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Poking fun at politics

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Pandemonium frequently happens in the Oval Office for President Charles Smith (Howard Patterson), seated, and his assistant (Bob Brissenden). Wescom news service
Colorful comedy entertains this weekend at College of the Redwoods’ Crescent City campus

At first glance, the main character in Lighthouse Repertory Theatre’s new play might bring to mind images of an older Jimmy Stewart — think “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” plus 20 years.

But this is David Mamet, not Frank Capra, and a different Mr. Smith is the star of the show.

Howard Patterson stars as President Charles Smith in LRT’s production of the 2007 play “November.” Set entirely in the Oval Office, last week’s “November” premiere marked the first time LRT has teamed up with the Chetco Pelican Players to perform in Brookings. 

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Culture & Awareness

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Sam Gensaw Sr. oversees one of two salmon pits at the 52nd Annual Klamath Salmon Festival. Gensaw and his family dug the pits at 6 a.m. Saturday and put the fish on at 8:30 for lunch at 11 a.m. Del Norte Triplicate / Jessica Cejnar
Tribe’s celebration includes booth on drought’s danger to salmon 

Sam Gensaw Jr. and his family began work long before the cars pulled into Klamath.

As folks gathered on the main drag for the parade that would kick off the Yurok Tribe’s 52nd annual Klamath Salmon Festival, Gensaw and his nephews were preparing the star of the show — fresh chinook salmon caught at the mouth of the river.

Gensaw said he and his father, Sam Gensaw Sr., began digging the pit at 6 a.m. With a large knife, Gensaw sliced the crimson-fleshed fish into smaller fillets; his nephews Frankie and Donovan seasoned them with salt and pepper; and Sam Gensaw Sr. skewered them on wooden stakes and stuck those into the ground to roast the salmon over open flames.

“We have two fish pits, one here and one behind Pem-Mey,” Gensaw said, referring to Klamath’s convenience store and gas station. “It takes an hour depending on the size of the fish.”

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Crescent City flying under the radar no longer

Makes Chronicle’s list of low-profile ‘California beach towns to visit now’ 

The San Francisco Chronicle is urging people to visit Crescent City’s “spectacularly lonely, untamed cliffs lashed by angry waves.” Now.

The paper included Crescent City in its “15 under-the-radar California beach towns to visit now” online slideshow and features a photo of Battery Point Lighthouse. Crescent City shares billing with Humboldt County’s Shelter Cove, Marin County’s Point Reyes Station and Los Angeles County’s San Pedro.

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Birth: Israel-Feight

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Michael Brian Israel-Feight
Michael Brian Israel-Feight was born July 19, 2014, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. He weighed 9 pounds, 4 ounches and measured 21½ inches.

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Birth: Fisher

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Ayla Donna Ann Fisher
Ayla Donna Ann Fisher was born July 29, 2014, in Crescent City. She weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 20½ inches.

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Thank You: Donors support Elks Picnic raffle

I would like to thank all the individuals and local businesses that donated raffle prizes for the annual Elks Picnic that was held Aug. 9 at Florence Keller Park. The weather was fantastic, and fun was had by all.

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Senior Sleuth: C.C. Harbor officials on what they are doing

I know you’ve been waiting for the rest of my interview with Ron Phillips, so here goes. Remember I wrote in my column two weeks ago (“Fair offers time to get to know movers, shakers,” Aug. 5) about his work as director of the farmers market at the fairgrounds every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Ron is also the special projects coordinator at Rural Human Services. The farmers market is a project of RHS. They’ve been a sponsor of it for 10 years. In addition, Ron coordinates the food bank program at RHS, a very time-consuming project. He coordinates getting the food in. 

 

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Church Notebook: Not too early to plan for Christmas giving

With school about to start, the stores are having some pretty good pricing on school supplies.

Walmart is asking you to “Fill the Bus” with supplies for local students. Who knows how many we will have who need help obtaining what they need or if we will have some of the children who have come from afar?

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Fresh Salmon, Ancient Tradition

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Fresh salmon is smoked using the traditional method. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The Yurok Tribe’s 52nd annual cultural celebration kicks off Saturday morning in Klamath

The Yurok Tribe will share their traditions and culture as well as an important staple of their diet with the public on Saturday.

The 52nd Annual Klamath Salmon Festival includes live music, a parade, traditional games and an Indian card game tournament. Veterans will be treated to a special breakfast in the morning. The celebration will culminate with a salmon lunch.

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Smith River Days is Saturday

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Shopping cart races add a fun and funky twist to the contests at Smith River Days. Del Norte Triplicate file
The Smith River Heritage Association’s largest event turns 10 this year and will celebrate the occasion with shopping cart races, lawn mower races and — new this year — a bucket brigade contest.

The annual Smith River Days festival starts with a pancake breakfast, which benefits the community’s volunteer fire department as well as a parade featuring Smith River School’s Wildcat Band and drill team. Vendors will be selling food and other items up and down First Street, and there will be live music from at least nine entertainers. 

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