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Senior Sleuth: Local’s nonprofit radio station on air

We have a wonderful new radio station in town, KFUG FM 101.1, owned by Paul Critz. KFUG was begun by Jim Wayman, who started streaming KFUG from his home in town many years ago. Much later, while Critz was running a local photography studio, he started doing disc jockey programs for Wayman. When KFUG was up for sale in 2011, Critz decided to buy it because he wanted to get back into radio, which had been his first job in high school and college.

Paddles hot at ping pong tourney

Bin Cable returns a serve during tournament play Thursday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, where local ping pong enthusiasts have been playing in a pick-up league throughout the summer. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
A round robin table tennis tournament that was a few months in the making was held at St. Joseph’s Church last week, with more than a dozen participants showing off their skills and hoping to win the gold — or at least the blue ribbon.

The tournament, which was organized by Joan Miles, was the final event for the summer table tennis league that she built from scratch in early June. The league might continue next summer.

High-yield liquid gold

Oostra removes honeycomb from his hives on Elk Valley Road. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Beekeeper is pleased with result 
as honey harvest season arrives 

Two months after the Triplicate first visited Kees Oostra’s beekeeping operation (“Sweet profits,” July 3)  this week he was reaping the fruits of his labor, a stream of thick, viscous honey.

“That’s liquid gold,” he said, holding a jar underneath a brand new honey extractor Tuesday.

Church Notebook: Searching for solutions for helping the needy

How do you decide whether to help someone who stops you on your way into or out of the store or tries to get your attention from the corner while you are stopped for the light?

The sad thing is that you often can’t tell those genuinely in need from the ones out there just trying to make a “fast buck.”

Rockin' at Rowdy

Artwork for Rockin’ at Rowdy’s poster was created by local artist Jenny Bayon, who is also member of a group performing at the event. Courtesy of Del Norte Child Care Council
Music festival last held in 2003 revived with more local, family-friendly approach 

More than 10 years ago, families jammed to live tunes in the shade of the trees at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

This year, the Del Norte Child Care Council will resurrect its music festival on Sept. 6, but instead of “Jammin’ at Jed,” folks will be “Rockin’ at Rowdy” to local bands, eating local food and browsing through the booths of local vendors.

“The one thing I really wanted to do is to showcase our local talent,” said Melodee Fugate, the Child Care Council’s executive director. “All our bands and our vendors are all local. And we wanted for our first year to give back to the community because we are celebrating 35 years in this community this year. It’s kind of our way of saying thank you to the community.” 

Artists from across country featured at juried show

More than 30 artists from all over the United States will show off their talent with brush, pencil, crayon or pen starting at the Coast Redwoods Art Association’s Ninth Annual Juried Art Show starting this week.

The art association will display 58 examples of two-dimensional art at the Crescent Harbor Gallery this weekend through Sept. 30. The art ranges from paintings and drawings to collage and mixed media.

Synchronicity: Twins' babies born a day apart

Left to right: Patrick and Amanda Hawkins with their baby, Adelaide, and Jael and Everett Hawkins with theirs, Everett. Photos courtesy of Kevin Hawkins
Kevin and Patrick Hawkins made local headlines when they entered the world in 1989. 

Now the identical twins, who grew up in Crescent City, have entered fatherhood a day apart and made the local news again.

Kevin and his wife Jael welcomed Everett James Thomas Hawkins at 6:30 a.m. Aug. 17, which happened to be their one-year anniversary. One room over, Patrick and his wife Amanda greeted their daughter, Adelaide Charlotte Hawkins, at 9:28 p.m. Aug. 18. 

Cash for recycling electronics supports literacy

Del Norte County’s literacy program is collecting empty laser and inkjet cartridges, used cell phones, CD players and used iPods and iPads.

For the fourth year, Del Norte Reads will partner with the FundingFactory Recycling Program. The program will send the waste products it collects to the FundingFactory in exchange for their products or cash.

“Del Norte Reads is always looking for new ways to fund our program,” literacy manager Kelley Nolan explained in a written statement. 

Got milk? Prizes offered for pics of teens’ breakfasts

High school students in Del Norte County have a chance to win $1,000 simply by snapping a photo of their breakfast.

The California Milk Processor Board, creator of the “Got Milk?” advertising campaign, invites California teens 13–18 years old to participate in the Breakfast Challenge. Students should post a picture of their breakfast with milk on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag the image using the hashtag #gotmilkinmybreakfast.

Del Norte People: Uncle Paul, be patient. I will meet you there

Hi, folks. This is a story about a friend, a mentor and a man I considered family. His name is Paul Connor. My good friend Larry Holcomb and I were both mentored as young guys, and we both called Paul “Unk.” Paul died in the state of Washington at 88 years old. Larry passed away several years ago in Paradise, Calif.

My father and I drove into Shorty’s Camp in June of 1949 and met Paul and Shorty Connor, who owned Shorty’s Camp. Paul had just served in the Army in the war in Korea. Shorty was a great old Irishman with a black derby hat on his head and a colorful Irish scarf around his neck. Although we were just passing through on the way north, our stay was only for a couple days. We were living in a tent on our adventurous trip to Canada. 

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