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Easter Seals and Safeway raise funds

Executives from Safeway, Easter Seals and Special Olympics launched the grocery retailer’s annual fundraising campaign for people with disabilities on April 1 by challenging employers to tap into what they call an “extraordinary resource” of people who are ready and willing to work.

Each April, Safeway and its Safeway stores here in Northern California raise funds to help children and adults with autism and other disabilities by asking shoppers to donate to Easter Seals, the largest non-profit provider of autism and disability services, and Special Olympics at checkout.

Tennis group registers participants

Susan Roberts signs up participants for the Junior Team Tennis League. Submitted Photo
The Del Norte Tennis Association hosted a Junior Team Tennis League open house March 29 to register participants for the spring season.

Members of the tennis association, as well as members of the Del Norte High School boys and girls tennis teams, offered tennis instruction, games, and “kid cardio tennis” to all of the children who showed up ready to play at the indoor tennis court at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. 

The first practice for the tennis league will take place after school Monday at some school sites, and matches will be held at the Del Norte High School tennis courts, beginning April 19 from 2 to 3 p.m. for beginners, and 3 to 4 p.m. for intermediates.

For more information, call Jane Rumiano at 458-3158.

CAN food drive demo is set

Community Assistance Network (CAN), Shop Smart Food Warehouse, and the Network for a Healthy California will offer a healthy, low-cost cooking demonstration to promote their Cans for CAN! Canned Food Drive on today from 2 to 5 p.m. at Shop Smart Food Warehouse, 953 Northcrest Drive.

Receive nutrition and shopping tips, as well as free gifts. Kids can get a tour of the store at 3:30 p.m. CAN also invites you to purchase non-perishable food items to donate. Drop your donation in the bins located at the local Shop Smart Food Warehouse, Ray’s Food Place, and Grocery Outlet until April 30.

CAN’s Food Bank is eligible for matching funds on all donations through April 30, meaning that every food donation you make between now and April 30 will have twice the normal impact. 

CAN’s Food Bank serves 4,500 residents each year, nearly 20 percent of the county. The need for food assistance is growing; we encourage people to continue giving despite challenging times.   

For more information contact Misa Heximer at 464-9190 ext. 102.

Donation means new dugouts

Del Norte Little League and Elk Valley Rancheria officials, along with some players, celebrate the $5,000 donation for dugouts. Photo courtesy Roger Schultz.
Del Norte Little League baseball and softball has for over 15 years provided the platform for thousands of our youth to experience a team sport. 

This year something special is happening down at Pike Field. This year we have been rewarded. Thanks to local business donations and volunteers, the Del Norte Little League 2009 Board is in the process of building new dugouts on two of the fields.

With no prompting other than for us to simply ask, several local businesses and people have donated time, money and materials that have allowed us to build four new dugouts for our baseball and softball fields. These dugouts are a momentous improvement to these fields. Our kids will enjoy the benefits from the use of these dugouts for years to come.

A new sense of pride has risen from our baseball and softball community.  With the variety of improvements the county has made combined with the improvements continued through Little League and now new dugouts, one would think they were fields from a much larger city. Anticipation and anxiety abound for kids and coaches alike. No one can wait until the new dugouts are complete and the first, “Play ball” is sounded. 

The 2009 Little League Board would like to express a deep heartfelt thanks to the local businesses and volunteers who have made the new dugouts possible.

• Elk Valley Rancheria
• Home Depot
• Red Sky Roofing
• Kenny Gavin, John Cox, Sam Davis
• The current 2009 Del Norte Little League Board and our volunteers

Planned Parenthood supports STD Awareness Month

Six Rivers Planned Parenthood (SRPP) is proud to participate in a nationwide campaign with MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation and to officially unveil “GYT: Get Yourself Tested,” a campaign to increase testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among those under 25 years of age. 

SRPP joins organizations across the country in the attempt to prevent and treat sexually transmitted diseases as well as educate the community. April 2009 is STD Awareness Month.

Sponsored by the American Social Health Association (ASHA), STD Awareness Month is an annual observance to raise public awareness about the impact of sexually transmitted diseases on the lives of Americans. It focuses on the importance of individuals discussing sexual health with their health care providers and if sexually active, discussing it with their partners. 

School travel funded

Uncharted Shores Academy Director Margie Rouge, left, along with students Nicole Mattz, middle, and Courtney Mattz display the Target Field Trip Package that the school recently received. Submitted Photo
The Uncharted Shores Academy was recently awarded a grant for $800 from the Target Field Trip Grant Program.

The academy was selected from more than 25,000 applicants across the country, out of which 500 were awarded grants.

The grant will be used to take students from fifth through eighth grade to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore., this month. Students are studying Shakespeare as part of their Renaissance studies and will be completing a dramatic workshop at the Shakespeare Festival as well as viewing a play.

Student Spotlight for April 8, 2009

Births Published April 8, 2009

In the zone

A SLICE OF CASCADIA: This is a cross-section of the Cascadia Subduction Zone where the Juan de Fuca Plate is being pulled by gravity under the North American Plate.
Next time around, waves could be twice as high, and hit within minutes

On clear days, when the wind is  light and the storms have passed, the views from the bluffs of Pebble Beach evoke a feeling of serenity.

The waves lull. The surfers wait.

Placid waters disappear into the haze on the horizon.

Some who live here endearingly call this spectacle Lake Pacific. It’s peaceful. Beautiful. Calm.

But underneath our feet, and far below the pillows where we rest our heads, is a violently churning conveyor belt, endlessly recycling the earth’s crust in an area known as the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

In search of our last big Cascadia quake

This image of a simulated tsunami stretching from the West Coast to Japan is used on the cover of “The Orphan Tsunami of 1700 — Japanese Clues to a Parent Tsunami,” to show what would happen during a Cascadia Subduction Zone event. (Courtesy U.S. Geological Survey)

More than a century before Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out on an expedition to reach the Pacific Ocean, the Cascadia Subduction Zone awoke.

When it did, it sent out a series of oceanic surges with devastating force, striking the eastern seaboard of Japan in what is known as the Orphan Tsunami of 1700.

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