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Letters to the Editor from April 14

Chamber of Commerce lauds efforts to support library

During the past two years, the Crescent City-Del Norte Chamber of Commerce has identified some key objectives, developed priorities and is working to accomplish those goals.

First, it was decided to put together a marketing plan to attract tourists to Del Norte County. This has received the support of the community and local government and has resulted in the establishment of a new Visitor's Bureau. Now, the chamber has set its sights on economic and community development by working with all Del Norte County stakeholders to align our efforts to help everyone achieve their dreams.

The chamber and its partners are working with experts in the field to accomplish this. These experts, Wayne Schell, David Beurle and Connie Loden have seen success in communities throughout California, the nation and even internationally as they have worked with communities such as ours to become the best that they could be. This planning depends on the cooperation of a wide variety of industry and business interests.

One term used to describe the various interests is "industry clusters." For example, healthcare is one industry cluster. Lodging, retail, construction, restaurants, government, gaming, senior citizens, youth, downtown development, logging, fishing, recreation are all examples of industry clusters that are important to our community and the list does not end there.

Certainly, youth and education are important to our community and on Friday, we had the opportunity to celebrate and to help build these important aspects of our community as we honor our library.

A library is very important to the intellectual growth and well being of a community. In many ways it is indicative of the people's commitment to education and learning. As we strive to develop and improve every aspect of Crescent City and Del Norte County, supporting and sustaining our library must be at the top of the list. It can serve as a rallying point for youth, a focal point for downtown revitalization and for the broader community. It is a resource for expanding our knowledge and improving ourselves.

The Chamber of Commerce applauds the efforts of The Daily Triplicate in arranging and hosting the celebration recognizing the Del Norte County Library. We also would like to recognize those who have supported the library over the years by volunteering their time and efforts to make the library what it is today. These good people deserve all of our ongoing support.

Grant Scholes

Crescent City-Del Norte Chamber

of Commerce

Local American Red Cross seeks new volunteers

Since April is National Volunteer Month, it's a good time to remind your readers that our local American Red Cross chapter is always looking for new volunteers.

Several of our highly qualified volunteers have either moved out of the area or moved to more time consuming jobs that cut down on their volunteering time. Right now, we need folks who can devote several hours per week to administrative work, office tasks, and vehicle upkeep. Besides that, we need to add to our core of volunteer staff who respond when single family disasters (house fires) leave Del Norters temporarily homeless.

When major natural disasters strike, Red Cross volunteers operate shelters, distribute hot meals and cool water, assess the damage to housing caused by the event, and provide information to the affected families and relatives.In addition to easing immediate disaster caused needs, Red Cross volunteers work long hours at background and support tasks such as running warehouses, driving a wide assortment of vehicles and coordinating with other disaster relief agencies.

Anyone interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer can begin on their own by taking a short course on the Internet. "Introduction to Disaster Services" is available at www.delnorteredcross.org.

Upon completion of the three-hour course, a prospective Red Cross volunteer can print out their certificate and turn it in to the chapter office at 1672 Northcrest Drive.

A new Red Cross volunteer can expect to spend several hours each month taking classes offered by our chapter as preparation for joining the local Disaster Action Team or deployment to a large disaster anywhere in country. All new Red Cross volunteers must undergo a cursory background check.

The Red Cross needs people with all sorts of different backgrounds, talents, and skill levels. Part of my job is providing volunteers with rewarding experiences, whatever the volunteer's schedule.

Dave Bosteder

CEO

American Red Cross

Del Norte County Chapter

 

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