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Quarter Craze

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The Quarter Craze Auction will start at 7 p.m. Saturday. Doors will open at 6 p.m. at Elk Valley Casino, 2500 Howland Hill Road. Tickets are $5 if pre-registered and $6 at the door if available.
Adults are asked to break out their red, white and blue and bring quarters, lots of quarters, to a fundraiser to help local eighth-graders get to Washington, D.C.

Dozens of items, including jewelry, Tupperware and Mary Kay makeup, will be up for bid at the Patriotic Quarter Craze Auction for adults 18 and over on Saturday at Elk Valley Casino. Each item is being auctioned for one, two or three quarters, nothing more nor less, said Bev Carter, fundraising chairperson for the eighth-grade trip.

“You may be bidding on a basket of Mary Kay for 75 cents, or you may be bidding on a baby hat,” Carter said. “There are a lot of items. People usually go home with a fair amount.”


Writer’s outdoor stories feature DN

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The North Coast is featured in three books by outdoor writer Meade Fischer, who also plans to write guides to area redwood groves. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
For some folks, the wilderness is in their blood, but for Meade Fischer, California’s untamed areas didn’t call him until he was well into his adulthood.

Growing up in the sprawl of Los Angeles County, Fischer said he wished he had a childhood that revolved around camping and the outdoors, but that didn’t happen. It wasn’t until he was in his 30s that he left the urban jungle for the Golden State’s backcountry.

Now, even though Fischer, a freelance outdoor writer, is south of the crowded Bay Area, living in Santa Cruz County, he looks to the north’s craggy beaches and towering redwoods for inspiration. If he does have to go to Southern California, he tears through Los Angeles without pulling off the freeway.


Two Decades of Service

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Sgt. Grant Henderson
County Supervisors honor 2 of Del Norte’s finest for 20 years with sheriff’s office 

Their current boss was stomping the halls of Del Norte High School when Deputy Mike Shine and Sgt. Grant Henderson began their careers at the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office.

Twenty years ago, deputies had to get to work early to get a good patrol radio. There were only four. The Taser hadn’t yet reached the Sheriff’s Office, and it would be another two years before dashboard cameras were used.


Empowered Living: Protecting dignity in disability response

In this new column, Rene Quintana of Supported Living Services, a program with Rural Human Services, will explore the strides adults with intellectual disabilities have made in deciding their own future.

Not so long ago, adults with intellectual disabilities were treated differently. I recall as a young representative of the Red Cross how we would visit the institutions that would house hundreds of clients and what many weren’t aware of were the huge sanitariums that were located in the Los Angeles area. 


Senior Sleuth: Reviving Del Norters’ interest in self-reliance

Our community used to have it, and we can restore it. I am talking about self-reliance. You’ll have to admit that no matter how helpful big government can be, it can also destroy initiative and cripple the economy with bureaucratic overreach. 

My mother told me that one of my expressions of protest as a baby was, “Do self.” Didn’t we all start out that way? But our schools, our society and our big government don’t encourage it. Later as a young girl, I loved reading Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Self Reliance.” It made so much sense, and it still does.


Birth: LaFazio

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Lucy Kate LaFazio
Lucy Kate LaFazio was born Oct. 31, 2014, at Mad River Hospital in Arcata. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 19½ inches. 


Birth: LeBlanc

Read more...Rylee Jade Sophia LeBlanc was born Dec. 18, 2014, at Fremont Medical Center in Yuba City. She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 20 inches.


Birth: Norris

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Rorkwehl Michael-Pete Norris
Rorkwehl Michael-Pete Norris was born Dec. 11, 2014, at Mad River Hospital in Arcata. He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 20.5 inches. 


Church Notebook: ‘Refuge’ gets new home

Has your church always been what it is and where it is?

As times and people change, so do churches. They grow, shrink, split into two, transform — many of them, that is. We usually see the big, older ones like St. Joseph’s Catholic, St. Paul’s Episcopal, The United Methodist, First Baptist and the Nazarene church unchanging.


Oregon string quartet to perform

A Southern Oregon-based string quartet will venture south of the state line for a concert in Crescent City on Saturday.

The Delgani Quartet will play at the Grace Lutheran Church, featuring the works of Hyden, Dvorak and Shostakovich. The quartet, whose members come from Eugene and Ashland, will also feature works by Jason Heald, director of music at Umpqua Community College. 

“We like to play the classic repertoire, but we also like to play music that’s local,” said Morgan O’Shaughnessey, who plays viola in the quartet. “Jason Heald had a piece written for us. Heald is from Roseburg.”


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