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Empowered Living: Overcoming long history of abuse takes time

In this column, Rene Quintana of Supported Living Services will explore the strides adults with intellectual disabilities have made in deciding their own future.

Recently I sat down with a client and we discussed the history of intellectual disability. The earliest record, according to research done by Catherine K. Harbour, Ph.D., MPH and Pallab K. Maulik, Phd., M.Sc., is on an “Egyptian papyrus of Thebes” dated circa 1552 B.C. The Romans allowed people with intellectual disabilities to own property and, according to Drs. Harbour and Maulik, to have guardians. As the centuries passed and civilization metamorphosed, people with intellectual disabilities were still part of the growing communities. It was not until the 1700s and 1800s during the Victorian era that things changed.

Society began the practice of institutionalizing this population and this is where the problems began. Some medical solutions proposed in this era included repeated slapping and cold baths. Other physicians at the time proposed isolation boxes placed on patient’s heads and suspending the person midair in a chair.

Biblical principles guide new 'Hope House'

Daphane Williams is the founder, CEO and executive director of Lynn’s Hope House of New Beginnings.

There is a new nonprofit in town by the name of Lynn’s Hope House of New Beginnings. It will be a structured program that will apply Biblical principles to help women who have been incarcerated in jail/prison and need to transition back into the community to achieve self-supportive living.

We believe that everyone deserves a chance and deserves a new beginning despite what one may have done or been through. At Lynn’s Hope House of New Beginnings, every woman will be treated with dignity and respect, while they are assisted in being empowered to change.

Birth: Scott

Brayden Michael Scott
Brayden Michael Scott surprised his family by arriving 7 weeks and 4 days early. He was born on Feb. 23 at  Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center on Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. He weighed 4 pounds, 6 ounces and was 17¾ inches long.  Brayden spent 22 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit before joining his parents at their family home in Killeen, Texas.

Seniors hold annual mtg. Wednesday

The Del Norte Senior Center’s annual meeting will be held at noon on Wednesday, April 29, at the center, 1765 Northcrest Drive, Crescent City. 

Items to be discussed may include the Senior Center’s annual report, revisions to the organization’s bylaws and election of members to the board of directors. Paid members may vote on these matters, and membership may be paid at the time of the meeting. 


Church Notebook: God's creation lives on borrowed time

After all that rain, I have most certainly enjoyed the sun the last few days, especially because I have company from out of town.

But it wasn’t sunny when they blew in Monday afternoon, and I was soaked to the skin — literally — when they arrived.

From the door of Walmart to a handicapped parking space isn’t far, and loading only three small bags doesn’t take long, but in that short time, my jacket and shirt were dripping. What a condition in which to greet guests!

Classical violin, piano duo to perform Wed.

Violinist Morgan O’Shaugnessey will be joined on the piano by Venice, Italy-based artist Jakub Tchorzewski. Submitted
Violinist Morgan O’Shaughnessey will perform a recital of his favorite music for viola and piano at Grace Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. Joining him all the way from Venice, Italy, will be pianist Jakub Tchorzewski. 

The evening will feature the Chopin Sonata Op. 65, as well as a Nocturne by Beethoven and variations on “La ci Darem la Mano” by Mozart. The suggested freewill ticket donation is $10-20, and CDs will also be available for purchase. The artists welcome you to join them after the concert for a friendly reception to share thoughts and inspirations from the music. 

Fun for all ages at family fair

Scenes from past Youth and Family Fun Fairs include cuddly animals, entertainment and games. This year’s event is on Saturday. Triplicate file
Games, face painting, art projects, healthy snacks and the Wonder Bus headline the 15th Annual Youth and Family Fun Fair on Saturday.

More than 40 agencies will be providing activities and information for kids and families at the smoke-free event, which coincides with Child Abuse Prevention Month and precedes Earth Day by just four days. The event also kicks off local observance of Week of the Young Child, a national movement that’s typically held April 12–18 elsewhere.

Young children will get a chance to share their knowledge in a poster project at the fair that local preschools and family child care homes have been asked to participate in. The poster project is sponsored by the Local Planning Council for Child Care and Development, First 5 Del Norte and the Del Norte Child Care Council.

Sail back in time on historic replicas

The Lady Washington will return to Crescent City harbor April 23. Triplicate file
Those watching the local seas for swelling white sails in the spring won’t be disappointed this year; historic tall ships Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington are returning and will moor at the Crescent City Harbor beginning next week.

Scheduled to arrive April 23 and stay through the 27th, crews in costume will hark back to the 18th and 19th centuries as they host Del Norters aboard the high-masted replicas built in the late 1980s. 

Real gunpowder and close-quartered maneuvers will have local adventurers in the thick of a period naval skirmish during “battle sails.” 

Emblem Club seeks table hosts for annual Spring Fling

It’s Spring Fling time again with Crescent City Emblem Club 175. 

Planned for noon on Saturday, April 25, at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds main building, the annual fundraising luncheon and auction supports scholarships for Del Norte High School students.

The event includes a live auction, door prize drawings and entertainment by the Northcoast Chorale. Tickets for the luncheon are $15 each and are available at Wendy’s Beauty Salon, Del Norte Office Supply and at the door. 

For more information or to decorate and host an auction table, call Pauli Dorman at 465-4736.

Nominations for July 4 parade grand marshal due Tuesday

The Crescent City/Del Norte Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominees for the honorary position of Grand Marshal for the Fourth of July parade. The nominee should exemplify the theme “Waves of Pride this Fourth of July.” 

“The selection of a Grand Marshal is an important opportunity to recognize an individual(s) for their contributions to our community or its citizens,” says Jeff Parmer, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce. 

Any recommendations for Grand Marshal should be forwarded to the Chamber of Commerce Office at 1001 Front St., Crescent City, CA 95531 or by faxing a nomination form to 464-9676.   

Nominations are due at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 28.

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