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He takes the class outside

Erik Wouter Roorda, middle, checks out mushrooms with other Food Day workshop participants at Craigs Beach on Saturday. Del Norte Triplicate / Jessica Cejnar
‘Only a select few’ mushrooms ‘are really choice,’ workshop participants told

The fog veil lifted Saturday as the mushroom hunters, led by Bob Burch, passed through Hiouchi and headed toward South Fork Road.

At Craigs Beach, they got out of their cars and fanned out, sifting through spent vine maple leaves for the hidden treasures.

Burch, an amateur mycologist from Jacksonville, Ore., encouraged his students to bring back a collection of mushrooms for him to identify. Due to the dry conditions, finding good specimens was difficult, but workshop participants brought back a bounty of fungi including several in the bolete family, a handful of russulas and even an old lobster mushroom.

“There are lots of mushrooms out there,” Burch said. “Thousands. But only a select few are really choice. With mushrooms and food it’s all a matter of choice.”

Burch’s mushroom workshop was one of five offered during the final day of last week’s Food Day celebration. Nearly 60 people attended the workshops, mostly at the Family Resource Center, said Angela Glore, a Building Healthy Communities food systems analyst. The workshops focused on do-it-yourself activities such as canning and preserving foods, cooking with wild foods, raising backyard chickens and planning a winter garden.

Other public events for Food Day included a trivia night at Tomasini’s Enoteca, a recycling and composting workshop at the Family Resource Center and a local foods showcase at Wild Rivers Market. Most of those events were led by locals, according to Glore.


2013 C.R.A.A. Photo show winners announced

The 2013 Coast Redwoods Art Association’s annual Photography Show opened earlier this month at the Crescent Harbor Gallery. 

Winners were announced during an awards presentation on Oct. 5.

Read more...Eureka photographer Stilson Snow took first prize for “Fan Dance.”  

Second prize went to David Twining of Brookings for “Solitude.”  

Third prize went to Lincoln Castricone of Kanab, Utah/Brookings, for “Sand Dunes & Sea Stacks.”


Thanks Oct. 29, 2013

‘Excellent’ event

I want to thank the people at the Del Norte Health Center for the excellent event they put on for the Bi-National Health. Groups like County Champions for Change and Wild Rivers’ people had tables. There was one table that had a diabetes education person. As someone who has diabetes, I found this table interesting.

I would hope in the future more groups would join in events like this. It was nice to see the Wonder Bus at this event. I had to smile when I saw a child smile when she was given a toothbrush.

Richard Miles

Spaghetti feed a success

The Northwest Trail Riders would like to thank the community for such a great turnout for our first spaghetti feed fundraiser that was held Oct. 6. Funds generated will be used to keep club insurance paid and for horse camp maintenance and repair, and also for our continued goal for our community to keep our trails open for all to enjoy.


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


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. 


Events abound for Halloween

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.


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.


Soup Supper, auction big successes

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


T'ai chi good for mind, body

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.


Anniversary: Wilson

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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