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Volunteers to renovate playground

A local community service organization is seeking volunteers to help restore and improve the Kid Town playground at Beachfront Park.

Local representatives with JustServe will spearhead the improvement of the playground on April 25, which will include cleanup and painting. Tools, paint, cleaning products and onsite supervision will be provided by Crescent City staff. Public Works Director Eric Wier will be on hand to supervise the work.

The group is seeking volunteers 16 and older.

 


Anniversary: Knitter

Harry and Judy Knitter of Cave Junction, Ore., celebrated their 50th anniversary with their daughter Lynn and son-in-law Marty. Harry Carl Knitter Jr. married Judith Ann Blagden on April 10, 1965, at the Smith River Methodist Church.  

Harry worked for Simpson Timber Company and the Del Norte County Road Department. Judy worked for Simonson Lumber Company and the Del Norte County Assessor. The Knitters retired to Cave Junction in 2005, where they enjoy motorcycle riding, gardening and volunteering at the Kerbyville Museum.


Elks installs officers

Crescent City Elks Lodge installed officers for 2015-16 on Saturday with dinner and dancing.

 

 


Scholastic: Walker

Griffin Walker, a senior at Del Norte High School, has received a $2,500 National Merit Corporation scholarship.

Walker is one of 700 recipients of the National Merit Achievement scholarship, according to a press release from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The scholarships were awarded on a regional representation basis in proportion to the population of black Americans.

Walker was named a semifinalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Program in October. She is the first Del Norte High School student to receive this honor, school counselor Melisa Monteon said in October. 

Walker moved with her family to Del Norte from Orange County five years ago. She plans to pursue a career in biomedical engineering.


Garage Sale Review: What does your sign say about your garage sale?

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Spelling errors aside, a descriptive, easy-to-read sign can help draw crowds to your sale. Del Norte Triplicate / Aaron West
Buenos días, you deal-diggin’ dingbats! For this week’s Garage Sale Review, I thought it’d be useful to begin looking into an element of the garage sale world that’s so universal, familiar, and integral to the weekend junk-buying process that without it, scholars argue, yard sales in their current form simply couldn’t exist. Like oxygen or the mystical Sasquatch, this fundamental factor of garage sale life is lurking all around us, yet it usually goes unseen and forgotten. As you probably guessed, I’m talking about yard sale signs. 

Like a drill or a hammer, the yard sale sign is one of the most powerful tools that both a garage sale seller as well as a garage sale shopper has in their toolbelts, along with markers and a staple remover, for efficiently dismantling rival yard sale signs (it’s a spacious belt). (Actually, the belt is metaphorical.) But if handled irresponsibly, yard sale signs can quickly become one of your least useful tools, the kind of tool that actually takes apart whatever you’re working on, also like a drill or a hammer.


Senior Sleuth: Finding the good in hardship

Dr. Greg Duncan gets the credit for this column today about Marilyn Cook. He suggested that I interview her because “her story is uplifting and quite unusual. Most seniors with loss of both legs do not walk independently or drive.”

Marilyn’s story also exemplifies the theme of my Easter show on KFUG 101.1 FM, 3–4 pm, “Sunday Afternoon Hymns and Prayer.” As I said on the show, I believe we are here on earth to find the good. And when we find the good, we find God because God and good are one and the same. It’s a simple philosophy, but it has served Marilyn well.

Marilyn moved here in 2000 from Orange County to be with her younger son and his family. She said, “My dad, who passed away that year, loved the redwoods. We used to come here on vacation every summer. 

 

 

 


Church Notebook: God speaks to those who listen

Did the rain stop in time for your Easter Sonrise service?

If it was scheduled later than ours it may have. But, at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, it was raining and cold, so we had our service in the church. And by the time we were finished, it had stopped, so those who scheduled at 7:30 may have been able to hold the services outside.

Ours is always scheduled to start a bit before sunrise so that we can see it from the time it just peeks up over the horizon down at the beach. The beauty of each individual event varies, but is always special.


Grist for the Mill: Our diets can help conserve in drought

Last month, I wrote about living in food deserts – places where there isn’t adequate access to affordable, healthy foods. This month, I’m focusing on food in deserts and the desert I’m talking about is California.

The prolonged drought in California is dominating headlines after Governor Brown’s announcement of mandatory water restrictions. California residents are being asked to cut water use by 25 percent in the absence of rain and snowpack this winter. 


The Accidental Family: My story - The search for a safe home

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Author Lydia and sister Emily (far left) with their adoptive parents Ruth and Lathrop. Photo courtesy of Lydia-Leonard Rhodes
The Accidental Family is a monthly column about the story of two young women and the Del Norte family that adopted them. This week’s column is written by Lydia-Leonard Rhodes, who is 16.  

I am a strong believer that by telling our stories and relating them to bigger causes we can change the outcome of future, similar stories. By word, I believe, we can raise awareness that influences action, which changes lives.

When I was younger my biological parents (separated) were both on drugs. I got used to hearing slurs and curse words and seeing needles, weed and heroin bottles. I got used to being hungry and mistreated, to being abused and neglected. Somewhere along the line, I got used to taking care of myself.

After becoming accustomed to this kind of raise-myself lifestyle, I was made aware of the things I actually needed parents for. You see I walked myself to school, I woke myself up, tried to find my own clothes, my own food, and then I became entirely homeless, and both of my parents abandoned me. So here I was, homeless but determined. I was 10 years old and convinced I’d been practically on my own anyway. But when the school year came around and I tried to attend, they wouldn’t let me. I needed parents’ signatures. I needed permission slips. When I wanted a job, I couldn’t get one. I was too young.


Four local bands in roots showcase

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Bob and Al’s Guitar Duet
Four groups of varied musical styles will take the stage on Saturday as the final performance of the 2014–15 season for the Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness. Participating in the fund-raising Local Roots Showcase are singer, guitarist and songwriter extraordinaire Steven Owen; the unique Del Norte High School Steel Band; Bob & Al’s Guitar Duet performing instrumentals and the rocking Spence Brothers Blues Band from Brookings. Chosen by a juried process, each group will play a 20-minute set, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Crescent Elk Auditorium.

Owen, who resides in Gasquet, wrote his initial song in 1965 shortly after getting his first guitar, a Silvertone acoustic six-string from Sears & Roebuck. 


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