Farmers Market,” he said, “but I’m not always that accurate.”

Ron, special projects coordinator for Rural Human Services and overseer of the market, says it hit a record number of vendors this year,  topping off at 64 during one Saturday, and averaging about 50 per week, up from 43 last year.

Since Ron took over the reins in 2008, the number of vendors has more than doubled. “I try to encourage people that it is a way of starting a business,” he said. 

And the price is right. Rental rates for vendors are $13 for a small space and $20 for a large space per week. Electrical hookups are $25 extra. 

“We’ve got 50 to 60 little businesses out here that are being supported by the 500 people (on average) who come out on Saturdays,” he said. 

This season did see an increase in the number of food vendors cooking fresh food on site and Ron attributes this to the recently enacted state cottage food operations law.

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Soup Supper, auction big successes

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4-H members, from left, Taylor Jones, Sarah Cox and K’Marie Magray. Submitted
The Del Norte County 4-H column runs monthly. This installment was written by Christine Jones and Valerie Machado.

Our annual 4-H Soup Supper and Country Auction has come and gone. Del Norte County 4-H would like to thank everyone who made this event a big success.

There are too many individuals, organizations and businesses to thank everyone by name. The supper was well attended and both auctions did well. We couldn’t have our wonderful program without the support of our community!

• We had several members attend the second annual Humboldt County Rabbit and Cavy Breeders’ Bunny Extravaganza at the Moose Lodge in Eureka. This event was attended by 4-H members from both Humboldt and Del Norte counties. 

Local members Taylor Jones, Ana Machado, Kaitlyn Machado, Donald Magray and K’Marie Magray attended and participated in various rabbit and cavy contests including showmanship, breed identification, skillathon and breed conformation. Among the results:  

Best Cavy (Guinea Pig) in Show, K’Marie Magray

Reserve Cavy in Show, K’Marie Magray

Crazy Fur, K’Marie Magray

Cavy Breed Identification Primary Champion, Donald Magray

Cavy Breed Identification Senior Champion, K’Marie Magray

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T'ai chi good for mind, body

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Gail Brotherhood: Teaching free T’ai Chi class is a way to serve the community. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Editor’s note: The Senior Sleuth is published every two weeks.

This is a different kind of detective series in that I’m not solving crimes. Rather I’m tracking organizations, groups and individuals who contribute greatly to the community, especially in the areas of health, healing, nutrition, fitness, drug prevention and recovery.

In the first episode I reported on the fabulous Sandi Morrison, owner of HASP, Humboldt Addictive Services Program and Jordan Recovery (1231 Northcrest Drive, 464-7849).

Today I’m on the trail of Gail Brotherhood, gifted T’ai Chi Chiu instructor at the Methodist Church.  She sheds her light and spirit of gratitude by offering her free class every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. She said she wants to give back to this caring community.  

According to Gail, “It is impossible for me to isolate instances of kindness and caring in the community because it happens to me every day.  Wherever I go in our community, I find friendly, caring people.  

“My church family, neighbors, store clerks, friends, acquaintances, people who work in the local government or utility offices, restaurant staff, people at my bank and credit union, my veterinarian and his staff ... it seems that everyone is caring and more than willing to visit or lend help if and/or when it is needed. So I decided a free T’ai Chi Chiu class would benefit the community I love, especially the seniors.”

Gail’s testimony, as quoted, is as uplifting as the class itself. She said each class she teaches is a tribute to her master teacher, the late Hope Ridley of San Mateo.

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Anniversary: Wilson

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Wilsons
Judith and Bud Wilson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 3 at the Lighthouse Inn.

In attendance were their children, seven of their 10 grandchildren, their siblings and all of the original wedding party members, except for one.

The Wilsons were married Aug. 11, 1963, in a candlelight ceremony at Grace Lutheran Church in Crescent City.

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Wedding: Williams, Madeira

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Submitted
Julie Jo Ayer Williams and Paul Madeira were married Aug. 31, 2013, at their family farm in Fort Dick. 

Julie Jo, daughter of Connie Ayer of Riverside, and Craig Williams of Irvine, graduated from Humboldt State University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in geography and a master’s in environmental engineering. 

Paul is the son of Donna Madeira and the late Lou Madeira of Folsom. He is a 2002 graduate of Humboldt State University, having earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish.

The couple own and operate Ocean Air Farms in Fort Dick.

The bride was driven by her mother into the ceremony on a vintage tractor owned by her late birth father, John Ayer. 

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Fun on the water

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Young Del Norters enjoyed a scenic adventure paddling the largest coastal lagoon in California recently. For many of them it was their first time squeezing into a wet suit and sliding into a kayak. Within minutes of slipping into Lake Earl, several boats were overturned as brown pelicans and great blue herons fluttered away from the splashing and roaring laughter.

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Night of Polish dance, food

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The Lowiczanie Polish Dance Ensemble will perform at the county fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 26. Photo courtesy of Lowiczanie Polish Dance Ensemble
The Lowiczanie Polish Dance Ensemble, based in San Francisco, will make its debut performance in Crescent City next week, courtesy of its sponsor, St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Twenty vivacious dancers, musicians and entertainers will show Del Norters how to party Polish-style at the fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 26. 

The family-friendly event with an Oktoberfest flair will start shortly after 6 p.m., when a whirl of festive colors and sounds will fill the Del Norte County Fairgrounds’ main hall. 

The romantic and evocative dances from Lowiczanie’s repertoire will include a wide selection of traditional dances, songs and music, complete with full regalia — floral hair wreaths, ribbons and skirts of velvet and brocade for the women and jangling coin belts and decorative hats for the men. Vigorously displayed choreography will highlight knee-work and other acrobatics from the men in some of the selections.

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