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Student Spotlight for December 24, 2008

Zoo welcomes newest resident, Joy, the American Guinea hog

Submitted by Melinda Booth, development director at Sequoia Park Zoo

Visitors get the chance for quality time with Joy, an American Guinea hog, at Sequoa Park Zoo. Submitted Photo
Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka, welcomed its newest resident, Joy, an American Guinea hog, on Dec. 6 as part of its Holiday Open House for members.

About 125 people came to see Joy, who was the star of the party. She greeted guests from her special hay bale corral in the heart of the party, held in the Secrets of the Forest.

Hand-crafted trains for Child Care Council

Submitted by Melodee Waggener

Bob Tetrault and his crew have been hand-crafting and delivering trains to the Child Care Council for the past three years.

The trains are hand-crafted by several retired men and their families living in Curry County. They chose our agency and many others to receive these beautiful toys in hope they would bring many smiles to children. Bob explains they collect supplies and material all year and assemble them in his garage.

Military Published 12-24-08

Last-minute giving

Generous donors help programs for families

Michelle Radison, an RHS volunteer, looks for gifts to match with a family. The Daily Triplicate/Adam Madison
If all the last-minute charity is any indication, Del Norters are getting into the holiday spirit.

Rural Human Service’s Santa’s Workshop and the Toys For Tots program program received a wave of donations this week, many from first-time donors.

“The donations are a little below what they were last year, but ... we’ve been getting some checks from people that haven’t donated before,” said Ron Phillips, coordinator of the event for RHS.

Rob Rochuba, coordinator for Toys For Tots, which worked with Santa’ Workshop to collect unwrapped toys, said his program brought in at least 400 toys for the event.

The Toys for Tots program had boxes located at various businesses around Crescent City that people could drop an unwrapped toy into.

“A lady over at Rite Aid saw a Tot-box and then the employee said something about Santa’s Workshop — then she made a $2,000 donation, and she donated some toys,”Rochuba said.

He had a similar experience when he went to collect toys from Walgreens on Wednesday, which was the deadline for donations.

“I went over to Walgreens on Wednesday and the box was empty, and they said, “can we keep it until Thursday?”
Rochuba said he obliged, “and when I came back Thursday, it was full.”


Foundation hands out holiday cheer

WesCom News Service

Foundation official Laura Olson announces the distribution Wednesday. The Daily Triplicate/Michele Thomas
Just in time for last-minute shopping and food baskets, the Wild Rivers Community Foundation handed out more than $18,000 to 20 holiday charity food, gift and clothing projects Wednesday evening.

Karen Phillips, foundation director, said more than 10,000 people, including 6,000 children, will be helped by the agencies receiving funds from the Holiday Funding Partnership.

The idea to find extra resources to help the holiday projects  started just two months ago, said Dr. Kevin Caldwell of Crescent City, the foundation board chair, admitting that he wasn’t sure it could be brought to pass so quickly.

“We believed our communities were going to be hit hard because of a lack of funds to support the normal programs,” he explained. “This is an illustration of what a community foundation can do. The community rose to the challenge.”

As representatives of each agency described how they would use the extra funds, the distribution of the checks became a celebration of the spirit of Christmas.

“We want to celebrate those who give their time and energy to those who help others in the community,” said Gerry Livingston, the Wild Rivers Community Foundation contact in Curry County. “Some people think that it’s Santa Claus who make the magic, but it’s really everyone in this room.”

Wedding-Foster, Potter

Maxine McKinney and Sherry and Brian Potter wish to announce the uniting of Christine Foster and Casey Potter. They made their promise to each other on Nov. 29, 2008, in Crescent City. In attendance were sons Nicoya Kenney and Kalex Sweetfire-Spoon. The marriage was performed by Jen Penenella.

Births Published December 17, 2008

Student Spotlight for December 17, 2008

7th grader is student of the month

Delta Kappa Gamma recently announced Jonathan Erbeck as its Student of the Month for December.

Jonathan is a seventh-grader at Crescent Elk and is a student assistant in Barbara Ruppert’s second grade class at Joe Hamilton School. He is very dependable and a hard worker. With his great attitude, the students love Jonathan. He also consistently uses good judgment and is kind and patient.

Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) is the largest organized group of women educators in the world today. The local chapter, Zeta Iota, is dedicated to the service of youth. In that capacity, DKG honors and encourages students who show a potential in education. Jonathan was presented with a zip drive for his computer as a gift for his outstanding effort.

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