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Community servant Phillips honored

During the spring, summer and fall, Ron Phillips can be seen sporting denim overalls and a straw hat while he wanders the booths at the Crescent City Farmers Market.

At Christmas time, he dons a Santa’s hat and spearheads the annual toy drive. When he’s not doing either of those things, he is overseeing the Rural Human Services food bank and is a commissioner for the Crescent City Harbor District.

Exciting plans for sustainability in DN

Transition Del Norte organizer Dan Schultz is welcoming constructive ideas to make our community more sustainable. At the organization’s Jan. 7 meeting, Schultz announced that he wants to plant 1,000 fruit trees in Del Norte County, and he passed around a book of all the species that do well on the coast. 

Schultz has talked to Home Depot and Walmart to see how many trees he could get donated or at cost. He believes big corporations like to contribute to this type of thing. “It’s a feather in their cap.” He also spoke to Joe Gillespie, who said he can get a bunch of kids to plant and/or transplant the trees. Schultz wants to broker a deal with some big company that has access to trees and find some species that work here.

Wedding: Seward, Wier

Diane Seward and Robert Wier
Diane Seward and the Honorable Robert Wier (retired) were married on Dec. 13, 2014, at their home in Crescent City. The couple exchanged vows surrounded by family and close friends. The reception immediately followed at their home. Following the wedding, they left on a honeymoon cruise to South America that rounded Cape Horn.

Birth: Bowers

James Oryan Bowers
James Oryan Bowers was born Nov. 25, 2014, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. He weighed 7 pounds and measured 20 inches.

Del Norte Gardening: Back to basics: A balanced diet

On the North Coast, a well-tended garden can produce fresh vegetables like this Ocean Air Farms winter cabbage year-round. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Eating plenty of fresh vegetables helps keeps your body’s pH in line

Paul Madeira and Julie Jo Ayer Williams own Ocean Air Farms in Fort Dick.

The turn into the New Year offers us the best excuse for a reset button in so many aspects of our life. Definitely so on the farm, and equally so at our kitchen table. 

According to the most common Web searches, Americans’ most popular resolutions fall under the category of the improvement of their physical wellbeing. Getting more exercise and eating better is the means for that goal. We have recently come across a topic in food and health that seems to finally offer an explanation of the benefit of a diet plentiful in vegetables. 

Church Notebook: Nature’s changing seasons remind us God’s in control

These past few warm and sunny days have been such a tease. 

They make me want to get out and start digging in the dirt, now that I am able, but it’s too soon. I know there’s more cold wind and rain to come, and it must wait.

So, consoling myself with browsing the seed catalogs that have started to populate my mailbox, I dream a bit. There are so many things I’d like to grow this year, even if it will mean racing the raccoons for the harvest!

Grist for the Mill: Food Council’s eventful 2014

Last year, I made a New Year’s resolution. And, like most New Year’s resolutions, it was mostly a failure.

My resolution was to cook at least one recipe from every cookbook I own. Any neglected cookbooks were to be banished from my house. But I can’t bear to give up my collection, already much smaller than it used to be after several moves. I will probably give away a few, but most will stay even though I probably only cooked from seven or eight of them in 2014.

Among Giants

Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Exploring Del Norte’s redwoods a special treat for visiting high school students from Japanese coastal community 

Fourteen Japanese teenagers and one American teenager stood in former President Herbert Hoover’s footsteps and linked hands around Stout Tree on Tuesday.

Led by Redwood National and State Park rangers Michael Glore and Michael Poole, the visiting Takata High School students walked on fallen redwood logs, posed in front of the massive trees and even discovered a tiny Ensatina salamander on the forest floor.

The group was joined by Todd Hisaichi, a Japanese-American park ranger based at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and his colleague Ayuchi Haga Sandlin, who is from the Miyagi Prefecture in Japan.

Strength in Community

Charlotte Fakier, left, fiancée Sarah Mitchell and their 6-year-old daughter Aurora smile behind their surgical masks during a recent visit to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, where Fakier is being treated for leukemia. Submitted
Family of Crescent City woman undergoing leukemia treatment grateful for support 

It started with a cold.

Charlotte Fakier’s cold wasn’t more severe than usual, but after it subsided she still wasn’t 100 percent better. During a camping trip, unpacking left her winded, like she didn’t have enough energy. A few days later when Fakier passed out after doing the dishes, her fiancée Sarah Mitchell realized something was terribly wrong.

“I said, ‘I think you need to go get your blood work done,’” Mitchell said. “She went and got her blood work done in the morning. (The doctor) called her that afternoon when she was at work and told her, ‘It’s an emergency. You need to go to the emergency room right away and get some blood.’ She only had 3 units of blood when she should have had 12.”

C.C. ship memorial featured on DVD

The USS Emidio on Dec. 20, 1941, after floating to Crescent City. It was the first ship torpedoed on the Pacific Coast in WWII. Courtesy of the Del Norte County Historical Society
Crescent City’s memorial honoring the USS Emidio has been featured in a DVD slideshow that focuses on monuments and memorials nationwide dedicated to the country’s merchant mariners.

The anchor and historical marker commemorating the Emidio is one of 250 monuments that are included in the slideshow, titled “Lest We Forget,” said Sindy Raymond, national office administrator for the American Merchant Marines Veterans Inc. Since the DVD was released in April 2014, the organization has sold more than 300 copies.

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