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Student Spotlight, May 5, 2015

Mary Peacock

March

• Star Reader: David Smith, John Rice, Addisyn Strickland, Mahalia Abasolo, Avery Skerik, Sienna Sylvia Alcala, Evanjolenya Marti, Erick Rodriguez, Thomas Davis, Alex Nunez, Nevaeh DeMaris

 


Garage Sale Review: Junk rage

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The spoils of Garage Sale Saturday. Del Norte Triplicate/Aaron West
Hello you bargaining beauties! If you happened to drive north to Brookings on Saturday, you might have noticed that with 83 garage sales listed in the newspaper, it was a perfect weekend for filling your house with other people’s crap. Yes, it was that time of year again — Garage Sale Saturday — when dozens of yard sale signs are stapled to every telephone pole, and desperate hagglers power walk from sale to sale with bloodshot eyes and anxiously-clenched fists gripping sweaty wads of cash. Indeed, a garage sale fever overtook the city like a particularly thrifty strain of Ebola, and I’ll be the first to say that I allowed myself to succumb to the demented junk rage.

You see, a big garage sale weekend demands big garage sale ambitions, and there was only one goal I could think of that would be worthy of Brookings’ Garage Sale Saturday: TO VISIT ALL 83 GARAGE SALES! Did I come back from my mission broke but triumphant, with a car that smelled like a crusty $10 wetsuit? Or did I return home a miserable and failed loser, with a car that smelled like a crusty $10 wetsuit? Read on to find out.


Food fight at high school

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RJ Salvaressa, 17, cracks eggs from Alexandre EcoDairy during a Teen Battle Chef challenge Wednesday that pitted one group of students against the other. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Students in after school program develop cooking skills with competition 

Bacon sizzled in one pan; leeks browned in another as a group of Del Norte High School students competed in the last and final Teen Battle Chef challenge of the semester on Wednesday.


Church Notebook: Treat everyone with kindness, respect

With summer break near, time to planning your vacation Bible school 

Growing up in a very small town in the middle of upstate New York, I was pretty much shielded from a lot of the racial conflict happening in other parts of the country in the ’40s and ’50s. My friends and I could not understand what it was all about — after all, we had no problems.


Dancing for the critters

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Nicky is one of several cats up for adoption at the Humane Society shelter in Crescent City. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Second annual dance competition to raise funds for Humane Society of Del Norte
 

Tickets are going fast for the Humane Society of Del Norte’s second annual dance competition and silent auction, which will be held Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Hall.

Last year’s Dancing with the Stars of Del Norte drew 300 people and brought in $12,200 for the Humane Society’s spay and neuter program. The organization used that money to help fix 762 cats and dogs, said Humane Society President Danielle Larsen-Wheeler.


‘World of Song’ concert May 5–6

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The North Coast Chorale on their European tour in 2011. The chorale will be going on another European tour soon. Submitted
The Pacific Music Guild’s North Coast Chorale, under the direction of Christie Lynn Rust, will present its spring concert titled “A World of Song” on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The concert will include “Route 66” by Bobby Troup, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the musical “Carousel,” the American spiritual “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Zombie Jamboree” as recorded by the Kingston Trio and Harry Belafonte, “Ave Maria” by Anton Bruckner and “Embraceable You” by George Gershwin, among others.  


Oregon Caves exhibit opening, free tours May 9

On Saturday, May 9, Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve will offer free tours for the public as part of its 14th annual Community Day Open House.  A “grand opening” for a brand new exhibit will be at 1 p.m. Great Cats World Park in Cave Junction will join the celebration, bringing up a Siberian lynx and white tiger as ambassadors for the event.  Free tours of the cave will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Visitors are asked only to bring a can of food to donate to people in need. 


A Century of Service

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Crescent City Women’s Club President Jane Cain, right, introduces guest speaker Chris Herzog (center), president of the California Federation of Women’s Clubs, during last week’s luncheon. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
Del Norte’s oldest women’s group celebrates 100th anniversary with luncheon, memories
 

Aside from the occasional cell phone ring or camera flash, Tuesday’s gathering of the Crescent City Women’s Club could have taken place just about any time during the past 100 years. Adorned in their finest luncheon attire, many sporting fancy hats and matching elegant gloves as tradition dictates, ladies from the local club and others nearby met at the Masonic Lodge to celebrate a century of service to the Crescent City community.

Founded in 1915 by Lillian McNulty, the Women’s Club was originally the Del Norte Improvement Club, a community service organization for local women. McNulty, a kindergarten teacher, was the first woman to work for the local Red Cross during World War I, and her spirit of volunteerism and service carried on throughout the club’s history, a fact noted by several speakers at Tuesday’s celebration.


Senior Sleuth: Adventures of a talented and lucky artist

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Garretta Lamore’s “Venus on the Half-Shell” mural.
Garretta Lamore tells the story of her recent brush with death as well as her adventurous life. “On July 3, 2014, I was leaving the Cultural Center at 5 o’clock, and that’s the last thing I remember. I had an aortic dissection, which is usually fatal. So every time my doctor sees me, he says you shouldn’t be here. I was very lucky. It was not an actual heart attack. My heart wasn’t damaged. I was unconscious for weeks. That whole time period is a complete blank to me.” 

When asked how she survived when people normally don’t survive this, again she said she was lucky. 

“I just rested for six or eight months, and the whole time I was peaceful. I was not in any pain. My husband Andy took care of me, and I had a nurse come in once a week. 


Volunteers sought to mentor teens

The maximum number of 30 boys at a time live and learn at the site. Most have been raised on the streets in the poorest neighborhoods of urban Northern California — many from counties such as Contra Costa and Modesto. They generally have a low-level criminal past. Kirk Taylor, Senior Counselor, has been working with these boys for 17 years. 

“Their world has been very small. They don’t really know what potential there is out there for them. Most of them were raised by a single parent or a grandparent.”  

RSVP is joining together with Bar-O Boys to recruit older adults with a lifetime of skills and experience to come and share what they know with the boys. Hopefully, the boys will be inspired toward a future career at a crucial time in their lives. 


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