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A Gamer’s Retreat

From WWII battlefields to distant future, locals enjoying tabletop games

Ray Cardy sets up his American forces before battle with the Germans in France at A Gamer’s Retreat on I Street. Cardy is playing the tabletop game Flames of War, which acts out WWII battles. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
“You don’t have any artillery, do you?” asks Ray Cardy, who will soon be proven wrong.

“I got 88s,” Ira Clements responds.

It’s June 1944 and the U.S. military has successfully landed in Normandy, France, and is advancing on the Germans, being commanded by Clements.

Cardy looks down at his army of miniature tanks posed for attack amidst the green trees and rolling hills of coastal France. He had just rolled his die and has to decide what his next move will be.

“That makes a difference on where I put my tanks,” Cardy says about the fact that Clements has 88mm anti-tank artillery. “If all my tanks are close together, he can take out more models.”

On the next table over, Joshua Wells and Colin Ramsey live in the year 40,000, when alien races are battling for control of the universe.

Just a typical day at A Gamer’s Retreat.

2009 Del Norte County Fair Winners Part 2


Owing to the large size of the list of 2009 fair winners, all of them cannot be printed in The Daily Triplicate at one time. Look for more fair results in subsequent Wednesday and Saturday editions of the Trip­licate.

See first installment here.

Backyard black bear

Photo courtesy of Rick Hiser
A black bear comes calling at the residence near Tolowa Dunes State Park of Rick Hiser and Sue Calla earlier this month.

"He's just a sweetie," said Calla, adding that the bear has visited on other occasions as well. More bear sightings than ususual have been reported in Del Norte County this year, according to state Fish and Game officials.

Local sisters advance to nationals

Cierra Medrano
Cadence Medrano
Cadence Medrano
Cierra Medrano, 9, and Cadence Medrano, 4, recently competed in the California State Pageant through American Coed Pageants, Inc. and were selected to compete for cash rewards, prizes and scholarships at the National Level of the 2009 Miss American Sweetheart Pageant to be held at the Hilton Resort at Walt Disney World during Thanksgiving week.

Cierra was chosen as the North California Sweetheart. She also won  the prettiest hair category.

Cadence won first runner-up. She also won Miss Photogenic, Miss Model, Miss Personality and Miss Spirit.

The girls’ parents are Gabriel and Teira Barrera of Crescent City.

They would like to recognize their daughters’ sponsors: Lucky Seven Casino (four-year sponsor); Paul Critz at Photique; Del Norte Disposal (two-year sponsor); Joe’s Chevron; The Mailroom; the Finigans; Brandon Bieber; all the workers at the Del Norte road department; the early morning fisherman at the Brookings Apple Peddler; and friends and family.

Foundation thanks Bar-O Boys Ranch for raising funds

Dear Bar-O Boys Culinary Class,

Thank you for holding an Alex’s Lemonade Stand fundraiser to support our vision of finding a cure for childhood cancer.

As you probably know, Alex’s Lemonade Stand was founded by our daughter, Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma (a childhood cancer) just two days before her first birthday. By the time she was 4 years old, Alex knew firsthand of the challenges faced by children with difficult to treat cancers. She set out to change that, one cup at a time, by raising money for childhood cancer re­search through a lemonade stand in our front yard. Her front yard lemonade stand became a yearly tradition and her efforts inspired a national movement.

At the time of her passing in 2004 at the age of 8, Alex’s efforts had raised $1 million to help find a cure for the dis­ease that took her life. Her front yard stand has now grown into Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a national charity dedicated to Alex’s vision of finding a cure for all children with cancer.

Your generous contribution has a direct impact on children with cancer. The money raised since Alex’s first stand in our front yard has funded over 100 research projects at hospitals across the country, filling critical gaps in the process of bringing new treatments to children with difficult to cure cancers. Moreover, we are very proud that our administrative costs continue to remain below 10 percent and we will continue to make sure that your support has a great impact on the lives of children with cancer.

No one can express what your support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Found­a­tion means to children with cancer and their parents better than Sue Levine, whose son has been battling an incurable cancer for several years. “To me it is astonishing what a 4-year-old has created that has helped literally keep my son alive.”

With your help, we will continue to astonish parents and bring hope to children with cancer. Thank you for making a difference.

Liz and Jay Scott (Alex’s parents)

Neighbors Briefs August 19, 2009

Driver safety program being offered

Club raising funds with old cars

HAWC walk/run this Saturday

Puppet show

Submitted by Margie Rouge
Alana Bates, left, Uncharted Shores Academy employee, performs a puppet show with Natalie Chapman, a prospective new student, at the academy’s fair booth at the Del Norte County Fair on Friday, August 7. The Academy gave away helium balloons and presented puppet shows as part of its annual fair display. A total of 37 students, 14 of whom were kindergartners, were recruited during the fair, bringing the Academy's total to about 140 students to begin the school year.

Local P.E.O. scholar graduates from Southern Oregon University

Joanna Yax
Joanna Yax, former resident of Brookings, graduated from SOU on June 13, 2009. She is the recipient of two P.E.O. (Philanthropic and Ed­ucational Organization) scholarships. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in business with an accounting emphasis. She received the P.E.O. Inter­national Program for Con­tinuing Education grant in 2007 and the P.E.O. Oregon Mar­guerite Scholar­ship in 2008. 

After a number of years as a homemaker in Brookings, she returned to college at the Brookings Southwestern Oregon Community College campus. She is known for her award-winning quilting skills and has been a member of the Brookings Quilt Guild.

P.E.O.’s mission is to provide ed­ucational opportunities for women. Local P.E.O. Chapter GE serves both Curry and Del Norte counties and is currently providing scholarship assistance to three other local ladies. For information about P.E.O. education projects, contact Loma Dies at 487-6000 for Curry County and Linda Ging at 464-6938 for Del Norte County.

Births Published August 19, 2009

Wedding-Barnts, Brunson

Wedding-Barnts, Brunson

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