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Writer’s outdoor stories feature DN

The North Coast is featured in three books by outdoor writer Meade Fischer, who also plans to write guides to area redwood groves. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
For some folks, the wilderness is in their blood, but for Meade Fischer, California’s untamed areas didn’t call him until he was well into his adulthood.

Growing up in the sprawl of Los Angeles County, Fischer said he wished he had a childhood that revolved around camping and the outdoors, but that didn’t happen. It wasn’t until he was in his 30s that he left the urban jungle for the Golden State’s backcountry.

Now, even though Fischer, a freelance outdoor writer, is south of the crowded Bay Area, living in Santa Cruz County, he looks to the north’s craggy beaches and towering redwoods for inspiration. If he does have to go to Southern California, he tears through Los Angeles without pulling off the freeway.

Two Decades of Service

Sgt. Grant Henderson
County Supervisors honor 2 of Del Norte’s finest for 20 years with sheriff’s office 

Their current boss was stomping the halls of Del Norte High School when Deputy Mike Shine and Sgt. Grant Henderson began their careers at the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office.

Twenty years ago, deputies had to get to work early to get a good patrol radio. There were only four. The Taser hadn’t yet reached the Sheriff’s Office, and it would be another two years before dashboard cameras were used.

Empowered Living: Protecting dignity in disability response

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

Not so long ago, adults with intellectual disabilities were treated differently. I recall as a young representative of the Red Cross how we would visit the institutions that would house hundreds of clients and what many weren’t aware of were the huge sanitariums that were located in the Los Angeles area. 

Senior Sleuth: Reviving Del Norters’ interest in self-reliance

Our community used to have it, and we can restore it. I am talking about self-reliance. You’ll have to admit that no matter how helpful big government can be, it can also destroy initiative and cripple the economy with bureaucratic overreach. 

My mother told me that one of my expressions of protest as a baby was, “Do self.” Didn’t we all start out that way? But our schools, our society and our big government don’t encourage it. Later as a young girl, I loved reading Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Self Reliance.” It made so much sense, and it still does.

Birth: LaFazio

Lucy Kate LaFazio
Lucy Kate LaFazio was born Oct. 31, 2014, at Mad River Hospital in Arcata. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 19½ inches. 

Birth: LeBlanc

Read more...Rylee Jade Sophia LeBlanc was born Dec. 18, 2014, at Fremont Medical Center in Yuba City. She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 20 inches.

Birth: Norris

Rorkwehl Michael-Pete Norris
Rorkwehl Michael-Pete Norris was born Dec. 11, 2014, at Mad River Hospital in Arcata. He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 20.5 inches. 

Church Notebook: ‘Refuge’ gets new home

Has your church always been what it is and where it is?

As times and people change, so do churches. They grow, shrink, split into two, transform — many of them, that is. We usually see the big, older ones like St. Joseph’s Catholic, St. Paul’s Episcopal, The United Methodist, First Baptist and the Nazarene church unchanging.

Oregon string quartet to perform

A Southern Oregon-based string quartet will venture south of the state line for a concert in Crescent City on Saturday.

The Delgani Quartet will play at the Grace Lutheran Church, featuring the works of Hyden, Dvorak and Shostakovich. The quartet, whose members come from Eugene and Ashland, will also feature works by Jason Heald, director of music at Umpqua Community College. 

“We like to play the classic repertoire, but we also like to play music that’s local,” said Morgan O’Shaughnessey, who plays viola in the quartet. “Jason Heald had a piece written for us. Heald is from Roseburg.”

Blowing Away Boundaries

Wind quintet will share fresh interpretations of classical music next Thursday 

WindSync, a fresh and energetic wind quintet internationally recognized for dramatic and engaging interpretations of classical music, will be the third concert of the Del Norte-Curry Community Concert Association’s 2014–15 season. 

The ensemble will take the stage with what one writer has termed their pioneering “savvy, smarts and sass” at the Crescent Elk Auditorium on Thursday, Jan. 29,  at 7:30 p.m. 

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