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Student Spotlight June 24, 2009

Her own world

Bailee, 11, plays a Pokemon video game in her bedroom. Diagnosed at the age of 9 with autism, Bailee’s bedroom has become part of the world she’s created for herself. (The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson)

As her daughter, 11, struggles with autism, a mother hopes for more services, awareness

“My daughter had always been different,” Summer Clawson said.

She knew Bailee, now 11, was teased and bullied at school, knew she was obsessive about certain things like video games or having to use a certain number of towels when taking a shower, but thought maybe she just “marched to the beat of a different drummer.”

When Bailee’s kindergarten teacher uttered the word “autism,” Clawson thought that couldn’t be her child.

Admitting her ignorance, Clawson thought autistic children ran around in circles and banged their heads into walls, but has since learned more about autism than she ever thought she would know.

“It’s silent,” she explained. “It’s what you don’t see.”


Postal carrier retires

Robert Feldstein will make his last delivery at the end of this month after 36 years. Submitted Photo
Robert (Bob) Feldstein will be retiring from the U.S. Postal Service after 36 years of service on July 1.

He was hired by the Postal Service when a letter only cost 10 cents. His postal career began with a 10-point Veterans Preference, due to a service-connected disability during his military service in Vietnam as a U.S. Marine. His first career appointment was in the clerk craft as a letter sorting machine operator on the graveyard shift at the Sectional Center in San Bernardino. This also marked the beginning of his active involvement as a union shop steward and his ongoing fight in support of union contract and member’s rights.

After a one-year break in service, Bob was rehired as a postal carrier at the Riverside Post Office in 1976. He later transferred to the Highland Post Office where he worked under the supervision of the last congressional appointed postmaster, Marie Forest.

Bob and his wife Janet, also a postal employee, transferred to the Crescent City Post Office in 1993 where they continued to work together until Janet’s retirement in December 2008.

While Bob will spend more time fishing and taking beautiful landscape photos, they both look forward to spending more time with their grandson Mekhai. When Bob was asked about his final thoughts about leaving his long postal career, he simply stated that “I loved my job and the people that I served during my 36 years!”

Recent DNHS grad to perform in IPAC

Del Norte High School Band and Choir student Terri Lubbers is scheduled to perform June 24-28 at the International Per­forming Arts Conference (IPAC) in Los Angeles following her graduation from the Barbizon International Performing Arts Talent Development Studio in San Francisco.

Lubbers, the current first runner up in the 2008 Miss Del Norte Contest, earned the invitation with her success in San Francisco. Barbizon sends its Ready to Hire students each year to the IPAC to secure work in modeling, acting, singing and dancing venues.

“The Miss Del Norte Contest really lit the fire for me. After that, I knew what my career path would be,” said Lubbers. “All it takes is the courage to follow my dream, no matter what. I want to bring what I learn back to Del Norte County. There are many opportunities to do so much here. But first, I must succeed at IPAC.”

Terri Lubbers is a 2009 graduate of Castle Rock Charter School with auxiliary enrollment in the music program at Del Norte High School, singing in the choir and playing in both the concert band and Del Norte’s unique and popular steel drum band. Her parents are Christa and Jim Norton of Crescent City.

Fishing with dad

Submitted Photo
Robby Rowe poses with his bucket of fish at Enderts Beach during a recent outing with his dad Rob. Father and son went surf perch fishing and caught five fish that were ‘just big enough to filet for a little dinner,’ said Rob.

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Band finishes up year

Dan Sedgwick directs the Concert Band during a performance at Disneyland in April. Submitted
The Del Norte High School Concert Band will finish out the year with its final performance playing for the Del Norte High School graduation ceremonies on Friday, June 13 at 6 p.m. at Mike Whalen Field.

The band will play the traditional graduation march “Pomp and Circumstance,” along with other selections. 

This year has marked the first year of teaching for the Band and Choral director, Dan Sedgwick, who took over from  Lindy Rust, who retired last year after 30 years of teaching music at Del Norte High School.

Sedgwick has worked hard this year to keep the great music traditions of Del Norte alive, including taking the Concert Band on tour during spring break to perform at Disneyland. 

Del Norte High’s Steel Band, which plays on large steel drums in a Caribbean style, also got to travel and perform as well. The Concert Band performed on the Carnation Stage on Main Street Disneyland and the Steel Band performed on the California Adventure Hollywood Stage. The school’s third band, the Stage Band, which plays jazz music selections, attended and performed at the Reno Jazz Festival during the end of April. 

This next school year, Sedgwick plans to take the auditioned choirs on tour, as well as upgrade the drum section of the marching band. 
The music department welcomes community support and donations to help keep the musical traditions of Del Norte High School going strong for another 30 years and more. Contact Sedgwick at 464-0272 for information on how you can help.

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