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Normal aging: the good, the bad and the ugly

Kathryn Wood will present a program on aging Saturday. Submitted Photo
Do you know the difference between normal and abnormal aging?

On Saturday, Kathryn Wood will present a program that will provide information to tell the difference. Dr. Wood holds a Ph.D. in gerontology nursing, and has been a family nurse practitioner for the past 32 years. 

Most experts agree that aging  happens throughout the life span. When younger, aging is associated with growth, maturation and discovery. But somewhere along the timeline of life, people begin to experience changes that are signs of decline.

Sore body parts are common.  Some changes are not necessarily harmful. With age, your hair thins and turns gray. Your skin thins, becomes less elastic and sags.

Other changes lead to loss of function of bodily organs. In the gastrointestinal system, for example, production of digestive enzymes diminishes, reducing your body’s ability to break down and absorb the nutrition from food.

So what body and mind changes are normal and what changes are abnormal that would require treatment and or medication? Learning the difference could mean a better quality of life.

The program is free and will be held at the Addie Meedom House, 1445 Parkway Drive at 2:30 p.m. Refreshments will be  served. For information call 464-3311.

Local DAR chapter seeking members

Organizing regent Katie Gavin (in red) helps prospective member Candy Fox of Gasquet as Fox leafs through a book listing the patriots of the American revolution. The Daily Triplicate/Adam Madison
Organizing regent Katie Gavin helped prospective members during the meeting of the Del Norte Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Saturday morning.

The non-profit volunteer organization is looking for new members. The requirements are relatively rigorous for membership. Some requirements, such as the need to be an at-least 18-year-old woman, are simple, but the main requirement may take months to complete.

“You must prove lineage to a patriot of the American revolution,” said Gavin. She said the group requires a complete genealogy for each member, as well as identification such as birth certificates or marriage licenses.

Gavin said the Del Norte chapter has 11 proven members, three that are working toward completing their genealogy and five that have just started.

Students study up on latest comet

First-grader Colleen Ramey works on a comet project. Submitted Photo
Stargazers and astronomy buffs are in for a treat. Comet Lulin is coming to town!

Students from Uncharted Shores Academy spent Friday morning preparing for the comet’s arrival. The day was designed with four “comet” stations each student worked in.   Included in the stations was an area where students cooked comets in their classroom.

First, students made a comet with dry ice, ammonia, organic material (sand and molasses) and water.  Then they observed how the comet produced a tail made of gas and also how the comet continuously changed itself by creating new craters.

Next, students made edible comets using chunks of ice (marshmallows), chunks of rocks (chocolate chips), space dust (powdered sugar) and ice chips (coconut) to experience making a  comet first hand. 

Student Spotlight for February 25, 2009

Births Published February 25, 2009

‘Kitchen Literacy’

Author Ann Vileisis in her Port Orford garden. Below is part of the cover of her book, ‘Kitchen Literacy.’(Submitted)

Author explores

Americans and

their food savvy

Do you know where your food comes from?

In her book, “Kitchen Literacy,” Ann Vileisis contends most Americans have lost the intimacy they once had with their food.

Vileisis, who lives in Port Orford, Ore., has spent the last 10 years researching the history of America’s food system.

CFCU recognizes top local Realtors

Some of the Realtors honored for being multi-million-dollar producers. Submitted Photos
Chetco Federal Credit Union recognized 17 local real estate agents who were multi-million-dollar producers in sales volume for 2008 at a special event held at the Hampton Inn on Feb. 12.

Sponsors included Western Valley Insurance, Elk Valley Rancheria, Crescent Land Title, Jeff Legg Appraisal Services, Jerry Rocha & CAL/OR Appraisals, Cholwell, Benz & Hartwick,  KBSC TV Channel 9, Mark Ritchie Construction, and HW3.

CASA celebrates efforts at dinner

Former First 5 Commissioner Mick Miller was the keynote speaker at the CASA recognition dinner last week. Miller spoke about the importance of providing a stable environment for children. He is pictured with his wife, Jan. Submitted Photo
CASA of Del Norte, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of children who are in the juvenile dependency system through no fault of their own, celebrated the efforts of its volunteers at its sixth annual Recognition Dinner on Feb. 10.

This event showcased the hard work and dedication of a special group of people who donate their time, talents, and resources to help the children of our community. 

CASA, which has a small staff of three, relies heavily on its pool of volunteers. Some volunteers have completed 30 hours of training and are advocates for children in court; others help at special events such as the Smith River Festival and CASA’s annual golf tournament.

This year, another group of people were acknowledged:  members of CASA’s new 240 Club. These members have pledged to donate at least $240 a year to help CASA of Del Norte continue its work in the community. These pledges may be made in one lump sum, or monthly for as little as $20. 

For more information on the 240 Club, being an advocate for children, or to learn more about CASA of Del Norte, visit www.casadn.org or call 464-3320.

Wedding-Kelley, Mattz

Kelley, Mattz
Elizabeth Kelley and Emery Mattz IV were married Feb. 14, 2009, at the Redwoods Family Worship Center in Crescent City.

The bride’s parents are Rick and Debra Kelley.

Births Published February 18, 2009

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