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Pear pastry tarts easy but elegant

Pear puff pastry tarts can be served with blue cheese and walnuts in the core and topped with honey. Or top them with ice cream for dessert. Photos courtesy of Anne Boulley
We’re now into my favorite time of year. The weather cools down and baking can begin again.

I love pies and tarts, but I’m dreading the time it takes to make them, especially with a small baby to raise.

So, I thought I’d share a recipe that comes together quite easily and yet can be very elegant at a brunch or for dessert. I’m fairly certain this recipe could be adapted to use apples as well as pears.

For cooks who have the time, here’s a recipe to make your own puff pastry from scratch:


If the pears you are using are juicy and soft you can make these without first poaching the pears.

Pear Puff Pastry Tarts


2 pears, peeled, halved and cored, but leave stem on


Flu shot clinics are coming up at local sites

The Del Norte County Public Health Branch will kick off the flu season with a flu shot clinic at the Del Norte Senior Center at 1765 Northcrest Drive in Crescent City on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone 18 and older is welcome.

Other public flu clinics for adults will include the Ship Ashore Recreation Hall, located at 12370 Hwy. 101 North in Smith River on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon, and the Klamath Community Center located at 219 Salmon Ave. in Klamath. The Klamath Flu Clinic will be by appointment only. Call Jan at (707) 482-9705 to make an appointment.


All in a weekend

A dinner party, a soup supper, a fun run, a photography exhibit and even free surfing lessons are among the diverse offerings this weekend in Del Norte.

“Quest,” by Carl Fagerskog
Photography show: 

The Coast Redwoods Art Association will hold a reception and awards ceremony from 6–8 p.m. at Crescent Harbor Gallery, 140 Marine Way. The show, featuring the works of more than 50 local and regional artists, will be on display at the gallery through Oct. 31. Music will be provided by Ken Krogstad.

"Emergence," by Carol A. Schach
"Emergence," by Carol A. Schach
Refreshments will be served. Call 464-9133.


"Dew," by Wayne Cook
"Dew," by Wayne Cook


Around Del Norte: 25 years of teaching preschool

Jane Goss during a recent visit to Yosemite National Park. She’ll have more time for trips now that she’s retired from teaching. Submitted
Jane Goss has found herself teaching the children of preschoolers she taught in her early years at Grace Lutheran Preschool.

Now she’s ready to spend more time with her own grandchildren.

Jane is retiring from classroom teaching at Grace Lutheran Preschool after 25 years. She started there in September 1988, and Monday was her final day on the job.

She’ll be staying on in an administrative capacity, however, so the preschool isn’t losing its familiar face.

“I’m glad I’ll still have contact with these children and their families,” said Jane. “I’ll still be doing things like reading books with the children, and I’ll be opening the center every morning so I’ll still get to greet them.”

She’s taught a second generation of preschoolers. She said it’s been “a real reward for me that people feel secure enough to bring their children” back to the same teacher they had as youngsters.

She said what’s expected of kindergartners has changed so much.

“Our goal is to have the children ready for school. I think we’re not letting them be preschoolers long enough, so that worries me. We should let children be children and let them develop in their own way.”

Once in a while she’ll run into the parents of former students around town and inquire as to how the kids are doing.

Sometimes, when she sees a former student, she’ll think to herself, “I haven’t changed much, but they sure have.”

“I try to follow the kids, see how they’re doing in high school.”

Now, she’ll spend a lot more time with her grandchildren and do volunteer work around the church.

The Southern Oregon native has three children and seven grandchildren. 


Festival of the Trees set Nov. 23

Popular event will be earlier this season

The 19th annual Crescent City Emblem Club Festival of the Trees will be held earlier than usual this year, on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds.

This year we will be honoring Billie Meyers, the lady who started the Festival of the Trees 19 years ago.

This is our largest and most successful event for the year. She resides at the Crescent City Nursing and Rehab Center. More information will be available at a later date.

If you would like to donate a decorated tree, please call Sharon at 954-6477.

We now have luncheon tickets available. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at McPherren’s Tax Service, Del Norte Office Supply and Wendy’s Beauty Salon, or by calling Charlotte at 954-4530 or Ellie at 954-2640.



Take a trip up to Ship Mountain Lookout

Sol Love, left, and John Dean of the U.S. Forest Service at the Ship Mountain Lookout.
For the 30 years that I have lived off the grid in Big Flat, I have always enjoyed the solitude of the South Fork of the Smith River, the forests, the mountains and my great neighbors in the valley.

