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LRT: Sordid Lives

Kurt Kurtis is director of Lighthouse Repertory Theatre's fall production "Sordid Lives." Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 At first glance, the deceased appears to have been a respectable God-fearing woman, but the circumstances surrounding her death have plunged this small Texas town into chaos.

“She tripped over a pair of wooden legs in a seedy hotel room and bled to death while her lover was passed out on the bed,” said Kurt Kurtis, director of Lighthouse Repertory Theatre’s fall production “Sordid Lives.” “It reminds you of ‘Mama’s Family’ and ‘Steel Magnolias’ meets ‘Jerry Springer.’”

DNACA: ‘Songs of Joy, Hope and Freedom’

Philadelphia-born Kim and Reggie Harris bring their “Songs of Joy, Hope and Freedom” to Crescent City next Friday.
 Next Friday, Nov. 13, the Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness presents the second performance of its 33rd season, featuring Kim and Reggie Harris in a program of “Songs of Joy, Hope and Freedom.”

Holiday events: Taste of Holidays

The Redwood Parks Association has run out of tickets for its annual Candlelight Walk.  

As folks put away their jack-o-lanterns and start planning their Thanksgiving menus, they should leave room in their schedule for a plethora of community events celebrating the holidays.

One event, Del Norte Sunrise Rotary’s Taste of the Holidays, will be held Saturday at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. And tickets are going fast — possibly selling out by today — for another event, the Redwood Parks Association’s annual candlelight walk held at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in December.

Firefighting volunteer for five decades

Janice Wyatt, a 49-year-Gasquet resident, was a volunteer firefighter in the 1960s and 1970s, has spent time as a fire lookout, including when the Biscuit Fire started, and she aided wildfire suppression efforts this year at Gasquet Airport. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Janice Wyatt gave an enthusiastic yes when her boss asked if she would help with the Gasquet Complex Fires.

But using a clicker to count folks on their way to dinner wasn’t what she had in mind.

“I was just bored to death,” she said. “My boss says ‘You’re not very happy are you?’ And I said, ‘No, I want to do something.’”

Halloween fun

Neeko Pipinos, 7, dressed as Mario riding Yoshi, participates in a costume contest at the Del Norte County Library.
 Adults and kids both got into the Halloween spirit Saturday, some donning black pointy hats while others impersonated their favorite video game or movie characters. With both the Family Resource Center and Del Norte County Library hosting spooky activities, there was no shortage of fun things to do. 
First 5 Del Norte Commissioner Alicia McKellar turns 6-year-old Olivia Scanlon into a skeleton princess at the First 5 Family Resource Center’s Halloween Spooktacular.

Farmers Market's final weekend

 Dean Davis owns Promiseland Farm, seen on Saturday weighing a head of Napa cabbage Saturday for Crescent City resident Linda Spliethof at the Crescent City Farmers Market. Spliethof and many other Del Norters turned out despite cooler temperatures and other Halloween activities to make their final purchases of the season. 

Davis is one of two Oregon vendors who sell their produce at the Crescent City Farmers Market. Hailing from Sunny Valley on Interstate 5 north of Grants Pass, Davis said he drives 100 miles to bring his veggies to Crescent City. 

Even though things were low key Saturday, the number of vendors and patrons at the Crescent City Farmers Market has grown this year. According to Ron Phillips, special projects coordinator for Rural Human Services, before Labor Day between 65 and 75 vendors plied their wares at the market. During the summer, roughly 300 people an hour did their shopping at the market.

Storied, long life of Dave Stewart

His clear, light green eyes have seen so much. The Great Depression; the concentration camps of Buchenwald and Belsen; the 1964 flood of Crescent City, and the growth of his three children. 

Student Spotlight, Nov. 3, 2015

Bess Maxwell School

Student of the Month - September: Alana Gayle, J’Dyn Camez, Veronica Chavez-Aguilar, Gonzalo Hooper-Ramirez, Jazlene Serrano-Ramirez, Ally Kramer, Xyden Lo, Emily Hawkin, Stormy Devoir, Chaney Pease, Stephanie Peters, Jesse Cervantes, Skyler Chaffee, Weston McCullar

Milking it for all its worth

Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson Joby Rumiano explains the process used to concentrate lactose powder from milk the factory makes cheese with. “The whole process is to create a usable product from a byproduct. (To turn it) into an edible product,” he said. “And that’s literally using everything out of the milk.”
 Robert Israel donned surgical gloves and dipped his hands into the plastic bag.He cupped the fine white powder in his left hand for a moment, transferred it to his right and let the crystals sift through his fingers and settle back into the bag. He stepped back from the stainless steel table to let his guests have a taste.

Harvest festivals tomorrow, holiday bazaars coming soon

Halloween. It is viewed many different ways by our various churches, from being ignored, to holding Harvest Festivals as alternatives for children. 

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