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Grist for the Mill: Food Council’s eventful 2014

Last year, I made a New Year’s resolution. And, like most New Year’s resolutions, it was mostly a failure.

My resolution was to cook at least one recipe from every cookbook I own. Any neglected cookbooks were to be banished from my house. But I can’t bear to give up my collection, already much smaller than it used to be after several moves. I will probably give away a few, but most will stay even though I probably only cooked from seven or eight of them in 2014.

Among Giants

Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Exploring Del Norte’s redwoods a special treat for visiting high school students from Japanese coastal community 

Fourteen Japanese teenagers and one American teenager stood in former President Herbert Hoover’s footsteps and linked hands around Stout Tree on Tuesday.

Led by Redwood National and State Park rangers Michael Glore and Michael Poole, the visiting Takata High School students walked on fallen redwood logs, posed in front of the massive trees and even discovered a tiny Ensatina salamander on the forest floor.

The group was joined by Todd Hisaichi, a Japanese-American park ranger based at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and his colleague Ayuchi Haga Sandlin, who is from the Miyagi Prefecture in Japan.

Strength in Community

Charlotte Fakier, left, fiancée Sarah Mitchell and their 6-year-old daughter Aurora smile behind their surgical masks during a recent visit to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, where Fakier is being treated for leukemia. Submitted
Family of Crescent City woman undergoing leukemia treatment grateful for support 

It started with a cold.

Charlotte Fakier’s cold wasn’t more severe than usual, but after it subsided she still wasn’t 100 percent better. During a camping trip, unpacking left her winded, like she didn’t have enough energy. A few days later when Fakier passed out after doing the dishes, her fiancée Sarah Mitchell realized something was terribly wrong.

“I said, ‘I think you need to go get your blood work done,’” Mitchell said. “She went and got her blood work done in the morning. (The doctor) called her that afternoon when she was at work and told her, ‘It’s an emergency. You need to go to the emergency room right away and get some blood.’ She only had 3 units of blood when she should have had 12.”

C.C. ship memorial featured on DVD

The USS Emidio on Dec. 20, 1941, after floating to Crescent City. It was the first ship torpedoed on the Pacific Coast in WWII. Courtesy of the Del Norte County Historical Society
Crescent City’s memorial honoring the USS Emidio has been featured in a DVD slideshow that focuses on monuments and memorials nationwide dedicated to the country’s merchant mariners.

The anchor and historical marker commemorating the Emidio is one of 250 monuments that are included in the slideshow, titled “Lest We Forget,” said Sindy Raymond, national office administrator for the American Merchant Marines Veterans Inc. Since the DVD was released in April 2014, the organization has sold more than 300 copies.

Birth: Haban

Addison Grace Haban
Addison Grace Haban was born Sept. 19, 2014, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 20¾ inches.

Birth: Scott

Ian James Scott
Ian James Scott was born Dec. 1, 2014, at 7:49 a.m. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

Award: Storey

A Crescent City employee was recognized by the California Water Environment Association for his depth of knowledge. 

Lennis Storey, a public works department employee, received the California Water Environment Association’s Electrical/Instrumentation Person of the Year award for the North Coast section, according to a Crescent City press release. The North Coast section stretches from the Oregon border to Fort Bragg.

Life of Slime

Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
We began at sea, where all things are said to have begun. 

The tide peeled back from the coast for the first time in 2015 on Thursday afternoon, revealing pockmarked rocks strewn with seaweed, stranded cephalopods and other mucilaginous delights.

As the first cloudless sunshine of another New Year glittered against the ocean’s retreat, droves of people combed the beaches north of Crescent City, checking out all the slippery, slimy stuff exposed by a zero-foot low tide.

Church Notebook: Class introduces healthy balance in ‘full plate diet’

Happy New Year, one and all.

The older I get, the faster each year seems to stream by. Didn’t we just celebrate Easter? Then the Fourth flashed by, and before we knew it, it was Christmas. Now the whole year is gone!

We see it in watching our children grow, with toddlers suddenly sprouting into teens, and our teens into responsible adults. 

Music guild progresses

Christie Lynn Rust conducts the North Coast Chorale inside the Dr. Karl Lueger Church in Vienna during the chorale’s 2011 tour of Europe. Submitted
Music organization for local amateurs can raise funds 

For the past two years Del Norters who sang, played an instrument or wanted to play an instrument have found their way to the Pacific Music Guild.

Nineteen members play in its jazz band. Singers in the guild’s chorale are anticipating their second trip to Europe this summer. The Pacific Music Guild has even taught Del Norters how to play the steel drum.

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