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Pilot takes to air again


Vernon Vonheeder checks out the control panel of an airplane at the Azalea Festival Airport Days. (Submitted)

Do dreams really come true?  For Addie Meedom House resident Vernon Vonheeder they certainly do. 

Vonheeder’s wish was to fly again, but at age 89 he thought that those days were behind him.

His flying days began as a Navy pilot during World War II when he flew the P2V Neptune, a twin-engine military aircraft that was designed to hunt for submarines. His job was to train women pilots. 

New book features local murals

Read more...Many people leave their homes in search of something that interests them. Some go in search of lighthouses; for others its bridges.

And then there are those who hunt for murals.

Some of Crescent City’s murals are featured as the first entry in “Large Art in Small Places: Discovering the California Mural Towns” by Californian Kevin Bruce, which was recently published.

“It’s a beautiful thing,” Redwood Mural Society President Helga Burns said about the book.

The big picture

New mural depicts roadwork on highways past and present 

Kathleen Kresa stands next to the mural's first phase. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
A new mural for Crescent City is  in the works and lead artist Kathleen Kresa promises it will be done by the Fourth of July.

Drive by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) building where U.S. Highway 101 intersects Northcrest Drive and you’ll notice a scene from what it might have looked like when the highway was being constructed 80-some years ago.

The first phase of the two-part mural is already finished, depicting the early highway system in Del Norte County. The second phase, now under way, will depict work Caltrans is doing today. Kresa has a mock-up of what the finished mural will look like on her Web site, www.kkmurals.com.

“It’s the history of transportation,” said Helga Burns, president of the Redwood Mural Society, who is sponsoring the mural. “Del Norte County was very isolated before roads and bridges. The other side is color and more modern.”

College of the Redwoods Commencement

Del Norte campus holds ceremony

Submitted Photo

Commencement was held for graduating students of College of the Redwoods Del Norte Campus on May 15 at Mary Peacock School.

Pictured in the front row, from left, are Valedictorian Rachel McCain, Crystell Wise, Amber Jokela, Hilary King-Hartman, Sarah Skudstad, Jo’Ann Davis, Kelly Wilson, Carol Mathews, Melina McDade, Amalia Rodriguez, Kristina Abernathy, Katherine Mize, Jasmine Yang, Mauricio Contreras, Kaitlin Freese.

Middle row, from left: Katie Graves, Robert Burrell, Hailee Beckendorf, Jennifer Dutton, James O’Brien, Shylla Raine, Christine McAllister, Vicky Hisoire, Lawrence Holbert, Sheldon Thuemler, Stephen Thuemler, Linda Peacock-Espinoza, Traci Weiser, Chelsea Anderson.
Top row, from left: Mark Achziger, Lisa Harris, Tamara Hawkes, Susan May, Leann Babcock, Jamie Brown, Thomas Treviño, Clark White, Jared Turner, Meng Lo.

Every 15 Minutes mock wreck

The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
At a mock wreck illustrating the dangers of drunk driving, rescue workers pretend to treat an accident victim Thursday at Del Norte High. The event was called “Every 15 Minutes,” because that’s how often, on average, some dies in a drunk-driving wreck.

To see more photos from the event click here.

Three locals graduate from BYU

BYU graduates Jason Standring and James Standring. Submitted Photo
Brothers James and Jason Standring and local resident Talon Haynie graduated with bachelor of science degrees from Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah, late last month.

The Standring brothers both received their degrees in business management from BYU’s  Marriott School of Management, which is consistently ranked in the top 10 business schools in the nation. 

Talon Haynie. Submitted PhotoHaynie’s bachelor of science degree is in the field of biology from the College of Life Sciences. Haynie is in the process of applying to dental schools for the coming year.

Visitors from Brazil

Bruno Lanna and Vanessa Karam were among six young professionals from Brazil attending a barbecue Sunday night at the home of Sunrise Rotary Club President Tom Sparrow. They are visiting Del Norte County as part of a cultural exchange tour sponsored by Brazilian and American Rotary clubs.   
The Daily Triplicate/Michele Thomas

McClure receives Democrat award

McClure, center, is pictured with Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro and Del Norte County Democratic Party Chairwoman Debra Broner. Submitted Photo
Martha McClure was recently awarded the California Democratic Party “Volunteer of the Year” award for Region 2 (Assembly Districts 1,6 and 7).

Manos Unidos celebrates

Manos Unidos Inc. celebrated its second anniversary in Del Norte on Saturday, May 16.

Veronica Burke and Alma Stevens at the celebration. Submitted Photo
Festivities included the youth dance group Los Primos. The young dancers participate with the Manos Unidos Youth Program and dance at special events. 

Recognitions were given to community representatives such as Veronica Burke, who is standing with Curry County Manos Unidos
Executive Director Alma Stevens. Burke has worked with the Latino community for many years contributing immensely to the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program.

Norma Peña, president and CEO of Manos Unidos Corporation Del Norte, presented Linda Eller an award for Outstanding Contribution to the Latino community. Eller has taught ESL for over 20 years.  

Cultural artwork was on display from the program’s art class. Festivities included music and cultural foods. A special thank you to everyone for the ongoing support.

ESL, life skills, art classes and computer training continue at the Plaza Communitaria, located at the Smith River Methodist Church, Monday-Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Night of Blessing

Heaven’s Connection band members are Virgil and Carol Taylor, and their son John (center). Submitted Photo
Reach Out Ministries held its “Night of Blessing” fundraiser May 2 featuring the Soul Revival Band and Heaven’s Connection at the Fisherman’s Restaurant. More than 55 people attended the event. In these difficult times, many attended this free event receiving encouragement through uplifting music and ministry.

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