About 11 years ago Jeanne Akers drove up from Southern California
looking to live closer to her Del Norte County family. Recently
widowed, Jeanne decided to join a local church and settle down.
She chose the United Methodist Church in Crescent City. The first
time she went, Jeanne explained recently, “everybody was so busy, I
finally asked if there was anything I could help them with.” That was
the beginning of a church-oriented volunteer job that some weeks
threatens to occupy all her waking hours except those she spends as a
member of the Sutter Coast Hospital Auxiliary, a weekly chore.
Jeanne is the very embodiment of the faithful, hard-working church
volunteer. There are millions of them across America. Of all faiths and
beliefs, they maintain their churches and temples as they would their
homes, with loving care.
Final exam week at the College of the Redwoods ended on Friday. The
students have taken their tests, so now it’s your turn. Here’s a word
problem from Localvore 101:
You live in town but your street is tucked away, out of the hubbub
and congestion of the main drag. Lot sizes are large, and many of your
neighbors have fruit trees, flowers, and big vegetable gardens. One
morning while walking the dog, you notice a swarm of bees gathering
around the limb of one of your neighbor’s apple trees. What should you
With the warm weather we had last weekend, I succumbed to the itch and added more vegetables to the garden.
I went a little wild and planted Asian Long Beans in the tiny
greenhouse we built on the sunny side of our house. Not being a
confident gardener, I have not checked the beans since. I use the
“plant-and-run” method. The joy I get from gardening doesn’t come from
daily forays into the fields to see how my garden grows. I like the
concept of raising my own vegetables more than the practice.
Back in 1911, Crescent City was a lively town with 13 saloons, a
bunch of billiard halls, a few barbershops, one genuine electric
traffic signal, churches, schools, a theater, a bad phone service, bad
roads, and an expanding population.
A community support system was definitely in order.
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