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‘Kitchen Literacy' Draws a crowd

Ann Vileisis of Port Orford, author of “Kitchen Literacy,” address the audience at the fairgrounds Friday night. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
I thoroughly enjoy entertaining, both personally and publicly. The largest crowd I ever convened was in the spring of 2000. Called “The Gala” it was the last in a series of downtown block parties in Grants Pass, Ore. Over 3,000 people attended.

For nearly two years, I worked with a team dedicated to keeping local businesses open while the couplet that runs through the heart of the city was ripped up, reconstructed and repaved. Concerned merchants needed to draw customers through the broken streets to their doors, and the noontime parties in the construction zone did the trick. The fifth and final block party celebrated the project’s completion and involved clowns, a conga line, a marching band, chairs delivered by the National Guard and 3,300 hamburgers grilled to order.

Last month when I invited author Ann Vileisis to Crescent City to give a presentation on her book, “Kitchen Literacy” I wanted her visit to evolve into more than a traditional book signing. I asked Teri and Ron from the Crescent City Farmers Market for their help. The “food event” as we called it took on a life of its own as farmers, cooks, students and friends created an indoor farmers market with a variety of offerings.

Principal 'Cat in the Hat'

Photo courtesy of Jim Hooper
Joe Hamilton Elem­entary School students check out their principal, Tony Fabri­cius, who dressed up as the ‘Cat in the Hat’ for  Dr. Seuss Day on March 2. Teachers read Dr. Seuss books, and some cooked green eggs and ham in their classrooms for the students.

Student Spotlight for March 11, 2009

Scholastic March 11, 2009

• Crescent City resident Ashley Diane Beard has been named to the Dean’s List at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, located at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Ashely is the daughter of Don and Kathy Beard of Crescent City.

• The Redwood Technology Consortium invites all graduating high school seniors to apply for our 2009 scholarship award of $1,500.

For complete information and requirements, visit  www.redwoodtech.org. The deadline is 5 p.m. April 6.

• The Pacific Northwest Chapter of Vietnow is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship.

 Those interested in obtaining an application may do so by writing to: Vietnow, 810 H St., Crescent City, CA 95531.

Applications are due by April 30.

Births Published March 11, 2009

School announces its essay winners

Saint Joseph School is proud to announce the winners of the 2009 Council of the Knights of Columbus Essay Contest.

From left, Ryan Waite, Veronica Baron, James Barrett, Raquel Silva and Shauna Naffah. Submitted Photo
The two winning essays will be submitted to the State Qualifying Contest. If either essay wins, it will be submitted to the national level.

Seventh-grader Raquel Silva wrote the winning essay on the topic of “How can I display charity in my daily life?”

Winning fifth-grade student Shauna Naffah wrote on “What does being Catholic mean to me?”

Honorable mention certificates were awarded to Veronica Baron, grade 6, and Ryan Waite, grade 7.

All students who participated were acknowledged with a pizza lunch provided by the Knights of Columbus members.

Groves off Walker Road

Bottom left: Groves off Walker Road, Right: The shard-like remains of a dead redwood on Ellsworth Loop. Top left: A message on one of the benches along the way. (The Daily Triplicate/Richard Wiens)

Walk with preservationists of yesteryear
through this nearby stretch of old-growth

Ask Crescent City folks where the closest patches of old-growth redwoods are, and you’ll generally hear about Simpson-Reed Grove off Highway 199 or the attractions reached by driving Howland Hill Road.


Council takes fire tour

City Council members and others watch a firefighter demonstration Saturday. The Daily Triplicate/Adam Madison
City Council members met at the Crescent City Fire Hall on Saturday morning to learn about how the  two volunteer operations, the Crescent City Volunteer Fire Department and the Crescent Fire Protection District, work together  to respond to emergencies.

Steve Wakefield, chief of both the district and the department, began the presentation with a history lesson on how the two emergency agencies came to work together.

Council members Dennis Burns, Kathryn Murray, Charles Slert and Donna Westfall attended the meeting, Mayor Kelly Schellong was unable to attend due to a broken thumb, according to Burns.

Wakefield said the “self-funded, self-supplied fire department began in 1900 and then in the mid-1950s the city provided the Fire Hall on I Street and a new engine, officially becoming involved with funding the department.

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Kids hear poignant pet story

Students at Bess Maxwell Elementary School enjoy a vist from the two Bobbies. Submitted Photo
The story of the Two Bobbies is the heartwarming tale of a dog and a blind cat that survived Hurricane Katrina together.

After the storm the two Bobbies were rescued and never left each other’s side. After a long search for their family, with no luck, they were taken to Utah. A lady named Melinda and her dog Gus-Gus, who live in Medford, Ore., adopted the pair and they now live happily on her ranch.

Mrs. Parker read this story to her kindergarten class at Bess Maxwell Elementary School.  The class wrote to the author. The author forwarded the letter to Melinda, who was happy to bring the Bobbies to Crescent City to meet the kids.

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