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Gray Matters: Grandparents who are parents again

Editor's note: The Area 1 Agency on Aging commissions freelance writer Carol Harrison to produce Gray Matters every two weeks.

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Kelly Remington appears in the show, “Skipping Generations.” Submitted
More than one in every four U.S. adults is a grandparent, but 1,200 grandparents in Humboldt and Del Norte counties are pulling double duty.

They are among the one in 12 grandparents stepping in as parents when their children are unable or unwilling to care for their grandchildren. The isolation, lack of resources and challenges they face are spotlighted in “Skipping Generations: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren,” a joint production of KEET-TV and Area 1 Agency on Aging.


From the Publisher's Desk: A morning among the stars

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Alayna Farley earned a “Star Reader” certificate during the awards ceremony held recently at Pine Grove Elementary School. Del Norte Triplicate/Michele Thomas
I was honored to represent the Rotary Club of Crescent City last Friday as a presenter of the Spirit of Rotary Award to Hailey Price, a fifth-grader at Pine Grove Elementary School.

Eight other local students have been selected for the annual award that honors a commitment to service to others and strong leadership skills. All will receive their awards before the end of this school year and the Triplicate will publish all their names in an upcoming Neighbors section.


CRDN Report: Year wraps up with awards, graduation

Editor’s note: CRDN Report appears every four weeks.

The end of the College of the Redwoods-Del Norte school year is fast approaching and it is a busy time of the year for students and faculty alike.

Students are putting on the final touches to their term papers, prepping for finals that start next week, and registering for classes if they plan on attending CRDN during the fall semester.

To a group of 42 students, however, the thing that is foremost in their minds is probably graduation.


Coastal Voices: CAN faces challenges

The Community Assistance Network is in transition.

You may have read about the resignations of our executive and deputy directors in this newspaper. You also may have read that CAN was not included in this year’s Community Development Block Grant applications from Del Norte County or the City of Crescent City.

These and other events present challenges to our organization, but they are challenges we are working to overcome. Our Board of Directors and staff are pulling together to make sure that one thing does not change: Our doors are still open and we continue to provide services to the community.


Coastal Voices: Life’s lessons on a Saturday

Last Saturday was like most spring days in Del Norte. Only a little more so.

After reading some new cases from the week before, I drove up the 101 for the Smith River Band Pancake Feed. Getting out of the car at the Community Hall, I could hear sounds that are born and live timeless throughout small town America in old halls and centers with hardwood  floors, where echoes bounce and fly throughout the room joined to memories of wedding receptions, school dances, bake sales, basketball games and the ghosts of good times past.

I walked into the gym, anted up my breakfast money and was escorted to my seat by some of Mr. Swan’s band kids. From being seated to having my order taken to being asked if I wanted seconds or thirds or more coffee or  more juice, I swore I’d run into the most polite, engaging  and happy group of young folks this side of the Atlantic.


House Calls: Could you be at risk of COPD?

House Calls runs every two weeks. Today’s column is written by Sandra Howerton, a respiratory therapist at Sutter Coast Hospital.

What is COPD? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a serious lung disease that robs people of their ability to breathe.

There are two types – chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Both types make it harder to breathe because less air is able to flow in and out of the lungs.

Chronic bronchitis causes the lining of the lungs’ airways to become inflamed, which makes the airways tighten and narrow.  Emphysema causes the air sacs in the lungs to become damaged so old air inside the air sacs of your lungs cannot be exchanged with new air. 


Gray Matters: Senior Volunteer Program honors local

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Geraldine Safford at the thrift shop. Submitted
Editor's note: The Area 1 Agency on Aging commissions freelance writer Carol Harrison to produce Gray Matters every two weeks.

Geraldine Safford and Shirley Fullmer have more in common than their 80-plus years. So do Margaret Jonas and Eleanor Sullivan.

At an age when many folks are slowing down, the quartet keeps showing up. Eureka’s Fullmer and Crescent City’s Safford were among the honorees pinned last month for 25 and 20 years of service, respectively, to their communities as part of the Volunteer Center of the Redwoods and RSVP.


Warrior Memories: Remembering coaching help from a real pro

With baseball season here it is fun to look back at a great experience I had coaching baseball in 1979 at Yucca Valley High School in the Mojave Desert.

I had coached baseball before for several years at Twentynine Palms High School in Southern California, but when a new school  opened in Yucca Valley I transferred there as the athletic director and head football coach — no more baseball even though I had always enjoyed coaching it.

During the era when coaches had to have teaching credentials, as had happened with the girls basketball team, baseball season was about to start  and we had no coach, so as the athletic director my principal said, you get the job.


Yoga Bites: Twisting can wring out the toxins, tension

Yoga Bites appears every four weeks.

For many people, the word yoga conjures up the image of a human pretzel.

It’s true, yogis do often enjoy a stretch with a twist. When practiced with care and mindfulness, twisting feels invigorating and calming at the same time. Rotating the spine helps to maintain its length, resiliency, health and suppleness. By squeezing and stretching the entire torso and its contents, including organs, muscles, glands and nerves, we wring toxins and tension out of the body.

Imagine squeezing dirty water from a sponge. The poetic irony here is that as we twist and wind up our outer bodies, the inner body and mind unwind more easily.


Del Norte Gardening: Rain has punished the early planters

Del Norte Gardening runs monthly. Paul Madeira and Julie Jo Ayer Williams own Ocean Air Farms in Fort Dick.

Welcome to the wet and wild spring of 2012!

It’s the darndest thing trying to grow food in the garden 12 months out of the year. For months we’ve had no trouble finding a break in the rain to get out on the soil. Then March happened!

Fall and most of the winter had been good to us, with lots of sun.  Perhaps this spring is where we’ll see lots of rain, more wind and more rain.


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