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Spellbound to the Finish

A second-grader displays her spelling prowess at the annual bee Wednesday at Crescent Elk Middle School Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Top two spellers keep audience on the edges of their seats at annual bee 

Mary Horn gave them “macaroon” and “fracas,” but still Ryleigh Bennett and Ella Crotzer were tied.

Ryleigh and Ella, second-graders in Leslie Bower’s class at Pine Grove Elementary School, spelled “goulash,” “kosher” and “dictionary.” The tie held. 

Ella’s mom, Janice Crotzer, sat on the edge of her seat. The other students and parents who were finished with the spelling bee and waiting on the awards ceremony Wednesday were transfixed. Until Horn had the two girls spell “mackerel.”


Little princesses enjoy jubilee

Chloe White meets Beauty. Submitted
The gym at Foursquare Christian School was flooded with pink, tulle and rhinestone as more than 80 girls came to see their favorite Disney princess last week.

The youngsters, some who came from Medford, Gold Beach and Arcata, learned how to dance and sing like a princess and how to display “princess perfect” manners while dining. Each girl attended her own coronation with her very own tiara and the Fairy Godmother’s proclamation that she was, indeed, a real princess.

“Every little girl dreams of being a princess,” said Crescent City resident Angel Tomasini, whose granddaughter Macee was dressed as Elsa from “Frozen.” “This is a dream come true for all these little girls.”

Radiothon draws big support

The local Bicoastal Media radio stations outdid themselves in this year’s radiothon for St. Jude Kids, raising $20,000 more than last year.

The two-day fundraising event, which was held March 12 and 13 and included Crescent City stations KPOD 97 FM, KCRE 94.3 and KPOD AM 1240, raised nearly $145,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. A last-minute anonymous donation of $3,000 helped Bicoastal Media exceed last year’s total, according to Rene Shanle-Hutzell, general manager for Crescent City’s Bicoastal Media stations.

Birth: Mathieson

Savannah Elizabeth Mathieson
Savannah Elizabeth Mathieson was born March 28, 2014, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 20¼ inches. 

Savannah’s parents are Amanda and Brandon Mathieson of Crescent City. Her grandparents are Glenn Doney of Astoria, Ore., the late Jane Carson and Alice Mathieson and Gary Clawson of Crescent City. Savannah’s great grandparents are the late Elizabeth and Harold Neiuber and the late Martin and Maxine Mathieson.

Paw Print: Young dog, new tricks

Editor’s note: This is the second installation of a new regular column by Jennifer Henion about dog care. Henion owns Red Rover Ranch, which provides daycare and boarding for dogs at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds in Crescent City.

I love puppies. Not because they are cute, but because they are little sponges who are so easy to train. Of all the things we can teach a new puppy or young dog, there are four that are most important. I call them the “Big Four.” They can all be accomplished in two 10-minute sessions a day. 


Church Notebook: Easter, Passover offer opportunity to return to faith

In a couple weeks, it will be both Passover and Easter — two overlapping holidays that to Christians will be forever intertwined and, to the Jewish people, a demonstration of God’s power to rescue them from slavery, death and Pharaoh. 

How so? The night of Passover was also the night that Jesus was betrayed by Judas and taken by the Roman guards for trial.

Underground adventure awaits

Park rangers will begin leading underground tours of the Oregon Caves near Cave Junction on Saturday. Submitted
Ore. Cave tours resume Sat.; new exhibit features hands-on activities  

Visitors to Oregon Caves National Monument this spring will be able to examine a 3-D model of the caverns they’ll explore, see a bat catch a moth and learn more about cave insects.

A new hands-on exhibit debuts as the national monument resumes another season of cave tours and children’s activities Saturday. Folks will have a chance to learn about the forces that created the caves and scramble through a “cave crawl.”

Whale watching info volunteers return on Sat.

The Oregon State Parks program Whale Watching Spoken Here returns this weekend to share tips and educational materials on spotting California gray whales heading to their Alaskan feeding grounds. 

Wildflowers in focus at art, photo show

Darlingtonia blooms along the Stony Creek Trail last spring. Local wildflowers are the focus of the upcoming Arthur Van Deventer Wildflower Painting and Photography Competition. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
In honor of local botanist’s husband, Arthur Van Deventer 

For the past seven years, Del Norte County has honored Ruby Van Deventer’s contributions to botany by hosting a wildflower show in her name.

This year the organizers of the show will also honor Van Deventer’s husband, Arthur, with a painting and photography competition. 

Dr. Seuss day

On March 4, Uncharted Shores Academy had a “Reading is Fun” day in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The teachers wanted to encourage children to read books, so they planned fun activities around reading for the day. 

Students and Teachers dressed up in costumes like Thing 1, Thing 2, the Cat in the Hat and other Dr. Suess characters. Students were divided into multi-age groups and rotated to five Dr. Suess activity stations, where they drew the Cat in the Hat and completed a “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” craft. They also played Dr. Seuss bingo with characters from different books by Dr. Seuss. A favorite part of the day was eating green eggs and ham while watching a video about the life of Dr. Seuss.  

To end the day of reading fun, a teacher dramatically read the story, “There’s a Wocket in my Pocket.”

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