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Church Notebook:Back-to-school season offers ways to give

Smith River United Methodist holding annual rummage, bake sale

From the looks of things in the stores, we are reminded that school will soon be starting.

We are being encouraged from the moment we enter the stores that we need to take advantage of their offerings and stock up not only for our own kids, but also for organizational projects as they put things together for local kids who need help obtaining the supplies they need for school.

That, of course, brings us around to that special project I like, the Christmas Shoebox gifts for kids run by Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse is a good organization run by Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham. 

So, I’m asking you to think about adding the organization to your list, and, perhaps as you shop, you could purchase one extra set of supplies and consider either doing a shoebox or contributing to one of the local churches who do them. 

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House Calls: nicotine kick: give it the boot

House Calls is published monthly. Today’s article was written by Doron Andrews, a respiratory therapist at Sutter Coast Hospital.

Crescent City is a beautiful city on California’s northern coast. It’s well known for its lush nature and giant redwood forests that generously promote flora and beauty. Crescent City is a great place to walk outside, feel the ocean breeze, take in a deep breath of air and exhale the freshness that the coastal city offers.  

Unfortunately, not all of us are able to take in a full, deep breath of air, and in certain cases some individual’s struggle to take in a deep breath at all. 

What can possibly prevent someone from taking a full breath of air?  You guessed right — smoking tobacco.

 

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Pages of History: Bold display of thievery over gasoline

From the pages of the Crescent City American, August 1930.

One of the most bold displays of thievery shown here in recent times, around Crescent City anyway, was shown Monday night when a man attempted to steal gasoline from Mr. Sweeney at his cabin in Camp Roberta.

Sweeney was awakened by someone during the night and found it to be a man trying to steal gas from a drum in the yard. Sweeney scared him away and borrowed a gun from a neighbor. The would-be thief returned a second time, and Sweeney took a shot at him, but the prowler returned twice more before Sweeney covered him with the gun. In the darkness, the man sneaked away while Sweeney was calling his neighbor for help. 

 

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Coastal Voices: Unproductive Congress can function better

It’s disappointing that U.S. John House Speaker Boehner just adjourned the House of Representatives for August “recess” instead of staying in session to tackle the pile of unfinished congressional work — including votes on comprehensive immigration reform, gun violence prevention, replacing the “sequester” cuts that are undermining our economic recovery, and key appropriations bills that are needed to avoid a government shutdown in October. 

Instead of holding votes on these critical matters, Speaker Boehner is stalling as he tries to appease the extreme anti-government, anti-immigrant Tea Party wing of his party. The shameful result: This is shaping up to be one of the least productive congresses in history.

 

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Letters to the Editor Aug. 8, 2013

Thanks to those who turned out to 2x2 meeting

I write to thank those who attended the recent 2x2 meeting of the Board of Supervisors and the Health Care District, regarding the future of Sutter Coast Hospital.

I asked Dr. Greg Duncan to notify the public about the meeting after I was told Sutter Coast CEO Linda Horn had been invited to the meeting, and would be attending. I later determined that the Health Care District had notified Linda Horn of the meeting the week prior, before any public posting.

 

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Coastal Voices: Rural Human Services: What it is, what it does

For more than 30 years, Rural Human Services has been a fixture in Del Norte County.

In fact, since 1981, RHS has offered professional service programs that provide training, instruction and assistance to businesses and individuals alike. It is estimated that its community outreach programs touch more than 2,000 lives a month.

Yet, despite a prominent presence in the community for decades, little seems to be known about the agency. There are even a few misconceptions.

RHS offers five core programs and services: workforce development; domestic violence assistance; natural resources programs; supported living services; and food and family programs.

 

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Letters to the Editor Aug. 6, 2013

Hospital makes flimsy defense of position

In her screed titled “Regionalization, critical access: setting the record straight,” (Coastal Voices, July 25) Sutter Health PR Specialist Linda Horn purports to (at long last) level with Del Norte and Curry County residents as relates to Sutter Health’s stealth plan to strip away the existing level of care at Sutter Coast Hospital and reduce it to a shadow of what now exists.

