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Dallas Brass performs tonight

Dallas Brass, an instrumental group of brass and percussion players, kicks off the Del Norte-Curry Community Concert Association’s 2013–14 season tonight at 7:30 at Crescent Elk auditorium.

The program will range from classical to Dixieland, swing to Broadway, and Hollywood to patriotic. As an added treat, students from the Crescent Elk Middle School band will join the Dallas Brass on two numbers.  

Since its founding in 1983 by Michael Levine, Dallas Brass has become one of America’s foremost musical ensembles. The group has established a unique blend of traditional brass instruments, including two trumpets, trom­bone, tuba and French horn with a full complement of drums and percussion, creating a performing entity of extraordinary range. 

According to Levine, “A Dallas Brass concert is intended for the entire family. Our ideal audience has a range in ages from 5 to 95.  Our goal is to entertain and enrich by playing great music, while showing our audience how much we enjoy what we do.”


Scholastic: Mollie Rose McLoughlin

Mollie Rose McLoughlin
Mollie Rose McLoughlin graduated June 16, 2013, from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Arts degree in art studio, minoring in psychology.

She has been accepted into the LanguageCorps TESOL certification program in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in January 2014, followed by an assignment of teaching English abroad in China.

The daughter of John and Deidre McLoughlin of Crescent City, Mollie is a 2009 graduate of Del Norte High School.


Scholastic: Amy Niccole McLoughlin

Amy Niccole McLoughlin
Amy Niccole McLoughlin graduated May 12, 2013, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a minor in philosophy and religion from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.

She is the daughter of John and Deidre McLoughlin of Crescent City, and a 2009 Del Norte High School graduate.


Anniversary: Siedschlag

Kristi and Wesley Siedschlag Jr.
Kristi and Wesley Siedschlag Jr. of Crescent City celebrated their third wedding anniversary recently.

The couple was married Sept. 11, 2010, in Crescent City.


Birth: Jett James Robinson

Jett James Robinson
Jett James Robinson was born April 9, 2013, at Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna. He weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 19 inches. He joins brother Jayce. His parents are Fred and Janelle Robinson of Loleta. His grandparents are Nola Penna and Ted and Brenda Robinson, all of Crescent City, and Jay and Neva Swan of Eureka. His great-grandparents are Bud and Joyce Newton of Crescent City.


Fishing frenzy

Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
While the Yurok Tribe continues its commercial fishing nearby, the mouth of the Klamath River is where it’s at for recreational fishermen who have been landing thousands of Chinooks since the season opened Aug. 15. The means of capturing the suddenly accessible salmon vary, with poles, nets and even bare hands employed. If you’re a Del Norter and you haven’t eaten fresh salmon recently, you’re probably in the minority. Crescent Harbor Gallery’s annual Salmon Feed is today from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson



Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson



Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson


Smith River Alliance plans party

This photo of the Smith River will be among the silent auction items. Photo courtesy of Jon Parmentier
Tucked in the northwest corner of California, the Smith River is revered as a world-class destination for fishermen, whitewater enthusiasts, hikers and naturalists. 

To celebrate this river and the work that’s been done to promote and protect it, the Smith River Alliance invites the public to Fall Splash 2013, the organization’s inaugural gala and benefit auction,  6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Elk Valley Rancheria Community Room, 2332 Howland Hill Road, Crescent City.

It’s a chance to enjoy local and regional food and wine and participate in a silent auction offering vacation trips, outdoor gear and artwork  — often depicting the Smith River.

The Smith River Alliance has been working for more than 30 years to provide protection, restoration and stewardship of the Smith River watershed.  The organization also promotes the watershed through youth camps at its Rock Creek Ranch facility on the South Fork Smith River, where young adults engage with and learn about the river’s resources.

“It is very exciting for us to see young people active, inspired, learning things and having a great time at Rock Creek Ranch and really anywhere out in the amazing wild spaces we have here,” said Grant Werschkull, co-executive director of SRA.

There will be information about the Smith available at the event, including how the river is considered one of the best “salmon strongholds” on the West Coast.


Around Del Norte: 30,000 miles and counting

Dick and Penny Fleming walk 8 miles a day, rain or shine, sometimes to the harbor, other times to Washington Boulevard. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Couple hasn’t stopped walking since moving to Pebble Beach from Southern

They call themselves “The Walkers.”

And deservedly so. Former triathletes Penny and Dick Fleming, 68 and 72 respectively, walk eight miles every day, rain or shine.

“We’ve walked 30,000 miles since we’ve been here,” said Penny. “People just look at us and say, ‘What?’”

Tired of the smog and traffic in Southern California, the Flemings moved to Pebble Beach Drive in Crescent City 12 years ago after retiring as microbiologists in Pasadena. “It’s so nice here,” said Penny. “This is like heaven.”

Their destinations are the harbor on one day, the next up to Washington Boulevard and through town. Penny said it takes them about two hours, “and of course we have to go by all the garage sales and the Farmers Market on Saturday.”

This summer they noticed something worth taking note of. Amazed by the number of out-of-state license plates they were seeing on their walks, they decided to start keeping track of all the different states as of June 30.

They’ve since seen plates bearing every state name – except for West Virginia.

“We couldn’t believe it,” Penny said. “We’ve seen most states twice,” including Alaska and Hawaii. “And we’ve seen four from Virginia.” Go figure.

“It just goes to show how many people come to our area.”

"The Walkers."
"The Walkers." Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Even without West Virginia, it all adds up to a sure sign of a good tourist season.


Del Norte man on mission in Germany

Mark Standring at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. Submitted photo
Mark Standring, 19, a 2011 graduate of Del Norte High School, is taking a break from his college work where he was studying applied physics at Brigham Young University, and is now serving a two-year mission based in Frankfurt, Germany, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  

After six weeks of German language instruction at the Mission Training Center in Provo, Utah, Mark arrived in Frankfurt in March, and then was assigned to his first area of Koln (or Cologne), Germany, where he is currently serving and now helping to train other new incoming missionaries. 


Art show winners announced

Arlene Krogstad, first place winner, with her watercolor, "Stories to Tell."
A reception for the Coast Redwoods Art Association Juried Art Show was held on Aug. 31 at the Crescent Harbor Gallery.  

The following awards were presented by show co-ordinator Hank Northrip.

First Place winner:  Arlene Krogstad, “Stories to Tell,” watercolor.

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