Our main road to Rock Creek, Boulder Creek and Big Flat is South Fork Road. It has been improved greatly in the last two years as Tidewater Construction of Brookings eliminated all of the one-ways to two full lanes. The second phase is now under way with the replacement of the one-way metal bridges, Steven and Hurdy Gurdy.

The other two roads in and out of Big Flat are seasonal. French Hill Road heads north from Big Flat and is 24 miles to Gasquet over Gordon Mountain, about 4,500 feet high and comes out at the old Wagon Wheel Motel. This is county-maintained and is usually closed by snow in the winter.

Another beautiful drive is through Big Flat to the Steven Ranch, where it turns into a Forest Service road and heads up toward Ship Mountain, which tops off at 5,300 feet in elevation. The road continues past Bear Basin Butte, its Forest Service rental cabin and mock fire lookout station.

This cabin was donated to the Forest Service many years ago by Bill Pierson of Eureka, who also rebuilt Camp Six Lookout on this site. The road then ties into Little Jones Creek Road, a paved surface that runs into Highway 199 north of Patrick Creek Lodge. On a clear day there are places on the high points that Mt. Shasta is visible.

I have always considered this red-neck country because of my upbringing and have enjoyed that aspect of my life. In this environment we are free and can live life like the good Lord intended.


New hours announced

The new fall/winter hours for Battery Point Lighthouse and the Del Norte County Historical Society Museum take effect today.

The lighthouse will be open weekends only from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., tide permitting.


Birth: Samantha Elle Sampels

Samantha Elle Sampels
Samantha Elle Sampels was born Aug. 11, 2013, at Sutter Coast Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 21½ inches. She joins brother Sylas. Her parents are TR and Sara Sampels of Crescent City. Her grandparents are Rob and Kara Miller and Donna Briggs, all of Crescent City, and the late Terry Sampels. Her great-grandparents are Bob and Alice Miller of Gasquet.


Three breweries sprout in Curry

Alex Carr-Frederick, Michael Frederick of Chetco Brewing. WesCom News Service
A year ago, the county to the north was just like Del Norte: devoid of microbreweries

One is an old cabinetry shop. Another is in the basement of a commercial building on Chetco Avenue. A third is in the garage of a house overlooking the Chetco River.

What they all have in common is they are breweries. It is these inauspicious places that malted barley, water, hops and yeast are transubstantiated into beer. 

One year ago, Curry County was brewery-less, just like Del Norte. But since the beginning of 2013, three breweries opened in the county just to the north, eliminating what had been a craft beer desert north of Eureka. 

Arch Rock Brewing Co. in Gold Beach opened its doors in January, and Tight Lines Brewery and Chetco Brewing Co. of Brookings opened later in the year. Since then, the locally-made beers have been making appearances at local watering holes throughout the region as the fledgling breweries look to tap into local thirst for microbrewed beer. 

Bars and restaurants are stocking local beer and Ray’s in Brookings even offers a growler — a reusable glass container — fill-station for people to bring their favorite draft beer home to share. 

While the breweries are still tiny when compared to those owned by the multinational companies that continue to take up the largest share of the market, Curry County’s breweries are even small when compared to established craft breweries throughout the state. But this isn’t deterring a local group of brewers.

“My goal is to put Brookings on the map as far as good beer goes,” said Nathan Heath, owner of Tight Line Brewery. “We could be the first or last brewery people hit on their way through Oregon.” 


'Taste of Africa' coming up Friday

Dave Zuber during a prior trip to Ethiopia with donated items for students of the Atse Zeryacob school. Photo courtesy of Dave Zuber
Ethnic dinner aids outreach to Ethiopia

Friday will mark the third annual “Taste of Africa” benefit dinner for the Atse Zeryacob School in Debre Birhan, Ethiopia.

Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 359 H St., Crescent City.

There’ll be both silent and live auctions with buy-it-now opportunities, and a market with African-inspired art, afghans and quilts. African baskets filled with African crafts, foods and artwork will be auctioned off, and African jewelry sold from $5 and up.

In 2010, Dave Zuber, a former principal of the Bar-O Boys Ranch, visited the school during a Rotary International-sponsored humanitarian trip to Ethiopia as part of a polio immunization team.

During the visit, he was “shocked at the lack of modern equipment,” he said. “They were using slates to write on. Three kids shared a bench. It was pretty rudimentary.”

But what struck him most was that many of its 1,500 students were hearing impaired, vision impaired or had a learning disability. “They were trying to make do with so little.”

Back home in Crescent City, Zuber gave a presentation at a Rotary Club meeting and told his audience, “We should try to do something for this school.”


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