Sutter Health, perhaps a little stunned at the unanticipated resistance put forth by the citizenry and its representatives (both elected and unofficial) saw the necessity of replacing stodgy former Sutter Hospital CEO Eugene Suksi with an unctuous, splendiferous angel of healing and inserted Linda Horn into the strident situation to pour balm on the turbulent waters. Her observation that “the public seems eager to get the facts,” along with the statement, “we want to offer them,” has a reassuring and assuaging tone so let’s all settle down, and follow the bouncing ball.

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New beginning awaits after difficult goodbyes

It took the extraordinary to bring back a sense of normalcy.

Laura and I recently descended to a remote stretch of North Coast beach and found miles of magnificent solitude. Even though we’ve been hiking in these parts for 5 ½ years, we’d never been to this place. Therein lay the familiar in the unfamiliar: This was just our latest discovery of a spectacular nearby destination.

There seems to be no end to the secret rewards awaiting us in the place we now call home. And I needed the reminder after a series of absorbing events.

In June, the Triplicate produced one of its most significant projects in my tenure as editor, the product of hundreds of hours of work and many lost weekends for staff writer Anthony Skeens. “Inside the SHU” played out over four consecutive editions and provided an enlightening look at Pelican Bay State Prison’s brand of what you may or may not consider “solitary confinement.”

As we applied the finishing touches to the words, designer Bryant Anderson brought his artistic touch to layouts, giving the series its appropriately gritty veneer.

With another inmate hunger strike now under way, the prison’s Security Housing Unit is suddenly a national story, and journalists are scrambling to gain interviews with the main characters. They’re racing to retrace Anthony’s steps.

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Letters to the Editor Aug. 3, 2013

Be sure to file petition with fire fee payment

Del Norters are once again receiving their annual bill from the state for the Fire Prevention Fee.

As many of you know, the Howard Jarvis group has filed a suit against the state contending that the fee is really an illegal tax imposed without the required voter approval. In that case, the court has recently ruled that, should the fee be found to be invalid, only those who have filed a Petition for Redetermination with the state will be entitled to a refund.

Those desiring to be eligible for the refund should:

• Timely pay your bill! If you don’t the state can lien your property and add steep penalties and interest. The lien could result in your property being foreclosed upon.

• Pay your bill through the mail rather than online. This will allow you to write in the note portion of your check: “Paid under protest per Petition for Redetermination.” Send the bill in the envelope that came with it. Keep a copy of the bill handy as you will need the information on it to complete your protest.

• Download and complete a Petition for Redetermination using the information on your invoice. You can download the form, complete with the “Reason for Petition” (which outlines the grounds for the suit) online at: www.FireTaxProtest.org. Send your completed Petition for Redetermination to the Suisun address set out on the form.

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Ron Schweikl was a big part of ‘58 football

It is really fun to write about the 1958 Warrior football team.

This was the year I taught sixth grade at Smith River Elementary School, so I got to see all the Warrior home games. To make it even better I volunteered to work the chain crew, so I always had the best seat in the house.

This was a team that featured Danny Sousa at the quarterback position and Drew Roberts as the Warriors’ greatest pass receiver.

We fans sometimes forget that those skill people are only successful when the line gives them protection.

Senior left guard Ron Schweikl was an outstanding offensive lineman. Ron started his Del Norte football career as a freshman playing on the JV team. As a sophomore he moved to the varsity, where he got to work under offensive line coach Mel Hurd.

Mel was an excellent line coach who really knew how to teach football fundamentals. In my freshman year at Humboldt I got to play with Mel, who was in his senior season. He was a tough nut.

As a junior, Ron continued his outstanding play at the guard position and received all-league honors at the season’s end. As a senior on the 1958 Warrior team, Ron’s toughness helped the Warriors finish a close second in league play. Ron again received all-league recognition for his excellent play.

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