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Close call with heart blockage a hard reminder

I knew better.

But I delayed acting on what I knew. Big mistake.

In the past, I have been asked why I sometimes mention my health issues.

Classic musical revived again

Karen Martinez sketches a detail of a pin-up mascot on a World War II airplane fuselage for the set. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
When folks enter Crescent Elk Auditorium next week, they’ll be transported to a palm tree-dotted paradise. But bringing the tropics to Crescent City took Lighthouse Repertory Theatre’s set designers, painters, actors and musicians countless hours of hard work.

Rehearsals for LRT’s production of “South Pacific” started Jan. 5 and have been held four nights a week since. Set designers have spent Saturdays recreating Bali Ha’i, Emile de Becque’s plantation and the naval hospital. 

“There’s a whole entourage of people that you don’t see,” said Becky Wood, who is the production’s co-director and producer. “The people who build the set, the people who paint the set. The production staff is made up of 30 people. Some of them have overlapping roles because it’s community theater, and they’re on the stage as well.”

Del Norte 4-H: 4-H wraps up home ec., speaking projects

The Del Norte County 4-H column runs monthly. This installment was written by Jacki Bennett.

Over the past month, 4-H’ers have been preparing, practicing and completing projects for two very fun county 4-H events: Home Ec Day and County Presentation Day.

On Feb. 21, we had Home Ec Day at Pine Grove Elementary, where youth entered projects such as decorated cakes, photographs, fine art, crocheted and knitted items, clothing, appetizers, scrapbook pages, dessert in a jar, nutritious cookies, crafts and no-sew handmade items. Participating youth were Zoe McManus, Ayden McManus, Kaliana Throop, Elizabeth Mickee, Taylor Jones, Ryleigh Bennett, Jasmin Tripp, Brinkley Webb, Payton Webb and Ashlee Hicks. All of these youth received gold or blue awards and a prize for attending the event. Our Best of Shows participants were: Kaliana Throop, clothing; Taylor Jones, fine art; Kaliana Throop, scrapbooking and Ashlee Hicks, photography.

Local ‘Champions for Change’

Karen Cardy has always tried to get her family to eat healthy, but last summer she decided to let her children find out what it’s like to live off of junk food.

She gave her kids $20 a week for a month to go to the grocery store and buy whatever food they wanted. At the end of the month, her kids wrote down how they felt.

“My son said, ‘I can’t eat another TV dinner. They’re disgusting,’” said Cardy, who has seven children and seven grandchildren. “He felt terrible. He was getting more acne. These things were happening to his body in just one month. Now, they’re back to eating apples.”

Del Norte People: Fisherman remembered for prowess on Klamath

Longtime Del Norte County resident Chuck Blackburn’s column appears monthly.

This past month I lost a friend of many years on the Klamath River, Merkie Oliver. 

I met Merkie in the summer of 1956 as I started guiding for salmon fishing at the Requa Resort, owned by Alvin and Juanita Larsen. There were about a dozen Yurok guides working out of Requa. I was 20 years old at the time, and I believe that Merkie was 23 — three years my senior. 

Birth: Cowart

Deaglan Alexander-Peter Cowart
Deaglan Alexander-Peter Cowart was born on Jan. 15, 2015, at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford, Ore.  

His parents are Tim and Mary Cowart of Crescent City. Deaglan’s grandparents are Nick (deceased) and Venita Corcovelos of Klamath and Robert and Barbara (deceased) Cowart of Laytonville. Deaglan’s godparents are Alex and Nikki Meister of Riverside.

Birth: Beardon

Sophia Gracie Sue Beardon
Sophia Gracie Sue Beardon was born Feb. 21, 2015, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. She weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 20 ½ inches. 

Sophia’s parents are Heather Arnold and Cylee Beardon of Crescent City. Her aunts and uncles are Mattie Beardon, Wendy and Carolyn Arnold and Danny and John Simpson. Sophia’s grandparents are John and Tania Beardon, Lacinda Beardon and Mark Kotz, all of Crescent City. 

Anniversary: Hays

Gary and Lynda Hays
Gary and Lynda Hays renewed their vows and celebrated their 50th anniversary with close friends and family at an afternoon gathering hosted by their children and grandchildren at Woodmoor Gables Lodge on the Smith River in Hiouchi.

Brave New World

The contemporary Leonard-Rhodes family, left to right: Lydia Mae, Theo, Ruth, Henry, Lathrop and Emily. Courtesy of Jenny Marsh Photography
Editor’s note: This is the inaugural installment of a new monthly column, “The Accidental Family,” written by the Triplicate’s former “Localvore” columnist. 

I’ll start with a confession: I’m the accidental mother of four. My husband and I started our family with two little boys, Henry, 7, and Theo, 4, but our two girls, Emily and Lydia, 16, officially became part of our family this past December. Adopting them was a very intentional act — on our part as well as theirs — but they came into our lives in an unexpected way.

This first contribution to The Accidental Parent will be about the brave new world that all six of us now inhabit — a world we are just starting to explore.

Church Notebook: Spring blooms are reminders of this amazing world

The rain’s back — and welcome — because it washes everything down when it comes.

There always seems to be a skittering of paper cups and the like drifting in the streets, but a bit of breeze and a good rain seems to take care of it. If only people would hang onto their empty containers until they get home and put them in the trash!

It washes the dead stuff out of the redwoods, and revitalizes the grass and other growing things.

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